CITY RECEIVES AWARD 

The City of Escondido will be recognized at this year’s iCommute Diamond Awards reception on July 24, 2015 as a Bronze recipient.  The SANDAG iCommute Diamond Awards program recognizes employers in the San Diego region that have made strides to develop and implement commuter programs that encourage alternative commute choices. 

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT 

  • The Triple Crown World Series will be coming to town next week from July 14th to July 18th.  Teams will be traveling in from all over the United States to compete in the 14 and under girls fast pitch World Series.  There will be 131 teams and approximately 2,100 families in the area throughout the 5 day tournament.  The families will be dining, lodging, and shopping in the greater San Diego area.  Triple Crown will be using all 8 softball fields within Kit Carson Park. 
  • Last week  the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) launched a new on-line business portal (www.BusinessPortal.ca.gov) which provides information to business owners on starting a new business, permits and licenses, incentives, and local resources. Key features include:
  • Quick Start Guide: contains essential information for starting, and expanding by business type in the State
  • California Business Navigator: provides custom information such as permits, licenses and incentives
  • Service Desk: Get answers to commonly asked questions. If the information for a particular situation is not posted, submit your question and GO-Biz will provide a customized answer. 

SPECIAL EVENTS

  • Escondido Shines will hold the second of its free summer concerts at the Kit Carson Park Amphitheater this Saturday, July 11, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. The Little Big Band will be performing.  For more information about the concert series,  please visit http://www.escondidoshines.org/?page_id=74 

PROP. 218 NOTICE - PASS-THROUGH OF PENALTIES FOR SPECIAL AGRICULTURAL WATER RATE OVERUSE 

Attached is the Prop. 218 Notice for the Rate Hearing on September 2.  The notice will be mailed to customers in the Agricultural rate classification (slightly fewer than 200 accounts) on July 16. A newspaper notice will be published on July 19, which is exactly 45 days prior to the hearing. 

PUBLIC WORKS

The Training Room in the Charger Building at the Public Works Yard is being upgraded with new paint and carpet.  We’ve installed larger new flat screen televisions that will work will our laptops and tablets for training purposes.  We are also expecting to have Wi-Fi at the yard next week.

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

Planning:

  • An informational booklet regarding the Mills Act Program has been completed and has been posted on the City’s website at the following link: http://www.escondido.org/Data/Sites/1/media/PDFs/MIllsActbooklet.pdf Representatives from the Historic Preservation Commission will use the brochure for their monitoring visits for Mills Act properties. Special recognition is given to Commissioner Carol Rea for the time and effort she spent preparing the brochure. 
  • Major Projects Update:
    • Oak Creek (NUW) – The applicants are in discussion with the Army Corps of Engineers regarding permit requirements for mitigation of wetland impacts. LAFCO staff has recommended that the proposed annexation boundary be expanded to include a roadway segment of Hamilton Lane between Bernardo and Felicita Avenues. 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. LAFCO anticipates comments from the County addressing this issue by July 10th. A LAFCO hearing date has not yet been scheduled. Staff met to with the developer to discuss the permit submittal and plan check process, particularly regarding their timing expectations in anticipation of the new storm water requirements.
    • Amanda Estates (NUW) – A LAFCO hearing date has not yet been scheduled. Staff has met with the developers regarding their expectations and timing of submittals in anticipation of the new storm water requirements.
    • Centerpointe 78 Commercial – Staff is reviewing 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.
    • North Broadway Deficiency Area Projects – A grading permit has been issued for Lennar’s “Pradera” project and grading has commenced. Building permit applications for the model homes are under review. Staff is working with the applicant on an operating agreement which would allow construction of the model homes prior to recordation of the Final Map. A variance application has been submitted to resolve setback issues relating to the location of the perimeter walls. The Zenner annexation application is under review by LAFCO. 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.) – Revised plans were submitted on June 4th. The redesign eliminates 3 units (total number of units is now 65 units) to provide improved emergency access and provide additional opportunity for landscaping along the long entry drive. Refinements are needed for the Water Quality Technical Report and other site features affected by the redesign. A letter addressing items needed to complete the application for processing has been sent.
    • 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. The applicant is preparing a draft Request for Proposals for preparation of an EIR, 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. An alternative site plan has been provided to demonstrate a feasible plan if the negotiations regarding the motel sign along CCP are not successful. However, the proposed plan relies upon the relinquishment and/or relocation of access and sewer easements across the property’s southeast perimeter to construct the proposed project; these private party negotiations are still underway. The applicant recognizes that these issues must be resolved prior to issuance of any grading permits or final map. The draft Mitigated Negative Declaration was released for a 20-day public review period ending July 20th in anticipation of a Planning Commission hearing tentatively scheduled for July 28th.
    • Shea Homes has submitted a revised map for substantial conformance review and determination for the 179-lot residential subdivision known as Hidden Valley Ranch (Tract 923). A revised Water Quality Technical Report is under review. Staff has requested that the applicant provide documentation from Vista Irrigation District (VID) concurring with the proposed grading and trail construction within the VID easement and relocation of the VID water line prior to making this determination. A revised plan for the internal park acreage is under review, with specific amenities to be review as part of a future Precise Plan submittal; the applicant is exploring mechanisms to address setback issues anticipated on 9 lots where the proposed units do not meet setback requirements of the planned development. Staff has sent a letter confirming discussions held with the developer regarding the schedule and timeline for submittals needed for issuance of grading permits. Rough grading plans submitted on July 6th are under review.
    • Safari Highlands - Contracts have been executed with the developer (Concordia Homes) and funds have been deposited authorizing an extension of Planning staff to manage the project review; discussions regarding similar staff assistance for Engineering staff is underway. Staff met with LAFCO regarding submittal requirements and study area for a Sphere of Influence Update and Municipal Services Review. Discussions are underway regarding the need for consulting services to prepare this document.
    • 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 draft Mitigated Negative Declaration was released on June 24th for a 30-day public review period ending July 23rd. The project is tentatively scheduled for Planning Commission hearing on August 11th

