Please log in and visit the Residents Only section to read an update from President Kim Fuller on the Financial Discrepancy.
A volunteer is needed to deliver The View in area #13 near Avenida Los Padres in Phase 1.
Volunteers are notified at the end of the month when the magazines for their area are ready for pickup at the Santa Rosa Clubhouse.
If you are interested in volunteering, call 760-345-4349 Ext. 2204 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are getting ready for the CC&R’s and Bylaws vote in early 2018, as well as the HOA Election for the 2018 Board of Directors in March. The 2018 election ballots will be mailed out to your official billing address on file early next year.
If your official billing address is not your home address in Sun City Shadow Hills and you plan on residing in the community during the election, we recommend you fill out this form and mail it to the HOA Office (address on the bottom of this form) or drop it off at the HOA Office or send an email to email@example.com requesting the change and allow us to use your Sun City Shadow Hills address to mail out your 2018 election ballot.
We must receive your request no later than 5:00 PM PST on Friday, December 30, 2017 to be able to properly mail your election ballot out.
Hello Sun City Shadow Hills!
We welcome the last month of the year with open arms! Starting December 12, I will be conducting group Power Plate orientations for those that have never experience vibration training and its benefits, this will be on Tuesdays at 2:00 PM for a maximum of 6 people. Sign up at Montecito Fitness Desk in advance.
Health and Wellness Lectures
If you haven’t reserved your spot for our next two upcoming lectures, please email me or call either desk to RSVP: (760) 345-4349 ext 2111.
Fascial Stretch Therapy
December 2 at 10:30 AM
This lecture will talk about what Fascia tissue is and what happens to the body when our tissues hold lactic acid and what can we do to treat and prevent. The benefits of FST include improved posture, functional ability to perform and do what you couldn’t before, release of pain, restoration of normal joint space resulting in better sports performance and lifestyle.
Eisenhower: Everything You Want to Know about Aging…
December 5 at 5:00 PM
Join us for Eisenhower’s second lecture to Sun City, learn all about what happens as we age and how we can be proactively enhance our lives with vitality.
Starting December, Our Tai Chi Qigong classes on Tuesday and Thursday will now be at 6:30 PM.
Happy tappers have stopped classes on Tuesdays at 2:00 PM due to lack of participation.
Treadmills at Santa Rosa
All treadmill running belts and decks have been replaced at Santa Rosa Fitness Center as of Wednesday, November 29.
“Forget what we became, what matters is what we’ve become, and our potentials to overcome.” – Aniekee Tochukwu
At Sun City Shadow Hills, we are a vibrant community consisting of residents with a diverse array of experience and expertise. The willingness of our residents to share that experience and expertise is what sets SCSH apart.
Volunteers are the heart of our community.
Currently our Emergency Preparedness Sub-Committee is seeking volunteers. The EPSC, under the direction of Jeff Kirkpatrick, has formulated a comprehensive plan to assist our residents in the event of a catastrophic event. This plan focuses on preparedness with the goal of Self Sufficiency and Self Reliance.
In order for this plan to be operationally ready, volunteers are needed. Below is a list of the volunteer opportunities with the EPSC. Volunteers will be trained and assigned.
- SCSH is divided into 20 tracts, referred to as Divisions. One volunteer per division.
- Windshield Survey Team - this group will assess damage and track the Red/Green cards.
- Security Relief Team - this group will staff the Jefferson and 40th Avenue gates if needed.
- Generator Team - will be responsible for maintaining emergency electric generators.
- Radio Team – Amateur/HAM radio operators with their own radios participating on the local emergency radio net (RACES)
If you are interested in lending your experience and expertise to this effort, please complete an Advisory Committee Interest Form and turn in to the HOA Office. Download the form by clicking here or pick one up at the HOA office. Please return your completed form to the HOA office.
Submitted by Kris Downey, IAC Member
After more than 2 years of very hard work by our volunteer resident Governing Documents Committee, 4 months of homeowner comments, our HOA attorney’s review and discussions by our Board, our HOA Board voted unanimously to amend the documents in the following 4 ways: (This vote was to approve placing them on the ballot).
- Remove the reference to Pulte, the Developer – where appropriate
- Remove the 2-year term limit for committee member’s service, allowing for members to serve multiple terms, if they choose to.
