A free College and Career Fair will be held on Saturday, October 1, 2016 from Noon to 4 p.m. on levels 2 and 3 at Westfield North County mall, 272 East Via Rancho Parkway. Representatives from over 100 colleges and universities will be on hand to provide information to students and their parents about entrance requirements, application deadlines, and majors. Representatives also will be there for those interested in community college, trade school, certification programs and military service.
Recognizing that a well-educated workforce is essential to Escondido’s prosperity, a wide range of organizations are sponsoring the fair: Mission Federal Credit Union, Westfield North County, Cal State University San Marcos Extended Studies, City of Escondido, Escondido Chamber of Commerce, Escondido Union High School District, Palomar College GEAR UP Partnership Program, San Diego Union-Tribune, the Valley Center-Pauma Unified School District and “Visit Escondido”.
For more information, please visit: collegeandcareerfair.escondido.org
- The 5th Annual Grand Woofstock
Grape Day Park
Saturday, September 24th from 10:00am - 3:00pm
This annual dog friendly event is back at Grape Day Park! Enjoy a day out with your pet at the park. There will be 50+ unique vendors, food trucks, a Blessing of the Animals and more!
- For information about other activities taking place in Escondido, please visit www.visitescondido.com
Major Projects Update
Commercial / Office:
- Escondido Research and Technology Center – East (ERTC) (Developer: James McCann) – No change from the following update reported last week: This is a 72,000 square foot medical office building proposed on the east side of Citracado Parkway across from Palomar Medical Center located at 2130 Citracado Parkway. A grading permit has been issued by the Engineering Division. Building plans have been submitted for plan check. The applicant has recently requested to install a temporary paved parking lot in this area to serve the hospital. A grading plan for the temporary parking lot was approved June 13, 2016.
- Escondido Research and Technology Center – West (ERTC) (Developer: James McCann) – No change from the following update reported last week: This is a 144,000 sq. ft. development involving two medical office buildings proposed on the west side of Citracado Parkway across from Palomar Medical Center located at 2097 – 2175 Citracado Parkway. A grading permit has been issued by the Engineering Division. Esgil and the Planning Division have approved the building plans. A fee deferral agreement has been signed and the building permit was issued June 23, 2016. A tentative parcel map (TPM) for office condominiums was approved on July 12, 2016. Engineering is awaiting submittal of the (Final) Parcel Map from the applicant.
- Centerpointe 78 Commercial (Developer: Lars Andersen, Pacific Development) – This project is a 45,650 sq. ft. supermarket and restaurant located at 925 N. Broadway. The project was approved by the City Council on December 9, 2015. Demolition of the former auto dealership has been completed down to the foundation. Grading plans have been submitted to Engineering and Planning for review. Building plans for the supermarket were submitted to the Building Division on September 14, 2016, and are being reviewed by Building and Planning staff.
- Westfield Theater (Developer: Kim Brewer, Westfield) – No change from the following update reported last week: This project is a 10-auditorium movie theater totaling 57,600 sq. ft. located on the north side of the Westfield Mall. The project was approved by the City Council on November 4, 2015.
- Felicita Development, LLC (Developer: Katherine Park, Creative Design Associates) – No change from the following update reported last week: This project is a 140-unit hotel, and a gas station or office/residential care facility at the southeast corner of Felicita Rd. and Gamble Lane. The applicant and staff met with the architect to discuss building elevations, 5-story height limitations and site design issues given the existing wetland constraints on the property. 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. The applicant met with the wild life agencies and is responding to technical studies needed to complete the application. Tribal consultations are underway.
- Springhill Suites (Developer: Raj Patel, San Bernardino Hospitality LLC) – No change from the following update reported last week: This project is a 4-story, 105-suite hotel totaling 73,300 sq. ft. located at 200 La Terraza Drive. The hotel includes a small conference room and an enlarged lobby for serving continental breakfast. A revised set of grading plans has been approved since February and grading for the hotel site has now started. Building plans have been approved by Esgil, Fire, Planning and Engineering. The building permit is ready to be issued.
