Design Review Committee Seeks Members

The Design Review Committee is looking for new sub-committee members!

The committee meets periodically to review and approve/disapprove propose architectural and landscape changes/improvements to all residential lots. The Committee will best assure that the aesthetics of the Community are not compromised and the intent of the Association's CC&Rs and Design Review Guidelines are not violated.

If you are interested, fill out an Advisory Committee Interest Form and submit it to the HOA office.

Common Area Overseeding Schedule 2018

This is the time of the year when the common area landscape turf areas are prepared for overseeding with rye grass. Consequently, the appearance of the turf areas will be impacted by the following activities:

  • Reduction in irrigation of the turf to drive the Bermuda grass into dormancy.
  • Scalping of the Bermuda to reduce the interference with the growth of the rye grass.
  • Overseeding with rye grass seed.
  • Heavy watering of the overseeded areas to induce germination of the Rye grass seeds.

This process has already started, thus you will see the turf areas turning brown. The schedule for the overseeding is posted below. Owners should not enter the areas during the time that the areas are closed.

Santa Rosa Event LawnClose September 24 and Opens October 15
Santa Rosa ClubhouseClose September 24 and Opens October 15
Jefferson EntranceClose September 24 and Opens October 15
Avenida Los Padres Retention BasinClose October 3 and Opens October 31
Camino Cantos Retention BasinClose October 3 and Opens October 31
Avenida Celaya Retention BasinClose October 3 and Opens October 31
Santa Sofia ParkwayClose October 3 and Opens October 31
Phase III Dog ParkClose October 8 and Opens October 29
Shadow Hills Golf ClubClose October 9 and Opens November 6
Shadows Retention BasinClose October 9 and Opens November 6
Montecito ClubhouseClose October 10 and Opens November 7
Phase I Dog ParkClose October 29 and Opens November 19
North Channel Close October 29 and Opens November 30

Santa Rosa Clubhouse Closure 9/17 – 9/25

The Santa Rosa Clubhouse is scheduled to close on Monday, September 17, and to reopen on Tuesday, September 25, for the replacement of the Fitness area, Hallway and Bistro carpet.

During this period, there will be limited access to the Santa Rosa Clubhouse. The Locker Rooms and the North Course Pro-Shop will remain open. All other areas of the Santa Rosa Clubhouse will be closed for the carpet renovation project. The closure will ensure the carpet replacement project can be completed as quickly, safely, and efficiently as possible.

Any updates to this timeline will be provided via on-site notices and notifications on the community website.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

For more information, please contact the Facilities Maintenance Department at 760-345-4349 ext. 2401

Podcast Episode 136: Shannon Shea, Elder Love USA

This week Bob interviews Shannon Shea, the founder of Elder Love USA. Elder Love is a non-profit that provides in home care for seniors who are above the poverty line, and would like an alternative to "for-profit" companies.

Please listen, as you may have a neighbor or friend who can benefit from this service.

Elder Love USA Website:

Do you have an idea for a podcast episode? Contact Bob Firring at


Montecito Clubhouse Wi-Fi Upgrades

Based on the Information Advisory Committee's mission to address the communication needs of the community, the Montecito Clubhouse and Montecito Fitness Center will be undergoing Wi-Fi upgrades on Thursday, September 30. There will be an interruption of Wi-Fi internet services from approximately 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM. (The Santa Rosa Clubhouse underwent its upgrade two weeks ago.)

After the upgrade, you will need to reconnect your devices to the new Wi-Fi. Visit the Lifestyle or Fitness front desk to receive the new credentials.

Read and Be Diligent

We are imploring YOU—SCSH homeowners—to exercise diligence about protecting your personal safety and your personal property! Unfortunately, we in SCSH are experiencing a slight uptick in crime. Trespassers are hopping over walls, getting into garages, and stealing cars—largely because homeowners leave their garage doors open 6 to 8 inches for air circulation, leave side doors unlocked, leave valuable items in their unlocked cars, and leave car keys inside the vehicles.

According to Mark Galvin, Community Safety Director:

We cannot prevent all crimes from occurring here at Sun City Shadow Hills, but we must remain steadfast  in our prevention efforts.

The Indio Police Department has noted that crimes of opportunity have been on the rise recently throughout all of the gated communities north of interstate 10. Let’s not give the thieves and would-be thieves any reason to enter our community. Let’s make SCSH an IN-convenient place for criminals to do business. The bigger the challenge they have here, the more likely they will move on to another, easier community in which to commit their crimes.

SCSH is a wonderful community with lots of safety amenities, including property walls, secured gates with guards, and a 24/7 Safety Officer Patrol. Safety is certainly one of the many reasons we all chose to purchase here. We must be safe and secure, right?

