SPECIAL EVENTS

  • A Candlelight Vigil for the victims of the Orlando shooting was on Thursday, June 16, at 7:30 p.m. on Maple Street Plaza.  The event was sponsored by Escondido Together, an informal collaboration of Escondido clergy and lay leaders.

 

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

  • Sip Wine and Beer, a new establishment in downtown Escondido, will hold its grand opening this Saturday, June 18.  Located at 129-131 S. Orange Street, Sip Wine and Beer is a wine and beer tasting room and retail store showcasing a variety of local and non-local wines.  More information is available at http://www.sipwineandbeer.com.
  • The Kickin’ It Challenge Soccer tournament will be held at Ryan Park this Friday, June 17th to Sunday, June 19th.  This tournament raises awareness and funds for breast cancer.  Each team incorporates the color pink in their uniforms while playing.  Teams will be from all over Southern California with approximately 370 games played.  They will be using all eight soccer fields at Ryan Park.  We expect approximately 1,200 families in the area throughout each day.  They will be shopping and dining in Escondido. 

 

  • The June 3rd wine and craft beer tasting event at Cruisin’ Grand had the highest attendance of all of the previous city-sponsored wine tasting events.  As a result, the net proceeds of $658 will be donated to the Escondido Arts Partnership .

 

  • National Little League will host games at Mountain View Park for teams on the road to the Little League World Series.  As teams advance to each round, there will be many out of town teams from all over the greater San Diego area and the state of California.  We expect to see many families as the teams advance.  Families will be dining, shopping and lodging in the Escondido area.  Please visit the link provide for additional information on game dates and times. http://www.escondidolittleleague.org/events/ Various games will be covered and followed by ESPN as the tournament advances to the Western Region Championships. 

Below are the dates of each round:

District 31 Majors All Stars Tournament – June 18th to July 5th – 14 teams will participate in double elimination bracket play.  Champion advances to Section 6 tournament.

California Juniors Section 6 Sub Section -  July 9th to July 14th 4 teams will participate in double elimination bracket play.  Champion advances to Division 3 tournament.

Majors Southern California Sub Division – July 23rd to July 28th 5 teams will participate in double elimination bracket play.  Champion advances to Southern CA Division 3 Championship.     

Majors State All Star Tournament – July 30th to July 31st 2 teams will participate in double elimination bracket play.  Champion advances to the Western Region Championship. 

For additional information regarding the Little League games, please contact the National Little League President, Wally Gutierrez, at president@escondidolittleleague.org  

 

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

Major Projects Update

 

Commercial / Office:

  1. 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 is close to approval.
  2. 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 is ready to issue when requested.  A tentative parcel map (TPM) for office condominiums is in process to allow the sale of individual office suites to medical providers.  Conditions of approval for the TPM are being finalized and approval is expected soon.
  3. Centerpointe 78 Commercial (Developer: Lars Andersen, Pacific Development) –  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.  A permit to demolish the existing structure was issued on June 15 and demolition will start this week.  The developer’s submittal of grading and building plans is expected soon.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Springhill Suites (Developer: Raj Patel, San Bernardino Hospitality LLC)  – No change from the following update reported last week:  This project is a 105-suite hotel totaling 73,300 sq. ft. located at 200 La Terraza Drive involving 4 stories, a small conference room and an enlarged lobby for serving continental breakfast.  A revised set of grading plans have been approved and grading has begun for the parking lot on the adjacent office property which shares a driveway access.  Landscaping plans were submitted for review, and department comments are being finalized.  Building plans are nearing approval for construction.
  7. BMW Dealership (Developer: Lyle Hutson)No change from the following update reported last week: A Precise Plan application to expand the existing dealership showroom an additional approximately 4,000 square feet and enhance the building façade at 1557 Auto Park Way was approved by the Planning Commission on October 13, 2015.  The project is under construction.
  8. Escondido Auto Park Association (Developer: Tim Brecht, Escondido Auto Park Association) –  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.  Public hearings to review the proposal are expected to start next month.
  9. 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, the sign plans have been approved, and the building permit for the Ford dealership has been issued.
  10. 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.  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.

