November 14, 2019

Pay Off Library Fines with Canned Food
November 25 - December 31

The holidays are coming, and the Escondido Public Library is getting into the giving spirit with its annual Food for Fines program. Food for Fines offers patrons the opportunity to clear up to $20.00 in fines from Library accounts by donating non-perishable, nutritious, pre-packaged food. Each food item counts as $1.00 toward reducing fines. The food is donated to Escondido's Interfaith Community Services and distributed to local needy families.
All donations must be given at the Customer Service Desk. Keep an eye out for the colorful tracker in the lobby, which will show the amount of food donated throughout the program. Last year, the Library donated 1,590 pounds of food.
The Escondido Public Library is located at 239 S. Kalmia Street, Escondido.

Stunt Dog Show Comes to the Center for the Arts
Chris Perondi’s stunt dogs will be coming the California Center for the Arts this weekend, November 16 and 17. Producing the world’s first and #1 “Stunt Dog Show” since 1999, his show features dogs that have been rescued from pounds and shelters.
The show has been featured on Ellen DeGeneres, the Tonight Show, Oprah Winfrey, in numerous commercials, and much more! Click the image below for more information and tickets.

BY THE NUMBERS

Public Works

Code Enforcement

Business Licenses

Graffiti Restitution

Fire:

Police:

October Abandoned Vehicle Data


Building Division:
*Data reflects activity through November 9 of each year.

VOLUNTEER PROGRAM

Upcoming Event:

Tree Planting at Kit Carson Park 
Saturday, November 23, 2019 – 8:30 a.m.
If you are interested in helping beautify your community, come join us for a tree planting event at Kit Carson Park.

  • No need to register for this volunteer opportunity, just check in at the Kit Carson Park Amphitheater no later than 8:30 am.
  • Wear long pants, long sleeved shirts and closed toe shoes. Bring a shovel if you have one. The holes for planting trees will be pre-dug, but help will be needed with filling the holes in.

Kit Carson Park is located at: 3333 Bear Valley Pkwy, Escondido, CA 92025.

Get Involved:
If you would like to get involved with future projects and volunteer in Escondido, visit:
https://volunteer.escondido.org/

POLICE DEPARTMENT

Incidents:

COPPS Officers Help Homeless Man Return Home
About six months ago, EPD officers encountered a homeless man who, at one point, had a successful career.  This same man had fallen on difficult times; he lost his job and began using drugs. He eventually ended up homeless in Escondido and did not know where to turn for help.  Recently, he met officers with the COPPS unit and reached out for assistance.  With the help of the officers the man was able to reunite with his family on the east coast and end his time on the streets.  

Frontera Cash and Loan burglarized
During the early morning hours of November 8, the Frontera Cash and Loan business was burglarized.  The thieves cut a hole in the rooftop and succeeded in forcing entry into the safe and stealing thousands of dollars in jewelry. Detectives are working to solve the burglary.

Escondido Man Pleads Guilty to Secretly Filming Females
In May of 2018 a 45-year old Escondido Resident, Renaldo Martinez-Mendoza used his cell phone while at work to film unsuspecting women in a restaurant’s restroom.  A female patron discovered the hidden cell phone.  Pursuant to a search warrant, Mendoza’s cell phone was searched and revealed several videos of patrons were captured on the cell phone in various stages of undress without their knowledge.  Additional warrants were obtained and served at Mendoza’s restaurant and at his home. Additional victims were located, but not identified. Mendoza pled guilty and was sentenced to 18 months in jail, three years’ probation and lifetime registration as a sex offender in the state of California.

COPPS:

The COPPS (Community Oriented Policing and Problem-Solving) Unit is dedicated to increasing the quality of life for the residents of Escondido through pro-active responses to crime trends, quality of life issues, and addressing crime and public nuisance in Grape Day Park and at Maple Street Plaza.    

  • No arrests
  • 7 citations
  • 35 extra patrols/calls for service

Did You Know:

EPD Property and Evidence Room
After officers have collected evidence at a crime scene it is impound at the police department.  Rarely does anyone wonder what happens to all the evidence and other property that is impounded; unless you are one of three people who work in the property and evidence room.  These employees know where all items are located and what to do with them.  So far, in 2019, the Property Division has received almost 10,000 pieces of property, including 133 firearms and 1,387 items related to narcotics.  Currently, there are approximately 300,000 items stored in the property room and on average it receives 50 items daily. 

