SPECIAL EVENTS

No Special Events this week

COMMUNITY SERVICES

Escondido Public Library has been awarded $46,080 this fiscal year by the California State Library to continue to provide adult literacy services to Escondido’s community. This award reflects an increase in funding which can be attributed to the Library’s exceptional maintenance of effort and success in adding new learners, and volunteer tutors and instructors. The award recognizes the Library’s commitment to providing an outstanding program with resources and learning aids for adults who are dedicated to improving education levels in the community.

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

New Escondido Businesses:

  • Aldi Supermarket
    • European style market with low prices and high quality items
    • 1330 E. Valley Parkway (in the Trafalgar Square shopping center)
  • Rosie’s Café
    • Traditional American diner serving breakfast and lunch
    • 117 W. Grand (former Champion’s restaurant)
  • California Homemades To Go
    • Healthy fare and vegan soups
    • 136 W. Grand Ave.

Façade Improvement Grant Update:

Kings Pawn, a family owned and operated business located at 1010 East Valley Parkway since 1991, recently invested in an exterior renovation that included new landscaping, new awnings, new paint and a custom mural by local artist Zane Kingkaid. The owner, Heidi Hancox, received a façade improvement grant from the City in the amount of $20,000. Her private investment on the project was $60,295, representing a 1:3 ratio of public/private funds to improve the appearance of the East Valley Parkway business corridor.

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

Major Projects Update

Commercial / Office:

  1. 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.
     
  1. 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. A Final Parcel Map was submitted by the applicant on July 25, 2016, and is currently being reviewed by Planning and Engineering. A modified building plan to add a linear accelerator is now being reviewed by staff.
     
  1. Centerpointe 78 Commercial (Developer: Lars Andersen, Pacific Development)No change from the following update reported last week:  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. Building plans for the supermarket were submitted to the Building Division on September 14, 2016, and are being reviewed by Building and Planning staff. A boundary adjustment application to place the two buildings on separate parcels went to Planning on October 14, 2016.
     
  1. 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.
     
  1. 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.
     
  1. 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.
     
  1. 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. Building plans are currently being reviewed by staff and a building permit should be issued soon.
     
  1. Downtown Courtyard Marriott Hotel (Developer: Craig Clark) – A modification to a Master Plan and a Precise Plan for a revised downtown hotel design consisting of 154 rooms in four stories over ground-level parking.  The majority of the building would be located in the parking lot between city hall and the CCAE conference center.  The primary entry to the hotel would be from a redesigned entry drive with new porte cochere on Escondido Boulevard.  The hotel would operate the conference center and would provide a bistro and bar area for guests.  The application was submitted on November 18, 2016 and is currently being reviewed by staff.

Industrial

  1. 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. The project was approved by the City Council on September 14, 2016.  A grading plan was submitted for review on November 3, 2016.
     
  1. 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. It was approved by the City Council on September 14, 2016. Building plans were submitted into plan check the following day and are now being reviewed by staff.
     
  2. 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. Site and building design concepts have been developed and two neighborhood meetings were held on October 12, 2016 and November 3, 2016. A 30-day public review period for the proposed Mitigated Negative Declaration ended on November 27, 2016. The Planning Commission approved the proposed CUP on December 13, 2016. A City Council hearing tentatively has been set for January 11, 2017.
     
  3. 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. Grading, building and landscape plans are now being reviewed by staff for permit issuance.
     
  1. Escondido Self-Storage Facility  (Developer: Brandywine Homes, Inc.) – 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 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 an addendum to the previous MND has been prepared. The project was recommended for approval by the Planning Commission on September 13, 2016, and the City Council approved the project on October 12, 2016.  Building plans were submitted the week of December 11, 2016.
     
  1. Innovative Industrial Development (Developer: Scott Merry, Badiee Development) No change from the following update reported last week:  This project involves a unique proposal in which two potential industrial development scenarios are being analyzed for the 5.76-acre site located at 1925 Harmony Grove Road, directly in front of the “Victory Industrial Development” described above. The first development scenario involves a single tenant building with 98,500 square feet and 197 parking spaces. The alternative scenario envisions three industrial buildings roughly within the same footprint as the single tenant proposal. The three industrial buildings would include a total of 86,000 square feet with 234 parking spaces. An industrial planned development application has been submitted along with a zone change from residential to Planned Industrial consistent with the updated General Plan. A Mitigated Negative Declaration was issued on November 7, 2016 and the public review period will close on November 28, 2016. The Planning Commission voted to recommend approval of this project on December 13, 2016.  A City Council hearing tentatively has been scheduled for January 11, 2017.
     