- Remove cumulative voting every other year.
- Minimum Rental Time Period – 45 Days. This removes the ability to rent your home for a minimum of one night provided a property manager is utilized.
The CC&Rs and By-Laws will be coming in your mailbox in late November on a computer “thumb drive.” For those unfamiliar with how to use a thumb drive, please feel free to drop by the HOA office and pick up a hard copy of these documents. It is very important for all homeowners to read these governing documents, as these are what we are agreeing to abide by for the future.
For more information on the Voting Ballot and the Measures we will be voting on, the HOA President, Mr. Kim Fuller will be hosting two Town Hall Meetings to discuss the ballot and the measures. Please join him either Wednesday, Nov. 23 at 7:00 pm or Tuesday, Dec. 12 at 9:00 am in the Montecito Clubhouse.
Last Tuesday, a group of pet owners, golfers, and concerned homeowners, met with Kim Fuller the President of the HOA, and John Petersen the Chairman of the Facilities & Services Advisory Committee, in an effort to resolve the recent Dog Walking issues.
Some of the Issues & Concerns discussed were:
- Homeowners have repeatedly reported people walking dogs along the rear side of their homes, which back up to the golf course.
- Golfers have reported that they have had to wait to tee-off as they wait for dog walkers to move away from the bunkers and greens near green #7 on the south course.
- Pet owners who allow their pets to run loose or take them on the areas in and around the ponds, bunkers and golf cart paths.
- The HOA Board is concerned about the community's liability related to the safety issue of a dog walker and or dog being hit by a golf ball along the Avenida Sombra area near green #7 on the south course.
The next steps in solving the issues will be:
- Until permanent rules are approved, pet owners will be able to walk their pets along the sidewalks on Sun City Blvd. holding their pet on a leash, not exceeding 12 feet in length, and allowing them to walk on the grass adjacent to the sidewalk.
- As a first step, Kim Fuller will instruct staff to place a few signs along the grass on Avenida Sombra, just east of Sun City Boulevard, which say “For Everyone’s Safety Please…NO WALKING-NO JOGGING-NO BICYCLES-NO DOGS…On Golf Course, Thank You”. These signs will be placed approximately 3 feet from the street.
- A survey of each hole on the south course will be conducted to determine if the ’12 foot rule' is realistic and doable, and to identify any other areas of possible concern.
- Kim Fuller will have an open meeting regarding this issue in the next couple of weeks to discuss our progress and get feedback from concerned homeowners.
The video of November's Board meeting is now available on the Residents Only page under "Board Meeting Videos."
Log in to view it.
Thanksgiving week traditionally marks the beginning of the December holiday season - Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and of course, decorating your home for the holidays.
For those residents wondering what is permitted with respect to holiday decorating, Design Rule 4.19 states:
- “Exterior holiday decorations are permitted. However, the design and quality of the decorations shall be in good taste, and the DRC, in its sole discretion, maintains the right to determine if such holiday decorations are in good taste. Exterior decorations may be displayed on an Owner’s lot up to ten (10) days prior to the holiday and must be removed within five (5) days after the holiday, with the exception of the December holidays, when exterior decorations may be displayed beginning Thanksgiving Day until January 10 of the December holiday season.
- Holiday decorations must not cause light glare to neighbors or other safety hazards related to vehicular or pedestrian traffic.” (Emphasis added)
- With regard to decorative string/icicle lighting, DRC Rule 4.16.3 states:
- “String and icicle type lighting is not permitted. The exception will be the December holidays where this type of lighting is used for decorating.” (Emphasis added)
On behalf of the Board of Directors, Associa/DRM and your Information Advisory Committee, we wish you all a very Happy Holiday Season. May the air be filled with Peace, Love and Tolerance for all!!! Happy decorating!
Submitted by Beverly Mirsky
IAC and DRC member
For the last couple of weeks our SCSH G4S Security has been stopping and letting dog-walkers know, they cannot walk their dogs on the golf course, as a courtesy to dog-walkers. The current rule states under section 2.20.4 of our Rules and Regulations that “Pets are not permitted on any golf course at any time”. It also states in section 5.1.10 for golf course “Use: Pets, walkers, joggers, bicyclists, and golf carts (or other similar sized four-wheeled vehicles) are not allowed on the golf course at any time”.
