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Smoke-free outdoor dining

As the death, disease, and financial devastation wrought by COVID-19 begins to recede in some communities, people who live in the San Elijo Hills community are wondering how best to protect their families as San Marcos moves to re-open restaurants and other businesses.

As a resident of San Elijo Hills, and as the Program Supervisor for Vista Community Clinic’s Tobacco Control Program, I have been learning a lot about the interaction between COVID-19 and tobacco and what it means for our families, friends, and neighbors. The combination of smoking/vaping and COVID-19 can be deadly – not just for those who use these products, but for people who may be exposed to secondhand or thirdhand smoke in their homes or in outdoor dining areas.

Residents are fortunate that almost every San Elijo Hills restaurant has voluntarily made its outdoor dining area smoke-free. Unfortunately, many restaurants in other parts of San Marcos still permit smoking outdoors, even during the COVID-19 pandemic. Check our online guide to find other San Marcos restaurants that offer healthy, smoke-free air: http://northcoastalpreventioncoalition.org/programs/tc/sfod/guide/. 

Smoke-free outdoor dining helps people smoke less and do less damage to their lungs’ ability to fight off infections. Doctors are warning those who smoke or vape that they are at risk of developing more severe COVID-19 symptoms. (See: https://tobaccofreeca.com/health/covid-19-stop-smoking-and-vaping/?gclid=Cj0KCQjwuJz3BRDTARIsAMg-HxUrfGS2-LwXhn_lcFCw4av7b_4F4MQfvKHwbcCaAHWu4t-8fMIO9JgaAvLJEALw_wcB)

The benefits of smoke-free air where we live, work, and play go beyond those who smoke or vape. It is possible that secondhand smoke exhaled by an infected person can spread COVID-19 to others. Secondhand smoke spreads quickly, is detectable more than 6 feet away, and remains airborne for a long time. The California Tobacco Control Program warns, “When people are smoking or vaping, they are also exhaling particulates from deep within their lungs into the environment around them.” (See: https://tobaccofreeca.com/health/covid-19-and-tobacco-what-you-need-to-know/)

Now, researchers at San Diego State University are warning us about thirdhand smoke and COVID-19,  saying that the coronavirus may be spread in indoor environments by “hitching a ride” on particles exhaled during smoking and vaping, and that the particles may linger for days on surfaces and in dust where thirdhand smoke and vapors accumulate. (See: https://thirdhandsmoke.org/dont-let-covid-19-hitch-a-ride/)

Last fall, well before COVID-19 captured our attention, Vista Community Clinic sponsored a series of community forums on secondhand smoke attended by more than 85 San Marcos residents. Many lived in apartments and expressed concern about secondhand smoke drifting into their units. “I am bothered by secondhand smoke in the apartment complex where I live. People are sometimes smoking around my kids, and my kids sometimes are curious to pick up cigarettes with their bare hands,” said Norma Vazquez. 

Other participants were concerned about exposure to secondhand smoke in outdoor dining areas. “This hits close to the heart for me because my mum passed away when I was 12 years old because of an asthma attack. I have asthma and my daughter tends to wheeze and has an inhaler,” said San Elijo Hills resident Sharmin Jesuthasan. “While we love sitting outdoors enjoying a meal at a restaurant, we typically don’t go if others are smoking in the outdoor dining area.”  

I encourage residents to thank restaurants in San Elijo Hills for their leadership in offering smoke-free outdoor dining to protect our health. For more ideas about what you can do to promote smoke-free air, contact Jennifer.Gill@vcc.org. 

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San Elijo Hills Community Association Updates: Albertsons Hours-Vine and Tap-HOA Event Cancelations

During this time of uncertainty, the San Elijo Hills Community Association (HOA) will pass along any information deemed of importance to the community.

Please be advised that the San Elijo Hills Albertsons will be open 7 am to 9 pm with special designated hours for folks 65+, with compromised immune systems, pregnant, or disabled. If you have questions regarding these hours, please contact the store directly. We have attached the flyer recently distributed by Albertsons for your reference.

San Elijo Vine & Tap

Here’s a quick update regarding the wild week we are experiencing. We’ve been closely monitoring the progression of the COVID-19 & are complying with the World Health Organization’s recommendations, as well as our own standards, to provide a safe place to offer Meals To-Go. We appreciate your support during these times!

