July 25, 2013

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ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

  • Sales Tax for the most recent four quarters (July 2012 through June 2013) showed an increase of 8.0% over the previous period.  The state total was 6.2%.
  • In accordance with the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act, we have been advised that Palomar Health will lay off 35 employees in the job classification of CAN/NUS (Certified Nursing Assistant/Nursing Unit Secretary) at Palomar Medicate Center, 2185 Citracado Parkway.  The effective date of separation is September 19, 2013.

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT UPDATES

Planning:

  • Habitat for Humanity has submitted the tentative map application as part of their proposed planned development for the 11 affordable units on Elm Street Habitat. They also met with staff to discuss the opportunity to partner with the City and other organizations in the Elm Street neighborhood as part of their “A Brush with Kindness” program. This program typically does some exterior home repairs, landscaping, painting, etc. for owner occupied homes. H4H is also planning a community event on Saturday, October 19th to celebrate their 25th anniversary.
  • Heritage Digital Academy has submitted their Plot Plan application and tenant improvement plans for the proposed middle school at 2255 E. Valley Pkwy.

Building:

  • Plans were submitted for a 50,862 square foot, two-story Church of the Resurrection church building at 1445 Conway Dr. 

CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS

Grape Street Gas Relocation:

SDG&E has postponed the start of construction until August 5.

Private Development

Wal-Mart:

There is no update to report. Staff is contacting Caltrans to request that the plan review for the median island modification be expedited.

Lincoln Avenue @ Midway Drive Gas Main Replacement and Testing Station:

The paving restoration was completed on Monday of this week. Staff will begin to develop a punch list for any remaining items.

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

The contractor is pulling in cable along the one mile route. Staff has requested a schedule for pavement restoration.

Contempo Townhomes-Tract 921:

The project had their grand opening this past weekend. The underground contractor is set to begin construction on the replacement water main this Thursday. The water main is located in the alley between Orange Avenue and Pine Street.

Mission Avenue 69 kv Electrical Line:

SDG&E crews are on Mission Avenue near Juniper Street splicing conductors. The contractor will resume the construction of the conduit enclosure on the Reidy Creek Bridge this Thursday.

Resurrection Church: Storm Drain and Sewer Main Replacement

The installation of the storm pipe crossing Conway School has been completed. The contractor is pot holing utilities on El Norte Parkway between Ash Street and Conway Drive this week. Construction of the sewer main replacement on Conway Drive is set to begin next Monday.

AT&T Vault Reconstruction: Escondido Boulevard & 2nd Avenue

The contractor has installed the lane closure along 2nd Avenue which will remain in place for the next 2 weeks. Excavation has begun to remove the existing structure.   

PUBLIC SAFETY

Police:

  • Eight cadets from the PD were awarded their badges at a formalized ceremony at the Police HQ.  Lt. Neal Griffin will also be handing over the Cadet Program to Lt. Al Owens.  Neal has been the Head Explorer Advisor for the past ten years and has made our program the best around.  The professionalism and discipline our young men and women display when they are in our program is truly a testament to the very hard work Neal has done over the years.
  • Our detectives are working with the San Diego Sheriff’s Department San Marcos Station investigators on a series of prowler cases that are most likely related between our city and San Marcos.  This has received attention on the news over the past few days and we are developing information that will hopefully solve the crimes in both cities.  Investigators from both agencies worked throughout the weekend and are sharing information to help not only stop this but identify a suspect as well.
  • 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 792 extra patrols in the park, 137 field interviews, 73 citations and 77 arrests.

There were no calls for service at Grape Day for the past week.  Officers have received information that persons are sleeping in the park overnight, in violation of the Municipal Code.  Graveyard officers have stepped up their enforcement efforts during these hours, but have not discovered anyone. 

EPD officers continue to monitor Signature Plaza based on the increased reports of teens violating the no skateboarding and bicycling signage.  Officers made one arrest at the center after being notified by security regarding an intoxicated male.  Security officers, have once again changed their shift times, to provide better security of the complex.  The property manager, Eddie Goldberg and contract security has not reported any more instances of teens causing problems in the area. 

Public Works continues to monitor the portable toilets for damage and maintenance.  Park Rangers will start opening the bathrooms regularly on the weekends.

Fencing is planned to be installed around the trunk of the recently removed Eucalyptus tree to prevent persons from climbing on it. 

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

No reports from Classical Academy, Boys and Girls Club and SD Children’s Museum. 

This Saturday night, July 27, the History Center will be present the next family movie in the park, “Brave”.  They hope to have a great turn out similar to the last one.  http://www.escondidohistory.org/2013_movies_flyer.pdf

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 August 20, 2013.