- Congratulations to the following Escondido businesses who were named by the San Diego Business Journal as being among the top 150 fastest growing companies in San Diego County:
- Baker Electric Solar
- One Stop Systems, Inc.
- Stone Brewing
- Erickson-Hall Construction Co.
- Eleven Western Builders, Inc.
- Communications USA
- Prava Construction Services, Inc.
- Advanced Chemical Transport
- DynamiCard Inc.
- The road to the Little League World Series continues on July 28 and into this weekend at Mountain View Park. Two teams are left in the southern section and they are from San Juan Capistrano and Chula Vista. The winner of July 28th game will play at Mountain View Park on Saturday, July 30th and Sunday, July 31st against the Nor Cal section champion. We expect large crowds and media in the area over the weekend.
- National Night Out
Tuesday, August 2 from 5-8pm
Grape Day Park
The Escondido police Department invites the community to come together at Grape Day Park to “Take A Bite Out of Crime” and work together towards a crime-free neighborhood. Enjoy crime prevention information, children’s activities, music entertainment and Law Enforcement displays and more.
- For information about other activities taking place in Escondido, please visit www.visitescondido.com
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 is awaiting submittal of the (Final) Parcel Map from the applicant.
- Centerpointe 78 Commercial (Developer: Lars Andersen, Pacific Development) – No change from the following update reported last week: 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.
- 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) – 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 will be approved by Planning this week. The applicant is finalizing minor revisions for the improvement plans prior to issuance of the building permit.
- 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.
- 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) – 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 ended on July 21, 2016, and a Planning Commission hearing has been scheduled for August 9, 2016.
- Micro-Filtration Reverse Osmosis (Developer: City of Escondido Utilities Department) – The proposed project involves a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) for the development of a new city facility to provide advanced treatment for recycled water produced at the City of Escondido’s Hale Avenue Resource Recovery Facility (HARRF) for agricultural uses with the capacity for future advanced water treatment for indirect potable reuse. The facility would be sized for a total production capacity of 2.0 million gallons per day (mgd). A previous proposal for development of the facility at 2512 East Washington Avenue has now been shelved while staff pursues development of the facility on an alternative site located on the southeastern corner of Washington Avenue and Ash Street. On July 20, 2016, the City Council approved a first-phase design contract with Black and Veatch for the design effort need to bring the new site design to the Planning Commission for CUP consideration. If the Planning Commission approves the CUP, a contract for the remaining design work will be brought forward to the City Council.
- 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. Architecture was approved by staff Design Review on July 14 and preparation of an addendum to the previous MND is underway. A Planning Commission hearing is anticipated to occur in September.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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. Building permits for Phase 5 are anticipated to be issued soon.
- 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. 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 for the subdivision has been submitted and is under review by Engineering and Planning staff. A rough grading permit is expected to be issued soon.
- 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) – No change from the following update reported last week: 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) – No change from the following update reported last week: 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) – 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. On July 27, the Building Department reported that permits now have been issued to continue construction.
- The Building Division issued 73 permits for last week with a total valuation of $899,957.
- 26 photovoltaic permits were issued for the week. The Building Division has issued 735 solar permits this year compared to 649 issued for the same time last year.
- The Building Division had a busy week. Inspectors averaged 31 inspections per day. There were 4 inspections held over on Monday. Customer sign-ins at the building counter were also busy averaging 34 counter sign-in’s per day and 21 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 2,114 projects to date compared with 1,850 for the same time last year. Total project valuations for issued permits this year is $34,382,123 compared with $31,373,954 same time last year.
- The Pradera single family tract project at Lehner and Stanley is anticipating permit issuance of Phase 5 soon.
- Plans were submitted for 6 new modular classroom buildings for Epiphany Prep School at 725 N Escondido Blvd.
- Plans were submitted for 3 new modular classrooms at St Mary’s Church at 130 E 13th
- As of July 27, 2016, the total number of open code enforcement cases is 392 cases. During the prior week, 29 new cases were opened, and 77 cases were closed, with a backlog of an additional 37 cases not yet opened for assignment and investigation.
- There were 81 illegal signs confiscated during the weekend.
- Last week, the Business License Division issued 30 new licenses and received 38 new applications, in addition to 209 renewals.
- Attached is a year-end report on Code Enforcement activity.
- Grape Day Park Playground: No changes from the following update reported last week: 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: No changes from the following update reported last week: The first day of construction was Monday, July 18. Staff is meeting with the contractor this week to begin the concrete restoration in the Historic 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..
- 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 August. Birch Avenue is still closed at Bear Valley Parkway for east/west travel. The traffic signal for the Boyle Avenue intersection has been installed and activation is set for the first week in August.