Friday Night Fever-70’s Disco Party-Canceled

Due to the severity of the Coronavirus, we are taking serious measures to contain the potential exposure and spread of the virus.  Therefore, this event has been canceled.  Any checks received to attend this event will be returned to the resident.  If you have any questions, please contact Liz McCardle at sehdirector@waltersmanagement.com or call (760) 798-9015.

Bunnypalooza-Canceled

Due to the severity of the Coronavirus, we are taking serious measures to contain the potential exposure and spread of the virus.  Therefore, this event has been canceled.  If you have any questions, please contact Liz McCardle at sehdirector@waltersmanagement.com or call (760) 798-9015.

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Local San Elijo Hills Resident On A Mission To Fight Against Human Trafficking!

Hello San Elijo Hills! My name is Erin Packard. I am a member of the San Elijo Hills community. Many of you may have attended the community safety night at San Elijo Middle School on Monday evening. Much of the discussion was led by the San Diego district attorney’s office to educate us regarding human trafficking, which is taking place in our very school district. I was so pleased to hear that they are bringing the “San Diego Trafficking Prevention Collective,” program right here to our school district; an educational program aimed at decreasing the number of children involved in human trafficking in San Diego. We will all be hearing more about this from our schools as the program begins to roll out. However, hearing the staggering statistics, heartbreaking stories, and how close to home this is happening made many in the room wondering what they can do NOW about this horrific reality. Here are two things you can do today to take action through a wonderful organization that works tirelessly in the fight against human trafficking. Operation Underground Railroad (O.U.R.). O.U.R. is a 501 c3 (EIN 46-3614979) non-profit which exists to rescue children from sex trafficking around the globe.

  1. Take a FREE, “Signs of Trafficking” training course.
    The course takes 1 hour. If you need to break it up, your work will save automatically so you can work on it when you have time.. http://ourrescue.org/training
  2. Donate to the cause. My family will be participating in a bowling tournament fundraiser for O.U.R. on February 29th and I am looking for sponsors. Would you sponsor me and donate a minimum of $5.00? This is tax-deductible and will go directly to O.U.R. It is easy to do! Go to the San Diego team page using this link https://my.ourrescue.org/fundraisers/san-diego-team. Once you’re there enter how much you would like to contribute and in the comment section type in “For Erin Packard‘s Strikes Against Slavery Fundraiser”. Enter your payment information, and then you’re done! 
    For more information on O.U.R., I invite you to watch this short two-minute YouTube video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=10P7kYbHa2Q and visit their website www.ourrescue.org. Additionally, they are on IG as ourrescue and have an official Facebook page named Operation Underground Railroad. On behalf of O.U.R., we thank you in advance for your generous donation!

    Thank you so very much for contributing to the cause.
    Erin Packard

CPUC – SDG&E San Marcos to Escondido Powerline Update

Pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has prepared a Final CEQA Document for consideration of San Diego Gas and Electric Company’s (SDG&E’s) application (A.17-11-010) to construct, operate, and maintain the San Marcos to Escondido Tie Line (TL) 6975 69kV Project (Project). The Final CEQA Document provides details regarding the agency and public review of the Project’s Draft IS/MND, including a review process summary, a list of commenters, comments received, CPUC’s responses to comments, any resulting text revisions to the Draft IS/MND, and the final Mitigation Monitoring and Compliance Reporting Plan.

Description of the Project.

The Project is located in the cities of Carlsbad, Escondido, Vista, and San Marcos, as well as in unincorporated San Diego County. The Project includes a combination of new overhead single-circuit electric power line structures, rebuild of existing structures from single circuit to double circuit, and reconductoring and re-energizing of approximately 12 miles of a 69 kilovolt (kV) overhead electric power line from the existing San Marcos Substation to the existing Escondido Substation in San Diego County, California. The Project would require acquisition of 1.2 acres of new right-of-way (ROW) adjacent to existing ROW.

 

Availability of Final CEQA Document.

The Final CEQA Document will be available for viewing on the Project website no later than Friday, January 10, 2020:

http://www.cpuc.ca.gov/environment/info/esa/TL6975/index.html

This website will continue to be used to post all public documents during the environmental review process. Any questions or other communications regarding the Final CEQA Document will continue to be accepted by telephone at (619) 719-4207, or by e-mail at TL6975SanMarcos@esassoc.com.