  1. HARRF Biogas to Energy Project (Developer: City of Escondido Utilities Department) No change from the following update reported last week:  This project is a proposed Conditional Use Permit that will utilize the existing digester gas created during the sewage treatment process to power two generators with a combined output of 1,200 kW of power. The gas which is currently being flared on the site will be redirected for a useful purpose and used to offset the HARRF’s demand on utility natural gas and electricity from SDG&E. The project was approved by the Planning Commission December 13, 2016.
     
  1. North American Self-Storage (Developer: Russ Colvin) – This project at 852 Metcalf proposes a 132,556 square foot, self-storage facility consisting of four stories over a full basement level on a 1.12-acre site in the M-1 zone.  A Plot Plan application was submitted to Planning on September 14, 2016 and has been extensively reviewed by all departments to the point where issuance of the conditional letter of approval from the Planning Division is expected soon. 

Institutional

  1. 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.  The university hosted an open house for the student resource center on November 28, 2016.
     
  1. 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.
     
  1. 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) are being reviewed by staff and Esgil. 

Residential

  1. 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.
     
  1. 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.
     
  1. 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 six phases involving 52 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 all phases have now been approved.  Phases 7 and 8 for the construction of 11 additional homes were received on December 12, 2016.
     
  1. 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 as expected. A rough grading permit was issued for the project site on August 18, 2016 and grading is underway. The final map is scheduled for City Council approval on November 16, 2016. The precise grading plan for Phase 1 is nearing approval as are the landscape plans for the community.  Building plans for Phase 1 were submitted into plan check on December 20, 2016.
     
  1. Stella Park Condominiums (Developer: Edward Kaen, ETP, LLC) – 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. A Substantial Conformance TM and proposed modification to the Precise Development Plan was filed by Lyon Homes on December 12, 2016.  All departments are working steadily to provide necessary information to meet Lyon’s timeline.
     
  1. 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 has submitted the first screencheck version of the Draft EIR for staff review. An application for a Development Agreement has recently been submitted by the applicant.
     
  1. 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. 
     
  1. Canyon Grove Estates Tract 932 (Developer: John Vance, Shea Homes) – 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. The Final Map has been approved by the City Council. Precise grading plans for the model complex and a model home permit have been approved. Building plans for the construction of eight model homes have been issued and construction is underway. Building permits for 16 additional homes are nearly ready to issue and the remainder of the homes are now in for building plan check.  The applicant is coordinating the plan review for off-site street improvements on Ash Street with the County’s Department of Public Works.
     
  1. 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. A revised tentative map depicting the site plan changes was submitted on October 17, 2016, and is being reviewed by staff and the contract planner.
     
  1. 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.
     
  1. 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.
     
  1. 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.
     
  1. Veterans Village (Developer: Veterans Village of San Diego) – 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 has been completed.
     
  2. 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 City Council approved the project on October 12, 2016. Grading plans and a final map were submitted on November 17and November 21, 2016, and are currently being reviewed by staff. The Development Agreement has recorded.  Building plans were submitted into plan check the week of December 11, 2016.
     
  1. The Villages at Escondido Country Club (Developer: Jason Han, New Urban West, Inc.)No change from the following update reported last week:  The project would redevelop the former 109.3-acre Escondido Country Club golf course property with a new residential development consisting of 392 dwelling units including single-family detached and attached duplex units. The proposed project density is 3.6 dwelling units per acre with a minimum residential lot size of 2,555 square feet. The development would include 46 acres of open space including a landscaped greenbelt with a four-mile trail system linking park features. Other proposed amenities include a new clubhouse building, swimming pool, gym, tennis/pickle ball court, restaurant and bar and banquet facilities. The proposed General Plan Amendment, Specific Plan, Vesting Tentative Map and Zone Change applications and plans were submitted to the Planning Division on October 31, 2016. The plans are now being routed to City departments and agencies for comments. The developer has retained Dudek to prepare the Draft EIR for the project. The developer will fund a contract planner working under the direction of the Planning Division to assist the City in processing the project. A kick-off meeting was held on November 15, 2016, to commence project-related discussions between Planning staff and their contract planner, the applicant and the EIR consultant. A letter indicating the project application is incomplete was sent to the applicant on November 30, 2016.