The law dictates how long evidence must be stored, and how to dispose of it. So far in 2019 the Property Division has purged over 40,000 items.  Officers, detective, deputy district attorneys, and public defenders rely on the organization and accessibility of the Property Division to view physical evidence in a case.  Many of the items must also be available for review or presentation in court, making it vitally important that evidence items are properly categorized and stored.  The Property Division is one of the many important cogs that keeps the police department running efficiently.

Tip of the Week:

As the holidays approach would-be thieves are on the lookout for easy targets.  Often thieves watch parking lots hoping citizens will leave personal belongings or new merchandise in their vehicles.  Often purses, cell phones and wallets are left in plain sight in the passenger compartment of the vehicle.  To foil thieves, never leave anything of value in your vehicle.  If you must to leave it in your car, put it in the trunk.

FIRE DEPARTMENT

News:

On Monday, November 4, Firefighter Paramedics Kenny and Stillman completed hands-on automobile extrication training using power equipment (“Jaws of Life”). This training, hosted by Cardinal Auto Wrecking using wrecked vehicles, provides our Firefighters with experience using our equipment and practice time with rescue techniques on many types of automobiles.

On Tuesday, November 5 at 8:36 am, the Fire Department was dispatched to the area of 800 Buchanan Street for a residential structure fire. The first arriving Captain found a metal shed in the backyard of a home with smoke coming out of it. The fire was quickly extinguished, however, the investigation into the cause of the fire revealed an unapproved and very unsafe living area where potentially illegal activities were taking place. Several other City departments were notified, including the Building Department, Code Enforcement, County Hazardous Materials and Environmental Health, Storm Water and the Police Department.

On Tuesday, November 5, Division Chief Holcomb was reassigned as a Fireline Safety Officer from the Kincade Fire in Sonoma County, to the Ranch Fire, located just north of San Francisco. He de-mobilized from the incident and returned home on Sunday, November 11.

On Friday, November 8, Orange Glen High School hosted a career day. The fire engine crew from Station #2 (N. Midway) including Captain Tebbe, Engineer Ratliff and Firefighter Paramedic Friedrichs spoke to approximately 100 freshman students about the rewards of a career in the fire service. After the discussion, the students were given an up close tour of the fire engine including the gear and equipment.

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

Major Projects Update

The following major projects are being reviewed and coordinated by Planning, Engineering, Fire, Building and Utilities.  The list of projects below encompasses recent project updates and/or milestones from last week.  

Commercial / Office:

  1. Escondido Research and Technology Center (ERTC) – West (Developer: James McCann) 2181 Citracado Parkway – A plan for a new two-story, 57,000 SF, 52-bed Palomar Rehabilitation Institute (PRI) was submitted as a Plot Plan on July 31, 2017. The Plot Plan approval letter was issued on February 7, 2018. An MOU explaining the phasing and proposed parking improvements for the hospital has been signed by all parties and was completed on July 15, 2019.  The state OSHPD will issue building permits and oversee construction inspections.  Site preparation and grading activities for the PRI building has commenced.  A grading permit has been issued for the parking lot expansion on the Parcel 1 property.
  1. Escondido Research and Technology Center (ERTC) – East (Developer: James McCann) 2130 Citracado Parkway – Building plans for a 71,656 SF medical office building in this approved medical complex area across from Palomar Hospital were submitted into plan check on October 9, 2018. A subsequent plan submittal increased the size of the building to approximately 80,000 SF, which exceeds the specific plan allowance for that planning area.  A plot plan application for the modified building design has been submitted by the applicant.  A fee deferral agreement has been signed by all parties in anticipation of building permit issuance.  Engineering has approved the new temporary parking lot for hospital employees on Lots 10-15 at the southern end of the ERTC.

