FEATURED THIS WEEK
Escondido Fire Captain Deployed for Irma Relief Efforts
Escondido Fire Captain Kevin Beverly was deployed to Florida on Friday, September 8, 2017 as a member of the regional FEMA Urban Search and Rescue Team, Rescue Squad 3. The National Urban Search & Rescue system, coordinated by FEMA, provides for the response of expertly trained and well-equipped urban search and rescue teams from across the country to assist when local resources are overwhelmed. The teams operate around the clock, and include engineers and other technical experts.
Escondido Collaborating on Regional Amazon Proposal
Last week, Amazon released a Request for Proposals to identify a city in which to build a second headquarters on par with their Seattle campus. Only one submittal per metropolitan statistical area (MSA) will be accepted. Escondido is collaborating with the San Diego Regional EDC and the other cities and Economic Development Organization in the region to submit a competitive proposal for our MSA. For reference, here is the link to the Amazon HQ RFP: Link
Major Projects Update
The following major projects are currently being reviewed and coordinated with Planning, Engineering, Fire, Building and Utilities staff. A complete description of each project can be viewed here. Updates provided below cover project milestones that occurred last week.
Commercial / Office:
- Escondido Research and Technology Center – East (ERTC) (Developer: James McCann) – A grading plan for a temporary parking lot to serve the hospital was approved June 13, 2016, and the parking lot is nearing completion.
- Escondido Research and Technology Center – West (ERTC) (Developer: James McCann) – A plan for a new two-story, 57,000 SF, 52-bed Palomar Rehabilitation Institute was submitted on July 31, 2017 and a letter indicating the application is incomplete was sent to the applicant on August 10, 2017. The applicant submitted revised grading and landscape plans and a storm water management plan two weeks ago.
- Centre City Commercial Center (Developer: Todd Dwyer) SE corner Centre City/Mission – The expedited plan check process for the grading, building and landscape plans and the final parcel map started on July 25, 2017. Planning and Engineering returned grading, final map and landscape comments in August. The applicant submitted revised plans on September 7, 2017.
- Escondido Self-Storage Facility (Developer: Brandywine Homes, Inc.) 2319 Cranston Dr. – Revised grading, landscape and street and improvement plans were submitted by the applicant on July 14, 2017. Engineering and Planning comments on those plans were returned to the applicant on August 11, 2017. The applicant is now trying to resolve easement issues on the site.
- Innovative Industrial Development (Developer: Scott Merry, Badiee Development) 1925 Harmony Grove Road – The grading plan is ready to approve and permit ready to issue once the cash deposit is posted and the fees are paid.
- North American Self-Storage (Developer: Russ Colvin) 852 S. Metcalf – This project is participating in the expedited plan check program. The demo has been completed. Building plans were approved by Esgil, Planning and Fire the last week of June. The grading permit is ready to be issued once the cash deposit is posted and fees are paid.
- Micro-Filtration Reverse Osmosis (Developer: City of Escondido Utilities Department) SE corner Ash/Washington – The lawsuit challenging the project approval has been settled and it is expected that a contract for engineering design will be considered soon.
- Lake Wohlford Replacement Dam (Developer: City of Escondido Utilities Department) – A Draft EIR was prepared and issued for a 45-day public review period that began on October 4, 2016 and closed on November 17, 2016. A field visit with staff from the state and federal wildlife agencies took place on May 11, 2017, to review biological mitigation requirements. Staff sent a follow-up letter to the wildlife agencies on June 29, 2017, seeking clarification on the proposed biological mitigation requirements. Staff is now coordinating with consultant to final the EIR and start the permitting process.
- Escondido United Reformed Church (Developer: Brent Cooper) 1864 N. Broadway – The grading permit was issued in February of 2016 and then the applicant went through a CUP modification process with Planning to modify the building design. The building plans are in fifth plan check with approvals from Esgil, Utilities and Fire. Planning and Engineering are still in review.
- Self-Realization Fellowship Center (Developer: John Pyjar, Domusstudio Architecture 1840 Del Dios Rd. – The CUP application was submitted on November 14, 2016. The applicant resubmitted revised plans and technical studies on May 19, 2017, and staff has been issuing comments on the various documents. Another resubmittal from the applicant was received on August 22, 2017 and department comments are now being collected by Planning.
