Transparency Certificate of Excellence Awarded to Vallecitos Water District

The Vallecitos Water District received the District Transparency Certificate of Excellence by the Special District Leadership Foundation (SDLF) in recognition of its outstanding efforts to promote transparency and good governance. California SDLF Public Affairs Field Coordinator, Chris Palmer, and California SDLF Board Member, Jo MacKenzie, were on hand to recognize Vallecitos for completing the essential requirements.

“This award is a testament to Vallecitos Water District’s commitment to both open and transparent government,” said Jim Hernandez, Board President. “The entire District is to be commended for their contributions that empower the public with information and facilitate engagement and oversight.” To receive the award, a special district must demonstrate the completion of essential governance transparency requirements, including conducting ethics training for all board members, properly conducting open and public meetings, and filing financial transactions and compensation reports to the State Controller in a timely manner.

For more than 60 years, Vallecitos Water District has been the community’s water and wastewater specialists, providing water, wastewater, and reclamation services to San Marcos; the community of Lake San Marcos; parts of Carlsbad, Escondido and Vista and other unincorporated areas in north San Diego County. The Vallecitos Water District currently serves a population of more than 100,000 within its 45-square-mile boundary.

SDLF is an independent, non-profit organization formed to promote good governance and best practices among California’s special districts through certification, accreditation, and other recognition programs.

 

5th Carnival for Cancer is Saturday, June 2

We are very excited to announce our 5th Carnival for Cancer is Saturday, June 2, 2018 -Samantha Kascoutas 10 am to 2 pm at Questhaven park in San Elijo Hills. We will have face painting, a jumpy slide combo, games to win prizes, food including Baked Bear ice cream sandwiches, homemade pulled pork sandwiches, and a bake sale. We will also have an amazing raffle including restaurant gift cards, a family pack to House of Air, and a grand prize of $100 Visa gift card. We’d like to give a special shoutout to our Gold Sponsors Keller Williams Ray Bahadori Group https://www.facebook.com/RayBahadoriGroup/ and Everbowl http://Everbowl.com.

Our story began five years ago with a ten-year-old girl, Samantha Kascoutas, wanting to make a difference through a YMCA leadership program. Since then we have grown bigger and better with the help of the entire family, and the combined effort allowed us to raise over $15,000 in the past five years alone. All of our proceeds go towards cancer research with the American Cancer Society through the Relay for Life Carlsbad-Encinitas (team C4C). Our goal is to kick cancer’s butt through raising as much as we possibly can.
There are many ways you can help us reach our goal of raising $7,500. First, you can come support us on June 2nd at Questhaven Park. Second, you can volunteer at the event through signing up with the link on our website. You can also donate online through our C4C Relay for Life Page which is also included on our website. You can get in touch with us through our Instagram @carnivalforcancer, Facebook page Carnival for Cancer, and our website www.carnivalforcancer1.weebly.com.
Can’t wait to see you all there,
The Kascoutas Family

San Marcos helps businesses secure more than $500K in tax credits

The savings will help create dozens of jobs in the city

The City of San Marcos helped two San Marcos businesses secure more than $500,000 in state income tax credits, allowing them to collectively create nearly 30 local jobs.

The Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) awarded a $446,700 California Competes Tax Credit (CCTC) to x-ray machine company Creative Electron and a $100,000 CCTC to Quick Charge Power, which makes charging equipment for electrical vehicles.

These companies are exempt from paying state income taxes in the amount awarded—an incentive to help them grow their operations with its savings, Creative Electron will hire 22 employees over the next four years and Quick Charge Power plans to hire another seven.

“The California Competes Tax Credit encourages companies from around the world to locate, expand and add good paying jobs in California,” said GO-Biz Director Panorea Avdis.

Last year, the City helped secure $850,000 in CCTC awards for two other San Marcos companies, which are in the process of adding another 50 jobs. This means that in the past two years, the City has helped secure nearly $1.4M for local businesses, which in turn is creating 79 local jobs.

