- The City of Escondido will recognize Police, Fire and other personnel for their excellent efforts during last week’s Cocos Fire. A special ceremony will be held in conjunction with Cruisin’ Grand, this Friday, May 23, 2014 at 5:30 p.m. at the Maple Street Plaza located on Maple Street between Grand Avenue and Valley Parkway. Escondido residents are encouraged to come to show their support for those who worked so hard to protect lives and property. Speakers will include Mayor Abed, Fire Chief Mike Lowry and Police Chief Craig Carter. There also will be disaster preparedness information available.
- The American Heritage Car show will be held in Grape Day Park on Saturday, May 24, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Attendees can browse among hundreds of pre-1974 classic, vintage, hot rod and custom automobiles, both domestic and imports. The event also includes a pancake breakfast, music and a DJ, vendors, a raffle and museum tours. With parking on the grass, this is one of the nicest shows anywhere. This event is sponsored by the Escondido History Center.
COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT UPDATES
- Oak Creek (NUW) –Staff conducted a public agency scoping meeting on May 19 attended by approximately 50 residents. Comments received at the meeting are being evaluated for potential inclusion in the Environmental Impact Report.
- Amanda Lane (NUW) – The applicant is working on a resubmittal package and has not provided an anticipated resubmittal date.
- Zak/NCA Development – The City Council hearing date has been tentatively scheduled for June 11.
- Centerpointe 78 Commercial: – Preparation of the draft EIR is underway; the first screen check anticipated in mid-June.
- North Broadway Deficiency Area Projects: – Planning Commission is scheduled for two 16-lot subdivisions 926 Lehner Ave (Baker), 836 Stanley Ave. (Boer) on May 27th. Development Agreement negotiations are complete.
- County Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA): HHSA plans to consolidate existing administrative and health services offices from locations in Escondido and North San Diego County to 649 W. Mission Avenue. The relocation requires General Plan conformance findings pursuant to the Government Code that will be considered by the Planning Commission on May 27th.
- Habitat for Humanity (HFH): – Staff issued building permits (4 of 6 duplex permits, 1 single family unit) Plans are underway to participate in the HFH national ‘Building Blitz’ in June.
- Chick-Fil-A: Plans have been submitted for review for the new restaurant next to the Target Store on West Valley Parkway (former La Salsa Restaurant). Plans are to demolish the existing building and construct a new restaurant with a drive-thru.
- The Building Department issued 42 permits for the week with a valuation of $2,065,819.
- The building counter was busy averaging 28 visitors a day with 18 visitors on Friday. Inspections averaged 25 per day with 23 on Friday.
- Building issued 9 photovoltaic permits this week, 23 this month and a total of 194 permits to date. Last year 119 photovoltaic permits were issued by this time.
CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS
2013 - 2014 Pavement Repair and Rehabilitation Program:
Activity on the completion of the punch list is ongoing.
Red Flex Camera Removal:
City staff is waiting for the delivery of the final traffic control plan set.
1146 East Valley Parkway- McDonald’s Restaurant:
The contractor completed the grinding and asphalt pavement overlay along Ash and on Valley from Ash to Beech during night time operation’s on 5.19.14. The center median work was completed on May 20. Permanent street striping will be completed next Tuesday night, May 27.
Tract 888-Cambell Court:
The contractor has completed the import of base material for the construction of the new roadway. Contractor has placed concrete for the new curb and gutter. Contractor is working on forming and concrete placement for the cross gutter.
Black Angus-North County Fair:
The grading of the building pad has been delayed one week due to the area fires. The contractor has resumed grading operations for the building pad.
Contractor is installing the private sewer line.
UPDATE ON EAGLE SCOUT LAKE
Permits, regulatory agency processing, and funding for this project were provided by the Utilities Department. Approximately 25,000 cubic yards of sediment material and numerous truckloads of invasive vegetation were removed by Public Works staff in January/February of this year- utilizing a very tight permit window of time between the end of the rainy season and the beginning of the nesting season. Upon commencement of work a corrugated metal pipe (CMP) culvert needed to divert incoming flows around the lake was discovered to be damaged and was replaced in the field with approximately 250’ of HDPE plastic pipe. All resource agency permit requirements- pre and post construction- have been satisfied. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nationwide Permit required for this project allows additional maintenance of the lake until the nationwide permit expires in 2017. Baseline elevations for the lake, however, are now established and documented reducing future resource agency permit requirements. An adjacent picnic area used to temporarily store and dry the dredged material has now has been cleared and will be fine graded and reseeded in time for public use this summer. The dredged materials, now dried and stockpiled for transport, will be exported to build out the last portion of Francis Ryan Park over the course of the next several months. Temporary erosion control features will also be placed to protect and contain the stockpiled material. Some of this fill material will also remain within Kit Carson Park to address drainage erosion/failing road shoulders between the roller hockey arena parking lot and the park access road. The Eagle Scout projects around this lake are now visible and available for public enjoyment. Concerns from scout representatives regarding the integration of those projects with the restored lake have been addressed and satisfied. The vegetation will be maintained around the lake by city staff and potentially picnic tables will be provided at a later date. The lake is intended to be in a mostly natural condition, so no irrigation is proposed.
