ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT 

Mariscos Germán, a popular food truck in San Diego county, has also opened a small restaurant in Escondido at 251 W Washington Avenue. 

SPECIAL EVENTS 

  • No special events this week
  • For information about other activities taking place in Escondido, please visit www.visitescondido.com 

UTILITY BILLING UPDATE 

Finance/Utility Billing Division is excited to announce the completion of a major billing software upgrade.  The new system will go live on Monday, August 15th.  The upgrade will provide the City with efficiencies in billing and collections, as well as provide better tools for analyzing and processing water usage citywide.  City of Escondido customers will notice enhancements to their bill, including a graph depicting the previous 12 months of water usage.  The City’s long-term goal is to expand the software capabilities and eventually offer an online tool for customer’s to review their utility bill account details.  

Additionally, last fall in order to improve security and comply with new banking requirements, the City of Escondido contracted with Bank of America's “Velocity” payment system for acceptance of utility bill payments.  Based on staff and customer experiences and feedback, Finance staff will evaluate alternative web-pay options and companies early next year.  

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

Major Projects Update

Commercial / Office:

  • Escondido Research and Technology Center – East (ERTC) (Developer: James McCann) 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 applicant has recently requested to install a temporary paved parking lot in this area to serve the hospital.  A grading plan for the temporary parking lot was approved June 13, 2016. 
  • Escondido Research and Technology Center – West (ERTC) (Developer: James McCann) No change from the following update reported last week: 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.  Esgil and the Planning Division have approved the building plans.  A fee deferral agreement has been signed and the building permit was issued June 23, 2016.  A tentative parcel map (TPM) for office condominiums was approved on July 12, 2016.  Engineering is awaiting submittal of the (Final) Parcel Map from the applicant. 
  • Centerpointe 78 Commercial (Developer: Lars Andersen, Pacific Development)No 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 City Council on December 9, 2015.  Demolition of the former auto dealership has been completed down to the foundation.  Grading plans have been submitted to Engineering and Planning for review.  
  • Westfield Theater (Developer: Kim Brewer, Westfield)No 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, LLC (Developer: Katherine Park, Creative Design Associates)No 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 Suites (Developer: Raj Patel, San Bernardino Hospitality LLC)No change from the following update reported last week: This project is a 4-story, 105-suite hotel totaling 73,300 sq. ft. located at 200 La Terraza Drive.  The hotel includes a small conference room and an enlarged lobby for serving continental breakfast.  A revised set of grading plans has been approved since February and grading for the hotel site has now started with the installation of BMP’s by Lister Construction.  Building plans have been approved by Esgil and Planning.  The applicant is finalizing minor revisions for the improvement plans prior to issuance of the building permit. 
  • Escondido Auto Park Association (Developer: Tim Brecht, Escondido Auto Park Association) No change from the following update reported last week: The association is proposing to upgrade the existing electronic message sign along I-15.  An application for a new regional market sign and an amendment to the Sign Ordinance to increase the allowable display area for a regional market sign was submitted to the Planning Division on May 6, 2016.  The proposed sign would be located in the same location as the existing sign at a slightly lower height (73.5 feet) with approximately the same overall dimensions.  The Planning Commission recommended approval of the new regional market sign and amendment to the Sign Ordinance on July 12, 2016.  A City Council hearing has been scheduled for August 17. 
  • Ford-Hyundai Dealership Expansion (Developer: Neil E. Sander, Dynamic Engineering) No 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 and the building permit for the Ford dealership has been issued. 
  • Trafalgar Square – Aldi Market (Developer: Charlie Mallon)No change from the following update reported last week: This renovation of the Trafalgar Square shopping center includes demolition of the northern shop building and the northern portion of the western building to prepare a site for the construction of an 18,088 square foot, freestanding building for Aldi Market (1330 East Valley Parkway). The plot plan was approved by the Planning Division in June of 2015.  Grading and landscape plans have also been approved and grading has commenced on the site.  Issuance of the building permit has been withheld pending FEMA approval of a conditional letter of map revision (CLOMR) for the grading design that elevates the building above the flood limits for the adjacent Escondido Creek.  FEMA approval was received on May 4, 2016, and all city departments have now authorized issuance of the building permit.  A Building permit was issued on June 22, 2016. 

