Sheriff’s Q&A on Community Crime @ the March 16th Board Meeting

The Board of Directors, upon hearing of the stabbing at the lower softball field, directed Walters Management to reach out to the SDSO and request extra patrols in the area.

The SDSO agreed to conduct extra patrols for a period of 30 days and will do so on each shift. Additionally, we have invited them to join our March board meeting to talk with residents about their concerns.

In the meantime, please stay vigilant and report all suspicious activity to the SDSO so that they can accurately collect data and respond by increasing patrols in areas as needed. 

Please use the form at this link to submit questions to be discussed at the March 16th meeting.

All questions must be submitted by 4pm Friday, March 12th. 

What to do when a snake bites you on a trail?

It’s snake season in San Elijo Hills -Here is some good advice for snake bites 

• No first aid is much better than performing bad first aid. Don’t cut at or around the site of the bite, don’t compress the bitten limb with a cord or tight bandage, don’t attempting to extract or neutralize venom using electricity, fire, permanganate, salt, black stones, mouths, mud, leaves, etc.

• All Snake Bite Kits are dangerous and should not be used. This was also confirmed by the Snake Bite Poison Line.

• A lot of snake bite patients injure themselves by panicking directly after a snake bite, by tripping over a rock or tree trunk, or by falling off the side of the trail. Staying calm is important! After a snake bite, walk about 20-30 feet away from the snake.

• Find a safe place to sit down asap. The venom can rapidly diffuse into your system, this can drop your blood pressure too low to pump all the way to your head while standing. Sitting down reduces your chance of fainting within the first few minutes. If you faint, it shouldn’t be more than a few minutes.

• Remove any rings, watches, tight clothing and anything else from the bitten limb, because the swelling will make it a lot bigger soon.

• Take 5 minutes to calm down and plan your evacuation. The only effective treatment for a snake envenomation is the right anti-venom to neutralize it.

• Do not wait for symptoms to appear if bitten. It’s important to get in touch with emergency personnel as soon as possible to get you to a hospital. If you have a cell phone and service, great, call 911 or the Park Ranger. If there is no service, think about the last time you had phone service.

• A sharpie can be a great help for emergency personnel to assess the severity of your snakebite. Circle the location of your snake bite and write down the time next to it. Draw a circle around the border of the swelling and write down the time. Write down all the things you’re experiencing that are not normal, with the time next to it. Examples are: metallic taste in your mouth, changes to sense of smell, sudden loss of vision, double vision, visual disturbances, ringing in the ears, headache, nausea and vomiting, bleeding from anywhere, dizziness, shortness of breath, etc. The most common signs and symptoms are pain and swelling.

• Update this info every 15 or 30 minutes as the swelling moves up the limb and your symptoms develop.

• Make contact via cell phone. If this is not possible, walk slowly to get help. Drink some water and take some calories if you have any. Some snake bite victims walk several miles after serious snake bites to their legs. They make it out fine because they made it out to medical care. This is much better than waiting for help if you can’t reach anyone. Don’t let the fear of “raising your heart rate and increasing the speed of venom circulation” prevent you from moving to get to care. Be very cautious about driving yourself to a hospital, since some bites have serious side effects that could suddenly limit your ability to drive.

Preventing a snake bite is obviously better than dealing with a snake bite. Here are a few ways to reduce the risks of snake bites while trail running:

• Be aware that there could be snakes where you’re running.

• Watch where you’re placing your feet, be extra aware on rocky, sunny areas, pockets of leaves and logs across the trail. If you’re off trail, the odds go up because there are more rocks and cracks and less people to scare the snakes away. Watch out when running through tall grass and weeds.

• Step on a rock or log, not over it. This way you can spot a snake that may be sheltering under it and take action quickly.

• Watch out when sitting down on a rock or tree stump, you might be sitting on a snake.

• Don’t try to chase the snake off the trail, this is why most people get bit by snakes.

• Don’t run with headphones on trails, or have at least 1 earbud out.

• Snakes tend to be near water, especially if it’s in a dry environment. If you’re near a spring or river, keep an extra eye out.

• Since snakes are cold-blooded, they’d like to come out when it’s warm and sun themselves on rocky areas or trails. They like to be on the edge of a sunny patch. If you come across a sunny patch, your encounter chances increase.

