As summertime brings warmer temperatures, more fury and scaly creatures have begun appearing in our yards and parks.
While April and May mark the start of rattlesnake season in San Diego County, recent reports have described increased snake sightings. As the reptiles come out of hibernation, it is not uncommon to spot them locally, though bites are rare. Most sightings are likely to happen between now and October.
“Snakes are most likely venturing out in search of food and to soak up the sun,” said San Marcos Park Ranger Ron Vinluan. “People think they’re going to chase you—that isn’t so. They don’t want anything to do with us.”
If you encounter one of the four varieties of rattlesnakes found in the county, give it space. Calmly back away from it, leave it alone and let it go on its way, Vinluan continued.
To avoid encounters with rattlesnakes, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife suggests these safety steps that can be taken to reduce the likelihood of startling a rattlesnake:
Never go barefoot or wear sandals when hiking. Wear sturdy hiking boots with loose-fitting long pants to protect feet and ankles.
Stay on paths and trails, avoiding tall grass, weeds and brush where snakes may hide.
Keep your dog on leash while hiking and be aware of what your dog is doing at all times.
Make sure you can see where you are reaching and that you can see ahead of you. Look for concealed snakes before picking up rocks, sticks or wood.
Be careful when stepping over doorsteps as snakes like to crawl along the edge of buildings where they are protected on one side.
Never hike alone. Always have someone with you who can assist in an emergency.
Teach children early to respect snakes and to leave them alone. Children are naturally curious and will pick up snakes.
San Elijo Hills Community Association HOA Updates:
Update- Trails Clean-Up Day
The San Elijo Hills site for the Annual Creek to Bay event is not taking place this year. Unfortunately, the site captain volunteer was unable to participate this year.
SEHWC Women’s Fair
Calling all women, children, and the men in their lives! On Saturday, May 6, 2017 from 10AM-2PM, in the San Elijo Hills Town Square, it will be filled with colorful booths and lively vendors, all part of the second annual San Elijo Hills Women’s Club Women’s Fair. The Fair will highlight services and products that improve the lives of women and children, from health services to fitness; from safety to fashion. Face painting, crafts for children, and even activities for pets will be included. This also promises to be a great venue for Mother’s Day shopping with vendors featuring a variety of items for purchase. Don’t miss this fun family event. http://sehwc.weebly.com.
San Elijo Elementary Country Fair
Yee-haw! Dust off your boots because the 2017 The Country Fair is back and better than ever before! This year it will be co-hosted by Double Peak School and San Elijo Elementary!
The community of San Elijo has grown and so has the fair!! This year’s shindig will be held Friday, May12th from 5pm – 8pm and Saturday, May 13th 11am – 5pm. Yes, you read that right! Twice the time with a lot more fun!
The Fair will be open Friday night from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and again on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Seek thrills on your favorite carnival rides like the Zipper, Crazy Plane, Umbrella Cars, Cycle Jump, Alligator Alley and more. Plus enjoy food and live music on Friday night. Saturday will feature the new rides. Plus the same fun activities from the past including Pony Rides and Petting Zoo.
The Country Fair committee needs new ranchers (Sponsors) and ranch hands (volunteers for the committee) to help make their biggest fundraiser of the year a good ole-fashioned success. If you would like more information on how to become a sponsor or volunteer; please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. The Jonville Team 12th Annual Community Garage Sale and Charity Event
May 20th, 2017. 7:00am – 11:00am held at the San Elijo Hills and Old Creek Ranch located at 1501 San Elijo Rd South #101, San Marcos, CA 92078.
This annual event, produced by the Jonville Team – the area real estate experts in North County- is designed to utilize a community-wide garage sale and spring cleaning fever to raise money for local charities. Last year, over 120 homes in the communities of San Elijo Hills and Old Creek Ranch participated in the garage sale for a small $10.00 donation fee, with 100% of the proceeds going to local charities. This year, all the proceeds from participating homes will go to Straight from the Heart- Helping Foster Children across the County and Casa De Amparo: a local charity recognized as a leader in treating and preventing child abuse and neglect in San Diego County and beyond, with locations in Oceanside and San Marcos. The non-profit organization annually serves over 1,000 Casa Kids, from prenatal to 25 years old, as well as over 700 families, through six integrated programs that promote healing, growth, and healthy relationships.
In addition to the event charities, every year many neighbors join forces and combine their garage sale items to raise money for their own causes – raising funds for sports teams and their own social causes, for example. The fundraising isn’t confined to just garage sale items, a handful of bake sales can also be found throughout the community to feed hungry shoppers.
It is an ideal event to find fantastic bargains and unique items in one location. Shoppers can pick up a map of participating homes in designated spots around San Elijo Hills the day of the event.
