FEATURED THIS WEEK 

  • On Tuesday, May 30, 2017 in the Community Services Conference Room at City Hall, City staff will have the opportunity to see how a 3D printer works and learn more about the future of these printers. City Council is encouraged to stop by between 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. Library staff will be on hand to start a print job and answer questions.
  • The Planning team is working closely with the Building Industry Association to receive training on a software program that will allow digital submission of plan checks. This progressive technology will enable staff and residents to work through the permitting process more efficiently.
  • Annual crime statistics for the year-to-date have been reported as of April. Homicide, rape cases, residential burglary, larceny and, motor vehicle crime are down from this same time period last year; robbery and aggravated assault cases reflect the same numbers as this reporting period for 2016.
  • A Request for Proposals for televising the City’s storm drain network was issued this week.  The pipe network has a tendency to rust over time and can cause sinkholes. The assessment will allow the City to prioritize repair of the over 20-miles of piping in the City.  City Council can expect to see a contract this summer. 

SPECIAL EVENTS 

American Heritage Car Show | Grape Day Park | Saturday, May 27 | 9:00 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

The American Heritage Car Show, sponsored by Toyota, is one of the most exciting car shows around. Pancake breakfast, vendors, Dj, awards, museum tours, and cars, cars, cars! Entrants vote for the top 20 vehicles and additional trophies are given to People's Choice, Mayor's Choice, and Best of Show. Come for the food, entertainment, raffle, but mostly come for the incredible CARS! 

For more details, visit www.escondidohistory.org 

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT 

The San Diego Regional Economic Development Council’s economic pulse for May 2017 reports record low unemployment levels for Escondido and the San Diego region. Check out the full report here

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

Major Projects Update

The following major projects are currently being reviewed and coordinated with Planning, Engineering, Fire, Building and Utilities staff. A complete description of each project can be viewed here. Updates provided below cover project milestones that occurred last week.

Commercial / Office:

  1. Escondido Research and Technology Center – East (ERTC) (Developer: James McCann) Project review and communications with the applicant are on-going but there are no new milestones to report this week: A grading plan for a temporary parking lot to serve the hospital was approved June 13, 2016, and the parking lot is now under construction. 
  1. Escondido Research and Technology Center – West (ERTC) (Developer: James McCann) Project review and communications with the applicant are on-going but there are no new milestones to report this week: Construction is underway on the approximately 76,000 square foot medical office building with a linear accelerator. Palomar Health also will be constructing their new outpatient center adjacent to the site at 2185 Citracado Parkway. 
  1. Centerpointe 78 Commercial (Developer: Lars Andersen, Pacific Development) – The grading plan was approved on May 10, 2017. Planning has approved a modified front elevation that would eliminate the second set of entry/exit doors. A revised landscape plan was submitted for review on May 5, 2017. A building permit for the supermarket shell building is nearly ready to issue. Building plans for the tenant improvement of the market were submitted into plan check on May 9, 2017. 
  1. Westfield Theater (Developer: Kim Brewer, Westfield)This project has been placed on hold by Westfield while they finalize lease negotiations so there is no change from the following update reported last week: No grading, building or improvement plans have been submitted by the developer at this time. 
  1. Felicita Development, LLC (Developer: Katherine Park, Creative Design Associates) This project is on hold pending further direction and submittal of information from the applicant: Follow-up meetings conducted by the applicant with staff and the wildlife agencies lead staff to believe a revised project is forthcoming. 
  1. Springhill Suites (Developer: Raj Patel, San Bernardino Hospitality LLC) The applicant is cleared to start construction so there is no change from the following update reported last week: Construction is expected to commence within the next month.
  2. Centre City Commercial Center (Developer: Todd Dwyer) – Revisions to the traffic study have been reviewed by staff leading to the issuance of the Draft Mitigated Negative Declaration for a 30-day public review period commencing on May 9, 2017. A demolition plan for the existing motel and restaurant buildings on the site was submitted the third week of May. The right of access to Centre City Parkway is scheduled for consideration by City Council on June 7, 2017. 