Well, YES, as a matter of fact, we are safer and more secure than a neighborhood without all these safety amenities; however, we are still susceptible to crimes of opportunity! While SCSH has a very low crime rate compared to other communities in the City of Indio, SCSH residents might be living with a false sense of security if they assume high walls, three patrol cars per shift, and guards at our gates is all it’s going to take to keep the bad guys away! We have to work together to make SCSH a very undesirable place for thieves to commit their crimes here.

We’ve written articles to remind SCSH residents to lock their vehicles:

City of Indio’s recommended safety routine is a citywide endeavor to get ALL City of Indio residents into the habit of doing five simple things every night at 9 PM before retiring for the evening ( Those five simple tasks include:

  1. Remove all valuables from your vehicle.
  2. Lock and secure your vehicles (even when they are inside your garages).
  3. Lock and secure your house and garage (front, back and side garage doors).
  4. Turn on your porch lights (replace bulbs immediately when burned out).
  5. Report any suspicious activity immediately to 911 and then immediately to our 24-hour Community’s Safety Officer on duty at:
    • Jefferson Front Gate (Phases 1 and 2): (760) 345-4458 or
    • Avenue 40 Front Gate (Phase 3): (760) 342-4725

We KNOW how to safeguard ourselves and our possessions from would-be thieves who wander into our community and look for crimes of opportunity. An unlocked car may yield them a few dollars in change or a new pair of expensive sunglasses, not to mention what they could get for that brand-new set of golf clubs sitting in your trunk! Don’t get me started about a wide-open garage and what that loot might look like to someone looking for a few items they can trade or sell for some quick cash.

  • July 1 through July 5: Eight thefts from vehicles, six incidents of vandalism, and one incident involving two trespassers in our community. The burgled cars were unlocked.Items stolen from these vehicles included, but were not limited to, sunglasses, house keys, vehicle keys, and a wallet taken from a purse left inside the car that contained ID cards, credit/debit cards, and $1,000 cash! Some of these incidents were NOT even reported to the Indio Police Department by the resident (victims).
  • August 13: Early morning, a homeowner discovered a trespasser in his garage. The garage door had been left open 6 to 8 inches, enough room to enable the trespasser to wiggle under the door and gain entry to the garage.That same day additional homeowners reported there were items stolen from two more cars, and a third vehicle stolen.
  • August 25: Another car stolen from inside a garage with the smart key sitting IN THE UNLOCKED CAR!

These incidents are believed to be committed by the same trespasser who was found in the resident’s garage. Again, the affected vehicles were NOT locked and valuable items were left in the cars overnight! And again, some of these incidents go unreported by homeowners to our local police department and to our own Safety patrols!

We must emphasize the HOA’s safety protocol is that homeowners are responsible for notifying the police. This must be done by the homeowners, unless physically unable to do so. Police do not want to hear second- or third-hand about these incidents. Police need to hear from the homeowner directly, as the witness/victim of the crime. The SCSH safety personnel work very closely with the police in trying to apprehend trespassers and thieves, but homeowners must file the report with the police by calling 911 for a direct threat and then immediately calling our SCSH 24-hour Safety Patrol at (760) 345-4458.

Remember: crimes of opportunity occur because we allow the opportunity to exist. We are seniors, and yes, at times, we can be forgetful. Therefore, we must tackle this problem as a community, street by street, neighbor to neighbor. SCSH homeowners want to enjoy feeling safe and secure in our community. We cannot abandon our own responsibility to be as diligent about our personal safety as possible! If word gets out on the street that our community is easy prey, then we can expect more criminal incidents.

All homeowners—become diligent about your security and abide by the simple precautions listed in this article. Be good neighbors and keep a lookout for ANYTHING out of the ordinary. The Indio Police Department encourages everyone to contact them when they see or know of any suspicious activity in their neighborhood and to become a diligent participant in the 9PM Routine.


City of Indio offers seniors an exemption to Utility User Tax (UTT)

There really are some advantages to senior living!

UUT’s are taxes cities apply to homeowners and businesses for utility use. You pay these fees through your utility company monthly. At least 50% of California cities have this tax. On November 2, 2010 voters passed Measure S, increasing the City of Indio UUT from 3% to 6%. The increase was needed to offset state budget cuts and limit cuts to police officers, firefighters, paramedic and ambulance response, pothole maintenance/street repairs, graffiti removal youth anti-gang/anti-drug programs, senior services, parks and other general City services. The UUT is a vital element in the funding of critical city services. On average, the UUT provides 15 percent of general-purpose revenue in cities that levy it. This tax goes directly to the City of Indio.

