December 5, 2019

Discovery Museum Receives New Mural
Escondido native, local artist, and teacher at Orange Glen High School Aled Anaya recently added his work to the side of the Children’s Discovery Museum. His murals are featured all over San Diego County, and are inspired by his childhood and cultural roots. The mural, a 20’ by 16’ butterfly can be viewed from the front of the building, across from Grape Day Park. More information about Aled and the new mural can be found in the Coast News Article below.

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BY THE NUMBERS

Public Works

Code Enforcement

Business Licenses

Graffiti Restitution

Fire:

 

 Police:

November Abandoned Vehicle Data

Building Division:
*Data reflects activity through November 30 of each year. 

 

VOLUNTEER PROGRAM

Past Events:

Escondido Arbor Day
On November 23, volunteers participated in Escondido Arbor Day, planting trees in Kit Carson Park. Arbor Day is part of the Cool Parks program, and trees planted during this event are part of a statewide tree planting program funded by a CAL Fire Urban and Community Forestry Grant. Thank you volunteers for your hard work!  

Get Involved:

If you would like to get involved with future projects and volunteer in Escondido, visit:
https://volunteer.escondido.org/

POLICE DEPARTMENT

Incidents:

Hatchet Wielding Suspect Arrested for Attempted Murder
On November 18 at about 9:30 p.m., a victim became involved in an argument with 31-year-old Luis Bryan Perez of Oceanside in the 700 block of W. Valley Pkwy.  Perez appeared to have initiated the conflict.  During the melee, Perez took the victim’s backpack and the victim left the area.  Several minutes later, the victim returned with a hatchet and struck Perez in the head.  Both continued to scuffle and the victim dropped the hatchet.  Perez pushed the victim to the ground and retrieved the hatchet.  As the victim lay on the ground, Perez struck him multiple times in the head, causing severe lacerations and fractures.  Both parties were transported to local hospitals.  Perez was later booked into the Vista Detention facility for attempted murder.

Bicyclist Fatally Injured by Hit and Run Suspect
On November 23 at 11:52 AM, Escondido Police and Escondido Fire responded to a vehicle versus bicycle collision in the 1600 block of La Honda Dr., in Escondido. Officers arrived minutes later and found a bicyclist down in the street. The driver of the involved vehicle had fled the scene.

The initial investigation revealed the bicyclist was riding south on La Honda Dr. and collided head-on with a dark color Toyota sedan which was driving north on La Honda Dr. The bicyclist, 36-year-old Kevin Luntz, suffered multiple traumatic injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene. The dark Toyota sedan involved in the collision was later recovered in the 600 block of Aster St. Investigators developed information that led to the identification of 41-year-old Jamison Connor as the hit and run driver.

On November 28, Connor was taken into custody on a parole warrant and booked into the Vista Detention Facility on various weapons charges, drug charges and driving under the influence. These charges stemmed from his arrest and were not related to the hit and run collision.  The hit and run case remains under investigation and criminal charges for incident are pending.

Car Thief Apprehended by Officers
On November 24 at 7:16 p.m., officers spotted a green Toyota pickup truck that matched the description of a vehicle used in a business burglary earlier in the day.  Inside the bed of the truck were numerous items consisting of construction equipment and bicycles.  These items were later determined to be stolen from the business.  Additionally, the Toyota was also stolen. Detectives assisted with the case and returning the stolen property back to the rightful owners.  The suspect, 39-year-old Isaac Fernandus Myers, of Escondido was booked into the Vista Detention Center for burglary, grand theft, committing a felony while out on bail, possession of stolen property, and receiving stolen property.

Shooting in the 300 block of Waverly Place
On November 24 at 5:12 p.m., a victim was near his residence in the 300 block of Waverly Pl. when he became involved in a verbal argument with the suspect.  During the argument the suspect shot the victim with a 9 mm handgun in the left thigh.  The victim was transported to Palomar Hospital for treatment.  The victim described the suspect as a Hispanic male, 25 years old, 5'5" tall and thin. After the shooting, the suspect got in the passenger’s side of a blue/gray SUV vehicle with a female driver and fled the scene.

COPPS:
The COPPS (Community Oriented Policing and Problem-Solving) Unit is dedicated to increasing the quality of life for the residents of Escondido through pro-active responses to crime trends, quality of life issues, and addressing crime and public nuisance in Grape Day Park and at Maple Plaza.     

