CITY HALL CLOSED
City Hall will be closed Thursday, November 24 and Friday, November 25 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday.
- From November 23 – 27, the Escondido Iceplex will be hosting their 17th annual Thanksgiving Extravaganza. 53 teams from Southern California, Northern California and Nevada will be participating.
- For information about other activities taking place in Escondido, please visit www.visitescondido.com
Visit Escondido was recently asked to assist Escondido residents, Erin and Matthew Thies, in sharing their gratitude to everyone who made their wedding week a wonderful success. Through a blog on VisitEscondido.com and social media sharing, they are giving thanks to 21 local businesses with detailed kudos. Please enjoy the blog and photos at http://wp.me/p77gq7-2PU
RECRUITMENT FOR CITY MANAGER
The Human Resources Department is assisting the City Council with its recruitment for the City Manager position by retaining the firm of Peckham and McKenney, Inc. to conduct an executive search. The contract ($18,500 for the recruitment and up to $7,500 for reimbursement of expenses) is expected to be executed next week.
It is anticipated that the recruitment process (creation of job announcement, advertising of position in mid-December, review of applications, candidate interviews, and selection of final candidate, job offer, and start date of new City Manager) will take approximately 4 months.
Surf Cup at Ryan Park
The annual Surf Cup youth soccer tournament will be played at Ryan Park November 25 and 26. There will be 60 teams in the Boys U9 – boys U12 divisions from Arizona, Colorado, Guatemala, Ireland, Northern CA, Southern CA, Utah, and Washington. Families will be in the area shopping, dining, and lodging during the three day tournament. All Championship games will be played on Sunday November 27 at the Del Mar Polo grounds.
Friday November 25 – All eight fields 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Fields lights 4– 7 p.m.)
Saturday November 26 – All eight fields 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
New Floors at Kit Carson Park Hockey Arenas
The Community Services Department recently had an opportunity to purchase a “demo” floor at a reduced cost for the hockey arena at Kit Carson Park, resulting in a significant savings for the City. Community Services staff were approached by one of the hockey league coaches who was able to secure the demo floor and our youth hockey league has offered to provide the volunteer labor to install the floor. Using remaining funds from the hockey arena vents Capital Improvement Project, Community Services will have enough funds to cover the cost of one “demo” floor and one new floor with two new scoreboards.
As the existing arena floors are the original floors, they have outlived their warranty period and are in need of updating. The condition of the floors have resulted in a loss of revenue as teams have moved to play at other non-Escondido locations.
The new floor and scoreboards will provide our community the ability to play hockey as well as other sports during the day in a shaded arena, which will increase revenues while benefiting additional community members.
With Arena #1 already finished, the anticipated completion dates for the new floor is mid- January.
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 staf 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.
- StorQuest (Developer: The William Warren Group, In) – 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 Stree 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, In) – 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) – No change from the following update reported last week: 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.
- 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.
- 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) – No change from the following update reported last week: 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) – 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 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 wee 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 projec 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 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, In) – No change from the following update reported last week: 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.
- The Building Division issued 78 permits for the week with a total valuation of $2,428,348.
- 24 photovoltaic permits were issued for the wee The Building Division has issued 1,175 solar permits this year compared to 1,200 issued for the same time last year.
- Counter techs had a busy week, assisting, on average, 35 customers per day with 48 customers on Wednesday and 20 customers on Friday.
- Building inspections averaged 39 inspections per day. 47 inspections were requested on Tuesday and 31 on Friday. There were 10 inspections held-over on Friday.
- So far this year the Building Division has processed 3,519 permits, compared to 3,304 permits last year to date. Current building valuation for all issued permits to date is $58,130,810 compared to $42,718,950 for last year.
- 65 new single family dwellings permits have been issued this year compared with 20 issued same time last year.
a. Latitude 2, 112 unit apartment building at 610-660 Centre City Pkwy.
b. Church of Resurrection at 1445 Conway, 18,000 sf church
c. Veterans Village, at 1540 S Escondido Blvd, 40,000 sf 3 story apartment building.
d. Springhill Suites, at 200 La Terraza, 105 unit hotel.
- The construction of the abandon 3 story mixed use building at 300 S Escondido Blvd is continuing and scaffolding for the podium has been set.
- Permits were issued for 8 model homes for Shea Homes Tract 932.
- The Solutions for Change affordable housing project at 1560 S Escondido Blvd has received foundation and masonry grout inspection
- The Meadowbrook 3 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 remode
- 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 resubmitta
- 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.
- As of November 21, 2016, the total number of open code enforcement cases is 479 cases. During the prior week, 81 new cases were opened, and 70 cases were closed, with a backlog of an additional 53 cases not yet opened for assignment and investigation.
- There were 105 illegal signs confiscated during the week/weekend.
- Last week, the Business License Division issued 26 new licenses and received 33 new applications, in addition to 131 renewals. Twenty (20) businesses closed out their licenses.
2015/2016 Street Rehabilitation and Maintenance Project: The contractor is concentrating his surface repair treatment in the Old Escondido Historical District as well as the Westside Community between 5th Ave to the north and 17th Avenue to the south. The ARAM treatment was completed this past Friday.
- Pradera - Lennar Communities: The construction of the water main along Stanley Avenue is complete, water quality testing has passed and the tie in to the existing facilities is scheduled for November 19 through December 1, 2016.
- Lexington Model Homes - KB Homes: The plans and permits for the storm drain system installation for the project have been processed, the contractor has mobilized but due to the recent rain the site is to wet to begin construction this week.
- 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. The construction of the off-site water main along Century Way has been completed with the start of water quality testing continuing this week.
