December 7, 2016 

12/08/16

SPECIAL EVENTS 

  • 66th Annual Escondido Jaycees Christmas Parade
    Saturday, December 10 at 9:30 a.m.
    Broadway from Escondido High School to Grape Day Park
    Get in the holiday spirit at the annual Christmas parade! This is the longest running community event in Escondido!
  • Multicultural Holiday Festival
    Saturday, December 10 from 11 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.
    Grape Day Park
    Immediately following the parade gather in Grape Day Park for a family friendly community event celebrating the holidays.
  • Christmas on Maple
    Saturday, December 10 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
    Maple Street Plaza
    This free community event will feature crafts for kids, a visit from Santa and a free teddy bear for all children who attend.
  • For information about other activities taking place in Escondido, please visit www.visitescondido.com

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

Major Projects Update

Commercial / Office:

  • 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. 
  • 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.
  • 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. 
  • 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. 
  • 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, 5-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 wild life agencies and is responding to technical studies needed to complete the application. 
  • Springhill Suites (Developer: Raj Patel, San Bernardino Hospitality LLC)No change from the following update reported last week: This project is a 4-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 by Esgil, Fire, Planning and Engineering. The building permit is ready to be issued.
  • 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. 
  • Escondido Hyundai (Developer: Abe Razick, Escondido Hyundai) – A plot plan has been approved for a temporary showroom and small vehicle sales lot for Escondido Hyundai at 2025 Auto Park Way. The service department will be across the street at 229 S. Andreasen Drive. The showroom building was formerly a bank and is being converted into the Hyundai dealership as a temporary facility while they look for a site to build a new dealership. The Economic Development Department and Planning Division will be working with the owner to locate a suitable site for their new dealership. 
  • Marriot Hotel (Developer: Escondido Development 2, LLC/Craig Clark) – A Master Plan Modification and Precise Plan for a 5-story, 153 room hotel with related facilities which include ground floor covered parking, a hotel bistro and guest pool. The project includes a partial remodel of the adjacent existing Conference Center building including a remodeled entry and kitchen. The combined project site is 149,098 SF and located on West Valley Parkway between the existing City Hall and Community Theater. 

Industrial 

  • StorQuest (Developer: The William Warren Group, Inc.) – 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. 
  • Victory Industrial Development (Developer: Scott Merry, Badiee Development) No change from the following update reported last week: 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. 
  • 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 in December 2016. If the Planning Commission approves the CUP, a contract for the remaining design work will be brought forward to the City Council. 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. A Planning Commission hearing on the proposed CUP has been scheduled for December 13, 2016. 
  • 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. 
  • 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. Planning staff approved the environmental technical studies needed for the update of the previous environmental review on July 12. Architecture was approved by staff Design Review on July 14 and an addendum to the previous MND has been prepared. 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. 
  • 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. A Planning Commission hearing for this project has been scheduled for December 13, 2016. 
  • 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 submitted in September 2016 and is scheduled to be considered currently being reviewed by staff. 

Institutional

  • 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. 
  • 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. 
  • 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 

  • 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. 
  • 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. 
  • Pradera (Developer: Moses Kim, Lennar Homes) – 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 five phases involving 44 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.  Phase 6 plans for the construction of eight homes were received by the Building Division on December 5, 2016. 
  • Lexington (Zenner) (Developer: Eric Johnston, KB Homes)No change from the following update reported last week: 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 is scheduled for City Council approval on November 16, 2016. The precise grading plan for Phase 1 is nearing approval as are the landscape plans for the community. 
  • 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. No grading or improvement plans have been submitted by the developer at this time. 
  • 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. An application for a Development Agreement has recently been submitted by the applicant. 
  • Latitude II (Developer: Peter Zak, Lyon/NCA)No change from the following update reported last week: 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. Grading and building plans are nearing approval.  
  • Canyon Grove Estates Tract 932 (Developer: John Vance, Shea Homes) – 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. The applicant is coordinating the plan review for off-site street improvements on Ash Street with the County’s Department of Public Works. 
  • 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. 
  • 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. 
  • 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. 
  • 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. 
  • 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. A demolition permit for the historic structures on-site has been issued following completion of the required mitigation and work is expected to commence soon. 
  • Escondido Gateway (Developer: Greg Waite, Integral Communities) – 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. 
  • The Villages at Escondido Country Club (Developer: Jason Han, New Urban West, Inc.)No change from the following update reported last week: 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.

