Update: Valley Parkway/Valley Center Road Widening Project

On Monday, October 23, the bridge subcontractor mobilized a crane needed to install foundation supports for the bridge widening. Casings for ten piles that will support the northerly bridge abutment were driven into the ground to an average depth of 26-feet. Excavation for the center pier footing in the channel bottom began on Tuesday. Storm drain construction is continuing with the installation of the 30” concrete pipe along the east side of the roadway.

 Escondido Featured Again in the San Diego Business Journal

This week the San Diego Business Journal ran a great article about One Stop Systems located in Escondido.

 Local Student’s Innovative Project Benefits Garden

This week, the Escondido Heritage Charter School’s robotics team shared their First Lego League (FLL) Hydrodynamics project with the City’s Community Garden. The team came up with a project called the Community Gardens Bucket Challenge. They collected the "warm up water" before showering themselves, then challenged others to do the same and have them transport their water donations to the Community Garden in buckets. They then deposited the water into a water collecting storage container. The student’s buckets were donated by local Escondido businesses and a local Escondido Home Depot helped by donating the water storage container.


Fire Prevention School Outreach

On October 17, 2017, the Escondido Fire Department conducted a Public Education event at St. Mary’s Elementary School. This event was attended by students in grades K – 4, and focused on home fire safety and included safety tips and demonstrations by Fire Personnel.



Major Projects Update
The following major projects are currently being reviewed and coordinated with Planning, Engineering, Fire, Building and Utilities staff. A complete description of each project can be viewed here. Updates provided below cover project milestones that occurred last week.

Commercial / Office:

  1. Escondido Research and Technology Center – West (ERTC) (Developer: James McCann) – A plan for a new two-story, 57,000 SF, 52-bed Palomar Rehabilitation Institute was submitted on July 31, 2017. The applicant submitted revised grading and landscape plans and a storm water management plan three weeks ago. Revised elevations were submitted to Planning on October 3, 2017. 
  1. Centre City Commercial Center (Developer: Todd Dwyer) SE corner Centre City/Mission – The expedited plan check process for the grading, building and landscape plans and the final parcel map started on July 25, 2017. Review is concluding and plans are close to approval once bonds are posted and fees paid. Comments on the carwash building plans were sent by Planning on October 2, 2017. The precise grading plan for the carwash lot was submitted last week. Planning is finalizing a proposed modification to the Plot Plan to address revisions to some project conditions. 


  1. Escondido Self-Storage Facility (Developer: Brandywine Homes, Inc.) 2319 Cranston Dr. – The applicant resubmitted revised grading, landscape, and street improvement plans on September 15, 2017. Another revised grading plan was submitted several weeks ago. Planning has approved the grading plan. Engineering is readying the bond and fee letter in advance of issuing a grading permit. 
  1. Exeter Harmony Grove Industrial Development (Developer: John Couvillion, Badiee Development) 1925 and 2005 Harmony Grove Road – This proposed combination of the previously approved Victory and Innovative Industrial Projects into an 11.04-acre site for a single-tenant 212,000 square foot industrial building was submitted as a modified Master and Precise Plan on September 25, 2017. The applicant submitted revised plans on October 16, 2017. A Planning Commission hearing is anticipated on November 28, 2017. Grading plans were submitted for concurrent, expedited processing on October 11, 2017. Building plans were submitted for concurrent, expedited processing on October 23, 2017. 
  1. North American Self-Storage (Developer: Russ Colvin) 852 S. Metcalf – This project has participated in the expedited plan check program. The demo has been completed. Building plans were approved by Esgil, Planning and Fire the last week of June. The grading permit was issued the end of September. The applicant has not started construction. On October 16, 2017, the applicant submitted a modified Plot Plan application to remove the basement level and increase the building height to five stories. All departments are now reviewing the revised project.

City Projects 

  1. Micro-Filtration Reverse Osmosis (Developer: City of Escondido Utilities Department) SE corner Ash/Washington – The lawsuit challenging the project approval has been settled and it is expected that a contract for engineering design will be considered soon. 
  1. Lake Wohlford Replacement Dam (Developer: City of Escondido Utilities Department) – A Draft EIR was prepared and issued for a 45-day public review period that began on October 4, 2016 and closed on November 17, 2016. A field visit with staff from the state and federal wildlife agencies took place on May 11, 2017, to review biological mitigation requirements. Staff sent a follow-up letter to the wildlife agencies on June 29, 2017, seeking clarification on the proposed biological mitigation requirements. Staff is now coordinating with the consultant to final the EIR and start the decision-making process. 


