ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

  • Economic Development Task Force Meeting
    Our Economic Development Master Plan/CEDS calls for the establishment of an Economic Development Task Force to oversee selection action items from the plan. The first meeting of the Economic Development Task Force will be held on Wednesday, November 7 at noon.  The task force is composed of the following members:
    • Gerald Bracht, Palomar Health
    • Bill de la Fuenta, Comerciantes Latino Asociados
    • Dave Ferguson, Lounsbery, Ferguson, Altona & Peak, LLC
    • Eddie Grangetto, Grangetto’s
    • Terry Jackson, Cushman and Wakefield
    • Jason Hahn, New Urban West
    • Dennis Synder, Escondido Charter High
    • Jon Teeuwissen, California Center for the Arts, Escondido
    • George Weir, Weir Asphalt Company
    • Katherine Zimmer, Escondido Chamber of Commerce
    • Clay Phillips, Charlie Grimm, Jay Petrek, Joyce Masterson and Michelle Geller
  • Y-grene, an energy fund provider, held a workshop on Monday to get feedback from the community and to educate people about their initiatives. Mayor Abed and Councilmember Gallo attended. Y-grene is working to create a special assessment district in San Diego County that will enable property owners to make clean energy improvements (e.g. solar panels, low water landscaping, more efficient HVAC) to their properties and fold the cost into their property taxes. This is a newer version of the PACE program which was introduced in 2010 but did not get traction due to the economic downturn. The City of San Diego has already agreed to create a special assessment district, and the City of Escondido provided a letter of support to SD County to do so in North County.

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT UPDATES

Planning:

  • We have received notice that on 10/31/12, the County Board of Supervisors will hold a public hearing to consider revisions to the vector control ordinance to establish a Countywide Eye Gnat Program. The ordinance would apply to all land within the County (including incorporated areas) that supports the development, attraction or harborage of eye gnats, including organic farms. The proposed ordinance no longer includes the authority to issue orders for pesticide use for abatement.
  • Representatives from Springhill Suites, the proposed hotel at La Terraza, have indicated their intent to restart the project; staff is setting up a meeting to discuss the status of the project.
  • Planning staff has noted a significant uptick in inquiries regarding developable and entitled properties. We have been contacted by several large developers regarding the High Point property, Hidden Valley Ranch site and other residential sites.  We are also getting more calls for pre-application meetings and well as an increase in email and phone calls for developable sites.
  • Henry Avocado has acquired a vacant 28,800 SF industrial building at 578 Enterprise and they will be remodeling it, adding a loading dock and another 3,400 SF. The zoning is M-2 and the parcel is 1.4 acres.  The project is a welcome addition since the building has been vacant for a long time and was recently a difficult Code Enforcement case.

Code Enforcement and Building:

  • Staff from both divisions met last week with representatives from the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) regarding the City’s mobile home park enforcement procedures under the Mobile Home and Special Occupancy Acts as part of a periodic review process. Discussion focused on our procedures, documentation and fee collection for the annual Permit to Operate. The evaluations are required by State law for agencies that have assumed enforcement responsibilities; staff received positive feedback which will be documented in a report to be prepared and submitted to the City in approximately 60 days.
  • All but 2 of the buildings at Latitude 33 have received their Certificate of Occupancy and final inspections.

CAPITAL PROJECTS

Grant Awarded

Escondido has been awarded a $675,000 grant from the State through its Highway Safety Improvement Program. The funding will be used for lighting, sidewalks and other improvements on East Valley Parkway from Beven Drive to the northern city limits

2011/2012 Pavement Management Project

The paving in the downtown area has been completed, with striping of the affected areas to be completed soon. All temporary pavement markers will be removed when the permanent raised pavement markers are installed.

Main Library Fiber Optics Project

The project has been completed on time and on budget

Private Development:

Wal-Mart

The new traffic signal located at the intersection of Grand Avenue and Harding Street was activated on Thursday of last week. Final striping and signage details will be put in place on Friday. The Harding Street connection will remain closed until the water line crossing at this portion of roadway is completed. The onsite water line construction is 80% installed and the offsite portion along Pennsylvania Avenue starting construction later this week.

Mission Avenue 69 kv Underground Electrical Line

Main line utility trenching will be completed along Enterprise Street this week.  The project then will shift its operation to Mission Avenue between Andreasen Avenue and Enterprise Street. A second excavation crew will start to construct the vault located at Mission Avenue and Juniper Street. All work this week will continue during the specified night time hours of operation.

Tract 921 City Square

The developer and underground contractor will meet with Engineering staff this week to finalize water line connections that have to be abandoned prior to the mass grading of the site.

SDG&E Gas Main Inspection

The gas main inspection was a successful and the permanent repair to the public roadway will be completed in the next two weeks.

SDG&E Steam Generator heavy haul:

The third of four San Onofre steam generators will be moving over city streets this next week. The generator is loaded and is set to depart on Sunday, November 4th and should be in Escondido on Monday, November 5 . The haul route will be via Mission Avenue to Woodland Parkway in San Marcos then east bound on El Norte Parkway to the north bound freeway on ramp for Interstate 15.

PUBLIC SAFETY

Police

  • Last Saturday, 10-27-12, from 9:00-3:00, the Escondido Police Department hosted training for approximately 30 Sea Cadets.  The Sea Cadets are kids interested in pursuing careers in the military and/or public safety.  Sgt. Al Owens Officer Therese Ruiz spent the day with the kids and taught them things about public safety, personal protection and life lessons.  It was a positive experience for both the kids and the officers involved.
  • On Thursday, 11-1-12, the Reidy Creek Elementary Safety Academy will be graduating.  Sgt. Owens coordinated the academy to help elementary school aged children be aware of their surroundings and increase their personal safety.
  • On Saturday November 3 the PAL/City Recreation Basketball League for kids begins. The games will be played at EVCC on Saturdays from 0830-1200. Approximately 192 kids will be participating.     
  • Grape Day Park Task Force:

    To date, the police department has conducted the following activity at Grape Day Park and surrounding areas:
    • 73 Foot/Extra patrols
    • 18 Arrests
    • 31 Citations
    • 23 Field Interviews

The CPTED that was scheduled for yesterday has been rescheduled due to the below shooting incident.  The next Grape Day Task Force meeting will be on Thursday.

  • On Monday, 10-29-12, at approximately 12:15 PM, an off-duty San Diego police officer was robbed at gunpoint at the San Diego County Credit Union located in the 1600 Block of South Escondido Blvd.  During the robbery, the officer was shot in the back of the head.  The wound was grazing and was not life-threatening.  The Escondido Police Department is working collaboratively with the San Diego Police Department to solve this, and four other violent crime cases.

COMMUNITY SERVICES

  • This weekend we have the San Diego Legacy Softball tournament at the Sports Center.  The tournament will run from Friday November 2 to Sunday November 4.  They are expecting around 800 players and spectators over the weekend in Kit Carson Park.