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San Marcos wins state award for economic development efforts

The honor recognizes the city’s public outreach over the past year

On Friday, March 16 the California Association for Local Economic Development (CALED) honored the City of San Marcos with an Award of Merit for its public outreach efforts surrounding economic development.

The award recognizes the City’s efforts to inform the public about its economic development program over the past year, which included a promotional video, series of news stories, informative brochure, community profile, interactive online demographic dashboard and social media campaign.

“We’ve worked hard to spread the word about economic development because it’s still relatively new territory for San Marcos,” said Economic Development Manager Tess Sangster, who has led the division since in launched in 2015.

In fact, economic development was named a top priority in 2015, spurred largely by an increasingly competitive business landscape. And the city’s charter–a voter-approved guiding document–says staff should embrace a business-like mentality and find ways to boost revenue, which certainly applies to economic development.

“Our businesses are a critical piece of our local economy, supplying more than 40,000 jobs here in San Marcos,” Sangster said. “When we empower our businesses to succeed, the entire community benefits.”

Working under the City’s newly minted brand and tagline, “Discover San Marcos,” city staff invited the public to learn more about its economic development division, which is gaining steam as the City’s surrounding business community grows.

“Our business inventory has grown by 25 percent in the past decade alone, and we expect that growth to continue,” Sangster said. “That’s partly why we’re committed to proactive economic development and this award speaks to that.”

During CALED’s annual conference in Monterrey, CA, Sangster formally accepted the award, which is the City’s first economic development honor.

“This is a great starting point for us,” Sangster said. “We contribute a $7.9 billion annual GDP to the regional economy. And as North County’s education hub, we also produce 10 percent of the region’s total academic program completions. This recognition rightfully puts San Marcos on the map.”

Professional Interior Designers Offer On-Site Design Consultations

Professional Interior Designers Offer On-Site Design Consultations

During ASID’s ‘Spring Spruce Up ’ Now Through May 31

Is your home looking tired, dated or disastrous? Are you ready to update, remodel or renovate…but don’t know where to start? The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) has a solution to your design dilemma!

The San Diego chapter’s15th annual “Spring Spruce Up” fundraiser sends professional interior designers into people’s homes, offices, yachts or any other location that could use some one-to-one professional interior design advice. Spring Spruce Up appointments are available now through the end of May for the affordable price of $89 per hour (with a maximum of two hours).

“This popular event gives homeowners an opportunity to voice their real-life concerns, questions and ideas and get professional advice,” said Reba Lemmons, president of the San Diego chapter of ASID.

“ASID has experts in all areas of design, such as space planning, staging, color selection, kitchen design, aging in place, art and furniture placement, outdoor rooms, historic preservation, media rooms, multigenerational living, universal design, window treatments and commercial design. Designers are individually selected to meet each client’s specific needs,” she explained. “Spruce Up gives consumers who may have never worked with a professional interior designer an easy, affordable, and stress-free introduction.”

She noted that designers are experts at saving clients money by eliminating errors and making smart design choices that reflect the tastes and budget of the client.

ASID designers volunteer their time during Spruce Up Hire a Designer and proceeds from the fundraiser support ASID’s educational programs. Interior designers from throughout San Diego County are participating.

To discuss your needs and arrange a convenient time for the consultation, contact the chairperson Beppie Mostert at (858) 243-0505. All appointments are pre-paid and more information is also available at the chapter’s website www.casd.ASID.org

3rd Annual Women’s Fair – hosted by the San Elijo Hills Women’s Club

3rd Annual Women’s Fair, hosted by the San Elijo Hills Women’s Club

Make plans now to join friends, neighbors, and members of the surrounding communities on Saturday, April 28, for the 3rd Annual Women’s Fair, hosted by the San Elijo Hills Women’s Club. This free family event, which will be held from 10 am- 2 pm in the San Elijo Hills Town Center, 1277 San Elijo Road South, San Marcos, has something for everyone—fitness and yoga classes; an on-trend fashion show; abundant opportunities for purchasing Mother’s Day, teacher appreciation, and other special gifts; active games, crafts, and face painting for the kids; and a convenient way to explore services and programs available within the community, including summer camps. For additional information, please visit www.sehwc.weebly.com

If interested in participating in this year’s event as a vendor, please email SEHWCwomensfair@gmail.com

New captain takes command of San Marcos Sheriff’s Station

Captain Dave Brown

Earlier this year, city officials announced that Dave Brown will take over as captain of the San Marcos Sheriff’s Station. Captain Brown has been with the sheriff’s department for 28 years He began his career as an intern with the probation department in his senior year at San Diego State University.

“Captain Brown is a well-respected member of the sheriff’s department and we are fortunate to have this capable lawman assigned to our City,” said City Manager Jack Griffin.

During his tenure with the San Diego Sheriff’s Department, Captain Brown has been assigned to various areas including homicide, special assistant to the Sheriff and special investigations-criminal Intelligence. He has experience working throughout San Diego County at the Vista, Imperial Beach and Ramona patrol stations as well as the jail in Vista and court assignments in downtown San Diego and Vista.

Awarded the Medal of Lifesaving as a patrol deputy, Captain Brown has received several awards and was featured in documentaries and books for his role in leading the investigation into the murders of Chelsea King and Amber Dubois.

He is also a recent graduate from the Senior Management Institute for Police at Boston University.

Captain Brown’s transfer to the San Marcos station comes after the former captain of the station, Mike McClain, was assigned to the department’s central investigations division (homicide.)