  1. Self-Realization Fellowship Center (Developer: John Pyjar, Domusstudio Architecture 1840 Del Dios Rd. – The CUP application was submitted on November 14, 2016. The applicant resubmitted revised plans and technical studies on May 19, 2017, and staff has been issuing comments on the various documents. Another resubmittal from the applicant was received on August 22, 2017. Comments from Engineering and Utilities were sent to the applicant last week and a follow-up meeting with the applicant occurred on October 4, 2017. A revised project submittal was received on October 20, 2017. Fire flow issues are being coordinated with Fire and Utilities. 
  1. Chalice Unitarian Universalist Congregation (Developer: Pete Bussett, Bussett Architecture) 2324 Miller Avenue – The applicant has been revising the project to respond to staff comments and meet the needs of the congregation. The Mitigated Negative Declaration completed a 20-day public review period on October 18, 2017. A Planning Commission hearing has tentatively been scheduled for November 14, 2017. 


  1. Citron (formerly Stella Park) (Developer: William Lyon Homes) 63 condo units at 2516 S. Esc. Blvd. – Building plans were submitted on April 6, 2017. Esgil and Planning have provided comments. Fire has approved the building plans. The rough grading has been completed on the site. The applicant resubmitted the precise grading plan on July 14, 2017. Engineering returned comments on August 15, 2017. The applicant has submitted revised grading plans and discussions are on-going regarding potential storm water solutions. Engineering returned plans with comments on October 20, 2017. The applicant is Engineering and Building staff are working with the applicant to get construction of the model units underway. 
  1. Wohlford (Developer: Jack Henthorne) 55 lots at 661 Bear Valley Pkwy. –City staff is currently working to complete negotiations on the terms for the Development Agreement and schedule the item with the Planning Commission for review and consideration, most likely in January of 2018. 
  1. Safari Highlands Ranch (SHR) (Developer: Jeb Hall, Concordia Homes) 550 lots east of Rancho San Pasqual – A second revised tentative map depicting various minor changes and clarifications to roads, easements and drainage facilities was submitted on April 25, 2017. Revised technical engineering reports as well as responses to staff comments also have been submitted for review. The revised studies have been loaded on the City’s website at the following link: Safari Highlands Ranch Specific Plan - City of Escondido. The applicant filed revised emergency access plans on September 15, 2017. These plans are currently being reviewed by Fire, Engineering and Planning. A Notice of Availability for the Draft EIR was issued on October 16, 2017. The Draft EIR has a 52-day public review period that starts on October 16 and ends on December 7, 2017. The Draft EIR and appendices have been posted on the Safari Highlands website link. 
  1. 18 lots at 701 San Pasqual Valley Rd (Developer: Bob Stewart) – A three-year extension of time for the previously approved ten-lot subdivision (Tract 895) was approved by the City Council on June 7, 2017. Staff comments on the revised tentative map were issued the last week of July. Staff met with the applicant recently regarding unresolved project design issues. 
  1. Escondido Gateway (Developer: Carolyn Hillgren, Lyon Living) 126 condo units at 700 W. Grand – Building plans have been approved by Esgil, Planning and Fire. Grading plans have been approved by Utilities, Planning and Fire. A street vacation for right-of-way frontage along Grand Avenue is pending. Demolition is complete and permits are nearly ready to be issued. 
  1. The Villages at Escondido Country Club (Developer: Jason Han, New Urban West, Inc.) 392 residences – Planning staff has provided a location on the city’s website for ECC project-related documents and plans. A 45-day public review period for the Draft EIR ended on August 18, 2017. The Final EIR including responses to the comments that were received has been completed. The Final EIR and appendices have been placed on the city website. The Planning Commission reviewed the Project application on October 24, 2017. The City Council hearing has tentatively been scheduled for November 15, 2017. This information along with project status and other related information can be accessed at the following link: ECC - City of Escondido
  1. Ivy/Valley Parkway Mixed-Use Development (Developer: Abad Rahan Pars Inc./ Norm Wieme, Architect) 20 condo units at 113 N. Ivy - The applicant has indicated that grading and building plans are expected to be submitted into plan check soon. The reimbursement agreement for new water infrastructure that will be installed by the project in the adjoining alley is being readied for City Council approval. 
  1. North Avenue Estates (Developer: Casey Johnson) 34 lots at North Ave./Conway Dr. – A new annexation survey of surrounding property owners was mailed out at the request of LAFCO. A neighborhood meeting hosted by staff and the project applicant occurred on August 9, 2017. The applicant has reviewed drainage issues with the Engineering Division and a revised tentative map has been submitted. 
  1. Aspire (106 condo units on Municipal Lot 1) and The Ivy (95 condo units at 343 E. 2nd) (Developer: Addison Garza, Touchstone Communities) – The proposal consists of three separate downtown project sites proposed for mixed-use, residential and parking garage components on Parking Lot 1, Parking Lot 4 and the former Escondido Surgery Center property. Applications were submitted for entitlement processing on June 23, 2017. A project kick-off meeting with the applicant and city staff occurred on July 13, 2017. On July 24, 2017, staff sent a letter to the applicant indicating the project application submittal was incomplete. Subsequent meetings with the applicant and staff have been on-going. 
  1. Grand Avenue Apartments (Developer: Norm LaCaze, Escondido Venture 99, LLC) 15 apt. units at 1316 E. Grand Ave. – A planned development application proposing 15 multi-family units in one three-story building on a vacant 0.51-acre lot was submitted for entitlement processing on September 22, 2017. A completeness review letter was sent to the applicant on October 20, 2017. The project application has been determined to be incomplete. 

