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San Marcos Mayor Hit With Campaign Finance Complaint In Bid For County Supervisor Seat Thursday, May 31, 2018 By Leo Castañeda / inewsource Six days before the June 5 election, the city of San Marcos appointed an outside attorney on Wednesday to investigate a complaint alleging Mayor Jim Desmond violated city campaign finance laws as part of his run for the county Board of Supervisors.
Realtor Ana Rosvall filed the complaint on Tuesday with the city clerk and the California Fair Political Practices Commission. She alleges Desmond received contributions too close to when six donors had development projects voted on by the City Council. San Marcos requires a 12-month gap between campaign contributions and council votes. A spokesman for Desmond, a Republican running for Supervisor Bill Horn’s open seat, said he doesn’t believe San Marcos’ campaign finance rules apply to a county race. “The rules that govern our campaign are the county of San Diego rules,” spokesman John Hoy said. “We’re quite certain that we adhere to both the spirit and the letter of the law as they apply to the county supervisor race.” Also running for Horn’s seat are Oceanside Mayor Jerry Kern, a Republican, and two Democrats, Jacqueline Arsivaud and Michelle Gomez. Rosvall said she’s been involved in campaigns to stop housing developments that required zoning changes in San Marcos and unincorporated San Diego County. She’s a Democrat and said she filed the complaint against Desmond because she and others are concerned he is overly influenced by developers. Rosvall said she is happy the city is investigating her complaint. “It’s so amazing that someone is taking us seriously and listening to us, and that it’s a process that’s working the way it’s supposed to,” she said. Campaign finance rules in San Marcos say City Council members can’t vote on an issue that financially affects someone who gave them a campaign contribution of $100 or more during the previous 12 months. Council members also can’t receive contributions of $100 or more in the 12 months after casting a vote that affects that donor. The mayor is part of the council. San Marcos City Attorney Helen Holmes Peak told inewsource Shawn Hagerty, an attorney with Best Best & Krieger, has been hired to investigate Rosvall’s complaint. Hagerty specializes in municipal and water law and is Santee’s city attorney, according to his law firm’s website. The donors listed in the complaint include San Marcos Highlands developer Farouk Kubba. The council approved his project to build 169 single-family homes in November 2016. Kubba contributed $800 to Desmond’s supervisor campaign seven months later in June 2017. Three others working on the project also contributed a total of $1,350 to Desmond’s campaign. Two other donors who had worked on the Brookfield Residential project to build 220 condominiums in San Marcos contributed a total of $650 to Desmond’s campaign. The City Council approved the project in January.
San Marcos Planning Commissioner Eric Flodine today announced his campaign for City Council. Flodine has served on the City Planning Commission for 6 years including 4 years as Chairman. Prior to this, he served 2 years on the City General Plan Advisory Committee.
According to Flodine: “San Marcos is a great community to call home. We are blessed to be the education and recreation hub of North County, and this is the result of the dedication of past councils, City staff, educational leaders, teachers, business leaders and active residents. We have experienced an extraordinary growth rate over the last 20 years. With this growth, we have experienced growing pains.
With my education and career as a community planner, I always tell my kids, “Start with the end in mind and work backwards”. Unfortunately, I have seen too many recent Council decisions being made in a reactionary way. This has resulted in understandable frustration by our City’s residents. I will work with City Staff and other stakeholder agencies to adopt forward thinking, measurable policies that will strengthen our future City decisions.
I will bring PROACTIVE LEADERSHIP to the City Council as our City continues to mature, looking ahead to the next 5, 10 and 20 years.
My plan to make San Marcos the leading community of North County is called C.I.T.Y. and combined with resident and business input will guide my future decisions on the City Council.”
Visit the Flodine campaign website at www.Flodine2018.us
Campaign to focus on reducing traffic, improving infrastructure and protecting quality of life
Three-term City Councilman Chris Orlando today announced his campaign for Mayor of San Marcos. Orlando, who has served on the San Marcos City Council since 2006, announced his intention to run for mayor through social media and an email to supporters.
“My priorities as mayor will be reducing traffic congestion, keeping city finances and infrastructure strong, planning for our future with a more thoughtful approach toward growth, and constantly focusing on improving the quality of life in San Marcos for families, students, and seniors,” said Orlando.
