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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.

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.

READ MORE VIA Source: How San Marcos Unified Deals With a Rare and Welcome Problem: Booming Enrollment – Voice of San Diego

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

San Marcos goes back to school -Traffic delays expected during daily commute

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.

Double Peak Challenge 10k & 5k returns to San Marcos

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

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.

San Marcos and CSUSM join forces to benefit the community

San Marcos and CSUSM join forces to benefit the community

As North County’s education hub, San Marcos is building tomorrow’s workforce—and thanks to a new initiative, some of that homegrown talent is being channeled to help city staff better serve the community.

The City and Cal State San Marcos (CSUSM) recently joined forces to launch Democracy in Action, a pilot program that lets students spend a semester working on city projects.

“Some of the region’s brightest minds are on that campus, right down the street from City Hall, so this partnership felt like a natural win win,” said Economic Development Manager Tess Radmill, who helped oversee the effort.

Over the past few months, about 100 students tackled projects that included: finding ways to curb unnecessary 911 calls; developing a marketing plan for the Double Peak Challenge race; analyzing data to help reduce stormwater pollution; and creating a promotional video about the city.

Already, the project has delivered tangible benefits. For example, students created a trash collection map that will help staff meet new environmental state guidelines. And the video produced by students is already being used to attract potential businesses and residents.

“We’re also graduating students who leave with a deeper understanding of a how a local community works—and with that, they can influence outcomes down the road,” explains Scott Gross, CSUSM Associate Vice President of Community Partnership Engagement.

Fostering civic minded graduates is especially important to the region because many stay local after graduation. In fact, about 80 percent of CSUSM alumni continue living in the region. By comparison, about 60 percent of San Diego State University (SDSU) alumni stay local—and the same is true for only about 25 percent of University of California San Diego (UCSD) alumni.

Democracy in Action was inspired by the University of Oregon’s Sustainable City Year Program— which works in largely the same way, but focuses on boosting sustainability. CSUSM liked the concept, but felt it was important to focus instead on civic engagement.

“We wanted students to realize they can inform and impact their local government,” Gross said. “They’re not just sitting in a classroom talking about theories—they’re actually putting their knowledge to work in a meaningful way, and their eyes light up.”

CSUSM student Kristina Kalchev is a testament to that.

“It was great working on a project that extends beyond an assignment and impacts people,” said Kalchev, who worked on the city’s promotional video. “I’m proud to include the video in my reel. I don’t feel so fresh out of the water now. I feel ready for the workforce.”

Kalchev plans to stay in San Marcos and earn her graduate degree while working locally. She says as a San Marcos resident, she now has a deeper appreciation for what the city does.

“We were able to see how much city staff does behind the scenes to keep our community safe. The project really opened my eyes to what local government does,” she said.

Storm Water Program Manager Reed Thornberry also saw a ha moments happening when he took students out into the field.

“I wanted to take them beyond the data. A lot them live in San Marcos—some have even grown up here—but they’ve never explored our creek system,” he said. “They spotted bullfrogs, turtles and crawfish—entire ecosystems thriving. And seeing the impacts of trash, they got a sense of why they’re worth protecting. I think that drove home the mission.”

These students will be among the approximately 3,000 graduates CSUSM produces every year— which is partly why San Marcos is North County’s education hub. In fact, San Marcos is responsible for about 10 percent of the region’s total academic program completions.

“San Marcos is fueling a workforce pipeline that will strengthen our region for generations to come,” said San Marcos City Manager Jack Griffin. “But beyond that, our partnership with Cal State San Marcos underscores how we can collaborate to benefit our community, and we are proud of that.”

To learn more about the Democracy in Action program,
visit https://www.csusm.edu/community/civiclearning/democracyinaction.html.

Defensible space inspections help keep homeowners safe in San Marcos

Defensible space inspections help keep homeowners safe in San Marcos

San Marcos, CA –In the last year, the San Marcos Fire Department (SMFD) conducted nearly 830 defensible space inspections of properties located in the city’s highest wildfire risk areas, as determined by the Community Wildfire Protection Plan.

Photo caption: San Marcos Fire Inspector Randy Hill conducts a defensible space audit on a home in a high fire risk area.  

Since January, the San Marcos Fire Department has sent notices to 250 properties asking owners to remove dead and overgrown vegetation and maintain the required 150 feet around a home to help reduce or slow the spread of wildfire.