Building Division:

 

  1. The Building Division issued 54 permits with a total valuation of $616,865.
     
  1. 22 photovoltaic permits were issued for the week.  The Building Division has issued 1,291 solar permits this year compared to 1,387 issued for the same time last year.
     
  1. Counter technicians assisted, on average, 30 customers per day with 21 customers on Friday.
     
  1. Building inspections averaged 36 inspections per day.
     
  1. So far this year the Building Division has processed 3,818 permits, compared to 3,618 permits last year to date. The 3,818 permits are the most permits processed on record back to year 2000. Current building valuation for all issued permits to date is $63.7 million compared to $44.2 million for last year, a 44 percent increase. 
     
  1. 73 new single family dwellings permits have been issued this year compared with 20 issued same time last year. On December 20, 2016, Shea Homes submitted an additional 154 single-family homes into plan check for their Canyon Grove development as shown below:

  1. Projects nearing permit issuance are:
    • Latitude 2, 112-unit apartment building at 610-660 Centre City Pkwy.
    • Veterans Village, at 1540 S. Escondido Blvd., 40,000 sf three-story apartment building.
    • Springhill Suites, at 200 La Terraza Blvd., a 105-room hotel.
       
  1. The construction of City Plaza, the three-story mixed use building at 300 S. Escondido Blvd. continues with the podium slab now completed.  Second floor wall framing is progressing.
     
  1. Foundation inspections have been approved for all eight model homes at Shea Homes Tract 932.
     
  2. The Solutions for Change affordable housing project at 1560 S. Escondido Blvd has started wall framing for the project.
     
  3. Roof framing is proceeding at The Meadowbrook three-story apartment building with underground garage at 2081 Garden Valley Glen.
     
  4. SDG&E is completing a utilities upgrade at Greencrest Mobile Home Park at 541 W 15th and will be starting upgrades soon at Town and Country Mobile Home Park at 2280 E Valley Pkwy and Citrus Gardens, 211 S Citrus Ave.
     
  5.  Escondido Disposal is receiving underground inspections for their conveyer pits associated with their large expansion and remodel.
     
  6. Permits have been issued for Phase 6, consisting of eight single family dwellings for Lennar at the Pradera development.
     
  7. Plans were submitted for review for a 77,500 sf self-storage facility at 2319 Cranston.
     
  8. Plans were submitted for review for the Gateway Grand mixed-use project at the previous police station building at 700 W Grand Ave. The project consists of three, four-story residential buildings and a small commercial/retail component on the ground floor.
     
  9. In house plan review is very busy and plans are averaging close to 20 days on the initial review and 10 to 15 days on resubmittals. 
     
  10.  The Calvin Christian new chapel and auditorium at 2000 N Broadway has received masonry grout inspections for their exterior walls and roof framing is proceeding. 
     
  11.  The Talk of the Town new restaurant project at 444 Brotherton is requesting final shell building inspection this week.

Code Enforcement:

  1. As of December 20, 2016, the total number of open code enforcement cases is 514 cases. During the prior week, 60 new cases were opened, and 60 cases were closed, with a backlog of an additional 71 cases not yet opened for assignment and investigation.
     
  1. There were 47 illegal signs confiscated during the weekend.
     
  2. Last week, the Business License Division issued 43 new licenses and received 31 new applications, in addition to 129 renewals. 13 businesses closed out their licenses.

ENGINEERING

CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS

2015/2016 Street Rehabilitation and Maintenance Project:

No changes from the following reported last week: The contractor is finishing the last of this year’s project streets on Thursday of this week.  The striping contractor is installing striping and legends within the Old Escondido Historical District again this week. In exchange for allowing the use of City property as a lay down yard for material and equipment during the course of the project, the contractor provides material for the treatment of a City designated facility. This year’s parking lot will be Rod McLeod Park off of Iris Lane.

PRIVATE DEVELOPMENT

Pradera - Lennar Communities:

No changes from the following reported last week: The construction of the water main along Stanley Avenue is complete and is in service after completion of all tie-in and service activations this past week. The permanent asphalt surface restoration is under way this week.   

Lexington Model Homes - KB Homes:

The installation of the storm drain system is ongoing for the project. The preconstruction meeting for the installation of the remaining utilities was held this week.