“I think this underscores the fact that San Marcos is a community worth investing in—even when considered at a regional or state level,” said San Marcos Economic Development Manager Tess Sangster. “We contribute a $7.9 billion annual GDP to the regional economy, largely thanks to leading companies like Creative Electron and Quick Charge Power.”

And with these CCTC awards in place, San Marcos is poised to have an even greater impact on the regional economy, according to local experts at the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation (San Diego Regional EDC).

“This is a win for all of North County,” said Jennifer Schoeneck, Economic Development Manager for San Diego Regional EDC. She tracks the economy along Interstate 78 that snakes through Oceanside, Carlsbad, Vista, San Marcos and Escondido, commonly known as the ‘78 Corridor.’ “The two San Marcos companies that won tax credits will be hiring more employees, which creates a positive economic impact not only for the city, but also elevates the entire 78 Corridor.”

With only 63 companies making the list during this most recent round, earning a CCTC is highly competitive—and in fact, San Marcos was the only North County city on the list. Both companies largely credit their success to guidance from City staff and the San Diego Regional EDC.

“They helped guarantee a smooth application process and were always available for questions,” said Bill Cardoso, CEO of Creative Electron. “I am thankful for that assistance because this is an excellent opportunity to continue growing here in San Marcos.”

“In all my interactions, staff has been very efficient, professional and helpful,” said Quick Charge CEO and Founder Tony Williams. “They’ve made it clear they are here to engage and support businesses. They get an A plus in my book.”

“When we foster a thriving local economy, our entire community benefits,” Sangster added. “It drives the high quality of life we all enjoy here in San Marcos.”

And for any other business owners who may be eyeing a CCTC, Williams says go for it.

“Don’t let the size of your business keep you from applying. If you’re growing, then you should do it. Especially considering that city staff is there to help you through the process.”

Sangster encourages business owners to reach out for more information—especially because there will be more CCTC awards available later this year, pending an approved state budget.

“Economic development is a relatively new priority for us, so business owners may not realize this is a service we can provide—but we are trying to get the word out,” she explained. “There are many resources out there for business owners, and we are eager to help them discover those.”

If you would like more information about the CCTC program or the City’s economic development division, please contact Tess Sangster at TSangster@san-marcos.net or (760) 744-1050, ext. 3120.

May 2018 San Elijo Hills Community Association Events and Update

Please see below for the most recent HOA updates from The San Elijo Hills Community Association Update:

Save the Date: Foam Party!

Come join us in the town square park for a foam party! Dr. Bronner’s Foam truck will be coming out on Thursday, June 14th from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm for a free foam party on the last day of school! The foam is biodegradable and made from organic soap, water, and compressed air. Take the family down for music, foam, and fun! Make sure to bring goggles!

Save the Date: Movie Under the Stars I

The San Elijo Hills Community Association is hosting a FREE showing of Despicable Me 3 (rated PG) as part of our summer movie series! Despicable Me 3 will be shown on Friday, June 15th at the UPPER softball field of San Elijo Hills Park. Pre-show activities include inflatables, obstacle course and more!) will begin at 6:00 PM and the movie will start after sunset (around 8:30 PM). Remember to bring your low-back beach chairs and blankets for lawn seating. The San Elijo Hills Foundation will provide food trucks (The Food Dood, Kona Ice, Red Oven Pizza, The Rush Coffee, and more) with a variety of food & refreshments for purchase. For more information, please call (760) 798-9015 or e-mail: sehdirector@waltersmanagement.com.

San Elijo Hills Association Board of Directors Meeting

The next General Session Board of Directors meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, June 19, 2018, 6:00 pm at the San Elijo Hills Onsite Office (1277 San Elijo Rd. S., San Marcos, CA 92078).

