May 25, 2016 

05/26/16

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT 

  • On Tuesday, May 24, representatives from the San Diego County College and Career Readiness Consortium made a presentation to the mayors and economic development staff of the five cities involved in the “Innovate 78” regional economic development collaboration. The presentation outlined the Consortium’s progress to date since receiving a $13 million grant from the state to provide career pathways programs to K-12 public school students. The Consortium presented their new “E-Portal”, an online tool to connect local companies with students to provide work-based learning experiences. A representative from Qualcomm shared how their work engaging middle and high school aged students has been of great benefit to the company and the community. The Consortium asked the Innovate 78 partners to assist with promoting the E-Portal to our companies along the 78 corridor. More information about the Consortium is at https://sdccrc.sdcoe.net/.  We will be reaching out to Escondido businesses and the Chamber of Commerce about this opportunity to participate in E-Portal. If you are aware of any business that would like more information, please have them contact Michelle Geller in the City Manager’s Office (760) 839-4587, mgeller@escondido.org
  • Cal South Soccer will hold a National Cup soccer tournament in Ryan Park on May 28th to 30th.  Teams will be traveling from all over Southern California.  We will see teams in the Boys under 19 and Girls under 19 divisions for bracket play.  

SPECIAL EVENTS

  • American Heritage Car Show
    Saturday, May 28, 2016 at 9 a.m.
    Grape Day Park, 321 N. Broadway

    This free event is organized by the Escondido History Center.  For more information, please call 760 743-8207.
  • For information about activities taking place in Escondido, please visit www.visitescondido.com 

UTILITIES UPDATE 

Construction of the new Wohlford Dam has been delayed because the project is not eligible for funding through the State Revolving Fund (SRF) loan program.  The City Council approved the Utility Department’s application for $25 million in SRF loan funding.  However, after reviewing the application, the CA Department of Water Resources notified the City that the project was ineligible for funding.  Much of the money for the SRF program comes from federal sources and the federal regulations governing the use of the money specifically prohibit “dams and rehabilitation of dams.” 

The total project cost is now projected to be between $45 million and $50 million.  Although the City has been awarded $15 million in matching grant funds from the State of California and has budgeted about $9 million available funds for the project, there is insufficient money to move forward with the project.  An additional $21 million to $26 million is needed. 

Pending permits needed from San Diego County, staff had planned to bid the first phase of project (realignment of Oakvale Road) later this summer.  However, additional sources of potential federal funding are presently scheduled for appropriation in one year or later.  One of the most promising sources of federal funding is a program administered by the Department of Agriculture to fund dam rehabilitation. 

Staff has been in frequent communication concerning the $15 million in matching grant from the State.  This grant requires project completion by the end of 2017, which is now not possible.  However, the grant administrators in the Department of Water Resources have shown a willingness to extend the term of the agreement as necessary to complete the project.  This extension is also supported by staff in the Division of Safety of Dams, a division of the Department of Water Resources, so the outlook for the state grant funding remains bright. 

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT 

Planning 

Major Projects Update

Commercial / Office:

  • Escondido Research and Technology Center – East (ERTC) (Developer: James McCann) – 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 Planning Division has approved a second set of corrected grading plans.  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 submitted this week to Planning and Engineering for review. 
  • Escondido Research and Technology Center – West (ERTC) (Developer: James McCann) – 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 submitted for plan check.  A tentative parcel map (TPM) for office condominiums is in process to allow the sale of individual office suites to medical providers.  Conditions of approval for the TPM are being finalized and approval is expected soon. 
  • 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.  Staff is waiting for submittal of a revised storm water plan that incorporates recent changes in regulations and is working with the property owner regarding obtaining permits to demolish the existing structure.  The applicant has informed staff they expect to submit grading and building plans the first week of June. 
  • 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. Tribal consultations are underway. 
  • Springhill Suites (Developer: Raj Patel, San Bernardino Hospitality LLC) –  This project is a 105-suite hotel totaling 73,300 sq. ft. located at 200 La Terraza Drive involving 4 stories, a small conference room and an enlarged lobby for serving continental breakfast.  A revised set of grading plans have been approved and grading has begun for the parking lot on the adjacent office property which shares a driveway access.  Landscaping plans were submitted for review, and department comments are being finalized.  Building plans are nearing approval for construction. 
  • BMW Dealership (Developer: Lyle Hutson)No 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. 
  • 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 proposal is currently being reviewed by staff and ultimately will be scheduled for public hearings with both the Planning Commission and City Council. 
  • Ford-Hyundai Dealership Expansion (Developer: Neil E. Sander, Dynamic Engineering) No 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 has commenced, the sign plans have been approved, and the building permit for the Ford dealership has been issued. 
  • Trafalgar Square – Aldi Market (Developer: Charlie Mallon)No change from the following update reported last week: This renovation of the Trafalgar Square shopping center includes demolition of the northern shop building and the northern portion of the western building to prepare a site for the construction of an 18,088 square foot, freestanding building for Aldi Market. The plot plan was approved by the Planning Division in June of 2015.  Grading and landscape plans have also been approved and grading has commenced on the site.  Issuance of the building permit has been withheld pending FEMA approval of a conditional letter of map revision (CLOMR) for the grading design that elevates the building above the flood limits for the adjacent Escondido Creek.  FEMA approval was received on May 4, 2016, and all city departments have now authorized issuance of the building permit. 

