Sunday, March 11, 2018

Esco Library Planning Session TUESDAY, MARCH 13, 9:30 AM

 Part of the LS&S contract requires development of a 'new' strategic plan. With only four days notice, they have set a meeting for this Tuesday at 9:30 am.  This is unfortunate since many (most?) users of the library work or are in school at this time.  Please ask them to hold another session, with at least 2 weeks notice so people can arrange their schedules, for a meeting in the evening so that working people and school-age youth can attend and participate.

March 13, 9:30 AM Strategic Planning for the Library under LS&S control.   We encourage anyone who can attend to please do so.  

a.      Ask them to hold another meeting during a time working people and school-aged youth could attend with, at least, a 2 week notice.
b.      Ask them to develop a strategic plan to re-open the East Valley Branch library before the end of 2018.
c.       Ask them for a robust level of programming for Spanish-speaking residents, kids, and families.
d.      Ask for programs and resources to help people find jobs and to prepare for them.
e.      Ask for a plan to create an independent library district to ensure the library is controlled by the public, for the public.
f.   Ask them for a robust level of programming for teens and young people     
g.  Other programs you wish to see added or protected.

Meeting release from city below.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE    CONTACT: Faith McLaughlin    PHONE: 760-839-4601

Help Envision the Future of Escondido Public Library
Escondido, CA – Take part in the Escondido Public Library Strategic Planning Community Advisory Committee (SPCAC) to help plan the future of your public library. SPCAC participants will identify current community needs, create goals for the future and strategize appropriate steps needed to achieve these goals. This group will be instrumental in envisioning the next five years for Escondido Public Library, and beyond.

The first meeting of the SPACAC will take place on Tuesday, March 13, 2018, from 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. in the Turrentine Room on the second floor of Escondido Public Library. A continental breakfast will be available at 9:00 a.m. All members of the community are encouraged to attend and be part of this process. Updates on the strategic planning process, dates for future meetings, and a method for submitting comments can be found at The Library is located at 239 S. Kalmia Street in downtown Escondido. For more information, visit, email or call 760-839-4601. 

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Great Opportunity to Learn Your Birds! Palomar Audubon Society Annual Birding Class starts April 24th

We are lucky to have such a great Audubon Chapter in our region.  Palomar Audubon Society is offering their amazing beginning birding class.  Everyone who has taken it before love it.  And, you can always repeat too.

See info below.  

Palomar Audubon Society is again offering bird classes on consecutive Tuesday evenings beginning Tuesday April 24th. The first three classes will be for beginners and the last three (starting Tuesday May 15th) will be for intermediate birders. The classes will be integrated for beginners taking both classes. There will be three Saturday field trips, May 12th, May26th,and June 9th.

Classes will start at 6:30 pm and run for 90 minutes. They will be held at the Glassman Recreational Center at 18448 RB Community Center Drive off West Bernardo Drive (the large Casa De Las Companas Retirement Home is on the east side of this intersection).

The classes will cover the classification of birds, field markings of local birds, behavior, vocalization, tracking, and the different habitats in San Diego County.

Cost for either class is $ 60.00 and the cost for both is $ 90.00.

The course will be led by Phoenix Von Hendy, a long-time birding leader in North County and a certified tracker naturalist. 

For questions about the course contact Richard Fowler at To register complete the form below and send with check to: Palomar Audubon Society, P.O. Box 2483, Escondido, Ca. 92033-2483 by April 20th.
You can use the form below or go to the PAS website to sign up at 


Name(s):___________________________  Phone:______________________________


____ Beginner/novice $60.00 each
____ Intermediate      $60.00  each
____ Both classes       $90.00 each               Total inclosed : __________________

Mail form and check to Palomar Audubon Society, P.0. Box 2483, Escondido, Ca.
92033-2483 by April 20th, 2018.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Library Update: Library Outsourcing Opponents Announce New Actions

The most recent update from the Save Our Escondido Library Coalition.  Please sign their library petition!

Library coalition outlines to continue campaign to restore Escondido Public Library to public control.

