HOA Office Closure (December 1 – 3)

Due to building maintenance, the HOA Office will be closed for the remainder of today and closed tomorrow, Friday, December 2, 2022 and Saturday, December 3, 2022.

We apologize for the inconvenience this may cause.

Photos: SCSH In-House Blood Drive

Tuesday, November 29 2022
Montecito Clubhouse

70 people registered to donate blood, with 32 being first-time donors in the Coachella Valley. 68 pints of blood were collected, enough to benefit up to 204 people!

Thanks to everyone who participated!

Podcast Episode 353: 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. He is joined by resident Agi Kessler, chair of our Charity Golf Tournament.

Topics Covered in this Episode:

  • 01:00 – Phase 1 Dog Park now open
  • 01:14 – Sun City Shadow Hills Charity Golf Tournament
  • 02:03 – Eight spots left, deadline to sign up is November 29, at 3:00 pm
  • 03:50 – About Animal Samaritans
  • 07:53 – Recap of Golf Cart Parade last week

📄 Transcription of Podcast Episode 353

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.

Podcast Episode 352: Indio Certified Farmers Market

In this episode, Bob welcomes back Christiana Green, organizer of the Indio Certified Farmers Market.

The market is held on Sundays (October through May), from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm, at 45235 Towne Street in downtown Indio.

Links:

📄 Transcription of Podcast Episode 352

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

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

Finance Advisory Committee – December 2022

By Robert O. Jester
Finance Advisory Committee Chair

As published in The View, December 2022:

Question of the month: Who are the members of the Finance Advisory Committee and what are their qualifications?

I want to begin this last article for 2022 by thanking most sincerely the dedication and work ethic of all the members of this Committee. We are a very busy committee that demands a lot of volunteer time with the goal of keeping this community financially sound in this difficult financial atmosphere with viruses, wars, and inflation.

The Charter requires that this committee be composed of resident homeowners with verifiable professional backgrounds in finance, accounting, law, investments, or relevant business management.

These are the professionals who have stepped forward to assist and guide the Board with in-depth reviews and recommendations on all assigned topics:

  • Larry Anderson (Vice-Chair Financial Analysis) with an accounting degree and several years of experience with Big 8 accounting firms, he moved on to be the Chief Financial Officer of several hospitals and later became a Chief Executive Officer in the healthcare industry. He did all this while volunteering to serve in numerous financial and consulting positions with charities and non-profits.
  • Mike Whelan (Vice-Chair Investments) joined our committee with over 40 years of experience in financial services which included sales, trust management, banking, and asset management. He was employed by two life insurance companies, seven banks (to include Comerica and the Merrill division of Bank of America) and two money management firms. He prides himself on being familiar with virtually every operation and practice within the financial services world.
  • Zerryl Becker (Vice-Chair FAC Sub-Committee) is a recently retired Dean of Applied Sciences and Business at College of the Desert. She was responsible for numerous programs at the college to include the culinary program, the golf Turfgrass program, the air conditioning program, the construction management programs and accounting programs. She has an MBA in Management Information Systems and in her career has had extensive experience in construction and technology management while analyzing and procuring technology equipment, managing large budgets, and developing software programs for private industry and education.
  • Todd Murphy (Vice-Chair Budgets) has a Business Management degree and a master degree in Environmental Education. He served as a Councilman and the Mayor of Yorba Linda California and President of the Big Bear Municipal Water District. In the 14 years before coming to our community, he held various executive positions with the Orange County Transportation Authority and started the first freeway Callbox program in California. He finished his service during the Orange County bankruptcy when he and his management staff successfully reduced the transportation budget by 10 million dollars without sacrificing service hours or the quality of service.
  • Jerry Cavoretto (Vice-Chair Insurance) has over 40 years of Property Management and Association Supervision. His vast experience includes club management, project management, budget management, personnel supervision, facility management, contract development and executive administration. Jerry was the owner and operator of Premier Management and Consulting and only recently retired from years of Association Management in our valley. He even served in the past as the SCSH Treasurer for 5 years. He has earned accreditations as Certified Community Association Manager, Certified Manager of Community Associations and Association Management Specialist.
  • Ed Levine (Vice-Chair Tax & Audit) has been a New York State registered Certified Public Accountant since 1967. He has served in the past with an accounting firm and with the Internal Revenue Service before starting his own accounting partnership and, in addition, for the last 35 years he co-owned and served as CEO of a school for special education in New York which was state funded and had 300 students with a staff off 175 while still practicing tax accounting. He serves this committee with his vast tax and audit experience.
  • Larry Crestol (Vice-Chair Accounting Compliance) became a Certified Public Accountant in New York and after working with an International CPA firm moved his family to California. He worked with firms in Los Angeles and then started his own accounting firm and retired after 40 years in the practice. After the loss of his wife and a mourning period, he volunteered to join the FAC and share his accounting skills and experience to benefit our community.
  • Bob Jester (Chairperson) was a practicing attorney for 44 years in Missouri. He and his partner formed a law firm in 1982, which still exists today. His practice began with civil litigation and over the years he developed a corporate and business litigation expertise that won for him the recognition of his legal peers by being selected as a “Super Lawyer” for an extended period of years. He has extensive experience in drafting contracts, overseeing contract compliance, and litigating contract issues.

