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February 3, 2016 

02/04/16

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT 

  • The Saturday Morning Market on Kalmia Street has been on hiatus during the winter months.  The operator, Escondido Events, has now informed the City that it does not intend to resume operations.
  • This weekend, February 6 & 7, Cal South will host a State Cup soccer tournament at Ryan Park.  There will be teams from all over Southern California attending the tournament.  We expect about 500 families in the area over the weekend.  We will see teams in the Boys & Girls u12 divisions for bracket play.
  • Triple Crown will be doing a smaller make up day from last Sunday’s rainout.  On Saturday, February 6, they will only use four of the adult softball fields at Kit Carson Park.  They have 20 plus youth girls teams with games starting at 8:30am and finishing up around 8:30pm.  We expect about 300 families in the area on Saturday. 

SPECIAL EVENTS 

No special events this weekend.  However, Congressman Duncan Hunter is conducting a Town Hall Meeting on Monday, February 8th, in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 201 N. Broadway. Congressman Hunter will arrive at 5:30 for a meet and greet, then proceed to the meeting for an hour of Q & A. This is a free event, but seating is limited to 150 participants. RSVP to attend at escondido.chambermaster.com/events/details/town-hall-meeting-with-congressman-duncan-hunter-4113  

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

Planning:

Major Projects Update:

  • John Paul the Great Catholic UniversityNo 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 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 resource 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. Staff had a conversation with the University President this week regarding potential future expansion plans beyond those previously approved. 
  • Escondido Research and Technology Center – This is a 72,000 square foot medical office building proposed on the east side of Citracado Parkway across from Palomar Medical Center. Building plans have been submitted for plan check.  A second set of corrected grading plans are in plan check for approval. On November 4, 2015 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. 
  • Oak Creek (NUW)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. The LAFCO Board unanimously approved the annexation on October 5, 2015. Staff has returned documents to LAFCO memorializing their action that included final paperwork to be completed prior to annexation recordation. 
  • Amanda Estates (NUW)No change from the following update reported last week: This project is a 22-unit single family development on Amanda Lane. The LAFCO Board approved the reorganization (annexation) at their meeting on August 3, 2015. Staff has returned documents to LAFCO memorializing their action that included final paperwork to be completed prior to annexation recordation. 
  • Centerpointe 78 CommercialNo 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 Planning Commission on November 10, 2015. The project was approved by the City Council meeting on December 9, 2015 and filing fees were paid to the County for the EIR. 
  • Pradera – This project consists of a 70-unit single family development located at the northeastern corner of Ash Street and Lehner Avenue. Grading is underway. Staff is reviewing improvement plan and the final map submittals, as well as the precise grading plans and landscaping plans. Building Plans for three, two-story model homes have been completed and the units are currently under construction and are undergoing 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. The developer obtained building permits for the first the first and second phases involving 16 units. Models opened on January 30, 2016. 
  • Zenner – The project is a 40-unit single family development at the northeastern corner of Lehner Avenue and Vista Avenue. Staff received concept building elevations from the homebuilder, KB Homes, and has received resubmitted elevations based on staff Design Review evaluations with comments. The annexation was approved by LAFCO on Sept. 14, 2015, and has been recorded by the County Recorder’s Office. 
  • Stella Park Condominiums – The project is a 65-unit townhome Planned Development located at 2516 S. Escondido Blvd. The applicant has prepared draft CEQA documentation that staff is reviewing prior to completion of the Mitigated Negative Declaration. Revised information and updated plans were received from the applicant for processing. Staff anticipates a Planning Commission public hearing in Spring 2016. 
  • Wohlford – The project is a 55-unit single family development located on Bear Valley Parkway east of Encino Drive. Staff has reviewed revised submittals and technical reports from the applicant. A Specific Alignment Plan for Bear Valley Parkway detailing the roadway is under review. Staff concluded interviews with four consulting firms and has contacted the consultant selected for preparing the EIR who has submitted a draft scope of work. Tribal consultation meetings have been completed. The EIR Consultant contract is scheduled for the February 3, 2016 City Council meeting. 
  • Latitude II No change from the following update reported last week: The 112-unit multi-family development, located at the northeastern corner of Centre City Parkway and Washington Avenue, was approved by the City Council on August 19, 2015. A Final Subdivision Map has been submitted for review. Rough grading plans have been approved. Comments have been provided regarding the architectural plans that have been submitted for plan check. 
  • Canyon Grove Estates (Tract 932) – This project is a 179-lot single family residential development on the north side of Vista Avenue east of Conway Drive. Staff approved the substantial conformance determination for the revised tentative map and continues to coordinate with the applicant on the proposed grading plan. The applicant has concluded the mitigation credits at Daley Ranch, and pursuing acquisitions needed for offsite improvements. The project is in its third grading plan check review and anticipated for approval; all bonds and fees have been posted. Staff worked with the applicant to modify the sewer manhole spacing for the project to facilitate the project. 
  • Safari HighlandsNo change from the following update reported last week: This is a 550-unit single family development located east of the Rancho San Pasqual community and north of the San Diego Safari Park. This project involves 1,100 acres including annexation and Sphere of Influence update for a master planned community with parks, trails, recreation center, fire station, open space, on-site sewer facility for treating a portion of the on-site wastewater for irrigation purposes. Planning and Engineering extensions of staff have been funded by the applicant and retained to assist the city in processing the project. Staff met with a representative of the Fish and Wildlife Department to discuss the project. Other outreach efforts have included City of San Diego, Safari Park representatives, public agencies and surrounding residents. A Request for Proposals was issued to solicit bids for the preparation of a consultant-prepared Environmental Impact Report (EIR). Proposals were received on January 8 and consultant interviews are scheduled for February 4, 2016. More information about this project is on line at: http://www.escondido.org/safari-highlands-ranch-specific-plan.aspx 
  • Felicita Development, LLCNo 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. Tribal consultations are underway. 
  • Escondido Disposal Inc. – The CUP modification to expand the existing facility was approved by the Planning Commission on August 25, 2015. The project has completed its post-approval plan check process. Staff has approved the grading and landscape plans. Demolition and construction has commenced on a portion of the site where redevelopment will occur. Revised site plans have been submitted reflecting previously unknown constraints, which do not affect the approved CUP. The County has notified the City that the applicant has made its application to the State permitting agency. Staff has resolved storm drain issues involving the subject site and adjacent properties. 
  • Westfield TheaterNo 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. 
  • Paseo EscondidoNo change from the following update reported last week: This project is a mixed-use 122-unit multi-family planned development at the southeastern corner of Ash Street and Washington Ave. The proposed project consists of 26 one-bedroom and 96 two-bedroom apartments 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. The applicant is in the process of scheduling a soils analysis to ensure there are no onsite contaminants. 
  • High Pointe (Palos Vista Neighborhood 3) – 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. 
  • Springhill Suites – This project is a 105-suite hotel totaling 73,300 sq. ft. located at 300 La Terraza Drive involving 4 stories, a small conference room and an enlarged lobby for serving continental breakfast. The project has undergone two building plan checks for this planned development. A revised set of grading plans have been approved. Landscaping plans were submitted involving the hotel site and the parking lot of the adjacent property for review, and department comments are being finalized. 
  • Del Prado (former Woody’s site) – No change from the following update reported last week: This project is a 113-unit 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 has met with the applicant to address sewer and emergency access and engineering issues. A revised set of plans was submitted responding to staff comments. The Fire Department met with the applicant regarding emergency access. Staff is working with the applicant to develop street striping plans around the project’s frontages for ensuring safe traffic movement. Additional environmental documentation has been requested, which is being conducted by the applicant. 
  • 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. A demolition permit to remove portions of the existing structure has been issues. The project is under construction. 
  • Solutions for Change – The project is a Planned Development application for 33 affordable multi-family units. It was approved by the Planning Commission on October 13, 2015, and by the City Council November 18, 2015. Building plans have been submitted for review and a comment letter is being prepared. Staff authorized payment of Housing Division funds for reimbursement of applicant’s consultant invoices. Staff has preliminarily accepted minor redesign efforts to meet construction costs. 
  • Escondido Auto Park AssociationNo change from the following update reported last week: The association is proposing to upgrade the existing electronic message sign along I-15. 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. Staff has confirmed with the applicant sign application and submittal process. 
  • 701 San Pasqual Valley RdNo change from the following update reported last week: A 19-unit single family development located at 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. 
  • Ford-Hyundai Dealership ExpansionNo change from the following update reported last week: An expansion involving approximately 13,000 sq. ft. of showroom buildings and 6,700 sq. ft. wash/detail building at 1717-1919 Auto Park Way was approved by the Planning Commission on June 23, 2015. Grading plans, building plans and signage plans have been submitted for staff review.

