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San Marcos, CA City Issues | Election Information

San Marcos City Issues

If the City government could change one thing to make San Marcos better place to live now and in the future, what change would you like to see?

  • A couple of the main streets need to be made wider.
  • A real (and walkable) downtown area.
  • A safe and secure approach to medical cannabis is needed.
  • Accelerate the turnover and renovation of the commercial areas on Grand Avenue, So. of SR 78. Right now it looks blighted driving by on SR 78 or on Grand. Restaurant Row looks very dated and the restaurants in there are fair – at best. It would be great if you could convince some higher end restaurants and/or well-known chains (like Cheesecake Factory). San Elijo town center is also kind of a bust. There’s very little to do in San Elijo – requires driving either into Carlsbad or SM via Twin Oaks. Finally, START and FINISH the Creekside project between SM Blvd and Discovery – that will be a FANTASTIC draw for people to live, work, and play in our city.
  • Active management of traffic issues. Peak traffic flows through residential areas circumventing school zones creates safety issues with speeding, failure to yield, and failing to observe traffic signs at intersections.
  • Add more shopping malls.
  • Add sidewalk or path between jacks pond and Coronado hills road
  • Additional investment in K-12 schools. We have two college’s, and its one of the most important things that makes us unique compared to other cities.
  • At the Rancho Santa Fe, 78 West exit, there needs to be a dedicated right hand turn lane. What happens now is the right lane can either go right or left which means people start going on the right side into a non-existing 3rd lane to turn but sometimes people in the actual lane to turn right have trouble turning. There appears to be enough space to add another lane to this exit easily and it would help to keep traffic moving at that intersection.
  • Be more informative to the public.
  • better enforcement of traffic signs
  • better link up of the trail system. Ther is a lot of great trails, but seams to be no master plan. \ San Marcos looks like a slum while driving on HWY 78, image needs to be cleaned up along this route
  • Better parks, more parks. No more speed traps
  • Better roadway infrastructure. Whoops, too late! traffic lights make no sense, and San Marcos blvd has horrible congestion.
  • Better traffic flow, especially San Marcos Boulevard between the 78 freeway and Rancho Sata Fe road.
  • better traffic managemnt
  • build more schools (esp elementary and middle). \ \ no more tax payer provided low cost housing
  • Building houses on larger lots. To many homes stacked on top of each other. I get tired of hearing all of my neighbors business.
  • clean it up more. less housing developements since our infrastructure is already at a max. Our kids school is about 30:1 ratio. The roads are very congested in the morning because houses will go up but the roads are not getting any wider.
  • clean up some trailer parks
  • Consider widening San Marcos Blvd to ease flow of traffic from Business Park to Rt 78
  • Continue to improve traffic flow.
  • Control of growth & traffic
  • Create a downtown with shops and restaurants, bike paths
  • Create more venues/spaces for social/nightlife/dining so that I don’t always have to drive to encinitas, Carlsbad, and other coastal cities to meet friends and enjoy myself. Market San Marcos as a fun city to hang out at night.
  • Diversity comes to mind.
  • Do better traffic management.
  • Do more to encourage a healthy & sustainable lifestyle. (promote farmer’s market, establish community gardens, bring in a Jimbo’s supermarket, support the new Wellness Coalition, etc.)
  • Don’t route heavy traffic through existing neighborhoods by building additional roads. Improve the existing ones.
  • easy access to freeways, improve 78 to 15 commute, high quality hospitals, jobs
  • Ensure the taxpayers don’t end up with exorbitant pensions for employees that are out of line with non public employees
  • Few more LARGER dog parks
  • Figure out a solution to the horrible traffic congestion on San Marcos Blvd from east of Rancho Santa Fe Rd. to the entrance to the 78 freeway.
  • Find a way to stop “solicitors”. Just today the media announced a break-in during daylight hours in 4S Ranch. I am not convinced some of these so called solicitors are legitimate. My concern is they are “front men” to determine who is at home and who is away during daylight hours. I really do not know if there is an ordinance against soliciting in San Marcos. If there is an ordinance, it should be enforced to the extent that the Sheriff Department should be notified, and solicitors arrested – not just chased out of the city.
