SPECIAL EVENTS 

  • No Special Events this weekend.
  • For information about other activities taking place in Escondido, please visit www.visitescondido.com 

END OF YEAR REPORT FROM HUMAN RESOURCES FOR FISCAL YEAR 2015/16: 

Personnel Services: 

  • Employee Recruitments and Hiring Accomplishments:
    o   129 recruitments
    o   6,589 job applications processed
    o   59 written/oral/practical exams administered
    o 201 employees hired/promoted
  • Implementation of 1/1/16 minimum wage increase to $10.00/hour
  • Worked with Department representatives and the employees’ Association/Union to effectively address and resolve a variety of employee/labor issues 

Benefits Administration: 

  • Rate pass for employee Health, Dental, Vision, and most voluntary plans
  • Successful Affordable Care Act reporting to the IRS
  • Implementation of the California Paid Sick Leave Law
  • Implementation of the amended “Kin Care” Leave Law
  • City-wide Dependent Verification Audit completed
  • New Wellness Committee Accomplishments:
    o   Mobile Farm Stand visits City Hall every other week with fruits and vegetables for sale
    o   First Summer Health and Wellness Expo at City Hall Fountain
    o   Fitness Room remodel – added weight bench, weights, an elliptical, fitness wall art, etc.
    o   $100 Visa Card incentivizing employees to have Biometrics completed 

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

Major Projects Update

Commercial / Office:

  • Escondido Research and Technology Center – East (ERTC) (Developer: James McCann) No change from the following update reported last week: This is a 72,000 square foot medical office building proposed on the east side of Citracado Parkway across from Palomar Medical Center located at 2130 Citracado Parkway.  A grading permit has been issued by the Engineering Division.  Building plans have been submitted for plan check.  The applicant has recently requested to install a temporary paved parking lot in this area to serve the hospital.  A grading plan for the temporary parking lot was approved June 13, 2016. 
  • Escondido Research and Technology Center – West (ERTC) (Developer: James McCann) – This is a 144,000 sq. ft. development involving two medical office buildings proposed on the west side of Citracado Parkway across from Palomar Medical Center located at 2097 – 2175  Citracado Parkway.  A grading permit has been issued by the Engineering Division.  Esgil and the Planning Division have approved the building plans.  A fee deferral agreement has been signed and the building permit was issued June 23, 2016.  A tentative parcel map (TPM) for office condominiums was approved on July 12, 2016.  Engineering has not received the Parcel Map submittal. 
  • Centerpointe 78 Commercial (Developer: Lars Andersen, Pacific Development) – This project is a 45,650 sq. ft. supermarket and restaurant located at 925 N. Broadway. The project was approved by the City Council on December 9, 2015.  Demolition of the former auto dealership has been completed down to the foundation.  Grading plans have been submitted to Engineering and Planning for review.  Fire Department may require looped water service in which case improvement plans would be necessary as well. 
  • Westfield Theater (Developer: Kim Brewer, Westfield)No change from the following update reported last week: This project is a 10-auditorium movie theater totaling 57,600 sq. ft. located on the north side of the Westfield Mall.  The project was approved by the City Council on November 4, 2015. 
  • Felicita Development, LLC (Developer: Katherine Park, Creative Design Associates)No change from the following update reported last week: This project is 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 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 met with the wild life agencies and is responding to technical studies needed to complete the application. Tribal consultations are underway. 
  • Springhill Suites (Developer: Raj Patel, San Bernardino Hospitality LLC)No change from the following update reported last week: This project is a 4-story, 105-suite hotel totaling 73,300 sq. ft. located at 200 La Terraza Drive. The hotel includes a small conference room and an enlarged lobby for serving continental breakfast.  A revised set of grading plans have been approved since February and grading for the hotel site is expected to start by mid-August.  Building plans have been approved by Esgil; and the applicant is finalizing minor revisions for Planning and improvement plans for Engineering prior to issuance of the building permit. 
  • BMW Dealership (Developer: Lyle Hutson)No 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. The project is under construction. 
  • Escondido Auto Park Association (Developer: Tim Brecht, Escondido Auto Park Association)No change from the following update reported last week: The association is proposing to upgrade the existing electronic message sign along I-15.  An application for a new regional market sign and an amendment to the Sign Ordinance to increase the allowable display area for a regional market sign was submitted to the Planning Division on May 6, 2016.  The proposed sign would be located in the same location as the existing sign at a slightly lower height (73.5 feet) with approximately the same overall dimensions.  The Planning Commission recommended approval of the new regional market sign and amendment to the Sign Ordinance on July 12, 2016.  A City Council hearing has tentatively been scheduled for August 17. 
  • Ford-Hyundai Dealership Expansion (Developer: Neil E. Sander, Dynamic Engineering) No 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 has commenced and the building permit for the Ford dealership has been issued. 
  • Trafalgar Square – Aldi Market (Developer: Charlie Mallon)No change from the following update reported last week: This renovation of the Trafalgar Square shopping center includes demolition of the northern shop building and the northern portion of the western building to prepare a site for the construction of an 18,088 square foot, freestanding building for Aldi Market (1330 East Valley Parkway). The plot plan was approved by the Planning Division in June of 2015.  Grading and landscape plans have also been approved and grading has commenced on the site.  Issuance of the building permit has been withheld pending FEMA approval of a conditional letter of map revision (CLOMR) for the grading design that elevates the building above the flood limits for the adjacent Escondido Creek.  FEMA approval was received on May 4, 2016, and all city departments have now authorized issuance of the building permit.  A Building permit was issued on June 22, 2016. 

