FEATURED THIS WEEK
Escondido Fire Department Honors Heroes Alongside Local Students
On Tuesday, September 11, Heritage Charter School held an assembly to honor those who put themselves on the line every day to protect others. In attendance were students, teachers, staff, and family members who are active military, police and fire. Presentations were given by Emergency Preparedness Manager Jeff Murdock and Fire Prevention Specialist Sandra Bauer. Our American Flag was honored and a special song presentation was given by the students and music teacher.
Free Community Wellness Event Next Tuesday
The 12th Annual Escondido Community Wellness Expo is happening on Tuesday, September 25 from 8:30 – 11:30am at the Park Avenue Community Center. This is a free community event providing vital information and resources to older adults and their families.
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Major Projects Update
The following major projects are being reviewed and coordinated by Planning, Engineering, Fire, Building and Utilities. The list of projects below encompasses recent project updates and/or milestones from last week.
Commercial / Office:
- Escondido Research and Technology Center (ERTC) – West (Developer: James McCann) 2181 Citracado Parkway – A plan for a new two-story, 57,000 SF, 52-bed Palomar Rehabilitation Institute was submitted as a Plot Plan on July 31, 2017. The Plot Plan approval letter was issued on February 7, 2018. A second grading plan check was submitted by the applicant on April 16, 2018, and the grading permit is ready to be issued once bonds are posted and fees paid. The Building Division provided the applicant a fee calculation for the development impact fees on July 11, 2018. Planning is awaiting information from the applicant that assures adequate parking is provided.
- Ritz Theater “The Grand” (Developer: New Venture Church) 301, 309 E. Grand Avenue – A proposed CUP to renovate the existing Ritz Theater and adjacent commercial building to provide for a variety of assembly uses including performing arts and religious services. A café, offices and classroom studios are also included. The application was submitted on May 17, 2018. The applicant submitted revised plans on July 3, 2018. The Historic Preservation Commission considered historic-related design issues on July 19, 2018, and provided direction to the applicant. Planning provided comments from all departments to the applicant on July 31, 2018. The applicant requested expedited processing through the Business Enhancement Zone regulations at a City Council Economic Development Subcommittee meeting on August 9, 2018. That request was granted and the application will now proceed directly to the City Council following CEQA clearance and resolution of the remaining issues. A meeting with Fire and Utilities occurred last week to discuss water supply and sewer service issues. First draft environmental documents were submitted to Planning on September 13, 2018.
- Escondido Self-Storage Facility (Developer: Brandywine Homes, Inc.) 2319 Cranston Dr. – Updated building plans were resubmitted into plan check on July 24, 2018. Esgil and Fire have approved the plans. Planning and Engineering comments are pending. The final map was considered by City Council on September 19, 2018. All fees have been paid to Engineering and bonds have now been posted.
- Citracado Business Park (Developer: Dent Properties) 2207 Harmony Grove Road – A proposed specific plan for two industrial warehouse/office buildings (145,930 SF and 125,930 SF) with the buildings to be separated by the future extension of Citracado Parkway. The application was submitted on August 14, 2018. All departments have completed their initial review and comments were sent to the applicant on September 17, 2018. SDG&E has provided comments regarding the high voltage power lines that traverse the site.
- Micro-Filtration Reverse Osmosis (Developer: City of Escondido Utilities Department) SE corner Ash/Washington – The City Council approved a contractual agreement with Black and Veatch for engineering services on April 4, 2018. A project design kick-off meeting occurred on June 13, 2018. A Request for Qualifications to solicit a Design/Build firm was released the first week of September.
- 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 including an agency request for full mitigation for emergent vegetation at the eastern end of the lake that came into existence since the lake level was reduced for safety reasons. Staff sent a follow-up letter to the wildlife agencies on June 29, 2017, seeking clarification on the proposed biological mitigation requirements. Additional information is being compiled by the City’s biological consultants based on recent conversations with the agencies.
- Escondido Assisted Living (Developer: Tigg Mitchell, Mitchell Group) 1802 N. Centre City Parkway – This CUP application for a 71,300 SF three-story, assisted living and memory care facility with 90 total units was submitted on October 31, 2017. The City Council authorized review of a General Plan Amendment request on March 21, 2018, which was necessary to review the request to allow a third floor for the building. The applicant has been actively engaged with Fire, Engineering and Planning staff and has provided several revisions intended to address identified issues with the most recent project revision received on June 25, 2018. Draft environmental documents were submitted to Planning the second week of August and comments on those documents were returned to the applicant on August 29, 2018. The applicant and Planning staff discussed the comments on September 12, 2018. Revised documents are expected soon.
