ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT 

  • The 2015 the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) Annual Performance Report was approved by the Economic Development Administration.  A copy of it can be found on the City’s website at http://www.escondido.org/Data/Sites/1/media/PDFs/Building/2015CEDSUpdateCityofEscondido.pdf
  • The High School Cross Country season begins this Saturday, September 10.  Kit Carson Park will host the Bronco Round up with the staging area in the El Arroyo picnic areas.  We expect approximately 1,500 runners spread out over 12 races.  The first race begins at 8:00 a.m. and they start every 20 minutes with the last race beginning at 11:40 a.m.  

SPECIAL EVENTS 

  • September 11 Tribute at Cruisin’ Grand
    September 9th, 5-9 p.m. 

    The Escondido Firefighters’ Association and Escondido Police Officers Association will be sponsoring  the 16th Annual Fire Truck/Public Safety Night and September 11th Tribute at Cruisin’ Grand. Static displays and free fire truck rides will be available to the public. A variety of vehicles will be on display including the 1902 AMERICAN Fire Engine Company horse-drawn steam fire engine of the California State Firefighters’ Association.  Also, the Hubert Family Hose Wagon will be active. Witness the excitement of bells clanging, steam billowing, and three mighty horses pulling this awesome example of early 1900’s American engineering down Grand Avenue this Friday night!  Also featured at the intersection of Grand & Broadway will be the Escondido Fire Department’s 1926 American La France “Ol’ Betsy”, and the Firefighters’ Association 1956 Crown Coach Ford Fire Engine.  Many other emergency response vehicles from the past & present will grace this exciting event. A 30’ long piece of World Trade Center Steel will be on display.

    The Police Department will display an Antique Harley Davidson Motorcycle, 1968 Ford Galaxy Squad Car, Bearcat SWAT vehicle, and the Work Horse Command Van.  
  • Gran Fondo Giro di San Diego
    Sunday, September 11th
    Annual bike ride comes through Escondido via Mt. Palomar and Lake Wohlford.
  • First Annual Herencia Mexicana Festival
    Saturday, September 10, 10 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
    Grape Day Park
    Sponsored by USA Multicultural featuring mariachis, folk dance groups and more.
  • 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) No change from the following update reported last week: 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.  Engineering is awaiting submittal of the (Final) Parcel Map from the applicant.
  • 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.  A building permit fee estimate has been provided to the applicant and building plans are expected soon. 
  • 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.

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.  A City Council hearing has been scheduled for September 14, 2016. 
  • Victory Industrial Development (Developer: Scott Merry, Badiee Development) No change from the following update reported last week: 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.  A City Council hearing has been scheduled for September 14, 2016. 
  • 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.  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.  A Planning Commission hearing has been scheduled for September 13, 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 Street E submitted week of July 11, 2016. 
  • 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.  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) – 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.  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 are nearing approval.  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.  A Planning Commission hearing has been scheduled for September 13, 2016.  A City Council hearing is expected in October. 
  • 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 67 permits for the week with a total valuation of $157,496. Permits were mostly limited to miscellaneous, plumbing, electrical and mechanical. 
  • 26 photovoltaic permits were issued for the week. The Building Division has issued 845 solar permits this year compared to 844 issued for the same time last year. 
  • Building inspections averaged 40 inspections per day with 10 inspections held over on Friday. Customer sign-ins at the building counter were slower than usual with an average of 26 counter sign-ins per day. 
  • The Building Division has issued 55 single family dwelling permits this year with valuations of $17,379,693 compared to 11 permits issued with valuations of $2,218,379 for the same time last year. 
  • The Building Division has processed 2,498 projects to date compared with 2,372 for the same time last year. Total project valuations for issued permits through the month of August this year is $52,837,282 compared with $35,031,675 same time last year. 
  • Structural remediation plans have been approved and issued for the foundation repair for the three-story mixed use building at 300 S. Escondido Blvd. that was abandoned in 2009. Repairs are in progress. 
  • Building staff is currently reviewing the new 2016 California Building Codes to identify major changes in anticipation of the new code adoption on 1/1/2017. Staff will be attending available training on the new codes. 
  • Plan review estimates have been given for the Centerpoint project at 925 N Broadway for the anticipated supermarket and restaurant. Plans expected to be submitted for plan review this week. 
  • The 33-unit affordable housing project for Solutions for Change at 1560 S Escondido Blvd has received underground plumbing and foundation inspection approvals. 
  • The new California Pizza Kitchen at the Westfield North County Mall is requesting a rough framing inspection. 
  • The new Aldi market at 1330 E Valley Pkwy is requesting exterior masonry wall inspections.