  • 3 arrest
  • 0 citations
  • 18 extra patrols/calls for service

Did You Know:

The Escondido Police Department’s Background and Training Division is responsible for all the hiring and training of all EPD personnel.  The process of hiring personnel to work at the Police Department is arduous.  The pre-employment background takes 3-4 months to complete and requires the interviewing of individuals in the applicant’s life.  Our background investigators look into an applicant’s employment history, family history, criminal background, finances, personal references, psychological makeup, and medical history.  The final background package is between 350-1000 pages. 

From the date an entry-level officer applies for the job until she or he is able to work independently on the streets is 14-16 months, and the Police Academy alone is 6 months of the process.  So far in 2019, the Background and Training division has worked on 214 backgrounds and 39 applicants have been hired for a variety of positions at the PD.

Training officers in current law, tactics, and techniques is vitally important to maintaining a professional police department.  In 2019, officers attended over 10,000 hours of training, including mandatory training and other types of training paid for by the federal or state government.  All of this training is scheduled and managed by the Background and Training Division.

Tip of the Week:

The holiday season has started and this means more cars on the road and many more distracted drivers.  Driving cautiously is especially true when the roads are wet.  Leave more time to get to destinations and slow down during rainy weather.
You know the rules of the road: Do not text or drive distracted; obey posted speed limits; and always drive sober.  It is illegal to drive impaired by any substance in all states – no exceptions.  Alcohol and drugs can impair the skills critical for safe and responsible driving such as coordination, judgment, perception, and reaction time.
We all have loved ones on the road.  It is everyone’s responsibility to drive safely. 

FIRE DEPARTMENT

News:

On November 20 at approximately 4:45 p.m., the Escondido Police and Fire Communication Center received a report of a fire in the area of the 1400 block of Jefferson Ave. and dispatched a structure fire response. The first arriving engine reported light smoke coming from the roof vents from a house. After an aggressive search, firefighters located a smoldering fire in the attic area. Fire crews were able to contain the fire to the attic and prevent any further spread. One dog was rescued and was reunited with its owner. There were no injuries to firefighters or civilians. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

On November 21 the Truck Crew at Station #1 (Captain Revere, Engineer Schmeiser and Firefighter Paramedics Ward and Passmore), Battalion Chief Jeff Sargis, Division Chiefs Art Holcomb and John Tenger and Fire Chief Rick Vogt assisted an Engine crew from Rincon Reservation Fire Department and their Fire Chief, North County Food Bank and Live Well San Diego to provide free Thanksgiving meals to veterans and families from the North San Diego County region.

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

Major Projects Update

The following major projects are being reviewed and coordinated by Planning, Engineering, Fire, Building and Utilities.  The list of projects below encompasses recent project updates and/or milestones from last week.  

Commercial / Office:

  1. Raising Cane’s Restaurant – (Developer: Ada Fermin, PM Design Group) 1280 W. Valley Parkway – Demolition of vacant, former Coco’s restaurant building and construction of new 3,744 SF drive-through restaurant for Raising Cane’s.  A CUP application was filed on October 30, 2019.  The applicant recently resubmitted plans showing additional drive-through stacking.  Staff is still awaiting submittal of a traffic study.
  1. Mercedes Benz Expansion – (Developer: Jody Stout, Integrity Design and Construction) 1101 W. 9th Avenue – A Master and Precise Plan modification to demo the existing dealership showroom and construct a new two-story, 52,334 SF showroom, office, parts storage and service building with rooftop parking/display. The application was submitted on November 20, 2019, and has been distributed to all departments for initial review and comments.
  1. 7-Eleven Gas and Convenience Store – (Developer: Golcheh Group) 900 W. Mission Ave. – A proposal to relocate a 7-Eleven from the northeastern corner of Mission/Rock Springs to the northwestern corner and add a gas station. The City Council initiated study of a General Plan Amendment (from Industrial to Commercial) for the proposal on May 15, 2019.  An application for a GPA, Zone Change and CUP was filed on September 12, 2019.  A comprehensive list of comments from all departments was sent to the applicant on October 11, 2019. 
  1. Discount Tire Expansion – (Developer: Reid Kunisghe, raSmith, Inc.) 209 S. Escondido Blvd. and 339 W2nd Ave. - A proposal to demolish the existing Discount Tire store and an adjacent bridal shop and construct an expanded tire store with 8,192 SF of floor area.  An amendment to the Downtown Specific Plan and CUP were filed on June 19, 2019.  The Planning Commission is scheduled to consider the proposal on December 10, 2019.  A City Council hearing is anticipated in January or February of next year.

