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General Plan Update Committee Meeting Scheduled for Jan. 16, 2020

The City of San Marcos will hold a General Plan Update Committee meeting on Thursday, Jan. 16 at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Services Main Hall located at 3 Civic Center Drive in San Marcos.

De Novo Planning Group, the consultant selected to assist the City with the project, will present an introductory presentation outlining the General Plan Update process and a work plan overview. A community engagement plan will also be discussed. In addition, there will be a vision, priorities and challenges activity, along with a public comment opportunity.

About the General Plan Update
The City of San Marcos is embarking on a General Plan Update. The General Plan serves as the guiding document for achieving the community’s vision for the future, and the General Plan Update process will provide residents and businesses the opportunity to provide input to help shape the direction of the City going forward.

The General Plan is often referred to as the “road map” for the community’s future growth, resource management, and policy priorities that will be implemented over 10 to 20 years. The current General Plan was adopted in 2012, and in 2019, the City Council directed staff to initiate a comprehensive General Plan Update.

More information is available on the General Plan Update page of the City’s website.


Traffic alert: Periodic Lane Closures on Discovery Street Starting Thursday, Jan. 9

A periodic lane closure has been scheduled starting Thursday, Jan. 9 for the westbound lane of Discovery Street between Craven Road and Joy Court to allow SDG&E and their contractor to relocate existing electrical utilities. SDG&E will need to close this lane periodically for safety reasons as they begin to move existing electrical poles and string new electrical lines.

SDG&E is completing this work in advance of the start of active construction for the City’s San Marcos Creek Project.  This work is related to the Creek Project, but is not part of the City’s active construction that will begin with the closure of Bent Avenue in January/February 2020.

How Long Will This Last?  

The periodic closure along Discovery Street from Craven Road to Joy Court will be in effect from Thursday, Jan. 9 until Friday, March 6 to accommodate the utility relocation. It is anticipated that SDG&E will close the lane periodically as needed, to allow for safe and efficient relocation of the utilities and installation of new electrical lines in the project area.

What To Expect During Periodic Closures

Work will take place Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. – 4 p.m. No night and weekend work is expected at this time. If night and weekend work is needed, notice will be provided in advance.

Eastbound traffic along Discovery Street will be maintained at all times. Traffic delays are expected during closures and drivers are encouraged to use alternate routes and avoid the area during the periodic closures. SDG&E will install advanced warning signs about the closure and traffic detours, when in effect.

Traffic Detours

During closures, westbound traffic will be routed through Bent Avenue to West San Marcos Boulevard to Via Vera Cruz and back to Discovery Street.

For specific questions about SDG&E’s utility construction, please contact SDG&E at (800) 411-7343.

For more information about the City’s San Marcos Creek project, visit the project webpage at

The latest traffic alerts and road closure information will be posted on the City of San Marcos website homepage. To stay updated on the latest road closures, visit sign up for traffic alerts at and follow the City on Twitter at @SanMarcosCity.

San Marcos City employees donate $1,970 in shoe store gift cards to local students

On Wednesday, Dec. 18, Santa Claus visited City Hall to deliver a total of $1,970 in shoe-store gift cards to 58 local elementary school students and homeless teens thanks to a partnership between City employees and the San Marcos Unified School District (SMUSD).
City employees donated $1,680 toward the purchase of Famous Footwear gift cards, and an in-store promotion enabled staff to purchase an extra $290 in gift cards to spread holiday cheer to schoolchildren identified by SMUSD.
The children and their families attended a festive holiday reception at City Hall on Wednesday evening. “Jingle Bells” played as smiling kids danced, enjoyed cookies and posed for photos with Santa and City of San Marcos firefighters.
“We are proud of the steps that City staff took to help Santa make the holidays a little brighter for families in our community,” said City Manager Jack Griffin. “We appreciate the assistance of SMUSD to help us connect with deserving students and families.”