“We have welcomed Captain Brown to San Marcos and look forward to partnering with him and all the dedicated employees at the San Marcos Sheriff’s Station,” said Griffin.

Captain Brown lives with his wife and he has two adult children. His daughter is in her fourth year at Cal State San Marcos (CSUSM) in the School of Nursing and his son is a graduate of CSUSM and is now an English teacher in Vietnam.

March 2018 updates from San Elijo Hills Community Association (HOA)

Recent updates from San Elijo Hills Community Association (HOA):

St. Paddy’s Day Bash-Tomorrow!

Feeling lucky? Let’s get Irish…… One day early! Get ready for a Pre-St. Paddy’s Day party! The event will be held at Café Stoked on Friday, March 16th at 6:30PM. Residents 21 and over join us for an evening of green! It will be a wonderful time to join friends and neighbors for food, music, dancing, drinks and fun! Don’t forget to wear green and come on down for a festive time! Attendance to this event is limited! Cost is $5.00/person. You must provide a check (no cash) payable to San Elijo Hills and deliver to Liz McCardle at the San Elijo Hills onsite office. All reservations will be taken on a first-come-first-serve basis.

If you need to bring your fee with you to the event, simply email Liz McCardle at sehdirector@waltersmanagement.com to reserve your spot!

The onsite office is located at 1277 San Elijo Road S., San Marcos, CA 92078. For more information, contact Liz McCardle at sehdirector@waltersmanagement.com or call (760) 798-9015.

Bunnypalooza 2018!

Looking for egg hunters!! The Easter Bunny is visiting the Hills! The San Elijo Hills Community Association is having its Annual BUNNYPALOOZA on Saturday, March 24th at the Hilltop field of San Elijo Hills Park. This year’s event 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 12:00 PM. The Egg Hunt will be split by different age groups in 10 minute increments beginning at 10:00 AM. Don’t forget to bring your own basket to collect your eggs and a camera to take pictures with the Bunny! Hope to see you there! For more information please call 760-798-9015 or email sehdirector@waltersmanagement.com.

Trails Clean-Up Day

The California Coastal Cleanup Day (CCD) is back! The San Elijo Hills trails system is a designated California Coastal Clean-up 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, April 21st 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 in advance. To register beginning April 1st, simply go to www.creektobay.org and then look for San Marcos – San Elijo Trails under the Cleanup Sites link. Special Instructions: 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 Women’s Club Women’s Fair

Calling all women, children, and the men in their lives! On Saturday, April 28, 2018 from 10AM-2PM, the San Elijo Hills Town Square will be filled with colorful booths and lively vendors, all part of the 3rd annual San Elijo Hills Women’s Club Women’s Fair. This great family event will feature lots of shopping, face painting, crafts and kids’ activities, a fashion show, yoga and fitness classes, and summer camp opportunities. Enjoy vendors offering health and beauty products, jewelry, fashion, home décor, children products, and much more. It’s a wonderful opportunity to shop for Mother’s Day, teacher gifts, or to find something special for yourself. Don’t miss this fun family event! http://sehwc.weebly.com. If you are interested in participating as a vendor, contact us at: sehwcwomensfair@gmail.com.

Country Fair

Yee-haw! Dust off your boots because the 2018 Country Fair hosted by San Elijo Elementary is back and better than ever before! The community of San Elijo has grown and so has the fair!! This year’s shindig will be held Friday, April 20th from 5pm – 8pm and Saturday, April 21st 11am – 5pm. Twice the fun! The Fair will be open Friday night from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and again on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Seek thrills on your favorite carnival rides like the Cliffhanger, Crazy Plane, Umbrella Cars, Cycle Jump, Alligator Alley and more. Plus enjoy food and live music on Friday night. Saturday will feature the new rides. Plus the same fun activities from the past including Pony Rides and Petting Zoo. The Country Fair committee needs new ranchers (Sponsors) and ranch hands (volunteers for the committee) to help make their biggest fundraiser of the year a good ole-fashioned success. If you would like more information on how to become a sponsor or volunteer; please contact seesptopresident@gmail.com.

San Elijo Hills Association Board of Directors Meeting

The next General Session Board of Directors meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, April 17, 2018, 6:00 pm at the San Elijo Hills onsite office (1277 San Elijo Rd. S, San Marcos, CA 92078).

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 have 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.

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San Marcos City Council Approves Massive Development Plan – NBC 7 San Diego

San Marcos City Council Approves Massive Development Plan Some residents are concerned it’s too much change while others are looking forward to new housing options

San Marcos is moving forward with a massive development project, but not without a little bit of pushback from the community. Tuesday, the City Council voted in favor to develop a desirable 87-acre parcel just west of Cal State San Marcos and east of the San Marcos Creek.

READ MORE VIA Source: San Marcos City Council Approves Massive Development Plan – NBC 7 San Diego

San Marcos residents fighting to block development by referendum – The San Diego Union-Tribune

San Marcos residents opposed to a 220-home development on Twin Oaks Valley Road have collected signatures for a referendum against the project.Residents gathered 5,000 signatures for a ballot measure to overturn City Council approval of the Brookfield development in San Marcos. Residents opposed say the development will worsen traffic and school overcrowding. Officials who support the project say it offers entry-level housing. Residents who fear a planned development will create problems for roads, schools and safety in San Marcos are trying to take the project to voters in November, in hopes of reversing the City Council’s approval.

READ MORE FROM Source: San Marcos residents fighting to block development by referendum – The San Diego Union-Tribune

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