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The City of San Marcos to begin licensing tobacco retailers

Beginning Jan. 1, stores that sell any kind of tobacco products including electronic cigarettes in San Marcos will be required to get a tobacco retail license as part of the city’s efforts to curb youth access to the products. All affected businesses must return mailed applications by Dec. 31 for the 2017 calendar year in order to continue selling tobacco products.

According to a recent survey by Vista Community Clinic, there are some businesses in San Marcos that are selling tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, to minors in violation of state law.

The licenses will cost roughly $190, which the city will use to make sure businesses are following tobacco laws, including restrictions on selling to underage users.

Increased compliance checks conducted by the San Diego Sheriff’s Department will review existing tobacco laws regulating underage sales, compliance with state sign and identification requirements, and a requirement that retailers refrain from selling drug paraphernalia.

“Compliance checks are the best monitoring technique because tobacco retailers risk losing their ability to sell tobacco products if there are repeat violations,” said City Manager Jack Griffin.

Stores caught violating the ordinance up to four times in three years will face suspensions on selling the products. A store that has five violations in three years could have its licensed revoked. Any store found selling drug paraphernalia could have their tobacco retail license suspended or revoked.

Tobacco retailers in San Marcos can receive cumulative discounts on the licensing fee for passing compliance checks and taking proactive steps to help minimize tobacco product sales to minors. Discounts will be available the second year of a license after at least one compliance check has been completed.

For more information about the Tobacco Retail License, visit www.san-marcos.net/tobaccolicense, or contact Administrative Services Manager Michael Gordon at (760) 744-1050, ext. 3116 or mgordon@san-marcos.net.

San Marcos City Council adopted a balanced budget for fiscal year


On June 9, the San Marcos City Council passed and adopted a $66.9 million general fund budget for Fiscal Year 2015-16, which begins July 1. The general fund pays for important services such as fire protection, law enforcement, street and park maintenance, recreation services, land use planning and general administration.

The City strives to improve the budget document to make it easier for individuals unfamiliar with the government budgeting processes to understand. The budget document includes revenue and expenditure summaries for each department, and was enhanced to show departmental budget requests and the recommended requests by the City Manager. The document also summarizes each department function, outlines how the budget supports the City’s strategic goals and includes information on non-general fund spending.

“The goal is to make it easier to learn about the City’s budget, programs and services while presenting a more accurate depiction of costs and where each dollar is being spent,” said Finance Director Laura Rocha. “As stewards of the public dollar, the City is committed to continually improving transparency and accountability.”

Overall, the City’s finances remain steady and the budget for the new fiscal year supports the policy to maintain a reserve of at least 40 percent of the projected general fund expenditure. Despite the mixed pace of economic recovery, the City has benefited from moderate revenue increases. Sales and property tax, which account for 50 percent of general fund revenues, have increased by more than four and eight percent, respectively.

“As the economy continues to recover and challenges remain for all levels of government, San Marcos is positioned well and has maintained a slow and steady fiscal approach moving forward,” said City Manager Jack Griffin.

Setting a new precedent, City Council approved a revision to the General Fund reserve policy in May to reduce reserve levels from 50 percent to 40 percent. This move makes funds available to incrementally reduce the city’s backlog of facility and infrastructure rehabilitation and replacement projects.

To support the change, the budget also sets aside 2.6 percent of the General Fund for long-range maintenance of City buildings, roads and sidewalks, lighting and storm drains, parks and landscaping, and equipment and vehicle replacement. As San Marcos ages, it becomes increasingly important to maintain existing infrastructure.

“The 2015-16 budget exemplifies City Council’s commitment to invest in the future of San Marcos,” commented Griffin. “By making small investments over time and supporting long term financial planning, the City is taking steps to control future costs.”

The budget set-aside will help the City address the accumulated maintenance project backlog, reduce long-term costs and improve the quality of life in San Marcos.

For more information, please contact the city’s Finance Department at (760) 744-1050, ext. 3126.

The San Marcos City Council will vote Tuesday night on a contract to hire Jack Griffin as its new city manager

The San Marcos City Council will vote Tuesday night on a contract to hire Jack Griffin as its new city manager. If approved, Griffin would begin his duties on Monday, June 4, 2012.