  • Finish the San Marcos Creek project.
  • Finishing the Creekside plan to allow more mixed density in the CIty
  • Fix cobblestone intersections
  • Fixing the traffic is all they have to do.
  • Get rid of the new Hooters Rest. and put something great in the Lowes center.
  • Get San Elijo Hills developement to finish the townsquare
  • How about if the government got out of our business? The government could work together.
  • I don’t like the round about in San Elijo village. I think that is a mishap. I would like to change that.
  • I don’t want to see any more development on the hillsides.
  • I enjoy seeing all the improvements made to San Marcos. I feel that we are investing too much time and effort into apartments like the ones being built next to Palomar Collage. That space would be perfect for a small shopping center or for some type of entertainment for teenagers like myself. We have a wonderful collage and university as well as multiple high schools so there is a lot of youth in San Marcos so we should give them an opportunity to enjoy living here.
  • I had a friend who was in the council. I have thought since the beginning that they should leave the Center Valley to have it look like the Old California Resto Road. He had a good idea because we travel and if we go to Santa Fe and Santa Barbara, it makes it distinguishable from all others. If they would do the whole valley like that, it will make us look different from the rest.
  • I just hope that the city government keeps new housing limited to what water supply is available and whether streets/roads are adequate for the new housing.
  • I know they are working on Highway 78, but I’m not sure if they have all their engineering quite right to keep traffic moving off the highway.
  • I like to see them change the light situation.
  • I think safer speeds on the roads.
  • I think the buildup around CSUSM is somewhat agressive. Having lived in the area for awhile, traffic is increasing and I do not like all the apartment complexes and proposed development in the area.
  • I would have lower taxes.
  • I would like a better solution to the water issue.
  • I would like a newspaper in the area.
  • I would like another grocery store and a better traffic system.
  • I would like for bike travel options in the area to be safer and to be more protected.
  • I would like them to improve on the gridlock on the 78th.
  • I would like them to improve on the traffic on Highway 78.
  • I would like them to reduce the traffic congestion.
  • I would like them to work on the crime. We have had a lot of break-ins lately.
  • I would like to have a better transportation system for seniors.
  • I would like to have more parks and recreational areas for the children.
  • I would like to have more senior housing.
  • I would like to see more protection of our natural habitat
  • I would like to see a change in city hall. Everybody should be treated fairly.
  • I would like to see a little more traffic control.
  • I would like to see a place for skate boarding so the kids would have a place to play some place around the High School. and development of the river walk maybe a nature trail through the city
  • I would like to see another Walmart.
  • I would like to see better housing.
  • I would like to see better law enforcement.
  • I would like to see better roads and cleaner parks.
  • I would like to see better traffic regulation. It is congested all the time.
  • I would like to see expanded educational opportunities. Also, it looks like there could be a right turn arrow on the eastbound San Marcos Boulevard crossing Grand Street. The people tend to go straight. In fact, there should be a blinking sign saying that they want it to be right turn only. There has to be a stanchion curve. It is dangerous. It has been going on for years. It would be about eight years.
  • I would like to see improvements on the infrastructure and traffic engineering. We need to have timed stopped lights. The traffic here is horrible.
  • I would like to see less buildings.
  • I would like to see less traffic.
  • I would like to see less traffic.
  • I would like to see less traffic.
  • I would like to see medical marijuana.
  • I would like to see more bike safety and walking paths.
  • I would like to see more code enforcement.
  • I would like to see more lakes.
  • I would like to see more open spaces and re zoning for the equestrian community.
  • I would like to see more open spaces.
  • I would like to see more park areas for families.
  • I would like to see more parks and bathrooms.
  • I would like to see more parks.
  • I would like to see more parks.
  • I would like to see more public parks, more activity centers for adults especially for seniors, and more security and police in the city.
