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San Elijo Hills Front Entry Renovation Project

Association News from The San Elijo Hills Community Association (HOA)


Front Entry Renovation Project
The Board has inherited significant challenges regarding trees throughout the community. 
Many trees have reached their capacity to thrive in their current locations or become
problematic due to their proximity to various structures.  The Board has been working tirelessly
to resolve these issues.

The Liquidambar styraciflua (Sweetgum) trees in the concrete cut out boxes in town center, for
example, have been lifting concrete and creating hazards and liability issues. On the bright side,
the Lagerstroemia indica (Crape Myrtle) trees that we’ve been replacing them with are a great
addition to our tree palette, with flowers in the spring, and beautiful fall foliage in autumn, as
well as eliminating those pesky seedpods (aka spikey balls).

One of the areas we are currently working on is the front entry feature. The Pinus canariensis
(Canary Island Pines) that were planted in this area are oversized for the space. Additionally,
the Erythrina caffra (Coral) trees and Populus nigra (Poplar) trees in that same space have very
invasive root systems and are starting to compromise the rock retaining walls in that area. The
elimination of the deciduous trees above and around the pond will alleviate water chemistry
and litter issues that they cause with the pond itself.

Starting Wednesday, September 8th we will begin removing the trees in the front entrance to
our community. This will kick off a renovation project in this area where we plan to accomplish
the following: remove the trees with invasive root systems, renovate the pond feature so that
the water level can be raised without flooding, regrade the area to enhance the visibility of the
pond, plant new trees that have been properly selected for the space, install water-wise plant
material that can be maintained on drip irrigation, install a lighted welcome sign and landscape
lighting to increase the aesthetics of the main entry to our community.

We will be releasing additional details as the project progresses and we have included a
concept plan of what the space will look like once completed. In the meantime, please give
yourself more time Wednesday through Friday (September 8-10) during the tree removal phase
(approximately 8:30 am- 2 pm each day). Our contractor is familiar with the traffic concerns
during commuting hours and will do their best to limit their lane closure to the side of the road
that is opposite traffic.

If you have any questions about this project, please email the San Elijo Hills Community Association (HOA): SanElijoHills@waltersmanagement.com

Thank you,
Your San Elijo Hills Board of Directors

Calling on All Californians to Conserve Water

San Elijo Hills Association News

Calling on All Californians to Conserve Water

Part of living in Southern California means facing regular droughts, and this year our drought situation is particularly bad. As of earlier this month, 50 of California’s 58 counties were under a drought state of emergency. We all need to do our part to help conserve water.

On July 8th, Governor Newsome asked all Californians to voluntarily reduce water usage by 15%. Using less water isn’t fun, but it’s necessary to keep our communities functioning.

Ready to do your part to conserve water? Here are a few helpful suggestions:

• Only run your dishwasher when it is full
• Only run your washer when full
• Switch to low-flow shower heads
• Turn off the water when brushing your teeth
• Try to keep your showers to 10 minutes or less (Bonus points if you can get in and out in five minutes or less!)
• Only fill the bathtub halfway
• Recycle unused indoor water by using it to water your garden or lawn
• Use a broom to clean your walkways instead of a hose
• Hold off a little longer on the car wash
• Use mulch in your garden and around trees to trap more water
• Install high-efficiency toilets
• Install drip irrigation for your lawn and garden
• Install a “gray water” irrigation system for your landscaping
• Pull up water-hungry grass and replace it with beautiful, drought-tolerant plants, like succulents
(Note: Always make sure you receive approval from the HOA if needed before many major home or lawn renovations.)

San Elijo Hills Association

One more important thing you can do is notify the HOA if you notice any water running down the street or any broken sprinklers in your community. Leaks can cause a significant amount of water loss, so inform the HOA and we’ll fix the issue as quickly as possible.

*San Elijo Life is not the HOA.

1st Annual Holiday Decorating Contest!

Join San Elijo Hills Community Association HOA in the holiday spirit for our 1st Annual Holiday Decorating Contest! 