Industrial

  1. Escondido Self-Storage Facility (Developer: Brandywine Homes, Inc.) 2319 Cranston Dr. – Updated building plans were resubmitted into plan check on July 24, 2018. The building plans have been approved for some time and the building permit is ready to be issued upon payment of fees.  A fee deferral agreement is ready to record.  The grading permit has been approved. 
  1. Citracado Business Park (Developer: Dentt Properties) 2207 Harmony Grove Road – A proposed specific plan for two industrial warehouse/office buildings (145,930 SF and 125,930 SF) with the buildings to be separated by the future extension of Citracado Parkway. The application was submitted on August 14, 2018.  All departments have completed their initial review and comments were sent to the applicant on September 17, 2018.  SDG&E also has provided comments regarding the high voltage power lines that traverse the site.  The applicant’s traffic consultant submitted revised methodology and distribution to Engineering on October 19, 2018, and a revised Traffic Impact Analysis was submitted to Engineering on August 8, 2019.  The developer and consultant team met with Engineering and Planning on August 20, 2019, to discuss proposed traffic mitigation measures.  Caltrans has recently responded favorably to the Engineering Division’s suggestion of adaptive signal timing as feasible mitigation for the Nordahl/Hwy 78 area.  Two vacant residences on the site were demolished on October 4, 2019.

City Projects

  1. Membrane-Filtration Reverse Osmosis (Developer: City of Escondido Utilities Department) SE corner Ash/Washington – On January 16, 2019, the City Council expressed continued support for the MFRO, but directed staff to investigate moving the facility from Ash/Washington to another location. A city-owned property located at 901 W. Washington Avenue has been selected as the new MFRO site.  An on-site meeting with the selected design-build and environmental contractors occurred on January 28, 2019.  A Design Build Agreement was approved by the City Council on April 3, 2019.  The Design Build Agreement with Filanc+BC Joint Venture provides for design and pre-construction services.  The Design Build team met with Utilities and Planning on May 15, 2019 and June 5, 2019 to discuss design and timeline issues.  City staff met with the Design Build team to review site plan comments on August 14, 2019, and again on September 3, 2019.  A Plot Plan application was submitted for review on October 14, 2019.  A comment letter was issued on November 6, 2019, and a follow-up meeting with Utilities occurred the next day.
  1. Lake Wohlford Replacement Dam (Developer: City of Escondido Utilities Department) – 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. A field visit with staff from the state and federal wildlife agencies took place on May 11, 2017, to review biological mitigation requirements including an agency request for full mitigation for emergent vegetation at the eastern end of the lake that came into existence since the lake level was reduced for safety reasons.  Staff sent a follow-up letter to the wildlife agencies on June 29, 2017, seeking clarification on the proposed biological mitigation requirements. Additional information has been compiled and analyzed by the City’s biological consultants based on recent conversations with the agencies.  The biological consultant and staff met with the wildlife agencies on November 28, 2018 to discuss a modified approach to fulfilling mitigation requirements.  Written information summarizing what was discussed at the meeting was transmitted to the agencies on December 4, 2018.  City staff concluded a revised assessment of potential biological impacts and met with the agencies to present the findings.  Additional information requested by the agencies was prepared and submitted as requested.  The agencies responded they do not concur with the alternative mitigation proposal and the issue remains unresolved.

