San Marcos City Council Approves Massive Development Plan Some residents are concerned it’s too much change while others are looking forward to new housing options
San Marcos is moving forward with a massive development project, but not without a little bit of pushback from the community. Tuesday, the City Council voted in favor to develop a desirable 87-acre parcel just west of Cal State San Marcos and east of the San Marcos Creek.
The City of San Marcos has announced that several streets in the community will receive routine maintenance from Monday, Nov. 6 through mid-December as part of the City’s ongoing commitment to maintaining its roadways.
Every year in San Marcos, several streets receive a chip and slurry seal treatment to significantly extend the life of existing pavement by protecting the undersurface from the effects of aging and the environment. Residents directly affected will receive notices two weeks and 72 hours prior to scheduled work so that appropriate parking arrangements can be made.
“Over the past five years, the city has resurfaced more than 15 million square feet of pavement to provide motorists a safe and smooth ride while traveling through San Marcos,” said Public Works Director Matt Little.
During construction work, there will be flaggers and other workers directing traffic to ensure the safe passage of all individuals and for the safety of construction workers between the designated weekday construction hours Monday through Friday from 7 am and 5 pm; some Saturday work will be required.
Streets affected will receive two slurry seal coats. The first coat will be a larger rock followed by a second coat of smaller rock that will provide a smoother ride for motorists; coats will be applied on different days.
“We appreciate continued patience from residents and motorists during these important roadway repairs that will pave the way for lasting improvements,” said Little.
Paid for by the city’s capital improvement projects budget, the $465,000 project will be completed by American Asphalt South Inc.
Motorists are advised to expect delays and use caution when traveling through roadwork areas.
Road work schedules, maps and other traffic alerts will be posted to the city’s website at www.san-marcos.net/roadwork. Schedules are subject to change and residents are encouraged to regularly check the website for updates. Traffic alerts will also be shared through the city’s social media platforms @sanmarcoscity on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
For more information or questions about work on your street, please call the City’s Public Works Department at (760) 752-7550 or the City’s contracted construction manager Jason Linsdau at (760) 759-2466.
San Marcos Fire Department to partner with Trauma Intervention Programs of San Diego
The City of San Marcos and the Trauma Intervention Programs of San Diego (TIP) announced on Wednesday, Sept. 27 a new partnership between TIP and the San Marcos Fire Department (SMFD). SMFD joins the 30+ neighboring agencies affiliated with the TIP program allowing them to request trauma volunteers to help San Marcos residents when a tragedy occurs.
“We are excited about this new partnership with the Trauma Intervention Programs of San Diego County,” said Fire Captain Leighton Ewens. “The new partnership will enhance our existing capabilities to provide 24/7 response to residents in their time of greatest need.”
TIP is a nonprofit organization that has served San Diego County for 32 years; training citizen volunteers to respond and assist residents after tragedy strikes. Volunteers respond on a 24/7 basis to emergency scenes at the request of first responders. TIP volunteers provide immediate emotional and practical support which emergency responders may not have time to provide, adding another dimension to the emergency response system: compassionate support.
“The 24/7 coverage and impressive 23-minute average response time to emergency scenes will give our first responders a valuable tool in the toolbox when faced with challenging incidents,” said Ewens.
TIP Executive Director Sher DeWeese is delighted with the new partnership.
“TIP San Diego looks forward to working in conjunction with the San Marcos Fire Department to provide such assistance to its citizens in order to ease their immediate suffering and help facilitate their healing and long-term recovery.”
With the next TIP Training Academy beginning Wednesday, Oct. 4, the program is continuing to seek skilled compassionate individuals looking to give back to their community.
For more information on becoming a volunteer or supporter, visit www.TIPSanDiego.org or call 855.TIPSD.HELP. To learn more about the San Marcos Fire Department, visit www.san-marcos.net/smfd or call (760) 744-1050, ext. 3410.
Residents encouraged to attend annual Fourth of July Firework Extravaganza
With Fourth of July only a few days away, the San Marcos Fire Department reminds all residents that fireworks are best left to experts.
“Fireworks are extremely dangerous, unpredictable and capable of causing serious burns and disfiguring injuries,” said San Marcos Fire Chief Brett Van Wey. “They can also ignite dry brush, grasses and dead tree material and cause serious fires in our community.”
