ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT 

Congratulations to Stone Brewing Company which is now the 9th largest craft brewery in the country. It previously had been in 10th place.  Three other regional breweries made it to the top 50: Ballast Point, 31st; Karl Strauss, 45th; and Green Flash, making its debut on this list, 48th.  For more information please see the March 31, 2015 edition of the San Diego Union Tribune at http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2015/mar/31/four-san-diego-50

 SPECIAL EVENTS 

  • On Friday, April 3, 2015 hundreds of classic cars will return once again to the streets of Downtown Escondido to kick off another exciting season of Cruisin’ Grand!  Cruisin’ Grand runs from 5-9 p.m. every Friday from April 3 to October 2 along Grand Avenue in historic Downtown Escondido. All Pre 1974 American cars are welcome on ANY night, and can park in any road closure except South Broadway, which is reserved for the club of the night. 

To celebrate Cruisin' Grand's 2015 season, a special Wine and Craft Beer Festival will add to the fun of Cruisin’ Grand on April 10.    Local wineries and craft breweries will offer tastes of their finest selections on the beautiful Maple Street Plaza. Admission to the festival area is $20 and includes 12 drink tickets. Each ticket good for 1 oz. wine and/or 2 oz. beer taste. Tickets may be combined to equal full glasses of wine/beer. 21 and over only. IDs will be checked upon entry. No one under 21 permitted inside the tasting area. Tickets may be purchased at the event or online now at:

http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07eakadpnna1d509e9&llr=eoyxpfjab  For more information about Cruisin’ Grand and a schedule of events, visit www.cruisingrand.com .

  • For information about other events taking place in Escondido, please visit visitescondido.com

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

Planning: 

  • Getting to Yes - Staff reviewed the conditions of approval for the recent Master Plan modification for the Westfield mall and determined that the proposed expansion and  improvements for a fitness facility on the lower level of the former Robinson-May building can be handled administratively with staff design review.
  • Per City Council direction regarding the Emergency Shelter Overlay Zone, a public meeting has been scheduled on Monday, April 13th at 6:00 PM to discuss alternative or additional locations where a shelter may be allowed as a permitted use. The attached public notice has been sent to all property and business owners in the zones under consideration as well as to all interested parties on our mailing list, and will be published in the newspaper. The workshop will be an open house format.
  • The Mitigated Negative Declaration for the Southwest Sewer Realignment Project has been released for a 30-day public review period which ends on April 1, 2015. To date, comments have been received from the State Water Resources Control Board, California Department of Fish and Wildlife and Escondido Neighbors United. The document is available at the following links:

    http://www.escondido.org/southwest-sewer.aspx
    http://www.escondido.org/Data/Sites/1/media/PDFs/Planning/MNDnoticeofNegDecforPosting.pdf

