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San Marcos City Councilmember Chris Orlando Announces Campaign for Mayor

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.

Father and son reach ‘term limits’ on council and high school hoops – The Coast News Group

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.

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Desmond announces supervisor run | The Coast News Group

SAN MARCOS — San Marcos Mayor Jim Desmond has announced that he is running for county supervisor in 2018. Desmond is running in District 5, where longtime supervisor Bill Horn will be termed out of office after serving six terms. He is the first person to announce their candidacy in what is expected to be a crowded field to succeed the controversial longtime supervisor. Desmond in a brief statement on Feb. 4 touted his experience as mayor in San Marcos, where the city has had a period of unparalleled stab

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San Marcos Mayor Jim Desmond Announces Candidacy for County Supervisor, District 5 in 2018

San Marcos Mayor Jim Desmond

Hello,

Today I announced my candidacy for County Supervisor, District 5 in 2018.

As Mayor of San Marcos with balanced budgets, strong reserves, and solid infrastructure our community has thrived. As a Board member of Sandag and the San Diego Airport Authority I have approved billions of dollars of regional projects creating thousand of local jobs.

I’ll bring fiscally conservative values to the County and build a better future for all county residents.

I would appreciate your support.
Thank you,
Jim Desmond

The City Council of San Marcos voted Wednesday to cancel the November 4th election

The City Council of San Marcos voted Wednesday to cancel the November 4th election. The vote was 3-2 with Orlando and Jenkins voting to keep the November 4th election. The next General Municipal Election was scheduled for Tuesday, November 4, 2014 for the expiring terms of Mayor Jim Desmond, Councilmember Kristal Jabara, and Councilmember Chris Orlando. No other candidates signed up to run for election.

The council voted individually to appoint Mayor Jim Desmond, Councilmember Kristal Jabara, and Councilmember Chris Orlando to 4 year terms. Formalities around recusing from voting was followed by each incumbent for the individual seat votes.

The City had a deadline of August 21 to notify the Registrar of Voters it was going to hold an election. Write-in candidates would have had from 9/8 – 10/21 to file as a write in candidate.
The debate centered around saving $21,000-$31,000 in elections costs, transparency, eliminating write-in campaign possibility, and the fundamental right to vote.
This will be the final City Council Term for Chris Orlando due to term limits. He can later run for Mayor. This will also be the final term for Mayor Jim Desmond.

San Marcos City Council to Consider Canceling The November Election

8-19-14 Agenda & Adjournment Notice

The next General Municipal Election is scheduled for Tuesday, November 4, 2014 for the expiring terms of Mayor Jim Desmond, Councilmember Kristal Jabara, and Councilmember Chris Orlando. San Marcos City Council will hold a special meeting August 20th, at 1:00 pm. to consider canceling the November election and appointing of incumbent candidates for four year terms, because no other candidates have signed up to run for election.

The City has a deadline set by the Registrar of Voters of August 21 to tell them whether or not they are going to hold an election.
Write-in candidates have from 9/8 – 10/21 to file as a write in candidate, City Council could vote tomorrow to eliminate that possibility.

State of the City Address tickets on sale now

Mayor Jim Desmond will deliver the 2012 San Marcos State of the City Address on Tuesday, February 28 during a luncheon at Williams Barn at Walnut Grove Park, 1950 Sycamore Drive. The lunch will begin at 11:30 am and the Mayor’s address will start at 12:30 pm. Four community heroes will also be honored during the event. Community heroes are selected each year by council members and honored for their contributions to San Marcos.

Tickets are on sale now for $25 per person by calling the San Marcos Chamber of Commerce at (760) 744-1270.

Corporate sponsorships are also available through the chamber.

This year’s theme is “Honoring Our Vibrant Heritage. Celebrating Our New Horizons.” Mayor Desmond will touch on the accomplishments in the community over the past five years and will present the city’s vision for the future in the areas of public safety, parks and community services, community development, traffic and transportation, and other quality of life issues.

The Mayor’s State of the City Address will air on San Marcos TV Channel 19 (Cox Communications), Channel 24 (Time Warner Cable) and Channel 99 (AT&T) during the month of March on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 9 am and 6 pm, and Saturdays and Sundays at 11 am and 3 pm. It will also be available on the city’s web site.