- Escondido Auto Park Association (Developer: Tim Brecht, Escondido Auto Park Association) – No change from the following update reported last week: The association is proposing to upgrade the existing electronic message sign along I-15. An application for a new regional market sign and an amendment to the Sign Ordinance to increase the allowable display area for a regional market sign was submitted to the Planning Division on May 6, 2016. The proposed sign would be located in the same location as the existing sign at a slightly lower height (73.5 feet) with approximately the same overall dimensions. The Planning Commission recommended approval of the new regional market sign and amendment to the Sign Ordinance on July 12, 2016. The City Council approved the new regional market sign and amendment to the Sign Ordinance on August 17, 2016.
- Ford-Hyundai Dealership Expansion (Developer: Neil E. Sander, Dynamic Engineering) – No change from the following update reported last week: An expansion involving approximately 13,000 sq. ft. of showroom buildings and 6,700 sq. ft. wash/detail building at 1717-1919 Auto Park Way was approved by the Planning Commission on June 23, 2015. Grading has commenced and the building permit for the Ford dealership has been issued.
- Trafalgar Square – Aldi Market (Developer: Charlie Mallon) – No change from the following update reported last week: This renovation of the Trafalgar Square shopping center includes demolition of the northern shop building and the northern portion of the western building to prepare a site for the construction of an 18,088 square foot, freestanding building for Aldi Market (1330 East Valley Parkway). The plot plan was approved by the Planning Division in June of 2015. A Building permit was issued on June 22, 2016, and the project is under construction.
- Escondido Disposal Inc. (Developer: Steve South, EDI) – No change from the following update reported last week: The CUP modification to expand the existing facility was approved by the Planning Commission on August 25, 2015. Revisions to the grading plan have been approved by Engineering and a building permit has been issued.
- StorQuest (Developer: The William Warren Group, Inc.) – This proposed project at 220 W. Mission Avenue involves a 102,500 sq. ft., four-story self-storage facility development with three in-line shops and a small office. The Planning Commission voted to recommend approval of the proposed General Plan Amendment, Planned Development and Zone Change on August 9, 2016. The project was approved by the City Council on September 14, 2016.
- Victory Industrial Development (Developer: Scott Merry, Badiee Development) – This project involves two industrial buildings totaling 91,000 sq. ft. (one building 55,500 sq. ft., second building 35,500 sq. ft.) located at 2005 Harmony Grove Road and a zone change from residential to Planned Industrial consistent with the updated General Plan. The Planning Commission voted to recommend approval of the proposed General Plan Amendment, Planned Development and Zone Change on August 9, 2016. It was approved by the City Council on September 14, 2016. Building plans were submitted into plan check the following day.
- Micro-Filtration Reverse Osmosis (Developer: City of Escondido Utilities Department) – The proposed project involves a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) for the development of a new city facility to provide advanced treatment for recycled water produced at the City of Escondido’s Hale Avenue Resource Recovery Facility (HARRF) for agricultural uses with the capacity for future treatment for indirect potable reuse. The facility would be sized for a total production capacity of 2.0 million gallons per day (mgd). A previous proposal for development of the facility at 2512 East Washington Avenue has now been shelved while staff pursues development of the facility on an alternative site located on the southeastern corner of Washington Avenue and Ash Street. On July 20, 2016, the City Council approved a first-phase design contract with Black and Veatch for the design effort need to bring the new site design to the Planning Commission for CUP consideration in December 2016. If the Planning Commission approves the CUP, a contract for the remaining design work will be brought forward to the City Council.
