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San Marcos Hosts Successful Biennial Education Forum

SMHS Schematic LPA July 2010

The leaders of the three major educational institutions in San Marcos — the state university, community college and school district — described a turnaround from years of scaling back at a biennial educational forum Thursday hosted by the City of San Marcos.

Dr. Karen Haynes, president of California State University San Marcos; Robert Deegan, president of Palomar College, and Dr. Kevin Holt, superintendent of the San Marcos Unified School District detailed new initiatives on campus and collaborative programs linked to the City or education partners. Many school board members, trustees, city council members and general public attended the forum, held in the governing board room at Palomar College.

At Palomar College, enrollment is on the upswing, new faculty members are being hired and major building projects are underway, Deegan said.

The state has determined that California State University, San Marcos, will have the largest growth projections of California’s 23 state universities, assuring a priority in funding decisions as it continues adding new buildings and develops an innovative school for end-of-life care, Haynes said.

While it will take years to restore funding levels that were decimated by the California’s long recession, Holt credited voter-approved bond monies for construction of the new San Marco High School that will open in December and urged support for an ambitious college scholarship program for San Marcos students.

All three education leaders and San Marcos Mayor Jim Desmond, who spearheaded creation of the forum in 2007, emphasized the importance of collaboration in making San Marcos a North County hub for education and a resource for economic development aimed at keeping well-educated students in the community. The school district, college and state university have a combined enrollment of more than 60,000 students. Read more

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San Marcos Mayor to deliver 2013 State of the City Address

San Marcos Mayor to deliver 2013 State of the City Address

Mayor Jim Desmond will deliver the annual San Marcos State of the City Address on Tuesday, February 26 during a luncheon at Williams Barn at Walnut Grove Park, 1950 Sycamore Drive. Registration begins at 11:15; a buffet lunch will be available at 11:30 am; and the Mayor’s address will start at 12:15 pm.

Limited tickets for the event are available for $35 per person by calling the San Marcos Chamber of Commerce at (760) 744-1270. Corporate sponsorships are also available through the Chamber.

This year’s event will have a nostalgic flavor as the City prepares to celebrate its 50th anniversary of incorporation, which took place on January 28, 1963. The City Council will share their favorite historical San Marcos memory via a short video produced by Palomar College and Mayor Desmond’s talk will highlight some of the most significant accomplishments of the last year. He will also outline upcoming goals in the areas of public safety, parks and community services, community development, traffic and transportation, and other quality of life issues.

Following the luncheon, guests are invited to stop by the nearby Mary Young Connors Hall at Heritage Park to view the San Marcos Historical Society’s newly launched exhibit, “San Marcos: Our 50 Years of Cityhood.” The year-long exhibit features artifacts and memorabilia that recognize San Marcos’ first five decades.

The event is co-hosted by the City of San Marcos and the San Marcos Chamber of Commerce and will be rebroadcast on San Marcos TV during the month of March or on demand at www.san-marcos.net.

State of the City Address tickets on sale now

Mayor Jim Desmond will deliver the 2012 San Marcos State of the City Address on Tuesday, February 28 during a luncheon at Williams Barn at Walnut Grove Park, 1950 Sycamore Drive. The lunch will begin at 11:30 am and the Mayor’s address will start at 12:30 pm. Four community heroes will also be honored during the event. Community heroes are selected each year by council members and honored for their contributions to San Marcos.

Tickets are on sale now for $25 per person by calling the San Marcos Chamber of Commerce at (760) 744-1270.

Corporate sponsorships are also available through the chamber.

This year’s theme is “Honoring Our Vibrant Heritage. Celebrating Our New Horizons.” Mayor Desmond will touch on the accomplishments in the community over the past five years and will present the city’s vision for the future in the areas of public safety, parks and community services, community development, traffic and transportation, and other quality of life issues.

The Mayor’s State of the City Address will air on San Marcos TV Channel 19 (Cox Communications), Channel 24 (Time Warner Cable) and Channel 99 (AT&T) during the month of March on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 9 am and 6 pm, and Saturdays and Sundays at 11 am and 3 pm. It will also be available on the city’s web site.

