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.
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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: http://www.san-marcos.net
• Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/sanmarcoscity
• Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/sanmarcoscity
• CAL FIRE: http://www.fire.ca.gov/current_incidents
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 www.readysandiego.org/alertsandiego. 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.
How to Prepare
Parks & Recreation Activity Schedule
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 www.readysandiego.org.
How can I stay informed?
Residents should register all of their family’s cell phones with AlertSanDiego at www.readysandiego.org 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 Facebook, Twitter 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 www.caloes.ca.gov.
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.
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.
SEMS PTO: ALL SCHOOLS in SMUSD are closed tomorrow due to poor air quality! Updates on District website & social media.
Turkey Classic Golf Tournament
Calling all golfers (and non-golfers)! Whether you are a first time golfer or seasoned pro, it’s time to register for the 15th Annual Turkey Classic Neighborhood Golf Tournament! Come join us Saturday, November 25, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. for some golf, food, and drinks! You can organize your own four-some or we can match you up with the perfect partners for a great day of golf right here at the St. Mark Executive Course in San Marcos. Hosted by the San Elijo Hills Foundation, this long-standing community tradition is something no one should miss. There are tons of great raffle prizes. The spirit of the event is light-hearted and fun. And, you just might win the coveted Turkey Classic Green Jacket & trophy. Come meet some new friends, get involved and make an impact in our community. It’s going to be a blast! Sponsorship opportunities are available! Visit www.turkeyclassic.com for more information and to register. Hope to see you all there! If you have any questions regarding the event or would like additional information, please feel free to contact your Community Director, Liz McCardle, at (760) 798-9015 or email email@example.com.
HARVEST MARKET, Saturday, November 18, 10AM-3PM, SEH Rec Center (next to lower softball field), hosted by the San Elijo Hills Women’s Club (SEHWC)
Please join us this Saturday for a fun and diverse shopping experience to raise funds for scholarships for eligible female seniors at SMHS! The SEH Rec Center’s inside and outdoor areas will be filled with artisan wares, elegant/fun handmade holiday decor, clothing boutiques, jewelry, children’s activities and vendors, Cafe Stoked Fall Favorites, RUSH Coffee Truck, and many of our own local SEH vendors! Start your holiday shopping here and plan to stay for lunch while you enjoy the live music by SMHS musicians. Spread the word! Mark your calendar now to attend this Event With A Purpose!
Voting Day is ahead of us here in San Elijo Hills! This year’s Annual Meeting will be held on Tuesday, December 19th at 6:00PM at the San Elijo Hills Rec Center (1105 Elfin Forest Road, San Marcos, CA 92078). Neighborhood Representatives are required to attend to the meeting to ensure quorum is established and the votes from their neighborhood are counted. All homeowners are also welcome to attend the meeting. Thank you all in advance for your participation in this process for our community!
Annual Tree Lighting
It’s time to light up the season! Come celebrate this long standing tradition in San Elijo Hills! Join us in the Town Square on Friday, December 1st . Festivities will run from 6:00PM-8:30PM with the tree lighting at 7:00PM.
This magical night will include some of these fun activities!
Santa and Mrs. Clause will be here for pictures so make sure you are on his “nice” list! Don’t forget to bring your camera!
A Colorful Universe will have an ornament painting station for only $5.00 per ornament. Stop by to create a one-of-a-kind decoration for your home! They also make great gifts for family.
Holiday elves will join us to show off their artistic skills with balloons.
Cookies, cider and hot chocolate will be served to warm your belly!
Delicious food trucks will be serving up a variety of specialties available for purchase.
The SEMS Jazz Band & choir will perform Holiday inspired music throughout the night!
We hope that you and your family are able to make it out to this joyous event! If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Liz McCardle at firstname.lastname@example.org.
