On Sept. 24, 2019, the San Marcos City Council awarded a contract so construction can begin on San Marcos Creek project to increase the San Marcos community’s access to and enjoyment of San Marcos Creek. Construction is anticipated to begin in the winter of 2020 and is anticipated for completion in 2022.
About the Project
If you’re not familiar with the project, it is adjacent to the San Marcos Creek, with the following boundaries:
- West San Marcos Boulevard to the North
- Grand Avenue to the East
- Via Vera Cruz to the West
- Discovery Avenue to the South
The project will solve a long-standing problem of flooding in the community, by raising the roads and bridges in the project area. This is in addition to adding open space by preserving creek habitat and providing a walking trail, vistas to the creek and a park for the community to enjoy.
The City’s project team has hired JPW Communications to assist with communications and outreach to the community throughout project construction.
As part of our early outreach, JPW would like to share information with you about the project (see attached fact sheet). We encourage you to read through this information and the following ways to stay updated on the project throughout construction.
- Text updates:Text SMCreek to 484848 to sign up for text updates
- Project hotline:877-SMCREEK
The City will also host a public meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 29 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the San Marcos Community Center, so please save the date. The meeting will provide an opportunity to hear more information about the project, construction schedule and how to stay informed throughout construction.
Thank you in advance.
Zooming In On Nature
Escondido, CA – Textures, colors, patterns, and microscopic organisms come alive as The Escondido Creek Conservancy was awarded $1,500 for a new microscope by the San Marcos Community Foundation. As a result of the grant, visitors to the Interpretive Center at the Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve will now have a clearer view on the microscopic world.
The Elfin Forest Interpretive Center provides visitors with an opportunity to learn more about the local habitats, plants, and animals of the reserve. One of the most popular stations within the Center is a stereo microscope attached to a television screen that visitors can use to take a close-up look at some of the creek’s tiniest inhabitants—aquatic macroinvertebrates. The microscope allows visitors to see a part of the local ecosystem that they wouldn’t otherwise have the opportunity to see. The microscope is also used on field trips, so thousands of students and adults each year will now have an enhanced experience at the Center.
The Interpretive Center is open during volunteer availability. Please visit elfinforest.olivenhain.com for hours of operation. You can also help support our education programs by donating to the Eichen Education Fund. Visit escondidocreek.org/eichenedfund for more information.
FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Nathan Serrato | Marketing and Volunteer Manager
The City of San Marcos is pleased to announce the launch of a new resident tool called the San Marcos City App.
San Marcos City App empowers residents and visitors to support the City in its efforts to keep San Marcos safe and clean. It is your gateway to submit service requests to city staff. You can use the app to notify us of things like:
- Traffic light outages
- Maintenance needs at city-managed spaces (parks, trails, etc.)
The app creates an efficiency of service for both residents and city staff to report non-emergency concerns through:
Based on your phone’s GPS location, you can quickly notify us of where you observe an issue when you submit a request.
You can track the progress and resolution of your submitted requests in the app. Other nearby requests will also be viewable, so you can tell if someone else has noticed the same concern.
The app connects directly to San Marcos city staff who can help. Submitting service requests through the app is the quickest and most efficient way to get things resolved.
For more details and how to download go to www.san-marcos.net/city-app.
SAN DIEGO — A manhunt is over after police arrested a convicted serial rapist. The San Diego Police Department arrested and booked Dale Dulac on Friday at 1:42 p.m. He’s currently being held at the San Diego Central Jail on Front Street.
According to court documents, he’s facing charges for vehicle theft and receiving stolen property.
Update: Violent New York fugitive, serial rapist arrested in San Diego San Diego Police arrested 57-year-old Dale Dulac on Friday.
Local and federal agencies searched for the violent man that was spotted in North County. At this time, police aren’t saying where they found Dulac when they arrested him.
New York State Parole has confirmed earlier this week that a violent parolee-at-large and convicted rapist from the state was spotted in San Diego. The agency confirmed that on Wednesday, Sept. 25, Dale Dulac was at a bus station in San Diego.
The 57-year-old has was seen in San Marcos.
The state parole agency said it was working with US Marshals to locate Dulac, who is a Level #3 sex offender. The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department also reported that they worked with the San Diego Fugitive Task Force to locate and arrest Dulac.
Prior to Dulac’s arrest, one neighbor said Dulac was hanging out a 7-Eleven off of Melrose Drive and at nearby apartment complexes near Rancho Santa Fe Road on the border of San Marcos and Carlsbad.
“He’s kind of buff – and the bald head,” said the witness.
Jake wants to do something BIG to help raise money for Rady Children’s Hospital.
On November 3rd, Jake will be riding his bike in a 50k event, which translates to about 32 miles with over 2,000 feet of elevation gain. Think about how long it takes just to drive 32 miles, and now imagine doing that on a bike, at 8 years old.
