ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT 

The EGSL Freedom tournament is scheduled this week from Thursday June 26th to Sunday June 29th at Kit Carson Park.  They will be using all four youth girls softball fields, two youth baseball fields, and all four adult softball fields for this 96 team girls fast pitch tournament.  The majority of the teams will be from within San Diego County but there will be teams from Riverside County, Orange County, LA County, Yuma Arizona, and Las Vegas Nevada for this annual Freedom Tournament.  We can expect around 4,600 players and spectators in Kit Carson Park daily over this 4 day time period.  The age divisions are from 8 and under to 14 and under.  

SPECIAL EVENTS 

Movies in the Park starts on Saturday, June 28, with Disney’s “Frozen”.  Family activities start at 7p.m. in Grape Day Park.  The movie starts at dusk and light concessions will be available. 

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT 

Planning:

Major Projects Update:

  1. Oak Creek (NUW) – Staff continues to meet regularly with the applicant’s team to address issues as they arise. The applicant is revising the proposed Specific Alignment Pan for Hamilton Road. The consultant’s revisions to the draft screencheck EIR are anticipated to be submitted for staff review on 6/30, which pushes back the anticipated release of the draft EIR until early July.
  2. Amanda Lane (NUW) – Staff is reviewing the revised submittals and consulting with LAFCO regarding the proposed annexation boundary which will create a County island. The proposed project includes offsite improvements and the developer is negotiating with several neighboring property owners to secure the necessary letters of permission or easements.
  3. Centerpointe 78 Commercial: – The applicant has requested a meeting with the EIR traffic consultant to discuss staff comments on the traffic study.
  4. North Broadway Deficiency Area Projects: – The mitigated negative declaration for the Pickering annexation and 13-lot subdivision was issued; the public review period ends July 21, 2014. The application for the Zenner annexation and the associated 40-unit subdivision at Vista Ave. and Lehner Ave. has been submitted and is under review for completeness.
  5. Redwood Terrace has submitted an application for a major CUP modification for their facility on 1151 S. Redwood St. The proposed project would convert the existing Elder Link facility from daycare to 24-hour Alzheimer’s’ care and integrate services with their main campus.

Housing:

The City has received official notification from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) that the HOME Program 2012 Funds ($214,022) will expire on June 30, 2014. Due to recent changes in the HOME regulations, these funds cannot be fully committed by this deadline. The funds had been anticipated to be used by Solutions for Change for their project at 1560-1574 S. Escondido Blvd. Staff continues to work with Solutions for Change on other funding sources for the project. 

Code Enforcement / Business Licensing:

The attached letter from the State Board of Equalization notified the Business License Division of their plans to visit businesses in the 92025 zip code as part of the Statewide Compliance and Outreach Program (SCOP). 

Building Division:

  1. Building issued 44 permits for the week with a total valuation of $377,698. Inspections and counter contacts remain constant with average daily inspections of 22 with 21 on Friday and average daily counter contacts of 31 with 21 on Friday. 
  1. Building issued 10 photovoltaic permits this week, for a total of 257 permits to date. 
  1. Construction at the new Classical Academy School at 207 E. Pennsylvania is progressing towards a temporary occupancy of the first floor of the north building in September. 
  1. The Monticello assistant living building at 930 Monticello Dr. has received rough framing and roof sheathing inspections. 
  1. The final two buildings at the Contempo townhouse project at 203 S. Orange have received rough framing inspections. 
  1. Underground utilities and pad preparation are ongoing at the new Black Angus restaurant at the Westfield Mall in preparation of the building construction. The new pylon sign at the Westfield Mall has received final building inspection approval.  

PUBLIC SAFETY 

Police:

  • Sergeants Bode Berreth and Mark Petersen completed their probationary period and were presented their badges last night.
  • Yesterday, the Chief and Lt. Skaja met with the new General Manager at Westfield Mall, Damien Osp and established that relationship.
  • The Police cadet skills competition will be taking place this Saturday and Sunday at the Range.  

PUBLIC WORKS UPDATE

Capital Improvement Projects: 

Red Flex Camera Removal:

 The contractor began removing advanced camera signage and camera stands on Monday June 16. The replacement of concrete improvements will begin this Thursday June 26th.      

Private Development 

Black Angus-North County Fair:

The construction of the underground utilities is complete. The next phase of construction will be the construction of the building. 

Midway Avenue @ Grand Avenue 16” Gas Main Inspection:

The contractor began excavation on three observation holes along Midway Drive on Monday June 16 and the work is proceeding smoothly. The work associated with the tie in will require a power outage which will affect the summer schedule for Palomar Colleges Escondido campus. The tie in date has been pushed back to July 10 and 11 and will require a 48 hour operation to complete the pipeline tie in. During that time the traffic signal at Grand Avenue and Midway Drive will be placed on red flash and be reinforced by the contractor with the use of traffic control signs.  

Moir Retaining Wall at 8th Avenue and Broadway:

The construction of the new wall system is complete; the remainder of the work is to install the ground cover and irrigation for the newly constructed slope. 

UTILITIES UPDATE

Attached is a map and list of Channel Maintenance Sites which will be addressed by the Regional General Permit, or RGP.  Please advise staff (Chris McKinney or Helen Davies in Utilities) if the map and list are in any way unclear.  Please note that if other sites not presently included need to be maintained, staff will be able to propose them in the annual work plans if maintaining these sites will have a similar impact as proposed sites. 

Environmental Programs staff, along with Public Works, are prioritizing RGP sites based on seasonal flow, flood/vector risk and bird nesting season. 

Also attached is a map of the Mission Pools Project.  As you can see from the map, the scope of the project is much longer than the channel behind the Mission Pools business.  It extends nearly ½ mile along the channel to its discharge point into Escondido Creek.  This much broader impact area is the primary reason it is not included in the RGP. 

However, there is some good news for Mission Pools.  The EP staff have included a subset of the larger Mission Pools project in the RGP.  An overview is below.  This section is the one with the most obvious issues and it is the section behind the Mission Pools business.  When the RGP is approved (in a matter of months, we hope) we will be able to maintain that drainage area.  Work under the RGP at Mission Pools will not solve the larger drainage issues in the underground section and further downstream (that’s the purpose of the larger project), but it will allow staff to mitigate the impacts on the business and to routinely maintain the site until the larger problem is addressed.