- Wastewater Collections Yard Expansion (Developer: City of Escondido Utilities Department) – No change from the following update reported last week: The project involves development of 1.8 acres of a larger, approximately 15.4-acre site for the construction of a new wastewater collections yard and maintenance facility for the City’s Hale Avenue Resource Recovery Facility (HARRF) at 1521 S. Hale Avenue. The proposed facilities will consist of three separate pre-fabricated metal buildings 3,735 sq. ft. - 5,670 sq. ft. for collections; work bays and workshops for regular maintenance of vehicles and equipment. The project would require the processing of a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) and rezone. The Planning Commission held a public hearing and recommended approval on May 10, 2016. It was approved by the City Council on June 15, 2016.
- Escondido Self-Storage Facility (Developer: Brandywine Homes, Inc.) – No change from the following update reported last week: A modification to a Master and Precise Development Plan for revisions to the design of a previously approved, but not yet constructed, self-storage facility with direct access to Brotherton Road near the intersection with Cranston Drive. The proposed project was submitted on May 11, 2016, and proposes approximately 77,500 SF of storage area in two buildings. The larger building is two stories over a basement with all interior loading. The smaller building is one-story with some exterior roll-up doors. The project site is also part of a five-lot Tentative Map for four residential lots and one commercial lot (Tract 900) that is concurrently being processed for an extension of time. Planning staff approved the environmental technical studies needed for the update of the previous environmental review on July 12. Architecture was approved by staff Design Review on July 14 and an addendum to the previous MND has been prepared. The project was recommended for approval by the Planning Commission on September 13, 2016. A City Council hearing has tentatively been scheduled for October 12, 2016.
- John Paul the Great Catholic University (Developer: Kevin Meziere, John Paul the Great Catholic University) – No change from the following update reported last week: A Conditional Use Permit to expand the campus and student enrollment at 155 W. Grand Avenue was approved by the Planning Commission on December 8, 2015. The proposal includes improvements to the former H. Johnson site at 131 S. Broadway for studio and classroom space, and the former bank at 200 W. Grand Avenue for administrative offices and a student resource center. The proposed expansion would also increase the student enrollment from 300 to 1,200 students over the next several years.
- Escondido United Reformed Church (Developer: Brent Cooper) – No change from the following update reported last week: The project is an expansion for a phased, multi-year, master construction/development plan for a new 12,250 SF two-story sanctuary, conversion of existing buildings to a social hall, demolition of an existing social hall/classroom building (approx. 4,620 SF) and construction of approximately 5,250 SF for a nursery, multi-purpose room, classrooms for Sunday school at 1864 N. Broadway. Revised architectural plans were unanimously approved by the Planning Commission on June 14, 2016. The grading plans are now in plan check.
- Emmanuel Faith Community Church (Developer: Jim North, EFCC) – No change from the following update reported last week: The project is a phased, multi-year construction and renovation program for the Emmanuel Faith campus that includes demolishing the existing children’s rooms and constructing a new nursery and children’s building for up to 200 children, construction of a two-story training center/youth complex, renovation of the existing high school/college building, conversion of the existing education center into an office and meeting room building, demolition of the existing café and construction of a new café, demolition and construction of a new maintenance building, construction of a new gathering plaza with baptismal outdoor water feature, and reconstruction and expansion of the existing worship center from 1,600 seats to 2,000 seats. The Planning Commission approved the proposed modification to the Conditional Use Permit for the campus on June 9, 2015. Grading, building and landscape plans for the first phase (45,414 square foot new children’s building) were submitted on July 6, 2016, and are being reviewed by staff.
- Oak Creek (Developer: Jason Han, New Urban West) – No change from the following update reported last week: This project is a 65-unit single family development located at the southeastern corner of Felicita Road and Hamilton Lane approved by the City Council in 2015. The LAFCO Board unanimously approved the annexation on October 5, 2015, and the annexation has been recorded. No grading or improvement plans have been submitted by the developer at this time.
