SPECIAL EVENTS 

No Special Events this week 

STATUS OF CITY MANAGER RECRUITMENT PROCESS 

The Human Resources Department is assisting the City Council with its recruitment for the City Manager position by retaining the firm of Peckham and McKenney, Inc.  to conduct an executive search. The contract ($18,500 for the recruitment and up to $7,500 for reimbursement of expenses) is expected to be executed next week. 

It is anticipated that the recruitment process (creation of job announcement, advertising of position in mid-December, review of applications, candidate interviews, selection of final candidate, job offer, and start date of new City Manager) will take approximately 4 months.    City Manager Graham Mitchell will delay his resignation date from December 31, 2016 to February 16, 2017 until the recruitment effort is further along. 

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT 

Escondido’s first ALDI grocery store is scheduled to open December 16th at 1330 E. Valley Pkwy. #M, Escondido, CA 92027. ALDI is best known for providing high quality food items at a low cost. This is the third store to open in San Diego County this year. 

More information about the store and Grand Opening can be found here:
http://escondidograpevine.com/2016/11/29/aldi-set-to-open-escondido-store-dec-16/ 

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

Major Projects Update

Commercial / Office:

  • 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. 
  • 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. 
  • 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. 
  • 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. 
  • 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. 
  • 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. 
  • 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. 
  • 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 

  • 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. 
  • 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. 
  • 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. 
  • 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.
  • Escondido Self-Storage Facility (Developer: Brandywine Homes, Inc.)No change from the following update reported last week:  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. 
  • Innovative Industrial Development (Developer: Scott Merry, Badiee Development) – 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. 
  • HARRF Biogas to Energy Project (Developer: City of Escondido Utilities Department) – 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.

Institutional

  • 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. 
  • 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. 
  • 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 

  • 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. 
  • 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. 
  • 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 five phases involving 44 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.  Phase 6 plans for the construction of eight homes were received by the Building Division on December 5, 2016.  Phases 7 and 8 for the construction of 11 additional homes were received on December 12, 2016. 
  • Lexington (Zenner) (Developer: Eric Johnston, KB Homes)No change from the following update reported last week: 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. 
  • Stella Park Condominiums (Developer: Edward Kaen, ETP, LLC)No change from the following update reported last week: 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. No grading or improvement plans have been submitted by the developer at this time. 
  • 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. 
  • 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.  
  • 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. The applicant is coordinating the plan review for off-site street improvements on Ash Street with the County’s Department of Public Works. 
  • 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. 
  • 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. 
  • 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. 
  • 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. 
  • Veterans Village (Developer: Veterans Village of San Diego) No change from the following update reported last week: 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. A demolition permit for the historic structures on-site has been issued following completion of the required mitigation and work is expected to commence soon. 
  • 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 17 and November 21, 2016, and are currently being reviewed by staff. The Development Agreement has recorded.
  • 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: 

  • The Building Division had a very busy week issuing 88 permits with a total valuation of $1,782,370. 
  • 40 photovoltaic permits were issued for the week. The Building Division has issued 1,269 solar permits this year compared to 1,353 issued for the same time last year. 
  • Counter technicians had a busy week, assisting on average, 37 customers per day with 50 customers on Thursday. 
  • Building inspections averaged 33 inspections per day. 
  • So far this year the Building Division has processed 3,735 permits, compared to 3,490 permits last year to date. Current building valuation for all issued permits to date is $60,683,704 compared to $43,034,950 for last year. 
  • 65 new single family dwelling permits have been issued this year compared with 20 issued for the same time last year. 
  • 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 3-story apartment building.
    • Springhill Suites, at 200 La Terraza, 105-unit hotel. 
  • The construction of the City Plaza three-story mixed use building at 300 S. Escondido Blvd. is continuing and the podium slab will be completed this week. 
  • Foundation inspections have been approved for all eight model homes at Shea Homes’ Canyon Grove development (Tract 932). 
  • Permits were issued last week for the Church of Resurrection at 1445 Conway, 18,000 sf sanctuary building. 
  • The Solutions for Change affordable housing project at 1560 S Escondido Blvd has started wall framing for the project. 
  • Roof framing is proceeding at The Meadowbrook three-story apartment building with underground garage at 2081 Garden Valley Glen. 
  • 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. 
  • Escondido Disposal is receiving underground inspections for their conveyer pits associated with their large expansion and remodel. 
  • 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. 
  • Building staff continues to review the new 2016 California Building Codes to identify major changes in anticipation of the new code adoption on 1/1/2017. Staff will be attending available training on the new codes. 
  • 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. 
  • The Talk of The Town new restaurant project at 444 Brotherton is requesting final shell building inspection this week.