- Safari Highlands Ranch (SHR) (Developer: Jeb Hall, Concordia Homes) 550 lots east of Rancho San Pasqual – A Notice of Availability for the Draft EIR was issued on October 16, 2017 for public review and comment. The comment period ended on January 2, 2018. Staff transmitted all the comment letters and emails to the Draft EIR consultant for review and to prepare a response to each comment. The Draft EIR and appendices have been posted on the City’s website at the following link:
It is expected the responses to comments will generate related revisions to the project design. The applicant’s engineer is currently working to incorporate those revisions into the proposed tentative map. The project engineer met with Utilities, Engineering and Planning on August 15, 2018 to discuss some of the proposed revisions.
- 18 lots at 701 San Pasqual Valley Rd (Developer: Bob Stewart) – Staff comments on the revised tentative map were issued the last week of July 2017. Planning staff met with the applicant on June 27, 2018 to discuss remaining issues. The applicant has occasionally engaged in discussions with various departments since that time, but has declined a staff offer to schedule a comprehensive meeting with all city departments.
- The Villages at Escondido Country Club (Developer: Jason Han, New Urban West, Inc.) 380 residences – The City Council voted 3-2 to approve the project on November 15, 2017. A lawsuit challenging the project approval was filed in Superior Court on behalf of the Escondido Country Club Homeowners (ECCHO) on December 15, 2017. The City has agreed to review construction plans for the project while the lawsuit is pending. The applicant submitted rough grading plans, drainage improvement plans and utility relocation plans for all three villages on May 7, 2018. There have been three rounds of plan checks on the rough grading plans since the original submittal and a permit-ready letter for rough grading was issued on August 31, 2018 and revised on September 4, 2018. Landscape plans were submitted on June 5, 2018. The applicant submitted the final map and other improvement plans on July 9, 2018. Additional comments on the improvement plans, utility location plans, storm drain plans and all technical studies were provided by Engineering on September 11, 2018. Country Club Lane street improvement plans are expected to be submitted in the first week of October.
The approved tentative subdivision map, Final EIR and appendices, Specific Plan and other related information can be accessed on the City’s website at the following link:
- North Avenue Estates (Developer: Casey Johnson) 34 lots at North Ave./Conway Dr. –The City Council approved the project on January 10, 2018. The LAFCO application for annexation was submitted to LAFCO on February 20, 2018. LAFCO has prepared and distributed a draft staff report, and the County Department of Environmental Health has reviewed the submitted geotechnical data per LAFCO request. LAFCO has scheduled a hearing on the annexation for October 1, 2018. Final engineering plans were submitted on May 24, 2018. Comments were returned to the applicant on July 5, 2018.
- Aspire (106 condo units on Municipal Lot 1) (Developer: Addison Garza, Touchstone Communities) – The proposal consists of a six-story mixed-use development across from City Hall on Parking Lot 1. The project was initially submitted for entitlement processing on June 23, 2017. Subsequent meetings with the applicant and staff have been on-going, and the most recent resubmittal of the project plans was received on May 10, 2018. Fire is awaiting confirmation that Maple Street will support the weight of their apparatus. A Traffic Impact Analysis has been provided and Planning is awaiting submittal of the rest of the environmental documentation for review. A meeting with the applicant occurred on September 12, 2018, to discuss remaining project issues.
- The Ivy (95 condo units at 343 E. 2nd) (Developer: Addison Garza, Touchstone Communities) - The condo project was initially submitted for entitlement processing on June 23, 2017. Subsequent meetings with the applicant and staff have been on-going, and the most recent resubmittal of the project plans was received on May 10, 2018. The applicant has proposed changing circulation through the adjacent alley to one-way southbound; and a field demonstration of fire truck turning radii at the site occurred on May 2, 2018. Fire has now indicated they support the project design. An environmental initial study and Draft Mitigated Negative Declaration (MND) were submitted for review on June 11, 2018. Comments on the MND were sent to the applicant and consultant on July 30, 2018. Planning met with the applicant and consultant to discuss the comments on August 9, 2018. A meeting with the applicant occurred on September 12, 2018, to discuss remaining project issues.
