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Have Your Voice Heard! Candidate Forums Coming Soon!20022

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 6

6:00 PM-7:30 PM

As the voice of business in San Marcos, the San Marcos Chamber of Commerce is pleased to host a candidate forum for the 2022 Election for San Marcos Mayor and the San Marcos City Council. This forum will allow Chamber members, business organizations, and community members the opportunity to engage and hear from candidates in a moderated conversation regarding issues important to the San Marcos business community. 

Get Involved! The Chamber’s Board of Directors will select questions submitted by the community. 

Send your questions to Rick Rungaitis at rick@sanmarcoschamber.com

This free community event is open to all. 

Carlsbad taking action to respond to rising bike, e-bike collisions | Bicycle Retailer and Industry News

CARLSBAD, Calif. (BRAIN) — The city recently took short-term measures in response to a 233% rise in collisions involving bikes and e-bikes in the past three years while it works to present a longer-term solution to the City Council on Tuesday.When the City Council ratified the emergency proclamation Aug. 30, it also approved spending $2 million for immediate traffic safety efforts, including:Overstaffing police department sworn positions by four additional full-time officers ($535,000).Increasing police department overtime for training and enforcement ($100,000).Procuring additional speed feedback signs and electronic messaging boards ($250,000). Developing infrastructure projects and safe driving behavior education ($1,115,000).

The bike collisions have occurred with pedestrians, cars, other bicyclists, and solo accidents. Two deaths were reported last month. One man on a bike was killed by a speeding motorcycle, and a woman on an e-bike was killed when she was hit by a car. The fatalities are still under investigation, said city spokesperson Kristina Ray.According to Ray, Carlsbad has been focusing on education, engineering, and enforcement in the short term. The city also has:Added green markings to bike lanes in dozens of locations.Installed speed feedback signs and digital message boards in areas with higher collisions. Worked with local schools to get information out to parents and students about traffic safety. Increased enforcement of traffic rules across all modes of travel.Launched a public awareness program. Accelerated the timing of traffic calming projects that include traffic circles, speed humps, and wider bike lanes.”We don’t have collision data comparisons quite yet, but anecdotally, we have seen fewer complaints about traffic safety and increased compliance with helmet laws and other safety related behaviors around school sites, which has been a concern,” Ray said. “Once we have had a chance to enact more of the programs planned, we will measure collision rates and other related data.”In 2019, of the 30 bike collisions, two involved e-bikes; in 2020, of the 62 bike collisions, eight involved e-bikes; in 2021, of the 100 bike collisions, 33 involved e-bikes; and so far in 2022 through July 31, of the 57 bike collisions, 32 involved e-bikes.BRAIN contacted two area bike shops and an e-bike wholesaler based in Carlsbad, and all said kids riding e-bikes are the primary problem.”I think it’s definitely something that needs to be regulated, especially with kids,” said Dan Sachs, a buyer and importer for Happy EBikes. “Kids should have to go through some type of training course. They should have some type of responsibility for riding bikes because there are just no laws right now, and I don’t know what it’s taking so long for the city to react. You see kids riding two, three at a time on bikes. Rad Power Bikes is the biggest bike manufacturer and you see them everywhere especially with the kids because they’re in the lower cost retail on that little RadRunner.”John Orndorff, who operates Pedego Carlsbad, agreed more needs to be done to educate.” Mostly for the younger riders under 16 years of age that don’t maintain their bikes and ride multiple passengers who don’t obey or understand traffic patterns or rules,” he said.Rad Power Bikes is the subject of a wrongful death lawsuit filed in L.A. Superior Court last month by the parents of a girl who was killed while a passenger on a RadRunner in Los Angeles.Gordon Yeager, owner of Velo Hangar in Carlsbad, said while he’s encouraged to see more kids outside riding since the pandemic, he supports mandatory road safety and traffic classes in schools.”I like seeing kids riding bikes instead of indoors playing video games or watching YouTube,” Yeager said. “Many of the kids on e-bikes … were never taught the rules of the road. I don’t think many people know how fast they can go. They don’t react to quick maneuvers like an analog bike does. Carlsbad has definitely seen more e-bikes than analog bikes since the pandemic. I am in no way saying everyone out on e-bikes is breaking rules, but it’s definitely a problem. I ride a pedal-assist bike to work. It’s a huge help. I don’t get to ride as much as some, so the little push I get goes a long way.”Ray said the city working with bike shops to educate is part of its long-term plans. “Because they have contact with bike riders, they are in a great position to help share information about the rules of the road and good safety practices,” she said.Sachs said he tells customers to get used to riding an e-bike without the assist first.”Because at the end of the day, it’s a bike coming with very standard parts,” he said. “Adding electric, you now have added power. We explain that it’s extremely dangerous; it’s a motorized vehicle. But what it comes down to, it’s up to the operator.”