  • I would like to see more sidewalks.
  • I would like to see more support for the schools.
  • I would like to see more things done for the handicapped people.
  • I would like to see more youth programs.
  • I would like to see opportunities for small businesses to be available without a high cost. My husband tried to get a small business started, and then we moved, and when it came time to renew his business license, there seemed to be new laws. They made new laws so that we couldn’t renew it. They wouldn’t let him work outside of his garage.
  • I would like to see over-55 housing. I realize there are several apt. complexes but many of us would like single family housing . With a growing senior population, I feel this is an underdeveloped aspect of the master plan of our community.
  • i would like to see some live bands and entertainment brought to san marcos restaurants and local bars.
  • I would like to see some nice restaurants and good shopping areas. The mall is too far. I would like to bring more stores here. I would also like to see not so many apartments and condos. I would like to see more homes and families.
  • I would like to see some of the gangs gone. There are too many gangs around. Something should be done to break them up or make them a little more responsible for the things they are doing.
  • I would like to see the middle school improved.
  • I would like to see them do more for the recreation facilities in Bradley Park, like an upgrade. They could upgrade the Bradley Park.
  • I would like to see them get busy building the downtown stores that they were going to build.
  • I would like to see them not consider putting the homeless place here on the edge of San Marcos. They are planning to put a homeless shelter in an industrial area on the edge with Escondido. Escondido is doing it, but San Marcos isn’t fighting it hard.
  • I would like to see them not work on so many development things that intrude on people who already live here, like business parks and things like that. They interfere with housing stuff.
  • I would like to see traffic improvements.
  • I would like to see transportation where I live.
  • I would love to have a community pool in San Elijo Hills. Also, access to the track and field at the middle school for running.
  • I would say a change in education.
  • I would say better schools.
  • I would say better zoning for the schools. We are on the east side. If we were on the west side, we would be going to a different school.
  • I would say less housing.
  • I would say less signal lights.
  • I would say probably more of a family park where I live. The only thing we have is a dog park, and there are a lot of families with children. There is nowhere for them to play.
  • I would would like to see more affordable housing or apartments for the young families.
  • improve public transportation within the city \ \ improve softball/baseball/soccer complexes for youth leagues \ \ work with cal state san marcos athletics to improve facilities so community can attend and support teams
  • Improve Traffic lanes and signals- San Marcos Blvd / Palomar Airport / Twin Oaks \ Complete Trail System – Join trails on Borden behind Palomar Col. \ Make new developments pay mello-roos and improve the parks and trail systems instead of allowing new developments to use the existing amenities for free.
  • In my case, they could do a better job at keeping the brush cut back.
  • It is keeping the traffic under control.
  • It is taking better care of the run-down areas. We have some areas that are falling into disrepair in certain areas of town. It would be nice to see them rejuvenated.
  • It is the remodeling of the schools.
  • It is the traffic flow. Some of the streets are not completed, and they are held up. You cannot go through certain areas. The traffic flow would be better if they opened those up.
  • It is the traffic management.
  • It is the way traffic is. The traffic is shitty.
  • It is timing the lights. The traffic is a pain in the behind.
  • It is with the traffic control. There could be some kind of infrastructure for the traffic.
  • It seems pretty decent. The crime is bad though, but that is everywhere.
  • It would be for less traffic. San Marcos Boulevard is always bad. It is the main street that goes through town. It is very congested.
  • keep our revenues here in san marcos.we don’t need to send excess revenue to sacramento.
  • Less housing and more open spaces
  • Less low income housing, remodel older schools, reduce traffic on San Marcos Blvd, more community parks in the Twin Oaks area.
  • Less traffic, more trails, more bike paths, opportunities for walking and shopping.
  • Leverage opportunities with Cal State San Marcos and local developers to complete the infrastructure and create a “university town” with a real downtown.
  • limit growth
  • Limited home building as the volume of traffic has become very heavy.
