Category Archives: San Elijo Hills News

Your Community Needs You to Speak Up about Powerlines

 

Hopefully, you’ve all taken a moment to review the email we sent out early this week and the embedded links about the large electrical transmission lines that have been slated to be constructed throughout our community.

Hopefully, you’ve all scheduled your sitters, blocked your calendars, and are making carpool arrangements with your neighbors.

Hopefully, you’ve signed up on the Google Form to commit to showing up for your community on April 30th.

While we wait for the 30th to approach, we need you to make your comment personal. Review the attached talking points and develop your comments, your story, and find your voice.  Once you have your comments prepared consider sharing them on the 30th. You don’t have to speak at the hearings, headcount is most important, but reading your comments/story aloud at the meeting will help us in our show of force and makes the biggest impact.  A judge who will preside over the final decision will be in attendance, so your voices will be heard, and what you say matters.

REMEMBER:

1: Attend 1 or both CPUC hearings

  • April 30th from 1 pm – 3 pm at the SEH Rec Center (Terrace Hall)

1105 Elfin Forest Road, San Marcos, CA 92078

  • April 30th from 6 pm – 8 pm at the San Marcos Civic Center

3 Civic Center Drive, San Marcos, CA 92069

Bring a neighbor, a friend, and pack these hearings. Forward this email to your local networks, copy/paste to social media, and encourage participation in your neighborhood. Your community needs you!!

Join our FB page to stay up to date on event details.

Visit our website for more details, maps, etc. at sanmarcospowerlines.com.  Contact Robert Pack directly at packrobert@gmail.com or 760-809-3299 with any questions.

-Resident Committee to Stop the Powerlines

Save the Dates! Upcoming City of San Marcos Workshops for the Climate Action Plan Update

Climate Action Plan Workshop

The City of San Marcos (City) is currently in the process of updating its Climate Action Plan (CAP).  As part of the CAP update development process, the City is holding a series of workshops to solicit public input and incorporate the feedback in the updated CAP.  All three workshops will have the same information. The CAP is expected to be released for public review in early 2020 prior to public hearings for formal adoption.

The City will be hosting three public workshops to engage City residents, businesses, and community leaders in the CAP update development process.  These workshops will provide an opportunity to ask questions, learn more about the CAP update process, and to provide input and feedback on its development. Feedback will be gathered through real-time polling and survey responses at the workshops. The City will incorporate input from these workshops and an online survey into the CAP to create a plan that reflects the values and vision of the community.

Please join us at any one of our upcoming workshops.  Note the content and information will be the same at all the three workshops.

WORKSHOP #1: May 9th (Thursday) at 6:00 PM.
San Marcos Senior Center (111 Richmar Avenue, San Marcos, CA 92069)

WORKSHOP #2: May 13th (Monday) at 6:00 PM.
San Marcos Community Center – Main Hall (3 Civic Center Drive, San Marcos, CA 92069)

WORKSHOP #3 (PLANNING COMMISSION): May 20th (Monday) at 6:30 PM
San Marcos Civic Center – Valley of Discover Room (1 Civic Center Drive, San Marcos, CA 92069)

Stay Involved in the Process

Please head over to our webpage dedicated to the CAP update which will be updated periodically to keep all stakeholders informed on the CAP update process.

If you are not able to attend one of these workshops, you will still be able to provide your thoughts and ideas!  An online survey will soon be launched on the website to gather input from members of the community who are unable to attend these workshops, or for those who wish to provide additional feedback following workshop attendance. Stay tuned for more information!

(https://www.san-marcos.net/departments/development-services/planning/climate-action-plan)

Project Contact

For questions, please contact Saima Qureshy, Principal Planner, City of San Marcos
Email: squreshy@san-marcos.net           Phone: (760) 744-1050, ext 3222

 New SDG&E power lines

The time for action is now!  New SDG&E power lines and large steel poles are coming soon through our neighborhoods unless we attend these two April 30th meetings in force!  This is our biggest and nearly final opportunity to communicate our concerns to the CPUC before these power lines and poles are built.  Our goal is to stop SDG&E from building a second set of power lines through our communities and urge them to place these power lines underground.

Tuesday, April 30th from 1 pm – 3 pm at the San Elijo Hills Rec Center, 1105 Elfin Forest Road, San Marcos, CA 92078

Tuesday, April 30th from 6 pm – 8 pm at the San Marcos Community Center, 3 Civic Center Drive, San Marcos, CA 92069

Sign-up here to attend the meetings: https://forms.gle/LD9Fxp2SgJhrTFkv6

Learn more about SDG&E’s proposed project here:  www.sanmarcospowerlines.com

Background:
The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), after 17 months of considering SDG&E’s request to build a new set of 69 kV high voltage transmission lines and large steel poles through our communities, has sent a Notice of Intent to approve the project to the Governor’s Office.  We have 30 days, until May 15 at 5 p.m. to make our voices heard. There are viable alternatives to SDG&E’s proposed 12-mile circuitous route including a direct 5.4-mile underground route which would have no long-term environmental impact, unlike their current proposal.

