ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT UPDATE
Special Events/Economic Development Coordinator
We have begun the process of developing a job description and recruitment for this position. It is our goal to bring this new person on board by early October.
Small Business Expo
We have confirmed the date of March 7, 2013 for the Small Business Expo to be held at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido, in conjunction with the State Board of Equalization. More details will be provided as they are developed.
Maple Street Pedestrian Plaza
This week the installation of the paver stones will be completed. The tree well and bench seating continues to have stone veneer installed along the exposed surfaces. The north trellis is being assembled while the southern trellis is receiving its final touches. The new driveway approach for the Plotners frontage was poured on Wednesday and the asphalt paving for the entire project should be completed next week.
We anticipate the City Parking Lot #1 to be clear of construction material by August 31 so that the 9 spaces can be returned to service.
2011/2012 Pavement Management Project
Paving restoration continues this week along Harding Street between Washington and Lincoln Ave and at Rose and Lincoln intersection. Concrete replacement has been completed for the neighborhood bordering Midway Drive and Washington Avenue to El Norte Parkway to the east. The construction activity now shifts to Bear Valley Parkway / Via Rancho Parkway between Canyon Road and Quite Hills Drive.
Talk of the Town
The pipeline construction for the onsite portion of the project is 40% complete with the grading at 10% completion. The developer’s structural engineer should have the required retaining wall for the project at 70% completion by the close of work Friday.
SDG&E circuit upgrade along Mission Avenue
A meeting was held this week to coordinate customer service information for the businesses, schools and residences along the route.
COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT UPDATES
A copy of the Monthly Building report is attached.
Staff is meeting with Greg Koch and other representatives from Stone Brewery tomorrow to discuss our expedited review of the proposed hotel and headquarters building. Stone is considering additional uses on the property that may trigger the need for a CUP.
On Saturday, August 25, 2012, the Escondido Police Department joins Victory Outreach Church, Resurrection Church, other local churches and community members and residents in a Peace March that will be held in Escondido.
The Peace March is intended to send the message that Escondido is a great city and our community is united! The march will also highlight the fact Escondido community members work together to reduce violence, improve neighborhoods and collectively create an even safer Escondido for our children.
The Peace March is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. in the parking lot of Victory Outreach Church located at 1131 East Washington Avenue in Escondido and conclude at Resurrection Church located at 1445 Conway Drive. Resurrection Church will be hosting their annual festival at the same location. Police Department Traffic Officers will escort marchers along the entire march route North on Ash Street to El Norte Parkway and then East to Conway Drive. Transportation will be provided at Resurrection Church to take marchers back to the Victory Outreach parking lot.
Event T-shirts will be available for $10 the day of the march at Victory Outreach where the march begins. However, if you don’t want to buy a T-shirt, we ask that you wear a white shirt to show your support.
Please feel free to contact Leticia Garduño at 760-839-4725 should you have any questions.
The Fire Department recently tested online training developed by FEMA to train non-law enforcement employees on how to respond to shooting situations, such as recently occurred in Aurora, Colorado. The Department Heads review of the “Active Shooter” course was very favorable and as a result we will be making this training available to all employees in order to be better prepared for this type of situation whether at work or off.