September 10, 2020

Fire Preparedness
In Southern California we have all seen the effects wildfires can have on our communities, and red flag conditions make the danger even worse. Make sure you and your family are prepared by having a plan and an emergency kit ready to go at all times.

One easy step you can take today is to register your cell phone for reverse 911 service at:
https://www.readysandiego.org/alertsandiego/

For more information on developing your plan and what to include in your emergency kit, visit: fire.escondido.org

The City of Escondido on Social
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COVID-19 Updates:
You can get up to date information about the City’s response to COVID-19 at:
www.escondido.org/covid-19.aspx
For the latest test numbers, tier information, and phases of reopening visit the County of San Diego’s website at: https://www.sandiegocounty.gov/coronavirus.html

POLICE DEPARTMENT UPDATES:

Parolee Arrested in Possession of Drugs
On August 31, officers were notified by state parole that a parolee wanted for violating his parole was possibly in Escondido.  Officers located the subject and placed him under arrest on the parole warrant.  The subject had methamphetamine and a local hotel room key in his possession.  More narcotics were later located inside his hotel room. He was arrested on the warrant and narcotics related charges.

Gun Shots Fired at a Residence
On September 2, officers responded to the 300 block of Manzanita Pl. regarding multiple gun shots heard in the area.  Officers located several shell casings in the area and one round stuck in one of the residences.  The suspects were gone and no one was injured.  Narcotics activity in the area is believed to have played a factor in the shooting.

Window Smash Burglary of 7-Eleven
On September 2, three suspects smashed the front window of the closed 7-Eleven store at 1860 W. El Norte Pkwy.  Surveillance video was recovered from the store, but none of the three suspects have been located or identified at this time.

High Speed Vehicle Crash Injures Two People
On September 4, a wanted subject for a parole violation warrant was driving at a high rate of speed on Valley Pkwy near the I-15.  The driver lost control of his vehicle, crossed over the median, and struck a stopped vehicle in opposing traffic.  The parolee’s car caught fire and both drivers were trapped.  Officers extinguished the fire and the Fire Department responded to extricate them from the vehicles.  Both drivers suffered serious injuries, but both are expected to recover.  The parolee was later arrested for the outstanding warrant.

 

Community Tools:

www.arjis.org  - For crime data/mapping, Megan’s Law info, etc.
www.myneighborhoodupdate.net  - Search for Escondido, CA to see radio call information.

Events:

DUI Enforcement Detail Results in 4 Arrests
On August 30, the Escondido Police Department conducted a DUI Saturation Enforcement patrol throughout the City funded by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety.  The detail resulted in 3 DUI arrests, 1 felony arrest for a non-DUI offense, and 18 traffic citations, including 9 for driving without a license or having a suspended license.

Escondido Restaurant Hosts Fundraising Event for Officer Brett Byler
The Sierra Madre Cantina at 329 W. Felicita Avenue in Escondido partnered with the Escondido Police Athletic League to host a fundraiser for Officer Brett Byler.  Officer Byler has been battling an aggressive brain tumor since being diagnosed several months ago.  The Sierra Madre Cantina donated all tips and 10% of proceeds during the night.  The Byler family was presented with a $15,000 check, a portion of which will go into a scholarship fund for Officer Byler’s daughters.

 

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FIRE DEPARTMENT UPDATES:
On August 31, the Fire Department was dispatched to a reported vegetation fire in the Cloverdale community near Rancho Vista Monte and San Pasqual Elementary School. The location is within a pre-established “mutual threat zone” with CAL FIRE and San Diego City, so they also sent a coordinated response. Firefighters found downed power lines and a fire in the vegetation that posed a threat to nearby structures. Firefighters from all of the responding departments contained the fire at approximately 4 acres in about 30 minutes. It then took an hour and a half more to completely extinguish the fire. 

On September 4, the Fire Department responded to a reported fire in a home on Huckleberry Lane. The first arriving Captain reported a two story, single-family home with heavy fire and smoke coming from the attached garage. Firefighters contained and controlled the fire in approximately 40 minutes and were able to prevent the fire from extending into the living area of the home. The cause of the fire is under investigation. Fortunately, there were no injuries to firefighters or civilians during the incident.

 

The San Diego Regional Fire Foundation recently committed to donate five new VHF portable (handheld) radios for the Escondido Fire Department. The upgraded radios, which are used during wildland firefighting where multiple agencies work and communicate together, operate digitally and have a much higher channel capacity than the older equipment.

BY THE NUMBERS

Fire:

Police:

August Abandoned Vehicle Data


Public Works:

Code Enforcement:

Business Licenses

Graffiti Restitution

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT & ENGINEERING

Building Permits and Inspections:

  1. The counter staff conducted in person meetings with 107 applicants and were able to process 77 applications and issue 70 permits.
  2. The total permit valuation for the week was $3,470,352.00. The weekly average over the past eight weeks to start the fiscal year is $1,729,961.00. The weekly average over the same time period last year was $800,734.00. 
  3. Our Building inspectors completed 143 inspections of construction work during the past week.   

