President’s Message: Montecito Outdoor Pool Reservations

Kim Fuller
President

Good afternoon residents:

An update was made to the Montecito Outdoor Pool Reservations. If you made an online appointment before 11:00 a.m. today (Friday, 6/26), your appointment was cancelled. Please log in to the online reservation system and make a new reservation.  You may click here to go directly to the online system.

This only affects Montecito Outdoor Pool. If you made a reservation for the Santa Rosa pool or a court, you may ignore this message.

We apologize for the inconvenience .

Kim Fuller
President

Montecito Outdoor Pool

President’s Report – July 2020

Kim Fuller
President

Given these crazy times that none of us have experienced before, it is easy to forget how much we truly can be thankful for. A neighbor greets me with a “good morning,” I smile and reflect on the gift of this paradise. It is a pleasure meeting, talking, and working with so many great people. Even in the middle of a pandemic, we need to count our lucky stars.

Today I would like to take a moment to thank some of the many people who are doing so much for our community. It is easy to forget all the people who work hard to make this place a paradise. So many people on so many committees give their time so we all benefit. Too often, residents will think it is the Board that does all the work; but the members of each committee are putting in much of the effort. All these members make the difference between success and failure in creating a beautiful place to live. I thank them all for making the work of the Board so much easier.

If you know a committee member, stand up and recognize them. We can’t say it loudly enough or often enough, given their dedication. Thanks to all the committee chairs for their service and unselfish dedication:

  • City Development Committee: Erica Hedlund
  • Communications Advisory Committee: Dennis Sheehan
  • Covenants Committee: Traci Barnett Hone & Lee Powell
  • Design Review Committee: Ted Shettler
  • Emergency Preparedness Committee: Jeff Kirkpatrick
  • Facilities & Services Advisory Committee: John Petersen
  • Finance Advisory Committee: Bill Wethe
  • Food & Beverage Advisory Committee: Jurgen Gross
  • Golf Advisory Committee: Dennis Hooper
  • Health & Fitness Advisory Committee: Rick Halla
  • Information Advisory Committee: Stacia Armstrong
  • Landscape Advisory Committee: Chris Stevens
  • Lifestyles Advisory Committee: Pamela Castro-Lee
  • Safety Advisory Committee: Ed Chavez

So much happens so quickly. To get the most up-to-date information as soon as possible, you need to sign up for the email blast system. Using this, we can email messages directly to you from the HOA. The podcasts I have done, the brainchild of Robert Firring, are also distributed through this system. The news articles in The View are submitted only once a month, 30 days in advance; and, given current circumstances, a lot can happen in 30 days. If you sign up for the email blasts, when we send out new information, you will get it that day. The fact that there are more than 1,000 downloads for each podcast shows we are communicating quickly with those residents about how we are doing and any changes that are coming our way.

To sign up for email blast messages, please fill out the form on our community website. We are not allowed to send you messages without your permission. There is also a form you can complete if you want your email information to remain private. The more residents we sign up for this email communication, the more we are able to keep you up to date with everything that is happening here at Shadow Hills.

Once again, when the sun sets on this day, I will reflect on the beautiful sunrise, a good morning greeting, all the kind people who have gathered in this community, and again say to myself, “It doesn’t get any better than this.”

Contact the author at kim.fuller@scshca.com.

President’s Message: Gym Opening Delayed

Kim Fuller
President

Good Afternoon Residents:

The gym opening will be delayed one week, so it will open on July 6. I will give a podcast at 3 pm and go into details.

  1. A staff person was not feeling well, sent home, and was then tested for the virus and the test was positive. As a result, some staff members have been sent home to self-quarantine and be tested. We want to get the results of those tests before opening the gym because we need some of these staff people back to work in order to open the gym.
  2. This extra week will also give staff more time in resolving questions and concerns as people register for the online reservation system.

Remember, beginning tomorrow, to make reservations either by phone or online, it all begins at 10 am for every activity. The desk will start taking calls for reservations at 10 am, or you can go online at 10 am. Phone in reservations will stop at 4 pm. Online reservations will stop at 11 pm.

I wish you all a safe and healthy day. If you have any questions, please let me know.

Thank you and Take Care.

Kim Fuller
President

 

President’s Message: Online Reservation System

Kim Fuller
President

Good afternoon,

Here are the instructions for signing up and using the new online reservation system.

Scroll down and click play to watch a six-minute video on how to create an account and book a reservation using our new online system.

 

 

Please visit the Fitness page on our website to get started with the new system:

☞  www.scshca.com/fitness

Thank you,

Kim Fuller
President

 

President’s Message: Dog Parks

Kim Fuller
President

Good Afternoon Residents:

The Board has decided that for Dog Parks, and only Dog Parks, a person may bring in their own small chair to sit while they are watching their dog. You must remove the chair when you leave, and chairs may not be shared at any time with anyone else.

I wish you all a safe and healthy day. If you have any questions, please let me know.

Thank you and see you all soon.

Kim Fuller
President

 

President’s Message: Current Guidelines 6-22-20

Kim Fuller
President

Here is an overview of current activities and guidelines.

The State Order is still in effect about ‘Stay at Home’ and ‘No gatherings.’ Residents are responsible to follow the State Order. The HOA will not be looking for violations of the State Order on private property. We will investigate any complaints of noise or conduct on private property. The HOA will be looking for and enforce no visitors and no gatherings on Common Property, such as streets, parking lots, etc.