January 15, 2018, Escondido: On the day the Escondido city council handed over the Escondido Public Library to an out-of-state corporation to operate, library outsourcing opponents announced new initiatives geared to restoring the Escondido Public Library to public hands and to help other communities defeat Library Services and Systems (LS&S) from taking over other libraries.

“While we were disappointed that the judge failed to allow the temporary restraining order, the lawsuit is still viable and we hope it will prevail,” stated frequent library user and Escondido resident Victoria Tenbrink , “We take heart in the news from Santa Clarita which just ousted LS&S from their library.  It is interesting that the Santa Clarita Council estimates they will save almost $400,000 in doing so,”  in reference to the news that the Santa Clarita City Council unanimously voted to end the LS&S contract last week.  Santa Clarita Votes Unanimously to Take Back Library. Another recent news report found poor performance by LS&S led to their ouster, a sad harbinger for Escondido’s library.  As Escondido prepares to outsource, another city drops firm.    

In response to the transfer of the Escondido public library into private hands, the Save Our Escondido Library (SOEL) coalition announced five actions in response to the transfer of management from the public to a private corporation

LIBRARY DISTRICT PETITION DRIVE: No Bond without an Independent Library District.  Building on the success of the petition drive to oppose privatization of the library, which garnered over 4,000 signatures and mobilized residents, a new petition drive has been launched.  The petition reads, We, the undersigned, are calling for the creation of an independent library district that would remove all control of the library from the Mayor and City Council. Further, we will oppose any library bond until management of our library is returned to public control and a plan is in place to re-open an East Valley branch library.” Save our Escondido Library Coalition is urging all residents of Escondido to sign this petition.   Escondido Library District Petition 

COMMUNITY LIBRARY MONITORING PROGRAM: SOEL announced a program of community library monitors. These volunteers will visit the library regularly and evaluate the operations of the library. Visits will be unannounced. 

COMMUNITY LIBRARY COMPLAINT SYSTEM:  A particularly revealing exchange during the October contract hearing at city hall was when city staff could not answer the simplest question from Councilmember Olga Diaz about how complaints will be handled.  It was clear to SOEL that the city did not know how complaints would be addressed.  Slow response to problems was also cited in the reasons LS&S was dropped from Santa Clarita. SOEL will also encourage people to report any complaints to the city and to SOEL so that resolution of them can be tracked. Complaints can be filed here Community Library Complaint Form

STOP LIBRARY OUTSOURCING WEBSITE—A Community Guide to Protecting your Library from Privatization.  Sadly, the story of the hostile takeover of the Escondido Public Library is not an isolated one.  SOEL fully believes that LS&S will use the Escondido takeover as a launching pad to attempt to control other county and state public libraries. This new website shares information SOEL has found during our fight and makes it available for other communities who will be forced to fight to keep LS&S from taking over their library.  “I wish we would’ve had access to information in a website like this when we began our struggle, so we hope it will help other communities.” stated Escondido resident Christine Nava.  The website can be accessed here:  Stop Library Outsourcing: A Community Guide for Saving your Library

VOTER REGISTRATION DRIVE:  SOEL will be initiate an Escondido voter registration drive. “It is now obvious to everyone, Mayor Sam Abed and Councilmembers Ed Gallo, John Masson, and Mike Morasco do not listen to the public and are not worthy to care for our public services, said Brenda Townsend, a long-time Escondido resident.  Abed, Gallo, and Masson are up for re-election in November, 2018.  SOEL is urging all eligible residents of Escondido to register to vote. (click link) Voters can also check their status here.

While we are disappointed in failure of the TRO,” stated Laura Hunter, an organizer with Escondido Indivisible, “we are even more energized, committed, and focused on Election Day, November 6, 2018 to achieve a new mandate for change in Escondido.”

Please email  to be added to the Save Our Escondido Library Coalition information list.  You can also visit Stop Library Outsourcing for more information.


About Save Our Escondido Library Coalition: The coalition was formed by local Escondido community groups and local residents in response to the outsourcing of the Escondido Public Library.   The Coalition now works to restore the library to public control.