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.
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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
FRIDAY, JULY 16TH, 2021
7 am – 11 am : EXPO VENDOR LOAD IN
12 pm – 6 pm : BWR EXPO & REGISTRATION
5 pm – 9 pm : LOOK CRIT-CROSS (OPEN TO EVERYONE)
6 pm – 9 pm : LOST ABBEY LIBATION STATION
SATURDAY, JULY 17TH, 2021
10 am – 6 pm : BWR EXPO & REGISTRATION
11 am : IRC TIRE THERAPY – MAIN STAGE
12 pm : RIDER BRIEFING #1 – MAIN STAGE
1 pm : CONSUMPTION STRATEGIES BY HAMMER NUTRITION
2 pm : RIDER BRIEFING #2 – MAIN STAGE
3 pm – LIVE MUSIC – MAIN STAGE
5 pm – 6 pm : VIP/MEDIA RECEPTION
6 pm – 9 pm : VIP/MEDIA/RIDERS PRE-RACE DINNER
SUNDAY, JULY 18TH, 2021
4:30 am : WAFFLE ENGORGING ENSUES
7:00 am : WAVE 1: BLACK: WAFFLE PRO, 1/2 MEN START
7:05 am : WAVE 2: RED: ALL WAFFLE WOMEN START
7:10 am : WAVE 3: GREY: WAFFLE MEN CAT 3/4 START
7:15 am : WAVE 4: GREEN: WAFFLE MEN CAT 5/PUBLIC START
7:20 am : WAVE 5: BLUE: WAFER MEN START
7:25 am : WAVE 6: YELLOW: WAFER WOMEN START
7:30 am : WAVE 7: WHITE: WANNA START (ALL)
10 am : EXPO AREA OPENS – WAFFLES, MUSIC, BEER, FUN AND GAMES
4 pm : PRO & CATEGORY AWARDS
4:30 pm : WAFER & AGE GROUP AWARDS
6 pm : EXPO CLOSES
8:20 pm : COURSE OFFICIALLY CLOSES (SUN SETS AT 7:56 p.m.)
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.”
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.”
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.
Your city news. On your time. That’s the idea behind the new ‘San Marcos City Podcast,’ hosted by City Manager Jack Griffin and other city staff. As a podcast aficionado himself, Griffin knows the podcast platform allows and encourages listeners to take a deeper dive into issues they care about.
So why not offer San Marcos residents podcasts that demystify city government and offer a transparent listening opportunity about current projects and how government works?
“Most cities are increasingly challenged getting communications out to the public,” Griffin said. “The podcast is a great platform to engage our residents in thoughtful, in-depth discussions about the city they call home. We won’t be talking politics here, but we will be focusing on important city issues and updates.”
Listeners can tune in to listen to interviews with local experts, business owners, higher education leaders and more. As a leader in public safety, infrastructure, recreation, industry and cultural programs, the City of San Marcos features a wide variety of innovative offerings and services to share with the community.
The San Marcos City Podcast currently features four podcasts:
– Interview with Fire Chief Dan Barron and District Chief Dean White regarding wildfires
– A summary of key items the San Marcos City Council approved in September
– San Marcos Creek Project update with Project Manager Isaac Etchamendy
To learn more and tune in, go to the San Marcos City Podcast webpage where you will find links to a variety of podcast platforms to listen in from.
To provide feedback or submit podcast topic requests, email email@example.com.
Thousands of San Marcos students were scheduled to start school in-person on Aug. 18. In the weeks leading up to the start of school, COVID-19 numbers spiked, and plans to start in-person learning vanished. City of San Marcos leadership recognized an opportunity to support City employees as they prepared to balance the demands of their essential jobs and distance learning with their children.
The Parks and Recreation and Human Resources departments teamed up to quickly determine how to best assist City employees. That’s where the idea for ‘learning hubs’ was born.
Learning hubs are socially distanced classrooms providing online learning support for students of different ages and grade levels at the San Marcos Senior Activity Center. There are two classrooms with an average of 18 students that attend daily. Desks are spaced out and aisles are lined with power strips where students can charge the devices they need for online learning. While there are not on-site teachers, City staff members oversee the classrooms and provide support to students when needed. The City follows CDC guidelines by checking temperatures before students enter, prohibiting visitors (including parents) from entering the classroom, providing hand sanitizer and wipes to students, and following a strict cleaning protocol.
“The City has a number of staff members, across several departments, who have limited or no ability to work from home,” said Darren Chamow, program manager for the City of San Marcos Parks and Recreation Department. “When we got the news about school districts continuing distance learning due to COVID-19 numbers, we saw challenges ahead for City operations. The City is providing critical services and programs to the community. Without the learning hub, it would not have been possible for some of our employees to continue to work and support our community and assist their kids at the same time.”
The concept of the learning hub not only supports the City’s essential workers and their children, but also provides new job responsibilities for other City employees whose programs were put on hold or canceled for the year due to COVID-19. In addition, the learning hubs program provides the City with an opportunity to leverage underutilized facilities to provide support to City employees, who are providing essential services during the pandemic.
“Launching the program was a perfect example of timing meeting opportunity,” said Janelle Laughlin, human resources manager for the City of San Marcos. “The demands on our employees, as public servants, have never been greater. Overnight, we had to completely change the way we do business and how we provide programs and services to the San Marcos community.”
Program costs for this new offering have been largely covered by funds available from programs that were canceled due to COVID-19. The program will likely continue to provide support for City staff through the end of 2020 and potentially beyond.
“The math made sense and we got buy-in from City leadership, allowing us to quickly launch a program to support our employees, at a time when they needed it the most,” Laughlin said.
The City will be hosting a “live” virtual presentation online using Zoom Meetings Tuesday, September 29 at 6 p.m. The meeting will be facilitated in English and Spanish and the project team will be available to answer questions from the public. The link to the Zoom presentation will be provided on this site prior to the presentation.
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