Chris Orlando for Mayor of San Marcos


San Marcos is an amazing city - home to some of the best parks, schools and communities in Southern California. 

During my nearly 12 years on the City Council I've worked hard to add new parks, maintain a high level of public safety, strengthen city roads and infrastructure, and most important, to keep San Marcos on solid financial footing with a balanced budget and strong reserves. 

As great as I believe San Marcos is, I also know we face challenges from increasing traffic congestion, crowding in our schools, and pressures on our infrastructure. These are problems that must be addressed or we risk losing what makes San Marcos special. We need leadership that is willing to make the tough decisions and to put the quality of life of San Marcos residents above everything else. That's why I'm running for Mayor. 

When I was first elected to City Council in 2006, my goal was to be a strong voice for the residents of San Marcos. In my time on City Council, I’ve tried to do exactly that – standing up when I thought residents’ voices were not being heard. I am running for Mayor to continue what has made San Marcos strong, while working hard to solve the problems that impact our quality of life.

I will take a resident-first perspective and do everything I can to make San Marcos an even better place to live.  

Between now and the November 2018 election, I’ll be actively seeking the support of San Marcos residents. Please join me. Together, we can keep San Marcos a thriving city for families, seniors, and students.

Thank you for your support!


  • From the blog

    Remembering the 2014 Cocos Fire

    Four years ago today, the Cocos Fire broke out in San Marcos. It was a devasting event that tested the mettle of our city. I’m reposting a blog I put out two days after the fire started as well as a gallery of photos and videos I took during and after the blaze. They are a great reminder of the importance of supporting our fire and public safety teams, as well as staying vigilant about fire safety.  

    San Marcos Proud

    Originally Posted May 16, 2014 - 8PM – By Chris Orlando

    The last 48 hours have been difficult for the residents of San Marcos. It has been gut wrenching to see our ridgelines andhillsides,the city’s defining features, completely ablaze, knowing how many homes and families are at risk or displaced.  The families that have lost their homes have their community’s deepest sympathies.

    But in the last 48 hours, I have also seen and experienced many things that have me incredibly proud of our city – proud of our firefighters and sheriff’s deputies, proud of our city staff and proud of our community and its residents.

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    Why I voted for Fenton, and against Brookfield MU4

    The City Council recently voted on housing development projects by H.G. Fenton Company and Brookfield Residential. While these projects seem similar, there are critical differences in the impact they will have on the city’s infrastructure.  Both projects were General Plan Amendments that changed the land-use designation to residential and added a similar number of units. I voted for the Fenton project, and against the Brookfield MU4 project. Here’s why:

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