Escondido Boulevard at 3rd Avenue

No changes from the following reported last week. The contractor completed a second concrete pour on the second floor slab.

Tract 932 - Canyon Grove Shea Homes Community:

The contractor is continuing the mass grading for the 179 housing units, the importing of material will begin this week for the continuation of the grading operation. The Ash Street/ Vista Avenue improvements which are the jurisdiction of the San Diego County is at a standstill until elements of the dry utilizes have been relocated along Ash Street. The construction of the off- site water main along Century Way has been completed with the passing water quality testing this week. Work on the new traffic signal installation at the Ash Street / Sheridan Avenue intersection is ongoing with the installation of conduit runs along Ash Street.

Solutions Housing Project 1560 S. Escondido Boulevard:

The contractor has completed the backfilling of utility trenches along the frontage of the project.

Latitude II Condominiums by a Lyon Homes Partnership: Washington Avenue at Centre City Parkway

The project experienced a complete water main failure this past Saturday during the early morning hours. The resulting flooding caused damage to the sewer main as well a discharge of material from the site.  A Notice of Correction has been issued to the developer for the cleanup of the downstream storm drain pipe. The water system failure will require that the pipe line be isolated and all water quality and pressure tests be retaken at a later date.

Westminster Theological Seminary Graduate Student Housing: Boyle Avenue at Bear Valley Parkway

No changes from the following reported last week: The grading contractor is expected to complete the all slopes this week with placement of the required slope protection measure.

Veterans Village 1556 S. Escondido Boulevard:

No changes from the following reported last week: The demolition of the existing structures is complete with the contractor importing material for grading.

Talk of the Town:

No changes from the following reported last week: A site meeting was held to discuss the limits of surface restoration along Bernardo Avenue

Tract 877 – Bernardo Ave. by Ambient Communities:

This project is a 13 lot single family residential project located at the cul-de-sac end of the Bernardo Ave. The Grading Permit has been activated, with the relocation of access gates along 1th Avenue. The grading operation has commenced.

FUTURE CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS

East Valley Pkwy/Valley Center Road Widening Project:

On 9/21/16 the City received approval on the requested Authorization to Construct for this project.  Staff will submit signed agreements to Caltrans for the Authorization to Construct this week.  The last environmental permit has been acquired.  Staff continues working with Utilities to finalize their plans prior to bidding this project.

Jim Stone Pool:

This project will renovate both existing pools and update pool equipment required to meet current County Health standards.  The project has been advertised and will open bids on December 22nd.  Staff is preparing the green sheet in anticipation of bringing the project to City Council for authorization to award at the January 11, 2017 City Council meeting.

POLICE

INCIDENTS

  • On 12/12/16 at about 09:47 hours officers respond to La Honda Dr. and Dublin Pl. on a report of people changing the license plates on a vehicle and exchanging packages. Officers arrived to find a white Toyota Tacoma and a red Kia Soul with non-matching license plates; the plate on the Tacoma comes back to a vehicle built in 1949. The occupants (a male and female) of the Tacoma were detained, along with a second male recently discharged from parolee. It was discovered the Tacoma was taken in a residential hot prowl burglary in Poway on 12/11/16 (SD Sheriff reporting).  All three suspects are arrested for drug and stolen vehicle-related charges.
     
  • On 12/14/16 at about 17:34 hours victim withdraws $780 at the US Bank and drives to the 99 Cent Store (385 N. Escondido Blvd).  As victim exits his vehicle, a male suspect asks him if he has a lighter, then points a black semi-auto at victim’s face.  Suspect demands his wallet. Victim gives up the wallet and the suspect flees on foot east, towards Escondido Blvd.  Officers and ASTREA check the area with negative results.  Victim can ID suspect and he is positive the suspect used a GLOCK pistol to commit the robbery.  Officer Stewart reporting-provides victim with a Secret Santa donation to soften the blow.  Suspect description: BMA, approximately 17-18 yrs., 5-06, 130 LBS, black Raiders jacket and dark pants, and wearing a gold necklace.
     
  • On 12/14/16 at about 18:36 hours officer Guerrero responded to the Center for the Arts in reference to a suspicious male adult checking doors and trying to gain (unauthorized) access into buildings.  Officer Guerrero contacts and arrests suspect for being under the influence of a controlled substance.  The suspect is a match for the BOL-email previously sent by Lt. Toth in reference to the subject attempting to access City Hall.
     