- 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 completed; starting the water quality testing of new water main. Dry utilities work is proceeding along this roadway.
- Stanley Avenue- construction of the ornamental lighting is complete and the units have been energized
- The delta 1 Rev. to the Perimeter Improvement plans (realignment of 12” Stanley waterline) was approved on July 26.
- Engineering and Utility staff are working closely with Lennar’s Engineer on the design of the proposed 20” waterline in Conway Dr. This waterline design also requires SD Co. Water Authority approval for work in their easement.
- Lexington Model Homes - KB Homes: The soft opening for the models is set for this weekend. Offsite roadway has been base paved along Ash Street between Vista Avenue and Lehner Avenue. The north bound travel lane has been reopened. Plan reviews and approvals continued on this project as follows:
- A revision to the Model Home improvement plans was approved on July 13th.
- Tract SUB14-0002 – Lexington by KB Homes (Zenner): This project is a 40-lot residential subdivision located primarily along Vista Ave and Lehner Ave. This project will cul-de-sac Lehner Ave. and will also vacate an unnamed and untraveled public R/W when developed. KB Homes has acquired this project and is currently processing the final engineering.
- The 2nd submittal of the Rough Grading plans, Storm Water and Drainage Reports were made on July 1 and this second review was returned to the engineer on July 25.
- 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. Water main construction is set to begin this week along the extension of Vista Avenue. Ash Street /Vista Avenue intersection construction is moving into the second phase. The north bound lane of Ash Street between Vista Avenue and Lehner Avenue is closed until August 11 for the construction of underground utilities.
- Plan reviews and approvals continued on this project as follows:
- The first reviews of 3 separate Landscape plans for the project were completed and returned to Shea Homes on July 22nd.
- The onsite/in-tract improvement plans were bonded for, and subsequently approved, on June 17.
- City still negotiating with Shea for a Temporary Construction Easement to construct Vista Verde Water Tank.
Private Development –Current Plan Review
- Tract SUB15-0003 – Latitude II Condominiums by a Lyon Homes Partnership: This project is a 112-unit residential condominium subdivision located at the N/E corner of Centre City Pkwy and Washington Ave. The primary access to the project will be via a new entrance off of Centre City Pkwy. Also this project will construct a large box culvert storm drain to route existing storm water flows through the project. There are a few private and public easement quitclaims and a property swap that must be completed to build the project as planned.
- The fourth submittal of the Grading and Improvement plans, the Final Map, and the Drainage and Storm Water Reports were made on July 25 and the intent is to complete this review by August 1st.
- A Bond and Fee Letter was issued for this project on July 1.
- The Developer is still processing the Boundary Adjustment to swap property with the adjacent motel property.
- Tract 877 – Bernardo Ave. – Ambient Communities This project is a 13-lot single family residential project located at the cul-de-sac end of the Bernardo Avenue/ I-15 frontage road. It will extend it and reconstruct the emergency access gate further south. The project was recently reactivated and revised to meet new storm water standards and optimize the site grading.
- The second submittal of the Grading and Improvement plans, the Final Map, and the Drainage and Storm Water Reports were made on July 18 and will be reviewed by mid-August.
- Centerpointe 78 This project is a large commercial center project redeveloping the former 3.7 acre Toyota of Escondido dealership site at the northwest corner of Broadway and Highway 78. This project will consist of a new 43,700 SF grocery store and a 3,200 SF quick-service restaurant. Due to identified traffic impacts the projects is required to make numerous modifications to surrounding street segments and intersections. The largest of these are the installation of new traffic signals at the interception of Lincoln Ave. & Broadway and the intersection of Lincoln Ave. & Escondido Blvd.
- SoCal Water $mart Irrigation Controller Rebate Program: City staff, with the help of our Landscape Maintenance District (LMD) contractor and Rain Bird consultant, solicited a SoCal Water Smart Weather Based Irrigation Controller grant through the program’s Public Agency Landscape Program. The rebate program offers upfront funds at $55.00 per station for every controller. The City was able to file for the entire LMD, potentially providing $64,680.00 in grant funds. The grant funds will not cover the full cost to purchase and install the equipment but LMD budgets are expected to provide the remainder. The result will be less water usage and more efficient watering throughout the year.
- On 7/18/16, an officer attempted to stop a vehicle for a traffic violation. The driver failed to stop and led the officer on a short pursuit until they yielded near Escondido Blvd. and 13Th Ave. The driver and passenger were identified as local gang members. Both suspects were arrested for parole and probation violations and later booked into the Vista Detention Facility.
