August 15, 2012


Building and Code Enforcement

Staff is meeting with staff from the City of San Clemente regarding their use of the Trakit software for business license permitting and project tracking, to determine how we can improve our use and reliability of the software.


Fire Station #4

Work progressing on interior and exterior of the structure. 99% of the onsite concrete has been placed. The stucco scratch coat has been applied to the lower half of the building exterior in preparation for the application of the rock veneer. Site fencing and gate installation will be completed this week. The interior sheet rock tape and texturing is underway and should be completed next week. Mechanical duct work for the heating & air conditioning has been completed. Exterior doors will be hung this week.

Main Library Fiber Optic Project

Contract documents have been received and routed to the City Attorney's staff for review and approval. Upon approval of the documents, the actual construction is scheduled to start on September 5th. The contract allows 20 working days for the completion of the project.

Maple Street Pedestrian Plaza

The completion of the project is ongoing, the artist is completing the terrazzo table and benches areas as well as the water fixture and custom bench seating , the electrician is on site installing the acorn light fixtures to the 18 pedestrian lights and  the paving subcontractor completed all asphalt paving tying in the alley way and parking lot 1 as well as the Plotners parking lot restoration.

2011/2012 Pavement Management Project

The concrete subcontractor has moved its efforts to Quince Street between Washington and Mission Ave correcting a drainage condition created by the parkway trees lifting the concrete sidewalk and curb along this area. City tree crews previously removed all effected trees in preparation of the concrete work.

The paving portion of the project completed the replacement and repair of the Felicita/Escondido intersection on Monday evening with Rocksprings Road storm drain settlement being address on Tuesday evening. The project will complete its evening activities for week at the Auto Parkway/ Valley Parkway and Auto Parkway /Andreasen Drive intersections.

Private Development  West Field Mall parking lot

The parking lot restoration began this week, George Weir Asphalt has been hired to make the repairs, the work is being performed  at night in an effect to provide increased worker safety and limit the impact on the mall patrons.

El Norte Parkway/Broadway Apartments

The new concrete median has been constructed along the center line of El Norte Parkway removing all left turn movements from the existing apartment located on the north side of El Norte Parkway,  Engineering staff meet with the apartment manager to address the potential change to their tenants accessing the facility  

SDG&E circuit upgrade along Mission Ave

The project bidding process closes on Wednesday of this week, a preconstruction meeting should be scheduled shortly

Talk of the Town

Pipeline installation continues on site with grading activity being started on the future restaurant pad



PAL Teens Beat City Team in a Close Game

The August 11th game of City workers vs teenagers at Calvin Christian High School turned into another epic battle. The Police Athletic League (PAL) kids came ready to play. They had several PAL alumni playing with them who were home from college for the summer. Their player coach was former PAL athlete Ben Dull.  The PAL team was stacked with talent and speed but a combination of police officers, firefighters, recreation workers, city hall employees and PAL coaches, pushed the kids to their limit with the score going back and forth. The adult team was ahead by 10 at the start of the fourth quarter.  The PAL team cut the deficit and tied the game at 67-67 with 19 seconds left.  Marcus Hentley, a 14 year old freshman at Escondido High School, sunk a three pointer which won the game.  The PAL kids now lead the series 3 games to 2.   

The City team consisted of the following players: Janice Kolhof,  Miguel Ramirez, Todd Giminez and Kyle Brierly from the Police Department; Craig Tebbe from the Fire Department; Joel Agg and Quentino “The Q” Reece from Recreation and City Manager Clay Phillips and  Director of Finance, Gil Rojas.  PAL coaches Rich Holmes (winner of the 3-point shot contest at halftime) and Scott Smith, the father of 6-9 PAL teen Ryan Smith, rounded out the City team.   

There were about 175 people in attendance and a great time was had by all.  Your donations made it possible for kids to attend, have some fun and at the same time get a meal. A special “Thank-You” is in order to all who participated in, attended and contributed to this special evening.  All donated funds are used to help provide affordable sports and education programs for the youth of Escondido. This event would not have been possible without your help!


Although Escondido has not been directly impacted by the many wildfires burning throughout the state, we do have two crews and brush engines assisting through Mutual Aid. Our OES brush engine with a crew of four is assigned to the Jawbone Fire in Kern County. The Jawbone Fire has burned more than 10,000 acres and the crews are making good progress on its’ containment. The brush engine from Station 3 with crew was sent to the Vallecitos Wildfire Complex near Julian. There are four different fires burning in the Julian area which has burned approximately 10,000 acres. The fire has caused mandatory evacuations to the communities of Ranchita and San Felipe. There is the potential for both units being reassigned once released from their current incidents. All fire stations and crews have been back filled and are operational to protect our community.

The 3rd San Diego County Rescue Drill was hosted by the FD on Saturday, August 11th. More than 100 rescue personnel participated in the drill from 15 different agencies from all over the county. The participants were challenged by eight different training scenarios and the extreme heat that day. The training facility at Station 1 has proven to be a real asset to the FD, the City, and the Region. The training was funded through the UASI training grant.

This Sunday, PMC West Hospital will open its doors as the community’s new hospital. The FD will begin transporting patients to the new Emergency Room beginning at 7:00 AM on Sunday. As mentioned, we will be monitoring the transport and response times for any adverse effects the new location may cause for the FD. Sunday will also be a very busy day for PMC and local ambulances as the transport all of the current patients from Palomar Downtown to the new location.