ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT 

The East Valley Parkway Business Group (EVPBG), made up of business owners and managers along the East Valley Parkway corridor, has been meeting regularly and has selected a formal leadership team. Jevon Boyer, Branch Manager of the US Bank, is heading up the group along with an advisory panel that includes representatives from the Assistance League, Charter High and Signarama. Information about the EVBPG is at https://www.escondido.org/-east-valley-parkway-business-group.aspx . The group will not meet again in this year and will establish a regular meeting schedule in early 2016. 

San Diego Magazine’s current issue features a full page article on Escondido: 

SPECIAL EVENTS 

No major special events scheduled this weekend. 

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

Public Art: 

Weather permitting, Queen Califia’s Magical Circle in Kit Carson Park (3333 Bear Valley Parkway) will be open to the public on December 27, 2015, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Queen Califia docents will be on site to answer questions. 

Planning:

Major Projects Update:

  • John Paul the Great Catholic University No change from the following update reported last week: A Conditional Use Permit application has been received to expand the campus and student enrollment at 155 W. Grand Avenue. The proposal includes improvements to the former H. Johnson Building 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. Staff has confirmed the availability of water and sewer connections. The Planning Commission approved the project at its December 8, 2015 meeting. 
  • Escondido Research Technology Center No change from the following update reported last week: A 72,000 square foot medical office building is proposed on the east side of Citracado Parkway across from Palomar Medical Center. A plot plan application has been approved. Grading and landscaping plans are in plan check for approval. The City Council approved a 10-year extension to the previously adopted Development Agreement for ERTC that involves 20 lots in ERTC owned by JRMC on November 4, 2015. 
  • Oak Creek (NUW)No change from the following update reported last week: A LAFCO hearing for the annexation of the property was held on October 5, 2015. Staff made a presentation at the meeting emphasizing the City’s support for the project and opposition to the potential expansion of the annexation boundary to include an additional segment of Hamilton Road. The LAFCO Board unanimously approved the annexation without including the Hamilton Road segment as requested by staff. 
  • Amanda Estates (NUW)No change from the following update reported last week: LAFCO approved the reorganization (annexation) at their meeting on August 3, 2015. Staff received documents from LAFCO this week memorializing their action that included final paperwork to be completed by the City prior to annexation recordation. 
  • Centerpointe 78 Commercial –The project was approved by the Planning Commission on November 10, 2015. The project was approved by the City Council meeting on December 9, 2015 and filing fees were paid to the County for the EIR. 
  • PraderaNo change from the following update reported last week: Grading is underway for this single-family subdivision involving 70 units. Staff is reviewing improvement plan and the final map submittals, as well as the precise grading plans and landscaping plans. Building Plans for three, two-story model homes have been completed and the units are currently under construction and have undergone building inspections. A fourth single-story unit will be marketed with this development, but no model home for the single story unit will be constructed. 
  • Zenner – Staff was contacted by the new homebuilder who would construct this project involving 40 single-family units to discuss model plans. The annexation was approved by LAFCO on Sept. 14, 2015. Staff received documents from LAFCO this week memorializing their action that included final paperwork to be completed by the City prior to annexation recordation. 
  • Stella Park Condominiums – This Planned Development involving 65 townhome units is located at 2516 S. Escondido Blvd. The applicant is contracting with consultants for preparation of numerous technical studies (including a Water Quality Technical Report) and the CEQA document which is anticipated to be a mitigated negative declaration. Staff met with the applicant to discuss submittal requirements from prior city comments and is providing information regarding existing conditions to include in the environmental review analysis.. 
  • Wohlford – Staff has reviewed revised submittals and technical reports from the applicant regarding this single-family subdivision involving 55 units in response to the letter identifying necessary submittals to continue processing. A Specific Alignment Plan for Bear Valley Parkway detailing the roadway is under review. A Request for Qualifications for preparation of a consultant-prepared EIR has resulted in four (4) proposals submitted to the City for review. Staff will conclude interviews with four consulting firms this week and will contact the top consultant selected for preparing the EIR next week. Tribal consultation meetings have been completed. 
  • Latitude II –The project was approved by the City Council on August 19, 2015. Grading plans and a Final Subdivision Map have been submitted for review. Architectural plans were submitted for plan check this week. 
  • Shea Homes (Tract 932)No change from the following update reported last week: Staff approved the substantial conformance determination for the revised tentative map for the 179-lot residential subdivision known as Canyon View Estates. Staff continues to coordinate with the applicant on the proposed grading plan. The Precise Plan application was submitted on Aug. 6, 2015; additional information is needed to complete the application. The applicant is pursuing purchase of mitigation credits at Daley Ranch, and pursuing acquisitions needed for offsite improvements. 