Residential

  1. Harvest Hills (aka Safari Highlands Ranch) (Developer: Jeb Hall, Concordia Homes) 550 lots east of Rancho San Pasqual – A Notice of Availability for the Draft EIR was issued on October 16, 2017 for public review and comment. The comment period ended on January 2, 2018.  Staff transmitted all the comment letters and emails to the Draft EIR consultant for review and to prepare a response to each comment.  The Draft EIR and appendices have been posted on the City’s website at the following link: 
    https://www.escondido.org/safari-highlands-ranch-specific-plan.aspx
    The responses to comments have generated related revisions to the project design. The applicant’s engineer submitted a revised tentative map on October 26, 2018.  Generally, the amount of grading and the area of disturbance has decreased, while the overall number of 550 residential lots has remained the same.  Engineering met with the project engineer and applicant on January 31, 2019, to discuss their comments on the revised tentative map.  The revised tentative map and exhibits have been posted on-line at the link above.  The applicant met with Traffic Engineering during the week of February 25th to discuss off-site improvements.  Staff, applicant and biological consultant met with the wildlife agencies on April 23, 2019, to discuss the revisions to the project design mentioned above.  The applicant and staff met on June 20, 2019, to refine the list of outstanding issues remaining to be resolved prior to advancing to public hearings for the project.  The applicant met with Traffic Engineering staff on August 15, 2019, and agreement was reached on several of the off-site mitigation locations on October 28, 2019.  Additional information regarding biological resources was submitted on August 29, 2019.  A revised tentative map addressing previous staff comments was submitted on November 6, 2019.  A third amendment to the EIR contract for additional consultant funding will be presented to the City Council on November 20, 2019.
  1. 18 lots at 701 San Pasqual Valley Rd (Developer: Bob Stewart) – A tentative map for ten single-family lots was approved by City Council on February 8, 2008. The applicant has been working to revise the map to develop more homes on the property.  In response to follow-up discussions with the applicant about revising the map, comments were provided on April 29, 2019.  Additional discussions between the applicant and the City to resolve project issues also occurred on June 20, 2019.  The applicant submitted a tentative map time extension on July 10, 2019, to extend the processing timeline.  The tentative map’s expiration date was extended another two years on October 30, 2018.  The map will expire on February 6, 2022.
  1. The Villages at Escondido Country Club (Developer: Jason Han, New Urban West, Inc.) 380 residences – The City Council voted 3-2 to approve the project on November 15, 2017. The applicant submitted rough grading plans, drainage improvement plans and utility relocation plans for all three villages on May 7, 2018. Most of the plans are in third or fourth plan check.  Engineering comments were returned on March 12, 2019; and the developer team met with Engineering on April 1, 2019, to discuss the comments.  The homebuilder met with Building, Engineering and Planning on April 24, 2019 to discuss the building plan check and precise grading plan processes.  A revised Certified Tentative Map for substantial conformance review was submitted on May 23, 2019 and included a proposal to relocate approximately 10 residential lots within the development.  These changes in Villages 2 and 3 resulted from comments provided by the Regional Water Quality Control Board and that agency now has issued a permit.  The revised Certified Tentative Map was approved on September 3, 2019.  A rough grading permit for Village 1 was issued on September 16, 2019, and grading is underway.  All remaining buildings in the village center area of Village 1 have been demolished.  Final engineering for Villages 2 and 3 was resubmitted to staff on October 14, 2019.  This includes rough grading plans, improvement plans, and the final map.  Partial staff comments were issued last week on Villages 2 and 3 and the Country Club Drive improvements.  Village 1 improvement plans were approved on November 8, 2019.
    The approved tentative subdivision map, Final EIR and appendices, Specific Plan and other related information can be accessed on the City’s website at the following link:
    https://www.escondido.org/ecc.aspx
  1. North Avenue Estates (Developer: Casey Johnson) 34 lots at North Ave./Conway Dr. –The City Council approved the project on January 10, 2018. LAFCO approved the annexation application on October 1, 2018, and the annexation has recorded.  The new homebuilder, Taylor Morrison Homes submitted a Precise Development Plan to Planning on December 14, 2018.  Grading plans, final map and improvement plans were submitted for review on December 7, 2018.  Engineering met with the applicant’s engineer on January 31, 2019 to discuss drainage issues.  A revised Certified TM was approved on March 14, 2019.  Final engineering plans were resubmitted on March 21, 2019.  The project engineer, Engineering and County Water Authority staff met on April 2, 2019, to discuss the street and utility crossings over the CWA aqueduct.  The applicant’s engineer submitted a revised design to address the CWA issues the week of June 3rd.  Building plans for four model homes were submitted into plan check on July 15, 2019.  The most recent comments by Planning on the building plans were sent out on October 24, 2019.  The Precise Development Plan was approved by the Planning Commission on August 13, 2019.  Revised grading and improvement plans were resubmitted on October 25, 2019.  A resubmittal of the final map is expected this week. 
