January 5, 2017

01/05/17

SPECIAL EVENTS 

No Special Events this week 

COMMUNITY SERVICES

Escondido Soccer Club’s annual New Year’s Kickoff youth soccer tournament will be playing January 7 & 8 at Ryan Park.  Approximately 600 families will be visiting our community for the two-day soccer tournament.  www.escondidosoccerclub.com

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

Major Projects Update

Commercial / Office:

  1. Escondido Research and Technology Center – East (ERTC) (Developer: James McCann) No change from the following update reported last week: This is a 72,000 square foot medical office building proposed on the east side of Citracado Parkway across from Palomar Medical Center located at 2130 Citracado Parkway. A grading permit has been issued by the Engineering Division. Building plans have been submitted for plan check. The applicant has recently requested to install a temporary paved parking lot in this area to serve the hospital. A grading plan for the temporary parking lot was approved June 13, 2016. 
  1. Escondido Research and Technology Center – West (ERTC) (Developer: James McCann) No change from the following update reported last week: This is a 144,000 sq. ft. development involving two medical office buildings proposed on the west side of Citracado Parkway across from Palomar Medical Center located at 2097 – 2175 Citracado Parkway. A grading permit has been issued by the Engineering Division. Esgil and the Planning Division have approved the building plans. A fee deferral agreement has been signed and the building permit was issued June 23, 2016. A tentative parcel map (TPM) for office condominiums was approved on July 12, 2016. A Final Parcel Map was submitted by the applicant on July 25, 2016, and is currently being reviewed by Planning and Engineering. A modified building plan to add a linear accelerator is now being reviewed by staff.
  1. Centerpointe 78 Commercial (Developer: Lars Andersen, Pacific Development)No change from the following update reported last week: This project is a 45,650 sq. ft. supermarket and restaurant located at 925 N. Broadway. The project was approved by the City Council on December 9, 2015. Demolition of the former auto dealership has been completed down to the foundation. Grading plans have been submitted to Engineering and Planning for review. Building plans for the supermarket were submitted to the Building Division on September 14, 2016, and are being reviewed by Building and Planning staff. A boundary adjustment application to place the two buildings on separate parcels went to Planning on October 14, 2016. 
  1. Westfield Theater (Developer: Kim Brewer, Westfield)No change from the following update reported last week: This project is a 10-auditorium movie theater totaling 57,600 sq. ft. located on the north side of the Westfield Mall. The project was approved by the City Council on November 4, 2015. 
  1. Felicita Development, LLC (Developer: Katherine Park, Creative Design Associates)No change from the following update reported last week: This project is a 140-unit hotel, and a gas station or office/residential care facility at the southeast corner of Felicita Rd. and Gamble Lane. The applicant and staff met with the architect to discuss building elevations, five-story height limitations and site design issues given the existing wetland constraints on the property. Additional technical analysis and coordination is needed to address traffic, biology, water and sewer service, geotechnical and storm water concerns, along with a market study for the proposed uses. The applicant met with the wildlife agencies and is responding to technical studies needed to complete the application. 
  1. Springhill Suites (Developer: Raj Patel, San Bernardino Hospitality LLC) – This project is a four-story, 105-suite hotel totaling 73,300 sq. ft. located at 200 La Terraza Drive. The hotel includes a small conference room and an enlarged lobby for serving continental breakfast. A revised set of grading plans has been approved since February and grading for the hotel site has now started. Building plans have been approved and permit fees were paid before the end of the year clearing the way for construction to commence. On January 3, 2017, a new ownership group met with the City Council Economic Development Subcommittee and staff to discuss renewing the now-expired Economic Incentive Agreement that had been granted to the original developer.
  1. Escondido Auto Park Association (Developer: Tim Brecht, Escondido Auto Park Association) No change from the following update reported last week: The association is proposing to upgrade the existing electronic message sign along I-15. An application for a new regional market sign and an amendment to the Sign Ordinance to increase the allowable display area for a regional market sign was submitted to the Planning Division on May 6, 2016. The proposed sign would be located in the same location as the existing sign at a slightly lower height (73.5 feet) with approximately the same overall dimensions. The Planning Commission recommended approval of the new regional market sign and amendment to the Sign Ordinance on July 12, 2016. The City Council approved the new regional market sign and amendment to the Sign Ordinance on August 17, 2016. Building plans are currently being reviewed by staff and a building permit should be issued soon. 
  1. Downtown Courtyard Marriott Hotel (Developer: Craig Clark)No change from the following update reported last week: A modification to a Master Plan and a Precise Plan for a revised downtown hotel design consisting of 154 rooms in four stories over ground-level parking. The majority of the building would be located in the parking lot between city hall and the CCAE conference center.  The primary entry to the hotel would be from a redesigned entry drive with new porte cochere on Escondido Boulevard.  The hotel would operate the conference center and would provide a bistro and bar area for guests.  The application was submitted on November 18, 2016 for processing and review.  During the course of review, City staff transmitted comments incrementally to the applicant.  A final letter summarizing all requested revisions and/or corrections was sent to the applicant on December 22, 2016. 