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San Marcos residents can find their polling place for the March 3 election with new online map

The City of San Marcos has created a handy online map to help residents locate their polling place for the March 3 presidential primary election.

You can open the map here. Then, search for your address in the search bar or click the ballot icon on the map to find your polling location.

More information about the map is available on the City’s website: https://www.san-marcos.net/Home/Components/News/News/5089/24

Residents can register to vote online here.

For election questions and additional information, residents are advised to contact the San Diego County Registrar of Voters at rovmail@sdcounty.ca.gov or (858) 565-5800. 

San Elijo Hills Community Association HOA Updates for December 2018

Most recent San Elijo Hills Community Association HOA Updates:

San Elijo Hills Election Results

In accordance with Section 13(k) of the San Elijo Hills Election Rules and Procedures, we are pleased to announce that the following Members were elected to the Board of Directors during the Annual Meeting of Neighborhoods: Laura Fratilla (2-year term), Lindsay Bonner-Smith (2-year term), and Michael Quinn (2-year term).

Board members, Halé Richardson, and Elliot Herman will continue to serve on the Board for the remaining year on their terms. There were also some new Neighborhood Representatives elected. If you are unsure of whom your Neighborhood Representative is, please contact Walters Management at 760-431-2522.

Thank you to all of our homeowners who participated in the election process! We want to recognize outgoing Board Member Katherine Bond for her hard work, dedication, and passion for the community. Thank you, Katherine!

Holiday Closures

In observance of the upcoming holidays, the San Elijo Hills Onsite office and Walters Management offices will be closed on Monday, December 24, 2018, through Tuesday, January 1, 2019. Emails and phone messages will be periodically checked throughout this time.  If you have an emergency, please call Walters Management at (858) 495-0900 and our on-call staff will address your emergency immediately. Have a happy holiday season!

Parking

The Holiday season is upon us! Food, shopping, and school breaks (how are you going to get your shopping done?!) are most likely on your mind. Parking may not be on your radar. Additional parking for guests during the Holidays on top of your current parking situation can always be a challenge. Not only is this a good time to think about where to put all those cars, but to consider the Association’s rules and year-round parking issues within the community.

• Streets become more crowded when garages and driveways are not utilized for parking. Vehicles should be parked in available garage space first, then parked in the driveway, and then, if necessary, parked in the street.
• Garages shall be used for vehicles and other personal storage only.
• (Section 8.6): No trailer, camper, boat, recreation vehicle, commercial vehicle or similar equipment shall hereafter be permitted to remain upon the property (unless placed or maintained within an enclosed garage) nor permitted to be parked on any street, whether public or private, alley or community common area or project common area within the San Elijo Hills Community other than temporarily for purposes of loading, unloading or cleaning.

Pet Waste

Please pick up after your pets and remind your children to do so as well if they are responsible for the dog-walking duties. Don’t forget those common areas next to homes! Pet waste is probably the #1 complaint amongst our residents, so please be diligent and keep San Elijo Hills looking and smelling beautiful!

Trash Cans

We appreciate a majority of the homeowners that ensure trash cans are brought in and out on a regular basis! Please remember that trash cans must be stored behind the side yard fence or in garages. Containers may not be placed outside for pick up before 6:00 p.m. on the day prior to service and must be removed no later than 9:00 p.m. the evening of pick up. In addition, homeowners may not put trash in receptacles that do not belong to them. Trash is collected in San Elijo Hills on Thursdays. Thank you for your efforts!

