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San Marcos among the lowest crime rates in San Diego County

Since 2015, the City’s property crime rate dropped 46%—and its overall crime rate dropped 40%

San Marcos has some of the lowest crime rates among the 18 incorporated cities in San Diego County, according to new data from the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG).

When compared to the county’s incorporated cities, San Marcos has the lowest overall property crime rate, which includes non-violent crimes such as burglaries, auto thefts, and vandalism. San Marcos also has the second-lowest overall crime rate, which includes all violent and nonviolent crimes.

This underscores a recent downward trend in San Marcos crime. The City’s property crime rate is 8.94% — which is a 46% drop since 2015. The City’s overall crime rate is 11.03% — which is a 40% drop since 2015.

“Part of our success is thanks to more intelligence-led policing, which means relying on analytics to catch habitual criminals,” explained San Diego County Sherriff Captain Dave Brown, who oversees the San Marcos station.

Like many cities, San Marcos contracts its law enforcement services from the county—but Captain Brown points out that San Marcos has done an exceptional job of investing resources into its public safety in recent years.

“For example, I now have two analysts who leverage computer technology to link crimes, which has given us tremendously valuable insights, ”he said, adding that he’s also recently been able to double the number of officers at San Marcos schools.

San Marcos has also gone the extra mile by dedicating two city staff positions to crime prevention—which has helped curb crime through proactive outreach, said Captain Brown.

As a case in point, about a year ago San Marcos saw a rash of business break-ins, mostly at mom-and-pop shops. By working with deputies, the city team identified other small businesses that were likely targets.

“This city team took the time to proactively visit these businesses, alert them of the crime spree, and give them tips on how to improve security,” Captain Brown said.

It seems those businesses owners were listening, too. Another rash of similar burglaries broke out a couple months ago. “But this time, all the burglars got was about twenty dollars in quarters and a bag of chips.”

That’s music to the ears of Ronie Martinez, who is part of the City’s crime prevention team, as public safety coordinator. She’s served San Marcos for 30 years, and though the community has changed dramatically, she said one key message has not: “Report everything to law enforcement.”

“Even if was just your garden hose that was stolen, report it,” she said. “You may learn that we’ve had six garden hoses stolen this week, and now we have a series. Having all the pieces helps us see the big picture.”

Martinez also wants the community to know that San Marcos offers all sorts of free crime prevention services, which can be seen on the Crime Prevention page of the City’s website. She encourages everyone to take advantage, because ultimately, it will make for a safer San Marcos.

“Keeping our crime rates low is a communitywide effort,” she says. “We’re all in this together.”

For more information about the City’s crime prevention efforts, please contact Ronie Martinez via email or by phone at (760) 744-1050, ext 3111. You can view SANDAG’s full crime report here.

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San Elijo Recreation Center Programs

The City of San Marcos offers numerous recreation programs at the San Elijo Recreation Center located at 1105 Elfin Forest Road. Some of the programs include the Raggedy Ann & Andy Preschoolers Program (afternoon spots still available), Adventure Day Camp for school-aged children during the summer, Fun Friday Nites!, one Friday a month, and Enrichment classes including Family Music and Get Smart with Art on weekday mornings. The facility can also be rented for meetings, parties, and events. For more information, please visit www.san-marcos.net. 

Some current classes with openings are:

Get Smart with Art (2 – 5 years) – Fridays (10 – 10:45 AM)

Sound System Kids Music Program (6 months – 3 years) – Tuesdays (10:10 – 10:50 AM)

Music Makers (4 – 6 years) – Tuesdays (11:15 AM – 12 PM)

San Marcos wins international award for outstanding economic development reporting

Pictured: Economic Development Manager Tess Sangster accepts an Excellence in Economic Development Award from the International Economic Development Council on behalf of the City of San Marcos.

The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) — the world’s largest organization of its kind — has honored the City of San Marcos with a prestigious award for an article series it produced to showcase its many economic development strongpoints.

