FEATURED THIS WEEK
- The City is taking next steps to explore a BMX facility by issuing a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) inviting qualified firms to submit information on their ability to design, construct, operate, and maintain a BMX facility in Jesmond Dene Park. We expect more interest not requiring them to expend large resources on a detailed submittal at this point in the process. Any final proposal will involve amending the Jesmond Dene Park Master Plan. The requested proposals will cover design, construction, operation, and maintenance of the project to avoid the need to identify a new City funding source.
- Our Housing Program will be receiving a refund of $120,000 due to the federal government’s recent reversal on its position regarding HOME funds. The HOME funds Escondido receives from the federal government have a “use by” date; if the allocation is not committed by a specific date the funds must be returned. A few years ago, the City Council allocated HOME funds to Solutions for Change for their project now under construction on S. Escondido Boulevard. That project relied on funding from multiple sources that did not come through in a timely manner delaying the project; as a result, we had to return HOME funds back to the federal government. The federal government has reversed its position and is now refunding $120,000 in HOME funds that Escondido can use in an RFP for a future project.
Ford and Friends Car Show – Grape Day Park – 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Saturday, June 10
Car Show displaying around 200 vehicles with proceeds benefiting Meals on Wheels
Sip the City North County – Maple Street Plaza – 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Saturday June 10With over a dozen urban wineries to taste, local winemakers to meet, delicious food, and live entertainment, Sip the City is a splendid way to close out San Diego Urban Wine Week! Tickets are $25 and includes tasting tickets for each winery and light fare. Buy tickets here: https://sdurbanwineries.ticketleap.com/stc-finale/details
Symphony in the Park – Grape Day Park – 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Sunday June 11
Free afternoon of music. Bring your low-backed chair, beach blanket, friends and family. Relax in the park as you listen to wonderful music presented by the Palomar College Symphony Orchestra.
- Triple Crown Sports will be hosting a youth softball tournament at Kit Carson Park June 10-11, 2017. Teams will be participating in from all over Southern California. It is expected that 500 families will be traveling to Escondido for this event.
- Forgotten Barrel, Escondido’s newest boutique winery is now open. To celebrate their opening, there will be live music in their tasting room on Saturday, June 10 from noon to 4 p.m. For more information about the winery, visit: https://www.forgottenbarrel.com/
Major Projects Update
The following major projects are currently being reviewed and coordinated with Planning, Engineering, Fire, Building and Utilities staff. A complete description of each project can be viewed here. Updates provided below cover project milestones that occurred last week.
Commercial / Office:
- Escondido Research and Technology Center – East (ERTC) (Developer: James McCann) – Project review and communications with the applicant are on-going but there are no new milestones to report this week: A grading plan for a temporary parking lot to serve the hospital was approved June 13, 2016, and the parking lot is now under construction.
- Escondido Research and Technology Center – West (ERTC) (Developer: James McCann) – Project review and communications with the applicant are on-going but there are no new milestones to report this week: Construction is underway on the approximately 76,000 square foot medical office building with a linear accelerator. Palomar Health also will be constructing their new outpatient center adjacent to the site at 2185 Citracado Parkway.
- Centerpointe 78 Commercial (Developer: Lars Andersen, Pacific Development) – The grading plan was approved on May 10, 2017. Planning has approved a modified front elevation that would eliminate the second set of entry/exit doors. A building permit for the supermarket shell building was issued last week. Building plans for the tenant improvement of the market were submitted into plan check on May 9, 2017. The architectural details for the stand-alone pad building on the east side of the property (i.e. Starbucks) filed for design review on June 6, 2017 and is currently being reviewed by staff.
- Westfield Theater (Developer: Kim Brewer, Westfield) – This project has been placed on hold by Westfield while they finalize lease negotiations so there is no change from the following update reported last week: No grading, building or improvement plans have been submitted by the developer at this time.
- Felicita Development, LLC (Developer: Katherine Park, Creative Design Associates) – This project is on hold pending further direction and submittal of information from the applicant: Follow-up meetings conducted by the applicant with staff and the wildlife agencies lead staff to believe a revised project is forthcoming.
- Springhill Suites (Developer: Raj Patel, San Bernardino Hospitality LLC) – The applicant is cleared to start construction so there is no change from the following update reported last week: Construction is expected to commence within the next month.
