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San Marcos Creek project

On Sept. 24, 2019, the San Marcos City Council awarded a contract so construction can begin on San Marcos Creek project to increase the San Marcos community’s access to and enjoyment of San Marcos Creek. Construction is anticipated to begin in the winter of 2020 and is anticipated for completion in 2022.

About the Project 

If you’re not familiar with the project, it is adjacent to the San Marcos Creek, with the following boundaries:

  • West San Marcos Boulevard to the North
  • Grand Avenue to the East
  • Via Vera Cruz to the West
  • Discovery Avenue to the South

The project will solve a long-standing problem of flooding in the community, by raising the roads and bridges in the project area. This is in addition to adding open space by preserving creek habitat and providing a walking trail, vistas to the creek and a park for the community to enjoy.

Community Outreach

The City’s project team has hired JPW Communications to assist with communications and outreach to the community throughout project construction.

As part of our early outreach, JPW would like to share information with you about the project (see attached fact sheet). We encourage you to read through this information and the following ways to stay updated on the project throughout construction.

The City will also host a public meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 29 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the San Marcos Community Center, so please save the date. The meeting will provide an opportunity to hear more information about the project, construction schedule and how to stay informed throughout construction.

Thank you in advance.

Camilla Crescenzo

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The City of San Marcos Launches New Resident App

The City of San Marcos is pleased to announce the launch of a new resident tool called the San Marcos City App.

San Marcos City App empowers residents and visitors to support the City in its efforts to keep San Marcos safe and clean. It is your gateway to submit service requests to city staff. You can use the app to notify us of things like:

  • Traffic light outages
  • Graffiti
  • Debris
  • Maintenance needs at city-managed spaces (parks, trails, etc.)
  • Stormwater

The app creates an efficiency of service for both residents and city staff to report non-emergency concerns through:

Location specific
Based on your phone’s GPS location, you can quickly notify us of where you observe an issue when you submit a request.

Progress tracking
You can track the progress and resolution of your submitted requests in the app. Other nearby requests will also be viewable, so you can tell if someone else has noticed the same concern.

Direct access
The app connects directly to San Marcos city staff who can help. Submitting service requests through the app is the quickest and most efficient way to get things resolved.

For more details and how to download go to www.san-marcos.net/city-app.

Construction of San Marcos Creek Improvements Moves Forward

At its Sept. 24, 2019 meeting, the San Marcos City Council voted to approve a notice to award for Sema Construction to serve as the primary construction contractor for the San Marcos Creek Project. The project, once complete, will minimize flooding risks, preserve and enhance creek habitat, and build a new park and trails. The project will also provide critical infrastructure needed to support future growth in the area.

Following this approval, the City of San Marcos project team will continue community outreach about the project, finalize the construction timeline, mobilize the construction team and start active construction in early 2020.

“We are pleased to move forward with a project that will solve a long-standing issue and provide tremendous value to the community in the future. At the same time, we understand that construction in one of our core areas will cause temporary inconvenience,” said City of San Marcos Project Manager Isaac Etchamendy. “The City is committed to being a good neighbor and proactively communicating with residents throughout construction.”

The City created a video to give residents an overview of the project. It can be viewed here:

Project Features and Amenities

  • Raised roadway and new bridges over the San Marcos creek along Bent Avenue and Via Vera Cruz to reduce flooding and enhance safety
  • Widened Discovery Street to four lanes with a bike lane on the south side
  • Additional sidewalks and bike facilities
  • New community park with spaces and trails for recreation and relaxation
  • Restoration and preservation of 1.5 miles of creek habitatConstruction Details
  • Preliminary construction, including moving equipment to the site, will begin late 2019.
  • Active construction is tentatively planned to start early 2020 and is expected to take up to twoyears to complete.
  • Construction hours will be Monday through Friday, from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Those who live in the area or visit the surrounding neighborhoods will notice construction-related noise, increased construction vehicle traffic, detours and lane, and road closures during construction.Community MeetingThe City will host a community meeting about the project and upcoming construction on Tuesday, Oct. 29, from 6-8 p.m. at the San Marcos Community Center at 3 Civic Center Drive in San Marcos.In addition to the community meeting, the City will provide updates to the public throughout construction in the following ways:
  • Website: Visit www.san-marcos.net/creek for project information.
  • Text updates: Text SMCreek to 484848 to sign up for text updates.
  • Project hotline: Call 877-SMCREEK with any questions and a team member will respond within48 hours.
  • Email: Email creek@san-marcos.net with questions or requests and a team member willrespond within 48 hours.BackgroundThe San Marcos Creek project is consistent with the San Marcos General Plan,Para información y actualizaciones en español, por favor visite la página de la ciudad: www.san-

    marcos.net/arroyo.

