ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT 

  • The Tuesday Certified Farmer’s Market on Grand Avenue, operated by the Escondido Arts Partnership, will be moving to a new location.  Beginning on Tuesday, September 27, the Farmer’s Market will be held at the Heritage Garden at Juniper and Grand, as well as on Juniper Street between Grand Avenue and Valley Parkway.  This new location will bring greater exposure of Heritage Garden and also allow Grand Avenue to remain open to through traffic.
  • Attached is a copy of the year-end report on the City’s tourism and marketing efforts through the “Visit Escondido” tourism and marketing program.
  • The California Amateur Hockey Association will be hosting the Tier II State Championships at the Escondido Iceplex in March 2017.  The San Diego hockey market typically does not see a State Championships of this size and caliber, so this is big news in the youth hockey world.  Special thanks to the Iceplex staff and the new Jr. Gulls Hockey Director who worked hard to make this happen.  Katherine Zimmer, our Tourism and Marketing Administrator will contact local business and hotels to make them aware of this opportunity. 

SPECIAL EVENTS 

  • No special events this week.
  • For information about other activities taking place in Escondido, please visit www.visitescondido.com 

BEAR VALLEY PARKWAY NORTH PROJECT 

  • The following is a link to an update on the County’s Bear Valley Parkway North project:

 http://www.sandiegocounty.gov/content/dam/sdc/dpw/ENGINEERING_SERVICES/projects/Bear_Valley_Parkway_September_12_2016.pdF 

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT 

Major Projects Update

Commercial / Office:

  • Escondido Research and Technology Center – East (ERTC) (Developer: James McCann) No change from the following update reported last week: This is a 72,000 square foot medical office building proposed on the east side of Citracado Parkway across from Palomar Medical Center located at 2130 Citracado Parkway.  A grading permit has been issued by the Engineering Division.  Building plans have been submitted for plan check.  The applicant has recently requested to install a temporary paved parking lot in this area to serve the hospital.  A grading plan for the temporary parking lot was approved June 13, 2016. 
  • Escondido Research and Technology Center – West (ERTC) (Developer: James McCann) No change from the following update reported last week: This is a 144,000 sq. ft. development involving two medical office buildings proposed on the west side of Citracado Parkway across from Palomar Medical Center located at 2097 – 2175  Citracado Parkway.  A grading permit has been issued by the Engineering Division.  Esgil and the Planning Division have approved the building plans.  A fee deferral agreement has been signed and the building permit was issued June 23, 2016.  A tentative parcel map (TPM) for office condominiums was approved on July 12, 2016.  Engineering is awaiting submittal of the (Final) Parcel Map from the applicant.
  • Centerpointe 78 Commercial (Developer: Lars Andersen, Pacific Development)No change from the following update reported last week: This project is a 45,650 sq. ft. supermarket and restaurant located at 925 N. Broadway.  The project was approved by the City Council on December 9, 2015.  Demolition of the former auto dealership has been completed down to the foundation.  Grading plans have been submitted to Engineering and Planning for review.  A building permit fee estimate has been provided to the applicant and building plans are expected soon. 
  • Westfield Theater (Developer: Kim Brewer, Westfield)No change from the following update reported last week: This project is a 10-auditorium movie theater totaling 57,600 sq. ft. located on the north side of the Westfield Mall.  The project was approved by the City Council on November 4, 2015. 
  • Felicita Development, LLC (Developer: Katherine Park, Creative Design Associates)No change from the following update reported last week: This project is a 140-unit hotel, and a gas station or office/residential care facility at the southeast corner of Felicita Rd. and Gamble Lane. The applicant and staff met with the architect to discuss building elevations, 5-story height limitations and site design issues given the existing wetland constraints on the property. 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. The applicant met with the wild life agencies and is responding to technical studies needed to complete the application. Tribal consultations are underway. 
  • Springhill Suites (Developer: Raj Patel, San Bernardino Hospitality LLC)No change from the following update reported last week: This project is a 4-story, 105-suite hotel totaling 73,300 sq. ft. located at 200 La Terraza Drive.  The hotel includes a small conference room and an enlarged lobby for serving continental breakfast.  A revised set of grading plans has been approved since February and grading for the hotel site has now started.  Building plans have been approved by Esgil, Fire, Planning and Engineering.  The building permit is ready to be issued. 
  • Escondido Auto Park Association (Developer: Tim Brecht, Escondido Auto Park Association)No change from the following update reported last week: The association is proposing to upgrade the existing electronic message sign along I-15.  An application for a new regional market sign and an amendment to the Sign Ordinance to increase the allowable display area for a regional market sign was submitted to the Planning Division on May 6, 2016.  The proposed sign would be located in the same location as the existing sign at a slightly lower height (73.5 feet) with approximately the same overall dimensions.  The Planning Commission recommended approval of the new regional market sign and amendment to the Sign Ordinance on July 12, 2016.  The City Council approved the new regional market sign and amendment to the Sign Ordinance on August 17, 2016. 
  • Ford-Hyundai Dealership Expansion (Developer: Neil E. Sander, Dynamic Engineering) No change from the following update reported last week: An expansion involving approximately 13,000 sq. ft. of showroom buildings and 6,700 sq. ft. wash/detail building at 1717-1919 Auto Park Way was approved by the Planning Commission on June 23, 2015.  Grading has commenced and the building permit for the Ford dealership has been issued. 
  • Trafalgar Square – Aldi Market (Developer: Charlie Mallon)No change from the following update reported last week: This renovation of the Trafalgar Square shopping center includes demolition of the northern shop building and the northern portion of the western building to prepare a site for the construction of an 18,088 square foot, freestanding building for Aldi Market (1330 East Valley Parkway).  The plot plan was approved by the Planning Division in June of 2015.  A Building permit was issued on June 22, 2016, and the project is under construction. 

