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April 15, 2015 

04/16/15

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

  • This weekend we will be hosting a Cal South soccer tournament at Ryan Park.  There will only be 40 games scheduled with 48 teams playing.  The games are bracket play games of rounds of 32, 16, and quarter finals.  Once a team is eliminated, they are done for the weekend.  We will see teams from the Boys 17 & 19 year old divisions.  We can expect around 1,200 players and spectators in the area.  Teams are from all over Southern California.  

SPECIAL EVENTS

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

DALEY RANCH UPDATE

  • A large Oak tree near the Daley Ranch House fell down last week hitting a fence and blocking the disabled access ramp on the south side of the Ranch House.  The tree will be removed and the fence repaired within the next week or so. The work will be scheduled to avoid conflicting with school tours that will be visiting the Ranch House on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
  • We will begin advertising for the site improvements for the Daley Ranch restroom project.  Construction on the actual building is underway at the factory and it is expected that the site improvements will be completed just before the building is delivered. 

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

Planning: 

  • Solutions for Change has submitted a planned development application for a mixed-use project which includes 34 affordable rental units and 1,120 SF of commercial space for the property at 1560-1576 S. Escondido Blvd. The submittals are under review for completeness.
  • Per City Council direction, a public meeting was held on April 13th regarding the Emergency Shelter Overlay Zone, to discuss alternative or additional locations where a shelter may be allowed as a permitted use. Approximately ten individuals attended, included business owners in the existing overlay area and residents from the City of San Marcos. Staff provided maps identifying additional areas for the overlay zone and asked attendees to pinpoint these or other areas citywide that they felt would be appropriate for consideration. Staff will provide a meeting summary for future transmittal to Council.
  • Repairs to the Queen Califia Magical Sculpture Garden are still underway, but the sculpture garden is open to the public on each second Saturday of the month as part of Escondido’s ‘Second Saturday Art Walk’ and upon request for large groups.  A new Queen Califia telephone information line is now operational (760) 839-4000 that provides hours, directions, information on how to request a group visit and general information on Queen Califia’s Magical Circle.   The phone number also provides general information and contact information for Kit Carson Park   and Visit Escondido.  Callers can leave a message for staff if additional information is needed. 
  • Major Projects Update: 
    • Oak Creek (NUW) – The applicant is preparing additional information requested by LAFCO for the annexation application.
    • Amanda Estates (NUW) – The project was unanimously approved by the City Council on April 8th. The applicant is preparing the application package for the LAFCO application.
    • Centerpointe 78 Commercial – The Engineering staff is working with the EIR traffic consultant regarding the alternative traffic mitigation measures proposed by the applicant.
    • North Broadway Deficiency Area Projects – Staff continues to work with the anticipated developer (Lennar) of the properties east of Ash Street regarding a comprehensive grading plan and associated design changes, with the goal of achieving substantial conformance with the approved tentative maps as anticipated in the development agreements. The developer is working towards commencement of grading activities in April. Staff has provided comments on the grading plan design review comments on the proposed units recommending enhancement of the exterior elevation on all four sides of the units. The Zenner annexation, subdivision and development agreement is scheduled for City Council consideration on April 22nd. Staff is coordinating with the applicant regarding the offsite easements needed to construct traffic mitigation measures at the Ash/Vista intersection in the unincorporated area in order to avoid potential condemnation issues.
    • Kaen Planned Development (2516 S. Escondido Blvd.) – The applicant has submitted a revised site plan for the proposed 68-unit residential project responding to some of the concerns previously identified. Revisions include a more centralized recreation area, and relocating the three-story units to a zero setback along the north property line (adjacent to the Urbana residential project), creating additional opportunity for landscaping along the north side of the long, interior roadway. The revised plans are under review for completeness.
    • 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 exploring acquisition of the adjacent, triangular shaped parcel to the south to accommodate anticipated road improvements along this road.
    • Latitude II – Staff met with the applicant’s team to discuss the revised plans which are under review; the plans propose alternative design standards to be evaluated through the Planned Development process. The applicant’s team is exploring some additional design changes to address staff concerns regarding the internal turning radius and clearances for emergency access, design of the proposed deceleration lane at the Centre City Parkway entrance and associated storm water improvements, parking dimensions and location, path of travel, and utility easements and improvements. The applicant is preparing a traffic analysis for inclusion and preparation of a negative declaration. 

Building Division: 

  • The Building Division issued 47 permits for the week with a total valuation of $62,949.
  • 16 photovoltaic permits were issued for the week with 23 more applications submitted for plan review. Building has issued 230 permits so far this year compared to 153 issued at the same time last year.
  • Inspections and counter contacts remain steady with inspections averaging 24 per day with 26 on Friday and counter contacts averaging 30 per day with 24 on Friday.
  • The Building Division has approved the plans for a new 76 unit condominium project at 2412 S. Escondido Blvd. Recordation of the Final Map is needed prior to permit issuance.
  • The new Monticello Assisted living facility at 930 Monticello has received a Temporary Certificate of Occupancy limited to first floor customer sales with a Fire Department required fire watch.

Code Enforcement:

The quarterly statistics for Code Enforcement Activities is attatched. 

CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS

FY2014-2015 Street Rehabilitation Project:
April 13, 2015 through April 17th, 2015 the concrete subcontractor will be completing concrete for the pedestrian ramps, driveways and sidewalks along 3rd Avenue between Maple Street and Broadway, and 13th Avenue at Redwood Street intersection. 

Elm Street between Washington Avenue and the Flood Control Channel: 
The project is substantially complete; staff will work on the final punch list for maintenance items. 

