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City of San Marcos Boosting Its Economic Development Efforts

From tax-credit education to an easier permitting process, the city is striving to do business better

When it comes to economic development, the City of San Marcos is raising the bar and local businesses are taking note—like Cliniqa, a bio-techne company that just went through an expansion.

“What can be a lengthy permit process was made easier by the wonderful employees in the Planning, Fire and Building departments,” said Lisa Profeta, Facilities Manager at Cliniqa in San Marcos.

The city has always embraced entrepreneurship because it drives a high quality of life—but it took center stage in 2012 when the State ended redevelopment programming, which took a toll on local business growth. Coupled with the recession, San Marcos saw a need to be more proactive in its economic development.

“City Council quickly realized we needed to focus our energy there if we wanted to remain a thriving, leading city,” said City Manager Jack Griffin. “Given that, City Council created a vision for a more business-friendly San Marcos.”

That vision began to take shape in 2015, when the city’s first economic development division was created. Since then, significant progress has been made, including the hire of an economic development manager and the launch of the San Marcos Business Walk Program, a twice-a-year event where volunteers collect feedback about the challenges facing local commerce.

Staff has also worked to cut a lot of red tape from the development approval process—everything from making it easier to navigate the land entitlement process, to bolstering city and private sector collaboration on California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) document preparation, to a City of San Marcos and Building Industry Association (BIA) pilot project  that is under development to allow for digital submission of project plans to save money on construction document printing costs, which can run $20,000 to $70,000 per on a typical subdivision during the entirety of the development approval process.”

“The city Development Services team, particularly Planning staff, are constantly working with the city’s Economic Development Manager to understand the needs of existing and prospective businesses,” said  Director of Development Services Dahvia Lynch. “Planning and Economic Development go hand in hand and our collaboration is crucial to our improvements, which are a work in progress.”

In fact, staff still sees plenty of room for improvements. For example, they are working to give business owners more opportunities to save time or money by streamlining and more clearly defining permitting process. There are also plans to standardize more reference materials for the permitting process, and to make more resources available online for business owners.

“Ideally, we would love to empower more business owners with the knowledge and resources they need,” Lynch said.

In that vein, city staff has also started to educate business owners about any benefits that they may qualify for. For example, Wholesale Shade was awarded a $500,000 California Competes Tax Credit, which Founder and CEO Patrick Howe learned about through the bi-monthly Council Business Visits. As part of the credit, the company intends to create 26 jobs over the next five years.

Likewise, the Council Business Visits, also led Cliniqa to apply, resulting in a $350,000 California Competes Tax Credit, with which the company plans to use to create 24 jobs over the next five years. Economic Development Manager Tess Radmill and the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation worked closely with the two companies—along with other San Marcos businesses that hope to receive the credit in the future—to simplify the application process.

“Most business owners I know are focused on the daily challenges of keeping their doors open and are not experts at regulations or government programs,” Howe explained. “Knowing that the City of San Marcos is a partner in the success of our business is reassuring.”

Radmill says that’s precisely how she hopes the business community views the city: a partner in their success.

“We’re working to ensure our local businesses are empowered to reach their full potential because their success is part of what drives the high quality of life we all enjoy here in San Marcos.”

To learn more about the city’s economic development efforts, contact Economic Development Manager Tess Radmill at tradmill@san-marcos.net.

What’s brewing at Stumblefoot? | San Diego Reader

Stumblefoot Brewing Company isn’t new — it’s been making beer in southwest San Marcos since 2012. However, it’s not exactly the same company anymore. In January, the business changed hands, when founding owner Bill Randolph sold the brewery outright to Cameron Rentch and Cory Schmelzer.

