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You’re invited: ‘State of Your Community’ event happening on June 2

San Marcos residents are invited to attend the ‘State of Your Community,’ a free event featuring Mayor Rebecca Jones, the San Marcos City Council and Dr. Andy Johnsen, Superintendent of San Marcos Unified School District,  from 5-7 p.m. June 2.

A resource fair with refreshments will begin at 5 p.m., followed by a presentation from Johnsen and an address from Mayor Jones at 6 p.m. at Community Services Main Hall, 3 Civic Center Drive, San Marcos.

In her address, Jones will cover a snapshot of the past year, focusing on topics including: our city’s ‘spirit of service,’ community safety, quality of life, supporting local businesses, the importance of community input, healthcare and education and infrastructure and mobility.

“Today, our city is on the map as an exciting destination,” Jones said. “We are no longer just a drive-through city, we are a ‘drive-to’ location. I am proud of our residents, businesses and community advocates who have stepped up and leaned in to transform our community into the innovative civic powerhouse that it is today.”

The ‘State of Your Community’ speech will be rebroadcast on San Marcos TV beginning in mid-June on Cox Communications Channel 19, Time Warner Cable Channel 24, AT&T U-Verse Channel 99.

Jones will also share the ‘State of Your Community’ speech at the San Marcos Chamber of Commerce’s ‘State of the City’ event, happening from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. June 8. State of the City is a paid luncheon event happening at California State University San Marcos. Registration is available here. General public seating (not including lunch) is available at no cost; advance registration is recommended by calling (760) 744-1270.

WHAT:                 2022 State of Your Community’ event featuring Mayor Rebecca Jones
WHEN:                 5-7 p.m. June 2
COST:                    Free
WHERE:               City of San Marcos Community Services Main Hall, 3 Civic Center Drive

Voice Your Opinion on Vallecitos’ New Director Division Boundaries

Voice Your Opinion on Vallecitos’ New Director Division Boundaries

San Marcos, CA – The Vallecitos Water District is governed by a five-member Board of Directors elected for staggered four-year terms, with each director being elected from a specific geographic area of Vallecitos’ service area. Vallecitos’ director division boundaries were last modified in 2016 based on data from the 2010 census.

State law requires Vallecitos to adjust our director division boundaries after each census so that the divisions are approximately equal in population. In adjusting the boundaries, Vallecitos may consider factors like topography; geography; cohesiveness, contiguity, integrity, and compactness of territory; and communities of interest. The new boundaries must be adopted by April 2022 and will take effect with the November 2022 general election.

Though only one public hearing is required by law prior to adopting new boundaries, Vallecitos will conduct the redistricting process via two public hearings to ensure the opportunity for public input:

  • Current Status – Staff provided information about the redistricting process at the December 1, 2021, Board meeting. Staff will solicit input about where communities of interest exist and how they can contribute to the building of potential director division boundaries. Two potential new maps are included as part of this press release.
  • February 16, 2022, Public Hearing – Based on comments received, Staff may incorporate input to generate additional maps. Staff will record and address any comment letters at the Public Meeting as well as solicit comments and input at the meeting. The maps may follow traditional redistricting criteria including that divisions are contiguous, compact, and follow traditional governmental or community lines and natural/physical contours.
  • March 16, 2022, Public Hearing – The final map, which will be made publicly available seven days prior to the hearing, will be presented for approval by Vallecitos’ Board of Directors.

Vallecitos press release February 3, 2022
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Comments may be submitted in writing:

  • Via USPS to:
  • Electronically to (ajohnson@vwd.org).####About Vallecitos Water District: As an independent, special district, Vallecitos is dedicated to providing water, wastewater, and reclamation services to over 105,000 people in a 45-square-mile area that includes San Marcos; the community of Lake San Marcos; portions of Carlsbad, Escondido, and Vista; and other surrounding unincorporated areas.

Vallecitos Water District Attn: General Manager 201 Vallecitos de Oro San Marcos, CA 92069

Instructions for participating in the public hearings and Staff reports will be posted to the Board Meetings page in advance of each meeting.