Industrial 

  • Escondido Disposal Inc. (Developer: Steve South, EDI)No 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.  Revisions to the grading plan have been approved by Engineering and a building permit has been issued. 
  • StorQuest (Developer: The William Warren Group, Inc.) – This proposed project at 220 W. Mission Avenue involves a 102,500 sq. ft., four-story self-storage facility development with three in-line shops and a small office. The Planning Commission voted to recommend approval of the proposed General Plan Amendment, Planned Development and Zone Change on August 9, 2016.  It was approved by the City Council on September 14, 2016. 
  • Victory Industrial Development (Developer: Scott Merry, Badiee Development) – This project involves two industrial buildings totaling 91,000 sq. ft. (one building 55,500 sq. ft., second building 35,500 sq. ft.) located at 2005 Harmony Grove Road and a zone change from residential to Planned Industrial consistent with the updated General Plan. The Planning Commission voted to recommend approval of the proposed General Plan Amendment, Planned Development and Zone Change on August 9, 2016.  It was approved by the City Council on September 14, 2016. 
  • Micro-Filtration Reverse Osmosis (Developer: City of Escondido Utilities Department)No change from the following update reported last week: The proposed project involves a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) for the development of a new city facility to provide advanced treatment for recycled water produced at the City of Escondido’s Hale Avenue Resource Recovery Facility (HARRF) for agricultural uses with the capacity for future treatment for indirect potable reuse.  The facility would be sized for a total production capacity of 2.0 million gallons per day (mgd).  A previous proposal for development of the facility at 2512 East Washington Avenue has now been shelved while staff pursues development of the facility on an alternative site located on the southeastern corner of Washington Avenue and Ash Street.  On July 20, 2016, the City Council approved a first-phase design contract with Black and Veatch for the design effort need to bring the new site design to the Planning Commission for CUP consideration.  If the Planning Commission approves the CUP, a contract for the remaining design work will be brought forward to the City Council. 
  • Wastewater Collections Yard Expansion (Developer: City of Escondido Utilities Department) No change from the following update reported last week: The project involves development of 1.8 acres of a larger, approximately 15.4-acre site for the construction of a new wastewater collections yard and maintenance facility for the City’s Hale Avenue Resource Recovery Facility (HARRF) at 1521 S. Hale Avenue. The proposed facilities will consist of three separate pre-fabricated metal buildings 3,735 sq. ft. - 5,670 sq. ft. for collections; work bays and workshops for regular maintenance of vehicles and equipment.  The project would require the processing of a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) and rezone.  The Planning Commission held a public hearing and recommended approval on May 10, 2016.  It was approved by the City Council on June 15, 2016. 
  • Escondido Self-Storage Facility (Developer: Brandywine Homes, Inc.) – A modification to a Master and Precise Development Plan for revisions to the design of a previously approved, but not yet constructed, self-storage facility with direct access to Brotherton Road near the intersection with Cranston Drive.  The proposed project was submitted on May 11, 2016, and proposes approximately 77,500 SF of storage area in two buildings.  The larger building is two stories over a basement with all interior loading.  The smaller building is one-story with some exterior roll-up doors.  The project site is also part of a five-lot Tentative Map for four residential lots and one commercial lot (Tract 900) that is concurrently being processed for an extension of time.  Planning staff approved the environmental technical studies needed for the update of the previous environmental review on July 12.  Architecture was approved by staff Design Review on July 14 and an addendum to the previous MND has been prepared.  The project was recommended for approval by the Planning Commission on September 13, 2016.  A City Council hearing has tentatively been scheduled for October 12, 2016.

