- Black Angus Restaurant will open at Westfield North County on October 6.
- The Daley Ranch House was included in an article about Ranch Weddings in the October/November edition of San Diego Style Weddings (Magazine and website http://www.sandiegostyleweddings.com. We anticipate this will generate more interest in weddings and other events there.
- Through Visit Escondido’s Napa Valley connections, two of our local wineries were invited to participate at KAABOO Del Mar event. Orfila Vineyards and Winery and Domaine Artefact were among a dozen top wineries from all over California, participating in the recent 3-day event at the Del Mar Racetrack. The high-end, experiential event had over 200,000 attendees and featured over 100 bands, culinary competitions and tastings, an art gallery (Distinction Gallery participated), comedy performances, and more. Next year we plan to have three of our wineries participate.
- Valley Center High School will host a North County Conference Cross Country meet this Thursday October 1st and Friday October 2nd in Kit Carson Park. Kit Carson Park is considered one of the premier Cross Country course in San Diego County. They will be expecting over 800 runners and spectators over the two days from San Diego County High Schools. Teams will be transported in from their schools and will be off loading and loading in Kit Carson Park near the start line located by the El Arroyo 1 & 2 area. Palomar League race will be on Thursday and Valley League will race on Friday. I have attached the race map for you to view.
- No special events
- For information about other activities taking place in Escondido, please visit www.visitescondido.com
PUBLIC WORKS UPDATE
- The Drainage Crew cleaned 3,290 linear feet of concrete lined drainage channel last week. The channel segment cleaned was between N. Andreasen and the eastern leg of Auto Park Way. Over 540 cubic yards of debris consisting of trash, vegetation and silt were removed from this segment of channel in preparation of the predicted winter storms.
- Crews completed the removal of the deteriorated corrugated metal pipe at the intersection of Lincoln and Rose and replaced it with a HDPE 18" diameter pipe. A resident of the area reported a sinkhole and exploratory excavation revealed the metal pipe had rusted to the extent there was no bottom of the pipe. Crews had to work around a 16" diameter high pressure gas main and several potable water mains. The pipe was replaced last week and this week crews will complete the needed concrete repairs, consisting of a pedestrian ramp and curb and gutter replacement. The street was repaved and opened to traffic last week. There will be some delays to traffic this week as the concrete work is completed.
- The Tree Crew completed the pruning and removing of seed pods on approximately 1,000 queen palms. Numerous comments had been received regarding the seed pods releasing seeds which ended up on sidewalks. The City's inventory contains over 5,200 queen palms.
- An application has been submitted for a 19-lot single family residential subdivision and planned development on a 7.2 acres site addressed as 701 San Pasqual Valley Rd. and 1201 E. 5th Ave. (formerly Tract 898). The application is under review.
- Solutions for Change has received preliminary approval of State tax credits for their project at 1560-1576 S. Escondido Blvd. A modification to the approved planned development project to increase the number of affordable units from 24 to 33 units is scheduled for consideration by the Planning Commission on October 13th, and tentatively for City Council hearing on Nov. 18th.
- The Escondido Auto Park Association is proposing to upgrade the existing electronic message sign along Interstate 15. On Sept. 23rd, the Economic Development Subcommittee considered a request by the association to enter into an agreement with the City for reimbursement of a portion of the cost of the upgraded sign and expressed support for a five-year agreement based on anticipated public benefit of additional sales tax revenue. Staff is developing a draft agreement for consideration by the Auto Park Association and will then bring it to the full Council for consideration.
- A community workshop is scheduled on October 15th to discuss the South Centre City Area Plan. The meeting will be held at 6:30 PM at Central Elementary School: http://www.escondido.org/Data/Sites/1/media/pdfs/planning/SouthCentreCityAreaPlan/Invitation.pdf?v=2
- Major Projects Update:
- Oak Creek (NUW) – No change from the following update reported last week: A LAFCO hearing for the reorganization (annexation) is 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.
- Amanda Estates (NUW) – No change from the following update reported last week: LAFCO approved the reorganization (annexation) at their meeting on August 3, 2015.
- Centerpointe 78 Commercial – The public review period for the Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) ended September 28, 2015. Three comment letters were received, and are under review. The Draft is EIR is available at the following link: http://www.escondido.org/centerpointe-78-commercial-project.aspx
- Pradera - Grading is underway. Staff is reviewing the improvement plan and the final map submittals, as well as the precise grading plans for the proposed model homes.
- Zenner – No change from the following update reported last week: 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 (including a Water Quality Technical Report) and the CEQA document which is anticipated to be a mitigated negative declaration. Staff is completing design review of the project site plan, architecture and landscaping plans.
- Wohlford – No change from the following update reported last week: 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. The project may need to be revised to reflect the provisions of the new storm water regulations.
- 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; additional information is needed to complete the application. The applicant is pursuing purchase of mitigation credits at Daley Ranch, and pursuing acquisitions needed for offsite improvements.
- Safari Highlands – Engineering is finalizing a contract with a consultant to perform as an extension of staff for engineering services. The applicant has selected a consultant to prepare a draft Municipal Services Review and Sphere of Influence (SOI) update. Staff met with representatives from the City of San Diego to discuss their concerns regarding the proposed improvements to Zoo Road for emergency access. A public agency scoping meeting was September 24th to discuss the scope of the EIR. Attendees included school district representatives and members of the public. A community meeting is scheduled on October 5th at 6:00 PM in the Mitchell Room regarding the project.