- Centre City Commercial Center (Developer: Todd Dwyer) – Revisions to the traffic study have been reviewed by staff leading to the issuance of the Draft Mitigated Negative Declaration for a 30-day public review period that ends on June 8, 2017. A demolition plan for the existing motel and restaurant buildings on the site was submitted the third week of May. The right of access to Centre City Parkway is scheduled for consideration by City Council on June 7, 2017.
- StorQuest (Developer: The William Warren Group, Inc.) – Project review and communications with the applicant are on-going but there are no new milestones to report this week: Revised building plans for this approved self-storage facility at 220 W. Mission Ave. were submitted to the Building Division on March 22, 2017 and routed to Esgil for re-check. The second check of grading plans was received by Engineering the week of April 30, 20174 and returned back to the applicant with comments two weeks ago.
- Victory Industrial Development (Developer: Scott Merry, Badiee Development) – The applicant has secured his permits from the Army Corps, Regional Board, and CA Fish and Wildlife. The grading plan has been approved, BMP’s are installed and the permit has been issued. Signal plans and street improvement plans have been approved. A pre-construction conference was held at the site last week and construction is ready to commence. Initial site grubbing started this week.
- Escondido Self-Storage Facility (Developer: Brandywine Homes, Inc.) – Project review and communications with the applicant are on-going but there are no new milestones to report this week: Building plans grading plans, landscape plans and the final map have been submitted and comments have been provided by staff and Esgil. Engineering will be sending out comments on the third check of the grading plan this week.
- Innovative Industrial Development (Developer: Scott Merry, Badiee Development) – Comments on the building permit application have been returned. Landscaping drawings were submitted on May 9, 2017. The second check of the grading plan was resubmitted to Engineering on May 1, 2017. Comments on the landscape submittal and grading permit application are scheduled to go out this week.
- North American Self-Storage (Developer: Russ Colvin) – This project is participating in the expedited plan check program; the demo permit has been issued. The applicant submitted a second plan check for the grading plan on April 13, 2017, and comments from all departments were provided back within 13 days. A boundary adjustment to combine the two lots on the site is ready to record. The applicant is coordinating construction timing for an off-site water line with multiple departments. The applicant submitted for a third plan check on June 2, 2017.
- Micro-Filtration Reverse Osmosis (Developer: City of Escondido Utilities Department) – No further updates to this item will be provided while litigation is in progress: The Planning Commission approved the proposed CUP on December 13, 2016. An appeal of that decision was filed and the City Council denied the appeal on January 11, 2017 and affirmed the Planning Commission’s decision to approve the project.
- Wastewater Collections Yard Expansion (Developer: City of Escondido Utilities Department) – Project review is on-going but there are no new milestones to report this week: Grading, building and landscape plans are now being reviewed by staff. Utilities staff is assessing value engineering options in an effort to reduce the cost of the facility. The most likely option will be to build the project in phases starting with two of the three approved buildings.
- HARRF Biogas to Energy Project (Developer: City of Escondido Utilities Department) – Communications with the applicant are on-going but no construction plans have been submitted since the project was approved and there are no new milestones to report this week: A Conditional Use Permit for the project was approved by the Planning Commission December 13, 2016.
- Lake Wohlford Replacement Dam (Developer: City of Escondido Utilities Department) – Project review is on-going but there are no new milestones to report this week: A Draft EIR was prepared and issued for a 45-day public review period that began on October 4, 2016 and closed on November 17, 2016. Staff and AECOM are now in the process of coordinating responses to the comments that were received during the public review period. A field visit with staff from the state and federal wildlife agencies took place on May 11, 2017, to review biological mitigation requirements.
- Escondido United Reformed Church (Developer: Brent Cooper) – A revised grading plan has been approved. Building plans have gone through one round of plan check. The applicant submitted a CUP modification application on May 25, 2017, to increase the size of the sanctuary and classroom buildings and delete Phase 4. Staff is currently reviewing that application.
- Self-Realization Fellowship Center (Developer: John Pyjar, Domusstudio Architecture – Project review and communications with the applicant are on-going but there are no new milestones to report this week: The CUP application was submitted on November 14, 2016. Staff reviewed the initial submittal and sent a letter to the applicant on December 14, 2016, indicating that the application was incomplete and specifying the additional information that was necessary to complete the application. The applicant resubmitted revised plans and technical studies on May 19, 2017.
