Although Association members voted overwhelmingly in favor of the purchase agreement last year, a petition turned in on Thursday, Feb. 27, has triggered a vote on whether to overturn the Association board’s 4-3 approval of the deal on Feb. 6. The RSF Association has verified that the 100-signature threshold has been met, so a vote of the membership will be held. Date is still to be determined.
On Sunday, March 2, at 1:24 p.m., firefighters from the Rancho Santa Fe Fire Protection District responded to a report of smoke in the area of Via De La Valle and Calzada Del Bosque. As they approached the scene, firefighters could see a column of smoke and upon arrival at the scene found a vehicle fully involved in flames under the carport of an outbuilding.
Santa Fe Irrigation District directors cut their own pay and benefits at their monthly meeting on Thursday, Feb. 20.
The board voted unanimously to cut its “per diem” payments for attending meetings, conferences and other official activities from $200 to $150 per meeting. The $200 payment was established in March 2007, and had not been changed since, according to a staff report.
In an acknowledgement of tight water supplies throughout California caused by an ongoing drought, the Santa Fe Irrigation District is asking its customers to cut back on their water use with a goal of reducing district-wide usage by up to 10 percent.
District General Manager Michael Bardin declared a “Water Shortage Response Level 1” after discussing the issue with the district’s board of directors at the board’s Thursday, Feb. 20 meeting.
Ann Boon was removed as president of the Rancho Santa Fe Association Board of Directors at a Feb. 20 meeting. Directors voted 5-2 in favor of her removal, with Boon and director Craig McAllister voting against the ouster.
“The board lost confidence in Ann’s leadership and felt she was no longer the right person to run the board,” RSF Association Vice President Rochelle Putnam said.
Rancho Santa Fe Association Board President Ann Boon said in a statement that she expects her fellow board members to vote to remove her from her seat as president at a Feb. 20 Association meeting. The board is using its option to hold a second monthly board meeting on Thursday, Feb. 20, and an item is listed on the agenda as “Office of the president of the board.” The next agenda item is to elect board officers.
The Rancho Santa Fe Association will soon begin replacing 7,000 linear feet of fencing along the lower half of the RFS Golf Club’s golf course. At its Feb. 6 meeting, the board approved $44,100 for the work, which is expected to begin next month.
The Trails and Recreation Committee, as well as the RSF Golf Club board, recommended the project.
The Rancho Santa Fe Association board approved six consulting contracts for various projects at its Feb. 6 meeting — a total of $121,480.
Five of the consulting contracts were approved in one motion, passing 4-2 with Rochelle Putnam and Philip Wilkinson voting against the motion. A $15,480 consulting contract for a consulting firm to pursue getting the Osuna Adobe on the National Register of Historic Places was approved as part of the consent calendar.
In 2013, Rancho Santa Fe saw a decease in burglaries from 2012, said RSF Patrol Chief Matt Wellhouser in his annual report presented Feb. 6 to the RSF Association board.
In 2012 there were 30 residential burglaries and in 2013 that number went down to 22. There was also a small reduction in commercial burglaries, from six in 2012 to four in 2013.
The Rancho Santa Fe Association Board of Directors voted Feb. 6 to approve a resolution to buy the RSF Garden Club for $2.4 million, following nearly a year of detailed negotiations. Held before a large crowd at the RSF Garden Club, the purchase was approved by a 4-3 vote.