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When to expect 2018 election results

When to expect 2018 election results

According to San Diego County, election results are expected to take longer than usual

Post Date:11/06/2018 9:00 AM

On election night, we all want to know who won and which propositions and measures passed – and as soon as possible! According to the County of San Diego, the Nov. 6 Gubernatorial General Election results are expected to take longer than usual to come in. Here’s why.

  • San Diego County voters will get a two-card ballot with contests listed both on the front and back. Voters will need more time to fill them out and the Registrar of Voters will need more time to process them.
  • More mail ballots than ever before were issued by the Registrar’s office, over 1.2 million, and many voters do not turn them in until Election Day.
  • A record high number of registered voters: San Diego County has more than 1.7 million registered voters.
  • More polling places will be open: 1,542, up from 1,444 in the June 5 Primary Election.

In short, we have two cards for every ballot, more candidates, more measures, more voters, more polling places, more mail ballots and more ballot cards in general.

The number of provisional ballots cast has grown in recent elections. These take additional processing time. Registrar workers must make sure your votes count for the contests you were entitled to vote on and that they don’t count the ones you weren’t.

Mail ballots are more convenient, but if you drop them off at the polls on Election Day, the Registrar of Voters can’t start counting them until Thursday at the earliest because the signatures need to be verified first. The Registrar expects 250,000 to 300,000 mail ballots will be dropped off at the polls or picked up at the U.S. Postal Service on Nov. 6.

“This is not really a new phenomenon,” said Vu. “We’re just likely to have a higher volume of outstanding ballots.”

So what can you expect?

The polls close at 8 p.m. Within minutes, the results should come through for the ballots that were mailed in, submitted at drop-off points before Election Day or during early voting at the Registrar’s office.

After that, some precinct results may trickle in, but only a very light number. Close to 11 p.m. you can expect the bulk of the precinct numbers. Then, results should come in periodically as trucks with ballot boxes continue to roll in. All the precinct ballots might not arrive until after 1 a.m. and the final unofficial election night results may not be done until after 4 a.m.

After all the precinct ballots are counted on election night, Vu expects only about 55 to 60 percent of the vote to be in the count. Tight races will still be up in the air.

“It’s not over on election night, and it hasn’t been for a long, long time,” said Vu. “Close contests are not decided until all the ballots are in the count.”

While you can guess how some races will turn out due to the early numbers, the results for the tight races must wait until election workers process, review and inspect every ballot: precinct, provisional, mail-in and damaged.

“Between mail ballots and provisional ballots, a close race always comes to the very end,” said Vu. “We must do our due diligence to make sure everything is right.”

Some races may not be decided for several weeks. However, the results must be certified 30 days after Election Day on Dec. 6.

For more information, visit sdvote.com or call (858) 565-5800.

San Elijo Life Interview with Mike Sannella Candidate for San Marcos City Council District 2

Here is an email interview with Mike Sannella who is running for San Marcos City Council District 2. San Elijo Life has invited all candidates for Council in District 2 and Mayor to answer the same set of email questions.

Why should the residents in San Elijo Hills vote for you? 

We live in a special community. I have lived in San Marcos for 22 years. I am a husband, a father, and I have more than 20 years of private sector risk management and business management experience. My community and elected experience includes having served on our City’s Planning Commission, the San Marcos Economic Development Corporation and currently I serve as an elected leader on the Vallecitos Water District Board. Vallecitos is in great shape with a diversified water portfolio, a cutting edge waste water recycling program, a balanced budget year after year, strong fiscal reserves, and is award-winning for our efforts in public outreach and transparency in government. I’m proud of what we have accomplished at Vallecitos and I look forward to building on those successes at City Hall.

How can the council/mayor help address cut through traffic and school traffic in San Elijo Hills?

Cut through and school traffic are the two primary pain points in San Elijo Hills. San Elijo Road is public so reducing cut though traffic is extremely challenging. Improving school traffic is much easier. I recently introduced a plan called SMARTS (San Marcos Area Resident Transportation Solution) that will start off as a student busing program. SMARTS will be partially funded by existing congestion management fees and will provide student transportation that is safer for our kids, better for our environment, will reduce traffic congestion, and will add convenience for parents. Look for SMARTS to be implemented before school starts in 2020.

