Customers of the Santa Fe Irrigation District — including residents of Rancho Santa Fe, Solana Beach and part of Fairbanks Ranch — will face mandatory restrictions on water use starting Sept. 5, in an effort to save water due to an ongoing statewide drought.
The restrictions include a three-day-per-week watering schedule for all homes and businesses, a prohibition on watering for more than 10 minutes unless certain water-saving devices are in place, and a ban on watering between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. each day.
Now that the filing period has officially closed, the ballots for three special districts based in Rancho Santa Fe are complete for the Nov. 4 general election.
A Rancho Santa Fe man is concerned that a combination of drought, skyrocketing water prices and mandatory water-use restrictions could spell the end of the community’s lush, eye-pleasing lemon groves, and he proposes a solution — mulch.
The Rancho Santa Garden Club clubhouse is now up for sale.
According to a press release, the RSF Garden Club Board of Directors reviewed several options and opted to approve listing the property on Avenida de Acacias with Colliers International, a commercial real estate brokerage firm.
Rancho Santa Fe Association Acting Manager Ivan Holler said the Rancho Santa Fe Association continues to make strides toward welcoming new residents to the Covenant and getting them registered to vote right away. At the Aug. 7 board meeting, Holler said they have revised their welcome letter to include voter registration information and will also follow up within the next 30 to 60 days if the new members have not yet registered.
When escrow changes, the RSF Association first reaches out to the residents, Holler said. Since January, 61 properties have been sold and of the 86 eligible to register to vote, 32 have completed registration.
Holler said the association is also now offering a welcome basket for new members, which will include a bottle of wine and an invitation to the RSF Golf Club; a sleeve of tennis balls with a free lesson at the RSF Tennis Club; an equestrian directory of services; a flashlight with the RSF Patrol’s number; a trail map and rules; a 50 percent-off coupon for a class at the RSF Community Center; and a coffee table book on the RSF village.
The Rancho Santa Fe Association board will use the lowest cost proposal to audio-record its meetings — and see whether anyone is listening.
At the July 3 meeting, the board directed staff to investigate the cost of equipping the boardroom to record. RSF Association Acting Manager Ivan Holler reported at the Aug. 7 meeting that they received three bids, ranging from $350 for a handheld device with a directional microphone to a high of $4,500 with the installation of tabletop and overhead microphones and a dedicated laptop.
The board opted to give it the lowest-cost option a shot and track the number of members who listen to the recordings once they’re posted on the RSF Association’s website.
RSF Association President Ann Boon reiterated that recording the meetings is not meant to replace the official minutes, which will still be kept. The recordings would simply serve as a convenience for members.
In an attempt to help manage the Rancho Santa Fe Association’s legal costs, the RSF Association board approved a new policy that limits board directors’ access to legal counsel. Under the new policy, all requests for legal advice will be filtered through the RSF Association Manager. Rignt now, any board member can pick up the phone and call the Rancho Santa Fe Association’s attorney to seek information and thus incur legal fees.
After receiving various suggestions from architects, builders and the real estate community, the Covenant Design Review Committee (previously named Art Jury) has opted to make some changes to the way it does business, hoping for a more open, faster process.
“The CDRC has implemented some procedural changes which should help the process be more user-friendly for everyone, while still maintaining the goal of assisting applicants in achieving a ‘high artistic result’ as required by the Covenant,” said Robert Green, building commissioner.
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The Rancho Santa Fe Association’s exploratory pool and fitness center committee is targeting an October community-wide vote to begin a professional planning phase on the facility. The vote would ask residents whether the Association should pursue the planning phase, at a tentative cost of $350,000.