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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.

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

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Opinion: Measure A Would Stop Politicians from Turning San Diego into Los Angeles – Times of San Diego

Rural land outside Escondido which is the site of the 2,200-home Newland Sierra development, approved by county supervisors under a general plan amendment. Measure A would forbid such changes. Photo courtesy of Newland Communities

By JP Theberge and Elizabeth Blankenship-Williams

The well-funded misinformation campaign against citizen’s initiative Save our San Diego Countryside — now officially Measure A — is being driven and bankrolled by the Building Industry Association and a handful of sprawl developers who repeatedly seek special exemptions to build in the fire-prone areas that our planning regulations avoid. This should tell you all you need to know about their motivations. They oppose Measure A because it makes it harder to use their vast political influence to get three developer-friendly county supervisors to approve these exemptions. They are already spending vast sums of money to confuse and hoodwink voters and contracting with high-priced public affairs and digital marketing firms to inundate social media with misinformation. On the other hand, Measure A is being run by unpaid volunteers — taxpayers, local community leaders, activists, urban planners, small business owners from all over the County — who were tired of the building industry manipulating the political process in San Diego County. Hundreds of volunteers helped gather 107,000 signatures to place it on the ballot. There’s no developer funding and no public affairs teams, and they’ve raised a fraction of what the developers have raised. Their efforts are truly grassroots, intended to protect taxpayers, and operate on a shoestring budget.
READ MORE VIA SOURCE: Opinion: Measure A Would Stop Politicians from Turning San Diego into Los Angeles – Times of San Diego

Annual San Elijo Hills Tree Lighting

Let it snow! Please join us for this long-standing tradition in the Town Square Park of San Elijo Hills on Friday, December 6th. Festivities run from 6:00 PM-8:30 PM with the tree lighting at 7:00 PM. This magical night will include some of these fun activities!

*Santa and Mrs. Clause will be here for pictures so make sure you are on his “nice” list! Don’t forget to bring your camera!
* A Colorful Universe will have an ornament painting station for only $5.00 per ornament. Stop by to create a one-of-a-kind decoration for your home! They also make great gifts for family.
* Holiday elves will join us to show off their artistic skills with balloons.
* Cookies, cider, and hot chocolate will be served to warm your belly!
* Delicious food trucks will be serving up a variety of specialties available for purchase.
* The SEMS choir will perform Holiday inspired music throughout the night

We hope that you and your family are able to make it out to this wondrous event! If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Liz McCardle at sehdirector@waltersmanagement.com.

Note how little the San Elijo Hills tree was in 2004

Annual San Elijo Hills Menorah Lighting

Come celebrate our Annual Menorah Lighting!  Bring your menorahs and head down to the San Elijo Hills Recreation Center (1105 Elfin Forest Road, San Marcos, CA 92078) on December 22nd from 5:00 pm until 8:00 pm on the first day of Hanukah!  There will be kid’s activities, latkes, donuts, music and more!  If you are interested in attending this event, please contact Liz McCardle at sehdirector@waltersmanagement.com or 760-798-9015.  Space will be limited, so be sure to sign up!

City of San Marcos Commission Vacancies

Commission Vacancy

Post Date: 12/04/2019 1:35 PM

The City of San Marcos is accepting applications for appointment by the City Council to the following Commissions and Boards:

 Commission/Committee/Board  Term (Years)  Vacancies
 Parks & Recreation Commission  4  2– Regular Positions
 Planning Commission  2  4 – Regular, 1 – Alternate Position
 San Marcos Community Foundation*  2  2 – Regular Positions
 Student & Neighborhood Relations Committee  4  2 – Regular, 1 – Alternate Position
 Traffic Commission  4  3 – Regular Positions

 

Qualifications include residence within the City of San Marcos and qualified electors of the city. All appointees shall serve at the pleasure of the City Council. For more detailed information and qualification requirements, please see the commission, committee or board individual page.

