Monthly Archives: November 2014

Happy Thanksgiving San Elijo Hills

San Elijo Hills

Thanksgiving is a time when our San Elijo Hills homes are filled with the smell of roasted turkey, gravy and pumpkin pie. More importantly, it’s a time when we count our blessings and are thankful for those that surround us in our community. We are grateful for you our readers and supporters.

You our readers have helped build our community and local awareness …THANK YOU!

Happy Thanksgiving

San Elijo Life-The Philbrick Family


Information Session at CSUSM: New Specialized Accelerated MBA (SAMBA) Program


What: Free Information Session for the Specialized Accelerated MBA (SAMBA) Program

Where: Cal State University San Marcos, Markstein Hall Room 103

When: Tuesday, December 2th, 2014 from 6:00 – 7:00 PM

Why: Specialized Accelerated MBA Program will provide participants with the skills they need to be successful in the business world and will prepare them for entrance into some of the finest companies in the region and abroad. This unique “stackable” program consists of 36-48 units in three phases: the Foundation, the Core, and the Specialization in Business Intelligence or International Business, which also presents three entry and exit points into and out of the program. Upon satisfactory completion of each phase of the program, students will receive a certificate, and upon completion of the final project/culminating experience, an MBA.

This flexible, innovative program will benefit business and non-business major graduates and international students interested in pursuing advanced business education, designed to be completed in 12-15 months. Attend this or any information session for program details!

For more information about upcoming information sessions and to RSVP, please visit our website at

About Extended Learning at California State University San Marcos

As the academic outreach arm of Cal State San Marcos, Extended Learning is a leading provider of professional and continuing education in North San Diego and Southwest Riverside counties. Offering degree programs and academic credit and noncredit professional development courses, as well as career-based certificate programs, we help individuals and organizations achieve their educational and training goals.

City of San Marcos refinances bonds to save taxpayers more than $4.6 million

San Marcos
City refinances bonds to save taxpayers more than $4.6 million

On October 23, the City of San Marcos refinanced bonds to save money for more than 1,700 property owners in Twin Oaks Valley Ranch and certain areas of San Elijo Hills. Without extending the bond payback period, this move will save taxpayers more than $4.6 million in Mello-Roos special taxes over the next 24 years. Average annual savings per homeowner are expected to range from $150 and $600.

The bonds are part of Community Facilities District (CFD) 91-01 and CFD 99-01 and help pay for public infrastructure such as roads, utilities, and water and sewer facilities. Marking the fourth bond refinancing in the last three years, this move refinances $37.4 million of outstanding bonds and reduces interest rates from 4.9 percent to 3.1 percent.

Similar action was taken in 2012 when the City refinanced $54.2 million in bonds to save taxpayers in Old Creek Ranch, certain areas of San Elijo Hills and the Paloma/Santa Fe Hills area an estimated $4.1 million. The outstanding bonds are for Community Facilities Districts (CFD) 2002-01 and certain areas of CFD 99-01 and CFD 88-1.

Community Facilities Districts, or Mello-Roos as they are more commonly known, help finance local public facilities and services such as law enforcement, fire, landscaping, lighting and other community services. Cities often consider refinancing these long-term bonds if market conditions are favorable enough to save money – something San Marcos has done at least a half a dozen times over the past 20 years to capture similar savings.

For more information about the City’s budget, please visit

Double Peak School Update

Double Peak School Parent Informational Meeting #2

Double Peak School – Parent Informational Meeting #2

“Vision and Core Values”

Monday, December 1, 2014

(The same activity was presented at the November 3 meeting)

SMUSD’s District Office – 6:00 to 7:30 pm

This will be an interactive meeting starting the process of developing our vision and core values.

Principal’s Coffee

Please join Steve Baum, principal of Double Peak School, for a cup of coffee and an informal meeting. He will provide a brief update on the new K8 school and then be available to answer question. This informal setting is a wonderful way to support our local businesses, get to know our new principal and meet the parents that will be attending Double Peak School.

