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9/29/16

 

Lilac Hills Ranch: Yes on B. A Housing and Jobs Creator


San Diego, CALIF.- As a state, region and community we desperately need more quality jobs and housing options for our growing population. I am proud to say, Lilac Hills Ranch, the development that’s at the heart of the Yes on B campaign, will do those two important things.

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— Published by IVN San Diego, September 29, 2016, by Sean Kerafin. Republished by Lilac Hills Ranch, September 30, 2016.

 


8/11/16

 

Letter of Resignation from the Palo Alto
Planning and Transportation Commission


Dear City Council Members and
Palo Alto Residents,

This letter serves as my official resignation from the Planning and Transportation Commission. My family has decided to move to Santa Cruz. After many years of trying to make it work in Palo Alto, my husband and I cannot see a way to stay in Palo Alto and raise a family here. We rent our current home with another couple for $6200 a month; if we wanted to buy the same home and share it with children and not roommates, it would cost $2.7M and our monthly payment would be $12,177 a month in mortgage, taxes, and insurance. That’s $146,127 per year — an entire professional’s income before taxes. This is unaffordable even for an attorney and a software engineer.

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— Published by NewCo Shift, August 9, 2016, by Kate Vershov Downing. Republished by Lilac Hills Ranch, August 11, 2016.

 


8/8/16

 

Supers put Lilac Hills Ranch on November Ballot


Now the fate of the 1,743-unit Lilac Hills Ranch on 608 acres belongs to the voters— of the entire County.

“We’re not going to decide this issue,” said Supervisor Ron Roberts on Tuesday, joining three other supervisors to officially place the project initiative on November’s ballot for a countywide vote. Supervisors voted 4-0 after hearing a County study outlining differences between the project ballot initiative that voters will consider and the project that County planners evaluated.

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— Published by Valley Road Runner, August 4, 2016, by Joe Naiman. Republished by Lilac Hills Ranch, August 8, 2016.

 


8/1/16

 

Millennials Look to the Suburbs, Not Cities, for First Homes
The only problem is that no one is building a product that they want


As confirmed, millennials are looking for amenities like the walkable mixed-use town center planned and designed by Lilac Hills Ranch.

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— Published by Curbed, July 21, 2016, by PATRICK SISSON. Republished by Lilac Hills Ranch, August 1, 2016.

 


7/31/16

 

Multifamily’s Urban-Infill Story May Be Oversold


“What we’re finding is that the suburbs are frankly beginning to attract Millennials. They may be getting married and having children later, but at the end of the day, they will want to gravitate out to where the school districts are better. Unless they want to spend a lot of money for private schools in the inner city, Millennials will look for suburban locations where schools are better, and they will be challenged to buy single-family homes.”

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— Published by GlobeSt.com, July 28, 2016, by CARRIE ROSSENFELD. Republished by Lilac Hills Ranch, July 31, 2016.

 


7/29/16

 

Would You Commute from Downtown SD to North County?


A new report from The San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce highlights that San Diego’s economy is out of balance due to not enough homes in North County for the amount of jobs being created. This is predicted to create an economic crisis, forcing young families to move out of California.

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— Published by The San Diego Union Tribune, July 29, 2016, by Phillip Molnar. Republished by Lilac Hills Ranch, July 29, 2016.

 


7/21/16

 

Supervisors Vote For Study on Lilac Hills Ranch Community


San Diego — By a vote of 4-0, the County Board of Supervisors instructed county staff to draw up an independent analysis of the Lilac Hills Ranch proposed development just north of Escondido along the I-15 corridor.

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— Published by IVN San Diego, July 20, 2016, by Juan Hernandez. Republished by Lilac Hills Ranch, July 21, 2016.

 


6/27/16

 

San Diego People: Housing Crisis


San Diego has one of the highest cost of livings in the country. KUSI’s San Diego People talks about the housing crisis in San Diego and how it impacts the county.

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— Republished by Lilac Hills Ranch,
June 27, 2016

 


6/23/16

 

San Diego Needs A Pro-Housing Constituency

SAN DIEGO — Current housing constituencies are against development, but keeping our current course will throw San Diego into economic crisis, the London Group’s Gary London tells GlobeSt.com in this post-Burnham-Moores event wrap-up.

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Published by GlobeSt.com, June 16, 2016, by CARRIE ROSSENFELD. Republished by Lilac Hills Ranch, June 23, 2016.

 


6/20/16

 

10 Years After Housing Peaked, US is More of a Renter Nation

MOUNT PLEASANT, South Carolina (AP) — It’s a troublesome story playing out across America in the 10 years since the housing bubble peaked and then burst in a ruinous crash: As real estate has climbed back, homeowners are thriving while renters are struggling.

For many longtime owners, times are good. They’re enjoying the benefits of growing equity and reduced mortgage payments from ultra-low rates.

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Published by AP The Big Story, June 20, 2016, by By JOSH BOAK. Republished by Lilac Hills Ranch, June 20, 2016.

 


6/13/16

 

Battle for Soul of California Democrats

San Diego’s elected Democrats have been living on cloud nine since winning passage Tuesday of Proposition I, which raises the minimum wage in the city at a rate that’s initially faster than an increase recently approved by the state Legislature.

This amounts to an experiment that may or may not comeback to haunt San Diego and California.

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Published by The San Diego Union-Tribune, June 10, 2016. Republished by Lilac Hills Ranch, June 13, 2016.

 


5/10/16

 

EconoMeter Panel: The High Price of Less Homebuilding

Q: Does San Diego’s low production of housing pose a threat to the health of the local economy?

Housing Crises Panel weighs in on the crisis.

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Published by The San Diego Union-Tribune, May 9, 2016. Republished by Lilac Hills Ranch, May 10, 2016.

 


4/25/16

 

California housing crisis: It's way past a problem

“[I]n San Diego, 89 percent see home ownership as unrealistic.”
—San Diego Union-Tribune editorial,
April 23, 2016

The extreme cost of housing in urban and suburban California isn’t just another problem in a state with plenty of them. Instead, it needs to be seen as a crisis, one that creates misery across the Golden State, with many middle-class and low-income households routinely spending more than half their income on housing, making it impossible to save for retirement, help children with college bills and much more.

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Published by The San Diego Union-Tribune, April 23, 2016.
Republished by Lilac Hills Ranch, April 25, 2016.

 


4/19/16

 

The Ladder is Kaput

Once upon a time, San Diego offered various housing options that matched our ever changing needs. We called it the housing ladder, and it had several rungs of opportunity. Fast forward. That ladder stands broken with basically two rungs left, one at the very bottom and one on top. It leaves everyone stranded who does not qualify for affordable housing or cannot afford the higher-end housing tiers. The consequences of years of careless regulatory indifference towards the growing adverse impacts on housing, especially housing for the middle class, is now fully evident.

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Published by BiA San Diego, by Borre Winckel, President & CEO, April 19, 2016. Republished by Lilac Hills Ranch, April 19, 2016.

 


4/13/16

 

Study: SD Rent to Grow Faster than Rest of SoCal

Rent in San Diego County is expected to rise faster over the next two years than the rest of Southern California, said a study released Tuesday.

Researchers found a lack of new construction, mixed with employment and population growth, mean San Diego’s rent should increase by $155 a month by 2018.

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Published by The San Diego Union-Tribune, April 12, 2016.
Republished by Lilac Hills Ranch, April 13, 2016.

 


3/30/16

 

Lilac Hills Ranch Update

Dear Friends and Supporters,

As we announced last month, the Lilac Hills Ranch Initiative is being pursued to increase the probability that Lilac Hills Ranch can actually be completed and contribute to solving the region’s housing crisis in the near term. As shown in the recent Newhall case, Green House Gas (GHG) challenges took over 5 years to work their way through the State’s legal system, resulting in a new requirement to revise the GHG analysis. It is clear that organizations opposed to new housing projects have focused on these new areas of law surrounding this evolving issue to stop or severely delay new housing developments, regardless of their contributions to GHG reductions.

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Published by Lilac Hills Ranch, March 30, 2016.

 


3/30/16

 

Walk to Work Day 2016

Join us April 1, 2016 and take a few steps to making life better in San Diego. It’s International Walk to Work Day and we’re inviting you to make your commute to work (or part of it) on foot. It will give you more energy than a cup of coffee, maybe you’ll make a few new friends along the way, and you’ll be helping us send an important message about traffic safety and San Diego’s Vision Zero Initiative.

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Published by Circulate San Diego. Republished by Lilac Hills Ranch, March 30, 2016.

 


3/24/16

 

More moving out than into San Diego County
Net migration sees bigger drop than in the past

According to the latest estimates based on data from July 2014 to July 2015, about 9,370 more San Diego County residents packed up and left compared with those who moved here from other areas of the United States.