Industrial 

  • Escondido Disposal Inc. (Developer: Steve South, EDI) The CUP modification to expand the existing facility was approved by the Planning Commission on August 25, 2015. The project is under construction and the applicant now is working with Building, Fire and Engineering staff on proposed site and building revisions.  
  • StorQuest (Developer: The William Warren Group, Inc.) No change from the following update reported last week: This proposed project at 220 W. Mission Avenue involves a 102,500 sq. ft. development with 4-stories, 3 in-line shops and a small office in conjunction with a public storage facility.  Correspondence has been mailed to the applicant regarding initial comments and the need for additional information to complete the application. The applicant has been working with staff to modify the vehicle circulation pattern and parking at the front of the building and has indicated that revised plans could be resubmitted as early as this week. 
  • 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.  Revised maps and technical studies have been submitted for review.  Design review has been completed and the project is progressing through the environmental review phase with the anticipation that any remaining issues have been resolved through the recent submittal of a revised traffic study to Engineering.  
  • 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 at 2512 E. Washington Avenue to provide advanced treatment for Title 22 quality recycled water produced at the City of Escondido’s Hale Avenue Resource Recovery Facility (HARRF) for agricultural uses. The facility would be sized for a total production capacity of 2.0 million gallons per day (mgd) and consists of two separate buildings (one building 14,440 sq. ft., second building 21,775 sq. ft.) that would contain a variety of equipment, pumps, electrical, control and storage rooms.  Underground storage tanks (90,000 gallon feed tank, 163,000 gallon inter-process tank, and a 970,000 gallon product storage tank) are also included. Public environmental review commenced concluded on April 6, 2016.  The Planning Commission recommended denial of the proposed Conditional Use Permit on April 26, 2016.  The Utilities Department has filed an appeal of that decision with the City Clerk.  The City Council will consider the appeal on May 25, 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.  A City Council hearing has tentatively been scheduled for June 15, 2016.

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 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 recently met with the University President regarding potential future expansion plans beyond those previously approved. 
  • Calvin Christian Middle/High School (Developer: Brent Cooper) – The project is an expansion involving a 15,500 SF auditorium, multi-use conference center, classrooms, terraces and walkways located at 2000 N. Broadway. The grading plans have been approved and a building permit was issued on April 11, 2016.  Construction is underway. 
  • Escondido United Reformed Church (Developer: Brent Cooper) – 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 and other associated activities, and bathrooms, and an enclosed 1,835 SF central Atrium/Narthex at 1864 N. Broadway. The project has been approved by the Planning Commission with direction to refine the architectural design for the sanctuary. Architectural plans have recently been submitted to Planning for review.  

