SPECIAL EVENTS 

  • Christ Bible Church’s Family Movie Night
    Saturday, November 19th 6- 9 p.m.
    Grape Day Park
    Join members of Christ Bible Church for an evening of fellowship, games and a family-friendly movie in the park.
  • For information about other activities taking place in Escondido, please visit www.visitescondido.com 

UPGRADE OF CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS 

Beginning on December 15, 2016, the main display equipment in the City Council Chambers will be upgraded. As part of the upgrade, we will be removing the large screen above the dais and replacing it.  The Council Chambers will be unavailable for use until the January 25, 2017 City Council meeting.  The City Council meeting scheduled for January 11, 2017 will take place in the Mitchell Room.  Although that meeting will be videotaped and rebroadcast, there will be no live broadcast or video stream. 

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

Major Projects Update

Commercial / Office:

  • Escondido Research and Technology Center – East (ERTC) (Developer: James McCann) No change from the following update reported last week: This is a 72,000 square foot medical office building proposed on the east side of Citracado Parkway across from Palomar Medical Center located at 2130 Citracado Parkway.  A grading permit has been issued by the Engineering Division.  Building plans have been submitted for plan check.  The applicant has recently requested to install a temporary paved parking lot in this area to serve the hospital.  A grading plan for the temporary parking lot was approved June 13, 2016. 
  • Escondido Research and Technology Center – West (ERTC) (Developer: James McCann) No change from the following update reported last week: This is a 144,000 sq. ft. development involving two medical office buildings proposed on the west side of Citracado Parkway across from Palomar Medical Center located at 2097 – 2175  Citracado Parkway.  A grading permit has been issued by the Engineering Division.  Esgil and the Planning Division have approved the building plans.  A fee deferral agreement has been signed and the building permit was issued June 23, 2016.  A tentative parcel map (TPM) for office condominiums was approved on July 12, 2016.  A Final Parcel Map was submitted by the applicant on July 25, 2016, and is currently being reviewed by Planning and Engineering.  A modified building plan to add a linear accelerator is now being reviewed by staff. 
  • Centerpointe 78 Commercial (Developer: Lars Andersen, Pacific Development)No change from the following update reported last week: This project is a 45,650 sq. ft. supermarket and restaurant located at 925 N. Broadway.  The project was approved by the City Council on December 9, 2015.  Demolition of the former auto dealership has been completed down to the foundation.  Grading plans have been submitted to Engineering and Planning for review.  Building plans for the supermarket were submitted to the Building Division on September 14, 2016, and are being reviewed by Building and Planning staff.  A boundary adjustment application to place the two buildings on separate parcels went to Planning on October 14, 2016. 
  • Westfield Theater (Developer: Kim Brewer, Westfield)No change from the following update reported last week: This project is a 10-auditorium movie theater totaling 57,600 sq. ft. located on the north side of the Westfield Mall.  The project was approved by the City Council on November 4, 2015. 
  • Felicita Development, LLC (Developer: Katherine Park, Creative Design Associates)No change from the following update reported last week: This project is a 140-unit hotel, and a gas station or office/residential care facility at the southeast corner of Felicita Rd. and Gamble Lane. The applicant and staff met with the architect to discuss building elevations, 5-story height limitations and site design issues given the existing wetland constraints on the property. Additional technical analysis and coordination is needed to address traffic, biology, water and sewer service, geotechnical and storm water concerns, along with a market study for the proposed uses. The applicant met with the wild life agencies and is responding to technical studies needed to complete the application. 
  • Springhill Suites (Developer: Raj Patel, San Bernardino Hospitality LLC)No change from the following update reported last week: This project is a 4-story, 105-suite hotel totaling 73,300 sq. ft. located at 200 La Terraza Drive.  The hotel includes a small conference room and an enlarged lobby for serving continental breakfast.  A revised set of grading plans has been approved since February and grading for the hotel site has now started.  Building plans have been approved by Esgil, Fire, Planning and Engineering.  The building permit is ready to be issued. 
  • Escondido Auto Park Association (Developer: Tim Brecht, Escondido Auto Park Association) No change from the following update reported last week: The association is proposing to upgrade the existing electronic message sign along I-15.  An application for a new regional market sign and an amendment to the Sign Ordinance to increase the allowable display area for a regional market sign was submitted to the Planning Division on May 6, 2016.  The proposed sign would be located in the same location as the existing sign at a slightly lower height (73.5 feet) with approximately the same overall dimensions.  The Planning Commission recommended approval of the new regional market sign and amendment to the Sign Ordinance on July 12, 2016.  The City Council approved the new regional market sign and amendment to the Sign Ordinance on August 17, 2016.  Building plans are currently being reviewed by staff and a building permit should be issued soon. 

