Reminder: Policy for Flying of a Drone Within SCSH

A "drone" is intended to be broadly defined as an unmanned aircraft without a human pilot on board, but not limited to remote control airplanes, helicopters, balloons, and similar aircraft.

No resident, guest, or invitee may enter into the airspace (e.g. the air available in which to fly an aircraft) above another resident's lot, including any structure thereon, with a drone.

No resident, guest, or invitee may operate or authorize the operation of a drone in the airspace above any portion of SCSH Community Association, including the common area or any lot including drone operators lot without prior written consent from the Board of Directors. Drones must be operated per federal, state and/ or local regulations.

Finance Advisory Committee – March 2020

By Bill Wethe
Finance Advisory Committee Chair

Welcome, Bob Jester, as a new member of FAC! Thank you, Board, for your approval of our recommendation to add Bob to the Committee on February 4, 2020. And thank you, Bob, for your interest in serving our community.

As you may have already read or heard, FAC has two openings on the Committee. We would love to hear from you if you have an interest in serving on the FAC or on the FAC Subcommittee for major repairs and replacements and the annual reserve study. The estimated time commitment for serving on FAC is 15 hours per month.

Work Completed

During the month of February, the FAC continued its work with the Board as well as with DRM and Troon management on behalf of the Association including:

  • Review and recommend Board approval of the unaudited January 2020 Association financial statements including the:
    • financial statements prepared by DRM/Associa, Troon and the Controller.
    • combining and combined financial statements included in the Treasurer’s report prepared by the Controller.
    • summary of financial information on financial position and results of operations included in the Controller’s report to the Board.
    • condensed financial information to be published in The View magazine.
  • Review of the year-to-date variance analysis prepared by the Controller on the 2020 Operating Fund revenues and expenses.
  • Review of the year-to-date variance analysis prepared by the Controller on the 2020 Replacement Fund expenses and interfund transfers to the Operating Fund.
  • Review of the 2020 Forecast (1+11) of the Operating Fund and Replacement Fund as compared to the 2020 Budget prepared by the Controller.
  • Regular meeting of FAC held on February 19, 2020.
  • Preparation of the FAC monthly written report to the Board for its meeting on February 24, 2020.
  • Review of January 2020 bank statements, bank reconciliations, and Replacement Fund investment account statements.

Work in Process

FAC has several items we are working on including:

  • 2019 audit of the financial statements and preparation of tax returns.
  • insurance renewal.

Further Information

Please review minutes of our monthly meetings and written reports to the Board included in Board meeting packages on the Association’s website.

Additional FAC Members: Larry Anderson, Steve Proia, Carey Thompson, Bob Giovannettone, Bill Ferstenfeld, and Bob Jester. FAC Subcommittee Members on the Replacement Fund and Reserve Study: Chris Stevens, Don Salvatore, Steve Proia, Carey Thompson, and Bill Wethe, Chair.

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February 2020 Board Meeting Video Now Available

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AED Defibillator Machine Locations

Automated external defibrillator units (AEDs) are located in selected Sun City Shadow Hills facilities. Anyone using an AED in a cardiac emergency should be trained in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and the appropriate use of AED devices.

Montecito Clubhouse

Behind the Lifestyle Desk


Montecito Fitness Center

Adjacent to the front desk area


South Course Pro Shop

Behind the front desk clerk


Santa Rosa Clubhouse

Before entering the bistro from the gym area

Concert Schedule 2020-2021

Tickets for the 2020-2021 Concert Schedule will go on sale Friday, March 6, 2020, at 9:00 a.m.* at the Lifestyle Desk in the Montecito Clubhouse. See the flyer below for the lineup and details.

* New This Year:

We will be utilizing a classic red “take a number” dispenser in an effort to service ticket buyers more efficiently and eliminate long lines at the desk. Beginning at 8:45 a.m., you can take a number and relax in the clubhouse lobby without having to worry about missing your turn to purchase tickets. We will begin calling numbers at 9:00 a.m. for ticket sales.


Please note, tickets are available for residents only during the first two weeks of sales.
Tickets for non-resident guests may be purchased beginning March 20.

Click Here to Download the Flyer in PDF Format

Correction: Previous email blasts and March’s issue of The View incorrectly list the day for Garth Brooks Tribute as Sunday and Everly Brothers Experience as Friday. The correct day for both of these concerts is Saturday. If you picked up a flyer or brochure with the incorrect day, please disregard it.