The data go back as far back as 2010 and show that San Diego’s negative net domestic migration of more than 9,000 — the difference between who moves here and who moves away — is a new low for the six-year period. The previous record was about 12 times smaller, a loss of 790 people.

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Published by San Diego Union-Tribune, March 24, 2016. Republished by Lilac Hills Ranch, March 24, 2016.

 


3/22/16

 

‘Starter Home’ Inventory Down 80% in San Diego Region

An improving California economy is making it harder and harder to find starter homes in San Diego, according to a report released Monday.

Trulia, an online real estate marketplace, said the inventory of starter homes in SanDiego has fallen 80 percent over four years, from 4,415 in the first quarter of 2012 to 864 in the first quarter of 2016.

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Published by Times of San Diego, March 21, 2016. Republished by Lilac Hills Ranch, March 22, 2016.

 


3/7/16

 

California’s High Housing Costs Could Cause Problems

California is adding jobs and wages are going up, but a new economic review warns a housing shortage could crimp the state’s economic growth.

Three new reports from Beacon Economics looked at housing, wages and migration. The studies found California continues to create jobs and attract people from other states. However, the reports also find there is not enough new housing in the pipeline.

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Published by KPBS, by Erik Anderson, March 3, 2016. Republished by Lilac Hills Ranch, March 7, 2016.

 


2/24/16

 

Study: SD Home Inventory has Biggest Drop in Nation

If you’re having a hard time finding a home to purchase in San Diego County, there is a pretty good reason.

The county had the biggest drop in homes for sale in the nation from January 2015 to January 2016, real estate tracker Zillow said in its latest report.

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Published by The San Diego Union-Tribune, by Phillip Molnar, February 22, 2016. Republished by Lilac Hills Ranch February 24, 2016.

 


2/11/16

 

Important Updates about Lilac Hills Ranch

Dear Friends and Supporters:

A recent article in the San Diego Business Journal reports that a group of Lilac Hills Ranch proponents from Bonsall, Fallbrook and Valley Center filed a petition last week to qualify the eco-friendly community for a November ballot initiative sponsored by Lilac Hills Ranch. Voters would get a chance to decide on the proposed community by collecting roughly 70,000 valid signatures.

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Published by Lilac Hills Ranch February 11, 2016.

 


2/11/16

 

Answers to Most Posed Questions:
Facts & Implications of Not Meeting Regional Housing Demand

Since the November distribution of our White Paper titled Facts & Implications of Not Meeting Regional Housing Demand we have received a lot of feedback. Much of it was generated from those of you who read it, but also from persons who shared their thoughts from the ULI Panel discussion on the topic that I moderated, as well as the various media appearances and interviews.

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Published by London Group Realty Advisors. Republished by Lilac Hills Ranch February 11, 2016.

 


2/2/16

 

Greenhouse Gas Goes kaBOOM on Housing

Actor Jeff Bridges has a spectacular 9,535 square-feet compound for sale in Montecito for $29.5 Million. It’s a one-of-a-kind place, located on 19.5 acres with expansive views of the Pacific Ocean and of the nearby mountains. In a creative reference to the cult-classic The Big Lebowski, the property shows up in the Los Angeles Times under the moniker, “The Big Listing.”

This uber high-end residence showed up on the same LA Times website page, which yielded my search result for a certain 12,000-acre ranch property in the foothills north of Los Angeles. I was looking for Newhall Land & Farming Co.’s Santa Clarita Valley project proposal. More to the point, I wanted to read up on Newhall’s so-manieth hurdle after California’s High Court deemed its environmental impact report deficient at 5,828 pages long. Over 20,000 Los Angelino households looking for a new place to live and/or work, shop and play will have to wait while Newhall answers the Court. Without a doubt, Newhall’s revised plans will end up costing more so “poof” goes the housing dream for many.

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Published by BiA San Diego County January 29, 2016, by Borre Winckel, President & CEO. Republished by Lilac Hills Ranch February 2, 201
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1/18/16

 

Why affordable housing is now a middle-class crisis in California: Christopher Thornberg

While California is 13% of the Nation’s population it has only built 8% of the Nation’s housing over the past 20 years creating a housing shortage of 800,000 to One Million homes in the State.

Debate about California’s housing crisis typically revolves around low-income households. The rule of thumb is that people shouldn’t spend more than 30 percent of their income on housing. But more than 90 percent of California families earning less than $35,000 per year spend more than 30 percent of their income on housing.

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Published by Los Angeles Daily News, January 14, 2016, By Christopher Thornberg. Republished by Lilac Hills Ranch January 18, 2016.

 


1/15/16

 

U.S. Proposes Spending $4 Billion on Self-Driving Cars

DETROIT — With automakers and technology companies rushing to develop self-driving cars, the Obama administration on Thursday pledged to expedite regulatory guidelines for autonomous vehicles and invest in research to help bring them to market.

Until now, the federal government has taken a hands-off approach to regulating new technology that allows vehicles to operate independently and without an actual driver.

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Published by The New York Times, January 14, 2016, By BILL VLASIC. Republished by Lilac Hills Ranch January 15, 2016.

 


1/6/16

 

Top 10 Healthiest New Year’s Resolutions

This year, pick one of these worthy resolutions, and stick with it. Here’s to your health!

New Year, healthier you
New Year’s resolutions are a bit like babies: They’re fun to make but extremely difficult to maintain.

Each January, roughly one in three Americans resolve to better themselves in some way. A much smaller percentage of people actually make good on those resolutions. While about 75% of people stick to their goals for at least a week, less than half (46%) are still on target six months later, a 2002 study found.

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— Published by Health.com, by Alyssa Sparacino, republished by Lilac Hills Ranch January 6,2016

 


12/9/15

 

Seasonal, Heart-Healthy Holiday Foods

Deck the halls, but don’t ditch your diet! Stay heart-healthy with seasonal, healthy foods.

For many, the holidays are the most wonderful — and least heart-healthy — time of the year.  Grandma’s fudge is a sentimental favorite, and the neighbor’s cake balls are a decadent habit. Indulging a little won’t hurt — but planning ahead will make for merry meals that are healthy too.

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— Published by American Heart Association, December 8, 2015. Republished by Lilac Hills Ranch,
December 9, 2015

 


11/24/15

 

Turn Black Friday Green and Discover the Upside of Outside!

Do you really want to go shopping on Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving? What with the congested parking mall lots, the crowds and the lines; you might want to consider Green Friday instead!

County Parks and Recreation has declared Friday, Nov. 27 Green Friday to prompt families to spend more quality time together by discovering the “Upside of Outside.”

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— Published by San Diego County News Center, November 20, 2015. Republished by Lilac Hills Ranch,
November 24, 2015

 


11/24/15

 

 


11/20/15

 

Recognizing the Power of Food in Enhancing Development

What is green, growing, healthy, and rapidly adding value to real estate? Attendees of the ULI 2015 Fall Meeting in San Francisco learned that the answer to that question is locally grown food. From rooftop gardens, to edible landscaping, to farm-focused developments, to urban food markets, to breweries in once-derelict industrial spaces, food is transforming marginal real estate and underused spaces in new and dramatic ways.

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— Published by The Urban Land Institute, November 19, 2015, by By Edward T. McMahon.
Republished by Lilac Hills Ranch,
November 20, 2015

 


11/19/15

 

HOUSING DEMAND: DOWNTOWN OR THE SUBURBS?

Millennials are famously thought to be city folk and will only live in apartments and condos in or near downtown.

But the local chapter of the Urban Land Institute poked holes in that theory Friday as it began a series of forums on how and where San Diego County will grow.

“We’re essentially custodians of the land and we have a very high duty to the land and to our kids to make things work,” ULI Chairman Greg Shannon said at the first event at the Del Mar Hilton.

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— Published by The San Diego Union Tribune, November 14, 2015, by By Roger Showley.
Republished by Lilac Hills Ranch,
November 19, 2015

 


11/11/15

 

Happy Veterans Day

Lilac Hills Ranch wishes to thank all the Veterans, past and present, for their service to protect and defend our country and freedoms. You have our respect, admiration and appreciation.

Thank you,

The Lilac Hills Ranch Team
Randy, Jon and Cassandra

November 11, 2015

 


11/10/15

 

Warning: San Diego County Housing
Is Becoming More Unaffordable

A new report finds San Diego County is easing toward a housing crisis that could eventually choke the region's economic growth.

The San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce and the London Group put together the survey.

The report finds the affordable housing shortage is getting worse since the great recession.