- On 7/18/16, police dispatch received a call of two males passed out in a vehicle at Grand Ave. and Quince St. Officers woke the driver, and the vehicle began to roll forward. The driver was able to stop the car without incident. Officers determine both men were heavily intoxicated. The driver was arrested for driving while intoxicated, and the passenger was arrested for public intoxication after a short struggle with officers. Both men were booked into the Vista Detention Facility.
- On 7/18/16, dispatch received a call from a witness at 737 E. Grand Ave. who said he observed a male being assaulted nearby. Officers arrived and located the victim, who said he was pistol whipped and then chased by a male on a bicycle and a second male driving a silver SUV. The victim directed officers to the alley behind 821 E. Ohio Ave. where they located and detained three suspects. The victim identified a suspect involved in the assault. Officers determine the suspect was on probation and conducted a probation search of his room at 821 E. Ohio. During the search, officers discovered a large quantity of methamphetamine (estimated at 11-16 oz.), more than $2500 cash, paraphernalia indicative of drug sales, two large containers of marijuana, a loaded handgun and a loaded shotgun. The suspect was arrested for the assault and a host of drug and weapons charges, and was booked into the Vista Detention Facility.
- On 7/20/16, dispatch received a call of a traffic collision at 10Th Ave and Orange Ave involving a vehicle into a house. Officers arrived and discovered the driver and passengers have fled the scene in violation of hit and run. Officers searched the area and located three men nearby who matched the description entering a yellow cab. While the men matched the description, no witness could identify any of them as the driver of the vehicle involved in the collision. Officers arrested all three men for public intoxication and booked them into the Vista Detention Facility. No one was injured as a result of the collision.
- On 7/20/16, dispatch received a call of a male suspect believed to have an outstanding arrest warrant loitering in the area of 543 E. 2nd Ave. Officers arrived and located the suspect, who immediately fled from them on foot. After a short foot pursuit, the subject gave up and was taken into custody without incident. The suspect was booked at the Vista Detention Facility for the warrant.
- On 07/23/16, officers were dispatched to 1670 E. El Norte Pkwy to investigate two children left unattended in a vehicle with one of the children crying. Officers arrived on scene and located two children, a 3-month old and a 3-year-old, strapped in their car seats inside the car. The 3-month old was crying and both children were very sweaty. The vehicle was turned off with the windows rolled down however, it was 97 degrees outside. The mother arrived at the car a short time later and said the children were only in the car a short time. Escondido Fire Department Paramedics were summoned and transported the children to the hospital to be evaluated. The mother was arrested and released on citation for child endangerment (a misdemeanor). The incident was reported to Child Protective Services.
- On 7/23/16, officers were conducting a DUI checkpoint on Lincoln Ave. at Fig St. A driver of a vehicle being screened at the checkpoint drove through without stopping, which is a violation of the California Vehicle Code. A traffic stop was attempted, and the driver failed to yield. The driver finally yielded in the area of Mission Ave and Ash St. Further investigation revealed the 22-year-old male driver had a suspended driver’s license. The suspect was cited for numerous traffic violations, and his vehicle was impounded. The suspect was released from the scene.
- On 7/23/16, dispatch received a call of a missing 11-year-old female from 1125 N. Broadway. Officers arrived and determined a roommate was watching the 11-year-old and fell asleep. When the roommate woke up the female was gone. Officers conducted an extensive door to door search including the use of the San Diego County Sheriff’s helicopter. After about an hour, the female was located with her mother unharmed at a nearby apartment. Apparently, the mother had come home and took the female without notifying the sleeping roommate. Officers determined no crime had occurred.
- On 7/20/16, the Police Department hosted #HugThePolice at the Police and Fire Headquarters. It was great to see the community embrace our officers!
- On 7/21/16, the Escondido Police Department paused for a moment of remembrance in honor of Officer Laura on the anniversary of her passing. Members from throughout the police department were joined by members of Laura’s family to honor her memory in a solemn ceremony held at the flag poles in front of the police department. Officer Laura was a shining example of what it means to be an Escondido Police Officer, and she is missed each and every day.
- Congratulations to Lance Titus for being honored as Volunteer of the Year. Lance was honored at a special ceremony on 7/23/16 hosted by the San Diego Crime Commission. Lance donated over 1,000 hours in 2015 alone. It is because of Lance and the many other volunteers like him, the Escondido Police Department can deliver more efficient and effective services to the community. Volunteers assist with traffic control, finding lost children and adults, vacation house checks, random patrols and much more!
Pictured left to right: Lt. David Cramer, Sergeant Paul Woodward, Volunteer Lance Titus, Community Service Officer Becky Huston, and Chief Craig Carter.
The OES Brush Rig has been sent to assist with the Sand Fire in Los Angeles County.
Originally Posted July 28, 2016