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Graduation season in San Marcos

Graduation season in San Marcos

Expect traffic delays expected for the next two weekends

San Marcos, CA— Springtime in North County’s education hub means one thing—San Marcos students are getting ready to graduate.

With Cal State San Marcos hosting commencement ceremonies Friday, May 19 and Saturday, May 20 and Palomar hosting commencement on Friday, May 26, I-15 and SR-78 travelers can expect increased traffic delays around the college areas.

While the increase in traffic congestion is familiar to city residents, students and commuters alike, the City of San Marcos is pleased to report that continued relief is on the way.

In the city’s ongoing efforts to get motorists moving and improve traffic flow, several roadway improvement projects are lined up over the next five years.

Planned projects include upgrades to the Traffic Management Center (TMC)’s server and software, traffic signal equipment, as well as communication lines between the TMC and the traffic signals. In addition to improved staff and equipment response times to changing traffic conditions, these enhancements will allow traffic signals to handle more complex intersection configuration conditions.

During graduation season and periods of roadway construction, drive with caution and provide ample time to reach your destination safely and on time.

For more information about Palomar College commencement, visit www2.palomar.edu. To see Cal State San Marcos’ commencement schedule, visit www.csusm.edu/commencement.

To learn more about planned road improvements in San Marcos, contact the city’s Public Works Department at (760) 752-7550.

San Marcos Goes Back to School-Update from The City of San Marcos

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Back to School Update from The City of San Marcos.

As the summer winds down, San Marcos students are headed back to school. With elementary, middle and high schools along with Cal State San Marcos and Palomar College back in session this month, I-15 and SR-78 travelers can expect increased traffic delays during their daily commute.

While the increase in traffic congestion is familiar to city residents, students and commuters alike, the City of San Marcos is pleased to report that relief is on the way. In the city’s ongoing efforts to get motorists moving and improve traffic flow, several roadway improvement projects are nearing completion.

More than $3 million of construction projects are being completed this fall to improve the Rancho Santa Fe Road and other streets throughout San Marcos. During construction, businesses in the area will remain open and those directly affected by the improvement projects will receive notice of scheduled work.

During the school year and periods of roadway construction, drive with caution and set those alarm clocks a little earlier to provide ample time to reach your destination safely and on time.

For more information about road work in San Marcos, visit www.san-marcos.net/roadwork.

San Marcos goes back to school after winter break

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Traffic delays expected during daily commute
After a winter break, San Marcos students are headed back to school. With elementary, middle and high schools along with Cal State San Marcos and Palomar College back in session this month, I-15 and SR-78 travelers can expect increased traffic delays during their daily commute.

While the increase in traffic congestion is familiar to city residents, students and commuters alike, the City of San Marcos is pleased to report that continued relief is on the way.

In the city’s ongoing efforts to get motorists moving and improve traffic flow, several roadway improvement projects are lined up over the next year. Planned projects include resurfacing of Rancho Santa Fe Road and annual pavement repair work throughout the community. Intersection safety upgrades throughout the city that have highest collision rates will receive safety improvements this spring. This summer, residents will also see a new traffic signal will be installed at the intersection of South Santa Fe Road and Smilax Road to make it safer to cross through the intersection.

During the school year and periods of roadway construction, drive with caution and provide ample time to reach your destination safely and on time.

For the latest traffic and road work updates, visit www.san-marcos.net/roadwork or sign up for automatic traffic email alerts by visiting www.san-marcos.net/alerts.

City of San Marcos hosts a successful biennial Education Forum

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City of San Marcos hosts a successful biennial Education Forum

San Marcos education leaders celebrate ten years of partnership

SAN MARCOS – The leaders of the three major educational institutions in San Marcos — the state university, community college and school district — described how expanded educational partnerships, strong enrollment growth and dramatic campus construction have marked the evolution of San Marcos as a regional education hub over the past 10 years at a biennial educational forum Wednesday hosted by the City of San Marcos.

Dr. Karen Haynes, president of California State University San Marcos; Adrian Gonzales, interim president of Palomar College, and Dr. Kevin Holt, superintendent of the San Marcos Unified School District reviewed accomplishments over the past ten years since the forum’s establishment and detailed how collaborative programs linked to the City or education partners have helped reach bold milestones.