Code Enforcement: 

  • As of September 6, 2016, the total number of open code enforcement cases is 445 cases. During the prior week, 61 new cases were opened, and 63 cases were closed, with a backlog of an additional 15 cases not yet opened for assignment and investigation. 
  • There were 53 illegal signs confiscated during the weekend. 
  • Last week, the Business License Division issued 20 new licenses and received 25 new applications, in addition to 177 renewals. 

CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT 

  • Grape Day Park Playground Area: All of the playground equipment has been installed.  The project is completed. The temporary construction fencing will be removed September 16th. 
  • 2015/2016 Street Rehabilitation and Maintenance Project: The contractor has returned to the Old Escondido neighborhood replacing sidewalks, driveways and curb and gutter.  The City has participated in several neighborhood walks concerning the remaining 16 trees impacting the sidewalks.  Risk assessment reports have been requested on 5 of the remaining trees.  The City is also exploring design options for raised sidewalks. Night time operation of the asphalt paving is continuing this week along Valley Parkway between Midway to Harding and next week on El Norte Parkway between Harding to Centre City Parkway. 

PRIVATE DEVELOPMENT 

  • Bear Valley Parkway between Boyle Avenue and San Pasqual Valley Road (County Project): This project is substantially completed. 
  •  2412 South Escondido Boulevard: The developer is continuing to complete items associated with the Field Engineering Punch List for public improvements 
  • Pradera - Lennar Communities: Work to construct the new 12” water main on Stanley Avenue between Conway Drive and Ash Street has begun this week.  Sidewalks and driveways are being placed on Street “C” 
  • Lexington Model Homes - KB Homes: The rough grading has begun for the 41-lot subdivision located along Ash Street on the east, Vista to the south and Stanley Avenue to the north. 
  • City Plaza: Escondido Boulevard @ 3rd Avenue 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. On site construction of the structural concrete building has begun with the setting of forms along Escondido Boulevard. 
  • Rincon del Diablo 8” & 12” Water Main Construction: The three remaining water services and the tie in located along North Avenue have been completed. Surface improvements should be completed in 4 weeks. 
  • Tract 932 - Canyon Grove Shea Homes Community: The contractor is continuing the mass grading for the housing pads. Water and sewer main construction is ongoing on site. Construction has started on the infrastructure improvements in the County’s jurisdiction along N. Ash between Hubbard and Vista. A pre-construction meeting will be held this week for the installation of three (3) traffic signals associated with the project. Traffic signals will be installed at the intersections of N. Ash and Vista Ave, N. Ash and Sheridan and El Norte Parkway and Vista Verde Way. 
  • Solutions Housing Project 1560 S. Escondido Boulevard: Work on the onsite improvement is ongoing. Offsite work is on hold until conflict crossings have been redesigned. 

FUTURE CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS 

  • East Valley Pkwy/Valley Center Road Widening Project:  No change from the following update reported last week:  Staff received confirmation that the City’s request for Authorization to Construct has been sent to Headquarters in Sacramento for final approval.  Approval is required before the project can be advertised for bids.  Staff continues working with project consultants to obtain our last environmental permit.  We originally anticipate having this permit, by August, and are still working toward that.  Staff continues to wait for SDG&E’s finalized plans to underground existing overhead cables.  SDG&E anticipates final utility documents will be provided by the end of August.  
  • HSIP Traffic Signals at El Norte Pkwy/Fig and E. Valley Pkwy/Date: No change from the following update reported last week:  This project installs two high priority traffic signals, and is funded with Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) funds.  Staff submitted Authorization to Construct documentation to Caltrans for review and approval, and will continue working with them until approval is granted.  Project plans are complete; however, Caltrans approval of the Authorization to Construct is needed before the project can bid. 
  • Neighborhood Street Lighting Project: No change from the following update reported last week:  This project adds new streetlights in five established neighborhoods to bring those areas up to current lighting standards.  Existing High Pressure Sodium fixtures will be replaced if funding is available.  Recently the City selected LED light fixtures for new street light installation and replacement of older High Pressure Sodium fixtures.  With fixture information now available, staff will work to finalize project plans and specifications, and prepare the project for bid.  Project plans and specifications are currently at 95%.  This project is funded by HUD.

