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July 22, 2015 

07/22/15

WATER CONSERVATION IS WORKING 

City of Escondido water customers reduced their water consumption by 32% in the month of June, surpassing our goal of 20%.  The regional numbers looked good too.  Within the County Water Authority the reduction was approximately 26%. 

RECYCLED WATER LINES TO BE INSTALLED ON REMAINDER OF CCP MEDIANS 

We are on track to replace the potable irrigation lines with recycled water in the Centre City Parkway medians by the end of July or early August. The project was broken down into sections between major intersections.  The status of each is: 

From Second to Fifth – Scheduled for completion this week (installation of pressure regulator)

From Fifth to Ninth – Scheduled for completion this week (installation of pressure regulator and repair of old sprinkler heads)

From Ninth to Thirteenth – Scheduled for completion next week (installation of pressure regulator and repair of old sprinkler heads)

Mission to Washington – Scheduled for completion first week of August (delayed by difficulty connecting to recycled water main, obstructed by other underground infrastructure) 

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT 

A copy of Colliers International Industrial Property Report for North County for Q2 2015 is available at the following site: http://www.collierscarlsbadlistings.com/NorthCounty.pdf 

SPECIAL EVENTS 

  • Escondido Shines will hold its third free summer concert at the Kit Carson Park Amphitheater this Saturday, July 11, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. The Justin Helland and Friends Band will be performing.  For more information about the concert series,  please visit http://www.escondidoshines.org/?page_id=74 
  • Attached is a report on the number of Special events held between July 2014 and June 2015, as well as activities at the Daley Ranch House.
  • For information about activities taking place in Escondido, please visit www.visitescondido.com 

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

Planning:

  • An application has been received for an 11,550 SF medical office building for dialysis treatment. The 1.87 ac. property is in the ERTC Specific Plan area addressed as 1951 Citracado Pkwy.
  • Major Projects Update:
    • Oak Creek (NUW) – LAFCO staff has recommended that the proposed annexation boundary be expanded to include a roadway segment of Hamilton Lane between Bernardo and Felicita Avenues. The County of San Diego has submitted comments concurring with this recommendation, along with additional recommendations regarding offsite improvements within Felicita Park. This road segment does not meet City standards. Staff has sent a letter to LAFCO providing justification to support City’s staff’s recommendation to eliminate the proposed expansion of the annexation boundary. A LAFCO hearing date has been tentatively scheduled for October 5th.
    • Amanda Estates (NUW) – The LAFCO hearing is scheduled for August 3rd. Staff has provided a list of submittals needed to pull a grading permit prior to implementation of the new storm water requirements.
    • Centerpointe 78 Commercial – Staff continues to review sections of the screen check EIR as they become available. The applicant has agreed to traffic mitigation measures identified by the EIR traffic consultant to address significant traffic impacts. The Draft EIR is anticipated to be released for public review within the next two weeks.
    • North Broadway Deficiency Area Projects – Grading is underway for Lennar’s “Pradera” project. Building permit applications for the model homes are under review. Staff is working with the applicant on an operating agreement which would allow construction of the model homes prior to recordation of the Final Map. Staff is reviewing a variance application submitted to address setback issues relating to the location of the perimeter walls. The Zenner annexation application has been accepted as complete by LAFCO. The applicant indicates they do not anticipate pulling grading permits this year in advance of the new storm water requirements.
    • Kaen Planned Development (2516 S. Escondido Blvd.) – Staff met with the applicant’s team on July 21st to discuss the changes they propose in response to staff comments. Conceptual agreement was reached regarding the proposed modifications. Submittal of revised plans is anticipated within two weeks. The applicant is pursuing selection of consultants for preparation of technical studies and the mitigated negative declaration.
    • Wohlford – A letter has been sent for the proposed 55-unit residential subdivision and planned development at 661 Bear Valley Parkway advising the applicant that the application is incomplete and identifying the necessary submittals to continue processing the application. The applicant is coordinating with staff regarding a Specific Alignment Plan for Bear Valley Parkway and is conducting technical studies. The applicant has submitted a draft Request for Proposals for preparation of an EIR, to help expedite the EIR consultant selection process.
    • Latitude II – The applicant continues to negotiate with the owners of adjacent properties regarding several issues that affect their proposed site plan, parking and sewer improvements. Staff is developing conditions to address these concerns which must be resolved prior to issuance of any grading permits or final map. The public review period for the draft Mitigated Negative Declaration ended July 20th; only one comment letter was received from the adjacent motel owner. The Planning Commission hearing is scheduled for July 28th.
    • Shea Homes (Tract 932) – Staff is awaiting submittal of minor revisions to the revised tentative map to enable final approval of a substantial conformance determination for the 179-lot residential subdivision known as Hidden Valley Ranch. The applicant has reached agreement with Vista Irrigation District (VID) regarding cost sharing for improvements proposed within the VID easement. Rough grading plans are under review. A future Precise Plan submittal will include review of proposed park amenities as well as setback issues on 9 lots where the proposed units do not meet the setback requirements of the planned development.
    • Safari Highlands – The tentative map and specific plan application was submitted on July13th, and is under review for completeness. Discussions are underway regarding the need for consulting services to prepare the Municipal Services Review and Sphere of Influence update.
    • Felicita Development, LLC has submitted a Planned Development application for the vacant 6.9 acre property at the southeast corner of Felicita Rd. and Gamble Lane. The proposed project includes the phased development of a 140-unit hotel, an 80-unit extended stay hotel, a 120-bed assisted living facility and a gas station and car wash. 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. A letter addressing items and technical studies needed to complete the application has been sent.
    • Revised plans submitted for EDI’s proposed CUP expansion of the existing Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) are under review. The draft Mitigated Negative Declaration was released on June 24th for a 30-day public review period ending July 23rd. The project is tentatively scheduled for Planning Commission hearing on August 28th

