Escondido Public Library No Longer Charging Overdue Fines

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

Escondido, CA –Beginning September 1, 2021, Escondido Public Library is no longer charging daily fees for items returned late. All items, including DVDs and books on CD, will check out for 21 days with up to three automated renewals as long as no one is waiting for the item.

“We are excited to remove barriers to access for the patrons in our community,” said Dara Bradds, Library Director. “We hope this will encourage more people to come in and use the Library.”

While patrons will no longer be charged daily overdue fees, they are still responsible for paying for lost items. At 30 days overdue, checked out items will be marked as "lost" and the patron will be unable to check out or renew any additional physical items until they return the lost item, or pay for its replacement cost plus a $5 re-processing fee. Patrons with lost items on their account will still be able to check out eMaterials and use Library computers. Patrons are still responsible for overdue fines accrued prior to September 1, 2021.

For more information, visit www.escondidolibrary.org/fines, or contact Assistant Library Director Katy Duperry at 760-839-4601 or katy.duperry@escondidolibrary.org.

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Friends of the Escondido Public Library Reopen Book Shop

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

Escondido, CA –The Friends of the Escondido Public Library Book Shop will re-open Tuesday, July 6.

“We are delighted to resume service to the Escondido community after a 15-month closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Linda Parker, Friends of the Library president.

The Friends Book Shop is located on the first floor of the Escondido Public Library on South Kalmia Street. Beginning July 6, the book shop will be open Monday-Saturday 10 a.m.-1 p.m. All items will be half price Tuesday, July 6 through Saturday, July 10.

The book shop will begin accepting donations on Monday, August 2. Donations can be dropped off between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., Monday through Saturday. Due to space limitations, only two boxes per donor will be accepted at this time. For more information on what types of donations are accepted, visit www.escondidolibrary.org/donate.

The shop sells used books, DVDs, VHS tapes, books on CD, magazines, and music CDs. All proceeds from the shop fund Escondido Public Library programs and events. The Friends of the Escondido Public Library are a volunteer-led 501(c)3 organization. To learn more about the Friends of the Escondido Public Library, visit www.escondidolibrary.org/friends

For questions or assistance, please contact Assistant Library Director Katy Duperry at 760-839-4601 or katy.duperry@escondidolibrary.org.

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Escondido Public Library Foundation Commissions Mural

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

Escondido, CA – The Escondido Public Library Foundation commissioned artist Julia Anthony to create a mural on the west exterior wall of the Kalmia Street Library building. Two mural design options are under consideration; the Foundation encourages community members to share their opinions at www.escondidolibrary.org. The opinion poll will be active May 26-June 7, 2021.

Julia Anthony created the Wild Beauty of the Savannahs mural in the Library’s upstairs Children’s area in May 2010, as well as a fresh and salt water ocean mural at Oceanside Public Library in April 2011. Anthony’s business, Creative Palette Interiors, is located in Escondido.

For questions or assistance, please contact Assistant Library Director Katy Duperry at 760-839-4601 or katy.duperry@escondidolibrary.org.

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Escondido Public Library Hosts Virtual May Events for Children

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

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library offers special programming for children in the month of May. All events are virtual, free and open to the public.

  • Virtual Tea Time for Kids for children ages 5-12 years old on Friday, May 14, 2021 at 4:00 p.m. Enjoy English tea and snacks, learn about tea etiquette, do a craft, and listen to stories on Zoom with The Grand Tea Room. Registration is required online at www.escondidolibrary.org/register. Once participants receive confirmation, craft and snack kits can be picked up at The Grand Tea Room beginning Tuesday, May 11, 2021. The Grand Tea Room is open Tuesday through Saturday, 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at 145 West Grand Avenue in Escondido.
  • The San Diego Poetry Annual hosts its annual workshop, Kids! San Diego Poetry Annual for children ages 6-12 virtually on Saturday, May 22, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. Registration is required online at www.escondidolibrary.org/register. Francisco Bustos and Ying Wu will lead writing activities that stimulate creativity and self-expression. This workshop is free and open to young poets (ages 6 - 12) that reside in San Diego County. Children's poems and artwork can be submitted via email for consideration in the 2021 KSDPA anthology. Ying Wu is a poetry editor of Writers Resist and the Kids! San Diego Poetry Annual. More examples of her work can be found online at writersresist.com and poetryandartsd.com, as well as in the material world at the San Diego Airport (arts.san.org/portfolio-item/before). Francisco Bustos is poet, musician and member of the spoken work/music collective Frontera Drum Fusion. He is a professor of English composition at Southwestern College (SWC) and hosts SWC Guest Writers Series.