Industrial 

  • Escondido Disposal Inc. (Developer: Steve South, EDI) – The CUP modification to expand the existing facility was approved by the Planning Commission on August 25, 2015. Esgil has approved the building plans and final details are being worked out with the project architect in response to earlier Fire and Planning comments.  Revisions to the grading plan have been approved by Engineering. 
  • StorQuest (Developer: The William Warren Group, Inc.) – This proposed project at 220 W. Mission Avenue involves a 102,500 sq. ft., four-story self-storage facility development with three in-line shops and a small office.  The Planning Commission voted to recommend approval of the proposed General Plan Amendment, Planned Development and Zone Change on August 9, 2016.  A City Council hearing tentatively has been scheduled for September 14, 2016. 
  • Victory Industrial Development (Developer: Scott Merry, Badiee 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.  The Planning Commission voted to recommend approval of the proposed General Plan Amendment, Planned Development and Zone Change on August 9, 2016.  A City Council hearing tentatively has been scheduled for September 14, 2016. 
  • Micro-Filtration Reverse Osmosis (Developer: City of Escondido Utilities Department)No 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 to provide advanced treatment for recycled water produced at the City of Escondido’s Hale Avenue Resource Recovery Facility (HARRF) for agricultural uses with the capacity for future treatment for indirect potable reuse.  The facility would be sized for a total production capacity of 2.0 million gallons per day (mgd).  A previous proposal for development of the facility at 2512 East Washington Avenue has now been shelved while staff pursues development of the facility on an alternative site located on the southeastern corner of Washington Avenue and Ash Street.  On July 20, 2016, the City Council approved a first-phase design contract with Black and Veatch for the design effort need to bring the new site design to the Planning Commission for CUP consideration.  If the Planning Commission approves the CUP, a contract for the remaining design work will be brought forward to the City Council. 
  • Wastewater Collections Yard Expansion (Developer: City of Escondido Utilities Department) No 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.  The Planning Commission held a public hearing and recommended approval on May 10, 2016.  It was approved by the City Council on June 15, 2016. 
  • Escondido Self-Storage Facility (Developer: Anna-Lisa Armanino, Brandywine Homes, Inc.) – – No change from the following update reported last week:  A modification to a Master and Precise Development Plan for revisions to the design of a previously approved, but not yet constructed, self-storage facility with direct access to Brotherton Road near the intersection with Cranston Drive.  The proposed project was submitted on May 11, 2016, and is currently being reviewed by Planning, Engineering, Fire and Utilities staff.  The project proposes approximately 77,500 SF of storage area in two buildings.  The larger building is two stories over a basement with all interior loading.  The smaller building is one-story with some exterior roll-up doors.  The project site is also part of a five-lot Tentative Map for four residential lots and one commercial lot (Tract 900) that is concurrently being processed for an extension of time.  Planning staff approved the environmental technical studies needed for the update of the previous environmental review on July 12.  Architecture was approved by staff Design Review on July 14 and preparation of an addendum to the previous MND is underway.  A Planning Commission hearing tentatively has been scheduled for September 13, 2016.

Institutional

  • John Paul the Great Catholic University (Developer: Kevin Meziere, John Paul the Great Catholic University) No 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 site 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.  
  • Escondido United Reformed Church (Developer: Brent Cooper) – 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 at 1864 N. Broadway. Revised architectural plans were unanimously approved by the Planning Commission on June 14, 2016.  The grading plans are now in plan check. 