Building Division: 

  • The Building Division issued 78 permits for the week with a total valuation of $10,031,570. The big jump in permit revenue is due to the issuance of the building permits for the 3 story, 66-unit apartment building at Meadowbrook Village, 2081 Garden Valley Glen.
  • 33 photovoltaic permits were issued for the week.  Building has issued 609 permits so far this year compared to 313 issued at the same time last year.
  • Inspections and counter contacts remain steady with inspections averaging 30 per day with 34 on Friday and counter contacts averaging 38 per day with 41 on Friday.
  • The 76-unit apartment complex on 2412 S. Escondido Blvd.  has received underground plumbing and foundation inspections on the first of 3 buildings.
  • The Black Angus restaurant at Westfield North County Mall has received foundation inspection approval and is now in the process of framing the building.
  • Plans were submitted for a tenant improvement and addition to the BMW dealership on Auto Park Way. 

Code Enforcement: 

  • As of July 20th, the total number of open code enforcement case is 367 cases, with a backlog of an additional 51 cases not yet opened for assignment and investigation. During the prior week, 85 new cases were opened, and 40 cases were closed. Staff has processed 79 public records requests this year. Recruitment is underway for one full-time and three part-time vacant officer positions to assist with the backlog.
  • Last week the Business License Division received 28 new applications and 181 renewals, and issued 71 new licenses. 

CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS

FY 2014-2015 Street Rehabilitation Project
July 20th, 2015 through July 24th, 2015:  The striping subcontractor has not yet completed all items of work. Staff is working with the prime contractor to finalize all billable items for project closeout. 

Escondido High School Pedestrian Ramp Improvements
The pedestrian ramps are now completed and ready for use when the students return to   school on August 17.    

Private Development 

Bear Valley Parkway between Boyle Avenue and San Pasqual Valley Road (County Project)
The wall contractor has completed the construction of the block wall. The backfill material will be placed later this week at Boyle Avenue at Bear Valley Parkway. A sewer main and lateral for Westminster Theological Seminary on Boyle Ave was started on Tuesday, July 21. The roadway widening of the southerly portion of Bear Valley Parkway, between Suburban Hills Drive and San Pasqual Valley Road (SR78), is continuing this week. 

2412 South Escondido Boulevard
The water line testing has been completed and the onsite water main has been tied into the potable system.  The delivery of combustible material to the job site may now begin.  The roadway contractor has completed a portion of the new curb and gutter along Escondido Boulevard. The onsite improvements including paving were installed on Friday, July 17th

Pradera - Lennar Communities
The grading contractor is actively grading phase 1, 2 and 3 of the project. The import of dirt material was begun on Wednesday, July 15, 2015 and will continue into September.  This will include Saturdays between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. 

St. Mary’s Church
The grading has begun on the new Parish Center; work includes public water mains, private sewer system and a remodeled parking lot.

Future Capital Projects 

FY14/15 Street Maintenance Project
On July 8 City Council authorized awarding of the project to American Asphalt South.  Notice of award has been sent to the contractor, and a preconstruction meeting with the contractor has been scheduled for 7/29/15.  The list of streets to be treated as part of this contract has been made available on the City’s website under Departments, Public Works, “key projects”.  