Institutional

  • John Paul the Great Catholic University (Developer: Kevin Meziere, John Paul the Great Catholic University) No change from the following update reported last week:  A Conditional Use Permit to expand the campus and student enrollment at 155 W. Grand Avenue was approved by the Planning Commission on December 8, 2015. The proposal includes improvements to the former H. Johnson site at 131 S. Broadway for studio and classroom space, and the former bank at 200 W. Grand Avenue for administrative offices and a student resource center.  The proposed expansion would also increase the student enrollment from 300 to 1,200 students over the next several years.  
  • Escondido United Reformed Church (Developer: Brent Cooper) No change from the following update reported last week: The project is an expansion for a phased, multi-year, master construction/development plan for a new 12,250 SF two-story sanctuary, conversion of existing buildings to a social hall, demolition of an existing social hall/classroom building (approx. 4,620 SF) and construction of approximately 5,250 SF for a nursery, multi-purpose room, classrooms for Sunday school at 1864 N. Broadway.  Revised architectural plans were unanimously approved by the Planning Commission on June 14, 2016.  The grading plans are now in plan check. 
  • Emmanuel Faith Community Church (Developer: Jim North, EFCC)No change from the following update reported last week: The project is a phased, multi-year construction and renovation program for the Emmanuel Faith campus that includes demolishing the existing children’s rooms and constructing a new nursery and children’s building for up to 200 children, construction of a two-story training center/youth complex, renovation of the existing high school/college building, conversion of the existing education center into an office and meeting room building, demolition of the existing café and construction of a new café, demolition and construction of a new maintenance building, construction of a new gathering plaza with baptismal outdoor water feature, and reconstruction and expansion of the existing worship center from 1,600 seats to 2,000 seats.  The Planning Commission approved the proposed modification to the Conditional Use Permit for the campus on June 9, 2015.  Grading, building and landscape plans for the first phase (45,414 square foot new children’s building) were submitted on July 6, 2016, and are being reviewed by staff.  

