Mah Jongg Games Cancelled

Due to the current emergency mask mandate, Mah Jongg games have been cancelled until further notice.

Mah Jongg Club

Bingo Night Cancelled

Due to the current emergency mask mandate, Bingo Night is cancelled until further notice.

Games Plus Club

SCSH Board Approves Emergency Rule

The Board met in Executive Session and approved an Emergency Rule, effective tomorrow morning, at the open of business; masks must be worn by all individuals, regardless of their vaccination status, while indoors when on common area. Violators may be subject to disciplinary action.

Committees, Clubs, and Groups are strongly encouraged to meet via Zoom or GoToMeeting.

Thank you.

Podcast Episode 297: John MacDonnell (with Tyler Ingle)

In this episode, Board President John MacDonnell is back to give us an update about what's happening in our community.

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Topics Covered in this Episode:

  • 00:14 – The Board had an emergency meeting to discuss rise in positive COVID-19 cases
  • 02:07 – Tyler explains the new emergency rule requiring masks indoors
  • 04:52 – Rule takes effect at midnight tonight for 120 days

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Presidents Message: Overview of Podcast #294

John MacDonnell
President

Audio may be found at: www.scshca.com/podcast294

Below is a synopsis of this episode.


This podcast will provide an update on what is happening in our community:

1. Vanessa Ayon, HOA Asst. Gen. Mgr.: The Annual Golf Walk 2021 (South Course) will be on Fri., Nov. 5th, 8:00 am. Please register at either Fitness Center by Sept. 27. Everyone will receive a tee shirt and snacks will be available. No bikes, scooters nor dogs or cats, please. Starting and finishing behind the Pro Shop by the Shadows Restaurant. Gus Ramirez, our IT guy, will be there to take photos of everyone. This is a free event.

2. Kathy Lindstrom, Chair, Food & Beverage Adv. Com.: Update on food and beverage services:

  • Monday Night Football - Tailgate Menu, all-you-can-eat for $11.95, and Happy Hour prices on drinks; from 4:00 pm to closing; no reservations. The Shadows has new large-screen TVs. There are more of them and one is outdoors, as well.
  • Montecito Café: due to community concern, we are repurposing the Montecito Café. At this time, it won't be open during the day but we will have Montecito Night : Thirsty Thursdays, starting on Oct. 7th, with an all-you-can-eat appetizer buffet for $10.95, indoors or out. Open seating. The putting course will also be open so it's a great time to socialize with your friends and neighbors.
  • Also, we will have Taco Tuesdays, 4:00 to 7:00 pm, with $5.00 Margaritas, $1.50 assorted street tacos, and various Mexican beers, starting on Oct. 26th. Clubs meeting on Tuesdays (or even other days) may also want to incorporate this into their social time. No reservations, just come on down to meet your neighbors and friends.
  • Breakfast at the Shadows: Best deal in town! Only $8.50 for a two-egg breakfast with sausage, bacon, toast and home fries. On weekends, there's Eggs Benedict and also chili-cheese omelettes -- not on the menu but be sure to ask for it.
  • New comment cards: we want to hear from you so the Shadows and the Montecito Café will be the places to go in our community. The cards will be reviewed every month by the Food and Beverage Advisory Committee. We're also offering a raffle every month for a $40 gift certificate so we want your comments. We're open and we're listening.
  • We have theme nights coming up and more in October. Call in early for your reservations because they book up very early. And remember Prime Rib Nights on Saturday for $21.95 -- it's really good!