Next Steps in the CPUC Review Process

The CPUC Administrative Law Judge has scheduled a Pre-Hearing Conference (PHC) on February 7, 2020. Parties to the proceeding (A. 17-11-010) have been notified by the CPUC docket office.

‘Heart’ of town nearly full in San Marcos after slow growth – The Coast News Group

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.

Read More Via Source: ‘Heart’ of town nearly full in San Marcos after slow growth – The Coast News Group

San Elijo Hills’ Oktoberfest in San Marcos draws record crowd – The Coast News Group

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.”

Read More Via Source: San Elijo Hills’ Oktoberfest in San Marcos draws record crowd – The Coast News Group

Large Dog Park at San Elijo Hills Park Undergoing Renovations

The large dog park at San Elijo Hills Park, 1105 Elfin Forest Road, will be closed until approximately August 26 for turf repairs. The closure will allow the City to provide a better environment for pooches to play by installing new sod to repair a large portion of the park’s turf, which has deteriorated and exposed dirt and rocks. The new sod must be irrigated several times per day for approximately three weeks in order to establish roots and grow strong enough to handle foot (and paw) traffic.

We appreciate your patience during the repairs and hope that you will enjoy one of San Marcos’ additional dog parks, including Hollandia Park, Montiel Park, and Sunset Park.

View a map of all San Marcos dog parks.

Your Community Needs You to Speak Up about Powerlines

 

Hopefully, you’ve all taken a moment to review the email we sent out early this week and the embedded links about the large electrical transmission lines that have been slated to be constructed throughout our community.

Hopefully, you’ve all scheduled your sitters, blocked your calendars, and are making carpool arrangements with your neighbors.

Hopefully, you’ve signed up on the Google Form to commit to showing up for your community on April 30th.

While we wait for the 30th to approach, we need you to make your comment personal. Review the attached talking points and develop your comments, your story, and find your voice.  Once you have your comments prepared consider sharing them on the 30th. You don’t have to speak at the hearings, headcount is most important, but reading your comments/story aloud at the meeting will help us in our show of force and makes the biggest impact.  A judge who will preside over the final decision will be in attendance, so your voices will be heard, and what you say matters.

REMEMBER:

1: Attend 1 or both CPUC hearings

  • April 30th from 1 pm – 3 pm at the SEH Rec Center (Terrace Hall)

1105 Elfin Forest Road, San Marcos, CA 92078

  • April 30th from 6 pm – 8 pm at the San Marcos Civic Center

3 Civic Center Drive, San Marcos, CA 92069

Bring a neighbor, a friend, and pack these hearings. Forward this email to your local networks, copy/paste to social media, and encourage participation in your neighborhood. Your community needs you!!

Join our FB page to stay up to date on event details.

Visit our website for more details, maps, etc. at sanmarcospowerlines.com.  Contact Robert Pack directly at packrobert@gmail.com or 760-809-3299 with any questions.

-Resident Committee to Stop the Powerlines

Northbound Elfin Forest Road to close beginning April 1 for storm drain improvements

Northbound Elfin Forest Road to close beginning April 1 for storm drain improvements

Beginning Monday, April 1 through Friday, April 12, all northbound lanes along Elfin Forest Road between N. San Elijo Road and S. San Elijo Road are scheduled to close to accommodate the installation of a new storm drain system.

Working hours will be Monday through Friday from 9 am to 2 pm. Crews expect to complete the majority of the work during San Marcos Unified School District’s spring break to minimize traffic impacts to the surrounding schools. Delays in the schedule may occur due to inclement weather and unforeseen construction obstructions.

Standard traffic control measures with advanced warning signs and pedestrian detours will be in place. Residents and motorists should be advised that vehicular detours will require drivers to use Stephanie Court. Traffic signals will be synchronized to allow more time for detoured traffic to cross through the intersection at Stephanie Court.

Associated with the San Elijo Town Center Phase II East project, these improvements are funded as a private development project through Ambient Communities.

For more information, contact the developer’s construction manager Randy Valles with Centre Builders at (714) 906-1135.

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