Heart’ of town nearly full in San Marcos after slow growthby Stephanie StangNovember 14, 20190189SAN MARCOS — The city of San Marcos continues to see record growth especially in one development that is nearing completion. The community of San Elijo Hills is blossoming, especially around the heart of its community known as the San Elijo Town Center.Two new restaurants will be opening in the next couple of months and next year construction will begin to offer a variety of office spaces. One restaurant will offer Spanish cuisine inspired from Barcelona while another will feature traditional American food with recipes from Colorado. The restaurateurs are looking to provide more upscale, finer cuisine compared to the casual dining currently offered on the town square according to Duncan Budinger, director of retail development from Ambient Communities.“It will have a completely different cuisine and will be a completely different experience too,” he said. “This is going to be date night. You are going to take your wife or significant other. You can sit on the patio.”Plus, more options for small retail businesses will be coming soon too when construction begins on a lot owned by Ambient adjacent to the square. Some of the options for the space include a fitness center, veterinary office, cryotherapy and physical therapy.
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San Elijo Hills’ Oktoberfest in San Marcos draws record crowd by Stephanie Stang October 17, 2019
— The annual Oktoberfest in San Elijo Hills in San Marcos proved to be the community’s most popular event yet. Although 2,000 people attended the festival every year, folks say it still has a small community feel. Alpana Patel says she brings her family every year and loves seeing all of her neighbors in one place. “It’s a great way to run into people.”San Elijo resident Mike Adams says he enjoys bringing all five of his children to the fair because of “all the rides, all the fun, all the food, great for the community. All the kids can hang out with their friends.” “There is just an incredible sense of community here,” realtor Ed Philbrick said. “I think it’s an amazing value compared to other surrounding communities. I mean with this event for example, you probably have an event per month when you look at it, and the events are pretty elaborate. There is a lot going on. Here you have a climbing wall, a (Ferris) wheel, food, beer (beer garden). There’s always something going on in San Elijo and so it’s hard to complain about the value that you are getting. People aren’t always happy with HOAs but that’s not really the case here.”
Pictured: Economic Development Manager Tess Sangster accepts an Excellence in Economic Development Award from the International Economic Development Council on behalf of the City of San Marcos.
The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) — the world’s largest organization of its kind — has honored the City of San Marcos with a prestigious award for an article series it produced to showcase its many economic development strongpoints.
The City won an Excellence in Economic Development Award for 17 news articles, which to date have earned more than 40 media placements. And according to city data, the articles have averaged a social media engagement rate of more than 30%, which is well above the 9% rate government agencies typically see, according to Sprout Social.
“The data tells us these stories are not only reaching the right audiences, they’re also resonating,” said Economic Development Manager Tess Sangster, who formally accepted the award on Oct. 15 during IEDC’s annual conference in Indianapolis, IN.
IEDC’s awards are judged by a diverse panel of economic and community developers from around the world, and this year’s competition drew more than 400 submissions from 12 countries.
“The recipients of IEDC’s Excellence in Economic Development awards represent the very best of economic development and exemplify the ingenuity, integrity, and leadership that our profession strives for each and every day,” said 2019 IEDC Board Chair, Tracye McDaniel. “We’re honored to recognize more than 100 communities for their excellent work.”
Specifically, the City was lauded for going beyond standard press releases — and actually reporting its own economic development news. For example, one article shared new data to spotlight how the manufacturing industry is booming in San Marcos. Another article explored how the local food and beverage scene is gaining steam, which was also backed with relevant numbers.
“By telling our own story in a credible and engaging way, we have inspired confidence and generated interest,” Sangster said. “Simply put, these articles have helped put our City’s economic development efforts on the map.”
Economic development, in fact, is one of the City’s top priorities. City Council made that call in 2015, when it hired Sangster to serve as the City’s first economic development manager.
“I’m proud of the great strides in economic development the City has made so far,” Sangster said, pointing out that this is the City’s fourth economic development award in the past four years. The article series also recently won a top award from the California Association of Public Information Officials (CAPIO) for outstanding writing. “We’re rightfully establishing ourselves as a leader in economic development and I look forward to more continued success.”
For more information about IEDC, please visit the IEDC website. For more information about the City’s economic development division, please contact Economic Development Manager Tess Sangster via email or by phone at (760) 744-1050, ext. 3120.