In summary, the tentatively approved 12 miles above ground circuitous power line route will:
-Increase potential wildfire concerns
-Create unnecessary health risks for our children due to increased EMFs along the 12-mile route
-Decrease our property values (some more than others but we will ALL be impacted)
-Negatively impact habitat for some of our local sensitive species
-Negatively impact the aesthetic nature of our homes and community
-Potentially impact cultural resources buried along the route

The 5.4-mile alternative underground route:
-Has none of the above long-term negative impacts on our communities
-Has unknown financial consequences due to lack of in-depth budget analysis

Commit to attending April 30th. Bring a neighbor, a friend, and pack these hearings. Copy/paste onto local social media pages and sites, and encourage participation in your neighborhood.  Your community needs you!!

Join our FB page to stay up to date on event details: https://www.facebook.com/groups/445866435944617/

OLD-FASHIONED FAMILY FUN IN SAN MARCOSAT SAN ELIJO ELEMENTARY SCHOOL’S ANNUAL COUNTRY FAIR

OLD-FASHIONED FAMILY FUN IN SAN MARCOS

AT SAN ELIJO ELEMENTARY SCHOOL’S ANNUAL COUNTRY FAIR

Round up your friends for two days of rides, games, and fun! San Elijo Elementary School (SEES) is excited to bring this family friendly event to the community on Friday, May 3rd from 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM and Saturday, May 4th from 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM.

Activities include: Carnival thrill rides, petting zoo, pony rides, carnival games, arts and crafts, live auction, entertainment, food carts, and more. Admission is free. Attraction tickets can be purchased online at www.seesfair.com.

Proceeds from the fair go to SEES PTO. SEES PTO is a 501(c)3 non-profit established to further enrich the education of students at San Elijo Elementary School. Donations support, art, science, & drama lessons, and other educational opportunities. San Elijo Elementary School is located at: 1615 Schoolhouse Way, San Marcos, CA 92078.

If you would like more info about this event, contact Malia Goss, Vice President of Country Fair at seescountryfairpto@gmail.com. 

“Love Your Heart” this Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14th

Free blood pressure screenings offered in San Marcos

On Thursday, Feb. 14 between 10 am and 2 pm, residents will be able to have their blood pressure checked at two San Marcos sites including the San Marcos Senior Activity Center, 111 Richmar Avenue, and the San Marcos Library, 2 Civic Center Drive.  Representatives from San Marcos Fire Department will be on hand to assist with the blood pressure readings while providing heart disease education and awareness.

According to San Diego County Health officials, heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States and the second leading cause of death in San Diego County. Getting a blood pressure check is a simple step to take for improved heart health.

The City’s participation in the “Love Your Heart” campaign supports the County’s Live Well, San Diego! initiative, which strives to improve the health, safety, and economic well-being of every resident in the region.

For more information about free blood pressure screenings in San Marcos, please contact the San Marcos Fire Department at (760) 744-1050, ext. 3410.

To learn more about the “Love Your Heart” campaign, please visit www.livewellsd.org.

Commentary Why San Diego can’t afford to build in high-risk fire areas – The San Diego Union-Tribune

We are facing a moment of truth in San Diego County. The recent fires in Paradise, Thousand Oaks and Malibu are a stark reminder that California is increasingly a fire-prone state and that some parts of San Diego County are at extreme risk. Because of this high fire risk, the county’s general plan discourages high-density development in the canyons and chaparral-covered hillsides of the unincorporated county. The county spent 13 years and more than $18 million creating this plan which directs where housing

READ MORE VIA Source: Why San Diego can’t afford to build in high-risk fire areas – The San Diego Union-Tribune 

Theberge is chair of the Elfin Forest Harmony Grove Town Council and the director of Grow the San Diego Way

San Marcos’ 14th mayor, Rebecca Jones, took the oath of office tonight

San Marcos’ 14th mayor, Rebecca Jones, took the oath of office tonight during the San Marcos City Council meeting.

Mayor Jones was first elected to her first full term on the San Marcos City Council in November 2008. She had been serving on the City Council since January 2007 after being appointed to a vacated Council seat. She was re-elected in 2012, and again in 2016. 

“As North County’s education hub and safest city, San Marcos is a rising star,” said Mayor Jones. “With tremendous success, comes new challenges—I’m all about the solutions and ready to work collaboratively so that generations to come will be afforded the same opportunities to thrive right here in San Marcos.”

In addition to the Mayor, Council Members María Nuñez and Randy Walton were sworn in as the City’s first district elected representatives by districts 1 and 2, respectively, to mark the start of their four-year terms. The San Marcos City Council voluntarily adopted district-based voting in September 2016. 

Outgoing Mayor Jim Desmond was formally recognized for 14 years of service on the San Marcos City Council. Outgoing Council Members Chris Orlando, with 12 years of service to the San Marcos City Council, and Kristal Jabara, with eight years of service, were also formally recognized.

Mayor Jones previously held an at-large council seat, which is now vacant. The at-large vacancy will be filled by appointment or special election as directed by the city council.

For more information about the San Marcos City Council, visit www.san-marcos.net/your-government/city-council.

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