"Save Elevado Road" started as a concerned group of about 30 local residents (and growing!) who developed a plan to get Elevado Road repaired.  We share a commitment to achieve quality community roads for our continued safety and increasing property values. We value our neighborhood as a desirable place in which to live and enjoy the benefits of family, friends and community. We are extremely fortunate in having the following neighbors, among others, who donated their time, expertise, and services towards developing and executing the plan that "Saved Elevado Road" in 2017.

Bernie Hentges: A Road Well Traveled

Many of us in the area already know Bernie Hentges and his long track record of accomplishments, including legendary careers in NASCAR racing, automotive engineering and home construction.  Yet you may not know that Bernie Hentges is also the generous individual who has been repairing and patching the Elevado neighborhood roads.  We are extremely grateful to Bernie for the more than 43 years that he has donated the equipment, materials and time to help maintain the structural stability of our neighborhood roads.


When Bernie first visited the Vista area, looking for a site to build his family home, he noticed the private road sign on Elevado and reluctantly turned away believing that only those who lived on the road were allowed to drive on it. Luckily, he connected with a local realtor and later purchased a lot on Camino Cantera.  When Bernie designed and built his home with his family, it was the 5th house built on Camino Cantera. In those early days, the roads were pretty rough and along with a fellow homeowner they would work together to keep the roads cleared of brush.  As more people moved into the area the roads began to need additional care. Bernie purchased a load of asphalt with his dump truck and with a small group of neighborhood volunteers they would fill in the deep holes to try to keep on top of the much-needed repairs and patches.  In those days’ asphalt/blacktop material cost about $2 for a 60lb bag, while today the same 60lb bag cost more than six times as much at $13 per bag.


After Elevado was repaved by the water authorities in the early 00s, Bernie recognized that, without timely maintenance, little cracks would become potholes and potholes would become craters.  Initially, deep holes would crop up about once a year, and Bernie would go out and fill and patch the road. Eventually the occurrence of potholes started to be more frequent. Occasionally neighbors would stop as Bernie was fixing the road and donate money to help cover the costs.  With increasing area traffic, it became a two-person job to do the needed repairs - one to direct traffic and the other to repair and patch. For many years, Bernie provided the equipment, materials and expertise while Felix Enriquez has worked alongside him. Unfortunately, in 2017, it had gotten to the point where patches were needed on a weekly basis and the time came for our community to unite and work together to ensure our road was repaired and improved for the safety and benefit of everyone.

Meet the Team

Pete McHugh

Pete McHugh

Committee Facilitator / Project Manager

Pete and Lucille McHugh built their home on Via Subria 40 years ago where they raised their three children.  Both are now retired educators.  While Lucille was an elementary teacher, Pete was an educational administrator for over 30 years.  His past positions a school principal, associate superintendent and superintendent of schools required him to chair numerous public and parent forums focused on problem solving and strategic planning.  Pete has participated in past road improvement efforts and is committed to seeing the latest Save Elevado Road efforts produce successful results.


Bill Birnie


Bill retired from a 25 year career in the USMC as a Sergeant Major in 1997 and began his second career in financial services as an Internal Auditor at Pacific Marine Credit Union (PMCU).  He served in this role until 2004 when he was promoted to VP, Finance and Risk Management.  In 2007 he was selected to serve as the President & CEO of Eagle Community Credit Union (ECCU) and guided ECCU through the recession.  In 2015 he returned to PMCU as President & CEO.  Bill is involved both within the credit union movement and the community through his service on financial and community boards, including the Moonlight Cultural Foundation.


Greg Quiring


Greg has over 40 years of experience in the heavy civil construction industry. He has held the positions of laborer, foreman, estimator, project manager and in 2001 became president and co-owner of KIP Incorporated. KIP is a General Engineering Contractor that since 1977 has specialized in water, sewer, storm drain, and flood control projects for both private development and public works projects throughout Southern California. Having estimated and managed this widespread work has given Greg a vast knowledge of building all types of difficult projects. Greg and his wife Becki are long time residents of Vista and have lived in the Elevado Hills area since 2014.


Steve Weddell

Signage, Info Team

Steve is Founder of Clear Sign & Design, Inc. (CSD), a north county custom sign design Company founded in 1981. CSD's early projects included signs for the Wild Animal Park & McCallum Theatre at the Bob Hope Cultural Center.  Today CSD occupies an 18,000 square foot facility with state of the art design and fabrication equipment.  Customers range from the world famous SD Zoo, Novartis, SDCCD, UCSD, SANDAG - MTS, Valley View Casino, and Golden Acorn Casino, and many loyal local customers. CSD is a small, family owned business that values each employees experience; knowledge and willingness to be a part of the team allows CSD to grow and maintain high standards for our customers and themselves. Steve has lived in Vista for over 30 years, and on Elevado Road since 2015.

Pothole Princess

Lorie Johansen

Area Representative, Info Team, Photographer

Lorie is a 15+ year resident, a Neighborhood Watch Captain on Elevado and a community advocate for waterwise and firewise landscaping.  Prior to joining the Elevado Community she pursued an eclectic career, first in social studies at Gustavus Adolphus College in Minnesota, as a case worker and security officer at FCI Terminal Island, Long Beach, continuing on as a real estate broker in Manhattan and Westchester county NY, and finally as a pilot for Scenic Airways flying de Havilland Otters  (Las Vegas-Grand Canyon) before retiring with her husband Robert and two Turkish Van cats Zoomer and Boomer.

Nicole Siska

Chair, Info Team; Digital Marketing & Communications

Nicole has lived in Vista for over 10 years, but is one of the newer residents of the Elevado Road community. She has been involved in marketing communications for the last 15 years and manages marketing communications for a global medical device company. Nicole was excited to bring her professional skills to such a personal project where she can make an impact close to home. She also enjoys running and walking the beautiful roads in the Elevado community, getting to know her neighbors, and participating in the amazing activities Vista has to offer, including the Strawberry Festival, Moonlight Amphitheater, and frequenting the many shops and eateries in the newly revitalized downtown Vista.

A few of the other very talented folks who have contributed to this project's success:

Patty Merriam – Info Team, Area Representative

Marybeth Vaughan – Elevado Historian, Area Representative, Info Team

Bill Vaughan – Elevado Historian, Area Representative, Info Team

Julia Williams – Biographer, Info Team

Wallace Stewart – Area Representative

Joe Jaoudi – Meeting Host, Project Sponsor

Ed Kane - Area Representative

Donna Kane – Area Representative

Violet Pierce – Area Representative

Greg Pizza – Meeting Host, Account Custodian

Linda Birnie – Area Representative

May Chou – Resident Walker, Area Representative

Susi Torre-Bueno, Signage Location

Jose Torre-Bueno, Signage Location

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