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


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.

*and as always follow San Elijo Life on Instagram and social media and use #sanelijolife #saneliothankfull Thanks!

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


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, 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 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


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

Ready, Set , Go

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

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

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

Rita's San Marcos

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  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!


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.



As of 4:30pm Torrey Pines High School is no longer deemed an Evacuation Center.  The students that are still waiting for their parents to pick them up at that school, will continue to be there.  All residents are being redirected to Rancho Bernardo High School.

Currently 20,000 homes have been evacuated.  There is a section of the fire North of Fairbanks Ranch and South of Rancho Santa Fe.  Currently at 5:46pm the fire department stated the threat of the fire is extinguished in the area of the 16th hole at the Entrada Del Luz Golf Course in the Black Mountain Ranch Village – Santaluz area.


Fire burning in Fairbanks Ranch and moving towards Rancho Santa Fe area.  It started around 11am today. The winds are currently moving East/North.  Animals from Helen Woodward are being relocated to Sea World.

Reverse 911 calls to 4S Ranch, Rancho Bernardo, Rancho Penasquitos as a warning call, not to evacuate.

Areas to Evacuate:

Fairbanks Country Club

Circa Del Norte

Northern Lights Road

Black Mountain Park

Fairbanks Ranch

Artesian Road

Avenida del Terrance

San Dieguito/Montien Road area

Entrada del luz East

Run of the Knolls

Black Mountain Ranch


Camino Del Sur

This includes more than 1000 homes.


Evacuation Centers

Torry Pines High School, Poway High School, Rancho Bernardo High School


Please lets work together by continuing to post any information you may have either by commenting on this post and/or on our Facebook page.  Thank you and lets help by keeping each other informed. Stay safe and our thoughts go to the residents, friends, family and firefighters affected by this fire.




San Marcos residents invited to take regional disaster preparedness survey

This year, the San Diego region’s 18 city governments, the county and several fire protection and water districts and are working together to update the region’s plan for mitigating the impact of potential disasters. Residents are invited to submit input through an online survey by June 30 by visiting

With only 18 questions, the survey will help gauge residents’ level of disaster preparedness and awareness and help local governments set priorities for addressing potential disasters before they happen. 

“We want to know what natural and manmade hazards you think are the biggest threats where you live, and how prepared you are to deal with them,” said Holly Crawford, San Diego County Office of Emergency Services Director. “We also want your ideas about the most important things government should do to help protect the region.” 

The input will inform the region’s Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan, which is updated every five years and was last published in 2010. The 533-page plan describes the specific vulnerabilities and likely damage in each city and unincorporated communities in the event of various hazards, from earthquakes, to wildfires, to floods. The plan also outlines what each jurisdiction can do to mitigate the harm.

For the first time in this year’s plan update, local governments will address potential harm caused by severe weather and drought due to climate change. 

The region’s updated plan will be reviewed by the state Office of Emergency Services and FEMA in early 2015. Besides the public survey, individual cities and districts may conduct public meetings and other outreach to get your input this year. 

San Diego County’s Hazard Mitigation Plan was one of the first of its kind approved by FEMA in 2004. Local governments must adopt such a plan to qualify for federal hazard mitigation grants.

To read San Diego County’s Multijurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan, please visit:

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