Industrial 

  • Escondido Disposal Inc. (Developer: Steve South, EDI) 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 is under construction and the applicant now is working with Building, Fire and Engineering staff on proposed site and building revisions.  Revisions to the grading plan have been approved by Engineering. 
  • StorQuest (Developer: The William Warren Group, Inc.) No change from the following update reported last week:  This proposed project at 220 W. Mission Avenue involves a 102,500 sq. ft. self-storage facility development with 4-stories, 3 in-line shops and a small office.  The applicant has been working with staff to facilitate safe access while preserving left turn movements into the one-way driveway proposed for the site.  Public review of the proposed Mitigated Negative Declaration started on July 12, 2016, and a Planning Commission hearing tentatively has been scheduled for August 9, 2016. 
  • Victory Industrial Development (Developer: Scott Merry, Badiee Development) No change from the following update reported last week:  This project involves two industrial buildings totaling 91,000 sq. ft. (one building 55,500 sq. ft., second building 35,500 sq. ft.) located at 2005 Harmony Grove Road and a zone change from residential to Planned Industrial consistent with the updated General Plan.  The Utilities Department is coordinating a meter exchange agreement with Rincon Del Diablo MWD for the provision of water service to the site.  Public review of the proposed Mitigated Negative Declaration ends on July 21, 2016, and a Planning Commission hearing tentatively has been scheduled for August 9, 2016. 
  • Micro-Filtration Reverse Osmosis (Developer: City of Escondido Utilities Department)No change from the following update reported last week. The proposed project involves a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) for the development of a new city facility to provide advanced treatment for Title 22 quality recycled water produced at the City of Escondido’s Hale Avenue Resource Recovery Facility (HARRF) for agricultural uses.  The facility would be sized for a total production capacity of 2.0 million gallons per day (mgd) and consists of two separate buildings (one building 14,440 sq. ft., second building 21,775 sq. ft.) that would contain a variety of equipment, pumps, electrical, control and storage rooms.  Underground storage tanks (90,000 gallon feed tank, 163,000 gallon inter-process tank, and a 970,000 gallon product storage tank) are also included. Public environmental review commenced concluded on April 6, 2016.  The Planning Commission recommended denial of the proposed Conditional Use Permit on April 26, 2016.  The Utilities Department filed an appeal of that decision with the City Clerk.  On May 25, 2016, the City Council voted to delay the appeal hearing indefinitely to allow staff additional time to consider alternative site and mitigation opportunities.  An alternate site has been proposed and the City Council will be considering an agreement for preliminary design work at July 20, 2016 meeting. 
  • Wastewater Collections Yard Expansion (Developer: City of Escondido Utilities Department) No change from the following update reported last week: The project involves development of 1.8 acres of a larger, approximately 15.4-acre site for the construction of a new wastewater collections yard and maintenance facility for the City’s Hale Avenue Resource Recovery Facility (HARRF) at 1521 S. Hale Avenue. The proposed facilities will consist of three separate pre-fabricated metal buildings 3,735 sq. ft. - 5,670 sq. ft. for collections; work bays and workshops for regular maintenance of vehicles and equipment.  The project would require the processing of a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) and rezone.  The Planning Commission held a public hearing and recommended approval on May 10, 2016.  It was approved by the City Council on June 15, 2016. 
  • Escondido Self-Storage Facility (Developer: Anna-Lisa Armanino, Brandywine Homes, Inc.) –  A modification to a Master and Precise Development Plan for revisions to the design of a previously approved, but not yet constructed, self-storage facility with direct access to Brotherton Road near the intersection with Cranston Drive.  The proposed project was submitted on May 11, 2016, and is currently being reviewed by Planning, Engineering, Fire and Utilities staff.  The project proposes approximately 77,500 SF of storage area in two buildings.  The larger building is two stories over a basement with all interior loading.  The smaller building is one-story with some exterior roll-up doors.  The project site is also part of a five-lot Tentative Map for four residential lots and one commercial lot (Tract 900) that is concurrently being processed for an extension of time.  Planning staff approved the environmental technical studies needed for the update of the previous environmental review on July 12.  The project architect has recently submitted revised architectural elevations to Planning staff for review.  Architecture was approved by staff Design Review on July 14 and preparation of an addendum to the previous MND is underway.

