FEATURED THIS WEEK 

The Escondido Police Department is Now on Instagram
If you’ve ever been curious about the “behind the scenes” work that our Police Officers do on a daily basis, you can now follow them on Instagram @EscondidoPolice
https://www.instagram.com/escondidopolice/

Orange County Brewery Expanding in Escondido
In the most recent issue of http://www.westcoastersd.com/, Cismontane Brewing talks about their upcoming expansion to Escondido. They cite the City’s charm and business-friendly attitude as reasons for their site selection.

 

New Lights Improve Safety at the Dorothy E. Boeger Building
New lights were installed over each of the doors to the DEBB building last week. The lighting helps customers have a brightly lighted pathway to their classes. This also gives some additional lighting to the courtyard area to create better visibility in the evening.

 

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 as a Plot Plan on July 31, 2017. The Plot Plan approval letter was issued on February 7, 2018. 
  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. 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 on January 17, 2018. Planning has issued comments on the building plans. 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 information is being compiled by the City’s biological consultants prior to scheduling a follow-up meeting with the agencies. 

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 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 two weeks ago. 

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 met with the applicant to review the draft conditions of approval for the project. Staff and the applicant have been working for some time to complete negotiations on final terms for the Development Agreement. Planning staff determined an agreement was within reach and mailed notices for a public hearing at the Planning Commission scheduled for February 13, 2018. That public hearing now will be continued to a later date at the applicant’s request to allow more time to finalize negotiations. 
  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. – 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 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 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. A follow-up meeting with the Fire Department last week resolved some of the outstanding issues regarding the project design. 
  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. Two meetings with the applicant team and multiple city departments have occurred since the project submittal to discuss project design issues. 
  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 56 permits with a total valuation of $1,114,780. 
  1. 20 solar photovoltaic permits were issued for the week. The Building Division issued 77 solar permits for the year compared to 84 issued during the same time period for 2017. 
  1. Our building inspectors responded to 201 inspection requests for the week. 
  1. The total building valuation for all issued permits for the week ending February 3rd is $9,661,790 compared with $5,775,887 for same time last year. Building processed 263 projects so far in 2018 compared with 272 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) has received a 30-day Temporary Certificate of Occupancy and residential units are now being leased to residents. 
  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 electric and drywall approval for the interior tenant improvement. 
  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. No change from the previous. 
  1. The Church of Resurrection at 1445 Conway is requesting drywall and exterior lath inspection. 
  1. The Veterans Village project at 1540 S Escondido Blvd has received second floor sheathing inspection. No change from the previous. 
  1. The new drive-thru restaurant at 700 N. Centre City Parkway has received foundation inspection approval. The new drive-thru restaurant at 720 N. Centre City Parkway and the new retail building at 730 N. Centre City Parkway have received foundation approval and final masonry lift and grout approval. 
  1. The new market at the location of the former Toyota dealership at 151 W Lincoln is requesting roof parapet inspection and foundation inspection for the parking lot lighting. 
  1. The Ford dealership at 1717 Auto Parkway is preparing for final inspection. No change from the previous. 
  1. The Latitude 2, apartment buildings at 650 N Center City Pkwy has received second floor sheathing approval for Buildings 1, 2 and 3. 
  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. The 219,000 square foot Exeter Harmony Grove Industrial Development was issued a building permit on January 19, 2018. Grading and associated blasting is underway in preparation for the start of building construction. 
  1. Permits were issued this week for a new surgical center interior tenant improvement at 488 E. Valley Parkway. 

Code Enforcement

 

Graffiti Restitution

 

Business Licensing

ENGINEERING 

Capital Improvements
Valley Pkwy/Valley Center Road Widening Project: Day 108
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 contractor will be placing sample sections of concrete improvements that are required for the installation of the new transformers and vaults associated with the undergrounding of the overhead utilities. The dry utility contractor will complete the installation of the underground utility conversion this week. The 3 new utility poles required for the utility conversion project are set to be installed on Friday, March 2 during a night time operation.        The remaining bridge elements will resume construction next Monday, February 12th.  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. On Tuesday of this week, the mason installed grout at the 5’ point in the wall construction. 

Neighborhood Lighting Project
All street light elements for the 44 new pole locations have been completed at this time. Six (6) new street light service points have been submitted to SDG&E, the utility anticipates the services points will be energized next week. Twenty-two (22) existing street light fixtures are scheduled to be replaced with the latest L.E.D. fixtures as part of this project. As of this week, the retrofitting has been completed for 18 of the 22 street light fixtures. 

2017 Street Rehabilitation and Maintenance Project
New striping is being placed on the resurfaced sections of Broadway and Valley Parkway this week. The new striping has been realigned to incorporate the future Missing Link bicycle path, including changing the diagonal parking along Grape Day Park to parallel parking.  The new striping alignment Along Valley Parkway between Broadway and Centre City Parkway will reflect the installation of an 8’ bike path along the north side of the road. Temporary installation of cones and signage is in place to reinforce the new bike lane. 

Corrugated Metal Storm Drain Pipe Assessment Study
No changes from that reported last week: 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
No changes rom that reported last week: 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

Tract 932 - Canyon Grove Shea Homes Community
The developer submitted new traffic control for the repair of public improvement along Century Way and Vista Avenue. This work is associated with the offsite water line improvements.  

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. 

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
The installation of storm drain pipe along Escondido Boulevard has resumed this week. The #1 north bound lane of Escondido Boulevard is being kept closed to traffic in response to noise complaints from local residents due to the placement of steel plate in the roadway.   

