ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

  • The Post Office on Escondido Boulevard is one of the post offices under consideration for possible closure. A community meeting about the potential closure has been scheduled by the Postal Service for September 26, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. at the post office.  Mayor Abed has written to the U.S. Postal Regulatory Commission requesting that the branch be kept open.  Their response is attached to this document.
  • Swami’s Café, which has restaurants in Encinitas, Oceanside, and La Mesa, will be opening in the former “The Grand” restaurant site.  Workers have indicated they hope to open by the end of September.
  • Recent downtown projects (Contempo, John Paul the Great University, Classical Academy) received very positive coverage in the attached article from the San Diego Daily Transcript. 
  • Zombies will be taking over Grape Day Park on Saturday, October 26 for the first Zombie Food  Truck Festival & Zombeer Fest in San Diego County!  This free, family-friendly special event will be held  from 1 – 7 p.m. and  will include:
    • 10 Food Trucks
    • Zombie Procession (down Grand Ave thru Maple Street Plaza)
    • Music
    • Kids Zone
    • Face Painting
    • Vendors
    • Separate Craft Beer Tasting area (paid ticket required)

 

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT UPDATES

Planning:

  • The public review period has ended for the Mitigated Negative Declaration addressing the proposed modification to the Lexus planned development to allow outdoor entertainment uses. A number of comment letters have been received and are under review by staff and the applicant. Comments focus primarily on noise, parking and traffic issues, compatibility with neighboring residential uses and hours of operation.
  • SANDAG is partnering with Urban Land Institute (ULI) on an event designed to “generate economic growth, promote open interactive communication, and provide a “Marketplace Opportunity” to showcase, support, and serve as a catalyst for real estate projects that encourage people to live, work and  play in their communities”  (see attached brochure). The event will be held at the Jacobs Center in San Diego from 8 am – 1 pm on November 15, 2013.  ULI will be issuing press releases advertising the event to the public and sending invitations to its data base of 530 members and 3,000+ real estate agents/investors. Cities will be provided a booth where information can be provided about their  communities. Additionally, three cities will be selected to showcase a “Successful Case Study” that highlights a signature project that has overcome planning, financing and infrastructure challenges.  Projects selected for the ‘successful case study’ will need to have a representative prepare a PowerPoint presentation for the group.  Staff is working on the application to participate in the Case Study showcase, highlighting the Downtown Specific Plan and Latitude 33.

Code Enforcement:

  • An accident occurred at Escondido Mobile Park West at 2700 E. Valley Parkway yesterday when an out-of-control truck hit two mobile homes and tore out a large tree. One of the mobile homes was pushed off the pedestal from the impact, so the unit was red-tagged. The driver who was hospitalized is a resident of the park.

Building:

  • A building inspector inspected the H Johnson property in response to a report of demolition activity; a demolition crew was on site removing interior walls, ceilings etc. The inspector issued a stop work notice. The demolition contractor did not know what the future plan was. Asbestos was being removed so the inspector could not enter the building.

 

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 five weeks. Bid opening for the public improvements is set for this Thursday.

 

Escondido Creek Trail Lighting:

The preconstruction meeting was held on September 11th. A tentative Notice to Proceed was set for October 1, 2013.

 

Encino/El Dorado Storm Drain Replacement:

Design of the project is continuing. City staff monitored the soil sampling activity on Tuesday of this week. The information will provide the design engineer valuable data which will help determine construction methods along the narrow 20’ drainage easement.

 

North Broadway Bike Path Drainage Project:

Staff has designed a project to address a drainage problem located in the alley way behind Evans Tire.  Bids were solicited and a Public Service Agreement will be signed this week for the construction of 140 feet of new storm drain pipe and 55 feet of concrete drainage swale.  The project will ensure the properties have the needed drainage facilities before the upcoming winter rain season.

Private Development:

Wal-Mart:

The store’s grand opening on September 11 was a huge success.  The revised improvement plans were approved by Caltrans and have been received by the design engineer on Tuesday of this week.

 

Cox Communication Downtown System Upgrade - Phase 2, 3 and 4:

The permanent asphalt repairs have been completed on all phases of construction and this project is now completed.

 

Contempo Townhomes -Tract 921:

The construction of the water main in the alley is completed. Water quality testing is continuing. The developer has requested the first condo unit be released for occupancy.

 

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. This will allow construction to resume on the storm drain pipe installation.

 

PUBLIC SAFETY

Police

  • On Saturday, September 14, CSO Cecilia Mahin and Department Specialist Summer Quillin competed in a local CrossFit competition, the Escondido Showdown, held at General Athletics in Escondido. Over 70 competitors from different divisions competed in the event, which included Olympic weightlifting, rowing, box jumps, kettle bell swings, wall balls and toes to bar- all very difficult and technical movements. Cecilia and Summer came in 4th and 7th, respectively, in their Division of 14 competitors.
  • On Wednesday, September 12, 2013, Officer Stephen Braucht and Detective Jeff Udvarhelyi were among several police and fire employees honored at the CCAE by San Diego North Chamber of Commerce 2nd Annual Police and Public Safety Awards Lunch.  We posted information and pictures on the PD Facebook.
  • PD Facebook “likes” are at 1078
  • KNBC 7/39 and UT published an informative and compelling story on a large elder fiduciary abuse case EPD worked for a very long time.  Detective Tom Phelps was the lead and backed up by his partner, Investigator Scott Tolstad.  Here is the link to KNBC:  Attorney Admits to Stealing Inheritance from Veteran

Fire:

  • Just a reminder, the Fire Department’s Recognition, Graduation, and Promotion Ceremony will occur this Friday, September 20th at 4:00 PM in the Council Chambers at City Hall. The department will recognize all of the new Non-Safety Paramedics that have been hired since February for the new EMS Delivery Model which has now been implemented. In addition, to the new employees there have been a considerable amount of promotions this year since putting our seventh engine company into service. Please join us for the ceremony, celebration, and reception.
  • On September 12th two members of the Escondido Fire Department were recognized during the San Diego North Chamber of Commerce, A Business Salute to Police and Public Safety Awards Luncheon. Fire Captain Scott Barratt was recognized for his hard-work and diligence of overseeing the department’s apparatus committee and taking the lead in preparing the specifications for the new  aerial platform truck company which was recently awarded to Sutphen Corporation to build.  In addition, FD Volunteer Kevin Johnson was recognized for his donation of countless time, energy, and expertise in rebuilding the motor for our 1926 antique fire engine, Ol’ Betsy. The goal now is to have Ol’ Betsy back together real soon so she can once again roll down Grand Ave. or the Christmas Parade in all her glory later this year.