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.
In April of this year, Covenant membership voted against the Rancho Santa Fe Association’s purchase of the property for $2.4 million, by a margin of 20 votes.
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.
The Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club is moving fast on a turf removal project after finding out that it can receive a $1,620,000 rebate for completing the water-saving procedure. At its Aug. 7 meeting, the Rancho Santa Fe Association board approved pledging up to $800,000 from the Covenant Enhancement Fund for the project.
Originally the turf removal was scheduled to be completed over the course of two years but the RSF Golf Club became aware of the rebate program recently introduced by the Metropolitan Water District (MWD). In order to take advantage of the reimbursement, the club must complete the entire turf removal and replacement project within 160 days, a deadline of Dec. 24.
One of Rancho Santa Fe Fire Protection District’s firefighters helped save a life while off duty. On Aug. 4, Captain Greg Rainville and his wife, Monica, were driving on Park Blvd. near the San Diego Zoo when they saw a commotion just off the road, realized a person was down, and stopped to help. Someone had just called 9-1-1, yet none of the bystanders had started CPR. Rainville quickly assessed the situation and, recognizing the person was pulseless and not breathing, began chest compressions. He continued hands-only CPR until San Diego firefighters arrived on the scene, by which time the man had a pulse and was starting to breathe on his own.
The ordinance was created and adopted in an effort to protect the safety and welfare of district residents from the adverse impacts caused by false alarms.