ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

  • Orders for Hometown Hero Banners are now being accepted. The banners honor men and women who serve, or have served, in the U.S. Armed Forces. The personalized banners will be hung from approximately Memorial Day (mid-May) to Veterans Day (mid-November) in Downtown Escondido along Grand Avenue, 2nd Avenue and Valley Parkway.Banners include a photo of the hero, their name and customizable text that can include their military branch, special awards or honors they received, etc. Banner orders are being taken now through early May. Cost of the banners is $190, which recoups the cost to produce and hang them.

    Banners that were ordered in 2015 will be hung again this year from May to November. After two seasons, individuals who ordered banners will be contacted and banners will be returned if desired. 

    Banners may be ordered online at www.escondido.org/herobanner.aspx or by contacting Michelle Geller at mgeller@escondido.org or (760) 839-4587.
  • This weekend, February 13 & 14, Cal South will  hoste a State Cup round of 16 and quarter final rounds soccer tournament at Ryan Park for the u12 Boys and u12 girls divisions.  There will be teams from all over Southern California attending the tournament.  We expect about 500 families in the area over the weekend.  

SPECIAL EVENTS 

No special events this weekend. 

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT 

Public Art:

Weather permitting, Queen Califia’s Magical Circle in Kit Carson Park (3333 Bear Valley Parkway) will be open to the public on Saturday, February 13, and Sunday, February 28, 2016, both from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Docents will be on site to answer questions.

Planning:

Major Projects Update:

