California JPIA logoThe City of San Marcos, a California Joint Powers Insurance Authority (California JPIA) member, celebrates its 60th anniversary this year. Since its incorporation on January 28, 1963, the city has grown into a vibrant community that combines natural beauty, a thriving economy and a rich cultural heritage.

Over the last 60 years, San Marcos has witnessed remarkable development and transformation. What was once a rural town has now become a bustling city with nearly 94,000 residents. Although San Marcos has experienced rapid growth over the last decade, it maintains the small-town atmosphere and values that have attracted residents. The community continues to evolve as a dynamic powerhouse in North County while maintaining a close-knit community of proud residents and alumni.

“The City of San Marcos has proven itself to be a drive-to destination and not a drive-through city,” said San Marcos City Manager Jack Griffin. “We are an education and emerging healthcare hub in North County and have much to offer.”

One of the standout features of the city is its commitment to preserving its natural beauty. The city features 41 parks, a 72-mile trail network and a newly renovated Nature Center. The Creek Infrastructure Project is an undertaking that, once complete, will include two bridges over San Marcos Creek. The project will have restored and preserved one-and-a-half miles of creek habitat and consists of a new park and trail, places to play, gather, sit or relax. No wonder the city is nicknamed “San Parkos” as it offers residents and visitors ample outdoor activities.

Senior Risk Manager Alex Mellor recently assisted the city with a risk assessment of the newly opened South Lake Park. The 10-acre site, including a retired reservoir owned by Vallecitos Water District, will now provide San Marcos residents and visitors with additional hiking, fishing, and other outdoor activities.

“The city staff does a fantastic job providing outdoor recreational opportunities to the community while managing risk as much as possible,” said Mellor. “Parks and other outdoor spaces provide proximity to nature and encourage physical activity, both of which are important elements of a healthy, vibrant community.”

Over the years, the city has cultivated a diverse economic landscape, attracting various industries, including technology, healthcare, and manufacturing. City staff is proud to offer numerous services to help businesses thrive. One of these efforts is its ‘concierge’ service. In 2022, more than 175 organizations were assisted through the variety of offerings this service provides, including site selection, permit assistance, connection to resources, and much more. These services are available to established enterprises and businesses considering relocating to San Marcos.

Despite its robust economic efforts, San Marcos may be most well-known as home to the California State University San Marcos. The university, which opened in 1990 and has played a central role in shaping the city into a hub of educational activity, has added energy and diversity to the community.

To commemorate this significant anniversary, San Marcos celebrated with community members during an Anniversary Celebration at the Community Center. Historical photos were displayed during the event to showcase San Marcos’ evolution. Mayor Rebecca Jones provided remarks to lend her perspective on how the city has implemented its long-term vision for creating a city where businesses and families can flourish.

“We as a community are focused on improving our city but remaining true to our small-town roots, which is why we pride ourselves in investing in our local businesses and working hand in hand with them to watch them grow,” said Mayor Jones. “This is only a hint of what makes San Marcos shine. We are a diverse, vibrant community with a rich history. And I am grateful to have served this city as an elected official for the past 16 years.”

Here’s to 60 years of progress and prosperity in the City of San Marcos and an even brighter future ahead!

About the California Joint Powers Insurance Authority

Providing innovative risk management solutions for its public agency partners for more than 45 years, the California Joint Powers Insurance Authority (California JPIA) is one of the largest municipal self-insurance pools in the state, with more than 125 member cities and other governmental agencies. Members actively participate in shaping the organization to provide important coverage for their operations. The California JPIA provides innovative risk management solutions through a comprehensive portfolio of programs and services, including liability, workers’ compensation, pollution, property, and earthquake coverage, as well as extensive training and loss control services. For more information, please visit the California JPIA’s website at