The event is being co-hosted by the City of San Marcos and the San Marcos Chamber of Commerce.

Work begins on regional park that has ‘best view in town’

By Rebecca Pearsey San Diego Union Tribune 12:02 a.m. December 20, 2008

SAN MARCOS — Double Peak Regional Park officially broke ground Wednesday morning in San Marcos. With its 360-degree view from the inland mountain ranges to the Pacific Ocean, the only tough part for visitors will be deciding which way to face. “It’s got the best view in town,” said Craig Sargent-Beach, the city’s community services director. “On a clear day, you can see all the way down to Coronado, and then up to San Clemente.”

Mayor Jim Desmond praised the park’s location, which connects with the ridgeline and Discovery Lake trails. The park will include San Marcos’ first live-in ranger station. It will house Ron Vinluan, the city’s only full-time ranger. “This could become what we call the crown jewel of our park system, not just because it’s a beautiful view but also because it’s so high,” City Councilman Mike Preston said. “I think it’s fair to say that this park will have some of the best views in North County once it’s completed.” READ MORE viaUT Work begins on regional park that has ‘best view in town’.

San Marcos Mayor makes YouTube videos

Hello San Marcos,

I’ve created a personal website and YouTube® videos about San Marcos. Please go to www.sanmarcosmayor.com to view. To date there are six videos on the following subjects:

San Marcos City Budget
Vote No on Prop “O”
City Council Basics
San Marcos Creek District
Frequently asked Questions
Speaking up at City Hall

I had fun making the videos – I hope you enjoy.  Please forward this email to your San Marcos friends.

Jim Desmond
Mayor, San Marcos

The content of the videos and web sites at www.sanmarcosmayor.com and www.mayorsanmarcos.com are the personal opinions of the author and are not affiliated with the City or City Council of San Marcos, CA.

San Marcos and Escondido Leaders Denounce Proposition O

San Marcos and Escondido Leaders Announce Opposition to Prop O in San Marcos.

San Marcos and Escondido Leaders Announce Opposition to Prop O in San Marcos.

San Marcos, CA – San Marcos Mayor Jim Desmond was joined today by Escondido Mayor Lori Holt Pfeiler and Councilmember Dick Daniels at a press conference in front of City Hall to urge residents to vote no on Proposition O on November 4. A similar measure, Prop S, was passed several years ago in Escondido.

“Standing next to me is more than 30 years of experience and service to the City of Escondido,” Mayor Desmond said. “Mayor Pfeiler and Councilmember Daniels can give us unique insight into the possible consequences that Prop O could have on San Marcos.”

“There have been many opportunities lost in Escondido due to Prop S,” Mayor Pfeiler said. “Prop S has cost us jobs, tax revenues and the chance to revitalize some areas of the city. Based on our experience in Escondido, we strongly urge San Marcos residents to vote no on Prop O.”

“I am most concerned about the unseen consequences that Prop S has had on our city,” Councilmember Daniels said. “Quality projects and businesses are now discouraged from coming to Escondido because the process has become too bureaucratic and cumbersome. If voters want to safeguard against inappropriate growth, their best option is to elect council members who will prevent it.”

Mayor Desmond was especially worried about the economic impact that Prop O could have on San Marcos.“We would love to bring a new Trader Joes, Whole Foods and a book store to San Marcos and there are many other good projects in the works that our residents want,” he said. “Unfortunately, companies won’t come here once they realize they will have to pay for a campaign first.”

“I have great respect for Mayor Pfeiler and Councilmember Daniels,” Mayor Desmond said. “They have done an amazing job in Escondido despite being constrained by the consequences of Prop S.”

Proposition O is on the November ballot in San Marcos. If passed, it will amend the San Marcos General Plan to require voter approval of certain general plan amendments modifying or changing land use categories or designations. Prop O would hamper San Marcos’ efforts to revitalize parts of the city and cut tax revenues used for public safety. For more information please visit: www.NoOnPropO.com.


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