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.
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.
San Marcos has helped four San Marcos companies secure nearly $1.4 million in state income tax credits since 2017, allowing them to collectively create 79 local jobs.
“We’re proud to have helped these businesses connect with the resources they need to grow in San Marcos,” said Economic Development Manager Tess Sangster. “These companies will undoubtedly boost our local economy, which is a really big win for our whole community.”
“Helping these business owners put their best foot forward was a team effort,” Sangster said, pointing out that the City appropriately won the award in the Economic Development Collaboration category. “By bringing San Diego Regional EDC to the table, we were ultimately able to win against stiff competition.”
In fact, only 63 companies across the state were awarded tax credits in the last round—and San Marcos was the only city in northern San Diego County to make the list.
To date, the City has helped: Wholesale Shade earn a $500,000 tax credit that will create 26 jobs; Cliniqa earn a $350,000 tax credit that will create 24 jobs; Creative Electron earn a $446,700 tax credit will create 22 jobs; and Quick Charge Power earn a $100,000 tax credit that will create seven jobs.
These companies are all are part of San Marcos’ booming manufacturing industry, the City’s second-largest economic sector. Data recently compiled by the San Diego Regional EDC shows that manufacturing accounts for nearly 7 percent of local gross domestic product (GDP), or about $550 million annually. It also provides 11 percent of local employment, which is about 4,300 jobs.
Sangster—who formally accepted the award on Thursday, March 28 during CALED’s annual conference in Anaheim—said she hopes to help even more businesses apply for tax credits.
“The City is eager to support its business community, and this is one of the many ways we’re happy to continue doing that,” she said.
Free blood pressure screenings offered in San Marcos
On Thursday, Feb. 14 between 10 am and 2 pm, residents will be able to have their blood pressure checked at two San Marcos sites including the San Marcos Senior Activity Center, 111 Richmar Avenue, and the San Marcos Library, 2 Civic Center Drive. Representatives from San Marcos Fire Department will be on hand to assist with the blood pressure readings while providing heart disease education and awareness.
According to San Diego County Health officials, heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States and the second leading cause of death in San Diego County. Getting a blood pressure check is a simple step to take for improved heart health.
The City’s participation in the “Love Your Heart” campaign supports the County’s Live Well, San Diego! initiative, which strives to improve the health, safety, and economic well-being of every resident in the region.
For more information about free blood pressure screenings in San Marcos, please contact the San Marcos Fire Department at (760) 744-1050, ext. 3410.
The city has until Feb. 9 to appoint a new council member or call for a special election
On Tuesday, Jan. 15 at 6 pm, the City of San Marcos will hold a special public meeting at City Hall, 1 Civic Center Drive, to interview 24 candidates to fill a vacant seat. The vacancy was created after Council Member Rebecca Jones was elected Mayor during the November 2018 election.
The term of the vacant, at-large council seat is from the date of appointment to December 2020.
The qualified applicants must be at least 18 years of age, reside within the San Marcos city limits and be registered to vote in the City of San Marcos at the time the application is received.
Each candidate will have the opportunity to introduce themselves and answer questions from the council. At the end of the interview process, the council will discuss the candidates’ qualifications and make a decision.
Should the council be unable to make a decision, the discussion will continue to the regularly scheduled public meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 22. The city has until Saturday, Feb. 9 to appoint a new council member or call for a special election.
If the council selects a candidate for an appointment Tuesday, the new council member will be sworn in during that meeting.
San Marcos City Council meetings are aired live and will be rebroadcast on San Marcos TV on Cox Communications Channel 19, Time Warner Cable Channel 24, AT&T U-Verse Channel 99 or on demand at www.san-marcos.net/councilmeeting.
The City Council must now determine how it will fill the two-year vacancy created with Jones’ election to the mayor’s seat. Since she was elected at large in 2016, the council can select her replacement from anywhere in the city. They will determine whether to appoint or call a special election for her replacement at the next council meeting.