If a resident is walking with a child, they can be cited for violating State Order because a young person is not supposed to be visiting and they are on common property. If walking, biking, etc. on common property with guests including on streets, you may be cited. We are not looking for such violations on private property, for example in your home or in your backyard.

  • Masks are required everywhere Indoors. Masks are not required outdoors as long as you can maintain social distancing of at least 6’ apart. If you can’t maintain social distancing of at least 6’ apart a mask is required.
  • Social distancing of at least 6’ is required both indoors and outdoors at all times.
  • Montecito Outdoor Pool is closing June 24-July 1 for deck repair work.
  • Residents have requested that everyone who walks on side streets please walk on the side of the street facing traffic.
  • Board met to determine opening guidelines of Club Facilities going forward:
    • Golf
      • Montecito Putting Course remains closed.
      • North and South Course Putting Greens will be open for practice beginning June 18 at 10 AM. Putting Greens are open from 10 AM till dusk.
      • Driving Range will be open for practice beginning June 18 at 10 AM. Driving range is open from 10 AM to 1 PM. You still need to pay $10 to practice on the driving range.
      • Driving Range tee at the South side of the driving range is closed – You may not take balls to the South side of the driving range.
        Montecito Practice chipping area is open anytime, but you must use your own balls. You may not take range balls to this practice area. Social distancing is required at all times.
      • No split tees for golf.
      • No water-bring your own.
    • Pools:
      • Montecito Indoor Pool will now have 5 lanes instead of 4. Walkers should use lanes 1 and 2.
      • Beginning 6/24 new pool hours will be: 6 AM-6 PM. This keeps consistency with gym hours, accommodates staffing, and allows for maintaining cleaning supplies.
      • Santa Rosa Pool – no change. 1 person at a time, or multiple people from the same household. If you are not a high-risk person, please use Montecito Pool so high-risk people can swim without risk.
      • Montecito Pool – After deck repair, 4 people will be allowed in the pool at one time. Social distancing (6 ft apart) is required. This is 4 people, not 4 households. If you want to swim with someone else in your household, you must make separate reservations for the same time.
      • No gatherings around the pool. You must leave complex after swimming. No chairs, no sunbathing.
      • Since there will be 4 people permitted in the Montecito Outdoor Pool, reservation time periods for this pool will be for 1 hour instead of the ½ hour used previously. There will be a 15-minute break between reservations for staff cleaning.
    • Dog Parks
      • The Dog parks will open on June 23, 2020. Reservations will be taken beginning June 22, 2020.
      • Reservations can be made up to one-week in advance.
      • One reservation per day per person.
      • Reservations can be made by calling the Lifestyle Department at 760-345-4349 ext. 2120, Monday – Friday 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM. You may only make reservations by phone.
      • Dog Parks Hours of Operations:
        • November 1st – March 15th: 7:00 AM – 5:00 PM.
        • March 16th – October 31st: 7:00 AM – 8:00 PM.
      • Maximum of four (4) people in each dog park section, total of eight (8) persons at a time per dog park.
      • One person equals one reservation.
      • 25-minutes reservations only.
      • Social distancing is required at all times.
      • Per CA State Code, people in California must wear a face covering when outdoors and cannot maintain a 6’ foot social distance.
      • All chairs in dog parks will be removed.
      • Water Fountains are unavailable.
      • If during the day the dog park is empty you can use it without reservation. However, if 4 people do come in and have reservations you must leave.
      • We recommend wearing masks in dog parks.
    • Gyms
      • Gyms will open on 6/29.
      • Montecito Fitness Center is limited to 18 people.
      • Santa Rosa Fitness Center is limited to 12 people.
      • Reservations for 60 minutes maximum.
      • Make reservations up to one week in advance.
      • We are not taking reservations until 6/26 because the system will not be set up until then.
      • Only one reservation per day per person.
      • Masks required at all times.
      • No fitness classes for now.
      • Hours: 6 AM – 6 PM.
      • 30-minute time limit on cardio equipment.
      • Lounge chairs will be removed because no gathering rules are in place.
      • All small equipment will be removed.
      • Only small equipment left: dumbbells and small dumbbells.
      • Please exercise and leave so next group can come in.
    • Online Reservation System
      • An online reservation system is being created and ultimately will be used for all Lifestyle events as well as dog park, gym, pools, etc.
      • The on-line reservation system and the phone-in reservation system will have the same start time to make reservations.
      • We will send out instructions on how to create an account for the reservation system and how to use it.
      • Once your account is active you can make:
      • Reservations one week in advance.
      • 1 reservation per day per person.
      • You must have a separate account for each person who wants to make reservations.
      • Need to cancel 24 hours in advance so that others can use the time.
      • Failure to cancel could result in removal of online rights.
      • You will still be able to call in to make reservations, but it will not be as efficient.
      • Please be aware that Dog Park Reservations will be call-in only for now.
      • Eventually the on-line system will allow for payment of Lifestyle activities on-line.
    • Shadows
      • Shadows will remain status quo with takeout and delivery service only. No sit-down dining.
    • Clubhouses
      • Clubhouses are still Closed – No Activities in the Clubhouses – No events until further notice. We do not know when the Clubhouses, indoor activities, or events will open.

Remember:

Masks are required indoors at all times. Not required outdoors.

At least 6’ social distancing is required at all times, indoors or outdoors.

If you are high-risk please be aware and stay home.

If you are high risk and want to swim use the Santa Rosa Pool. If you are not high risk and want to swim outside, please use the Montecito Pool to allow the high-risk people to swim.

Stay safe and use caution.

Thank you.