3. John:

  • Bullet points for podcasts: in case you don't want to listen to a whole podcast, there are bullet points listed with times so you can go directly to your topic of interest.
  • Dog Park closed one more day: the Dog Park will be closed one more day for concrete work starting at 3:00 pm on Friday, Sept 10th.
  • Vendor traffic safety: many vendors are blowing through stop signs. Please remind your vendors that we take traffic safety very seriously here and that "Stop means stop" -- full stop. Maybe count, "One, two, three -- no ticket for me".
  • Burrtec trash pick up starting as early as 6:00 am: a lot of people have been complaining about the noise from the trucks at 6:00 am. So Tyler, our G.M., called the city of Indio and their contract gives them the right to come into our community at 6:00 am and there's nothing we can do about that. They have adjusted their hours recently so they will be coming in early.
  • Difference between contractors and handymen: Some residents have been asking for clarification on this. Contractors are licensed by the State of California to perform jobs to improve your homes. They are required to carry bond and they are insured so you have recourse if something goes wrong with the contractor. Handymen do not have those same bounds. They can come into your home and do repairs for you for a certain amount of money. They aren't licensed by the State and may not have insurance and most likely won't have a bond. So when you're hiring somebody, just ask them if there are licensed or if they have a bond. For something quite simple, you're likely okay with that but that's your choice and responsibility.
  • Safety precautions for residents who live alone: we recently had an incident where a woman who lives alone had a fall in her back yard. It was 117 degrees out there. She broke her tibia and was lying on the ground for quite some time and had nobody to help her. One of our advisory committee chairs heard her from her yard and went over the wall to help her. If she hadn't heard the faint calls for help, the resident could easily have died.
  • My point is that if you live alone at any age, please consider getting an alarm button or device to have with you, especially during the heat, to that it makes enough noise to signal loudly that you need help. There are many vacant homes right now with residents away so it's even more important to have a way to get help for yourself.
  • Stu Stryker's Past President article in the View: Stu has written an article for the View at my request. We had a chance to sit down and talk and I asked him to write an article to give some insights into the past for the residents who are living here now and who have been living here. So, Stu, my hat's off to you and your family and thank you very much for taking that time and for all the service you have given to our community.
  • Second Budget Meeting is on September 22 at 10:00 am at the Montecito Clubhouse: if you are interested in what's happening and what's going to happen next year with your money, be sure to come to the Budget Meeting to ask questions and express your opinion. This will be the second of three meetings.
  • Parking Lot Sale: Saturday, October 23, 8:00 a.m. to noon at the Montecito Parking Lot.
  • Let's Meet and Eat Club: their event on Sunday, September 12 is sold out. It will be at the Montecito Clubhouse. Then on Wednesday, September 22, they will have the Dueling Pianos at 5:30 pm. I'm not sure if there are still tickets for that.
  • Tutta Bella Vino: the will meet on September 18 at 6:30 pm in the Montecito Ballroom. Sign up by Saturday, September 11, across from the Lifestyles Desk.
  • I'm told there are 20 spots left for that. Tickets are $25 for residents and $28 for guests. Annual membership is $15. If this is your first time going to Tutta Bella, you can attend this event without having to pay the membership fee but that will apply for your second event.
  • September 11th: For me and other veterans, this day holds a special place in our hearts and I know it does for all of us in this country. I ask that you take a moment to reflect on your life and on the lives that were lost on that day. Take a deep breath and say a prayer. It's a day that, for as long as we live, will always be in our minds and in our hearts. Treat everybody that day with a whole lot of extra respect because it's been 20 years now and we remember that day as if it were yesterday.

In closing, just a reminder to keep your pets off the extremely hot pavement. I appreciate you taking the time with this podcast. It was a long one but I had a lot to cover.

Podcast Episode 294: John MacDonnell (with Vanessa Ayon & Kathy Lindstrom)

In this episode, Board President John MacDonnell is back to give us an update about what's happening in our community. President MacDonnell is joined by our Assistant General Manager, Vanessa Ayon and Kathy Lindstrom, chair of the Food & Beverage Advisory Committee.

