March 6, 2013

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03/07/13

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Plan 9 Ale House, which has plans to locate in the old Theatrx building at 155 E. Grand Ave., will be making improvements to the space and applying for a façade grant.

The 3rd Annual Spring Forward Festival will take place this Saturday in Grape Day Park from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. It’s a free, family friendly event with live music, crafts, food and dancing.

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT UPDATES

Planning:

New Urban West Inc. has submitted a request to initiate annexation of approximately 43 acres at Felicita and Hamilton (commonly known as the “Duck Pond” property). The request for initiation of an annexation, prezoning and development agreement is tentatively scheduled for Council consideration on April 10. The proposed planned development includes clustered home sites on lots at least 10,000 SF in size while allowing approximately 30% of the land area that contains sensitive biological resources to be preserved as open space.  The existing duck pond would be enhanced and made accessible to the public.

Building:

The Building Permit Activity report for February is attached.

CAPITAL PROJECTS

Benton Burn Site Remediation:
The projects contractor is waiting for his paving subcontractor to perform the final pavement restoration.

Oak Hill Street and Modular Site Improvements:
The concrete curb and gutter along with two new driveway approaches were completed this week. The underground crew completed two storm drain structures at the south end of the project.

Dos Cabazos Retaining Wall Project:
The final elements of the fence installation should be completed this week with project finaled by Friday.

Maple Street Pedestrian Plaza:
The power supply to the security camera is complete and the cameras are operational. The contractor has been directed to make some final adjustments to the camera orientation to provide better viewing coverage.

Private Development

Wal-Mart:
The building is approaching 30 percent completion with the roof substructure in place and the construction of the stores walls continuing. The dirt export should be completed by weeks end.

Mission Avenue 69 KV Electrical Line:
The three crews are continuing installation of the underground package. 10,800 feet of the electrical conduit is complete to date or 68 percent of the project. The underground portion is on schedule for completion by the end of May early June. The SDG&E portion of the project which is the pulling and splicing of the multiple cables will take 4 months and should be completed by the first of October. There has been no resolution to the two conflict points of the project design which are located at the Caltrans right of way on Mission Avenue and at the NCTD rail crossing at Enterprise Street. These two sections will take up to 7 weeks to complete and will push the completion date further into the fall season. The paving contractor has been on- site measuring quantities in preparation to finish paving as much of the project as possible. SDG&E has transmission crews working nights at Beech Street and Ash Street to finalize the transition from overhead to underground at these two locations.

Broadway & 8th Avenue:
The Engineering Staff has requested an update from the projects contractor to determine when the right of way and adjacent homeowners property can expect their properties to be cleared and restored.

Adopt a Lot @ Grand and Juniper Street:
The Public Works Staff has developed a point of connection for electricity needed for the project. The onsite walls are nearing completion with the contouring of the elevated planters taking shape.

Contempo Townhomes -Tract 921:
The onsite underground installation is ongoing.

PUBLIC SAFETY

Police:

On Saturday, March 19, 2013, the American Legion will be hosting its annual “Law and Order Program” at the local J.B. Clark Post in Escondido.  Some of our officers will be attending and be recognized for various awards.  The program begins at 5:00 PM.

The Police Department held its annual Awards Program last Thursday.  Over 20 different awards were presented with well over 50 people being recognized (officers, detectives, sergeants, and members of the public).  The PD will be writing and publishing a News Release this week and consider combining both the PD Annual Awards Program and the American Legion J.B. Clark Post “Law and Order Program” into one document.

Grape Day Park/Downtown Task Force

The Police Department continues its enforcement details several times a day in the park and surrounding areas.  Since the start of the increased focus, the police department has conducted 499 extra patrols in the park, 99 field interviews, 65 citations and made 51 arrests. 

Police officers continue their enforcement efforts in the park but have increased their focus on the Signature Pavilion, and Maple Plaza.  

Maple Plaza- due to the recent graffiti and vandalism at the Maple Plaza, officers have increased their checks of the area and enforcing the No smoking and parking signage that was installed last week.   The Police Department has now gained access to the cameras at Maple Plaza and will monitor them to apprehend those responsible for the graffiti and vandalism. 

Signature Pavilion – Since the arrests were made last few weeks, most of the problem individuals have not been seen by security.  Signature Pavilion was the victim of two of their umbrellas being vandalized last Saturday night.  No suspect information in this case.  The property manager hopes to have cameras in place soon. 

Center for the Arts reported that prior to the task force they were removing graffiti daily.  Yesterday they have not been victimized by graffiti in four weeks. 

Boys and Girls Club reported finding evidence of person(s) sleeping in front of the building in the bushes in addition to human waste.  Graveyard police officers checked the area and arrested an individual nearby for possession of narcotics.  

Classical Academy and Children’s Museum reported no problems. 

The playground equipment was approved by the Historic Preservation committee and the Community Services Commission.  The group is now selecting the actual equipment. 

The next Task Force Meeting will be Tuesday April 16, 2013.  

Fire:

On Monday, March 11, 2013, the City of San Diego and the County of San Diego will be conducting a press conference to spotlight the SD Emergency App for Apple and Android Smartphones. The SD Emergency App contains disaster preparedness information; interactive checklists to help you create an emergency plan, build an emergency supply kit, and keep you informed during a disaster with emergency updates, interactive maps, and shelter locations. For more information about the SD Emergency App, please visit www.readysandiego.org/SDEmergencyApp.

Additionally, the app now has emergency information for each of the 18 jurisdictions in San Diego County. To access the information for the City of Escondido, open the app and click the green “ReadySanDiego” bar at the top, then click the “Community Readiness” bar at the bottom, then click on “Escondido.”

This is a great public outreach tool available for us during a disaster or other emergency message situation.