Community: Coffee with the Community – San Marcos
Community outreach is a top priority of the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department.
Members of the community should feel comfortable bringing problems related to safety and security to our staff.
The San Marcos Sheriff’s Station is holding a Coffee with the Community event on:
Tuesday, March 19th
Noon to 1:00 p.m.
126 Knoll Road, San Marcos
This is an opportunity to connect with the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department. You’ll have a chance to ask questions, voice concerns and get to know deputies who patrol your neighborhood. Get crime prevention tips and learn more about our free safety programs.
Let’s work together to keep our communities safe.
For more information, contact Deputy Jason Allen or Deputy Aaron Ritt at (760) 510-5200.
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UPDATE FROM THE CITY OF SAN MARCOS
San Marcos is arguably becoming one of the region’s most desirable cities, according to data collected by the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation (San Diego Regional EDC). It is one of San Diego County’s fastest growing cities, median incomes are on an uptick that’s outpacing the region, and business inventory grew 10 percent in the last decade.
“This translates to an annual GDP of $7.9 billion that’s driving the high quality of life we all enjoy in San Marcos and across North County,” said Economic Development Manager Tess Sangster.
This economic momentum is partly being spurred by two developments: North City, which aims to anchor the City’s future downtown; and San Elijo Town Center, in the heart of that community.
“Beyond the economic benefits, each will help shape our city’s emerging culture. Therefore, we’ve been engaged from design concepts to helping find business tenants that best align with our community,” Sangster explained. “Each step of the way, we’re doing our best to inform the public.”
In that vein, here’s what you can expect to see over the next year at each development:
North City, 250 North City Drive
North City aims to be a cultural hub for San Marcos, complete with restaurants, stores, offices, townhomes, apartments and entertainment venues—all within walking distance.
Soon, it’ll reach a new milestone: This summer, North City Drive will open off S. Twin Oaks Valley Road, between E. Barham Drive and Interstate 78., creating a direct road into North City.
“It will help create a sense of place,” explained Darren Levitt, Vice President of Sea Breeze Properties, the developer behind North City. “Our ultimate goal here is to create a destination space where people want to gather and feel a sense of community.”
Levitt says the long-term vision includes a high-end movie theater and grocery store. While nothing official can yet be announced, there have been recent talks with a gourmet ice cream shop, yoga studio, and popular Mexican eatery.
In April, Union Cowork will open a 10,000-square-foot space near Umami Japanese Restaurant, Prep Kitchen, Fresh Healthy Café and Newtopia Cyder. In August, California State University San Marcos (CSUSM) will open its Extended Learning building—a six-story, 135,000 square foot structure that will house academic space and retailers, though none have been announced yet.
City staff is also reviewing a permit application from Mesa Rim for a 25,000 square-foot indoor rock-climbing gym. It is slated to open in 2020, right next to Urge Gastropub & Common House.
“In fact, you’ll be able to sit on the patio of Urge and watch people climb,” Levitt added. “This is all part of the communal experience we’re working to create.”
For more information about North City, including updates about new tenants, visit northcity.com.
San Elijo Town Center, 1620-1646 San Elijo Road
The village vibe of San Elijo Hills continues to take root as its central plaza becomes more bustling by the day. It’s not uncommon to see locals lounging on the greenbelt—or strolling along the shops and eateries, which as of late includes Lourdes Mexican Food, Starbucks, Everbowl, Sourdough & Co, CycleBar, Downtown Academics, San Elijo Pediatric Dentistry and Grand Vision Optometry.
These businesses are all part of San Elijo Town Center, which is still taking shape. Though most of it is filled, there a couple of restaurant space still up for grabs.
“We would love to see a local chef-inspired concept in one of those spaces,” said John Jennings, Senior Managing Director with Newmark Knight Frank, who is the listing broker representing the developer Ambient Communities.
Later this year, crews will break ground on the next phase of the center, which will be along Elfin Forest Road. Plans call for a two-story building with 7,700 square feet of commercial space.
There’s been interest from several businesses, including fitness groups, yoga studios, medical offices, one of the nation’s top five banks and other destination-oriented retailers, Jennings said.
“These are some of the ideas we’re open to, but we are not committed to anything yet,” Jennings said. “Whatever businesses end up there, we want it to be the right fit for the community.”
The nearby Albertsons grocery store, for example, owns its location—meaning the national chain has invested in the community, Jennings pointed out.
“So far, we’ve managed to attract the right type of businesses, and the sales back that,” he said. “It also tells us the community is embracing this place, so we know we’re on the right path.”