“We’re both locals,” says Rentch. The two friends live in the nearby community of San Elijo Hills. While he and Schmelzer were born in the same northern Virginia hospital just a year apart, they didn’t meet until seven years ago, when they found themselves living in the same community, with children around the same age, and a shared interest in extreme distance running — and opening a craft brewery.”We were originally hoping to do a new brewery inside San Elijo Hills,” Rentsch goes on to say, though they quickly learned zoning made that impossible. “Right about that same time, after really pushing through that, we found out that Bill might be interested in exiting. The timing just really worked out for everybody.” READ MORE via Source: What’s brewing at Stumblefoot? | San Diego Reader

Stumblefoot Brewing Co.1784 La Costa Meadows Drive #103, San Marcos

SEHWC Women’s Fair at The San Elijo Hills Town Center Fountain

SEHWC Women’s Fair

Calling all women, children, and the men in their lives!

On Saturday, May 6, 2017 from 10AM-2PM, the San Elijo Hills Town Square will be filled with colorful booths and lively vendors, all part of the second annual San Elijo Hills Women’s Club Women’s Fair.

The Fair will highlight services and products that improve the lives of women and children, from health services to fitness; from safety to fashion. Face painting, crafts for children, and even activities for pets will be included. This also promises to be a great venue for Mother’s Day shopping with vendors featuring a variety of items for purchase. Don’t miss this fun family event. http://sehwc.weebly.com.

Celebration of Life for Chris Vulovic

Charity will be holding a Celebration of Life for Chris Vulovic (the co-owner) on Feb 26, 2017 from 3:00 – 6:30 pm at Cafe Stoked. Charity (owner and sister of Chris) is opening up the Celebration of Life to community members to attend.

Advanced Veterinary Care’s Pet Awareness Workshop Series (PAWS) Exotics Encounter

Advanced Veterinary Care’s Pet Awareness Workshop Series (PAWS) Exotics Encounter

Exotics Encounter

Advanced Veterinary Care is pleased to announce our first Pet Awareness Workshop Series (PAWS) Exotics Encounter. This class will be held on Wednesday, February 8th from 3:30 to 5:30 pm and will be open to high school and middle school aged students. Students interested in a career in veterinary medicine are strongly encouraged to attend. Enrollment is limited and classes will be filled on a first come, first served basis. Light refreshments will be provided.

Ever wonder what’s inside a turtles shell or how much food a hamster can carry inside its cheeks? Come get the answers to these and other questions at AVC! The PAWS Exotics Encounter will be an interactive, hands-on workshop with lecture and laboratory components. This class will be taught and supervised by an experienced veterinarian. The species covered include:

  • A Lessor-Sulphur Crested Cockatoo
  • A baby Hedgehog!
  • A Bearded Dragon
  • A baby Florida King Snake
  • A Leopard Tortoise

The focus of this class is the unique anatomy and physiology of some of the rarer pets veterinarians see on a daily basis. Students will examine the animals, interpret x-rays, and discuss species adaptations. If you have a student who has an exotic pet or is interested in animal medicine, this class is not to be missed. You can register your student through our website and a confirmation will be sent via e-mail. Registration is $40.00 per student and can be paid by cash or check the day of the workshop.

To register, or to see photos from previous PAWS, visit our website at sanelijovet.com or call (760)736-3636 to speak to one of our experienced staff. We look forward to seeing you.

 

Advanced Veterinary Care of San Elijo Hills

Advanced Veterinary Care of San Elijo 

1691 Melrose Dr Suite # 110
San Marcos, CA 92078
760-736-3636
www.sanelijovet.com

Holidays and teen depression

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The holiday season is upon us, and while it’s a happy time for celebrating with family and friends, it can also be a difficult time for others. If you’re wondering if your teen’s moodiness is a sign of something more serious, Dr. Rachel Gianfortune’s video will answer all your questions. Getting a proper diagnosis and treatment plan for your child will help ensure a happy holiday for your whole family.

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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SUP Yoga and Lessons Available on Lake San Marcos

Perfect Balance Fitness

SUP Yoga classes on Lake San Marcos. Fridays at 9:30 AM. and 5:00 PM. Saturdays at 9:00 AM. Advanced registration required.

Perfect Balance Fitness
SUP Lessons
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