- On April 30th, 2014, the NTP team completed the Project NEAT. The Geo-Policing Team consisting of both police employees and others from various city units walked over 50 blocks checking every residential property in the footprint for code violations. At the final count there were 280 properties in violation and provided notices of their need to comply.
Currently, the NTP team is working with Neighborhood Services on the Neighborhood Clean Up that will be taking place in the next few weeks. Large dumpsters will be brought out and residents will be given an easy opportunity to address the issues that were raised in the sweep. The most severe violators (those who do not take advantage of the no cost dumpster service) will be addressed by Code Enforcement as well as the NTP team. High visibility by NTP officers continues to keep crime down in the footprint. Storefronts and sweeps will be scheduled soon after the neighborhood clean-up phase, in the early summer.
- Bike Patrol – The Bike Team continues their focused efforts on Grape Day Park and the downtown area. They also frequent the sprinter station and Westside Park as well. They are the most proactive team in the Uniform Bureau and serve as an enforcement tool for NTP. In between patrols, they seek out and arrest wanted subjects and also are now patrolling Cruisin’ Grand on Friday nights. Due to the great success of the bike team, the Police Department Command is currently looking into the possibility of expanding it.
- COPPS Officers- we currently have 2 Community-Oriented Policing Officers, Lew Shaver and Aaron Reber, who are responsible for solving ongoing issues within the city. They work in conjunction with the bike team, patrol division and other city teams to solve issues of blight.
- Staffing- We are authorized for 170 sworn. We currently have 157 positions filled. We have 3 vacant positions and 10 delayed positions. We have 3 in the academy and 6 in field training, four of which will be released from training within the month. However, we are anticipating at least 4 officers to retire by the end of the year.
- Chief Carter is attending the Homeland Security Conference in Philadelphia this week.
- Members from our Range Staff competed in a Firearms completion in Los Angeles and took overall first place. They outperformed several agencies that have teams dedicated as full time competitive shooters (i.e. LAPD SWAT) and our team beat them all.
- Our Facebook and Twitter followers nearly doubled during the Fire.
- Grape Day Task Force: This report will summarize any significant issues and update the efforts made from the last report, dated 4/22/14.
The Police Department continues its enforcement details as call volume allows, up to several times a day in the Grape Day Park and surrounding areas. Since the start of the increased focus, the Police Department has conducted 1767 extra patrols in the park, 235 field interviews, 114 citations and 127 arrests.
The Bike Team Officers, Adan Martinez and Russ Whitaker, continue to focus their efforts in the downtown area including Grape Day Park, Maple Plaza and Signature Pavilion. They are assisted by Patrol Officers and especially our two Community Policing Officers; Aaron Reber and Lew Shaver.
Sergeant Jared Sinclair is assisting in the coordination of the COPPS efforts of these and Patrol Officers to combat behavior and issues that may be illegal/ undesirable. There were no significant arrests reported. Several drunk in public arrests, a few warrants, and a possession of a controlled substance arrest were made during this rating period.
There were no significant calls for service around the Grape Day Park, Maple St. Plaza, or Signature Pavilion footprint. On May 1 there was an undercover detail held in the park, yielding a few arrests. Staff commented that it made a noticeable difference in the clientele that was using the park afterward. On May 9th during Crusin’ Grand, officers made a self-initiated arrest of two subject in a stolen vehicle, which also was involved in a hit and run accident.
Please refer to http://www.grapedaypark.org/ for special event information in the Park. For a list of all upcoming Escondido Events, visit: http://visitescondido.com/event-calendar/.
The GDP Task Force Meeting was held May 6th. Reports indicated that activity around the area, CCAE and Signature, had slowed way down. We received information about a transient camp and an illegal dumping situation that we are working to solve.
The next Task Force Meeting will be on a date to be determined.
Ongoing statistics, as of 4/21/14:
Foot Patrols 1767