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Save the Dates! Upcoming City of San Marcos Workshops for the Climate Action Plan Update

Climate Action Plan Workshop

The City of San Marcos (City) is currently in the process of updating its Climate Action Plan (CAP).  As part of the CAP update development process, the City is holding a series of workshops to solicit public input and incorporate the feedback in the updated CAP.  All three workshops will have the same information. The CAP is expected to be released for public review in early 2020 prior to public hearings for formal adoption.  

The City will be hosting three public workshops to engage City residents, businesses, and community leaders in the CAP update development process.  These workshops will provide an opportunity to ask questions, learn more about the CAP update process, and to provide input and feedback on its development. Feedback will be gathered through real-time polling and survey responses at the workshops. The City will incorporate input from these workshops and an online survey into the CAP to create a plan that reflects the values and vision of the community.

Please join us at any one of our upcoming workshops.  Note the content and information will be the same at all the three workshops.

WORKSHOP #1: May 9th (Thursday) at 6:00 PM. 
San Marcos Senior Center (111 Richmar Avenue, San Marcos, CA 92069)

WORKSHOP #2: May 13th (Monday) at 6:00 PM. 
San Marcos Community Center – Main Hall (3 Civic Center Drive, San Marcos, CA 92069)

WORKSHOP #3 (PLANNING COMMISSION): May 20th (Monday) at 6:30 PM 
San Marcos Civic Center – Valley of Discover Room 
(1 Civic Center Drive, San Marcos, CA 92069)

Stay Involved in the Process

Please head over to our webpage dedicated to the CAP update which will be updated periodically to keep all stakeholders informed on the CAP update process. 

If you are not able to attend one of these workshops, you will still be able to provide your thoughts and ideas!  An online survey will soon be launched on the website to gather input from members of the community who are unable to attend these workshops, or for those who wish to provide additional feedback following workshop attendance. Stay tuned for more information!

(https://www.san-marcos.net/departments/development-services/planning/climate-action-plan)

Project Contact

For questions, please contact Saima Qureshy, Principal Planner, City of San Marcos 
Email: squreshy@san-marcos.net           Phone: (760) 744-1050, ext 3222

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San Elijo Hills Community Association April 2019 HOA Update

Please see below for the most recent San Elijo Hills Community Association Updates:

April 30th – Take Action Against New Power Lines

The Master HOA is distributing this information on behalf of a Resident Committee to Stop the Powerlines; as the issue may affect some of our San Elijo Residents-for further information please contact the parties noted below.

April 30th – Take Action Against New Power Lines

On behalf of a Resident Committee to Stop the Powerlines:
The time for action is now! New SDG&E power lines and large steel poles are coming soon through our neighborhoods unless we attend these two April 30th meetings in force! This is our biggest and nearly final opportunity to communicate our concerns to the CPUC before these power lines and poles are built. Our goal is to stop SDG&E from building a second set of power lines through our communities and urge them to place these power lines underground.
• Tuesday, April 30th from 1 pm – 3 pm at the San Elijo Hills Rec Center, 1105 Elfin Forest Road, San Marcos, CA 92078
• Tuesday, April 30th from 6 pm – 8 pm at the San Marcos Community Center, 3 Civic Center Drive, San Marcos, CA 92069
Click to sign-up https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1AZ9v6qLpstpO66SQUDi0Jip42ooP88RPfBg56C-tdbk/viewform?edit_requested=true. Learn more about SDG&E’s proposed project HERE (www.sanmarcospowerlines.com)

Background:
The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), after 17 months of considering SDG&E’s request to build a new set of 69 kV high voltage transmission lines and large steel poles through our communities, has sent a Notice of Intent to approve the project to the Governor’s Office. We have 30 days, until May 15 at 5 p.m. to make our voices heard. There are viable alternatives to SDG&E’s proposed 12-mile circuitous route including a direct 5.4 mile underground route which would have no long-term environmental impact, unlike their current proposal. In summary:

The tentatively approved 12 miles above ground circuitous power line route will:
– Increase potential wildfire concerns
– Create unnecessary health risks for our children due to increased EMFs along the 12-mile route
– Decrease our property values (some more than others but we will ALL be impacted)
– Negatively impact habitat for some of our local sensitive species
– Negatively impact the aesthetic nature of our homes and community
– Potentially impact cultural resources buried along the route

The 5.4-mile alternative underground route:
– Has none of the above long-term negative impacts on our communities
– Has unknown financial consequences due to lack of in-depth budget analysis

Commit to attending April 30th. Bring a neighbor, a friend, and pack these hearings. Forward this email to your local networks, copy/paste to social media, and encourage participation in your neighborhood. Your community needs you!! Join our FB page https://www.facebook.com/groups/445866435944617/ to stay up to date on event details. Expect several more emails on this important issue in the coming weeks.