City of San Marcos Commission Vacancies

Commission Vacancy

Post Date: 12/04/2019 1:35 PM

The City of San Marcos is accepting applications for appointment by the City Council to the following Commissions and Boards:

 Commission/Committee/Board  Term (Years)  Vacancies
 Parks & Recreation Commission  4  2– Regular Positions
 Planning Commission  2  4 – Regular, 1 – Alternate Position
 San Marcos Community Foundation*  2  2 – Regular Positions
 Student & Neighborhood Relations Committee  4  2 – Regular, 1 – Alternate Position
 Traffic Commission  4  3 – Regular Positions


Qualifications include residence within the City of San Marcos and qualified electors of the city. All appointees shall serve at the pleasure of the City Council. For more detailed information and qualification requirements, please see the commission, committee or board individual page.

Submittal Deadline: Thursday, December 12, 2019, by 5:30 p.m.

  • Information: Detailed information and qualification requirements can be found on our website: Commissions-Boards-Committees Information
  • Application: Click here to fill out and submit an online application: Commission Application
  • Appointment Date: Public Interviews will be conducted at the Tuesday, January 14, 2020, City Council Meeting at 6 p.m. Qualified applicants will be provided an opportunity to present their background, qualifications and desires to serve on the Commission or Board.

Contact the City Clerk’s Office at (760) 744-1050, ext. 3100, or with any questions.

* Qualifications include residing in or owning a business within the City of San Marcos.

View the Commission Vacancy Notice PDF

San Marcos Creek Project To Break Ground on Dec. 11

On Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019, the City of San Marcos will host a groundbreaking ceremony from 10 to 11 a.m. to celebrate the start of construction for the San Marcos Creek Project.

The project, once completed, 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.

The groundbreaking ceremony will be emceed by City of San Marcos Mayor Rebecca Jones and includes light refreshments provided by Old California Coffee. The ceremony will be held in the open space on the east side of Via Vera Cruz, between West San Marcos Boulevard and Discovery Street. The City is asking attendees to R.S.V.P. by calling 1-877-SMCREEK or emailing

“We are pleased to break ground on a project that will solve a long-standing issue and provide tremendous value to the community in the future. We are one step closer to the start of major construction in early 2020.  We ask that everyone take the time today to get more information about the project, the construction schedule and sign up for construction alerts,” 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.”

Parking is available for ceremony attendees in the following locations:

  • At the ceremony site on the east side of Via Vera Cruz
  • Along Via Vera Cruz and
  • On the west side of Via Vera Cruz on the old Escondido Truss site (for overflow only).

San Diego County Sheriff’s Department will be on hand to assist with traffic flow to and from the ceremony site.

Construction Schedule

Following the groundbreaking ceremony, the construction team will move to more active construction in the project area.

  • In Winter 2020, construction will begin with the closure of Bent Avenue for bridge construction above the Creek.
  • In Fall 2020, once construction at Bent Avenue is completed, construction will shift to the closure of Via Vera Cruz, for bridge construction above the Creek in that location.
  • In Spring 2021, the City anticipates starting habitat and park construction and finishing construction and opening the project to the publicin Fall 2021.
  • 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.

The City encourages members of the public to visit the project website and sign up for alerts to  stay informed throughout project construction:

  • Website: Visit 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 within 48 hours.
  • Email:Email with questions or requests and a team member will respond within 48 hours.

Para información y actualizaciones en español, por favor visite la página de la ciudad:

Celebrate the holidays in San Marcos

The holidays are here again, and the City of San Marcos invites the community to join us for fun and festive events during the month of December.

  • First up is our annual Tree Lighting event (pictured above) on Saturday, Dec. 7 from 1- 7 p.m. at the San Marcos Civic Center, where you can enjoy free crafts and activities, as well as vendors selling their wares and snacks.
  • Next is an exciting new event called Breakfast with Santa. Bring the whole family to the San Marcos Community Center on Saturday, Dec. 14 from 7:30-11 a.m. to enjoy a pancake breakfast with Santa, and the chance to make festive crafts and play quarter carnival games. The cost is $5 per person and includes a souvenir photo with Santa.
  • Adults 50+ are invited to join us for the San Marcos Senior Activity Center’s Holiday Gala with Band Diego Dance Band on Friday, Dec. 20.  This black-tie affair is filled with lots of holiday cheer. Mingle with friends old and new and dance to your favorite holiday tunes. Lunch starts at 11:30 a.m. and entertainment begins at 12:30 p.m. The cost for seniors 59 and under is $5. A $4 donation is suggested for seniors 60 and over. Please RSVP by Dec. 13 by calling (760) 744-5535, ext. 0.