Security has been informing these residents that signs have been ordered and will be installed in the next few weeks. These signs will be placed along the areas of the golf course that border streets, to make it clear pet walking, jogging, walking is not allowed on the golf course.
Further, security has been letting the homeowners know that once the signs have been installed, they will begin enforcing the rule by writing tickets to offenders, after a period of warning homeowners.
The officers have been encouraging residents to use the dog parks or the north channel in order to avoid problems. They have recently heard comments from homeowners, complaining that “we won’t be allowing them to walk their dogs anywhere on Sun City Blvd”. We don’t know where this rumor started, but it is untrue. We want to clarify all streets and sidewalks are accessible for walking dogs, jogging, etc.
Once again, we are asking dog-walkers to use the common area facilities provided (the 2 Dog Parks and the North Channel, primarily) to walk their dogs. We thank you for your cooperation.
The Desert Sun recently published an article on our very own SCSH Golf Course renovation project, which was completed this August. “The goal is to be the No. 1 choice for our residents. We want to create value for the Sun City Shadow Hills residents,” Vaughn said.
Read what else Rolland Vaughn, General Manager of the SCSH Golf Club, has to say about the project here:
Desert Resort Management (DRM) is pleased to announce Rich Smetana has been selected to be the General Manager at Sun City Shadow Hills. Rich has served SCSH since June 2014, as the Assistant General Manager. Rich Smetana replaces Interim Manager, Kerry Leavitt. Please welcome Rich to his new position.
The most recent Meet A Board Member event took place on Thursday, November 9 at the Montecito Clubhouse. Approximately 35 residents attended. President Kim Fuller and Secretary Agi Kessler were the Board members in attendance. General Manager Kerry Leavitt was also in attendance.
Kim and Agi led an open discussion and answered resident questions. Among the topics discussed were the updating of the CC&R’s, the proposed changes to the fine schedule, the status of the Shadows Restaurant, fitness class fees, the status of financial discrepancy recovery, the new proposed pool rules and the clarification of golf course and common areas.
Meet A Board Member is an opportunity to get to know your Board members in a small and open setting. Board members, like the committees at SCSH, are volunteers acting in the best interest of all the homeowners in our community.
Plan to attend the next Meet the Board event scheduled for Thursday, December 14 at 3:00 pm at the Montecito Clubhouse.
Submitted by Kris Downey IAC Member
The season is upon us and that means fun and camaraderie for all. It also means it’s time for a refresh on earthquake preparedness. Earthquakes are not something most of us want to talk about, or think about - but this is Southern California and Southern California is highly susceptible to quakes.
Preparedness is an ongoing process. A good place to start is by attending the next Disaster Preparedness 101 class on Wed. Nov 22. The class is presented by Jeff Kirkpatrick, a SCSH resident and Chair of the Emergency Preparedness Subcommittee.
For starters, let’s talk about what to do during an earthquake. It’s impossible to tell from the initial shaking if an earthquake will become intense. Federal, State and Local emergency management experts agree - DROP, COVER and HOLD ON.*
DROP to the ground, before the earthquake drops you.
COVER your head and neck with your arms and get under a sturdy desk or table.
HOLD ON to your shelter and be prepared to move with it until the shaking stops.
The peace of mind preparedness brings will add to your enjoyment of the season. Grab a friend and register for the class.
Disaster Preparedness 101
Nov 22, 2017
Montecito Capistrano Room
4:30 pm - 7:00 pm
FREE Registration at Lifestyles Desk
* DROP, COVER and HOLD ON info sourced from: https://www.earthquakecountry.org/step5/
Submitted by Kris Downey, IAC Member
The Veterans Club of Sun City Shadow Hills has received a Certificate of Recognition from the 28th California State Senate District. The Certificate is signed by Senator Jeff Stone.
The SCSH Veteran’s Club is being honored for their support of first responders and local veterans in our community. Also cited is their support of local non-profits including the local high school, the JR ROTC and “Toys for Tots.”
As residents of Sun City Shadow Hills we join our community leaders in saluting the SCSH Veterans Club.
We are an active and welcoming community. We welcome and encourage walking, jogging, biking and, of course, walking our four-legged, fuzzy friends. Just not on the Golf Course or its surrounding grass areas.
