ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT 

  • California Arts Council Cultural Districts Public Input Meeting
    Assembly woman Marie Waldron co-authored AB 189 which has empowered the California Arts Council to designate areas as state cultural districts. The California Arts Council is currently engaged in a planning process to develop California’s first official statewide cultural districts program. A cultural district is defined as a geographical area with a concentration of cultural facilities, creative enterprises, or arts venues. Input from the public is requested to help the Arts Council develop a program that is reflective of the unique opportunities and challenges that exist in diverse communities across California. It is expected that the new statewide cultural districts program will launch in early 2017.

    A free public forum for the San Diego region will be held on October 3, 2016 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido. All interested members of the public are invited to attend and share input. Stakeholders from the following sectors are highly encouraged to attend: the arts, local business owners, community organizations, chambers of commerce, local government, main street associations, departments of transportation, public safety, planning and development.

    Please RSVP by September 26th at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/california-arts-council-cultural-districts-public-input-meeting-escondido-tickets-27283214830

    Participants are encouraged to consider these questions when providing input: 
    • When you think of “cultural districts,” what comes to mind for you?
    • What would be the benefits of a cultural district in your community?
    • Whose involvement would be essential to the success of a cultural district in your community? 

More information is available at https://calartscouncil.wordpress.com/2016/08/09/california-cultural-districts-whats-next 

SPECIAL EVENTS 

  • Attached is an annual report for Special Events held in fiscal year 2015-2016.
  • No special events this week.
  • For information about other activities taking place in Escondido, please visit www.visitescondido.com 

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

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) – 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.  A building permit fee estimate has been provided to the applicant and building plans are expected soon. 
  • 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)No change from the following update reported last week: 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.  Building plans have been approved by Esgil, Fire, Planning and Engineering.  The building permit is ready to be issued. 
  • 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.  The City Council approved the new regional market sign and amendment to the Sign Ordinance on August 17, 2016. 
  • 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. 

Industrial 

  • Escondido Disposal Inc. (Developer: Steve South, EDI) – The CUP modification to expand the existing facility was approved by the Planning Commission on August 25, 2015. Revisions to the grading plan have been approved by Engineering and a building permit has been issued. 
  • 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 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 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 has been scheduled for September 13, 2016.

Institutional

  • 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. 
  • Emmanuel Faith Community Church (Developer: Jim North, EFCC)No change from the following update reported last week: The project is a phased, multi-year construction and renovation program for the Emmanuel Faith campus that includes demolishing the existing children’s rooms and constructing a new nursery and children’s building for up to 200 children, construction of a two-story training center/youth complex, renovation of the existing high school/college building, conversion of the existing education center into an office and meeting room building, demolition of the existing café and construction of a new café, demolition and construction of a new maintenance building, construction of a new gathering plaza with baptismal outdoor water feature, and reconstruction and expansion of the existing worship center from 1,600 seats to 2,000 seats.  The Planning Commission approved the proposed modification to the Conditional Use Permit for the campus on June 9, 2015.  Grading, building and landscape plans for the first phase (45,414 square foot new children’s building) were submitted on July 6, 2016, and are being reviewed by staff.  

Residential 

  • 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) – 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 five phases involving 44 homes and those phases are under construction.  Homebuyer interest in the product remains high and sales are progressing.  All five final maps in the project have now recorded.  Precise grading plans for Street E submitted week of July 11, 2016. 
  • 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 three model homes on the eastern side of Ash Street are now open and sales are progressing.  A rough grading permit was issued for the project site on August 18, 2016 and grading is underway. 
  • 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 and is awaiting approval of 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)No change from the following update reported last week: 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) – 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.  Foundation work for the project is under construction. 
  • 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) – 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.  A Planning Commission hearing has been scheduled for September 13, 2016.  A City Council hearing is expected in October. 
  • 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.  Architectural plan revisions were submitted to the Building Division on August 24, 2016, and are currently being reviewed by Building and Planning. 

Building Division: 

