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Sex Offender Community Notification - Escondido

As of June 15, 2010, Escondido Police Department has issue a “Sex Offender Community Notification” to the residents in the immediate area of 600 Pitman Street, and 600 Carlann Lane, both within the City of Escondido.

On June 7th, Escondido Police received information that a registered sex offender, Matthew William Matchett, 65, of the county area of Escondido had been frequenting day care facilities on Pitman Street and Carlann Lane.

At this time, Escondido Police do not have any criminal violations against Matchett and are merely notifying the public and day care parents of Mr. Matchett’s presence. Our information indicates that Matchett visits these addresses weekdays after 6 pm and on weekends. Matchett is a registered sex offender with the California Department of Justice and the County of San Diego for being convicted of PC288 (a), Lewd Acts with a child under 14 years of age.

Matchett is NOT wanted by the Escondido Police Department at this time. California Penal Code Section 290, also known as “Megan’s Law,” permits law enforcement agencies to warn the community about sex offenders who frequent the area. The purpose of this notice is to allow members of the public to protect themselves and/or their children from sex offenders.

This notification is not intended to induce fear; rather it is our belief that an informed community is a safer community. Use of this information to threaten, intimidate, or harass the subject or any other person will not be tolerated and may result in prosecution.

Contract Agreements Good First Step Toward Much Needed Long-Term Pension Reform

Assembly Republican Leader Martin Garrick, of Carlsbad, reacted positively to tentative contract agreements with four state employee unions announced by Governor Schwarzenegger.

“It’s a positive development that these employees realize the state is experiencing tough economic times, and that all need to share in the sacrifice. It is my hope that all state employee unions take notice and immediately come to the table to negotiate more sensible contracts. Movement in a few bargaining units shouldn’t be seen as a sign that we don’t need comprehensive pension reform legislation. Earlier this week Democrats killed reasonable pension reforms that would save $110 billion over 30 years. California needs to continue to negotiate sensible employee contracts and roll back the pension laws that caused financial instability if we are to get long-term personnel costs under control.”

List of Cities Adopting “Rule of Law” Status is Growing

In addition to Escondido, the cities of Costa Mesa, Rancho Santa Margarita, San Juan Capistrano, Yorba Linda, Hemet and Menifee, have all gone on record as being “Rule of Law” cities.

The most recent city to adopt this position is Menifee. That City Council re-affirmed its commitment last week that once a business license program is in place, new businesses will be required to run their employees through a computer check to identify possible illegal immigrants.

E-Verify is used through the Department of Homeland Security and the Social Security Administration to identify unauthorized workers in the United States.

Escondido Police Arrest Four Drunk Drivers During DUI/Drivers LIcense Checkpoint

49 Vehicles Impounded: 43 for No Drivers License

On June 19, 2010, the Escondido Police Department conducted a DUI Sobriety / Drivers License Checkpoint at the intersection of Valley Parkway and Avenida del Diablo from 6:00 PM until 12:00 AM. The emphasis of this checkpoint was to detect intoxicated and unlicensed drivers as well as to provide a highly visible operation to deter driving under the influence.

The following activity resulted from this checkpoint:

• 2,000 vehicles entered the checkpoint
• 1,261 vehicles were screened in primary
• 95 vehicles sent to secondary (drivers who could not produce a drivers license or who were suspected of being under the influence of alcohol or drugs)
• Four drivers were arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, one driver was arrested for driving on a license suspended for four alcohol related incidents, and one driver was arrested for a DUI warrant.
• 5 field sobriety tests were administered
• 49 vehicles were impounded at this checkpoint, 11 drivers did not have auto insurance, nine drivers had a suspended drivers license and 43 drivers did not have a drivers license
• 56 citations were issued at this checkpoint
• 11 Child Restraint Seats were correctly reinstalled for parents

This checkpoint operated in conjunction with Mothers Against Drunk Driving and the North County Law Enforcement Traffic Safety Council.

The Crossings at Escondido Breaks Ground 55-Unit Affordable Housing Community

Urban Housing Communities LLC hosted a ceremonial groundbreaking ceremony yesterday with City of Escondido officials including the Mayor and City Council, on the future site of The Crossings at Escondido. In 12 short months, officials say, working families living in the Mission Park area of Escondido will have a new place to call home.

“This will be a beautiful project for the community that will bring change to the Mission Park neighborhood in a positive way. This project will provide wonderful opportunities for people to live in healthy, well-managed housing with easy access to schools, transportation and services. It's a very exciting project!” said Mayor Lori Holt Pfeiler.

The development of The Crossings at Escondido marks the transformation of a street plagued by deterioration, poverty, gangs, drugs, and overcrowding into a safe, family-friendly community. This project is just one component of the City of Escondido’s overall plans for revitalization.”

Formerly known as “Elder Place,” UHC successfully collaborated with the City to have the street renamed Mission Grove Place to reflect a fresh start for the neighborhood.

The Crossings at Escondido will feature 38 two-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bath townhomes, 15 three-bedroom, two-bath flats, and two four-bedroom two-bath flats. Apartment sizes average 1,200 square feet. Each unit will offer Energy Star appliances, central heat and air conditioning, a covered patio or balcony, washer/dryer hookups, high speed internet access and be wired for cable TV. Community amenities include a recreation room with a computer lab, media center and kitchen, picnic areas and two playgrounds.

The Crossings at Escondido will be home to 55 families earning 30 to 60 percent of the area median income for San Diego County. Rents range from $557 to $1,124 per month based on family size and income level. Interested applicants should contact Solari Enterprises, Inc. at (714) 282-2520.

Carlsbad Sees 11 New Educational Buildings Growing

Construction has begun on 11 new educational buildings comprising a total of 99,000 square feet of space at Carlsbad High School in North San Diego County. Construction of these educational buildings represents the third and final phase of an $86 million renovation of the school, built in 1957 and now enrolling nearly 2,900 students.

McCarthy Building Companies is the contractor.

Homeless Count Increases

In January 2010, the Regional Task Force on the Homeless (RTFH) along with 400 volunteers conducted its annual count to assess homelessness throughout San Diego County and its 18 incorporated cities. Results for our region's annual Point in Time (PIT) count note a 7.8% increase from 2009. This year, 8,506 homeless persons were accounted for (on the streets and in shelters), a 614 person increase from the 7,892 counted in 2009. The RTFH has conducted this important count (required by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development) since 2006.

Escondido Police Looking For Sexual Predator

On June 21, 2010, at about 9:20am, Escondido Police Department received a call regarding a subject who approached a female juvenile in the area of Bear Valley Parkway and San Pasqual Road. According to the victim, the suspect is described as a tanned white male in his 30’s with dark hair, no facial hair and wearing a grayish t-shirt with tan “cargo” shorts. The suspect approached the victim, pulled her skirt down and touched her. The suspect was last seen running from the scene, eastbound on San Pasqual Road without shoes.

Later that day, at approximately 1145am, Escondido Police received a call regarding a similar subject exposing himself to a group of girls in the area of 1040 West Valley Parkway in the parking lot. This subject was also last seen running eastbound on West Valley Parkway wearing no shoes.

The Escondido Police Department is asking for the publics’ help in identifying this suspect. Accordingly, if you have any information regarding either of these cases, please contact the Escondido Police Department immediately.

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