ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT 

  • The 2014 Annual Performance Report for our Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) has been approved.  A copy of the annual report is available on the city’s website at http://www.escondido.org/business.aspx 
  • Old Lopez Market Demolition Status: The lead/asbestos tests have come back positive for Asbestos Containing Materials (“ACMs”) in the plaster and roof mastic. Our demolition contractor is presently obtaining three bids for the abatement work. Once the ACMs have been abated, the demolition contractor will proceed with razing the structure. 

SPECIAL EVENTS 

  • Holi Festival of Colors
    Saturday, May 30, 2015,  12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
    There will be nonstop live music from great bands, yoga, mantras, dance, cuisine, and the throwing of colors! The festival breathes an atmosphere of social merriment. People bury their hatchets with a warm embrace and throw their worries to the wind. Every nook and corner presents a colorful sight. Young and old alike are covered with colors. People in small groups are seen singing, dancing and throwing colors on each other. For more information about the event and to buy tickets visit: www.festivalofcolorsusa.com
  • San Diego Century Bicycle Tour
    Saturday, May 30, 2015
    Event starts and finishes at Mira Costa College – just passes through Escondido on the 100 mile route.
  • United States Police & Fire Championship Cycling Events
    Sunday, May 31, 2015, 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
    Escondido will host a Criterium and sprints for the games – this is our first year participating. Events will happen around the streets on the perimeter of Grape Day Park. One lane will be closed on Southbound Broadway, Westbound  Valley Parkway, Northbound Escondido Blvd & Eastbound Woodward. 
  • GATES AT RYAN PARK 
    On Thursday, May 21, the Community Services Commission unanimously agreed to recommend to the City Council to close the parking lot gates at Francis Ryan Park unless organized activities are taking place. Since this is an operational issue and does not require Council action I have directed staff to move forward with this recommendation. Organized activities include any permitted use approved by the City such as Escondido Soccer Club practices and games, and scheduled tournaments.  The Commission’s decision to make this recommendation is based on repeated vandalism to turf and trees at Francis Ryan Park most often caused by persons driving trucks on the fields.  The general public will still be able to access the Francis Ryan Park on a daily basis as there is plenty of street parking along the sidewalks where pedestrian gates are open and easily accessible.”     

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

Planning:

