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RSF Association President’s Corner: Thoughts of a retiring board member

First, let me thank all the Covenant members for allowing me to serve you these past three years. It has been a terrific learning experience about governance and our wonderful community. Serving on the board has given me the opportunity to meet so many passionate and involved members. I have learned to respect the traditions and history of the Covenant, and thanks to all the hard work and accomplishments of the past board members we have a wonderful community that we are fortunate enough to live in. We need board members that represent our entire membership and that choose to unite our community not divide us.

Sustainable Swimming Pools for Summer


By Steve Jacobs San Diego experienced quite a heat wave in the month of May. Many of you probably found some relief by diving into your swimming pools. Living in San Diego, we don’t have to wait for a heat wave—or even summer— to enjoy our pools. Our world famous weather allows us to dive [...]

RSF Association President’s Corner: When is enough enough?

Recent campaigns in the Ranch have been filled with mudslinging, misinformation, confusion, door-to-door campaigning, campaign signs in front yards, high paid campaign consultants, FedEx deliveries, costly web sites and more; all of which are unprecedented in the Ranch … our peaceful 11-square-mile community with 1,750 homes and 5,000 residents…that little pond with the (recently) big ripples.

Real Estate Therapy: Keep Calm and Close the Deal

Rancho Santa Fe Real Estate Agent Expert Luxury Homes

By Janet Lawless Christ When I say “real estate agent,” what comes to mind? Negotiation skills, knowledge of property values, marketing… therapist? Yes! The truth is that real estate is an emotional business. The process of buying a home is tied to money, shelter, expectations and dreams— as human beings, we have a genuine connection [...]

Annuities: Only Under the Right Circumstances


By Chris L. Meacham, CPA, Cornerstone Wealth Management Preparing for retirement is a priority when making decisions about how to invest your money. Annuities are one of the financial products sold with the aim of giving a person a steady cash flow during their retirement years. An annuity is a product sold by insurance companies [...]

RSF Association President’s Corner: Updates, accomplishments

At the annual homeowners meeting last week, which was well attended, I borrowed a quote from Henry Kissinger: “The smaller the pond the bigger the ripples.” Our hope is that on June 9, after the election, the ripples will subside and we will have two newly elected directors that will work in a meaningful way with the board to address all of the issues that face our community in a very informed, open, respectful and diligent manner.

RSF Association President’s Corner: Here are some facts

With the upcoming election there seems to be quite a lot of rumors, claims and/or campaign rhetoric, so here are some facts to help you hear clearly through all the noise:

Top 5 Tips for Designing an Outdoor Kitchen

Cooking Cedar Salmon on the Barbecue at the Outdoor Kitchen

By Steve Jacobs, Nature Designs In San Diego we are blessed with beautiful weather year-round. Since summer is right around the corner, most of us will be spending more time outdoors entertaining friends, enjoying the sunset, and dining al fresco under the stars. Because outdoor entertaining is such a large part of the southern California [...]

RSF Association President’s Corner: Pete Smith announces retirement; April 17 board meeting highlights

Last Thursday, April 17, Pete Smith announced that after 20 years of service he had decided to retire. I asked Pete if I could include something in my upcoming Review column and Pete expressed his feelings to me and others about retirement saying, “It has been an honor and a pleasure to serve the homeowners of Rancho Santa Fe and to work with such a fine and capable staff.” He also said that he was proud of all we have accomplished together, and that he felt that the goals he had set have been achieved. Pete told us, “It is hard to say goodbye, but the time is right for me to transition the role of manager. I am looking forward to traveling and enjoying more time with my family.”

RSF Association President’s Corner: April 3 RSF Association board meeting highlights

The April 3 RSF Association board meeting highlights are:

Your all volunteer board, based on a recommendation from the CDRC, approved the AT&T 4G LTE cellular antenna installation with the parapet screening wall atop the office building at the corner of La Flecha and Via de Santa Fe. The 4G antenna will provide upgraded cellular service throughout the Covenant, according to the predicted coverage map provided by AT&T. This is a much-needed upgrade.


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