We are still looking for another member with an accounting and business background, CFO experience or a CPA. Please consider applying to join our committee.

Contact the author at finance@scshca.com.

Podcast Episode 351: Landa Coldiron, Pet Detective

In this episode, Bob Firring welcomes Landa Coldiron, Pet Detective. Tune in to learn more about Landa and her upcoming presentation at the Montecito Clubhouse on November 29, presented by our Lifestyle Department.

Links:

📄 Transcription of Podcast Episode 351

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.

North Channel Closure

Reminder: The North Channel will be closed for overseeding beginning Monday, November 28, 2022 – Thursday, December 22, 2022.

We apologize for the inconvenience.

Podcast Episode 350: Community Singers

In this episode, Bob Firring welcomes resident Karen Adamik, Musical Director for the SCSH Community Singers. Tune in to learn more about the Singers and their upcoming holiday concert on Sunday, December 18.

Links:

📄 Transcription of Podcast Episode 350

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.

2022 Year-End Operating Hours

 Thursday, November 24, 2022Friday, November 25, 2022
Association OfficeClosedClosed
Fitness CenterClosed5:00 am – 12:00 pm
Montecito Clubhouse6:00 am – 12:00 pm6:00 am – 12:00 pm
Lifestyle DeskClosed8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Santa Rosa ClubhouseClosed6:00 am – 12:00 pm
Golf Pro Shop6:30 am – 12:00 pm (South)
6:30 am – 12:00 pm (North)
6:30 am – 4:00 pm (South)
6:30 am – 2:00 pm (North)
Shadows Restaurant11:00 am & 2:00 pm Thanksgiving Seatings
Closed for Regular Dining Hours
8:00 am – 8:00 pm
 Friday, December 23, 2022Saturday, December 24, 2022Sunday, December 25, 2022Monday, December 26, 2022
Association OfficeClosedClosedClosedClosed
Fitness Center5:00 am – 12:00 pm5:00 am – 12:00 pmClosedRegular Hours
Montecito Clubhouse8:00 am – 12:00 pmClosedClosedRegular Hours
Lifestyle Desk8:00 am – 12:00 pmClosedClosedRegular Hours
Santa Rosa Clubhouse6:00 am – 12:00 pm6:00 am – 12:00 pmClosedRegular Hours
Golf Pro Shop6:30 am – 4:00 pm6:30 am – 12:00 pm6:30 am – 12:00 pm6:30 am – 4:00 pm (South)
6:30 am – 2:00 pm (North)
Shadows Restaurant8:00 am – 8:00 pm8:00 am – 2:00 pmClosed4:00 pm – 8:00 pm (Football Monday)
 Saturday, December 31, 2022Sunday, January 1, 2023Monday, January 2, 2023
Association OfficeClosedClosedClosed
Fitness Center5:00 am – 12:00 pm10:00 am – 3:00 pmRegular Hours
Montecito Clubhouse8:00 am – 5:00 pm8:00 am – 12:00 pm8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Lifestyle Desk8:00 am – 5:00 pm8:00 am – 12:00 pm8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Santa Rosa Clubhouse6:00 am – 12:00 pm10:00 am – 3:00 pmRegular Hours
Golf Pro Shop6:30 am – 4:00 pm (South)
6:30 am – 2:00 pm (North)
6:30 am – 4:00 pm (South)
6:30 am – 2:00 pm (North)
Regular Hours
Shadows Restaurant8:00 am – 2:00 pm8:00 am – 8:00 pm4:00 pm – 8:00 pm (Football Monday)

