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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

San Elijo Hills January 2021 Real Estate Market Update

San Elijo Hills Market Update

  • 14 homes sold in December 2020
  • 6 homes are currently pending in escrow
  • The average December sales price was $891,000
  • Only 7 homes are active on the market
  • The average price per square foot is $381

ATTENTION BUYERS: Waiting for the market to get easier for buyers is not the answer. Home values are on the rise and mortgage rates are projected to climb as well. Values are slated to rise between 6 to 8% in San Diego County, and mortgage rates will start the year at record low levels but could reach 3.5% by the end of the year.  With rising values and higher rates, payments rise and home affordability will slowly erode. For buyers, waiting is not an option.

ATTENTION SELLERS: Pricing close to a home’s Fair Market Value is fundamental to obtain the highest possible net proceeds. Overpricing in today’s market is not advisable and will only result in fewer showing and fewer offers. The key to tapping into the current Hot Seller’s Market is to take advantage of the hordes of buyers waiting for more homes to hit the market. A realistic price will attract multiple offers and a bidding war will ensue. To become the winning bidder, buyers often stretch above the asking price.

Today’s buyers and sellers need a trusted local resource that can guide them through the complex world of real estate, who you work with matters. With my extensive local San Elijo Hills knowledge and commitment to providing an exceptional real estate experience to my clients, I’m your go-to source for San Elijo Hills and North County real estate insight, advice, and results. I am the publisher of San Elijo Life for 15 years and enjoy connecting and building our fantastic community.

Please let me know how I can safely be of service if you are looking to buy or sell a home.

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Fire Burns Near School in San Elijo Hills – NBC 7 San Diego

A small fire in San Marcos burned over an acre of brush near an elementary school, prompting a response from firefighters Tuesday evening.The fire started sometime before 4:30 p.m. near Attebury Drive and San Elijo Road and burned with a moderate rate of spread, according to Cal Fire San Diego, which was assisting San Marcos Fire Department with their firefighting efforts.The fire charred about one to two acres of vegetation behind Double Peak K-8 school before its spread was stopped shortly before 5 p.m., officials said.

Source: Fire Burns Near School in San Elijo Hills – NBC 7 San Diego

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.

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