  • On May 26, 2015, the Planning Commission recommended approval of Veterans Village, a 54-unit affordable apartment project for military veterans and their families located at 1556 S. Escondido Blvd., and approval of a code amendment to eliminate the current requirement for a separate condominium permit for commercial and industrial condominium projects which otherwise meet the Subdivision Map Act and noticing requirements. Both projects are tentatively scheduled for City Council consideration in June.
  • Staff continues to monitor major development applications that are currently being processed to assess their entitlement status in light of pending and more restrictive stormwater requirements that the Regional Water Quality Control Board (RWQCB) requires to be adopted by the City on or before December 24, 2015. Staff anticipates a heavy workflow from developers who have expressed an interest in starting grading of their projects prior to December 24th in order to be subject to current requirements.  Staff is taking a proactive approach to discuss processing timelines with existing applicants and providing guidance to applicants on what they can do to meet their desired goals.
  • The tentative subdivision map application submitted for the former Escondido Country Club property is undergoing a review for completeness. Comments will be issued to the applicant by June 5th. The proposed project is called “The Lakes” and involves 270 single family residences pursuant to standards of the R-1-7 zone (Single Family Residential - 7,000 SF minimum lot size). Private amenities include a recreation center, trails, private park and open space. The proposed project description and additional information is available at the following link: http://www.escondido.org/the-lakes-residential-development.aspx
  • The Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) for the proposed Valiano Specific Plan project in Eden Valley was released by the County on April 30, 2015 for a 45-day for public review period. Comments from agencies, organizations, and interested individuals are due to the County on June 15, 2015. The proposed project includes 326 homes on 238 acres. The San Dieguito Community Planning Group will be considering the Valiano project at a separate meeting, tentatively scheduled for June 11, 2015. Link to County’s information: http://www.sandiegocounty.gov/pds/ceqa_public_review.html
  • Major Projects Update: 
    • Oak Creek (NUW) – The applicant is preparing additional information requested by LAFCO for the annexation application. The applicant is coordinating with LAFCO staff regarding their recommendation that the proposed annexation boundary be expanded to include a roadway segment of Hamilton Lane between Bernardo and Felicita Avenues. This road segment does not meet City standards.
    • Amanda Estates (NUW) – LAFCO staff has reviewed the two annexation applications for completeness and sent a letter identifying the additional information needed to process the Amanda Estates annexation and the associated annexation for the “Disadvantaged Unincorporated Community” (DUC) properties. No further action is anticipated for the DUC annexation.
    • Centerpointe 78 Commercial – Staff is reviewing sections of the screen check EIR as they become available. An amendment to the EIR contract was approved on May 20th, to authorize additional traffic analysis of the alternative traffic mitigation measures proposed by the applicant. The consultant is awaiting submittals from the applicant needed to complete the draft EIR.
    • North Broadway Deficiency Area Projects – Staff continues to coordinate with the various development teams regarding the design of infrastructure improvements and has taken a proactive approach with County staff on review of required improvements within the unincorporated area. A finding of substantial conformance has been made for the previously approved tentative maps for the properties east of Ash Street (known as Lennar’s “Pradera” development). Issuance of the grading permit is anticipated this week. The applicant has agreed to revise the building elevations to include additional architectural enhancements. Staff is working with the applicant to resolve setback issues relating to the location of the perimeter walls. The Pickering annexation has been recorded. The Zenner annexation application has been submitted to LAFCO.
    • Kaen Planned Development (2516 S. Escondido Blvd.) –The applicant is evaluating a redesign that would eliminate up to 3 units to provide improved emergency access, neighborhood compatibility and aesthetics. The application remains incomplete.
    • Wohlford – A letter has been sent for the proposed 55-unit residential subdivision and planned development at 661 Bear Valley Parkway advising the applicant that the application is incomplete and identifying the necessary submittals to continue processing the application. The applicant is coordinating with staff regarding a Specific Alignment Plan for Bear Valley Parkway and is exploring acquisition of the adjacent, triangular shaped parcel to the south to accommodate anticipated road improvements along this road. Resubmittal is anticipated in the next week.
    • Latitude II – Staff continues to work with the applicant’s design team to identify and evaluate solutions on site planning issues. The applicant has reached conceptual agreement with the Fire Department regarding the proposed Fire Master Plan pending submittal of revised plans. The applicant continues to negotiate with the owner of the adjacent motel regarding the use of the remnant parcel containing the motel sign along CCP. Consensus has not yet been reached regarding the design of the sewer line easements and improvements along the north property line. Preparation of a traffic study and draft negative declaration by the applicant’s consultant is underway.
    • Staff has provided comments on the revised tentative map submitted by Shea Homes for a substantial conformance review and determination for the 179-lot residential subdivision known as Hidden Valley Ranch (Tract 923). A revised plan for the internal park acreage is under review. While the Precise Plan has not yet been submitted, the applicant has identified up to 20 lots where the proposed units do not meet setback requirements of the planned development.
    • The Mitigated Negative Declaration for the proposed modification to redevelop the Emmanuel Faith Community Church campus at 639 E. 17th was released for a 20-day public review period which ended May 18th; no comments were received. The project is tentatively scheduled for Planning Commission on June 9th. Information on the project can be found at: http://www.escondido.org/emmanuel-faith-community-church.aspx
    • Concordia Homes submitted a draft Specific Plan and tentative subdivision map for the Safari Highlands project for conceptual review prior to their formal application submittal. The project includes annexation and Sphere of Influence update for the 1,098 acres site and a subdivision to create 550 residential lots in seven neighborhoods, with lot sizes ranging from 7,663 SF to 4.76 acres. Staff is meeting with potential consultants who may provide extension of staff services to process the anticipated application; a consultant contract will be needed prior to submittal of a formal application. The applicant is coordinating with LAFCO regarding anticipated requirements for a Sphere of Influence update.

