Rancho Santa Fe Residents No Longer #1 Water Users In California


According to new numbers released in October by the State Water Resources Control Board, the residents of Rancho Santa Fe, California have lost their dubious designation as the number one water users in the state after putting new water regulation laws into motion.

This is good news for the town, as just one month prior in September they held the not-so-glorious distinction as being the #1 users of water in the entire state. Official numbers say back then they ranked in at using 517 gallons a day. That’s nearly four times as much water used by other average San Diego communities.

In the face of water reserves running low, Rancho Santa Fe’s water supplier, the Santa Fe Irrigation District enacted their own mandatory water restrictions such as only watering lawns three days a week and only for ten minutes, unless special water saving sprinklers are being used. Additionally, San Diego enacted new regulations as of November 1st of this past year. The regulations included strict times about when sprinklers could run and for how long, as well as a limit on watering plants. The regulations appear to be working well, so a team to enforce these rules has not been hired.

The reduction of water use can be linked to the new regulations as well as the community taking notice, and cutting back. One resident says it’s not entirely the fault of the community. “A lot of residence’s pay gardeners to tend their lawns, and they just don’t pay attention,” Laura de Seroux said. “That’s the way it is here.”

Rancho Santa Fe News: Dolphin Fountain Property on Market


According to the San Diego Reader, a home at 16715 Camino Sierra Del Sur at Rancho Santa Fe with water fountains shaped like dolphins and balustrade walls is currently on the market.

This home was constructed in the year 2000, and it’s notable because of its huge living area space of over 17,000 square feet and its 14 baths and 10 bedrooms. The property includes 2.5 acres of land nearby.

The property also has a wrought iron gate, and a resort style feel. It even has its own full outside kitchen complete with a working pizza oven. There’s a covered eating area and a lounge area by the pool as well.

One of the floors is for the main owners with two bedroom suites on the north side of the home. There are 2 secondary bedrooms and specific quarters for personnel to maintain the house on the south side of the property.

The home even has a working full gym that has all the hookups for a full theatre for any owners that want it. There’s also a full spa tub and a balcony for viewing the property.

The home is currently on the market and has been since March, and the asking price is $11.5 million, making it one of the more expensive houses in the area.  The house’s swimming pool is completely unique with the dolphin fountains ant the bridge that goes out in front of them.

Some people consider the unique property and pool to be one of the most impressive residences in the Fairbanks Ranch area.

Rancho Santa Fe News: Famous McKay Christmas Village Model


One of the more famous homes for Christmas in Rancho Santa Fe belongs to someone named Dianne McKay. Here are a few reasons why her home is famous every Christmas.

Porcelain Dream

McKay’s home has over a hundred structures made of porcelain, and almost one thousand figures to inhabit the Christmas scene she has made. The porcelain village is festooned with cotton in order to give it a properly snowy tone appropriate for Christmas.

The scene has an intense amount of detail in it that includes blinking lights to show inhabited homes. There’s even a trolley that moves around and stops at various points around the village just like it would in real life.

There’s also an opera house that has figurines dancing to popular music.

Realistic Movement

The display allows McKay to control everything with a few remote controls that are carefully hidden underneath part of the rig. This is done through an elaborate system of wires.

The display started out as partially a way for McKay to show the scenes to her children, but once they were too tall and destructive, she had to transplant the scene from knee height to a large display that was taller.

Most of the models are individually purchased collectibles.

Some of the most impressive parts about the display in the house are the little details which include the famous Time Square falling ball, and an area that shows a bit of New York City. The simulated village has become something of a Christmas tradition and attraction to locals to the area.

Rancho Santa Fe Students Show Off Their Science and Technology Skills

Rancho Santa Fe Students

Rancho Santa Fe parents and educators have a lot to be proud of, especially as of late. As The Coast News reported previously, the Rancho Santa Fe Maze Runners are one of the reasons why parents have been grinning from ear-to-ear. The plucky group of inquisitive, R. Roger Rowe School 5th graders put on one heck of a show at the November 2014 Escondido Robotics Qualifier. So much so, that they earned a spot in the illustrious, must anticipated, First LEGO® League Southern California Championship. It is set to take place at LEGOLAND® in Carlsbad on Saturday, December 6th. We certainly wish them well and can’t wait to hear about their success.

The R. Roger Rowe 5th graders are not the only Rancho Santa Fe residents getting ready to show off their knowledge of science and technology. Just ask the Rancho Santa Fe Education Foundation about that one. They helped local children and educators participate in the Hour of Code last Monday, December 15th. It was part of National Computer Science Education Week, which is designed to inspire our country’s next generation of tech-savvy entrepreneurs.