Industrial 

  1. StorQuest (Developer: The William Warren Group, Inc.)No change from the following update reported last week: This proposed project at 220 W. Mission Avenue involves a 102,500 sq. ft., four-story self-storage facility development with three in-line shops and a small office. The Planning Commission voted to recommend approval of the proposed General Plan Amendment, Planned Development and Zone Change on August 9, 2016. The project was approved by the City Council on September 14, 2016. A grading plan was submitted for review on November 3, 2016.  Building plans were submitted during the week of December 19, 2016. 
  1. Victory Industrial Development (Developer: Scott Merry, Badiee Development) – This project involves two industrial buildings totaling 91,000 sq. ft. (one building 55,500 sq. ft., second building 35,500 sq. ft.) located at 2005 Harmony Grove Road and a zone change from residential to Planned Industrial consistent with the updated General Plan. The Planning Commission voted to recommend approval of the proposed General Plan Amendment, Planned Development and Zone Change on August 9, 2016. It was approved by the City Council on September 14, 2016. Building plans were submitted into plan check the following day and are now being reviewed by staff. Staff is still awaiting submittal of a proposed boundary adjustment application with three property owners in the adjacent Harmony Grove Business Park that is needed to implement the project design. 
  1. Micro-Filtration Reverse Osmosis (Developer: City of Escondido Utilities Department) No change from the following update reported last week: The proposed project involves a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) for the development of a new City facility to provide advanced treatment for recycled water produced at the City of Escondido’s Hale Avenue Resource Recovery Facility (HARRF) for agricultural uses with the capacity for future treatment for indirect potable reuse. The facility would be sized for a total production capacity of 2.0 million gallons per day (mgd). A previous proposal for development of the facility at 2512 East Washington Avenue has now been shelved while staff pursues development of the facility on an alternative site located on the southeastern corner of Washington Avenue and Ash Street. On July 20, 2016, the City Council approved a first-phase design contract with Black and Veatch for the design effort need to bring the new site design to the Planning Commission for CUP consideration. Site and building design concepts have been developed and two neighborhood meetings were held on October 12, 2016 and November 3, 2016. A 30-day public review period for the proposed Mitigated Negative Declaration ended on November 27, 2016. The Planning Commission approved the proposed CUP on December 13, 2016. A City Council hearing has been set for January 11, 2017. 
  1. Wastewater Collections Yard Expansion (Developer: City of Escondido Utilities Department)No change from the following update reported last week: The project involves development of 1.8 acres of a larger, approximately 15.4-acre site for the construction of a new wastewater collections yard and maintenance facility for the City’s Hale Avenue Resource Recovery Facility (HARRF) at 1521 S. Hale Avenue. The proposed facilities will consist of three separate pre-fabricated metal buildings 3,735 sq. ft. - 5,670 sq. ft. for collections; work bays and workshops for regular maintenance of vehicles and equipment. The project would require the processing of a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) and rezone. The Planning Commission held a public hearing and recommended approval on May 10, 2016. It was approved by the City Council on June 15, 2016. Grading, building and landscape plans are now being reviewed by staff for permit issuance. 
  1. Escondido Self-Storage Facility (Developer: Brandywine Homes, Inc.)No change from the following update reported last week: A modification to a Master and Precise Development Plan for revisions to the design of a previously approved, but not yet constructed, self-storage facility with direct access to Brotherton Road near the intersection with Cranston Drive. The proposed project was submitted on May 11, 2016, and proposes approximately 77,500 SF of storage area in two buildings. The larger building is two stories over a basement with all interior loading. The smaller building is one-story with some exterior roll-up doors. The project site is also part of a five-lot Tentative Map for four residential lots and one commercial lot (Tract 900) that is concurrently being processed for an extension of time. The project was recommended for approval by the Planning Commission on September 13, 2016, and the City Council approved the project on October 12, 2016. Building plans were submitted the week of December 11, 2016. 