For further information: Tim Minjares, (760)585-6889 or (760)471-5098. Mail@email@example.com. www.SEHgaragesale.com.
GOVERNOR ENDS DECLARATION OF DROUGHT
On April 7, 2017, Governor Brown issued Executive Order B-40-17. With this an important change has occurred.
Associations were previously prohibited from enforcement action against homeowners who allowed their yards to “go brown” by not watering it during the declared state of a drought.
Now that the declaration has ended, homeowners are requested to take immediate steps to restore the look of their yards, by either replacing the turf grass or submitting a request for improvements to change to a drought tolerant landscape; or submitting an application for approval for artificial turf, in conformance with the minimum requirements adopted by the Association.
For copies of the current architectural guidelines, including the artificial turf policy, please contact Interim Community Director, Rashell DeYoung at firstname.lastname@example.org.
It has come to our attention that people are riding dirt bikes throughout our beautiful trails in San Elijo Hills. Motorized Dirt Bikes ARE NOT allowed on the trails! http://www.san-marcos.net/Home/ShowDocument?id=1474. There are a variety of public lands in California that are open to managed OHV recreation. Check with your local land management agency regarding legal riding areas and local regulations. There are many privately owned and operated motocross tracks throughout the state. A list of riding opportunities on public lands can be located at http://www.ohv.parks.ca.gov/ .Thank you for your cooperation.
The HOA receives numerous complaints regarding residents failing to curb their dogs in the community. Please note that it is county ordinance that you must curb your pet. It is a public offense for any person to allow a dog in his or her custody to defecate or to urinate on any property other than that of the owner or person having control of the dog. Persons having control of a dog are required to restrain or control the animal so that it urinates or defecates only in the street gutters, and to immediately remove any feces to a proper receptacle (SDCC Section 62.670).
Please remember to trim any trees growing over the sidewalks or dropping seeds or leaves. They can create unsafe conditions for people and pets. We appreciate your efforts in keeping the sidewalks and streets looking great!
San Elijo Hills Association Board of Directors Meeting
The next Board of Directors meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, April 18, 2017, 6:00 pm at the San Elijo Hills REC Center (1105 Elfin Forest Rd., San Marcos, CA 92078).
Save the Date: Upcoming San Elijo Hills HOA Events
Please visit our website for updates and detailed event information as each event gets closer.
June 9th – Movie in the Park @ the lower softball field
June 20th – Foam party in the town square
July 1st – Concert in the Park & Cookout@ the upper softball field
July 28th– Movie in the Park @ the upper softball field
August 25th – Movie in the Park @ the lower softball field
September 8th – Block party in the town square
September 24th – Community Yard Sale
October 15th– Oktoberfest @ the lower softball field
December 1st– Annual Tree Lighting Celebration
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San Elijo Life had an informative conversation with Jason and Scott Simmons. They are two brothers that have grown up in San Marcos and their company they are affiliated with are the developers of this project. Their father also has a historical footprint here in San Marcos as a developer. They are very focused in connecting with the community by providing information on this project. They want to be available to speak and/or meet with anyone to answer questions, hear your feedback and solutions. This is a preview of information on this project and a more detailed article from us is coming soon. They provided this statement below for our San Elijo Life readers to learn more about Copper Hills. The site is a treasure for local residents to hike, bike, run and play and we encourage everyone to go and enjoy the spring green hills and familiarize yourself with the site. The old dump and it’s safety along with the long history of old recycling center are important parts of this area and the history before and during the existence of San Elijo Hills. Traffic, school crowding and designated open space are topics that should be part of the community discussion.
Just southwest of San Elijo Hills town center, nestled in between Old Creek Ranch and the old recycling center, is a little know gem of a property now known as Copper Hills.
You may have hiked or biked from the old recycling center gates on this property on your way to Copper Creek trailheads or the old Copper Mines southwest of San Elijo Hills. The property is currently located in the jurisdiction of the County of San Diego, but is being proposed to annex into the City of San Marcos. This will give us in San Elijo Hills and San Marcos a voice in the proposed uses for the site.
While most of the land will remain in open space; a portion will be developed into usable residential and commercial as well as park space and recreation opportunities. This is the last spot along San Elijo Road that could fulfill some of the needs of the community that have been missing. Potential uses include community gathering facilities, trail access and parking, large park area, a Boys and Girls Club and Teen Center, a skate park, outdoor basketball courts, community pools, congregate care for seniors, family restaurants and breweries as well as a top notch residential community by respected high end builder Colrich Communities, who has built some beautiful communities in San Elijo Hills and Old Creek Ranch.
The developer is actively developing solutions for traffic concerns and while the elementary school will be Carrillo, they understand school impact concerns and will be addressing those with the public’s involvement. Your direct input to the developer is much appreciated and welcomed.
