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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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.

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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.

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.

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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.

Podcast Episode 283: 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:

  • 00:57 – Montecito Café
  • 02:14 – Montecito Pool
  • 03:36 – Comedy Night & Other Shows
  • 04:24 – COVID-19 Update
  • 05:21 – Rumors
  • 06:09 – Podcast Transcriptions
  • 06:44 – Delegation from the Board
  • 07:57 – Dogs & Hot Paws

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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.

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Podcast Episode 282: 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:

  • 00:55 – Flowers at the front gates
  • 02:15 – Waiver 28-day comment period
  • 04:28 – Golf pro
  • 06:11 – Volunteers
  • 07:00 – Dog park etiquette
  • 09:08 – Duties of the Board Members
  • 10:49 – COVID-19 tiers
  • 13:15 – Friday Night Funnies

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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 Carl Rigoli.

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President’s Message: 5/14/2021

John MacDonnell
President

Good morning,

Please note that the Association has been and continues to follow State and County guidelines, and not the CDC recommendations.

At this time, there is no change to the current COVID-19 procedures; masks continue to be required indoors.

We appreciate your patience as we follow the State and County guidelines.

Thank you,

John MacDonnell
President

Vice President’s Message: 4/28/2021

Johnny Goodrum
Vice President

What a great day this is, the weather outside is wonderful today. I hope all of you are enjoying this Wednesday.

As your new Vice President, I wanted to share with you that this page will now be a joint effort of our HOA President, John MacDonnell and myself. Both of us are excited that things are opening up and we are on the verge of entering the next tier. The Board has given our General Manager, Tyler Ingle and our Assistant General Manager, Vanessa Ayon, the task of getting things opened as we move to different tiers. This will allow quicker actions made to get us all back together. So many good things are already happening such as the Billiard Room at the Montecito Club House is now open. Some clubs and groups are planning activities, and there is much excitement.

We must however stay focused and wear masks when you cannot maintain six feet separation indoors. You, the Residents, and the Board have worked diligently in the last year to mitigate the spread of the covid virus and we want to maintain that diligence moving forward.

Here are a few of the items of Board actions that took place at the monthly meeting April 26th:

  • South driving practice range will reopen.
  • Fitness class passes will be available for purchase. Members may purchase 10 class pass for the price of 9.
  •  A Shred-It event will take place, (tentative date 6/5/21). Paper material only. Maximum of (2) standard size boxes per household. Please await official date announcement by the Lifestyle Department.
  • Single swimmer reservations have been discontinued at the Santa Rosa Pool. If you currently have a reservation, for single swimmer, it will be honored.
  • Golf play will resume the utilization of flag sticks and the ball retrievers will be removed. Club washers, rakes for the sand bunkers, tees, pencils and score cards, will be available for use.
  • Tennis ball machine will be back in service.

One of the other items is that the Board meeting was open to residents. The Board was very excited to see residents in person again and we hope to continue that process, so please come and attend the monthly meetings.

Please note that the Board voted to remove the emergency rule that was in effect and is working on a new and improved waiver that will be narrow in scope and protect all parties involved. The waiver is posted for 28 day comment here: www.scshca.com/proposed-revised-informed-consent-agreement-waiver/

Please submit your comments to rulechanges@scschca.com.

We appreciate your patience while we actively work to open as many activities within the State and County Guidelines.

Thank you,

Johnny Goodrum
Vice President

Local Vaccine Clinic Information

This post is for informational purposes and does not constitute an endorsement by Sun City Shadow Hills Community Association.

 

Circe Healthcare in Palm Desert


https://www.circecares.com/

 

Desert Care Network in Indio


Thursday, April 22
Clinic hours: 11 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Last appointments 4 p.m.
380 appointments for Moderna available
Sedona Surgical Center
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Indio, CA 92201
https://myturn.ca.gov/

Podcast Episode 281: John MacDonnell (Board President)

In this episode, Board President John MacDonnell is back to give us a quick update.

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Management Staff Email Addresses:

Board Member Email Addresses:

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 Carl Rigoli.

