ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT 

The owners of Swami’s Restaurant at 150 Grand Avenue also have purchased the former Avocado Grill and it has been renamed Swami’s. They will be serving only breakfast and lunch there.  They still own the 150 Grand Avenue restaurant and have renamed it “Grand at Maple” and will be serving only dinner there. 

SPECIAL EVENTS 

  • The Escondido Fire Department and Rincon del Diablo Fire Protections District is hosting a Free Safety/Water Expo at Escondido Fire Station #4 (3301 Bear Valley Parkway at Kit Carson Park) on Saturday, June 13, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be fire station tours, vehicle displays, refreshments, activities for children, fire safety information, earthquake readiness and water conservation ideas.  For more information, call 760-74505522 or visit rinconwater.org
  • Fords & Friends Car Club Picnic & Car Show
    Sunday, June 14, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
    Grape Day Park
    Car show benefiting Meals-on Wheels 

BUILDING MAINTENANCE UPDATE 

  • The new fire alarm system installation at City Hall is complete and has been approved by our Fire Department for operation. The chemical fire suppression system for the computer room will be going out to bid early in the new fiscal year. A successful fire drill was held on the morning of June 10.
  • Some wood repairs are being made to the Hoffman House and the water tower in Grape Day Park.
  • The exterior balcony off the second floor break room at City Hall will be painted after the July 4 holiday. 

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

Planning:

  • On June 9th, the Planning Commission approved the modification to the Conditional Use Permit (CUP) for the redevelopment of the Emmanuel Faith Community Church campus at 639 E. 17th Ave. The Commission also approved the CUP modification for Calvin Christian High/Middle School at 2000 N. Broadway to construct a new auditorium.
  • 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. The application is under review for completeness.
  • Staff continues to monitor major development applications that are currently being processed to assess their entitlement status in light of pending and more restrictive storm water requirements that the Regional Water Quality Control Board (RWQCB) requires be adopted by the City on or before December 24, 2015. Staff anticipates a heavy workflow from developers who have expressed an interest in starting grading of their projects prior to December 24th in order to be subject to current requirements.  Staff is taking a proactive approach to discuss processing timelines with existing applicants and providing guidance to applicants on what they can do to meet their desired goals. The final RWQCB workshop on “prior lawful approval” (to define what projects can proceed under the existing permit) is on June 30th.  The draft language is anticipated to be released a few days beforehand, and the language still needs to go through the adoption process. The main public portal is www.projectcleanwater.org.
  • A letter has been sent to the applicants for the proposed vesting tentative subdivision map on the former Escondido Country Club property advising that until the litigation is resolved and the City decides not to appeal, the ECCHO initiative remains in effect and would prevent a residential project from being processed. The letter also advises the applicant of the necessary items to complete the application for processing should the litigation be resolved.
  • The County of San Diego has released the Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) for the proposed Valiano Specific Plan project in Eden Valley. Staff is preparing comments on the Draft EIR which are due to the County by June 15, 2015. The proposed project includes 326 homes on 238 acres. Link to County’s information: http://www.sandiegocounty.gov/pds/ceqa_public_review.html  Additional public hearings have been scheduled by SANDAG regarding the Draft San Diego Forward – The Regional Plan. See attached flyer for more information.
  • 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. 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 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) – LAFCO staff has reviewed the two annexation applications for completeness and sent a letter identifying the additional information needed to process the Amanda Estates annexation and the associated annexation for the “Disadvantaged Unincorporated Community” (DUC) properties. No further action is anticipated for the DUC annexation. 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 additional traffic analysis of the alternative traffic mitigation measures proposed by the applicant is underway and anticipated to be submitted next week.
    • North Broadway Deficiency Area Projects – Staff continues to coordinate with the various development teams regarding the design of infrastructure improvements and has taken a proactive approach with County staff on review of required improvements within the unincorporated area. Street improvement plans for Lehner Ave. are being prioritized to allow construction to occur this summer while school is not in session. A grading permit has been issued for Lennar’s “Pradera” project and building permit applications for the model homes have been submitted. Staff is working with the applicant to resolve setback issues relating to the location of the perimeter walls. The applicant is coordinating with the San Diego County Water Authority which has raised concerns regarding the construction of the waterline improvements (required by the development agreement) within the SDCWA easement. The Zenner annexation application is under review by LAFCO.
    • Kaen Planned Development (2516 S. Escondido Blvd.) – Revised plans were submitted on June 4th and are under review for completeness. 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.
    • 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 which are anticipated to be submitted in three weeks. The applicant indicates their preference to prepare an EIR, which will be determined upon submittal of the complete application and review of the technical studies.
    • Latitude II – Staff continues to work diligently with the applicant’s design team to identify and evaluate solutions on site planning issues. While some of the applicant’s submittal deadlines have slipped, staff has provided a quick turnaround on review of the resubmittals once received. A revised Fire Master Plan is under review. 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 Centre City Parkway 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. Additional analysis is needed to complete the Water Quality Technical Report. The applicant recognizes that these issues must be resolved in order to the project to proceed through the CEQA and hearing process. Staff has provided comments on the draft traffic study and negative declaration prepared by the applicant’s consultant.
    • Staff has provided comments on the revised tentative map submitted by Shea Homes for a substantial conformance review and determination for the 179-lot residential subdivision known as Hidden Valley Ranch (Tract 923). A Water Quality Technical Report is needed to make this determination. A revised plan for the internal park acreage is under review. While the Precise Plan has not yet been submitted, the applicant has identified up to 20 lots where the proposed units do not meet setback requirements of the planned development. Staff is scheduled to meet this week with the developer to discuss the schedule and timeline for submittals in anticipation of the new storm water requirements.
    • Concordia Homes submitted a draft Specific Plan and tentative subdivision map for the Safari Highlands project for conceptual review prior to their formal application submittal. The project includes annexation and Sphere of Influence update for the 1,098 acres site and a subdivision to create 550 residential lots in seven neighborhoods, with lot sizes ranging from 7,663 SF to 4.76 acres. Staff working on consultant agreements to provide extension of staff services to process the anticipated application; execution of the contracts is needed prior to submittal of a formal application. The applicant is coordinating with LAFCO regarding anticipated requirements and study area for a Sphere of Influence update. 