Building Division: 

  • The Building Division issued 75 permits with a total valuation of $238,558. 
  • 33 photovoltaic permits were issued for the week. The Building Division has issued 1,229 solar permits this year compared to 1,311 issued for the same time last year. 
  • Counter technicians had a busy week assisting an average of 32 customers per day with 37 customers on Friday. 
  • Building inspections averaged 31 inspections per day. 
  • To date, the Building Division has processed 3,654 permits, compared to 3,469 permits last year to date. Current building valuation for all issued permits to date is $58,650,054 compared to $42,978,325 for last year. 
  • 65 new single family dwellings permits have been issued this year compared with 20 issued same time last year. 
  • Projects nearing permit issuance are:
    • Latitude 2, 112-unit apartment building at 610-660 Centre City Pkwy.
    • Church of Resurrection at 1445 Conway, 18,000 sf church.
    • Veterans Village, at 1540 S Escondido Blvd, 40,000 sf three story apartment building.
    • Springhill Suites, at 200 La Terraza, 105-unit hotel. 
  • The construction of the City Plaza three-story mixed use building at 300 S Escondido Blvd is continuing and the second concrete pour for the podium slab will be placed this week. 
  • Underground plumbing inspections have been approved for seven of the eight model homes at Shea Homes Tract 932. 
  • The Solutions for Change affordable housing project at 1560 S. Escondido Blvd has started wall framing for the project. 
  • Roof framing is proceeding at the Meadowbrook three-story apartment building with underground garage at 2081 Garden Valley Glen. 
  • SDG&E is completing a utilities upgrade at Greencrest Mobile Home Park at 541 W. 15th and will be starting upgrades soon at Town and Country Mobile Home Park at 2280 E. Valley Pkwy and Citrus Gardens, 211 S. Citrus Ave. 
  • Escondido Disposal is receiving underground inspections for their conveyer pits associated with their large expansion and remodel. 
  • In house plan review is very busy and plans are averaging close to 25 days on the initial review and 10 to 15 days on resubmittals. 
  • Building staff continues to review the new 2016 California Building Codes to identify major changes in anticipation of the new code adoption on 1/1/2017. Staff will be attending available training on the new codes. 
  • The Calvin Christian new chapel and auditorium at 2000 N Broadway has received masonry grout inspections for their exterior walls. 
  • The Talk of the Town new restaurant project at 444 Brotherton Rd. has received rough framing inspection corrections and is anticipating final shell building inspection request soon. 

Code Enforcement: 

  • As of December 6, 2016, the total number of open code enforcement cases is 466 cases. During the prior week, 38 new cases were opened, and 80 cases were closed, with a backlog of an additional 91 cases not yet opened for assignment and investigation. 
  • There were 87 illegal signs confiscated during the weekend. 
  • Last week, the Business License Division issued 55 new licenses and received 34 new applications, in addition to 233 renewals. 21 businesses closed out their licenses. 

ENGINEERING 

CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS

  • 2015/2016 Street Rehabilitation and Maintenance Project:
    The contractor is concentrating on installing the slurry treatment in the Old Escondido Historical District as well as the Westside Community between 5th Avenue to the north and 17th Avenue to the south. The striping contractor is installing striping and legends within the Old Escondido Historical District this week that have received the final slurry treatments.           

PRIVATE DEVELOPMENT

  • Pradera - Lennar Communities:
    The construction of the water main along Stanley Avenue is complete and is in service after completion of all tie-in and service activations this past week.      
  • Lexington Model Homes - KB Homes:
    The installation of the storm drain system is ongoing for the project.  
  • City Plaza: Escondido Boulevard at 3rd Avenue
     No changes from the following reported last week: The contractor poured the second floor slab on Tuesday of this week. 
  • Tract 932 - Canyon Grove Shea Homes Community:
    No changes from the following reported last week: The contractor is continuing the mass grading for the 179 housing units. The Ash Street/ Vista Avenue improvements which are the jurisdiction of the San Diego County is at a standstill until elements of the dry utilizes have been relocated along Ash Street. The construction of the off- site water main along Century Way has been completed with the start of water quality testing continuing this week. Work on the new traffic signal installation at the Ash Street / Sheridan Avenue intersection is ongoing with the pot holing of existing utility crossings at the Ash/ Sheridan intersection. 
  • Solutions Housing Project 1560 S. Escondido Boulevard:
    The construction of the remaining water line lateral is complete; the water quality testing is ongoing this week. The contractor has begun to backfill utility trenches along the frontage so that the steel plates may be minimized. 
  • Latitude II Condominiums by a Lyon Homes Partnership: Washington Avenue at Centre City Parkway:
    The work for installing the new water main in Washington Avenue is complete, water quality testing is complete and the line is now in service. The Grading Permit has been issued and mass grading of the entire site has begun with the treatment of the existing soil re-compaction efforts. The contractor is processing a haul route for the import of material to the site from south of Escondido. Traffic Control measures will be put in place along Centre City Parkway to provide safe access to and from the site. 
  • Westminster Theological Seminary Graduate Student Housing: Boyle Avenue at Bear Valley Parkway:
    The grading contractor is expected to complete the all slopes this week with placement of the required slope protection measure. 
  • Veterans Village 1556 S. Escondido Boulevard:
    No changes from the following reported last week: The demolition of the existing structures began last week. 
  • Talk of the Town:
    The Contractor/Developer is constructing water quality measures on site this week. 
  • Tract 877 – Bernardo Ave. by Ambient Communities:
    This project is a 13 lot single family residential project located at the cul-de-sac end of the Bernardo Ave. I-15 frontage road and will extend it and reconstruct the emergency access gate further south.   The project was recently reactivated and revised to meet new storm water standards and optimize the site grading. The Rough Grading plan was approved on November 30th with the preconstruction meeting for activating the Grading Permit scheduled for this week. 