The City of Indio offers an exemption to “utility user taxes”. Carefully follow the instructions below to apply for your exemption. It will take a while as the city verifies the information you submit. NOTE: You will have to re-apply for this exemption every two years.


All City of Indio residents and businesses are assessed a Utility Users Tax on amounts paid for water, telephone, cable, gas and electric service.

You may qualify for an exemption of the Utility Users Tax if you meet the following criteria:

  1. The utility bill is in your name, and you pay the bill directly to the utility company, and
  2. You live within Indio city limits, and
  3. You are age 62 or older and file as head of household, or
  4. You are a recipient of the Social Security Administration’s Supplemental Security Income Program for the Aged, Blind, and Disabled.

Requests for exemptions are accepted at the City of Indio Finance Department located at 100 Civic Center Mall (Located directly across from the Indio Library), and the Indio Senior Center located at 45700 Aladdin St.

To process your request in a timely manner, please bring in the following:

  1. Completed Application, click here to download and
  2. Proof of age (Driver’s License, State ID, or Birth Certificate), or
  3. Certification from SSI, and
  4. Copies of the most recent utility bill from each of the following utility companies that service your residence: Water, Gas, Electricity, Cable TV, Telephone, Cell Phone

Please keep in mind that each utility company has their own billing cycles and that it can take up to 60 days for your exemption form to be processed.

Can You Believe It’s Back to School Time Already? Take a Minute to Read These 5 Safety Tips for Drivers!

Dear Neighbors,

Where did the summer go? With children heading back to school, we at the City of Indio wanted to share these safety reminders with you.

  1. Watch your speed in school zones! Be aware that school zone speed limits may vary in hours and speeds. Be sure to follow the posted limits.
  2. Slow down in residential areas. Watch for children crossing the street and congregating near bus stops.
  3. Do not pass a school bus that is stopped to load or unload children. Traffic in both directions on undivided highways must stop when students are entering or exiting a school bus (the red flashing lights and extended stop sign arms are your cue to stop). On a divided roadway, all traffic behind the school bus must stop.
  4. Be alert! The area 10 feet around a school bus is where children are in the most danger of being hit. Children walking to and from their bus are usually very comfortable with their surroundings and more likely to take risks, ignore hazards, or fail to look both ways when crossing the street.
  5. Always stop when directed to do so by a school patrol sign, school patrol officer, or designated crossing guard.

For more tips on school safety, check out the National Safety Council's Back to School Safety Checklist:

Thank you,
City of Indio

President’s Report – September 2018

Kim Fuller

A beautiful morning, sun rising, roadrunners running, rabbits jumping, and new things unfolding. Making our life easier is our new website that has just been released. It was launched on August 6, 2018. Representatives from the Information Advisory Committee (IAC) and the Computer Club will be holding classes for anyone who wants help to learn how the new website works. But I have to say I found navigating and using the new site much easier than the old one.

After more than a year of work, beta testing by many, and comments from users on improvements, the new website is now online. After seeing the demo given to the Board, we all were impressed and looked forward to the new format. On August 6, after watching the sunrise, I spent time navigating through the new website. I have to say, great job to the IAC for a job more than well done. Many changes have been made to make it much easier to determine where to go for information about the HOA. As you use the new website, feel free to make suggestions because changes and improvements can be made as we go along at any time.

I want to thank the IAC for the long hours of hard work they put in to make this happen. Committee members Linda Aasen, Lin Conrad, Terry Coon, Kris Downey, Bob Firring, Claudia Marley, George Stephens, and Board Liaison Fera Mostow all worked together along with Gus Ramirez, Communications Manager, from staff. A very special thanks to the Committee Chair, Erin Smith, for the last two years of seeing this project through to reality.

This project was designed to improve communication with all residents by providing accurate information about the HOA in a timely manner. As part of this process, we are asking everyone to sign up for the email announcement system called “e-blasts.” The HOA sends out announcements weekly, and sometimes more, with information and up-to-date news regarding the HOA. These announcements can range from new items for special events, to changes in schedules, to emergency warnings, to updates on HOA business. By signing up for this service you will get all the announcements that we send out to residents on any given day.

To sign up, we need you to fill out a form. We are not allowed simply to put you on the system; State law requires you sign up for the service. We need to verify that you want us to send you such information. Some residents told us they were concerned that, by signing up for such email announcements, they would also receive all legal notices by e‑mail rather than by regular mail through the post office. This is not the case. When you sign up for the e-blast service you will only be getting announcements in your e-mail. All other legal documents will still be sent by regular mail. Sign-up forms are available on the new website or at the HOA office. Please help us communicate with you by signing up for the e-blast service today.

