August 12, 2015

August 12, 2015 


The medians on Centre City Parkway have all been retrofitted with reclaimed water pipes, so irrigation of the turf there has begun again using recycled water. 


  • No special events this week.
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  • The Planning Commission approved a modification to an existing Conditional Use Permit to expand social services operated by Interfaith Community Services at 550 W. Washington Ave. to include a year-round emergency shelter for up to 49 homeless persons (vote 4-0; Winton, Romo and Hale absent).  The Interfaith CUP approval is final unless appealed. The Planning Commission continued the workshop discussion on multi-family development standards to a future date when the full commission is present.
  • Major Projects Update:
    • Oak Creek (NUW) – A LAFCO hearing date has been tentatively scheduled for October 5th.
    • Amanda Estates (NUW) – LAFCO approved the reorganization (annexation) at their August 3rd
    • Centerpointe 78 Commercial – The Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) will be released on Aug. 14th for a 45 day public review period ending Sept. 28th. The document can be reviewed at the following link:
    • Pradera - Grading is underway. Plan check comments have been provided on the building permit applications for the model homes. Staff is reviewing a variance application submitted to address setback issues relating to the location of the perimeter walls; the variance request is tentatively scheduled for Planning Commission in September.
    • Zenner - LAFCO has tentatively scheduled the project for consideration on Set. 14th.
    • Kaen Planned Development (2516 S. Escondido Blvd.) – Staff is reviewing revised planned development for “Stella Point Condominiums”, submitted on Aug. 5th. The applicant is pursuing selection of consultants for preparation of technical studies and the draft mitigated negative declaration.
    • 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 conducting technical studies. Staff is preparing a Request for Qualifications for consultant preparation of an EIR.
    • Latitude II – The applicant continues to negotiate with the owners of adjacent properties regarding several issues that affect their proposed site plan, parking and sewer improvements. On July 28th, the Planning Commission recommended approval by a 4-3 vote; the case is scheduled for City Council hearing on August 19th.
    • Shea Homes (Tract 932) – Staff approved the substantial conformance determination for the revised tentative map for the 179-lot residential subdivision known as Hidden Valley Ranch. A Final Map submittal and revised rough grading plans are under review. The Precise Plan application was submitted on Aug. 6th and is under review. The application will include review of proposed park amenities as well as setback issues on 9 lots where the proposed units do not meet the setback requirements of the planned development. 
    • Safari Highlands – The tentative map and specific plan application have been routed to outside agencies for comment. Staff is reviewing qualifications for an extension of staff for engineering services. Discussions are underway regarding the need for consulting services to prepare the Municipal Services Review and Sphere of Influence (SOI) update. A status update has tentatively been scheduled for City Council discussion on Aug. 26th regarding expanded boundaries for the SOI update.
    • Felicita Development, LLC - The proposed planned development includes the phased development of a 140-unit hotel, an 80-unit extended stay hotel, a 120-bed assisted living facility and a gas station and car wash located at the southeast corner of Felicita Rd. and Gamble Lane. 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. A letter addressing items and technical studies needed to complete the application has been sent.
    • Revised plans submitted for EDI’s proposed CUP expansion of the existing Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) are under review. The public review period for the draft Mitigated Negative Declaration ended July 23rd. The project is scheduled for Planning Commission hearing on August 25th

Building Division: 

  • The Building Division issued 89 permits for the week with a total valuation of $225,004. 
  • 40 photovoltaic permits were issued for the week. Building has issued 716 solar permits so far this year compared to 383 issued at the same time last year. 
  • Building inspectors and counter staff had a very busy week with inspections averaging 34 inspections per day with 34 inspections on Friday and counter contacts averaging 41 per day with 38 on Friday. 
  • Due to the heavy inspection requests this week, the Building Division held over 5 inspections on Tuesday to be completed on Wednesday and the city’s Deputy Building Official was sent out to conduct inspections on Thursday to keep up with the increased work load. 
  • The 70-unit single family dwelling development “Pradera” at Stanley and Lehner has received the second round of plan review comments. 
  • The 76-unit apartments on 2412 S. Escondido Blvd has received underground plumbing and foundation inspections for all three buildings and is beginning to frame the buildings. 
  • The Black Angus restaurant at Westfield North County Mall has received framing inspection approval and they are beginning to wrap exterior of the building. 
  • The Habitat for Humanity residential project at 537 N. Elm St has 3 remaining buildings that need final occupancy approval. 

Code Enforcement: 

  • As of August 10th, the total number of open code enforcement case is 404 cases, with a backlog of an additional 25 cases not yet opened for assignment and investigation. During the prior week, 56 new cases were opened, and 49 cases were closed. Staff processed 1 public records request (PRR), for a total of 83 PRRs this year to date. A total of 173 signs were pulled. Recruitment is underway for one full-time and two part-time vacant officer positions to assist with the backlog. 
  • Last week the Business License Division received 35 new applications and 112 renewals, and issued 25 new licenses. 


FY 2014-2015 Maintenance Project
The crack fill operation began on Tuesday, August 11th and will proceed until August 13th.

Private Development 

Bear Valley Parkway between Boyle Avenue and San Pasqual Valley Road (County Project)
The roadway widening of the southern portion of Bear Valley Parkway between Suburban Hills Drive and San Pasqual Valley Road (SR78) is continuing this week. Night time welding of the 16” gas main is scheduled for next week. Testing of the new water main is complete and the new pipe line is being tied in this week starting with Boyle Avenue at Bear Valley Parkway. 