Submittal Deadline: Thursday, December 12, 2019, by 5:30 p.m.

  • Information: Detailed information and qualification requirements can be found on our website: Commissions-Boards-Committees Information
  • Application: Click here to fill out and submit an online application: Commission Application
  • Appointment Date: Public Interviews will be conducted at the Tuesday, January 14, 2020, City Council Meeting at 6 p.m. Qualified applicants will be provided an opportunity to present their background, qualifications and desires to serve on the Commission or Board.

Contact the City Clerk’s Office at (760) 744-1050, ext. 3100, or cityclerk@san-marcos.net with any questions.

* Qualifications include residing in or owning a business within the City of San Marcos.

View the Commission Vacancy Notice PDF

San Marcos Creek Project To Break Ground on Dec. 11

On Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019, the City of San Marcos will host a groundbreaking ceremony from 10 to 11 a.m. to celebrate the start of construction for the San Marcos Creek Project.

The project, once completed, will minimize flooding risks, preserve and enhance creek habitat, and build a new park and trails. The project will also provide critical infrastructure needed to support future growth in the area.

The groundbreaking ceremony will be emceed by City of San Marcos Mayor Rebecca Jones and includes light refreshments provided by Old California Coffee. The ceremony will be held in the open space on the east side of Via Vera Cruz, between West San Marcos Boulevard and Discovery Street. The City is asking attendees to R.S.V.P. by calling 1-877-SMCREEK or emailing creek@san-marcos.net.

“We are pleased to break ground on a project that will solve a long-standing issue and provide tremendous value to the community in the future. We are one step closer to the start of major construction in early 2020.  We ask that everyone take the time today to get more information about the project, the construction schedule and sign up for construction alerts,” said City of San Marcos Project Manager Isaac Etchamendy. “The City is committed to being a good neighbor and proactively communicating with residents throughout construction.”

Parking is available for ceremony attendees in the following locations:

  • At the ceremony site on the east side of Via Vera Cruz
  • Along Via Vera Cruz and
  • On the west side of Via Vera Cruz on the old Escondido Truss site (for overflow only).

San Diego County Sheriff’s Department will be on hand to assist with traffic flow to and from the ceremony site.

Construction Schedule

Following the groundbreaking ceremony, the construction team will move to more active construction in the project area.

  • In Winter 2020, construction will begin with the closure of Bent Avenue for bridge construction above the Creek.
  • In Fall 2020, once construction at Bent Avenue is completed, construction will shift to the closure of Via Vera Cruz, for bridge construction above the Creek in that location.
  • In Spring 2021, the City anticipates starting habitat and park construction and finishing construction and opening the project to the publicin Fall 2021.
  • Construction hours will be Monday through Friday, from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Those who live in the area or visit the surrounding neighborhoods will notice construction-related noise, increased construction vehicle traffic, detours and lane and road closures during construction.

The City encourages members of the public to visit the project website and sign up for alerts to  stay informed throughout project construction:

  • Website: Visit www.san-marcos.net/creek for project information.
  • Text updates:Text SMCreek to 484848 to sign up for text updates.
  • Project hotline:Call 877-SMCREEK with any questions and a team member will respond within 48 hours.
  • Email:Email creek@san-marcos.net with questions or requests and a team member will respond within 48 hours.

Para información y actualizaciones en español, por favor visite la página de la ciudad: www.san-marcos.net/arroyo.

Celebrate the holidays in San Marcos

The holidays are here again, and the City of San Marcos invites the community to join us for fun and festive events during the month of December.