Coachella Valley Calendar of Events – March 2020


Empire Polo  Through Mar. 29
Every Sunday. A fun polo season filled with competitive polo tournaments and games that are open to the public. Spectators are invited to attend matches throughout the season, either by tailgating or watching from the comfort of the VIP section.
Time/Place: 12pm & 2pm / Empire Polo Club, Indio
Contact: 760-342-7755 /


Playtri Desert Triathlon   Mar. 1
Desert Triathlon is the perfect race for both the new or beginner triathlete, and the experienced triathlete looking to shake off their winter rust. Were situated on the calendar as the perfect warmup to several longer distance races, including the 70.3 in Oceanside.
Time/Place: 7:30am-12:30pm / Lake Cahuilla Recreation Area, La Quinta
Contact: 949-444-2365 /


La Quinta Art Celebration   Mar. 5-8
Fine Art, Fine Wine, Fab Food & Live Music. Will showcase 220 world-class juried artists from across the country and abroad exhibiting their fine art and craft in 12 media categories including Painting, Sculpture, Glass, Ceramics, Jewelry, Photography, Fiber, Wood and Mixed Media.
Time/Place: La Quinta Civic Center: 78495 Calle Tampico
Contact: 760-628-7770 /


Living Desert Zoo Golden Anniversary Gala 2020: Palm Desert   Mar. 7
Celebrating 50 Years of Conservation Guests are invited to dress in black and gold cocktail attire and share in an evening of entertainment, unique raffle opportunities, dinner, and engaging animal encounters. The Gala fundraiser, benefitting new habitats for African black rhinoceros, lions, and a state-of-the-art event center, begins in the Living Legacy Garden with a Golden Opportunities Cocktail Reception. Following the reception is 24K Fine Dining along with Raise the Paw, the Mane Event Raffle, and Solid Gold Entertainment by The Midtown Men.
Time/Place: 5:30pm / 47900 Portola Ave., Palm Desert
Contact: 760-346-9584 /


Braille Institute Coachella Valley Open House   Mar. 7
Join us in celebrating the opening of our new neighborhood center! Braille Institute provides free services and programs for people who have low to no vision.
Time/Place: 10am-2pm / 74-245 Highway 111, #E101, Palm Desert
Contact: 760-321-1111 /


Coachella Valley Wildflower Festival   Mar. 7
This FREE event celebrates wellness, recreation, safety and the outdoors. Featuring local artists and exhibitors, a kids zone, beer & wine garden with live music, food & beverages for purchase, raffles and much, much more! FUN for all ages.
Time/Place: 9am-4pm / Palm Desert Civic Center Park
Contact: 760-862-9918 /


Rancho Mirage Music in the Park   Mar. 7, 14 & 21
Free to the public. Food and beverage will be available for purchase inside the amphitheater. FREE PARKING is available at the park and adjacent to the park along San Jacinto Drive. Please note, the following items are NOT PERMITTED inside the amphitheater: Outside food/beverages, smoking, vaping, lawn chairs, pets or ice chests/coolers.
Time/Place: 7-9:30pm / Rancho Mirage Amphitheater
Contact: 760-324-4511 x273 /


Desert Living Home Expo   Mar. 12
Rancho Mirage is famous for the design district we have here! The chamber is bringing chamber members and the public together for something unseen in the valley before. In the height of season, local businesses will showcase their wares and products to the masses in an absolutely beautiful setting. Whether attendees are looking for a major renovation, solar, adding a pool or high end appliances this is the home showcase where it is all found under one roof.
Time/Place: 11am-5pm / Omni Rancho Las Palmas, Rancho Mirage


Friends of the Palm Springs Library Book Sale   Mar. 13-15
FOPSL will be selling books, CDs, DVDs and more! Friday is members preview.
Time/Place: Fri 12-4pm, Sat 10am-4pm, Sun 10am-1pm / JC Frey Building: 300 S. Sunrise Way
Contact: 760-668-8838 /


Art on Main Street   Mar. 14 & 28
Features over 100 artists each season showing and selling their paintings, jewelry, mixed media, photography, ceramics, glass, woodwork, textiles, sculptures and more.
Time/Place: 10am-4pm / Old Town La Quinta
Contact: 760-600-0758 /


