ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT 

This weekend Ryan Park will host the annual Kickin’ It Challenge Breast Cancer soccer tournament from June 19th to June 21st.  This is our most spirited soccer tournament with a great cause to raise funds and awareness for breast cancer.  There will be 110 youth boys and girls teams from under 17 to under 8 age groups.  We will see approximately 3,000 players and spectators in the Ryan Park area over the weekend.  

SPECIAL EVENTS 

  • No special events scheduled this weekend. 
  • For information about activities taking place in Escondido, please visit www.visitescondido.com 

CALIFORNIA PAID SICK LEAVE ACT 

The California Paid Sick Leave Act (AB 1522) went into effect on January 1, 2015.  The law states that employees who work for an employer in the State of California for 30 days or more within a year are eligible to receive paid sick leave accruals as of July 1, 2015.  Agencies can continue to implement traditional sick leave policies as long as those policies provide the minimum requirements of the law.  The current City of Escondido sick leave policy for regular employees exceeds the minimum requirements of AB 1522.  Therefore, no modifications are needed to the sick leave accrual method for regular employees. 

Regarding temporary part-time employees, those employees do not currently receive sick leave accruals.  Per the new law and effective July 1, 2015, part-time employees will receive a lump-sum deposit of 24 hours (or three of their work days) of sick leave each year.  Part-time employees hired after July 1st will receive the same deposit upon hire.  Employees are eligible to use those hours after 90 days of employment, and will receive a new deposit every July 1st.  There is no annual carry-over or cash-out value for unused sick leave.  Human Resources representatives have met with all departments regarding this change, and have developed a new guideline booklet for part-time employees and their supervisors which is available on the Intranet at:  https://intranet.escondido.org/Data/Sites/8/media/pdfs/Part_Time_Class_and_Benfits_Plan_Guidelines_2015_(2).pdf 

IMPEDIMENTS TO FAIR HOUSING CHOICE REPORT 

The County of San Diego and the jurisdictions within the San Diego region, including the City of Escondido, contracted with Veronica Tam and Associates (VTA) to assist with the development the 2015-2020 Regional Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice.  Preparation of the document included an extensive community outreach process; the review of previous planning documents and random fair housing test results; and interviews with municipal staff, housing providers, fair housing providers and oversight agencies. 

The Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice (commonly known as the “AI”), presents a demographic profile of San Diego County, assesses the extent of housing needs among specific income groups, and evaluates the range of available housing choices for residents. The AI also analyzes the conditions in the private market and public sector that may limit the range of housing choices or impede a person’s access to housing. More importantly, this AI identifies impediments that may prevent equal housing access and develops solutions to mitigate or remove such impediments. 

The complete document is now available on both the Neighborhood Services and Housing Division web pages of the City’s web site. 

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

Planning: 

  • SANDAG has released updated demographic information showing the City’s 2014 population grew by 0.8% to 147,095 (see attached).
  • Staff met with representatives from the County of San Diego Department of General Services regarding the proposed crisis center on the County-owned property at 600-620 E. Valley Parkway. The project involves the demolition of one of the three existing buildings to enable construction of a 6,500 SF, 16-bed facility for short-term treatment of individuals with acute illness; the use of the remaining two buildings has not yet been determined. Staff discussed appropriate public improvements and the need to relocate the existing parking and APCD weather monitoring station located offsite within the Escondido Creek Channel levee. The project is on a fast-track schedule with a move-in target date of April 2016.
  • 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. 
  • 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.
    • 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). Revisions to the Water Quality Technical Report and documentation from Vista Irrigation District (VID) concurring with the proposed relocation of the water line are 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 approximately 9 lots where the proposed units do not meet setback requirements of the planned development. Staff met with the developer to discuss the schedule and timeline for submittals. Rough grading plan submittal is anticipated by the end of June.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • Revised plans submitted for EDI’s proposed CUP expansion are under review. The project is tentatively scheduled for Planning Commission hearing on August 11th

Building Division: 

  • The Building Division issued 68 permits for the week with a total valuation of $598,438.
  • 29 photovoltaic permits were issued for the week.  Building has issued 493 permits so far this year compared to 246 issued at the same time last year.
  • Inspections and counter contacts remain steady with inspections averaging 30 per day with 18 on Friday and counter contacts averaging 38 per day with 26 on Friday. 

