President’s Message: No Gatherings

Kim Fuller
President

Good Evening Residents:

More and more information is coming out about the spread of the virus in our area. It is clear the virus is growing quickly and is all around us. In Sun City Palm Desert in just a little over two weeks the virus has grown from 10 cases and no deaths to 21 cases and 1 death. The City of Indio as grown from 15 deaths to 34 deaths and the County of Riverside cases have grown from 11,694 to 19,450, and 395 deaths to 479 deaths.

This pandemic is far from over and the only focus at this point is to practice what works, no gatherings and wear a mask when outside. I am urging everyone to follow these simple instructions to keep all our friends and neighbors alive.

I have been told of a possible gathering at 9 am within our complex. This is not the time to celebrate by gathering, this is a time to celebrate responsible behavior to keep our friends alive. This is real and all around us, so I am urging everyone to please stay home. I have the name of the person that has organized this event, and that person will be cited for every person that shows up. To plan and invite a gathering during this time is selfish and irresponsible considering the facts of the situation. It is also a violation of the State Order. Ladies and Gentlemen, this virus can kill you, and it is spreading quickly in our area. There is a reason the County is pulling back on re-opening plans, let’s listen carefully as to why.

I wish you all a safe and healthy weekend. Let’s look out for each other by not gathering or socializing during a time when that action could lead to an extremely negative outcome. At this point there is nothing more important than the health and safety of our neighbors and friends. Please act like they matter. If you have a gathering planned, do the responsible thing, and cancel it. You will look in a mirror later and be thankful that you helped everyone be safe.

Have a safe weekend. I wish you all well. Take care.

Thank you.

Kim Fuller
President

President’s Message: Shadows

Kim Fuller
President

Good Afternoon Residents:

Shadows Restaurant:  I need to clarify my statements on the podcast today. Shadows is closed for sit down dining only. All else remains the same, it is open for takeout and delivery. When the County ordered restaurants closed it was for sit down dining only, take and delivery is still available.

So, nothing has changed for Shadows, as you all know Shadows is currently open for takeout and delivery. This Service will continue, we are just not opening for sit down dining.

I hope this clears up the misunderstanding. So be sure to order take out from Shadows. It helps all of us and helps to keep staff employed.

As I also explained the Fitness Centers will be closed until further notice. Please be careful while enjoying the holiday weekend. Remember, fireworks are not allowed in this complex.

Have a great weekend and stay safe.

Kim Fuller
President

Podcast Episode 219: Kim Fuller (Coronavirus Update 7/2)

In this episode, President Kim Fuller is back to give us another coronavirus update.

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President’s Message: Montecito Outdoor Pool Reservations

Kim Fuller
President

Good afternoon residents:

An update was made to the Montecito Outdoor Pool Reservations. If you made an online appointment before 11:00 a.m. today (Friday, 6/26), your appointment was cancelled. Please log in to the online reservation system and make a new reservation.  You may click here to go directly to the online system.

This only affects Montecito Outdoor Pool. If you made a reservation for the Santa Rosa pool or a court, you may ignore this message.

We apologize for the inconvenience .

Kim Fuller
President

Montecito Outdoor Pool

Podcast Episode 218: Kim Fuller (Coronavirus Update 6/25)

In this episode, President Kim Fuller is back to give us another coronavirus update.

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President’s Message: Gym Opening Delayed

Kim Fuller
President

Good Afternoon Residents:

The gym opening will be delayed one week, so it will open on July 6. I will give a podcast at 3 pm and go into details.

  1. A staff person was not feeling well, sent home, and was then tested for the virus and the test was positive. As a result, some staff members have been sent home to self-quarantine and be tested. We want to get the results of those tests before opening the gym because we need some of these staff people back to work in order to open the gym.
  2. This extra week will also give staff more time in resolving questions and concerns as people register for the online reservation system.

Remember, beginning tomorrow, to make reservations either by phone or online, it all begins at 10 am for every activity. The desk will start taking calls for reservations at 10 am, or you can go online at 10 am. Phone in reservations will stop at 4 pm. Online reservations will stop at 11 pm.

I wish you all a safe and healthy day. If you have any questions, please let me know.

Thank you and Take Care.

Kim Fuller
President

 

President’s Message: Online Reservation System

Kim Fuller
President

Good afternoon,

Here are the instructions for signing up and using the new online reservation system.

Scroll down and click play to watch a six-minute video on how to create an account and book a reservation using our new online system.

