FEATURED THIS WEEK 

Ray Love Tennis Center Cleanup
On Saturday January 27, approximately 30 volunteers, with assistance from four Public Works staff, held a clean-up of the Ray Love Tennis Center. Volunteers worked from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. trimming shrubbery and trees, removing weeds and invasive plants, planting 20 new non invasive plants, and removing approximately 25 yards of trash and debris. Thank you to the volunteers for donating their time and energy to make our park cleaner and more attractive for everyone.

Local Company Plans to Go Public This Week
“One Stop Systems, an Escondido company that makes high performance computing systems for defense, manufacturing and telecommunications, is on deck to become the first IPO of the year for a local company.” – read more about One Stop System’s plans in the Union Tribune and the San Diego Business Journal 

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

Major Projects Update
The following major projects are being reviewed and coordinated by Planning, Engineering, Fire, Building and Utilities.  A complete description of each project can be viewed here. Below are project milestones from last week.

Commercial / Office:

  1. Escondido Research and Technology Center – West (ERTC) (Developer: James McCann) – A plan for a new two-story, 57,000 SF, 52-bed Palomar Rehabilitation Institute was submitted on July 31, 2017. Revised elevations were submitted to Planning on October 3, 2017. Engineering has drafted conditions of approval. It is anticipated the plot plan approval letter will be issued this week. 
  1. Centre City Commercial Center (Developer: Todd Dwyer) SE corner Centre City/Mission – Construction on the two commercial buildings is underway. The carwash plans are tracking separately and revised carwash plans have now been approved by Esgil and Planning. 

Industrial 

  1. Escondido Self-Storage Facility (Developer: Brandywine Homes, Inc.) 2319 Cranston Dr. – The project plans are nearly ready for permit issuance. The applicant has recently notified staff that other issues unrelated to the project plans will delay their request for permits until March or April of 2018. 
  1. Exeter Harmony Grove Industrial Development (Developer: John Couvillion, Badiee Development) 1925 and 2005 Harmony Grove Road – The Planning Commission approved the Exeter project on November 28, 2017. The grading permit was issued on December 29, 2017, and the building permit was issued on January 19, 2018. Grading and associated blasting is underway. 
  1. North American Self-Storage (Developer: Russ Colvin) 852 S. Metcalf – A grading permit was issued the end of September 2017. The applicant did not start construction, but instead proposed to remove the basement level and increase the building height from four floors to five floors. A revised plot plan has been approved and revised building plans were submitted into plan check last week. Engineering has approved the grading plan for the revised project and is awaiting posting of the improvement bonds prior to authorizing issuance of the building permit.

City Projects

  1. Micro-Filtration Reverse Osmosis (Developer: City of Escondido Utilities Department) SE corner Ash/Washington – The archaeological work plan is being finalized by staff and consultants in preparation for submittal to the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) for approval. Funding of the state loan for the project is contingent on completing the work plan to the satisfaction of SHPO. 
  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. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife responded last month reiterating their earlier comments. Additional discussions with the agencies are being scheduled. 

Institutional

  1. Self-Realization Fellowship Center (Developer: John Pyjar, Domusstudio Architecture 1840 Del Dios Rd. – A revised project submittal was received on October 20, 2017. A Planning Commission hearing has tentatively been scheduled for February 13, 2018. 
  1. Escondido Assisted Living (Developer: Tigg Mitchell, Mitchell Group) 1802 N. Centre City Parkway – This CUP application for a 71,300 SF three-story, assisted living and memory care facility with 90 total units was submitted on October 31, 2017. A letter indicating the application is incomplete was sent to the applicant on November 30, 2017. The applicant provided a revised design to address Fire and Engineering issues. Department comments on the revised design were provided back to the applicant last week. 

