The recruitment for the Assistant City Manager is underway.  The recruitment is being handled by Peckham & McKenney and applicants have until March 4, 2015 to apply. I anticipate the finalist interview process will take begin in early April.  Information about the position is available at 


  • Cal South National Cup this weekend February 28th and March 1st at Ryan Park.  We will see teams from all over Southern California visiting our City and Ryan Park.  The games are all bracket rounds in the Boys under 12 and Girls under 13. We can expect around 2,000 players and spectators.  Teams will be lodging, shopping, and dinning in the Escondido area.  
  • The San Diego Union Tribune had a positive feature on Visit Escondido and Katherine Zimmer in the February 22, 2015 paper.  The following is the link to the article: 


No special events this week.

The show and seasonal cruise night will feature pre-1974 vehicles. The fundraiser is free to view; $20 for show vehicles by Feb. 17, $25 after. Funds will support the free Friday evening Cruisin' Grand shows, which fires up April 3 and will run through September (5-9 p.m.).


  • Major Projects Update:
    • Oak Creek (NUW) – 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 Planning Commission hearing is scheduled for March 10th.
    • Centerpointe 78 Commercial – The Draft EIR remains on hold at the applicant’s request pending resolution of traffic mitigation requirements. Staff is reviewing the applicant’s conceptual plans for offsite traffic improvements; these proposed improvements include an alternative design at the El Norte Pkwy/Escondido Blvd. intersection that considers a raised median in El Norte Pkwy. and ‘right in / right out’ on Escondido Blvd., with longer left turn pockets for traffic turning south onto Center City Pkwy. from El Norte Pkwy., as well as U-turns at El Norte Parkway and CCP for travelers wishing to access Escondido Blvd.
    • 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 construction vehicle trips from the proposed mass grading. The Draft public review period for the Mitigated Negative Declaration for the Zenner project ended on February 18th, and is available at the following link: Staff is coordinating with County staff to respond to the County’s request for the applicant to pay the County’s Transportation Impact Fee (TIF) of $72,200. Staff continues to coordinate with the developer regarding cost estimates for offsite improvements to enable evaluation of proposed development agreement terms.
    • Kaen Planned Development (2516 S. Escondido Blvd.) – Management staff met with the applicant’s team to discuss concerns regarding the proposed project related to processing timeframes, residential product type and density, site planning, open space amenities, storm water compliance, architectural design and overall quality for the proposed 68-unit townhouse project. The applicant directed staff to continue to processing the project as submitted.
    • Latitude II (382 W. Washington) - Completeness review is underway for “Latitude II”, a proposed 112-unit residential planned development project at 382 W. Washington Ave.
    • The Escondido Ford and Hyundai automobile dealerships at 1717 and 1919 Auto Park Way are proposing a modification to the master and precise development plan. The modifications include renovation of several buildings, demolition of two showroom structures, and construction of two new showrooms (6,200 SF Ford and 6,700 SF Hyundai buildings) and a 6,100 SF carwash/detail building. The project is anticipated to be considered by the Planning Commission in March. 

Building Division: 

  • With the short work week, the Building Division issued 35 permits for the week with a total valuation of $73,943. The majority of the permits were minor type permits including plumbing, electrical and mechanical permits.
  • 11 photovoltaic permits were issued this week with 122 permits issued so far this year compared to 73 issued at the same time last year.
  • Inspections and counter contacts remain steady with inspections averaging 30 per day with 30 on Friday and counter contacts averaging 34 per day with 20 on Friday.
  • The plans for a new 76-unit condominium project at 2412 S. Escondido Blvd. are approved for issuance, pending recordation of the Final Map.
  • 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.
  • The new Monticello assisted living facility is moving towards a final building inspection projected for the end of March.
  • Plans are in for review for the new building and tenant improvement for the Church of Resurrection at 1445 Conway Dr.


Wickline Bedding, at 455 Quince Street, had a material spill into the Creek at approximately 3:00 p.m. Monday. The spill was not a hazardous material but a water soluble adhesive. Public Works, the Fire Department and County HAZMAT all responded to it and all the proper notifications were made.  Public Works removed a total of 3.5 Vactor truck loads and finished the job at 3:30 a.m. Tuesday morning.  Reimbursement for costs will be sought from Wickline. 


The Jesmond Dene Ball Field Lights:
The contractor is waiting on replacement parts for items listed on the Punch List. 

2014/2015 Street Rehabilitation Project:
February 23 through February 26 the paving contractor will be working along the following streets at night between the hours of 7 p.m. to 5 a.m.