  1. Quince Street Senior Housing (Developer: Matt Jumper, 220 Quince, L.P.) 145 apartment units at 220 N. Quince St. – The five-story affordable senior housing apartment project was submitted on November 21, 2017. The applicant submitted revised plans on May 3, 2019.  Public review of the Draft Mitigated Negative Declaration resulted in two comment letters.  A Final MND was prepared and included in the staff report, which was presented to the Planning Commission.  The project was reviewed by the Planning Commission on August 13, 2019 and the commission unanimously supported the project.  The City Council approved the project on October 23, 2019.
  1. Sager Ranch/Daley Ranch Resort Specific Plan (Developer: J. Whalen Associates, Inc., Sager Ranch Partners) 203 housing units and 225-room resort hotel on 1,783-acres, just north and east of Daley Ranch – This proposed residential and resort hotel annexation and specific plan project was received on March 2, 2018. The project submittal has been deemed incomplete and a letter from staff requesting additional project related information was sent to the applicant on April 4, 2018. Requested information includes annexation exhibits, proposed general plan amendment text, a proposed Transfer of Development Rights Program, environmental initial study, and a fiscal impact analysis. Planning met with the applicant on May 17, 2018 to discuss items listed in the letter. A follow-up meeting to discuss engineering issues occurred on June 27, 2018. The applicant met with Escondido Fire and Valley Center Fire on August 1, 2018 to discuss fire protection issues. Significant fire-related issues to be addressed include the steepness of the project entry road, secondary emergency access and Fire Department response times. A follow-up meeting with the applicant to discuss these issues occurred on October 11, 2018.  On April 5, 2019, the applicant provided a letter response with alternative compliance proposals to address some of the fire-related issues.  On May 14, 2019 the applicant provided additional fire-related information requested by Fire and Planning.  Fire, Planning, and Engineering staff met with the applicant team on May 29, 2019 to discuss the fire-related information.  A financial feasibility study for the proposed resort was submitted on July 8, 2019.
    A project webpage containing draft documents and plans has been added to the Planning Division’s website at the following link:
    https://www.escondido.org/daley-ranch-resort-specific-plan.aspx 
  1. Nutmeg Condo General Plan Amendment (Developer: Jim Simmons, CCI) 137 townhome condo units on 7.7 acres on both sides of Nutmeg between I-15 and Centre City Parkway – This proposed multi-family residential development includes a GPA from Office to Urban III (up to 18 du/acre) as well as a specific alignment plan for Nutmeg and a vacation of approximately one acre of public right-of-way for use in the project. The project application was received on June 15, 2018. Initial comments from Planning, Fire, Engineering, Utilities and Traffic Engineering were provided to the applicant on July 13, 2018. A Notice of Availability for the Draft EIR was issued May 7, 2019, announcing a 45-day public review period from May 10, 2019 to June 24, 2019.  Caltrans expressed a concern for having encroachment into their right of way.  As a result, project revisions are necessary for the southern portion of the property to accommodate grading and fuel modification zone planning on-site.  The applicant met with Planning and Engineering on August 14, 2019 to discuss potential changes to the project.  The project applicant is splitting the project into northern and southern pieces.  The GPA, Final EIR and northern piece were recommended for approval by the Planning Commission on October 22, 2019.  The City Council will consider the same part of the proposal on November 20, 2019.
  1. Oak Creek (Builder: KB Homes) 65 single-family residential lots on approximately 44 acres at Felicita Road and Hamilton Lane – The Zoning Administrator approved a modification to the Precise Development Plan to revise the architecture on October 25, 2018. On-site remediation of hazardous materials has been completed and DTSC has issued a clearance letter.  On-site improvement plans have been approved.  The rough grading permit was issued on April 18, 2019, and grading has commenced on the site.  The Precise Grading Plan for the model homes has been approved and building permits for two model homes were issued the week of July 8.  A Model Home Permit was approved by Planning on July 10, 2019, for the sales office and temporary improvements.  A second plan check submittal for the final map was received the week of May 13.  Second plan check for the off-site improvement plans was received on June 3, 2019.  Engineering comments have been returned and Engineering has approved all improvements, excepting those provided for on Felicita, which additional changes are expected.  County of San Diego staff from the Parks and Public Works Divisions have met with the applicant to discuss ways to evaluate floodplain and drainage issues occurring at the Felicita Park.  A follow up meeting with Engineering occurred on August 28, 2019.  In response the applicant submitted a hydraulics study to DPW on September 9, 2019.  Discussions between KB Homes and the County have been on-going with the expectation the County will provide final direction this week.