Save the Date: San Elijo Hills 80’s Summer Bash

San Elijo Hills is bringing back the 80’s! Join us in your best (or ugliest) 80’s gear at our totally awesome 80’s Summer Bash on June 30th! The 80’s Summer Bash will be held June 30, 2018, at the lower softball field of San Elijo Hills Park from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

Featuring the Wayward Sons! Wayward Sons is a nostalgia-fueled, power cord-packed rock show featuring the greatest songs of the ‘80s including hits from Journey, Queen, Bon Jovi, Styx, Foreigner, Guns n Roses, Van Halen & more. This LA-based band performs and headline at legendary Southern California rock venues. This tailor-made rock & roll performances are choreographed and arranged by seasoned musicians and singers who hit all the right notes, transporting audiences back to the arena-rock favorites that defined a generation. You will not only be entertained. You will dance and sing-along! Monster guitar riffs, face-melting solos, lighter-igniting ballads, heart-pounding rhythms, searing vocals, skin-clinging spandex, pure rock & roll euphoria resplendent with flowing locks of hair and genuine fake English accents.

If you are hungry during all that fun, fill up on BBQ chicken, BBQ pulled pork, hot dogs, baked beans, green salad, and fruit! This radical carnival will entertain our residents of all ages with carnival games, prize booth, obstacle course, bounce houses, slides, rock wall, and much more! This year we will have a dual mobile 180-foot zip line 28 feet up in the air! Exciting news for our residents 21 and over, a beer garden has been added this year! If you don’t drink beer, we will have several varieties of wines! You must bring a valid state-issued driver’s license or ID. Four drink tickets will be given per household. No outside alcohol will be permitted into the event. Please remember to bring proof of residency to gain entrance into the event (i.e.: driver’s license with on-site address, utility bill, HOA statement, etc.). Unfortunately, we will not be able to allow you to enter the event without verifying residency. No guests will be permitted. No pets will be permitted.

Don’t forget your 80’s costume! We will have a costume contest at 6:45 pm with a grand prize!

Open House Signs

The San Elijo Hills Community Association has a very specific sign policy in place regarding Open House signs in the community implemented to keep our community beautiful! The San Elijo Hills Community Association’s governing documents prohibit the display of any non-Association signs in the Common Area. The intent of the San Elijo Hills Open House Sign Policy is to (1) provide an acceptable means for homeowners to market homes for sale within the community; (2) reduce the number of open house signs used in the community; and (3) discourage the ‘alternative’ means of signage that has been used in the past (sign spinners, signs on cars, etc.).  We are seeing an increasing number of unapproved signs, signs with balloons, flags, and riders that are directly in conflict with our policy. Here are some highlights:  Approved Open House signage is allowed for use on Saturday’s and Sundays from 1:00 – 4:00 pm only. No riders, balloons, flags or other attention generating devises may be used with the sign. Only one sign directing traffic either left or right may be installed at each corner. The first homeowner or agent to reach an intersection on route to their open house will place their sign at the given location. If another homeowner or agent has an open house along the same route, an additional sign is not needed. Homeowners or agents should continue to the next intersection on route to the open house and place their sign as necessary. In many cases, several open houses can be served by the same directional sign. It is your responsibility as the homeowner to notify your agent of the policy prior to putting out their signage. If it does not follow the guidelines, it will be removed and disposed of. The Open House Policy can be found on our website www.sanelijohills.net for your convenience. Thank you for your anticipated cooperation.

Dogs in the Hills

Please pick up after your pets and remind your children to do so as well if they are responsible for the dog-walking duties. Pet waste is probably the #1 complaint amongst our residents so please be diligent and keep San Elijo Hills looking and smelling beautiful!

