• Escondido was featured in the July issue of Interval World Magazine, a subscription travel publication. It has a circulation of 1.2 million readers in approximately 80 countries. To see the article, please visit the author’s website at  Special thanks to Katherine Zimmer at our Visit Escondido office for assisting the author in coordinating interviews and other special arrangements. 
  • Kit Carson Park and Ryan Park will be filled with out of town visitors this weekend for the following tournaments:

o   Triple Crown World Series, based out of Colorado, will be hosting their girls fast pitch World Series softball tournament in Kit Carson Park from July 15th -19th, using all 8 softball fields for the 18  under and 16 under divisions.  This is the largest softball tournament that the City of Escondido hosts annually.  There will be 211 teams from 16 states and Guam with approximately 4500 participants and spectators visiting Escondido.  We can expect 5,500 estimated room nights and $4.5 million economic impact according to National Association of Sports commission which would be generated in the San Diego County area.  Majority of the games and Championships will be played in Kit Carson Park.  Other locations in San Diego include; Poway, Santee, Kearny Mesa, and Chula Vista. We can expect a high volume of vehicle and foot traffic in Kit Carson Park during the above dates. 

o   The annual Dave Shelton youth soccer tournament hosted by the Escondido Soccer Club will be played on July 19th & 20th at Ryan Park.  They will have 95 teams from mostly San Diego County, Orange County, and Riverside County.  There are boys and girls age divisions from u8 to u16.  We can expect around 4,000 players and spectators in the Ryan Park area over this weekend. They will be using all 8 soccer fields and overflow parking. 


  • No special events this weekend other than Cruisin’ Grand. 



  • SANDAG is holding two public workshops on Monday, August 4th to discuss two transportation scenarios under consideration for San Diego Forward – The Regional Plan. The workshop flyer is attached.
  • Major Projects Update:

o   Oak Creek (NUW) – Staff continues to meet regularly with the applicant’s team to address issues as they arise. The consultant’s 2nd draft screencheck EIR has been submitted and is under review by staff. New letters have also been received from the Department of Toxic Substances Control, Regional Water Quality Control Board and a technical consultant regarding the need for information and environmental site assessment related to discharge from the Chatham site for inclusion in the EIR.

o   Amanda Lane (NUW) – Staff completed the review of the revised submittals and provided comments. The developer is negotiating with several neighboring property owners to secure the necessary letters of permission and easements which will be needed before the application can be deemed complete.

o   Centerpointe 78 Commercial: – Staff continues to coordinate with the applicant’s traffic consultant regarding the traffic impacts and mitigation measures in order to finalize the traffic study for inclusion in the draft EIR.

o   North Broadway Deficiency Area Projects: – The mitigated negative declaration for the Pickering annexation and 13-lot subdivision was issued; the public review period ends July 21, 2014. The application for the Zenner annexation and the associated 40-unit subdivision at Vista Ave. and Lehner Ave. has been submitted and is under review for completeness. The Zenner annexation will trigger offsite improvement at the Vista/Ash intersection which will necessitate letters of permission before the application can be deemed complete, to avoid potential condemnation issues.

Housing Division: 

  • Congratulations to Karen Youel from the Housing Division regarding the successful submittal of the $1 million HCD grant application for the 2014 CalHome Manufactured Set Aside Program for the mobilehome rehabilitation program. The State program provided a total of $10M in grant funding automatically available in $1M (non-competitive) grants to the first 10 jurisdictions that submitted their applications in person to the Sacramento office on July 10th. Karen prepared the application and personally delivered it as one of the first ten applications. 

Building Division:

  • The Building Department had a very busy week issuing 61 permits for the week with a total valuation of $882,197. Inspections and counter contacts remain constant with average daily inspections of 25 and average daily counter contacts of 36. 
  • 19 Photovoltaic permits were issued last week, with 301 so far this year. 
  • The Building Department has approved the plans for the San Diego Health and Human Services tenant improvement at 649 W Mission Ave. All other department approvals are still pending. 
  • Habitat for Humanity has poured the concrete foundations and slabs for their last two buildings at 537 N. Elm St. 
  • The new Chipotle restaurant at 1201 E. Valley Pkwy is preparing for a final inspection and Certificate of Occupancy. 


Capital Improvement Projects: 

Red Flex Camera Removal:
The contractor began removing advanced camera signage and camera stands on Monday, June 16. The surface restoration work at Valley Parkway and Centre City Parkway has been completed. Crews are working the intersection of Second Avenue and Juniper Street this week.       

Private Development 

Black Angus-North County Fair:
The construction of the onsite improvements is continuing. 

Midway Avenue @ Grand Avenue 16” Gas Main Inspection:
The contractor began excavation on three observation holes along Midway Drive on Monday, June 16 and the work is proceeding smoothly. A 12’ section of 16” pipeline has been successfully replaced during last week shut down. The backfill and surface restoration will begin this week. 

Classical Academy: Pennsylvania Avenue and Juniper Street
The offsite improvements along Kalmia Street and Pennsylvania Avenue have been completed. The widening along Valley Parkway between Juniper Street and Kalmia Street has begun with the removal of the concrete surface improvements and the existing street light foundations. 

Rincon del Diablo Recycled Water Main Extension:
Construction of a 3,300’ section of 4” recycled water main began on Monday, July 7 along Gary Lane at Nutmeg Street in the Country Club area. The pipeline installation along Gary Lane has been completed this week and the work will now proceed on Avenida del Aquacate. 

Heritage Garden:
The gazebo has been constructed at the corner of Grand Avenue and Juniper Street this past week completing the final element for this area. 



  • Volunteer June Peever was recognized at the San Diego Crime Commission’s annual Volunteer of the Year banquet.  The Chief and Captains attended the event.
  • Sgt. Rhett Gann will receive his advanced POST certificate tomorrow. 
  • Last week the Police Department hosted a webinar on top mistakes made in Law Enforcement Discipline. 
  • The Chief and Lt. Skaja participated in a fund raising golf tournament for the Police Athletic League on Monday.  The proceeds of the event benefit the PAL program.