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— Published by KPBS, November 9, 2015, by By Erik Anderson.
Republished by Lilac Hills Ranch,
November 10, 2015

 


10/26/15

 

Driverless Technology Hits Residential

BONSALL/VALLEY CENTER, CA—Driverless technology, run by an app, will allow Lilac Hills Ranch to operate as a pedestrian-friendly community with state-of-the-art sustainability features, developer Accretive Investments Inc.’s president Jon Rilling tells GlobeSt.com. The proposed development is a half mile off the I-15 freeway to the east here and is the first master-planned community to go through the new county general plan process.

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— Published by GlobeSt.com, October 26, 2015. Republished by Lilac Hills Ranch, October 26, 2015

 


10/9/15

 

Imagining the Driverless City

On a 32-acre (13 ha) site in Ann Arbor, Michigan, a radically new type of metropolis is taking shape. Mcity, as it is called, is a place where transportation consists solely of robotic vehicles that steer themselves without a human at the wheel. The driverless cars must navigate several miles of an urban street grid—complete with traffic lights, intersections, bike lanes, pedestrian crosswalks, and tunnels—and rely upon software, wireless communications, and sensor technology to get to and from…

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— Published by Urban Land, October 2, 2015. Republished by Lilac Hills Ranch, October 9, 2015

 


10/8/15

 

The Livability Economy
Livable Communities bring financial benefits
to homeowners, business and local governments

Livable Communities provide a host of advantages that enhance the quality of life of residents, the economic prospects of businesses and the bottom lines of local governments.

The Livability Economy: People Places, and Prosperity, a report from AARP Livable Communities, shows how livability initiatives contribute to improved economic performance and a more vibrant, desirable and competitive environment for housing and commercial investment. The report's framework focuses on design factors that feature the following livability outcomes that benefit older adults and people of all ages:…

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— Published by AARP, September 2015. Republished by Lilac Hills Ranch, October 8, 2015

 


10/8/15

 

Why Lilac Hills Ranch Should be Approved

On September 11, 2015, the County Planning Commission voted to approve Lilac Hills Ranch by a 4-3 vote. During Planning Commission deliberations, Lilac Hills Ranch was praised for its forward-looking design and community character.

I have lived next to Lilac Hills Ranch for over 15 years. Since we moved here, my family and I have always anticipated development would happen in this area given the proximity to the I-15. Now, having participated as a resident in the 10 year process, Lilac Hills Ranch will not only improve our community, but will raise the bar…

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— Published by the Valley Center RoadRunner, October 1, 2015. Republished by Lilac Hills Ranch,
October 8, 2015

 


10/6/15

 

Hands off the Wheel


Lilac Hills Ranch Robotic Announcement Connects to 60 Minutes, Robot Cars.

Lilac Hills Ranch announces plans to implement robotic technology within the new sustainable community which was also portrayed in a hands free driving segment on CBS 60 Minutes. The future will be part of our lives quicker than you might think.


CBS 60 Minutes

Self-driving cars are already on the road in test drives with watchful researchers in them. How soon will the computerized cars become part of our lives?

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— Published by CBS News 60 Minutes, October 4, 2015. Republished by Lilac Hills Ranch, October 6, 2015

 


10/2/15

 

Lilac Hills Ranch Unveils Robot Technology
for New Neighborhood


San Diego, Local CBS8 reports on the new high-tech edition to the proposed Lilac Hills Ranch. A new neighborhood bordering Bonsall, Escondido, and Valley Center.

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— Republished by Lilac Hills Ranch,
October 2, 2015

 


10/2/15

 

Lilac Hills Ranch Developer
Proposes Robotics to Assist Community


NBC 7's Steven Luke takes a closer look at the robots the Lilac Hills Ranch developer is proposing to help residents lead healthier lives.

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— Republished by Lilac Hills Ranch,
October 2, 2015

 


10/2/15

 

Robots to be A Part Of Lilac Hills Ranch


San Diego, CW 6 — Robot technology planned for high-tech neighborhood, Lilac Hills Ranch. For the first time in the nation a robot could soon be mowing your grass, carrying your groceries, walk your kid to school…

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— Republished by Lilac Hills Ranch,
October 2, 2015

 


10/2/15

 

Grocery-carrying Robots Come with New Homes
Would-be Developer of Lilac Hills Housing Project
Teams with Robotics Company


CARLSBAD — Imagine a futuristic place where robots carry your groceries home and automated, driverless golf carts pick you up at the dry cleaners and deliver you to the doorstep of your suburban abode several blocks away. Now imagine that neighborhood in North County, within the next decade.

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— Published by the San Diego Union Tribune, October 1, 2015. Republished by Lilac Hills Ranch,
October 2, 2015

 


9/21/15

 

Surgeon General Recommends Walkable Communities

San Diego County Planning Commission approval of Lilac Hills Ranch on September 11, 2015 is an immediate response to Surgeon General call to action campaign, known as, Step it Up!.

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— Lilac Hills Ranch, September 21, 2015

 


9/15/15

 

Planning Commission and County Recommends Approval
for Lilac Hills Ranch


San Diego Planning Commission on September 11, 2015 approves Lilac Hills Ranch for development. See the local CBS station news report as it aired on Friday immediately following the event.

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— Republished by Lilac Hills Ranch,
September 15, 2015

 


9/3/15

 

Proposed W. Lilac Road Improvements



Lilac Hills Ranch
is proposing to improve West Lilac Road to build out standards and has created a video showing a split screen representation of the proposed improved road and current road at correlating sections.

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— Published by Lilac Hills Ranch September 3, 2015

 


8/14/15

 

Thank You from Lilac Hills Ranch for Your Support!


Dear friends and supporters,

Thank you for attending the Planning Commission hearing last Friday. We were humbled by the overwhelming support. It was reported that supporters outnumbered opponents 2:1. Thank you for making a difference.

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— Lilac Hills Ranch, August 14, 2015

 


8/3/15

 

Lilac Hills Ranch Decisions Nearing
1,746-unit proposed housing development in Valley Center
controversial for years

VALLEY CENTER — A hotly contested proposal to build more than 1,700 homes near Valley Center in semirural North County got a boost last week when county planners recommended the project be approved.

The decision thrilled developer The Accretive Group, but baffled and outraged opponents who argue that the Lilac Hills Ranch project violates guidelines for smart growth laid out in the county’s hard-fought General Plan Update.

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— Published by The San Diego Union Tribute August 1, 2015,
republished by Lilac Hills Ranch, August 3, 2015

 


7/30/15

 

County Recommends Approval for Lilac Hills Ranch

The County of San Diego published the official Lilac Hills Ranch Staff Report, which can be found at...

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— Published by the County of San Diego
July 28, 2015, republished by Lilac HIlls Ranch July 30, 2015

 


7/1/15

 

New Houses Won’t Drain Our Water Supply

We sometimes hear that new development is going to make San Diego run out of water.

That’s not true, say city and county water officials.

The San Diego County Water Authority expects the county will have enough water to accommodate a growing population and new development for the foreseeable future, including major projects like the controversial One Paseo in Carmel Valley.

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— Published by Voice of San Diego, May 4, 2015. Republished by Lilac Hills Ranch, July 1, 2015

 


6/5/15

 

Building Healthy Places

Physical design affects human behavior at all scales-buildings, neighborhoods, communities, and regions. The places in which we live, work, and play can affect both our mental and physical well-being. Today, communities across the United States are facing obesity and chronic disease rates of epic proportions. Our built environment offers both opportunities for and barriers to improving public health and increasing active living. Communities designed in a way that supports physical activity-wide sidewalks, safe bike lanes, attractive stairways, accessible recreation areas-encourage residents to make healthy choices and live healthy lives. Healthy places in turn create economic value by attracting both younger and older workers and appeal to a skilled workforce and innovative companies.

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—Published by the Urban Land Institute, republished by Lilac Hills Ranch, June 5, 2015

 


5/13/15

 

Bike to Work Day Postponed Due to Weather,
Now Friday, May 29, 2015


Pledge to GO by BIKE!

Important update. Due to heavy rains and thunderstorms forecast for the greater San Diego region on Friday, May 15, the SANDAG iCommute program has decided to postpone Bike to Work Day to Friday, May 29. We can’t predict how this storm will affect conditions around the county and the safety of bike riders, the public, and our pit stop volunteers is our primary concern. We appreciate your understanding. Please check back here for future updates.

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—iCommute, May 2015, republished by Lilac Hills Ranch, May 13, 2015

 


4/29/15

 

TO: BIASD PRESIDENT’S COUNCIL
Time to Address the Harsh ‘Hidden Tax’ on Housing

A new report by Point Loma Nazarene University’s Fermanian Business & Economic Institute chronicles a regulatory culture that adds about 40 percent to the cost of new housing in San Diego County – what PLNU economist Lynn Reaser likened to a “hidden tax” on all residents. Some cities are better (San Marcos). Some are worse (Carlsbad). But the cumulative picture has grim implications for the county’s future, given projections of the population going from the present 3.1 million to 4.2 million in 2050.

