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The Olivenhain Town Council Newsletter
President's Letter April 2021
Dear Olivenhain Neighbors,
Well, now with over a year of Covid imposed restrictions creating havoc with our lives, it feels like there really is a light at the end of the tunnel. San Diego recently returned to the “Red Tier,” opening up some activities from the more restrictive stay-at-home orders and “Purple Tier” restrictions in place from November. Whether we can continue to open to less restrictive tiers is largely a race between vaccinations and the spread of new more dangerous variants. I qualified for my first vaccination shot with the additional eligibility granted in mid-March, and after a week of hunting for an appointment with no luck was able to get mine last week at the UCSD site. The process was safe and efficient, and I suffered no side-affects beyond general soreness in the local injection site area, which peaked about 24 hours after the injection. I strongly recommend everyone to get your shot when you are eligible and able to get an appointment.
For the Meeting Hall and grounds, we are looking at when we can get back together. We have postponed our annual spring clean up day, to probably some time in June. We believe we will be able to have a community parade again this year for the 4th of July. We are hoping to do a modest members-only beer tasting event this summer and be back to a more traditional Oktoberfest even and the Scouts Haunted Hotel in October. All of this is of course conditioned on how well we do controlling the virus, so please continue to mask up, social distance, and get your shot when it’s your turn.
The board of directors has granted the non-profit Ovation theater’s request to put on a second show on the grounds. The benefits to the kids in the theater company of being able to continue to practice and perform have been huge during the restrictions this last year that have been so crippling to the emotional and social well being of their contemporaries. However, having learned from the last show, we are requiring several additional accommodations to minimize the impact of their performances and rehearsal schedule on the grounds and neighbors. They are hoping that they will be able to sell tickets to this show in early August and will be sharing any proceeds with the OTC.
The massive Goodson project proposed behind the 7/11 at Encinitas Blvd and RSF Rd continues to move through the planning process. The city recently provided a letter after completing their mandatory 60-day review. The OTC has weighed in as opposed to the project for both its harm to our historic property and to the community of Olivenhain more generally. Our partners at Encinitas RRD have been active in leading the opposition. We will continue to provide updates as information becomes available, and the next major review is expected to be at the Planning Commission, perhaps May 20th.
The Rancho Santa Fe road task force has completed building community consensus for the proposed improvements to the road. The proposed improvements are staged in phases. The first phase would focus on safety improvements that can be rapidly and relatively inexpensively implemented out of existing department operating budgets. The final phase would be the more significant capital improvements to reduce peak hour congestion and further enhance the safety of pedestrians, equestrians, and cyclists. They have produced a nice FAQ. The city is completing its report, and the task force continues to take survey responses from the community. These will be presented in a future city council meeting, perhaps in May, where the Task Force will advocate for their adoption.
In response to the wildfire evacuation risk that I highlighted last month, we have over 60 responses to our survey so far. The neighbors who signed up to play a leadership role had an initial meeting and are working to involve the other volunteer roles (awareness, financing, and turnout) under the working name “O-vac.” The external expert review of the current wildfire evacuation plan has been submitted to the city and Chief Stein has provided a response to several residents who have asked about the evacuation issue. The Olivenhain Fire Safe Council that he references works closely with the OTC, which we helped form and with whom we continue to share two directors. Its president, Denny Neville, was a key reviewer of the expert review.
The city has a major sewer trunk line project underway to modernize the 1970s era sewer line that runs along the Escondido Creek bed that has impacted Lone Jack and will continue downstream to the I-5. The city has recently posted a fact sheet, and the lead engineer on the project, Matt Widelski is available to answer questions and concerns ([email protected] or 760/633-2862).
I would like to wish everyone a happy and healthy spring, and I look forward hopefully to celebrating our amazing community in person later this summer.
Yours in Community,
Update on OTC Parking Lots and Request for Your Help!
The condition of the parking lots and actions needed to minimize further deterioration and sand runoff on to Cole Ranch Road are a concern to the OTC's Board of Directors. Proposed actions currently being reviewed include:
- Fencing off of lower or "eastern" parking lot.
- Preventing all recreational use and unauthorized parking in eastern parking lot
- Installation of signage to remind all that the OTC parking lots are private property and not for use by the general public unless authorized by the OTC Board of Directors. Usage of the property is determined by the OTC Board of Directors.
