Road Repair and Accountability Act
On April 6, 2017 the Senate and Assembly passed SB1, the Road Repair and Accountability Act. While the legislation awaits the Governor’s signature, the City has received preliminary estimates on the funds that Escondido can expect to receive. It is projected that $869,400 in Road Maintenance and Rehabilitation (RMR) funds will be received during FY17/18, beginning in January 2018. Staff will be recommending an increase in funding toward the City’s Annual Street Maintenance and Rehabilitation project from the $4.35-Million previously forecasted to $4.8-Million.
In addition, the new revenues would allow gas tax funds to be programmed to fill a critical infrastructure need, the Corrugated Metal Storm Drain Repair Program. The last CIP budget included a study to assess the condition of over 8-miles of corrugated metal storm drain pipe (CMP). The majority of this pipeline is well beyond its service life and several recent sinkholes have been caused by CMP failure. The project would allow repair of deteriorating pipelines before they fail, as the cost to line a pipeline is substantially less than the cost to replace a failed pipeline.
Major Projects Update
The following major projects are currently being reviewed and coordinated with Planning, Engineering, Fire, Building and Utilities staff. A complete description of each project can be viewed here. Updates provided below cover project milestones that occurred during the last week.
Commercial / Office:
- Escondido Research and Technology Center – East (ERTC) (Developer: James McCann) – Project work continues. No significant updates to report this week: A grading plan for a temporary parking lot to serve the hospital was approved June 13, 2016, and the parking lot is now under construction.
- Escondido Research and Technology Center – West (ERTC) (Developer: James McCann) – A revised grading plan recently has been approved and grading is underway. Palomar Health has announced a groundbreaking ceremony to be held this week for their new outpatient center to be constructed adjacent to the site at 2185 Citracado Parkway.
- Centerpointe 78 Commercial (Developer: Lars Andersen, Pacific Development) – Project work continues. No significant updates to report this week: A building permit for the supermarket is ready to issue once the grading plan is approved.
- Westfield Theater (Developer: Kim Brewer, Westfield) – This project has been placed on hold by Westfield while they finalize lease negotiations so there is no change from the following update reported last week: No grading, building or improvement plans have been submitted by the developer at this time.
- Felicita Development, LLC (Developer: Katherine Park, Creative Design Associates) – This project is on hold pending further direction and submittal of information from the applicant: Follow-up meetings conducted by the applicant with staff and the wildlife agencies lead staff to believe a revised project is forthcoming.
- Springhill Suites (Developer: Raj Patel, San Bernardino Hospitality LLC) – The applicant is cleared to start construction so there is no change from the following update reported last week: Construction is expected to commence within the next month.
- Escondido Auto Park Association (Developer: Tim Brecht, Escondido Auto Park Association) The applicant is cleared to start construction so there is no change from the following update reported last week: A building permit for the sign was issued on January 19, 2017.
- Downtown Courtyard Marriott Hotel (Developer: Craig Clark) – Project review and communications with the applicant are on-going but there are no new milestones to report this week: The applicant provided revised conceptual drawings on March 17, 2017 to facilitate future project discussions. Those drawings are currently being reviewed by staff.
- Centre City Commercial Center (Developer: Todd Dwyer) - Project review and communications with the applicant are on-going but there are no new milestones to report this week: A Plot Plan and Tentative Parcel Map were submitted on January 31, 2017, and staff review is underway. The applicant has been notified that additional refinements to the traffic study will be required to appropriately reflect the potential impact and mitigation.
- StorQuest (Developer: The William Warren Group, Inc.) – Revised building plans for this approved self-storage facility at 220 W. Mission Ave. were submitted to the Building Division on March 22, 2017 and routed to Esgil for re-check.
- Victory Industrial Development (Developer: Scott Merry, Badiee Development) – Project work continues. No significant updates to report this week: It is expected the grading permit can be issued once the applicant secures his Army Corps, Regional Board, and CA Fish and Wildlife permits.
- Escondido Self-Storage Facility (Developer: Brandywine Homes, Inc.) – Project work continues. No significant updates to report this week: Building plans, grading plans, landscape plans and the final map have been submitted and comments have been provided by staff.
- Innovative Industrial Development (Developer: Scott Merry, Badiee Development) – Project work continues. No significant updates to report this week: Grading plans were submitted for plan check on February 27, 2017 and comments have been provided back to the applicant. Building plans were submitted on March 29, 2017 and are being reviewed by staff.