Vallecitos anticipates adopting District boundaries at the Board of Directors meeting on March 16, 2022, which will be effective with the November 2022 election

San Marcos Resident Featured on New Netflix Show ‘Bake Squad’

Christophe Rull is a local Pastry Chef in San Marcos CA who will be featured in Netflix show titled Bake Squad. The show will be hosted by well known Chef Christina Tosi and will be aired on August 11th.

Christina Tosi (founder of Milk Bar, judge on MasterChef, lovely and wildly talented human) has a very endearing way of bringing gentleness to reality TV, and I am pleased to report her newest venture is no different…except that it might be even sweeter to watch than everything else she’s done before. Welcome to Bake Squad, a new Netflix show premiering August 11. And we’ve got the first trailer!In the video above, you’ll meet the four outrageously talented bakers Christina has chosen as her, well, squad in order to take on a series of desserts meant for a few lucky individuals’ big days. They’ll compete against each other across eight episodes in order to have their dessert chosen for the occasion. The competitors are cake expert Ashley Holt, pastry illusionist Christophe Rull, pie aficionado Maya-Camille Broussard, and chocolatier/dessert wizard Gonzo Jimenez. You will fall in love with each of them; I certainly have in putting together a bunch of forthcoming Bake Squad content you may or may not see on this very website in the next few weeks.

Source: Watch The First Trailer For Christina Tosi’s New Netflix Show ‘Bake Squad’

The Belgian Waffle Ride will pass through San Elijo Hills this Sunday

The Belgian waffle ride will pass through San Elijo Hills on Sunday. The route climbs Questhaven Road from Elfin Forest and turns east on San Elijo Hills Road for an accent of Double Peak and exits San Elijo Hills on The Ridgeline Trail and ultimately leaving San Elijo Hills at the Ridgeline Trailhead Parking Lot across from Double Peak School. San Elijo Hills residents will be participating, get out and cheer the riders on and drive safely around cyclists. This year’s BWR will have the deepest field of professional riders in the event’s history and an expansive list of hungry amateur riders drawn to the unique opportunity to race alongside their heroes, like World Tour riders, Tiffany Cromwell, Matteo Jorgenson, Katerina Nash, Eddie Anderson, Ted King, Lauren De Crescenzo, Colin Strickland, Laurens Ten Dam or Peter Stetina, who won the 2019 edition.

What and when is The Belgian Waffle Ride, affectionately known as the BWR.

Welkom to the most unique cycling event in the U.S., the Belgian Waffle Ride, affectionately known as the BWR. This is its 10th anniversary and we’ve got a revised, dirtier, more entertaining, and slightly shorter (heat edition) route this year of 131.7-miles, more than 50-miles of which are off-road. Since the last formal event in 2019, the BWR has grown nearly 175% with so many new female competitors joining in the fun. 

Last year, we didn’t get to have a formal BWR, but there was an informal ride of 140-miles, a bit longer than 2019 version, which had been lauded as the best yet, with 48-miles of dirt/pave sectors over 134-miles. The Wafer course had a record attendance for its 68-mile rocky route, and this year it has a 71-mile course. And we’ve added an opportunity for riders to get a taste of the Waffle with the Wanna, which is 37.5-miles. 

The only Euro-style Spring Classic on American soil, the BWR is once again being hosted by the Lost Abbey Brewery, the coolest Belgian-inspired brewery anywhere west of Flanders, but we’ve outgrown the brewery’s facilities and moved the venue to the nearby North City in San Marcos, where the entire city will be turned into a massive beer garden for the BWR Expo! Not to worry, not only will the race offer up the same type of insanity, challenge, and unparalleled experience that has made it notorious and noteworthy, North City also offers a special final 1-mile Crit-Cross circuit that all riders will get to enjoy, tackle or otherwise survive to get to the actual finish line. This final Crit-Cross course will give fans and riders an extra bit of fun in celebrating the survival of the BWR courses. This course will also be the circuit that riders will compete on Friday night for the BWR party and LOOK Crit-Cross races.

The 2021 edition has drawn way more world-class cyclists from around the globe than ever before… many coming to take on defending champions, Peter Stetina and Sarah Sturm, and many more just to partake of the unique challenge of the day. Riders coming to win will have their work cut out for them, as this year the pro field is far deeper than ever before. The men and women pro fields will each have their own wave followed by USAC category riders then Public riders without a license.