The Lost Abbey has signed a lease on the former Stoked Café

NEWS from The Lost Abbey-Some of you have heard the news. The Lost Abbey has signed a lease on the former Stoked Café space with the intention of operating a satellite tasting room and events space. As residents of Old Creek Ranch, we love the community of San Elijo and can’t believe this space has become available.

The Lost Abbey was co-founded by my husband and his partners back in 2006. For some of you, this may be the first time that you have heard of us and if so, we are excited about the chance to meet and catch up over a beer or two.

We’re a little brewery with a big reputation but we pride ourselves on being great partners both here with our locals in San Marcos as well as our neighbors to the West (Cardiff by the Sea) where we operate another satellite tasting room called “The Confessional.”
As we’re currently in the planning phases, we don’t have a ton of details to share with you. But we wanted to make sure that we opened up an avenue for communication. If you have any questions, concerns or just want to say heck yeah can’t wait for you to open, we’d love to hear from you. Maureen Callahan Arthur

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.

New batch of San Marcos eateries raising the bar on kid-friendly dining

New batch of San Marcos eateries raising the bar on kid-friendly dining

San Marcos is steadily ranked as a great place to raise a family, thanks to its top-notch schools and high quality of life. Look around town and you’ll see that affirmed. Children 9 or younger make up about 15 percent of the city’s population. That’s higher than San Diego County’s rate, which is closer to 12 percent. 

The local dining scene has taken note, too. A fresh crop of family-focused restaurants has sprouted in recent years. And these aren’t the kiddie chains most of us remember from our childhoods. At these spots, parents can still enjoy a quality meal while their kids can—well, be kids.  

The newest to open its doors is My Yard Live, 288 Rancheros Drive, which serves family-style food with a backyard vibe (think smoked brisket by the pound and picnic tables). Billed for the “young and young at heart,” it aims to entice folks to linger awhile—much like you would at a neighborhood party. Live music, lawn games and lots of lounge areas underscore that comfy vibe. 

For example, families can relax on a large patio that features a play area and treehouse for kids to explore. Months of research went into perfecting this treehouse, and the company that built it has created similar structures for Disneyland. 

Because My Yard Live brews its own beer, parents can sample its in-house program—or one of the many guest brews it has on tap. There’s also a full bar offering all sorts of craft cocktails and wine. 

Many dishes can be served family-style, including roasted chicken, St. Louis-style ribs, smoked brisket and a sausage platter. Adults can also pick from salads, sandwiches, burgers and entrees—while kids can take their pick from staples such as mac-and-cheese, hotdogs and chicken tenders. 

Just across Interstate 78 is URGE Gastro Pub & Common House, 255 Redel Road, a sprawling eatery serving up family fun with a hip twist. For starters, there’s a bowling alley with a Big Lebowski theme. And yes, parents can order a proper White Russian at the bar—there are nine varieties, in fact. Parents with younger kids will appreciate the gutter guards and bowling ball ramps to make the game easier. Because there are just eight bowling lanes, everyone is encouraged to reserve one online at sm.urgegastropub.com/bowling—and check rates, as they vary. 

The back patio also feels more like a backyard thanks to a large, grassy area, which was recently added with kids in mind. In fact, this space offers all the makings of a family game night—including giant sized chess, Jenga, Connect Four,  cornhole and bucket ball. This back patio is dog-friendly, so families can bring their four-legged children, too. 

Urge also houses its own brewery, Mason Ale Works. Those in-house brews are on tap, along with dozens of other local craft beers. There’s also a hefty whisky list with more than 70 varieties, plus a full bar and sophisticated wine list. 

Most of the menu can be summed up as classic pub food, which includes burgers, fish and chips, schnitzels and meatloaf. There are also several salads, flatbreads and shared plates. The kids’ menu includes crowd-pleasers, such as mac-and-cheese, chicken tenders and sliders.  

The past couple of years has also ushered in Landon’s East Meets West—formerly Landon’s Gourmet Kitchen—1020 West San Marcos Boulevard. As the new name indicates, the restaurant recently pivoted its concept to feature a more Asian inspired menu. That comes through in dishes like kimchi fried rice and tandoori chicken. Fans of the original menu will still find burgers, flatbreads and stuffed avocados—and many of the other dinner entrees will return soon. 

A good selection of wine and craft beers also remains, though some imports have been added to pair with the Eastern-inspired entrees. The kids’ menu includes crowd-pleasers such a grilled cheese and  gluten-free chicken nuggets. 

