City poised to shake up voting system | SanDiegoUnionTribune.com

SAN MARCOS — San Marcos is poised to become the second North County city to elect City Council members by district, after being threatened with a lawsuit alleging its at-large elections disenfranchise Latino voters.

Mayor Jim Desmond said Tuesday that nothing’s set in stone, but that the proposed change will be hammered out in public hearings in the coming weeks and months. He said it was “prudent” to move to district elections in the face of a potential lawsuit.“I think fighting this is a waste of taxpayer dollars because every city that has challenged this has lost,” Desmond said.The city was put on notice in December when Malibu-based attorney Kevin Shenkman sent a letter saying San Marcos’ elections are “racially polarized” and violate the California Voting Rights Act. He noted that Latinos make up 37 percent of the city’s population, yet no Latinos have been elected to the council in about two decades.Shenkman has sued or threatened to sue other Southern California cities on behalf of Southwest Voter Registration Project, a Latino voting rights organization.Escondido moved to district elections in 2013 after another group threatened a similar lawsuit.“It is our belief that San Marcos’ at-large system dilutes the ability of minority residents — particularly Latinos, a protected class — to elect candidates of their choice, or otherwise influence the outcome of San Marcos’ council elections,” Shenkman said in the letter.

The City Council has been discussing the potential litigation for months in closed session and, on June 14, directed city staff to study possible boundaries for election districts and hire a demographer to create some maps.One option would create four council districts, with the mayor elected in an at-large vote; another option would create five council districts, each electing its own representative. The city has roughly 93,000 residents.At least one district must contain a heavy concentration of Latino voters and would mostly likely include the city’s Richmar neighborhood, straddling state Route 78 and moving west to city limits. READ MORE VIA Source: City poised to shake up voting system | SanDiegoUnionTribune.com

San Elijo Hills center may grow again | SanDiegoUnionTribune.com

SAN MARCOS — Land that has sat vacant for years in the commercial heart of the San Elijo Hills community may sprout shops, restaurants and two dozen townhomes, possibly by late 2017.Residents and city officials have waited for years for the right project to complete the community’s Town Center, a retail hub that was supposed to serve the thousands of homes built in the sprawling master-planned development in southern San Marcos.HomeFed, the publicly traded company that manages San Elijo Hills, has teamed with Ambient Communities to build a two-phase project on the empty 5-acre space.The plan calls for 33,000 square feet of restaurants and retail throughout seven single-story buildings, with 24 condos — three-story units with rooftop decks.Jeff O’Connor, director of operations for HomeFed, said last week that he is “definitely excited about this because it’s going to complete the Town Center — and the residents will be the beneficiaries of that.”No specific proposals have been submitted to the city yet; that is expected within weeks.

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2016 SAN DIEGO 4TH OF JULY FIREWORKS SCHEDULE

Want to catch the fireworks this 4th of July? Check out The San Elijo Life 2016 San Diego 4th of July Fireworks schedule. What is your favorite location to watch fireworks?

San Marcos 4th of July Celebration

Location: Bradley Park, 465 S Rancho Santa Fe Rd, San Marcos, CA 92078

Time: 6:00 to 9:00 PM

Join us for carnival games, jumpers, food and fireworks!

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Red, White and BOOM!

Location: LEGOLAND California – One Legoland Drive, Carlsbad

Time: Fireworks at 8:30 PM

Take the whole family and spend the day enjoying over 60 rides, shows and attractions along with some all-American picnic games like burlap races and water-balloon tosses and then top it off with an awe-inspiring fireworks display set to patriotic music.

Photo Credit SoCal Savvy Mom!

Omni La Costa Resort & Spa

Celebrate Independence Day with family time, fun runs and fireworks at Omni La Costa. Join us for a weekend full of activities from nighttime s’mores roasts to waterslide races.

Time: Fireworks at 9:00 PM

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

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Big Bay Boom Annual July 4th Fireworks Show

Location:  Multiple Locations along the San Diego Bay.

Time:  9:00 pm

Take in the largest display in the county, with fireworks launched from four barges strategically placed around North San Diego Bay, they can be seen from Shelter Island, Harbor Island, the Embarcadero area and Seaport Village/Coronado Landing. Just find a place along the bay and you will not be disappointed

Sea To Shining Sea 4th of July Fireworks

Location: SeaWorld San Diego- 500 SeaWorld Dr, San Diego, CA 92109

Time: 9:30 PM

SeaWorld San Diego is excited to light up the sky with an amazing fireworks extravaganza to celebrate the 4th of July.

