Category Archives: City of San Marcos

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.

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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 www.san-marcos.net/creek.

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 www.san-marcos.net/alerts 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 cityclerk@san-marcos.net 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 creek@san-marcos.net.

“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 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 within 48 hours.
  • Email:Email creek@san-marcos.net 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: www.san-marcos.net/arroyo.

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 www.san-marcos.net and follow @sanmarcoscity on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook to learn about upcoming events.

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

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.

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.

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