The City of Escondido is Seeking Interested Persons to Fill a Vacancy for Member of the City Council District 2, by Appointment

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                   

CONTACT: Zack Beck, 760-839-4560

The City of Escondido is accepting applications for a potential appointment to the Escondido City Council to fill the vacancy created by the passing of Council Member John Masson, effective March 10, 2020.

 

The term of the Council seat is from the date of appointment to the next general municipal election on November 3, 2020. 

 

Candidates must be 18 years of age, reside within the limits of Escondido City Council District 2, and be registered to vote in the City at the time the application is accepted.  Council members must comply with all provisions of California law regarding service on a City Council of a general law city.

 

Candidates must submit an application, resume and proof of current voter registration status, as well as respond to https://www.escondido.org/appointment-application.aspx

The Escondido City Council will interview candidates at their April 22, 2020 Special City Council meeting. The Council may take action at that time or within the 60-day period thereafter.

 

Submittals are due by April 15, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. to the City Clerk’s Office by completing the online form at the following link: https://www.escondido.org/appointment-application.aspx or by emailing the completed application packet to zbeck@escondido.org, or by mailing the completed application packet to 201 N. Broadway, Escondido 92025.

City of Escondido COVID-19 Update – Monday, March 16, 2020

CONTACT: Teresa Collins

PHONE: 760-839-4507

 

In an effort to stay compliant with the County of San Diego Public Health Officer's latest recommendations announced March 16 at 3 p.m. the following measures are being taken within the City of Escondido:

  • A Declaration of Local Emergency has been signed by Escondido City Manager Jeffrey Epp. As a result, the City is now able to enact emergency powers, as well as potentially gain access to federal and state relief funds. This declaration will be ratified by the Escondido City Council on Wednesday, March 18.
  • The Park Avenue Community Center (located at 210 East Park Avenue, Escondido, CA 92025) is closed until further notice but the Senior Nutrition Program will remain in place with the following adjustments:
    • Senior Nutrition has transitioned to delivery and pick-up of meals only. Meals will be available for pick-up at the Park Avenue Community Center and are free for residents 60 and over. To RSVP for meal delivery call: 760-839-4803.
  • The Escondido Public Library is closed to the public until March 31.
    • All due dates have been extended until April 1. No overdue fees will accrue from March 16-31. Materials can still be returned to book drops outside the Library facility.
  • City Hall is closed to the public from March 17 – 31. Many City services can be accessed online: https://www.escondido.org/online-services.aspx Community members who need to make cash utility billing payments should deposit them into the Utility Billing Drop Box located in the circle driveway at City Hall.
    • Time sensitive services such as building plan approval, engineering design review, etc. can now be done by appointment by calling:
      • Planning: 760-839-4671
      • Building: 760-839-4647
      • Code Enforcement: 760-839-4650
      • Engineering:
      • City Clerk: 442-237-1106 or zbeck@escondido.org
  • Dixon Lake campground reservations and fishing will be closed starting tomorrow March 17. Lake Wohlford will be closed for fishing starting March 17. Residents and visitors may still visit the lakes and grounds for recreation activities as long as they practice social distancing.
  • The Escondido Police and Fire Headquarters lobby will be closed to the public starting March 17. If you have a scheduled appointment please use the courtesy phone located at the entrance and a staff member will assist you.
  • The Public Works Administration Lobby will be closed to the public until March 31. Staff will be on-site to assist with time sensitive business.
  • The East Valley Community Center will remain closed until March 31.
  • The Escondido Sports Center will remain closed until March 31.

Additional Community Updates:

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Escondido Fire Department Employee Tests Positive for COVID-19

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Fire Engineer Dom Polito, 442-777-5994

 

Escondido, CA - On March 15, 2020, the Escondido Fire Department was made aware that a Firefighter Paramedic tested positive for COVID-19. Several days earlier, while off-duty, the employee was in contact with other people who subsequently tested positive.

 

The Escondido Firefighter Paramedic had recently been at work, but was asymptomatic during that time. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), this employee presented a very low risk to any members of the public that he may have interacted with at work because he did not have active symptoms such as a fever or cough. As a precaution, the Escondido Fire Department will be notifying all patients that may have been contacted by this employee.

