September 17, 2020

Escondido Public Library Opening with Limited Services
The Escondido Public Library will reopen at 50% capacity for in-person services starting Monday, September 21. The new Library hours will be Monday – Saturday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Curbside service will still be available Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. and Wednesdays from 2p.m. - 3 p.m.At this time, the Friends Book Shop, Literacy Learning Center and Pioneer Room remain closed. Limited services will include access to computers, printers and copiers, and WiFi. All in-person programs have been suspended, but many regular programs such as book clubs and story-times are being held online. Visit www.escondidolibrary.org/digital for a full schedule of virtual events.
Visit www.library.escondido.org for more information.

SDG&E Pipeline Replacement Project
SDG&E is nearing completion of the Pipeline Safety Project along Midway Drive and Bear Valley Parkway. The SDG&E crews have installed nearly all of the 2.4 miles of new pipe along with advanced safety features, bringing the project to more than 90 percent completion.The next phase of the project involves work on the older existing line at a few locations in order to prepare for transferring operations to the new pipe.  As part of this preparation work, the natural gas will need to be removed from a section of pipe. This process can be noisy, and some residents may smell an odor of natural gas.
More information can be found here.

Go Paperless for a Chance to Win!
Register for paperless billing and/or enroll in AutoPay for your City of Escondido Utility Bill by December 15, 2020 for a chance to WIN an iPad mini or one of two $50 Amazon gift cards!
Go to ols.escondido.org for official rules.

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:

Knife Wielding Suspect Arrested
On September 8, witnesses observed a female suspect chasing a man and swinging a large knife at him in the area of Washington Ave and Quince St.  They called the police who were able to arrest the suspect before she could injure anyone.  She attempted to bite one of the officers as they were placing her in the police car.  She was arrested for Assault with a Deadly Weapon and Resisting Arrest.

Victim Shot While in His Car
On September 8, officers responded to a residence in the 1600 block of S. Juniper St regarding a victim who reported that he had been shot at while driving his car.  The victim sustained a non-life-threatening gunshot wound to his upper thigh.  A bullet hole was observed in the driver’s door.  The victim stated that he was driving in the area of Bear Valley Pkwy and San Pasqual Rd. when he felt the shot and then drove home and called the police.  No reports of gunshots were received by the police in that area.

Victim Beaten by Suspects with a Baseball Bat
On September 10, a victim was jumped by several suspects it the parking lot of an apartment complex in the 800 block of E. Mission Ave.  The suspects hit him with a baseball bat during the assault.  The victim was transported to the hospital for treatment.  The suspects were gone when the police arrived.  This is being investigated as a gang related crime.

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:

Traffic Safety Enforcement Detail
On September 12, officers conducted a traffic safety detail funded by a California Office of Traffic Safety grant focused on the top traffic violations that cause collisions, known as Primary Collision Factors (PCF).  In the City of Escondido, the top 5 PCFs are DUI, Right of Way, Improper Turning, Speeding, and Sign/Signal Violations.  During the enforcement detail, officers issued 78 PCF citations, 6 citations for unlicensed drivers, and 1 citation for driving with a suspended driver’s license.

Tip of the Week:

Traffic safety is a top priority for the City of Escondido.  Please drive safe, don’t drive under the influence, slow down, don’t use your cell phone unless in hands free mode, and be courteous to other drivers on the road.  Together we can make Escondido a safe place to travel.

FIRE DEPARTMENT UPDATES:
On Sunday, September 6 at approximately 4:45 p.m., the Fire Department responded to a reported vegetation fire in the area of Northbound I-15 south of the Highway 78 interchange. Firefighters found an active fire burning on the east side of the freeway in grass, brush and trees and was threatening Dixieline Lumber. Due to the location alongside the freeway on the hillside between the storm channel and North Hale Avenue, access to the fire was challenging. Firefighters completely contained the fire in approximately 30 minutes. Assistance was provided by the San Marcos Fire Department. CHP and EPD provided traffic control for the safety of both motorists and Firefighters.

