Common Area Overseeding Updates

The reopening of the Phase I Dog Park will be delayed from Monday, October 18 to Friday, October 22. The additional days will allow for better growth of the fall overseeded rye grass.

During this time, the North Channel Park will remain open to Friday, October 22.

Click Here To See the Full Overseeding Schedule

For questions, please contact the Facilities Department, at 760-345-4349 Ext. 2406.

Thank you.

Podcast Episode 302: Performing Arts Club

In this episode Bob Firring welcomes Judith Bennoch, president of the Performing Arts Club. Tune in to learn more about the club and about their upcoming general meeting on Wednesday, October 20, at 7:00 p.m. in the Montecito Clubhouse.

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

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

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Update on Landscape Activities for the Fall Season

SCSH Landscape Advisory Committee (LAC)
Update on Landscape Activities for the Fall Season

As many of you have noticed, there are ongoing changes to our Common Area landscaping. The objectives are to evolve the landscape theme to address the need to refurbish the landscaping that consists of shrubs and trees that were planted starting in 2003 in Phase 1 and completed in Phase 3 in 2016.

What we face: In order to make the community landscaping look well-established, the developer significantly over-planted each Phase. Shrubs were planted too close together to allow them to grow to their normal size, thereby necessitating frequent pruning to keep them from encroaching on walkways, streets, and buildings. The frequent pruning stresses the plants and results in woody stems and reduced foliage.

Trees were planted that were not appropriate for the limited space where they were planted (e.g. next to buildings and walls, in roadway medians, between curbs and sidewalks, and too close together). Consequently, the trees that encroach on the roadways, walkways and buildings have had to be severely and frequently pruned which stresses the trees and makes them susceptible to attacks by wood boring beetles and diseases. Further, our experience has shown that certain species that were planted do not tolerate the prolonged high temperatures we experience each summer.

Maintenance of the landscaping in the last five years has included significant efforts in removing shrubs to reduce planting density and introducing alternative species which are better suited to the desert environment.

As a guide to making decisions on replacement plant and tree species, the LAC has focused on three objectives:

  1. Enhance the appearance of our common area landscaping.
  2. Reduce maintenance costs.
  3. Conserve the use of water, particularly in the areas irrigated with domestic water supply.

To help guide the evolution of our landscape design, the Board of Directors approved the addition of a Landscape Coordinator (Ruben Servin) to the DRM Facilities Maintenance Staff and a Landscape Architect as a Consultant (Chris Hermann, Hermann Design Group, Inc.), who are experienced in dealing with the landscape challenges of the Coachella Valley climate. This team, along with our very experienced and knowledgeable landscape maintenance contractor, Vintage Landscape are working to achieve our objectives.

After discussions with Chris Hermann about the state of our landscaping, the challenges, and the desire to evolve to a more maintainable and suitable landscape for our location, he provided a design concept which is focused on integration of annual flowers, colorful flowering shrubs and drought tolerant species of trees, with desert plants and hardscape. Vintage Landscape also worked with the LAC to define a Plant Palette for our community which is based on species which are adapted to the climate. The photos below show the theme as designed by Hermann Design Group.

Demonstration planting on the north side of the Montecito Clubhouse.

Before Landscape Renovation
After Landscape Renovation

Applied landscape theme to Montecito Tennis Courts Entrance

Landscape activities this summer have included changes to the Phase 3 Main Gate the Jefferson Street Gate and landscaping on the north side of Sun City Blvd. in front of the Montecito Clubhouse and Fitness Center, the Montecito Clubhouse swimming pool and preparation for planting the fall color flowers.

The changes to the landscaping at the Phase 3 Main Gate were: (1) remove the plants and palms that had grown too large for the area; (2) lower the chlorine concentration in the water in the fountain so that over-spray of the plants did not kill them due to higher levels of chlorine; (3) add flowering shrubs (Xoria, Bougainvillea and Russelia) and decorative groundcover rock to the area around the fountain; (4) plant fall color flowers in the pots on the fountain; and (5) expand the color planting areas in front of the monument sign and along each side of North Sun City Boulevard at the entrance. The flowers are scheduled to be planted on October 18.

The changes to the Jefferson Street Gate include: (1) remove of the hedge blocking the view of the fountain; (2) prepare the planter in front of the fountain for fall color flowers; (3) add flowering shrubs (Xoria, Bougainvillea and Russelia) and add decorative groundcover rock; and (4) expand the planter bed in front of the monument sign and plant fall color flowers.

The changes on Sun City Blvd. in front of the Montecito area include: (1) remove dying Sumac trees and over-grown shrubs, (2) plant Golden Barrels, Bougainvillea and Russelia; and (3) add groundcover rock accents and species of trees yet to be selected.

The photos below are examples of the areas to receive flowering shrubs.

 

Note: All of these projects are in process and will be completed by early November. The hot summer months are not suitable for planting new plants and flowers, consequently we are waiting for the cooler weather to plant the plants and finish these projects. Planting of the flowers includes removal of the spring flowers that died in the summer heat, aerating the soil and adding fertilizer prior to planting. These are the flowers that the committee selected that will appear in the pots in front of the Montecito Clubhouse, the Montecito Fitness Center, the HOA office, and the SCSH entrance gates beginning October 18.

  1. Planter areas - Geraniums – a combination mixture of orange, hot pink, and violet

   

  1. Pots – Petunias - Shockwave Rose, Denim, and Violet

   

Enjoy the fall season!