Ocean Beach

Location: Ocean Beach Pier at the end of Newport Ave.

Time: 9:00 PM

Spend the day picnicking, swimming in the ocean, walking and playing in the sand and shopping along Newport Ave. Then bundle up as the sun sets and pull up a blanket for a really spectacular fireworks show launched from the OB Pier.

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4th of July Celebration in Coronado

Location: Various Locations on Coronado

Time: 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM

Celebrate the 4th of July in the Crown City with a parade down Orange Avenue at 10:00 AM, a concert in Spreckels Park at 4:00 PM and fireworks over Glorietta Bay at 9:00 PM.

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North County Coastal

San Diego County Fair 4th of July Celebration

Location: Del Mar Fairgrounds – 2260 Jimmy Durante Boulevard, Del Mar

Time: Starts at 9:30 AM, Fireworks at 9:00 PM

Independence Day is one of the best days to come to the Fair, because they pull out all the stops with food, fireworks, entertainment and more.

4th of July Fireworks at La Jolla Cove

Location: Ellen Browning Scripps Park, 1180 Coast Boulevard, La Jolla

Time: 9:00 PM

After a day on the beautiful beaches of La Jolla, take in a spectacular set of fireworks with a picturesque background.

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Oceanside Fireworks Show

Location: El Corazon Site at Rancho Del Oro Road

Date: July 3, 2016

Time: 6:00 to 10:00 PM

Start off your Independence Day celebration a day early by bringing a beach chair and the whole family to enjoy Oceanside Fireworks Show.

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North County Inland

Independence Day Festival & Fireworks

Location: 340 N. Escondido Blvd., Escondido, CA 92025

Time: Starts at 4:00 PM, Fireworks at 9:00 PM

Join 20,000 patriotic festival-goers for the 53rd Annual Independence Day Festival & Fireworks with music, fabulous food vendors, and a wealth of children’s activities and games for everyone to enjoy.

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Grand Tradition July 4th

Location: Grand Tradition – 220 Grand Tradition Way, Fallbrook, CA 92028

Time: Starts at 4:00 PM, Fireworks at 9:00 PM

Enjoy a day of live entertainment, dancing, kid friendly activities, Launch a Fire-Quacker, rides, food and drink, and fireworks!

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Mira Mesa Fourth of July Celebration

Location: Mira Mesa Community Park, Mira Mesa Boulevard and New Salem Street, Mira Mesa

Time: Fireworks at 9:00 PM

Come early for the parade and family friendly activities and stay late for the fireworks.

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An Old Fashioned Fourth of July & Fireworks

Location: Poway High School Stadium, 15500 Espola Road, Poway

Time: 7:00 to 10:00 PM

Following the Poway Old-Fashioned Fourth of July celebration at Old Poway Park (10:00 AM to 4:00 PM), head to Poway High School for music, more food, glow sticks and fireworks.

Rancho Bernardo’s Spirit of the Fourth

Location: Webb Park, Avena Pl And Bernardo Center Dr, Rancho Bernardo, CA 92128

Time: 7:00 AM to 9:30 PM

It’s a whole day of fun in Rancho Bernardo with a pancake breakfast, a festival with food, music and games, a parade and fireworks!

Torrey Highlands Fireworks Celebration

Location: Westview High School, 13500 Camino Del Sur, San Diego, CA 92129

Time: 7:00-9:00 PM

Celebrate the 4th of July with the Torrey Highlands community on July 1st at Westview High School!

Vista Independence Day Celebration

Location: Moonlight Amphitheatre, 1200 Vale Terrace Drive, Vista

Time: 5:00 to 9:00 PM

Celebrate the 4th of July in Vista at the Moonlight Amphitheatre with live music, an honorary ceremony, family fun and fireworks!

Enjoy the 4th!

San Elijo Hills Albertsons now offers professional Floral design services

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Dear customers,

Your San Elijo Albertsons now offers professional Floral design services, by Karen Offerman.
With 35 years’ of experience, she can assist you with all of your floral arrangement needs, including boutonnieres, corsages, and simple to elaborate wedding bouquets, gifts, and more. Karen recently won a 1st Place award for her “Mad Hatter” floral arrangement submission in the 2016 San Diego County Fair’s Flower Show.