- Citron (formerly Stella Park) (Developer: William Lyon Homes) 63 condo units at 2516 S. Esc. Blvd. – Building plans were submitted on April 6, 2017. Esgil and Planning have provided comments. Fire has approved the building plans. The rough grading has been completed on the site. The applicant resubmitted the precise grading plan on July 14, 2017. Engineering returned comments on August 15, 2017.
- Wohlford (Developer: Jack Henthorne) 55 lots at 661 Bear Valley Pkwy. – The Draft EIR has been posted on the city website and released for a 45-day public review period that ended on May 12, 2017. The EIR consultant provided the responses to public comments and a Final EIR has been provided to the Planning Division. City staff is currently working to complete negotiations on the terms for the Development Agreement and schedule the item with the Planning Commission for review and consideration.
- Safari Highlands Ranch (SHR) (Developer: Jeb Hall, Concordia Homes) 550 lots east of Rancho San Pasqual – A second revised tentative map depicting various minor changes and clarifications to roads, easements and drainage facilities was submitted on April 25, 2017. Revised technical engineering reports as well as responses to staff comments also have been submitted for review. The revised studies have been loaded on the City’s website at the following link: Safari Highlands Ranch Specific Plan - City of Escondido.
- 18 lots at 701 San Pasqual Valley Rd (Developer: Bob Stewart) – A three-year extension of time for the previously approved ten-lot subdivision (Tract 895) was approved by the City Council on June 7, 2017. Staff comments on the revised tentative map were issued the last week of July.
- Escondido Gateway (Developer: Carolyn Hillgren, Lyon Living) 126 condo units at 700 W. Grand – Building plans have been approved by Esgil, Planning and Fire. Grading plans have been approved by Utilities, Planning and Fire. A street vacation for right-of-way frontage along Grand Avenue is pending.
- The Villages at Escondido Country Club (Developer: Jason Han, New Urban West, Inc.) 392 residences – A 45-day public review period for the Draft EIR commenced on June 28, 2017, and was extended by one-week ending on August 18, 2017. Staff and the EIR consultant hosted an open house on July 31, 2017, to provide information related to the Draft EIR and accept written comments. The EIR consultant is currently drafting responses to the comments that were received. The Draft EIR and appendices have been placed on the city website. This information along with project status and other related information can be accessed at the following link: ECC - City of Escondido
- Ivy/Valley Parkway Mixed-Use Development (Developer: Abad Rahan Pars Inc./ Norm Wieme, Architect) 20 condo units at 113 N. Ivy - The applicant has indicated that grading and building plans are expected to be submitted into plan check soon. The reimbursement agreement for new water infrastructure that will be installed by the project in the adjoining alley is being readied for City Council approval.
- North Avenue Estates (Developer: Casey Johnson) 34 lots at North Ave./Conway Dr. – A new annexation survey of surrounding property owners was mailed out at the request of LAFCO. A neighborhood meeting hosted by staff and the project applicant occurred on August 9, 2017. City staff is currently reviewing survey feedback from surrounding property owners to determine next steps with LAFCO. The applicant is reviewing drainage issues with the Engineering Division.
- Aspire (106 condo units on Municipal Lot 1) and The Ivy (95 condo units at 343 E. 2nd) (Developer: Addison Garza, Touchstone Communities) – The project consists of three separate downtown sites proposed for mixed-use, residential and parking garage project components on Parking Lot 1, Parking Lot 4 and the former Escondido Surgery Center property. Applications were submitted for entitlement processing on June 23, 2017. A project kick-off meeting with the applicant and city staff occurred on July 13, 2017. On July 24, 2017, staff sent a letter to the applicant indicating the project application submittal was incomplete. Subsequent meetings with the applicant and staff have been on-going.
- A total of 16 solar photovoltaic permits were issued for the week. The Building Division has issued 647 solar permits this year, to date, compared to 861 issued during the same time last year.
- Our building inspectors responded to 131 inspection requests for the week.
- Building has issued 155 single family dwelling permit this year and 224 multi-family units. This compares with 54 single family dwellings and 88 multi-family dwellings for the same time last year.
- Projects nearing permit issuance are:
- 917 W Lincoln, 3 new apartment buildings, 9 units.
- 700 W Grand Ave Gateway project (former police building)
- Storquest – four-story self-storage facility, 222 W. Mission Ave.