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Topics Covered in this Episode:

  • 00:35 – Annual Golf Walk 2021
  • 05:01 – Monday Night Football at Shadows Restaurant
  • 06:28 – Montecito Café
  • 07:01 – "Montecito Nights" at the Montecito Café
  • 09:19 – "Taco Tuesday" at the Montecito Café
  • 11:25 – Breakfast at Shadows Restaurant
  • 12:26 – Comment cards at Shadows Restaurant
  • 17:06 – Phase 3 Dog Park closed one more day
  • 17:48 – Vendor traffic safety
  • 18:34 – Burrtec is authorized to begin trash collection as early as 6:00 a.m.
  • 19:27 – Difference between contractors and handymen
  • 21:02 – Safety precautions for residents who live alone
  • 23:48 – Stu Stryker's Past-President's article in The View
  • 24:39 – Budget Meeting on September 22
  • 25:22 – Fall Parking Lot Sale
  • 26:10 – Let's Meet and Eat Club
  • 27:08 – Tutta Bella Vino
  • 28:32 – September 11th

Do you have an idea for a podcast episode? Contact Bob Firring at podcast@scshca.com.

Listen to all our past episodes here: www.scshca.com/podcast

This is an audio-only episode. Music for this episode was created by Norm Bolduc and Carl Rigoli.

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August 2021 Board Meeting Video Now Available

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Presidents Message: Overview of Podcast #292

John MacDonnell
President

Audio may be found at: www.scshca.com/podcast292

Below is a synopsis of this episode.


John: I thought it would be important to give you an update on what safety practices we've been following toward COVID-19 and the variants. I've invited Tyler Ingle, our GM, and Mark Dodge, CEO of Desert Resort Management, to share their information with you as well.

We have been working very hard to make sure this community is safe and we've been following the State and County Guidelines. There have been a lot of questions about what exactly are guidelines. The guidelines are coming down from the State government and they go to the local health departments and to the local regional health divisions of each county. In our county we talk quite frequently to Jose to find out what we need to do here at Sun City Shadow Hills. When he advises us, we act on it almost immediately. The Board has already given our management team and DRM the authority to make things happen when something happens in our county. Some people are saying that DRM isn't doing what they can because they won't make their employees get vaccinated or they won't do this or that or that the HOA doesn't care. Well, that's not true. We care so much about this community. When I ran for the Board, I told you that I would always be up front with you and tell you what is happening in this community and I have done that. I live with everything that I tell you folks and I will continue to do that. If I didn't say it, then I will stand up and defend it -- that's for sure.

We've received so many emails that we think it's time for us to tell you directly how things are going.

Tyler Ingle: Effective August 1st, we with DRM went back to a mask mandate indoors for all of our employees. Vintage Landscape, Allied Universal and Troon all agreed to wear masks indoors regardless of their vaccination status. Out of an abundance of caution we wanted to keep everybody safe and show to the community here that we are committed to doing what's right. It is totally voluntary to disclose vaccine status but we've had approximately 73% of our DRM employees attest to the fact that they are fully vaccinated. We expect that number to be up to 85% or higher by the end of September. Riverside County overall is less than 50% fully vaccinated. At this time, DRM hasn't made it a requirement for their employees to be vaccinated but that may change in the future.

Mark Dodge: DRM has employees in a lot of communities like Sun City Shadow Hills and there has been an ongoing effort in all of those locations, and in our corporate office as well, to get our staff fully vaccinated and to have very few exceptions. The property here is indicative of that. We know through conversations with our employees who has been vaccinated and who has not. Our goal is to have our employees fully vaccinated. We know who we are going to be able to get through those obstacles with and who we are not. We are looking at where we could relocate those employees refusing to get vaccinated to where it would fit them and they would not need to have contact with any of our homeowners. That process looks different in any of our communities. We have one community with over 100 employees and they are already at almost 90%.

And that’s amazing because 60 of those are field maintenance workers. The same thing is going on here. We are looking at the remaining population who is left and the decision to get vaccinated or not is a very personal one and usually fits into one or two categories. But we are not at the point of swinging a hammer and hammering employees into getting vaccinated. We may have to get to that point but we are at the decision-making point where we have to see what we have to do to get to 100%. So we're not taking that approach yet. We're approaching the individual employees, we know who they are and we're managing them and their contacts, and approaching the employees to get everyone to make the decision themselves. September is our soft deadline where we would like to be company- wide where we don't need to be having these discussions at the senior management level week after week.