Emergency Preparedness Tip of the Week: Dust Storm Safety

Tips:

  • If dense dust is observed blowing across or approaching a roadway, pull your vehicle off the pavement as far as possible, stop, turn off lights, set the emergency brake, and take your foot off of the brake pedal to be sure the taillights are not illuminated.
  • Don’t enter the dust storm area if you can avoid it.
  • If you can’t pull off the roadway, proceed at a speed suitable for visibility, turn on lights and sound horn occasionally. Use the painted center line to help guide you. Look for a safe place to pull off the roadway.
  • Never stop on the traveled portion of the roadway.

Desert Living Tip of the Month: STOP – In the Name of Safety!

We live in a fabulous retirement community and should always strive to protect our neighbors from harm while driving. Our desert lifestyle allows us to walk, jog, bicycle, and drive golf carts around SCSH throughout the year. As thoughtful and courteous drivers, let’s ensure we follow the rules when stopping at 4-way stop intersections.

What is a 4-Way Stop Intersection:

  • This is a crisscross intersection of two roadways with stop signs on each of the four corners.
  • Drivers must slow down and be ready to make a full stop at intersections, then follow the right-of-way rules.

Right-of-Way Rules: Who Goes First?

  • The person that reaches the intersection first has the “right of way.”
  • After a full stop, this driver can go through the intersection first.
  • Other vehicles must wait for the person who has the right of way to drive through the intersection.
  • If a vehicle arrives at the intersection at the same time as you, give the right of way to the vehicle on your right.

Information and Penalties:

  • Refer to the California DMV’s 2021 online Drivers Handbook regarding California Vehicle Code §22450 regarding Stop Signs.
  • All residents, guests, and vendors must adhere to CA Civil Code 5850 (as adopted by the SCSH Board of Directors) and promptly pay fines for any violations.

Follow These Rules to be a Safe and Courteous Driver:

  • Always allow a safe distance between your vehicle and the one in front of you.
  • Drive at a safe speed based on the speed limit, flow of traffic, and weather.
  • The speed limits are 35 mph on SC Boulevard and 25 mph on all other streets.
  • Signal in advance before turning or changing lanes.
  • Make a complete stop at a stop sign, and never run a red light.
  • Never tailgate or drive recklessly.
  • Never succumb to road rage; be patient if you get cut off.
  • Do not get distracted by phone calls, texts, the radio, or other passengers.
  • Follow all these rules when driving a golf cart as well.
  • Inform your guests and vendors that they must follow these rules, too.

Thanks for your cooperation and respect for your neighbors while driving inside and outside our community gates.

CVWD Boosts More Water Conservation

As the drought continues, and with an eye to more state mandated conservation actions, Coachella Valley Water District has added new mandatory steps to increase domestic water conservation.

The actions are part of the District’s Water Shortage Contingency Plan adopted in June 2021. The plan includes six shortage levels, ranging from normal water supplies to severe shortage. The new steps are Level 2 that anticipates slightly limited water supplies and outdoor water use restrictions.

The District board approved these items that are in effect:

  • Limit outdoor water use to before 10 a.m. and after sunset for spray irrigation.
  • Limit water service in restaurants to only on request.
  • Discourage overseeding.
  • Boost public information campaign.
  • Encourage enforcement agencies and HOAs to suspend code enforcement and fines for brown turf grass areas.
  • Increase turf rebates from $2 per square foot to $3 per square foot.

If the drought crisis continues, CVWD could enact Level 3. That step means water supplies are moderately limited and outdoor water use will face added restrictions.

Here are some possible Level 3 actions:

  • Outdoor watering limited to three days a week for spray irrigation.
  • Drip irrigation allowed seven days a week during non-daylight hours.
  • Decorative ponds, non-irrigation system gold course water hazards, fountains and other waterscape features cannot be filled or replenished.
  • Spray irrigation of parkways and medians prohibited.
  • Rebate programs expanded.
  • Commercial car washes must use recycled water or recirculating water systems.

For the latest drought updates for the Coachella Valley, click here: cvwd.org/261/Drought-Updates.

