As the EngiBeering® brewing science program at California State University San Marcos continues to grow, two notable developments have been unveiled for Spring 2020: an advisory board featuring four of the most respected brewers in the craft brewing industry has been established, and a new course focusing on large-scale/commercial brewing production will launch on March 18.

The four inaugural members of CSUSM’s EngiBeering Advisory Board are:

Tomme Arthur

Co-founder and Director of Brewery Operations, The Lost Abbey, Port Brewing Company

Marty Mendiola

Co-founder, Brewmaster and COO, Second Chance Beer Company

Jeremy Moynier

Senior Manager, Innovation Program and Supply Chain, Stone Brewing

Paul Sangster

Co-founder and Brewmaster, Rip Current Brewing Company

With more than a century of craft brewing experience between them, Arthur, Mendiola, Moynier and Sangster have worked at all levels of the industry, from bartender and homebrewer to brewmaster and brewery founder. Pioneers in the industry—and renowned nationally—they all hold prestigious medals and awards for excellence and innovation in craft brewing from national and international competitions, and they also serve as judges at esteemed brewing competitions such as the Great American Beer Festival.

In their advisory roles, these industry leaders will lend their considerable expertise to CSUSM’s innovative EngiBeering program as it expands to meet the needs of San Diego’s acclaimed craft brewing industry.

Additionally, the EngiBeering brewing science program announces ENGB 350: Process EngiBeering, the first course in a two-course sequence designed to familiarize students with large-scale/commercial brewing production. The course—which launches on March 18 and will be taught by Bill Sobieski, co-founder of Wild Barrel Brewing Company—will cover essential topics such as brewery design and layout, equipment acquisition and use, ingredients, creating and adjusting recipes, and more. Students interested in enrolling in this course should have prior knowledge of beer-making and the brewing process.

Spring enrollment is also open for ENGB 310: Sensory Evaluation of Beer, which will be taught by Paul Sangster, co-founder and brewmaster of Rip Current Brewing Company and a certified master judge through the worldwide Beer Judge Certification Program. This course begins on March 19.

For more information and to enroll, please visit CSUSM’s Extended Learning EngiBeering program page.


CSUSM’s innovative EngiBeering® certificate program explores the science, engineering and art behind brewing craft beer. The program—taught by faculty, industry experts and local brewery owners—features individual courses that examine the basics of brewing as well as two specialized certificates: Basic EngiBeering and Advanced Brewing Science. It is designed for current employees of breweries, individuals who aspire to work in the craft beer industry, homebrewers and craft enthusiasts who want to better understand production from recipe development to how to evaluate beer.

Bradley Park Bike Park Public Meeting Planned at City Council Chambers

Residents are invited to provide input about the park on Feb. 26 at 6 p.m.

The City of San Marcos is hosting a public meeting to solicit input from the community for a new park bike amenity featured at Bradley Park. The meeting will be held Feb. 26, 2020, at 6 p.m. at the San Marcos City Hall Council Chambers located at 1 Civic Center Drive.

The proposed bike park site will include up to eight acres of currently undeveloped land in the south east quadrant of Bradley Park, located at 1587 Linda Vista Drive. The meeting will allow residents to provide their ideas on what special features, such as pump tracks, flow tracks and jumps they would like to have included in the park design.

For more information, please call (760) 744-5535, ext. 3602 or visit www.san-marcos.net/specialevents.

San Marcos Businesses Show their Love to the Community with Year-Round Philanthropy

San Marcos businesses give back beyond the holidays

In San Marcos, businesses give back year-round to support the communities they serve. The inspiration behind this spirit of philanthropy varies from business to business, but regardless the reason, the positive impacts are felt throughout the region.

“In honor of St. Valentine, we wanted to highlight a few San Marcos businesses that have made giving back a meaningful part of their corporate culture,” said Economic Development Director Tess Sangster.

One such company that is generous throughout the year is Shazeebo, a custom outdoor shade sail manufacturer. Inspired by his experience in Cal State San Marcos’ Leadership North County program, owner Patrick Howe recognizes the positive role that businesses can play in bettering a community.

