September 25, 2013

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09/25/13

HUMAN RESOURCES/SAFETY DIVISION

An automated external defibrillator (AED) has been installed in the City Council Chambers.  Please note that the AED machine has an alarm, which will be activated if the door on the machine in opened.  Therefore, it should only be accessed during a medical emergency.   AED devices can automatically diagnose the potentially life threatening cardiac arrhythmias of ventricular fibrillation and ventricular tachycardia in a patient.  It is able to treat them through defibrillation, the application of electrical therapy which stops the arrhythmia, allowing the heart to reestablish an effective rhythm.  With simple audio and visual commands, AEDs are designed to be used for the non-medical personnel.   City staff are familiar with these devices, as they are in multiple City facilities. 

 INDEPENDENT DISTRICTING COMMISSION

All information about the Independent Districting Commission is available on the main page of our website, www.escondido.org   It is updated regularly as new information is developed and includes information upcoming community meetings, regular IDC meetings, etc.

 ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

  • Swami’s Café and Plan 9 Alehouse both had soft openings last Friday and customers were lined up to get in at both establishments.  Plan 9 intends to have a formal grand opening in October.
  • Approximately 150 business, tourism and civic leaders attended an economic summit  last week at Liberty Station hosted by Jerry Sanders and Greg Koch. The meeting was attended by Joyce Masterson and Ed Gallo. The purpose was to draw attention to the economic impact craft beer is having on the region. Some of the points presented were:
    • San Diego has 77 craft breweries
    • The craft beer industry brings in nearly $300 million to the region
    • There is a nexus between the tourism industry and craft breweries with many tourists specifically coming to the area because of the breweries, much like the relationship of wine to Napa.
    • More coordination/cross promotion/awareness is needed between local tourism boards, hotels, restaurants, grocery stores, etc. to promote the craft brewing industry, not with the intent just to sell more beer, but to promote an important economic driver in the region
    • San Diego Beer Week is coming up in November 1-10 http://www.sandiegobrewersguild.org/events/tag/sdbw/   

 COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT UPDATES

Planning:

  • On  9/24/13 the Planning Commission considered the proposed code amendment pertaining to emergency shelters, to allow them by right in a new overlay area in the M-1 zone. The amendment implements State law and reflects the area approved by the State Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) as shown in the City’s Housing Element which was approved by Council in December 2012. No shelters are proposed as part of this code amendment. The meeting was well attended, with many City business owners and residents primarily from San Marcos objecting to the amendment. After much discussion, the commission voted 5-1 (Winton absent, Spahn voting no) to recommend approval as proposed with direction to evaluate other areas that are closer to services and remove this overlay once a new area is designated. The item is scheduled for Council consideration on 10/23/13.
  • The  owner of the Escondido Country Club property has submitted a fencing plan to fence the perimeter of the entire property. The owner issued a press release indicating that the measure was necessary due to ongoing vandalism and trespassing on the property. The six-foot high chain link fence does not require a permit.

Building:

  • Building issued 47 permits for the week with a total valuation of $289,182. Permits were issued for interior demolition at the old H. Johnson building at 131 S. Broadway. Plan review has been completed for the demolition at the Classical Academy at 207 E. Pennsylvania, and the first round of plan review comments are in for the addition and tenant improvement at the Classical Academy. Final inspection and Certificate of Occupancy have been issued for the Plan 9 Ale House at 155 E Grand Ave.  Photovoltaic permits continue to lead the permit activity for the year with 274 issued so far this year and 12 for the week.

 

CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS

Grape Street Public Improvement Project:

SDG&E crews have completed installation and testing of the 6” gas main. The construction of the new service lateral is anticipated to be completed in two weeks. The bid packages for the public improvements were opened this past week and are being reviewed. From a preliminary review, the first and second bidders will be disqualified due to problems with their bid packages.

Escondido Creek Trail Lighting:

The preconstruction meeting was held on September 11th. A tentative Notice to Proceed was set for October 1, 2013.

