August 2020

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The Olivenhain Town Council Newsletter


President's Letter--August 2020



Dear Olivenhain Neighbors,

July was our 5th month of being significantly impacted by the Covid-19 threat. The OTC has successfully reopened our outdoor space following the county guidance for our reopening plan. The 4th of July event was a success--please see below for photos. The vast majority of participants were able to socially/physically distance and/or wear masks. Families with young children were particularly appreciative of a wholesome, relatively safe activity that filled a clear need. We were also able to come together as a community that included ardent Trump supporters and horseback riding Black Lives Matter protesters to respectfully celebrate our Nation's founding. It was classic Olivenhain, from the color guard to the best decorated contestants.

As the county and the state rolled back some indoor reopening activities, we continue to monitor the situation and local guidelines. We were able to host a local theatre group to record a promotional video (see article below) on the grounds, providing these talented youth with an opportunity safely to advance their craft even during the Covid restrictions. We recently reached agreement to let them use the ground for weekend rehearsals this fall when their usual indoor venues would be unavailable due to safety concerns. 

We were also able to hold a socially distanced meeting of our new board of directors on site, and the first item of business was to elect officers for the 2020-21 year, which are the same four officers from last year. We decided that we can safely host our traditional outdoor movie nights, which will be at dusk on August 28th and September 11th. We will require individual households to claim separate outdoor spaces separated by 8-10' from neighboring spaces, and direct the front row spaces for families sitting on the ground/blanket, and subsequent rows of spaces for families with low beach chairs followed by those of us who prefer the lawn/camping chairs. We will not be having the local youth organizations selling concessions due to the safety protocols, but we are in discussions with a locally owned high end food truck to provide onsite service. All participants will need to wear masks when transiting to or from their separate outdoor spaces, but may remove their masks to enjoy food and beverages during the event. On the other hand, we decided to cancel Oktoberfest and postpone until a date to be determined, hopefully this spring, the Arts and Crafts fair.

I'm sure many of you tried to participate in the Citizen Participation Plan (CPP) meeting on July 23rd for the proposed 283 unity 7-story apartment building by 7/11. If you did, I'm sure OTC's 7/29 letter of outrage to the planning commission and city council (Link) resonated with you. But the story gets worse. It turns out that the developer is asserting that the CPP was legally adequate and the city has apparently agreed to consider his arguments under threat of litigation. They apparently already have those arguments, but would not release them to me unless I required them to do so through a formal public records request, which I did Friday. In response, the planning department has assigned my request to the clerks office, which typically takes up to 10 days and sometimes longer to respond. In order to protect citizen rights for full participation, our allies at Encinitas Residents for Responsible Development have decided to retain legal representation and they welcome your tax deductible contributions to their legal fund at

The steering committee of the Rancho Santa Fe Rd task force received a second update on the traffic study last week. As a reminder, this is preparation for a community discussion of what we want to do (if anything) to improve the road so it better serves our community. Among the key ideas discussed were the possibility of adding crosswalks at several locations to facilitate safer crossings of RSF Rd, lowering the speed limit to 35 mph, and potentially introducing roundabouts at Lone Jack and El Camino del Norte to both additionally calm traffic and relieve some of the worst of the peak hour congestion in each direction. We don't yet have any additional materials from the study to share, but hope to be able to distribute them shortly. We have also introduced a brand new RSF Rd Task Force group on Facebook. Please join us by clicking this link request to join,  and contribute to the discussion.

Yours in community,


Community Snapshots


Thank you to James Lee for the wonderful pictures of the OTC 4th of July Parade




Arts and Crafts Fair Postponed


We are sadly going to have to postpone the November 2020 Arts and Crafts Fair.  Mary Jo Nortman, chairperson of the fair, is hoping to re-schedule this wonderful event in the Spring.  We will keep the OTC updated as we learn more.

Escondido Creek Conservatory


In 1991, The Escondido Creek Conservancy (Conservancy) incorporated as a nonprofit with a mission to preserve and protect the Escondido Creek watershed, which includes portions of the Olivenhain and Rancho Santa Fe communities. Fundamental to the Conservancy’s mission is maintaining the diversity and wonder of life on Earth.

The Conservancy first became a property owner in 1998 when it took ownership of the 21-acre Bumann property, part of Olivenhain’s historic Bumann Ranch. In the mid-1990s, the Conservancy conceived and successfully promoted the “small parcel corridor” as mitigation for the Olivenhain Dam and associated pipelines.  This protected landscape now connects land along Escondido Creek into Carlsbad, helping define the Olivenhain community and providing habitat for local wildlife. It is fitting, as we approach the Conservancy’s 30-year anniversary in 2021, that we are focused again on the Olivenhain area as part of the Conservancy’s Missing Lynx campaign which aims to create permanent wildlife corridors in the Escondido Creek watershed, including corridors in and around Olivenhain and Rancho Santa Fe.

The Conservancy is currently in escrow to purchase 80 acres of wildlife-rich land adjacent to the Gaty reservoir above Rancho Summit Road.  Additionally, the Conservancy is managing the habitat lands set aside as part of the One Oak development. These properties will become the center of the Conservancy’s newest nature preserve, to be called the LeoMar Preserve, named after Leonard Wittwer and Martha Blane. 


They would love to have you join on a nature walk, or help on a special project, like the update of their strategic plan, which will begin later this year. Email for more info at [email protected], if you’d like to join the mailing list, or have questions about their work.


Ovation Theatre Films Show Promo at the Meeting Hall


Neighbor Jane Bell wrote to the OTC with thanks for the outdoor use of the Meeting Hall:


Thank you all for your help in getting our local theatre group on to the Meeting Hall property to do some filming.  Attached is a soon to be released promotion video that focuses on “All Shook Up”, that was to be our summer production, and will now be on stage in January 2021.  We took on the challenges of holding rehearsals in our current environment and keeping our young actors engaged and involved while they were isolated at home.  They loved getting outside and showing us what they learned!