Cathedral City State of the City & Expo   Mar. 17
This annual event offers a review of economic activity from the previous year, as well as future development and plans significant to the business community.  Mayor John Aguilar will be the featured speaker for this event.
Time/Place: 10am-2pm / DoubleTree by Hilton Golf Resort Palm Springs, Cathedral City
Contact: 760-347-0676 /


Palm Desert State of City Luncheon   Mar. 20
Join us for this valuable networking opportunity celebrating the City of Palm Desert.
Time/Place: 11am-1pm / JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa
Contact: 760-346-6111 /


ONE-PS Picnic & Community Expo   Mar. 21
Over 1000 residents enjoy the BBQ lunch, DJ entertainment, Pooch Parade, and exhibits at more than 50 booths. Exhibitors range from the Desert Water Agency which provides our water, to the Palm Springs Art Museum. The City of Palm Springs always has a great showing with the Police Department, Fire Department, Search and Rescue teams, as well as the CERT Program. Neighborhoods get involved with booths and prizes.
Time/Place: 11am-2pm / Ruth Hardy Park, Palm Springs


Cathedral City Movies in the Park   Mar. 21
Tonights movie is Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. Gather the family, blankets and/or chairs. The free event, hosted by the City of Cathedral City, happens once a month on a Saturday evening between November and May, at dusk. You are welcome to bring snacks or non-alcoholic drinks.
Time/Place: 7pm / Panorama Park: 28905 Avenida Maravilla
Contact: 760-770-0340 /


The VIMY Awards & WineLovers Auction   Mar. 21
A signature event reflective of the extraordinary people who populate the Palm Springs area. Because of who we are, we recognized the need to honor a significant contributor to healthcare in our Coachella Valley and beyond.  This first year we have chosen R. Ron Hare, MD as our inaugural recipient. Guests of this much-anticipated event are treated to delectable appetizers and an exquisite pre-auction meal courtesy of the Thunderbirds inspired culinary team.
Time/Place: 5-10pm / Thunderbird Country Club, Rancho Mirage
Contact: 760-625-0737 /


Rancho Mirage State of the City Luncheon   Mar. 26
Enjoy lunch and networking with like-minded professionals and learning more about the growing city, events and upcoming plans for the center of the valley. A very special thank you to our Presenting Sponsor, The Ritz-Carlton Rancho Mirage and our Title Sponsor, the City of Rancho Mirage, Dessert Sponsor, Nothing Bundt Cakes and Centerpiece Sponsor, Rancho Mirage Florist.
Time/Place: 11:30am-1:30pm / The Ritz-Carlton Rancho Mirage


Cathedral City LGBT Days   Mar. 27-29
Will honor the LGBT community and celebrate the diversity of Cathedral City. The free weekend festival includes an opening night kickoff party, the 6th annual community LGBT Days bed race, live musical performances, outdoor dancing, food, beverages, and community booths.
Time/Place: See website for schedule. / Cathedral City Civic Center Plaza


Candidates Forum: Rancho Mirage City Council 2020   Mar. 30
Incumbents: Ted Weil & Richard Kite. Challengers: Stephen Jaffe & Maggie Lockridge. Free to the public. Limited seating. Will be on featured on RM TV as well.
Time/Place: 4-6pm / Rancho Mirage Public Library


Giving is Always in Fashion   Mar. 30
Join us for an exclusive sneak peek at the Carlisle Collection for women. Proceeds will benefit Loma Linda University Childrens Health - Indio.
Time/Place: 11am-1pm / Cuistot Restaurant, Palm Desert
Contact: 909-226-1085 /


Maclins Open Air Market   Every Wed. & Sat.
More than 400 vendors and thousands of shoppers. Regional cuisine and various snack foods are available. Parking is free and a small admission fee is charged to shoppers. Nearly everything for the entire family can be found at reasonable prices by browsing the many aisles with the moon as your companion. This is a very social marketplace and friends gather to shop and eat here.
Time/Place: 4-10pm / Riverside County Fairground, Indio


VillageFest   Every Thursday
Downtown Palm Springs transforms into a diverse array of artists, artisans, entertainers, and purveyors of fresh fruits and veggies, flowers, jewelry, snacks and sweets. Add all that to the great shops, restaurants, clubs, and entertainment venues located along World Famous Palm Canyon Drive and the result is one of Southern Californias most popular weekly events: VillageFest!
Time/Place: 6-10pm / Palm Canyon Drive
Contact: 760-320-3781 /


