The Vallecitos Water District (VWD) recently received two awards from the Special District Leadership Foundation (SDLF). VWD received the District Transparency Certificate of Excellence in recognition of its outstanding efforts to promote transparency and good governance. VWD also received the “District of Distinction – Silver Level” accreditation for its sound fiscal management policies and practices in district operations.
“The Transparency Certificate of Excellence award is a testament to VWD’s commitment to open government,” said, Mike Sannella, VWD Board President. “Our staff is to be commended for their contributions that empower the public with information that facilitates engagement and oversight.” To receive the award, VWD demonstrated the completion of essential governance transparency requirements, including conducting ethics training for all board members, properly conducting open and public meetings, and filing financial transactions and compensation reports to the State Controller in a timely manner.
“For the District of Distinction – Silver Level accreditation, SDLF provides an independent audit review of the last three years of the district’s operations to ensure prudent fiscal practices,” said Neil McCormick, SDLF Chief Executive Officer. The committee members who review the audits are volunteers from the special district community, including district controllers, directors of finance and certified general managers.
In addition, the District’s Board of Directors and executive staff must also show proof of educational training in public governance, as well as compliance with ethics and harassment prevention training. Furthermore, in order to receive the recognition, the District’s website must include posting of transparency requirements, including: election procedures and deadlines, posted board meeting schedules and agendas, current district budget, most recent financial audit, and a list of compensation of Board members and staff or a link to the State Controller’s webpage with the data.
The VWD has provided water, wastewater, and reclamation services to San Marcos; the community of Lake San Marcos; parts of Carlsbad, Escondido and Vista and other unincorporated areas in north San Diego County for more than 65 years. Originally founded as the San Marcos County Water District in 1955 by a group of local citizens, the District was formed in accordance with Division 12 of the Water Code to provide imported water from Northern California and the Colorado River. The San Marcos County Water District continued to grow as an independent, special district and in May of 1989, changed its name to the Vallecitos Water District. Today, VWD currently serves a population of more than 105,000 within its 45-square-mile boundary.
Christophe Rull is a local Pastry Chef in San Marcos CA who will be featured in Netflix show titled Bake Squad. The show will be hosted by well known Chef Christina Tosi and will be aired on August 11th.
Christina Tosi (founder of Milk Bar, judge on MasterChef, lovely and wildly talented human) has a very endearing way of bringing gentleness to reality TV, and I am pleased to report her newest venture is no different…except that it might be even sweeter to watch than everything else she’s done before. Welcome to Bake Squad, a new Netflix show premiering August 11. And we’ve got the first trailer!In the video above, you’ll meet the four outrageously talented bakers Christina has chosen as her, well, squad in order to take on a series of desserts meant for a few lucky individuals’ big days. They’ll compete against each other across eight episodes in order to have their dessert chosen for the occasion. The competitors are cake expert Ashley Holt, pastry illusionist Christophe Rull, pie aficionado Maya-Camille Broussard, and chocolatier/dessert wizard Gonzo Jimenez. You will fall in love with each of them; I certainly have in putting together a bunch of forthcoming Bake Squad content you may or may not see on this very website in the next few weeks.
The City of San Marcos is debuting a $3 million COVID-19 Nonprofit Community Grant Program today, aimed at helping essential nonprofits that serve San Marcos residents who have been disproportionately impacted by the pandemic.
Local nonprofits, which provide vital services to the San Marcos community, have been hit particularly hard during the pandemic and are facing continued significant challenges. That’s why the San Marcos City Council committed to allocating $3 million of federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds on July 13 to provide needed assistance through grants to nonprofits.
The program’s overall funding objective is to touch every corner of the City by supporting nonprofits working to better the lives of San Marcos residents. Target populations will include underrepresented communities containing (but not limited to) youth, low-income individuals and families, seniors, immigrants and active military and veteran families.
To ensure that the City’s new program provides immediate economic stabilization for households and businesses that rely on local nonprofit services, the City is collaborating with the ‘North County COVID Relief Fund’ to administer the grants. The relief fund consists of leadership from Coastal Community Foundation, Impact Cubed, and Rancho Santa Fe Foundation. Program administrators have decades of grant experience, longstanding relationships with local nonprofit leaders and elected officials and are deeply committed to ensuring these ARPA funds achieve significant community impact.
