January 19, 2017 

01/19/17

SPECIAL EVENTS 

No Special Events this week 

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT 

The following free small business offerings are going to start next month at City Hall in partnership with the North San Diego Small Business Development Center: 

  • 10, 9 a.m. – Noon
    “Meet the Buyers” event in City Council Chambers, Training Room #1 and Mitchell Room, 9 a.m. - Noon
    Small businesses will learn how to sell their products and services to government and large corporations. Partners include Assemblymember Marie Waldron, the North San Diego Small Business Development Center and the Department of General Services. Presentation will be followed by an for small businesses to have one-on-one discussions with buyers. SBDC typically draws 85-100 attendees to these events.
  • Beginning on Feb. 10, a small business consultant will be holding 1:1 consulting sessions every Friday in the Parkview Room from 1-4 p.m. Typically small business owners would have to commute out to Carlsbad to meet with consultants at the SBDC office there, so this will provide greater access to help with business plan development, marketing, financing, accounting and other areas where small businesses need guidance. 

For more information, contact Michelle Geller, Economic Development Manager, at mgeller@escondido.org or 760-839-4587

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT 

Major Projects Update

Commercial / Office:

  1. Escondido Research and Technology Center – East (ERTC) (Developer: James McCann) – 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 was approved June 13, 2016. Revisions to that plan are currently being reviewed. 
  1. 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 was issued June 23, 2016. A tentative parcel map (TPM) for office condominiums was approved on July 12, 2016. A Final Parcel Map was submitted by the applicant on July 25, 2016, and is currently being reviewed by Planning and Engineering. A modified building permit to add a linear accelerator has been approved.
  1. Centerpointe 78 Commercial (Developer: Lars Andersen, Pacific Development)No change from the following update reported last week: 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. Demolition of the former auto dealership has been completed down to the foundation. Grading plans have been submitted to Engineering and Planning for review. Building plans for the supermarket were submitted to the Building Division on September 14, 2016, and are being reviewed by Building and Planning staff. A boundary adjustment application to place the two buildings on separate parcels went to Planning on October 14, 2016. 
  1. 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. 
  1. 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, five-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 wildlife agencies and is responding to technical studies needed to complete the application. 
  1. Springhill Suites (Developer: Raj Patel, San Bernardino Hospitality LLC)No change from the following update reported last week: This project is a four-story, 105-suite hotel totaling 73,300 sq. ft. located at 200 La Terraza Drive. The hotel includes a small conference room and an enlarged lobby for serving continental breakfast. A revised set of grading plans has been approved since February and grading for the hotel site has now started. Building plans have been approved and permit fees were paid before the end of the year clearing the way for construction to commence. On January 3, 2017, a new ownership group met with the City Council Economic Development Subcommittee and staff to discuss renewing the now-expired Economic Incentive Agreement that had been granted to the original developer. It is anticipated that the City Council will consider the proposed Economic Incentive Agreement on January 25, 2017.
  1. Escondido Auto Park Association (Developer: Tim Brecht, Escondido Auto Park Association) No change from the following update reported last week: 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. The Planning Commission recommended approval of the new regional market sign and amendment to the Sign Ordinance on July 12, 2016. The City Council approved the new regional market sign and amendment to the Sign Ordinance on August 17, 2016. Building plans are currently being reviewed by staff and a building permit should be issued soon. 
  1. Downtown Courtyard Marriott Hotel (Developer: Craig Clark) No change from the following update reported last week: A modification to a Master Plan and a Precise Plan for a revised downtown hotel design consisting of 154 rooms in four stories over ground-level parking. The majority of the building would be located in the parking lot between city hall and the CCAE conference center.  The primary entry to the hotel would be from a redesigned entry drive with new porte cochere on Escondido Boulevard.  The hotel would operate the conference center and would provide a bistro and bar area for guests.  The application was submitted on November 18, 2016 for processing and review.  During the course of review, City staff transmitted comments incrementally to the applicant.  A final letter summarizing all requested revisions and/or corrections was sent to the applicant on December 22, 2016.  City staff met with the development team on January 10, 2017, to discuss the staff comment letter.  Revised plans are expected to be resubmitted soon. 

