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Yes, you may submit your application by mail or in the drop box in the parking lot at City Hall. It will be reviewed on the business day after it is received. If you prefer to submit it in person, you may do so during City Hall normal business hours.
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The Espola Road Safety Improvements Project will improve safety for those who walk, jog, cycle or ride horses along the stretch of Espola Road between Poway High School and Twin Peaks Road. Specifically, it will add a pathway where none currently exists on the west side of Espola Road, from Mountain Road (just north of Twin Peaks Road) to Willow Ranch Road (about a block south of Titan Way).
The first phase of the project will be grading the pathway and shoulder area along with installation of retaining walls and new street lights. This will be followed by the “undergrounding” of overhead utilities phase. This means that the overhead powerlines and other equipment will be moved underground, aesthetically improving the roadway and removing obstacles from the proposed pathway. SDG&E’s contractor will complete the trenching and conduit installation for all of the utility companies. SDG&E, AT&T, and Cox Communications will each complete their own cable installations in the new underground conduit and remove their facilities from the overhead poles. Once the utilities are underground, SDG&E will remove the poles. A few poles will remain in place that serve residences that are not included in the undergrounding limits.
The final phase of the project is creating a safe access by installing a decomposed granite (DG) pathway. The pathway will be generally set back from the main road and include a lodge-pole fence as a protective barrier.
This stretch of Espola Road has been the subject of discussion for more than 25 years as it’s one of the few sections that has not been upgraded along this widely-travelled corridor.
At one point, the City Council looked at – and rejected – the idea of widening it to a four-lane roadway. Staff later proposed a compromise: a three-lane roadway (a travel lane in each direction plus a continuous center left-turn lane) along with a list of other improvements that would relieve traffic, increase capacity of the existing roadway and improve safety for vehicles, pedestrians and bicyclists. City Council ultimately decided that while there wasn’t a significant enough need to widen the road, the other safety improvements were needed.
Most of this section has no pathway, outside of a narrow dirt trail directly alongside the busy road. Pedestrians have to navigate uneven walkways, utility poles, street signs and more – all while keeping an eye on cars travelling at speeds of 45 miles per hour (and higher).
The current cost estimate of the walkway including design, construction and right-of-way acquisition is approximately $2.1 million. A general fund appropriation of $2.4 million has been set aside for the walkway portion of the project. The undergrounding of overhead utilities is split into two underground utility districts and two types of funding. An underground utility district was created to use the approximately $1.89 million in Rule 20A funds available. These funds come from the rates paid by utility customers and are distributed annually by SDG&E to jurisdictions to pay for undergrounding projects. Because the 20A funds do not cover undergrounding the entire section between Twin Peaks and Titan Way, City Council directed staff to use a portion of the City’s surplus revenues to form a Rule 20B underground utility district. An appropriation of $2.6 million has been set aside for completion of the Rule 20B utility undergrounding.
The Espola Road Safety Improvement Project will not impact the current road – it will stay as is. The Poway City Council’s commitment to this is so strong that in October 2013 they went on record with a resolution confirming that it does not intend to widen Espola Road.
But even though this project doesn’t target widening the road to accommodate more cars, it’s still expected to have a positive impact on traffic – especially when congestion is at its worst. More than 2,400 students attend Poway High and this road is the only route to and from school for a significant portion of neighborhoods within its boundaries. Constructing a pedestrian-friendly pathway will likely result in more students walking or biking to school, which in turn will reduce the number of cars on the road during peak times.
Espola Road is an essential corridor between the southeastern portion of Poway and areas to the north. Creating safe access along a stretch of road that was built long before Poway incorporated is not without its challenges.
The existing right-of-way doesn’t always provide the needed area for the project. The City acquired strips of land adjacent to the road from some property owners in order for the pathway to be built.
Construction will impact the current landscape. A few trees that exist in the area of the new pathway have been identified for removal. There are walls, utility poles, signs and other impairments that will need to be moved as well.
