CITY HALL CLOSED 

City Hall will be closed this Friday, November 11 in observance of Veterans Day.

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT 

On November 11, Kit Carson Park will host high school cross country conference finals.  This is a smaller sized high school cross country meet that will be staging in the El Arroyo picnic area and running the trails of Kit Carson Park.  The cross country meet will have 18 high schools from San Diego County and around 340 runners.  The first race is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. and the last race is scheduled to end at 4 p.m. 

SPECIAL EVENTS 

  • Veteran’s Day Ceremony
    10 a.m. Grape Day Park (Military Tribute Wall of Courage)
    Sponsored by the Military Tribute Committee and Escondido Allied Veterans’ Council, the celebration will include a full patriotic program with music and honored guests.  Continuing at 11 a.m. is a ceremony hosted by the American Legion Post 149.  For more information call 760-745-1159.
  • For information about other activities taking place in Escondido, please visit www.visitescondido.com 

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

Major Projects Update

Commercial / Office:

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

Industrial 

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

Institutional 

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

Residential 

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

Building Division: 

  • The Building Division had a very busy week issuing 90 permits for the week with a total valuation of $1,120,191. Permits were for tenant improvements, photovoltaics, mobile home set ups and miscellaneous type. 
  • 36 photovoltaic permits were issued for the week. The Building Division has issued 1,125 solar permits this year compared to 1,163 issued for the same time last year. 
  • Counter techs had one of the busiest weeks on record, assisting, on average, 40 customers per day with 50 customers on Monday. 
  • Building inspections averaged 33 inspections per day. 38 inspections were requested on Friday. There were 8 inspections held over on Friday.  Our new senior building inspector, John LeVey, joined our team on 11/7/2016.  John comes to us after many years with Esgil Corp as an inspector and plans examiner.  John brings years of knowledge and experience to the position and we look forward to utilizing his expertise to help advance development projects. 
  • So far this year the Building Division has processed 3,323 permits, compared to 3,154 permits last year to date. Current building valuation for all issued permits to date is $55,158,448 compared to $41,969,987 for last year. 
  • 56 new single-family dwellings permits have been issued this year compared with 19 issued at the same time last year. 
  • Projects nearing permit issuance are:
    • Latitude 2, 112-unit apartment building at 610-660 Centre City Pkwy.
    • Church of Resurrection at 1445 Conway, 18,000 sf church.
    • Shea Homes, 179 single-family dwellings near Lehner Ave.
    • Veterans Village, at 1540 S Escondido Blvd, 40,000 sf 3-story apartment building.
    • Springhill Suites, at 200 La Terraza, 105 unit hotel. 
  • The construction of the City Plaza mixed-use building at 300 S. Escondido Blvd is continuing and scaffolding for the podium has been being set. 
  • The Solutions for Change affordable housing project at 1560 S. Escondido Blvd has received foundation and masonry grout inspections. 
  • The Meadowbrook three-story apartment building with underground garage at 2081 Garden Valley Glen has received inspections for the 2nd floor slab and the 3rd story walls are being framed. 
  • SDG&E is completing a utilities upgrade at Greencrest Mobile Home Park at 541 W 15th and will be starting upgrades soon at Town and Country Mobile Home Park at 2280 E Valley Pkwy and Citrus Gardens, 211 S Citrus Ave. 
  • Escondido Disposal is receiving underground inspections for their conveyer pits associated with their large expansion and remodel. 
  • Permits were issued for a new single family dwelling at 2419 Amber Ln. 
  • Permits were issued for the new Harbor Freight Tools at 879 N. Escondido Blvd. 
  • In-house plan review is very busy and plans are averaging close to 30 days on the initial review and 10 to 15 days on resubmittals. 
  • Building staff continues to review the new 2016 California Building Codes to identify major changes in anticipation of the new code adoption on 1/1/2017. Staff will be attending available training on the new codes. 

Code Enforcement: 

  • As of October 31, 2016, the total number of open code enforcement cases is 462 cases. During the prior week, 44 new cases were opened, and 57 cases were closed, with a backlog of an additional 12 cases not yet opened for assignment and investigation. 
  • There were 644 illegal signs confiscated during the weekend. 
  • Last week, the Business License Division issued 34 new licenses and received 33 new applications, in addition to 194 renewals.

PUBLIC WORKS

Kit Carson Park Clean UP
Approximately 850 people from The Rancho Bernardo Church Volunteer volunteered last Saturday at Kit Carson Park under the supervision of various city staff members. The group spread mulch, removed vegetation and trash, trimmed trees and planted 15 new trees.  They also painted the amphitheater, girls’ softball dugouts, concession stand, a dumpster enclosure and SDG&E boxes. The volunteers brought with them not only tools but a great sense of ownership and pride and it showed in the work they completed. Their  volunteer efforts saved the City of Escondido countless man hours of work and completed many tasks that were months away from being completed. 

Graffiti Report for October 2016 

  • Service Requests Opened              464
  • Graffiti Service Requests Closed  408
  • Service Requests in CDBG Area    121 

Building Maintenance: 

The repair and painting of the wood detail on the Arts Center’s colonnades along Valley Parkway and Escondido Blvd has been completed. 

ENGINEERING 

  • 2015/2016 Street Rehabilitation and Maintenance Project: The contractor is continuing to concentrate his paving repair effort in the Old Escondido Historical District in preparation to the arrival of the ARAM surface contractor which is set for November 9 of this week. The prime contractor has installed temporary striping along El Norte Parkway between Ash Street to the east and Nutmeg Street to the west on Wednesday of last week. The crack fill operation is ongoing along Valley Parkway between Midway Drive and Citrus Avenue. 
  • Rose to Foxdale Neighborhood Parking District: Bids have been solicited and a contract awarded to    HI- WAY Safety of Escondido. The signage has been reviewed and approved for manufacturing at this time.             