Building Division: 

  • The Building Division issued 79 permits for the week with a total valuation of $270,874.
  • 22 photovoltaic permits were issued for the week. Building has issued 411 permits so far this year compared to 212 issued at the same time last year.
  • Inspections and counter contacts remain steady with inspections averaging 27 per day with 24 on Friday and counter contacts averaging 33 per day with 18 on Friday. Wednesday saw 55 customers come to the building counter for permits, questions and information.
  • In compliance with the Solar Rights Act and Assembly Bill 2188, roof top residential solar projects may now receive expedited permitting. This expedited process will encourage timely and cost-effective installations of solar energy systems, will promote the use of solar systems and will limit obstacles to their use. The expedited permitting process will streamline permitting for small residential roof top energy systems which comply with a developed checklist, Information Guidelines 24A and 24B. These Guidelines are now available on the city’s website at https://www.escondido.org/information-guidelines.aspx and at City Hall, building counter. Qualifying solar systems will receive their permits over the counter.
  • Due to the ongoing drought, there have been many inquiries regarding graywater plumbing systems and the permitting process. The requirements for graywater systems are now a part of the 2013 CPC, Chapter 16. A plumbing permit is now required for any proposed graywater systems except those that utilize washing machine discharge only. A Graywater Information Guideline will soon be available at our building counter and on the city’s website with complete information regarding submittal requirements, plan review, inspections and fees.
  • Plans are in for review for a tenant improvement at 649 W. Mission Ave for the San Diego County Health Services, W.I.C. and restaurant and market. 

CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS 

FY 2014-2015 Street Rehabilitation Project:
May 26th , 2015 through May 29, 2015 the concrete subcontractor will be completing concrete for the pedestrian ramps, driveways and sidewalks along 4th Avenue, Maple Street to Escondido Boulevard and Maple Street between 4th and 5th Avenue.  

Elm Street between Washington Avenue and the Flood Control Channel:
The project is awaiting completion of punch list items. 

Private Development 

Bear Valley Parkway between Boyle Avenue and San Pasqual Valley Road (County Project):
The contractor has closed the intersection at Idaho Avenue and Bear Valley Parkway to through traffic.  The work is proceeding with an anticipated reopening of the intersection on May 29th. The underground contractor is excavating for the new wall footing at Bear Valley Parkway and Boyle Avenue. New concrete sidewalk is being poured this week on Bear Valley Parkway between Birch Avenue and Idaho Avenue. Bore pits are being installed for the installation of the next phase of water main construction under the County water Authority line near Idaho Avenue.

2412 South Escondido Boulevard:
The construction of the new onsite water main is the focus for this week. 

Pradera - Lennar Communities:
A preconstruction meeting was held this week to activate the Demolition Permit for the existing structures on site. The truck haul route was approved this week, the project calls for importing 140,000 cubic yards of dirt which will equal 450 truck trips along the approved route. 

Future Capital Projects 

El Norte Parkway Bridge Widening – Staff continues to coordinate with SDG&E representatives on relocation of the gas main and power undergrounding necessary for the bridge widening.  The street improvement plans are 100% complete and the bridge plans are 75% complete pending further design information from SDG&E. 

Valley Center Rd/E. Valley Parkway Bridge/Street Widening project – It is anticipated that offers to purchase right of way necessary for the project will be made in the next week.  SDG&E continues the design for undergrounding the power lines.  The plans are 100% complete. 

PUBLIC SAFETY 

Police: 