“The program was a very eye-opening experience, and I realized that there is a lot of need here in North County,” Howe explained. “That’s when I started thinking about how I could further serve the community with my business.”

Not only does Shazeebo regularly donate its shade sails to nonprofit organizations like the Rancho Coastal Humane Society and the Agua Hedionda Lagoon Foundation, but it also emphasizes seasonal giving to reach as much of the community as possible. For example, in 2019 Shazeebo coordinated the second annual Thanksgiving Turkey Drive that fed more than 800 families with the support of a matching grant from the Leichtag Foundation.

North City is another business entity that shows San Marcos love throughout the year. They provide student housing scholarships for CSUSM athletes and sponsor a variety of other programs. In cooperation with the San Marcos Chamber of Commerce, they also host Taste of San Marcos that supports local businesses and raises money for the Chamber. This is in addition to being a major partner of the Boys & Girls Club of San Marcos as a sponsor of Great Futures Day and their annual gala, as well as working with Casa de Amparo, San Diego North EDC and Peter Sagan Fondo Gran Roadie-Oh.

“We understand and appreciate that we have a chance to serve the San Marcos community,” said North City Senior Project Manager Andy Tenn. “We partner with many nonprofit agencies throughout the year because we know that the need for help extends beyond the holiday season.”

Hunter Industries also encourages their employees to support their communities in many ways, including an annual payroll giving campaign that includes matching contributions by Hunter. The organization also looks to donate to organizations like Habitat for Humanity that have reoccurring needs for irrigation systems to support their housing projects in San Diego.

“Giving back is deeply rooted in Hunter Industries because social responsibility is one of our core values,” said Scotty Lombardi, Global Talent Management at Hunter Industries. “We feel it is essential to give back to the communities we are invested in.”

Employees also participate in regular food drives at all of their office locations, and the food is donated to nonprofits in each respective community. Hunter’s corporate spirit of giving also extends into the traditional holiday season when employees sponsor children by purchasing gifts for them.

“We want to thank all of the businesses who give back to San Marcos at the holidays and throughout the year because it really makes a lasting difference,” said Sangster. “Our business community is invested in the continued success and growth of San Marcos, and in their charitable works, you can really see how much love they have for our city.”

San Marcos residents can find their polling place for the March 3 election with new online map

The City of San Marcos has created a handy online map to help residents locate their polling place for the March 3 presidential primary election.

You can open the map here. Then, search for your address in the search bar or click the ballot icon on the map to find your polling location.

More information about the map is available on the City’s website: https://www.san-marcos.net/Home/Components/News/News/5089/24

Residents can register to vote online here.

For election questions and additional information, residents are advised to contact the San Diego County Registrar of Voters at rovmail@sdcounty.ca.gov or (858) 565-5800. 

San Marcos launches 2020 Citizens Academy to help residents learn about city government

The City is accepting applications until noon on Feb. 26, 2020

The City of San Marcos invites residents to apply for the City of San Marcos Citizens Academy. This free, six-session program is designed to help residents learn about their city government.

The program will provide an informative and engaging learning opportunity for 20 participants who reside in the City of San Marcos and are 18 years or older. Classes will help participants understand critical roles and functions in the city and how they interact to form a strong and effective government.

This year’s Citizens Academy will be held on the third Tuesday of each month from 6-8 p.m., beginning March 17, 2020, and ending August 18, 2020. Selected participants are asked to attend all sessions.

Citizens Academy participants will:

  • Meet City Council members, department heads and staff
  • Learn how decisions are made, how funds are allocated and how departments operate
  • Enjoy comprehensive overviews of city departments, programs, and services
  • Receive information on topics, such as plans for development, traffic, growth management, recreation, the environment and more
  • Participate in lively discussions and interactive group activities
  • Visit and/or tour city facilities
  • Become more informed, involved citizens

Application Process

  • This program is open to San Marcos residents 18 years and older.
  • Applications are available as a PDF download here. Hard copies are also available at the information desk at City Hall.
  • Completed applications, including answers to the supplemental questions, are required to determine eligibility requirements. Participants will be chosen by a random drawing and notified on Feb. 27, 2020.
  • Class size is limited. Please call (760) 744-1050 for more information.

