ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

  • Walmart will hire approximately 200 associates to work at the Walmart Neighborhood Market and the Walmart Store slated to open this fall in Escondido. A temporary hiring center for both stores has opened at 1351 E. Valley Parkway. Applications will be accepted from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Interested applicants may also apply online at http://careers.walmart.com.
  • The Veterans Cup adult soccer tournament began Tuesday June 25, and will run through Sunday, June 30, at Ryan Park in Escondido.  There are 99 teams participating in the tournament which include 3 international teams.  There will be a high volume of visitors in the Escondido area during these dates.  Most of the teams will be staying at local Escondido Hotels and Rancho Bernardo Hotels and will be dinning at our local eateries and visiting our downtown.  There will be a total of 197 games over the 6 day tournament.  We are anticipating between 4000 to 4500 participants and spectators throughout the event visiting Escondido.

    17 states, Canada, and Japan will have teams participating in one of Escondido’s largest events of the year.  There will be 37 Women’s teams and 62 Men’s teams in divisions 30+ to 65+.  Opening Ceremonies were Tuesday, June 25, at 5:00 pm at Ryan Park and had approximately 1800 participants in attendance.

    Schedule:
    Tuesday, June 25 – 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm
    Wednesday, June 26 – 7:00 am to 9:30 pm
    Thursday, June 27 – 7:00 am to 9:30 pm
    Friday, June 28 – 6:30 am to 8:30 pm
    Saturday, June 29 – 8:00 am to 6:30 pm
    Sunday, June 30 – 6:30 am to 1:00 pm 

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT UPDATES

Planning:

  • Following consultation with the Police Department, staff has issued an administrative modification to the CUP for Interfaith Community Services to allow them to relocate ten sobering beds/mats from their Spruce Street facility to the ICS facility at 550 W. Washington. The sobering mats will be in lieu of (not in addition to) the 10 transitional housing beds approved for this site. No additional services will be provided.
  • New Urban West, Inc. has submitted a request to initiate annexation of the approximately 11.5-acre property (“Miltenberger property”) located near the intersection of Gamble Lane and Amanda Lane for the proposed construction of 22 homes in the Estate 2 area. They intend to process a Planned Development application to allow clustering. Evaluation of offsite road and infrastructure improvements will be an important consideration. Staff is evaluating the request and will bring it forward for Council to consider the initiation at a future meeting.

Housing:

  • Representatives from Empowering the Homeless (ETH) requested a meeting with staff to discuss the needs of the homeless. The meeting was held this week with three representatives from ETH, who presented a conceptual proposal for a year-round shelter in Escondido. Staff indicated the issues will be discussed when the Council considers the proposed code amendments implementing the recently adopted Housing Element to establish the overlay zone where shelters will be allowed by right.

Building Division:

  • Building issued 44 permits for the week with a total valuation of $242,798. Inspections and counter contacts remain constant with average daily inspections of 25 and average daily counter contacts of 29. Photovoltaic permits continue to lead the permit activity for the year with 147 issued for the year to date, and 22, so far, for the month of June.

CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS

Oak Hill Drive Frontage Improvements:

During the installation of the driveway gates, we discovered fit issues with how the gates are required to swing inward. The driveway contour is restricting the gates from operating to their fullest.  The City Survey Crew has taken some spot elevations to help determine the most effective method of trimming the gates. This will help insure the finish look meets the team’s expectations.

Juniper Street Traffic Calming Plan:

The contractor is starting the sign and striping elements this week. The work zone is on Juniper Street between 5th Avenue to Chestnut Drive. This will complete the 4- Way Stop Signs that was approved for the 9th Avenue and Juniper Street intersection.

Evans Tire Drainage Plan:

City Staff have developed a drainage solution for a seasonal drainage condition along the rear alley. Staff is soliciting bids for the construction of the concrete drainage swale and piping system which will convey the water to an existing drainage structure located on Waverly Place.

Private Development

Wal-Mart:

City Staff is working with the Wal-Mart design engineer on a daily basis pushing the team to a design resolution which provides a left hand turning movement from north bound Ash Street to west bound Pennsylvania Avenue. The construction of the remaining store parking lot is continuing with asphalt placement expected by the end of the week.  

Lincoln Avenue @ Midway Drive Gas Main relocation and Testing Station:

The restoration of the public improvements is ongoing. The completion date has been pushed back to July 17.

Cox Communication Downtown System Upgrade: Phase 1

The contractor is concentrating his activities on Juniper Street between Grand Avenue to Pennsylvania Avenue.

PUBLIC SAFETY

Police:

  • Retirement Luncheon for Acting Chief Cory Moles was well attended with over 110 attendees.
  • Friday June 21, 2013 was Law Enforcement Night with the Padres. This is meant to recognize San Diego County’s Law Enforcement Agencies and their personnel.  During a pre-game ceremony, motor officers, K-9 officers, and bicycle officers lined the outfield.
  • The Police Department’s Strategic Planning Workshop remains on track with our second meeting set for June 26, 2013
  • EPD Detective Damian Jackson and Sergeant Craig Miller competed again in the US Police/Fire National Cycling Championship, held this past week in San Diego from June 15 – 20. This week-long event pits the best police and fire cyclists in the country against one another over the course of a 5 day stage race and 1 day at the San Diego Velodrome (track).For the second straight year, Det. Damian Jackson won the overall and brought the national championship home to Escondido PD.  In a powerful display of teamwork and rigorous training over the past year, EPD took a 1 -2 on the week, with Sgt. Craig Miller taking 2nd overall. Det. Jackson followed this up on Thursday June 20, by also winning the overall on the Velodrome, claiming national titles for EPD on the road and track.
  • Officer Janice Kolhof finished first overall in the women’s Multi event cross fit type competition at the US Police/Fire National Games. Officer Ed Bennett and Officer Kolhof finished 2nd overall in the team competition.
  • Grape Day Park Task Force
    The Police Department continues its enforcement details several times a day in the park and surrounding areas.  Since the start of the increased focus, the police department has conducted 731 extra patrols in the park, 133 field interviews, 73 citations and 73 arrests.

    The past week has been very quiet.  The only complaints were from the SD Children's Museum regarding persons using the exterior water spigot.  Officer Havens has been in contact with Javier regarding locking devices for the faucet.  The other was from Signature Plaza which continues to have teens bicycling and trespassing through the area.  Security officers will continue to monitor and notify EPD when necessary.

    Officers continue to test the new phone application to view the Grape Day and Maple Plaza videos. The application has been useful for officers to view the video from nearby locations.  At this time there have been no citations or arrests made in connection with the new technology.

    CCAE- reported no vandalism or graffiti for the past two weeks. No updates from History Center or Boys and Girls Club.

    Keith Callison and his group continue the clean-up efforts on the bike path and Grand Ave. and other areas they come across. 

    The next Task Force Meeting will be Tuesday, July 16, 2013.