College of the Desert Street Fair   Every Sat. & Sun.
With merchandise and services for all ages and any budget, the Street Fair offers more than 300 merchants, artists, a farmers market, live entertainment, gourmet food and much more.
Time/Place: 7am-2pm / 43500 Monterey Ave., Palm Desert
Contact: 760-636-7957 /

Finance Advisory Committee – Introduction of Robert O. “Bob” Jester

Bob and his wife Emilie purchased their home in our community in 2014 while Bob was still practicing law full-time in Kansas City, Missouri, with his firm, Ensz and Jester, P.C. He semi-retired in 2016 and moved to Sun City Shadow Hills in December of that year, and continued to practice remotely until 2019. Bob’s law practice began in the field of insurance defense litigation in the Claims Department of the United States Fidelity and Guaranty Company while he attended law school. He went on to defend cities and counties in Missouri and Kansas. Bob subsequently became a member of the Missouri Bar, and the Federal Bars in the 8th and 10th Circuits. He was also admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court.

As the firm’s practice expanded, Bob created and managed the business practice section which encompassed commercial litigation, contracts, real estate, employment claims, insurance issues, business entity sales and purchases, and corporate restructure and finance.

During his years of practice, Bob was also active in Sertoma International which is the third oldest civic service organization in the United States, formed in 1912 in Kansas City. He rose to the office of International President and spearheaded the organization’s charitable activities in the field of speech and hearing as well as individual areas of civic need.

Emilie and Bob have adapted quickly to their life in our community and are very active in numerous clubs. Bob would like to contribute to our community by helping to fulfill our financial and legal needs through the Finance Advisory Committee.

The Committee welcomes Bob and looks forward to his participation.

Indio City Manager’s Message

Mark Scott
Indio City Manager

Dear Indio Neighbors,

I am happy to report this month that our long-discussed Downtown Specific Plan is in final draft form and available for review on the City’s website. We are hoping that the City’s Planning Commission will review and adopt this plan in February, and that the City Council will be holding a final public hearing in March or April.

Yes, this plan is a long-time coming! I have read some online posts suggesting that people are tired hearing about Downtown plans and wondering when something will finally happen! One post said that there has been plan after plan, but we want restaurants and brew pubs, and housing and nightlife!

Fair enough! We hear you. Let me make the case that there are all sorts of reasons for hope right now:

  • The College of the Desert just announced that the Indio campus enrollment for the current semester is more than 6,000 students. That is a population of 6,000 students who mostly drive away from campus after their classes because we have not offered them any Downtown options.
  • And what is more, COD is going to build TWO new campus buildings that will bring its enrollment up to more than 10,000 students.
  • Meanwhile, in the City’s IPAC Theater, our Desert Theaterworks community theater group is selling out show after show in yet another award-winning season. Hundreds of people come Downtown for these shows regularly, but have only a few options for dining before or after the shows.
  • And the Coachella Valley History Museum is building its following with innovative new programs and new on-site exhibits. If you have not been to the history museum lately, you will be impressed with their new energy.
  • The beautiful new Loma Linda University Children’s Health - Indio, the newest jewel in our Downtown, is doing so well in serving the kids in our region that they are looking at the possibility of expanding.
  • And of course, the California Desert Trial Academy in Downtown Indio will soon be the only law school in Riverside County.
  • The John J. Benoit Detention Center is inching its way toward completion. Hundreds of new jobs and thousands of weekly business transactions will be occurring there. This offers an exciting new employment and housing market.
  • And only a few blocks away, the owners of the proposed Indio Grand Marketplace (formerly Indio Fashion Mall) are giving us very encouraging reports on their efforts to develop an active family lifestyle/entertainment center.

Downtowns are best defined, I think, as gathering places where the whole community feels ownership. That is why they are great places for museums, theaters, the arts, civic buildings and schools. So with that exciting foundation, we are inviting private investment to bring housing, retail, hospitality and nightlife to bolster those existing uses. And I am happy to report we are doing so with some success!

We already have negotiations underway with two potential developers of mixed use residential projects – one on Oasis Street and the other on Towne Street. These would be multi-story market-rate housing with street level restaurant, entertainment or retail tenants. We are also negotiating with a potential developer of a Downtown hospitality project. Time will tell if these deals move forward, but we are quite sure it is in our near future.

As an economic opportunity, our Downtown is ripe for reinvestment. As they say in the real estate business, our Downtown still has “the bones” to be restored as an “authentic public place” reflecting the cultural history of our community. Over the last few years, the City has acquired most of the property in the core of the Downtown. And with adoption of our General Plan and Downtown Specific Plan, the development community is able to look at a development opportunity ready to go! Stay tuned to this space for updates!

