How is San Diego County helping those affected by the fires?
The County of San Diego is helping residents begin the rebuilding and recovery process by opening Local Assistance Centers be on Monday, Dec. 11; damage assessments are expected to being as early as Friday, Dec. 8. According to the County, a Local Assistance Center will be open Monday, Dec. 11 at its Vista branch library, 700 Eucalyptus Avenue in Vista, to support fire survivors navigate the recovery and rebuilding process. Hours of operation will be posted when available. For more information and updates, visit San Diego County’s Recovery Site at www.sdcountyrecovery.com.
Are there any school closures in place?
Out of consideration for students and faculty who may have been affected by neighboring fires, Cal State San Marcos, Palomar College and San Marcos Unified School District closes offices and schools from Friday, Dec. 8 through Sunday, Dec. 10. School resumed as regularly scheduled for all sites on Monday, Dec. 11.
How can I volunteer, donate, or help?
The city appreciates residents’ willingness to help those in need. There are several ways you can help:
- San Diego County 2-1-1 is in need of volunteers to help in its call center. To sign up to volunteer, you can call (858) 300-1269.
- The San Diego County Humane Society said they are not in need of volunteers at this time, but those wishing to help can donate pet supplies and food by going to their Amazon wish list at sdhumane.org/who-we-are/shop/amazon-wish-list.
-The San Diego Foundation is accepting donations to assist in the recovery of wildfires. Donors can text “SDRECOVER” to 50155 or make a donation online at sdfoundation.org/disasterfund. A list of additional organizations is available through San Diego Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (SDVOAD) at sdvoad.org.
Is there a change in any city activities?
While there are no significant air quality concerns in San Marcos, Adult Softball League play was canceled Thursday, Dec. 7 out of consideration for out-of-town players. All other recreation programming will continue as regularly scheduled. Stay updated on the latest fire conditions by visiting www.caloes.ca.gov.
How can I protect myself from smoke?
If you smell smoke it is likely that it’s at a level that is unsafe to breathe. In areas where you smell smoke, it is advised that you limit physical activity, and if possible, stay indoors to limit your exposure.
If you are bothered by smoke or sensitive to it you should move out of it until it clears up. You can shelter inside, but if it gets smoky inside, leaving is the best idea. Keep indoor air as clean as possible. Windows and doors should be closed unless it is extremely hot outside. Run an air conditioner if you have one, but keep the fresh-air intake closed and the filter clean to prevent outdoor smoke from getting inside.
I heard there is a shelter open in San Marcos. Should I be concerned?
Because there is no current fire danger in San Marcos, a shelter was opened at Palomar College to assist people in neighboring communities affected by the Lilac Fire. With the fires 85% contained and evacuation orders lifted, all shelters have been closed.
When should I evacuate?
You should evacuate if an order is issued by a public safety official or if you feel your safety is at risk. Take pets and pet food with you. In the event of an emergency, information about shelters and where to take animals will be provided. Since there may be smoke in the area, you should keep windows closed and remain indoors.
What can I do to prepare?
Besides registering your cell phone with Alert San Diego, review your family emergency plan, prepare a supply kit, and inventory home items such as important documents and medications so that you would want to take with you so you are ready to go if told to do so by a public safety official.
How can I stay informed?
Residents should register all of their family's cell phones with AlertSanDiego at www.readysandiego.org so that you will all be notified of an emergency affecting your neighborhood. This is especially important if you no longer have a landline at your home. You can also download the SDEmergency App on your phone.
During an emergency, residents should also stay updated on the latest local safety information by visiting the city’s website, following San Marcos @sanmarcoscity on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram; registering for e-notifications; and turning radios to AM 1610.
Information on the Lilac Fire, including regional road closures and other important updates is also being posted on the San Diego County Emergency Site at www.sdcountyemergency.com. Residents are encouraged to follow CAL FIRE San Diego on Twitter. For non-emergency information, call 2-1-1.
What is the current status of the fire?
As of Monday, Dec. 11, the Lilac Fire has been reported by CAL FIRE as 85% contained. There are no current threats to San Marcos. For information updates visit the San Diego County Emergency Site or follow CALFIRE San Diego on Facebook and Twitter for updates.Follow CALFIRE San Diego on Facebook and Twitter for updates. For non-emergency information, call 2-1-1.
What do I need to do to become a lifeguard?
In order to become a lifeguard, you must become certified in Lifeguarding through the American Red Cross or a comparable approved training program, you must pass the in-water assessment, interview, background check and physical. Please see the Aquatics Jobs page for more information.
When will the city's Aquatics program be hiring?
Typical the city's aquatics hiring season is late January through March of every year for the summer season.
Discounts are not currently offered for Daily Admission. Splash Pass Members receive a $5 discount on aquatics classes. Residents receive a 10% discount on aquatics classes and a $50 discount on Splash Passes.
Why do I need to pay admission if I am not going to be getting in the water?
Capacity dictates that only a certain amount of people may enter the facility at a time and if someone does not pay admission, they are taking the place of a paying customer that does want to swim. Alsi, if something should happen to you while at the facility, aquatics staff will be standing by to assist. No discounts are given for those not swimming.
How old does my child have to be to enter and stay in the pool on their own without an adult chaperone/guardian?
Children 14 and up can enter and stay in the pool on their own. Children 13 and under require a paying and accompanying adult.
How old does my child have to be to require payment for admission to a city pool?
Children under 2 are free with a paying and accompanying adult.
How much does it cost to use a city pool?
Daily admission to Open Recreational Swim is $4 per person.
Admission to Family Swim Night is $5 per person.
