|~ Next Board Meeting ~
The next Homeowners Association Board meeting will be January 15, 2020,
at 6:30pm at the Lomas Santa Fe Country Club upstairs in the Boardroom.
Homeowners are encouraged to attend.
The minutes from the latest meetings are here.
Agenda for the January Meeting
The agenda will be posted for any member interested at the entrance to our community prior to the meeting. If you have any questions, pease contact the Board of Directors at email@example.com.
|~ Latest News ~
Our HOA Board has been working very hard to keep our community looking beautiful! Here is the latest information
about our neighborhood:
- The Board is initiating an effort to improve enforcement of the neighborhood's covenants by establishing a consistent, streamlined process for identifying and responding to violations. If you are concerned that a neighbor might be violating the PC&Rs or Policies, please notify the Board by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Weeds, weeds and more weeds are the results of all this wonderful rain we have been getting these past few months! Martinez Landscaping has been attempting to keep up with the weed work on all the slopes, especially those that are most visible. They have a rotation schedule and normally work for us on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. If you have a question about your slope, email email@example.com and we will work to address your issue.
- According to Section 505 of the California 2016 Fire Code, street address numbers on the front of our homes are very important for emergency services all year long. Here is what the code requires: "Address identification shall be legible and placed in a position that is visible from the street or road fronting the property. Address identification characters shall contrast with their background. Address numbers shall be Arabic numbers or alphabetic letters. Numbers shall not be spelled out. Each character shall not be less than 4 inches (102 mm) high with a minimum stroke width of 1/2 inch (12.7mm)." While painting numbers on your curb can be very helpful, they do not meet California Fire Code. Number visibility is imperative for all emergency services, so please evaluate your home numbers and make changes necessary for your safety!
|~ Fun Facts ~
- Our HOA does not own the slopes, the adjacent homeowners own the slopes.
- Want to share a concern about our neighborhood? Please attend the next HOA board meeting or contact the Board of Directors at firstname.lastname@example.org.
|~ Landscape Improvements Presentation ~
Here is the Landscape Improvements Presenation that was discussed
at the Annual Meeting on 6/28/17.
And here is a shorter version (only 8 pages) (Shorter) Landscape Improvements Presenation.
|~ Slope Plants ~
2013 - The HOA board recently voted to begin alternative ways to save water and money by replanting small areas of the slopes.
These plants were approved by the board and recommended by a native plant consultant. There are 4 varieties. All are
particularly well suited for slopes/erosion, are fire resistant, low growing, evergreen with blooms 1-2 times per year,
and most important, drought tolerant.
- Ceanothus Carmel Creeper
- Bacchari´s Pigeon Point
- Arctostaphylos Pacific Mist
- Arctostaphylos Carmel Sur
|~ Wildfire Awareness ~
Following the wildfires of October 2007, we are all concerned for the safety of our homes.
After meeting with our local Fire Marshall, we have some information that you can use to help protect your house:
- (FEMA) Wildfire Mitigation: Vents, Eaves and Soffits
- (FEMA) Wildfire Mitigation: Windows and Doors
- 100´ Defensible Space
- Firewise Landscaping Checklist
- Wildfire Preparedness Guide
|~ Trees ~
Read about our recently updated Slope and Tree Policies.
Here is an article from the San Diego Union Tribune regarding the importance of trees in
protecting your home from wildfi: Formerly revered trees get bad rap after wildfires
|~ Hazardous Waste ~
2017 - Did you know that California state law currently prohibits the disposal of light bulbs that contain mercury, such as compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs) in the trash?
Instead, bring them to the Solana Center located at 137 N. El Camino Real in Encinitas (behind the Sheriff's station). Check their website for
hours. They also accept LED bulbs, e-waste, & batteries.
Paint is another hazardous waste that can often be recycled for FREE at local paint retailers.
Solana Center also offer rain barrels (get a $35 rebate) and compost bins/accesories for sale, and even have a garden tool borrowing program that includes
a variety of tools, from basic garden spades and pruning tools to a post-driver and a long-handled fruit picker. And if you want to learn more about
Green Living, they offer workshops on topics such as beekeeping, greywater systems, residential solar, and barn owls in the home and garden.
|~ Request for Architectural Improvement Form ~
Don´t forget to turn in a
Request for Architectural Improvement form
for any changes that you are planning to do to the outside of
your home or to the yard. Simple matters like interior painting and repairs do not need approval. However, if you
intend to change windows, add a second story, change landscaping, change exterior colors or remove or change visual
barriers between yourself and your neighbors, please get prior approval from the HOA. The current version of the form
includes a page of instructions that provides additional information about what is required for specific project types.
|~ 2019 Annual Meeting Summary ~
San Diego Sheriff - Discussed local law enforcement issues, mentioned the NON-EMERGENCY number 858-565-5200, and distributed the following handouts:
Lesa Heebner (Former Mayor) - Discussed City issues including the pending sale of the Executive Golf Course and current State Legislation measures.
