FEATURED THIS WEEK

Escondido Fire Department Assists MIAS Fire Relief
This week mutual aid crews were on their way back to Escondido when they were called to assist with the MIAS fire incident near Banning. Pictured below is Escondido Firefighter Jonathan San Nicolas battling the blaze.

 

Solar Eclipse in Escondido
City employees stepped out of City Hall to take a look at the solar eclipse on Monday. Employees passed around special eclipse glasses for safe viewing. 

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
BISNOW reports that North County cities continue to grow and attract high paying jobs. Read the full article here: https://www.bisnow.com/san-diego/news/economy/why-north-county-cities-continues-to-grow-and-attract-high-paying-jobs-77751 

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT
Major Projects Update
The following major projects are currently being reviewed and coordinated with Planning, Engineering, Fire, Building and Utilities staff. A complete description of each project can be viewed here. Updates provided below cover project milestones that occurred last week.

Commercial / Office:

  1. Escondido Research and Technology Center – East (ERTC) (Developer: James McCann) – A grading plan for a temporary parking lot to serve the hospital was approved June 13, 2016, and the parking lot is now under construction. 
  1. Escondido Research and Technology Center – West (ERTC) (Developer: James McCann) – A plan for a new two-story, 57,000 SF, 52-bed Palomar Rehabilitation Institute was submitted on July 31, 2017 and a letter indicating the application is incomplete was sent to the applicant on August 10, 2017. The facility is proposed in an existing parking lot south of the hospital. 
  1. Centre City Commercial Center (Developer: Todd Dwyer) – Demolition has commenced on the site while plans are going through the expedited plan check process. The expedited plan check process for the grading, building and landscape plans and the final parcel started on July 25, 2017.  Planning and Engineering have returned grading, final map and landscape comments.

Industrial 

  1. Escondido Self-Storage Facility (Developer: Brandywine Homes, Inc.) – Revised grading, landscape and street and improvement plans were submitted by the applicant on July 14, 2017. Engineering and Planning comments on those plans were returned to the applicant on August 11, 2017. 
  1. Innovative Industrial Development (Developer: Scott Merry, Badiee Development) – The grading plan is ready to approve and permit ready to issue once bonds are posted and the fees are paid. 
  1. North American Self-Storage (Developer: Russ Colvin) – This project is participating in the expedited plan check program. The demo permit has been issued. Building plans were approved by Esgil, Planning and Fire the last week of June. The grading permit is ready to be issued once bonds are posted and fees are paid.

City Projects 

  1. Micro-Filtration Reverse Osmosis (Developer: City of Escondido Utilities Department) – The lawsuit challenging the project approval has been settled and it is expected that engineering design will commence soon on the project. 
  1. Lake Wohlford Replacement Dam (Developer: City of Escondido Utilities Department) –– A Draft EIR was prepared and issued for a 45-day public review period that began on October 4, 2016 and closed on November 17, 2016. Staff and AECOM are now in the process of coordinating responses to the comments that were received during the public review period. A field visit with staff from the state and federal wildlife agencies took place on May 11, 2017, to review biological mitigation requirements. Staff sent a follow-up letter to the wildlife agencies on June 29, 2017, seeking clarification on the proposed biological mitigation requirements. 

Institutional

  1. Escondido United Reformed Church (Developer: Brent Cooper) – The grading permit was issued in February of 2016 and then the applicant went through a CUP modification process with Planning to modify the building design. The building plans are in fifth plan check with approvals from Esgil and Fire.  Planning, Engineering and Utilities are still in review. 
  1. Self-Realization Fellowship Center (Developer: John Pyjar, Domusstudio Architecture – The CUP application was submitted on November 14, 2016. Staff reviewed the initial submittal and sent a letter to the applicant on December 14, 2016, indicating that the application was incomplete. The applicant resubmitted revised plans and technical studies on May 19, 2017, and staff has been issuing comments on the various documents. 