Building Division: 

  • The Building Division had one of the busiest weeks issuing permits on record with 99 permits for the week with a total valuation of $5,313,792. 
  • 30 photovoltaic permits were issued for the week. Building has issued 100 solar permits this year compared to 84 issued for the same time last year. 
  • Our building inspectors had a very busy week, averaging 37 inspections per day with 34 inspections on Friday. 46 inspections were requested on Wednesday. Our building counter was very busy this week, averaging 43 counter sign in’s per day with 56 sign in’s on Tuesday and 23 on Friday. 
  • 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 framing inspections on all 3 buildings. 
  • The new 24Hr. Fitness at the North County Mall is requesting rough framing inspection for their tenant improvement. 
  • The Pradera single family tract at Lehner and Stanley Ave obtained permits for 16 single family dwelling production units in Phase 1 and Phase 2. The three models have received final inspection approval. 
  • The new Taco Bell restaurant and office building on North Escondido Blvd are now preparing their project site for final inspection and occupancy. 
  • The Meadowbrook assisted living facility at North Broadway has received inspection approval for their podium slab and are beginning framing on the first floor. 
  • The monthly Building Report is attached

Code Enforcement: 

  • As of February 1, 2016, the total number of open code enforcement cases is 342 cases. During the prior week, 58 new cases were opened, and 69 cases were closed, with a backlog of an additional 20 cases not yet opened for assignment and investigation. 
  • There were 137 illegal signs confiscated during the weekend. Three Public Record Requests (PRR) were processed, for a total of 7 PRRs processed during 2016 to date. 
  • Last week the Business License Division issued 19 new licenses and received 37 new applications, in addition to 251 renewals.

PUBLIC WORKS UPDATE 

  • The following is a summary of damage from last weekend’s storm: 

Downed trees/Lights/Signs:

  • Large tree (approx. 50 feet) at Centre City Parkway & 9th. Crews responded thing Monday morning to remove tree. It was not blocking traffic.
  • Tree or large branch on Bike/Ped path in the area of the Transit Station and PW Yard.
  • Large tree at El Norte & Bennett. San Marcos Fire Dept. helped EPD move the tree to side of the road on Sunday night and our crew removed the tree on Monday.
  • California Pepper lost a limb which blocked sidewalk in the 700 block of Juniper at Seventh Avenue.
  • California Pepper lost a limb at 864 Juniper & Ninth Avenue
  • Uprooted tree blocked road at Kauana Loa and Oakview Way
  • A private tree at 850 Pinecrest. They will need to handle it themselves as tree is privately owned and maintained.
  • A private tree at Fourth Avenue caused extensive damage to vacant home.
  • Additional storm damage experienced and handled by standby crews over the weekend:
  • An overhead sign ripped from traffic signal mast arm by high winds at northbound Centre City Parkway and Thirteenth Avenue.
  • Two light poles at Kit Carson Park fell.
  • Sports field light at Ryan Park experienced an electrical problem during the storm. Early troubleshooting efforts are pointing to an electrical problem. Will require the rental of an 80ft. aerial boom truck to make repairs. This is a lower priority repair and will be scheduled for a time when crews are available.

Channel Clearing

  • Drainage crew working with environmental monitors on channel cleaning. Activity scheduled last week and monitors onsite. Channels weathered the recent storm with no reported problems.

Sand Bags

  • Residents were very active filling sandbags over the weekend at Kit Carson Park.

Potholes

  • Patch truck assigned to pothole repairs. Additional support for patch truck will be provided by staff in pickups (2 units) using “Perma-Patch” pothole repair.
  • The Gap Vax went down last week due to a mechanical failure associated with a hydraulic hose abraded by a rotating shaft. This was determined to be warranty work and will be repaired at no cost to City.

CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS 

Storm Drain Inlet Filter Basket Project:
The final unit of this Public Service Agreement was installed on February 02, 2016. The installed units have been inspected after the most recent storms and found to be working effectively to intercept organic material and trash from entering the storm drain system.  

