BROADCAST EQUIPMENT UPGRADE 

The Phase I upgrade of the broadcast equipment for City Council meetings will begin this Thursday, December 10, 2015.  The work will be performed by Triton Technology and will completed by January 12, 2016.  The upgrade includes cameras, switchers, routers, mixers and remote control systems.   The cost of this upgrade is $228,851 and is funded by PEG Fees (Public, Educational and Government Channel) held in account 229-106203.  

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

This weekend, Cal South will host a Regional Cup at Ryan Park.   Teams will be traveling in from all over California and the Western region.  There will be a total of 52 games played on 7 of the 8 fields on Saturday, December 12th and Sunday, December 13th.  We expect approximately 800 families in the Boys u12 & u13 and Girls u12 & u13.  The Cal South Regional Cup is designed for the Premier level players in their age group.  

SPECIAL EVENTS 

  • 65th Annual Jaycees Christmas Parade
    Saturday from 9:30am – 1pm
    Please be aware that Broadway and many of the streets surrounding the parade route will be closed at 8:00 a.m. SHARP. Please use alternate routes whenever available and allow extra travel time.
    Questions? Contact parade@escondidojaycees.org
  • Christmas on Maple
    Saturday from 10am – 3pm
    Maple Street Plaza and South Maple Street will be closed from 7am – 4pm for this event.
    Questions? Contact escondidoeventsmanager@gmail.com
  • “Technology in the Landscape” Art Installation
    Heritage Garden
    Saturday from noon – 8pm
    This event is being put on by the Escondido Arts Partnership and will be a large scale public project.
    Questions? Contact eapchris@yahoo.com
  • Multicultural Nights
    Grape Day Park
    Saturday from 1-6 pm
    Festival of cultures with dancing, crafts and music from around the world.
    Questions? Contact angelaguilar01@yahoo.com
  • For information about other activities taking place in Escondido, please visit www.visitescondido.com

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 two days in December: This Saturday, December 12, and Sunday, December 27, 2015, both 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 – 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 – 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 CommercialNo change from the following update reported last week: The project was approved by the Planning Commission on November 10, 2015. The project is scheduled for the City Council meeting on December 9, 2015.
  • Pradera – 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 has been contacted by a potential single-family home developer who would construct this project involving 40 single-family units. 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 is providing information regarding existing conditions to include in the environmental review analysis. Amended plans for the project were submitted and staff is analyzing the revisions for compliance with prior city comments.
  • 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 has scheduled meetings with the four consulting firms for next week. Tribal consultation meetings have been completed.
  • Latitude IINo change from the following update reported last week: 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 are anticipated in the next several weeks.
  • 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 – 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 last week 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. More information about this project is on line at: http://www.escondido.org/safari-highlands-ranch-specific-plan.aspx
  • Felicita Development, LLC - 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. – 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)No change from the following update reported last week: The project is outside of the City’s limits and is being processed by the County. City staff and the developer are negotiating opportunities for mutually beneficial infrastructure and utility and circulation improvements in an agreement that will be considered by the City Council on December 9, 2015.
  • 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.
  • Escondido Auto Park Association – 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 82 permits for this week with a total valuation of $45,118.
  • 36 photovoltaic permits were issued for the week.  Building has issued 1,321 solar permits so far this year compared to 735 issued at the same time last year.
  • Building inspectors and counter staff had a very busy week with inspections averaging 37 inspections per day and counter contacts averaging 41 per day.
  • Due to the increase in inspection requests, 3 inspections were held over on Tuesday, 9 on Wednesday, 6 on Thursday and 15 on Friday. Our Deputy Building Official (plans examiner) was sent out to conduct inspections on Monday and Tuesday. Plans waiting to be reviewed were on hold, waiting for his return.
  • A new guideline was created for graywater 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 has received exterior framing inspection on all 4 buildings.
  • 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 roof sheathing inspections on all 3 of the models and rough framing inspection on 2 models. .
  • The new Taco Bell restaurant and office building has received rough framing inspections and are wrapping the exterior of the building.

Code Enforcement: 

  • As of November 30th the total number of open code enforcement cases is 364 cases. During the prior week 50 new cases were opened, and 40 cases were closed, with a backlog of an additional 32 cases not yet opened for assignment and investigation.
  • There were 119 illegal signs confiscated during the weekend. Two Public Records Requests (PRR) were processed, for a total of 100 PRRs processed to date this year.
  • Last week the Business License Division issued 3 new licenses and received 20 new applications in addition to 94 renewals. 

CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS

Building Maintenance 

The new restroom building adjacent to the Daley Ranch House has been completed and is now open. 

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 began on Monday, November 30, 2015 for the portion of new roadway between Idaho Avenue and Birch Avenue. The contractor will begin to import base material this week for the construction of the structural section that supports the new asphalt roadway. The construction of new storm drain between Birch Avenue and Boyle Avenue was started this week.  

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:
No change from the following update reported last week. On site testing of new sewer and water mains for Street D was started this week. 

Future Capital Improvements 

East Valley Parkway/Valley Center Road:
AT&T’s design for temporary pole relocation to accommodate the bridge widening is complete. Work to construct temporary telephone facilities in the area north of Lake Wohlford Road is anticipated to start January 2016.  SDG&E is working to revise the undergrounding design resulting from City staff plan review comments. 

El Norte Parkway:
Staff continues to work with SDG&E to coordinate undergrounding of existing overhead utilities in the area of this project.  City Council approved a Temporary Pole Relocation Easement at the 12/2 meeting to allow SDG&E and Cox to temporarily relocate overhead lines to accommodate bridge construction for this project.  SDG&E has provided a tentative start date for this work of January 2016. 

