Cliffe Notes

Stonecliffe Homeowners Association has contracted with Elite Enforcement Security Solutions to patrol the pool area. Residents may call 714-801-4385 to report an incident while it is occurring and an officer will be dispatched immediately if they are not already on site.

Stonecliffe's Annual Garage Sale - Save The Date!

The Association’s Annual Community Garage Sale is TBD


South Orange County Governance Visioning Process

Orange County LAFCO invites the community of Stonecliffe to participate in the stakeholder group discussions for the South Orange County Governance Visioning Process for the Rancho Santa Margarita (RSM) Study Area (includes the City of Rancho Santa Margarita, and the unincorporated communities of Coto de Caza, Las Flores, Stonecliffe, and Wagon Wheel).

See the March 13, 2014 letter to Stonecliffe for more information (PDF)

The newly elected Board of Directors for Stonecliffe is as follows:

(as of April 2019)

Matt Swanson, President
Ray MacLean, Vice President
Lori Clements , Secretary
Jim Buchholz, Treasurer
Lori Coles, Director at Large

Please visit our Stonecliffe Board of Directors page for additional information.


Raymond “Ray” MacLean of Stonecliffe Homeowners Association has been nominated for the Board Member of the Year Award (Veteran Category)

Trabuco Canyon – Raymond “Ray” MacLean of Stonecliffe Homeowners Association has been nominated for the Board Member of the Year Award (Veteran Category), for the 2011 Orange County Excellence in Community (OCEC) Awards & Wine Dinner. The Awards are presented by the Community Associations Institute (CAI) – Orange County Regional Chapter.

The Community Association Board Member of the Year Award is presented to an individual who has made a significant contribution through a singular effort and promotes a sense of community. The Veteran Category represents Board members serving their associations three to six years. Read Full Announcement


The Wagon Wheel Easter Egg Hunt is back!

After a hiatus of several years, the Easter Egg Hunt has returned. This fun event, organized by neighboring Wagon Wheel, will be held on Saturday, April 16th, in the park across OSO.

Stonecliffe is one of the sponsors and our residents are encouraged to attend this fun event.

Please see the attached flyer for more information.


FANTASTIC JOB Stonecliffe Residents!!

"Twenty two units of life-saving blood was collected on Friday Feb. 25th. Each unit can help to save up to 3 lives. I would like to thank everyone for their help! It is greatly appreciated and I hope to see you again in August for our third semiannual community blood drive." - Lori Clements

"On behalf of the patients in need and the American Red Cross, I would like to thank Lori and everyone at Stonecliffe for your support of the community blood drive. You have all given another chance to patients and their families. Volunteers, whether they are recruiters or donors, make all the difference in meeting the blood needs of local patients. Your team effort made it possible for people in hospitals all over Southern California to have another chance at happier and healthier lives." - Jessie Salmon, Account Manager, Biomedical Services, American Red Cross


Our community’s website was born on 4th of July weekend 2009. The goal was to improve communication between the Board of Directors and the Association’s members. All indicators say that it has been successful.

Remember the good old days - the little agenda posted on the bulletin board by the gate that nobody could read without getting out of their car and squinting at the tiny type.

By regulation, agendas are still posted on the board. However, they are also posted on Other regular postings include minutes of all BOD meetings, monthly financial statements, Annual Audits, Treasurer’s Reports, Operating Budgets, Reserve Studies and more. Some of these are still mailed to members by law, while others were only available by contacting Accell.

The site also includes Cliffe Notes, which are little articles about topics that may affect our residents – e.g. Toll Road Closures, Landscape Project Status, Upper Chiquita Reservoir Project, and Stonecliffe being designated as under the “Sphere of Influence” of Rancho Santa Margarita. Etc.

If you are one of seventy-six (76) residents who subscribe to receive emails for announcements, then you are alerted when postings & documents are published on the website.

Stonecliffe residents have submitted over fifty (50) questions and suggestions to the BOD using the online forms on the website.

These numbers far exceed our original estimates and tell us that communications have improved. also provides outsiders with a window into our community. Several months ago, a local realtor wrote that she was very impressed with the website. She said the available information and pictures represent the community well, and do a great service for our homeowners.

Last, but not least, we all should send a big “Thank You!” to Linda Schafer Salter, a long time Songbird resident, who has spent lots and lots of hours designing and setting up the website. She continues to spend considerable time maintaining it, including posting all documents. She also provides suggestions to help us facilitate communication while avoiding potential harm from spam-bots which crawl the internet. Linda makes a living at this kind of work, but does it gratis for our community. Thank you again!


AlertOC - An opportunity to receive notification in cases of emergencies (e.g. evacuation order in case of fire).

AlertOC is a mass notification system designed to keep Orange County residents and businesses informed of emergencies and certain community events.

Visit the AlertOC Website

By registering with AlertOC, time-sensitive voice messages from the County or City in which you live or work may be sent to your home, cell or business phone. Text messages may also be sent to cell phones, e-mail accounts and hearing impaired receiving devices.

For information view the AlertOC privacy policy. For details on how the AlertOC System works and when it will be used, please view the Overview section and Frequently Asked Questions section of the AlertOC website. AlertOC is a joint County/City program. View the list of participating cities.


Register With AlertOC: To receive important messages from AlertOC, register your contact information online by clicking on the city or area in which you live or work. To register by mail, download a registration form found in the FAQ page and follow the return by mail form instructions.


Upper Chiquita Reservoir Project

Everyday, most of us pass the huge project underway off Oso Parkway west of the 241 Toll Road. That project is the construction of the Upper Chiquita Reservoir.

Following is the Santa Margarita Water District website that will provide you with everything you ever wanted to know about the project and more.

There is also a link to a press release below about the contractor on the project, Sukut Construction.


Become a Fire Watch Volunteer!

A training session will be offered by Orange County Fire Authority in late August (date, time and location to be determined). See the attached flyer for information.

Below are South County Fire Watch locations for 2009 fire season. Volunteers, who will work in pairs, will be needed during the worst part of fire season, which is usually October and November.

  • 1. Talega at the water tower at Ave. Belleza and foot of Ave. Talega as well as in homeowner’s backyards.
  • 2. Ortega Highway:
    • a. Entrance to Lazy W Ranch
    • b. Lucas Canyon Rd. and Ortega Hwy
  • 3. Bellview Trail
    • a. Next to Coto Village
    • b. Off Wellesley Court
    • c. Off end of Havenhurst Dr.
  • 4. Chiquita Ridge off Antonio at Apache Dr.
  • 5. Arroyo Vista gate of O’Neill Park before Tijeras Creek golf course
  • 6. Dove Canyon – Grey Rock Road at Starr Ranch border.

This is a subject that hits close to home. If you moved into Stonecliffe after May 2002, you may not know that a brush fire in the Upper Chiquita area came very, very close to our development. There were shrubs and bushes burned right up to the edge of Oso Pkwy on the Wagon Wheel side and orange fire retardant all over the road between Stonecliffe and the 241 Toll Road. The fuel modification zones around Wagon Wheel and Stonecliffe helped deter the fires from drawing even closer.

Those of us who lived here then and were home during that afternoon were poised to evacuate through Coto, as Oso Pkwy was blocked.

Mother Nature took more than two years to remove the vestiges of the damage from that fire.

If you interested in volunteering, please Contact Sandy DeSimone of Audubon’s Starr Ranch Sanctuary (949) 858-0309, or Laura Coley Eisenberg of Rancho Mission Viejo Land Trust (949) 240-3363 Ext 297,




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