We continue to receive reports of dogs off leashes in various neighborhoods. Pet owners shall at no times allow pets to run unrestrained in common areas, streets, sidewalks or pathway areas and shall at all times have full and complete control over the animal. Please remember there is a $250 fine from the county (San Diego County Code Sec. 63.0102(b)(2)) for unrestrained pets. If you witness a dog off-leash, you may report the incident to the Association specifying the owner’s address along with the information on the date and time. You may also contact Animal Control through the City of San Marcos. Below is information from the City’s website:

Animal-related concerns can be reported by email at investigations@sdhumane.org or by phone: for noise complaints dial 619-279-5057 and for all other animal-related issues 619-243-3466. Issues related to disturbance of the peace (after regular hours) are handled by the Sheriff’s Office; they can be contacted on the non-emergency dispatch line at 760-510-5200.  The San Diego Humane Society provides animal control services for the City of San Marcos. Services include: dog licensing, housing lost and stray animals, reuniting lost animals with their owners, microchipping, animal adoptions, educational programs, and investigating citizen concerns and complaints about animals.  The Humane Society is located in Escondido at 3450 East Valley Parkway. Operating hours are 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., seven days a week. For questions, please call (760) 888-BARK or visit www.sdhumane.org.

Common Animal Control Concerns:
Animal Licensing – All dogs, four months of age and older, must have a valid license and wear it at all times. In order to get your dog licensed, it must have a current rabies vaccination. Select the link to visit the Humane Society’s animal licensing webpage.

Barking dogs or crowing roosters – Call the Humane Society at (760) 888-2236 during the hours of 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Select the link to visit the Humane Society’s barking dogs webpage.
Lost Pet – Visit the Humane Society during operating hours, 10 am – 6 pm, seven days a week. If you have a picture of your pet, please bring it with you. Select the link to visit the Humane Society’s lost pet webpage. City Leash Law – Dogs must be kept on a leash at all times except when at a designated off-leash area or confined to a residence or backyard.

Dog Parks – The City has three designated off-leash areas. They are located at Hollandia Park, 12 Mission Hills Road, Montiel Park, 2290 Montiel Road, and San Elijo Park, 1105 Elfin Forest Road.

Reporting Irrigation Leaks

We need your help! The Board has worked diligently in implementing water-saving measures by monitoring and repairing irrigation systems and would appreciate the eyes and ears of the residents to assist in reporting broken sprinklers, unnecessary watering or any other potential issues. Let’s work together to reduce costs and conserve this precious resource! To report any leaks, please contact Walters Management at rvaughn@waltersmanagement.com or 760-431-2522. To report any matters after hours, please call Walters Management at (858) 495-0900 and our on-call staff will address your emergency immediately.

Baker Street Closure-Friday

This Friday, May 18th, Baker Street will be closed due to construction. The street will be re-opened at approximately 5:00 p.m.

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ADT Steve your local San Elijo Hills Resident Alarm Expert

We moved to San Elijo Hills 3 years ago and I was offered to have my own ADT Authorized Dealership. So where is my passion coming from to serve San Elijo Hills/San Marcos…it’s easy. I live here, I love it here and I want to educate everyone on how important this is. This is why there were almost 4,000,000 home break-ins last year in the United States and what is so important to know is the following

  • Approximately 75% of those break-ins were random
  • 30% of those break-ins occurred with a weapon
  • 25% of the time someone was home when it happened

Think about that and realize how important it is to have your home protected with an ADT alarm system…and I say that with conviction because this is the last stat I will throw out there for you

  • Homes that have an ADT alarm system will have an 83% less chance of being targeted by a random act residential home burglary!

I am here to help you…I am very identifiable around town by my ADT blue Dodge Challenger with soon to be vanity license plates  “ADT 4 U”. I want to help, that is why I do this and this is where my passion is.

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Rip Current Brewing Racks-Up Awards at Two International Beer Competitions

Rip Current Brewing Racks-Up Awards at Two International Beer Competitions

The brewery’s German-style bock beer was recognized on the global stage

Rip Current Brewing (Rip Current) recently won several awards during the World Beer Cup and the San Diego International Beer Festival and for its German-style bock and pilsner beers.