  1. Innovative Industrial Development (Developer: Scott Merry, Badiee Development) No change from the following update reported last week: This project involves a unique proposal in which two potential industrial development scenarios are being analyzed for the 5.76-acre site located at 1925 Harmony Grove Road, directly in front of the “Victory Industrial Development” described above. The first development scenario involves a single tenant building with 98,500 square feet and 197 parking spaces. The alternative scenario envisions three industrial buildings roughly within the same footprint as the single tenant proposal. The three industrial buildings would include a total of 86,000 square feet with 234 parking spaces. An industrial planned development application has been submitted along with a zone change from residential to Planned Industrial consistent with the updated General Plan. A Mitigated Negative Declaration was issued on November 7, 2016 and the public review period will close on November 28, 2016. The Planning Commission voted to recommend approval of this project on December 13, 2016. A City Council hearing tentatively has been scheduled for January 11, 2017. 
  1. HARRF Biogas to Energy Project (Developer: City of Escondido Utilities Department) No change from the following update reported last week: This project is a proposed Conditional Use Permit that will utilize the existing digester gas created during the sewage treatment process to power two generators with a combined output of 1,200 kW of power. The gas which is currently being flared on the site will be redirected for a useful purpose and used to offset the HARRF’s demand on utility natural gas and electricity from SDG&E. The project was approved by the Planning Commission December 13, 2016.  
  1. North American Self-Storage (Developer: Russ Colvin) – This project at 852 Metcalf proposes a 132,556 square foot, self-storage facility consisting of four stories over a full basement level on a 1.12-acre site in the M-1 zone. A Plot Plan application was submitted to Planning on September 14, 2016 and was extensively reviewed by all departments. The Planning Division issued a conditional letter of approval on December 21, 2016.

Institutional

  1. John Paul the Great Catholic University (Developer: Kevin Meziere, John Paul the Great Catholic University)No change from the following update reported last week:  A Conditional Use Permit to expand the campus and student enrollment at 155 W. Grand Avenue was approved by the Planning Commission on December 8, 2015. The proposal includes improvements to the former H. Johnson site at 131 S. Broadway for studio and classroom space, and the former bank at 200 W. Grand Avenue for administrative offices and a student resource center. The proposed expansion would also increase the student enrollment from 300 to 1,200 students over the next several years.  The university hosted an open house for the student resource center on November 28, 2016. 
  1. Escondido United Reformed Church (Developer: Brent Cooper) No change from the following update reported last week: The project is an expansion for a phased, multi-year, master construction/development plan for a new 12,250 SF two-story sanctuary, conversion of existing buildings to a social hall, demolition of an existing social hall/classroom building (approx. 4,620 SF) and construction of approximately 5,250 SF for a nursery, multi-purpose room, classrooms for Sunday school at 1864 N. Broadway. Revised architectural plans were unanimously approved by the Planning Commission on June 14, 2016. The grading plans are now in plan check. 
  1. Emmanuel Faith Community Church (Developer: Jim North, EFCC)No change from the following update reported last week: The project is a phased, multi-year construction and renovation program for the Emmanuel Faith campus that includes demolishing the existing children’s rooms and constructing a new nursery and children’s building for up to 200 children, construction of a two-story training center/youth complex, renovation of the existing high school/college building, conversion of the existing education center into an office and meeting room building, demolition of the existing café and construction of a new café, demolition and construction of a new maintenance building, construction of a new gathering plaza with baptismal outdoor water feature, and reconstruction and expansion of the existing worship center from 1,600 seats to 2,000 seats. The Planning Commission approved the proposed modification to the Conditional Use Permit for the campus on June 9, 2015. Grading, building and landscape plans for the first phase (45,414 square foot new children’s building) are being reviewed by staff and Esgil. 

