More than a quarter-century ago, Scripps Health had what turned out to be a short-lived plan to build a medical campus on 80 acres it owns west of Cal State San Marcos and just east of the San Marcos Creek.In the decades since, even as San Marcos grew up around it, the Scripps land has remained vacant.But that could change soon. Developer H.G. Fenton — which has had an option to buy the Scripps land since the early 2000s — has pitched plans to allow 230 homes on half of the Scripps land. The other half is slated to see a mix of offices, shops and residences, as well as a potential new school site and wetlands.The proposal also calls for the completion of Discovery Street, which the developers say could ease traffic on other roads, and possibly keep a few cars off nearby state Route 78.Under the best-case scenario for Fenton, construction on the south phase, including the completion of Discovery, would start in 2019.The development project is still in its infancy, but Fenton hosted an introduction to it last week, with the first public presentation to share the vision of what it calls Discovery Village.Fenton CEO Mike Neal said Friday he sees the project as a natural connection between the city’s plans to craft a downtown area by the creek to the west and the redevelopment of land north and east of the university.
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Annual San Marcos Chamber of Commerce Fall Festival & Street Faire
This Sunday is the annual Fall Festival & Street Faire hosted by the San Marcos Chamber of Commerce. The event is on Via Vera Cruz between San Marcos Blvd. and Grand Avenue and lasts from 9 am to 5 pm. This family friendly event includes nearly 200 vendors with food, crafts, jewelry, artwork and more
New Data: San Marcos Manufacturing is Booming
The industry is the city’s second-largest economic sector
San Marcos is home to a bustling manufacturing industry, and though most of us never actually see it, recent findings reveal just how much business is booming in the city’s industrial parks.
Manufacturing is the city’s second-largest economic sector, accounting for nearly 7 percent of local gross domestic product (GDP), or about $5M annually—and providing 11 percent of the city’s employment, which is about 4,300 jobs, according to research by the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation (San Diego Regional EDC).
What’s more, the median income for manufacturing jobs in San Marcos is about $70,000, which is nearly $15,000 higher than the rest of the region, state and nation. That’s thanks to a cluster of high-tech companies that make medical devices and information technology instruments.
“San Marcos is fortunate to have a manufacturing industry that attracts top talent and is a major contributor to our city’s economy,” said Economic Development Manager Tess Radmill.
Of course, this begs the question: What has attracted these manufacturers to San Marcos? And what is keeping them here?
The answer largely boils down to ample industrial space, and increasingly, a more collaborative relationship with the growing city.
For example, Hunter Industries, a global leader in irrigation, was launched in San Marcos 36 years ago and is now the city’s largest private employer. As the company has expanded, the city has been able to accommodate its headquarters, which now spans 20 acres and 11 buildings.
“We don’t have to pick up and move miles away as we grow,” explained Scotty Lombardi, Hunter Industries Senior Manager of Global Talent Management. “In fact, we’re about to break ground on another empty lot in our business park.”
The company also has 1 billion square-feet of manufacturing space across the world, but it’s managed to keep about 30 percent here in San Marcos. But beyond space, Lombardi says Hunter Industries has appreciated more outreach from the city in recent years.
“We are now much more aware of what’s happening in the city around us,” he said. “San Marcos has made it clear they’re a business partner and that makes us want to stay.”
That mix of industrial inventory and a business-friendly government is not only keeping longstanding companies put but is also attracting new manufacturers—particularly in the rising wave of craft beer and spirits.
The city already has nearly a dozen distilleries and breweries, which will soon include Raging Cider & Mead Co, slated to open next month.
“San Marcos is a great location for us because it has breweries, taphouses and pubs that cater to a public looking for new experiences in the world of craft beverages,” said David Carr, President of Raging Cider & Mead Co.
And though this venture is part of an emerging scene, Carr himself is no stranger to the San Marcos manufacturing industry. In fact, for the past 17 years San Marcos has been home to his other manufacturing company, Crown Steel, which specializes in custom stainless steel fabrication and restaurant equipment.