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 four phases involving 36 homes and those phases are under construction.  Homebuyer interest in the product remains high and sales are progressing.  The last two final maps for the project (Streets A and B) will be forwarded to the City Council on June 15, 2016. 
  • Lexington (Zenner) (Developer: KB Homes) - The project is a 40-unit, single-family development at the northeastern corner of Lehner Avenue and Vista Avenue. The applicant has submitted the final map, improvement plans and grading plans for staff review and approval.  Engineering staff is working with the applicant to address storm drain issues.  Staff has approved the home designs and plans for constructing an off-site model complex on three separate parcels near the project on the eastern side of Ash Street and a permit has been issued for a model home sales trailer.  A demo permit for the vacant homes on the site has been issued. 
  • Stella Park Condominiums (Developer: Edward Kaen, ETP, LLC)No change from the following update reported last week: This project is a 65-unit 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. 
  • Wohlford (Developer: Jack Henthorne) – 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 and staff have reviewed the applicant’s technical reports and provided comments for revisions.  Bi-weekly status meetings have commenced as the Draft EIR gets underway.  Preparation of the project EIR is on schedule. 
  • 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. The applicant has submitted 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 applicant submitted final architectural design and landscaping plans for the Precise Plan application on May 23 and a June 14 review meeting has tentatively been scheduled with the Planning Commission.  The applicant has concluded the purchase of mitigation credits at Daley Ranch, and is pursuing acquisitions needed for offsite improvements.  A grading permit has been issued and grading is underway.  Plans for the construction of eight model homes were submitted on May 18.  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 (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 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, San Diego Zoo Safari Park representatives, public agencies and surrounding residents. The City Council approved the consultant contract for preparing the EIR on March 23, 2016.  The consultant, Michael Baker International, has now been authorized to start work on the EIR.  More information about this project is on line at: http://www.escondido.org/safari-highlands-ranch-specific-plan.aspx 
  • 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. 
  • Paseo Escondido (Developer: Phair Co.)No 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 are required to complete the application and the applicant has completed coring and sampling as part of soils analysis.  The applicant has been advised to meet with and SDGE planner regarding the overhead utility lines. 
  • Del Prado (Developer: Kerry Garza, Touchstone Communities) –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. 
  • Solutions for Change (Developer: Solutions for Change) – This 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 on November 18, 2015. Building plans have been submitted for review and approved by Esgil (contracted plan check firm). Staff has preliminarily accepted minor redesign efforts to meet construction costs and is working with the applicant to ensure state financing remains available for the project.   The funding for the property acquisition has been completed.  Demolition of the existing structures on the site is underway.  The building permit is ready to be issued once the fee deferral agreement is signed and additional bonding is in place. 
  • 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 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. 
  • 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. 
  • 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. Revised plans from the applicant intended to address earlier staff comments were submitted to the Planning Division on May 2 and distributed to the other departments for review.  Final environmental comments from staff are being addressed in the Draft MND and public review is expected to start next week.
  • City Plaza (Developer: Charlie Zhang, Zion Enterprises)No change from the following update reported last week: This long-dormant, partially constructed mixed-use development at the southeastern corner of South Escondido Boulevard and Third Avenue now has new ownership. The new owners have met with city staff and indicated they quickly plan to start constructing the 65-unit apartment project as originally approved.  The project consists of a three-story building with 51,200 SF of residential area and 4,100 SF of commercial area and two levels of parking.  The building permits will need to be reissued and the applicant is coordinating that process with the Building Official.  Structural engineering information was submitted to the Building Division on May 8. 

Building Division: 

  • The Building Department issued 79 permits with a total valuation of $3,579,480. 
  • 20 photovoltaic permits were issued for the week. The Building Division has issued 510 solar permits this year compared to 382 issued for the same time last year. 
  • The Building Department averaged 33 inspections per day with 48 inspections on Friday. Building counter staff averaged 37 counter sign in’s per day and 26 on Friday. Forty-seven customers came to the building counter on Tuesday. 
  • The 76-unit apartment complex at 2416 S Escondido is requesting final inspection and occupancy for Building # 1 and 2 this week. Building # 3 and #4 have received final approvals.  
  • The Solutions for Change affordable housing project at 1560 S Escondido Blvd is ready for permit issuance with engineering approval. 
  • The Meadowbrook 3-story apartment building at 2081 Garden Valley Glen is progressing with the podium level framing. 
  • The Pradera single family dwelling project has obtained permits for 16 new homes for Phase 3 and 4 of their project. 36 permits for their 70-unit project have been issued. 
  • Fee estimates have been given for the 179 unit Shea Homes Canyon Grove single family dwelling project at Lehner and Vista Ave. 
  • Permits were issued for the fire rebuild of the Hacienda Hotel at 735 N Broadway. 
  • A notice was posted at the building counter requesting that contractors present any residential solar revisions to the building inspector at the time of inspection in lieu of submitting revisions at the building counter. This change of policy was implemented due to the increase and frequency of solar revisions. 

