Category Archives: San Elijo Hills News

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.

COVID-19 Update: San Marcos Public Counters and Parks & Recreation

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Cities in San Diego County have been granted permission to start slowly reopening businesses, parks and a variety of other services. In response, the City of San Marcos is making the following updates:

Public Counters

  • Public counters at City Hall and Public Works are currently closed. Staff is available to assist remotely. Contact information is available by department at Departments | San Marcos, CA (
  • Please use caution, maintain social distancing of at least six feet and adhere to all posted health and safety requirements.
  • The Senior Activity Center (SAC) is closed. For information about the senior nutrition program, call (760) 744-5535.
  • In addition, residents can continue to take advantage of our “Virtual City Hall” by engaging with the City online, and via phone, email and the San Marcos City App. Learn more in the tab below.

Parks & Recreation

  • All City parks playgrounds, and parking lots are open.
  • Park hours are 9 a.m. – Sunset. Parking lots will close and lock at sunset unless there are approved Youth Sports Council groups on lit sports fields, where practices may last until 9pm.
  • Civic Center Park hours are 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Double Peak and Lakeview Park hours are Sunrise to Sunset
  • Beginning Sept. 1 the following San Marcos Tennis Courts and Sports Fields will be opened at new times:

Las Posas Tennis Courts: 7 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Connors Park Tennis Courts: 7 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Sports fields: 9 a.m. – Sunset.  (youth organizations are permitted at some parks until 9 p.m.) 

  • Dog parks hours are 9 a.m. – Sunset 
  • Pickleball and tennis courts are open. The County is allowing play at these courts if used by members of a household or others who can maintain social distance. Please follow the rules that are posted at each court. You can view the rules for each court at
  • Athletic fields will open, but no organized sport play or games will be allowed.
  • Pools, basketball courts and volleyball courts are closed. 
  • Hollandia Skate Park hours are 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Park restrooms are open and are disinfected on a scheduled routine and as-needed per CDC guidelines.
  • The Corky Smith Gymnasium and the Senior Activity Center (SAC) are closed. For information about the senior nutrition program, call (760) 744-5535.
  • Sunset Park and Bradley Park soccer arenas and Woodland Tennis courts are currently closed.
  • Dog parks are open.
  • You may go outside for exercise if you can keep six feet away from people who are not members of your household.
  • Park visitors are allowed to sit, lie down, and picnic if they practice social distancing.
  • Please avoid groups and crowded outdoor spaces.

Health and Safety Guidelines 

  • All State and County public health-related measures will remain in effect at all City facilities and parks. 
  • Please maintain six feet of social distance and wear a face covering when you come within six feet of anyone outside your household.
  • You can learn more about all of the guidelines in place at

Thank You

As always, the health and safety of the San Marcos community is our top priority. We appreciate your continued efforts to protect yourself and others in our community by making smart, safe choices during this time.

New Year Resolution – Stock your home first aid supplies

Active kids will inevitably get hurt, no matter how much we try to keep them safe. Dr. Jaime Friedman provides a great list of the basic things we all should have in our home  to help our kids feel better. You can read about it HERE. Of course if you’re ever in doubt if your child needs professional care for an injury, always call your pediatrician first. They will provide the best advice for you. 

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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City of San Marcos recognized for visionary creation of new downtown core

 It’s a rare occurrence to have the opportunity to create a new, thriving downtown core for an already established city. Yet that’s exactly what a shared vision between the City of San Marcos, Sea Breeze Properties and California State University San Marcos conceived.

Enter North City – San Marcos’ new downtown gathering place that has captivated local residents and businesses alike with its energy, creative mixed-use concepts and modern vibe. North City recently received top honors from the California Association for Local Economic Development (CALED) with an Award of Excellence for its innovative, collaborative foundation and creation.

“We are honored to receive this recognition from CALED for a project that has truly changed the landscape and heart of San Marcos,” said Tess Sangster, economic development director for the City of San Marcos. “North City has become a thriving destination that mixes independent restaurants and retailers with urban living, student housing, co-working and community events. The vision was to design a space that would breathe new life into the City.”

Creating community

Each Tuesday afternoon, the streets of North City come alive with artisans, food vendors, flowers and fresh fruits and vegetables at the weekly Farmers Market, run by the San Marcos Chamber of Commerce. Live music fills the air as kids dance and residents and visitors explore everything that makes North City unique.

Diners at Urge Gastropub sip a pint of handcrafted microbrew produced on site while watching rock climbers scale the walls of the newly opened Mesa Rim Climbing Center. Ice cream aficionados sample taster flights of delicious handcrafted flavors (ranging from Bourbon Smoked Pecan to Cinnamonutella – yum!) while students venture from their student housing above to the Copa Vida coffee shop below.

North City’s deliberate combination of mixed-use buildings, residences, destination-worthy restaurants/entertainment, student housing, campus facilities and community gathering spaces has charted a new course for how purposeful development can inspire and support an entire community.

“It’s urban living, reimagined,” said Andy Tenn, senior project manager for Sea Breeze Properties. “This fusion of unique eateries, housing, co-working and recreation is fostering community pride and recognition.”

Learn more about North City and the City of San Marcos’ North City development project. 

San Marcos claims top award for excellence in financial reporting

The City of San Marcos was recently recognized with a prestigious award from the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada.

The City’s Finance Department earned the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in financial reporting for its comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR) for the fiscal year that ended on June 20, 2019.

The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in governmental accounting and financial reporting and it represents a significant accomplishment by a government agency and its management.

“Transparency and accountability are of paramount importance,” said Lisa Fowler, finance director for the City of San Marcos. “This level of recognition from the Government Finance Officers Association is a testament to our commitment to this mission.”

The CAFR was judged by an impartial panel to meet the high standards of the program, which includes demonstrating a constructive “spirit of full disclosure” to clearly communicate its financial story and motivate potential users and user groups to read the report.

San Marcos’ award-winning comprehensive annual financial report can be viewed here.

San Elijo Life turns 14

San Elijo Life turns 14 today. We have covered the news, events of San Elijo Hills for the last 14 years. We started with the grand opening of the Chevron and covered wildfires, HOA elections, the Town Center development, The Opening of Double Peak Park. Please keep sharing your Life in The Hills. Stay safe and post your favorite fall photo here. Cheers Edward Philbrick – Realtor

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

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