- Oak Creek (Developer: Jason Han, New Urban West) – This project has been placed on hold by the developer while the City completes construction of the Southwest Sewer Project so there is no change from the following update reported last week: No grading or improvement plans have been submitted by the developer at this time.
- Amanda Estates (Developer: Jason Han, New Urban West) – This project has been placed on hold by the developer while the City completes construction of the Southwest Sewer Project so there is no change from the following update reported last week: No grading or improvement plans have been submitted by the developer at this time.
- Pradera (Developer: Moses Kim, Lennar Homes) – Project review and communications with the applicant are on-going but there are no new milestones to report this week: This project is nearing completion as there are only one or two phases remaining to construct.
- Lexington (Zenner) (Developer: Eric Johnston, KB Homes) – Project review and communications with the applicant are on-going but there are no new milestones to report this week: The applicant received building permits for 10 new homes on April 18, 2017. Building permits for 15 additional homes were issued on May 4, 2017, and eight more homes were issued on May 9, 2017. The applicant and Engineering staff are engaged with the County Water Authority on a necessary utility crossing through a short section of their easement.
- Stella Park Condominiums (Developer: Edward Kaen, ETP, LLC) – Project review and communications with the applicant are on-going but there are no new milestones to report this week: Lyon Homes submitted a precise grading plan on March 28, 2017. A final map, street improvement plans and landscape plans were also submitted on April 17, 2017. Building plans were submitted into plan check on April 6 and landscape plans on May 1. The rough grading permit was issued on May 22, 2017 allowing construction to start on the project.
- Wohlford (Developer: Jack Henthorne) – Project review and communications with the applicant are on-going but there are no new milestones to report this week: The Draft EIR has been posted on the city website and released for a 45-day public review period that ended on May 12, 2017. The EIR consultant has forwarded draft responses to comments to staff for review. Potential Development Agreement terms are now being considered.
- Latitude II (Developer: Peter Zak, Lyon/NCA) – Project review and communications with the applicant are on-going but there are no new milestones to report this week: A grading permit has been issued and grading is back underway. Building plans are nearing approval pending approval of the final map. The final map has been scheduled for City Council approval on June 7, 2017. Utilities has issued comments for the off-site water line plans.
- Canyon Grove Estates Tract 932 (Developer: John Vance, Shea Homes) – Project review and communications with the applicant are on-going but there are no new milestones to report this week: The model homes have been completed and are now open. Construction of the phases is underway with three more phases receiving building permits last week. Engineering comments on the precise grading plan for the remainder of the development were sent on May 16, 2017.
- Safari Highlands Ranch (SHR) (Developer: Jeb Hall, Concordia Homes) – Project review and communications with the applicant are on-going but there are no new milestones to report this week: A second revised tentative map depicting various minor changes and clarifications to roads, easements and drainage facilities was submitted on April 25, 2017. Revised technical engineering reports as well as responses to staff comments also have been submitted for review. The revised studies have been loaded on the City’s website at the following link: Safari Highlands Ranch Specific Plan - City of Escondido. Staff anticipates that the Draft EIR will be out for public review in June or July of 2017.
- High Pointe Tract 693-J (Developer: Russell Schaeffer, True Life Communities) – The applicant continues to actively market the property and there is no change from the following update reported last week: Staff has prepared a bond and fee letter based on the proposed grading and landscape plans, and has sent it to the applicant.
- Del Prado (Developer: Kerry Garza, Touchstone Communities) – Communications with the applicant are on-going but there are no new milestones to report this week: No grading or improvement plans have been submitted by the developer at this time.
- 701 San Pasqual Valley Rd (Developer: Bob Stewart) – Staff has met several times with the applicant to help work through project design and storm water issues. A Draft Mitigated Negative Declaration has been submitted and staff has provided comments to the applicant on the draft and technical studies. A request for a three-year extension of time for the previously approved ten-lot subdivision (Tract 895) will be considered by the City Council on June 7, 2017.
- Veterans Village (Developer: Veterans Village of San Diego) – Project review and communications with the applicant are on-going but there are no new milestones to report this week: Demolition has been completed. Grading is underway. Building permits were issued on March 31, 2017.
