Tanis Brown receives San Marcos City Council’s Civic SMILE Award

Tanis Brown was presented with the San Marcos Inspiration, Leadership and Excellence (SMILE) Award by the San Marcos City Council at the May 11 City Council meeting.

She was nominated by Councilmember Randy Walton for her tireless volunteer work at the San Marcos Historical Society, Heritage Park, the North County Cemetery District, and her many other contributions to the San Marcos community spanning more than four decades.

“For more than 40 years, Tanis has volunteered her time to make our city a better place,” Walton said. “From serving on the Community Services Commission to help guide our Parks Master Plan, to her devotion to preserving San Marcos history as president of the San Marcos Historical Society, Tanis is a super volunteer and it’s an honor to recognize her for her work.”

About the San Marcos City Council’s Civic SMILE Award

There are often community members who rise to the top – clearly reflecting this San Marcos ‘Spirit of Service.’ That’s why San Marcos City Council members initiated the Civic SMILE Award recognition program in March 2021.

Six times each year, a community member is chosen by a specific City Council member to receive recognition and will be presented with a San Marcos Inspiration, Leadership and Excellence (SMILE) Award during a City Council meeting.

For more information about the recognition program: San Marcos Civic SMILE Award.

San Elijo Hills Real Estate Market Update for May 2021

The average home selling in San Elijo Hills is selling for 107% of the listing price in an average of just 12 days. The price per square foot in April $442 down from $466 in March. Currently, only 7 active homes for sale in San Elijo Hills and 26 homes are pending in escrow. With 22 homes selling in April. Low mortgage rates and historically low inventory of homes for sale make now the time to sell your San Elio Hills Home. Please call or text 760 496-8134 and we can talk about safely selling your home.

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Upcoming San Elijo Hills Park dog park maintenance closures

Maintenance work will begin next week at the San Elijo Hills dog parks. Renovations will be made to the turf and dog park areas to keep the park safe and enjoyable. The dog parks will be closed on these dates to allow the new grass time to get established:

Small Dog Park Closed: Monday, May 10 – Tuesday, May 11
Large Dog Park Closed: 
Wednesday, May 12 – Monday, June 7

Other dog parks will be open at Sunset Park, Montiel Park, and Hollandia Park. For questions, please contact the Public Works Office at (760) 752-7550.

Mountain Lion Sighting in San Elijo Hills

Warning-Mountain Lion Sighting

UPDATE from The San Elijo Hills Community Association (HOA)

The HOA received an email from the Principal at San Elijo Elementary School that parents have reported seeing a Mountain Lion along the trail near the back gate. 

Please be aware of this situation if you have students who walk to and from school.  

This area is also a popular trail for hiking and biking, so please keep an eye out. The following is from the Mountain Lion Foundation on what to do if you have a close encounter with a mountain lion:

Seem as large as possible: Make yourself appear larger by picking up children, leashing pets in, and standing close to other people. Open your jacket. Raise your arms. Wave your raised arms slowly.
Make noise: Yell, shout, bang your walking stick or water bottle. Make any loud sound that cannot be confused by the lion as the sound of prey. Speak slowly and loudly to disrupt and discourage the lion’s hunting instincts.
Act defiant, not afraid: Maintain eye contact. Never run past or away from a mountain lion. Don’t bend over or crouch down. Aggressively wave your arms, throw stones or branches, do not turn away.
Slowly create distance: Assess the situation. Consider whether you may be between the lion and its kittens, prey or cache. Back away slowly to give the mountain lion a path to retreat, never turning your back. Give the lion the time and ability to get away.
Protect yourself: If attacked, fight back. Protect your neck and throat. People have used rocks, jackets, garden tools, tree branches, walking sticks, fanny packs and even bare hands to turn away mountain lions.
**Since 2006 SanElijoLife.com provides community news, photos, videos, and a directory of resources for residents of San Elijo Hills. The site is independent of the developer and the HOA and is run by local homeowners.

Save the date for the virtual 2021 San Marcos State of the City Address May 19

Mayor Rebecca Jones will share a compelling message about the community’s resilience and innovation at 11 a.m. May 19 during the 2021 State of the City Address, hosted by the San Marcos Chamber of Commerce.

The State of the City Address is the community’s premier event that showcases the vision for the City of San Marcos. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, this pre-recorded virtual event is free and open to the public. Pre-registration is required. Register here and you will receive a confirmation email with a link to view event.

“Despite all of the challenges of the past year, our brave healthcare workers, our businesses, our residents and our city services have stepped up in ways that have made us all incredibly thankful to call San Marcos home,” Jones said. “With renewed hope on our horizon, it is important to reflect on all that this thriving community has accomplished in the last year.”

This year’s event will also feature a video tribute to frontline healthcare professionals and local businesses who have adapted, survived and thrived despite unprecedented challenges.