Residential 

  • Oak Creek (Developer: Jason Han, New Urban West)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 approved by the City Council in 2015. The LAFCO Board unanimously approved the annexation on October 5, 2015, and the annexation has been recorded. No grading or improvement plans have been submitted by the developer at this time. 
  • Amanda Estates (Developer: Jason Han, New Urban West) No change from the following update reported last week: This project is a 22-unit single family development on Amanda Lane approved by the City Council in 2015. The LAFCO Board approved the reorganization (annexation) at their meeting on August 3, 2015, and the annexation has been recorded. No grading or improvement plans have been submitted by the developer at this time. 
  • Pradera (Developer: Moses Kim, Lennar Homes)No change from the following update reported last week: This project consists of a 70-unit single family development located at the northeastern corner of Ash Street and Lehner Avenue.  The developer has obtained building permits for four phases involving 36 homes and those phases are under construction.  Homebuyer interest in the product remains high and sales are progressing.  The last two final maps for the project (Streets A and B) were approved by the City Council on June 15, 2016.  Final map for Street A was recorded July 18, 2016; Final map for Street B has been routed for signatures.  Precise grading plans for Streets A and B can be approved once map for Street B is recorded.  Precise grading plans for Street E submitted week of July 11, 2016.  Building permits for Phase 5 (8 homes) are anticipated to be issued soon. 
  • Lexington (Zenner) (Developer: Eric Johnston, KB Homes) - – No change from the following update reported last week: The project is a 40-unit, single-family development at the northeastern corner of Lehner Avenue and Vista Avenue.  The applicant has submitted the final map, improvement plans and grading plans for staff review and approval.  The three model homes on the eastern side of Ash Street are nearing completion of construction.  Rough grading for the subdivision has been submitted and is under review by Engineering and Planning staff.  A rough grading permit is expected to be issued soon. 
  • Stella Park Condominiums (Developer: Edward Kaen, ETP, LLC) – No change from the following update reported last week: This project is a 65-unit, three-story townhome Planned Development located at 2516 S. Escondido Blvd.  The project includes three separate recreation areas for residents.  The City Council approved the project on April 27, 2016.  No grading or improvement plans have been submitted by the developer at this time. 
  • Wohlford (Developer: Jack Henthorne) No change from the following update reported last week:  This project is a 55-unit single family development located on Bear Valley Parkway east of Encino Drive.  A Specific Alignment Plan for Bear Valley Parkway detailing the proposed roadway design is under review.  The EIR consultant and staff have reviewed the applicant’s technical reports and provided comments for revisions.  Bi-weekly status meetings have commenced as the Draft EIR gets underway.  
  • Latitude II (Developer: Peter Zak, Lyon/NCA)No 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 has submitted a boundary adjustment for a property exchange with the adjacent motel owner.  Grading and building plans are nearing approval.  
  • Canyon Grove Estates Tract 932 (Developer: John Vance, Shea Homes) - 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.  The final architectural design and landscaping plans for the Precise Plan application were approved by the Planning Commission on June 14, 2016.  A rough grading permit has been issued and grading is underway.  Building plans for the construction of eight model homes were submitted on May 18, 2016 and are being reviewed by staff.  Precise grading plans for the model complex and a model home permit are under review.  The applicant is coordinating the plan review for off-site street improvements on Ash Street with the County’s Department of Public Works. 
  • Safari Highlands Ranch (SHR) (Developer: Jeb Hall, Concordia Homes) – – 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 a Sphere of Influence update for a master planned community with parks, trails, recreation center, fire station and open space.  Planning and Engineering extensions of staff have been funded by the applicant and retained to assist the city in processing the project.  The City Council approved the consultant contract for preparing the EIR on March 23, 2016.  The contract planner has been meeting with the consultant, Michael Baker International (MBI), and has started review of first draft sections of the EIR.  
  • High Pointe Tract 693-J (Developer: Russell Schaeffer, True Life Communities) – 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. 
  • Del Prado (Developer: Kerry Garza, Touchstone Communities)No change from the following update reported last week: 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 City Council approved the project on May 11, 2016.  No grading or improvement plans have been submitted by the developer at this time. 
  • Solutions for Change (Developer: Solutions for Change)No change from the following update reported last week: This project is a Planned Development application for 33 multi-family units of affordable housing. It was approved by the City Council on November 18, 2015. Building plans have been approved and the building permit has been issued.  A Groundbreaking event was held June 28, 2016. 
  • 701 San Pasqual Valley Rd (Developer: Bob Stewart)No change from the following update reported last week: This project is a 19-unit single family development located at 701 San Pasqual Rd/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. Additional information and revised plans were submitted to the Planning Division on June 13, 2016.  Planning Division has reviewed the submittal and informed the applicant that it is still incomplete. 
  • Veterans Village (Developer: Veterans Village of San Diego) No 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.  Demolition permits are still needed for the historic structures on-site prior to issuance of grading permits. 
  • Escondido Gateway (Developer: Greg Waite, Integral Communities) 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 Escondido Transit Center. Plans were submitted for the project involving a Specific Plan Amendment, Tentative Map, Planned Development and Development Agreement. The Draft Mitigated Negative Declaration has been issued and a 20-day public review period ended on July 12, 2016.  Final terms and language for the Development Agreement are now being reviewed with the applicant for concurrence prior to scheduling the project for a Planning Commission hearing. 
  • City Plaza (Developer: Charlie Zhang, Zion Enterprises) – – No change from the following update reported last week: This long-dormant, partially constructed mixed-use development at the southeastern corner of South Escondido Boulevard and Third Avenue now has new ownership. The new owners have met with city staff and indicated they quickly plan to start constructing the 65-unit apartment project as originally approved.  The project consists of a three-story building with 51,200 SF of residential area and 4,100 SF of commercial area and two levels of parking.  The building permits will need to be reissued and the applicant is coordinating that process with the Building Official.  Structural engineering information was submitted to the Building Division on May 8.  On July 27, the Building Department reported that permits now have been issued to continue construction.  Traffic control plans are being implemented for the adjacent streets. 

