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SAN MARCOS, Calif. (KGTV) – A North County school board member admitted she does not have the college degree she claimed to have on the district’s website.
San Marcos Unified School District Board President Stacy Carlson said she’s just learning that she still has a class pending.
The revelation comes as 10News looked into a tip that the information listed on the district’s site was inaccurate.
According to the district website, “Stacy holds a Bachelors degree in Business Administration from Vanguard University.”
The district told 10News board members submit their credential information.
Team 10 contacted Vanguard University in Orange County to check the status of Carlson’s education and whether or not she obtained a degree from the university.
At first, a spokesperson for the university told us, “Vanguard is able to confirm that she did graduate from Vanguard.”
But when questioned on the specifics, the spokesperson clarified the university’s statement and said, “Stacy was a student at Vanguard University with senior status, but we do not have record of her receiving a degree.”
Team 10 spoke with Carlson on the phone last week.
Initially, she disputed the university’s statement and said she graduated and earned a degree.
Late Tuesday afternoon Carlson sent 10News a statement saying:
“Last Thursday I was contacted by a reporter asking me to verify that I had my degree from Vanguard University. I was confident that I had my degree and requested verification from Vanguard. Upon review, Vanguard informed me this morning that the lab course I took 16 years ago at Mira Costa does not currently meet Vanguard’s requirements and that in order for the current registrar to verify my degree I would need to take a lab science course from a currently approved list of courses. 16 years ago, Vanguard allowed me to walk at commencement with my lab course pending. I took that course the following summer at Mira Costa College and submitted my transcripts believing I had completed my coursework and my degree. As this has been the first time my degree has been called into question, this is the first time I had heard that my lab science course did not qualify. I am embarrassed that I have gone the last 16 years believing that I had my degree only to learn that I have a class pending. I am working with Vanguard to determine if the coursework I did in 2002 qualified at the time even if it does not qualify now. If it did not, then I will complete that course as soon as possible and ask for grace on behalf of all students maneuvering their way toward a college education.”
Carlson is currently running for re-election on the school governing board.
The initial tip came from her opponent, Christina Linden’s campaign.
A spokesperson for that campaign released a statement saying, “We believe San Marcos voters should be informed when a current School Board member falsely states her education. The election process forces honesty and transparency in leaders who should set an example of excellence for our students.”
Do you have what it takes to ‘Reach the Peak?’
Experience the pinnacle of North County racing by conquering the area’s highest vista on Sept. 29 at the Double Peak Challenge
SAN MARCOS, CA – More than 700 people are expected to lace-up on Saturday, Sept. 29, for the third annual San Marcos Double Peak Challenge, a running event featuring a 10k, 5k and kids trail trot courses that wind through some of San Marcos’ most picturesque locations.
North County’s most challenging race will feature a 10K timed race, a 5K untimed event, and free kids trail trot starting from San Elijo Hills Park, 1105 Elfin Forest Road.
“Double Peak Challenge is a running event like no other in our area,” said Friends of San Marcos Parks and Recreation Board Member Nick Buck. “The event is a celebration of outdoor recreation where participants get to experience unparalleled beauty atop some of North County’s highest and most scenic points. Both the 10K and 5K courses offer a challenge—a proud accomplishment for every racer.”
With festivities kicking off at 7 am, runners can participate in a pre-race cardio stretch and warm-up.
Runners participating in the 10K Double Peak Challenge will set out at 7:30 am to begin a nearly 1,200-foot elevation gain up to Double Peak’s summit while winding along rugged hillside trails with sweeping views of North County.
While the 10K race will be a tough, timed event that will challenge even the most experienced runners, Double Peak Challenge will also offer a shorter 5K untimed course at 8 am and the kids trail trot at 9:30 am. All registered 10K and 5K participants will receive a commemorative Double Peak Challenge completion medal and awards will be given to the top 10K race finishers in each age category.
The event concludes with an expo and beer garden that will be located on the lower softball fields at San Elijo Park. 10K race participants over 21 years of age (identification required) will receive a complimentary beverage. Additional drinks can be purchased for $5 each.
Race proceeds will benefit the Friends of San Marcos Parks & Recreation, which supports events, programs, parks and facilities for the community, and The San Marcos Promise, a scholarship and career guidance program for students in the local school district.