Grape Day Park Playground Equipment:
Staff is meeting with the project consultant on 12/7 to receive and review 100% drawings.  Staff is working to finalize the drawings and specifications for a January 2016 bid advertisement. 

Washington Park Pool Re-surfacing
Staff is working to complete a bid package to resurface the pools at Washington Park.  Staff is working to finalize contract documents for a January 2016 bid advertisement.           

PUBLIC SAFETY

Police:

Incidents 

  • On 11/28/2015, San Diego Sheriffs Deputies were in pursuit of a vehicle that came into Escondido from San Marcos. The vehicle collided into a home in the 2100 block of Dogwood Pl. There were no injuries as a result of the collision and minor damage to the home.
  • On 12/03/2015, an officer was driving eastbound on 2nd Ave at Juniper St. The officer was making a right turn onto Juniper St. when his vehicle was rear-ended by a 2012 Toyota Yaris. There were no injuries as a result of the collision, but the police vehicle sustained minor damage. The driver of the Yaris was determined to be under the influence of alcohol and was arrested.

Events 

  • On 12/5/2015, members of the Escondido Police Department joined forces with other San Diego County law enforcement officers for the annual Shop with a Cop. Uniformed officers from various local, state and federal agencies volunteered their time to be with the children at SeaWorld for breakfast and a dolphin show. From SeaWorld, the children participated in a law enforcement procession to Target for a morning of shopping with their law enforcement partner. Each child was provided with a $100 Target gift card to spend on themselves and their family.

 

  • On 12/2/2015, Captain Mike Loarie and Emergency Management Coordinator Jeff Murdock attended a meeting with the California Office of Emergency Services regarding training on reimbursement for El Nino related costs.
  • On 12/5/2015, Freddy Perez Rodas was sentenced to 48-years to life in prison for the 2014 slaying of his wife, Escondido Police Officer Laura Perez. Captain Mike Loarie was given the opportunity to share with the court the following statement of the impact of Laura’s murder. 

    We are doing our best to grasp the significance of Laura’s death to her family and the family at EPD. She was the anchor at home and certainly had the ability to be an anchor at work if she had the time to show us at EPD. I would like to represent and describe what the loss to EPD looks like and what the loss to the community looks like to you.

    Her death impacted the EPD work family of over 250 people. This family is made up of dispatchers, records personnel, volunteers, and peace officers of all ranks. Right from the beginning as a new peace officer, Laura impacted us. She was a stand out. She excelled in the academy and on the streets. She excelled with the public and her peers. She was destined for law enforcement greatness.

    Your honor, peace officers are taught from the beginning to be vigilant in all situations. New recruits learn that the potential for violence can come from any direction, at any time, during even the most benign circumstances. We exist to provide safety to those who cannot do it by themselves. We accept there are times when things go wrong and we accept there are grave consequences that we face when fulfilling the mission to serve our community.

    We are able to come home to rest and get ready for the next shift. There, we lower our defenses and get to be normal. We have our conversations with our children, our neighbors, our friends, and our families. When we cross the threshold of our homes we enter our safe haven. We let go of the trauma of the vehicle fatality and the brutality that evil people put upon others- those things we see at work. It is the place where we can be vulnerable; where we are supposed to be vulnerable. It is in our own castle where a peace officer is least prepared; where we do not anticipate an attack.

    On July 23rd, Laura was blindsided in the sanctuary of her home; from the very person she had intimate knowledge of, in the location where she could shed being a peace officer and be an everyday community member and a mother.

    The loss to EPD was shocking and disquieting. Our newly joined family member was taken away from us. This was not supposed to happen to one of our own. This is the type of thing we respond to, unfortunately, on a basis more than we want as the caretaker of our community. We were jolted and slammed into an event that none of us saw coming nor could imagine. Focus on work, especially in the first day or two, was incredibly hard. We found ourselves reeling and trying to comfort one another all at the same time. Who takes care of the ones who take care of us? His actions hit us hard, but we figured it out.

    So, what about the community? We have one less peace officer working to keep our community safe. We have one less peace officer to reach out and help someone who needs some advice on how to deal with a problem. We have one less peace officer who will attend a community meeting, participate in outreach, attend an event, and be a role model for a young woman needing Laura to show them how to think and be a responsible member of society.

    Our community lost just as much as we did. They lost the potential service Laura had to them as she grew and learned how to be a good cop. They lost a future detective, sergeant, lieutenant, captain - maybe a chief. They lost a person who was dedicated, a person who cared, and aperson who was willing to give it all up to make us all safe. Granted, they did not know her like we did; however, I can assure you that they liked what she stood for because she was an example.

    In the garden area next to the Police Department a small memorial to Laura has been raised. It is a symbol of both Laura and her death. The memorial reads “In memory of Officer Laura Perez and all of victims of domestic violence.” Laura’s memorial is a symbol of what law enforcement stands for.

    So, now what? That wound still hurts. When it heals, it will leave a mark. We stand up and move on with her in our thoughts. We express the disgust and some of us carry it with us. However, we honor Laura by coming before you today to share these few minutes. These few minutes where we have some say on the consideration of the consequence that we hope will be serving long after we feel this stinging pain.

    I implore you to make an example of her murderer by exercising full authority of punishment that you have and our laws allow. Evil forces deserve no slack and domestic violence victims need every bit of help they can get. I want your agreement and send a clear message. I want you to reach the same level of concern. I want you to put him in prison for a very long time and for you to know our request is with merit because it represents what is just and deserved. 

Fire: 

There are a lot of retirements occurring this month. Fire Captains Chip Cheney and Rich Stuka will both retire on December 18th. Fire Fighter/Paramedic Steve Mandich’s last day will be December 24th. Collectively the Fire Department will lose 99+ years of experience as these three FD members. We wish each of these “City Family” members a very happy and healthy retirement.