Thank you all for another day in paradise. It is easy to look around and know, “It doesn’t get any better than this.”

Kim Fuller

Message from IPD

Good Afternoon Neighbors,

We just wanted to share with everyone some information about your police department’s Nextdoor account. As an public service agency account we cannot see the individual discussions that occur within each neighborhood. We can only view messages or replies that are sent directly to the Indio Police Department and Chief Mike Washburn’s accounts.

That said we encourage everyone to contact the Indio Police Department when they see or know of any suspicious activity in their neighborhood. We are also encouraging all our neighbors to make sure their homes and vehicles are as secure as possible every night. We have started the 9PM Routine and send out occasional reminds to do the following at 9:00 pm EVERY night:

1. Remove all valuables from your vehicle.
2. Lock and secure your vehicles.
3. Lock and secure you house and garage.
4. Turn on your outside lights.
5. Report any suspicious activity!

You can be assured that your police officers are doing everything in their power to make Indio as safe as it can be! Working together we can have a significant impact on these preventable crimes of opportunity.

Have a Great Evening,
Sergeant Daniel Marshall

Podcast Episode 135: Carrol Magder, Ari’s Place

This week Bob interviews Carrol Magder, the founder of Ari’s Place. Ari’s Place is a dog sanctuary providing life long care for pets of seniors who can no longer provide care. It also provides temporary care for pets of military on deployment.

Contact Ari's Place:

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SCSH Meet Your Neighbor: Cynthia Bakshy

By George Stephens
Information Advisory Committe (IAC) Member

Cynthia Bakshy

Do you remember plate spinning as a part of a juggling act that was presented on the Ed Sullivan Show in years past? When a spinning plate slows, it will topple, fall, and break. The juggler had to revisit each spinning plate as it slowed to speed it up again. The greater the number of plates, the more frantically the juggler had to dash from plate to plate to plate to keep them all spinning. The image of a juggler rushing from spinning plate to spinning plate is a good analogy for describing Cynthia Bakshy, who has a history of balancing many activities (if not plates).

Cynthia and husband David will be celebrating their fiftieth (50) anniversary next year. Before she married, Cynthia worked in hospitals as a radiology and cardiology technician. After she and David married and were living in St. Louis, she went back to college. There she obtained an art degree with the intention of becoming a medical illustrator or a graphic art designer. That didn’t work out as planned so . . .

She and David then moved to California where Cynthia started her second career. She sold heart and cardiovascular surgery devices for 18 years. As if that wasn’t challenging enough, she and David bought an event production company and ran that for 20 years. She was president and co-owner with David and, along with 40 employees, they planned and presented corporate events for groups of between 300 and 2,000 attendees. And you thought having a dinner party on the patio for 20 friends was a big job! Being responsible for such large and critically important events for corporate clients was stressful and required planning for any unexpected calamities, such as generators and public address systems in case of power disruptions.

After Cynthia thoroughly researched dozens of 55+ communities, in June 2014 she and David moved to SCSH from Cowan Heights in Orange County. Having demonstrated her ability to keep many “plates” in the air, she has been a positive addition to our community. She is currently a member of 10 clubs. (And some of us are overwhelmed about being challenged with two clubs.) Just to mention a few they include: Reformer Pilates, current Computer Club secretary, past president of Classy Niners, the Discussion Forum Club, and currently serving on both the Emergency Preparedness Subcommittee and the Covenants Committee.

Cynthia and David

Cynthia explains: “One of the things I’ve done all my life, as far back as I can remember, is to connect people to each other. Living here is the perfect scenario, with all of us starting a new life and finding all these amazing people! Everyone has a story to tell about their outstanding lives. I love finding out what residents might need and connecting them with another person to help them. I believe that’s why I was successful with my careers in sales and marketing.”

One of her current interests is in mentoring young women at Shadow Hills High School through the Ophelia Project. The JFK Foundation, through the Ophelia Project, “empowers and encourages young teens to increase their sense of self worth and maximize their potential contribution to society.” Cynthia meets with seven or eight high school coeds several times a month, hoping to be a positive influence in their lives.

I think you’ll agree with me that Cynthia has a lot of plates in the air. Like many others who help our community thrive, she deserves our respect for her devotion to our SCSH community.

Women’s Golf Club

Camaraderie, Competition and Championships

The Sun City Shadow Hills Women’s Golf Club (WGC) was founded in 2005 by residents Nancy Maxwell, Becky Wilcox, Karen Roche, and Ellen Proebstel.  From the 20 original members, the club has grown to an annual enrollment of approximately 200 members.  The WGC plays each Wednesday, during high-season November through May.  Members may choose to play golf from either the gold or silver tees.  The results for each week’s competition are based on individual handicaps and the number of players participating.