 

 

Please visit the Fitness page on our website to get started with the new system:

☞  www.scshca.com/fitness

Thank you,

Kim Fuller
President

 

President’s Message: Dog Parks

Kim Fuller
President

Good Afternoon Residents:

The Board has decided that for Dog Parks, and only Dog Parks, a person may bring in their own small chair to sit while they are watching their dog. You must remove the chair when you leave, and chairs may not be shared at any time with anyone else.

I wish you all a safe and healthy day. If you have any questions, please let me know.

Thank you and see you all soon.

Kim Fuller
President

 

Podcast Episode 217: Kim Fuller (Coronavirus Update 6/23)

In this episode, President Kim Fuller is back to give us another coronavirus update.

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President’s Message: Current Guidelines 6-22-20

Kim Fuller
President

Here is an overview of current activities and guidelines.

The State Order is still in effect about ‘Stay at Home’ and ‘No gatherings.’ Residents are responsible to follow the State Order. The HOA will not be looking for violations of the State Order on private property. We will investigate any complaints of noise or conduct on private property. The HOA will be looking for and enforce no visitors and no gatherings on Common Property, such as streets, parking lots, etc.

If a resident is walking with a child, they can be cited for violating State Order because a young person is not supposed to be visiting and they are on common property. If walking, biking, etc. on common property with guests including on streets, you may be cited. We are not looking for such violations on private property, for example in your home or in your backyard.

  • Masks are required everywhere Indoors. Masks are not required outdoors as long as you can maintain social distancing of at least 6’ apart. If you can’t maintain social distancing of at least 6’ apart a mask is required.
  • Social distancing of at least 6’ is required both indoors and outdoors at all times.
  • Montecito Outdoor Pool is closing June 24-July 1 for deck repair work.
  • Residents have requested that everyone who walks on side streets please walk on the side of the street facing traffic.
  • Board met to determine opening guidelines of Club Facilities going forward:
    • Golf
      • Montecito Putting Course remains closed.
      • North and South Course Putting Greens will be open for practice beginning June 18 at 10 AM. Putting Greens are open from 10 AM till dusk.
      • Driving Range will be open for practice beginning June 18 at 10 AM. Driving range is open from 10 AM to 1 PM. You still need to pay $10 to practice on the driving range.
      • Driving Range tee at the South side of the driving range is closed – You may not take balls to the South side of the driving range.
        Montecito Practice chipping area is open anytime, but you must use your own balls. You may not take range balls to this practice area. Social distancing is required at all times.
      • No split tees for golf.
      • No water-bring your own.
    • Pools:
      • Montecito Indoor Pool will now have 5 lanes instead of 4. Walkers should use lanes 1 and 2.
      • Beginning 6/24 new pool hours will be: 6 AM-6 PM. This keeps consistency with gym hours, accommodates staffing, and allows for maintaining cleaning supplies.
      • Santa Rosa Pool – no change. 1 person at a time, or multiple people from the same household. If you are not a high-risk person, please use Montecito Pool so high-risk people can swim without risk.
      • Montecito Pool – After deck repair, 4 people will be allowed in the pool at one time. Social distancing (6 ft apart) is required. This is 4 people, not 4 households. If you want to swim with someone else in your household, you must make separate reservations for the same time.
      • No gatherings around the pool. You must leave complex after swimming. No chairs, no sunbathing.
      • Since there will be 4 people permitted in the Montecito Outdoor Pool, reservation time periods for this pool will be for 1 hour instead of the ½ hour used previously. There will be a 15-minute break between reservations for staff cleaning.
    • Dog Parks
      • The Dog parks will open on June 23, 2020. Reservations will be taken beginning June 22, 2020.
      • Reservations can be made up to one-week in advance.
      • One reservation per day per person.
      • Reservations can be made by calling the Lifestyle Department at 760-345-4349 ext. 2120, Monday – Friday 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM. You may only make reservations by phone.
      • Dog Parks Hours of Operations:
        • November 1st – March 15th: 7:00 AM – 5:00 PM.
        • March 16th – October 31st: 7:00 AM – 8:00 PM.
      • Maximum of four (4) people in each dog park section, total of eight (8) persons at a time per dog park.
      • One person equals one reservation.
      • 25-minutes reservations only.
      • Social distancing is required at all times.
      • Per CA State Code, people in California must wear a face covering when outdoors and cannot maintain a 6’ foot social distance.
      • All chairs in dog parks will be removed.
      • Water Fountains are unavailable.
      • If during the day the dog park is empty you can use it without reservation. However, if 4 people do come in and have reservations you must leave.
      • We recommend wearing masks in dog parks.
    • Gyms
      • Gyms will open on 6/29.
      • Montecito Fitness Center is limited to 18 people.
      • Santa Rosa Fitness Center is limited to 12 people.
      • Reservations for 60 minutes maximum.
      • Make reservations up to one week in advance.
      • We are not taking reservations until 6/26 because the system will not be set up until then.
      • Only one reservation per day per person.
      • Masks required at all times.
      • No fitness classes for now.
      • Hours: 6 AM – 6 PM.
      • 30-minute time limit on cardio equipment.
      • Lounge chairs will be removed because no gathering rules are in place.
      • All small equipment will be removed.
      • Only small equipment left: dumbbells and small dumbbells.
      • Please exercise and leave so next group can come in.
    • Online Reservation System
      • An online reservation system is being created and ultimately will be used for all Lifestyle events as well as dog park, gym, pools, etc.
      • The on-line reservation system and the phone-in reservation system will have the same start time to make reservations.
      • We will send out instructions on how to create an account for the reservation system and how to use it.
      • Once your account is active you can make:
      • Reservations one week in advance.
      • 1 reservation per day per person.
      • You must have a separate account for each person who wants to make reservations.
      • Need to cancel 24 hours in advance so that others can use the time.
      • Failure to cancel could result in removal of online rights.
      • You will still be able to call in to make reservations, but it will not be as efficient.
      • Please be aware that Dog Park Reservations will be call-in only for now.
      • Eventually the on-line system will allow for payment of Lifestyle activities on-line.
    • Shadows
      • Shadows will remain status quo with takeout and delivery service only. No sit-down dining.
    • Clubhouses
      • Clubhouses are still Closed – No Activities in the Clubhouses – No events until further notice. We do not know when the Clubhouses, indoor activities, or events will open.