Residential 

  1. Oak Creek (Developer: Jason Han, New Urban West)No change from the following update reported last week: This project is a 65-unit single family development located at the southeastern corner of Felicita Road and Hamilton Lane approved by the City Council in 2015. The LAFCO Board unanimously approved the annexation on October 5, 2015, and the annexation has been recorded. No grading or improvement plans have been submitted by the developer at this time. 
  1. Amanda Estates (Developer: Jason Han, New Urban West) No change from the following update reported last week: This project is a 22-unit single family development on Amanda Lane approved by the City Council in 2015. The LAFCO Board approved the reorganization (annexation) at their meeting on August 3, 2015, and the annexation has been recorded. No grading or improvement plans have been submitted by the developer at this time. 
  1. Pradera (Developer: Moses Kim, Lennar Homes)No change from the following update reported last week: This project consists of a 70-unit single family development located at the northeastern corner of Ash Street and Lehner Avenue. The developer has obtained building permits for six phases involving 52 homes and those phases are under construction. Homebuyer interest in the product remains high and sales are progressing.  All five final maps in the project have now recorded. Precise grading plans for all phases have now been approved.  Phases 7 and 8 for the construction of 11 additional homes were received on December 12, 2016. 
  1. Lexington (Zenner) (Developer: Eric Johnston, KB Homes) – The project is a 40-unit, single-family development at the northeastern corner of Lehner Avenue and Vista Avenue. The three model homes on the eastern side of Ash Street are now open and sales are progressing as expected. A rough grading permit was issued for the project site on August 18, 2016 and grading is underway. The final map has been approved by City Council. The precise grading plan for Phase 1 has been approved. Building plans for Phase 1 were submitted into plan check on December 20, 2016 and permits were issued before the end of the year. 
  1. Stella Park Condominiums (Developer: Edward Kaen, ETP, LLC)No change from the following update reported last week: This project is a 65-unit, three-story townhome Planned Development located at 2516 S. Escondido Blvd. The project includes three separate recreation areas for residents. The City Council approved the project on April 27, 2016. A Substantial Conformance TM and proposed modification to the Precise Development Plan was filed by Lyon Homes on December 12, 2016.  All departments are working steadily to provide necessary information to meet Lyon’s timeline. 
  1. Wohlford (Developer: Jack Henthorne) No change from the following update reported last week: This project is a 55-unit single family development located on Bear Valley Parkway east of Encino Drive. A Specific Alignment Plan for Bear Valley Parkway detailing the proposed roadway design is under review. The EIR consultant has submitted the first screencheck version of the Draft EIR for staff review. Staff has provided comments and a second screencheck is expected by the end of January. An application for a Development Agreement has recently been submitted by the applicant. 
  1. Latitude II (Developer: Peter Zak, Lyon/NCA) – This project is a 112-unit multi-family development, located at the northeastern corner of Centre City Parkway and Washington Avenue, and approved by the City Council on August 19, 2015. A Final Subdivision Map has been submitted for review and is awaiting approval of a boundary adjustment for a property exchange with the adjacent motel owner. The Final Map is scheduled for City Council approval on January 25, 2017. Grading and building plans are nearing approval. 
  1. Canyon Grove Estates Tract 932 (Developer: John Vance, Shea Homes) No change from the following update reported last week: This project is a 179-lot single family residential development on the north side of Vista Avenue east of Conway Drive. The final architectural design and landscaping plans for the Precise Plan application were approved by the Planning Commission on June 14, 2016. A rough grading permit has been issued and grading is underway. The Final Map has been approved by the City Council. Precise grading plans for the model complex and a model home permit have been approved. Building plans for the construction of eight model homes have been issued and construction is underway. Building permits for 16 additional homes are nearly ready to issue and the remainder of the homes are now in for building plan check.  The applicant is coordinating the plan review for off-site street improvements on Ash Street with the County’s Department of Public Works. 