PRIVATE DEVELOPMENT

  • Pradera - Lennar Communities: The construction of the water main along Stanley Avenue is complete. Water quality testing of the new pipe line began this week. Phase 5 of the project is in framing stage at this time    
  • Lexington Model Homes - KB Homes: The importing of material to complete the pads associated with the project north of Lehner Avenue has been completed. 
  • 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 San Diego County, is at a standstill until elements of the dry utilizes have been relocated along Ash Street.  On site activity includes the installation of base material in preparation of pavement installation for the model homes streets on Thursday November 10.  The construction of the off-site water main along Century Way began this week and is scheduled for completion in three weeks. 
  • Solutions Housing Project 1560 S. Escondido Boulevard: The construction of the remaining water line lateral will continue this week. Testing will not begin until November 14.  
  • 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 continuing this week. 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 has ended the import of material to the site. Mass grading should be finalized in the coming week. 

FUTURE CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS 

  • East Valley Pkwy/Valley Center Road Widening Project: The City has completed all conditions of approval and received Caltrans’s Authorization to Construct this project.  The last environmental permit has been acquired.  Staff continues working with utility providers to finalize their plans to underground existing overheard cables within the project area.  
  • Jim Stone Pool: This project makes needed repairs to both pools and updates pool fixtures and equipment to meet current Health Department standards.  The project consultant submitted updated 100% plans on 10/20/16.  Staff has reviewed updates and provided plan review comments to the project consultant to finalize project plans.  Staff anticipates advertising the project for bids as soon as the contract documents are accepted.   
  • HSIP Traffic Signals at El Norte Pkwy/Fig and E. Valley Pkwy/Date: This project installs two high priority traffic signals, and is funded with Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) grant funds.  Staff continues to work with Caltrans’s for approval of our request for Authorization to Construct the project.  Project plans are complete; however, Caltrans approval of the Authorization to Construct is needed before the project can be put out to bid. 

POLICE 

Incidents 

  • On 10/29/16 at about 11:51 a.m., the branch manager of the US Bank, located at 2369 E. Valley Pkwy., called police to report an attempted robbery. The manager reported a 15-year-old male had entered the bank waiving a box cutter around and yelled, “This is a stick up”.  The juvenile fled the scene on foot with another unknown juvenile. The juvenile was described as a Hispanic male, 15-16 years old, thin build, wearing a red hoodie and carrying a box cutter. There was no loss from the bank and the investigation is ongoing.
  • On 11/1/16, fire department and police officers responded to reports of a brush fire in the creek bed east of the Canyon Crest Mobile Home Park at 2100 S Escondido Blvd. Both Escondido and County Fire Units responded. The fire was located around what appeared to be a homeless encampment in the creek bed, but no one was located or seen in the area. The fire was quickly extinguished and no injuries or property damage was reported. 
  • On 11/4/16 at about 2:07 p.m., officers responded to the area of 5th Ave and Spruce St to investigate reports of a domestic violence incident in progress. Callers reported seeing “A male manhandling a female.”  Officers arrived and were unable to locate any victim. At about 2:17 p.m., Palomar Medical Center notified the police department that a female stabbing victim had been admitted to the emergency room.  Officers responded and determined the female victim was stabbed by her boyfriend during the earlier incident. The victim suffered serious, but non-life threatening injuries.  Officers quickly identified the suspect and converged on his residence arresting him without incident. The suspect was booked at the Vista Detention Facility on attempted murder and domestic violence charges.
  • On 11/4/16 at about 7:31 p.m., officers responded to 200 E. Via Rancho Pkwy to investigate a fight. The reporting party told officers he had confronted a male whom he witnessed kicking the doors of the mall. The victim reported being battered by the suspect before fleeing in a pickup truck. The victim chased the suspect and jumped into the bed of the truck. The victim rode in the bed of the truck through the mall parking lot before deciding to jump out. The suspect stopped and fired a pistol, later determined to be a BB gun, at the victim about six times. The victim was not injured. The suspect was later identified and arrested for assault with a deadly weapon. The suspect was booked at the Vista Detention Facility. 

Events 

  • On November 4, 2016 KSON Radio personalities John and Tammy broadcast live from The Golden Egg Omelet House in the City of Escondido to support the San Diego Food Bank. Escondido Police Officers stopped by John and Tammy’s Food Fund Stop #3 to show their support and raise awareness for the campaign. The Food Fund collects non-perishable food items for distribution by the San Diego Food Bank to local families in need. For more information about the Food Fund can be found on KSON Radio’s website at http://www.kson.com/blogs/john-tammy-morning/food-fund-escondido-police-department

 

  • Captain Kogler attended State Senator Joel Anderson’s (38th district) California Heroes Month award ceremony.  The ceremony took place on Saturday November 5th.  Patricia Huerta from Escondido Education Compact was the recipient of the award as a result of EPD’s nomination.  

 

  • On November 5, 2016, Konner Rose was awarded the high honor of Eagle Scout presented by Troop 659. The ceremony took place at the Sikes Adobe Historic Farmstead in Escondido. Konner is one of Escondido Police Explorer Post’s newest members joining our ranks in August this year. Konner earned 35 merit badges during his Scouting career. Escondido Police Explorer Post 2600 is proud to have Konner as part of our police family. Congratulations Konner!