- The San Diego Business Journal reported that Badiee Development Inc. plans to build a new $16 million industrial campus in Escondido, the second industrial project in that city to be announced recently by the San Diego-based developer. The three-building Escondido Innovation Park is planned for 5.5 acres at 1925 Harmony Grove. The multitenant industrial park will total 86,010 square feet, with ground-breaking expected in the first quarter of 2017 and completion in the third quarter of 2017. Badiee Development previously announced plans for the $13.5 million Escondido Victory Park, a 91,000-square-foot industrial project with two buildings slated for 4.87 acres that the company owns at 2005 Harmony Grove. Construction on that project is expected to begin by the end of this year.
- On November 4th Kit Carson Park will host a High School cross country meet. This is a smaller sized high school cross country meet that will be staged in the El Arroyo picnic area and running the trails of Kit Carson Park. The cross country meet will have 11 high schools from San Diego County and approximately 300 runners. The first race is scheduled to begin at 3pm and the last race is scheduled to end at 5pm.
- Escondido Tamale Festival
Saturday, November 5th from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
The Escondido Tamale Festival is a celebration of tamales and all the great Latin foods that have become iconic staples of California's culture. Come hungry for lots of Tamales, plus Live Music and Performances, Food & Craft Vendors, California Craft Beer & Wine Garden, Best Tamale Contest and the Best Chihuahua Costume Contest, Dukes Car Club, Fun for kids, Cultural Exhibits. Escondido Tamale Festival is an Official San Diego Beer Week Event.
- For information about other activities taking place in Escondido, please visit www.visitescondido.com
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. Tribal consultations are underway.
- 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. The contractor is expected to submit the structural plans into plan check for a building permit this week.
- 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) – 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 are being developed now. Utilities staff discussed the proposal at a neighborhood meeting on October 12, 2016. Another neighborhood meeting has been scheduled for November 3, 2016. A 30-day public review period for the proposed Mitigated Negative Declaration started on October 27, 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.
- 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.
- 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) were submitted on July 6, 2016, and are being reviewed by staff and Esgil.
- 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.
- 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) – No change from the following update reported last week: 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 and staff have reviewed the applicant’s technical reports and provided comments for revisions. Bi-weekly status meetings have commenced as the Draft EIR gets underway.
- 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) – 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. Building plans for the construction of eight model homes were submitted on May 18, 2016 and are being reviewed by staff. Precise grading plans for the model complex and a model home permit have been approved. Final edits to the project CC&Rs are expected to be submitted soon. 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 other departments and agencies for comments. The developer has retained Dudek to prepare the Draft EIR for the project. The developer will fund an extension of Planning staff to assist the City in processing the project.
- The Building Division had a busy week issuing 72 permits for the week with a total valuation of $564,891. Permits were for roofing, photovoltaics and miscellaneous.
- 30 photovoltaic permits were issued for the week. The Building Division has issued 1,089 solar permits this year compared to 1,118 issued for the same time last year.
- Counter techs assisted, on average, 36 customers per day with 45 customers on Tuesday.
- Building inspections averaged 33 inspections per day. 31 inspections were requested on Friday. The anticipated starting date for our new senior building inspector is 11/7/2016.
- So far this year the Building Division has processed 3,219 permits, compared to 3,054 permits last year to date. Current building valuation for all issued permits to date is $53,878,000 compared to $41,371,000 for last year.
- 57 new single-family dwellings permits have been issued this year compared with 17 issued at the same time last year.
- Projects nearing building permit issuance are:
- Latitude II, 112-unit apartment building at 610-660 Centre City Pkwy.
- Church of Resurrection at 1445 Conway, 18,000 sf church sanctuary.
- 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 is 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.
- Escondido Disposal is receiving underground inspections for their conveyer pits associated with their large expansion and remodel.
- 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.
- The monthly building report is attached.
- As of October 31, 2016, the total number of open code enforcement cases is 476 cases. During the prior week, 45 new cases were opened, and 65 cases were closed, with a backlog of an additional 24 cases not yet opened for assignment and investigation.
- There were 307 illegal signs confiscated during the weekend.
- Last week, the Business License Division issued 30 new licenses and received 30 new applications, in addition to 16 renewals.