“This program demonstrates the San Marcos City Council’s deep commitment to its residents and its desire to address community needs resulting from the negative economic impacts of COVID-19,” said Sharyn Goodson, program administrator. “This support furthers the City’s goal of maintaining a thriving and resilient community. We are honored to administer this effort.”
The complete program guidelines for the COVID-19 Nonprofit Community Grant Program can be found here. Those wanting to learn more about the program can attend webinars hosted by program administrators. The first two webinars are happening from 1-2 p.m. Aug. 5 and 19. Register here.
This nonprofit community grant program is a complement to the City of San Marcos’ Business Sustainability Program that was swiftly implemented at the beginning of the pandemic. The program has helped more than 120 businesses get back on their feet with $3 million of low- or zero-interest loans, which were all ultimately converted to grants.
“The City of San Marcos has found creative ways to spend federal relief funds that will greatly impact our underserved populations,” said Jack Griffin, City Manager for the City of San Marcos. “We see this as a way to lift our community up after an incredibly challenging pandemic.”
Local San Elio Hills figure skater Octavia Luna Herai Garrison was accepted to train at an international figure skating academy in Novi, Michigan this summer. Like many athletes, her last year of training and competition was derailed by the pandemic and the 14-year-old is grateful for the chance to pursue her dream at a very high level. Octavia has been ice skating since she was 5 years old and specializes in ice dancing, which is like ballroom dancing on ice. The San Diego native inherited a love of ice skating from her Canadian mother Stephanie, who also trained in figure skating for 13 years in Toronto, Canada.
Part of living in Southern California means facing regular droughts, and this year our drought situation is particularly bad. As of earlier this month, 50 of California’s 58 counties were under a drought state of emergency. We all need to do our part to help conserve water.
On July 8th, Governor Newsome asked all Californians to voluntarily reduce water usage by 15%. Using less water isn’t fun, but it’s necessary to keep our communities functioning.
Ready to do your part to conserve water? Here are a few helpful suggestions:
• Only run your dishwasher when it is full • Only run your washer when full • Switch to low-flow shower heads • Turn off the water when brushing your teeth • Try to keep your showers to 10 minutes or less (Bonus points if you can get in and out in five minutes or less!) • Only fill the bathtub halfway • Recycle unused indoor water by using it to water your garden or lawn • Use a broom to clean your walkways instead of a hose • Hold off a little longer on the car wash • Use mulch in your garden and around trees to trap more water • Install high-efficiency toilets • Install drip irrigation for your lawn and garden • Install a “gray water” irrigation system for your landscaping • Pull up water-hungry grass and replace it with beautiful, drought-tolerant plants, like succulents (Note: Always make sure you receive approval from the HOA if needed before many major home or lawn renovations.)
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One more important thing you can do is notify the HOA if you notice any water running down the street or any broken sprinklers in your community. Leaks can cause a significant amount of water loss, so inform the HOA and we’ll fix the issue as quickly as possible.
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The Belgian waffle ride will pass through San Elijo Hills on Sunday. The route climbs Questhaven Road from Elfin Forest and turns east on San Elijo Hills Road for an accent of Double Peak and exits San Elijo Hills on The Ridgeline Trail and ultimately leaving San Elijo Hills at the Ridgeline Trailhead Parking Lot across from Double Peak School. San Elijo Hills residents will be participating, get out and cheer the riders on and drive safely around cyclists. This year’s BWR will have the deepest field of professional riders in the event’s history and an expansive list of hungry amateur riders drawn to the unique opportunity to race alongside their heroes, like World Tour riders, Tiffany Cromwell, Matteo Jorgenson, Katerina Nash, Eddie Anderson, Ted King, Lauren De Crescenzo, Colin Strickland, Laurens Ten Dam or Peter Stetina, who won the 2019 edition.
What and when is The Belgian Waffle Ride, affectionately known as the BWR.
Welkom to the most unique cycling event in the U.S., the Belgian Waffle Ride, affectionately known as the BWR. This is its 10th anniversary and we’ve got a revised, dirtier, more entertaining, and slightly shorter (heat edition) route this year of 131.7-miles, more than 50-miles of which are off-road. Since the last formal event in 2019, the BWR has grown nearly 175% with so many new female competitors joining in the fun.