  1. Villa Portofino (Developer: Chris Post, ATC Design Group) 15 apartment units in a three-story building with parking garage at 2690 S. Escondido Blvd. – This 15-unit multi-family residential project on a 0.52-acre parcel between S. Escondido Blvd and Cranston Drive was submitted as a Plot Plan application on November 28, 2018. A Development Agreement will be required to reduce open space. A comment letter was issued on December 20, 2018.  Planning, Fire and Engineering met with the applicant on June 10, 2019, to discuss revisions to the plans intended to address the previous comments.  A revised project design was routed to all departments on August 23, 2019.  Planning has notified the applicant the project design is not consistent with the South Centre City Specific Plan.  Engineering and Utilities comments were provided to the applicant on October 2, 2019.
  1. Palomar Heights (Developer: Ninia Hammond, Integral Communities) Demolition and redevelopment of the old Palomar Hospital site with 510 multi-family units – A proposed Tentative Map, Planned Development, Specific Plan Amendment and EIR to redevelop the 13.8-acre former hospital site. Up to 5,500 square feet of recreation or commercial space could be included. A partial project application was submitted on December 24, 2018.  Engineering and Planning comments on the initial project submittal were sent to the applicant on February 12, 2019.  A contract for a developer-funded planning consultant to work on this project as an extension of Planning staff was approved by the City Council on February 13, 2019. Planning Engineering and Fire met with the applicant team on February 27, 2019 and again on April 24, 2019 to go through proposed revisions to the site plan and building designs.  The applicant revised the plans to increase the unit count from 424 units to 510 units.  A Notice of Preparation (NOP) for the Draft EIR was issued on May 3, 2019 and a public scoping meeting took place on May 20, 2019.  The public comment period for the NOP closed on June 3, 2019, and approximately 28 comment letters and written forms from the scoping meeting were received.  Resubmittal of the redesign package was filed on June 25, 2019.  Design and site plan information was submitted on July 1, 2019 and a screen check EIR was submitted on July 29, 2019.  City comments on the design package was transmitted on August 2, 2019.  Comments on the screen check EIR were issued on August 27, 2019.  It is anticipated that the draft EIR will be released for public review and comment in mid to late fall.  The third revision to project plans was submitted to Planning on September 11, 2019. Comments are expected to be issued this week.  A meeting with Utilities to discuss water and sewer plans and meter credits took place on October 3, 2019.  A Planning Commission work session focused on project design occurred on October 8, 2019.  A City comment letter, including Planning Commission feedback on design review, was transmitted to the applicant on October 21, 2019.
    The development proposal and other related information can be accessed on the City’s website at the following link:
    https://www.escondido.org/palomarheights.aspx 
  1. Henry Ranch (Builder: Joe Martin, Trumark Homes) An approved development of 97 single-family residential homes on 74.35 acres at the eastern terminus of Lincoln Avenue – The Tract 920 development proposal was originally approved in 2007 and an extension of the associated Development Agreement was approved in 2016. Final Map, grading plans and improvement plans were submitted for initial review on February 12, 2019. Architectural plans were submitted for Design Review on February 15, 2019, and comments were issued on March 14, 2019.  The second submittal of final engineering was received on April 22, 2019, and several rounds of comments have been provided.  The project applicant is still working on the improvement plans, particularly water service issues and a meeting with Utilities has been scheduled for this week.  Grading plans have been approved and issued.
  1. Del Prado (Developer: Kerry Garza, Touchstone Communities) – An approved 113-unit townhome-style Planned Development located at the southwestern corner of Brotherton Road and the Centre City Parkway frontage road - The Del Prado project was approved by the City Council in May of 2016. The project site is separated into two parcels by an SDGE parcel.  Engineering and Planning are reviewing third plan check for final map, grading and improvement plans for Del Prado South.  Del Prado North is in second plan check for the same plans.  No building plans have been submitted into plan check.  Planning has provided comments for the North landscape plans.  The applicant is attempting to resolve sewer issues with the Regional Water Quality Control Board because sewer lines are proposed to cross over water lines.  Utilities is awaiting resubmittal of a full set of plans and met with the applicant on August 1, 2019 to review potential redesign options.  Planning approved the South landscape plan. 
  1. Hacienda De Vega Redevelopment – (Developer: Tony Cassolato) A proposed residential condominium development consisting of 42 three-story attached townhomes on 1.75 acres – The project would demolish the vacant restaurant building and redevelop the entire site for residential use. An application for a tentative map, plot plan and condominium permit was submitted on October 8, 2019. Initial comments from all departments have been prepared.
  1. Accessory Dwelling Units – Planning staff is currently working on thirteen (13) applications for accessory dwelling units. Twenty-six (26) accessory dwelling units have been approved so far this year. Twenty-four (24) accessory dwelling units were approved in 2018.  Three (3) accessory dwelling units were approved in 2017.