Call 760-798-1058 or stop by 1571 South San Elijo Road, San Marcos, CA, 92078 for assistance.

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San Marcos to present annual Fourth of July Celebration

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Community donations accepted through July 5

San Marcos will present its annual Fourth of July Celebration and fireworks show at Bradley Park, 1587 Linda Vista Drive. This year’s theme is “Celebrate Freedom” and festivities begin at 6 pm with entertainment featuring Beta Maxx. A professional fireworks show will launch at 9 pm.

“For the past 35 years, San Marcos has been home to one of the most spirited Fourth of July celebrations in North County San Diego, said Community Services Director Buck Martin. “This event is entirely dependent on private donations and features entertainment for the whole family.”

Attendees can look forward to carnival games, jumpers and on-site food sales. Guests are encouraged to arrive early and bring chairs or blankets for lawn seating.

This free event is provided each year by generous donations from community leaders, businesses and San Marcos residents. Community members and businesses are encouraged to make a tax-deductable contribution toward the event and to ensure a spectacular fireworks display.

For more information about the event, please contact San Marcos Community Services at (760) 744-9000. To donate to the fireworks display, visit www.gofundme.com/SM2016Fireworks

Palomar Promise Program Guarantees Free Tuition to San Marcos Unified School District Graduates

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Officials from Palomar College and San Marcos Unified School District (SMUSD) are shown celebrating the establishment of The Palomar Promise, which will provide eligible SMSUSD graduates with free tuition while attending Palomar College. From left are (standing) Palomar College Foundation Executive Director Richard Talmo, Herbie Smith, Executive Director, San Marcos Promise, (sitting) Palomar College Interim Superintendent/President Adrian Gonzales and SMUSD Superintendent Dr. Kevin Holt. (photo by Kurt Lightfoot)

Palomar Promise Program Guarantees Free Tuition to San Marcos Unified School District Graduates

The Palomar Community College District Governing Board has approved a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between Palomar College, The Palomar College Foundation, San Marcos Unified School District and The San Marcos Promise to create The Palomar Promise, designed to provide all eligible SMUSD graduating high school students with free tuition for up to two years while pursuing an associate’s degree, transfer requirements, and/or a certificate program.

Starting in the fall of 2017, upon successful completion of Palomar Promise eligibility requirements, students will receive tuition assistance up to $600/semester or $1,200/year for up to two consecutive years from The San Marcos Promise and Palomar College Foundation. This unique opportunity will allow students to attend college, tuition-free, full-time.

“Palomar College has been serving this region for over 70 years and our partnering with San Marcos Unified to provide a free community college education to eligible students sends a strong message to local families that we are united in supporting our community,” said Adrian Gonzales, Palomar College Interim Superintendent/President. “We could not be happier to be in a position to offer the financial support that will make a difference for many students and their families.”

Dr. Kevin Holt, San Marcos Unified School District Superintendent said “San Marcos Unified, in partnership with The San Marcos Promise, is proud to announce its ‘promise’ with Palomar Community College.  This is a historic partnership, considering SMUSD will be the first district in North County to establish admission to Palomar College with a guaranteed scholarship provided by The San Marcos Promise and the Palomar College Foundation.  We are so grateful to Palomar College for providing this opportunity for SMUSD graduates.”

The program eligibility requirements include that students graduate from SMUSD with a minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA and place into transferable Math, English and Reading, as indicated by Palomar placement test results.  In addition, students will be required to complete the Federal Application for Free Student Aid (FAFSA) by the federal deadlines for each school year.  Students will be required to complete the Palomar College Foundation Scholarship Application prior to the deadline each year, to maintain eligibility.

“The Palomar Promise is the right thing to do.  It’s right for our kids, for business, and for our community.  Having affordable pathways to college and career in the comfort of your city makes San Marcos a special place to live,” said Herbie Smith, Executive Director of The San Marcos Promise Foundation.

Palomar College Foundation Executive Director Richard Talmo said, “We are excited to work with San Marcos Unified as our first Palomar Promise partner. It is fitting that we begin the first of many Promises for Palomar collaborating with a K-12 district here in San Marcos where our main campus is located.”

The Palomar College Foundation will continue to establish community partnerships and to solicit financial assistance from businesses and individuals to ensure that the Palomar Promise continues to grow throughout the District.  The Palomar College Foundation provides financial support to Palomar College matriculating students and the San Marcos Promise prepares students for an experience in higher education.  Both the Palomar College Foundation and The San Marcos Promise are ideal organizations to maintain responsibility for an agreement to provide financial support for SMUSD college-bound students.

