SPECIAL EVENTS 

  • The Grape Day Festival will be held this Saturday, September 6. The following is a listing of activities:
    • Escondido Sunrise Rotary 5K – Saturday Sept. 6th at 7:30 a.m. – Downtown Escondido
    • Grape Day Parade – Saturday Sept. 6th at 9:30 a.m.  – Grand Ave.
    • Grape Day Festival – Saturday, Sept. 6th immediately following the parade – Grape Day Park 
  • Giro di San Diego (Bike Ride) – Sunday, Sept. 7th 7a.m. – 5 p.m. – Lake Wohlford Rd. (hard closure) & surrounding areas. 

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT 

Planning:

  • The proposed amendment to the Sphere of Influence and associated Reorganization (annexation) for the Citracado Parkway road extension project is scheduled for consideration by LAFCO on 9/8/14. LAFCO staff recommends approval. Staff from Planning and Public Works – Engineering will attend the hearing.
  • Major Projects Update:
  • Oak Creek (NUW) – The public review period for the Draft EIR is underway, with comments due on 9/29/14. The document is posted on the City’s website at the following link: http://www.escondido.org/Data/Sites/1/media/pdfs/Planning/oakcreek/CD/INDEX_-_Report_Navigatoin.pdf. In response to requests from community members, a neighborhood meeting has been tentatively scheduled for Monday evening, 9/22/14, in the City Council Chambers to discuss the project and the findings of the Draft EIR.
  • Amanda Lane (NUW) – The applicant submitted revised plans responding to staff comments; the revisions are under review. The revised plans propose internal streets that deviate from road design standards and include some street redesign to avoid the need for some offsite improvements. The applicant continues to negotiate the necessary letters of permission and easements for other offsite improvements, to avoid potential condemnation issues
  • Centerpointe 78 Commercial: – Staff is reviewing the revised traffic study for inclusion in the Draft EIR. The revised study identifies significant traffic impacts and mitigation measures including feasible offsite improvements. It is anticipated that these measure may not fully mitigate the impact, thereby triggering the need for overriding findings.
  • North Broadway Deficiency Area Projects: – The Pickering annexation is scheduled for City Council hearing on 9-10-14. The application for the Zenner annexation and the associated 40-unit subdivision at Vista Ave. and Lehner Ave. remains incomplete, pending submittal of letters of permission for offsite improvements, to avoid condemnation issues.
  • San Diego Veterans Village: The applicant is evaluating potential revisions to address the HPC comments regarding the proposed demolition of several historic adobe structures and to address Fire Department concerns. 

Building Division: 

  • Building issued 60 permits for the week with a total valuation of $889,333. Inspections and counter contacts remain constant with average daily inspections of 38 with 26 on Friday and average daily counter contacts of 35 with 27 on Friday.
  • Building permits were issued for the new Façade and Portal Entrance for Toyota of Escondido.
  • 13 Photovoltaic permits were issued last week, 66 this month and 429, so far this year. Compared to last year at this time when 240 photovoltaic permits were issued.
  • The monthly Building Activity Report for August is attached

PUBLIC WORKS UPDATE 

Capital Improvements 

2013/2014 Street Maintenance Project:

This week the contractor is working in the neighborhood bordering on Oak Hill Drive and Boyle Avenue and between Midway Drive and Ash Street. 

Maple Street Pedestrian Plaza Modifications:

The project bid opening was Thursday, August 28. The project received 5 competitive bids with the lowest being $69,700.00 and the highest bid being $122,346.00. The Engineer’s estimate was $56,047.20. The project will be scheduled for construction at the completion of Cruisin’ Grand which ends Friday, October 3. 

Private Development 

Lincoln Avenue @ Goldenrod Street 16” Gas Main Inspection:

SDG&E has permits to start excavation of a launch pit on Goldenrod Street. The work will require a day time closure of Goldenrod Street between Lincoln Avenue and Iris Lane. The preparation of the launch pit is continuing this week.   

County Project: Bear Valley Parkway Widening between Boyle Avenue and San Pasqual Valley Road

The contractor has begun to clear and grub the site which includes house foundations, driveways and landscape items between Boyle Avenue and Idaho Avenue. The project’s Notice to Proceed date was Friday, August 15; the contractor has 540 construction days to complete the project. 

Building Maintenance

  • The lighting in the CCAE Conference Center salons has been repaired and converted to LED technology. This will result in energy savings and bulb longevity.
  • All the stationary walls in the Conference Center salons are being re-covered with new wall coverings, and the salons are being painted. The work should be completed by September 5th.
  • The wood damage on the front entry to the Dorothy E. Boeger building at the Park Avenue Community Center is being repaired, and the roof is going to be replaced shortly thereafter. 

Fleet Maintenance

  • Working together with Purchasing, a public bid has been sent out to purchase 19 new police vehicles for the 2015 FY. 

Recycling/Waste Management

  • Recycling staff will be on-hand and have their educational table set up in Grape Day Park for the Grape Day Festival on 9/6. 

PUBLIC SAFETY 

Police:

  • Captain Bob Benton has been promoted to Assistant Police Chief. 

Fire:

  • Although it has already been a busy fire season up and down the State, September and October are usually when it gets real busy in Southern California. In an attempt to be better prepared for these months, the County and SDG&E are bringing two additional helicopters to the County on September 1st. One helicopter will be very similar to the two firefighting helicopters the Sheriff’s and CAL Fire operate daily in San Diego. The other helicopter is the Erickson Skycrane or Type I helicopter. The Skycrane will be stationed out of Gillespie field and is capable of dropping 2500 gallons of water with each load. The other, a Type II helicopter may be staged each day somewhere in North County near the Olivenhain Reservoir. It has the ability to drop more than 300 gallons of water with each water drop. These two additional helicopters will be a big help in attacking vegetation fires in the Wildland Urban Interface.