Coachella Valley Water District is a public agency governed by a five-member board of directors. The district provides domestic and irrigation water, agricultural drainage, wastewater treatment and reclamation services, regional stormwater protection, groundwater management and water conservation. It serves approximately 108,000 residential and business customers across 1,000 square miles located primarily in Riverside County, but also in portions of Imperial and San Diego counties.

Podcast Episode 349: Blood Drive

In this episode, Bob Firring welcomes resident Stacy Boeskin and LifeStream representative Martin Arredondo. Tune in to learn more about the upcoming blood drive in the Montecito Clubhouse on Tuesday, November 29, 2022.

Links:

📄 Transcription of Podcast Episode 349

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.

Holiday Parking

Friendly reminder, vendors will not be allowed on property on the following holidays. Emergency exceptions will be considered.

  • Thanksgiving Day:  Thursday, November 24, 2022
  • Christmas Day:  Sunday, December 25, 2022
  • New Year’s Day:  Sunday, January 1, 2023

Overnight on-street parking for guests will be permitted during the following time frames:

  • Sunday, November 20, 2022 – Saturday, November 26, 2022
  • Friday, December 23, 2022 – Monday, January 2, 2023

Please note, during this time, overnight on-street parking citations will not be issued. Please do not park in the no-parking zones such as red curbs or obstruct any driveways.

Please contact the HOA Office at 760-345-4349 ext. 1 for Clubhouse Parking passes. RV parking passes may be obtained at either main gate (Jefferson Street or 40th Avenue).

BYOB Summary

Dear SCSH homeowner,

SCSH holds two separate Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) licenses that have different privileges.

One license is located at 80-875 Avenue 40, Indio, CA 92203 and is a Type 47, on sale general eating place license which allows for onsite service and consumption of beer, wine, and distilled spirits. In 2012, an expansion was obtained for the Type 47 license. The expansion included the entire Montecito Clubhouse.

The other license is located at 81-420 N. Sun City Boulevard, Indio, CA and is a Type 41, on-sale beer and wine eating place license which allows for onsite service and consumption of beer and wine only. NO distilled spirits.

One of the major concerns discussed was BYOB.

Can a BYOB function take place in the Montecito Clubhouse, with no licensed caterer or TIPS certified representative present?

Yes, members can bring their own alcoholic beverages to the Montecito Clubhouse without a licensed caterer or a TIPS certified representative present. However, any issues resulting from consumption of alcohol on the licensed premises is the responsibility of SCSH.

What certifications/documents must a TIPS certified representative possess?

The ABC’s RBS program is a new program that went into effect July 1, 2022, and it requires all servers be RBS certified through the ABC website (see: https://abcbiz.abc.ca.gov/). An “Alcohol server” means a person who serves alcoholic beverages for consumption, or a person who manages or supervises that person, on premises licensed to serve alcoholic beverages pursuant to this division, including a designee for alcoholic beverage sales and service pursuant to temporary license. Server would include any and all bartenders, managers, and waiters/waitresses. Being certified means a certification issued by a training provider to a person who has successfully completed an RBS training course, as demonstrated by the passage of an exam.

A person shall not perform duties that include the sale or service of alcoholic beverages for consumption on licensed premises, and shall not manage that person, without a valid alcohol server certification. (Business and Professions Code Section 25683). Pursuant to Business and Professions

Code Section 25682:

(a) Beginning July 1, 2022, a licensee that is subject to this article shall not employ or continue to employ any alcohol server without a valid alcohol server certification.

(1) An alcohol server who was employed by the licensee prior to July 1, 2022, shall obtain an alcohol server certification by August 31, 2022.

(2) An alcohol server employed by the licensee on or after July 1, 2022, shall obtain an alcohol server certification within 60 calendar days of employment.

(b) (1) A licensee subject that is to this article shall ensure that each alcohol server it employs has a valid alcohol server certification. The licensee shall maintain records of certifications for inspection, upon request, by the department.

The failure of a licensee to comply with the RBS regulations shall be grounds for administrative disciplinary action by the ABC only. It is not grounds for any criminal action. (Business and Professions Code Section 25684).

For a wine tasting function. Can the wine distributor bring the wine to the Montecito Clubhouse and sell directly to the attendees?