Residential 

  1. Citron (formerly Stella Park) (Developer: William Lyon Homes) 63 condo units at 2516 S. Esc. Blvd. – The City Council approved the final map on December 20, 2017. The rough grading has been completed on the site. Construction is commencing on the western building along S. Escondido Boulevard that includes the model units. Building permits for the remaining buildings are pending recordation of the final map. 
  1. Wohlford (Developer: Jack Henthorne) 55 lots at 661 Bear Valley Pkwy. – Staff provided a draft set of project conditions to the applicant last month fulfilling an agreed upon timeframe. Staff also met with the applicant to review the draft conditions of approval for the project. Staff is currently working to complete negotiations on the terms for the Development Agreement and the item has been tentatively scheduled for the Planning Commission for February 13, 2018. 
  1. Safari Highlands Ranch (SHR) (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 
  1. 18 lots at 701 San Pasqual Valley Rd (Developer: Bob Stewart) – A three-year extension of time for the previously approved ten-lot subdivision (Tract 895) was approved by the City Council on June 7, 2017. Staff comments on the revised tentative map were issued the last week of July. Staff met with the applicant several months ago regarding unresolved project design issues. The applicant has had one follow-up discussion with Utilities since then. 
  1. Escondido Gateway (Developer: Carolyn Hillgren, Lyon Living) 126 condo units at 700 W. Grand – Building plans have been approved by Esgil, Planning and Fire. Grading plans have been approved by Utilities, Planning and Fire. A street vacation for right-of-way frontage along Grand Avenue has been completed. Demolition is complete and construction permits are ready to be issued once title to the site transfers to the builder. 
  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 vacant clubhouse building was destroyed by fire several days later. A lawsuit challenging the project approval was filed in Superior Court on behalf of the Escondido Country Club Homeowners (ECCHO) on December 15, 2017. 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. – A new annexation survey of surrounding property owners was mailed out at the request of LAFCO. A neighborhood meeting hosted by staff and the project applicant occurred on August 9, 2017. The Planning Commission voted to recommend approval of the project on November 28, 2017. The City Council approved the project on January 10, 2018. The LAFCO application for annexation is being prepared and is expected to be submitted to LAFCO soon. 
  1. Aspire (106 condo units on Municipal Lot 1) (Developer: Addison Garza, Touchstone Communities) – The proposal consists of a six-story mixed-use development on Parking Lot 1. The project was initially submitted for entitlement processing on June 23, 2017. Subsequent meetings with the applicant and staff have been on-going and a resubmittal of the project plans was received on December 12, 2017. Planning Fire and Building sent comments on the revised project submittal on January 16, 2018. A meeting with the project applicant has been scheduled for next week to discuss the technical studies needed to complete the environmental review for the project. 
  1. The Ivy (95 condo units at 343 E. 2nd) (Developer: Addison Garza, Touchstone Communities) - Demolition of the vacant surgery center building on The Ivy site started last month. The condo project was initially submitted for entitlement processing on June 23, 2017. The applicant submitted revised project plans on December 8, 2017. The City issued a comment letter on the revised application on January 8, 2018. A meeting with the project applicant has been scheduled for next week to discuss the technical studies needed to complete the environmental review for the project. 
  1. Grand Avenue Apartments (Developer: Norm LaCaze, Escondido Venture 99, LLC) 15 apt. units at 1316 E. Grand Ave. – A planned development application proposing 15 multi-family units in one three-story building on a vacant 0.51-acre lot was submitted for entitlement processing on September 22, 2017. A completeness review letter was sent to the applicant on October 20, 2017 indicating the application was incomplete and that Fire and Engineering design issues would likely require a redesign of the project. A meeting with the applicant team occurred on October 26, 2017 to discuss the identified issues and there has been minimal contact since. 
  1. Quince Street Senior Housing (Developer: Matt Jumper, 220 Quince, L.P.) 145 apartment units at 220 N. Quince St.– The five-story affordable senior housing apartment project was submitted on November 21, 2017. Planning staff sent a letter to the applicant on December 21, 2017, indicating the application was incomplete. Initiation of the proposed amendment to the Downtown Specific Plan to remove the ground-floor commercial requirement on the site has been scheduled for the February 14 City Council meeting. A post-submittal meeting to discuss project issues with the applicant has taken place. At the applicant’s request, a follow-up meeting to include other city departments has been scheduled for next week. 
  1. Accessory Dwelling Units – Planning staff is currently working on four applications for accessory dwelling units with an additional three applications expected to be submitted soon. No accessory dwelling units have been approved yet this year. 