- The construction of the City Plaza three-story mixed use building at 300 S. Escondido Blvd. continues with interior finish and cabinets in preparation for building completion the first part of 2018.
- The Meadowbrook, three-story apartment building with underground garage at 2081 Garden Valley Glen is preparing the building for final inspection.
- Escondido Disposal has received final inspection approval for the administration and recycling buildings and Phase II of their construction is set to begin next week.
- The medical office building at 2125 Citracado Pkwy is now installing drywall and exterior lath.
- The medical office building at 1951 Citracado Pkwy has received approval for roof sheathing and exterior lath. Exterior stucco is being applied. Plans have been approved for the tenant improvement portion of the project.
- The Westminster Seminary at 1725 Bear Valley Pkwy is preparing for exterior shear wall and framing inspections.
- The children’s building for Emanuel Faith Church at 639 E 17th Ave has received inspection approval for the framing of the building. The Church of Resurrection at 1445 Conway has received inspection approval for roof sheathing.
- The new Veterans Village project at 1540 S Escondido Blvd has received underground plumbing, partial foundation and masonry inspections for the residential buildings.
- Demolition of the old Wagon Wheel restaurant and motel at 427 W. Mission Avenue is nearing completion.
- Partial foundation inspections have been approved at 999 N. Broadway for the new supermarket shell building. Exterior masonry walls are now being constructed.
- The Ford dealership at 1717 Auto Park Way has commenced on the second phase of construction which includes the interior remodel and new showroom addition.
- Permits were issued for the last seven single-family homes in the Pradera development by Lennar Homes. This will complete that new residential community between Lehner Avenue and Stanley Avenue.
- The Latitude II multi-family residential development at 650 N. Centre City Parkway has received underground plumbing inspection approval for Building 1.
Public Works Operations
East Valley Pkwy/Valley Center Road Widening Project
This project will widen the bridge over Escondido Creek north of Lake Wohlford Road, widen Valley Center Road, add medians and landscaping, and construct sidewalk from Beven Drive to the northern City limit. This project bid on May 25, 2017 and was award by the City Council at the July 12, 2017 meeting. The signed contract was received on August 8, setting into motion the preconstruction meeting. Staff is developing a web site link which will provide information regarding project status and project contact information. The link is now available on the City’s website.
Hamilton Lane Pavement Restoration
Engineering Services is working in cooperation with the Utilities Services to address a large section of roadway on Hamilton Lane between Bernardo Avenue and Orange Avenue. This roadway was resurfaced this past week, and the contractor has begun adjusting manholes and other infrastructure work.
Neighborhood Lighting Project
The contract has been reviewed and signed, a preconstruction meeting will now be scheduled. The scope of work for the project includes the installation of 44 new street poles along with the replacement of 22 existing street light fixtures with the latest L.E.D. fixtures in 5 neighborhood areas.
2017 Street Rehabilitation and Maintenance Project
The City received six bids for this project. Staff is currently reviewing submitted bids for compliance with contract requirements. Staff will be seeking City Council’s authorization to award a contract to the lowest responsive and responsible bidder at the September 20, 2017 meeting. Staff anticipates project work to start in October.
Corrugated Metal Storm Drain Pipe Assessment Study
This project televises all City-maintained corrugated metal pipes (CMP) and assesses their condition to allow proactive and efficient pipe maintenance. To date approximately 20% of the CMP storm drains have been televised. A single lane of traffic has been closed along Midway Drive between Grand Avenue and Valley Parkway. During the video inspection of the storm drain system, a section of pipe line was found to have been damaged. The traffic lane will remain closed while the investigation continues.
Pradera - Lennar Communities
No changes to report. Phase 7 homes are being released for occupancy this week.
Lexington Model Homes - KB Homes
Constructing of new sewer main and water main along Lehner Avenue between Ash Street and Vista Avenue is continuing this week.
Citron Project by William Lyon Homes
No changes from that reported last week: The project is idle at this time; the project is located 2516 S. Escondido Boulevard.
Tract 932 - Canyon Grove Shea Homes Community
Grading for concrete curb and gutter improvements along interior streets along with placing base asphalt pavement is being completed this week.
Latitude II Condominiums by a Lyon Homes Partnership: Washington Avenue at Centre City Parkway
The construction of the onsite water main is continuing this week. The signal mast arm has been delivered for the Centre City Parkway/Washington Avenue signal modification. The installation of the pole and mast arm will occur this Wednesday during a night time operation.
