• This Thursday October 2nd and Friday October 3rd North County Avocado and Palomar Conferences will be hosting a High School Cross Country meet in Kit Carson Park from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. each day.  The El Arroyo Picnic areas 1 & 2 have been reserved and designated as the start and finish lines for the race. They are expecting about 250 runners on Thursday and 450 runners on Friday.  Parking will be limited during this time frame of the day.  The race coordinators will be starting race course preparations at 1:00 p.m. each day. 


  • This week is the final and most exciting week of Cruisin’ Grand – Nitro Night!  We will be closing the streets earlier than normal in anticipation of large crowds. Grand Avenue will be closed by 2 p.m. from Escondido Boulevard to Ivy.  All streets will re-open no later than 10 p.m. 
  • The Grand Woofstock
    Grape Day Park
    October 4, 2014

    Woofstock is a dog festival that features fun for the pups, pet adoptions, entertainment, food trucks and more!  This year the event moved to Grape Day Park from Grand Avenue. 



  • Major Projects Update:
    • Oak Creek (NUW) – The public review period for the Draft EIR ended on 9/29/14. Numerous comments have been received and have been forwarded to the consultant for response.
    • Amanda Lane (NUW) – The applicant is preparing a revised Specific Alignment Plan for Gamble Lane and is coordinating with the Rincon MWD regarding the adequacy of water pressure to serve the site.
    • Centerpointe 78 Commercial: – Staff is coordinating with the traffic consultant to finalize the traffic study for inclusion in the Draft EIR. A major issue is the need for additional right-of-way and improvements along the Broadway frontage, and the associated impact on the existing traffic signals.
    • North Broadway Deficiency Area Projects: – The Pickering annexation application has been submitted to LAFCO. The proposed Zenner annexation and the associated 40-unit subdivision at Vista Ave. and Lehner Ave. is under review, including review of the traffic study to determine appropriate improvements for the Vista/Ash intersection.
    • San Diego Veterans Village: The applicant is evaluating potential revisions to address the HPC comments regarding the proposed demolition of several historic adobe structures and to address Fire Department concerns. 

The California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) has awarded two grants to the City through the Department’s CalHOME program: $1,000,000 for the Mobile Home Set Aside and $902,000 for Owner-Occupied Rehabilitation. Congratulations to Karen Youel, Management Analyst, for coordinating the grant applications and traveling to Sacramento to insure the timely submittal of the applications! 

Building Division: 

  • Building had a very busy this week issuing 67 permits for the week with a total valuation of $499,815. Most of the permits issued were tenant improvements, room addition and miscellaneous type permits. Inspections and counter contacts have increased with average daily inspections of 21 with 18 on Friday and average daily counter contacts of 36 with 28 on Friday.
  • Photovoltaic permits are again dominating the permit activity for the week with 28 permits issued and 13 more in for plan review. Building has issued 505 photovoltaic permits this year.
  • The Building and Fire departments have approved the plans for the new Black Angus restaurant at the North County Mall. Planning, Engineering and Industrial Waste approvals needed prior to permit issuance.
  • The new Chick-Fil-A at 1290 Auto Parkway has received foundation inspection approval.
  • Plans were submitted for review for a 1,607 SF addition for the Neighborhood Health Care facility at 462 N. Elm St.
  • A Temporary Certificate of Occupancy was issued for Building B at the Classical Academy High School at 207 E. Pennsylvania. 


Capital Improvements: 

2013/2014 Street Maintenance Project:
New roadway striping has been applied along 9th Avenue between Spruce Street and Auto Parkway as part of this year’s roadway maintenance project. The new striping plan provides for two vehicle travel lanes and a bike lane for west bound traffic. East bound traffic is provided a single travel lane with the addition of a bike lane.  

Maple Street Pedestrian Plaza Modifications:
The project preconstruction meeting is set for Wednesday, October 1, the first day of construction will be Monday, October 6th 2014. 

Private Development

Lincoln Avenue at Goldenrod Street - 16” Gas Main Inspection:
SDG&E has completed testing of the interior surface of the 16”pipeline. The information will be analyzed; in the meantime the excavations on Goldenrod Street and Mission Avenue will be repaired.       

County Project - Bear Valley Parkway Widening between Boyle Avenue and San Pasqual Valley Road:
The contractor is continuing to clear and grub the site which includes house foundations, driveways and landscape items between Viewmont Drive and San Pasqual Valley Road. Electronic message boards have been added north and south of the project limits warning of a construction speed limit of 30 MPH. Please be cautious when driving in the area. 

Pennsylvania Avenue and Kalmia Street- Classical Academy High:
The project striping is now complete. There is a new right turn only lane along Valley Parkway as you approach Kalmia Street. The intersection of Kalmia Street and Pennsylvania Avenue is now a two way stop for Kalmia Street. 


  • The Debris Crew collected 5 cubic yards of debris from city right of way in various locations.
  • The Pothole Crew repaired 54 potholes and completed 5 large street pavement repairs for Utility Department. 45 tons of asphalt pavement were used in the repairs and potholes.
  • The Drainage Crew cut and removed 20 cubic yards of vegetation form various locations throughout the city.
  • The Craftsmen made repairs at El Arroyo picnic area to re-establish irrigation and turfgrass. Irrigation mainline repairs were made  at Jesmond Dene park, The Crossroads (S. Esc. Blvd. & CCP) and Mt View park. They also rebuilt  chlorine pumps at both pools. Repair two flags on Grand Ave. Repaired one drinking fountain at Kit Carson.
  • The Electricians completed 54 special projects, repaired 50 street lights, Repaired/Serviced 8 traffic signals; installed 4 banners.
  • The Street Sweeping Crew cleaned 67 miles of street despite having  numerous mechanical breakdowns with the sweepers  last week.
  • An outside contractor planted 50 agave and 50 aloes on slopes along Hidden Trails Rd. at Ryan Park. 



  • A job offer was given to a new dispatcher (Buffie Colon)
  • The Chief attended a strategic visioning meeting at Interfaith
  • The Police Department hosted an Neighborhood Transformation Project Management meeting on Thursday.
  • Traffic Division conducted a School Safety Detail on Thursday focusing on traffic violations in/near school zones.