Institutional

  • John Paul the Great Catholic University (Developer: Kevin Meziere, 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 met with the applicant regarding structural design issues and architectural modifications related to un-reinforced masonry construction. 
  • Calvin Christian Middle/High School (Developer: Brent Cooper) No change from the following update reported last week:  The project is an expansion involving a 15,500 SF auditorium, multi-use conference center, classrooms, terraces and walkways located at 2000 N. Broadway. The grading plans have been approved and a building permit was issued on April 11, 2016.  Construction is underway. 
  • Escondido United Reformed Church (Developer: Brent Cooper) No change from the following update reported last week: The project is an expansion for a phased, multi-year, master construction/development plan for a new 12,250 SF two-story sanctuary, conversion of existing buildings to a social hall, demolition of an existing social hall/classroom building (approx. 4,620 SF) and construction of approximately 5,250 SF for a nursery, multi-purpose room, classrooms for Sunday school at 1864 N. Broadway.  Revised architectural plans were unanimously approved by the Planning Commission on June 14, 2016.  

Residential 

  • Oak Creek (Developer: Jason Han, New Urban West)No change from the following update reported last week: This project is a 65-unit single family development located at the southeastern corner of Felicita Road and Hamilton Lane approved by the City Council in 2015. The LAFCO Board unanimously approved the annexation on October 5, 2015, and the annexation has been recorded. No grading or improvement plans have been submitted by the developer at this time. 
  • Amanda Estates (Developer: Jason Han, New Urban West) No change from the following update reported last week: This project is a 22-unit single family development on Amanda Lane approved by the City Council in 2015. The LAFCO Board approved the reorganization (annexation) at their meeting on August 3, 2015, and the annexation has been recorded. No grading or improvement plans have been submitted by the developer at this time. 
  • Pradera (Developer: Moses Kim, Lennar Homes) – This project consists of a 70-unit single family development located at the northeastern corner of Ash Street and Lehner Avenue. The developer has obtained building permits for four phases involving 36 homes and those phases are under construction.  Homebuyer interest in the product remains high and sales are progressing.  The last two final maps for the project (Streets A and B) were approved by the City Council on June 15, 2016.  Final map for Street A was recorded July 18, 2016; Final map for Street B has been routed for signatures.  Precise grading plans for Streets A and B can be approved once map for Street B is recorded.  Precise grading plans for Street E submitted week of July 11, 2016. 
  • Lexington (Zenner) (Developer: Eric Johnston, KB Homes) - The project is a 40-unit, single-family development at the northeastern corner of Lehner Avenue and Vista Avenue.  The applicant has submitted the final map, improvement plans and grading plans for staff review and approval.  Engineering staff is working with the applicant to address storm drain issues.  The grading and building permits for the three model homes on the eastern side of Ash Street have been issued and construction is underway.  Rough grading has been submitted and is under review by Engineering and Planning staff. 
  • Stella Park Condominiums (Developer: Edward Kaen, ETP, LLC) – No change from the following update reported last week: This project is a 65-unit, three-story townhome Planned Development located at 2516 S. Escondido Blvd.  The project includes three separate recreation areas for residents.  The City Council approved the project on April 27, 2016.  No grading or improvement plans have been submitted by the developer at this time. 
  • Wohlford (Developer: Jack Henthorne) No change from the following update reported last week:  This project is a 55-unit single family development located on Bear Valley Parkway east of Encino Drive.  A Specific Alignment Plan for Bear Valley Parkway detailing the proposed roadway design is under review.  The EIR consultant and staff have reviewed the applicant’s technical reports and provided comments for revisions.  Bi-weekly status meetings have commenced as the Draft EIR gets underway.  
  • Latitude II (Developer: Peter Zak, Lyon/NCA)No change from the following update reported last week: This project is a 112-unit multi-family development, located at the northeastern corner of Centre City Parkway and Washington Avenue, and approved by the City Council on August 19, 2015.  A Final Subdivision Map has been submitted for review. The applicant has submitted a boundary adjustment for a property exchange with the adjacent motel owner.  Grading and building plans are nearing approval.  
  • Canyon Grove Estates Tract 932 (Developer: John Vance, Shea Homes) - No change from the following update reported last week: This project is a 179-lot single family residential development on the north side of Vista Avenue east of Conway Drive.  The final architectural design and landscaping plans for the Precise Plan application were approved by the Planning Commission on June 14, 2016.  A rough grading permit has been issued and grading is underway.  Building plans for the construction of eight model homes were submitted on May 18, 2016 and are being reviewed by staff.  Precise grading plans for the model complex were submitted on June 24.  The applicant is coordinating the plan review for off-site street improvements on Ash Street with the County’s Department of Public Works. 
