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Rancho Santa Fe water district tops statewide list for water usage

The Santa Fe Irrigation District announced Nov. 5 it’s on target to meet state-mandated per-capita water consumption reduction targets, despite a report showing residents in Rancho Santa Fe, Fairbanks Ranch and Solana Beach topped a statewide list for water usage in September.

Two insects threatening health, appearance of Rancho Santa Fe citrus trees

Conor Lenehan, left, of the RSF Fire Department, and Chuck Badger, of RE Badger and Son, examine a citrus tree damaged by the diaprepes root weevil.  The tree is in a grove in Rancho Santa Fe, at Linea del Cielo and El Camino Real.

Two tiny pests that feed on citrus trees pose a big risk to Rancho Santa Fe and surrounding areas, including increased fire hazard, diminished property values and a blight on the region’s scenic appeal.

Rancho Santa Fe water district agreements aim to protect water rights, save money

Two agreements approved Wednesday, Oct. 29, by the Santa Fe Irrigation District are expected to clarify the district’s storage rights for water in Lake Hodges, as well as save money by partnering with neighboring water districts on maintenance projects.

Both agreements were approved on 3-0 votes by the board of directors of the water district.

U.S. now leading in natural gas, oil production, consultant reports at Rancho Santa Fe event

James Clad

With the evolution of the United States from an energy importer to an energy exporter, the balance of energy production and geopolitical power has largely tilted, according to James Clad, a former deputy assistant secretary of defense and current international energy consultant.

In a presentation before the San Diego Committee on Foreign Relations Oct. 15 at the Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club, Clad explained that the U.S. has taken the world lead in natural gas production. And since being ranked the No. 1 gas producer in the world, the country has become the top oil producer as well.

Size of planned senior housing facility on Via de La Valle reduced

A new design approach has been given to the proposed upscale senior facility on Via de la Valle, Rancho Del Mar. The facility, proposed for the 23.88 acres next to the San Diego Polo Club that serves as a dirt parking lot, has been in the works for several years.

Rancho Santa Fe mortgage broker gets 30-month sentence for fraud schemes

Donald V. Totten — who had previously operated a lucrative mortgage business from his Rancho Santa Fe home — was sentenced today to 30 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Michael M. Anello for orchestrating a host of fraud schemes.

Rancho Santa Fe water district reaches new agreement regarding long-term local water supplies from Lake Hodges

The Santa Fe Irrigation District’s (SFID) Board approved an updated agreement with the City of San Diego and the San Dieguito Water District (SDWD) to preserve SFID and SDWD rights to local water supplies from Lake Hodges.

Young Rancho Santa Fe equestrian negotiates life’s hurdles on way to championship

Savanah Stuart and Andover won the national championship at the U.S. Hunter and Jumper Association’s Capital Challenge Horse Show in Upper Marlboro, Md., in early October. Courtesy photo

Rancho Santa Fe equestrian Savanah Stuart overcame more than her share of difficult hurdles on her way to becoming the U.S. Hunter and Jumper Association World Champion Hunter Rider in the 15-17 division at the Capital Challenge Horse Show in Upper Marlboro, Md., on Oct. 5.

In the past seven years, the 18-year-old has had nine horses, but because of unforeseen circumstances, was never able to have one horse last for an entire competition season.

“It was a great end to my junior career, not only reaching that moment but all the things that led up to it that really made it special,” said Stuart.

Candidates seek election to three Rancho Santa Fe special district boards

Seats on the boards of directors of three special districts that provide such services as water, fire protection, sewage treatment and landscape maintenance are on the ballot in the Nov. 4 election.

The three special districts are the Santa Fe Irrigation District, the Rancho Santa Fe Fire Protection District and the Rancho Santa Fe Community Services District.

This fall, three seats came up for election for the Santa Fe Irrigation District, which provides water service to residents of Rancho Santa Fe, Solana Beach and part of Fairbanks Ranch.

Rancho Santa Fe – based Freedom Frontline to host post-election discussion at Del Mar Hilton

Ursula Kuster

Group seeks to engage young people in politics, educate them on ‘constitutional responsibilities’


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