Industrial 

  1. StorQuest (Developer: The William Warren Group, Inc.)No change from the following update reported last week: This proposed project at 220 W. Mission Avenue involves a 102,500 sq. ft., four-story self-storage facility development with three in-line shops and a small office. The Planning Commission voted to recommend approval of the proposed General Plan Amendment, Planned Development and Zone Change on August 9, 2016. The project was approved by the City Council on September 14, 2016. A grading plan was submitted for review on November 3, 2016.  Building plans were submitted during the week of December 19, 2016. 
  1. 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. The Planning Commission voted to recommend approval of the proposed General Plan Amendment, Planned Development and Zone Change on August 9, 2016. It was approved by the City Council on September 14, 2016. Building plans were submitted into plan check the following day and are now being reviewed by staff. Staff is still awaiting submittal of a proposed boundary adjustment application with three property owners in the adjacent Harmony Grove Business Park that is needed to implement the project design. 
  1. Micro-Filtration Reverse Osmosis (Developer: City of Escondido Utilities Department) – The proposed project involves a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) for the development of a new City facility to provide advanced treatment for recycled water produced at the City of Escondido’s Hale Avenue Resource Recovery Facility (HARRF) for agricultural uses with the capacity for future treatment for indirect potable reuse. The facility would be sized for a total production capacity of 2.0 million gallons per day (mgd). A previous proposal for development of the facility at 2512 East Washington Avenue has now been shelved while staff pursues development of the facility on an alternative site located on the southeastern corner of Washington Avenue and Ash Street. On July 20, 2016, the City Council approved a first-phase design contract with Black and Veatch for the design effort need to bring the new site design to the Planning Commission for CUP consideration. Site and building design concepts have been developed and two neighborhood meetings were held on October 12, 2016 and November 3, 2016. A 30-day public review period for the proposed Mitigated Negative Declaration ended on November 27, 2016. 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. 
  1. 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. Grading, building and landscape plans are now being reviewed by staff for permit issuance.
  1. Escondido Self-Storage Facility (Developer: Brandywine Homes, Inc.)No change from the following update reported last week:  A modification to a Master and Precise Development Plan for revisions to the design of a previously approved, but not yet constructed, self-storage facility with direct access to Brotherton Road near the intersection with Cranston Drive. The proposed project was submitted on May 11, 2016, and proposes approximately 77,500 SF of storage area in two buildings. The larger building is two stories over a basement with all interior loading. The smaller building is one-story with some exterior roll-up doors. The project site is also part of a five-lot Tentative Map for four residential lots and one commercial lot (Tract 900) that is concurrently being processed for an extension of time. The project was recommended for approval by the Planning Commission on September 13, 2016, and the City Council approved the project on October 12, 2016. Building plans were submitted the week of December 11, 2016. Grading and landscape plans and the final map have also been submitted and are being reviewed by staff. 
  1. Innovative Industrial Development (Developer: Scott Merry, Badiee Development) – This project involves a unique proposal in which two potential industrial development scenarios are being analyzed for the 5.76-acre site located at 1925 Harmony Grove Road, directly in front of the “Victory Industrial Development” described above. The first development scenario involves a single tenant building with 98,500 square feet and 197 parking spaces. The alternative scenario envisions three industrial buildings roughly within the same footprint as the single tenant proposal. The three industrial buildings would include a total of 86,000 square feet with 234 parking spaces. An industrial planned development application has been submitted along with a zone change from residential to Planned Industrial consistent with the updated General Plan. A Mitigated Negative Declaration was issued on November 7, 2016 and the public review period closed on November 28, 2016. The Planning Commission voted to recommend approval of this project on December 13, 2016. The City Council approved the proposal as recommended by the Planning Commission on January 11, 2017. 
  1. HARRF Biogas to Energy Project (Developer: City of Escondido Utilities Department) No change from the following update reported last week: This project is a proposed Conditional Use Permit that will utilize the existing digester gas created during the sewage treatment process to power two generators with a combined output of 1,200 kW of power. The gas which is currently being flared on the site will be redirected for a useful purpose and used to offset the HARRF’s demand on utility natural gas and electricity from SDG&E. A Conditional Use Permit for the project was approved by the Planning Commission December 13, 2016.  
  1. North American Self-Storage (Developer: Russ Colvin) – This project at 852 Metcalf proposes a 132,556 square foot, self-storage facility consisting of four stories over a full basement level on a 1.12-acre site in the M-1 zone. A Plot Plan application was submitted to Planning on September 14, 2016 and was extensively reviewed by all departments. The Planning Division issued a conditional letter of approval on December 21, 2016. Approval of an erosion control and demo permit is expected this week or next.

