April 22, 2015 

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT 

  • The cities of Carlsbad, Escondido, Oceanside, San Marcos and Vista received two Awards of Merit from the California Association for Local Economic Development (CALED) on April 22. The first was in the category of Economic Development Programs for the creation of the regional collaboration of the 78 corridor cities. The second was in the category of Economic Development Promotions for the promotion of Innovate 78.
  • Attached is a copy of Colliers’ most recent Industrial Report for North County. 
  • The San Diego Business Journal reports that “San Diego County’s unemployment rate hovered close to pre-recession levels in March, reaching 5.1 percent, down from 7.1 percent one year ago, according to preliminary data released by the state.”  

SPECIAL EVENTS 

  • The Hidden Valley Kiwanis Club will hold its18th Annual Trout Derby at Dixon Lake on Saturday and Sunday, April 25 and 26. Rangers will be placing their final stock of 4,500 pounds of Nebraska Tail Walkers on Wednesday, April 22. For more information on the Derby, please visit www.hvkiwanis.org
  • On Saturday, April 25, there will be various clean up events taking place throughout the area in celebration of Earth Day. More information about those events can be found at www.escondidoshines.org   
  • For information about other events taking place in Escondido, please visit www.visitescondido.com 

CORRECTED SUMMER POOL HOURS 

The new Summer 2015 Recreation Guide had incorrect information about summer pool hours at Washington Park Pool.  The following is the correct schedule for each of the pools:

James A. Stone Pool - 131 West Woodward Ave
Begins June 19 through August 16
Fridays 3-7 pm and Sundays 12-4 pm 

Washington Park Pool - 501 North Rose Street
Begins June 20 through August 16
Mondays - Thursdays 1-3pm
Fridays 1-4pm
Saturdays 2-6pm
Sundays 12-4pm 

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

Planning: 

  • Concordia Homes has submitted a draft Specific Plan and tentative subdivision map for the Safari Highlands project for conceptual review prior to their formal application submittal which is anticipated in a few weeks. The project includes annexation and Sphere of Influence update for the 1,098 acres site and a subdivision to create 550 residential lots in seven neighborhoods, with lot sizes ranging from 7,663 SF to 4.76 acres. The project also proposes community benefits including a new fire station, public community park and trail system. Staff is reviewing the plans and has initiated efforts to identify potential consultants who could work as an extension of staff. 
  • The applicant for Springhill Suites, the proposed hotel on La Terraza Blvd., has initiated discussions with staff on the necessary steps to move forward on the project.
  • Major Projects Update: 
    • Oak Creek (NUW) – The applicant is preparing additional information requested by LAFCO for the annexation application.
    • Amanda Estates (NUW) – The applicant is preparing the submittal package for the LAFCO application.
    • Centerpointe 78 Commercial – The Engineering staff is working with the EIR traffic consultant regarding analysis of the alternative traffic mitigation measures proposed by the applicant.
    • 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. Staff has provided design review comments on the proposed units recommending enhancement of the exterior elevation on all four sides of the units, and is working with the applicant to resolve setback issues relating to the location of the perimeter walls. The Pickering annexation has been recorded. The Zenner annexation, subdivision and development agreement is scheduled for City Council consideration on April 22nd. Staff is coordinating with the applicant 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.) – The applicant has submitted a revised site plan for the proposed 68-unit residential project responding to some of the concerns previously identified. Revisions include a more centralized recreation area, improved exterior elevations and relocating the three-story units to a zero setback along the north property line (adjacent to the Urbana residential project), creating additional opportunity for landscaping along the north side of the long, interior roadway. Since the applicant has chosen not to incorporate other design changes related to emergency access and compatibility with adjacent properties as recommended by the Fire and Planning departments, staff will identify options for continued processing of the application. 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 and is exploring acquisition of the adjacent, triangular shaped parcel to the south to accommodate anticipated road improvements along this road.
    • Latitude II – Staff met with the applicant’s team to discuss the revised plans which are under review; the plans propose alternative design standards to be evaluated through the Planned Development process. The applicant’s team is exploring some additional design changes to address staff concerns regarding the internal turning radius and clearances for emergency access, design of the proposed deceleration lane at the Center City Parkway entrance and associated storm water improvements, parking dimensions and location, path of travel, and utility easements and improvements. The applicant is preparing a traffic analysis for inclusion and preparation of a negative declaration.
    • Shea Homes has submitted a revised tentative map for a substantial conformance review and determination for Hidden Valley Ranch. The Precise Plan has not yet been submitted. 

