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San Marcos City Council names new San Marcos Creek Project park “Paseo del Arroyo”

At their meeting on May 25, the San Marcos City Council voted unanimously to name the new 3-acre park being developed as part of the City’s $104 million San Marcos Creek Project, “Paseo del Arroyo,” which translates to “Creek Walk” in English.  This action comes after a four-month process involving community input and review by the Parks and Recreation Commission before the name recommendation was sent to City Council. The San Marcos Creek team will continue to make progress on the project, including the construction of the new park, which is expected to be complete in Spring 2023.

“This park’s new name is something all residents of San Marcos can be proud of,” said Mayor Rebecca Jones. “This action taken by our City Council is a milestone in the San Marcos Creek Project that gives us the opportunity to look back on our City’s past while also envisioning the future of our community together.”

About the park naming process

The City’s Parks and Recreation Commission considered the following categories in their name recommendations:

  • Individual: The park is named in recognition of a community member who has contributed significantly to the quality of life in San Marcos or has provided a substantial donation towards construction and/or maintenance of the park, recreation or trail in the community.
  • Organization: The park name pays tribute to an organization which has provided a substantial donation towards construction and/or maintenance of the park.
  • Neighborhood / geographic location: The park name is identified by the geographic location, surrounding features or common name the area is known by in the community.
  • History and community character: The park name provides a link to San Marcos’ history and character.

Community members were able to send their recommendations to the Parks and Recreation Commission in February and March. After review of the proposed names and written narratives to support the nominations, the Commission narrowed their selection to two recommendations which they sent to the City Council.

The name “Paseo del Arroyo,” which translates to “Creek Walk,” was submitted by a community member who envisioned fusing the area’s Spanish Heritage into the park name.

The Parks and Recreation Commission agreed with these sentiments, stating in the staff report, “Our Hispanic community has also provided significant contributions to our city’s thriving economy. We feel it is prudent that this park’s name be in Spanish as an opportunity to reflect to our city’s shared heritage and represent the people that live in the heart of the city.”

About Paseo del Arroyo Park
The 3-acre park is adjacent to the San Marcos Creek and Discovery Street, between Bent Avenue and Via Vera Cruz. The new park will feature:

  • A .65-mile trail
  • A playground area
  • Interpretive signs
  • Vistas/Overlooks
  • 100, 15-gallon trees
  • Solar pedestrian lighting
  • Picnic tables and seating
  • Gathering spaces

The park was designed for nearby residents and guests to walk or bike to, so they can utilize the surrounding 1.2-mile trail, enjoy a small playground and take in views of the Creek. There is no plan for a parking lot or on-street parking spaces as part of this project. Its location will provide a new level of access to the Creek and the surrounding preserved habitat. Dogs, on leash, will be allowed along the trail and within the park.

About the Creek Project

In addition to creating new outdoor spaces for San Marcos residents to enjoy, the Creek project will add the needed infrastructure to relieve long-standing flooding issues and improve traffic circulation while revitalizing and preserving the San Marcos Creek. The project will: 

  • Minimize flooding risks 
  • Preserve and enhance creek habitat
  • Build the new Paseo del Arroyo Park, trails and gathering spaces

Construction crews continue to make progress on the project, which started active construction in Spring 2020 and is expected to wrap up in Spring 2023.

Tanis Brown receives San Marcos City Council’s Civic SMILE Award

Tanis Brown was presented with the San Marcos Inspiration, Leadership and Excellence (SMILE) Award by the San Marcos City Council at the May 11 City Council meeting.

She was nominated by Councilmember Randy Walton for her tireless volunteer work at the San Marcos Historical Society, Heritage Park, the North County Cemetery District, and her many other contributions to the San Marcos community spanning more than four decades.

“For more than 40 years, Tanis has volunteered her time to make our city a better place,” Walton said. “From serving on the Community Services Commission to help guide our Parks Master Plan, to her devotion to preserving San Marcos history as president of the San Marcos Historical Society, Tanis is a super volunteer and it’s an honor to recognize her for her work.”

