September 2, 2015


  • Kaer Biotherapeutics, a one-man business in Escondido owned by Donovan B. Yeates, was featured in the San Diego Business Journal recently for his innovative device to better deliver aerosol medicine to the lungs (see attached). The article includes a quote from Mr. Yeates, who noted, “Escondido is an unsung place for small businesses”.
  • Demolition of the Lopez Market at Second Avenue and Pine began on Tuesday, September 1 and should be completed by the end of the day on September 2. 


  • Intercession Church of God will be holding their annual Neighborhood Appreciation Day on September 5, 2015, 9am – 2 pm, in Grape Day Park.  It will feature a variety of booths (school supplies, health screening, veteran’s assistance, face painting, arts and crafts, prayer station, and more.) There will be singing, preaching and witnessing. For more information, contact 760-741-6331.
  • For information about other  activities taking place in Escondido, please visit 


Due to problems with the trucking company delivering the prefabricated restrooms, installation will not occur this week but will take place on Tuesday, September 8.  A City film crew will be on site to video the installation. 



  • In response to recent State legislation (AB 52), staff has received requests from three Indian tribal bands requesting notification of new development projects. The tribal bands include the Rincon Band of Luiseno Indians, San Luis Rey Band of Mission Indians, and the Soboba Band of Luiseno Indians. Consultation has been held with several tribal bands on several pending projects to discuss the need for studies to determine potential impacts on tribal cultural resources and to identify appropriate mitigation measures as part of the CEQA process.
  • Major Projects Update:
    • Oak Creek (NUW) – A LAFCO hearing date has been tentatively scheduled for October 5th.
    • Amanda Estates (NUW) – LAFCO approved the reorganization (annexation) at their August 3rd
    • Centerpointe 78 Commercial – The Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) has been released for a 45 day public review period ending Sept. 28th. The Draft is EIR is available at the following link:
    • Pradera - Grading is underway. A fee deferral agreement has been approved. A variance application to address setback issues relating to the location of the perimeter walls has been submitted and is tentatively scheduled for Planning Commission in September.
    • Zenner – The project is scheduled for consideration by LAFCO on Sept. 14th.
    • Kaen Planned Development (2516 S. Escondido Blvd.) – Staff is reviewing a revised planned development submittal for “Stella Point Condominiums”, submitted on Aug. 5th. The applicant is pursuing selection of consultants for preparation of numerous technical studies and the CEQA document which is anticipated to be a mitigated negative declaration.
    • Wohlford – A letter has been sent for the proposed 55-unit residential subdivision and planned development at 661 Bear Valley Parkway advising the applicant that the application is incomplete and identifying the necessary submittals to continue processing the application. Resubmittal is anticipated in mid-September. The applicant is coordinating with staff regarding a Specific Alignment Plan for Bear Valley Parkway and is conducting technical studies. Staff is preparing a Request for Qualifications for consultant preparation of an EIR. A tribal consultation meeting with the Rincon Band has been scheduled.
    • Latitude II – The project was approved by the City Council on August 19th.
    • Shea Homes (Tract 932) – Staff approved the substantial conformance determination for the revised tentative map for the 179-lot residential subdivision known as Hidden Valley Ranch. The revised grading plan is under review. The Precise Plan application was submitted on Aug. 6th and is under review; the application will include review of proposed park amenities as well as setback issues on 9 lots where the proposed units do not meet the setback requirements of the planned development.
    • Safari Highlands – The tentative map and specific plan application have been routed to outside agencies for comment. Staff is reviewing qualifications for an extension of staff for engineering services. Discussions are underway regarding the need for consulting services to prepare the Municipal Services Review and Sphere of Influence (SOI) update.
    • Felicita Development, LLC - The proposed planned development includes the phased development of a 140-unit hotel, an 80-unit extended stay hotel, a 120-bed assisted living facility and a gas station and car wash located at the southeast corner of Felicita Rd. and Gamble Lane. 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. A letter addressing items and technical studies needed to complete the application has been sent. Staff is coordinating with the applicant regarding a date for a neighborhood meeting.
    • EDI – The CUP modification to expand the existing facility was approved by the Planning Commission on August 25th.
    • Westfield Theater – The Economic Development Subcommittee authorized expedited processing of the modification to the planned development for the proposed 10-auditorium movie theater. The project will bypass the Planning Commission and will be directly considered by the City Council at a future public hearing. A draft Mitigated Negative Declaration has been submitted and is under review. Revisions to the design of the proposed storm water improvements are needed.
    • Paseo Escondido – The Phair Company application for a mixed-use planned development for the property at the southwest corner of Ash Street and Washington Ave. (currently owned by the City) is under review. The proposed project consists of 26 one-bedroom and 96 two-bedroom apartments (122 units total) in three four-story buildings, and two 5,000 SF commercial buildings (10,000 SF total) oriented around an outdoor plaza. Additional submittals required to complete the application.
    • High Pointe (Palos Vista Neighborhood 3) – Staff is reviewing revised landscape and grading plans in order to prepare a bond letter. 

