SPECIAL EVENTS 

No special events this weekend. 

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT 

Planning:

  • The proposed annexation of property for the Citracado Parkway extension has been tentatively scheduled for LAFCO consideration on Monday, September 8, 2014 at the County Administration Center. LAFCO has received comments from community groups including the San Dieguito Planning Group and the Elfin Forest Harmony Grove Town Council recommending that the City, County and the community groups collaborate on a master plan for the affected properties prior to annexation to insure that adequate provision is made for trail connections and buffers between the residential areas and anticipated industrial uses. Staff feels that adequate provisions are already established in the City’s adopted General Plan policies for the area that will guide future design and environmental review of any proposed development, and further that such an analysis is not funded and would significantly delay the annexation process. Staff will coordinate further discussion with LAFCO and the County to determine how to respond to these concerns.
  • Henry Ranch has submitted a request to modify the previously approved development agreement for the 96-unit residential subdivision (Tract 920), on a 74 acre site addressed as 2355 E. Lincoln Ave. The request proposes to extend the term from ten years to 13 years.
  • Major Projects Update:
  • Oak Creek (NUW) – The public review period for the Draft EIR is underway, with comments due on September 29, 2014. The document is posted on the City’s website at the following link: http://www.escondido.org/Data/Sites/1/media/pdfs/Planning/oakcreek/CD/INDEX_-_Report_Navigatoin.pdf. Staff is coordinating with the applicant regarding a neighborhood meeting in response to requests from community members.
  • Amanda Lane (NUW) – The application remains incomplete, pending submittal of the necessary letters of permission and easements for offsite improvements, to avoid potential condemnation issues. The project will likely be affected by the Rincon del Diablo MWD Level 2 Drought Alert which suspends consideration of water availability certifications for all commercial and residential projects of more than one home.
  • Centerpointe 78 Commercial: – Staff continues to coordinate with the applicant’s traffic consultant regarding the traffic impacts and mitigation measures in order to finalize the traffic study for inclusion in the Draft EIR.
  • North Broadway Deficiency Area Projects: – The Pickering annexation is tentatively scheduled for City Council hearing on 9-10-14. The application for the Zenner annexation and the associated 40-unit subdivision at Vista Ave. and Lehner Ave. remains incomplete, pending submittal of letters of permission for offsite improvements, to avoid condemnation issues.
  • San Diego Veterans Village: The applicant is evaluating potential revisions to address the HPC comments regarding the proposed demolition of several historic adobe structures and to address Fire Department concerns. 

Building Division:

  • The Building Department had busy week, issuing 57 permits for the week with a total valuation of $445,884. Inspections and counter contacts were steady with average daily inspections of 32 with 28 on Friday and average daily counter contacts of 38 with 28 on Friday.
  • 22 Photovoltaic permits were issued last week, with 409 so far this year.
  • Permits were issued for the new Burger King restaurant at the Westfield Mall.
  • A Certificate of Occupancy was issued for the north wing of the new Classical Academy High School at 207 E. Pennsylvania. 

PUBLIC WORKS UPDATE 

Capital Improvement Projects: 

  • FY2013/2014 Street Maintenance Project:

The work is ongoing with the contractor applying a slurry seal and scrub seal to the streets in the Orange Glenn and Oak Hill area.

  • Red Flex Camera Removal:

The work has been completed.

  • Maple Street Pedestrian Plaza Modifications:

The contract is currently out to bid, with the bid closing on August 28th.  Construction will start after the completion of Crusin’ Grand. The project consists of the modification of the water fountain to control system water from leaving the water feature area. Repair and replacement of 180 damaged paver tiles within the plaza, and the modification of the 4 pedestrian ramps located at Grand Avenue and Valley Parkway.     

Private Development 

  • Lincoln Avenue at Goldenrod Street - 16” Gas Main Inspection:

Work has begun at the Rock Springs Road and Lincoln Avenue location.

  • Rincon del Diablo Recycled Water Main Extension:

The installation of the water main is completed with the street repair work remaining.

  • Church of the Resurrection:

Contractor is continuing work on the private side water main. 

Public Works Operations 

The following activities were completed the week of August 11-15:

  • The first shipment of the nano-technology anti-graffiti primer and coating has arrived. The manufacturer's application trainer training members of the Graffiti Eradication Team (GET) on the proper application of the sealer and anti-graffiti coating. The first training was held on the restrooms at Ryan Park. Several additional locations Citywide will be used as training platforms to insure the GET staff has experience applying the coating system on various surfaces.
  • The Tree Crew and Parks staff received training on the use of Arbor Access software recently installed on 3 tablets. This will allow the real time updating of maintenance activities to the City's 50,000 urban forest inventory. Thanks to the Information Systems staff and James Crandall the City's Asset Manager for getting the tablets up and running. The access to the urban forest management provided by the tablets will allow crews to more efficiently manage and maintain the entire urban forest.
  • The Call Center staff input 258 service requests last week.
  • Utility locations were marked out at 78 project sites.
  • 19 street lights and 9 traffic signals were repaired. The electricians also completed 28 special projects city wide.
  • The Pothole Repair Crew used 15.5 tons of asphalt pavement to repair 39 potholes and install 7 skin patches. They also completed 4 street repairs for the Utility Department.
  • Approximately 147,000 square feet of area adjacent to the flood control channel was mowed and weed whipped.
  • The Debris Crew collected 20 cubic yards of trash for the right-of-way along City streets. 

PUBLIC SAFETY 

Police: 

  • PD concluded a highly successful NTP Mobile Storefront on 8/13.  Code Enforcement and Neighborhood services were a great help.
  • The PAL Basketball game was well attended and the fund raising went well.
  • Probation Officers have begun to work out of PAFHQ in a cooperative effort alongside our officers.  

Fire: 

Most of our FD personnel and resources returned from the wildland fires in Northern California this past weekend after being gone for almost two weeks. However, on Monday, August 18th the OES Brush Engine (different crew) was requested to respond to the “Way Fire” in the Sequoia’s near Lake Isabella. The “Way Fire” is 3,367 acres and just 15% contained and there are some areas still evacuated.  So currently, we have four personnel and the OES Engine assigned in central California and one fire captain still assigned in northern California. We expect our fire captain to be released from the incident this coming weekend.