Building Division  

  1. A total of 16 solar photovoltaic permits were issued for the week. The Building Division has issued 780 solar permits this year, to date, compared to 1,060 issued during the same time last year. 
  1. Our building inspectors responded to 260 inspection requests for the week. 
  1. Building has issued 185 single-family dwelling permits this year and 224 multi-family units. This compares with 56 single family dwellings and 88 multi-family dwellings for the same time last year. 
  1. Projects nearing permit issuance are:
    • 917 W Lincoln, 3 new apartment buildings, 9 units.
    • 700 W Grand Ave Gateway project (former police building) 
  1. The construction of the City Plaza three-story mixed use building at 300 S. Escondido Blvd. continues with a request for temporary meter releases in preparation for building completion the first part of 2018. 
  1. The Meadowbrook, three-story apartment building with underground garage at 2081 Garden Valley Glen is preparing the building for final inspection. 
  1. Escondido Disposal is requesting inspection for site walls and framing of the weigh station. 
  1. The medical office building at 2125 Citracado Pkwy is now installing drywall and exterior lath. 
  1. The medical office building at 1951 Citracado Pkwy has received inspection approval for drywall and interior shell. Plans have been approved for the tenant improvement portion of the project and the interior wall framing is progressing. 
  1. The Westminster Seminary at 1725 Bear Valley Pkwy is preparing for exterior shear wall and framing inspections. 
  1. The children’s building for Emanuel Faith Church at 639 E 17th Ave has received inspection approval for the framing of the building. The Church of Resurrection at 1445 Conway has received inspection approval for roof sheathing. 
  1. The new Veterans Village project at 1540 S Escondido Blvd has received underground plumbing, partial foundation and masonry inspections for the residential buildings. 
  1. The fifth lift of the exterior masonry walls are being erected at 999 N. Broadway for the new supermarket shell building. 
  1. The Ford dealership at 1717 Auto Park Way has commenced on the second phase of construction which includes the interior remodel and new showroom addition. 
  1. The Latitude II multi-family residential development at 650 N. Centre City Parkway has received foundation inspection approval for Building 3. 
  1. Plans were submitted for review for the new drive-thru business at 990 N. Broadway.

Code Enforcement

Business Licensing


Public Works Operations


Graffiti Restitution


Capital Improvements

Valley Pkwy/Valley Center Road Widening Project
*See Featured Items for current update. 