“The funding generated from this collaborative event plays an integral role in perpetuating critical programs that allow students in our community to pursue a rewarding career and set a course for a prosperous future,” said Herbie Smith, Board Member of the San Marcos Promise.
The City’s Parks and Recreation Director Buck Martin echoed Smith noting that Double Peak Challenge is a fun, healthy and helpful way to support the community. Martin emphasized that “an added incentive is the beautiful, well-earned view from the top of Double Peak that simply cannot be beat.”
Register online at www.doublepeakchallenge.com or in-person on race day at 6:30 am. The race website also provides information about corporate sponsorships that are available along with additional race-day details.
San Diego County’s plans to approve thousands of new homes this summer could be hampered by a court’s tentative ruling this week.
A Superior Court judge has tentatively ruled in favor of the Sierra Club’s petition for a stay in a case involving how to compensate for increased greenhouse gas emissions from new housing development.
Sierra Club attorney Josh Chatten-Brown said the County of San Diego promised in 2011 to be a leader in fighting climate change. He said the county planned to offset increased carbon emissions from new housing developments with programs to improve air quality within San Diego County.
The suit says the county is now approving new housing developments but promising to mitigate for increased greenhouse gas emissions with carbon offsets elsewhere in the world.
The lawsuit attempting to block this strategy could set a precedent, Chatten-Brown said.
“Throughout the state, agencies are looking at San Diego to see what happens here, so I do think there is a real potential to have state-wide impact,” he said.
Chatten-Brown said the county needs to find programs to reduce greenhouse gas emissions within the county, rather than buying credits in other parts of the world.
“There’s plenty of county land, including the port, in which there is potential to create offset projects,” Chatten-Brown said. “The county, for whatever reason, decided not to go that route and allowed developers to go international.”
The lawsuit could affect Newland Sierra, a proposed master-planned development of more than 2,000 new homes in North County that the San Diego County Board of Supervisors is poised to consider later this month.
San Diego, like the rest of the state, is facing a shortage of housing. The question of how to make up for increased carbon emissions generated by increased traffic is one of several hurdles the region is facing as it struggles to expand to meet the demands of a growing population.
Update from our Elfin Forest Neighbors
RECAP OF YESTERDAY’s BOARD OF SUPERVISOR HEARING ON SD15 near SAN ELIJO HILLS:
First, some background for rural residents and San Marcos residents:
a) This proposal (SD15) was not a full project that they were seeking approval on. It was a change in zoning on the County land that the developer, Mr. Bieri purchased some years ago. It sought a 600% increase in the density of the land adjacent to San Elijo Hills (and to Elfin Forest) in addition to 138,000 sf of commercial.
b) It was part of a convoluted process conjured up by the County called the Project Specific Request General Plan Amendment (PSR GPA) that included 23 different properties across 40+ planning areas, all seeking up zones or changes to the current General Plan. This was a process initiated by Supervisor Horn immediately after the most recent General Plan was approved in 2011 to satisfy property owners who felt the General Plan unfairly deprived them of the right to increase the value of their property through public action. [note: obviously, there is no inherent right to having your property investments increased massively by government decisions]. The County also paid for this process, costing $1.5 Million in taxpayer money. Normally, GPAs are paid for by the developers proposing them. SD15 was only one of the many up zones which is why the hearing took so long.
c) These 23 requests were reviewed by the Board of Supervisors on Wednesday and they voted to approve or reject these projects one by one, but in essence they are all part of one big General Plan Amendment. Each of the votes they took will be documented and consolidated into one big document and then they will vote to approve it as one GPA at a later date.
d) What this means is that the supervisors have not OFFICIALLY approved the PSR GPA, though it is a formality. As far as I know, this means WE MAY STILL BE ABLE TO SUBMIT COMMENTS to put “into the record” until such time as they vote on the final PSR GPA. Comments will not likely sway them to change their minds, but they will go “into the record” and be associated with the project and can be referred back to if any issues or litigation arise and perhaps could provide leverage in negotiations with the developer and/or County if it comes to that.
e) The reason they didn’t officially vote on the PSR GPA yesterday is because they are only allowed to approve 4 General Plan Amendments per year and they’ve already approved 3 large projects (including HG Village South and Valiano) and have 4 more in the pipeline for this year (for a total of 10,000 homes). They are bundling multiple GPAs into batches in order to avoid triggering the violation of state law. There are several lawsuits pending at the moment that are challenging this batching/bundling, including the Town Council lawsuits against the County on HGVS and Valiano.
f) In all likelihood, this PSR GPA vote will be bundled with the last set of projects: Lilac Hills, Warner Ranch and Otay 14 which will likely go to the supervisors on 10/31 or possibly 12/12 according to one source.