Over that period, the number of students at California State University San Marcos has doubled to about 14,000, making it California’s fastest-growing state university said President Karen Haynes. In the San Marcos Unified School District, from elementary school through high school, about 21,000 students are being taught, up from about 16,000 in 2005, said Superintendent Kevin Holt. Interim President Adrian Gonzales noted that Palomar College offers educational opportunities to more than 23,000 students.

Mayor Jim Desmond described the city’s sponsorship as “a conscious effort to embrace our educational community” with a goal of “providing skills for the workplace of the future.”

With many school board members, trustees, city council members and the general public in attendance, the forum, “Making the Grade: In Just Ten Years,” for the first time was held at the campus of the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences in San Marcos. The private university, which specializes in graduate training for occupational and physical therapy, expanded to San Marcos in 2009 and also has campuses in St. Augustine, Florida, and Austin, Texas. President Wanda Nitsch moderated the forum.

Partnership was a key theme in describing how the school district, community college and state university work together to encourage and insure that students graduating from San Marcos high schools have a supportive pathway to higher education.

Superintendent Holt pointed out that the Pace Promise program guarantees every graduating senior who meets entry level requirements a spot in the entering class at Cal State San Marcos. “We live in a community that prioritizes higher education for kids,” he said.

President Haynes noted that such a guarantee is increasingly important as the number of applications for the freshman class has continued to go up, making admission more difficult. The current entering class had 19,000 applications for 2,500 slots, she said.

Holt also detailed efforts to reach out to San Marcos high school students through the GEAR UP program with Palomar College to provide workshops on preparing for and getting into college, including help to pay for all SMUSD 10th and 11th grade PSAT tests, an important early round test in the admissions process.

Gonzales noted also that the college is working with the district to help students who take a senior year math course to transition into college algebra.

Gonzales then described the achievements of Palomar College as a “hidden secret in San Marcos,” from its planetarium, the fifth-largest in the state, to its 22 varsity athletic teams, its student radio station ranked as No. 1 in the country, its debate team ranked nationally, and its standing as one of the top three colleges in the nation in graduating Hispanic students.

Haynes, too, touted the accomplishments of Cal State San Marcos in serving minority students, noting that for the third year in a row, more than half of graduating students were the first in their families to achieve a four-year degree.

Over the past 10 years, the most visible accomplishments have been the construction of new buildings, helped with funding from major, voter-approved bond measures for the San Marcos Unified School District and Palomar College.

San Marcos High School, now a modern landmark on San Marcos Boulevard, opened in 2014 and Double Peaks School, the district’s first kindergarten through eighth grade school, is set to open next August. Palomar College is beginning work on a new library and learning center. And a 1,400-seat multipurpose arena now under construction is set to open next fall at Cal State San Marcos.

While school funding has stabilized across the state with the rebound of the economy, Haynes said Cal State San Marcos plans to reach out with its first comprehensive fund-raising campaign. She said that 85 percent of the alumni stay in the region and that the university generates hundreds of millions of dollars for the local economy.

“Cal State San Marcos is now an investment in our region,” she said.

Honing in on the link between economic development and education, Mayor Jim Desmond detailed major developments close to the university and college campuses that are bringing new housing and businesses and continue to interconnect road improvements and SPRINTER transit stations to make the community a place where people can thrive in both education and career.

“San Marcos is a place where you can go from kindergarten to graduate school to employee,” Desmond said. “By partnering together, we are fostering a friendly, collaborative city that embraces our role as the education hub of North County.”

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Back to School Update from City of San Marcos

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As the summer winds down, San Marcos students are headed back to school. With elementary, middle and high schools along with Cal State San Marcos and Palomar College back in session later this month, I-15 and SR-78 travelers can expect increased traffic delays during their daily commute.

While the increase in traffic congestion is familiar to city residents, students and commuters alike, the City of San Marcos is pleased to report that continued relief is on the way.

In the city’s ongoing efforts to get motorists moving and improve traffic flow, several roadway improvement projects are lined up over the next year. Planned projects include resurfacing of Rancho Santa Fe Road and annual pavement repair work throughout the community. New traffic signals slated for the intersections of Borden Road, Richland Road and Rose Ranch Road will also provide safer routes to Richland Elementary School.

