SPECIAL EVENTS 

  • The Grand Woofstock
    Saturday, September 26th 10am – 4pm
    Grape Day Park 
    This family-friendly, dog-friendly event is FREE to the public .There will be fly-ball, agility competitions and other contests including: Best Kisser, Best Howler, Best Trick, Big Dog, Little Dog, Owner Lookalike & Doggie Fashion Show Celebrity Judge Sandie Lampe of KUSI.  For more information, visit http://thegrandwoofstock.com
  • For information about other  activities taking place in Escondido, please visit www.visitescondido.com 

RWQCB INSPECTIONS

RWQCB staff conducted a series of inspections of projects subject to stormwater design requirements on August 11, 2015.  RWQCB admitted that they had tried to select the "worst" sites of the 85 site inventory for inspection, so this was not a random selection.  Of the eight sites scheduled for inspection, seven were inspected, and two deemed to be compliant.  Some issues of noncompliance were due to sparse vegetation which may be drought-related.  Staff disagrees with the RWQCB assessment and has asked for the opportunity to demonstrate that sites meet the standards in effect at the time of development, as RWQCB staff seems to be applying more recent standards.  RWQCB staff are willing to discuss, but are still pursuing develop an Administrative Civil Liability Complaint and fines. 

GIRLS SOFTBALL CONCESSION STAND REPAIRS 

Several weeks ago, the City Manager Weekly report included a memo regarding needed upgrades to the Girls Softball concession stand at Kit Carson Park.  City staff, softball league representatives, and County Health Department staff met to understand the required upgrades to accommodate a “limited food preparation” permit—this permit would allow for the sale of pre-packaged items, hot dogs, popcorn, etc.  Based on the meeting, the requirements are less costly than initially anticipated by City staff.  However, the upgrades are more extensive than initially thought by the softball league.  

With a full understanding of what will be required, the softball league will develop a plan regarding the upgrades (design the project, develop a budget, seek donated items and volunteer workers, and submit plans to the County).  It is likely that the league will require some City financial assistance.  If this is the case, staff will present several options for City Council consideration at an upcoming City Council meeting. 

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

Planning:

  • A Notice of Intended Decision has been issued for the proposed demolition of the structures on the former Talone’s Slaughterhouse property. An historical analysis was conducted and concluded that the structures are not historic. 
  • Major Projects Update:
    • Oak Creek (NUW) – A LAFCO hearing date for the reorganization (annexation) has been scheduled for October 5, 2015. Staff will make a presentation at the meeting emphasizing the City’s support for the project and opposition to the potential expansion of the annexation boundary to include an additional segment of Hamilton Road. Escondido Neighbors United has submitted a letter to LAFCO opposing the annexation.
    • Amanda Estates (NUW) – LAFCO approved the reorganization (annexation) at their meeting on August 3, 2015.
    • Centerpointe 78 Commercial – The Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) has been released for a 45 day public review period ending September 28, 2015. The Draft EIR is available at the following link: http://www.escondido.org/centerpointe-78-commercial-project.aspx
    • Pradera - Grading is underway. A fee deferral agreement has been approved. The variance to reduce wall setbacks was approved by the Planning Commission on September 8, 2105.
    • Zenner – The annexation was approved by LAFCO on Sept. 14, 2015.
    • Kaen Planned Development (2516 S. Escondido Blvd.) – Comments have been provided on the revised planned development submittal for “Stella Point Condominiums”. The applicant is pursuing selection of consultants for preparation of numerous technical studies and the CEQA document which is anticipated to be a mitigated negative declaration.
    • Wohlford – Staff is reviewing revised submittals and technical reports from the applicant in response to the letter identifying necessary submittals to continue processing. Two alternative designs for the Specific Alignment Plan for Bear Valley Parkway are under review. The Request for Qualifications for consultant preparation of an EIR will be released when the application is deemed as complete. Tribal consultation meetings have been completed.
    • Latitude II – The project was approved by the City Council on August 19, 2015. Staff is waiting for the applicant to submit grading plans, which are behind schedule; the applicant’s delay may jeopardize their ability to pull grading permits prior to implementation of the new storm water requirements.
    • Shea Homes (Tract 932) – Staff approved the substantial conformance determination for the revised tentative map for the 179-lot residential subdivision known as Hidden Valley Ranch. Staff continues to coordinate with the applicant on the proposed grading plan. The Precise Plan application was submitted on Aug. 6, 2015, and will be scheduled for a future Planning Commission meeting, to include a review of proposed park amenities as well as minor front-yard setback reductions for 9 lots. The applicant is pursuing purchase of mitigation credits at Daley Ranch.
    • Safari Highlands – The tentative map and specific plan application have been routed to outside agencies for comment. Engineering has selected a consultant to perform as an extension of staff for engineering services. The applicant has agreed to contract for the preparation of a draft Municipal Services Review and Sphere of Influence (SOI) update. A meeting is scheduled this week with the City of San Diego staff regarding the proposed improvements to Zoo Road for emergency access. A public agency scoping meeting is scheduled to be held 3-5 PM on September 24, 2015 in the Mitchell Room to discuss the scope of the EIR.
    • Felicita Development, LLC - The proposed planned development includes the phased development of a 140-unit hotel, an 80-unit extended stay hotel, a 120-bed assisted living facility and a gas station and car wash located at the southeast corner of Felicita Rd. and Gamble Lane. Additional technical analysis and coordination is needed to address traffic, biology, water and sewer service, geotechnical and storm water concerns, along with a market study for the proposed uses. A letter addressing items and technical studies needed to complete the application has been sent. Staff is coordinating with the applicant regarding a date for a neighborhood meeting in October.
    • EDI – The CUP modification to expand the existing facility was approved by the Planning Commission on August 25, 2015. Staff is reviewing post-approval plan submittals including storm water, grading and landscape plans.
    • Westfield Theater – The Economic Development Subcommittee authorized expedited processing of the modification to the planned development for the proposed 10-auditorium movie theater. The project will bypass the Planning Commission and will be directly considered by the City Council at a future public hearing, anticipated in late October or Early November. A draft Mitigated Negative Declaration is anticipated to be released next week for a 20-day public review period. A revised Water Quality Technical report is under review.
    • Paseo Escondido – The Phair Company application for a mixed-use planned development for the property at the southwest corner of Ash Street and Washington Ave. (currently owned by the City) is under review. The proposed project consists of 26 one-bedroom and 96 two-bedroom apartments (122 units total) in three four-story buildings, and two 5,000 SF commercial buildings (10,000 SF total) oriented around an outdoor plaza. Additional submittals required to complete the application.
    • High Pointe (Palos Vista Neighborhood 3) – Staff has prepared a bond letter based on the proposed grading and landscape plans, and has sent it to the applicant.
    • Valiano (County Project) – Engineering staff met with County staff to discuss traffic improvements needed to address anticipated traffic distribution on City streets. A meeting with the developer is scheduled this week to discuss potential mitigation measures.
    • Springhill Suites – The proposed planned development at 300 La Terraza Drive includes 4 stories, 105 suites, a small conference room and an enlarged lobby for serving continental breakfast. Grading and landscaping plans were submitted for review on September 9, 2015. Submittal of the building permit application is anticipated next week.
    • Del Prado –The project involves a Planned Development containing 113 attached residential townhomes, recreational facility, pool, and open space areas located at the southwestern corner of Brotherton Road and the Centre City Parkway frontage road. A formal application was submitted on September 10, 2015, and routed for initial department comments.
    • BMW Dealership – A Precise Plan application to expand the existing dealership showroom an additional approximately 4,000 square feet and enhance the building façade at 1557 Auto Park Way has been routed for comments and is tentatively scheduled for Planning Commission in October. 

