SDG&E Update – 3 Days Left – Thursday Morning Call-in
This Thursday, September 24 beginning at 10:00 a.m. the CPUC Commissioners will again hold their public comment period before casting their vote on SDG&E’s proposed project. Our goal is to get 100 people to call in sometime during the morning to make them aware of how much we want them to consider other options by conducting an EIR before approving this project OR immediately approve placing these lines underground. Help us reach that goal, mark it on your calendar and make sure to tell at least one neighbor and share with your social network. The call-in number is:
1-800-857-1917, passcode: 9899501 – once in the system you must press *1 to get into the queue to speak
(If you called in previously, you cannot speak again. However, others from your household can speak and you can also help by finding a neighbor who will call in.)
We encourage everyone to call and voice their concerns and share any personal stories, but we are also looking for people who are available from 9:30 until 10:30 to 11 ish, to help us in presenting to the Commissioners an ‘organized’ presentation. If you are available and interested in this chance to help, please email Robert Pack at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
You can call in anytime starting at 9:50 all the way until the public comment period ends. If you are busy around 10:00 a.m., try calling in whenever you are free, hopefully the call in period will last until at least 1 or 2 p.m. (or beyond). The public comment period ends when there are no more callers waiting to speak in the queue, so the longer the comment period stays open the better.
Let’s not miss what will probably be our last opportunity to make our voices heard.
San Marcos Mayor Rebecca Jones has recorded a virtual ‘State of Your Community’ address to keep residents in the know about all things San Marcos. Click here to tune in!
Although hosting a ‘State of Your Community’ event isn’t currently possible due to COVID-19, the Mayor felt a virtual presentation would provide a helpful update to residents. In her address, she covers a wide range of topics including: Community safety, quality of life, supporting local businesses, lending a helping hand, the importance of community input, healthcare and education and infrastructure and mobility.
“2020 has certainly been a challenging year, unlike anything we have experienced before,” Mayor Jones said. “Yet the resilience I’ve witnessed in our community has been absolutely astounding. From businesses navigating uncharted waters and families supporting each other, to online solutions for what we used to do in person and creative new communications tools that are helping us bridge the gaps. I am incredibly proud of who we are and how we have adapted.”
The Mayor’s ‘State of Your Community’ address will air on San Marcos Televisionat 2:30 p.m., and can be viewed anytime on the City of San Marcos Youtube channel here.
Last evening at the Regular Meeting of the Governing Board, it was announced that an amicable separation has occurred between Dr. Carmen García and the San Marcos Unified School District. Dr. García’s full goodbye statement can be read here. We thank Dr. Garcia for her service to the District, its students, employees and community, and we wish her well in future endeavors.
In light of Dr. Garcia’s departure, I have been placed as Acting Superintendent while our district begins the process of transitioning to new leadership. I have had the privilege of being a member of the SMUSD community for fifteen years, serving as principal of San Marcos Middle School and San Marcos High School before moving to the district office to serve as Director of Secondary Education, Assistant Superintendent of Equity and Secondary Schools, and my current position as Assistant Superintendent of Instructional Services. My joy as an employee of this district has been eclipsed only by my joy of being a parent here as I have watched my daughter thrive in her elementary years at Joli Ann Leichtag and blossom into a self-confident seventh grader within the supportive environment of San Marcos Middle School. It is through this lens, as a grateful employee and thankful parent within the SMUSD community, that I will work to serve as a collaborative partner with all of you as we move into the next phase of our school year.
I am happy to report that our Governing Board approved Safe School Reopening plans for both Elementary and Secondary schools, paving the way for a return to in-person instruction for our students when viable. Details of the Elementary 2-Day Combo plan with possible phase-in timelines can be found here and the Secondary A/B Hybrid plan with its phases/timelines can be found here. Lastly, a discussion of questions and answers related to the safety protocols and instructional models that will be in place for the in-person return can be accessed here.
One additional note from our Board Meeting highlights. Last night was the final meeting for Mark Schiel, our current Assistant Superintendent of Business Services. Mr. Schiel has been an invaluable and trusted member of our SMUSD team for over five years; his knowledge, passion, and innovation has been an asset to our district. As he transitions to his new role as Chief Business Official of Santa Clara Unified School District, I offer him a collective thank you from our district and a personal one from me; you will be missed.
As we ramp up our preparations for In-Person learning, you will be receiving additional communications in the upcoming days.
The San Marcos Unified School District (SMUSD) announced at Tuesday’s board meeting that Superintendent Dr. Carmen García has resigned effective immediately. Assistant Superintendent Tiffany Campbell will step in as the acting superintendent of the district.García was not present at the board meeting, but the district posted a farewell message from the former superintendent on its website.In the letter, García thanks the board for the “amicable separation” and “for the opportunity to work together these past two years with phenomenal students, teachers, parents, staff, administrators, and the community at large.”García goes on to thank teachers, students, administrators, the district and the community as a whole for their service and dedication to the district. She concludes with a note to the SMUSD Community: “As our world continues to shift with the twists and turns brought forth by a global pandemic, our students rely upon the ongoing courageous conversations and support that will provide the best education for all SMUSD scholars. Thank you for your dedication in moving forward with this endeavor in order to create an equity-based system that supports all students, from all backgrounds with multidimensional needs, so that, one day, “all means all” rings true everywhere.”García was appointed by the board in Oct. of 2018. She came to San Marcos from San Diego Unified School District where she served as a lead principal at San Diego High School.