All residents should know that all fireworks — even those labeled “consumer” or “safe and sane” — are illegal in San Diego County. This includes cone fountains, cylindrical fountains, roman candles, skyrockets, firecrackers, mine and shells, helicopter-type rockets, sparklers, poppers and revolving wheels.
According to the National Fire Protection Association, thousands of people, including children and teens, are injured every year while using consumer fireworks. Even something as “harmless” as a sparkler, which burns at over 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit, can cause critical injuries and pose a serious fire hazard. Additionally, two out of five fires reported on Independence Day are started by fireworks.
Residents are encouraged to enjoy the city’s FREE professional fireworks show during the annual Fourth of July Firework Extravaganza at Bradley Park, 1587 Linda Vista Drive, on Tuesday, July 4.
Entertainment and festivities begin at 6 pm with the firework show at 9 pm. The evening’s free entertainment featuring Liquid Blue, a show band, will begin at 6 pm. Children’s activities include face painting, party jumps and more. Food concessions will include hot dogs, hamburgers, tacos, snow cones and more.
“Offered for more than 36 years of spirited family fun, this annual event offers residents a way to safely enjoy fireworks while celebrating our nation’s independence,” said Community Services Director Buck Martin. “With children’s activities, food for purchase and a great pyrotechnic display, this event has something for everyone.”
The fireworks show is entirely dependent on community donations. To contribute, please send tax-deductible donations by June 26 to: San Marcos Fireworks Fund, 3 Civic Center Drive, San Marcos 92069. Donations of $25 or more will receive a commemorative item.
For more fire prevention information, contact the San Marcos Fire Department at (760) 744-1050, ext. 3410.
children’s attractions and carnival rides; a showcase of local talent on the San Marcos Community Stage; varied and delicious food options and a stage with live music! All along Via Vera Cruz in San Marcos.
Bring your family and friends and enjoy a beautiful San Marcos day for fun in the sun!
Click Here to check out the stage schedule to see who’s performing and when. You don’t want to miss these great talents.
The City of San Marcos and the San Marcos Chamber of Commerce
Cell tower again raises neighbors’ ire More trees will go up around tower in San Elijo Hills By Teri Figueroa
A cellular tower in the San Elijo neighborhood that has run afoul of city rules landed briefly in the spotlight again this week when the San Marcos City Council renewed its permit — but not before adding conditions and blasting the operator for past missteps.With the permit in hand, Crown Castle International Corp. can fix up a fading faux tree near the tower and continue operating there for another decade.But in strong language at Tuesday’s meeting, the council demanded some extras from the company, including an annual report regarding the amount of radio frequency emissions from the tower. The company also must add more real trees to help shield the fake tree from view, and city staffers must inspect the site each year.The finger-wagging highlighted tensions between cell tower providers and the people who live nearby.The San Elijo tower is on the same agriculturally zoned property where neighbors revolted in 2013 after learning a second tower was planned at the edge of the land that abutted their subdivision. That months-long battle made headlines and led the city to rewrite the rules for how many towers it would allow on a single property, eventually limiting the total to three. The City Council approved the second tower at the property in 2014, though the structure has yet to be built. Residents had unsuccessfully argued that cell towers be kept at least 100 feet from a property line. Many cited fears that the devices could emit harmful radiation, but — with little evidence to support those claims — federal law prohibits cities from considering such concerns. Cities can consider aesthetics, however, when deciding where the towers should be allowed.Fast forward to last fall, when a couple of neighbors who spearheaded that earlier battle asked San Marcos to refuse to renew the permit for the first tower, arguing the company had failed to meet previous conditions.They said a faux tree designed to mask the structure had deteriorated, and there were no other trees around to block their view of the tower.That cell tower was first approved in 2008 under five-year permit granted to T-Mobile. In fall 2012, Crown Castle spent $2.4 billion to acquire the rights to some 7,200 T-Mobile cell towers, including the San Elijo site.A few months later, in spring 2013, the San Elijo permit expired and Crown Castle failed to renew it — leading the city to eventually file civil litigation to get the company to comply. During that same time, the city also noticed that the fake tree hiding the cell tower had deteriorated, and demanded that it be fixed. After filing five incomplete applications for renewal, the company eventually provided the right information to the city, and the Planning Commission OK’d the new permit last fall. The city dismissed the suit, and Crown Castle paid the city $6,500 for its trouble. But neighboring homeowners appealed to the City Council, asking the panel to review the permit decision. The council heard that appeal on Tuesday. Councilman Chris Orlando made note of the legal clash before casting the sole vote against renewing the permit.