FEATURED THIS WEEK

Getting to Yes
Staff worked with a local studio, allowing Stone and Glass to operate in its new location with limited cost. This unique business will be relocating next to the Hawthorne Country Store on Valley Parkway. 

City Hosts Regional Code Enforcement Officer Training
The City’s Code Enforcement Division hosted a California Association of Code Enforcement Officers (CACEO) Investigative Report Writing class at City Hall this week. 45 Code Enforcement Officers from 12 different cities participated in this training working collaboratively to hone in their writing skills to write effective reports.

  

Large Soccer Tournament Coming to Town
Ryan Park will be hosting the Peninsula Women’s Soccer League annual adult level soccer tournament August 5-6, 2017 at Ryan Park.  There will be a total of 41 coed and women’s teams.  Approximately 1000 players and spectators are expected in the area over the weekend.  For additional information, please go to http://pwsl.org/   

SPECIAL EVENTS
Movies in the Park: The Secret Life of Pets – Grape Day Park
7 p.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday August 5
Bring your family to the 10th season of Movies in the Park and watch a great movie on an inflatable 40’ screen. Activities start at 7:00 p.m., movie airs at dusk. Bring low backed chairs or blanket, sweater and cash for the snack bar. Free entrance. For more information call 760-743-8207 or visit escondidohistory.com. 

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) – Construction is underway on the approximately 76,000 square foot medical office building with a linear accelerator. Tenant improvement plans for a 7,000 SF radiation oncology area were submitted on June 23, 2017. Engineering sent comments on the office condo parcel map last week. 
  1. Springhill Suites (Developer: Raj Patel, San Bernardino Hospitality LLC) – Final interior design changes to meet Marriott’s current generation prototype were approved by Esgil and Planning on July 11, 2017. Shut down of the on-site water line is scheduled for this week. Final design is close for the traffic signal at the project driveway entry. 
  1. Centre City Commercial Center (Developer: Todd Dwyer) – The Plot Plan has been approved and demolition is expected to start soon now that asbestos abatement has been completed. The applicant submitted construction plans on July 18 to start the expedited plan check program. The certified tentative parcel map was approved on July 25, 2017. 

Industrial 

  1. StorQuest 222 W. Mission Ave. (Developer: The William Warren Group, Inc.) – The grading plan has been approved and the mylars are in Engineering awaiting final posting of deposits and fees. Building plans have now been approved by Esgil, Planning and Fire. Landscape plans were submitted on June 7, 2017 and Planning reviews have been returned to the applicant. 
  1. Escondido Self-Storage Facility (Developer: Brandywine Homes, Inc.) – Building plans grading plans, landscape plans and the final map have been submitted and comments have been provided by staff and Esgil. Revised grading, street and improvement plans were submitted by the applicant on July 14, 2017. 
  1. Innovative Industrial Development (Developer: Scott Merry, Badiee Development) – Comments on the building permit application have been returned. Landscaping drawings were submitted on May 9, 2017. The second check of the grading plan is nearing approval.  
  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 plan was approved on August 1, 2017. The applicant is finalizing the improvement plans in response to Utilities comments on the Metcalf water line.

City Projects 

  1. Micro-Filtration Reverse Osmosis (Developer: City of Escondido Utilities Department)No further updates to this item will be provided while litigation is in progress: The Planning Commission approved the proposed CUP on December 13, 2016. An appeal of that decision was filed and the City Council denied the appeal on January 11, and affirmed the Planning Commission’s decision to approve 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 applicant submitted a CUP modification application on May 25, 2017, to increase the size of the sanctuary and classroom buildings and delete Phase 4. That modification was approved by the Planning Commission on June 27, 2017. Plan check has been underway during the CUP modification process with the building plans already in third plan check and the grading plan in second plan check. 
  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. 
  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 will be provided to Planning this week. 
  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 last week. 
  1. Escondido Gateway (Developer: Carolyn Hillgren, Lyon Living) – Demolition of the former police building commenced on July 25, 2017 and should be completed soon. 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 will end on August 11, 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 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 revised tentative map was submitted last week and is currently being reviewed by staff. A new annexation survey of surrounding property owners was mailed out last week at the request of LAFCO. A neighborhood meeting hosted by staff and the project applicant has been scheduled for Wednesday, August 9 at 6:00 p.m. in the Mitchell Room at City Hall. 
  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. 16 solar permits were issued for the week. The Building Division has issued 547 solar permits this year compared to 746 issued for the same time last year. 
  1. Our building inspectors responded to 178 inspection requests for the week. 
  1. The total building valuation for all issued permits this year through July 29th is $75,941,979 compared with $41,874,338 for same time last year. Building has processed 1,919 projects to date compared with 2,184 projects in 2016. 
  1. Building has issued 132 single family dwelling permits this year and 224 multi-family units. This compares with 46 single family dwelling and 88 multi- family dwellings for same time last year. 
  1. Projects nearing permit issuance are:
    • 917 W Lincoln, three new apartment buildings, nine units.
    • 700 W. Grand, 126-unit, five-story condo development on former Police Dept. site.
  2. The construction of the City Plaza three-story mixed use building at 300 S. Escondido Blvd. has received partial approval of roof framing and rough framing inspections. Drywall is now being installed throughout the building. 
  1. Drywall is being installed in the second floor units at the Meadowbrook, three-story apartment building with underground garage at 2081 Garden Valley Glen. The nursing care facility is now open. 
  1. The medical office building at 2125 Citracado Pkwy has completed second and third floor concrete slabs. 
  1. The medical office building at 1951 Citracado Pkwy has completed construction of the exterior masonry walls. Roof framing has commenced. 
  1. The Westminster Seminary at 1725 Bear Valley Pkwy is proceeding with the framing of all nine buildings. 
  1. The Emanuel Faith Church at 639 E 17th Ave and the Church of Resurrection at 1445 Conway have started framing of the roof structural steel. 
  1. The new Veterans Village project at 1540 S. Escondido Blvd. has received underground plumbing, partial foundation and masonry inspections for the residential buildings.