Building Division: 

  • The Building Division issued a record 117 permits for the week with a total valuation of $372,112.
  • 37 photovoltaic permits were issued for the week. Building has issued 822 solar permits so far this year compared to 427 issued at the same time last year.
  • Building inspectors and counter staff had a very busy week with inspections averaging 30 inspections per day with 34 inspections on Friday and counter contacts averaging 40 per day with 29 on Friday.
  • The 76-unit apartments on 2412 S. Escondido Blvd has received underground plumbing and foundation inspections for all three buildings and is beginning to frame the buildings.
  • The Black Angus restaurant at the Westfield North County Mall has received framing inspection approval and wrapping of the exterior of the building has begun.
  • The Habitat for Humanity residential project at 537 N. Elm St has 3 remaining buildings that need final occupancy approval.
  • The Meadowbrook Village 3 story apartment building has received underground utility and partial foundation inspection approval. 

Code Enforcement: 

  • As of August 31st, the total number of open code enforcement case is 425 cases, with a backlog of an additional 38 cases not yet opened for assignment and investigation. During the prior week, 42 new cases were opened, and 50 cases were closed. A total of 84 PRRs have been processed this year to date. A total of 92 signs were pulled. Recruitment is underway for four vacant positions, including one full-time and two part-time officer positions and one Code Enforcement Assistant to assist with the backlog. 
  • Last week the Business License Division received 27 new applications and 169 renewals, and issued 52 new licenses. 
  • The monthly report of 2015 Business License statistics is attached. 


FY 2014-2015 Maintenance Project:
To date the contractor has placed 798,000 square feet of (ARAM) Asphalt Rubber Aggregate Membrane, 637,764 square feet of slurry, 83,444 linear feet of crack fill and placed 351 tons of hot mix asphalt to repair damaged street  throughout the project.                 

Private Development 

Bear Valley Parkway between Boyle Avenue and San Pasqual Valley Road (County Project):
The roadway widening of the southern portion of Bear Valley Parkway between Suburban Hills Drive and San Pasqual Valley Road (SR78) is continuing this week with work continuing on the gas main tie in at Bear Valley Parkway and (SR78). The number 2 lanes for north and south bound travel were based paved this past Friday. 

2412 South Escondido Boulevard:
Onsite construction of new homes is continuing this week 

Pradera - Lennar Communities:
The grading contractor has completed 60% of the mass grading to date. The import of dirt material is continuing this week with modified work times to provide safe passage during the school hours drop off and pick times. The offsite improvement for storm drain construction is proceeding with work located along Lehner Avenue. 

St. Mary’s Church:
The contractor is forming the footing for the new family center building and the water line construction is nearing 90% completion. 

Future Capital Projects 

East Valley Parkway/Valley Center Road Project:
The design of the East Valley Parkway/Valley Center Road improvement project extends from Beven Drive to the northern City limit, and is currently in the 100% design phase.  City staff continues to work with SDG&E to complete their design to place existing overhead cabling underground.  Real Property has provided offer letters to all property owners from which right of way acquisition is required.  In addition, Regional General Permit maintenance efforts to remove channel debris to allow for additional bridge geotechnical investigational work is anticipated to start this week. 

Citracado Parkway Extension Project:
This project includes the construction of a bridge and extension of street improvements from Harmony Grove Village Road to Andreasen Drive.  Staff is working with resource agencies to obtain permits necessary for bridge construction.  The annexation was recorded on 8/7/15, allowing Real Assets to fully pursue properties needed to construct this project.




  • On 8/23/2015, officers responded to the 1900 block of Woodland Glen on a report a violent subject threatening suicide. Upon arrival, the subject attacked the officers and attempted to kick them. One officer was injured during the struggle.
  • On 8/24/2015, officers responded to Centre City Parkway and Escondido Blvd. on a report of a minor injury collision. On subject fled the scene and it was later determined he had been driving a stolen vehicle taken earlier in the day.
  • On 8/25/2015, an off duty officer spotted a stolen vehicle that had been taken in a commercial burglary the day before. Officers and detectives were able to stop the vehicle and both the driver and passenger were taken into custody.
  • On 8/27/2015, officers working a special detail spotted a reported stolen vehicle in the area of 8th and Redwood St. After a short pursuit, both the driver and passenger were taken into custody. 


  • On 8/27/2015, Assistant Chief Benton attended Mike’s BBQ monthly car show where they honored Marine Corps Veteran Toran Gaal. Toran recently returned home after hand cycling from San Diego to Arlington, VA to raise money for the Semper Fi Fund. The event was well attended and Toran received a certificate of recognition from California Assemblywoman Marie Waldron.
  • On 8/28/2015, officers conducted a DUI saturation patrol, resulting in 3 arrests for driving under the influence.
  • On 8/28/2015, Capt. Stuard attended a panel meeting on alcohol policy. The discussion included El Cajon’s Deemed Approved ordinance, which gives the city of El Cajon the ability to revoke or restrict liquor licenses if a business sells to a minor or a drunken person.