  • Lower taxes
  • lower the mello-roos in SM. we are over paying for the area.
  • Make the cost of building a house within city limits more affordable.
  • make the permit process more friendly and faster
  • Maybe they could increase the availability of pedestrian lanes.
  • Maybe, that would be control on rent. They don’t have any control over the rent. I live in an apartment and they raise rent almost every year. I don’t think it is right. A lot of people have to move because they can’t keep up. There are a lot of older people here and we are all over 56 years of age.
  • Maybe, they could give more financial assistance to schools.
  • Mello Roos is awful!
  • Minimize additional development / protect existing open space & trails
  • Monitor the speeds on Woodland Parkway from beginning to end. Very scarey walking my dog on the sidewalk with vehicles going high rates of speed flying by. (Mission Ave. also) More speed brakes, stop signs, speed trailers etc.
  • More dog parks or have the ability to let dogs run free in existing parks e.g. Walnut Park etc.
  • More green space and other community areas for residents to come together
  • More options so far as cable providers and improved wireless coverage in the city
  • more sidewalks in side roads, and finishing of back roads that are paved. replacement of fences in disrepair that are in public view
  • More street lights in neighborhoods and common streets
  • more street lights in our neighborhood.
  • More supervision at parks especially during the night and between 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. More law enforcement (speed) on streets where there are city parks because with those parks comes speeding/traffic/crime.
  • No more growth, there is too much congestion everywhere in San Marcos now, it used to be such a great suburban area and now it’s become too large
  • Obviously, I guess less taxes. That is how I would put it.
  • Partner with CSUSM more to make it an attractive hub for tech or any companies that need the skill sets that are produced at a University level
  • People on social security are having a hard time living here because of the high prices of things. They could do something about that.
  • Perhaps, we could have more retail.
  • Place more trash cans near businesses that sell food. For example, there is always trash thrown on the ground near the 7-11 on Mission. There are no trash cans on Mulberry from Mission to Borden so the trash is just tossed on the ground.
  • Portions of Barham Drive have unpaved roads (needs some TLC) – the one leading to Woodland Parkway.
  • Put a Target where Lowe’s vacated on San Marcos Blvd.Improve traffic on 78 North overpass from the 15 freeway.
  • Relieve traffic backup (light-to-light) on San Marcos Blvd.
  • Relieve traffic congestion on SR 78 (probably not something the city government is in control of, but I’m sure it’s something they would be involved with)
  • Safer places for kids to play, tighter security for troubled teens
  • school & traffic
  • Shopping centers are overcrowded. Parking is difficult. Traffic control is poorly executed with not enough exits and no good throughput in parking lots. Ex. Las Posas/Grand center and San Marcos BLVD center with the Best Buy.
  • Some areas have too much low income housing. I wish we could improve those.
  • somehow, someway improve traffic flow
  • Stop building useless shopping malls and commercial buildings on the remaining open, land we have. enforce littering on the streets and graffiti Maintain walk signals many do not work \ \ Enforce leash laws at parks \ \ Clean drainage and open areas area’s especially near Discovery and San Marcos High School \ \ Residence parking on yards and trash in yards on San Marcos Blvd
  • synchronize traffic signals on San Marcos Blvd.
  • Synchronized traffic lights. Esp. on San Marcos Blvd, Mission, Twin Oaks, and Rancho Santa Fe.
  • Take my complaints to the code enforcers more seriously about bad neighbors and do something instead of ignoring.
  • That is interesting. I would really like them to create a downtown feel to it.
  • That is to have a little better quality roads.
  • That is to have more input. That is to have traffic control and signals on the streets. It takes me five minutes to get out of my neighborhood. Someone put a No Left Turn sign near my residence, and it was only to write tickets.
  • That is to have more low income housing facilities.
  • That is to have more parks.
  • That is to have more tennis courts.
  • That would be the traffic.
  • That would be better flow of traffic.
  • That would be better housing.
  • That would be casino, having it pretty convenient and more street lights in the neighborhood.