All programs are generously sponsored by Friends of the Escondido Public Library. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 S. Kalmia Street in downtown Escondido. For more information about these programs visit www.escondidolibrary.org or contact Outreach Coordinator, Eveleen Crouthamel, at 760-839-5457 or eveleen.crouthamel@escondidolibrary.org.

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Escondido Public Library Seeks Community Input for Library Future

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

Escondido, CA – Escondido residents and non-resident users of the Escondido Public Library are asked to share their opinions on the future of the Library by participating in an online survey available through April 30. To take the survey, visit www.escondidolibrary.org. The survey is available in English and Spanish.

Developments in technology and changes in the soon-to-be post-COVID world, have drastically changed the needs of library users. Survey data will help the library best meet these community needs.

For questions or assistance, please contact Assistant Library Director Katy Duperry at 760-839-4601 or katy.duperry@escondidolibrary.org.

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Escondido City Council Appoints Next City Manager

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Michael Thorne

PHONE: 760-839-4009

Escondido, CA – Last year, current City Manager Jeffrey R. Epp announced his retirement, which launched the search for his replacement. Mr. Epp agreed to continue his tenure while the City Council conducted the nationwide search for a successor. The search concluded, and the Escondido City Council unanimously voted to appoint Sean McGlynn. He has been serving as the City Manager for the City of Santa Rosa for the past six years.

While making the announcement to the City employee team, Mr. Epp shared, “Sean was described by his references as energetic and intelligent, with a ‘big picture’, inclusive and collaborative leadership style and yet it was noted that he is not afraid to make decisions. I have had the pleasure of getting to know him recently, and will also tell you that he is simply a really nice guy. I am so thrilled to hand the baton to him as Escondido continues to move forward.”

Mr. McGlynn has served in local government for 18 years. Prior to his leadership at the City of Santa Rosa, he was the Deputy City Manager of El Paso, TX. Mr. McGlynn spent time at the New York Opera as the Associate Director of Education Programs. He is community-focused and a strong supporter of collaboration and leadership development. Sean led the City of Santa Rosa through the Tubbs Fire response in 2017. He made a documentary film, Last October, recognizing the heroic efforts his team demonstrated during and in response to the wildfires. In addition, he was named the 2020 City Manager Foundation’s “City Manager of the Year.” Mr. McGlynn holds a BA in History from the University of Pittsburgh and a MA in Theater from UCLA.

Escondido Public Library Opening with Limited Services February 1

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

Escondido, CA - Escondido Public Library will reopen for limited in-person services on Monday, February 1, 2021.

Library hours will be 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Holds can be picked up on the self-service shelves during Library open hours. Additionally, curbside pickup service for holds will be offered Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., and Wednesdays from 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. For information on how curbside pickup works, visit www.escondidolibrary.org/curbside. At this time, the Friends Book Shop, Literacy Learning Center and Pioneer Room remain closed. Donations are not being accepted at this time.

Limited services will include access to computers, printers and copiers, and WiFi. The Library now offers wireless printing, and payment for printing via credit card. Public access computers and Chromebooks will be limited to one hour of use per day. Furniture has been removed to allow for physical distancing.

Patrons will be able to browse the stacks and check out books, audio books, and DVDs. Time in the library will be limited to two hours maximum each day in order to adhere to the limited 20% capacity guidelines. All in-person programs have been suspended, but many regular programs such as book clubs and storytimes are being held online. Visit www.escondidolibrary.org/digital for a full schedule of virtual events.