Industrial 

  • StorQuest (Developer: The William Warren Group, Inc.)No change from the following update reported last week: This proposed project at 220 W. Mission Avenue involves a 102,500 sq. ft., four-story self-storage facility development with three in-line shops and a small office. The Planning Commission voted to recommend approval of the proposed General Plan Amendment, Planned Development and Zone Change on August 9, 2016.  The project was approved by the City Council on September 14, 2016. 
  • Victory Industrial Development (Developer: Scott Merry, Badiee Development) No change from the following update reported last week: This project involves two industrial buildings totaling 91,000 sq. ft. (one building 55,500 sq. ft., second building 35,500 sq. ft.) located at 2005 Harmony Grove Road and a zone change from residential to Planned Industrial consistent with the updated General Plan.  The Planning Commission voted to recommend approval of the proposed General Plan Amendment, Planned Development and Zone Change on August 9, 2016.  It was approved by the City Council on September 14, 2016.  Building plans were submitted into plan check the following day and are now being reviewed by staff. 
  • Micro-Filtration Reverse Osmosis (Developer: City of Escondido Utilities Department) No change from the following update reported last week: The proposed project involves a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) for the development of a new City facility to provide advanced treatment for recycled water produced at the City of Escondido’s Hale Avenue Resource Recovery Facility (HARRF) for agricultural uses with the capacity for future treatment for indirect potable reuse.  The facility would be sized for a total production capacity of 2.0 million gallons per day (mgd).  A previous proposal for development of the facility at 2512 East Washington Avenue has now been shelved while staff pursues development of the facility on an alternative site located on the southeastern corner of Washington Avenue and Ash Street.  On July 20, 2016, the City Council approved a first-phase design contract with Black and Veatch for the design effort need to bring the new site design to the Planning Commission for CUP consideration in December 2016.  If the Planning Commission approves the CUP, a contract for the remaining design work will be brought forward to the City Council.  Site and building design concepts have been developed and two neighborhood meetings were held on October 12, 2016 and November 3, 2016.  A 30-day public review period for the proposed Mitigated Negative Declaration started on October 27, 2016 and will end on November 27, 2016.  A Planning Commission hearing on the proposed CUP tentatively has been scheduled for December 13, 2016. 
  • Wastewater Collections Yard Expansion (Developer: City of Escondido Utilities Department)No change from the following update reported last week: The project involves development of 1.8 acres of a larger, approximately 15.4-acre site for the construction of a new wastewater collections yard and maintenance facility for the City’s Hale Avenue Resource Recovery Facility (HARRF) at 1521 S. Hale Avenue.  The proposed facilities will consist of three separate pre-fabricated metal buildings 3,735 sq. ft. - 5,670 sq. ft. for collections; work bays and workshops for regular maintenance of vehicles and equipment.  The project would require the processing of a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) and rezone.  The Planning Commission held a public hearing and recommended approval on May 10, 2016.  It was approved by the City Council on June 15, 2016.  Grading, building and landscape plans are now being reviewed by staff for permit issuance.
  • Escondido Self-Storage Facility (Developer: Brandywine Homes, Inc.)No change from the following update reported last week:  A modification to a Master and Precise Development Plan for revisions to the design of a previously approved, but not yet constructed, self-storage facility with direct access to Brotherton Road near the intersection with Cranston Drive.  The proposed project was submitted on May 11, 2016, and proposes approximately 77,500 SF of storage area in two buildings.  The larger building is two stories over a basement with all interior loading.  The smaller building is one-story with some exterior roll-up doors.  The project site is also part of a five-lot Tentative Map for four residential lots and one commercial lot (Tract 900) that is concurrently being processed for an extension of time.  Planning staff approved the environmental technical studies needed for the update of the previous environmental review on July 12.  Architecture was approved by staff Design Review on July 14 and an addendum to the previous MND has been prepared.  The project was recommended for approval by the Planning Commission on September 13, 2016, and the City Council approved the project on October 12, 2016. 
  • Innovative Industrial Development (Developer: Scott Merry, Badiee Development) – This project involves a unique proposal in which two potential industrial development scenarios are being analyzed for the 5.76-acre site located at 1925 Harmony Grove Road, directly in front of the “Victory Industrial Development” described above. The first development scenario involves a single tenant building with 98,500 square feet and 197 parking spaces.  The alternative scenario envisions three industrial buildings roughly within the same footprint as the single tenant proposal.  The three industrial buildings would include a total of 86,000 square feet with 234 parking spaces.  An industrial planned development application has been submitted along with a zone change from residential to Planned Industrial consistent with the updated General Plan.  A Mitigated Negative Declaration was issued on November 7, 2016 and the public review period will close on November 28, 2016.  A Planning Commission hearing for this project tentatively has been scheduled for December 13, 2016. 
  • HARRF Biogas to Energy Project (Developer: City of Escondido Utilities Department) – This project is a proposed Conditional Use Permit that will utilize the existing digester gas created during the sewage treatment process to power two generators with a combined output of 1,200 kW of power. The gas which is currently being flared on the site will be redirected for a useful purpose and used to offset the HARRF’s demand on utility natural gas and electricity from SDG&E.  The project was submitted in September 2016 and is currently being reviewed by staff. 