$500 PRIZES WILL BE AWARDED FOR EACH OF THE FOLLOWING CATEGORIES & A YARD SIGN TO LET EVERYONE KNOW YOU ARE A WINNER!
  • Best Overall
  • Most Original
  • Best inflatable display
  • Winter Wonderland
  • Best use of Homemade Decorations
  • Best Use of Space
  • Most Creative Use of Lights
  • Best Hannukah
  • Most Humorous
  • Rockin’ Holiday-Best Use of Music & Technology
  • Most Spectacular

Click here: https://sanelijohills.nabrnetwork.com/publicform.php?latest=1&qid=28306  to register!  Or Contact  sehdirector@waltersmanagement.com

All registrations must be received no later than Dec 13th 

Contest Rules

  • Registration is required to be eligible in the contest.
  • Contest is limited to what can be seen from the street side of the house at night.
  • People or live animals not allowed as part of the display.
  • Judging will take place the evening of December 16th from dusk until 9:00pm.
  • Please have your decorations turned on by 5:00pmas part of the display.
  • Judging will take place the evening of December 16th from dusk until 9:00pm.
  • Please have your decorations turned on by 5:00pm.
  • Winners will be notified on Friday, December 18th.

Judging Criteria

  • Creativity (originality, unique design & creative use of lights & decorations)
  • Arrangement (display & placement of decorations)
  • Special Effects (sound effects, fog, animation, etc.)
  • Overall Appearance (color coordination, balance, & overall attractiveness)

**Since 2006 SanElijoLife.com provides community news, photos, videos, and a directory of resources for residents of San Elijo Hills. The site is independent of the developer and the HOA and is run by local homeowners.

San Elijo Hills Community Association HOA Updates for July 2020

Special Board of Directors Meeting
The Board of Directors will be holding a special Board of Directors meeting on July 10, 2020 @ 1:00 pm via remote zoom meeting: meeting ID: 878 6669 9664, Password: 042785.  Agenda items include Board of Directors/officer position reorganization, Landscape Committee appointments, town square camera signage & surveillance policy, and potential board candidate interviews.

Landscape & Irrigation Project Update

The Board of Directors continues to make steady progress on the landscape & irrigation renovations throughout the community. The installation of Hunter smart irrigation controllers is well underway and we are taking advantage of the rebates offered for this upgrade. Our most recent landscape and irrigation upgrades have focused on the beautification of the town center, and water conservation at Duncan Ct, the Summit entry, and the parkways between Duncan Ct and Double Peak Dr. In the next couple months you’ll continue to see work being done in and around the town center and on Double Peak. Additionally, a new tree master plan was adopted by the Board and will be used to replace missing and falling trees in the major thoroughfares of San Elijo Rd, Double Peak Dr, Questhaven Rd & Wild Canyon Dr, and Elfin Forest Rd. We are pleased with the results thus far and progress being made to eliminate waste on the irrigation delivery side of our system by upgrading controllers, converting to drip and more efficient rotors, and adding pressure regulators and check valves. These upgrades will allow us to more accurately budget and anticipate one of our largest expenses – water. if you have any questions about this project, please reach out to management.
Questhaven Park
The Association continues to monitor both San Diego County and City of San Marcos Health Orders, with regard to closures of facilities as it relates to the playground at Questhaven park. At this time, the playground remains closed.  Unfortunately, we have been informed that the caution tape and signs continue to be removed. For the health and safety of our residents, please refrain from utilizing the playground equipment until the County has deemed these areas are safe to reopen. Additionally, as with City maintained parks, the grass and sitting areas at Questhaven park are available for “passive use only” and in accordance with SD County Public Health Order. The use of the park for team sport practices has, and continues to be, strictly prohibited. While enjoying the park, please use caution and maintain social distancing of at least six feet. Residents concerned about groups not adhering to the SD County Public Health Order should contact the San Marcos Sheriff Sub-Station at 760-510-5200. We appreciate your anticipated cooperation. -San Elijo Hills Board of Directors.
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**Since 2006 SanElijoLife.com provides community news, photos, videos, and a directory of resources for residents of San Elijo Hills. The site is independent of the developer and the HOA and is run by local homeowners.

