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A Stargazer Fundraiser

A Stargazer Fundraiser

Escondido, CA – The Escondido Creek Conservancy (Conservancy) is opening the gates of its Mountain Meadow Preserve (MMP) for their first-ever Stargazing Fundraiser event. Gather under the starlight on January 24th, at 6:00 pm for hot cocoa as representatives from the San Diego Astronomy Association lead a tour of the galaxy. All funds raised will support the Eichen Education Fund, which supports the Conservancy’s expansive education programs that bring nature to over 10,000 annually.

The first new moon of the year promises a beautiful view of the expansive night sky, as does the ridgetop of MMP, which is an ideal location to avoid light pollution. MMP is owned by the Conservancy and San Diego County Parks and Recreation and is normally closed to the public. However, the Conservancy-owned portion of the Preserve will be open for this event. In the case of an overcast sky, a backup date will be announced. Tickets for this fundraiser cost $100 and are available online at Children are free when accompanied by an adult with a ticket.

And if you just can’t get enough astronomy, you can join the Conservancy for a free talk titled, “Planetary Atmospheres and Climate Change”, at the Elfin Forest Interpretive Center on Thursday, January 23rd, from 6:00-7:00 pm. Join our speaker, Dr. Lisa Will, for a deeper look into the stars, and what they can teach us about the greenhouse effect, climate change in planetary atmospheres, and other natural processes on Earth. Will is the Resident Astronomer for the Fleet Science Center and Professor of Astronomy and Physics at San Diego City College. If you’re interested in participating in this fundraiser or other conservation efforts, please email Nathan Serrato,


General Plan Update Committee Meeting Scheduled for Jan. 16, 2020

The City of San Marcos will hold a General Plan Update Committee meeting on Thursday, Jan. 16 at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Services Main Hall located at 3 Civic Center Drive in San Marcos.

De Novo Planning Group, the consultant selected to assist the City with the project, will present an introductory presentation outlining the General Plan Update process and a work plan overview. A community engagement plan will also be discussed. In addition, there will be a vision, priorities and challenges activity, along with a public comment opportunity.

About the General Plan Update
The City of San Marcos is embarking on a General Plan Update. The General Plan serves as the guiding document for achieving the community’s vision for the future, and the General Plan Update process will provide residents and businesses the opportunity to provide input to help shape the direction of the City going forward.

The General Plan is often referred to as the “road map” for the community’s future growth, resource management, and policy priorities that will be implemented over 10 to 20 years. The current General Plan was adopted in 2012, and in 2019, the City Council directed staff to initiate a comprehensive General Plan Update.

More information is available on the General Plan Update page of the City’s website.

CPUC – SDG&E San Marcos to Escondido Powerline Update

Pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has prepared a Final CEQA Document for consideration of San Diego Gas and Electric Company’s (SDG&E’s) application (A.17-11-010) to construct, operate, and maintain the San Marcos to Escondido Tie Line (TL) 6975 69kV Project (Project). The Final CEQA Document provides details regarding the agency and public review of the Project’s Draft IS/MND, including a review process summary, a list of commenters, comments received, CPUC’s responses to comments, any resulting text revisions to the Draft IS/MND, and the final Mitigation Monitoring and Compliance Reporting Plan.

Description of the Project.

The Project is located in the cities of Carlsbad, Escondido, Vista, and San Marcos, as well as in unincorporated San Diego County. The Project includes a combination of new overhead single-circuit electric power line structures, rebuild of existing structures from single circuit to double circuit, and reconductoring and re-energizing of approximately 12 miles of a 69 kilovolt (kV) overhead electric power line from the existing San Marcos Substation to the existing Escondido Substation in San Diego County, California. The Project would require acquisition of 1.2 acres of new right-of-way (ROW) adjacent to existing ROW.


Availability of Final CEQA Document.

The Final CEQA Document will be available for viewing on the Project website no later than Friday, January 10, 2020:

This website will continue to be used to post all public documents during the environmental review process. Any questions or other communications regarding the Final CEQA Document will continue to be accepted by telephone at (619) 719-4207, or by e-mail at

Next Steps in the CPUC Review Process

The CPUC Administrative Law Judge has scheduled a Pre-Hearing Conference (PHC) on February 7, 2020. Parties to the proceeding (A. 17-11-010) have been notified by the CPUC docket office.

Traffic alert: Periodic Lane Closures on Discovery Street Starting Thursday, Jan. 9

A periodic lane closure has been scheduled starting Thursday, Jan. 9 for the westbound lane of Discovery Street between Craven Road and Joy Court to allow SDG&E and their contractor to relocate existing electrical utilities. SDG&E will need to close this lane periodically for safety reasons as they begin to move existing electrical poles and string new electrical lines.

