October 31, 2019

Students Discuss Climate Action Planning
Last week, sixth and seventh grade students from Grace Christian School met with City staff to discuss climate action planning. The students learned about the dimensions of the climate problems we face, and they showcased how we can be actively engaged in responding to them. 

Earlier this year, the students formed a Climate Action Alliance Club and are currently developing proposals to combat environmental problems.  They observed that crossing guards and children are inhaling toxic car fumes during drop-off and pick-up on their campus.  Now they are seeking out ways to reduce carbon emissions in the car line by encouraging “no idling” and “walk-in” zones on campus.  Special thanks to Ms. May from Grace Christian, serving as project advisor, in addressing the importance of environmental health and helping students take their first step in action, and challenging them to take another.

EPD Forensic Services Receives Accreditation
The Police Department Forensic Services Unit (FSU), aka the Crime Lab, is responsible for all the crime scene and fingerprint work within the department. Over the course of the last year, FSU has worked to upgrade and improve policy and processes within the unit in anticipation of being accredited by A2LA. In September, FSU successfully passed the rigorous audit process. The Escondido Crime Lab is the first organization in the U.S. to achieve A2LA accreditation for crime scene and latent prints. This accreditation means they provide a high quality of service consistent with international standards. The A2LA is an international third party accreditation body for laboratories, including forensic units.

Escondido Artist Highlighted in LA Exhibit
Local artist Bosko Hrnjak’s work will be highlighted in an exhibit in Los Angeles at HelMel Studios, which is owned by film star Val Kilmer. The exhibit, titled “Odyssey” opened on October 1 and highlights his abstract paintings. Read more about Hrnjak and his exhibit in the Times Advocate article below.

BY THE NUMBERS

Public Works

Code Enforcement 

Business Licenses

Graffiti Restitution

Fire

Police:

September Abandoned Vehicle Data

Building Division:
*Data reflects activity through October 26 of each year.

VOLUNTEER PROGRAM

Events:

Police Athletic Leauge Community Service Day
On Saturday, October 26 it was a great Community Service Day for the Police Athletic League (PAL) with 120 volunteers. The group was made up of kids, coaches, scorekeepers, and parents doing yard work at the senior mobile home parks located at 1751 W. Citracado and 2400 W. Valley Parkway.  Many of these seniors could not afford a landscaper and they could no longer do yard work due to declining health. They were thrilled beyond words to see the group of volunteers there. Thanks volunteers!

Get Involved:
If you would like to get involved with future projects and volunteer in Escondido, visit:
https://volunteer.escondido.org/

POLICE DEPARTMENT
Incidents:

School Bus Enforcement Detail
This week the Police Department’s traffic enforcement focused on protecting students as they boarded and exited school buses.  Based on input from the school bus drivers, the officers focused in areas where the drivers said the worst violations occurred.  14 citations were issued to motorists for failing to stop for a school bus displaying a flashing red signal. The Student Transportation of America sent EPD a thank you note for our efforts.

First Female Police Officer Recognized by EPDFifty years ago, in 1969, Joan Bittenberger was hired by the Police Department as the first female officer.  Bittenberger was hired to assist in investigating crimes involving women and girls as victims or suspects.  Bittenberger served the Escondido Police Department for five years.  During that time, she met and married EPD Officer Leroy Fantasia.  The couple eventually moved to Washington.  EPD recently honored Bittenberger with a city service coin for her five years of service. 
“To be able to award a five-year coin to Ms. Bittenbender on the 50-year anniversary of her hiring is an honor,” said Police Chief Craig Carter. “This department has always prided itself on treating its employees like family. We wanted to show that same appreciation to the woman who broke the gender barrier for law enforcement in Escondido.”

Homicide at Grove Park
On October 23 at 8:26 p.m., Escondido Police responded to a fight in progress involving a large group of people assaulting an individual.  Upon arrival, officers began CPR on the victim while other officers searched for suspects involved in the altercation.  The victim, 37-year-old Mauricio Renteria was transported to Palomar Hospital where he deceased. 

Six juveniles, ranging in age from 14-17 years, were arrested that night for the homicide. All six were booked into juvenile hall for the charges of homicide (187(A) PC) and the criminal street gang enhancement pursuant to 186.22(B)(1) PC. 