Code Enforcement: 

  • As of June 15th, the total number of open code enforcement case is 359 cases, with a backlog of an additional 84 cases not yet opened for assignment and investigation. During the prior week, 88 new cases were opened, 107 cases were closed and a total of 82 signs were removed. Staff processed 3 public records requests (PRR) last week, bringing the year-to-date total to 68 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 37 new applications and 99 renewals, and issued 65 new licenses.
  • In an effort to improve customer service and interdepartmental coordination for restaurants and other businesses that sell, serve or manufacture food, the Business License Renewal Notice has been revised to include information regarding the City’s Fats, Oils and Grease Program (FOG) addressing requirements for wastewater pretreatment and inspection (see attached).
  • The Roynon Museum of Paleontology has signed a lease for the property at 457 East Grand Avenue for the new home of the museum collection. Staff has conducted a courtesy inspection to identify potential tenant improvements and permits needed to accommodate the proposed use. Once they are ready to open, their plan at this point, is to be open only to school children during the week and then open to the public on the weekends. 

CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS

Potential SANDAG Funding
SANDAG staff is recommending two Escondido projects for competitive grant funding.  The first project, to install a pedestrian bridge and widen Valley Parkway adjacent to the Transit Station is recommended for Smart Growth Incentive Program Funding.  The second project, a signalized pedestrian crossing of El Norte at the Escondido Creek Trail is recommended for Active Transportation funding.  If approved by the SANDAG Board of Directors, Escondido will receive over $1.6M in grant funding.  Congratulations to Karen Youel, Management Analyst, for her terrific work coordinating the grant application packages. The rankings will be discussed at the June 19th Transportation Committee meeting 

FY 2014-2015 Street Rehabilitation Project:
The concrete subcontractor has completed all removal items. The asphalt contractor is finalizing paving efforts along 5th Avenue between Escondido Boulevard and Kalmia Avenue. Final roadway striping and legends are being placed throughout the project area this week. This project is creating managed bike lanes along Mission Avenue between Midway Drive and Rose Street, 9th Avenue between Spruce Street and Maple Street and 5th Avenue between Escondido Boulevard and Centre City Parkway.             

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 is not expected during this week due to ongoing construction. The underground contractor has poured a portion of the wall segments for the new retaining wall. This activity will continue into next week. 

2412 South Escondido Boulevard:
The construction of the new on site water main is now moving into the testing stage 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 daily. Processing of permits and traffic control are the order of work for this phase of construction. The grading contractor is preconditioning the soil by placing large rain bird sprinklers on the site to obtain the correct moisture content for compaction of the dirt material. 

Private Development – Current Plan Reviews

Pradera by Lennar (5 Tracts in Lehner/Stanley/Ash block):
Lennar Homes has purchased 5 separate Approved SFD Tentative Maps (Tracts 889, 894, SUB13-0003, SUB13-0010, SUB13-0011) and began processing Final Engr. plans at the start of 2015.

  • A combined Rough Grading plan for all 5 Tentative Maps was approved on 5/18, and the Grading Permit was issued shortly thereafter.
  • A revised Traffic Study for proposed fill material) haul routes and daily truck trips has been deemed complete and has established the criteria to begin hauling in fill.
  • The second review of the 7 sets of Improvement plans (1-perimeter, 5-onsite for each TM, 1-offsite mitigation) was completed and returned to the engineer on June 8th.
  • We are working with Lennar and their engineer to have the Lehner Ave. improvements completed during Rincon MS summer break, by separating out the Lehner Ave. improvement plan sheets for quicker approval.
  • The Final Map(s) have not been submitted yet.  

Tract 951 – Jacks Creek Place:
This project is a 12 lot residential subdivision located near Eureka Ranch.

