January 9, 2013

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ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

  • SDG&E is proposing to build a two story addition on the east side of the existing administration building at the Palomar Energy Center in the ERTC.  This addition will add approximately 1500 square feet of available administrative office space.  A new building entrance will be located on the south side of the addition. The expansion will also include a new 4-foot sidewalk extension along the new east and north walls and a canopy over the building entrance. The petition to expand the administration building can be viewed on the Energy Commission website at http://www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/palomar/compliance/index.html
  • Mayor Abed has invited George Chamberlin to serve as the Master of Ceremonies for the State of the City Address on February 20, 2013 at 8:30 a.m. George Chamberlin provides hourly money and business news on KOGO Radio. He also is Executive Editor of The Daily Transcript, San Diego's daily business newspaper, and is Money Advisor for NBC 7/39 and a columnist for the North County Times.

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT UPDATES

Building:

The monthly Building Activity Report for December is attached.

Code Enforcement:

The Code Enforcement report for the 4th Quarter is attached.

CAPITAL PROJECTS

Benton Burn Site Remediation:

Clearing of organic material is continuing on site. Excavation of upper work zone has started with material being transported to the lower work zone where permanent protective measures will be installed.

Dos Cabazos Retaining Wall Project:

Three residents along Old Via Rancho Parkway and Avenida Hacienda contacted City staff several months ago regarding a retaining wall located along their rear yard frontage. The wall was constructed as part of an adjacent 5 lot subdivision over 15 years ago with the retaining wall located in the public right of way. After meetings with the homeowners and their attorney and structural engineer, City staff developed a solution to the compromised sections of retaining wall along the rear yard property line. A project was developed and awarded to Tryco General Engineering after receiving the winning bid of $76,475.00. A preconstruction meeting was held on January 8, 2013 with a notice to proceed given for January 22, 2013.  The project has 25 contract days with an anticipated completion date of February 28, 2013.

Old Escondido Stop Sign Project:

All elements of construction have been completed.

East Valley Community Center:

The final asphalt sealer for the parking lot will be completed within 7 days bringing this project to completion.

Private Development

Mission Avenue SDG&E 69 KV Electrical Line:

The contractor has mobilized 3 crews along the project route, the first working on Mission Avenue east of Washington Avenue near the main post office. The second crew is on Mission Avenue proceeding east bound near Broadway and should be entering the Broadway / Mission Avenue intersection Wednesday night. The third crew is working on Mission Avenue in front of Mission Grove Park to relocate a 2” gas main which is in conflict with the next vault to be constructed. SDG&E has two crews working to construct two 6’ wide by 18’ deep concrete foundations on Beech and Ash Street to accommodate the installation of steel transmission poles. The project is encountering large volumes of ground water at all of the excavation sites which is slowing the overall progress. The latest forecast puts final completion of the project in May of this year.

Talk of the Town:

The contractor has one final water service lateral to construct in the Brotherton roadway which is scheduled for this week. The two building pads are ready for the next phase of construction.

Wal-Mart:

The City issued building permits for the Walmart store this morning.  Construction is scheduled to start this Friday and they want to finish construction by the end of July.The developer has awarded the project construction to a North County construction firm. A construction trailer has been delivered and City staff is ready to issue the Grading Permit this week. The offsite improvement which include the construction of a 12” water main on Pennsylvania Avenue and median improvements along Ash Street (State Route 78) are ongoing.

Del Lago Academy:

The offsite pavement installation has been completed at Citracado Parkway and Scenic Trails Way. The school is scheduling the final striping of the intersection improvements.

Private wall failure at Broadway and 8th Avenue:

The project is being monitored by City staff on a daily basis. No construction activity to report this week.

PUBLIC SAFETY

Police:

  • Water bill inserts on the OffenderWatch program have been prepared. OffenderWatch is a free email alert system for the public to tell them about sex offenders in the City of Escondido.  People wishing to sign up for this program can go to the EPD website and click on the link on the homepage for more information.  Duplication completed the work and it is delivered to our billing process center.  They will go out in our 4 billing cycles (January 11, 18, 25 and February 4).
  • In December, Toyota of Escondido held a Toy drive in the name of the Escondido Police Athletic League (PAL). The toys were for underprivileged children in the Escondido Community. PAL collected the toys from the dealership on December 21 and then distributed them to children at a local food bank in Escondido.     
  • The EPD Facebook reached a milestone in December.  As of today, we are up to 518 “Likes.”

Fire:

  • The Fire Department is in the middle of the process to implement its’ new EMS response model. The department received over 190 applications for the new non-safety paramedic position. The screening process narrowed the field of applicants to 74; those 74 are going through an interview and assessment process this week. The department is working towards selecting the top12 candidates and having this first group begin their training and mentorship in mid-February.