ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT 

  • The Saturday Market sponsored by Escondido Events will move to the south side of Kalmia Street (between Grand Avenue and Second Avenue) effective May 3.
  • San Diego's last two Coldwater Creek stores will close soon, as the Sandpoint, Idaho-based women's fashion retailer winds down its operations nationwide. The 30-year-old chain hasn't turned a profit in seven years, and is calling it quits for its remaining 350 stores and website with a voluntary Chapter 11 proceeding to shut the business down. Liquidation sales will begin in early May in the stores at Westfield North County and The Forum Carlsbad.
  • Correction: Based on a recommendation from Supervisor Dave Roberts, the Board of Supervisors approved a Neighborhood Reinvestment Program award  in the amount of $5,000.00, not $6,000 to fund the design and printing of a new Escondido tourism map 

SPECIAL EVENTS 

  • National Day of Prayer at the Peace Pole in Grape Day Park 
    Thursday, May 1, 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. 
  • 5th Annual International Bazaar 
    Grape Day Park 
    Saturday, May 3rd; 7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
    Cultural booths sharing different customs from around the world. 
  • Safari Park Half Marathon
    Streets of Escondido (Westfield to the Safari Park via Cloverdale)
    Sunday, May 4th; 6:00 a.m. start time
    Funds raised benefit the Park and winner gets to name the new baby cheetah 

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT UPDATES 

Planning:

  • The TIGER6 planning grant for the Citracado Parkway Extension project was successfully submitted on 4/28/14.
  • Southwest Keys has filed an appeal of a land use determination regarding their proposed temporary shelter program for children at one or more motels in the General Commercial zone. The applicant has requested deferral of the appeal pending an evaluation of alternative sites which may include a request for a zoning code amendment and CUP.
  • The County Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA) is proceeding with efforts to lease the former Albertson’s site at 649 W. Mission, to consolidate the services from their existing County-owned properties on E. Valley Parkway and N. Midway. The property owner has received approval for plans to renovate the building. The County’s request for a General Plan conformity report regarding the intended use of the building is scheduled for Planning Commission consideration on May 27th.
  • Verizon continues to work with staff on their proposal to construct small cell sites on City street lights throughout the City.
  • Major Projects Update:
    • Oak Creek (NUW) – Preparation of the screencheck EIR is underway. Staff is coordinating with the applicant on a public agency scoping meeting, anticipated in late May. The applicant is considering project revisions due to public comments regarding the potential public health exposure of new residential units within 500 feet of I15.
    • Amanda Lane (NUW) – The application remains incomplete; the applicant is working on a resubmittal package and has not provided an anticipated resubmittal date
    • Zak/NCA Development – The anticipated City Council hearing date has been moved to 6/11/14.
    • Centerpointe – The contract with the EIR consultant has been executed, and preparation of the draft EIR is underway, with the first screencheck anticipated in mid-June.
    • North Broadway Deficiency Area Projects – Comment of the Mitigated Negative Declaration (MND) for the proposed 16-lot subdivision at 836 Stanley Ave. (Boer) are due 5/12/14. The MND for the 16-lot subdivision at 926 Lehner Ave. will be issued next week. Both projects are scheduled for Planning Commission on 5/27/14. Development agreement negotiations are ongoing.

Building Division:

  • The Building Division issued 44 permits for a total valuation of $366,754. Building issued 9 photovoltaic permits for a total of 172 permits so far this year. The Building counter averaged 30 daily visitors and inspections averaged 22 per day.
  • The Monticello assistant living facility at 930 Monticello is progressing through the rough framing stage. The Contempo residential project at 203 S. Orange is in the framing stage for its last two buildings. The Classical Academy at 203 E. Pennsylvania continues to progress through demolition and remodeling of the old North County Times building. 

CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS 

2013 - 2014 Pavement Repair and Rehabilitation Program:
Final striping is being applied along 9th Avenue between Tulip Street and La Terraza Boulevard on Tuesday April 29th during a night time operation. Raising of valve cans and manholes is ongoing. 

Grape Street Public Improvement Project:
The project is now complete with all safety lighting and public improvements complete. The project will be on the May 7th council agenda for final acceptance.    

Private Development

1146 East Valley Parkway- McDonald’s Restaurant:
The contractor has completed the improvement along the Valley Parkway frontage.  The contractors are planning on constructing the Valley Parkway median island improvements May 5 through the May 9. This will require the day time closure of one lane in each direction along Valley Parkway between Ash Street and Beech Street.  

Tract 888-Cambell Court:
The installation of the dry utilities is complete. The contractor is preparing the onsite portion of the project for roadway base in preparation of the construction of the concrete improvements. 

7-11 Improvement at Washington Avenue:

The contractor has completed all off site improvement along with parking lot improvements and landscaping. The building has been turned over to 7-11 for the final tenant improvements. 

Black Angus-North County Fair:

The contractor has begun to remove the asphalt parking lot within the construction area.  

PUBLIC WORKS UPDATE 

  • Burned out light bulbs in the ball field lighting systems at Kit Carson, Jesmond Dene, Washington, and Mountain View Parks as well as several schools, have been replaced.  Completion of this task was made possible through the rental of a lift truck which had a 105-foot reach. Although the burned out bulbs have been replaced, staff continues to inspect the lighting systems for defective components and make repairs as necessary. The Electrical Staff is working on the replacement of several ballasts which control the lights.
  • The Arbor Day Celebration was a huge success for a second year in a row. Many thanks to the Professional Tree Care Association of San Diego for their generous act of volunteerism and the excellent work performed on trees located at the west side of Grape Day Park, in the Woodward Parking Lot and the Arts Center campus. In addition to the work performed, 16 new trees were planted in the Woodward Parking Lot with the assistance of local students. Public Works staff once again coordinated and manned the event in a very competent and professional manner.
  • Kit Carson Park had approximately 175 volunteers from the Escondido Stake in the Church of Jesus Christ Latter Day Saints Church working there on Saturday, April 26. The volunteers completed mulch placement around the orange grove adjacent to the Queen Califia Exhibit, some tree trimming, brush removal and cleanup, trash collection and cleaning of the banks around Eagle Scout Lake. 

PUBLIC SAFETY

Police: 

  • Pat Hall was presented his Detective’s Badge on Tuesday
  • Thomas Lussenden and Casey Tompkins were sworn in on Monday
  • Officer Jeff Seltmann was presented his 30 year pin on Tuesday
  • A Neighborhood Transformation Program Sweep will be conducted today looking for code enforcement / appearance issues. 

Fire: 

  • Our Fire crews are on high alert this week due to the high wind and temperature event affecting our County. We sent a crew to Santee as part of a strike team for the wildfire on Tuesday and again on Wednesday. There is a good chance that another crew will be sent to San Bernardino on Wednesday for a fire burning near Rancho Cucamonga. 
  • Locally, East Brothers, our weed abatement contractor, began mowing City properties on April 30th. They started near Kit Carson Park and will continue mowing and weed eating for the next 3-4 weeks. 
  • On Monday, May 5th, 10 new Non-Safety Paramedics will begin their careers with the Fire Department. They will spend one week in an EMS Academy and then be assigned to a mentor on shift and begin their hands-on training. This will be the first time since the inception of the new EMS Delivery System that all positions will be fully staffed.