- The CEDS Economic Development Task Force met on October 29. The task force has narrowed its focus to develop a targeted marketing program that focuses on medical-related businesses and clean tech, as identified in the CEDS. In conjunction with this, the task force is in the process of:
- Identifying property available for attractions/expansion of the target industries
- Identifying the needs and capabilities of the target industries (i.e., utilities, transportation, labor, etc.)
- Identifying what support and incentives the City and private sector can provide to encourage business in the target industries to locate or expand in Escondido.
- Assisting the City in developing a marketing program and materials necessary to market the property and incentives to business in the target industries
The Task Force identified the following three priority areas for targeted marketing:
- The North and South areas of the Escondido Research and Technology Center
- The Felicita and I-15 area
- The Highway 78/Broadway area
- This weekend Kit Carson Park will host a girl’s fast pitch softball tournament on November 1st, 2nd, & 3rd. They will be using all 8 of our softball fields located in Kit Carson Park. They have 118 teams and 132 games played at Kit Carson Park. Teams are from all over California, Arizona, and Nevada that will be attending this tournament. We can expect 4000+ players and spectators in the area. This is an 18 and under and 16 and under tournament that will bring in a great family environment to the Park.
- Escondido Events will hold their first Open Air Market on Saturday, November 16. The market will be on Kalmia Street from the alley north of Grand to Valley Parkway. They intend to hold it every Saturday from 8:00 to 1:00 p.m.
Dia de los Muertos
Sunday, November 3rd – 10 a.m. -5 p.m.
Grape Day Park
Free, family friendly event in Grape Day Park featuring altar contest, ballet folklorico, costume contest and sugar skull decorating. The CCAE museum will also be having a showing of Los Colores de la Muerte: A Day of the Dead Festival. It will be held November 1 to December 1, 2013.
COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT UPDATES
As part of the ongoing public outreach effort to prepare San Diego Forward – The Regional Plan, SANDAG will be holding a workshop on Monday, November 4th to discuss the proposed Transportation Network Performance Measures. The workshop will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Balboa Park Club, Santa Fe Room in Downtown. The public is invited to share ideas on how to evaluate the possible transportation networks in the region. A flyer is attached.
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 presented at the November 6th council meeting for approval to George Weir Asphalt, the lowest responsible bidder, with a bid amount of $2,420,708.25.
Grape Street Public Improvement Project:
The preconstruction meeting has been held. The Notice to Proceed has not been issued due to required training that must be completed by the contractor’s staff.
Escondido Creek Trail Lighting:
The contractor will complete the conduit installation along the north side of the channel by Friday November 1st. The delivery of the pedestrian lighting poles is scheduled for November 1st.
Encino Drive & El Dorado Drive - Storm Drain Replacement:
Staff continues to work with the property owner to secure the drainage easement that is needed for this project. Council has authorized award of the bid once the easement has been secured.
Contempo Townhomes -Tract 921:
The final portion of the water main distribution system began on Monday the 14th. The underground contractor has completed the installation of the new water main crossing Centre City Parkway. Water quality testing will begin on October 30th and should be completed by November 7th.
Resurrection Church - Storm Drain in El Norte Parkway:
All elements of the storm drain system have been installed along El Norte Parkway. The final paving has been completed. This project is now entering the punch list phase.
Stone Brewery Traffic Signal:
The project remains on hold while 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. Permanent trench resurfacing is scheduled for 8:00 p.m. on October 30th.
- Congratulations to Officer Tom Love, the recipient of this year’s Blue Knight Award:
- On June 30, 2012, Officer Tom Love had just completed a traffic stop investigation when he heard the sound of a vehicle accident nearby. He found a vehicle that had over-turned and landed in the front yard of a residence. Upon checking the vehicle, Officer Love spotted a car seat in the back seat. Due to the heavy smoke, Officer Love feared that there was a trapped infant so he immediately broke the rear window and crawled in to rescue the child. When Officer Love reached the car seat he noticed it was empty. Love crawled out of the vehicle and attempted to rescue the female driver. The female driver was crumpled in the front passenger area and did not appear to be breathing. Love noticed a large amount of smoke and believed the vehicle was catching fire. He quickly notified dispatch of the situation and made an immediate decision to act in order to save the victim’s life. Believing he was at risk of potentially injuring himself due to smoke inhalation or exposure to fire, he used his baton to break a window, reached inside the vehicle and pulled the victim out of harm’s way. He then immediately assessed the physical condition of the victim, and found she had a simple obstructed airway because of the angle of her head. He repositioned her head and she began to breathe again. Officer Love monitored her breathing until fire rescue personnel arrived on scene and took over. According to acting Battalion Chief Mike Bertrand, “Officer Love’s immediate and decisive actions prior to our arrival saved this woman’s life. Officer Love should be commended for his quick assessment and actions prior to our arrival on scene.” Officer Love believed there was imminent danger to the victim and, disregarding his own safety, he put himself at risk and took life-saving measures to save a victim’s life.
- Last Saturday, EPD participated in Prescription Drug Take Back Day. Information is posted on the EPD Facebook page.
- EPD partnered with COMPACT for a family event at Washington Park called Family Fest. The event was to promote healthy living and community outreach.
- Grape Day Park Task Force - The Police Department continues its enforcement details several times a day in the park and surrounding areas. Since the start of the increased focus, the police department has conducted 1061 extra patrols in the park, 181 field interviews, 94 citations and 91 arrests. The Bike Team Officers, Adan Martinez and Russ Whitaker, continue to focus their efforts in the downtown area including Grape Day Park, Maple Plaza and Signature Pavilion, along with our two new Community Policing Officers Bill Havens and Lew Shaver. Officers Jason White and Jim Sinnott have made their presence felt in the area, making 5 arrests this week. Of note was a response to City Hall for an alarm. Though the alarm ended up being false, an individual was seated near the fountain and found to be in possession of a large amount of drugs and arrested. Great work by the responding officers.
On Saturday, October 26th Grape Day Park hosted the Zombie Festival, complete with beer garden and food vendors. The event was a huge success and there was fun had by both the living and the undead!
There were no significant crimes reported during this week by CCAE or City Hall.
Boys and Girls Club, SD Children’s Museum did not report any problems this week.
No current events at this time.
For a list of all Escondido Events visit: http://visitescondido.com/event-calendar/
The next Task Force Meeting will be rescheduled in November.
- Last week SDG&E provided special mandated training to all of our fire first responder personnel regarding their Natural Gas Safety and Pipeline Integrity Program. The training was mandated by the CPUC after the Natural Gas explosion in San Bruno, CA back in 2010. The San Bruno explosion killed 8 people, injured 58; fire destroyed 38 homes and damaged 70. SDG&E has a very rigorous safety and inspection program for all of the Natural Gas pipeline under their control.
- On Monday, October 28th six new paramedics started their careers with the Fire Department. This is our fourth hiring this year and brings the Non-Safety Paramedic rank to full staffing for now. The new paramedics will spend their first week in our EMS Academy and begin their mentorships on Saturday.
- On Tuesday, October 29th the fire department participated with the police department in an early morning “Active Shooter” training at our Westfield Mall. The training simulated an incident at the mall with multiple patients and multiple bad-guys. In addition to our PD and FD, participants included Fire and EMS personnel from San Marcos, Vista, and Rancho Santa Fe. The training was very thorough and well planned out. Special thanks to Lt. Eric Skaja, BC Ken Slaven, and the entire training team which also included personnel the Westfield Mall.