The race has a growing cult following of fervent racers from cyclocross, road and mountain biking that could be related to the BWR’s stature in the now crowded event space of Gravel Racing, which wasn’t a thing when the BWR took riders into the dirt on their road bikes all those years ago. It’s important to note, the BWR was never set up to be a grinder event; it’s a road race punctuated by severe terrain and 50 plus miles of off-road riding, much of which some riders wish would be gravel. No matter, the BWR has become known as much for its difficulty — all the glorious trappings of the Belgian Spring Classics — as it has for the celebratory atmosphere that pervades its every funky facet.

We have added the Lentz is More MTB category for the Waffle this year in honor of our friend and hardman, Kevin Lentz, who tragically passed away from injuries suffered from a vehicle collision while on his Mountain Bike. This is not for the faint of heart or purple card recipients. All proceeds will be given to Kevin’s family.

Now in its seventh year, the Belgian Wafer Ride is currently set to have riders cover roughly 71-miles of the BWR’s tricky trails, hellacious hills and rolling roads. Percent-to-total, the Wafer has far more dirt than the Waffle and takes riders on all the most difficult off-road sectors featured in the Waffle. Granted, Wafer riders do miss out on 60-miles of difficult climbing and the dark and lonely beauty of The Zwartenberg, aka Black Canyon.

And for the first year, we have added the Wanna Ride. A chance for riders new to this type of event to take on a 37.5-mile portion of both the Waffle and Wafer. While the Wanna is short, it still has challenging dirt and a final climb to contend with.

Finishing the BWR redefines a rider’s previous personal limitations. For those unprepared, who show up to play checkers instead of chess, the race can be brutal. For everyone who rides, the experience carves a deep memory of magical moments of humanity between strangers and friends along the way, as overcoming the challenges of the event connects people for (s)mile after (s)mile. As mentioned earlier, this year’s BWR will have the deepest field of professional riders in the event’s history and an expansive list of hungry amateur riders drawn to the unique opportunity to race alongside their heroes, like World Tour riders, Tiffany Cromwell, Matteo Jorgenson, Katerina Nash, Eddie Anderson, Ted King, Lauren De Crescenzo, Colin Strickland, Laurens Ten Dam or Peter Stetina, who won the 2019 edition.

Prior to the event, there will be a special BWR VIP event at North City on Saturday, July 17th at 6 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. At the VIP event, the course will be revealed in detail, there will special race-related presentations riders won’t want to miss, the pros will be interviewed, and cyclists of all stripes will be able to rub shoulders with all the celebrities on hand for the epic weekend.

On Saturday and Sunday, the BWR Expo will take place at North City, San Marcos, which is a big draw on its own, promising to be the largest cycling party of the year in San Diego. Festivities kick-off Saturday at 9:00 a.m., July 16th, with the Eliel Breakfast Burrito Ride (BBR), raising money for the Pablove Foundation. It’s all open to the public.

The Belgian theme will be in full force with a host of unique entertainment features. A variety of craft beers reflecting the monastic brewing traditions of Belgium will be a featured attraction for this unique occasion.

Attendees can peruse a wide range of offerings from event sponsors and over 70 vendors, test ride a Canyon and people watch in Belgian bliss.

This event is part of the Tripel Crown of Gravel for 2021. For all information on the Tripel Crown please visit: TripelCrownOfGravel.com


7 am – 11 am : EXPO VENDOR LOAD IN
12 pm – 6 pm : BWR EXPO & REGISTRATION


10 am – 6 pm : BWR EXPO & REGISTRATION



Tanis Brown receives San Marcos City Council’s Civic SMILE Award

Tanis Brown was presented with the San Marcos Inspiration, Leadership and Excellence (SMILE) Award by the San Marcos City Council at the May 11 City Council meeting.

She was nominated by Councilmember Randy Walton for her tireless volunteer work at the San Marcos Historical Society, Heritage Park, the North County Cemetery District, and her many other contributions to the San Marcos community spanning more than four decades.

“For more than 40 years, Tanis has volunteered her time to make our city a better place,” Walton said. “From serving on the Community Services Commission to help guide our Parks Master Plan, to her devotion to preserving San Marcos history as president of the San Marcos Historical Society, Tanis is a super volunteer and it’s an honor to recognize her for her work.”