COPPS:

The 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, quality of life issues, and addressing crime and public nuisance in Grape Day Park and at Maple Plaza.     

  • 1 arrests
  • 7 citations
  • 45 extra patrols/calls for service

FIRE DEPARTMENT

News:

On Sunday, October 20, Escondido Fire Department Engine and Truck crews along with our Support Volunteers were on hand at the Grand Avenue Festival to meet people, give apparatus tours and share safety information. Of course our truck proudly flew the American flag from the ladder!

On Tuesday, October 22 at 8:59 am, Escondido and San Marcos Fire Departments responded to a serious vehicle accident on east bound Highway 78 freeway, west of I-15. Unfortunately, a CHP motorcycle officer involved was injured and transported to the hospital.

On Wednesday, October 23 at approximately 9:15 a.m., the Escondido Police and Fire Communication Center received a report of a fire in an apartment building on South Juniper Street. The first arriving Engine Captain reported smoke coming from a second floor unit of a two-story building. Firefighters contained and controlled the fire within approximately 20 minutes. The apartment sustained major damage to the upstairs bedroom with minor to moderate smoke damage throughout the dwelling. There were no injuries to firefighters or civilians and three family pets were rescued and all survived. A gift card for immediate emergency aid for fire victims was provided by the California Fire Foundation. The Red Cross also provided assistance. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Station 1’s (Quince), Engine crew including Captain Hankins, Engineer Skelton and Firefighter Paramedic Kenny took part in the “Trunk or Treat Fall Festival” at Central Elementary school on Thursday, October 24. The crew handed out stickers, fire helmets and coloring books to the K-5th grade children.  

During the recent “Red Flag Warnings”, the Escondido Fire Department added an extra staffed Brush Patrol Engine at Station #2. The crew patrolled the high fire danger wildland interface areas around Escondido, monitored the weather conditions closely and were available to augment a response to a vegetation fire response. The Police Department also assigned officers to two fire stations to rapidly respond with the Fire Department.

Also during this time, a Brush Engine Strike Team (5 Engines and a Chief Officer) paid for through the State Office of Emergency Services, was pre-positioned in North San Diego County, mostly at Escondido Fire Station #1. This strike team included the OES Brush Engine from Escondido. On Friday, October 25, this Strike Team deployed to the “Sawday Fire” in Ramona and worked throughout that day and night to help fully contain the fire.

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

Major Projects Update

The following major projects are being reviewed and coordinated by Planning, Engineering, Fire, Building and Utilities.  The list of projects below encompasses recent project updates and/or milestones from last week.  

Commercial / Office:

  1. Escondido Research and Technology Center (ERTC) – West (Developer: James McCann) 2181 Citracado Parkway – A plan for a new two-story, 57,000 SF, 52-bed Palomar Rehabilitation Institute (PRI) was submitted as a Plot Plan on July 31, 2017. The Plot Plan approval letter was issued on February 7, 2018. An MOU explaining the phasing and proposed parking improvements for the hospital has been signed by all parties and was completed on July 15, 2019.  The state OSHPD will issue building permits and oversee construction inspections.  Site preparation and grading activities for the PRI building has commenced.  A grading permit has been issued for the parking lot expansion on the Parcel 1 property.
  1. Escondido Research and Technology Center (ERTC) – East (Developer: James McCann) 2130 Citracado Parkway – Building plans for a 71,656 SF medical office building in this approved medical complex area across from Palomar Hospital were submitted into plan check on October 9, 2018. A subsequent plan submittal increased the size of the building to approximately 80,000 SF, which exceeds the specific plan allowance for that planning area.  A plot plan application for the modified building design has been submitted by the applicant.  A fee deferral agreement has been signed by all parties in anticipation of building permit issuance.  Engineering has approved the new temporary parking lot for hospital employees on Lots 10-15 at the southern end of the ERTC.

