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San Marcos and CSUSM join forces to benefit the community

San Marcos and CSUSM join forces to benefit the community

As North County’s education hub, San Marcos is building tomorrow’s workforce—and thanks to a new initiative, some of that homegrown talent is being channeled to help city staff better serve the community.

The City and Cal State San Marcos (CSUSM) recently joined forces to launch Democracy in Action, a pilot program that lets students spend a semester working on city projects.

“Some of the region’s brightest minds are on that campus, right down the street from City Hall, so this partnership felt like a natural win win,” said Economic Development Manager Tess Radmill, who helped oversee the effort.

Over the past few months, about 100 students tackled projects that included: finding ways to curb unnecessary 911 calls; developing a marketing plan for the Double Peak Challenge race; analyzing data to help reduce stormwater pollution; and creating a promotional video about the city.

Already, the project has delivered tangible benefits. For example, students created a trash collection map that will help staff meet new environmental state guidelines. And the video produced by students is already being used to attract potential businesses and residents.

“We’re also graduating students who leave with a deeper understanding of a how a local community works—and with that, they can influence outcomes down the road,” explains Scott Gross, CSUSM Associate Vice President of Community Partnership Engagement.

Fostering civic minded graduates is especially important to the region because many stay local after graduation. In fact, about 80 percent of CSUSM alumni continue living in the region. By comparison, about 60 percent of San Diego State University (SDSU) alumni stay local—and the same is true for only about 25 percent of University of California San Diego (UCSD) alumni.

Democracy in Action was inspired by the University of Oregon’s Sustainable City Year Program— which works in largely the same way, but focuses on boosting sustainability. CSUSM liked the concept, but felt it was important to focus instead on civic engagement.

“We wanted students to realize they can inform and impact their local government,” Gross said. “They’re not just sitting in a classroom talking about theories—they’re actually putting their knowledge to work in a meaningful way, and their eyes light up.”

CSUSM student Kristina Kalchev is a testament to that.

“It was great working on a project that extends beyond an assignment and impacts people,” said Kalchev, who worked on the city’s promotional video. “I’m proud to include the video in my reel. I don’t feel so fresh out of the water now. I feel ready for the workforce.”

Kalchev plans to stay in San Marcos and earn her graduate degree while working locally. She says as a San Marcos resident, she now has a deeper appreciation for what the city does.

“We were able to see how much city staff does behind the scenes to keep our community safe. The project really opened my eyes to what local government does,” she said.

Storm Water Program Manager Reed Thornberry also saw a ha moments happening when he took students out into the field.

“I wanted to take them beyond the data. A lot them live in San Marcos—some have even grown up here—but they’ve never explored our creek system,” he said. “They spotted bullfrogs, turtles and crawfish—entire ecosystems thriving. And seeing the impacts of trash, they got a sense of why they’re worth protecting. I think that drove home the mission.”

These students will be among the approximately 3,000 graduates CSUSM produces every year— which is partly why San Marcos is North County’s education hub. In fact, San Marcos is responsible for about 10 percent of the region’s total academic program completions.

“San Marcos is fueling a workforce pipeline that will strengthen our region for generations to come,” said San Marcos City Manager Jack Griffin. “But beyond that, our partnership with Cal State San Marcos underscores how we can collaborate to benefit our community, and we are proud of that.”

To learn more about the Democracy in Action program,
visit https://www.csusm.edu/community/civiclearning/democracyinaction.html.

San Elijo Hills Community Association HOA updates for August 2017

Movie in the Park – Part III –Upper Softball Field

The San Elijo Hills Community Association is hosting a FREE showing of Disney’s Moana (rated PG) as the final movie of the summer series!

An adventurous teenager sails out on a daring mission to save her people. During her journey, Moana meets the once-mighty demigod Maui, who guides her in her quest to become a master way-finder. Together they sail across the open ocean on an action-packed voyage, encountering enormous monsters and impossible odds. Along the way, Moana fulfills the ancient quest of her ancestors and discovers the one thing she always sought: her own identity.