For more information about San Elijo Town Center, please visit ambientcommunities.com.
An ambitious live entertainment venue and brewpub is in the works for San Diego’s North County neighborhood of San Marcos. Set to begin construction in early 2019 at the space that last housed Hometown Buffet is My Yard Live – a 17,000+ square-foot restaurant, entertainment hub and brewery from a team of experienced industry veterans.
The crew behind the My Yard Live project probably has more than a century of combined industry experience that should come together perfectly for this particular project. On the music side, partners Jamie Minotti and Mark McLary owned and operated the country’s largest solar-powered stage company, Alternative Power Productions, which worked with inumerable companies and touring groups and even hosted a yoga & music festival in San Diego back in 2014. My Yard Live partner, George McKerrow, is the culinary professional – boasting four decades of experience in the hospitality industry, namely as the founder of Longhorn Steakhouse, as well as a co-fouder and CEO of media conglomerate, Ted Turner’s, Ted’s Montana Grill chain of almost 50 restaurants. Rounding out the brewing side of the team is Freddy Bensch, who co-founded Atlanta-based SweetWater Brewing, which is currently the county’s 15th largest brewery, more than 20 years ago.
Assisting Freddy Bensch with the brewing side of the project is experienced local brewmaster, Pat Korn, who last worked to establish Green Flash Brewing’s Cellar 3 barrel-aged brewery. Korn aims to brew as much as 2,000 barrels a year from My Yard Live’s 10-barrel brewhouse. He hopes to make arrangements with local farmers to obtain seasonal fruits, herbs and veggies to add to certain beer recipes and will also make barrel-aged varieties.
My Yard Live will offer a total of 17,507 square feet of dining, drinking and entertainment space. There will be nearly 7,000 square feet of outdoor patios, one which will offer playground and climbing features for children and another with lawn games and firepits aimed for adults. There will also be 10,600 square feet of interior space that will have arcade & table games, a 36-seat bar, and a stage for live entertainment performances.
My Yard Live will sit at 288 Rancheros Drive in San Marcos and hopes to open by summer 2019. For more information, visit myyardlive.com.
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“After serving for more than a decade on the San Marcos City Council, it is with tremendous pride that I and your city council have the opportunity to reflect back on our community’s progress, and to set the tone for the coming year,”
Presented at California State University San Marcos to an audience packed with leaders, entrepreneurs, non-profits, local businesses, residents and others devoted to San Marcos, Mayor
Jones’ address outlined progress in the areas of public safety, economic and community development, traffic and transportation, and other quality of life issues.
“By embracing the hometown qualities that attract young families, celebrating education, welcoming business and partnering with our community, our city is transitioning from a “drive-through” community to a “drive –to” destination,” said Jones. “The priorities of the city are safety, economic development, and ensuring future generations experience the same quality of life or better that residents enjoy today.”
Recent achievements included a crime rate drop by 19 percent, above average San Marcos Fire Department response times, maintaining and improving city infrastructure, a balanced budget of nearly $70 million, and an increase in number of local businesses.
In 2019, the City has plans to break ground on the highly anticipated Creek Infrastructure Improvement Project, launch a citizen reporting mobile app and improve overall traffic flow.
Mayor Jones also applauded the city’s economic achievements and commitment to fiscal restraint. She also praised San Marcos as North County’s education hub and noted that the new City Council will be participating in a March strategic goals workshop to outline our vision for the coming years.
Jones said, “As the City’s star continues to rise, your city is committed to meeting new challenges that a growing community experiences.”
With more than 95,000 residents, San Marcos is also home to an award-winning school district, the state’s largest community college, Palomar College, and California State University San Marcos, along with several private education institutions.
In her address, the Mayor stressed the importance of the community partnerships to tackle the various issues facing the city—issues such as economic and population changes, state laws that threaten local control, traffic and school capacity.
“Together, your City Council is focused on getting to work so that residents now and future generations can discover life’s possibilities right here in San Marcos,” said Jones.
To review a text copy of the speech, visit www.san-marcos.net/SOTC2019. The 2019 State of the City Address will be rebroadcast on San Marcos TV during the month of March on Cox Communications Channel 19, Spectrum Cable Channel 24, AT&T U-Verse Channel 99 or on demand at www.san-marcos.net/SOTC2019.