Kim Fuller
President

 

President’s Message: Masks, Dog Parks, and Shadows

Kim Fuller
President

Good Afternoon Residents:

Masks: As I explained in yesterday’s Podcast, the State issued new guidelines for wearing masks outdoors. The simple version is ‘Californians must wear face coverings when outdoors if 6’ social distancing cannot be maintained’. For all activities outdoors, except swimming, you must wear a face mask if you cannot maintain 6’ apart. If you can maintain 6’ apart then a mask is not required. Please be responsible and aware of what you are doing. Occupants of the same household do not have to maintain 6’ social distancing and don’t have to wear a mask.

Dog Parks: Will open June 23, 2020 with reservations. Once again, you must remain 6’ apart at all times if you are not wearing a mask. Here are the guidelines for the dog parks:

The Dog parks will open on June 23, 2020. Reservations will be taken beginning June 22, 2020.

Reservations can be made up to one-week in advance. Reservations can be made by calling the Lifestyle Department at 760-345-4349 ext. 2120, Monday – Friday, between 9:00am – 4:00pm.

Dog Parks Hours of Operations:   November 1st – March 15th – 7:00am – 5:00pm.
March 16th – October 31st – 7:00am – 8:00pm.

  1. Maximum of four (4) persons in each dog park section, total of eight (8) persons at a time per dog park.
  2. One person equals one reservation.
  3. 25-minute reservations only. That leaves 5 minutes to exit before new group comes in.
  4. Social distancing is required.
  5. Per CA State Code, people in California must wear a face covering when outdoors and cannot maintain a 6’ foot social distance.
  6. All chairs in dog parks will be removed.
  7. Water Fountains are unavailable.
  8. Patrol will periodically monitor the dog parks for violations.

Shadows Restaurant: As you all know Shadows is currently open for take out food only. The Food & Beverage Committee has been evaluating opening Shadows for sit down dining on a limited basis per the County Guidelines. The Board has decided at this time to maintain the status quo and not allow for sit down dining for a variety of reasons.

  1. First priority is resident health and safety.
  2. Opening of other activities has been outdoors where health and safety have less risk.
  3. Sit down dining is not able to maintain 6’ social distancing at a table.
  4. You cannot wear a mask while eating.
  5. SCPD had to close the restaurant after virus was contracted by an employee.
  6. If restaurant closes so does the take-out food have to close. Problem is all staff would have to stay home and self-quarantine for 14 days.
  7. Cases of Coronavirus are climbing in this area.

The Board felt at this time patience is warranted given all the points listed above and to take a wait and see approach is in the best interest of the health and safety of all residents. Please use the take-out and delivery service from Shadows and the Board will be evaluating the situation daily.

Have a great weekend.

Kim Fuller
President

 

President’s Message: Coronavirus Update – 6/12/2020

Kim Fuller
President

Good Morning Residents:

I need to make a correction from yesterday’s Podcast. I said we will be having an Open Board meeting on July 29. Clearly, I don’t know what month this is, or as Bob Israel explained to me, I must have had one too many margaritas before the Podcast. He is probably right. Anyway, the meeting is this month is June 29. The deadline for filling out a speaker card online is June 26, at 4pm. You can use this link to fill out the form if you want to call in and speak at the meeting on June 29: www.scshca.com/speakerrequest

The County and State are opening facilities and we are reviewing the information with attorneys as quickly as possible. The Board will be meeting early next week to go over all the information to plan how to open given guidelines and restrictions.

I will give another Podcast this afternoon to explain any new information I get today.

Have a great day.

Thank you.

Kim Fuller
President

 

President’s Message: Dog Parks

Kim Fuller
President

Good Afternoon Residents:

I have been getting a lot of questions about the dog parks, specifically why can’t the dog parks open?

Why can’t we open our dog parks when other dog parks are opening including the City of Indio dog parks? I can’t speak to how or why other areas decide to open a dog park. I will give you the current information available to us as to the guidelines for dog parks.

Here is the State Order regarding dog parks and the link to the webpage:

https://covid19.ca.gov/stay-home-except-for-essential-needs/#top

Here is exactly what the State says:

You can walk your dog. You can go to the vet or pet hospital if your pet is sick. Remember to distance yourself at least six feet from other pets and owners.

Here is the link to the CDC webpage regarding dog parks:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/faq.html

Here is exactly what the CDC says about dog parks:

Walking a dog is important for both animal and human health and well-being. Walk dogs on a leash, maintaining at least 6 feet (2 meters) from other people and animals, do not gather in groups, and stay out of crowded places and avoid mass gatherings. Do not go to dog parks or public places where a large number of people and dogs gather. To help maintain social distancing, do not let other people pet your dog when you are out for a walk.

Given this information I can’t tell you why the City of Indio has opened their dog parks, but they may do as they wish. Given that the HOA is responsible for all Common Areas including dog parks, the Board has decided at this time the dog parks need to remain closed. The Board does not believe dogs can maintain the distancing requirement of staying 6’ apart from other dogs and/or people.

Hopefully, this answers your questions about dog parks for the moment. As soon as we get new information, we will review it and let you know. Please be patient, we can only move forward based on what the State Order will allow. I guess the good news is any dog owner may go the City of Indio dog park and use them during this time that our dog parks must remain closed.

I wish you all a safe and healthy day. If you have any questions, please let me know.

Thank you and see you all soon.