Griffin has built a solid foundation in municipal management over the past 26 years and would bring extensive experience to San Marcos in the areas of capital improvements, fiscal management and public services delivery.

Griffin has been serving as the city manager of Sebastopol, California since February 2009. Sebastopol is located in Sonoma County’s wine country. Prior to assuming his role in Sebastopol, Griffin worked for the City of Chula Vista as the director of public works and director of general services. He also served the Township of Moon, Pennsylvania as their assistant township manager and planning director. Griffin has held several other public positions during his tenure, including work in municipal transportation management, engineering and animal control.

“Jack Griffin brings to San Marcos stability for our fiscal values and new agility for our future plans,” said San Marcos Mayor Jim Desmond.

“Jack brings the perfect blend of experience and enthusiasm to this role in San Marcos,” said Vice Mayor Hal Martin. “I’m confident he will lead our organization in a positive direction.”

Griffin has overseen more than $250 million in municipal construction projects during his career including the renovation of Chula Vista’s civic center, police headquarters, three new fire stations, three new recreation centers and 12 new parks.

“With the Creek and University Districts on the horizon in San Marcos, we need a manager who understands the complexities of large-scale developments,” said Council Member Chris Orlando. “We’re confident Jack has this ability given his past experience.”

Griffin has also undertaken several difficult budget adoptions as city manager during the recession, has extensive labor relations experience and strong organizational management skills.

“Jack will help lead our city by implementing philosophies that are important to us like fiscal responsibility and providing our community with top-notch programs, projects and services,” said Council Member Rebecca Jones.

“I’m excited about the prospect of Jack applying a new vision to the successful legacy being left by Paul Malone,” said Council Member Kristal Jabara.

Born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Griffin holds a bachelor of arts in environmental studies with a concentration in land use planning from Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania. He plans to reside in San Marcos with his wife, Ginny, their 12-year-old daughter Shay, and Ginny’s mother, Liz.

“My family and I are very excited to come to San Marcos and I look forward to being a significant part of the city’s continued success,” said Griffin. “Together with the City Council and staff, I am confident we can build on past achievements to further enhance the quality of life for San Marcos’ residents, businesses and visitors.”

The city manager position became available after long-time city employee and current City Manager Paul Malone announced his retirement. Malone’s last day with the City will be Monday, April 30.

San Marcos city manager pay defended – SignOnSanDiego.com


Benefits can add 68% over base pay

San Marcos City Manager Paul Malone isn’t discussing his $400,000-plus compensation package. But the mayor said Wednesday that the community’s top executive is worth every penny.

Malone has declined multiple interview requests since The Watchdog began exploring public-sector salaries across San Diego County earlier this month. He did so again Wednesday.

But Mayor Jim Desmond said his city manager is doing the work of two administrators because he has no assistant manager. Desmond also noted that Malone serves as the top redevelopment official, which also saves the city money.

“You get what you pay for,” Desmond said. “San Marcos is one of the best-managed cities in the county. We are not trying to raise sales taxes in our city. We have not laid off any police and fire employees. Nor have we reduced any services in this down economy.”

Malone topped the list of compensation packages earned by city managers across San Diego County when The Watchdog compiled the base salaries and benefits packages of top public officials.

According to city records, Malone earns a base salary of $242,652 a year and retirement and other benefits that push his total compensation to $408,793. He oversees a 2010-11 budget of $195.1 million and serves just under 85,000 residents.

via San Marcos city manager pay defended – SignOnSanDiego.com.

San Marcos City manager has San Diego area’s top compensation


MONDAY, AUGUST 16, 2010 AT 9:20 P.M.

Survey of municipal managers’ compensation The average salary of the 18 city managers in the county is $204,000; the average total compensation package is $271,000. The top-paid municipal manager in the region is not the one that runs the county government serving 3.2 million people or even San Diego city government serving 1.4 million. When looking at the overall compensation package, that distinction goes to Paul Malone, city manager of San Marcos, the North County suburb nestled between Escondido and Vista. Population: 84,000. Malone manages a $195.1 million budget and 238 employees, and his compensation costs more than $408,000 a year, one of the findings in a review by The San Diego Union-Tribune of public-sector salaries READ FULL UT ARTICLE