January 7, 2016


The following is a status of storm-related damage/issues: 

  • The Goodwill Store at 606 W. Washington had a partial roof collapse. Workers were on site when the collapse occurred. About a 30’x30’ north eastern portion of the roof collapsed and damaged the fire sprinkler system. It was the fire alarm and water flow that activated 911. Fire units arrived, secured the scene, shut down the sprinkler system, and taped off the collapsed area. The Building Dept. was notified and an inspector was sent to the scene.  The building has been posted for limited entry; the facility will be off-limits to the general public, but Goodwill clean-up crews and staff will be allowed access. A Structural Engineer will need to be retained by Goodwill to assess the damage and prepare a repair plan which involves an over-the-counter permit that we will expedite upon submittal.
  • One house flooded on  Martin Street.  Crews cleared the inlet and got the storm drain working again.
  • Lake Wohlford Road had minor rock falls that were cleared and the road remains open. Crews are monitoring for further falls.
  • Mission Pools area  - Additional debris was removed and there is good flow through the storm drain system.
  • Dog Park – A large Pepper tree fell down with damage to fence along the storm drain channel.  No danger to public.
  • Another tree fell down along Felicita and it has been removed from the right-of-way.
  • An estimated 4500 sand bags have been handed out so far for this event.  Sand was replenished at Kit Carson Park on Thursday morning (Jan. 7). Escondido Sand & Gravel (George Weir) generously provided two free loads to the City.
  • Public Works/Operations has set up a response center at the Yard to coordinate and monitor PW issues associated with this storm event.
  • There were minor leaks at city facilities including the building leased to COMPACT.
  • Awaiting status on Train Station Roof at this time.
  • Storm Drain patrols in all 4 quadrants of city plus good communication between departments is working very well.
  • A 5-6 foot boulder fell into the Escondido Canal causing  some damage to the canal wall when it fell in. Staff will remove it on Thursday and repair the damage, weather permitting.


  • The County of San Diego has requested the public’s help in collecting flood damage information throughout the region. Residents and businesses that have experienced significant flood damage, are asked to complete the following “Damages Resulting From Disasters Form found at: http://sdcountyrecovery.com/damages-resulting-from-disaster .This information has been posted on the City’s website.

    Please note: This is not an application for assistance. This form will be used to gain a better understanding of the scope of flood damage countywide. 


Recently the San Diego Union Tribune ran a positive piece about the establishment of the East Valley Parkway Business group and the Neighborhood Transformation Project.  The article can be found at : http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/2015/dec/31/escondido-parkway-valley-group/ 


No major special events scheduled this weekend. 


Public Art: 

Queen Califia’s Magical Circle in Kit Carson Park (3333 Bear Valley Parkway) will NOT be open to the public on Saturday January 9, 2016, due to inclement weather. 


Major Projects Update:

  • John Paul the Great Catholic University No change from the following update reported last week: A Conditional Use Permit to expand the campus and student enrollment at 155 W. Grand Avenue was approved by the Planning Commission on December 8, 2015. The proposal includes improvements to the former H. Johnson Building at 131 S. Broadway for studio and classroom space, and the former bank at 200 W. Grand Avenue for administrative offices and a student resource center. The proposed expansion would also increase the student enrollment from 300 to 1,200 students over the next several years. Staff has confirmed the availability of water and sewer connections. 
  • Escondido Research Technology Center No change from the following update reported last week: A 72,000 square foot medical office building is proposed on the east side of Citracado Parkway across from Palomar Medical Center. A plot plan application has been approved. Grading and landscaping plans are in plan check for approval. The City Council approved a 10-year extension to the previously adopted Development Agreement for ERTC that involves 20 lots in ERTC owned by JRMC on November 4, 2015. 
  • Oak Creek (NUW) – A 65-unit single family development located at the southeastern corner of Felicita Road and Hamilton Lane. The LAFCO Board unanimously approved the annexation on October 5, 2015. Staff has returned documents to LAFCO memorializing their action that included final paperwork to be completed prior to annexation recordation. 
  • Amanda Estates (NUW) – A 22-unit single family development on Amanda Lane. The LAFCO Board approved the reorganization (annexation) at their meeting on August 3, 2015. Staff has returned documents to LAFCO memorializing their action that included final paperwork to be completed prior to annexation recordation. 
  • Centerpointe 78 CommercialNo change from the following update reported last week: A 45,650 sq. ft. Supermarket and restaurant located at 925 N. Broadway. The project was approved by the Planning Commission on November 10, 2015. The project was approved by the City Council meeting on December 9, 2015 and filing fees were paid to the County for the EIR. 
  • PraderaNo change from the following update reported last week: A 70 unit single family development located at the northeastern corner of Ash Street and Lehner Avenue. Grading is underway, staff is reviewing improvement plan and the final map submittals, as well as the precise grading plans and landscaping plans. Building Plans for three, two-story model homes have been completed and the units are currently under construction and are undergoing building inspections. A fourth single-story unit will be marketed with this development, but no model home for the single story unit will be constructed. 
  • ZennerNo change from the following update reported last week: A 40-unit single family development at the northeastern corner of Lehner Avenue and Vista Avenue. Staff received concept building elevations from the homebuilder, KB Homes, and conducted Design Review evaluations with comments forwarded back to the architect. The annexation was approved by LAFCO on Sept. 14, 2015. Staff has returned documents to LAFCO memorializing their action that included final paperwork to be completed prior to annexation recordation. 
  • Stella Park CondominiumsNo change from the following update reported last week: A 65-unit townhome Planned Development located at 2516 S. Escondido Blvd. The applicant is contracting with consultants for preparation of numerous technical studies (including a Water Quality Technical Report) and the CEQA document which is anticipated to be a mitigated negative declaration. Staff met with the applicant to discuss submittal requirements from prior city comments and is providing information regarding existing conditions to include in the environmental review analysis. 
  • Wohlford – A 55-unit single family development located on Bear Valley Parkway east of Encino Drive. Staff has reviewed revised submittals and technical reports from the applicant. A Specific Alignment Plan for Bear Valley Parkway detailing the roadway is under review. Staff concluded interviews with four consulting firms this week and has contacted the consultant selected for preparing the EIR to begin drafting a scope of work and budget for the EIR. Tribal consultation meetings have been completed. 
  • Latitude II – The 112-unit multi-family development, located at the northeastern corner of Centre City Parkway and Mission Avenue, was approved by the City Council on August 19, 2015. Grading plans and a Final Subdivision Map have been submitted for review. Architectural plans have been submitted for plan check and are under review. 
  • Canyon View Estates (Tract 932)No change from the following update reported last week: 179-lot single family residential development. Staff approved the substantial conformance determination for the revised tentative map and continues to coordinate with the applicant on the proposed grading plan. The Precise Plan application was submitted on Aug. 6, 2015; additional information is needed to complete the application. The applicant is pursuing purchase of mitigation credits at Daley Ranch, and pursuing acquisitions needed for offsite improvements. 
  • Safari Highlands – A 550-unit single family development located east of the Rancho San Pasqual community and north of the San Diego Safari Park. This project involves 1,100 acres including annexation and Sphere of Influence update for a master planned community with parks, trails, recreation center, fire station, open space, on-site sewer facility for treating a portion of the on-site wastewater for irrigation purposes. Planning and Engineering extensions of staff have been funded by the applicant and retained to assist the city in processing the project. Staff met with a representative of the Fish and Wildlife Department to discuss the project. Other outreach efforts have included City of San Diego, Safari Park representatives, public agencies and surrounding residents. A Request for Proposals was issued to solicit bids for the preparation of a consultant-prepared Environmental Impact Report (EIR) and submittals are due on January 8th. More information about this project is on line at: http://www.escondido.org/safari-highlands-ranch-specific-plan.aspx 
  • Felicita Development, LLCNo change from the following update reported last week: A 140-unit hotel, and a gas station or office/residential care facility at the southeast corner of Felicita Rd. and Gamble Lane. The applicant and staff met with the architect this week to discuss building elevations, 5-story height limitations and site design issues given the existing wetland constraints on the property. Additional technical analysis and coordination is needed to address traffic, biology, water and sewer service, geotechnical and storm water concerns, along with a market study for the proposed uses. The applicant is responding to technical studies needed to complete the application. 
  • Escondido Disposal Inc.No change from the following update reported last week: The CUP modification to expand the existing facility was approved by the Planning Commission on August 25, 2015. The project has completed its post-approval plan check process. Staff has approved the grading and landscape plans. Demolition has commenced on a portion of the site where redevelopment will occur. The County has notified the City that the applicant has made their application to the State permitting agency. Staff has resolved storm drain issues involving the subject site and adjacent properties. 
  • Westfield TheaterNo change from the following update reported last week: A 10-auditorium movie theater totaling 57,600 sq. ft. located on the north side Westfield Shoppingtown. The project was approved by the City Council on November 4, 2015. 
  • Paseo EscondidoNo change from the following update reported last week: A mixed-use 122-unit multi-family planned development at the southwestern corner of Ash Street and Washington Ave. The proposed project consists of 26 one-bedroom and 96 two-bedroom apartments in three four-story buildings, and two 5,000 SF commercial buildings (10,000 SF total) oriented around an outdoor plaza. Additional submittals required to complete the application. 
  • High Pointe (Palos Vista Neighborhood 3) – No change from the following update reported last week: A custom-home development with 39 estate lots accessed from Mesa Rock Road. Staff has prepared a bond and fee letter based on the proposed grading and landscape plans, and has sent it to the applicant. 
  • Valiano (County Project)No change from the following update reported last week: The project is outside of the City’s limits and is being processed by the County. At the December 9th City Council meeting, the traffic mitigation funding agreement and sewer service MOU were approved. A letter was sent to the County confirming that no outstanding issues remain with the City regarding the project. 
  • Springhill Suites – A 105-suite hotel totaling 73,300 sq. ft. located at 300 La Terraza Drive involving 4 stories, a small conference room and an enlarged lobby for serving continental breakfast. The project has undergone two building plans checks for this planned development. A revised set of grading and landscaping plans were submitted involving the hotel site and the parking lot of the adjacent property for review, and department comments are being finalized. 
  • Del Prado (former Woody’s site) – No change from the following update reported last week: A 113-unit Planned Development located at the southwestern corner of Brotherton Road and the Centre City Parkway frontage road. The project includes a recreational facility, pool, and open space areas Staff has met with the applicant to address sewer and emergency access and engineering issues. A revised set of plans was submitted responding to staff comments. Staff is working with the applicant to develop street striping plans around the project’s frontages for ensuring safe traffic movement. 
  • BMW DealershipNo change from the following update reported last week: A Precise Plan application to expand the existing dealership showroom an additional approximately 4,000 square feet and enhance the building façade at 1557 Auto Park Way was approved by the Planning Commission on October 13, 2015. Building plans have been submitted and are in plan check process. 
  • Solutions for Change – A Planned Development application for 33 affordable multi-family units was approved by the Planning Commission on October 13, 2015, and by the City Council November 18, 2015. Building plans have been submitted for review and a comment letter is being prepared. Staff authorized payment of Housing Division funds for reimbursement of applicant’s consultant invoices. Staff met with the applicant to discuss engineering plan corrections. 
  • Escondido Auto Park AssociationNo change from the following update reported last week: The association is proposing to upgrade the existing electronic message sign along I-15. On September 23, 2015, the Economic Development Subcommittee considered a request by the association to enter into an agreement with the City for reimbursement of a portion of the cost of the upgraded sign and expressed support for a five-year agreement based on anticipated public benefit of additional sales tax revenue. Staff has confirmed with the applicant sign application and submittal process. 
  • 701 San Pasqual Valley RdNo change from the following update reported last week: A 19-unit single family development located at 1201 E. 5th Avenue (formerly Tract 898) on 7.2 acres. The application is under review and a letter detailing additional comments and submittal requirements was forwarded to the applicant.
  • Ford-Hyundai Dealership ExpansionNo change from the following update reported last week: An expansion involving approximately 13,000 sq. ft. of showroom buildings and 6,700 sq. ft. wash/detail building at 1717-1919 Auto Park Way was approved by the Planning Commission on June 23, 2015. Grading plans have been submitted and staff anticipates building plans to be submitted in the next several weeks.