  • Safari Highlands No change from the following update reported last week: This project proposes 550 single-family units on 1,100 acres involving annexation and Sphere of Influence update for a master planned community with parks, trails, recreation center, fire station, open space, on-site sewer facility for treating a portion of the on-site wastewater for irrigation purposes. Planning and Engineering extensions of staff have been funded by the applicant and retained to assist the city in processing the project. Staff met with a representative of the Fish and Wildlife Department to discuss the project. Other outreach efforts have included City of San Diego, Safari Park representatives, public agencies and surrounding residents. A Request for Proposals was issued to solicit bids for the preparation of a consultant-prepared Environmental Impact Report (EIR) and a bidders meeting was held this week to answer consultant questions. Staff met with the Engineering Division extension of staff to review technical documents. More information about this project is on line at: http://www.escondido.org/safari-highlands-ranch-specific-plan.aspx 
  • Felicita Development, LLC - No change from the following update reported last week: The applicant has submitted a revised concept plan this week involving development of a 140-unit hotel, and a gas station and car wash located at the southeast corner of Felicita Rd. and Gamble Lane. 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. A letter addressing items and technical studies needed to complete the application has been sent. 
  • Escondido Disposal Inc.No change from the following update reported last week: The CUP modification to expand the existing facility was approved by the Planning Commission on August 25, 2015. The project has completed its second post-approval plan check and staff comments have been sent regarding the grading and landscape plans. The County has notified the City that the applicant has made their application to the State permitting agency. Staff has resolved storm drain issues involving the subject site and adjacent properties. 
  • Westfield TheaterNo change from the following update reported last week: The Economic Development Subcommittee authorized expedited processing of the modification to the planned development for the proposed 10-auditorium movie theater. The project was approved by the City Council on November 4, 2015. 
  • Paseo EscondidoNo change from the following update reported last week: The Phair Company application for a mixed-use planned development for the property at the southwest corner of Ash Street and Washington Ave. (currently owned by the City) is under review. The proposed project consists of 26 one-bedroom and 96 two-bedroom apartments (122 units total) in three four-story buildings, and two 5,000 SF commercial buildings (10,000 SF total) oriented around an outdoor plaza. Additional submittals required to complete the application. 
  • High Pointe (Palos Vista Neighborhood 3) – No change from the following update reported last week: This project involves 39 custom 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. 
  • Valiano (County Project) –The project is outside of the City’s limits and is being processed by the County. At the December 9 City Council meeting, the traffic mitigation funding agreement and sewer service MOU were approved. 
  • Springhill SuitesNo change from the following update reported last week: Building plans were submitted for this planned development at 300 La Terraza Drive involving 4 stories, 105 suites, a small conference room and an enlarged lobby for serving continental breakfast. A revised set of grading and landscaping plans were submitted involving the hotel site and the parking lot of the adjacent property for review, and department comments are being finalized. 
  • Del Prado (former Woody’s site) – No change from the following update reported last week: The project involves a Planned Development containing 113 attached residential townhomes, recreational facility, pool, and open space areas located at the southwestern corner of Brotherton Road and the Centre City Parkway frontage road. Staff has met with the applicant met to address sewer and emergency access and engineering issues. A revised set of plans was submitted responding to staff comments. 
  • BMW DealershipNo change from the following update reported last week: A Precise Plan application to expand the existing dealership showroom an additional approximately 4,000 square feet and enhance the building façade at 1557 Auto Park Way was approved by the Planning Commission on October 13, 2015. Building plans have been submitted and are in plan check process. 
  • Solutions for Change – A Planned Development application for 33 affordable multi-family units was approved by the Planning Commission on October 13, 2015, and by the City Council November 18, 2015. Building plans have been submitted for review and a comment letter is being prepared. Staff is finalizing loan documents for disbursement. 
  • Escondido Auto Park AssociationNo change from the following update reported last week: The association is proposing to upgrade the existing electronic message sign along I-15. On September 23, 2015, the Economic Development Subcommittee considered a request by the association to enter into an agreement with the City for reimbursement of a portion of the cost of the upgraded sign and expressed support for a five-year agreement based on anticipated public benefit of additional sales tax revenue. Staff has confirmed with the applicant sign application and submittal process. 
  • 701 San Pasqual Valley RdNo change from the following update reported last week: An application has been submitted for a 19-lot single family clustered residential subdivision and planned development on a 7.2 acres site also addressed as 1201 E. 5th (formerly Tract 898). The application is under review and a letter detailing additional comments and submittal requirements was forwarded to the applicant.
  • Ford-Hyundai Dealership ExpansionNo change from the following update reported last week: An expansion involving approximately 13,000 sq. ft. of showroom buildings and 6,700 sq. ft. wash/detail building at 1717-1919 Auto Park Way was approved by the Planning Commission on June 23, 2015. Grading plans have been submitted and staff anticipates building plans to be submitted in the next several weeks.

