- Congratulations to the following Escondido businesses that recently were recognized by Inc. as being among the fastest growing businesses in the nation: BlissLights, DynamicCar Plastic Postcards, Ingenium, Stone Brewing Company, and Tuscany Pavers. For more information, please visit: http://www.inc.com/inc5000/list/2014
- Another Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program, CaliforniaFIRST is now available to Escondido residents. Operated under the auspices of the California Statewide Communities Development Authority (CSCDA), PACE makes energy and water efficiency projects more affordable and accessible for California homeowners. Previously CaliforniaFIRST was available only for commercial and industrial property owners but now residential homeowners are able to choose a contractor and install a custom-tailored clean energy project—such as the purchase and installation of efficient heating and cooling systems, solar panels, low-flow toilets, home insulation, or electric vehicle charging stations. And for a limited time only, all homeowners who submit an approved application for home energy efficiency projects through the CaliforniaFIRST program will receive a $500 “Cal-Cash” rebate check. To qualify for the incentive, a customer’s project application must be approved, listing the participating contractor, prior to October 15, 2014 by 9 p.m. More information is available at: CaliforniaFIRST.org
- On September 11th, there will be a time of remembrance and moment of silence at Police and Fire Headquarters that morning, then at 5:30 PM there will be a name reading event at the Train Depot in Grape Day Park.
- Friday, September 12th is Fire Truck Night at Cruisin’ Grand. Broadway between Valley Parkway and 2nd Street will be filled with fire apparatus and law enforcement vehicles on display. The event starts at 5:00 p.m. followed by an apparatus parade at 7:00 p.m. This event is sponsored by the Escondido Firefighter’s Association
- The Planning Commission unanimously approved both items last night (Commissioners Johns, McQuead and Spann absent). The items included a CUP modification for a minor addition to the Pacifica Senior Living facility at 1351 E. Washington, and an amendment to the Lomas Del Lago Specific Plan to allow a new Verizon wireless communication facility within a new tower constructed as part of the existing commercial building at 3440 Del Lago Blvd. A speaker also addressed the Commission during Oral Communications regarding concerns about the proposed storage system proposed by SDG&E as part of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS) decommissioning project; the speaker was advised to direct the comments to the City Council.
- LAFCO’s consideration of the proposed amendment to the Sphere of Influence and associated Reorganization (annexation) for the Citracado Parkway road extension project was continued from 9/8/14 to 10/6/14 due to lack of quorum. LAFCO staff recommends approval. Staff from Planning and Public Works – Engineering will attend the hearing.
- In response to a request from the City, the Department of Toxic Substances Control has tentatively scheduled a public meeting regarding the Chatham site for Tuesday, September 30th at the Bernardo Elementary School auditorium, pending confirmation from the school. City staff has assisted by providing a mailing list for the meeting notice.
- Major Projects Update:
- Oak Creek (NUW) – Comments on the Draft EIR are due on 9/29/14. The document is posted on the City’s website at the following link: http://www.escondido.org/Data/Sites/1/media/pdfs/Planning/oakcreek/CD/INDEX_-_Report_Navigatoin.pdf. A neighborhood meeting is scheduled for Monday evening, 9/22/14, in the City Council Chambers to discuss the project and the findings of the Draft EIR. We received a formal request from an attorney representing a neighborhood group, requesting to extend the EIR public review period indefinitely until issues raised by the Chatham site are addressed and to allow additional time to review the documents. Staff feels the current review period is appropriate, since the review period for public agencies (such as the Department of Toxic Substances Control) has been extended to coincide with the City’s review period, and the document was made available online several days early.
- Amanda Lane (NUW) – Staff review of the revised plans is underway with comments anticipated next week. The applicant continues to negotiate the necessary letters of permission and easements for other offsite improvements, to avoid potential condemnation issues
- Centerpointe 78 Commercial: – Staff is coordinating with the traffic consultant to finalize the traffic study for inclusion in the Draft EIR.
- North Broadway Deficiency Area Projects: – The Pickering annexation is scheduled for City Council hearing on 9-10-14. The application for the Zenner annexation and the associated 40-unit subdivision at Vista Ave. and Lehner Ave. remains incomplete, pending submittal of letters of permission for offsite improvements, to avoid condemnation issues.
- San Diego Veterans Village: The applicant is evaluating potential revisions to address the HPC comments regarding the proposed demolition of several historic adobe structures and to address Fire Department concerns.