“San Marcos is no stranger to wildfire and it is up to all of us to help keep ourselves, our property and the community safe,” said Fire Chief Brett VanWey.

During the defensible space audits, recommendations on how to improve or maintain defensible space are provided to the homeowner using a checklist and photos based on an inspection of the property.  If a homeowner is not home or cannot participate in the inspection while fire department personnel are on site, a copy of the report will be mailed to the owner.

Free of charge, homeowners do not need to be present as inspectors are able to assess defensible space requirements from the street or an adjacent property. Inspections are conducted only by uniformed fire department personnel to help educate homeowners on opportunities to minimize risk of wildfire.

“Creating defensible space is critical for a home’s chance of surviving a wildfire and reduces risk to our firefighters responding,” continued VanWey.


Photo Caption: Defensible space saved this home during the May 2014 Cocos Fire.

In addition to local inspections, CALFIRE will coordinate inspections with SMFD for residents living in the State Responsibility Area. CALFIRE’s main goal will be to educate homeowners and evaluate properties to ensure owners maintain the required defensible space – 100 feet for homes built prior to 2005 and 150 feet for homes built after 2005.

Homeowners can use the following tips to help homes survive a wildfire:

  • Maintain 150-feet of defensible space around all structures (100 feet for homes built prior to 2005).
  • Clear all needles and leaves from roofs, eaves and rain gutters.
  • Trim tree branches 6 feet from the ground.
  • Use trimming, mowing and power equipment before 10 a.m.
  • Landscape with fire resistant and drought tolerant plants that require little water.
  • Remove branches away from roofs and 10 feet from the chimney.
  • Keep wood piles and flammable materials at least 30 feet from the home.
  • Use fire ignition resistant building material.

For more emergency preparedness information, visit www.san-marcos.net/beprepared or call the San Marcos Fire Department at (760) 744-1050, ext. 3410.

Report: San Marcos’ Gaining Steam in Key Economic, Education Areas

Housing and business stock are on the rise, and there’s still plenty of potential for growth

In recent years, San Marcos has seen household incomes grow and the already low unemployment rate fall. At the same time, the city is home to high-paying industries and universities that are a pipeline for regional talent.

Those are among the takeaways of a recently released City of San Marcos Regional Profile, which demonstrates with comprehensive data sets the city’s momentum in key economic and education areas.

The city commissioned the regional profile, produced by the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation (San Diego Regional EDC), to gain insight and information to be used on future economic development efforts, a major priority for the city.

The regional profile encompasses four sections: demographics, socioeconomics, the housing market and the economy, with major findings that include:

  • Household income grew by 8.9 percent each year from 2011 to 2015, greatly outpacing the region’s rate of 1.4 percent;
  • The unemployment rate of 2.9 percent continues to be low, and historical unemployment data show the city weathered the Great Recession better than the region, state and nation;
  • San Marcos boasts 4,000 businesses, up 10 percent from a decade ago. Local firms’ resiliency in the face of the Great Recession has been a key to San Marcos’ status as an economic powerhouse;
  • As North County’s education hub, San Marcos produces 10 percent of the San Diego region’s total academic program completions, with the lion’s share coming from Cal State San Marcos and Palomar College;
  • Higher-than-average median wages can be found in three high-paying industries: manufacturing, wholesale trade and information; and
  • Between 2010 and 2015 housing stock grew by 10.1 percent—San Marcos has more opportunities for development than other regional cities.

“The numbers in the regional profile tell the story: San Marcos’ growing reputation as a great place to live, work and play is well deserved. Not only do we have 40,000 jobs, an annual GDP totaling $7.9 billion and stellar educational institutions, but the community also boasts 72 miles of multi-use trails, 300 acres of park space, 240 restaurants and eight breweries,” said Economic Development Manager Tess Radmill.

As for the work piece of that trio, the City bolstered its business-friendly reputation through proactive economic development, which in 2012 the City Council prioritized in response to the tough economy and the end of redevelopment funding. City efforts thus far have included cutting red tape from the development approval process and there is recognition that there is room for more improvement.

Also part of this commitment to improving business is the regional profile itself, the City’s first such snapshot that will shape future economic development initiatives.

“This profile provides clarity and insight into San Marcos’ regional strengths, in addition to identifying the fundamental drivers of the local economy,” said Kirby Brady, the San Diego Regional EDC’s Director of Research. “It is clear that the city is an economic powerhouse with a diverse economic base, a highly-educated and talented workforce, and opportunities for growth.”