Building Division: 

  • The Building Department issued 77 permits for this week with a total valuation of $59,835 
  • 45 photovoltaic permits were issued for the week.  Building has issued 1,366 solar permits so far this year compared to 750 issued at the same time last year. 
  • Building inspectors and counter staff had a very busy week with inspections averaging 49 inspections per day and counter contacts averaging 33 per day. 
  • Due to the increase in inspection requests, 23 inspections were held over on Monday, 28 on Tuesday, 8 on Wednesday and 14 on Thursday and 17 on Friday. Our Deputy Building Official (plans examiner) was sent out to conduct inspections on Tuesday and the Building Official inspected 2 projects on Friday. 
  • A new guideline was created for gray water systems and is available at the building counter or on our website at escondido.org/city departments/community development/building/information guidelines/guideline # 27. 
  • In addition to the expedited solar permitting now available, residential roof top solar projects that qualify to be expedited, can be accepted electronically through e-mail. More information is provided on the city’s website. 
  • The 76 unit condominium complex at 2412 S Escondido Blvd will be calling in for framing inspections this week. . 
  • The Meadowbrook Village 3 story apartment building has received underground utility and foundation inspection approval for the underground parking area and are preparing the podium slab. 
  • The Pradera single family tract has received rough framing inspection on all 3 of the models and drywall and stucco is being applied. 
  • The new Taco Bell restaurant and office building are now applying interior and exterior finish to the buildings.

Code Enforcement: 

  • As of December 14th the total number of open code enforcement cases is 358 cases. During the prior week 64 new cases were opened, and 61 cases were closed, with a backlog of an additional 46 cases not yet opened for assignment and investigation. 
  • There were 62 illegal signs confiscated during the weekend. Three Public Records Requests (PRR) were processed, for a total of 103 PRRs processed to date this year. 
  • Last week the Business License Division issued 25 new licenses and received 43 new applications in addition to 69 renewals. 

Public Works 

  • Approximately 10 -12 Eucalyptus trees (red iron variety) are scheduled for removal in the Sierra Linda area. Crews are currently pruning and reducing the crowns of the large street trees in this area. Once notification have been made to the residents whose property is adjacent to trees scheduled to be removed the actual removals will start. Only trees that are dead, diseased, dying or structurally beyond saving will be slated for removal. 
  • The vegetation in the area of the drainage channel to the south of Mission Pools' building are being removed this week. Only the vegetation located on the maintenance road and slopes will be removed. Staff does not have the required approvals to remove any vegetation in the actual channel at this time. 
  • Staff has made 1,600 sandbags and they are stockpiled as part of the preparations for the expected El Nino storms predicted for this winter. The filling of sandbags will continue this week and we intend to have 2,500 sandbags stockpiles should the need arise. We will also make approximately 500 gravel bags in addition to the sandbags. The gravel bags are for use in areas where the runoff needs to be filtered and allowed to drain as opposed to the sandbags which are designed for blocking water flows. 
  • To date 4.2 miles of channel has been cleaned in preparation for the predicted storms. The channels that have been cleaned are those previously identified in the Regional General Permit. The total amount of material removed is 2,617 tons of vegetation, 20.45 tons of trash and 1,092 tons of trash.

Capital Improvements

Storm Drain Inlet Filter Basket Project:
No change from the following update reported last week. A second Public Service Agreement was approved on November 30, 2015 for an additional 21 inlet filters to be installed within existing storm drain structures. The objective is to retain function and to allow ease of maintenance through the manhole opening. The first Public Service Agreement Project which include 21 inlet filter will be completed on December 3rd.    

Private Development 

Bear Valley Parkway between Boyle Avenue and San Pasqual Valley Road (County Project):
Construction of the new roadway  section was began on Monday November 30, 2015 for the portion of new roadway between Idaho Avenue and Birch Avenue, the contractor has imported base material in preparation to base paving this segment of roadway. The construction of new storm drain between Birch Avenue and Boyle Avenue is ongoing, the rain from last week will cause a delay to let the material dry out before construction can resume.  

2412 South Escondido Boulevard:
No change from the following update reported last week: On site construction of new homes is continuing this week. 