- North American Self-Storage (Developer: Russ Colvin) – The applicant is working through final drainage design issues with Engineering prior to resubmitting revised plans back into plan check. A boundary adjustment to combine the two lots on the site is nearing approval.
- Micro-Filtration Reverse Osmosis (Developer: City of Escondido Utilities Department) – No further updates to this item will be provided while litigation is in progress: The Planning Commission approved the proposed CUP on December 13, 2016. An appeal of that decision was filed and the City Council denied the appeal on January 11, 2017, and affirmed the Planning Commission’s decision to approve the project.
- Wastewater Collections Yard Expansion (Developer: City of Escondido Utilities Department) – Project work continues. No significant updates to report this week: Grading, building and landscape plans are now being reviewed by staff for permit issuance.
- HARRF Biogas to Energy Project (Developer: City of Escondido Utilities Department) – Communications with the applicant are on-going but no construction plans have been submitted since the project was approved. No significant updates to report this week: A Conditional Use Permit for the project was approved by the Planning Commission December 13, 2016.
- Lake Wohlford Replacement Dam (Developer: City of Escondido Utilities Department) – Project work continues. No significant updates to report this week: A Draft EIR was prepared and issued for a 45-day public review period that began on October 4, 2016 and closed on November 17, 2016. Staff and AECOM are now in the process of coordinating responses to the comments that were received during the public review period.
- Escondido United Reformed Church (Developer: Brent Cooper) – Project work continues. No significant updates to report this week: A revised grading plan is close to approval. Building plans have gone through one round of plan check and the applicant is now discussing with Planning the possibility of modifying the CUP to add floor area to the sanctuary and classroom building.
- Emmanuel Faith Community Church (Developer: Jim North, EFCC) – Project work continues. No significant updates to report this week: The grading permit has been approved and the building permit for the children’s building was issued on February 28, 2017.
- Self-Realization Fellowship Center (Developer: John Pyjar, Domusstudio Architecture – Project work continues. No significant updates to report this week: The CUP application was submitted on November 14, 2016. Staff reviewed the initial submittal and sent a letter to the applicant on December 14, 2016, indicating that the application was incomplete and specifying the additional information that was necessary to complete the application.
- Oak Creek (Developer: Jason Han, New Urban West) – This project has been placed on hold by the developer while the City completes construction of the Southwest Sewer Project so there is no change from the following update reported last week: No grading or improvement plans have been submitted by the developer at this time.
- Amanda Estates (Developer: Jason Han, New Urban West) – This project has been placed on hold by the developer while the City completes construction of the Southwest Sewer Project so there is no change from the following update reported last week: No grading or improvement plans have been submitted by the developer at this time.
- Pradera (Developer: Moses Kim, Lennar Homes) – Another phase of six homes received building permits on April 3, 2017.
- Lexington (Zenner) (Developer: Eric Johnston, KB Homes) – The applicant has indicated that he intends to pull Phase 2 building permits this week.
- Stella Park Condominiums (Developer: Edward Kaen, ETP, LLC) – A precise grading plan was submitted on March 28, 2017. Building plans were submitted into plan check on April 6, 2017.
- Wohlford (Developer: Jack Henthorne) – Project review and communications with the applicant are on-going but there are no new milestones to report this week: The Draft EIR has been posted on the City website and released for a 45-day public review period commencing on March 27 and ending on May 12, 2017.
- Latitude II (Developer: Peter Zak, Lyon/NCA) – A grading permit has been issued and grading is back underway. Building plans are nearing approval pending approval of the final map.
- Canyon Grove Estates Tract 932 (Developer: John Vance, Shea Homes) – Several phases have already received building permits with two additional phases (19 homes) being issued on April 5, 2017. Off-site construction of the traffic signal at Ash Street/Vista Avenue is expected to commence soon.
- Safari Highlands Ranch (SHR) (Developer: Jeb Hall, Concordia Homes) – Project review and communications with the applicant are on-going but there are no new milestones to report this week: A revised tentative map depicting the site plan changes was submitted on October 17, 2016. Staff comments on the Fire Management Plan were sent to the applicant the week of March 13, 2017.
- High Pointe Tract 693-J (Developer: Russell Schaeffer, True Life Communities) – The applicant continues to actively market the property and there is no change from the following update reported last week: Staff has prepared a bond and fee letter based on the proposed grading and landscape plans, and has sent it to the applicant.
- Del Prado (Developer: Kerry Garza, Touchstone Communities) – Communications with the applicant are on-going but there are no new milestones to report this week: No grading or improvement plans have been submitted by the developer at this time.