Moana will be shown on Friday August 25th at the upper softball field of San Elijo Hills Park. Pre-show activities (including bounce houses, a sticky wall and more!) will begin at 6:00PM and the movie will start after sunset (around 8:15).

The San Elijo Hills Foundation has provided some delicious food trucks with a variety of food and refreshments for purchase including Razzy Rucas Taco Catering, Red Oven Pizza, Kona Ice, and The Rush Coffee!

Save the date: The San Elijo Women’s Club Hoedown in the Hills

The San Elijo Hills Women’s Club’s fall fundraiser, Hoedown in the Hills, is coming up!

Hoedown in the Hills benefits Straight from the Heart, a local support and outreach organization serving 5,000 North County foster children and their families. The fundraiser will be held on September 16, 2017 at the Williams Barn, located in San Marcos’ Walnut Grove Park beginning at 6:00 p.m.

For just $45 per person, attendees will enjoy mouth-watering chicken, pork and tri-tip BBQ, sides and dessert, beer and wine, lively music, line dancing, and silent and live auctions offering guests the opportunity to bid on amazing items, gift baskets and personal services. Tickets will be available online beginning July 1 at sehwc.weebly.com.

Save the date: Community Yard Sale

The San Elijo Hills Community Association is hosting a community-wide yard sale. All residents are welcome to participate in this FREE event! The yard sale will be held on Saturday, 9/23/17 from 7AM-11AM. Directional signage will be placed out the morning of the sale to the individual neighborhoods. Please note, there will be NO MAPS distributed indicating which individuals homes are participating. Please feel free to add additional signage in the community after 8PM the night before (Friday 9/22/17) so long as it is removed promptly after the event.

For more information, please contact Liz McCardle at sehdirector@waltersmanagement.com.

Save the date: Back to School Block Party & Laser Show in the Town Square

Let’s dance the night away! Welcome new neighbors and catch up with your favorite friends! Join us September 8, 2017 in the town square park.

Getting the party started will be a live DJ, dancers, dance floor, music, lights and laser show! We will have interactive games (for all ages!), contests, prizes, and more surprises! Only one way to find out…come join us!

Food and beverages are also just steps away! Enjoy one of the local eateries or grab a bite from one of the delicious food trucks.

The party begins on 9/8/17 at 6:00 p.m. and goes until approximately 9:30 p.m. For more information, feel free to contact Liz McCardle at sehdirector@waltersmanagement.com or call (760) 798-9015.

Trails Cleanup Day

The California Coastal Cleanup Day (CCD) has been set for 2017! The San Elijo Hills trails system is a designated California Coastal Cleanup Day (CCD) area, and we need volunteers!
The trail system within San Elijo Hills is such a beloved feature of our community! Please join us on Saturday, September 16th from 9:00AM-12:00PM to help clean up the trails!

Volunteers will meet in the Town Square (by the fountain) of San Elijo Hills at 9:00AM. Walk-ups are welcome but pre-registration helps us with site logistics, so if you know for sure you want to help, please register online at www.cleanupday.org.

All volunteers should wear comfortable closed toed shoes and sun protection. You can help reduce waste by bringing your own reusable water bottle, and gardening or work gloves. Note: every participant in CCD needs to sign a waiver; anyone under the age of 18 needs a parent or guardian signature to participate! Students are eligible for community service hours, and prizes will be given out for the most trash collected! Together we can all make a difference!

San Elijo Hills Association Board of Directors Meeting

The next General Session Board of Directors meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, August 22, 2017, 6:00 pm at the San Elijo Hills onsite office (1277 San Elijo Rd. S, San Marcos, CA 92078).

Board of Directors:

Your Board of Directors is hard at work with many on-going projects.

If you have recently driven through our entrance, you may have noticed that a significant amount of plants have been added around the entry water feature creating a more colorful and diverse palette. In conjunction with this upgrade, the Board has also been focusing on the monument area and signage. The Board is actively pursuing proposals to modify the signage and incorporate additional water elements into the design.

