The History Channel Show, American Pickers, is headed to California in February and they are looking for leads throughout the state, specifically interesting characters with interesting items.   If you aren’t familiar with the show, American Pickers is a documentary series that explores the world of antique ‘picking’.  This hit show follows two of the most skilled pickers in the business, Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz, as they embark on an epic road trip across the U.S. in search of America’s most valuable antiques from motorcycles, classic cars and bicycles to one-of-a-kind vintage memorabilia.

 Attached are several flyers with more information about the types of items they are looking for.


 No special events this week.


 The City’s Tree Crew has determined that it will be necessary to remove three dead oak trees in back of the ranch house near the generator and garage areas.  The dead trees are infested with oak borers within the trunk and pose a safety hazard to both people and the Ranch House structures. The work is scheduled to begin on Monday, November 24.  It is likely the nearby restroom construction project will have funds remaining at the end of construction which  then will be used to purchase replacement trees.  


Neighborhood Services and Housing staff have begun preparing the 2015-2019 Five Year Consolidated Plan. Through community outreach and citizen participation, staff will gather input and assess community needs in order to identify goals for the next five years. The document provides a strategic plan for addressing goals and an Annual Action Plan outlining objectives and outcomes for the first year of the Five Year Consolidated Plan. A key component of the Consolidated Plan Process is our Community Needs Survey; a link to the survey can be found here.  



  • The Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) has provided the attached response regarding Escondido Neighbors United letter citing their concerns about the Chatham Brothers Barrel Yard groundwater remediation and monitoring.
  • A Master Plan modification has been submitted to renovate the Escondido Ford and Hyundai dealership at 1717 and 1919 Auto Park Way. The application includes demolition of two showroom structures and construction of two new showrooms and a wash/detail building.
  • A new planned development application has been submitted by ETP, LLC for 70 condominium units in three-story buildings on a 2.29 acre site at 2516 S. Escondido Blvd. The project request includes an amendment to the S. Escondido Area Plan to allow residential use without a commercial component.
  • Major Projects Update:
    • Oak Creek (NUW) – The consultant continues to prepare draft responses to comments on the Draft EIR; due to the number of comments received, the anticipated submittal date has been extended several weeks, with public hearings anticipated at the beginning of next year. The applicants are coordinating with Utilities staff regarding the proposed sewer extension project that will serve the project.
    • Amanda Lane (NUW) – The consultant is revising the Draft Mitigated Negative Declaration in response to staff comments and is exploring alternatives for abatement of construction noise impacts.
    • Centerpointe 78 Commercial – The Draft EIR remains on hold at the applicant’s request pending resolution of traffic mitigation requirements. The applicant is exploring alternative design of the Broadway/SR 78 intersection (within Caltrans jurisdiction) to avoid relocation of underground utility vaults.
    • North Broadway Deficiency Area Projects – The Pickering annexation is anticipated to be considered by LAFCO in March 2015. The application for the Zenner annexation and 40-unit subdivision remains incomplete. Outstanding issues affecting completion of the CEQA analysis include resolution of mitigation measures and associated design of offsite traffic improvements (specifically regarding the IOD and improvements for the Vista/Ash intersection), storm water and drainage improvements, offsite sewer improvements, waterline sizing , and development agreement terms. Utility and Engineering comments have been sent to the applicant.
    • Zak Planned Development – The applicant’s engineer has submitted revised improvement plans for to address conflicts between the sewer force main and the storm drain improvements. The revised plans are under review. 


The California Public Utilities Commission has established a three-year pilot program for the conversion of master-metered mobilehome park gas and electric utilities to the serving utility (see attached letter).  The utility companies including SDG&E will be converting 10% of the mobilehome lots throughout the state in the next three years to direct-billed utility-owned systems. Applications are due in March for the voluntary program. Staff has notified the park owners of the program and has attended some information sessions. 