  1. Safari Highlands Ranch (SHR) (Developer: Jeb Hall, Concordia Homes) No change from the following update reported last week: This project is a 550-unit single family development located east of the Rancho San Pasqual community and north of the San Diego Safari Park. The project involves 1,100 acres including annexation and a Sphere of Influence update for a master planned community with parks, trails, recreation center, fire station and open space. Planning and Engineering extensions of staff have been funded by the applicant and retained to assist the City in processing the project. The City Council approved the consultant contract for preparing the EIR on March 23, 2016. The contract planner has been meeting with the consultant, Michael Baker International (MBI), and has started review of first draft sections of the EIR. While the EIR is generally on schedule, there have been some changes to the site plan, which will affect the EIR schedule. The changes include the elimination of the “water factory” for wastewater treatment, elimination of the public park, changes to the entry road which would now be private instead of public, and relocation of the fire station to the former public park site. These changes will require the applicant’s civil engineer to make a number of revisions to the tentative map, but are not anticipated to affect the proposed development envelope or the number of proposed lots. A revised tentative map depicting the site plan changes was submitted on October 17, 2016, and is being reviewed by staff and the contract planner. 
  1. High Pointe Tract 693-J (Developer: Russell Schaeffer, True Life Communities) – No change from the following update reported last week: This project is a custom-home development with 39 estate lots accessed from Mesa Rock Road. Staff has prepared a bond and fee letter based on the proposed grading and landscape plans, and has sent it to the applicant. 
  1. Del Prado (Developer: Kerry Garza, Touchstone Communities)No change from the following update reported last week: This project is a 113-unit townhome-style Planned Development located at the southwestern corner of Brotherton Road and the Centre City Parkway frontage road. The project includes a recreational facility, pool, and open space areas. Staff worked through various site design and utility issues with the applicant prior to scheduling the project for a public hearing. The City Council approved the project on May 11, 2016. No grading or improvement plans have been submitted by the developer at this time. 
  1. 701 San Pasqual Valley Rd (Developer: Bob Stewart)No change from the following update reported last week: This project is a 19-unit single family development located at 701 San Pasqual Rd/1201 E. 5th Avenue (formerly Tract 898) on 7.2 acres. The application is under review and a letter detailing additional comments and submittal requirements was forwarded to the applicant. Additional information and revised plans were submitted to the Planning Division on June 13, 2016. Planning Division has reviewed the submittal and informed the applicant that it is still incomplete. 
  1. Veterans Village (Developer: Veterans Village of San Diego) No change from the following update reported last week: This project is a mixed-use development involving a 54-unit affordable multi-family residential apartment project for military veterans and their families. It includes on-site administration office, business center, club house and other support spaces for the residents; and a small commercial component to support training opportunities offered at the facility at 1556 S. Escondido Boulevard. Building plans have been submitted for review and comment; the grading plans and landscaping plans have been approved. Demolition has been completed. 
  1. Escondido Gateway (Developer: Greg Waite, Integral Communities)No change from the following update reported last week: This project is a mixed-use development involving 126 residential units within three, 4-5 story buildings with indoor and outdoor recreational areas and an opportunity for a small (1,000 sq. ft.) commercial/flex space on 2.6 acres (48 dwelling units/acre) located at 700 W. Grand Avenue (former Police Station) across the street from the Escondido Transit Center. Plans were submitted for the project involving a Specific Plan Amendment, Tentative Map, Planned Development and Development Agreement. The City Council approved the project on October 12, 2016. Grading plans and a final map were submitted on November 17and November 21, 2016, and are currently being reviewed by staff. The Development Agreement has recorded. Building plans were submitted into plan check the week of December 11, 2016. 
  1. The Villages at Escondido Country Club (Developer: Jason Han, New Urban West, Inc.) – The project would redevelop the former 109.3-acre Escondido Country Club golf course property with a new residential development consisting of 392 dwelling units including single-family detached and attached duplex units. The proposed project density is 3.6 dwelling units per acre with a minimum residential lot size of 2,555 square feet. The development would include 46 acres of open space including a landscaped greenbelt with a four-mile trail system linking park features. Other proposed amenities include a new clubhouse building, swimming pool, gym, tennis/pickle ball court, restaurant and bar and banquet facilities. The proposed General Plan Amendment, Specific Plan, Vesting Tentative Map and Zone Change applications and plans were submitted to the Planning Division on October 31, 2016. The plans are now being routed to City departments and agencies for comments. The developer has retained Dudek to prepare the Draft EIR for the project. The developer will fund a contract planner working under the direction of the Planning Division to assist the City in processing the project. A kick-off meeting was held on November 15, 2016, to commence project-related discussions between Planning staff and their contract planner, the applicant and the EIR consultant. A letter indicating the project application is incomplete was sent to the applicant on November 30, 2016. City staff met with the applicant on December 22nd to review the comment letter. It was conveyed to City staff that the applicant will resubmit in early 2017.

