ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT 

  • On Friday, October 23, the Kit Carson Invite Cross Country meet will take place in Kit Carson Park.  There will be a total of 43 High School teams from all over San Diego County competing at this race.  There will be Varsity, Jr. Varsity and Freshman races for both Boys and Girls.  Teams will be dropped off and picked up near the El Arroyo picnic areas. 
  • This weekend, October 24 & 25, Triple Crown will host one of its larger Regional tournaments at Kit Carson Park.  The Fireworks girls fast pitch tournament brings in teams and families from all over the Western region of the United States. Teams are playing for a $2,000 entry fee for the summer Triple Crown World Series.   Kit Carson will see 100 teams in the 18u divisions with a total of 100 games played.  We can expect around 800 families in the Kit Carson Park area over the weekend.  Teams will be dining, shopping, and lodging in the local area. 

SPECIAL EVENTS 

  • ZOMBIE FOOD TRUCK FESTIVAL
    Saturday, October 24, 1-7 p.m. in Grape Day Park, Free Admission
    Several of San Diego top Gourmet Food Trucks will be serving up some of their scary-good signature dishes, along with some zombie specials.  Zombies who are 21 and older can relax in the ZOM-BEER Garden from 1-6 p.m. The festival also will have an arts and crafts marketplace, live music, zombie make up tent and a kid’s zone.  
    Zombie Walk: At 5:00 p.m. zombies will take to the streets of Escondido for the “When Zombies Invade Escondido” Walk.  This will be memorable for spectators and participants alike. 
    For more information please visit: http://visitescondido.com/4590/zombie-food-truck-festival/
  • For information about other activities taking place in Escondido, please visit visitescondido.com 

NEW UTILITY BILL PAYMENT OPTIONS 

The City has transitioned its Utility Billing web payments to a third party host. This will give   customers more options including:                            

  • Setting up and maintaining their own selected user ID and password combination.
  • Storing multiple sets of payment information for future visits.
  • Scheduling a payment to be applied on a future date of the customer’s choosing.
  • Allowing automatic payment of the balance due each month via bank account debit (ACH) or credit card.
  • Paying by check (e-check). 

Information about the change will be sent out with upcoming water bills. 

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

Planning:

Major Projects Update: 