  • The Building Division issued 69 permits for the week with a total valuation of $6,273,493. 
  • 28 photovoltaic permits were issued for the week. The Building Division has issued 819 solar permits this year compared to 815 issued for the same time last year. 
  • Building inspections averaged 28 inspections per day. Customer sign-ins at the building counter were busy averaging 31 counter sign-ins per day. 
  • The Building Division has issued 53 single family dwelling permits this year with valuations of $14,521,108 compared to 11 permits issued with valuations of $2,218,379 for the same time last year. 
  • The Building Division has processed 2,447 projects to date compared with 2,300 for the same time last year. Total project valuations for issued permits this year is $50,289,018 compared with $34,915,311 same time last year. 
  • Structural remediation plans and architectural revisions have gone through the first set of plan review comments for the 3-story mixed use building at 300 S. Escondido Blvd. that was abandoned in 2009. 
  • Permits were issued for the Escondido Disposal expansion at 1021 W Mission. 
  • Permits were issued for 8 new homes for Phase 5 of the Pradera single family dwelling project at Lehner and Stanley. 
  • Building staff is currently reviewing the new 2016 California Building Codes to identify major changes in anticipation of the new code adoption on 1/1/2017. Staff will be attending available training on the new codes. 
  • Plan review estimates have been given for the Centerpointe project at 925 N Broadway for the anticipated supermarket and restaurant. Plans are expected to be submitted for plan review this week. 
  • The 33-unit affordable housing project for Solutions for Change at 1560 S. Escondido Blvd has received underground plumbing and foundation inspection approvals.

Code Enforcement: 

  • As of August 29, 2016, the total number of open code enforcement cases is 477 cases. During the prior week, 80 new cases were opened, and 74 cases were closed, with a backlog of an additional 30 cases not yet opened for assignment and investigation. 
  • There were 103 illegal signs confiscated during the weekend. 
  • Last week, the Business License Division issued 28 new licenses and received 36 new applications, in addition to 197 renewals. 

CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS 

2015/2016 Street Rehabilitation and Maintenance Project:

The contractor is constructing pedestrian ramps along 13th Avenue and Centre City Parkway, as well as Pine Street and Quince Street intersections to meet today’s ADA requirements. A meeting was held on Friday, August 26 with an independent arborist representing the neighborhood group of Old Escondido Historic District.  City representatives and members of the neighborhood walked the project to review the findings of the City’s arborist so that a consensus could be formed on the outcome for the 16 trees being reviewed.  Night time operation of the asphalt paving was started this week along Felicita Avenue between Escondido Boulevard and Centre City Parkway, Escondido Boulevard between Felicita Avenue and 15th Avenue and 13th Avenue between Escondido Avenue and Quince Street.        

              

PRIVATE DEVELOPMENT

  •  Bear Valley Parkway between Boyle Avenue and San Pasqual Valley Road (County Project): No changes from the following update reported last week: All new striping, signage and roadway markings have been installed. The project should be closed out in the coming weeks.   
  •  2412 South Escondido Boulevard:The developer is continuing to complete items associated with the Field Engineering Punch List for public improvements 
  • Pradera - Lennar Communities:Work to construct the new 12” water main on Stanley Avenue between Conway Drive and Ash Street began this week.   
  • Lexington Model Homes - KB Homes:The rough grading is set to begin this week for the 41- lot subdivision located along Ash Street on the east, Vista to the south and Stanley Avenue to the north. 
  • City Plaza: Escondido Boulevard @ 3rd Avenue:The project has a closure of the #2 lane of north bound Escondido Boulevard between 3rd and 4th Avenue which will be in place for 8 months. On site construction of the structural concrete building has begun with the setting of forms along Escondido Boulevard. 
  • Rincon del Diablo 8” & 12” Water Main Construction:Construction has begun on the three remaining water services which are located along North Avenue this week. Completion of the project is expected in the next two weeks  
  • 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. The pre-construction meeting was held this past week for the work associated with the Ash Street/ Vista Avenue improvements which are the jurisdiction of the San Diego County. This work does not have a start date at this time.
  •  Solutions Housing Project 1560 S. Escondido Boulevard:Construction has been suspended in the public right-of-way at this time. Work on the onsite improvement is ongoing. 

FUTURE CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS 

  • East Valley Pkwy/Valley Center Road Widening Project:Staff received confirmation that the City’s request for Authorization to Construct has been sent to Headquarters in Sacramento for final approval.  Approval is required before the project can be advertised for bids.  Staff continues working with project consultants to obtain our last environmental permit.  We originally anticipated having this permit by August and are still working toward getting it.  Staff continues to wait for SDG&E’s finalized plans to underground existing overhead cables.  SDG&E anticipates final utility documents will be provided by the end of August.  
  • HSIP Traffic Signals at El Norte Pkwy/Fig and E. Valley Pkwy/Date:This project installs two high priority traffic signals and is funded with Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) funds.  Staff submitted Authorization to Construct documentation to Caltrans for review and approval, and will continue working with them until approval is granted.  Project plans are completed; however, Caltrans approval of the Authorization to Construct is needed before the project can bid. 
  • Neighborhood Street Lighting Project:This project adds new streetlights in five established neighborhoods to bring those areas up to current lighting standards.  Existing High Pressure Sodium fixtures will be replaced, if funding is available.  Recently the City selected LED light fixtures for new street light installation and replacement of older High Pressure Sodium fixtures.  With fixture information now available, staff will work to finalize project plans and specifications, and prepare the project for bid.  Project plans and specifications are currently at 95%.  This project is funded by HUD. 