• Most venomous snakes in the US rest during the day. The chances of running into one are higher in the mornings and early evenings, when their activity might be a bit higher.

• In the spring, after snakes have hibernated together, the frequency of sightings goes up. In the fall, when they retreat to a hiding place to spend the cold winter months, they are on the go, so higher chances to encounter a snake. Most snake bites occur between April and October.

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Organics recycling kicks off March 1 in San Marcos

Beginning March 1, it’ll be easier than ever to recycle leftovers and organic waste along with yard waste in San Marcos.

EDCO Disposal’s new Organic Waste Recycling Program will collect food scraps and yard debris mixed together in your green cart on your regularly scheduled trash and recycling pick-up day. Organic waste includes: food scraps, landscaping and pruning, non-hazardous wood cuttings and food-soiled paper waste. If it grows, it can now be recycled in your green cart!

Mandatory recycling of organic waste is the next step to achieving California’s Zero Waste goals. EDCO is now utilizing a state-of-the-art Anaerobic Digester at its Escondido facility which breaks down organic material collected from San Marcos and other service cities into renewable natural gas to fuel vehicles and fertilizer for farms. Anaerobic Digestion is an efficient and environmentally sustainable technology that can make a significant contribution to the management of organic waste in California. Capturing and reducing the amount of methane released into the atmosphere is critical in ensuring a safe and healthy environment.

The new facility will help local cities meet a statewide target of diverting 75% of organic waste from landfills by Jan. 1, 2025, as set by state law. Organic waste including food scraps and yard cuttings make up nearly half of the trash dumped into California’s landfills each year. Organic material cannot break down when it is buried in a landfill as it would in nature or in a compost pile. That’s because it decomposes without oxygen, and in turn releases harmful methane gas into the atmosphere.


San Marcos’ residential trash service, EDCO will begin picking up organics recycling March 1 on your regularly scheduled trash collection day.  Learn more below on how to request a kitchen caddie and easily capture food scraps in the kitchen before transferring to your green waste cart.


San Marcos Fire Department selected to participate in National Fire Protection Association’s Community Risk Reduction Pilot Program

The San Marcos Fire Department has been chosen by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) to participate in the second phase of a pilot program to build a digital community risk assessment (CRA) tool. Aligned to NFPA 1300, Standard on Community Risk Assessment and Community Risk Reduction Plan Development, the tool, or “dashboard,” enables community leaders to gain valuable insights and make data-informed decisions surrounding fire prevention and other risk-reduction activities in their communities. 

According to NFPA, the concept of community risk reduction (CRR) – a process that identifies and prioritizes risks and ensures impactful mitigation initiatives – has been gaining traction across North America for more than 20 years. Innovative technology, access to data, and a shifting focus on prevention have resulted in new energy around this process. Reflecting that momentum, NFPA’s CRA tool works to help fire departments aggregate and disseminate data that pinpoint where risks exist within a given community.

“Access to accurate data will allow CRR leaders to use insights and make informed decisions about where to focus efforts and resources,” said Karen Berard-Reed, community risk reduction strategist at NFPA. “While many fire departments have struggled to work with data sets, NFPA’s CRA tool will do the complex work behind the scenes to compile relevant data allowing stakeholders to create effective community risk reduction plans that incorporate five priorities: Education, engineering, enforcement, economic incentives, and emergency response – in the most impactful ways possible.”

The first phase of the pilot project, which included participation from 50 fire departments across the country, helped identify features of the digital dashboard that will work effectively and those that need fine-tuning. During the second phase of the program, which involves participation from 250 departments nationwide, the San Marcos Fire Department will provide insights around the use of the dashboard through June of 2021 to help continue refining and enhancing its effectiveness.

“Participation in this project allows each fire department to provide important feedback that will be used to improve future versions of the dashboard, positions the community among CRR leaders in the United States, and signals an interest in leveraging technology to drive high-quality community safety initiatives,” said Berard-Reed.