  • Oak Creek (NUW)No change from the following update reported last week: A LAFCO hearing for the annexation of the property was held on October 5, 2015. Staff made a presentation at the meeting emphasizing the City’s support for the project and opposition to the potential expansion of the annexation boundary to include an additional segment of Hamilton Road. The LAFCO Board unanimously approved the annexation without including the Hamilton Road segment as requested by staff.
  • Amanda Estates (NUW)No change from the following update reported last week: LAFCO approved the reorganization (annexation) at their meeting on August 3, 2015.
  • Centerpointe 78 Commercial –The public review period for the Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) ended September 28, 2015. Final edits are being made on the EIR and the project is tentatively scheduled for Planning Commission consideration on November 10, 2015. The Draft is EIR is available at the following link: http://www.escondido.org/centerpointe-78-commercial-project.aspx
  • Pradera - Grading is underway. Staff is reviewing improvement plan and the final map submittals as well as the precise grading plans. The Building Division has issued building permits for three, two-story model homes. A fourth single-story unit will be marketed with this development, but no model home for the single story unit will be constructed.
  • ZennerNo change from the following update reported last week: The annexation was approved by LAFCO on Sept. 14, 2015.
  • Stella Park Condominiums – This Planned Development is located at 2516 S. Escondido Blvd. The applicant is pursuing selection of consultants for preparation of numerous technical studies (including a Water Quality Technical Report) and the CEQA document which is anticipated to be a mitigated negative declaration. Staff is providing information regarding existing conditions to include in the environmental review analysis. Design review of the project site plan, architecture and landscaping have been conducted by staff with comments provided to the applicant.
  • Wohlford –Staff is reviewing revised submittals and technical reports from the applicant in response to the letter identifying necessary submittals to continue processing. A Specific Alignment Plan for Bear Valley Parkway detailing the roadway is under review. The Request for Qualifications for consultant preparation of an EIR will be released when the application is deemed as complete. Tribal consultation meetings have been completed. Staff issued a Request for Qualifications to several consulting firms to solicit bids for preparing the EIR.
  • Latitude IINo change from the following update reported last week: The project was approved by the City Council on August 19, 2015. The applicant has informed staff that grading plans will be submitted by mid-October and will reflect the provisions of the new storm water regulations. Architectural plans are proposed for submittal by mid-November.
  • Shea Homes (Tract 932)No change from the following update reported last week: Staff approved the substantial conformance determination for the revised tentative map for the 179-lot residential subdivision known as Hidden Valley Ranch. Staff continues to coordinate with the applicant on the proposed grading plan. The Precise Plan application was submitted on Aug. 6, 2015; additional information is needed to complete the application. The applicant is pursuing purchase of mitigation credits at Daley Ranch, and pursuing acquisitions needed for offsite improvements.
  • Safari HighlandsNo change from the following update reported last week: Engineering is finalizing a contract with a consultant to perform as an extension of staff for engineering services. The applicant has selected a consultant to prepare a draft Municipal Services Review and Sphere of Influence (SOI) update. Staff met with representatives from the City of San Diego to discuss their concerns regarding the proposed improvements to Zoo Road for emergency access. A public agency scoping meeting was held September 24th to discuss the scope of the EIR; attendees included school district representatives and members of the public. A community meeting was held on October 5, 2015, and attended by approximately 80 persons.
  • Felicita Development, LLC - No change from the following update reported last week: The proposed planned development includes the phased development of a 140-unit hotel, an 80-unit extended stay hotel, a 120-bed assisted living facility and a gas station and car wash located at the southeast corner of Felicita Rd. and Gamble Lane. 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. A letter addressing items and technical studies needed to complete the application has been sent. Staff is coordinating with the applicant regarding a date for a neighborhood meeting for late October or early November.
  • Escondido Disposal Inc. – The CUP modification to expand the existing facility was approved by the Planning Commission on August 25, 2015. The project has completed its second post-approval plan check and staff comments have been sent regarding the grading and landscape plans. The County has notified the City that the applicant has made their application to the State permitting agency.
  • Westfield Theater –The Economic Development Subcommittee authorized expedited processing of the modification to the planned development for the proposed 10-auditorium movie theater. A draft Mitigated Negative Declaration was released on September 28, 2015 for a 20-day public review period and no comments were received. The project will bypass the Planning Commission and will be directly considered by the City Council tentatively scheduled for November 4, 2015.
  • Paseo EscondidoNo change from the following update reported last week: The Phair Company application for a mixed-use planned development for the property at the southwest corner of Ash Street and Washington Ave. (currently owned by the City) is under review. The proposed project consists of 26 one-bedroom and 96 two-bedroom apartments (122 units total) in three four-story buildings, and two 5,000 SF commercial buildings (10,000 SF total) oriented around an outdoor plaza. Additional submittals required to complete the application.
  • High Pointe (Palos Vista Neighborhood 3) – No change from the following update reported last week: Staff has prepared a bond and fee letter based on the proposed grading and landscape plans, and has sent it to the applicant.
  • Valiano (County Project) – A sewer agreement between the City and Valiano’s developer is nearly completed and will be presented for council consideration shortly. Engineering staff met with the applicant to discuss mitigation measures that could include construction of traffic improvements to address anticipated traffic distribution on City streets.
  • Springhill Suites – Building plans were submitted for this planned development at 300 La Terraza Drive involving 4 stories, 105 suites, a small conference room and an enlarged lobby for serving continental breakfast. Grading and landscaping plans were submitted involving the hotel site and the parking lot of the adjacent property for review on September 9, 2015 and department comments are being finalized.
  • Del Prado (former Woody’s site) – No change from the following update reported last week: The project involves a Planned Development containing 113 attached residential townhomes, recreational facility, pool, and open space areas located at the southwestern corner of Brotherton Road and the Centre City Parkway frontage road. A formal application was submitted on September 10, 2015, and a letter detailing additional comments and submittal requirements was forwarded to the applicant.
  • BMW Dealership – A Precise Plan application to expand the existing dealership showroom an additional approximately 4,000 square feet and enhance the building façade at 1557 Auto Park Way was approved by the Planning Commission on October 13, 2015. Building plan check comments have been provided to the applicant and staff is waiting for resubmittal.
  • Solutions for Change A Planned Development application for 33 affordable multi-family units was approved by the Planning Commission on October 13, 2015 and tentatively for City Council hearing on November 18, 2015.
  • Escondido Auto Park AssociationNo change from the following update reported last week: The association is proposing to upgrade the existing electronic message sign along I-15. On September 23, 2015, the Economic Development Subcommittee considered a request by the association to enter into an agreement with the City for reimbursement of a portion of the cost of the upgraded sign and expressed support for a five-year agreement based on anticipated public benefit of additional sales tax revenue. Staff is developing a draft agreement for consideration by the Auto Park Association and will then bring it to the full Council for consideration.
  • 701 San Pasqual Valley RdNo change from the following update reported last week: An application has been submitted for a 19-lot single family clustered residential subdivision and planned development on a 7.2 acres site also addressed as 1201 E. 5th (formerly Tract 898). The application is under review and a letter detailing additional comments and submittal requirements was forwarded to the applicant. 

