FEATURED THIS WEEK
Annual Coastal Clean Up at Dixon Lake
On Saturday, the Recycling & Waste Reduction Division sponsored the 33rd Annual Coastal Cleanup Day at Dixon Lake. It was one of the 100 sites countywide that received a cleanup supported by volunteers. We had exactly 100 volunteers show up at Dixon Lake, and they collected about 300 pounds of trash and recycling in just three hours!

Social Media Kudos to Escondido Police Officer
On Friday, September 14, a member of the Facebook group Escondido Friends observed an officer making an arrest at the Transit Station. Here is his comment. “Today at 6:00pm I watched an Escondido police officer arrest a lady at the transit station. Want to give him a shout out (if I knew his name) for conducting himself to the utmost professional. Even with her being combative from the beginning he never lost his composure and handled the situation perfectly.” This Officer was Christopher Lokers. There were several follow-on posts commending all of our officers for the great work they do every day. We are proud of our Officers and the professional service they provide to our community.

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

Major Projects Update
The following major projects are currently being reviewed and coordinated with Planning, Engineering, Fire, Building and Utilities staff. A complete description of each project can be viewed here. Updates provided below cover project milestones that occurred last week. 

Commercial / Office:

  1. Escondido Research and Technology Center – East (ERTC) (Developer: James McCann) – A grading plan for a temporary parking lot to serve the hospital was approved June 13, 2016, and the parking lot is nearing completion. 
  1. Escondido Research and Technology Center – West (ERTC) (Developer: James McCann) – A plan for a new two-story, 57,000 SF, 52-bed Palomar Rehabilitation Institute was submitted on July 31, 2017 and a letter indicating the application is incomplete was sent to the applicant on August 10, 2017. The applicant submitted revised grading and landscape plans and a storm water management plan two weeks ago. 
  1. Centre City Commercial Center (Developer: Todd Dwyer) SE corner Centre City/Mission – The expedited plan check process for the grading, building and landscape plans and the final parcel map started on July 25, 2017. Planning and Engineering returned grading, final map and landscape comments in August. The applicant submitted revised plans on September 7, 2017. 

Industrial 

  1. Escondido Self-Storage Facility (Developer: Brandywine Homes, Inc.) 2319 Cranston Dr. – Revised grading, landscape, and street and improvement plans were submitted by the applicant on July 14, 2017. Engineering and Planning comments on those plans were returned to the applicant on August 11, 2017. The applicant resubmitted revised grading, landscape, and street improvement plans on September 15, 2017. 
  1. Innovative Industrial Development (Developer: Scott Merry, Badiee Development) 1925 Harmony Grove Road – The grading plan is ready to approve and permit ready to issue once the cash deposit is posted and the fees are paid. 
  1. North American Self-Storage (Developer: Russ Colvin) 852 S. Metcalf – This project is participating in the expedited plan check program. The demo has been completed. Building plans were approved by Esgil, Planning and Fire the last week of June. The grading permit was issued last week.

City Projects 

  1. Micro-Filtration Reverse Osmosis (Developer: City of Escondido Utilities Department) SE corner Ash/Washington – The lawsuit challenging the project approval has been settled and it is expected that a contract for engineering design will be considered soon. 
  1. 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. Staff sent a follow-up letter to the wildlife agencies on June 29, 2017, seeking clarification on the proposed biological mitigation requirements. Staff is now coordinating with consultant to final the EIR and start the decision-making process. 