The City won an Excellence in Economic Development Award for 17 news articles, which to date have earned more than 40 media placements. And according to city data, the articles have averaged a social media engagement rate of more than 30%, which is well above the 9% rate government agencies typically see, according to Sprout Social.

“The data tells us these stories are not only reaching the right audiences, they’re also resonating,” said Economic Development Manager Tess Sangster, who formally accepted the award on Oct. 15 during IEDC’s annual conference in Indianapolis, IN.

IEDC’s awards are judged by a diverse panel of economic and community developers from around the world, and this year’s competition drew more than 400 submissions from 12 countries.

“The recipients of IEDC’s Excellence in Economic Development awards represent the very best of economic development and exemplify the ingenuity, integrity, and leadership that our profession strives for each and every day,” said 2019 IEDC Board Chair, Tracye McDaniel. “We’re honored to recognize more than 100 communities for their excellent work.”

Specifically, the City was lauded for going beyond standard press releases — and actually reporting its own economic development news. For example, one article shared new data to spotlight how the manufacturing industry is booming in San Marcos. Another article explored how the local food and beverage scene is gaining steam, which was also backed with relevant numbers.

“By telling our own story in a credible and engaging way, we have inspired confidence and generated interest,” Sangster said. “Simply put, these articles have helped put our City’s economic development efforts on the map.”

Economic development, in fact, is one of the City’s top priorities. City Council made that call in 2015, when it hired Sangster to serve as the City’s first economic development manager.

“I’m proud of the great strides in economic development the City has made so far,” Sangster said, pointing out that this is the City’s fourth economic development award in the past four years. The article series also recently won a top award from the California Association of Public Information Officials (CAPIO) for outstanding writing. “We’re rightfully establishing ourselves as a leader in economic development and I look forward to more continued success.”

For more information about IEDC, please visit the IEDC website. For more information about the City’s economic development division, please contact Economic Development Manager Tess Sangster via email or by phone at (760) 744-1050, ext. 3120.

The City of San Marcos Launches New Resident App

The City of San Marcos is pleased to announce the launch of a new resident tool called the San Marcos City App.

San Marcos City App empowers residents and visitors to support the City in its efforts to keep San Marcos safe and clean. It is your gateway to submit service requests to city staff. You can use the app to notify us of things like:

  • Traffic light outages
  • Graffiti
  • Debris
  • Maintenance needs at city-managed spaces (parks, trails, etc.)
  • Stormwater

The app creates an efficiency of service for both residents and city staff to report non-emergency concerns through:

Location specific
Based on your phone’s GPS location, you can quickly notify us of where you observe an issue when you submit a request.

Progress tracking
You can track the progress and resolution of your submitted requests in the app. Other nearby requests will also be viewable, so you can tell if someone else has noticed the same concern.

Direct access
The app connects directly to San Marcos city staff who can help. Submitting service requests through the app is the quickest and most efficient way to get things resolved.

For more details and how to download go to www.san-marcos.net/city-app.

Construction of San Marcos Creek Improvements Moves Forward

At its Sept. 24, 2019 meeting, the San Marcos City Council voted to approve a notice to award for Sema Construction to serve as the primary construction contractor for the San Marcos Creek Project. The project, once complete, will minimize flooding risks, preserve and enhance creek habitat, and build a new park and trails. The project will also provide critical infrastructure needed to support future growth in the area.

Following this approval, the City of San Marcos project team will continue community outreach about the project, finalize the construction timeline, mobilize the construction team and start active construction in early 2020.

“We are pleased to move forward with a project that will solve a long-standing issue and provide tremendous value to the community in the future. At the same time, we understand that construction in one of our core areas will cause temporary inconvenience,” said City of San Marcos Project Manager Isaac Etchamendy. “The City is committed to being a good neighbor and proactively communicating with residents throughout construction.”