John: I know we have been doing everything we could to be as safe as possible. We've been staying in contact with the employees, staying on top of how they're feeling to make sure we're not having any issues, and if anyone isn't feeling well I know you've been telling them to stay home. We really haven't had any of those issues. I know if we had gone to a mandatory vaccine about a month ago, we would have lost how many of our employees, Tyler -- 50%. So we would have had to shut down different programs, Lifestyles, so that was an incentive for you guys as the management team to see what you could work out with the employees so we didn't get to that position. You've been working really hard to keep our community safe and I personally appreciate that and you guys taking the time to come in here today to get this information out to the community. We are close.

And as Mark Dodge says, if there is an employee here and we have to move them around, we'll do that if they don't want to get their shot. That should be reassurance enough to know that this team here is working hard for this community. I was hoping we could get Jose on the phone today to give us a drop down on what's happening in the county, but he is out of the office. Tyler, you and I had a chance to talk with him last week and he told us that there is still a pattern of recommended masks for people who are not vaccinated, people who are indoors or less than 6 feet apart. That is not mandatory but a suggestion from the State and the County. If that changes, we'll definitely get that out to the community.

So, Sun City, we're here for you. We appreciate your time. Be safe and have a great day.

Podcast Episode 292: John MacDonnell (with Tyler Ingle & Mark Dodge)

In this episode, Board President John MacDonnell is back to give us an update about what's happening in our community. President MacDonnell is joined by our General Manager, Tyler Ingle and Mark Dodge, CEO of Desert Resort Management (DRM).

Topics Covered in this Episode:

  • 00:59  – We are following the state and county guidelines.
  • 02:45 – How are things going in our community?
  • 03:10 – Tyler Ingle explains what management has been doing.
  • 05:24 – Mark Dodge explains what DRM has been doing.

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This is an audio-only episode. Music for this episode was created by Carl Rigoli.

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Let’s Meet & Eat Cancellation

Due to the uptick in cases of COVID-19 in the Coachella Valley, as well as reportedly here in our community, the board of Let's Meet & Eat Club has unanimously voted to cancel our August 15 event.

Out of an abundance of caution for our club members, and because we have been receiving cancellations daily from concerned members, we think that it would be irresponsible for us to hold a large indoor gathering at this time, when social distancing would obviously be impossible. We ask that you reach out to your friends and neighbors who had reservations for this event, and who might not see this post, and please let them know about the cancellation. We will shred your checks for the August event. If you paid cash, please let us know and we'll get that back to you.

We will provide information in the next couple of weeks regarding how and when club members will be able to sign up for the September events. We have our normal club event scheduled for September 12, with a fantastic new dance band called the HoDads, and we have a second event, with The Killer Dueling Pianos, scheduled for September 2. We will most likely have a sign up table closer to the first of September, in the Montecito lobby, like we did for the July event. More details to come.

Please email us at scshmeetandeat@gmail.com with any questions or concerns.

Thank you,
Tami, Cherie, Chris, & Debbie

Presidents Message: Overview of Podcast #290

John MacDonnell
President

Audio may be found at: www.scshca.com/podcast290

Below is a synopsis of this episode.


1. Traffic rules for service providers: When you request delivery services from companies like Grubhub, Uber Eats and also services like Uber Rides and Lift Rides, please remember to remind them to obey the speed and traffic laws we have here at Sun City Shadow Hills. Yesterday I was coming around a corner and a guy with an Uber Eats sticker on his car went right through a stop sign and made a right hand turn. I was flabbergasted. So, I'm reminded by our wonderful General Manager that we need to send a message out to you to let those service people know that we really want to protect our community. We don't want to hit a bicyclist or a duck or anything that. So ask them to just pay attention to our laws when they're in our community and that will make this a safer place.

