November 25, 2015 



  • Attached is a copy of the report on the Annual Business Walk held on September 24.
  • This weekend Ryan Park will host the annual Surf Cup Thanksgiving soccer tournament.  Games will be played on Friday, November 27th and Saturday November 28th.  Teams will be traveling from California, Arizona, and Nevada.  There will be a total of 117 games played on all eight fields.  We expect approximately 800 families shopping and dining in the Escondido area between Friday and Saturday. 


  • No special events scheduled this weekend.
  • For information about other activities taking place in Escondido, please visit www.visitescondido.com


The San Diego County Board of Supervisors authorized an $8,000 Neighborhood Reinvestment Program grant to ArtHatch, located at 317 E. Grand Avenue, for building improvements.  Information about ArtHatch can be found at http://arthatch.org.  

The complete list of those receiving grants is as follows:  2-1-1 San Diego ($50,000); ArtHatch ($8,000); The California Lookouts Foundation ($28,000); California Police Athletic Foundation ($50,000); City of Encinitas ($15,000); Community Resource Center ($30,000); Connected Through Kids ($4,675); Cygnet Theatre Company ($10,000); Del Mar Village Association ($7,500); Just in Time for Foster Youth ($5,000); Kiwanis Club of Greater Encinitas ($5,000); Mira Mesa Girls Softball Association ($10,000); Mira Mesa Instrumental Music Boosters, Inc. ($25,000); North County Economic Development Corp. ($13,000); Poway Center for the Performing Arts Foundation ($10,000); ProduceGood ($5,000); Rancho Bernardo Business Association ($45,000); and the Solana Beach Chamber of Commerce ($10,000).



Major Projects Update:

  • John Paul the Great Catholic University No change from the following update reported last week: A Conditional Use Permit application has been received to expand the campus and student enrollment at 155 W. Grand Avenue. The proposal includes improvements to the former H. Johnson Building at 131 S. Broadway for studio and classroom space, and the former bank at 200 W. Grand Avenue for administrative offices and a student recourse center. The proposed expansion would also increase the student enrollment from 300 to 1,200 students over the next several years. Staff has confirmed the availability of water and sewer connections and has tentatively scheduled the proposal for Planning Commission consideration on December 8, 2015.
  • Escondido Research Technology Center – A 72,000 square foot medical office building is proposed on the east side of Citracado Parkway across from Palomar Medical Center. A plot plan application has been approved and the second plan check for grading plans has been submitted for review and comment. The City Council approved a 10-year extension to the previously adopted Development Agreement for ERTC that involves 20 lots in ERTC owned by JRMC on November 4, 2015.
  • Oak Creek (NUW)No change from the following update reported last week: A LAFCO hearing for the annexation of the property was held on October 5, 2015. Staff made a presentation at the meeting emphasizing the City’s support for the project and opposition to the potential expansion of the annexation boundary to include an additional segment of Hamilton Road. The LAFCO Board unanimously approved the annexation without including the Hamilton Road segment as requested by staff.
  • Amanda Estates (NUW)No change from the following update reported last week:  LAFCO approved the reorganization (annexation) at their meeting on August 3, 2015.
  • Centerpointe 78 CommercialNo change from the following update reported last week: The project was approved by the Planning Commission on November 10, 2015. The project is scheduled for the City Council meeting on December 9, 2015.
  • Pradera - No change from the following update reported last week: Grading is underway for this single family subdivision involving 70 units. Staff is reviewing improvement plan and the final map submittals as well as the precise grading plans. Three, two-story model homes are currently under construction and have undergone building inspections. A fourth single-story unit will be marketed with this development, but no model home for the single story unit will be constructed.
  • ZennerNo change from the following update reported last week: A Tentative Subdivision Map was previously approved for this single family project involving 40 units. The annexation was approved by LAFCO on Sept. 14, 2015.
  • Stella Park CondominiumsNo change from the following update reported last week: This Planned Development involving 65 townhome units is located at 2516 S. Escondido Blvd. The applicant is contracting with consultants for preparation of numerous technical studies (including a Water Quality Technical Report) and the CEQA document which is anticipated to be a mitigated negative declaration. Staff is providing information regarding existing conditions to include in the environmental review analysis. Updated plans for the project were submitted this week.
  • Wohlford – Staff is reviewing revised submittals and technical reports from the applicant regarding this single family subdivision involving 55 units in response to the letter identifying necessary submittals to continue processing. A Specific Alignment Plan for Bear Valley Parkway detailing the roadway is under review. A Request for Qualifications for preparation of a consultant-prepared EIR has resulted in four (4) proposals submitted to the City for review. Staff will review the submittals and commence consultant interviews in the next several weeks. Tribal consultation meetings have been completed.
  • Latitude IINo change from the following update reported last week: The project was approved by the City Council on August 19, 2015. Architectural plans are proposed for submittal by mid-November.
  • Shea Homes (Tract 932)No change from the following update reported last week: Staff approved the substantial conformance determination for the revised tentative map for the 179-lot residential subdivision known as Canyon View Estates. Staff continues to coordinate with the applicant on the proposed grading plan. The Precise Plan application was submitted on Aug. 6, 2015; additional information is needed to complete the application. The applicant is pursuing purchase of mitigation credits at Daley Ranch, and pursuing acquisitions needed for offsite improvements.
  • Safari HighlandsNo change from the following update reported last week: Engineering has finalized a contract with a consultant to perform as an extension of staff for engineering services. The applicant has selected a consultant to prepare a draft Municipal Services Review and Sphere of Influence (SOI) update. Staff met with representatives from the City of San Diego to discuss their concerns regarding the proposed improvements to Zoo Road for emergency access. A public agency scoping meeting was held September 24th to discuss the scope of the EIR; attendees included school district representatives and members of the public. A community meeting was held on October 5, 2015, and attended by approximately 80 persons. More information about this project is on line at: http://www.escondido.org/safari-highlands-ranch-specific-plan.aspx
  • Felicita Development, LLC - The proposed planned development 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 located at the southeast corner of Felicita Rd. and Gamble Lane. 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. Staff is coordinating with the applicant regarding a date for a neighborhood meeting when a revised design and market study is submitted.
  • Escondido Disposal Inc.No change from the following update reported last week: The CUP modification to expand the existing facility was approved by the Planning Commission on August 25, 2015. The project has completed its second post-approval plan check and staff comments have been sent regarding the grading and landscape plans. The County has notified the City that the applicant has made their application to the State permitting agency. Staff has endorsed the applicant’s phasing plan concept that allows building expansions while the facility remain operational and is waiting for written details memorializing the phasing plan details.
  • Westfield TheaterNo change from the following update reported last week: The Economic Development Subcommittee authorized expedited processing of the modification to the planned development for the proposed 10-auditorium movie theater. The project was approved by the City Council on November 4, 2015.
  • Paseo EscondidoNo change from the following update reported last week: The Phair Company application for a mixed-use planned development for the property at the southwest corner of Ash Street and Washington Ave. (currently owned by the City) is under review. The proposed project consists of 26 one-bedroom and 96 two-bedroom apartments (122 units total) in three four-story buildings, and two 5,000 SF commercial buildings (10,000 SF total) oriented around an outdoor plaza. Additional submittals required to complete the application.
  • High Pointe (Palos Vista Neighborhood 3) – No change from the following update reported last week. This project involves 39 custom 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.
  • Valiano (County Project) – City representatives and the developer are negotiating opportunities for mutually beneficial infrastructure and utility and circulation improvements in an agreement that will be considered by the City Council on December 9. The project is outside of the City’s limits and is being processed by the County.
  • Springhill SuitesNo change from the following update reported last week: Building plans were submitted for this planned development at 300 La Terraza Drive involving 4 stories, 105 suites, a small conference room and an enlarged lobby for serving continental breakfast. Grading and landscaping plans were submitted involving the hotel site and the parking lot of the adjacent property for review on September 9, 2015 and department comments are being finalized.
  • Del Prado (former Woody’s site) – No change from the following update reported last week: The project involves a Planned Development containing 113 attached residential townhomes, recreational facility, pool, and open space areas located at the southwestern corner of Brotherton Road and the Centre City Parkway frontage road. Staff has met with the applicant met to address sewer and emergency access and engineering issues. A revised set of plans was submitted responding to staff comments.
  • BMW DealershipNo change from the following update reported last week: A Precise Plan application to expand the existing dealership showroom an additional approximately 4,000 square feet and enhance the building façade at 1557 Auto Park Way was approved by the Planning Commission on October 13, 2015. Building plans have been submitted and are in plan check process.
  • Solutions for Change – A Planned Development application for 33 affordable multi-family units was approved by the Planning Commission on October 13, 2015, and by the City Council November 18, 2015.
  • Escondido Auto Park AssociationNo change from the following update reported last week: The association is proposing to upgrade the existing electronic message sign along I15. On September 23, 2015, the Economic Development Subcommittee considered a request by the association to enter into an agreement with the City for reimbursement of a portion of the cost of the upgraded sign and expressed support for a five-year agreement based on anticipated public benefit of additional sales tax revenue.
  • 701 San Pasqual Valley RdNo change from the following update reported last week: An application has been submitted for a 19-lot single family clustered residential subdivision and planned development on a 7.2 acres site also addressed as 1201 E. 5th (formerly Tract 898). The application is under review and a letter detailing additional comments and submittal requirements was forwarded to the applicant. Staff is meeting with the applicant this week to discuss project issues. 