Residential 

  1. Citron (formerly Stella Park) Condominiums (Developer: William Lyon Homes) – Building plans were submitted on April 6, 2017. Esgil and Planning have provided comments. Fire has approved the building plans. The rough grading has been completed on the site. The applicant resubmitted the precise grading plan on July 14, 2017. Engineering returned comments on August 15, 2017. 
  1. Wohlford (Developer: Jack Henthorne) – The Draft EIR has been posted on the city website and released for a 45-day public review period that ended on May 12, 2017. The EIR consultant provided the responses to public comments and Final EIR has recently been provided to the Planning Division. City staff is currently working to upload all of the content and schedule the item with the Planning Commission for review and consideration. 
  1. Safari Highlands Ranch (SHR) (Developer: Jeb Hall, Concordia Homes) – A second revised tentative map depicting various minor changes and clarifications to roads, easements and drainage facilities was submitted on April 25, 2017. Revised technical engineering reports as well as responses to staff comments also have been submitted for review. The revised studies have been loaded on the City’s website at the following link: Safari Highlands Ranch Specific Plan - City of Escondido
  1. 701 San Pasqual Valley Rd (Developer: Bob Stewart) – A three-year extension of time for the previously approved ten-lot subdivision (Tract 895) was approved by the City Council on June 7, 2017. Staff comments on the revised tentative map were issued the last week of July. 
  1. Escondido Gateway (Developer: Carolyn Hillgren, Lyon Living) – Building plans have been approved by Esgil and Fire. Grading plans have been approved by Utilities, Planning and Fire.
  1. The Villages at Escondido Country Club (Developer: Jason Han, New Urban West, Inc.) – Planning staff has provided a location on the city’s website for ECC project-related documents and plans. A 45-day public review period for the Draft EIR commenced on June 28, 2017, and was extended by one-week ending on August 18, 2017. Staff and the EIR consultant hosted an open house on July 31, 2017, to provide information related to the Draft EIR and accept written comments. The EIR consultant is currently drafting responses to the comments that were received. The Draft EIR and appendices have been placed on the city website. This information along with project status and other related information can be accessed at the following link: ECC - City of Escondido
  1. Ivy/Valley Parkway Mixed-Use Development (Developer: Abad Rahan Pars Inc./ Norm Wieme, Architect - The applicant has indicated that grading and building plans are expected to be submitted into plan check soon. The reimbursement agreement for new water infrastructure that will be installed by the project in the adjoining alley is being readied for City Council approval. 
  1. North Avenue Estates (Developer: Casey Johnson) – An application to re-entitle aspects of the previously approved project that have expired and modify the project design to reflect new storm water requirements was submitted to the Planning Division on March 7, 2017. A new annexation survey of surrounding property owners was mailed out at the request of LAFCO. A neighborhood meeting hosted by staff and the project applicant occurred on August 9, 2017. City staff is currently reviewing survey feedback from surrounding property owners to determine next steps with LAFCO.  
  1. Aspire and The Ivy (Developer: Addison Garza, Touchstone Communities) – The project consists of three separate downtown sites proposed for mixed-use, residential and parking garage project components on Parking Lot 1, Parking Lot 4 and the former Escondido Surgery Center property. Applications were submitted for entitlement processing on June 23, 2017. A project kick-off meeting with the applicant and city staff occurred on July 13, 2017. On July 24, 2017, staff sent a letter to the applicant indicating the project application submittal was incomplete.

Building Division

  1. Our building inspectors responded to 182 inspection requests for the week. 
  1. A total of 13 solar photovoltaic permits were issued for the week. The Building Division has issued 594 solar permits this year, to date, compared to 791 issued during the same time last year. 
  1. Building has issued 132 single family dwelling permit this year and 224 multi-family units. This compares with 46 single family dwellings and 88 multi-family dwellings for the same time last year. 
  1. Projects nearing permit issuance are:
  • 917 W Lincoln, 3 new apartment buildings, 9 units.
  • 700 W Grand Ave Gateway project (former police building) 
  1. The construction of the City Plaza three-story mixed use building at 300 S. Escondido Blvd. has completed the framing portion of the project and is requesting and is requesting drywall and drop ceiling inspection. Exterior lath is being installed. 
  1. The Meadowbrook, three-story apartment building with underground garage at 2081 Garden Valley Glen is preparing the building for final inspection. 
  1. Escondido Disposal has received final inspection approval for the administration and recycling buildings and Phase II of their construction is set to begin next week. 
  1. The medical office building at 2125 Citracado Pkwy has completed the 2nd and 3rd floor concrete slabs and framing is on-going. 
  1. The medical office building at 1951 Citracado Pkwy is beginning construction of the building roof framing. 
  1. The Westminster Seminary at 1725 Bear Valley Pkwy is proceeding with the framing all of the buildings. 
  1. The Emanuel Faith Church at 639 E 17th Ave and the Church of Resurrection at 1445 Conway has started the framing of the roof framing structural steel. No change from the previous week. Work is on-going. 
  1. The new Veterans Village project at 1540 S Escondido Blvd has received underground plumbing, partial foundation and masonry inspections for the residential buildings. No change from previous week. Work is on-going. 
  1. Demolition of the old Wagon Wheel restaurant and motel at 427 W. Mission Avenue is underway. 
  1. Partial foundation inspections have been approved at 999 N. Broadway for the new supermarket shell building. 

