ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

This weekend on August 17 and 18, Escondido will be hosting a Peninsula Women’s Soccer League Tournament at Ryan Park.  There will be a total of 36 adult teams and 62 total games in the Women’s division and Coed division’s.  They are expecting between 1500 and 2000 players and spectators in our area over the weekend.  The Comfort Inn in Escondido will be the host hotel for this event located close to the Target Center.

The PWSL soccer tournament is our last major soccer tournament in town until Thanksgiving weekend.  Escondido Soccer club begins league in a few weeks and will have opening day on Saturday August 24. 

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT UPDATES

Planning:

  • On 8/9/13, an application was submitted by Stuck in the Rough LLC for a Preliminary Development Plan for the former ECC property. The project is called “The Lakes”, consisting of 283 single family units on the approximately 109 acre site, with a project density of 2.59 dwelling units per acre. Proposed  lot sizes range from 7,000-19,000 SF, to be developed in four phases. The proposed project includes approximately 7.3 acres of neighborhood parks, a clubhouse and pool, trails, and privately maintained landscaped areas and ponds which also serve as detention basins. Access to the project would be provided along Country Club Lane, Gary Lane, Nutmeg Street and La Brea Street. The internal streets would be 60 foot wide public streets with sidewalks on both sides. An Initial Study application to evaluate the potential environmental impacts under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) has also been submitted. The application is under review by staff.
  • The Planning Commission approved a CUP for a proposed modification to the AT&T wireless communication antennae at New Life Presbyterian Church, located at 615 W. Citracado, by a 6-0 vote (Commissioner Winton absent). The commission also approved a CUP modification to the existing AT&T antennae at Emmanuel Faith Church at 1725 Encino Drive by a 4-0-2 vote (Commissioners Spahn and McQuead abstain).  The commission recommended approval (by a 6-0 vote) of a zoning code amendment implementing new state requirements to allow cottage food operations in residential units, including associated amendments to the non-conforming use and home occupation permit ordinances. The commission added criteria to address the potential for excessive odors and hazardous materials disposal into the wastewater system.

Building:

Building issued 53 permits for the week with a total valuation of $2,469,941. Permits were issued for 4 new buildings at the Contempo project with a total of 19 units. Work is continuing on building #2.  Walmart is nearing final inspection approval. The grocery outlet at 1516 E Valley Pkwy received a final inspection approval on 08/02/13. A Temporary Certificate of Occupancy was issued for the 3 story 59,000 square foot office building at 1977 Citracado Pkwy.

Housing:

The applicant for Sundance mobile home park has requested a continuance of the long form rent review hearing scheduled for 8/14; the resident representative indicates the residents have no objection to the continuance to 8/28. Notices have been sent regarding the continuance.

CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS

Grape Street Public Improvement Project:

The project is being released for advertisement this week. SDG&E has delayed the start of their reconstruction of the gas main along Grape Street.

Private Development

Wal-Mart:

The store shelves are being stocked and the final touches are being done to the building. Revised plans for Ash Street median were submitted by the applicant to CalTrans on Thursday 8/08/13.

Lincoln Avenue @ Midway Drive Gas Main Replacement and Testing Station:

Staff is meeting with SDG&E this week to finalize the project.

Cox Communication Downtown System Upgrade: Phase 2, 3 and 4

The project is idled this week. No activity to report.

Contempo Townhomes-Tract 921:

The testing has begun on the new temporary water main along the alley. The contractor is scheduled to complete a water line tie on Orange Avenue between 3rd and 4th Avenue this Thursday.

Mission Avenue 69 kv Electrical Line:

SDG&E crews are working in the Ash Street sub- station.

Resurrection Church: Storm Drain and Sewer Main Replacement

The pipeline installation along Conway Drive and on the school property has been completed. This will help minimize the impact to parents dropping off their children this next Monday for the start of school. The storm drain installation along El Norte Parkway is delayed due to additional conflicts with existing water and sewer facilities.

AT&T Vault Installation: Escondido Boulevard & 2nd Avenue

The vault installation is complete. Surface improvements are being reconstructed this week.

Del Lago Academy

Staff has contacted the school district to insure that all safety related traffic control devices are in place for the start of school. The first day of school for the new campus is next Monday.

Palomar College: Escondido Education Center

Two new street lights are being poured this week along Valley Parkway. The reconstruction of two driveway entrances along Valley Parkway may not be completed in time for the reopening of the campus.

PUBLIC SAFETY

Police:

  • Officers Moore, Jared, and Spinos graduated from the Regional Police Academy last Friday.  They will be starting their field training this week.  In October, we will have two more recruits graduating from the same academy.  Pictures on our Facebook page.
  • National Night Out was last week and was a success.  Pictures on our Facebook page.
  • The Police Athletic League will be hosting the 4th Annual “Keepin’  ‘Em Off the Streets” basketball game at the EVCC on Saturday, August 17.  Game starts at 4:00 p.m.  Note:  we normally hold the games at Calvin Christian School Gym and this is a change this year.
  • PD Facebook “likes” are very near goal of 1000.  Current count is 967.
  •  “Kids at the Park” was held at Westside Park on Saturday, August 10, from 11 AM to 3 PM.  It was a big success with several hundred kids in attendance.  This was a collaboration of many different groups and organizations. 
  • Grape Day Task Force:

The Police Department continues its enforcement details several times a day in the park and surrounding areas.  Since the start of the increased focus, the police department has conducted 845 extra patrols in the park, 148 field interviews, 73 citations and 77 arrests.  The new Bike Team officers Adan Martinez and Russ Whitaker continue to focus their efforts in the downtown area including Grape Day Park.  Russ Whitaker as the bicycle team and has been focusing on the downtown area consistently.  

It was an uneventful week. There were no calls for service at Maple Plaza or Signature Pavilion.  There was one call of service at Grape Day resulting in impounding of found property.  Officers conducted several extra patrols at the Pavilion but did not result in any enforcement activities.  At Maple Plaza one runaway juvenile was discovered and returned to his family. 

The fencing around the recently removed Eucalyptus tree has been installed.   

CCAE has not reported any more instances of graffiti or vandalism.   

Classical Academy has been out of school for the summer but will return in about two weeks.  Boys and Girls Club and SD Children’s Museum had no problems to report. 

The next movie in the park is Saturday night, August 17 the History Center will be present the next family movie in the park, “Madagascar 3”.  They hope to have another great turn out. http://www.escondidohistory.org/2013_movies_flyer.pdf

Plans are under way for the following events in the park.  Grape Day Parade and 5K Run, September 7, 2013, and City of Escondido 125th Anniversary Celebration, October 6, 1-4 pm. 

The next Task Force Meeting will be Tuesday August 20, 2013.