Proposed Operating Rule Change
Dear Homeowners,
You spoke and the Board of Directors heard you!  They would like to thank everyone for the feedback.  Based on the feedback, the Board made the following changes to the proposed rule changes to the Rules and Regulations.
New proposed:    
1. Minor Violations:
First violation:                                                        $100.00 
Second violation (same infraction):                          $250.00
Third violation (same infraction):                             $500.00
Architectural Violations:                          $500.00 per occurrence
i.e. Failure to obtain architectural (DRC) approval prior to making an exterior modification will result in a non-refundable $500 fine after proper notice and a hearing has been conducted.
2. Flags:   The following will be added to the end of the flag guidelines.  
Consideration for Temporary or Commemorative Flags will follow the Ordinances, Code Compliance, or County Regulations for Riverside County.  Political flags may be flown 90 days prior to an election and no more than 15 days after the election is over.
Based on the feedback, the Board made the following changes to the proposed rule changes to the Design Guidelines.
New proposed:    
1.       Exterior fires, fires pits, barbecues or fireplaces are not permitted in the front yard on a temporary or permanent bases.  (This was the original intent; however, the underlined part was not included)
2.       Portable basketball standards are permitted on an owner's lot in the backyard or in the driveway near the house provided that such equipment is maintained in good aesthetic working order.  If stored in the driveway, it must remain in an upright position.  
3.       Flagpoles:  
o  Flagpoles must be compatible with the color and scale of the house and must be approved by the Design Review Committee.  
o  The height of telescoping flagpoles must not exceed 20 feet when fully extended including ornamental caps.
o  Must have a minimum 10 foot setback from sidewalk and 5 foot from side/rear property line.
Purpose:  The purpose of the proposed change is to clarify guidelines and to address additional items that were not previously included.  
Effect:  Added clarity to the guidelines and additional rules on items that were not previously included.  
Effective Date of Rule Changes:  February 1, 2024
Again, California Civil Code requires a Board of Directors to give association members twenty-eight (28) day notice of any proposed rule change they are considering so that members may offer comments and opinions on the proposed changes.
To obtain the original redlined copy that was sent out showing the changes, please visit www.sycamorecreekhoa.com select the documents section under the members dropdown menu, then open the 2023 Operating Rule Change folder.   You can also visit the administrative office or by email to robert.this@fsresidential.com. 
As a reminder, members have twenty-eight (28) days to submit comments regarding the proposed changes to the rules.  A decision on the proposed rule changes will be made at a meeting of the Board of Directors scheduled for Wednesday, January 17, 2024 at 7:00 p.m. at the Swim Club after consideration of any comments made by association members. 
Should you wish to comment on the proposed rule changes, please submit your comments in writing to the Swim Club at 25420 Mayhew Canyon Road, Temescal Valley, CA 92883 or you may email them to robert.this@fsresidential.com.  You may also attend in person at the board meeting noted above.  
The Board of Directors would like to thank you for your time and cooperation.  We highly encourage you to read through the proposed rule changes.  Should you have any further questions, please feel free to contact Rob This, General Manager, at (951) 277- 3257 or at robert.this@fsresidential.com.
The Board of Directors

Access Cards - Don't Leave Home Without It! 
Each resident (age 6 years and older) is required to bring their Facility Access ID Card (Access Card) when using the Swim Club facility.  The Association's patrol staff and administrative staff reserves the right to ask for an individuals Access Card at any time.  If an individual cannot provide their Access Card, or if an individual is using someone else's Access Card, that individual will be asked to leave the property.  If you've lost your Access Card please visit the SCCA administrative office to obtain a new one.
Furthermore, the access cards deactivate every two years from the year you activated it. See down below for information when your card will deactivate. 
  • The deactivate date for tenant-occupied homes will be set to the end of your lease expiration date.
  • The deactivate date for owner-occupied homes (streets starting with letters A-M) will be set to deactivate on May 1st.
  •  The deactivate date for owner-occupied homes (streets starting with letters N-Z) will be set to deactivate on November 1st. 
Please click here for more information on what will be asked to re-activate your cards. Call the administrative office at (951) 277-3257 if you have any questions.