SDG&E is completing this work in advance of the start of active construction for the City’s San Marcos Creek Project.  This work is related to the Creek Project, but is not part of the City’s active construction that will begin with the closure of Bent Avenue in January/February 2020.

How Long Will This Last?  

The periodic closure along Discovery Street from Craven Road to Joy Court will be in effect from Thursday, Jan. 9 until Friday, March 6 to accommodate the utility relocation. It is anticipated that SDG&E will close the lane periodically as needed, to allow for safe and efficient relocation of the utilities and installation of new electrical lines in the project area.

What To Expect During Periodic Closures

Work will take place Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. – 4 p.m. No night and weekend work is expected at this time. If night and weekend work is needed, notice will be provided in advance.

Eastbound traffic along Discovery Street will be maintained at all times. Traffic delays are expected during closures and drivers are encouraged to use alternate routes and avoid the area during the periodic closures. SDG&E will install advanced warning signs about the closure and traffic detours, when in effect.

Traffic Detours

During closures, westbound traffic will be routed through Bent Avenue to West San Marcos Boulevard to Via Vera Cruz and back to Discovery Street.

For specific questions about SDG&E’s utility construction, please contact SDG&E at (800) 411-7343.

For more information about the City’s San Marcos Creek project, visit the project webpage at

The latest traffic alerts and road closure information will be posted on the City of San Marcos website homepage. To stay updated on the latest road closures, visit sign up for traffic alerts at and follow the City on Twitter at @SanMarcosCity.

Gershman Properties Buys San Elijo Hills Town Center in San Marcos for $16 Million

Lourdes Mexican Food, Starbucks Coffee, Grand Vision Optometry and San Elijo Pediatric Dentistry are tenants at San Elijo Hills Town Center in San Marcos, California.

Gershman Properties has purchased San Elijo Hills Town Center, a lifestyle center located at 1620, 1628, 1640 and 1646 San Elijo Road in San Marcos. Ambient Communities dba SEH Lifestyle Center LLC sold the asset for $16 million. Built-in 2019, the property features 23,076 square feet of retail space. Current tenants include Starbucks Coffee, Cyclebar, Everbowl, Sourdough Bread Co., Tapa Tapa Spanish Restaurant, SETS Kitchen & Bar, Lourdes Mexican Food, Grand Vision Optometry, San Elijo Pediatric Dentistry and Downtown Academics Tutoring. Rob Ippolito, John Jennings and Glenn Rudy of Newmark Knight Frank represented the seller in the transaction.

San Marcos City employees donate $1,970 in shoe store gift cards to local students

On Wednesday, Dec. 18, Santa Claus visited City Hall to deliver a total of $1,970 in shoe-store gift cards to 58 local elementary school students and homeless teens thanks to a partnership between City employees and the San Marcos Unified School District (SMUSD).
City employees donated $1,680 toward the purchase of Famous Footwear gift cards, and an in-store promotion enabled staff to purchase an extra $290 in gift cards to spread holiday cheer to schoolchildren identified by SMUSD.
The children and their families attended a festive holiday reception at City Hall on Wednesday evening. “Jingle Bells” played as smiling kids danced, enjoyed cookies and posed for photos with Santa and City of San Marcos firefighters.
“We are proud of the steps that City staff took to help Santa make the holidays a little brighter for families in our community,” said City Manager Jack Griffin. “We appreciate the assistance of SMUSD to help us connect with deserving students and families.”

Staying Safe During the Holidays

From gifts, to parties and decorating, the holidays are a joyful time. Dr. Jaime Friedman’s latest blog offers some important reminders on how to keep your little ones safe too.   

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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Backers of ballot measure say supervisor worked with building industry to reword initiative – The San Diego Union-Tribune

Jim Desmond was lobbied to change language of Measure A, emails and texts show


By J. HARRY JONESDEC. 17, 2019 2:17 PM

Backers of Measure A, the Save Our San Diego Countryside initiative that will be voted on in March, say a series of texts and emails obtained as part of a public records request show that Supervisor Jim Desmond was working with the building industry when he tried to change the ballot language at the last minute.

Measure A would require countywide votes for big developments in the unincorporated parts of the county that are not now zoned for them, something the building industry says would likely put an end to such projects. On Dec. 10, the Board of Supervisors had been scheduled to consider changing the ballot language of the measure just one day before the Registrar of Voters deadline. Desmond had placed the item on the agenda saying a change was needed to better inform voters. He also told at least two people that the language change was written by his staff. But texts and emails show that it was representatives with the Building Industry Association of San Diego County who approached Desmond, and lawyers for the No on A campaign, which is funded by the building and real estate industry, who not only asked for the item to be put on the agenda, but also crafted the wording which was very similar to what Desmond ended up proposing.

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