Vegetation clearing to begin in the San Marcos Creek are to pave way for future construction
The City of San Marcos will be clearing areas around the San Marcos Creek south of San Marcos Boulevard from the end of December 2018 through February 2019 in preparation for the upcoming construction of the San Marcos Creek District Bridge Project.
The City of San Marcos will be clearing areas around the San Marcos Creek south of San Marcos Boulevard this month in preparation for the upcoming construction of the San Marcos Creek Bridge Project. The vegetation removal will take place from the end of December through February from 7 am to 4 pm on weekdays. Location of this work is from San Marcos Boulevard south to Discovery Street and State Route 78 (SR 78) west to Discovery Street near San Marcos Lake.
No lane, sidewalk or driveway closures are anticipated for this work, but motorists are urged to use caution when driving through the work zone and be aware of trucks entering and exiting. Residents and businesses in the area may experience noise from mowers and chainsaws during work hours. The City is making every effort to minimize environmental impacts in the area by using hand tools to clear vegetation without disturbing the ground.
Although construction of the bridges is expected to begin in Fall 2019, the clearing and grubbing are taking place in advance of the spring bird nesting season, which will also help prevent potential construction delays. The contractor will begin mobilizing equipment in the days leading up to the start of work.
Construction on two new bridges expected to begin fall 2019
Expected to break ground in fall 2019, the San Marcos Creek District Bridge Project will add the needed infrastructure to relieve long-standing flooding issues and improve traffic circulation while also revitalizing and conserving the San Marcos Creek.
The project will include two new bridges that span Bent Avenue and Via Vera Cruz, a promenade trail connecting the two bridges, as well as bike, pedestrian and signal improvements on Discovery Avenue at Bent Avenue and Via Vera Cruz. Funding includes federal, state and local sources and the city is expected to advertise for construction in spring 2019.
The National Weather Service has issued a red flag warning for San Marcos and San Diego County through Wednesday, Nov. 14. Red flag warnings are designed to alert fire departments of the onset, or possible onset, of critical weather and dry conditions that could lead to rapid or dramatic increases in wildfire activity.
According to CALFIRE, the type of weather patterns forecasted for the area include low relative humidity, strong winds, dry fuels, the possibility of dry lightning strikes, or any combination of the above.
During heightened fire danger, CAL FIRE and San Marcos Fire Department will place additional firefighters on duty, staff more fire engines and keep more equipment on 24 hours a day to be able to respond to any new fires.
“Wildfires burning in Ventura, Los Angeles and Butte counties are a clear reminder that we are in a dangerous fire season, and that one could flare up any moment, especially with the forecasted Santa Ana winds heading to San Diego County,” said Fire Chief Brett VanWey.
To prepare, San Marcos Fire Department and the County of San Diego are recommending residents take a “Ready, Set, Go!” approach for peak fire season.
Homeowners are asked to get “ready” by creating or maintaining at least one hundred and fifty feet of defensible space – but to do so only early in the morning when the grasses are still dewy to prevent sparking a fire in the dry heat of the day.
Residents can also get “ready” by making an emergency plan, gathering emergency supplies and making sure smoke detectors are in working condition.
If a fire breaks out, San Marcos residents can get “set” to evacuate by staying updated on the latest local safety information by visiting the city’s website, following San Marcos @sanmarcoscity on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram; registering for e-notifications; and turning radios to AM 1610.
Finally, if told to do so by a public safety official or you feel unsafe, be ready to “go” by taking the evacuation steps necessary to give your family and home the best chance of surviving a wildfire.
“San Marcos is no stranger to wildfire and it is up to all of us to help keep ourselves, our property and the community safe,” said Fire Chief Brett VanWey.
It is important that residents stay connected before, during and after emergencies.
In addition to city information channels, residents can register cell phones with San Diego County’s free AlertSanDiego notification system by visiting www.readysandiego.org to sign up. Once registered, residents will receive calls or texts with local emergency information.