Building Division: 

  • Permits were issued for the new Black Angus restaurant at the North County Mall.
  • Permits were issued for the Cute Cakes bakery at 345 W. Grand Ave.
  • Permits were issued for a new single family dwelling at 1550 Fairmount Pl.
  • The Building Division had a very busy week and issued 68 permits for the week with a total valuation of $1,471,289.
  • 16 photovoltaic permits were issued for the week with 21 more applications submitted for plan review. Building has issued 246 permits so far this year compared to 157 issued at the same time last year.
  • Inspections and counter contacts remain steady with inspections averaging 26 per day with 25 on Friday and counter contacts averaging 37 per day with 26 on Friday.
  • The new Monticello assisted living facility at 930 Monticello has received a Temporary Certificate of Occupancy limited to first floor customer sales with a Fire Department required fire watch. 

CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS

FY2014-2015 Street Rehabilitation Project:
April 20th, 2015 through April 24th, 2015 the concrete subcontractor will be completing concrete for the pedestrian ramps, driveways and sidewalks along Broadway between 3rd and 5th Avenue, 13th Avenue and Redwood Street intersection. The paving operation completed the asphalt restoration along 9th Avenue between Tulip Street and Maple Street this past week. 

Elm Street between Washington Avenue and the Flood Control Channel: 
The project is virtually complete; awaiting completion of punch list items. 

Private Development 

Bear Valley Parkway between Boyle Avenue and San Pasqual Valley Road (County Project):
The contractor is constructing the intersection at Birch Avenue and Bear Valley Parkway. This work requires the closure of the intersection to east/west traffic. The new section of the 16” water main is being constructed at the Boyle Avenue intersection. The contractor notified Engineering staff that work on the realignment of Bear Valley Parkway at Boyle Avenue, within the city limits, is set to begin in the coming days. The first item of work is the removal of the existing retaining wall and relocation of the existing street lights so that grading can begin on the new alignment. Boyle Avenue will remain open to east bound traffic only during this phase of construction. 

2412 South Escondido Boulevard:
The contractor is continuing to construct the onsite retaining walls. The construction and testing of the steel water syphon is complete. The tie in is scheduled for Wednesday, April 22nd. This work will require the closure of Escondido Boulevard between Brotherton Road and Citracado Parkway. Electronic message boards are required to notify of the impending closure and that local business are open for business during construction. 

Habitat for Humanity Project:
The onsite concrete improvements are complete. Paving is set for later this week. 

Private Development – Current Plan Reviews 

Pradera by Lennar (5 Tracts in Lehner/Stanley/Ash block):
Lennar Homes has purchased 5 separate approved SFD Tentative Maps (Tracts 889, 894, SUB13-0003, SUB13-0010, SUB13-0011) and began processing Final Engineering plans at the start of 2015.

  • A combined Substantial Conformance Tentative Map Exhibit was submitted to the Planning Department last week and hopefully is ready for approval.
  • A combined Rough Grading plan for all 5 Tentative Maps was submitted for 3rd review on Thursday 4/16 and this review should be completed early next week.
  • A combined WQTR for all 5 Tentative Maps was submitted for 3rd review on Thursday 4/16 and this review should be completed next week.
  • A revised Traffic Study for proposed fill material (145k CY import) haul routes and daily truck trips is expected to be resubmitted soon.
  • 7 sets of Improvement plans (1-perimeter, 5-onsite for each TM, 1-offsite mitigation) have been submitted and reviewed once and are expected to be resubmitted soon.  

Tract 951 – Jacks Creek Place:
This project is a 12 lot residential subdivision located near Eureka Ranch.

  • The 1st review of the Final Map, Grading and Improvement plans, and the WQTR is expected to be completed and returned to the applicant before the end of April. 

St. Mary’s Community Center:
This project is the 1st phase of the St. Mary’s Expansion Master Plan and a single large structure behind the existing sanctuary is proposed.    Included in this structure, is a large multi-use meeting hall with a kitchen, offices, a covered basketball/sport court, and large covered patio areas.

  • The 5th review of the Grading plans was returned to the engineer this week with minor changes.
  • The WQTR has been approved.
  • The Waterline Improvement plans for required onsite fire hydrants are in for 4th review and this review is expected to be completed this week.   