December 12 – Cafe Stoked (9:15 – 10:30)

Student Participation Survey
Mr. Baum will be visiting Discovery Elementary, San Elijo Elementary, Woodland Park Middle, and San Elijo Middle during the upcoming months.  These meetings will build excitement for the new school and allow students to assist in the decision making process.
If you would like your child to participate in these meetings, please use the link below to fill out the survey.  Both students in the Double Peak boundary and possible intra-district transfer students are welcome to participate.
This is a wonderful way for the students to take part in the development of the school culture.
Student Participation Link:

San Elijo Hills Association Updates & Events

San Elijo Hills Peace Monument
Following is a list of special announcements for San Elijo Hills Association:

Board Election
Ballots have been mailed for the election of three members to the Board of Directors. The following neighborhoods will also have an opportunity to elect Neighborhood Representatives: Acacia, Bella Vista, Calistoga, Cambria, Carmel, Cedar Crossing, CrestView, Promontory Ridge, Saverne, Waterford and Westcliffe. Ballots must be returned by December 4th, 2014. We encourage all owners to participate in this important process. Should you have any questions after reviewing the balloting materials, please contact Jean Salvia at

Ridgeline Trailhead Closure
Due to recent wildfire related damage, the Ridgeline Trail will remain closed until further notice. The Ridgeline Trailhead parking lot and public restroom along San Elijo Road will also be closed. Please obey all posted signs as they are placed for residents’ safety as well as liability purposes. We hope that you continue to enjoy the rest of the 18 miles of trails that we have in our community! As always, trail maps are available in the Visitor’s Center or online at

Fire Safety Concerns
As the weather remains warm and the conditions dry, we would like to remind our residents to take extra care in protecting their home from fire danger. Please visit to learn about the San Diego County’s “Ready, Set, Go” approach. Additionally, the fire department has requested that owners trim any trees that are growing over the fence line into HOA trees or that are growing close to the eves of your home. Thank you for your attention to this matter!

San Elijo Holiday Boutique: Saturday, November 15th
Come get some of your holiday shopping done at the San Elijo Holiday Boutique on Saturday, November 15th from 10:00AM-3:00PM at the San Elijo Rec Center. This event is presented by San Marcos Community Services and the San Elijo Hills Women’s Club and will include arts & crafts vendors, entertainment and food! A portion of the proceeds will be donated to San Elijo Hills Women’s Club to support their non-profit charities.

Must Dash for a Cure Event: Sunday, November 16th
The community of San Elijo Hills invites you to join us for a dash, walk & skip for a cure! This fun-filled day will benefit JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) all with a fabulous mustache theme! Please visit for more information.

Board Business
Yay! We have exciting news for our homeowners! Thanks to careful fiscal management and a healthy cash position, the Board of Directors has approved an assessment holiday for the month of December. Homeowners will not be charged Master Association assessments of $80.00 for December. Any payments received will be applied to current account balances and/or will be reflected as a credit towards future charges. Assessments will resume in January. Please note: if you live in a sub-association (Belmont, Creekside Cottages, Morgan’s Corner, Springfield, WestRidge), or you reside in a cost center (Westcliffe, Promontory Ridge, Saverne/Azure), you will still be responsible for the additional monthly assessment associated with your neighborhood.

The Board of Directors will be holding a brief general session meeting on Tuesday, November 18th at 5:00PM at the Visitor’s Center to adopt the final budget for 2015 as well as wrap up some final year-end items. Management is not recommending a change in monthly dues at this time.

This year’s Annual Meeting will be held on Tuesday, December 16th at 6:00PM at the San Elijo Elementary School multipurpose room. We anticipate participation from Fire Department to discuss fire protection and prevention here in San Elijo Hills. All homeowners are welcome to attend the meeting. Thank you all for another great year here in San Elijo Hills!

Thanksgiving Closures
In observance of the Thanksgiving holiday, Walters Management offices will be closed on Thursday, November 27th and Friday, November 28th. If you have an emergency that cannot wait until the next business day, please call the on-call service at (858) 495-0900 so your issue can be addressed. Have a wonderful holiday with your friends and family!

Turkey Classic Golf Tournament: Saturday, November 29th
It’s time! Time to register for the 12th Annual Turkey Classic Neighborhood Golf Tournament and this year promises to be better than ever! You can assemble your own four-some or we can match you up with the perfect partners for a great day of golf right here in San Marcos. We’re aiming for a shotgun start this year. This means we need at least 65 players. Are you in? This is the most fun golf tournament you’ve ever experienced and the event committee for the San Elijo Hills Foundation is busy taking this long-standing community tradition to a whole new level. It’s going to be a blast! Come meet some new friends, get involved and make an impact in our community. All levels of players are welcome. Visit for more information.

