San Elijo Hills Community Association HOA Updates for Mid December 2017

San Elijo Hills Community Association Updates:

Holiday Closures

In observance of the upcoming holidays, the San Elijo Hills Onsite office and Walters Management offices will be closed on Monday, December 25, 2017 through Monday, January 1, 2018. The Management team will be checking messages and emails periodically through that time.  If you have an emergency, please call Walters Management at (858) 495-0900 and our on-call staff will address your emergency immediately.  Have a happy holiday season!

2017 in the Hills!

2017 was a busy year for San Elijo Hills! We enjoyed Community Association events such as BunnyPalooza, Movies in the Park, Oktoberfest, block party, our recent tree lighting, 1st annual menorah lighting and even made the news for our foam party!

The Board of Directors completed various tasks including improvements and landscape upgrades throughout the community. Here are a just a few highlights of what has been achieved!

 The gazebo in the town square was repaired and expanded to provide more shade over the table area.
 The entry water feature was enhanced by adding vegetation creating a more colorful and diverse palette. And there is more to come! In conjunction with this upgrade, the Board has also been focusing on the monument area and signage. The Board is actively pursuing proposals to modify the signage and incorporate additional water elements into the design.
 Maintenance areas were audited with the landscape company and some discrepancies were found which resulted in a credit back to the Association and reduced maintenance costs going forward.
 A Consulting Arborist was hired to review the overall tree inventory and provide an accurate assessment of all our trees.

Thank you to Board members Elliot Herman, Laura Fratilla, Katherine Bond, Bill Jacoby and Halé Richardson for all you do! We would like to recognize outgoing Board Member George “Bill” Jacoby for his last 3 years serving on the Board! We appreciate your hard work and dedication to your community!

A shout out to other volunteers such as the Architectural Committee and Trails Committee who had an outstanding year and put in countless hours volunteering their time.

Short Term Rentals

We have received an increase in concerns regarding short term rentals such as on Airbnb. Pursuant to section 8.2 Rental of Dwelling in the Association’s governing documents, No owner may lease such Owner’s Lot or improvement thereon for hotel, motel or transient purposes. Any lease which is either for a period of fewer than 30 days or pursuant to which the lessor provides any services normally associated with a hotel shall be deemed to be for transient purposes. Please be respectful of your neighborhood and refrain from participating. The Association does periodically verify on these sites and action will be taken accordingly.

We appreciate your efforts!

San Elijo Hills Foundation

The San Elijo Hills Foundation is looking to fill a Board positions! If you are looking for a great opportunity to get involved, this is the perfect way to start!

The San Elijo Hills Foundation is a California public non-profit organization created to support and enhance projects that improve the quality of life within San Elijo Hills. The Foundation brings community resources together to address community needs, and relies on the support of the community through the sale of merchandise, fundraising events, sponsorships and donations.

While we are on the subject……If you are planning on doing some of your holiday shopping on Amazon, why not help out the San Elijo Hills Foundation in the process? Amazon Smile is a program that can help you donate to the Foundation easily! Amazon Smile will donate .05% of sales price for each order placed when the San Elijo Hills Foundation is named as the charity of choice. Simply enter Amazon through the website address at http://smile.amazon.com. It will then prompt you to choose the nonprofit you would like to donate to (select San Elijo Hills Foundation). Once the charity is selected you can proceed to shop.

The Board meets quarterly, typically on Mondays evenings, right here in San Elijo Hills. If you are interested, please contact the Foundation at sehfoundation@gmail.com or visit the Foundation website: http://sanelijohillsfoundation.weebly.com/ or call 760-798-9015.

Annual Elections

Voting Day is ahead of us here in San Elijo Hills!  This year’s Annual Meeting will be held on Tuesday, December 19th at 6:00PM at the San Elijo Hills Rec Center (1105 Elfin Forest Road, San Marcos, CA 92078). Neighborhood Representatives are required to attend to the meeting to ensure quorum is established and the votes from their neighborhood are counted. All homeowners are also welcome to attend the meeting. Thank you all in advance for your participation in this process for our community!

