- Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT) revenue has increased steadily over the previous five fiscal years. In fiscal year 2014/2015 revenue was up almost 8.0% compared to the prior fiscal year. TOT revenue at the end of Fiscal Year 2015/2016 increased by 9.5% compared to the prior fiscal year.
- The Peninsula Women’s Soccer League will host an adult coed and women’s soccer tournament at Ryan Park on August 6th & 7th. Thirty-six teams will travel from all over Southern California. There will be a total of sixty-three games scheduled on six fields. We expect approximately 550 players.
- No special events this week
- For information about other activities taking place in Escondido, please visit www.visitescondido.com
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 and Planning. The applicant is finalizing minor revisions for the improvement plans prior to issuance of the building permit.
- Escondido Auto Park Association (Developer: Tim Brecht, Escondido Auto Park Association) – 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. The project is under construction and the applicant now is working with Planning, Fire and Engineering staff on proposed site and building revisions. Revisions to the grading plan have been approved by Engineering.
- StorQuest (Developer: The William Warren Group, Inc.) – This proposed project at 220 W. Mission Avenue involves a 102,500 sq. ft. self-storage facility development with 4-stories, 3 in-line shops and a small office. Public review of the proposed Mitigated Negative Declaration has ended and a Planning Commission hearing has been scheduled for August 9, 2016. A City Council hearing tentatively has been scheduled for September 14, 2016.
- Victory Industrial Development (Developer: Scott Merry, Badiee Development) – 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. Public review of the proposed Mitigated Negative Declaration ended on July 21, 2016, and a Planning Commission hearing has been scheduled for 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: Anna-Lisa Armanino, Brandywine Homes, Inc.) – 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.
- 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) - 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) - 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 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.
- 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) – 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 $7,384,964.
- 20 photovoltaic permits were issued for the week. The Building Division has issued 755 solar permits this year compared to 679 issued for the same time last year.
- The Building Division averaged 30 inspections per day. Customer sign ins at the building counter were also busy averaging 30 counter sign ins per day and 53 sign ins on Thursday.
- 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 2,194 projects to date compared with 1,938 for the same time last year. Total project valuations for issued permits this year is $44,350,000 compared with $31,997,220 same time last year.
- The 3 story mixed use building at 300 S Escondido Blvd, 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
- The Solutions for Change affordable housing project at 1560 S Escondido Blvd has received underground plumbing and foundation inspections.
- Plans were submitted for a new single family dwelling at 220 W 10th
- The Pradera single-family tract at Lehner and Stanley are anticipating permit issuance of Phase 5 soon.
- The monthly building report is attached.
- As of August 1, 2016, the total number of open code enforcement cases is 407 cases. During the prior week, 76 new cases were opened, and 58 cases were closed, with a backlog of an additional 11 cases not yet opened for assignment and investigation.
- There were 80 illegal signs confiscated during the weekend.
- Last week, the Business License Division issued 26 new licenses and received 18 new applications, in addition to 237 renewals.
- Grape Day Park Playground: The new playground equipment was assembled this past week. Installation of the remaining concrete sidewalk will be completed this week. The installation of the wood chips for the playground area is expected by Friday of this week.
- 2015/2016 Street Rehabilitation and Maintenance Project: The contractor is replacing existing concrete sidewalk, curbs and pedestrian ramps in the historical neighborhood bordering Maple Street from 5th Avenue to 11th Avenue this week. The patching of the alleyways between Escondido Boulevard and Broadway to 5th Avenue and 11th Avenue was completed this past week in preparation of the Aram surface treatment. Maple Street between 8th Avenue and 13th Avenue had portions of the existing asphalt surface removed and replaced with new asphalt material.
- Bear Valley Parkway between Boyle Avenue and San Pasqual Valley Road (County Project): The final paving for the roadway is scheduled for Monday, August 8th through Wednesday, August 10th of this next week. Paving will begin at San Pasqual Valley Road (78 ALT) proceeding north bound on Bear Valley Parkway to minimize the impact to the morning commuter traffic. The traffic signal for Boyle Avenue / Bear Valley Parkway intersection will be activated on Thursday, August 11th. All new striping, signage and roadway markings will be installed by Tuesday, August 16, at which time all constructing traffic control devices will be removed for the final time.
- 2412 South Escondido Boulevard: 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 acceptance of the public improvements so the release of the securities can begin.
- Pradera - Lennar Communities:
- E Street - Completing model on lot 3
- D Street - Phase one and two has new property owner moving in
- C Street - Phase 3 plaster and drywall homes, phase 4 framing this week
- B Street - Dry utilities complete, surface improvement starting to be installed
- A Street - Dry utilities completed, surface improvements starting this week
- Stanley Avenue - Construction of the ornamental lighting is complete and the units have been energized
- The Perimeter Improvement plans (replacement of the existing 6” Stanley waterline with new 12”) was approved on July 26th. Construction is slated to begin August 22. With the return of students on August 24, the developer will be adding message boards to notify residences and students of the approaching construction activity. Detour plans are developed for the Stanley Avenue closure.