2. New mask policy for Association employees - Tyler Ingle, General Manager: John: Today we have a wonderful guest. He is taking time out of his very busy schedule to explain a couple of things that the state of California has put out and our good friend Jose at the Riverside Public Health Office who works very closely with the CDC and the public address system for Riverside County has put out some notices and we have Tyler Ingle who will explain a little about what we have going on here. We're just talking about basic public safety for our community.

Tyler Ingle: Out of an abundance of caution, Desert Resource Management has decided that all of our employees will wear masks indoors. This includes employees who are vaccinated or non- vaccinated. They'll also wear masks outdoors when they're not able to socially distance. We've spoken with our other service providers and management companies, Troon, Allied Universal and Vintage Landscape, and they've all agreed to follow the same policy.

John: So this recommendation comes from the State and then onto the county. So we're not doing this to be aggressive but to be safe. If you don't feel comfortable as a resident and you choose to wear your mask indoors or when you're not socially distancing and that is your preference, please feel free to do so.

Tyler: We're not enforcing anything on the residents. There's no county mandate that requires masks for anyone including our employees. But in our case, Desert Resource Management and our senior management CEO agree that out of an abundance of caution that we would go back to mask wearing at this time and that will be effective Sunday, August 1st.

John: If the state guidelines change and it becomes more restrictive for the residents, we'll get together with the Board and the management team here and we'll evaluate what we need to do and we'll make an informed decision to send out to the community.

Podcast Episode 290: John MacDonnell (with Tyler Ingle)

In this episode, Board President John MacDonnell is back to give us an update about what's happening in our community. President MacDonnell is joined by our General Manager, Tyler Ingle.

Topics Covered in this Episode:

  • 00:18  – Traffic rules for delivery services (Grubhub, Uber Eats, etc.)
  • 01:31 – John MacDonnell introduces Tyler Ingle
  • 02:28 – Tyler Ingle explains new mask policy for Association employees

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Do you have an idea for a podcast episode? Contact Bob Firring at podcast@scshca.com.

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This is an audio-only episode. Music for this episode was created by Carl Rigoli.

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Informed Consent and Waiver

On Monday, June 28, 2021, the SCSH Board of Directors approved the revised Informed Consent and Waiver.

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June 2021 Board Meeting Video Now Available

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Presidents Message: Overview of Podcast #285

John MacDonnell
President

Audio may be found at: www.scshca.com/podcast285

Below is a synopsis of this episode.


1. Reported Case of COVID-19 in the Gyms: We have had a reported positive case of COVID-19 reported in both gyms and the Montecito indoor pool. For the health and safety of the community, they will be closed today for a massive cleaning. We plan to have them reopened by tomorrow, June 19th, by 3:00 pm. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation. If you may have been in these areas and are concerned, you may want to check with your healthcare provider and/or your doctor for their advice if you feel the need to be tested.

2. Montecito Outdoor Pool Update: the pool at the Montecito is going absolutely wonderful. We're on track and on time for completion next Friday with the chemicl balances all done. There will be a Pool Appreciation Day on June 26th from 4:30 to 6:00 pm at the Montecito Outdoor Pool. Our very special guest of honor will be our Vice President of our Association who will be there to sing for us. We'll also provide hot dogs, chips and soft drinks. Please call the Lifestyle Desk to register for this.

3. Fourth of July: I've been hearing from people that there will likely be a drive-through golf cart parade through all three phases on the 4th of July. With so much uncertainty with COVID-19 and the changes in tiers, The Lifestyles Desk hasn't had an opportunity to plan or prepare for the 4th of July. Events like this normally require 6 to 8 weeks of planning. If the parade happens, I will definitely join in with flags on my golf cart. I will try to find out when and where it will be starting and will get back to you as soon as I can.