Once admission has been paid for a guest, that guest may come and go any number of times during the same session of Open Recreation Swim or Family Swim Night.
What forms of payment do you accept for city aquatics programs?
Credit/Debit cards, cash, check, cashier’s check or money order.
Cashier’s do not hold a significant amount of change so correct change and credit card use is encouraged and appreciated.
671 Woodland Parkway, San Marcos
Located on Woodland Parkway between Rock Springs Road and Borden Road/El Norte Parkway.
1387 W Borden Road, San Marcos
Located at Cerro de Las Posas Park, at the corner of Las Posas Road and Borden Road. The entrance to the park is on Borden Road.
How deep does a gas pipe have to be buried? An electric line?
Metal gas pipe requires 12 inches of cover, whether earth or concrete. The pipe needs to be factory wrapped, as well as all joints. Plastic gas and electric pipe requires 18 inches of cover and a tracer wire for gas pipe. Metal risers are required on gas lines where the run of pipe turns to the surface.
Whom should I contact for information on birth, death and marriage records?
County of San Diego Assessor/Recorder/County Clerk’s Office 141 East Carmel St., Suite 141 San Marcos, CA 92069 (760) 940-6868 Or visit www.sdarcc.com
Where can I register to vote?
Forms are available at the City Clerk Department, Post Office, Library,Department of Motor Vehicles, County Registrar of Voters, and Secretary of State. Or, simply visit www.sdvote.com to download the form.
When was the City of San Marcos incorporated? Become a Charter City?
The City of San Marcos was incorporated as a General Law City on January 28, 1963 and became a Charter City July 4, 1994.
When and where does the City Council hold its meetings?
The City Council meetings are held on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month at 6 pm in the City Council Chambers, 1 Civic Center Drive, San Marcos, California.
What defines a swimming pool? A spa
A pool is defined as being 24 inches deep of water intended for recreational use. Perimeter fencing, alarms, and self-closing gates are required. A portable above ground spa is not considered a pool but still requires a perimeter fence and a lockable top. A fountain is not considered a swimming pool.
What are the current adopted codes?
The current code is the 2007 California Building Code (CBC), which incorporates the 2006 International Building Code, the 2006 Uniform Plumbing Code, the 2006 Uniform Mechanical Code, the 2005 National Electric Code, the 2006 International Fire Code, and the 2005 California Energy Efficiency Standards.
How many sets of plans and calculations do I need?
When submitting plans for plan check, three sets of plans are required. Two sets of soils reports, structural calculations, energy calculations, and truss calculations should also be submitted. Truss calculatons may be deferred if the manufaturer has not been decided upon at time of submittal. Precise grading plans are required to be attached to all three sets of plans. For production housing, two sets of plans depicting the subdivision lots and homes, with street orientation, are required for addressing.
How do I obtain a Business License?
In person – Obtain application from the 1st floor, cashier desk.
By mail – Call (760) 744-1050, Ext. 3101 and request an application be mailed to you.
Contact the City Clerk Department at (760) 744-1050, Ext. 3145.
Do I need an architect to draw the plans?
Single Family Residences, room additions, garages, workshops and tenant improvements do not require an architect to draw the plans. A California licensed architect or engineer shall prepare structural plans.
Do I need a permit?
Fences not over 6 feet, retaining walls not more than 3 feet above grade, and detached sheds less than 120 square feet do not require a building permit. Partition walls not over 5 feet 9 inches also do not require a permit as well as repairs and replacement of existing fixtures such as cabinets, toilets and sinks. The code requires that all work, even work exempt from permit, be performed to the standard set forth in the model codes.
Why does a fire engine respond when I call for an ambulance?
A fire engine can often respond more quickly than an ambulance, thus allowing for a qualified paramedic to be at the patient’s side minutes before the ambulance can arrive. Sometimes, additional firefighters are also needed to assist in the treatment and care patients.
Where can I get fire extinguishers refilled?
The San Marcos Fire Department does not service or refill fire extinguishers. Look in the "yellow pages" under "fire equipment" to locate companies that do.
How do I report some overgrown vegetation in my area?
To make a complaint, you can either call our department at (760) 744-1050, ext. 3409 or complete this form.
Do you offer CPR classes?
Yes, we do. For complete information on our CPR classes, please click here.
I would like a station tour, is this possible?
Yes, it is. Contact Fire Admin during business hours at 760-744-1050 x3410 to make arrangements with your local fire station.
Who do I contact about questions on my ambulance bill?
For questions on your ambulance bill, please contact Wittman Enterprises at (800) 906-6552.
Do I need to complete the employment history section of the application, or can I just attach a resume?
The employment history section must be completed in order for the application to be considered complete. A resume may not substitute the employment history information required on the application.
Is it okay if my application is postmarked by the filing deadline?
Only applications that are received by the City on or before the filing deadline are considered.
How soon can I expect to hear something after I submit my application?
The response time varies for each position. Due to the large number of applicants, the City only contacts those who are being considered for the next step in the selection process.
Will you accept applications for positions that are not posted on the employment opportunities page?
Only applications for the positions that are currently open are accepted. If you are interested in a position that is not open and you would like to be notified when a new position becomes available, please sign up for the E-News program and select your interest in a full-time or part-time position.
If I do not get the position that I applied for, will my application be considered for future openings?
In order to be fair and consistent, applicants must re-apply for employment when a new position is open. If you would like to be notified when a new position becomes available, please sign up for the E-News program and select your interest in a full-time or part-time position.
What if I change my phone number or address during the application process?
Contact the human resources department at (760) 744-1050 to indicate any changes in your contact information.