Category Archives: San Elijo Hills
With high Santa Ana winds and red flag warnings in place through Wednesday, Nov. 14, expect intermittent power outages throughout San Marcos and County of San Diego as SDG&E takes steps to keep communities safe from wildfire. Follow San Diego Gas & Electric and visit www.sdge.com/outages for the latest updates.
Changes at Cafe Stoked
Changes are coming to Cafe Stoked and owner, Charity Abelardo, a long-time resident of San Elijo Hills, wanted you to hear about these changes directly from her so you aren’t surprised next time you stop by.
Beginning Friday, October 5, we are closing our daily cafe operations. We will still be offering catering and special events services, but the daily cafe will be closed until we identify a new owner/operator. We are sorry for any inconvenience this causes, but hope you will understand and support our transition.
There are a lot of reasons for the change and it’s hard to put it all into a quick article, but I want you to know that I have given it much thought and consideration and this is the most feasible way to make the required transition. Closing the daily operations will give me more bandwidth and resources to devote to getting a new establishment in the space that will make sense and be good for our community.
Please know this has nothing to do with the new businesses in the town square or lack of community support. You have all been wonderful. So much has changed in my life in the last five years. When we opened our doors, it was very much a family operation. My sister, Chris Vulovic, and I were partners in the endeavor. She brought her passion for food and hospitality to the space. My kids and husband, Kim, were all part of the adventure. We poured our heart and souls into it – together. Since that time, my sister passed away, two of my kids are now in college, and I have two other businesses that demand much of my time and energy. I simply can’t give the cafe operations the kind of energy and financial resources it needs.
While it’s difficult to make this decision, knowing the impact these changes will have on our employees and customers, I also know that it will open new doors and opportunities to bring something fresh and vibrant to our community.
I am so grateful for the past five years and all of the memories we have created together at Cafe Stoked – from community service projects to special events and fundraisers. I hope you will continue to use us for your birthdays, weddings, recitals, receptions and other special events in the interim. I am not going anywhere and I will be working diligently behind-the-scenes with our catering and event services while seeking the right establishment to occupy the space moving forward.
If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out. And, please keep following us on Facebook, Instagram and our website to hear about special events and ongoing news and updates. Again, thank you for everything you have done and continue to do to support me and my family. I appreciate it more than I can possibly put into words. I truly love our community. Thanks for making it so special.
Supervisors Hearing September 12: SD15 -Copper Hills (362 units on San Elijo Road at entrance to San Elijo Hills)
Op-Ed opposing County rezoning of 69-acre lot west of the landfill (sent to San Elijo Life by Friends of Copper Creek)
Urgent Appeal to Save San Elijo Hills Quality of Life: Deadline September 12!
A huge increase in zoning is currently being proposed that, if approved, will permanently change San Elijo Hills. The 69-acre property is just west of the closed San Marcos Landfill, south of San Elijo Road. This project is called SD15 in the County and Copper Hills in the City of San Marcos.
The developer could have named this project “Toxic Hills” as this land never produced copper and County reports document (1) on site signs of landfill leachate and/or landfill gas intrusion and (2) possible health risks to future residents and tenants.
This will change the community forever by
- harming the character of the community;
- dramatically increasing traffic;
- impeding emergency evacuation and diverting fire resources; and
- causing environmental harm to Copper Creek and neighboring habitat preserves.
Right now, this property is in the unincorporated County. An amendment to the County General Plan proposes increasing SD15’s maximum density almost six-fold from 61 dwelling units (SR-1 zoning) to 362 dwelling units plus a large amount of commercial space (C-1, SR-0.5, VR-10.9 zoning).
This project will be heard at a Board of Supervisors meeting on September 12 and will be approved unless San Elijo Hills and other neighbors vocally protest. While the San Dieguito Planning Group voted against this project, County staff and the Planning Commission are recommending approval. Nonetheless, this project can be stopped by our elected representatives if residents speak up.
If this property is rezoned, County studies report there will be an additional 16,231 average daily trips. That is approximately a 27-fold increase over the number of trips allowed under current zoning. This will negatively affect the quality of life.
Impedes Emergency Evacuation
Existing roads and connectors are already inadequate to provide a safe exit from San Elijo Hills. In the 2014 Cocos fire, there was traffic gridlock causing people to wait hour(s) to evacuate. The proposed residential and commercial density will make this problem much worse.
Diversion of Fire Resources
This property will primarily rely on the San Marcos Fire Department and will divert fire protection resources from San Elijo Hills. This property will be very difficult to defend on up to three sides from a fire. Because of the proposed density concentration, fire departments would likely prioritize this property over single family homes.