  • Safari Highlands (Developer: Jeb Hall, Concordia Homes) No change from the following update reported last week:  This project is a 550-unit single family development located east of the Rancho San Pasqual community and north of the San Diego Safari Park. The 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, San Diego Zoo Safari Park representatives, public agencies and surrounding residents. The City Council approved the consultant contract for preparing the EIR on March 23, 2016.  The consultant, Michael Baker International (MBI), has now been authorized to start work on the EIR.  The contract planner has been meeting with MBI on sections of the first drafts of the EIR Project Description. The developer is working with various City staff on possible changes to the Project Description including changes to the proposed water factory, public park, entry road and fire station. These issues are expected to be resolved by July. Other EIR draft sections will be sent to the City for review in July as well.  More information about this project is on line at: http://www.escondido.org/safari-highlands-ranch-specific-plan.aspx 
  • High Pointe Tract 693-J (Developer: Russell Schaeffer, True Life Communities) – No change from the following update reported last week: This project is 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. 
  • Del Prado (Developer: Kerry Garza, Touchstone Communities)No change from the following update reported last week: This project is a 113-unit townhome-style 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 worked through various site design and utility issues with the applicant prior to scheduling the project for a public hearing.  The City Council approved the project on May 11, 2016.  No grading or improvement plans have been submitted by the developer at this time. 
  • Solutions for Change (Developer: Solutions for Change)No change from the following update reported last week: This project is a Planned Development application for 33 multi-family units of affordable housing. It was approved by the City Council on November 18, 2015. Building plans have been approved and the building permit has been issued.  A Groundbreaking event was held June 28, 2016. 
  • 701 San Pasqual Valley Rd (Developer: Bob Stewart) – This project is a 19-unit single family development located at 701 San Pasqual Rd/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. Additional information and revised plans were submitted to the Planning Division on June 13, 2016.  Planning Division has reviewed the submittal and informed the applicant that it is still incomplete. 
  • Veterans Village (Developer: Veterans Village of San Diego) – This project is a mixed-use development involving a 54-unit affordable multi-family residential apartment project for military veterans and their families. It includes on-site administration office, business center, club house and other support spaces for the residents; and a small commercial component to support training opportunities offered at the facility at 1556 S. Escondido Boulevard. Building plans have been submitted for review and comment; the grading plans and landscaping plans have been approved. Demolition permits are still needed for the historic structures on-site prior to issuance of grading permits. 
  • Escondido Gateway (Developer: Greg Waite, Integral Communities) No change from the following update reported last week: This project is a mixed-use development involving 126 residential units within three, 4-5 story buildings with indoor and outdoor recreational areas and an opportunity for a small (1,000 sq. ft.) commercial/flex space on 2.6 acres (48 dwelling units/acre) located at 700 W. Grand Avenue (former Police Station) across the street from the Escondido Transit Center. Plans were submitted for the project involving a Specific Plan Amendment, Tentative Map, Planned Development and Development Agreement. The Draft Mitigated Negative Declaration has been issued and a 20-day public review period ended on July 12, 2016.  Final terms and language for the Development Agreement are now being reviewed with the applicant for concurrence prior to scheduling the project for a Planning Commission hearing. 
  • City Plaza (Developer: Charlie Zhang, Zion Enterprises)No change from the following update reported last week: This long-dormant, partially constructed mixed-use development at the southeastern corner of South Escondido Boulevard and Third Avenue now has new ownership.  The new owners have met with city staff and indicated they quickly plan to start constructing the 65-unit apartment project as originally approved.  The project consists of a three-story building with 51,200 SF of residential area and 4,100 SF of commercial area and two levels of parking.  The building permits will need to be reissued and the applicant is coordinating that process with the Building Official.  Structural engineering information was submitted to the Building Division on May 8.  The Building Division is ready to reinstate the previous building permit once the developer pays the fees due.

