ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT 

The week of October 3-7 is National Manufacturing Week. A variety of events will be held in the San Diego region which has  more than 3,000 manufacturing companies.  These events will address common misperceptions about manufacturing by giving manufacturers an opportunity to open their doors and show, in a coordinated effort, what manufacturing is — and what it isn’t. By working together, manufacturers are addressing  the skilled labor shortage they face, connecting  with future generations, taking charge of the public image of manufacturing, and ensuring  the ongoing prosperity of the whole industry. Please visit http://www.sandiegobusiness.org/mfg-day-events  for information about events during the week.

SPECIAL EVENTS 

  • Final Night of Cruisin’ Grand - Nitro Night
    Downtown Escondido
    Friday, September 30th  from 4-9:30 p.m.
    Additional closures will be in place for the final night of Cruisin’ Grand, grand Ave will be closed from Escondido Blvd. to Ivy St. “Static Fire” will take place on East Grand at 5:30 & 6:30, with pairs going down Grand Ave. at 8 p.m. Due to the loud nature of this event it is strongly encouraged that you leave your pets at home. Ear plugs suggested.
  • Grape Day 5K presented by Escondido Sunrise Rotary
    Saturday, October 1st  - Race begins at 7:30 a.m.
    Downtown Escondido
    Grape Day 5K is a 5K fun run for everyone from elite runners to casual walkers, so bring the whole family out for a good time! Each runner will receive a finisher’s medal, a cool tech shirt and an even cooler swag bag plus many more goodies!
    Proceeds also provide support of Rotarian projects including safe drinking water, Polio eradication, assistance to those in need. http://sandyfeetevents.com/grape-day-5k/
  • Grape Day Discovery Festival
    Grape Day Park
    Saturday, October 1st from 2 – 8 p.m.
    Arts, crafts, food, beer, wine, entertainment, and much more is on the program for a fun family evening! Bring the whole family for a new and amazing day at Grape Day Discovery Festival! http://visitescondido.com/mc-events/grape-day-discovery-festival/
  • For information about other activities taking place in Escondido, please visit www.visitescondido.com 

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

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) – 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.  A Final Parcel Map was submitted by the applicant on July 25, 2016, and is currently being reviewed by Planning and Engineering. 
  • Centerpointe 78 Commercial (Developer: Lars Andersen, Pacific Development)No change from the following update reported last week: 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) – 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.  The sign contractor is now working on a final sign package that should be submitted to Planning soon. 

Industrial 

  • 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.)No change from the following update reported last week: 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)No change from the following update reported last week: 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.) – 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 been scheduled for October 12, 2016.

Institutional

  • 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.  

Residential 

  • 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 all phases have now been approved. 
  • 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.  The Final Map is scheduled to go to City Council for approval on October 19.  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 have been approved.  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)No change from the following update reported last week: 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. 

Building Division: 

  • The Building Division issued 70 permits for the week with a total valuation of $492,129. Permits were for tenant improvements, room additions, roofing, photovoltaics and miscellaneous. 
  • A record 37 photovoltaic permits were issued for the week. The Building Division has issued 930 solar permits this year compared to 931 issued for the same time last year. 
  • Counter techs assisted, on average, 38 customers per day; with 47 customers on Monday. 
  • Building inspections averaged 28 inspections per day with 8 inspections held over on Monday and 2 held over on Tuesday and Friday. 19 inspections were conducted on Friday. 
  • So far this year the Building Division has processed 2,726 permits, compared to 2,611 permits last year to date. Current building valuation for all issued permits to date is $51,432,362 compared to $38,323,391 for last year. 
  • 55 new single-family dwelling permits have been issued this year compared with 13 issued same time last year. 
  • Plans were issued for 2 new single-family dwellings on Foothill View Place. 
  • Second interviews are being scheduled for the senior building inspector position. 
  • Building staff continues to review the new 2016 California Building Codes to identify major changes in anticipation of the new code adoption on January 1, /2017. Staff will be attending available training on the new codes.

Code Enforcement: 

  • As of September 26, 2016, the total number of open code enforcement cases is 429 cases. During the prior week, 65 new cases were opened, and 79 cases were closed, with a backlog of an additional 15 cases not yet opened for assignment and investigation. 
  • There were 103 illegal signs confiscated during the weekend. 
  • Last week, the Business License Division issued 24 new licenses and received 31 new applications, in addition to 128 renewals. 

PUBLIC WORKS/ENGINEERING 

  • 2015/2016 Street Rehabilitation and Maintenance Project: The contractor is constructing concrete sidewalk and curb and gutter improvements in the Escondido Historical neighborhood for the remainder of the week.  The final determination on existing trees to remain has been completed. Staff has added 3 additional tree specimens for selection by the residents for replacement in the parkway or in their front yard, if the homeowner chooses. 