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 site 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.  The university hosted an open house for the student resource center on November 28, 2016. 
  1. Escondido United Reformed Church (Developer: Brent Cooper) No change from the following update reported last week: 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. The grading plans are now in plan check. 
  1. Emmanuel Faith Community Church (Developer: Jim North, EFCC)No change from the following update reported last week: The project is a phased, multi-year construction and renovation program for the Emmanuel Faith campus that includes demolishing the existing children’s rooms and constructing a new nursery and children’s building for up to 200 children, construction of a two-story training center/youth complex, renovation of the existing high school/college building, conversion of the existing education center into an office and meeting room building, demolition of the existing café and construction of a new café, demolition and construction of a new maintenance building, construction of a new gathering plaza with baptismal outdoor water feature, and reconstruction and expansion of the existing worship center from 1,600 seats to 2,000 seats. The Planning Commission approved the proposed modification to the Conditional Use Permit for the campus on June 9, 2015. Grading, building and landscape plans for the first phase (45,414 square foot new children’s building) are being reviewed by staff and Esgil. 

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. 
  1. 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. 
  1. 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 six phases involving 52 homes and those phases are under construction. Homebuyer interest in the product remains high and sales are progressing.  All five final maps in the project have now recorded. Precise grading plans for all phases have now been approved.  Phases 7 and 8 for the construction of 11 additional homes were received on December 12, 2016. 
  1. 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 three model homes on the eastern side of Ash Street are now open and sales are progressing as expected. A rough grading permit was issued for the project site on August 18, 2016 and grading is underway. The final map has been approved by City Council. The precise grading plan for Phase 1 has been approved. Building plans for Phase 1 were submitted into plan check on December 20, 2016 and permits were issued before the end of the year.  The Planning Commission will consider a request from KB Homes to reduce perimeter wall setbacks for residential five lots on January 24, 2017. 
  1. Stella Park Condominiums (Developer: Edward Kaen, ETP, LLC) – 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. A Substantial Conformance TM and proposed modification to the Precise Development Plan was filed by Lyon Homes on December 12, 2016. All departments are working steadily to provide necessary information to meet Lyon’s timeline and a staff letter covering both tentative map and architectural comments was provided to Lyon Homes on January 6, 2017. Revised plans were submitted on January 13, 2017, and are now being reviewed by staff. 
  1. 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 has submitted the first screencheck version of the Draft EIR for staff review. Staff has provided comments and a second screencheck is expected by the end of January. An application for a Development Agreement has recently been submitted by the applicant. 
  1. 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 and is awaiting approval of a boundary adjustment for a property exchange with the adjacent motel owner. The Final Map is scheduled for City Council approval on January 25, 2017. Grading and building plans are nearing approval. 
  1. Canyon Grove Estates Tract 932 (Developer: John Vance, Shea Homes) No change from the following update reported last week: 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 rough grading permit has been issued and grading is underway. The Final Map has been approved by the City Council. Precise grading plans for the model complex and a model home permit have been approved. Building plans for the construction of eight model homes have been issued and construction is underway. Building permits for 16 additional homes are nearly ready to issue and the remainder of the homes are now in for building plan check.  The applicant is coordinating the plan review for off-site street improvements on Ash Street with the County’s Department of Public Works. 
  1. Safari Highlands Ranch (SHR) (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 a Sphere of Influence update for a master planned community with parks, trails, recreation center, fire station and open space. Planning and Engineering extensions of staff have been funded by the applicant and retained to assist the City in processing the project. The City Council approved the consultant contract for preparing the EIR on March 23, 2016. The contract planner has been meeting with the consultant, Michael Baker International (MBI), and has started review of first draft sections of the EIR. While the EIR is generally on schedule, there have been some changes to the site plan, which will affect the EIR schedule. The changes include the elimination of the “water factory” for wastewater treatment, elimination of the public park, changes to the entry road which would now be private instead of public, and relocation of the fire station to the former public park site. These changes will require the applicant’s civil engineer to make a number of revisions to the tentative map, but are not anticipated to affect the proposed development envelope or the number of proposed lots. A revised tentative map depicting the site plan changes was submitted on October 17, 2016, and is being reviewed by staff and the contract planner. 
  1. 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. 
  1. 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. 
  1. 701 San Pasqual Valley Rd (Developer: Bob Stewart)No change from the following update reported last week: This project is a 19-unit single family development located at 701 San Pasqual Rd/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. Planning Division has reviewed the submittal and informed the applicant that it is still incomplete. 
  1. 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. Demolition has been completed. 
  1. Escondido Gateway (Developer: Greg Waite, Integral Communities)No change from the following update reported last week: 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. The City Council approved the project on October 12, 2016. Grading plans and a final map were submitted on November 17and November 21, 2016, and are currently being reviewed by staff. The Development Agreement has recorded. Building plans were submitted into plan check the week of December 11, 2016.
  1. The Villages at Escondido Country Club (Developer: Jason Han, New Urban West, Inc.)No change from the following update reported last week: The project would redevelop the former 109.3-acre Escondido Country Club golf course property with a new residential development consisting of 392 dwelling units including single-family detached and attached duplex units. The proposed project density is 3.6 dwelling units per acre with a minimum residential lot size of 2,555 square feet. The development would include 46 acres of open space including a landscaped greenbelt with a four-mile trail system linking park features. Other proposed amenities include a new clubhouse building, swimming pool, gym, tennis/pickle ball court, restaurant and bar and banquet facilities. The proposed General Plan Amendment, Specific Plan, Vesting Tentative Map and Zone Change applications and plans were submitted to the Planning Division on October 31, 2016. The plans are now being routed to City departments and agencies for comments. The developer has retained Dudek to prepare the Draft EIR for the project. The developer will fund a contract planner working under the direction of the Planning Division to assist the City in processing the project. A kick-off meeting was held on November 15, 2016, to commence project-related discussions between Planning staff and their contract planner, the applicant and the EIR consultant. A letter indicating the project application is incomplete was sent to the applicant on November 30, 2016. City staff met with the applicant on December 22nd to review the comment letter. It was conveyed to City staff that the applicant will resubmit in early 2017.
  1. Ivy/Valley Parkway Mixed-Use Development (Developer: Abad Rahan Pars Inc./ Norm Wieme, Architect – This project consists of a plot plan application to construct a four-story building with 20 two-bedroom apartment units and approximately 3,000 square feet of commercial space on a vacant 0.5-acre parcel located at 113 N. Ivy Street. The conditional letter of approval for the plot plan was approved and issued on September 19, 2016. The applicant has indicated that grading and building plans are expected to be submitted into plan check soon.