What is your position on future housing and commercial development around San Elijo Hills?

If elected, I will take a balanced approach to new development throughout the City. The key factor for planning for development is to ensure that supporting road infrastructure is included and funded by development and that other agencies are able to accommodate the growth. I will collaborate with the school and water districts to understand their needs and challenges before proceeding with new development. I will balance this with an understanding that there’s a housing shortage crisis in our region, that our local economy depends on development, and infrastructure is largely funded by new development. To find this balance, I will apply smart growth principles that focus on new development that is more walkable and near transit options.

How can you work with San Marcos Unified School District to solve school crowding?

My wife, Amy, is an Assistant Principal in San Marcos Unified and my daughter, Brook, attends San Elijo Middle. I’m as invested in the success of our schools as anyone. I will collaborate with the school district to understand their challenges and needs prior to approving new developments and I will proactively pursue opportunities to help the school district identify and obtain sites for future schools.

What are your goals to improve the quality of life in San Marcos-(events, parks, trails)?

Parks and trails support a healthy lifestyle and enhance our quality of life. I mountain bike our trails and appreciate having access to them. I will be an advocate for maintaining the parks and trails we already have and I will require new development to contribute to those systems.

I envision the Creek District as an area primarily focused on entertainment and recreation. An area for music, food, and maybe even sports venues.  And, more parks and trails mixed in with some retail and residential components. I envision a truly walkable downtown focused on fun family activities, food, arts, and nature.

If elected what are the top 3 issues you would focus on for San Elijo Hills?

Implementing SMARTS (San Marcos Area Resident Transportation Solution) will be a top priority of mine and this solution will significantly benefit those who live in San Elijo Hills by reducing traffic around our schools, adding convenience for parents, and providing a resource to quickly evacuate our children from school in an emergency such as a wildfire. Secondly, I am supportive of updating our stoplight sequencing technology to improve traffic flow through the San Elijo Town Center. And third, public safety is a high priority for me, I have been endorsed by our Sheriff’s Deputies and I will ensure all of San Marcos has the best public safety resources to keep our streets and neighborhoods safe.

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Editors Note: We have invited all 2018 District 2 – City of San Marcos City Council and Mayor Candidates to answer the same questions. 

By-district voting begins in San Marcos with 2018 Election -San Elijo Hils and Old Creek Ranch are in District 2

 

The city of San Marcos proactively implements district-based voting and educational campaign to inform voters of the new election process

For the first time, residents in the City of San Marcos will vote for council members by district instead of an at-large election. In preparation for this change, the City of San Marcos is launching “Know Before You Go Vote,” an educational campaign to inform residents about the new election process and what it means for their 2018 ballots.

“We want to help educate our residents about this change because depending on where someone lives, they might not be voting for a council member this election,” said City Clerk Phil Scollick. “We are implementing district-based voting over the next two election cycles as our current council terms expire in 2018 and 2020.”

During this election, only residents from District 1 and District 2, as determined by their voting address, will be selecting a council member. Districts 3 and 4 will then vote for council members during the 2020 election. (City of San Marcos District Map) San Elijo Hils and Old Creek Ranch are in District 2

  • District 1 includes Richmar area and proceeds west to Poinsettia Avenue, east to Woodland Parkway, north to Borden Road and south to the 78 Freeway.
  • District 2 includes San Elijo Hills along with Old Creek Ranch, Discovery Hills, Rancho Dorado and adjoining neighborhoods.
  • 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.

To be eligible to run for office in San Marcos, candidates must reside in the district that they seek to represent. All San Marcos residents will continue to vote for the City’s mayor.

The San Marcos city council voluntarily adopted district-based voting in September of 2016 to ensure the City’s taxpayers are not exposed to the risk of future litigation for any alleged violations of the California Voting Rights Act.

San Marcos residents can find their polling place and learn about district voting by visiting, www.san-marcos.net/GoVote.

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