ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

On October 11th and 12th Kit Carson Park will host the AFCSL 31st Autumn Classic Softball Tournament. This adult softball tournament draws in teams locally, with in the State, and throughout the Nation to compete in San Diego at four locations. Kit Carson Park has the bulk of the games on our four softball fields with 73 games scheduled.

SPECIAL EVENTS

Saturday, October 11 in Grape Day Park St. Mary’s Catholic Church will hold a Prayer Procession around the park from 11:30am – 1:30 p.m.

GRAFFITI REPORT

Attached is the activity log for graffiti eradication which dates back numerous years. Especially noteworthy is the overall reduction in graffiti this year to date compared to last year.

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

Planning:

  • The State Department of Substances Control (DTSC) held a public meeting on 9/30/14 at the CCAE regarding the Chatham site. The meeting, which was requested by the City Council in response to community concerns, was well attended by area residents. Comments focused on groundwater contamination, migration of the plume, public safety and lack of warning signs, impacts caused by future construction, adequacy of monitoring efforts and potential liability to the City if affected properties are annexed.
  • On 10/06/14, LAFCO unanimously approved the annexation (“reorganization”) and Sphere of Influence amendment for the Citracado Parkway extension, which will facilitate the project construction by allowing the improvement plans and inspections to be prepared and conducted by the City.
  • Major Projects Update:
    • Oak Creek (NUW) – The consultant is preparing draft responses to comments on the Draft EIR, which are anticipated to be submitted for staff review on 10/24/14.
    • Amanda Lane (NUW) – Staff has reviewed the revised Specific Alignment Plan for Gamble Lane and found it to be acceptable. Outstanding issues include adequacy water pressure to serve the site via Rincon MWD and the design of the proposed sewer improvements.
    • 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 the existing traffic signals in the CalTrans Right-of-Way. Additional offsite signal improvements are also anticipated. The applicant feels the improvements are regional and warrant a fair share contribution rather than bearing the full cost of construction.
    • North Broadway Deficiency Area Projects – The Pickering annexation application has been submitted to LAFCO. The proposed application for the Zenner annexation and the associated 40-unit subdivision at Vista Ave. and Lehner Avenue remains incomplete. Outstanding issues affecting completion of the CEQA analysis include resolution of mitigation measures for offsite traffic impacts (specifically regarding improvements for the Vista/Ash intersection), resolution of the annexation boundary, development agreement terms, as well as water quality and noise issues.
      San Diego Veterans Village - The applicant has not provided a response to address the HPC comments regarding the proposed demolition of several historic adobe structures and to address Fire Department concerns.
      Zak Planned Development – Staff is coordinating with the applicant to meet conditions that will allow the final map to be considered by the City Council in October or November. 

Housing:

Staff met with the applicants who have submitted proposals for the $1M in Housing funds and is evaluating the proposals for Council consideration on 10/22/14.

Code Enforcement:

The Quarterly statistics for Code Enforcement and Business Licensing are attached.

Building Division:

  • The monthly Building Activity Report for September is attached.
  • Building had the busiest week on record issuing 77 permits for the week with a total valuation of $936,000. 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 24 on Friday and average daily counter contacts of 32 with 19 on Friday.
  • Photovoltaic permits are again dominating the permit activity for the week with 33 permits issued and 13 more in for plan review. Building has issued 538 photovoltaic permits this year compared to 307 permits issued for the same time last year.
  • Construction activity continues at the Chick-Fil-A at 1290 Auto Park Way. 
  • Construction activity and inspections are continuing at the Monticello assisted living facilities at 930 Monticello Dr. 

CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS

2013/2014 Street Maintenance Project:
The contractor is preparing to start striping along Chestnut Drive for the development of bike lanes between 5th Avenue and Juniper Street.

Maple Street Pedestrian Plaza Modifications:
The project began on Monday, October 6 with removal of the first pedestrian ramp along Valley Parkway. Work is scheduled for completion on the entire project by Monday, November 17.

Private Development:

County Project - Bear Valley Parkway Widening between Boyle Avenue and San Pasqual Valley Road:
The contractor is continuing to install required erosion control measures in preparation to underground construction between Boyle Avenue and San Pasqual Valley Road. Electronic message boards have been added north and south of the project limits warning of a construction speed limit of 30 MPH.

Habitat for Humanity:
The onsite underground improvements were started on Monday, October 6. These items include new water and sewer mains which will be connected to the future Elm Street project scheduled for later this year.

Classical Academy:
Striping and signage changes were recently implemented on E. Valley Parkway, Juniper, Pennsylvania, Kalmia and Waverly associated with the new Classical Academy High School site. New crosswalks and stop signs have been installed. In addition, to improve traffic safety and to comply with the traffic study for the project, turn restrictions were placed to prevent traffic on Kalmia from crossing E. Valley Parkway. The speed limit has been reduced to 25mph in the vicinity of the school when children are present. Motorists are advised to be attentive when driving in this area. Staff will continue to monitor the traffic condition around the Academy and will coordinate enhancement of traffic safety measures in the vicinity of the school if needed.

PUBLIC SAFETY

Police

  • Since September 29, 2014 we have seen an increase in gang activity including a gang- related homicide at 15th and South Orange. On Monday we had a robbery in the area of Westside Park that was also gang-related. Due to our increased patrol presence on the west side, officers were able to find the suspect vehicle and arrest all five of the suspects in that case. 
  • EPD has stepped up our gang enforcement and increased our Gang Enforcement Team “GET”. Patrol/GET officers are teaming up with our probation partners to enact a zero tolerance enforcement strategy. The message is clear, this type of gang activity will not be tolerated.
  • Hidden Valley Kiwanis donated 12 car seats and challenged other community based organizations to match the donation.
  • A conditional job offer was given to Mark Laux on Monday. He will be attending the next academy and comes from the Department of Justice Police.
  • Grape Day Park Task Force: This report will summarize any significant issues and update the efforts made from the last report, dated 8/25/14.

The Police Department continues its enforcement details as call volume allows, up to several times a day in the Grape Day Park and surrounding areas. Since the start of the increased focus, the Police Department has conducted 2,481 extra patrols in the park, 312 field interviews, 167 citations and 154 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. They are assisted by Patrol Officers and especially our two Community Policing Officers; Lee Stewart and Lew Shaver. Out Special Investigations Unit detectives have also been used to conduct undercover operations, resulting in several citations and arrests.

Sergeant Jared Sinclair is assisting in the coordination of the COPPS efforts of these and Patrol Officers to combat behavior and issues that may be illegal/ undesirable. There were no significant arrests or calls for service noted during this period. Several drunk in public arrests, a few warrants, and possession of a controlled substance arrests were made during this time period.

There were no significant calls for service around the Grape Day Park, Maple St. Plaza, or Signature Pavilion footprint.

Upcoming Events:

Please refer to http://www.grapedaypark.org/ for special event information in the Park. For a list of all upcoming Escondido Events, visit: http://visitescondido.com/event-calendar/.

The next Task Force Meeting will be on a date to be determined.

Ongoing statistics, as of 10/5/14:
Foot Patrols        2481
Citations               167
FI's                        312
Arrests                  154