Harms to Copper Creek/Escondido Creek/San Elijo Lagoon
Copper Creek (leading to Escondido Creek and San Elijo Lagoon) is already suffering from siltation, sedimentation, scouring and flooding from projects such as this that did not adequately mitigate the impacts. The intensity of this proposed development/hardscape will only increase the harms to the Creek and property downstream.
This project is opposed by the Escondido Creek Conservancy.
This Project Is Harmful to Habitat, Including Nearby Preserved Lands
This property serves as an important connector/corridor from the County Core to the San Marcos habitat areas. Development of this property as proposed will fragment the habitat and decrease habitat connectivity between the County and San Marcos. Edge effects will harm neighboring habitats and fuel modification arrangements will cut into the habitat. Light and glare effects will affect neighboring preserves and decrease resident’s quality of life.
This project is opposed by neighboring land managers, including the Center for Natural Lands Management.
County Neighbors were Held to a Double Standard
Before the County’s 2020 General Plan Update, this property and its neighbors were all zoned 1 dwelling unit per 2 acres. As a result of General Plan 2020, this property was already doubled in density to 1 dwelling unit per 1 acre while its County neighbors lost their density and are now zoned 1 dwelling unit per 10 acres. That means this project will have 52.5 times the density of its County neighbors. This just isn’t fair!
There have long been concerns with the San Marcos landfill. The landfill is mostly unlined and took 18.75 million tons of material between 1979 and 1997. The landfill reportedly accepted residential, commercial and agricultural waste including paint and paint thinners, oil, treated sewage sludge and medical waste. No laws prevented “certain types of low level radioactive waste, known as decommissioned materials” from disposal in the San Marcos Landfill.
A 2017 letter from the County about SD15 states, “While the San Marcos Landfill has closed, it can be expected to remain biologically active and generate landfill gas and leachate for more than 30-50 years after closure.” Monitoring may need to continue forever.
The County writes that “Landfill gas represents a health and safety issue” and gas can “migrate off-site.” Landfill gases “can pose an explosion and human health threat.”
SD15’s onsite groundwater monitoring wells are detecting toxic chemicals of concern (“COCs”). According to the County, there are two likely sources: landfill leachate and landfill gases. Per County documents, “[t]he source of COCs outside the waste area is likely due to migration of [landfill gas] and, to a lesser degree, leachate.” County letters concerning SD15 state that “Landfill gas has been documented to travel in the subsurface 1,000 feet or more from the source. The underlying geology of [SD15] is fractured rock, which adds another layer of complexity to potential gas migration.”
County maps show that most of the groundwater from the landfill flows towards the west, towards SD15/Copper Hills.
News articles report that the San Marcos landfill “is leaching chemicals known to cause cancer, reproductive harm and other health problems.” It continues, “officials said that because these chemicals don’t occur naturally, any leak exceeds standards set for those sites” and “[a]ny volatile (organic compound) that’s detected in groundwater is an indication of release from the landfills” (emphasis added).
Unfortunately, the County has limited ability to protect residents/tenants from landfill gases and landfill gases. The County has stated that the Solid Waste Local Enforcement Agency “has no regulatory authority to require [this] Project to be constructed with measures to mitigate the effects of the landfill” (emphasis added).
The County has only the power to request Department of Environmental Health monitoring of residents, resident notification of landfill proximity, and installation of landfill gas mitigation measures such as explosion-proof conduits/sealing, use of a gas migration barrier with passive venting and hard-wired methane detectors. Will this developer follow the County’s requests?
In 1999, eighty acres of San Elijo Hills was condemned by the County as a landfill buffer. News reports state the condemned land was located 1000 feet to 1.5 miles away from the landfill. SD15/Copper Hills is within 1000 feet of the landfill.
This property should not be aggressively developed and this project should be stopped.
Doesn’t this project include a Boys and Girls Club?
As the property is currently zoned for 61 homes only, with no commercial zoning, it is highly unlikely that there is any definite plan for any specific commercial tenant. I have seen real estate developers frequently make big promises to push through their projects. Often these promises are not kept and communities disappointed.
Real Estate Speculators Should Not Benefit at the Expense of Neighbors
This property was purchased by the developer, Steven A. Bieri, for only $48,755 per acre. That price reflects that this land is not suitable for intensive development. Now, these real estate speculators want to benefit themselves at the expense of the San Elijo Hills, Harmony Grove and Elfin Forest communities.
We can build a better world for our families and children by speaking up because every voice matters in local politics. The more public input, using different communications methods, the greater the likelihood that we can preserve the community:
- Oppose this in person at the Board of Supervisors Meeting on September 12, 2018 at County Administration Center (CAC), Room 310 (Board Chambers), 1600 Pacific Highway, San Diego;
- Contact all five County Supervisors via Email, Facebook and Twitter opposing the project;
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- Sign a petition;
- Share this information with your family and friends and encourage them to take action;
- Read more and sign up to the mailing list. The developer is also processing this project in the City of San Marcos that will also need public input.
