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Speeding an issue in Rancho Santa Fe

RANCHO SANTA FE — Speeding in the streets of Rancho Santa Fe has become a topic of issue for the Rancho Santa Fe Association and residents. 

“I am very concerned about speed on our side streets,” said Pete Smith, Association manager.

Association Director Anne Feighner agreed.

“I can’t tell you how many times I’ve almost been hit walking my dog,” she said. “I would like to address that at a future meeting.”

She said she recently saw a family of five and their dog have a close call on Avenida de Acacias.

And the Brooks family that lives on Las Planideras has given a formal complaint to the Association about speeding on their street.

Matt Wellhouser told the Association that residents should not hesitate to call the CHP and complain.

“That is why we finance the CHP (overtime program), so we can tell them where to go,” said Smith.

In other Association news, the board chose members of the Art Jury nomination committee in a blind draw of applicants. The committee will reach out to community members who would be good additions to the Art Jury.

Smith said a list of those recommended should be available for approval by the board by the last week in October.

“That way they have a chance to sit in on a meeting before they are actually a sitting member,” Smith said.

The Art Jury meets twice a month and involves a time commitment, but those who have served have found it very rewarding, Smith said.

As for the time commitment, it has recently gotten a little easier, said Robert Green, building commissioner.

“It’s not as bad as it used to be,” he said. But the meetings usually take up an entire morning, he added.

“We do offer lunch and an annual Christmas dinner,” he joked.

The Association also gave the go-ahead on replacing their five-year-old copier that has made more than one million copies for not more than $15,000. The old copier will be given to the Rancho Santa Fe Patrol.

Also to be replaced are the 14-year-old 800 megahertz radios that allows the patrol to communicate with more than 200 police, fire, security and EMS agencies. This seamless service program was put into place in 1998.

“As you can imagine, this type of equipment has evolved technically over the past 14 years,” said Wellhouser.

He said after Sept. 11, 2001, there have been new radio standards introduced to improve interoperability between safety agencies, but the current equipment does not meet the specifications.

The board approved these items at a cost of no more than $35,000.

The Association will not meet Aug. 16, but will continue meeting the first and third Thursdays of the month.