Category Archives: San Elijo Hills News

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

March 2018 San Elijo Hills Community Association Updates

Here the most recent San Elijo Hills Community Association Updates:

St. Paddy’s Bash

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 reservation fee with you to the event, simply email Liz McCardle at 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 or call (760) 798-9015.

Hops In the Hills-Craft Beer Festival!

Hops in the Hills-March 10, 2018 3pm – 6pm @ the Hilltop Field of San Elijo Hills Park!

Beer, Music and Food!
$35-$45 tickets (unlimited beer tastings!)

Facebook: SEH Hops in the Hills

Looking for Sponsors!!
Contact Tina Heap

Join us, support local schools!! All proceeds go to San Elijo Elementary and Double Peak K-8 PTO.

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

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 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!

City of San Marcos-Trails Day POSTPONED

Due to forecasted rain, San Marcos Trails Day originally scheduled for Saturday, March 3, has been postponed to coincide with National Trails Day on Saturday, June 2. Hike participation is free and will begin at 9 am; hikers can start signing in at 8 am. Hikers, kids bike ride and walkers will meet at Lakeview Park/Discovery Lake, 650 Foxhall Drive. Equestrian riders will meet at the Ridgeline Trailhead, 102 San Elijo Road. The staging area will also feature food and giveaways. “Trails day is a celebration of the outdoors and in San Marcos we have something for everyone,” said Community Services Director Buck Martin. “With more than 63 miles of trail connecting to the entire region, San Marcos offers an extensive trail network for residents to discover.” An easy two-mile hike will visit Discovery Lake and the Discovery Creek trails. A more challenging seven-mile hike will explore the trails that lead to Double Peak Park. Mountain biking enthusiasts are encouraged to bring bikes and enjoy the ride.  “Adventures are meant to be shared and this event is a great opportunity to meet new people in your community and share a fun experience on a local trail,” said Martin.   An adult must accompany all minors. Sturdy walking shoes are recommended; bring water, sunscreen and trail snacks. Dogs must be on a maximum 6-foot leash at all times. The hike is subject to cancellation in the event of rain.  Event participants are encouraged to share your hiking moments on Instagram by tagging the city with @sanmarcoscity and using the hashtag #DiscoverSanMarcos.  For more information on hikes or the city’s trails, please visit or call (760) 744-9000, ext. 3535.


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You may have seen a sign on the property right next to the former landfill site (on San Elijo Road) for a project named “Copper Hills.” Copper Hills is a project that is being proposed by a developer (Stephen A. Bieri Company) to the City of San Marcos. The land itself is actually in the unincorporated County of San Diego. San Marcos does not have jurisdiction (though the developer could attempt an annexation). In the County of San Diego, the developer is also attempting to change the current zoning of that land in case they choose to pursue the project in County jurisdiction. This zoning amendment (General Plan Amendment) is being called SD15 in the County of San Diego. Click link for more information.

SMUSD Governing Board approved Scenario 6 of the Attendance Boundary Changes

Click Here to See Elementary, Middle and High School Boundary Maps for Scenario 6


Good Afternoon,

At Tuesday evening’s Board Meeting, the Governing Board voted to select the boundary adjustments recommended by the Attendance Boundary Committee in Scenario 6.

In addition, the Governing Board approved an implementation plan beginning with the 2018-19 school year.  This plan provides various grandfathering provisions to current students in effected study areas at the elementary, middle and high schools.

Over the next several weeks, staff will be working to take the direction received from the Governing Board and implement it for 2018-19.  The grandfathering provisions will be clearly explained. In addition, we are preparing attendance boundary maps that reflect the changes and can be more easily read by our community.  Information will be posted on the District website and individuals impacted will be personally notified via US mail and/or email.  We appreciate your patience as we work through the details of this change.


Melissa Hunt, Superintendent

The City of San Marcos major developments project information available online

The City of San Marcos has major developments project information available online. Learn List view and table view of projects. Learn about Brookfield Residential Multi-Family on Twin Oaks and Copper Hills and the entrance to San Elijo Hills next to the old recycling plant.

Why initiative helps prevent San Diego from becoming another L.A. – The San Diego Union-Tribune

San Diego County is facing a housing shortage. But this shortage is not because we lack land zoned for housing. County taxpayers spent 13 years and $18.6 million to develop our 2011 General Plan, which reflects extensive community input. Per state law, it designates sufficient land for housing to accommodate projected population growth.Deep-pocketed developers present a false choice, that the only way to get a roof over every head is to build sprawl-style developments in the middle of the countryside, where they’ve purchased land on the cheap with the hope of building it up for a handsome profit.

READ MORE VIA Source: Why initiative helps prevent San Diego from becoming another L.A. – The San Diego Union-Tribune

Residents decry San Marcos housing development approval – The Coast News Group

A group of residents who have expressed frustration with the pace of development in San Marcos said the City Council’s recent approval a 220-home development on Twin Oaks Valley Road is the final straw.The group of residents plans to pursue a referendum to reverse the council’s 4-1 approval of Brookfield Residential Properties’ proposal, which would re-zone about 23 acres near the southwest corner of Twin Oaks Valley Road and Village Drive — just south of Cal State San Marcos — from commercial to residential to pave the way for the new homes. Residents packed council chambers on Jan. 23 to urge the council to vote against the second reading of the ordinance approving the project. The council had voted two weeks earlier to approve the first reading.They said that the city is approving residential development at a much faster pace than the infrastructure needed to support it, pointing to overcrowding at San Marcos’ schools and congestion on key roads and State Highway 78 as evidence.“It’s the next development on the docket and we are fed up,” said Kelly Shipley, one of the chief organizers of the opposition. “What we want to see is development with infrastructure to support it.”Their message to the council was clear: slow down.