Building Division 

  1. The Building Division issued 39 permits for the week with a total valuation of $6,375,044. This includes seven new single family dwellings for KB Homes in the Ash Street/Vista Avenue neighborhood as well as the Springhill Suites (Marriott) hotel project located at 200 La Terraza Blvd. 
  1. Six photovoltaic permits were issued for the week, 107 for the month of December and 1,330 for the year. This represents a 9% decrease compared to the 1,450 PV permits issued in 2015. Overall, in 2016, the Building department processed 3,953 permit applications. 
  1. Counter technicians assisted, on average, 25 customers per day during the week between holidays; with 19 customers on Friday. 
  1. Building inspections averaged 27 inspections per day with 27 inspections on Friday. 
  1. The Building Division is now implementing the 2016 California Building Code, which came into effect on January 1, 2017. Staff will continue to attend available training on the new codes. 
  1. There are currently 33 projects awaiting plan check, for both new and re-check submittals. All phases of Shea Homes Estates and Heritage at Canyon Grove (178 single-family residences) have been submitted and are currently awaiting processing. 
  1. The City Plaza podium deck is complete and framing operations have now commenced. 
  1. Shea Homes’s eight model homes have had roof sheathing inspections completed. 
  1. Our new Senior Building Inspector has helped reduce timeframes by assisting both in the field and with plan checking. 

Code Enforcement 

  1. As of January 2, 2017, the total number of open code enforcement cases is 655 cases. During the prior week, 156 new cases were opened, and 28 cases were closed, with a backlog of an additional 19 cases not yet opened for assignment and investigation. 
  1. No illegal signs were confiscated during the holiday weekend. 
  1. Last week, the Business License Division issued 21 new licenses and received 22 new applications, in addition to 209 renewals. Nineteen businesses closed and/or closed out their business licenses. 

