ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT 

Cal South State Cup this weekend January 31st and February 1st at Ryan Park.  We will see teams from all over Southern California visiting our City and Ryan Park.  Rounds of 64, 32, and 16 will be played over the weekend for the Boys and Girls under 13 divisions. Those teams that will be advancing to rounds of 32 and 16 will be lodging, dinning, and shopping at our local establishments.  The divisions are split in half with half playing at Ryan Park and the other have playing at Brewster Park in Apple Valley CA.    

DALEY RANCH GRANT 

The Friends of Daley Ranch (FODR) has informed us that the County has approved their grant request for $12,500 for work on the utility buildings near the ranch house and for informational signage. The money must be spent by January of 2016. FODR's building foreman, Dick Althouse, will be working with the City's planning staff to obtain all necessary permits and approvals for the building restoration project. FODR Board Member Jim Schafer will be the coordinator for the informational signs. He will work with City staffers and will submit their proposal to the City's Appearance Committee. 

SPECIAL EVENTS 

On Sunday, February 1, a local insurance company will be hosting “Covered CA” in the park. This is a community event focused of health care, enrollment and getting questions answered about health coverage in Grape Day Park. The event is from 11a.m. to 3 p.m. and includes info booths, jumpers for the kids and entertainment 

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

Planning: 

  • The Planning Commission voted unanimously to approve the proposed Oak Creek annexation and 65-lot residential subdivision at Felicita and Hamilton Lane, and the Conditional Use Permit for the phased master development plan for the Escondido United Reformed Church at 1864 N. Broadway.
  • LAFCO will consider two City annexation projects at their meeting on Monday, February 2nd: the Pickering Reorganization for the 14-unit subdivision on the east side of N. Ash St. between Lehner and Stanley Avenues; and the Lake Wohlford Reorganization for the City’s electrical generating facility.  Both projects are recommended for approval. The LAFCO agenda and staff reports are available at the following link: http://www.sdlafco.org/Webpages/meeting_schedule_2015_Agendas.htm
  • Major Projects Update:
    • Oak Creek (NUW) – The Planning Commission hearing will be held on January 27th. The Final EIR is available at the following link:
    • http://www.escondido.org/Data/Sites/1/media/pdfs/Planning/oakcreek/VolumeII-Navigation_Index.pdf.
    • Amanda Lane (NUW) – The Draft Mitigated Negative Declaration (MND) has been released for a 30-day public review period which ended on January 21, 2015; it can be reviewed at:
    • http://www.escondido.org/Data/Sites/1/media/PDFs/Planning/AmandaEstates/DraftMitigatedNegativeDeclaration.pdf. The Planning Commission hearing is tentatively scheduled for February 24th.
    • Centerpointe 78 Commercial – The Draft EIR remains on hold at the applicant’s request pending resolution of traffic mitigation requirements. The applicant is evaluating potential improvements negotiated with Caltrans regarding redesign of the Broadway/SR 78 intersection (within Caltrans jurisdiction) to avoid relocation of underground utility vaults along with improvements to accommodate pedestrian and bicycle movements. The applicant has prepared draft concepts of the various improvement needs and mitigation requirements and his client is now obtaining cost estimates for constructing the improvements (which include installing three signals, street striping, Caltrans improvements, etc.) to evaluate the project’s financial viability.
    • North Broadway Deficiency Area Projects – The Pickering annexation will be considered by LAFCO on February 2nd. The applicant for the Zenner annexation and 40-unit subdivision is pursuing the acquisition of offsite right-of-way on the monastery property at the Ash/Vista intersection to avoid potential condemnation issues. The release of the Mitigated Negative Declaration is anticipated by the end of the week, for a 20-day public review period. Development agreement negotiations are continuing. Staff is also working with the anticipated developer regarding a comprehensive grading plan and associated design changes with the goal of achieving substantial conformance with the approved tentative maps for the properties east of Ash Street, as anticipated in the development agreements.
    • Zak Planned Development (2412 S. Escondido) – The applicant has been provided the submittal requirements and deadlines to enable consideration of the Final Map, which is tentatively scheduled for the February 4th City Council meeting.
    • Kaen Planned Development – The proposed application for 70-unit planned development at 2516 S. Escondido Blvd. is under review. Revised plans have been submitted to address parking considerations. The project remains incomplete. Other staff comments regarding the quality and design of the project and storm water compliance have not been addressed in the revised submittal.

Building Division: 

  • The Building Division issued 60 permits for the week with a total valuation of $166,405.  The permits were mostly miscellaneous, plumbing, mechanical, electrical and photovoltaic type of permits.
  • 19 photovoltaic permits were issued this week with 56 permits issued so far this year.
  • Inspections and counter contacts remain steady with inspections averaging 29 per day with 26 on Friday and counter contacts averaging 35 per day with 25 on Friday.
  • The Building Division has approved the plans for a new 76 unit condominium project at 2412 S. Escondido Blvd.  Planning, Engineering and Fire approval needed prior to permit issuance.
  • The new Chick-Fil-A at 1290 Auto Park Way received final inspection approval and a Certificate of Occupancy on 1/20/15.
  • 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.

 CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS 

Jesmond Dene Ball Field Lights:
All of the product submittals have been completed and approved by the design engineer. The light poles were delivered and foundations have been poured, the electrical cabinet was installed on Monday January 26. 

2014/2015 Street Rehabilitation Project:
The preconstruction meeting was held on Wednesday January 21. The Notice to Proceed will be formalized later this week. 

Elm Street between Washington Avenue and the Flood Control Channel
Testing of the temporary water main began on Monday, January 26 with final result to be announced on Thursday, January 29. The installation of the new sewer main has been completed with the installation of the manhole components on Monday January 26. 

Private Development 

Bear Valley Parkway between Boyle Avenue and San Pasqual Road, County Project:
The City’s new 24” water main between Idaho Avenue and San Pasqual Valley Road is continuing. Storm Drain and Dry Utility installation is continuing along Bear Valley Parkway between Boyle Avenue and Idaho Avenue. The construction of the new 12” gas main is continuing between Suburban Hills Drive and Idaho Avenue. 

PUBLIC SAFETY 

Police: 

  • Trent Aronson has been hired to fill a position as a new hire police officer.  He will join Ryan Alderman in attending the 103rd San Diego Regional Police Academy starting 02-23-15.
  • A promotion ceremony was held at the PD for Lt. Ed Varso and Sgt. Mike Garcia.
  • Chief Carter and Capt. Loarie attended the San Diego Crime Commission Board Meeting in San Diego.
  • Al Owens participated in a personal defense and child safety event at the Westfield Mall.
  • Chief Carter gave a presentation to the Escondido Charitable Foundation regarding the anonymous donor’s Secret Santa program. 

Fire: 

Retired Fire Chief Bob Watts passed away on Wednesday, January 21st. Chief Watts joined the Escondido FD in 1974 after he retired from SDFD as a fire captain. He served as our fire chief from 1982 until his retirement in April 1993.