FEATURED THIS WEEK
One Stop Systems Expands Design, Manufacturing and Test Facilities in Escondido!
Escondido’s One Stop Systems, Inc. has signed a six-year lease that expands its headquarters by more than a third. Read more about their expansion here: https://www.nasdaq.com/press-release/one-stop-systems-expands-design-manufacturing-and-test-facilities-20180803-00622
DOC FC Heat & Escondido Soccer Club Creates Documentary to Air in China
A teenage film crew shot footage from around the City and interviewed various local dignitaries to put together their documentary to send to China which will air on Chinese television and be shown to the mayor of Dalian and council members of Beijing. View their work here: https://youtu.be/P7oql29UEL0
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New Recreation Guide for Fall
The 2018 Fall Recreation Guide covering September – December 2018 is now in print and registration for classes and activities is open. Check your mailbox or visit https://recreation.escondido.org/guide.aspx to browse the offerings for all ages, interests, and ability levels.
Visit Escondido Featured on 101 Things To Do In San Diego
Escondido is proud to be one of the top activities in the County! Learn more here: https://101thingstodosw.com/san-diego/activities/visit-escondido/
Major Projects Update
The following major projects are being reviewed and coordinated by Planning, Engineering, Fire, Building and Utilities. The list of projects below encompasses recent project updates and/or milestones from last week.
Commercial / Office:
- Escondido Research and Technology Center (ERTC) – West (Developer: James McCann) 2181 Citracado Parkway – A plan for a new two-story, 57,000 SF, 52-bed Palomar Rehabilitation Institute was submitted as a Plot Plan on July 31, 2017. The Plot Plan approval letter was issued on February 7, 2018. A second grading plan check was submitted by the applicant on April 16, 2018, and the grading permit is ready to be issued once bonds are posted and fees paid. The Building Division provided the applicant a fee calculation for the development impact fees on July 11, 2018.
- Talk of the Town Gas Station/Convenience Store (Developer: Munthar Ghazal) 400 Brotherton Road – A proposed CUP modification to add a gas station next to the carwash and use part of the vacant restaurant building for a related convenience store was submitted on March 7, 2018. The applicant submitted revised plans on May 24, 2018, and has had a follow-up meeting with Fire. Comments were sent back to the applicant on June 22, 2018. The applicant recently notified staff they were considering alternative uses for the commercial building and would be back in touch.
- Ritz Theater “The Grand” (Developer: New Venture Church) 301, 309 E. Grand Avenue – A proposed CUP to renovate the existing Ritz Theater and adjacent commercial building to provide for a variety of assembly uses including performing arts and religious services. A café, offices and classroom studios are also included. The application was submitted on May 17, 2018. The applicant submitted revised plans on July 3, 2018. The Historic Preservation Commission considered historic-related design issues on July 19, 2018, and provided direction to the applicant. Planning provided comments from all departments to the applicant on July 31, 2018. Preparation of the environmental documents is underway. The applicant requested expedited processing through the Business Enhancement Zone regulations at a City Council Economic Development Subcommittee meeting on August 9, 2018.
- Escondido Self-Storage Facility (Developer: Brandywine Homes, Inc.) 2319 Cranston Dr. – Updated building plans were resubmitted into plan check on July 24, 2018. The final map is tentatively scheduled to be considered by City Council on September 19, 2018. All fees have been paid to Engineering and bonds have now been posted.
- Micro-Filtration Reverse Osmosis (Developer: City of Escondido Utilities Department) SE corner Ash/Washington – The City Council approved a contractual agreement with Black and Veatch for design-build engineering services on April 4, 2018. The design-build engineer will complete final design and help select and manage a design-build contractor for construction of the project. A project design kick-off meeting occurred on June 13, 2018.