Building Division: 

  1. The Building Division issued 66 permits with a total valuation of $382,234. 
  1. 28 solar photovoltaic permits were issued for the week. The Building Division issued 55 solar permits for the year compared to 60 issued during the same time period for 2017. 
  1. Our building inspectors responded to 186 inspection requests for the week. 
  1. The total building valuation for all issued permits for the week ending Jan 27th is $8,563,823 compared with $5,432,861 for same time last year. Building processed 201 projects so far in 2018 compared with 211 projects in 2017. 
  1. Projects nearing permit issuance are:
    • 917 W Lincoln, 3 new apartment buildings, 9 units.
    • 700 W Grand Ave Gateway project (previous police/fire building) 
  1. The mixed use project at 300 S Escondido Blvd (City Plaza) is nearing completion and a Temporary Certificate of Occupancy was issued this week. 
  1. The Meadowbrook 3 story apartment building with underground garage at 2081 Garden Valley Glen is preparing the building for final inspection. No change from the previous. 
  1. The medical office building at 2125 Citracado Pkwy has received framing and drywall approval for the interior tenant improvement. No change from the previous. 
  1. The student apartment buildings at the Westminster Seminary (1725 Bear Valley Pkwy) have one building left for framing inspection and are preparing the remaining buildings for final inspection. 
  1. The children’s building for the Emanuel Faith Church at 639 E 17th Ave is preparing for final inspection. 
  1. The Church of Resurrection at 1445 Conway is requesting drywall inspection. 
  1. The Veterans Village project at 1540 S Escondido Blvd has received second floor sheathing inspection. 
  1. The new market at the location of the former Toyota dealership at 151 W Lincoln is requesting roof parapet inspection. 
  1. The Ford dealership at 1717 Auto Parkway is preparing for final inspection. 
  1. The Latitude 2, apartment buildings at 650 N Center City Pkwy has received second floor sheathing approval for Buildings 1 and 2. 
  1. The new two story church sanctuary building at 1864 N Broadway has inspection approval for the 3rd grout lift of the masonry walls. No change from the previous. 
  1. The new Starbucks at 302 W El Norte Pkwy has received drywall approval. 
  1. Plans were submitted this week for four new single-family residences at 948 E. Washington Ave. 

Code Enforcement

Graffiti Restitution

Business Licensing


ENGINEERING 

Capital Improvements
Valley Pkwy/Valley Center Road Widening Project: Day 101
The prime contractor is continuing work on the preparation of the roadway subgrade along East Valley Parkway between Lake Wohlford Road and Beven Drive. The importing of base material for the structural fill needed along both the west side of East Valley Parkway as well as the east side of Valley Center Road will begin this week. The remaining bridge elements are being formed this week with the construction of the pedestrian and vehicle barriers atop the new deck. The street light subcontractor is working on street light foundations along the new roadway section of Valley Center Road, north of the new bridge segment.  The masonry subcontractor is continuing with the construction of the 8’ sound wall. The dry utility contractor has completed installation of 95% of the underground utility conversion, the remaining utility crossing of Lake Wohlford Road is proceeding on scheduled. The 3 new utility poles that were scheduled for installation this past weekend had to be cancelled due to high winds in the county. This item will need to be rescheduled for a later date.       

Neighborhood Lighting Project
The contractor is pouring street foundations caps this week.  The scope of work for the project includes the installation of 44 new street lights along with the replacement of 22 existing street light fixtures with the latest L.E.D. fixtures in 5 neighborhood areas. 

2017 Street Rehabilitation and Maintenance Project
The surface restoration portion of the project was completed on Monday January 29. The remaining items of work will be concentrated on installation of striping and signage along all roadway sections.  The section of roadway along Broadway between Valley Parkway and the channel will have striping realigned to incorporate the future Missing Link bicycle path, including changing the diagonal parking along Grape Day Park to parallel parking.  Along Valley Parkway between Broadway and Centre City Parkway the new striping alignment will reflect the installation of an 8’ bike path along the north side of the road. 