               Meyers Avenue – Auto Parkway to Barham Drive
               Progress Place – Country Club Drive to the Cul-de-Sac
               Broadway – Lincoln Avenue to El Norte Parkway
               Mission Avenue – Fig Street to Ash Street     
               Tree removal began on Monday February 23 along Maple Street between 2nd Avenue and 5th Avenue.     

Elm Street between Washington Avenue and the Flood Control Channel: 
Water main water quality testing for the Elm Street portion is ongoing. The installation of the water line valve assembly on Washington Avenue is set for Wednesday February 25.  

Rubberized Pavement Grant:
The City has received a $147,000.00 Rubberized Pavement Grant to be used for the 2014/2015 Street Maintenance Project. 

East Valley Parkway/Valley Center Road Project:
Currently in the design, the alignment for the East Valley Parkway/Valley Center Road Project will encroach into Mayflower Dog Park. As required by federal law, a Public Review/Comment Period has been posted at the park and on the City’s website to solicit input from the community about this encroachment. The Public Review/Comment Period started on Thursday January 29 and will end on Friday February 27.   

Private Development 

Bear Valley Parkway between Boyle Avenue and San Pasqual Road, County Project:
Storm Drain and Dry Utility installation is complete along the newly constructed eastern bound lanes of Bear Valley Parkway between Boyle Avenue and Idaho Avenue. The grading of the new roadway section is continuing between Idaho Avenue and HWY 78 / San Pasqual Valley Road. New concrete sidewalks are the first new surface improvement that has been constructed between Boyle Avenue and Birch Avenue.  

2412 South Escondido Boulevard:
The mass grading was completed on Friday February 20. The preconstruction meeting for underground utilities was held on Tuesday February 24; the review of public safety and existing utilities were topics of discussion. 


  • Chief Carter and Sheriff Gore gave a joint press conference at the Escondido Police & Fire Headquarters announcing the arrest of Gilbert Chavarria.  Chavarria was identified as the suspect in a series of residential “hot prowl” burglaries where sleeping children were targeted for sexual assault in the summer of 2013.  This crime wave was labeled the “Creeper Series” and occurred at locations in Escondido and San Marcos.  Through the culmination of an exhaustive investigation performed by a task force formed by the Escondido Police Department and the San Diego Sheriff’s Office, Chavarria was eventually identified through a familial DNA search by the California Department of Justice Crime Lab.  This marked the first arrest through the state’s Familial DNA Program in San Diego County.
  • The Escondido Police Department’s Facebook page is rapidly approaching 4,500 likes.  We are well on our way toward the goal of 5,000 likes.
  • Chief Carter and Capt. Loarie attended a press conference held by the San Diego County District Attorney’s office regarding a 20 year study of Officer Involved Shootings in the county.  The study looked at incidents from 1993 through 2012, which amounted to 367 Officer Involved Shootings.  Some of the highlights of the study showed that 57% of the shootings were fatal, traffic stops were the most likely precipitating event, 66% of the suspects were under the influence of illicit drugs, 19% involved a “suicide by cop,” and most incidents took place in a street or alley.  The racial breakdown of suspects is as follows: 37% White, 36% Latino/Hispanic, 19% African-American, 4% Asian/Filipino, 1%Pacific Islander, and 3% Other/Unknown.
  • Stuard presented Officer Moshe Santini with his numbered badge after the successful completion of the end of his probationary period.  This marked an important milestone in young Officer Santini’s career.
  • Stuard attended a meeting for the Safe Apartments for Everyone (SAFE) hosted by the Escondido Police Department.  The SAFE program trains and equips apartment managers in proper tenant screening, Crime Prevention through Environmental Design (CPTED), and gives them a venue to liaison with the police department regarding ongoing issues.  This program also gives the police department an opportunity to enroll apartment complexes in the Crime Free Multi-Housing certification program. 


  • On February 13th, the Escondido Fire Department participated in the Countywide “Love Your Heart” event.  This was the second year that we participated and we definitely saw an increase in our presence in the community.  This countywide event was an effort to offer free blood pressure screenings and promote awareness of the health issues associated with it. This year we staffed 3 locations; the Joslyn Senior Center with 89 seniors center visitors, Escondido Public Library with 96 visitors, and the Northgate Market with 220 visitors.  In total, with the assistance of many of our crews, senior volunteers, and paramedic students we provided the community with 405 blood pressure screenings.
  • Police Chief Craig Carter and Fire Chief Mike Lowry were honored at the 2-1-1 San Diego luncheon along with other first responders.  2-1-1 San Diego is a resource and information hub that connects people with community, health and disaster services through a free, 24/7 stigma-free confidential phone service and searchable online database. 2-1-1 serves the entire population of the County.