San Diego County’s plans to approve thousands of new homes this summer could be hampered by a court’s tentative ruling this week.
A Superior Court judge has tentatively ruled in favor of the Sierra Club’s petition for a stay in a case involving how to compensate for increased greenhouse gas emissions from new housing development.
Sierra Club attorney Josh Chatten-Brown said the County of San Diego promised in 2011 to be a leader in fighting climate change. He said the county planned to offset increased carbon emissions from new housing developments with programs to improve air quality within San Diego County.
The suit says the county is now approving new housing developments but promising to mitigate for increased greenhouse gas emissions with carbon offsets elsewhere in the world.
The lawsuit attempting to block this strategy could set a precedent, Chatten-Brown said.
“Throughout the state, agencies are looking at San Diego to see what happens here, so I do think there is a real potential to have state-wide impact,” he said.
Chatten-Brown said the county needs to find programs to reduce greenhouse gas emissions within the county, rather than buying credits in other parts of the world.
“There’s plenty of county land, including the port, in which there is potential to create offset projects,” Chatten-Brown said. “The county, for whatever reason, decided not to go that route and allowed developers to go international.”
The lawsuit could affect Newland Sierra, a proposed master-planned development of more than 2,000 new homes in North County that the San Diego County Board of Supervisors is poised to consider later this month.
San Diego, like the rest of the state, is facing a shortage of housing. The question of how to make up for increased carbon emissions generated by increased traffic is one of several hurdles the region is facing as it struggles to expand to meet the demands of a growing population.
Ambient Communities to Host San Elijo Town Center Family Fall Festival
Ambient Communities will host the 2nd Annual San Elijo Town Center Family Fall Festival on Saturday, September 22nd, 2018 from 10 am to 2 pm at the San Eljio Hills Town Center Park.The event is free to the community and will feature family-friendly activities including Games, Music, Face Painting, a Pumpkin Patch, Food and Prizes.
“The Family Fall Festival is our way of giving back to the San Elijo Community. It’s an opportunity to highlight our Town Center merchants and introduce our newest tenants,” said Duncan Budlinger, Director of Retail Development.“We are excited that Phase One of our project is now complete and are looking forward to the additional products and services our newest tenants will bring to our residents and neighbors.”
San Elijo Town Center merchants include:
Johnville Team Real Estate
Lourdes Mexican Food
Tap & Vine
Home Town Reality
Newman Grubb Knight Frank
The Hills Family Dentistry
Sotheby’s International Reality
Downtown Tutoring Academy
Grand Vision Optometry
San Elijo Pediatric Dentistry
Animal Health Center
Pham & Mauseth, DDS Inc.
A Colorful Universe
In addition, San Elijo Pediatric Dentistry will also be hosting their grand opening and providing tours of their offices.
Register for the opportunity to win a $500 gift card at the San Elijo Hills Family Fall Festival at https://ambientcommunities.com/family-fall-festival/ and then join us at San Elijo Hills Town Center Park for Family Games, Face Painting, Music, Prizes, and more, presented by Ambient Communities!
FREE for San Elijo Hills residents and San Marcos neighbors to enjoy, this event will feature games, activities and additional prizes throughout the day from San Elijo Town Center merchants
San Elijo Hills Association Board of Directors-October Meeting: RE-SCHEDULED
The next General Session Board of Directors meeting is scheduled for Monday, October 22, 2018, 6:00 pm at the San Elijo Hills REC Center (1105 Elfin Forest Rd, San Marcos, CA 92078).
Front Yard Landscape
This year has brought some record-setting heat! The hot weather has affected many of the yards in San Elijo Hills. Now it’s time to cool off and give yards the TLC they deserve. Residents must continue to maintain their yard areas by mowing, edging, weeding, trimming, replacing dead vegetation and pruning.
