ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

  • For those who may still use the hard copy Thomas Brothers Guide, it has been determined that their most recent edition (58th Edition) had problems with its base mapping.  There are numerous streets in Escondido that are not accurately depicted, including showing that the new hospital is located on Enterprise Street.
  • Sports Tournaments: This weekend on October 19 and 20 Kit Carson Park will be hosting a very large girls fast pitch softball tournament.  Triple Crown Sports have 117 games scheduled located at the four girls and four adult softball fields.  They have 145 teams attending this tournament from Washington, Oregon, Nevada, Northern California, Arizona, and a good mix of local Southern California teams.  We can expect close to 5,000+ players and spectators in the area over this time frame.  Kit Carson Park will be in use from 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday and 7:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.  on Sunday.  The tournament brings in a very large family atmosphere to our park.

SPECIAL EVENTS

Beginning with this edition, I will be adding a “Special Events” section to my weekly newsletter.  My intent is to keep you informed about special events being coordinated through our Special Events Coordinator, as well as other community events that may be of interest to you.  We may not capture every community event, but we will strive to let you know about as many of them as we can. 

    • Saturday 10/19 - North County Hope Rally to stop domestic violence.  The event will be held in Grape Day Park, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and will have informational booths, food vendors, speakers, music and youth activities.
    • Saturday 10/19 – MS Bike Bay to Bay Tour –  This “rules of the road” (no street closures) bike race will be passing through the western parts of Escondido including Harmony Grove Road between 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
    • Sunday 10/20 – Escondido Street Faire. The event will be held in downtown Escondido from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

COUNCIL CHAMBERS EQUIPMENT UPGRADE

During the December holidays, we will be upgrading the voting, audio and control equipment in the Council Chambers.  The project will cost approximately $57,000 and will be funded through Public, Education and Government (PEG) Channel fees the City receives from Cox Communications and AT&T U-Verse.

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT UPDATES

Planning:

The Urban Land Institute (ULI) has approved the City’s application to participate in the Complete Communities Marketplace, to be held on November 15, 2013 at the Jacobs Center. The City will participate in two areas: as a Marketplace Opportunity for Downtown Escondido and the Target Station Target Area, and as a case study showcasing the Latitude 33 project. The flyer is attached.

Housing:

Community HousingWorks is holding an event on October 24 at Avocado Court as a volunteer day for their community garden. The event flier is attached.

Building:

Building issued 38 permits for the week with a total valuation of $450,405. Plan review is nearing completion at the new 3 story Hale Avenue Resource Recovery Facility administration building on 1521 S Hale St. The Cheesecake Factory and the Contempo project continue to progress through the construction phases.

CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS

2013 - 2014 Pavement Repair and Rehabilitation Program:

The list of streets to be included in this year’s program is available on the City’s website: https://www.escondido.org/Data/Sites/1/media/PDFs/Engineering/PavementRehabStreetList.pdf .

The pavement repair program will resurface over 3.75 million square feet of City roadways. The project will be completed in two phases with the bids for the first phase anticipated on October 24.

Grape Street Public Improvement Project:

SDG&E crews have completed installation and the testing of the 6” gas main. There are less than 4 service laterals remaining to be constructed.

Escondido Creek Trail Lighting:

The contractor has marked out the area of work from Broadway Avenue to Ash Street for their Dig Alert notification. This allows all utilities to report their location prior to construction. The Notice to Proceed was set for Monday, October 14. Monday was the first day of the 60 working day construction period.  

Encino Drive & El Dorado Drive - Storm Drain Replacement:

The improvement plans have been signed and the project has been advertised.

North Broadway Bike Path Drainage Project:

Staff reviewed the site after the rain event on October 9 and found that the design provided positive drainage to the new storm drain pipe.

Washington Avenue Emergency Road Repair:

The asphalt replacement along Washington Avenue between Broadway and Juniper is scheduled for Monday October 21, 2013. City staff will begin to close the roadway between 8:00 p.m. and 7 a.m.

Private Development

Wal-Mart:

The striping subcontractor is placing the permanent traffic control measures this week. The redesigned left turn movement from north bound Ash Street to west bound Pennsylvania Avenue should be available by the weekend.

Contempo Townhomes -Tract 921:

The final portion of the water main distribution system began on Monday, the 14th. The underground contractor will be working on Centre City Parkway between the housing project to the east and to Pine Street on the west. Centre City Parkway will be restricted to a single lane of travel in both north and south bound directions for the next 30 days. Hours of construction will be between 7:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Electronic message boards have been in place prior to the start of construction notifying drivers of potential delays. Staff has been monitoring the construction zone and reports no negative impact. 

Resurrection Church - Storm Drain in El Norte Parkway:

All elements of the storm drain system have been installed along El Norte Parkway. Asphalt pavement restoration is set to begin this week.

Stone Brewery Traffic Signal:

The project is on hold, the contractor is awaiting delivery of the signal poles.

Cox Communication- Valley Parkway and Auto Park Way:

Work is being performed along both streets of this intersection. The work is being performed from 9:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. to lessen the impact on this busy corridor. The project is expected to be completed by Friday. 

PUBLIC SAFETY

Police:

  • The North County HOPE Regional Rally is a community outreach event in October (National Domestic Violence Awareness Month) to raise awareness and provide critical information to the community in an effort to educate individuals and families about healthy relationships and where to access assistance if they are experiencing abuse.  We will be hosting our local HOPE rally this Saturday, October 19 from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Grape Day Park.  Our theme in North County is “Anyone Can Be A Victim; Everyone Can Be A Survivor”.  We will have three survivor speakers at the event, as well as inspirational music, the Luiseno Bird Singers, a K-9 demo, a Zumba demo, and a Kids Dance Performance by Georgia’s Dance Studio.  There will also be a Bounce House and food vendors. Captain Mike Loarie will attend and start the event to welcome attenders and brief comments.  Schedule of events is attached to this update as well as the HOPE flyer.
  • Last Saturday, the Police Department participated in the 3rd annual Pumpkin 5K run and Safety Expo (Formally Families on Foot) that was organized by Escondido Recreation.  Part of the PD contribution was displaying the BearCat (Tactical Operations Unit armored vehicle).  The BearCat was a hit with the participants in the race and families in attendance.  In addition to the BearCat, we enhanced our community outreach efforts with display tables offering safety information, coloring books, 9-1-1 for kids magnets, badge stickers, and 7-Eleven Slurpee coupons. 
  • Congratulations to Escondido Tactical Operations Unit Detective Greg Clark and Officer Rhett Gann.  Greg and Rhett competed in an annual rifle competition called, “Snipercraft”.  They placed 2nd.  This competition is demanding and involves all aspects of marksmanship. 
  • Congratulations to  Detective Steve Thompson for receiving the 2013 Spurgeon Award at Sunday night’s (10.13.13) San Diego and Imperial Counties Explorer Recognition Dinner for his 10+ years of dedication as one of our Explorer Advisors for our Post.  Escondido Explorers Dryden Granger and Sandra Ferrer were also recognized for their leadership as well as Sgt. Shannon Murphy and Officer Therese Ruiz.  Pictures are posted on Facebook.
  • Police Facebook is at 1122 “likes”.  Twitter is 1078 followers.