About the San Marcos City Council’s Civic SMILE Award

There are often community members who rise to the top – clearly reflecting this San Marcos ‘Spirit of Service.’ That’s why San Marcos City Council members initiated the Civic SMILE Award recognition program in March 2021.

Six times each year, a community member is chosen by a specific City Council member to receive recognition and will be presented with a San Marcos Inspiration, Leadership and Excellence (SMILE) Award during a City Council meeting.

For more information about the recognition program: San Marcos Civic SMILE Award.

Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) questions? We’ve got answers.

San Marcos residents who are interested in learning about the possibility of adding an Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) or Junior Accessory Dwelling Unit (JADU) to their property will find answers to the most frequently asked questions (in English and Spanish) on the Zoning Information Page.

A change in California State law earlier this year has made it easier to add a second house (called an ADU) to a residentially-zoned property. An ADU is an attached or detached residential dwelling unit that provides complete independent living facilities for one or more persons. ADU’s must include permanent provisions for living, sleeping, eating, cooking and sanitation on the same parcel as a single-family or multifamily dwelling. A JADU is 500 square feet or less and is contained entirely within an existing or proposed single-family residence. It must include a separate entrance from the single-family residence.

Both ADUs and JADUs can be integrated into existing single-family or multi-family properties and can be designed in a variety of ways, including converting part of an existing home, adding on to the existing home, converting an existing garage or constructing a new detached structure.

San Marcos residents who are considering adding an ADU or JADU to their property are encouraged to review all of the detailed information outlined here, which includes applicable regulations, requirements and contact information.

City of San Marcos: Climate Action Plan Update Public Hearing Notice

The San Marcos City Council will hold the following public hearing telephonically; at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 8, 2020.

Project No: PA18-0003/ND20-004-Climate Action Plan update
Applicant: City of San Marcos
Request: The City of San Marcos intends to adopt an update to its Climate Action Plan (CAP) to be consistent with the State’s requirement to meet the Greenhouse Gas reduction targets as stipulated in AB 32, SB 32 and Executive Order S-3-05.

Environmental Determination: The City prepared a Negative Declaration (ND20-004) pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).
Location of Property: Various/Applies to all area within the City limits

Planning Commission Action: The Planning Commission recommended approval of the proposed project to the City Council by a 7 to 0 vote.

Further information about this notice can be obtained from Saima Qureshy, Principal Planner, by calling 760-744-1050 ext. 3222, or via email at squreshy@san-marcos.net.

Pursuant to Governor Newsom’s Executive Order N-25-20: Members of the San Marcos City Council and staff may participate in this meeting via a teleconference. In the interest of reducing the spread of COVID-19, members of the public are encouraged to submit comments via email. As a standard practice, City Council meetings are streamed live on our City website at: https://www.san-marcos.net/your-government/agendas-minutes/city- council-agendas. All relevant project plans, reports, and resolutions will also be posted on the City’s website a week before the hearing date and project presentations will be posted the day of the public hearing. To provide comments on the project during the hearing, please follow the instructions below.

Public Comment: To submit a comment in writing, please email pscollick@san- marcos.net and write “Public Comment” in the subject line. In the body of the email, include the project number PA18-0003/ND20-004 and/or the title of the item as well as your comments. If you would like the comment to be read out loud at the meeting (not to exceed 3 minutes), please write “Read Out Loud at Meeting” at the top of the email.

Comment emails will be accepted until the end of the comment period of the public hearing on this project. Comments can also be submitted via telephone, by calling (760) 744-1050, extension 3145, and leaving a message indicating that you are providing public comment for the City Council on Climate Action Plan update and then state your comments. All comments received via email will be included in the Public Hearing for the item. All comments received via telephone by 4 pm on December 8, 2020 will also be included in the Public Hearing.


The hearing before the City Council is a de novo hearing and any correspondence submitted to the Planning Commission that you wish presented to the City Council must be resubmitted for the Council’s consideration. Contact the City Clerk for resubmittal of any correspondence and/or petition for/or against the project.

The City of San Marcos is committed to making its programs, services and activities accessible to individuals with disabilities. If you require accommodation to participate in a public hearing or any other city program, service, or activity, please contact the City Clerk’s office at 1 Civic Center Drive, San Marcos, CA 92069, or call (760) 744-1050, Extension 3145.

