December 05, 2012


Amgen Tour of California planning efforts are well underway. A website specifically for the event is now up and running at  with information about the event as well as opportunities for volunteers and sponsors.   Local planning for the event will be coordinated through the “Local Organizing Committee” (LOC) which consists of approximately 11 different committees.  The following is a listing of the committees and their chairperson:

Overall LOC Chair - Joyce Masterson
Operations Committee - Michelle Geller/Teresa Collins
Technical Committee - Lt. Tom Albergo
Media Committee - Michelle Geller/Teresa Collins
Volunteer Committee - Julie Hamilton
Sponsorship Committee - Alfred Velasco
Marketing Committee - Katherine Zimmer
School/Community Involvement/Ancillary Events Committee - Still needed
Hospitality Committee - Paul Katz
Gala Committee - Jen Nichols
Ceremony Director - Still Needed
Lifestyle Festival Liaison - Needed

If you know of anyone who would like to serve on a committee or serve as a committee chair, please get in touch with Joyce Masterson as soon as possible.




We have been notified of our fifth award related to the General Plan Update. The General Plan Complete Street Assessment has been selected as the 2011/2012 Technical Paper of the Year by the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) San Diego Section. The report was prepared by the City’s consultant, Linscott, Law and Greenspan (LLG), and is being honored for significantly enhancing the field of transportation planning and engineering within the County of San Diego.  The annual ITE San Diego Section presentation lunch will be held on December 6th from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Courtyard by Marriott in Old Town.  



2011/2012 Pavement Management Project:

The contractor is raising manholes to grade, associated with the pavement reconstruction. The striping subcontractor is in the process of reestablishing limit lines and lane striping throughout the project.

SDG&E Steam Generator Heavy Haul:

The fourth and final steam component is scheduled to pass through Escondido on December 6th between the hours of 11:00 p.m... and 3 A.M. The route is Mission Avenue to Woodland Parkway to El Norte Parkway to Interstate 15 north to its final resting place in Utah.

Mission Avenue SDG&E 69 KV Electrical Line:

Main line construction is continuing along Mission Avenue between Andreasen Drive and Metcalf Street. A second crew is installing hangers on the Mission Avenue bridge to support the conduits crossing the flood control channel. A third crew is constructing the remaining two vaults on Mission Avenue between Fig Street and Ash Street. This work was originally scheduled for day time operations due to the high density of apartments. This work has now been rescheduled to the night time operation of 8 P.M. to 6 A.M. due to the size of the construction activity required and the limits of the 30 foot roadway and the proximity of the 3 elementary and middle schools. The SDG&E liaison and the contractor are providing flyers to the affected neighborhood along with the placement of electronic message boards notifying the residents along this corridor. The contractor has been directed to perform saw cutting and grinding operations during off peak or off track school hours (7:00 A.M. to 6 P.M.) since these operations tend to be the loudest construction activities.

Talk of the Town:

The water line tie-in was completed this past Thursday during a late night procedure. Grading is continuing onsite and pad certification should be expected by the end of the month.

Del Lago Academy:

The traffic signal was activated this past week after the contractor provided the necessary striping at the intersection. Final paving is scheduled for mid-January 2013.



Teddy Bear Drive

The Escondido Police Department is proud to announce that it will be participating in the 22nd annual Law Enforcement Teddy Bear Drive to benefit Rady Children’s Hospital patients.  The Escondido Police Department is asking for assistance with donations of new, huggable sized stuffed animals.  The collection drive will continue through Monday, December 10th.  Collection boxes will be located in the front lobby of the Escondido Police and Fire Headquarters, located at 1163 N. Centre City Pkwy.

The Law Enforcement Teddy Bear Drive began in1990.  The event has grown to more than 100 officers representing 15 agencies collecting nearly 40,000 bears every year. The Law Enforcement Teddy Bear Drive is a unique event. A caravan of nearly 80 motor/police cars leave the U.S.S. Midway Aircraft Carrier Museum traveling San Diego’s streets and highways en route to Rady Children’s Hospital. A crowd of cheering patients, parents and staff greet the officers as they motor in, one-by-one, filling up the driveway in front of the Rose Pavilion. After a brief ceremony, the officer’s break into groups of two, visiting patients in various departments in the hospital, offering a teddy bear to every patient. Each child treasures this special visit and enjoys the comfort of their new teddy bear, creating memories to last a lifetime.

If you are interested in participating, visit

Jaycees Christmas Parade

The 62nd Annual Jaycees Christmas Parade will be held on Saturday, December 8, 2012, from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.  The parade will start at Escondido High School on Broadway and will continue south on Broadway to Grape Day Park at Woodward Avenue.

The Escondido Police Department reminds all motorists to plan an alternate route for traveling through Escondido on Saturday, December 8, between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 2 p.m.  Broadway will be closed to all traffic from Rincon Ave north of Escondido High School, south along the parade route to E. Valley Parkway, including all intersections along the parade route.  Motorists wishing to bypass the parade route should use Valley Parkway from the south and Rincon to Country Club Lane from the north.  Also, eastbound SR 78 will be closed to through traffic onto Broadway (traffic will be allowed to go north or south on I-15 and Centre City Parkway) and westbound SR 78 will be closed from Ash St.  Centre City Parkway will be open to north and southbound traffic.

