Briefly Speaking: Queen Califia’s Magical Circle, CSUSM business, El Nino preps

Queen Califia's Magical Circle, Kit Carson Park

Queen Califia’s Magical Circle open two days in December

Weather permitting, Queen Califia’s Magical Circle in Kit Carson Park, 3333 Bear Valley Parkway, will be open to the public on two days in December: From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m Saturday, Dec. 12, and Sunday, Dec. 27. 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. Complete restoration of the exhibit is underway and will continue for the next several months.

CSUSM (very late) fall 2015 business reception

CSUSM Business School testimonial

CSUSM Business School testimonial

The California State University San Marcos (CSUSM) College of Business Administration (CoBA) hosts the Fall 2015 Business Reception, a premium business networking event for the North County San Diego business community from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 17.

Guests will enjoy wine and hors d’oeuvres and hear remarks from keynote speaker Nels Jensen, Editor-in-Chief at the San Diego Business Journal.

Separately, guests are also invited to attend CoBA’s Senior ExperienceTrade Show immediately following the Business Reception. This event highlights Fall 2015 research projects that senior business students have completed for San Diego businesses.

To register for the event, visit

 Escondido cleans channels for El Nino

Escondido gets ready for El Nino.

Escondido gets ready for El Nino.

The city of Escondido has been working on a plan to prepare for El Nino conditions for more than five years and has made significant progress on its channel maintenance project ever since permits recently were issued.

The work to clean the channels began in haste in September 2015. To date, 27 of the 63 channel segments have been cleaned. Crews have cleaned over 3.5 miles of channel and have removed 1,475-tons of vegetation, 18-tons of trash and 890-tons of silt so far.

In addition to channels, the city of Escondido maintains a storm drain system that consists of approximately 5,200 curb inlets and outlets, and many miles of underground storm drain pipe. In preparation for the predicted winter storms all City storm drain inlets and outlets have been inspected, cleaned and maintained as needed.

More detailed information on what the city has done and what you can do to prepare for the predicted El Nino rains can be found on the city’s website at This website also contains information on what to do during and after a storm.