Residential 

  • Oak Creek (Developer: Jason Han, New Urban West)No change from the following update reported last week: This project is a 65-unit single family development located at the southeastern corner of Felicita Road and Hamilton Lane approved by the City Council in 2015. The LAFCO Board unanimously approved the annexation on October 5, 2015, and the annexation has been recorded. No grading or improvement plans have been submitted by the developer at this time. 
  • Amanda Estates (Developer: Jason Han, New Urban West) No change from the following update reported last week: This project is a 22-unit single family development on Amanda Lane approved by the City Council in 2015. The LAFCO Board approved the reorganization (annexation) at their meeting on August 3, 2015, and the annexation has been recorded. No grading or improvement plans have been submitted by the developer at this time. 
  • Pradera (Developer: Moses Kim, Lennar Homes)No change from the following update reported last week: This project consists of a 70-unit single family development located at the northeastern corner of Ash Street and Lehner Avenue.  The developer has obtained building permits for five phases involving 44 homes and those phases are under construction.  Homebuyer interest in the product remains high and sales are progressing.  All five final maps in the project have now recorded.  Precise grading plans for Street E submitted week of July 11, 2016. 
  • Lexington (Zenner) (Developer: Eric Johnston, KB Homes)No change from the following update reported last week: The project is a 40-unit, single-family development at the northeastern corner of Lehner Avenue and Vista Avenue.  The three model homes on the eastern side of Ash Street are now open and sales are progressing.  A rough grading permit was issued for the project site on August 18, 2016 and grading is underway. 
  • Stella Park Condominiums (Developer: Edward Kaen, ETP, LLC) – No change from the following update reported last week: This project is a 65-unit, three-story townhome Planned Development located at 2516 S. Escondido Blvd.  The project includes three separate recreation areas for residents.  The City Council approved the project on April 27, 2016.  No grading or improvement plans have been submitted by the developer at this time. 
  • Wohlford (Developer: Jack Henthorne) No change from the following update reported last week:  This project is a 55-unit single family development located on Bear Valley Parkway east of Encino Drive.  A Specific Alignment Plan for Bear Valley Parkway detailing the proposed roadway design is under review.  The EIR consultant and staff have reviewed the applicant’s technical reports and provided comments for revisions.  Bi-weekly status meetings have commenced as the Draft EIR gets underway.  
  • Latitude II (Developer: Peter Zak, Lyon/NCA)No change from the following update reported last week: This project is a 112-unit multi-family development, located at the northeastern corner of Centre City Parkway and Washington Avenue, and approved by the City Council on August 19, 2015.  A Final Subdivision Map has been submitted for review and is awaiting approval of a boundary adjustment for a property exchange with the adjacent motel owner.  Grading and building plans are nearing approval.  
  • Canyon Grove Estates Tract 932 (Developer: John Vance, Shea Homes) – This project is a 179-lot single family residential development on the north side of Vista Avenue east of Conway Drive. The final architectural design and landscaping plans for the Precise Plan application were approved by the Planning Commission on June 14, 2016.  A rough grading permit has been issued and grading is underway.  A final map and CC&Rs are being reviewed by Planning and Engineering.  Building plans for the construction of eight model homes were submitted on May 18, 2016 and are being reviewed by staff.  Precise grading plans for the model complex and a model home permit are nearing approval.  The applicant is coordinating the plan review for off-site street improvements on Ash Street with the County’s Department of Public Works. 
  • Safari Highlands Ranch (SHR) (Developer: Jeb Hall, Concordia Homes)No change from the following update reported last week: This project is a 550-unit single family development located east of the Rancho San Pasqual community and north of the San Diego Safari Park. The project involves 1,100 acres including annexation and a Sphere of Influence update for a master planned community with parks, trails, recreation center, fire station and open space.  Planning and Engineering extensions of staff have been funded by the applicant and retained to assist the city in processing the project.  The City Council approved the consultant contract for preparing the EIR on March 23, 2016.  The contract planner has been meeting with the consultant, Michael Baker International (MBI), and has started review of first draft sections of the EIR.  While the EIR is generally on schedule, there have been some changes to the site plan, which will affect the EIR schedule.  The changes include the elimination of the “water factory” for wastewater treatment, elimination of the public park, changes to the entry road which would now be private instead of public, and relocation of the fire station to the former public park site.  These changes will require the applicant’s civil engineer to make a number of revisions to the tentative map, but are not anticipated to affect the proposed development envelope or the number of proposed lots. 
