ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT 

  • Transient Occupancy Tax (Hotel Tax) revenue at the end of Fiscal Year 2014/2015 increased by 8% compared to the prior fiscal year.  In Fiscal Year 2013/2014 revenue also was up 9 % compared to the previous fiscal year. This is tangible evidence that we are achieving success with our tourism efforts. 
  • The asbestos removal at the former Lopez Market site has been completed. It is anticipated that demolition of the structure will be completed by Aug 14th.   

SPECIAL EVENTS 

  • Escondido Shines will hold its third free summer concert at the Kit Carson Park Amphitheater this Saturday, August 8, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. “BANDA TIERRA BRAVA” will be performing.   For more information about the concert series please visit: http://www.escondidoshines.org
  • For information about activities taking place in Escondido, please visit www.visitescondido.com 

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

Planning:

  • Westfield has submitted a request for a modification to the Master Development Plan for a new 50,340 SF, 10-auditorium movie theater and adjacent pedestrian plaza. The request includes a new 28 ft. tall pylon sign at the southwest corner of Bear Valley Parkway and Beethoven Drive. The applicants have requested BEZ (Business Enhancement Zone) expedited processing, which will be considered by the Economic Development Subcommittee on Aug. 12th. If authorized for expedited processing, the project would be considered directly by the City Council at a future public hearing without Planning Commission review.
  • In response to notification requirements triggered by AB32, the San Luis Rey Band of Mission Indians requested consultation regarding several pending development projects. Staff met with the Band on Aug. 4th to discuss CEQA analysis and mitigation measures for potential impacts to tribal resources.
  • Staff met with representative for the proposed Sager Ranch specific plan and annexation to discuss annexation boundaries. The applicants have conducted annexation surveys of adjacent property owners and are evaluating alternative boundaries that include City-owned properties. No application has been submitted. 
  • Major Projects Update:
    • Oak Creek (NUW) – LAFCO staff has recommended that the proposed annexation boundary be expanded to include a roadway segment of Hamilton Lane between Bernardo and Felicita Avenues. The County of San Diego has submitted comments concurring with this recommendation, along with additional recommendations regarding offsite improvements within Felicita Park. This road segment does not meet City standards. Staff has sent a letter to LAFCO providing justification to support City’s staff’s recommendation to eliminate the proposed expansion of the annexation boundary. A LAFCO hearing date has been tentatively scheduled for October 5th.
    • Amanda Estates (NUW) – LAFCO approved the reorganization (annexation) at their August 3rd Staff has provided a list of submittals needed to pull a grading permit prior to implementation of the new storm water requirements.
    • Centerpointe 78 Commercial – Staff continues to review sections of the screen check EIR as they become available. The applicant has agreed to traffic mitigation measures identified by the EIR traffic consultant to address significant traffic impacts. Revisions to the Water Quality Technical Report are anticipated to enable release of the Draft EIR for public review within the next two weeks.
    • Pradera - Grading is underway. Plan check comments have been provided on the building permit applications for the model homes. A Final Map has been submitted for two phases Staff is reviewing a variance application submitted to address setback issues relating to the location of the perimeter walls. Offsite right-of-way for corner rounding improvements at the Vista/Lehner intersection has not yet been acquired, potentially affecting the design of the intersection improvements.
    • Zenner - LAFCO has accepted the annexation application as complete, no hearing date has been set. LAFCO staff intends to recommend inclusion of an additional property north of the project for inclusion in the annexation. This property was granted an out-of-agency sewer agreement due to a failing septic system; as part of that agreement, the owner agreed not to oppose annexation. The applicant indicates they do not anticipate pulling grading permits this year in advance of the new storm water requirements.
    • Kaen Planned Development (2516 S. Escondido Blvd.) – Staff met with the applicant’s team on July 21st to discuss the changes they propose in response to staff comments. Conceptual agreement was reached regarding the proposed modifications. Submittal of revised plans is anticipated in the next few weeks. The applicant is pursuing selection of consultants for preparation of technical studies and the draft mitigated negative declaration.
    • Wohlford – A letter has been sent for the proposed 55-unit residential subdivision and planned development at 661 Bear Valley Parkway advising the applicant that the application is incomplete and identifying the necessary submittals to continue processing the application. The applicant is coordinating with staff regarding a Specific Alignment Plan for Bear Valley Parkway and is conducting technical studies. Staff is reviewing a draft Request for Proposals for preparation of an EIR which was submitted by the applicant’s consultant to help expedite the EIR consultant selection process.
    • Latitude II – The applicant continues to negotiate with the owners of adjacent properties regarding several issues that affect their proposed site plan, parking and sewer improvements. On July 28th, the Planning Commission recommended approval by a 4-3 vote; the case is scheduled for City Council hearing on August 19th.
    • Shea Homes (Tract 932) – Staff approved the substantial conformance determination for the revised tentative map for the 179-lot residential subdivision known as Hidden Valley Ranch. The applicant has reached agreement with Vista Irrigation District (VID) regarding cost sharing for improvements proposed within the VID easement. A Final Map submittal and revised rough grading plans submitted on Aug. 3rd are under review. A future Precise Plan submittal will include review of proposed park amenities as well as setback issues on 9 lots where the proposed units do not meet the setback requirements of the planned development.
    • Safari Highlands – The tentative map and specific plan application was submitted on July 13th, and is under review for completeness. Staff is reviewing qualifications for an extension of staff for engineering services. Discussions are underway regarding the need for consulting services to prepare the Municipal Services Review and Sphere of Influence (SOI) update. A status update has tentatively been scheduled for City Council discussion on Aug. 26th regarding expanded boundaries for the SOI update.
    • Felicita Development, LLC has submitted a Planned Development application for the vacant 6.9 acre property at the southeast corner of Felicita Rd. and Gamble Lane. The proposed project includes the phased development of a 140-unit hotel, an 80-unit extended stay hotel, a 120-bed assisted living facility and a gas station and car wash. 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. A letter addressing items and technical studies needed to complete the application has been sent.
    • Revised plans submitted for EDI’s proposed CUP expansion of the existing Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) are under review. The public review period for the draft Mitigated Negative Declaration ended July 23rd. The project is scheduled for Planning Commission hearing on August 25th