Kim Fuller
President

 

President’s Report – June 2020

Kim Fuller
President

A Message from Your Treasurer

With all the financial questions about the HOA and how the “Stay at Home” directive has affected us, I thought it appropriate we take a moment to listen to our Treasurer, Bruce Marley, as he oversees the financial health of our HOA. Keep in mind this article was submitted on May 5, 2020. Please stay healthy and safe. And now, Bruce Marley’s letter:


Greetings, fellow neighbors of Sun City Shadow Hills Community Association (SCSHCA). The intent of this communication is to describe where your HOA is financially and to highlight the measures our management company, Desert Resource Management (DRM), and our onsite manager for Golf and Food/Beverage operations, Troon, are taking in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Both DRM and Troon have already taken significant steps to reduce costs, while at the same time ensuring that our community is well maintained and ready for when this pandemic comes to an end. Please note that we continue to ensure resident safety by maintaining our security at full strength and to preserve the quality and ambience of our common areas, both deemed essential by the Board.

Entering this unprecedented challenge, our community’s financial resources were among the strongest in the valley! As of December 31, 2019, our financials show SCSHCA as having $2,158,205 of working capital on hand, equal to 2.80 months of Operating Fund monthly assessments. This is a good thing. Industry measures suggest from 1 to 3 months should be on hand. The 2.80 compares to 1.20 on December 31, 2017, and 2.05 on December 31, 2018. As you can see, the Board has worked to increase this key measure and, while no one could have anticipated COVID-19, we find SCSHCA in a good position to get through this challenge.

The 2020 budget preliminarily forecast year-end (December 31, 2020) working capital of $1,827,005, equal to 2.34 months. The decline is because the Board decided to reduce your 2020 dues to the current $273/month, from the balanced budget of $281. We made this decision because we had the ability to do so, and we wanted to keep dues reasonable while retaining our solid working capital position. This working capital will be used to offset increased expenses, so monthly dues are not expected to increase in 2020 as a result of the pandemic.

Adding to the ongoing financial strength of SCSHCA are two significant aspects of our structure. One, we continue to collect monthly dues of $273 from our 3,450 homeowners, which totals $941,850 per month. Two, we have over $13,000,000 in our Reserves/Replacement Fund. While the monthly dues may vary slightly if some homeowners are unable to make their payments, our current delinquency rate is less than 1%. As for Reserves, while these funds are set aside for specific Common Area replacement needs for many years to come, it is reassuring to know we have “money in the bank.”

So, with that in mind, here is what we are doing right now to account for the significant anticipated shortfalls for Golf and Food/Beverage (Troon) and to control costs in general (DRM):

Troon

At this very early point in time, Troon is forecasting that combined losses directly attributable to the pandemic will add over $300,000 to budgeted 2020 losses associated with these golf and food and beverage. If you might recall, the monthly budgeted subsidy for these two components was approximately $40/month per residence. This $300,000 equates to $7.25/month per residence, which will be paid for out of working capital as previously mentioned.

DRM

Our management company immediately made cuts to some maintenance areas like housekeeping, especially because both clubhouses are shut down, along with other areas that will not require ongoing attention. Additionally, there were cuts in the AV (audio visual) area, along with cuts in the Fitness Department.

Summary

I hope you have found this useful. Please remember three things:

  1. All figures used in this article are subject to further review and audit. I intend to provide updates on an ongoing basis as we learn more.
  2. These decisions by Troon and DRM have affected over 50 employees spread between those two companies. We are all in this together, and I ask that you think about all the employees of Troon and DRM who are struggling with the decisions that were made and consider supporting the local food banks and other such services.
  3. Chances are we will be dealing with COVID-19 through May, given current “government” words and actions. We will be looking closely at all areas of expense as needed, while at the same time working to preserve and protect the quality of our amenities.

Please feel free to reach out to me or other Board members with your thoughts and comments

Regards,
Bruce Marley
Treasurer, SCSHCA

President’s Message: Frontier Communications

Kim Fuller
President

Good morning residents,

We are in the process of negotiating contract terms with Frontier. Although that can take some time we are still proceeding forward. Hopefully, we will reach an agreement soon. In our discussions with Frontier, because of the Covid-19 issues it is not projected to start the install process until at least August. It will still take 3 months to install everyone once the install process starts.

As you all know, Frontier filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and is in that process now. The Finance Advisory committee is monitoring that process very carefully to be sure the HOA has all the information needed so it is fully informed. Thank you to Bill Wethe, the committee Chair, and the committee for spending all the time to watch out for our best interest.

Kim Fuller
President


Here is a report from the Finance Advisory Committee (FAC):

The Finance Advisory Committee has been monitoring financial and other reports prepared and filed with the SEC by Frontier Communications Corporation (Frontier).

Earlier this month, Frontier prepared and timely filed its financial report (Form 10-Q) with the SEC for the quarterly period ended March 31, 2020 on May 6, 2020.  Frontier also prepared and filed with the SEC its Form 8-K on May 1, 2020 and another Form 8-K on May 15, 2020.

If you would like to view and/or download the financial report and other filings with the SEC regarding the financial restructuring, visit

https://investor.frontier.com/Docs

In the Form 10-Q, you may note a few items including:

  • The interim financial statements have been prepared on the basis that Frontier will continue as a going concern as further described in footnote 1.b. on PDF page 9.
  • The “long-term” debt has been classified as a current liability in the consolidated balance sheet due to the events of default with the filing of the bankruptcy petition as reflected on PDF page 4.
  • For more information on the long-term debt, it is further described on PDF pages 20 through 24.
  • The “automatic stay” is in effect as further described on the top of PDF page 34.
  • Events after March 31, 2020 are described on several pages starting with PDF page 34.

