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December 10, 2014 

12/10/14

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

  • Attached is a report on the results of the Escondido Business Walk that was conducted on September 25, 2014.
  • In partnership with Economics & Planning Systems, the California Academy for Economic Development has released the latest quarterly economic report. Please view the economic snapshot to learn more about where California ranks in the nation regarding job growth, which regions of our state are growing, and which industries are the ones to watch. Attached is a PDF of the Economic Snapshot.
  • At the request of the City Council Parking Sub-committee city staff will hold a community meeting on Thursday, January 29, 2014 from 6 – 8 p.m. to discuss options for managing parking in Escondido’s historic downtown. Downtown merchants and patrons of downtown businesses are especially encouraged to attend. The goal of this effort is to optimize parking availability for customers of downtown businesses and events. The meeting will be held in the Mitchell Room at Escondido City Hall, 201 North Broadway. 

SPECIAL EVENTS 

64th Annual Escondido Jaycees Christmas Parade
Saturday, December 13, 2014 - 9-11 a.m.
Broadway from Escondido High School to Grape Day Park
This year’s theme is Christmas Around the World! 

Christmas on Maple
Saturday, December 13, 2014 – 10a.m. – 1 p.m.
Maple Street Plaza
Free holiday event with shopping vendors, entertainment and a visit from Santa. 

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

Planning: 

  • The Planning Commission approved a CUP for a proposed public charter school in the Gateway Center at 800 W. Valley Parkway (7-0); recommended approval of a code amendment to conditionally allow dog boarding facilities in the Industrial zones, along with an associated CUP for a dog boarding facility at 2750 Auto Park Way (6-1, Johns voting no);  recommended approval of a code amendment  regarding massage establishments in concert with new state legislation (7-0); and approved  a menu board sign for a previously approved ARCO carwash at 450 W. El Norte parkway (7-0). This was the last meeting for Commissioner Merle Watson who has resigned after many years of service on the Design Review Board and Planning Commission.
  • The Draft Negative Declaration for the proposed Conditional Use Permit for the master development plan expansion of Escondido United Reformed Church at 1864 N. Broadway has been released. Comments are due by December 24th.
  • Major Projects Update:
    • Oak Creek (NUW) – The consultant continues to prepare draft responses to comments on the Draft EIR; staff reviews the draft responses as they become available. Due to the extensive number of comments received, the anticipated submittal date for the Final EIR has been extended into early January. Staff continues to review other revised plan submittals as they are received, and has provided a detailed schedule to the applicant regarding necessary milestones in order to accommodate the applicant’s goal of a tentative Planning Commission hearing date on January 27th.
    • Amanda Lane (NUW) – Revisions to the Draft Mitigated Negative Declaration (MND) have been submitted and are under review by staff; the review will be completed this week. LAFCO has requested that additional properties to the south and east be prezoned as part of the annexation request. The MND will be revised to reflect this direction. Staff anticipates the MND will be released for public review in December and begin public hearings in late February.
    • Centerpointe 78 Commercial – The Draft EIR remains on hold at the applicant’s request pending resolution of traffic mitigation requirements. The applicant has negotiated potential conditions with Caltrans regarding redesign of the Broadway/SR 78 intersection (within Caltrans jurisdiction) to avoid relocation of underground utility vaults along with improvements to accommodate pedestrian and bicycle movements.
    • North Broadway Deficiency Area Projects – The Pickering annexation is anticipated to be considered by LAFCO in March 2015. The application for the Zenner annexation and 40-unit subdivision remains incomplete pending resolution of the design of on and offsite utility improvements. Staff is also working with the anticipated developer regarding a comprehensive grading plan and associated design changes with the goal of achieving substantial conformance for the adjacent subdivisions, as anticipated in the development agreements.
    • Zak Planned Development – The applicant’s engineer has submitted revised improvement plans for the approved 76-unit condominium project; the plans are under review. 

Housing: 

Attached is a letter from Solutions for Change notifying the City Council as required by the Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) that they are applying for Supportive Housing Multifamily Housing Program funds from HCD for their approved 24-unit project on South Escondido Blvd. Solutions for Change and Hitzke Development are concurrently working on two funding schemas in order to fully fund their project. 

Building Division: 

  • The Building Division issued 50 permits for the week with a total valuation of $217,686. Most of the permits issued were photovoltaic, tenant improvements, room addition and miscellaneous type permits.
  • Inspections and counter contacts remain constant with average daily inspections of 24 and average daily counter contacts of 30.
  • Photovoltaic permits are again dominating the permit activity for the week with 21 permits issued and 9 more in for plan review. Building has issued 737 photovoltaic permits this year compared to 430 issued at the same time last year.
  • The Building Division has approved the plans for a new 76 unit condominium project at 2412 S Escondido Blvd. Planning, Engineering and Fire approval needed prior to permit issuance.
  • Building inspections are progressing through drywall inspection at the new Chick-Fil-A at 1290 Auto Parkway.
  • Construction activity and inspections are continuing at the Monticello assisted living facilities at 930 Monticello Dr. 

CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS 

2013/2014 Street Maintenance Project:

The contractor has one item remaining on the project punch list. 

The Jesmond Dene Ball Field Lights:

The Notice to Proceed was given on Tuesday November 25th; the contractor will have 70 working days to complete the project. 

Private Development 

Bear Valley Parkway between Boyle Avenue and San Pasqual Road, County Project:

The contractor is continuing to installing the city’s  new 24” water line along Bear Valley Parkway between Birch Avenue and Idaho Avenue. New water service laterals are being installed to customer on the west side of Bear Valley Parkway; this work is causing short delays to traffic along this section of roadway.  The intersection at Boyle Avenue at Bear Valley Parkway will be effected by the pipeline crossing later this week. Grading of the new east side roadway alignment is ongoing between Idaho Avenue and San Pasqual Valley Road intersection. 

THE PATIENT PROTECTION AND AFFORDABLE CARE ACT (PPACA) 

The City’s one year “look back period” or standard measurement period for the PPACA ended on November 14, 2014.  As a result, none of the City’s part-time employees qualified as full-time, and therefore are not eligible for health care insurance coverage beginning January 1, 2015.  In order to qualify as a full-time employee, employees must average 130 work hours or more per month during the standard measurement period.  All our part-time employees averaged less than 130 hours per month.  For 2015, the standard measurement period began on November 15, 2014, and the departments as well as Human Resources will continue to monitor average work hours for part-time employees. 

PUBLIC SAFETY 

Police: 

  • PD Command staff participated in the Teddy Bear Drive at Children’s Hospital, this week.
  • PD held its annual children’s Christmas Party earlier this week.
  • The Lieutenant’s Assessment Test is Thursday, December 11. 

Fire: 

Even with the recent rains, Cal FIRE will remain in peak staffing until January 1st including aircraft. The two SDG&E helicopters are no longer available, the contract for those helicopters ended on November 30th. Cal FIRE is now allowing vegetation burning in the County areas. They have a large burn project near the San Diego Country Estates in Ramona that started on December 8th and will last a few days. They advise smoke will be visible in many parts of the County. 

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