February 11, 2015


New restaurants:

  • El Camaron Escondido, a full service Mexican Seafood Restaurant, has opened at 125 S. Kalmia (the site of the former El Nopal restaurant)
  • The Wooden Spoon is opening soon  at 805 E. Valley Parkway. Owner/Chef Jesse Paul creates modern versions of classic comfort food and always uses local sources.  They have their final inspection on Feb. 13 and hope to open later this month.
  • Black Angus is slated to begin construction in May and open at Westfield North County in October 2015. 


No special events scheduled. 


As mentioned a few months ago, brush clearing is needed along the road in Daley Ranch to ensure adequate access for Fire vehicles. Workers from the CalFire Rainbow Conservation Camp will start to remove brush along Ranch House Road beginning Tuesday, February 17.  Park Ranger staff from Lake Dixon will be working with and monitoring the work of the crew.  The work is expected to take two to three days.  



  • “Working Together to Get to Yes” Program – In addition to the quarterly reports regarding this program, we intend to provide periodic reports on recent activities via the City Manager updates. The first quarterly report (transmitted to the City Council in December 2014) isattatched. Since that time, other efforts include:
    • Coordination with the representatives from the Highway 78 corridor cities (San Marcos, Vista, Carlsbad and Oceanside) regarding permit processing timelines and expediting efforts.
    • Preparation of General Processing Time handout (attached).
    • Concurrent processing of code amendment and CUP for the dog boarding facility 2750 Auto Park Way.
    • Expedited processing of major projects, including Oak Creek, Amanda Estates, Zenner subdivision and Zak final map.
    • Preliminary Staff Development Committee (SDC) review of multiple conceptual plans prior to formal application submittal for several properties including the former Woody’s site (Garza), the commercial site overlooking Walmart (LaCaze), and a mixed-use site at Felicita and W. Citracado/Gamble. 
  • Completeness review is underway for “Latitude II”, a proposed residential planned development project on a 3.44 acre site at the northeast corner of W. Washington and Centre City Parkway (382 W. Washington Ave.). The proposed project includes 60 one-bedroom and 52 two-bedroom units (112 total units) in a cluster of six three-story buildings with garages and carports with 213 parking spaces. The motel site is not included. Proposed improvements along Centre City Parkway will need to be revised to reflect design as previously discussed in preliminary review with the applicant 
  • Major Projects Update:
    • Oak Creek (NUW) – The Planning Commission unanimously recommended approval of the project at their hearing on January 27th. The project is scheduled for consideration by the City Council at the March 4th meeting and includes a new request by the applicant to consider conditions to allow site grading and permitting for model homes prior to recordation of the tentative map and completion of FEMA requirements.
    • Amanda Estates (NUW) – The 30-day public review period for the Draft Mitigated Negative Declaration (MND) ended on January 21, 2015; comments were received from the State Department of Toxic Substance Control (DTSC), County of San Diego, and San Luis Rey Band of Mission Indians and are under review. The Planning Commission hearing is tentatively scheduled for March 10th.
    • Centerpointe 78 Commercial – The Draft EIR remains on hold at the applicant’s request pending resolution of traffic mitigation requirements. The applicant has negotiated with Caltrans regarding potential improvements for the Broadway/SR 78 intersection (within Caltrans jurisdiction) to avoid relocation of underground utility vaults along with improvements to accommodate pedestrian and bicycle movements. Construction of the proposed freestanding drive-through restaurant may be delayed until mitigation measures in Caltrans right-of-way are completed. The applicant is evaluating alternative designs for other offsite improvements required as mitigation.
    • North Broadway Deficiency Area Projects – Staff is working with the anticipated developer of the properties east of Ash Street regarding a comprehensive grading plan and associated design changes, with the goal of achieving substantial conformance with the approved tentative maps as anticipated in the development agreements. A traffic analysis has been requested to address vehicle trips from the proposed mass grading. The applicant for the Zenner annexation and 40-unit subdivision continues to pursue the acquisition of offsite right-of-way on the monastery property at the Ash/Vista intersection to avoid potential condemnation issues. Staff is coordinating with the developer regarding cost estimates for offsite improvements to enable evaluation of proposed development agreement terms. The Draft Mitigated Negative Declaration for the Zenner project was issued for a 20-day public review period which ends on February 18th, and is available at the following link:
    • http://www.escondido.org/Data/Sites/1/media/PDFs/Planning/AmandaEstates/DraftMitigatedNegativeDeclaration.pdf
    • Zak Planned Development (2412 S. Escondido) – The Final Map was approved by the City Council on February 4th. The grading permit has been issued. Responses to staff comments regarding landscaping, noise and lighting requirements are needed prior to building permit issuance.
    • Kaen Planned Development (2516 S. Escondido Blvd.) – Revised plans have been submitted in response to staff comments regarding guest parking and storm water compliance; the proposed number of units has been reduced from 70 to 68 units. The project remains incomplete. Staff is conducting design review to formalize comments regarding the quality and design of the revised project.

