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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.

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.

Fertilizing in the Fall

 

     

Fall is the PERFECT time to fertilize your lawn.  Why?  Taking the time to fertilize in the fall will strengthen your plants’ and lawn’s roots, giving them a strong base on which to thrive next spring.  The application of fertilizer in the fall will stimulate root growth through November and even into early December.  By helping roots grow before winter sets in, you are insuring that the lawn will green-up quicker in the spring and become more resistant to disease and drought.

 

Lawn care experts also suggest aerating your lawn prior to applying fertilizer.  Regular aeration prevents soil from becoming compacted and covered with thatch (a thick layer of roots, stems, and debris that blocks water, oxygen, and nutrients from reaching the soil).  All those holes in your turf will allow water (whether it be from your sprinklers or rainfall) and nutrients from the fertilizer to reach right to the roots, where it can do the most good. 

 


Riverside County Registrar of Voters: Election Officers Needed!
The County of Riverside Registrar of Voters is looking for Election Officers and Student Election Officers to serve at the polls during the upcoming November 6, 2018 Consolidated General Election. 
 
Although serving as a Student Election Officer or Election Officer are considered volunteer positions, Riverside County compensates all election officers.
 
If you know of a high school student (age 16 years or older) with good academic standing (minimum 2.5 GPA) who may be interested in serving as a Student Election Officer, click HERE for more information on this exciting opportunity to allow your student to participate in the democratic process at its most fundamental level, the polling place.
 
If you, or someone you know would like to be an Election Officer click HERE for information and/or to obtain an application. 
 
If you have any questions, please call the County of Riverside Election Officers & Polls Division at 951-486-7321 or 877-663-9906.

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 (10/12/18)  75                                                   
   
# of Violations Closed in the Last 30 Days  19
   
#of All Open Violations  310
   
Architectural  101
Delinquent Assessments  14
Landscape  162
Maintenance  18
Miscellaneous  15
 
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! 

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.

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.
 

Next Board Meeting
The next Board of Directors meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, November 13, 2018 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.

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.

SCCA Administrative Office to Celebrate Halloween
 
 
The Sycamore Creek administrative staff would like to celebrate Halloween with you!  Swing by the Sycamore Creek Community Association administrative office with your child(ren) on Halloween, Wednesday, October 31st from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. for some fresh popped popcorn, treats, and fun giveaways for the kids!  You are welcome to come in costume, as the staff will be dressed up too!  Last year, the theme for the SCCA staff was "Three Blind Mice".  If you wanna' know what they'll be this year, you'll have to come see for yourself!  
 

Upcoming Events
Riverside County Fall Festival
Saturday, October 20th, 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at Deleo Regional Park, 25655 Santiago Canyon Rd.
 
County of Riverside proudly hosts its annual Fall Festival complete with a Trunk-or-Treat, games, crafts, spooky train, costume contest, and a haunted house! For more information on this event, or to register for the Trunk-or-Treat contact rkross@rivco.org.
Neighborhood Watch Meeting
Sunday, October 21st, 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. at Swim Club
 
Meet your neighbors and learn how to become involved in Sycamore Creek's Neighborhood Watch!  Light snacks and refreshments provided.  For more information, contact marivel_ruiz@yahoo.com.  

Calendar
YOGA Class
Thursday, October 18, 2018
7:30pm to 8:30pm
YOGA Class with Gina
Yoga Class
Monday, October 22, 2018
7:30pm to 8:30pm
Street Sweeping
Tuesday, October 23, 2018
7am to 4pm
Trash Pick Up
Wednesday, October 24, 2018
9am to 10am

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.

Parkway Tree Trim Schedule
The parkway tree trimming schedule for trees under 15 ft. is as follows:
 
October
  • Lumerina Street, Basil Drive, Clematis Drive, Hutton Road, Pipit Drive, and Viola Circle.
November
  • Blue Jay Rd, Bunting Cir, Chamomile Rd, Coriander Way, Flicker Ct, Kingsbird Dr, and Peony Dr.
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!
 

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.