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Vallecitos Water District Board moves forward with its annual reorganization, naming Jim Hernandez Board President for 2018

Vallecitos Water District Board moves forward with its annual reorganization, naming Jim Hernandez Board President for 2018

San Marcos, CA – At a regular meeting held on Wednesday, December 6 , 2017 , the Vallecitos Water District Board of Directors voted to move forward with their annual reorganization. Jim Hernandez was elected to serve as president and Hal Martin was elected to serve as vice president for 2018.

President Jim Hernandez, Division 2 representative, was elected to th e Board in 2010 . Jim is an architect and small business owner and has lived in San Marcos for over 40 years. After serving in the United States Marine Corps , he attended Palomar College while working locally , and continued his education at California State Polytechnic University (Cal Poly, Pomona). Jim was a San Marcos Planning Commissioner for 14 years, past president of the San Marcos Chamber of Commerce, Boys & Girls Club of San Marcos and Palomar College Founda tion. He was a community volunteer on various San Marcos City task force s and community projects , some of which include the Water Ways Taskforce, Ridge Line Ordinance, Creek Street Specific Plan, Chairman of the University District Specific Plan , and the f ounder of the San Marcos Boulevard Christmas Lights. Jim and his wife Barbara have been married for more than 28 years and have four children and two grandchildren.

Vice President Hal Martin, Division 5 representative, was elected to the Vallecitos Board in 2012 and again in 2016. He served as President in 2014. Previously, he was elected to the San Marcos City Council for four terms and a total of 16 years from 1996 to 2012, when he was termed out . He represented the City Council on the League of Californ ia Cities and served on the statewide environmental board for the League from 1996 to 1998. He served on the City’s Planning Commission from 1991 to 1996 and was on the Board of Directors for the San Marcos Chamber of Commerce for three years. Additionally, Hal served as an alternate for the North County Transit District, North County Dispatch Joint Powers Authority and SANDAG . He has also been active with the Boys & Girls Club of San Marcos for more than 26 years. Hal is a professional photographer and has owned Focus on U Wedding Photography in San Marcos since 1990. The San Marcos Chamber of Commerce named him Business Person of the Year in 1996.

Hernandez and Martin are joined by three Directors who round out the Vallecitos Board: Directors Betty Evans, Division 1; Craig Eli tharp, Division 3; and Mike Sannella, Division 4. The Board meets regularly the first and third Wednesday of the month at 5 :00 p.m. in Vallecitos’ Administration Building, located at 201 Vallecitos de Oro, in San Marcos. Meetings are open to the public and recorded for viewing on San Marcos television . Please visit www.san – marcos.net/smtv

for a complete programming schedule.

For complete biographies of the Vallecitos Board , go to www.vwd.org/Board

City of San Marcos’s property investments generate $10M annually

City of San Marcos’s property investments generate $10M annually

It’s the third biggest revenue stream after property tax and sales tax

Post Date: 12/13/2017 10:30 AM
City of San Marcos property
Creekside Marketplace sign
Aerial view of Creekside Marketplace

If you’ve ever spent time at San Marcos City Hall, you may have noticed there are plenty of busy employees—but not everyone is working for the city.

A good chunk of office space is leased to private companies, which occupy about one third of the building. This is one of the many ways San Marcos has invested in property to generate revenue and pay for services without raising taxes.

The practice is certainly not common in government, but it has proven to be tremendously successful—generating more than $10 million of income annually, making it the city’s third largest revenue stream after property tax and sales tax. It accounts for nearly 13 percent of General Fund revenue, which helps pay for things like parks, fire stations and street maintenance.

“We do things a little differently in San Marcos, we think that’s a good thing. Our city has always prided itself on innovation,” said Mavis Anguiano, Manager of the Real Property Services (RPS) division.