During the one hour program, children from Rancho Santa Fe, Fairbanks Ranch and elsewhere across the country will be watching educational videos featuring some of the best computer science minds that the world has to offer. They’ll also be completing tutorials that will help them actually sit down and engage in drag-drop programming with a gamification-like feel. So not only will they be given a chance to participate in a nationwide event, they’ll be walking away from it with additional, valuable skills.

Given the direction that our country is taking in terms of STEM education, workforce building and PISA rankings, events like the Hour of Code are clearly of great importance to us all. Parents that wish to learn more about it and other similar events would do well to talk to their children’s school officials. Right now, the Rancho Santa Fe School District has its own robotics program, math pathway and other initiatives that will help the kids think critically and be successful in today’s tech driven economy. Kudos to them for their ongoing efforts too.

Rancho Santa Fe News: Community is On Track to Get New Pool/Fitness Facility

Rancho Santa Fe Community Pool

Rancho Santa Fe – In late November 2014, the residents of Rancho Santa Fe made their thoughts known about a proposed pool and fitness facility. By all accounts, a sufficient number of residents are in favor of moving forward with the proposal, which could mean more recreational opportunities for homeowners with ties to The Covenant in the foreseeable future. As it stands now, residents already have access to a number of fabulous sporting options, including playing golf and tennis.

Of course the recent “yes” vote is just one step in a long road to the construction of the new facility. In the meantime, Rancho Santa Fe residents with an interest in the venue’s development should stay in contact with their local homeowner’s association as well as The Covenant’s Health Club and Pool Committee. There is typically no cost to attend the committee’s meetings and minutes taken from those get-togethers are typically posted online for interested homeowners to review at their leisure.

It has long been known that swimming, and aquatics in general, are good for Rancho Santa Fe residents of all ages. It allows them to use the water’s inherent temperature, continual resistance and buoyancy related properties to their advantage as well as remain social. That said, once the pool and fitness center are in full operation, residents will undoubtedly be able to choose from a wide variety of healthy activities.

For now, many residents and area visitors have the option to continue taking advantage of the Inn at Rancho Santa Fe’s private, heated, saltwater pool and fitness center. Saltwater pools, by the way, tend to have several advantages over chlorinated ones. For example, they are usually a lot kinder to swimmers’ eyes, hair, skin and swimsuits. Plus, they don’t have that chemical smell many Rancho Santa Fe residents look to avoid. For more information about the benefits of saltwater pools, please contact the Inn’s staff directly.

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Rancho Santa Fe Foodies Gear Up for Dried Plum Digestive Health Month


Rancho Santa Fe foodies are undoubtedly gearing up for the January 1st kickoff of California Dried Plum Digestive Health Month. It’s a great time to pick up plums at one of San Diego County’s many farms, grocery stores and specialty retailers and experiment with some new, intense flavors. On top of that, our state’s dried and fresh plums happen to be very nutritious. So flavor won’t be all that our region’s families will be getting.

According to the California Dried Plums Board’s research, the delectable fruit contains disease fighting phytochemicals, antioxidants and a whole lot of dietary fiber. That’s partially why they are part of Digestive Health Month events. Additional information about improving one’s digestive health with California grown foods may be obtained through any number of our region’s healthcare professionals.

So where are Rancho Santa Fe foodies finding California grown plums for their grand experiments? The extended list of locations includes, but isn’t confined to the following businesses:

A more complete list may be found by visiting the San Diego County Farm Bureau’s website. It also contains a harvest calendar, which shows that fresh plums are in season from May until September. Dried plums, on the other hand, are available in our region year round. We’d suggest that Rancho Santa Fe foodies consider checking the local supermarkets’ shelves for them the next time that they’re out and about shopping.

Rancho Santa Fe foodies in need of a few good, dried plum recipes will find a wealth of them available through the afore mentioned, California Dried Plums Board’s website. Great choices for those Rancho Santa Fe families that want to introduce the kids’ to the tasty fruit are dried plum snack bars, packrat cookies, plumkins, plum raspberry cream brownie cups and chewy plum spiced cookies. They’d make wonderful lunch box additions when the kids return to school later in the month.

Rancho Santa Fe Professional Fire Fighters Urge Residents to Download New App


One minute, that’s how much time a cardiac patient has from the moment his or her heart stops to the time when damage starts to occur. The good news is if cardiopulmonary resuscitation is successfully started within four minutes, the person may be able to recover from the traumatic event and go on enjoying a reasonable quality of life. With that said, if a loved one or bystander were to suddenly go into cardiac arrest, would you know how to provide cardiopulmonary resuscitation? If not, would you know where to find help immediately?

If your answer to both questions is “No”, don’t worry. The Rancho Santa Fe Professional Firefighters Local 4349 knows of a new tool that San Diego County residents may use to receive help during such crucial, emergency situations. It’s an extremely handy app called PulsePoint and it’s designed to assist people in accessing automated external defibrillators as well as put them into contact with other trained professionals. The helpful app may be downloaded online at any time.

