ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

A two-step process will be used to identify the preferred developer for a downtown hotel: 

Step One-Request for  Qualifications:
Developers will be asked to assemble qualified teams and to submit information on their team members’ companies, such as experience with similar ground-up projects and identification of certain key individuals, and to submit a “Statement of Understanding of the Site Opportunities”. Following evaluation of the Step One submittals, the candidates may be invited to an oral presentation to the City’s Evaluation Committee. From that point, the City will select a short list of candidates to advance to Step Two. 

Step Two-Request for Proposals (RFP):
Selected developers will be invited to submit more detailed proposals, including concept plans, operating pro-formas and proposed deal structure. Following review of submittals and interviews with the finalists, the City will select a developer to enter into an Exclusive Negotiating Agreement to design, build and operate the hotel. 

The Request for Qualifications will be released next week. 

SPECIAL EVENTS 

Friday, September 11 

  • Musica en La Plaza
    Outdoors in the Lyric Court at the Center for the Arts.  Every Friday in September from 7-10 p.m.Bring your dancing shoes and join Los Montaño and the Manny Cepeda Orchestra Quartet for live music, tacos, and tequila in our beautiful Lyric Court.  For more information, visit http://artcenter.org/event/musica-en-la-plaza/2015-09-11
  • Hero Night at Cruisin’ Grand, 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
    The showcased vehicle at Hero Night will be the 1902 American Fire Engine Company horse drawn steam fire engine of the California State Firefighters’ Association. 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. Making its debut is Dave and Barbara Hubert’s Antique Horse Drawn Hose Wagon. Also featured at the intersection of Grand Avenue and Broadway will be the Fire Department’s 1926 American La France “Ol’ Betsy”, and the Firefighters’ Association 1956 Crown Coach Ford Fire Engine. Fire Truck rides will be held from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. The Fire Truck Parade will be at 7:00 p.m. Other emergency response vehicles from the past and present will grace this exciting event. The Police Department is bringing the 1968 Ford Galaxy Squad Car, The Command Van, and the SWAT Bearcats. Other SD County Law Enforcement Agencies are bringing various Antique Police vehicles. A joint Fire and Police honor guard will be assisting with the flag raising at 6:00 p.m. and Fire and Police chaplain will be helping with the Invocation. 

Saturday September 12

  • Sunrise Rotary 5k 7:30 a.m.
  • Grape Day parade on Grand Avenue, 9:30 a.m.
  • Grape Day Festival – Grape Day Park, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Grand Opening of Roynon Museum of Earth Science and Paleontology,  457 East Grand Avenue #2, 10 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • For information about other  activities taking place in Escondido, please visit www.visitescondido.com 

WATER CONSERVATION EDUCATION 

The Water Conservation group has been using a variety of methods to help Escondido residents, businesses and visitors understand the drought and local regulations while learning how to use water wisely at all times.  A complete list of their efforts to date is attached. 

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

Planning:

  • The Planning Commission approved the Variance to reduce wall setback requirements for perimeter walls to be constructed along Stanley and Lehner Avenues as part of the 70-unit Pradera subdivision (5-0, McQuead absent).
  • A Precise Plan application has been submitted for the remodel and expansion of the BMW of Escondido dealership at 1557 Auto Park Way. The application is under review.
  • Major Projects Update:
    • Oak Creek (NUW) – A LAFCO hearing date has been tentatively scheduled for October 5th.
    • Amanda Estates (NUW) – LAFCO approved the reorganization (annexation) at their August 3rd
    • Centerpointe 78 Commercial – The Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) has been released for a 45 day public review period ending Sept. 28th. The Draft is EIR is available at the following link:
    • http://www.escondido.org/centerpointe-78-commercial-project.aspx
    • Pradera - Grading is underway. A fee deferral agreement has been approved. The variance to reduce wall setbacks was approved.
    • Zenner – The project is scheduled for consideration by LAFCO on Sept. 14th. Planning and Engineering staff will attend the hearing.
    • 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 and the CEQA document which is anticipated to be a mitigated negative declaration.
    • Wohlford – A letter has been sent for the proposed 55-unit residential subdivision and planned development at 661 Bear Valley Parkway advising the applicant that the application is incomplete and identifying the necessary submittals to continue processing the application. Resubmittal is anticipated in mid-September. The applicant is coordinating with staff regarding a Specific Alignment Plan for Bear Valley Parkway and is conducting technical studies. The Request for Qualifications for consultant preparation of an EIR will be released upon resubmittal of information needed to deem the application as complete. Tribal consultation meetings have been completed.
    • Latitude II – The project was approved by the City Council on August 19th. Submittal of grading plans is behind schedule.
    • 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. The revised grading plan is under review. The Precise Plan application was submitted on Aug. 6th and is under review; the application will include review of proposed park amenities as well as setback issues on 9 lots where the proposed units do not meet the setback requirements of the planned development. The applicant is pursuing purchase of mitigation credits at Daley Ranch.
    • Safari Highlands – The tentative map and specific plan application have been routed to outside agencies for comment. Staff is preparing a contract for an extension of staff for engineering services. The applicant has agreed to contract for the preparation of a draft Municipal Services Review and Sphere of Influence (SOI) update. . The City of San Diego has requested additional time to provide preliminary comments, and had expressed concern regarding the proposed use of Zoo Road for emergency access. Notices will be sent this week regarding a public agency scoping meeting to discuss the scope of the EIR to be held on Sept. 24th from 3-5 PM in the Mitchell Room.
    • Felicita Development, LLC - 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.
    • EDI – The CUP modification to expand the existing facility was approved by the Planning Commission on August 25th. Staff is reviewing post-approval plan submittals including storm water and landscape plans.
    • Westfield Theater – 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. A draft Mitigated Negative Declaration has been submitted and is under review. Revisions to the design of the proposed storm water improvements are needed.
    • Paseo Escondido – 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) – Staff is reviewing revised landscape and grading plans in order to prepare a bond letter.
    • Valiano (County Project) – Engineering staff met with County staff to discuss traffic improvements needed to address anticipated traffic distribution on City streets. 