 

Industrial

  1. 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.
  2. StorQuest (Developer: The William Warren Group, Inc.) – This proposed project at 220 W. Mission Avenue involves a 102,500 sq. ft. development with 4-stories, 3 in-line shops and a small office in conjunction with a public storage facility.  The applicant has been working with staff to modify the vehicle circulation pattern and parking at the front of the building and last week submitted revised plans for review.  Planning staff intends to issue a “Letter of Completeness” for the project application this week.
  3. Victory Industrial Development (Developer: Scott Merry, Badiee Development) No change from the following update reported last week:  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.  Design review has been completed and the project is progressing through the environmental review phase.  Public review of the proposed Mitigated Negative Declaration is expected to start by the end of this month.
  4. Micro-Filtration Reverse Osmosis (Developer: City of Escondido Utilities Department)No change from the following update reported last week:  The proposed project involves a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) for the development of a new city facility at 2512 E. Washington Avenue to provide advanced treatment for Title 22 quality recycled water produced at the City of Escondido’s Hale Avenue Resource Recovery Facility (HARRF) for agricultural uses.  The facility would be sized for a total production capacity of 2.0 million gallons per day (mgd) and consists of two separate buildings (one building 14,440 sq. ft., second building 21,775 sq. ft.) that would contain a variety of equipment, pumps, electrical, control and storage rooms.  Underground storage tanks (90,000 gallon feed tank, 163,000 gallon inter-process tank, and a 970,000 gallon product storage tank) are also included. Public environmental review commenced concluded on April 6, 2016.  The Planning Commission recommended denial of the proposed Conditional Use Permit on April 26, 2016.  The Utilities Department filed an appeal of that decision with the City Clerk.  On May 25, 2016, the City Council voted to delay the appeal hearing indefinitely to allow staff additional time to consider alternative site and mitigation opportunities. 
  5. 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.

 

Institutional

  1. 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 has confirmed the availability of water and sewer connections. Staff recently met with the University President regarding potential future expansion plans beyond those previously approved.
  2. Calvin Christian Middle/High School (Developer: Brent Cooper)  No change from the following update reported last week:  The project is an expansion involving a 15,500 SF auditorium, multi-use conference center, classrooms, terraces and walkways located at 2000 N. Broadway. The grading plans have been approved and a building permit was issued on April 11, 2016.  Construction is underway.
  3. Escondido United Reformed Church (Developer: Brent Cooper) – 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. 

 

Residential

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Pradera (Developer: Moses Kim, Lennar Homes) No change from the following update reported last week:  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) will be forwarded to the City Council on June 15, 2016.
  4. 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.  Engineering staff is working with the applicant to address storm drain issues.  The grading and building permits for the model homes on the eastern side of Ash Street have been issued.
  5. 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.
  6. 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. 
  7. 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. 
  8. Canyon Grove Estates Tract 932 (Developer: John Vance, Shea Homes) - 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 grading permit has been issued and grading is underway.  Plans for the construction of eight model homes were submitted on May 18 and are being reviewed by staff.  The applicant is coordinating the plan review for off-site street improvements on Ash Street with the County’s Department of Public Works.
  9. 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, has now been authorized to start work on the EIR.  More information about this project is on line at: http://www.escondido.org/safari-highlands-ranch-specific-plan.aspx
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.  Demo and grading are underway.  Building plans have been approved and the building permit has been issued. 
  13. 701 San Pasqual Valley Rd (Developer: Bob Stewart) –This project is a 19-unit single family development located at 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.
  14. 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.
  15. Escondido Gateway (Developer: Greg Waite, Integral Communities) – 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.  Final environmental comments from staff are being addressed in the Draft MND and public review is expected to start soon.
  16. City Plaza (Developer: Charlie Zhang, Zion Enterprises)No change from the following update reported last week:  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.

 

Building Division:

  1. The Building Department issued 62 permits with a total valuation of $206,799.
  2. 18 photovoltaic permits were issued for the week.Building has issued 621 solar permits this year compared to 496 issued for the same time last year; a 25% increase. Total permits issued so far this year is 1,650, compared to 1,420 last year; a 16% increase.
  3. Building Division staff had another busy week.Inspectors averaged 42 inspections per day with 2 inspections on Friday, with a total of 210 inspections for the week.Counter staff was also busy, averaging 38 counter sign in’s per day and 34 on Friday, totaling 190 for the week. 48 customers signed in on Thursday.The plan check load continues to be heavy, with 35 projects awaiting plan review.This includes re-checks.
  4. A notice was posted at the building counter requesting that contractors present any residential solar revisions to the building inspector at the time of inspection in lieu of submitting revisions at the building counter. This change of policy was implemented due to the increase and frequency of solar revisions.
  5. A copy of the monthly building report is attached.

 

Code Enforcement:

  1. As of June 13, 2016, the total number of open code enforcement cases is 392 cases. During the prior week, 75 new cases were opened, and 73 cases were closed, with a backlog of an additional 40 cases not yet opened for assignment and investigation.
  2. There were 70 illegal signs confiscated during the weekend.
  3. Last week, the Business License Division issued 21 new licenses and received 24 new applications, in addition to 81 renewals.