Recently use of the area along the intersection of Sun City Blvd and Avenida Sombra has come up for discussion. Initially, it was thought to be something that could potentially be negotiated among the interested parties.
However, it’s come to light that the *Grant Deeds define this area very clearly. The Grant Deeds state that areas along the Golf Course bordering streets ARE the Golf Course, up to the sidewalks or streets.
What does this mean?
It means what many thought was common area was actually Golf Course.
What about the dogs?
Dogs can be walked on streets, sidewalks, the North Channel and the 2 dog parks. Dogs can be walked on the sidewalk along the Golf Course, just not ON the Golf Course. This is no different than residents may walk dogs on the streets, but may not walk dogs on the private property that borders the streets. (Regardless of where you walk your dog, please pick up.)
As residents we’re accustomed to the signs posted at the entrance to the Golf Course. “No walking, jogging, bicycling, or pet walking on the Golf Course.” We will soon see additional signs added at key locations, including but not limited to Sun City Blvd. and Sombra.
Please be aware, this is not a new rule. We ask your understanding and support as we move forward in clarifying where the Golf Course ends and the common area begins.
*A Grant Deed is filed with the County Recorder and shows property designation, description and ownership. We all have recorded Grant Deeds for our homes showing the lot lines.
By Kris Downey
This past summer the residents of SCSH opened their hearts and donated hundreds of used or recently expired pet medicines, dog and cat collars, leashes, water bowls and countless toys for the neglected animals of the Fiji Islands.
One of our residents, John Phelps, is planning another trip in early January and this time they will be sponsoring a spay and neuter clinic encompassing four large villages in and around the town of Savusavu.
As many of you who donated last time know, the Fiji government has budgeted zero dollars for any kind for animal welfare services. AnimalsFiji has been filling that gap since 2011, by providing much needed veterinary care for domestic and farm animals on the three largest and most heavily populated islands in the small Pacific Island chain.
We are in desperate need of used towels, bed linens and throws to comfort dogs and cats recovering after they have been spayed and neutered. As before, John is available to stop by and pick up your donations anytime this month or next. Or, if you prefer, Sun City Shadow Hills residents can just drop them outside John’s front door. His address is 38537 Camino Aguacero in Phase Three.
If you would like, please provide your email information with your tax-deductible donation as AnimalsFiji.org would like to thank you for your donation. Finally, please take a look at their website for details on this terrific charity!
We are pleased to announce that the first four projects of the golf master plan have just been finished. These newly renovated amenities are now open and are available to all residents. They include:
- Montecito Putting Course, was renovated with new design, turf and is now under the lights. Residents and their guests can now enjoy the experience throughout the day and into the evening.
- South Course Bunker Renovation, was completed that modified the bunkers, installed liners and replaced all sand. The bunker modification will not guarantee your escape, yet bunkers should be easier.
- Driving Range Expansion, allows for more practice spots and should provide reduced or no waiting time to practice.
- New Practice Putting Green, near the south course pro-shop, it is significantly larger with less slope than our previous green. This should accommodate many more golfers and better simulate green conditions on the course.
This summer’s Golf Master Plan projects came in approximately 16% under budget saving the community almost $200K. The savings were achieved due to following efforts:
- A collaborative effort with help from the Golf Advisory Committee, Finance Advisory Committee, Troon Golf, Management and the Board all working closely together.
- Troon Golf’s substantial renovation experience and overall management of the project helped significantly.
- The selected contractor had just completed another renovation project in Palm Desert resulting in lower equipment transportation cost.
- Conservative estimating of material quantities required for the project.
- Plans and specifications were comprehensive and tightly managed.
- A project manager was hired and held the contractor accountable through continual monitoring and reporting of work performed vs the plan.
- No unexpected issues of any significance were experienced during construction.
- A competitive bidding process with multiple bidders and evaluators helped select lowest qualified bidder.
- Comprehensive contract and legal review provided contract accountability.
This team effort should serve as template and a valuable lesson learned for future projects. The outcome for the community, much improved amenities, resulting in a favorable experience by residents and guests. In addition, the improvement to the course should result a better golf experience, more golf rounds and revenue to the community. Thanks again, to all residents who helped make this a success.