Kit Carson Park D-75 Concrete Ditch Stabilization:
The City staff met with the Army Corps representative at the project site on January 27 to finalize the needed permit.  It is expected that we will receive the approved permit later this week. 

Private Development 

Bear Valley Parkway between Boyle Avenue and San Pasqual Valley Road (County Project):
No change from the following update reported last week: On site storm drain construction along Bear Valley Parkway between Suburban Hills Drive and Viewmont Drive is continuing this week. The roadway structural section is being constructed along Bear Valley Parkway between Lloyd Place and Boyle Avenue. Access to Boyle Avenue west of Bear Valley Parkway is closed for next few weeks for construction of dry utilities and new surface improvements, the detour route is clearly posted. The access to Birch Avenue west of Bear Valley Parkway has been reopened to all traffic.  

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:
The model homes opened as scheduled this past weekend.  The next phase of off-site construction is expected to begin soon with the construction of water main replacement along Stanley Avenue between Ash Street and Conway Drive. 

Rincon del Diablo 8” & 12” Water main Construction:
The construction of the bore pit which is located on North Broadway between Jesmond Dene Drive and North Avenue is in place with the boring operation beginning on February 2, 2016.  Staff is working closely with both the utility and the school district to ensure work hours and safety measures are in place to provide safe access to the school during peak travel times.  

Future Capital Improvement: 

East Valley Parkway/Valley Center Road Widening Project:
Real Property has reached agreement with all but one property owner.  AT&T submitted preliminary plans to underground their existing overhead services for staff review on January 29th.  SDG&E’s final design to underground existing overhead services is anticipated at any time for staff review.  Staff is preparing a submittal to Caltrans for their review of the project design and its compliance with Federal funding requirements.  

Grape Day Playground Equipment:
Project bids were opened on January 28.  Staff will seek City Council approval to authorize award of the project at the February 10 meeting.  This project is funded by a Housing Related Park Grant. 

El Norte Pkwy/Fig Street and East Valley Parkway/Date Traffic Signals:
Design for the El Norte Pkwy/Fig Street traffic signal is 90% complete.  Staff anticipates completing the design by end of this month.  The East Valley Parkway/Date Street signal stands at 30% design.  Staff’s focus has shifted to this intersection to bring the design to 50% to allow for distribution to Utility owners for conflict checks.  Staff has submitted requests for service points (power sources) for both projects to SDG&E. 

PUBLIC SAFETY 

Police:

Incidents

  • On 1/26/2016, Officer Lokers observed a stolen vehicle from Carlsbad that he recognized from an earlier radio broadcast.  Officer Lokers waited for responding units and the  Gang Enforcement Team was the first to arrive. The driver made a U-turn in the cul-de-sac of Orange/15th and accelerated toward Officers Alva and Love. They took evasive action to avoid being struck by the fleeing vehicle. The driver nearly collided with other police units that were in the area.  ASTREA was overhead and assisted with the pursuit, which terminated in the 1500 block of Robyn Lane after the driver stopped the vehicle and fled on foot.  There were no injuries to officers, no collision damage to any vehicles, and the driver was not injured. 
  • On 1/27/2016 personnel from the Special Investigations Unit served a search warrant at a residence at 2700 E. Valley Pkwy. The operation yielded four felony arrests, one handgun and various quantities of heroin, cocaine, marijuana, and methamphetamine. 
  • On 1/27/16 the PD received numerous calls of several subjects running up and down the street in the area of Elm/Sheridan. Units arrived on scene and found five “suspects” running in several different directions.  After some corralling, lots of hoofing it, and some cowboy tactics, all five “suspects” were detained, courtesy of the Magnificent Seven.  The horses were returned to their owner.  This posting received 27,000 “reaches” on the Escondido Police Department Facebook page. 

Events

  • The Escondido Police Department’s Facebook is close to reaching its next milestone of 6,000 likes.
  • Cassandra Barnes was recently hired to fulfill a position in the Crime Lab.  She is currently finishing other obligations and will be starting next week.  

Fire: 

The 2016 Escondido CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) academy will be held in March. Persons interested in attending the academy may visit http://fire.escondido.org/cert.aspx for dates and registration information.             

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