Along with the upgrades, the Board of Directors have been diligently working to fix the entry water feature which has been non-operational due to pump failure. The pump replacement has been approved and is in process. We are excited to see what is in store for this area as the Board finalizes their plans!

Achieve your San Elijo Hills Real Estate Goals

If now is the right time for you or someone you know to make a San Elijo Hills move, please let me know! I have many buyers looking for homes and little inventory to show them. If you’re planning to buy a home this year, it’s still a great time to get in the marketplace because interest rates are still comparatively low. Let’s discuss how I can help you achieve your goals in the current market conditions, whether that’s buying or selling!

As always, the referral of your friends and family is the highest compliment I can receive!

See you around town or out on the trails.

Ed Philbrick

Ed Philbrick: REALTOR®
www.hillsandcoast.com
M: 760-496-8134
E: ed@hillsandcoast.com
3295 Business Park Dr. Suite C, Vista, CA 92081
CalBRE # 0196713
Coastal Premier Properties CalBRE # 01861547

 

Dogtopia San Marcos’ Charity Dog Wash Benefiting Paws with a Cause

Dogtopia San Marcos Hosts Annual Charity Dog Wash, Saturday, August 5

Dogtopia San Marcos will host annual Charity Dog Wash to raise money for service dogs – Saturday, August 5th from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Dogtopia is teaming up with PAWS With a Cause, which provides custom-trained Assistance Dogs with people with disabilities.

The dog wash will take place at Dogtopia San Marcos, located at 925 W. San Marcos Blvd. (92078).

This is Dogtopia’s 14th Annual Charity Dog Wash. Over the years, the charity event has raised more than $140,000 nationally for organizations that provide service dogs.

San Diegans can get involved by making donations, or bringing their pooches in for a wash at a $15 requested donation. Additional grooming a la carte spa services – such as de-shed treatments, brush outs, nail trims, ear cleaning, teeth brushing, flea/tick treatments – will be available for donations on a first come, first serve basis.

They will also be serving up BBQ’d burgers and hotdogs to all donors. The event will also feature dog training demos, agility course, raffles, photos, merchandise for sale, plus fun and games for the whole family.

Dogtopia San Marcos is celebrating three years as new owners with customer appreciation toasts, snacks, wine and craft beer.

Dogtopia can help other non-profit organizations raise money through charity dog washes. Dogtopia is also looking for event volunteers. If interested, email sanmarcos@dogdaycare.com. For additional information on Dogtopia, visit www.dogtopia.com/san-marcos.

San Elijo Hills Community Association HOA Updates for August 2017

San Elijo Hills Community Association HOA Updates for August 2017:

Movie in the Park – Part III –Upper Softball Field

The San Elijo Hills Community Association is hosting a FREE showing of Disney’s Moana (rated PG) as part of our summer movie series!

An adventurous teenager sails out on a daring mission to save her people. During her journey, Moana meets the once-mighty demigod Maui, who guides her in her quest to become a master way-finder. Together they sail across the open ocean on an action-packed voyage, encountering enormous monsters and impossible odds. Along the way, Moana fulfills the ancient quest of her ancestors and discovers the one thing she always sought: her own identity.

Moana will be shown on Friday August 25th at the upper softball field of San Elijo Hills Park. Pre-show activities (including bounce houses, a sticky wall and more!) will begin at 6:00PM and the movie will start after sunset (around 8:15).

Save the date: The San Elijo Women’s Club Hoedown in the Hills

The San Elijo Hills Women’s Club’s fall fundraiser, Hoedown in the Hills, is coming up!

Hoedown in the Hills benefits Straight from the Heart, a local support and outreach organization serving 5,000 North County foster children and their families. The fundraiser will be held on September 16, 2017 at the Williams Barn, located in San Marcos’ Walnut Grove Park beginning at 6:00 p.m.