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Podcast Episode 280: John MacDonnell (Board President)

In this episode, John MacDonnell is here for his first podcast as Board President. He is here to give us a give update regarding reservations, waivers, and reopening.

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Links:

And, please remember to check our website for further coronavirus-releated updates: www.scshca.com/coronavirus

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 Carl Rigoli.

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Reopening Update 4/9/2021

We are excited to announce that Riverside County has moved to the Orange Tier! Thank you for your patience as we reopen the facilities.

HOA Office

Effective Monday, April 12, appointments are available inside the HOA office. Appointments will be limited to one household at a time. Outdoor/contactless appointments will still be available. The HOA office will resume Saturday hours, which are 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. on the first Saturday of each month. Masks will be required indoors.

Montecito and Santa Rosa Clubhouses

Effective Monday, April 12, the Clubhouses will be open (at limited capacity, per State and County Guidelines). Club Presidents have been provided with all pertinent information.

  • Hours of operation: 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Temperature check will be required upon entrance.
  • Masks will be required indoors at all times.
  • For your convenience, hand sanitizer stations will be positioned outside meeting rooms.
  • Open play for card games and billiards are allowed on a first-come basis.
  • Food will not be allowed at this time.

Montecito and Santa Rosa Fitness Centers

The Fitness Centers and Fitness Classes have expanded capacity. Residents only. Reservations are strongly recommended. Click here for additional information.

Pools

The Indoor Pool and Spa are now open. All lap swimming will be at the indoor pool which will result in more available outdoor swim reservations. Guests are allowed. Reservations are strongly recommended. Click here for additional information.

HOA Office

The HOA Office will open at a capacity of one household by appointment only, as of Monday, April 12, 2021. The operating hours are 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., Monday – Friday.

The HOA Office will resume operations on the first Saturday of every month, beginning May 1, 2021, at a capacity of one household, by appointment only. First Saturday operating hours are 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Also, residents may continue to choose contact-less HOA appointments.

Thank you and we look forward to seeing you!

Your Newly Elected HOA Board

Your newly elected Board of Directors are:

  • President: John MacDonnell
  • Vice President: Johnny Goodrum
  • Treasurer: Moira MacLeod-Foster
  • Secretary: Fera Mostow
  • Member at Large: Carey Thompson

The official results provided by HOA Elections of California will be available on our website in the next few days.

A video of the Annual Meeting is now available on our website. ☞ Click Here to Watch

Annual Meeting Video Now Available

To see more videos, visit our Videos page by clicking here.

President’s Message: Waiver Questions 4/2/2021

Kim Fuller
President

Good afternoon residents,

Here are the frequently asked questions about the waiver and processing of the waiver. There has been some confusion from residents regarding the Clubs and Groups distributing waivers. We want to clarify the distribution of the waiver and who is going to process the collection of the waivers. We have changed this process after talking with some of the Clubs and Groups. It just did not seem efficient to have the Clubs and Groups process the waivers, so we are changing the process so the HOA will create a master list of everyone that signs a waiver so that residents don’t have to fill out more than one waiver.

We have also received some additional questions about the waiver. I will attempt to answer the most frequently asked questions, but if you have further questions please let us know.

Did I sign a waiver when I signed up on the reservation system? For those of you that have signed up on the Mind/Body Program to make reservations to use facilities like tennis, pickleball, bocce, pools, gym, etc., you have already signed a waiver. When you created an account on the reservation system, you signed a waiver as part of that process.

Since I have already signed a waiver by creating an account on the reservation system, do I still need to sign a new waiver? No. You do not need to sign a new waiver, but we recommend you do because the old waiver on the reservation system has more limitations for residents. By signing a new waiver, you gain more protections. So, signing a new waiver helps you, but you don’t have to sign a new one if you don’t want to and you may use all Common Area facilities.

What if I signed a waiver with my Club or Group before Covid, do I still need to sign a new waiver? Yes. The old waivers that Clubs and Groups distributed before Covid (before March of 2020), are no longer valid and will not work. You are required to fill out a new waiver before using Common Area facilities. The old waiver used before Covid has no provisions about Covid, so it no longer applies and is invalid.