Corrugated Metal Storm Drain Pipe Assessment Study
This project televises all City-maintained corrugated metal pipes (CMP) and assesses their condition to allow for proactive and efficient pipe maintenance.  The first storm drain rehabilitation project was completed by City crews this week. City staff replaced a damaged portion of storm drain pipe that ran along a property line between Rustic Road and Mission Avenue. The next rehabilitation project, Midway Storm Drain Repair, closed on Thursday, January 25, 2018. Staff is evaluating the 3 competitive bids received. 

Rincon del Diablo Water Main Replacement
The water district is replacing an existing water main along Nutmeg Street between Rockhoff Road and Centre City Parkway. The work is taking longer than expected and the day time closure will remain in effect until February 19, 2018. Detours signs are in place and emergency services have been notified. 

PRIVATE DEVELOPMENT

Lexington Model Homes - KB Homes
A punch list is being prepared this week to start the close out procedure for the project. 

Tract 932 - Canyon Grove Shea Homes Community
The project is cleaning up from last week’s rain event.  

Centre City Shopping Center
No changes from that reported last week. The project grading is nearing completion. The offsite electrical and gas permits connections to existing services were issued this week. The project is located at 425 W. Mission Avenue.   

Tract 932 - Canyon Grove Shea Homes Community:
No changes from that reported last week: The project is cleaning up from last week rain event.      

Latitude II Condominiums by a Lyon Homes Partnership: Washington Avenue at Centre City Parkway
No changes from that reported last week: Final revisions were made to the onsite storm drain system design; construction should resume next week.  The remaining sections of the project are entering the framing phase of construction.  The work is located adjacent to Centre City Parkway.      

Veteran’s Village
Existing utility conflicts have been lowered to allow for the installation of storm drain pipe along Escondido Boulevard to resume this week. The #1 north bound lane of Escondido Boulevard is being kept closed to traffic after receiving noise complaints from the local residences due to the placement of steel plate in the roadway.   

Exeter Industrial Park 
The grading operation is continuing this week with scheduled blasts for the rock obstructions encountered onsite. Storm drain installation is continuing this week. A portion of the first building pad is scheduled for release later this week. The project is located at 2005 Harmony Grove Road and is 5.4 acres in size. 

City Plaza
The offsite construction of public improvement is continuing this week with the activation of street lighting along 3rd Avenue. The project is located at 328 S Escondido Boulevard.  

StorQuest
Work is concentrating on the construction of offsite utilities along Mission Avenue. The project is located at 222 W. Mission Avenue 

Citron
The project is resuming construction this week with the installation of sewer main on site. The project is located at 2516 S Escondido Boulevard 

Felicita Junction Star Bucks Drive - Thru
The grading permit was activated this week for the new drive thru location being constructed at the north west corner of Centre City Parkway and Felicita Avenue. 

FIRE

News:

  • On January 21st, 2018 at approximately 10:25 p.m., the Escondido police and fire communications center received a report of a possible fire in the garage at 458 Avenida Adobe. The first arriving unit reported heavy smoke and fire in a three car garage that was underneath a three story residence. Due to the location of the fire and the layout of the structure, the fire had extended throughout the home and a second alarm was requested. The fire was fully contained at approximately 12:31 a.m. with firefighters remaining on scene until for salvage and overhaul for approximately five hours. The structure sustained major damage to the garage, kitchen and second story master bedroom with moderate smoke and water damage throughout the dwelling. There were no injuries to firefighters or civilians. The Escondido Fire Department was assisted by the San Marcos Fire Department and the Rancho Santa Fe Fire Protection District. In all, 7 fire engines, 2 trucks, 1 rescue ambulance, 4 Chief Officers and 1 Fire Investigator (33 total personnel) responded to the fire. Escondido Police Officers provided traffic control and assistance with utilities was received from SDG&E. The Red Cross was requested to assist two displaced residents. In addition, a gift card to provide immediate emergency aid was provided to the fire victims from the California Fire Foundation. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
  • The City of Escondido Fire Department will join together with the San Diego County Health and Human Services to host the Love Your Heart! Blood Pressure Clinic throughout a few locations in Escondido. The event is scheduled for Wednesday, February 14th ,2018.  

