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Taste of San Marcos hosted by the San Marcos Chamber Commerce

Taste of San Marcos hosted by the San Marcos Chamber Commerce. Attendees sampled and judged the best bites from 20+ local restaurants. Voting for the Golden Fork. San Elijo Hills resident owned business participated.

Taste of San Marcos This Saturday 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM

 

Taste of San Marcos

Sample and judge the best bites from 20+ of our finest local restaurants. Your vote will award the Golden Fork to the best bite of the day. Upgrade your ticket to include unlimited craft beer samples in our own Beer Garden.

Taste of San Marcos 2017
Date: September 23, 2017
Time: 12:00 PM4:00 PM PDT
Tickets – Website:www.sanmarcoschamber.com
Location:
Hosted in the hippest area of San Marcos – North City!
(all along North City Drive)
Contact Information:
Melanie Jamil 760-744-1270
Fees/Admission:
Ticket Sales – In Advance
$20.00 Food Sampling Only
$30.00 Food & Unlimited San Marcos Craft Beer SamplingsTicket Sales – At the Door
$25.00 Food Sampling Only
$35.00 Food & Unlimited San Marcos Craft Beer Samplings

Participating Restaurants
Ara Lebanese Grill
Cay Bistro
Chronic Tacos
Cocina del Charro
​Curry Craft
Decoy Dockside
Dickey’s Barbeque Pit
Everbowl
Halcyon Craft Bar & Coffee House
It’s Tabu Sushi Bar & Grill
Jersey Mike’s Subs
Landon’s Gourmet Kitchen
Nekter Juice Bar
Old California Coffee House and Eatery
Panda Express
Pick Up Stix
Pizza Nova
Rossi’s Pizza
​San Marcos Brewery & Grill
Stella Public House
URGE Gastropub & Common House

​Participating Breweries
Hop Concept, The
Lost Abbey, The
​Mason Ale Works
Newtopia Cyder
Rip Current Brewing
Stumblefoot Brewing Co.
​Port Brewing Co.

San Marcos rethinking downtown development plan – The San Diego Union-Tribune

Facing high demand for housing and less call for retail space, San Marcos is overhauling a decade-old plan that outlines what sort of development will go into is long-desired downtown core. City officials, looking for public input to help reshape the downtown plan, will hold a community workshop to tackle the topic next month. The goal is to have plan updated by next summer.For years, San Marcos has dreamed of building a mix of retail, office and housing to create — from scratch — a downtown core in an area it has dubbed the Creek District. The Creek District Specific Plan outlines what can be built and where. It includes 214 acres straddling the San Marcos Creek, parallel to San Marcos Boulevard, in the area of Bent Avenue, Grand Avenue and Discovery Street.The original plan called for roughly 2,300 residential units, 1.2 million square feet of retail space and 589,000 square feet of office space. READ MORE VIA Source: San Marcos rethinking downtown development plan – The San Diego Union-Tribune

Taste of San Marcos 2017

Taste of San Marcos

Sample and judge the best bites from 20+ of our finest local restaurants. Your vote will award the Golden Fork to the best bite of the day. Upgrade your ticket to include unlimited craft beer samples in our own Beer Garden.

Taste of San Marcos 2017
Date: September 23, 2017
Time: 12:00 PM4:00 PM PDT
Location:
Hosted in the hippest area of San Marcos – North City!
(all along North City Drive)
Contact Information:
Melanie Jamil 760-744-1270
Fees/Admission:
Ticket Sales – In Advance
$20.00 Food Sampling Only
$30.00 Food & Unlimited San Marcos Craft Beer Samplings

Ticket Sales – At the Door
$25.00 Food Sampling Only
$35.00 Food & Unlimited San Marcos Craft Beer Samplings

Participating Restaurants
Ara Lebanese Grill
Cay Bistro
Chronic Tacos
Cocina del Charro
​Curry Craft
Decoy Dockside
Dickey’s Barbeque Pit
Everbowl
Halcyon Craft Bar & Coffee House
It’s Tabu Sushi Bar & Grill
Jersey Mike’s Subs
Landon’s Gourmet Kitchen
Nekter Juice Bar
Old California Coffee House and Eatery
Panda Express
Pick Up Stix
Pizza Nova
Rossi’s Pizza
​San Marcos Brewery & Grill
Stella Public House
URGE Gastropub & Common House

​Participating Breweries
Hop Concept, The
Lost Abbey, The
​Mason Ale Works
Newtopia Cyder
Rip Current Brewing
Stumblefoot Brewing Co.
​Port Brewing Co.

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.

