ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

  • This week, North County, and specifically Escondido, were recognized in a Huffington Post travel piece titled “10 U.S. Suburbs that are Surprisingly, Genuinely Cool.” http://www.huffingtonpost.com/gogobot-/ten-us-suburbs-that-are-s_b_9660366.html The piece reached over 16,000 people and received 1,600 post clicks via the City’s Facebook page, making it one of the most popular City of Escondido social media posts of all time.

 

  • ‘Innovate 78’, the collaborative economic development initiative of the five cities of the 78 corridor, is pleased to once again be a sponsor of the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation’s annual dinner. Guests will walk through the branded “Innovate 78 Corridor” as they enter the event, held on April 21 at Sea World. The EDC’s event brings together more than 900 business and community leaders from industry sectors throughout the San Diego region. 

SPECIAL EVENTS 

  • Celebrate Jesus Escondido (2nd week) presented by Dream Center San Diego
    Friday, April 22nd at 7pm
    Grape Day Park
    A worship concert for all of Escondido
    http://celebratejesussd.com/
  • Cal South Soccer will be holding a State Cup soccer tournament in Ryan Park on April 23rd and 24th. Teams will be traveling in from all over Southern California.  We will see teams in the Boys under 19 and Girls under 19 divisions for bracket play.  They will be using all eight soccer fields at Ryan Park.  We can expect around 500 families in the area shopping, dining and lodging in Escondido. 
    Schedule:
    • Saturday April 23rd – 8:00am to 7:00pm
    • Sunday April 24th – 8:00am to 5:30pm 

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

Planning

Major Projects Update

Commercial / Office:

  • Escondido Research and Technology Center – East (ERTC) No change from the following update reported last week: This is a 72,000 square foot medical office building proposed on the east side of Citracado Parkway across from Palomar Medical Center located at 2130 Citracado Parkway. A grading permit has been issued by the Engineering Division. Building plans have been submitted for plan check. The Planning Division has approved a second set of corrected grading plans. On November 4, 2015 the City Council approved a 10-year extension to the previously adopted Development Agreement for ERTC that involves 20 lots in ERTC owned by JRMC. 
  • Escondido Research and Technology Center – West (ERTC) – This is a 144,000 sq. ft. development involving two medical office buildings proposed on the west side of Citracado Parkway across from Palomar Medical Center located at 2097 – 2175 Citracado Parkway.  A grading permit has been issued by the Engineering Division.  The Planning Division has approved the building plans submitted for plan check. 
  • Centerpointe 78 CommercialNo change from the following update reported last week: This project is a 45,650 sq. ft. supermarket and restaurant located at 925 N. Broadway. The project was approved by the Planning Commission on November 10, 2015. The project was approved by the City Council on December 9, 2015.  Staff is waiting for submittal of a revised storm water plan that incorporates recent changes in regulations and is working with the property owner regarding obtaining permits to demolish the existing structure. 
  • Westfield TheaterNo change from the following update reported last week: This project is a 10-auditorium movie theater totaling 57,600 sq. ft. located on the north side of the Westfield Mall. The project was approved by the City Council on November 4, 2015. 
  • Felicita Development, LLCNo change from the following update reported last week: This project is a 140-unit hotel, and a gas station or office/residential care facility at the southeast corner of Felicita Rd. and Gamble Lane. The applicant and staff met with the architect to discuss building elevations, 5-story height limitations and site design issues given the existing wetland constraints on the property. Additional technical analysis and coordination is needed to address traffic, biology, water and sewer service, geotechnical and storm water concerns, along with a market study for the proposed uses. The applicant met with the wild life agencies and is responding to technical studies needed to complete the application. Tribal consultations are underway. 
  • Springhill SuitesNo change from the following update reported last week: This project is a 105-suite hotel totaling 73,300 sq. ft. located at 300 La Terraza Drive involving 4 stories, a small conference room and an enlarged lobby for serving continental breakfast. A revised set of grading plans have been approved and grading has commenced for the parking lot on the adjacent office property which shares a driveway access. Landscaping plans were submitted for review, and department comments are being finalized.  Building plans have gone through at least one review. 
  • BMW DealershipNo change from the following update reported last week: A Precise Plan application to expand the existing dealership showroom an additional approximately 4,000 square feet and enhance the building façade at 1557 Auto Park Way was approved by the Planning Commission on October 13, 2015. A demolition permit to remove portions of the existing structure has been issues. The project is under construction. 
  • Escondido Auto Park AssociationNo change from the following update reported last week: The association is proposing to upgrade the existing electronic message sign along I-15. On September 23, 2015, the Economic Development Subcommittee considered a request by the association to enter into an agreement with the City for reimbursement of a portion of the cost of the upgraded sign and expressed support for a five-year agreement based on anticipated public benefit of additional sales tax revenue. Staff has received information for processing. 
  • Ford-Hyundai Dealership ExpansionNo change from the following update reported last week: An expansion involving approximately 13,000 sq. ft. of showroom buildings and 6,700 sq. ft. wash/detail building at 1717-1919 Auto Park Way was approved by the Planning Commission on June 23, 2015. Grading has commenced, the sign plans have been approved, and the Planning Division has signed off on the building plans. 