Code Enforcement

 

Business Licensing

 

Public Works Operations 

 

Graffiti Restitution

ENGINEERING

Capital Improvements 

East Valley Pkwy/Valley Center Road Widening Project
No changes from that previously reported: 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. City staff has received Caltran’s approval of Disadvantaged Business Enterprise goals for this federally funded project.  The project was award by the City Council at the July 12, 2017 meeting.  Construction is anticipated to begin in September.  

Neighborhood Streetlight Project
No changes from that previously reported: 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, RTF, Rustic Village, The Elms).  Staff advertised for bids on June 22, 2017 with bid opening on August 3, 2017.  It is anticipated that award of the construction contract will be requested of the City Council 

Annual Street Maintenance Project
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 from that reported last week: Phase 6 homes are being released for occupancy this week. 

Lexington Model Homes - KB Homes
The installation of the water main along Lehner Avenue has been delayed until next week. The contractor completed permanent trench repairs and recompaction for the sewer main in Ash Street. Lehner Avenue at Vista Avenue will be closed permanently starting Thursday, August 3, 2017. This will permit the developer to complete the new improvements which include water main, storm drain, streets lights and the new Lehner Avenue cul-de-sac improvements. 

Citron Project by William Lyon Homes
No changes from that reported last week: The mass grading of the project is idled at this time, the project is located 2516 S. Escondido Boulevard 

Escondido Boulevard at 3rd Avenue
No changes from that reported last week: The contractor is continuing to place framing along the 3rd floor, lane closures along 3rd Avenue will be ongoing to allow for the lifting of construction materials to the third floor roof.  

Tract 932 - Canyon Grove Shea Homes Community
The drilling of the traffic signal foundations was completed on Tuesday, August 1, 2017, the concrete foundation will be poured on the following Thursday. The offsite traffic signals located at the Sheridan/Ash and El Norte Parkway/Vista Verde Way intersections were activated last week. The remaining traffic signal at the Ash/Vista intersection is tentatively scheduled for August 15, 2017, one day before the start of school.  The final asphalt cap for the intersection will be placed on August 10 with final striping to follow prior to the signal activation date.    

Latitude II Condominiums by a Lyon Homes Partnership: Washington Avenue at Centre City Parkway
The construction of the offsite water main located on Centre City Parkway between Mission Avenue and the project is continuing this week with the excavation of the main line along Centre City Parkway. The tie in point along Mission Avenue is scheduled for the evening of August 1, 2017 during a night time operation. The contractor is continuing to construct the onsite cistern storm drain system.      

Veterans Village
The project’s offsite water improvements are being constructed this week, the water line tie-in was completed on Tuesday of this week.  

Tract 877 – Bernardo Ave. by Ambient Communities
The onsite construction, which includes sewer main and water main testing, will continue this week. On site drainage devices as well as project walls are ongoing this week. 

Palomar Medical Center
The construction of the second new driveway approach is continuing this week. The contractor has completed the rough grading of the temporary parking lot pad across from the main entrance to the hospital. Streetlight are being stood this week, the lights for the parking lot are powered by a solar panel system.   

Victory Industrial Park
No changes from that reported last week:  The grading operation at this site, including the importing of material, will continue this week. The project is located at 2005 Harmony Grove Road and is 5.4 acres in size. 

Centerpoint Project
The grading of the store pads has been completed. Excavation for the building foundations has begun. The offsite improvements, which include storm drain, water and sewer pipeline work, will start later this week in an attempt to complete as much underground work in advance of the August 16, 2017 start of school. The project is located on the old Toyota car dealership at 999 Broadway. 

Spring Hill Suites Hotel/ La Terraza Boulevard
The water main crossing the project site has been terminated, allowing for the project to move forward with grading and the new water improvements to be constructed. 