- Latitude II – Demolition of the abandoned structures is nearly complete. Staff has held several pre-application meetings with the applicant to coordinate their response to preliminary staff comments. The anticipated project is a 112 unit condominium project consisting of 61 one-bedroom and 51 two-bedroom units; the units would initially be rented as apartments. A formal application is anticipated within the next month.
- Building issued 31 permits for the week with a total valuation of $126,190. Inspections and counter contacts remain constant with average daily inspections of 35 with 33 on Friday and average daily counter contacts of 36 with 24 on Friday. 13 photovoltaic permits were issued.
- Staff levels have been impacted for several weeks due to vacations and the ongoing implementation of cashiering duties. One of our three experienced building inspectors will be resigning next week. A new, entry level inspector has been hired and will begin training in field inspection procedures in the next few weeks.
PUBLIC WORKS UPDATE
2013/2014 Street Maintenance Project:
The contractor completed the installation of the asphalt surface treatment on Monday, September 8. The remainder of work will involve the application of hot asphalt crack sealant along portions of Bear Valley Parkway, El Norte Parkway, Citracado Parkway, La Terraza Boulevard and Escondido Boulevard. The roadway striping contractor will begin to layout the striping plans for 9th Avenue between Tulip Street and Auto Parkway, Ash Street between Mission Avenue and El Norte Parkway and East Valley Parkway between Citrus Avenue and Bear Valley Parkway intersection. These three segments include designated bike lanes which were developed with this project.
Maple Street Pedestrian Plaza Modifications:
The project bid opening was Thursday, August 28; the project received 5 competitive bids with the lowest being $69,700.00 and the highest bid being $122,346.00. The Engineer’s estimate was $56,047.20. The project will be scheduled for construction after the completion of Cruisin’ Grand event which ends Friday October 3rd.
Lincoln Avenue @ Goldenrod Street 16” Gas Main Inspection:
SDG&E is preparing to launch the robotic devices which will exam the interior surface of the 16” gas main which runs between the City of Escondido and the City of Carlsbad.
County Project: Bear Valley Parkway Widening between Boyle Avenue and San Pasqual Valley Road.
The contractor is continuing to clear and grub the site which includes house foundations, driveways and landscape items between Boyle Avenue and Idaho Avenue.
Charter High located at Pennsylvania Avenue and Kalmia Street:
The project is nearing completion with roadway striping being installed Wednesday, September 10th. The work includes new pedestrian crosswalks being installed at the intersections of Valley Parkway/Juniper Street, Pennsylvania Avenue/Juniper Street, Pennsylvania Avenue /Kalmia Street. With the recent roadway widening along Valley Parkway between Juniper Street and Kalmia Street the roadway will be striped to provide a fourth lane of travel which will be for right turn only from west bound Valley Parkway to north bound Kalmia Street.
- The Call Center Staff created 206 service requests as a result of residents’ phone calls.
- The 3 Craftsmen attended a Certified Pool Operator training to update their certifications.
- The stockpile of removed materials at Eagle Scout Lake has been significantly reduced. The adjacent damaged turf area was re-graded with stockpiled materials. Approximately 150 cubic yards of material remain on site. The remaining material will be used for backfill of a storm drain adjacent to the sports center. The storm drain project will commence towards the end of this week and will take several weeks to complete.
- The chlorine pump was rebuilt at the Jim Stone wading Pool.
- The "Welcome to Escondido" sign located at W. Valley and Tulip was refurbished.
- New City locks were installed on all the trash/dumpster enclosures in the downtown City Parking Lots.
- 46 street lights have been repaired City wide and are now functional.
- 13 Traffic signals have been repaired another 2 have been serviced.
- 41 special projects were completed by the electrical staff as a result of various requests received from other City divisions and departments.
- A Promotion Ceremony was held for Chief Benton, Captain Stuard, Lt. Kearney and Sgt. Sinclair.
- Captain Loarie and Sgt. Lanigan gave an NTP Update at the South Escondido Blvd. Business Association Meeting at First United Methodist Church.
- Operation Tip- the-Scale: hosted at PD for Meth Strike Force. The operation resulted in 18 arrests (10 Felonies).
- Two new hires, Brandon Byler and Omar Mondragon started earlier this week.
- A conditional job offer has been given to a new Records Technician, Kate Lockington.