San Elijo Hills Community Association is bringing the pumpkin patch to you! We invite you to come down & drive through our contact-less pumpkin pick-up on Sunday, October 18th. Pumpkins along with a few decorating supplies will be included! There will be 2 pick-up locations in the parking lots of San Elijo Hills Park for each neighborhood district. Proof of Residency is required. Please arrive during the designated time as listed below:
LOWER SOFTBALL FIELD PARKING LOT
*Enter & head to the right
11am-1pm: Acacia, Carmel, Cedar Crossing, Sagewood
1pm-3pm: Promontory Ridge, Crestview, Cambria, Village Square West
Please remember to trim any trees growing over the sidewalks or dropping seeds or leaves. They can create unsafe conditions for people and pets (poor little puppy paws!). We appreciate your efforts in keeping the sidewalks and streets looking great!
Please do not park vehicles in a manner so they block the sidewalks or driveways. This will ensure our little ones and pets are safe when using the sidewalks. We appreciate your efforts!
**Since 2006 SanElijoLife.com provides community news, photos, videos, and a directory of resources for residents of San Elijo Hills. The site is independent of the developer and the HOA and is run by local homeowners.
Efforts and planning to encourage participation in the 2020 Census have been underway since last year.
As of 9/14/20 San Marcos has a 76.1% self response rate. In 2010 San Marcos finished with a 70% participation rate. Out of 18 cities in the County, San Marcos has the third highest participation rate, with Poway being number one and Carlsbad being number two. Among the same cities, San Marcos has the second highest increase in participation compared to the 2010 census, behind La Mesa.
You might ask why does it matter if you participate or not. The census provides critical data that lawmakers, business owners, teachers, and many others use to provide daily services, products, and support for you and your community. Every year, billions of dollars in federal funding go to hospitals, fire departments, schools, roads, and other resources based on census data.
The results of the census also determine the number of seats each state will have in the U.S. House of Representatives, and they are used to draw congressional and state legislative districts.
Thank you to 76.1% of households who have already participated. If you haven’t participated yet, please do so by 9/30/20. You can answer online at www.my2020census.gov.
Attracting, retaining and expanding businesses is at the forefront of the City of San Marcos’ economic development efforts. The City offers a variety of services to help businesses thrive.
Piercan, a worldwide leader in manufacturing niche polymer products, including specialty gloves (used by NASA, pharmaceutical companies, national laboratories, military, and beyond) experienced this concierge service first-hand. The City helped Piercan secure a $1.5 million California Competes Tax Credit (CCTC) this summer. Announced by Governor Gavin Newsom’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz), the income tax credit is set up to help businesses that want to grow and stay in California.
With this assistance, Piercan will expand their San Marcos operations and hire 62 new employees. The company will be investing more than $7.5 million in wages, equipment and improvements within the next five years.
“The City was instrumental in obtaining this tax credit,” said Julio Cedillo, General Manager of Piercan USA, Inc. “I’m very grateful for their support and their guidance through this process, as well as defining new opportunities to help us grow as a company in a reasonable and responsible way.”
Piercan, an international company headquartered in France since 1948, has been operating in the U.S. since 1995. It started in Vista, then expanded to San Marcos, where it currently employs more than 60 full time workers. Thanks, in part, to this tax credit, accelerated growth is on the horizon.
Piercan’s San Marcos headquarters specializes in containment isolator and glovebox gloves as well as bladders that are used to form unique carbon fiber components for aerospace and recreational markets to create propellers for airplanes, forks for bicycles, wing spars for drones and bows for violins among other products.
“We’re planning to grow, we’re going to create more jobs here in San Marcos, and we’re going to bring indirect development to this area. We want to stay in San Marcos, and we will likely double our size and workforce within in the next five years,” Cedillo said.
The City of San Marcos has helped five San Marcos companies secure nearly $3 million in state income tax credits since 2017, allowing local businesses to expand and create new jobs. Winning these tax credits is highly competitive, so City staff help guide business owners through the process.
Only 22 companies across the state were awarded tax credits in this round of CCTC tax credits – and San Marcos was the only city in northern San Diego County to make the list.
Of the more than $73 million tax credits awarded, nearly $18.2 million of that will go to nine businesses (of which Piercan is included) that are adding high-quality manufacturing jobs to our state – a national leader in manufacturing. Early in the stay-at-home order, Governor Newsom deemed manufacturing to be an essential function of California’s economy.