- Grand Avenue Apartments (Developer: Norm LaCaze, Escondido Venture 99, LLC) 15 apt. units at 1316 E. Grand Ave. – A planned development application proposing 15 multi-family units in one three-story building on a vacant 0.51-acre lot was submitted for entitlement processing on September 22, 2017. Several follow-up meetings with staff were held to discuss issues regarding the project design and revised plans were submitted in early April, and most recently on August 10, 2018. Outstanding issues include guest parking, drainage, additional fire hydrant and an ambulance turnaround.
- Quince Street Senior Housing (Developer: Matt Jumper, 220 Quince, L.P.) 145 apartment units at 220 N. Quince St.– The five-story affordable senior housing apartment project was submitted on November 21, 2017. Four meetings with the applicant team and multiple city departments have occurred since the project submittal to discuss project design issues, with the most recent meeting occurring on July 12, 2018. Utilities conducted a fire flow test at the site on June 26, 2018. An updated constraints map was received from the applicant on September 10, 2018. Staff met the following day to discuss and provide comments. Fire and Utilities are requesting adjustments to the proposed hydrant locations for access and to avoid sewer conflicts.
- 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 Dailey Ranch – This proposed residential and resort hotel annexation and specific plan project was received on March 2, 2018. The project submittal has been deemed incomplete and a letter from staff requesting additional project related information was sent to the applicant on April 4, 2018. Requested information includes annexation exhibits, proposed general plan amendment text, a proposed Transfer of Development Rights Program, environmental initial study, and a fiscal impact analysis. Planning met with the applicant on May 17, 2018 to discuss items listed in the letter. A follow-up meeting to discuss engineering issues occurred on June 27, 2018. The applicant met with Escondido Fire and Valley Center Fire on August 1, 2018 to discuss fire protection issues. Significant fire-related issues to be addressed include the steepness of the project entry road, secondary emergency access and Fire Department response times.
A project webpage containing draft documents and plans has been added to the Planning Division’s website at the following link:
Daley Ranch Resort Specific Plan - City of Escondido
- Nutmeg Condo General Plan Amendment (Developer: Jim Simmons, CCI) 137 townhome condo units on 7.7 acres on both sides of Nutmeg between I-15 and Centre City Parkway – This proposed multi-family residential development includes a GPA from Office to Urban III (up to 18 du/acre) as well as a vacation of approximately one acre of public right-of-way for use in the project. The project application was received on June 15, 2018. Comments from Planning, Fire, Engineering, Utilities and Traffic Engineering were provided to the applicant on July 13, 2018. A follow-up meeting with the applicant to discuss the comments occurred on July 31, 2018. Engineering has indicated that a specific alignment plan will be required to address the street radius on Nutmeg in the vicinity of the project. Fire has identified some access issues that need to be addressed as well. Based on a preliminary environmental study of the project, it has been determined that an Environmental Impact Report will be prepared to support the project. A Notice of Preparation was sent out on August 29, 2018, and a Scoping Meeting occurred on September 6, 2018.
- Oak Creek (Builder: KB Homes) 65 single-family residential lots on approximately 44 acres at Felicita Road and Hamilton Lane – This planned residential development project was originally approved by the City Council in March of 2015, and a three-year extension of time was recently granted. The original developer, New Urban West, has secured permits from CDFW, ACOE and RWQCB. Grading, drainage and storm water management plans were submitted for first plan check on July 25, 2018. The new builder (KB Homes) has filed a modification to the Precise Development Plan to revise the architecture and reduce the size of the homes. Fire and Engineering issued comments on the rough grading plan on September 4, 2018. Engineering and Utilities are meeting with the applicant this week to discuss sewer and grading issues.
- Mercado 3-Story Mixed Use Building (Developer: Curtis Lively) 5 residences and 2 commercial suites on 0.14-acre at 510 W. 2nd Avenue – A Plot Plan for five two-story residential units on top of 2,375 SF of commercial floor area and a parking garage was submitted July 13, 2018. Staff review comments were provided to the applicant who then submitted revised plans. A water main extension north from Third Avenue will be required to serve the project. Planning and Engineering comments will be sent to the applicant this week.
- 555 West Grand Mixed-Use Building (Developer: Ed McCoy) 32 condo units in three floors over a parking garage – This 32-unit mixed-use development with 610 SF of office/flex space was submitted as a planned development application on August 27, 2018. The project is seeking a reduction in parking and open space standards. All departments are now conducting their initial review. Initial comments will include the need to upsize the existing water main in Quince Street from Valley Parkway to the project site.
- Accessory Dwelling Units – Planning staff is currently working on nine applications for accessory dwelling units. 17 accessory dwelling units have been approved so far this year. Three accessory dwelling units were approved last year.