To promote safety and health of patrons and staff, all persons inside the Library are required to wear a mask covering the nose and mouth, and maintain six feet of physical distance. Hand sanitizer and disinfecting wipes will be available, and a professional cleaning crew will clean the Library twice per day.

All checked out materials can be returned 24 hours-a-day, seven days a week at the outdoor book drops, located in the Library parking lot. All returned materials are quarantined for at least five business days. No overdue fees will be charged at this time.

For assistance, call the Library at 760-839-4683 during open hours and select the menu option for the appropriate department. You can also text the Library at 442-777-3799 or email the at library@escondidolibrary.org. For up to date information, visit www.escondidolibrary.org.

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Small Business Saturday 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Amber Tarrac 760-839-4587
DATE: November 19, 2020 


City of Escondido Celebrates the 11th Annual National Small Business Saturday® as an American Express® Neighborhood Champion Escondido, CA The City of Escondido announced today that it has partnered with the Escondido Chamber of Commerce and Downtown Business Association as a member of the American Express® Neighborhood Champion Program as part of Small Business Saturday, which takes place on November 28 and all holiday season long. Created by American Express in 2010, Small Business Saturday celebrates the impact small businesses have on communities across the country.

In order to drive shoppers to Shop Small® this November 28, the City is participating in the American Express ® Neighborhood Champion Program to spotlight what spending local means to small businesses and the community $1 spent local is circulated in the community up to 56 times before leaving the community because local businesses often have strong local supply chains, spend their profits at local places and employ local people.

For example, if you spend $100 at a local small business then the business owner pays their local employees who then spend their wages at local shops. The small business owner also spends some of this $100 at a local supplier for raw goods, then the local supplier pays their local employees’ wages who then spend those wages at local shops Then local businesses spend their profits at the local level.

When you “Shop local, Support local”, dollars s pent local flow through different channels in the economy that help support the community. Let’s “Shop local, support local” every day and especially on Small Business Saturday, November 28.

Merchants and consumers can learn more about Shop Small, Small Business Saturday and how to get involved by visiting ShopSmall.com or by connecting with us on Instagram.com/ShopSmall and Facebook.com/SmallBusinessSaturday

Mountain View Fitness Court

November 19, 2020

Escondido, CA

Yesterday, Escondido unveiled its new outdoor Fitness Court located in Mountain View Park. This capital project is a featured part of a 2020 initiative launched by National Fitness Campaign (NFC), a nationwide consulting organization that partners with cities to plan, build and fund healthy infrastructure.

Escondido has been designated the first Model City in the region, which means we will be installing five fitness courts throughout Escondido, and will be part of a greater network of Fitness Courts across the County and Southern California. The City Council approved a Capital Improvement Project in FY 2020-21 to build our next two fitness courts.

The fitness court is a seven station system that has an accompanying free mobile application to help guide a participants workouts.  In addition, the City is looking for Fitness Court Ambassadors to partner with to offer free workout classes, challenges and workshops to help residents live a happier and healthier life. For more information about the Fitness Court, and the ambassador program, visit: https://recreation.escondido.org/fitness-court-1.aspx

City of Escondido Contact: Joanna Axelrod – jaxelrod@escondido.org

National Fitness Court Contact – Cree Larson – cree@nfchq.com – 415-702-4919

Fire Prevention Week

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Rick Vogt

760-839-5401

Escondido, CA:  As Fire Prevention Week™ approaches, Escondido Fire Department reminds residents: “Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen!™

The Escondido Fire Department is teaming up with the National Fire Protection Association® (NFPA®) — the official sponsor of Fire Prevention Week for more than 90 years —to promote this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, “Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen!” The campaign works to educate everyone about simple but important actions they can take to keep themselves and those around them safe. 

According to NFPA, cooking is the leading cause of home fires and home fire injuries in the United States. Almost half (44%) of reported home fires started in the kitchen. Two-thirds (66%) of home cooking fires start with the ignition of food or other cooking materials.

“We know cooking fires can be prevented,” said Lorraine Carli, NFPA’s vice-president of outreach and advocacy. “Staying in the kitchen, using a timer, and avoiding distractions such as electronics or TV are steps everyone can take to keep families safe in their homes.”

