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Community Satisfaction Survey Results
On April 6, 2018, the Association sent an e-blast inviting residents to participate in a community satisfaction survey.  While we posted a brief overview here, the Board of Directors felt that it was important to also address the top 5 topics/concerns and other important topics identified in the survey in greater detail.  Click HERE to read the full document.
 
Please feel free to contact the administrative office with any questions.  Thank you!
 

Address Plaques
It is important to keep your address plaques visible from the street in order for your guests to identify your home, and for emergency response teams to quickly find your home during the event of an emergency. 
 
In the event of an emergency, time is your enemy and a poorly visible address plaque (or, an address plaque that is not lit) can cost you precious time, and may be deadly to the resident because of the delays that result. 
 
We encourage all homeowners to inspect their address plaques ASAP and take the following actions as appropriate:
 
  • Trim down any plant material that may be blocking your address plaque from view. 
  • Take a look at your address plaque at night and ensure that it is illuminated. Here are few troubleshooting tips if you find that your address plaque is not being lit:
    • Replace the lamp or bulb.  Most bulbs can be purchased at your local hardware store.  Often times, if one bulb is out, this will affect the power to the other bulb.
    • Check the transformer.  Most address plaques receive power from the doorbell transformer which is usually found in the hall closet.  If not there, check the garage.  If a new transformer is required, you can purchase one at your local hardware store.
    • Not sure how to replace a bulb or transformer?  Have no fear!  Check out our list of handyman services under the SCCA Business Directory (under the Members tab) or click here
 
 
 

Got Violations?
Have you ever wonder what the Association is doing about those violations that you continue to see every day or feel that you have reported numerous times with no progress/resolution?  The answer is that the entire process can take a really long time, especially if an owner refuses to comply or doesn't communicate with the Board.  The entire process can take several months up to over a year to complete.   And in very severe cases, it can take even longer.
 
The Association has and will continue to pursue each violation until it’s resolve/closed.  It’s also important to note that the Board monitors and reviews all violations monthly to ensure that the enforcement of the guidelines is being conducted in a fair, consistent and timely manner. 
 
To provide more transparency, we’ve added this section to the website for residents to see the current number of violations being opened and closed each month.
 
# of Violations Opened in the Last 30 Days (8/17/18)  98                                             
   
# of Violations Closed in the Last 30 Days 2
   
#of All Open Violations  430
   
Architectural  108
Delinquent Assessments  16
Landscape  269
Maintenance  30
Miscellaneous  7
 
Please feel free to contact the administrative office with any questions or concerns.

Local News / Quick Links
Keep abreast of what's going on in your local community!
 
Visit www.wearetv.org to learn more about what's going on in Temescal Valley.
 
You can also check out the latest We Are Temescal Valley newsletter, and upcoming local events by selecting Local News & Events (under the Members tab).

Summer Kick Off / Meet the Board
(SCCA Board of Directors (left to right): Maron Etienne, Jason Neal, Jerry Sincich, Bruce Dalglish, Dan Smith)
 
To all those who attended the June 24th Summer Kick Off / Meet the Board event, we Thank You for attending!  We had over 75 residents meet and mingle with the Sycamore Creek Board of Directors.  Residents enjoyed hot dogs and hamburgers, ice-cold drinks and ice cream.  Residents, as well as a few of the board members, showed off their hula hoop skills, played Jenga, and Connect Four.  Needless to say, a fun time was had by all!
 
Wanna' see all the fun the board members and residents had?  Click here to view the photos!

Help us Build a Sycamore Creek Business Directory
Looking for a local business? Do you have a local business that you'd like to tell your fellow residents about?  Look no further! We'd like to create a business directory made by and for Sycamore Creek residents.  As you know, we're a little land locked and it would be great to have a list of local businesses to help us avoid the gridlock on the freeway.  Register HERE. Thank you! 

Flotation Devices at the Pool
At any pool facility, the facility's pool rules are meant to ensure a safe and enjoyable environment.  Similarly, Sycamore Creek's Pool Rules were established to provide an enjoyable recreational opportunity for our community residents and their guests, and to assure the safety of every individual at the pool.  
 
Sycamore Creek's Pool Rules may seem restrictive, but it is there for good reason.  For instance, one rule states, "Rafts, boogie boards, or any other items that would obstruct a clear view of the water are not permitted." While many of us like to float on the water, consider what may happen if every household brought a water toy (a boogie board or "donut", perhaps) to the pool?  Chances are, there will be hardly any room in the pool to swim or float!  From a safety standpoint, these devices will impede one's ability to swim in the pool.  They will also block the view of the water, which will prevent a parent or guardian to keep a good, close watch on their child or guest. 
 
As a Sycamore Creek resident, we encourage you to review Sycamore Creek's Pool Rules and to view the list of acceptable and unacceptable flotation devices here.  With your understanding and cooperation, you can help promote a safe, relaxing, and enjoyable time at the pool for your family and for your guests!

Parkway Tree Trim Schedule
The parkway tree trimming schedule for trees under 15 ft. is as follows:
 
August
  • Pacific Crest Street, Lemongrass Street, Sage Street, Cameron Court, Marygold Way, Caraway Lane, Hyacinth Street, Clover Circle.
September
  • Kalmia Court, Jasmine Way, Fuchsia Court, Camellia Street, Noble Canyon Street, Larkspur, and Iris Court.
 