Good New Update from The City of San Marcos – This summer, the City of San Marcos refinanced $20.6 million of bonds that will save some property owners money on their Mello-Roos taxes that help pay for important things like grading, streets, utilities, parks, and trails.
Property owners in the San Elijo communities of Saverne, Azure, Cambria, Woodley’s Glen, Crest View, Waterford, Village Square and Westridge will see an average annual savings of $120 to $450 per residence on a portion of their property tax bill next year. The bond refinancing will collectively save residents in these neighborhoods about $3.9 million over the life of the bonds.
The refunding reduced the net interest cost from 4.82 percent to 3.55 percent and was accomplished without extending the term of the bonds.
Rear about your CFD/Mello Roos here
Overnight work and a northbound single lane closure have been scheduled from Monday, July 30 at 11 pm through Tuesday, July 31 at 6:30 am along S. San Elijo Road between Boundary Lane and Baker Street.
Standard traffic control measures with advanced warning signs and pedestrian detours will be in place to maintain through traffic. Minor traffic delays are anticipated and motorists are encouraged to follow all traffic control, drive with caution when traveling through the area, and use alternate routes if possible.
Work performed as part of the new San Elijo Town Center residential project is paid for by developer funds.
For more information, please contact the San Marcos Public Works Inspection Division at (760) 744-1050, ext 3307.
Please see below for the most recent HOA updates from The San Elijo Hills Community Association Update:
Save the Date: Foam Party!
Come join us in the town square park for a foam party! Dr. Bronner’s Foam truck will be coming out on Thursday, June 14th from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm for a free foam party on the last day of school! The foam is biodegradable and made from organic soap, water, and compressed air. Take the family down for music, foam, and fun! Make sure to bring goggles!
Save the Date: Movie Under the Stars I
The San Elijo Hills Community Association is hosting a FREE showing of Despicable Me 3 (rated PG) as part of our summer movie series! Despicable Me 3 will be shown on Friday, June 15th at the UPPER softball field of San Elijo Hills Park. Pre-show activities include inflatables, obstacle course and more!) will begin at 6:00 PM and the movie will start after sunset (around 8:30 PM). Remember to bring your low-back beach chairs and blankets for lawn seating. The San Elijo Hills Foundation will provide food trucks (The Food Dood, Kona Ice, Red Oven Pizza, The Rush Coffee, and more) with a variety of food & refreshments for purchase. For more information, please call (760) 798-9015 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
San Elijo Hills Association Board of Directors Meeting
The next General Session Board of Directors meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, June 19, 2018, 6:00 pm at the San Elijo Hills Onsite Office (1277 San Elijo Rd. S., San Marcos, CA 92078).
Save the Date: San Elijo Hills 80’s Summer Bash
San Elijo Hills is bringing back the 80’s! Join us in your best (or ugliest) 80’s gear at our totally awesome 80’s Summer Bash on June 30th! The 80’s Summer Bash will be held June 30, 2018, at the lower softball field of San Elijo Hills Park from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm.
Featuring the Wayward Sons! Wayward Sons is a nostalgia-fueled, power cord-packed rock show featuring the greatest songs of the ‘80s including hits from Journey, Queen, Bon Jovi, Styx, Foreigner, Guns n Roses, Van Halen & more. This LA-based band performs and headline at legendary Southern California rock venues. This tailor-made rock & roll performances are choreographed and arranged by seasoned musicians and singers who hit all the right notes, transporting audiences back to the arena-rock favorites that defined a generation. You will not only be entertained. You will dance and sing-along! Monster guitar riffs, face-melting solos, lighter-igniting ballads, heart-pounding rhythms, searing vocals, skin-clinging spandex, pure rock & roll euphoria resplendent with flowing locks of hair and genuine fake English accents.
If you are hungry during all that fun, fill up on BBQ chicken, BBQ pulled pork, hot dogs, baked beans, green salad, and fruit! This radical carnival will entertain our residents of all ages with carnival games, prize booth, obstacle course, bounce houses, slides, rock wall, and much more! This year we will have a dual mobile 180-foot zip line 28 feet up in the air! Exciting news for our residents 21 and over, a beer garden has been added this year! If you don’t drink beer, we will have several varieties of wines! You must bring a valid state-issued driver’s license or ID. Four drink tickets will be given per household. No outside alcohol will be permitted into the event. Please remember to bring proof of residency to gain entrance into the event (i.e.: driver’s license with on-site address, utility bill, HOA statement, etc.). Unfortunately, we will not be able to allow you to enter the event without verifying residency. No guests will be permitted. No pets will be permitted.