Industrial

  1. Escondido Self-Storage Facility (Developer: Brandywine Homes, Inc.) 2319 Cranston Dr. – The building permit was issued on November 22, 2019 and construction crews have mobilized for the start of construction.
  1. Citracado Business Park (Developer: Dentt Properties) 2207 Harmony Grove Road – A proposed specific plan for two industrial warehouse/office buildings (145,930 SF and 125,930 SF) with the buildings to be separated by the future extension of Citracado Parkway. The application was submitted on August 14, 2018.  All departments have completed their initial review and comments were sent to the applicant on September 17, 2018.  SDG&E also has provided comments regarding the high voltage power lines that traverse the site.  The applicant’s traffic consultant submitted revised methodology and distribution to Engineering on October 19, 2018, and a revised Traffic Impact Analysis was submitted to Engineering on August 8, 2019.  The developer and consultant team met with Engineering and Planning on August 20, 2019, to discuss proposed traffic mitigation measures.  Caltrans has recently responded favorably to the Engineering Division’s suggestion of adaptive signal timing as feasible mitigation for the Nordahl/Hwy 78 area.  Two vacant residences on the site were demolished on October 4, 2019.

City Projects

  1. Membrane-Filtration Reverse Osmosis/ MFRO (Developer: City of Escondido Utilities Department) SE corner Ash/Washington – On January 16, 2019, the City Council expressed continued support for the MFRO, but directed staff to investigate moving the facility from Ash/Washington to another location. A city-owned property located at 901 W. Washington Avenue has been selected as the new MFRO site.  A Design Build Agreement was approved by the City Council on April 3, 2019.  The Design Build Agreement with Filanc+BC Joint Venture provides for design and pre-construction services.  The Design Build team met with Utilities and Planning on May 15, 2019 and June 5, 2019 to discuss design and timeline issues.  City staff met with the Design Build team to review site plan comments on August 14, 2019, and again on September 3, 2019.  A Plot Plan application was submitted for review on October 14, 2019.  A comment letter was issued on November 6, 2019, and a follow-up meeting with Utilities occurred the next day.  The first draft of the proposed Mitigated Negative Declaration (MND) was submitted for review on November 20, 2019.
  1. Lake Wohlford Replacement Dam (Developer: City of Escondido Utilities Department) – A Draft EIR was prepared and issued for a 45-day public review period that began on October 4, 2016 and closed on November 17, 2016. A field visit with staff from the state and federal wildlife agencies took place on May 11, 2017, to review biological mitigation requirements including an agency request for full mitigation for emergent vegetation at the eastern end of the lake that came into existence since the lake level was reduced for safety reasons.  Staff sent a follow-up letter to the wildlife agencies on June 29, 2017, seeking clarification on the proposed biological mitigation requirements. Additional information has been compiled and analyzed by the City’s biological consultants based on recent conversations with the agencies.  The biological consultant and staff met with the wildlife agencies on November 28, 2018 to discuss a modified approach to fulfilling mitigation requirements.  Written information summarizing what was discussed at the meeting was transmitted to the agencies on December 4, 2018.  City staff concluded a revised assessment of potential biological impacts and met with the agencies to present the findings.  Additional information requested by the agencies was prepared and submitted as requested.  The agencies responded they do not concur with the alternative mitigation proposal and the issue remains unresolved.  Utilities is currently discussing a potential legislative solution to extend the state 1E Grant Funding.  On December 18, 2019, the City Council will consider a proposed amendment to the design contract to provide additional engineering services to evaluate the feasibility of rehabilitating the existing Lake Wohlford Dam and associated structures to address seismic deficiencies in lieu of building a replacement dam.

