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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.   

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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

My Yard Live To Debut In San Marcos In 2019

An ambitious live entertainment venue and brewpub is in the works for San Diego’s North County neighborhood of San Marcos. Set to begin construction in early 2019 at the space that last housed Hometown Buffet is My Yard Live – a 17,000+ square-foot restaurant, entertainment hub and brewery from a team of experienced industry veterans.

The crew behind the My Yard Live project probably has more than a century of combined industry experience that should come together perfectly for this particular project. On the music side, partners Jamie Minotti and Mark McLary owned and operated the country’s largest solar-powered stage company, Alternative Power Productions, which worked with inumerable companies and touring groups and even hosted a yoga & music festival in San Diego back in 2014. My Yard Live partner, George McKerrow, is the culinary professional – boasting four decades of experience in the hospitality industry, namely as the founder of Longhorn Steakhouse, as well as a co-fouder and CEO of media conglomerate, Ted Turner’s, Ted’s Montana Grill chain of almost 50 restaurants. Rounding out the brewing side of the team is Freddy Bensch, who co-founded Atlanta-based SweetWater Brewing, which is currently the county’s 15th largest brewery, more than 20 years ago.

Assisting Freddy Bensch with the brewing side of the project is experienced local brewmaster, Pat Korn, who last worked to establish Green Flash Brewing’s Cellar 3 barrel-aged brewery. Korn aims to brew as much as 2,000 barrels a year from My Yard Live’s 10-barrel brewhouse. He hopes to make arrangements with local farmers to obtain seasonal fruits, herbs and veggies to add to certain beer recipes and will also make barrel-aged varieties.

My Yard Live will offer a total of 17,507 square feet of dining, drinking and entertainment space. There will be nearly 7,000 square feet of outdoor patios, one which will offer playground and climbing features for children and another with lawn games and firepits aimed for adults. There will also be 10,600 square feet of interior space that will have arcade & table games, a 36-seat bar, and a stage for live entertainment performances.

My Yard Live will sit at 288 Rancheros Drive in San Marcos and hopes to open by summer 2019. For more information, visit myyardlive.com.

San Marcos Mayor Rebecca Jones delivered her inaugural State of the City Address

San Marcos Mayor Rebecca Jones delivered her inaugural State of the City Address on Tuesday, Feb. 26 to an audience of more than 400 as part of the San Marcos Chamber of Commerce’s Business Awards.

“After serving for more than a decade on the San Marcos City Council, it is with tremendous pride that I and your city council have the opportunity to reflect back on our community’s progress, and to set the tone for the coming year,”

Presented at California State University San Marcos to an audience packed with leaders, entrepreneurs, non-profits, local businesses, residents and others devoted to San Marcos, Mayor

Jones’ address outlined progress in the areas of public safety, economic and community development, traffic and transportation, and other quality of life issues.

“By embracing the hometown qualities that attract young families, celebrating education, welcoming business and partnering with our community, our city is transitioning from a “drive-through” community to a “drive –to” destination,” said Jones. “The priorities of the city are safety, economic development, and ensuring future generations experience the same quality of life or better that residents enjoy today.”

Recent achievements included a crime rate drop by 19 percent, above average San Marcos Fire Department response times, maintaining and improving city infrastructure, a balanced budget of nearly $70 million, and an increase in number of local businesses.

In 2019, the City has plans to break ground on the highly anticipated Creek Infrastructure Improvement Project, launch a citizen reporting mobile app and improve overall traffic flow.

Mayor Jones also applauded the city’s economic achievements and commitment to fiscal restraint. She also praised San Marcos as North County’s education hub and noted that the new City Council will be participating in a March strategic goals workshop to outline our vision for the coming years.

Jones said, “As the City’s star continues to rise, your city is committed to meeting new challenges that a growing community experiences.”

With more than 95,000 residents, San Marcos is also home to an award-winning school district, the state’s largest community college, Palomar College, and California State University San Marcos, along with several private education institutions.

In her address, the Mayor stressed the importance of the community partnerships to tackle the various issues facing the city—issues such as economic and population changes, state laws that threaten local control, traffic and school capacity.

“Together, your City Council is focused on getting to work so that residents now and future generations can discover life’s possibilities right here in San Marcos,” said Jones.

To review a text copy of the speech, visit www.san-marcos.net/SOTC2019. The 2019 State of the City Address will be rebroadcast on San Marcos TV during the month of March on Cox Communications Channel 19, Spectrum Cable Channel 24, AT&T U-Verse Channel 99 or on demand at www.san-marcos.net/SOTC2019.

“Love Your Heart” this Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14th

Free blood pressure screenings offered in San Marcos

On Thursday, Feb. 14 between 10 am and 2 pm, residents will be able to have their blood pressure checked at two San Marcos sites including the San Marcos Senior Activity Center, 111 Richmar Avenue, and the San Marcos Library, 2 Civic Center Drive.  Representatives from San Marcos Fire Department will be on hand to assist with the blood pressure readings while providing heart disease education and awareness.

According to San Diego County Health officials, heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States and the second leading cause of death in San Diego County. Getting a blood pressure check is a simple step to take for improved heart health.

The City’s participation in the “Love Your Heart” campaign supports the County’s Live Well, San Diego! initiative, which strives to improve the health, safety, and economic well-being of every resident in the region.

For more information about free blood pressure screenings in San Marcos, please contact the San Marcos Fire Department at (760) 744-1050, ext. 3410.

To learn more about the “Love Your Heart” campaign, please visit www.livewellsd.org.

San Marcos starts new era with swearing-in ceremony – The Coast News Group

The City Council must now determine how it will fill the two-year vacancy created with Jones’ election to the mayor’s seat. Since she was elected at large in 2016, the council can select her replacement from anywhere in the city. They will determine whether to appoint or call a special election for her replacement at the next council meeting.

Source: San Marcos starts new era with swearing-in ceremony – The Coast News Group

Unofficial Election Night Final Results for City of San Marcos Election

 

City of San Marcos Election Results are in. Rebecca Jones elected Mayor and Randy Walton elected to District 2 City Council Seat.

County of San Diego
Date:11/07/18
Time:10:47:27
Gubernatorial General Election
November 6, 2018
Unofficial Election Night Final
(Outstanding Ballots to be Processed: 490,000)

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.

Three things causing bigger problems for San Diego County school district budgets than the Great Recession – The San Diego Union-Tribune

California is in no recession and has been spending billions more on K-12 education each year. But school districts across the state and across San Diego County are facing looming budget crises that have materialized already for some and will materialize as soon as next year for others.

READ MORE VIA Source: Three things causing bigger problems for San Diego County school district budgets than the Great Recession – The San Diego Union-Tribune

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