Building Division: 

  • The Building Department issued a record 91 permits for the week with a total valuation of $1,128,141.
  • 37 photovoltaic permits were issued for the week.  Building has issued 1,034 solar permits so far this year compared to 581 issued at the same time last year.
  • Building inspectors and counter staff had a very busy week with inspections averaging 31 inspections per day with 35 inspections on Friday and counter contacts averaging 41 per day with 26 on Friday.
  • In addition to the expedited solar permitting now available, residential roof top solar projects that qualify to be expedited, can be accepted electronically through e-mail. More information is provided on the city’s website.
  • The 76-unit condominium complex at 2412 S Escondido Blvd has received framing inspection on all 4 buildings. 
  • The Meadowbrook Village three-story apartment building has received underground utility and foundation inspection approval for the underground parking area.
  • Permits were issued for the three models at the Pradera single family dwelling development near Lehner and Ash St.
  • Plans were submitted for two three-story office buildings on Citracado Pkwy.
  • Plans were submitted for the addition of shelter space at the Interfaith facility at 550 W Washington Ave.

Code Enforcement: 

  • As of October 19, the total number of open code enforcement case are 359 cases, with a backlog of an additional 59 cases not yet opened for assignment and investigation. During the prior week, 15 new cases were opened, and 51 cases were closed. A total of 92 illegal signs were confiscated in the field. No Public Records Requests (PRR) were processed, for a total of 91 PRRs processed this year to date.
  • A new Code Enforcement Officer started employment with the City on October 5th. A second Code Enforcement Officer is completing the hiring process and is anticipated to commence employment within the next two weeks. Recruitment is anticipated for an additional officer in the next several months. Additionally, interviews are being conducted this week for a Code Enforcement Assistant to assist with the backlog.
  • Last week the Business License Division received 25 new applications and 108 renewals, and issued 38 new licenses. 

CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS

 FY 2014-2015 Maintenance Project:
No change from the following update reported last week: The striping contractor is actively reapplying striping and roadway legends throughout the project limits. 

Future Development 

During its October 8, 2015 meeting, the Transportation and Community Safety Commission approved the addition of radar speed signs for traffic calming on Gamble St. between El Norte Pkwy and Lincoln Ave.  A resident testified with concerns about vehicles failing to yield to pedestrians crossing at Lincoln Ave and Escondido Blvd.  City staff is working with the School District and COMPACT to set up a walk audit and to further evaluate the parent’s concerns.  The Escondido Police Department has been asked to conduct enforcement during morning peak and afternoon release hours.               

Private Development 

Bear Valley Parkway between Boyle Avenue and San Pasqual Valley Road (County Project):
The transfer of traffic to the new easterly portion of Bear Valley Parkway was successful this past week.  Video camera detection was added on Thursday night to help with the management of traffic at the Bear Valley Parkway / HWY 78 intersection. Crews are working on extending new service laterals between Suburban Hills Drive and Idaho Drive.   

2412 South Escondido Boulevard:
No change from the following update reported last week: On site construction of new homes is continuing this week.

Pradera - Lennar Communities:
The asphalt paving was completed on Wagon Wheel Court which is the model home street located off of Lehner Avenue. The foundation excavation has begun on the 3 new model homes.

  • The 3rd submittal review of the Street “D” Street Improvement plans was returned to the engineer on October 14th with very minor corrections.   The bonding for this same work was submitted and forwarded to the City Attorney’s Office for approval on October 12th.
  • The 3rd submittal of the Final Maps for both Street “D” and “E” came in on October 15th and the review of these final maps is expected to be completed by the end of October. 

Private Development –Current Plan Review

La Terraza Springhill Suites by Marriott Hotel: 
No change from the following update reported last week: This project is a 4 story, 105-room hotel and will be built on one of the last north end lots of the La Terraza Corporate Center.    

  • The first submittal of the grading, landscaping, and improvement plans for a traffic signal for the project entrance off La Terraza Blvd. together with various studies and reports came in September 30th and this 1st review should be completed this week and returned to the applicant’s engineer. 

Escondido Disposal Inc. Expansion Master Plan:
No change from the following update reported last week:  This project is a 4+ phase project to expand EDIs current operations into the former Golfcraft property to the north fronting on Mission Ave.    The overall expansion will allow EDI to meet State recycling requirements and produce biogas for their own electricity or CNG use, but will not increase the daily or annual trash throughput capacity allowances.

