- A film crew for The Discovery Channel was in Kit Carson Park on Tuesday, Oct. 28 to film a segment for a television program called the “Daily Planet”. This program features daily news, discussion and commentary on the scientific aspects of current events and discoveries. The subject of their filming was an Escondido resident who is a physicist and inventor who recently developed a dog toy that flies like a bird.
- This Thursday, October 30th and Friday, October 31st Kit Carson Park will host a high school cross country meet. The Kit Carson Invite will have over 600 runners over the two day meet. We will see a total of 12 area high schools.
- From October 31st to November 2nd Kit Carson Park will host the Legacy girls fast pitch softball tournament on the youth and adult fields. Games will also be played in Rancho Bernardo. They will play a total of 100 games on Kit Carson Park Fields. Teams are traveling in from all over Southern California, Northern California, Arizona, Colorado, and Nevada. We can expect around 2,500 players and spectators over the weekend.
- On October 21, Cox Communications began doubling the speeds on two of its most popular Internet service packages, Cox High Speed Internet Preferred and Cox High Speed Internet Premier. These packages represent more than 75% of Cox’s high-speed internet customers in San Diego. These speed increases are automatic and result in no increase in customers’ bills. The increased speeds come on the heels of the company’s announced plans to offer gigabit speeds in all of its markets by the end of 2016.
- The California Center for the Arts Escondido will hold its 19th Annual Día de los Muertos festival on Saturday, Nov. 1 at 6:00 p.m. on the Great Green. The free event will feature live entertainment by Mariachi Los Caballeros de San Diego, and guests are invited to participate by creating altars in honor of their loved ones in a special area outside of the Center’s museum. Candles will be provided, but participants are encouraged to bring mementos, pictures, flowers, and other items for their altars. The festival will feature traditional Mexican fare, and guests will have the opportunity to decorate their own sugar skull and participate in other fun activities. Guests can also explore the rich history of Mexico at the Center’s museum exhibition, Colores de la Muerte. Admission will be free on November 1!
- The Bethel Baptist Church will hold a BBQ for its congregation in Grape Day Park on Saturday, Nov. 8th from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. About 130 people are expected.
- The applicant has been advised that the building plans for minor tenant improvements at 1817 Avenida Del Diablo have been approved for issuance. No specified occupancy has been identified on the plans.
- The Planning Commission voted 5-0 (Winton and Hale absent) to approve all items on their 10/28/14 agenda. The approvals include the proposed CUP modification for Redwood Terrace to convert the existing Elderlink adult daycare facility to a 24-hour memory care center and to add an additional residence on Redwood Street to the facility CUP; the code amendment to update the City’s Lighting Ordinance to address new energy efficient technologies; and the modification to the La Terraza Master and Precise Development Plan for a proposed 36, 614 SF office building at 300 La Terraza Blvd.
- Major Projects Update:
- Oak Creek (NUW) – The consultant is preparing draft responses to comments on the Draft EIR; due to the number of comments received, the anticipated submittal date has been extended, with public hearings anticipated at the beginning of next year. Staff met with the applicant to discuss the revised tentative map and planned development submittals. The revised design triggers reevaluation of the Water Quality Technical Report and will likely necessitate limits on the amount of impervious surfacing on individual lots that will limits the type, location and materials used for construction of future homeowner improvements such as accessory structures, walkways and patios. The revised design also raises concerns regarding compliance with Fire Code standards due to the length of driveways on several flag lots.
- Amanda Lane (NUW) – The consultant is revising the Draft Mitigated Negative Declaration in response to staff comments.
- Centerpointe 78 Commercial – The applicant has requested that the preparation of the Draft EIR be put on hold pending resolution of traffic mitigation requirements for direct impacts attributable to the project. At issue is the need for additional right-of-way and improvements along the Broadway frontage, and associated need to relocate underground utility vaults and a 69 KV pole on Broadway, as well as the existing traffic signals in the CalTrans ROW. Staff has consulted with Caltrans and is awaiting feedback regarding the design of necessary improvements. Additional offsite signal improvements are also anticipated.
- North Broadway Deficiency Area Projects – The Pickering annexation application has been submitted to LAFCO. Staff has provided comments on the draft Mitigated Negative Declaration for the Zenner annexation and the associated 40-unit subdivision at Vista and Lehner Avenues. Outstanding issues affecting completion of the CEQA analysis include resolution of mitigation measures for offsite traffic impacts (specifically regarding the necessary IOD and improvements for the Vista/Ash intersection), drainage improvements, resolution of the annexation boundary, development agreement terms, as well as water quality and noise issues.