 The Escondido Fire Department encourages all residents to embrace the 2020 Fire Prevention Week theme.

“The most important step you should take before making a meal is to “Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen!” said Escondido’s Fire Chief Rick Vogt. “A cooking fire can grow quickly. I have seen many homes damaged and people injured by fires that could easily have been prevented.”

The Escondido Fire Department wants to share safety tips to keep you from having a cooking fire.

  • Never leave cooking food unattended. Stay in the kitchen while you are frying, grilling or broiling. If you have to leave, even for a short time, turn off the stove.
  • If you are simmering, baking, roasting, or boiling food, check it regularly, remain in the home while food is cooking, and use a timer to remind you that you’re cooking.
  • You have to be alert when cooking. You won’t be alert if you are sleepy, have taken medicine or drugs, or consumed alcohol that makes you drowsy.
  • Always keep an oven mitt and pan lid nearby when you’re cooking. If a small grease fire starts, slide the lid over the pan to smother the flame. Turn off the burner, and leave the pan covered until it is completely cool.
  • Have a “kid-free zone” of at least 3 feet around the stove and areas where hot food or drink is prepared or carried.

For more general information about Fire Prevention Week and cooking fire prevention, visit www.fpw.org.

Escondido Public Library Opening with Limited Services September 21

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

Escondido, CA - Escondido Public Library will reopen for limited in-person services on Monday, September 21, 2020.

Library hours will be 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Holds can be picked up on the self-service shelves during Library open hours. Additionally, curbside pickup service for holds will be offered Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., and Wednesdays from 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. For information on how curbside pickup works, visit www.escondidolibrary.org/curbside. At this time, the Friends Book Shop, Literacy Learning Center and Pioneer Room remain closed. Donations are not being accepted at this time.

Limited services will include access to computers, printers and copiers, and WiFi. The Library now offers wireless printing, and payment for printing via credit card. Public access computers and Chromebooks will be limited to one hour of use per day. Furniture has been removed to allow for physical distancing.

Patrons will be able to browse the stacks and check out books, audio books, and DVDs. All in-person programs have been suspended, but many regular programs such as book clubs and storytimes are being held online. Visit www.escondidolibrary.org/digital for a full schedule of virtual events.

To promote safety and health of patrons and staff, all persons inside the Library are required to wear a mask covering the nose and mouth, and maintain six feet of physical distance. Hand sanitizer and disinfecting wipes will be available, and a professional cleaning crew will clean the Library twice per day.

All checked out materials can be returned 24 hours-a-day, seven days a week at the outdoor book drops, located in the Library parking lot. All returned materials are quarantined for at least five business days. No overdue fees will be charged until January 1, 2021.

For assistance, call the Library at 760-839-4683 during open hours and select the menu option for the appropriate department. You can also text the Library at 442-777-3799 or email the at library@escondidolibrary.org. For up to date information, visit www.escondidolibrary.org.

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City of Escondido Accepting Business Grant Program Applications

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

 

CONTACT: Amber Tarrac

PHONE: 760-839-4587

Escondido, CA The City of Escondido has partnered with the San Diego North Economic Development Council to administer the City’s Small Business Grant Program to support our local businesses. Applications will be available in English and Spanish at 9:00am on Friday, July 17 on the San Diego North Economic Development Council’s website:

Applications in English: https://www.sdnedc.org/escondidobusinessgrants/

 Applications in Spanish: https://www.sdnedc.org/escondidosubvencionesdenegocio/

Grant applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until August 28, 2020 or until funds are expended, whichever occurs first. Businesses are eligible for up to $15,000 in funding for capital costs, equipment and/or supplies designed to facilitate their COVID-19 business response, commercial rent payments, and payroll costs if they meet the following criteria:

  • - Located within the City of Escondido;
  • - Hold a valid business license;
  • - Have $1,000,000 or less in gross business revenue; and
  • - Are for-profit businesses including home-based and sole proprietorships.