San Elijo Hills Tree Lighting Event: Friday, December 5th
Tis the season to be jolly! Bundle up warmly and come out to the Town Square on Friday, December 5th. Festivities will run from 6:00PM-8:00PM with the tree lighting at 7:00PM. Activities include:

• Santa will be here for pictures so make sure you are on his “nice” list! Don’t forget to bring your camera!
• Carolers dressed in Dickens-style attire will fill the air with classic holiday tunes.
• A Colorful Universe will have an ornament painting station for only $5.00 per ornament. Stop by to create a one-of-a-kind decoration for your home! They also make great gifts for family.
• Holiday elves will join us to show off their artistic skills with balloons.
• Cookies, cider and hot chocolate will be served to warm your belly!
• Some awesome food trucks will be serving up a variety of specialties available for purchase.

We hope that you and your family are able to make it out to this long-standing tradition in San Elijo Hills! If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Christine Cruz at

We wish you all a very Happy Holiday Season and Prosperous New Year!


*Since 2006 San Elijo Life ™ provides community news, photos, videos, and a directory of resources for residents of San Elijo Hills. The site is independent from the developer and the homeowner’s association.

Run with Sole and you’ll jump for joy!

Sole Running

Get ready to get your party on! Join us as we train for the ever popular U-T California 10/20 10-mile race. Ten beautiful miles through 3 coastal communities – Del Mar, Solana Beach and Encinitas. There will be 20 bands to entertain you over the 10 miles and we are sure to have a blast!

In this laid-back, supportive, non-competitive and FUN program, runners get a detailed training plan, weekly coached runs, unlimited contact with the coach, email newsletters, discounts on running gear, product samples, a technical t-shirt as well as informational seminars on running form, nutrition, injury prevention and much more! Race registration isn’t included in the program fee but all program participants will receive a special discount off race registration as well as some awesome giveaways from the race organizers. But you must register for the program to receive them!

To learn more, check out our website:

Got questions? Get in touch:

National Technology Survey of Students, Educators and Parents Open Through December 19th

National Technology Survey of Students, Educators and Parents Open Through December 19th

Speak Up 2014 Asks about Technology Use in and Out of School, How Parents are Learning about Common Core State Standards and Bandwidth Capacity for Digital Content

Online Survey:

San Marcos, CA – Through December 19th, more than 400,000 K-12 students, educators and parents will complete the Speak Up 2014 online survey and share their ideas about education and technology with our national leaders. The annual survey is now open for input and is facilitated through public, private and charter schools all around the country; every school is eligible to participate. The results provide important insights about education, technology and student aspirations to individual schools, state departments of education and national leaders.

“Each year more schools sign up to be part of Speak Up because it offers them – their students, parents, staff and members of the community – a way to express their opinions about the future of learning, local and national policies, how teaching could be improved and more,” said Julie Evans, CEO of Project Tomorrow, the survey’s facilitator and a national leader in empowering students to have a voice in improving education in the 21st century.

“San Elijo Middle School has been a leader in technology since opening in 2004. Now in our 11th year, we continue to provide our staff and students with access to the best technology available and the results are irrefutable.”

The 2014 online survey – open now through December 19th for all K-12 students, parents, members of the community, teachers, and administrators at – offers the largest collection of authentic, unfiltered input on education and technology from those ‘on the ground’ in the schools. For the first time, Project Tomorrow, will also provide a special online survey for community members. Local employers, after school providers, school board members and homeowners without children in the local schools can now provide their views on the role of technology in preparing students for the jobs and careers of the 21st century. This new set of data will provide valuable insights for schools and districts as well as state and federal policymakers on the importance of digital tools and resources for college and career readiness. Additionally, both parents and community members will also be asked about their awareness of the new Common Core State Standards, and the sources, both digital and non-digital, of their information about the new standards.

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Must Dash For A Cure is This Sunday in San Elijo Hills

Must Dash for a Cure


This Sunday, November 16th from 9:00 AM to 1:00PM. come out and walk, or run to help find a cure for Type 1 Diabetes.

Register online

All proceeds to benefit JDRF.

Learn more about the Gidner Family of San Elijo Hills and Type 1 Diabetes.

San Elijo Holiday Boutique-Arts and Crafts Vendors, Entertainment and Food

San Elijo Holiday Boutique

Be sure to come out for the San Elijo Holiday Boutique on Saturday, November 15, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm, at the San Elijo Hills Recreation Center next to the lower baseball field at San Elijo Hills Park. Lots of vendors with holiday items, jewelry, clothing, kick off your holiday shopping right here in San Elijo Hills.

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