The Form 8-K as of May 1, 2020 reports the planned closing of the sale of their Northwest Operations which was approved by the Bankruptcy Court on April 24, 2020.

The Form 8-K as of May 15, 2020 is a 252-page report including the following items:

  • Joint Plan of Reorganization of Frontier Communications Corporation and its Debtor Affiliates Pursuant to Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code
  • Disclosure Statement Relating to the Joint Plan of Reorganization of Frontier Communications Corporation and its Debtor Affiliates Pursuant to Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code

President’s Message: Good Morning

Kim Fuller
President

Good Morning

A good morning message to remember all the important people and why we persevere. Never forget what Winston Churchill said, “When you are going through Hell, keep going.” Let’s have the courage to keep going, it will make us proud.

Enjoy the music and your day.

 

Thank you,

Kim Fuller
President

President’s Message: Coronavirus Update – 5/11/20

Kim Fuller
President

Good Morning Residents:

The County has issued new guidelines for swimming pool use dated May 6, 2020. I have attached those guidelines. The County has also issued a new Health Orders dated May 9, 2020. I have attached those new Orders effective May 9 for your review.

 

 

In reviewing the swim guidelines, the Board decided that some changes may take place regarding swimming in the three pools.

Swimming pools: The pools will operate a little different beginning May 18. The guidelines allow for more than one person in the pool at a time.

Outdoor Pools: The Board has decided that the Santa Rosa pool and the Montecito outdoor pool will remain the same with only one swimmer at a time. The exception is the new guidelines allow for the occupants of the same household to swim together at the same time. So, when you make a reservation for one of the outdoor pools, occupants of the same household may swim together provided you give both names when you make a reservation. We will need to verify that the two people listed to swim together at the same time are occupants of the same home. All other restrictions will remain the same.

Indoor Pool: Because there are lane lines in the Indoor pool, four people will be allowed to swim in the Indoor pool at the same time, only one person per lane. We will begin taking reservations for the 4 people at the same time in the Indoor pool on Monday 5/11, and allow four people to swim at the same time beginning Monday 5/18. If you like to walk in the pool, you will want to reserve lanes 1 or 2. All other restrictions will remain the same.

Reservations are on a first come first serve basis and you need to call for a reservation.

The new County Orders state the County is rescinding many of the past Orders and will now rely upon the State rules during this time of the ‘Stay at Home’ directive. The Board will be meeting on Tuesday to discuss how this will impact our HOA. We are not sure at this time, so we are checking with legal counsel to discuss our responsibility in implementing the new Orders. Hopefully, we will be back to you by Wednesday with more information.

Currently the following rules are in place. Let me go through the different activities to update you on what is open, what is closed, and what requirements are in place:

Golf: Golf courses are open, and masks are not required outdoors. Masks are required indoors. All other restrictions, including no social gatherings, are still in place according to these guidelines. There are no guests allowed.

Golf Course is closed to all activities except for golfers while playing golf: Per the HOA rules there is no walking, jogging, biking, or dogs allowed on the golf course at any time.

Tennis, Pickleball, Bocce: These activities are open with the same restrictions, including no social gatherings, except masks are not required outdoors. There are no guests allowed.

Stay at Home Order is still in place: This means no guests and no gatherings of any size in any venue. You may not invite over non-essential guests to your home.

Gym: May not open by State and County order.

Fitness Classes: May not happen by State and County order.

Clubhouse Games and Activities: All Clubhouse activities are closed per State Order.

Driving Range, Practice Area, Putting Greens, and Putting Course: These are all closed for use except for golfers that are going to play golf. Golfers may arrive at the area 30 minutes before tee time to use these facilities.

Dog Parks: Dog parks are closed per State Order. This is because the State Order requires all dogs to be 6’ apart at all times.

Basketball Court: Board decided to close the Basketball court to maintain social distancing with other activities in that area.

All clubhouses are closed except for the business Center in the Montecito: Only the business center is open in the Montecito Clubhouse. All other activities are closed.

HOA Office: The HOA office is open by appointment only. You need to call to make an appointment for essential requests. All other requests will be done by mail only.

State Recommendation: “A strong recommendation is made that all persons who are 65 years old or older, have a chronic underlying condition, or have a compromised immune system self-quarantine themselves at home”.

So far, we know of no known case of covid-19 in the complex. We will need to practice the social distancing rules very carefully to help us all avoid this virus. We all need to continue to Stay at Home and not invite any guests into our homes either from inside or outside the complex.

We are part way home, but please stay focused, diligent, and responsible. By keeping our eye on the ball, we will hopefully get through this without a single case of the virus within our community.

If you have questions, please let me know. Please stay healthy and safe.

Have a great day.

Thank you.

Kim Fuller
President

President’s Message: New Pool Guidelines

Kim Fuller
President

Good morning residents:

The County has issued new guidelines for pool operations. The Board and staff are meeting tomorrow to review the information and determine what and how we can implement any changes. I will get back to you tomorrow afternoon with more information.

Have a great day and stay safe.

Thank you.

Kim Fuller
President

President’s Message: Coronavirus Update 5/1/20

Kim Fuller
President

Good Morning Residents:

The County has issued a new order regarding health and safety guidelines that may be implemented effective May 1, 2020. I have attached the two orders from the county for your review. In following these directives, the Board decided that masks are no longer required while outdoors, but you always need to carry one. Masks are required everywhere indoors. Let me go through the different activities to update you on what is open, what is closed, and what requirements are in place.