  • Staff met with a member of the Niki Charitable Art Foundation to discuss the repairs for the Queen Califia Magical Circle. The Foundation has agreed to split the cost of repairs for the next two phases involving rebuilding the travertine benches and replacing broken tiles on entry maze walls. The work effort is anticipated to take several months, but the Magical Circle will remain open during these repairs. Please see the City Website for details on opening days/hours.
  • Major Projects Update:
    • Oak Creek (NUW) – The annexation application has been submitted to LAFCO. The Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) is inviting participation in a community survey assessing interest in the Response Plan prepared by Oak Pond, LLC to assess heavy metal and petroleum-hydrocarbon impacted soil from localized areas on the site of the Oak Creek Project. The survey is attached; comments are due by Monday, April 6, 2015.
    • Amanda Estates (NUW) – The project was unanimously recommended for approval by the Planning Commission on March 10th. The City Council hearing is scheduled for April 8th.
    • Centerpointe 78 Commercial – The Draft EIR remains on hold at the applicant’s request pending resolution of traffic mitigation requirements. Staff has requested further analysis of alternative mitigation measures.
    • North Broadway Deficiency Area Projects – Staff continues to work with the anticipated developer (Lennar) of the properties east of Ash Street regarding a comprehensive grading plan and associated design changes, with the goal of achieving substantial conformance with the approved tentative maps as anticipated in the development agreements. The developer is working towards commencement of grading activities in April; grading activities will need to avoid areas in close proximity to nesting bird sites. Revisions to the traffic analysis are still needed to address construction vehicle trips from the proposed mass grading and import of fill. The Zenner annexation, subdivision and development is tentatively scheduled for City Council consideration on April 22nd pending negotiations on the development agreement terms. Staff is awaiting submittals regarding the offsite easements needed to construct traffic mitigation measures at the Ash/Vista intersection in the unincorporated area in order to avoid potential condemnation issues.
    • Kaen Planned Development (2516 S. Escondido Blvd.) – Staff has completed review of a revised conceptual plan which addresses some of the concerns previously identified by staff. Staff has provided comments recommending further revisions to address fire access and design issues; the applicant is evaluating response to these comments. The application is incomplete.
    • Wohlford – A letter has been sent for the proposed 55-unit residential subdivision and planned development at 661 Bear Valley Parkway advising the applicant that the application is incomplete and identifying the necessary submittals to continue processing the application. The applicant is coordinating with staff regarding a Specific Alignment Plan for Bear Valley Parkway.
    • Latitude II – The applicant submitted revised plans which are under review; the applicant is proposing not to incorporate many staff comments (including specific Fire Department comments regarding minimum turning radius and Centre City Parkway improvements) into the revised plans as part of the Planned Development application and does not concur with the staff determination to require a traffic analysis and preparation of a negative declaration. Staff is working with the applicant to evaluate alternative means to satisfy concerns regarding emergency access. The application is incomplete. 

Building Division: 

  • The Building Division had a very busy week issuing 67 permits for the week with a total valuation of $988,533.
  • Photovoltaic permits are again dominating the permit activity for the week.  Building issued 17 permits this week with 208 permits issued so far this year compared to 133 issued at the same time last year.
  • Inspections and counter contacts remain steady with inspections averaging 24 per day with 24 on Friday and counter contacts averaging 36 per day with 26 on Friday.
  • The Building Division has approved the plans for a new 76 unit condominium project at 2412 S Escondido Blvd.  Approval of the Final Map is required prior to permit issuance.
  • The new Monticello Assisted living facility is moving towards a final building inspection projected for the end of April.
  • Permits were issued for 3 custom single family dwellings at 969 Bennett, 2190 Krystal Pl. and 2196 Krystal Pl. 

CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS

FY2014-2015 Street Rehabilitation Project:
March 30th through April 3rd, 2015 the concrete subcontractor will be completing concrete for the pedestrian ramps, driveways and sidewalks along 5th Avenue between Centre City Parkway and Escondido Boulevard. Pavement resurfacing will be along Mission Avenue between Broadway and Centre City Parkway, Escondido Boulevard between Crest Street and  Washington Avenue.   

Elm Street between Washington Avenue and the Flood Control Channel: 
Pavement was placed on Friday, March 27th with concrete sidewalks and driveways being installed on April 2nd and 3rd.

Simpson Channel/ Indian Creek Emergency Repair:
Public Works staff discovered a 30’ section of the concrete channel wall had fallen from its vertical position onto the channel floor. Staff has selected the low bidder and will be performing the repair work later this month. Public Works staff secured the channel wall into a vertical position with the aid of 2 ton blocks of concrete so that the businesses are safe until the permanent repairs are made.  

Private Development 

Bear Valley Parkway between Boyle Avenue and San Pasqual Valley Road (County Project):
The contractor has begun to prepare for the installation of roadway base material for the placement of concrete surface improvements between Idaho Avenue and Birch Street. Dry utilities are continuing between Idaho Avenue and Suburban Hills Drive. 

