ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT 

  • A growing group of businesses on East Valley Parkway (motivated by being included in the current NTP area) have been meeting regularly since June 23, and have officially organized as the East Valley Parkway Business Group. Their mission is “to create a family-friendly business environment where all can thrive.” The group includes representatives from Walmart, Vons, Albertsons and approximately two dozen other businesses. They will continue to meet regularly and work with city staff to address appearance and safety issues along the East Valley Parkway business corridor.
  • This weekend August 1st and 2nd Peninsula Women’s Soccer League will be hosting their 3rd annual soccer tournament at Ryan Park.  They will have a total of 36 adult teams participating.  They will have 3 coed divisions, 2 Over 18 Women’s divisions, 1 over 30 Women’s division, 1 over 40 Women’s division, and 1 over 50 Women’s division.  The tournament will only use the front 5 fields.  All parking will be free for this tournament. 
  • The Saturday Market in downtown intends to relocate to Maple Street between Grand Avenue and Valley Parkway.  There is a possibility it will occur as soon as this weekend depending upon how quickly the organizer can turn in the required documents. 

SPECIAL EVENTS 

  • The 32nd Annual National Night Out will be held on Tuesday, August 4 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. in Grape Day Park. Community resource organizations will be on hand to provide information relating to crime prevention, drug and violence prevention, education, health and safety. Bring your family and friends for an evening of fun, food, music and entertainment. Activities will be provided for children, including a bike rodeo (don’t forget the helmet!). Dance to the music of BWatt Entertainment and cool off with a refreshing Kona-Ice. We hope you can celebrate with us and help “Take a Bite out of Crime!”
  • For information about activities taking place in Escondido, please visit www.visitescondido.com 

CENTRE CITY PARKWAY IRRIGATION PROJECT 

Attached is a status update for the CCP Irrigation Project. 

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

Planning:

  • The Planning Commission recommended approval of the proposed 112-unit condominium planned development project at 382-444 W. Washington, commonly referred to as Latitude II, (Zak, NCA Real Estate, by a 4-3 vote with additional conditions and further expressed their expectation that future condominium projects proposing multi-story flats be equipped with elevators. The Commission also unanimously approved the proposed four-lot parcel map at 1055 W. 15th Ave. (ATC Design Group) and the proposed CUP for a new wireless communications facility within the Palos Vista Specific Plan area at 1901 7/8 Woodland Parkway (Verizon Wireless).
  • The West Hillside Neighborhood Group has expressed interest in conducting some historic survey work with the possible outcome of establishing an historic district in the general area west of Centre City Parkway and south of W. Valley Parkway.  Lora Hilliard, of the neighborhood group, is coordinating efforts to begin the process.  She has contacted CA State University, San Marcos to see if any faculty and students would be interested in partnering with the neighborhood group to prepare the necessary information. The university is interested and would like to meet with the group to learn more about the project. The Historic Preservation Commission has been contacted to solicit a volunteer to participate on an ad hoc working group. 
  • Major Projects Update:
    • Oak Creek (NUW) – LAFCO staff has recommended that the proposed annexation boundary be expanded to include a roadway segment of Hamilton Lane between Bernardo and Felicita Avenues. The County of San Diego has submitted comments concurring with this recommendation, along with additional recommendations regarding offsite improvements within Felicita Park. This road segment does not meet City standards. Staff has sent a letter to LAFCO providing justification to support City’s staff’s recommendation to eliminate the proposed expansion of the annexation boundary. A LAFCO hearing date has been tentatively scheduled for October 5th.
    • Amanda Estates (NUW) – The LAFCO hearing is scheduled for August 3rd. Staff has provided a list of submittals needed to pull a grading permit prior to implementation of the new storm water requirements.
    • Centerpointe 78 Commercial – Staff continues to review sections of the screen check EIR as they become available. The applicant has agreed to traffic mitigation measures identified by the EIR traffic consultant to address significant traffic impacts. Revisions to the Water Quality Technical Report are under review. The Draft EIR is anticipated to be released for public review within the next few weeks.
    • Pradera - Grading is underway. Building permit applications for the model homes are under review. An operating agreement has been executed to allow construction of the model homes prior to recordation of the Final Map. Staff is reviewing a variance application submitted to address setback issues relating to the location of the perimeter walls.
    • Zenner - LAFCO has accepted the annexation application as complete, no hearing date has been set. LAFCO staff intends to recommend inclusion of an additional property north of the project for inclusion in the annexation. This property was granted an out-of-agency sewer agreement due to a failing septic system; as part of that agreement, the owner agreed not to oppose annexation. The applicant indicates they do not anticipate pulling grading permits this year in advance of the new storm water requirements.
    • Kaen Planned Development (2516 S. Escondido Blvd.) – Staff met with the applicant’s team on July 21st to discuss the changes they propose in response to staff comments. Conceptual agreement was reached regarding the proposed modifications. Submittal of revised plans is anticipated within two weeks. The applicant is pursuing selection of consultants for preparation of technical studies and the mitigated negative declaration.
    • Wohlford – A letter has been sent for the proposed 55-unit residential subdivision and planned development at 661 Bear Valley Parkway advising the applicant that the application is incomplete and identifying the necessary submittals to continue processing the application. The applicant is coordinating with staff regarding a Specific Alignment Plan for Bear Valley Parkway and is conducting technical studies. Staff is reviewing a draft Request for Proposals for preparation of an EIR which was submitted by the applicant’s consultant to help expedite the EIR consultant selection process.
    • Latitude II – The applicant continues to negotiate with the owners of adjacent properties regarding several issues that affect their proposed site plan, parking and sewer improvements. The City Council hearing is tentatively scheduled for August 19th.
    • Shea Homes (Tract 932) – Staff approved the substantial conformance determination for the revised tentative map for the 179-lot residential subdivision known as Hidden Valley Ranch. The applicant has reached agreement with Vista Irrigation District (VID) regarding cost sharing for improvements proposed within the VID easement. Rough grading plans are under review. A future Precise Plan submittal will include review of proposed park amenities as well as setback issues on 9 lots where the proposed units do not meet the setback requirements of the planned development.
    • Safari Highlands – The tentative map and specific plan application was submitted on July13th, and is under review for completeness. Staff is reviewing qualifications for an extension of staff for engineering services. Discussions are underway regarding the need for consulting services to prepare the Municipal Services Review and Sphere of Influence update.
    • Felicita Development, LLC has submitted a Planned Development application for the vacant 6.9 acre property at the southeast corner of Felicita Rd. and Gamble Lane. The proposed project includes the phased development of a 140-unit hotel, an 80-unit extended stay hotel, a 120-bed assisted living facility and a gas station and car wash. 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. A letter addressing items and technical studies needed to complete the application has been sent.
    • Revised plans submitted for EDI’s proposed CUP expansion of the existing Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) are under review. The public review period for the draft Mitigated Negative Declaration ended July 23rd. The project is scheduled for Planning Commission hearing on August 25th.
    • Solutions for Change has directed staff to reactivate their proposed 33-unit mixed-use planned development at 1560 S. Escondido Blvd. The project had been put on hold by the applicant while they evaluated funding options. 

Building Division: 

  • The Building Division issued 82 permits for the week with a total valuation of $363,689. 
  • 37 photovoltaic permits were issued for the week.  Building has issued 646 permits so far this year compared to 346 issued at the same time last year.
  • Inspections and counter contacts remain steady with inspections averaging 25 per day with 32 on Friday and counter contacts averaging 33 per day with 30 on Friday.
  • The 76 unit apartments on 2412 S. Escondido Blvd have received underground plumbing and foundation inspections on two of the three buildings.
  • The Black Angus restaurant at the North County Mall has received roof sheathing, exterior framing and framing inspection approval.
  • Plans were submitted for a new Aldi food market at 1310 E. Valley Pkwy.  

Code Enforcement: 

  • As of July 27th, the total number of open code enforcement case is 400 cases, with a backlog of an additional 41 cases not yet opened for assignment and investigation. During the prior week, 41 new cases were opened, and 66 cases were closed. Staff processed 1 public records requests (PRR), for a total of 79 PRRs this year to date. A total of 274 signs were pulled. Recruitment is underway for one full-time and three part-time vacant officer positions to assist with the backlog.
  • Last week the Business License Division received 28 new applications and 105 renewals, and issued 34 new licenses. 

CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS

FY 2014-2015 Street Rehabilitation Project:

           Staff is working with the prime contractor to finalize all billable items for project closeout.             

Private Development 

Bear Valley Parkway between Boyle Avenue and San Pasqual Valley Road (County Project)

The wall contractor is backfilling material at Boyle Avenue at Bear Valley Parkway. A sewer main and lateral for Westminster Theological Seminary is being tested this week. The roadway widening of the southerly portion of Bear Valley Parkway between Suburban Hills Drive and San Pasqual Valley Road (SR78) is continuing this week. 

2412 South Escondido Boulevard

The delivery of lumber for the construction of homes began last week, the construction of the concrete pads is continuing this week. 

Pradera - Lennar Communities

The grading contractor is actively grading phase 1, 2 and 3 of the project. The import of dirt material was begun on Wednesday, July 15, 2015 and will continue into September; this will include Saturdays between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. The offsite improvement drawing was approved on Tuesday, July 28, 2015 and the underground contractor started construction of the sewer improvement the same day. The 1st submittal of the Final Maps and Precise Grading plans for Streets “D” and “E” were made on July 14th and these 1st reviews should be completed in mid-August 

St. Mary’s Church: The grading is continuing on the new Parish Center; work on the public water mains began on Tuesday July 28, 2015. 

Private Development – Current Plan Reviews

Ford and Hyundai Dealership Reconstruction

This project is a multi-phase Reconstruction of the Ford and Hyundai dealerships under same ownership and includes the addition of a car washing building/facility.

  • The 1st submittals of the Grading plans and the final WQTR were made on July 15th and this 1st review should be completed in mid-August. 

Tract 932 – Hidden Valley Ranch

This project is a 179-lot residential subdivision located at the ends of Vista Ave. and Vista Verde Dr. and will connect them when developed.   Shea Homes has acquired this project and has begun final engineering.

  • The Substantial Conformance Tentative Map has been approved.
  • The WQTR w/ HMP calculations have been reviewed and found to demonstrate that the revised TM can meet the current SUSMP.
  • The 1st submittal of the rough grading plans, improvement plans, WQTR, Drainage Study, and Final Map was made on July 6th. The review of these plans with emphasis on the rough grading and drainage system improvements should be completed in early August.
  • The 1st review of the offsite street improvement plans for the intersection of Vista Ave. & Ash St. was completed and returned to the Engineer at the end of June.
  • The 1st reviews of the 3 offsite Traffic Signal plans (intersections of El Norte Pkwy & Vista Verde Dr., Ash St. & Sheridan Ave., and Vista Ave. & Ash St.) were completed and returned to the Engr. last week. All 3 intersections were field checked and numerous existing utilities lines and facilities need to be shown at each location.

PUBLIC SAFETY

Police

Incidents 

  • On 7/20/2015, officers responded to a report of a collision of a vehicle into a house in the 1600 block of E. Grand Ave. The driver received minor injuries and alcohol was not a factor in the collision.
  • On 7/20/2015, officers responded to the 100 block of N. Beech St. on a report of a stabbing. Officers found the victim with serious, but non-life threatening injuries. The suspect, a family member, fled prior to the arrival of the officers.
  • On 7/22/2015, officers responded to the 100 block of E. Grand Ave. on a report of a roll over collision. The driver was determined to be DUI and received minor injuries. A total of 5 parked cars and 1 occupied car were damaged in the collision.
  • On 7/23/2015, officers saw a vehicle and driver matching the description of a robbery suspect from 2 days prior. The vehicle was stopped and the driver was taken into custody. The weapon from the original robbery was located in the car.
  • On 7/23/2015, officers responded to a shoplifting in the 400 block of N. Escondido Blvd. When the store staff attempted to stop the suspect, a fight ensued. Officers arrived and the suspect fought with the officers. The suspect was taken into custody for robbery and fighting with the officers.
  • On 7/23/2015, Officers responded to a report of a suicidal man armed with a handgun. As officers arrived, the man fled into a field. With the assistance of the Sheriff’s helicopter ASTREA, the man was taken into custody without injury. The gun is also located and confiscated.
  • On 7/23/2015, members of the Regional Auto Theft Taskforce (RATT) served search warrants at a suspected “Chop Shop’ located in the 1900 block of Rohn Road. 2 stolen vehicles were recovered along with 10 guns. 3 subjects were also arrested. The Sheriff’s helicopter ASTREA assisted in the arrest of one subject who ran from the location.
  • On 7/23/2015, officers responded to the 200 block of Cheyenne Ln. on a report of a disturbance. Upon arrival, officers were attacked by a subject wielding a shovel. The subject was taken into custody with the assistance of Police K9 Copan.
  • On 7/24/2015, officers responded to Palomar Medical Center on a report of a shooting victim. It is later determined to be an accidental shooting that occurred at a party. Injuries are not life threatening. 

