Friends of Daley Ranch Board Meeting Minutes

May 21, 2009


Present: Fred Woods, Sally Thomas, Jerry Harmon, Tracey Brown, Rick Paul, and Rick Mercurio


Fred opened the meeting at 7 p.m. at Jerry’s home. Sally moved to approve the minutes from the March meeting. Fred seconded and the motion passed unanimously. Rick Paul gave his treasurer’s report. He said that over $1000 had been received over the past month from renewals, tee shirt sales, and the iron ranger. The total assets are currently $17,992. Fred said the box at our iron ranger is still broken, and that either he will fix it or see if the City can help.

Under old business Sally discussed the Chaparral Institute’s opposition to the County’s brush removal program. We are concerned that this plan avoided CEQA review, and that wholesale removal of chaparral from hillsides will harm the quality of native habitat while doing little to lessen fire danger. Sally will inquire as to what we might do to help the Institute deal with this issue.

Fred said that he had a productive meeting with Bob McQuead about the utility buildings. Bob said that the next step is measuring and photographing the structures in detail. Fred and Rick M. will plan to do this on June 15 or 16. Fred also said that Hidden Valley Middle School has scheduled a “mini trip” on June 3. This will involve a non-structured hike for a group of students. Fred added that the FODR mission statement sign at the main entrance to the ranch is looking sun damaged and will need sprucing up.

            Rick M. moved to authorize Rick P. to pay for FODR to have a booth at Grape Day this September. Sally seconded and the motion passed unanimously.

            Jerry announced the next CEO meeting is June 16 at 5:15 at City Hall. He also said that the Sunrise Rotary Club, which had installed the plant identification signs at the ranch, is willing to replace those that have been damaged or have disappeared. More important, we are pleased that this organization is taking “ownership” of Daley Ranch. This is the sort of group that may be ready to help us with the restoration of the utility buildings, so we hope to maintain contact with them. When a group like this contributes we would always plan to give them recognition with signs, etc.

            Jerry said that FODR and the public are invited to the grand opening of the Elfin Forest Interpretive Center on June 20.

            He also told the Board about the Council Springs Ranch property just west of Daley Ranch. TECC and the adjacent Buddhist Monastery at Deer Park are putting together an acquisition plan for this parcel as well as a couple others nearby. A fundraiser for this purpose is set for June 25 at Casa De Vega restaurant. Sally moved that FODR supply our database to promote this fundraiser, and also to pay for postage and stationery for the promotion. Rick M. seconded and the motion passed unanimously.

            Jerry said that on May 23 there is a meeting to discuss the reintroduction of trout to San Diego area streams. TECC is currently studying the possibility of re-establishing steelhead trout in Escondido Creek, and will be a party to this meeting. FODR supports efforts such as these to rehabilitate the environment in the region.

            The next meeting will be June 18 at the train depot.

Respectfully submitted, Rick Mercurio, Secretary