May 14, 2014 

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT 

  • The quarterly meeting of the Economic Development Sub-committee meeting, previously scheduled for May 15, has been cancelled.  The next meeting will be August 21, 2014.
  • Now that the water well at Daley Ranch has been approved by the County and State, we have scheduled our first event there.  The Escondido Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual Installation Dinner there on June 13. Although our marketing materials are still being finalized, word of mouth is spreading the news that we are accepting reservations.  We also have booked two additional events for late summer.  Reservations are being handled by Teresa Collins. 

SPECIAL EVENTS 

It’s a BIG weekend for events in Escondido: 

Saturday, May 17th – Grape Day Park

  • 11:00  a.m. - 4:00 p.m.: Holi Festival of colors
  • 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Escondido High School 50th Reunion
  • 5:00 p.m.: Bonsall Rotary event at CCAE & Great Green 

Saturday, May 17th – San Pasqual High School/Kit Carson

  • 6:00 – 10:00 am: Fighting Eagles Run/Walk 

Sunday, May 18th – Downtown Escondido

  • 9:30am – 5:30 pm: Grand Avenue Festival 

STATUS OF QUEEN CALIFIC REPAIRS 

The following is an update: 

  • The artist under contract (who incidentally was involved in the original construction) estimates he is slightly over 50% complete.
  • The artist is focusing repairs to one side of the entrance (as you may recall visitors entering the sculpture garden can proceed either to the left or the right through the maze of black, white, and mirrored tiles). By completing repairs on one of the two paths the facility can be accessed while the artist works on the other path. We feel this will serve as a demonstration activity of the repairs occurring on the site.
  • The Public Art Commission (PAC) has established a subcommittee to develop a docent program for training and scheduling volunteers who will watch over the facility. Phyllis Savin (former PAC member) is the Docent Coordinator and she has experience overseeing docent programs.

o   The initial plan is to start by opening the facility 4 hours per day (10 AM – 2 PM) Fridays and Saturdays.

o   The subcommittee is working with Grant Taylor (Friends of Kit Carson Park) and Wendy Wilson (Escondido Arts Partnership) to establish a reliable list of docents.

  • We are aiming for an early fall ‘soft’ opening of the Sculpture Garden (September). The subcommittee is discussing coordinating a grander re-opening with publicity to coincide with “October Arts Month.”
  • Electrical service was extended to an area adjacent to the Sculpture Garden (outside the Queen Califia fencing) and a 200-amp meter was installed. This will accommodate events and revenue generating opportunities.     

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT UPDATES 

Planning:

  • Major Projects Update:

o   Oak Creek (NUW) – A Screencheck Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) was submitted to staff on 5/12/14. Staff is coordinating with the applicant on a public agency scoping meeting to be held on 5/19/14. The applicant is evaluating project revisions to eliminate residences that are within 500 feet of Interstate 15 based on to public comments regarding the potential public health exposure.

o   Amanda Lane (NUW) – The application remains incomplete; the applicant is working on a resubmittal package and has not provided an anticipated resubmittal date

o   Zak/NCA Development – The City Council hearing date has been tentatively scheduled for 6/11/14.

o   Centerpointe – Preparation of the draft EIR is underway; the first screencheck anticipated in mid-June.

o   North Broadway Deficiency Area Projects – The public comment period for the Mitigated Negative Declaration (MND) for the proposed 16-lot subdivision at 836 Stanley Ave. (Boer) closed on 5/12/14; no comments were received. The MND for the 16-lot subdivision at 926 Lehner Ave (Baker) was issued 5/2/14 and public comments are due on 5/22/14. Both projects are tentatively scheduled for Planning Commission on 5/27/14. Development Agreement negotiations are nearing completion.

o   Habitat for Humanity – Staff is reviewing plans necessary for HFH to obtain bonding for improvements. The applicant intends to pull foundation permits for three units by Friday and commence construction on the building foundations next week.

o   Vinehenge Art Sculpture: Repairs on this interactive children’s play structure in Grape Day Park were completed this week and the facility is open for play.

Building Division:

  • The Building Department issued 49 permits for the week with a valuation of $423,437.
  • The building counter was busy averaging 27 visitors a day with 21 visitors on Friday.  Inspections averaged 27 per day with 20 on Friday.
  • Building issued 13 photovoltaic permits this week, and a total of 191 permits to date.
  • Permits were issued for the new Chipolte restaurant at 1201 E Valley Pkwy, the former Blockbuster Video site. 

CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS 

2013 - 2014 Pavement Repair and Rehabilitation Program:

Activity on the completion of the punch list is ongoing. 

Red Flex Camera Removal:

The contractor delivered a traffic control plan for review on May 9, 2014. The package was incomplete requiring additional sheets to encompass all of the Photo Enforcement signage associated with the system removal. We are presently awaiting the additional information for review.       

Private Development 

1146 East Valley Parkway- McDonald’s Restaurant:

The construction schedule calls for the removal of the existing concrete median on May 13 with the new concrete median curb being completed by Friday May 16. The work requires day time closures of one lane in east and west bound traffic along Valley Parkway. 

Tract 888-Cambell Court:

The contractor has completed the import of base material for the construction of the new roadway. 

Black Angus-North County Fair:

The construction of the underground utilities has been postponed. The grading of the building pad is progressing. 

PUBLIC SAFETY 

Police:

  • The following promotions are effective immediately:

o   James Stuard to Captain

o   Michael Kearney to Lieutenant

o   Jared Sinclair to Sergeant

  • Facebook “likes” are now at 1604 

Fire:

  • We have two engines and a strike team leader (STL) and STL trainee assigned to the Bernardo Fire. We have back filled those positions, so all of our stations will be fully covered until units return. 
  • The Fire Department’s Senior Volunteer program is celebrating its’ Seventh Anniversary this week. There are currently 13 active senior volunteers in the program that collectively worked more than 4,300 hours this past year.