Industrial 

  • Escondido Disposal Inc.No change from the following update reported last week: The CUP modification to expand the existing facility was approved by the Planning Commission on August 25, 2015. The project has completed its post-approval plan check process; staff has approved the grading and landscape plans. The County has notified the City that the applicant has made its application to the State permitting agency. Storm drain issues improvements that extend through the site are under construction. A revised site plan with updated parking and circulation has been submitted for staff review. Staff is determining the adequacy of the storm water basins. Building plans were received for Phases I and III. 
  • StorQuest – This proposed project at 220 W. Mission Avenue involves a 102,500 sq. ft. development with 4-stories, 3 in-line shops and a small office in conjunction with a public storage facility. Correspondence has been mailed to the applicant regarding initial comments and the need for additional information to complete the application. The applicant has been working with staff to modify the vehicle circulation pattern and parking at the front of the building and has indicated that revised plans could be resubmitted as early as this week. 
  • Victory Industrial Development – This project involves two industrial buildings totaling 91,000 sq. ft. (one building 55,500 sq. ft., second building 35,500 sq. ft.) located at 2005 Harmony Grove Road and a zone change from residential to Planned Industrial consistent with the updated General Plan. Revised maps and technical studies have been submitted for review. Design review has been completed and the project is progressing through the environmental review phase including coordinating revisions to the traffic study. 
  • Micro-Filtration Reverse OsmosisNo change from the following update reported last week: The proposed project involves a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) for the development of a new city facility at 2512 E. Washington Avenue to provide advanced treatment for Title 22 quality recycled water produced at the City of Escondido’s Hale Avenue Resource Recovery Facility (HARRF) for agricultural uses. The facility would be sized for a total production capacity of 2.0 million gallons per day (mgd) and consists of two separate buildings (one building 14,440 sq. ft., second building 21,775 sq. ft.) that would contain a variety of equipment, pumps, electrical, control and storage rooms. Underground storage tanks (90,000 gallon feed tank, 163,000 gallon inter-process tank, and a 970,000 gallon product storage tank) are also included. Public environmental review commenced concluded on April 6, 2016.  A Planning Commission hearing for the Conditional Use Permit is tentatively scheduled for April 26, 2016. 
  • Wastewater Collections Yard ExpansionNo change from the following update reported last week: The project involves development of 1.8 acres of a larger, approximately 15.4-acre site for the construction of a new wastewater collections yard and maintenance facility for the City’s Hale Avenue Resource Recovery Facility (HARRF) at 1521 S. Hale Avenue. The proposed facilities will consist of three separate pre-fabricated metal buildings 3,735 sq. ft. - 5,670 sq. ft. for collections; work bays and workshops for regular maintenance of vehicles and equipment. The project would require the processing of a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) and rezone. Public environmental review commenced on March 22, 2016 and will conclude on April 20, 2016. Public hearings are anticipated in summer 2016.

Institutional

  • John Paul the Great Catholic UniversityNo change from the following update reported last week: A Conditional Use Permit to expand the campus and student enrollment at 155 W. Grand Avenue was approved by the Planning Commission on December 8, 2015. The proposal includes improvements to the former H. Johnson Building at 131 S. Broadway for studio and classroom space, and the former bank at 200 W. Grand Avenue for administrative offices and a student resource center. The proposed expansion would also increase the student enrollment from 300 to 1,200 students over the next several years. Staff has confirmed the availability of water and sewer connections. Staff recently met with the University President regarding potential future expansion plans beyond those previously approved. 
  • Calvin Christian Middle/High School – The project is an expansion involving a 15,500 SF auditorium, multi-use conference center, classrooms, terraces and walkways located at 2000 N. Broadway. The grading plans have been approved and a building permit was issued on April 11, 2016. 
  • Escondido United Reformed ChurchNo change from the following update reported last week: The project is an expansion for a phased, multi-year, master construction/development plan for a new 12,250 SF two-story sanctuary, conversion of existing buildings to a social hall, demolition of an existing social hall/classroom building (approx. 4,620 SF) and construction of approximately 5,250 SF for a nursery, multi-purpose room, classrooms for Sunday school and other associated activities, and bathrooms, and an enclosed 1,835 SF central Atrium/Narthex at 1864 N. Broadway. Building plans have been submitted for review and comment for portions of project, revised architectural designs for the sanctuary have been submitted for review; the grading plans have been approved. 

