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Fitch Ratings reaffirms the Vallecitos Water District’s ‘AA+’ rating with a “Stable Outlook”

Fitch Ratings reaffirms the Vallecitos Water District’s ‘AA+’ rating with a “Stable Outlook”

Prudent financial planning and reasonable assumptions in an uncertain global environment result in Fitch Ratings recently reaffirming Vallecitos Water District’s credit rating of ‘AA+’, with a “Stable Outlook” into the foreseeable future.

Fitch’s analysis determined the factors for the favorable rating to be:

  • Very strong revenue defensibility
  • Low operating risk profile
  • Favorable service area
  • Affordable rates
  • Sound debt coverage and liquidity levels

    Vallecitos’ rating was bolstered by an informed forecast pointing to continued solid performance. The AA+ rating is a testament to the actions taken by the Vallecitos Board to ensure that Vallecitos is properly run financially.

Two Seriously Hurt When Vehicle Goes Down Hill in San Marcos – Times of San Diego

Two people were seriously injured Sunday when a vehicle went off the road and over a hillside, authorities said.Support Times of San Diego’s growthwith a small monthly contributionBecome a supporter The rollover happened at 9:22 a.m. at San Elijo Road and Schoolhouse Way, according to Sgt. Charles Morreale of the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department.An 84-year-old man driving a 2017 Toyota Prius, carrying a 77-year-old female passenger, was going southbound on Schoolhouse Way preparing to make a right turn onto San Elijo Road, Morreale said.“The driver was driving at a speed where he was unable to make the right turn,” the sergeant said. “The driver continued through the intersection, as he was attempting to turn right, causing him to briefly drive westbound in the eastbound lane of San Elijo Road. The driver struck the curb, continued over the sidewalk and continued about 150 feet down the hillside.”The vehicle came to rest on its passenger side against a chain-link fence, Morreale said.When deputies and San Marcos Fire Department personnel arrived, the Prius was found at the bottom of the hillside.The two occupants were trapped inside the vehicle. San Marcos Fire Department personnel extricated the driver and the passenger from the vehicle, and both were taken to Palomar Medical Center where they were treated for serious, but non-life-threatening injuries, Morreale said.

Source: Two Seriously Hurt When Vehicle Goes Down Hill in San Marcos – Times of San Diego

SDG&E Power Line Committee Update

Dear Neighbors,

The judge overseeing SDG&E’s request to build new power lines through our community has issued his recommendation in favor of SDG&E.  We are now one step away from construction beginning.   The last step in this process requires the five CPUC Commissioners to vote on the judge’s recommendation.

We have until August 25 to provide our last round of comments on SDG&E’s request.

This time our input goes directly to the Commissioners and can be more personal.

We hope each of you will submit a comment.  You can enter your comment directly on the website or attach a pdf.  You may resubmit all or part of your comments from last year but if you do please address it directly to the CPUC Commissioners and change the date.  If you did not send a comment previously, this is your last opportunity.  Here is the link to submit comments:,57,RIR:P5_PROCEEDING_SELECT:A1711010.

Once there, click the “Public Comments’ tab along the top and you will be at the Public Comment page.

Rather than forcing the Commissioners into a simple up or down vote to either approve or deny this project we believe requesting an EIR is still the best option.  Also mention personal stories regarding wildfires including canceled or higher fire insurance, impact on property value and aesthetics, or any other power line related concern.

Our website, is being updated to reflect our current situation so visit it for further information over the coming days.

This is our last chance to make our voices heard.


SDG&E Power Line Committee

19-Year-Old Killed in San Marcos Rollover Crash – NBC 7 San Diego

A 19-year-old man was killed in a rollover crash Monday evening in San Marcos, according to the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department.At 6:40 p.m., deputies responded to a call of a single-vehicle rollover on Schoolhouse Way, just east of Elfin Forest Road. Authorities believe the white Chevy truck involved in the crash was traveling at an unsafe rate of speed, causing the driver to lose control of the vehicle.The truck struck a curb and went down an embankment, where it overturned.

Source: 19-Year-Old Killed in San Marcos Rollover Crash – NBC 7 San Diego

Escondido Creek Conservancy Receives NOAA Grant For Environmental Education and Stewardship

Funds to support 3rd-grade students in the Escondido Union School District awarded to The Escondido Creek Conservancy

The Escondido Creek Conservancy (Conservancy) has been awarded a national grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Planet Stewards Education Project to fund environmental education and stewardship in Escondido. The program will support 3rd-grade students in the Escondido Union School District (EUSD) as they work to address the problem of litter in their community, in conjunction with their learning about local habitats and the impacts of humans on the environment.