About the San Marcos City Council’s Civic SMILE Award

There are often community members who rise to the top – clearly reflecting this San Marcos ‘Spirit of Service.’ That’s why San Marcos City Council members initiated the Civic SMILE Award recognition program in March 2021.

Six times each year, a community member is chosen by a specific City Council member to receive recognition and will be presented with a San Marcos Inspiration, Leadership and Excellence (SMILE) Award during a City Council meeting.

For more information about the recognition program: San Marcos Civic SMILE Award.

Voting information from The City Of San Marcos

The next general election is right around the corner on Tuesday, Nov. 3 – make sure you’re registered to vote! In addition to the presidential election, you’ll also have the opportunity to vote for a San Marcos City Council Member for District 3 and District 4.

The deadline for voter registration is 15 days prior to the election.

How to register to vote

  • In person: Complete a voter registration form with the City Clerk at San Marcos City Hall located at 1 Civic Center Drive.

What to consider before you vote

Who and what is on the ballot? Do you want to vote but are unsure who is running or what issues are on the ballot? The County of San Diego has compiled a list of candidates on the ballot in November 2020. Campaign statements and campaign status for San Marcos City Council candidates are now available.

Mail-in vote or in-person polling? In light of COVID-19, many residents have questions about how and where voting will happen. Per the Governor’s executive order in August 2020, postcards have been mailed to registered voters in San Diego County to encourage voting by mail ballot. If you’re registered to vote by mail, ballots are expected to start to arrive in early October. Voters can still visit their local polling place to vote in-person, but there will be fewer polling locations and some locations may have changed from previous elections. The County of San Diego encourages you to vote early and be prepared. Bring a copy of your mail ballot with you and expect long lines.

San Marcos district elections

San Marcos residents now vote for City Council members by district instead of an at-large election. During the November 2020 election, only residents from District 3 and District 4, as determined by their voting address, will be selecting a council member. The filing deadlines for candidates has closed and the list of San Marcos City Council candidates is now final.

  • District 3 includes area around Cal State San Marcos, the Creek District and Civic Center area, and extends east to the Nordahl Marketplace, west to Rancho Santa Fe Road and north to the 78 Freeway.
  • District 4 includes Santa Fe Hills, Palomar College, and neighborhoods north of Borden Road and Santa Fe Road to the west.

Still not sure what district you live in? The City has developed a district map as a resource for residents. To learn more, watch the City’s Know Before You Vote video or visit the City’s webpage on district elections.

About the San Marcos City Council

The City of San Marcos is a Charter City governed by a five-member City Council consisting of a Mayor and four Council Members from four districts. The term of office for each member is four years with staggered terms. There is a limit of three consecutive terms for each position.


For more information, please contact the City Clerk’s Office at (760) 744-1050, ext. 3100.

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San Marcos starts new era with swearing-in ceremony – The Coast News Group

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.

Source: San Marcos starts new era with swearing-in ceremony – The Coast News Group

Unofficial Election Night Final Results for City of San Marcos Election


City of San Marcos Election Results are in. Rebecca Jones elected Mayor and Randy Walton elected to District 2 City Council Seat.

County of San Diego
Gubernatorial General Election
November 6, 2018
Unofficial Election Night Final
(Outstanding Ballots to be Processed: 490,000)

‘Dark money’ pushing thumb on council races – The Coast News Group

Thousands of dollars of so-called “dark money” is emerging as a major factor in city council races in a pair of North County cities. In Encinitas and San Marcos, two cities where stakes are high in their respective council races, political action committees have pumped thousands into candidates.

SAN MARCOS-The Deputy Sheriffs Association PAC has received thousands from developers and the Building Industry Association of San Diego and has spent a corresponding amount on candidates throughout the county, almost exclusively on Republican or conservative candidates.