Residential 

  • Oak Creek (NUW)No change from the following update reported last week: This project is a 65-unit single family development located at the southeastern corner of Felicita Road and Hamilton Lane. The LAFCO Board unanimously approved the annexation on October 5, 2015. Staff has returned documents to LAFCO memorializing their action that included final paperwork to be completed prior to annexation recordation. 
  • Amanda Estates (NUW)No change from the following update reported last week: This project is a 22-unit single family development on Amanda Lane. The LAFCO Board approved the reorganization (annexation) at their meeting on August 3, 2015. Staff has returned documents to LAFCO memorializing their action that included final paperwork to be completed prior to annexation recordation. 
  • Pradera – This project consists of a 70-unit single family development located at the northeastern corner of Ash Street and Lehner Avenue. Grading and construction are underway. Three, two-story model homes have been completed and the model complex opened to the public on January 30, 2016.  An additional two-story model (Plan 5) has been added to the unit mix and will soon be under construction.  A single-story unit will be marketed with this development, but no model home for the single-story unit will be constructed.  The developer obtained building permits for the first and second phases involving 16 units and those phases are under construction. Plans for a third and fourth phase have been submitted for review, bringing the total number of units built or under construction to 36. 
  • Zenner - The project is a 40-unit single family development at the northeastern corner of Lehner Avenue and Vista Avenue. The applicant (KB Homes) has submitted the final map, improvement plans and grading plans for staff review and approval. Staff has approved the home designs and plans for constructing an off-site model complex on three separate parcels near the project are nearing completion for staff approval. The annexation was approved by LAFCO on Sept. 14, 2015, and has been recorded by the County Recorder’s Office. Proposed street names have been released by the Planning Division for review and concurrence by other agencies. 
  • Stella Park CondominiumsNo change from the following update reported last week: This project is a 65-unit townhome Planned Development located at 2516 S. Escondido Blvd. The Planning Commission recommended denial of the proposal on March 22, 2016. The City Council is scheduled to consider the project on April 27, 2016. 
  • Wohlford – This project is a 55-unit single family development located on Bear Valley Parkway east of Encino Drive. Staff has reviewed submittals and technical reports from the applicant. A Specific Alignment Plan for Bear Valley Parkway detailing the proposed roadway design is under review. The Cultural Resources study has been completed and is being reviewed by staff and the EIR consultant. The consultant has reviewed the applicant’s other technical reports and has provided comments for revisions and has commenced by-weekly status meetings as the document preparation gets underway. Preparation of the project EIR is on schedule. 
  • Latitude IINo change from the following update reported last week: This project is a 112-unit multi-family development, located at the northeastern corner of Centre City Parkway and Washington Avenue, and approved by the City Council on August 19, 2015. A Final Subdivision Map has been submitted for review. The applicant will be submitting a boundary adjustment for a property exchange with the adjacent motel owner.  Grading plans are nearing approval. Comments have been provided regarding the architectural plans that have been submitted for plan check. The CC&Rs and landscaping plans have been submitted for review. 
  • Canyon Grove Estates (Tract 932)No change from the following update reported last week: This project is a 179-lot single family residential development on the north side of Vista Avenue east of Conway Drive. Staff approved the substantial conformance determination for the revised tentative map and continues to coordinate with the applicant on the Precise Plan application for final architectural design and landscaping. The applicant has concluded the purchase of mitigation credits at Daley Ranch, and is pursuing acquisitions needed for offsite improvements. A grading permit has been issued and contractors are clearing the site in areas slated for development. 