SAN DIEGO — A manhunt is over after police arrested a convicted serial rapist. The San Diego Police Department arrested and booked Dale Dulac on Friday at 1:42 p.m. He’s currently being held at the San Diego Central Jail on Front Street.
According to court documents, he’s facing charges for vehicle theft and receiving stolen property.
Update: Violent New York fugitive, serial rapist arrested in San Diego San Diego Police arrested 57-year-old Dale Dulac on Friday.
Local and federal agencies searched for the violent man that was spotted in North County. At this time, police aren’t saying where they found Dulac when they arrested him.
New York State Parole has confirmed earlier this week that a violent parolee-at-large and convicted rapist from the state was spotted in San Diego. The agency confirmed that on Wednesday, Sept. 25, Dale Dulac was at a bus station in San Diego.
The 57-year-old has was seen in San Marcos.
The state parole agency said it was working with US Marshals to locate Dulac, who is a Level #3 sex offender. The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department also reported that they worked with the San Diego Fugitive Task Force to locate and arrest Dulac.
Prior to Dulac’s arrest, one neighbor said Dulac was hanging out a 7-Eleven off of Melrose Drive and at nearby apartment complexes near Rancho Santa Fe Road on the border of San Marcos and Carlsbad.
“He’s kind of buff – and the bald head,” said the witness.
Jake wants to do something BIG to help raise money for Rady Children’sHospital.
On November 3rd, Jake will be riding his bike in a 50k event, which translates to about 32 miles with over 2,000 feet of elevation gain. Think about how long it takes just to drive 32 miles, and now imagine doing that on a bike, at 8 years old.
Why Rady Children’s Hospital? Four years ago Jake had a seizure unexpectedly in the backseat of a car while his mom was driving him to summer camp. Over the next several months his seizures continued, and doctors identified an area of abnormal activity in his brain and diagnosed him with epilepsy. With the help of the Rady’s doctors and staff, Jake was able to find a medication that has kept him seizure-free for the last four years. Now, Jake wants to help other kids, and let them know that he cares about them and so do others.
This December after his big bike ride, Jake will have the opportunity to further show his support for the children at Rady’s in person by joining Rady Children’s Light the Way Celebration, where he and other participants will shine lights up to the windows of the hospital letting young patients know that “we’re here for you and we’re thinking about you.”
Jake wants you to know that he will be working extra hard to show how much he appreciates your donation and support to achieve this lofty goal. Rady Children’s Hospital has 501c3 status and your donation is 100% tax-deductible. The donation process is fast, easy and secure. Please send this page to any friends who might be interested in donating.
Escondido Creek Conservancy’s Outdoor Classroom Connects Students With Nature
Imagine a world where every student, in every grade, receives a field trip in nature. In Escondido, we are well on the way to making this dream a reality. Outdoor education has astounding benefits for children, including improving health, mental wellbeing, and academic performance. Last school year, The Escondido Creek Conservancy (Conservancy) brought all 3rd grade students in the Escondido Union School District out to the Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve to learn about habitats. Our partners at San Diego Zoo Global and Nature Collective brought all 4th and 5th grade students and half of 6th grade students in the district out into nature as well. This year, the collaboration has expanded to include Friends of Daley Ranch as a partner and serve all 7th grade students in Escondido.
The Conservancy’s Habitats program involves a series of classroom lessons followed by a field trip to the Elfin Forest. Immersed in nature, students engage in STEM science while learning about local wildlife that live in and around the creek. After the trip, the children write letters to corporations and local government representatives to address the problem of litter in their community and propose solutions.
“Many of the students that come out to Elfin Forest have never been outside the urban center of Escondido,” says the Conservancy’s Education Manager, Jennifer Imm. “These field trips are an opportunity for students to experience the natural world for the first time and learn what they can do to help protect it.” Research has shown that the best way to get students to care about the environment is to let them experience nature—not just once, but multiple times. Through the larger collaboration, students in Escondido will receive at least five different outdoor education experiences and gain the training they need to become stewards of our environment.
You can help instill a passion for nature in Escondido students by volunteering to help with the Conservancy’s field trips, which take place on weekdays from 9:00am to noon. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Education Director, Simon Breen at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also help our education programs by donating to the Eichen Education Fund. Visit escondidocreek.org/eichenedfund for more information.