INCIDENTS

  • On 05-18-15, City Park Rangers observed forced entry to the Daley Ranch House and made contact with a suspect inside who was refusing to come out. Officers responded and eventually convinced the suspect to exit.  The suspect was detained without further incident.  Evidence suggests that the suspect also burglarized the barn.  The suspect was arrested for PC 459 Burglary and an outstanding arrest warrant.
  • On 05-20-15, officers responded to a vacant property in the 2000 block of Harmony Grove Rd regarding a female that was heard calling for help. As officers arrived on scene, witnesses directed the officers to the location where the calls for help were coming from.  Officers located a female victim who was suffering from multiple stab wounds to the neck and chest.  Medics transported her to the hospital in critical condition.  The suspect was later located by officers and was placed under arrest.  This investigation is still ongoing.
  • On 05-21-15, officers were dispatched to the 700 block of E. Mission Ave regarding a 17 year old male that was under the influence of drugs and threatening family members. When officers arrived on scene, the 17 year old attacked the officers punching one officer in the face.  The 17 year old was taken into custody and later booked into Juvenile Hall on assault charges.  The officer sustained a minor injury.
  • On 05-22-15, officers responded to the area of 4th Ave and Beech St regarding multiple gunshots heard in the area. Officers arrived and found blood on the street and sidewalk.  While officers were on scene, a gunshot victim was dropped off at Palomar Medical Center Downtown by friends.  It was learned that the victim had been shot by an unknown suspect.  The suspect also fired shots at an occupied vehicle as he fled the scene.  The victim was admitted to the hospital in critical condition.  This investigation is ongoing.
  • On 05-22-15, officers were dispatched to a residence in the 1000 block of S. Tulip St regarding a female resident who had just shot herself with a handgun. Officers arrived to discover the female resident with a gunshot wound to the head.  She was transported to the hospital where she later died from the self-inflicted gunshot wound.  According to the roommate, she suffered from depression over job and family issues.
  • On 05-22-15, the Orange County Human Trafficking Task Force was conducting surveillance on a known pimp who was involved in human trafficking of female prostitutes. He was eventually taken into custody and is facing several human trafficking charges.  Two young children were with the suspect at the time and they were taken into protective custody.
  • On 05-22-15, officers responded to the Best Western at 1700 Seven Oaks Rd regarding two stabbing victims. Both victims had been stabbed by an unknown male suspect at a party in one of the hotel rooms.  The victims were transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.  The suspect had fled the scene prior to the officers’ arrival.
  • On 05-23-15, officers responded to the Vons at 2345 E. Valley Pkwy regarding a shoplifter who had escaped by stabbing the Loss Prevention Agent in the hand. The suspect was located by officers a short distance away and was taken into custody without incident.  The weapon was located and the suspect was arrested for robbery and assault with a deadly weapon.
  • On 05-25-15, officers responded to the 300 block of E. 2nd Ave regarding an attorney’s office that had been burglarized. While officers were at the scene, a city worker observed a group of subjects pushing a shopping cart full of office equipment.  The city worker contacted the police department and the suspects were detained.  It was determined that the items in the shopping cart were from the burglarized business.  The suspects were all arrested and the office equipment was returned to the owner.  Great job by the city worker! 

EVENTS

  • Chief Carter, Asst. Chief Benton, and Capt. Loarie attended the annual Crime Stoppers “Enough is Enough” awards luncheon in San Diego. This is a countywide program highlighting the work done by each agency in the county over the past year to combat crime.  The EPD honoree was Acting Sgt. Jeff Valdivia.   

  

  • Forensic Technician Lynn Feely’s retirement party was held at EPD last week. Lynn was hired as a Community Service Officer in 1994.  After a short stint as a police officer, Lynn was a CSO until 2012 when she moved into the Crime Lab as a Forensic Technician.  Lynn was celebrated for her 21 years of service to the City of Escondido and she will be deeply missed.

 

  • EPD’s Senior Payroll/Budget Technician, Lisa Rodelo, graduated last Saturday after completing her graduate degree at the University of San Diego. Lisa earned a Master’s of Science in Executive Leadership.  Loarie attended the graduation ceremony.  Congrats Lisa on this impressive accomplishment!

 

  • Loarie attended a one-day Psychiatric Emergency Response Team (PERT) course to welcome officers and non-sworn from the region. The training was designed to foster discussions on the current issue of mental illness and how it impacts law enforcement.  Capt. Loarie is on the PERT Coordinating Council and EPD Officer Craig Bond has been involved in PERT for many years and is considered a subject matter expert.
  • Loarie and Sgt. Mark Petersen attended the San Diego County District Attorney’s DUI Homicide Quarterly Meeting. The group was formed with a California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) grant with the specific purpose of funding prosecutors for fatal and serious injury DUI collisions.  The group consists of all San Diego County law enforcement agencies involved in DUI enforcement.
  • EPD Chaplain Joe Garcia held his Rotary group’s meeting in the Community Room at the Escondido PAFH. Craig Miller gave the group a presentation on body-worn cameras and they had a demo on the firearms training simulator by Sgt. John Russo.  The group was then given a tour of the building by Asst. Chief Benton.  Separately, Asst. Chief Benton’s Rotary group was also given a tour of PAFH.
  • The NTP East project is moving forward. The City Manager’s office is working with the Escondido Chamber of Commerce to increase membership into the newly formed East Valley Business Association (EVBA).  Neighborhood Services prepared flyers advertising the upcoming community meeting.  Officers walked the footprint and handed out the flyers in order to encourage attendance.  NTP Uniform Teams have been assigned to specified apartment complexes in order to provide directed patrol.  Officers have been working with businesses and residents to resolve CPTED issues.  Current projects involve the 7 Eleven on E. Grand Ave, the Big Lots on Rose St, and the Home Depot on E. Valley Pkwy.