As a participant in the pilot program, the San Marcos Fire Department will have free access to the dashboard, which includes customized visualizations (maps, charts, graphs) that illustrate each community’s risks and hazards across a variety of categories such as demographics, geography, building stock, economics, infrastructure, and event loss history. The dashboard also provides a snapshot of local capacity for risk reduction activities with information about public safety response agencies and community service organizations. In addition to dashboard access, participants will be provided rich networking and professional development opportunities with other communities engaged in CRR.

“We are thrilled to be participating in this important project,” said Dan Barron, Fire Chief of the San Marcos Fire Department. “Access to the tool will not only give us invaluable information about our community’s needs, but it’s rewarding to know that using the tool will increase its effectiveness and help other fire departments in the long run.” Follow NFPA’s CRR efforts on social media using #itstartswithinsights, or for more information online, visit

Assault with a Deadly Weapon – San Marcos | News Release | San Diego County Sheriff

Assault with a Deadly Weapon – San Marcos Deputies need information of a 17-year-old who was stabbedPost Date:02/21/2021 2:41 AMA 17-year-old male who had been stabbed was located in the Sports Park at 1105 Elfin Forest Road in the San Elijo Community, San Marcos.It happened on Saturday, February 20th, around 8:00 p.m.. The San Marcos Station patrol deputies responded to a radio call of a 17-year-old male who sustained a stab wound.  When deputies arrived, they located the injured juvenile.  The San Marcos Fire Department evaluated the injured victim and coordinated his transport to Children’s Hospital via

.  The victim provided limited information as to what occurred and who was involved.  Deputies were unable to locate a crime scene at the park and the suspect is still outstanding.  The victim is currently in stable condition, receiving medical care. Anyone with information can call the Crime Stoppers anonymous tip line at (888) 580-8477.

Source: Assault with a Deadly Weapon – San Marcos | News Release | San Diego County Sheriff

Teen stabbed in San Elijo Hills, airlifted to hospital – The San Diego Union-Tribune

A teen was stabbed in San Marcos around 8 p.m. on Saturday as suspects fled the scene, according to the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department.The attack took place near San Elijo Middle School on Elfin Forest Road. The victim, a 17-year-old boy, was flown to Rady Children’s Hospital with moderate to serious injuries.

Anyone with information can call the Crime Stoppers anonymous tip line at (888) 580-8477.

UPDATE –The boy was reported to be in stable condition.

Source: Teen stabbed in San Marcos, airlifted to hospital – The San Diego Union-Tribune

Best electric bikes: ebike types explained & how to choose the right one – BikeRadar

Thinking about buying an electric bike? Here’s everything you need to know. This is a good topic for San Marcos trails and SEH. Wear a helmet be kind to others on the trail. Do not ride on wet trails.

Source: Best electric bikes: ebike types explained & how to choose the right one – BikeRadar

With spectacular surfing, reminders on how pollution and sand reach the ocean – The Escondido Creek Conservancy

With Spectacular Surfing, Reminders On How Pollution And Sand Reach The Ocean

The western terminus of the Escondido Creek, spectacular surfing at Cardiff State Beach in January reminded us how a clean and natural watershed makes for a clean ocean, and why the work of The Escondido Creek Conservancy is so vital.As surfers carved across wave faces buffeted by offshore winds, Conservancy board member Richard Murphy was there to photograph them. What the pictures don’t show is upstream pollution that invariably finds its way to the beach.“Once it gets into the storm drain system,” said Greg McBain, “it’s on its way to the ocean.”McBain, a retired civil engineer who specialized in water and wastewater, is a former Conservancy board member. He consults with the Conservancy on our efforts to improve water quality in Escondido Creek.Pollution, he said, often begins on the streets when motor oils, antifreeze, and other contaminants wash from the pavement into gutters and storm drains, and then empty into the creek.