1st Annual Menorah Lighting
Come celebrate our first annual menorah lighting! Bring your menorahs and head down to the town square park on December 12th at 6 pm on the first night of Hanukah! If you are interested in attending this event, please contact Liz McCardle at 760-798-9015 or email@example.com
Must Dash For A Cure
The 4th Annual Must Dash for a Cure is this Sunday, November 19th here in San Elijo Hills. Join us as we jog, walk, skip and dash to raise awareness and money for Type 1 Diabetes. Silent auction and raffle items also available. Fun for the entire family! Register today at www.MustDashForACure.org
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DECEMBER 3, 2017 | ELFIN FOREST RECREATIONAL RESERVE
Come join the community of Elfin Forest and Harmony Grove for a 5k/ 10k trail run/hike to raise funds to help “keep it rural.” Elfin Forest and Harmony Grove are a hidden gem in San Diego North County, home of diverse wildlife, scenic trails and biological diversity. This event raises money to help fund the cause of keeping this area scenic, rural and pristine.
This will be a chip-timed race for both the 5k and the 10k. The 5k can include hikers and runners while the 10k will be limited to runners. A 2 hour time limit will be imposed on the course.
DATE: Sunday, December 3, 2017
6:45: registration begins (runners pick up packets or register)
7:00: Festival ready for business
7:45: 10K Race Begins
8:00: 5K Race Begins
9:45: Both courses close
10:00: 1K fun run for kids
10:15: raffle winners announced
10:30: award festival for 5K, 10K and 1K fun run.
A timed, relatively accurately measured 5K and 10K trail run. All registered runners/hikers receive a T-Shirt and a raffle ticket for a special racer raffle. For both races: top 3 places, both men and women get killer prizes which will be announced as they become confirmed.
PAST YEARS’ PRIZES included:
— Spy Optic performance sunglasses (~$90 to $150) (1st, 2nd, 3rd: M & F, 5K/10K)
— Rudy Project gift certificates (~$90 to $150) (1st, 2nd, 3rd: M & F, 5K/10K)
— Gift Certificates from Movin’ Shoes ($30, $20 and $10) (1st, 2nd, 3rd: M & F, 5K/10K)
— Milestones Running: $50 gift certificates for 1st place (1st M & F, 5K/10K)
— Patagonia apparel: ~$90 to $140 (1st, 2nd, 3rd: M & F, 5K/10K)
— Moving Shoes (top 3 M & F, 5K/10K)
— Prana gear
— And the satisfaction of racing hard for a great cause.
— This year’s prizes are still TBD and will be announced as they become available.
FUN STUFF FOR ALL: If you’re not hiking or running, there will still be plenty
to do at the Keepin’ it Rural festival.
• Local Craft Beer garden (courtesy of Alesmith and Stumblefoot Brewery).
• Coffee and snacks for sale courtesy of Cafe Stoked;
• Gourmet Food Trucks;
• Massages courtesy of Ernie Villanueva;
• Expo featuring vendors offering free or discounted goods or services
KIDS: Kids are welcome to sign up for the 5K or they can participate in the 1K fun run, free with adult admission. Other kid-friendly activities will be available.
• 1K kids fun run with prizes for fastest kids kicking off around 10am. (flat-ish course)
• Cool bug presentation by EFRR docent (pending availability)
• All kinds of fun carnival-style games, prizes and giveaways.
• Kid-friendly snacks and drinks for purchase.
ADDRESS: Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve, Olivenhain Dam Staging Area at 19090 Via Ambiente, Elfin Forest, CA (Click here for map). IMPORTANT: this area can only be accessed from Elfin Forest / Harmony Grove area. It cannot be reached from Del Dios Highway, Cielo or Rancho Santa Fe (online maps are often incorrect about this).
This not at the main trailhead and parking area for Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve. It is on the backside off of Via Ambiente at Harmony Grove Road right after the bend on Elfin Forest Road (if going East) or after the Reserve (if going West). See directions below.
DIRECTIONS FROM 5 FREEWAY:
Take the 5N:
Leucadia Avenue Exit.
Follow it straight. It runs into Rancho Santa Fe Road.
Take a RIGHT on San Elijo Road,
RIGHT on Elfin Forest Road which ends and then curves sharply LEFT and turns into Harmony Grove Road.
Take a RIGHT on Via Ambiente. Follow signs up to the Dam and staging area.
