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City kicks off third annual “Best of San Marcos” photo contest

San Marcos kicks off third annual “Best of San Marcos” photo contest

The City of San Marcos is kicking off its third annual “Best of San Marcos” photo contest now through Wednesday, Feb. 22.

Amateur and professional photographers are invited to submit striking images that capture the “Best of San Marcos”: natural beauty, recreational activities, architectural points of interest, as well as people enjoying San Marcos parks and trails, sporting and special events, and other community programs.

Limited to one entry per person, photographs must be taken in the City of San Marcos and accompanied by an entry form, liability waiver, and a parent/Guardian release for photographers under age 18. All entries must be submitted in a digital, TIFF or JPEG format by Wednesday, Feb. 22 to Community Services Program Manager Holly Malan, hmalan@san-marcos.net.

Winning entries will be published in the San Marcos 360 News and Recreation Guide or used in other city publications, promotional materials and/or city website. First place winners will also receive $50 San Marcos Bucks redeemable towards one session of any enrichment camp or specialty class, subject to availability. Second place winners will receive $25 San Marcos Bucks redeemable towards one session of any enrichment camp or specialty class, subject to availability.

By entering the contest, photographers grant the City of San Marcos a royalty-free license to reproduce, distribute and publicly display submitted photographs for advertising, promotional and other purposes. The photographer may or may not be credited when their photo is used.

Entry Form/Liability Waiver
Parent/Guardian Release Form (for photographers under 18)

For more information, please contact Community Services Program Manager Holly Malan at (760) 744-9000, ext. 3503 or hmalan@san-marcos.net.

The City of San Marcos is kicking off a #DiscoverSanMarcos photo scavenger hunt

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The City of San Marcos is kicking off a #DiscoverSanMarcos photo scavenger hunt Monday, Aug. 29 through Sunday, Oct. 30. Visit local parks, trails, facilities, activities and events to receive participation souvenirs and a chance to win gift cards and a WinCo shopping spree valued up to $500.

“With thousands of programs and healthy activities offered each year, this scavenger hunt is a fun way to help residents discover all that San Marcos has to offer,” said Community Services Director Buck Martin. “From hiking to concerts to swimming, athletics, arts and dance classes, San Marcos has something for everyone.”

Designed to encourage residents to discover the variety of recreation places and programs that the City has to offer, the #DiscoverSanMarcos scavenger hunt asks participants to take photos at a variety of pre-determined locations.

“Social media is a great way for the community to engage with their government and learn about city services, issues, news and event,” said Communications Officer Sarah Macdonald.

Participants are encouraged to post the photos to social media and tag images with the hashtag #DiscoverSanMarcos along with a location-specific tag listed on the scavenger hunt photo log.

“By using the #DiscoverSanMarcos tag during the scavenger hunt, residents can help others discover San Marcos and all the things that make this community a vibrant place to live, work and play,” said Macdonald.

Here’s how it works:

  • Like and Follow @sanmarcoscity on FacebookInstagram and Twitter.
  • Visit www.san-marcos.net/DiscoverSanMarcos for a complete listing of destinations and a photo log to track scavenger hunt discoveries.
  • Snap photos at each location, post it to social media and tag your photo with the hashtag #DiscoverSanMarcos along with the location-specific tag indicated on the photo log.
  • For the last stop, visit the San Marcos Community Center at 3 Civic Center Drive to complete a registration form and show city staff your log and scavenger hunt photos.

Participants will receive a program souvenir and earn one raffle ticket for each photo stop completed for the chance to win prizes donated by local businesses. Prize drawings will be conducted in early November.

For more information, visit www.san-marcos.net/DiscoverSanMarcos or contact San Marcos Community Services at (760) 744-9000.

City poised to shake up voting system | SanDiegoUnionTribune.com

SAN MARCOS — San Marcos is poised to become the second North County city to elect City Council members by district, after being threatened with a lawsuit alleging its at-large elections disenfranchise Latino voters.

