ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT 

  • Triple Crown will be hosting the Monster Mash youth girls fast pitch softball tournament this weekend in Kit Carson Park. There will be teams from all over the Western Region of the country attending this tournament.  They have 202 teams in the 14u, 16u, & 18u division playing and an estimated amount of 6,200 players and spectators.  New this year, they will be hosting a youth softball clinic for players attending the tournament on Saturday October 15th from 8am to 4pm.  The clinic will be coached and lead by Janie Takeda from the US National Women’s softball team and 4 year starter at University of Oregon. Also helping is Biola and UCLA Softball members.   Teams will be shopping, dining, and lodging in the Escondido area from Friday, October 14th to Sunday, October 16th.  Kit Carson Park will be very full with the tournament and the many other everyday activities.  

SPECIAL EVENTS 

  • Grand Avenue Festival
    Sunday, October 16, 9:30 am – 5:30 p.m.
    Downtown Escondido

    Formally known as the Escondido Street Faire, The Grand Ave Festival is bigger and better than ever! Over 500 vendors, live entertainment, and food from around the world have combined to make the Grand Ave Festival the 2nd largest street fair in California and a family tradition since 1989. Every 3rd Sunday in May and October… come out and support Escondido. The Festival runs all day Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. covering Grand Avenue from Centre City Parkway to Juniper Street. Fun rides, games, entertainment, food, art, and shopping for everyone. Bring your Christmas list to get some early shopping done. Presented every third Sunday in October and May by the Escondido Chamber of Commerce. For more information, call (760) 745-2125, or go to: www.EscondidoChamber.org 
  • We the People
    Sunday, October 16, 5:00 p.m.
    Grape Day Park

    Join your inland community members and church leaders for an inspirational evening of music and worship celebrating the community’s first responders, city council, hospital workers, doctors, pastors and elected officials. 
  • 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) – 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. 
  • Centerpointe 78 Commercial (Developer: Lars Andersen, Pacific Development) – 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 is expected to be submitted soon. 
  • Westfield Theater (Developer: Kim Brewer, Westfield)No change from the following update reported last week: This project is a 10-auditorium movie theater totaling 57,600 sq. ft. located on the north side of the Westfield Mall.  The project was approved by the City Council on November 4, 2015. 
  • Felicita Development, LLC (Developer: Katherine Park, Creative Design Associates)No change from the following update reported last week: This project is a 140-unit hotel, and a gas station or office/residential care facility at the southeast corner of Felicita Rd. and Gamble Lane. The applicant and staff met with the architect to discuss building elevations, 5-story height limitations and site design issues given the existing wetland constraints on the property. Additional technical analysis and coordination is needed to address traffic, biology, water and sewer service, geotechnical and storm water concerns, along with a market study for the proposed uses. The applicant met with the wild life agencies and is responding to technical studies needed to complete the application. Tribal consultations are underway. 
  • Springhill Suites (Developer: Raj Patel, San Bernardino Hospitality LLC)No change from the following update reported last week: This project is a 4-story, 105-suite hotel totaling 73,300 sq. ft. located at 200 La Terraza Drive.  The hotel includes a small conference room and an enlarged lobby for serving continental breakfast.  A revised set of grading plans has been approved since February and grading for the hotel site has now started.  Building plans have been approved by Esgil, Fire, Planning and Engineering.  The building permit is ready to be issued. 
  • Escondido Auto Park Association (Developer: Tim Brecht, Escondido Auto Park Association)No change from the following update reported last week: The association is proposing to upgrade the existing electronic message sign along I-15.  An application for a new regional market sign and an amendment to the Sign Ordinance to increase the allowable display area for a regional market sign was submitted to the Planning Division on May 6, 2016.  The proposed sign would be located in the same location as the existing sign at a slightly lower height (73.5 feet) with approximately the same overall dimensions.  The Planning Commission recommended approval of the new regional market sign and amendment to the Sign Ordinance on July 12, 2016.  The City Council approved the new regional market sign and amendment to the Sign Ordinance on August 17, 2016.  The contractor is expected to submit the structural plans into plan check for a building permit this week. 
  • Ford-Hyundai Dealership Expansion (Developer: Neil E. Sander, Dynamic Engineering) – An expansion involving approximately 13,000 sq. ft. of showroom buildings and 6,700 sq. ft. wash/detail building at 1717-1919 Auto Park Way was approved by the Planning Commission on June 23, 2015. Construction on the new Ford dealership building is underway. 
  • Trafalgar Square – Aldi Market (Developer: Charlie Mallon)No change from the following update reported last week: This renovation of the Trafalgar Square shopping center includes demolition of the northern shop building and the northern portion of the western building to prepare a site for the construction of an 18,088 square foot, freestanding building for Aldi Market (1330 East Valley Parkway).  The plot plan was approved by the Planning Division in June of 2015.  A Building permit was issued on June 22, 2016, and the project is under construction.  The sign contractor is now working on a final sign package that should be submitted to Planning soon. 