Private Development 

Bear Valley Parkway between Boyle Avenue and San Pasqual Valley Road (County Project):
The gas subcontractor is placing gas main between Idaho Avenue and Birch Street. Dry utilities are continuing between Idaho Avenue and Suburban Hills Drive. 

2412 South Escondido Boulevard:
The contractor is continuing to construct the onsite retaining walls. The new sewer system was tied into the offsite improvement this week. The construction of the on-site water main has begun with the assembly of a steel water syphon. 

SDG&E 16” Gas Main Inspection:
SDG&E crews have completed all repairs to the section of pipeline located on Rock Springs Road and have completed the restoration of the asphalt roadway. This permit is now closed. 

Future Capital Projects

El Norte Parkway Bridge Widening and Median Enhancement Project:
As part of the project in design, the City requested proposal’s from outside consultants to design the bike path pedestrian crossing at the El Norte Pkwy Bridge.  Recent studies indicated that a crossing to aid pedestrians and cyclist at this location is warranted.  As a result of the City’s Request for Proposals (RFP), three proposals were received and reviewed by staff, and STA Engineering Inc. from Vista, CA was selected to complete this work.  Work will commence once all agreement required documentation has been received.

East Valley Parkway Road Project:
Design of the East Valley Parkway/Valley Center Road project that extends from Beven Drive to the northern City limit is currently in 100% design phase, and work to obtain appraisals for Right of Way acquisition is underway. 

PUBLIC SAFETY 

Police 

INCIDENTS

  • On 04-08-15, a victim was meeting with a friend in the area of El Diablo Ct and El Rancho Lane. The victim was assaulted by several suspects, who then carjacked his vehicle.  The suspects were gone before the officers arrived and they were not located.  Officers were able to develop some leads that they are following.
  • On 04-09-15, officers responded to a residence in the 400 block of Pear tree Pl to conduct a welfare check at the request of Adult Protective Services. Upon the officers’ arrival, the son of the subject fled out of the back of the house.  He was confronted by one of our K-9 officers and the suspect discarded a knife he was carrying.  The suspect was taken into custody without incident and it was discovered that he had an outstanding felony warrant.  Another resident at the house was arrested on a warrant and APS was able to conduct their investigation.
  • On 04-09-15, officers responded to a radio call of a disturbance at a nuisance property in the 1500 block of S. Escondido Blvd. The police department has responded to dozens of radio calls at the location.  Officers described the property as a “shanty town” and multiple squatters were contacted at the location.  Code Enforcement was requested and they responded to the location.  The City Attorney’s office is also involved in the case.
  • On 04-10-15, officers conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle in the area of 9th Ave and Canterbury Pl. With the assistance of one of our narcotics detection K-9s, a large seizure of methamphetamine and sales paraphernalia were located inside the vehicle.  The occupants were placed under arrest for possession of drugs for sales.
  • On 04-12-15, a victim was talking on his cell phone in the 1000 block of E. Ohio Ave when he was approached by an unknown suspect. The suspect produced a shotgun, racked a round into the chamber, and demanded the victim’s property.  The victim was robbed of his cell phone, wallet, and watch.  An independent witness later reported that the suspect and victim were seen arguing for an extended period of time before the robbery occurred.  The investigation is ongoing.
  • On 04-12-15, officers responded to a radio call of a suspicious person in the 200 block of W. 15th After clearing the call, officers walked back to their patrol vehicles and were confronted by a suspect who was holding two assault type rifles.  The suspect demonstrated to the officers that the rifles were empty, but failed to comply with their orders.  The suspect was taken into custody with a minor use of force.  The suspect is former military and stated that he suffers from PTSD.  He was arrested on weapons violation charges. 

EVENTS

  • Chief Benton, Capt. Loarie, and Capt. Stuard attended the monthly crime analysis meeting for Carlsbad PD. They attended the meeting to see how other agencies collect, report, and respond to crime data in order to improve our intelligence driven policing methods.
  • Chief Benton was invited as a guest speaker at the Escondido Chamber of Commerce meeting on 04-07-15.
  • Our Command Staff welcomed Capt. Dawn Summers, Commander of the San Diego PD Northeast Division, and her second in command, to our station for a networking meeting. Summers recently took over command of the Northeast Division, which borders Escondido to the south.  Common crime trends and inter-departmental cooperation were discussed.  As a result of the meeting, one of our burglary detectives met with a SDPD detective and they are currently working on a common crime trend occurring within the two jurisdictions.
  • We received a letter from a resident wanting to express her gratitude for an assist provided by an unknown officer (we later found it was Officer Jake Houchin).  The writer of the letter was an elderly woman driving a new car.  Officer Houchin noticed one of her tires was flat while she was driving and flagged her over to offer help.  He helped her get to a tire repair shop and made sure she was going to be okay.  Officer Houchin never said anything to us about this and went about his day.  If the woman had not sent us the letter, we would not be able to recognize him for this good deed.
  • Officers and Police Explorers participated in the “Tip-A-Cop” fundraiser at the Claim Jumper in Carmel Ranch. During this fundraiser, officers took on the role of servers at the restaurant. Instead of serving restraining orders, they served meals.  The event raised $3,895 for the Special Olympics.

Fire:

The National Weather Service has posted a Red Flag Warning for San Diego County from 3:00 AM tomorrow (Wednesday) to 5 PM on Thursday. Gusty Santa Ana winds and low humidity is expected. This Santa Ana event will dry out the fuels that are already 2-4 weeks ahead of last year’s pace, which was also a very dry year.

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