Enjoy their promo here:




Annual Water Quality Report Now Available


OMWD’s 2020 Consumer Confidence Report is available online at This annual water quality report explains how drinking water provided by OMWD meets or exceeds all state and federal water quality standards for your drinking water. It includes results of water quality tests, tips on how to interpret the data, and an explanation of where your water comes from. OMWD is proud to share this report with customers each year.


Please call 760-753-6466 or stop by OMWD’s offices located at 1966 Olivenhain Road, Encinitas, CA 92024 to obtain a printed copy.



OMWD’s FREE Water Use Evaluation Service is Back!


A certified landscape auditor and architect will provide you with a custom list of ways to improve water use efficiency, answer landscaping questions, and develop an irrigation schedule specifically for your landscape. In response to the Coronavirus, COVID-19, new safety protocols are in place, including limiting evaluations to outdoor visits only To learn more about this service and schedule an appointment, visit


If you want construction projects update the week before you send the newsletter, just let us know. A new project begins this fall and will continue over an anticipated nine-month construction period. OMWD will replace and relocate several pipelines near the intersection of Rancho Santa Fe Road and Encinitas Boulevard.







Newsletters and Other OTC Email Communications Going to Spam


We have started to compose and distribute the OTC newsletters and other email communications using a new email marketing service provider.  Unfortunately, some OTC emails have been delivered to OTC members' spam folder.  If this has happened to you, the easy fix is to add our email address into your address book, and to mark OTC emails as "not spam" and move them to your inbox. 


In addition, please add this email address: [email protected]

to your address book as an approved sender. 


We are still working on this problem with our email marketing service provider and appreciate your patience!  Please let your neighbors or fellow OTC members know if they report problems as well.  If you have any questions, please email Mark Mayer at [email protected]

Mark Your Calendars (OTC 2020 Events):


  • 1st Annual Olivenhain Beer Tasting:  


  • Summer Cinema Outdoor Movie Nights: 
         Friday, August 28th and Friday, September 11th at sundown  (Movies for both nights TBD)


  • Local Political Candidates Forum (Tentative):
        (Date TBD) 


  • 21st Annual Boy Scout Troop 2000 Haunted Hotel:
        (Friday and Saturday nights in October 9/10, 16/17, 23/24, 30/31) 


  • Olivenhain Holiday Crafts Fair: 


  • Holiday Decorating of the Olivenhain Mtg. Hall Grounds: 
              Saturday, Dec. 5 from 9:00am to 11:00am


  • Olivenhain Members Holiday Wine Tasting: 
              Friday, December 11th from 6:30pm to 8:30 pm


All events are held at the Olivenhain Meeting Hall, 423 Rancho Santa Fe Rd., unless otherwise noted. 

For more information, please email:   [email protected]


Olivenhain Spirit

Olivenhain Town Council wearables make wonderful gifts, and we have a great selection. Available styles and colors for the t-shirts are available, as well as sweatshirts. Sweatshirts are $30, T-shirts are $15. In addition, 25 oz. glass mugs w/ the Olivenhain logo are $20 & 16 oz. glass mugs w/ the Olivenhain logo are $15. We can deliver locally, or arrange for you to pick up at your convenience. Payment can be made with cash, check or via Venmo. To order, please email [email protected].


In addition, the sturdy, stylish and often-seen Colony Olivenhain metal license plate frames ($30) as well as the Colony Olivenhain history books written by resident and local historian Richard Bumann ($20) are available for purchase at Postal Corner during normal business hours.

 Postal Corner is located at 2240 Encinitas Blvd. Suite D, Encinitas, CA 92024
Phone: 760-633-1100

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Olivenhain is a unique and history rich community. We are fortunate to have the Meeting Hall and grounds for our community events. The colonists had the foresight to set this area aside for the community. If only they know, it would remain the social gathering place in Olivenhain for more than 120 years. The Olivenhain Town Council now manages the grounds and buildings, but in the spirit of the colonists, it belongs to you, the community. When you join the Olivenhain Town Council, it isn’t just a membership; you are helping to preserve and perpetuate our unique heritage. Thank you for your membership and please tell a neighbor and encourage them to also join the Olivenhain Town Council. That can be done on the OTC website:

2019-2020 Olivenhain Town Council Board and Committee Chairs

Town Council Board:

President                 Dan Vaughn            [email protected]
Vice President         Mark Mayer             [email protected]
Secretary                 Mike Shields            [email protected]
Treasurer                 Bob Nortman           [email protected]
Director                    Stan Cole                [email protected]
Director                    Ed Brehm                [email protected]
Director                    Jennifer Bishop        [email protected]

Committee Chairpersons:

Newsletter               Lisa Perkis                [email protected]
Buildings                 Stan Cole                  [email protected]

Building Contents   Jennifer Bishop         [email protected] 
Grounds                  Paul Van Slyke          [email protected]
Membership            Mark Mayer               [email protected]
Hall Scheduling       Marolyn Van Slyke    [email protected]
Social Media           Jennifer Bishop          [email protected]
Events                     Ed Brehm                  [email protected]

Olivenhain Town Council web site  

City of Encinitas - City Council's Office

City Council Group E-Mail:
[email protected]

Catherine S. Blakespear
[email protected]


Deputy Mayor
District 3
Jody Hubbard
[email protected]


Council Member
Tony Kranz
District 1
[email protected]


Council Member
District 4
Joe Mosca
[email protected]

Council Member
District 2
Kellie Hinze
(760) 633-2622
[email protected]

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