|~ Next Board Meeting ~
The next Homeowners Association Board meeting will be
Lomas Santa Fe Country Club upstairs in the Boardroom.
Homeowners are encouraged to attend.
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:
Minutes & Newsletters:
Don't you hate it when something you (or your neighbor) planted starts taking over your whole yard? The following brochure
features the most common invasive non-native pest plants that are sold in nurseries, and suggests safe alternatives
for those plants.
|~ Fun Facts ~
- Our HOA does not own the "Common Areas", 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.
|~ 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
|~ Recycling Batteries, Cell Phones, Polystyrene ~
2013 - Solana Beach residents may now recycle household batteries and cell phones at the curb. Just place unwanted
cell phones and used household batteries in a clear plastic storage bag and place them on top of your recycle bin for
colleciton on service day. For added safety, remove any personal data from your phone before collection. Used batteries
accepted for collection are AA, AAA, C, D, 9-volt, Alkaline, Rechargeable, Lithium and coin cells and small button-size.
Residents may now add polystyrene packaging to the list of what they can recycle. Polystyrene items include packaging, cups,
food containers, and similar items. All material must be free from food residue and other contaminants to be acceptable. Polystyrene packing peanuts
are not accepted, but can be brought to local mailbox and shipping stores for reuse.
|~ 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 Tree Policy.
Here is an article from the San Diego Union Tribune regarding the importance of trees in
protecting your home from wildfiles: Formerly revered trees get bad rap after wildfires
|~ Fall Checklist ~
Fall is a great time of year for a thorough landscape inspection. Keep these tasks in mind as you review your landscape:
- Remove critical risk trees.
- Fertilize trees and shrubs (as part of your annual program).
- Prune dead, diseased or unsafe branches.
- Plant new trees and shrubs.
- Mulch trees and shrubs as appropriate.
- Inspect trees and shrubs for insects and diseases and treat appropriately.
- Cable, brace or remove weak limbs.
- Conduct proper fall/winter watering.
|~ Architectural Forms ~
Don't forget to turn in an
Architectural Request Form for any work that you are planning on doing to your home, even if you are just
replacing a garage door or window. Our HOA is required to have a record of all approvals and violations. See the FAQ for more details.
|~ 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.
From a recent thread on Nextdoor San Elijo Hills 1, there was recently a Neighborhood Watch Meeting for San Elijo Hills
on 8/26/16 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 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
- Call NON-EMERGENCY number 858-565-5200 to report burglary, theft, suspicious activity, miscellaneous gunfire, vandalism, etc.
- People are coming from other areas looking for valuable items to pawn
- There is more crime during the Fair and Racing seasons
- Most burglaries 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
- Don’t leave newspapers in driveway
- Be on the lookout for people and cars hanging around that don’t look like they have business in the neighborhood; write down description of person and vehicle, 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 and other places; they connect to your mobile phone wherever you are; stick-up cameras are also available for backyards
- 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:
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 2016, San Elijo Hills has 140 neighbors using Nextdoor! Neighbors across the country are using Nextdoor to:
- Track down a trustworthy babysitter
- Get the word out about a break-in
- Organize a neighborhood garage sale
- Ask for help finding a lost pet
- Plan for an emergency
|~ Solana Beach Events ~
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Solana Beach eNews Signup. You will receive
emails of important events happening in our community.
|~ Coyotes ~
From the Del Mar Times 1/13:
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.
• San Diego County Wildlife Services 1-800-486-0010
• California Fish and Game – San Diego office 858-467-4201