FEATURED THIS WEEK 

  • Escondido has been nominated for a San Diego Housing Federation Ruby Award in the category of “Outstanding Government Agency.” The City was nominated for its support of the Manzanita affordable housing project. More information can be found here: http://housingsandiego.org/2017-ruby-award-nominees/
  • The 105 room Springhill Suites hotel project on La Terraza will soon be under construction. Revisions to the plans have been made to meet the latest Marriott standards. Plans have also been submitted for a 38,000 square foot, three-story office building to be constructed adjacent to the hotel. The City is thrilled to have these executive properties in our community. 

SPECIAL EVENTS 

Fire & Water Expo | Fire Station #4, Kit Carson Park | Saturday, June 3 | 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

Join Escondido Fire and Rincon Water at their annual open house at Fire Station 4 located at Kit Carson Park. There will be fire house tours, vehicle displays, activities for the kids, Information and Resources, Dr. Bronner's Magic Foam Experience and many other demonstrations. 

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT 

Escondido’s very own Transpower recently entered into a five year agreement with Kalmar, a global manufacturer of terminal tractors and other cargo handling equipment, to produce a joint-effort zero emission, battery-electric version of Kalmar’s Ottawa T2 terminal tractor. Read the full article here: http://fleetowner.com/equipment/kalmar-transpower-unveil-electric-terminal-tractor-act-expo 

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

Major Projects Update

The following major projects are currently being reviewed and coordinated with Planning, Engineering, Fire, Building and Utilities staff. A complete description of each project can be viewed here. Updates provided below cover project milestones that occurred last week.

Commercial / Office:

  1. Escondido Research and Technology Center – East (ERTC) (Developer: James McCann) Project review and communications with the applicant are on-going but there are no new milestones to report this week: A grading plan for a temporary parking lot to serve the hospital was approved June 13, 2016, and the parking lot is now under construction. 
  1. Escondido Research and Technology Center – West (ERTC) (Developer: James McCann) Project review and communications with the applicant are on-going but there are no new milestones to report this week: Construction is underway on the approximately 76,000 square foot medical office building with a linear accelerator. Palomar Health also will be constructing their new outpatient center adjacent to the site at 2185 Citracado Parkway. 
  1. Centerpointe 78 Commercial (Developer: Lars Andersen, Pacific Development) – The grading plan was approved on May 10, 2017. Planning has approved a modified front elevation that would eliminate the second set of entry/exit doors. A revised landscape plan was submitted for review on May 5, 2017. A building permit for the supermarket shell building was issued last week. Building plans for the tenant improvement of the market were submitted into plan check on May 9, 2017. 
  1. Westfield Theater (Developer: Kim Brewer, Westfield)This project has been placed on hold by Westfield while they finalize lease negotiations so there is no change from the following update reported last week: No grading, building or improvement plans have been submitted by the developer at this time. 
  1. Felicita Development, LLC (Developer: Katherine Park, Creative Design Associates) This project is on hold pending further direction and submittal of information from the applicant: Follow-up meetings conducted by the applicant with staff and the wildlife agencies lead staff to believe a revised project is forthcoming. 
  1. Springhill Suites (Developer: Raj Patel, San Bernardino Hospitality LLC) The applicant is cleared to start construction so there is no change from the following update reported last week: Construction is expected to commence within the next month.
  2. Centre City Commercial Center (Developer: Todd Dwyer) – Revisions to the traffic study have been reviewed by staff leading to the issuance of the Draft Mitigated Negative Declaration for a 30-day public review period that ends on June 8, 2017. A demolition plan for the existing motel and restaurant buildings on the site was submitted the third week of May. The right of access to Centre City Parkway is scheduled for consideration by City Council on June 7, 2017. 

Industrial 

  1. StorQuest (Developer: The William Warren Group, Inc.) – Revised building plans for this approved self-storage facility at 220 W. Mission Ave. were submitted to the Building Division on March 22, 2017 and routed to Esgil for re-check. The second check of grading plans was received by Engineering the week of April 30 and returned back to the applicant with comments last week. 
  1. Victory Industrial Development (Developer: Scott Merry, Badiee Development) – The applicant has secured his permits from the Army Corps, Regional Board, and CA Fish and Wildlife. The grading plan has been approved, BMP’s are installed and the permit has been issued. Signal plans and street improvement plans have been approved. A pre-construction conference was held at the site last week and construction is ready to commence
  1. Escondido Self-Storage Facility (Developer: Brandywine Homes, Inc.)Project review and communications with the applicant are on-going but there are no new milestones to report this week: Building plans grading plans, landscape plans and the final map have been submitted and comments have been provided by staff and Esgil. Engineering will be sending out comments on the third check of the grading plan this week. 
  1. Innovative Industrial Development (Developer: Scott Merry, Badiee Development)Project review and communications with the applicant are on-going but there are no new milestones to report this week: The second check of the grading plan was resubmitted to Engineering the week of May 8, 2017. Building plans were submitted on March 29, 2017 and are being reviewed by Esgil. 
  2. North American Self-Storage (Developer: Russ Colvin)Project review and communications with the applicant are on-going but there are no new milestones to report this week: (This project is participating in the expedited plan check program) The demo permit has been issued. The applicant submitted a 2nd plan check for the grading plan on April 13, 2017, and comments from all departments were provided back within 13 days. A boundary adjustment to combine the two lots on the site is ready to record. The applicant is coordinating construction timing for an off-site water line with multiple departments.

