I will be out of the office from Dec. 26 through January 2.  During my absence, Joyce will be in charge on December 26. She will then be out of the office December 29 through January 2.  During that time Sheryl Bennett will be in charge. 


To support the local wine industry, both Vintana and Bev Mo are creating displays showcasing local wines at their establishments. 


Jay Petrek has prepared a status report documenting development services’ efforts in implementing YES principles (see attached). It includes city-initiated projects/programs (color coded) as well as private projects where staff members have worked (or are working) with applicants. Many thanks to Jay Petrek,  Chris McKinney,  Mike Lowry, Ed Domingue and Barbara Redlitz for their efforts.   


A beautiful Christmas tree is now on display at Heritage Garden. Kirk Warfel at the East Valley Pkwy Home Depot provided the beautiful Noble Fir and their staff even helped decorate it.  Steve Nelson and the kids over at the Classical Academy High School delivered the tree and finished decorating it. 


There are no special events scheduled this weekend.


  • Major Projects Update:
    • Oak Creek (NUW) – The consultant continues to prepare draft responses to comments on the Draft EIR; staff reviews the draft responses as they become available. Due to the extensive number of comments received, the anticipated submittal date for the Final EIR has been extended into early January. Staff continues to review other revised plan submittals as they are received, and has provided a detailed schedule to the applicant regarding necessary milestones in order to accommodate the applicant’s goal of a tentative Planning Commission hearing date on January 27th. Staff design review of proposed residences has been completed.
    • Amanda Lane (NUW) – LAFCO has requested that additional properties to the south and east be prezoned as part of the annexation request. The Draft Mitigated Negative Declaration (MND) will be released for public review next week, with public hearings anticipated in late February.
    • Centerpointe 78 Commercial – The Draft EIR remains on hold at the applicant’s request pending resolution of traffic mitigation requirements. The applicant has negotiated potential conditions with Caltrans regarding redesign of the Broadway/SR 78 intersection (within Caltrans jurisdiction) to avoid relocation of underground utility vaults along with improvements to accommodate pedestrian and bicycle movements.
    • North Broadway Deficiency Area Projects – The Pickering annexation is anticipated to be considered by LAFCO in March 2015. The application for the Zenner annexation and 40-unit subdivision remains incomplete pending resolution of the design of on and offsite utility improvements. Staff is also working with the anticipated developer regarding a comprehensive grading plan and associated design changes with the goal of achieving substantial conformance for the adjacent subdivisions, as anticipated in the development agreements.
    • Zak Planned Development – The applicant’s engineer has submitted revised improvement plans for the approved 76-unit condominium project; the plans are under review. 

 Building Division: 

  • The Building Department issued 43 permits for the week with a total valuation of $163,317. Most of the permits issued were photovoltaic, tenant improvements, room addition and miscellaneous type permits.
  • Inspections and counter contacts remain constant with average daily inspections of 23 and average daily counter contacts of 30.
  • Photovoltaic permits are again dominating the permit activity for the week with 14 permits issued and 18 more in for plan review. Building has issued 751 photovoltaic permits this year compared to 444 issued at the same time last year.
  • The Building Department has approved the plans for a new 76 unit condominium project at 2412 S. Escondido Blvd. Planning, Engineering and Fire approval needed prior to permit issuance.
  • Building inspections are progressing through drywall inspection at the new Chick-Fil-A at 1290 Auto Parkway.
  • Construction activity and inspections are continuing at the Monticello assisted living facilities at 930 Monticello Dr. 


2013/2014 Street Maintenance Project:

The contractor has one item remaining on the project punch list. The Final Progress payment has been submitted by the contractor. 

The Jesmond Dene Ball Field Lights:

The Notice to Proceed is set for Tuesday November 25th; the contractor will have 70 working days to complete the project. All of the product submittals have been submitted and approved by the design engineer.  

Private Development 

Bear Valley Parkway between Boyle Avenue and San Pasqual Road, County Project:

The project is on hold due to the rain this past week. The project should be dry enough to begin construction by Thursday, December 18. 

Public Works: 

Building Maintenance
Ongoing major repairs to the roof and the front entryway of the DEB Building at the Park Avenue Community Center are on schedule and should be completed prior to February 1, 2015. This will allow the seniors to access the building through the main doors again – just in time for tax season. 

Fleet Services
Our new fueling system hardware and software has been completely installed at the Public Works Yard and all the Fire Stations. This new fueling system will help us to track fuel use and mileage more precisely. 

In early December a representative from our Recycling Division attended a meeting with the EUSD Recycling Steering Committee to discuss recycling at the schools. The Assistant Superintendent chaired the meeting and was very excited about improving and unifying programs throughout the district. We proposed an ongoing partnership where the current focus for the schools is on recycling paper, which comprises 40% of a school’s waste stream, according a 2012 waste audit. 



  • The Christmas Parade was a success last Saturday.
  • Officers Nate Visconti and Britany Sheets successfully passed probation.
  • PD participated in a National Guard disaster preparedness drill at the Safari Park on December 16.