Exeter Industrial Park 
No changes from that reported last week: 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
A punch list is being developed for the offsite improvement associated with the development.  The project is located at 328 S. Escondido Boulevard.  

StorQuest
No changes from that reported last week: 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 continuing with the installation of sewer main onsite. The project is located at 2516 S. Escondido Boulevard. 

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

FIRE

News:

  • 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 14 ,2018.   
  • The Fire Prevention Team successfully completed their 6th Mobile Home Park Installation at Lake Bernardo Mobile Estates on February 7th! We are happy to report that their team, LaVona Koretke, Matthew Newberry, Kenneth Kim, and Sandy Bauer, serviced 21 homes, installed 66 smoke alarms and 13 carbon monoxide alarms.  

POLICE 

INCIDENTS:

  • On 1-28-2018, officers responded to a shoplifting call in the 300 block of W. El Norte Pkwy.  When officers arrived on scene they recognized two to of the three suspects as people with outstanding warrants for their arrest.  While attempting to detain the suspects, one of the suspects stands up and charges at one of the officers.  The suspect is detained after a minor use of force.  The two suspects with the warrants were arrested and transported to the Vista Detention Facility for. Neither the officers nor the suspect where injured as a result of the incident. After an investigation it was determined the third subject had not commit a crime and was released at the scene.  
  • On 1-28-2018, officers responded to the 200 block of W. Lincoln reference a fight. Officers arrived on scene and detained a person believed to be involved in the fight.  The person was on parole and wanted for violating the conditions of his parole.  He was arrested and booked into the Vista Detention Facility on the parole violation. 
  • On 1-28-2018, officer responded to the 2000 block of Skyview Glen reference a vehicle colliding into a house.  Officers arrived on scene and contacted the driver of the vehicle who stated he was ordered by god to drive into the unoccupied house.  The vehicle struck a retaining wall, knocked over a street light, and barreled through the garage door.  The impact blew out the main support columns of the garage.  The driver was placed on a mental evaluation hold.  The fire department, public works, and a building inspector responded to assess the structural integrity of the residence. 

  

  • On 1-29-2018, officers respond to Woodland Heights Glen and Woodland Valley Glen reference a vehicle collision.  A resident of Emerald Heights was traveling down the hill toward the exit gate with her teenage daughter when a eucalyptus tree began falling across the roadway during a period of high winds. She slammed on her brakes just in time to avoid having the largest portion of the trunk fall on top of her vehicle.  The driver complained of pain to her knee.  Officers were tied up for approximately an hour directing traffic while a home owner’s association crew worked furiously to clear the tree from the roadway. 
  • On 1-29-2018, Officer Boylan stopped a vehicle for illegal window tint in the area of Valley Parkway and Auto Park Way. During the stop the driver stated he had a meth pipe on his person.  A records check revealed the driver had five warrants for his arrest. The driver was placed under arrest and found to be in possession of methamphetamine and a revolver.  The revolver had been reported stolen from Arizona.  The driver, who is convicted felon, was booked into the Vista Detention Facility on multiple drug and weapon charges.    
  • On 1-29-2018, Officer Aronson attempted to detain a bicyclist who was riding on the sidewalk in the area Washington Ave. and Juniper St. The male ditched his bicycle and ran south on Juniper St. while attempting to dig into the pockets of his pants. The suspect was seen jumping into the backyard of a residence in the 400 block of N. Juniper St. Incoming units established a perimeter and searched the area.  The suspect, who was a documented gang member, was located hiding in some tall grass adjacent the south side of the Flood Control Channel. Underneath him was a holster for a handgun. Officers returned and searched the yard he jumped into and located a loaded .357-caliber revolver, as well as one of suspect’s shoes. A search of the suspect revealed roughly two grams of methamphetamine. The suspect was booked into the Vista Detention Facility on multiple drug and weapon charges.    
  • On 1-29-2018, Officer Martinez located a stolen vehicle in the area of 2nd Ave. and Centre City Parkway.  Officer Martinez followed the vehicle onto southbound I-15 and stopped the vehicle with the assistance of the California Highway Patrol.  The driver was taken into custody without incident and booked into the Vista Detention Facility for possession of a stolen vehicle. 
  • On 1-31-2018, officers responded to a call to assist a park ranger with a person refusing to leave the area of Grape Day Park.  During the encounter, the suspect threatened the ranger.  The suspect fled on foot when officers arrived on scene, and was taken into custody at Maple Street Plaza after a minor use of force.  One officer sustained a minor injury in the incident.  The suspect was booked into the Vista Detention Facility for threats on an officer, resisting arrest, battery on police officer and probation violation. 
  • On 2-1-2018, Officer Larson made a traffic enforcement stop on a vehicle in the area of E. Washington Ave and Beechwood St. During the stop officers located a tip jar from a Pizza Hut and a sledgehammer. The officers recognized the vehicle may be related to the recent commercial burglary series in North County.  Officers conducted a follow up investigation at the Pizza Hut on E. Valley Pkwy and discovered the business had been burglarized. The four suspects were taken into custody and charged with burglary. 

COPPS:

The 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, quality of life issues, and addressing crime and public nuisance in Grape Day Park and at Maple Plaza.     

  • 6 arrests were made
  • 2 citations were issued 
  • Officer Stewart worked a special detail with McAlister Institute and the Psychiatric Emergency Response Team and officered services to 10 people.  Three subjects, chronic Escondido homeless, have a high probability of receiving future services.