- Escondido Gateway (Developer: Greg Waite, Integral Communities) – The builder (Lyon Homes) is coordinating with city staff to resolve ownership and title issues regarding three strips of land under existing excess right-of way that is proposed to be vacated for the applicant’s use. It is expected that those title issues will be resolved through a combination of quitclaims and eminent domain. A NCTD Board meeting is scheduled on June 15, 2017, which will resolve some of the issues. A revised rough grading plan and street improvement plans were resubmitted about three weeks ago and Engineering sent comments back last week. Asbestos and lead-based paint abatement should start next week in preparation for demolition of the vacant building on the site. Abatement should commence on June 8, 2017, which would enable demolition in early July.
- The Villages at Escondido Country Club (Developer: Jason Han, New Urban West, Inc.) – A project resubmittal in response to the city’s November 30, 2016 letter was received on March 16, 2017. Planning staff has provided a location on the city’s website for ECC project-related documents and plans. It is anticipated that a draft EIR will be released for public review and comment at the end of the month. Project status and other related information can be accessed at the following link: ECC - City of Escondido
- Ivy/Valley Parkway Mixed-Use Development (Developer: Abad Rahan Pars Inc./ Norm Wieme, Architect – Project review and communications with the applicant are on-going but there are no new milestones to report this week: The applicant has indicated that grading and building plans are expected to be submitted into plan check soon. Utilities staff is currently working on a reimbursement agreement for new water infrastructure that will be installed by the project in the adjoining alley.
- North Avenue Estates (Developer: Casey Johnson) – Project review and communications with the applicant are on-going but there are no new milestones to report this week: An application to re-entitle aspects of the previously approved project that have expired and modify the project design to reflect new storm water requirements was submitted to the Planning Division on March 7, 2017. A first round of comments has been provided back to the applicant and the applicant has indicated that revised plans should be resubmitted in about two weeks. The applicant will be coordinating easement and utility crossing issues with the County Water Authority, whose main underground water transmission lines cross the site.
- 13 solar photovoltaic permits were issued for the week. The Building Division has issued 392 solar permits this year compared to 597 issued for the same time last year.
- Continuing the recent surge in inspection request, our building inspectors responded to 185 inspection requests for the week. An average of 46 inspections per day. 14 inspections were held over on Friday.
- Building has issued 105 single family dwelling permit this year and 112 multi-family units. Compared with 41 single family dwelling and 33 multi- family dwellings for same time last year.
- Projects nearing permit issuance are:
- Latitude 2: 112-unit apartment building at 610-660 Centre City Pkwy.
- 917 W Lincoln: 3 new apartment buildings, 9 units.
- The construction of the abandon 3-story mixed use building at 300 S Escondido Blvd (City Plaza) has received partial approval of roof faming and rough framing inspections. No change from previous.
- The Solutions for Change affordable housing project at 1560 S Escondido Blvd is requesting a temporary certificate of occupancy.
- Rough framing inspection is being requested this week at the Meadowbrook 3-story apartment building with underground garage at 2081 Garden Valley Glen. No change from previous.
- Escondido Disposal is proceeding with finish work for the remodel of the existing administration building. Occupancy expected within two to three weeks.
- Demolition of the previous bank building at 444 S. Escondido Blvd. is nearing completion. No change from the previous.
- The medical office building at 2125 Citracado Pkwy has completed the foundation and underground plumbing.
- The Westminster Seminary at 1725 Bear Valley Pkwy has received foundation and underground plumbing approval for 6 buildings. No change from the previous.
- Emanuel Faith Church at 639 E 17th Ave and the Church of Resurrection at 1445 Conway have received partial foundation inspections and underground plumbing inspections. Construction of the exterior masonry walls is progressing. No change from the previous.
- The new Popeye’s restaurant at 1541 E Valley Pkwy has received suspended ceiling, drywall and hood inspection approvals. Final inspection and occupancy is expected soon. No change from the previous.
- Permits were issued for 5 new single family dwellings for Phase 8 for Lennar homes, the Pradera project.
Building Maintenance & Operations
East Valley Parkway/Valley Center Road Widening Project
This project will widen the bridge over Escondido Creek north of Lake Wohlford Road, widen Valley Center Road, add medians and landscaping, and construct sidewalk from Beven Drive to the northern City limit. The project bids were opened May 25, 2017. Staff is waiting for Caltrans approval of bidders’ documentation to award project.
