The Olivenhain Town Council Newsletter
President's Letter--June 2020
Dear Olivenhain Neighbors,
I was intending to write this letter about our awakening from Covid lockdown and updates about issues of community interest like RSF Rd, and the Goodson project. Then last night (Saturday), our 28 year old daughter had to flee her apartment in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina as rioters lit the CVS store across the street on fire and her boyfriend spotted folks with Molotov Cocktails eyeing their apartment complex. Based on news reports, I assume the apartment is fine, but she hasn't been back. The riot apparently began when anarchists co-opted a peaceful mixed race protest about the killing of George Floyd.
Closer to home, last night a group of neighbors built a memorial to black victims of police violence at the Cardiff Kook, which included scores of names, several photos, flowers and an exhortation to "say the names." Within the hour a woman upset with the display and accusing one of the organizers of being part of Antifa, tore it down. [Ed note, Sunday evening saw a peaceful protest with about 300 community members in support of the memorial.] In our community, like all communities, people have different experiences, opinions and beliefs. In an era of increasing partisanship, and over-the-top echo chamber news coverage, it is too easy to de-value those we don't understand. I spent several formative years growing up in 1970's Mississippi, and I witnessed first hand the extra hurdles my black classmates faced. While I don't like the phrase "white privilege," I am grateful for the advantages I had growing up and the blessings of raising my family in Olivenhain and I try to continually remind myself of the very different reality for so many others.
Last month, I shared an interim study report for our Rancho Santa Fe Rd Task Force, which has triggered many letters to myself and the other task force members. I want to reiterate what I shared previously about this process being community driven and inclusive. About 15 months ago, we started the community dialogue with a survey and community meeting at the town hall. The consensus coming out of that was several fold. First, we wanted to maintain and enhance public safety. Second we wanted to improve peak hour congestion, but only to the extent that it was appropriately balanced with maintaining our prized rural community character. We agreed on a two track process of both building consensus about the key attributes of our community character and gathering data to inform options to improve the peak hour congestion. The first of these was advanced quite quickly, with a premium placed on our narrow country style road, dark skies, equestrian trails and walkable neighborhood. The second has been much more involved, with numerous meetings with our city traffic engineer, allocation of funds by the city council for a traffic study, and then a covid-lockdown interrupted study.
The interim report contained traffic count data collected pre-quarantine and some potential changes to the intersection controls along RSF Rd. The study is continuing to develop a model to quantify the anticipated benefit on peak hour congestion of various combinations of these changes. In response to the interim report, we have received many letters from the community, some of which considered the options as proposals. They are not. Many of the letters expressed concerns of increased speeds along RSF Rd. This is not a goal. The clear consensus from our kickoff was that people are fine with the transit time during off-peak hours and that is not a problem to solve. We also know there is a range of opinions among our community of the importance of relieving the peak hour congestion (which will certainly come back post-covid) relative to maintaining our status quo community. Most residents want to balance the two priorities, while significant minorities would prioritized one over the other. As we get the data back from the models, I look forward to an inclusive conversation throughout our community, a conversation where we listen and seek to understand the perspectives of those different from ours, and build a stronger consensus solution that meets the needs of Olivenhain. Letters are welcome at any time, but there will also be many opportunities to weigh in once we have the data to inform our conversation.
In the meantime, there have been a number of other local developments. Later this week, I will be writing another update on the Goodson project, which just got a second round response from the city finding it incomplete, and the ongoing revision to our Encinitas Municipal Code for our implementation of the state Density Bonus Law. If you haven't done so already, please sign up with EncinitasRRD.org to receive those updates. The Olivenhain Fire Safe Council got their official status, please see their update below. The OTC general meeting (where we elect our board for next year) will be June 24th at 7 pm, and the current board will decide if the annual meeting will be outdoors on the grounds or virtual during our monthly board meeting on the 16th. The Meeting Hall and Hotel remain closed to all uses consistent with the county's health orders, and we are not regulating or scheduling any uses of the grounds. We will open up as quickly as prudence and county/state regulations permit.
Yours in community,
The OTC’s annual General Meeting and Board of Directors election will be held on Wednesday, June 24th, 2020 at 7:00pm. The primary purpose of this meeting will be to elect new board members for open seats on the OTC Board of Directors for the term starting July 1, 2020. The format of the 2020 General Meeting (outside on the grounds of the Meeting Hall or virtually online) will be determined by the current OTC Board of Directors at their monthly Board meeting on June 16, 2020 meeting pursuant to county/state regulations. That decision will be communicated to OTC members via email, the OTC's social media channels and on the OTC website as soon as possible after the June 16, 2020 Board meeting.
The OTC Board of Directors has seven board seats and board members serve two-year terms. In even numbered years the OTC has elections for three board seats and in odd numbered years the elections are for four seats. The bylaws currently allow for only three consecutive terms of service by any board member. This year we have one board member term-limited out by this rule and two members up for re-election. Karen Stephen, who has dutifully served as Treasurer for many years, has termed out. In addition, Mark Mayer and Ed Brehm are up for re-election for the upcoming term.
If you have any questions, please contact Dan Vaughn, OTC President, at [email protected] Thank you for your support of the Olivenhain Town Council!
The new Olivenhain Fire Safe Council (OFSC) has been approved by the county, so it’s now ready to get down to business. “We aim to be the first stop for Olivenhain residents to get accurate information on what they can do to make their neighborhoods and our community safer,” says Denny Neville, chair of the fire safe council and a retired deputy fire chief for Rancho Santa Fe.
Over the next weeks and months, the OFSC board will be working on a number of projects, including creating outreach activities, pursuing funding opportunities and developing the essential Community Wildfire Protection Plan, the latter in collaboration with the fire department. Since evacuation of Olivenhain in the event of wildfire has long been a serious concern to residents, and the fire department cannot station equipment at every home, it is critical that we harden our properties and do everything we can to make our community less vulnerable to wildland fire.
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.
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. For the email experts out there this is known as "whitelisting". To whitelist an email address just means you add them to your approved senders list. This tells your email client that you know this sender and trust them, which will keep emails from this contact at the top of your inbox and out of the junk folders.
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):
- Olivenhain Meeting Hall & Grounds volunteer cleanup:
- 48th Annual Olivenhain Brat & Beer Festival:
- Annual Olivenhain Town Council General Meeting and Election of Officers:
Wednesday, June 24th at 7:00 pm
(Format of meeting TBD. Please see above article in this newsletter.)
- July 4th Family Picnic Celebration (Tentative):
(depending on state/county re-opening regulations)
- 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)
- Olivenhain Oktoberfest:
Sunday, October 4th from Noon to 4:00 pm
- Local Political Candidates Forum (Tentative):
- 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 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
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
City of Encinitas - City Council's Office
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