Santa Fe Irrigation,Whispering Palms CSD will hold elections


There will be contested elections this year in special district boards that represent the Rancho Santa Fe area.

In the Santa Fe Irrigation District’s Division 1, financial manager Derek Clotfleter and businessman/engineer and former board member Ken Dunford will vie for one seat, while in Division 2, business executive David Petree and real estate broker Robert Feher will run for the open seat.

Division 1 incumbent Greg Gruzdowich and Division 2 incumbent Alan Smerican are not seeking re-election.

The Whispering Palms Community Services District (CSD) board will also see an election this November as five candidates will vie for three available seats.

Candidates include businessman/lawyer Byron Hanchett, nuclear scientist/engineer Douglas Manatt, Martin Ross, incumbent Kathy McHenry and retired educator Valerie Thatcher.

Incumbents Nancy McElfresh and David Nugent will not seek re-election.

The district’s service boundary encompasses 2,615 acres and serves more than 1,440 homes and businesses. The Whispering Palms board has been dealing with a controversial plan to modernize the landscape and remove 54 palm trees that mark the entrance to the Whispering Palms community. The plan is now headed to a community-wide vote.

There will not be an election for the Fairbanks Ranch CSD as incumbents Stephen Charlton and Richard Heymann both run unopposed.

In addition to serving the Fairbanks Ranch community, the CSD also serves Fairbanks Plaza, Solana Santa Fe Elementary School and the Fairbanks Ranch Fire Station.

There will not be an election for the Rancho Santa Fe CSD and Rancho Santa Fe Fire boards: Incumbents Nancy Hillgren, Jim Ashcraft and Randall Malin run unopposed for the Rancho Santa Fe Fire board, as do Douglas Moul and Deb Plummer on the Rancho Santa Fe CSD.

The CSD provides sewage collection and treatment services for about 2,600 customers in Rancho Santa Fe. The agency also contracts with the Rancho Santa Fe Association to maintain the landscaping along 60 miles of county roads within the Rancho Santa Fe Covenant area.

The RSF Fire Protection District provides services for a 38-square-mile territory that runs as far east as 4S Ranch.

Five candidates have filed for the eight open seats on the San Dieguito Community Planning Board so there will be no election: Incumbents Nicholas Christenfeld, Douglas Dill, Philip Fisch, Donald Willis and Joseph Zagara.

The group advises the San Diego County Board of Supervisors on land-use and planning issues in Rancho Santa Fe, Fairbanks Ranch and surrounding communities.