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— By U-T San Diego Editorial Board midnight April 29, 2015,
republished by Lilac Hills Ranch, April 29, 2015.

 


4/13/15

 

PLEDGE TO PLANT — EARTH DAY, APRIL 22, 2015

Be a part of the biggest grass-root effort in history by planting a seed/tree as a “give back” to Earth.

It's an old Native American tradition that when you take something from the Earth, you must put something back. Earth Day 2015 will be a global “give back to Earth” event, as an “offering” for all the planet gives us. The Earth Day organization has set a goal to plant one billion seeds/trees. They advise each person to plant something that is organic, perennial and suitable to the growing conditions in their area. If you live in an apartment, please plant something in a container or donate a tree to a garden in your area. Please nurture your plantings, like children, until they can sustain themselves on their own.

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— Lilac Hills Ranch, April 13, 2015.

Photo: Marciya Winchester, Bonsall Resident & Community Update Meeting Participate, Seedling, planted in 2013

 


4/10/15

 

Lilac Hills Ranch Presentation to
Valley Center Community Planning Group


The Valley Center Community Planning Group will be meeting on Monday, April 13, at 7:00pm to vote on the Lilac Hills Ranch community. Please join us to show your support for Lilac Hills Ranch and provide your thoughts so the Planning Group can hear your voice.

Over the past 10 years, the Lilac Hills Ranch Team have held hundreds of meetings with local residents. We’ve received extensive input from the surrounding communities in order to make sure Lilac Hills Ranch will meet the needs of the communities involved.

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— Published by Lilac Hills Ranch, April 10, 2015.

 


4/1/15

 

E-waste collection in Valley Center
April 25 at elementary school


E-WASTE COLLECTION — VC Rotary Club and VCHS Interact Club bring you a free community event: E-Waste Collection & Document Shred Event Saturday, April 25 from 9 a.m.–noon at the Valley Center Elementary School, 28751 Cole Grade Rd.

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— Published by Lilac Hills Ranch, April 1, 2015.

 


3/5/15

 

National Walking Day, April 1, 2015

Get Up and Move
These days, adults like you are spending more time at work than ever before. An unfortunate side effect is that, as a nation, we're becoming more inactive. This is a problem when you consider the fact that physical inactivity doubles the risk of heart disease!

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—Published by the American Heart Association, republished by Lilac Hills Ranch March 5, 2015.

 


2/23/15

 

Wanna Fix San Diego’s Housing Crisis? Start Here.

You aren’t imagining it. It’s hard to find — or rather, pay for — housing in San Diego.

The latest foreboding numbers come from Realtor.com, which dubbed San Diego America’s least affordable city. That’s based on the number of people who can afford to buy a home in various ZIP codes. If supply is the problem, our situation is about to get even more dire: Recall SANDAG’s projection that our city alone will add 590,000 new residents by 2050.

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—Published by Voice of San Diego. Republished by Lilac Hills Ranch February 23, 2015.

 


2/12/15

 

10 Ways to Love Your Health on Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is a great time to celebrate love and can be a reminder to make healthy choices part of your everyday life. Whether you celebrate Valentine’s Day on your own or with someone else, take steps to be a healthy valentine.

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—Published by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Republished with permission by Lilac Hills Ranch February 12, 2015.

 


1/6/15

 

Working Together to Create Healthy Places
HEALTHY EATING ACTIVE LIVING CONVERGENCE PARTNERSHIP

New attention and importance is being placed on the built environment and its significant impacts on creating healthy places and healthy people. The "built environment" encompasses places and spaces created or modified by people including buildings, parks, and transportation systems. The built environment is structured by land use rules, as well as by economics and design features. Research is increasingly demonstrating links between specific community factors, such as the availability of parks, accessibility of healthy and affordable produce, and the “walkability” of neighborhoods, and the choices people make in their daily lives.

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— Published by Prevention Institute. Made available by Lilac Hills Ranch January 6, 2015.

 


1/2/15

 

Don’t Forget to Recycle Your Christmas Tree & Wreaths

According to the National Christmas Tree Association,
between 25 and 30 million “fresh-cut” Christmas trees
are sold in the United States every year. Christmas tree
recycling helps return a renewable resource back to the
environment. These recycled trees usually end up as
valuable compost, mulch or wood chips.

After the holidays you can recycle your Christmas tree
as well as wreaths, garlands and cut flowers. Simply place
botanical decorations at the curb before January 9, 2015.

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— Published by Environmental Times Winter 2014,
republished by Lilac Hills Ranch, January 2, 2015

 


12/20/14

 

 


12/11/14

 

CDC Endorses Healthy Communities:

According to the World Health Organization, health is a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of infirmity. A healthy community as described by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Healthy People 2010 report is one that continuously creates and improves both its physical and social environments, helping people to support one another in aspects of daily life and to develop to their fullest potential. Healthy places are those designed and built to improve the quality of life for all people who live, work, worship, learn, and play within their borders — where every person is free to make choices amid a variety of healthy, available, accessible, and affordable options.

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Published by Center for Disease Control and Prevention,
content source: National Center for Environmental Health, content updated January 23, 2014,
republished by Lilac Hills Ranch December 11, 2014

 


11/20/14

 

Surgeon General Cites Role of
Built Environment in Healthier Outcomes

The U.S. Surgeon General urged land use professionals to partner with him in his nationwide campaign to curb the rise of chronic diseases and obesity and to encourage a physically active lifestyle, in a talk earlier this month at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) outside of Washington, D.C.

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Published by Urban Land Magazine,
By Archana Pyati, November 14, 2014.
Republished by Lilac Hills Ranch,
November 20, 2014

 


11/17/14

 

November is American Diabetes Month


Diabetes is one of the leading causes of disability and death in the United States. If it’s not controlled, diabetes can cause blindness, nerve damage, kidney disease, and other health problems. One in 12 Americans has diabetes — that’s more than 25 million people. And another 79 million adults in the United States are at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

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Published by American Diabetes Association, republished by Lilac Hills Ranch, November 17, 2014

 


11/11/14

 

Happy Veterans Day


Lilac Hills Ranch wishes to thank all the Veterans, past and present, for their service to protect and defend our country and freedoms. You have our respect, admiration and appreciation.

Thank you,

The Lilac Hills Ranch Team
Randy, Jon and Cassandra

November 11, 2014

 


9/29/14

 

October is Rideshare Month

Rideshare Week is October 6–10
October is Rideshare Month, when we celebrate the many benefits of alternative commutes, such as carpool, bike, walk, public transit, and vanpool. San Diegans are invited to save time and money, reduce stress, and get fit by replacing their solo drive with a new commute.

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Published by iCommunte September 2014, republished by Lilac Hills Ranch September 28, 2014

 


9/24/14

 

Building Healthy Places Initiative

Around the world, communities face pressing health challenges related to the built environment. For many years, Urban Land Institute and its members have been active players in discussions and projects that make the link between human health and development; we know that health is a core component of thriving communities.

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Published by Urban Land Institute, August 28,2014; republished by Lilac Hills Ranch, September 24, 2014

 


9/12/14

 

Winds of Change Blow from the North

Two developments signal dynamic change in North County residential living, bringing with what both projects’ principals believe will be community and economic benefits.

One, MBK Rental Living’s Ocean Air Apartment Homes at Torrey Hills, is expected to be completed in late October for initial occupancies. The other, Accretive Investments Inc.’s Lilac Hills Ranch, is already 10 years in the planning and may not be fully built out for another 10.

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By David Coddon, Special to The Daily Transcript Wednesday, August 27, 2014. Republished by Lilac Hills Ranch September 12, 2014

 


9/2/14

 

A New Report from APA: Healthy Planning

The American Planning Association’s Planning and Community Health Research Center recently released a new publication — Healthy Planning: An Evaluation Of Comprehensive And Sustainability Plans Addressing Public Health. This report provides results from an evaluation of 18 local comprehensive plans and 4 sustainability plans from local governments across the United States that address various public health topics and issue areas in their local level plans. Results highlight the progress of specific localities in addressing public health, but also reveal the slowness of the planning field to fully embrace public health as an important societal issue.

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Published by the American Planning Association. Republished by Lilac Hills Ranch September 2, 2014

 


8/22/14

 

Health and Healthy Places

According to the World Health Organization, health is a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of infirmity. A healthy community as described by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Healthy People 2010 report is one that continuously creates and improves both its physical and social environments, helping people to support one another in aspects of daily life and to develop to their fullest potential. Healthy places are those designed and built to improve the quality of life for all people who live, work, worship, learn, and play within their borders — where every person is free to make choices amid a variety of healthy, available, accessible, and affordable options.