Building Division: 

  • The Building Department issued 92 permits for the week with a total valuation of $795,853.
  • 30 photovoltaic permits were issued for the week. Building has issued 911 solar permits so far this year compared to 470 issued at the same time last year.
  • Building permits were issued for two single family dwellings, with a combined valuation of $382,000.
  • Building inspectors and counter staff contacts remain constant with inspections averaging 41 inspections per day with 29 inspections on Friday and counter contacts averaging 32 per day with 26 on Friday.
  • The Black Angus restaurant at the Westfield North County Mall has received Temporary Occupancy and is preparing for opening in two weeks.
  • Construction has begun at the Westfield Mall for the 24 Hour Fitness facility.
  • Resubmittal of the building permit application for the approved medical office building on the hospital-owned property at 2125 Citracado Parkway is anticipated next week. The project has been on hold for approximately 21 months.

Code Enforcement: 

  • As of September 21st, the total number of open code enforcement case is 362 cases, with a backlog of an additional 90 cases not yet opened for assignment and investigation. During the prior week, 29 new cases were opened, and 24 cases were closed. A total of 95 signs were pulled. One Public Records Request (PRR) was processed, for a total of 89 PRRs processed this year to date. Recruitment is underway for three vacant positions, including two part-time officer positions and one Code Enforcement Assistant to assist with the backlog.
  • Last week the Business License Division received 29 new applications and 173 renewals, and issued 15 new licenses. 

CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS

FY 2014-2015 Maintenance Project:
The totals for the project are 798,003 square feet of ARAM, 2,644,787 square feet of slurry, 154,674 linear feet of crack fill and 466 tons of hot mix asphalt to repair damaged street throughout the project. The project is complete except for the reinstallation of roadway markings and striping which were affected by the recent rain events.                   

Private Development

Bear Valley Parkway between Boyle Avenue and San Pasqual Valley Road (County Project):
The roadway widening of the southern portion of Bear Valley Parkway between Suburban Hills Drive and San Pasqual Valley Road (SR78) is continuing this week. Work will continue on the storm drain boxes as well as the sidewalk and traffic signal modifications at Bear Valley Parkway and (SR78). New concrete improvements as well as signal foundations have been installed at the Boyle Avenue end of the project this week. 