On Thursday, September 10 at approximately 12:45 p.m., the Fire Department responded to a reported fire at the Escondido RV Resort on Seven Oaks Road. While responding, several units reported smoke seen from a distance. The first arriving Engine Captain found a travel trailer fully involved with fire. Fortunately, the occupants of the RV were not injured and Firefighters were able to contain the fire before it spread to surrounding RVs.

 

On Friday, September 11 at approximately 4:02 p.m., the Fire Department responded to a reported fire in the garage at a home on Orchid Glen. The first arriving Engine Captain found the garage of a two-story home fully involved with fire. Fortunately, all occupants were out of the home and uninjured. Although the garage, its contents and a pickup truck sustained major damage, Firefighters were able to contain the fire with minimal smoke and water damage to the living area of the home.

On Friday, September 11, another relief crew of four personnel was rotated onto our OES Brush Engine which has been assigned to several fires throughout California since August 14. The replacement crew is currently assisting communities at the North Complex in the Plumas National Forest and is expected to be committed for two additional weeks. The relieved crew returned home safely on September 12 for some well-deserved rest.

On Saturday, September 12, a Strike Team of five North County brush engines, including an engine crew and two strike team leaders from Escondido, deployed to the Slater Fire which is a 148,000-acre forest fire burning on Klamath, Six Rivers, and Rogue-Siskiyou National Forests in Siskiyou and Del Norte Counties in California and Josephine County in Oregon.

BY THE NUMBERS

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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 112 applicants and were able to process 73 applications and issue 74 permits.
  2. The total permit valuation for the week was $4,664,762.00. This is 34 percent higher than last week’s valuation ($3,470,352.00) and 169 percent higher than the weekly average over the past eight weeks to start the fiscal year ($1,729,961.00).  The total permit valuation for the same week in 2019 was $911,817.00.  So far in this fiscal year, the weekly average valuation is $3,603,064.00.  The weekly average over the same nine week time period last year (2019) was $813,084.00. 
  3. Our Building Inspectors completed 132 inspections of construction work over 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 Planning Commission’s recommendation will be forwarded to the City Council on September 23, 2020. 
  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. With the shell of the building nearly complete, tenant improvement plans were approved for the restaurant this week (i.e. September 15, 2020) and interior work is expected to commence as soon as possible. 

Housing:

  1. Henry Ranch (Builder: Joe Martin, Trumark Homes) An approved development of 97 single-family residential 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.  Off-site work is nearing completion. 
  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 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. 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. The project has been 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.  A project webpage containing draft documents and plans can be accessed at the following link: 
    https://www.escondido.org/palomarheights.aspx
  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 new round-about located at Country Club and Golden Circle, the scope of work includes new road realignment, curb, gutter and driveways. Work has restarted on the south side storm drain crossing on Country Club. Rough grading is ongoing for Villages III.  Lennar is looking to receive phase 4 building permits and begin model home construction in Village III soon.  Plan check review of the proposed commercial center is complete.  City staff is coordinating the review of the parkland development. 
  1. Pradera (Developer: Moses Kim, Lennar Homes) – This approved project consists of 70- single-family home 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 for the Laurel Valley Wall Replacement. This 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 started final slope grading in the area between the channel and Valley Parkway. Once completed the contractor will complete the landscape planting. This project is nearing completion.
  1. Lake Wohlford Replacement Dam – A workshop has been schedule 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. 
  1. Storm Drain Pipe Lining and Rehabilitation Project Phase II - Bids were accepted and are being reviewed for this project. The work consists generally of construction including: storm drain cleaning, inspection, CCTV, repairing and grouting of voids, point repairs, grouting of existing flow line, cured in place piping lining, storm drain structure floor repairs, post CCTV and inspection, overall rehabilitation of existing corrugated metal pipe storm drain systems.

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. 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. 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. 
  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.

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