 

The Escondido Firefighter Paramedic is currently quarantined at home, has very mild symptoms and is resting comfortably. All guidelines have been followed per the CDC. Other Escondido Fire Department staff who were in contact with the Firefighter Paramedic at work have no symptoms, tested negative for COVID-19 and are being quarantined and monitored according to procedures. Escondido Fire Chief Rick Vogt added, “The health and safety of our community remains our highest priority. Please continue to follow Federal, State and County guidelines including social distancing if you must leave your home, and always practice good hygiene including thoroughly washing your hands.”

Escondido Public Library Programs and Events Postponed or Cancelled Due to County Health Order

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Katy Duperry, 760-839-4601

Escondido, CA – The Escondido Public Library takes the health and safety of our community very seriously. We are following the guidance of the Governor and the County Public Health Office and therefore all Library sponsored and co-sponsored events, programs, and classes are cancelled March 14 through March 31.

The Library will remain open providing essential services such as computers, WI-FI, and materials checkout.

The Pioneer Room will remain open with limited hours.

The Library will not be accepting donations at this time. The Friends of the Library Book Store will be closed.

Please visit the City of Escondido’s website for more information at https://www.escondido.org/covid-19.aspx

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City of Escondido COVID-19 Action Plan

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                          

CONTACT: Teresa Collins, 760-839-4507

The City of Escondido is taking steps to follow the Governor’s and the County Public Health Officer’s orders about limiting large gatherings. Our Continuity of Operations Plan is in place to ensure that essential City functions can continue to operate safely during this time.

To be compliant with the County of San Diego Public Health Officer’s direction as of 3/12/20 at 3:33 p.m., stating that “…all gatherings of more than 250 people are directed to be postponed or cancelled across the county. This includes concerts, conferences, and professional, college, and school sporting events. Smaller events can proceed only if organizers can implement social distancing of six feet between participants.” the City has cancelled or postponed all non-essential events, gatherings, sporting events, and meetings. These restrictions will remain in effect at least through March 31, 2020.

Public Meetings

The following meetings are cancelled and will resume on their regular schedule:

  • Historic Preservation Commission – March 19
  • Planning Commission – March 24
  • Budget Community Meeting – March 31
  • Community Advisory Groups – various dates through the end of March

The following meetings will still happen but extra precautions will be put into place to protect the health of those in attendance:

  • Zoning Administration Meeting – March 13
  • City Council Board and Commission Interviews – March 18
  • City Council Meeting – March 25
    • If you would like to comment on a Council meeting item, but do not wish to attend in person, you may submit comments by e-mail at councilcomments@escondido.org. City Council meetings are live streamed on our website, broadcasted on Channel 19, and archived on www.escondido.org.

Special Events/Recreation and Library Programming/Tournaments
The following events are cancelled:

  • All recreation and Library programming
  • Permitted special events – will be cancelled but may be rescheduled by the event organizer
  • All outside City facility rentals have been cancelled and may be rescheduled by the event organizer
  • Youth and adult sporting events and tournaments
  • City organized volunteer events

If you have specific questions about classes and events, contact recreation@escondido.org.

City Facilities

  • Since programming and facility reservations are cancelled or postponed the East Valley Community Center and the Escondido Sports Center will be closed until March 31, 2020.

Senior Nutrition

  • City staff is working with the County on an approved mitigation plan to implement a longer-term plan for meal service. Older adult participants will be notified directly.

After School Programs and Tiny Tots Preschool

  • Have been cancelled due to the citywide school closures.

Lakes

  • Lake Dixon, Daley Ranch and Lake Wohlford remain open but school programs hosted at Daley Ranch by the Friends of Daley Ranch are cancelled.

City Hall

The San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency is the lead agency responsible for coronavirus response countywide. The City of Escondido works in partnership with the County and other local, state and federal health officials to receive guidance and coordinate our response accordingly. We encourage all residents to visit https://www.sdcountyemergency.com/content/oesemergency/en-us.html for the most up-to-date information.