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Published by the Center for Disease Control August 4, 2014. Republished with permission by Lilac Hills Ranch August 22, 2014

 


8/15/14

 

Back-to-School Tips for Parents

Starting the new school year can be a time of great excitement… and anxiety. Help calm your child’s fears (and your own) with these teacher-approved tips.

Meet the new teacher.
For kids, one of the biggest back-to-school fears is “Will I like my new teacher?” Breaking the ice early on is one of the best ways to calm everyone’s fears. Take advantage of your school’s open house or back-to-school night. Some teachers welcome phone calls or e-mails — another great opportunity to get to know each other before the year begins.

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PBSparents.org/education, republished by Lilac Hills Ranch August 15, 2014

 


7/18/14

 

Lilac Hills Ranch hosts Valley Center
Chamber of Commerce Summer Sundowner

(Bonsall, CA) Lilac Hills Ranch hosted the July 17 Valley Center Chamber of Commerce Sundowner at Zosa Estate. Mary Gordon, executive director of the Chamber said, “Thank you to Lilac Hills Ranch for an awesome pool party and bar-b-que last night. Thanks also to everyone who came out to see the amazing Zosa Estate at Lilac Hills Ranch. It was a perfect evening with great food, friends and fun.”

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July 18, 2014

 


6/30/14

 

Lilac Hills Ranch wishes our friends
and neighbors a happy, healthy Fourth of July

During this special holiday week, we thank the many brave men and women who have made significant sacrifices to protect our freedom and make this Country a safer place to live.


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June 30, 2014

 


6/20/14

 

A city’s ‘walkability’ drives real estate values

Car shares, bike shares, improved rapid transit and teleworking. All are the product of a new generation that is more environmentally conscious than any before it and more willing to use its own energy to get around town, rather than tapping expensive energy sources.

Millennials prefer urban cores, even ones outside of major metropolitan areas, because they want to be able to walk or bike to work and stores. In turn, areas that offer so-called walkability should see more home buyers and renters than those that don't.

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Tuesday, 17 Jun 2014 | 1:09 PM ETCNBC.com, republished by Lilac Hills Ranch June 20, 2014

 


6/10/14

 

Lilac Hills Ranch to Help Save the Bonsall Golf Course

As a concerned and active business owner in the Bonsall community, we feel the purchase of Mitigation credits from Moosa Creek Mitigation Bank would not be in the best interest of the community. As do many in the area, we believe such a purchase will have adverse economic and cultural impacts on both existing and future Bonsall residents.

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June 10, 2014

 


6/2/14

 

Live Well San Diego

The Board of Supervisors voted to adopt a comprehensive, innovative strategy on wellness, called Live Well San Diego. This long-term strategy to help all County residents become healthy, safe and thriving is being implemented with community involvement. Learn more about Live Well San Diego, and its three components “Healthy,” “Safe,” and “Thriving.”

Live Well San Diego Pyramid


County of San Diego, posted by Lilac Hills Ranch June 2, 2014
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5/20/14
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5/1/14

 

Bike to Work 2014

let's ride!

Due to the wild fires and air quality, Bike to Work Day will be rescheduled from May 16th to Friday, May 30th.

Register for Bike to Work Day
Join thousands of bike riders throughout the San Diego region on the morning of Bike to Work Day. Pit stops will be available from 6–9 a.m. Log your bike trips in TripTracker to make sure you’re included in our Bike to Work count and to be entered into weekly prize drawings throughout Bike to Work Month!

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iCommute, May 1, 2014, UPDATED May 20, 2014

 


4/22/14

 

Earth Day: Get to Know the 5 'R's

County departments and community partners joined together to celebrate Earth Day at the County's award-winning Operations Center. County employees and the public learned about sustainability and were reminded that Earth Day should be practiced every day.

5 R’s to Benefit the Earth
   1.Refuse
   2.Reduce
   3.Reuse
   4.Recycle
   5.Recover


San Diego County News Center, April 22, 2014
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4/17/14

 

Earth Day 2014
Lilac Hills Ranch Promotes Sustainability this Earth Day, April 22nd

Every year on April 22, over a billion people in 190 countries take action for Earth Day. From San Francisco to San Juan, Beijing to Brussels, Moscow to Marrakesh, people plant trees, clean up their communities, contact their elected officials, and more — all on behalf of the environment.

Like Earth Days of the past, Earth Day 2014 will focus on the unique environmental challenges of our time. This year’s theme is one we have worked diligently to promote, sustainable communities.

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Lilac Hills Ranch, April 17, 2014

 


4/8/14

 

Lilac Hills Ranch to Sponsor Farmers Market
at Avocado Festial in Fallbrook

On Sunday April 13, thousands of avocado lovers will converge in Fallbrook, California for the 28th annual Fallbrook Avocado Festival. Located in San Diego's North County, the festival offers guacamole contests, art contests, live music, entertainment for kids and family oriented fun.

You can never go hungry at the Avocado Festival, so bring your appetite and come prepared to visit the many craft and food booths. Main and Alvarado Streets are lined with colorful displays and vendors featuring unique clothing, hats, arts, crafts, jewelry, and farm-fresh produce for purchase. A variety of bands and other live entertainment are offered for the pleasure of festival-goers. Beer gardens and numerous food vendors cater to every whim.

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Published by San Diego Magazine, republished April 8, 2014 by Lilac Hills Ranch, sponsor of the Avocado Festival Farmers Market.

 


3/4/14

 

Seasonal Eating Guide
Fresh, seasonal produce tastes delicious, and it's better for you and the environment.

No matter where you live, each season brings an opportunity to feast on new fruits and vegetables. Taking advantage of locally grown seasonal foods makes for healthy eating and a healthy environment.

“One of the biggest advantages of seasonal eating is that these foods taste better,” says dietitian Joan Salge Blake, MS, RD, LDN, a spokeswoman for the American Dietetic Association and a clinical associate professor of nutrition at Boston University. “A fall apple in New England, a tomato from New Jersey in summer, a Florida orange in winter — all are absolutely delicious.”

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By Beth W. Orenstein, Medically reviewed by Lindsey Marcellin, MD, MPH. Updated: 12/21/2009, reposted by Lilac Hills Ranch March 4, 2014

 


2/18/14

 

Physical Activity Improves Quality of Life

Physical activity can improve your quality of life in a multitude of ways.

AHA physical activity recommendation
The American Heart Association recommends just 40 minutes of moderate to vigorous aerobic exercise three to four times a week. Even brisk walking will do.

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by the Go Red For Women Editors, republished by Lilac Hills Ranch, February 18, 2014

 


2/1/14

 

Recycle Hard-to-Dispose-of Items Feb. 8 in Fallbrook

That old can of paint in the garage. Those leftover cleaners under the sink. Those old telephones, that broken TV, those fluorescent lights, auto fluids, pesticides and expired or unused prescription medications.

Some things are tougher to properly dispose of than others.

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Lilac Hills Ranch, February 1, 2014

 


1/13/14

 

Is there a link between exercise and happiness?

If you've ever been stressed out, you may have attempted to relieve your anxiety in a number of ways: eating, logging hours in front of the television, or increasing your use of tobacco, alcohol or drugs (both legal and illegal). All of these represent attempts to take your mind off your worries, or in some instinctual way to alter your brain chemistry a bit. And sometimes it works.

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Published by: How Things Work, republished with permission by Lilac Hills Ranch January 13, 2014

 


1/8/14

 

Christmas Tree Recycling and Holiday Recycling Tips

Those living in single-family residences may place their tree curbside on your regular collection day until January 10, 2014.

To prepare your Christmas tree for recycling—including flocked trees—simply remove all ornaments, tinsel and the tree stand. Cut the tree in half if taller than 4-feet and place at the curb. Tree segments can also be placed in your green-waste container or bundle branches together with twine for collection (bundle should not exceed 4 ft. x 18 in.)...

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January 8, 2014

 


12/19/13

 


 


12/3/13

 

Healthy Holiday Food & Fitness
Diet, Stress, and Meal Tips for Healthier Holidays

Your Holiday Fitness Program
The holiday season can be enough to derail even the most dedicated exerciser. Here are some tips to help you stay fit through New Year's.

You're busy, you're stressed, it's chilly out… so why not just take a break from your fitness program until the New Year?

Sure, you can always come up with an excuse not to exercise. But slacking off on your fitness program during the holidays will only leave you with more pounds — and more stress — come New Year's. Fitness experts recognize that this time of year is difficult for many people trying to stick to an exercise program, so they have some suggestions to keep you motivated and disciplined.