 Encino Drive/El Dorado Drive Storm Drain Replacement:

Staff has received preliminary engineering drawings for the new 60” storm drain system that will be constructed to replace the private 36” storm drain pipe. They are expediting the review process, so that the project can be placed for bid before the approaching rainy season.

North Broadway Bike Path Drainage Project:

The first phase of construction, demolition of existing tree stumps and chain link fencing was completed this past week by public works maintenance staff. The contractor hired to construct the storm drain pipe had his portion of work completed on Tuesday. Habitat for Humanity will move on site this Thursday to start their restoration work. The final concrete drainage swales will be installed next week.  

 Private Development

Wal-Mart:

The developer is working on remobilizing his construction crews to complete the final offsite improvements at Ash Street and Pennsylvania Avenue. All improvements are required to be done within 60 days from the date Caltrans approved the final revision on September 17th.

Contempo Townhomes -Tract 921:

The construction of the water main in the alley is completed. The contractor, with the assistance of water utility department will be isolating the water mains in the area, so that final connections can be made.

Resurrection Church - Storm Drain in El Norte Parkway:

Construction of the storm drain system along El Norte Parkway and Rincon Villa Drive is continuing this week.

Stone Brewery - Traffic Signal:

The construction of the new traffic signal and driveway entrances began this week. The work will allow safe passage for pedestrian and vehicle travel from the new parking lot being constructed on the east side of Citracado Parkway.  All improvements are being funded by Stone Brewery.

 

PUBLIC SAFETY

  • Chief Carter and Detective Michael Martinez helped organize a Make-A-Wish® for a 6 year old boy named Jonathan last Saturday at the Westfield Mall in Escondido.  They presented Jonathan with a badge and junior police uniform as well as allowed him to explore some of our specialty vehicles.
  • EPD Facebook page has 1083 likes
  • Grape Day Park 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 970 extra patrols in the park, 166 field interviews, 86 citations and 87 arrests.  The Bike Team officers Adan Martinez and Russ Whitaker continue to focus their efforts in the downtown area including Grape Day Park, Maple Plaza and Signature Pavilion.

In addition to the two bike officers, we have added another community policing officer Lew Shaver to assist existing COPPS Officer Bill Havens.  These officers will be assigned to various problem areas within the city to help coordinate the community and bring in the necessary resources to solve long term or extensive community problems.  Officer Havens has been a member of the Grape Day Task Force from its inception and is one of the few departments CPTED (Crime Reduction Through Environmental Design experts). We hope to utilize the Grape Day Task Force design to help resolve issues in other areas of the City.

On 09/23/13 EPD investigated a death on the west side of Grape Day Park.  It appears the person died of natural causes, however investigators are awaiting the final report from the county medical examiner.

CCAE reported no graffiti or vandalism for the past month.  They have had no issues with persons loitering or causing problems.

Boys and Girls Club, SD Children’s Museum did not report any problems this week. 

History Center reported finding items hidden possibly by homeless persons under shrubbery near their facility.  Parks Division will assess the shrubbery in the area to ensure it’s properly maintained.  Officers will continue their sweeps during the evening hours when the park is closed. 

Upcoming Events:
September 28, Woofstock, Downtown and Maple Plaza
September 21, Cine en el Parque, Grape Day Park
October 6, City of Escondido 125th Birthday Celebration, Grape Day.
October 25, Zombie Festival, Grape Day Park. 
For a list of all Escondido Events visit: http://visitescondido.com/event-calendar/

The next Task Force Meeting will be Tuesday October  22nd, 2013. 

 

DIXON LAKE CLEAN UP

On Saturday, September 21, 2013, Escondido partnered with “I Love A Clean San Diego” for their County wide event. Escondido sponsored the Dixon Lake cleanup which offered 100 volunteers the opportunity to collect trash and recyclable material. The event was very successful. 300 pounds of trash and 290 pounds of recyclable material were collected and removed from the environment.