San Elijo Hills Community Association June 2020 Updates

Canyon Trail

If you have recently been on the canyon trail, you may have noticed new areas to explore! The Board of Directors arranged for Papayrus plants and Pampas grasses to be cut and cleared to expose the beautiful arroyo area along the trail.  Families are now able to enjoy the natural topography and experience new adventures! Make sure to check it out!

Community Tile Project Update!

Our community tile project is wrapping up! We now have over 1000 tiles returned, and they look absolutely amazing! The deadline to return your tile to A Colorful Universe is officially June 30th.

Please make sure to read the instructions! We are receiving tiles drawn with markers and paints other than what was provided. Many of these materials will burn off when the tile is fired and glazed. For instructions and information on ideas, tips & techniques visit https://www.acolorfuluniverse.com/the-tile-project. If you have any questions, please contact Liz McCardle at sehdirector@waltersmanagement.com.

2020 Census

The Census needs a certain number of applicants per Census tract to count in the areas where they live. The link where they can apply directly is: //www.2020census.gov/jobs. There is paid training, $21/hr. + $0.58/mi. flexible hours, management positions and other positions up to $23/hr. + mileage in some cases. If you have any questions, please contact Kirsten F, Recruiter/ 2020 Census Bureau: (858) 366-2074.

Support Your Local Businesses!

Don’t forget to order from the town square businesses! Their success is integral to the value of the community, and we need everyone to keep ordering out and helping in any way you can. Please visit sanelijohills.net with special messages and offers by our local businesses.

Dogs in the Hills

An increase in dogs off leashes has been reported in various neighborhoods, and especially on our beloved trails. While you may have a friendly pet, please consider the affects it may have on other trail users. A child or adult may be startled and ultimately injured from a dog running beyond their owner. Pet owners shall at no times allow pets to run unrestrained in common areas, streets, sidewalks or pathway areas and shall at all times have full and complete control over the animal. Please remember there is a $250 fine from the county (San Diego County Code Sec. 63.0102(b)(2)) for unrestrained pets.

Please pick up after your pets and remind your children to do so as well if they are responsible for the dog-walking duties. Don’t forget those common areas next to homes! Pet waste is probably the #1 complaint amongst our residents, so please be diligent and keep San Elijo Hills looking and smelling beautiful!

Water Conservation Project

Your HOA Board has been hard at work updating our irrigation system and landscape (to increase water conservation while enhancing the aesthetics of the community). This month they met virtually with three irrigation controller companies that can supply us with smart controllers to help with conservation and management. Our irrigation infrastructure is 15-20 years old and this capital improvement will provide substantial water and cost savings to the association. They hope to award the contract in the next couple weeks and get the work done before the summer heat. During the last couple weeks this project team has been focused on town center and getting all the missing trees replaced and the irrigation delivery systems updated as part of our conservation efforts. The next few weeks they will continue to focus on this area and the entrance to the community by updating the plant material which can be placed on drip systems, eliminating our overhead sprays and water waste.

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**Since 2006 SanElijoLife.com provides community news, photos, videos, and a directory of resources for residents of San Elijo Hills. The site is independent of the developer and the HOA and is run by local homeowners.

San Elijo Hills Community Association: Important Message from the Board of Directors –