East Valley Pkwy /Date and El Norte Parkway/Fig Traffic Signals
This project will add new signals at both of these intersections. The City has received Caltrans approval of the Authorization to Construct. Staff is making minor modifications to the plans, and anticipates advertising for bids by the end of June 2017.
Jim Stone Pool and Mechanical Building
San Diego County Health Department is scheduled to inspect pool improvements on June 8, 2017. The Building Department has signed off on the mechanical building improvements. Staff is working with SDG&E to re-set the gas meter so the pool can be heated. A final walk-thru and turnover date is scheduled for June 12, 2017.
Kit Carson Park Lighting Project
This project will remove existing parking lot lights in poor shape and replace them with new LED lights, and add lighting to parking areas that currently do not have lighting, bringing all affected areas up to current standards. Plans are due this week.
Neighborhood Streetlight Project
This project will add new streetlights to meet current lighting standards, and retrofit existing streetlights with LED fixtures at five established communities throughout the City (Cedar-Cedar Brook, Mission Grove, Rose to Foxdale, Rustic Village, The Elms). Staff anticipates advertising for bids by June 2017.
Pradera - Lennar Communities
No changes from that reported last week; Vertical framing has now begun on the final phase of 16 homes.
Lexington Model Homes - KB Homes
The installation of the roadway base material has begun for the construction of the concrete curb and gutter improvements for the onsite streets.
Escondido Boulevard at 3rd Avenue
The contractor is continuing to place framing along the 3rd floor, lane closures along 3rd Avenue will be ongoing to allow for the lifting of construction materials to the third floor roof.
Tract 932 - Canyon Grove Shea Homes Community
Offsite traffic signal construction is continuing at Sheridan /Ash and El North /Vista Verde intersections this week, the signals are scheduled for activation on June 21 & 22, 2017. Onsite construction is concentrated on installation of roadway base material in advance of the new concrete curb and gutter improvements to be placed later this week.
Latitude II Condominiums by a Lyon Homes Partnership: Washington Avenue at Centre City Parkway
The remaining section of the storm drain box is being formed this week along the edge of Centre City Parkway. Onsite water line testing has been completed; the water line will be tied into the potable system later this week.
Solutions Housing 1560 S. Escondido Boulevard
The final concrete improvements have been completed along Escondido Boulevard, the roadway paving restoration is scheduled for next week.
No changes from that previously reported. The projects off site water improvements are idled this week while the developers design engineer determines the best solution for installing the project water mains around the multiple utility crossings along this projects frontage.
Tract 877 – Bernardo Ave. by Ambient Communities
The project is a 13 lot single-family residential project located at the cul-de-sac end of Bernardo Avenue. The developer has completed the mass grading of the project and is constructing wall footing onsite this week.
Palomar Medical Center
No changes from that reported last week: The hospital is nearing completion of the grading portion of the temporary parking lot located at Health Center Driveway North and Citracado Parkway. Concrete surface improvements are being stacked this week.
Victory Industrial Park
The preconstruction meeting was held on Thursday, May 25, 2017 in advance of the start of mass grading of the project. The project is located at 2005 Harmony Grove Road and is 5.4 acres in size. Onsite installation of erosion control elements is proceeding this week.
Center Point Project
The preconstruction meeting was held Thursday, May 25, 2017 in advance of the start of construction. The project is located on the old Toyota car dealership lot located at 999 Broadway. The onsite installation of erosion control elements is continuing this week.
Rincon del Diablo water project:
The water line tie-in is set for Thursday of this week at the Ash Street/Vista Avenue intersection.
- On 6/4/17 at 1:14 p.m., the Escondido Police and Fire Communication Center received a report of smoke coming from a home located at 2599 Hass St. A structure fire response was dispatched to the location. The first arriving engine reported a single family home with heavy smoke and fire coming from the South side of the home. A second alarm was requested to contain the potential of the fire to spread to the vegetation outside the home. Initial reports stated someone was possibly inside the home. Aggressive action by the firefighters contained and controlled the fire in approximately 25 minutes. A search of the home was conducted after the fire was controlled, there were no victims located inside. In all, seven fire engines, two trucks, two rescue ambulances and three Battalion Chiefs responded to the fire.
Three residents were displaced as the fire and smoke damage made the home uninhabitable. The Red Cross was requested to provide accommodations and support to the displaced persons. In addition, the Escondido Fire Department provided financial assistance to the residents through the California Fire Foundation’s Supplying Aid to Victims of Emergency (SAVE) program.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.