Industrial

  1. Escondido Self-Storage Facility (Developer: Brandywine Homes, Inc.) 2319 Cranston Dr. – Updated building plans were resubmitted into plan check on July 24, 2018. The building plans have been approved for some time and the building permit is ready to be issued upon payment of fees.  Building plan check is set to expire on November 14, 2019.  The grading permit has been approved and grading has commenced on the site. 
  1. Citracado Business Park (Developer: Dentt Properties) 2207 Harmony Grove Road – A proposed specific plan for two industrial warehouse/office buildings (145,930 SF and 125,930 SF) with the buildings to be separated by the future extension of Citracado Parkway. The application was submitted on August 14, 2018.  All departments have completed their initial review and comments were sent to the applicant on September 17, 2018.  SDG&E also has provided comments regarding the high voltage power lines that traverse the site.  The applicant’s traffic consultant submitted revised methodology and distribution to Engineering on October 19, 2018, and a revised Traffic Impact Analysis was submitted to Engineering on August 8, 2019.  The developer and consultant team met with Engineering and Planning on August 20, 2019, to discuss proposed traffic mitigation measures.  Caltrans has recently responded favorably to the Engineering Division’s suggestion of adaptive signal timing as feasible mitigation for the Nordahl/Hwy 78 area.  Two vacant residences on the site were demolished on October 4, 2019.

City Projects

  1. Membrane-Filtration Reverse Osmosis (Developer: City of Escondido Utilities Department) SE corner Ash/Washington – On January 16, 2019, the City Council expressed continued support for the MFRO, but directed staff to investigate moving the facility from Ash/Washington to another location. A city-owned property located at 901 W. Washington Avenue has been selected as the new MFRO site.  An on-site meeting with the selected design-build and environmental contractors occurred on January 28, 2019.  A Design Build Agreement was approved by the City Council on April 3, 2019.  The Design Build Agreement with Filanc+BC Joint Venture provides for design and pre-construction services.  The Design Build team met with Utilities and Planning on May 15, 2019 and June 5, 2019 to discuss design and timeline issues.  City staff met with the Design Build team to review site plan comments on August 14, 2019, and again on September 3, 2019.  A Plot Plan application was submitted for review on October 14, 2019.
  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 including an agency request for full mitigation for emergent vegetation at the eastern end of the lake that came into existence since the lake level was reduced for safety reasons.  Staff sent a follow-up letter to the wildlife agencies on June 29, 2017, seeking clarification on the proposed biological mitigation requirements. Additional information has been compiled and analyzed by the City’s biological consultants based on recent conversations with the agencies.  The biological consultant and staff met with the wildlife agencies on November 28, 2018 to discuss a modified approach to fulfilling mitigation requirements.  Written information summarizing what was discussed at the meeting was transmitted to the agencies on December 4, 2018.  City staff concluded a revised assessment of potential biological impacts and met with the agencies to present the findings.  Additional information requested by the agencies was prepared and submitted as requested.  The agencies responded they do not concur with the alternative mitigation proposal and the issue remains unresolved.