The project’s onsite water improvement is continuing this week with work being performed in 13th Avenue.
Tract 877 – Bernardo Ave. by Ambient Communities
The onsite construction of the water services is being completed this week.
Palomar Medical Center
The parking lot opened on Monday, September 11, 2017, all on-street parking has been terminated with temporary signage and striping being removed this week. The NO PARKING signs will be reinstalled and go into effect on Wednesday September 13, 2017.
Victory Industrial Park
The grading operation has resumed with the importing of material. The project is located at 2005 Harmony Grove Road and is 5.4 acres in size.
The offsite water line improvements are continuing this week. Three water main hot taps were performed on Tuesday of this week along Lincoln Avenue. The project is located at 999 Broadway.
Spring Hill Suites Hotel/ La Terraza Boulevard
The grading operation is continuing this week. Private storm drain is being constructed this week.
Centre City Parkway Shopping Center:
The project is idled at this time. The project is located at the corner of Mission Avenue and Centre City Parkway.
Escondido Disposal Facility:
The onsite construction of storm drain and water quality basins is proceeding this week.
- September is National Preparedness Month! This year’s theme for Disaster Preparedness Month is: “Disasters Don’t Plan Ahead. YOU CAN.” Throughout the month of September, Jeff Murdock, Escondido Emergency/Disaster Preparedness Manager, will be sending out information to remind us all to prepare ourselves and our families in the event of an emergency
- Escondido Fire Department Firefighter/Paramedic David Jones was deployed this week to the 27,500-acre Pier Fire in the Sequoia National Forest (Near Springville). Firefighter Jones will be working in the Communications Section as a Radio Operator.
- Escondido Fire Department Engineers Dom Polito and Brad Bihun returned safely from their nine-day fire assignment in the Sierra National Forrest.
- Escondido Fire Department Brush Engine 133, Battalion Chief Bertrand, and Captains Matthews and Hankins were demobilized on September 11th from the Railroad Fire in Madera County.
- In honor of 9/11, all Escondido Fire Department personnel will be wearing their 9/11 badge from September 1st through September 30th.
- On 9/6/17 at 17:00 hours, Fire Station flags were returned to full staff and badge shrouds removed. Thank you for your service Chief Helming, USFS.
- StachetoberFest 2017 is quickly approaching! The 2017 recipient is Dan Geary. Dan works for Cal Fire, Deer Springs and Monte Vista Fire. He was at work, had “the worst headache of his life,” went to the hospital and found out he had a tumor. The tumor was removed, but found to be cancerous, stage 4. This year Stachetoberfest is going to be more “Make-a-Wish” style and we will be sending Dan to Europe with his girlfriend, Chelsea! Stachetoberfest is celebrating it’s 10-year anniversary and will be held at Stone Brewery on October 4th at 5pm.
- On 9/3/17 at 16:37 hours, communications received a phone call of a person down to the rear of the Soapy Joe’s car wash, 1330 E. Valley Pkwy. Upon arrival, medics and police found a male unconscious and in cardiac arrest. He was transported to Palomar Medical Center where he was pronounced deceased. An investigation by SDG&E showed that there was a live 220v line coming from a power panel that had been previously cut but was still energized. The male made contact with the line and the fence. Burns on his body were consistent with electrocution.
- On 9/3/17 at 15:33 hours, communications received a call of an arson fire at the construction site at the dead end of Vista Verde Way. The caller stated that he and his adult son had two juveniles detained. Based on the witness and suspect statements the two boys, ages 14 and 15, were lighting matches and igniting a stream of WD-40 onto the straw bales that were placed for erosion control. A patch of about 40 feet by 40 feet burned. The witnesses and the boys extinguished the blaze before high winds could spread the fire into nearby avocado groves. Fire responded to ensure the fire was completely out. They boys were transported to the police station and then released to their parents.
- Between 11:00 hours on 9/2/17 to 13:00 hours on 9/4/17 unknown suspect(s) made entry through an upper window over the sink to the café at Hidden Valley Middle School. Once inside, suspect(s) stole several items and were not located.
