Unfortunately, Escondido was not selected as a recipient for a TIGER grant. A list of the recipients can be found at http://www.dot.gov/tiger/
COUNTY NEIGHBORHOOD REINVESTMENT PROGRAM GRANT FUNDS
The County Board of Supervisors approved Supervisor Dave Roberts’ request to allocate $30,000 to the California Center for the Arts to construct a Black Box Theater in an existing 2,115 square foot studio space formerly occupied by the San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum.
COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT UPDATES
- Staff held a very positive meeting with three representatives from the Niki Charitable Art Foundation to discuss the necessary repairs for the Queen Califia sculpture garden as identified in a report prepared by the Getty Foundation. The Foundation agreed with the City that the top priority is to repair the floor tiles so that the sculpture can be reopened to the public as soon as possible. The City has approximately $25,000 designated specifically for maintenance and repair of the sculpture; the Foundation agreed to match this amount which is anticipated to be sufficient for the initial repair. The Foundation will explore other funding for the long term maintenance needs caused by water intrusion. The foundation had many suggestions for promoting visitation and revenue generating ideas.
- The Precise Development Plan for the proposed Black Angus restaurant at Westfield has been submitted. The 7,989 SF restaurant is located on the pad to the south of On the Border restaurant. The project is anticipated to be considered by the Planning Commission by the end of the year.
- NUWI has concurred with staff’s determination that an environmental impact report is needed for the proposed Oak Creek (“duck pond”) project. The primary issues focus on the traffic impacts resulting from the proposed design of the specific alignment plan for Felicita Road and the offsetting impacts to the adjacent wetlands. Staff is coordinating with the applicant on the EIR schedule.
- In addition to the approximately $11,000 in monthly rent that Housing collects for our mobile home lots, this month we anticipate receiving over $100,000 in unanticipated loan payoffs for four properties involved in mobile home lot sale, first-time homebuyer, and single family rehab projects.
- Code Enforcement (CE) and the Police Department (PD) worked together successfully on a recent case initiated by a Code Enforcement report of an inoperable vehicle in the alley in the 400 block of W. 7th. The PD investigated and determined the vehicle had been moved to private property (returning the case back to CE responsibility). While there, the police officer found another parked vehicle with an expired temporary operating permit (TOP) and fraudulent registration, so the vehicle was impounded. The observant officer noticed a second parked vehicle with an identical permit and advised the other officer in the area, so that when the driver drove off, PD pulled the driver over and impounded the vehicle from the unlicensed driver. Upon further investigation, the officer determined that the TOP was photocopied and put on the other cars.
- Building issued 38 permits for the week with a total valuation of $306,578.
- Inspections and counter contacts remain constant with average daily inspections of 25 with 28 on Friday and counter contacts of 27 with 18 on Friday.
- The Heritage Academy at the EVCC received a Temporary Certificate of Occupancy and is scheduled for a final inspection on Wednesday 09/11/13.
- Plans have been submitted for review for the Classical Academy School at 207 E Pennsylvania, the old North County Times building. Also in for review, Tract 888 (7) single family dwellings on Campbell Place and (2) single family dwellings on Continental lane.
- Photovoltaic permits continue to lead the permit activity for the year with 251 issued so far this year and 13 for the week.
- The Building Department welcomes inspector Paul Smith filling the vacancy left by the retirement of Butch Bush. Paul brings to the city 28 years of building inspection experience. Paul’s first day will be Monday 09/16/2013.
CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS
Grape Street Public Improvement Project:
SDG&E crews are continuing with the installation of the new gas main located on Grape Street. Construction signs are in place notifying residents that Grape Street is restricted to residential access only during weekday operations. Construction of the replacement gas main should be completed in less than two months.
Escondido Creek Trail Lighting:
The preconstruction meeting was held for September 11th. A date for the Notice to Proceed will be issued at that time.
Encino/El Dorado Storm Drain Replacement:
Design of the project is continuing. City staff is coordinating to have soils investigation done this next week to help determine construction methods due to the limited work zone along the 20’ wide easement.
The store’s grand opening was this Wednesday. Congratulations to the team effort in bringing a new retail center to the east Valley Parkway corridor. The revised site improvement plans for the Ash Street median were resubmitted to Caltrans on September 10th for final approval.
Cox Communication Downtown System Upgrade - Phase 2, 3 and 4:
The permanent asphalt repairs will be completed on all phases of construction by the end of the week.
Contempo Townhomes -Tract 921:
The construction of the water main in the alley is underway. Pressure testing and water quality testing is proceeding.
Mission Avenue 69KV Electrical Line:
The cable pull into the substation is set to be completed on September 10th.
Resurrection Church - Storm Drain in El Norte Parkway:
Plans have been approved for the El Norte Parkway storm drain. Construction has begun on the two fire hydrant lateral relocations. The laterals are in the way of the new storm drain pipe alignment.
- Officer Paige Woog competed in the US Warriors Armed Forces Natural Body Building Championship on September 7th at Camp Pendleton. She won 1st Place in Master’s Division for Natural Body Building: swimsuit / athlete and 2nd Place overall for swimsuit / athlete.
The Police Department continues its enforcement details several times a day in the park and surrounding areas. Since the start of the increased focus, the police department has conducted 946 extra patrols in the park, 162 field interviews, 83 citations and 86 arrests. The Bike Team made one arrest of an intoxicated individual at Maple Plaza.
During the last week, there was only one call for service at Grape Day Park regarding a dog left in a vehicle during the heat. A citation was issued to the owner.
The Grape Day festival was well attended despite the heat. No problems were reported.
CCAE, Boys and Girls Club, SD Children’s Museum did not report any problems this week.
Classical Academy has returned back to school, placing nine additional security guards in the park. So far the school has reconvened without incident.
The next significant event in the park is the City of Escondido 125th Anniversary Celebration, October 6th, 1-4 pm.
The next Task Force Meeting will be Tuesday September 17th, 2013.