Housing and Neighborhood Services Division 

Housing and Neighborhood Services will be offering a free Neighborhood Leadership Training course open to Escondido residents. Classes will be on Mondays, starting September 11, 2017 through October 30, 2017 from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. This Neighborhood Leadership Training offers opportunities for participants to build and strengthen leadership skills, provides networking opportunities, and tools which can be applied towards developing stronger communities. 

Participants will also obtain information and tools to:

  • Identify existing talents and put them to practice
  • Speak in public with confidence
  • Learn tools that will help their personal growth and community
  • Learn or strengthen interpersonal communication, team and planning skills applicable to their work, neighborhood and school
  • Learn how to effectively use technology as a practical and innovative tool to unite communities 

Translation in Spanish will be available and refreshments will be provided for attendees. To learn more, please go to the Neighborhood Services Website at the following link and link or contact Dulce Salazar at (760) 839-4057 or dsalazar@scondido.org

Code Enforcement

 Business Licensing

Public Works Operations

 

 

Graffiti Restitution

ENGINEERING

Capital Improvements 

East Valley Pkwy/Valley Center Road Widening Project
This project will widen the bridge over Escondido Creek north of Lake Wohlford Road, widen Valley Center Road, add medians and landscaping, and construct sidewalk from Beven Drive to the northern City limit.  This project bid on May 25, 2017 and was award by the City Council at the July 12, 2017 meeting.  The signed contract was received on August 8, setting into motion the preconstruction meeting. Staff is developing a web site link which will provide information regarding project status and project contact information. The link will be available on the City’s website in early September.   

Neighborhood Streetlight Project
This project will add new streetlights to meet current lighting standards, and retrofit existing streetlights with LED fixtures at five established communities throughout the City (Cedar-Cedar Brook, Mission Grove, Rose to Foxdale, Rustic Village, The Elms).  Five bids were received, with the apparent low bid being $500,580.00. It is anticipated that award of the construction contract will be requested of the City Council at the August 16, 2017 meeting. 

Encino Street Storm Drain Repair:
The final roadway striping alignment was completed on Monday of this week. This completes the project at the contract bid price of $66,036. 

Annual Street Maintenance Project
No changes from that reported last week: Bid documents for the next annual street maintenance project are being prepared.  The project will replace uplifted sidewalks and trees, apply pavement treatments, and restripe with bike lanes in compliance with the City’s Bike Master Plan.  This year’s project will focus in the NE Maintenance Zone, which is bounded by Broadway on the West, Lincoln on the South, and the City limits on the North and East.  In addition, resurfacing is planned on portions of Lincoln, El Norte, Broadway, Felicita and Andreasen.  Staff expects to finalize bid documents later this summer, request City Council award of the contract, and begin construction in the Fall.  The list of streets to be paved will be posted on the Engineering page of City’s website in August. 

Private Development

Pradera - Lennar Communities
No changes to report. Phase 7 homes are being released for occupancy this week. 

Lexington Model Homes - KB Homes
Constructing sewer main pipe along Lehner Avenue. 

Citron Project by William Lyon Homes
The mass grading of the project is complete; the project is located 2516 S. Escondido Boulevard. 

Escondido Boulevard at 3rd Avenue
Reporting on this project will resume when construction activity in the right-of-way begins again.  

