Friends of Daley Ranch Board Meeting

October 13, 2005


Present: Jerry Harmon, Irene O’Neill, Carol Stanford, Rick Paul and Rick Mercurio


Vice President Jerry Harmon opened the meeting at 6:30 p.m. at the home of Irene O’Neill. Carol moved that Rick Paul be reinstated on the Board. Irene seconded, and the vote was unanimous in favor. We are thrilled to have Rick back on board! Rick Mercurio moved to approve the expenditure of $125 to send Rick Paul to the 30th anniversary dinner celebration of the San Diego Foundation. Irene seconded the motion, which passed unanimously. Jerry will also plan to attend this event, as it allows FODR to network with an organization which may be able to assist us financially in the future.


The Board expressed its disappointment over the fact that the Stanley Peak property has apparently been sold, and is in escrow for purchase by a private party. This is the second time the City of Escondido has been unable to take advantage of the state grant that it secured to purchase this parcel of land, which is a vital habitat corridor for the long term biological health of Daley Ranch. The Board is hopeful that the City will continue to pursue its options in buying this critical property, and utilize the grant.


The Coalition of Environmental Organizations meets Tuesday, October 18 at City Hall with Barbara Redletz. Irene, Carol and Jerry hope to make it. All members are encouraged to attend. Jerry noted that the Conservation Resource Network is seeking a new leader, as its current president, David Kelly, is ill and must resign.


The Daley Ranch Tracking Team reported that an access road from Valley Center Road, across the Stanley Peak property, cutting a corner of Daley Ranch property, and forking toward the Sager property, has been recently upgraded. FODR is interested in understanding the implications of this road. We are hopeful that negotiations may lead to the possible acquisition of the Sager lands for Daley Ranch.


The Escondido Street Fair is Sunday, October 16. FODR is sharing a booth with The Escondido Creek Conservancy. Sally will help set up our information, and Carol and Rick Paul will try to work there as well.


The Daley Ranch Volunteer Luncheon is set for Saturday, October 22 from 1-4 p.m. All members of the FODR Board are welcome to attend. Meet in the La Honda parking lot at 12:30 for a shuttle ride to the ranch house.


The FODR Strategic Planning Meeting is set for Saturday, October 29 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the home of Fred Woods. The Board’s next regular meeting will be Nov. 10 at the Train Depot.


Respectfully submitted,

Rick Mercurio, Secretary