ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT 

  • Assistant City Manager Graham Mitchell and Director of Community Development Jay Petrek gave a presentation to the San Diego BIA about development opportunities and philosophies in Escondido.
  • This Friday, November 6th there will be a small Cross Country race in Kit Carson Park.  There will be 12 schools competing and a total of four races.  The schools are from the North County Conference.  

SPECIAL EVENTS 

  • 2015 Wedge Cheese Festival
    November 7, from 1 to 5:00 p.m., Grand Avenue
    $45

    Tasting stops consist of thirteen local downtown businesses hosting fine cheeses and a diverse selection of local and regional craft beers and boutique wines, along with eight Grand Ave restaurants offering cheese-forward samples of their delicious creations, plus great craft brews or wines. Your passport includes all the cheese and restaurant nibbles, and your choice of up to 15 beer and/or wine samplings. A $45 Wedge Tasting Passport gets you access to all 21 gourmet tasting stops. There is also a Designated Driver (DD) ticket that includes everything but alcoholic beverage tasting, for only $25.  Must be 21+ to purchase a passport or DD ticket. In between tastings, enjoy live music from the Buskers performing along Grand Ave. At Heritage Garden (Juniper and Grand), there will be working artists, local dairy and agricultural exhibits, sources for locally-gown locally-produced goods, information on creating your own patch of healthy garden crops on your patio or porch, and more live music. For more information, visit http://wedgeescondido.com

HIGH SPEED BROADBAND AT LIBRARY

The Escondido Public Library has increased public computer and WiFi broadband access at the Main Library to provide high speed broadband at the rate of 1 gigabit per second (1GBS). That amounts to Internet at a rate that is super-fast and super-efficient to accommodate our community with today’s technology for accessing, downloading and uploading content in the form of documents, audio, video, and multimedia files.  

This technological advancement in broadband access was made possible with the support of a $30,000 grant from the California State Library, connection to CENIC (The Corporation for Network Initiatives in California) which connects to the California Research and Education Network (CalREN), and from there to the world.  The Califa Library Group, and the Southern California Library Cooperative (SCLC) served as project coordinator and aggregators, respectively. The Escondido Public Library is proud to carry forward its commitment to provide our community with access to information and cutting edge technology. 

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

Queen Califia’s Magical Circle – Extensive repairs and maintenance have been ongoing at this internationally acclaimed sculpture garden designed and fabricated under the direction of Niki de Saint Phalle in Kit Carson Park. The next phase of improvements will involve replacing broken black, white and mirror wall tiles in the maze entry area. The work will be done by an artisan who worked directly with de Saint Phalle during the exhibit’s original construction. The Garden will be open to the public on November 14th, and the Second Saturday of each month, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., weather permitting.  Docents will be available to answer questions. 

Planning:

Major Projects Update:

  • John Paul the Great Catholic University – A Conditional Use Permit application has been received to expand the campus and student enrollment at 155 W. Grand Avenue. The proposal includes improvements to the former H. Johnson Building 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. Staff is reviewing the application and has tentatively scheduled the proposal for the December 8, 2015 Planning Commission meeting.
  • Escondido Research Technology Center – A 72,000 square foot medical office building is proposed on the east side of Citracado Parkway across from Palomar Medical Center. A plot plan application has been approved and grading plans have been submitted for review and comment.  
  • Oak Creek (NUW)No change from the following update reported last week. A LAFCO hearing for the annexation of the property was held on October 5, 2015. Staff made a presentation at the meeting emphasizing the City’s support for the project and opposition to the potential expansion of the annexation boundary to include an additional segment of Hamilton Road. The LAFCO Board unanimously approved the annexation without including the Hamilton Road segment as requested by staff.
  • Amanda Estates (NUW)No change from the following update reported last week. LAFCO approved the reorganization (annexation) at their meeting on August 3, 2015.
  • Centerpointe 78 Commercial –The public review period for the Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) ended September 28, 2015. The project is scheduled for Planning Commission consideration on November 10, 2015. The draft EIR is available at the following link:  http://www.escondido.org/centerpointe-78-commercial-project.aspx
  • Pradera - No change from the following update reported last week. Grading is underway for this single family subdivision involving 70 units. Staff is reviewing the improvement plan and the final map submittals, as well as the precise grading plans. The Building Division has issued building permits for three, two-story model homes. A fourth single-story unit will be marketed with this development, but no model home for the single story unit will be constructed.
  • ZennerNo change from the following update reported last week. A Tentative Subdivision Map was previously approved for this single family project involving 40 units. The annexation was approved by LAFCO on Sept. 14, 2015.
  • Stella Park CondominiumsNo change from the following update reported last week. This Planned Development involving 65 townhome units is located at 2516 S. Escondido Blvd. The applicant is contracting with consultants for preparation of numerous technical studies (including a Water Quality Technical Report) and the CEQA document which is anticipated to be a mitigated negative declaration. Staff is providing information regarding existing conditions to include in the environmental review analysis. Design review of the project site plan, architecture and landscaping have been conducted by staff with comments provided to the applicant.
  • Wohlford –Staff is reviewing revised submittals and technical reports from the applicant regarding this single family subdivision involving 55 units in response to the letter identifying necessary submittals to continue processing. A Specific Alignment Plan for Bear Valley Parkway detailing the roadway is under review. The Request for Qualifications for consultant preparation of an EIR has been released. Tribal consultation meetings have been completed.
  • Latitude IINo change from the following update reported last week. The project was approved by the City Council on August 19, 2015. The applicant has informed staff that grading plans will be submitted by mid-October and will reflect the provisions of the new storm water regulations. Architectural plans are proposed for submittal by mid-November.
  • Shea Homes (Tract 932)No change from the following update reported last week. Staff approved the substantial conformance determination for the revised tentative map for the 179-lot residential subdivision known as Canyon View Estates. Staff continues to coordinate with the applicant on the proposed grading plan. The Precise Plan application was submitted on Aug. 6, 2015; additional information is needed to complete the application. The applicant is pursuing purchase of mitigation credits at Daley Ranch, and pursuing acquisitions needed for offsite improvements.
  • Safari HighlandsNo change from the following update reported last week. Engineering has finalized a contract with a consultant to perform as an extension of staff for engineering services. The applicant has selected a consultant to prepare a draft Municipal Services Review and Sphere of Influence (SOI) update. Staff met with representatives from the City of San Diego to discuss their concerns regarding the proposed improvements to Zoo Road for emergency access. A public agency scoping meeting was held September 24th to discuss the scope of the EIR; attendees included school district representatives and members of the public. A community meeting was held on October 5, 2015, and attended by approximately 80 persons.
  • Felicita Development, LLC - No change from the following update reported last week. The proposed planned development includes the phased development of a 140-unit hotel, an 80-unit extended stay hotel, a 120-bed assisted living facility and a gas station and car wash located at the southeast corner of Felicita Rd. and Gamble Lane. 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. A letter addressing items and technical studies needed to complete the application has been sent. Staff is coordinating with the applicant regarding a date for a neighborhood meeting for late October or early November.
  • Escondido Disposal Inc. –The CUP modification to expand the existing facility was approved by the Planning Commission on August 25, 2015. The project has completed its second post-approval plan check and staff comments have been sent regarding the grading and landscape plans. The County has notified the City that the applicant has made their application to the State permitting agency. The applicant is working with staff to develop a phasing plan that allows building expansions while the facility remains operational.
  • Westfield Theater – The Economic Development Subcommittee authorized expedited processing of the modification to the planned development for the proposed 10-auditorium movie theater. A draft Mitigated Negative Declaration was released on September 28, 2015 for a 20-day public review period and no comments were received. The project will bypass the Planning Commission and was considered by the City Council on November 4, 2015.
  • Paseo EscondidoNo change from the following update reported last week. The Phair Company application for a mixed-use planned development for the property at the southwest corner of Ash Street and Washington Ave. (currently owned by the City) is under review. The proposed project consists of 26 one-bedroom and 96 two-bedroom apartments (122 units total) in three four-story buildings, and two 5,000 SF commercial buildings (10,000 SF total) oriented around an outdoor plaza. Additional submittals required to complete the application.
  • High Pointe (Palos Vista Neighborhood 3) – No change from the following update reported last week. This project involves 39 custom 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.
  • Valiano (County Project)No change from the following update reported last week. Engineering staff met with the applicant to discuss mitigation measures that could include construction of traffic improvements to address anticipated traffic distribution on City streets.
  • Springhill Suites – Building plans were submitted for this planned development at 300 La Terraza Drive involving 4 stories, 105 suites, a small conference room and an enlarged lobby for serving continental breakfast. Grading and landscaping plans were submitted involving the hotel site and the parking lot of the adjacent property for review on September 9, 2015 and department comments are being finalized.
  • Del Prado (former Woody’s site) –The project involves a Planned Development containing 113 attached residential townhomes, recreational facility, pool, and open space areas located at the southwestern corner of Brotherton Road and the Centre City Parkway frontage road. Staff has met with the applicant met to address sewer and emergency access issues.
  • BMW DealershipNo change from the following update reported last week. A Precise Plan application to expand the existing dealership showroom an additional approximately 4,000 square feet and enhance the building façade at 1557 Auto Park Way was approved by the Planning Commission on October 13, 2015. Building plancheck comments have been provided to the applicant and staff is waiting for resubmittal.
  • Solutions for ChangeNo change from the following update reported last week. A Planned Development application for 33 affordable multi-family units was approved by the Planning Commission on October 13, 2015 and tentatively for City Council hearing on November 18, 2015.
  • Escondido Auto Park AssociationNo change from the following update reported last week. The association is proposing to upgrade the existing electronic message sign along I-15. On September 23, 2015, the Economic Development Subcommittee considered a request by the association to enter into an agreement with the City for reimbursement of a portion of the cost of the upgraded sign and expressed support for a five-year agreement based on anticipated public benefit of additional sales tax revenue. A draft agreement has been prepared and sent to the Auto Park Association for its consideration.
  • 701 San Pasqual Valley Rd – No change from the following update reported last week. An application has been submitted for a 19-lot single family clustered residential subdivision and planned development on a 7.2 acres site also addressed as 1201 E. 5th (formerly Tract 898). The application is under review and a letter detailing additional comments and submittal requirements was forwarded to the applicant.