Last year, we didn’t get to have a formal BWR, but there was an informal ride of 140-miles, a bit longer than 2019 version, which had been lauded as the best yet, with 48-miles of dirt/pave sectors over 134-miles. The Wafer course had a record attendance for its 68-mile rocky route, and this year it has a 71-mile course. And we’ve added an opportunity for riders to get a taste of the Waffle with the Wanna, which is 37.5-miles.
The only Euro-style Spring Classic on American soil, the BWR is once again being hosted by the Lost Abbey Brewery, the coolest Belgian-inspired brewery anywhere west of Flanders, but we’ve outgrown the brewery’s facilities and moved the venue to the nearby North City in San Marcos, where the entire city will be turned into a massive beer garden for the BWR Expo! Not to worry, not only will the race offer up the same type of insanity, challenge, and unparalleled experience that has made it notorious and noteworthy, North City also offers a special final 1-mile Crit-Cross circuit that all riders will get to enjoy, tackle or otherwise survive to get to the actual finish line. This final Crit-Cross course will give fans and riders an extra bit of fun in celebrating the survival of the BWR courses. This course will also be the circuit that riders will compete on Friday night for the BWR party and LOOK Crit-Cross races.
The 2021 edition has drawn way more world-class cyclists from around the globe than ever before… many coming to take on defending champions, Peter Stetina and Sarah Sturm, and many more just to partake of the unique challenge of the day. Riders coming to win will have their work cut out for them, as this year the pro field is far deeper than ever before. The men and women pro fields will each have their own wave followed by USAC category riders then Public riders without a license.
The race has a growing cult following of fervent racers from cyclocross, road and mountain biking that could be related to the BWR’s stature in the now crowded event space of Gravel Racing, which wasn’t a thing when the BWR took riders into the dirt on their road bikes all those years ago. It’s important to note, the BWR was never set up to be a grinder event; it’s a road race punctuated by severe terrain and 50 plus miles of off-road riding, much of which some riders wish would be gravel. No matter, the BWR has become known as much for its difficulty — all the glorious trappings of the Belgian Spring Classics — as it has for the celebratory atmosphere that pervades its every funky facet.
We have added the Lentz is More MTB category for the Waffle this year in honor of our friend and hardman, Kevin Lentz, who tragically passed away from injuries suffered from a vehicle collision while on his Mountain Bike. This is not for the faint of heart or purple card recipients. All proceeds will be given to Kevin’s family.
Now in its seventh year, the Belgian Wafer Ride is currently set to have riders cover roughly 71-miles of the BWR’s tricky trails, hellacious hills and rolling roads. Percent-to-total, the Wafer has far more dirt than the Waffle and takes riders on all the most difficult off-road sectors featured in the Waffle. Granted, Wafer riders do miss out on 60-miles of difficult climbing and the dark and lonely beauty of The Zwartenberg, aka Black Canyon.
And for the first year, we have added the Wanna Ride. A chance for riders new to this type of event to take on a 37.5-mile portion of both the Waffle and Wafer. While the Wanna is short, it still has challenging dirt and a final climb to contend with.
Finishing the BWR redefines a rider’s previous personal limitations. For those unprepared, who show up to play checkers instead of chess, the race can be brutal. For everyone who rides, the experience carves a deep memory of magical moments of humanity between strangers and friends along the way, as overcoming the challenges of the event connects people for (s)mile after (s)mile. As mentioned earlier, this year’s BWR will have the deepest field of professional riders in the event’s history and an expansive list of hungry amateur riders drawn to the unique opportunity to race alongside their heroes, like World Tour riders, Tiffany Cromwell, Matteo Jorgenson, Katerina Nash, Eddie Anderson, Ted King, Lauren De Crescenzo, Colin Strickland, Laurens Ten Dam or Peter Stetina, who won the 2019 edition.
Prior to the event, there will be a special BWR VIP event at North City on Saturday, July 17th at 6 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. At the VIP event, the course will be revealed in detail, there will special race-related presentations riders won’t want to miss, the pros will be interviewed, and cyclists of all stripes will be able to rub shoulders with all the celebrities on hand for the epic weekend.
On Saturday and Sunday, the BWR Expo will take place at North City, San Marcos, which is a big draw on its own, promising to be the largest cycling party of the year in San Diego. Festivities kick-off Saturday at 9:00 a.m., July 16th, with the Eliel Breakfast Burrito Ride (BBR), raising money for the Pablove Foundation. It’s all open to the public.