Building Division: 

  1. The Building Division issued 49 permits with a total valuation of $832,161. 
  1. 13 photovoltaic permits were issued for the week. The Building Division has issued 22 solar permits this year compared to 40 issued for the same time last year. 
  1. Counter technicians assisted, on average, 32 customers per day with 26 customers on Friday. 
  1. Building inspections averaged 22 inspections per day with 15 inspections on Friday. 
  1. Projects nearing permit issuance are:
    a. Latitude 2, a 112-unit apartment complex consisting of six buildings at 610-660 Centre City Pkwy.
    b. Veterans Village, a 40,000 square foot, three-story apartment building at 1540 S. Escondido Blvd. 
  1. The construction of the City Plaza three-story, mixed use building at 300 S. Escondido Blvd. has completed the podium slab and 2nd floor wall framing is progressing. 
  1. The Solutions for Change affordable housing project at 1560 S. Escondido Blvd. has started wall framing for the project. 
  1. Roof framing is proceeding at The Meadowbrook three-story apartment building with underground garage at 2081 Garden Valley Glen. 
  1. SDG&E is completing a utilities upgrade at Greencrest Mobile Home Park at 541 W. 15th and will be starting upgrades soon at Town and Country Mobile Home Park at 2280 E. Valley Pkwy and Citrus Gardens at 211 S. Citrus Ave. 
  1. Escondido Disposal is receiving underground inspections for their conveyer pits associated with their large expansion and remodel. 
  1. The Calvin Christian High School auditorium at 2000 N. Broadway has received masonry grout inspections for their exterior walls and roof framing is proceeding. 
  1. Permits were issued for the new office addition to the new Palomar Pomerado Health medical office building at 2125 Citracado Pkwy. 

Code Enforcement: 

  1. As of January 17, the total number of open code enforcement cases is 629 cases. During the prior week, 99 new cases were opened, and 72 cases were closed, with a backlog of an additional 25 cases not yet opened for assignment and investigation 
  1. A total of 122 illegal signs were confiscated during the weekend. 
  1. Last week, the Business License Division issued 48 new licenses and received 44 new applications, in addition to 122 renewals. Twenty (20) businesses closed and/or closed out their business licenses.