- On 9/4/17 at 14:49 hours, Escondido Police units responded to a call of a male shooting a shotgun in his yard at 1980 Greenview Rd. Units staged a distance away, formulated a game plan, deployed the Bearcat and were able to contact the suspect via telephone. The suspect and three other occupants exited and were detained without incident. Officers recovered a 12-gauge shotgun at the scene. The shotgun had its serial number obliterated. One suspect was arrested.
- On 9/4/17 at 16:36 hours, Escondido Police and Escondido Fire responded to a tree on fire at 1740 S. Escondido Blvd. The fire was intentionally set by a white male who was described as having a pony tail and in his mid-60’s. The fire was extinguished in a prompt manner and there was no damage to nearby buildings.
- On 9/5/17 at approximately 03:33 hours, officers were dispatched to the Lake Wohlford grade to check the area for a female that called police stating she drove off of the cliff and needed help. The female sounded to be in distress. Officers and dispatch did an outstanding job coordinating with one another and they located the female 25 min. into the search. The female was located about 400’ down the ravine. It was determined that the area where the collision occurred was California Highway Patrol’s jurisdiction. CHP took over the incident when they arrived on scene. Escondido Police assisted with traffic control and then cleared the scene.
- On 9/5/17 at approximately 04:38 hours, Officers responded to a radio call at 1580 S. Juniper St. #3 regarding a male subject that showed up covered in blood. The victim, a known West Side gang member, stated he was sleeping near the 7-11 at Escondido and Felicita and he was jumped by a group of unknown males. The victim was transported to Palomar Medical Center to be treated for his injuries. A crime scene was not located.
- On 9/5/17 at 05:24 hours, officers respond to an alarm at 205 W. Mission Ave. #T (ORIENTAL FOOD MARKET). Officers arrive on scene and observe that the front window was smashed. It was determined to be a valid burglary with unknown loss.
- On 9/5/17 at 14:09 hours, a victim on Quarry Glen reported that a male jumped into her rental vehicle after she left it running and sped off. With the assistance of a neighbor, they gave chase and the male abandoned the vehicle a short distance away, but took the victim’s purse and fled. He ditched the purse in a nearby restaurant bathroom, but made off with cash and credit cards. The suspect was not located.
- On 9/6/17 at 23:26 hours, Police Communications broadcasted stolen vehicle information over the radio, which was supposed to be a white Chevy Colorado. An officer located the vehicle in the area of El Norte Pkwy. and Washington Ave., which had been spray painted black/gray. Officers initiated a high risk vehicle stop and the female suspect was arrested without incident. She was in possession of shaved keys and more than 6 grams of methamphetamine. This female was associated with the theft of the City truck taken last week.
- On 9/7/17, at 00:24 hours, an officer responded to a call involving a subject who threatened to kill his 16-year-old brother, armed himself with a shotgun and fled the residence in a black Jeep Cherokee. The officer completed a report and remained in the area in the event the suspect returned. At 01:47 hours, a different officer observed the suspect vehicle returning to Escondido on I-15. Officers responded to the area and conducted a high risk vehicle stop at the Shell station on Del Lago. The suspect was placed under arrest without incident and a .410 shotgun was recovered from the vehicle.
- On 9/7/17 at 21:10 hours, several officers responded to 1432 Granger regarding a family fight involving a felony warrant subject. When officers attempted to arrest the suspect, he pulled an arm away and attempted to flee. A physical struggle ensued, and the suspect was arrested. As a result of the fight, one officer suffered scratches, bruising and a cut around his eye where the suspect attempted to injure him. Suspect was arrested for Felony Resisting and Possession of a Controlled Substance, along with the outstanding warrant.
- On 9/9/17 at 10:52 hours, Dispatch received a call for service at 3333 Bear Valley Pky, reference a traffic collision involving a motorcycle. Upon arrival, patrol units determined that it was a serious injury collision; the motorcycle rider later died as a result of his injuries. Traffic was notified and responded to the scene. The driver of the car was not arrested.
The EPD COPPS (Community Oriented Policing and Problem-Solving) Unit is dedicated to increasing the quality of life for the residents of Escondido through pro-active responses to crime trends and community issues. Addressing crime and public nuisance in Grape Day Park is one project the Unit has been tasked with, along with patrolling the Downtown Business District and surrounding areas.
- 4 arrests were made
- 36 citations were issued
- Continued Hepatitis A inoculations with County Health Nurse
- 9 citations issued for camping at City Hall on Labor Day
- Homeless Outreach made contact with 6 individuals for assistance