  • The first review of the Final Map, Grading and Improvement plans, and the WQTR was completed and returned to the applicant on 5/27. 

St. Mary’s Community Center:
This project is the 1st phase of the St. Mary’s Expansion Master Plan.  A single large structure behind the existing sanctuary is proposed.    Included in this structure are a large multi-use meeting hall, kitchen, offices, a covered basketball/sport court, and large covered patio areas.

  • The 6th review of the Grading plan was completed and returned to the Engineer on June 4th.
  • The WQTR has been approved.
  • The 6th review of the Waterline Improvement plans was completed and returned to the Engineer on June 9th.
  • The Bonds and plan check fee balances were posted/paid on June 5th

Tract 932 – Hidden Valley Ranch:

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

  • A 2nd submittal of the Substantial Conformance Tentative Map has been made and all Depts. have begun their review of it. Still awaiting a revised WQTR.
  • The offsite street improvement plans for the intersection of Vista Ave. & Ash St. were submitted for 1st review on 4/23 and this review is expected to be completed in the next week.
  • The offsite Traffic Signal plans for the intersections of El Norte Pkwy & Vista Verde Dr. and Ash St. & Sheridan Ave. together with the addition of Traffic Signal plans for the intersection of Vista Ave. & Ash St. were resubmitted for 1st review on 5/15 and this review is expected to be completed in the next week. All 3 intersections were field checked and numerous utilities need to be shown at each. 

PUBLIC SAFETY 

Police: 

Incidents:

  • On 06-09-15, officers responded to the 1000 block of N. Gamble St regarding numerous gunshots being fired. Upon arrival, officers located a male shooting victim with a gunshot wound to the head.  The victim was transported to the hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries.  On 06-10-15, EPD detectives were able to locate one of the suspects involved in the homicide.  The suspect was taken into custody without incident.  This investigation is ongoing.
  • On 06-10-15, EPD detectives arrested an adult male suspect who traveled to Escondido in order to engage in sex acts with a thirteen year old girl. The suspect had unwittingly been communicating with an undercover detective.  The suspect was arrested without incident and no minors were ever actually involved.
  • On 06-10-15, a male suspect entered Palomar Medical Center- West and stated that he had a bomb that would detonate within 30 minutes. The male was detained and it was determined that he suffers from mental health issues and was recently released from the hospital.  No bombs or other devices were located at the hospital.
  • On 06-11-15, officers responded to the area of Mission Ave and Fig St regarding a subject breaking into multiple cars. Officers located the suspect and arrested him on multiple theft, vandalism, and burglary charges. 

EVENTS

  • Last Friday, Lt. Justin Murphy graduated from the FBI’s National Academy (Class 260) in Quantico, VA. Chief Benton attended the graduation ceremony.  The FBI National Academy is an intensive ten week live-in training course for police managers and leadership.

                    

  • Last Saturday, Sgt. Chris Lick graduated from the Sherman Block Supervisory Leadership Institute (Class 365). Stuard attended the graduation ceremony.  SBSLI is a leadership course that takes place over a period of eight months.  Police sergeants from all agencies throughout the state participate in the SBSLI program. 
  • Several EPD officers competed in the United States Police & Fire Championships in San Diego from May 30 to June 6. The Championships are an Olympics style competition with over 40 sports where first responders from across the nation participate.  Officer Kolhof, Officer Perkins, Det. Martinez, and Sgt. Miller all competed in various sports.  Officer Kolhof and Sgt. Miller both took Gold Medals in their events.
  • On Friday night, June 5th, officers from the Escondido Police Department participated in a DUI Saturation Patrol. Officers assigned to this detail made 53 traffic stops and conducted 6 Field Sobriety Tests.  During the evening, two drivers were arrested for DUI. Two drivers were arrested for outstanding arrest warrants and one driver was arrested for possession of a controlled substance for sale.  8 drivers were cited for being unlicensed or having a suspended license.  9 vehicles were impounded.