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City of San Marcos launches podcast to inform and engage community members

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:

–        Introduction

–        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 podcast@san-marcos.net.

City of San Marcos launches ‘Learning Hubs’ program for employees

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.

 

Join the City’s Bilingual Virtual Housing Workshop

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.

For more information about community workshops please visit this link.

Encourage participation in the 2020 Census

Efforts and planning to encourage participation in the 2020 Census have been underway since last year.

As of 9/14/20 San Marcos has a 76.1% self response rate.  In 2010 San Marcos finished with a 70% participation rate.  Out of 18 cities in the County, San Marcos has the third highest participation rate, with Poway being number one and Carlsbad being number two.  Among the same cities, San Marcos has the second highest increase in participation compared to the 2010 census, behind La Mesa.

You might ask why does it matter if you participate or not.  The census provides critical data that lawmakers, business owners, teachers, and many others use to provide daily services, products, and support for you and your community. Every year, billions of dollars in federal funding go to hospitals, fire departments, schools, roads, and other resources based on census data.

The results of the census also determine the number of seats each state will have in the U.S. House of Representatives, and they are used to draw congressional and state legislative districts.

Thank you to 76.1% of households who have already participated.  If you haven’t participated yet, please do so by 9/30/20. You can answer online at www.my2020census.gov.

Business licenses and more go virtual in San Marcos

It just got a whole lot easier to apply for a business license or submit a business renewal with the launch of San Marcos’ new online business portal.

Business owners in San Marcos and companies who are doing business with the City of San Marcos can now easily apply and renew online on our business license web page:

· New business license applications:  In-City businessesOut-of-City businessesHome businesses

· Business license renewals

The business license portal now allows for online payment processing. It speeds up the process, too. Business owners can submit applications, renew and print their license within 1-2 business days after payment and any required approvals instead of waiting to receive it in the mail, which was taking 2-3 weeks. Not only does the portal simplify the process, it allows for virtual vs. in-person interaction. The City has implemented a variety of no-touch environments as a result of COVID-19 and will continue to expand its offerings.

Please ensure the City has your correct email address on file before your license expires. If you have already received a paper renewal notice and would like to renew online, please send an email to smbusinesslicense@san-marcos.net to request your security code.

For applications, options and details, visit the business license web page. 

Additional virtual solutions:

· San Marcos City App: You can help us keep San Marcos safe and clean by downloading this app that is your gateway to City service requests. Whether you see graffiti, maintenance needs, traffic light outages or stormwater issues, the app is a simple way to report non-emergency concerns. The app makes it easy to identify the location of your concern and track the progress and resolution of your request.

· Online services: Visit the City’s COVID-19 response page for a full list of services available online, by phone or email. From building permits and inspections to parking citations and land development, residents can easily get in touch.

Get involved: Participate in City of San Marcos virtual Housing Plan workshop


The City of San Marcos welcomes community input about housing priorities as we plan now to meet the housing needs of current and future residents.

A housing plan update is required every eight years by state law to ensure that we are planning ahead appropriately.

We invite you to explore our new Virtual Housing Plan Workshop about the City’s housing priorities and share your feedback. Here, you can easily participate in a virtual three-step process that replaces an in-person workshop. You can provide input between now and September 4.

At your own convenience, you can:

  • Watch a brief video that explains what a Housing Element is and why we are updating ours.
  • Review our ‘Housing in San Marcos Guide’ to understand how we’re addressing housing needs.
  • Share your ideas about housing in an easy-to-use online survey format categorized into these three sections: Your existing housing choices, your housing priorities and where you think new housing should be located.

We need your help in order to make this focused planning effort a success. Your feedback is greatly appreciated to ensure that we address the housing priorities of our community. A new Housing Element must be adopted by April 2021. Other state requirements include our Climate Action Plan Update  and resiliency planning within our Safety Element (coming soon). While the City of San Marcos’ General Plan Update has been temporarily suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Housing, Environmental and Safety Elements must be addressed as required by state law.

We’re listening – please give us your feedback at our Virtual Housing Plan Workshop through September 4. Together, we’ll envision the future of housing in San Marcos.

For more information:

You can also review San Marcos’ current Housing Element Plan and get more details and contact information on the City’s 2013-2021 Housing Element webpage

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

RELEASE OF UPDATED CLIMATE ACTION PLAN and INITIAL STUDY/NEGATIVE DECLARATION 

The City of San Marcos has updated its Climate Action Plan (CAP) to meet new State of California goals for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and promoting the community’s desires for a clean, sustainable environment.  The new state requirements set stricter targets for reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2030. The updated CAP and environmental materials are now posted on the City’s web site at  https://www.san-marcos.net/departments/development-services/planning/climate-action-plan-update

It’s time for you to weight in. 

Community members can review and comment on the Draft CAP and associated Initial Study/Negative Declaration through September 7, 2020

WHAT IS A CLIMATE ACTION PLAN?

A CAP is a long-range plan that outlines strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

The intent of this updated plan is to adopt strategies and measures that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions in San Marcos to 42 percent below the City’s 2012 levels by 2030. In addition to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, the updated CAP provides additional benefits including: reducing air pollution, improving traffic conditions, supporting local economic development and improving public health and quality of life. Partial funding for this update was received from SANDAG’s Roadmap Program.

Key CAP highlights include:

  • The updated CAP builds on the City of San Marcos’ 2012 baseline greenhouse gas inventory.
  • Based on emissions projections in the future, and to be consistent with the State’s current regulations, the City’s target reduction for the year 2030 is 42 percent below the 2012 levels.
  • The updated CAP includes eight strategies and 22 measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
  • The implementation timeframe for the updated CAP is 10 years.
  • The City of San Marcos will monitor the progress of CAP implementation and will provide periodic public updates.

WANT TO PROVIDE COMMENTS?

Due to current public health orders related to COVID-19, the City is not able to host a public workshop on the updated CAP and Initial Study/Negative Declaration. Comments on the updated CAP and environmental document can be submitted by:

Email:squreshy@san-marcos.net

Mail:      Saima Qureshy, Principal Planner

Development Services Department

1 Civic Center Drive

San Marcos, CA 92069

 

NEXT STEPS

The City will review all comments received on the updated plan and Initial Study/Negative Declaration and incorporate those into the final CAP. Staff will hold Planning Commission hearings in October 2020 and City Council hearings in November/December 2020 to formally adopt the CAP update.

QUESTIONS?

Contact:              Saima Qureshy, Principal Planner, City of San Marcos

Email: mailto:squreshy@san-marcos.net

Phone: (760) 744-1050, ext. 3222

 

4th of July Fireworks

Dear Resident of San Elijo Hills:

Please be advised the City of San Marcos has canceled the annual fireworks show and will be closing Double Peak Park at 5:00 PM on July 4th, 2020. We encourage residents to make other accommodations in order to watch any local fireworks. Residents can visit https://fox5sandiego.com/news/big-bay-boom/where-to-watch-fireworks-this-year-in-san-diego/ to locate alternative places to view fireworks, which include the City of Vista.

Please contact the City of San Marcos Parks Department at (760) 744-9000 ext. 3500 if you have any questions or concerns.

Thank you,
San Elijo Hills Community Association-HOA Management

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