- 701 San Pasqual Valley Rd (Developer: Bob Stewart) – Project review and communications with the applicant are on-going but there are no new milestones to report this week: Staff has met several times with the applicant to help work through project design and storm water issues. A Draft Mitigated Negative Declaration has been submitted and staff has provided comments to the applicant on the draft and technical studies.
- Veterans Village (Developer: Veterans Village of San Diego) – Demolition has been completed. Grading is underway. Building permits were issued on March 31, 2017.
- Escondido Gateway (Developer: Greg Waite, Integral Communities) – Project work continues. No significant updates to report this week: The applicant is moving swiftly towards issuance of a demo permit with bidding underway for asbestos and lead-based paint removal.
- The Villages at Escondido Country Club (Developer: Jason Han, New Urban West, Inc.) – Project review and communications with the applicant are on-going but there are no new milestones to report this week: A project resubmittal in response to the City’s November 30, 2016 letter was received on March 16, 2017. Planning staff has provided a location on the City’s website for ECC project-related documents and plans. The information can be accessed at the following link: ECC - City of Escondido
- Ivy/Valley Parkway Mixed-Use Development (Developer: Abad Rahan Pars Inc./ Norm Wieme, Architect – Project work continues. No significant updates to report this week: The applicant has indicated that grading and building plans are expected to be submitted into plan check soon. Utilities staff is currently working on a reimbursement agreement for new water infrastructure that will be installed by the project in the adjoining alley.
- Issued permits included 19 single-family homes for Shea Homes at Canyon Grove and six single-family homes for Lennar Homes at Pradera. A building permit was also issued for a 13,980 square foot medical office building at 1951 Citracado Parkway.
- 156 Building Inspections were performed last week.
- Demolition is nearing completion at the former bank building at 444 S. Escondido Blvd.
- The construction of the City Plaza three-story mixed use building at 300 S. Escondido Blvd. has completed the podium slab and fourth floor wall framing is progressing.
- The Solutions for Change affordable housing project at 1560 S. Escondido Blvd. is preparing the building for final inspection.
- Roof framing is proceeding at The Meadowbrook three-story apartment building with underground garage at 2081 Garden Valley Glen.
- Escondido Disposal is proceeding with the tenant improvement for the existing building and has completed the drywall. Roof framing on their new transfer building also has been completed.
- Building plans were submitted into plan check for the Stella Park residential development consisting of 63 three-story, attached townhome units in ten buildings at 2616 S. Escondido Blvd.
2015/2016 Street Rehabilitation and Maintenance Project
The contractor has completed 90% of the punch list items. The installation of traffic signs and legends is ongoing throughout the project.
Encino Street Emergency Storm Drain Repair
The apparent low bidder has been provided a copy of the Public Service Agreement, the City is awaiting the processing of that agreement.
Neighborhood Parking District
The project is moving forward with the installation of the Permit Parking Signs on Wednesday of this week. The signs will be secured with plastic bags until the program goes into effect.
Jim Stone Pool
The preconstruction meeting for the replastering and equipment replacement was held with Mission Pools on April 11, the project is scheduled to be completed in 40 days.
Indian Creek Channel Repair
The project consists of replacing a 29’ section of concrete channel wall that fell earlier this year after one of the winter storms. The channel is located between Industrial Avenue to the south and Simpson Way to the north in the Escondido Industrial Park. The work should be completed by April 21, 2017 with no wet weather expected during this period.
Pradera - Lennar Communities
No change from the following update reported last week: The developer is working on a schedule for the completion of new striping and signage along the area streets. Phase 7 is now under construction.
Lexington Model Homes - KB Homes
The construction of the new roadway along Vista Avenue has begun with the removal of the old roadway, the construction is anticipated to be completed by April 21, 2017. Work includes water line installation, concrete improvements and new asphalt roadway.
Escondido Boulevard at 3rd Avenue
No changes from the following reported last week: The contractor is using a crane to deliver materials to the third floor, and lane closures along 3rd Avenue will be a regular occurrence to allow for the lifting of construction materials to the newly completed floor.
Tract 932 - Canyon Grove Shea Homes Community
The traffic signal poles for the Ash/Sheridan intersection have been stood, a preconstruction meeting is being held this week for the meter installation which is one of the final items prior to signal activation. The traffic signal contractor will be potholing utility conflicts this week looking for an acceptable route for the interconnect cable between Ash Street and Broadway along Vista Avenue. Onsite construction of new water main pipe is continuing this week.