One of the races where the Deputy Sheriffs Association and Building Industry Association’s influence has been most heavily felt is San Marcos, where the PAC has spent thousands in mailers and campaign signs in favor of Rebecca Jones for mayor and council candidates Mike Sannella and Craig Garcia.

Many of the same individual contributors who have contributed to the Building Industry Association’s PAC and the Deputy Sheriffs committee have also contributed to an Irvine-based PAC called the California Taxpayers Coalition, which according to records has spent $10,500 in printing and mailing costs against one of Sannella’s opponents, Randy Walton.

San Marcos Vice Mayor and mayoral candidate Rebecca Jones returned a $250 campaign contribution from a developer behind a 14.4-acre development proposal. Courtesy photo/Facebook

One of the largest contributors to the Taxpayers Coalition is Diversified Projects, Inc., which has contributed $12,5000 to the committee. The Laguna Beach-based company was behind the controversial San Marcos Highlands project. Walton has aligned himself with Chris Orlando, current councilman and mayoral candidate, the lone council member to vote against the Highlands project.

One of the other major contributors is Lance Waite, who is developer behind the Sunshine Gardens project, a 193-unit multi-family project on 14.4-acres near San Marcos’ southeastern city limits that is currently being processed by the city.

Waite contributed $5,000 to each the Taxpayers Coalition and the Deputy Sheriffs PAC. Jones returned a $250 contribution Waite made to her campaign this year. 

San Marcos bars developers from contributing to campaigns within 12 months of a council vote.

Walton, a registered Democrat, said the race has gotten ugly as a result of the mailers paid for, and said developers are actively trying to deceive voters by funneling money into committees that appear to be advocating for taxpayers or law enforcement.

“It’s an outright effort to deceive voters, by putting out mailers saying that something is ‘law enforcement’s choice,’ when in reality, it’s thousands of dollars from developers and the building industry,” Walton said. “Most voters don’t know to look at the campaign finance forms and see who is behind some of these committees.

“And on the other side, there isn’t a group of citizens forming PACs, so there is no countervailing weight and it’s kind of an unfair advantage to the candidates who benefit from them,” Walton said.

“San Marcos has very strict limits on contributions to candidates of just $250,” Jones said in an email to The Coast News. “At that level, it would be difficult for anyone to influence an elected official in our city. As for independent expenditures, they are just that — independent. I have no ability to control their activities and am legally prohibited from doing so.”

The third candidates in the mayor’s and Dist. 2 races, Bradley Zink and Eric Flodine, respectively, have not been the target of any independent expenditures, nor have any been raised on their behalf.

Kousser said that the pattern of developers who otherwise would not be able to contribute to the campaigns due to the city laws contributing even more money through the PACs raises ethical concerns from the donor, not the recipient.

“I would say that the pattern and timing of the donations shows a clear circumvention of the goal of the campaign finance limits,” Kousser said. “But there’s no proof that the candidate is influenced by these contributions. So while it’s not an ethical violation on behalf of the candidate, it looks like a donor is clearly trying to have the same effect on the election and make the same contribution through a different route.”

READ MORE VIA Source: ‘Dark money’ pushing thumb on council races – The Coast News Group

2018 San Marcos Campaign Statements

2018 San Marcos Election Campaign Statements
Residents of San Marcos can study and read about campaign donations from individuals and PACs in past and current elections and 2020 election.

San Marcos City Council Approves Massive Development Plan – NBC 7 San Diego

San Marcos City Council Approves Massive Development Plan Some residents are concerned it’s too much change while others are looking forward to new housing options

San Marcos is moving forward with a massive development project, but not without a little bit of pushback from the community. Tuesday, the City Council voted in favor to develop a desirable 87-acre parcel just west of Cal State San Marcos and east of the San Marcos Creek.

READ MORE VIA Source: San Marcos City Council Approves Massive Development Plan – NBC 7 San Diego

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