Building Division: 

  • The monthly Building Activity Report for May is attached.
  • The Building Division issued 85 permits for the week with a total valuation of $310,578.
  • 25 photovoltaic permits were issued for the week.  Building has issued 463 permits so far this year compared to 228 issued at the same time last year.
  • Inspections and counter contacts remain steady with inspections averaging 27 per day with 27 on Friday and counter contacts averaging 35 per day with 30 on Friday.
  • In an attempt to provide the best service possible for our customers and remove any unreasonable barriers in the permitting process, residential roof top solar permits may now be issued through an expedited permitting process at the building counter. The applicant/contractor may choose to complete Guideline 24B, Eligibility Checklist for Expedited Residential Solar Photovoltaic Permit, along with the plans and specifications and the permit can be issued over the counter. Guidelines # 24A and 24B are now available on the city’s web site. 
  • Due to the ongoing drought, there have been many inquiries regarding graywater plumbing systems and the permitting process. The requirements for graywater systems are now a part of the 2013 CPC, Chapter 16. A plumbing permit is now required for any proposed graywater systems except those that utilize washing machine discharge only. A Graywater Information Guideline will soon be available at our building counter and on     the city’s website with complete information regarding submittal requirements, plan review, inspections and fees.
  • The Department of Housing and Community Development, Division of Codes and Standards would like to inform all interested parties and stakeholders of Emergency Regulations which were approved by the Building Standards Commission on May 29, 2015, and are effective June 1, 2015. These emergency regulations are intended to reduce outdoor potable water irrigation for newly installed landscapes for new residential construction by requiring water budgets with modified adjustment factors.
  • Permits were issued this week for the demolition of the existing Taco Bell restaurant at 627 N. Escondido Blvd in anticipation of a new Taco Bell restaurant and detached office building.
  • Plans were submitted for 4 new single family dwellings models at Tract 894 (Pradera), as part of the 70 unit subdivision near Lehner and Stanley Ave.  
  • Staff is working with the design team for 24 Hour Fitness to analyze potential code requirements regarding seismic design for the proposed facility in the Westfield mall. 