Neighborhood Lighting Project
No changes from that reported last week: The Notice to Proceed date for the project is October 30th.  The scope of work for the project includes the installation of 44 new street lights along with the replacement of 22 existing street light fixtures with the latest L.E.D. fixtures in 5 neighborhood areas. 

2017 Street Rehabilitation and Maintenance Project
The first day of contract work was Monday, October 23rd. The replacement of 114 street trees within the El Norte/Midway neighborhood has begun. Letters were mailed and door hangers were provided earlier this summer to allow residents to select replacement trees.  The contractor is cutting, chipping and stump grinding the identified trees in preparation of the concrete replacement. The concrete sidewalk replacement is set to begin on Thursday, October 26th.      

Corrugated Metal Storm Drain Pipe Assessment Study
This project televises all City-maintained corrugated metal pipes (CMP) and assesses their condition to allow for proactive and efficient pipe maintenance.  To date, approximately 65% of the CMP storm drains have been televised. 

Private Development

Pradera - Lennar Communities
The final eight (8) home site along Wagon Wheel Court have been started. 

Lexington Model Homes - KB Homes
Construction of the public improvement along Ash Street between Vista Avenue and Lehner Avenue will be moving into the next phase of operation with the reconstruction of the asphalt roadway. This work is set to begin on Monday, October 30th. Day time closures of Ash Street between Lehner Avenue and Vista Avenue have been extended until Friday, November 4th. The work will be permitted between the 8:00 a.m. and 2 p.m. time period when school is in session. Electronic message boards have been placed prior to the closure and the developer and City will work closely with the Rincon Middle School representative. 

Citron Project by William Lyon Homes
The project is idled again this week. The project is located at 2516 S. Escondido Boulevard. 

Tract 932 - Canyon Grove Shea Homes Community
No changes from that reported last week: Another phase of water line construction is set to begin this week.     

Latitude II Condominiums by a Lyon Homes Partnership: Washington Avenue at Centre City Parkway
The construction of offsite storm drain is continuing next week with work extending along Washington Avenue. The #2 lane, west bound on Washington between Escondido Boulevard and Centre City Parkway will be effected between the hours of 5 a.m. and 3 p.m. Pedestrian access along this section of roadway will be closed to all persons. Pedestrians will be directed to use the south side of Washington Avenue for the next few weeks.      

Veterans Village
A portion of the parking lot was paved this week to meet the requirement for building safety. The project will now start the vertical phase of the operation. 

Tract 877 – Bernardo Ave. by Ambient Communities:
The contractor is raising to grade all manholes and water valve lids along the interior streets. 

Victory Industrial Park
The grading operation is continuing with the importing of material. The project is located at 2005 Harmony Grove Road and is 5.4 acres in size. 

Escondido Innovation Center
This project is located at 1925 Harmony Grove Road, the projects grading preconstruction meeting is set for Friday October 27. It is expected to start grading operation next week.

Centerpoint Project
No changes from that reported last week: On site construction of water quality basins in underway. The project is located at 999 Broadway. 

Spring Hill Suites Hotel/ La Terraza Boulevard
No changes from that reported last week: The grading operation is continuing this week with the construction of the block wall along La Terraza Boulevard. Excavation for the footing of a new retaining wall along the rear of the property has begun. 




California Wildfires:

  • Escondido Fire Department Captain Head, Engineer Good and Firefighter Paramedics Smith and McCauley (OES 8632) were deployed to the Canyon 2 Fire in Anaheim Hills, CA. They returned home safely on Sunday, October 22nd.
  • Escondido Fire Department Captain Barratt, Engineer Collins and Firefighter Paramedic San Nicolas (Patrol 135) were deployed to the Atlas Fire (Southern LNU Complex) in Sonoma County, CA. They returned home safely on Friday, October 20th.
  • Escondido Fire Department Engineer Dominic Polito was deployed to the Tubbs Fire in Napa County as a Public Information Officer. The Tubbs Fire has currently burned approximately 36,432 acres and is 91% contained. He returned home safely on Saturday, October 21st.
  • Escondido Fire Department Battalion Chief Bertrand and Captain Miller were deployed to the Redwood Valley Fire (Mendocino Lake Complex) in Mendocino County. They returned home safely on Sunday, October 22nd.
  • North Zone assembled a preposition strike team on Sunday, October 22nd at Rancho Santa Fe Station 2. Escondido Fire Department Captain Duralde, Engineer Humes and Firefighter Paramedics Dowell and Chandler were sent on Brush 133. 



