Category archives for: Rancho Santa Fe

Nonprofit Pegasus Rising in urgent need of a new home for horses

The therapy horses of Pegasus Rising of Rancho Santa Fe need a new home — and fast. Courtesy photo

The horses of Pegasus Rising are in need of a rescue again: After six years at the Valenti Ranch in Rancho Santa Fe, the organization that provides equine therapy to military personnel is in urgent need of a new home. They need to be out by Aug. 15.

Water-use restrictions on tap for Rancho Santa Fe water district

For the first time since 2011, customers of the Santa Fe Irrigation District face mandatory water-use restrictions, including a limit of three days per week to water outdoor landscaping.

The district’s board of directors will consider a staff recommendation to declare a “Level 2” water shortage response at its meeting Thursday, Aug. 21. The move is needed to comply with a state water conservation mandate issued on July 15.

If approved, the restrictions would limit watering to early morning or evening; prohibit runoff or overspray from sprinklers; allow watering no more than three days per week based on a schedule established by the district; and require any water leaks to be repaired within 72 hours. (For the full list of restrictions, see below.)

Possible site, price tag presented for proposed Rancho Santa Fe pool and fitness center

The committee exploring a potential pool and fitness center for Rancho Santa Fe has zeroed in on a workable location and come up with a tentative price tag for the facility. A site between the Player’s Club of the Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club and the Rancho Santa Fe Tennis Club was presented at a July 15 meeting, as well as a potential $10 million-$15 million price tag.

Rancho Santa Fe water district receives national award in financial reporting for eighth year

This is the eighth year successively that Santa Fe Irrigation District has received this award.

Frank to run again for Rancho Santa Fe School board

RSF School District Board of Trustees President Todd Frank has decided to seek re-election on the Rancho Santa Fe School District Board.

Survey shows community doesn’t support bond for new Rancho Santa Fe School gym at this time

The Rancho Santa Fe School District has received the results from its community interest survey on the possibility to rebuild the school gym. At a July 21 special board meeting, Superintendent Lindy Delaney reported that 54.3 percent of the community is not interested in supporting a bond on the November ballot at this time.

“The results showed us the interest in the community for fixing up the gym is not as strong as we had hoped to see,” Delaney said. “I think the community spoke and said ‘Please wait.’”

Fire sprinkler extinguishes garage fire

On July 24, at 2:02 a.m., firefighters from the Rancho Santa Fe Fire Protection District responded to a residential fire in the 10000 block of Lone Dove Street in 4S Ranch. When they arrived on scene, firefighters found that a single sprinkler head had activated and extinguished a fire in the garage near the water heater. One person was home at the time and was able to safely evacuate the home.

Rancho Santa Fe attorney obtains a $26 million judgment against City of Los Angeles

Longtime Rancho Santa Fe resident Michael D. Myers obtained a $26 million judgment against the City of Los Angeles for violations of labor laws on behalf of 1,100 sanitation truck drivers.

County Board of Supervisors honors longtime former Rancho Santa Fe Association Manager

Former longtime RSF Association Manager Pete Smith recently received a proclamation declaring July 8 as “Pete Smith Day” throughout the County of San Diego. Smith is pictured above with the proclamation and members of his family (wife Debbie with granddaughter Mackayla to the left of Smith, and daughters Courtney and Caroline to the right). County Supervisor Bill Horn is on the far left and former longtime County of San Diego Chief Administrative Officer Walt Ekard is pictured in the back row, third from right. Courtesy photo

The County Board of Supervisors recently honored former longtime Rancho Santa Fe Association Manager Pete Smith for “his outstanding service, leadership, and commitment to area residents.” Supervisor Bill Horn presented a proclamation to Smith on July 8 and the county board declared July 8 to be “Pete Smith Day” throughout the County of San Diego. Smith retired as Manager of the RSF Association at the end of June. (Note: A group of private citizens will be hosting a Pete Smith Appreciation Party in October. To attend the event and receive an invitation, email:

Ritto, Frank to run again for Rancho Santa Fe School board

Trustees Todd Frank and Marti Ritto have decided to seek re-election on the Rancho Santa Fe School District Board.

“I’ve so enjoyed being able to help the school district expand the music programs as well as the robotics and technical programs these past four years,” Ritto said. “There are so many exciting things happening in the world of education these days!”


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