Industrial 

  1. StorQuest (Developer: The William Warren Group, Inc.) – Revised building plans for this approved self-storage facility at 220 W. Mission Ave. were submitted to the Building Division on March 22, 2017 and routed to Esgil for re-check. The second check of grading plans was received by Engineering the week of April 30 and returned back to the applicant with comments last week. 
  1. Victory Industrial Development (Developer: Scott Merry, Badiee Development) – The applicant has secured his permits from the Army Corps, Regional Board, and California Fish and Wildlife. The grading plan has been approved and grading can commence once BMP’s are installed and the permit issued. Signal plans and street improvement plans have been approved. 
  1. Escondido Self-Storage Facility (Developer: Brandywine Homes, Inc.) – Building plans grading plans, landscape plans and the final map have been submitted and comments have been provided by staff and Esgil. Engineering will be sending out comments on the third check of the grading plan this week. 
  1. Innovative Industrial Development (Developer: Scott Merry, Badiee Development)Project review and communications with the applicant are on-going but there are no new milestones to report this week: The second check of the grading plan was resubmitted to Engineering the week of May 8, 2017. Building plans were submitted on March 29, 2017 and are being reviewed by Esgil. 
  1. North American Self-Storage (Developer: Russ Colvin)Project review and communications with the applicant are on-going but there are no new milestones to report this week: (This project is participating in the expedited plan check program) The demo permit has been issued. The applicant submitted a 2nd plan check for the grading plan on April 13, 2017, and comments from all departments were provided back within 13 days. A boundary adjustment to combine the two lots on the site is ready to record. The applicant is coordinating construction timing for an off-site water line with multiple departments.

City Projects 

  1. Micro-Filtration Reverse Osmosis (Developer: City of Escondido Utilities Department)No further updates to this item will be provided while litigation is in progress: 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)Project review is on-going but there are no new milestones to report this week: Grading, building and landscape plans are now being reviewed by staff. Utilities staff is assessing value engineering options in an effort to reduce the cost of the facility. The most likely option will be to build the project in phases starting with two of the three approved buildings. 
  1. HARRF Biogas to Energy Project (Developer: City of Escondido Utilities Department) Communications with the applicant are on-going but no construction plans have been submitted since the project was approved and there are no new milestones to report this week: A Conditional Use Permit for the project was approved by the Planning Commission December 13, 2016. 
  1. Lake Wohlford Replacement Dam (Developer: City of Escondido Utilities Department) Project review is on-going but there are no new milestones to report this week: A Draft EIR was prepared and issued for a 45-day public review period that began on October 4, 2016 and closed on November 17, 2016. Staff and AECOM are now in the process of coordinating responses to the comments that were received during the public review period. A field visit with staff from the state and federal wildlife agencies took place on May 11, 2017, to review biological mitigation requirements.

Institutional

  1. Escondido United Reformed Church (Developer: Brent Cooper)Project review and communications with the applicant are on-going but there are no new milestones to report this week: A revised grading plan has been approved. Building plans have gone through one round of plan check and the applicant is now discussing with Planning the possibility of modifying the CUP to add floor area to the sanctuary and classroom building. 
  1. Self-Realization Fellowship Center (Developer: John Pyjar, Domusstudio Architecture – The CUP application was submitted on November 14, 2016. Staff reviewed the initial submittal and sent a letter to the applicant on December 14, 2016, indicating that the application was incomplete and specifying the additional information that was necessary to complete the application. The applicant resubmitted revised plans and technical studies on May 19, 2017.