Code Enforcement: 

  • As of December 12, the total number of open code enforcement cases is 514 cases. During the prior week, 96 new cases were opened, and 50 cases were closed, with a backlog of an additional 35 cases not yet opened for assignment and investigation. 
  • There were 100 illegal signs confiscated during the weekend. 
  • Last week, the Business License Division issued 18 new licenses and received 34 new applications, in addition to 107 renewals. 20 businesses closed out their licenses. 

ENGINEERING 

CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS

2015/2016 Street Rehabilitation and Maintenance Project:

  • 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: 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.    
Plan reviews and approvals continued on this project as follows:     

  • Engineering and Utility staff continue to work closely with Lennar’s Engineer on the design of the proposed 20” waterline in Conway Dr.  The San Diego County Water Authority just approved an alignment for the 20” waterline in their easement subject to potholing their aqueducts and providing more detail on the proposed jack & bore procedure to install the 20” waterline under same.    

Lexington Model Homes - KB Homes: No changes from the following reported last week: The installation of the storm drain system is ongoing for the project. 

Plan reviews and approvals continued on this project as follows:

  • The Final Map was recorded on December 6th. 

City Plaza: Esco The In-Tract improvement plans are close to approval.

  • The Offsite Improvement plans are close to approval; just need last adjacent owner to sign a Right of Entry to reconstruct their driveways off Vista Ave. 

Escondido Boulevard at 3rd Avenue
The contractor did 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 pot holing of existing utility crossings at the Ash/ Sheridan intersection and the installation of some of the pole foundations.

Plan reviews and approvals continued on this project as follows:

  • The Precise Grading plans for Phases 1-4 for both planned neighborhoods (8 phases and 78 homes total) was approved on December 9th.
  • The Final Map was recorded on December 5th

Solutions Housing Project 1560 S. Escondido Boulevard: The contractor is continuing to backfill utility trenches along the frontage so that the steel plates may be minimized. 

Latitude II Condominiums by a Lyon Homes Partnership: Washington Avenue at Centre City Parkway The Grading Permit has been issued and the contractor is importing material to the site this week. 

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: The demolition of the existing structures is complete with the contractor importing material for grading. 

Talk of the Town: 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. Equipment is on site awaiting the start of construction. 

Private Development –Current Plan Review 

Emmanuel Faith Children’s Center:
This project is the first phase of Emmanuel Faith’s long term redevelopment of their church complex on Seventeenth Ave. at Encino Dr. and includes the demolition of seven existing classroom buildings and constructing in their place a single 45,000 SF Nursery/Children’s Center.    This first phase project also includes parking reconfigurations, onsite public water main construction, and a traffic signal will be installed at the intersection of 17th Ave. & Encino Dr.

  • The 2nd submittal of the Grading and WL Improvement plans were returned to the project engineer on December 9th.
  • The Traffic Signal Plans were Approved on November 1st

Victory Industrial Park:
This is a 91,000 SF light industrial development located at 2005 Harmony Grove Rd. and is comprised of 2 buildings on roughly 5 acres.   A boundary adjustment with 3 neighboring industrial properties to the northwest will complete the project site.  Although the project is in the City’s Water District a Service Exchange Agreement with Rincon del Diablo Mun. Water District to provide water service has been negotiated.  The site requires the import of roughly 67,000 CY of fill material to elevate the building pads for sewer service.

  • The 2nd submittal of the Grading plans and SWQMP were returned on November 28th.
  • The 3rd submittal of the Improvement plans were made on December 9th, and should be reviewed by early next week. 

Tract SUB16-0001 - Gateway Condominiums by Integral Communities:
This project is a 126 Unit residential condominium redevelopment of the old Police Station property located across from the NC Transit Sprinter and Bus Station and is addressed as 700 W. Grand Ave.  The project will also include a small retail/café area and is also required to construct traffic controlled pedestrian crossings of both Grand Ave. and W. Valley Parkway.

  • The 1st submittal of the Final Map, Grading Plans, Improvement plans, SWQMP, and Drainage Report were made on November 17th and are should be reviewed by the end of this week.