In addition to serving on the Council, Orlando has represented San Marcos on the Board of Directors of the San Diego Association of Governments as the city’s primary member and first alternate since 2014. From 2007 to 2012 he was a member of the North County Transit District’s Board of Directors, serving as chairman from 2010 to 2012 and vice chairman from 2009 to 2010. Before his election to the Council, he was vice chairman of the city’s Planning Commission, serving on the panel from January 2005 to December 2006. He has previously served on the boards of directors for the San Marcos Chamber of Commerce and San Diego Youth and Community Services.
Orlando has been an active part of the San Marcos community for 16 years. As a community member, he advocated for improved fire protection and smarter development, and worked to add the citizens’ voice to city decisions. Orlando has been a strong advocate for schools and improving infrastructure – opposing projects that add to crowded schools and bring more traffic.
“When I was first elected to City Council in 2006, my goal was to be a strong voice for the residents of San Marcos,” said Orlando. “In my time on City Council, I’ve tried to do exactly that – standing up when I thought residents’ voices were not being heard.”
Orlando was the lone “no” vote on the San Marcos City Council in two recent controversial development decisions. In November 2016, the Council voted 4-1 to approve the Highlands project, which annexed unincorporated county land into the city and up-zoned it for the development of 189 units. In January 2018, the Council voted 4-1 to grant Brookfield Homes a General Plan Amendment to build 218 units adjacent to an existing 346-unit project that is under development. A referendum is currently being circulated by residents to overturn the Council’s decision to approve that General Plan Amendment. Orlando voted against both projects based on their traffic impact and a lack of capacity in the schools that would serve the new communities.
The election for San Marcos Mayor takes place November 6, 2018.
SAN MARCOS — Chris Orlando and his son, Ryan, are at a crossroads that few father-and-son duos face together.Call it ‘term limits’ — figuratively and literally. Chris Orlando is a San Marcos City Councilman in the final year of his last four-year term of office. Ryan Orlando, 18, is a standout basketball player at San Marcos High School, playing his final high school basketball season. Both are plotting their next steps. For Chris Orlando, the next step could be a run — for mayor, that is. For Ryan Orlando, it could be a walk — as in “walk-on,” the term for a nonscholarship member of a collegiate basketball team.But both of them are enjoying going through the transition together.“It’s really interesting, as I am considering my next step and watching him do that, the realization that we’re both figuring out what the next chapter is, is kind of cool,” Chris Orlando said. “My son has a strict ‘no pep talk’ policy, so we keep the pep talks to a minimum, but it is neat we are at a new chapter at the same time. It’s been good.”The Orlandos’ respective political and athletic journeys have virtually paralleled each other. The elder was elected in 2006, around the time that the younger first picked up a basketball.
San Marcos Patent Attorney Running for Congress
San Marcos, CA– Today, in view of the announcement by District 49 Representative, Darrell Issa, that he will be retiring, local patent attorney Joshua S. Schoonover announced that he will refocus his campaign to seek office in District 49. “When initially discussing the idea of running for Congress with my wife, Erika, we weighed the options of whether to run in District 49, where our business is located and where most of our friends and business contacts live, or District 50 where we reside. At the time, I thought the people of District 50 most needed the things that I can bring to Congress, however, now with Rep. Issa retiring and no Republican candidate on the ticket, it is clear that I must amend the direction of our campaign and seek office in District 49”, said Schoonover.
Schoonover is a conservative who supports individual freedom, personal accountability, low taxes, small government and a strong military.
More information and a map of the 49th District can be accessed on Schoonover’s campaign website: www.JoshuaSchoonover.com.
Phone: (858) 945-7817
SAN ELIJO HILLS COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION
NOTICE OF HOA BOARD ELECTION RESULTS
2017 Annual Meeting Election Results
In accordance with Section 13(k) of the San Elijo Hills Election Rules and Procedures, we are pleased to announce that the following Members were elected to the Board of Directors during the Annual Meeting of Neighborhoods:
Elliot Herman (2-year term)
Halé Richardson (2-year term)
Michael Quinn (1-year term)
Board members, Laura Fratilla and Katherine Bond will continue to serve on the Board for the remaining year on their terms.
The Annual Meeting of Neighborhoods was held on Tuesday, December 19 at 6:00 p.m. after due notice was given to the Neighborhood Representatives and all community members. We appreciate the participation of all those that took the time to turn in ballots.