- Lexington Model Homes - KB Homes: The Grand Opening for the models is set for this weekend. Offsite roadway improvements which include storm drain installation at the Ash/Lehner intersection is being completed this week.
- City Plaza: Escondido Boulevard @ 3rd Avenue 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: 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 pads. Water main construction is continuing this week along the extension of Vista Avenue. Ash Street /Vista Avenue intersection construction is moving into the second phase with the importation of the roadway base material. The new concrete improvements are scheduled for installation this week. The contractor is using a higher strength concrete, as well as taking concrete cylinders, so that the new improvements are tested and approved as soon as possible so that the remaining improvements are completed in advance of the return of students on August 24. The north bound lane of Ash Street between Vista Avenue and Lehner Avenue is closed until August 11 for the construction of underground utilities.
Future Capital Improvements:
- East Valley Parkway/Valley Center Road Widening Project: Staff has requested a timeline from Caltrans to receive the Authorization to Construct the project, which is required before the project can be advertised. Staff also is also with SDG&E to finalize plans to underground existing overhead cables. SDG&E anticipates final utility documents will be provided in August. Project consultants continue working with permitting agencies to secure the remaining environmental permit, which is anticipated to occur by August.
- HSIP Traffic Signals at El Norte Pkwy/Fig and E. Valley Pkwy/Date: This project involves the installation of two high-priority signals and is funded with Highway Safety Improvement program funding. Project plans are completed and staff continues to prepare Authorization to Construct documentation for submittal to Caltrans for review and approval. Additional document have been required by Caltrans. Staff expects all documentation will be completed and submitted within the next few weeks.
- Kit Carson Lighting Project: This project replaces old light poles and fixtures with new LED lights in some areas of the park, and adds lighting to parking areas that are currently deficient. Plans for the project are at 90%. Staff continues working with the project consultant to address plan review comments to finalize the plans. Staff will meet with the project consultant later this month for a final plan review.
- On 7/24/2016, a vehicle drove through the DUI checkpoint at Lincoln Ave. and Fig St. without stopping. A traffic stop was attempted but the vehicle failed to yield. The vehicle finally yielded in the area of Mission Ave. and Ash St. The investigation revealed the driver had a suspended driver’s license. He was charged with failure to stop at a sobriety checkpoint, failure to yield, and driving on a suspended license.
- On 7/24/2016, officers responded to a fight involving multiple people in a parking lot in the 500 block of W. Mission Ave. The reporting party advised that two of the subjects were armed with knives and one of the subjects had a baseball bat or stick. Officers quickly arrived on scene and contacted all of the involved subjects. It was determined that the suspect had been stealing items from a group and when the suspect was confronted, he threw a full size bicycle at the victim, hitting her in the upper body. The victim and witnesses followed the suspect until police arrived on scene. The victim had a complaint of pain to her upper body but declined medical treatment. The suspect was arrested without incident and booked in the Vista Detention Facility for assault.
- On 7/24/2016, officers responded to reports of a female being chased by a male in an apartment complex in the 900 block of E. Mission Ave. Residents of the complex confronted the male and he fled from the area prior to the arrival of the police. The 19 year old female advised she was forcibly taken from Las Vegas, NV. and brought to the San Diego area where she was forced into prostitution by the male abductor. Detective Nelson (from the Escondido Police Department) and other members of the San Diego County Human Trafficking Task Force responded to the scene to conduct the investigation. The female victim was taken into protective custody by the Task Force. The investigation is ongoing.
- On 7/27/2016, Officer Zeller located a stolen vehicle in the 2400 block of E. Valley Pkwy. Three people were in the vehicle and were taken into custody without incident. The driver of the vehicle was arrested for possession of a stolen vehicle and the other two occupants were arrested for warrants. All three were booked into the Vista Detention Facility.
- On 7/29/2016, Officer Lunt located a stolen vehicle in the area of Quince St and Norlak Ave. The vehicle rapidly accelerated away from Officer Lunt when he attempted to stop it. Officer Lunt pursued the vehicle westbound on Highway 78 until the driver exited the freeway and turned north onto Twin Oaks Valley Rd. in San Marcos. The driver accelerated to speeds estimated to be 100 mph. Due to the dangerous speeds and driving displayed by the driver, the pursuit was terminated by Officer Lunt. San Diego County Sheriff Deputies searched the area and later located the stolen vehicle in the area of Olive St. and Deer Springs Rd. The investigation is ongoing.
- In the early morning hours of 7/30/2016, a 7-11 store in San Marcos was robbed at gunpoint. One of the suspects was described as having numbers tattooed on his face. At 9:00 AM, Officer Bellamy was driving through the Signature Theater parking lot as part of the Department’s ongoing effort to provide extra patrols in the area surrounding Grape Day Park and City Hall and observed a male with facial tattoos inside the Subway restaurant. Officer Bellamy contacted and detained the male who was subsequently identified as the robbery suspect. The suspect, who is a gang member from Colton, CA., was taken into custody for the robbery and transferred to deputies from the San Marcos Sheriff’s Station for further investigation.
Originally Posted August 04, 2016