September 2016 San Elio Hills Community Association (HOA) Updates

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California Coastal Cleanup Day in San Elijo Hills

Please see below for the most recent San Elio Hills Community Association (HOA) Updates:


Prost!! ! Fall is in the air and our most popular event of the year is here!

Come celebrate Oktoberfest with your neighbors on Sunday, October 16th from 3:00PM-6:00PM at the lower softball field of San Elijo Hills Park!

We will be celebrating German traditions through food! Bratwurst, hot links, hot dogs, veggie dogs, potato salad, Caesar salad, sauerkraut, soft pretzels, and apple strudel will be served.

Beverages will include ice water, lemonade, iced tea, and root beer floats!

For all residents 21 and over, a beer garden will also be available (must bring a valid state-issued driver’s license or ID). Four drink tickets will be given per household. No outside alcohol will be permitted into the event.

A lively DJ will be playing some German music mixed in with some modern, family-fun hits that will be sure to get you on your feet and dancing!

Carnival games will be sure to entertain our young residents! We will also have face painting, pumpkin decorating, arts & crafts, a rock climbing wall, bounce house, obstacle course, laser tag, wrecking ball ride, photo booth and much, much more!

Please remember to bring proof of residency to gain entrance into the event (i.e.: driver’s license with on-site address, utility bill, HOA statement, etc.). Unfortunately, we will not be able to allow you to enter the event without verifying residency. If your teens or kids come on their own, please remind them to bring identification.

No guests will be permitted. No pets are permitted.

If you have any questions regarding the event or would like additional information, please feel free to contact your Community Director, Liz McCardle, at
(760) 798-9015 or by email at

Speed Bumps

Over the years, owners have expressed interest in speed reduction measures such as speed bumps.

The Association has reached out to the City on numerous occasions to pursue the possibility of speed bumps in our gated neighborhoods. The City, specifically the Fire Marshal, has affirmed that speed bumps will not be approved. Speed bumps slow down the response time for emergency vehicles and causes damage to their vehicle suspension.

The San Elijo Hills Community Association specifically maintains roads located in gated neighborhoods only. Gated neighborhoods in the San Elijo Hills Community Association include Westcliffe, Saverne, Azure, The Estates and Promontory Ridge.

All public streets are under the jurisdiction of the City. If you have concerns regarding public streets, please direct any correspondence to the Traffic and Engineering Department at the City.

Town Square Trees

The Liquidambar trees that line our streets have become a highlight of our cherished community.

What you may not know is that some of these trees have root structures that are causing the sidewalks to lift, creating unsafe conditions for our pedestrians. The combination of rocky soil and the proximity to the streets and sidewalks has impacted the root systems on certain trees in the community.

The San Elijo Hills Community Association and the City of San Marcos came to a mutual agreement where the City will perform the tree replacements and repairs to the sidewalks.

The Community Association and the City also came to an agreement regarding the new tree replacements, and selected Chinese Pistache and Crape Myrtle trees. The new trees will provide fall color, are better suited for the small planter areas and rocky soil, and naturally have a resistance to diseases.

The trees will be hand selected by the Association’s Arborist from local growers, and installed with the proper irrigation and root barriers.

If you have any questions, please contact Rebecca McDonald at

Recent Burglaries

It has been brought to the Association’s attention that burglaries are on the rise in San Elijo Hills. We did a little digging, and found great resources on Here are some tips off of their website:

Did You Know? The majority of residential crimes are crimes of opportunity, wherein the victims have left their homes unsecured. The opportunity for residential burglary
must be curtailed both individually and collectively through citizens working with local
Law enforcement agencies. Many people who have never been a victim are often less than diligent about securing their homes and safeguarding their property. Unfortunately, thieves seek out these vulnerable opportunities, accessing homes and garages through unlocked doors and windows with minimum effort. The SD County Sheriff estimates from reports that an average burglary only takes 3-5 minutes.

Shut out burlgars-5 Key Components

• Surveillance-The ability for people to see and be seen by day and by night.
• Lighting- Interior and exterior, on timers when it starts to get dark.
• Physical Security- Locks, hardware and structural elements
• Evidence- of Activity providing a sense of occupancy at all times
• Neighborhood Watch- Neighbors watching out for each other.

Most law enforcement agencies promote the principles of Crime Prevention through Environmental Design (CPTED) as the most effective way to confront crime. This environmental approach incorporates the above five key aspects into three specific areas of a residence, each of which is equally important to address.

The Exterior
Included in the exterior category are lighting, landscaping and house numbers. Adequate, appropriate lighting and a well-maintained yard creates an aesthetically pleasing environment while allowing surveillance, defining space and guiding guests on to and out of your property.