  • High Pointe Tract 693-J (Developer: Russell Schaeffer, True Life Communities) – No change from the following update reported last week: This project is a custom-home development with 39 estate lots accessed from Mesa Rock Road. Staff has prepared a bond and fee letter based on the proposed grading and landscape plans, and has sent it to the applicant. 
  • Del Prado (Developer: Kerry Garza, Touchstone Communities)No change from the following update reported last week: This project is a 113-unit townhome-style Planned Development located at the southwestern corner of Brotherton Road and the Centre City Parkway frontage road. The project includes a recreational facility, pool, and open space areas. Staff worked through various site design and utility issues with the applicant prior to scheduling the project for a public hearing.  The City Council approved the project on May 11, 2016.  No grading or improvement plans have been submitted by the developer at this time. 
  • Solutions for Change (Developer: Solutions for Change)No change from the following update reported last week: This project is a Planned Development application for 33 multi-family units of affordable housing. It was approved by the City Council on November 18, 2015.  Building plans have been approved and the building permit has been issued.  A groundbreaking event was held June 28, 2016.  Foundation work for the project is under construction. 
  • 701 San Pasqual Valley Rd (Developer: Bob Stewart)No change from the following update reported last week: This project is a 19-unit single family development located at 701 San Pasqual Rd/1201 E. 5th Avenue (formerly Tract 898) on 7.2 acres. The application is under review and a letter detailing additional comments and submittal requirements was forwarded to the applicant. Additional information and revised plans were submitted to the Planning Division on June 13, 2016.  Planning Division has reviewed the submittal and informed the applicant that it is still incomplete. 
  • Veterans Village (Developer: Veterans Village of San Diego) No change from the following update reported last week: This project is a mixed-use development involving a 54-unit affordable multi-family residential apartment project for military veterans and their families. It includes on-site administration office, business center, club house and other support spaces for the residents; and a small commercial component to support training opportunities offered at the facility at 1556 S. Escondido Boulevard.  Building plans have been submitted for review and comment; the grading plans and landscaping plans have been approved.  Demolition permits are still needed for the historic structures on-site prior to issuance of grading permits. 
  • Escondido Gateway (Developer: Greg Waite, Integral Communities) – This project is a mixed-use development involving 126 residential units within three, 4-5 story buildings with indoor and outdoor recreational areas and an opportunity for a small (1,000 sq. ft.) commercial/flex space on 2.6 acres (48 dwelling units/acre) located at 700 W. Grand Avenue (former Police Station) across the street from the Escondido Transit Center. Plans were submitted for the project involving a Specific Plan Amendment, Tentative Map, Planned Development and Development Agreement. The Draft Mitigated Negative Declaration has been issued and a 20-day public review period ended on July 12, 2016.  Final terms and language for the Development Agreement are now being reviewed with the applicant for concurrence.  On September 13, 2016, the Planning Commission recommended approval of the proposed development.  A City Council hearing is expected in October. 
  • City Plaza (Developer: Charlie Zhang, Zion Enterprises)No change from the following update reported last week: This long-dormant, partially constructed mixed-use development at the southeastern corner of South Escondido Boulevard and Third Avenue now has new ownership. The new owners have met with city staff and indicated they quickly plan to start constructing the 65-unit apartment project as originally approved.  The project consists of a three-story building with 51,200 SF of residential area and 4,100 SF of commercial area and two levels of parking.  The building permits will need to be reissued and the applicant is coordinating that process with the Building Official.  Structural engineering information was submitted to the Building Division on May 8.  On July 27, the Building Department reported that permits now have been issued to continue construction.  Traffic control plans are being implemented for the adjacent streets.  Architectural plan revisions were submitted to the Building Division on August 24, 2016, and are currently being reviewed by Building and Planning. 