ENGINEERING 

CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS

2015/2016 Street Rehabilitation and Maintenance Project
The striping contractor is finishing the roadway striping on Washington Avenue between Centre City Parkway and Spruce Street, Centre City Parkway between 13th Avenue and Felicita Avenue and Valley Parkway between Harding Street and Midway Drive this week. Stop legends and Stop bars are continuing to be installed within the Escondido west side communities as part of last year’s program.   

PRIVATE DEVELOPMENT

Pradera - Lennar Communities
Installation and testing of the sewer manhole lining is starting this week. 

Lexington Model Homes - KB Homes
The installation of the storm drain system along Ash Street between Lehner Avenue and Vista Avenue is proceeding this week. Work is being coordinated with the Tract 932 contractor in the Ash Street / Vista Street intersection to maximize the installation of all utilities during the school’s winter break. 

Escondido Boulevard at 3rd Avenue
No changes from the following reported last week. The contractor completed a second concrete pour on the second floor slab.

 

Tract 932 - Canyon Grove Shea Homes Community
The contractor is continuing the mass grading for the 179 housing units, the importing of material will continue once the site dries out later this week. The Ash Street/Vista Avenue improvements are continuing this week with the closing of the intersection for two weeks for the purposes of lower the elevation of the intersection as wells as the construction of the remaining utility crossing. Work on the new traffic signal installation at the Ash Street/Sheridan Avenue intersection is ongoing with the installation of conduit runs along Ash Street between Madison Avenue and Hubbard Avenue. 

Solutions Housing Project 1560 S. Escondido Boulevard
No changes from the following reported last week: The contractor has completed the backfilling of utility trenches along the frontage of the project. 

Latitude II Condominiums by a Lyon Homes Partnership: Washington Avenue at Centre City Parkway
The contractor is working in Washington Avenue to reinstall a test plate on the failed water line. The retesting of the failed potable water main onto the site will take approximately three weeks to complete. Once water quality testing is done, the mass grading will once again commence.    

Westminster Theological Seminary Graduate Student Housing: Boyle Avenue at Bear Valley Parkway
The grading contractor has respraying all slopes as well as distributing water from the drainage basin to create more capacity in anticipation of the approaching storm later this week. The installation of the onsite private sewer system will resume this week. 

Veterans Village 1556 S. Escondido Boulevard
No changes from the following reported last week: The demolition of the existing structures is complete with the contractor importing material for grading. 

Talk of the Town
No changes from the following reported last week: A site meeting was held to discuss the limits of surface restoration along Bernardo Avenue 

Tract 877 – Bernardo Ave. by Ambient Communities
The project is a 13 lot single family residential project located at the cul-de-sac end of Bernardo Ave. The Grading Permit has been activated, with the relocation of the emergency access gates along 11th Avenue. The grading operation will resume next week after the contractors completed implementing erosion control measures this past week in advance of the weekend rain event. 

FUTURE CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS

East Valley Pkwy/Valley Center Road Widening Project
On 9/21/16 the City received approval on the requested Authorization to Construct for this project.  Staff will submit signed agreements to Caltrans for the Authorization to Construct this week.  The last environmental permit has been acquired.  Staff continues working with Utilities to finalize their plans prior to bidding this project. 

Jim Stone Pool
This project will renovate both existing pools and update pool equipment in need of replacement.  The City received two bids at the opening on December 22 that were much higher than available funding.  Staff is preparing a staff report for the January 11 City Council meeting, recommending Council reject all bids, and the project be re-scoped and advertised. 