Coastal Cleanup Day

The California Coastal Cleanup Day (CCD) has been set for 2018! The San Elijo Hills trails system is a designated California Coastal Clean up Day (CCD) area, and we need volunteers! The trail system within San Elijo Hills is such a beloved feature of our community! Please join us on Saturday, April 27th from 9:00AM-12:00 PM to help clean up the trails! Volunteers will meet in the Town Square (by the fountain) of San Elijo Hills at 9:00 AM. Walk-ups are welcome but pre-registration helps us with site logistics, so if you know for sure you want to help, please register online at www.creektobay.org. All volunteers should wear comfortable closed toed shoes and sun protection. You can help reduce waste by bringing your own reusable water bottle, and gardening or work gloves. Note: every participant in CCD needs to sign a waiver; anyone under the age of 18 needs a parent or guardian signature to participate! Students are eligible for community service hours, and prizes will be given out for the most trash collected! Together we can all make a difference!

San Elijo Hills Women’s Club- A Family A’Faire

On Saturday, May 18, 2019 from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm, the San Elijo Hills Town Square will be filled with colorful booths and lively vendors, all part of the first annual San Elijo Hills Women’s Club ‘A FAMILY A’FAIRE’ This great family event will feature many exciting options for adults and children. There will be food trucks, a bounce house/ obstacle course, a fashion show, fitness classes and summer camp opportunities. Enjoy many vendors offering health and beauty products, jewelry, fashion, home decor, children and pet products and much more. This is a wonderful opportunity to shop for teachers or graduates and for yourself. Don’t miss this fun family event! http://sehwc.weebly.com.

SEES Country Fair

Round up your friends for two days of rides, games, and fun! San Elijo Elementary School (SEES) is excited to bring this family friendly event to the community on Friday, May 3rd from 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM and Saturday, May 4th from 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Activities include: Carnival thrill rides, petting zoo, pony rides, carnival games, arts and crafts, live auction, entertainment, food carts, and more. Admission is free. Attraction tickets can be purchased online at www.seesfair.com. Proceeds from the fair go to SEES PTO. SEES PTO is a 501(c)3 non-profit established to further enrich the education of students at San Elijo Elementary School. Donations support, art, science, & drama lessons, and other educational opportunities. San Elijo Elementary School is located at: 1615 Schoolhouse Way, San Marcos, CA 92078. If you would like more info about this event, contact Malia Goss, Vice President of Country Fair at seescountryfairpto@gmail.com.

Save the Date-Hops in the Hills

Hops in the Hills Beer Festival—Saturday, June 8, 2019 2pm – 5pm @ the Hilltop Field of San Elijo Hills Park!

Tickets: https://hith2019.eventbrite.com
Facebook: SEH Hops in the Hills
Website: www.hopsinthehills.net
Looking for Sponsors!!
Contact Tina Heap
tinaheap2015@gmail.com

Join us, support local schools!! All proceeds go to San Elijo Elementary, San Elijo Middle School & Double Peak K-8 PTO.

This event is 21+
NO children NO Pets

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 New SDG&E power lines

The time for action is now!  New SDG&E power lines and large steel poles are coming soon through our neighborhoods unless we attend these two April 30th meetings in force!  This is our biggest and nearly final opportunity to communicate our concerns to the CPUC before these power lines and poles are built.  Our goal is to stop SDG&E from building a second set of power lines through our communities and urge them to place these power lines underground.