Institutional

  • John Paul the Great Catholic University (Developer: Kevin Meziere, John Paul the Great Catholic University) No change from the following update reported last week:  A Conditional Use Permit to expand the campus and student enrollment at 155 W. Grand Avenue was approved by the Planning Commission on December 8, 2015. The proposal includes improvements to the former H. Johnson site at 131 S. Broadway for studio and classroom space, and the former bank at 200 W. Grand Avenue for administrative offices and a student resource center.  The proposed expansion would also increase the student enrollment from 300 to 1,200 students over the next several years.  
  • Escondido United Reformed Church (Developer: Brent Cooper) No change from the following update reported last week: The project is an expansion for a phased, multi-year, master construction/development plan for a new 12,250 SF two-story sanctuary, conversion of existing buildings to a social hall, demolition of an existing social hall/classroom building (approx. 4,620 SF) and construction of approximately 5,250 SF for a nursery, multi-purpose room, classrooms for Sunday school at 1864 N. Broadway.  Revised architectural plans were unanimously approved by the Planning Commission on June 14, 2016.  The grading plans are now in plan check. 
  • Emmanuel Faith Community Church (Developer: Jim North, EFCC)No change from the following update reported last week: The project is a phased, multi-year construction and renovation program for the Emmanuel Faith campus that includes demolishing the existing children’s rooms and constructing a new nursery and children’s building for up to 200 children, construction of a two-story training center/youth complex, renovation of the existing high school/college building, conversion of the existing education center into an office and meeting room building, demolition of the existing café and construction of a new café, demolition and construction of a new maintenance building, construction of a new gathering plaza with baptismal outdoor water feature, and reconstruction and expansion of the existing worship center from 1,600 seats to 2,000 seats.  The Planning Commission approved the proposed modification to the Conditional Use Permit for the campus on June 9, 2015.  Grading, building and landscape plans for the first phase (45,414 square foot new children’s building) are being reviewed by staff and Esgil. 