The Perimeter
Doors, windows, other entrances and alarm systems comprise the perimeter features. The primary goal is to remove any opportunity for a burglar to gain easy access and to ensure that security hardware and devices are not only adequate, but that they are used consistently.

The Interior
The interior includes all interior factors such as lighting, timers and perceived activity. The goal is to create the sense that someone is home at all times, as most burglars want to avoid confrontation. By maximizing the security elements in these three environments and maintaining the concepts of the Neighborhood Watch Program, you will enjoy the benefits of a secure home and community.

San Elijo Hills Community Association Onsite Office

The San Elijo Hills Development Company’s Visitor’s Center is now closed. Not to worry!

The office has now transitioned solely to the Association’s onsite office. Liz McCardle will continue at the onsite office supporting the Board of Directors and Architectural Review Committee through the management of community-building activities, community events and the architectural approval process! Please contact Liz McCardle at 760-798-9015 or by email:

For all other Association related matters, please contact the Community Association Manager, Rebecca McDonald at 760-431-2522.

2016 Annual Meeting & Election

In the coming months, homeowners will have the opportunity to elect one member to the Board of Directors as well as Neighborhood Representatives for the following communities: Acacia, Bella Vista, Calistoga, Cambria, Carmel, Cedar Crossing, Crest View, Luminara, Promontory Ridge, Saverne, Sanctuary, Terraza, The Estates, Waterford, and Westcliffe.

If you are interested in serving your community in either of these positions, please complete and return the Candidate Nomination Form no later than Monday, October 3, 2016. If you have any questions please contact Rebecca McDonald, Community Association Manager, at (760) 431-2522 or

Shop the Square

The San Elijo Hills Foundation is supporting the Sidewalk Saturday in the Town Square is this Saturday, September 24th from 10am-2pm! This is your chance to meet 50+ local area businesses & get a kick-start on your holiday shopping right in the town square around the fountain area. There will be fun music, food trucks and the opportunity to connect with several of our most active community groups. Stop by and show your support of all things local at this very special community building event!

Next Board of Directors Meeting: October 18, 2016

The next Board of Directors meeting is scheduled for 10/18/16, 6:00 pm at
The San Elijo Hills Recreation Center (1105 Elfin Forest Road
San Marcos, CA 92078).

Community Yard Sale

The San Elijo Hills Community Association is sponsoring a community-wide yard sale! All residents are welcome to participate in this FREE event! The yard sale will be held on Saturday, 9/24/16 from 7AM-11AM. Directional signage will be placed out the morning of the sale to the individual neighborhoods. Please note, there will be NO MAPS distributed indicating which individuals homes are participating. Please feel free to add additional signage in the community after 8PM the night before (Friday 9/23/16) so long as it is removed promptly after the event.

For more information, please contact Liz McCardle at

Trails Cleanup Day

The California Coastal Cleanup Day (CCD) has been set for 2016! The San Elijo Hills trails system is a designated California Coastal Cleanup Day (CCD) area, and we need volunteers!

The trail system within San Elijo Hills is such a beloved feature of our community! Please join us on Saturday, September 17th from 9:00AM-12:00PM to help clean up the trails!

Volunteers will meet in the Town Square (by the fountain) of San Elijo Hills at 9:00AM. Walk-ups are welcome but pre-registration helps us with site logistics, so if you know for sure you want to help, please register online at

Special Instructions: All volunteers should wear comfortable closed toed shoes and sun protection. You can help reduce waste by bringing your own reusable water bottle, and gardening or work gloves. Note: every participant in CCD needs to sign a waiver; anyone under the age of 18 needs a parent or guardian signature to participate!

Students are eligible for community service hours, and prizes will be given out for the most trash collected!

Together we can all make a difference!

San Elijo Hills Women’s Club Hoedown in the Hills

Grab your “pardner,” a pal or two, put on your cowboy duds, and join in the fun! San Elijo Hills Women’s Club’s Hoedown in the Hills promises to be an exciting evening of mouth-watering barbeque, beer, wine and non-alcoholic beverages, toe-tapping music, line dancing, an energetic live auction, and the opportunity to bid on amazing silent auction items throughout the evening, all for only $45 per person. So step right up, purchase your tickets without delay at, and mark your calendars for Saturday, October 22, 6-10 PM at the Williams Barn in Walnut Grove Park, 1950 Sycamore Drive, San Marcos. All proceeds from this event benefit Straight from the Heart, a local support and outreach organization serving 5000 North County foster children and their families.

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