Why Rady Children’s Hospital? Four years ago Jake had a seizure unexpectedly in the backseat of a car while his mom was driving him to summer camp. Over the next several months his seizures continued, and doctors identified an area of abnormal activity in his brain and diagnosed him with epilepsy. With the help of the Rady’s doctors and staff, Jake was able to find a medication that has kept him seizure-free for the last four years. Now, Jake wants to help other kids, and let them know that he cares about them and so do others.
This December after his big bike ride, Jake will have the opportunity to further show his support for the children at Rady’s in person by joining Rady Children’s Light the Way Celebration, where he and other participants will shine lights up to the windows of the hospital letting young patients know that “we’re here for you and we’re thinking about you.”
Jake wants you to know that he will be working extra hard to show how much he appreciates your donation and support to achieve this lofty goal. Rady Children’s Hospital has 501c3 status and your donation is 100% tax-deductible. The donation process is fast, easy and secure. Please send this page to any friends who might be interested in donating.
At its Sept. 24, 2019 meeting, the San Marcos City Council voted to approve a notice to award for Sema Construction to serve as the primary construction contractor for the San Marcos Creek Project. The project, once complete, will minimize flooding risks, preserve and enhance creek habitat, and build a new park and trails. The project will also provide critical infrastructure needed to support future growth in the area.
Following this approval, the City of San Marcos project team will continue community outreach about the project, finalize the construction timeline, mobilize the construction team and start active construction in early 2020.
“We are pleased to move forward with a project that will solve a long-standing issue and provide tremendous value to the community in the future. At the same time, we understand that construction in one of our core areas will cause temporary inconvenience,” said City of San Marcos Project Manager Isaac Etchamendy. “The City is committed to being a good neighbor and proactively communicating with residents throughout construction.”
The City created a video to give residents an overview of the project. It can be viewed here:
Project Features and Amenities
- Raised roadway and new bridges over the San Marcos creek along Bent Avenue and Via Vera Cruz to reduce flooding and enhance safety
- Widened Discovery Street to four lanes with a bike lane on the south side
- Additional sidewalks and bike facilities
- New community park with spaces and trails for recreation and relaxation
- Restoration and preservation of 1.5 miles of creek habitatConstruction Details
- Preliminary construction, including moving equipment to the site, will begin late 2019.
- Active construction is tentatively planned to start early 2020 and is expected to take up to twoyears to complete.
- Construction hours will be Monday through Friday, from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Those who live in the area or visit the surrounding neighborhoods will notice construction-related noise, increased construction vehicle traffic, detours and lane, and road closures during construction.Community MeetingThe City will host a community meeting about the project and upcoming construction on Tuesday, Oct. 29, from 6-8 p.m. at the San Marcos Community Center at 3 Civic Center Drive in San Marcos.In addition to the community meeting, the City will provide updates to the public throughout construction in the following ways:
- Website: Visit www.san-marcos.net/creek for project information.
- Text updates: Text SMCreek to 484848 to sign up for text updates.
- Project hotline: Call 877-SMCREEK with any questions and a team member will respond within48 hours.
- Email: Email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or requests and a team member willrespond within 48 hours.BackgroundThe San Marcos Creek project is consistent with the San Marcos General Plan,Para información y actualizaciones en español, por favor visite la página de la ciudad: www.san-
Escondido Creek Conservancy’s Outdoor Classroom Connects Students With Nature
Imagine a world where every student, in every grade, receives a field trip in nature. In Escondido, we are well on the way to making this dream a reality. Outdoor education has astounding benefits for children, including improving health, mental wellbeing, and academic performance. Last school year, The Escondido Creek Conservancy (Conservancy) brought all 3rd grade students in the Escondido Union School District out to the Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve to learn about habitats. Our partners at San Diego Zoo Global and Nature Collective brought all 4th and 5th grade students and half of 6th grade students in the district out into nature as well. This year, the collaboration has expanded to include Friends of Daley Ranch as a partner and serve all 7th grade students in Escondido.
The Conservancy’s Habitats program involves a series of classroom lessons followed by a field trip to the Elfin Forest. Immersed in nature, students engage in STEM science while learning about local wildlife that live in and around the creek. After the trip, the children write letters to corporations and local government representatives to address the problem of litter in their community and propose solutions.
“Many of the students that come out to Elfin Forest have never been outside the urban center of Escondido,” says the Conservancy’s Education Manager, Jennifer Imm. “These field trips are an opportunity for students to experience the natural world for the first time and learn what they can do to help protect it.” Research has shown that the best way to get students to care about the environment is to let them experience nature—not just once, but multiple times. Through the larger collaboration, students in Escondido will receive at least five different outdoor education experiences and gain the training they need to become stewards of our environment.
You can help instill a passion for nature in Escondido students by volunteering to help with the Conservancy’s field trips, which take place on weekdays from 9:00am to noon. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Education Director, Simon Breen at email@example.com. You can also help our education programs by donating to the Eichen Education Fund. Visit escondidocreek.org/eichenedfund for more information.
FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Nathan Serrato | Marketing and Volunteer Manager