ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT 

  • Today representatives of Visit California are interviewing Katherine Zimmer, our Marketing and Tourism Administrator.  She and Visit Escondido will be featured as a case study on Visit California’s new “industry community” section of their website.  Escondido attracted their attention as a new city participant that has had good engagement and success. 
  • This Saturday and Sunday Cal South State Cup Soccer Tournament will be in town playing at Ryan Park.  There will be 90 games played and a total of 54 teams from all over Southern California.  We can expect around 2,500 players and spectators in the area during this time frame.  All eight fields at Ryan Park will be in use for Boys 11, 12, Girls 11, 12, & 13 year old divisions.  These divisions bring in a lot of families to Escondido.   

SPECIAL EVENTS

 No special events this week.

 COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT UPDATES

Planning:

  • Following up on contacts made through the ULI/SANDAG Complete Communities Marketplace in November, staff met with representatives from Tucker Sadler regarding hotel, commercial, mixed-use and multi-family residential opportunities in the City. The firm represents major hotel and commercial developers and expressed interest in several locations. 

Major Projects Update:

  • Oak Creek (NUW) – The neighborhood meeting is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, 1/23/14 in the Mitchell Room.
  • Zak/NCA Development – Submittal of revised plans and reports is anticipated this week.
  • Centerpointe – Three responses to the Request for Proposals for the EIR were received and are under review. Consultant interviews and selection will be scheduled in the next few weeks in anticipation of the applicant’s submittal of a traffic study.

Building Division:

Building issued 47 permits last week, including 15 photovoltaics, for a total valuation of $287,560. The building counter averaged 23 daily sign-ins and inspections averaged 29 per day.

CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS

2013 - 2014 Pavement Repair and Rehabilitation Program:

The paving contractor is working on Iris Lane this week.

Grape Street Public Improvement Project:

The contractor is continuing with the removal of the old Grape Street roadway section. The importing of new roadway base should be completed by Wednesday January 22. The concrete cross gutter at Mission Avenue at Grape Street will be installed this Thursday requiring a road closure at this intersection for a period of 5 days. The construction of the new curb and gutter will also begin this Thursday, January 23.

Escondido Creek Trail Lighting:

The contractor is continuing with the installation of electrical wire along the project limits. The pedestrian lighting is operational between Date Street and Fig Street along the north side of the channel. 

Encino Drive & El Dorado Drive- Storm Drain Replacement:

The contractor has only 60 feet of storm drain pipe remaining to be installed along the project limits. Work will shift to construction of the concrete storm drain structures this week. Eldorado Drive between Encino Drive and Bear Valley Parkway will remain closed during day time operation until Monday, January 27. 

Private Development

1146 East Valley Parkway- McDonald’s Restaurant:

The installation of additional K Rail along Valley Parkway, along with the relocation of the electronic message board, has been made to the traffic control. City staff working with CALTRANs representatives has been able to modify the traffic signal timing providing additional time to the west bound traffic movement along Valley Parkway. The lane closures will be in place for 5 weeks according the developers construction schedule.

620 North Ash Street: 7-11 Store

On site demolition will continue this week. City staff is working with the contractor and CALTRANs to develop traffic control plans for the construction of the off-site improvements.

Cox Communication- Auto Park Way between Citracado Parkway and Don Lee Place:

Installation of conduit has begun along Citracado Parkway.

Tract 888-Cambell Court:

The project has restarted after a 6-year delay. The construction of the off-site sewer main has started this past week.   

PUBLIC SAFETY

Police

  • Grape Day 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 1303 extra patrols in the park, 193 field interviews, 96 citations and 92 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; Bill Havens and Lew Shaver.  There were no significant arrests reported.  

This past weekend was shift change, and there are some other transfers that have taken place. Lieutenant Murphy is now the Traffic Bureau Commander, and Tom Albergo is now a Day shift Patrol Watch Commander. Officer Havens has been transferred into the Investigations Division and Officer Aaron Reber is now partnered with Officer Shaver.

Now that the City has allowed leashed dogs in Grape Day Park, signs prohibiting dogs were removed on December 17, and new signs are on order. Also, dog “sanitation stations” are currently being researched for installation to keep dog waste off the ground.

There were no significant crimes reported during this week by CCAE or City Hall.

There were no reported problems by the Boys and Girls Club or SD Children’s Museum this reporting period. 

The homeless shelter opened up December 1, 2013. We are already in communication with Sobering Services (NCIC) at 550 W. Washington Ave in order to help facilitate proactive use of the facilities/programs available to the homeless in our community and minimize impact at Grape Day Park and surrounding areas.

Upcoming Events:

No current events are scheduled for the immediate future.  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 in February on a date to be determined.

Ongoing statistics:

Foot Patrols: 1303

Citations: 96

Field interviews: 193

Arrests: 92

5150 Holds: 1