Pradera - Lennar Communities:

  • Bond and Fee Letters were issued for both Street “D” and “E” tracts that are 2 of the 5 tracts that make up Pradera.
  • The Final Maps for Street “D” and “E” are tentatively scheduled for City Council approval on January 13th.
  • The 4th submittal of the Perimeter Improvement plans was reviewed and returned to the Engr. on Dec. 3rd with very minor corrections and is expected to be submitted next as mylars for approval. 

Private Development –Current Plan Review 

Ford and Hyundai Dealership Reconstruction: 
This project is a multi-phase Reconstruction of the Ford and Hyundai dealerships under same ownership and includes the addition of a car washing building/facility.

  • The 3rd submittal of the Grading Plan for all construction phases of both dealerships came in on November 5th and was reviewed and deemed ready for approval subject to Rincon del Diablo Water District approval, submittal of grading plan mylars, and payment of fee balances and bond amounts.
  • A Bond and Fee Letter was issued on December 9th. 

PPH Medical Office Building - East:
This 3 story 71,600 SF Medical Office Building and future Cancer Center building will be constructed on Lots 2-5 of the Escondido Research & Technology Center and is a joint partnership project between the Palomar Hospital District and JRMC Real Estate, the Developers of the ERTC.    It is also proposed to be subdivided as commercial space condominiums with a Parcel Map yet to be submitted.

  • The 1st submittal of the Grading plans, WQTR, and various studies came in on October 21st and the review of these plans and reports has been returned to the Engineer. 

Tract 951 – Jacks Creek Place:
This project is a 12 lot residential subdivision located near Eureka Ranch.

  • The 3rd submittal of the Final Map, Grading, Landscaping and Improvement plans was made on November 18th and the review is scheduled to be completed this week. 

Solutions for Change Housing:
This project is a 3 story 34 unit low income/transitional housing project located on S. Escondido Blvd. just south of 15th Ave.  This project also has a small commercial office space component that will be subdivided off by “air space” Parcel Map for tax financing reasons.

  • The 1st submittal of the Parcel Map, Grading, Landscaping and Improvement plans, and WQTR and other studies were made on November 30th and are scheduled to be reviewed by the 1st week of January 2016. 

PUBLIC SAFETY           

Police:

INCIDENTS 

  • On 12/8/2015, Officers responded to the 800 block of West 11th Avenue regarding a subject who had punched his mother in the face. When officers arrived, they could smell smoke and saw that the suspect was lighting objects on fire. After the suspect barricaded himself in the house, a SWAT callout was initiated. Several hours later, the suspect was taken into custody.
  • On 12/10/2015, Escondido Detectives and Loss Prevention Agents from the San Diego Organized Retail Crime (ORC) Alliance were working a plain-clothes detail at Westfield North County Mall in response to Organized Retail Crime. At about 2:00 PM, two ORC related suspects, known from previous ORC related activity across the US, entered the mall. The suspects stole multiple jackets from Abercrombie and Fitch and left the area.  After exiting the mall, a foot pursuit of the two subject began but both subjects were eventually arrested with the assistance of Patrol. In the suspect’s car was another $2000 worth of merchandise from multiple malls in San Diego as well as a Mall in Arizona. 

PD EVENTS 

  • On 12/12/2015, personnel and volunteers from the City of Escondido, San Diego County Sheriff’s Department, Oceanside Police Department, Carlsbad Police Department, San Diego Police Department , Coronado Police Department, San Diego Harbor Police, La Mesa Police Department and El Cajon Police Department came together to make the 65th Annual Escondido Jaycees Christmas Parade a success. Thank you to everyone for your hard work on this event.
  • On 12/11/2015, the Escondido Police Department hosted a Crime Free Multi-Housing class in the Community Room. The program teaches property owners and managers how to reduce the likelihood of crime in the community using C.P.T.E.D. (Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design) techniques.
  • On 12/9/2015, the Escondido Police Departmenthosted the 17th Annual EPD Children’s Christmas party. This “invitation only” event is an opportunity for the Escondido Police Department to bring holiday cheer to children and families who have been victimized by crime or faced some other hardship. Carefully selected gifts were given to each child. 
  • On 12/9/2015, the Assistance League of Inland North County donated 17 Automated External Defibrillators to the Police Department. Each year in the United States, there are over 360,000 victims of sudden cardiac arrest. A victim’s chance of survival decreases by 7 to 10 percent for every minute that passes without defibrillation, and an Automated External Defibrillator is the only effective treatment for restoring a regular heart rhythm during sudden cardiac arrest. This generous donation will give victims of cardiac arrest the best chance of survival until paramedics arrive.

 

  • On 12/9/2015, 18-year veterans Greg Kogler and Eric Skaja were promoted to the position of Police Congratulations to both.