  • On 12/15/16 at 01:36 hours, SDSO San Marcos Station Deputies requested EPD assistance for a ground search following a vehicle pursuit.  The suspect fled from his vehicle after colliding with a parked truck, in front of 989 Metcalf Rd.  EPD patrol officers arrived and assisted the deputies by searching the surrounding area.  The suspect was located in the backyard of 995 Metcalf Rd, and taken into custody without incident.  SDSO San Marcos Deputies placed the suspect under arrest for numerous Vehicle Code violations.
     
  • On 12/15/16, at 06:18 hours, residents at 824 Birch Ave. called 911 in reference to a male subject discharging a weapon in the backyard and might hurt his son as retaliation from an earlier disturbance.  Officers arrive on scene and the male is taken into custody without incident.  It was discovered the suspect was involved in a domestic violence incident with his wife and assaulted his son with a large TV tray a few hours earlier.  The weapon discharged by the suspect was accidental with no one else in his presence.  A .44 revolver was recovered from the backyard and he was taken to the hospital for medical treatment from injuries sustained from both his son and the weapon kicking up to his head. 
     
  • On 12/16/16 at about 09:22 hours, Officers were dispatched to 2122 Manchester Ave. regarding two unknown suspects attempting to break into the house.  The resident was home when she saw the two suspects jump into her back yard and tried to force entry through the doggie door.  The resident fled the house, PD responded and confirmed that it was a valid attempted burglary.  During this time, a resident at 1839 Kenora Dr. called and stated he heard glass breaking at 1837 Kenora Dr.  Officers responded to this location.  Once the perimeter was set, officers approached the front door.  During this time a suspect opened the door to walk out of the house with a brand new 60” television that was still in the box.  Both suspects fled out the back and were taken into custody with the assistance of a K9.  The suspects were juveniles.  Two officers sustained minor injuries during the arrests, and detectives responded to assist.

EVENTS

  • On 12/12/16 Chief Carter welcomed EPD’s five newest members.  All were sworn in by City Clerk Diane Halverson.  Welcome aboard!

  • On 12/13/16 Command Staff attended the annual Volunteer Potluck appreciation dinner.  Our volunteers give countless hours of service to our community and this is a great way to support them and give thanks for all they do!
     
  • On 12/14/16 Chief Carter held a promotion ceremony for four and two, respectively, recently promoted Sergeants and Lieutenants.  Dignitaries at the ceremony included the Mayor, three Council members and the City Manager. Sergeants are: Janice Kolhof, Shannon Martin, Jeffrey Valdivia and Eric Olson. Lieutenants are: Christopher Lick and David Cramer. 
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  • Escondido Gang Reduction Intervention Prevention (EGRIP) Taskforce held a Press Conference on Friday, December 16 for the opening of the North County Tattoo Removal Program. This program has been the vision of the EGRIP Task Force, under the leadership of Chief Craig Carter for almost 10 years.  The program which is funded through a CalGRIP grant from the California BSCC in Escondido and Vista will begin offering free tattoo removal services for youth and young adults who have visible gang tattoos on their face, neck and/or hands that are preventing them from gaining employment and leaving the gang life behind them. This program has been an identified gap in services; there are currently no free or reduced Gang Tattoo Removal services in North San Diego County.  While participants are going through the removal process they will also receive services to help them attain their high school diploma, GED or gain employment. Supervisor Bill Horn granted the program the money to purchase a laser tattoo removal machine. The program is a partnership between Escondido Police, City of Vista, Escondido Education COMPACT and Neighborhood Healthcare. The program is also supported by the North County Comprehensive Gang Subcommittee which has an extensive membership; including Mayor’s from all North County cities, the District Attorney’s Office, SD County Probation, County of SD, HHSA, San Diego County Sheriff’s, Oceanside and Escondido Police Departments as well as North County Service Providers.

 

      

 

  • On 12/17/16 an anonymous donor dropped off a large assortment of brand new, quality toys at the PD.  Their wish was to have officers take them out on patrol and hand them out to less-fortunate children they come across in the community. 

 

      

 

  • On 12/18/16 at the Chargers home game, all San Diego county Fire and Law Enforcement Chiefs were honored during the Chargers Public Safety Appreciation Day.  The Chiefs took the field during pre-game festivities and were heartily cheered by the fans in attendance.