Building Division: 

  • The Building Department had another busy week issuing 97 permits for the week with a total valuation of $409,289.
  • 42 photovoltaic permits were issued for the week. Building has issued 1,127 solar permits so far this year compared to 632 issued at the same time last year.
  • Building inspectors and counter staff had a very busy week with inspections averaging 53 inspections per day with 57 inspections on Friday and counter contacts averaging 37 per day with 30 on Friday. 60 inspections were requested for Tuesday.
  • Due to the increase in inspection requests 9 inspections were held over on Monday, 27 on Tuesday, 12 on Wednesday, 32 on Thursday and 24 on Friday.
  • In addition to the expedited solar permitting now available, residential roof top solar projects that qualify to be expedited, can be accepted electronically through e-mail. More information is provided on the city’s website.
  • The 76-unit condominium complex at 2412 S Escondido Blvd has received framing inspection on all 4 buildings.
  • The Meadowbrook Village 3 story apartment building has received underground utility and foundation inspection approval for the underground parking area.
  • The Pradera single family tract has received foundation inspections on 2 of the 3 models.
  • The new Taco Bell restaurant and office building has received roof sheathing and exterior frame inspections.
  • The monthly report for October is attached.

Code Enforcement: 

  • As of October 26th the total number of open code enforcement cases is 341 cases. During the prior week 57 new cases were opened, and 62 cases were closed with a backlog of an additional 38 cases not yet opened for assignment and investigation. A total of 98 illegal signs were confiscated in the field. No Public Records Requests (PRRs) were processed, for a total of 93 PRRs processed to date this year.
  • Recruitment for a Code Enforcement Officer opened on November 2nd, and interviews for a Code Enforcement Assistant to support staff with the backlog will be conducted this week.
  • Last week the Business License Division issued 20 new licenses and received 34 new applications in addition to 186 renewals.
  • The monthly report for Business Licenses is attached. 

PUBLIC WORKS UPDATE 

  • The Drainage Crew has been cleaning the open channels approved in the Regional General Permit (RGP). There were 57 locations approved for cleaning with this permit. Work started on August 24, 2015. To date 17,404 linear feet of open concrete-lined channel has been cleaned. 1,702 cubic yards of vegetation, 41.25 cubic yards of trash and 205 cubic yards of silt have been removed. Total cost for this operation to date is $100,815.63 which includes labor, equipment and materials. The total number of staff hours expended to date is 1,868. The cost per linear foot to clean the concrete lined channel averages $5.79 and an average of 9.32 linear feet of concrete-lined channel was cleaned in one staff hour. Crews will begin cleaning unlined earthen channels in the near future. The cost per linear foot is expected to rise and the number of linear feet cleaned per staff hour is expected to decline as the earthen channels will require a considerable amount of hand labor. The RGP requirements prohibit the use of mechanized equipment in many of the earthen channels which will increase the time needed to clean the channels.
  • In the month of October 2015, the Call Center received 566 reports of graffiti. Of the 566 reported locations, 393 locations were discovered by the Graffiti Eradication Team (GET), 157 locations were reported by Escondido residents, and 16 locations were reported by Escondido employees. The GET responded to and eradicated one or more tags at 581 locations citywide. In October of 2014 there were 603 service requests created by the Call Center staff. Of the 603 reported locations, 557 were discovered and eradicated by the GET and a total of 690 locations were cleaned of one or more tags. 

CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS

FY 2014-2015 Maintenance Project:
No change from the following update reported last week: The striping contractor is actively reapplying striping and roadway legends throughout the project limits. 

Private Development 

Bear Valley Parkway between Boyle Avenue and San Pasqual Valley Road (County Project):
Construction of new concrete curb and gutter is proceeding along Bear Valley Parkway between Suburban Hills Drive and San Pasqual Valley Road (SR78), sidewalk along this section will be poured later this week. The dry utility contractor is working on relocating a 2” gas main which is in conflict with the construction of the remaining storm system located on the southbound portion of new Bear Valley Parkway. The conflict is scheduled to be resolved in three weeks. This work will not affect the anticipated completion date set for July 2016.  