2412 South Escondido Boulevard:
The contractor is continuing to construct the onsite retaining walls. The new 48” storm drain system is being installed. The first Storm Drain box has been constructed in the middle of Escondido Boulevard. Its placement had to be modified due to the tight tolerances between the City’s 16” force main sewer and the AT&T fiber optic trunk line. 

Escondido Boulevard at 3rd Avenue Fiber Optic Project:
A portion of the pavement restoration has been completed.  Staff is waiting on confirmation for the remainder of the work. 

SDG&E 16” Gas Main Inspection:
SDG&E crews started excavation on their pipeline this week. The line is located on Rocksprings Road at Deodar Road. The work is expected to be completed during the next two weeks.           

PUBLIC SAFETY 

Police 

INCIDENTS

  • On 03-23-15, officers were dispatched to Golden State Liquor at 935 W. Mission reference a body found in a car. Investigation showed that a 62 year old homeless man living inside his vehicle died of natural causes. 
  • On 03-24-15, a San Marcos sheriff detective chased a suspect with a stolen credit card and tackled him. The suspect assaulted the detective and Wal-Mart security.  EPD arrived to assist with the arrest and took a PC 69 (Assault on an officer) crime case.
  • On 03-24-15, a white female and a black female carjacked a male victim by knifepoint at the 7-11 located at 503 W. Washington. The victim’s car was recovered later that day unoccupied. 
  • On 03-26-15, Traffic Collision Investigators investigated a single vehicle fatal collision at Via Rancho and Camino Postigo. Preliminary, it is believed that driver was speeding, lost control of his vehicle and collided into a concrete retaining wall.  The 33 year old Escondido resident died later at Palomar Hospital.  Alcohol is not believed to be a factor.  
  • On 03-28-15, officers assisted the FD with a business fire at the Carl’s Jr located at Mission and Quince.
  • On 03-28-15, an intoxicated female driver drove off the roadway, down an embankment, through the golf cart tunnel and ultimately stopped on the second hole at Eagle Crest Golf Course. She later assaulted officers and Palomar Hospital Staff.
  • On 03-28-15, Traffic Collision Investigators investigated a single vehicle accident with major injuries at Lincoln and Fig. A female driver crashed into a traffic signal pole after claiming to have huffed some kind of substance. 
  • On 3-29-15, Traffic Collision Investigators investigated a fatal traffic collision involving a pedestrian at Lincoln and Broadway. Preliminarily, it is believed that the pedestrian was crossing the street against a red light and a truck coming off of 78 onto Broadway had the green light. The 35 year old pedestrian died a short time later at the hospital. 

EVENTS

  • On 3-28-15, The EPD Baker to Vegas team competed in the annual race. It took the relay team about 23 hours to finish.  The conditions were brutal, with 100+ degree weather.
  • On 3-27-15, Lt. Al Owens was honored with the Elks Award for his Community Service efforts.
  • On 3-28-15, the police department hosted the CSUSM, “Young Adventurers” group.  The Young Adventures are children, between the ages of 8 and 12, who benefit from community outreach programs and local activities.  On Saturday about fifteen participants came to the police department where they were welcomed by Chief Carter. They watched a K-9 demonstration, a SWAT static display and they were given a tour of the station by members of the Explorer’s program. This is the second year that we have worked with CSUSM on this event and have started plans for next year. 
  • On 3-26-15, Officer Tom Venable received his 7th DUI Officer of the Year Award at the annual MADD Awards Luncheon.
  • On 3-28-15, EPD hosted a safety academy. The class was attended by 15 kids from Escondido schools ranging in ages of 6-14 years old.   Members of the EPD training and defensive tactics training staff ran the kids through self-defense drills as well as an anti- abduction scenario.  
  • On 3-28-15, Mike’s BBQ hosted a fund raiser for the EPD explorer program. The program raises money annually to fund the kid’s participation in the Explorer Academy in San Diego.