4. Lifestyles Survey: The Lifestyles Desk will be sending out a bunch of surveys to help plan for musical and other events. Please watch for them online and make sure to participate so Connie can plan based on what you most want. We already have the return of Let's Meet and Eat and Comedy Night -- there is a lot happening around here.

I am enjoying my time as your President and having the interaction with the community and receiving your feedback, both positive and negative. Either one helps me in making myself better for this community. Be safe out there, drink lots since it's so hot, and please keep the dogs off the sidewalks.

Regarding Last Week’s Fitness Closure

    

The Association has received several calls and emails requesting further details and/or the identity of the individual who tested positive for COVID-19.

The individual who tested positive for COVID-19 was at the following Fitness Center(s) on the following dates and times:

  • Montecito Fitness Center: June 9th – 13th and June 16th – 17th between 11:45 a.m. – 8:15 p.m., June 18th between 5:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
  • Santa Rosa Clubhouse: June 18th between 10:40 a.m. – 10:58 a.m.

To our knowledge the individual wore a face covering at all times while present in the fitness facilities. Due to privacy laws, we cannot provide any further details than what is provided above or the individual's identity. Please contact your health care professional if you have concerns regarding your risk of exposure. Please be advised that the Association has continued sanitation efforts in accordance with the CDC Guidelines.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated understanding.

Podcast Episode 285: John MacDonnell (Board President)

In this episode, Board President John MacDonnell is back to give us an update about what's happening in our community.

Topics Covered in this Episode:

  • 00:23 – Reported case of COVID-19 in the gyms
  • 02:11 – Montecito Outdoor Pool Update
  • 02:40 – Pool Appreciation Day
  • 03:15 – Fourth of July
  • 04:36 – Lifestyle Surveys

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This is an audio-only episode. Music for this episode was created by Norm Bolduc.

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Fitness Center Closures

    

Montecito and Santa Rosa Fitness centers are closed effective immediately until Saturday, June 19, at 2:30 p.m. The Santa Rosa Outdoor pool remains open.

We apologize for the inconvenience.

Please note that in the last two weeks an individual who was in the Association’s fitness facilities recently tested positive for COVID-19. Consequently, the Association closed both fitness facilities so they can be cleaned and sanitized. If you were in the fitness facilities during the past two weeks and have questions about your health or the risks of potential COVID-19 exposure, please contact your health care professional immediately for further guidance.

June 15 Reopening

We are excited to announce that based on the State and County guidelines, all facilities will be open to full capacity effective June 15, 2021. Reservations will no longer be required for the Fitness Centers or outdoor pools. The indoor pool will still require a reservation. Clubs and Groups can resume full capacity in the clubhouses (with a reservation and based on availability).

Masks will not be required for residents, employees, vendors, etc. that have been vaccinated or have a medical exemption from the vaccination. The residents, employees, vendors, etc. will be responsible to wear a mask if not vaccinated. The HOA, DRM staff, Troon staff, etc. will not collect or request this information.

We look forward to seeing you all soon!

Presidents Message: Overview of Podcast #284

John MacDonnell
President

Audio may be found at: www.scshca.com/podcast284

Below is a synopsis of this episode.


I know I just did a podcast yesterday but now I'm back with just a short one. There are two issues I want to address:

1. COVID-19 Tiers: There is a lot of information out there that people have been reading in newspapers or online that we should be in the yellow tier. I just got off the phone with the CDS Riverside and they told me that we're still in the orange tier and that I'm not to release us to any other tier. I'm waiting to hear back from a gentleman named Jose, the CDC Public Address person for the County of Riverside, and I should be getting more information from him. But I'm holding fast for now that we're still in the orange tier but will move to yellow just as soon as we can do it.