City Projects 

  1. Micro-Filtration Reverse Osmosis (Developer: City of Escondido Utilities Department)No further updates to this item will be provided while litigation is in progress: The Planning Commission approved the proposed CUP on December 13, 2016. An appeal of that decision was filed and the City Council denied the appeal on January 11, 2017 and affirmed the Planning Commission’s decision to approve the project. 
  1. Wastewater Collections Yard Expansion (Developer: City of Escondido Utilities Department)Project review is on-going but there are no new milestones to report this week: Grading, building and landscape plans are now being reviewed by staff. Utilities staff is assessing value engineering options in an effort to reduce the cost of the facility. The most likely option will be to build the project in phases starting with two of the three approved buildings. 
  1. HARRF Biogas to Energy Project (Developer: City of Escondido Utilities Department) Communications with the applicant are on-going but no construction plans have been submitted since the project was approved and there are no new milestones to report this week: A Conditional Use Permit for the project was approved by the Planning Commission December 13, 2016. 
  1. Lake Wohlford Replacement Dam (Developer: City of Escondido Utilities Department) Project review is on-going but there are no new milestones to report this week: A Draft EIR was prepared and issued for a 45-day public review period that began on October 4, 2016 and closed on November 17, 2016. Staff and AECOM are now in the process of coordinating responses to the comments that were received during the public review period. A field visit with staff from the state and federal wildlife agencies took place on May 11, 2017, to review biological mitigation requirements. 

Institutional

  1. Escondido United Reformed Church (Developer: Brent Cooper) – A revised grading plan has been approved. Building plans have gone through one round of plan check. The applicant submitted a CUP modification application on May 25, 2017, to increase the size of the sanctuary and classroom buildings and delete Phase 4.  Staff is currently reviewing that application. 
  1. Self-Realization Fellowship Center (Developer: John Pyjar, Domusstudio ArchitectureProject review and communications with the applicant are on-going but there are no new milestones to report this week: The CUP application was submitted on November 14, 2016. Staff reviewed the initial submittal and sent a letter to the applicant on December 14, 2016, indicating that the application was incomplete and specifying the additional information that was necessary to complete the application. The applicant resubmitted revised plans and technical studies on May 19, 2017.