  • John Paul the Great Catholic UniversityNo change from the following update reported last week: A Conditional Use Permit to expand the campus and student enrollment at 155 W. Grand Avenue was approved by the Planning Commission on December 8, 2015. 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. Staff had a conversation with the University President this week regarding potential future expansion plans beyond those previously approved. 
  • Escondido Research and Technology Center (ERTC) – This is a 72,000 square foot medical office building proposed on the east side of Citracado Parkway across from Palomar Medical Center. Building plans have been submitted for plan check. The Planning Division has approved a second set of corrected grading plans. On November 4, 2015 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. 
  • Oak Creek (NUW)No change from the following update reported last week: This project is a 65-unit single family development located at the southeastern corner of Felicita Road and Hamilton Lane. The LAFCO Board unanimously approved the annexation on October 5, 2015. Staff has returned documents to LAFCO memorializing their action that included final paperwork to be completed prior to annexation recordation.
  •  Amanda Estates (NUW)No change from the following update reported last week: This project is a 22-unit single family development on Amanda Lane. The LAFCO Board approved the reorganization (annexation) at their meeting on August 3, 2015. Staff has returned documents to LAFCO memorializing their action that included final paperwork to be completed prior to annexation recordation. 
  • Centerpointe 78 CommercialNo change from the following update reported last week: This project is a 45,650 sq. ft. Supermarket and restaurant located at 925 N. Broadway. The project was approved by the Planning Commission on November 10, 2015. The project was approved by the City Council meeting on December 9, 2015 and filing fees were paid to the County for the EIR. 
  • Pradera – This project consists of a 70-unit single family development located at the northeastern corner of Ash Street and Lehner Avenue. Grading and construction are underway. 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 are undergoing 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. The developer obtained building permits for the first the first and second phases involving 16 units. Models opened on January 30, 2016. 
  • ZennerNo change from the following update reported last week: The project is a 40-unit single family development at the northeastern corner of Lehner Avenue and Vista Avenue. Staff approved concept building elevations from the homebuilder, KB Homes, who plans on constructing an off-site model complex on three separate parcels near the project. The annexation was approved by LAFCO on Sept. 14, 2015, and has been recorded by the County Recorder’s Office. 
  • Stella Park Condominiums – The project is a 65-unit townhome Planned Development located at 2516 S. Escondido Blvd. The applicant has prepared draft CEQA documentation that staff is reviewing prior to completion of the Mitigated Negative Declaration. Revised information and updated plans were received from the applicant for processing. Tribal mitigation measures are being finalized. Staff anticipates a Planning Commission public hearing in Spring 2016. 
  • Wohlford – The project is a 55-unit single family development located on Bear Valley Parkway east of Encino Drive. Staff has reviewed revised submittals and technical reports from the applicant. A Specific Alignment Plan for Bear Valley Parkway detailing the roadway is under review. Staff concluded interviews with four consulting firms and has contacted the consultant selected for preparing the EIR who has submitted a draft scope of work. Tribal consultation meetings have been completed. The City Council approved the EIR Consultant contract on February 3, 2016. 
  • Latitude II No change from the following update reported last week: The 112-unit multi-family development, located at the northeastern corner of Centre City Parkway and Washington Avenue, was approved by the City Council on August 19, 2015. A Final Subdivision Map has been submitted for review. Rough grading plans have been approved. Comments have been provided regarding the architectural plans that have been submitted for plan check. 
  • Canyon Grove Estates (Tract 932) – This project is a 179-lot single family residential development on the north side of Vista Avenue east of Conway Drive. Staff approved the substantial conformance determination for the revised tentative map and continues to coordinate with the applicant on the proposed grading plan. The applicant has concluded the mitigation credits at Daley Ranch, and pursuing acquisitions needed for offsite improvements. The project is in its third grading plan check review and anticipated for approval; all bonds and fees have been posted. Staff worked with the applicant to modify the sewer manhole spacing for the project to facilitate the project. Grading is anticipated to commence by late February. 
  • Safari Highlands – This is a 550-unit single family development located east of the Rancho San Pasqual community and north of the San Diego Safari Park. This project involves 1,100 acres including 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. Interviews were held with three consulting firms bidding on preparing the Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the project. More information about this project is on line at: http://www.escondido.org/safari-highlands-ranch-specific-plan.aspx 
  • Felicita Development, LLCNo change from the following update reported last week: This project is a 140-unit hotel, and a gas station or office/residential care facility at the southeast corner of Felicita Rd. and Gamble Lane. The applicant and staff met with the architect to discuss building elevations, 5-story height limitations and site design issues given the existing wetland constraints on the property. 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. The applicant met with the wild life agencies and is responding to technical studies needed to complete the application. Tribal consultations are underway. 
  • 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 post-approval plan check process; staff has approved the grading and landscape plans. Demolition and construction has commenced on a portion of the site. The County has notified the City that the applicant has made its 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: This project is a 10-auditorium movie theater totaling 57,600 sq. ft. located on the north side of the Westfield Mall. The project was approved by the City Council on November 4, 2015. 
  • Paseo EscondidoNo change from the following update reported last week: This project is a mixed-use 122-unit multi-family planned development at the southeastern corner of Ash Street and Washington Ave. The proposed project consists of 26 one-bedroom and 96 two-bedroom apartments 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. The applicant is in the process of scheduling a soils analysis to ensure there are no onsite contaminants. 
  • High Pointe (Palos Vista Neighborhood 3) – No change from the following update reported last week: This project is a custom-home development with 39 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. 
  • Springhill Suites – This project is a 105-suite hotel totaling 73,300 sq. ft. located at 300 La Terraza Drive involving 4 stories, a small conference room and an enlarged lobby for serving continental breakfast. The project is in its third building plan check for this planned development. A revised set of grading plans have been approved. 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) –This project is a 113-unit Planned Development located at the southwestern corner of Brotherton Road and the Centre City Parkway frontage road. The project includes a recreational facility, pool, and open space areas Staff has met with the applicant to address sewer and emergency access and engineering issues. A revised set of plans was submitted responding to staff comments. The Fire Department met with the applicant regarding emergency access. Staff is working with the applicant to develop street striping plans around the project’s frontages for ensuring safe traffic movement. The applicant is preparing a draft Mitigated Negative Declaration, and staff anticipates the document to be released by late February. 
  • 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. A demolition permit to remove portions of the existing structure has been issues. The project is under construction. 
  • Solutions for Change – The project is a Planned Development application for 33 affordable multi-family units. It was approved by the Planning Commission on October 13, 2015, and by the City Council November 18, 2015. Building plans have been submitted for review and a comment letter is being prepared. Staff authorized payment of Housing Division funds for reimbursement of applicant’s consultant invoices. Staff has preliminarily accepted minor redesign efforts to meet construction costs. 
  • Escondido Auto Park AssociationNo change from the following update reported last week: The association is proposing to upgrade the existing electronic message sign along I-15. On September 23, 2015, the Economic Development Subcommittee considered a request by the association to enter into an agreement with the City for reimbursement of a portion of the cost of the upgraded sign and expressed support for a five-year agreement based on anticipated public benefit of additional sales tax revenue. Staff has confirmed with the applicant sign application and submittal process. 
  • 701 San Pasqual Valley RdNo change from the following update reported last week: A 19-unit single family development located at 1201 E. 5th Avenue (formerly Tract 898) on 7.2 acres. The application is under review and a letter detailing additional comments and submittal requirements was forwarded to the applicant. 
  • Ford-Hyundai Dealership Expansion – 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 has commenced, the sign plans have been approved, and the building plans are under review. 
  • Calvin Christian Middle/High School – An expansion involving a 15,500 SF auditorium, multi-use conference center, classrooms, terraces and walkways located at 2000 N. Broadway. Building plans have been submitted for review and comment; the grading plans are anticipated for approval this week. 
  • Escondido United Reformed Church – An expansion for a phased, multi-year, master construction/development plan for a new 12,250 SF two-story sanctuary, conversion of existing buildings to a social hall, demolition of an existing social hall/classroom building (approx. 4,620 SF) and construction of approximately 5,250 SF for a nursery, multi-purpose room, classrooms for Sunday school and other associated activities, and bathrooms, and an enclosed 1,835 SF central Atrium/Narthex at 1864 N. Broadway. Building plans have been submitted for review and comment; the grading plans are anticipated for approval this week. 
  • Veterans Village of San Diego – This project is a mixed-use development involving a 54-unit affordable multi-family residential apartment project for military veterans and their families. It includes on-site administration office, business center, club house and other support spaces for the residents; and a small commercial component to support training opportunities offered at the facility at 1556 S. Escondido Boulevard. Building plans have been submitted for review and comment; the grading plans are anticipated for approval this week. 