Code Enforcement: 

  • As of May 17, 2016, the total number of open code enforcement cases is 467 cases. During the prior week, 54 new cases were opened, and 60 cases were closed, with a backlog of an additional 34 cases not yet opened for assignment and investigation. 
  • There were 116 illegal signs confiscated during the weekend. 
  • Last week the Business License Division issued 37 new licenses and received 35 new applications, in addition to 69 renewals. 

CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS 

Grape Day Park Playground: 
The project is in construction. The irrigation lines have been relocated and the placement of concrete for the sidewalk improvements has started. Staff and the project contractor have coordinated efforts with those preparing to repair the Vinehenge play structure.  

Private Development 

Bear Valley Parkway between Boyle Avenue and San Pasqual Valley Road (County Project):
The contractor is installing the sub base course this week at Boyle Ave. and Bear Valley Parkway and plans to place asphalt the following week.  All concrete sidewalks and driveways are completed.  SDG&E conversions are completed and the utility pole removal will start next week.  The electrical contractor is working on the traffic signal at the intersection of Boyle Avenue and Bear Valley Parkway.  All landscape irrigation is complete and planting of material will start next week.  Birch is still closed at Bear Valley Parkway. 

2412 South Escondido Boulevard:
A close out punch list for the project has been given to the contractor. This project is nearing completion with the first of three building released for occupancy. 

Pradera - Lennar Communities:
Permanent landscaping is being installed along the westerly boundary of the project this week. 
Plan reviews and approvals continued on this project as follows:

  • The Improvement plans for Street “B” were reviewed on May 13th and are ready for approval when bonds are posted.
  • The 2nd submittal of the Final Maps for Streets “A” & “B” was reviewed and returned to the Engr. on May 11th.
  • The Precise Grading plan mylars for Street “C” were approved on May 5th.
  • SDG&E scheduled provide power to the project starting June 8th
  • Contractor is scheduled to start the street light installation along Stanley 

Lexington Model Homes - KB Homes:
The next phase of public improvements will be postponed until after the last day of school on June 9, 2016. Plan reviews and approvals continued on this project as follows:

  • The 2nd submittal of the grading plans for the Model Homes was returned to the Engr. on May 12th

Rincon del Diablo 8” & 12” Water Main Construction:
The contractor has completed all surface restoration along the project route. The section of new water main in the City’s jurisdiction has been accepted and put into service, the testing of the remaining water main is continuing this week. 

Tract 932 - Canyon Grove Shea Homes Community:
The mass grading of the site continues this week, with the work force concentrating on the extension of Vista Avenue. The contractor has submitted traffic control plans for review for the road and surface improvement along Ash between Vista and Sheridan. Plan reviews and approvals continued on this project as follows:

  • A Final Bond and Fee Letter was issued on April 20th.
  • The City accepted the onsite Right-of-Way (R/W) dedication last week and sent it for recording.
  • The onsite/in-tract improvement plans are ready for approval when the bonds are posted and fee balance are paid. 

The City is still negotiating with Shea for a Temporary Const. Easement to construct Vista Verde Water Tank.    

San Diego Gas & Electric gas main replacement Ash Street:
Installation of service laterals is complete.  Approximately 80% of the gas main has been installed.  Temporary road surface repairs has started 

Private Development –Current Plan Review 

Tract SUB14-0002 – Lexington by KB Homes (Zenner):
This project is a 40-lot residential subdivision located primarily along Vista Ave and Lehner Ave and this project will cul-de-sac Lehner Ave. and will also vacate an unnamed and untraveled public R/W when developed.   KB Homes has acquired this project and has just begun to process the final engineering.   KB Homes has also purchased 3 existing vacant lots that they are developing as their model homes (see above) for this project.

  • The 1st submittal of the Rough Grading plans, Improvement plans, Storm Water and Drainage Reports, and the Final Map were made on March 29th and this 1st review should be returned to the engineer this week.
  • The 5 remaining home at the Vista/Lehner corner have been removed in preparation for the grading of the lots. 