Residential

  1. Harvest Hills (aka Safari Highlands Ranch) (Developer: Jeb Hall, Concordia Homes) 550 lots east of Rancho San Pasqual – A Notice of Availability for the Draft EIR was issued on October 16, 2017 for public review and comment. The comment period ended on January 2, 2018.  Staff transmitted all the comment letters and emails to the Draft EIR consultant for review and to prepare a response to each comment.  The Draft EIR and appendices have been posted on the City’s website at the following link: 
    https://www.escondido.org/safari-highlands-ranch-specific-plan.aspx
    The responses to comments have generated related revisions to the project design. The applicant’s engineer submitted a revised tentative map on October 26, 2018.  Generally, the amount of grading and the area of disturbance has decreased, while the overall number of 550 residential lots has remained the same.  Engineering met with the project engineer and applicant on January 31, 2019, to discuss their comments on the revised tentative map.  The revised tentative map and exhibits have been posted on-line at the link above.  The applicant met with Traffic Engineering during the week of February 25th to discuss off-site improvements.  Staff, applicant and biological consultant met with the wildlife agencies on April 23, 2019, to discuss the revisions to the project design mentioned above.  The applicant and staff met on June 20, 2019, to refine the list of outstanding issues remaining to be resolved prior to advancing to public hearings for the project.  The applicant met with Traffic Engineering staff on August 15, 2019, and agreement was reached on several of the off-site mitigation locations on October 28, 2019.  Additional information regarding biological resources was submitted on August 29, 2019. 
  1. 18 lots at 701 San Pasqual Valley Rd (Developer: Bob Stewart) – Staff comments on the revised tentative map were issued the last week of July 2017. The applicant has occasionally engaged in discussions with various departments since that time, but has declined a staff offer to schedule a comprehensive meeting with all city departments.  Another set of revised plans were submitted the week of November 26, 2018.  Planning, Engineering and Utilities comments on the revised plans were issued on February 25, 2019.  In response to a follow-up discussion with the applicant, Planning provided additional comments on April 29, 2019.  Additional discussions between the applicant and the City to resolve project issues occurred on June 20, 2019.
  1. The Villages at Escondido Country Club (Developer: Jason Han, New Urban West, Inc.) 380 residences – The City Council voted 3-2 to approve the project on November 15, 2017. The applicant submitted rough grading plans, drainage improvement plans and utility relocation plans for all three villages on May 7, 2018. Most of the plans are in third or fourth plan check.  Engineering comments were returned on March 12, 2019; and the developer team met with Engineering on April 1, 2019, to discuss the comments.  The homebuilder met with Building, Engineering and Planning on April 24, 2019 to discuss the building plan check and precise grading plan processes.  A revised Certified Tentative Map for substantial conformance review was submitted on May 23, 2019 and included a proposal to relocate approximately 10 residential lots within the development.  These changes in Villages 2 and 3 resulted from comments provided by the Regional Water Quality Control Board and that agency now has issued a permit.  The revised Certified Tentative Map was approved on September 3, 2019.  A rough grading permit for Village 1 was issued on September 16, 2019, and grading is underway.  All remaining buildings in the village center area of Village 1 have been demolished.  Final engineering for Villages 2 and 3 was resubmitted to staff on October 14, 2019.  This includes rough grading plans, improvement plans, and the final map.  Staff comments are expected to be issued next week.
    The approved tentative subdivision map, Final EIR and appendices, Specific Plan and other related information can be accessed on the City’s website at the following link:
    https://www.escondido.org/ecc.aspx
  1. North Avenue Estates (Developer: Casey Johnson) 34 lots at North Ave./Conway Dr. –The City Council approved the project on January 10, 2018. LAFCO approved the annexation application on October 1, 2018, and the annexation has recorded.  The new homebuilder, Taylor Morrison Homes submitted a Precise Development Plan to Planning on December 14, 2018.  Grading plans, final map and improvement plans were submitted for review on December 7, 2018.  Engineering met with the applicant’s engineer on January 31, 2019 to discuss drainage issues.  A revised Certified TM was approved on March 14, 2019.  Final engineering plans were resubmitted on March 21, 2019.  The project engineer, Engineering and County Water Authority staff met on April 2, 2019, to discuss the street and utility crossings over the CWA aqueduct.  The applicant’s engineer submitted a revised design to address the CWA issues the week of June 3rd.  Building plans for four model homes were submitted into plan check on July 15, 2019.  The most recent comments by Planning on the building plans were sent out on October 24, 2019.  The Precise Development Plan was approved by the Planning Commission on August 13, 2019.  Revised grading and improvement plans were resubmitted on October 25, 2019.   