Why are we asking for you to sign this waiver? The Board is trying to prevent the Association from being sued for frivolous claims. We want to protect all the assets of the HOA, which protects all residents, which in turns help to maintain property values. One affects the other. Waivers explain a person is responsible for their own actions and that there are risks to any activity. Each person must be responsible for those risks.

Waivers put in writing that residents and guests are responsible for their own actions and so they may not file a legal claim for damages when they are responsible for their own injuries. Without such waivers the HOA could be responsible for every accident and claim against the HOA even if the HOA was not responsible. This would lead to increased claims, increased costs to insurance companies and eventually our insurance rates would increase, or possibly insurance companies would not insure us because the risk is too great.

In the case of Covid, there is no insurance coverage for such a claim, so without a waiver each resident could possibly be subject to a special assessment if the claim for monetary damages against the HOA was significant.

How likely is this to happen? No one knows what amount of risk there is for a Covid claim at this time. All the insurance companies and attorneys can say is to describe our legal liability and explain the exposure if such a claim were filed. For such a claim we would have to pay for all defense costs and damages.

Why did we rewrite the waiver? After sending out the previous version last May, we received some legitimate concerns and comments about the existing waiver. After Board discussion and review, a new waiver was created taking into account all the comments and concerns.

How is this new version different from the previous one? There are three significant differences between the old waiver and the new waiver:

  1. The previous version did not allow a resident to file a claim against the HOA even if the HOA was at fault. This has been changed so a resident may file a claim against the HOA if the HOA is at fault.
  2. The previous version did not protect the Clubs, Groups, and their officers from a claim. The new version protects the Clubs, Groups, and volunteers so the HOA will protect them for such claims.
  3. The previous version made residents responsible for all actions of their guests including paying all damages and court costs for the HOA even if the HOA was responsible. New waiver states if the guest signs a waiver the homeowner will not be responsible for the liability claims against the HOA by their guests.

Why are we asking for this now? SCSH has had a waiver in place for certain activities since 2005. We are as eager as everyone else in our community to open our facilities and get back to “normal”. We anticipate that Riverside County will move to the Orange Tier in the next week or two (finger crossed!) and we can open indoor facilities to at least 25% capacity. That means that Clubs and Groups can meet in the clubhouses, and we all can once again enjoy our beautiful facilities. We need to have the waivers signed by each resident so you may use the Clubhouses once we open.

Did the Board implement emergency rules to get waivers now? Yes. To put this in place right away so we can open facilities once the State gives us permission, the Board implemented two emergency rules. This is allowed under State Law. The two new rules are:

  1. Informed Consent – Release and Waiver: All Residents and Guests eighteen (18) years of age or older (and the parent(s) and/or legal guardian(s) of Guests under eighteen (18) years of age) are required to sign an Informed Consent, Release and Waiver before using the common area facilities; the Association’s, Chartered Club’s, and Resident Group’s equipment; or participating in an Association sponsored activity.
  2. The HOA may implement the new waiver approved by the Board.

When must the waivers be signed? All residents and guests are now required to sign a waiver before using Common area facilities. By implementing this now the HOA can process the waivers of all residents so that each person will then be able to access the Clubhouses once we open. Hopefully, that will be within a couple of weeks.

May the HOA deny access to our facilities if residents have not signed a waiver? Yes. According to CC&R’s and By-laws, residents do not have an unrestricted right to use Common Area facilities. The Board may put into place rules for access. CC&R’s and By-laws also allow for suspension of Common Area privileges if the rules are not followed.

How are you going to get every resident to sign a waiver? We understand that we might not get a waiver on every resident for every part of the Common Area property. But that does not mean we should not have waivers on as many residents as possible to best protect the assets of the HOA. No system is perfect, this we understand, and people will get through the cracks, but the Board believes the most responsible approach is to get as many waivers as possible before residents begin using the facilities again as we open.

We will ask all new residents to sign a waiver when they process through the HOA office to get their transponders and/or at New Member Orientation.

Club and Group members will be asked to sign a waiver through their clubs.

We will not reach everyone as we have many residents that do not use any of our facilities.