Building Division: 

  • The Monthly Building Activity report for July is attached.
  • The Building Division issued 69 permits for the week with a total valuation of $460,320. 
  • 30 photovoltaic permits were issued for the week.  Building has issued 676 permits so far this year compared to 365 issued at the same time last year.
  • Building inspectors and counter staff had a very busy week with inspections averaging 40 per day with 36 inspections on Friday and counter contacts averaging 36 per day with 36 on Friday.
  • The 76 unit apartments on 2412 S. Escondido Blvd has received underground plumbing and foundation inspections for all three buildings and is beginning to frame the buildings.
  • The Black Angus restaurant at the Westfield Mall has received framing inspection approval and they are beginning to wrap exterior of the building.
  • The Habitat for Humanity residential project at 537 N. Elm St. has 3 remaining buildings that need final occupancy approval. 

Code Enforcement: 

  • As of August 3rd, the total number of open code enforcement case is 395 cases, with a backlog of an additional 42 cases not yet opened for assignment and investigation. During the prior week, 80 new cases were opened, and 85 cases were closed. Staff processed 3 public records requests (PRR), for a total of 82 PRRs this year to date. A total of 208 signs were pulled. Recruitment is underway for one full-time and three part-time vacant officer positions to assist with the backlog.
  • Last week the Business License Division received 39 new applications and 223 renewals, and issued 40 new licenses. The 2015 monthly report of business license statistics is attached. 

CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS

FY 2014-2015 Street Rehabilitation Project
This project is complete and will be on the August 19 Council Agenda.  

FY 2014-2015 Maintenance Project
The Notice to Proceed for this project will be issued for August 6, 2015. The project has 40 working days for completion which includes crack filing, slurry seal, ARAM and street restriping.  American Asphalt South was awarded the contract for $1,261,332.18 plus 10% contingency,              

Private Development 

Bear Valley Parkway between Boyle Avenue and San Pasqual Valley Road (County Project)
The wall contractor is backfilling material at Boyle Avenue at Bear Valley Parkway. The roadway widening of the southerly portion of Bear Valley Parkway between Suburban Hills Drive and San Pasqual Valley Road (SR78) is continuing this week. Welding of the new 16” high pressure gas main is scheduled for later this week. 

2412 South Escondido Boulevard
The delivery of lumber for the construction of homes is continuing this week. 

Pradera - Lennar Communities
The grading contractor is actively grading phase 3 through 5 of the project. The import of dirt material was begun on Wednesday, July 15, 2015 and will continue into September. This will include Saturdays between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. The offsite improvement for sewer and water line construction is ongoing. Work is being scheduled to include Saturday work in an attempt to be done with all major work before the start of the school on August 17. 

