ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

  • Kit Carson Park will be the home of the Cougar Classic High School girls’ softball tournament from March 10th to March 17th, but no games on March 16th.  This is the largest High School softball tournament in San Diego County.  There will be 40 Varsity High School teams competing over this seven day tournament.  We can expect over 6,000 visitors during this time frame from all over the greater San Diego area.  All games will be played on the girls’ softball fields just south of the Escondido Sports Center.  Parking will be limited and we can expect school buses dropping off and picking up players.  Championship games will be played on Monday March 17th

SPECIAL EVENTS

  • The new  Escondido Saturday Market sponsored by Escondido Events will open on March 8 and run  from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Kalmia Street north of Grand Avenue

  • The ribbon cutting ceremony for the new lighting on the Escondido Creek trail will be held at 6:00 p.m. on March 8. The ribbon cutting ceremony will be held at the entrance of the creek off Broadway (next to Evans Tire.) This event will feature remarks from the Mayor and City Council, resource tables, snacks and the official lighting of the Creek Trail at dusk. All are invited to run, walk or bike the trail after the ceremony.

  • The “Spring Forward Music Festival” will be held in Grape Day Park on March 8 from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Additional information is available at www.springforwardfestival.com

BMX TRACK           

Community Services Director Loretta McKinney has confirmed that Vince McCurdy has withdrawn his proposal to build and operate a BMX track in Kit Carson Park.  In light of that, no further discussion with Council on this topic is planned and it will be removed from the future agenda.

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT UPDATES

Planning:

  • An application has been submitted for the former Albertson’s market on 649 W. Mission, to renovate the building for office use.

  • Major Projects Update:
    • Oak Creek (NUW) – Revised technical reports and plans were submitted on 2/28 and are under review. A meeting was held with County staff to discuss the design of offsite road and storm drain improvements in the unincorporated area triggered by the project.
    • Amanda Lane (NUW) – Staff is still awaiting revised submittals in response to LAFCO and staff review.
    • Zak/NCA Development – Resubmittal in response to staff review is scheduled for 3/5/14. The Utilities Department has come to agreement with the applicant regarding options for the design of the onsite water line improvements and associated easement.
    • Centerpointe – The draft traffic study has been submitted and is under review. Based on staff’s review, the EIR scope of work will be revised and incorporated into the contract for Council consideration on March 19th.
    • North Broadway Deficiency Area Projects – The critical path item to complete the environmental review for these projects is the applicant’s submittal of traffic studies for the various projects.

  • Staff is aware of some significant damage to one of the leaf benches, and some more minor damage to one of the grapes, that are part of the Vinehenge art piece in Grape Day Park.  We are working with the artists to put together a contract for the repair work and coordinate fencing of the entire piece during repair work (estimated to take approx. 4 days).  Hopefully work can begin in the first part of March.  Public Works staff has secured the damaged bench with stakes and security tape to prevent access in the meantime. 

Building Division:

  • With a short 4 day work week the Building Division was very busy issuing 48 permits, including 12 photovoltaic permits, for a total valuation of $1,609,533. The Building counter continues to increase, averaging 32 daily sign-ins.  Inspections averaged 21 per day.

  • Plans were submitted for review for the Habitat for Humanity (H4H) project on 537 N. Elm St. which will consist of 5 duplexes, 1 single family dwelling and 17 carports. The project is scheduled for public hearing by the Planning Commission on 3/25/14 and by the City Council on 4/9/14. To expedite the overall permit process, plans were submitted for building permit review at the applicant’s risk, in anticipation permit issuance in time for the H4H nationwide “Builder’s Blitz” on June 2-6, 2014. Building issued permits for 2 more buildings, 12 total units at the Contempo project at 203 S. Orange. Two buildings remain to be issued permits. 

  • The monthly report of Building activity for February is attached.

CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS

2013 - 2014 Pavement Repair and Rehabilitation Program:

The striping contractor will complete pavement markings on East Valley Parkway between Midway Drive and Citrus Avenue by Friday March 7th. The new striping plan will allow for new bike lanes east and west bound with a parking lane along the south side of east bound Valley Parkway. The paving contractor is performing dig outs on Ash Street between Mission Avenue and El Norte Parkway. The hours of work will be between 8:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m.   

Grape Street Public Improvement Project:

The project is down to its final two construction items. The new black vinyl fencing is being installed along the project starting this week. The street lights poles are not expected to be delivered for two more weeks.

Encino Drive & Eldorado Drive- Storm Drain Replacement:

The project has been completed and is scheduled for acceptance at the March 19th council meeting. During this past weekend’s 3 inch rain event the new pipeline design functioned without incident.

Don Lee Drive Emergency Storm Drain Repair:

The pipeline repairs will begin on Thursday March 6th. The Contractor has until Friday March 21st to complete all items of work. 

Private Development

1146 East Valley Parkway- McDonald’s Restaurant:

The newly approved water main design was delivered to the City on Tuesday March 4. The pipeline construction should begin next week once the materials are delivered to the job site.         

Tract 888-Cambell Court:

The construction of the on-site water system is continuing. The contractor performed a connection to the existing water main on Tuesday March 4th.

Lincoln Avenue & Escondido Boulevard Gas Main Testing Station:

The contractor was delayed in performing the backfill operation due to the heavy rains of this past week. Permanent repairs to Lincoln Avenue will be delayed until Thursday March 20th.      

PUBLIC SAFETY

Police:

  • David Betancourt was arrested for several warrants and was also charged with petty theft related to the Girl Scout cookie incident.  The Police Department received a thank you from Girl Scouts and a photo of the card is posted on Facebook.

 

  • The arrest of David Betancourt occurred during a joint operation with the United States Marshal’s (Operation Hide & Seek).  The operation was on 2/26 and 2/27 and was run from the Police and Fire Headquarters.  The operation targeted North San Diego County.  45 persons were arrested.  Many of the arrests came from Escondido.  Most of the targeted offenders were career criminals who had outstanding warrants for their arrest.

 

  • This weekend Police Department representatives will be attending the American Legion award dinner.  The award types/recipients are:
  • Traffic Officer of the Year, Tyler Songer
  • Medal of Merit, Martha Ellis
  • Heroism Award, Lew Shaver
  • Meritorious Award, Adan Martinez and Russ Whitaker
  • Citizenship Award, Abel Perez

     
  • This weekend the Police Department is also hosting “SWAT Cop for a Day” for those donors who made charitable contributions in return for an opportunity experience one aspect of what we do at the PD.