Tuesday, April 30th from 1 pm – 3 pm at the San Elijo Hills Rec Center, 1105 Elfin Forest Road, San Marcos, CA 92078

Tuesday, April 30th from 6 pm – 8 pm at the San Marcos Community Center, 3 Civic Center Drive, San Marcos, CA 92069

Sign-up here to attend the meetings: https://forms.gle/LD9Fxp2SgJhrTFkv6

Learn more about SDG&E’s proposed project here:  www.sanmarcospowerlines.com

Background:
The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), after 17 months of considering SDG&E’s request to build a new set of 69 kV high voltage transmission lines and large steel poles through our communities, has sent a Notice of Intent to approve the project to the Governor’s Office.  We have 30 days, until May 15 at 5 p.m. to make our voices heard. There are viable alternatives to SDG&E’s proposed 12-mile circuitous route including a direct 5.4-mile underground route which would have no long-term environmental impact, unlike their current proposal.

In summary, the tentatively approved 12 miles above ground circuitous power line route will:
-Increase potential wildfire concerns
-Create unnecessary health risks for our children due to increased EMFs along the 12-mile route
-Decrease our property values (some more than others but we will ALL be impacted)
-Negatively impact habitat for some of our local sensitive species
-Negatively impact the aesthetic nature of our homes and community
-Potentially impact cultural resources buried along the route

The 5.4-mile alternative underground route:
-Has none of the above long-term negative impacts on our communities
-Has unknown financial consequences due to lack of in-depth budget analysis

Commit to attending April 30th. Bring a neighbor, a friend, and pack these hearings. Copy/paste onto local social media pages and sites, and encourage participation in your neighborhood.  Your community needs you!!

Join our FB page to stay up to date on event details: https://www.facebook.com/groups/445866435944617/

OLD-FASHIONED FAMILY FUN IN SAN MARCOSAT SAN ELIJO ELEMENTARY SCHOOL’S ANNUAL COUNTRY FAIR

OLD-FASHIONED FAMILY FUN IN SAN MARCOS

AT SAN ELIJO ELEMENTARY SCHOOL’S ANNUAL COUNTRY FAIR

Round up your friends for two days of rides, games, and fun! San Elijo Elementary School (SEES) is excited to bring this family friendly event to the community on Friday, May 3rd from 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM and Saturday, May 4th from 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM.

Activities include: Carnival thrill rides, petting zoo, pony rides, carnival games, arts and crafts, live auction, entertainment, food carts, and more. Admission is free. Attraction tickets can be purchased online at www.seesfair.com.

Proceeds from the fair go to SEES PTO. SEES PTO is a 501(c)3 non-profit established to further enrich the education of students at San Elijo Elementary School. Donations support, art, science, & drama lessons, and other educational opportunities. San Elijo Elementary School is located at: 1615 Schoolhouse Way, San Marcos, CA 92078.

If you would like more info about this event, contact Malia Goss, Vice President of Country Fair at seescountryfairpto@gmail.com. 

San Marcos wins state award for helping businesses expand

The California Association for Local Economic Development (CALED) recently honored the City of San Marcos with an Award of Excellence—its highest prize—for helping local businesses grow over the past two years.

San Marcos has helped four San Marcos companies secure nearly $1.4 million in state income tax credits since 2017, allowing them to collectively create 79 local jobs.

“We’re proud to have helped these businesses connect with the resources they need to grow in San Marcos,” said Economic Development Manager Tess Sangster. “These companies will undoubtedly boost our local economy, which is a really big win for our whole community.”

CalEd awards San Marcos for economic development effortsThe Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) awards these credits, which are applied to reduce a company’s state income taxes. Those savings are then invested back into the company.

Winning these credits is highly competitive, so city staff guided business owners each step of the way. This included calling on the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation (San Diego Regional EDC) for added expertise in the area.

“Helping these business owners put their best foot forward was a team effort,” Sangster said, pointing out that the City appropriately won the award in the Economic Development Collaboration category. “By bringing San Diego Regional EDC to the table, we were ultimately able to win against stiff competition.”

In fact, only 63 companies across the state were awarded tax credits in the last round—and San Marcos was the only city in northern San Diego County to make the list.

To date, the City has helped: Wholesale Shade earn a $500,000 tax credit that will create 26 jobs; Cliniqa earn a $350,000 tax credit that will create 24 jobs; Creative Electron earn a $446,700 tax credit will create 22 jobs; and Quick Charge Power earn a $100,000 tax credit that will create seven jobs.

These companies are all are part of San Marcos’ booming manufacturing industry, the City’s second-largest economic sector. Data recently compiled by the San Diego Regional EDC shows that manufacturing accounts for nearly 7 percent of local gross domestic product (GDP), or about $550 million annually. It also provides 11 percent of local employment, which is about 4,300 jobs.