Building Division: 

  • The Building Division issued 47 permits with a total valuation of $431,346. 
  • 13 photovoltaic permits were issued for the week. Building has issued 767 solar permits this year compared to 721 issued for the same time last year. Total permits issued so far this year is 2155, compared to 1,981 last year. 
  • Building inspectors averaged 33 inspections per day with 28 inspections on Friday, totaling 163 inspections for the week. Counter staff averaged 31 counter sign ins per day and 34 on Friday, totaling 155 for the week. The plan check load is steady, with 23 projects awaiting plan review.  This includes re-checks. 
  • Plans for Veteran’s Village, a mixed use development were submitted on Friday.

Code Enforcement: 

  • As of August 8, 2016, the total number of open code enforcement cases is 352 cases. During the prior week, 3 new cases were opened, and 42 cases were closed, with a backlog of an additional 71 cases not yet opened for assignment and investigation. 
  • There were 168 illegal signs confiscated during the weekend. 
  • Last week, the Business License Division issued 51 new licenses and received 30 new applications, in addition to 127 renewals. 

CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS 

  • Grape Day Park Playground: The new playground equipment has been assembled with the topping of the structure with its new roof with cedar shingles. Installation of the remaining concrete sidewalk was completed this past week. The installation of the fibar wood chip for the playground area has been rescheduled for Monday, August 15.       
  • 2015/2016 Street Rehabilitation and Maintenance Project: No changes from the following update reported last week:  The contractor is replacing existing concrete sidewalk, curbs and pedestrian ramps in the historical neighborhood bordering Maple Street from 5th Avenue to 11th Avenue this week. The patching of the alleyways between Escondido Boulevard and Broadway to 5th Avenue and 11th Avenue was completed this past week in preparation for the application of the Aram surface treatment.  Maple Street between 8th Avenue and 13th Avenue had portions of the existing asphalt surface removed and replaced with new asphalt material.      