Building Division: 

  • The Monthly Building Activity report for June is attached.
  • The Building Division issued 20 permits for the week with a total valuation of $181,105.
  • Counter contacts remain constant with average daily contacts of 36 with 42 on Thursday. Inspections averaged 39 with 40 on Thursday.
  • 23 Photovoltaic permits were issued last week, 108 for the month of June and 559, so far this year. Compared to last year at this time, a total of 269 photovoltaic permits were issued. 

Code Enforcement: 

  • As of July 6th, the total number of open code enforcement case is 343 cases, with a backlog of an additional 52 cases not yet opened for assignment and investigation. During the prior week, 64 new cases were opened, 96 cases were closed. Staff processed 3 public records requests (PRR) last week, bringing the year-to-date total to 78 requests. 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 42 new applications and 147 renewals, and issued 35 new licenses.
  • The 2015 Quarterly Summaries of Code Enforcement and Business License Activity are attached

CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS 

FY 2014-2015 Street Rehabilitation Project:
July 6th, 2015 through July 9th, 2015:  The striping subcontractor has not yet completed all items of work. Staff is working with the prime contractor to finalize all billable items for project closeout. 

Escondido High School Pedestrian Ramp Improvements:
The work to enlarge the pedestrian staging area for the pedestrian ramps located at the north east and south east curb returns began on July 6, 2015 with the saw cutting of the existing concrete improvement. Demolition and replacement of the existing improvements on the north east corner will be completed on July 9. The work includes enlarging the sidewalk area from 5’ in depth to a 16’ at the center line of the curb return.     

Private Development 

Bear Valley Parkway between Boyle Avenue and San Pasqual Valley Road (County Project):
The contractor has reopened the intersection of Idaho Avenue to east /west travel. The wall contractor is continuing to stack block for the new retaining wall at Boyle Avenue at Bear Valley Parkway. The roadway widening of the southerly portion of Bear Valley Parkway between Suburban Hills Drive and San Pasqual Valley Road (SR78) began this week. 

2412 South Escondido Boulevard:
The testing of the new onsite water main started on Monday July 6 with anticipated completion by Friday July 10. Without this item of work, the delivery of combustible material to the job site is restricted. 