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By Carol Sorgen; WebMD Weight Loss Clinic-Feature; Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario, MD; Reprinted by Lilac Hills Ranch December 3, 2013

 


11/25/13

 


 


11/6/13

 

21st Century Learning in Schools – A Case Study of New Technology High School in Napa, CA

We have known for years what kids need to know and be able to do in the 21st Century. Starting with the SCANS report, “What Work Requires of Schools”, in 1991, it was clear that 21st Century Learning was to be built on a foundation of basic knowledge, but went well beyond basics to include a significant set of 21st Century Skills.

SCANS anticipated the profound changes coming in the 1990s, including globalization and the increased role of technology in work and life. It was the first significant report that argued that kids would need to be smarter and also better communicators, collaborators, and performers for the workplace and society of the future.

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— By Bob Pearlman, Republished by Lilac Hills Ranch November 6, 2013

This is a preprint of an article published in New Directions for Youth Development, Volume 2006, Issue 110 (Summer 2006), Special Issue: The Case for Twenty-First Century Learning, Issue Edited by Eric Schwarz, Ken Kay.

 


10/30/13

 

Halloween Safety Tips for Kids and Adults

As kids prepare to put on their costumes and roam from house to house Thursday, parents and neighbors should keep in mind that their presence on the road and around homes requires additional caution.

Travelers, an insurance provider, recently released the following five tips on how to stay safe during Halloween and keep the holiday trick-free.

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By JOANNA PRISCO via Good Morning America, republished with permission
by Lilac Hills Ranch October 30, 2013


 


10/8/13

 

Getting Started — Tips for Long-term Success

Walking, swimming, cycling, jogging, skiing, aerobic dancing or any of dozens of other activities can help your heart. They all cause you to feel warm, perspire and breathe heavily without being out of breath and without feeling any burning sensation in your muscles.

Whether it is a structured exercise program or just part of your daily routine, all exercise adds up to a healthier heart. Take the first step by walking. It's free, easy to do and when you have a walking companion, you're more likely to stay motivated.

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Published by American Heart Association, Republished by Lilac Hills Ranch October 8, 2013


 


9/3/13

 

North County Interchange Project Completed

(FALLBROOK, CA) - The $30 million state Route 76/Interstate 15 interchange is opened to motorists, Caltrans announced.

The interchange, which includes a wider bridge and two loop on-ramps to the interstate, has been completed ahead of schedule and is now open reports Caltrans District Director Laurie Berman.

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Created: August 22, 2013, San Diego Channel 6. Updated and reposted with permission by Lilac Hills Ranch September 3, 2013


 


8/26/13

 

Linking the Built Environment to Better Health

As the world becomes increasingly urbanized, the built environment—in terms of what is built, where it is built, and how it is built—is having a critical impact on the physical and emotional well-being of residents and workers, according to Richard Jackson, professor and chair of environmental health sciences at the University of California at Los Angeles Fielding School of Public Health.

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Published by Urban Land Institute, August 19, 2013.
Republished with permission by Lilac Hills Ranch, August 26, 2013.


 


8/6/13

 

5 Key Trends in Parks and Public Health

A fundamental—and agonizing—paradox defines American public health in the 21st century. While Americans are more gravely afflicted by chronic disease than ever before, we have also never had such an array of treatments for our deadliest diseases so readily available to us. Deepening this paradox is a stunning fact: Many of the most potent and lasting treatments for our national epidemics come not from pharmaceutical labs but from changed lifestyles.

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Published by Parks & Recreation Magazine, November 2012. By Maureen Hannan.
Republished with permission by Lilac Hills Ranch, August 6, 2013.


 


7/31/13

 

Informative: Lilac Hills Ranch Event, July 17, 2013

The well-attended Lilac Hills Ranch Community Outreach event was more informative than anticipated if you ask attendee Joe Beyer.

“The Lilac Hills Ranch team shared valuable details highlighting many of the planned features we can expect to see in the neighborhood.  They spent time answering questions one on one with participants and listened to suggestions,” said Beyer, a nearby Bonsall resident. 

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July 31, 2013.

 

 


7/18/13

 

Physical activity improves quality of life

Do you want to add years to your life? Or life to your years?

Feeling your best boosts your zeal for life!


The American Heart Association recommends 30-minutes of moderate activity, but three 10-minute periods of activity are almost as beneficial to your overall fitness as one 30-minute session. This is achievable! Physical activity may also help encourage you to spend some time outdoors. Sunlight on your skin helps your body produce vitamin D, which brings many added health benefits.


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Published by American Heart Association online November 2012,
republished with permission by Lilac Hills Ranch, July 18, 2013
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7/2/13

 

Lilac Hills Ranch wishes our friends and neighbors a happy, healthy Fourth of July

During this special holiday week, we thank the many brave men and women who have made significant sacrifices to protect our freedom and make this Country a safer place to live.


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July 2, 2013


 


6/18/13

 

Lilac Hills Ranch receives unanimous concept approval from Valley Center Municipal Water District

(Bonsall, CA) The Valley Center Municipal Water District Board of Directors unanimously approved the Lilac Hills Ranch preliminary concept for Water, Water Reclamation and Water Recycling. The final details will be considered in conjunction with the County approvals. The 608-acre, mixed-use, pedestrian-oriented community is located one-half mile from Interstate 15.

“We are working very closely with Accretive and their engineers on the infrastructure requirements for Lilac Hills Ranch,” said Gary Arant, General Manager, Valley Center Municipal Water District...

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June 18, 2013


 


6/6/13

 

Accretive's Rilling says Lilac Hills Ranch could be
building and selling homes by 2014

"We could be building and selling homes by 2014," John Rilling, vice president of the Accretive Group, and project manager for the proposed Lilac Hills Ranch, told the Valley Center Municipal Water District board Monday.

The board unanimously gave preliminary concept approval Monday to the terms and conditions for providing water, wastewater and recycled water service for the 608 acre, 1,746 unit community, which is planned to be a multi-phased, mixed use development.

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by DAVID ROSS, published by Roadrunner, June 5, 2013. Republished by Lilac Hills Ranch, June 6, 2013.


 


6/3/13

 

"Walkable" communities driving Western mountain housing market

Communities such as Buena Vista's South Main area could lead the West's housing market, according to a 10-year study of housing trends that shows buyers paying 16 percent more for homes near shops, restaurants and recreational amenities. (Jason Blevins, The Denver Post)


 

BUENA VISTA — Homes within walking distance to shops and restaurants are forecast to drive the housing markets and economies in mountain communities of the interior West as the recession's effects wane.

That's according to a recent study of high-country housing trends over the past decade by the Sonoran Institute, a nonprofit public-policy group that advocates for better management of growth in the West. The group's 60-page study — "Reset, Assessing Future Housing Markets in the Rocky Mountain West" — shows that while homebuyers are willing to pay an average of 18.5 percent more for a house in a walkable mountain neighborhood in the Rocky Mountain West, the supply of homes in or near downtown commercial areas is too small.

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Published by The Denver Post, May 31, 2013. Republished by Lilac Hills Ranch, June 3, 2013.


 


5/21/13

 

National Prevention Strategy
America’s Plan for Better Health and Wellness

The strength and ingenuity of America’s people and communities have driven America’s success. A healthy and fit nation is vital to that strength and is the bedrock of the productivity, innovation, and entrepreneurship essential for our future. Healthy people can enjoy their lives, go to work, contribute to their communities, learn, and support their families and friends. A healthy nation is able to educate its people, create and sustain a thriving economy, defend itself, and remain prepared for emergencies.

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Published by National Prevention Council, June 2011.
Copied with permission by Lilac Hills Ranch, May 21, 2013


 


5/13/13

 

How to Stay Safe When Biking

Some people bike for fun. Others ride for exercise or to get to work.

Melinda Therkalsen, 31, does it for all of the above…so that she doesn’t have to give up her favorite foods: pizza, cake and enchiladas.

“I exercise so that I can eat what I want,” said Therkalsen, an analyst with the County Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA) who bikes from Ocean Beach to downtown—about 7 miles each way.

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County of San Diego, May 13, 2013


 


5/1/13

 

Bike to Work 2013

it's how i roll

Save the date — Bike to Work Day is Friday, May 17, 2013!

Bike to Work Day is a nationally recognized event celebrated annually on the third Friday in May. Since May is National Bike Month, San Diegans have opportunities to participate all month long. Bike to Work 2013 supports bicycling as a viable, environmentally friendly, cost saving commute choice.