Residential 

  • Oak Creek (Developer: Jason Han, New Urban West)No change from the following update reported last week: This project is a 65-unit single family development located at the southeastern corner of Felicita Road and Hamilton Lane approved by the City Council in 2015. The LAFCO Board unanimously approved the annexation on October 5, 2015, and the annexation has been recorded. No grading or improvement plans have been submitted by the developer at this time. 
  • Amanda Estates (Developer: Jason Han, New Urban West) No change from the following update reported last week: This project is a 22-unit single family development on Amanda Lane approved by the City Council in 2015. The LAFCO Board approved the reorganization (annexation) at their meeting on August 3, 2015, and the annexation has been recorded. No grading or improvement plans have been submitted by the developer at this time. 
  • Pradera (Developer: Moses Kim, Lennar Homes)No change from the following update reported last week: This project consists of a 70-unit single family development located at the northeastern corner of Ash Street and Lehner Avenue.  The developer has obtained building permits for five phases involving 44 homes and those phases are under construction.  Homebuyer interest in the product remains high and sales are progressing.  All five final maps in the project have now recorded.  Precise grading plans for all phases have now been approved. 
  • Lexington (Zenner) (Developer: Eric Johnston, KB Homes) – The project is a 40-unit, single-family development at the northeastern corner of Lehner Avenue and Vista Avenue. The three model homes on the eastern side of Ash Street are now open and sales are progressing as expected.  A rough grading permit was issued for the project site on August 18, 2016 and grading is underway.  The final map is scheduled for City Council approval on November 16, 2016.  The precise grading plan for Phase 1 is nearing approval as are the landscape plans for the community. 
  • Stella Park Condominiums (Developer: Edward Kaen, ETP, LLC)No change from the following update reported last week: This project is a 65-unit, three-story townhome Planned Development located at 2516 S. Escondido Blvd.  The project includes three separate recreation areas for residents.  The City Council approved the project on April 27, 2016.  No grading or improvement plans have been submitted by the developer at this time. 
  • Wohlford (Developer: Jack Henthorne) – This project is a 55-unit single family development located on Bear Valley Parkway east of Encino Drive. A Specific Alignment Plan for Bear Valley Parkway detailing the proposed roadway design is under review.  The EIR consultant has submitted the first screencheck version of the Draft EIR for staff review.  Bi-weekly status meetings between staff, the applicant and the EIR consultant are continuing. 
  • Latitude II (Developer: Peter Zak, Lyon/NCA)No change from the following update reported last week: This project is a 112-unit multi-family development, located at the northeastern corner of Centre City Parkway and Washington Avenue, and approved by the City Council on August 19, 2015.  A Final Subdivision Map has been submitted for review and is awaiting approval of a boundary adjustment for a property exchange with the adjacent motel owner.  Grading and building plans are nearing approval.  
  • Canyon Grove Estates Tract 932 (Developer: John Vance, Shea Homes) No change from the following update reported last week: This project is a 179-lot single family residential development on the north side of Vista Avenue east of Conway Drive.  The final architectural design and landscaping plans for the Precise Plan application were approved by the Planning Commission on June 14, 2016.  A rough grading permit has been issued and grading is underway.  The Final Map has been approved by the City Council.  Precise grading plans for the model complex and a model home permit have been approved.  Building plans for the construction of eight model homes were submitted on May 18, 2016 and are expected to be issued this week.  The applicant is coordinating the plan review for off-site street improvements on Ash Street with the County’s Department of Public Works. 
  • Safari Highlands Ranch (SHR) (Developer: Jeb Hall, Concordia Homes) No change from the following update reported last week: This project is a 550-unit single family development located east of the Rancho San Pasqual community and north of the San Diego Safari Park. The project involves 1,100 acres including annexation and a Sphere of Influence update for a master planned community with parks, trails, recreation center, fire station and open space.  Planning and Engineering extensions of staff have been funded by the applicant and retained to assist the City in processing the project.  The City Council approved the consultant contract for preparing the EIR on March 23, 2016.  The contract planner has been meeting with the consultant, Michael Baker International (MBI), and has started review of first draft sections of the EIR.  While the EIR is generally on schedule, there have been some changes to the site plan, which will affect the EIR schedule.  The changes include the elimination of the “water factory” for wastewater treatment, elimination of the public park, changes to the entry road which would now be private instead of public, and relocation of the fire station to the former public park site.  These changes will require the applicant’s civil engineer to make a number of revisions to the tentative map, but are not anticipated to affect the proposed development envelope or the number of proposed lots.  A revised tentative map depicting the site plan changes was submitted on October 17, 2016, and is being reviewed by staff and the contract planner. 