  • Safari Highlands No change from the following update reported last week: This project is a 550-unit single family development located east of the Rancho San Pasqual community and north of the San Diego Safari Park. The project involves 1,100 acres including annexation and Sphere of Influence update for a master planned community with parks, trails, recreation center, fire station, open space, on-site sewer facility for treating a portion of the on-site wastewater for irrigation purposes. Planning and Engineering extensions of staff have been funded by the applicant and retained to assist the City in processing the project. Staff met with a representative of the Fish and Wildlife Department to discuss the project. Other outreach efforts have included City of San Diego, San Diego Zoo Safari Park representatives, public agencies and surrounding residents. The City Council approved the consultant contract for preparing the EIR on March 23, 2016. More information about this project is on line at: http://www.escondido.org/safari-highlands-ranch-specific-plan.aspx 
  • High Pointe (Palos Vista Neighborhood 3) – No change from the following update reported last week: This project is a custom-home development with 39 estate lots accessed from Mesa Rock Road. Staff has prepared a bond and fee letter based on the proposed grading and landscape plans, and has sent it to the applicant. 
  • Paseo Escondido – This project is a mixed-use 122-unit multi-family planned development at the southeastern corner of Ash Street and Washington Ave. The proposed project consists of 26 one-bedroom and 96 two-bedroom apartments in three four-story buildings, and two 5,000 SF commercial buildings (10,000 SF total) oriented around an outdoor plaza. Additional submittals are required to complete the application and the applicant has completed coring and sampling as part of soils analysis. The applicant has been advised to meet with and SDGE planner regarding the overhead utility lines. 
  • Del Prado (former Woody’s site) – This project is a 113-unit townhome-style Planned Development located at the southwestern corner of Brotherton Road and the Centre City Parkway frontage road. The project includes a recreational facility, pool, and open space areas. Staff worked through various site design and utility issues with the applicant prior to scheduling the project for a public hearing. The Planning Commission recommended denial of the project on April 12, 2016. 
  • Solutions for Change – This project is a Planned Development application for 33 affordable multi-family units. It was approved by the Planning Commission on October 13, 2015, and by the City Council November 18, 2015. Building plans have been submitted for review and approved by Esgil (contracted plan check firm). Staff authorized payment of Housing Division funds for reimbursement of applicant’s consultant invoices. Staff has preliminarily accepted minor redesign efforts to meet construction costs and is working with the applicant to ensure state financing remains available for the project. The funding for the property acquisition has been completed 
  • 701 San Pasqual Valley RdNo change from the following update reported last week: This project is a 19-unit single family development located at 1201 E. 5th Avenue (formerly Tract 898) on 7.2 acres. The application is under review and a letter detailing additional comments and submittal requirements was forwarded to the applicant. 
  • Veterans Village of San DiegoNo change from the following update reported last week: This project is a mixed-use development involving a 54-unit affordable multi-family residential apartment project for military veterans and their families. It includes on-site administration office, business center, club house and other support spaces for the residents; and a small commercial component to support training opportunities offered at the facility at 1556 S. Escondido Boulevard. Building plans have been submitted for review and comment; the grading plans and landscaping plans have been approved. 
  • Escondido Gateway No change from the following update reported last week: This project is a mixed-use development involving 126 residential units within three, 4-5 story buildings with indoor and outdoor recreational areas and an opportunity for a small (1,000 sq. ft.) commercial/flex space on 2.6 acres (48 dwelling units/acre) located at 700 W. Grand Avenue (former Police Station) across the street from the North County Transit Station. Plans were submitted for the project involving a Specific Plan Amendment, Tentative Map, Planned Development and Development Agreement. Correspondence has been sent to the applicant regarding initial City department comments and the need for additional information to complete the application. The applicant recently met with staff to discuss proposed revisions in response to staff’s comments.  Revised plans from the applicant are expected to be submitted to Planning staff soon.