Dear Homeowners:
We hope you are staying well during these turbulent times. We would like to provide you with an update on recent events.
When all our lives were suddenly placed on hold in March, the Board had to cancel all San Elijo Hills community events as they were scheduled through September.  With restrictions on gatherings, we racked our brains on how to bring this community together, without actually being together. We understood hospitals and first responders were working longer than normal shifts, with closed cafeterias and closed coffee carts. Many of these heroes live here in our community and take care of our community when we need them the most. We were also hearing from our local town center restaurants that they weren’t sure how they would be able to survive the restrictions that have been put in place.
So, in April, the Association held an event to help our local first responders and our local San Elijo Hills town square restaurants.  The Association purchased food and coffee from our struggling SEH town square restaurants only (to help keep them afloat and to avoid having a ghost town again) and we provided that food and coffee to our first responders (to help keep their spirits up and show our community support). The total cost for that event was $19,337 or $6.42 cents per household from the events budget.  Not only did we receive an overwhelming amount of gratitude from our first responders and homeowners for this great event, but we also received a huge thank you from our local businesses.
Additionally, we were made aware that some San Elijo Hills families within the community whose children were receiving a free lunch meal Monday through Friday from the school, would not be receiving any assistance on the weekends. We therefore thought it to be a great idea to (in some small way) make certain that these children would not go hungry on the weekend.  Most of the funding for this meal program was from the monies that could have been lost and not refunded from the BunnyPalooza event.  We reached out to the vendor that supplies their services for Bunnypalooza and requested that rather than lose our deposit, they supply the meals to which they agreed. The total amount used from that deposit was $7,900.  We also asked ourselves how we could continue to support our local restaurants.  We spent $6,336 or $2.10 per household from the events that were already budgeted and cancelled through August.  Our thoughts were that having closed businesses in town square would hurt the value of our community and in turn the value of our homes collectively.
The money used for the Tile Event came from event funds and were paid to Colorful Universe.  Another way to keep our businesses alive and to keep our families engaged.  It was huge success and many of our residence enjoyed it.
The Board voted and approved the three events in an open general session meeting. We notified the entire community about these events in April and May (via Facebook, community mailers, eblasts, and it was posted on the community website).
We have since discovered there were a few members of the community that were very disgruntled by our efforts. They claimed we kept these events a secret and that we misappropriated funds from our events budget and have threatened to sue the Association, before even requesting any documentation that would easily quash this wild accusation. The Association’s funds were not misappropriated as this money was already budgeted and still spent on events.  Plus, these events brought a great deal of joy, pride, and support to the community
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**Since 2006 SanElijoLife.com provides community news, photos, videos, and a directory of resources for residents of San Elijo Hills. The site is independent of the developer and the HOA and is run by local homeowners.

April 2020 San Elijo Hills Community Association Updates

Community Tile Project! San Elijo Stands Together!

San Elijo Hills is known for many things, but one thing is for sure…our community spirit! We are truly missing our community events and seeing our neighbors and friends to enjoy some fun in the Hills. While we cannot bring everyone together for some fun…we will bring the fun to you! It’s the perfect opportunity to occupy your free time, come together as a family, all while becoming a part of San Elijo Hills history!

The Community Association will be partnering up with A Colorful Universe to create a special place in the community to display tiles made by all of our residents. A small tile, along with a few paint supplies, will be provided to every household. Simply paint your tile, and drop off in designated bins in front of A Colorful Universe or the San Elijo Hills On-Site office at 1277 San Elijo Road South. We will be working continuously on the distribution and collection. Stay tuned for delivery in your neighborhood. Let’s all stand together and join forces to create something beautiful. Please contact Liz McCardle at 760-798-9015 or sehdirector@waltersmanagement.com.

Architectural Review

While we all stay home spending time with the family, those improvements you have been thinking about may now become a reality. The HOA still continues to accept and review applications for all exterior improvements. We understand the challenges to complete this process due to social distancing and will do our best to help email plans to your neighbors if possible. Thank you to our Architectural Committee for volunteering through this challenging time!

Support Your Local Businesses!

Don’t forget to order from the town square businesses! Their success is integral to the value of the community, and we need everyone to keep ordering out and helping in any way you can. Especially from Sundays to Thursdays.

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**Since 2006 SanElijoLife.com provides community news, photos, videos, and a directory of resources for residents of San Elijo Hills. The site is independent of the developer and the HOA and is run by local homeowners.

Community COVID-19 Update from San Elijo Hills Community Association(HOA)

Dear San Elijo Hills Resident;

We hope that this message finds you and your family members safe and well.

The past week and a half have been unprecedented, as we all know. However, the Board of Directors, with assistance from all of its vendors, including Management are still working to keep the Association operational.

While closed to walk-in traffic at the onsite office and the Walters Carlsbad office, your Management team is still available to answer questions, assist with concerns or generate necessary work orders.

