February 21, 2013

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02/21/13

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Sales Tax revenue for December 2012 increased 18.6% over the same period in 2011.  This was substantially more than the statewide figure of 8.1%.  In the Year-over-Year comparison the increase in Escondido was 17%, while the statewide figure was 8% (See attachment).

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT UPDATES

Planning:

Westfield – Building permits have been submitted for the proposed Cheesecake Factory restaurant as part of the mall expansion.

CAPITAL PROJECTS

Benton Burn Site Remediation:

Site construction is complete. The contractor is working with the Homeowners Association to determine the final solution to repairing their private street cul- de- sac.

Oak Hill Street and Modular Building Site Improvements:

The contractor treated the existing soil with 7 percent dry cement mixture this past Thursday to stabilize the roadway section in preparation to placing  17” of roadway base material this week.

Dos Cabazos Retaining Wall Project:

The contractor should complete the final wall elements this week.

Private Development

Wal-Mart:

The contractor has begun construction of the footing and wall supports on the building pad. Exporting of excess material is ongoing.

Mission Avenue 69 KV Electrical Line:

The SDG&E contractor is working along three sections of the project. The first crew continues to install the conduit package along Mission Avenue between Beech Street and Ash Street. Crew 2 is placing temporary hot mix asphalt to all of the trenches between Broadway and Escondido Boulevard. Crew 3 is installing conduit on Mission Avenue between Rock Springs Road and Dan Way. SDG&E crews placed two steel poles associated with the project on Beech Street and Ash Street. In the weekly safety meeting held this past week, the City Engineering Staff was notified that the contractor was going to move forward with permanent replacement of the temporary trench surface along portions of the project alignment to minimize the impact the project is having on the daily commuters. The roadways being addressed are Commercial Street, portions of Enterprise Street and Mission Avenue from Enterprise Street to Rock Springs Road and Mission Avenue between Broadway and Juniper Street. This work will include roadway striping and traffic legends.   

Broadway & 8th Ave:

No Activity to report.

Heritage Park at Grand Avenue and Juniper Street:

George Weir mobilized his staff this past Friday to install erosion control measures in preparation to clearing the pad of the remaining asphalt parking lot from the previous tenant. The lot was then leveled in preparation for installation of landscape block elements along the east and north boundaries of the lot.

PUBLIC SAFETY

Police:

Information on the upcoming San Diego Festival of Science and Engineering was posted on the home page of the PD website last week.  The Festival of Science and Engineering is held March 16 to 23.  EPD will host classes titled, “The Science of Justice” on March 19 and 23.  Last year had a big response from the public and we are looking forward to this year.  A news release was also sent out announcing EPD participation.

Grape Day Task Force Update

We will be coming to the March 6 City Council meeting with a recommendation for potential funding requests to assist with the task force’s efforts. 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 337 extra patrols in the park, 90 field interviews, 60 citations and made 46 arrests. 

Police officers continue their enforcement efforts in the park but have increased their focus on the Signature Pavilion, and Maple Plaza due to recent activity by the Juggalos.  This increased effort resulted in three more arrests in the CCAE Rose Garden area for narcotics and alcohol violations. 

Maple Plaza – Due to the recent graffiti and vandalism at the Maple Plaza, officers have increased their checks of the area.   No smoking and parking signage was installed last week.  The businesses in the area were contacted and asked to call EPD when violations are seen.  Video cameras in the plaza are in the process of being installed. 

Signature Pavilion – Since the arrests of several of the problem individuals at the pavilion last week, security has reported very little problems.  They continue to monitor the area and have recently varied their work hours to be more visible during the problem times.  The property manager is receiving reports from the businesses that the newly adopted no smoking ban has been received very positively.  

Classical Academy/ Boys and Girls Club/ Children’s Museum/ of Classical Academy and Boys and Girls Club – No problems were reported

The next Task Force meeting will be Tuesday, March 5, 2013.