- The Building Division issued 73 permits (including 40 solar photovoltaic) with a total valuation of $1,637,332.
- Our building inspectors responded to 189 inspection requests and 167 customers visited the Building counter during the week.
- The Meadowbrook three-story apartment building with underground garage at 2081 Garden Valley Glen is preparing the building for final inspection. Building inspected the gas lines on September 13, 2018. Cabinetry installation is ongoing.
- The Westminster Seminary at 1725 Bear Valley Pkwy so far has received final inspection approval for all buildings except for Buildings B and H.
- The Emanuel Faith Church at 639 E 17th Ave is preparing for final inspection. A 30-day Temporary Certificate of Occupancy has been issued. No Change from the previous.
- Masonry site walls are being inspected at the Veterans Village project at 1540 S Escondido Blvd.
- Centre City Shopping Center (Centre City Parkway/Mission Avenue) - Drywall installation has been inspected and approved for the new carwash business in the southernmost building. Interior tenant improvement permits were issued and underground plumbing has been inspected for the new Yoshinoya restaurant in the center building. Interior tenant improvement permits were issued for the new Habit Burger and Stanton Optical in the northern building and they both have received partial rough framing inspection approval.
- The Latitude 2 apartment project at 650 Center City Pkwy is currently going through inspections on all buildings for rough framing, drywall and exterior lath. No Change from the previous.
- The new two story church sanctuary building at 1864 N Broadway has completed the slab, roof sheathing and exterior lath. No Change from the previous.
- The 212,000 SF industrial shell building at 2005 Harmony Grove has received final inspection approval from Building. Engineering approval is pending for issuance of the Certificate of Occupancy. No Change from the previous.
- The new 63-unit condominium project, Citron, at 2516 S Escondido Blvd has received foundation approval for Buildings 4, 5, 9 and 10 and roof sheathing approval for Buildings 2 and 3 and Fire final inspection for Building 1.
- The new 105 room hotel at 200 La Terraza is requesting rough framing inspection of the 2nd floor framing and first floor drywall. No Change from the previous.
- The 4 story, 102,774 sf storage building at 222 W Mission Ave has received inspection approval for the first and second floor exterior framing. No Change from the previous.
- The new five-story storage building at 852 Metcalf St has foundation piers, interior foundations and elevator footings inspection approval. No Change from the previous.
- The new Gateway Grand 126-unit apartment project at 700 W. Grand Ave. has received underground plumbing inspection and inspections for temporary electrical service. The foundation is being prepared for inspection. No Change from the previous
- Permits were issued this week for a new 2,920 square foot warehouse building at 2300 Harveson Place.
- Plans were submitted this week for a new, custom single-family dwelling with an accessory dwelling unit at 3045 El Ku.
- Plans were submitted this week for a new single-family dwelling for KB Homes at 1792 N. Ash Street.
- Public works has been increasing staff to aid in eradicating graffiti. This presence has been successful and within the last week the team removed 818 tags. Each word is considered one tag for our reporting purposes.
- 10 yards of trash and debris were collected along the bike path this week.
Valley Pkwy/Valley Center Road Widening Project: Calendar Day 292
The traffic signal contractor completed the relocation of the traffic signal pole located on the Northeast corner of Valley Center Road and Lake Wohlford Road on Monday during an 8-hour signal outage. The landscape contractor has started the testing of the irrigation system along the East side of the project. The concrete subcontractor arrived on Monday and completed all remaining concrete median island curbing along the project limits. The contractor will now complete the installation of the color concrete paving which is located along the inside perimeter of the median islands. There is 9,360 square feet of colored concrete paving associated with the median island construction. The masonry contractor completed the wall portion of the “Welcome to Escondido” sign this week. The sign measures 9’ 6” from the ground level and is 8 feet wide. The sign is located South of Valley Parkway / Lake Wohlford Road intersection along the entrance to the City. The sign will be illuminated by two light fixtures which will be installed later in the project.
Transit Center Pedestrian Bridge Project
No changes from that reported last week: Transit Center Pedestrian Bridge and Spruce Street Channel Improvement Project is moving forward with 100% design. Resource agency permits from the Regional Water Board and Fish & Wildlife have been obtained and the City is now pursuing a final Permit from the Army Corps. Negotiations of drainage/wall easements and TCEs with property owners are underway.
Missing Link Project
No changes from that reported last week: The traffic signal contractor has constructed the foundations for the new Woodward/Broadway traffic signal poles. The traffic signal poles as well as the metal pedestrian bridge elements are not expected to be delivered to the site until late October. During this period, there will not be much construction activity on the project.
