Newland Sierra

The 2,135-unit Newland Sierra project is now the subject of a petition drive. Here’s what happened last June when I tried to get a briefing at City Council about the project’s impacts on San Marcos. Watch the full 10-minute exchange at orlandoformayor.com/news

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Newland Sierra - San Marcos City Council

10-Minute clip of the June 2017 discussion at the San Marcos City Council about the Newland Sierra project.

 

 

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School District Stats

As I go door-to-door for the campaign, I hear a lot of concerns about classroom overcrowding. Here are a few numbers that provide some context about school capacity issues in San Marcos.

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Crowding in our Schools

Our schools are one of our city’s greatest assets. We need to protect them. Mitigating the impact of new development on our schools is something I’ve advocated for during the last several years and will continue to fight for as Mayor.

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Molly Biehl Corbin Endorsement

 

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My Opposition to the Brookfield Project

Construction has started on the Brookfield MU4 project off Twin Oaks Valley Road. I was the only Councilmember to listen to the concerns of residents and oppose the development. Here’s what I said when I voted against the project.

 

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A Fish Tale

A fish Tale. A friend of my son’s sent me this picture about seven years ago. The fish was caught in South Lake, which is just west of Twin Oaks Valley Road below Double Peak Park. I asked him to send it to me because I wanted to forward it to the City Manager. My plea to the City Manager? Let’s get South Lake open and let kids fish! I, um, “redacted” the face in the picture because fishing in South Lake is currently illegal and violators could face up to a $1,000 fine.

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Anaheim Packing District Developer to Create ‘Area of the Arts’ in San Marcos

Council Approves Initial Agreement to Sell Land Near the 78

The City Council preliminarily approved a purchase and sale agreement with LAB Holdings, LLC for the large triangle property east of Grand Plaza near Highway 78. LAB, which is the innovative developer of unique areas such as the Anaheim Packing District, intends to develop an Area of the Arts where artisans gather to create, collaborate and share their crafts. The concept, which intends to “elevate placemaking” and promote local culture and businesses, includes artisan maker spaces, a large park, entertainment and food venues. While it will take several years to develop the concept, it is a compelling new entertainment and cultural opportunity for San Marcos and North County.

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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 and hillsides, 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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