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iCommute, May 1, 2013


 


5/1/13

 

Valley Center Lacrosse Foundation receives donation from Jon Rilling and Lilac Hills Ranch

On Friday, April 26, prior to the Valley Center boys varsity lacrosse game, the Valley Center Lacrosse Foundation (VCLF) was presented with a $2,500 donation from Jon Rilling and Lilac Hills Ranch.

The VCLF is a non-profit organization created solely for the benefit of promoting the sport of lacrosse for boys and girls to play in Valley Center. High school and youth lacrosse programs are entirely self-funded through the community.

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Valley RoadRunner, May 1, 2013


 


4/19/13

 

Restore the Canopy
Lilac Hills Ranch Promotes Tree Planting
Earth Day, April 22, 2013

Did you know that just three trees properly placed around a house can save up to 30% of energy use? This is according to the U.S. Forest Service Center for Urban Forest Research. One study found that in Sacramento, Calif., trees planted on the south and west sides of houses reduced summertime electricity bills by an average of $25.

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Accretive Group, April 19, 2013


 


4/17/13

 

Palomar YMCA eWaste Recycling Event, April 20,2013

San Diego, CA – Recycle San Diego and Palomar Family YMCA have partnered to host an eWaste Recycling Event on Saturday, April 20, 2013 from 10 am–2 pm in the YMCA’s parking lot at 1050 N Broadway, Escondido. 

Jeffrey Harding, the Founder and President of Recycle San Diego, is happy to partner with a not-for-profit institution.  “The Palomar Family YMCA and the County of San Diego will both benefit from this eWaste recycling event. A portion of the proceeds will go to further the YMCA’s programs, and the County will get thousands of pounds of eWaste diverted from our local landfills. 

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Recycle San Diego, April 17, 2013


 


4/1/13

 

Study Finds Mixed-Use Areas Safer Than Commercial Only.

Neighborhoods with a mix of residences, offices and retail outlets are now conventionally thought to have a host of benefits, a departure in thinking from the years of urban planning when cities sought to segregate uses of land, with the houses in one corner of town and the shopping district in another. Mixed-use neighborhoods enable people to walk more, with downstream health benefits. They help cut down on traffic congestion, and therefore pollution. For many people, they create livelier communities and a higher quality of life.

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Urban Land Institute, Reprinted by Lilac Hills Ranch, April 1, 2013


 


3/27/13

 

Make Your Own, Easter Egg Dye
Fruits and vegetables give Easter eggs and foods safe, healthy color.

Dyeing Easter eggs or baking with natural food dyes is easy and well worth it. Natural dyes are lovely and easy to make on your own for coloring frosting and other decorations such as cookies, cakes, and candies, using the juice from fruits and vegetables.

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NRDC's Smarter Living, Reprinted by Lilac Hills Ranch, March 27, 2013


 


3/14/13

 

Lilac Hills Ranch Update — You spoke and we listened

(Bonsall, CA) Lilac Hills Ranch is pleased to announce the newly revised design, submitted to the County on February 11, 2013. Community participation has contributed to a new design over a five month outreach process.

“Over the last several months hundreds of residents have provided input for Lilac Hills Ranch,” said Randy Goodson, CEO. “Many of these suggestions were incorporated into the new plans, helping us to create a shared vision with the surrounding community.”

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— Accretive Investments, Inc., March 14, 2013


 


3/5/13

 

Five Important Ingredients to a Walkable Community

What makes a community more walkable?

There are 5 basic ingredients to make your neighborhood a place where people of all ages and abilities have safe, enjoyable, and easy access to their community on foot.

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— Walk San Diego, March 5, 2013


 


2/19/13

 

Environmental and Policy Approaches to Increase Physical Activity: Community-Scale Urban Design Land Use Policies

Community-scale urban design land use policies and practices involve the efforts of urban planners, architects, engineers, developers, and public health professionals to change the physical environment of urban areas of several square miles or more in ways that support physical activity. They include the following...

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— Center for Disease Control, February 19, 2013


 


2/11/13

 

Free WaterSmart Landscape Makeover
Workshop Series Begins in February

Participants will learn specifics of turf removal and planting water-efficient landscaping.

The San Diego County Water Authority is again teaming with the San Diego Botanic Garden and Mira Costa College to sponsor a series of classes about WaterSmart Landscape Makeovers starting Feb. 23.

The free classes, made possible in part by a grant from the Hans & Margaret Doe Charitable Trust, will be held at the Botanic Garden, 230 Quail Gardens Drive in Encinitas.

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— San Diego County Water Authority, February 11, 2013


 


2/6/13

 

Traffic has improved in the I-15 corridor

Commuters are spending much less time stuck in traffic on Interstate 15 after the full length of the I-15 Express Lanes between San Diego and Escondido opened to traffic in January 2012, according to a preliminary analysis by SANDAG.

About a decade ago, before the construction of the Express Lanes, the average travel time on I-15 was around 40 minutes between State Routes 163 and 78. By 2012, the average travel time had gone down by 25 percent to about 30 minutes.

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— SANDAG, February 6, 2013


 


1/18/13

 

eWaste: A Growing Problem

What is eWaste?
eWaste is any type of waste related to electronic devices ("electronics"), such as computers, TVs and cell phones. U.S. consumers produce about 3 million tons of eWaste every year. About 70% of the poisonous heavy metals in our landfills leach out of illegally dumped electronics.

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— Recycle San Diego, January 18, 2013


 


12/15/12

 


 


11/26/12

 

Healthy Communities: A New Direction in Development

What does the epidemic of obesity in the U.S. have to do with how communities are designed and built? That was the question at a panel at the ULI Fall Meeting in Denver. In short, panelists said the way we design and build communities can have a big effect on residents’ physical and mental health.

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— Urban Land Institute (ULI), November 26, 2012


 


11/22/12

 


 


11/9/12

 

Lilac Hills Ranch Salute to Veterans

Lilac Hills Ranch would like to thank all of the brave men and women who have served the United States Armed Services. Your sacrifice has kept our families safe, our Nation free and world peace within our reach. We are privileged to honor you on Veterans Day, and everyday throughout the year.

 


11/1/12

 

Screamin’ Good Time at Bonsall Family Sundowner
Hosted by Lilac Hills Ranch

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Fun! This was the word all of the children used to describe the first family friendly Pumpkin Party Sundowner for the Bonsall Chamber of Commerce hosted by Lilac Hills Ranch at the Zosa Estate.

“There were so many decorations, starting with the fake grave yard that leads you to the pavilion with hundreds of other themed decorations throughout the venue,” said Gail Martin, President Elect, Bonsall Chamber of Commerce.  

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10/26/12

 

Water District approves water supply for Lilac Hills Ranch

The Valley Center Municipal Water District approved the Lilac Hills Ranch Water Supply Assessment on October 15, 2012, stating “total water supplies available to the District during normal, single-dry, and multiple-dry years within the next 20-year projection and beyond will be sufficient to meet the projected water demand associated with the Proposed Development, in addition to existing and planned future uses of the District, including, but not limited to agricultural and manufacturing uses.”

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10/25/12

 

Construction Begins on State Route 76 Interchange
near Lilac Hills Ranch

Construction begins today for the final widening phase of State Route 76 (SR-76) from South Mission Road to east of Interstate 15 (I-15), encompassing the interchange.

“The project is timely and well needed,” said Ann Fox, California Department of Transportation Project Manager.  “Improvements to the interchange are estimated to take nine-months; while the widening of the five mile phase of highway will begin at the same time, but will not be completed until sometime in 2015.”    

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10/19/12

 

Land use and the food revolution

In today’s real estate market, it is no longer unusual to see “land use” and “agricultural integration” in the same sentence; it is one of the fastest growing trends for land planners, developers, homebuilders and landscape architects across the nation. This phenomenon does not rest solely in the real estate industry. It has extreme effects on our community planning, the lifestyles of our residents and a vibrant culture in which we create what sustains those communities.

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— San Diego Source, The Daily Transcript

 


9/13/12

 

Lilac Hills Ranch Specific Plan Submitted to County of San Diego

Lilac Hills Ranch announces the release of the Specific Plan Application to the County of San Diego.

Lilac Hills Ranch is a proposed 608-acre mixed use pedestrian oriented community located a quarter-mile east of Interstate 15 at Old Highway 395, in the unincorporated area of north Escondido and east Bonsall.

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8/15/12

 

Where We Live Matters

Healthy living is a byproduct of access to bike and walkways along with farm fresh foods, reported San Diego County News Center, August 13, 2012.

The “Healthy Communities Atlas,” is an inspiring report released by local researchers and transportation planners to illustrate how our living environment impacts our health.

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7/27/12

 

Lilac Hills Ranch Community Update
is Well Attended by Residents

Lilac Hills Ranch received a positive response from local residents attending the July 11, 2012 Community Update at Zosa Estate in Escondido.