- 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. A field visit with staff from the state and federal wildlife agencies took place on May 11, 2017, to review biological mitigation requirements including an agency request for full mitigation for emergent vegetation at the eastern end of the lake that came into existence since the lake level was reduced for safety reasons. Staff sent a follow-up letter to the wildlife agencies on June 29, 2017, seeking clarification on the proposed biological mitigation requirements. Additional information is being compiled by the City’s biological consultants based on recent conversations with the agencies.
- Escondido Assisted Living (Developer: Tigg Mitchell, Mitchell Group) 1802 N. Centre City Parkway – This CUP application for a 71,300 SF three-story, assisted living and memory care facility with 90 total units was submitted on October 31, 2017. The City Council authorized review of a General Plan Amendment request on March 21, 2018, which was necessary to review the request to allow a third floor for the building. The applicant has been actively engaged with Fire, Engineering and Planning staff and has provided several revisions intended to address identified issues with the most recent project revision received on June 25, 2018. SB 18 consultation with a local Native American band occurred on July 24, 2018. Draft environmental documents are expected to be submitted next week.
- Wohlford Subdivision (Developer: Jack Henthorne) 55 lots at 661 Bear Valley Pkwy. – The Planning Commission voted 6-0 to recommend approval of the project on June 26, 2018. A City Council hearing has been scheduled for August 15, 2018.
- Safari Highlands Ranch (SHR) (Developer: Jeb Hall, Concordia Homes) 550 lots east of Rancho San Pasqual – A Notice of Availability for the Draft EIR was issued on October 16, 2017 for public review and comment. The comment period ended on January 2, 2018. Staff transmitted all the comment letters and emails to the Draft EIR consultant for review and to prepare a response to each comment. The Draft EIR and appendices have been posted on the City’s website at the following link:
It is expected the responses to comments will generate related revisions to the project design. The applicant’s engineer is currently working to incorporate those revisions into the proposed tentative map.
- 18 lots at 701 San Pasqual Valley Rd (Developer: Bob Stewart) – Staff comments on the revised tentative map were issued the last week of July 2017. Staff is currently reviewing revised plans submitted by the applicant on April 5, 2018. Planning staff met with the applicant on June 27, 2018 to discuss remaining issues. The applicant met with the Fire Department the following week. The applicant resubmitted a revised pdf version of the plans that was given a courtesy review by staff.
- The Villages at Escondido Country Club (Developer: Jason Han, New Urban West, Inc.) 380 residences – The City Council voted 3-2 to approve the project on November 15, 2017. A lawsuit challenging the project approval was filed in Superior Court on behalf of the Escondido Country Club Homeowners (ECCHO) on December 15, 2017. The City has agreed to review construction plans for the project while the lawsuit is pending, but not issue any construction permits. The applicant submitted rough grading plans, drainage improvement plans and utility relocation plans for all three villages on May 7, 2018. Engineering plan check comments were issued on June 5, 2018. Planning comments also were issued the second week of June. Landscape plans were submitted on June 5, 2018. The applicant submitted the final map, revised grading plans and other improvement plans on July 9, 2018. Comments on the revised plans were sent to the applicant on August 3, 2018. Engineering met with the applicant’s engineer on August 7, 2018, to review those comments.
The approved tentative subdivision map, Final EIR and appendices, Specific Plan and other related information can be accessed on the City’s website at the following link:
- North Avenue Estates (Developer: Casey Johnson) 34 lots at North Ave./Conway Dr. –The City Council approved the project on January 10, 2018. The LAFCO application for annexation was submitted to LAFCO on February 20, 2018. LAFCO has prepared and distributed a draft staff report, and the County Department of Environmental Health is reviewing the submitted geotechnical data per LAFCO request. Final engineering plans were submitted on May 24, 2018. Comments were returned to the applicant on July 5, 2018.
- Aspire (106 condo units on Municipal Lot 1) (Developer: Addison Garza, Touchstone Communities) – The proposal consists of a six-story mixed-use development across from City Hall on Parking Lot 1. The project was initially submitted for entitlement processing on June 23, 2017. Subsequent meetings with the applicant and staff have been on-going, and the most recent resubmittal of the project plans was received on May 10, 2018. Fire is awaiting confirmation that Maple Street will support the weight of their apparatus. A Traffic Impact Analysis has been provided and Planning is awaiting submittal of the rest of the environmental documentation for review.
