San Marcos looking healthy

What’s a healthy community these days? Well, one that’s financially sound and San Marcos has a balanced budget this year despite forecasting a $3 to $4 million decline in annual revenues over the next three years.

It would also have to be one that’s creating a sustainable community. And in San Marcos, the newest fire station to open (the one up on San Elijo Road) is one of only five in the nation to be LEED certified.

The CSUSM library is one of campuss newer buildings and overlooks San Marcos.

The CSUSM library is one of campus's newer buildings and overlooks San Marcos.

I heard these things from Mayor Jim Desmond at his state of the city address which I attended with colleagues from Cal State San Marcos March 10.

A new park was opened this past year and two more are in various stages of creation. New business tenants are opening in a development across from City Hall. (Including Pizza Nova–I have a weakness for their bread.) 

Mayor Desmond shared the credit with his council but gave a big shout-out to his city manager Paul Malone plus the former city manager Rick Gittings.

The job of a city manager is one that people shouldn’t take for granted. And in a tight economy, when a city has been managed to do alright, hell yeah, give that man a big public pat on the back.

One other stand-out fact I picked up: San Marcos has reported a 26% drop in violent crime in 2008 and crime is down 10% overall. (The city contracts with the county Sheriff’s service for its law enforcement. And I  believe that this drop is the biggest of any community the Sheriff’s department serves.)

Happy to share good news with San Diego Metblogs readers. How’s your city doing?

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