Building Division: 

  • The Building Department issued 69 permits with a total valuation of $1,684,391. 
  • 32 photovoltaic permits were issued for the week. Building has issued 415 solar permits this year compared to 246 issued for the same time last year. 
  • The Building Department staff had another busy week. Inspectors averaged 37 inspections per day with 30 inspections on Friday. 3 inspections were “held over” on Friday. Our building counter staff was also busy, averaging 34 counter sign in’s per day and 32 on Friday. 
  • The 76 unit condominium complex at 2412 S Escondido Blvd has received final inspection approval and certificate of occupancy for building #3. 
  • The Building Division qualified 8 applicants for the Building Inspector II position and interviews are scheduled for April 21st. 
  • Permits were issued for a new single family dwelling at 1542 W 11th Ave. 
  • Permits were issued for a new auditorium building for Calvin Christian High School at 2000 N Broadway. 
  • A notice was posted at the building counter requesting that contractors present any residential solar revisions to the building inspector at the time of inspection in lieu of submitting revisions at the building counter. This change of policy was implemented due to the increase and frequency of solar revisions and as a means to expedite processing by allowing inspectors to review and approve minor plan changes at the job site. 

Code Enforcement: 

  • As of April 19, 2016, the total number of open code enforcement cases is 437 cases. During the prior week, 97 new cases were opened, and 57 cases were closed, with a backlog of an additional 28 cases not yet opened for assignment and investigation. 
  • There were 196 illegal signs confiscated during the weekend. 
  • Last week the Business License Division issued 28 new licenses and received 30 new applications, in addition to 67 renewals.

Public Art:

Weather permitting, Queen Califia’s Magical Circle in Kit Carson Park (3333 Bear Valley Parkway) will be open to the public on Sunday, April 24 and on Saturday, May 14, 2016, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Docents will be on site to answer questions.  

CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS           

  • Kit Carson Hockey Rink Improvements:
    No changes from the following update reported last week: The vents that were delivered have been manufactured to the wrong specification. The contractor and manufacturer are working to replace the units by this next week. 
  • Grape Day Park Playground:
    The contractor moved in on Tuesday April 19, the first items of work are to establish a construction fence and secure 5 parking spaces along Broadway.  

Private Development 

  • Bear Valley Parkway between Boyle Avenue and San Pasqual Valley Road (County Project):
    The irrigation systems are being installed this week along Bear Valley Parkway from Idaho Avenue to Lloyd Place to the north. The last section of old Bear Valley Parkway has been removed from Suburban Hills Drive south to San Pasqual Valley Road. The remaining section of roadway between Lloyd Place and Boyle Avenue to the north is staging for the placement of new concrete curb and gutter improvement this week.    
  • 2412 South Escondido Boulevard:
    This project is nearing completion with the first of three building released for occupancy. 
  • Pradera - Lennar Communities:
    Concrete improvements continue along Stanley Avenue with the installation of more sidewalk on Monday April 18. 

    Plan reviews and approvals continued on this project as follows:
    • The Precise Grading plans and Improvement plans for Street “B” were submitted on April 11th and are being reviewed by a consultant.
    • The revision to the Model Home Landscape plans is ready for approval. 
  • Lexington Model Homes - KB Homes:
    The contractor has resumed construction of the new sewer main along Ash Street after revisions were made to the engineers design.

    Plan reviews and approvals continued on this project as follows:
    • The 2nd submittal of the grading plans for the Model Homes was made on April 18th. 

  • Rincon del Diablo 8” & 12” Water Main Construction:
    The contractor has completed the installation of the new pipeline and now is in the water quality portion of the project. 

  • Tract 932 - Canyon Grove Shea Homes Community:
    No changes from the following update reported last week: The mass grading of the site continues with the work force concentrating on the extension of Vista Avenue. 

    Plan reviews and approvals continued on this project as follows:
    • A Final Bond and Fee Letter will be issued this week.
    • Shea Homes signed the onsite street R/W dedication deed and returned it to the City for acceptance and recording last week. This will allow SDG&E and VID to complete their plans and sign agreements with Shea Homes.  

  • Broadway and Washington Avenue ramp improvements:
    The State of California (Caltrans) has completed the ramp restoration to the North West corner of the intersections. The work zone is now the South East corner where all concrete improvements have been removed, the work at this corner should be completed in two weeks. The work includes the relocation of traffic signal pole foundations which were replaced prior to demolition which will help expedite the restoration process. 

  • San Diego Gas & Electric gas main replacement:
    The project calls for the replacement of 900 feet of gas main and the associated service lateral along Ash Street between Sheridan Avenue and Peach Way. Pot holing of the utility began on Monday April 18 with the construction expected to be completed in 8 weeks. 

Private Development –Current Plan Review 

Tract SUB14-0002 – Lexington by KB Homes (Zenner):
This project is a 40 lot residential subdivision located primarily along Vista Ave and Lehner Ave and this project will cul-de-sac Lehner Ave. and will also vacate an unnamed and untraveled public R/W when developed.   KB Homes has acquired this project and has just begun to process the final engineering.   KB Homes has also purchased 3 existing vacant lots that they are developing as their model homes (see above) for this project. 