Following the Chamber’s virtual event at 11 a.m. May 19, the 2021 State of the City Address will be viewable on the City’s website, on the City’s YouTube channel and on the San Marcos Chamber of Commerce’s website. It will also be rebroadcast on San Marcos TV beginning in mid-June on Cox Communications Channel 19, Timer Warner Cable Channel 24, AT&T U-Verse Channel 99.

WHAT:                 2021 State of the City Address featuring Mayor Rebecca Jones

WHEN:                 11 a.m.-noon May 19

COST:                    Free

WHERE:               Register here to receive a link to view the virtual event

MORE INFO:       San Marcos Chamber of Commerce

San Marcos Parks & Recreation Department Highlights Mental Health Month

Beginning May 1, the City of San Marcos’ Parks & Recreation Department will be joining thousands of individuals, organizations, and communities across the nation to raise awareness for Mental Health Matters Month. Mental Health Matters Month is promoted by the State of California’s mental health movement, ‘Each Mind Matters,’ and is aimed at educating, increasing awareness, and uniting those who share a vision for improved mental health and equality.

“Our residents have endured multiple challenges over the past year from the long-term pandemic including extreme isolation for many,” said Cheryl Salazar, City of San Marcos Recreation Supervisor. “These unexpected events can impact our mental health. Thankfully, our community has resources to help manage some of this stress.”

The month-long campaign, featured at eachmindmatters.org will show support and bring awareness to the topic of mental health by engaging residents in a range of virtual activities. The theme for this year’s Mental Health Matters Month is “Hope for Change.” 

Throughout May, resources from both ‘Each Mind Matters’ and the County of San Diego’s Behavior Health Services will be shared through the City’s social media channels. Connect with one another and share support by using the hashtags #HopeForChange and #MayMentalHealthMonth2021.

Does My Child Need Occupational Therapy?

Many parents are concerned that their children aren’t developing as quickly as they think they should, often comparing them to other children they see. In her latest blog, Dr. Jaime Friedman breaks down the reasons if and when your little one may need this type of therapy. Read all about it HERE

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 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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A bomb threat has forced an evacuation of San Marcos High School Tuesday afternoon

A bomb threat has forced an evacuation of San Marcos High School Tuesday afternoon. Please avoid the area. All students and staff have been evacuated to the fields. Traffic on San Marcos Blvd has been re-routed. Watch Ch 10 Facebook Live feed https://fb.watch/58dz7Af-XS/

UPDATE: 2:54 p.m.San Marcos High School students are being transported via bus to San Marcos Middle School (650 W. Mission Rd.) to be released to their parents/guardians who must show ID to pick up their child. Students must check out with school officials prior to being released. listed in the student’s Synergy profile and they must provide a valid picture ID upon pick up. Again, authorized adults must be present a valid picture ID or your student, regardless of age, will not be released to you. We appreciate your patience. Thank you.

From San Diego County Sheriff’s Watch Commander: Just before 1 p.m., @SDSheriff received a call about a pipe bomb at San Marcos High School in the 1600 block of W. San Marcos Blvd. Out of an abundance of caution, students & staff were evacuated to a safe location. No one has been hurt. Deputies, as well as Sheriff’s K-9s and dogs from other agencies, are conducting a thorough search of the campus. So far, no explosive devices have been found.W. San Marcos Blvd. between S. Rancho Santa Fe Rd. and Discovery St. is closed to traffic. EB traffic on W. San Marcos Blvd. is being diverted either north or south on S. Rancho Santa Fe Rd. WB traffic on W. San Marcos Blvd. is being diverted south on Discovery St.Please avoid the area around San Marcos High School until further notice. Follow us at @SDSheriff for the latest updates. We thank the public and the media for their cooperation.

Update – After an extensive search, no suspicious devices were located


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Hosted by City Manager Jack Griffin and other city staff, this podcast provides thoughtful and meaningful conversations to give our community members a deeper dive into what’s happening in their local government. You’ll get updates on important city initiatives, as well as interviews with some of our local experts, business owners, higher education leaders, and more. As a leader in public safety, infrastructure, recreation, industry, and cultural programs, the City of San Marcos is steeped in a rich tradition of discovering life’s possibilities. Welcome to the conversation!

San Diego Honda Dealers honor Double Peak 6th grade teacher fighting cancer

San Diego Honda Dealers honor 6th grade teacher fighting cancer $2,000 donation made to school’s music program in Julie Walsh’s honor.

In this Zevely Zone, I visited the Double Peak School in San Marcos where two special donations were made to the school’s library and music program.

In 2019, we profiled the Walsh Family and a mother’s fight against cancer.

Read and watch more via Source: San Diego Honda donation teacher cancer | cbs8.com

Julie Walsh Passed away last week.

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