August 29, 2013

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08/29/13

VOTING DISTRICT COMMISSION MEETINGS

Here is a list of future District Commission meetings to be held in Council Chambers. 

  • Thursday, September 5 at 6:00 p.m. – Workshop with Q2
  • Thursday, September 19 at 6:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, October 3 at 6:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, October 27 at 6:00 p.m. – Line Drawing Meeting
  • Tuesday, October 29 at 6:00 p.m. – Line Drawing Meeting
  • Thursday, November 7 at 6:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, November 21 at 6:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, December 5 at 6:00 p.m.

No dates or locations have been set yet for their public hearings.

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT UPDATES

Planning:

  • A letter has been sent to the owner of the Escondido Country Club property advising the owner that the Preliminary Development Plan application for the 283-unit residential project could not be processed due to the adoption of Ordinance 2013-10.
  • The Plot Plan has been approved for Heritage Digital Academy and plan check is underway for the building permit.
  • The City previously submitted two grant applications under the Urban Greening for Sustainable Communities Grant Program, including proposals for the Spruce Street Channel Improvement (adjacent to Mission Pools) and the Grand Avenue Median Tree Improvements. Only $17 million was available for funding. After reviewing 200 concept proposals requesting more than $125M dollars for this highly competitive program, we were notified that neither proposal was selected for funding. 

CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS

Grape Street Public Improvement Project:

SDG&E mobilized their construction crews this week. Construction signs are in place notifying residents that Grape Street is restricted to residential access only during the weekday operations. Construction of the replacement gas main should be completed in less than two months.

Escondido Creek Trail Lighting:

The preconstruction meeting is set for September 4.  A notice to proceed will be issued at that time which will begin the construction calendar of 60 days.

Private Development:

Wal-Mart:

The stocking of the store is continuing and the grand opening likely will be the first week of September. The contractor’s tree crews are on Pennsylvania Avenue to remove a large eucalyptus tree in preparation to completing the sidewalk replacement.  

Cox Communication Downtown System Upgrade - Phase 2, 3 and 4:

The contractor has begun to replace driveway approaches at the alley entrances. This work should be completed by the end of the week.

Contempo Townhomes -Tract 921:

The construction of the water main located in the alley is on hold pending redesign.

Mission Avenue 69KV Electrical Line:

The cable pull into the substation is set to begin on September 4 and be completed by September 10. This work will be done between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. allowing for safe passage of school children.

Resurrection Church - Storm Drain in El Norte Parkway:

Plans have been approved for the El Norte Parkway storm drain. Construction is set to resume this week.

Palomar College - Escondido Education Center:

Two existing street lights were transferred to their new foundations along East Valley Parkway this week. Reconstruction of two existing driveway entrances located along East Valley Parkway was completed this past week. The construction of the new bus pad is being completed this week.

PUBLIC SAFETY

Police:

  • Police managers received training from Liebert Cassidy Whitmore (LCW) on social media.
  • Chief Carter convened a panel of supervisors and managers from the PD to review and update the EPD Rules of Conduct. 
  • EPD Facebook is up to 1027 “likes”.
  • Grape Day Park Task Force:

The Police Department continues its enforcement details several times a day in the park and surrounding areas.  Since the start of the increased focus, the police department has conducted 898 extra patrols in the park, 151 field interviews, 77 citations and 83 arrests.  The new Bike Team Officers Adan Martinez and Russ Whitaker continue to focus their efforts in the downtown area including Grape Day Park.

During the last week, there was one call for service at Grape Day Park. Park Rangers observed a very intoxicated male and called EPD dispatch.  The responding officer arrested the individual. There were no calls for service at Maple Plaza or Signature Pavilion. Officers conducted several extra patrols at the Pavilion but did not result in any enforcement activities or problems. 

The fencing around the recently removed Eucalyptus tree has been installed.   

CCAE has not reported any more instances of graffiti or vandalism.   

Classical Academy has returned back to school, placing nine additional security guards in the park.  So far the school has reconvened without incident. 

Plans are under way for the following events in the park.  Grape Day Parade and 5K Run, September 7, 2013, and City of Escondido 125th Anniversary Celebration,  October 6, 1-4 pm. 

The next Task Force Meeting will be Tuesday, September 17, 2013.

Fire:

  • On Saturday, August 24, the Lake Hodges Fire Safe Council (FSC), San Diego County FSC along with the Fire Department and the LDS Church on Felicita hosted the 2nd Annual Chipping Day event. The goal of the event was for the homeowners living in the Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) to improve the defensible space around their homes. The “Chipping Day” provided homeowners the opportunity to dispose of vegetation, tree cuttings, etc. at the LDS Church site where a company was standing by to grind/chip up the material to be used as mulch. We are still waiting for the actual results as far as number of participants and the amount of material that was chipped that day. The event lasted from 8:00 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. Chief Lowry visited the site at 9:00 a.m. and there was a line a vehicles waiting to unload their cuttings.  This was definitely a worthwhile event and helps us to complete some of our goals identified in the Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP).
  • Our third group of Non-Safety Paramedics will complete their mentorship and begin working this weekend. We would be fully staffed at this time but we are promoting seven of our Non-Safety Paramedics (NS/PMs) to Firefighter Paramedics (FF/PMs). This was done using the Closed Competitive hiring process, which further validates our new EMS program. We had 16 of our NS/PMs compete for 7 FF/PM safety positions. The FF/PMs will attend a three week Escondido specific Fire Academy and will graduate on September 20. On Thursday, September 20, we will acknowledge the graduation of the FF/PMs and ALL of our new hires/promotions that have occurred since February. City Council and Department Heads will soon be receiving an invitation to the September 20 event in the Council Chambers from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
  • The graph below indicates how the need for Auto-Aid Ambulances has dramatically declined since placing the 5th and 6th NS/PM Ambulances into service on June 22.

San Marcos Ambulance Responses Into Escondido January to July 2013

  • The Fire Department currently has four of personnel (Captain David Loop, Engineer Joe Aubele, and Firefighter Paramedics Jeff Collins and Corbin Smith) on Brush Engine OES 8632 assigned to the “Rim Fire” in Tuolumne County. The fire is currently 184,481 acres, 20% contained, burning near Yosemite National Park.

FM/PM Jeff Collins shaking hands with Gov. Jerry Brown while at the "Rim Fire."

FF/PM Jeff Collins shaking hands with Gov. Jerry Brown while at the “Rim Fire.”