San Marcos

Meet the new Vons, same as the old Vons

Forgive the deja vu feeling at Rancho Santa Fe Road and San Marcos Boulevard, but Vons is back in town. The once-and-future store has made a dizzying and stomach-returning journey from Vons to Haggen to Albertsons and back to Vons over the course of two years. Blink, and blink again, at 8 a.m. Wednesday, March 16 as the old Vons re-opens as — ta-da —…


Simply San Marcos: State of the city, 25th annual trails day, arts and cultural grants

San Marcos Mayor Jim Desmond delivers State of the City Address Actually, this is the 2015 address. The 2016 version will be posted as it becomes available. Another North County mayor giving a state of the city speech, another “the city is strong and future is bright” assertion. This time it was San Marcos Mayor Jim Desmond, who gave his state of the city address…


Simply San Marcos: News not-so-briefs

Redesigned city of San Marcos website A redesigned city of San Marcos website is due to launch in mid-February with several new features and an overall improved user experience, according to city officials. A tremendous amount of analytical research and user surveys were conducted prior to developing the new site to ensure it would meet the needs of San Marcos residents and businesses, San Marcos…


Where are the twin oaks of Twin Oaks?

Organic growing guru Scott Murray, a Vista resident, had a searing question — the kind of question that cuts to the core of a certain sense of community. Driving around Twin Oaks, he said, “Where are the twin oaks of Twin Oaks?” I’ve driven around Twin Oaks a lot. But it never occurred to me that the area at the northeast corner of San Marcos…


Terrorism Alert: Cal State San Marcos held ‘active shooter drills’ Wednesday (Updated)

Don’t look now, but Cal State University San Marcos (CSUSM) was the scene of a terrorist attack on Wednesday. Good thing school doesn’t resume sessions until Jan. 25, so campus was fairly devoid of students. With terrorism and school shooting scenarios in mind, CSUSM staged an active shooter drill where fake became real for training purposes. About 100 North County police, fire and hospital personnel…


San Marcos Civics 101: Have committees, need members (Video)

San Marcos officials today were encouraging residents to get involved and make a difference in their community by applying for open positions on several city commissions and committees. Openings exist on the Community Services Commission, Planning Commission, San Marcos Community Foundation, Student and Neighborhood Relations Committee and Traffic Commission. The deadline to apply for each of these openings is 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec, 22. Appointments…


Sandbagging it at San Marcos and crossing a soon-to-be-finished Armorlite Drive

Prepare for forecasted El Niño season with free sandbags San Marcos officials made two announcements this week, the first being of the sandbagging kind. Sort of like bagging one’s own groceries, those seeking a barrier to rising El Nino street tides, should those ensue, are cordially invited by the city of San Marcos to bag their own sand. Sandbags and sand will be provided free…


An Appreciation: Jim Eubank’s Woodpile at San Marcos Creek

“So out walking in the frozen swamp one gray day/I paused and said,/I will turn back from here./No, I will go on farther/and we shall see.” — Robert Frost, “The Wood Pile” That’s how I feel this day walking past the bowling alley in the 2002 way back machine. Seeing what I can see on a hot day by a certain San Marcos landmark. The…


#1 Mission Hills Grizzlies go 8-0 Friday as star RB McFarlin dominates Vista Panthers

San Diego County’s top-ranked high school football team, the Mission Hills High School Grizzlies, did their thing Friday night overwhelming an undermanned Vista High School squad 47-21 at Mission Hills. One more victory and the Grizzlies will be undefeated going into the playoffs. Mission Hills star running back Nehemiah McFarlin rumbled to scores on his second, fourth and fifth carries on the night. Touchdown runs…


Delayed Double Peak K-8 school at San Elijo Hills finally gets serious

Double Peak School at 111 San Elijo Road has a home page and a Facebook page. It has a Parent Teacher Organization and a great motto: “An Extraordinary New School.” The only thing the $75.5 million, 36-acre Double Peak K-8 campus doesn’t have is a school. After overcoming construction and legal delays, the school offering a focus on music, arts and innovation.now should open in…