- Amanda Estates (Developer: Jason Han, New Urban West) – No change from the following update reported last week: This project is a 22-unit single family development on Amanda Lane approved by the City Council in 2015. The LAFCO Board approved the reorganization (annexation) at their meeting on August 3, 2015, and the annexation has been recorded. No grading or improvement plans have been submitted by the developer at this time.
- Pradera (Developer: Moses Kim, Lennar Homes) – No change from the following update reported last week: This project consists of a 70-unit single family development located at the northeastern corner of Ash Street and Lehner Avenue. The developer has obtained building permits for five phases involving 44 homes and those phases are under construction. Homebuyer interest in the product remains high and sales are progressing. All five final maps in the project have now recorded. Precise grading plans for Street E submitted week of July 11, 2016.
- Lexington (Zenner) (Developer: Eric Johnston, KB Homes) – No change from the following update reported last week: The project is a 40-unit, single-family development at the northeastern corner of Lehner Avenue and Vista Avenue. The three model homes on the eastern side of Ash Street are now open and sales are progressing as expected. A rough grading permit was issued for the project site on August 18, 2016 and grading is underway.
- Stella Park Condominiums (Developer: Edward Kaen, ETP, LLC) – No change from the following update reported last week: This project is a 65-unit, three-story townhome Planned Development located at 2516 S. Escondido Blvd. The project includes three separate recreation areas for residents. The City Council approved the project on April 27, 2016. No grading or improvement plans have been submitted by the developer at this time.
- Wohlford (Developer: Jack Henthorne) – No change from the following update reported last week: This project is a 55-unit single family development located on Bear Valley Parkway east of Encino Drive. A Specific Alignment Plan for Bear Valley Parkway detailing the proposed roadway design is under review. The EIR consultant and staff have reviewed the applicant’s technical reports and provided comments for revisions. Bi-weekly status meetings have commenced as the Draft EIR gets underway.
- Latitude II (Developer: Peter Zak, Lyon/NCA) – No change from the following update reported last week: This project is a 112-unit multi-family development, located at the northeastern corner of Centre City Parkway and Washington Avenue, and approved by the City Council on August 19, 2015. A Final Subdivision Map has been submitted for review and is awaiting approval of a boundary adjustment for a property exchange with the adjacent motel owner. Grading and building plans are nearing approval.
- Canyon Grove Estates Tract 932 (Developer: John Vance, Shea Homes) – No change from the following update reported last week: This project is a 179-lot single family residential development on the north side of Vista Avenue east of Conway Drive. The final architectural design and landscaping plans for the Precise Plan application were approved by the Planning Commission on June 14, 2016. A rough grading permit has been issued and grading is underway. A final map and CC&Rs are being reviewed by Planning and Engineering. Building plans for the construction of eight model homes were submitted on May 18, 2016 and are being reviewed by staff. Precise grading plans for the model complex and a model home permit are nearing approval. The applicant is coordinating the plan review for off-site street improvements on Ash Street with the County’s Department of Public Works.
- Safari Highlands Ranch (SHR) (Developer: Jeb Hall, Concordia Homes) – No change from the following update reported last week: This project is a 550-unit single family development located east of the Rancho San Pasqual community and north of the San Diego Safari Park. The project involves 1,100 acres including annexation and a Sphere of Influence update for a master planned community with parks, trails, recreation center, fire station and open space. Planning and Engineering extensions of staff have been funded by the applicant and retained to assist the city in processing the project. The City Council approved the consultant contract for preparing the EIR on March 23, 2016. The contract planner has been meeting with the consultant, Michael Baker International (MBI), and has started review of first draft sections of the EIR. While the EIR is generally on schedule, there have been some changes to the site plan, which will affect the EIR schedule. The changes include the elimination of the “water factory” for wastewater treatment, elimination of the public park, changes to the entry road which would now be private instead of public, and relocation of the fire station to the former public park site. These changes will require the applicant’s civil engineer to make a number of revisions to the tentative map, but are not anticipated to affect the proposed development envelope or the number of proposed lots.