Housing Division: 

The Single Audit for HOME funds has been completed and there were no findings to report for this grant.  Staff provided all the supporting documentation to the financial auditors quickly, which gave auditors assurance in our internal controls. The auditors conducted an assessment on key Housing Division’s responsibilities to insure our internal controls had the proper checks and balances to reduce potential financial loss. The files and recordkeeping that were audited included:

  1. 1)         Habitat for Humanity Project
  2. 2)         RFP process for analyzing and awarding HOME applications for funding
  3. 3)         First Time Homebuyer program and processing
  4. 4)         Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER) documentation
  5. 5)         The process and format for Housing Division financial draws and administrative recordkeeping. 

Building Division:

  • The Building Division issued 53 permits for the week with a total valuation of $207,011.  The majority of the permits were minor type permits including plumbing, electrical and mechanical permits.
  • 15 photovoltaic permits were issued this week with 99 permits issued so far this year compared to 57 issued at the same time last year.
  • Inspections and counter contacts remain steady with inspections averaging 28 per day with 27 on Friday, and counter contacts averaging 30 per day with 21 on Friday.
  • The Building Division has approved the plans for a new 76 unit condominium project at 2412 S. Escondido Blvd.  Planning and Engineering approval needed prior to permit issuance.
  • Construction activity has resumed at the Talk of the Town carwash and restaurant at 444 Brotherton Rd.
  • The new 3 story HARRF administration building at 1521 S. Hale Ave is progressing through drywall inspections. 
  • Plans have been submitted for the vacant building at 1817 Avenida Del Diablo (former Palomar Care Facility) to replace exterior doors serving the individual bedroom units with windows. No tenant has been identified. 


The Jesmond Dene Ball Field Lights:
The contractor is working on Punch List items in preparation to closing out the project. 

2014/2015 Street Rehabilitation Project:
The concrete subcontractor has begun removing surface improvements along Cooperate Drive.    

Elm Street between Washington Avenue and the Flood Control Channel: 
Construction of the new water main on Elm Street is ongoing. The new water service laterals are being installed this week. 

2013/2014 Pavement Maintenance Project:
On Thursday, February 5 the City received a “Quality Award” from the California Chip Seal Association for its 2014 Scrub Seal Project. Congratulations to our Design & Field Engineering staff. 

Private Development 

Bear Valley Parkway between Boyle Avenue and San Pasqual Road, County Project:
The City’s new 24” water main between Idaho Avenue and San Pasqual Valley Road is continuing. Storm Drain and Dry Utility installation is continuing along Bear Valley Parkway between Boyle Avenue and Idaho Avenue. The construction of the new 12” gas main is continuing between Boyle Avenue and Idaho Avenue. 



  • Chief Carter attended a Hate Crimes Awareness forum at the San Diego Central Library.  The forum focused on working together for safe, inclusive communities.  The event included a viewing of the film “Walking in Oak Creek,” which was hosted by Interfaith, ADL, KPBS, and the D.A.’s office.
  • Chief Benton presented the Police Department updates to the City Council District Subcommittee Group.
  • Chief Carter, Capt. Loarie, and Capt. Stuard attended the graduation ceremony for Officer Ryan Martinez and Officer Christopher Villanueva who graduated from the 101st San Diego Regional Police Academy.  Officer Villanueva received the award for the best recruit in the area of Defensive Tactics for his academy class.  Officers Martinez and Villanueva will begin field training later this month.
  • Acting Sgt. Jeff Valdivia presented the next Neighborhood Transformation Project (East NTP) to CAFÉ.
  • Loarie attended the San Diego Sheriff’s Office Memorial Wake sponsored by the Deputy Sheriffs’ Association.  This event honored law enforcement line of duty deaths in San Diego County.  Capt. Loarie spoke about Officer Laura Perez during the event and money was raised for her daughter, Suzeth.
  • Owens, Officer Jared Lunt with K-9 partner “Gybs,” Officer Lee Stewart, and Police Chaplin Barry Mahler gave a police K-9 demonstration to a young Escondido boy named Matthew Tillyer.  The police department met Matthew during the Secret Santa program and learned that he is suffering from a life threatening health condition.  Matthew’s condition has grown worse and he has been confined to his home.  Matthew has always been interested in police dogs.  The above listed officers went to Matthew’s residence and gave him a demonstration of Gybs in action.