  1. Quince Street Senior Housing (Developer: Matt Jumper, 220 Quince, L.P.) 145 apartment units at 220 N. Quince St. – The five-story affordable senior housing apartment project was submitted on November 21, 2017. The applicant submitted revised plans on May 3, 2019.  Public review of the Draft Mitigated Negative Declaration resulted in two comment letters.  A Final MND was prepared and included in the staff report, which was presented to the Planning Commission.  The project was reviewed by the Planning Commission on August 13, 2019 and the commission unanimously supported the project.  The City Council approved the project on October 23, 2019.
  1. Sager Ranch/Daley Ranch Resort Specific Plan (Developer: J. Whalen Associates, Inc., Sager Ranch Partners) 203 housing units and 225-room resort hotel on 1,783-acres, just north and east of Daley Ranch – This proposed residential and resort hotel annexation and specific plan project was received on March 2, 2018. The project submittal has been deemed incomplete and a letter from staff requesting additional project related information was sent to the applicant on April 4, 2018. Requested information includes annexation exhibits, proposed general plan amendment text, a proposed Transfer of Development Rights Program, environmental initial study, and a fiscal impact analysis. Planning met with the applicant on May 17, 2018 to discuss items listed in the letter. A follow-up meeting to discuss engineering issues occurred on June 27, 2018. The applicant met with Escondido Fire and Valley Center Fire on August 1, 2018 to discuss fire protection issues. Significant fire-related issues to be addressed include the steepness of the project entry road, secondary emergency access and Fire Department response times. A follow-up meeting with the applicant to discuss these issues occurred on October 11, 2018.  On April 5, 2019, the applicant provided a letter response with alternative compliance proposals to address some of the fire-related issues.  On May 14, 2019 the applicant provided additional fire-related information requested by Fire and Planning.  Fire, Planning, and Engineering staff met with the applicant team on May 29, 2019 to discuss the fire-related information.  A financial feasibility study for the proposed resort was submitted on July 8, 2019.
    A project webpage containing draft documents and plans has been added to the Planning Division’s website at the following link:
    https://www.escondido.org/daley-ranch-resort-specific-plan.aspx 
  1. Nutmeg Condo General Plan Amendment (Developer: Jim Simmons, CCI) 137 townhome condo units on 7.7 acres on both sides of Nutmeg between I-15 and Centre City Parkway – This proposed multi-family residential development includes a GPA from Office to Urban III (up to 18 du/acre) as well as a specific alignment plan for Nutmeg and a vacation of approximately one acre of public right-of-way for use in the project. The project application was received on June 15, 2018. Initial comments from Planning, Fire, Engineering, Utilities and Traffic Engineering were provided to the applicant on July 13, 2018. A Notice of Availability for the Draft EIR was issued May 7, 2019, announcing a 45-day public review period from May 10, 2019 to June 24, 2019.  Caltrans expressed a concern for having encroachment into their right of way.  As a result, project revisions are necessary for the southern portion of the property to accommodate grading and fuel modification zone planning on-site.  The applicant met with Planning and Engineering on August 14, 2019 to discuss potential changes to the project.  The project applicant is splitting the project into northern and southern pieces.  The GPA, Final EIR and northern piece were recommended for approval by the Planning Commission on October 22, 2019.  The City Council will consider the same part of the proposal on November 20, 2019.
  1. Oak Creek (Builder: KB Homes) 65 single-family residential lots on approximately 44 acres at Felicita Road and Hamilton Lane – The Zoning Administrator approved a modification to the Precise Development Plan to revise the architecture on October 25, 2018. On-site remediation of hazardous materials has been completed and DTSC has issued a clearance letter.  On-site improvement plans have been approved.  The rough grading permit was issued on April 18, 2019, and grading has commenced on the site.  The Precise Grading Plan for the model homes has been approved and building permits for two model homes were issued the week of July 8.  A Model Home Permit was approved by Planning on July 10, 2019, for the sales office and temporary improvements.  A second plan check submittal for the final map was received the week of May 13.  Second plan check for the off-site improvement plans was received on June 3, 2019.  Engineering comments have been returned and Engineering has approved all improvements, excepting those provided for on Felicita, which additional changes are expected.  County of San Diego staff from the Parks and Public Works Divisions have met with the applicant to discuss ways to evaluate floodplain and drainage issues occurring at the Felicita Park.  A follow up meeting with Engineering occurred on August 28, 2019.  In response the applicant submitted a hydraulics study to DPW on September 9, 2019.  Discussions between KB Homes and the County are on-going.
