ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT 

  • The property owner at 225 E. Grand Avenue (former McMahon furniture store) gave the City permission to put attractive display boards promoting Escondido in the windows of the vacant building.  The large boards that were on display at the State of the City address were put in some of the the windows last Friday.
  • Public Works and City Manager’s Staff members did a walk through downtown Escondido this week to identify any areas that may need attention prior to the start of Cruisin’ Grand on April 3 to ensure downtown looks its best when thousands of visitors return on Friday nights.
  • The Cougar Classic annual High School girls’ softball tournament will be held from March 9th to March 16th at Kit Carson Park youth softball fields.  They will be using all four youth fields Monday – Friday from 3 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Saturday  9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and the following Monday 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. for the semi-finals and Championship games.  40 High School teams from all over San Diego County will be visiting Kit Carson throughout this 7 day tournament.  We can expect around 800 players and spectators daily during the tournament in the park.
  • Cal South National Cup this weekend March 7th and 8th at Ryan Park.  We will see teams from all over Southern California visiting our City and Ryan Park.  The games are all pool play in the Boys under 13 and Girls under 13. We can expect around 2,000 players and spectators.  Teams will be lodging, shopping, and dining in the Escondido area.   

SPECIAL EVENTS 

Spring Forward Festival in Grape Day Park
March 7th 9:00 a.m.  – 5:30 p.m.
Family event with live music, food booths, art and games and an electronic recycling e-waste drop off. 

The smART Festival
March 7 at 10:00 a.m., California Center for the Arts
For more information, visit: http://artcenter.org/event/story-smart-festival/ 

Coeur de Cuisine
Sunday, March 8, 5:00 – 8:00 p.m., Escondido Rotary will host their annual fundraiser, Coeur de Cuisine, at the Arts Center. For more information, visit: http://www.coeurdecuisine.com  

The show and seasonal cruise night will feature pre-1974 vehicles. The fundraiser is free to view; $20 for show vehicles by Feb. 17, $25 after. Funds will support the free Friday evening Cruisin' Grand shows, which fires up April 3 and will run through September (5-9 p.m.).

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

Planning:

  • Planning staff has received several inquiries regarding potential sites for a federal inmate reentry facility. The inquiries are from federal contractors who are interested in submitting proposals to operate a residential reentry facility in North County. A residential reentry center (RRC) provides a supervised supportive setting that allows offenders to serve the last 6-12 months of their sentence in a community setting. Offenders housed at reentry centers are already scheduled for release, and the reentry center provides a structured, secure environment to assist their integration back into the community. Correctional facilities are not currently listed as an allowable use in any zoning districts.
  • The Mitigated Negative Declaration for the Southwest Sewer Realignment Project has been released for a 30-day public review period which ends on April 1, 2015. The document is available at the following links:
    http://www.escondido.org/southwest-sewer.aspx
    http://www.escondido.org/Data/Sites/1/media/PDFs/Planning/MNDnoticeofNegDecforPosting.pdf 
  • Major Projects Update:
    • Oak Creek (NUW) – The project is scheduled for consideration by the City Council at the March 4th meeting and includes a new request by the applicant to consider conditions to allow site grading and permitting for model homes prior to recordation of the tentative map and completion of FEMA requirements.
    • Amanda Estates (NUW) – The Planning Commission hearing is scheduled for March 10th.
    • Centerpointe 78 Commercial – The Draft EIR remains on hold at the applicant’s request pending resolution of traffic mitigation requirements. Staff is reviewing the applicant’s conceptual plans for offsite traffic improvements; these proposed improvements include an alternative design at the El Norte Pkwy/Escondido Blvd. intersection that considers a raised median in El Norte Pkwy. and ‘right in / right out’ on Escondido Blvd., with longer left turn pockets for traffic turning south onto Center City Pkwy. from El Norte Pkwy., as well as U-turns at El Norte Parkway and CCP for travelers wishing to access Escondido Blvd.
    • North Broadway Deficiency Area Projects – Staff is working with the anticipated developer of the properties east of Ash Street regarding a comprehensive grading plan and associated design changes, with the goal of achieving substantial conformance with the approved tentative maps as anticipated in the development agreements. A traffic analysis has been requested to address construction vehicle trips from the proposed mass grading. The Draft public review period for the Mitigated Negative Declaration for the Zenner project ended on February 18th, and is available at the following link: http://www.escondido.org/Data/Sites/1/media/PDFs/Planning/AmandaEstates/DraftMitigatedNegativeDeclaration.pdf. Staff is coordinating with County staff to respond to the County’s request for the applicant to pay the County’s Transportation Impact Fee (TIF) of $72,200. Staff continues to coordinate with the developer regarding cost estimates for offsite improvements to enable evaluation of proposed development agreement terms.
    • Kaen Planned Development (2516 S. Escondido Blvd.) – Management staff met with the applicant’s team to discuss concerns regarding the proposed project related to processing timeframes, residential product type and density, site planning, open space amenities, storm water compliance, architectural design and overall quality for the proposed 68-unit townhouse project. The applicant directed staff to continue to processing the project as submitted.
    • Latitude II (382 W. Washington) - Completeness review is underway for “Latitude II”, a proposed 112-unit residential planned development project at 382 W. Washington Ave.
    • The Escondido Ford and Hyundai automobile dealerships at 1717 and 1919 Auto Park Way are proposing a modification to the master and precise development plan. The modifications include renovation of several buildings, demolition of two showroom structures, and construction of two new showrooms (6,200 SF Ford and 6,700 SF Hyundai buildings) and a 6,100 SF carwash/detail building. The project is anticipated to be considered by the Planning Commission in April.
    • Wohlford – An incomplete letter has been sent for the proposed 55-unit residential subdivision and planned development at 661 Bear Valley Parkway. The applicant is coordinating with staff regarding a Specific Alignment Plan for Bear Valley Parkway. 