  • That would be getting citizens become more engaged in the community.
  • That would be improvement in the traffic situation on 78 possibly.
  • That would be less traffic.
  • That would be more activities for children, like skate parks.
  • That would be more bike paths.
  • That would be more open space tails for hiking and biking out.
  • That would be more park scenery.
  • That would be prime central.
  • That would be rent control for mobile home parks.
  • That would be shopping centers closer to the houses.
  • That would be the schools. Some of the schools are kind of rundown. They should have them remodeled for the children. Some of the shopping areas needs to have more business.
  • That would be the synchronization of the sop lights.
  • That would be the traffic.
  • That would be to accelerate the creek development. It is basically an open space development.
  • That would be to decrease the crime level a bit. There should be a few more signals, stop signals and more traffic control.
  • That would be to do something about barking dogs.
  • That would be to get a new police department.
  • That would be to have a stronger mayor rather than city manager.
  • That would be to have better control of the traffic.
  • That would be to have fewer children and have more adult-oriented neighborhoods.
  • That would be to have less traffic.
  • That would be to have more inclusiveness to the university.
  • That would be to have more industry.
  • That would be to have more money spent on the people of San Marcos for activities. An example would be free classes for seniors and more entertainment. I feel they have done a lot for children already.
  • That would be to have more open trails for hiking and biking. They were plenty around, but I think they could add a little more trails that are bigger. The river walk is a project that I have been hearing about for eight years. I would like to something done with that.
  • That would be to have more parks and street lights.
  • That would be traffic control in certain areas. Sometimes, it is also traffic timing.
  • That would be traffic control.
  • That would be traffic control.
  • That would be traffic improvement.
  • That would probably be lower sales tax and revenue.
  • The city could have less traffic congestion.
  • The city needs more parks.
  • The city needs to grow by developing its geographical center and not by expanding its subdivisions.
  • The city should not allow the college students to park in the neighborhood when they have 15 parking lots.
  • The low icome family areas need lots of improvement families and children need all the support possible to provide them with better education, gang awareness, drugs etc…
  • The roads are crowded because of a lot of traffic. They should improve the roads.
  • The San Elijo Square needs to be finished with shops and restaurants like originally promised. Also, we were suppose to have a recreation center.
  • the school district offer busing for all students to eliminate traffic congestion around schools. Parents should pay for this service unless they experience financial hardship.
  • The sheriff’s department needs to be changed.
  • The traffic is bad.
  • The traffic lights need to be coordinated properly. Every quarter block, there is a traffic light and it turns red every single time. It is annoying.
  • The traffic on 78 is a bit crowded in this area.
  • the traffic slow down especially in San Elijo Hills
  • The water rates could go down.
  • There are a couple of areas that have low income, and I am concerned that we are getting too much low income.
  • There are a lot of Walmarts popping up, but I like the small town feel. It is just getting too busy. There are a lot of traffic.
  • There are people on the corners. They could get rid of the homeless.
  • There could be better roads.
  • There could be better tracking management and more open space.
  • There could be more activities for seniors.
  • There could be more help for people, like the homeless people.
  • There could be more open spaces. We possibly may lose some of the open spaces we have now to development, but I don’t want to see that happen.
  • There could be more public transportation.
  • There could be more schools.
  • There could be more stores, more grocery stores.
  • There could probably be a sense of community and reaching out to helping others.
  • There is too much traffic.
  • There should be an improvement in the city traffic.
  • There should be better community planning.
  • There should be cheaper water services.
  • There should be less housing developments. Perhaps they could put a hold on it.
  • There should be less traffic on Freeway 78.
  • There should be less traffic.
  • There should be reduced traffic.
  • They are the sports facilities.
  • They could bring in more economic development.
  • They could bring the taxes back down.
  • They could change the traffic problems.
  • They could change the traffic.
  • They could create a downtown area.
  • They could do a lot better job with the traffic control and roads.
  • They could do something about traffic control on Highway 73.
