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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.

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

San Diego Children’s Academy Opens Preschool in San Marcos

San Diego Children's Academy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Currently we are accepting new students for our preschool program (ages 2-5)

It is a Russian Immersion Preschool, meaning that children are taught Math, Art, Music and Movement, Science, Dramatic Play, Literacy and Language Skills in Russian.  In addition to that, we offer daily 1 hour Spanish and English classes for those families who want their children to speak multiple languages.

Why SDCA:

*SDCA is fully licensed and insured;

*Qualified teachers with great education, extensive work experience, and background check clearance;

*1:7 teacher / student ratio, small study groups;

*Progressive Russian and American early childhood education programs and approaches;

*SDCA program includes 3 daily classes (Math, Music, Literacy, Language Development, Arts, Physical Education, Introduction to the Environmental Studies, and Dramatic Play);

*Assistance with potty training;

*Spacious classrooms, separate room, equipped for indoor sports and music classes;

*Outdoor playground with gardening center;

*Convenient location;

*Security and Fire Alarm systems installed in all classrooms;

*Daily menu consists of 3 hot meals;

*Organic fruits, vegetables, and dairy served year around;

*Meals are prepared by licensed chefs;

*Limited amount of sugar and baked goods served at SDCA, no processed and fast food meals;

*Classrooms are professionally cleaned daily, toys and materials are sanitized on a regular basis;

*Flexible schedules that work for everyone (part-time and full-time programs);

*Discounts are available;

*SDCA students enjoy celebrating various holidays either within classroom or with parents’ participation;

*Fun theme classes with guest speakers and SDCA students’ favorite characters;

*Blog that allows parents to stay informed and feel included in their children’s daily activities.

San Diego Children’s Academy

www.sdcaedu.com

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/sdcaedu/

Blog: http://sdcaedu.blogspot.com/

Phone 619-818-9522

801 Grand Ave, Suite 7. San Marcos, CA 92078

City of San Marcos State of the City Address

City of San Marcos State of the City Address | Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Mayor Jim Desmond delivered the 2016 State of the City Address for San Marcos on Tuesday, February 23 at 1 pm as the keynote to the San Marcos Chamber of Commerce Board Member Installation and Business Awards Luncheon. The speech took place at Cal State San Marcos, 333 S. Twin Oaks Valley Road, in the University Student Ballroom.

Menchie’s is Celebrating National Frozen Yogurt Day

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Menchie’s is Celebrating National Frozen Yogurt Day with:

  • FREE 6oz Yogurt
  • FREE 20% off coupon for next visit

Date: Monday February 1st

Time: 4pm – 7pm

Locations:

Menchie’s La Costa Town Square – 7625 Via Campanile, Suite 126 Carlsbad, CA 92009 (760) 436-4036

Menchie’s Oceanside – 2525C Vista Way Oceanside, CA 92054 (760) 730-5728

Menchie’s Escondido – 349 West Felicita Ave Escondido, CA 92025 (760) 735-6334

Sidewalk Saturday in the San Elijo Hills Town Square – Nov. 7th

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Sidewalk Saturday in the Square – Nov. 7, 10AM-2PM
Join us for Sidewalk Saturday in the town square on Saturday, Nov. 7 from 10am-2pm. This is your chance to meet 50+ local area businesses & get a kick-start on your holiday shopping right in the town square around the fountain area. There will be fun music, food trucks and the opportunity to connect with several of our most active community groups. Also, don’t miss out on the Community Art Project which will be set up near the holiday tree. You and your entire family will want to contribute to this masterpiece. Stop by and show your support of all things local at this very special community building event!

For more information visit www.sanelijohills.org

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