- Felicita Development, LLC - No change from the following update reported last week: 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 comments have been sent regarding the post-approval plan submittals including grading and landscape plans. The County has notified the City that the applicant has made their application to the State permitting agency.
- Westfield Theater – No change from the following update reported last week: 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 – No change from the following update reported last week: 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) – No change from the following update reported last week: Staff has prepared a bond and fee letter based on the proposed grading and landscape plans, and has sent it to the applicant.
- Valiano (County Project) – Engineering staff met with the applicant to discuss mitigation measures that could include construction of traffic improvements to address anticipated traffic distribution on City streets.
- 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 (former Woody’s site) – No change from the following update reported last week: 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 submitted and is under review; the project is tentatively scheduled for Planning Commission on October 13th.
- The Building Department issued 79 permits for the week with a total valuation of $454,689.
- 28 photovoltaic permits were issued for the week. Building has issued 943 solar permits so far this year compared to 501 issued at the same time last year.
- A building permit was issued for the new Taco Bell office building on N. Broadway.
- Building inspectors and counter staff contacts remain constant with inspections averaging 41 inspections per day with 40 inspections on Friday and counter contacts averaging 39 per day with 32 on Friday. Thursday was very busy with 55 counter contacts.
- A plan check fee estimate was prepared for the 105-unit Springhill Suites hotel at 200 La Terraza Blvd. Plan submittals are anticipated this week.
- As of September 28th, the total number of open code enforcement case is 379 cases, with a backlog of an additional 114 cases not yet opened for assignment and investigation. During the prior week, 53 new cases were opened, and 36 cases were closed. A total of 145 signs were pulled. One 1 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 21 new applications and 212 renewals, and issued 54 new licenses.
FY 2014-2015 Maintenance Project:
The striping contractor is actively reapplying striping and roadway legends throughout the project limits.
High Visibility Crosswalk and Stop Signs @ Ash Street and Sheridan Avenue
The Engineering Division has bid and awarded a contract for the installation of stop signs and high visibility cross walks at this intersection. The City is responding to concerns brought to its attention by parents in the neighborhood. The work will be completed by October 30, 2015.
Bear Valley Parkway between Boyle Avenue and San Pasqual Valley Road (County Project):
No change from the following update reported last week: 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:
No change from the following update reported last week: On site construction of new homes is continuing this week.
Pradera - Lennar Communities:
The grading contractor is scheduled to complete the import of material this Friday October 2, 2015. The offsite improvement for water main construction and connecting to the Cities facilities is proceeding with work located along Lehner Avenue.
Future Capital Projects
East Valley Parkway/Valley Center Road:
Potholing of utilities is scheduled to begin on October 5, 2015. The work will be performed between the hours of 12 a.m. and 7 a.m. Monday through Friday in an attempt to lessen the impact to this heavily traveled roadway. The information gathered will assist in the design of the final improvement drawings.
- On 9/20/2015, the City of Escondido experienced a loss of power in a large portion of the city. Officers responded to numerous calls for service related to the blackout. During the outage the Police Department experienced a 100% increase in 911 calls. Nearly all of these calls were not emergencies, and were simply inquiries as to why the power was out. The Escondido Police would like to remind the public that 911 should only be used for emergency situations, and that any inappropriate use or misuse of 911 tremendously delays the public safety response to legitimate emergency calls for help. During unforeseen events, such as a power outage, there are other methods to retrieve information. San Diego Gas & Electric maintains a website which features a map of existing outages. For more information go to: http://www.sdge.com/. Another resource for information is 2-1-1 San Diego. Dialing 211 connects you with a variety of information resources related to community, and health and disaster services. 211 is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. For more information go to: http://www.211sandiego.org
- On 9/26/2015, Officers responded to a single vehicle collision in the 1600 block of E. Valley Pkwy. A vehicle had collided into a building causing damage to the west wall and plate glass window.
- 9/23/2015 - Congratulations to Escondido Police Department Chief Craig Carter. Chief Carter was honored at the start of the City Council Meeting and received an award from the Palomar College Alumni Association. He is the 2015 Alumnus of the Year.
- On 9/23/2015 - The City recognized employees for their dedication and service to the Citizens of Escondido. The photograph below represents over 210 years of combined police experience. We are proud of each of them and thank them for making our organization great!
- 9/26/2015 - About 80 men and women were at the Police and Fire Headquarters to test for the position of Police Officer. In the next few months we will be once again testing. Information about that will be posted on the City of Escondido and Escondido Police Department websites.
- On October 2, 2015, The Escondido Police Department will be participating in the 5th Annual Global Police Tweet-a-thon. They will be conducting a virtual ride-along during swing shift (3 p.m. to 1 a.m.) that evening. Law Enforcement agencies around the globe will be participating in this event and will use the hashtag #PolTwt
All of the City’s Fire Department’s personnel have returned from fire assignments in Central and Northern California. In fact, most of the fire personnel and equipment from San Diego County are now back home with their departments. This is great news as we head into October which is typically San Diego County’s worst month for devastating wildland fires. Most of the fires in Northern California are now more than 90% contained. Below is a comparison of this year’s fire activity through September 26th compared to last year and the five year average.
Statewide Fire Activity # of Fires Acres Burned
January 1, 2015 through September 26, 2015 5,496 305,264
January 1, 2014 through September 26, 2014 3,318 190,204
5 Year Average (Same Interval) 3,859 106,499
(Statistics include all wildfires responded by CAL FIRE in both State Responsibility Area (SRA), as well as the Local Responsibility Area (LRA) under contract with CAL FIRE, plus all large wildfires in SRA protected by CAL FIRE’s Contract Counties)