 

Golf: Golf courses are open, and masks are not required outdoors. Masks are required indoors. Please review the attached procedures when playing golf. All other restrictions are still in place according to these guidelines. There are no guests allowed.

Tennis, Pickleball, Bocce: These activities are open with the same restrictions except masks are not required outdoors. Please review the attached procedures for reserving and playing these sports. There are no guests allowed.

Stay at Home Order is still in place: This means no guests and no gatherings of any size in any venue. You may not invite over non-essential guests to your home.

Gym: May not open by State and County order.

Fitness Classes: May not open by State and County order.

Clubhouse Games and Activities: All Clubhouse activities are closed per State Order.

Driving Range, Practice Area, Putting Greens, and Putting Course: These are all closed for use except for golfers that are going to play golf. Golfers may arrive at the area 30 minutes before tee time to use these facilities.

Dog Parks: Dog parks are closed per State Order.

Basketball Court: Board decided to close the Basketball court to maintain social distancing with other activities in that area.

Golf Course is closed to all activities except for golfers while playing golf: Per the HOA rules there is no walking, jogging, biking, or dogs allowed on the golf course at any time.

All clubhouses are closed except for the business Center in the Montecito: Only the business center is open in the Montecito Clubhouse. All other activities are closed.

HOA Office: The HOA office is open by appointment only. You need to call to make an appointment for essential requests. All other requests will be done by mail only.

Swimming pools: The pools will open according to attached procedures on May 4. Only one person at a time may swim for 30 minutes. Please see attached procedures if you want to swim. Reservations are on a first come first serve basis and you need to call for a reservation.

State Recommendation: “A strong recommendation is made that all persons who are 65 years old or older, have a chronic underlying condition, or have a compromised immune system self-quarantine themselves at home”.

I want to thank everyone for your cooperation to help make SCSH safe as we get through this time. So far, we know of no known case of covid-19 in the complex. We will need to practice the social distancing rules very carefully to help us all avoid this virus. We all need to continue to Stay at Home and not invite any guests into our homes either from inside or outside the complex. These measures will help everyone get through this time in a safe and healthy way.

We are part way home, but please stay focused, diligent, and responsible. By keeping our eye on the ball, we will hopefully get through this without a single case of the virus within our community.

If you have questions, please let me know.

Please stay healthy and safe.

Have a great day.

Thank you.

Kim Fuller
President

President’s Message: Mask Update 4/30/20

Kim Fuller
President

Good Afternoon Residents:

The County has issued a new order regarding health and safety guidelines. I will give more details this afternoon in a Podcast, but effective immediately masks or face coverings are no longer required outdoors. You are required to always have one with you. Masks or face coverings are required everywhere indoors except in your own home or in your own car. Gatherings are still not allowed no matter the size or venue. So, no visitors to your property at all.

More details will be coming this afternoon in the Podcast.

Have a great day.

Thank you.

Kim Fuller
President

President’s Message: Pools will Open on May 4

Kim Fuller
President

Good Morning Residents:

The County is now allowing pools at HOA’s to operate. The Board and staff have worked out a plan to open the pools by reservation only. We will open the pools for one person to swim at a time beginning May 4. We will begin taking reservations for swimming in one of the pools starting today at 1 pm. See the attached instructions on how to make a reservation, it can only be done by phone. We will make the pools ready for use and have staffing available to ensure these guidelines are met.

Here are the Restrictions for your review:

Can private pools, like those in a gated housing development or apartment building, remain open?

Yes, private pools, including those in an HOA, apartment complex, hotel, motel, and country club, are permitted to operate for single occupancy only (one swimmer at a time), regardless of size or volume of pool. No gatherings around the pool are permitted.

All outdoor furniture in pool areas must be removed or stacked/chained in such a manner that furniture is rendered unusable. Drinking fountains and showers must remain closed and roped off from use. High touch areas such as handrails, restroom surfaces, light switches, dispensers, faucets, and doorknobs must be sanitized frequently.

Pools shall continue to be maintained in accordance with all County laws and regulations to ensure proper chemicals and safety measures are present. More information on pool safety can be found online at: https://rivcoph.org/coronavirus

Have a great day and stay safe.

Thank you.

Kim Fuller
President

President’s Message: Coronavirus Update 4/30/20

Kim Fuller
President

Good Morning Residents:

The County has issued a new order regarding health and safety guidelines that may be implemented effective May 1, 2020. The Board is meeting this morning to discuss and evaluate the new order to determine what changes can take place and how it will affect our HOA. Once the Board reviews all the information we will get back to you this afternoon on how we will proceed.

Have a great day.

 

Thank you.

Kim Fuller
President

President’s Message: Pools May Open

Kim Fuller
President

Good Afternoon Residents:

The County is now allowing pools at HOA’s to operate provided extremely strict restrictions are put into place. The Board and staff are working on a plan to open the pools according to the restrictions listed below. I will get back to you within the next couple of days with more information, but if we open pools it will have to be according to the guidelines listed below. We must make the pools ready for use and have staffing available to ensure these guidelines are met. This will take a couple of days of planning in order to implement.

Here are the Restrictions for your review:

Can private pools, like those in a gated housing development or apartment building, remain open?

Yes, private pools, including those in an HOA, apartment complex, hotel, motel, and country club, are permitted to operate for single occupancy only (one swimmer at a time), regardless of size or volume of pool. No gatherings around the pool are permitted, though a parent or guardian should remain with a minor who is swimming at all times to ensure safety.