Top Security
Hello Sycamore Creek!  
Please help us welcome Top Security Service to Sycamore Creek as they assist us in promoting a safe and peaceful community.  We look forward to creating a lasting partnership with a quality service provider such as Top Security Service.  Here is their contact information:
Onsite Patrol Officer: (951) 870-3188
Dispatch Center: (951) 674-8465

Family Bingo Night
Saturday, February 24, 2024
7pm to 9pm
Board Meeting
Wednesday, March 20, 2024
Food Truck Festival
Saturday, March 23, 2024
1pm to 4pm
Family Feud Event
Saturday, April 6, 2024
6pm to 8pm

Got Violations?
Have you ever wondered 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 several months, especially if an owner refuses to comply or doesn't communicate with the Board. The entire process can take 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 resolved/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   86                                               
# of Violations Closed in the Last 30 Days  125
#of All Open Violations  292
Architectural   143
Delinquent Assessments   25
Miscellaneous   46
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! 

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.  Moreover, these devices will 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.  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!
We need your help!  Several of our cluster mailboxes have been broken into or outright stolen out from the ground.  With over 75 cluster mailboxes, it’s impossible for the Sheriff’s Department and our own patrol company to effectively monitor each one.  Therefore, we are encouraging residents be an advocate in your area by talking to each other and monitoring the cluster mailboxes on your street.  The more people we have watching the numerous cluster mailboxes, the greater the chance that the criminals will be caught or at the very least, be deterred.  
Please immediately report any suspicious activity to the local Sheriff’s Department (Lake Elsinore Station) by calling (951) 776-1099.  In addition, please report all break-ins to the local Sheriff’s Department and the Postal Inspector’s Office at (877) 876-2455.  
Thank you everyone for your efforts!  Here are some mail theft prevention tips that were provided by the Sheriff’s Department.

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Upcoming Events
Saturday, February 24th, 7PM-9PM
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Food Truck Festival
Saturday, March 23rd, 1PM-4PM
Join us on March, 23rd for our Food Truck Festival! The last day to register is March 9th. The list of vendors are TBD. Click here to register!

The Sycamore Creek Community Association administrative office hours are as followed:
Monday-Friday 9:00am-5:00pm
Saturday-Sunday Closed

Secure your Vehicles!
We want to remind all residents to be aware and immediately report any suspicious activity, vehicles and individuals to the local Sheriff’s Department (Lake Elsinore Station) by calling 9-1-1 in emergencies or (951) 776-1099 for non-emergencies.  Please contact the Sheriff’s Department FIRST and then the patrol company SECOND.  The patrol dispatch number is (951) 674-8465. You may also call the patrol officer on site at (951) 870-3188.
We encourage all of you to follow the below safety tips to ensure you are not victims to vehicle theft.
  • Never leave keys in the car or ignition, inside a locked garage, or in hide-a-key boxes.
  • Always roll up your windows and lock the car, even if it is parked at your home.
  • Always keep valuables or property hidden out of sight or locked in the trunk.
  • If your vehicle is stolen, report it to the police immediately. You may also want to keep a copy of your license plate and vehicle identification number on hand in case of theft, since police will need this information to take a report.
Car thieves are always looking for a car out on the street. If your car isn't on the street, it's less likely to get stolen or broken into.
Just like the "Protected by Brinks" signs in front of houses deter burglars, so do visual signs of a tougher job for a car thief. In a row of cars, the one with the blinking LED indicating an alarm is probably less likely to get stolen.
Here's a scenario: you see Car One with a box of tissues on the floor. In front of that car is Car Two in which an iPod, navigation system, and a watch are strewn about the passenger's seat. Are you more tempted to break into Car One or Car Two? Pretty simple really — make it seem like there's nothing in your car worth taking.
This one seems so simple, and yet is so often ignored. A thief looking for a car to steal is more likely to go for the vehicle whose owner was kind enough to complete his first step for him, and has given him open access to everything inside.

SCCA Patrol Cell Number
Update your contact list!  You can now reach the Sycamore Creek Community Association's patrol officers (Top Security) directly at 951-870-3188 or 951-674-8465.  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 951-674-8465.

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