 POLICE 

INCIDENTS 

  • On 12/4/16 at about 20:35 hours an unknown suspect entered the Chevron gas station at 215 E. Via Rancho Pkwy. The suspect was described as a white male, about 20-30 years old, 5’6” tall, black hair, wearing a camouflage jacket, black pants, and a blue bandana over the lower half of his face. The suspect approached the clerk with his hand in his pocket and asked the clerk if he wanted to get shot. The suspect demanded that the clerk open the cash register multiple times. The clerk refused each time he was asked and no weapon was seen by the clerk. The suspect then ran towards a dark colored, possibly maroon or red, Chevrolet Corvette or similar vehicle. There is no loss and video is forthcoming.
  • On 12/5/16 at about 21:54 hours, officers were dispatched to 610 Camellia St to investigate a possible domestic violence incident. officers arrived on scene and make contact with a known male ‘Diablo’ gang member and a known female ‘Diablos’ associate. Both subjects had firearms on their person, and as officers approached they discarded the firearms. During the investigation of the DV, a .38 caliber pistol and a .22 caliber pistol were located. In addition to the firearm, the male subject was in possession of about 2.68 net grams of methamphetamine and he is also a prior convicted felon.
  • On 12/7/16 at 00:31hrs, several 911 calls came in to dispatch about gunshots in the area of 15th/Maple and unknown vehicle speeding away. While units were in en route, the call updated that a car crashed into the front yard of 120 W. 15th Several units arrived on scene in less than 2 minutes and find a red Toyota Camry in the front yard of the listed address.  The driver/victim was seated in the car with a gunshot wound to his head. Mata was conscious and breathing upon our arrival. Based on evidence, there were likely other occupants in the car, but their identity and location are unknown at this point. Thus far the only suspect vehicle information is a white passenger car.  The victim was immediately taken into surgery and at this point is in stable condition.  Great job by everyone for securing a crime scene that spanned two blocks.
  • On 12/7/16 at 14:38 hours, numerous callers reported a fight involving persons with hammers on Broadway south of El Norte Parkway. Officers located a male EHS senior student suffering from a puncture wound to the back and several other superficial wounds. It is likely the wounds were caused by the claw end of a hammer. Officers provided first aid to stop the bleeding until paramedics arrived and transported him to PMC, where he was diagnosed and treated for a partially collapsed lung.  His injury is not life-threatening.  A few minutes after the first victim was located, a second injured juvenile male was located about 200 yards further south.  Further investigation revealed he is possibly the suspect in the initial assault.  School resource officers located witnesses, and will conduct further follow-up tomorrow.  School district was notified.
  • On 12/10/16 at about 18:10 hours officers were dispatched to 1158 E. Washington Ave to investigate reports of a male brandishing a firearm. Officers arrive on scene and were advised by the store clerk that the male with the gun was inside of the store. Officers wait outside for the male to exit. The male, a known ‘Diablos’ street gang member, exits the store and is detained with a show of force. A stolen Walther P99 .40 caliber pistol is recovered from a mop bucket inside of the store. There is no magazine inserted and no round was in the chamber. After an investigation it was determined that the suspect threatened to shoot the victim and was claiming ‘Diablos’. Gang Unit reporting. 

EVENTS 

  • On 12/5/16, members of the Escondido Police Department, in cooperation with North County Yamaha, participated in a “wrapping party” for the annual Children’s Christmas Party to be held on Wednesday the 7th. Over 500 gifts were wrapped in one day!! These gifts will bring smiles to approximately 150 children, and we couldn’t do it without our EPD and NCY volunteers!

  • On 12/5/16 Deputy Consul General of Mexico Rafael Laveaga, and Cultural Attaché Adriana Bacelis-Sotomayor delivered a large box of teddy bears to the police department for the annual San Diego Regional Law Enforcement Teddy Bear Drive. Staff members of the Mexican Consulate and other persons from their network made the decision to collect and donate the teddy bears for this great event.  Captain Kogler received the donation on behalf of our regional law enforcement partners and was able to extend a big thank you to Senor Laveaga for their donation.

  • On 12/6/16 EPD participated in the 26th annual Regional Law Enforcement Teddy Bear Drive for Rady Children's Hospital. This event collects donated teddy bears from around San Diego and Imperial Counties which are then donated throughout the year to the kids of those families needing the services at Rady's.  EPD CSO Bobbi Akans is on the coordinating committee.  Thanks Bobbi!  Officers Adrian Garcia, Ryan Martinez, Aaron Reber, John Mougier and Steve Higgins participated.  EPD Parking Enforcement Officer Joe Olivero played the role of Santa (and did a great job).  Captain Kogler represented command staff at the event.

  • On 12/7/16 EPD, hand in hand with Tavern&Bowl, North County Yamaha, Target and the Westfield Shoppingtown, held the 19th Annual Children’s Christmas Party. Over 100 children and their families attended this amazing event.  Children were treated to pizza, bowling, games, a magician and of course, a visit from Santa in the Bearcat bearing gifts!  All gifts were donated and totaled over 600!!  This is a great event that brings smiles to children who have been victims in our community or who have serious financial needs and would otherwise not have the chance to receive a Christmas gift.  Special thanks to all of our volunteers, and especially Detective Mike Martinez and CSO Cecilia Gonzalez for coordinating this event!

 

  • On 12-10-16 the City of Escondido held its 66th Annual Christmas Parade. City of Escondido employees and volunteers combined forces with members of other San Diego county agencies to staff the event and ensure the parade was conducted safely.