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.  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 required to meet current County health standards.  The project has been advertised and will open bids the third week in December.  Staff anticipates bring the project to City Council for authorization to award in January 2017. 

POLICE 

Incidents 

  • On 11/30/16 at about 10 a.m., The San Diego Sheriff’s Office requested the assistance of Escondido Police in locating a stolen vehicle they pursued into our City. The investigation led to the area of 951 S. Tulip, where officers and detectives converged locating the vehicle. The suspect driver fled again leading officers on a short pursuit into the downtown area where officers terminated the pursuit due to the high vehicle and pedestrian traffic. The vehicle was quickly found abandoned behind Swami’s restaurant at 150 W. Grand Ave. Officers located and arrested the driver who was hiding in the alley near the stolen vehicle. He was booked into the Vista Detention Facility on auto-theft and evading charges.
  • On 12/1/16 at about 2:30 a.m., San Pasqual Tribal Police and San Diego County Sheriff’s Office requested the assistance of Escondido Police in stopping a stolen vehicle they were following into the city.  Escondido officers took over the lead and initiated a high-risk vehicle stop on Valley Pkwy. just west of El Norte Pkwy. Officers arrested a lone female driver without incident and turned over to the San Diego County Sheriff’s Deputies for booking.
  • On 12/1/16 at about 8:54 a.m., an officer stopped a vehicle for a vehicle code violation in the 600 block of N. Broadway. The driver of the vehicle gave the officer a false name. Further investigation led to the driver’s true identity, which revealed a warrant for his arrest. A search was conducted and revealed narcotics and stolen property in the vehicle. The officer was able to located the owner of the stolen property and return it to them. The suspect was booked into the Vista Detention Facility.
  • On 12/2/16 at about 11:30 p.m., officers were conducting routine patrol in the area of 500 Aster St. and attempted to stop a vehicle for a vehicle code violation. A passenger fled from the vehicle on foot and was detained without incident. The driver and passenger were determined to be known gang members who were in possession of a loaded handgun in the vehicle. Both subjects were arrested for warrants and weapons violations and booked into the Vista Detention Facility.
  • On 12/3/16 at about 11:38 p.m., an officer attempted to stop a vehicle at 9th Ave and Quince St. for driving without headlights at night. The driver of the vehicle recklessly evaded the officer who lost sight of the vehicle. A few moments later, the officer found the vehicle parked at 12th Ave and Spruce St. A search of the area resulted in three men being detained who were found hiding in the neighborhood. Further investigation revealed all three suspects were known gang members and in possession of a loaded handgun. All three were arrested and booked into the Vista Detention Facility. 

EVENTS 

  • On November 27, Patrol Bureau Captain Eric Skaja hosted breakfast for dayshift officers before they headed out to keep the community safe this Thanksgiving day. Happy Thanksgiving from our family to yours. 

 

  • On November 30, Chief Carter and Captain Loarie were invited to today's NFL Play 60 event at Mission Middle School. Special Thanks to SDPD StarPal, Escondido PAL, and the NFL for making this a special event for Escondido’s youth. 

 

  • On December 3, about 60 men and women participated in the testing process for the position of police officer at Police Headquarters. We appreciate the group choosing EPD as a place to be a police officer and wish the applicants well.

  • On December 3, Chief Carter, Captain Skaja and several other officers from the department participated in the annual Shop With A Cop San Diego event hosted by the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department. Hundreds of under privileged children were paired with officers from agencies throughout San Diego County to go on a holiday shopping spree. The event kicked off with complimentary breakfast at Sea World. The kids then rode in style in marked police cars (lights and siren) all the way to Target where each child received a $150 gift card to spend in the store. The event is a great way for law enforcement officers to connect with the youth in San Diego County.

 

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