ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT 

  • Last weekend’s College and Career Fair at Westfield North County was a success.  It was well attended by students and parents with over 100 colleges participating in the fair. This was the second year the College and Career Fair was held at the mall.
  • This weekend, the AFCSL will be hosting its annual adult softball tournament at Kit Carson Park on October 10th & 11th.  They bring in a large amount of teams from all over the country.  We expect about 600 to 800 players and spectators in the Kit Carson Park area. 
  • October 7-9 Ryan Park will host Soccer Resorts adult soccer tournament.  The tournament will be played by Police departments from the U.S. and Canada.  There will be 19 teams in the Mens, Mens Masters, and Womens divisions.  We expect about 500 players and spectators. 

SPECIAL EVENTS 

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

Planning:

Queen Califia’s Magical Circle – The 12th “birthday” celebration of Queen Califia’s Magical Circle will take place on October 10, 2015, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Weather permitting,  this sculpture garden in Kit Carson Park (3333 Bear Valley Parkway) will be open to the public, with Queen Califia docents on site to answer questions. Free Mardi Gras beads will be given to the first 50 visitors. 

Black Angus Restaurant officially opened for business this week.  It is located at 296 E. Via Rancho Parkway in a free-standing building in the parking lot of Westfield North County. 

Safari Highlands Ranch – A neighborhood meeting (see additional information below) was held on October 5, 2015, to solicit comments from residents for input on the future Environmental Impact Report. The meeting was attended by approximately 80 people. 

South Centre City Area Plan – A community workshop will be held at Central Elementary School on October 15, 2015, at 6:30 pm to gather input and future vision for Escondido Boulevard and surrounding areas. For more information go to:

http://www.escondido.org/Data/Sites/1/media/pdfs/planning/SouthCentreCityAreaPlan/Invitation.pdf?v=2

Major Projects Update:

  • Oak Creek (NUW) – 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. Three comment letters were received and are under review. 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 - No change from the following update reported last week: Grading is underway. Staff is reviewing improvement plan and the final map submittals as well as the precise grading plans for the proposed model homes.
  • ZennerNo change from the following update reported last week: The annexation was approved by LAFCO on Sept. 14, 2015.
  • Stella Point Condominiums – This Planned Development is located at 2516 S. Escondido Blvd. The applicant is pursuing selection of 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 completed design review of the project site plan, architecture and landscaping plans and have provided comments to the applicant.
  • WohlfordNo change from the following update reported last week: Staff is reviewing revised submittals and technical reports from the applicant in response to the letter identifying necessary submittals to continue processing. Two alternative designs for the Specific Alignment Plan for Bear Valley Parkway are 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.
  • Latitude II – 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 Hidden Valley Ranch. 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 Highlands – Engineering is finalizing 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 - 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.
  • EDINo 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. Staff comments have been sent regarding the post-approval plan submittals including 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. The project will bypass the Planning Commission and will be directly considered by the City Council tentatively scheduled for November 4, 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: 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 for review on September 9, 2015.
  • Del Prado (former Woody’s site) – No change from the following update reported last week: 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 routed for initial department comments.
  • 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 has been submitted tentatively scheduled for Planning Commission on October 13, 2015.
  • Solutions for Change --  A Planned Development application for 33 affordable multi-family units is scheduled for consideration by the Planning Commission on October 13, 2015 and tentatively for City Council hearing on November 18, 2015.
  • Escondido Auto Park AssociationNo change from the following update reported last week: The association is proposing to upgrade the existing electronic message sign along I-15. 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. Staff is developing a draft agreement for consideration by the Auto Park Association and will then bring it to the full Council for consideration.
  • 701 San Pasqual Valley Rd – 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. 

Building Division: 

  • The Building Department issued 64 permits for the week with a total valuation of $831,786.
  • 30 photovoltaic permits were issued for the week. Building has issued 966 solar permits so far this year compared to 531 issued at the same time last year.
  • Building inspectors and counter staff had a busy week with inspections averaging 40 per day with 31 inspections on Friday and counter contacts averaging 36 per day with 24 on Friday.
  • The Building Division held over 15 inspections on Tuesday, 16 on Wednesday, 17 on Thursday and 4 on Friday due to an increase in work load and the availability of the inspectors.
  • 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 is in the framing stage on all 4 buildings.
  • The Meadowbrook Village 3 story apartment building has received underground utility and partial foundation inspection approval.
  • Plans were submitted for the Roynon museum expansion into the adjacent suite at 457 E Grand Ave.

Code Enforcement: 

  • As of October 5, the total number of open code enforcement case is 371 cases, with a backlog of an additional 102 cases not yet opened for assignment and investigation. During the prior week, 44 new cases were opened, and 47 cases were closed. A total of 130 signs were pulled. Two (2) Public Records Requests (PRR) were processed, for a total of 91 PRRs processed this year to date.
  • A new Code Enforcement Officer started employment with the City on October 5th. A second Code Enforcement Officer is completing the hiring process and is anticipated to commence employment within the next two weeks. Recruitment is anticipated for an additional officer in the next several months. Additionally, interviews are being conducted for a Code Enforcement Assistant to assist with the backlog.
  • Last week the Business License Division received 26 new applications and 161 renewals, and issued 7 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.               

