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2019 Annual Meeting & Elections - March 12th
 
The 2019 Annual Meeting & Elections is scheduled for Tuesday, March 12, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. at the Swim Club.  
 
There will be 2 different elections happening simultaneously… the first is for the election of members to the Board of Directors (Board Election); and second is the election to adopt amendments to the CC&R’s and Bylaws (Amendment Election).   The reason for the 2 separate elections is due to the different quorum requirements for each election.  The quorum requirement for the Board Election is 25% of the membership (390 ballots/proxies).  The quorum requirement for the Amendment Election is approval by 67% of the membership (1,046 ballots). 
 
Here is information on each individual election:
 
BOARD ELECTION

There are 2 open seats on the Board of Directors that need to be filled…and you decide who fills those seats!  Ballots have been mailed to the membership, so take the time to vote and submit your ballot.  Remember, we need a minimum of 390 ballots/proxies (25% of the membership to be represented) in order to achieve quorum and hold the Board Election (open the ballots).  

Unfortunately, there was a misspelling of a candidate's name, Bruce Dalglish, on the Candidate's Statements pages in the original mailer.  We apologize for the error.  Therefore, please click HERE for the corrected version.
 
AMENDMENT ELECTION

The Board of Directors proposed several amendments to the Bylaws and CC&R’s for the purpose of updating the governing documents to address several issues affecting our community.  The proposed amendments support the Association’s goals for improved communication, better governance, and improved guideline enforcement. Your votes and participation are key to the success of Sycamore Creek Community Association.   Remember, we need approval by a minimum of 1,046 homes/ballots (67% of the membership to be represented) in order to achieve quorum and hold the Amendment Election (open the ballots).

Please refer to the Voter’s Guide for more information on the proposed amendments and how your vote will affect the outcome by clicking HERE.

If you plan on mailing your ballots, please allow enough time to ensure your ballots are received by March 12th.  Please mail your ballots to: Majority Rules, PO Box 608, Yorba Linda, CA 92885.  You may also submit your ballots in person at the Annual Meeting and Elections on Tuesday, March 12th at 7pm at the Swim Club.  If you have lost/misplaced either of your ballots, please contact Majority Rules at majority_rules@sbcglobal.net or call (714) 777-7073.

Thank you and good luck to all the candidates!


Block Captains Wanted - 2019 Election

We need volunteers to canvas your neighborhood to encourage your fellow owners to vote in the upcoming election.  This year there are 2 open seats on the Board of Directors and several proposed amendments to the CC&R's and Bylaws.  It's imperative that we achieve quorum and conduct the elections.

If you are interested in serving your community as a Block Captain or have any questions, please feel free to call or email Britta Haywood-Graham, General Manager, at (951) 277-3257 or britta.haywood@fsresideniytal.com.

Thank you!


Calendar
DRC Meeting
Tuesday, February 19, 2019
4pm
In order for the Design Review Committee (DRC) to review your architectural application at the meeting, your complete application must be turned in at least seven (7) BUSINESS days prior...
Trash Pick Up
Wednesday, February 20, 2019
9am to 10am
Trash Pick Up
Wednesday, February 20, 2019
9am to 10am
Swing, Sway & Sip
Saturday, February 23, 2019
2pm to 4pm
Bring a partner, or come solo, and learn a few ballroom dance moves from a professional dance instructor. Then, relax with a glass of wine and mingle with your fellow...

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 (2/5/19)  65                                                   
   
# of Violations Closed in the Last 30 Days  4
   
#of All Open Violations  290
   
Architectural  95
Delinquent Assessments  13
Landscape  123
Maintenance  34
Miscellaneous  25
 
Please feel free to contact the administrative office with any questions or concerns.

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! 

Parkway Tree Trim Schedule
The parkway tree trimming schedule for trees under 15 ft. is as follows:
 
 
 
February
  • Tesota Loop
March
  • Coral Canyon Road
 
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!
 
 
 

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.

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.

Next Board Meeting
The next Board of Directors meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, April 9, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.  Residents are encouraged to attend.  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.
 
PLEASE NOTE:  The County of Riverside Sheriff's Department will be in attendance to discuss any concerns you have as it relates to police matters within the community.