THE VOTE: 4 to 1 in favor of the upzone with Diane Jacob opposing. Ron Roberts seemed to vacillate on the upzone and said on several occasions that the way they were assigning the densities seemed illogical. Horn, Cox and Gaspar, predictably voted in favor and Roberts sided with them in the end.
ARGUMENTS: There were about 15 commenters, but we had lost quite a few due to the late hour. Most people can’t take time off work to sit around all day to comment on a project. Most of the arguments were focused on fire evacuation, traffic and school over-crowding. In addition there were complaints that this process was not transparent and no one was notified (because no one lives within 300 feet of the property, being adjacent to a landfill and open space on the other sides).
The developer, Stephen Bieri and his consultants (Matt Simmons and his father, a local land use consultancy called Consultants Collaborative) made an attempt to address those concerns but since there was no actual project being analyzed there was very little hard data or evidence to support their perspective.
– Regarding fire evacuation, Matt acknowledged the difficulty in evacuating San Elijo Hills during Coco’s fire but repeated what the public safety professionals have been saying: “we’ve learned a lot from past fires.” Evacuation will be handled differently. They will only issue evac orders one neighborhood at a time so not everyone will evacuate all at once thus preventing the backup. My response is that during Coco’s fire most people began evacuating way before the orders were given (due to social media and the myriad other ways people find out about fires) so an orderly evacuation is wishful thinking at best.
– Regarding traffic, he made note that the project studies stating 16,000 average daily trips were flawed because they presumed that all 138,000 square feet of commercial space would be developed when they likely would not be. Unfortunately, since there was no actual project being proposed there was really nothing else to go by. Perhaps a more fleshed out project could provide a better assessment of the traffic, which is another reason I opposed the upzone.
– Regarding the school over-crowding, the applicants made an argument that by the time the project was finally building out, the school population will have dropped based on projections from the current student population that apparently is top heavy. It seems to presume that the population of the area will go down in the years to come as well, which seems doubtful.
I stated my opposition to the upzone on behalf of the Town Council on principal because there is no legitimate justification for increasing density 600%, just for the asking. According to the General Plan, to justify amending it, there has to be a public benefit and it may not impact public safety. On the public benefit, there is none, other than providing housing during a housing crisis. The general plan already provides for 66,000 buildable lots which is more than enough to keep up with housing growth. Furthermore, the Board of Supervisors are poised to approve 7 amendments this year alone with over 10,000 houses previously not in the general plan which brings the total to 76,000. In addition, there is a development in Harmony Grove (HG Village) that is in build out phase and they have only built 300 out of 742 homes and they have not been selling like hotcakes, despite the housing crisis. On the public safety side, I’m not convinced that this is not a public safety risk as mentioned above.
I also opposed the upzone because I believe that the developers should present a complete project to the community rather than forcing an upzone that will permanently entitle that land to having 362 homes regardless of what they end up doing. I disagree completely with how they went about this, though they say it was a County initiated process. The County did initiate this process, but it was to satisfy the property owners who felt they were unfairly deprived of the right to increase the value of their properties (at public expense). [note: property owners do not have an inherent right to have their properties increased value by a government decision]. It is unfortunate because perhaps the community might have been amenable to some sort of compromise. Now they feel that they were hoodwinked through an obscure backchannel process and are now forced to accept up to 362 homes when only 61 were allowed.
NEXT STEPS (mosly directed at San Elijo Residents who will need to absorb 362 homes, but also rural residents in EF / HG as well):
a) You can write more comments bringing up whatever issues you felt were not brought up in previous comments, letters or testimony.
b) Consider attending the final vote to register your opposition to the PSR GPAs and the SD15 proposal in particular.
c) You can wait patiently until the developer brings forth a more fleshed out project either through San Marcos or the County and weigh in on that project. Believe it or not, but some developers do want to work with the communities and the community does have leverage in working through a plan that might be workable to all. You might have a little less leverage now because the a lot of the effects of this project come from the increased density and that will be difficult to oppose given that the County has approved it already. But yes, some developers do try to work with the communities involved so you can start with that assumption, in good faith, until proven otherwise.