Institutional

  1. Citron (formerly Stella Park) (Developer: William Lyon Homes) 63 condo units at 2516 S. Esc. Blvd. – Building plans were submitted on April 6, 2017. Esgil and Planning have provided comments. Fire has approved the building plans. The rough grading has been completed on the site. The applicant resubmitted the precise grading plan on July 14, 2017. Engineering returned comments on August 15, 2017. 
  1. Wohlford (Developer: Jack Henthorne) 55 lots at 661 Bear Valley Pkwy. –City staff is currently working to complete negotiations on the terms for the Development Agreement and schedule the item with the Planning Commission for review and consideration, most likely in November or December. 
  1. Safari Highlands Ranch (SHR) (Developer: Jeb Hall, Concordia Homes) 550 lots east of Rancho San Pasqual – A second revised tentative map depicting various minor changes and clarifications to roads, easements and drainage facilities was submitted on April 25, 2017. Revised technical engineering reports as well as responses to staff comments also have been submitted for review. The applicant filed revised emergency access plans on September 15, 2017. The revised studies have been loaded on the City’s website at the following link: Safari Highlands Ranch Specific Plan - City of Escondido
  1. 18 lots at 701 San Pasqual Valley Rd (Developer: Bob Stewart) – A three-year extension of time for the previously approved ten-lot subdivision (Tract 895) was approved by the City Council on June 7, 2017. Staff comments on the revised tentative map were issued the last week of July. 
  1. Escondido Gateway (Developer: Carolyn Hillgren, Lyon Living) 126 condo units at 700 W. Grand – Building plans have been approved by Esgil, Planning and Fire. Grading plans have been approved by Utilities, Planning and Fire. A street vacation for right-of-way frontage along Grand Avenue is pending.  Demolition is complete.
  1. The Villages at Escondido Country Club (Developer: Jason Han, New Urban West, Inc.) 392 residences – Planning staff has provided a location on the city’s website for ECC project-related documents and plans. A 45-day public review period for the Draft EIR commenced on June 28, 2017, and was extended by one-week ending on August 18, 2017. Staff and the EIR consultant hosted an open house on July 31, 2017, to provide information related to the Draft EIR and accept written comments. The EIR consultant is currently drafting responses to the comments that were received. The Draft EIR and appendices have been placed on the city website. It is anticipated that the Planning Commission will review and consider the Project application on October 24th to make a recommendation to City Council. This information along with project status and other related information can be accessed at the following link: ECC - City of Escondido 
  1. Ivy/Valley Parkway Mixed-Use Development (Developer: Abad Rahan Pars Inc./ Norm Wieme, Architect) 20 condo units at 113 N. Ivy - The applicant has indicated that grading and building plans are expected to be submitted into plan check soon. The reimbursement agreement for new water infrastructure that will be installed by the project in the adjoining alley is being readied for City Council approval. 
  1. North Avenue Estates (Developer: Casey Johnson) 34 lots at North Ave./Conway Dr. – A new annexation survey of surrounding property owners was mailed out at the request of LAFCO. A neighborhood meeting hosted by staff and the project applicant occurred on August 9, 2017. City staff is currently reviewing survey feedback from surrounding property owners to determine next steps with LAFCO. The applicant is reviewing drainage issues with the Engineering Division. 
  1. Aspire (106 condo units on Municipal Lot 1) and The Ivy (95 condo units at 343 E. 2nd) (Developer: Addison Garza, Touchstone Communities) – The project consists of three separate downtown sites proposed for mixed-use, residential and parking garage project components on Parking Lot 1, Parking Lot 4 and the former Escondido Surgery Center property. Applications were submitted for entitlement processing on June 23, 2017. A project kick-off meeting with the applicant and city staff occurred on July 13, 2017. On July 24, 2017, staff sent a letter to the applicant indicating the project application submittal was incomplete. Subsequent meetings with the applicant and staff have been on-going. The applicant has filed a demolition permit request to remove the old surgery center at 343 E. 2nd Avenue. 