The RPS division oversees the city’s extensive real estate portfolio, which includes offices, four residential properties, a standalone restaurant, the Creekside Marketplace retail center and more than a million square-feet of land holdings.  

“It’s always good strategy to diversify your investments, and the city has taken a page from that business playbook,” Anguiano explained.

And in fact, in 1994 the city deliberately started thinking more like a business. That year voters approved the city charter—a document that guides operations—which explicitly says staff should “engage in any enterprise deemed necessary to produce revenues for the general fund.”

Unlike other nearby cities, San Marcos does not have big sales-tax generators, like car dealerships, regional malls or amusement parks to rely on for revenue generation. The city’s share of property tax is the lowest in the County. Therefore, San Marcos has found a way to supplement by investing in property.

“Our outside-the-box approach, coupled with fiscally conservative leadership, also means we’re in a better position to weather whatever the economy throws at us,” said Economic DevelopmentManager Tess Radmill.

Of the $10 million revenue generated each year, about one-third comes from the Creekside Marketplace shopping center located off Grand Avenue, which is managed by an outside firm. The other two-thirds comes from the RPS division’s work, which includes monitoring laws, maintaining properties, negotiating and managing leases and collecting rent.

All of that boosts the city’s economic development services, Radmill says.

“Because we function like a business, to a degree, we’re able to better understand and serve our business community,” Radmill said. “And, like other business owners, we are invested in San Marcos. We share their vision for a thriving community, and this is one of the many innovative ways we’re committed to helping make that a reality.”

For more information about the city’s RPS division, visit www.san-marcos.net/rps. For more information about about the city’s economic development division, please visit www.san-marcos.net/openforbusiness.

Breakfast: Making the most important meal of the day easy

Who has time for breakfast in the hustle and bustle of this busy season? You and your kids do! Dr. Anna Mendenhall suggests 10 quick and easy, nutritious and delicious ideas in her latest blog. There are even a few grab-and-go tips too! Don’t leave home hungry.

Children’s Physicians Medical Group (CPMG), in partnership with Rady Children’s Health Network, is dedicated to offering outstanding healthcare for your kids, from birth through age 18. One visit to our website can help you find a doctor, explain why CPMG is right for you and allow you to view videos on our doctors and other health topics.

We’re also very social! Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

Lane closures scheduled along Twin Oaks Valley Road beginning Dec. 11

Beginning Monday, Dec. 11, multiple lane closures have been scheduled along north and southbound lanes from N. Village Drive to Double Peak School as crews work to install underground utilities for the new Rancho Coronado housing development. Work will take place Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 4 pm.

All lane closures are expected to be lifted by Friday, Dec. 22. Delays in the schedule may occur due to inclement weather conditions or other unforeseen conditions.

Although two-way traffic will be maintained along Twin Oaks Valley Road, traffic entering and exiting S. Village Drive may be detoured to N. Village Drive.  Traffic delays are anticipated and motorists are encouraged to use alternate routes or leave early to get to destinations on time. Flaggers may be posted to help direct traffic.

For more information, please contact Greg McDonnell with Brookfield Homes at (760) 744-0460.

Lilac Fire Update from City of San Marcos

IMPORTANT UPDATE: 2017 Southern California fire information

Updated Thursday, Dec. 7 at 5 pm

Post Date: 12/07/2017 5:00 PM

Southern California Fire Update

Updated: Thursday, Dec. 7 at 5 pm

Fires are currently burning to the north of San Marcos, around the area of highway 76 and I-15.  To ensure you get accurate, up to date information, we recommend checking official sources (listed below). The city is actively monitoring the fire situation and will provide emergency updates throughout this incident.

• City website: http://www.san-marcos.net

• Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/sanmarcoscity

• Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/sanmarcoscity

• CAL FIRE: http://www.fire.ca.gov/current_incidents

While there are no significant air quality concerns in San Marcos, Adult Softball League play has been canceled out of consideration for out-of-town players. All other recreation programs will continue as regularly scheduled.