Pradera - Lennar Communities:
The demolition of existing structures is ongoing. The grading contractor is actively grading phases 1 and 2 of the project. City staff looked into the possibility of making reclaimed water available for use during the grading operation.  However, the only location available for filling water trucks is the HARRF which unfortunately is currently under construction making the fill site unavailable.  In order to access the recycled water line at Broadway and Country Club area, a permit from the State Water Resources Control Board is necessary to establish a new filling location which would not be secured prior to completion of site grading. 

Future Capital Projects 

FY15/16 Street Maintenance Project:
On July 8, City Council will consider staff’s request to award the project to American Asphalt South which had a low bid approximately 10% below the City’s estimate.  Project work is anticipated to start in mid-August.  The list of streets to be maintained is on the Public Works page of the City’s website under “key projects”.  

El Norte Pkwy Bridge Widening and Medians:
Staff is working with SDG&E to finalize an agreement that would underground existing overhead utilities to accommodate the project bridge and street widening improvements. 

PUBLIC SAFETY

Police 

Incidents 

  • On 06-30-15, a resident in the 900 block of E. Grand located a three year old boy unattended on the street. Officers canvassed the area and located a one year old child unattended in a garage. Officers contact the father who had fallen asleep and was unaware the children had left the residence. Both children were taken into protective custody and the father was issued a citation.
  • On 06-30-15, officers were responding to a report of a shooting in the 1100 block of N. Broadway. While en route, dispatch learned the victim was transported to the hospital by friends. It was later determined the victim shot herself in the leg while handling an acquaintance’s handgun. The victim and her acquaintances were taken into custody – two for warrants and one for a gang-related probation violation.
  • On 07-03-15, officers responded to Mission Ave and Fig St regarding a Hit & Run collision. The suspect fled in her vehicle with the victim following. The suspect drove to PMC downtown where she collided with a parked car. The suspect then intentionally rammed the original victim’s car several times. When officers arrived, the suspect again tried to flee and colliding with the parking structure. Once in custody, the suspect’s four month old child was discovered in the back seat of her car.
  • On 07-04-15, officers observed a stolen vehicle. A stop was made in the 2700 block of E Valley Parkway. Five suspects were taken into custody without incident.
  • On 07-04-15, officers conducting an extra patrol at Grape Day Park contacted a subject in possession of methamphetamine. A search revealed scales, packaging material and an additional quantity of methamphetamine. The subject was arrested for possession for sales.
  • On 07-04-15, officers respond to a report of a collision in the 2300 block of Conway Dr. Upon arrival, officers found that a gas main had been severed. Two homes were evacuated and the 2300 block of Conway Dr. was closed for about an hour.
  • On 07-05-15, officers respond to an elderly missing adult. Numerous units, including the Sheriff’s helicopter, joined in the search. Announcements from the helicopter eventually lead to a resident calling in a sighting of the missing person at Rock Springs Rd and Mission Ave. Subject was located and was in good health.
  • On 07-05-15, the Sheriff’s Deputies initiated a pursuit of a stolen vehicle on Mission Ave. The vehicle collided with a sign at Mission Ave. and Centre City Parkway and continued southbound. The suspect sideswiped a vehicle at Centre City Parkway and Washington Ave and then headed east until stopping in the 1500 block of E. Grand Ave. The driver and one passenger were taken into custody. The third suspect brandished a knife and forced a citizen to help him escape by driving him to the 1900 block of E Grand Ave. Public Works and County Hazmat also responded to clean up motor oil from the stolen vehicle that had leaked into a storm drain. 

Events 

  • PD’s Facebook page continues to increase its number of followers. PD had set a goal to reach 5,000 followers by summer.  They have had some popular posts this last week and did some marketing based upon the posts that increased the “likes” in the followership by 45.  As of right now, they are at 4,946 likes.
  • EPD provided security, traffic, and crowd control for the Grape Day Park 4th of July celebration. The Command Van was set up and tied into the new cameras at Grape Day Park.  That was very helpful in finding the parents of a lost child.   Officers asked the child (5 years old) if she could see her parents as the cameras were panned.  The child immediately spotted her parents who had not yet realized she was missing. 
  • We have a Management Mentoring Program training session on Thursday. Part of the training session is a class Captain Loarie is presenting, “Fight, Flight, Freeze:  Moving Through Moments In Crisis”.  This is in conjunction with Sommer Kehrli, Ph.D., BCC, Executive Director from The Centre for Organization Effectiveness.