Residents are invited to provide input about the park on Feb. 26 at 6 p.m.
The City of San Marcos is hosting a public meeting to solicit input from the community for a new park bike amenity featured at Bradley Park. The meeting will be held Feb. 26, 2020, at 6 p.m. at the San Marcos City Hall Council Chambers located at 1 Civic Center Drive.
The proposed bike park site will include up to eight acres of currently undeveloped land in the south east quadrant of Bradley Park, located at 1587 Linda Vista Drive. The meeting will allow residents to provide their ideas on what special features, such as pump tracks, flow tracks and jumps they would like to have included in the park design.
San Marcos businesses give back beyond the holidays
In San Marcos, businesses give back year-round to support the communities they serve. The inspiration behind this spirit of philanthropy varies from business to business, but regardless the reason, the positive impacts are felt throughout the region.
“In honor of St. Valentine, we wanted to highlight a few San Marcos businesses that have made giving back a meaningful part of their corporate culture,” said Economic Development Director Tess Sangster.
One such company that is generous throughout the year is Shazeebo, a custom outdoor shade sail manufacturer. Inspired by his experience in Cal State San Marcos’ Leadership North County program, owner Patrick Howe recognizes the positive role that businesses can play in bettering a community.
“The program was a very eye-opening experience, and I realized that there is a lot of need here in North County,” Howe explained. “That’s when I started thinking about how I could further serve the community with my business.”
Not only does Shazeebo regularly donate its shade sails to nonprofit organizations like the Rancho Coastal Humane Society and the Agua Hedionda Lagoon Foundation, but it also emphasizes seasonal giving to reach as much of the community as possible. For example, in 2019 Shazeebo coordinated the second annual Thanksgiving Turkey Drive that fed more than 800 families with the support of a matching grant from the Leichtag Foundation.
North City is another business entity that shows San Marcos love throughout the year. They provide student housing scholarships for CSUSM athletes and sponsor a variety of other programs. In cooperation with the San Marcos Chamber of Commerce, they also host Taste of San Marcos that supports local businesses and raises money for the Chamber. This is in addition to being a major partner of the Boys & Girls Club of San Marcos as a sponsor of Great Futures Day and their annual gala, as well as working with Casa de Amparo, San Diego North EDC and Peter Sagan Fondo Gran Roadie-Oh.
“We understand and appreciate that we have a chance to serve the San Marcos community,” said North City Senior Project Manager Andy Tenn. “We partner with many nonprofit agencies throughout the year because we know that the need for help extends beyond the holiday season.”
Hunter Industries also encourages their employees to support their communities in many ways, including an annual payroll giving campaign that includes matching contributions by Hunter. The organization also looks to donate to organizations like Habitat for Humanity that have reoccurring needs for irrigation systems to support their housing projects in San Diego.
“Giving back is deeply rooted in Hunter Industries because social responsibility is one of our core values,” said Scotty Lombardi, Global Talent Management at Hunter Industries. “We feel it is essential to give back to the communities we are invested in.”
Employees also participate in regular food drives at all of their office locations, and the food is donated to nonprofits in each respective community. Hunter’s corporate spirit of giving also extends into the traditional holiday season when employees sponsor children by purchasing gifts for them.
“We want to thank all of the businesses who give back to San Marcos at the holidays and throughout the year because it really makes a lasting difference,” said Sangster. “Our business community is invested in the continued success and growth of San Marcos, and in their charitable works, you can really see how much love they have for our city.”
The City is accepting applications until noon on Feb. 26, 2020
The City of San Marcos invites residents to apply for the City of San Marcos Citizens Academy. This free, six-session program is designed to help residents learn about their city government.
The program will provide an informative and engaging learning opportunity for 20 participants who reside in the City of San Marcos and are 18 years or older. Classes will help participants understand critical roles and functions in the city and how they interact to form a strong and effective government.
This year’s Citizens Academy will be held on the third Tuesday of each month from 6-8 p.m., beginning March 17, 2020, and ending August 18, 2020. Selected participants are asked to attend all sessions.
Citizens Academy participants will:
Meet City Council members, department heads and staff
Learn how decisions are made, how funds are allocated and how departments operate
Enjoy comprehensive overviews of city departments, programs, and services
Receive information on topics, such as plans for development, traffic, growth management, recreation, the environment and more
Participate in lively discussions and interactive group activities
Visit and/or tour city facilities
Become more informed, involved citizens
This program is open to San Marcos residents 18 years and older.
Applications are available as a PDF download here. Hard copies are also available at the information desk at City Hall.
Completed applications, including answers to the supplemental questions, are required to determine eligibility requirements. Participants will be chosen by a random drawing and notified on Feb. 27, 2020.
Class size is limited. Please call (760) 744-1050 for more information.
Completed applications must be received by 12 p.m. on Feb. 26, 2020, and submitted by mail, in person or via email to:
Citizens Academy – City Clerk’s Office
1 Civic Center Drive, San Marcos, CA 92069-2918
Phone: (760) 744-1050
The City of San Marcos will hold a General Plan Update Committee meeting on Thursday, Jan. 16 at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Services Main Hall located at 3 Civic Center Drive in San Marcos.
De Novo Planning Group, the consultant selected to assist the City with the project, will present an introductory presentation outlining the General Plan Update process and a work plan overview. A community engagement plan will also be discussed. In addition, there will be a vision, priorities and challenges activity, along with a public comment opportunity.
About the General Plan Update
The City of San Marcos is embarking on a General Plan Update. The General Plan serves as the guiding document for achieving the community’s vision for the future, and the General Plan Update process will provide residents and businesses the opportunity to provide input to help shape the direction of the City going forward.
The General Plan is often referred to as the “road map” for the community’s future growth, resource management, and policy priorities that will be implemented over 10 to 20 years. The current General Plan was adopted in 2012, and in 2019, the City Council directed staff to initiate a comprehensive General Plan Update.
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.
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)
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 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
Maintenance needs at city-managed spaces (parks, trails, etc.)
The app creates an efficiency of service for both residents and city staff to report non-emergency concerns through:
Based on your phone’s GPS location, you can quickly notify us of where you observe an issue when you submit a request.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com 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-