December Announcements for San Elijo Hills Association

San Elijo Hills

Following is a list of special announcements for San Elijo Hills Association:

Board Election
Ballots have been mailed for the election of three members to the Board of Directors. The following neighborhoods will also have an opportunity to elect Neighborhood Representatives: Acacia, Bella Vista, Calistoga, Cambria, Carmel, Cedar Crossing, CrestView, Promontory Ridge, Saverne, Waterford and Westcliffe. Ballots must be returned by December 4th, 2014. We encourage all owners to participate in this important process. Should you have any questions after reviewing the balloting materials, please contact Jean Salvia at jsalvia@waltersmanagement.com.

Ridgeline Trailhead Closure
Due to recent wildfire related damage, the Ridgeline Trail will remain closed until further notice. The Ridgeline Trailhead parking lot and public restroom along San Elijo Road will also be closed. Please obey all posted signs as they are placed for residents’ safety as well as liability purposes. We hope that you continue to enjoy the rest of the 18 miles of trails that we have in our community! As always, trail maps are available in the Visitor’s Center.

Fire Safety Concerns
As the weather remains warm and the conditions dry, we would like to remind our residents to take extra care in protecting their home from fire danger. Please visit http://www.ci.san-marcos.ca.us/index.aspx?page=24&recordid=1135 to learn about the San Diego County’s “Ready, Set, Go” approach. Additionally, the fire department has requested that owners trim any trees that are growing over the fence line into HOA trees or that are growing close to the eves of your home. Thank you for your attention to this matter!

Board Business
Yay! We have exciting news for our homeowners! Thanks to careful fiscal management and a healthy cash position, the Board of Directors has approved an assessment holiday for the month of December. Homeowners will not be charged Master Association assessments of $80.00 for December. Any payments received will be applied to current account balances and/or will be reflected as a credit towards future charges. Assessments will resume in January. Please note: if you live in a sub-association (Belmont, Creekside Cottages, Morgan’s Corner, Springfield, WestRidge), or you reside in a cost center (Westcliffe, Promontory Ridge, Saverne/Azure), you will still be responsible for the additional monthly assessment associated with your neighborhood.

This year’s Annual Meeting will be held on Tuesday, December 16th at 6:00PM at the San Elijo Elementary School multipurpose room. We anticipate participation from Fire Department to discuss fire protection and prevention here in San Elijo Hills. All homeowners are welcome to attend the meeting. Thank you all for another great year here in San Elijo Hills!

San Elijo Hills Tree Lighting Event: Friday, December 5th
Tis the season to be jolly! Bundle up warmly and come out to the Town Square on Friday, December 5th. Festivities will run from 6:00PM-8:00PM with the tree lighting at 7:00PM. Activities include:

• Santa will be here for pictures so make sure you are on his “nice” list! Don’t forget to bring your camera!
• Carolers dressed in Dickens-style attire will fill the air with classic holiday tunes.
• A Colorful Universe will have an ornament painting station for only $5.00 per ornament. Stop by to create a one-of-a-kind decoration for your home! They also make great gifts for family.
• Holiday elves will join us to show off their artistic skills with balloons.
• Cookies, cider and hot chocolate will be served to warm your belly!
• The following food trucks will be serving up a variety of specialties available for purchase: It’s a Dog’s World, Super Q BBQ, Chubby’s, & Lil Miss Shortcake.

We hope that you and your family are able to make it out to this long-standing tradition in San Elijo Hills! If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Christine Cruz at ccruz@waltersmanagement.com. We wish you all a very Happy Holiday Season and Prosperous New Year!

Vallecitos Water District: Drought Information
As you may be aware, the drought is likely to continue through 2015 as forecasters predict another warm winter with little rain. As a result, the Vallecitos Water District is calling on customers to comply with mandatory water conservation measures that include limiting outdoor watering to one-day-per-week for 10 minutes per station. Can your lawn withstand another dry season if additional water-use restrictions are needed? For many people, a lush, green lawn may be a thing of the past. Fortunately, water-efficient landscapes using California friendly plants, artificial turf, or rocks or mulch offer an attractive alternative to water-intensive grass.

To help you transform your landscape and conserve water, the Vallecitos Water District, in collaboration with its wholesalers, offers turf replacement rebates. The rebates, available to all Vallecitos Water District customers, provide incentives of up to $3.50 per square foot for replacing turf grass with water-efficient landscaping options more suited to the region’s semi-arid climate. There are many different landscaping options to choose from to qualify for these rebates.

Advances in technology can also significantly reduce water use. As such, rebates are available for many water efficient devices, including water efficient rotating sprinkler nozzles and weather-based irrigation controllers that use weather data and site information to adjust watering times and frequency. Rain barrels are also included in the program and offer an excellent way to collect rain runoff for irrigation. With rebates of $75 per rain barrel, this can significantly reduce the cost for rainwater harvesting. The District also provides free landscape irrigation audits, where a certified water-use specialist will come to your home or business and develop a tailor-made plan to achieve the best water savings possible.

Customers who participate in the District’s water-conservation programs may see substantial savings on their water bills. Water smart landscapes can cut outdoor water use by up to 70 percent through a combination of plant selection and irrigation technology. In addition to potentially saving money, California friendly landscapes often require less maintenance and produce a variety of colorful, seasonal foliage that attract butterflies, birds and other wildlife. With a little planning and some assistance from the District, customers can do their part to reduce water consumption, while creating a beautiful, drought-resistant landscape to enjoy for many years to come.

For more conservation information, visit www.vwd.org/conservation

Please note: A landscape application must be submitted to Walters Management and approved before any changes to your yard may take place. Also, artificial turf is not permitted in the front yard area but is allowed in your backyard.


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