Tract SUB15-0003 – Latitude II Condominiums by a Lyon Homes Partnership:
This project is an 11- unit residential condominium subdivision located at the N/E corner of Centre City Pkwy and Washington Ave.   The primary access to the project will be via a new entrance off of Centre City Pkwy.    Also this project will construct a large box culvert storm drain to route existing storm water flows through the project.   There are a few private and public easement quitclaims and a property swap that must be completed to build the project as planned. 

  • The 2nd check of the Traffic Signal Modification plan for the Washington Ave and Centre City Pkwy intersection widening was returned to the Engr. on May 12th

Solutions for Change Housing:

This project is a 3-story 34 unit low income/transitional housing project located on S. Escondido Blvd. just south of 15th Ave.  This project also has a small commercial office space component that will be subdivided off by “air space” Parcel Map for tax financing reasons.

  • The 3rd review of the improvement plans was completed and returned to the Engr. on May 5th. Only minor corrections remain.
  • The bonding for the public improvements was arranged through Housing Dept. funds set aside.
  • The grading contractor has started the over excavation and re compaction of the site.

Tract 877 – Bernardo Ave. – 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 1st submittal of the whole revised final engineering package was made on April 19th and will be reviewed by mid-May. 

Future Capital Improvements: 

FY 15/16 Street Rehabilitation and Maintenance Project:
Staff has determined a low bidder and will be seeking Council’s authorization to award a contract at the May 25th City Council Meeting.  Construction is anticipated to start in mid to late June.  

East Valley Parkway/Valley Center Road:
Following the City’s request for Authorization to Construct from Caltrans, staff met with Caltrans representatives to receive initial submittal feedback.  Staff will make requested revisions this week and re-submit updated documents for Caltrans continued review.  The City’s right of way was certified by Caltrans earlier this week. 

PUBLIC SAFETY 

Police:

Incidents 

  • On 5/15/2016, members of the Gang Enforcement Team observed a stolen vehicle in the 200 block of Clark St.  The driver was taken into custody without incident and booked into Vista Detention Facility for possession of a stolen vehicle. 
  • On 5/16/2016, officers arrested a suspect in the 1400 block of Gary Lane for possession of a stolen vehicle.  The suspect was booked into Vista Detention Facility.
  • On 5/16/2016, Officer Spinos located a stolen vehicle in the area of El Norte Pkwy and Conway Dr.  The driver of the vehicle was arrested for possession of a stolen vehicle and a felony warrant.  A passenger in the vehicle was arrested for parole violation.  Officers searched the vehicle and found a loaded handgun behind the passenger seat.  Both subjects were booked into the Vista Detention Facility.  
  • On 5/18/2016, four males entered the Home Depot on W. Valley Pkwy and filled buckets with cans of various types of spray paints. The four males exited the store without paying and when two employees attempted to stop them, one employee was punched in the head and the other employee was sprayed in the face with paint.  After assaulting the employees, the suspects got into a vehicle and fled the area.  Officers Gay and Braucht observed the vehicle pulling into a parking lot.  As Officer Gay pulled in behind the vehicle, the front passenger opened the door and ran. Responding units chased the subject and took him into custody.  The other suspects remained in the vehicle and were detained by officers.  The suspects were arrested and booked into the Vista Detention Facility on various charges.  All of the spray paint and buckets were recovered at the scene, photographed and released to Home Depot. 
  • On 5/19/2016, officers located a suspect wanted for his involvement in a shooting that had occurred the week prior.  The officers surrounded a residence and ordered the suspect to exit.  The suspect exited the residence and was taken into custody without incident.  
  • On 5/20/2016, officers responded to a silent alarm at Center City High School.  Officers arrived on scene and saw two suspects running out of the building.  The two suspects were arrested and booked into the Vista Detention Facility for burglary.  

Events 

  • On 5/18/2016, Detective Martinez, of the Crimes of Property Unit, was presented the San Diego Crime Stoppers’ Enough is Enough Award for his excellent work combating retail crime.  Present at the awards ceremony was Sergeant Fien, Lieutenant Murphy, Chief Carter and Captain Kogler. 

  • On 5/19/2016, students from Rock Springs Elementary School graduated from the Police Athletic League’s (PAL) Safety Academy.   This program is joint venture between PAL and the Escondido Recreation Department.  It takes many people to teach children the skills and impart the important information to keep them safe.  Lieutenant Owens would like to thanks Officers Sainz, Ruiz, Boyle and Volunteer Russell for participating in the Safety Academy.

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