5TH ANNUAL GRAND SPRING FESTIVAL & STREET FAIRE-The City of San Marcos and the San Marcos Chamber of Commerce

25TH ANNUAL GRAND SPRING FESTIVAL 
& STREET FAIRE

Sunday, April 9, 2017,  

9AM-5PM
ARTISANS, CRAFTS, COMMUNITY BUSINESSES,
children’s attractions and carnival rides; a showcase of local talent on the San Marcos Community Stage; varied and delicious food options and a stage with live music! All along Via Vera Cruz in San Marcos.
Bring your family and friends and enjoy a beautiful San Marcos day for fun in the sun!
Click Here to check out the stage schedule to see who’s performing and when. You don’t want to miss these great talents.
The City of San Marcos and the San Marcos Chamber of Commerce

San Marcos Mayor delivers State of the City Address

Mayor Jim Desmond delivered San Marcos’ 2017 State of the City Address on Tuesday, Feb. 28 as part of the San Marcos Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors’ Installation and Awards Luncheon program.

Presented to an audience packed with leaders, entrepreneurs, non-profits, local businesses, residents and others devoted to San Marcos, Mayor Jim Desmond’s talk highlighted the most significant accomplishments of the last year and outlined upcoming goals in the areas of public safety, parks and community services, community development, traffic and transportation and other quality of life issues.

“The priorities of the city are safety, management or resources and quality of life,” said Mayor Desmond. “In 2016, we had much to be proud of.”

Recent achievements included a 22 percent decrease in reported crimes, aggressive flood management, above average San Marcos Fire Department response times, maintaining and improving city infrastructure, the addition of fifteen new development projects in the pipeline, and a balanced budget of nearly $70 million. In 2017, residents can expect traffic relief as the city works with Caltrans to widen State Route 78 between Woodland Parkway and Twin Oaks Valley Road. By 2018, construction will start on two new bridges over the San Marcos Creek at Via Vera Cruz and Bent Avenue.

Mayor Desmond also applauded the city’s economic achievements and noted that San Marcos is the education hub of North County San Diego.

“In San Marcos, we continue to build upon our foundation as the education hub of North County; within that foundation is jobs and economic vitality,” said Mayor Desmond. “With education as our backbone, we are uncovering San Marcos’ economic potential together.”

In his address, the Mayor stressed the importance of the community partnerships to tackle the various issues facing the city—issues such as the move to by-district elections, increasing retirement costs, and re-calibrating the San Marcos Creek District plan to accommodate changing retail and housing demands.

Desmond stated, “We’re [the City of San Marcos] proactively addressing challenges ahead and leaning on our partnerships to drive overall regional success. We will not be the economic engine that could, or should, but the engine that will get the job done.”

The 2017 State of the City Address will be rebroadcast on San Marcos TV during the month of March on Cox Communications Channel 19, Timer Warner Cable Channel 24, AT&T U-Verse Channel 99 or on demand at www.san-marcos.net.

The San Marcos Chamber of Commerce would like to introduce our new CEO, Rick Rungaitis

The San Marcos Chamber of Commerce would like to introduce our new CEO, Rick Rungaitis
Rick was most recently Director of Team In Training for the San Diego/ Hawaii Chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. He has spent the majority of his career selling corporate partnerships in professional and collegiate sports and as a minor league baseball General Manager in the Chicago suburbs.

“As a resident of San Marcos I’m thrilled with this opportunity to join the San Marcos Chamber team,” said Rungaitis. “This is an exciting time of growth for our community and I look forward to being part of it.”

Rick resides in San Marcos/San Elijo Hills with his wife Stacy, son Luke and adorable dog Cosmo.

Waiting Lists For Affordable Housing, But Retail Space Sits Empty | KPBS

Waiting Lists For Affordable Housing, But Retail Space Sits Empty

Mixed-use may not always work

Some North County mixed-use developments that have been in the planning stages for years are now running into problems.

In San Marcos, the Promenade at Creekside opened last year with shop fronts at street level and two stories of affordable housing above. While the housing now has a waiting list of 700, most of the storefronts at street level are vacant.

Mayor Jim Desmond said the city is rethinking the project.

“That was the intent, to make this a walkable community so you didn’t have to get into your car to get a gallon of milk or go to a dry cleaner or to a baker,” he said. “It was going to be retail on the first floor and maybe professional offices on the next floor, and then residential up above. We actually had plans up to seven stories. But that hasn’t really worked.”

Desmond said the city is now reviewing the whole project and considering reducing the retail to perhaps just a corner store, because the retail space is simply not finding tenants.

“The retail stores — the mom and pop shops — are struggling now,” Desmond said, “primarily because of the online sales. A lot of people — myself included — go to Amazon to buy things. It’s sometimes quicker and easier to buy things online than it is to go to the store.”

Source: Waiting Lists For Affordable Housing, But Retail Space Sits Empty | KPBS

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