By Joe Tash
The proposed sale of the Rancho Santa Fe Garden Club building to the Rancho Santa Fe Association for $2.4 million still has a number of hurdles to clear before it goes through, club members were told at an informational session on Feb. 26.
“We’re not halfway there yet,” RSF Garden Club Executive Vice President Steve DiZio told the group of about 30 people who turned out for the meeting at the club building.
Among the approvals still needed are a second vote by the Association membership, another vote by Garden Club members, and a sign-off by the state Attorney General’s office.
Although Association members voted overwhelmingly in favor of the purchase agreement last year, a petition turned in on
Thursday, Feb. 27, has triggered a vote on whether to overturn the Association board’s 4-3 approval of the deal on Feb. 6. The RSF Association has verified that the 100-signature threshold has been met, so a vote of the membership will be held. Date is still to be determined.
Lisa Bartlett, who turned in the petition to the Association and helped gather signatures, said she voted for the proposal last year and has not decided if she would support it again. But she said members should make the final decision about the purchase once all the information is in, including an updated appraisal, which should be completed within the next couple of weeks.