POLICE 

INCIDENTS:

  • On 1-22-2018, officers responded to Signature Theater reference a stabbing.  The suspect was located and arrested for assault with a deadly weapon and booked into the Vista detention Facility.  The victim sustained superficial wounds. 
  • On 1-24-2018, officers from the Gang Enforcement Team attempted to stop a male riding a bicycle for the municipal code violation.  The suspect fled on foot and was apprehended in the area of 9th Ave. and Orange St.  The suspect, a documented gang member, fought with officers. The suspect was booked into the Vista Detention Facility for possession of a controlled substance and assault on a police officer. 
  • On 1-24-2018, Officer Brown initiated a traffic enforcement stop on a vehicle in the area of San Pasqual Valley Rd and Oak Hill Dr. for a vehicle code violation.  The driver of the vehicle did not yield and fled from Officer Brown.  Officer Brown pursued the vehicle until the driver began driving in a manner that demonstrated a wanton disregard for the safety of others.  Due the unsafe conditions, Officer brown terminated the pursuit.  Shortly after the pursuit was terminated, the driver stopped the vehicle and fled into a field near the intersection of San Pasqual Rd and Viento Valle.  The suspect was not located.  The investigation into the identification of the driver is ongoing. 
  • On 1-25-2018, officers from the Gang Enforcement Team attempted to stop a male for a vehicle code violation in the Fig St. and 2nd Ave.  the subject fled from officers and was apprehended after a short foot pursuit. The suspect was booked into the Vista detention Facility for possession of a controlled substance and parole violation.   
  • On 1-27-2018, Officer Rouse attempted to stop a stolen vehicle in the area of Mission Ave. and Quince St.  The driver of the vehicle failed to stop and fled from Officer Rouse. Officer Rouse pursued the vehicle until the driver began driving at a high rate of speed, on the wrong side of the road and into oncoming traffic.  Officer Rouse used good judgement and terminated the pursuit in the interest of protecting the community.  A short time later, detectives located the vehicle in the 1400 block of Country Club Lane.  The suspect was taken into custody a short distance from the vehicle.  Officer Rouse positively identified the suspect as the driver of the stolen vehicle.  The suspect was booked into the Vista Detention Facility for possession of a stolen vehicle.  The undamaged vehicle was given back to the registered owner.    
  • On 1-27-2018, officers respond to 644 N. Broadway reference an attempted robbery.  The suspect attempted to take a bicycle belonging to an older man who struggled with the suspect over the bicycle.  A good Samaritan witnessed the struggle and intervened.  The suspect fled the area without the bike and was located by officers a short distance away.  The suspect was booked into the Vista Detention Facility for attempted robbery. 
  • On 1-27-2018, at about 9 AM, a vehicle struck a motorcyclist in the area of Washington Ave. and Juniper St. and fled the scene of the collision.  The victim sustained minor injuries and was transported to Palomar Medical Center for evaluation.  The suspect vehicle and driver were not located.  At about 3:30 PM, Officers McCollough and Aronson observed the suspect vehicle near the intersection of Washington Ave. and Fig St.  The vehicle was stopped and the driver was detained.  The driver was later identified as the driver of the vehicle from the earlier collision and placed under arrest for felony hit and run.    

COPPS:

The EPD 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 and community issues.  Addressing crime and public nuisance in Grape Day Park and at Maple Plaza.     

  • 9 arrests were made
  • 20 citations were issued

  • Officer Shaver assisted with getting Mr. Gibson off the streets and to his sister’s home in Virginia.  Mr. Gibson has been the source of many calls for service reference illegal lodging in the Quince and Valley area.  After six months of suggestions, Gibson accepted the offer to assist and get him home. Officer Shaver took Gibson to Target, using gift cards given to the police department to assist those in need, to get clothing and food for the trip home.