Escondido Mourns Passing of Councilmember John Masson

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                       
CONTACT: Teresa Collins, 760-839-4507
 

The Escondido City Council is saddened to announce the passing of Councilmember John Masson. He was appointed to the Escondido City Council in 2012 and elected in November of 2014 representing District 2 and then re-elected in 2018. During his tenure on the Escondido City Council, Councilmember Masson served as the Deputy Mayor, a representative on the Economic Development Subcommittee of the City Council, representative to the San Diego County Water Authority, and as Escondido’s representative on the League of California Cities.

City Manager Jeff Epp stated “While there is much to say about all of the things Councilmember Masson was involved in and contributed to, I shall always remember his tremendous passion for all things Escondido, and his incredible support of City employees. John really, really cared about Escondido and doing great things for our community. He was inspirational to have on the City Council, as a colleague and as a friend to many of us. We will miss him a great deal.”

Flags at all City facilities will be lowered immediately until the day of Councilmember Masson’s interment.

City Receives $8.5 million Prop 68 Grant for Improvements to Escondido Creek Trail

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - DATE: February 27, 2020

CONTACT: Joanna Axelrod, 760-839-4871

The City of Escondido has been awarded $8.5 million from the California Parks Department to fund the Escondido Creek Trail Expansion and Renovation Project. These funds, made available through the Prop 68 Statewide Park Development and Community Revitalization Program, will bring to life the community’s vision for revitalizing the Escondido Creek Trail and turning it into a premier linear park. 

In August 2019, the State Parks Department received 478 project applications requesting $2.3 billion in funding. The amount requested greatly exceeded the $254.9 million available in this funding cycle, highlighting the statewide need and underscoring how competitive this grant was. Of the 478 project applications, only 62 projects were awarded, for a total of $254,942,000 in grants statewide. The Escondido Creek Trail was one of only nine projects funded at the maximum $8.5 million level and only one of three projects funded in San Diego County.

The Escondido Creek Trail Expansion and Renovation project will improve approximately 4.5 miles of the existing Escondido Creek Trail (between Harmony Grove Road and Midway Drive) and add approximately 0.4 miles of new bicycle path (between Harmony Grove Road and the Citracado Parkway extension) to the linear park. This project will create a double-sided trail on approximately 1.7 miles; on one side will be the existing Class I bicycle path, on the other will be a new deconstructed granite (DG) trail. Currently the City owns land on both sides of the Escondido Creek, but only one side is open to the public. Opening the closed side, removing asphalt and building a firm surface path, and adding natural and recreational features will add approximately 1.7 miles of new trail and 2.5 acres of parkland, in the heart of Escondido's disadvantaged community area. Community members of all socio-economic and cultural backgrounds will benefit from a trail that supports safety and healthy lifestyles.

In addition to improving the existing paved path, the creation of a new DG trail will create separation between pedestrians and wheeled users. Additional improvements include the following:

  • New fencing
  • Lighting
  • Decorative and informative wayfinding signage
  • Landscaping and pocket gardens
  • Children’s play areas
  • Fitness equipment
  • Drinking water stations
  • Dog waste and trash receptacles
  • Decorative murals

Committed partners on the project include The Escondido Creek Conservancy, Escondido Education COMPACT, and Neighborhood HealthCare.

For background on this project and to stay updated on project status, please visit https://www.escondido.org/ect.aspx

 

Escondido Public Library Hosts 16th Annual Scrabble-Thon Tournament & Fundraiser Sponsored by the Pala Band of Mission Indians

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Dan Wood, 760-839-4827

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library and the Friends of Literacy Services will host the 16th Annual Scrabble-Thon Tournament & Fundraiser on Saturday, March 7, 2020 from 8:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The event will be held in the Auditorium of the Park Avenue Community Center, located at 210 Park Ave, Escondido, CA 92025. Doors open for player check-in at 8:00 a.m. and tournament play begins at 9:00 a.m. Players must pre-register by March 4, 2020 online at escondidolibrary.org/scrabblethon, by mail, or in person at the Literacy Services office, located on the 2nd floor of the Library. The registration fee for adults is $25.00; registration for high school students is $15.00.