Building Division

  1. A total of 19 solar photovoltaic permits were issued for the week. The Building Division has issued 666 solar permits this year, to date, compared to 894 issued during the same time last year. 
  1. Our building inspectors responded to 165 inspection requests for the week. 
  1. Building has issued 162 single family dwelling permit this year and 224 multi-family units. This compares with 54 single family dwellings and 88 multi-family dwellings for the same time last year. 
  1. Projects nearing permit issuance are:
    1. 917 W Lincoln, 3 new apartment buildings, 9 units.
    2. 700 W Grand Ave Gateway project (former police building)
    3. Storquest – four-story self-storage facility, 222 W. Mission Ave. 
  1. Tract 877 – 13 new single-family homes on Bernardo Avenue near I-15. 
  1. The construction of the City Plaza three-story mixed use building at 300 S. Escondido Blvd. continues with interior finish and cabinets in preparation for building completion the first part of 2018. 
  1. The Meadowbrook, three-story apartment building with underground garage at 2081 Garden Valley Glen is preparing the building for final inspection. 
  1. Escondido Disposal has received final inspection approval for the administration and recycling buildings and Phase II of their construction is set to begin next week. 
  1. The medical office building at 2125 Citracado Pkwy is now installing drywall and exterior lath. 
  1. The medical office building at 1951 Citracado Pkwy has received inspection approval for drywall and interior shell. Plans have been approved for the tenant improvement portion of the project. Exterior stucco is being applied. 
  1. The Westminster Seminary at 1725 Bear Valley Pkwy is preparing for exterior shear wall and framing inspections. 
  1. The children’s building for Emanuel Faith Church at 639 E 17th Ave has received inspection approval for the framing of the building. The Church of Resurrection at 1445 Conway has received inspection approval for roof sheathing. 
  1. The new Veterans Village project at 1540 S Escondido Blvd has received underground plumbing, partial foundation and masonry inspections for the residential buildings. 
  1. Demolition of the old Wagon Wheel restaurant and motel at 427 W. Mission Avenue is complete and ready for the proposed new commercial development including a carwash, drive-thru restaurants and retail. 
  1. The second lift of the exterior masonry walls are being erected at 999 N. Broadway for the new supermarket shell building. Exterior masonry walls are now being constructed. 
  1. The Ford dealership at 1717 Auto Park Way has commenced on the second phase of construction which includes the interior remodel and new showroom addition. 
  1. Permits were issued last week for seven, new single-family homes in the Canyon Grove development by Shea Homes. 
  1. The Latitude II multi-family residential development at 650 N. Centre City Parkway has received underground plumbing inspection approval for Building 1 and Building 2.

Code Enforcement

Business Licensing

 

Public Works Operations 

 

Graffiti Restitution

 

ENGINEERING

Capital Improvements
East Valley Pkwy/Valley Center Road Widening Project
The contractor is clearing a section of the project north of Lake Wohlford Road and Valley Center Road. Traffic Control devices are being delivered and installation is expected to start this week. The project will widen the bridge over Escondido Creek north of Lake Wohlford Road, widen Valley Center Road, add medians and landscaping, and construct sidewalk from Beven Drive to the northern City limits. Staff has developed a web site link that will provide periodic project status and contact information. The link is now available on the City’s website. 

Neighborhood Lighting Project
The contract has been reviewed and signed, a preconstruction meeting will now be scheduled. The scope of work for the project includes the installation of 44 new street poles along with the replacement of 22 existing street light fixtures with the latest L.E.D. fixtures in 5 neighborhood areas. 

2017 Street Rehabilitation and Maintenance Project
Staff will be seeking City Council’s authorization to award a contract to the lowest responsive and responsible bidder at the September 20, 2017 meeting. Staff anticipates project work to start in October. 

Corrugated Metal Storm Drain Pipe Assessment Study
This project televises all City-maintained corrugated metal pipes (CMP) and assesses their condition to allow proactive and efficient pipe maintenance.  To date, approximately 25% of the CMP storm drains have been televised. A single lane of traffic remains closed along Midway Drive between Grand Avenue and Valley Parkway while the investigation continues.  

Private Development
Pradera - Lennar Communities
No changes from that reported last week: Phase 7 homes are being released for occupancy this week. 

Lexington Model Homes - KB Homes
No changes from that reported last week: Constructing of new sewer main and water main along Lehner Avenue between Ash Street and Vista Avenue is continuing this week. 

Citron Project by William Lyon Homes
Construction has resumed with work along Cranston Drive. The project is located 2516 S. Escondido Boulevard. 

Tract 932 - Canyon Grove Shea Homes Community
Installation of concrete curb and gutter improvements along interior streets is being completed this week.    