END OF THE YEAR CODE ENFORCEMENT 2016 STATISTICS

 

 

2015

2016

Increase/Decrease

 

 

 

 

 

TOTAL CASES

 

2709

3406

+26%

 

Vehicles

198

278

+40%

 

Housing Code

140

110

-21%

 

Mobile Homes

97

73

-25%

 

Zoning Code

699

765

+9%

 

Muni. Code

1402

1908

+36%

 

Building Code

97

162

+67%

 

Graffiti

255

504

+98%

BUSINESS
LICENSES

 

 

 

 

 

New Applications

1787

1698

-5%

 

Renewals

8075

7394

-8%

ENGINEERING 

CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS

2015/2016 Street Rehabilitation and Maintenance Project:
The contractor has resumed striping operations along with the placement of pavement legends on Tuesday January 17 during a break in this week’s rain events, the streets completed today were 13th Avenue, 15th Avenue, Felicita Avenue, Centre City Parkway and the last portion of Escondido Boulvard.  The final review is being completed on the remaining 3 striping plans this week with final striping being installed on these streets in the coming weeks. The Tree Notice explaining tree placement along the homeowner’s frontage has closed, at this time staff will direct the contractor to order and install all 46 trees.  

PRIVATE DEVELOPMENT

Pradera - Lennar Communities:
Final pavement installation has been delayed due to the multiple rain events being experienced this month All work when scheduled will be performed during off peak hours and in conjunction with the other two projects in the area. 

Lexington Model Homes - KB Homes:
The installation of the sewer system along Ash Street between Lehner Avenue and Vista Avenue is continuing this week which includes the placement of temporary hot asphalt resurfacing of the multiple trenches to ensure public safety. All work will be performed between 8 am to 2 pm Monday through Friday. Road closures during this time will be permitted with proper advanced electronic message boards notification. 

Escondido Boulevard at 3rd Avenue
 No changes from the following reported last week: The contractor has removed the false work on the first floor and preparing to move to the second floor. Lane closures along 3rd Avenue will be a regular occurrence to allow for the lifting of construction materials to the newly completed second floor. 

Tract 932 - Canyon Grove Shea Homes Community
The contractor is continuing the mass grading for the 179 housing units, the importing of material has resumed this week.  The paving contractor will overlay the section of Ash Street between Hubbard Avenue and Madison Avenue on Tuesday of this week. Work on the new traffic signal installation at the Ash Street/Sheridan Avenue intersection is ongoing with the installation of conduit runs at Ash Street and Sheridan Avenue again this week. 

Quantum Academy at Falconer Road
Escondido Elementary School District is installing a new water main to the existing facility. The project worked on the relocation of an existing sewer lateral on Saturday January 14. The construction of the water main will begin next week and is expected to be completed in a four-week period. 

Latitude II Condominiums by a Lyon Homes Partnership: Washington Avenue at Centre City Parkway
Portions of the project are in for redesign, items include the upsizing of the water main as well as replacement of a portion of the sewer main which runs through the middle of the project. A meeting was held on Tuesday of this week with the developer and his engineer and grading contractor to determine the needed measures to get the project back on track, so that the Stop Notice on the project could be lifted.  

Westminster Theological Seminary Graduate Student Housing: Boyle Avenue at Bear Valley Parkway
 The contractor met with City staff this past Thursday to determine what storm water measures were needed to lift the Notice of Violation issued for the site. The contractor listened and is actively correcting deficient items as well as bringing in 4 water storage tanks to help manage the ongoing high volume of water being experienced in the designed drainage basins. 

Veterans Village 1556 S. Escondido Boulevard
No changes from the following reported last week: The grading of the project has begun. 

Talk of the Town
The contractor is on site to construct the ornamental street lights along Centre City Parkway. 

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 Ave. The Grading Permit has been activated, with the relocation of the emergency access gates along 11th Avenue. The grading operation will resume when there is a window of opportunity due to the weekly rain events being experienced. A preconstruction meeting was held on Tuesday of this week with the developer and the utility contractor for the water and sewer improvements along 11th Avenue. 

FUTURE CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS

East Valley Pkwy/Valley Center Road Widening Project
On 9/21/16 the City received approval on the requested Authorization to Construct for this project.  Staff submitted signed agreements to Caltrans for the Authorization to Construct.  All environmental permits have been acquired.  Utilities have submitted their finalized plans, and staff is reviewing them and will make any bid document changes prior to bidding this project. 