The well-attended HOA Board of Director’s Open meeting was held Monday at the Montecito Clubhouse. The following are some of the highlights. In the next few days, we will present more details on each of these items.
- The Board voted unanimously to approve the 2018 Budget with only a scarce increase of the HOA dues of $4.00 per month. The Board worked diligently to bring the budget into balance and the nominal dues increase was mostly due to the cost of living increases in staffing.
- The Board voted (5-0).
- After lots of input from homeowners, the committee recommending the CC&R’s and By-Law changes have narrowed the proposed changes into four areas up for our votes. These are:
- 1). Remove Pulte from all Documents.
- 2). Remove Term Limits from Committee Members.
- 3). Remove Cumulative Voting
- 4). Minimum Rental – 45 Days removing the ability to rent your home for a minimum of one night provided a property manager is utilized.
- The Board voted (4-0-1 Hedlund abstained from voting).
- The documents we will be voting on will be sent on a thumb-drive for residents to view by the end of November. There will also be documents available at the HOA for homeowner’s wanting a hard copy of these documents.
- The Security Committee recommended to the Board a revision to the current fine structure. They recommend keeping the traffic fine structure as is, with the exception of a first-offense measure for stop sign or speeding infractions which would leave the first offense fine at $200, with $100 held in abeyance if no 2nd offense within one year. The board will need to distribute to the membership for a 30 day comment period prior to adopting the proposed change
- The Board voted (5-0).
This year’s budgeting process was very comprehensive with help from residents, advisory committees, management and the Board of Directors. Three open meetings were held and resident feedback encouraged. As announced in the open board meeting on October 30th, after reviewing the 2018 proposed budget, the Board of Directors approved an increase of $4.00 per unit per month or 1.6%. The new monthly assessment is $259.00, effective January 1, 2018. The Board of Directors continues to be committed to properly funding both the Operating and Replacement Funds.
The 2018 total $259.00 monthly assessment includes $211.51 allocated to the Operating Fund and $47.49 allocated to the Replacement Fund.
The amount of the increase is less than current inflation and is sufficient to cover the 2018 Budget. There is no anticipation of the need for any special assessments for the repair, replacement or restoration of any major component in the reserve study. A copy of the detailed 2018 Operating Budget and Reserve study will be available soon on the website at www.scshca.com.
Food & Beverage Hours
Santa Rosa Bistro: Now Open! 6:00 AM – 3:00 PM – Daily
Snack Shop: Reopens on Saturday November 4
Montecito Café: Reopens on Saturday November 4
Shadows Restaurant Hours
Sunday – Thursday - 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Friday – Saturday – 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Happy Hour All Day!
Shadows Restaurant will roll out their new menu this Saturday, November 4.
Note: This upcoming season Shadows Restaurant will offer breakfast seven days a week from 8:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Monday Night Football at Shadows Restaurant – October 30
Denver Broncos (3-3) Vs. Kansas City Chiefs (5-2)
5:30 PM PST from Arrowhead Stadium
Full menu will also be available during the game. Come enjoy a hot dog or chili dog and enjoy the game.
Shadows Restaurant Wine Dinners Are Back!
“A Walk Through Sonoma”
Location: Shadows Restaurant
Date: Thursday November 16, 2017
Time: 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Price: $80.00 per person plus tax & gratuity
Please join us again for a wonderful evening here at Shadows Restaurant as we present “A Walk Through Sonoma” Join our wine representative as he takes you through various wineries in Sonoma, California. Our culinary team will present a five-ourse dinner to pair with each wine presented. Wine and menu will be announced shortly. This is a popular event so please make reservations. If you would like to be seated with friends, please mention it at the time your reservation is made.
For reservations, please contact our Food & Beverage Manager, Mario Chaffino, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 760-574-3634.
Pasta Pasta Pasta Night
Tuesday November 21, 2017 - Reservations Highly Recommended!
