ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT UPDATE

“College and Career Connections Month” Update

As part of the Escondido Chamber of Commerce’s month-long focus on education and workforce development, the Escondido Street Faire this Sunday, October 21 will include “Education Way” – A group of exhibitors near the carnival rides focused on education and workforce development.

Next Wednesday, October 24, the Escondido Public Library will host a small business lunchtime workshop entitled “Economic Outlook 2013: The New Normal for Small Business” with speaker Kelly Cunningham, Senior Fellow with the National University System Institute for Policy Research. 38 individuals have registered to attend so far with capacity for up to 60. More information and online registration for the workshop is at http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=eoyxpfjab&oeidk=a07e6ajfbzk17faa699.

CAPITAL PROJECTS

Public Improvements:

Maple Street Pedestrian Plaza

The pedestrian plaza lighting is now controlled by a photo cell which will operate the lights from dusk to dawn. The remaining bollards should be installed by the end of the week, and the water quality has been resolved for the water fountain.

2011/2012 Pavement Management Project  

The contractor has reconstructed the south side of Grand Ave between Maple Street and Centre City Parkway and is anticipating the completion of the north side by Friday morning. The Quince Street portion was delayed by rain last week. That section and Pennsylvania will be rescheduled for 10/22 thru 10/25.

Main Library Fiber Optics Project

All fiber installed and awaiting completion of punch list items.

Private Development

Wal-Mart

Water line plans have been approved and the preconstruction meeting was held on Wednesday of this week.

Mission Avenue 69 kv Underground Electric Line

The crossing at the Enterprise and Commercial intersection should be completed by Thursday morning. Four vaults have been completed to date. The fifth vault at Dan Way and Mission Ave will be completed this week.

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT UPDATES

Planning:

Westfield has submitted a parking analysis for the upcoming holiday season evaluating the adequacy of the onsite parking. Historically, the mall has used offsite parking and employee shuttle services to free up onsite spaces for customers. The analysis is intended to demonstrate their position that offsite parking will not be needed due to the amount of vacant floor area within the mall. The recently approved master plan modification authorized a reduced parking requirement with a condition requiring offsite parking program as determined by their parking study. Staff has requested additional information to evaluating the report’s findings which determined that a very small number of excess spaces would be available onsite during peak holiday shopping periods, and has expressed concerns regarding the potential loss of customers if parking is not available.

Code Enforcement:

Representatives from the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) will meet with City staff on October 23rd to conduct a routine audit of our mobile home park procedures. HCD staff will be focusing on our  Annual Permits to Operate (Finance staff); installation and accessory permits (Building staff) and in park complaints (Code Enforcement).  

PUBLIC SAFETY

Police:

The following news releases are posted on the Police Department’s Web site:

Car Burglary Information and Prevention Tips  published on 10.11.12

Curfew Sweep conducted on Friday, 10.12.12 & News Release published on 10.15.12

Congratulations are in order for Officer Kristina Adame, who graduated from the 92nd San Diego Regional Academy on 10.10.12.

TIP A COP @ Red Robin Restaurant in Escondido – joint effort between EPD and Oceanside Police Department.  Turnout was great and the couple of thousand dollars in tips that were collected by uniformed wait staff benefitted the San Diego County Special Olympics Athletes.  The event was on 10.13.12 from 11 AM to 3 PM.