Residential 

  1. Oak Creek (Developer: Jason Han, New Urban West) This project has been placed on hold by the developer while the City completes construction of the Southwest Sewer Project so there is no change from the following update reported last week: No grading or improvement plans have been submitted by the developer at this time. 
  1. Amanda Estates (Developer: Jason Han, New Urban West)This project has been placed on hold by the developer while the City completes construction of the Southwest Sewer Project so there is no change from the following update reported last week: No grading or improvement plans have been submitted by the developer at this time. 
  1. Pradera (Developer: Moses Kim, Lennar Homes)Project review and communications with the applicant are on-going but there are no new milestones to report this week: This project is nearing completion as there are only one or two phases remaining to construct. 
  1. Lexington (Zenner) (Developer: Eric Johnston, KB Homes) – The applicant received building permits for 10 new homes on April 18, 2017. Building permits for 15 additional homes were issued on May 4, 2017, and eight more homes were issued on May 9. The applicant and Engineering staff are engaged with the County Water Authority on a necessary utility crossing through a short section of their easement. 
  1. Stella Park Condominiums (Developer: Edward Kaen, ETP, LLC)Project review and communications with the applicant are on-going but there are no new milestones to report this week: Lyon Homes submitted a precise grading plan on March 28, 2017. A final map, street improvement plans and landscape plans were also submitted on April 17, 2017. Building plans were submitted into plan check on April 6 and landscape plans on May 1. The rough grading permit was issued on May 22, 2017 allowing construction to start on the project. 
  1. Wohlford (Developer: Jack Henthorne)Project review and communications with the applicant are on-going but there are no new milestones to report this week: The Draft EIR has been posted on the city website and released for a 45-day public review period that ended on May 12, 2017. The EIR consultant has forwarded draft responses to comments to staff for review. Potential Development Agreement terms are now being considered. 
  1. Latitude II (Developer: Peter Zak, Lyon/NCA)Project review and communications with the applicant are on-going but there are no new milestones to report this week: A grading permit has been issued and grading is back underway. Building plans are nearing approval pending approval of the final map. The final map has been scheduled for City Council approval on June 7, 2017. Utilities has issued comments for the off-site water line plans. 
  1. Canyon Grove Estates Tract 932 (Developer: John Vance, Shea Homes) Project review and communications with the applicant are on-going but there are no new milestones to report this week: The model homes have been completed and are now open. Construction of the phases is underway with three more phases receiving building permits last week. Engineering comments on the precise grading plan for the remainder of the development were sent on May 16, 2017. 
  1. Safari Highlands Ranch (SHR) (Developer: Jeb Hall, Concordia Homes)Project review and communications with the applicant are on-going but there are no new milestones to report this week: A second revised tentative map depicting various minor changes and clarifications to roads, easements and drainage facilities was submitted on April 25, 2017. Revised technical engineering reports as well as responses to staff comments also have been submitted for review. The revised studies have been loaded on the City’s website at the following link: Safari Highlands Ranch Specific Plan - City of Escondido. Staff anticipates that the Draft EIR will be out for public review in June or July of 2017. 
  1. High Pointe Tract 693-J (Developer: Russell Schaeffer, True Life Communities) – The applicant continues to actively market the property and there is no change from the following update reported last week: Staff has prepared a bond and fee letter based on the proposed grading and landscape plans, and has sent it to the applicant. 
  1. Del Prado (Developer: Kerry Garza, Touchstone Communities)Communications with the applicant are on-going but there are no new milestones to report this week: No grading or improvement plans have been submitted by the developer at this time. 
  1. 701 San Pasqual Valley Rd (Developer: Bob Stewart) – Staff has met several times with the applicant to help work through project design and storm water issues. A Draft Mitigated Negative Declaration has been submitted and staff has provided comments to the applicant on the draft and technical studies. A request for a three-year extension of time for the previously approved ten-lot subdivision (Tract 895) will be considered by the City Council on June 7, 2017. 
  1. Veterans Village (Developer: Veterans Village of San Diego) Project review and communications with the applicant are on-going but there are no new milestones to report this week: Demolition has been completed. Grading is underway. Building permits were issued on March 31, 2017. 
  1. Escondido Gateway (Developer: Greg Waite, Integral Communities) – The builder (Lyon Homes) is coordinating with city staff to resolve ownership and title issues regarding three strips of land under existing excess right-of way that is proposed to be vacated for the applicant’s use. It is expected that those title issues will be resolved through a combination of quitclaims and eminent domain. A revised rough grading plan and street improvement plans were resubmitted about three weeks ago and Engineering sent comments back last week. Asbestos and lead-based paint abatement should start next week in preparation for demolition of the vacant building on the site.
  1. The Villages at Escondido Country Club (Developer: Jason Han, New Urban West, Inc.)Project review and communications with the applicant are on-going but there are no new milestones to report this week: A project resubmittal in response to the City’s November 30, 2016 letter was received on March 16, 2017. Planning staff has provided a location on the City’s website for ECC project-related documents and plans. The information can be accessed at the following link:      ECC - City of Escondido 
  1. Ivy/Valley Parkway Mixed-Use Development (Developer: Abad Rahan Pars Inc./ Norm Wieme, ArchitectProject review and communications with the applicant are on-going but there are no new milestones to report this week: The applicant has indicated that grading and building plans are expected to be submitted into plan check soon. Utilities staff is currently working on a reimbursement agreement for new water infrastructure that will be installed by the project in the adjoining alley. 
  1. North Avenue Estates (Developer: Casey Johnson) Project review and communications with the applicant are on-going but there are no new milestones to report this week: An application to re-entitle aspects of the previously approved project that have expired and modify the project design to reflect new storm water requirements was submitted to the Planning Division on March 7, 2017. A first round of comments has been provided back to the applicant and the applicant has indicated that revised plans should be resubmitted in about two weeks. The applicant will be coordinating easement and utility crossing issues with the County Water Authority, whose main underground water transmission lines cross the site.