- High Pointe Tract 693-J (Developer: Russell Schaeffer, True Life Communities) – No change from the following update reported last week: This project is a custom-home development with 39 estate lots accessed from Mesa Rock Road. Staff has prepared a bond and fee letter based on the proposed grading and landscape plans, and has sent it to the applicant.
- Del Prado (Developer: Kerry Garza, Touchstone Communities) – No change from the following update reported last week: This project is a 113-unit townhome-style Planned Development located at the southwestern corner of Brotherton Road and the Centre City Parkway frontage road. The project includes a recreational facility, pool, and open space areas. Staff worked through various site design and utility issues with the applicant prior to scheduling the project for a public hearing. The City Council approved the project on May 11, 2016. No grading or improvement plans have been submitted by the developer at this time.
- Solutions for Change (Developer: Solutions for Change) – No change from the following update reported last week: This project is a Planned Development application for 33 multi-family units of affordable housing. It was approved by the City Council on November 18, 2015. Building plans have been approved and the building permit has been issued. A groundbreaking event was held June 28, 2016. Foundation work for the project is under construction.
- 701 San Pasqual Valley Rd (Developer: Bob Stewart) – No change from the following update reported last week: This project is a 19-unit single family development located at 701 San Pasqual Rd/1201 E. 5th Avenue (formerly Tract 898) on 7.2 acres. The application is under review and a letter detailing additional comments and submittal requirements was forwarded to the applicant. Additional information and revised plans were submitted to the Planning Division on June 13, 2016. Planning Division has reviewed the submittal and informed the applicant that it is still incomplete.
- Veterans Village (Developer: Veterans Village of San Diego) – No change from the following update reported last week: This project is a mixed-use development involving a 54-unit affordable multi-family residential apartment project for military veterans and their families. It includes on-site administration office, business center, club house and other support spaces for the residents; and a small commercial component to support training opportunities offered at the facility at 1556 S. Escondido Boulevard. Building plans have been submitted for review and comment; the grading plans and landscaping plans have been approved. Demolition permits are still needed for the historic structures on-site prior to issuance of grading permits.
- Escondido Gateway (Developer: Greg Waite, Integral Communities) – This project is a mixed-use development involving 126 residential units within three, 4-5 story buildings with indoor and outdoor recreational areas and an opportunity for a small (1,000 sq. ft.) commercial/flex space on 2.6 acres (48 dwelling units/acre) located at 700 W. Grand Avenue (former Police Station) across the street from the Escondido Transit Center. Plans were submitted for the project involving a Specific Plan Amendment, Tentative Map, Planned Development and Development Agreement. The Draft Mitigated Negative Declaration has been issued and a 20-day public review period ended on July 12, 2016. Final terms and language for the Development Agreement are now being reviewed with the applicant for concurrence. On September 13, 2016, the Planning Commission recommended approval of the proposed development. A City Council hearing has been scheduled for October 12, 2016.
- City Plaza (Developer: Charlie Zhang, Zion Enterprises) – No change from the following update reported last week: This long-dormant, partially constructed mixed-use development at the southeastern corner of South Escondido Boulevard and Third Avenue now has new ownership. The new owners have met with city staff and indicated they quickly plan to start constructing the 65-unit apartment project as originally approved. The project consists of a three-story building with 51,200 SF of residential area and 4,100 SF of commercial area and two levels of parking. The building permits will need to be reissued and the applicant is coordinating that process with the Building Official. Structural engineering information was submitted to the Building Division on May 8. On July 27, the Building Department reported that permits now have been issued to continue construction. Traffic control plans are being implemented for the adjacent streets. Architectural plan revisions were submitted to the Building Division on August 24, 2016, and are currently being reviewed by Building and Planning.
- The Building Division issued 65 permits for the week with a total valuation of $265,349. Permits were for tenant improvements, room additions, roofing, photovoltaics and miscellaneous.