Building Division: 

  • The Building Division issued 67 permits for the week with a total valuation of $58,284. 
  • 25 photovoltaic permits were issued for the week. Building has issued 125 solar permits this year compared to 99 issued for the same time last year. 
  • Our building inspectors had a very busy week, averaging 37 inspections per day with 37 inspections on Friday. 44 inspections were requested on Tuesday and Wednesday. 3 inspections were held over on Tuesday and 14 on Friday. Our building counter was very busy this week averaging 36 counter sign in’s per day and 23 on Friday. 
  • No change from the following update reported last week: 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. 
  • No change from the following update reported last week: The 76-unit condominium complex at 2412 S Escondido Blvd has received framing inspections on all 3 buildings. 
  • No change from the following update reported last week: The new 24-Hour Fitness at the North County Mall is requesting rough framing inspection for their tenant improvement. 
  • No change from the following update reported last week: The new Taco Bell restaurant and office building on North Escondido Blvd are now preparing their project site for final inspection and occupancy. 
  • No change from the following update reported last week: The Meadowbrook assisted living facility at North Broadway has received inspection approval for their podium slab and are beginning framing on the first floor. 

Code Enforcement: 

  • As of February 8, 2016, the total number of open code enforcement cases is 326 cases. During the prior week, 53 new cases were opened, and 77 cases were closed, with a backlog of an additional 64 cases not yet opened for assignment and investigation. 
  • There were 152 illegal signs confiscated during the weekend. 
  • Last week the Business License Division issued 29 new licenses and received 33 new applications, in addition to 201 renewals.

PUBLIC WORKS UPDATE 

  • Concrete Crew Maintenance Activities Planned and Locations
    • All but emergency concrete repairs have been halted because the allocated budget has been expended for this line item. Grinding and temporary sidewalk repairs will continue.
  • Tree Crew Maintenance Activities Planned and Locations
    • In an effort to better maintain the urban forest, the maintenance work effort will be shifted from grid pruning smaller trees to pruning larger trees (60+ feet) to minimize the occurrence of structural tree failures during and following the expected winter storms.
  • Storm Drain Inspection & Maintenance Crew Activity
    • Finishing up Laurashawn and North Ave silt cleanup today. Crew will then start inlet filter cleaning identified by Helen Davies
  • Drainage Crew Maintenance Activities Planned & Location
  • Completed channel cleaning at Slivkoff – 348 cubic yards of vegetation removed, 114 cubic yards of silt removed, 941 linear feet of channel cleaned
  • Channel crew currently cleaning the drainage in Kit Carson Park 

CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS 

Kit Carson Park D-75 Concrete Ditch Stabilization:
City staff met with the Army Corp representative at the project site on January 27 to finalize the needed permit. Inquiries regarding the contractor’s means and methods were answered on February 8, 2016. Staff anticipates processing of the approved permit later this week. 

Kit Carson Hockey Rink Improvements:
On February 5, 2016 the City signed a Public Service Agreement for maintenance work on the roof structure on the two facilities.  The project calls for the installation of 10 roof ventilators along the ridge line of both structures. The ventilators are designed to release warm air along the high point of the two roofs. The units have an eight-week lead time from the manufacturer with the total project cost for the twenty units coming in at $36,820.00. 

Washington Park Pool resurfacing:
The project preconstruction meeting will be held next week at which time the Notice to Proceed will be issued.               

Private Development 

New Storm Water Regulations
Over the last several months, City staff has been proactively working with applicants to ensure that projects that wish to be grandfathered under current storm water standards have permits prior to the deadline.  Eighteen projects expressed an interest in building under current standards.  Of these, seven projects have been issued permits.  Six additional projects have plans ready for approval, with permits ready to issue as soon as fees and securities are deposited.  Staff has been working extended hours to expedite review of the five remaining projects that wish to be approved before Friday, September 12th. 