Sangster—who formally accepted the award on Thursday, March 28 during CALED’s annual conference in Anaheim—said she hopes to help even more businesses apply for tax credits.

“The City is eager to support its business community, and this is one of the many ways we’re happy to continue doing that,” she said.

For more information about CALED, please visit caled.org. For more information about the City’s economic development division, visit www.san-marcos.net/openforbusiness or contact Economic Development Manager Tess Sangster at TSangster@san-marcos.net or (760) 744-1050, ext. 3120.

Caution pet owners…..rattlesnake season is here!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Caution pet owners…..rattlesnake season is here!

At Advanced Veterinary Care of San Elijo we have had two patients bitten by rattlesnakes just within the last week. We recommend the following precautions to keep your pet safe from rattlesnake envenomation: 

  1. Keep your dogs on a leash at all times while walking or hiking. 
  2. Walk your dog in the middle of the walkway or trail and keep an eye out for snakes on or beside the trail. 
  3. Avoid letting your pet explore areas with brush, tall grass, rocks, and logs. 
  4. Keep your yard neat and uncluttered to avoid unwanted reptile guests.
  5. Avoid using bird feeders which attract rodents (and consequently snakes) during the spring and summer. 

In the event that your pet is bitten by a rattlesnake seek immediate veterinary care! The doctors at Advanced Veterinary Care are very experienced in treating rattlesnake bites. We are prepared to provide the care that your pet needs, including administration of anti-venin. 

Please call our office if you have any questions regarding rattlesnake bite prevention, treatment or vaccination. 760-736-3636

 

Advanced Veterinary Care of San Elijo 

1691 Melrose Dr. Suite # 110
San Marcos, CA 92078
760-736-3636
www.sanelijovet.com

Reducing Sugary Drink Consumption

Did you realize that up to 17% of what your child consumes daily is added sugar? And half of that comes from sugary drinks!  The American Academy of Pediatrics is striving for some policy changes that may help our kids avoid health problems in the future. Dr. Jaime Friedman’s latest blog outlines some great tips on what parents can do to get their kids’ eating (and drinking) habits on a healthier track.

Children’s Physicians Medical Group (CPMG), in partnership with Rady Children’s Health Network, is dedicated to offering outstanding healthcare for your kids, from birth through age 18. Have you checked out our new and updated website?  We can help you find a doctor, explain why CPMG is right for you and allow you to view videos on our doctors and other health topics.

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Northbound Elfin Forest Road to close beginning April 1 for storm drain improvements

Northbound Elfin Forest Road to close beginning April 1 for storm drain improvements

Beginning Monday, April 1 through Friday, April 12, all northbound lanes along Elfin Forest Road between N. San Elijo Road and S. San Elijo Road are scheduled to close to accommodate the installation of a new storm drain system.

Working hours will be Monday through Friday from 9 am to 2 pm. Crews expect to complete the majority of the work during San Marcos Unified School District’s spring break to minimize traffic impacts to the surrounding schools. Delays in the schedule may occur due to inclement weather and unforeseen construction obstructions.

Standard traffic control measures with advanced warning signs and pedestrian detours will be in place. Residents and motorists should be advised that vehicular detours will require drivers to use Stephanie Court. Traffic signals will be synchronized to allow more time for detoured traffic to cross through the intersection at Stephanie Court.

Associated with the San Elijo Town Center Phase II East project, these improvements are funded as a private development project through Ambient Communities.

For more information, contact the developer’s construction manager Randy Valles with Centre Builders at (714) 906-1135.

The San Marcos Sheriff’s Station is holding a Coffee with the Community

Community: Coffee with the Community – San Marcos

Community outreach is a top priority of the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department.

Members of the community should feel comfortable bringing problems related to safety and security to our staff.

The San Marcos Sheriff’s Station is holding a Coffee with the Community event on:

Tuesday, March 19th
Noon to 1:00 p.m.
Starbucks
126 Knoll Road, San Marcos

This is an opportunity to connect with the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department. You’ll have a chance to ask questions, voice concerns and get to know deputies who patrol your neighborhood. Get crime prevention tips and learn more about our free safety programs.

Let’s work together to keep our communities safe.

For more information, contact Deputy Jason Allen or Deputy Aaron Ritt at (760) 510-5200.

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