Building Division:

  1. The Building Division issued 90 permits (including 32 solar photovoltaic) with a total valuation of $374,768.
  1. Our building inspectors responded to 214 inspection requests. 170 customers visited the Building counter during the week.
  1. No change from the previous. The Latitude 2 apartment project at 650 Center City Pkwy has received Building final approvals and Temporary Certificates of Occupancy for buildings 1-4. Field Engineering have released Building 6 for TCO.  The Building Division has granted a Temporary Certificate of Occupancy, with minor restrictions and is awaiting a request for Final inspection of Bldg. 6.  Final Inspection pending the receipt of all final reports from the contractor.
  1. No change from the previous. The new two story church sanctuary building at 1864 N. Broadway is progressing toward final inspection.   Finish work continues to proceed and may take several weeks to complete. A Final Inspection will be performed once work is completed and requested by the contractor.
  1. No Change from the previous. The new 105 room hotel at 200 La Terraza is currently operating on a Temporary Certificate of Occupancy, pending Engineering final approval. Work is on-going to complete Engineering conditions, however, additional time is needed; Since their current TCO expires today they will be granted an additional 30-day extension, which will expire November 18th, 2019.
  1. The new five-story storage building at 852 Metcalf St is headed toward completion, with a final inspection scheduled for this week.
  1. The new Gateway Grand 126-unit apartment project at 700 W. Grand Ave. has received approval of Exterior shear of floors 4 & 5. Fourth floor corridor shear walls have been approved for Building B.  Floor sheathing for the 4th floor of Bldg. C has been approved.  Framing and all MEP’s are on-going in Building B with the first layer of drywall approved in several units on the 2nd
  1. No change from the previous. The new apartments at 917 W Lincoln Ave, consisting of 3 buildings and 9 total units, has received partial approval of drywall. Drywall installation is complete.  Finish work is on-going and will take several weeks to complete.  Staff is awaiting a request for final inspection. Temporary Gas & Electric meters have been approved and released.
  1. No change from the previous. The new 2 story 20,000 sf office building for Superior Ready Mix on 1564 W Mission is awaiting final inspection.
  1. No change from the previous. KB Homes, located at the Oak Creek development on Daisy Field Glen has completed the model home construction phase of the development. Plan revisions have been submitted and are currently under review.  Staff has been informed by KB’s permit coordinator that requests for permit issuance of the first phase could be occurring within the next 2 to 3 weeks. The number of homes in the first phase could total between 12-16 dwellings. Construction of the Guard shack is currently underway-so far framing, roof sheathing, drywall and exterior lath have been approved. Precise Grading plans for Phases 1 & 2, totaling 12 SFD’s, are currently in review.
  1. The Starbucks “shell” building located at 350 W Valley Pkwy has received partial pre-roofing inspection to allow for shear transfer connections to be placed. Exterior shear has been approved. Rough framing, electrical, plumbing and mechanical has been approved. Drywall & Exterior Lath have been approved. Shell Building Final is currently in progress.

ENGINEERING DEPARTMENT

Capital Improvements:

  1. El Norte Parkway ImprovementsNo changes from that reported last week; The project includes widening of El Norte Parkway at the flood control channel by the installation of a new bridge, construction of new median islands from Valley Parkway to Washington Avenue, landscaping and a drip irrigation system, a bike/pedestrian signal at the flood control channel, along with roadway resurfacing. The bridge deck and supporting structures is the focus of work this week. Iron workers are on site placing and tying reinforcing rebar. The median islands that are to be constructed between the Channel and Washington Avenue are scheduled to begin on Tuesday of next week. Seventy-two (72) working days are remaining for project completion. Submittals are continuing to be processed by staff.

  1. Transit Center Pedestrian Bridge Project – On the north end of the project the contractor is continuing grading operations to shape the new channel alignment. The contractor has completed placing steel reinforcement for the wall footing for new walls along Spruce Street and 3rd Avenue in preparation of the concrete placement. Installation of irrigation system lateral lines is continuing on the completed slopes at the northern most end of the project. The demolition of an existing 10’ X 10’ storm drain structure is underway this week which must be removed as part of the channel realignment. Twenty-six (26) working days remain on the
  2. 2019 Street Rehabilitation and Maintenance Project Rebid- The re-bid of the project has been completed and achieved the desired outcome. The low bid came in at a cost savings of $363,962 dollars. This year’s project will resurface approximately 71-lane miles of pavement, replace 0.59- miles of sidewalk, and restripe 2.5- miles of bike lanes, install 51 pedestrian ramps, and replace 90 street trees that are currently damaging concrete improvements. With the continued investment into our streets the City has increased its Pavement Condition Index (PCI) from 55 to 61 points since 2013. This year’s project is Maintenance Zone W, which is west of I-15 between State Route 78 and Felicita Avenue. Streets include Eucalyptus Avenue, Valley Parkway between Auto Parkway and 11th Avenue, Citracado Parkway East of Valley Parkway and 9th Avenue between Auto Parkway and Hale Avenue. Out of service area street is Valley Parkway between Fig Street and Grape Street. More information can be found at https://www.escondido.org/city-of-escondido-street-maintenance-program.aspx
  3. Storm Drain Pipe Lining and Rehabilitation Project Phase1 – No changes from that reported last week; The project consists of 14 work zones and 3 Bid Alternate locations for the videoing, grouting, repairing, and lining of existing corrugated metal pipes (CMP) within the City’s inventory. Pipe replacement is required for a segment crossing Grand Avenue South of Midway Drive. The contract days have been suspended until delivery of material for this segment of construction.

