IMPORTANT UPDATE, RED FLAG WARNING & INTERMITTENT POWER OUTAGES:  Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018 - 10:20 am - There are NO current emergencies in the City of San Marcos. With high Santa Ana winds and red flag warnings in place through Wednesday, Nov. 14, residents can expect intermittent power outages throughout San Marcos and County of San Diego as SDG&E takes steps to keep communities safe from wildfire. Follow San Diego Gas & Electric and visit for the latest updates. To prepare, San Marcos Fire Department and the County of San Diego are recommending residents take a “Ready, Set, Go!” approach for peak fire season. To learn how you can prepare, visit

Graffiti Abatement

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The City of San Marcos removes graffiti on public and private property within 24-48 hours of being reported. If you have graffiti on your property, and you need assistance in removing it, please contact our graffiti hotline (760) 591-9100. 

Download a Graffiti Authorization Form: After printing the authorization form, please mail back to the address indicated on the form or you can fax it back to (760) 744-9520.

  • Graffiti cleanup is a top priority in The City of San Marcos. The city employs a full-time graffiti removal team.
  • Graffiti is the most common type of property vandalism (35%) according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics.
  • Immediate removal - within 24-48 hours - is the key to successful graffiti prevention.
  • Please contact the Sheriff’s Department to report suspicious activity at 510-5200.

The City prosecutes vandals when arrests have been made. Within the past year, 15 juveniles were arrested for graffiti vandalism in San Marcos. All of the suspects were convicted of Felony Vandalism; the cost of the damage was over $400 and the defendants had a prior conviction for vandalism. On average, each defendant must reimburse the City approximately $1,200. All were assigned to Juvenile Diversion programs and several served time in Juvenile Hall.

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