PUBLIC SAFETY 

Incidents 

  • On 08-21-16 at about 12:10 p.m., dispatch received a call of a collision between an Escondido Fire Paramedic vehicle and a motorcycle at Auto Park Way and Mission Rd. The driver of the motorcycle suffered non-life threatening injuries and was transported to Palomar Medical Center. The collision caused the Sprinter train to be stopped temporarily as both involved vehicles were stopped on the train tracks.  The Traffic Division is investigating the collision.        
  • On 8-21-16 at about 10:39 p.m. officers stopped a vehicle in the 1100 block of South Tulip St.  The driver immediately exited the vehicle and repeatedly yelled at officers to shoot and kill him. Officers used great tactics and communication in order to detain the driver and all occupants of the vehicle without incident. The driver and both passengers were subsequently arrested and booked into the Vista Detention Facility on a variety of charges.
  • On 8-21-16, officers stopped a vehicle in the area of 8Th Ave and Quince St. Further investigation revealed the occupants of the vehicle were in possession of narcotics and multiple firearms. A large quantity of ammunition was also discovered in the vehicle. The driver was arrested and booked at the Vista Detention Facility on a host of weapons and drug charges.
  • On 08-26-16 at about 2:41 a.m. officers attempted to stop a suspicious vehicle in the area of Valley Pkwy. and Rose St. The driver was able to evade the officers. A short time later, a collision was reported in the area of Ivy St. and Valley Pkwy. Officers responded and located the same vehicle abandoned in the alley at Ivy St. and Valley Pkwy.  Officers recovered narcotics, scale, and the suspect’s wallet. Officers later located and arrested the suspect at his residence. The suspect was booked at the Vista Detention Facility.
  • On 08-27-16 at 8:42 a.m. a male suspect approached an employee outside a check cashing business in the 1200 block of East Valley Pkwy.  The employee was opening the business for the day when the suspect showed the employee a handgun and demanded money.  Further investigation revealed the suspect is a regular customer at this business whom the employee recognized and identified to police. The suspect was later located at his residence and arrested. The weapon used in the crime was also recovered. The suspect was booked at the Vista Detention Facility.  

Events 

  • Often, the best part of being a police officer has nothing to do with arresting bad guys. Sgt. Craig Miller and Officer Joseph Putulowski recently had the pleasure of spending some time with two very special children, Gideon and Cate, at Rady Children's Hospital. The officers visited with the children in between their tests and treatments. Officer Putulowski, a very talented woodworker, recently donated his time and materials to make a Nerf Gun "armory" for Gideon. Officer Putulowski worked with a local non-profit group that transforms young cancer patients' rooms into loving peaceful spaces where they can recuperate. Gideon was sworn in by Sgt. Miller as a “Junior Police Officer” during their visit. 

  

  • On August 24, 2016, Captain Skaja presented Officer Tyler Herrmann with a Lifesaving Citation for his actions in reviving a drowning victim. Here are some excerpts from the citation: On June 6, 2016, Escondido Police Dispatch received a 911 call of a drowning at a residence in East Escondido. A two-year-old child had been found unconscious in the backyard pool.  Officer Tyler Herrmann responded to the call found both the mother and child in the driveway of the residence. The mother was providing CPR to the child who was not breathing.  Officer Herrmann took over administering CPR and was able to resuscitate the child.  Officer Herrmann monitored the child while waiting for paramedics to arrive when the child stopped breathing again. Officer Herrmann immediately placed the child face down in his arms with her head downward.  This action allowed water to be expelled from her lungs and the child again began to breathe. Officer Herrmann is to be commended for his quick reaction and response, which saved this child’s life.
  • On Saturday August 27, 2016, Chief Carter, Captain Loarie and Captain Skaja attended a memorial service in honor of Carl Asher.  Carl was a long time member of The American Legion Post 149 in Escondido.  He was a two time POST Commander, and a legionnaire for 30 years.  Carl was the driving force behind the Legion’s Law and Order program for 20 years, which honors police officers and fire fighters with various awards for going above and beyond the call of duty for the community of Escondido.  In 2013, Carl received the Chief’s Special Recognition Award for his commitment to the Law and Order program and fostering the special relationship between local veterans and public safety personnel.  Carl served in the US Navy for over 27 years. Carl passed away on June 26, 2016 after battling a long term illness.  He will be deeply missed by his family, as well as, his extended family in the community and here at the Escondido Police Department.