  • The 2nd submittal of the Grading and Improvements plans and various studies came in on October 16th and the review of these plans is expected to be completed by the 1st week of November. 

Ford and Hyundai Dealership Reconstruction: 
This project is a multi-phase Reconstruction of the Ford and Hyundai dealerships under same ownership and includes the addition of a car washing building/facility.

  • The 2nd submittal of the Grading Plan for all construction phases of both dealerships came in on September 25th and should be completed and returned to the applicant’s engineer this week. 

Trafalgar Square Redevelopment – Aldi Supermarket
This project is a redevelopment of an existing commercial center on E. Valley Parkway with 2 rear buildings being removed to make way for a new Aldi Supermarket. 

  • The 1st submittal of the Grading and Improvement plans, and the WQTR was returned to the applicant’s engineer last week.
  • A CLOMR-F has been filed with FEMA and is awaiting approval. The property lies in a flood zone and the finish floor of the new Aldi Supermarket must be verified to be above base flood elevation. 

Tract 932 – Canyon Grove (Hidden Valley Ranch):
This project is a 179 lot residential subdivision located at the end of Vista Ave. and Vista Verde Dr. and will connect them when developed.   Shea Homes has acquired this project and continues to process the final engineering.

  • The 1st review of the Final Map was completed October 14th.
  • The 2nd submittal of the Rough Grading and Onsite Improvement plans came in on October 12th, and the review of these plans is expected to be completed by the end of October.
  • The 2nd review of the offsite street improvement plans for the ultimate improvements of the Vista Ave. & Ash St. intersection were completed and returned to the engineer last week. The County is heavily involved in the review of these plans also.
  • The 1st reviews of the 3 offsite Traffic Signal plans (intersections of El Norte Pkwy & Vista Verde Dr., Ash St. & Sheridan Ave., and Vista Ave. & Ash St.) were returned to the engineer the first week of August. All 3 intersections require compliance with ADA standards and we are scheduled to meet with Shea Homes in the field to determine what impact ADA will have on existing improvements 

PUBLIC SAFETY           

Police:

Incidents 

  • On 10/11/2015, officers were dispatched to 1400 block of El Cielo Lane regarding suspicious activity. The reporting party had advised that two males had parked a white Toyota Rav-4 with paper plates in front of his residence and walked away. Officers arrived on scene and conducted a records check of the vehicle’s VIN which showed the vehicle had been stolen out of San Marcos.  Officers located one of the males on the corner of El Norte Pkwy and Nutmeg St.  The suspect was in possession of the vehicle’s keys and was identified in a curbstone lineup. 
  • On 10/11/2015, Sheriff’s Deputies located a stolen vehicle in Valley Center. The vehicle fled and deputies pursued it down Lake Wolford Rd. and into Escondido. The pursuit was terminated and the vehicle continued north on Rose where it sheared off a fire hydrant and came to rest. The occupant(s) fled east into the 1600 block E. Washington Ave. 

Events 

  • On 10/13/2015, Lt. Owens, CSO Gruning and Officers Bellamy, Villanueva, P. McCollough, Boylan, R. Martinez, Laux and Mougier participated in a personal bedside visit day at Children’s Hospital. This is the kick off for the San Diego Regional Law Enforcement Teddy Bear Drive. For questions or donations of new huggable sized stuffed animals, please contact Crime Prevention Officer, Bobbi Akans at 760-839-4425 or email at rakans@escondido.org

 

  • On 10/15/2015, Representatives from the City's 18 neighborhood groups met at Police and Fire Headquarters for a Leadership Forum. Assistant Chief Bob Benton welcomed the group and led a tour of the building. 

 

Fire: 

  • San Diego County/Cal-Fire has acquired its third firefighting helicopter. Copter 11 will join Copter 10 and 12 already in service and will be assigned to Gillespie field. This helicopter will be used primarily to backfill the other two helicopters when they go out of service for repairs and maintenance. This valuable resource will increase the air support capability throughout the region in the event of a large scale incident.
  • The Escondido Fire Department is the proud host of a Rapid Intervention Crew (RIC) drill for all of North San Diego County next week. The drill is designed to work on the skills needed to search for a lost or trapped firefighter in a zero visibility hostile environment. We expect to train over 60 fire engines with 200 firefighters over the three- day training event.
  • A Command and Control Center has been established in the EOC on the third floor of the Police and Fire Headquarters. The Command and Control center uses the existing computers with specialized software and equipment to run video based fire scenarios. The center allows Fire Captains and Chief Officers to gain knowledge and experience through repetition in a non-hazardous environment to perfect the skills necessary to manage the highly dynamic emergency incident scene.

 

 

 

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