Stone Brewing has announced its plans to move forward with a 99-room brewery-themed hotel across the street from Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens. More information about the proposed hotel is available at www.stonebrewinghotel.com. No plans have been submitted to the City yet.
- There are no special events open to the public this week, but there are two large private events in Grape Day Park:
Escondido Union School District Welcome Back Event
Friday, August 19th 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
A welcome back BBQ and wellness fair for 1,500 school district employees.
The Classical Academies - Jumpstart Parent Education Conference
Tuesday, August 23rd from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
A welcome lunch and information conference for the parents of The Classical Academies students.
- For information about other activities taking place in Escondido, please visit www.visitescondido.com
WEATHER READY AMBASSADOR PROGRAM
Escondido recently became part of the Weather Ready Ambassador program in collaboration with the National Weather Service and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador™ initiative is the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s effort to formally recognize NOAA partners who are improving the nation’s readiness, responsiveness, and overall resilience against extreme weather, water, and climate events. Teresa Collins, the City’s Special Event Coordinator who also serves as a City Public Information Officer, will be serving as the City’s National Weather Ready Ambassador. Responsibilities include:
- Promoting Weather-Ready Nation messages and themes to their stakeholders
- Engaging with NOAA personnel on potential collaboration opportunities
- Sharing their success stories of preparedness and resiliency
- Serving as an example by educating employees on workplace preparedness
This year, Escondido was awarded the bronze tier Diamond Award from SANDAG iCommute. The iCommute Diamond Awards program recognizes employers in the San Diego region who have made strides to promote alternative commute choices in the workplace.
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) – 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, Fire and Planning. Engineering is awaiting submittal of agreements and bonds for water line and traffic signal construction 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.
- Escondido Disposal Inc. (Developer: Steve South, EDI) – No change from the following update reported last week: 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.) – No change from the following update reported last week: 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) – No change from the following update reported last week: 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: 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.
- 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) – No change from the following update reported last week: 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.
- 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) – 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. While the EIR is generally on schedule, there have been some changes to the site plan, which will affect the EIR schedule. The changes include the elimination of the “water factory” for wastewater treatment, elimination of the public park, changes to the entry road which would now be private instead of public, and relocation of the fire station to the former public park site. These changes will require the applicant’s civil engineer to make a number of revisions to the tentative map, but are not anticipated to affect the proposed development envelope or the number of proposed lots.
- 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.
- The Building Division issued 61 permits for the week with a total valuation of $889,445.
- 13 photovoltaic permits were issued for the week. The Building Division has issued 772 solar permits this year compared to 742 issued for the same time last year.
- The Building Division Inspectors averaged 30 inspections per day. Customer sign-ins at the building counter averaged 39 counter sign-ins per day.
- The Building Division has issued 47 single family dwelling permits this year with valuations of $15,079,199 compared to 11 permits issued with valuations of $2,218,379 for the same time last year.
- The Building Division has processed 2,304 projects to date compared with 2,114 for the same time last year. Total project valuations for issued permits this year is $43,209 compared with $32,103 same time last year.
- The three-story mixed use building at 300 S Escondido Blvd. (City Plaza), that was abandoned in 2009 has been re-issued and the Building Division is waiting for structural remediation details for the existing foundation before work can continue.
- SDG&E is performing a utility conversion and relocation at Greencrest Mobile Home Park at 541 W 15th
- Plans were submitted for the new three-story, 48-unit Veterans Village apartments at 1540 S Escondido Blvd.
- As of August 16, 2016, the total number of open code enforcement cases is 448 cases. During the prior week, 120 new cases were opened, and 37 cases were closed, with a backlog of an additional 15 cases not yet opened for assignment and investigation.
- There were 51 illegal signs confiscated during the weekend.
- Last week, the Business License Division issued 28 new licenses and received 34 new applications, in addition to 125 renewals.
Grape Day Park Playground: The installation of the fibar wood chip for the playground area has been delayed. No new schedule is available at this time.