Private development 

  • 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. The ribbon cutting ceremony is this Thursday, September 19, 2016 at 10:00 a.m.    
  • Pradera - Lennar Communities: Water line construction is continuing along Stanley Avenue between Ash Street and Conway Drive.  
  • Lexington Model Homes - KB Homes: Mass grading is ongoing for the 41 unit housing project between Vista Avenue and Lehner Avenue. 
  • City Plaza: Escondido Boulevard at 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. Onsite 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. Onsite underground improvements are continuing along Vista Avenue. 
  • Solutions Housing Project 1560 S. Escondido Boulevard: Construction of the offsite dry utilities and finish paving has been completed  this week. Water quality testing is proceeding this week on water siphons that may be installed next week. 
  • Tract SUB15-0003 – Latitude II Condominiums by a Lyon Homes Partnership: The preconstruction meeting was held on Tuesday of this week. The first order of work is the installation of the water main on to the site. The work will occur on Washington Avenue midblock between Escondido Boulevard and Centre City Parkway. Attempts will be made to minimize impact to the motoring public. 
  • Westminster Theological Seminary Graduate Student Housing: The contractor has mobilized equipment to begin mass grading next week. 

Future capital improvements 

  • East Valley Pkwy/Valley Center Road Widening Project: On 9-21-16 the City received approval on the requested Authorization to Construct for this project.  The last environmental permit has been acquired.  Staff continues to wait for SDG&E’s finalized plans to underground existing overhead cables that were due 9/23/16.  Staff is meeting with them  to discuss.  
  • Jim Stone Pool: This project will remove existing plaster from both pools at this facility, repair any leaks, rusting rebar, replace existing lights with LED fixtures, bring all pool elements up to current standards, re-plaster the pool, and replace any pool equipment (pumps, filters, etc.) that are old or undersized with the correct equipment.  Staff has provided one hundred percent plan and specification review comments to the project consultant for final revisions.  Staff is meeting with the project consultant on 9/27/16 to discuss timelines for completing project contract documents to allow for bid of the project. 

POLICE 

Incidents 

  • On 9/20/16, officers received a LOJACK signal in the area of Sheridan Ave and Ash St. LOJACK is a commercially sold and installed vehicle location device that is activated only after a vehicle has been reported stolen to the police.  Officers followed the signal using a signal receiver device installed in their police vehicles. The vehicle was located occupied at the 7-11 Store at Grand Ave. and Juniper St. The male driver was arrested for vehicle theft; a female passenger was arrested for a felony warrant. The suspects were booked into the Vista Detention Facility, and the vehicle was returned to the owner. 
  • On 09/21/2016 at about 2:45 am, Officers were dispatched to the 1300 block of Bernardo Ave. to investigate the report of a vehicle burglary and car theft that had just occurred.  The investigation revealed at least two suspects arrived in a vehicle and broke into the victim’s work truck, which contained the victim’s garage door opener and keys to a vehicle parked in the garage.  The suspects opened the garage and stole the vehicle inside. Officers did not immediately locate the suspects. At 4:40 a.m. officers located the unoccupied stolen vehicle in the 1200 block of North Escondido Blvd.  Officers canvassed the area and located stolen property from the burglary in a different vehicle, which led them to an apartment at 1204 N. Escondido Blvd.  The investigation concluded with the arrest of three adult suspects (2 males and 1 female) and recovery of all stolen property. The suspects were booked into the Vista Detention Facility.
  • On 9/23/16, officers conducted a special enforcement detail resulting in multiple arrests for drug and alcohol violations. Another suspect was arrested for violating his probation. The special enforcement detail focused on violations in the west sector of the city, specifically in the designated Neighborhood Transformation Project (NTP) area. The boundaries for the NTP area are: 5th Ave. to the north; 9th Ave. to the south; Centre City Pkwy. to the east; and Tulip St. to the west. NTP is an ongoing joint project between the police department and other city departments in an effort to reduce crime, reduce or eliminate blighting, and address neighborhood specific issues whereby improving the quality of life for residents and visitors alike. 

Events 

  • On Tuesday, September 20, 2016, Chief Carter attended the fifth annual Honoring Our Region’s Heroes Luncheon and Awards Program held at the California Center for the Arts Escondido hosted by the North San Diego Business Chamber. Escondido Police Officer Patrick Hand was among the honorees who received special recognition for his work on a series of indecent exposure cases where the suspect was targeting children. Officer Hand’s used his excellent investigation skills and tenacity to tie multiple cases together leading to the identification and apprehension of the suspect. Officer Hand is to be commended for going above and beyond in his dedication to making Escondido a safer place for residents and visitors alike.