Four-acre brush fire at Discovery Lake fully contained

Four-acre brush fire at Discovery Lake fully contained

No injuries or property damage reported

At approximately 12:30 am on Tuesday, June 21 a four-acre brush fire broke out near the south side of Discovery Lake at Mendocino Drive and Buckhorn Avenue.

Response teams included the San Marcos, Vista, Carlsbad, and Rancho Santa Fe Fire Departments along with CAL Fire and the San Diego Sheriff’s Department. No injuries or property damage has been reported.

With 14 units responding, crews contained the blaze by approximately 2 am. While no evacuations were issued, residents off of Mendocino Drive were alerted of the fire. The fire’s cause is currently under investigation by the San Marcos Fire Department.

San Elijo Hills Community Association Updates for June 2016

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Good afternoon!  Please see below for the most recent San Elijo Hills Community Association updates:

Entry Feature Landscape Renovation

If you have driven through our entrance in the past few weeks, you have probably noticed the various flags and drying vegetation. This was intentional and for a great reason….a fresh new look!

The Board of Directors recently approved a proposal from O’Connell Landscape to enhance the entry area by opening up visibility to the water feature and providing a diverse environment of colorful plants, ground covers, and accents.

A rendering will be available soon to homeowners who are interested in seeing the design. Stay tuned!

For more information, feel free to contact Liz McCardle at sehdirector@waltersmanagement.com or call (760) 798-9015.

Foam Party in the Town Square

Come join us in the town square park for a foam party! Dr. Bronner’s Foam truck will be coming out on June 22, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. for a free foam party on the last day of school! The foam is biodegradable and made simply from organic soap, water and compressed air. Take the family down for music, foam, and fun!

Board of Directors Meeting: June 21, 2016

The next Board of Directors meeting is scheduled for 6/21/16, 6:00 pm at a different location.

City of San Marcos Community Center
3 Civic Center Drive, San Marcos, CA 92069 (Dining Room)

See you there!

Summer Spectacular and Laser Show!

Introducing our very first summer spectacular! This all American themed carnival will entertain our residents of all ages with music, carnival games, prize booth with tons of glow in the dark prizes, obstacle course, bounce houses, zip line, rock wall, and much more!

Document your experience with a keepsake, and visit our photo booth! If you are hungry during all that fun, fill up on hamburgers, hot dogs, salad and other classic favorites!

….and the grand finale….LASER SHOW! YES! Our first ever outdoor laser show! Bring your chairs, blankets, sit back and enjoy the show!

There is no need to go anywhere when you can hang out in your own neighborhood and celebrate the Holiday weekend San Elijo Hills style! This event will take place on Saturday July 2, 2016 at 5 p.m. at the lower softball field of San Elijo Park! The laser show will begin approximately at 8:45 p.m.

Please remember to bring proof of residency to gain entrance into the event (i.e.: driver’s license with on-site address, utility bill, HOA statement, etc.). Unfortunately, we will not be able to allow you to enter the event without verifying residency. No guests will be permitted.

Who to Contact Within the Management Team

Do you have questions regarding your assessments or considering making exterior changes to your home or yard? Here are some tips on who to contact within our Management team!

For any questions involving community events or architectural matters, please call Liz McCardle at 760-798-9015 or email at sehdirector@waltersmanagement.com.

Should you need to submit a work order request, have questions regarding your account, enforcement matters or any other management related matters, please contact Rebecca McDonald and Clarisa Bratcher at 760-431-2522 or by email (cbratcher@waltersmanagement.com / rmcdonald@waltersmanagement.com).

If you need to report an after-hours emergency, please contact our after-hours on call service at 858-495-0900.

Community Reminders

Clear and visible address numbers are important when it comes to safety. Please check your address numbers and replace any faded or missing numbers. This is a safety concern, which could potentially delay first responders in an emergency response.
It also impacts the general aesthetics of the community and is part of the required maintenance per the Governing Documents.

Paint or stain your fences. Fences should be stained or painted to match the house trim. No red or artificial colors, please. Protect the integrity of your fence while enhancing the look of your home!

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**This website – San Elijo Life is independent from the developer San Elijo Hills Development Company and the San Elijo Hills Community Association (HOA). The HOA updates are provided as a service to our readership. …Enjoy Life in The Hills.

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