Do I have to sign a waiver for every club where I am a member? No. The good news is in the new process there will be one centralized database that tracks who has signed and who has not signed a waiver. No need to sign one for every club every year. Once you sign one waiver you are “good to go” for the future.

If have additional questions: Please email the Board or contact Tyler Ingle (tyler.ingle@associa.us) or Vanessa Ayon (vanessa.ayon@associa.us) with your questions.

We all want to wish you a safe and happy holiday weekend.

Take care.

Kim Fuller
President

Podcast Episode 277: Kim Fuller (Waiver, Coronavirus Update)

In this episode, President Kim Fuller is back to answer a few questions about the new waiver and to give us a coronavirus update.

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Links:

And, please remember to check our website for further coronavirus updates: www.scshca.com/coronavirus


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 Carl Rigoli.

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Waivers

Download the waiver ☞ www.scshca.com/waiver

On March 29, 2021, the Board implemented an emergency rule which requires all residents and guests to sign a waiver prior to using common area facilities. Please sign and return the waiver to the HOA office, Lifestyle desk, or via email to waivers@scshca.com.

Please note:

  • If you belong to a Chartered Club, you may receive a similar request. Only one waiver is required. Please return the waiver as outlined above and not to the Club.
  • If you use MindBody for fitness, pool, or court reservations, you will be required to acknowledge the same waiver in order to continue to make reservations.

Please be patient as this is a work in progress as we prepare for Orange Tier, per the County.

Presidents Message: Overview of Podcast #276

Kim Fuller
President

 

Audio may be found at: www.scshca.com/podcast276

Below is a synopsis of this episode.


Good morning residents,

As we begin the opening process, the Board has been busy working on the best ways for us to meet the new opening guidelines. Because our insurance does not cover Covid-19 Claims, we first addressed the waiver issue.

Waivers:

As I explained in the past, the Board may require a waiver to use Common area facilities. Current rules only allow for waivers if using the fitness center or outdoor activities, but we need a waiver for all activities, so we need to implement emergency rules in order to make this happen. The Board’s concern as we open indoor activities for all the Clubs and Groups, is that we need waivers for everyone because we have no insurance against a Covid Claim. To protect the HOA against such a claim the Board has revised the waiver to include protection against such a Covid claim.

There was concern about the past waiver for these basic reasons:

  1. What if the HOA was responsible for the damages or injury? The past waiver gave no exception for this. The new waiver has language to remove this concern.
  2. There was no language in the old waiver to protect all Clubs and Groups of the HOA. The new waiver now has protection for all Clubs and Groups of the HOA.
  3. Responsibility for liability of guests by homeowner. Old waiver required homeowner to defend the HOA against lawsuits and to pay all court damages of their guests claims against the HOA. New waiver states if the guest signs a waiver the homeowner will not be responsible for the liability claims against the HOA for their guests.

Please keep in mind that according to the CC&R’s and By-laws homeowners are responsible for any property damage done by a guest. Homeowners are also responsible for any traffic violations committed by a guest. The waiver has nothing to do with these existing rules that are currently in place.

Why a waiver? Simply put waivers put in writing that residents and guests are responsible for their own actions and so they may not file a legal claim for damages. Without such waivers the HOA would be responsible for every accident and claim against the HOA. This would lead to increased claims, increased costs to insurance companies and eventually our rates would increase, or possible insurance companies would not insure us because the risk is too great.

Insurance is for the unexpected and not for the controllable daily acts. Insurance companies do not like businesses that are not proactive in controlling events to help reduce frivolous claims. This not only means taking actions to always ensure safety, but it also includes waivers to explain to residents in legal terms they are responsible for their own actions so they will not sue the HOA just because an accident occurred on HOA property.

The Board is trying to prevent the Association from being sued for frivolous claims. We want to protect all the assets of the HOA, which protects all residents, including their property values. Waivers help to ensure people understand they are responsible for their own actions and that there are risks to any activity. Each person must be responsible for those risks. Given we have no insurance against a Covid claim, it is imperative that we have signed waivers before a person uses the facilities so that we protect all the assets of the HOA. Residents need to take responsibility for any actions that occur because of Covid, only in this way can we protect the HOA from claims which could lead to a special assessment of every resident.