- 700 volunteers from the Church at Rancho Bernardo will be cleaning Kit Carson Park on Saturday, November 5, 2016. The volunteers will assist Public Works staff throughout Kit Carson Park by spreading mulch, painting facilities, planting trees, picking up trash/debris, and gathering vegetation trimmings. The volunteers will also be working with the Fire Department in Kit Carson Park on re-landscaping fire station #4 with drought tolerant, low water use plants and irrigation. Work will be done in the morning followed by a church catered barbeque and activities in the afternoon. With this as well as other events planned within Kit Carson Park on this day, parking in some areas may be very limited.
- 2015/2016 Street Rehabilitation and Maintenance Project: The contractor is continuing to concentrate his paving repair effort in the Old Escondido Historic District in preparation for the arrival of the ARAM surface contractor who has been delayed until November 8. They also are completing a new bus pad located along Grand Avenue at Valley Boulevard this week. The crack filling operation is continuing along West Valley Parkway between I-15 off ramp and Centre City Parkway this week. The prime contractor will be installing temporary striping along El Norte Parkway between Ash Street to the east and Nutmeg Street to the west on Wednesday of this week. The new permanent striping alignment which will add bike lanes along this corridor will not be installed until December.
- Bear Valley Parkway between Boyle Avenue and San Pasqual Valley Road (County Project) The contractor is beginning to remove all temporary construction erosion measures this week in preparation of the project close out.
- Pradera - Lennar Communities: No changes from the following reported last week: The construction of the water main along Stanley Avenue is complete. The next phase of the operation is the testing of the new pipe. The construction of new water services to the existing residences is proceeding this week. The project has received occupancy for 32 units to date.
- Lexington Model Homes - KB Homes: The importing of material to complete the pads associated with the project north of Lehner Avenue is continuing this week. The south side of the project includes constructing masonry retaining walls along Vista Avenue.
- City Plaza: Escondido Boulevard @ 3rd Avenue 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 in the jurisdiction of San Diego County are at a standstill until elements of the dry utilizes have been relocated along Ash Street. On-site activity includes the installation of the dry utilities, as well as preparing for the installation of concrete and roadway improvements associated with the 10 new model homes.
- Solutions Housing Project 1560 S. Escondido Boulevard: The construction of the remaining 3 water line laterals will continue this week, with testing to begin next week.
- Latitude II Condominiums by a Lyon Homes Partnership: Washington Avenue @ Centre City Parkway The work for installing the new water main line valve in Washington Avenue was completed with the assistance of the water division’s field crews on Monday of this week. The construction of the water main crossing Washington Avenue will be completed within 5 days. Until the site has construction water tested and available no grading activity can proceed on site.
- Westminster Theological Seminary Graduate Student Housing: Boyle Avenue @ Bear Valley Parkway The grading contractor is importing material from two different locations outside of Escondido this week. The haul route and truck traffic is being monitored for compliance with the approved grading plan
FUTURE CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS
- East Valley Pkwy/Valley Center Road Widening Project: As part of the permitting process the City is required to remove the fruit stand located at Beven Drive and East Valley Parkway. The first phase of the operation was to disconnect the electrical service to the building which was completed on Monday of this week. The second phase of the operation is to remove the asbestos and lead from within the structure prior to demolition. This activity will begin on Wednesday November 3. The final phase of the operation is to obtain a Demolition Permit and remove the wood frame building to the slab. This final phase will be completed next week.
- On 10/24/2016 at 1:05 a.m., officers attempted to stop a vehicle in the area of 2nd Ave. & Juniper St. for a traffic violation. The driver fled and a pursuit ensued. The suspect lost control of the vehicle and collided with a curb at 7th Ave. and Juniper St. Before officers could arrest the suspect, he intentionally rammed a police vehicle and fled again. Officers were unable to keep up with the suspect and lost the vehicle, which was later found in front of home in the 300 block of W. 8th Ave. The driver had apparently lost control of the vehicle colliding with a mailbox before fleeing on foot. While the suspect was not located, the investigation revealed items in the car leading to his identification. The investigation is ongoing, and anyone with information is asked to contact the Escondido Police Department. No one was injured as a result of the incident.