The Escondido City Hall and California Center for the Arts, Escondido parking lots will be closed to the public.  These lots are reserved for parade personnel. 

Shop with a Cop

More than 300 children enjoyed breakfast, a private animal show at SeaWorld and a $100 holiday shopping spree at the Midway-area Target as part of the annual "Shop with a Cop" event on Saturday morning.

The "Shop with a Cop" event is in its 19th year and provides not only holiday gifts for less fortunate families but also positive interaction with local law enforcement officers.

Several officers from the Escondido Police Department participated in this event.

The children were chosen by STAR/PAL, a nonprofit police athletic league that offers free youth programs.

"Shop with a Cop" is sponsored by local law enforcement agencies, SeaWorld, Target, STAR/PAL and the San Diego Crime Commission.

Grape Day Task Force Update

The task force met on December 4, 2012.  Members included representatives of the Center for the Arts, History Center, Classical Academy, Interfaith, Signature Complex, and various departments of the City including Police Department, Parks and Rec, Public Works, Neighborhood Services, and City Attorney’s Office.  New members, were Brian Gustafson from Code Enforcement, the City’s newest employee, Teresa Collins from City Manager’s office Special Events, Karen Youel from  Community Services and Ryan Bredemeier of Latitude 33. 

Enforcement Efforts
The police department continues its enforcement details several times a day in the park and surrounding areas.  Since the start of the increased focus, the police department has conducted 181 extra patrols in the park.  39 field interviews, 45 citations and made 28 arrests.  Bike Team Officer Michael Duong mentioned that although there has been a sharp decrease in the number of problems in the park, and the problems near the horseshoe pits has disappeared.  Chris Endis of the Boys and Girls Club and Wendy Barker of History Center stated this was their greatest concern and thanked everyone for this early success. 

Lt. Ellis provided an overview of a recent arrest of a known sex offender.  This person was noticed by Starbuck clerks loitering in the store leering at young girls.  They reported it to a police officer and Detectives were summoned to conduct  surveillance on the subject.  After a day’s investigation, he was subsequently arrested for multiple violations of his probation. 

Gary McCarthy provided an overview of proposed ordinance changes that would enable Police to provide equal enforcement throughout Grape Day Park, City Hall and CCAE. 

Information Systems reported they hope to have the existing cameras fixed in Grape Day and the employee parking lot within the next few weeks.  They will then assess where additional cameras can be installed to provide additional surveillance of the park and surrounding areas. 

Special Events

The Task Force is excited about the Amgen event in May, and hope to use Grape Day for a portion of the events.  There was more brainstorming regarding a variety of events that could be hosted in Grape Day to increase its usage.

Michelle Geller, Teresa Collins and Gary McCarthy provided an overview of the Special Events permitting process.  Michelle explained that they will be working on streamlining the process for special event permits and welcomed input.  There are a number of events scheduled for the park between now and the end of the year.  Wendy Barker volunteered to post the City special events on the Grape Day park Website to provide a one stop source for events so others such as CCAE, Classical Academy and Children's Museum can check before scheduling their own events. 


Jon Teeuwissen and Bernie Greer of CCAE provided an overview of the problems they continue to encounter with the Juggalo group that are causing the vandalism, trash and other issues on the property.  They have a hired a second security guard to patrol the property 24-7, and are obtaining more readily identifiable clothing for their security officers to provide them greater visibility.  A CPTED (Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design) assessment was conducted on November 20th.  Several areas of concern where identified that could be rectified with decreasing vegetation, increased lighting and fencing.  Public Works is already reducing the shrubbery in the problem areas to provide increased visibility for security and police.   Additional fencing was installed in the area currently being used by the Classical Academy.  Dana Moen of Classical Academy mentioned that the fencing has been a great improvement for the security of his students.   CCAE is also in the process of upgrading and installing new video cameras on property. 


Laura Cardona stated the shelter is now open and they have most of the beds filled which likely reduced the number of homeless in the area.  Interfaith is creating a flier that can be distributed to those who attempt to distribute food and clothing to the homeless at Grape Day and surrounding areas.  They hope to have it completed soon.  Capt. Benton will be the guest speaker at their Holiday luncheon for the local churches to explain this new philosophy.

Signature Theater Complex

Eddie Goldberg, the property manager, reported that he has completed installing classical music in the outdoor patio area of Starbucks.  The addition of the music has had the desired effect.  He has noticed a marked decrease in loitering by Juggalos and homeless on the patio and nearby alcoves. CCAE will be researching adding outside music to some of their problem areas, Rose Garden, to see if the music will help decrease the loitering in the area.  Eddie is obtaining quotes to install gates on two staircases where homeless have been camping and using narcotics. 

The next task force meeting will be on Tuesday, December 18th. 


  • The Fire Department has taken delivery of a new KME wildland fire engine or brush rig. The new Engine is going through the process of being outfitted with all of its inventory which includes hose, nozzles, and equipment. Once the brush rig is fully equipped and in service it will be located at Fire Station 3 on Nutmeg. The new wildland engine is painted with the new red configuration as are the re-chassised ambulances that are now in service.
  • Randy Licata, the City’s Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Coordinator has been selected to serve as the San Diego County’s CERT Council chairperson. Randy has done an excellent job organizing and training our CERT program over the last two years.  As the CERT Council Chairperson he will share his expertise county wide.