Mark Scott

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Podcast Episode 176: HOA Board Candidates

In this episode Bob interviews our HOA Board Candidates, Bruce Marley, Fera Mostow, and Johnny Goodrum.

The candidates address the following questions:

  • What is your primary goal in running for the Board?
  • When your term ends, how will you like to be remembered?


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

This is an audio-only episode.


Film Festival 2020 Nominations

Vote for the films you would like to see at the year’s film festival on Saturday, July 18, 2020, and Sunday, July 19, 2020.

The deadline for submissions is Friday, May 29, 2020.


If you prefer to submit your nomination by paper, you can download the form below:

HOA Board Message: Bulk Cable Board Vote

Good Morning Homeowners:

At the January 27, 2020 Board meeting, the Board voted unanimously to present the Frontier plan (a five-year bulk contract on internet service) for homeowner approval. Since this announcement we have received many questions, so we will try to answer a few of the most frequently asked questions in this message.

  1. If Frontier is turned down by the homeowners, will the Board present the Spectrum plan? “No”. The Board voted unanimously that if the Frontier plan is rejected by a ballot vote on April 7, 2020, the Spectrum plan will not be presented as an alternative. This essentially means it is Frontier or nothing.
  2. Why does the Board decide which plan is up for a vote by the community? The governance of the HOA is not decided by a resident survey or ballot vote. It is decided by a Board of five people that are elected by the residents to make decisions about all operations. Hopefully, it is in the best interest of the entire community, those for and against Spectrum. The Board needs to listen to all residents, not just residents in favor of Spectrum. Other opinions also matter. The Board’s goal was to present a plan that is in the best interest of the entire community, while at the same time negatively impacting the fewest people. The upcoming vote by the homeowners is only to give permission to the Board to sign a five-year contract, not to decide on which plan will be selected.
  3. How can the Board propose Frontier when Spectrum was preferred 61% to 39%? There were many reasons, and it is not just a decision based on what most residents want personally, but what is best for everyone, and that includes the people who don't want Spectrum. The Frontier plan saves 98% of homeowner’s money without impacting very many in a negative way. The Spectrum plan would negatively impact 30-40% of the homeowners while the Frontier plan negatively affects only 2%, yet you will still save money.
  4. The survey was in favor of Spectrum, so why did the Board send out the survey if they were not going to do what the residents preferred? The reason to survey is to gather information to assist the Board in making informed and responsible decisions based on all information available. Surveys are only one factor to be considered.
  5. The monthly amount of $12, can it be put on hold when we are out of town? the monthly amount of $12 will be part of the HOA monthly dues and may not be put on hold. Additional services provided directly to you from Frontier may be put on hold.
  6. Will there be further explanations as to why the Board made this decision? The Board urges you look at the video of the Board meeting which will have explanations by each Board member. We also recommend you calculate the actual difference in cost between the two plans. Each person is different, but in the end the Board decided that it was unwilling to impose an increase in dues of $50+ per month on those Homeowners that don't want it, need it, or can't afford it.
  7. Is the Board concerned about the possible filing of bankruptcy for Frontier in the near future? The Board currently does not believe the possibility or the reality of bankruptcy matters. What matters is the delivery of service. If the company were to stop providing service, we would stop payments. Many companies file for bankruptcy and continue service. Keep in mind Charter (parent company of Spectrum) filed for bankruptcy about 10 years ago.

The Board will place on the upcoming ballot, which you should receive around March 1, a measure to allow the Board to negotiate and sign a five-year contract with Frontier for internet service. Spectrum will not be offered as a choice. It was the Board’s unanimous determination that the Frontier plan was in the best interest of the entire community so that is the only plan being presented to homeowners for approval. On the ballot you will be able to vote either for or against the plan. The majority of those voting will decide the outcome.

If the majority of homeowners vote in favor of the plan, the Board will then finalize contract terms and sign a five-year contract with Frontier if final contract terms are acceptable. If the homeowners, by a majority vote of those voting, vote against the Frontier plan, then the Board will cease all actions concerning a five-year plan with any company for TV and/or internet services.

If you have questions, please let us know.

Thank you,
Kim Fuller, Fera Mostow, Bruce Marley, Linda Aasen, Robert Israel