Lucky for parents, one thing that hasn’t changed here is the supervised playroom, which truly sets this restaurant apart. Here, attendants will happily entertain kids for a reasonable rate ($8 per hour for one child or $12 per hour for two children). Kids can make crafts, play games or enjoy the treasure trove of toys, including a life-sized stuffed pony, dollhouse and musical instruments. 

The playroom, however, is not open every day: It is now only open on Wednesdays and Saturdays—though there are plans to eventually open it on Sundays. 

Also, worth noting: Dining is allowed in the playroom, which a gamechanger for parents who want to enjoy some uninterrupted adult conversation over dinner—while still giving their kids a fun night out.   

San Marcos welcomes new Communications Manager

San Marcos welcomes new Communications Manager
Robin Rockey, APR, joins the City

San Marcos, CA – The City of San Marcos is pleased to announce that Robin Rockey, APR, has been selected to join the City as Communications Manager. Reporting to Economic Development Manager Tess Sangster, Rockey will manage the City’s comprehensive communications program and will lead strategies for public outreach, community engagement and media relations.

“The City is highly committed to keeping our residents and businesses informed,” said City Manager Jack Griffin. “Ms. Rockey has a demonstrated history of success in the local government sector and is well-positioned to use her skills to effectively respond to the needs of the community.”

As an award-winning communications leader, Rockey brings more than 16 years of diverse experience in public information, journalism, internal communications, and digital media management to her new role at the City, effective June 27, 2019. In her previous position as South Coast Water District’s Public Information Specialist, Rockey was named Star Performer of the Year for her work to implement modern communications strategies to achieve organizational goals.

“I look forward to serving the City of San Marcos and fostering effective communication between the City and our residents, community organizations, businesses and visitors,” Rockey said. “I’m also excited to spread the word about all the incredible programs and services that make San Marcos an amazing place to live, work and play.”

Rockey holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from Northern Illinois University, Accreditation in Public Relations (APR), and certificates in public information, advanced social media strategy and digital marketing. She currently serves on the Board of Directors at the Public Relations Society of America’s Orange County chapter and represents the California Association of Public Information Officials on the Universal Accreditation Board, which oversees the APR credential.

City Council Tomorrow Night (Tuesday 5.14.19 at 6:00 p.m.)

Let’s close out this phase of our efforts with a bang. Hope to see you tomorrow night. When you arrive make sure to pick up your special sticker on the way into the Council chambers.
The meeting starts at 6:00, but if you cannot make it exactly at 6:00 don’t worry, they start with proclamations and presentations and then other agenda items, including some public comment before getting to our issue.

If you are not comfortable speaking, you can submit your comments at the meeting in the form of a letter. If you do speak and read your remarks make sure to submit them so they will be included in the City’s response to the CPUC. Depending on the number of speakers, we will get from 3-5 minutes each.

City Council Meeting
1 Civic Center Drive
Tuesday, May 14 at 6:00 p.m

Wooden Poles – We are still looking for any and all pictures with the old wooden poles and power lines (pre-2010). Take this opportunity to stroll down memory lane, and look for pictures that might have them in the background. Three people have done just that and come up with pictures of their now college-aged kids out playing in the cul-de-sac or out on the hiking trails. Make this a fun challenge.

Thank you, one more time, to everyone who attended the April 30 CPUC meetings or has participated online via the website or facebook page. We are strong together!!

Pictures or questions:  Robert Pack – packrobert@gmail.com or 760-809-3299

For further information: 

sanmarcospowerlines.com

facebook.com/stopthepowerlines

Road update from City of San Marcos

Improving the roads we all travel

Like all cities, San Marcos has a unique blend of traffic patterns and routes that experience more traffic volume than others. We are conveniently situated between two major freeways, which means our roads easily take our residents where they need to go. It also means that San Marcos thoroughfares might be choice routes for others as well.

Over the past few years, the City has implemented many improvements to alleviate traffic in key areas including the:

  • Coordination of traffic signals on San Marcos Boulevard, resulting in a documented 40 percent improvement in travel time;
  • Replacement of outdated lights with LED traffic signals to enhance visibility and safety;
  • Installation of new signals at key intersections to provide for safer travel and crossings;
  • Advancement of our City’s signal reliability and speed with our citywide ethernet project and installation of fiber optic communication lines.

To encourage motorists to become part of the traffic solution. the City launched a new educational initiative to inspire more courteous driving in San Marcos. We encourage all drivers to remember the San Marcos manners that keep our roads safe and friendly for all.

Each of these initiatives, and many others, mean that the City of San Marcos is continually working to improve the infrastructure, systems and technologies used to manage our City’s traffic.

For a list of San Marcos driving manners, visit www.san-marcos.net/honklesswavemore. To learn more about traffic engineering in San Marcos, visit www.san-marcos.net/trafficmanagement.

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