Location: Shadows Restaurant
Date: November 21, 2017
Time: 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Thanksgiving at Shadows Restaurant
Location: Shadows Restaurant
Date: Thursday November 23, 2017
Time: Seating # 1: 1:00 PM / Seating # 2: 3:00 PM
Price: Adults: $26.95 Children: $11.95
- Thanksgiving Buffet
- Carved Roast Turkey
- Carved Prime Rib
- Roast Leg of Lamb w’ Garlic Au Jus
- Seafood Medley
- Traditional Green Bean Casserole
- Squash Casserole
- Fresh Sage Stuffing
- Mashed Potatoes
- Macaroni and Cheese
- Mixed Green Salad
- Tropical Fruit Salad
- Assorted Desserts
Saturday Night Prime Rib Special
While supplies last!
Must make a prime rib request at reservation to be guaranteed prime rib.
- 8 oz. Cut - $19.00
- 12 oz. Cut - $23.00
- 16 oz. Cut - $27.00 (includes salad)
Stop by Shadows Restaurant for our weekly specials. Ask your servers for the daily special and also look out for information on our chalkboard outside the main entrance.
Please check the Shadows Restaurant website for upcoming events and details: www.theshadowsrestaurant.com.
First, THANK YOU to each and every homeowner who sent in their comments on the Governing Documents during the last four months. The Governing Documents Ad Hoc Committee is in receipt of these comments and they have made revisions based on homeowner comments. These documents were then sent to our Attorney for final review and now the Board will be voting on Monday, October 30th on the final version to send to homeowner’s for their vote. Remember, we need 51% voter approval of eligible homeowner’s in order for the document changes to our Governing Documents to take effect.
We’d like to thank Fera Mostow, Chair of the Governing Documents Ad Hoc Committee, and her entire committee for all of their hard work and painstaking reading of our Governing Documents. Thank you to residents Gordon Smith, Jim Kintner, RD Corette, Lee Powell and Bob Israel, who all served on this committee at various stages over the past 2 ½ years.
Please join us at the Board Meeting on Monday, October 30th at 2 pm in the Montecito Clubhouse to hear what homeowners will be voting on.
John Deshaw is the newest volunteer to join the Finance Advisory Committee (FAC) as a result of the Board approving the recommendation to add John to the FAC at its Board meeting on September 25.
John and his wife, Janet, purchased their retirement home in Sun City Shadow Hills in June 2015. Janet has been living in the community for more than two years after the purchase of their home was finalized. After John retired in February 2017, he joined Janet in our beautiful community. Prior to living in Indio, John and Janet lived in Brampton, Ontario Canada, then Anaheim, CA and Princeton, NJ.
John’s business experience included working for Canada Packers – the largest food processer in Canada, and Firmenich, the number one producer in the world of Flavors and Fragrances. John held numerous positions in these two companies prior to retiring. Working for both employers and other community service and volunteer work (described below) provided him the opportunity to learn about contracts, negotiating contracts (maintenance, landscaping, customs and freight), risk assessment, dealing with governmental departments (town, Regional, State and federal), and dealing with others including his direct reports, peers and senior staff.
John’s community service and volunteer experience included: a member of Board of Directors for a housing co-operative in Mississauga, Ontario; member of the Landscape, Social and Membership Committees for the housing co-operative; a member of the Board of Directors for a housing co-operative in Milton, Ontario; and, Treasurer of the Milton Minor Hockey Association for many years including after his son left the town league and moved to a regional AAA team.
The FAC asked John why he wanted to get involved and volunteer for the FAC. That answer was easy for John. He responded that he is curious and wanted to know what is going on in the community. He also knew that if he was not willing to get involved, he could not really voice well-informed suggestions. John told us ”this is now our home, our last home, God willing, and I want to contribute wherever I can”. John is detail oriented and is not afraid to ask questions. If he does not understand something, he asks about it, and continues asking until he has an understanding, and it makes sense. He is a firm believer that the only stupid question is the one that is not asked.
Please join us in welcoming John to the FAC!
By Bill Wethe
Chair, Finance Advisory Committee
You may have noticed the Red and Green laminated cards being delivered throughout the neighborhood by your volunteer resident members of the Emergency Preparedness Sub-Committee. By the month’s end, every home in Sun City Shadow Hills should have one. But just what is it?
Jeff Kirkpatrick, Chair of the EPOC has developed a team of dedicated residents called the ‘Windshield Survey Team’ whose mission is to cruise each of our twenty residential tracts and report damage and calls for help during a major emergency. (Earthquake, Fire, Chemical Spill, etc.)