- Although photovoltaic permits had been trending downward, a record 35 photovoltaic permits were issued for the week. The Building Division has issued 893 solar permits this year compared to 907 issued for the same time last year.
- Counter techs assisted, on average, 36 customers per day; with 42 customers on Friday.
- Building inspections averaged 28 inspections per day with 4 inspections held over on Thursday. 32 inspections were conducted on Friday.
- So far this year the Building Division has processed 2,634 permits, compared to 2,549 permits last year to date. Current building valuation for all issued permits to date is $50,940,233 compared to $37,831,598 for last year.
- Plans were submitted for a new 43,885 square foot shell building at 990 N Broadway on the location of the old Toyota dealership.
- Plans were submitted for two new industrial shell buildings at 2005 Harmony Grove. Building 1 is 51,400 square feet; and Building 2 is 32,900 square feet.
- Interviews are taking place this week for the senior building inspector position. Filling this position will bring inspection services back to full staffing and improve customer service.
- As of September 19, 2016, the total number of open code enforcement cases is 428 cases. During the prior week, 61 new cases were opened, and 71 cases were closed, with a backlog of an additional 25 cases not yet opened for assignment and investigation.
- There were 89 illegal signs confiscated during the weekend.
- Last week, the Business License Division issued 82 new licenses and received 41 new applications, in addition to 81 renewals.
- 2015/2016 Street Rehabilitation and Maintenance Project: The contractor is constructing concrete sidewalk and curb and gutter improvements along with concrete cross gutters along Auto Parkway between Hale Avenue and Andreasen Drive. A concrete bus stop will be installed on Grand Avenue east of Valley Boulevard later this week.
- Bear Valley Parkway between Boyle Avenue and San Pasqual Valley Road (County Project): A punch list has been developed for all maintenance-related items needing correction prior to final.
- 2412 South Escondido Boulevard: The developer has completed all items from the developed punch list. This project will be scheduled for an October council meeting
- Pradera - Lennar Communities: Water line construction along Stanley Avenue was begun on Monday September 19.
Plan reviews and approvals continued on this project as follows:
- The Precise Grading plans for Street “E” was approved on Sept. 14th. This is the last of the Pradera precise grading plans.
- The Perimeter Signing and Striping plan for Stanley Ave., Ash St., and Lehner Ave. was approved on Sept. 13th.
- Engineering and Utility staff continue to work closely with Lennar’s Engineer on the design of the proposed 20” waterline in Conway Dr. This waterline design also requires SD Co. Water Authority approval for work in their easement.
- Lexington Model Homes - KB Homes: Installing (2) new street light foundations @ Ash & Lehner
- Mass grading is ongoing for the 41 unit housing project between Vista Avenue and Lehner Avenue.
- The Rough Grading plans, Storm Water and Drainage Reports were approved on August 18th.
- The 2nd submittal of the Improvement plans and Final Map was returned to the Engineer on Sept. 15th.
- The Street Vacation package was submitted on August 15th and has been reviewed and processed by Engineering and Real Property Depts. and is scheduled for City Council on Sept. 28th.
- City Plaza: Escondido Boulevard @ 3rd Avenue No changes from the following update reported last week: The project has a closure of the #2 lane of north bound Escondido Boulevard between 3rd and 4th Avenue which will be in place for 8 months. On site construction of the structural concrete building has begun with the setting of forms along Escondido Boulevard.
- Tract 932 - Canyon Grove Shea Homes Community: The contractor is continuing the mass grading for the 179 housing pads. The Ash Street/ Vista Avenue improvements which are the jurisdiction of the San Diego County has begun with the mass grading of the east side of Ash Street between Vista Avenue and Hubbard Avenue. Offsite water main construction along Century Way has been delayed due to a conflict with a dry utility package. The electronic message board will be used to notify the effected residents of the change in the construction activity.
Plan reviews and approvals continued on this project as follows:
- The Model Home Precise Grading plans were approved Sept. 20th.
