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Eric Flodine for San Marcos City Council

San Marcos Planning Commissioner Eric Flodine today announced his campaign for City Council.  Flodine has served on the City Planning Commission for 6 years including 4 years as Chairman.  Prior to this, he served 2 years on the City General Plan Advisory Committee.

Starting in November 2018, the City of San Marcos will begin electing Council Members by district.  District 2 includes: San Elijo Hills, Old Creek Ranch, Discovery Hills, Rancho Dorado, Laurels, Palomar Estates and the adjoining neighborhoods.  Flodine has been a resident of District 2 for over 10 years, and looks forward to representing the interests of residents and businesses within this area and citywide.

According to Flodine: “San Marcos is a great community to call home. We are blessed to be the education and recreation hub of North County, and this is the result of the dedication of past councils, City staff, educational leaders, teachers, business leaders and active residents.  We have experienced an extraordinary growth rate over the last 20 years.  With this growth, we have experienced growing pains.

With my education and career as a community planner, I always tell my kids, “Start with the end in mind and work backwards”.  Unfortunately, I have seen too many recent Council decisions being made in a reactionary way.  This has resulted in understandable frustration by our City’s residents.  I will work with City Staff and other stakeholder agencies to adopt forward thinking, measurable policies that will strengthen our future City decisions.

I will bring PROACTIVE LEADERSHIP to the City Council as our City continues to mature, looking ahead to the next 5, 10 and 20 years. 

My plan to make San Marcos the leading community of North County is called C.I.T.Y. and combined with resident and business input will guide my future decisions on the City Council.” 

Visit the Flodine campaign website at www.Flodine2018.us

PRIMER ON PROPOSED COPPER HILLS DEVELOPMENT/SD15


PRIMER ON PROPOSED COPPER HILLS DEVELOPMENT/SD15
You may have seen a sign on the property right next to the former landfill site (on San Elijo Road) for a project named “Copper Hills.” Copper Hills is a project that is being proposed by a developer (Stephen A. Bieri Company) to the City of San Marcos. The land itself is actually in the unincorporated County of San Diego. San Marcos does not have jurisdiction (though the developer could attempt an annexation). In the County of San Diego, the developer is also attempting to change the current zoning of that land in case they choose to pursue the project in County jurisdiction. This zoning amendment (General Plan Amendment) is being called SD15 in the County of San Diego. Click link for more information.
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Why initiative helps prevent San Diego from becoming another L.A. – The San Diego Union-Tribune

San Diego County is facing a housing shortage. But this shortage is not because we lack land zoned for housing. County taxpayers spent 13 years and $18.6 million to develop our 2011 General Plan, which reflects extensive community input. Per state law, it designates sufficient land for housing to accommodate projected population growth.Deep-pocketed developers present a false choice, that the only way to get a roof over every head is to build sprawl-style developments in the middle of the countryside, where they’ve purchased land on the cheap with the hope of building it up for a handsome profit.

READ MORE VIA Source: Why initiative helps prevent San Diego from becoming another L.A. – The San Diego Union-Tribune

City and school district partner in planning for the future (Press Release from City of San Marcos)

 Last July, the City of San Marcos and the San Marcos Unified School District established the Joint Task Force on School Development (Task Force) to formally partner in planning for the future of San Marcos schools.

With a decade’s long history of supporting one another, the city and district serve the community of San Marcos together and their destinies are intertwined.

While growth presents challenges, it also brings energy to the community and strengthens the local economy.  Growth has been instrumental in supporting a robust School District and is a key component in providing funds to build future schools.

The recently established Task Force is focused on sharing information with their respective elected bodies and the public, identifying possible locations for school sites, and planning for the future.

Already, the Task Force has taken numerous steps to understand school needs and growth trends, and to come up with solutions for the current challenges:

  • Data Sharing & Growth Projections: While the district regularly collects data regarding growth trends, the Task Force has further examined information on the City General Plan – a 20+ year long term planning document –and data regarding actual build out.By analyzing current and anticipated residential growth, the School District is better able to determine its needs to increase capacity at school sites and to locate and purchase land for new school sites.
  • Exploring Options for Schools: The Task Force continues to review options for addressing increasing student enrollment across the city.Options include ways to optimize existing schools to handle current and projected demand, and ways to increase resources for school infrastructure.
  • School Site Search: A focus of the Task Force has been to identify possible sites for new schools.The district is in the initial phases of exploring several potential sites.

A comprehensive update on Task Force progress will be shared during a joint public meeting between the San Marcos City Council and the San Marcos School Board on Thursday, March 29 at 6 pm at the San Marcos Community Center, 3 Civic Center Drive.

Update from The Real Families for San Marcos (Anti Brookfield development group)

Update from The Real Families for San Marcos (Anti Brookfield development group)

Have you all signed the petition for the building of 200+ townhomes past the firehouse…before the new neighborhood of Rancho Tesoro? Despite many residents fighting this during January’s meeting, city council voted for it anyway…not caring about the residents concerns. In order to stop them…we need a referendum – about 6,000 signatures the next couple weeks.

This development will attend Double Peak. Residents want concerns of traffic and overcrowded schools addressed first.

