May 2020

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The Olivenhain Town Council Newsletter

President's Letter--May 2020



Dear Olivenhain Neighbors,

As May brings month three of the coronavirus lockdown, life is settling in to a new routine. We are learning to introduce ourselves to friends we encounter on the trails or grocery store, knowing that we are hard to identify behind our masks. The warm weather of the last couple weeks has allowed us to expand our domain into our backyards that are lush and green from the late season rains. For our family at least, the big outing is our weekly trip hand out food to about 100 families who have lost their jobs in the economic crisis that the shut down has brought.

The good news is our social distancing is working, and to date has spared our region from the worst of the potential Covid-19 consequences. Encinitas has not seen a new case since April 11th, and our neighbors in Solana Beach and Rancho Santa Fe have similarly flat-lined the curve. However, we know the virus is circulating in the broader region with a steady county-wide rate of new cases and admissions to hospitals and ICU beds. The rate of these events is well within our healthcare capacity though, so fortunately the mortality rate has been modest. Our family lost an otherwise health elderly aunt to the virus, so we know only too well that each of these deaths is too many.

Now that the exponential spread of the virus has been contained, our government officials at all levels have begun adjusting some of the restrictions to balance other needs with pandemic mitigation measures. Nonetheless, we should expect at least some restrictions to remain in place for months and probably more than a year. I anticipate that, like the rest of society, the Olivenhain Meeting Hall will be subject to a phased re-opening. This will likely begin with small gatherings when permitted by the county and include extra signage, disinfection/sanitation, and social distancing controls. We don't anticipate being able to host large events through the summer, and will need wait to see about our fall events.


In the meantime, there have been a number of local developments. For the latest on the Goodson project, please see this (click here) from our partners at Encinitas Residents for Responsible Development. For those who are wondering what is going on at the balloon fields, the water district has established a staging area for a current project on El Camino Real and future projects on Manchester. The Rancho Santa Fe Road task force received an interim study report from the traffic department and their contractor. This work will develop a range of potential options for addressing the peak rush hour congestion and initiate a community conversation about how best to balance those potential improvements with our community character while also increasing the safety and accessibility of our active transportation options. For more details, click here. Finally, we have started an Olivenhain Fire Safe Council to help our community prepare for a potentially devastating fire season. A big thank you to Sarah Lifton for getting this together, and to Denny Neville for taking on the founding president role.

Be well, and stay safe Olivenhain.

Yours in community,


Encinitas Seeks Your Input on Next City Manager


The Encinitas Mayor and City Council are seeking input on the next City Manager. Encinitas residents, community partners and the business community are invited and encouraged to participate in a confidential survey. Your input will be considered by the City Council when selecting candidates to interview.


Dave Morgan, Ralph Andersen & Associates, is recruiting for the next Encinitas City Manager and only Ralph Andersen & Associates' staff will review the responses. All responses will be summarized to protect the confidentiality of individuals.

Responses are due by Friday, May 15, 2020. To participate in the survey visit:


City Manager Karen Brust announced her retirement effective June 12, 2020. Karen was appointed Encinitas City Manager in September 2015 and is retiring after serving 35 years in municipal government.

Candidates interested in applying for the position of Encinitas City Manager may contact Dave Morgan at (916) 630-4900 or visit Ralph Andersen & Associates at:



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 Election of Officers: 
        General Meeting on Wednesday, June 3rd at 7:00 pm

              (Tentative, depending on stay-at-home orders)


  • July 4th Family Picnic Celebration (Tentative): 
         (depending on state re-opening)


  • 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):
        (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:
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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:

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  

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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