Rip Current’s Breakline Bock won a bronze medal May 3 at the World Beer Cup, a prestigious competition with more than 8,000 entries from 2,515 breweries. Breakline Bock is a German-style dark lager featuring a rich, dark malt flavor—yet, it finishes semi-dry, so it can be consumed by the liter-glass at festivals. This style is one of the most difficult to brew, making it especially significant to achieve a world-class example.

Winning entries were blindly judged by a panel of beer experts from 33 countries. Because the competition was worldwide, this means judges considered Breakline Bock to be among the best in the world.

“We are excited to announce our victory in the renowned World Beer Cup, which is our first, but are confident will not be our last,” said Rip Current Co-founder and Brewmaster Paul Sangster, adding that the brewery was one of only six Independent breweries in San Diego County to earn a medal. “We are proud and humbled to have won a medal in this fiercely competitive category—especially considering how many quality German-style bock beers were entered, including many from Germany.”

Just a couple days earlier, Rip Current’s Breakline Bock also won a silver award at the San Diego International Beer Festival—which included over 1,500 entries from 260 breweries.

During that competition, Rip Current also claimed a gold award for its Delaminator Doppelbock, a doppel (double) sized, higher alcohol-by-volume (ABV) beer that is a more dark-malt-forward version of a traditional bock. Lastly, Rip Current won another silver award for its Choppy Surf Czech-style Pilsner, a bohemian pilsner lager with a complex graham cracker-like backbone supporting an herbal hop aroma and flavor.

 

This is the third year in a row that Rip Current has amassed one of the highest medal counts of any brewery at the San Diego International Beer Festival.

“This year we had another very strong showing at the San Diego International Beer Festival, which really speaks to the fact that our team at Rip Current is continuing to make world class beers of many diverse styles,” said Sangster of the brewery, which just celebrated its fifth anniversary. “We invite everyone to help us celebrate at one of our tasting rooms with some of our award-winning beers.”

All of Rip Current’s award-winning beers are available this week at their tasting room in San Marcos at 1325 Grand Avenue, suite #100, and in North Park at 4101 30th Street.

More about Rip Current

Born from the dream of two homebrewing craft beer-lovers, Rip Current launched in December 2012. It is proud to be an independently owned, operated, and self-distributed craft beer manufacturer that is emerging as a local industry leader.

Rip Current was named Very Small Brewing Company and Brewer of the Year at the 2015 Great American Beer Festival. It has won many awards at the most prestigious regional, national and international beer competitions.

For more information about Rip Current, please visit http://ripcurrentbrewing.com/

Cocos Fire: 4 Years Later – The Escondido Creek Conservancy

Almost 2,000 acres burned, 40 structures destroyed, and almost $5.7 million dollars in property damage were caused by the Coco’s Fire. The fire was ignited by a 14-year-old girl in her backyard on May 14th, 2014. Fire season typically starts in October after the summer has dried out the vegetation but California was experiencing one of its worst droughts on record — leaving it particularly vulnerable. The Conservancy decided to turn the tragedy of the fire into an opportunity to document the rebirth of the ecosystem, to monitor the burned areas over time, to see what could be learned by taking photos of the same sites for five years. We are now in year four of that monitoring. Read more via Source: Cocos Fire: 4 Years Later – The Escondido Creek Conservancy

Last chance to sign up for the 13th Annual San Elijo Hills & OCR Community Garage Sale

Last chance to sign up for the 13th Annual San Elijo Hills & OCR Community Garage Sale and Charity Event. All signs ups must be received by Tuesday, May 15 at 5 pm. Sign up today at www.SEHgaragesale.com
Let’s kick off our spring cleaning fever and raise money for two amazing local charities Casa de Amparo and Straight From The Heart, Inc. Resource Center. Your small donation of $10 will go a long way to help these two organizations. Thank you for your support.
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