READ MORE VIA Source: Residents decry San Marcos housing development approval – The Coast News Group

Pro Brookfield Homes on Twin Oaks Website & Facebook Page

Anti Brookfield Homes on Twin Oaks Facebook Page

Father and son reach ‘term limits’ on council and high school hoops – The Coast News Group

SAN MARCOS — Chris Orlando and his son, Ryan, are at a crossroads that few father-and-son duos face together.Call it ‘term limits’ — figuratively and literally. Chris Orlando is a San Marcos City Councilman in the final year of his last four-year term of office. Ryan Orlando, 18, is a standout basketball player at San Marcos High School, playing his final high school basketball season. Both are plotting their next steps. For Chris Orlando, the next step could be a run — for mayor, that is. For Ryan Orlando, it could be a walk — as in “walk-on,” the term for a nonscholarship member of a collegiate basketball team.But both of them are enjoying going through the transition together.“It’s really interesting, as I am considering my next step and watching him do that, the realization that we’re both figuring out what the next chapter is, is kind of cool,” Chris Orlando said. “My son has a strict ‘no pep talk’ policy, so we keep the pep talks to a minimum, but it is neat we are at a new chapter at the same time. It’s been good.”The Orlandos’ respective political and athletic journeys have virtually paralleled each other. The elder was elected in 2006, around the time that the younger first picked up a basketball.

READ MORE – Source: Father and son reach ‘term limits’ on council and high school hoops – The Coast News Group

Lilac Fire Update from City of San Marcos

IMPORTANT UPDATE: 2017 Southern California fire information

Updated Thursday, Dec. 7 at 5 pm

Post Date: 12/07/2017 5:00 PM

Southern California Fire Update

Updated: Thursday, Dec. 7 at 5 pm

Fires are currently burning to the north of San Marcos, around the area of highway 76 and I-15.  To ensure you get accurate, up to date information, we recommend checking official sources (listed below). The city is actively monitoring the fire situation and will provide emergency updates throughout this incident.

• City website:

• Facebook:

• Twitter:


While there are no significant air quality concerns in San Marcos, Adult Softball League play has been canceled out of consideration for out-of-town players. All other recreation programs will continue as regularly scheduled.

The region has activated a comprehensive crisis response to manage this wildfire. Local officials have diligently prepared and trained to handle a disaster of this nature and all available resources are being mobilized to battle this blaze.

Now is an important time to make sure you and your family are prepared if an emergency strikes.  To receive emergency alerts, register your phone with Alert San Diego at  This is especially important if you no longer have a landline at your home. You can also download the SDEmergency App; make sure to allow app push notifications on your mobile phone.

Frequently Asked Questions


Fire Status

Stay Informed

How to Prepare

Parks & Recreation Activity Schedule

School Closures

How can I help?

What is the current status of the fire?

There is a large fire (“Lilac Fire”) in the Fallbrook/Bonsall area, near Interstate 15 and Highway 76.  There are no current threats to San Marcos.  Follow CALFIRE San Diego on Facebook and Twitter for updates. Residents can also down load the SD Emergency App and learn more at

How can I stay informed?

Residents should register all of their family’s cell phones with AlertSanDiego at so that you will all be notified of an emergency affecting your neighborhood. This is especially important if you no longer have a landline at your home. You can also download the SDEmergency App on your phone.

During an emergency, residents should also stay updated on the latest local safety information by visiting the city’s website, following San Marcos @sanmarcoscity on FacebookTwitter and Instagram; registering for e-notifications; and turning radios to AM 1610.

What can I do to prepare?

Besides registering your cell phone with Alert San Diego, review your family emergency plan, prepare a supply kit, and inventory home items such as important documents and medications so that you would want to take with you so you are ready to go if told to do so by a public safety official.

When should I evacuate?

You should evacuate if an order is issued by a public safety official or if you feel your safety is at risk.  Take pets and pet food with you.  In the event of an emergency, information about shelters and where to take animals will be provided.  Since there may be smoke in the area, you should keep windows closed and remain indoors.

Is there a change in any of the city’s scheduled Parks & Recreation activities?

Information Update: While there are no significant air quality concerns in San Marcos, Adult Softball League play has been canceled out of consideration for out-of-town players. All other recreation programming will continue as regularly scheduled. Stay updated on the latest fire conditions by visiting

Are there any school closures in place?

California State University San Marcos
Effective as of 3:40 pm on Thursday, Dec. 7 through Friday, Dec. 8 CSUSM’s campus will be closed out of consideration for students and faculty who may be affected by neighboring fires.

Palomar College
AS of 4:30 pm on Thursday, Dec. 7, Palomar College San Marcos campus remains open.

San Marcos Unified School District

How can I volunteer, donate, or help?

The city appreciates residents’ willingness to help those in need.  You can call 211 or a local non-profit, like the Red Cross to offer assistance.

For more incident information, visit or follow CALFIRE San Diego

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