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April 9, 2014 

04/09/14

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT 

  • Recognizing that a well-educated workforce is essential to Escondido’s prosperity, the City is working with the Escondido Union High School District to hold a College and Vocational Training Fair on Saturday, October 4, 2014 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Westfield North County. Previously held at the CCAE, this year’s event is being held at the mall to accommodate the expanding interest of educational institutions desiring to participate in the fair.  Modeled after a similar held at the Temecula Promenade Mall, the fair is expected to draw thousands of parents and students which likely will produce a boost in mall sales for the day.  Last year, the college fair in Temecula boosted local sales tax revenue for the day by 23%. 
  • We have our last Cal South State Cup tournament for this season scheduled for April 12th and 13th at Ryan Park.  These games are the rounds of 64, 32, & 16 for the Boys under 14 division that will launch them to the final rounds on April 26th & 27th in Riverside.  There will be 49 games played with 57 teams and an estimated 3,000 visitors over the weekend. 

Ryan Park and the City of Escondido have hosted 8 total Cal South State Cup tournaments this season.  The tournaments have brought in players and spectators from all over Southern California.  We have seen 513 games, 421 teams, and an estimated 20,900 visitors over the past 4 months at Ryan Park.  

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT UPDATES 

Planning:

  • Major Projects Update:
    • Oak Creek (NUW) – The applicant is preparing revisions to the EIR Notice of Preparation, which is the first step in preparing the draft EIR. Staff has received a request from the SDRWQCB for an agency scoping meeting, to be scheduled in the coming weeks. Preparation of the screen check EIR is underway.
    • Amanda Lane (NUW) – The application remains incomplete, awaiting the applicant’s revised submittals in response to LAFCO and staff review. The applicant is evaluating offsite improvements for the storm drain design, sewer alignment and alignment of Gamble Lane due to the topographical conditions.
    • Zak/NCA Development –The project is scheduled for Planning Commission hearing on 4/22/14.
    • Centerpointe – The EIR contract is ready for signature, pending the applicant’s payment of the contract amount.
    • North Broadway Deficiency Area Projects – The applicant has submitted the draft traffic studies for the various projects, along with associated technical reports, for staff’s review.
    • Meadowbrook - The CUP to add 66 apartment units is scheduled for Planning Commission consideration on 4/8/14. Negotiations are ongoing regarding the Reimbursement agreement for the additional units to address funding contributions for the North Broadway Deficiency Area.

Building Division:

  • The Building Division issued 52 permits, including 10 photovoltaic permits, for a total valuation of $880,586. The permits issued were primarily minor permit types (i.e. water heaters, re-roofs, additions, plumbing, electrical and mechanical permits). The Building counter averaged 28 daily visitors.  Inspections averaged 29 per day.
  • Permits were issued for the new freeway pylon sign at the Westfield North County Mall. Plans are approved and ready to issue for the underground utilities at the future Black Angus restaurant at the Westfield North County Mall, 296 Via Rancho Parkway. Plans were submitted for review for a roof mounted photovoltaic system at Wal-Mart, 1330 E. Grand Ave.
  • The monthly Building Activity Report for March is attached.

Code Enforcement:

  • Beginning last Friday, we have received several complaints from residents adjacent to the former Escondido Country Club property regarding odors. Several residents have observed trucks spreading manure across portions of the property which they attributed to causing the odors.  Code Enforcement has conducted several inspections and observed several locations where manure had been spread across the grassy areas and cart path. The ability to detect odors during the inspections varied at different locations. Some residents have reported that the odors are stronger during the evening when there is more moisture in the air and the winds pick up. The officer has notified the onsite property manager that the City continues to receive complaints regarding the odors. The property manager indicated they were in the process of fertilizing the grass in an attempt to keep it from drying out so quickly. Residents who contact the City have been advised that no permit is needed for the use of a natural fertilizer that the odor is anticipated to dissipate over time, and that Code enforcement staff will continue to monitor the situation. 

CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS 

2013 - 2014 Pavement Repair and Rehabilitation Program:

The paving contractor is continuing to raise manholes and water valve cans to grade throughout the project 

Grape Street Public Improvement Project:

Staff is working with SDG&E to resolve the electrical service for the new low pressure sodium street lights.    

Private Development 

1146 East Valley Parkway- McDonald’s Restaurant:

The new water main syphon was installed on April 8th; water operation provided a tight shut down of the existing pipeline at 5 a.m. and the new pipeline was in place by 9 a.m. All lanes of west bound Valley Parkway are scheduled to be reopened by Friday, April 18th

Tract 888-Cambell Court:

No activity to report 

Lincoln Avenue & Escondido Boulevard Gas Main Testing Station:

No activity to report. 

RedFlex Camera Removal:

Staff will be meeting on Wednesday April 9th with representatives of Redflex to process the permits required to remove the cameras from the intersections. 

7-11 Improvement at Washington Avenue:

The contractor is working at night along Ash Street to remove the two existing driveways. The construction schedule is to pour the new driveways on Friday, April 11th

SDG&E Gas Main Integrity Testing:

The contractor has completed drilling and patching of all observation holes from Auto Parkway to Metcalf Street. The project is now complete. 

PUBLIC SAFETY 

Police: 

  • The Neighborhood Transformation Project (NTP) meeting last Thursday at Central School had about 100 attendees.  Chief Carter led the discussion with additional remarks by Danielle Lopez and Mayor Abed.  .  NTP now has information posted on the PD website.  Users can access it via the PD homepage.  Cadet Adrian Garcia was promoted to Cadet Lt.
  • New hires Casey Tompkins and Jon Clayton will attend the 100th regional police academy.
  • Facebook and Twitter hit a new milestone last week with 1500+ people following PD 

Fire: 

  • The County Wildland Drill is underway in the East County near Alpine. We have one crew attending each day as part of the North Zone strike team. Our focus has been on getting some of our newer FF/PMs to this Wildland Drill in order to improve their knowledge and skills.
  • Retired Fire Marshal Cliff Hunter (San Marcos and Rancho Santa Fe) has joined our fire prevention team as a consultant. Cliff brings an extra set of hands and eyes to the bureau while we are in the process of replacing Mari Hill and Marlene Nance
  • The Fire Department has completed the Plans Examiner interviews and hopes to have their new plan checker in place soon. They are in the testing process for the Deputy Fire Marshal position.
  • Battalion Chief Ken Slaven completed his last shift with the Fire Department on April 6th. Ken retired after nearly 30 years of service to the citizens of Escondido and the Fire Department. The vacancy caused by Ken’s retirement will be filled by promoting Mike Bertrand to Battalion Chief, Joe Portman to Fire Captain, and Tom Hankins to Fire Engineer. There will be a short informal promotion ceremony at Station 1 on Thursday, April 10th at 8:00 AM. The formal promotion ceremony will be later in the year when we recognize all of the 2014 promotions. 
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