No, a distributor cannot bring wine to the licensed premises and sell directly to attendees (California Code of Regulations Section 53). However, California Code of Regulations Section 534 does not prevent the holder of any license which permits the sale and consumption of wine on the premises, like SCSHCA, from holding a winetasting of wines legally acquired (i.e. purchased through a distributor), provided the on-sale licensee (SCSHCA) charges for the wines presented. In other words, SCSHCA would purchase wines from the distributor or winemaker and then charge for the winetasting event.

In addition, certain winegrowers, California winegrower’s agents, and wine blenders may conduct wine tastings which are sponsored by a bona fide charitable, fraternal, political, religious, trade, service, or similar private organization, where all of the following conditions shall prevail:

(1) The sponsor shall be a nonprofit organization.

(2) Attendance shall be limited to members of the sponsoring organization and their invited guests.

(3) No charge or donation shall be made either for the wine served or for admission to the premises.

(4) There shall be no advertising or public announcements of the event as a winetasting, and the general public shall not be invited.

(5) No wine shall be sold, and no sales or orders solicited, nor shall order blanks be placed in or about the premises. Brochures describing wines and their prices may be distributed, provided that they are not suitable for use as order blanks. No wine may be given as a gift, or as a prize to be removed from the premises.

(6) Wine tastings sponsored by private organizations may be held on unlicensed premises. They may also be held on premises regularly licensed with an on-sale general or on-sale beer and wine license, provided that the tastings are held in a banquet room or other portion of the premises which is completely separated from that portion of the premises where the sale of alcoholic beverages is being made; that no consumption of other alcoholic beverages is permitted; and that the retail licensee has surrendered the privileges of his license for the period the winetasting is being conducted on that portion of the retail premises in which the winetasting will take place, on a form provided by the department.

In conclusion, SCSHCA members and the various clubs will be able to take advantage of SCSHCA’s licenses and continue the various BYOB functions they’ve enjoyed. However, there are risks associated with BYOB functions especially when there are no TIPS or RBS certified representatives serving or monitoring the events. As discussed, there is administrative, criminal, and/or civil liability that is possible when alcohol is not consumed appropriately. Although not required, it might be appropriate to have a TIPS and RBS certified representative from Shadows to monitor events for potential issues like over intoxication. In addition, and if not already in place, I highly suggest SCSHCA prepare an acknowledgement and/or code of conduct that members must sign to hold events on the licensed areas. If the code of conduct is not followed, clubs can lose their privileges to hold events.

We thank you for your continued patience. The Board will further discuss the details and implementation of potential new policies on Monday, November 21, 2022 during General Session. The Board and Management understand that this was a huge inconvenience to everyone. However, necessary as a part of due diligence on behalf of the Board. We look forward to the Holidays and resuming club activities/functions.

Please forward any questions or concerns to Vanessa Ayon, Assistant General Manager, at vanessa.ayon@associa.us.

Emergency Preparedness Tip of the Week: Red/Green Cards

Tip: If you haven't received one, or misplaced it, there are cards available at the Montecito Clubhouse rounders. Keep them in your clothes closet and place one in a street-facing window in the event of an emergency.

Photos: Annual Golf Walk 2022

Friday, November 4, 2022
Shadow Hills Golf Club South Course

Podcast Episode 348: Montecito Library

In this episode, Bob Firring welcomes Barbara Perler of the Montecito Clubhouse's library. Tune in to learn more about the history of our library and what it has to offer.

📄 Transcription of Podcast Episode 348

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.

2023 Budget and HOA Assessment

On October 31, 2022, the Board accepted the 2023 Budget as presented. This reflects a monthly assessment of $337, beginning January 2023. If you are not registered for automatic withdrawal through DRM, but are registered through your personal bank, please note, you will need to update the amount to be withdrawn with your bank. If you are registered via DRM, no changes will be necessary.

In addition, the 2023 Budget Mailer will be mailed to you on November 17, 2022. We encourage you to register for Email Consent. This procedure will allow the HOA staff to email you written correspondence expediting the communication process. The email consent form applies to SCSH mailers, i.e., the Budget mailer, Audit mailer, Courtesy Notices, Notice of Citations, etc. However, it will not apply to the Call for Candidates mailer, which is required to be sent via US postal mail. Signing up for Email Consent is beneficial for many reasons, including immediate receipt of HOA communications and cost savings for the Association, as each mailer costs approximately $16,000.00. Please sign up online at www.scshca.com/forms or at the Association Office.

If you have any questions, please contact the HOA Office at 760-345-4349.