As with any plan that impacts a neighborhood while enhancing the community at large, there were significant variations and points of view to consider. After thoughtful consideration, the City Council determined that this alternative would provide the balance needed between progress and preservation. Its open, natural design mirrors the “City in the Country” tone of the community while ensuring for the safety of those who travel this road.
The project is expected to take at least 17 months to complete. This includes the utility undergrounding that is being completed by the utility companies under a separate contract.
During the first phase of the project, traffic will continue to be one lane in each direction with the middle turn lane being eliminated. This configuration will likely be set up on a 24-hour basis. When the contractor needs to set up daily traffic control, the hours will be restricted to set up after 8:30 a.m. to prevent delays in morning school traffic. For daily traffic control setup, removal will be by 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and by 4 p.m. on Friday’s that City Hall is open. It is anticipated that construction activities will start at one end of the project limits and traffic control will be limited to the active construction area. Vehicle and cyclists will be asked to share the road. Pedestrians will be provided a safe and clear walking area through the active construction zone. Bus routes will remain the same and no impacts are anticipated to trash collection or mail delivery.
The noise ordinance (Poway Municipal Code Section 8.08.100) restricts the days and hours that heavy machinery may be used. The City Engineer may allow for construction activities outside of normal working hours if the operations are not detrimental to the health, safety or welfare of the surrounding community. Due to the residential neighborhoods adjacent to the project area, night work would cause negative impacts and therefore was not an option.
An $18 cancellation fee is charged for all cancellations; an additional $28 cancellation fee will be charged if cancellation is less than 14 days in advance of the event date. If you have any questions, please contact Parks and Recreation.
Amplified sound is only allowed at the indoor facilities. If you have any questions, please contact Parks and Recreation.
Liability Insurance is required for events that have 50 or more persons or when alcohol is present. A copy of the city's facility use insurance requirements (PDF) is available to help you secure the insurance you need for your event. If you have any questions, please contact Parks and Recreation.
Yes, however, there are additional fees that are required and it may only be present during an adult function, for example, a wedding, anniversary, or adult party. For additional information on the fees, please contact Community Services at 858-668-4595.
The city requires all facility rentals at which alcohol will be present with 100 or more attendees to hire security guard service. Uniformed security personnel must be present 30 minutes before alcohol is served, and must remain through the end of the cleanup. See a copy of the requirements (PDF) that must be met by security personnel. If you have any questions, please contact Parks and Recreation.
If operating a food truck in a City park or facility with an approved permit issued from the Community Services Department, only a business certificate is required along with insurance that meets the City’s standards. Adherence with the County of San Diego Department of Environmental Health is also required.
The County of San Diego Department of Environmental Health administers a mobile food facility inspection program with a grading system. For more information about this program visit their website at http://www.sdcounty.ca.gov/deh/food/mobilefood.html Environmental Health - Mobile Food Program Environmental Health - Mobile Food Program
Complete Application: Applications for solicitor’s license and/or ID cards can be downloaded from the Customer Services Regulatory Licenses webpage.
Day of Appointment: Applications must be submitted in person to the Customer Services office located in City Hall, 13325 Civic Center Drive. Each applicant will be fingerprinted during the appointment. Applicants must bring to the appointment:• Valid California Driver’s License• Proof of insurance for vehicle• current Health Permit issued by the County of San Diego
Event organizers must obtain a Temporary Use Permit (TUP). For information about TUPs please contact Development Services at (858) 668-4656.
On-street parking is prohibited in the business park.
There is no on-street parking in the business park. Parking spots cannot be reserved or blocked to hold a spot for a food truck.
The City’s Community Services Department invites food truck to participate in special events. Food truck operators participating in events are required to have a business certificate and insurance that meets the City’s standards.
A food truck has been contracted for catering services by a private rental client with an approved facility rental. Vending is restricted to the permitted rental group. For detailed information about catering in a City park, please contact the Community Services Department at (858) 668-4595.
