About Saving Our Lakes and Open Spaces

SOLOS is an organization of Rancho Murieta residents committed to protecting and preserving our beautiful lakes, open spaces, trail system, water supply, and natural resources for the enjoyment of all.  The organization formed in March 2015 upon learning about the proposed development of an additional 1300+ homes, of which 316 are proposed on property around our three most pristine lakes, Lake Clementia, Chesbro, and Calero.  

Cheryl McElhany, Ed.D
Retired Educator & Administrator


Cheryl and Tim have lived in Rancho Murieta since 2005 and cherish the special environment we have around our reservoirs and trails. Whether it is fishing, walking their Springer Spaniels, or hiking with her grandchildren, Cheryl is one of many residents enjoying our special wildlife habitat and vista views of the Sierra just footsteps away for most residents.


Cheryl serves on the RMA Board as Treasurer, with a special interest in improving communications in our community. She also serves as President of the Entertainment, Theater, and Culture (ETC) Board for the coming Summer Concert Season. In addition to her focus on the environment and the arts, Cheryl is an avid tennis enthusiast and captain of her ladies' tennis team at the Country Club.

Cheryl is committed to working with our local agencies and developers to find ways to protect our lakes, trails, and special environment from the negative impacts of high density housing. 

Patti Weaver
Real Estate Agent


Patti, a military brat, has lived in 10

different states as well as Germany.

She and her husband, John, met during college in Texas. He is a real estate broker and she is a real estate agent for their company, JRP Properties, Inc.  They are the parents of three children that attended school in the EGUSD.

The Weaver family chose Rancho Murieta as their home in 1989 when they moved from Georgia. Back then, a four way stop sign greeted residents upon entering the RM gates to what felt like "going on vacation."


Today, a stoplight curtails the traffic, but a sigh of relief still overcomes that daily grind left outside the gates of Rancho Murieta. Let’s make sure Rancho Murieta always makes us feel that way.

SOLOS Council 2017  (Front: Joanne Brandt, Linda Butler, Cheryl McElhany, Patti Weaver, Mary Kaems; Back: John Merchant, John Van Doren, Linda Klein, Alex Bauer; Not in photo: Paula Bauer, Rene Mellegers, Brad Sample, Jim Chambers, Lisa Wise.) Lake Chesbro in the background.

John Merchant
Retired Business Owner 

Vice President

John and wife Marleen have lived in Rancho Murieta for 31 years. He has served on the Community Services District (CSD) and Rancho Murieta Association (RMA) Boards for many years and was President of both agencies as well. He is currently a Board member on CSD.  


John and Marleen have lived here as a working family with kids at home and now as "retired empty-nesters," and love the community for its diversity, especially the sounds from the Little League games at Stonehouse Park. They are regular walkers of our extensive trails, and enjoy and treasure the wildlife and pristine surroundings.


John and Marleen plan to remain in Rancho Murieta, and it is for that reason that he has again become involved in community service. "We want our community to change, but we want it to change in a way that preserves the quality of life we have enjoyed for the past thirty one years."

Linda Klein 
Retired Professor


Linda has lived in RM for ten years and moved here because of the natural beauty and the hiking opportunities.  She and her husband, Dave, walk the trails often.


She is a retired professor from Sacramento City College where she taught English and Critical Reading.


She is the mother of four sons and step-mother to three daughters and one son and grandmother to two granddaughters.  She and her husband are avid hikers, opera lovers, and readers, and both are active at their Unitarian Universalist Church. 


Linda also volunteers at the International Rescue Committee where she works in the job readiness program for recent refugees.

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