We are all closely monitoring the conditions day to day, and taking any necessary steps to ensure the safety of our residents.

With that said we understand that many of our families are facing challenges associated with social distancing and school closures.  As Californians, we are accustomed to enjoying the outdoors in our local neighborhoods. However, at this time we ask that this be done with the practice social distancing of 6 feet or more.

Some residents have expressed concern regarding groups children utilizing the common areas and trails in a harmful manner.  It has been brought to our attention that children are damaging the trails, common area landscape and not practicing social distancing.   We understand this is a sensitive subject and parents are doing their best to keep their children occupied and provide emotional support among many other responsibilities.

We would kindly request that you talk with your children and ask them to respect the common areas and be considerate of those residents that are quarantined and need a safe and calm environment.

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work together to manage this difficult situation.

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**Since 2006 SanElijoLife.com provides community news, photos, videos, and a directory of resources for residents of San Elijo Hills. The site is independent of the developer and the HOA and is run by local homeowners.

San Elijo Hills Community Association & Walters Management Offices-Closures

Walters Management Offices-Closures

For the safety of our residents and for the safety of our staff, our offices are closed to any walk-in or public traffic.

Due to the severity of the Coronavirus, we are taking serious measures to contain the potential exposure and spread of the virus. We encourage you to call our office at 760-431-2522 or feel free to email your management team at Rmcdonald@waltersmananagement.com or Lgilster@waltersmanagement.com

During this time, please mail all assessment payments as follows:
San Elijo Hills Community Association
c/o Walters Management
Post Office Box 52349
Phoenix, AZ 85072-2349

If you need to pick up a key or FOB for accessing onsite amenities; please contact your Management team to make arrangements to have it mailed to your residence.

This measure will remain in place until April 1, 2020, and maybe extended based on CDC recommendations.

Onsite Office Closure

For the safety of our residents and for the safety of our staff, the onsite office will be closed to any walk-in or public traffic.

Due to the severity of the Coronavirus, we are taking serious measures to contain the potential exposure and spread of the virus. You may contact the onsite Community Director, Liz McCardle at sehdirector@waltersmanagement.com or 760-798-9015.

The next scheduled architectural committee review meeting is scheduled for April 8, 2020, but maybe postponed based on CDC recommendations. We will make every effort to review plans. All architectural applications and plans can be mailed to 1277 San Elijo Road S, San Marcos, CA 92078.  You may email plans to sehdirector@waltersmanagement.com; however, the committee is limited to minor reviews as determined upon submission.

This measure will remain in place until April 1, 2020, and maybe extended based on CDC recommendations.

Friday Night Fever-Adult Only 70’s Disco Party-Canceled

Due to the severity of the Coronavirus, we are taking serious measures to contain the potential exposure and spread of the virus. Therefore this event has been canceled. If you have any questions, please contact Liz McCardle at sehdirector@waltersmanagement.com.

BunnyPalooza April 4, 2020-Canceled

Due to the severity of the Coronavirus, we are taking serious measures to contain the potential exposure and spread of the virus. Therefore this event has been canceled. If you have any questions, please contact Liz McCardle at sehdirector@waltersmanagement.com.

Message from Laura Fratilla – San Elijo Hills Community Association – Board President

Hi All,

I am the President of the San Elijo Hills Community Association. I wanted to reach out to say we have a great community with wonderful people who are helping one another.

At this time, I have a special concern for our elderly in San Elijo Hills. I would like to encourage everyone to reach out to their elderly neighbors (either by phone/email/note on the door). Let them know what you are willing to do to help them. All folks 65+ have been asked to self-quarantine.

I have reached out to San Elijo Hills Albertsons and requested that they have a time designated for seniors to shop during the week. Hoping this will minimize exposure for the older folks in our community. The manager told me he was going to try to get approval from corporate to implement that policy. I will keep you updated when they get back to me.

I also asked about ordering online with curbside pickup for all. He seemed to think that it was not feasible at this time but might consider it for the future.

Thank You – Laura Fratilla – San Elijo Hills Community Association – Board President

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