  • They could fix the streets.
  • They could get rid of the barrio and clean up the seedy side of town.
  • They could get rid of the gangs.
  • They could get the stop lights on Mission and Rancho Sante Fe synchronized, or the lights on San Marcos Boulevard and Mission. The light turns red, and there is no traffic going across.
  • They could handle the traffic lights. When you are on San Marcos Boulevard, you hit every red light. I don’t know what they need to do with that, but they need to do something.
  • They could have a better traffic control.
  • They could have better traffic control, especially at Nordahl.
  • They could have done more jobs.
  • They could have fewer traffic lights.
  • They could have more trees planted in our parks.
  • They could have reduced traffic. There are too many cars on the road.
  • They could improve by monitoring the senior housing areas more. There are drug dealings and meth labs in the senior housing, and it is really scary to those who are not part of that.
  • They could improve the traffic flow.
  • They could improve the traffic signal lights.
  • They could improve the traffic.
  • They could insist on the adequate school facilities before any other developments.
  • They could make it a better place.
  • They could maybe have more local programs for the youth.
  • They could move on with the Creekside project.
  • They could own an animal control shelter.
  • They could probably improve the traffic on Highway 78 during rush hour.
  • They could put more effort on removing the vets from the streets.
  • They could put my money to the schools.
  • They could stop building houses. We have no water. I don’t know where we would get it for all these new houses.
  • They could upgrade all lower income housing.
  • They could widen Woodland Parkway under the bridge.
  • They keep talking about making the downtown better, but I have been waiting 12 years for that. There could be more adult entertainment and less family oriented ones.
  • They need to back off from all of the development and listen to the residents more closely.
  • They need to complete the area in and around where the flood channel is.
  • They need to decrease the class and school sizes.
  • They need to get some updated shopping, like a Sears or JCPenneys. We have no good shopping malls here.
  • They need to have better bikes paths.
  • They need to improve the streets.
  • They need to improve the traffic control.
  • They need to slow down the development.
  • They should get out of the real estate business.
  • They should have better access for pedestrians. The streets do not have sidewalks. There is a bridge that has no pedestrian access. They need to be more about the safety and access for pedestrians. They need more sidewalks. The street I walk on frequently is Vera Cruz, and there is no sidewalk on the bridge. There is a bridge between Discovery and San Marco Boulevard. It is pedestrian unfriendly. The roads are uneven, and it is a hazard for pedestrians.
  • They should maintain the roads.
  • They should not put more housing in the Santa Fe Hills area.
  • They should remove the weapon laws.
  • They should represent the citizens when large projects are underway such as when the sprinter rail went in. Someone seemed to have been bought off in regard to defending our community.
  • Traffic in San Elijo Hills. Residential overdevelopment is beginning to cause serious traffic jams on San Elijo Road and Twin Oaks. This is going to get much worse as the new homes are finished. It’s a shame, this used to be a wonderful neighborhood.
  • traffic in San Marcos needs to be addressed
  • traffic safety in neighborhoods and city streets. People speed way too much
  • Traffic Signals need to be better syncronized or “timed” too many signals showing RED in All directions, & Nobody moving!
  • Traffic.
  • Try to draw in more well known high tech or computer companies that would serve as major employers for grads of Cal State San Marcos and Palomar. Perhaps job faires at those schools would be a good way to entice such companies to look at San Marcos has a place to possibly open a plant. Keep building parks and developing unused lots.
  • Update run down areas and open a Trader Joe’s.
  • We are having more petty theft, so more police.
  • We can always use more trees and less telephone poles.
  • We could have bigger dog parks.
  • We have a bunch of parks that I would like the quality to improve.
  • We just need more patrols. There are not enough, and they need to do their jobs.
  • We need a Cell Phone Tower ordinance
  • We need better roads.
  • We need lower taxes. They could help with the school districts. There are a lot of students in San Marcos Unified.
  • We would like a right turn pocket to get into your neighborhood, from San Elijo Road onto Double Peak.