Residential 

  1. Oak Creek (Developer: Jason Han, New Urban West) This project has been placed on hold by the developer while the City completes construction of the Southwest Sewer Project so there is no change from the following update reported last week: No grading or improvement plans have been submitted by the developer at this time. 
  1. Amanda Estates (Developer: Jason Han, New Urban West)This project has been placed on hold by the developer while the City completes construction of the Southwest Sewer Project so there is no change from the following update reported last week: No grading or improvement plans have been submitted by the developer at this time. 
  1. Pradera (Developer: Moses Kim, Lennar Homes)Project review and communications with the applicant are on-going but there are no new milestones to report this week: This project is nearing completion as there are only one or two phases remaining to construct. 
  1. Lexington (Zenner) (Developer: Eric Johnston, KB Homes)Project review and communications with the applicant are on-going but there are no new milestones to report this week: The applicant received building permits for 10 new homes on April 18, 2017. Building permits for 15 additional homes were issued on May 4, 2017, and eight more homes were issued on May 9, 2017. 
  1. Stella Park Condominiums (Developer: Edward Kaen, ETP, LLC) – Lyon Homes submitted a precise grading plan on March 28, 2017. A final map, street improvement plans and landscape plans were also submitted on April 17, 2017. Building plans were submitted into plan check on April 6 and landscape plans on May 1. The rough grading permit was issued on May 22, 2017 allowing construction to start on the project. 
  1. Wohlford (Developer: Jack Henthorne) – The Draft EIR has been posted on the city website and released for a 45-day public review period that ended on May 12, 2017. The EIR consultant has forwarded draft responses to comments to staff for review. Potential Development Agreement terms are now being considered. 
  1. Latitude II (Developer: Peter Zak, Lyon/NCA)Project review and communications with the applicant are on-going but there are no new milestones to report this week: A grading permit has been issued and grading is back underway. Building plans are nearing approval pending approval of the final map. The final map has been scheduled for City Council approval on June 7, 2017. Utilities has issued comments for the off-site water line plans. 
  1. Canyon Grove Estates Tract 932 (Developer: John Vance, Shea Homes) Project review and communications with the applicant are on-going but there are no new milestones to report this week: The model homes have been completed and are now open. Construction of the phases is underway with three more phases receiving building permits last week. Engineering comments on the precise grading plan for the remainder of the development were sent on May 16, 2017. 
  1. Safari Highlands Ranch (SHR) (Developer: Jeb Hall, Concordia Homes)Project review and communications with the applicant are on-going but there are no new milestones to report this week: A second revised tentative map depicting various minor changes and clarifications to roads, easements and drainage facilities was submitted on April 25, 2017. Revised technical engineering reports as well as responses to staff comments also have been submitted for review. The revised studies have been loaded on the City’s website at the following link: Safari Highlands Ranch Specific Plan - City of Escondido. Staff anticipates that the Draft EIR will be out for public review in June or July of 2017. 
  1. High Pointe Tract 693-J (Developer: Russell Schaeffer, True Life Communities) – The applicant continues to actively market the property and there is no change from the following update reported last week: 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)Communications with the applicant are on-going but there are no new milestones to report this week: No grading or improvement plans have been submitted by the developer at this time. 
  1. 701 San Pasqual Valley Rd (Developer: Bob Stewart)Project review and communications with the applicant are on-going but there are no new milestones to report this week: Staff has met several times with the applicant to help work through project design and storm water issues. A Draft Mitigated Negative Declaration has been submitted and staff has provided comments to the applicant on the draft and technical studies. 
  1. Veterans Village (Developer: Veterans Village of San Diego) Project review and communications with the applicant are on-going but there are no new milestones to report this week: Demolition has been completed. Grading is underway. Building permits were issued on March 31, 2017. 
  1. Escondido Gateway (Developer: Greg Waite, Integral Communities)Project review and communications with the applicant are on-going but there are no new milestones to report this week: The builder (Lyon Homes) is coordinating with city staff to resolve ownership and title issues regarding three strips of land under existing excess right-of way that is proposed to be vacated for the applicant’s use. It is expected that those title issues will be resolved through a combination of quitclaims and eminent domain. A revised rough grading plan and street improvement plans were resubmitted about three weeks ago.
  1. The Villages at Escondido Country Club (Developer: Jason Han, New Urban West, Inc.)Project review and communications with the applicant are on-going but there are no new milestones to report this week: A project resubmittal in response to the City’s November 30, 2016 letter was received on March 16, 2017. Planning staff has provided a location on the City’s website for ECC project-related documents and plans. The information can be accessed at the following link:      ECC - City of Escondido 
  1. Ivy/Valley Parkway Mixed-Use Development (Developer: Abad Rahan Pars Inc./ Norm Wieme, ArchitectProject review and communications with the applicant are on-going but there are no new milestones to report this week: The applicant has indicated that grading and building plans are expected to be submitted into plan check soon. Utilities staff is currently working on a reimbursement agreement for new water infrastructure that will be installed by the project in the adjoining alley. 
  1. North Avenue Estates (Developer: Casey Johnson) Project review and communications with the applicant are on-going but there are no new milestones to report this week: An application to re-entitle aspects of the previously approved project that have expired and modify the project design to reflect new storm water requirements was submitted to the Planning Division on March 7, 2017. A first round of comments has been provided back to the applicant and the applicant has indicated that revised plans should be resubmitted in about two weeks. The applicant will be coordinating easement and utility crossing issues with the County Water Authority, whose main underground water transmission lines cross the site.