All outdoor furniture in pool areas must be removed or stacked/chained in such a manner that furniture is rendered unusable. Drinking fountains and showers must remain closed and roped off from use. High touch areas such as handrails, restroom surfaces, light switches, dispensers, faucets, and doorknobs must be sanitized frequently.

Pools shall continue to be maintained in accordance with all County laws and regulations to ensure proper chemicals and safety measures are present. More information on pool safety can be found online at: https://rivcoph.org/coronavirus

Have a great day and stay safe.

Thank you.

Kim Fuller
President

President’s Message: Pool May Open with Strict Restrictions

Kim Fuller
President

Good Afternoon Residents:

The County is now allowing pools at HOA’s to operate provided extremely strict restrictions are put into place. Here are the Restrictions for your review:

Can private pools, like those in a gated housing development or apartment building, remain open?

Yes, private pools, including those in an HOA, apartment complex, hotel, motel, and country club, are permitted to operate for single occupancy only (one swimmer at a time), regardless of size or volume of pool. No gatherings around the pool are permitted, though a parent or guardian should remain with a minor who is swimming at all times to ensure safety.

All outdoor furniture in pool areas must be removed or stacked/chained in such a manner that furniture is rendered unusable. Drinking fountains and showers must remain closed and roped off from use. High touch areas such as handrails, restroom surfaces, light switches, dispensers, faucets, and doorknobs must be sanitized frequently.

Pools shall continue to be maintained in accordance with all County laws and regulations to ensure proper chemicals and safety measures are present. More information on pool safety can be found online at: https://rivcoph.org/coronavirus

As you can see the restrictions limit the use of a pool to only one person at a time with no other people in the area including the deck area. The Board is meeting on Monday and will discuss the new guidelines so see if they can be implemented. If we cannot implement the guidelines, we will not be able to open the pools. I will let you know on Tuesday what, if anything, can be done. If anyone has ideas on how to implement the new guidelines, please let me know before Monday’s Board meeting.

Have a great day and stay safe.

Thank you.

Kim Fuller
President

President’s Message: Golf, Tennis, Pickleball, and Bocce will Open

Kim Fuller
President

Good Afternoon Residents:

The County is now allowing certain activities to open for play provided certain restrictions are put into place. Golf, Tennis, Pickleball, and Bocce may open for play, but certain restrictions must be implemented. I have attached a list of guidelines that must be followed if you are going to play one of these activities. Some of the basics are:

  1. There will be no water available so be sure to bring enough water
  2. Masks are always required once you leave your vehicle until you return to your vehicle
  3. There are no guests
  4. There is to be no gathering before or after play
  5. See attached guidelines for a complete list

I have attached a list of guidelines for every sport that will open. All these activities will open on Friday, and reservations can be made starting Thursday 4/23/20. For golf you must pay in advance for your green fee online. Cash will not be accepted at all. See the attached procedure. Walk in times for play will not be allowed. Reservations for all the activities must be done in advance in order to play. Please see attached guidelines for each activity.

www.scshca.com/playguidelines

Dog parks are not allowed to be opened given the County order. The County order is as follows, “Outdoor areas may be used for walking, jogging, hiking, biking, equestrian activities, and other non-contact outdoor sports such as golf, pickleball, and tennis.” Activities that create contact with individuals such as picnic tables and playgrounds, or other similar public or private events and gatherings are prohibited. Given that dog parks are not an outdoor sports activity for people, but they do allow for people to gather in one venue, they are not allowed.

Pools were not granted the exception at this time. The current document states “Both public and privately-owned shared pools must be closed, including apartment pools, hotel pools and neighborhood pools”. Until we get an order to allow pools to be opened this statement makes it clear pools may not open.

Please read all the restrictions for playing in the sports that are allowed. If we can adhere to the County guidelines, we can hopefully be safe as we participate in some of the outdoor activities that we all have missed. Hopefully soon other activities will slowly be available, so one step at a time. Priority is still the health and safety of each person, so be careful as you enjoy some of the outdoor activities once again.

Have a great day and stay safe.

Thank you.

Kim Fuller
President

President’s Report – May 2020

Kim Fuller
President

Bob Israel’s Farewell

Hello, residents! On April 7, 2020, the HOA elected a new Board, and Bob Israel stepped down. I think Bob’s own words capture quite nicely his service. I will say Bob is one of those people who clearly was motivated by the best interest of the HOA and, although on many occasions we have gone head to head with our own opinions, Bob never acted in a political or self-serving way, something that deserves everyone’s respect. Thank you, Bob, but we will still need and use your advice as we finish a few very important issues on which you are clearly experienced. Below is Bob’s message to a very grateful HOA.


Farewell, But Not Goodbye

In normal times, in what now seems like a galaxy long, long, ago, and far, far, away, a Board member completing a two-year term of office and not seeking re-election would speak to the homeowners in attendance. Those not in attendance would view the meeting on video on the official website.

These are not normal times, however, and the March open meeting was cancelled due to COVID-19. I have therefore asked that my intended remarks on completion of my two-year term as a Director be posted on the official site for all, who may have an interest, to read.

So, for a few minutes, let’s pretend that these are again normal times. I believe that to be a useful exercise because we will get through this.

Many of you have asked me why I chose not to run for re-election. The answer is simple: on April 7 of this year, I will have completed a little in excess of 22 years and 4 months of continuous HOA Board service, in one capacity or another, between my HOA in Washington State and here in California. And though, in my still youthful 75th year for another two months, I need and feel I deserve a break.