Building Division: 

  • The Building Division issued 63 permits for the week with a total valuation of $141,120. Permits were mostly plumbing, electrical and mechanical and minor type permits. 
  • 22 photovoltaic permits were issued for the week. The Building Division has issued 709 solar permits this year compared to 614 issued for the same time last year, a 15% increase. 
  • The Building Division had a busy week. Inspectors averaged 39 inspections per day. 28 inspections on Friday. Customer sign in’s at the building counter were also busy averaging 35 counter sign in’s per day and 24 on Friday. 
  • The Building Division has issued 47 single family dwelling permits this year with valuations of $15,079,199 compared to 11 permits issued with valuations of $2,218,379 for the same time last year. 
  • The Building Division has processed 2,029 projects to date compared with 1769 for the same time last year. Total project valuations for issued permits this year is $34,274,000 compared with $30,945,000 same time last year. 
  • John Paul the Great tenant improvements at 200 W Grand Ave is nearing final inspection request. 
  • The Solutions for Change affordable housing project at 1560 S. Escondido Blvd is requesting underground plumbing and foundation inspection. 
  • KB Homes may be requesting final inspection this week for 2 of the three models at 1972 Ash St. 
  • The Pradera single-family tract at Lehner and Stanley are progressing with construction of Phase 3 of their project. 
  • Classical Academy at 355 E Grand Ave is requesting a rough framing inspection. 
  • The Meadowbrook 3-story apartment building at 2081 Garden View Glen is in the process of framing the second floor walls. 

