Last month I was sworn in for my third term on the San Marocs City Council. I am very pleased to have the opportunity and the privilege to serve the residents on San Marcos for four more years. A lot has changed in our city in the eight years that I have been in the City Council. The City has achieved much, and it has much ahead of it in the coming four years.
The City of San Marcos has made significant progress in the last 8 years. We created and passed comprehensive plans for the Creek District, University District and a complete update and modernization of the City’s General Plan. We opened new parks such as Hollandia Park, Sunset Park, Connors Park and Double Peak Park. We made major road improvements such as opening San Elijo Road/Twin Oak Valley Road over the hill, adding an auxiliary lane to the 78 and making major improvements to Nordahl Road and the SR78 overpass. We added several significant retail and residential centers, including Grand Plaza, a renovated Costco, Palomar Station, The Quad in the University District, the Marriott Hotel and several new affordable housing projects in the Richmar neighborhood.
The last 8 years has not been without it challenges. We weathered a historic recession, while maintaining a balanced budget and healthy reserves. Redevelopment financing, which helped fund much of the City’s infrastructure growth, was taken away by the state causing the City to find new ways to pay for roads, parks and other infrastructure. And we faced two significant wild fires, which tested and proven the strength of Fire and Sherriff’s departments.
The coming four years will be no less busy. The Creek District will begin to take shape with the first major infrastructure projects starting, including construction on the bridges over the creek at Bent Avenue and ViaVera Cruz, the channelization of the creek, and the first roads in the Creek District. The University District will continue to grow with new phases of The Quad student housing and additional residential unit and a parking structure coming on-line. We will continue the planning for South Lake Park and a new adjoining park near Discovery Hills. We will make several road enhancements including adding a complete street on Armolite Avenue near the Palomar Station project and continuing the planning for the future of San Marcos Boulevard. We will complete the reconstruction of the former Lowes building and a new DMV facility – two projects that will generate significant revenue for the City. We will focus on maintaining a strong city infrastructure while keeping our budget balanced and our reserves strong. And we will continue to make fire protection and public safety a top priority.
I could not be more proud of our City or more honored to serve on the City Council. I greatly appreciate all of the help and support that I have receive from the residents of San Marcos and San Elijo Hills. I am looking forward the coming four years and continuing to do all I can to make our city a truly great place to live.