Public Service Agreement: Maintenance Yard Groundwater Monitoring Well Destruction
No changes from that reported last week: The City has solicited bids for the destruction of 14 groundwater monitoring wells located within the Public Works Maintenance Yard. The apparent low bid was $33,680.00 for the project. The bid will be awarded after review of the project documents by the attorney’s office.
Centre City Shopping Center
Construction of the offsite concrete improvements along Centre City Parkway has been completed. The work will now shift to a night operation on Wednesday of this week. Work will include the resurfacing of the existing asphalt roadway from the Southerly project boundary to the intersection at Mission Avenue. When completed the new roadway will provide for 3 North bound travel lanes, a bike lane and access and egress driveway to the new retail center along the Centre City frontage. The project is located at 425 W. Mission Avenue.
Tract 932 - Canyon Grove Shea Homes Community
No change from that reported last week. 9 new homes are being released for occupancy this week.
Latitude II Condominiums by a Lyon Homes Partnership: Washington Avenue @ Centre City Parkway:
Reconstruction of the Centre City Parkway began this week. The work includes construction of 22 feet of new roadway. When completed, the project will have created 3 North bound travel lanes, a bike lane and access/ egress driveway to the new community along the Centre City frontage. The curb and gutter formed along Centre City Parkway and Washington Avenue is being scheduled for completion.
Exeter Industrial Park
No changes from that reported last week: The contractor is working with the local water district to remove two water service lateral this week. week. The offsite improvement is being interrupted due to the discovery of an unmarked 16” ductile iron reclaimed water main found while drilling for the traffic signal foundation. The project team is working on a solution for relocating the signal foundation to a minimum of 5’ clearance of the discovered line. The lead time for reordering a longer mast arm is 16 weeks. The project is located at 2005 Harmony Grove Road and is 5.4 acres in size.
No change from that reported last week. Offsite public improvements along Cranston Avenue were started with the installation of the concrete curb and gutter. This is a 65-unit condo project located at 2516 S. Escondido Boulevard.
No change from that reported last week. The contractor is working on site constructing bio retention basins. The project is located at 700 W. Grand Avenue, the previous site of Escondido Police Department.
Emanuel Faith Church
The installation of the new traffic signal poles at Encino Drive and Felicita/17th Avenue was completed on Saturday September 8th. We do not have a signal activation date at this time.
Lincoln Rock Apartments
No changes from that reported last week: The construction of the retaining wall along the freeway frontage has been completed. The wall is a design element for the construction of the bio retention basin. Testing of the new water line has started this week. The project is located at the Southwest corner of Rock Springs Road and Lincoln Avenue.
Irrigation and landscaping treatments have begun this week along the Vista Avenue improvements. The developer is continuing with the development of all remaining houses within the project.
- On Tuesday, September 11th, The North San Diego Chamber of Commerce held the 2018 Honoring Our Region's Heroes Awards Luncheon. The luncheon is held annually to honor the dedicated officers, first responders, and public safety leaders who have gone above and beyond in their duties. Escondido Fire Department Engineer Christensen, Firefighters Leitch, Roberts, Lane and Paramedic Hanna were honored at the luncheon for their quick response on May 7th, 2018. Paramedic Hanna found Captain Barratt on the floor of his office with obvious signs and symptoms of a stroke. Paramedic Hanna alerted the crewmembers and the team quickly began to treat Captain Barratt and transport him to Palomar Hospital under a Stroke Code Protocol. He was quickly taken into surgery where an 8mm clot was removed and therapy was started. Had it not been for the quick recognition and treatment of the crew, Captain Barratt’s condition may have been much worse.
- In partnership with the Escondido Police and Fire Departments, The San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum opened a new Neighborhood Heroes exhibit on September 18th. The exhibit was created to inspire kids to help others, learn about public safety and teamwork, and have practice placing emergency calls. The exhibit is free with museum admission and meet-and-greets with police officers and first responders will be available throughout October. For more information, please visit http://sdcdm.org/neighborhood-heroes-exhibit
- The Escondido Fire Department Prevention Division, the American Red Cross, The Burn Institute and the Rincon Water District have partnered to provide and install Free smoke alarms in homes that need them. The next free Smoke Alarm installation event has been scheduled for the Escondido Views Mobile Home Park on Tuesday October 9th, 2018 from 9a to 3p.