Industrial 

  • Escondido Disposal Inc. (Developer: Steve South, EDI)No change from the following update reported last week: The CUP modification to expand the existing facility was approved by the Planning Commission on August 25, 2015.  Revisions to the grading plan have been approved by Engineering and a building permit has been issued.  Construction is now underway. 
  • StorQuest (Developer: The William Warren Group, Inc.)No change from the following update reported last week: This proposed project at 220 W. Mission Avenue involves a 102,500 sq. ft., four-story self-storage facility development with three in-line shops and a small office. The Planning Commission voted to recommend approval of the proposed General Plan Amendment, Planned Development and Zone Change on August 9, 2016.  The project was approved by the City Council on September 14, 2016. 
  • Victory Industrial Development (Developer: Scott Merry, Badiee Development) No change from the following update reported last week: This project involves two industrial buildings totaling 91,000 sq. ft. (one building 55,500 sq. ft., second building 35,500 sq. ft.) located at 2005 Harmony Grove Road and a zone change from residential to Planned Industrial consistent with the updated General Plan.  The Planning Commission voted to recommend approval of the proposed General Plan Amendment, Planned Development and Zone Change on August 9, 2016.  It was approved by the City Council on September 14, 2016.  Building plans were submitted into plan check the following day and are now being reviewed by staff. 
  • Micro-Filtration Reverse Osmosis (Developer: City of Escondido Utilities Department) – The proposed project involves a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) for the development of a new city facility to provide advanced treatment for recycled water produced at the City of Escondido’s Hale Avenue Resource Recovery Facility (HARRF) for agricultural uses with the capacity for future treatment for indirect potable reuse. The facility would be sized for a total production capacity of 2.0 million gallons per day (mgd).  A previous proposal for development of the facility at 2512 East Washington Avenue has now been shelved while staff pursues development of the facility on an alternative site located on the southeastern corner of Washington Avenue and Ash Street.  On July 20, 2016, the City Council approved a first-phase design contract with Black and Veatch for the design effort need to bring the new site design to the Planning Commission for CUP consideration in December 2016.  If the Planning Commission approves the CUP, a contract for the remaining design work will be brought forward to the City Council.  Site and building design concepts are being developed now and staff will be attending neighborhood meetings to present the project to neighbors. 
  • Wastewater Collections Yard Expansion (Developer: City of Escondido Utilities Department) No change from the following update reported last week: The project involves development of 1.8 acres of a larger, approximately 15.4-acre site for the construction of a new wastewater collections yard and maintenance facility for the City’s Hale Avenue Resource Recovery Facility (HARRF) at 1521 S. Hale Avenue. The proposed facilities will consist of three separate pre-fabricated metal buildings 3,735 sq. ft. - 5,670 sq. ft. for collections; work bays and workshops for regular maintenance of vehicles and equipment.  The project would require the processing of a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) and rezone.  The Planning Commission held a public hearing and recommended approval on May 10, 2016.  It was approved by the City Council on June 15, 2016. 
  • Escondido Self-Storage Facility (Developer: Brandywine Homes, Inc.) – 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) were submitted on July 6, 2016, and 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. 
  • 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) – 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 is scheduled to go to City Council for approval on October 19.  Building plans for the construction of eight model homes were submitted on May 18, 2016 and are being reviewed by staff.  Precise grading plans for the model complex and a model home permit have been approved.  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 submittal is expected to arrive next week. 
  • 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. 
  • Solutions for Change (Developer: Solutions for Change)No change from the following update reported last week: This project is a Planned Development application for 33 multi-family units of affordable housing. It was approved by the City Council on November 18, 2015.  Building plans have been approved and the building permit has been issued.  A groundbreaking event was held June 28, 2016.  Foundation work for the project is under construction. 
  • 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) – 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.  The Draft Mitigated Negative Declaration has been issued and a 20-day public review period ended on July 12, 2016.  Final terms and language for the Development Agreement are now being reviewed with the applicant for concurrence.  On September 13, 2016, the Planning Commission recommended approval of the proposed development.  A City Council hearing has been scheduled for October 12, 2016.
  • City Plaza (Developer: Charlie Zhang, Zion Enterprises) – This long-dormant, partially constructed mixed-use development at the southeastern corner of South Escondido Boulevard and Third Avenue now has new ownership. The project consists of a three-story building with 51,200 SF of residential area and 4,100 SF of commercial area and two levels of parking. Structural engineering information was submitted to the Building Division on May 8.  On July 27, the Building Department reported that permits now have been issued to continue construction.  Remediation work on the foundation is nearing completion which will allow new construction to commence.  Architectural plan revisions were submitted to the Building Division on August 24, 2016, and are currently being reviewed by Building and Planning.  