d) And, of course, there is always litigation if you truly believe that the County violated California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) or other federal, state or County laws in approving this upzone. This is not to be taken lightly as there is no guarantee that you will prevail and it makes it much harder to work with the developer later on. Consult a lawyer if you feel this way and you have 29 days to file after the GPA is approved.
e) support the SOS (Save our San Diego Countryside) Initiative which will be on the March 2020 Ballot. If the voters approve it, most GPAs that are in the County will have to go to a referendum to all the voters in the County to approve GPA projects. This will encourage developers seeking GPAs to put forth projects that people are likely to vote for. It may or may not affect this project, but it will give more power to the people versus the 3 rubber-stamping supervisors and the developers who help get them elected. http://www.saveoursdcountryside.org
f) Get more involved and informed about land use and housing which are the most likely to impact your quality of life. Seek out local candidates who support your view on housing. Don’t get thrown off by typical political distractions that both parties use to attract voters. Vote based on local issues. [FOR SAN ELIJO RESIDENTS] In your district there are four candidates: Randy Walton (who was at the hearing yesterday), Kristal Jabara, Eric Flodine and Mike Sannella. The Town Council does not endorse candidates but can make factual statements about them. I will note that Mr. Sannella is endorsed by the Building Industry Association and has also received thousands of dollars from the BIA as well as the developer of the aforementioned project, Stephen Bieri. You should research their stances and make a decision accordingly. For Mayor, you have Chris Orlando who I believe lives in San Elijo and Rebecca Jones. [FOR COUNTY RESIDENTS] District 5 supervisors candidates are Michelle Gomez and Jim Desmond. Desmond is endorsed by the Building Industry Association as well and has received campaign donations from a who’s who of developers of major projects around the County. He was recently in the news for accepting donations from developers in San Marcos and then voting to approve their GPA projects months later, despite loud opposition by the community including a recall effort on one of the decisions.
Land use and housing is likely the biggest issue that a community will face that will have the biggest impact on your quality of life. Sign up for the City of San Marcos Council newsletters AND the County Board of Supervisors newsletter where the meetings and agendas are announced. Sign up for Grow the San Diego Way’s newsletter to get more insights on land use and housing in the area. I started Grow the San Diego Way as a think tank and policy research outfit that seeks to provide a more balanced discussion on housing and land use that is a counterbalance to the narrative that is currently dominated by the profit motives of the building industry. www.growthesandiegoway.com
Also sign up for the Elfin Forest Harmony Grove Town Council E-ALERTS at: http://eepurl.com/bz03fv
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11:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Ribbon Cutting at noon
Refreshments will be served
San Marcos High School Women’s Volleyball program had an amazing 2017 year. Our Varsity team won the D2 Avocado League as well as winning the Div 2 CIF Championship Title. This year in 2018, we have been moved to Division 1 and our girls are facing their biggest opponents ever.
Follow the team on MaxPreps for Schedule & Stats
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Ambient Communities to Host San Elijo Town Center Family Fall Festival
Ambient Communities will host the 2nd Annual San Elijo Town Center Family Fall Festival on Saturday, September 22nd, 2018 from 10 am to 2 pm at the San Eljio Hills Town Center Park. The event is free to the community and will feature family-friendly activities including Games, Music, Face Painting, a Pumpkin Patch, Food and Prizes.
“The Family Fall Festival is our way of giving back to the San Elijo Community. It’s an opportunity to highlight our Town Center merchants and introduce our newest tenants,” said Duncan Budlinger, Director of Retail Development. “We are excited that Phase One of our project is now complete and are looking forward to the additional products and services our newest tenants will bring to our residents and neighbors.”
San Elijo Town Center merchants include:
In addition, San Elijo Pediatric Dentistry will also be hosting their grand opening and providing tours of their offices.
Register for the opportunity to win a $500 gift card at the San Elijo Hills Family Fall Festival at https://ambientcommunities.com/family-fall-festival/ and then join us at San Elijo Hills Town Center Park for Family Games, Face Painting, Music, Prizes, and more, presented by Ambient Communities!
FREE for San Elijo Hills residents and San Marcos neighbors to enjoy, this event will feature games, activities and additional prizes throughout the day from San Elijo Town Center merchants