ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT 

  • We have been notified that the Abercrombie Kids store at Westfield North County will permanently shut down no later than January 25, 2014.  A copy of the notice is attached.

SPECIAL EVENTS

No special events are planned this week.

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT UPDATES

Planning:

Major Projects Update:

  • Oak Creek (NUW) – Notices have been sent out for the neighborhood meeting scheduled at 6:00 p.m. on 1/23/14 in the Mitchell Room. The applicant continues to work on the drainage and hydrological analysis to address floodway and mosquito abatement issues.
  • Amanda Lane (NUW) – The applicant is preparing additional analysis of storm water and drainage alternatives and evaluating offsite right-of-way and improvements for Gamble Lane.
  • Zak/NCA Development – The Fire Department has provided direction regarding minimum turning radius requirements for the internal street system.
  • 99 Cents Only Store – On 1-14-14, the Planning Commission upheld staff’s recommendation to deny the applicant’s appeal of staff’s determination that the use is not allowed in the Downtown Specific Plan. The vote was 4-1-0 (Commissioner Johns voted no, Commissioner Watson absent).

The Community Roundtable will meet on Thursday, 1/16/14 at 4:00 p.m. in the Parkview Room. The primary agenda topic is a presentation from staff regarding the City’s tourism and marketing efforts.

The contract for repairs on the Queen Califia floor tiles was signed by all parties last week and work is expected to begin any day.  Due to the nature of work, this portion of the entire repair/maintenance project on the sculpture garden is expected to take approximately 4 months.  Details on how and when to re-open Queen Califia to the public are being worked out. 

Building Division:

Building issued 40 permits last week for a total valuation of $98,314. Permits were mostly plumbing, electrical and mechanical types of permits with a few tenant improvements. The building counter averaged 27 daily sign-ins and inspections averaged 23 per day.

Inspections have started at the HARRF addition at 1521 S Hale.      The carwash at 1281 N. Escondido Blvd has received stucco and drywall inspections. Old Navy at 230 E. Via Rancho Parkway is ready for a final inspection and occupancy. The addition and tenant improvement at Jack Powell Chysler/Dodge is nearing a final inspection.

Code Enforcement:

A summary of Code Enforcement activity for calendar year 2013, including the fourth quarter activity is attached.

CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS

 2013 - 2014 Pavement Repair and Rehabilitation Program:

The paving contractor is working in the Oak Hill neighborhood this week performing asphalt restoration. The concrete contractor is replacing ADA ramps at the Citrus Avenue and Wanek Road intersection. Ten percent of the contract has been completed at this time. 

Grape Street Public Improvement Project:

The contractor has begun to remove the old roadway section on Grape Street this week. Mail service has been disrupted during this operation. The contractor has made arrangements with the Postmaster to have residents mail available at the Mission Avenue branch. Home delivery service will resume in two weeks.  

Escondido Creek Trail Lighting:

The contractor will begin to pull wire for the new pedestrian lighting starting January 20th

Encino Drive & El Dorado Drive- Storm Drain Replacement:

The contractor has closed Eldorado Drive between Encino Drive and Bear Valley Parkway this week in preparation for the installation of the 60” pipeline crossing. The roadway is scheduled to be reopened on January 20th.

 Private Development

1146 East Valley Parkway- McDonald’s Restaurant:

The installation of the traffic control has been completed along the Ash Street and Valley Parkway frontages. There is traffic congestion on the westbound Valley Parkway corridor with the reduction to a single lane of travel. Staff is working with a CALTRANS representative to add additional time to their traffic signals operation for west bound Valley Parkway vehicles. The traffic control is scheduled to be in place until February 17th.

PUBLIC SAFETY

Police

  • The Police Department conducted another virtual ride-a-long on Friday January 10th between 5 p.m. and midnight.  Teri Figueroa rode with A/Sgt. Jared Sinclair (a story should run on Wednesday).  Even though it was a slow night 38 tweets were sent out and included crime information as well as public information for folks in the area.  There were multiple re-tweets and favorites.  Feedback was very positive and came from multiple sources including social media managers in Los Angeles and the Bay Area.  Also created #SDLESM (San Diego County Law Enforcement Social Media) in the hopes other agencies will latch on to it.  We currently have 1293 followers on Twitter and 1322 on Facebook. 
  • Shift change occurs on January 19th.  Personnel transfers and new shift assignments will take place on this date. 
  • William Havens is being promoted to Detective and will assume responsibility for Graffiti investigations.  We expect he will do a great job in this area. 
  • Two hybrid vehicles have been added to our unmarked fleet. 
  • We welcomed 12 new Police Explorer Cadets into the program, and said farewell to 4 others who have aged out of the program and are moving on to other goals in life.

Fire:

  • 2013 kept pace with the previous year regarding call volume. In 2013, the Fire Department ran a total call volume of approximately 13,108 incidents. That is 60 more incidents than in 2012. 10,516 calls were EMS or 80.23% of the call volume. Of the EMS calls, 583 were from motor vehicle accidents. The department had a total of 270 fire-related incidents and 54 were structure fires. 
  • Cal Fire and the Office of Emergency Services are very concerned about the lack of rain we have received so far this winter. Cal Fire has NOT closed fire season for the winter and has kept the seasonal firefighters and aircraft staffed throughout the State. They have stated that even if we get a good amount of rainfall during the beginning of 2014 we will still be way below our season average and they are very worried about the 2014 fire season.