The region has activated a comprehensive crisis response to manage this wildfire. Local officials have diligently prepared and trained to handle a disaster of this nature and all available resources are being mobilized to battle this blaze.

Now is an important time to make sure you and your family are prepared if an emergency strikes.  To receive emergency alerts, register your phone with Alert San Diego at www.readysandiego.org/alertsandiego.  This is especially important if you no longer have a landline at your home. You can also download the SDEmergency App; make sure to allow app push notifications on your mobile phone.

Frequently Asked Questions

 

Fire Status

Stay Informed

How to Prepare

Parks & Recreation Activity Schedule

School Closures

How can I help?

What is the current status of the fire?

There is a large fire (“Lilac Fire”) in the Fallbrook/Bonsall area, near Interstate 15 and Highway 76.  There are no current threats to San Marcos.  Follow CALFIRE San Diego on Facebook and Twitter for updates. Residents can also down load the SD Emergency App and learn more at www.readysandiego.org.

How can I stay informed?

Residents should register all of their family’s cell phones with AlertSanDiego at www.readysandiego.org so that you will all be notified of an emergency affecting your neighborhood. This is especially important if you no longer have a landline at your home. You can also download the SDEmergency App on your phone.

During an emergency, residents should also stay updated on the latest local safety information by visiting the city’s website, following San Marcos @sanmarcoscity on FacebookTwitter and Instagram; registering for e-notifications; and turning radios to AM 1610.

What can I do to prepare?

Besides registering your cell phone with Alert San Diego, review your family emergency plan, prepare a supply kit, and inventory home items such as important documents and medications so that you would want to take with you so you are ready to go if told to do so by a public safety official.

When should I evacuate?

You should evacuate if an order is issued by a public safety official or if you feel your safety is at risk.  Take pets and pet food with you.  In the event of an emergency, information about shelters and where to take animals will be provided.  Since there may be smoke in the area, you should keep windows closed and remain indoors.

Is there a change in any of the city’s scheduled Parks & Recreation activities?

Information Update: While there are no significant air quality concerns in San Marcos, Adult Softball League play has been canceled out of consideration for out-of-town players. All other recreation programming will continue as regularly scheduled. Stay updated on the latest fire conditions by visiting www.caloes.ca.gov.

Are there any school closures in place?

California State University San Marcos
Effective as of 3:40 pm on Thursday, Dec. 7 through Friday, Dec. 8 CSUSM’s campus will be closed out of consideration for students and faculty who may be affected by neighboring fires.

Palomar College
AS of 4:30 pm on Thursday, Dec. 7, Palomar College San Marcos campus remains open.

San Marcos Unified School District
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How can I volunteer, donate, or help?

The city appreciates residents’ willingness to help those in need.  You can call 211 or a local non-profit, like the Red Cross to offer assistance.

For more incident information, visit www.ReadySanDiego.org or follow CALFIRE San Diego

San Elijo Hills Community Association HOA Updates for December 2017

San Elijo Hills Community Association Updates:

Annual Tree Lighting-Tonight!

It’s time to light up the season! Come celebrate this long standing tradition in San Elijo Hills! Join us in the Town Square on Friday, December 1st . Festivities will run from 6:00PM-8:30PM with the tree lighting at 7:00PM. This magical night will include some of these fun activities!

 Santa and Mrs. Clause will be here for pictures so make sure you are on his “nice” list! Don’t forget to bring your camera!
 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!
 Delicious food trucks will be serving up a variety of specialties available for purchase.
 The SEMS Jazz Band & choir will perform Holiday inspired music throughout the night!

We hope that you and your family are able to make it out to this joyous event! If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Liz McCardle at sehdirector@waltersmanagement.com.

1st Annual Menorah Lighting

Come celebrate our first annual menorah lighting! Bring your menorahs and head down to the town square park on December 12th at 6 pm on the first night of Hanukah!