Various state bills are under consideration that would affect the way cities enforce their zoning requirements in an effort to increase housing density.
Bills SB 330,
SB 50, and
were discussed at the HOA's Annual Meeting in June. Interested homeowners are encouraged to read the legislation and may wish to contact our elected
State Assembly representative, Todd Gloria, and State Senator,
Toni Atkins. Lesa distributed a form letter and list of State committee members that she recommended to contact. These are available on request by sending email to email@example.com or by contacting Lesa directly.
Board Election - We BARELY had enough ballots to have a valid election, please vote next year so we do not risk having to print and mail all of the ballots a second time.
Meeting Minutes - Annual Meeting Minutes
|~ Bees ~
It´s bee season and you may become aware of a hive in your yard. Pick your bee removal company carefully as many claim to take the hives to
a special location but end up tossing them in the nearest dumpster. One favorite location of the bees for forming a hive is the irrigation
valve control boxes. If you remove a hive from a valve box, be sure to cover the opening with netting or fill the box with foam/insulation
to prevent them from coming back. We love bees, but not in unsafe locations!
|~ City of Solana Beach ~
Sign up to receive eNews from the City of Solana Beach, just go to:
Solana Beach eNews Signup. You will receive
emails of important events happening in our community.
If you notice a problem in our city like a street light that is always on, or a problem with a sidewalk or storm drain you
can find the right person to contact at: City of Solana Beach: City Services and Key Contacts.
The city now has an app available for both iPhone and Android, just search for "City of Solana Beach" in the iTunes/Google Play stores. This app can be used to
keep track of City events, find key contact lists and most importantly, enable residents to notify City Staff of maintenance needs or issues in the community quickly and conveniently.
Our neighborhood is using a private online network called Nextdoor San Elijo Hills 1,
and we think you´ll benefit from joining us. On our Nextdoor site, neighbors share community events, recommendations, items for sale/free, crime/safety concerns, ideas about how to make our neighborhood better, and more. Please join us to build a better neighborhood!
As of 2019, San Elijo Hills has 219 neighbors using Nextdoor! Neighbors across the country are using Nextdoor to:
- Get the word out about a break-in
- Organize a neighborhood garage sale
- Ask for help finding a lost pet
|~ Crime Report ~
Be Aware: Always report any theft, no matter how small, as it all feeds into the database and could possibly link other crimes together and
uncover bigger problems. Pay attention to your neighbors and unfamiliar cars, and lock your cars at night. In 2019, a few neighbors have had items stolen from their unlocked cars between the hours of midnight and 6 am.
There was a Neighborhood Watch Meeting for San Elijo Hills
with Gary Rivers, Crime Prevention Specialist, from the Encinitas Sheriff´s Substation who reported the following:
- In Solana Beach the SD County Sheriff´s Department is responsible for law enforcement. Call NON-EMERGENCY number 858-565-5200 to report burglary, theft, suspicious activity, miscellaneous gunfire, vandalism, etc.
- Call EMERGENCY 911 in case of lives in danger, fire, crime in progress, medical emergency
- Use a ´land line´ if accessible, rather than a mobile phone, for more immediate connection to help
- There is more crime during the Fair and Racing seasons
- Most burglaries occur between 10am and 3pm when residents are at work
- Lock cars and house, keep garage doors and window coverings closed, don´t leave valuable items in view
- Photograph suspicious people and vehic, including the license plate number
- Door-to-door solicitors are required to obtain a Solicitor´s License from the City and to show photo ID; send them away and report them to Sheriff´s department if they can´t show you one
- Surveillance cameras should have high resolution and infrared capability to be really effective
- ´Ring´ doorbells with cameras are available at Home Depot, Costco and other places; they connect to your mobile phone wherever you are; stick-up cameras are also available for backyards
- Don´t leave newspapers in driveway. Good outdoor lighting and a dog in the house are good deterrents
- Operation Identification: engrave your driver´s license on valuable electronics, etc. personal engravers are available at hardware stores & online
See recent crimes in Solana Beach at:
|~ Coyotes ~
From the Del Mar Times 2013:
Reports have recently been made of coyote sightings in Solana Beach, and mountain lion and coyote sightings in Rancho Santa Fe.
"These animals are native to the area and can be attracted around homes by leaving pet food out, the presence of small pets, etc. State Fish and Game
warn people to not leave food or pets outside and keep a close eye on small children, especially during early morning or late afternoon times," Rancho
Santa Fe Patrol Chief Matt Wellhouser said. "In addition, do not jog, bike or hike alone; do not approach a coyote, bobcat, or mountain lion.
Sometimes the attraction of smaller wild animals attracts the bigger animals as well.
"These animals are most active at dawn, dusk and at night. Often deer are attracted to the area because of food sources, same with opossums, raccoons, and other prey.
These animals are often prey for larger animals."
Please take precautions to avoid coming in contact with these animals, Wellhouser said. Below are referral numbers you can call for more information. Refer to the
websites below. Fish and game would like to know of sightings to track the activity.