  1. Villa Portofino (Developer: Chris Post, ATC Design Group) 15 apartment units in a three-story building with parking garage at 2690 S. Escondido Blvd. – This 15-unit multi-family residential project on a 0.52-acre parcel between S. Escondido Blvd and Cranston Drive was submitted as a Plot Plan application on November 28, 2018. A Development Agreement will be required to reduce open space. A comment letter was issued on December 20, 2018.  Planning, Fire and Engineering met with the applicant on June 10, 2019, to discuss revisions to the plans intended to address the previous comments.  A revised project design was routed to all departments on August 23, 2019.  Planning has notified the applicant the project design is not consistent with the South Centre City Specific Plan.  Engineering and Utilities comments were provided to the applicant on October 2, 2019.
  1. Palomar Heights (Developer: Ninia Hammond, Integral Communities) Demolition and redevelopment of the old Palomar Hospital site with 510 multi-family units – A proposed Tentative Map, Planned Development, Specific Plan Amendment and EIR to redevelop the 13.8-acre former hospital site. Up to 5,500 square feet of recreation or commercial space could be included. A partial project application was submitted on December 24, 2018.  Engineering and Planning comments on the initial project submittal were sent to the applicant on February 12, 2019.  A contract for a developer-funded planning consultant to work on this project as an extension of Planning staff was approved by the City Council on February 13, 2019. Planning Engineering and Fire met with the applicant team on February 27, 2019 and again on April 24, 2019 to go through proposed revisions to the site plan and building designs.  The applicant revised the plans to increase the unit count from 424 units to 510 units.  A Notice of Preparation (NOP) for the Draft EIR was issued on May 3, 2019 and a public scoping meeting took place on May 20, 2019.  The public comment period for the NOP closed on June 3, 2019, and approximately 28 comment letters and written forms from the scoping meeting were received.  Resubmittal of the redesign package was filed on June 25, 2019.  Design and site plan information was submitted on July 1, 2019 and a screen check EIR was submitted on July 29, 2019.  City comments on the design package was transmitted on August 2, 2019.  Comments on the screen check EIR were issued on August 27, 2019.  It is anticipated that the draft EIR will be released for public review and comment in mid to late fall.  The third revision to project plans was submitted to Planning on September 11, 2019. Comments are expected to be issued this week.  A meeting with Utilities to discuss water and sewer plans and meter credits took place on October 3, 2019.  A Planning Commission work session focused on project design occurred on October 8, 2019.  A City comment letter, including Planning Commission feedback on design review, was transmitted to the applicant on October 21, 2019.
    The development proposal and other related information can be accessed on the City’s website at the following link:
    https://www.escondido.org/palomarheights.aspx
  1. Henry Ranch (Builder: Joe Martin, Trumark Homes) An approved development of 97 single-family residential homes on 74.35 acres at the eastern terminus of Lincoln Avenue – The Tract 920 development proposal was originally approved in 2007 and an extension of the associated Development Agreement was approved in 2016. Final Map, grading plans and improvement plans were submitted for initial review on February 12, 2019. Architectural plans were submitted for Design Review on February 15, 2019, and comments were issued on March 14, 2019.  The second submittal of final engineering was received on April 22, 2019, and several rounds of comments have been issued.  The project applicant is still working on the improvement plans, particularly water service issues.  Grading plans have been approved and issuance of the grading permit is expected soon.
  1. Del Prado (Developer: Kerry Garza, Touchstone Communities) – An approved 113-unit townhome-style Planned Development located at the southwestern corner of Brotherton Road and the Centre City Parkway frontage road - The Del Prado project was approved by the City Council in May of 2016. The project site is separated into two parcels by an SDGE parcel.  Engineering and Planning are reviewing third plan check for final map, grading and improvement plans for Del Prado South.  Del Prado North is in second plan check for the same plans.  No building plans have been submitted into plan check.  Planning has provided comments for the North landscape plans.  The applicant is attempting to resolve sewer issues with the Regional Water Quality Control Board because sewer lines are proposed to cross over water lines.  Utilities is awaiting resubmittal of a full set of plans and met with the applicant on August 1, 2019 to review potential redesign options.  Planning approved the South landscape plan. 
  1. Hacienda De Vega Redevelopment – (Developer: Tony Cassolato) A proposed residential condominium development consisting of 42 three-story attached townhomes on 1.75 acres – The project would demolish the vacant restaurant building and redevelop the entire site for residential use. An application for a tentative map, plot plan and condominium permit was submitted on October 8, 2019. All departments are conducting a first review of the proposal and comments are expected to be issued next week.
  1. Accessory Dwelling Units – Planning staff is currently working on fourteen (14) applications for accessory dwelling units. Twenty-six (26) accessory dwelling units have been approved so far this year. Twenty-four (24) accessory dwelling units were approved in 2018.  Three (3) accessory dwelling units were approved in 2017.

