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Double Peak School-City takes active approach in managing traffic safety near new school

The city takes an active approach to managing traffic safety near new school

Since the opening of Double Peak School, the City of San Marcos has taken an active approach to managing traffic safety in the area surrounding the school.

Since the opening of Double Peak School, the City of San Marcos has taken an active approach to managing traffic safety in the area surrounding the school.

“Public safety and traffic management continues to be a top priority for the City of San Marcos—especially near our schools,” said City Manager Jack Griffin.

Traffic engineers are constantly evaluating conditions along S. Twin Oaks Valley Road and have proactively implemented various traffic warning and calming measures to reduce travel speeds and the possibility of speed-related collisions.

“Knowing Double Peak School is in a challenging location when it comes to traffic management, the city has made every effort to work with the San Marcos Unified School District and enhance overall safety by using several traffic calming strategies,” said the city’s Principal Traffic Engineer Nic Abboud.

Traffic calming strategies have included the reduction of the posted speed limit from 50 miles per hour to 45 miles per hour along the northbound approach to Double Peak School.

A new traffic signal control at the school’s driveway has been installed, together with the placement of a high-visibility crosswalk. Advanced warning signs and “prepare to stop” signage have also been placed at several locations in advance of the new traffic signal, school pedestrian crossing, and steep roadway grade.

The school zone limits for 25 miles-per hour speed have been extended.  The city has installed flashing school warning signs to alert motorists of the slower speed zones.

To further encourage motorists to slow down, speed reduction bars have been placed across the lanes at decreasing intervals along the downhill approach to the school.

Motorists were also introduced to radar speed feedback signs that display a driver’s speed to help improve speed limit compliance. Traffic signal timing has also been improved to discourage red light running.

As traffic safety is driven by driver education, traffic engineering, and traffic enforcement, the city has worked in partnership with the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department to boost its speed enforcement in the area, especially during peak times.

In addition to these efforts, the city has prepared a “safe routes to school” plan that identifies the safest routes for students to follow when heading to or from the school campus. This plan has been provided to the school for implementation and parents are encouraged to share the recommended travel paths with their children.

But the city has not stopped there.

Hearing increased community concern over traffic speeds around the school and during times when children are using sidewalks, the City will retain a specialized consulting firm to evaluate innovative opportunities to address pedestrian mobility and safety issues.

Additional measures may include enhanced adoption and promotion of a “safe route to school” plan, alternative location(s) for sidewalks, implementation of additional travel speed reduction measures, and the feasibility of installing barriers or other means of protection and/or separation of pedestrians from vehicles.

While San Marcos works to evaluate these innovative opportunities, plans are already underway to install additional signage that will benefit both motorists and pedestrians. The new signs will use chevron-style arrows and raised pavement markers to alert motorist that a curve is ahead.

By partnering with the community and school district to educate parents, students and drivers along with enhanced engineering and enforcement, the city will continue working to ensure feedback provided about traffic safety issues in the area will be considered in the adoption of any new recommended solutions.

To learn more about traffic management in the city, visit www.san-marcos.net/TrafficManagement or contact the city’s traffic engineering division at (760) 744-1050. Residents can also receive email notifications about upcoming traffic alerts, city news and other programs by signing up at www.san-marcos.net/alert.

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

SMUSD’s Upcoming Solar Project

San Marcos Unified is moving forward with an exciting district-wide project to install solar panels at many of our school sites. Tesla (formerly SolarCity) will install, maintain, and operate their solar panel system without any upfront costs to the District.  Savings from this initiative will amount to approximately $30 million dollars over our 20-year contract with Tesla.

For an overview on our solar project, please watch this short video.

Each phase of construction is completed in stages of prep work, fencing, drilling, completing the underground electrical, and installation.  Starting with Paloma Elementary on October 14, 2017, the prep team will begin working on site.  Once the prep work is completed at Paloma, they will move on to the next school in Phase 1, while the drilling team will begin work at Paloma – and so on and so forth.  This process will continue until all of the schools in Phase 1 are completed.  For visuals on this process, click here.

The phases are as follows:

 

  • PHASE 1:  Paloma Elementary, San Elijo Elementary, Woodland Park Middle, and Mission Hills High.
  • PHASE 2:  Twin Oaks Elementary, Joli Ann Elementary, San Marcos Elementary, and Knob Hill Elementary
  • PHASE 3:  Discovery Elementary, San Elijo Middle, Double Peak, San Marcos High, and Carrillo Elementary

 

In addition to working with the Division of State Architects (DSA) to ensure that all applicable rules/regulations are followed, our Facilities and Maintenance team have worked closely with each of our principals to determine the ideal location for the panels.  As many of our sites will have solar panels installed in their parking lot, parking will be affected during the 6-12 week construction period.  Families will receive a letter from their site prior to any work commencing.  You can also check your school’s website for more information on construction dates and parking/drop off adjustments.

For questions or concerns regarding this project, please email solar@smusd.org.

Life atop Double Peak ‘an adventure’ – The San Diego Union-Tribune

There are a handful of coveted sites in North County, where people get paid or live rent free to live at and watch over city parks, including Double Peak in San Marcos.

