February 12, 2014

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02/12/14

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

  • On February 14th – 16th, the Escondido Iceplex will be hosting Cal State games.  There will be 32 teams and 63 games played during this time frame.  They are expecting around 2,000 players and spectators for this tournament.  Teams are traveling from; Canada, Colorado, Utah, Washington, Arizona, Nevada, Northern California, and Southern California.  Teams will be lodging and dinning in the local Escondido area.
  • On February 15th and 16th Cal South State cup will be playing soccer games from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  They have 36 teams and 60 games scheduled for Boys under 11 and girls under 11.  We can expect around 1,800 to 2,000 players and spectators in the area over the weekend.  They will be using fields 1 – 6 at Ryan Park.

SPECIAL EVENTS

 Annual Crusin’ Grand Fundraiser

February 16, 2014;  10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Grand Avenue

Streets closed: Broadway from Grand & Valley/ Grand & 2nd  

 WATER CONSERVATION UPDATE

 On Thursday, February 13, 2014, the San Diego County Water Authority Board will be considering urging increased voluntary conservation measures throughout the region.  This report is to provide an update on the status of the City of Escondido’s current conservation measures.  The Utilities Department is not requesting any Council action at this time.

 The actions the Water Authority Board will be considering are being referred to as a “Level One Drought Watch.”  These actions are essentially equivalent to the baseline measures the City of Escondido has in place at all times.  Per Section 31-230, Escondido code already requires that people wash paved surfaces only when necessary for health and safety; eliminate inefficient landscape irrigation, such as runoff and overspray; irrigate only before 10 a.m. and after 6 p.m.; and that restaurants serve and refill water only on request, as well as other conservation practices.

 Escondido’s City Council has the authority to declare the City at “Response Level One—Water Shortage Watch Condition.”   The discussion is found in Section 31-232(a) of the Municipal Code.  In addition to the measures in place at all times in Section 31-230, a “Level One” declaration would add the requirement that the City increase its public awareness and education efforts of water use restrictions and measures.  This spring, we have a number of public events and workshops, 3 contests, rebates programs and a wealth of public educational information on the why’s and the how to’s of using water efficiently.  We share this information via our pages on the city website, our Escondido Water Facebook page, bill stuffers, handouts, etc.  If the Level One were declared in the future, we could pursue additional outlets for these messages.

 COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT UPDATES

 Planning:

  • The Planning Commission unanimously approved the CUP for the proposed construction storage yard at 525 N. Quince St. (Commissioner Winton absent). Other actions included the approval of a new Verizon wireless facility at 545 Country Club Drive, and a minor CUP modification for a backup generator at 421 E. Mission Ave. The Commission provided comments on the proposed El Caballo Park Master Plan pertaining to financing, phasing and event scheduling, but did not take a formal action.
  • Major Projects Update:
  • Oak Creek (NUW) – Comments have been provided on the drainage study, water quality technical report and specific alignment plans for Felicita and Hamilton, to facilitate the applicant’s preparation of the draft Mitigated Negative Declaration.
  • Amanda Lane (NUW) – The applicants are preparing revised submittals in response to LAFCO and staff review.
  • Zak/NCA Development – Staff provided comments on the applicant’s resubmittal, focusing on primarily on design considerations pertaining to the exterior elevations, landscaping, open space, and storm water facilities, and the need for justification to support modification to development standards as part of the planned development process.
  • Centerpointe – EIR Consultant interviews are scheduled for 2/12/14 in anticipation of the applicant’s submittal of a traffic study.

Building Division:

  • Staff met with Curtis Glenn, owner of Replifoods, to assist in processing his building permit for the property at 275 Pauma Place. The company intends to relocate from their San Marcos facility and intends to expand operations at the Escondido location. This unique company prepares replicas of food and beverage items for use by restaurants and other businesses. More information is available at the following link: http://www.replifoods.com/
  • Building issued 37 permits, including 11 photovoltaic permits, for a total valuation of $267,000.   The majority of the permits were tenant improvements, room additions and plumbing, mechanical and electrical permits.  The Building counter was very busy, averaging 35 daily sign-ins.  Inspections averaged 21 per day. The Building counter handled 675 customers in the month of January, the largest total dating back to 2009.
  • The monthly report of Building permit activity for January is attached.

 CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS

 2013 - 2014 Pavement Repair and Rehabilitation Program:

The paving contractor performed asphalt repairs along Citrus Avenue between Oak Hill Drive and Glenridge Drive on Monday, February 10th. From Tuesday, February 11th through Friday, February 14, the contractor will be working on East Valley Parkway between Midway Drive and Bear Valley Parkway. The hours of work will be between 8:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m.   

 Grape Street Public Improvement Project:

The construction of the concrete sidewalks was completed on Monday, February 10th. The placement of the new asphalt roadway will be completed on Thursday, February 13th. The concrete driveways will be completed on Tuesday, February 18th.   

 Encino Drive & El Dorado Drive- Storm Drain Replacement:

The contractor has completed the pipe abandonment for the private storm drain system. The new surface improvements on Eldorado Drive will begin on Tuesday February 11th.

    Private Development

 1146 East Valley Parkway- McDonald’s Restaurant:

A meeting was held on site with the developer’s engineer and city staff to develop a solution to the construction of the new fire protection systems. It has been determined the existing water main along west bound Valley Parkway will need to be lowered in order to construct the required water line improvements. The design, construction and testing of the new water main will add seven weeks to the construction schedule. The lane closure along west bound Valley Parkway will be in place until Monday, April 7th.    

 Tract 888-Cambell Court:

The construction of the on-site water system has begun.

 Lincoln Avenue & Escondido Boulevard Gas Main Testing Station:

SDG&E contractor worked throughout the weekend to complete the installation of the new 16” gas main during the scheduled shut down. The traffic signal at Centre City Parkway and Decatur was returned to service by 8:00 p.m. Saturday. The contractor will be coating the new pipeline prior to backfill and placing sensing lines this week.       

 PUBLIC SAFETY

 Police:

  • The following is a quick hiring update to showcase the hard work by our FTO’s and background/ training division.  Three of the newest trainees graduated the academy last Thursday.  Isaac Buan, Terrence Pizzuti, and Moshe Santini will be starting phase training this week.  In addition, Brittany Sheats has completed her phase training and assigned to Swingshift.  Chris Dare is finishing up his final training phase and will be released in the next couple weeks, his shift has yet to be determined. 

 In addition we currently have 11 other trainees in phase training or the academy with hopes to have NINE (9) additional officers released to the field by shift change in July.  Currently in phase training is Dare, Visconti, Lokers, Perez, and Perkins who we anticipate to be released in the next few months.  In addition, we recently hired LAPD lateral officer Vince Abeyeta who will start on February 18th.  Santo La Corte is just over half way through his police academy and will be graduating April 17th; while trainees Dylan Boylan and Rebecca Naranjo, will start the 99th Police Academy on February 24th.   Last week, the entry level written test was conducted with hopes that we can find another few good candidates to put into the May Police Academy. 

 The Police Department has also hired Bryanna Toussaint who replaced Jon Berlinguette in the Crime Lab.  In addition PD is   in the process of selecting a new property clerk and data entry specialist. 

 FB total likes are up to 1380.  Twitter is growing too and at 1387.

 RED LIGHT CAMERAS

 Public Works has been working with Redflex for the past several weeks to remove their equipment.  The Redflex representative has indicated that they are bidding the work and will be able to provide us a schedule once a contractor is selected.  While our agreement does not specify a time period to remove equipment, we plan to send them a letter today asking that they remove all signage and above-grade facilities within 30-days.