Building Division:

  • Building had a busy four day work week, issuing 54 permits for the week with a total valuation of $159,368. Most of the permits issued were photovoltaic, tenant improvements, room addition and miscellaneous type permits.
  • Inspections and counter contacts have increased with average daily inspections of 27 with 28 on Friday and average daily counter contacts of 32 with 23 on Friday.
  • Photovoltaic permits are again dominating the permit activity for the week with 28 permits issued and 14 more in for plan review. Building has issued 676 photovoltaic permits this year compared to 382 issued at the same time last year.
  • Construction activity continues at the Chick-Fil-A at 1290 Auto Parkway.
  • Construction activity and inspections are continuing at the Monticello assisted living facilities at 930 Monticello Dr.
  • The Habitat for Humanity project at 537 N Elm St is progressing through construction and inspections for duplex buildings 1, 2 and 3. 


2013/2014 Street Maintenance Project:
The contractor has one item remaining on the project punch list. All of the additional striping requests have been completed including the traffic calming plan along Chestnut Drive between 5th avenue and Juniper Street. Pedestrian crosswalks were also added at 6 intersections near the following schools zones. Pioneer Elementary, Hidden Valley Middle School, Farr Elementary, Rose Elementary and Del Dios Middle School.    

Maple Street Pedestrian Plaza Modifications:
The scope of the project is now completed; the contractor will start to clean the concrete pavers in preparation to resealing the entire plaza. This will require day time closure of Maple Street to vehicular travel. 

Jesmond Dene Ball Field Lights:
The contract has been awarded and the preconstruction meeting will be on Thursday November 20th. The contractor will have 70 working days to complete the project. 

Private Development 

Bear Valley Parkway between Boyle Avenue and San Pasqual Road, County Project:
The contractor is continuing to installing the 24” water line along Bear Valley Parkway between Boyle Avenue and Birch Avenue. New water service laterals are being installed to customer on the west side of Bear Valley Parkway; this work is causing short delays to traffic along this section of roadway.  The retaining wall footing at Bear Valley Parkway and Boyle Avenue intersection is being constructed. The construction of the roadway subgrade and storm drain system is proceeding along the entire length of the project. 

Habitat for Humanity:
On site work is completed, the water main and sewer main will be connected to the City system with the Elm Street improvements. 

Church of the Resurrection:
Work has been completed on the remaining street repair and sidewalk improvements along Sheridan Avenue. The new street light pole located at the driveway entrance will be installed soon. 



  • PD held a Police Sergeant Retreat last Monday.  This was along the same lines as their Management Retreat and is in alignment with the Strategic Plan.
  • San Diego Sons of American Revolution hosted a breakfast in honor of Detective Damian Jackson and Officer Joseph Putulowski.  This had been rescheduled from May of this year because of the fires.  Det. Jackson was recognized for his work on the Tampa Bay Child Stealing Case and Officer Putulowski was recognized for rescuing a person from a burning vehicle after a DUI collision.  Both of these stories had been posted on FB earlier this year, and the award from last Saturday from SAR is on our FB.
  • The EPD Basketball team participated in a fundraiser basketball tournament in El Cajon on Saturday.  This was in honor of Officer Laura and fallen marine who served in Afghanistan.  FB info and picture posted.
  • PD hosted an operation to target gangs on Friday night.  It involved neighboring jurisdictions and it was Escondido’s turn to receive the benefit.  14 arrests.
  • PD ran a night time curfew operation this weekend.  17 juveniles taken into custody.
  • The Traffic Division held an OTS DUI Saturation Patrol.  3 arrests for DUI. 
  • Mitch Lowenberg is our first recipient of a special scholarship to attend the Palomar Police Academy.  This scholarship is run through the SD Foundation and the Escondido Police Foundation.  This is not funded by the City of Escondido.  An anonymous donor provided the funding to allow Mitch to attend the Palomar Police Academy.  Mitch is a former EPD Explorer and current SDSU Senior.  He will finish his studies at SDSU.  He will begin the Palomar Police Academy in January of 2015.  The scholarship is called “Be More”. 
  • On Friday Chief Carter attended a meeting in Vista as a member of the Alcohol Policy Sector for Bing and Underage Drinking Initiative (BUDI).  BUDI sponsored a breakfast for the leadership team.