Completed applications must be received by 12 p.m. on Feb. 26, 2020, and submitted by mail, in person or via email to:

Citizens Academy – City Clerk’s Office
1 Civic Center Drive, San Marcos, CA 92069-2918
Email: CityClerk@San-Marcos.net
Phone: (760) 744-1050

Local San Elijo Hills Resident Patrick Hadley’s New Startup Biglio

SEH Resident Spotlight: 

Local San Elijo Hills Resident Patrick Hadley’s New Startup Biglio 

Chosen as Quarterfinalist in San Diego Angel Conference: 

Patrick Hadley is a 10-year resident of SEH and a San Marcos business owner who’s newest venture has been chosen as a quarterfinalist in this year’s San Diego Angel Conference. 

San Diego Magazine once called Hadley “The Comic-Con Marketing Guru” for his award-winning events for clients like FOX, Cartoon Network and Turner Broadcasting. Hadley has since sold his marketing company and has created Biglio, a new software platform that he saw was missing in the world of marketing and events. 

After receiving 105 applications from companies seeking $200,000 in funding as part of the second annual San Diego Angel Conference, participating investors narrowed the field to 27 quarter-finalists following a month of review. Biglio, along with the other top companies will present a 3-minute pitch later this month to the investors for a chance to advance in the competition. The new company will be launching in March 2020. 

Not only is Hadley a serial entrepreneur and a business startup expert, he is also a community leader having coached for the Matrix youth soccer organization for many years. He is married and has two teenage children that attend San Marcos High School. 

For more information on Patrick Hadley or Biglio, please follow the links below:  



February 2020 San Elijo Hills Community Association Updates

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

Friday Night Fever-Adult Only 70’s Disco Party!

TGIF!  Friday Night Fever is coming……..On Friday, March 20th join us in the 70’s for a disco dance party!  Our 1st ever LED VIDEO DANCE FLOOR will really inspire you to shake your groove thing! Residents 21 and over can boogie down and enjoy a night to join friends and neighbors for food, music, dancing, drinks, prizes and fabulous fun!  The party will begin at 7:00 pm at the San Elijo Hills REC center located at 1105 Elfin Forest Road, San Marcos, CA 92078.  Don’t forget to wear your most outrageous 70’s or disco outfit.  Who knows?  You may just win a cool prize!   Attendance to this event is limited! Cost is $5.00/person. You must provide a check (no cash) payable to San Elijo Hills and deliver to Liz McCardle at the San Elijo Hills onsite office in order to reserve your spot! All reservations will be taken on a first-come-first-serve basis.  The onsite office is located at 1277 San Elijo Road S., San Marcos, CA 92078.  For more information, contact Liz McCardle at sehdirector@waltersmanagement.comor call (760) 798-9015.

Community Garden

It’s almost time for our annual community garden lottery! Grow your own flowers, vegetables, and herbs! Plots will be available from 4.1.20– 3.31.21. The cost of a yearly lease is $50.00. All existing lessees must reapply for the lottery. If you currently have a space, and will be vacating, please contact Liz McCardle in advance. If you would like to participate in the lottery to lease a space in one of the community gardens, please submit your application to Liz McCardle no later than 3.15.20. E-mail the San Elijo Hills Community Director at sehdirector@waltersmanagement.com or call 760-798-9015 to obtain the forms.

Save the Date-BunnyPalooza April 4, 2020

Please note that the February Newsletter contained inaccurate times and date for this event. The following information is correct. Thank you for your understanding!
The San Elijo Hills Community Association is having its Annual BUNNYPALOOZA on Saturday, April 4th at the Hilltop field of San Elijo Hills Park. Activities will include an egg hunt, inflatables, face painting, crafts, photo-ops with the Easter bunny, light refreshments, and more! A DJ will be entertaining us with music, games, and an obstacle course so parents and kids of all ages can enjoy some friendly competition! BUNNYPALOOZA will begin at 9:30AM and run until 11:30 PM. The Egg Hunt will be split by different age groups in 10 minute increments beginning at 10:00 AM. For more information please call 760-798-9015 or email sehdirector@waltersmanagement.com.