Building Division

  1. 18 solar permits were issued for the week. The Building Division has issued 379 solar permits this year compared to 582 issued for the same time last year. 
  1. Building inspectors responded to 231 inspection requests for the week, averaging 46 inspections per day. 
  1. The Building Division has issued 103 single-family dwelling permits this year and permits for 112 multi-family units. This compares with 40 single-family dwellings and 33 multi-family dwellings for the same time last year. 
  1. Projects nearing permit issuance are: 
  • Latitude 2, a 112-unit apartment complex consisting of six, three-story buildings at 610-660 Centre City Pkwy. 
  • Three new apartment buildings (nine units) at 917 W. Lincoln Avenue. 
  • 43,885 square foot retail building at the former Toyota dealership location – 999 North Broadway. 
  1. The construction of the City Plaza three-story mixed use building at 300 S. Escondido Blvd. has received partial approval of roof framing and rough framing inspections. 
  1. The Solutions for Change affordable housing project at 1560 S. Escondido Blvd. has received partial final inspection approvals for floor one and two. 
  1. Roof framing inspection is being requested this week at The Meadowbrook three-story apartment building with underground garage at 2081 Garden Valley Glen. 
  1. Escondido Disposal is proceeding with the tenant improvement for the existing building and has completed the drywall. Roof framing on their new transfer building also has been completed. The suspended ceiling in the office has passed inspection. 
  1. The new Popeye’s restaurant at 1541 E. Valley Parkway has suspended ceiling, drywall and hood inspection approvals. Final inspection and occupancy is expected soon. 
  1. The medical office building at 2125 Citracado Parkway has received partial foundation approval and underground plumbing. 
  1. The Westminster Seminary has received foundation and underground plumbing approvals for six of their nine buildings. 
  1. The children’s building at the Emmanuel Faith Community Church has received partial foundation inspection and underground plumbing inspection. Construction of the exterior masonry walls is progressing. 
  1. Building permits were issued for the supermarket shell building at 999 N. Broadway, the location of the former Toyota dealership.

Code Enforcement

 

Business Licensing

 

Building Maintenance & Operations 

Because of recent upgrade to Cityworks, Public Works will be unable to provide our normal weekly report of open and closed service requests. These status reports should continue next week. 

Graffiti Restitution 

ENGINEERING 

Private Development 

Pradera - Lennar Communities
No changes from that reported last week; Vertical framing has now begun on the final phase of 16 homes. 

Lexington Model Homes - KB Homes
No changes from that reported last week: The developer is completing the final section of underground improvements on site. Framing of the first 10 homes along Lehner Avenue has begun.  

Escondido Boulevard at 3rd Avenue
No changes from that previously reported. The contractor is using a crane to deliver materials to the third floor. Lane closures along 3rd Avenue will be a regular occurrence to allow for the lifting of construction materials to the newly completed third floor.  

Tract 932 - Canyon Grove Shea Homes Community
The Rincon del Diablo water project is working in the Vista/Ash intersection this week constructing the last of the pipeline including the pressure testing of the system. Offsite traffic signal construction is continuing at Sheridan/Ash and El Norte/Vista Verde intersection this week. On site construction is concentrated on dry utility installation and framing of production housing units.  

Latitude II Condominiums by a Lyon Homes Partnership: Washington Avenue at Centre City Parkway
The top of the storm drain box structure was poured on Tuesday of this week, the remaining section of the storm drain box has started with the installation of K rail along the edge of Centre City Parkway. 

Solutions Housing 1560 S. Escondido Boulevard
The project is nearing completion with the installation of concrete improvements and paving along the project frontage this past week.      

Veterans Village
No changes from that previously reported. The projects off site water improvements are idled this week while the developers design engineer determines the best solution for installing the project water mains around the multiple utility crossings along this projects frontage. 

Tract 877 – Bernardo Ave. by Ambient Communities
The project is a 13 lot single family residential project located at the cul-de-sac end of Bernardo Avenue. The developer has completed the mass grading the project this week and is implementing the required storm water measures this week. 

Palomar Medical Center
No changes from that reported last week: The hospital is nearing completion of the grading portion of the temporary parking lot located at Health Center Driveway North and Citracado Parkway. Concrete surface improvements are being stacked this week.  

Victory Industrial Park
The preconstruction meeting was held on Thursday, May 25, 2017 in advance of the start of mass grading of the project. The project is located at 2005 Harmony Grove Road and is 5.4 acres in size. 

Center Point Project
The preconstruction meeting was held Thursday, May 25th in advance of the start of construction. The project is located on the old Toyota car dealership at 999 Broadway. The developed haul route for this project will utilize Lincoln Avenue to Escondido Boulevard to Decatur Way to Centre City Parkway to minimize the impact to the 78/Broadway intersection as well as the Lincoln Elementary School student traffic. 