The Belgian theme will be in full force with a host of unique entertainment features. A variety of craft beers reflecting the monastic brewing traditions of Belgium will be a featured attraction for this unique occasion.
Attendees can peruse a wide range of offerings from event sponsors and over 70 vendors, test ride a Canyon and people watch in Belgian bliss.
This event is part of the Tripel Crown of Gravel for 2021. For all information on the Tripel Crown please visit: TripelCrownOfGravel.com
FRIDAY, JULY 16TH, 2021
7 am – 11 am : EXPO VENDOR LOAD IN 12 pm – 6 pm : BWR EXPO & REGISTRATION 5 pm – 9 pm : LOOK CRIT-CROSS (OPEN TO EVERYONE) 6 pm – 9 pm : LOST ABBEY LIBATION STATION
SATURDAY, JULY 17TH, 2021
10 am – 6 pm : BWR EXPO & REGISTRATION 11 am : IRC TIRE THERAPY – MAIN STAGE 12 pm : RIDER BRIEFING #1 – MAIN STAGE 1 pm : CONSUMPTION STRATEGIES BY HAMMER NUTRITION 2 pm : RIDER BRIEFING #2 – MAIN STAGE 3 pm – LIVE MUSIC – MAIN STAGE 5 pm – 6 pm : VIP/MEDIA RECEPTION 6 pm – 9 pm : VIP/MEDIA/RIDERS PRE-RACE DINNER
SUNDAY, JULY 18TH, 2021
4:30 am : WAFFLE ENGORGING ENSUES 7:00 am : WAVE 1: BLACK: WAFFLE PRO, 1/2 MEN START 7:05 am : WAVE 2: RED: ALL WAFFLE WOMEN START 7:10 am : WAVE 3: GREY: WAFFLE MEN CAT 3/4 START 7:15 am : WAVE 4: GREEN: WAFFLE MEN CAT 5/PUBLIC START 7:20 am : WAVE 5: BLUE: WAFER MEN START 7:25 am : WAVE 6: YELLOW: WAFER WOMEN START 7:30 am : WAVE 7: WHITE: WANNA START (ALL) 10 am : EXPO AREA OPENS – WAFFLES, MUSIC, BEER, FUN AND GAMES 4 pm : PRO & CATEGORY AWARDS 4:30 pm : WAFER & AGE GROUP AWARDS 6 pm : EXPO CLOSES 8:20 pm : COURSE OFFICIALLY CLOSES (SUN SETS AT 7:56 p.m.)
San Marcos, CA — While the San Marcos Creek Project is gearing up for the next phase of construction, the San Marcos City Council unanimously voted at the June 8 council meeting to name the new Creek Project bridges after two notable San Marcos residents – Lionel “Doc” Burton and Pia Harris.
The Bent Avenue bridge, which is currently under construction, will be named after Burton, who served as the first elected mayor of the City of San Marcos. His service continued after his time as mayor when he developed programs and infrastructure, including the San Marcos Community Foundation, which still benefits the community today. The City of San Marcos extends its condolences to Dr. Burton’s family as he passed away on June 25, 2021.
The Via Vera Cruz bridge is expected to begin construction in early 2022, and it will be named the Pia Harris Bridge in honor of the first woman elected to the San Marcos City Council, a role she maintained for 24 years. During her time as a council member, she was instrumental in establishing the City’s Redevelopment Agency that enabled the City to generate tax revenue and reinvest funds to help start the San Marcos Creek Project.
The San Marcos Creek Project would not be possible without the vision of the community and council members like Dr. Burton and Harris. The project is designed to revitalize the San Marcos Creek, reduce seasonal flooding and improve the community’s ability to safely travel throughout the area, as well as restore the creek’s habitat. Currently, construction efforts are focused on building the Lionel “Doc” Burton Bridge on Bent Avenue, and once completed, crews will begin working on the Pia Harris Bridge, new Paseo del Arroyo Park and Discovery Street improvements.
“The formal naming of the two bridges is an exciting milestone for the project because it officially integrates the community into the project,” said Lewis Clapp, project engineer for the City of San Marcos. “Construction comes with short-term inconveniences, but we are building this project for the long-term safety and vitality of the San Marcos community. Without the support of council members like Dr. Burton, Pia Harris, and the community, the Creek Project might not be underway today.”
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