Come out to have some fun with family and friends and connect with your neighbors in our beautiful City! And make sure to visit and follow @sanmarcoscity on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook to learn about upcoming events.

San Marcos among the lowest crime rates in San Diego County

Since 2015, the City’s property crime rate dropped 46%—and its overall crime rate dropped 40%

San Marcos has some of the lowest crime rates among the 18 incorporated cities in San Diego County, according to new data from the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG).

When compared to the county’s incorporated cities, San Marcos has the lowest overall property crime rate, which includes non-violent crimes such as burglaries, auto thefts, and vandalism. San Marcos also has the second-lowest overall crime rate, which includes all violent and nonviolent crimes.

This underscores a recent downward trend in San Marcos crime. The City’s property crime rate is 8.94% — which is a 46% drop since 2015. The City’s overall crime rate is 11.03% — which is a 40% drop since 2015.

“Part of our success is thanks to more intelligence-led policing, which means relying on analytics to catch habitual criminals,” explained San Diego County Sherriff Captain Dave Brown, who oversees the San Marcos station.

Like many cities, San Marcos contracts its law enforcement services from the county—but Captain Brown points out that San Marcos has done an exceptional job of investing resources into its public safety in recent years.

“For example, I now have two analysts who leverage computer technology to link crimes, which has given us tremendously valuable insights, ”he said, adding that he’s also recently been able to double the number of officers at San Marcos schools.

San Marcos has also gone the extra mile by dedicating two city staff positions to crime prevention—which has helped curb crime through proactive outreach, said Captain Brown.

As a case in point, about a year ago San Marcos saw a rash of business break-ins, mostly at mom-and-pop shops. By working with deputies, the city team identified other small businesses that were likely targets.

“This city team took the time to proactively visit these businesses, alert them of the crime spree, and give them tips on how to improve security,” Captain Brown said.

It seems those businesses owners were listening, too. Another rash of similar burglaries broke out a couple months ago. “But this time, all the burglars got was about twenty dollars in quarters and a bag of chips.”

That’s music to the ears of Ronie Martinez, who is part of the City’s crime prevention team, as public safety coordinator. She’s served San Marcos for 30 years, and though the community has changed dramatically, she said one key message has not: “Report everything to law enforcement.”

“Even if was just your garden hose that was stolen, report it,” she said. “You may learn that we’ve had six garden hoses stolen this week, and now we have a series. Having all the pieces helps us see the big picture.”

Martinez also wants the community to know that San Marcos offers all sorts of free crime prevention services, which can be seen on the Crime Prevention page of the City’s website. She encourages everyone to take advantage, because ultimately, it will make for a safer San Marcos.

“Keeping our crime rates low is a communitywide effort,” she says. “We’re all in this together.”

For more information about the City’s crime prevention efforts, please contact Ronie Martinez via email or by phone at (760) 744-1050, ext 3111. You can view SANDAG’s full crime report here.

San Marcos Revolution, raised $2500 through its first annual Copa Revolution Youth Soccer Tournament

San Marcos Youth Soccer competitive arm, San Marcos Revolution, raised $2500 through its first annual Copa Revolution Youth Soccer Tournament.  Over 130 teams from Southern California participated over August 17-18 2019 at beautiful Walnut Grove Park. 

Rady Children’s Hospital is a San Diego based institution founded in 1954. Since its inception, Rady Children’s Hospital has aspired and has become a leading Hospital focusing on Children. In the past fiscal year, Rady Children’s has seen over 245,000 patients and performed over 20,000 surgeries. Rady Children’s is nationally ranked in all ten areas including Cancer, heart surgery, neonatal, neurosurgery, and long term care. 