The City created a video to give residents an overview of the project. It can be viewed here:

Project Features and Amenities

  • Raised roadway and new bridges over the San Marcos creek along Bent Avenue and Via Vera Cruz to reduce flooding and enhance safety
  • Widened Discovery Street to four lanes with a bike lane on the south side
  • Additional sidewalks and bike facilities
  • New community park with spaces and trails for recreation and relaxation
  • Restoration and preservation of 1.5 miles of creek habitatConstruction Details
  • Preliminary construction, including moving equipment to the site, will begin late 2019.
  • Active construction is tentatively planned to start early 2020 and is expected to take up to twoyears to complete.
  • Construction hours will be Monday through Friday, from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Those who live in the area or visit the surrounding neighborhoods will notice construction-related noise, increased construction vehicle traffic, detours and lane, and road closures during construction.Community MeetingThe City will host a community meeting about the project and upcoming construction on Tuesday, Oct. 29, from 6-8 p.m. at the San Marcos Community Center at 3 Civic Center Drive in San Marcos.In addition to the community meeting, the City will provide updates to the public throughout construction in the following ways:
  • Website: Visit www.san-marcos.net/creek for project information.
  • Text updates: Text SMCreek to 484848 to sign up for text updates.
  • Project hotline: Call 877-SMCREEK with any questions and a team member will respond within48 hours.
  • Email: Email creek@san-marcos.net with questions or requests and a team member willrespond within 48 hours.BackgroundThe San Marcos Creek project is consistent with the San Marcos General Plan,Para información y actualizaciones en español, por favor visite la página de la ciudad: www.san-

    marcos.net/arroyo.

The Lost Abbey has signed a lease on the former Stoked Café

NEWS from The Lost Abbey-Some of you have heard the news. The Lost Abbey has signed a lease on the former Stoked Café space with the intention of operating a satellite tasting room and events space. As residents of Old Creek Ranch, we love the community of San Elijo and can’t believe this space has become available.

The Lost Abbey was co-founded by my husband and his partners back in 2006. For some of you, this may be the first time that you have heard of us and if so, we are excited about the chance to meet and catch up over a beer or two.

We’re a little brewery with a big reputation but we pride ourselves on being great partners both here with our locals in San Marcos as well as our neighbors to the West (Cardiff by the Sea) where we operate another satellite tasting room called “The Confessional.”
As we’re currently in the planning phases, we don’t have a ton of details to share with you. But we wanted to make sure that we opened up an avenue for communication. If you have any questions, concerns or just want to say heck yeah can’t wait for you to open, we’d love to hear from you. Maureen Callahan Arthur

New batch of San Marcos eateries raising the bar on kid-friendly dining

New batch of San Marcos eateries raising the bar on kid-friendly dining

San Marcos is steadily ranked as a great place to raise a family, thanks to its top-notch schools and high quality of life. Look around town and you’ll see that affirmed. Children 9 or younger make up about 15 percent of the city’s population. That’s higher than San Diego County’s rate, which is closer to 12 percent. 

The local dining scene has taken note, too. A fresh crop of family-focused restaurants has sprouted in recent years. And these aren’t the kiddie chains most of us remember from our childhoods. At these spots, parents can still enjoy a quality meal while their kids can—well, be kids.  

The newest to open its doors is My Yard Live, 288 Rancheros Drive, which serves family-style food with a backyard vibe (think smoked brisket by the pound and picnic tables). Billed for the “young and young at heart,” it aims to entice folks to linger awhile—much like you would at a neighborhood party. Live music, lawn games and lots of lounge areas underscore that comfy vibe. 

For example, families can relax on a large patio that features a play area and treehouse for kids to explore. Months of research went into perfecting this treehouse, and the company that built it has created similar structures for Disneyland. 

Because My Yard Live brews its own beer, parents can sample its in-house program—or one of the many guest brews it has on tap. There’s also a full bar offering all sorts of craft cocktails and wine. 

Many dishes can be served family-style, including roasted chicken, St. Louis-style ribs, smoked brisket and a sausage platter. Adults can also pick from salads, sandwiches, burgers and entrees—while kids can take their pick from staples such as mac-and-cheese, hotdogs and chicken tenders. 