- The Ivy (95 condo units at 343 E. 2nd) (Developer: Addison Garza, Touchstone Communities) - The condo project was initially submitted for entitlement processing on June 23, 201 Subsequent meetings with the applicant and staff have been on-going, and the most recent resubmittal of the project plans was received on May 10, 2018. The applicant has proposed changing circulation through the adjacent alley to one-way southbound; and a field demonstration of fire truck turning radii at the site occurred on May 2, 2018. Fire has now indicated they support the project design. An environmental initial study and Draft Mitigated Negative Declaration (MND) were submitted for review on June 11, 2018. Comments on the MND were sent to the applicant and consultant on July 30, 2018. Planning met with the applicant and consultant to discuss the comments on August 9, 2018.
- Grand Avenue Apartments (Developer: Norm LaCaze, Escondido Venture 99, LLC) 15 apt. units at 1316 E. Grand Ave. – A planned development application proposing 15 multi-family units in one three-story building on a vacant 0.51-acre lot was submitted for entitlement processing on September 22, 2017. Several follow-up meetings with staff were held to discuss the outstanding issues regarding the project design and revised plans were submitted in early April. Planning Fire, Engineering and Utilities comments on the revised plans were sent to the applicant on April 25, 201 Planning and Engineering met with the applicant on May 31, 2018 to discuss the comments. Utilities met with the applicant on June 12, 2018, and resolved that no new hydrants or water main extensions will be required on the site, but there may be a need to upsize an existing hydrant to meet fire flow standards. Revised plans are expected to be submitted to Planning next week.
- Quince Street Senior Housing (Developer: Matt Jumper, 220 Quince, L.P.) 145 apartment units at 220 N. Quince St.– The five-story affordable senior housing apartment project was submitted on November 21, 2017. Four meetings with the applicant team and multiple city departments have occurred since the project submittal to discuss project design issues, with the most recent meeting occurring on July 12, 2018. Utilities conducted a fire flow test at the site on June 26, 2018. Fire and Utilities have provided comments on latest site constraints exhibit that was received on July 23, 2018.
- Sager Ranch/Daley Ranch Resort Specific Plan (Developer: J. Whalen Associates, Inc., Sager Ranch Partners) 203 housing units and 225-room resort hotel on 1,783-acres, just north and east of Dailey Ranch – This proposed residential and resort hotel annexation and specific plan project was received on March 2, 2018. The project submittal has been deemed incomplete and a letter from staff requesting additional project related information was sent to the applicant on April 4, 2018. Requested information includes annexation exhibits, proposed general plan amendment text, a proposed Transfer of Development Rights Program, environmental initial study, and a fiscal impact analysis. Planning met with the applicant on May 17, 2018 to discuss items listed in the letter. A follow-up meeting to discuss engineering issues occurred on June 27, 2018. The applicant met with Escondido Fire and Valley Center Fire on August 1, 2018 to discuss fire protection issues.
A project webpage containing draft documents and plans has been added to the Planning Division’s website at the following link:
Daley Ranch Resort Specific Plan - City of Escondido
- Nutmeg Condo General Plan Amendment (Developer: Jim Simmons, CCI) 137 townhome condo units on 7.7 acres on both sides of Nutmeg between I-15 and Centre City Parkway – This proposed multi-family residential development includes a GPA from Office to Urban III (up to 18 du/acre) as well as a vacation of approximately one acre of public right-of-way for use in the project. The project application was received on June 15, 2018. Comments from Planning, Fire, Engineering, Utilities and Traffic Engineering were provided to the applicant on July 13, 2018. A follow-up meeting with the applicant to discuss the comments occurred on July 31, 2018. Engineering has indicated that a specific alignment plan will be required to address the street radius on Nutmeg in the vicinity of the project.