Residential

  1. Harvest Hills (aka Safari Highlands Ranch) (Developer: Jeb Hall, Concordia Homes) 550 lots east of Rancho San Pasqual – A Notice of Availability for the Draft EIR was issued on October 16, 2017 for public review and comment. The comment period ended on January 2, 2018.  Staff transmitted all the comment letters and emails to the EIR consultant for review and to prepare a response to each comment.  The Draft EIR and appendices have been posted on the City’s website at the following link: 
    https://www.escondido.org/safari-highlands-ranch-specific-plan.aspx
    The responses to comments have generated related revisions to the project design. The applicant’s engineer submitted a revised tentative map on October 26, 2018.  Generally, the amount of grading and the area of disturbance has decreased, while the overall number of 550 residential lots has remained the same.  Engineering met with the project engineer and applicant on January 31, 2019, to discuss their comments on the revised tentative map.  The revised tentative map and exhibits have been posted on-line at the link above.  The applicant met with Traffic Engineering during the week of February 25th to discuss off-site improvements.  Staff, applicant and biological consultant met with the wildlife agencies on April 23, 2019, to discuss the revisions to the project design mentioned above.  The applicant and staff met on June 20, 2019, to refine the list of outstanding issues remaining to be resolved prior to advancing to public hearings for the project.  The applicant met with Traffic Engineering staff on August 15, 2019, and agreement was reached on several of the off-site mitigation locations on October 28, 2019.  Additional information regarding biological resources was submitted on August 29, 2019.  A revised tentative map addressing previous staff comments was submitted on November 6, 2019.  A third amendment to the EIR contract for additional consultant funding was approved by the City Council on November 20, 2019.
  1. 18 lots at 701 San Pasqual Valley Rd (Developer: Bob Stewart) – A tentative map for ten single-family lots was approved by City Council on February 8, 2008. The applicant has been working to revise the map to develop more homes on the property.  In response to follow-up discussions with the applicant about revising the map, comments were provided on April 29, 2019.  Additional discussions between the applicant and the City to resolve project issues also occurred on June 20, 2019.  The applicant submitted a tentative map time extension on July 10, 2019, to extend the processing timeline.  The tentative map’s expiration date was extended another two years on October 30, 2018.  The map will expire on February 6, 2022.
  1. The Villages at Escondido Country Club (Developer: Jason Han, New Urban West, Inc.) 380 residences – The City Council voted 3-2 to approve the project on November 15, 2017. The applicant submitted rough grading plans, drainage improvement plans and utility relocation plans for all three villages on May 7, 2018. Most of the plans are in third or fourth plan check.  Engineering comments were returned on March 12, 2019; and the developer team met with Engineering on April 1, 2019, to discuss the comments.  The homebuilder met with Building, Engineering and Planning on April 24, 2019 to discuss the building plan check and precise grading plan processes.  A revised Certified Tentative Map for substantial conformance review was submitted on May 23, 2019 and included a proposal to relocate approximately 10 residential lots within the development.  These changes in Villages 2 and 3 resulted from comments provided by the Regional Water Quality Control Board and that agency now has issued a permit.  The revised Certified Tentative Map was approved on September 3, 2019.  A rough grading permit for Village 1 was issued on September 16, 2019, and grading is underway.  All remaining buildings in the village center area of Village 1 have been demolished.  Final engineering for Villages 2 and 3 was resubmitted to staff on October 14, 2019.  This includes rough grading plans, improvement plans, and the final map.  Partial staff comments were issued last week on Villages 2 and 3 and the Country Club Drive improvements.  Village 1 improvement plans were approved on November 8, 2019.  A design review application for all residences was submitted on November 20, 2019.
    The approved tentative subdivision map, Final EIR and appendices, Specific Plan and other related information can be accessed on the City’s website at the following link:
    https://www.escondido.org/ecc.aspx
  1. North Avenue Estates (Developer: Casey Johnson) 34 lots at North Ave./Conway Dr. –The City Council approved the project on January 10, 2018. LAFCO approved the annexation application on October 1, 2018, and the annexation has recorded.  The new homebuilder, Taylor Morrison Homes submitted a Precise Development Plan to Planning on December 14, 2018.  Grading plans, final map and improvement plans were submitted for review on December 7, 2018.  Engineering met with the applicant’s engineer on January 31, 2019 to discuss drainage issues.  A revised Certified TM was approved on March 14, 2019.  Final engineering plans were resubmitted on March 21, 2019.  The project engineer, Engineering and County Water Authority staff met on April 2, 2019, to discuss the street and utility crossings over the CWA aqueduct.  The applicant’s engineer submitted a revised design to address the CWA issues the week of June 3rd.  Building plans for four model homes were submitted into plan check on July 15, 2019.  The most recent comments by Planning on the building plans were sent out on October 24, 2019.  The Precise Development Plan was approved by the Planning Commission on August 13, 2019.  Revised grading and improvement plans were resubmitted on October 25, 2019.  Staff comments were provided on those plans and a follow-up meeting to discuss the comments took place on December 6, 2019. 
