|~ Next Board Meeting ~
The next Homeowners Association Board meeting will be
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 September 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.
|~ Fun Facts ~
- Our HOA does not own the slopes (the adjacent homeowners own the slopes), but our HOA does control what is done on them.
- There are 192 homes in our community.
- 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.
|~ 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 email@example.com.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org and we will work to address your issue.
|~ Street Address Numbers ~
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!
|~ Hazardous Waste/Recycling ~
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.
Other hazardous waste disposal options can be found on the Solana Beach website: Household Hazardous Waste
Local shipping stores often welcome your donations of bubble wrap and other packing materials.
Plastic grocery bags can be returned to grocery stores for recycling.
Solana Center also offers rain barrels (get a $35 rebate) and compost bins/accesories for sale, and even has a garden tool boing 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.
|~ Slope Plants ~
2013-2020 - Some small areas of the slopes are being replanted with 4 varieties of plants recommended by a native plant consultant.
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.
The two entrances to our community will also be receiving some more colorfull additions.
- Ceanothus Carmel Creeper
- Bacchari´s Pigeon Point
- Arctostaphylos Pacific Mist
- Arctostaphylos Carmel Sur
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 2020, San Elijo Hills has 244 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
|~ Updating the HOA´s PC&Rs ~
PC&Rs & Bylaws Update
The deadline for receiving ballots to vote on whether to approve the updated PC&Rs and Bylaws was September 1, 2021, at 6:30 pm at monthly Board meeting. 132 homeowners returned their ballots and the preponderance of those (115), voted Yes to approve the updated PC&Rs and Bylaws and seventeen (17) voted No. While the majority of homeowners voted Yes to approve, an additional 13 Yes votes are needed to reach the two-thirds (2/3) majority or 128 votes required to approve.
You may recall the work to update the PC&Rs and Bylaws started in August 2019. A significant amount of time has been invested by homeowners and the board in the last two plus years to achieve the goal of updating these documents. Weighing this fact against the small number of additional votes needed to approve, and recognizing that sixty (60) homeowners had not returned ballots, the Board voted to extend the deadline for collecting ballots.
THE NEW CUTOFF FOR COLLECTING BALLOTS IS October 6, 6:30 pm, the next Board meeting.
I thank all of you that provided your input during this project and took the time to return your ballot. If you have not returned your ballot, PLEASE a take a moment to do so. If you misplaced your ballot, it can be quickly replaced by requesting another via email to email@example.com or calling me at 858-775-7956.
For more information on the recent voting ballots, click here. Along with your ballot all homeowners received a copy of the updated PC&Rs and Bylaws and a letter from President, Phil Klein. The letter provided information on the Background of the PC&Rs and Bylaws, History of the project to update original documents, answers to a couple of FAQs, Data from Homeowner Feedback and perhaps most importantly a Summary List of Differences and Similarities between the original PC&Rs and Bylaws and the updated documents. 150 Homeowners who provided the Board their email addresses along with their permission to receive notifications on the PC&Rs and Bylaws update project received electronic copies of the updated PC&Rs and Bylaws, the letter from President Phil Klein and Summary List of Differences and Similarities. 42 Homeowners who did not provide their email addresses received the material via United States Postal Service Mail. Many thanks to those who received the material electronically as your actions saved the HOA $1,200 in postal fees.
Additional documents listed below are available and contain information useful in your review and evaluation of the proposed revisions in the PC&Rs and Bylaws.
- Original PC&Rs ,
- Final Proposed PC&Rs and
- Summaries of Key Differences and Similarities between original PC&Rs, Policy Manual, and Bylaws and the proposed PC&Rs and Bylaws
- All Homeowners´ Feedback including actions taken in response to the feedback
- Diagram of the Process Steps Used
- Results of Four Question Survey
|~ Request for Email Addresses ~
PC&R Mailing List
Email Addresses Needed!
The HOA is updating its old governance documents, including the Protective Covenants and Restrictions that
are binding on all homeowners in the neighborhood. We want to engage with each of you to make sure the documents
address the needs of the community without imposing unwanted restrictions. To do this effectively in the age
of COVID, we need to have your email address. To join this mailing list,
please send an email request to:
Please include your:
- San Elijo Hills street address
|~ 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.
|~ 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.
|~ Bees ~
Bee season is Spring-Fall 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!