Taco Bell Reconstruction and Office Building:
The existing Taco Bell restaurant on North Escondido Boulevard is proposed to be torn down and a new Taco Bell Restaurant and small 2 story office building constructed on the site.

  • The 1st submittal of the grading plans and the WQTR was reviewed last week and comments were returned to the engineer.

BUILDING MAINTENANCE UPDATE

Progress is being made on the concession stand remodel for the adult softball field at Kit Carson Park. A new roof was put on the building this past week. The interior remodeling plans for the food service area are being sent to the County Health Services for review and approval. Once plans are approved the project will be put out to public bid. 

PUBLIC SAFETY

Police:

Incidents:

  • On 04-14-15, the Shell Gas Station at 3480 Del Lago was robbed by at least two unknown suspects. The suspect vehicle pulled up to the front of the store and a passenger exited.  The passenger suspect entered the store with a mask and gloves on.  He demanded money from the clerk and then jumped the counter in an attempt to open the registers himself.  He kept one hand in his pocket, but no weapon was seen.  The suspect fled the scene with $200 in cash as he got back into the waiting vehicle.  The suspect vehicle was last seen getting on southbound I-15.
  • On 04-14-15, officers responded to the 1400 block of Beech Place regarding the report of a death. Upon arrival, fire and police personnel discovered a 65 year old male resident with a gunshot wound to his chest and a gun on the ground next to his foot.  He was still alive, but he was begging fire personnel to let him die.  He was transported to Palomar Medical Center (PMC) where it was learned that the gunshot wound was self-inflicted.  He is expected to live and was placed on a mental health evaluation hold.
  • On 04-15-15, a victim was walking to his car in the 1200 block of E. Grand Ave when he was confronted by four male suspects. They asked him “Where are you from” and then assaulted him.  They robbed the victim of his car keys, cell phone, and wallet.  The victim sustained minor injuries and the suspects fled on foot.
  • On 04-15-15, officers responded to a traffic collision at 13th Ave and Centre City Pkwy. The driver had struck a power pole guide wire, which was thrust into the power lines.  The collision caused a small power outage.  The driver fled, but was located a short distance away.  The driver had left his six year old son in the car when he fled.  He was arrested on suspicion of DUI and child endangerment charges.
  • On 04-18-15, a victim was inside his parked vehicle in the 500 block of W. 10th Ave when the suspect vehicle began driving slowly toward him. The victim fled the area in his vehicle, but the suspect vehicle followed him.  When the victim reached the area of 12th Ave and Tulip St, the passenger in the suspect vehicle exited and fired 4 to 5 shots at the victim with an unknown type of handgun.  The victim vehicle was struck once, but the victim driver was not injured.
  • On 04-17-15, a construction worker at 480 N. Spruce St appeared to have fallen off of a 15 foot rafter inside the building. The fall was not witnessed and the worker was pronounced dead at PMC.  Cal OSHA was notified of incident and they are investigating.
  • On 04-18-15, a city employee’s personal vehicle was stolen from San Marcos. The vehicle was later located in the 700 block of W. 5th  The driver was asleep at the wheel and was taken into custody without incident.  A loaded gun was found inside the car and he was arrested on a host of charges. 

Events:

  • PD had their Volunteer Appreciation BBQ at the Escondido Police & Fire Headquarters. There were static displays and our Police Administration did all of the cooking.  It was a great way to thank all the volunteers at the police department.
  • PD celebrated National Police Dispatcher week in honor of our hard working dispatch team. Police Administration hosted a lunch in appreciation of all their hard work.
  • Officers Pete McCollough, Mark Laux, Jose Guerrero, and Adrian Garcia graduated from the 102nd San Diego Regional Police Academy. Officer Guerrero won the defensive tactics award for the academy.  Police Administration joined the officers for the graduation ceremony at the Bob Hope Theater at Miramar MCAS.  The officers will enter their field training later this week.
  • The San Diego Sheriff’s Office attended a PD supervisor meeting and gave training on new technology and AB109 issues.

Fire: 

Chief Lowry reports that OES Brush 8632 was dispatched with a Strike Team to the Highway Fire near Norco at 4:00 a.m. on Sunday, April 19th. At that time the vegetation fire was 300 acres and threatened 250 homes. The fire grew to 1,020 acres and no homes or structures were lost. OES 8632 was released from the incident this morning and returned to Escondido. While 8632 was deployed Fire Station 6 was fully staffed and remained in service.