Code Enforcement:

  •  As of July 18, 2016, the total number of open code enforcement cases is 439 cases. During the prior week, 64 new cases were opened, and 60 cases were closed, with a backlog of an additional 9 cases not yet opened for assignment and investigation.
  •  There were no officers on-duty for confiscation of illegal signs over the weekend.
  •  Last week, the Business License Division issued 81 new licenses and received 41 new applications, in addition to 99 renewals.

 CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS 

  • Grape Day Park Playground: The new playground structure is being assembled this week.  Fifty percent of the sod placement has been completed with 95 percent of the new landscaping and irrigation completed.     
  • 2015/2016 Street Rehabilitation and Maintenance Project: The first day of construction was Monday, July 18. Staff is meeting with the contractor this week to begin the concrete restoration in the historical neighborhood which is bordered on 5th Avenue to the north, 15th Avenue to the south and Juniper Street to the east and Maple Street to the west..

Private Development 

  • Bear Valley Parkway between Boyle Avenue and San Pasqual Valley Road (County Project): No changes from the following update reported last week:  Landscape soil amendment has started, planting is ongoing and is set to be completed by the first week of July.  Birch Avenue is still closed at Bear Valley Parkway for East/West travel. The traffic signal for the Boyle Avenue intersection has been installed with activation is set for the first week in July. 
  • 2412 South Escondido Boulevard: No changes from the following update reported last week: The contractor completed the resealing of Escondido Boulevard along the project frontage, striping of the new lane alignments has been completed. This project is nearing completion with all three building released for occupancy. 
  • Pradera - Lennar Communities:
    E Street- Completing model on lot 3
    D Street- phase one has a new property owner moving in
    C Street- phase 3 framing homes, phase 4 pouring house slabs this week
    B Street- water main tie in to the potable system is being completed this week.
    A Street- Sewer main installation complete, starting the installation of new water main later this week.
    Stanley Avenue- construction of the ornamental lighting is being started this week. 
  • Lexington Model Homes - KB Homes: The contractor has started framing on the three models.  The offsite roadway has been base paved along Ash Street between Vista Avenue and Lehner Avenue. The north bound travel lane has been reopened.   
  • Rincon del Diablo 8” & 12” Water Main Construction: No changes from the following update reported last week: The contractor has completed all surface restoration along the project route. The section of new water main in the City’s jurisdiction has been accepted and put into service, the testing of the remaining water main is continuing this week 
  • Tract 932 - Canyon Grove Shea Homes Community: The contractor is continuing the mass grading for the pads.  Storm drain pipes, along with storm drain curb inlets, are being constructed on site. Water main construction is set to begin this week at Vista Avenue and the project entrance. Work on the offsite roadway improvements along Ash Street between Vista Avenue and Hubbard Avenue were base paved on Tuesday, July 12. The contractor is continuing demolition of the public improvements at the Ash Street /Vista Avenue intersection. All roadways are now reopened. 
  • San Diego Gas & Electric gas main replacement Ash Street: Permanent trench repairs have been completed. Minor punch list items are scheduled for completion this week. 
  • Bear Valley Parkway Signal Timing: Traffic signal coordination was performed along the Bear Valley Parkway corridor between Valley Parkway and Boyle Avenue.  There are eight intersections along the corridor:: Boyle Avenue (under construction), Glenridge Road, Midway Drive, Oak Hill Drive, East Grand Ave., North Citrus Ave, Hayden Drive, and East Valley Pkwy.  New signal timings were implemented for the morning (7-9AM) and afternoon (4-6PM) peak periods based on peak hour traffic conditions.  Before and after travel time runs performed along the corridor demonstrated the success of the project:  1) 10% to 30% travel time reduction; 2) 42%-80% of reduction in delays at intersections; and 3) more predictable travel patterns along the corridor.  