Don’t forget your 80’s costume! We will have a costume contest at 6:45 pm with a grand prize!
Open House Signs
The San Elijo Hills Community Association has a very specific sign policy in place regarding Open House signs in the community implemented to keep our community beautiful! The San Elijo Hills Community Association’s governing documents prohibit the display of any non-Association signs in the Common Area. The intent of the San Elijo Hills Open House Sign Policy is to (1) provide an acceptable means for homeowners to market homes for sale within the community; (2) reduce the number of open house signs used in the community; and (3) discourage the ‘alternative’ means of signage that has been used in the past (sign spinners, signs on cars, etc.). We are seeing an increasing number of unapproved signs, signs with balloons, flags, and riders that are directly in conflict with our policy. Here are some highlights: Approved Open House signage is allowed for use on Saturday’s and Sundays from 1:00 – 4:00 pm only. No riders, balloons, flags or other attention generating devises may be used with the sign. Only one sign directing traffic either left or right may be installed at each corner. The first homeowner or agent to reach an intersection on route to their open house will place their sign at the given location. If another homeowner or agent has an open house along the same route, an additional sign is not needed. Homeowners or agents should continue to the next intersection on route to the open house and place their sign as necessary. In many cases, several open houses can be served by the same directional sign. It is your responsibility as the homeowner to notify your agent of the policy prior to putting out their signage. If it does not follow the guidelines, it will be removed and disposed of. The Open House Policy can be found on our website www.sanelijohills.net for your convenience. Thank you for your anticipated cooperation.
Dogs in the Hills
Please pick up after your pets and remind your children to do so as well if they are responsible for the dog-walking duties. Pet waste is probably the #1 complaint amongst our residents so please be diligent and keep San Elijo Hills looking and smelling beautiful!
We continue to receive reports of dogs off leashes in various neighborhoods. Pet owners shall at no times allow pets to run unrestrained in common areas, streets, sidewalks or pathway areas and shall at all times have full and complete control over the animal. Please remember there is a $250 fine from the county (San Diego County Code Sec. 63.0102(b)(2)) for unrestrained pets. If you witness a dog off-leash, you may report the incident to the Association specifying the owner’s address along with the information on the date and time. You may also contact Animal Control through the City of San Marcos. Below is information from the City’s website:
Animal-related concerns can be reported by email at email@example.com or by phone: for noise complaints dial 619-279-5057 and for all other animal-related issues 619-243-3466. Issues related to disturbance of the peace (after regular hours) are handled by the Sheriff’s Office; they can be contacted on the non-emergency dispatch line at 760-510-5200. The San Diego Humane Society provides animal control services for the City of San Marcos. Services include: dog licensing, housing lost and stray animals, reuniting lost animals with their owners, microchipping, animal adoptions, educational programs, and investigating citizen concerns and complaints about animals. The Humane Society is located in Escondido at 3450 East Valley Parkway. Operating hours are 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., seven days a week. For questions, please call (760) 888-BARK or visit www.sdhumane.org.
Common Animal Control Concerns:
Animal Licensing – All dogs, four months of age and older, must have a valid license and wear it at all times. In order to get your dog licensed, it must have a current rabies vaccination. Select the link to visit the Humane Society’s animal licensing webpage.
Barking dogs or crowing roosters – Call the Humane Society at (760) 888-2236 during the hours of 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Select the link to visit the Humane Society’s barking dogs webpage.
Lost Pet – Visit the Humane Society during operating hours, 10 am – 6 pm, seven days a week. If you have a picture of your pet, please bring it with you. Select the link to visit the Humane Society’s lost pet webpage. City Leash Law – Dogs must be kept on a leash at all times except when at a designated off-leash area or confined to a residence or backyard.
Dog Parks – The City has three designated off-leash areas. They are located at Hollandia Park, 12 Mission Hills Road, Montiel Park, 2290 Montiel Road, and San Elijo Park, 1105 Elfin Forest Road.
Reporting Irrigation Leaks
We need your help! The Board has worked diligently in implementing water-saving measures by monitoring and repairing irrigation systems and would appreciate the eyes and ears of the residents to assist in reporting broken sprinklers, unnecessary watering or any other potential issues. Let’s work together to reduce costs and conserve this precious resource! To report any leaks, please contact Walters Management at firstname.lastname@example.org or 760-431-2522. To report any matters after hours, please call Walters Management at (858) 495-0900 and our on-call staff will address your emergency immediately.
Baker Street Closure-Friday
This Friday, May 18th, Baker Street will be closed due to construction. The street will be re-opened at approximately 5:00 p.m.
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