Rancho santa fe news, february 5, 2016

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VOL. 12, N0. 3

FEB. 5, 2016

Volunteers pitch in at tree planting event By Christina Macone-Greene

RANCHO SANTA FE — On Jan. 23, Arroyo Park in Rancho Santa Fe was brimming with activity for its Community Tree Planting event. A cool morning provided the perfect temperature for digging and planting. Thanks to more than 60 people who took part in this day, a total of 25 native oak trees were planted. Both adults and children pitched in to make a difference at the park. Before everyone got to work, they enjoyed a light breakfast and watched a demonstration on how to set the trees up for planting success. The Rancho Santa Fe Association Committee on the Natural Environment, the Stanford Club of San Diego, and the nonprofit organization, Tree San Diego, spon- From left: Melanie Conomikes, Laurie Broedling and Tim Lacey volunteer to help plant trees at Arroyo Park in Rancho Santa Fe on Jan. sored the community event. 23. The Community Tree Planting event saw more than 60 people plant 25 native oak trees. Photo by Christina Macone-Greene

DEL MAR — Changes are being made at Del Mar Horsepark in an effort to make the 65-acre equestrian facility profitable. To raise revenue, boarding fees have been increased, trainers are now required to pay a fee, and parking during the San Diego County Fair, which was free in the past, will cost $5 per vehicle. The Del Mar Fairgrounds, which owns the property, also plans to take over the county hunter/jumper horse shows “to provide a nicer product,” 22nd District Agricultural Association board President Russ Penniman said. The 22nd DAA, which governs the fairgrounds, bought the property at the corner of El Camino Real and Via de la Valle in 1994 for overflow parking primarily during the San Diego County Fair. That use continues, with no In an effort to make Del Mar Horsepark profitable, boarding fees have been increased, events held at the site during trainers are now required to pay a fee, and parking during the San Diego County Fair, which was free in the past, will cost $5 per vehicle. Photo by Bianca Kaplanek that time.

By Christina Macone-Greene

The rest of the year it is used for equestrian boarding and horse shows. With the permanent loss of 1,250 parking spaces beginning with this year’s fair, officials ordered a financial breakdown of the activities that take place at Horsepark. Janet Holden, who manages the site, presented the results to board members at the Jan. 12 meeting. “For the boarding it’s not a very good picture,” she said. “The boarding does not make money. “We maintain their rings and their stalls,” she said, adding that feed and bedding needs are met through a contractor and trainers take care of the horses. Penniman said the current net loss on boarding is estimated to be about $130,000 annually. The site is home to 223 horses in 145 box stalls and 78 pipe cor-

RANCHO SANTA FE — The Santa Fe Irrigation District recently announced the suspension of both its penalties and water allocation programs for upcoming bills dated on or after Feb. 1. The decision was made after the District’s board of directors’ vote on Jan. 21. “Even though the district suspended water allocations, we are asking our customers to continue their water conservation efforts since we are still required by the state to reduce by 36 percent. Our Level 3 water shortage conditions with mandatory water use restrictions are still in place,” said Jessica L. Parks, the district’s public information officer. She added, “Violation of the water use restrictions can result in fines up to $1,000.” According to Parks, the district reassessed its water conservation program to help meet the government mandate and determined that the lift included multiple reasons. Customers were cutting back water use by a cumulative 35 percent, the recent heavy rainfall was instrumental, and possible revisions to water cutbacks may be dictated by the state. “Efficiency changes have permanently reduced water use through turf removal, landscape makeovers, installation of more efficient sprinkler systems, and more,” Parks said. “The district’s water usage in De-



Horsepark changes aim to put facility in the black By Bianca Kaplanek

SFID lifts water penalties and allocations

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