Building Division:

  •  The Building Division issued 79 permits for the week with a total valuation of $293,638. Permits were for tenant improvements, room additions, roofing, photovoltaics and miscellaneous. 
  • 33 photovoltaic permits were issued for the week with 16 waiting to be processed. The Building Division has issued 991 solar permits this year compared to 990 issued for the same time last year.
  • Counter techs assisted, on average, 31 customers per day with 30 customers on Friday.
  • Building inspections averaged 27 inspections per day. 40 inspections were requested on Tuesday.
  • So far this year the Building Division has processed 2,979 permits, compared to 2,785 permits last year to date. Current building valuation for all issued permits to date is $52,681,817compared to $39,336,823 for last year.
  • 57 new single-family dwellings permits have been issued this year compared with 13 issued same time last year.
  • The construction of the three-story mixed use building at 300 S Escondido Blvd is continuing and scaffolding for the podium slab has been ordered.
  • 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.
  • The interior finishes are being installed at the new California Pizza Kitchen at the North County Mall.
  • SDG&E is completing a utilities upgrade at Greencrest Mobile Home Park at 541 W 15th and will be starting upgrades soon at Town and Country Mobile Home Park at 2280 E Valley Pkwy.
  • Escondido Disposal is receiving underground inspections for their conveyer pits associated with their large expansion and remodel.
  • Heller Ford in the Escondido Auto Park has received underground inspections for their extensive remodel of the facilities.
  • 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 continue 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 3, 2016, the total number of open code enforcement cases is 452 cases. During the prior week, 73 new cases were opened, and 43 cases were closed, with a backlog of an additional 48 cases not yet opened for assignment and investigation. 
  • There were 105 illegal signs confiscated during the weekend. 
  • Last week, the Business License Division issued 30 new licenses and received 36 new applications, in addition to 159 renewals. 

PUBLIC WORKS/ENGINEERING 

  • 2015/2016 Street Rehabilitation and Maintenance Project: The contractor is constructing concrete cross gutters along Auto Park Way this week in advance of next week’s scheduled paving activities. For the week of October 17th the following major roadways will have night time paving operations:  Auto Parkway between Hale Avenue to Andreasen Drive; Washington Avenue between Centre City Parkway; and Spruce Street and El Norte Parkway at Nutmeg Street.  The contractor is continuing with the crack filling operation along El Norte Parkway between Ash Street and Washington Avenue this week.       

Private development: 

  • Bear Valley Parkway between Boyle Avenue and San Pasqual Valley Road (County Project): No changes from the following update reported last week: A punch list has been developed for all maintenance related items needing correction prior to final. The ribbon cutting ceremony was Thursday, September 19, 2016 at 10:00 a.m.    
  • Pradera - Lennar Communities: Water main construction is continuing along Stanley Avenue this week. Phase 4 has concrete improvements being installed, with release of the units expected next week along this section of the project. Phase 5 has slabs being installed with framing of new homes beginning.    
  • Lexington Model Homes - KB Homes: The hauling of material between project phases has been completed. The majority of the mass grading is now complete. 
  • City Plaza: Escondido Boulevard @ 3rd Avenue No changes from the following update reported last week: The project has a closure of the #2 lane of north bound Escondido Boulevard between 3rd and 4th Avenue which will be in place for 8 months. On site construction of the structural concrete building has begun with the setting of forms along Escondido Boulevard. 
  • Tract 932 - Canyon Grove Shea Homes Community: The contractor is continuing the mass grading for the 179 housing units. The Ash Street/ Vista Avenue improvements, which are in the jurisdiction of the San Diego County, are continuing with the construction of retaining walls along Ash Street. The next phase of construction is the concrete protection device for the Rincon del Diablo water main along Vista Avenue. The construction will require the closure of the west bound leg of Vista Avenue, between Ash Street and Lehner Avenue for a period of 10 days. Electronic message boards will be used to notify the neighborhood traffic and a detour route will be in place along Lehner Avenue.   
  • Solutions Housing Project 1560 S. Escondido Boulevard: Water lateral construction for the fire hydrant, fire sprinkler lateral and the main line is continuing. The water line siphons have passed all water quality tests. The tie in will be scheduled for next week during a night time operation. 
  • Latitude II Condominiums by a Lyon Homes Partnership: Washington Avenue @ Centre City Parkway Clear and grubbing is continuing on the site. The preconstruction meeting for the off-site water main on Washington Avenue is scheduled for Friday of this week. 
  • Westminster Theological Seminary Graduate Student Housing: Boyle Avenue @ Bear Valley Parkway The grading contractor is continuing with the mass grading for the project. 