Building Division:

  • The monthly Building Activity Report for February is attached.
  • The Building Division issued 65 permits for the week with a total valuation of $169,089. The majority of the permits were minor type permits including plumbing, electrical and mechanical permits.
  • 28 photovoltaic permits were issued this week with 150 permits issued so far this year compared to 85 issued at the same time last year.
  • Inspections and counter contacts remain steady with inspections averaging 25 per day with 21 on Friday and counter contacts averaging 33 per day with 28 on Friday.
  • The Building Division has approved the plans for a new 76 unit condominium project at 2412 S Escondido Blvd. Engineering approval needed prior to permit issuance.
  • Construction activity has resumed at the Talk of the Town carwash and restaurant at 444 Brotherton Rd.
  • The new 3 story HARRF administration building at 1521 S. Hale Ave is progressing through drywall inspections.
  • The new Monticello Assistive living facility is moving towards a final building inspection projected for the end of April.
  • Plans are in for review for the new building and tenant improvement for the Church of Resurrection at 1445 Conway Dr. 

CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS

The Jesmond Dene Ball Field Lights:
The contractor is waiting on replacement parts for items listed on the Punch List. 

2014/2015 Street Rehabilitation Project:
March 4 through March 6 the paving contractor will be working along the following streets between the hours of 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.              

               Broadway –Lincoln Avenue to El Norte Parkway
               Fig Street- El Norte Parkway to Sheridan Avenue
               Mission Avenue- Midway Drive to Rose Street             

Tree removal has been completed in the Old Escondido neighborhood      

Elm Street between Washington Avenue and the Flood Control Channel: 
Water main water quality testing for the Elm Street portion has passed. The installation of the water line was set for Monday, March 2 but had to be cancelled due to the heavy rain. The tie in has been rescheduled for Thursday March 5.    

Private Development 

Bear Valley Parkway between Boyle Avenue and San Pasqual Road, County Project:
The project will have little activity this week due to the heavy rains experienced this past weekend. The contractor will need to address the standing water that was a result of the erosion control measures that are in place as required by the projects permits. 

2412 South Escondido Boulevard:
The mass grading was completed on Friday, February 20. The contractor has spent the past week lining the drainage swale that splits the project to insure that the storm drain water leaving the site is the same quality or better than before they disturbed the area. This site was also affected by the heavy rain fall from this past weekend so we do not expect much activity until the project can dry out.

 

Escondido Boulevard at 3rd Avenue Fiber Optic Project:
Work started on Tuesday, March 3 for a conduit installation associated with the Zayo Group LLC. The conduit runs from Escondido Boulevard and 3rd Avenue, east on 3rd Avenue to Broadway, then north on Broadway to the northeast corner of Broadway and 2nd Avenue. Work is scheduled to be completed by Monday, March 16.     

PUBLIC SAFETY 

Police

  • Chief Carter, Assistant Chief Benton, and Capt. Loarie attended the California Association of Police Chiefs in Riverside.
  • Chief Carter attended a press conference for the US Police & Fire Championships in San Diego. 

Fire:

  • Final interviews are underway for the Fire Marshal position.