- Oak Creek (Builder: KB Homes) 65 single-family residential lots on approximately 44 acres at Felicita Road and Hamilton Lane – This planned residential development project was originally approved by the City Council in March of 2015, and a three-year extension of time was recently granted. The original developer, New Urban West, has secured permits from CDFW, ACOE and RWQCB. Grading, drainage and storm water management plans were submitted for first plan check on July 25, 2018. A Response Plan for remediation of a small area of hazardous soil was submitted to Planning on August 1, 2018.
- Accessory Dwelling Units – Planning staff is currently working on five applications for accessory dwelling units. 14 accessory dwelling units have been approved so far this year. Three accessory dwelling units were approved last year.
The following graph shows the value of permits collected year-to-date compared to last year at this time.
The following graph shows the number of permits issued year-to-date compared to last year at this time.
- The Building Division issued 89 permits (including 27 solar photovoltaic) last week with a total valuation of $346,589.
- Our building inspectors responded to 201 inspection requests for the week.
- The Meadowbrook three-story apartment building with underground garage at 2081 Garden Valley Glen is preparing the building for final inspection. The fire stopping in the lobby was inspected on August 2, 2018.
- The student housing complex for Westminster Seminary at 1725 Bear Valley Pkwy has received final inspection approval for Buildings A, D, F, and G. Building B has received a partial final inspection approval for four units.
- The Emanuel Faith Church education building at 639 E 17th Ave is preparing for final inspection and temporary electrical service has been released. The foundation and underground electric for the parking lot lights have been approved. No change from the previous.
- The Veterans Village residential project at 1540 S Escondido Blvd has received exterior lath approval for Building 1, and lath and drywall approval for Building 2. No change from the previous.
- The new drive-thru restaurant at 720 N. Center City Pkwy, the new retail building at 730 N. Centre City Pkwy and the new drive-thru restaurant at 700 N. Centre City Pkwy have received underground water service piping inspection and are preparing for a final inspection of the exterior shell buildings. Construction of the interior tenant improvements has started. The foundations and underground electric for the parking lot lighting have been approved. No change from the previous.
- The Latitude 2, apartment buildings at 610-650 N. Center City Pkwy have daily inspections for framing, electrical and plumbing, floor and roof sheathing, and drop ceiling framing. No change from the previous.
- The new two story church sanctuary building at 1864 N Broadway has received exterior lath and roof sheathing inspection approval. No change from the previous.
- The 212,000 SF industrial shell building at 2005 Harmony Grove has received inspection approval for the exterior parking lot light standards. A final building inspection took place on August 7, 2018, and a correction notice was issued.
- The new 63-unit condominium project, Citron, at 2516 S. Escondido Blvd has received a temporary Certificate of Occupancy for the sales office and Building 1 models. Floor sheathing on Building 2 has received inspection approval. Underground plumbing approval has been granted for Building 4.
- The new 105-room Springhill Suites hotel at 200 La Terraza Blvd. has received rough plumbing approval for all floors in the south wing.
- The four-story, 102,774 sf Storquest self-storage facility at 222 W. Mission Avenue has received third floor “pan deck” inspection and podium slab approval. No change from the previous.
- The new five-story Cubesmart self-storage facility at 852 Metcalf Street has received underground plumbing approval.
Collected This Week
Collected Year to Date
Valley Pkwy/Valley Center Road Widening Project: Calendar Day 266
The concrete contractor completed the remaining concrete surface improvements along the west side of the project on Thursday, August 2 of last week. The masonry contractor has returned to install the rock veneer to the wall pilaster along the dog park sound wall. The paving subcontractor placed 1,653 tons of base course asphalt during this week’s two-day paving operation. This will allow the transfer of south bound vehicle traffic onto this new roadway section in the coming weeks. The street light contractor will be standing the remaining 16 ornamental street lights along the projects limits this week. The landscape contractor is preparing the tree wells for the 142 trees to be planted along the project. There are 7 different typed of trees for this project. The City has installed the first of two irrigation meters this week. This will allow for the coverage test to begin in preparation of planting material in the next couple of weeks.