To put this in place right away so we can open facilities once the State gives us permission, the Board implemented two emergency rules:

  1. Informed Consent – Release and Waiver: All Residents and Guests eighteen (18) years of age or older (and the parent(s) and/or legal guardian(s) of Guests under eighteen (18) years of age) are required to sign an Informed Consent, Release and Waiver before using the common area facilities; the Association’s, Chartered Club’s, and Resident Group’s equipment; or participating in an Association sponsored activity.
  2. The HOA may implement the new waiver approved by the Board.

All residents and guests are now required to sign a waiver before using Common area facilities. By implementing this now the HOA can process the waivers of all residents so that each person will then be able to access the Clubhouses once we open. Hopefully, that will be within a couple of weeks.

Staff will be sending out the new waivers by tomorrow to each Club and Group. Please sign and get them back as soon as possible so that you are then able to participate in any activity as we open the facilities. The Board also recommends that if you have already signed the old waiver, you should sign the new waiver because the new waiver gives each resident more protection.

Opening Guidelines:

As a result of the new State Guidelines, the Board has implemented new guidelines for the opening of certain activities which are now allowed by the State and County.

Please understand that the exceptions are not always consistent. Some activities are open while others are not, for example, the gym may open indoors but the indoor pool is closed.

Indoor gatherings are now allowed for up to 3 households. This means your guests may stay overnight.

Gatherings: With the lifting of the Regional Stay at Home Order, new gathering rules are in place. Gatherings of up to 3 households are now allowed indoors or outdoors. This means residents and/or visitors from outside the HOA may visit your home.

Ice/Water Machines: Water and Ice Machines have been turned back on for outdoor use. Indoor water fountains are still off.

Masks: Masks are required for all indoor activities as we open. Masks are not required outdoors as long as 6’ social distancing can be maintained.

Waivers are required for all residents and guests before using facilities.

Guests: Guests are not allowed for indoor activities. Guests are allowed for outdoor activities. The one exception is guests are allowed at Shadows.

Guest on Streets: Guests are allowed to use the streets and North Channel area. Residents may walk with children, grandchildren, or friends on the streets and/or North Channel area. Visitors may bike on the streets and ride in golf carts but age restrictions on who can drive a golf cart still apply. Keep in mind the use of skateboards and scooters (or motorized skateboards and scooters) continues to be strictly prohibited within SCSHCA streets, parking lots and common areas.

Putting Course: Guests are allowed to use the Putting Course behind the Montecito Clubhouse. Reservations are not required for the Putting Course.

Library: The library is open for use from 9 am to 4 pm daily. It is limited to four people at a time. If someone is waiting time is limited to 15 minutes. This is for residents only, so guests are not allowed. Reservations are not required to use the library.

Golf: No changes, but water has been turned back on.

South Side Driving Range: The South Side of the driving range is still closed, although the putting and chipping areas remain open.

Indoor pool is still closed.

Santa Rosa Pool

  • Reservations are strongly recommended to be sure there is space available. Because of occupancy limits it is not likely space will be available without a reservation.
    • If no reservation, resident and/or guests must check in at the desk.
  • Only Residents/guests with a reservation, or who have checked-in, may use the pool and or furniture and only during their reservation time.
  • Patio Furniture to be returned to pool deck.
    • Furniture must be cleaned at least once per day.
  • Guests are allowed (during regular guest hours).
  • Reservations for more than one person may be made by phone.
  • Residents/guests may use the pool/furniture during their reservation time only.
  • Beginning April 5, 2021, pool hours will be extended until 8 PM.

Montecito Outdoor Pool

  • Reservations are strongly recommended to be sure there is space available. Because of occupancy limits it is not likely space will be available without a reservation.
    • If no reservation, resident and/or guests must check in at the desk.
  • Only Residents/guests with a reservation, or who have checked-in, may use the pool and or furniture and only during their reservation time.
  • Patio Furniture to be returned to pool deck.
    • Furniture must be cleaned at least once per day.
  • Guests are allowed (during regular guest hours).
  • Reservations for more than one person may be made by phone.
  • Residents/guests may use the pool/furniture during their reservation time only.
  • Beginning April 5, 2021, pool hours will be extended until 8 PM.