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We loved seeing all of your festive holiday decorations during the holiday season! We still see a good amount of lights still up, so please make arrangements to have them taken down as soon as possible. Please remember that the governing documents require removal of holiday lights no later than 15 days following the holiday. As you’re putting away electrical light strings, take time to inspect each for damage. Throw out light sets if they have loose connections, broken sockets or cracked or bare wires. Do not place a damaged set of lights back into the storage box for next year’s use. Wrap each set of lights and put them in individual plastic bags, or wrap the lights around a piece of cardboard. Store electrical decorations in a dry place where they cannot be damaged by water or dampness. Also, keep them away from children and pets. Thank you!
Community Garden Lottery
It is time for our annual community garden lottery! Grow your own flowers, vegetables, and herbs! Plots will be available from 4.1.19– 3.31.20. The cost of a yearly lease is $50.00 plus a $25.00 key deposit (pre-paid). All existing lessees must reapply for the lottery. If you would like to participate in the lottery to lease space in one of the community gardens, please submit your application to the onsite office no later than 3.15.19. For more information please call 760-798-9015 or email email@example.com.
Open House Signs
The San Elijo Hills Community Association has a very specific sign policy in place regarding Open House signs in the community implemented to keep our community beautiful! The San Elijo Hills Community Association’s governing documents prohibit the display of any non-Association signs in the Common Area. The intent of the San Elijo Hills Open House Sign Policy is to (1) provide an acceptable means for homeowners to market homes for sale within the community; (2) reduce the number of open house signs used in the community; and (3) discourage the ‘alternative’ means of signage that has been used in the past (sign spinners, signs on cars, etc.). We are seeing an increasing number of unapproved signs, signs with balloons, flags, and riders that are directly in conflict with our policy. Here are some highlights:
• Approved Open House signage is allowed for use on Saturday’s and Sundays from 1:00 – 4:00 pm only.
• No riders, balloons, flags or other attention generating devises may be used with the sign.
• Only one sign directing traffic either left or right may be installed at each corner. The first homeowner or agent to reach an intersection on route to their open house will place their sign at the given location. If another homeowner or agent has an open house along the same route, an additional sign is not needed. Homeowners or agents should continue to the next intersection on route to the open house and place their sign as necessary. In many cases, several open houses can be served by the same directional sign.
• It is your responsibility as the homeowner to notify your agent of the policy prior to putting out their signage. If it does not follow the guidelines, it will be removed and disposed of. The Open House Policy can be found on our website www.sanelijohills.net for your convenience. Thank you for your anticipated cooperation.
Questhaven Park Use
Our parks are some of our best assets. Turf repair is a normal part of maintenance, and the rate of deterioration of the grass is accelerated when the park is used for commercial purposes or when residents heavily use the grass when it is wet. Please limit your use of the turf areas when the grass is wet, and please report commercial use to Walters Management. If you are able to provide us with the business contact information, we will be happy to follow-up with the commercial entity in order to protect our parks while suggesting alternatives within the city for their use. The goal is not to take away opportunities for residents to stay active within the community—we simply want to ensure our parks are readily available for use and enjoyed by all residents without excessive damage and unnecessary closures. Thank you for looking out for our parks! The Board of Directors feels strongly that we must continue to work together to ensure that San Elijo Hills is well maintained and continues to be a premier community in North County. Thank you for your cooperation and for doing your part to help maintain our community.
Save the Date-BunnyPalooza
The San Elijo Hills Community Association is having its Annual BUNNYPALOOZA on Saturday, April 13th at the Hilltop field of San Elijo Hills Park. Activities will include an egg hunt, bounce houses, face painting, crafts, photo-ops with the Easter bunny, light refreshments, and more! A DJ will be entertaining us with music, games, and an obstacle course so parents and kids of all ages can enjoy some friendly competition! BUNNYPALOOZA will begin at 9:30AM and run until 11:30 PM. The Egg Hunt will be split by different age groups in 10-minute increments beginning at 10:00 AM. For more information please call 760-798-9015 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
January 2019 San Elijo Hills & Old Creek Ranch Market Update
- 16 homes sold in January 2019
- 21 homes are pending in escrow
- The average sales price was $731,000 or $326 per Sq Ft.
- 38 homes are active on the market or 1.8 months of inventory (January 2018 was .1 months of inventory)
- The average time on the market is 24 days (January 2018 was 19 days)
With the national job situation improving and mortgage interest rates projected to rise later in the year, and rates down recently, buyers are not waiting until the spring; they are out looking for homes right now.
If you are looking to sell your San Elijo Hills area home this year, waiting until the spring to list your home means you will have the greatest competition amongst buyers. Beat the rush of housing inventory that will enter the market and contact me to list your home today!
Ed Philbrick: REALTOR®
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