  • High Pointe Tract 693-J (Developer: Russell Schaeffer, True Life Communities) – No change from the following update reported last week: This project is a custom-home development with 39 estate lots accessed from Mesa Rock Road. Staff has prepared a bond and fee letter based on the proposed grading and landscape plans, and has sent it to the applicant. 
  • Del Prado (Developer: Kerry Garza, Touchstone Communities)No change from the following update reported last week: This project is a 113-unit townhome-style Planned Development located at the southwestern corner of Brotherton Road and the Centre City Parkway frontage road. The project includes a recreational facility, pool, and open space areas. Staff worked through various site design and utility issues with the applicant prior to scheduling the project for a public hearing.  The City Council approved the project on May 11, 2016.  No grading or improvement plans have been submitted by the developer at this time. 
  • 701 San Pasqual Valley Rd (Developer: Bob Stewart)No change from the following update reported last week: This project is a 19-unit single family development located at 701 San Pasqual Rd/1201 E. 5th Avenue (formerly Tract 898) on 7.2 acres. The application is under review and a letter detailing additional comments and submittal requirements was forwarded to the applicant. Additional information and revised plans were submitted to the Planning Division on June 13, 2016.  Planning Division has reviewed the submittal and informed the applicant that it is still incomplete. 
  • Veterans Village (Developer: Veterans Village of San Diego) No change from the following update reported last week: This project is a mixed-use development involving a 54-unit affordable multi-family residential apartment project for military veterans and their families. It includes on-site administration office, business center, club house and other support spaces for the residents; and a small commercial component to support training opportunities offered at the facility at 1556 S. Escondido Boulevard.  Building plans have been submitted for review and comment; the grading plans and landscaping plans have been approved.  A demolition permit for the historic structures on-site has been issued following completion of the required mitigation and work is expected to commence soon. 
  • Escondido Gateway (Developer: Greg Waite, Integral Communities)No change from the following update reported last week: This project is a mixed-use development involving 126 residential units within three, 4-5 story buildings with indoor and outdoor recreational areas and an opportunity for a small (1,000 sq. ft.) commercial/flex space on 2.6 acres (48 dwelling units/acre) located at 700 W. Grand Avenue (former Police Station) across the street from the Escondido Transit Center. Plans were submitted for the project involving a Specific Plan Amendment, Tentative Map, Planned Development and Development Agreement.  On September 13, 2016, the Planning Commission recommended approval of the proposed development.  The City Council approved the project on October 12, 2016. 
  • The Villages at Escondido Country Club (Developer: Jason Han, New Urban West, Inc.) – The project would redevelop the former 109.3-acre Escondido Country Club golf course property with a new residential development consisting of 392 dwelling units including single-family detached and attached duplex units. The proposed project density is 3.6 dwelling units per acre with a minimum residential lot size of 2,555 square feet. The development would include 46 acres of open space including a landscaped greenbelt with a four-mile trail system linking park features.  Other proposed amenities include a new clubhouse building, swimming pool, gym, tennis/pickle ball court, restaurant and bar and banquet facilities.  The proposed General Plan Amendment, Specific Plan, Vesting Tentative Map and Zone Change applications and plans were submitted to the Planning Division on October 31, 2016.  The plans are now being routed to City departments and agencies for comments.  The developer has retained Dudek to prepare the Draft EIR for the project.  The developer will fund a contract planner working under the direction of the Planning Division to assist the City in processing the project.  A kick-off meeting was held on November 15, 2016, to commence project-related discussions between Planning staff and their contract planner, the applicant and the EIR consultant.