St. Mary’s Church
The grading and work on the public water mains is ongoing. 

Future Capital Project

El Norte Parkway
Staff is meeting with a project consultant on August 11th to review the bike/pedestrian crossing concept plan.  With payment of Design Service Fees, SDG&E is underway with design of temporary relocation of existing overhead cabling to accommodate the project. 

Citracado Parkway
All required documents and fees have been provided for SDG&E to prepare a design to permanently relocate existing high transmission lines conflicting with future street improvements.  SDG&E has indicated that they will schedule a meeting with staff to discuss alignment options, but no timeline was available.

PUBLIC SAFETY

Police 

Incidents: 

  • On 7/26/2015, officers responded to a keep the peace in the 1600 block of Riva Ln. Officers arrived and were assaulted by a subject in the home. An officer received minor injuries as a result of the confrontation.
  • On 7/26/2015, officers responded to a report of a Hit & Run collision in the 2200 block of Glenridge Rd. A witness followed the suspect vehicle until officers arrived and made contact. The driver of the suspect vehicle had a felony warrant and was taken into custody.
  • On 7/26/2015, dispatch received information that an Oceanside homicide suspect was at the Transit Center, located at 700 W. Valley Pkwy. Officers arrived and determined the suspect was on a bus. The bus was stopped and the suspect taken into custody.
  • On 7/27/2015, officers responded to a report of a stabbing in the flood control channel near Escondido Blvd. Officers found the victim with a knife wound to his back. Injuries were determined to be non-life threatening.
  • On 7/28/2015, officers responded to a report of an injury collision at the intersection of Lincoln Ave and Beech St. Officers determined that a 14-year-old bicyclist was riding without a helmet and was struck by a vehicle. Injuries were determined to be non-life threatening.
  • On 7/30/2015, officers stopped a vehicle for speeding in the area of Broadway and Country Club Ln. As the officers contacted the driver, he sped away, made a U-turn and drove at the officers, almost hitting them. After a short pursuit, the driver was taken into custody.
  • On 7/31/2015, officers responded to Palomar Medical Center on a report of a shooting victim. Officers contacted a male subject with a gunshot wound to his leg. The subject advised officers he was accidentally shot by another subject in the area of Ash St and Valley Pkwy.
  • On 8/1/2015, officers responded to a fire at Kit Carson Park. Officers evacuated the park and provided traffic control around the area. The Fire Department was able to knock down the fire quickly and the park was opened several hours later. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
  • On 8/1/2015, officers responded to a report of a disturbance in the 1500 block of E. Grand Ave. Upon arrival, they contacted a cab driver who reported an unknown subject threatened him with a knife. Officers searched the area and located the suspect who was arrested. 

Events:

  • On 8/1/2015, Chief Carter and Capt. Loarie attended the graduation of the 42nd annual San Diego County Law Enforcement Explorer Academy. Seventeen cadets from the Escondido Police Department participated in a week-long academy held at the University of California, San Diego. Two hundred, forty-one explorers from all over California attended the academy this year. Special recognition goes to Cadet Nouzovsky, who earned the phase three physical fitness award, and was selected as the phase three Honor Explorer. Congratulations to all!
  • The Escondido Police Department is hiring Police Officers! The recruitment process started on August 3, 2015, and only the first 300 applications will be accepted. If you, or anyone you know is interested, please apply at http://agency.governmentjobs.com/escondido/default.cfm

Fire:

D/C Rick Vogt returned from his Incident Management Team assignment on the Wragg Fire near Vacaville late Monday night. FF/PM Dominic Polito is assigned as a PIO on the Rocky Fire which has burned 67,000 acres in Lake County. We expect FF/PM Polito to be assigned for a full 21 day deployment. 

OES Brush Engine 8632 had a severe mechanical breakdown and is out of service in Fresno. Cal OES is having the vehicle repaired in Fresno. Yesterday we sent Brush 1363 with a new crew and swapped them with 8632’s crew. They are assigned to the Type III Strike Team with BC John Tenger and Captain Paulson as their strike Team leader. The Strike Team was sent from the Willow Fire to Anderson Staging in Redding. We heard from the crew on Wednesday morning, they are being assigned to the Burnett Fire which is somewhere near lake Tahoe. We will continue to swap crews out approximately every 14 days until the Strike Team is released. From the look of things we may have crews out for quite a while. In the meantime we are keeping all of our stations and apparatus covered as normal.