Building Division: 

  • For this shortened holiday week, the Building Department issued 37 permits for the week with a total valuation of $53,377. 
  • 19 photovoltaic permits were issued for the week. Building issued 1,440 solar permits this year compared to 800 issued last year. 
  • The Building Division issued a record breaking 3,624 permits in 2015. Inspectors conducted 12,280 inspections and a record 9,109 people came to the building counter for assistance this year. 
  • Building inspectors and counter staff experienced a slight holiday slow down with inspections averaging 33 inspections per day and counter contacts averaging 23 per day with 16 customers on New Year’s Eve. 
  • In addition to the expedited solar permitting now available, residential roof top solar projects that qualify to be expedited, can be accepted electronically through e-mail. More information is provided on the city’s website. 
  • The 76-unit condominium complex at 2412 S Escondido Blvd will be calling in for framing inspections this week for building #1. 
  • The new 24 Hr. Fitness at the North County Mall is requesting rough framing inspection for their tenant improvement. 
  • The Pradera single family tract has submitted plans for their second phase of construction for 8 new single family dwelling production units. The 3 models are preparing for final inspection. 
  • The new Taco Bell restaurant and office building are now preparing for final inspection. 
  • Plans were submitted for 2 single family dwellings on Stoneybrae Pl. 
  • A copy of the monthly Building Report is attached.