Building Division: 

  • The Building Division issued 56 permits for the week with a total valuation of $284,000. Permits were for tenant improvements, room additions, roofing, photovoltaics and miscellaneous. 
  • 17 photovoltaic permits were issued for the week. The Building Division has issued 868 solar permits this year compared to 886 issued for the same time last year.  PV permits represent one-third of total issued permits so far this year. 
  • Counter techs assisted, on average, 35 customers per day; with 42 customers on Friday. 
  • Building inspections averaged 35 inspections per day with 4 inspections held over on Tuesday. 20 inspections were conducted on Friday. 
  • So far this year the Building Division has processed 2,553 permits, compared to 2,401 permits last year to date. 
  • Building staff continue to review the new 2016 California Building Codes to identify major changes in anticipation of the new code adoption on 1/1/2017. Staff will be attending available training on the new codes. 
  • There are currently 28 projects awaiting plan check, for both new and re-check submittals. Since July 1, plan check turnaround has been averaging 16 working days. 
  • Attached is the monthly building report for August.

Code Enforcement: 

  • As of September 12, 2016, the total number of open code enforcement cases is 442 cases. During the prior week, 50 new cases were opened, and 51 cases were closed, with a backlog of an additional 20 cases not yet opened for assignment and investigation. 
  • There were 147 illegal signs confiscated during the weekend. 
  • Last week, the Business License Division issued 40 new licenses and received 29 new applications, in addition to 81 renewals. 

CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS 

  • Grape Day Park Playground Area: All construction fencing is scheduled for removal on Friday, September 16. The new playground, as well as the recently refurbished Vinehenge, will be available for use at that time.         
  • 2015/2016 Street Rehabilitation and Maintenance Project: The contractor is constructing pedestrian ramps, concrete sidewalk and curb and gutter improvements along Broadway between 5th Avenue and 7th Avenue.  Night time operation of the asphalt paving will continue this week along East Valley Parkway between Rose Street and Midway Drive and El Norte Parkway between Centre City Parkway and Nutmeg Street to the west.    

Private development: 

 

  • Bear Valley Parkway between Boyle Avenue and San Pasqual Valley Road (County Project): A punch list walk is scheduled for later this week to identify items needing correction prior to finalizing.   
  •  2412 South Escondido Boulevard: The developer has completed all items from the developed punch list. The reporting of this project is now complete. 
  • Pradera - Lennar Communities: Water line construction along Stanley Avenue has been delayed due to redesigns needed due to field conditions found after pot holing of existing utilities was completed. 

 

    • Phase 3 - Sidewalk and flatwork, landscape next week.
    • Phase 4 - Plaster and drywall just completed.
    • Phase 5 - Trenching for house slabs. 
  • Lexington Model Homes - KB Homes: Installing two new street light foundations at Ash & Lehner.
    Mass grading is ongoing for the 41-unit housing project between Vista Avenue and Lehner Avenue. 
  • City Plaza: Escondido Boulevard @ 3rd Avenue No changes from the following update reported last week: The project has a closure of the #2 lane of north bound Escondido Boulevard between 3rd and 4th Avenue which will be in place for 8 months. On site construction of the structural concrete building has begun with the setting of forms along Escondido Boulevard. 
  • Rincon del Diablo 8” & 12” Water Main Construction: The interconnect pipeline between the City and Rincon was removed today, with restoration of street repairs and clean-up to be completed within the next two weeks.   
  • Tract 932 - Canyon Grove Shea Homes Community: The contractor is continuing the mass grading for the 179 housing pads.  Water main construction is ongoing along the extension of Vista Avenue into the project. The Ash Street/ Vista Avenue improvements which are in the jurisdiction of San Diego County have begun with the mass grading of the southwest corner of Ash Street at Vista Avenue. Offsite water main construction along Century Way will begin later this week. This work will require the closure of the roadway during day time hours, electronic message boards are in place notify the effected residences. 
  • Solutions Housing Project 1560 S. Escondido Boulevard: Construction of the offsite dry utilities has begun this week along Escondido Boulevard. 