Update: Montecito Indoor Pool Maintenance

Update: The Montecito Indoor Pool will remain closed until further notice due to an unexpected repair of an underground water leak.

We apologize in advance for any inconvenience this may cause you and thank you for your cooperation.

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

Five-Acre Ad Hoc Planning Committee Survey

The Sun City Shadow Hills Community Association Board of Directors appointed an ad hoc committee to study a use for the 5.24-acre vacant lot located north of the Facilities Maintenance Yard in Phase 3. The Board asked the committee to study the use of the lot as a Recreational Vehicle (RV) storage facility. This survey tool will help the committee in its study.

Thank you in advance for taking a few moments to complete the survey!

Click Here to Take the Survey

Podcast Episode 301: 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.

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Topics Covered in this Episode:

  • 00:36 – Are guests allowed in for the upcoming Parking Lot Sale?
  • 02:45 – Proposed fitness class pass options
  • 05:30 – Rumors on Nextdoor

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

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

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

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Photos: Club & Committee Expo

Friday, October 8, 2021
Montecito Clubhouse

What an exciting day for Sun City Shadow Hills residents. Over 150 attended the New Homeowners Orientation, which was a record number. Clubs, groups, and committees were on hand  afterwards to welcome everyone and showcase their activities and events.

Podcast Episode 300: Bryan Montgomery, Indio City Manager

In this episode, Bob Firring welcomes Bryan Montgomery, City Manager for the City of Indio. Tune in to learn a little bit about Bryan and about the upcoming ballot Measure E.

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

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

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Jefferson Street Gate Lane Closure – October 4

The guest entry lane at the Jefferson Street gate will be closed for construction, Monday, October 4, 2021, for the day. The two transponder lanes will not be affected. Guests will need to use the transponder lanes.

We apologize for any delay and inconvenience during the construction period.

Thank you.

Call for Candidates Mailer

Below you will find important information regarding the "Call for Candidates" for the upcoming Annual Meeting and election of Board Members. If you are interested in serving on the Board of Directors, please review the information provided as well as the Election Rules, Bylaws and CC&R's carefully to ensure that you meet the criteria to become a member of the Board and that you are prepared to commit the required time needed to serve on the Board.

If you are interested in running for election to the Board of Directors and meet the qualifications, please submit the Board Member Candidate Nomination Form no later than 12:00 p.m. noon on November 29, 2021, to HOA Elections of California, Inc. Information on how to submit the Candidate Nomination Form is included on the enclosed Candidate Nomination Form.

Reminder: Indoor Mask Mandate Lifted

Reminder that the indoor mask mandate will be lifted tonight at midnight. Starting Friday, October 1, masks are not required indoors.

Thank you.

Podcast Episode 299: Lady Putters

In this episode, Bob Firring welcomes Barbara Prezlock, president of the Lady Putters club. Tune in to learn more about the Lady Putters.

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

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

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Podcast Episode 298: 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.

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Topics Covered in this Episode:

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

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

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

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Finance Advisory Committee – October 2021

By Larry Anderson and Larry Helseth
Finance Advisory Committee Co-Chairs

As published in The View, October 2021:

Instead of our normal report we’d like to use this month’s article to pay special tribute to our retiring Finance Advisory Committee (FAC) Chairman, Bill Wethe.

Bill,

On behalf of the entire SCSH Community, the FAC wants to express our appreciation for your leadership and transformational efforts as FAC Chairman over the last five years. We are in a much sounder financial position because of your tireless and seemingly endless efforts as a leader, mentor, and caretaker of all our financial matters.

With your guidance, the FAC and the Board Treasurers have developed strong policies and procedures that will continue to enhance financial management, while providing confidence and stability for years to come. We all marvel at the number of hours you have devoted to the tasks at hand, your knowledge of our governing documents, how they need to be applied to new issues, and your extensive experience in the HOA management industry. You never lost sight of the big picture, yet no detail escaped your scrutiny.

You have provided Board members with invaluable analyses on a myriad of topics. Your expertise in construction, maintenance, and enhancements to hospitality venues has been a tremendous asset that is going to be difficult to replace.

Enjoy your “newly available time” to visit more often with your family members in Orange County and Arizona, play some golf, and participate in volunteer opportunities in the Coachella Valley and Orange County.

Thank you again for your service and dedication.

FAC Members: Larry Anderson and Larry Helseth Co-Chairs, Bob Jester, Jerry Cavoretto, Mike Whelan, Mike Nilsson, Todd Murphy, and FAC Subcommittee Members on the Replacement Fund and Reserve Study: Chris Stevens, and Don Salvatore.

Contact the author at finance@scshca.com.

Fall Into Fitness 2021

Our six-week program starts October 25, 2021, and ends December 3, 2021, with an Award Ceremony with prizes on Monday, December 6, 2021.  The entry fee for the program is $28. Only Credit Card payments will be accepted.

Fall into Fitness will consist of a variety of special fitness classes, programs and events designed specifically for (ONLY) FALL INTO FITNESS Participants. The goal is to encourage participants to maintain a healthy lifestyle during the Holidays as well as after the program is over. This is not only an exercise program, but also a healthy lifestyle and healthy eating commitment. Body composition readings will be available at NutriShop in Indio.

For questions call the Montecito Fitness center:
(760) 345-4349 ext. 2111

Mah Jongg Games Cancelled

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

Mah Jongg Club