Carr now plans to run both manufacturing companies out of his 20,000 square-foot industrial space. As a longtime local entrepreneur, Carr says working with other manufacturers is one of the things he enjoys most about being in San Marcos.
“We have discovered many other manufacturers in San Marcos who either provide services we need or have use of services we offer, and that’s been very good for our business,” he said.
Collectively, all that manufacturing activity in San Marcos is helping the San Diego region keep its footing as an industry hub, which includes more than 3,000 companies supporting more than 105,000 jobs, according the to San Diego Regional EDC.
In that vein, the upcoming Manufacturing Day, a national series of events that aims to celebrate the industry, is slated for the first week of October and locally, there in an event that will include San Marcos.
On Wednesday, October 4, MiraCosta Community College will host North County Manufacturing Day, which will feature a networking event and a resource fair. For more information, you can visit https://www.mfgday.com/events/2017/miracosta-technology-career-institute.
“Events like these are important because they shine a light on an often unseen yet important industry for the regional economy—and San Marcos is proud to be a driving force behind that,” Radmill said.
To learn more about the city’s economic development efforts, contact Economic Development Manager Tess Radmill at email@example.com.
San Marcos Fire Department to partner with Trauma Intervention Programs of San Diego
The City of San Marcos and the Trauma Intervention Programs of San Diego (TIP) announced on Wednesday, Sept. 27 a new partnership between TIP and the San Marcos Fire Department (SMFD). SMFD joins the 30+ neighboring agencies affiliated with the TIP program allowing them to request trauma volunteers to help San Marcos residents when a tragedy occurs.
“We are excited about this new partnership with the Trauma Intervention Programs of San Diego County,” said Fire Captain Leighton Ewens. “The new partnership will enhance our existing capabilities to provide 24/7 response to residents in their time of greatest need.”
TIP is a nonprofit organization that has served San Diego County for 32 years; training citizen volunteers to respond and assist residents after tragedy strikes. Volunteers respond on a 24/7 basis to emergency scenes at the request of first responders. TIP volunteers provide immediate emotional and practical support which emergency responders may not have time to provide, adding another dimension to the emergency response system: compassionate support.
“The 24/7 coverage and impressive 23-minute average response time to emergency scenes will give our first responders a valuable tool in the toolbox when faced with challenging incidents,” said Ewens.
TIP Executive Director Sher DeWeese is delighted with the new partnership.
“TIP San Diego looks forward to working in conjunction with the San Marcos Fire Department to provide such assistance to its citizens in order to ease their immediate suffering and help facilitate their healing and long-term recovery.”
With the next TIP Training Academy beginning Wednesday, Oct. 4, the program is continuing to seek skilled compassionate individuals looking to give back to their community.
For more information on becoming a volunteer or supporter, visit www.TIPSanDiego.org or call 855.TIPSD.HELP. To learn more about the San Marcos Fire Department, visit www.san-marcos.net/smfd or call (760) 744-1050, ext. 3410.
Taste of San Marcos
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Ara Lebanese Grill
Cocina del Charro
Dickey’s Barbeque Pit
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
Pick Up Stix
San Marcos Brewery & Grill
Stella Public House
URGE Gastropub & Common House
Hop Concept, The
Lost Abbey, The
Mason Ale Works
Rip Current Brewing
Stumblefoot Brewing Co.
Port Brewing Co.
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.
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
Traffic delays expected during daily commute
As the summer winds down, San Marcos students are headed back to school. With elementary, middle and high schools along with California State San Marcos and Palomar College back in session this week, I-15 and SR-78 travelers can expect increased traffic delays during their daily commute.
While the increase in traffic congestion is familiar to city residents, students and commuters alike, the City of San Marcos is pleased to report that continued relief is on the way. In the city’s ongoing efforts to get motorists moving and improve traffic flow, several roadway improvement projects are lined up over the next five years.
