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Brush Fire at Ledge and San Elijo Road near fire station. San Elijo road

Brush Fire at Ledge and San Elijo Road near fire station. San Elijo road is being closed. No evacuations are being ordered at this time. No homes threatened at this time. Air support is up!

LEDGE FIRE UPDATE: Forward progress has stopped. Fixed wing aircraft have been released. Helicopter and fire apparatus remain for mop up, probably through the night.

COVID-19 Update: San Marcos Public Counters and Parks & Recreation

Click here to find out the status of businesses or activities in San Diego County. 

Cities in San Diego County have been granted permission to start slowly reopening businesses, parks and a variety of other services. In response, the City of San Marcos is making the following updates:

Public Counters

  • Public counters at City Hall and Public Works are currently closed. Staff is available to assist remotely. Contact information is available by department at Departments | San Marcos, CA (san-marcos.net).
  • Please use caution, maintain social distancing of at least six feet and adhere to all posted health and safety requirements.
  • The Senior Activity Center (SAC) is closed. For information about the senior nutrition program, call (760) 744-5535.
  • In addition, residents can continue to take advantage of our “Virtual City Hall” by engaging with the City online, and via phone, email and the San Marcos City App. Learn more in the tab below.

Parks & Recreation

  • All City parks playgrounds, and parking lots are open.
  • Park hours are 9 a.m. – Sunset. Parking lots will close and lock at sunset unless there are approved Youth Sports Council groups on lit sports fields, where practices may last until 9pm.
  • Civic Center Park hours are 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Double Peak and Lakeview Park hours are Sunrise to Sunset
  • Beginning Sept. 1 the following San Marcos Tennis Courts and Sports Fields will be opened at new times:

Las Posas Tennis Courts: 7 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Connors Park Tennis Courts: 7 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Sports fields: 9 a.m. – Sunset.  (youth organizations are permitted at some parks until 9 p.m.) 

  • Dog parks hours are 9 a.m. – Sunset 
  • Pickleball and tennis courts are open. The County is allowing play at these courts if used by members of a household or others who can maintain social distance. Please follow the rules that are posted at each court. You can view the rules for each court at www.san-marcos.net/courts.
  • Athletic fields will open, but no organized sport play or games will be allowed.
  • Pools, basketball courts and volleyball courts are closed. 
  • Hollandia Skate Park hours are 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Park restrooms are open and are disinfected on a scheduled routine and as-needed per CDC guidelines.
  • The Corky Smith Gymnasium and the Senior Activity Center (SAC) are closed. For information about the senior nutrition program, call (760) 744-5535.
  • Sunset Park and Bradley Park soccer arenas and Woodland Tennis courts are currently closed.
  • Dog parks are open.
  • You may go outside for exercise if you can keep six feet away from people who are not members of your household.
  • Park visitors are allowed to sit, lie down, and picnic if they practice social distancing.
  • Please avoid groups and crowded outdoor spaces.

Health and Safety Guidelines 

  • All State and County public health-related measures will remain in effect at all City facilities and parks. 
  • Please maintain six feet of social distance and wear a face covering when you come within six feet of anyone outside your household.
  • You can learn more about all of the guidelines in place at www.coronavirus-sd.com.

Thank You

As always, the health and safety of the San Marcos community is our top priority. We appreciate your continued efforts to protect yourself and others in our community by making smart, safe choices during this time.

New Year Resolution – Stock your home first aid supplies

Active kids will inevitably get hurt, no matter how much we try to keep them safe. Dr. Jaime Friedman provides a great list of the basic things we all should have in our home  to help our kids feel better. You can read about it HERE. Of course if you’re ever in doubt if your child needs professional care for an injury, always call your pediatrician first. They will provide the best advice for you. 

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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San Marcos Farmers HOLIDAY MARKET on Sunday, December 6th from 10am – 4pm

Join us for a special San Marcos Farmers HOLIDAY MARKET on Sunday, December 6th from 10am – 4pm in the beautiful North City development. 

Get a jumpstart on your holiday shopping in our open-air market which will feature local artisans and crafters, holiday gifts & decorations, pre-packaged foods and treats, a variety of delicious hot food, and live music! 251 North City Drive, San Marcos. 

Face masks and social distancing required for a safe and enjoyable shopping experience.

For additional information please contact Melanie Jamil at the San Marcos Chamber of Commerce, 760-744-1270 or melanie@sanmarcoschamber.com

Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) questions? We’ve got answers.

San Marcos residents who are interested in learning about the possibility of adding an Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) or Junior Accessory Dwelling Unit (JADU) to their property will find answers to the most frequently asked questions (in English and Spanish) on the Zoning Information Page.

A change in California State law earlier this year has made it easier to add a second house (called an ADU) to a residentially-zoned property. An ADU is an attached or detached residential dwelling unit that provides complete independent living facilities for one or more persons. ADU’s must include permanent provisions for living, sleeping, eating, cooking and sanitation on the same parcel as a single-family or multifamily dwelling. A JADU is 500 square feet or less and is contained entirely within an existing or proposed single-family residence. It must include a separate entrance from the single-family residence.

Both ADUs and JADUs can be integrated into existing single-family or multi-family properties and can be designed in a variety of ways, including converting part of an existing home, adding on to the existing home, converting an existing garage or constructing a new detached structure.

San Marcos residents who are considering adding an ADU or JADU to their property are encouraged to review all of the detailed information outlined here, which includes applicable regulations, requirements and contact information.