Transit Center Pedestrian Bridge Project
No changes from that reported last week: Transit Center Pedestrian Bridge and Spruce Street Channel Improvement Project is moving forward with 100% design. Resource agency permits from the Regional Water Board and Fish & Wildlife have been obtained and the City is now pursuing final Permit from Army Corps. Negotiations of drainage/wall easements and TCEs with property owners are underway.
Missing Link Project
The traffic signal contractor began the installation of conduit along Broadway this week. The prime contractor has received storm drain elements which will allow for the bus pad construction along Valley Parkway at Orange Avenue.
The traffic signals located at the Escondido Boulevard/Lincoln Avenue and Broadway/ Lincoln Avenue intersections were energized on Wednesday of last week. The signal timing for the Lincoln /Broadway signal is being closely monitored by both City and Caltrans staff. The proximity of the two traffic signal controlled intersections requires that they communicate to ensure smooth traffic flow through this heavily traveled corridor.
Centre City Shopping Center
No changes from that reported last week: The water quality basins located along the Centre City Parkway frontage are the main focus of work this week. The project is located at 425 W. Mission Avenue.
Tract 932 - Canyon Grove Shea Homes Community
No new items to report this week.
Latitude II Condominiums by a Lyon Homes Partnership: Washington Avenue @ Centre City Parkway:
No changes from that reported last week: The contractor is installing the remaining storm drain pipe along Washington Avenue this week. This construction will require the closure of the #2 westbound lane on Washington Avenue between the hours of 5 A.M. and 3:30 P.M. Electronic message boards will be placed in advance of the work zone to reroute vehicle traffic to alternate routes.
Exeter Industrial Park
The contractor is continuing on the construction of the bio retention basins this week. The offsite improvement is being started this week, which include the placement of concrete curb and gutters. The project is located at 2005 Harmony Grove Road and is 5.4 acres in size.
No changes from that reported last week: Offsite public improvements along Escondido Boulevard have been completed. The onsite sewer system is presently being tested. This is a 65-unit condo project located at 2516 S. Escondido Boulevard.
No changes from that reported last week: The contractor has completed the sewer manhole and connection lateral in Valley Parkway. Due to the high volume of traffic along this section of roadway, this work was completed during an overnight operation. Construction activity has shifted to the Grand Avenue frontage this week. This work will be performed during normal business hours. The project is located at 700 W. Grand Avenue, the previous site of Escondido Police Department.
Emanuel Faith Church
The construction of the remaining ADA ramp at the southwest corner of Felicita and Encino Drive is being formed this week. The completion of the traffic signal is on hold due pending the delivery of the traffic signal poles.
Lincoln Rock Apartments
The construction of a retaining wall is proceeding along the freeway frontage. The wall is a design element for the construction of the bio retention basin. The project is located at the southwest corner of Rock Springs Road and Lincoln Avenue.
Construction for the offsite improvements along Vista Avenue is continuing this week with the completion of all concrete driveway and concrete curb improvements. The placing of base course asphalt pavement is scheduled for Friday of this week. The roadway improvements will widen Vista Avenue by 12 feet, including full street repaving between Paradise Street and Nina Place. Vista Avenue has been posted for one-way traffic eastbound along this section for the next 3 weeks. All residents are being notified with electronic message boards as well as door cards placed at each residence. Detours for westbound traffic will be clearly posted along Ash Street directing motorists to Stanley and again onto Broadway.
Total Emergency Responses (Year To Date)
Mutual Aid Updates
- On Sunday, July 15th OES8632 was deployed to the Ferguson Incident in Mariposa County (Captain Nugent and crew timed out and returned home safely on Monday, July 30th. OES8632 redeployed Captain Abraham, Engineer Hansen and Firefighter Paramedics Jones and Ouellette were deployed.