Did you know that there are many great alternatives to grass? A well-designed drought-tolerant landscape can be filled with a lush variety of colorful plants that have year-round attractiveness and contain a sustainable landscape that benefits the environment. There are trees, shrubs and ground covers, grasses and wildflowers that are already well-adapted to the environment in our region. They will reduce the use of fertilizers, pesticides, watering, and maintenance. Native and non-native species can be interspersed to add variety and color. Plant using multiple layers or mixed borders. Trees, shrubs, and flowers can be planted in layers which successively shade each other, requiring less water. Plantings should be closely spaced to discourage weeds from sprouting.
Consider mulch! The first line of defense against hot weather, and against windy conditions which can dry surface soil, is to apply a liberal layer of mulch around the plants. This protects the soil from direct sun exposure, keeping it moist at the surface. Mulch also reduces evaporation of water from the soil which reduces the need for watering.
If you are interested in modifying your current design, please remember that you must submit the necessary application and plans for review and approval by the Architectural Committee. The Committee typically meets the 2nd Tuesday of each month. Please contact Liz McCardle at 760-798-9015 or email@example.com with any questions.
Community Yard Sale
The San Elijo Hills Community Association is hosting a community-wide yard sale! All residents are welcome to participate in this FREE event! The yard sale will be held on Saturday, September 22, 2018, from 7AM-11AM. Directional signage will be placed out the morning of the sale to the individual neighborhoods. Please note, there will be NO MAPS distributed indicating which individuals homes are participating. Please feel free to add additional signage in the community after 8 PM the night before (Friday 9/21/18) so long as it is removed promptly after the event. For more information, please contact Liz McCardle at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Coastal Cleanup Day in the Hills
The California Coastal Cleanup Day (CCD) has been set for 2018! The San Elijo Hills trails system is a designated California Coastal Cleanup Day (CCD) area, and we need volunteers! The trail system within San Elijo Hills is such a beloved feature of our community! Please join us on Saturday, September 15th from 9:00AM-12:00 PM to help clean up the trails! Volunteers will meet in the Town Square (by the fountain) of San Elijo Hills at 9:00AM. Walk-ups are welcome but pre-registration helps us with site logistics, so if you know for sure you want to help, please register online at www.cleanupday.org. All volunteers should wear comfortable closed toed shoes and sun protection. You can help reduce waste by bringing your own reusable water bottle, and gardening or work gloves. Note: every participant in CCD needs to sign a waiver; anyone under the age of 18 needs a parent or guardian signature to participate! Students are eligible for community service hours, and prizes will be given out for the most trash collected! Together we can all make a difference!
Save the Date! Oktoberfest!
Save the date for the most popular event of the year! Oktoberfest! Come to celebrate Oktoberfest with your neighbors on Sunday, October 14th 3:00PM-6:00 PM at the lower softball field of San Elijo Hills Park! We have some new rides and inflatables, so you don’t want to miss this one! Please remember to bring proof of residency to gain entry into the event. If your teens or kids come on their own, please remind them to bring identification. If you have any questions regarding the event or would like additional information, please feel free to contact your Community Director, Liz McCardle, at (760) 798-9015 or email email@example.com.
Clear and visible address numbers are important when it comes to safety. Please check your address numbers and replace any faded or missing numbers. This is a safety concern, which could potentially delay first responders in an emergency response. It also impacts the general aesthetics of the community and is part of the required maintenance per the Governing Documents.
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We wanted to thank the community for all of your support! Also, a big shout out to our gold and silver sponsors Keller Williams Ray Bahadori Group, Everbowl, Baked Bear, and Players! The carnival was a huge success! We’re close to meeting our goal of $7500, and hope to continue raising funds for the next month before the Relay for Life! carnivalforcancer1.weebly.com
Motorists can expect one northbound lane closure along N. Twin Oaks Valley Road near Double Peak School to accommodate emergency electrical repairs. Although two-way traffic will be maintained, traffic delays are anticipated and motorists are encouraged to use alternate routes during the work period. Crews expect to have maintenance completed by the evening of Monday, May 21. Power outages have been reported in the area. As a result, Double Peak School has canceled classes for the day but expects to return to it’s regular schedule on Tuesday, May 22. For the most current outage information, visit San Diego Gas & Electric’s website at www.san-marcos.net/outage.