Future capital improvements: 

  • East Valley Pkwy/Valley Center Road Widening Project: Staff continues providing Caltrans with requested document updates toward approval of the City’s request for Authorization to Construct.  Approval is required before the project can be advertised for bids.  The last environmental permit has been acquired.  Staff continues to wait for SDG&E’s finalized plans to underground existing overhead cables.  SDG&E’s latest timeline for completed documents is September 23.  
  • HSIP Traffic Signals at El Norte Pkwy/Fig and E. Valley Pkwy/Date: This project installs two high priority traffic signals, and is funded with Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) funds.  Staff previously submitted Authorization to Construct documentation to Caltrans for approval.  Staff continues providing revised documents/updates toward approval of the City’s request for Authorization to Construct.  Project plans are complete; however, Caltrans approval of the Authorization to Construct is needed before the project can bid. 
  • Traffic Signal Modifications at Escondido Blvd/Felicita Avenue: This project modifies existing traffic signals by adding new traffic signal poles and longer mast arms to properly locate left turn arrows, updates safety lighting to current standards, and updates pedestrian push buttons to meet current ADA standards.  Staff is working to complete a preliminary design for drafting by the end of this week.  This project is funded by the Traffic Signal Infrastructure Fund.

BUILDING MAINTENANCE: 

  • New carpet was installed in the living areas of Fire Station #2, along with new vinyl in the locker room.
  • The Personnel Conference Room at City Hall was refreshed with new paint and a wall mounted TV.
  • Repairs have been completed on the roof at City Hall. We had some leaks on the second floor caused by the installation of the solar panels. Please let Building Maintenance know if you see any leaks in the future. 

PUBLIC SAFETY 

Police 

Incidents 

  • On 9/5/16, officers stopped a suspicious vehicle in the 2200 block of Felicita Ave. The driver was on probation and subject to search. A search of her person and vehicle resulted in the discovery of over 110 grams of methamphetamine and $1,739 in cash. The female suspect was arrested and booked into the Vista Detention Facility on drug charges.
  • On 9/5/16, officers conducted a traffic stop in the 2500 block of East Valley Pkwy. The driver was determined to be unlicensed, and officers impounded his vehicle in accordance with the vehicle code. During an inventory of the vehicle, multiple baggies of methamphetamine (total 5.91 grams) were located, along with a scale and stolen property. The driver was arrested and later admitted to possession of drugs for sales. The suspect was booked into the Vista Detention Facility.
  • On 09/07/2016, an officer located a reported stolen vehicle traveling northbound on the Valley Center Grade from Valley Parkway. A "high risk" stop was conducted and the driver was taken into custody without incident. The driver was also in possession of shaved keys and methamphetamine. The suspect was booked into the Vista Detention Facility.
  • On 09/06/16, officers responded to a residence regarding a domestic violence assault with a knife. The reporting party said the victim had been stabbed by her husband who was believed to be still armed with the knife. Officers established a perimeter around the location and called the suspect out of the residence where he was arrested without incident. The victim was taken to a local hospital for treatment of a non-life threatening stab wound. The suspect was booked into the Vista Detention Facility.
  • On 9/9/16, officers stopped a vehicle driven by a suspicious male in the 800 block of north Beech St. The driver was detained and a search of his vehicle was conducted. During the search, a loaded 9mm handgun and methamphetamine were recovered. The driver was arrested on weapons and drug charges and later booked into the Vista Detention Facility.

Events 

  • On Friday September 9, Capt. Kogler, Lt. Kearney, Lt. Walters, Lt. Cramer, Sgt. Petersen, Det. Nelson Officers Huston, Leffingwell, and Zeller attended a special edition of Cruisin’ Grand, which was dedicated to the memory of those who perished in the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. These members of the department staffed display vehicles and a special “Hug A Cop” booth to connect with the community. Capt. Kogler wrote, in part, to the staff afterward, “Thanks to each of you for your time at the Cruisin’ Grand event. Your willingness to step into the "Hug A Cop" booth went a long way in making many people happy. It was also clear while watching your other interactions that we are well supported by our residents. Every single person offered heartfelt thanks for what we do and I'm glad we all were there to experience it. Each one of you is a great representative for our department and I was proud to be there with you all.”