  1. Sager Ranch/Daley Ranch Resort Specific Plan (Developer: J. Whalen Associates, Inc., Sager Ranch Partners) 203 housing units and 225-room resort hotel on 1,783-acres, just north and east of Daley Ranch – This proposed residential and resort hotel annexation and specific plan project was received on March 2, 2018. The project submittal has been deemed incomplete and a letter from staff requesting additional project related information was sent to the applicant on April 4, 2018. Requested information includes annexation exhibits, proposed general plan amendment text, a proposed Transfer of Development Rights Program, environmental initial study, and a fiscal impact analysis. Planning met with the applicant on May 17, 2018 to discuss items listed in the letter. A follow-up meeting to discuss engineering issues occurred on June 27, 2018. The applicant met with Escondido Fire and Valley Center Fire on August 1, 2018 to discuss fire protection issues. Significant fire-related issues to be addressed include the steepness of the project entry road, secondary emergency access and Fire Department response times. A follow-up meeting with the applicant to discuss these issues occurred on October 11, 2018.  On April 5, 2019, the applicant provided a letter response with alternative compliance proposals to address some of the fire-related issues.  On May 14, 2019 the applicant provided additional fire-related information requested by Fire and Planning.  Fire, Planning, and Engineering staff met with the applicant team on May 29, 2019 to discuss the fire-related information.  A financial feasibility study for the proposed resort was submitted on July 8, 2019.
    A project webpage containing draft documents and plans has been added to the Planning Division’s website at the following link:
    https://www.escondido.org/daley-ranch-resort-specific-plan.aspx
  1. Nutmeg Condo General Plan Amendment (Developer: Jim Simmons, CCI) 137 townhome condo units on 7.7 acres on both sides of Nutmeg between I-15 and Centre City Parkway – This proposed multi-family residential development includes a GPA from Office to Urban III (up to 18 du/acre) as well as a specific alignment plan for Nutmeg and a vacation of approximately one acre of public right-of-way for use in the project. The project application was received on June 15, 2018. Initial comments from Planning, Fire, Engineering, Utilities and Traffic Engineering were provided to the applicant on July 13, 2018. A Notice of Availability for the Draft EIR was issued May 7, 2019, announcing a 45-day public review period from May 10, 2019 to June 24, 2019.  Caltrans expressed a concern for having encroachment into their right of way.  As a result, project revisions are necessary for the southern portion of the property to accommodate grading and fuel modification zone planning on-site.  The applicant met with Planning and Engineering on August 14, 2019 to discuss potential changes to the project.  The project applicant is splitting the project into northern and southern pieces.  The GPA, Final EIR and northern piece were recommended for approval by the Planning Commission on October 22, 2019.  The City Council approved the same part of the proposal on November 20, 2019.  Staff is now awaiting resubmittal of the southern portion of the project.
  1. Oak Creek (Builder: KB Homes) 65 single-family residential lots on approximately 44 acres at Felicita Road and Hamilton Lane – The Zoning Administrator approved a modification to the Precise Development Plan to revise the architecture on October 25, 2018. On-site remediation of hazardous materials has been completed and DTSC has issued a clearance letter.  On-site improvement plans have been approved.  The rough grading permit was issued on April 18, 2019, and grading has commenced on the site.  The Precise Grading Plan for the model homes has been approved and building permits for two model homes were issued the week of July 8.  A Model Home Permit was approved by Planning on July 10, 2019, for the sales office and temporary improvements.  A second plan check submittal for the final map was received the week of May 13.  Second plan check for the off-site improvement plans was received on June 3, 2019.  Engineering comments have been returned and Engineering has approved all improvements, excepting those provided for on Felicita, which additional changes are expected.  County of San Diego staff from the Parks and Public Works Divisions have met with the applicant to discuss ways to evaluate floodplain and drainage issues occurring at the Felicita Park.  A follow up meeting with Engineering occurred on August 28, 2019.  In response the applicant submitted a hydraulics study to DPW on September 9, 2019.  Discussions between KB Homes and the County have been on-going with the expectation the County will provide final direction this week.
  1. Villa Portofino (Developer: Chris Post, ATC Design Group) 15 apartment units in a three-story building with parking garage at 2690 S. Escondido Blvd. – This 15-unit multi-family residential project on a 0.52-acre parcel between S. Escondido Blvd and Cranston Drive was submitted as a Plot Plan application on November 28, 2018. A Development Agreement will be required to reduce open space.  A comment letter was issued on December 20, 2018.  Planning, Fire and Engineering met with the applicant on June 10, 2019, to discuss revisions to the plans intended to address the previous comments.  A revised project design was routed to all departments on August 23, 2019.  Planning has notified the applicant the project design is not consistent with the South Centre City Specific Plan.  Engineering and Utilities comments were provided to the applicant on October 2, 2019 and staff has engaged in several follow-up meetings with the applicant.