- National Preparedness Month (NPM), recognized each September, provides an opportunity to remind us that we all must prepare ourselves and our families now and throughout the year. This NPM will focus on planning, with an overarching theme: Disasters Happen. Prepare Now. Learn How.San Diego’s peak fire season starts next month and has the potential for large fires. Take time to learn lifesaving skills − such as CPR and first aid, check your insurance policies and coverage for the hazards you may face, such as fire, flood, earthquakes, and tornados. Make sure to consider the costs associated with disasters and save for an emergency. Also, know how to take practical safety steps like shutting off water and gas. A few small preparedness steps and a new skill may make your next disaster a little more bearable. Additional preparedness information can be found on the Fire Department website: https://fire.escondido.org/home.aspx
Mutual Aid Updates
- On Tuesday, September 11th The City of Escondido Fire Department deployed Engineer Bihun as a Public Information Officer to the Delta Fire North of Redding.
- On 9-9-2018, officers responded to a hit and run collision in the 1300 block of Morning View Drive. Officers arrived on scene and learned the suspect vehicle was recently reported stolen from the city of Oceanside. Officers established a perimeter and the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department helicopter, ASTREA, responded to the scene to assist. With the assistance of all involved, Officer C. Naranjo located the suspect hiding under a parked vehicle and took him into custody without incident. Oceanside Police Department provided a still-photo of the suspect from the vehicle theft which matched the subject in custody. A police officer from Oceanside Police Department Officer responded to the scene and took custody of the subject who also had a felony warrant issued for his arrest.
- On 9-9-2018, Officer Rivera located a stolen vehicle in the area of Ash St. and El Norte Pkwy. The driver of the vehicle pulled over on his own and feigned compliance until Officer Rivera exited his vehicle. Once Officer Rivera was out of his vehicle, the driver drove away at a high rate of speed. Officers searched for the vehicle and located it in the arear of Broadway St. and Stanley Ave. The drive once again drove away from officers. At one point during the pursuit, the driver purposely swerved his vehicle into the path of an officer’s vehicle. The driver eventually drove onto a dead-end street and collided into a structure in the 500 block of Veronica Pl. The driver got out of the vehicle and ran. The driver violently resisted the officers’ attempts to detain him. One officer suffered minor injuries taking driver into custody. The driver was booked into the Vista Detention Facility for possession of a stolen vehicle, evading and assault with a deadly weapon.
- On 09-11-2018, Officer C. Naranjo conducted a traffic enforcement stop on a Harley Davidson motorcycle for various vehicle code violations. The rider was out on bail for a separate narcotics related case. During an investigation, the rider was found to be in possession of approximately 70 grams of methamphetamine, 60 grams of cocaine and numerous baggies containing pills capsules. The rider was booked into the Vista Detention Facility for numerous drug related charges. The investigation is ongoing.
- On 9-11-2018, at 1448 hours, dispatch received a transfer call from the Sam Diego County Sherriff’s Department indicating an 18-wheel tanker truck belonging to Diamond Environmental and containing human excrement had been stolen in San Marcos and was being tracked by the company through Escondido. Multiple units began searching for the vehicle and ultimately caught up to it as it headed up Highway 78 towards Ramona. The driver of the vehicle failed to yield and continued up the grade. A sergeant from the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department was the first to spike strip the vehicle successfully as it approached Ramona, which slowed it significantly. The driver continued to drive in an unsafe manner, and over the course of the next 45 minutes, deputies from the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department and officers from the California Highway Patrol spiked the truck several more times, resulting in at least 10 flattened and shredded tires. Eventually, all Escondido Police officers, except K-9 Officer Putulowski and Sgt. Miller, discontinued the pursuit when sufficient deputies arrived in the area. The suspect continued to drive on rims until the truck became disabled on Highway 79, a few miles south of the Riverside County line. The driver was taken into custody by deputies. There were no collisions and no property damage (other than the truck) as a result of the pursuit.
- On 9-11-2018, At about 0448 hours, officers located a stolen vehicle in the 1800 block of E. Grand Ave. A traffic stop was initiated and the driver of the vehicle failed to yield and attempted to evade officers. The suspect drove to the dead end of Hawk Ridge Pl. and ran from the vehicle. The suspect ran a short distance and attempted to hide in some bushes. Eventually, the suspect was located and surrendered without incident. The suspect was booked into the Vista Detention Facility for possession of a stolen vehicle and evading.
The 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, quality of life issues, and addressing crime and public nuisance in Grape Day Park and at Maple Plaza.
- 7 arrests were made
- 34 citations were issued