For just $45 per person, attendees will enjoy mouth-watering chicken, pork and tri-tip BBQ, sides and dessert, beer and wine, lively music, line dancing, and silent and live auctions offering guests the opportunity to bid on amazing items, gift baskets and personal services. Tickets will be available online beginning July 1 at sehwc.weebly.com.

Save the date: Community Yard Sale

The San Elijo Hills Community Association is hosting a community-wide yard sale. All residents are welcome to participate in this FREE event! The yard sale will be held on Saturday, 9/23/17 from 7AM-11AM. Directional signage will be placed out the morning of the sale to the individual neighborhoods. Please note, there will be NO MAPS distributed indicating which individuals homes are participating. Please feel free to add additional signage in the community after 8PM the night before (Friday 9/22/17) so long as it is removed promptly after the event. For more information, please contact Liz McCardle at sehdirector@waltersmanagement.com.

Save the date: Back to School Block Party & Laser Show in the Town Square

Let’s dance the night away! Welcome new neighbors and catch up with your favorite friends! Join us September 8, 2017 in the town square park.

Getting the party started will be a live DJ, dancers, dance floor, music, lights and laser show! We will have interactive games (for all ages!), contests, prizes, and more surprises! Only one way to find out…come join us!

Food and beverages are also just steps away! Enjoy one of the local eateries or grab a bite from one of the delicious food trucks.

The party begins on 9/8/17 at 6:00 p.m. and goes until approximately 9:30 p.m. For more information, feel free to contact Liz McCardle at sehdirector@waltersmanagement.com or call (760) 798-9015.

San Elijo Hills Association Board of Directors Meeting

The next General Session Board of Directors meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, August 22, 2017, 6:00 pm at the San Elijo Hills onsite office (1277 San Elijo Rd. S, San Marcos, CA 92078).

Tree Trimming:

Please remember to trim any trees growing over the sidewalks or dropping seeds or leaves. They can create unsafe conditions for pedestrians and pets (poor little puppy paws!). We appreciate your efforts in keeping the sidewalks and streets looking great!


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After many years of waiting, work to start on San Elijo’s Town Center – The San Diego Union-Tribune

After perhaps 15 years of waiting — and trying not to lose faith — San Elijo Hills residents will finally see restaurants and shops go up on vacant land in the commercial heart of the upscale community. Grading is set to begin next week on a weedy, fenced-in patch of dirt in the middle of the sprawling master-planned development in southern San Marcos. Construction should start around October, and the first businesses could open by next spring on the 5 acres of vacant land in what is essentially downtown San Elijo.“I know there has been skepticism. I hope to cure that in a few weeks as we start creating dust and showing people what a great project this is,” said Duncan Budinger, director of retail development for Ambient Communities, which is building the project. “We fully believe we are going to meet or exceed the expectations of the community.”

READ MORE VIA Source: After many years of waiting, work to start on San Elijo’s Town Center – The San Diego Union-Tribune

Join the Sheriff’s Dept. for Night Out Against Crime

Join the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department for FREE Night Out Against Crime© events on TUESDAY, AUGUST 1ST.

SAN MARCOS (SAN ELIJO HILLS)
5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
San Elijo Park
1105 Elfin Forest Road
Contact: (760) 510-5255
Flyer: https://goo.gl/CrpgY3.

Sheriff’s Stations and Substations all over the county will be hosting block parties to take a stand against crime.

Activities vary by location and may include free food, drinks, giveaways and activities for kids.

Night Out Against Crime© is a celebration of community relationships. Meet your neighbors, as well as deputies who patrol your area.

All locations will have a Sheriff’s Crime Prevention Specialist on site so you can get tips on how to stay safe.

See below for a community near you or visit www.sdsheriff.net:

ALPINE
4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Alpine Sheriff’s Station
2751 Alpine Boulevard, Alpine
Contact: Crime Prevention Specialist Holly Nicholson (619) 659-2608
Flyer: https://goo.gl/PE2ZHo.

