ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Amgen Tour of California

The City Team met with Amgen representatives yesterday to clarify several aspects of the City’s proposal including the hotel accommodations.  Amgen expects to officially announce its selection of cities by the end of October.

Special Event/Economic Development Coordinator position

We have received 136 applications for the position.  The Personnel Division will be screening the applications and likely will set up interviews for the week of October 8.

Assistance to Adult Ed/GED program

In addition to promoting the Escondido Adult School’s GED Program through various methods, City staff members also were able to help Dominic Gagliardi, Principal of the Adult School, in his efforts to work out an arrangement between the school and Caltrans that will allow students to park on a portion of the Park and Ride at Highway 78 and Broadway. Mr. Gagliardi was very appreciative of the assistance.

Metaphor Café Closed

You may have read today that the Metaphor Café has closed.  Many of the buildings along that block would benefit from a facelift so Michelle Geller will be visiting those businesses this week to provide them with information about the business façade improvement program.

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT UPDATES

Planning:

The City Council authorized transmittal of the draft Housing Element to the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) as part of the General Plan update process. The City has received notification from HCD that the City’s Draft Housing Element has been certified. HCD requested that the City include a new program in the Constraints analysis to periodically monitor the effects of Proposition S for the impacts on the cost, supply and timing of housing, including seeking input from residential developers and affordable housing stakeholders in reviewing the effects of Proposition S.  Based on the outcomes of the evaluation and consideration of stakeholder input, the City will establish appropriate action to mitigate the impact, including conducting a series of workshops/discussions to educate the community regarding State law requirements and the need for a balance community. This is a huge milestone for the City as one of the first cities in the County to receive certification, well in advance of the April 2013 deadline. The Draft Housing Element will be scheduled for adoption by the City Council in the coming weeks.

CAPITAL PROJECTS

Maple Street Pedestrian Plaza

The contractor is continuing to perform punch list items.

2011/2012 Pavement Management Project

The subcontractor performing the Slurry Application will be completing his portion of the project this week. As you may have heard, there was a traffic jam last weekend on Bear Valley Parkway between Las Palmas Ave and I-15.  Road work was scheduled for the weekend to avoid the large volume of traffic along this roadway associated with three schools, a day care facility and the weekly work commuters. A single lane closure was implemented in the north and south bound lane on Saturday and Sunday for the application of the Emulsion Aggregate Slurry product. On Saturday morning while reviewing the traffic control set up City staff saw the need for the addition of an electronic message boards to help warn travelers of the potential delay due to the volume of traffic being experienced.  Staff was notified that the message boards were being installed by the traffic control contractor.  Unfortunately staff did not learn until Monday that only one sign was placed at the north end of the construction area and not at the I-15 off-ramp as was requested.

Main Library Fiber Optics Project:

The contractor is installing conduit along Kalmia Street between Grand Ave and the Main Library

Old Escondido Neighborhood Stop Sign Project:

The contractor is set to complete this project by this Friday. The new stop sign located on 5th Avenue at Fig Street was completed this past week. Traffic engineering reviewed the field conditions after installation and has determined that an additional warning sign and pavement legend is needed to properly notify the motorist in this area. The other 120 traffic control devices are complete at this time.

Private Development

Wal-Mart

The conflict has been resolved for the installation of traffic signal foundations. This past week it was discovered that an 8” water main was in line with the proposed construction. After some quick discussion between water utilities and traffic engineering a compromised location was determined and construction was allowed to resume.

There is no on site activity due to the incomplete design of the new water main for the project

Mission Ave 69kv Underground Electrical Line

The contractor is set to complete 2 vault assemblies this week, construction activity will shift to day time operations this next week to construct the vault located at Washington Ave and Mission Ave. Electronic message boards are being used to notify people traveling in the area that businesses are open during construction.

Westfield Mall Expansion

The demolition of the project site is ongoing.

Harmony Grove Village

Yesterday Standard Pacific Homes provided the City with traffic mitigation fees, plan check  & inspection fees, and right of way funds for City Wastewater property in the combined amount of approximately $916,000.  They also provided security for the construction/improvement of several streets and intersections within Escondido, including the portion of Citracado Parkway between Avenida Del Diablo and their proposed project access road.  All of this is in support of their goal of recording the final maps for their Harmony Grove Village project via the County of San Diego by the end of October.

PUBLIC SAFETY

  • The California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) will honor Police Officer Michael Guerrero with an award for Traffic Safety Excellence. Chris Murphy, the Director of the Office of Traffic Safety, will present the award to Officer Guerrero on Wednesday, September 26 in recognition of his DUI enforcement and other activities. Officer Guerrero’s work has served the Escondido community well, helping to lower alcohol involved deaths and injuries. Officer Guerrero was honored by Mothers Against Drunk Driving as Escondido's "MADD DUI officer of the year for 2011", having made 130 arrests during 2011 for DUI. Officer Guerrero also coordinates staffing, setup and implementation for the Department’s DUI/DL checkpoints.
  • On September 22, 2012, the Escondido Police Department conducted a DUI Sobriety / Driver’s License Checkpoint in the area of Juniper St. and Valley Parkway. Officers were also assigned to roving DUI patrol in the City until 3 a.m. Under a new state law, drivers whose ONLY offense was being UNLICENSED to drive were given the opportunity to locate the registered owner of the vehicle to either take or assign possession of the vehicle to a licensed driver. Thirteen vehicles were released to the owner or a designated driver. During the checkpoint, nine vehicles were impounded. Results of the roving DUI patrol are not included. Following are other results from this event:
    • 1582 vehicles drove through the checkpoint.
    • 853 vehicles were screened in primary.
    • 2 FST’s were conducted, and 1 driver was arrested for DUI.
    • 43 vehicles were sent to secondary screening (drivers who could not produce a driver’s license or who were suspected of being under the influence of alcohol or drugs)
    • 24 total citations were issued during the checkpoint. (7 for suspended license and 18 for unlicensed driver, 6 for no insurance.)
    • Educational material was distributed regarding the improvements made in traffic safety.
    • 2 child restraint seats were correctly reinstalled for no charge.
  • On Saturday, September 22, 2012, the Escondido Police Department hosted its annual SWAT Cop for a Day at the Escondido Police Department Firearms Range.  Throughout the year, SWAT Cop for a Day certificates are distributed to various philanthropic organizations throughout the community to use as fundraisers for their own charitable causes.  This year 14 people from the community received certificates and participated. Upon arrival, participants were given an orientation to the SWAT team.  After that, participants rotated through various stations where they were exposed to the perimeter, entry, chemical agent and sniper teams.  Participants were given the opportunity to fire weapons used by SWAT and wear various pieces of SWAT equipment. Participants were also given the opportunity to conduct live action scenario training using simulations. Participants were placed in role playing scenarios and were shown how quickly officers must make life and death decisions. Overall, the day was rated as a huge success.  It is a great opportunity for members of the community to meet with our officers and get an understanding of the job they perform.

Fire:

The Fire Department sent two brush engines to assist with the “Shockey" Fire” in Campo.  Both were dispatched on Monday morning at 4:00 a.m. OES 8632 is assigned to Strike Team 6848 C and has (4) personnel assigned to it. Brush 1363 is assigned to Strike Team 6419 C and has (3) personnel assigned to it.