San Marcos Youth Soccer and San Marcos Revolution are a premier locally based 501(c)3 non-profit, serving the community of San Marcos and North County Inland. San Marcos Youth Soccer serves over 1500 families and fields over 150 teams between its recreational and competitive programs. 

San Marcos Youth Soccer is run by a dedicated volunteer board of directors. On the competitive side of the soccer program, Nick Perera is the Director of Coaching. Mr. Perera is currently not only the Director of Coaching for San Marcos Youth Soccer; he is the Captain of the US Men’s National Beach Soccer team and a professional soccer player and coach of the MISL Tacoma Stars.

“It’s an honor and privilege to be working with the kids and families of the San Marcos Youth Soccer and Revolution programs and to have the ability to have a positive impact, through the game of soccer. Furthermore, to be able to provide a fun and competitive venue and to help raise funds to a fantastic cause, really exemplifies the ethos and pathos of the culture of our organization” said Nick Perera. 

San Marcos Revolution will be hosting the 2nd annual Copa Revolution, benefiting Rady Children’s Hospital in August 2020. Please go to for more information about the tournament, and the club.

The annual City of San Marcos Veterans Day Ceremony

The annual City of San Marcos Veterans Day Ceremony will be held at Helen Bougher Memorial Park on Nov. 11, 2019. We invite you to join us in honoring our veterans and their ongoing commitment to a lifetime of service. Military and active duty personnel are encouraged, but not required, to attend in uniform. Guests are welcome to bring lawn chairs and carpool.

Event schedule

  • 2 p.m. Retire Flag / Displays / Refreshments / Music
  • 3 p.m. Ceremony
  • 4 p.m. Reception / Cake & coffee provided

Event address

  • Helen Bougher Memorial Park, 1243 Borden Road, San Marcos, California 92069

The San Marcos Promise Pennies for the Promise

The San Marcos Promise (TSMP) is a non-profit education foundation supporting the over 21,000 students in SMUSD. TSMP builds dreams, pathways and prosperity, guiding and supporting students on their journeys to post-secondary education and into the workforce. But to truly affect change, we can’t operate in silos. So we are the bridge connecting education, business & industry, and community leaders to impact student futures. And I’m writing today to impress upon you the value, support, and purpose TSMP brings to our District.

We are a small but mighty team of 3. We have a Board of Directors made up of 11 extremely dedicated professionals and leaders in our community who help guide us forward.

I spent the first 20 years of my career as a school counselor, 14 of those years at San Marcos High School. So I am acutely aware of the difficulty and challenges faced everyday in raising and nurturing these young humans in our school system. It is monumental to say the least, and I think we’d all agree that these needs can’t be met by the schools and the district alone. So it is our Foundation’s critical aim to directly impact students and their futures, support teachers in their classrooms, and to help the District with these needs.

According to the research conducted by the North County Economic Development Council, any planning around education and the world of work should consider three key components:

  1. Continue to teach students how to learn- One of the most important elements of education today is not necessarily teaching students what they will be doing in their career five or ten years from now but teaching them how to learn both for technical and nontechnical skills in the future.
  2. Expose students to emerging industries, technologies, and career pathways- The fear that jobs are going to completely go away or diminish considerably is largely unfounded, but job requirements will change- students need to be exposed to the driving forces of some of these changes before entering the workforce.
  3. Provide students options for careers that connect their passions and abilities with opportunities in the marketplace- The world of work, with its changes and volatility, can be a scary and uncertain place. Helping students connect their interests and abilities with different career options should be an important part of what today’s education provides.

Click here to read the 2019 North County Indicators informative report generated by the North County Economic Development Council.

To help empower our students to navigate their future paths forward, we provide programs, resources and help create opportunities for students to learn about their strengths and interests and explore the many career and educational options that exist in their futures.
255 Pico Avenue Suite 103 San Marcos, CA 92069

Telephone (760) 290-2890

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