- Work on the new traffic signal installation at the Ash Street / Sheridan Avenue intersection has begun with the potholing of existing utility crossings at the Ash/ Sheridan intersection.
- Solutions Housing Project 1560 S. Escondido Boulevard: No changes from the following reported last week: 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 work for installing the new water main in Washington Avenue is complete, water quality testing is continuing this week.
- Westminster Theological Seminary Graduate Student Housing: Boyle Avenue @ Bear
- Valley Parkway No changes from the following reported last week: The grading contractor has started to fine grade the site in preparation for certification of the pad and compaction effort for all material placed.
- On 11/15/16 at about 4:00 p.m., an officer was on routine patrol in the area of 8th St. and Spruce St. when they attempted to stop a male pedestrian for walking in the roadway. The male immediately fled while simultaneously keeping one hand in his waistband, leading the officers to believe the subject was possibly armed with a handgun or some other weapon. Additional officers responded and set up a perimeter. The suspect was located a short time later in the 800 block of W. 7Th Ave. The suspect was identified by the initial officer who determined the suspect was on probation. With the assistance of a Police Service Dog (PSD), the suspect’s discarded knife was located during an article search of the area. The suspect was booked at the Vista Detention Facility for a probation violation and resisting/delaying an officer.
- On 11/15/16 at about 11:50 p.m., an officer stopped two bicyclists near Denny’s Restaurant at 510 W. Mission Ave. for vehicle code violations. During the investigation, probable cause was developed, which led to the arrest of both suspects for various drug and weapons charges. One suspect had over 15 grams (net) of methamphetamine. Both suspects were booked at the Vista Detention Facility.
- On 11/16/16 at about 12:30 p.m., police dispatch received a phone call that a vehicle theft had just occurred in the 1700 block of West Mission Avenue with the reporting party following the vehicle. It was being driven by a suspect known to the victim. A police sergeant was in the area and located the vehicle in the parking lot of 740 N. Metcalf and saw the suspect attempting to hide in a pickup truck nearby. The suspect was arrested without incident and booked into the Vista Detention Facility.
- On 11/17/16 at about 5:15 p.m., officers responded to a call in the 1300 block of Rincon Rd. to investigate the report that a woman had put her five-month-old baby outside in a vehicle because it was crying. The caller said the baby had been in the car for almost an hour. Officers arrived and found the baby asleep still inside the vehicle. Officers made
- Methamphetamine was found during a probation search of her person. Officers discovered a capped unused syringe wrapped in a baby blanket and several pills scattered around the floor in the suspect’s residence, where her 13-year-old son also lives with her. The suspect was arrested for child endangerment and possession of narcotics before being booked at the Vista Detention Facility. Both children were taken into protective custody.
- On 11/18/16 at about 2:10 a.m., officers responded to a domestic dispute call in the 2200 block of E. Lincoln Ave. When officers arrived they contacted a male and female outside of the residence. Upon entering the residence, officers found an adult male with multiple stab wounds. Officers rendered medical aid to the victim, who was transported to Palomar Medical Center by Escondido Fire Department personnel. The victim was pronounced deceased at the hospital. The identity of the victim is being withheld pending notification of family. The investigation has led to the arrest of Alda Garcia, a 35-year-old resident of Escondido. It is believed that Garcia and the victim were in a dating relationship. Garcia was booked into the Vista Detention Facility on one count of murder and one count of inflicting injury upon spouse/cohabitant. The investigation is on-going.
- On 11/18/16 at about 5:03 a.m., a male victim was sitting on a bench at the mini park in the flood control channel at the dead end of Waverly Pl. Two unknown male suspects approached the victim, and exchanged words before shooting him once in the abdomen. The suspects fled the scene on foot and were last seen running west in the flood control channel. The victim was transported to Palomar Medical Center, and his injuries did not appear life threatening. There is no further suspect information and the investigation is on- going.
- On 11/19/16 at about 10:20 p.m., an officer attempted to stop a vehicle at Centre City Pkwy and El Norte Pkwy for a traffic violation. The driver did not yield and lead officers on a short pursuit before yielding in an apartment complex on Iris Way. Officers conduct a high risk stop and both occupants of the vehicle were detained. After an investigation, the driver of the vehicle was arrested and later released with a citation for failing to yield to an emergency vehicle and delaying a peace officer in the course of his duties. The passenger was arrested for public intoxication and booked at the Vista Detention Facility.
- On Thursday, November 17, the Escondido Police Department Police Athletic League (PAL) team honored five Escondido youth at the annual holiday diner and bike giveaway sponsored by the National Latino Police Officers Association (NLPOA), San Diego chapter. Lt. Al Owens (ret), Acting Sergeant Mario Sainz and Chief Carter participated in the bike giveaway. The Escondido youth were extremely pleased when they found out they received a brand-new bike, helmet, $20 gift card to target and $20 in cash. As part of the NLPOA commitment to youth, the association provides mentoring in many areas. Two of these areas are providing opportunities for young men and women to improve their social skills and positively interact with law enforcement. The Escondido youth were able to talk to Escondido Chief Carter, Sgt. Sainz and Lt Owens during the diner event.
- On November 19, The Police Athletic League (PAL) held its youth basketball championships the East Valley Community Center in Escondido. The gym was packed and both games went to the wire. The teams are divided by age with the 7-10 year olds final score of 29-28 and the 10-14 year olds final score of 84-82. City Manager Graham Mitchell helped hand out medals. PAL is a non-profit organization sponsored by the Escondido Police Department, which provides local at-risk youth with sports, self- defense and community awareness activities.