Future capital improvements: 

  • East Valley Pkwy/Valley Center Road Widening Project: On September 21, 2016, the City received approval on the requested Authorization to Construct for this project.  The last environmental permit has been acquired.  Staff received SDG&E’s plans to underground existing overhead cables on September 27.  Upon staff review, some of SDG&E’s proposed facilities are shown outside of the right of way.  Staff will meet with SDG&E and other Utility agencies to make adjustments to the design to ensure all facilities lie within the right of way or easements and to coordinate further on construction.  
  • 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) funds.  Staff submitted Authorization to Construct documentation to Caltrans for review and approval, and continues working with them to provide requested documentation to obtain this approval.  Caltrans approval of the Authorization to Construct is needed before the project can bid. 
  • Jim Stone Pool: This project will remove existing plaster from the both pools,  repair any leaks, rusting rebar, bring all pool elements up to current standards, re-plaster the pool, and replace any pool equipment (pumps, filters, etc.) that are undersized with the correct equipment.  Staff’s meeting with the project consultant to discuss timelines for completed contract documents was held September 29.  The consultant has indicated that project documents will be submitted by October 14.  Staff will complete one more review and request any required revisions before documents are deemed complete and ready to bid. 

POLICE 

Incidents 

  • On 10/2/16 at about 11:48 a.m., officers responded to the Via Rancho Pkwy. overpass at I-15 regarding a male who appeared ready to jump onto the northbound lanes of the freeway. Units arrived and found the male hanging on to the fence directly over the freeway. The male appeared intoxicated and expressed irrational thoughts and beliefs. The California Highway Patrol responded and shut down northbound I-15, and issued a SIG Alert. Several Officers negotiated with the man for about an hour, eventually convincing him to come down from the bridge unharmed. The man was taken to a local hospital for a mental health evaluation.
  • On 10/2/16 at about 4:15 p.m., an officer on routine patrol observed a vehicle in a ditch near the intersection of 4Th Ave and Pine St. The Officer contacted a man standing outside of the still running vehicle who admitted to being the driver. During the investigation, the officer saw a handgun, in plain sight, on the floor board of the vehicle. Further investigation revealed the man was driving the vehicle while under the influence of an alcoholic beverage at the time of the accident. The officer also determined the handgun had been reported as stolen. The suspect was arrested and booked into the Vista Detention Facility.
  • On 10/4/16 at 10:50 p.m., a two-vehicle collision occurred at the intersection of Mission Ave. and Ash St. resulting in minor injuries to one of the vehicle occupants. The driver of the other vehicle ran from the collision scene without exchanging information or attempting to render aid to the other involved motorist. While officers were investigating the collision, the male driver that fled returned to the scene and was identified by the other involved motorist and witnesses. The male suspect was determined to have a suspended driver’s license. The suspect was arrested for hit and run and driving on a suspended license. The suspect was booked into the Vista Detention Facility.
  • On 10/8/16 at about 1:57 a.m., officers responded to the intersection of Ash St and Valley Pkwy. to investigate the reports of a traffic collision involving a vehicle and a pedestrian. Officers arrived and found a single vehicle had struck a pedestrian just south of the intersection. The preliminary investigation revealed a 24 year old male was driving south on Ash St. in a green 1996 Volkswagen Golf when the vehicle struck a pedestrian in the roadway. After the collision, the vehicle came to rest on top of the pedestrian. It appears the pedestrian was in a prone position in the roadway prior to the collision. Fire personnel used special equipment to lift the vehicle off of the pedestrian and performed lifesaving measures. The pedestrian was pronounced dead at the scene despite the lifesaving efforts of police and fire personnel. The male driver of the Golf was not injured was not under the influence of alcohol or drugs.   The traffic investigation is ongoing and is being conducted by Officer Mike Nelson of the Traffic Division. Witnesses are encouraged to call Officer Nelson at (760) 839-4407. 

Events

  • Nationally, the month of October has been designated to raise awareness for two important causes that affect many members of our community: Breast Cancer and Domestic Violence. Several members of the Escondido Police family have been directly affected by breast cancer, and the department lost an officer who was killed during a domestic violence incident. Chief Craig Carter has come up with a unique way to spark conversation on these topics. Chief Carter has developed a plan to raise awareness through an avenue that is constantly in the public eye: the patrol car. Special decals have been created under the Chief’s direction that will be placed on the front doors of several police cars, changing the color of “Police” from blue to either pink or purple. There will also be a corresponding awareness ribbon displayed on the rear door of the car. The decals will be displayed on certain patrol cars for the entire month of October. Please visit nationalbreastcancer.org  and www.sddvc.org for educational materials, training and resources to assist in combating these serious issues facing our community members.