Pickleball/Tennis Courts/Bocce Courts

  • Pre-pandemic reservation rules are in place.
  • Reservations are recommended but not required.
    • If no reservation, resident must check in at the desk.
  • Guests are allowed (during regular guest hours).
  • Guests are required to check in before play.
  • Residents may extend their reservation if available when their reservation ends.
  • All bocce courts will be open.
  • All high touch areas will be cleaned at least once per day.

Santa Rosa Patio

  • Seating area will be open.
    • All furniture will be cleaned at least once per day.

Dog Parks:

  • Reservations are not required.
  • Water will be turned on.
    • Water spigots will be cleaned at least once per day.
  • Furniture will be returned to the dog parks.
    • Furniture will be cleaned at least once per day.
  • Masks required if social distancing cannot be maintained.

Fitness Centers

  • Reservations are recommended but not required.
    • If no reservation, resident must check in at the desk.
  • Residents may use the fitness center for 55 minutes.
  • Residents may extend their reservation if available when their reservation ends (must inform desk staff).
  • All fitness equipment must be cleaned at least once per day.
  • Beginning April 5, Fitness center hours will be extended until 8 PM.
  • Guests are not allowed at this time.
  • Residents, please clean each machine before and after use.

Capacity for the Gym: The new guidelines permit the opening of the gym with 10% capacity. Here are the operating procedures.

The gyms will be open, and reservations are strongly recommended given capacity limits:

  • Montecito - 13 people
  • Santa Rosa - 9 people

Face Masks and Social Distancing-Face Masks are required while indoors no matter what activity. Social distancing is always required.

Reservations-Each reservation will be for 55 minutes and you are limited to one reservation per day. You may stay after your reservation if space is available. Check with the desk after your first reservation time is up.

Arrival-You may arrive at your reservation time.

Departure-You must leave on time.

Temperature-Your temperature will be taken upon arrival. If it exceeds 100.0 you will not be permitted to enter or workout.

Waivers-You must sign a new waiver. The new waivers are required because of Covid. People using the online reservation system have already filled out the waiver, but residents that made a phone-in reservation need to sign the waiver. Please understand that it may take a few minutes to sign the waiver the first time you arrive.

Gym Hours Beginning 4/5/2021:

  • Monday-Friday 6 AM - 8 PM
  • Saturday/Sunday 7:30 AM - 8 PM

Special Note regarding small equipment-All small equipment has been removed. The County order makes cleaning of small, shared equipment difficult to manage so we have removed the equipment.

Restrictions-By County order-the following will not be available Indoors: Lockers, water, showers, gatherings, chairs, and tables.

Resident ID Cards: Resident ID cards will be required to use the gym. If you don’t have one, make an appointment with the HOA office for a new card.

No Guests for the gym at this time.

Fitness Classes: Fitness classes will be moved indoors at the Montecito Fitness Center and Santa Rosa Clubhouse. There will be a few outdoor classes in the next three weeks. Please contact the fitness department with any questions.

Shadows Re-opening for Indoor and Outdoor dining:

  • Delivery will end on 3/31/21.
  • Guests are allowed.
  • Reservations are recommended but not required.
  • 8 people per table maximum.
  • No changing of tables even if a seat is available at another table.
  • Reservations with the number of people may not change when you arrive at the restaurant.
  • Temperatures will be checked upon entry and if temp exceeds 100.0 you may not enter.
  • Masks required upon entering building.
  • Masks required to walk to table.
  • You may take your mask off once seated.
  • You need a mask when leaving the table for any reason, including going to the restroom.
  • Indoor Capacity is 24 people.
  • Limited Menu-Not the same as before.

The Board wishes you a safe and healthy week as we slowly move to reopen activities here at Sun City Shadow Hills.

Kim Fuller
President

Podcast Episode 276: Kim Fuller (Waiver, Coronavirus Update)

In this episode, President Kim Fuller is back to talk about the new waiver and to give us a coronavirus update.

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And, please remember to check our website for further coronavirus updates: www.scshca.com/coronavirus


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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