2015/2016 Street Rehabilitation and Maintenance Project
- The project to date has removed 30 trees that were creating tripping hazards in the sidewalk area, lifting curb and raising the street section as well diseased trees
- There are 15 tree on the list yet to be removed, all 15 locations have been reinspected this morning and determined from the arborist and Field Engineering staff to require removal
- All trees have been posted with a Notice flyer with two Field Engineering representatives cards attached
- The removal of any remaining trees has been put on hold until we can determine when the contractor delivered the door knocker notification flyers which the City approved on July 26th.
- At this time the stump grinding of the fallen trees will continue.
- Bear Valley Parkway between Boyle Avenue and San Pasqual Valley Road (County Project): All new striping, signage and roadway markings have been installed. The project should be closed out in the coming weeks.
- 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 on a September council meeting for accepting the public improvements so the release of the securities can begin.
- Pradera - Lennar Communities:
- E Street - Model on lot 3 completed
- D Street - Phase one and two has new property owner moving in
- C Street - Phase 3 plaster and drywall homes, phase 4 pre plaster this week
- B Street - surface improvement (curb and gutter) completed, base pavement will be placed on Thursday
- A Street- surface improvements (curb and gutter) completed, base pavement will be placed on Thursday
- Lexington Model Homes - KB Homes: Offsite storm drain improvements at the Ash/Lehner intersection have been completed. The plan is to complete the remaining concrete and asphalt roadway improvement prior to the restart of school on August 24th.
- 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 Avenue. 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 along with Rincon Water representatives present.
- Tract 932 - Canyon Grove Shea Homes Community: The contractor is continuing the mass grading for the housing pads. Water main construction is continuing this week along the extension of Vista Avenue into the project. A meeting was held this past week with City staff and the contractor to discuss the timetable and method for relocating the existing above ground water flume that services the City of Vista. The Ash Street and Vista Avenue intersection construction is moving forward with the placement of the final base course of asphalt paving this week. A water main conflict was discovered this week that will require the design and construction of a permanent conflict crossing. The design and construction has a potential delay of up to 4 weeks for this portion of the intersection realignment. The north bound lane of Ash Street between Vista Avenue and Lehner Avenue will be reopened to all traffic on Friday, August 19.
- Solutions Housing Project 1560 S. Escondido Boulevard: The project is in the punch list phase. Staff is awaiting final documentation and certifications.
- On 08/08/2016 at 11:45 p.m. officers responded to 752 E. Mission Ave. to investigate reports of a fight. The initial investigation revealed a seventeen year old male victim was stabbed once in the lower back. Two men matching the description of the suspects were detained in the area, but could not be positively identified as the suspects. However, one of the men was arrested for illegal possession of a knife and violation of a court order. The stabbing is believed to be gang-related and is being investigated by the Gang Enforcement Team.
- On 08/09/2016 at 12:36 a.m., officers were investigating a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) violation at 1179 N. Escondido Blvd, when they detained a man matching the description of the suspect. Officers recognized the suspect as having been arrested just one week prior for possession of drugs for sale. A lawful search of the suspect and his vehicle revealed almost 70 grams of cocaine. The suspect was arrested for sales and transportation of cocaine again as well as committing a felony while on bail. He was booked at the Vista Detention Facility. The man was not the suspect in the TRO violation.
- On 08/09/16 at 2:54 a.m. dispatch received a call about a vehicle burglary in progress at 601 W. Lincoln Ave. Officers responded to the scene and contacted a man seen fleeing the area, while discarding the stolen property from the vehicle. The man was taken into custody and positively identified by the witness as the vehicle burglary suspect. The man was later booked into the Vista Detention Facility.
- On 08/10/16 at 6:20 p.m. dispatched received a call of a robbery alarm at 150 E Grand Ave, where the victim was reportedly fighting the male suspect. The entire K9 Unit was training in the area and responded from a block away quickly apprehending the suspect. Further investigation revealed the male suspect tried to steal a painting and other merchandise from the victim’s store. The suspect was arrested and booked at the Vista Detention Facility on robbery charges.
- On 8/12/16 at 6:10 p.m. officers responded to West Valley Pkwy and Tulip St to investigate reports of a 4 year-old male wandering the streets at the location. Officers located the child unharmed. The child’s mother was located a short time later and reunited with the child. The investigation revealed the mother had left the child at their residence in the area of 400 S. Tulip, while she and other family were at West Side Park. The mother was cited for a misdemeanor violation of child endangerment and released from the scene. The incident was reported to Child Protective Services for follow-up.