For those that don’t know, automated external defibrillators are ingenious medical devices geared towards people with no professional first aid/emergency response training. They may be utilized at a moment’s notice to provide electric shock to a person’s heart, which will hopefully keep him or her alive until professional help arrives.

Rancho Santa Fe residents that wish to take it a step further and receive certified CPR training should note, there are organizations throughout San Diego County that offer online and in-person classes. The long list of educators includes, but isn’t limited to the following:

  • American Heart Association
  • Save-a-Life Educators
  • The Training Source
  • Precious Life CPR
  • SHARP® Health Care
  • A-B-CPR
  • Red Cross®
  • Express Training Solutions
  • AmeriMed
  • StarCPR

Prices, dates, times and course materials vary per organization. Some of them even include segments for first-timers on how to use automated external defibrillators. Consequently, it pays for Rancho Santa Fe residents to take the time and shop around for a CPR course that meets their individual expectations and needs. To learn more about the Rancho Santa Fe Professional Firefighters Local 4349 and what else they are doing to help keep our community’s residents safe, please contact them directly.

Fairbanks Ranch Paver Remediation Project Update

Here’s the latest update on the Paver Remediation Project from the Fairbanks Ranch Association as of December 9, 2014. 


The Board and Management want to provide you with an update on the Gate 1 Paver Remediation project. The December Newsletter provided the update as of December 1st, but we now have more current information.

♦ Last Thursday, the Board was provided the results from the Engineers’ testing of the sub-grade at Gate 1. These test results were very important, since the failure of the finish sand, bedding sand, and aggregate base were the cause of the original pavers sinking and rutting.

♦ The Board held a Special Executive Session on Friday, 12/5, to meet with the Project Manager, General Contractor and the two geotechnical engineering firm partners to discuss the recommendations being proposed. These recommendations include enhancements to the original specifications to ensure the long term success of the installation.

♦ Upon lengthy deliberations, the Board approved the Engineers’ proposed specifications and the work was to begin this week. On Monday, December 8, the Association was notified that the grading subcontractor responsible for the approved work was no longer available. The General Contractor is hiring a new sub contractor and the removal of sections of concrete sidewalk and curbs will begin tomorrow. Due to rain forecast for Thursday and Friday, no dirt work will begin until next week.

We understand that the delay of the completion of this paver remediation project is a personal inconvenience to many of our homeowners, and, in general, detracts from the beauty of our fine community. As we hope you will appreciate, the greatest concern of the Board is that the re-installation of the pavers be carried out in a prudent manner.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.


For more information, you may contact Fairbanks Ranch Association:

Fairbanks Ranch Association
17651 Circa Del Norte
P.O. Box 8166
Rancho Santa Fe , California 92067

Phone: 858-756-4415
Fax: 858-756-5485

Fairbanks Ranch, CA: Musical Duo to Perform in Area on January 23rd, 2015

Musical Duo to Perform in Fairbanks Ranch

Fairbanks Ranch, CA – Music fans may want to make note of a special happening set to take place on Friday, January 23rd, 2015. On that day, the renowned music duo, Miguel DeHoyos and Alex Depue, will be taking the Village Church Fellowship Hall stage at 7 p.m. It’s all part of the Community Concerts of Rancho Santa Fe’s 2014-2015 season, which currently extends into early May 2015.

For those that may have never been before, a Miguel DeHoyos and Alex Depue event is unlike any other. Thus, Fairbanks Ranch’s music lovers should expect a high energy, one-of-a-kind experience. DePue is a classical violinist and master fiddler whereas DeHoyos is an accomplished guitarist whose music gives a solid nod to his Mexican roots. Both consummate musicians enjoy separate careers but have come together on stage many times, much to the delight of music fans everywhere.

That said, Fairbanks Ranch residents may recall seeing DePue perform through popular outlets like YouTube, VH1 Country, Country Music Television, The Grand Ole Opry, Carnegie Hall and Great American Country. DeHoyos, on the other hand, is well known in his native Mexico and is currently making inroads into American’s consciousness due to his concert appearances and latest recordings.

Fairbanks Ranch residents interested in attending the Alex Depue – Miguel DeHoyos concert this coming January should be at the hall on Paseo Delicias when the doors open promptly at 6:15 p.m. Single performance tickets are $75 each and may be purchased in advance, through snail or e-mail.  So Fairbanks Ranch residents should make it a point to allow enough time for ticket processing and receipt. Visa, MasterCard and personal checks are acceptable forms of advance payment. To learn more about Alex Depue and Miguel DeHoyos’ upcoming performance as well as the rest of the season’s events, please contact the Community Concerts of Rancho Santa Fe directly.