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San Marcos City manager to discuss budget, future with San Marcos Economic Development Corporation

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On Wednesday, June 19, City Manager Jack Griffin will meet with the San Marcos Economic Development Corporation (SMEDC) to deliver a message on the community’s fiscal health and plans for the City’s future.

While the economy may still be sluggish and challenges at the state and federal level remain, Griffin has explained that San Marcos has positioned itself very well through the economic downturn and therefore has a stable budget.

“Ultimately, our strong foundation will help us continue to provide quality services while still preparing for our future,” said Griffin.

Griffin is expected to discuss the City’s future, which calls for three keystone developments in San Marcos: the San Marcos Creek District, University District and Palomar Station. Significant progress has already been made on the University District and Palomar Station broke ground in May. The Creek District has been slower to materialize due to redevelopment cuts and the economic situation.

The City also plans to ramp up its economic development efforts in hopes of bringing new business and jobs to the area. San Marcos is participating in a five-city initiative to brand the region with Carlsbad, Escondido, Oceanside and Vista.

Charles Zahl, director and treasurer of SoCal Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Development Inc. will also speak at the meeting to provide an update on the San Marcos Wireless Health Incubator Program. The program is designed to connect entrepreneurs with mentors, support services and access to start-up capital so that new business can be successful. As North County’s education hub, the City has a rich pool of intellectual capital making San Marcos an ideal host to incubator programs and new businesses that will add jobs to the region.

For more information about San Marcos’ budget or economic development efforts, please visit www.san-marcos.net

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City of San Marcos, CA: Residents encouraged to apply for various City commissions

City officials are encouraging residents to get involved and make a difference in their community by applying for open positions on several City commissions. Openings currently exist on the Community Services Commission, Planning Commission, San Marcos Community Foundation, San Marcos Economic Development Corporation, Student and Neighborhood Relations Commission and Traffic Safety Commission.

The deadline to apply for any of these openings is Monday, Nov. 21, 2011 at 5:30 pm. Appointments will be made on Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2011 after the City Council conducts interviews with candidates during its regular meeting at 6 pm.

Three positions are open on the Community Services Commission, which is responsible for making recommendations to the Council about community recreation programs, playgrounds, activities and facilities.

Five planning commissioner vacancies and one alternate planning commissioner vacancy is open. The planning commission makes determinations on a variety of land use matters for both long and short-range planning.

Three vacancies are open on the San Marcos Community Foundation, which acts as a nonprofit public benefit corporation to provide financial and other assistance to programs that benefit the City of San Marcos and its residents.

Three vacancies and one alternate vacancy are open on the San Marcos Economic Development Corporation (SMEDC). The SMEDC works to promote economic, educational and cultural interests in San Marcos by researching, planning and implementing a comprehensive strategy for the City’s success.

One vacancy is open on the Student and Neighborhood Relations Commission, which works to foster positive communication and partnership between San Marcos residents, businesses and student communities.

Four vacancies are open on the Traffic Safety Commission, which is responsible for reviewing, evaluating and making decisions or recommendations to the City Council regarding traffic conditions and regulations.

Detailed application instructions and interview requirements are available online or by visiting City Hall at 1 Civic Center Drive in San Marcos.

For more information, please call the San Marcos City Clerk at (760) 744-1050, ext. 3145.