San Marcos Construction Updates

Beginning in the Fall of 2020, several other projects started active construction in and around the Creek area. To make it easy for you and other members of the community to find out what’s happening and when, the City worked with other public agencies and private developers to create a map highlighting major construction projects in the area over the next two years.

The City will update these maps as project timelines change and more information is available.

While these projects are starting construction now, each one went through a comprehensive planning and review process, which took several months, years, or even decades (in some cases), to complete.

All projects were approved under the current San Marcos General Plan which serves as the guiding documents for future development. All projects were also reviewed for consistency with the City’s planning policies, which are designed to preserve the small-town atmosphere of San Marcos’ past, while thoughtfully balancing growth for the future.

Questions?

If you have additional questions about Creek area construction, please visit the City’s webpage or contact the City’s Planning Department at planningdivision@san-marcos.net or (760) 744-1050.

City of San Marcos: Climate Action Plan Update Public Hearing Notice

The San Marcos City Council will hold the following public hearing telephonically; at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 8, 2020.

Project No: PA18-0003/ND20-004-Climate Action Plan update
Applicant: City of San Marcos
Request: The City of San Marcos intends to adopt an update to its Climate Action Plan (CAP) to be consistent with the State’s requirement to meet the Greenhouse Gas reduction targets as stipulated in AB 32, SB 32 and Executive Order S-3-05.

Environmental Determination: The City prepared a Negative Declaration (ND20-004) pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).
Location of Property: Various/Applies to all area within the City limits

Planning Commission Action: The Planning Commission recommended approval of the proposed project to the City Council by a 7 to 0 vote.

Further information about this notice can be obtained from Saima Qureshy, Principal Planner, by calling 760-744-1050 ext. 3222, or via email at squreshy@san-marcos.net.

Pursuant to Governor Newsom’s Executive Order N-25-20: Members of the San Marcos City Council and staff may participate in this meeting via a teleconference. In the interest of reducing the spread of COVID-19, members of the public are encouraged to submit comments via email. As a standard practice, City Council meetings are streamed live on our City website at: https://www.san-marcos.net/your-government/agendas-minutes/city- council-agendas. All relevant project plans, reports, and resolutions will also be posted on the City’s website a week before the hearing date and project presentations will be posted the day of the public hearing. To provide comments on the project during the hearing, please follow the instructions below.

Public Comment: To submit a comment in writing, please email pscollick@san- marcos.net and write “Public Comment” in the subject line. In the body of the email, include the project number PA18-0003/ND20-004 and/or the title of the item as well as your comments. If you would like the comment to be read out loud at the meeting (not to exceed 3 minutes), please write “Read Out Loud at Meeting” at the top of the email.

Comment emails will be accepted until the end of the comment period of the public hearing on this project. Comments can also be submitted via telephone, by calling (760) 744-1050, extension 3145, and leaving a message indicating that you are providing public comment for the City Council on Climate Action Plan update and then state your comments. All comments received via email will be included in the Public Hearing for the item. All comments received via telephone by 4 pm on December 8, 2020 will also be included in the Public Hearing.

NOTICE:

The hearing before the City Council is a de novo hearing and any correspondence submitted to the Planning Commission that you wish presented to the City Council must be resubmitted for the Council’s consideration. Contact the City Clerk for resubmittal of any correspondence and/or petition for/or against the project.

The City of San Marcos is committed to making its programs, services and activities accessible to individuals with disabilities. If you require accommodation to participate in a public hearing or any other city program, service, or activity, please contact the City Clerk’s office at 1 Civic Center Drive, San Marcos, CA 92069, or call (760) 744-1050, Extension 3145.

1st Annual Holiday Decorating Contest!

Join San Elijo Hills Community Association HOA in the holiday spirit for our 1st Annual Holiday Decorating Contest! 

$500 PRIZES WILL BE AWARDED FOR EACH OF THE FOLLOWING CATEGORIES & A YARD SIGN TO LET EVERYONE KNOW YOU ARE A WINNER!
  • Best Overall
  • Most Original
  • Best inflatable display
  • Winter Wonderland
  • Best use of Homemade Decorations
  • Best Use of Space
  • Most Creative Use of Lights
  • Best Hannukah
  • Most Humorous
  • Rockin’ Holiday-Best Use of Music & Technology
  • Most Spectacular

Click here: https://sanelijohills.nabrnetwork.com/publicform.php?latest=1&qid=28306  to register!  Or Contact  sehdirector@waltersmanagement.com

All registrations must be received no later than Dec 13th 

Contest Rules

  • Registration is required to be eligible in the contest.
  • Contest is limited to what can be seen from the street side of the house at night.
  • People or live animals not allowed as part of the display.
  • Judging will take place the evening of December 16th from dusk until 9:00pm.
  • Please have your decorations turned on by 5:00pmas part of the display.
  • Judging will take place the evening of December 16th from dusk until 9:00pm.
  • Please have your decorations turned on by 5:00pm.
  • Winners will be notified on Friday, December 18th.

Judging Criteria

  • Creativity (originality, unique design & creative use of lights & decorations)
  • Arrangement (display & placement of decorations)
  • Special Effects (sound effects, fog, animation, etc.)
  • Overall Appearance (color coordination, balance, & overall attractiveness)

**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.

COVID-19 or a common cough?

We are all so worried about the signs and symptoms of COVID-19 right now. What f your child has a cold and cough? Dr. Stephen Carson explains some very practical things you can do to help alleviate your child’s symptoms. Watch his video 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.

We’re also very social! Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. Ask us a question, leave us a comment or make a suggestion for future posts. We love hearing from you!

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