- On 10/24/2016 at 2:50 a.m., officers contacted an individual in a vehicle at Omar Dr. and Khayyam Rd. During the contact they saw what they suspected to be cocaine in plain view in the vehicle. The driver was identified as a San Diego resident and found to be on probation. A probation search was conducted and over 30 grams of cocaine, packaging materials and over $67,000 in cash were found. The suspect was arrested and booked at the Vista Detention Facility for possession of cocaine for sale.
- On 10/26/16 at 3:52 a.m., a Rancho Santa Fe security guard called police to report he was following a vehicle occupied by suspects in a burglary, which occurred in Rancho Santa Fe. The vehicle was headed into Escondido on Del Dios Highway. The San Diego Sheriff’s Department confirmed an attempt burglary had occurred in their jurisdiction and requested Escondido Police Department’s assistance. Escondido Officers responded and located the vehicle as it entered the city. Two suspects were taken into custody following a high risk stop. Sheriff Deputies responded and took custody of the suspects who were later booked at the Vista Detention Facility.
- On 10/26/16 at about 9:02 a.m., Dispatch received a call regarding a female heard yelling for help at an apartment in the 1100 block of N. Broadway. Officers arrived and heard a woman pleading for help. Officers forced entry into the apartment after the occupants refused to open the door. The investigation revealed the female was being held against her will by her boyfriend. Officers arrested the suspect for false imprisonment who was later booked at the Vista Detention Facility.
- On 10/26/16 at about 11:20 a.m., a motorcycle officer attempted to stop a male riding a bicycle for a traffic violation near Escondido Blvd. and Mission Ave. The subject fled on his bike into the Palm Tree Lodge at Mission Ave. and Centre City Pkwy. Officers quickly establish a perimeter around the hotel and request the Sheriff’s Department helicopter, ASTREA, respond to assist. Officers later discover the suspect hiding in room # 123. The suspect was determined to have an outstanding warrant for, which he is arrested and booked at the Vista Detention Facility.
- On 10/28/16 at about 7:23 p.m., officers responded to reports of a stabbing at the Taco Bell, located at 1944 E. Valley Pkwy. Officers arrived, but they could not locate a victim or any evidence of a crime. While checking the area, the victim returned to the scene. Further investigation revealed a lone suspect approached the victim as he was entering his vehicle in the parking lot. The suspect brandished a knife and demanded victim’s wallet. The victim was in fear for his life and kicked at the suspect who slashed at victim’s leg with the knife, cutting only his clothing. A passerby/witness intervened (yelled at the suspect), and the suspect fled on foot. The suspect is described as a Hispanic male adult approximately 30 years of age and about 6’0” tall with a thin build wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt and jeans. The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information is asked to contact the Escondido Police Department.
- The Escondido Police Department’s commitment to crime reduction using Community Oriented Policing and Problem Solving (COPPS) methods is demonstrated through the Neighborhood Transformation Project (NTP). Currently, a NTP has been established in the west sector of the city. The boundaries for the NTP area are:
5th Ave. to the north
9th Ave. to the south
Centre City Pkwy. to the east
Tulip St. to the west
- As an update on this project, Chief Carter is happy to report the efforts of the officers assigned to NTP has resulted in a significant reduction in stolen vehicles within the footprint and surrounding area. Specifically, there has not been a single vehicle that has been reported stolen since July 30, 2016. Chief Carter said, “No stolen vehicles in the last nine weeks is a significant achievement for the residents of this neighborhood”. Chief Carter went on to say that “these are the kind of results we can achieve when we bring officers and residents together to address neighborhood specific issues that affect the quality of life in our community”. Chief Carter is proud of the efforts of his officers and their commitment to reducing crime in the NTP and the rest of the city.
On October 27, 2017, Chief Carter hosted the Escondido Police Department Retiree group at the Escondido Police Department. The group of retired sworn officers usually meets the last Thursday of each month as a way to stay in touch, share old stories, and get updated on latest happenings at EPD. Chief Carter invited the group to experience the new training simulator located in the Training Division of the department. The simulator allows officers to experience a wide range of scenarios, which are used to hone their critical decision making skills particularly in use of force situations. Escondido PD’s newest Officers spent some time with the retiree group sharing their experiences both old and new.
Originally Posted November 03, 2016