READ MORE VIA Source: Life atop Double Peak ‘an adventure’ – The San Diego Union-Tribune

Belgian Waffle Ride Rolling Through San Elijo Hills, Sunday April 24th

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The most unique one day cycling event in the country the Cervélo Belgian Waffle Ride presented by SPY, rolling through North County and San Elijo Hills, Sunday April 24, 2016. A gravel grinder with the perfect mix of dirt and tarmac to keep things interesting.

Known to provide riders with an incredibly memorable day on the bike, the Belgian Waffle Ride will take its riders on a ronde through North County San Diego, where it will clatter through agrarian hamlets and the Ardenne-like hills—not over classic mountains per se, but rather a never ending string of ups and downs—along single track climbs, sandy trails, and roughly paved roads carved through inland San Diego’s beautiful rural and sometimes forested backcountry.

Participants ride drop bar road style bikes not mountain bikes and several San Elijo Hills Residents will participate. Come out and cheer the athletes as they take the trail by the San Elijo Hills City limits sign past the Albertsons, San Elijo Middle, San Elijo Elementary on the Copper Creek trail passing the Brightwood Drive Cul-de-sac on The Garden View trail riders will return to the paved road at Queshaven Park and start the steep accent towards the summet of Double Peak Park. Riders will be passing through San Elijo Hills trails and roads at the 134 mile mark so give them a cheer, they will need it!

The ride offers two challenging routes in two different distances, the full BWR course will cover 144 miles, 11,000 ft. of vertical.

The second route, the Cervélo Belgian Wafer Ride, tops out at 68 miles and takes riders up and down a shortened course, while still including a few of the BWR’s most famous dirt sections and iconic climbs. A perfect option for those entering their first gravel grinder, the Wafer ride delivers the challenge and excitement of the Waffle ride in a fun-sized package.

A fully supported ride with CHP escorts, a multitude of support vehicles and feed stations dotted throughout.

Here’s the course by the numbers:

  • 146 MILES OR 235 kilometers
  • 13 CATEGORIZED CLIMBS (INCLUDING THREE CATEGORY 2 CLIMBS)

  • 13,000 FEET OF CLIMBING

  • 17 DIRT SECTIONS OVER 40 MILES (LONG, SANDY, WET, ROCKY, HILLY, UGLY)

  • 14 WATER CROSSINGS (OR FOOT BRIDGE CROSSINGS)

  • 3 KOMS

  • 10 FEED ZONES

– The winner of this year’s event will take around 8 hours to complete the course. This means for most it’s an 11-12- or 15-hour day on the bike.

ROUTES:

WAFFLE COURSE: https://www.strava.com/routes/4429640

WAFER COURSE: https://www.strava.com/routes/4644925

WAVE TIMES:

7:00am—Cat 1/2/3

7:05am—Women

7:10am—Cat 4

7:15am—Cat5/Public

8:00am—Wafer (all riders)

September HOA updates from San Elijo Hills Community Association

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Following is a list of important announcements and upcoming events for San Elijo Hills Community Association (HOA):

Trails Clean Up Day

Don’t forget The California Coastal Cleanup Day Saturday, September 19th! The San Elijo Hills trails system is a designated California Coastal Clean-up Day (CCD) area, and we need volunteers!

The trail system within San Elijo Hills is such a beloved feature of our community! Please join us on Saturday, September 19th from 9:00AM-12:00PM to help clean up the trails!

Volunteers will meet in the Town Square (by the fountain) of San Elijo Hills at 9:00AM. Walk-ups are welcome but pre-registration helps us with site logistics, so if you know for sure you want to help, please register online at http://bit.ly/1s3MgoG.

Special Instructions: All volunteers should wear comfortable closed toed shoes and sun protection. You can help reduce waste by bringing your own reusable water bottle, and gardening or work gloves. Note: every participant in CCD needs to sign a waiver; anyone under the age of 18 needs a parent or guardian signature to participate!

Students are eligible for community service hours, and prizes will be given out for the most trash collected!

Together we can all make a difference!

Tuscany in the Hills

Next Saturday, September 26th, San Elijo Women’s Club will hold its annual fundraiser at Cafe Stoked beginning at 6:00 p.m. This year’s theme is Tuscany in the Hills and delicious hors d’oeuvres, varieties of beer and wine, music, live and silent auctions, and door prizes will be part of the evening’s festivities.

All proceeds will benefit Straight from the Heart (straightfromtheheartinc.org), a 501c3 non-profit that provides on-going support to over 5000 foster children and their families throughout San Diego County. Tickets are $50 per person and may be purchased at sehwc.weebly.com.

See you there!

Community Yard Sale

The community-wide yard sale is back!

It’s time to decide what you can live without! Pull out your price stickers because the San Elijo Hills Community Association is sponsoring a community-wide yard sale. All residents are welcome to participate in this FREE event!

The yard sale will be held on Saturday, September 26th from 7:00AM-11:00AM. The yard sale will be promoted to the public so expect many shoppers! Directional signage will be placed out the morning of the sale to direct yard-salers to the individual neighborhoods.