Town Square Fountain

The fountain in our town square park is a valued feature of our community and enjoyed by all of our residents. There has been an increase in vandalism to the fountain. Soap has been poured into the water on multiple occasions. When these types of vandalism occur, the fountain has to be drained and the necessary repairs are performed. This is very costly to the Association (approximately $1,000 each incident!). We encourage you to speak to your kids, and help us stop the ongoing damage. The Board of Directors will be looking into options for monitoring the fountain and intend to press charges with the authorities. We appreciate your help!

San Elijo Hills Association Board of Directors Meeting

The next General Session Board of Directors meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, February 25, 2020, 6:00 pm at the San Elijo Hills Rec Center (1105 Elfin Forest Road, San Marcos, CA 92078).


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Update on Coronavirus from Children’s Physicians Medical Group

Here’s the update on Coronavirus from the director of the CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases. The global case count has reached 2,886, and there have been 81 deaths, five cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in the U.S., (all 5 are adults that had traveled to Wuhan, China) at this time this virus is not spreading in the community. So far, most of the information coming out from China, which is certainly where the majority of cases are, is that the disease is by far, majorly in adults, with older adults and those with underlying illnesses at higher risk.
So the message is stay calm and don’t panic, and if you haven’t already gotten yourself and your kids vaccinated for the flu, do so. Protect your family from what we can, both influenza A and B are at high rates in the community and since symptoms of the flu are similar to Coronavirus, the hope is that they won’t get the flu and you won’t have to panic.
If you have to travel, we recommend you wear a mask and wash your hands often.   

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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Local San Elijo Hills Resident On A Mission To Fight Against Human Trafficking!

Hello San Elijo Hills! My name is Erin Packard. I am a member of the San Elijo Hills community. Many of you may have attended the community safety night at San Elijo Middle School on Monday evening. Much of the discussion was led by the San Diego district attorney’s office to educate us regarding human trafficking, which is taking place in our very school district. I was so pleased to hear that they are bringing the “San Diego Trafficking Prevention Collective,” program right here to our school district; an educational program aimed at decreasing the number of children involved in human trafficking in San Diego. We will all be hearing more about this from our schools as the program begins to roll out. However, hearing the staggering statistics, heartbreaking stories, and how close to home this is happening made many in the room wondering what they can do NOW about this horrific reality. Here are two things you can do today to take action through a wonderful organization that works tirelessly in the fight against human trafficking. Operation Underground Railroad (O.U.R.). O.U.R. is a 501 c3 (EIN 46-3614979) non-profit which exists to rescue children from sex trafficking around the globe.

  1. Take a FREE, “Signs of Trafficking” training course.
    The course takes 1 hour. If you need to break it up, your work will save automatically so you can work on it when you have time.. http://ourrescue.org/training
  2. Donate to the cause. My family will be participating in a bowling tournament fundraiser for O.U.R. on February 29th and I am looking for sponsors. Would you sponsor me and donate a minimum of $5.00? This is tax-deductible and will go directly to O.U.R. It is easy to do! Go to the San Diego team page using this link https://my.ourrescue.org/fundraisers/san-diego-team. Once you’re there enter how much you would like to contribute and in the comment section type in “For Erin Packard‘s Strikes Against Slavery Fundraiser”. Enter your payment information, and then you’re done! 
    For more information on O.U.R., I invite you to watch this short two-minute YouTube video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=10P7kYbHa2Q and visit their website www.ourrescue.org. Additionally, they are on IG as ourrescue and have an official Facebook page named Operation Underground Railroad. On behalf of O.U.R., we thank you in advance for your generous donation!

    Thank you so very much for contributing to the cause.
    Erin Packard
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