Building Division: 

  • The Building Division had a short four-day Holiday week, and issued 71 permits for the week with a total valuation of $702,819. 
  • 26 photovoltaic permits were issued for the week. The Building Division has issued 1,151 solar permits this year compared to 1,165 issued for the same time last year. 
  • Counter techs had a busy week, assisting on average, 38 customers per day with 50 customers on Thursday. 
  • Building inspections averaged 36 inspections per day. 49 inspections were requested on Thursday. 
  • So far this year the Building Division has processed 3,457 permits, compared to 3,242 permits last year to date. Current building valuation for all issued permits to date is $55,807,879 compared to $42,220,456 for last year. 
  • 57 new single-family dwellings permits have been issued this year compared with 19 issued for the same time last year. 
  • Projects nearing permit issuance are:
    • Latitude 2, 112 unit apartment building at 610-660 Centre City Pkwy.
    • Church of Resurrection at 1445 Conway, 18,000 sf church.
    • Shea Homes, 179 single-family dwellings near Lehner Ave.
    • Veterans Village, at 1540 S Escondido Blvd, 40,000 sf 3-story apartment building.
    • Springhill Suites, at 200 La Terraza, 105-unit hotel. 
  • The construction of the City Plaza three-story mixed use building at 300 S. Escondido Blvd. is continuing and scaffolding for the podium has been being set. 
  • The Solutions for Change affordable housing project at 1560 S. Escondido Blvd has received foundation and masonry grout inspections. 
  • The Meadowbrook three-story apartment building with underground garage at 2081 Garden Valley Glen has received inspections for the 2nd floor slab and the 3rd story walls are being framed. 
  • SDG&E is completing a utilities upgrade at Greencrest Mobile Home Park at 541 W. 15th and will be starting upgrades soon at Town and Country Mobile Home Park at 2280 E. Valley Pkwy and Citrus Gardens, 211 S. Citrus Ave. 
  • Escondido Disposal is receiving underground inspections for their conveyer pits associated with their large expansion and remodel. 
  • Permits were issued for new mechanical and structural work at 607 E. 9th Ave, the previous Baja Foods location. Sav-A-Lot Foods is expected to quickly follow with a tenant improvement plan to open a new store on this site. 
  • In-house plan review is very busy and plans are averaging close to 30 days on the initial review and 10 to 15 days on resubmittals. 
  • Building staff continues to review the new 2016 California Building Codes to identify major changes in anticipation of the new code adoption on 1/1/2017. Staff will be attending available training on the new codes. 

Code Enforcement: 

  • As of November 14, 2016, the total number of open code enforcement cases is 466 cases. During the prior week, 60 new cases were opened, and 56 cases were closed, with a backlog of an additional 54 cases not yet opened for assignment and investigation. 
  • There were 1,224 illegal signs confiscated during the weekend. 
  • Last week, the Business License Division issued 57 new licenses and received 34 new applications, in addition to 73 renewals. Eight businesses closed out their licenses. 

ENGINEERING 

CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS 

  • 2015/2016 Street Rehabilitation and Maintenance Project:  The contractor is concentrating his paving repair effort in the Old Escondido Historical District with the installation of both the ARAM surface treatment and Slurry treatment this week. The ARAM treatment will be completed on November 18 with the slurry treatment being placed throughout the month of November.          