Development and Capital Projects Update:
Curious what’s happening with development projects around the city? See below for milestone activities that have happened since last week. Skip to the bottom of this section for a list of projects that are in progress but do not have an update this week. To learn about previous applications for residential and commercial development permits, please visit the Development Project Information Archive page or contact the Planning Division.

Commercial / Office / Industrial:

  1. Carvana – (Developer: Jo Ryan, Carvana) 559 N. Hale Avenue – A Conditional Use Permit for the development of a proposed vending machine car dealership.  The project consists of an approximately 5,800 SF, eight-(8) tier glass and steel tower structure up to 75 feet in height.  A proposed Specific Alignment Plan for Hale Avenue is requested to modify the design of the street frontage and intersection of Hale Avenue and Tulip Street. The project was reviewed by the Planning Commission on September 8, 2020, and was approved with a 4-2 vote.  The project moves to the City Council next.

New Housing:

  1. Escondido Gateway, also called Rowan (Developer: Carolyn Hillgren, Lyon Living) This is an approved project involving 126 residential units on the same site as the former Police Station across the street from the Escondido Transit Center at 700 W. Grand.  The project is nearing completion and is in the punch list phase. 
  1. Henry Ranch (Builder: Joe Martin, Trumark Homes) An approved development of 97 new single-family homes on 74.35 acres at the eastern terminus of Lincoln Avenue. The developer, Trumark, has completed 90 percent of the onsite water, storm drain and sewer utilities. Construction of the model homes is ongoing. Mass grading has been completed. The contractor is currently working on the bio-retention basins, to control run-off.  Offsite work for the new traffic signal is on-going.
  1. Jack’s Creek TR 951 and SUB 17-0026 – (Developer New Pointe Development). A 12-lot, single-family residential subdivision on 3.31 acres.  The site is located at the westerly terminus of Jack’s Creek Road, north of El Norte Parkway, addressed as 640 Oakwood Creek Glen, formally 2888 E. Washington Avenue. The contractor has completed the grading for 10 of the 12 new home pads.  Offsite improvements will be starting this week.
  1. Iris Annexation (Developer Hallmark Communities) 2085 North Iris Lane – An annexation of 7.89 gross acres currently in the County to build 75 new townhome units in the City. Council authorized processing on June 3, 2020.  The development application, the prospective annexation and General Plan Amendment would provide more housing units with a density up to twelve (12) units per acre for approximately 75 units.  An initial study, documenting potential areas of environmental impact has been submitted on August 6, 2020.
  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 has been tentatively scheduled for Planning Commission review and consideration on September 22, 2020. City staff is currently coordinating public notice and writing the staff report and recommended conditions of approval.
  1. The Villages at Escondido Country Club (Builder: Lennar Homes) 380 residences located on the former golf course off of Country Club Lane, north of El Norte Parkway. Work is continuing for the new round-about located at Country Club and Golden Circle, the scope of work includes new road realignment, curb, gutter, driveways. Work is continuing for the storm drain, sewer and street light installation.  Rough grading has started for Villages III. Plan review submittals have been filed for all three neighborhood (village) parks. The sales trailer has been installed and the builder is scheduling appointments for model home viewings.
  1. Pradera (Developer: Moses Kim, Lennar Homes) – This approved project consists of 70- single-family new homes located at the northeastern corner of Ash Street and Lehner Avenue.  Final conflict crossing issues have been designed and submitted to the City for review. The water main work included the construction and installation a 12” water main, 779 feet in length, along Conway Drive, between Lehner Drive and Rincon Avenue.   

City Projects or Other Capital Improvement Projects:

  1. SDG&E 16” Gas Main Replacement – In January 2019, the CPUC’s Safety Enforcement Division approved SDG&E’s test or replace plan for Line 1600, a 16-inch natural gas transmission pipeline which was not strength tested in 1949 when it was constructed. This next phase of PSEP projects will include 19 separate projects that will take place in the cities of San Diego, Escondido and Poway, as well as the County of San Diego. As part of these projects, approximately 37 miles of existing pipe in more populated areas will be replaced and approximately 13 miles of existing pipe in less populated areas will be strength tested. Approximately 5.4 miles of replacement and 2.7 miles of strength testing is expected to occur in Escondido from 2020-2024.  Installation of the new 16” gas main along the Midway corridor has been completed. SDG&E and their contractor will be isolating, blowing down/purging and installing isolation caps on the newly installed 16” gas main next week. The area of the work will be along the Midway corridor and at the intersection of La Honda and El Norte.  Currently SDG&E is trying to coordinate an off-site staging area for their construction equipment and materials.
  1. Laurel Valley Wall Replacement - A preconstruction meeting was held last week for the Laurel Valley Wall Replacement. The wall is located in the City’s LMD Zone 9. The scope of work will include the removal of the existing damaged stucco wall and the placement of a new vinyl fence. The contractor will mobilize once the delivery date for the fence has been confirmed.
  1. Spruce Street/Transit Center Pedestrian Bridge Project – The contractor, Palm Engineering, has completed the application of the slurry treatment along Valley Parkway, Quince and Tulip. Final striping and sign installation was completed this week.  This project is nearing completion with minor slope grading and landscape planting remaining. 
  1. Lake Wohlford Replacement Dam – A workshop has been scheduled with the City Council for mid-September. City staff is also working to finalize the Environmental Impact Report and tentatively bring it forward to City Council for certification at their meeting on September 23, 2020. 