The red and green cards are being passed out to each and every home in order to make the ‘Windshield Survey’ easy to see who needs help and get the word back to emergency personnel. The GREEN side means that you and your residence are OK and need no assistance. The RED side means that you or your residence does need some type of help.
Following the emergency event, you merely place the card with the appropriate color-side in a street facing window. As the Windshield Survey Team passes your residence, we will note your status and if the RED CARD is showing, we will make contact with you to determine what you need. We then contact our Emergency Operations Center and they will do their best to get you the help you need. SIMPLE!
The Emergency Preparedness Sub-Committee is still actively recruiting homeowners to volunteer for this program. If you are interested in volunteering for this or any committee, please fill out a Volunteer Committee Application, found here http://www.scshca.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/Advisory-Committee-Interest-Form.pdf and submit to the HOA office.
Don’t forget to sign up and attend the next Disaster Preparedness-101 Course (on Wednesday, November 22, 2017: Montecito Cambria Room from 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm), if you haven’t already done so. Our goal is to have 100% of our residents attend this course, so you will all be as prepared as possible, WHEN the Big One hits.
October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month, sponsored by the National Cyber Security Division within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the National Cyber Security Alliance.
More and more seniors now use the internet for their banking and shopping needs, as well as using social media websites like Facebook and Twitter. Unfortunately, seniors are also heavily targeted by cyber criminals. These criminals use sophisticated techniques to appear legitimate so that they can steal your personal information.
Fortunately, there are some simple steps that you can take to avoid falling into a cyber criminal’s trap:
- Password - probably one of the most important things you can do to protect your online information is to have a strong password for websites you log into. A combination of numbers, symbols and letters at least 8 digits long is recommended.
- If using social networking, limit the amount of personal information you share. Why people have to announce that they are leaving for vacation (and I see this a lot) on Facebook is beyond me.
- Beware of any email requests to update or confirm your personal information online. For example, the IRS will never email you asking for personal information, nor will your bank or online shopping sites like Amazon. There’s a simple way to find out who is actually sending such an email: hover your cursor over the name of the sender of the email, and the actual email address will show up. Chances are, the email address is not your bank.
- Avoid opening attachments, clicking on links or responding to email messages from companies that ask for your personal information.
- Install anti-virus and anti-spyware software on your computer and keep it up to date.
- Avoid accessing your personal information and bank accounts on a public computer like the library or public WIFI hotspots. Don’t do your banking at Starbucks!
- When cyber shopping, make sure the website address starts with “https”. “s” stands for secure.
- Look for the padlock icon somewhere in your browser.
These steps might seem obvious, but they are necessary in preventing cyber criminals from obtaining your personal information.
For more information about the Dept. of Homeland Security’s cyber program, visit www.dhs.gov/cyber.
For help with any of your computer issues, we have a very active Computer Club here at Sun City Shadow Hills and they offer classes and one-on-one training for your benefit. Check the latest View Magazine or our Lifestyles calendar for their upcoming classes.
Submitted by Beverly Mirsky
Information Advisory Committee Member
Sun City Shadow Hills is a beautiful community. A community that at one point we all chose to make our home. There are a lot of reasons we chose SCSH - and overall appearance was likely one of them.
At SCSH we have a dedicated Landscape Advisory Committee. The LAC is charged with the task of advising the Board of Directors on maintaining and enhancing the landscaping of the common areas in our community.
This is accomplished through regular inspections, evaluating homeowner concerns and suggestions and close communication with our landscape contractor (Hor Tech) and our community management company (Associa/DRM).
For just a moment - consider the challenge of the task at hand - and remember the LAC, like the Board and all the committees - are volunteers.
Do you think it’s possible for the LAC to make decisions that will please everyone in the community? Not likely. What is possible, and what is happening - is the LAC operates with the best interests of the community - as a whole - in mind.
2017 SCSH Landscaping Highlights:
Provided by Chris Stevens, LAC Chair
- SCSH common areas were over-planted by the developer - as they matured this resulted in overcrowding. In excess of 4000 shrubs and several hundred trees have been removed.
- Several thousand irrigation drippers have been capped.
- Some heat sensitive species of shrubs and trees are being eliminated from the SCSH plant palette. Inspections have resulted in recommendation of further removal and replacements and problem areas identified.
