September 2020

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The Olivenhain Town Council Newsletter

President's Letter--September 2020



Dear Olivenhain Neighbors,

Another month with Covid, another successful OTC outdoor social event. As the county has made progress in containing the virus spread, we are learning the value of well-ventilated outdoor spaces, masks, space, and time in reducing the risk of transmission. Taking advantage of the spacious Meeting Hall grounds, we were able to host the first of two end-of-summer movie nights last Friday. The Olivenhain based band Rudder Mouth performed a combination of classic rock and their own compositions from 6:00 until dusk. The Union Food truck gave us an opportunity to take a break from cooking. Families of all ages enjoyed Frozen 2 from separate outdoor spaces. On September 11th, we will be repeating the event with the movie Aladdin.


Thank you to Jennifer Bishop for the photos.

Our new board of directors held an off-site outdoor planning retreat in August 2020. We refined our mission/purpose statement:  The purpose of the OTC is to promote an appreciation of Olivenhain history for the public good of the community of Olivenhain. We do this through:

  • Ownership, restoration, and maintenance of historic Olivenhain buildings and grounds. 
  • Hosting longstanding fundraising events that pay homage to Olivenhain’s history. 
  • Furthering the public good of the Olivenhain community through public use of the space (free for qualifying organizations) and hosting free community events.


The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) granted approval of the OTC's application to register for exclusive use of the term Colony Olivenhain in late August 2020.  The official approval document from the USPTO is shown below.  After another party attempted to use a similar term, the OTC Board of Directors applied to the USPTO for exclusive use of the term Colony Olivenhain based on the OTC's extensive use of this term since its formation in 1967. This approval from the USPTO now gives the OTC the exclusive right to use the term Colony Olivenhain or similar derivatives. Many thanks to our Vice President, Mark Mayer, for the many hours invested in this project.





A housing update was sent as a letter to the community  (and you can sign up at to receive them as well).  For the Goodson project, there will be a second attempt at a Citizen Participation Plan (CPP) on September 18th at 6:00 p.m., you can register for the Zoom meetings here A new bonus density project has been proposed for the balloon field across Ranch Santa Fe Rd from the Goodson site, and a CPP was held August 31st with public comments being taken through September 7th (email Andy Keane: [email protected]). The city also recently published a  revised draft  6th cycle housing element.  Comments are due by 5pm on September 2nd to  [email protected]..

The Rancho Santa Fe Rd task force is promoting a community-wide discussion on Facebook. If you have not done so already, please join the Rancho Santa Fe Road Task Force Group and contribute to the discussion. So far, it looks like there is broad consensus on lowering the speed limit from its current 40 mph to 35 or lower. There is also broad support for safe pedestrian crosswalks across RSF Rd at several locations. 

We recently received the city’s model for traffic delays on RSF Rd (based on data collected in late January 2020). In off peak hours, it takes about 5 minutes to transit in either direction. In the morning rush hour, southbound traffic takes over 16 minutes, even though the re-striping at Encinitas Blvd has relieved much of the congestion south of El Camino del Norte. It was verbally conveyed that the peak traffic (shown) corresponds to return from school drop-offs with the longest back-up at Lone Jack, but later in the morning rush hour, the back-up extends to El Camino del Norte. In the evening, the delay is almost 19 minutes and spread along the length of the corridor.

Rancho Santa Fe Road--AM and PM

What do you think about traffic along RSF Rd? We would like to hear your ideas at the Facebook Discussion Group .


Yours in community,


Mark Your Calendars (OTC 2020 Events):



  • Summer Cinema Outdoor Movie Nights: 
       Friday, September 11th at sundown  (Aladdin 2019)


  • Local Political Candidates Forum (Tentative):
        Wednesday, October 7th at 7pm


  • 21st Annual Boy Scout Troop 2000 Haunted Hotel (Tentative):
        (Friday and Saturday nights in October 9/10, 16/17, 23/24, 30/31) 


  • Olivenhain Holiday Crafts Fair: 


  • Holiday Decorating of the Olivenhain Mtg. Hall Grounds: 
              Saturday, Dec. 5 from 9:00am to 11:00am


  • Olivenhain Members Holiday Wine Tasting (Tentative): 
              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                    Jennifer Bishop        [email protected]

Committee Chairpersons:

Newsletter               Lisa Perkis                [email protected]
Buildings                 Stan Cole                  [email protected]

Building Contents   Jennifer Bishop         [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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