Building Division

  1. Fifteen solar permits were issued for the week. The Building Division has issued 370 solar permits this year compared to 557 issued for the same time last year. 
  1. Building inspectors responded to 200 inspection requests for the week, averaging 40 inspections per day. 
  1. The Building Division has issued 103 single-family dwelling permits this year and permits for 112 multi-family units. This compares with 32 single-family dwellings and zero multi-family dwellings for the same time last year. 
  1. Projects nearing permit issuance are: 
  • Latitude 2, a 112-unit apartment complex consisting of six, three-story buildings at 610-660 Centre City Pkwy. 
  • Three new apartment buildings (nine units) at 917 W. Lincoln Avenue. 
  • 43,885 square foot retail building at the former Toyota dealership location – 999 North Broadway. 
  1. The construction of the City Plaza three-story mixed use building at 300 S. Escondido Blvd. has received approval of the exterior framing for level one and roof sheathing inspection is scheduled for this week. 
  1. The Solutions for Change affordable housing project at 1560 S. Escondido Blvd. is preparing the building for final inspection. 
  1. Roof framing is proceeding at The Meadowbrook three-story apartment building with underground garage at 2081 Garden Valley Glen. 
  1. Escondido Disposal is proceeding with the tenant improvement for the existing building and has completed the drywall. Roof framing on their new transfer building also has been completed. The suspended ceiling in the office has passed inspection. 
  1. The new Popeye’s restaurant at 1541 E. Valley Parkway has received rough framing approval. Final inspection and occupancy is expected soon. 
  1. The medical office building at 2125 Citracado Parkway has received partial foundation approval and underground plumbing. 
  1. The Westminster Seminary has received foundation approval for three of their nine buildings. 
  1. The children’s building at the Emmanuel Faith Community Church has received partial foundation inspection and underground plumbing inspection. Construction of the exterior masonry walls is progressing. 
  1. The eight model homes at the Canyon Grove development (Shea Homes) have been completed and are open to the public. Three additional phases comprising 18 homes have received building permits. 
  1. KB Homes (Lexington) is requesting rough framing inspection for six homes in Phase 1. Twenty-three (23) new single-family dwellings have been issued for KB Homes so far this month.

Code Enforcement

 

Business Licensing

 

Building Maintenance & Operations 

Because of recent upgrade to Cityworks, Public Works will be unable to provide our normal weekly report of open and closed service requests. These status reports should continue next week. 

Projects

  • The Escondido History Center Office, located in Grape Day Park, will be re-roofed starting the last week of May. Prior to replacing the roof, a construction fence will be installed around the perimeter of the building to provide a safe work area. Access will still be available through the front entryway. 

Graffiti Restitution

 

ENGINEERING 

Capital Improvement Projects 

East Valley Parkway/Valley Center Road Widening Project
This project will widen the bridge over Escondido Creek north of Lake Wohlford Road, widen Valley Center Road, add medians and landscaping, and construct sidewalk from Beven Drive to the northern City limit. This project is out to bid, with a bid opening date of May 25, 2017. If the contractor meets the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise goals for this federally funded project, it is anticipated that award by the City Council will be requested on June 7, 2017.  Otherwise, award will occur in July. Construction is anticipated to begin this summer. Staff is working with project consultants to respond to questions prior to the bid deadline. 