Remember:

Masks are required indoors at all times. Not required outdoors.

At least 6’ social distancing is required at all times, indoors or outdoors.

If you are high-risk please be aware and stay home.

If you are high risk and want to swim use the Santa Rosa Pool. If you are not high risk and want to swim outside, please use the Montecito Pool to allow the high-risk people to swim.

Stay safe and use caution.

Thank you.

Kim Fuller
President

 

President’s Message: Masks, Dog Parks, and Shadows

Kim Fuller
President

Good Afternoon Residents:

Masks: As I explained in yesterday’s Podcast, the State issued new guidelines for wearing masks outdoors. The simple version is ‘Californians must wear face coverings when outdoors if 6’ social distancing cannot be maintained’. For all activities outdoors, except swimming, you must wear a face mask if you cannot maintain 6’ apart. If you can maintain 6’ apart then a mask is not required. Please be responsible and aware of what you are doing. Occupants of the same household do not have to maintain 6’ social distancing and don’t have to wear a mask.

Dog Parks: Will open June 23, 2020 with reservations. Once again, you must remain 6’ apart at all times if you are not wearing a mask. Here are the guidelines for the dog parks:

The Dog parks will open on June 23, 2020. Reservations will be taken beginning June 22, 2020.

Reservations can be made up to one-week in advance. Reservations can be made by calling the Lifestyle Department at 760-345-4349 ext. 2120, Monday – Friday, between 9:00am – 4:00pm.

Dog Parks Hours of Operations:   November 1st – March 15th – 7:00am – 5:00pm.
March 16th – October 31st – 7:00am – 8:00pm.

  1. Maximum of four (4) persons in each dog park section, total of eight (8) persons at a time per dog park.
  2. One person equals one reservation.
  3. 25-minute reservations only. That leaves 5 minutes to exit before new group comes in.
  4. Social distancing is required.
  5. Per CA State Code, people in California must wear a face covering when outdoors and cannot maintain a 6’ foot social distance.
  6. All chairs in dog parks will be removed.
  7. Water Fountains are unavailable.
  8. Patrol will periodically monitor the dog parks for violations.

Shadows Restaurant: As you all know Shadows is currently open for take out food only. The Food & Beverage Committee has been evaluating opening Shadows for sit down dining on a limited basis per the County Guidelines. The Board has decided at this time to maintain the status quo and not allow for sit down dining for a variety of reasons.

  1. First priority is resident health and safety.
  2. Opening of other activities has been outdoors where health and safety have less risk.
  3. Sit down dining is not able to maintain 6’ social distancing at a table.
  4. You cannot wear a mask while eating.
  5. SCPD had to close the restaurant after virus was contracted by an employee.
  6. If restaurant closes so does the take-out food have to close. Problem is all staff would have to stay home and self-quarantine for 14 days.
  7. Cases of Coronavirus are climbing in this area.

The Board felt at this time patience is warranted given all the points listed above and to take a wait and see approach is in the best interest of the health and safety of all residents. Please use the take-out and delivery service from Shadows and the Board will be evaluating the situation daily.