Lilac Hills Ranch features a sustainable design approach that balances sophisticated technology and amenities with the natural environment.

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— Accretive Release, July 27, 2012
 


7/11/12

 

Lilac Hills Ranch Application

Lilac Hills Ranch announces the release of the development application and Notice of Preparation for the Environmental Impact Report that will initiate the public planning process with the County of San Diego.

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6/4/12

 

Walkability translates into stable home prices, more business

Walking may be healthy but it's also good economics, studies at the national and local level show.

The Brookings Institution issued a report last month saying homes in walkable neighborhoods hold their property values better than in auto-oriented zones.

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— U-T San Diego, June 4, 2012

 


5/30/12

 

In Support of National Trails Day, June 2, 2012

Lilac Hills Ranch is proud to support National Trails Day, June 2, 2012 by proposing a walkable community that will contain a comprehensive trail network...

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5/25/12

 

In Recognition of Memorial Day 2012
We Salute Our Armed Forces

Lilac Hills Ranch would like to thank all of the courageous and heroic men and women in the United States Armed Services who have bravely served and given their lives for our County.

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5/18/12

 

Sylvia Clark Wins Lilac Hills Ranch “Act of Green” Contest

(Escondido, CA)  Lilac Hills Ranch today awarded Sylvia Clark the locally-grown fresh produce basket valued at $100 for her contribution to over one billion acts of green around the globe as part of the Lilac Hills Ranch, Earth Day Celebration, April 22, 2012. 

Sylvia Clark’s “Act of Green” consisted of plastics recycling, composting, and her invitation to any nearby resident or any person of the Lilac Hills Ranch team, to deliver any unused, outdated cell phone to the guard tower at Champagne Village, a Lawrence Welk Resort neighborhood, near Lilac Hills Ranch and the I-15 transportation corridor. 

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4/19/12

 

Earth Day 2012 to help Mobilize the Earth™

On April 22, more than one billion people around the globe will participate in Earth Day 2012 to help Mobilize the Earth™.

People of all nationalities and backgrounds are joining together in a united effort to protect the planet.

Lilac Hills Ranch hopes to provide a sustainable community in North San Diego County.

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3/30/12

 

Good Schools and Proximity to Transportation/Jobs Protect Property Valuess

Location, location, location is the mantra reported by experts of Meyers, LLC as school test scores, coupled with easy access to transportation and jobs are touted as predictive indicators in selecting new development sites that will remain stable through volatile real estate markets...

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Smart Growth in San Diego, March 30, 2012

 


3/8/12

 

Lilac Hills Ranch to Host March “Get Your Green On”
Mixer for Bonsall/Fallbrook Chamber of Commerce

Lilac Hills Ranch is the March Mixer host for the joint Bonsall/Fallbrook Chamber of Commerce St. Patrick’s-themed event scheduled for Thursday, March 8, 2012.  The festivities begin at
5:30 pm at the Zosa Garden Estate, 9381 W Lilac Rd, Escondido, CA  92026.

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1/11/12

 

State Route Construction at SR-76 to Begin, Summer 2012

SAN DIEGO – The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) recently announced the completion of the environmental report for the State Route 76 (SR-76) East Segment Improvement Project from South Mission Road to east of Interstate 15 (I-15), encompassing the interchange. Construction is scheduled to begin as early as this summer. The urgency is based on the high priority status of the project within the region’s TransNet Early Action Program.

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— Accretive Investments, Inc. Press Release

 


1/5/12

 

Waste Collection Event January 7th
at Ingold Sports Park in Fallbrook
March 10, at Adams Park in Valley Center

San Diego County—Household Hazardous Waste, Electronic Waste and Unused Medication Collection Event for residents in the unincorporated areas of North County are scheduled on Saturday, January 7 and March 10 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Ingold Sports Park, 2551 Olive Hill Rd., in Fallbrook and Adams Park, 28751 Cole Grade Rd., in Valley Center.

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12/15/11

 

Lilac Hills Ranch Hosts Holiday Party
for Valley Center Chamber of Commerce

Lilac Hills Ranch is the holiday party host for the Valley Center Chamber of Commerce Sundowner event scheduled for Thursday, December 15, 2011, according to Claudia Johnson, President, Valley Center Chamber of Commerce.   The festivities will begin at 5:30 pm and continue until 7:00 pm at the Zosa Garden Estate, 9381 W Lilac Rd, Escondido, CA  92026.

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12/8/11

 

Lilac Hills Ranch Hosts Holiday Party
for Bonsall Chamber of Commerce

Lilac Hills Ranch is the holiday party host for the Bonsall Chamber of Commerce event scheduled for Thursday, December 8, 2011, according to Stan Neiman, President, Bonsall Chamber of Commerce. The festivities begin at 6:00 pm at Zosa Garden Estate, 9381 W Lilac Rd, Escondido, CA 92026.

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11/15/11

 

America Recycles Day 11.15.11

Since 1997, communities across the country have come together on November 15 to celebrate America Recycles Day. More than a celebration, America Recycles Day is the only nationally recognized day dedicated to the promotion of recycling in the United States. One day to educate and motivate. One day to get our neighbors, friends and community leaders excited about what can be accomplished when we all work together. One day to make recycling bigger and better 365 days a year. Get involved!

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9/19/11

 

A Win-Win for Small County Farms and the Environment

Just one gallon of used motor oil can contaminate up to one million gallons of water. Now there is no reason to run that risk. Small farms in the unincorporated areas can stop oil from washing down storm drains into the ocean and protect their own farmland... Read More…

— County News Center



 


9/17/11

 

Lilac Hills Ranch will be the official name for I-15 Sustainable Community

Accretive Investments, Inc. today announced the new name for the I-15 Sustainable Community to be “Lilac Hills Ranch.”  The new name was unveiled on signs and banners greeting supporters at a festive celebration and barbeque at Zosa Gardens in Escondido on Saturday, September 17. Read More…

— Accretive Investments, Inc. Press Release



 


8/1/11

 

Statement from NAHB Chairman Bob Nielsen
on Debt Ceiling Agreement

Bob Nielsen, chairman of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and a home builder from Reno, Nev., issued the following statement regarding the proposed debt ceiling agreement announced by President Obama and congressional leaders: Read More…

— NAHB



 


5/2/11

 

Valley Center Municipal Water District
Lifts All Voluntary Water Use Limitations

With deep snow pack in the Sierras and the Rockies and reservoirs already near brim full, California’s “Jekyll and Hyde” weather has ended the drought.
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— Valley Center Water District



 


4/28/11

 

Water Authority Ends Shortage Allocations,
Lifts Call for Mandatory Use Restrictions

Agency Urges Continued Water Efficiency, Focus on Fixing Supply and Ecological Problems in Bay-Delta

Significant improvements in this year’s weather and water storage led the San Diego County Water Authority Board of Directors today to end mandatory urban and agricultural water supply cutbacks and to lift the agency’s regionwide call for mandatory water use restrictions.
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— Water Authority Board of Directors



 


4/20/11

REGION: Report Shows Farmland Declines in San Diego
and Riverside Counties

Water Prices, Crop Exports Cited as Causes

Riverside and San Diego counties saw thousands of acres of farmland paved over or go fallow between 2006 and 2008, following a statewide trend, according to a report released Wednesday. Read More…

— North County Times


 


12/20/10

 

Accretive Gets The Green Light

On Friday, December 17, 2010 the San Diego County Planning Commission voted to give authorization to Accretive Investments allowing the company to plan and study a sustainable community along I-15. Read More…

— News release by Accretive Investments


 


12/16/10

 

Frequently Asked Questions

I had a question and answer session this week with Randy Goodson, CEO of Accretive Investments, Inc., and Jon Rilling, vice president, regarding Accretive’s request to submit an application for consideration of a proposed residential development on the west side of Valley Center (or north Escondido) at the I-15 and Old Highway 395. Read More…

— Valley Road Runner


 


11/17/10

 

Water Rates Likely to Rise in 2011

Water users who cut back this year and last will be rewarded by higher rates in 2011.

The Valley Center Municipal Water District (VCMWD) board at press time was expected to follow the staff’s recommendation to raise domestic (residential) rates by 12.2%, SAWR (special ag water rate) by 16.4%, M&I and IAWC (interim ag water program) by 17.7%, effective Jan. 1, 2011. Read More…

— Valley Road Runner


 


8/6/10

 

Give Accretive A Green Light

A proposal will be aired today before the San Diego County Planning Commission that would allow a developer, Randy Goodson's Accretive Investments Inc., to pursue a general plan amendment that, if ultimately successful, would allow a 1,746-home development on the edge of Interstate 15 and Highway 395. Read More…

— North County Times


 
 
 

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