PRIVATE DEVELOPMENT 

  • Pradera - Lennar Communities: The construction of the water main along Stanley Avenue is complete and water quality testing is continuing this week.     Plan reviews and approvals continued on this project as follows:     
    • Engineering and Utility staff continue to work closely with Lennar’s Engineer on the design of the proposed 20” waterline in Conway Dr. The Sand Diego County Water Authority just approved an alignment for the 20” waterline in their easement subject to potholing their aqueducts and providing more detail on the proposed jack & bore procedure to install the 20” waterline under same.   
  • Lexington Model Homes - KB Homes: The plans and permits for the storm drain system installation for the project is being processed this week. Construction is expected to begin next week.
    • The 4th submittal of the Final Map on mylar was made on October 27th and should be ready for signature and recording after City Council approval scheduled for November 16th.
    • The Bond and Fee Letter was issued on October 19th. The bonds have subsequently been posted.
    • The In-Tract improvement plans are close to approval; waiting on SDCWA approval
    • The Offsite Improvement plans are close to approval; awaiting the last adjacent owner to sign Right-of-Entry to reconstruct driveways off Vista Ave. 
  • City Plaza: Escondido Boulevard @ 3rd Avenue No changes from the following reported last week: The contractor is actively framing the second floor structure in anticipation off the next concrete pour. 
  • Tract 932 - Canyon Grove Shea Homes Community:  The contractor is continuing the mass grading for the 179 housing units. The Ash Street/ Vista Avenue improvements which are the jurisdiction of the San Diego County is at a standstill until elements of the dry utilizes have been relocated along Ash Street.  On-site activity for the installation of base material and asphalt streets has been completed for the model home units.  The construction of the off-site water main along Century Way has been completed with the start of water quality testing beginning this week. Work on the new traffic signal installation at the Ash Street / Sheridan Avenue intersection is scheduled in the coming days. Plan reviews and approvals continue on this project as follows:
    • The 3rd submittal of the Precise Grading plans for Phases 1-4 for both planned neighborhoods (8 phases and 78 homes total) were submitted on November 14th and should be reviewed and be ready for approval in the next week.
    • The Final Map was approved by City Council on October 19th, and will be recorded when the mylars with all required signatures are submitted. 
  • Solutions Housing Project 1560 S. Escondido Boulevard: The construction of the remaining water line lateral is continuing this week. The onsite parking lot has been paved in preparation for the start of the framing portion of the project. 
  • Latitude II Condominiums by a Lyon Homes Partnership: Washington Avenue @ Centre City Parkway The installation of the new water main in Washington Avenue is complete.  Water quality testing is underway this week. 
  • Westminster Theological Seminary Graduate Student Housing: Boyle Avenue @ Bear Valley Parkway The grading contractor has started to fine grade the site in preparation for certification of the pad and compaction effort for all material placed. 
  • Tract 877 – Bernardo Ave. – Ambient Communities This project is a 13-lot single-family residential project located at the cul-de-sac end of the Bernardo Avenue and I-15 frontage road and will extend it and reconstruct the emergency access gate further south.   The project was recently reactivated and revised to meet new storm water standards and optimize the site grading.
    • The 3rd submittal of the Final Map was made on September 29th and was returned October 28th.
    • The 4th submittal of the Rough Grading plan was made on October 25th, and has been reviewed and is ready for approval subject to Planning and Fire Dept. approvals and posting of bonds.
    • The 4th submittal of the Improvement plans was made on October 25th, and will be returned to the engineer today.
    • The SWQMP was reviewed and approved on October 20th.
    • A Bond and Fee Letter was issued on October 20th and we are awaiting submittal of the bonds. 
  • Victory Industrial Park: This is a 91,000 SF light industrial development located at 2005 Harmony Grove Rd. and is comprised of 2 buildings on roughly 5 acres.   A boundary adjustment with 3 neighboring industrial properties to the northwest will complete the project site.  Although the project is in the City’s Water District a Service Exchange Agreement with Rincon del Diablo Water District to provide water service has been negotiated.  The site requires the import of roughly 67,000 cubic yards of fill material to elevate the building pads for sewer service.
    • The 2nd submittal of the Grading plans were made on October 19th and this review should be complete by the end of this week. 