“From my view, you haven’t been a good participant, and you haven’t followed your (permit provisions) that existed before,” Orlando said before his vote. He later added, “I am suspect that you will comply with them … or that we will be able to make you comply with them.”Councilwoman Kristal Jabara told the company representative that she understood that the company had acquired a large number of towers, but “this is what you do for a living, day in and day out.”“We do have a level of discomfort here,” she said, “and we are hearing a lot of excuses as to why it (permit renewal) wasn’t done properly.” John Dohm, a zoning manager for Crown Castle, told the council the company wasn’t making excuses, and had not shirked responsibility. He told the panel that no one was “sitting on their hands,” but rather the renewal process “just took a really long time.” email@example.com
SAN MARCOS — When developers built the San Elijo Hills community in the early 2000s, they purposely lined the streets with sweetgum trees, whose leaves change colors during the fall, to give the community a quaint, small-town feel. More than a decade later, the decision to plant the trees has become problematic, as the root system of the trees is starting to lift and crack the sidewalks. To that end, San Marcos and San Elijo Hills officials have forged an agreement to remove and replace more than 30 of …Please
San Elijo Life Editors Note: The trees are not going away. The trees will be replaced with a species with a less invasive root structure, such as Chinese Pistache and Crape Myrtle. Both are currently used in San Elijo Hills Town Center on side streets and around the clock tower and they have fall color. 30 trees to start and evaluated each year for sidewalk issues. Please attend HOA and City meetings to learn more.
SAN MARCOS — The city of San Marcos has started eminent domain proceedings to acquire small portions of several residential properties that stand in the way of a long-planned project to overhaul San Marcos Creek and build two new bridges in the area.
A new communication effort for residents entitled “ENGAGE San Marcos” was launched in February with rousing success. The campaign is part of the city’s ongoing effort to increase communication and interaction with residents. The effort centers around two new digital advances – a newly designed website and the addition of an Instagram account to the city’s social media lineup.
The city’s new website showcases an improved design with the most popular items right up front, making it easier than ever to navigate the site. An interactive map directory of parks and facilities, online facility reservations and streamlined department pages with easy to find contact information are also featured. Residents will continue to enjoy existing popular services like online class registration and job applications.
Another exciting component of the ENGAGE San Marcos communications campaign is the addition of an Instagram account, which complements the City’s already active social engagements on both Facebook and Twitter.
“Instagram is arguably one of the powerful social networks on the plant and reaches a demographic not always engaged on other social sites,” explained Communications Officer Sarah Macdonald. “Adding this platform helps the City reach out to a wider spectrum of constituents.”
To get residents engaged on this platform, the City is promoting #discoversanmarcos and is asking residents to post pictures of San Marcos using this hashtag.
The City of San Marcos is kicking off its second annual “Best of San Marcos” photo contest co-sponsored by the San Marcos Arts Council now through Monday, Feb. 29.
Amateur and professional photographers are invited to submit striking images that capture the “Best of San Marcos”: natural beauty, recreational activities, architectural points of interest, as well as people enjoying San Marcos parks and trails, sporting and special events, and other community programs.
Winning entries will be published in the San Marcos 360 News and Recreation Guide or used in other city publications, promotional materials and/or city website. First place winners will also receive $50 San Marcos Bucks redeemable towards one session of any enrichment camp or specialty class, subject to availability. Second place winners will receive $25 San Marcos Bucks redeemable towards one session of any enrichment camp or specialty class, subject to availability.
By entering the contest, photographers grant the City of San Marcos a royalty-free license to reproduce, distribute and publicly display submitted photographs for advertising, promotional and other purposes. The photographer may or may not be credited when their photo is used.