Tract 932 - Canyon Grove Shea Homes Community
The next phase of water main has passed its water quality testing and the two phases were connected this week.    

Latitude II Condominiums by a Lyon Homes Partnership: Washington Avenue at Centre City Parkway
The construction of the onsite water main is continuing this week.        

Veterans Village
The project’s onsite water improvement is continuing this week.  

Tract 877 – Bernardo Ave. by Ambient Communities
The onsite construction of the concrete curb and gutter improvement was completed this week.  

Palomar Medical Center
Parking lot striping and landscaping of the site is the next phase of construction. 

Victory Industrial Park
The grading operation is idled at this time. The project is located at 2005 Harmony Grove Road and is 5.4 acres in size. 

Centerpoint Project
The offsite water line improvements are continuing this week. Three water main hot taps were performed on Tuesday of this week along Lincoln Avenue.  The project is located at 999 Broadway. 

Spring Hill Suites Hotel/ La Terraza Boulevard
The grading operation in continuing this week. 

Stor Quest Storage
The project is located at 222 W. Mission Avenue, the approved grading plans and grading permit were issued this past week. Installation of perimeter erosion control has started in advance of the mass grading, set to begin in the coming days. 

Centre City Parkway Shopping Center
The Grading/Demo plan has been issued, demolition of the hotel in underway at this time. The project is located at the corner of Mission Avenue and Centre City Parkway.

FIRE

Inspections: 

 

News:

  • On Monday, August 14, 2017, OES 8632 was re-deployed from the Blaine Fire in Moreno Valley to the MIAS incident in Banning.
  • On Tuesday, August 15, 2017, 6412C (A Battalion Chief and a Captain) were headed home but were then re-deployed from the Blaine Fire in Moreno Valley to the MIAS incident in Banning.

Photo:  The Escondido crew on OES 8632 works on the containment lines around the Mais Fire near Banning 

  • On Wednesday, August 16th, The City of Escondido Fire Department Captain sent as a “Line Medic” to help support the Parker 2 Fire returned home safely.
  • On August 17, at 6:53 p.m., the Escondido Police and Fire Communication Center received several reports of smoke coming from a building behind McLeod Mortuary at 1919 E. Valley Parkway. A structure fire response was dispatched to the location. The first arriving engine reported a large amount of smoke coming from a detached garage to the rear of business. Aggressive action by the firefighters contained and controlled the fire in approximately 20 minutes. The garage sustained moderate damage. There were no injuries to firefighter’s or civilians. In all, five fire engines, one truck, one rescue ambulance and one Battalion Chief responded to the fire. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

  

POLICE

INCIDENTS: 

  • On 8/14/17 at 02:05 hours, officers located a rolling stolen vehicle in the area of El Norte Pkwy and Rimrock Drive; Oceanside PD case. Patrol units converged to coordinate a high-risk stop. The driver exited the slow-moving vehicle and fled on foot.  The vehicle struck a tree; there were three uninjured passengers in the vehicle. A perimeter was established and San Diego Sheriffs Office units assisted with the search of the driver with negative results.  ASTREA was not available and no arrests were made.
  • On 8/14/17 at 04:20 hours, a male victim went into the 7-11 Store at 1334 W. Valley Pkwy to report that he had been attacked by three male suspects with a skateboard, while engaging in illegal street drug use. The victim was semi-cooperative with police.  He sustained minor injuries to his head and elbows, and he was transported to a local hospital. No arrests have been made.
  • On 8/14/17 at 15:07 hours, communications broadcasted a stolen vehicle described as a two-door convertible Mercedes Benz, which was stolen out of Oceanside the previous night or early in the morning. Officers converged on the area, and a Patrol Sergeant spotted the vehicle traveling west on El Norte Parkway. The driver yielded on his own in the 1300 block of N. Date Street. The driver and a female passenger were detained without incident. The driver was arrested for Possession of a Stolen Vehicle.
  • On 8/14/17 at 23:45 hours, the female victim called 911 to report she was battered by her boyfriend at 1345 N. Broadway and was unable to drive. Officers quickly arrived on scene and took the male suspect into custody without incident. Medics transported the victim to a local hospital. The suspect was charged with Felony Assault with a Deadly Weapon and Domestic Violence.
  • On 8/16/17, at 07:53 hours, a North County Transit District bus driver confronted a male subject as he was attempting to gain entry onto an empty bus and attempt to steal passes. The suspect is known to NCTD drivers to steal passes and other items from the busses. During the argument, the suspect took a key card from the neck of the bus driver and a fight ensued.  The suspect fled the area but was confronted by another witness who subsequently got struck with a bar of soap prior to fleeing again.  An Officer located the suspect to the rear of Barnes & Noble and guided other officers in to make contact. After a short non-compliance standoff, the suspect was arrested without further incident and charged with Robbery. 

