5TH ANNUAL GRAND SPRING FESTIVAL & STREET FAIRE-The City of San Marcos and the San Marcos Chamber of Commerce
Sunday, April 9, 2017,
Sunday, April 9, 2017,
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
Read more via source: Tree removal agreement forged | The Coast News Group
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.
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.
Limited to one entry per person, photographs must be taken in the City of San Marcos and accompanied by an entry form and liability waiver, and a parent/guardian release for photographers under age 18. All entries must be submitted in a digital, TIFF or JPEG format by Monday, Feb. 29 to Community Services Program Manager Holly Malan, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
For more information, please contact Community Services Program Manager Holly Malan at (760) 744-9000, ext. 3503 or email@example.com.
Westbound lane closure scheduled for San Elijo Road Street to receive slurry seal Oct. 19 and Oct. 20
On Monday, Oct. 19 and Tuesday, Oct. 20, motorists can expect single westbound lane closures along San Elijo Road east of Melrose Drive between 9 am and 2 pm to accommodate slurry seal work.
Slurry seal treatment significantly extends the life of existing pavement by protecting the undersurface from the effects of aging and the environment.
Although two-way traffic will be maintained within the work area, minor traffic delays are anticipated and motorists are encouraged to use alternate routes.
For more information, please call (760) 744-1050.
The 2015 fall edition of the San Marcos 360 Magazine is now available. Residents will receive the publication in their mailboxes this week. Featuring articles on developments in the San Marcos Creek District, roadway improvements, budget updates, fire prevention information and more, the free magazine serves to connect residents to their government.
San Marcos 360 is published three times per year by the city and includes timely news about the city along with a complete guide to the city’s parks and recreation offerings.
Residents and visitors can also discover exciting recreational activities, special events, day camps, enrichment programs and classes, sporting leagues, and senior programs.
For more information or questions, contact Communications Officer Sarah Macdonald, (760) 744-1050, ext. 3174.
Following is a list of important announcements and upcoming events from The San Elijo Hills Community Association (HOA:
Spring Fling/Pirate Party – (May 16th)
Shiver me timbers and batten down the hatches! San Elijo Hills is excited to invite all our mateys to come celebrate spring with us, pirate-style, on Saturday, May 16th at Hilltop Field of San Elijo Park from Noon – 3:00 p.m.
Pirate themed games, events & craft stations
Obstacle course & bounce houses
Carnival themed concessions including popcorn and cotton candy
And more fun surprises!
We hope to see you there!
If you have questions please feel free to contact Ted Tuleck at firstname.lastname@example.org
Trails Cleanup Day Recap
Despite it being cold, gray, and windy, 70 volunteers joined us for the trail clean up day. Volunteers collected 112 pounds of trash and 30 pounds of recyclables. We collected half the trash we did from the September event. We hope this is, in part, due to the awareness these events bring to our trails. Thank you all for your continued support in helping us promote these events. Keep an eye out for the next one! www.creektobay.org
Spring has sprung here in San Elijo Hills! There are still a few spaces available in our Calistoga community garden for rent! Participating in the garden is a great way to work on your green thumb and witness the fruits of your labor as your seedlings begin to sprout! If you are interested in reserving one of the planters, please contact Ted Tuleck at email@example.com. The yearly lease fee is $50.00 (plus a $25.00 refundable key deposit) and the planter is yours until March 31, 2016.
Memorial Day Closure
The visitor’s center will be closed on Monday, May 25th as we observe Memorial Day. We will re-open regular hours Tuesday, May 26th, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Most city and government buildings will be closed as well so please check ahead of time if you have business to conduct on that day. Have a safe and fun holiday!
Open House Sign Policy
The San Elijo Hills Community Association has a very specific sign policy in place regarding Open House signs in the community implemented to keep our community beautiful! The San Elijo Hills Community Association’s governing documents prohibit the display of any non-Association signs in the Common Area. The intent of the San Elijo Hills Open House Sign Policy is to (1) provide an acceptable means for homeowners to market homes for sale within the community; (2) reduce the number of open house signs used in the community; and (3) discourage the ‘alternative’ means of signage that have been used in the past (sign spinners, signs on cars, etc).
It is your responsibility as the homeowner to notify your agent of the policy prior to putting out their signage. If it does not follow the guidelines, it will be removed and disposed of. The Open House Policy can be found on our website www.sanelijohills.net for your convenience. Thank you for your anticipated cooperation.
Please be considerate of your neighbors in respect to barking and noisy dogs. Please do not leave your dogs unattended, outside for long periods of time.
Disturbing the peace is prohibited under San Marcos code 6.24.140. No person shall own or harbor an animal in such a manner that the peace or quiet of the public is unreasonably disturbed. The keeping or maintenance, or the permitting to be kept or maintained, on any premises owned, occupied or controlled by any person of any animal or fowl which, by any frequent or long continued noise, shall cause unreasonable annoyance or discomfort to any person of normal sensitivity in the vicinity, shall constitute a violation of this section; provided, however, that nothing contained herein shall be construed to apply to reasonable noises emanating from legally operated veterinary hospitals, humane societies, animal shelters, farm and/or agricultural facilities, or areas where keeping of animals or fowls are permitted. Any person who violates any provision of this Section is guilty of a misdemeanor.
The City of San Marcos contracts animal control services with the Escondido Humane Society. For questions, please call (760) 888-BARK between 10 am and 6 pm, seven days a week or visit www.escondidohumanesociety.org.
*This website – San Elijo Life is independent from the developer San Elijo Hills Development Company and the San Elijo Hills Community Association (HOA). The HOA updates are provided as a service to our readership. …Enjoy Life in The Hills.