Jim Stone Pool
This project will renovate both existing pools and update pool equipment required to meet current County Health standards.  On December 22 submitted bids were higher than the available budget.  At the January 11 City Council meeting, Council rejected all bids and approved re-scoping the project to re-advertise for bids.  Staff anticipates advertising the project this week for a bid opening on February 2. 

POLICE 

INCIDENTS 

  • On 01/09/17, at 10:04 hours, caller received a phone call from her 17 and 19-year-old sons who stated they heard someone downstairs in the kitchen of their home at 2305 Summercreek Way.  The boys locked themselves in the bathroom but saw a suspect going through the drawers in the parents’ bedroom.  The suspect fled the scene prior to PD arrival and is described as being a heavyset Hispanic male in his mid-20’s.  The victims heard the suspect talking to someone else but no one else was seen.  
  • On 1/10/17, at 030:0 hours, officers Gimenez and Dare respond to a call by security at 1051 Rock Springs reference a male sleeping behind the wheel of car with meth on the center console in plain view. As the officers pull up to the location, officer Gimenez sees the security officer tasing the driver inside the car. As officer Gimenez exits his vehicle, he hears the suspect’s engine rev and believes the suspect is going to try to hit him. The suspect intentionally crashes into officer Gimenez’ car, causing minor damage to the push bumper as he flees. The suspect then accelerates towards officer Dare (who’s on foot at this point) at a high rate of speed; officer Dare jumps out of the way to avoid being struck. The suspect speeds out of the complex and flees W/B on Lincoln Av, then S/B on Metcalf St. The suspect loses control of his vehicle as it crosses Mission Ave, crashes into a power pole a few blocks away (near the old Ice House) and then runs from his vehicle. Officer Visconti caught up to the suspect as he tried to climb over a fence and arrested the suspect. The suspect was charged with two counts of Assault with a Deadly Weapon, Drug Possession and Hit and Run. There were no injuries during this event.
  • On 1/10/17 at 15:28 hours, communications received reports of a male with a gunshot wound to the leg at 942 E. Grand Ave.  A 16-year-old was involved in some kind of argument/altercation and was hit once with a small-caliber handgun round in the lower leg. He was transported to Palomar Medical Center, where his wound is not considered life-threatening.  Detectives have already disseminated a bulletin on the shooter’s vehicle and this is believed to be gang-related.
  • On 1/10/17 a 17-year-old male and female were in the area of the Snack and Bottle on E. Valley Parkway/Fig St; he was riding his skateboard and she was riding a bicycle. A dark colored SUV occupied by 3 Hispanic males pulled into the parking area of the Snack and Bottle and stopped. The 17-year-old male approached the vehicle and asked one of the subjects if he would buy some “Tiparillo’s” for him. The male responded, “What’s in it for me?” The 17-year-old said forget it and he and his girlfriend left W/B on Pennsylvania. A minute or two later, the SUV drove up next to them, the males exited the vehicle and began punching both of them and knocked the male to the ground.  They took the skateboard and the male’s wallet with his ID and $2.00. During the incident, they stated they were Diablos. The SUV fled in an unknown direction.  Video was obtained.
  • On 1/12/17 a Hispanic male juvenile (17-year-old) follows an elderly female exiting the CVS Pharmacy (2427 E. Valley Pkwy) and pushes her to the ground while forcefully removing her purse from her person. Witnesses provide Police with a description and direction of travel. Units setup a perimeter and, with the assistance of Astrea, the suspect is located and taken into custody for Robbery.
  • On 1/11/17 the Gang Unit located and arrested two Diablos gang members for the above-mentioned robbery at the Snack and Bottle.  On 1/12/17, after two brief vehicle and foot pursuits, a Diablos gang member was arrested for the above-mentioned shooting at 942 E. Grand Ave. Great work by the Gang Unit to make quick arrests without incurring injuries or property damage.
  • On 01/14/17 at 03:31, Dispatch received a call for service referencing four Hispanic males who had attacked a subject in the area of the flood control channel and Rose St.  The victim was struck with a baseball bat and suffered a minor laceration as a result of the incident.  The subjects took the victim’s cell phone and $20 cash.  The victim was transported to PMC for treatment of his injuries.  Suspects were not located.
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