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October 15, 2014 

10/15/14

 ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT 

The links on the City’s business web page (https://www.escondido.org/business.aspx ) have been revised and reorganized to make it easier for businesses to find information. 

SPECIAL EVENTS

  • Saturday, October 18 - The Escondido Senior Center will host the 8th Annual Community Wellness Expo from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Park Avenue Community Center.
  • Saturday, October 18 – Bike the Bay Tour – National MS Society bike ride fundraiser. Passes through streets of Escondido in the Harmony Gove – Hale – Avenida del Diablo – Valley Parkway areas.  Rules of the road ride, no street closures.
  • Sunday, October 19 – Grand Ave Festival (formerly known as the Escondido Street Faire)  - Downtown Escondido (9:30 am – 5:30 pm)

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

Planning:

  • The Planning Commission (Winton absent) unanimously approved the CUP modification for a proposed simulated pine tree to co-locate panel antennas for an AT&T wireless facility at the Escondido Adult  School at 220 W. Crest St.; and approved the modification to the Master Development Plan for the Lowe’s Center to allow a freestanding restaurant (5-0-1, Hale abstained). The CUP modification for Redwood Terrace was continued to 10/28/14G.2 PHG 14-0025.
  • Major Projects Update:
    • Oak Creek (NUW) – The consultant is preparing draft responses to comments on the Draft EIR, which are anticipated to be submitted for staff review on 10/24/14. The applicant has requested that “EIR Alternative 4 – Reduced Residential Footprint Alternative” be analyzed and brought to hearing as the proposed project for consideration, and submitted a revised tentative map and planned development submittals on 10/09/14. This alternative concentrates the 65 lots into the main development area around the creek. 
    • Amanda Lane (NUW) – Staff is reviewing revisions to the draft Mitigated Negative Declaration. The applicant continues to coordinate with Rincon MWD to address water pressure issue.
    • Centerpointe 78 Commercial – The applicant has requested that the preparation of the Draft EIR be put on hold pending resolution of traffic mitigation requirements for direct impacts attributable to the project. At issue is the need for additional right-of-way and improvements along the Broadway frontage, and associated need to relocate the existing traffic signals in the CalTrans ROW. Additional offsite signal improvements are also anticipated. The applicant feels the costly improvements are regional and warrant a fair share contribution rather than bearing the full cost of construction.
    • North Broadway Deficiency Area Projects – The Pickering annexation application has been submitted to LAFCO. The proposed application for the Zenner annexation and the associated 40-unit subdivision at Vista Ave. and Lehner Ave. remains incomplete. Outstanding issues affecting completion of the CEQA analysis include resolution of mitigation measures for offsite traffic impacts (specifically regarding improvements for the Vista/Ash intersection), drainage improvements, resolution of the annexation boundary, development agreement terms, as well as water quality and noise issues.
    • Zak Planned Development – Staff is coordinating with the applicant regarding storm water compliance issues and other conditions in anticipation of City Council consideration of the Final Map in November. 

Building Division: 

  • Building had another busy week issuing 71 permits for the week with a total valuation of $293,031. Most of the permits issued were photovoltaic, tenant improvements, room addition and miscellaneous type permits.
  • Inspections and counter contacts have increased with average daily inspections of 25 with 23 on Friday and average daily counter contacts of 32 with 23 on Friday.
  • Photovoltaic permits are again dominating the permit activity for the week with 23 permits issued and 11 more in for plan review. Building has issued 561 photovoltaic permits this year.
  • Construction activity continues at the 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 is preparing to start work on punch list items within the limits of the project.   

Maple Street Pedestrian Plaza Modifications:
The contractor placed the new concrete for the pedestrian ramps at four corners of the plaza on Tuesday, October 14. The plaza will be closed to vehicular travel from Grand Avenue starting on October 14 until Friday November7 to install replacement tiles along the length of the plaza. Access to Parking Lot 1 and the rear of the businesses can be gained by using the alley entrance on Escondido Boulevard or the driveway entrance on Valley Parkway. All affected business were visited by a Field Engineering representative and the contractors representative to ensure they were properly notified. 

Jesmond Dene Ball Field Lights:
Bid openings were held on Thursday, October 9 with the City receiving 4 bids. The apparent low bidder submitted a price in line with the consultant’s engineer’s estimate. The construction is schedule to be completed within 70 days after Notice to Proceed is issued. 

Private Development 

County Project - Bear Valley Parkway Widening between Boyle Avenue and San Pasqual Valley Road:
The contractor has started to construct the chocker along the eastside of the new roadway alignment. The chocker sets the limits of the horizontal and vertical controls of the new surface improvements prior to the placement of any utilities. Electronic message boards have been added north and south of the project limits warning of a construction speed limit of 30 MPH. Please be cautious when driving in the area. 

Habitat for Humanity:
The onsite underground improvements were started on Monday, October 6. The new water main has been installed and sewer mains were started on Tuesday, October 14.   

PUBLIC SAFETY 

Police

  • Chief Carter held an eight-hour Management Retreat on Thursday of last week.  All management team members were present for some team building, discussion, and planning.  The next retreat will be sometime in the first two months of 2015.
  • Captain Loarie and POA President Mike Garcia attended the memorial service for Covina Police Department Motor Officer Jordan Corder on Tuesday of last week.  The service was attended by about 2,000 law enforcement, family, and community.  Officer Jordon Corder died in a collision while on-duty and riding his motorcycle.
  • The EPD Traffic Division investigated a double-fatal single car collision in the early morning hours of Sunday.  The driver died on the scene and the lone passenger died hours later at the hospital.  A News Release was issued by Lt. Justin Murphy.
  • West Side Park Kids Day was a success. 
  • Captain Stuard attended the Annual COPSWest Training and Expo.
  • Chief Carter attended the Annual Interfaith Strategic Planning meeting.
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