Building Maintenance Projects 

  • The new exterior signs have been installed at the PACC, making the building more easily identifiable to the public. This includes a small monument sign in front, and a number of other building signs that now light up at night.

 

PUBLIC SAFETY 

Police 

Incidents

  • On 08/30/2016 at about 1:00 a.m., officers stopped a vehicle for expired registration in the area of East Valley Pkwy and Falconer Rd.  The vehicle was occupied by two local men. Further investigation revealed they were in possession of 11.7 grams of methamphetamine, (10) meth pipes, scales, numerous cell phones, a .45 caliber pistol and a 12 gauge shotgun.  Both subjects were arrested for felony drug and weapons charges and booked into the Vista Detention Facility.
  • On 08/31/16 at about 6:44 a.m., officers were dispatched to investigate the call of a suspicious vehicle parked in the area of Villa Sonoma Glen and Villa Del Dios Glen.  Officers located the vehicle and determined it had been reported stolen. Officers detained the male driver without incident. Further investigation revealed the vehicle is filled with stolen property. Some of the property was linked to a robbery in San Diego. The driver was arrested and booked at the Vista Detention Facility.
  • On 9/1/16 at about 2:00 p.m., uniformed officers and detectives from the Special Investigations Unit conducted a detail at Grape Day Park with narcotics activity as the primary focus. During the detail, detectives observed suspicious activity around a U-Haul van near the park. When the vehicle left the area, officers conducted a traffic stop. The driver had a warrant for his arrest and was found to be in possession of 14 bindles of heroin. A female passenger was found to be in possession of methamphetamine. Both suspects were arrested and booked into the Vista Detention Facility.
  • On 9/01/16 at about 2:12 p.m., officers responded to a domestic violence incident. The investigation revealed the victim and her ex-boyfriend were traveling in a car with their one-year old son.  An argument ensued between the couple where the suspect threatened the victim with a screwdriver. The victim stopped the car, and the suspect exited the vehicle taking their child with him.  San Diego County Sheriff’s helicopter ASTREA responded and made announcements in the area where the suspect was last seen.  The suspect heard the announcements and called police dispatch to turn himself in.  The suspect was taken into custody about one-half mile away from the original incident.  The child was not harmed, and was returned to mom.
  • On 09/02/16 at about 1:15 p.m. Carlsbad Police contacted Escondido Police to request assistance in locating a carjacking vehicle believed to be headed to Escondido. The suspect and vehicle were believed to be headed for a business in the 1300 block of West Valley Pkwy. Uniformed officers staged close by while plain clothes detectives watched the area for the suspect and vehicle.  A short time later, detectives spotted the stolen vehicle and uniformed officers conduct a high-risk stop arresting the suspect.  Carlsbad Police officers responded and took custody of the suspect and recovered the stolen vehicle.
  • On 09/03/16 at about 11:41 p.m. officers responded to a burglary alarm at 7-11 store located at 1860 W. El Norte Parkway. A store employee had also responded to the alarm and observed a Hispanic juvenile inside the store prior to officers arriving. The suspect was seen running from the store eastbound on El Norte Pkwy. Stolen property (alcohol & tobacco) was found outside the store. While officers were investigating, a man arrived and reported his juvenile nephew was a possible suspect. Officers canvassed the area and found the juvenile hiding beneath a vehicle. The juvenile was arrested and later booked into Juvenile Hall for burglary. 

Events 

  • PD is currently accepting lateral and entry-level police officer applications. The entry-level application period will end on September 14th. Lateral police officer applications are accepted on a continuous basis. You can find more information at http://agency.governmentjobs.com/escondido/default.cfm. Please share these opportunities with people you think could be a great addition to our team. #EscondidoPolice
  • On Sunday September 4, 2016, Officer Baeder and her partner, Tosca, spent some time with Daisy Troop 4557 at the Escondido Police & Fire Headquarters. The girls were earning their "Respect Authority" badge and enjoyed a tour of the station, as well as, a K-9 demonstration.

  

Fire 

  • Chief Knowles reports that for the first time since June 1, there are no fire personnel from any agency in the region working on fires outside of San Diego County.