Friends of Daley Ranch Board Meeting Minutes

March 19, 2009


Present: Fred Woods, Sally Thomas, Rick Paul, Jerry Harmon, Mike Whalen, and Rick Mercurio.


Fred opened the meeting at 7 p.m. at the home of Rick Mercurio. The minutes from the February meeting were approved as amended by Sally in a previous email. Rick Paul’s treasurer’s report will be sent on a spread sheet via email, and this was done the next day. Fred had collected $38 from the iron ranger. He said the box that holds the plant guides had been damaged by someone shoving a water bottle into it. Fred offered to build a new box.

Under Old Business the Board agreed to set a date to meet Bob McQuead to discuss the renovation of the farm buildings. Fred will try to meet on March 27 after 10 a.m. for lunch. We would like Bob to prepare something outlining the renovation plans and goals, fairly specific and in writing, in order to show prospective donors of materials, such as Home Depot. The Board also discussed possibilities for fundraising in support of the farm building restoration project.

Fred said that Bear Valley Middle School students will visit Daley Ranch on March 31 and April 3. FODR is buying lunch for the volunteers. Sally agreed to sell tee shirts at the La Honda entrance this Saturday morning, March 21. Jerry said that the Buddhists will not be able to participate in the April 25 clean up at Dixon Lake. But we discussed the idea of instead asking them to help clear out the weeds around the farm buildings on the previous Saturday, April 18. Jerry will inquire.

Jerry reported that at yesterday’s City Council meeting the resolution allowing City coordination with FODR for outside grant-writing opportunities passed 5-0. For this the Board was grateful to the City Council. On a related note, new council member Olga Diaz will be visiting the ranch house and the Council Springs property with FODR members this next week in order to be more informed of Daley Ranch issues. Jerry suggested that FODR follow this up with similar invitations to all Council members.

Sally has been keeping the Board informed about Rick Halsey’s efforts to modify the proposed County brush management plan. Under the current proposal valuable habitat would be destroyed. Sally moved that FODR support Rick Halsey’s position regarding chaparral preservation, and to ask him how we can support his efforts. Mike seconded, and the motion passed unanimously. Sally agreed to follow up on this.

Sally asked the Board to furnish material for a newsletter. Also, the Board would like Don Parnell to establish a link from the FODR website to the City of Escondido’s online resources that relate to Daley Ranch.

The next meeting will be on April 16 at 7 p.m. at the Train Depot. Fred or Jerry will host the following meeting on May 21.


Respectfully submitted,

Rick Mercurio, Secretary