Code Enforcement: 

  • As of June 8th, the total number of open code enforcement case is 387 cases, with a backlog of an additional 84 cases not yet opened for assignment and investigation. During the prior week, 36 new cases were opened, 35 cases were closed and a total of 91 signs were removed. Staff processed 5 public records requests (PRR) last week, bringing the year-to-date total to 65 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 29 new applications and 176 renewals, and issued 17 new licenses. 

CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS

FY 2014-2015 Street Rehabilitation Project:           
June 8th 2015 through June 12th, 2015 the concrete subcontractor will be completing concrete for the pedestrian ramps, driveways and sidewalks along Grand Avenue, Hickory Street to Valley Boulevard. 

Indian Creek Emergency Channel Repair:
The contractor has completed the channel wall replacement ahead of schedule. This project is now closed. 

Private Development 

Bear Valley Parkway between Boyle Avenue and San Pasqual Valley Road (County Project):
The contractor has closed the intersection at Idaho Avenue and Bear Valley Parkway to through traffic. The work is proceeding but the reopening of the intersection has been pushed back to June 19, 2015 due to ongoing water line construction. The underground contractor has poured the new wall footing at Bear Valley Parkway and Boyle Avenue. 

2412 South Escondido Boulevard:
The construction of the new on site water main is continuing this week. 

Pradera - Lennar Communities:
The demolition of existing structures is ongoing. The truck haul route has been approved, the project calls for importing 140,000 cubic yards of dirt which will equal 450 truck trips along the approved route. Processing of permits and traffic control are the order of work for this phase of construction. 

Future Capital Projects
FY14/15 Street Maintenance Project – This project will be advertised this week, with an anticipated bid opening date of June 25.      

PUBLIC SAFETY 

Police: 

UCR CRIME UPDATE (YTD through end of May 2015)

  • Overall Crime is down 7.04% as compared to the same time period in 2014.
  • Violent Crime is up 16.75% as compared to the same time period in 2014.
  • Property Crime is down 10.33% as compared to the same time period in 2014. 

*Violent crime continues to steadily decline after the spike at the beginning of the year. 

INCIDENTS

  • On 06-01-15, officers responded to the 400 block of E. Washington Ave regarding a traffic collision involving a car and a motorcycle. It appears that the car was making a left turn into a driveway into the path of the motorcycle.  The motorcycle struck the car and the motorcyclist sustained major injuries.  The motorcyclist was transported to the hospital.  Alcohol is not believed to be a factor in the collision.
  • On 06-04-15, officers responded to the Toys R Us on Auto Park Way regarding a burglary alarm. Upon arrival, the officers discovered that the front window had been smashed.  The suspects had already fled the scene.  Upon review of the store’s video surveillance, there were two suspects and the loss was electronics.
  • On 06-04-15, officers attempted to stop a possible stolen vehicle in the area of Valley Pkwy and Quince St. The suspect vehicle fled from the officers and spun out at the intersection of Valley Pkwy and Tulip St.  The driver was apprehended at the vehicle.  The passenger fled on foot and hid in a nearby garage.  He was later apprehended inside the garage.  Both were arrested on various charges.
  • On 06-05-15, the driver of a pick-up truck collided with a fire hydrant, a power pole, and a cable/phone pole in the area of Mission Ave and Buchanan St. The driver fled the scene in the truck and was later apprehended near his residence.  The driver was arrested for DUI and Hit & Run.
  • On 06-07-15, officers responded to a residence in the 900 block of Fern St regarding a disturbance between friends. Officers discover that a female suspect attacked the male victim with a butcher knife.  The victim sustained a small laceration to his arm.  The suspect had fled the scene, but was located later and arrested for Assault with a Deadly Weapon.
  • On 06-08-15, a victim arrived at the hospital with two stab wounds to her back. She stated that she was confronted by three suspects in the 600 block of N. Broadway.  The suspects attempted to steal her purse and then stabbed her twice in the back.  Her injuries were not life threatening.
  • On 06-08-15, officers responded to an alarm at the Train Depot in Grape Day Park. They discovered a smashed window, but no loss.

 EVENTS

  • Chief Carter, EPD Officers, and other San Diego County police agencies participated in the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics kickoff this past week. The LETR is a worldwide effort to raise money for the Special Olympics.  This year’s Special Olympics will take place in Los Angeles.