  1. Palomar Heights (Developer: Ninia Hammond, Integral Communities) Demolition and redevelopment of the old Palomar Hospital site with 510 multi-family units – A proposed Tentative Map, Planned Development, Specific Plan Amendment and EIR to redevelop the 13.8-acre former hospital site. Up to 5,500 square feet of recreation or commercial space could be included.  A partial project application was submitted on December 24, 2018.  Engineering and Planning comments on the initial project submittal were sent to the applicant on February 12, 2019.  A contract for a developer-funded planning consultant to work on this project as an extension of Planning staff was approved by the City Council on February 13, 2019. Planning Engineering and Fire met with the applicant team on February 27, 2019 and again on April 24, 2019 to go through proposed revisions to the site plan and building designs.  The applicant revised the plans to increase the unit count from 424 units to 510 units.  A Notice of Preparation (NOP) for the Draft EIR was issued on May 3, 2019 and a public scoping meeting took place on May 20, 2019.  The public comment period for the NOP closed on June 3, 2019, and approximately 28 comment letters and written forms from the scoping meeting were received.  Resubmittal of the redesign package was filed on June 25, 2019.  Design and site plan information was submitted on July 1, 2019 and a screen check EIR was submitted on July 29, 2019.  City comments on the design package was transmitted on August 2, 2019.  Comments on the screen check EIR were issued on August 27, 2019.  It is anticipated that a second screen check EIR will be submitted soon.  The third revision to project plans was submitted to Planning on September 11, 2019.  A Planning Commission work session focused on project design occurred on October 8, 2019.  A City comment letter, including Planning Commission feedback on design review, was transmitted to the applicant on October 21, 2019.  A meeting with Fire officials to discuss access requirements and hydrant locations occurred on November 26, 2019.
    The development proposal and other related information can be accessed on the City’s website at the following link:
    https://www.escondido.org/palomarheights.aspx 
  1. Henry Ranch (Builder: Joe Martin, Trumark Homes) An approved development of 97 single-family residential homes on 74.35 acres at the eastern terminus of Lincoln Avenue – The Tract 920 development proposal was originally approved in 2007 and an extension of the associated Development Agreement was approved in 2016. Final Map, grading plans and improvement plans were submitted for initial review on February 12, 2019. Architectural plans were submitted for Design Review on February 15, 2019, and comments were issued on March 14, 2019.  The second submittal of final engineering was received on April 22, 2019, and several rounds of comments have been provided.  The project applicant is still working on the improvement plans.  Grading plans have been approved and issued.  Planning has provided comments on the 1st check for building plans.  FEMA has approved the Conditional Letter of Map Revision (CLOMR) for the lower lots.
  1. Del Prado (Developer: Kerry Garza, Touchstone Communities) – An approved 113-unit townhome-style Planned Development located at the southwestern corner of Brotherton Road and the Centre City Parkway frontage road - The Del Prado project was approved by the City Council in May of 2016. The project site is separated into two parcels by an SDGE parcel.  Engineering and Planning are reviewing third plan check for final map, grading and improvement plans for Del Prado South.  Del Prado North is in second plan check for the same plans.  No building plans have been submitted into plan check.  Planning has provided comments for the North landscape plans.  The applicant is attempting to resolve sewer issues with the Regional Water Quality Control Board because sewer lines are proposed to cross over water lines.  Incomplete plans for North were submitted in mid-November and immediately returned to the engineer.  A resubmittal is expected soon.  Planning approved the South landscape plan. 
  1. Hacienda De Vega Redevelopment – (Developer: Tony Cassolato) A proposed residential condominium development consisting of 42 three-story attached townhomes on 1.75 acres – The project would demolish the vacant restaurant building and redevelop the entire site for residential use. An application for a tentative map, plot plan and condominium permit was submitted on October 8, 2019. Initial comments from all departments were provided to the applicant on November 7, 2019, and a follow-up meeting to discuss the comments occurred on November 13, 2019.  Street improvement and open space issues are being addressed by the applicant.  A neighborhood meeting likely will be scheduled for January 2020.
  1. Accessory Dwelling Units – Planning staff is currently working on twelve (12) applications for accessory dwelling units. Thirty-one (31) accessory dwelling units have been approved so far this year. Twenty-four (24) accessory dwelling units were approved in 2018.  Three (3) accessory dwelling units were approved in 2017.

