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San Marcos Mayor delivers his final State of the City Address

San Marcos Mayor delivers his final State of the City Address 

San Marcos, CA –After serving San Marcos for more than a decade, San Marcos Mayor Jim Desmond delivered his final State of the City Address on Wednesday, March 7 as part of the San Marcos Chamber of Commerce’s Business Awards.

“It is with a tremendous pride, that I and your city council are setting the foundation for the next generation,” said Mayor Jim Desmond. “With median incomes on the rise, low unemployment, and a growing economy, San Marcos is a rising star.”

Presented at California State University San Marcos to an audience packed with leaders, entrepreneurs, non-profits, local businesses, residents and others devoted to San Marcos, Mayor

Jim Desmond’s talk highlighted the most significant accomplishments of the last several years and outlined progress in the areas of public safety, economic and community development, traffic and transportation, and other quality of life issues.

“The priorities of the city are safety, economic development, planning for the future and quality of life,” said Mayor Desmond.

Recent achievements included a crime rate drop by 16 percent, above average San Marcos Fire Department response times, maintaining and improving city infrastructure, a balanced budget of nearly $70 million, and an increase in number of local businesses. Two new parks were added in 2017 and San Marcos continues to boast more than 62 miles of trail.

In 2019, residents can expect construction to start on two new bridges over the San Marcos Creek at Via Vera Cruz and Bent Avenue.

Mayor Desmond also applauded the city’s economic achievements and noted that San Marcos is the education hub of North County San Diego.

Desmond said, “Our world-class educational institutions create a talented workforce that generates a pipeline for regional talent, thereby keeping and attracting high-paying jobs, and industry to our region.”

Serving more than 90,000 students, San Marcos is home to an award-winning school district, the state’s largest community college, Palomar College, and California State University San Marcos, along with several private education institutions.

In his address, the Mayor stressed the importance of the community partnerships to tackle the various issues facing the city—issues such as economic and population changes, state laws that threaten local control, and re-calibrating the San Marcos Creek District plan to accommodate changing retail and housing demands.

“Our partnerships provide the solid foundation that has allowed us to take risks when needed, strategically plan for our future, and tap into the city’s possibilities to see our star continue to rise, said Desmond. “We all play a vital role in both and living out life’s possibilities right here in San Marcos. ”

The 2018 State of the City Address will be rebroadcast on San Marcos TV beginning mid-March on Cox Communications Channel 19, Timer Warner Cable Channel 24, AT&T U-Verse Channel 99 or on demand at www.san-marcos.net.

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City of San Marcos State of the City Address

City of San Marcos State of the City Address | Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Mayor Jim Desmond delivered the 2016 State of the City Address for San Marcos on Tuesday, February 23 at 1 pm as the keynote to the San Marcos Chamber of Commerce Board Member Installation and Business Awards Luncheon. The speech took place at Cal State San Marcos, 333 S. Twin Oaks Valley Road, in the University Student Ballroom.

San Marcos Mayor to deliver 2013 State of the City Address

San Marcos Mayor to deliver 2013 State of the City Address

Mayor Jim Desmond will deliver the annual San Marcos State of the City Address on Tuesday, February 26 during a luncheon at Williams Barn at Walnut Grove Park, 1950 Sycamore Drive. Registration begins at 11:15; a buffet lunch will be available at 11:30 am; and the Mayor’s address will start at 12:15 pm.

Limited tickets for the event are available for $35 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 event will have a nostalgic flavor as the City prepares to celebrate its 50th anniversary of incorporation, which took place on January 28, 1963. The City Council will share their favorite historical San Marcos memory via a short video produced by Palomar College and Mayor Desmond’s talk will highlight some of the most significant accomplishments of the last year. He will also outline upcoming goals in the areas of public safety, parks and community services, community development, traffic and transportation, and other quality of life issues.

Following the luncheon, guests are invited to stop by the nearby Mary Young Connors Hall at Heritage Park to view the San Marcos Historical Society’s newly launched exhibit, “San Marcos: Our 50 Years of Cityhood.” The year-long exhibit features artifacts and memorabilia that recognize San Marcos’ first five decades.

The event is co-hosted by the City of San Marcos and the San Marcos Chamber of Commerce and will be rebroadcast on San Marcos TV during the month of March or on demand at www.san-marcos.net.

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.