Citracado Extension Project
Staff finalized an agreement with SDG&E for design services to prepare plans to realign SDG&E high voltage facilities in conflict with the future roadway.  Real property staff met with affected property owners. 

El Norte Pkwy Bridge Widening and Median Improvements
On July 24 SANDAG’s Transportation Committee will be recommending that the SANDAG Board of Directors approve $335,000 in active transportation funding to install a pedestrian signal at the Escondido Creek Trail Crossing.  After coordinating with staff, SDG&E design services for gas main and future undergrounding of existing overhead cabling, is now underway. 

East Valley Pkwy/Valley Center Road Widening project
Real Property has issued several offers to private property owners for acquisition of land needed to complete this project. 

PUBLIC SAFETY

Police 

Incidents:

  • On 7/13/2015, dispatch received multiple reports of a shooting in the 200 block of N. Midway Dr. Officers arrived to find a male victim who had been shot in the arm, abdomen and ear. The injuries were not considered to be life threatening.
  • On 7/13/2015, officers responded to the 100 block of N. Rose St. on a report of a disturbance. Upon arrival, a subject refused to listen to the officer’s commands and begins to fight with the officer. The subject was taken into custody and the officer received a minor injury.
  • On 7/15/2015, officers respond to the 1600 block of E. Valley Pkwy. on a report of an out of control subject throwing items in a business. As the first officer arrived on scene, he was immediately attacked by the subject. The subject hit the officer in the face with a beer bottle and punched the officer multiple times. Two bystanders came to the aid of the officer, helping him take the subject into custody. The officer received moderate injuries from the attack. The actions of the bystanders minimized the injury to the officer and helped prevent additional victims from being injured.
  • On 7/16/2015, officers responded to a report of a suspicious package in the 1600 block of Forest Glen. The package was similar in appearance to an Improvised Explosive Device or IED. The San Diego County Sheriff’s Bomb/Arson Unit responded and shot the package with a water cannon. The item was determined to be a hoax.
  • On 7/16/2015, officers responded to a report of a suspicious vehicle leaving the area of the 700 block of N. Fig St. Officers conducted a records check on the license plate and determined it was a reported stolen vehicle. Three subjects were taken into custody.
  • On 7/16/2015, Gang Enforcement Officers attempt to stop a subject for a probation violation. The subject was seen climbing into the window of a house in the 400 block of W. 11th Officers established a perimeter and eventually talked the suspect out of the house, taking him into custody.
  • On 7/16/2015, dispatch received a call from the victim of a robbery that had occurred the week before. The victim advised he now saw the suspect in the 700 block of W. Valley Pkwy. After obtaining a direction of travel and description, officers locate the suspect in the area of Washington Ave. and Escondido Blvd. A brief foot pursuit ensued and the suspect was taken into custody.
  • On 7/16/2015, officers took a report of a stolen vehicle in the 100 block of La Terraza Blvd. The vehicle was equipped with LoJack. Approximately one hour later, another officer received the LoJack signal is his unit. After a short vehicle pursuit, the vehicle was found unoccupied at 12th and Spruce St. The suspects were not located.
  • On 7/19/2015, officers responded to a report of a carjacking in the 100 block of W. Mission Ave. While leaving the scene, the carjacking suspect collided with an object and fled on foot. Based on the suspect description, an officer recognized the suspect from an earlier citation for petty theft. The suspect was taken into custody near Midway Dr. and Valley Pkwy. 

EVENTS 

  • On 7/18/2015, Escondido was honored to host the final leg of the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics. While the rain certainly dampened the ground, it did not dampen the spirit of the Special Olympics athletes or support crew. PD had to cancel the run at Kit Carson Park due to threat of severe weather but simply improvised to acknowledge the Final Leg Special Olympics: Escondido.
  • Escondido Police Department Chaplain Jose “Joe” Garcia was honored at the Seventh Annual Law Enforcement Senior Volunteers Awards Luncheon on Thursday, July 16. The ceremony was held at the Four Points by Sheraton Hotel in San Diego.

Fire:

Saturday, August 22 from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Escondido and Lake Hodges residents will be able to dispose of cut tree branches/limbs, etc.  at the free "Lake Hodges Chipping Day” to be held at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints at 2255 Felicita Avenue in Escondido. A flyer about the event is attached.

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