ENCINITAS
1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Target Parking Lot
1010 N. El Camino Real, Encinitas
Contact: Crime Prevention Specialist Jonathan Simon (760) 966-3588 or Gary Rivers (760) 966-3587
Flyer: https://goo.gl/KNazUe.

FALLBROOK
Friday, August 4th
5:00 p.m. to sunset
Fallbrook Summer Nights Downtown Block Party
on Main Street & Alvarado Street, Fallbrook
Contact: Crime Prevention Specialist Jake Kruger (760) 451-3124
Flyer: https://goo.gl/2ZAQa4.

IMPERIAL BEACH
5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Robert Eggers Sr. Recreation Center
1885 Coronado Avenue, San Diego
Contact: Crime Prevention Specialist Julio Garcia (619) 498-2435
Flyer: https://goo.gl/uC7GmA.

LEMON GROVE
5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Main Street Promenade
3443 Main Street, Lemon Grove
Contact: Crime Prevention Specialist Jim Wieboldt (619) 337-2039
Flyer: https://goo.gl/u79aWU.

POWAY
4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Poway Sheriff’s Station & Library Parking Lots
13100 Bowron Road, Poway
Contact: Crime Prevention Specialist Eric Kant
(858) 513-2810
Flyer: https://goo.gl/rpdLPC.

RAMONA
4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Ramona Branch Library
1275 Main Street, Ramona
Contact: Crime Prevention Specialist Barbara Wallace
(760) 738-2425
Flyer: https://goo.gl/sCwAM7.

RANCHO SAN DIEGO
5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Target Parking Lot
2911 Jamacha Road, El Cajon
Contact: Crime Prevention Specialist Nancy Ortiz (619) 660-7009
Flyer: https://goo.gl/9Mnb3m.

SAN MARCOS (CITY)
4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Richmar Park
110 Richmar Avenue, San Marcos
Contact: (760) 744-1050, ext. 3111
Flyer: https://goo.gl/EfjKGG.

SAN MARCOS (SAN ELIJO HILLS)
5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
San Elijo Park
1105 Elfin Forest Road
Contact: (760) 510-5255
Flyer: https://goo.gl/CrpgY3.

SANTEE/LAKESIDE
4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Santee Trolley Square
9884 Mission Gorge Road, Santee
Contacts: Crime Prevention Specialists Holly Angeles (619) 956-4021 and Martha Miramontes (619) 956-4022
Flyer: https://goo.gl/9KmQsq.

VALLEY CENTER
2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Valley Center Branch Library
29200 Cole Grade Road, Valley Center
Contact: Crime Prevention Specialist Brandy Contreras
(760) 751-4408
Flyer: https://goo.gl/JsoSFy.

VISTA
12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Target
3150 Business Park Drive, Vista
Contact: Crime Prevention Specialist Henry Tirado (760) 940-4352
Flyer: https://goo.gl/cSF664.

Watch our Night Out Against Crime video at: https://vimeo.com/226476154.

If you can’t make it to any of these events, leave your porch light on as a show of solidarity on Night Out Against Crime©.

To learn more about the Sheriff’s Crime Prevention Unit, including important safety tips, visit www.sdsheriff.net/crimeprevention.

Address/Location
San Diego County Sheriff’s Department
9621 Ridgehaven Ct
San Diego, CA 92123

Contact
Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 858-565-5200

Back to School Physicals – Have you scheduled yours yet?

Your child’s back to school annual physical is an important way to make sure they stay healthy throughout the whole school year. In this video, Dr. Gina Mangine reviews all the things that you can expect at your child’s exam. Take a minute to watch so you’ll be prepared!

Children’s Physicians Medical Group (CPMG), in partnership with Rady Children’s Health Network, is dedicated to offering outstanding healthcare for your kids, from birth through age 18. One visit to our website can help you find a doctor, explain why CPMG is right for you and allow you to view videos on our doctors and other health topics.

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