The Scrabble® tournament consists of five 30-minute games and is open to adults and high school students. Players sign-up to play in one of three divisions: Novice, Intermediate, or Advanced. Participants can compete individually or as a part of a group affiliation. Players can participate as special groups that will be recognized for their participation during the tournament. Players compete for prizes at the end of each game as well as the final awards for highest individual and team scores.

Scrabble-Thon raises funds to benefit the Library’s Literacy Services program. Sponsored by the Friends of Literacy Services, 100% of the proceeds will be used to provide literacy materials and resources. There will be opportunity drawings, a Pick-a-Tile game, and silent auction items throughout Scrabble-Thon. Donations are tax-deductible.

Escondido Public Library is located at 239 S. Kalmia Street in downtown Escondido. For more information on Scrabble-Thon and library services visit escondidolibrary.org or contact Principal Librarian for Literacy Services, Dan Wood, at 760-839-4827 or dan.wood@escondidolibrary.org.

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Escondido Public Library Offers Free 3D Printing to the Public

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Katy Duperry, 760-839-4601

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library now offers free 3D printing to anyone with a valid Escondido Public Library card! Library users may submit a 3D object for printing online via a web form at www.escondidolibrary.org/3Dprinting. The prints will be processed by Library staff to ensure they meet the criteria laid out in the 3D Printing Policy and will be available within two weeks of submission (subject to change based on length of print queue). 3D objects must take four hours or less to print, be submitted as an.stl file, and are printed in a single color. Current colors available are gray, white, black, purple, and red. This service is generously sponsored by the Friends of the Escondido Public Library.

The Library will host free public classes on a monthly basis for creating 3D printed objects using a free, web based platform called TinkerCAD. The first TinkerCAD class will be on Friday, February 28th at 4 p.m. While the class is free, space is limited and registration is required at www.escondidolibrary.org/register.

Escondido Public Library’s Lulzbot Taz 6 3D printer has been used by Library staff at STEAM/STEM outreach events at local Escondido schools and the San Diego Children's Discovery Museum, as well as for Library events such as Star Wars Day, Dads & Donuts, Digital Petting Zoo, and many others.

The Library staff affectionately named the public printer “Taz” and put it on display in the lobby, so that patrons could watch it work. Small giveaway items made by this printer were available for patrons to receive by entering weekly online raffle drawings. This printer is now available to create printed objects submitted by patrons and will be used to educate the community on how to design 3D printed objects.

Escondido Public Library is located at 239 S. Kalmia Street in downtown Escondido. For more information about our library events and programs visit www.escondidolibrary.org or contact Assistant Library Director, Katy Duperry, at 760-839-4601, or by e-mail at katy.duperry@escondidolibrary.org.

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Escondido Library Foundation Donates NEW AWE Early Learning Stations and AWE Early Learning Tablets

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Eveleen Crouthamel, 760-839-5457

Escondido, CA - The Escondido Library Foundation has generously donated six new AWE Early Learning Stations and six new AWE Early Learning Tablets to the Escondido Public Library!

The stand-alone stations have the latest educational software, a touchscreen interface and are bilingual in English and Spanish. These AWE Early Learning Stations and Tablets support school readiness and literacy in the community. The tablets are useful for a more hands-on learning experience for families when they visit the library. The tablets are for use inside the library with a valid library card.

The six tabletop stations are now available for use in the Youth Services Department and the six tablets are expected to be available at the Youth Services desk by the new year. The gift of the 12 devices doubles the Library’s inventory of these valuable literacy tools for children.

Escondido Public Library is located at 239 S. Kalmia Street in downtown Escondido. For more information about our library events and programs visit www.escondidolibrary.org or contact Outreach Coordinator, Eveleen Crouthamel at 760-839-5457, or by e-mail at Eveleen.crouthamel@escondidolibrary.org

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Library Foundation Donates AWE Stations
Escondido Library Foundation displays AWEstations and tablets with Escondido Public Library Youth Services Staff.
Left to right: Jack Anderson, Eveleen Crouthamel, Marta Palmerton, Shirlie Downey, and Cristina Coleman.