 2412 South Escondido Boulevard:
No change from the following update reported last week: On site construction of new homes is continuing this week. 

Pradera - Lennar Communities:
New sidewalk is being poured along Lehner Avenue between Ash Street and Wagon Wheel Place. Foundations for the new street will be poured later this week. The lights being installed will use the newest L.E.D. standards to ensure reduced costs for operation.
Plan reviews as follows:

  • The 3rd submittal review of the Stanley and Ash Street Perimeter Improvement plans was returned to the engineer on October 20th with very minor corrections.
  • The 2nd submittal of the Precise Grading plans for Street “D” is expected to be completed by the end of this week. 

Private Development –Current Plan Review

La Terraza Springhill Suites by Marriott Hotel: 
No change from the following update reported last week. This project is a 4 story, 105-room Hotel and will be built on one of the last north end lots of the La Terraza Corporate Center.    

  • The first submittal of the grading, landscaping, and improvement plans for a traffic signal for the project entrance off La Terraza Blvd. together with various studies and reports came in September 30th and was returned to the applicant’s engineer last week. 

Escondido Disposal Inc. Expansion Master Plan:
No change from the following update reported last week. This project is a 4+ phase project to expand EDIs current operations into the former Golfcraft property to the north fronting on Mission Ave.    The overall expansion will allow EDI to meet State recycling requirements and produce biogas for their own electricity or CNG use, but will not increase the daily or annual trash capacity allowances.

  • The 2nd submittal of the Grading and Improvements plans and various studies came in on October 16th and the review of these plans is expected to be completed by the 2nd week of November. 

Tract 951 – Jacks Creek Place:
This project is a 12-lot residential subdivision located near Eureka Ranch.

  • The 2nd submittal of the Final Map, Grading and Improvement plans, and the WQTR came in late September. This second review is expected to be completed this week. 

Tract 932 – Canyon Grove (Hidden Valley Ranch):
This project is a 179-lot residential subdivision located at the ends of Vista Avenue and Vista Verde Drive and will connect them when developed.   Shea Homes has acquired this project and continues to process the final engineering.

  • The 2nd submittal of the Rough Grading and Onsite Improvement plans came in on October 12th, and the review of these plans is expected to be completed by the end of this week.
  • The 1st reviews of the three offsite Traffic Signal plans (intersections of El Norte Pkwy. & Vista Verde Dr., Ash St. & Sheridan Ave., and Vista Ave. & Ash St.) were returned to the engineer the first week of August. All 3 intersections require compliance with ADA standards and we met last week with Shea Homes in the field to determine what impact ADA will have on existing improvements           

PUBLIC SAFETY

Police:

Incidents 

  • On 10/31/2015, officers responded to the 1700 block of Boyle Pl. in response to an at- risk missing person. With the help of the Sheriff’s ASTREA (Aerial Support to Regional Enforcement Agencies) helicopter, the missing person was located and in good health.
  • On 10/29/2015, officers responded to a report of a fire in the 600 block of W. 11th Officers remained on scene to assist firefighters with traffic and scene control.
  • On 10/26/2015, officers responded to a report of a serious injury traffic collision at the intersection of Valley Parkway and Elm Street. Upon arrival, officers discovered a female pedestrian with serious injuries lying in the roadway. The Escondido Police Department Traffic Division responded and conducted an investigation into the cause of the collision. 

Events 

  • On 10/29/2015, the Escondido Police Department hosted an open house as part of Crime Prevention Month. The event included police station tours, kid’s activities, K9 demos and hot dogs.
  • On 10/28/2015, Escondido Police Officers spent some time with kids and staff from Lincoln Elementary School for their Red Ribbon / Harvest celebrations. The event included Officer Love and Officer Fuentes competing in a tricycle race. The race can be seen on our facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/EscondidoPolice.
  • On 10/30/2015, Officer Robert Bellamy was honored at the 30th Annual Blue Knight Awards Ceremony and Dinner. We congratulate Officer Bellamy as well as the many other honorees from the agencies across our county.

  

  • On 10/28/2015, Assistant Chief Benton and Lt. Murphy joined other San Diego law enforcement agencies for the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) grant kickoff press release at the San Diego County Administration building. Numerous local agencies have been awarded Traffic Safety Grants from OTS for a year-long program of special enforcement and public awareness efforts to prevent traffic-related deaths and injuries. All of these local agencies will use the funding as part of the region’s ongoing commitment to keep our roadways safe and improve the quality of life through both enforcement and education.
  • Mayor Abed, Fire Department Chief Lowry, and Police Lt. Skaja helped support the AT&T campaign for the "It Can Wait" public safety issue to combat distracted driving.