POLICE 

INCIDENTS

  • On 12/25/16 at approximately 05:34 hours, units were dispatched to an alarm at the Chick-fil-A.  The units located a smashed glass door. It was later determined that three unknown suspects entered the building and forced entry into a safe in the back room. The suspects stole over $10,000 in cash. There is security video, however the suspects all had their faces covered.
  • On 12/25/16 at about 15:59 hours, officers were dispatched to Washington Park to investigate a possible stabbing. Officer Brett Byler arrived on scene and located the victim, who had a stab wound behind his left ear, and about four to five stab wounds to the front and back of his upper right torso and shoulder. The victim was transported to PMC and is in stable condition. The victim states he was involved in a fight with three males who approached him and stated, “This is Escondido” and they claimed membership in the ‘Diablos’ criminal street gang. Two of the suspects were described as 25-year-old Hispanic males. The third suspect was described as a 25-year-old white male, light colored hair, thin build, about 5’10” tall, and 140 lbs. The white male is the stabber. All suspects fled the scene prior to police arriving on scene. There is no further information at this point.
  • On 12/26/16 at about 19:50 hours officers were dispatched to 501 N. Rose St, Washington Park, to investigate an assault. A 16-year-old victim was struck on the head with a metal flashlight, causing about a 2” laceration to the top of his head. The suspect was his mother’s boyfriend of about a month. The crime occurred during an argument at 1480 Taylor Ave. The juvenile was treated for his injury at PMC, and the suspect was not located.
  • On 12/26/16 at about 23:57 hours, Officers were dispatched to the apartments at 1051 W. El Norte Pkwy to investigate an armed robbery. The victim was walking to her apartment when two males ran up to her and demanded her purse. One of the subjects was holding a black semi-automatic pistol. The male with the pistol was described as a black male or Hispanic male, early 20’s, 5’4” to 5’7”, covering his face with a shirt, wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt, and black pants. The second suspect was described black male or Hispanic male, in his early 20’s, and was wearing all black. Males matching the description were seen at the ‘AM PM’ at 450 W. El Norte Pkwy between 22:00 and 23:30 hours.
  • On 12/28/16 at approximately 09:43 hours, a warrant subject was located inside a parked vehicle at the church at Ash and El Norte.  Sgt. Sinnott and his partner assisted the Gang Unit by making contact and subsequently taking him into custody without incident.  A loaded/stolen Colt .45 handgun was recovered from under the front seat of the vehicle. 
  • On 12/30/16 at about 19:46 hours, officers responded to 1651 S. Juniper St #3 to investigate an assault with a deadly weapon. Officers contacted the victim who had a laceration to the top of his head. After an investigation it was determined that, during an argument, the suspect threw a glass lid, a glass salt shaker, and a large glass bowl at the victim. The victim was able to evade the first two objects, but was struck by the bowl. The victim was treated by EFD Paramedics, but declined transport to PMC. The suspect was arrested for the violation. 

EVENTS 

None due to the Christmas and New Year holidays.  

FIRE 

INDICENTS 

On 12/29/16 at 12:36 a.m. the Escondido Fire and Police Departments responded to a reported residential structure fire with reports of victims trapped inside at the Green Crest Mobile Home Park located at 541 W. 15th Avenue in Escondido. Upon arrival, firefighters and police officers found heavy fire and black smoke coming from the front doors and windows. Family members on scene confirmed that there were two children still trapped inside the mobile home. Firefighters took immediate fire suppression and rescue actions and requested second alarm, an air ambulance, and additional ground ambulances. Two firefighters made entry to the rear of the structure where they quickly located a male child. The child was removed from the structure and firefighter paramedics and police officers waiting outside provided medical care. The child was transported to Palomar Hospital and was later transferred to UCSD Medical Center by air ambulance, but later succumed to his injuries at the hospital. A total of eight residents were transported to local hospitals with injuries ranging from mild smoke inhalation to acute status CPR. After the fire was controlled, firefighters found a deceased female child inside the mobile home. The fire was contained to the mobile home by a total of 42 firefighters including seven Fire Engines, three Truck Companies, six Ambulances and four Chief Officers. Escondido Fire Department was assisted by San Marcos Fire, Vista Fire and Mercy Air. The Red Cross was requested to provide assistance to the residents. The cause of the fire is still under investigation. However, it is possible that the fire was caused by an electrical failure or a candle. No smoke detectors were found in the mobile home and there were no reports of a smoke alarm sounding.