- On 5/28/17 at 12:07 hours, Patrol Units responded to 449 W El Norte Parkway #211, in reference to a stabbing. Upon arrival, officers detained the female suspect outside of the apartment. Officers contacted the male victim, who had a 3” laceration to his forehead. The subjects, both roommates, became argumentative inside of the apartment. The female suspect slashed the victim with a large butcher knife. The victim was transported to Palomar Medical Center for treatment of his injury. The suspect was booked into the Vista Jail for Felony Assault.
- On 5/30/17 at about 00:23 hours, officers responded to 925 Martin Drive in reference to an intoxicated male in the area carrying a wine bottle. The suspect was seen sitting on some steps, holding a broken wine bottle. The suspect falls forward onto the ground before being contacted by officers; medics respond. While handcuffed and being placed on a gurney, the suspect attempts to flee and a struggle ensues, with the suspect intentionally elbow-striking an officer in the head. The suspect was ultimately restrained and transported to Palomar Medical Center for booking-clearance. After being cleared for booking, the suspect again attempts to flee from officers and a second struggle ensues. He is ultimately controlled and transported to the Vista Jail for Felony Resisting Arrest and Drunk in Public. Two officers sustained minor injuries from the initial contact.
- On 5/30/17 at about 04:26 hours, Escondido Police Communications dispatches officers to 1068 N. Broadway in response to a suicidal adult who slit his arms and is unresponsive in the bathroom. Officers provide first aid until relieved by medics. There was a significant loss of blood, but the subject is likely to survive his injuries.
- On 05/31/17, at approximately 11:58 hours, a citizen called police and reported a subject attempting to steal license plates from cars in the parking lot at 1010 E. Valley Pkwy (King’s Pawn). When confronted, the suspect threatened and stabbed the caller with a screwdriver. The caller sustained minor injuries to his little finger and right wrist. The suspect fled the scene in a bluish grey Nissan Maxima. The suspect is described as an older white male in his early 60s, wearing a maroon T-shirt, khaki shorts, flip flops.
- On 05/31/17 at 18:18 hours, a mother & daughter (juvenile) entered the Target store at 1280 Auto Park Way. Loss Prevention immediately recognized them from pictures sent them from another store where they stole a large amount of Enfamil baby formula. Both placed multiple cans of Enfamil in a shopping cart, exited the store and were subsequently arrested. Officers arrived and located their vehicle and after a consent search, they discovered the trunk full of Enfamil stolen from multiple locations. Investigation is ongoing. The 14 year old was sent to Juvenile Hall, and the adult parent was booked into the Vista Jail.
- On 06/02/17 at 03:15 hours, the manager of the storage facility at 1330 E. Grand Ave called Escondido Police to report seeing a Filipino male inside a storage unit that doesn’t belong to him. The manager stated his facility has been hit several times (three recent cases taken by Escondido Police) and he believes this male is one of the suspects in those prior cases based on past surveillance video. Several officers arrive on scene and detain three Filipino males without incident. After further investigation and reviewing of video (past and present), the three detained Filipino males were arrested for burglary. Crimes of Property detectives responded to assist.
- On 06/03/17, at 00:11 hours, officers responded to a call of a subject stabbing his family at 260 N. Midway Dr. Upon arrival, officers found family members restraining the male suspect in the living room of the residence. The suspect’s mother had been stabbed four times, his sister had been stabbed at least three times (including just over her left eye) and a third victim sustained less serious cuts to his hands. Officers detained the suspect and provided first aid to the victims. The wounds to the mother were determined to be life threatening and she was rushed into surgery. The suspect was placed under arrest for PC 664/187(a) Attempt Murder (three counts) and PC 203 Mayhem. Detectives from Crimes of Violence responded and obtained a full confession from the suspect.
- Congratulations are in order for Sgt. Janice Kolhof, Officer Zach Perkins and Cadet Matt Cordova. The three of them along with of a few of their friends (a San Diego Sheriff deputy and a local Escondido business owner) qualified for this last weekend’s Crossfit regionals in Del Mar. They competed against world class Crossfit athletes. This event is only one of eight regions world-wide to paint an accurate picture of the quality of competition. They finished 23rd overall and their best finish was 2nd in the heat of their last event. The name of their team was Crossfit Iconic.