The goal of this program is to support Escondido businesses that suffered a financial hardship due to the Coronavirus pandemic and related public health order closures, restrictions, and subsequent reopening guidelines. This grant program is consistent with the City’s comprehensive Business Recovery Strategy and is made possible by CARES Act funding provided by the County of San Diego. For more information on this grant program and the City’s Business Recovery Strategy, visit https://www.escondido.org/business.aspx and contact Deputy Director of Economic Development Amber Tarrac at atarrac@escondido.org or 760-839-4587.

Escondido Public Library Offers Curbside Pickup Service

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

Escondido, CA - During the pandemic closure, Escondido Public Library is offering Curbside Pickup Service for books, DVDs, and books on CD. Library patrons can log into the Library’s catalog at https://escondido.librarycatalog.info/polaris/ and place items on hold with their library card number and PIN. They can also place holds via phone or text at 442-777-3799, or email at library@escondidolibrary.org. Patrons are contacted once their holds are available and can pick up their items at the Library during Curbside Pickup hours. Patrons have ten days to pick up their items.

Curbside Pickup Service is available Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 1 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. When a patron arrives at the Library parking lot to pick up their items, they can call or text the Curbside Pickup line at 760-705-4602, or email escondidolibrarycurbside@gmail.com. Staff will check out the items and place them on the table in front of the Library for contactless curbside pickup. There are no checkout limits on items, and no overdue fees will be charged for the duration of the Library closure. Effective Monday, July 20, items will be automatically renewed (except when on hold for someone) up to three times. The book drops located in the Library parking lot are open to accept returns 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. All returned items are quarantined for 72 hours before being checked in.

The Library also offers eBooks, eAudiobooks, streaming videos, and eComics. Visit www.escondidolibrary.org/digital to access these resources. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 S. Kalmia Street in downtown Escondido. For more information about the library, 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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Street-side Dining Coming to Escondido’s Grand Avenue

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                 

CONTACT: Amber Tarrac

DATE: July 9, 2020

PHONE: 760-839-4587

Street-side Dining Coming to Escondido’s Grand Avenue

Starting Friday, July 10, 2020 the City of Escondido will be reducing the travel lanes on Grand Avenue between Maple Street and Juniper Street in order to allow restaurants to create temporary outdoor dining locations. Traffic will be limited to one travel lane in each direction with the other lane serving as parking.

This effort is in response to the State’s July 7 shutdown order prohibiting indoor dining that has had an immediate impact on local businesses. City staff and the Downtown Business Association (DBA) have been working quickly to streamline the permitting process that would normally take much longer in order to assist restaurants in staying open and operating outdoors. The DBA has committed $10,000 for shade coverings, tables, and chairs to support this effort and are also reimbursing downtown businesses the $100 Alcohol Beverage Control (ABC) permit fee to allow them to serve alcohol outside. The City will be providing temporary barriers in order to ensure the safety of diners and restaurant staff.

Outdoor dining supports social distancing while allowing local businesses to modify their operations in compliance with the health order. In addition to Grand Avenue, the City is working on the Business Recovery Temporary Use Permit that will assist businesses located throughout Escondido. For more information and assistance in navigating that process visit https://www.escondido.org/special-temporary-use-permits.aspx, contact Deputy Director of Economic Development Amber Tarrac at atarrac@escondido.org or 760-839-4587.

Redistricting Commission Nominations

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                         
CONTACT: Zack Beck, City Clerk, 760-839-4617
 

NOTICE OF NOMINATION PERIOD  - JUNE 15, 2020 – JULY 31, 2020

The City of Escondido will be accepting nominations for appointment to the Independent Redistricting Commission. Applications may be completed online at https://www.escondido.org/appointment-application.aspx. The deadline to submit applications is July 31, 2020.

The term of the Commission will begin December 1, 2020.

Interested applicants and individuals or organizations desiring to nominate persons for appointment to the Commission must submit an application.  The application is available online at https://www.escondido.org/appointment-application.aspx or by request to the City Clerk at cityclerk@escondido.org.  You may also call 760-839-4617 should you have any questions.

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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.