Neighborhood Streetlight Project
This project will add new streetlights to meet current lighting standards, and retrofit existing streetlights with LED fixtures at five established communities throughout the City (Cedar-Cedar Brook, Mission Grove, Rose to Foxdale, Rustic Village, The Elms).  Federal forms have been approved and added to the bid documents. Staff completed minor language changes to the contract and has submitted contract documents for City Engineer review. Staff anticipates advertising for bids by June 2017. 

Jim Stone Pool and Mechanical Building
The recently re-constructed pool mechanical building will receive its color coat within the next week. Repairs to wood trim and preparation work to put a fresh coat of paint on the main building are currently underway. This project is fully funded through a housing related parks grant. 

PRIVATE DEVELOPMENT 

Pradera - Lennar Communities
No changes from that reported last week; Vertical framing has now begun on the final phase of 16 homes. 

Lexington Model Homes - KB Homes
The developer is completing the final section of underground improvements on site. Framing of the first seven homes along Lehner Avenue has begun. 

Escondido Boulevard at 3rd Avenue
No changes from that previously reported. The contractor is using a crane to deliver materials to the third floor. Lane closures along 3rd Avenue will be a regular occurrence to allow for the lifting of construction materials to the newly completed third floor.  

Tract 932 - Canyon Grove Shea Homes Community
The final utility poles are being removed this week which will signal the start of the remaining storm drain construction. The Rincon del Diablo water project is working in the Vista /Ash intersection this week installing a large underground control vault. On site construction is concentrated on dry utility installation.  

Latitude II Condominiums by a Lyon Homes Partnership: Washington Avenue at Centre City Parkway
The remaining section of the storm drain box is continuing with the removal of the headwall of the existing storm drain box that crosses under Centre City Parkway. Due to the proximity of the construction to the edge of the roadway, K rail will be installed along the edge of the project for a distance of 150’ to ensure safety. 

Solutions Housing 1560 S. Escondido Boulevard
The project is nearing completion with the installation of concrete improvements along the project frontage this past week. The work will require the closing of a single lane of north bound traffic for a period of two weeks. Mark out of the trench repairs was completed this week so the contractor could be schedule to make final surface restoration.      

Veterans Village
No changes from that previously reported. The projects off site water improvements are idled this week while the developers design engineer determines the best solution for installing the project water mains around the multiple utility crossings along this projects frontage. 

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 Avenue. The developer is completing the mass grading the project this week. 

Palomar Medical Center
The hospital is nearing completion of the grading portion of the temporary parking lot located at Health Center Driveway North and Citracado Parkway. Concrete surface improvements are being stacked this week.    

Rincon Water/ Ash Street By-Pass project
The project is completing the installation of a large vault at the Ash/ Vista intersection this week. 

Victory Industrial Park
The preconstruction meeting is being held this Thursday in advance of the start of mass grading of the project. The project is located at 2005 Harmony Grove Road and is 5.4 acres in size. 

Center Point Project
The preconstruction meeting is being held this Thursday in advance of the start of construction. The project is located on the old Toyota car dealership at 999 Broadway. 

FIRE

Incidents

  • On 5/21/17 at 14:02, Escondido Fire Department units were dispatched to a reported vegetation fire in the 2100 block of Lemon Avenue. The first arriving unit reported one acre of grass burning with an outbuilding on fire and multiple structures immediately threatened. A second alarm was dispatched along with a full response from Cal Fire including aircraft. Crews from Escondido, Rancho Santa Fe, San Marcos and Cal Fire made an aggressive fire attack and were able to contain the fire at 5.1 acres. The outbuilding sustained moderate damage along with several hundred feet of vinyl fencing. The fire was caused by a person using a hand grinder on an automobile near dried grass.

    Safety Message: Maintain defensible space around structures in order to improve your home’s chance of survival in a wildfire. 