Do you only have a few items to sell? Join up with your neighbors to create one mega-sale!

Please note, there will be NO MAPS distributed indicating which individuals homes are participating. Please feel free to add additional signage in the community after 8:00PM the night before (Friday 9/25/15) so long as it is removed promptly after the event.

For more information, please contact Liz McCardle at 760-798-9015 or sehdirector@waltersmanagement.com.

Artificial Turf

The San Elijo Hills Community Association Board of Directors is aware that Governor Brown has signed emergency legislation (AB 349) restricting Associations from prohibiting the use of artificial turf or any other synthetic surface that resembles grass. Bill AB 349 does not prohibit an Association from applying landscaping rules established in the governing documents so long as the rules fully conform to restrictions in Civil Code 4735(a).

The Board is currently in the process of creating a proposed policy, which will be provided to the membership and formally adopted after the review and comment period in accordance with California Civil Code.

We appreciate your patience and understanding while the Board of Directors creates a policy that incorporates the synthetic material while maintaining a certain level of aesthetics and consistency in the community.

Double Peak Park Hours

As a reminder to residents, Double Peak Park is closed at dusk and persons in the parking lot and behind the lower gate will be cited by the Sheriff.

Double Peak School will begin in August of 2015

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The Double Peak School will begin in August of 2015

You should be receiving a letter in the mail from Dr. Holt in the next two days, here is the letter on the SMUSD and Double Peak School website.

Dear San Marcos Families,

Based on our collaborative and well-attended community meeting on Wednesday, February 11th, as well as additional feedback since that meeting, I am pleased to announce that the Double Peak School site will open as a K-6 in January 2016. I truly believe that this decision satisfies both the boundary and intra-district transfer families’ interests. 

Starting in August 2015, Double Peak students presently attending both Discovery and San Elijo Elementary schools will start the year at those sites with their Double Peak teachers. When the new school site is completed in January, they will transition, as a continuing class, to their new school following the winter break. In April 2015, we will identify intra-district transfer students for grades K-5. The majority of K-5 transfers will remain at their home school until the Double Peak facility opens in January 2016.
 
All 6th grade students, both boundary and approved intra-district transfers will be clustered into their Double Peak classes and hosted on the San Elijo Middle School site until the transition to the new school site in January.
  
In the next few weeks, Principal Baum will provide greater detail on class configuration during the transition period between August and January. He will also continue to hold morning coffee chats and after school sessions to promote strong connections within the community, as well as to address parental questions. Thus far, his commendable efforts have ensured a growing level of excitement, anticipation, collaboration and support. I look forward to the opportunities that Double Peak School will provide for our community.
 
Regards,
 
Kevin D Holt, Ed.D.
Superintendent

Double Peak and Ridgeline trails to reopen in San Marcos.

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Double Peak and Ridgeline trails to reopen in San Marcos.

Ribbon cutting ceremony scheduled for Saturday, March 7.

The San Elijo Hills Association worked closely with CalFire, San Marcos Fire Department, and The City of San Marcos to repair the trails damaged after the Cocos fire. The Ridgeline trail is maintained by the San Elijo Hills Association (HOA). CalFire donated the labor to save the HOA and San Elijo Hills homeowners a substantial sum of money.

After nearly ten months San Marcos city officials will gather on Saturday, March 7 at 9 am near the end of Santa Barbara Drive for the grand re-opening of Double Peak and Ridgeline Trails in celebration of the 24th Annual San Marcos Trails Day. Equestrian riders will start at 102 San Elijo Road.

For more information, please visit www.san-marcos.net.

San Elijo Elementary PTO Updates

San Elijo Elementary

School Flyers
Yearbook Cover Contest Flyer
Community Flyers
La Costa Meadows Halloween Carnival Flyer
Carlsbad Public Safety Open House
Sports Flyers
Tri City Winter Basketball Registration
For all previous week’s flyers, please click here to be redirected!

SEES Yearbook Cover Contest
Friday, September 26th is the last day to submit your entry for the 2014-2015 SEES Yearbook cover.  For a list of what the entry requirements are, please click here or email seesyearbooks@yahoo.com

Box Tops for Education/Labels for Education has STARTED!
Our fall collection runs now through October 3rd!  Place Box Tops and Labels in a plastic bag with your child’s name & room # and drop in PTO Box or bring to class.  Questions, please contact seesfundraising@gmail.com

Monster Bash Rescheduled!!!

Are your costumes ready?  The SEES Monster Bash has been rescheduled to Saturday, October 18th!  Please mark your calendars for the spookiest night at SEES!  More information to come!!!!!

Flag Salute this Friday!!!


SMUSD’s New School, “Double Peak” Informational Meeting

If you would like to attend a parent informational meeting about the K-8 school in San Marcos, please join us at the North Country Regional Education Center on Thursday, September 25th at 6:00pm.  The address is 255 Pico Avenue in San Marcos.  There will be an additional meeting on Monday, September 29th with the same information.  Visit the new K-8 school website here!

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