July 2020

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The Olivenhain Town Council Newsletter

President's Letter~July 2020


Dear Olivenhain Neighbors,

Earlier this week we had our annual meeting, which was an outdoor affair at the meeting hall. We recognized the many years of service of Karen Stephen, our long time treasurer, and elected your board for the 2020-2021 year with Jennifer Bishop taking over for Karen who has termed out and the other six directors continuing. We also revisited the many accomplishments of the 2019-2020 cycle, including:


  • OTC sponsored: Movie Nights, Community Forums (3), Oktoberfest, Arts and Craft Fair, and Holiday Wine Tasting.

  • OTC partnered: Cross Country Run and Haunted Hotel

  • Filing for 501(c)(3) tax exempt status and trademark protection for Colony Olivenhain.

  • Membership growth from 260 to 324 families.

  • Helping found and partnering with EncinitasRRD and Olivenhain Fire Safe Council to promote and protect Olivenhain.


This was our first in-person event since the Covid related health orders went into place, and a lot went into our choice to meet in person. Our first consideration was the health and safety of our community, and so we took a number of steps to minimize the risk of disease transmission such as: meeting outside, households physically separating from each other, everyone had a mask and most wore them throughout and all when social distancing couldn't be maintained (e.g., moving chairs up and down the stairwell). Our second consideration was compliance with the health orders, which are ambiguous on activities like this, but we believe we complied with both the letter of the law as an outdoor recreational activity and with the spirit of the law relative to similar gatherings at the beach or parks and much higher risk indoor activities like bars, gyms, nail salons, and such. Of course each of us is in a different situation, some are at high risk of complications others are more risk averse. To support everyone's right to make their own choice, we also provided an option to participate by teleconference (no one chose this option).



This weekend, we have planned a 4th of July parade and subsequent socially distanced family picnic. Both of these are being revived after several years of dormancy. After 3+ months of virtual community, we want to provide a relatively safe and reasonably conforming event that allows some much needed tangible community interaction. We will start the parade at the eastern side of the meeting hall at 11:30. Everyone is required to have a face mask and wear them throughout the parade, which is more cautious than the county and state health orders to wear them when unable to maintain a physical distance of at least 6 feet. We encourage patriotic dress and decorations to scooters, bikes, canines, face masks, and the like. Following the parade, folks are welcome to stick around for a BYO everything picnic. We will have some American tunes playing, but folks need to bring their own tables and chairs, shade, food, drinks, etc. We ask that family/household units sit together, well separated (10-12 feet, again exceeding health agency guidance) and wear masks when moving around. If you plan to join us, please RSVP to [email protected] so we can coordinate directly and convey detailed safety protocols.

I know there are some who think this is irresponsible, but I disagree. Community is a human need, it is not only a fundamental building block of society, but it is also a critical part of our identity. At a time when partisan tribes have divided too many of us, our community provides a support network and opportunity to celebrate all that unites us. During this Phase 2 of our society reopening, we must weigh the legitimate risks of community based transmission we must also recognize the real costs of prolonged social isolation, which are not just economic but also psychological and social. The board revisited our decision to host this 4th of July event on June 30th, in light of the recent increase in Covid-19 cases and community outbreaks. 

The scientific community's understanding of Corona Virus transmission has continued to improve during the pandemic, and it is increasingly apparent that the primary route of transmission is through aerosols. Precautions that are effective include: face covers, 6-foot distancing, avoiding groups, hand washing, disinfecting, monitoring symptoms, and staying home if you have symptoms.  The county's weekly epidemiology report shows an increase in overall confirmed positive cases and percentage of tests that are positive, and this increase reflects increased transmission among young people and Covid-19 continues to be much more prevalent in the southern part of the county. This has not (at least not yet) led to an increase in rates of hospitalization or death. According to the county's daily media briefing, the 10 recent outbreaks of community transmission have been in 5 restaurants or restaurant/bars, one healthcare setting, a grocery store, 2 other businesses and

one private residence. According to Supervisor Fletcher, all these outbreaks have occurred in a confined indoor setting. 

The decision to go forward with this event was a difficult split vote, with the minority wanting to err on the side of keeping our community safe from Corona virus transmission and the majority wanting to provide this opportunity for the community to come together and demonstrate a responsible accommodation of both our need for community interaction and Covid-19 containment. In that spirit, I ask everyone who chooses to participate, do so safely, by participating only if you are symptom free and wearing masks and maintaining physical distancing for the health of our neighbors. We also know many will choose not to participate and respect that choice as well.

If all goes well with this event, and conditions with the pandemic permit, we hope to be able to provide outdoor movie nights at the end of summer and a modified Arts and Crafts fair in November. We don't believe we can safely put on Oktoberfest this year. 

Fire Safe Council Hits the Ground Running


Hot on the heels of its official approval by the county, the new Olivenhain Fire Safe Council (OFSC) has just been awarded a SAFE grant from SDG&E to get its outreach efforts off the ground. With the start of summer and with fire season just around the corner, the OFSC board will be strategizing to get the word out about the role of the fire safe council and about opportunities such as the county’s free chipping service and defensible space initiative, the latter available at no cost to seniors, low-income and disabled homeowners. It will also begin developing the essential Community Wildfire Protection Plan in collaboration with the Encinitas Fire Department.  

If you’re interested in staying in the loop about news and opportunities from the Olivenhain Fire Safe Council, sign up for our email list at http://eepurl.com/g5is3X.



Annual Water Quality Report Now Available


OMWD’s 2020 Consumer Confidence Report is available online at www.olivenhain.com/CCR. 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 www.olivenhain.com/evaluation.


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]

City of Encinitas SeeClickFix App

Do you ever see issues around Olivenhain that you would love to let the City of Encinitas know about?  Pot holes, broken sprinklers in the public right-of-way, a fallen tree, broken public park playground equipment and more can be reported with the SeeClickFix app and website.   SeeClickFix is used to report non-emergency issues to the City. If you are on a desktop computer, you can click this link, fill out, and submit: SeeClickFix.

Even easier is the mobile app which will give you the ability to report a problem on the go.  SeeClickFix is available for download for iphone in the App Store and also on Google Play.


Mark Your Calendars (OTC 2020 Events):

  • July 4th Family Picnic Celebration: 11:30 am Please see President's letter above for guidelines


  • 1st Annual Olivenhain Beer Tasting (Tentative):  
         Saturday, August 15th 


  • Summer Cinema Outdoor Movie Nights (Tentative): 
         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: 
         Saturday, November 14th from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm                             

             (Setup on Thursday, and Friday prior to event) 


  • 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

Stay connected!


OTC Facebook Page

If you are interested in getting information and updates on Facebook from the Olivenhain Town council, please "like" and "follow" our new Facebook page:

We will post event updates, history about our town, and community pictures. Please invite your neighbors to like the page as well!

In addition, please visit and like the Olivenhain Town Council on:
Twitter - https://twitter.com/OlivenhainTC
Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/olivenhaintowncouncil

OTC Membership

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

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                    Karen Stephen        [email protected]

Committee Chairpersons:

Newsletter               Lisa Perkis                [email protected]
Buildings                 Stan Cole                  [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            www.olivenhain.org

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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