2412 South Escondido Boulevard
Onsite construction of new homes is continuing this week 

Pradera - Lennar Communities
The grading contractor is actively grading phases 3 through 5 of the project. The import of dirt material was begun on Wednesday, July 15, 2015 and will continue into September.  This will include Saturdays between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. The offsite improvement for sewer and water line construction is ongoing.  The work is being scheduled to include Saturday work in an attempt to be finished with all major work before the start of the school on August 17. 

St. Mary’s Church
The grading and work on the public water mains is ongoing. 

Private Development – Current Plan Reviews

Ford and Hyundai Dealership Reconstruction
This project is a multi-phase reconstruction of the Ford and Hyundai dealerships under same ownership and includes the addition of a car washing building/facility.

  • The 1st submittals of the Grading plans and the final WQTR were made on July 15th and this 1st review should be completed in mid-August. 

Tract 848 – Idaho Avenue
This project is a 9-lot residential subdivision located off Idaho Ave. just east of Juniper St.  This is a private road hillside development that has a Tentative Map approved approximately 10 years ago so they have had to show compliance with current SUSMP requirements.

  • The 2nd reviews of the final map, landscaping, grading and street improvement plans were returned to the project engineer on August 5th.
  • It is our understanding that a new owner/developer has recently purchased this project.

Tract 932 – Hidden Valley Ranch
This project is a 179-lot residential subdivision located at the ends of Vista Ave. and Vista Verde Dr. and will connect them when developed.   Shea Homes has acquired this project and has begun final engineering.

  • The 1st submittal of the rough grading plans, improvement plans, WQTR, Drainage Study, and Final Map was made on July 6th. The review of these plans with emphasis on the rough grading and drainage system improvements should be completed this week.
  • The 1st review of the offsite street improvement plans for the ultimate improvements of the Vista Ave. & Ash St. intersection were completed and returned to the Engr. at the end of June. The County is heavily involved in the review of these also.
  • The 1st reviews of the 3 offsite Traffic Signal plans (intersections of El Norte Pkwy & Vista Verde Dr., Ash St. & Sheridan Ave., and Vista Ave. & Ash St.) were completed and returned to the Engr. last week. All 3 intersections were field checked and numerous existing utilities lines and facilities need to be shown at each location. 




  • On 8/03/2015, officers responded to a report of domestic violence in the 100 block of E. 5th Upon arrival, officers attempted to contact one of the involved parties who fled in a vehicle. After a short vehicle pursuit, the subject was taken into custody.
  • On 8/03/2015, officers responded to the 1000 block of Rock Springs Rd on a report of a suspicious vehicle. The vehicle reportedly belonged to a subject who had been missing for several days. Upon arrival, officers found the vehicle owner deceased inside.
  • On 8/04/2015, dispatch received a report of an attempted robbery in the 200 block of Via Rancho Pkwy. Officers responded and determined that three subjects attempted to smash display cases and take Rolex watches. The subjects used pepper spray on security officers to escape.
  • On 8/04/2015, Gang units responded to the 1500 block of E. Grand Ave. to conduct a probation compliance check. Officers located a handgun and ammunition.
  • On 8/06/2015, officers responded to Rock Springs Rd and SR78 on a report of a vehicle collision. The investigation revealed a minor-injury collision that was caused by a D.U.I. driver.
  • On 8/07/2015, Gang units were conducting routine patrol in the area of the 500 block of Aster St. The officers stopped two subjects who were on probation. A handgun and heroin was found on the subjects.
  • On 8/08/2015, officers responded to the 700 block of W. Valley Pkwy on a report of a suspicious subject. The subject was located and determined to be a sex registrant on parole. The subject was arrested on a parole violation. 


  • On 8/02/2015, Toran Gaal, a combat injured Marine Corps veteran who suffered the loss of both legs and a severe brain injury, finished his Ride Across America arriving in Arlington, VA. Toran rode over 4,000 miles on his hand cycle and raised close to $50,000.00 for the Semper Fi Fund. Lt. Al Owens and his wife, Kristina Owens, met Toran in Arlington and were part of a ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Toran and his support driver, Brian Riley, placed a wreath on the Tomb in what Lt. Owens described as a very humbling moment.
  • On 8/04/2015, the Escondido Police Department hosted the National Night Out Against Crime at Grape Day Park. There were static displays, community outreach resource information, children’s activities, a DJ with dance/martial arts/K-9 demos, bike rodeo, and opportunity drawings for prizes including a new child’s bike. The event was well attended.
  • On 8/06/2015, the 104th class of the San Diego Regional Law Enforcement Academy graduated. Escondido Police Officers Ryan Alderman and Trent Aronson graduated with this class and have begun the field training phase. Officer Alderman was selected for two distinguished awards: Academic Achievement and William Kolender Honor Graduate. Congratulations to both Officers.
  • On 8/06/2015, Chief Carter, Lt. Skaja and Detective Valdivia attended the first official meeting of the newly formed Rose to Foxdale Neighborhood Group. The group approved their bylaws and installed the board of directors. Chief Carter spent time addressing the group’s neighborhood concerns.
  • On 8/06/2015, The Escondido Police Department celebrated the one year anniversary of its partnership with San Diego County Probation.
  • On 8/08/2015, the 6th annual Police Athletic League basketball game was held at the East Valley Community Center. The kids squeaked by with 52-50 win over the officers. The kids now lead the series 4-2. Chief Carter stepped in at the end of the game in an attempt to even the score through a free throw, but unfortunately, an air ball doesn’t score any points!