A piece of trash, especially after a heavy rain, can travel nonstop from Escondido to Cardiff State Beach. Plastics, when absorbed by marine life, make their way up the food chain and can contaminate the seafood we eat.Nitrogen compounds in fertilizer make for a green lawn but, when washed into watersheds, can cause algae blooms that deplete creeks and lagoons of oxygen, killing insects and fish.“People need to act responsibly in terms of what they’re letting out into a storm drain or sewer,” McBain said.So must government agencies. State and federal laws require local jurisdictions to prevent pollutants from entering watersheds. The most common prohibited discharges come from: irrigation runoff; trash; vehicle washing; hosing down or pressure-washing streets, sidewalks or parking lots; swimming pool discharges, or sewer overflows.Residents can help by reporting suspicious discharges:County of San Diego: 619-338-2073City of Escondido: 760-839-4668City of Encinitas: 760-633-2787Back at the beach, rivers and creeks are “the dominant source of fine-grained sediment that enters the ocean,” according to a U.S. Geological Survey Report, and at many surf breaks, that sand improves surfing conditions.

The damming and channeling of creeks and rivers alters the natural flow of sand, gravels and small stones, which has led to increased coastal erosion, flooding and property damage.  A natural creek bed, by contrast, would contain a balance of rock, gravels, and sand, which reduces erosion during flood events. The Conservancy’s work to preserve land within the Escondido Creek watershed reduces flooding and minimizes pollution which would otherwise ultimately end up in the San Elijo Lagoon and at the beach. The more natural a watershed is, the less erosion and over-siltation occurs, making for healthier and cleaner waters, and a better surf break.In addition to basic hydrology, education programs offered by The Conservancy explain how trash and pollution upstream can damage habitats and oceans downstream. The programs emphasize taking action, such as litter clean-ups or letter-writing to corporations and government offices to appeal for solutions to litter, single-use plastics, and environmentally-harmful practices.

The programs reach students at every elementary school in the Escondido Union School District. As a result, we have seen improvements to our creeks and beaches and expect that positive trend to continue.But you don’t have to be a student to get involved. The Conservancy organizes litter clean-ups for all ages, as well as habitat restoration events, which benefit ecosystem health and, consequently, human health. Contact us today and join us for more beautiful beaches, cleaner communities, and a more prosperous planet.For three decades, nonprofit The Escondido Creek Conservancy has worked to preserve and protect the Escondido Creek watershed in North San Diego County for wildlife and people alike. That includes water monitoring and hauling thousands of pounds of trash from the creek and its tributaries. In the City of Escondido, the Conservancy works with City staff to improve Reidy Creek, which drains into Escondido Creek, and is urging the creation of a new ‘Park with a Park’ at Grape Day Park to add new park space and create a natural drainage feature to clean storm water. For more information on the Conservancy’s work, see: Reidy Creek and Grape Day Park.Open Richard Murphy’s surfing photos at Cardiff State Beach

Source: With spectacular surfing, reminders on how pollution and sand reach the ocean – The Escondido Creek Conservancy

Twin Oaks Valley/San Elijo corridor paving project begins Feb. 16

A major paving project along Twin Oaks Valley Road and San Elijo Road is set to begin Feb. 16 with an anticipated completion date of June 2021.

The roughly $2 million project will repair and resurface one of San Marcos’ most highly traveled corridors stretching between Rancho Santa Fe Road and State Route 78. Work is scheduled to begin Feb. 16 with traffic signal work and pavement repair through April. The last order of work will include applying slurry seal and restriping the entire corridor.

Traffic will be impacted throughout the construction period with lane closures and delays. For the latest details, visit the City of San Marcos’ Road and Traffic Alerts webpage, which will be updated throughout the run of the project.

“This important project is part of necessary street maintenance to prevent premature failure of our roads,” said Lewis Clapp, Principal Civil Engineer for the City of San Marcos. “This project will ultimately extend the life of the pavement and it is an important component of the City’s strategic Pavement Management Program.”

Pavement Coatings Co. has been contracted by the City of San Marcos to make these improvements. Property owners along the corridor directly impacted by the project will receive additional information via mail from Pavement Coatings Co. prior to their work in each area. During the slurry seal period, directly impacted property owners will receive an additional written notification two days prior to work beginning, and “No Parking” signs will be placed on roadways to define the work areas for each day.


WHEN:                 Feb. 16-June 2021

SPECIFICS:           The project includes signal modifications, road resurfacing and striping

IMPACTS:            Traffic will be impacted during construction with lane closures and delays              

MORE INFO:       Road and traffic alertsCONTACT:           Kyle Wright, Construction Manager, (760) 744-1050 Ext. 3209

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