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Escondido City Government On Firmer Fiscal Footing

The city of Escondido has made two announcements recently that suggest the city is on its way to firmer fiscal footing.

Aired 1/10/13 on KPBS News.

The city of Escondido has made two announcements recently that suggest the city is on its way to firmer fiscal footing.

Escondido's city manager has announced the creation of a new position: Director of Economic Development and Community Relations. Clay Phillips has appointed Joyce Masterson to the post.

Masterson, who has been assistant to the city manager for 10 years, will assume the extra duties. Her salary will rise from $106,000 to $122,000 a year. She has worked for the city for 25 years.

Phillips said the position completes changes the city is making to focus its priorities on economic development.

Starting in two weeks, Escondido City Hall will no longer be closed on Fridays. City employees took a 5 percent pay cut in 2009 and have been working a four-day week for the last four years. The city’s human resources department said the number of people on Escondido’s staff payroll has fallen from about 900 to about 700, including police and firefighters.

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