  • First up is our annual Tree Lighting event (pictured above) on Saturday, Dec. 7 from 1- 7 p.m. at the San Marcos Civic Center, where you can enjoy free crafts and activities, as well as vendors selling their wares and snacks.
  • Next is an exciting new event called Breakfast with Santa. Bring the whole family to the San Marcos Community Center on Saturday, Dec. 14 from 7:30-11 a.m. to enjoy a pancake breakfast with Santa, and the chance to make festive crafts and play quarter carnival games. The cost is $5 per person and includes a souvenir photo with Santa.
  • Adults 50+ are invited to join us for the San Marcos Senior Activity Center’s Holiday Gala with Band Diego Dance Band on Friday, Dec. 20.  This black-tie affair is filled with lots of holiday cheer. Mingle with friends old and new and dance to your favorite holiday tunes. Lunch starts at 11:30 a.m. and entertainment begins at 12:30 p.m. The cost for seniors 59 and under is $5. A $4 donation is suggested for seniors 60 and over. Please RSVP by Dec. 13 by calling (760) 744-5535, ext. 0.

Come out to have some fun with family and friends and connect with your neighbors in our beautiful City! And make sure to visit www.san-marcos.net and follow @sanmarcoscity on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook to learn about upcoming events.

Patagonia Awards $8,000 to The Escondido Creek Conservancy

Patagonia Awards $8,000 to The Escondido Creek Conservancy

The Escondido Creek Conservancy (Conservancy) was awarded $8,000 from Patagonia to help with the restoration of the 693-acre Mountain Meadow Preserve (Preserve). The Preserve was acquired in 2018 as part of the Conservancy’s Save 1000 Acres campaign and is owned by San Diego County Parks & Recreation and the Conservancy, but managed by the Conservancy. Patagonia funded, Growing the Future, a volunteer-powered native seed collecting, processing, and storing operation to initiate restoration on degraded agricultural lands at the Preserve.

The Conservancy is truly grateful for businesses like Patagonia that recognize their impact on the environment and make it part of their mission to give back. “For us, it’s not charity or traditional philanthropy. It’s part of the cost of doing business. We call it our Earth Tax,” reads Patagonia’s Environmental + Social Initiatives. Their Earth Tax is now funding restoration in the Escondido Creek watershed with the Growing the Future project, which will catalyze the Conservancy’s largest-ever habitat restoration project.

What makes this initiative special is that, in addition to restoring critical, precious coastal sage scrub and chaparral habitat, it will give the Conservancy the chance to engage a more diverse range of volunteers. “Restoration can be hard work that isn’t always generally accessible to everyone, but community members of all physical and mental capabilities will be invited to participate in this rewarding method of conservation,” says Hannah Walchak, the Conservancy’s Conservation Land Manager. Volunteers will be inspired to commit to nature–and each other–because the project will show tangible results, enhance participant skillsets, and foster group experiences.

For those interested in becoming a volunteer for the project, please visit escondidocreek.org/volunteer.

Parents: Superintendent negatively impacting students

SAN MARCOS, Calif. (KGTV) – Nearly 300 parents packed a San Marcos School Board meeting Tuesday, demanding action against Superintendent Carmen Garcia.

Parents say she’s made radical changes that have negatively impacted their students.

Several parents spoke out during the public comment section of the meeting, asking the board for a vote of no confidence in the superintendent. They also want an investigation into some of the people she’s hired.

The rift between parents and Garcia seemed to start with the hiring of the principal at San Elijo Elementary School, according to parents. Many at the meeting publicly said they thought the assistant principal should have gotten the position. They say Garcia hired someone else and forced the assistant principal out.

But that was just one reason parents were upset. Several parents took the podium to point out several long-time administrators in the district had left since Garcia took her position.

Garcia spoke at the meeting ahead of the public comment section. She seemed aware of why the boardroom was packed and addressed the concerns saying there was misinformation circulating.

“All districts go through attrition. Ours is no different,” Garcia said. “Throughout my career, every decision I’ve made has been in the best interest of students, your child, and mine.”

Her comments were met with jeers from the room.

The board said their complaints were heard but could not be discussed by board members because they weren’t on Tuesday’s agenda.

Parents vowed to be back at the next board meeting and said they would continue to come until the board takes action.

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