The next regular Board of Directors meeting will be held on February 20, 2018 at the San Elijo Hills Recreation Center, located at 1105 Elfin Forest Road San Marcos, CA 92078. All homeowners are welcome and encouraged to attend.
San Marcos Election Results and Measure B.
Rebecca Jones and Sharon Jenkins re-elected to City Council.
Randy Walton, Janet McClean, Victor Grahm-San Marcos Unified School Board
Vallecitos Water Distric Div 5
Vallecitos Water Distric Div 5
Measure B-Lilac Hills –
Here is an interview with Matt Stack who is running for San Marcos City Council. San Elijo Life has invited all candidates for Council the answer the same set of email questions
Why should the residents in San Elijo Hills vote for you?
For starters, I lived in San Elijo in 2010 right before my wife and I were married so I know what a peaceful, beautiful community it is. I believe the residents of San Elijo Hills want a Council Member who’s passionate about their home and their role as a servant to the public. And that’s what they will get.
Please describe your stance on future development in San Marcos?
This is one of, if not the most important issues I hear from voters. Almost every home I’ve knocked on and talked with about our community, the #1 concern they have is the growth and development. They’re worried about the traffic and the continued growth. By no means am I anti-growth, but my stance on future development is that it has to be in line with what the residents of San Marcos want. I believe there is healthy growth (which is paramount), but there is also growth that leads to challenges later down the road. We shouldn’t have schools that are overcrowded along with our streets. A couple weeks ago when a consulting firm recommended that we change the current Creekside District project I felt that was a step in the right direction. Every person wants to live in a peaceful, thriving community. But we want to make sure that our community can handle the growth that we’re projecting and planning.
How can you help solve school crowding issues in San Elijo Hills?
We’re already seeing it with our schools at capacity. You know, a resident of San Marcos put it best the other day in her letter to the Editor and to summarize it, we have so much growth of housing and businesses but the schools can’t catch up (with funding and time). We have a funnel of elementary schools moving into a lesser amount of middle schools and they are moving into an even lesser amount of high schools. The real solution is to provide the matching amount of educational facilities to coincide with the growth of housing. It’s not the prettiest answer, but it’s the truth. If we’re seeing schools at capacity and more housing planned, then we need to re-address the projects to make certain that we can provide, but also provide with excellence. We have a solid Planning Commission and School District and need to work with developers to certify that the needs are met. In addition, we have to work with our outer lying cities that overlap within our district to plan in conjunction with them.
How can the council help address commuter traffic and school traffic in San Elijo Hills?
We also have a great City Manager and I know that he is currently in planning with our Sheriff’s Captain to come up with a solution to the commuter traffic. A big concern is Double Peak with children crossing and I’m confident they’ll have a solution expedited for approval.
How can the city of San Marcos work with San Elijo Hills Development to complete the San Elijo Hills Town Center?
I believe in holding agreements accountable. The way to completing the Town Center is ensuring both sides (the city and developers) are meeting deadlines, staying within budget and that the developers are paid when they’re supposed to be paid. We have to hold everyone accountable.
What are your goals to improve the quality of life in San Marcos, such as events, parks, and trails?
I always want to improve the quality of life in San Marcos with events, parks and trails. But I like to think of myself as an advocate for the residents in regards to what they want rather than my own agenda. A healthy tree doesn’t struggle to produce fruit. It just does. I mean to keep our city’s growth healthy by having the residents know that they can trust their voice with me. If they want a park, or an event or a trail (or don’t), then as their representative I will figure out a way to do what’s best for the community and make it happen.
If elected what are the top 3 issues you would focus on for San Marcos?
Safety is always the most important and ensuring our Police and Fire Department have the resources they need. I have my wife Jen and our 9 month old son Callan and their safety along with the safety of every resident in San Marcos I take personally. When I see break-ins and lawlessness, I guess the Marine in me comes out and I just want to do whatever’s necessary to have peace in our community. The next issue would be managing our growth and development to ensure healthy growth and limit overcrowding and traffic. It’s the #1 issue I hear people talk about. The third would be fiscal responsibility and excellence with our budget. San Marcos has an excellent budget and we want to advocate for long term health. I don’t want to affect just what will happen in my term. I want the next 20-30 years of our residents set up for success.
How will you clean up the campaign signs after election?
We have invited all 2016 City of San Marcos City Council Candidates to answer the same questions.