Latitude II Condominiums by a Lyon Homes Partnership: Washington Avenue at Centre City Parkway
The construction of the onsite water main is now complete and in operation. The project can now begin the framing operation.       

Veterans Village
The project’s water improvement is continuing this week, with work being performed onsite. 

Tract 877 – Bernardo Ave. by Ambient Communities
The onsite construction of public improvements is being completed this week. 

Palomar Medical Center
The parking lot opened on Monday, September 11, 2017, all on-street parking has been terminated with temporary signage and striping being removed . The NO PARKING signs are reinstalled and  enforcement will resume. This will close out the reporting on this item.    

Victory Industrial Park
The grading operation has resumed with the importing of material. The project is located at 2005 Harmony Grove Road and is 5.4 acres in size. 

Centerpoint Project
The existing offsite public improvements, which include concrete curb and gutter, sidewalks and driveway approaches along the project boundaries, have been demoed.  The project is located at 999 Broadway. 

Spring Hill Suites Hotel/ La Terraza Boulevard
No changes from that reported last week: The grading operation is continuing this week. Private storm drain is being constructed this week. 

Centre City Parkway Shopping Center:
The project is idled at this time. The project is located at the corner of Mission Avenue and Centre City Parkway. 

Escondido Disposal Facility:
No changes from that reported last week: The onsite construction of storm drain and water quality basins is proceeding this week.

FIRE

Inspections: 

News:

  • Welcome Home!
    • Escondido Fire Department Engineer Dom Polito was deployed to the Pier Incident in Porterville, CA on 9/12/17. 
    • Escondido Fire Department Captain Kevin Beverly returned from deployment to Florida as a member of the regional FEMA Urban Search and Rescue Team, Rescue Squad 3.   
    • Escondido Fire Department Captains Hankins returned from the Railroad Fire in Madera County. 
    • Escondido Fire Department Firefighter/Paramedic David Jones returned from deployment to the Pier Fire in the Sequoia National Forest. 
  • Escondido Fire Department Engineer Dom Polito was deployed to the Pier Incident in Porterville, CA on 9/12/17. 
  • StachetoberFest is quickly approaching! The 2017 Stachetoberfest T-shirts are available now at http://stachetoberfest.net/shop and Dan Geary’s trip to Europe with his girlfriend, Chelsea, is in the planning stage. Stachetoberfest is celebrating it’s 10 year anniversary and will be held at Stone Brewery on October 4th at 5 p.m. 

POLICE

INCIDENTS:

  • On 9/11/17 at 04:45 hours, officers responded to a suspicious vehicle in the area of 2030 Golden Circle Dr.  Upon arriving the officers make contact with three occupants.  While detaining the subjects, the officers observed a handgun in the passed out front passenger’s lap.  Officers were able to safely separate the handgun from the passenger prior to waking him up.  The handgun was determined to be an airsoft gun.  He was ultimately arrested for a Parole Violation and Possession of a Controlled Substance.
  • On 9/12/17 officers responded to the Westfield mall in reference to an intoxicated male subject vomiting and refusing to leave.  While a security guard was dealing with him, he threatened to rape and beat her, and he attempted to fight with several security guards.  Officers arrived and arrested him, but he slipped his cuffs to the front of his body and broke an inside door handle of the police car. Later in the shift, he was identified as the suspect in a robbery reported the previous day.  The suspect was charged with Felony Resisting Arrest, Battery on a Peace Officer, Criminal Threats, Robbery and Vandalism.
  • On 09/12/17 at 22:33 hours, officers were dispatched to 145 W. El Norte Pkwy in reference to 2 males arguing in the parking lot.  During the fight, one of the males hit his girlfriend, and they drove off a short time later.  An officer conducted an investigative stop on the suspect vehicle and established probable cause to arrest the male for domestic violence.  Officers discovered a loaded .45 caliber pistol in the vehicle, in plain view and within the suspect’s reach.  The pistol was reported stolen from a residential burglary in Murrieta. 
  • On 9/12/17 at 22:08 hours, officers responded to a shooting in the 700 block of N. Grape St.  Witnesses advised that an argument was heard between at least two individuals and then gunfire was heard.  A neighbor discovered the victim who sustained a single non-life threatening gunshot wound below the waist.  The neighbor transported the victim to a local hospital before police arrived on scene.  The suspect was not located.
  • On 9/14/17 at 07:06 hours, officers responded to the intersection of Whispering Highlands Dr and Glenridge Rd, to investigate reports of a male subject who appeared to be passed out.  Upon arrival, the officers contacted a male adult subject who had a warrant for his arrest.  During a subsequent search, the officers located a Mac-10 9mm submachine gun and three fully loaded magazines in the subject’s backpack.  The weapon appeared to have been modified for full automatic fire. 
  • On 9/14/17 at 13:44 hours, officers responded to a fight call at 9th and Auto Park Way.  Officers arrive on scene at Al’s Short Stop located at 908 Del Dios Rd and discovered a stabbing had occurred.  The victim and the suspect became involved in an altercation in the parking lot resulting in the victim getting stabbed in his left abdomen area.  The victim was transported to Palomar Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.  A search was conducted and the suspect was located in the Harmony Grove area and arrested.
  • On 9/16/17 at 12:42 hours, units responded to 1280 W. Valley Parkway to investigate a report of one male suspect hitting another male with a baseball bat and then hit him with his vehicle while attempting to flee.  Officers contacted the victim who said his father hit him on the top of his right hand with a baseball bat and then ran into him with his vehicle multiple times while attempting to flee.  The victim suffered minor injuries as a result of the incident.  Officers located the suspect, who was in the parking lot of 1280 Auto Park Way, and arrested him for Assault with a Deadly Weapon.
  • On 09/16/17 at 22:48 hours, officers were dispatched to 725 N Fig Street in reference to a subject fighting with a security guard.  An officer arrived on scene and contacted the 15-year-old suspect, who was intoxicated.  While the officer attempted to detain the suspect, a second male adult suspect attempted to interfere and attacked the officer.  The officer effectively deployed his Taser and utilized personal body weapons to hold-off both suspects until additional units arrived on scene.  Both suspects were arrested for Felony Resisting Arrest and sustained minor injuries; the officer was not injured. 

COPPS:

The EPD 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 and community issues.  Addressing crime and public nuisance in Grape Day Park is one project the Unit has been tasked with, along with patrolling the Downtown Business District and surrounding areas.  

  • 3 arrests were made
  • 8 citations were issued
  • On Wednesday Officer Davidson had a social worker from InterFaith as a ride along. Seven people were screened during the day.  One person was able to get into a shelter that day and two others were admitted into a shelter the following day.  The team was also able to facilitate an appointment for one person with the VA.  They also assisted with a mother and her child with obtaining resources.
  • On Thursday officers worked with nurses from the County to give out Hepatitis A vaccination. To date, a total of 60 vaccinations have been administered.

EVENTS:

Senior citizens from across Escondido gathered at the Police and Fire Headquarters on Monday afternoon to pay tribute to First Responders on the 16th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Local real estate agent Wendy Moldow, along with Police Chief Craig Carter and Fire Chief Rick Vogt, were on hand to talk about the journey of a piece of 9/11 memorial art that has been on display at the facility for the past year. 

The Traveling 9/11 Memorial Painting was created by Carlsbad artist Kelly Lucas and was originally auctioned off to a New York restaurateur to raise money for fallen firefighter’s families. Several years later, he returned the painting to Lucas with his donation intact. Lucas again auctioned the painting off, this time to raise money for Canine Companions and the Wounded Warriors Project. Moldow was the winning bidder, and set out to display the painting at Fire Stations throughout San Diego County. 

During the ceremony, Chief Vogt told the crowd of about 40 seniors that the lasting memory of the attacks was the indomitable spirit of this country and the teamwork and cooperation amongst all first responders. 

“It is our job as law enforcement officers and firefighters to keep the memory of those who perished on 9/11 alive, and to be ever vigilant in the protection of our citizens,” added Chief Carter.  (Prepared by Lt. Walters)