- The Final Map is scheduled to go to City Council for approval on October 19th.
- Solutions Housing Project 1560 S. Escondido Boulevard: Construction of the offsite dry utilities is complete with finish paving expected to be completed this week.
- Tract SUB15-0003 – Latitude II Condominiums by a Lyon Homes Partnership: This project is a 112-unit residential condominium subdivision located at the N/E corner of Centre City Parkway and Washington Ave. The primary access to the project will be via a new entrance off of Centre City Parkway. Also, this project will construct a large box culvert storm drain to route existing storm water flows through the project. There a few private and public easement quitclaims and a property swap that must be completed to build the project as planned.
- The Grading and Improvement plans are ready for approval with the payment of fees and posting of bonds.
- The 5th submittal of the Final Map was made on August 30th and the review is primarily waiting on the Boundary Adjustment with the motel property.
- Westminster Theological Seminary Graduate Student Housing: This is a multi-phase project to add 72 units of graduate student housing to be located on a 9- acre parcel next to, and serving, the existing Westminster Theological Seminary located off of Boyle Avenue and Bear Valley Pkwy. Although the site will require extensive grading, the frontage street improvements are just now being completed by the County’s Bear Valley Parkway North widening project.
- The Grading plans were approved on August 18th.
- The 4th submittal of the Waterline Improvement plans was made Sept. 16th and this review should be completed the first week of October.
- Victory Industrial Park: This is a 91,000 SF light industrial development located at 2005 Harmony Grove Rd. and is comprised of 2 buildings on roughly 5 acres. A boundary adjustment with 3 neighboring industrial properties to the northwest will complete the project site. Although the project is in the City’s Water District, a Service Exchange Agreement with Rincon del Diablo Municipal Water District to provide water service has been negotiated. The site requires the import of roughly 67,000 CY of fill material to elevate the building pads for sewer service.
- The 1st submittal of the Grading and Improvement plans, storm water and drainage reports were made August. 10th and these reviews were returned to the engineer on Sept. 15th.
- The Zone Change, Master and Precise Development plans were approved by Planning Commission on August 9th and City Council on Sept. 14th.
The Recycling Division of Public Works co-sponsored an “I Love A Clean San Diego Coastal Cleanup” event at Dixon Lake on Saturday, Sept. 17, from 9 a.m. to noon. Approximately 176 volunteers, including a busload of third- through fifth-graders from Felicita Elementary School, collected about 300 pounds of trash and 200 pounds of recyclables.
- On September 11, 2016, at about 5:00 a.m., officers were dispatched to the area of 761 N. Broadway to investigate a stabling that had just occurred. Officers arrived and found the victim who had sustained a non-life threatening wound to his abdomen. The victim said he was attacked by a suspect near the Kaiser medical building at 732 N. Broadway. Officers established a perimeter around the location, and initiated a ground search. The suspect was located near a large dumpster enclosure on the property, along with a box cutter type weapon. The suspect was arrested and booked into the Vista Detention Facility for assault with a deadly weapon.
- On September 12, 2016, officers conducted a citywide special enforcement detail focused on illegal camping, trespassing, loitering and other public nuisance crimes. The effort resulted in the issuance of 18 citations, 1 arrest and 2 field interviews of suspects for various crimes. The enforcement detail was in response to numerous complaints from local businesses and citizens. The detail is an example of the police department’s Community Oriented Policing and Problems Solving (COPPS) philosophy, and our commitment to reduce crime and improve the quality of life for all residents and visitors alike.
- On September 13, 2016, officers were dispatched to a robbery that had just occurred at Valley Parkway and Midway Dr. The victim said they were following the suspect vehicle. Officers spotted the suspect vehicle as it traveled west on El Norte Pkwy at Rose St. The suspect attempted to evade officers by driving into 1530 E. El Norte, but eventually yielded. The driver and a passenger were detained without further incident. The victim positively identified the driver as the robbery suspect, as well as the money that was recovered from the suspect vehicle. The suspect was arrested and booked into the Vista Detention Facility.