Building Division:

  1. The Building Division issued 100 permits (including 46 solar photovoltaic) with a total valuation of $244,940 including a new Canopy for SDG&E with a value of $100,000, located at 571 Enterprise St.
  1. Our building inspectors responded to 203 inspection requests. 179 customers visited the Building counter during the week.
  1. No change from the previous. The Latitude 2 apartment project at 650 Center City Pkwy has received Building final approvals and Temporary Certificates of Occupancy for buildings 1-4. Field Engineering have released Building 6 for TCO.  The Building Division has granted a Temporary Certificate of Occupancy, with minor restrictions and is awaiting a request for Final inspection of Bldg. 6.  Final Inspection pending the receipt of all final reports from the contractor.
  1. No change from the previous. The new two story church sanctuary building at 1864 N. Broadway is progressing toward final inspection.  Finish work continues to proceed and may take several weeks to complete.  A Final Inspection will be performed once work is completed and requested by the contractor.
  1. The new 105 room hotel at 200 La Terraza is currently operating on a Temporary Certificate of Occupancy, pending Engineering final approval. Work is on-going to complete Engineering conditions, however, additional time is needed.  They have been granted an additional 30-day extension on the TCO, which will expire November 18, 2019.
  1. No change from the previous. The new five-story storage building at 852 Metcalf St has completed T-bar ceiling grid and has been approved by staff. The hold on inspections has been lifted by the Building Inspection staff, with the condition that no work is to be performed in the Bio-retention basin. The installation of lighting standards has been approved. Engineering staff has approved the revisions to the Bio-Retention basin.
  1. The new Gateway Grand 126-unit apartment project at 700 W. Grand Ave. has received approval of Exterior shear of floors 4 & 5. 4th floor corridor shear walls have been approved for Building B; Floor sheathing for the 4th floor of Bldg. C has been approved. Plumbing top out has been approved for the Leasing Club. Building B, 4th floor R/C channel at the corridor ceiling has been approved. Drywall ceilings at the portions of the 4th floor have been approved. Building B 5th floor balcony drywall and Building C floor sheathing have been approved.  Framing and all mechanical, electrical and plumbing have been approved for the leasing and clubhouse building.
  1. No change from the previous.  The new apartments at 917 W Lincoln Ave, consisting of 3 buildings and 9 total units, has received partial approval of drywall. Drywall installation is complete.  Finish work is on-going and will take several weeks to complete.  Staff is awaiting a request for final inspection. Temporary Gas & Electric meters have been approved and released.
  1. No change from the previous. The new 2 story 20,000 sf office building for Superior Ready Mix on 1564 W Mission is awaiting Final Inspection.
  1. No change from the previous. KB Homes, located at the Oak Creek development on Daisy Field Glen has completed the model home construction phase of the development. Plan revisions have been submitted and are currently under review.  Staff has been informed by KB’s permit coordinator that requests for permit issuance of the first phase could be occurring within the next 2 to 3 weeks.  Precise grading plans for Phases 1 and 2 totaling 12 dwellings are currently in review.  Construction of the Guard shack is currently underway and framing, roof sheathing, drywall and exterior lath have been approved.
  1. No change from the previous. The Starbucks “shell” building located at 350 W Valley Pkwy has received partial pre-roofing inspection to allow for shear transfer connections to be placed. Exterior shear has been approved. Rough framing, electrical, plumbing and mechanical has been approved. Drywall & Exterior Lath have been approved.

ENGINEERING DEPARTMENT

Capital Improvements:

  1. El Norte Parkway Improvements – The project includes widening of El Norte Parkway at the flood control channel by the installation of a new bridge, construction of new median islands from Valley Parkway to Washington Avenue, landscaping and a drip irrigation system, a bike/pedestrian signal at the flood control channel, along with roadway resurfacing. The Six (6) bridge girders were delivered and installed on Tuesday of this week. A 400-ton crane was used to lift the element in place. Eighty (80) working days are remaining for project completion. Submittals are continuing to be processed by staff.