Now added to the celebration:

 Live Music
 Hot Latkes
 Chocolate gelt

Also come check out the 6 foot menorah and much more! This event is fun for the entire family to enjoy!

If you are interested in attending this event, please contact Liz McCardle at 760-798-9015 or sehdirector@waltersmanagement.com

Short Term Rentals

We have received an increase in concerns regarding short term rentals such as on Airbnb. Pursuant to section 8.2 Rental of Dwelling in the Association’s governing documents, No owner may lease such Owner’s Lot or improvement thereon for hotel, motel or transient purposes. Any lease which is either for a period of fewer than 30 days or pursuant to which the lessor provides any services normally associated with a hotel shall be deemed to be for transient purposes. Please be respectful of your neighborhood and refrain from participating. The Association does periodically verify on these sites and action will be taken accordingly.

We appreciate your efforts!

Noise

If you are an early riser, be mindful of your night-owl neighbors who enjoy sleeping in. Also, be kind to your neighbors whose job or family responsibilities mean they get up early every day. Remember, noise at any time of the day is illegal if it is considered a nuisance by your neighbors and could result in hefty fines with the City. The City of San Marcos quiet hours are between 10 pm to 7 am on weekdays and 11 pm to 7 am on weekends.

Annual Elections

Voting Day is ahead of us here in San Elijo Hills!

This year’s Annual Meeting will be held on Tuesday, December 19th at 6:00PM at the San Elijo Hills Rec Center (1105 Elfin Forest Road, San Marcos, CA 92078). Neighborhood Representatives are required to attend to the meeting to ensure quorum is established and the votes from their neighborhood are counted. All homeowners are also welcome to attend the meeting. Thank you all in advance for your participation in this process for our community!

Hitting A Home Run for William Bradley Park in San Marcos

Local San Marcos Businesses, Associations and Project EverGreen Join Forces to Deliver More Than $22,000 in Playing Surface Improvements and Create A Greener, Healthier, Cooler Earth

Saturday, December 2, 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. (rain or shine). Media can film b-roll of renovation work being performed and conduct interviews with participating donors and Project EverGreen staff. From Noon – 1:00 p.m. there will be a donor recognition ceremony, honoring Hunter Industries, participating landscape contractors and suppliers, and the City of San Marcos Parks & Recreation Department. Boxed lunches will be available for media and volunteers.
William Bradley Park, 1587 Linda Vista Dr, San Marcos, CA 92078

Project EverGreen, San Marcos-based Hunter Industries, Southern California Sports Turf Managers Association and local landscape and nursery businesses.

The playing surface of William Bradley Park’s Field # 3 has become uneven due to the settling of decomposing organic matter (the park was built on a former landfill in the 1960s). Field # 3 receives significant year around usage – an estimated 4,000 youth use the multi-sport field annually for baseball, softball, soccer and lacrosse – and is in immediate need of attention.

Project EverGreen, with a Hunter Industries community service grant and Hunter Helping Others employees,  along with the Southern California Sports Turf Managers Association, and local landscape contractors and suppliers –  all volunteers, have come together to donate time, expertise and supplies – with an estimated value exceeding $22,000 – to make this improvement in the City of San Marcos a reality.

Renovation Project Facts & Community Benefits

The renovation of William Bradley Park Field # 3 encompasses a variety of elements and tasks that will not only revitalize the park’s green spaces but also provide a sustainable platform for future generations to enjoy and maintain the facility. Work scheduled to be completed includes:

  • Grass aeration
  • Weed control
  • Add nutrients to improve grass health
  • Cut field turfgrass edges, install new sod to improve player safety
  • Field laser level grading
  • Install Infield clay soil mix
  • Install outfield warning track mix
  • Outfield top dress sand to fill in uneven areas
  • Field and shrub beds Irrigation repair and re-alignment
  • New trees and shrubs bed planting
  • Mulching plant beds
  • Repair and paint ballfield dugouts, benches, fences, and backstop
  • Re-seeding
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