ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT 

  • The Saturday Market organized by Escondido Events (located on Kalmia on Saturdays from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.) has closed for the winter. It will resume its regular schedule on March 5, 2016.
  • On Thursday October 29th and Friday October 30th the North County Conference cross country meet will take place in Kit Carson Park.  There will be a total of 12 High School teams competing at this race.  There will be Varsity and Jr. Varsity races for both boys and girls. 

ESCONDIDO NOT SELECTED FOR TIGER GRANT 

Escondido’s grant application for the Citracado Parkway extension was not chosen for funding.  Instead, the following three California projects were funded, as well as several other cities across the nation: 

  • $12.3m to Port of Heuneme (shipping improvements)
  • $15m to LA County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (linking rail lines and adding bike/ped routes)
  • $10m to San Diego Unified Port District (upgrading the Tenth Ave Marine Terminal) 

SPECIAL EVENTS 

  • 20th Annual Día de los Muertos Festival
    CCAE Great Lawn and Lyric Court
    November 1, 6:00 p.m. 
    Free

    Each year, guests are invited to create altars to remember and honor their loved ones in a special area outside of the Center’s museum.  While these altars are the focus of the festival, the event will also feature live music by Son de San Diego and Mariachi Divinas.  The Center’s Museum exhibition, “Re-Membering Our Ancestors Discovering Ourselves”, will be free and open to the public for the duration of the Festival.  Additionally, guests can enjoy free face painting, sugar skull decorating, and other celebratory activities. Traditional Mexican fare will also be available for purchase. For more information please visit http://artcenter.org/event/dia-de-los-muertos-festival
  • For information about other activities taking place in Escondido, please visit www.visitescondido.com 

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 for this single family subdivision involving 70 units. 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. A Tentative Subdivision Map was previously approved for this single family project involving 40 units. The annexation was approved by LAFCO on Sept. 14, 2015.
  • Stella Park Condominiums – This Planned Development involving 65 townhome units is located at 2516 S. Escondido Blvd. The applicant is contracting with 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 regarding this single family subdivision involving 55 units 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 Canyon View Estates. 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 has finalized 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.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. 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 18, 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. This project involves 39 custom 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.
  • Valiano (County Project)No change from the following update reported last week. 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) –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 was forwarded to the applicant detailing additional comments and submittal requirements. The applicant met with Fire and Utility Department staff to address sewer and emergency access issues.
  • 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 application and staff is waiting for resubmittal.
  • Solutions for Change No change from the following update reported last week. 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 Association –The association is proposing to upgrade the existing electronic message sign along I15. 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. A draft agreement has been prepared and sent to the Auto Park Association for its 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 surpassed last week’s record permit issuance with another record 97 permits for the week with a total valuation of $550,851.
  • A record 51 photovoltaic permits were issued for the week. Building has issued 1,085 solar permits so far this year compared to 608 issued at the same time last year.
  • Building inspectors and counter staff had a very busy week with inspections averaging 34 inspections per day with 30 inspections on Friday and counter contacts averaging 42 per day with 32 on Friday. 56 customers visited the building counter on Wednesday.
  • Our Deputy Building Official helped out with field inspections on Wednesday due to an increase in inspection requests.
  • 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 3-story apartment building has received underground utility and foundation inspection approval for the underground parking area.
  • The Pradera single family tract has received foundation inspections on 2 of the 3 models.
  • The new Taco Bell restaurant and office building has received roof sheathing and exterior frame inspections.

Code Enforcement: 

  • As of October 26th the total number of open code enforcement cases is 359 cases, with a backlog of an additional 37 cases not yet opened for assignment and investigation. During the prior week, 48 new cases were opened, and 46 cases were closed. A total of 61 illegal signs were confiscated in the field. Two Public Records Requests (PRR) were processed, for a total of 93 PRRs processed this year to date.
  • A new Code Enforcement Officer started employment with the City on October 27th. Recruitment is anticipated in the next several months for an additional officer as well as a Code Enforcement Assistant to support staff with the backlog.
  • Last week the Business License Division received 40 new applications and 179 renewals, and issued 26 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. 

Stop Sign Installation Ash Street and Sheridan Avenue intersection:
The stop sign installation for Ash Street approved at the August 18, 2015 Council Meeting was completed on Monday, October 26, 2015. The installation created a 4-way stop intersection; in addition, crosswalk legends have been provided on three legs on the intersection for pedestrian safety.                

Private Development 

Bear Valley Parkway between Boyle Avenue and San Pasqual Valley Road (County Project):
No change from the following update reported last week. The transfer of traffic to the new eastern 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:
Two additional water lines tie-ins were completed this past week for a total of 3 sections of new water main infrastructure placed in service for this project.   

Future Capital Projects 

East Valley Parkway/Valley Center Road:
On Monday, work to gather additional geotechnical information started within the lined portion of Escondido Creek in the area of the project bridge.  It is anticipated that this work will be completed by the end of this week.  The Resolution of Necessity (RON) hearing on October 21 was continued until the October 28 City Council meeting.  Staff used this time to continue working diligently with land/homeowners to acquire needed right-of-way.  

El Norte Parkway:
City staff members continue to work with SDG&E to execute a temporary easement to relocate existing overhead electrical and cable facilities in advance of the project.  Staff members also are working with SDG&E gas main staff to ensure gas main casing connection details are updated on project plans and meet SDG&E’s requirements. 

Grape Day Park Playground:
75% plan review comments by Staff were due to the project manager on October 26.  Comments will be forwarded to the project consultant by the end of this week.

PUBLIC SAFETY           

Police:

Incidents

  • None to report 

Events 

  • The Escondido Police Department is proud to welcome Police Officer Trainee Adrian Marine and Police Officer Trainee Bryce Cuomo. We wish them the best as they begin the Police Academy! 

 

  • On October 22, members of the Escondido Police Department participated in Tip-A-Cop at the Red Robin Restaurant, Westfield North County Mall. Officers traded in their handcuffs to spend the evening waiting on guests, with 100% of the tips to benefit Special Olympics. Over $3,000 was raised!
  • On 10/24/2015, the Escondido Police Department partnered with volunteers from Emmanuel Faith Community Church who gave up their Saturday to lend a hand to the residents of Pepperwood Meadows community on E. Grand Ave. This complex is within the footprint of the Neighborhood Transformation Project. Landscape cleared away now allows for more light to enter the common area making it less attractive to criminals. Painting over graffiti takes back what was claimed by gangs and taggers. Getting involved and reporting drug dealers gets them to do business elsewhere. When one area of a community suffers because of criminals and plight, we all pay the price. When one area transforms, we all enjoy the reward.
  • The North County Reators® and Affiliates held their 3rd annual Variety Show, benifitting the Escondido Police Athletic League (PAL).The Police Athletic League is an after school educaction and sports program. The event included dinner, a variety show, raffle, and silent and live auctions. Officers Mario Sainz, Beverly Holtz and Lt. Al Owens participated in the event preforming their own version of Mod Squad and Kojak. The event raised over $20,000 for Escondido PAL! Here is the link to the OTV video of the Escondido Variety Show - https://youtu.be/SNZ51v_PivY