Private Development 

  • Bear Valley Parkway between Boyle Avenue and San Pasqual Valley Road (County Project): The final paving for the roadway was started on Monday, August 8 with the placement of 1,855 tons of asphalt on Monday.  The traffic signal for the Boyle Avenue / Bear Valley Parkway intersection will be activated on Thursday, August 11. All new striping, signage and roadway markings will be installed by Tuesday, August 16, at which time all constructing traffic control devices will be removed for the final time.  
  • 2412 South Escondido Boulevard: No changes from the following update reported last week:  The final project walk was completed this week to determine if all development improvements have been completed per the approved design drawings. Three items were found to be missing and will be addressed. The project will be placed on a September council meeting for acceptance of the public improvements so the release of the securities can begin. 
  • Pradera - Lennar Communities:
    E Street - Completing model on lot 3
    D Street - Phase one and two has new property owner moving in
    C Street - Phase 3 plaster and drywall homes, phase 4 framing this week
    B Street - Surface improvement (curb and gutter) starting to be installed
    A Street - Surface improvements (curb and gutter) starting this week 
  • Lexington Model Homes - KB Homes: The Grand Opening for the models was a big success this past weekend.  Offsite roadway improvements which include storm drain installation at the Ash/Lehner intersection are continuing with the construction of a storm drain structure. The plan is to be completed prior to the restart of school on August 24. 
  • City Plaza: Escondido Boulevard @ 3rd Avenue: No changes from the following update reported last week: The project is moving forward this week with the closure of the #2 lane of north bound Escondido Boulevard between 3rd and 4th Avenues. The contractor is placing permanent glue down delineation along with post mounted signage for the 9 month duration. The developer is required to construct a pedestrian passage along the Escondido Boulevard frontage to maintain pedestrian access at all times. 
  • Rincon del Diablo 8” & 12” Water Main Construction: No changes from the following update reported last week:  The section of new water main in the City’s jurisdiction has been accepted and three services are planned for installation. A preconstruction meeting was held this past week with City staff and Rincon Water representatives present.   
  • Tract 932 - Canyon Grove Shea Homes Community: The contractor is continuing the mass grading for the pads.  Water main construction is continuing this week along the extension of Vista Avenue.  The Ash Street/Vista Avenue intersection construction is moving forward with the placement of the base course of asphalt paving on Tuesday of this week. The north bound lane of Ash Street between Vista Avenue and Lehner Avenue is closed until August 11 for the construction of surface improvements. 
  • Solutions Housing Project 1560 S. Escondido Boulevard: The offsite construction of the utilities is ongoing with the installation of the storm drain line this week. The onsite construction of the building pad is proceeding. 
  • GRAFFITI REPORT FOR JULY
    Graffiti Cases Opened - 427
    Graffiti Cases Closed - 788
    Graffiti Eradication Team (GET) Reported - 194
    City Employee other than GET - 24
    Resident Reported - 209
    Still Open - 48
    CDBG - 89 

PUBLIC SAFETY 

Police

Incidents

  • On 07-31-16 at about 12:19 p.m., officers were dispatched to 1943 E. Valley Pkwy. (Palomar College) regarding a vehicle colliding into a building.  Officers arrived and determined a single vehicle had collided into the north side of the building. The vehicle was occupied by an elderly driver who appeared to be having a heart attack.  Officers immediately removed the driver from the vehicle and began Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR).  Escondido Fire Department paramedics responded, continued CPR, and transport the driver to the hospital.  The driver is in stable condition at this time.  The driver suffered a minor injury to his wrist as a result of the collision. 
  • On 7-31-16 at about 8:32 p.m., officers were dispatched to the North County Transit Center, at 700 W. Valley Pkwy, to attempt to locate a strong-armed robbery suspect out of Oceanside. The suspect had stolen a cell phone from a victim in Oceanside and rode the Sprinter train to Escondido. Officers determined the suspect boarded a bus headed to San Diego just prior to their arrival. The bus driver was contacted by radio and instructed to stop at the Del Lago Station and wait for police. Officers met the bus at the Del Lago Station and detained the suspect without incident. Oceanside PD responded with the victim who positively identified the suspect. The victim’s cell phone was recovered from the suspect. Oceanside PD arrested the suspect for robbery and later booked him at the Vista Detention Facility.
  • On 8-1-16 at about 1:50 p.m., an officer observed a suspect known to have a felony warrant for his arrest near the intersection of Valley Pkwy and Rose St. With the assistance of additional officers, the suspect was contacted and attempted to flee. officers detained the suspect who violently resists the officers. After a short struggle, officers are able to arrest the suspect for the warrant. Both the suspect and officers sustained minor injuries during the struggle. The suspect was booked at the Vista Detention Facility for the warrant and assaulting a Peace Officer.
  • On 8-2-16 at about 7:40 p.m., dispatch received a call of a stabbing at Motel 6, 900 N. Quince St.  Officers responded and located a male victim with a single stab wound to his left side. A suspect description was broadcasted and officers located and detained a suspect matching the description on Quince St. south of Mission Ave. A witness to the stabbing identified the suspect officers had detained. A small pocket knife believed to have been used in the stabbing was recovered from the suspect. The victim was taken to Palomar Medical Center where he underwent surgery. His injuries were deemed to be non-life threatening. The suspect was arrested and booked at the Vista Detention Facility.
  • On 08-03-16 at about 3:05 p.m., dispatch received a call from a 13-year-old female who reported her father had assaulted her during an argument. Two other minor-age siblings were also at the home, and the mother was not present. While the victim was on the phone with dispatch, the father broke the telephone line disconnecting the call. Officers arrived and attempted to detain the father who was is in the rear yard of the residence. The suspect attempted to run back inside the house where the children were, but was stopped by officers. The suspect violently resisted the officers who overcame his resistance and successfully detained him. Further investigation revealed the suspect choked the victim, broke the phone line, and assaulted the family dog. Officers also determined the mother had obtained a Temporary Restraining Order against the suspect that had not been served. Officers arrested the suspect on a host of charges and served him with the restraining order. The suspect was booked at the Vista Detention Facility.
  • On 8-3-16 at about 5:25 p.m., officers were dispatched to the area of Rincon Ave and Broadway to investigate reports of a male hitting a female with a tire iron. Officers located the incident at  Rincon Ave near Ash St. with several citizens holding the suspect on the ground. The female victim was bleeding profusely from her head and face. The suspect was taken into custody without incident. Witnesses reported seeing the suspect exit his vehicle and approach the victim’s vehicle where he began assaulting her with a tire iron. The suspect then pulled the victim from her vehicle and continued to assault her with the tire iron. Several witnesses rushed and tackled the suspect in order to stop the attack. The victim was taken to Palomar Medical Center for treatment of her injuries. The suspect was arrested and booked into the Vista Detention Facility for domestic violence and attempted murder. 