During the school year and periods of roadway construction, drive with caution and provide ample time to reach your destination safely and on time.

For the latest traffic and road work updates, visit www.san-marcos.net/roadwork or sign up for automatic traffic email alerts by visiting www.san-marcos.net/alerts.

San Marcos Hosts Successful Biennial Education Forum

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The leaders of the three major educational institutions in San Marcos — the state university, community college and school district — described a turnaround from years of scaling back at a biennial educational forum Thursday hosted by the City of San Marcos.

Dr. Karen Haynes, president of California State University San Marcos; Robert Deegan, president of Palomar College, and Dr. Kevin Holt, superintendent of the San Marcos Unified School District detailed new initiatives on campus and collaborative programs linked to the City or education partners. Many school board members, trustees, city council members and general public attended the forum, held in the governing board room at Palomar College.

At Palomar College, enrollment is on the upswing, new faculty members are being hired and major building projects are underway, Deegan said.

The state has determined that California State University, San Marcos, will have the largest growth projections of California’s 23 state universities, assuring a priority in funding decisions as it continues adding new buildings and develops an innovative school for end-of-life care, Haynes said.

While it will take years to restore funding levels that were decimated by the California’s long recession, Holt credited voter-approved bond monies for construction of the new San Marco High School that will open in December and urged support for an ambitious college scholarship program for San Marcos students.

All three education leaders and San Marcos Mayor Jim Desmond, who spearheaded creation of the forum in 2007, emphasized the importance of collaboration in making San Marcos a North County hub for education and a resource for economic development aimed at keeping well-educated students in the community. The school district, college and state university have a combined enrollment of more than 60,000 students. Read more

City of San Marcos, CA: Free paper shredding event offered in San Marcos on Saturday

The City of San Marcos and EDCO Recycling & Waste Collection will host a free shredding event on Saturday, May 21 from 9 am to noon at Palomar College, 1140 W. Mission Road in San Marcos. The event will take place in student parking lot 14.

Participants are limited to two bankers boxes (10″ x 12″ x 15″) per household. Items that should be shredded include legal documents, medical records, financial statements, accounting records, personnel files, audits, bank statements, tax records, receipts/invoices, canceled checks, business plans and credit card numbers.

According to the Federal Trade Commission, identity theft strikes more than 10 million Americans per year and costs American businesses and consumers more than $53 billion per year — not to mention the serious financial and emotional hardships it leaves in its wake. Shredding sensitive documents with account numbers, birth dates, signatures, passwords and PIN numbers is a great step towards avoiding identity theft.

The event will be set up as a drive-thru and drop-off event. Participants will not be able to watch their documents being shredded. EDCO Recycling & Waste Collection is the contract trash hauler for the City of San Marcos.

For more information, please call EDCO at (760) 744-2700.

 

Today’s Local News » San Elijo residents concerned about mini-dorm

By Pat Sherman Today’s Local News

Thursday, October 30, 2008

SAN MARCOS — Joan Cook stood on the corner of Eclipse Drive and Orion Way in her upscale San Elijo Hills neighborhood. Motioning down Orion Way, she noted several foreclosed and bank-owned houses. More than mere byproducts of the mortgage meltdown, to Cook and her tightknit group of neighbors the vacant structures represent mini-dorms just waiting to happen. Also referred to as rooming houses, mini-dorms are single-family homes that are leased to several people, typically college students or young adults splitting rent and expenses. Cook said the first mini-dorm has already sprouted up in her neighborhood, and with it, excess trash, traffic and loud parties.

On behalf of her neighbors, Cook addressed the City Council at its Oct. 14 meeting.“We’re just at our wits’ end,” Cook said. “That Tuesday night after the council meeting, we came back and there were 12 cars and a party going on. There were two great big bins (out front) … and there were people coming in and going out.”

Mini-dorms are common in neighborhoods near San Diego State University and University of California San Diego. They have slowly started to crop up in San Marcos because of increasing student enrollment at Cal State San Marcos and Palomar College.To deal with the issue, the Student and Neighborhood Relations Commission and the San Marcos City Council created a rooming house ordinance, which went into effect in August. It requires condominium and home owners who lease their properties to five or more tenants to apply for rooming house permits, which cost around $7,200. click here to read the balnce via Today’s Local News » San Elijo residents concerned about mini-dorms