- On Thursday, July 26th The City of Escondido Fire Department deployed FireFighter Paramedic Koji to the Cranston Fire in Riverside County as a Line Medic. He returned home safely August 8th.
- On Friday, July 27th The City of Escondido Fire Department deployed Engineer Polito to the Carr Fire in Shasta County as a Public Information Officer.
- On Monday, July 30th The City of Escondido Fire Department deployed Engineer Bihun to the Mendocino Complex as a Public Information Officer.
- On Saturday, July 28th The City of Escondido Fire Department deployed Battalion Chief Bertrand to the Pasqual Incident as a Division Supervisor. E134 and BR132 were requested as single resources in an immediate need status and assigned alongside Strike Team 6410C (Battalion Chief Paredes and Captain Duralde) and a Zone Type 3 Strike Team. Strike Team 6410C returned home safely on Wednesday, August 1st while Battalion Chief Bertrand was reassigned to the CARR Fire in Redding.
- On 07-28-18, Marni Foote called EPD stating she was just robbed at gun point in the parking lot of Target at North County Fair. There was an additional witness who saw the suspect vehicle flee and provided a vehicle description. Approximately ten minutes later officers locate the described vehicle on the 1200 block of Rincon Rd. The female driver (Victoria Torres 18yrs) and male passenger (Frankie Chavez 21yrs) were detained. A loaded handgun was found on Chavez during the detention. Chavez was positively identified as the armed robbery suspect as well as the vehicle. Torres was also arrested for conspiracy.
- On 08/02/18, At about 0506 hours, officers were dispatched to 7 Eleven (503 W. Washington Av) reference a report of a robbery. Multiple officers arrived on scene while information regarding the call was still coming out. The 7 Eleven clerk told officers the suspect demanded he open the cash register while simulating that he had a weapon. After the suspect fled on foot, the 7 Eleven clerk provided suspect description including a stolen hat and facial tattoos. Victor Barba (from VSM Ghost Town street gang) was detained next door near the Econo Lodge lobby while wearing the hat he stole. He was positively identified as the suspect and arrested without incident.
- On 08/02/18, At 1025 hours, Jorge Antonio Valencia approached three adult males the Flood Control Channel at Quince and swung a 5-foot bicycle chain at them. He struck two of the males; one in the back, forehead, and mouth, and the other in the shins. The victims suffered minor lacerations, a broken tooth, and bruising. The suspect remained at the scene and was taken into custody by officers without incident. He was later booked into Vista Jail for Assault with a Deadly Weapon.
- On 08/04/18, At approximately 0326 hours, officers were dispatched to 485 N. Citrus Av to investigate a report of a male who had been stabbed. It was determined that the victim was stabbed with an unknown weapon, at an unknown nearby address, by an unknown subject. The victim had a ½” – ¾” stab wound on his lower right leg and various cuts and scratches throughout his body. The victim was treated at PMC for non-life threatening injuries.
- On 08/04/18, At about 0350 hours, two suspects were walking southbound on Goldenrod St. and confronted two subjects who were standing in front of their home on the 600 block of Goldenrod St. The two suspects robbed one of the victims and stabbed another while claiming to be from the West Side Gang. One of the suspects was armed with a gun; the other with a screwdriver. The suspects fled the scene on foot and the suspect who was armed with a gun, also threatened a 15 year-old who was standing in front of another residence on Goldenrod St. A short time later, Officer Mat Ciremele found one of the suspects (Marcos Galindo) in Washington Park and initiated a foot pursuit. Galindo jumped into the backyard of 524 El Rancho Lane where he was eventually found hiding inside his bedroom. The investigation is ongoing.
COPPS (Community Oriented Policing and Problem-Solving) Unit is dedicated to increasing the quality of life for the residents of Escondido through pro-active responses to crime trends, quality of life issues, and addressing crime and public nuisance in Grape Day Park and at Maple Plaza.
- 11 arrests were made
- 10 citations were issued
- 27 radio calls