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Democratic Party Club to meet July 9

At their monthly general meeting the Escondido Democratic Party’s guest speaker will focus on the affordable housing crisis.

High housing costs and lack of affordable housing is nothing new in California. This week, several local news outlets shared reports of decreased apartment vacancies in the region. Guest speaker will be Ginger Hitzke, an affordable housing developer who will speak about challenges and opportunities around affordable housing development.

The meeting will be July 8, 10 a.m., beginning with networking, and the program at 10:20 a.m. The meeting will be held at the Park Avenue Community Center Auditorium Room, 210 E. Park Ave. Refreshments will be served.

For more information, visit or call 760-855-9723.

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Lecture on Medicare July 15

Scripps Health will hold a free Medicare lecture on Saturday, July 15 from 9 – 10:30 a.m. at the California Center for Performing Arts, 340 N. Escondido Blvd., Escondido.

People who are turning 65 soon or who are about to retire are encouraged to attend to learn the basics of Medicare and understand their choices. Medicare experts, including representatives from health plans, will be on site to answer questions. Topics to be covered include:

• Medicare coverage options

• What a Medicare Advantage plan is

• What a Medicare supplemental plan is

• The enrollment process, critical deadlines

The public is invited to attend. Seating is limited. To register call 800-727-4777 (800-SCRIPPS) Monday through Friday, 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. or Saturday, 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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July is hopping at the Escondido Library

Adult Summer Reading Challenge:

2nd Tuesday Book Club

Tuesday, July 11, 6–7:30 p.m.  Adults

“Outliers: The Story of Success” by Malcolm Gladwell.


Kids Summer Reading Challenge:

R.E.A.D. Book Club

Friday, July 14, 3:30–4:30 p.m.  Ages 9-12

“Secret Coders” by Gene Luen Yang.

Adult Summer Reading Challenge:

Designing Escondido – The Past, Present, and Future of Our City

Tuesday, July 18,  6–7:30 p.m. Adults.

What is the future of Escondido? How did Escondido evolve into the city is it today? Find out at this presentation from City Planning and Pioneer Room staff.


Kids Summer Reading Challenge:

John Abrams’ Animal Magic

Thursday, July 20, 2–3 p.m. Ages 4-12

A wacky blend of magic, comedy, music, and live exotic pets in an audience participation extravaganza guaranteed to amaze and amuse.


Adult Summer Reading Challenge:

Rincon Literario Bilingual Book Club

Saturday, July 29, 10:30–11:45 a.m.  Adults

“All the Light We Cannot See / La luz que no puedes ver” by Anthony Doerr.

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Senior anglers welcome local tackle dealer

Walt Bailey, owner of Pacific Coast Bait and Tackle, will be speaking at the July meeting of the Senior Anglers of Escondido. The Oceanside tackle store is one of the last independently owned tackle shops in North County.

With a wealth of knowledge about local fishing conditions and bites, Bailey will discuss the 2017 summer fishing season, local hot spots, and the latest in tackle and bait for surf, pier and deep-sea fishing.

The club’s meeting will be on Friday, July 14, open to all anglers in Southern California, age 50 and above, at the Park Avenue Community Center, 210 Park Ave., Escondido, 92025. Meetings start at 9:30 a.m.

Members of the club enjoy local surf and freshwater fishing, summer saltwater charters, RV camping, and community service to help kids go fishing.

Questions? Visit

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Filing period opens for property tax appeals

San Diego County residents and businesses who disagree with their property tax assessments for the 2017-2018 year may file an application to appeal them between July 2 and November 30, David Hall, Clerk of the County Assessment Appeals Boards, announced today.

Applications and information booklets are available on the County’s website: Residents may also pick them up and speak with staff at the Clerk of the Board’s office in the County Administration Center, 1600 Pacific Highway, Room 402, San Diego.

To file an application, taxpayers should know their parcel or tax bill number, property address; and must state their opinion of the property’s market value on the application. Applications must be received by the Clerk of the Board of Supervisors Office no later than 5 p.m. on November 30 or be US Postal Service postmarked by midnight of November 30.

Applications and forms can be mailed to: Clerk of the Board of Supervisors, Assessment Appeals, 1600 Pacific Highway, Room 402, San Diego, CA 92101-2471. An informational video is available online that explains the assessment appeals process and provides helpful tips. To watch, visit:

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Escondido Chamber plans July meetings

The Escondido Chamber of Commerce will have a happening July. Some of the meetings listed below are for Chamber members only. So be sure to check with the Chamber office if you have a question. Call  760-745-2125.

Government Affairs Committee

Hosted by Tom Stamos-Escondido Realty

Escondido Chamber of Commerce


Tuesday, July 11 at 4 p.m.

RSVP is necessary.

Economic Development Committee

Hosted by Matt Pound-Escondido Sand & Gravel

Escondido Chamber of Commerce

Thursday, July 13 at noon


Business after Five Mixer

California Pizza Kitchen

Outside Patio – Westfield Plaza

Thursday, July 13 – 5 ¬–7 p.m.


Call the Chamber to sponsor a table for $75.

Plates for Eight Lunch

Marie Callender’s Escondido

515 W 13th Ave, Escondido.

Host: Stefanie Moore – Penn Mutual

Wednesday, July 19, 11:30 a.m.

RSVP. This is a member event.

Chamber open house

Escondido Chamber of Commerce

720 N Broadway, Escondido

Hosted by Escondido Disposal Inc.

and Escondido Chamber of Commerce

Tuesday, July 25, 5 ¬–7 p.m. RSVP

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Queen Califia’s Magical Circle open Saturday

Weather permitting, Queen Califia’s Magical Circle in Kit Carson Park (3333 Bear Valley Parkway) will be open to the public on Saturday, July 8, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Queen Califia docents will be on site to answer questions.

Queen Califia’s Magical Circle is the only American sculpture garden and the last major international project created by French artist Niki de Saint Phalle (1930-2002). Inspired by California’s mythic, historic, and cultural roots, the garden consists of nine large-scale sculptures, a circular “snake wall” and maze entryway, sculpturally integrated bench seating and native shrubs and trees planted within the interior plaza and along the outer perimeter.

The garden bears the brilliant, unique mosaic ornamentation that is an unmistakable part of de Saint Phalle’s later work.

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