ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT 

  • Sales tax cash receipts for the third quarter of 2013 increased 6.0%.
  • This Weekend, February 1st and 2nd, Ryan Park will host Cal South State Cup soccer tournament.  Over the next few months we will see Cal South in our Escondido quite a bit. This weekend Cal South will have 64 boys U13 teams playing 56 total games.  This will be the Rounds of 64, 32, and 16.  Teams will be traveling from all over Southern California.  We can expect around 3,200 players and spectators over the course of the weekend. 

SPECIAL EVENTS

 No special events this week.

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT UPDATES

Planning:

  • The San Diego North Chamber of Commerce held a meeting of the Permitting and Planning Committee on 1/22/14. The meeting was attended by representatives from the county and the cities of Oceanside, Vista, Encinitas, San Marcos, Poway and Escondido, as well as chamber representatives. The discussion focused on permitting procedures for the various jurisdictions and identifying future agenda topics to discuss ways to work together to get through the permitting process more efficiently. The committee will meet monthly.
  • The Noise Compliance Plan for the outdoor events at the Lexus Centre has been approved and posted on the City’s website.
  • A Plot Plan application has been submitted for improvements at Trafalgar Square, 1310-1346 E. Valley Parkway. The request includes demolition of a 13,310 SF building and partial demolition of another building to accommodate a new, freestanding 17,945 SF market and other renovations. The I-Hop restaurant will remain.
  • Major Projects Update:
  • Oak Creek (NUW) – The applicant has submitted the drainage analyses for staff review. The neighborhood meeting on 1/23/14 was well attended by neighboring residents and individuals who lease portions of the property for agricultural purposes. Discussions focused largely on the proposed street improvements, with residents along Felicita expressing a desire to keep their frontages unimproved. Other participants expressed concern about the proposed density and design of the units which they felt were more representative of the Rancho Bernardo area. Other comments included a desire to maintain the rural character of the area, and some concern about traffic circulation due to the proposed roundabout at Felicita and Park Drive.
  • Zak/NCA Development – Revised plans were submitted for staff review, including numerous variations from typical code and design standards to be evaluated through the planned development process.
  • 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 by next week. Council authorization of the EIR contract is anticipated in late March.

Building Division:

The four day work week was quite busy. Building issued 46 permits, including 9 photovoltaics, for a total valuation of $2,325,655. The building counter averaged 40 daily sign-ins and inspections averaged 28 per day.  Permits were issued for seven single family dwellings on Campbell Place for Hallmark Communities.   Permits were issued for the re-build of the McDonald’s restaurant on East Valley Parkway. Plans have been submitted for the pylon sign at the Westfield mall. Construction is continuing at the Contempo project at 203 S Orange with four buildings remaining to be issued.

CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS

2013 - 2014 Pavement Repair and Rehabilitation Program:

The paving contractor is resurfacing Mountain View Drive between Citrus Avenue and Whispering Highlands Place this week.

Grape Street Public Improvement Project:

The installation of all concrete curb and gutter and cross gutter was completed this past week. The retaining walls and concrete sidewalk will be started this week.

Escondido Creek Trail Lighting:

The pedestrian lighting is operational between Broadway and Beech Street. The contractor will concentrate on completing punch list items in preparation of project close out.   

Encino Drive & El Dorado Drive- Storm Drain Replacement:

The installation of the 60” storm drain has been completed. The construction of the 4 remaining storm drain structures has begun along Eldorado Drive. The construction team will have the new 60” pipeline operational for the rain that is expected over the weekend.

Private Development

1146 East Valley Parkway- McDonald’s Restaurant:

The foundations for the new traffic signal poles have been constructed.

 

620 North Ash Street: 7-11 Store

Two wood frame buildings were demolished along the Washington Street frontage in preparation of the on-site grading. 

 

Tract 888-Cambell Court:

The project has restarted after a 6-year delay. The construction of the off-site sewer main has been completed. The construction of the on-site sewer system will be started this week.    

 

PUBLIC SAFETY

Police

  • There was an officer involved shooting on Centre City Pkwy, just north of Country Club Lane last Sunday.  This involved an officer from San Diego Police Department.  Because the shooting happened in the City of Escondido, we are the investigating agency.  We have issued two News Releases regarding this incident:
  • A Promotion Ceremony was held last Thursday for several of our recently promoted sergeants, lieutenants, and our Records Manager.  Congratulations to:
    • Records Manager Barbara Marlett
    • Sgt. Bode Berreth
    • Sgt. Fred Cheatham
    • Sgt. Rhett Gann
    • Sgt. Mark Petersen
    • Lt. Greg Kogler
    • Lt. Justin Murphy
    • Lt. Allen Owens
    • Lt. Eric Skaja

 

  • PD continues to do well with  Facebook (FB) likes.  They are at 1360 likes.  They  remain the third highest FB for law enforcement in San Diego County.  PD’s Twitter following is slightly higher.

 

  • Escondido PD attended a San Diego Crime Commission lunch in Kearney Mesa last week.  The SD Crime Commission is responsible for several different important outreach and support programs for law enforcement.  Go to www.sandiegcrimecommission.org for additional information.

 

  • 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 1317 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 Street 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.  

Last 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.

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:  1317

Citations:  96

Field interviews:  193

Arrests:  92

5150 Holds:  1