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April 16, 2014 

04/17/14

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT 

  • A Request for Qualifications for the Needs Assessment related to the relocation of the Public Works Yard was released on April 3.  Statements of Qualifications are due back by May 2nd.
  • Unused Façade and Property Improvement Program funds have been reassigned to a new restaurant project at 212 E. Grand Avenue.
  • Escondido’s latest demographic information is attached and will be placed on the City’s website. 

SPECIAL EVENTS 

We are moving into our busy season for special events again.  The following is a list of special events open to the public for the month of May. More detailed information about each event will be highlighted in an update approximately 2 weeks before the event. 

May 3rd – 5th Annual International Bazaar – Grape Day Park

May 4th – San Diego Zoo Safari Park Half marathon

May 10th – International Mother’s Day in Grape Day Park

May 17th  - Holi Festival of Colors in Grape Day Park

May 17th  - Fighting Eagles Fun Run in Kit Carson Park

May 24th – American Heritage Car Show in Grape Day Park

May 31st – Cruising Stars & Stripes Car Show in Grape Day Park

May 31st – San Diego Century Bike Tour 2014 (passes through the city) 

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT UPDATES

Planning:

  • On April 15th, the Board of Supervisors authorized negotiations to lease property in Escondido that will meet the requirements of the County Health and Human Services Agency and the Department of Child Support Services. Per the attached correspondence, they intend to commence negotiations immediately to lease the former Albertson’s site at 649 W. Mission, to consolidate the services from their existing County-owned properties on E. Valley Parkway and N. Midway. A plot plan application to renovate the building for undisclosed office and retail tenants has been recently approved.
  • Major Projects Update:
  • Oak Creek (NUW) – Staff is preparing the EIR Notice of Preparation for distribution following receipt of the consultant’s revisions. Preparation of the screencheck 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 – Payment has been received for the EIR contract, enabling the staff to begin working with the consultant.
  • 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. The proposed 16-lot subdivision at 839 Stanley (Boer property) is tentatively scheduled for Planning Commission on May 13th, pending completion of the mitigated negative declaration.
  • Meadowbrook – On April 8th, the Planning Commission approved the CUP modification to add 66 apartment units. 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 had a busy week, issuing 65 permits for a total valuation of $2,357,651. Building issued 10 photovoltaic permits for a total of 153 permits so far this year. The Building counter averaged 26 daily visitors and inspections averaged 23 per day.
  • Permits were issued for the final two buildings at the Contempo project at 203 S. Orange St.  and for the underground utilities at the future Black Angus restaurant at the North County Mall, 296 Via Rancho Parkway. The Monticello assistant living facility at 930 Monticello and the Classical Academy School at 207 E. Pennsylvania continue to progress through their construction phases. 

CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS 

2013 - 2014 Pavement Repair and Rehabilitation Program:

The paving contractor has begun to resurface the final street for this year’s project. The work is along 9th Avenue between Tulip Street and Auto Parkway west of the I-15 freeway exit. The work is being done at night from Monday April 14 through Thursday April 17. 

Grape Street Public Improvement Project:

SDG&E is mobilizing crews to make the final connection for the new low pressure sodium street lights.    

Private Development

1146 East Valley Parkway- McDonald’s Restaurant:

Construction of the new fire hydrant lateral and fire sprinkler lateral servicing the new building were completed last week. Water quality testing began this week with test results on Thursday April 17. The construction of the new #3 lane along Valley Parkway is ongoing. 

Tract 888-Cambell Court:

No activity to report 

Lincoln Avenue & Escondido Boulevard Gas Main Testing Station:

The asphalt pavement has been completed along the project. As part of the conditions of this permit SDG&E was required to grind and resurface the area along Lincoln Avenue affected by their construction activity. The permit work resulted in 3,600 square feet of new roadway along our city streets. Final street markings are expected to be completed in the coming days.  

RedFlex Camera Removal:

Staff has been in contact with several Redflex representatives this past week to work out the permit requirements to safely remove the camera systems from the public right of way. No construction schedule has been provided at this time 

7-11 Improvement at Washington Avenue:

The contractor is working along Washington Avenue to resurface the utility trenches and install the new rubber median curb along the center line of the roadway. The construction schedule calls for the pavement restoration along Ash Street and the installation of the rubber median curb on Wednesday April 16th

PUBLIC SAFETY

Police: 

  • Chief Carter gave a presentation to the Old Escondido Neighborhood Group on the Neighborhood Transformation Program this past Thursday.
  • Chief Carter and Captain Loarie attended the SDPOA Police Officer of the Year Banquet Friday night, where Detective Damian Jackson received the award.
  • Chief Carter, Captain Loarie, Susan Cervenka and Lt. Erik Skaja attended the Volunteer Monthly meeting and bought dinner for Volunteer Appreciation Week.
  • Chief Carter gave a presentation to the Escondido East Rotary.
  • Chief Carter and Captain Loarie attended the California Investigative Excellence Award Banquet on Wednesday where Detective Jeff Valdivia was honored.
  • 11 police officers and one dispatcher participated in the 4th annual Police Athletic League Soccer Game against the PAL kids on Sunday.
  • The Police Athletic League fund raised and presented the kids soccer program a check funding the upcoming season.
  • New hire Santo LeCourt graduates from the Police Academy on Thursday.
  • Officer Steve Braucht was recognized at the Padre Game on Friday at Law Enforcement Night.
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