Upcoming Events
Swing, Sway & Sip
Saturday, February 23rd, 2pm - 4pm at Swim Club
 
Come solo or bring a dance partner and get a FREE introductory lesson to Ballroom, Latin, and Swing!  Then, rest your soles with complimentary wine and champagne.  Special thanks to Phill Lowers of Phill's Ballroom Dance Studio who brings with him over 40 years of professional dance instruction.  This event is for ages 21+ years only.  Registration is required by February 15th.
Wine & Cheese Social
Saturday, March 23rd, 3:00pm - 5:00pm at Swim Club
Wine not join us for wine and cheese?  Clink glasses and celebrate with community at a fun and social event for adults and couples.  This event is for ages 21+ years only.  Registration is required by March 15th.  

Are You Holy Flood Ready?

What is a debris flow?

Debris flows are fast-moving, deadly landslides. They are powerful mixtures of mud, rocks, boulders, trees - and sometimes homes or vehicles.  You'll often hear "debris flows" called "mudslides" or "mudflows." Many people use the terms interchangeably, but to scientists, each is a different kind of landslide. Debris flows are the most powerful and dangerous of the three.

Safety Steps to Prepare

Before the Storm:

  1. Determine if your home, business, schools or necessary travel routes are in the at-risk areas by referring to the maps above. 
  2. Learn the plan for your local school. Parents of school age children should contact their school district or visit their websites to learn what steps the district will take to ensure student safety. This may include school closures and evacuations. 
  3. Know all your local access roads and understand that some may be blocked by debris or water. Have an alternate route. Stay informed or road and highway conditions by visiting the Riverside County Transportation Department's website at rctlma.org/trans and Caltrans' website at quickmap.dot.ca.gov
  4. Learn about debris flows. Their dangers are different than the water and mud of typical storms. 
  5. Flood insurance: Most homeowners insurance does not cover floods or flows from natural disasters. Make sure your home is protected. Refer to the National Flood Insurance Program website at FEMA.gov/national-flood-insurance-program. Act now. Most flood insurance policies take up to 30 days to go into effect.
  6. Have an emergency plan and a disaster kit ready to go. 

 As a Storm Approaches:

  1. Follow all orders by public safety officials. Sign up for emergency alerts at RivCoReady.org/AlertRivCo.
  2. Leave before any flows begin, this the only safe time to leave. If debris flows, mud or water are already flowing, get higher than the flow, such as going to the highest floor in your home. 
  3. Heed all evacuations. Evacuations Warnings (Voluntary) will be issued for at-risk areas 24-48 hours before an expected storm. As stated above, the safest time to leave is before any flow begins. Mandatory Evacuation Orders will be issued 6-12 hours before the storm.
  4. Monitor official weather reports and heed weather alerts. Understand that the weather where you are can be different than back in the mountains where the flows start. 
  5. Never drive or walk into flood waters, mud or debris, and never go around barricades. It is impossible to know how deep the water or mud is just by looking at it and the depth can change quickly.
  6. Protect your property structures with sandbags and other methods to divert water from entering structures and reduce erosion on your property. Visit RVCFire.org to see a list of local fire station offering limited and unfilled sandbags and sand. 
  7. As always, in case of emergency, dial 9-1-1. 
This information was provided by www.RivCoReady.org, click HERE for more information.

Important Announcement - NEW Office Hours
 
Starting Thursday, November 1, 2018 the Sycamore Creek Community Association (SCCA) administrative office will be closed on Saturdays The office will continue to be open 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.  If you are unable to visit the office during these hours, please contact the staff and we'll make arrangements to meet with you. 
 
The SCCA administrative office will resume its Saturday business hours every summer (June-August) to accommodate for the busy summer season.

Disaster Preparedness Supplies
Now is the time to prepare yourself and loved ones by ensuring you'll have the necessary supplies in an emergency situation.  Visit http://www.bitly.com/UCIrvineEDP to see Ready America's range of disaster supplies, emergency kits, safety fasteners, and much more!  To view a list of their supplies, please click here /editor_upload/Image/1.jpg and here /editor_upload/Image/2.jpg.

Local News / Quick Links

 

Caltrans maintenance crews will be closing the northbound 15 to westbound 91 connector and the Main St. off-ramp in Corona for survey work on Saturday, Feb. 9 and Sunday, Feb. 10 from 5 a.m. to 10 a.m daily. Please reduce your speed in the work zone. Use Hidden Valley Pkwy. as a detour.

 
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) or click HERE.