Have a great weekend.

Kim Fuller
President

 

Podcast Episode 216: Kim Fuller (Coronavirus Update 6/19)

In this episode, President Kim Fuller is back to give us another coronavirus update.

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Podcast Episode 215: Kim Fuller (Coronavirus Update 6/18)

In this episode, President Kim Fuller is back to give us another coronavirus update.

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Podcast Episode 214: Kim Fuller (Coronavirus Update 6/17)

In this episode, President Kim Fuller is back to give us another coronavirus update.

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Lifestyle Desk Summer Hours

Beginning Sunday, June 21, the Montecito Lifestyle Desk will be closed on Sundays.

The Lifestyle Desk and business center are open the following hours:

  • Monday – Saturday:  8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Sundays:  Closed

Podcast Episode 213: Kim Fuller (Coronavirus Update 6/12)

In this episode, President Kim Fuller is back to give us another coronavirus update.

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President’s Message: Coronavirus Update – 6/12/2020

Kim Fuller
President

Good Morning Residents:

I need to make a correction from yesterday’s Podcast. I said we will be having an Open Board meeting on July 29. Clearly, I don’t know what month this is, or as Bob Israel explained to me, I must have had one too many margaritas before the Podcast. He is probably right. Anyway, the meeting is this month is June 29. The deadline for filling out a speaker card online is June 26, at 4pm. You can use this link to fill out the form if you want to call in and speak at the meeting on June 29: www.scshca.com/speakerrequest

The County and State are opening facilities and we are reviewing the information with attorneys as quickly as possible. The Board will be meeting early next week to go over all the information to plan how to open given guidelines and restrictions.

I will give another Podcast this afternoon to explain any new information I get today.

Have a great day.

Thank you.

Kim Fuller
President

 

Podcast Episode 212: Kim Fuller (Coronavirus Update 6/11)

In this episode, President Kim Fuller is back to give us another coronavirus update.

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Podcast Episode 211: Kim Fuller (Coronavirus Update 6/4)

In this episode, President Kim Fuller is back to give us another coronavirus update.

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Podcast Episode 210: Kim Fuller (Riverside County Curfew)

In this episode, President Kim Fuller explains the countywide curfew set for tonight from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. and gives a short coronavirus update.

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Podcast Episode 209: Terry Gabrielson (Ventilator Discussion)

In this episode, Bob talks with Terry Gabrielson about ventilators. Terry is a retired anesthesiologist and a resident here at Sun City Shadow Hills.

Tune in to learn more about ventilators, what they do, and what it is like to be connected to one.

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President’s Message: Dog Parks

Kim Fuller
President

Good Afternoon Residents:

I have been getting a lot of questions about the dog parks, specifically why can’t the dog parks open?

Why can’t we open our dog parks when other dog parks are opening including the City of Indio dog parks? I can’t speak to how or why other areas decide to open a dog park. I will give you the current information available to us as to the guidelines for dog parks.

Here is the State Order regarding dog parks and the link to the webpage:

https://covid19.ca.gov/stay-home-except-for-essential-needs/#top

Here is exactly what the State says:

You can walk your dog. You can go to the vet or pet hospital if your pet is sick. Remember to distance yourself at least six feet from other pets and owners.

Here is the link to the CDC webpage regarding dog parks:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/faq.html

Here is exactly what the CDC says about dog parks:

Walking a dog is important for both animal and human health and well-being. Walk dogs on a leash, maintaining at least 6 feet (2 meters) from other people and animals, do not gather in groups, and stay out of crowded places and avoid mass gatherings. Do not go to dog parks or public places where a large number of people and dogs gather. To help maintain social distancing, do not let other people pet your dog when you are out for a walk.

Given this information I can’t tell you why the City of Indio has opened their dog parks, but they may do as they wish. Given that the HOA is responsible for all Common Areas including dog parks, the Board has decided at this time the dog parks need to remain closed. The Board does not believe dogs can maintain the distancing requirement of staying 6’ apart from other dogs and/or people.

Hopefully, this answers your questions about dog parks for the moment. As soon as we get new information, we will review it and let you know. Please be patient, we can only move forward based on what the State Order will allow. I guess the good news is any dog owner may go the City of Indio dog park and use them during this time that our dog parks must remain closed.

I wish you all a safe and healthy day. If you have any questions, please let me know.

Thank you and see you all soon.

Kim Fuller
President

 

Podcast Episode 208: Kim Fuller (Coronavirus Update 5/27)

In this episode, President Kim Fuller is back to give us another coronavirus update.

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