- Zak Planned Development – Staff is coordinating with the applicant regarding storm water compliance issues and other conditions in anticipation of City Council consideration of the Final Map in January. The applicant is evaluating potential design modifications affecting the perimeter wall, drainage (brow ditch) and parking lot landscaping.
- Work continues at 330 S. Escondido Blvd. (City Plaza) to dissemble the temporary structure including wood forms for the second story of the abandoned construction project. The general contractor, Davis & Adams Construction, and Aluma Systems, the owner of much of the construction equipment, are working together to remove all of the construction equipment from the abandoned site. Polluted water has accumulated in the below grade areas; the water has been tested and will be siphoned by City crews for treatment at the HARRF.
- Code enforcement staff continues to focus proactive efforts on enforcement of the campaign sign ordinance. Officers removed 687 campaign signs last week from public property and right-of-ways, primarily along major corridors. Additional signs have been removed by Caltrans along their right-of-way.
- Building had another busy week issuing 54 permits for the week with a total valuation of $169,581. Most of the permits issued were photovoltaic, tenant improvements, room addition and miscellaneous type permits.
- Inspections and counter contacts have increased with average daily inspections of 31 with 26 on Friday and average daily counter contacts of 34 with 39 on Friday.
- Photovoltaic permits are again dominating the permit activity for the week with 27 permits issued and 18 more in for plan review. Building has issued 615 photovoltaic permits this year compared to 347 issued at the same time last year.
- Building has issued 2,206 permits this year with valuations of $38,051,500 compared with 1,834 permits with valuations of $30,170,807 for same time last year.
- Construction activity continues at the Chick-Fil-A at 1290 Auto Parkway.
- Construction activity and inspections are continuing at the Monticello assisted living facilities at 930 Monticello Dr.
- The new HARRF administration building at 1521 S Hale is progressing through the framing stage of construction.
2013/2014 Street Maintenance Project:
The contractor has completed the crack filling and cleaning of the cross gutters. The contractor is completing punch list items.
Maple Street Pedestrian Plaza Modifications:
The contractor has completed the repairs to the pedestrian ramps at Maple Street and Grand Avenue and Maple Street and East Valley Parkway. The contractor is replacing the truncated domes at the Compass Rose and at various locations throughout the Plaza. Work has begun on the fountain splash pad.
Jesmond Dene Ball Field Lights:
The City has requested submittal’s for review for the lighting components. The Preconstruction meeting will take place within the next two weeks.
Bear Valley Parkway Widening between Boyle Avenue and San Pasqual Valley Road:
The contractor is relocating utility poles for the new water main alignment and making rough grade for placing fill. The Contractor is potholing for the future 24” water main and plan on starting excavation for the main later this week.
Electronic message boards are in place, located at the north and south of the project limit warning of a construction speed limit of 30 MPH. Please be cautious when driving in the area.
Habitat for Humanity:
Final testing of the new water main for water quality will be completed this week.
Church of the Resurrection:
The contractor is paving the second half of the parking lot this week and will be forming and placing concrete for the alley type driveway approach off Sheridan Avenue.
- Captain Loarie attended a community outreach event at the E. Valley Pkwy Home Depot Saturday morning. Home Depot sponsored the Kid’s Workshop last Saturday and worked on model EPD cars with Officer Laura’s badge number. See Facebook post for picture.
- PD tested about 60 applicants for police officer last Saturday at Police and Fire HQ on Saturday morning.
- Job Shadow Day last Thursday. Escondido High School, San Pasqual High School, and Orange Glen High School sent a total of nine students to the Police and Fire HQ. Students were able to spend time with FD, PD, and Communications. Captain Stuard gave the opening welcome.
- Officer Laura HOPE Rally Walk (Domestic Violence awareness) on Thursday afternoon. 2 miles around the Police and Fire HQ (south to Morning View, to El Norte, and back to PD). About 100 participants and largely organized by Detective Michelle Mayfield. Michelle also did media interviews and she did a wonderful job representing domestic violence victims as well as EPD. See FB post for pictures.
- The North County Realtor and Affiliates Variety Show presented by Brush Real Estate - a benefit last Thursday evening for EPD Police Athletic League (PAL). Lt. Al Owens- the face of PAL opened up the show. See FB post for a picture.
- Chief Carter and Captain Loarie welcomed new Police Department Cadets last Monday night.
- A serious injury vehicle collision occurred late Sunday night (10.25.14) in the 2700 block of Fieldbrook. Two people in a stolen car crashed into a house. One is serious condition and the other sustained moderate injuries. The residents of the home were not injured, nor was anyone else. Traffic Division investigating
- Facebook and Twitter followers are keeping a slow steady rise. Facebook is over 3,900 and Twitter is at 3,500.