ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT 

  • The Discovery Channel will be in Escondido on Friday, September 13 to film Cruisin’ Grand.  This should bring positive publicity about Escondido in general, and Crusin’ Grand, in particular.
  • USA Today had a very positive article featuring Stone Brewing Company on September 4. To view it, visit:      http://www.usatoday.com/story/experience/food-and-wine/tours-and-trails/beer-tours-and-trails/2013/09/04/san-diego-county-beer-trail/2758381/
  • This weekend we will be hosting the Women’s Senior. Olympics softball tournament at Kit Carson Park on all four adult softball fields.  They will have 17 teams competing in the 50+, 55+, and 60+ divisions.  Teams will be from all over Southern California and local San Diego County.

 COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT UPDATES

Planning:

  • The revised Mitigated Negative Declaration (MND) for the proposed outdoor entertainment events at the Lexus dealership was issued for a 20-day public review period which closes on 9/17/13. The project is on schedule for public hearing on 10/2/13.
  • Staff received a report prepared by the Getty Foundation that was forwarded to us from the Niki Charitable Art Foundation regarding Queen Califia’s refurbishment. Staff will be meeting with representatives from the Foundation this week to discuss the report and the necessary repairs to    safely reopen the sculpture garden as well as the parameters for future  actions that would allow both foundations to work together regarding      complete restoration.   

Building:

  • Wal-Mart received final inspection and approvals from Building on 09/03/2013 and Fire on 08/20/2013.
  • The Plot Plan application and building permit plan checks were expedited for Heritage Digital Academy at 2255 E Valley Pkwy at the East Valley Community Center. Special inspections by the Fire Department and Building Division were scheduled last week, enabling the school to receive a      temporary Certificate of Occupancy which allowed the school to open on schedule on Tuesday, Sept. 3rd.
  • Building issued 42 permits for the week with a total valuation of $771,724.  Photovoltaic permits continue to lead the permit activity for the year      with 238 issued so far this year and 10 for the week. 13 plans for photovoltaic permits were submitted this week.  Two plans for single family dwellings were submitted for review this week on Continental Lane. 
  • The Monthly Building Activity Report for August is attached.

CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS

Grape Street Public Improvement Project:

SDG&E crews are continuing with the installation of the new gas main located on Grape Street. Construction signs are in place notifying residents that Grape Street is restricted to residential access only during weekday operations. Construction of the replacement gas main should be completed in less than two months. 

Escondido Creek Trail Lighting:

The preconstruction meeting set for September 4th was cancelled due to a conflict with the contractor.

Encino/El Dorado Storm Drain Replacement:

City staff is coordinating the design of a new 48” storm drain system. Staff met with the effected homeowners this past week to seek their approval of the preliminary design, which relocates the storm drain pipe to the rear of their properties. The tentative design was approved by all parties which will allow the City to proceed with additional design and soils investigation.  

Private Development:

 Wal-Mart:

The stocking of the store is continuing and training has begun in preparation of the grand opening.

 Cox Communication Downtown System Upgrade - Phase 2, 3 and 4:

The contractor has begun to repair the asphalt surface in the alleys.  Work has begun in the alley between Grand Avenue and 2nd Avenue and Orange Avenue to Broadway Avenue. Repairs should be completed in two weeks.

 Contempo Townhomes -Tract 921:

The construction of the water main in the alley is underway. Pressure testing and water quality testing is set for later this week.

 Mission Avenue 69KV Electrical Line:

The cable pull into the substation is set to begin on September 4th and be completed by September 10th. This work will be done between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. allowing for safe passage of the school children.

 Resurrection Church - Storm Drain in El Norte Parkway:

Plans have been approved for the El Norte Parkway storm drain. Construction is on hold until two fire hydrant laterals can be relocated. This work should begin next week.

 Palomar College - Escondido Education Center:

The project is nearing completion. City staff will begin to develop a punch list for any remaining items needing attention.

 

PUBLIC SAFETY

Police:

  • Grape Day Task Force:

The Police Department continues its enforcement details several times a day in the park and surrounding areas.  Since the start of the increased focus, the police department has conducted 922 extra patrols in the park, 161 field interviews, 83 citations and 85 arrests.  The Bike Team officers Adan Martinez and Russ Whitaker continue to focus their efforts in the downtown area including Grape Day Park, Maple Plaza and Signature Pavilion. 

During the last week, there were no calls for service at Grape Day Park or Maple Street Plaza. Signature Plaza received one call regarding a possible fight between a motorist and juveniles who were at the intersection.  The call resulted only in an advisement. 

The fencing around the recently removed Eucalyptus tree has been installed and signage is due to be posted explaining the future of the tree and its incorporation into a play structure.   

CCAE, Boys and Girls Club, SD Children’s Museum did not report any problems this week. 

Classical Academy has returned back to school, placing nine additional security guards in the park.  So far the school has reconvened without incident. 

Grape Day Parade and 5K Run, September 7th, 2013, is this Saturday and the City of Escondido 125th Anniversary Celebration, October 6th, 2013 1 - 4 p.m. 

The next Task Force Meeting will be Tuesday September 17th, 2013. 

 

Fire:

  • Our Office of Emergency Services (OES) Brush Engine 8632 was released from the Rim Fire near Yosemite National Park on Monday, September 2nd.   The four person crew and engine arrived safely back in Escondido on Monday evening and are now back in service. The Rim Fire stands at 237,341 acres  and is currently 80% contained. It is good to have everyone back home safe and sound, ready for the next deployment.
  • As mentioned in the City Manager’s Update last week, the Lake Hodges Fire Safe Council hosted the ”Chipping Event” on August 24th.  Here are some additional facts about the number of participants and quantities of materials chipped. The event received 58 loads from 34 individual homeowners in the Escondido area. This represented protecting over 102 community members and property valued at more than $14,620,000 on    40 acres of land.  The event received more than $4,400 in volunteer in-kind support by way of their efforts and donations of $128 to offset the cost of the event. According to the company that operated the equipment, more than 11.25 tons of brush, trimmings, and branches were chipped into mulch.