Events 

  • On 7/22/2015, the Escondido Police Department hosted a Senior Disaster Resource Recovery meeting. The purpose of the meeting was to address the senior population during times of crisis such as fires, earthquakes, or disasters.
  • Thursday, July 23rd, marked one year after losing Officer Laura Perez. Officer Perez was tragically lost during a domestic violence incident involving her husband. During a ceremony in front of the Police and Fire Headquarters, fellow officers, family and members of the community gathered in remembrance. Following the ceremony, members of the department traveled with Laura’s family to the burial site for a moment of reflection.
  • The Escondido Police Department purchased its first Automated External Defibrillator or AED for deployment in the field. The unit has been assigned to Officer Buan, who will respond to emergency calls where an AED may be needed.
  • On 7/23/2015, Detective Pat Hall was honored as the Escondido Police Department’s nomination for the Scottish Rite Officer of the Year. Detective Hall was selected due to his tireless work on each case he is assigned, and his tenacious follow up on all leads regardless of how trivial or time consuming. One case of note was in September 2014 in which a student, who had been walking home from school, had been shot down on the sidewalk. The victim, a teenager suffering from cerebral palsy, was transported to the hospital where he later died from his injuries. Detective Hall used the few witness statements he had, as well as the physical evidence to build a case against the gunman.  The case was presented to the District Attorney’s Office for prosecution and murder charges were filed.  The case is currently awaiting trial.
  • PD has achieved its goal of getting to 5,000 Facebook likes by summer of 2015.
  • On 07/24/2015, a DUI checkpoint was conducted at Valley Pkwy and Avenida Del Diablo. During the event, 1,192 vehicles drove through the checkpoint, 922 vehicles were screened in primary, 43 vehicles were sent to secondary (drivers who could not provide a driver’s license or who were suspected of DUI), 3 Field Sobriety Tests were administered resulting in 1 DUI arrest (The arrest was a felony as the driver had three prior DUI convictions), 19 citations were issued (6 for suspended license, 11 for unlicensed driver, and 6 for no insurance), and 11 vehicles were impounded. 

Fire: 

  • The fire department has apparatus and personnel on many of the vegetation fires burning in the State. Division Chief Rick Vogt and FF/PM Dominic Polito are currently assigned to the Wragg Fire near Vacaville. On Tuesday the fire appeared to be winding down, so FF/PM Polito was released and was on his way home. Apparently there was a wind change and the fire jumped the control line and once again threatened homes in the area. FF/PM Polito was requested to return to the incident, so he and DC Vogt are still assigned and expected to be there through the weekend.
  • Brush 1365 with three personnel and OES 8632 with four personnel were sent to the vegetation on Palomar Mountain last Saturday on two different strike teams. Battalion Chief John Tenger and Captain Chip Paulson were sent as the leaders of the OES Strike Team. Fortunately the Palomar Fire was quickly contained and units were released for reassignment. The State quickly reassigned the OES Strike Team to the Willows Fire near Bass Lake north of Fresno. The OES Strike Team is still assigned to the Willows Fire, we do not have expected date of release for those personnel yet. Brush 1365 and crew were released from the Palomar Fire on Monday and returned to Escondido.
  • At this time all fire stations and apparatus are in service for our day to day operations.