Just across Interstate 78 is URGE Gastro Pub & Common House, 255 Redel Road, a sprawling eatery serving up family fun with a hip twist. For starters, there’s a bowling alley with a Big Lebowski theme. And yes, parents can order a proper White Russian at the bar—there are nine varieties, in fact. Parents with younger kids will appreciate the gutter guards and bowling ball ramps to make the game easier. Because there are just eight bowling lanes, everyone is encouraged to reserve one online at sm.urgegastropub.com/bowling—and check rates, as they vary. 

The back patio also feels more like a backyard thanks to a large, grassy area, which was recently added with kids in mind. In fact, this space offers all the makings of a family game night—including giant sized chess, Jenga, Connect Four,  cornhole and bucket ball. This back patio is dog-friendly, so families can bring their four-legged children, too. 

Urge also houses its own brewery, Mason Ale Works. Those in-house brews are on tap, along with dozens of other local craft beers. There’s also a hefty whisky list with more than 70 varieties, plus a full bar and sophisticated wine list. 

Most of the menu can be summed up as classic pub food, which includes burgers, fish and chips, schnitzels and meatloaf. There are also several salads, flatbreads and shared plates. The kids’ menu includes crowd-pleasers, such as mac-and-cheese, chicken tenders and sliders.  

The past couple of years has also ushered in Landon’s East Meets West—formerly Landon’s Gourmet Kitchen—1020 West San Marcos Boulevard. As the new name indicates, the restaurant recently pivoted its concept to feature a more Asian inspired menu. That comes through in dishes like kimchi fried rice and tandoori chicken. Fans of the original menu will still find burgers, flatbreads and stuffed avocados—and many of the other dinner entrees will return soon. 

A good selection of wine and craft beers also remains, though some imports have been added to pair with the Eastern-inspired entrees. The kids’ menu includes crowd-pleasers such a grilled cheese and  gluten-free chicken nuggets. 

Lucky for parents, one thing that hasn’t changed here is the supervised playroom, which truly sets this restaurant apart. Here, attendants will happily entertain kids for a reasonable rate ($8 per hour for one child or $12 per hour for two children). Kids can make crafts, play games or enjoy the treasure trove of toys, including a life-sized stuffed pony, dollhouse and musical instruments. 

The playroom, however, is not open every day: It is now only open on Wednesdays and Saturdays—though there are plans to eventually open it on Sundays. 

Also, worth noting: Dining is allowed in the playroom, which a gamechanger for parents who want to enjoy some uninterrupted adult conversation over dinner—while still giving their kids a fun night out.   

Your Community Needs You to Speak Up about Powerlines

 

Hopefully, you’ve all taken a moment to review the email we sent out early this week and the embedded links about the large electrical transmission lines that have been slated to be constructed throughout our community.

Hopefully, you’ve all scheduled your sitters, blocked your calendars, and are making carpool arrangements with your neighbors.

Hopefully, you’ve signed up on the Google Form to commit to showing up for your community on April 30th.

While we wait for the 30th to approach, we need you to make your comment personal. Review the attached talking points and develop your comments, your story, and find your voice.  Once you have your comments prepared consider sharing them on the 30th. You don’t have to speak at the hearings, headcount is most important, but reading your comments/story aloud at the meeting will help us in our show of force and makes the biggest impact.  A judge who will preside over the final decision will be in attendance, so your voices will be heard, and what you say matters.

REMEMBER:

1: Attend 1 or both CPUC hearings

  • April 30th from 1 pm – 3 pm at the SEH Rec Center (Terrace Hall)

1105 Elfin Forest Road, San Marcos, CA 92078

  • April 30th from 6 pm – 8 pm at the San Marcos Civic Center

3 Civic Center Drive, San Marcos, CA 92069

Bring a neighbor, a friend, and pack these hearings. Forward this email to your local networks, copy/paste to social media, and encourage participation in your neighborhood. Your community needs you!!

Join our FB page to stay up to date on event details.

Visit our website for more details, maps, etc. at sanmarcospowerlines.com.  Contact Robert Pack directly at packrobert@gmail.com or 760-809-3299 with any questions.

-Resident Committee to Stop the Powerlines
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