ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT 

  • There will be a Girls fast  pitch softball tournament this weekend in Kit Carson Park. This is a  three day tournament with 129 games and 50 teams from all over Southern California.  We can expect approximately 3000 players and spectators in the area over the weekend. 
  • Visit Escondido’s effort to promote DineOut Escondido is resulting in a lot of great exposure for this new program. The following are some statistics on the effort:
  • The DineInCA Facebook (FB) post dedicated to Escondido received over 12,000 views and 37 shares.
  • The Visit Escondido-boosted FB post received 10,440 views.
  • Publicized in 12 organizational enewsletters (14,000+ potential impressions)
  • Listed on 7 major websites.
  • 2,346 unique visitors to the VisitEscondido.com page listing restaurant specials.
  • 83 posters and 3,000 flyers distributed.
  • In addition, here are some links with great volume impressions...

 

SPECIAL EVENTS

  • No special events this weekend. 

 

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT UPDATES 

Planning:

 Major Projects Update:

  • Centerpointe – The Request for Proposals (RFP) for the focused EIR was sent out on 12/19/13 to five selected consulting firms who have been personally contacted to ensure their interest in responding; this was done based on the applicant’s commitment to submit their traffic study in early January.  The proposals are due on 1/21/14.
  • Oak Creek (NUW) – Staff has provided NUW a schedule initially targeting review by the City Council on 3/26/14 and outlining City and developer responsibilities to meet that schedule. Staff provided comments on the technical studies and draft Mitigated Negative Declaration (MND) on 12/20/13, with responses due from NUW on 1/3/14. The schedule has now been pushed back a few weeks since the applicant’s submittals were not able to be produced during the holidays. The applicants anticipate revised submittals in approximately two weeks to address drainage issues and stagnant water that will necessitate a mosquito abatement program. A neighborhood meeting is tentatively scheduled for 1/23/14.
  • Amanda Lane (NUW) – Staff continues to work with the applicant to resolve drainage and circulation issues, and is awaiting additional technical information from the applicant.
  • Zak/NCA Development – Staff anticipates revised submittals from the applicant this week responding to concerns regarding emergency access, storm water requirements and streetscape design.
  • 99 Cents Only Store – The appeal of staff’s determination that the use is not allowed in the Downtown Specific Plan area will be considered by the Planning Commission on 1/14/14.

Housing:

Staff resources for the past three weeks have been focused on assembling a huge volume of historical information for the City Attorney’s office pertaining to the Redevelopment Agency and Housing related actions.

Building Division:

  • The monthly Building Activity Report for December is attached.
  • Week of Dec. 15 – Dec. 21, 2013:
    Building typically experiences a holiday slow down around this time of year, but permit activity was steady with 44 permits issued with a total valuation of $1,948,963. The building counter averaged 27 daily sign-ins and 22 daily inspections. Five more photovoltaic permits were issued this week with 462 issued for the year.  Permits were issued for two more buildings at the Contempo project with a total of 14 units; four buildings with 25 total units remain to be issued. Permits were issued and a Temporary Certificate of Occupancy given for the wine tasting area at BK Cellars,  2225 Barham Dr.
  • Week      of Dec. 29, 2013 – Jan. 3, 2014:
    Building issued 22 permits this week for a total valuation of $317,045.  The building counter averaged 19 daily sign-ins and 21 daily inspections. Building issued four more photovoltaic permits this week, with a total of 466 issued for the year. Foundation inspections are being done at the new HARRF Administration building.  Permits are ready to issue for the rebuild of the McDonalds on E Valley Pkwy.

CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS 

2013 - 2014 Pavement Repair and Rehabilitation Program:

Existing asphalt curb ramps were replaced with concrete ramps at the Lincoln Avenue and Ash Street intersection this past week. The work was performed during the school holiday season to maximize the students safety.   

Grape Street Public Improvement Project:

The contractor will be completing the last of the water related infrastructures Wednesday January 8th. The next phase of construction will be the removal of the existing roadway improvements in preparation for the construction of the new curb and gutter.

Escondido Creek Trail Lighting:

The contractor is constructing the final concrete pads at the remaining light pole locations between Juniper Street and Broadway.   

Encino Drive & El Dorado Drive- Storm Drain Replacement:

The contractor has installed 260’ of the 60” storm drain pipe and poured two concrete drainage structures.

Private Development

Stone Brewery Traffic Signal:

On December 24th SDG&E detected a gas leak under one of the new pedestrian ramps associated with the new signal. A gas lateral was found to be the cause of the leak. The leak was not associated with the construction of the new signal. SDG&E will be required to replace the entire ramp to an as new condition. 

Cox Communication- Auto Park Way between Andreasen Drive and Citracado Park Way:

The contractor has started to perform pavement restoration between Andreasen Drive and Market Place this week.

1146 East Valley Parkway- McDonald’s Restaurant:

Demolition of the existing parking lot and the old restaurant foundation was started this week. The construction schedule calls for the entire project to be completed by April 31st. An electronic message board is in place on west bound Valley Parkway advising motorist of traffic delays during this period of time.

Second Wal-Mart Store:

The Building and Engineering Departments released the building for occupancy this past week. Stocking of merchandise and training of staff will begin in advance of the stores grand opening set for January 29.

PUBLIC SAFETY 

Police

  • PD has promoted two new sergeants:  Erik Witholt and Rhett Gann.   Erik was a detective in our Gang Unit.  Erik was a cadet with our team many years ago as well as a dispatcher before he became a police officer.  Rhett has been an officer since he was hired.  He is a member of SWAT and a Field Training Officer. 
  • Officer Bill Havens was promoted to Detective this week.  Bill is well-known in Escondido and will be moving to the Detective Bureau in a couple of weeks.   Bill’s last assignment was working Patrol as a COPPS Officer.