- On September 14, 2016, a female suspect entered the 7-11 at 1030 N. Broadway and completed a theft of beer. The clerk attempted to stop the female who violently resisted elevating the crime to a robbery. A few hours later, officers were dispatched to Kit Carson Park regarding a disturbance. Officers located the female robbery suspect and the empty cans of stolen beer. The suspect was arrested and booked into the Vista Detention Facility for robbery.
- On September 16, 2016, at about 4:44 a.m. officers were dispatched to the area of Centre City Parkway south of Felicita Avenue regarding a serious injury collision. Officers arrived and located two involved vehicles. Based on witness statements and physical evidence at the scene, it appears a vehicle going north bound on Centre City Parkway collided with a vehicle making a left turn from the S. Escondido Boulevard connector to south bound Centre City Parkway. The driver of the vehicle making the left turn sustained serious injuries. Officers and paramedics unsuccessfully attempted life-saving measures, and the driver died at the scene. The driver of the other vehicle was not injured.
- The traffic investigation is ongoing and is being conducted by Officer Frank Huston of the Traffic Division. We are seeking the public’s help with anyone who may have witnessed the accident or has any additional information about the collision. Witnesses are encouraged to call Officer Huston at (760) 839-4423.
- On September 16, 2016, officers on routine patrol contacted five suspects near a dumpster enclosure at 1761 S. Escondido Blvd. During the contact, officers located over 20 grams of methamphetamine, a scale, plastic baggies, and a pellet handgun on the person/and or property of three suspects. The suspects were arrested for multiple drug and weapon charges and later booked at the Vista Detention Facility.
- On September 16, 2016, The Escondido Chamber of Commerce hosted the 18th Annual Chamber Challenge Golf Tournament at the Vineyard Golf Club in Escondido. Several local businesses sponsored the event, which was well attended. The proceeds raised from the tournament benefit the Escondido Police Athletic League (PAL) program. PAL provides critical sports and life skills programs to underprivileged children in Escondido. This non-profit program is operated by a dedicated group of volunteers consisting of current and retired police officers, and local citizens. The PAL program has many success stories, which could not be possible without the generous support of local businesses and community members who participate and donate to this valuable resource for Escondido’s children.
- The Escondido Police Department is proud to announce its participation in the regional Take Me Home Program developed by the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department in 2010. This program is a registry that is intended to assist individuals with developmental disabilities and/or medical conditions, such as Alzheimer’s disease, Autism or any other developmental disabilities, which may increase their risk of wandering off or getting lost. The registry allows citizens to register family members with special needs through San Diego County Sheriff's Department or several other partner agencies, such as ARC of San Diego, Autism Society of San Diego and San Diego Regional Center.
Included will be the individual’s name, age, gender, and even information on certain communication barriers and information on the individual’s disabilities. See more at: http://inforney.com/local-news/item/4342-forney-police-department-launching-take-me-home-program#sthash.L2JCkgao.dpuf
The database is accessible by any law enforcement agency and it includes a photograph of the registered individual, a physical description, nature of their disability and contact information. If an officer comes in contact with an individual who may be lost or disoriented, the officer or dispatcher can access the database and query by name or physical description against those within the registry. The program also has photo recognition technology. In the event an individual is unable to communicate, the officer can take a photograph and electronically have it checked against those in the registry for a similar match. The registry is an invaluable resource for families with special needs, such as elderly parents with dementia, Alzheimer’s disease and those with other developmental disabilities.
Escondido Police Department is currently working toward a two-step implementation process, which includes training dispatch and patrol staff on access and use of the database. The second step will include the entry of just over 60 registered citizens within Escondido, into our Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) system. Additionally, we will be providing a link for the Take Me Home Program on our department website. The department will issue a press release to educate the public when the program is fully operational.