The Conservancy’s Education Manager, Jennifer Imm shared, “As a small organization, we are very honored to receive this national grant, and we are grateful to NOAA for supporting the important work we do to educate Escondido’s youth about their local environment.”

The $3,600 grant will be used to encourage community and civic engagement through environmental action. NOAA decided to award more funding than the Conservancy initially proposed due to the strength of the proposal and the importance of the project. After learning how litter in Escondido ends up in sensitive habitats and why it is a problem, students will pick up litter around their community, preventing it from ending up in the Escondido Creek and the ocean. Students will also record the types of litter they find, using NOAA’s Marine Debris Tracker application, contributing to a citizen science dataset. Students will then engage the local community in their work by creating educational posters and videos, and even discussing possible solutions to the problem of litter in Escondido with local city government representatives.

“This grant enables us to expand our efforts to cultivate stewardship and civic engagement among youth. Empowering children to protect the environment for the benefit of their community, wildlife, and the planet we all share is a key goal for us.” said Simon Breen, Education Director.

Although many students won’t be able to participate in traditional field trips this year, due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Conservancy is committed to ensuring that students still have access to high-quality environmental education programming. You can find out more about the NOAA Planet Stewards Education Project here.

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


The City of San Marcos has updated its Climate Action Plan (CAP) to meet new State of California goals for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and promoting the community’s desires for a clean, sustainable environment.  The new state requirements set stricter targets for reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2030. The updated CAP and environmental materials are now posted on the City’s web site at

It’s time for you to weight in. 

Community members can review and comment on the Draft CAP and associated Initial Study/Negative Declaration through September 7, 2020


A CAP is a long-range plan that outlines strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

The intent of this updated plan is to adopt strategies and measures that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions in San Marcos to 42 percent below the City’s 2012 levels by 2030. In addition to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, the updated CAP provides additional benefits including: reducing air pollution, improving traffic conditions, supporting local economic development and improving public health and quality of life. Partial funding for this update was received from SANDAG’s Roadmap Program.

Key CAP highlights include:

  • The updated CAP builds on the City of San Marcos’ 2012 baseline greenhouse gas inventory.
  • Based on emissions projections in the future, and to be consistent with the State’s current regulations, the City’s target reduction for the year 2030 is 42 percent below the 2012 levels.
  • The updated CAP includes eight strategies and 22 measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
  • The implementation timeframe for the updated CAP is 10 years.
  • The City of San Marcos will monitor the progress of CAP implementation and will provide periodic public updates.


Due to current public health orders related to COVID-19, the City is not able to host a public workshop on the updated CAP and Initial Study/Negative Declaration. Comments on the updated CAP and environmental document can be submitted by:

Mail:      Saima Qureshy, Principal Planner

Development Services Department

1 Civic Center Drive

San Marcos, CA 92069



The City will review all comments received on the updated plan and Initial Study/Negative Declaration and incorporate those into the final CAP. Staff will hold Planning Commission hearings in October 2020 and City Council hearings in November/December 2020 to formally adopt the CAP update.


Contact:              Saima Qureshy, Principal Planner, City of San Marcos


Phone: (760) 744-1050, ext. 3222


San Marcos claims two state awards for excellence in communications

San Marcos claims two state awards for excellence in communications

The City of San Marcos was recognized with two prestigious awards this month from the California Association of Public Information Officials (CAPIO).

Two projects received CAPIO’s top honor, an EPIC award, for the San Marcos Creek Project logo and the San Marcos Creek Project groundbreaking ceremony. The logo and groundbreaking ceremony were created by the City with support from JPW Communications.

“These awards are a testament to the importance we place on keeping our community informed and involved on key infrastructure projects,” said Tess Sangster, Economic Development Director for the City of San Marcos. “We are honored to receive recognition from CAPIO – the state of California’s top communications association.”

EPIC Award details for The San Marcos Creek Project Logo

The City of San Marcos has embarked on a three-year, $104 million construction project to raise the roadways and bridges over the San Marcos Creek. This effort will reduce seasonal flooding that has plagued the area and restore habitat, along with other infrastructure improvements. The project, 30 years in the making, is the largest in the City’s history. JPW Communications was hired to develop and execute a robust, multi-year communications plan to guide the project’s outreach from pre-construction to post-completion.

The project’s tagline, “Our Neighborhood. Our Creek,” was created to underscore the collective vision for the area and acknowledge the work that had been done by previous councils, commissions and volunteers. Additionally, the tagline speaks to a new level of access the community will have to experience and appreciate its creek, as well as introduce a new era of development possibilities for the surrounding area. The tagline was designed to scale as it grows to encompass a soon-to-be-realized future. The new logo introduces a bold and energetic mark that embodies the flowing creek, new bridges and inclusive features that will invite San Marcos residents to enjoy the creek in a new way. The logo, tagline, assets and collateral pieces were created to launch the project uniformly and carry the project seamlessly through to completion.