Future Capital Improvements: 

  • East Valley Parkway/Valley Center Road Widening Project: Staff continues providing information to Caltrans in an effort to receive the Authorization to Construct the project, which is required prior to advertising for bid.  Project consultants continue working with permitting agencies to secure remaining environmental permits, which is anticipated to occur by August. 
  • HSIP Traffic Signals at El Norte Pkwy/Fig and E. Valley Pkwy/Date: This project is to install two high priority signals and is funded with Highway Safety Improvement program funding.  Project plans are completed.  Staff continues to prepare Authorization to Construct documentation for submittal to Caltrans for review and approval. Staff expects all documentation will be completed/submitted by the end of July. 
  • Jim Stone Pool: This project addresses health and safety-related repairs at Jim Stone Pool, including repairing leaking pipes, damaged plaster and pool equipment. It is funding by a Housing Related Parks grant.   Staff provided project consultants with review comments of submitted specifications, and continues working with them to finalize project plans.  Staff is working to complete project plans and specifications by August, to allow for advertising for bids. 

PUBLIC SAFETY 

Police

Incidents 

  • On 7/10/2016, dispatch received a call from an off duty San Bernardino Sheriff Deputy reporting a stolen motorcycle in the 2400 block of Smokewood Pl.  Three days prior, the deputy’s neighbor had his 2015 Kawasaki Motocross motorcycle stolen.  Working with Riverside County Sheriff’s Department and the motocross community on Facebook, the deputy and his neighbor tracked the motorcycle down to the address in Escondido. As the Deputy was waiting for officers to arrive, he saw the stolen motorcycle in the garage of a residence along with a possible suspect.  The deputy chose to approach the residence with his friend and contact the suspect.  An argument ensued and another suspect brandished a knife at the deputy.  The deputy identified himself as law enforcement and detained the suspects, who were later arrested for auto theft and brandishing a weapon. 
  • On 7/11/2016, dispatch received a call of a male, armed with a knife, threatening to harm himself in the 1000 block of North Escondido Blvd.  The suspect also shoved his girlfriend and threatened a 9 year-old boy with the knife.  Officers safely contacted the suspect and arrested him without incident.  The suspect was later booked into the Vista Detention Facility for criminal threats and brandishing a weapon. 
  • On 7/11/2016, dispatch received a call of a hit and run traffic collision (with minor injury) in the area of 200 E Via Rancho Pkwy.  The reporting party followed the suspect vehicle, which came to a stop along the Lake Wolford Grade.  Officers arrived on scene and detained the suspect without incident.  The suspect was identified by the witness and subsequently arrested and booked into the Vista Detention Facility for hit and run.
  • On 7/13/2016, dispatch received a call of a robbery in the 1500 block of East Valley Pkwy. The 15 year-old victim was locking up his bike when a male suspect threatened him with a pair of pliers. The victim ran from the area, and the suspect took the victim’s backpack. The suspect went to a nearby pet store and took two pet carriers without paying. Store employees attempted to detain the suspect who fled on foot. The employees caught the suspect who attempted to fight, and he swung the previously stolen backpack at them. The suspect was located and arrested by Officers. The suspect was booked into the Vista Detention Facility for robbery.

Events 

On 7/14/16, Sergeants Murphy and Kolhof traveled to Dallas, Texas on behalf of the men and women of the Escondido Police Department and the City of Escondido to attend the memorial services of the officers recently killed in the line of duty.