Building Division: 

  • The Building Department issued a record 99 permits for the week with a total valuation of $479,460.
  • A record 50 photovoltaic permits were issued for the week. Building has issued 1,249 solar permits so far this year compared to 695 issued at the same time last year.
  • Building inspectors and counter staff had a very busy week with inspections averaging 46 inspections per day with 31 inspections on Friday and counter contacts averaging 34 per day with 17 on Friday. Sixty-six (66) inspections were requested for Monday.
  • Due to the increase in inspection requests, 21 inspections were held over on Monday, 22 on Tuesday, 5 on Wednesday and 1 on Friday and our Deputy Building Official (plans examiner) was sent out to conduct inspections on Monday and Tuesday. Plans waiting to be reviewed were on hold, waiting for his return.
  • A new guideline was created for graywater systems and is available at the building counter or on our website at escondido.org/city departments/community development/building/information guidelines/guideline # 27.
  • In addition to the expedited solar permitting now available, residential roof top solar projects that qualify to be expedited, can be accepted electronically through e-mail. More information is provided on the city’s website.
  • The 76-unit condominium complex at 2412 S Escondido Blvd has received exterior framing inspection on all 4 buildings.
  • The Meadowbrook Village 3 story apartment building has received underground utility and foundation inspection approval for the underground parking area.
  • The Pradera single family tract has received roof sheathing inspections on all 3 of the models.
  • The new Taco Bell restaurant and office building has received rough framing inspections.

Code Enforcement: 

  • As of November 9th the total number of open code enforcement cases is 353 cases. During the prior week 44 new cases were opened, and 45 cases were closed, with a backlog of an additional 76 cases not yet opened for assignment and investigation. A total of 135 illegal signs were confiscated in the field. One Public Records Request (PRR) was processed, for a total of 95 PRRs processed to date this year.
  • A Code Enforcement Assistant to support staff with the backlog began employment this week.
  • Last week the Business License Division issued 21 new licenses and received 41 new applications in addition to 155 renewals.


Storm Drain Inlet Filter Basket Project:
Environmental Programs, with the assistance of Field Engineering, has developed a Public Service Agreement contract to replace storm drain inlet baskets in existing structures for treating surface water before it enters the City’s storm drain system. The objective is to retain function and to allow ease of maintenance through the manhole opening. The first of 21 baskets was installed on Friday, November 20th with completion expected on December 3rd.    

Private Development 

Bear Valley Parkway between Boyle Avenue and San Pasqual Valley Road (County Project):
No change from the following update reported last week: Construction of the new storm drain system has started along Bear Valley Parkway between Idaho Avenue and Birch Avenue along the old roadway alignment. Removal of all trees and landscaping associated with the roadway widening was completed this week. 

2412 South Escondido Boulevard:
No change from the following update reported last week: On site construction of new homes is continuing this week. 

Pradera - Lennar Communities:
On site construction of new sewer and water mains for Street D was started this week. 

East Valley Parkway/Valley Center Road:
On November 19 staff met with AT&T to identify areas for temporary facilities that will be constructed to accommodate the project bridge widening.  Work with SDG&E to coordinate overall undergrounding of existing overhead facilities continues, as do efforts to obtain Caltrans certification to underground existing overhead utilities within the project area. 

Future Capital Improvements 

El Norte Parkway:
Staff continues working with SDG&E to coordinate the undergrounding of existing overhead utilities in the area of this project.  Staff will be seeking Council approval for a Temporary Pole Relocation Easement at the December 2 City Council meeting to temporarily relocate overhead lines to accommodate bridge construction for this project. 

Grape Day Park Playground Equipment:
On November 17, engineering staff met with maintenance staff to locate irrigation lines, etc. that fall within the project boundary.  On November 19 staff met with the project consultant to resolve any outstanding issues, provide plan review comment clarification, and review irrigation information.  The project consultant will provide an updated schedule for completion of project plans. 

Jim Stone Pool Rehabilitation (Grant Funded):
On November 19, staff brought this project before the Appearance Committee for approval of the overall scope of project improvements that include pool resurfacing, deck replacement and mechanical building replacement.  The committee approved the modern structure matching City Hall coloring and roof type, black vinyl coated perimeter fencing, and a two-post shade structure that is beige in color.  The project is expected to begin construction in Fall 2016. 

PUBLIC SAFETY           



  • On November 21, 2015, the California Highway Patrol attempted to stop a motorcyclist for speeding in the area of Centre City Pkwy and Washington. The motorcyclist fled with the CHP officer in pursuit. The motorcycle was lost in the area of Centre City Pkwy. and Country Club Ln and the pursuit was terminated.
  • On November 20, 2015 the Escondido Police Department Dispatch center was contacted by Sirius XM to advise a client’s stolen BMW was located in the 1100 block of S. Escondido Blvd. The vehicle was stolen out of Laguna Niguel.  Officers located the stolen BMW and arrested the two subjects found inside.


Thanks to the dental office of Dr. Brilliant and to St. Mary's School for donating candy to the Escondido Police Department on November 18.. This candy was the result of a Halloween candy buy-back fundraising campaign for St. Mary's. The sweets were shared with all the women and men at the Escondido Police Department.


  • On November 19, 2015, Captain Mike Loarie attended the Latino Peace Officers Association Thanksgiving Dinner in Chula Vista.
  • On November 17, 2015, Captain Mike Loarie and Lieutenant Mike Kearney attended the Cathedral Glen Homowners Association meeting.
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