Inspections 

POLICE 

Incidents 

  • On 5/18/17 around midnight, the San Diego Sheriff’s Department broadcasted information of a robbery that had occurred at one of their local casinos. The info included the suspects, two Hispanic male adults, and vehicle description.  At 01:30 hours, an Escondido Police officer spots the listed car on the east side of town and a high risk traffic stop is conducted at 1600 E. Valley Pkwy without incident.  The two occupants were detained in the car. San Diego Sheriff deputies responded with the victim who positively identified both occupants as the robbery suspects. San Diego Sheriff deputies took custody of both males on scene.  
  • On 5/18/17 at 00:15 hours, an adult male was walking to his “friends” house near 2300 S. Escondido Blvd. just after midnight.  A newer white passenger car pulled up next to him where three males and two females exited the car. One of the occupants asked him where he was from and stated “this is eastside.”  The five total suspects began to physically assault the victim. During the fight, the victim began to feel intense pain on his side. He saw what appeared to be lacerations from a sharp object (possible knife or broken glass). The victim fought his way out of the barrage of fists and ran to the Jack in the Box (238 W. Felicita Ave) and called police. The victim was taken to Palomar Medical Center with minor injuries. The suspects were not located.
  • On 5/18/17 at 18:30 hours, officers responded to the Transit Center, 700 W. Valley Pkwy, in reference to a shooting.  It appeared that two groups at the Transit Center were involved in an argument. The suspect produced a shotgun and fired one round.  All participants fled. A description was broadcast and the suspects were detained a short distance from the scene. A search of the area recovered a backpack which contained a sawed off shotgun. The other group was not found. Preliminarily it appeared that the round fired was a “slug” which missed the intended victim and entered the front windshield of a bus that was parked and empty except for the driver who was near the back of the bus eating his lunch. The round struck a window frame, which fragmented and a small fragment struck the victim in the neck resulting in a small cut. The victim was transported to Palomar Medical Center for treatment. Two Hispanic Male Adults were taken into custody and charged with Attempted Homicide.
  • On 5/19/17 at 12:50 hours, patrol and volunteer units were dispatched to the area of Nutmeg St. and Nutmeg Terrace to assist the Escondido Fire Department, San Marcos Fire Department and CalFire with a brush fire. The fire originated on the west shoulder of the I-15 (south lanes) and spread into the nearby hillside. 1240 Nutmeg Terrace was evacuated as a precaution.  Cal Fire command declared the fire contained at approximately 13:29 hours.
  • On 5/19/17 at 18:06 hours, a Hispanic male was in Washington Park and was approached by two other Hispanic male adults who claimed “Diablos” and began punching and kicking the victim about the face. The victim fell to the ground and they continued kicking him about the face and head. The suspects fled and were not located.  The victim was transported to Palomar Medical Center for facial injuries.
  • On 5/20/17 at 23:48 hours a radio call of a robbery came in from the CVS at 318 W. El Norte Pkwy. The suspect took beer without paying and was confronted by an employee. The suspect then pulled a knife on the employee and fled with the beer in a silver colored Honda Pilot. Suspect described as Hispanic male adult, 25 years old, with a black hoodie and long gray shorts. 
  • On 05/20/17, officers responded to a disturbance at 1620 E. Valley Pkwy. The suspect, a Hispanic male adult was involved in a fight with the victim, a Hispanic female adult. At some point the suspect hit the victim in the head with a beer bottle. Police arrived and the suspect had fled the scene. The suspect was located a short time later and was arrested for Assault with a Deadly Weapon.
  • On 5/20/17 at 22:11 hours, officers responded to 625 N. Juniper St reference a missing four-year-old child. There were approximately 100 people at the address attending a First-Communion celebration. Officers saturated the area and ASTREA responded. An officer located the child a short time later, and it was determined the child was sexually violated. Family Protection Unit Detectives responded along with Forensic Services.  

Events 

On Saturday and Sunday, May 20-21, the Escondido Police Department hosted the annual Regional Cadet Competition.  This event is attended by over 100 Cadet participants, representing 11 different law enforcement agencies.  Cadets compete in scenario-based events, physical challenges and firearms.  A huge raffle and BBQ rounded up each day’s events.  Our very own EPD Cadets took first place in three categories this year; way to go!!