Building Division:

  1. The Building Division issued 36 permits (including 17 solar photovoltaic) with a total valuation of $58,000.
  1. Our building inspectors responded to 118 inspection requests. 85 customers visited the Building counter during the week.
  1. No change from the previous. The Latitude 2 apartment project at 650 Center City Pkwy has received Building final approvals and Temporary Certificates of Occupancy for buildings 1-4. Field Engineering have released Building 6 for TCO.  The Building Division has granted a Temporary Certificate of Occupancy, with minor restrictions and is awaiting a request for Final inspection of Bldg. 6.  Final Inspection pending the receipt of all final reports from the contractor.
  1. No change from the previous. The new two story church sanctuary building at 1864 N. Broadway is progressing toward final inspection.   Finish work continues to proceed and may take several weeks to complete. A Final Inspection will be performed once work is completed and requested by the contractor.
  1. No Change from the previous. The new 105 room hotel at 200 La Terraza is currently operating on a Temporary Certificate of Occupancy, pending Engineering final approval. Work is on-going to complete Engineering conditions, however, additional time is needed and the developer has been granted a series of 30-day extensions for the TCO.
  1. The new five-story storage building at 852 Metcalf St is completing work on exterior finishes, and once completed will receive final inspection.
  1. The new Gateway Grand 126-unit apartment project at 700 W. Grand Ave. has received approval of Exterior shear of floors 4 & 5. Fourth floor corridor shear walls have been approved for Building B.  Floor sheathing for the 4th floor of Bldg. C has been approved.  Building B drywall inspections are on-going as are rough plumbing inspections on the 3rd floor and framing inspections on the 2nd
  1. No change from the previous. The new apartments at 917 W Lincoln Ave, consisting of 3 buildings and 9 total units, has received partial approval of drywall. Drywall installation is complete.  Finish work is on-going and will take several weeks to complete.  Staff is awaiting a request for final inspection. Temporary Gas & Electric meters have been approved and released.
  1. No change from the previous. The new 2 story 20,000 sf office building for Superior Ready Mix on 1564 W Mission is awaiting final inspection.
  1. No change from the previous. KB Homes, located at the Oak Creek development on Daisy Field Glen has completed the model home construction phase of the development. Plan revisions have been submitted and are currently under review.  Staff has been informed by KB’s permit coordinator that requests for permit issuance of the first phase could be occurring within the next 2 to 3 weeks. The number of homes in the first phase could total between 12-16 dwellings. Construction of the Guard shack is currently underway with framing, roof sheathing, drywall and exterior lath approved.  Precise Grading plans for Phases 1 & 2, totaling 12 SFD’s, are currently in review.
  1. The Starbucks “shell” building located at 350 W Valley Pkwy has received partial pre-roofing inspection to allow for shear transfer connections to be placed. Exterior shear has been approved. Rough framing, electrical, plumbing and mechanical has been approved. Drywall & Exterior Lath have been approved. Shell Building Final is currently in progress.
  1. The 80,000 SF medical office building located at 2130 Citracado Parkway (across from Palomar Hospital) has received partial foundation inspection and partial underground electrical conduit. Inspection.

ENGINEERING DEPARTMENT

Capital Improvements:

  1. El Norte Parkway Improvements – The project includes widening of El Norte Parkway at the flood control channel by the installation of a new bridge, construction of new median islands from Valley Parkway to Washington Avenue, landscaping and a drip irrigation system, a bike/pedestrian signal at the flood control channel, along with roadway resurfacing. The contractor placed 45 yards of concrete for the bridge deck. Contractor will be starting the median and roadway work. Sixty-one (61) working days are remaining for project completion.