  1. Transit Center Pedestrian Bridge Project – On the north end of the project the contractor is continuing grading operations to shape the new channel alignment. Three hot taps were performed this week along Valley Parkway and Grand Avenue. The contractor is continuing with excavation of wall footing for new walls along Spruce Street and 3rd Avenue in preparation of the new masonry flood wall design. Installation of irrigation system lateral lines is continuing on the completed slopes at the northern most end of the project. Thirty-Four (34) working days remain on the
  2. 2019 Street Rehabilitation and Maintenance Project Rebid- The rebid of the project has been completed and achieved the desired outcome. The low bid came in at a cost saving of $363,962 dollars. This year’s project will resurface approximately 71-lane miles of pavement, replace 0.59- miles of sidewalk, and restripe 2.5- miles of bike lanes, install 51 pedestrian ramps, and replace 90 street trees that damaging concrete improvements. With the continued investment into our streets the City has increased its Pavement Condition Index (PCI) from 55 to 61 points since 2013. This year’s project is Maintenance Zone W, which is west of I-15 between State Route 78 and Felicita Avenue. Streets include Eucalyptus Avenue, Valley Parkway between Auto Parkway and 11th Avenue, Citracado Parkway East of Valley Parkway and 9th Avenue between Auto Parkway and Hale Avenue. Out of service area street is Valley Parkway between Fig Street and Grape Street. More information can be found at: https://www.escondido.org/city-of-escondido-street-maintenance-program.aspx
  3. Storm Drain Pipe Lining and Rehabilitation Project Phase1 The project consists of 14 work zones and 3 Bid Alternate locations for the videoing, grouting, repairing, and lining of existing corrugated metal pipes (CMP) within the City’s inventory. Pipe replacement is required for a segment crossing Grand Avenue South of Midway Drive. The contractor has ordered the material which should arrive in the next 10 days.

 Private Development

  1. Tract 932 - Canyon Grove Shea Homes Community The developer started to install the final lift of asphalt paving on Monday of this week. This work will continue for 3 days. This phase of the paving operation will cover 50% of the development streets. The remaining streets will be completed with the next move in which is scheduled for November.
  2. Latitude II Condominiums: Washington Avenue @ Centre City Parkway – No changes from that reported last week: The project will be working on punch list items over the next reporting period.
  3. Tract 934 – Is a 5 lot subdivision located at 1207 Gamble Street. Offsite sidewalk improvements were formed this week.
  4. 1221 Gamble Street – Is a 3 lot subdivision located adjacent to Tract 934. Installation of Three (3) new water services has been completed this week.
  5. Veterans Village – No changes from that reported last week: Staff is reaching out to the developer to determine project status regarding Storm Water Certification. The bonds and securities will be placed on hold until this documentation is received.  
  6. KB Homes Oak Creek Project – The construction of on site improvements is continuing this week.
  7. ATT Facility Tank Relocation – A punch list walk has been completed. The contractor is addressing those items.
  8. North American Self Storage – The project is located at 852 Metcalf Street. The contractor has started final pavement resurfacing for all utility trenches along Metcalf. Roadway widening in front of the project has been delayed this week.
  9. Pradera by Lennar – The construction and installation of 779’ of 12” water main along Conway Drive, between Lehner Drive and Rincon Avenue is complete. The contractor is tying the new line to the Cities potable water system.
  10. Henry Ranch Tract 920 – The project is located at the intersection of El Norte Parkway/Lincoln Avenue. Bonding for the project has been received and final maps should be available in the coming days. No preconstruction meeting has been scheduled to date.
  11. The Villages – Village 1 grading is continuing this week. The contractor is moving 34,000 cubic yards of material a day to construct the pads and roadway segments. Village 1 is between Country Club Drive to the south, David Drive to the east and Golden Circle Drive to the north. A total of 111 homes are to be constructed in Village 1. The demolition of the existing concrete is continuing with the aid of a processing plant that has delivered to the site. No Parking signs are being placed on Country Club Drive South of Country Club Lane. The work will be for the relocation of a 4” steel gas main located in Country Club Drive. There are 5 locations along the project frontage that required the gas mains to be relocated due to the construction of future Storm Drain pipe.

GRANT APPLICATIONS

Applications

  • None this week.