When as a snowbird I decided to run, or more properly, when I was encouraged by many homeowners to run and serve, I did. It was not out of any particular personal desire or need, but out of concern for, and some dissatisfaction with, the way some things had been done, as well as concern for my investment. I knew then, and I confirm now, that it is always easier to criticize from the outside; and the view from the inside is always clearer, not easier, but clearer and harder. So, I ran with the thought that my background and experience might be of some assistance.

I am happy to report that, by and large, my concerns are no longer manifest. I am convinced that our community is on a solid financial footing and well run, more transparent, and a kinder, gentle place which we seniors deserve and are most certainly entitled to. The state of our community is strong. All is not perfect, but nothing ever is. To the extent my efforts have contributed to where we are today, I honestly take some satisfaction. I am also convinced that our community is blessed with many outstanding, capable, and experienced homeowners who will continue to step forward for a few years of service, and bring their diverse views, experience, and talents to benefit us all.

Regarding Board service, most people would expect me to say that it has been a pleasure serving you. But honestly, I must say that despite there being some pleasure, mostly it has been work – but it has been work worth doing, and work which must be done to allow our community to function. It is also work that our governing documents require be done by unpaid volunteer homeowners, elected by you, who in turn select other unpaid volunteer homeowners who staff the many necessary – no, not just necessary, but essential advisory committees. Without the efforts of your elected Board members and the efforts of the many advisory committee members, successfully running your “city” would be a far more expensive proposition than it is. And our HOA monthly assessment would be much, much higher.

To my fellow Board members, who have additional time to serve out their terms, and two of whom have decided to run again, I commend them for this. I will just say it has been a trip, and a working pleasure—most of the time. We have disagreed from time to time, but, most often, listened fairly to each other in coming to necessary decisions.

I leave you with the following thoughts which guided me, and to which I know you subscribe: in your continuing time of community service, continue to listen not only to each other.  Strive to remember that each homeowner pays the same HOA assessment and has a similar, though not precisely equal, investment in this community and is entitled to be listened to  and respected, even though their views and ideas may be different. And, perhaps most important, try to never lose sight of the fact that being a Board member is not so much about power as it is about service. No matter how “off the wall” some homeowners’ views and opinions might first appear, they might very well turn out to be right. So, keep up the good work, or I just might be back! Seriously, though, I must say that all members of the Board I have been privileged to work with have been extremely hardworking and dedicated to the HOA. I have no doubt that will continue.

To Mr. Johnny Goodrum, I commend you for stepping forward to serve and wish you well. You certainly are arriving during interesting times.

To the rest of my fellow homeowners in this exceptional community, I will leave you with this thought: Life is a “limited time offer”. With that in mind, be kind to yourselves; be close to your loved ones; and be fair, decent, and hospitable to your neighbors and fellow homeowners, including those who devote their time and energies in service to this community. Striving for understanding and willingness to compromise are a far better and more productive investment of the precious resource of our time than are criticism and rancor. As we, each of us, expend that resource, it is not my original idea but nevertheless a good one:  “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”

With those comments, which I thank you for taking the time to read and consider, I end by saying that I am leaving the board but not the community. And in the words of the old Science Fiction TV show: “I now return you to your regular programming.”

Of course, right now, nothing is regular, and it seems we are indeed living an episode of The Outer Limits.

Be safe and stay well.

Bob Israel
Retiring Director
April 7, 2020

President’s Message: Golf Course Walking

Kim Fuller
President

Good Afternoon Residents:

I need to clarify my remarks from the Podcast. I gave out information for the golf course that you may walk the course. This means only golfers, while playing golf, may walk the course. Many contacted me thinking this meant anyone could now walk the golf course.

My apologies for not being more clear. Only golfers, while playing golf, are allowed on the golf course at any time. This has not changed. We do not allow for walking, jogging, bicycles, dogs, etc. on the golf course at any time.

The walking I was referring to was for someone playing golf. Normally golfers are required to use an electric golf cart on the South Course when they are playing golf. We are currently allowing golfers, while they are playing golf, to walk on the golf course rather than taking an electric golf cart. This will mean they would either carry their own golf clubs or use a hand cart for their golf clubs.

Sorry for the misunderstanding but as far as residents using the golf course for walking nothing has changed. No one, except golfers playing golf, is allowed on the golf course at any time.

Have a great day.

Thank you.

Kim Fuller
President

President’s Message: Riverside County Order Update

Kim Fuller
President

Good Morning Residents:

The Riverside County Health Dept. has updated their directive regarding what activities in what conditions will be allowed. I have attached the two new directives for your review. There are required restrictions on opening activities. The Board will be meeting later today, with staff, to review the county order and discuss if, when, how, and which activities will be opened. We are still required to comply with the county order, so we need to be sure that any activity that can be opened is done safely and according to the county restrictions.

 

Since the Board will be meeting late in the day, I will not have any more information today. I will get back to you tomorrow morning with information on how we will proceed given the new information from the County Health Officer.

We will work as quickly as possible, but we need a little time to make sure staff can implement the opening of facilities given the restrictions that have been put in place.

Have a great day.

Thank you.

Kim Fuller
President

President’s Message: Golf Not Open Tomorrow

Kim Fuller
President

Good Afternoon Residents:

Many are writing to ask if the Golf Course will be open tomorrow because of an article written in the newspaper. The Golf Course will not be open until the Board can review the list of restrictions listed by the County and be sure they can be implemented safely. At this point the County has not given us any official directives on opening the golf course, so until that happens the golf course will remain closed.

We will notify you as soon as we have any information about any of the facilities opening for use.

Have a great day and stay safe.

Thank you.

Kim Fuller
President