ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

  •  We have been given permission by the County of San Diego to move forward with the construction of our leach field at the Daley Ranch House, while awaiting State approval of our well.  We anticipate the leach field contractor will begin work on February 24.

     
  • This weekend we will host the Cal South State Cup at Ryan Park.  There will be a total of 64 teams, 32 Boys U11 and 32 Girls U11, playing in the Rounds of 64, 32, and 16.  We can expect a lot of traffic in the Ryan Park area with over 3000 players and spectators.  Teams will be traveling to Escondido from all over Southern California and will be using Escondido Hotels and eating at local restaurants.

 SPECIAL EVENTS

 No special events but Escondido Rotary has its 11th annual Coeur de Cuisine event at the Art Center this Sunday, Feb. 23. For more information please visit  http://coeurdecuisine.com/

 COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT UPDATES

 Planning:

  •  Staff met with EDI regarding a proposed expansion of their recycling facilities to meet the State-mandated goals for reduction of solid waste. They are considering a modification to their conditional use permit to redesign the onsite circulation and expand operations onto their adjacent property at 1021 W. Mission (former Titleist building), to facilitate construction of a new facility that would process green waste and production of compressed natural gas to be used by their fleet vehicles. The applicants will be preparing a traffic study to evaluate the impacts of the revised circulation pattern which proposes to direct some traffic in a one-way direction entering from Mission through the site to exit on Washington.

  • Major Projects Update:
    • Oak Creek (NUW) – The applicant’s resubmittals responding to staff comments on the drainage study, water quality technical report and specific alignment plans for Felicita and Hamilton are behind schedule, affecting the anticipated hearing schedule.
    • Amanda Lane (NUW) – The applicants are preparing revised submittals in response to LAFCO and staff review.
    • Zak/NCA Development – A meeting is being schedule to discuss staff comments on the applicant’s resubmittal. Discussion topics include design considerations pertaining to the exterior elevations, adequacy of proposed landscaping, open space and storm water facilities, and justification to support significant modification to development standards proposed as part of the planned development process.
    • Centerpointe – EIR Consultant interviews were held on 2/12/14 and staff is negotiating the scope of work with the selected consultant, pending the applicant’s submittal of a traffic study.
    • North Broadway Deficiency Area Projects – Staff has expedited review of several revisions to the traffic study prepared by the applicant’s consultant for the pending subdivisions. Staff is coordinating a meeting with the consultant to facilitate completion of an adequate study and correct deficiencies in the analysis.

Building Division:

 Building issued 52 permits, including 10 photovoltaic permits, for a total valuation of $8,767,978. The Building counter continues to be very busy, averaging 36 daily sign-ins.  Inspections averaged 26 per day. Permits were issued for the Monticello residential care facility at 930 Monticello Drive and Classical Academy High School at the former North County Times building at 207 E. Pennsylvania. The applicants for the Monticello project took advantage of the recently revised fee deferral process, allowing them to defer $461,752 in development fees until occupancy (not to exceed one year).

 CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS

 2013 - 2014 Pavement Repair and Rehabilitation Program:

The paving contractor completed pavement restoration on Valley Parkway between Midway Drive and Bear Valley Parkway on Tuesday, February 19th.

 Grape Street Public Improvement Project:

The new pavement was placed along Grape Street this past Thursday, February 13th.  Water operations responded to a water main break under the new Grape Street roadway on Monday, February 17th. The main break was reported before 7:00 a.m. and repairs were completed by late afternoon. The driveway pour was rescheduled for Wednesday, February 19th.        

 Encino Drive & El Dorado Drive- Storm Drain Replacement:

The contractor will complete the new concrete surface improvements on Eldorado Drive on Friday February 21st.

  Private Development

 1146 East Valley Parkway- McDonald’s Restaurant:

A meeting was held on site with the contractor’s representative and City staff to discuss the lack of progress regarding the completion of public improvements along both Ash Street and Valley Parkway. It was discovered during this meeting that pipe material required for the construction of the storm drain system is not available locally. This condition along with the delay caused by the redesign of the water main along Valley Parkway pushed staff to issue a Correction Notice to the project contractor to remove traffic control from the City right-of-way and reopen West Valley Parkway to two lanes of travel by Saturday, February 22nd.  This information has been shared with the CALTRANS representative and asked that they make the same requirement for work within their right of way.         

 Tract 888-Cambell Court:

The construction of the on-site water system is continuing.

 Lincoln Avenue & Escondido Boulevard Gas Main Testing Station:

The contractor is continuing with the coating the new pipelines prior to backfill and placing sensing lines this week.       

 PUBLIC SAFETY

 Police:

  • PD hosted a POST training managers workshop last Thursday. 
  • PD also hosted an incident debrief on the Kenyan Westgate Mall attack.  The audience was tactical command staff from the entire county. One of the survivors was present and shared a unique perspective as to how law enforcement can best interact with victims while confronting any ongoing violence.
  • There will be a swearing in ceremony at the PD this Wednesday, February 19,  3-4 pm in the patrol briefing room.
  • PD will be conducting a testing process later this week for both entry level and lateral officers.
  • Grape Day Park Task Force:

The Police Department continues its enforcement details as call volume allows, up to several times a day in the park and surrounding areas.  Since the start of the increased focus, the police department has conducted 1387 extra patrols in the park, 200 field interviews, 97 citations and 100 arrests. 

The Bike Team Officers, Adan Martinez and Russ Whitaker, continue to focus their efforts in the downtown area including Grape Day Park, Maple Plaza and Signature Pavilion. They are assisted by Patrol Officers and especially our two Community Policing Officers; Aaron Reber and Lew Shaver.  There were no significant arrests reported.  

 There were no significant calls for service around the Grape Day Park, Maple St. Plaza, or Signature Pavilion footprint.

Upcoming Events:

 An event is scheduled for February 22nd. The event is a volunteer recruitment for voter registration, between 2 and 5PM.  

 Please refer to http://www.grapedaypark.org/  for special event information in the Park. For a list of all Escondido Events visit: http://visitescondido.com/event-calendar/

 The next Task Force Meeting will be on a date to be determined.

 Ongoing statistics:

Foot Patrols        1387

Citations              97

FI's                        200

Arrests                 100

5150 Holds          1