Bear Valley Parkway between Boyle Avenue and San Pasqual Valley Road (County Project):
No change from the following update reported last week: On site storm drain construction along Bear Valley Parkway between Suburban Hills Drive and Viewmont Drive is continuing this week. The roadway structural section is being constructed along Bear Valley Parkway between Lloyd Place and Boyle Avenue. Access to Boyle Avenue west of Bear Valley Parkway is closed for next few weeks for construction of dry utilities and new surface improvements, the detour route is clearly posted. The access to Birch Avenue west of Bear Valley Parkway has been reopened to all traffic.  

 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:
Off-site storm drain construction along Ash Street between Lehner and Sheridan is scheduled to begin  

Rincon del Diablo 8” & 12” Water main Construction:
The construction of the bore pit which is located on North Broadway between Jesmond Dene Drive and North Avenue is in place with the boring operation completing installation of the sleeve and pipe section this past Thursday, February 4, 2016. The 12” pipe line installation will now begin from this location proceeding south along North Broadway to Jack Rabbit Acres, where the pipeline enters the County of San Diego.           

PUBLIC SAFETY 

Police:

Incidents: 

  • On 2/1/2016, a newspaper carrier called to report damage to the front portion of a business in the 3400 block of Del Lago Blvd.  Officers arrived on scene and confirmed an ATM was missing and had been pulled out of the store by a vehicle.  The initial investigation indicated the suspect(s) left northbound on Del Lago Blvd. The front door to the business and multiple parts of the ATM were located near the intersection of Del Lago Blvd. and Avenida Magoria.
  • On 2/1/2016, Officer Putulowski conducted a traffic stop on a motorist in the 1500 block of east Grand Ave.  During the stop, the suspect fled from his vehicle and proceeded to run north bound through an apartment complex.  The suspect was located after a ground search and taken into custody for DUI.
  • On 2/3/2016, Officer Herrmann located a stolen vehicle from El Cajon headed eastbound up the grade. The driver was taken into custody without incident.
  • On 2/3/2016, officers located a stolen vehicle from San Diego.  The driver was taken into custody without incident. 
  • On 2/4/2016, Detective Havens identified a person using the graffiti tag “OFK.”  This particular individual recently vandalized Mountain View Park and other locations within the city with graffiti.  An arrest warrant for the individual has been submitted. 
  • On 2/6/2016, officers responded to the area of San Pasqual Valley Road and Oakhill Drive regarding an injured person in the roadway. Officers arrived on scene and determined that a collision had occurred between a vehicle and a pedestrian.  Lifesaving measures were attempted but, unfortunately, the pedestrian died at the scene.  Alcohol does not appear to be a factor in the collision.   The investigation is ongoing and is being conducted by the Traffic Division.  

Events

  • The California Department of Justice recently notified the department that it passed the California Law Enforcement Telecommunications System (CLETS) audit.   The audit occurs every three years and ensures the department is utilizing proper information security procedures.  
  • On 2/6/2016, Escondido Police Volunteer Toran Gaal was awarded a mortgage free home from the organization Homes for Our Troops.  The homes are specially built for service members who lost limbs in combat. Toran lost both of his legs while serving in Afghanistan with the United States Marine Corps.   The event took place at the Park Avenue Community Center.  Toran and his family were escorted to the event by personnel from the Escondido Police Department, the Escondido Fire Department and the American Legion riders. Several other wounded warriors attended the event as well.   Representing the police department was Chief Carter, Captains Loarie, Kogler and Skaja, and Lieutenant Owens.  Lieutenant Owens was one of the many speakers at the event and spoke about Toran’s involvement with the Police Athletic League (PAL).  
  • The following is a photo of Toran “clowning around” with the Navy Corpsman (medic) who saved his life by rendering essential battlefield first aid.  

Fire:

The Fire Department will have a soft launch of a new app called Pulse Point Respond next Tuesday, February 16.  PulsePoint Respond is an app designed to support public safety agencies working to improve cardiac arrest survival rates through improved bystander performance and active citizenship. Where adopted, PulsePoint Respond empowers everyday citizens to provide lifeā€saving assistance to victims of sudden cardiac arrest. Application users

who have indicated they are trained in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and willing to assist in case of an emergency can now be notified if someone nearby is having a cardiac emergency and may require CPR. If the cardiac emergency is in a public place, the location-

aware application will alert trained citizens in the vicinity of the need for bystander CPR simultaneous with the dispatch of advanced medical care. The application also directs these citizen rescuers to the exact location of the closest publicly accessible Automated External Defibrillator (AED).

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