“As California works to safely recover from the COVID-19 induced recession, this tax credit program continues to be a model for both accountability and transparency. What we see today is 22 companies not only choosing California, but choosing Californians,” said Chris Dombrowski, GO-Biz Acting Director, and Chair of the California Competes Tax Credit Committee. “We are innovators at heart and so is our economy and we will continue to invest in companies that look to build the future here in California.”
To date, the City has helped Piercan USA, Inc. earn a $1.5 million tax credit that will create 62 jobs; Wholesale Shade earned a $500,000 tax credit to create 26 jobs; Cliniqa earned a $350,000 tax credit to create 24 jobs; Creative Electron earned a $446,700 tax credit to create 22 jobs; Oasis Breads earned a $200,000 tax credit to create six jobs and QC Power earned a $100,000 tax credit to create seven jobs.
These companies are all are part of San Marcos’ booming manufacturing industry, the City’s second-largest economic sector. Manufacturing provides 11 percent of local employment, which is about 4,300 jobs.
“We love helping connect local businesses with resources that will help them grow in San Marcos,” said Tess Sangster, Economic Development Director for the City of San Marcos. “This is a big win for the City and Piercan, as their expansion and creation of new jobs will boost our local economy and community.”
Join us every Tuesday between 3-7 pm at our beautiful open-air Market which features a collection of amazing vendors offering local fresh fruits & vegetables, baked goods, fresh-cut flowers, local honey, bread, meat, fish, eggs, nuts, yogurt, Kombucha, artisan packaged foods, and specialty prepared hot foods. We are excited to announce that J.R. Organics Farm is part of the weekly lineup offering an arrangement of fresh, nutritious, organic produce. Not only do we offer a safe and enjoyable shopping experience, we also have a different live performance every week located right outside of Newtopia Cyder.
The market serves the community year-round and is conveniently located in North City, 251 North City Drive, off Hwy 78 and Twin Oaks Valley Road – right near CSUSM.
Facial coverings required.
The San Marcos Farmers Market is proud to support local farmers and small businesses.
The Escondido Creek Conservancy Honors a Conservation Legacy
Escondido, CA—The Escondido Creek Conservancy has renamed its 906-acre Los Cielos Preserve in honor of one of their dedicated board members, Elizabeth Keithley (Betsy). The Keithley Preserve, located in the Elfin Forest area, will now serve as a dedication to the conservation legacy that Betsy has created through her advocacy efforts.
“Betsy has been a force at the Conservancy. She brought a lifelong passion for the outdoors, protecting open space and habitats to her work. The Keithley Preserve would not have been possible without foresight and action to protect neighboring properties,” shared Richard Murphy, Board President.
Betsy began her involvement with the Conservancy shortly after its founding in 1991, and has been an active board member for the last decade. Having grown up during a time when housing developments were being built in the same open spaces she played in as a child, she quickly realized the value of conservation. The Conservancy’s education programs, that now serve nearly 5,000 students annually, are especially important to her as she’s noticed children don’t have the same access or exposure to nature she had growing up. She hopes that their continued exposure to nature will inspire young people to continue the legacy of conservation for generations to come.
“I believe that human beings are part of the ecosystem, and therefore, dependent on all the other life forms among which we live and interact. These species require natural habitats and humans must preserve them,” said Betsy, “I am grateful that now I have the opportunity to conserve open space for people and animals to enjoy and live in.”
Her deep knowledge of conservation principles, history in the Elfin Forest community, and heart are all things the Conservancy has grown to cherish. Betsy has a big vision and a willingness to take bold risks, and, as a result, the Conservancy was able to create the Keithley Preserve, the Harmony Heights Preserve, and a strong and dynamic outdoor education program. Her conservation legacy in the Escondido Creek watershed will live on in perpetuity.
“The Keithley Preserve is home to a number of diverse ecosystems including oak woodlands, chaparral, riparian, and coastal sage scrub which provides habitat for the federally threatened coastal California gnatcatcher,” says Hannah Walchak, the Conservancy’s Conservation Director, “it’s a jewel of the Elfin Forest area, and only natural we’d rename this after one of our most beloved supporters.”
The business license portal now allows for online payment processing. It speeds up the process, too. Business owners can submit applications, renew and print their license within 1-2 business days after payment and any required approvals instead of waiting to receive it in the mail, which was taking 2-3 weeks. Not only does the portal simplify the process, it allows for virtual vs. in-person interaction. The City has implemented a variety of no-touch environments as a result of COVID-19 and will continue to expand its offerings.
Please ensure the City has your correct email address on file before your license expires. If you have already received a paper renewal notice and would like to renew online, please send an email to email@example.com to request your security code.
· San Marcos City App: You can help us keep San Marcos safe and clean by downloading this app that is your gateway to City service requests. Whether you see graffiti, maintenance needs, traffic light outages or stormwater issues, the app is a simple way to report non-emergency concerns. The app makes it easy to identify the location of your concern and track the progress and resolution of your request.
· Online services: Visit the City’s COVID-19 response page for a full list of services available online, by phone or email. From building permits and inspections to parking citations and land development, residents can easily get in touch.