Quantum Academy at Falconer Road
Escondido Elementary School District is taking advantage of the Spring Break to complete the water line tie in work.
Latitude II Condominiums by a Lyon Homes Partnership: Washington Avenue at Centre City Parkway
Construction of the new 10” sewer main to serve the project is ongoing this week.
Westminster Theological Seminary Graduate Student Housing: Boyle Avenue at Bear Valley Parkway
The contractor is continuing with the installation of dry utility conduits within the project limits.
The project will begin to pot hole existing utilities this week in preparation of constructing new public improvements. The work zones are along Escondido Boulevard as well as 15th Avenue.
Tract 877 – Bernardo Ave. by Ambient Communities
No changes from the following reported last week: This is a 13 lot single family residential project located at the cul-de-sac end of Bernardo Ave. The construction of the 16’ high sound wall along the freeway is ongoing this week. The developer has not notified the City when the grading operations will resume.
Palomar Medical Center
The onsite sewer main is still under construction this week, the final plan review for the offsite reclaimed water main is expected this week.
Rincon Water/Ash Street By-Pas Project
The project has begun along Ash Street with the installation of the new steel water main, the contractor expects to install 200’ of pipeline a day. It requires the daytime closures of Ash Street between Vista Avenue and Hubbard Avenue. The roadway will be reopened at the close of the daytime work.
- On 4/6/17 at 01:45 hours, officers responded to a call of an intoxicated male and female at the Super 8 Motel. Upon arrival, officers approached the room and observed the couple arguing. One officer attempted to enter the hotel room, the male immediately attempted to shut the door. The officer tried to detain the male and after a use of force, the suspect was taken into custody. The suspect was treated at Palomar Medical Center for minor injuries and ultimately booked into the Vista Detention Facility. No officers were injured.
- On 4/6/17, a reporting party at 1125 N. Broadway observed suspicious subjects near her vehicle. Officers detained two subjects and located a loaded, sawed off shotgun. Two arrests were made for warrants and gun charges with gang enhancements.
- On 4/7/17 at 13:00 hours, a Hispanic adult male (20-25 years old) wearing a black ball cap, white shirt and black pants, took a subject’s bicycle at knife point near the intersection of Centre City Parkway and Valley Parkway. The suspect fled east along Valley Parkway and was not located.
- On 4/8/17, around 00:00 hours, bouncers at Pounders bar attempted to eject an intoxicated patron, who became upset with security, started yelling “Diablos” and tried to start fights with several customers and bouncers. Once security successfully removed him, the suspect pulled out a knife and began to further instigate the bouncers. Officers located the suspect in the alley where he refused to follow instructions. After a Taser deployment, the suspect was taken into custody.
- The Police Department Traffic Unit conducted a DUI/Driver’s License checkpoint on April 8, 2017, at 2nd Avenue and Broadway. Checkpoints are placed in locations that have the greatest opportunity for achieving drunk and drugged driving deterrence and provide the greatest safety for officers and the public. High Visibility Enforcements, which include DUI/Driver’s License checkpoints, have been shown to lower DUI deaths and injuries. A major component of these checkpoints are the deterrent effects it has on those who might drive alcohol or drug impaired, bringing about more awareness and encouraging everyone to use sober designated drivers. Drivers whose only offense was being unlicensed to drive were given the opportunity to locate the registered owner of the vehicle to either take or assign possession of the vehicle to a licensed driver. 14 vehicles were released to the owner or a designated driver. During the checkpoint, 4 vehicles were impounded. Following are additional results from this event:
- 1447 vehicles drove through the checkpoint
- 939 vehicles were screened in primary
- 44 vehicles were sent to secondary screening (drivers who could not produce a driver’s license or who were suspected of being under the influence of alcohol or drugs)
- 23 total citations were issued during the checkpoint. (4 for suspended license and 15 for unlicensed driver, 4 for no insurance)
- 2 drivers were cited for having unrestrained children in the car
- 4 Field sobriety tests
- 1 Arrest for driving under the influence
- DUI educational material was distributed during the checkpoint
- The California Association for Property and Evidence (C.A.P.E.) is made up of nine chapters throughout the state. Every year each chapter recognizes one of their members as their region's Property Officer of the Year. These awards are presented at the annual C.A.P.E. conference at which time they select the officer for the State of CA. This year the San Diego Chapter of C.A.P.E. selected Selena Gruning as the San Diego Property Officer of the Year.