2. Montecito Pool: I want to apologize to you for the Montecito Pool. I went down there at 11:30 this morning and met with our General Manager and a couple of our team members and the pool still is not to my standards. I have to, as a professional general contractor, give you the best possible job for that pool. When they jack hammered out the plaster that wasn't quite correct, some of the tiles came loose. They were going to replace those tiles but after knocking on a few of those tiles and hearing hollow spots behind them, I was not convinced that it was in the best interest of the Home Owners Association to leave that pool with those tiles in it. So I have asked them to remove all the tiles in the ribbon between the coping and the plaster itself and to reset all the tiles. I did that simply because I don't want problems down the line where the tiles will come loose and then we'll have to repair the pool every so often.

So it's going to take an extra four days. We were planning on reopening on the 21st and now it's going to be Friday, the 25th. But I felt that it was not up to the standards of what we deserve here at Sun City Shadow Hills so I took the liberty of making sure that it was done right.

So, that's all I have for you today. I look forward to getting back to you as soon as possible about the COVID-19 tiers for our community and an update on what's happening for the 15th of June to go to green. I'll be back to you as soon as possible through either a podcast or through Tyler at the HOA office. Thank you for your time, drink lots of water -- it's hot out there -- and I will see you out there.

Podcast Episode 284: John MacDonnell (Board President)

In this episode, Board President John MacDonnell is back to give us an update about what's happening in our community.

Topics Covered in this Episode:

  • 00:20 – COVID-19 Tiers
  • 01:14 – Montecito Pool

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Do you have an idea for a podcast episode? Contact Bob Firring at podcast@scshca.com.

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Presidents Message: Overview of Podcast #283

John MacDonnell
President

Audio may be found at: www.scshca.com/podcast283

Below is a synopsis of this episode.


First, I want to remind everyone to drink lots of water with the temperatures rising. And I also want to thank Gus Ramirez for setting up all the equipment for each of these podcasts. I really appreciate it, Gus. Bob Firing can't be here today but I hope to see him back soon.

1. Montecito Café: Everyone misses it. I love it, but we can't make it come back by just snapping our fingers. Due to safety concerns and the numbers being down, the last administration decided to close it-- temporarily, I believe. Kathy Lindstrom with the Food and Beverage Committee is trying to save the Café and the Board will be carefully looking into their recommendations.

2. Montecito Pool: Sorry -- we had hoped it would be open by now, but there were things wrong with the pool that required us to start all over again. It's under construction now and I check it every couple of days with the knowledge from my years of experience in construction. We hope it will be open -- cold and beautiful -- by June 21st, but I can't promise.

3. Comedy Night and Other Shows: Sir Laughs-a-lot, Let's Meet and Eat and others will be back as soon as Covid restrictions allow. Julie Johnston is ready to sell tickets so when they are available, don't wait. They will go fast.

4. COVID-19 Update: The local CDC is our guide. They are in our hospitals, our neighborhoods and our businesses so they know best. The Board is proactive and ready to move as soon as we get the word. We're hoping for a June 15th release, but we can't promise.

5. Rumors: There are lots of them here and it's like getting your information from a Cracker Jack's box. We'll clarify anything that comes up. I'll do more podcasts if they are needed. We don't want rumors ruining our lives.

6. Podcast Transcriptions: Some of you have asked for transcriptions so you don't have to listen to a podcast. I am happy that we now have a volunteer experienced in writing and editing who has offered to provide these now.

7. Delegation: Some of you are saying that we aren't doing our job -- and that I'm not doing my job. I am out there all the time doing my best but I won't be a micro manager. I can't do everything here, so I delegate when appropriate to our very capable Assistant General Manager and our very capable General Manager. They will get back to you with the information so I don't have to go to them and then back to you. I am learning as I go but I don't know everything.

8. Dogs and Hot Paws: This important issue makes me tear up whenever I see it. As our temperatures reach 110 and 120, if you can't walk barefoot on our pavement, asphalt, and grass, your dogs shouldn't either -- especially along Sun City Boulevard. They are our substitute children and please be sure to provide water for them.

I'm looking forward to seeing you in our neighborhood -- forward and upward! Thank you for your time.