FIRE 

Inspections 

 

POLICE 

Incidents 

  • On 5/21/17 at 14:22 hours, San Diego Sheriff deputies requested the assistance of our officers at a brush fire near 2116 Lemon Ave (near Bernardo and Gamble).  Cal Fire crews quickly knocked down the fire, which threatened several houses for a short time. Our officers helped deputies with maintaining road closures for about two hours.
  • On 5/21/17 at 19:13 hours, residents in the 1300 block of S. Citrus Ave. called police and reported the next door neighbor (1410 S. Citrus Ave) came out of his house and pointed a “huge gun with a scope” at them, yelled something, and went back inside his home.  Officers arrived and detained the suspect.  Officers recovered an illegal AR-15 Assault Rifle and an illegal AK-47 Assault Rifle from the home along with high capacity magazines and ammo. The suspect was booked into the Vista Jail for Assault with a Deadly Weapon and various illegal firearms possession charges. 
  • On 5/23/17 at 21:35 hours, a Black Male Adult and a Hispanic Female Adult entered Wal Mart, 1330 E. Grand Ave, and began loading merchandise into a shopping cart. Loss Prevention Associates began surveillance of the subjects via camera and visual observation. The suspects had an older Chrysler 300 driving around the parking lot driven by an unidentified driver. The Loss Prevention Associates noticed that the suspects were heading for the side emergency door with the shopping cart and they attempted to stop them. They pushed through the door and the Black Male Adult pulled a black semi-auto handgun from his waistband and pointed it at both Loss Prevention Associates. The suspects then entered the awaiting vehicle leaving the cart of merchandise behind and the drove out towards Ash St.  Both suspects were caught on surveillance tape as well as the vehicle but the license plate was unreadable. 
  • On 5/24/17 at 04:15 hours, an officer located a rolling stolen vehicle (2016 grey Nissan Altima/SDPD case) in the area of Citrus Ave/Bear Valley Pkwy. The officer followed the car until units arrived on scene to assist. Officers conducted an enforcement stop on the car near Orange Glen HS without incident. The driver (23yr old Hispanic Male Adult) was eventually arrested for Auto Theft.  Once at the Escondido Police Department jail, a thorough search of the suspect revealed a small amount of meth and heroin in his undergarments. The suspect was booked into jail for Auto Theft and drug offenses.
  • On 5/25/17 at 07:25 hours, an officer located a stolen white GMC Yukon (Oceanside Police Department case), in the area of Matthew Place and El Norte Pkwy. The vehicle was occupied and all four subjects are taken into custody. The driver was charged with Possession of a Stolen Vehicle, Possession of Stolen Property, and 2 warrants (1 being a Federal Arrest Warrant). One passenger was charged with Possession of a Stolen Vehicle and another had a warrant for their arrest. The fourth occupant was later released with no charges. All occupants were adults.
  • On 5/26/17 at 02:22 hours, units responded to a collision near the flag pole at the entrance to the Escondido Auto Park. The driver was determined to be a 19-year-old male who fell asleep at the wheel while driving northbound on Auto Park Way. He crashed through a traffic control device, the Escondido Auto Park Sign, a few palm trees and ultimately ended up wedged between two other palm trees.  The driver was cited for Person Under 21 with a Blood Alcohol Content over .01% (CVC 23136(a)).
  • On 5/27/17 at 08:22 hours, dispatch received a call for service at 1333 E Grand Ave, reference a reporting party who observed a male subject choking a female near the parking lot. The male, holding what appeared to be a small child, was overheard yelling to the female victim that he was going to kill her. The male was confronted by the witness, at which point he ordered the female victim to get into the vehicle. The vehicle fled the apartment complex. The male suspect contacted Escondido Police dispatch and demanded to speak with the Watch Commander. Communication was established with the male, but he refused to give his current location and denied that the domestic violence incident occurred. The male subject eventually drove back to 1333 E Grand Ave, which was observed by a waiting officer.  The subject was taken into custody.  The female victim, along with her one and two-year-old children, were safely recovered from the vehicle. The male suspect was charged with Kidnapping, Domestic Violence and Child Endangerment. 

EVENTS:

On 5/26/17 Chief Carter, Captain Kogler and Community Service Office Akans attended the annual San Diego Police Officer’s Association Officer of the Year awards banquet, honoring Escondido Police Department recipient Officer Robert Bellamy. Officer Bellamy was honored for his dedication to the community and incredible work ethic.  Please congratulate Officer Bellamy when you see him for representing the City of Escondido with integrity and service.