 

CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS

Grape Day Park Playground:

The project is under construction. The irrigation lines have been tested. The arch bridge test panel has been fabricated and accepted.  Amended soil is being placed in the landscape areas.  Playground concrete borders and mow strips are being placeThe repair efforts is nearing completion on the Vinehenge project.

 

Private Development

Bear Valley Parkway between Boyle Avenue and San Pasqual Valley Road (County Project): All asphalt base paving has been completed.  All of the utility poles on Bear Valley Parkway have been removed. Landscape soil amendment has started and planting is tentatively set to be completed by the first week of July.  Birch Avenue is still closed at Bear Valley Parkway for east/west travel. The traffic signal for the Boyle Ave. intersection has been delivered and will be set on Thursday, June 16th, with the activation of the intersection tentatively set for June 23rd.

 2412 South Escondido Boulevard:

No changes from the following update reported last week: A close out punch list for the project has been given to the contractor. This project is nearing completion with the first of three building released for occupancy.

Pradera - Lennar Communities:

Three homes on “D” street have been released. SDG&E has energized Phase 1 for “D” street. Water main installation will be starting on “B” Street.

Lexington Model Homes - KB Homes:

The contractor is continuing to grade the model home site.  Offsite improvements are expected to start later next week

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 the 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.  Storm drain pipe along with storm drain curb inlets are being constructed on site. A preconstruction meeting was held last week for the offsite improvements along Ash between Hubbard and Vista.  Work is set to start next week, starting at the Ash and Vista location.

San Diego Gas & Electric gas main replacement Ash Street:

Permanent road surface repairs have started and completion of the project is expected very soon.

   

PUBLIC SAFETY

Incidents

  • On 6/6/2016, a mother called 911 to report she found her two year old daughter floating in the pool, face down.  Officer Herrmann was dispatched to the call.  CPR was started by the mother and later by Officer Herrmann.  The child was spitting up water and gasping for air by the time Escondido Fire Medics arrived on scene.  The decision was made by the Medics to have Mercy Air pick the child up from the parking lot of Orange Glen High School.  By the time the helicopter took off for Children’s Hospital, the baby was crying and responding to treatment.  It appears the baby got out to the pool area because the back door was left open by a five year old sibling. 

 

  • On 6/7/2016, officers responded to a multiple vehicle traffic collision at the intersection of Mission Ave and Escondido Blvd.  Chief Carter was first to arrive on scene and gave the initial update regarding injuries and the need for additional officers for traffic control. The scene was very chaotic, with three vehicles in the roadway and two additional vehicles in a parking lot. When additional officers arrived, Chief Carter took a traffic control position while the scene was stabilized.

 

  • On 6/8/2016, officers responded to the 1300 block of E. Valley Pkwy regarding a report of two males hitting another male with a pipe.  Officers arrived on scene and located the victim who had sustained injuries to his head and neck.   The suspects had fled the scene prior to the arrival of the officers.  Personnel from the Gang Unit responded to the scene and took over the investigation.   Based on evidence located at the scene and the subsequent investigation, the two suspects were arrested by members of the Gang Unit within five hours of the assault.  
  • On 6/8/2016, officers were dispatched to Broadway and Highway 78 regarding a serious injury collision. Officers arrived on scene and discovered a vehicle had collided with a motorcycle.  The person riding the motorcycle suffered serious arm and hand injuries due to the collision. The cause of this collision is still under investigation and is being conducted by Officer Russ Gay of the Traffic Division. 
  • On 6/9/2016, officer responded to the area of Upas St and 11th Ave regarding a fight.  Upon arrival, two officers contacted a male who refused to comply with their commands.  The officers used minor force to take the subject into custody.  The suspect remained combative after being taken into custody and had to be restrained.  The suspect was booked into the Vista Detention Facility for resisting arrest and assault. 

 

  • On 6/9/2016, Officer Bellamy responded to the area of Escondido Blvd and 13th Avenue regarding two subjects walking in traffic and displaying gang signs.  Upon arrival, Officer Bellamy contacted two subjects, both of whom were intoxicated.  One of the subjects challenged Officer Bellamy to a fight and charged him.  Officer Bellamy took the suspect to the ground.  The second suspect remained compliant.  Both suspects were arrested for public intoxication. 

 

Events

  • On June 10th Captain Kogler attended the SAFE meeting & training for managers of properties participating in our Crime Free Multi-Housing Program. CSO Akans facilitated this important event which was held in the Police and Fire Headquarters community room. Approximately 30 persons attended.