Code Enforcement: 

  • As of January 4th the total number of open code enforcement cases is 364 cases. During the prior week, 24 new cases were opened, and 37 cases were closed, with a backlog of an additional 5 cases not yet opened for assignment and investigation. 
  • There were 4 illegal signs confiscated during the weekend. No Public Records Requests (PRR) were processed, for a total of 105 PRRs processed during 2015. 
  • Last week the Business License Division issued 2 new licenses and received 18 new applications in addition to 133 renewals. 
  • A copy of the 2015 Business License statistics is attached. 


Storm Drain Inlet Filter Basket Project:
A second Public Service Agreement was approved on November 30, 2015 for an additional 21 inlet filters to be installed within existing storm drain structures. The unit installations began on January 4, 2016 with a completion date set for January 15, 2016. The objective is to retain function and to allow ease of maintenance through the manhole opening. 

Private Development 

Bear Valley Parkway between Boyle Avenue and San Pasqual Valley Road (County Project):
The project is idle this week due to the major winter storm. 

2412 South Escondido Boulevard:
No change from the following update reported last week: On site construction of new homes is continuing this week. 

Pradera - Lennar Communities:
Paving of street “D” was cancelled for Wednesday, December 30th. The project is idle this week due to the major winter storm.

Future Capital Improvements 

East Valley Pkwy/Valley Center Rd Widening project:
Staff continues to work to provide information for use in right-of-way negotiations, and correspond with SDG&E for its final design to underground existing overhead utilities. 

Washington Park Pool Re-surfacing:
Bids for this project will be opened on January 7.  Staff will be seeking City Council approval to award the construction contract on February 3. This project is funded by a Housing Related Park Grant. 

Grape Day Playground Equipment:
Final plans and specifications were received from the project consultant on January 4.  Staff is finalizing the bid package to advertise for bid later this month.           



  • On 12/30/2015, officers responded to assist the fire department with a commercial structure fire at 1021 W. Mission Ave. Officers kept Mission Ave closed between Rock Springs Rd. and Metcalf for the numerous fire apparatus that responded to the scene.  The fire was quickly contained and extinguished. The road was reopened after being closed for little more than an hour.
  • On 1/1/2016, officers responded to a 911 call regarding an 18 year old male in the 500 block of S. Rose St. The caller reported the male was not breathing. The male was pronounced dead by fire personnel.  The death was deemed to be suspicious by officers on the scene.  The PD’s Crime of Violence Unit and Crime Lab responded to the scene.  The investigation is ongoing.
  • On 1/2/2016, a female housekeeping employee was cleaning a bottom floor room on the north end of the motel. An unknown white male entered the room, pushed the housekeeper on the bed, and held her down. After a few seconds the victim screamed, causing the suspect to get off the victim. The victim grabbed her broom and took a few swings at the suspect.  The suspect fled the scene.  The victim ran to the office and flagged down an officer who happened to be in the area.  Officers searched the area and located the suspect walking in the Lowes parking lot.  The suspect was detained and positively identified by the victim in a curbside lineup. 


  • The Facebook post video showcasing the police department’s give-a-way of $10k has reached almost 275,000 people. As a comparison, the second largest reach the PD had was earlier this year, with about 80,000 people.  
  • On 1/1/2016, Chief Carter sent an email to all police employees thanking them for all the hard work in 2015. Below are some of the highlights:
    • The PD responded to just over 50,000 police calls for service, handled over 106,000 CAD incidents and took over 15,000 police cases; averaging over 200 calls per day on both Fridays and Saturdays.
    • Officers made just under 1,350 Felony arrests and just under 3,100 Misdemeanor arrests.
    • Officers made over 400 DUI arrests and issued over 7,300 citations.
    • Dispatch answered over 67,000 911-calls with 97% of them answered within 15 seconds and 99% within 40 seconds.
    • The PD hired seven new officers, two dispatchers, two part-time employees and two detentions officers. 
  • Prior to the Holiday season, PAL held two events. On December 12th the PAL Basketball Championships were held at EVCC. Children from the ages of 7-14 years of age participated this season.


  • On December 14th, Lieutenant Owens and Officer Sainz conducted a safety presentation at the Boys and Girls Club, 150 Woodward Ave. Approximately 40 children between the ages of 5-7 attended the event.