As a reminder, please move your vehicles so that the trees can be trimmed.  Trees that are over 15 ft. will be trimmed in the fall.  Thank you!
 

Next Board Meeting
The next Board of Directors meeting has been rescheduled for Tuesday, September 11, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.  Residents are encouraged to attend the Board meetings.  This is your opportunity to learn about what's going on in the community, and to address any questions/concerns you have relating to your community.  We look forward to seeing you.

Street Sweeping NEW Schedule
The County of Riverside street sweeper will now service the Sycamore Creek (public) streets on the 2nd and 4th TUESDAY, monthly, between the hours of 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Please take note of the NEW schedule, and remember to remove your cars from the street in order for the street sweeper to clean the roads.

Goodbye School! Hello Pool!
Attention Parents and Guardians!  School will be out soon, and your child(ren) will be begging to go to the pool.  Therefore, we want to take this opportunity to remind you of your community's Pool Rules.
 
We encourage you to share the Pool Rules with your family and your guests to ensure that everyone (including your family and friends!) has an awesome time at the Swim Club pool facility this summer. 
 
Below are the Top 5 Commonly Overlooked Rules.
 
  1. Children that are 15 and younger, must be accompanied by a responsible adult who is 18 and older at all times
  2. Every resident who is 6 years and older is required to have their access card to use the pool facility.
  3. Bicycles, roller skates, and skateboards are not permitted to be used in the pool facility. 
  4. Rafts, boogie boards, large flotation devices, and any other items that would obstruct a clear view of the water are not permitted. 
  5. Running, pushing, boisterous play, diving, backward jumping, and flipping are not permitted in the pool facility.
Use of the pool is a privilege and may be revoked (in other words, the resident's access card will be de-activated for a period of 30 days) by the Board of Directors if any resident fails to comply with the rules, or unreasonably infringes upon other residents' rights or enjoyment of the facility. 
 
To view the complete list of Sycamore Creek's Pool Rules, click here. 
 

The Rule Change Corner...
Results - July 10th Meeting
 
As you are aware, a previous notice was sent to the membership indicating that the Board of Directors was proposing changes to the Submittal Requirements of the Design Guidelines to no longer require a review fee for plan submittals/reviews.  On July 10, 2018, a meeting was held to discuss the proposed rule changes with the membership. After careful consideration, the Board approved the proposed changes.
 
Effective July 15th, residents will NOT be required to pay a review fee for ANY type of plan review submittals.
 
Background:  The Board of Directors held numerous discussions on the need and purpose of contracting with an Architectural Consultant.  Ultimately, the Board determined that an Architectural Consultant was no longer needed and terminated the contract with Jerry Provansal effective July 9, 2018.  As the purpose of the review fee was to recover the costs paid to the Architectural Consultant, the review fees are no longer needed.
 
The Board of Directors would like to thank all of the owners who attended the meetings and/or submitted comments.

Upcoming Events
Popsicles by the Pool
Saturday, August 25th, 2:00 p.m. at Main/Lap Pool
 
Bring your swimsuit, sunscreen, and a sweet tooth for FREE popsicles at the pool beginning at 2:00 p.m. and while supplies last!
Neighborhood Watch Meeting
Sunday, August 26th, 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. at Swim Club, 25420 Mayhew Canyon Road
 
Partner with your neighbors and protect your neighborhood!  If you have an interest in forming a Neighborhood Watch on your block, please join Sycamore Creek's Neighborhood Watch and learn more about the program and how you can help!  Complimentary light snacks and beverages provided.  For more information, contact marivel_ruiz@yahoo.com.

Calendar
Yoga Class
Monday, August 20, 2018
Trash Pick Up
Wednesday, August 22, 2018
YOGA Class
Thursday, August 23, 2018
YOGA Class with Gina
Popsicles by the Pool
Saturday, August 25, 2018

Disaster Preparedness Supplies
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Be Alert and Observant
Crime does not play favorites. Regardless of where you live, work or play, you can become a victim.  You can avoid being victims of petty crime by being aware of what goes on in your neighborhood.  We ask all residents to be alert and observant for tell-tale signs of suspicious activities, such as:
  • Someone looking in windows of houses and parked cars.
  • Property being taken out of houses where no one is at home.
  • Cars, van, or trucks moving slowly with no apparent destination or without lights.
  • A stranger sitting in a car or stopping to talk to a child.
  • Individuals walking at odd times in the day (late evening hours).
Sycamore Creek is a community of hundreds of people strong.  Imagine what you can do if you work together in in helping to prevent crime in your neighborhood.
 
REMINDER:  To report suspicious vehicles or crimes in progress, you must FIRST contact the police at 9-1-1 (for emergencies) or Sheriff’s Department at 951-776-1099 (for non-emergencies).  THEN, contact the community's Patrol Dispatch at 800-883-3880.

SCCA Patrol Cell Number
Update your contact list!  You can now reach the Sycamore Creek Community Association's patrol officers (Nordic Security) directly at 714-916-7059.  As a reminder, residents should first contact the County of Riverside Sheriff's Department at 951-776-1099 to report suspicious persons, vehicles and activities, and then contact the patrol staff.