DIRECTIONS FROM THE 15:
Take 9th Avenue W exit,
Follow it until it turns LEFT onto Hale Avenue.
Take a RIGHT on Harmony Grove Road,
Then take a LEFT to stay on Harmony Grove Road.
Follow it to Via Ambiente. LEFT onto Via Ambiente. Follow signs up to the Dam and staging area.
ORGANIZER: The Elfin Forest Harmony Grove Town Council, a 501c(3) non-profit, volunteer-run organization dedicated to the preservation of the community character, open space and natural habitat of the Elfin Forest Harmony Grove area. For more information: http://www.efhgtc.org
PLEASE NOTE: The Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve is being opened for us only on this date. If you wish to pre-view the course, you must park at the main entrance on 8833 Harmony Grove Road and take the Way Up Trail to get there. Please do not try to access from Via Ambiante as it is considered trespassing and it will make it a lot harder for us to get the race approved in the future if people try to access the course this way. Thanks for helping us to keep it rural.
San Elijo Hills Fall Festival showed off the new tenants and current San Elijo Hills Town Center business. Ambient Communities showed designs and floor plans. Did you attend?
The long-awaited and highly anticipated San Elijo Hills Town Center is finally under construction! Ambient Communities broke ground on the Town Center in early August and began rough grading and underground utility work. To celebrate, Ambient Communities, along with Market Place tenants and newly-signed Town Center tenants, are sponsoring a “San Elijo Hills Family Fall Festival” on Saturday, September 23, 2017 from 10:00 am to 2:00 p.m. The event will be held at Town Square Park, located at the corner of San Elijo and Elfin Forest Roads. Local food, merchandise, music and family-friendly activities will be showcased. “We have received such a warm welcome from the community that we wanted to make the groundbreaking a community event,” said Duncan Budinger, Director of Retail Development at Ambient. “We are excited to bring this project to life and be a part of this special place. San Elijo Hills Family Fall Festival is the first of many exciting things to come.”
During the event, representatives from Ambient Communities will be on-site to provide project information and answer questions. Project information is also available by visiting
www.ambientcommunities.com/communities/mixed-use/san-elijo-hills-town-center/ The entire community is encouraged to attend and enjoy activities for the whole family! The event is free to the community.
In September, the foundations and slabs for Buildings A and B in Phase One will be completed. Vertical construction will begin shortly after and the buildings will start to take shape. Phase One Construction will continue throughout 2017, with an expected opening date of Summer 2018. Phase Two will follow close behind and is expected to open in Fall 2018.
There has been significant leasing interest as well, with multiple tenants already secured. For leasing information, please contact John Jennings at Jjennings@ngkf.com or Aaron Hill at firstname.lastname@example.org; both of Newmark Grubb Knight Frank. They are also available by phone at (858) 875-5923. For all other inquiries, please contact Darcy Burke of Watermark Associates at 951-294-3190 or at email@example.com
How San Marcos Unified Deals With a Rare and Welcome Problem: Booming Enrollment – Voice of San Diego
How San Marcos Unified Deals With a Rare and Welcome Problem: Booming EnrollmentMost school districts in San Diego County – and throughout the state – struggle with declining enrollment. But the city of San Marcos’ population has more than doubled since 1990, and that’s meant lots of new students for San Marcos Unified, which has to constantly find space for its growing student body.
A single lane closure along Baker St from San Elijo Rd – North to San Elijo Rd – South has been scheduled starting Tuesday, Sept 19 to accommodate construction improvements related to a new San Elijo Town Center project. Work will take place Monday through Friday from 7:00 am to 3:30 pm. There will be occasional full road closure as required to efficiently complete the work. Public notification will be posted about a week in advance prior to scheduled full road closure. The road will be opened up to at least one way traffic as soon as possible during the work day.
Although intermittent two-way traffic will be maintained along Baker St, traffic delays are anticipated and motorists are encouraged to use alternate routes during the work period. Standard traffic control measures with advanced warning signs and detours will be in place. Delays in the schedule may occur due to inclement weather conditions.
For more information, please contact the San Marcos Public Works Inspection Division at (760) 744-1050, ext 3259