  1. Transit Center Pedestrian Bridge Project – The contractor has started to construct the masonry flood walls located at 3rd and Spruce Street.
  1. 2019 Street Rehabilitation and Maintenance Project Rebid- This year’s project will resurface approximately 71-lane miles of pavement, replace 0.59- miles of sidewalk, and restripe 2.5- miles of bike lanes, install 51 pedestrian ramps, and replace 90 street trees that damaging concrete improvements. With the continued investment into our streets, the City has increased its Pavement Condition Index (PCI) from 55 to 61 points since 2013. This year’s project is Maintenance Zone W, which is west of I-15 between State Route 78 and Felicita Avenue. Streets include Eucalyptus Avenue, Valley Parkway between Auto Parkway and 11th Avenue, Citracado Parkway East of Valley Parkway and 9th Avenue between Auto Parkway and Hale Avenue. Out of service area street is Valley Parkway between Fig Street and Grape Street. The contract has been signed and the project preconstruction meeting will be scheduled for January 2020.  More information can be found at https://www.escondido.org/city-of-escondido-street-maintenance-program.aspx
  1. Storm Drain Pipe Lining and Rehabilitation Project Phase1 The project consists of 14 work zones and 3 Bid Alternate locations for the videoing, grouting, repairing, and lining of existing corrugated metal pipes (CMP) within the City’s inventory. Contractor is in punch list phase.

Private Development:

  1. Tract 932 - Canyon Grove Shea Homes Community –No changes from that reported last week; The developer completed final asphalt placement throughout the tract. The roadway connection between Vista Avenue and Vista Verde Way is scheduled to be opened to all traffic by mid-December. This opening will connect El Norte Parkway to the South and Ash Street to the West.
  1. Latitude II Condominiums: Washington Avenue @ Centre City Parkway – No changes from that reported last week; The project will be working on punch list items over the next reporting period.
  1. Tract 934No changes from that reported last week; Is a 5 lot subdivision located at 1207 Gamble Street. On site roadway construction has resumed this past week.
  1. 1221 Gamble Street – Is a 3 lot subdivision located adjacent to Tract 934. The contractor has placed base material for the roadway widening on Pear Blossom Place.   
  1. KB Homes Oak Creek Project No changes from that reported last week; The construction of on site improvements are continuing this week.   
  1. North American Self Storage – The project is located at 852 Metcalf Street. Contractor has scheduled the SDG&E gas line installation.
  1. Pradera by Lennar No changes from that reported last week; The construction and installation of 779’ of12” water main along Conway Drive, between Lehner Drive and Rincon Avenue is complete. The contractor is tying the new line to the Cities potable water system.
  1. Henry Ranch Tract 920No changes from that reported last week; The project is located at the intersection of El Norte Parkway/Lincoln Avenue. The contractor has been issued a Grading Permit and grading has begun this past week. 433,000 cubic yards of material will be processed during the grading operation with 50,000 cubic yards of material being exported off site.
  1. The Villages – Village 1 grading is continuing this week. Village 1 is between Country Club Drive to the south, David Drive to the east and Golden Circle Drive to the north. A total of 111 homes are to be constructed in Village 1. “No Parking” signs are placed on Country Club Drive South of Country Club Lane. The work will be for the construction of storm drain pipe at Country Club Drive and Fairway Park. Contractor to start installation of the new sewer line.
  1. SDG&E 16” Gas Main Replacement: No changes from that reported last week; The City has issued an Encroachment Permit for pot holing of utilities for a future gas main replacement project on Bear Valley Parkway between HWY 78/ San Pasqual Valley Road interaction then South to Beethoven Drive. Information is being gathered to aid in the development of the new gas main alignment. Pot holing will begin this week. The construction phase is not expected until 2021.

GRANT APPLICATIONS

Applications:

Awarded:

  • The San Diego Law Enforcement Foundation awards grants to police departments in San Diego County to support law enforcement activities.  This year, the Foundation awarded the Escondido Police Department a $2,431.79 grant to purchase tools to assist with safety and rescue operations.
  • The Escondido Police Department received a FY 2019-20 Citizens’ Option for Public Safety Program Grant award in the amount of $231,481. This grant supports front-line law enforcement services with the intention of enhancing public safety within the community. Grant funds must supplement existing funding. The Police Department proposes to use its allocation to cover part-time employees’ salaries and benefits. These part-time employees perform support services that allow front-line law enforcement officers to handle high-priority calls.