Mayor Jim Desmond said Tuesday that nothing’s set in stone, but that the proposed change will be hammered out in public hearings in the coming weeks and months. He said it was “prudent” to move to district elections in the face of a potential lawsuit.“I think fighting this is a waste of taxpayer dollars because every city that has challenged this has lost,” Desmond said.The city was put on notice in December when Malibu-based attorney Kevin Shenkman sent a letter saying San Marcos’ elections are “racially polarized” and violate the California Voting Rights Act. He noted that Latinos make up 37 percent of the city’s population, yet no Latinos have been elected to the council in about two decades.Shenkman has sued or threatened to sue other Southern California cities on behalf of Southwest Voter Registration Project, a Latino voting rights organization.Escondido moved to district elections in 2013 after another group threatened a similar lawsuit.“It is our belief that San Marcos’ at-large system dilutes the ability of minority residents — particularly Latinos, a protected class — to elect candidates of their choice, or otherwise influence the outcome of San Marcos’ council elections,” Shenkman said in the letter.

The City Council has been discussing the potential litigation for months in closed session and, on June 14, directed city staff to study possible boundaries for election districts and hire a demographer to create some maps.One option would create four council districts, with the mayor elected in an at-large vote; another option would create five council districts, each electing its own representative. The city has roughly 93,000 residents.At least one district must contain a heavy concentration of Latino voters and would mostly likely include the city’s Richmar neighborhood, straddling state Route 78 and moving west to city limits. READ MORE VIA Source: City poised to shake up voting system | SanDiegoUnionTribune.com

The City of San Marcos is piecing together creek project

SAN MARCOS — The city of San Marcos has started eminent domain proceedings to acquire small portions of several residential properties that stand in the way of a long-planned project to overhaul San Marcos Creek and build two new bridges in the area.

Source: San Marcos piecing together creek project | SanDiegoUnionTribune.com

The City San Marcos residents engage with new Instagram and #discoversanmarcos hashtag

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A new communication effort for residents entitled “ENGAGE San Marcos” was launched in February with rousing success. The campaign is part of the city’s ongoing effort to increase communication and interaction with residents. The effort centers around two new digital advances – a newly designed website and the addition of an Instagram account to the city’s social media lineup.

The city’s new website showcases an improved design with the most popular items right up front, making it easier than ever to navigate the site. An interactive map directory of parks and facilities, online facility reservations and streamlined department pages with easy to find contact information are also featured. Residents will continue to enjoy existing popular services like online class registration and job applications.

Another exciting component of the ENGAGE San Marcos communications campaign is the addition of an Instagram account, which complements the City’s already active social engagements on both Facebook and Twitter.

“Instagram is arguably one of the powerful social networks on the plant and reaches a demographic not always engaged on other social sites,” explained Communications Officer Sarah Macdonald. “Adding this platform helps the City reach out to a wider spectrum of constituents.”

To get residents engaged on this platform, the City is promoting #discoversanmarcos and is asking residents to post pictures of San Marcos using this hashtag.


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City of San Marcos launches online reporting tool for Graffiti, Potholes

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In February, the City launched an online direct reporting tool that gives residents the opportunity to report any non-emergency related concerns or issues 24 hours a day, seven days per week.

“Residents are our eyes and ears in San Marcos,” said City Manager Jack Griffin. “If you see a pothole, a street light out, graffiti or just have a general concern, the City wants to know about it so we can continue improving the quality of life in our community.”

Through the online reporting portal, residents can submit service requests and provide information on neighborhood issues by clicking the “Report a Concern” icon on the city’s website, www.san-marcos.net. Submissions can include the location of the problem, detailed information and even a photo.

Once a report is submitted online, it is routed to the appropriate city department for resolution. Email alerts with status updates will then be delivered to inform the concerned resident of case progress.

To report your concern, please visit www.san-marcos.net/reportaconcern. For live assistance, please call (760) 744-1050 Monday through Friday between 7:30 am and 5:30 pm. City Hall is closed alternating Fridays.

2014 Winter/Spring edition of The City of San Marcos 360 Magazine

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With a fresh new look, the 2014 Winter/Spring edition of the San Marcos 360 Magazine is now available in your mailbox and online.

San Marcos residents will receive the publication in their mailboxes this week. Featuring articles on new retailers in San Marcos, fire recovery efforts, housing projects and more, the free magazine serves to connect residents to their government.

San Marcos 360 is published three times per year by the city and includes timely news about the city along with a complete guide to the city’s parks and recreation offerings.

Residents and visitors can also discover exciting recreational activities, special events, day camps, enrichment programs and classes, sporting leagues, and senior programs.