- On 8/12/16 at 7:21 p.m. Gang Enforcement Team officers saw a known gang member and parolee driving a vehicle in the area of Washington Ave. and Harding St. Officers attempted a traffic enforcement stop, but the suspect failed to yield driving in a reckless manner in an attempt to evade the officers. Officers pursued the male suspect who crashed into the residence at 673 Beechwood St. a short time later. The building sustained minor damage as a result of the collision, but no one was injured. The suspect fled the collision scene on foot, but he was arrested a short distance away in the 1000 block of E. Washington Ave. Further investigation revealed the suspect was in possession of about 8.5 grams of methamphetamine. The suspect was arrested and booked into the Vista Detention Facility on drug, resisting/evading officers, and hit and run charges.
- On 08-13-16 at 6:55 a.m., an officer on routine patrol at 1030 N. Broadway (7-11 Store) located a reported stolen vehicle in the parking lot. Officers detained three occupants inside the vehicle. After further investigation, the driver was arrested for auto theft. A female passenger was arrested for an outstanding warrant and later determined to be in possession of narcotics. A second female passenger was released from the scene. Both the male and female suspects were booked at the Vista Detention Facility on a variety of charges.
- On 08/13/2016 at 11:48 pm. Dispatch received a call of a disturbance at 235 E. Grand Ave. On arrival, Officers were contacted by a male who said another male was harassing his wife. Officers noticed the man they contacted was wearing a green nylon military style belt with what appeared to be a firearm holster attached (no firearm was in the holster). The man was also carrying a pair of handcuffs as well as a container of pepper spray (tear gas) on his belt. Further investigation revealed the man had a prior felony conviction, which prohibits him from owning or possessing tear gas. The man was arrested for the violation and later booked into Vista Detention Facility. Officers were unable to locate any other suspect or victim of a crime related to the original call.
- It was an exciting basketball game at East Valley Community Center last Saturday. The Police Athletic League (PAL) youth won the Galindo Memorial Shield in our first overtime game ever. It was a back and forth game but in the end, youth has its advantages. Late in the fourth quarter the young legs were able to come back and tie the game at the buzzer. During the overtime period the kids continued to run and the law enforcement team tried their best but they came up short. The final score was 60-56. I have to give the police team credit for fairness and toughness. Prior to the start of the game, former PAL player 6’10” (closer to 6’11) Ryan Smith was set to play with the officers. Ryan is now a senior basketball player at Tulane University. If he had played with the police team, the police team would have won by 30 or more points. All of the officers wanted a competitive game so they said to put Ryan on the youth team. By the 4th quarter they probably wished they had kept him. Ryan dominated when he was in the game.
The kids have bragging rights to the Galindo Memorial Shield, but Geoff Galindo loved youngsters so he would not be upset that they edged the older cops out by just a little. His daughter, Ashlie Galindo, presented the Shield to the winning team. A great time was had by all and it was our largest crowd ever. In addition to the game, Zoe Sanchez-Richardson (Spouse of Police Dispatcher Jerry Richardson) was recognized by Captain Greg Kogler and PAL Coordinator Al Owens for her outstanding community service. Zoe had received a national award (Point of Light) from former President George H. Bush for her work with the community. Zoe has given away more than 20,000 books to children.
Former PAL coach Quentino Reece who plays on our team and always gives us a fighting chance with his blazing speed played with us on the day of his 4th wedding anniversary. A special thanks to his beautiful wife Lupe for attending the game and letting him play on their anniversary day. A special thanks to the police team (Officers Chad Moore, Brandon Byler, Brett Byler, Todd Gimenez, Frank Huston, Jose Guerrero, and Ray Solorio; Sgt. Janice Kolhof, DA Investigator Miguel Ramirez, Deputy District Attorney Chris Campbell and former PAL coaches Quentino Reece and Rich Holmes) for running the court with kids half their age. Also, special thanks to scorekeepers Det. John O’Donnell and Dispatcher Jerry Richardson. The real winner was the community. The game raised over $3,000 for PAL, which will benefit underprivileged youth in the Escondido community. Thanks to all who attended and those who donated tickets to get children into the game for free.