2412 South Escondido Boulevard:
On site construction of new homes is continuing this week. 

Pradera - Lennar Communities:
The grading contractor is continuing the mass grading of the project, the import of dirt material is continuing this week. There are modified work times to provide safe passage during the school hours as well as drop off and pick times. The offsite improvement for water main construction and testing is proceeding with work located along Lehner Avenue. The second submittal of the precise grading plan for the Pradera Models was made this week and is expected to be approved by the close of work Friday.

Private Development –Current Plan Review

La Terraza Springhill Suites by Marriott Hotel: 
This project is a 4 story, 105 room Hotel and will be built on one of the last north end lots of the La Terraza Corporate Center.    

The first submittal of the grading, landscaping, and improvement plans for a traffic signal for the project entrance off La Terraza Blvd. together with various studies and reports was made last week. This first review is anticipated to be complete by mid-October.   

Escondido Disposal Inc. Expansion Master Plan:
This project is a 4+ phase project to expand EDIs current operations into the former Golfcraft property to the north fronting on Mission Ave.    The overall expansion will allow EDI to meet State recycling requirements and produce biogas for their own electricity or CNG use, but will not increase the daily or annual trash throughput capacity allowances.

The review of the first submittal of their grading and improvements plans and various studies will be returned this week. 

Tract 951 – Jacks Creek Place:
This project is a 12 lot residential subdivision located near Eureka Ranch.

The 2nd submittal of the Final Map, Grading and Improvement plans, and the WQTR was made this week, and this 2nd review is expected to be complete by late October. 

Parcel Map SUB13-0008 – W. 15th Avenue:
This project is a 4 lot residential parcel map located on west 15th Avenue.  The project will split a single lot with a recently rebuilt single family home at the front into 4 lots with the rear 3 proposed lots taking access off a private access road. 

  • The 1st submittal of the parcel map, grading plans, onsite improvement plans, and various reports was made on August 31st and the review is expected to be completed by the end of September. 

PUBLIC SAFETY        

Police:

Incidents 

  • On 9/16/2015, officers responded to El Norte Parkway and Broadway on a report of a transit bus on fire. Upon arrival, officers were able to extinguish the fire with their fire extinguishers.
  • On 9/19/2015, Officers responded to Pine St. and 12th on a report of a vehicle collision involving a bicycle. Officers determined a 9 year old bicyclist rode onto the roadway from an alley and collided with a vehicle. The child was not wearing a helmet and was transported to Children’s Hospital for injuries sustained in the collision. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, annually, 26,000 bicycle-related injuries to children and adolescents are traumatic brain injuries. Making sure your child wears a properly fitted helmet every time he or she rides a bicycle provides effective protection against head injuries. 

EVENTS 

  • The Escondido Police Department is accepting applications for Entry-Level Public Safety Dispatcher. Experienced Public Safety Dispatcher applications are being accepted on a continuous basis. Only the first 200 applications will be considered. Our dispatchers are the voice on the other end of the line when you call 911. They work in a fast paced environment to evaluate emergency calls and determine what specific resources need to be dispatched. Our dispatchers obtain crucial information, provide immediate instructions to callers and provide communications support to emergency services personnel (Fire, Police, Paramedics).Please share this opportunity with anyone you know that would be a great addition to our dispatch team. Apply here: http://agency.governmentjobs.com/escondido/default.cfm

 

  • On 9/16/2015, the North San Diego Business Chamber hosted its 4th annual “Honoring our Region’s Heroes – 2015 Awards Lunch.” The Escondido Police Department recipient was Officer Lee Stewart and how he has improved quality of life in Escondido as a COPPS Officer. Thank you Lee for your attitude, dedication, and professionalism. We are very glad you are on our team and we are incredibly proud of you and your accomplishments. We also want to congratulate all the other honorees too.
  • The Escondido Police Department has been awarded a $54,000 grant from the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) to battle alcohol-related crime. The funds will be used to reduce the number of alcoholic beverage sales to minors, obviously intoxicated patrons, illegal solicitations of alcohol, and other criminal activities such as the sale and possession of illegal drugs in or near establishments selling or serving alcohol. The program is designed to put bad operators out of business, keep alcohol away from minors and bring penalties such as fines, suspensions or revocations against businesses that violate the law. The Escondido Police Department encourages all owners and operators of ABC licensed establishments to conduct their businesses responsibly, and to help contribute to a reduction in the negative behaviors and incidents associated with the irresponsible use of alcohol. For more information visit: http://www.abc.ca.gov/
  • On 9/18/2015, a DUI checkpoint was conducted in the 1100block of N. Centre City Pkwy. During the event, 1354 vehicles drove through the checkpoint, 627 vehicles were screened in primary, 39 vehicles were sent to secondary (drivers who could not provide a driver's license or who were suspected of DUI), 4 Field Sobriety Tests were administered, 18 citations were issued (3 for suspended license, 6 for unlicensed driver), 5 vehicles were impounded and 6 vehicles were released to the owner or designated driver. There was 1 felony arrest for a parole violation, 1 arrest for possession of cocaine and 1 arrest for an open container.