The City of San Marcos encourages residents to prepare for peak fire season by practicing San Diego County’s “Ready, Set, Go” approach

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While San Marcos was hit hard by wildfire this May, the City of San Marcos has been actively reviewing emergency plans and resources to ensure the community is prepared for the peak fire season still ahead.

“It is no secret that San Marcos and all of southern California often sees a brutal fall fire season,” said San Marcos Fire Chief Brett Van Wey. “Considering extreme weather conditions and drought, risk is particular high this year and we must all step up our preparedness game.”

To prepare, regional fire agencies and the County of San Diego is recommending residents take a “Ready, Set, Go!” approach for peak fire season.

Residents are asked to get “ready” by creating or maintaining at least 150 feet of defensible space – but to do so only early in the morning when the grasses are still dewy to prevent sparking a fire in the dry heat of the day.

Residents can also get “ready” by making an emergency plan and gathering emergency supplies.

If a fire breaks out, San Marcos residents can get “set” to evacuate by: subscribing to the City’s e-alerts and facebook and twitter pages, setting radios to AM 1610 station and watching other news outlets; grabbing their emergency supply kit; leaving inside and outside lights on so firefighters can see their home through smoke; closing all windows and doors but leaving them unlocked for firefighters; turning off propane and gas tanks, pilot lights and air conditioning; moving furniture to the center of the room and bringing patio furniture inside. All these steps give your home a better chance if embers were to land on your property.

And finally, if told to do so, or if they feel unsafe, residents should “go.” Firefighters suggest residents pre-pack their vehicles and leave early to avoid congestion from others evacuating and emergency vehicles. Residents can “go” to a predetermined location outside of the area at risk or established temporary evacuation points or shelters.

The City also reminds residents to register their cell phones with the County’s free AlertSanDiego notification system to make sure they get any calls with evacuation instructions.

For more information, please visit www.readyforwildfire.org.

To learn more about the County of San Diego’s “Ready, Set, Go” call to action, register for AlertSanDiego and download free planning templates and the SD Emergency app, visit ReadySanDiego.org.

Rita’s of San Marcos Grand Opening Celebration-Free Italian Ice

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Rita’s of San Marcos, the newest Italian Ice treat to hit San Diego county will be celebrating their arrival in the San Marcos and San Elijo Hills communities with their Grand Opening on Thursday, October 2nd from 10am -10pm!  To celebrate Rita’s will be serving up FREE Rita’s Italian Ice all day, and the first 100 Guests in line before 10am will win FREE Rita’s Italian Ice for a year!  For almost thirty years, Rita’s has been an East Coast favorite with the motto “Ice, Custard, Happiness” and is now scooping up a big dose of happiness with freshly made, delicious Italian Ice in San Marcos.  Rita’s offers a variety of “Cool Treats” including its famous Italian Ice, their decadently rich flavored Frozen Custard, and their most popular treat, the Gelati – a layering of Italian Ice and Frozen Custard served with a spoon and a smile.  With over 68 different Italian Ice flavors as well as mouthwatering combinations such as Blendinis, Mistos, custard cookie sandwiches and cakes, there are endless treat options for you and your family to enjoy.  Rita’s also offers fundraisers, sponsorships and both full service and take away catering.  Rita’s is located at 710 S. Rancho Santa Fe Road across from San Marcos High School in the CVS shopping center.  Find out more about Rita’s and the Grand Opening celebration by visiting Facebook.com/RitasofSanMarcos.  Rita’s is proud to be a part of the San Marcos community and welcomes you to their Grand Opening Celebration on Thursday, October 2nd!

CARLSBAD FIRE – TODAY 5/14

Fire started on North Poinsettia Lane and West of El Camino Real.

The fire is moving North/West towards Rancho Carrillo and Bressi Ranch.  San Marcos and San Elijo Hills has not been informed to evacuate.

 

The Evacuation Centers

Westfield Plaza El Camino Real

Calavera Hills Community Center

Pets Welcome

 

Areas Evacuated

City of Carlsbad

Rancho Carrillo Elementary

Aviara Oaks Elementary

and Middle Schools in the adjacent areas

 

Please post any information/ pictures / comments on this post or on our Facebook page you may have to help the residents of San Elijo Hills and San Marcos be informed.  This is a time to come together and work together.

 

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