ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Various energy financing organizations, including Figtree Financing and the California Hero Program, continue to contact staff and council members requesting that the Council consider establishing a Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program.  Earlier this month the County of San Diego requested that SANDAG evaluate the various PACE options and determine whether there may be any regional benefit to having SANDAG establish a PACE district.  SANDAG has agreed to evaluate this issue so we will not schedule any discussion until after SANDAG has completed its analysis.

SPECIAL EVENTS

No special events this week. However, Palomar College officials will unveil the school's newly renovated Escondido campus at a celebration scheduled for 1 p.m. Friday, November 15.

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT UPDATES

Planning:

  • EDI is exploring the replacement of its fleet vehicles, including a potential change to its fuel source, to use Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) as part of an effort to improve fuel efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Building:

  • The Building Division issued 46 permits for the week with a total valuation of $478,591. The majority of the permits issued were of the minor type, such as plumbing, mechanical and electrical permits, additions, and tenant improvements.
  • Building staff attended training for the changes to the new 2013 building codes; training will continue next week.

Code Enforcement:

Business Licensing has now implemented one of the items on the recently approved Council Action Plan. The Graffiti waiver forms are now being included in the mailings for business license renewals. Public Works staff indicates that they are already seeing a lot of the completed forms returned to the City.

CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS

2013 - 2014 Pavement Repair and Rehabilitation Program:

The project was presented at the November 6 council meeting. A preconstruction meeting will be scheduled in the coming days. Once the Notice to Proceed is issued the contractor will have 80 working days to complete the project. The pavement repair program will resurface over 3.75 million square feet of City roadways.

Grape Street Public Improvement Project:

The Notice to Proceed was issued for Tuesday, November 12.  The contractor’s first order of work is the replacement of water service laterals along Grape Street. Tuesday, November 12, will be day 1 of a 60 working day construction period. 

Escondido Creek Trail Lighting:

The contractor is continuing with the conduit installation along the south side of the channel between Juniper Street and Cedar Street.

Heritage Park:

The foundation for the redwood trellis has been installed at the north entrance to the park. The trellis should be in place by the end of the week.

Private Development

Contempo Townhomes -Tract 921:

Water quality testing has been completed on the new water main with all tests passing. The contractor is scheduled to perform the main line tie-in along Pine Street and within the Contempo project this week. This construction activity will require the closure of a single lane of traffic along Centre City Parkway in the south bound direction.

Stone Brewery Traffic Signal:

The project continues to be on hold while the contractor is awaiting delivery of the signal poles.

Lincoln Avenue @ Escondido Boulevard Gas Main Testing Station:

SDG&E has hired a contractor to install a gas line testing station. Pipeline construction is proceeding on Lincoln Avenue between Escondido Boulevard and Centre City Parkway. 

PUBLIC SAFETY

Police

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  • Patrol team assisted the FBI last week in capturing a bank robbery suspect.  The suspect was found and apprehended without incident.  Several bank robbery cases are now considered solved, including robbery in Escondido.  The FBI is taking the lead.
  • Grape Day Task Force:

The Police Department continues its enforcement details several times a day in the park and surrounding areas.  Since the start of the increased focus, the police department has conducted 1,104 extra patrols in the park, 186 field interviews, 94 citations and 95 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, along with our two Community Policing Officers Bill Havens and Lew Shaver.  Once again, Officer Jason White made his presence felt in the area, making 3 arrests this week for drug-related offenses. 

On Sunday, November 3, 2013 Grape Day Park hosted the Dia de los Muertos celebration. “Day of the Dead” activities included Altar contests, costumes, food vendors and dancing. There were no reported issues.

There were no significant crimes reported during this week by CCAE or City Hall.

Boys and Girls Club, SD Children’s Museum did not report any problems this week. 

The homeless shelter will be opening up December 1, 2013. We are already in communication with Sobering Services (NCIC) at 550 W. Washington Ave in order to help facilitate proactive use of the facilities/programs available to the homeless in our community and minimize impact at Grape Day Park and surrounding areas.

Upcoming Events:  No current events at this time.  For a list of all Escondido Events visit: http://visitescondido.com/event-calendar/

The next Task Force Meeting will be scheduled in December.