The Rancho Santa Fe Association board approved the tree management plan for the back nine holes of the Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club course at its July 3 meeting. The plan for holes 10 through 18 calls for the removal of 56 trees, the replanting of 74 replacement trees and the elimination of over 7.9 acres of turf, which will be replaced with native shrubs and save a substantial amount of money on water, according to RSF Golf Club Manager Al Castro.
The Rancho Santa Fe Association’s Thursday, Aug. 7 meeting will be held at night rather than in the morning. The idea of changing the time of the meeting from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. arose during the most recent election. RSF Association President Ann Boon said the change is not only to allow for more people to attend who are unable to make a morning meeting during work hours, but also to appeal to future board candidates who work full-time jobs.
Campaign reform was discussed at the Rancho Santa Fe Association board’s July 3 meeting, the result of a turbulent election that the board members agreed they would like to put far behind them.
Former RSF Association board candidate Dom Addario originally made the pitch for campaign conduct guidelines at last month’s RSF Association board meeting, proposing a cap on candidate spending and disclosure of campaign donations.
As has been done every year since 1999, the Rancho Santa Fe Association board approved contributions to the California Highway Patrol’s Senior Volunteer Patrol (SVP) and Explorers, a program that provides experience for youth interested in law enforcement careers. For the last three years, the Association has contributed $4,000 to the SVP and $3,000 to the Explorers, funds included in the budget that assist in the cost of maintaining the volunteer programs that help out in the Rancho Santa Fe community. This year, the Association granted a one-time additional $1,500 to the Explorers to purchase a trailer to haul equipment for traffic control operations.
Rancho Santa Fe Fire Chief Tony Michel, on behalf of the Rancho Santa Fe Fire Protection District, recently announced that Renee Hill was promoted to Fire Marshal effective July 1. Prior to the promotion, Hill served the Fire District as as the Deputy Fire Marshal.
Rancho Santa Fe golfer Jamie Cheatham won the prestigious American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) ClubCorp Mission Hills Desert Junior tournament on June 20, joining the lofty ranks of past champions such as Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson.
The Rancho Santa Fe Association board appointed two new members to the finance committee at its June 19 meeting, filling the vacancies left by Deane Curtis, who resigned in April due to a potential conflict of interest, and Jim Putnam, whose three-year term expires on June 30. The new members are Greg Gruzdowich and Philip Larson.
Outgoing treasurer Larry Spitcaufsky said the committee received six “unbelievably qualified” candidates for the two open spots. They conducted interviews and sought to bring more diversity to the committee with candidates who had talents or experience that committee members didn’t have. Gruzdowich is also a member of the Santa Fe Irrigation District board.
The Santa Fe Irrigation District board of directors approved a $37.47 million budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1 at its meeting on Thursday, June 19, a spending plan that contains no rate increase for customers in 2015, and also includes $13 million for capital improvement projects.
The board, which has been discussing the proposed budget for the past several months, approved the document on a 3-2 vote, with directors Greg Gruzdowich and John Ingalls in opposition. Board members made little comment on the budget before voting, and only two people spoke during a public hearing held earlier in the meeting.
As the election season is officially over in Rancho Santa Fe, one former candidate is calling for reform in the way campaigns are run in the future. As a result of his experience running for the board, former Rancho Santa Fe Association board candidate Dominick Addario said he is proposing the establishment of “campaign conduct” guidelines that include caps on spending and a code for civility between candidates.
The Rancho Santa Fe Association board approved June 19 its final operating and capital budget and schedule of fees for fiscal year 2014-15.
The budget was mailed to every member of the Association and a finance committee budget hearing, which was open to the public, was held on May 28. With six attendees at the budget hearing, Comstock joked that it was a 500 percent increase in attendance as typically only one member attends the budget hearing every year.
After the budget hearing on May 28, the Association successfully negotiated changes in employee health care options.