The Olivenhain Town Council Newsletter
President's Letter--March 2020
Dear Olivenhain Neighbors,
As I reported last month, the Goodson project is back and bigger than ever--now, with 283 units. Last month, the City of Encinitas also received a letter from the State Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) notifying them that they consider the City out of compliance with California housing law; in part, over requiring Traffic and Greenhouse Gas studies in the project review. The City is contesting this finding, but it is not the first time that HCD has required the City to enable “by right” development of the site without environmental analyses. Last year HCD required the City to amend its subdivision ordinance, which at the time the housing element was adopted, required the Goodson site development to comply with the California Environmental Quality Act (known as CEQA). Encinitas Residents for Responsible Development (known as the Encinitas RRD) has filed a lawsuit to block this action, alleging it is a violation of CEQA. You can read more about that in a letter, click here I, with the other Encintas RRD officers, sent to those who had asked to be kept informed through a survey (Click here for the survey) we circulated. Please click the survey link and register to stay informed if you didn’t receive it.
There are also two major projects in the planning stages that will impact our community later this year. The Olivenhain Water District (OMWD) is in the final design phase of a project that will replace the potable water to Manchester and at the intersection of Rancho Santa Fe Rd. and Encinitas Blvd. The project is expected to go out to bid in Spring 2020, with, phased work to begin on Manchester in late summer. The public works department will also be starting a major sewage trunk line replacement through Olivenhain later this year. The trunk line is along the creek bed throughout the Olivenhain Valley, and particularly west of S. RSF Rd. near Grangettos, where access is particularly challenging and requires access through private properties along Manchester.
The Town Council also has quite a bit going on. Under our Vice President Mark Mayer’s leadership, we are making progress assembling the paperwork necessary to change our IRS registration to a 501(c)(3) tax exempt status, which may have benefits in soliciting donations, price reductions from numerous vendors along with various other potential benefits to the OTC and its members. Our events team is busy planning our annual Beer and Brat Fest for April 26th. If you are available to help, please let Carla and Twink know at [email protected]. We are also looking into various options to address the miserable shape of our parking areas, which have been badly damaged by water erosion with the winter storms of the last two seasons. Finally, we have our Annual Spring Cleanup Workday Saturday April 4th at 10 am, If you are able, please check out our sign-up genius link in the article below to sign up for a specific task. I hope to see you there!
Yours in community,
Olivenhain Meeting Hall & Grounds Volunteer Clean-up
Saturday, Apr. 4th 10:00 am – 11:30 am
We need lots of help for our annual Meeting Hall and grounds clean-up. There are all kinds of tasks, big and small, such as cleaning the kitchen and restrooms, taking an inventory of supplies, making sure equipment and supplies for our town gatherings are packed safely and securely in the basement, general sweeping, and checking the fencing around the property. If you have any expertise in fencing, we could especially use your help. Please click on the sign link below to sign up so we know how many people are coming and which tasks you are interested in. CLICK HERE to sign up
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.
Olivenhain July 4th Family Picnic Celebration
Saturday, Jul. 4 (specific time TBA)
The OTC is looking for a talented and eager person to help organize the Olivenhain July 4th celebration. This is a great Olivenhain tradition dating back to the very early days of the Colony that we wish to bring back for the community. Lots of help, guidance, and support will be available from the OTC Board -- we are just looking for someone as the 'point person' to help organize this event. If you are interested, please contact Carla Pryor at [email protected] for further information.
Olivenhain Fire Safe Council Inaugural Meeting Set for March 16
If, like many of us, you’ve been concerned about prevention, planning and preparedness in case of wildfire, you’ll want to be part of the new Olivenhain Fire Safe Council, which is set to meet Monday, March 16, at 7 pm at the Meeting Hall. Much like a neighborhood watch, but specifically for fire safety, a fire safe council (FSC) is a grassroots, community-led organization made up of residents and other stakeholders. A particularly effective FSC will have members with a broad range of skills, backgrounds and influence.
Our first meeting will largely be an organizing effort, laying the groundwork for our FSC with a prescribed set of decisions and activities required by the Fire Safe Council of San Diego County, the umbrella organization for all the community FSCs in the county. Once we get their stamp of approval, our FSC will be up and running.
For more information, contact Sarah Lifton, who is coordinating this effort, at [email protected] or 858-771-5005.
Mark Your Calendars (OTC 2020 Events):
- Olivenhain Meeting Hall & Grounds volunteer cleanup:
Saturday, April 4 10:00 am – 11:30 am
- 48th Annual Olivenhain Brat & Beer Festival:
Sunday, April 26 Noon to 4:00 pm
- Annual Olivenhain Town Council Election of Officers:
General Meeting on Wednesday, June 3rd at 7:00 pm
- July 4th Family Picnic Celebration:
Saturday, July 4th
- 1st Annual Olivenhain Beer Tasting:
Saturday, August 15th
- Summer Cinema Outdoor Movie Nights:
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 sweatshirts and t-shirts are shown in the photos above. 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
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