Events

  • On Tuesday, August 2nd, the Escondido Police Department celebrated the 33rd Annual Night Out Against Crime at Grape Day Park from 5:00 to 8:00 PM. National Night Out is an opportunity for citizens across America to send a powerful message about neighborhood unity, awareness, safety, and police-community partnerships. The event saw a large community turn out for an evening of fun, food, music and entertainment. Community resource organizations provided information relating to crime prevention, drug and violence prevention, education, health and safety. Law Enforcement vehicles were on display and free opportunity drawings were held throughout the evening. Children’s activities included fingerprinting, face painting, balloons and tattoos, a rope bridge, jump house, bike rodeo, and interactive displays at the various booths. Batman also made a special appearance, which made the evening extra special for the kids.

   

  • On August 5, officers from EPD traveled to San Diego to attend San Diego PD Officer "JD" DeGuzman's Memorial Service. Officer DeGuzman was shot and killed in the line of duty on July 28th while attempting to detain a lone suspect. His partner, Officer Irwin was also shot during the incident and is expected to survive. The suspect is in custody and charged with the murder of Officer DeGuzman and the attempted murder of Officer Irwin. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of Officer DeGuzman and Officer Irwin and the entire San Diego Police Department. We stand united with you in honor of our fallen brother. To show our support, Escondido PD sent three Officers and one Sergeant to work at San Diego PD’s Eastern and Western Divisions, as well as, sent one current and two former Escondido PD Dispatchers to work in their Communications Center, so all SDPD employees could attend the memorial service for Officer DeGuzman.

 

(Photographs courtesy of San Diego Police Department) 

  • The Escondido Police Department achieved yet another social media milestone when their Facebook page surpassed 7,000 likes. The Police Department’s Facebook page is part of EPD’s ongoing commitment to connect with the community by sharing valuable news and information. The public can also follow EPD by viewing the department’s website at http://police.escondido.org, on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/EscondidoPolice and Nixle at http://nixle.com/escondido-police-department.

Fire:

The Escondido Fire Department has crews working on three different fires throughout the state. E1317 and Battalion Chief 1305 are assigned to the Gopher Fire at I15 and Laurence Welk Drive. The fire is currently at 25 acres and 25% contained. The forward spread has been stopped and the structure threat has been mitigated. We also have Brush Engines 1363 and 1365 assigned to the Pilot Fire in San Bernardino. The fire is approximately 7,000 acres with only 6 % containment. Deer Lodge Park is evacuated and there are multiple evacuations in the City of Hesperia. Lastly, we have Battalion Chief Mike Bertrand and Firefighter/Paramedic Dominic Polito assigned to the Sobraines Fire in Monterey filling overhead positions. Mike is acting as the Base Camp Manager and Dominic is one of several Public Information Officers.