Building Division: 

  • The Building Division issued 88 permits for the week with a total valuation of $1,806,563. 
  • 34 photovoltaic permits were issued for the week. Building has issued 856 solar permits so far this year compared to 431 issued at the same time last year. 
  • Building inspectors and counter staff had a very busy week with inspections averaging 38 inspections per day with 44 inspections on Friday and counter contacts averaging 44 per day with 30 on Friday. 
  • Due to the high number of inspection requests, there were 4 inspections held over on Thursday and 8 inspections held over on Friday. 
  • The Black Angus restaurant at the Westfield North County Mall is anticipating a late September opening and is getting ready for a final building and fire inspection. 
  • The 76 unit condominium complex at 2412 S. Escondido Blvd is in the framing stage on all 4 buildings. 
  • The Meadowbrook Village 3 story apartment building has received underground utility and partial foundation inspection approval. 
  • Lopez Market at 201 S Pine St. has been demolished. 
  • The Monthly Building Report for September is attached.

Code Enforcement: 

  • As of September 7th, the total number of open code enforcement case is 410 cases, with a backlog of an additional 48 cases not yet opened for assignment and investigation. During the prior week, 44 new cases were opened, and 59 cases were closed. A total of 3 Public Records Requests (PRRs) were processed, for a total of 87 PRRs processed this year to date. One new full-time Code Enforcement Officer has been hired and will start work on September 14th. Recruitment is underway for three vacant positions, including one full-time and two part-time officer positions and one Code Enforcement Assistant to assist with the backlog. 
  • Last week the Business License Division received 33 new applications and 167 renewals, and issued 18 new licenses. 

CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS         

FY 2014-2015 Maintenance Project:
This past week the contractor placed 636,565 square feet of slurry, 25,242 linear feet of crack fill and placed 115 tons of hot mix asphalt to repair damaged street throughout the project.                 

Private Development 

Bear Valley Parkway between Boyle Avenue and San Pasqual Valley Road (County Project):
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). 

2412 South Escondido Boulevard:
Onsite construction of new homes is continuing this week. 

Pradera - Lennar Communities:
The grading contractor has completed 70% of the mass grading to date. The import of dirt material is continuing this week. There are modified work times to provide safe passage during the school hours as well as drop off and pick times. The offsite improvement for storm drain construction is proceeding with work located along Lehner Avenue. 

St. Mary’s Church:
The contractor is forming the footing for the new family center building and the water line construction is nearing completion. 

Future Capital Projects

Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) Signals:
The City was selected for a HSIP grant to fund the cost of two signals from the Traffic Signal Priority List.  Preliminary design for a signal at El Norte Parkway and Fig Street is at eighty percent.   Preliminary design for a signal at East Valley Parkway and Date Street is approximately forty percent complete.  Final design is expected by December 2015 with construction planned in 2016.

PUBLIC SAFETY 

Police: 

Incidents: 

  • On 8/31/2015, an officer was conducting a routine patrol of Mission Middle School. The officer spotted a subject on the property carrying bolt cutters. The subject ran from the officer but was eventually taken into custody while hiding in the backyard of a nearby house.
  • On 8/31/2015, officers responded to the 1700 block of Oak Hill Dr. on a report of a residential burglary. It was determined that several firearms were taken. Prior to the discovery of the burglary, a witness reportedly saw a subject carrying a rifle in the 1800 block of Oak Hill Dr. Officers and detectives were able to identify the apartment the subject carrying the rifle went into. A search warrant was obtained and the subject was arrested. Several firearms taken in the burglary were recovered.
  • On 8/31/2015, officers responded to a report of a fatal collision involving a pedestrian at the intersection of El Norte Pkwy and Elm St.
  • On 9/03/2015, officers responded to the 3900 block of Monument Pl. on a report of a missing person. A 76 year old male suffering from dementia had been missing for approximately seven hours. The subject was eventually located by the California Highway Patrol in the area of Interstate 15 and Miramar Rd.
  • On 9/05/2015, dispatch received several reports of a parachutist landing near E. Valley Pkwy. and Bear Valley Pkwy. Once officers arrived, they found several paragliders flying south along Bear Valley Pkwy. One of the paragliders developed a problem and had to make an emergency landing in the 200 block of Via Rancho Pkwy. 

EVENTS 

  • Captain Mike Loarie and Lieutenant Justin Murphy attended a California Office of Traffic Safety driving under the influence vertical prosecution meeting with the San Diego District Attorney and City Attorney’s office. The focus was on special prosecution on serious and fatal alcohol related collisions. In some fatality cases, the suspects may be prosecuted for homicide.
  • On 9/04/2015, Rebecca Prencipe and Pastor Scott Smith (Emmanuel Faith Community Church) spent the morning at Police and Fire Headquarters to pray, contemplate, and show appreciation for the crew at the Escondido Police Department. Rebecca stepped up and made this happen all on her own. We know for certain that the job we do to protect is recognized by our community, and this is a great example why we know that to be true!
  • In an effort improve traffic safety for the Labor Day weekend, officers conducted two DUI saturation patrols. On Friday, 9/4/2015, officers made 3 arrests for driving under the influence, 1 felony arrest and wrote 19 citations with 5 vehicle impounds. On Sunday, 9/6/2015, officers made 2 arrests for driving under the influence, 1 felony arrest and wrote 30 citations with 4 vehicle impounds

Fire:

  • All of our personnel who had been working fires in other areas of the state have now returned back to Escondido.