The WGC enjoys the camaraderie of the members and the special events scheduled throughout the season.  Some annual events include a Welcome Back Social for all returning members, the Silver Bells Holiday Play Day, a special two-day Guest Event where members invite women golfers from other clubs. The Princess Tournament for best net player and Club Champion for best gross score player is held each year.  In addition, there is the Babes versus Dudes match play against the Men’s Golf Club and the joint Classy Niners and WGC Annual Play Event.

The 2017 Solheim Cup Teams

The Snow Birds North Team

The Sun Birds South Team

Women interested in playing 18 holes of golf each Wednesday in competitive game format are encouraged to apply.  Information on all aspects of the Club can be found at

President’s Message: North Channel Ponds

I am writing to explain the low level of the ponds in the North Channel and why there is more green algae bloom than normal.

The threads on a pipe connected to the pump that transfers water from lakes on holes #16 to #17 broke and a repair needed to be completed.  The water level on lake #16 needed to be lowered in order to complete the repair.  Therefore, the water flow from the well at the northern most marsh in the North Channel needed to be stopped as this water flows downhill through the back 9 of the golf course to the lake on #16.

The repair was completed today and the well will run tonight raising the water level.  There will be at least 45,000 gallons of fresh water flowing from the well and that will clear up most of the algae bloom.  Additionally, staff is adding a product to the water (safe to water fowl and fish) to clear up the water.

Thank you,
Kim Fuller

Indio Seeks Review of the Lighthouse Dispensary

INDIO, CA (July 25, 2018) – In order to preserve the City of Indio’s legal appeal rights, on Tuesday July 24, 2018, the Indio City Attorney’s Office reluctantly filed a Petition for Writ of Mandate and a Complaint for Declaratory and Injunctive Relief in reference to The Lighthouse, a retail business that sells recreational marijuana located on Avenue 48 and Van Buren Street in the City of Coachella.

It is important to express that the City of Indio did not make this decision lightly as it recognizes and values the right of every city to exercise local control over land use matters within their jurisdiction. This lawsuit does not challenge the City of Coachella’s rights to allow the sale of recreational marijuana within their community. The City of Indio relayed this message to the City of Coachella on numerous occasions. Rather, the complaint challenges the discretionary actions taken by the City of Coachella to permit the temporary and permanent operations of The Lighthouse dispensary without following the statutory process for issuing those entitlements.

Such action has disadvantaged those entities that have concerns regarding the location of this particular recreational marijuana retail business. The Lighthouse is located within close proximity of Martin Van Buren Elementary School in the City of Indio, the Coachella Valley Rescue Mission as well as hundreds of rental housing units provided by the Coachella Valley Housing Coalition, including farmworker housing, and near the multi-family residential community of Desert Gardens among other sensitive uses.

On three previous occasions, the City of Indio pointed out in writing the various procedural missteps in approving the temporary operation of The Lighthouse solely to allow the business to sell recreational marijuana during the three weekends of the music festivals as well as Coachella’s subsequent approval of its permanent operation. In seeking resolution outside of litigation, the City of Indio offered to enter into a tolling agreement with the City of Coachella to freeze the statute of limitations period to make filing of a legal action unnecessary. Unfortunately, our offer received no response.

Notwithstanding, the City of Indio and the other affected parties will continue to seek resolution of this matter outside of the legal system.

Phase 3 Fire Sprinkler Replacement Program

Dear Phase 3 Homeowner,

When your home was constructed by Pulte, California law required the installation of a fire sprinkler system to protect against serious injury or death in the event of a fire.  The fire sprinkler system in your home includes Viking VK457 residential concealed fire sprinklers.

Unfortunately, some VK457 fire sprinklers have activated without fire being present, causing water damage to homes and furnishings.  Although the cause of the activations has not been determined in any court and remains in dispute, The Viking Corporation has agreed to replace the VK457 concealed sprinklers in your home at no cost to you.  At no time will anyone attempt to sell you any additional services - this is strictly a program enacted to mitigate any possible future issues with your fire sprinkler system.

To get your fire sprinkler replacement scheduled, please contact us via our website at, or contact one of our Replacement Coordinators at 800-915-6472.  Our coordinators will assist you in scheduling the replacement of your fire sprinklers and will be able to answer any questions you might have regarding the replacement.

Should you have any concerns over the validity of the program, please email Pulte customer service at

Fire Sprinkler Systems, Inc.