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 roadway widening of the southerly portion of Bear Valley Parkway between Suburban Hills Drive and San Pasqual Valley Road (SR78) is continuing this week. Work will continue on the storm drain boxes as well as the sidewalk and traffic signal modifications at Bear Valley Parkway and (SR78). New concrete improvements as well as signal foundations have been installed at the Boyle Avenue end of the project this week. 

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:
No change from the following update provided last week: The grading contractor is scheduled to complete the import of material this Friday October 2, 2015. The offsite improvement for water main construction and connecting to the Cities facilities is proceeding with work located along Lehner Avenue.

Private Development- Current Plan Review

La Terraza Springhill Suites by Marriott Hotel: 
No change from the following update reported last week: This project is a 4 story, 105 room Hotel and will be built on one of the last north end lots of the La Terraza Corporate Center. The first submittal of the grading, landscaping, and improvement plans for a traffic signal for the project entrance off La Terraza Blvd. together with various studies and reports was made last week.   This first review is anticipated to be complete by mid-October.   

Escondido Disposal Inc. Expansion Master Plan:
No changes from the following update reported last week: This project is a 4+ phase project to expand EDIs current operations into the former Golfcraft property to the north fronting on Mission Ave.    The overall expansion will allow EDI to meet State recycling requirements and produce biogas for their own electricity or CNG use, but will not increase the daily or annual trash throughput capacity allowances. The review of the first submittal of their grading and improvements plans and various studies was returned to the Engineer on September 30th. 

Tract 951 – Jacks Creek Place:
No change from the following update reported last week: This project is a 12 lot residential subdivision located near Eureka Ranch. The 2nd submittal of the Final Map, Grading and Improvement plans, and the WQTR came in on September 22nd, and this 2nd review is expected to be complete by late October. 

Parcel Map SUB13-0008 – W. 15th Avenue:
No change from the following update reported last week: This project is a 4 lot residential parcel map located on West 15th Avenue.  The project will split a single lot with a recently rebuilt single family home at the front into 4 lots with the rear 3 proposed lots taking access off a private access road.  The 1st submittal review of the parcel map, grading plans, onsite improvement plans, and various reports was returned to the Engineer on October 5th.

PUBLIC SAFETY           

Police:

Incidents 

  • On 9/30/2015, officers responded to a report of a vehicle versus motorcycle collision at the intersection of Broadway and Park Ave. Upon arrival, officers determined that a dark colored GMC Yukon had struck the motorcyclist and fled the scene east on Park Ave. The motorcyclist suffered serious injuries. Anyone with information on the identity of the driver of the GMC Yukon is encouraged to contact the Escondido Police Department Traffic Division at (760) 839-4728.
  • On 10/02/2015, officers located an occupied stolen vehicle, a blue Mini Cooper, in the area of Escondido Blvd. and 9th Officers attempted to stop the vehicle, but the driver fled and a pursuit ensued. Based on erratic the driving of the suspect, officers terminated the pursuit in the interest of public safety. The vehicle was not located.
  • On 10/02/2015, officers responded to a report of a vehicle collision in front of Mission Middle School, 939 E. Mission Ave. Units arrived to discover a two-vehicle collision, with one of the vehicles shearing off a utility pole. SDG&E responded to repair the utility pole and restore power in the area. 

Events 

  • On 9/30/2015 Escondido Police partnered with San Diego County Probation Officers, Escondido Public Works Department, Economic Development, Neighborhood Services and Escondido Code Enforcement for a large scale Neighborhood Transformation Project (NTP) Operation. The NTP is a community policing initiative with the strategic goal of promoting environmental change in our neighborhoods.  By focusing our efforts and resources we hope to better our City, one neighborhood at a time. The NTP joint operation resulted in the following activity:
    • Arrests = 16 (12 Felony and 4 Misdemeanor). The arrests were made for violations that included possession of weapons, warrants, probation violations, and being under the influence of drugs.
    • Misdemeanor Citations = 12. The citations were issued for violations that included municipal code violations and drug violations. 
    • Traffic Citations = 16
    • Parking Citations = 3
    • The Escondido Special Investigations Unit conducted 40 alcohol related shoulder tap contacts in the business district.
    • 37 Parole / Probations Compliance Checks were conducted.
    • 4 Homeless Encampments were removed.
    • All Graffiti visible from a public right of way was removed.

  

  • The Police Athletic League assisted with an NFL Play 60 camp at Mission Middle School. It was a great camp and the following officers participated: LT. Owens, Officer Sainz, Officer A. Martinez, Officer Beierly, Reserve Officer Collier, Detective Vander Vorst and three cadets.

 

  • On 10/03/2015, Officer Zeller and Fire Volunteer Kevin Johnson attended the 25th Annual Ripon and Menlo Park Police Emergency Vehicle Show. The Escondido Police Department restored 1968 Galaxy police car won 2nd place for best restored police vehicle 1900-1974. Officer Zeller and Volunteer Johnson have spent countless hours working on the restoration. Congratulations to both.


Fire: 

The Fire Department has been notified that their application for an Assistance to Firefighter Grant through FEMA has been approved. The Escondido Fire Department will be receiving a grant of $548,370 which consists of $498,518 (federal funds) and $49,852 (city matching portion).    The funding will allow the Escondido Fire Department to replace its Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) system.  Chief Lowry will be taking this through the grant process which includes requesting Council approval to accept the grant.