To review the full regional profile, visit www.san-marcos.net/regionalprofile.

2017 SAN DIEGO 4TH OF JULY FIREWORKS SCHEDULE

4th of July Celebrations
All events take place on July 4 unless otherwise noted.

Enjoy a safe 4th!

Camp Pendleton
Ken Grody Ford 4th of July Beach Bash w/Fireworks
10am-10pm / Del Mar Beach Resort
www.mccscp.com/beachbashCarlsbad
Red, White and BOOM! Includes Fireworks
10am-9pm / LEGOLAND California
www.legoland.com

Chula Vista
4th Fest Fireworks
9pm / Elite Athlete Training Center
www.chulavistaca.gov

Coronado
Independence Day Parade & Festivities
7am-9:30pm / Various Locations
www.coronadochamber.com

Del Mar
San Diego County Fair 4th of July Celebration w/Fireworks
10am-11pm / Del Mar Fairgrounds
www.sdfair.com

Independence Day BBQ & Fireworks
6:30-9:30pm / Fairmont Grand Del Mar
www.fairmont.com

El Cajon
4th of July Picnic & Fireworks
1-9:30pm / Kennedy Park
www.ci.el-cajon.ca.us

Escondido
Independence Day Festival & Fireworks
4-9:30pm / Grape Day Park & The Center
www.artcenter.org

Imperial Beach
Independence Day Fireworks
12-6pm / IB Pier
www.imperialbeachca.gov

Julian
4th of July Parade
10am-5pm / Downtown Julian
www.julianparade.com

La Jolla
Fourth of July Fireworks
9pm / Ellen Browning Scripps Park
www.lajollabythesea.com

Mira Mesa
Parade, Family Fun Day in the Park & Fireworks
7am-9:30pm / Community Park
www.miramesatowncouncil.org

National City
4th of July Festivities – June 29-July 4
Kimball Park
www.ci.national-city.ca.us

Ocean Beach
4th of July Fireworks
9pm / Ocean Beach Pier
www.oceanbeachsandiego.com

Oceanside
Independence Parade
10am-12pm / Coast Hwy
www.mainstreetoceanside.com

Oceanside Fireworks Show – July 3
5-9:30pm / Rancho Del Oro Rd.
www.ci.oceanside.ca.us

Poway
Old Fashioned Fourth of July
10am-4pm / Old Poway Park4th of July Veterans Ceremony
11am / Veterans Park

Fourth of July Fireworks
6-10pm / Poway High School
www.poway.org

Ramona
Rotary Community Fireworks & Family Picnic   
5:30-9:30pm / Olive Peirce Middle
www.ramonarotary.org

Ranch Bernardo
Spirit of the Fourth
Community Fair: 9:00am / Webb Park
Parade: 3:30pm / Downtown Rancho Bernardo
Festivities/Fireworks: 6:30-9:30pm / Bernardo Heights Middle
(858) 945-1616 / www.spiritofthefourth.org

Rancho Santa Fe
4th of July Parade
1pm / Avenida De Acacias
www.rsfassociation.org

San Carlos
Fireworks and Music Fest
11am-9:30pm / Lake Murray Community Park
www.lakemurrayfireworks.org

San Diego
San Diego Symphony: Star Spangled Pops – June 30-July 2
7:30pm / Embarcadero Marina Park South
www.sandiegosymphony.org

Big Bay Boom
9pm / San Diego Bay
www.bigbayboom.com

Old Town 4th of July
11am-4pm / SD State Historic Park
www.parks.ca.gov

SeaWorld 4th of July Fireworks
9:40pm / SeaWorld
www.seaworldparks.com

San Marcos
4th of July Celebration w/Fireworks
6-9:30pm / Bradley Park
www.san-marcos.net

San Ysidro
Independence Day at the Border – July 1
3-9pm / Cesar Chavez Park
www.sanysidrochamber.org

Santee
Santee Salutes – Includes Fireworks
2:30-10pm / Town Center Park East
www.ci.santee.ca.us

Scripps Ranch
4th of July Parade
10am / Red Cedar Place to Hoyt Park
www.scrippsranch.org

Vista
Independence Day Celebration w/Fireworks
7am-10pm / Brengle Terrace Park
www.cityofvista.com

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