POLICE 

Incidents 

  • On 11/6/16 at about 12:18 p.m., officers responded to the 300 block of Springtree Pl. regarding a man who punched his hand through a window and was bleeding profusely. Officers arrived and determined the man was intoxicated and uncooperative regarding the circumstances surrounding his injury. The man was taken to a local hospital for treatment. Officers continued to investigate and determine the man was a suspect in a domestic violence incident. The suspect attempted to flee when officers placed him under arrest in the hospital emergency room. A short struggle ensued, but officers were able to subdue the suspect. One Officer suffered a minor injury during the struggle. The suspect was later booked into the Vista Detention Facility.
  • On 11/7/16 at about 5:30 p.m., an officer saw a previously reported stolen vehicle in the area of Valley Pkwy. and Cedar St.  Before the officer could catch up to the vehicle, the suspect driver parked the vehicle in the 1000 block E. Pennsylvania Ave., and he walked away. Officers flooded the area and eventually located the suspect in the 1000 block of E. Valley Pkwy. In addition to having a warrant for his arrest, the suspect had the key to the stolen vehicle in his pocket. The suspect was booked into the Vista Detention Facility on the warrant and auto theft charges.
  • On 11/09/16 at about 5:00 a.m., officers responded to the 1100 block of Chestnut St. to investigate the report of a hot prowl burglary.  The victim awoke to find a black male adult in her closet.  The victim screamed and told the suspect to leave and he complied. Officers canvassed the area and found the suspect hiding in a back yard of a nearby residence.  The investigation revealed the suspect left his identification and other of his belongings at the scene.  The suspect was arrested for burglary and booked at the Vista Detention Facility. 
  • On 11/09/16 at about 12:07 p.m., officers were dispatched to the 500 block of N. Quince St. to investigate the attempted theft of a FedEx truck.  The victim (FedEx Driver) saw the suspect in his vehicle attempting to drive away, but he did not know how to drive the vehicle.  The FedEx employee jumped in the truck and took the keys preventing the suspect from taking the vehicle.  The suspect fled the scene and was located a short time later at the North County Transit District Bus/Sprinter Station at Quince St. and Valley Pkwy.  The victim positively identified the suspect who was arrested and booked at the Vista Detention Facility.
  • On 11/11/16 at 2:05 p.m., officers responded to the 25000 block of Valley Center Rd. regarding a passenger bus stalled in traffic. The bus was carrying residents from the Las Villas Del Norte Senior Care facility in Escondido. Officers determined there were 17 elderly passengers, including two wheelchair-bound individuals, who needed assistance.  The care facility dispatched another passenger van, which was not large enough to accommodate all the stranded passengers. Wanting to get all the stranded passengers off the bus and out of the heat quickly, an officer summoned the police department’s prisoner transport van to respond to the scene. Between the two vehicles, officers were able to safely return all the elderly passengers back to the care facility.
  • On 11/11/16 at 2:30 p.m., a man called 911 to report seeing his mother’s occupied stolen car, which had been reported earlier in the morning, in the area of 1060 E. Washington Ave.  Multiple officers responded who located the vehicle and detained two suspects. Upon completion of the investigation, one male suspect was arrested and booked at the Vista Detention Facility on auto theft charges. The other male suspect was released after officers determined he was not involved in the crime.
  • On 11/12/16 at about 4:03 p.m., officers were dispatched to the 700 block of E. Washington Ave. to investigate a traffic collision. The investigation revealed that a 1-year-old child was struck and likely run over by a vehicle driven by his aunt in the driveway of their residence. The child was transported to Palomar Medical Center and then flown to Children’s Hospital in San Diego via helicopter. The child’s injuries are unknown at this time, and the investigation is on-going.  Neither alcohol, nor drugs, is believed to be a factor in the collision. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Escondido Police Department. 

Events 

  • On 11/10/16, Chief Craig Carter, along with Lt. Justin Murphy, Officers Sainz, Ruiz and Santaniello joined Retired Lt. Al Owens at Juniper Elementary School to honor the latest graduates of the Safety Academy. 75 children graduated on Thursday and Lt. Owens said, “This was our most impressive group of graduates.” They were well behaved, motivated and focused.  Over a period of five weeks the children were taught courses in bullying, drug prevention, gang prevention, abduction avoidance, gun safety, fire prevention, the proper way to call 911 and simple self-defense techniques. The Safety Academy is taught by members of the Escondido Police Department and it is part of the Escondido Police Athletic League (PAL). PAL is funded by private donations. The biggest support comes from the North San Diego County Real Estate Professionals Group.      

 

  • On 11/11/16, The Escondido Police Department Color Guard presented the colors at a Veteran’s Day Ceremony held at the Westfield North County mall. The ceremony took place near center court with the playing of the National Anthem and posting of colors. The Police Department Color Guard participates in approximately one dozen events throughout the year including parades, ceremonies and funerals. Chief Carter said he is proud of the outstanding job the color guard does representing our department and especially honoring veterans on this special day.