Food truck operators are required to have a business certificate and insurance that meets the City’s standards. Park staff will provide additional direction on where to park.
For more information or to apply to become a market vendor please contact the market manager by email at email@example.com.
In January the City began charging a $0.75 per unit Drought Recovery Surcharge. All water customers will see this surcharge on their bills.
While the City is committed to maintaining parks, we also have a commitment to reducing water consumption in our facilities. Since June 2015, the City has reduced water use at parks and facilities by 45% and in landscape maintenance districts by 67%.
• The San Diego County Water Authority, who we buy our water from, has invested heavily to increase the region’s water supply. These investments include raising the San Vicente Dam, building the Carlsbad Desalination Plant, and lining the All American and Coachella canals. While these efforts have greatly increased the region’s water supply, it has also increased the cost of water.
• In addition, the Water Authority’s rates include price increases from the Metropolitan Water District, where the Water Authority receives half of its water.
• Declining water sales caused by the drought no longer generate sufficient revenue to cover the costs of maintaining pipes and operating the treatment plant. In order to maintain safe and reliable water service, rates had to be increased to cover these costs.
• Several years ago, the City lowered its sewer rates and began using sewer reserve funds to pay for the systems operating costs. As planned, the City is incrementally increasing sewer rates to get back to full cost recovery.
Waste and recycling collection services for commercial businesses are unaffected by the holiday and will be provided on the regularly scheduled service day.
The following may register to vote:
If you have any questions, please contact the San Diego County Registrar of Voters.
Voter registration forms are available at the City Clerk's Office, U.S. Post Offices, public libraries, and the DMV. Please visit the San Diego County Registrar of Voters webpage, or call 858-565-5800 to request a registration form by mail.
Visit the San Diego County Registrar of Voters website, or you may also contact them by phone at 858-565-5800.
You will need to re-register if you have moved, changed your name, or wish to change your political party preference.
If you have any questions, please contact the San Diego County Registrar of Voters.
Find your polling place by visiting San Diego County Registrar of Voters online or by calling them directly at 858-565-5800.
All registered voters may choose to vote by mail via a mail ballot. A mail ballot can be requested as early as 60 days prior to the next election. Mail ballots will be mailed beginning 29 days before Election Day. However, a request for a mail ballot must be received by the Office of the Registrar of Voters no later than 5 p.m. 7 days before the election. To find out how to vote by mail, please visit the San Diego County Registrar of Voters website, or call 858-565-5800.
To minimize evaporation and maximize saturation, experts suggest watering at 4 a.m.
Desalinated water is very expensive to produce. Water conservation is the first strategy because it is far more cost effective.
To conserve water, the City has taken these actions:
• The City has installed irrigation system upgrades and “smart” weather-based irrigation controllers.• The City has installed an electronic weather station at Public Works to coordinate twenty-seven “smart” irrigation controllers currently in use.• New landscaped areas have been equipped with “smart controller” evapotranspiration-based irrigation systems. • Staff regularly reviews the feasibility of retrofitting existing irrigation systems with “smart” irrigation technology.• Staff proactively turns off irrigation prior to rain events and keeps irrigation off until absolutely necessary. • Staff is evaluating where water can be turned off during drought conditions. The public may notice brown, stressed turf and plants at public facilities during this process. • Some landscaping has been replaced with mulch and California-friendly plants. • Staff is evaluating and monitoring water use at all parks to determine additional conservation strategies. • City-maintained landscaping is being prioritized to reduce and eliminate irrigation needs by using native plants and fine-tuning irrigation systems. YourGOV App
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The City, as a practice, will continue to improve its facilities and irrigation systems to reduce water usage.
Although the recent rains throughout California have helped alleviate the intensity of the drought, a portion of the State remains under drought conditions. The state is expected to review its mandatory conservation measures in late spring.