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Association director resigns his position

RANCHO SANTA FE — Citing business reasons, Rancho Santa Fe Association Director Jack Dorsee has resigned, leaving an opening on the board of directors.
He said board business was taking longer than he expected and that he needed to concentrate more on his own business. He was elected to the board in 2010.
The Association will consider Dorsee’s replacement at its Sept.15 meeting, said Peter Smith, the Association’s manager.
Also at the Aug. 4 meeting, Shannon Mountain and Chaco Clotfelter received special recognition from the board for their work on the July 4 parade and picnic and making it such a success.
“There was no heat stroke or casualties,” Clotfelter said. “If there is no one hurt or injured at the end of the day, it is a success. Shannon was a tremendous help tying up some of the loose ends.”
Also receiving kudos was the Rancho Santa Fe Patrol.
“It took about 23 of us that day,” said Matt Wellhouser, patrol chief. “It took quite a bit because we wanted to make sure the road was safe for the parade.”
Association President Jack Queen thanked the three for “taking the helm” of the event.
“For all its organized, disorganization, it is a joyous event,” Queen said.
“It truly is a community event,” Smith said.
Also speaking at the meeting was Lee Timmons of Timmons Galleries, which opened recently in the village.
She wanted the board to be aware that her gallery is sponsoring Thursday Evenings in the Village, which will be dedicated to fine art, live music and wine tasting.
The events will be from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. through Sept. 1, with different musical artists appearing each week.
“There is a lot of parking after 5 p.m.,” she said.
She said she has hosted the event for four weeks and is seeing a rise in participation.
“Some people are coming out after dinner,” she said.
Timmons said she wants people to get over the ideas that there is no place to park in the village, calling it a “mindset.”
“They think there is no place to park and there is no solution,” she said.
Clotfelter said some solutions are to get employees in the village to park in peripheral areas away from the main streets, look into putting parking on some vacant lots in the area and perhaps ask for help from the Christian Science Church on La Flecha.
Queen said that new Association board member Larry Spitcaufsky has been appointed to chair a committee that will help solve the parking dilemma.
“There has to be an answer there somewhere,” Queen said.
The Association will not meet Aug. 18 in observation of a traditional summer vacation. The next meeting will be Sept. 1.