Planned projects include Improvements to the intersection of Las Posas Road and Mission Road near Palomar College and the transit center; Construction of two new bridges to replace Bent Avenue and Via Vera Cruz between San Marcos Boulevard and Discovery Street; San Marcos Boulevard and Discovery Street intersection improvements; and construction of Twin Oaks Trail north of Borden Road.
During the school year and periods of roadway construction, motorists should drive with caution in and around work areas, and provide ample time to reach destinations safely and on time.
To learn more about capital improvement projects in San Marcos, visit www.san-marcos.net/cip.
North County’s most challenging 10K race returns to San Marcos on Saturday, Sept. 30. The race will feature a 10K timed race, a 5K untimed event and a free kids trail trot starting from San Elijo Hills Park, 1105 Elfin Forest Road. All participants must register online at www.doublepeakchallenge.com or in-person on race day at 6:30 am.
“Double Peak Challenge is a trail run like no other,” said Friends of San Marcos Parks and Recreation Board Member Nick Buck. “The race is a celebration of outdoor recreation where trail runners will experience unparalleled beauty atop one of North County’s highest point.”
With festivities kicking off at 7 am, runners can participate in a pre-race cardio stretch and warm-up.
Runners participating in the 10K Double Peak Challenge will set out at 7:30 am to begin a nearly 2,000-foot elevation gain up to Double Peak’s summit while winding along rugged hillside trails with sweeping views of North County.
While the 10K race will be a tough, timed event that will challenge even the most experienced runners, Double Peak Challenge will also offer a shorter 5K untimed course at 8 am and a free kids trail trot at 9:30 am. All registered 10K and 5K participants will receive a commemorative Double Peak Challenge completion medal and awards will be given to the top 10K race finishers in each age category.
The event concludes with an expo and beer garden that will be located in the lower softball fields at San Elijo Hills Park. 10K race participants over 21 years of age with proof of ID will receive a complimentary beer in the beer garden. Additional beverages can be purchased for $5 each.
All race proceeds will benefit the Friends of San Marcos Parks & Recreation and The San Marcos Promise.
“Your participation in the Double Peak Challenge supports two great causes integral to the city of San Marcos,” said The San Marcos Promise Executive Director Herbie Smith. “Your commitment to #ReachthePeak promotes health and economic prosperity for our entire region through investment in local parks and higher education.”
The Friends of San Marcos Park & Recreation invests in events, programs, parks and facilities to enhance the quality of life in the City of San Marcos.
The San Marcos Promise provides students in the San Marcos Unified School District with a path to prosperity by providing scholarships and career guidance to inspire academic achievement and post-secondary educational opportunities.
To register for a race or to volunteer during the event, visit www.doublepeakchallenge.com. Corporate sponsorship packages are also available.
Work to update the San Marcos Creek Specific Plan is well underway. Over the past month, the project team and San Marcos Creek Oversight Committee have been focused on developing land use alternatives for the Creek District with the goal of providing balanced and flexible land uses.
The San Marcos Creek Specific Plan Oversight Committee provided a progress report to the San Marcos City Council on Tuesday, June 27 and held its monthly meeting on Monday, July 24.
During the progress report, an overview of the planning effort and latest land use alternatives were presented.
Appointed by City Council, the Oversight Committee is a group of 15 individuals that represent the business community and residents of San Marcos responsible for monitoring the progress of the Specific Plan Update and making recommendations to City Council.
All Oversight Committee meetings are open to the public and community members are welcome to attend. A community workshop is slated for September 19 from 6 to 8 pm at City Hall (see below).
Upcoming key project dates and events include:
- San Marcos Creek District Oversight Committee Meeting #6
Monday, August 28 at 6 pm
Valley of Discovery Conference Room, City Hall
1 Civic Center Drive, San Marcos
- Community Workshop #1
Tuesday, Sept. 19 from 6 to 8 pm (corrected from previous email)
Council Chambers, City Hall
1 Civic Center Drive, San Marcos
Project information and materials from the Oversight Committee meetings are available on the city’s project website at www.san-marcos.net/creekdistrict.