The Bieri Companies, who has owned the property since 2003; however has been working in San Marcos since the 1980’s and is responsible for CSUSM and areas around it is much appreciated developments. Local land planning firm CCI or Consultants Collaborative has been involved from the beginning and both principals live in San Elijo Hills. All 3 firms involved are local and family owned. Please visit www.ExploreCopperHills.com for more information and direct contact information.
The San Marcos Chamber of Commerce would like to introduce our new CEO, Rick Rungaitis
Rick was most recently Director of Team In Training for the San Diego/ Hawaii Chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. He has spent the majority of his career selling corporate partnerships in professional and collegiate sports and as a minor league baseball General Manager in the Chicago suburbs.
“As a resident of San Marcos I’m thrilled with this opportunity to join the San Marcos Chamber team,” said Rungaitis. “This is an exciting time of growth for our community and I look forward to being part of it.”
Rick resides in San Marcos/San Elijo Hills with his wife Stacy, son Luke and adorable dog Cosmo.
Charity will be holding a Celebration of Life for Chris Vulovic (the co-owner) on Feb 26, 2017 from 3:00 – 6:30 pm at Cafe Stoked. Charity (owner and sister of Chris) is opening up the Celebration of Life to community members to attend.
Please see below for the most recent San Elijo Hills Community Association HOA updates:
Block Party in the Town Square
Join us September 9, 2016 in the town square park at 6 pm for another Block Party in the Town Square! Getting the party started will be a live DJ, dancers, dance floor, music and lights! We will have interactive games (for all ages!), contests, prizes, photo booth and more surprises! Only one way to find out…come join us!
A local fire truck and ambulance will be on the scene for your enjoyment!
Food and beverages are also just steps away! Enjoy one of the local eateries or grab a bite from one of the delicious food trucks.
The party begins on 9/9/16 at 6:00 p.m. and goes approximately 9:00 p.m. For more information, feel free to contact Liz McCardle at email@example.com or call (760) 798-9015.
San Elijo Hills Community Association Onsite Office
The San Elijo Hills Development Company’s Visitor’s Center is now closed. Not to worry!
The office has now transitioned solely to the Association’s onsite office.
Liz McCardle will continue at the onsite office supporting the Board of Directors and Architectural Review Committee through the management of community-building activities, community events and the architectural approval process!
For all other Association related matters, please contact the Community Association Manager, Rebecca McDonald at 760-431-2522.
2016 Annual Meeting & Election
In the coming months, homeowners will have the opportunity to elect one member to the Board of Directors as well as Neighborhood Representatives for the following communities: Acacia, Bella Vista, Calistoga, Cambria, Carmel, Cedar Crossing, Crest View, Luminara, Promontory Ridge, Saverne, Sanctuary, Terraza, The Estates, Waterford, and Westcliffe.
If you are interested in serving your community in either of these positions, please complete and return the Candidate Nomination Form no later than Monday, October 3, 2016. If you have any questions please contact Rebecca McDonald, Community Association Manager, at (760) 431-2522 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Entry Feature Landscape Renovation-Update
O’Connell Landscape is out there working hard and installing the finishing touches for the entry feature location. Many of the plants are in, and we anticipate completion of this project the first few weeks of September. We appreciate your patience and understanding during this time!
The San Elijo Hills Foundation is supporting the Sidewalk Saturday in the Town Square is this Saturday, September 24th from 10am-2pm! This is your chance to meet 50+ local area businesses & get a kick-start on your holiday shopping right in the town square around the fountain area. There will be fun music, food trucks and the opportunity to connect with several of our most active community groups. Stop by and show your support of all things local at this very special community building event!
Next Board of Directors Meeting: October 18, 2016
The next Board of Directors meeting is scheduled for 10/18/16, 6:00 pm at The San Elijo Hills Recreation Center (1105 Elfin Forest Road San Marcos, CA 92078).
Community Yard Sale
The San Elijo Hills Community Association is sponsoring a community-wide yard sale! All residents are welcome to participate in this FREE event! The yard sale will be held on Saturday, 9/24/16 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 8PM the night before (Friday 9/23/16) so long as it is removed promptly after the event.
Save the date for the most popular event of the year! Oktoberfest!
Come celebrate Oktoberfest with your neighbors on Sunday, October 16th
3:00PM-6:00PM at the lower softball field of San Elijo Hills Park!
Please remember to bring proof of residency to gain entrance 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. Hope to see you all there!
Trails Cleanup Day
The California Coastal Cleanup Day (CCD) has been set for 2016! 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 17th from 9:00AM-12:00PM 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 cleanupday.org.
Special Instructions: 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!