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Are you ready to evacuate your home in a moment’s notice due to an imminent threat such as a fire or a debris flow?  Do you know what to pack?  Do you have emergency supplies? 

 

Being prepared for an emergency or disaster is a daunting task and many of us don’t know where to start. 

 

To assist residents in being prepared for these events, the Sycamore Creek Community Association is searching for a dedicated and  passionate person to help lead community members in disaster and emergency preparedness and training

 

Given the Holy Fire and recent threat of debris flows, the Board of  Directors would like to expand the Neighborhood Watch group to  include more education and training on emergency/disaster preparedness.  This will be a new volunteer position that will Co-Chair the Neighborhood Watch group focusing on emergency prep while the current Chairperson continues to focus on safety and security.

 

If you are interested in serving as a Co-Chairperson for the Neighborhood Watch, contact Facility Manager, Genevieve Ginelsa at 951-277-3257 or Genevieve.Ginelsa@fsresidential.com

 


Happy Holidays!
The Sycamore Creek administrative office will be closed December 24th and December 25th in observance of Christmas, and December 31st and January 1, 2019 in observance of New Year's Day.
 
We will resume normal business hours on Wednesday, January 2, 2019.
 
Best wishes for the holidays and the coming year, from the Sycamore Creek management team!

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.

2019 Assessment Rate
 
Great news… the assessment rate for 2019 will remain at $67.00 per month!  The Board of Directors worked diligently with the management staff and the community contracted vendors to ensure that the assessment rate continues to $67.00 per month without any sacrifices in services.  A full copy of the entire budget package mailed to the residents can be found in the Financial Info folder under the Documents Tab on the left navigation bar.
 

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 (11/26/18)  115                                                   
   
# of Violations Closed in the Last 30 Days  7
   
#of All Open Violations  357
   
Architectural  109
Delinquent Assessments  14
Landscape  214
Maintenance  9
Miscellaneous  11
 
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:
 
 
December
  • Silver Birch Rd, Songbird Drive, Sparrow Lane, Teaberry Court, Towhee Lane, Kingbird Drive, and Peony Drive.
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.

Next Board Meeting
The next Board of Directors meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, January 15, 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.

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.

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.

Community Survey Results - November 2018

On November 9, 2018, the Association sent an e-blast inviting residents to participate in a survey focusing on 2 areas.  First, a follow up on the satisfaction survey sent out on April 6, 2018.  The Board has been working diligently to improve processes, increase/improve communication with residents, and overall resident satisfaction.  Second, at the March 2019 election, the Board will be proposing several amendments to the CC&Rs such as including rental restrictions, reducing the quorum requirement for elections, clarifying the maintenance responsibility for the parkway trees, etc.  The Board requested feedback on these amendments and any others that you’d like to propose.  The following is a brief overview of the results:

 

Total Responses:  31

 

Community Satisfaction Improvement Results:

 

Have you seen improvement in the following areas:

Answer Choices

 

Responses

Communication from the Association/Board to residents?

 

23

95.83%

Consistent and fair guideline/rule enforcement?

 

11

45.83%

Appearance of common area?

 

11

45.83%

Appearance of individual homes within Sycamore Creek?

 

7

29.17%

Total Respondents: 24

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Comment Themes:  Increased/Better Rule Enforcement, Improved Security, and Parking Issues.

 

Proposed CC&Rs Amendments:

 

 

Would you support an amendment for the following:

 

Rental

Parkway Trees

Quorum

Yes

17

56.67%

20

64.52%

18

58.06%

No

6

20.00%

8

25.81%

11

35.48%

Comments

7

23.33%

3

9.68%

2

6.42%

Total

30

100.00%

31

100.00%

31

100.00%

 

On a scale from 1 to 5 (with 1 being “not important” and 5 being “very important”), please rate the importance of the following possible amendments:

 

 

1

2

3

4

5

Total

Weighted Average

Rental Restrictions

8

2

5

3

10

28

3.18

Parkway Trees

6

4

7

6

8

31

3.19

Quorum - Elections

8

3

9

4

7

31

2.97

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Comment Themes:  Better/More Parking Restrictions & Less Rigid Requirements for Home Painting.


Upcoming Events
Complimentary Gift Wrap Supplies
Tuesday, December 4th to Friday, December 21st, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. at Swim Club
 
Beginning December 4th through December 21st (Tuesday through Friday only) there will be complimentary gift wrap supplies at the Swim Club between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.  Bring your gifts to the Swim Club, and wrap'em up! 
Holiday Home Decorating Contest
Tuesday, December 18th, 6:00 p.m.
 
Dress up your front porch, deck out the windows, and don your front yard with all things merry and bright!  The Social Committee will be judging your decorating skills based on the following five (5) categories:  Best Use of Lights, Best Theme, Winter Wonderland, Most Whimsical, and Storybook Award.  The winner of each category will receive a gift card valued at $75.00.  There is no need to register.  Judging begins at 6:00 p.m.  
 
To view the 2017 winners, click HERE

Calendar
Trash Pick Up
Wednesday, December 19, 2018
9am to 10am
Gift Wrapping
Wednesday, December 19, 2018
10am to 3pm
Gift Wrapping
Thursday, December 20, 2018
10am to 3pm
YOGA Class
Thursday, December 20, 2018
7:30pm to 8:30pm
YOGA Class with Gina

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.

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.

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) or click HERE.