Rancho Santa Fe Association Buzz column: Inn sale, New Association board members

By RSF Association President Jack Queen

It is generally recognized that Greek philosopher Heraclitus coined the saying, “The only thing constant is change.” The older I get the more I realize how right he was. Although change doesn’t come very fast to Rancho Santa Fe, there are a couple of changes on the horizon for our community.

First, on April 10, the escrow on The Inn is due to close. Last October, the Royce family, which has owned the property since 1958, elected to sell the property. The offer to sell generated a great deal of interest in the property due to location and the property’s historic character that dates back to 1922 when it was first opened. Since the very beginning, The Inn has played a key role in the development of the community and actually helped establish our unique character.

At the end of the day, the buyer of the property is the JMI Realty Group whose president lives in the Covenant. The Association has had several meetings with the representatives of JMI to go over their plans for the property and I am pleased to report that what we have heard so far should be well received by our members. Representatives of JMI will be at the Association’s board meeting on April 19 to formally present both their short term and long-term plans to the community.

Another change is coming and that is in July we will have two new Association board members. Both Dick Doughty and I will be stepping down from the board on June 30 as our terms expire. At the end of the nominating process and after contacting numerous potential candidates, two very qualified candidates have agreed to run for the board and they are Rochelle Putnam and Craig McAllister. In addition to the efforts of the Nominating Committee, no other nominations were received directly from the membership. So with only two candidates to fill two positions, the outcome of this year’s election is certain. But even though there are only two candidates, we are required to still hold the election as we will need 75 ballots to generate a quorum to validate their election to the board. My congratulations to both new board members and I know they will enjoy the experience.

OK, Pete Smith came up with the first quote but for those of you who are still with me; here is one in a little lighter tone also from Heraclitus, “It is better to hide ignorance, but it is hard to do this when we relax over wine.”

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