  • The 1st submittal of the Rough Grading plans, Improvement plans, Storm Water and Drainage Reports, and the Final Map were made on March 29th and this 1st review should be returned to the engineer by the end of April. 

Tract SUB15-0003 – Latitude II Condominiums by a Lyon Homes Partnership:
This project is a 112 unit residential condominium subdivision located at the N/E corner of Centre City Pkwy and Washington Ave.   The primary access to the project will be via a new entrance off of Centre City Pkwy.    Also this project will construct a large box culvert storm drain to route existing storm water flows through the project.   There a few private and public easement quitclaims and a property swap that must be completed to build the project as planned.  

  • The Utility Dept. completed their review of the 2nd submittal of the Grading plans, Improvement plans on April 15th

Solutions for Change Housing:
This project is a 3 story 34 unit low income/transitional housing project located on S. Escondido Blvd. just south of 15th Ave.  This project also has a small commercial office space component that will be subdivided off by “air space” Parcel Map for tax financing reasons. 

  • The 3rd submittal of the improvement plans was made on April 5th and will be reviewed in the next week. 

PUBLIC SAFETY 

Fire: 

  • See the Escondido Fire Department’s 2015 Annual Report attached. 

Police: 

Incidents 

  • On 4/10/2016, Officer Bellamy located a stolen vehicle in the 100 block of W. Lincoln Ave.  The driver of the stolen vehicle was taken into custody without incident and booked into the Vista Detention Facility for possession of a stolen vehicle. 
  • On 4/12/2016, personnel from the Gang Enforcement Team stopped a vehicle for a vehicle code violation.  The officers conducted a search of one of the passengers, who was on parole, and located a handgun.  The suspect was booked into the Vista Detention Facility for being a felon in possession of a handgun.  
  • On 4/12/2016, Officer Adame detained a subject who was believed to have been involved in a robbery earlier in the day.  At first, the subject gave a false name in order to avoid arrest.  Officer Adame continued her investigation and discovered the subject had a felony warrant issued for his arrest.   The subject was also identified as the person who committed the robbery earlier in the day.  The subject was booked into the Vista Detention Facility for the robbery and the felony warrant.  
  • On 04/14/2016, Officer Fidel located a stolen vehicle in the 2300 block of E. Valley Pkwy. The driver of the vehicle was taken into custody without incident and booked into the Vista Detention Facility for possession of a stolen vehicle.  The vehicle was released to the owner.   
  • On 4/14/2016, detectives from the Special Investigations Unit served a search warrant at a residence in the 2700 block of E. Valley Pkwy.  Two suspects were arrested for possession of heroin and booked into the Vista Detention Facility.  
  • On 04/16/16, Dispatch received multiple calls regarding two males shooting at people from a vehicle.  Officers arrived on scene and located the vehicle in the 800 block of S. Tulip St.  Two people were arrested and booked into the Vista Detention Facility.  Officers located a loaded handgun inside the vehicle. 

Events

  • National Public Safety Telecommunicator Week is held annually during the second full week of April.  The Escondido Police and Fire Department showed their appreciation for the important service they provide during a small ceremony.   These dedicated dispatchers answered over 200,000 calls in 2015, most of which a lead to some type of response by Police, Fire or Emergency Medical personnel.  

 

  • Recently, Neighborhood Services and the Escondido Police Department hosted a clean-up day in the as part of the Neighborhood Transformation Project.  About 20 volunteers from Emmanuel Faith Community Church's college ministry (the Well) came out to lend a hand. This was their second time participating in a Neighborhood Clean-Up.

 

  • On 4/13/2016, Captain Skaja participated in a ceremony thanking the Department’s thirty-two volunteers.  Their efforts enhance the Department’s ability to effectively serve the public.  Much of their efforts go unseen.  In 2015, the volunteers saved the department more than $231,000. Some of those services included 419 vacation house checks, 127 radio calls, 1360 hours worked during special events and call outs.
  • Captain Loarie was the keynote speaker at the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office Victim’s Rights Candlelight Vigil.  He spoke at two events, in Temecula on 4/13/2016 and Riverside on 4/14/2016.  

 

  • On 4/14/2016, Chief Carter and Captain Skaja attended a meeting with the East Valley Business Association.
  • On 4/16/2016, eight people participated in the Guns and Hoses event.  The event included a tour of the Police Station and hands-on activities.  The activities included firing the Taser, baton training, handcuffing techniques and role playing on the training simulator.  After their time at the Police Department, the participants moved to the Fire Station 1 for a station tour, lunch and firefighting.