The buildings and grounds of the Olivenhain Town Council property are historically significant, including the Meeting Hall which is on the National Register of Historic Places - Olivenhain Meeting Hall. The Meeting Hall Building, Germania Hotel and Lickert Shanty were all built in the late 1800s. As such, the buildings and grounds require extra maintenance and care that is administered by the OTC Board of Directors, an all volunteer organization. In addition, the funds to pay for maintenance, preservation, insurance and a whole other host of necessities come from OTC memberships, donations and OTC events; the latter of which have been greatly curtailed over the last year. To summarize, we need the help of the community of Olivenhain to treat the OTC property with care and respect so it can be enjoyed by generations to come.
Until the fencing and signage is installed around the eastern parking lot, the OTC BOD requests that everyone not use the lower (or "eastern" parking lot). This includes: any parking of vehicles (including RVs, trailers & construction equipment), use for transfer of building materials, extra parking for your residence, storage of vehicles, display of vehicles for sale, etc.
In addition, other activities or items that are prohibited on the OTC property include:
- BMX bicycles, go-karts or mini bikes are not permitted
Thank you for your help in helping to preserve the OTC grounds and buildings.
A Note to Dog Owners
We have noticed that dog owners that walk their dogs around the Meeting Hall grounds often leave their waste bags on top of the locked trash dumpster in the lower parking lot. We are ordering a dog waste receptacle that will be here soon, but in the meantime, we are requesting that pet owners dispose of their dog waste in the trash can found underneath the stairs on the back side of the Meeting Hall--see picture below:
Thank you for your help in keeping the Meeting Hall property clean for everyone! We will post a picture of the new receptacle when it is installed.
Past Newsletters Archived on OTC's Website
We have posted all of the OTC's 2020 monthly newsletters to the OTC's website - Archived Newsletters, so if you miss any information, or want to direct neighbors to any past information, please refer to them there. Monthly OTC newsletters for 2015 - 2019 will also hopefully be added in the near future.
Olivenhain Fire Safe Council Update
SAVE THE DATE!
The Olivenhain Fire Safe Council is tentatively planning its first public event for May 22. Stay tuned for details as they develop.
In the meantime, you can visit our website here to learn more about us and sign up for our email list (scroll down the home page for the “Subscribe” link). We also have a Facebook page (“Olivenhain Fire Safe Council”), which we hope you will join as well.
The Olivenhain Fire Safe Council is one of more than 40 fire safe councils in San Diego County. Our mission is to mobilize the Olivenhain community to enhance fire prevention, safety and preparedness for all residents, through ongoing outreach, education and collaborative interventions, projects and activities. We look forward to working with residents, businesses and other stakeholders in a variety of ways to promote fire safety and help protect Olivenhain from wildfire.
Update on the Germania Hotel Roof Repair
The OTC is very grateful to the Olivenhain community for the donations for the repair of the Germania Hotel roof! The repairs are finished, but we are still collecting donations to offset the cost. Below is a graphic summary of the OTC's fundraising effort so far:
Mark Your Calendars (OTC 2021 Events):
Meeting Hall & Grounds Spring Cleaning: Postponed until June 2021
More details will be available in future newsletters.
48th Annual Olivenhain Brat & Beer Festival: Date and Time TBD
Annual Olivenhain Town Council General Meeting and Election of Officers: Tuesday, June 15th 7pm
July 4th Parade and Picnic: Sunday, July 4th 11:30am-3pm
1st Annual Olivenhain Members Beer Tasting: Date and time TBD
Summer Cinema Outdoor Movie Nights: Friday, August 27th and Friday, September 10th at sundown (Covid-19 permitting. Movies for both nights TBD)
Olivenhain Oktoberfest: Sunday, October 3rd 12pm-4pm
21st Annual Boy Scout Troop 2000 Haunted Hotel: October 15,16,22,23,29,30
Olivenhain Holiday Craft Fair: Saturday, November 13th 9am-3pm
Holiday Decorating of the Olivenhain Mtg. Hall Grounds: Saturday, December 4th 9am-11am
Olivenhain Members Holiday Wine Tasting: Date and time TBD
All events are held at the Olivenhain Meeting Hall, 423 Rancho Santa Fe Rd., unless otherwise noted.
For more information, please email: [email protected]
We are excited to announce that the OTC has been approved as an accepted charity in the AmazonSmile program. Click on the link below and you can choose the Olivenhain Town Council as your charity of choice when you shop on Amazon. It costs you nothing -- and Amazon will donate 0.5% of all eligible purchases made through AmazonSmile to the OTC.