The event is being co-hosted by the City of San Marcos and the San Marcos Chamber of Commerce.

City of San Marcos, CA: San Marcos State of the City Address to be delivered

 

San Marcos Mayor Jim Desmond

Mayor Jim Desmond will deliver the 2011 State of the City Address for San Marcos on Tuesday, March 8 at 8:30 am. The speech will take place at San Marcos City Hall, 1 Civic Center Drive. A networking breakfast begins at 7:30 am.

Tickets are available for $20 per person for the breakfast and a seat in the Council Chamber for the address. Free seating in the adjacent Valley of Discovery Room will be made available at 8:30 am for guests wishing to only attend the Mayor’s speech.

Those interested in purchasing tickets should call the San Marcos Chamber of Commerce at (760) 744-1270. Corporate sponsorships are also available through the Chamber.

Mayor Desmond will touch on the accomplishments in the community during 2010 and will present a vision for the City’s future in the areas of public safety, parks and community services, community development, traffic and transportation, and other quality of life issues.

The Mayor’s State of the City Address will air live on San Marcos TV Channel 19 (Cox Communications), Channel 24 (Time Warner Cable), Channel 99 (AT&T) and online at www.san-marcos.net. The program will be rebroadcast during the month of March on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 9 am and 6 pm, and Saturdays and Sundays at 11 am and 3 pm. It will also be available on-demand on the City’s Web site.

The event is being co-hosted by the City of San Marcos and the San Marcos Chamber of Commerce.

For tickets, please contact the San Marcos Chamber of Commerce at (760) 744-1270.

Mission Sports Park to reopen with four new fields in San Marcos

The popular Mission Sports Park in San Marcos will reopen on Thursday, Oct. 14 with four additional fields and several other new amenities. The park, located at 931 Bailey Court, underwent a $3.5 million upgrade and expansion over the past year and now has a total of eight fields.

In addition to the four new fields, which include new artificial turf infields, the park features new batting and pitching cages; new electronic scoreboards; new foul ball poles; a new enclosed and shaded tot lot; new dugout shade structures; and new shaded group picnic areas.

Existing restrooms and concession buildings were refurbished and new restroom and storage buildings were added. Additional parking spaces were also added, and an agreement with Vallecitos Water District was established to use their lot for overflow parking. A new pedestrian entrance to the park from Armorlite Road was created. A new monument entry sign and baseball bollards round out the upgrades at the park.

“We have seen an incredible surge in youth baseball here in San Marcos since this park originally opened a decade ago,” explained Community Services Director Craig Sargent-Beach. “The added fields and new amenities satisfy a strong need in the community for more ball fields.”

A grand opening ceremony is slated for 4 pm on Oct. 14 and is open to the public. The ceremony will include comments from the San Marcos City Council and members of the San Marcos Youth Baseball League. The first pitch will be thrown by Mayor Jim Desmond, signaling the park’s official opening.

For more information, please call San Marcos Community Services at (760) 744-9000.

San Marcos city manager pay defended – SignOnSanDiego.com

By Jeff McDonald, UNION-TRIBUNE

Benefits can add 68% over base pay

San Marcos City Manager Paul Malone isn’t discussing his $400,000-plus compensation package. But the mayor said Wednesday that the community’s top executive is worth every penny.

Malone has declined multiple interview requests since The Watchdog began exploring public-sector salaries across San Diego County earlier this month. He did so again Wednesday.

But Mayor Jim Desmond said his city manager is doing the work of two administrators because he has no assistant manager. Desmond also noted that Malone serves as the top redevelopment official, which also saves the city money.

“You get what you pay for,” Desmond said. “San Marcos is one of the best-managed cities in the county. We are not trying to raise sales taxes in our city. We have not laid off any police and fire employees. Nor have we reduced any services in this down economy.”

Malone topped the list of compensation packages earned by city managers across San Diego County when The Watchdog compiled the base salaries and benefits packages of top public officials.

According to city records, Malone earns a base salary of $242,652 a year and retirement and other benefits that push his total compensation to $408,793. He oversees a 2010-11 budget of $195.1 million and serves just under 85,000 residents.

via San Marcos city manager pay defended – SignOnSanDiego.com.

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