City of San Marcos recognized for visionary creation of new downtown core

 It’s a rare occurrence to have the opportunity to create a new, thriving downtown core for an already established city. Yet that’s exactly what a shared vision between the City of San Marcos, Sea Breeze Properties and California State University San Marcos conceived.

Enter North City – San Marcos’ new downtown gathering place that has captivated local residents and businesses alike with its energy, creative mixed-use concepts and modern vibe. North City recently received top honors from the California Association for Local Economic Development (CALED) with an Award of Excellence for its innovative, collaborative foundation and creation.

“We are honored to receive this recognition from CALED for a project that has truly changed the landscape and heart of San Marcos,” said Tess Sangster, economic development director for the City of San Marcos. “North City has become a thriving destination that mixes independent restaurants and retailers with urban living, student housing, co-working and community events. The vision was to design a space that would breathe new life into the City.”

Creating community

Each Tuesday afternoon, the streets of North City come alive with artisans, food vendors, flowers and fresh fruits and vegetables at the weekly Farmers Market, run by the San Marcos Chamber of Commerce. Live music fills the air as kids dance and residents and visitors explore everything that makes North City unique.

Diners at Urge Gastropub sip a pint of handcrafted microbrew produced on site while watching rock climbers scale the walls of the newly opened Mesa Rim Climbing Center. Ice cream aficionados sample taster flights of delicious handcrafted flavors (ranging from Bourbon Smoked Pecan to Cinnamonutella – yum!) while students venture from their student housing above to the Copa Vida coffee shop below.

North City’s deliberate combination of mixed-use buildings, residences, destination-worthy restaurants/entertainment, student housing, campus facilities and community gathering spaces has charted a new course for how purposeful development can inspire and support an entire community.

“It’s urban living, reimagined,” said Andy Tenn, senior project manager for Sea Breeze Properties. “This fusion of unique eateries, housing, co-working and recreation is fostering community pride and recognition.”

Learn more about North City and the City of San Marcos’ North City development project. 

Shop small this holiday season to make a big impact in your community

Small businesses are the heart of a city’s character and vibe. That’s why this season’s Small Business Saturday, happening Nov. 28, is more important than ever.

It’s no surprise that small businesses have been hit particularly hard throughout the pandemic. San Marcos residents are encouraged to show their support by shopping local on Small Business Saturday and throughout the holiday season. Mayor Rebecca Jones announced the City of San Marcos’ participation in the 11th annual national effort to support the independent businesses that make our community unique and provide valuable contributions to the local economy.

“When you treat your loved ones to a special present or gift certificate from our local businesses, you’re truly investing in our community and helping our small businesses thrive,” Jones said. “That’s something we can all feel great about this holiday season.”

Created in 2010, Small Business Saturday serves as the ceremonial kickoff to the holiday shopping season for small businesses across the United States. An average of two-thirds of every dollar ($0.67) spent at a small business in the U.S. stays in the local community, according to the 2018 Small Business Economic Impact Study by American Express. That means consumer’s local impact during the important holiday shopping season could be significant.

“During this pandemic, I’m amazed and energized by the passion and creativity of business owners to continue to do business in the face of unparalleled adversity,” said Rick Rungaitis, CEO of the San Marcos Chamber of Commerce. “Now, more than ever, it’s critical for the community to support our local businesses. This holiday season, think of supporting them by shopping locally.” 

In 2019, 800+ mayors and city officials joined together to support Small Business Saturday. Highlights include:

  • U.S. shoppers who visited independent retailers and restaurants on Small Business Saturday reported spending a record high of an estimated $19.6 billion.
  • Seven in ten American adults reported being aware of the day.
  • 96 percent of respondents who shopped on Small Business Saturday agree that shopping at small, independently owned businesses supports their commitment to making purchases that have a positive social, economic, and environmental impact.
  • 97 percent of consumers who shopped on Small Business Saturday agree that small businesses are essential to their community.
  • 95 percent of consumers who shopped on Small Business Saturday reported the day makes them want to shop or eat at small, independently owned businesses all year long, not just during the holiday season.

Learn more about Small Business Saturday and the Shop Small initiative here.

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