- Pruning of trees that overhang walkways.
- Replenishment of ground cover rock along Sun City Blvd:
- Phase 1 completed.
- Phase 2 scheduled in 2018
- Phase 3 scheduled in 2019
- In 2020, the remaining common areas that need rock will be replenished.
- Consultation with Exterminator regarding rodent control. Most holes in the common areas are from Kangaroo Rats. Kangaroo Rats are protected by the State of California; therefore, no official extermination is possible.
- Replacement of deteriorating pots in front of the Montecito Clubhouse.
This is a short list of LAC projects. If you would like to bring something to the attention of the LAC you can email the Committee at Landscape@scshca.com.
By Kris Downey
The NEXT BOARD MEETING IS ON MONDAY, OCTOBER 30th at 2:00 PM in the Montecito Clubhouse Ballroom. This is a VERY IMPORTANT meeting for each of us to attend. Let the Board know how you feel about revising our Governing Documents.
The Board will be deciding exactly what goes on the ballot on the suggested revisions at this Oct 30, 2017 Board meeting. It is imperative you attend, as this will affect every homeowner/resident living in Sun City Shadow Hills.
Tell your friends and neighbors to meet you there! Remember, Monday, October 30th at 2:00 PM in the Ballroom at the Montecito Clubhouse!
When I was growing up in L.A., I loved spending Saturdays with my mother shopping at the mall. Remember May Co., The Broadway, and Montgomery Ward? To me, those were special times, but those “good old days” are gone. Many big box stores have closed their doors, and more disappear every year.
The internet has changed the way people shop. You want a particular brand of shampoo? You need an obscure book? No problem. Log onto Amazon and you can find practically anything, usually at a much lower price than a big box store. Plus, you get the added benefit of buying all your items at once, without needing to go from store to store.
Seniors shop on Amazon, EBay and the big box store websites, just like their kids and grandkids. For many, it’s a way of avoiding crowds, but for others, shopping online is a necessity. For people who are housebound, getting groceries online used to be difficult. Most of the food was in warehouses, and freshness could not be guaranteed.
Not anymore. Now, buying groceries online has been made easier, thanks to several web companies.
The first is, of course, Amazon. For Amazon Prime members, there is Amazon Fresh. For $14.99 a month, you can order grocery items on Amazon’s website. For orders over $50, delivery is free. Amazon will deliver the perishable items in reusable insulated bags, and many items can be delivered the next day.
For those people who are either not Amazon Prime members or don’t want to pay Amazon another $14.99 per month, there is a fairly new web company called Instacart. Instacart has partnerships with many grocery stores in the U.S. In the Coachella Valley, they partner with Ralphs, Stater Bros., Aldi, Petco, Smart and Final, and Costco (and no, you don’t have to be a member of Costco).
This is how it works (and it really is an ingenious idea):
After registering onto the Instacart website, you log in and you choose which market (or combination of markets) you wish to shop from. Once that is done, you shop for items much like you would if you were in Ralphs or Costco, putting all of your groceries in a cyber shopping cart. Upon checkout, the cost of delivery is added onto the total price.
Once your order goes through, you receive a confirmation page with the name of your personal shopper and live updates on your order. The personal shopper will go to the markets you selected and personally shop for your items. The personal shopper will then deliver the items to your home within the time period you selected upon checkout. The items can even be delivered to you within an hour of the order if that is what you specified.
It’s a great idea, but it has its downsides:
First, it can get rather expensive. In-store coupons are not accepted, and Instacart’s prices are not always the same as the market you have chosen. Plus, depending on how much you ordered (and it must always be at least $10), and how soon you want the items delivered, the delivery charge can be fairly high. Also, an additional 10% service charge is tacked on at checkout (although according to the Instacart website, you can change or remove the amount of the service charge before you send your order through).
However, for people who are too busy to shop, or for many who are disabled and unable to leave their home, it is worth the extra money knowing that they are getting groceries that have not been sitting in a warehouse and were chosen by their personal shopper.
But for me, even though I do plenty of online shopping and am addicted to the home shopping channels, nothing can ever replace strolling through a shopping mall and spending quality time with my mother. Sadly, “the good old days” are slowly and inevitably disappearing forever.
Submitted by Beverly Mirsky