  • On 10/15/17 at 22:11 hours officers were alerted of a stolen vehicle in the area of El Norte Pkwy and Kaile Ln. A short time later officers located the vehicle and a pursuit ensued. Officers lost the vehicle in the area of El Norte Pkwy and Nutmeg. Shortly after, a crash was reported at Amber Street and Borden Rd. Officers quickly located the suspect-driver hiding in a nearby yard. The suspect was transported to Palomar Medical Center for minor (collision-related) injuries, and later booked into the Vista Jail on Auto Theft and Evading charges. 
  • On 10/16/17 at 16:07 hours, a resident of the mobile home park at 2700 E. Valley Parkway called police to report a woman who looked “out of it” was driving around the park. Officers arrived in the area and spotted the female in her VW Beetle next door at 2550 E. Valley Parkway. They attempted to stop her to conduct a DUI evaluation. She initially yielded, but then sped away, leading officers on a 25 mph pursuit for a few laps of the complex, where she eventually drove into a carport and crashed. She was non-compliant so officers used minor force to remove her from the vehicle. She was arrested for misdemeanor evasion and DUI.
  • On 10/17/17 at 20:35 hours, officers responded to Centre City Pkwy/Iris Ln reference a vehicle vs motorcycle collision, with one half possibly DUI. During the arrest of the DUI driver, the friend of the DUI driver becomes combative with officers. Force was used to subdue him, and officers sustained minor injuries as a result of the altercation.  Second suspect was charged with Felony Resisting Arrest.
  • On 10/19/17 at 19:47 hours, officers responded to Macy’s (200 E. Via Rancho Pkwy) referencing a shoplifter fighting with security. Officers detained the suspect after a brief chase and use of force. Officers were uninjured, and the suspect was treated at Palomar Hospital for pain to his right knee. Suspect was later booked into jail on Theft and Resisting Arrest charges.
  • On 10/19/17 at 0705 hours, units responded to a traffic collision in the intersection of El Norte Py. and Centre City Py. regarding a vehicle vs. motorcycle.  The motorcyclist was transferred to PMC for serious injuries.
  • On 10-19-17 at 10:10 hours, units respond to fight at an apartment complex in the 1900 block of E. Grand Ave. This incident started over argument of Vape Pens (used to smoke marijuana concentrate). During the argument a fight started outside an apartment. The male suspect pulled a pellet gun on the victim and shot him several times with pellets at close range. The suspect then forced entry into the apartment and attempted to steal a TV. The suspect and his two companions fled prior to Police arrival.
  • On 10/19/17 at 22:30 hours, an officer stopped a blue Suzuki passenger car for a Vehicle Code violation near Escondido Bl and Washington Ave. The adult male driver and his adult female passenger had a room rented at a local motel.  A probation search of the motel room yielded dozens of individual bindles of meth for sale, two firearms and ammunition.
  • On 10/20/17 at 17:00 hours, a male entered the Wells Fargo Bank, 1809 S. Centre City Pkwy, and used a demand note to obtain cash. The male left on foot in a unknown direction. Suspect is described as an Asian male adult, wearing a gray SD baseball cap and gray short-sleeve shirt. 


The EPD COPPS (Community Oriented Policing and Problem-Solving) Unit is dedicated to increasing the quality of life for the residents of Escondido through pro-active responses to crime trends and community issues.  Addressing crime and public nuisance in Grape Day Park is one project the Unit has been tasked with, along with patrolling the Downtown Business District and surrounding areas.  

  • 3 arrests were made
  • 19 citations were issued
  • Two teams of COPPS officers and County nurses conducted a HEP A detail on the 19th
  • Conducted a foot patrol into the panhandle of Kit Carson Park. Located a camp site 75 yards from one cleaned up last week. 2 cites were issued, the site was posted with a 72-hour notice to vacate, and shops will return at that time to clean the site.