EPIC Award details for The San Marcos Creek Project Groundbreaking Ceremony

To commemorate the San Marcos Creek Project’s kick-off, the City of San Marcos hosted a groundbreaking ceremony on Dec. 11, 2019, for both elected officials and the community. The goal was to welcome as many community members as possible. San Marcos wanted to inform its audiences about the project and build goodwill in advance of two years of disruptive construction. The event was a huge success, with 180 people in attendance. The event also garnered media attention including six articles, an in-studio interview with the mayor and a live TV broadcast.

“The San Marcos Creek Project is 30 years in the making, so it was crucial for us to create a comprehensive communications campaign for the community that would carry us through the life of this important project,” Sangster said. “The award-winning logo and groundbreaking ceremony have played an integral role in the project’s continued success.”


Foxtails and Your Pets-Advanced Veterinary Care of San Elijo

This time of year, many dog owners are hitting trails to enjoy the beautiful weather with their canine friends.  Unfortunately, a fun day on the trail can turn into a painful experience for your pooch from a seemingly innocent source.

Foxtails are a frequent sight on trails, open spaces and yards in Southern California.  These invasive weeds are named for their clusters of spiked seed pods which resemble the tail of a fox.  Foxtails usually appear in our landscape in early spring.  Like the rest of San Diego county, they start out soft and green but by then end of the season they have dried to a brittle brown.

The dried, spiked clusters of the foxtail eventually break down into individual spikelets.  The pods are spiked and barbed, qualities that help them penetrate the tough San Diego ground.  Unfortunately, these qualities also allow them to wreak havoc on your pets.

Foxtails are a common emergency in veterinary medicine this time of year.  When a dog comes in contact with a foxtail, the barbs along the spikelet attach to the fur.  These barbs allow the foxail to move only one way: forward, while the sharp tip on the spikelet allows it to pierce skin or penetrate dense fur.

Foxtails will attach to almost any part of the dog that brushes against them.  Common sites of infestation are ears, eyes, nose, and between the toes.  They can also burrow beneath the skin along the body on thick coated dogs.  Occasionally veterinarians even see foxtails buried in tonsils or under the gums of dogs who enjoy chewing on these plants. 

Once embedded, these seeds rarely work their way out.  Their burrowing properties wreak havoc on infected pets and continue causing painful damage until they are removed. Veterinary intervention is usually required to treat foxtail infestation.  Sedation or surgery may be necessary, along with treatments to help with pain and infection resulting from “foreign body” invasion.

Signs of foxtails include:

A painful, infected ear

Head tilting or shaking

Acute, severe sneezing

Nasal discharge or bleeding

Squinting, painful eye

Red, painful bumps between toes or under the skin

There are some simple steps that owners can take to help their dog avoid a painful foxtail experience.  The simplest prevention is to avoid them altogether.  We find foxtails along trails, in open spaces, and in unlandscaped areas.  They are common in late spring through summer and can be identified by their bushy clusters of spikes resembling the tail of a fox. Foxtails can even be found in our yards, so carefully inspect unlandscaped areas for these invaders.
Even if you practice diligent avoidance, carefully check your pet after walks or hikes.  Common sites of infestation are between the toes, the legs, the underbelly, the eyes, and the nose.  With long coated dogs, it is a good practice to brush them out after hikes, as well.  Keeping your pet’s feet trimmed short can help prevent these dangerous hitchhikers; some owners even purchase hiking boots for their dogs to protect their feet on trail.

Dogs are not the only ones affected by foxtails.  Occasionally we see outdoor cats who have picked one up.  We most commonly see foxtails invade cats’ eyes, under their third eyelid.  Symptoms include painful swelling, redness, and discharge out of one eye.

Foxtails are not only painful but can be very damaging to your pet.  If you think your pet may be infected, contact your veterinarian immediately to prevent further pain and injury.

-Advanced Veterinary Care of San Elijo

Advanced Veterinary Care of San Elijo 

1691 Melrose Dr. Suite # 110
San Marcos, CA 92078

SMUSD Informational Webinar on the 2020/21 School Options Recording

Informational Webinar on the 2020/21 School Options recording
Dear SMUSD Parents,
As a follow up to tonight’s webinar, please visit the website link below to access the presentation and video recording. Both will assist with your family’s Learning Pathway selection: Remote Instruction to Start/In Person When Viable or Leading Edge Virtual School.
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