Ongoing Projects – Nothing New This Week:
Projects that do not have any changes or updates this week will be listed here to indicate that they’re still in progress. When an update occurs, the project will appear above in the Development and Capital Projects section.

Commercial / Office / Industrial:

  1. Raising Cane’s Restaurant – (Developer: Ada Fermin, PM Design Group) 1280 W. Valley Parkway – Demolition of vacant, former Coco’s restaurant building and construction of new 3,744 SF drive-through restaurant for Raising Cane’s. 
  1. 7-Eleven Gas and Convenience Store – (Developer: Golcheh Group) 900 W. Mission Ave. – A proposal to relocate a 7-Eleven from the northeastern corner of Mission/Rock Springs to the northwestern corner and add a gas station.
  1. Mercedes Benz Expansion – (Developer: Jody Stout, Integrity Design and Construction) 1101 W. 9th Avenue – A Master and Precise Plan modification to demo the existing dealership showroom and construct a new showroom, office, parts storage and service building.     
  1. Burros and Fries - (MPA Architects) 1107 E. Valley Parkway – An approved 5,224 square foot commercial building, with associated landscaping and parking.  The building includes a 1,850 square foot drive-through restaurant (Burros and Fries) and 3,374 square feet of additional retail space. 
  1. The Ritz Theater “The Grand” (Developer: New Venture Church) 301 E. Grand Avenue – A renovation of the existing Ritz Theater and adjacent commercial building to provide for a variety of assembly uses including performing arts, religious services, café, offices and classroom studios was approved by the City Council on December 5, 2018.

Housing:

  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.
  1. Canyon Grove Estates Tract 932 (Developer: John Vance, Shea Homes) – This is an approved project for 179-lot single-family residential development on the north side of Vista Avenue east of Conway Drive. 
  1. Interfaith Recuperative Care Facility – (Developer: Interfaith) 555 North Center City Parkway – Conversion of the existing lodging facility (America’s Best Value Inn) and construction of new residential care facility designed to provide quality emergency housing, services, and supervision to at-risk individuals, homeless, etc.
  1. Harvest Hills, formerly called Safari Highlands Ranch (Developer: Jeb Hall, Concordia Homes) - 550 residential subdivision, east of Rancho San Pasqual. A project webpage containing draft documents and plans can be accessed at the following link: 
    https://www.escondido.org/safari-highlands-ranch-specific-plan.aspx
  1. North Avenue Estates (Developer: Casey Johnson) – This is an approved project for 34 lots at North Avenue/Conway Drive.
  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. A project webpage containing draft documents and plans can be accessed 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 both sides of Nutmeg between I-15 and Centre City Parkway.
  1. Oak Creek (Builder: KB Homes) – this is an approved project for 65 single-family residential lots on approximately 44 acres at Felicita Road and Hamilton Lane.
  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.
  1. Casa Mercado Apartments (Developer: Paul Mayer, Pemcor) – A four-story, 120-unit apartment complex on 2.31 acres on Second Avenue and Pine Street.
  1. Iwashita Apartments (Developer: Iwashita Development) – A seven-story, mixed-use project at 322 S. Escondido Boulevard for 172 units. 
  1. Fig Apartments (Developer Claude Marengo) – A 15-unit, three-story, multi-family residential apartment complex consisting of three stories on 0.59 acres.
  1. East Valley Parkway Apartments (Developer: John Wurster) – A 50-unit mixed use affordable apartment complex consisting of four stories situated on a 21,000 SF vacant parcel in the historic District of the Downtown. 
  1. Reed Road Assisted Living Facility (2525 Reed LLC) – A new residential care facility is proposed on a 4.2-acre site on 2525 Reed Road.
  1. Apollo Residential Care (NOAA Group) – An approved Conditional Use Permit for an assisted living and memory care facility, with 78 units accommodating 99 beds at 3141 East Valley Parkway.
  1. Palomar Heights (Developer: Ninia Hammond, Integral Communities) – Demolition and redevelopment of the old Palomar Hospital site with 510 multi-family units with 10,000 SF of commercial. A project webpage containing draft documents and plans can be accessed at the following link: 
    https://www.escondido.org/palomarheights.aspx

City Projects or Other Capital Improvement Projects:

  1. 2019 Street Rehabilitation and Maintenance Project Rebid – 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. This year’s project is Maintenance Zone W. Zone W is our western zone that is located west of Interstate 15 between State Route 78 and Felicita Avenue. More information can be found at the following link:
    https://www.escondido.org/city-of-escondido-street-maintenance-program.aspx