If you haven’t signed, here are some dates:
Upcoming petition hours at Starbucks (on S. Twin Oaks Valley Rd. next to Flippin Pizza)

* Mon, Feb 5, 6-8pm
* Wed, Feb 7, 6-8pm
* Wed, Feb 16, 6-8pm
* Mon, Feb 19, 6-8pm
* Wed, Feb 21, 6-8pm

Must be San Marcos resident and registered voter!

Brookfield has started their own campaign, creating fake accounts and asking for signatures to UNSIGN the petition.

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READ MORE: Residents decry San Marcos housing development approval – The Coast News Group

Facebook Pages:

Pro Brookfield Homes on Twin Oaks Website & Facebook Page

Anti Brookfield Homes on Twin Oaks Facebook Page

Residents decry San Marcos housing development approval – The Coast News Group

A group of residents who have expressed frustration with the pace of development in San Marcos said the City Council’s recent approval a 220-home development on Twin Oaks Valley Road is the final straw.The group of residents plans to pursue a referendum to reverse the council’s 4-1 approval of Brookfield Residential Properties’ proposal, which would re-zone about 23 acres near the southwest corner of Twin Oaks Valley Road and Village Drive — just south of Cal State San Marcos — from commercial to residential to pave the way for the new homes. Residents packed council chambers on Jan. 23 to urge the council to vote against the second reading of the ordinance approving the project. The council had voted two weeks earlier to approve the first reading.They said that the city is approving residential development at a much faster pace than the infrastructure needed to support it, pointing to overcrowding at San Marcos’ schools and congestion on key roads and State Highway 78 as evidence.“It’s the next development on the docket and we are fed up,” said Kelly Shipley, one of the chief organizers of the opposition. “What we want to see is development with infrastructure to support it.”Their message to the council was clear: slow down.

READ MORE VIA Source: Residents decry San Marcos housing development approval – The Coast News Group

Pro Brookfield Homes on Twin Oaks Website & Facebook Page

Anti Brookfield Homes on Twin Oaks Facebook Page

San Marcos City Councilmember Chris Orlando Announces Campaign for Mayor

Campaign to focus on reducing traffic, improving infrastructure and protecting quality of life

Three-term City Councilman Chris Orlando today announced his campaign for Mayor of San Marcos. Orlando, who has served on the San Marcos City Council since 2006, announced his intention to run for mayor through social media and an email to supporters.

“My priorities as mayor will be reducing traffic congestion, keeping city finances and infrastructure strong, planning for our future with a more thoughtful approach toward growth, and constantly focusing on improving the quality of life in San Marcos for families, students, and seniors,” said Orlando.

In addition to serving on the Council, Orlando has represented San Marcos on the Board of Directors of the San Diego Association of Governments as the city’s primary member and first alternate since 2014. From 2007 to 2012 he was a member of the North County Transit District’s Board of Directors, serving as chairman from 2010 to 2012 and vice chairman from 2009 to 2010. Before his election to the Council, he was vice chairman of the city’s Planning Commission, serving on the panel from January 2005 to December 2006. He has previously served on the boards of directors for the San Marcos Chamber of Commerce and San Diego Youth and Community Services.

Orlando has been an active part of the San Marcos community for 16 years. As a community member, he advocated for improved fire protection and smarter development, and worked to add the citizens’ voice to city decisions. Orlando has been a strong advocate for schools and improving infrastructure – opposing projects that add to crowded schools and bring more traffic.

“When I was first elected to City Council in 2006, my goal was to be a strong voice for the residents of San Marcos,” said Orlando. “In my time on City Council, I’ve tried to do exactly that – standing up when I thought residents’ voices were not being heard.”

Orlando was the lone “no” vote on the San Marcos City Council in two recent controversial development decisions. In November 2016, the Council voted 4-1 to approve the Highlands project, which annexed unincorporated county land into the city and up-zoned it for the development of 189 units. In January 2018, the Council voted 4-1 to grant Brookfield Homes a General Plan Amendment to build 218 units adjacent to an existing 346-unit project that is under development. A referendum is currently being circulated by residents to overturn the Council’s decision to approve that General Plan Amendment. Orlando voted against both projects based on their traffic impact and a lack of capacity in the schools that would serve the new communities.

The election for San Marcos Mayor takes place November 6, 2018.

Father and son reach ‘term limits’ on council and high school hoops – The Coast News Group

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.

READ MORE – Source: Father and son reach ‘term limits’ on council and high school hoops – The Coast News Group

San Marcos considering six-story hotel off Nordahl – The San Diego Union-Tribune

The San Marcos City Council early next year will consider whether to approve a six-story hotel proposed near the Nordahl exit of State Route 78.The project would be located at the southwest of Montiel Road and Leora Lane, near UEI College and Turner’s Outdoorsman, according to a staff report to the planning commission.The commission recommended approval of the project on a 4-3 vote on Dec. 4.The hotel would offer 128 guest rooms, a cafe, fitness room and indoor pool, and would incorporate architectural features such as colored glass and metal fins. It would also include a partially underground parking structure with 141 parking spaces. Although the site near the Nordahl offramp of Route 78 near Costco and Walmart receives frequent commercial traffic, the hotel plan would not significantly affect traffic, so it would not require any road or highway improvements, according to San Marcos spokeswoman Sarah MacDonald.

Source: San Marcos considering six-story hotel off Nordahl – The San Diego Union-Tribune

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