FIRE

Inspections:

 

News:

  • All North Zone fire departments have agreed to change their apparatus numbering system to align with an overall county-wide numbering system. The purpose behind this change is to implement a designator system that helps eliminate confusion and errors for departments in the zone/county with similar unit designators. Our Fire Department will be switching over to the new numbering system on August 1, 2017 at 10:00 hours.  
  • Escondido Fire Department's Engineer Brad Bihun was deployed to the Detwiler Fire in Mariposa on July 21, 2017 to assist with incident management as a Public Information Officer. The fire burned over 70,000 acres and affected thousands of people. Engineer Bihun assisted a staff of over 25 Information Officers Providing current and accurate information to the public, the media and other stakeholders. (Engineer Bihun is on the bottom left)

 

  • On 7/29/2017 the crew assigned to the Detwiler Fire in Mariposa was released. They were set to return at approximately 20:00 hours, but were halfway home before being re-routed to the Jacksonville Fire in Tuolumne-Calaveras County.
  • We have four new Non-Safety Paramedics starting Monday, August 7, 2017. Please join us in welcoming Steven King, Nicholas Kelley, Jacob Marshall and Jordan Ray. 

POLICE

INCIDENTS:

  • On 7/23/17 at 23:59 hours, officers respond to 965 W. Lincoln Ave. regarding a stabbing that occurred. Upon arriving, officers contact the male adult victim in the parking lot.  The victim had a stab wound to his chest and was transported to Palomar Medical Center.  The victim could not provide any details regarding the stabbing. Officers observed a blood trail that led to apartment #34. The apartment was cleared, and the suspect was not located.
  • On 7/25/17 at 19:25 hours, a Black male adult was jumped by two Hispanic males in Grape Day Park, where he was punched and kicked which resulted in trauma to his face and a completely swollen eye. A female witnessed the event and stated the suspects fled through the Woodward Lot. Responding officers made two stops on separate subjects matching the description and a curbside line up identified two involved suspects. The victim was transported by the Escondido Fire Department to Palomar Medical Center and the suspects were taken into custody for Felony Battery and booked at Vista Detention Facility.
  • On 7/25/17 at about 21:35 hours approximately 4000 “Krispy Kream Tuesday San Diego” street racers began congregating at the Westfield Mall after being broken-up by SDPD in Carmel Valley. A Command Post was established and San Diego Police Department-ABLE, San Diego Sherriff’s Office Deputies and CHP Officers assisted with ramp closures and dispersion of the crowd without incident. The mall was cleared approximately 90 minutes from the start of the situation. The club racers moved on to the city of Carlsbad and were later dispersed there as well. Excellent teamwork by all involved: Escondido dispatch, Patrol, and Allied Agencies. According to intelligence gathered, the car club meets once a year in our county.
  • On 7/28/17 at 14:42 hours, dispatch received a call for service at 1311 Elm St, regarding a subject who began crying on the phone. Dispatchers heard what appeared to be a single gunshot over the telephone line. Patrol officers assembled on scene, and contained the residence. A React element was established, along with the deployment of the Bearcat.  Officers were able to locate several phone numbers for relatives associated with the occupant of the residence. Officers gained information that all family members had left the house, after a heated argument, prior to police arrival. Several family members stated that one subject, a male adult, was inside of the house. The family members stated that the subject had not threatened any of them during or after the altercation. Officers conducted witness checks at the nearby residences. None of the neighbors heard or observed any gunfire from the target location. An older male adult was observed by several perimeter units walking inside of the structure. Per those units, he did not appear to be in distress or injured. Numerous calls, texts, and bullhorn announcements were made into the residence to contact the male, which resulted in zero contact. Officers manning the perimeter and React left the scene after it was determined that no crime had occurred. 
  • On 7/29/17 at 03:34 hours, an officer located a stolen U-haul truck occupied by two subjects. There was a slow failure to yield that ended with a high-risk vehicle stop in the area of Fig St. and 2nd Ave. The driver was a female adult. Her passenger, a male adult, was a parolee at large and in possession of burglary tools as well as sales quantities of methamphetamine.
  • On 7/29/17 at 12:36 hours, dispatch received a call for service regarding a suicidal subject at 1311 N. Elm St. The subject was the same individual from two previous suicide attempt calls for service over the past 24 hours. Officers responded to the scene, and developed containment and React elements. Contact was made, via phone, with the male subject. The male eventually exited the residence, and was taken to Palomar Hospital for evaluation.
  • On 7/29/17 at 14:26 hours, an officer located an occupied stolen vehicle in the area of El Norte Parkway and Washington Ave. The officer continued to follow the vehicle until it pulled into the parking lot of 1408 E. Valley Parkway.  Patrol officers conducted a high-risk vehicle stop, and detained two occupants from the vehicle.  The driver was placed under arrest for Auto Theft and booked into Vista Detention Facility. 
  • On 7/29/17, at 22:06 hours, a two-officer car initiated a traffic stop on a white Lincoln Town Car for an equipment violation. The officers witnessed furtive movements made in the car including switching seats by the occupants. All parties were removed from the car without incident; all parties were unlicensed. During a pre-tow vehicle inventory, officers discovered a loaded Kel-Tec .22 handgun. One person was arrested and charged with Felony Weapons violations. 

EVENTS:

  • On 7/26/17, Chief Carter and Captain Kogler attended the Scottish Rite Award Ceremony. Chief Carter was the keynote speaker, and Escondido Police Department Detective Ryan Hicks received the Officer of the Year award for our agency and was a finalist for the San Diego County Law Enforcement Officer of the Year. Congratulations Detective Hicks!