Private Development

  1. Tract 932 - Canyon Grove Shea Homes Community – No changes from that reported last week; The developer will resume final asphalt placement on November 13th & 14th of this month. The roadway connection between Vista Avenue and Vista Verde Way is scheduled to opened to all traffic by the end of the month. This opening will connect El Norte Parkway to the South and Ash Street to the West.
  2. Latitude II Condominiums: Washington Avenue @ Centre City Parkway – No changes from that reported last week: The project will be working on punch list items over the next reporting period.
  3. Tract 934No changes from that reported last week: Is a 5 lot subdivision located at 1207 Gamble Street. Offsite sidewalk improvements were formed this week.
  4. 1221 Gamble Street No changes from that reported last week: Is a 3 lot subdivision located adjacent to Tract 934. The contractor has placed the concrete spandrel along Gamble Street.  
  5. KB Homes Oak Creek Project No changes from that reported last week; The construction of on site improvements are continuing this week. Offsite water laterals along Hamilton Lane is ongoing this week.
  6. ATT Facility Tank Relocation – All punch list items have been completed. This will complete reporting on this project.
  7. North American Self Storage – The project is located at 852 Metcalf Street. The contractor has started final concrete replacement at the Mission Avenue /Metcalf intersection this week.  
  8. Pradera by Lennar No changes from that reported last week: The construction and installation of 779’ of12” water main along Conway Drive, between Lehner Drive and Rincon Avenue is complete. The contractor is tying the new line to the City’s potable water system.
  9. Henry Ranch Tract 920 – The project is located at the intersection of El Norte Parkway/Lincoln Avenue. The contractor has been issued a Grading Permit and grading began this past week. 433,000 cubic yards of material will be processed during the grading operation with 50,000 cubic yards of material being exported off site.
  10. The Villages No changes from that reported last week: Village 1 grading is continuing this week. Village 1 is between Country Club Drive to the south, David Drive to the east and Golden Circle Drive to the north. A total of 111 homes are to be constructed in Village 1. No Parking signs are in placed on Country Club Drive South of Country Club Lane. The work will be for the relocation of a 4” steel gas main located in Country Club Drive. There are 5 locations along the project frontage that required the gas mains to be relocated due to the construction of future Storm Drain pipe.
  11. SDG&E 16” Gas Main Replacement: No changes from that reported last week: The City has issued an Encroachment Permit for pot holing of utilities for a future gas main replacement project on Bear Valley Parkway between HWY 78/ San Pasqual Valley Road interaction then South to Beethoven Drive. Information is being gathered to aid in the development of the new gas main alignment. Pot holing will begin this week. The construction phase is not expected until 2021.

GRANT APPLICATIONS

Applications: 

  • Public Works applied for $400,000 in a Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) Resiliency Allocation through a Cal OES Request for Proposal. If selected to receive the PSPS allocation, Public Works will use the funds to install new emergency back-up generators at two critical emergency operations facilities, the PW Yard and EVCC. Currently, these two City facilities do not have back-up generators.
    During an emergency event, the Public Works Yard is responsible for the Public Works Emergency Operations Center, Traffic Signal Control Center, emergency vehicle fueling infrastructure, and emergency vehicle repairs. The EVCC is the primary emergency evacuation center for the City and surrounding areas of the County. These two new back-up generators will ensure the continuity of operations for these critical emergency functions.
  • This week, the City has applied for a $310,000 grant from the California Department of Housing and Community Development under the SB2 Planning Grant program. This will allow the City to initiate three projects to accelerate housing production, including updating the Housing Element (2021-2029), creating a new specific plan for the East Valley/Hospital Professional Zone, and conducting a housing sector feasibility study to evaluate and market housing construction opportunities in Escondido.