 

  • On 8/16/17 at 09:36 hours, victim calls Escondido Police Department referencing subjects stealing items from their garage in the 1800 block of Harmony Grove.  The suspects are described as two males and one female where the female came to the house asking about a car for sale one hour prior. The suspects fled the scene but the female was contacted with a male a short distance away. The female was positively identified by the victim / witness but the male was not. The female was in possession of approximately $300 worth of stolen property and arrested for Burglary.

 

  • On 8/17/17 at 04:10 hours, an officer located a 1998 GMC Sonoma at 1345 Morning View Dr that had been previously reported stolen.  The vehicle was occupied by one subject who was asleep behind the wheel.  The officer moved units into position while the suspect slept and took him into custody without incident.  The suspect was found to have an active felony warrant for his arrest as well as a personal use quantity of methamphetamine on his person. 

 

  • On 8/18/17 seven swing shift officers, along with COMPACT representatives and EPD Investigations division, conducted a Curfew sweep in the City of Escondido.  Seven juveniles were brought in to the station for curfew violations.  All juveniles were released to their parents after being deemed eligible for Diversion.
  • On 8/19/17 at 02:45 hours, officers responded to a radio call of a single vehicle accident at 900 E. Mission Ave.  Upon arrival, officers found the driver behind the wheel of her vehicle and clearly intoxicated.  The suspect plowed through two wooden utility poles (with her vehicle still holding one of them up).  The larger problem was that a third pole with energized lines was in danger of falling over as well.  The driver was arrested for DUI and transported to PMC West for treatment.
  • On 8-19-17, dispatch received a call for service at 1223 Joshua St, referencing a restraining order violation in progress. The reporting party advised that her son was causing a disturbance and attempted to assault her. The son suffers from schizophrenia and has several prior charges including assault on a Peace Officer. A request was made for PERT assistance from the other county agencies.  San Diego Sheriffs Office responded to our call for assistance, but with a 45-minute delay. The son was contacted in the backyard of the residence, standing waist deep in the swimming pool. He refused to comply with numerous verbal commands to exit the pool. An officer, recognizing the complexity of situation, began conversing with the suspect, with whom he had prior contact, and was able to build a positive report. The suspect eventually exited the pool and was taken into custody, without incident, and charged with violating a restraining order. 
  • On 8/19/17 at 20:11 hours, officers responded to a radio call at 1065 N. Grape St of a male attempting to fight others in the street. An officer confronted the male and instructed him to sit down. The male refused to comply and presented a knife at the officer. The officer maintained a safe distance and waited for another officer to arrive before taking the suspect into custody with minimal force.  The suspect had a felony warrant out of Northern California and was booked into the Vista Jail.

COPPS:

The EPD COPPS (Community Oriented Policing and Problem-Solving) Unit is dedicated to increasing the quality of life for the residents of Escondido through pro-active responses to crime trends and community issues.  Addressing crime and public nuisance in Grape Day Park is one project the Unit has been tasked with, along with patrolling the Downtown Business District and surrounding areas.  

  • 5 arrests were made
  • 14 citations were issued
  • Social workers from McAlister rode with the COPPS unit for homeless outreach
  • County of San Diego nurses rode with COPPS officers and gave out 40 Hep A shots to homeless, which has been deemed a serious outbreak with the homeless. This will continue for several weeks.

EVENTS:

  • On 8/17/17 Chief Carter attended the 111th San Diego Regional Police Academy graduation.  Congratulations to Officers Peter Larsen, Devin Muncy, and Michael Thornton on completing this 6-month long training program!  Officer Larson also earned the Emergency vehicle Operation award.  Well done!