These purchases made through the AmazonSmile program will help the OTC to continue to maintain and preserve the buildings & grounds of the historic Meeting Hall property and put on events when it is safe again.
If you have any questions about how to designate the OTC as your charity of choice in the AmazonSmile program, please send an email to [email protected] and we will be happy to assist you.
Thank you so much for your support!
OTC 501(c)(3) Update
With the OTC’s recent approval as a 501(c)(3) charitable organization there are now new ways to help support the OTC and its efforts to maintain and preserve the historic Meeting Hall and grounds. Two ways include: Corporate Donor Matching and Donor Advised Funds.
Corporate Donor Matching
Corporate matching gifts are a type of philanthropy in which companies financially match donations that their employees make to eligible nonprofit organizations, such as the OTC.
When an employee makes a donation, they’ll request the matching gift from their employer, who then makes their own donation. Companies usually match donations at a 1:1 ratio, but some will match at a 2:1, 3:1, or even a 4:1 ratio.
Why do companies match donations?
Companies of all sizes match donations their employees make to nonprofits because it’s an easy, structured way for them to support good work in their communities. CSR, or corporate social responsibility, is an important factor in how the public perceives brands and companies these days.
Did you know that you might be able to double or even triple your donation to the OTC through donation-matching options from your employer?
Many companies offer such options to encourage their employees to give to non-profit organizations. Many local employers such as Qualcomm and ViaSat offer corporate donor matching programs. If your employer offers donation matching, every dollar you donate to the OTC could turn into two or three dollars to help support the OTC. Similarly, some companies will make a monetary contribution to match volunteer hours.
Here is how it works:
Step 1: Click here here to use the Charity Navigator search engine to find out if you work for a participating company that offers corporate donor matching. You can also contact your human resources department and ask if they match employee donations.
Step 2: Complete your company’s gift-matching form. It should be available through your human resources department. The form, whether in print or electronic version, may require the OTC’s tax identification number: 33-0099393
Step 3: Make a donation to the OTC in one of two ways:
A) Send your gift to us by check, along with your company’s completed gift-matching form to:
Olivenhain Town Council
c/o – Charitable Donations
423 Rancho Santa Fe Road
Encinitas, CA 92024
B) You can also make a donation online. Then send the receipt for your donation and the completed gift-matching form to the OTC at the address above.
Step 5: The OTC will then complete the form and mail it back to your employer.
Step 6: Your employer will send us a matching contribution. We will notify you when this matching donation arrives.
Donor Advised Funds
A donor-advised fund (DAF) is a charitable giving vehicle designed exclusively to invest, grow, and give assets to charities for meaningful and lasting impact. Donors can contribute to the fund as frequently as they like.
DAF accounts for an individual are set up through financial advisory firms such as Fidelity, Schwab and Bank of America. You donate assets into a DAF and recommend how those assets should be invested. Your contribution is tax-deductible and the assets in the DAF grow tax-free. When you're ready, recommend a grant to a charity you care about, and the financial advisor takes care of the rest. Some people call it a giving vehicle. Others call it a philanthropic fund.
If you have a DAF account and are considering making year-end charitable contributions to eligible charities, please consider making a grant or gift to the OTC. If you have any questions regarding corporate donor matching or donor advised fund donations to the OTC, please feel free to contact Mark Mayer, OTC Vice President, at [email protected]
Please consult your tax advisor regarding the tax deductibility of your donation. The OTC’s Federal Employer Identification Number (EIN) or Federal Tax Identification Number is 33-0099393.
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
The Rancho Santa Fe Road Task Force was formed to engage the Olivenhain community in a conversation about improving our section of the road. After seeking input from community members, we have directed our focus on reducing traffic congestion during peak hours and improving safety and walkability while maintaining our rural community character.
Adopted in 2003, the Recreational Trail Master Plan was developed to link outdoor-related opportunities within Olivenhain. The trail system connects Parks and Open Space to Schools and Community Facilities for a variety of recreational user conveniences such as hiking, biking, running and horseback riding. Motorized vehicles are not permitted. The Olivenhain Trails are one of San Diego’s finest and most diverse trail systems and provide many loop connections that help folks enjoy various trail experiences. The trails range in difficulty, terrain and environment. Olivenhain Trails Maps available for sale at Carter’s Hay & Grain. Click link below for more information:
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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: www.olivenhain.org/membership
2019-2020 Olivenhain Town Council Board and Committee Chairs
Building Contents Jennifer Bishop [email protected]
City of Encinitas - City Council's Office