[TEST] Olivenhain Town Council October 2020 Newsletter

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The Olivenhain Town Council Newsletter

President's Letter  October, 2020.

Dear Olivenhain Neighbors,

Election season has not stopped for the pandemic, but it has been influenced by it. We are all receiving mail in ballots. I got mine several days ago, so if you don’t have yours yet you may need to follow up, you can track your ballot at SDVOTE.com. Due to county health guidelines to fight the spread of the virus, we moved our biennial candidate forum from the meeting hall to Zoom. Last Wednesday we had a lively and informative forum. If you missed it for the national VP debate or an epic Padres-Dodgers game, I encourage you to watch the debate, which you can do here. The candidates discussed issues of importance to Olivenhain including community character, wildfire safety, RSF Rd improvements, and of course housing/land use policy, including the extremely unpopular 7-story apartment complex proposed behind the 7/11 and RSF Rd and Encinitas Blvd.

At the forum both candidates expressed unreserved affirmation that they will fund improvements to Rancho Santa Fe Rd that the community identifies as our consensus ask. The Rancho Santa Fe Rd task force has been working since January 2019 to identify that consensus. In early 2019, we opened a survey for the community about what we want--if you missed out or want to update your priorities, the survey is available here. Taking the survey will also ensure you are on our mailing list. Please encourage your neighbors to do so. They don’t have to be OTC members to participate.

Survey results in hand, we had a well-attended community meeting at the Hall to discuss the findings and agree on a path forward. There was near universal interest in increasing safety, maintaining or even lowering speeds during uncongested times, and preserving our beloved rural character. We also identified the pain as the long delays during peak commuting hours, and this was firmly differentiated from increasing capacity for out of town pass through traffic or faster transit during off-peak hours. We also agreed that we needed data on what our options would be. Since then we have worked with the city on gathering that data.

Last month, I introduced the City’s model for measuring transit time through the corridor, which identifies the evening delay over 13 minutes--and even after the extra left turn capacity was installed at the southern end of RSF Rd this January, the a.m. delay remains over 10 minutes. The city has no reported opportunities to significantly reduce these delays by either placing traffic lights or roundabouts at Lone Jack and El Camino del Norte. So now with the data in hand, it is time for our community to come together and find a consensus recommendation. 

As I mentioned last month, the task force has been promoting a community-wide discussion on Facebook. If you have not done so already, please join the “RSF Rd Task Force” group: Facebook link  and contribute to the discussion. For those of you who don’t use Facebook, we are now also supporting an “Olivenhain RSF Rd Task Force” group on Nextdoor:  please try the Nextdoor link to have your questions answered and make your opinion known. We will continue outreach activities to include as much of the community as possible to figure out what works best for Olivenhain. This is likely to include Zoom meetings and probably an outdoor event at the Meeting Hall.

I will miss not seeing everyone at Oktoberfest or the Scout's Haunted Hotel this year, but let’s all keep healthy and safe.

Yours in community,



Workshop to discuss landscape improvements that can reduce water use and protect homes from wildfires

Olivenhain Municipal Water District and Encinitas Fire Department invite the public to attend a free online workshop on October 13 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. The workshop will cover how to landscape homes and businesses in a way that protects them from fire damage and improves water efficiency.


The workshop will feature representatives from Encinitas Fire and OMWD as well as a presentation by Greg Rubin, a San Diego area native plant expert and author with extensive firewise landscaping experience. Rubin designed and installed the fire demonstration garden at Rancho Santa Fe Fire Protection District’s fire station in Elfin Forest. Topics to be discussed during the workshop include landscape zones, irrigation, and plant selection.


In addition to providing fire protection benefits, firewise landscapes can feature climate-appropriate plants and plants native to Southern California that require significantly less water for irrigation than traditional turf-heavy landscapes.


To register for this event, visit www.olivenhain.com/events.

Mark Your Calendars (OTC 2020 Events):


  • 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:
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                    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            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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