El Toro March 2013

Monthly community magazine for residents of Spanish Ranch 1 in Hayward, CA.
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Spanish Ranch #1 Information RESIDENT MANAGERS/OFFICE Manager: Teresa Cruz, Rutherford Investment Co. Office address: 28400 Granada Circle Phone: 510-783-5535 Office hours: 9-12 and 1:30-4 Monday-Friday. Rent may be dropped in mail slot in office door (next to laundry room). Jeffrey Stoops, Assistant Manager On-call for emergencies Sat.-Sun.-Holidays In an emergency, call 510-783-5535. Call will be directed to pager (510-312-0277). ORGANIZATIONS The Spanish Ranch #1 Association and the Spanish Ranch #1 Ladies Club are automatically comprised of park residents. There are no dues. MEETINGS of the Association Board are the FIRST THURSDAY at 7:00 p.m. in the Main Clubhouse. Residents are encouraged to attend. LADIES CLUB meets the SECOND THURSDAY of each month at 12 NOON in the Main Clubhouse. The LUNCH BUNCH meets the THIRD THURSDAY of each month to go out to lunch at various area restaurants. NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH meets the SECOND TUESDAY of alternate months at 7:00 p.m. in the clubhouse BINGO is the FIRST and LAST SATURDAY of each month. MISCELLANEOUS The Clubhouses are available to residents for private affairs. Contact the Office, 510-783-5535 SWIMMING POOL / HOT TUB Pool open May-October. Hot Tub open year round. The POOL ROOM inside Main Clubhouse is available for residents to use. See the office for a key. COMPLAINTS/SUGGESTIONS/REPORTS are to be submitted to Park Management in WRITING and must be SIGNED. For any complaints or suggestions concerning safety, maintenance, replace/repair, notify the Executive Board as well. This may be done through the website at www.spanishranch1.org, RESIDENT SUGGESTION/COMPLAINT FORM ON PAGE 14. Bus transportation information on page 15. SR-1 Association & Community Contacts ASSOCIATION OFFICERS President: Pat Smith — 784-0105 Vice President: Dawn Plaskon — 887-2199 Secretary: Jeanie Schultz — 784-1997 Treasurer: Peggy Nichols — 782-8950 ASSOCIATION EXECUTIVE BOARD Marvin Daley — 783-0360 Clint Dean — 266-0979 Brenda Glover — 303-2308 Jerry Higgins — 410-6893 Barbara Sacks — 783-8176 Spanish Ranch I Association Officers and Executive Board Members meet the FIRST THURSDAY of the month at 7:00 p.m. in the main clubhouse unless otherwise announced. ALL RESIDENTS WELCOME Annual Membership Meeting held each April. COMMITTEES Dime Bingo . . . . . . . . . . Lorraine Schmuck, 783-7294 HMOA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Open Lunch Bunch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Ruth Horton, 732-6671 Welcoming . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Open COMMUNITY CONTACT CHAIRPERSONS Bingo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Ron Gomez, 782-5183 Neighborhood Watch . . . . Peggy Nichols, 782-8950 Clint, 266-0979; Judy, 785-4894; Patty, 783-1534 N.E.R.T. . . . . Jeanie Schultz/Dawn Plaskon, 887-2199 EL TORO — Jeanie Schultz — 784-1997 e-mail: [email protected] Deadline for all submissions to the El Toro is the 10th of each month for the following month. WEBMASTER: Rev. Charles Eldred EL TORO MAGAZINE is published monthly by Mobile Home Park Magazines and distributed by volunteers around the first of the month. Dates and times of activities are noted on the calendar therein. Special activities will be announced in the regular pages. Extra copies of the magazine (or replacement copies if you got missed) are available in the Main Clubhouse after distribution is complete. 1 Residents are welcome at the meeting of the SR1 Association Board THURSDAY, March 7, 2013 7:00 p.m. in the main clubhouse The Executive Board meets on the first Thursday of each month. Residents are invited to attend. A special meeting will be called any time there is a need to gather park residents for anything other than routine business. ARE OPEN FOR OFFICERS OF THE SPANISH RANCH 1 ASSN. made up of homeowners and residents of Spanish Ranch 1 MH Park NOMINATIONS THE ELECTION WILL BE HELD APRIL 4, 2013 AT THE ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING. Three or four officers and four to six board members will be elected by the residents in attendance at the April meeting. Please see the excerpt from the By Laws about Elected Officers, on page 12 for the description of the duties of each office. The number of officers and board members will depend on community interest in serving in the positions. The positions are open to any registered resident living at Spanish Ranch 1. Newly elected persons assume office May 1. If YOU want to run for an office or are willing to serve on the Board, please contact ANY member of the current board or leave a message for on the association’s voicemail 510-274-1771. PARK WEBSITE! for SPANISH RANCH 1 RESIDENT INFO www.spanishranch1.org The El Toro and the Bylaws of the Spanish Ranch 1 Association are posted here. LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Letters to the Editor are welcome on any subject. Send to: [email protected] (You MUST sign your name but we won’t use it if you so request.) Voicemail phone number for the association is: 510-274-1771 2 SPANISH RANCH 1 NEIGHBORHOOD WALKS -MEET YOUR NEIGHBORS-GET SOME EXERCISE-WALK YOUR DOG- First and Last Saturdays of each month, BINGO Join us for ????? INTERESTED ????? NOON TO 3:00 P.M. Snack bar open before play and during breaks serving nachos, hot dogs, sodas, snacks. WE MEET ON WEDNESDAYS AT 6:30PM IN FRONT OF THE MAIN CLUBHOUSE FOR MORE INFORMATION CALL: CLINT #266-0979 Ron Gomez, coordinator 782-5183 Volunteer help is appreciated, call Ron for info. Change Your Clock Change Your Battery® Sunday, March 10 at 2 a.m. For years, the Hayward Fire Department has urged residents to change and test smoke alarm and carbon monoxide detector batteries when changing clocks forward each spring. In the event of a fire, properly installed and maintained smoke alarms will provide an early warning alarm to your household. This alarm could save your own life and those of your loved ones by providing the chance to escape. This year, the spring time change takes place on Sunday, March 10. Carbon monoxide (CO) detectors are now required in all new construction. CO is an odorless, colorless gas found in combustion fumes. People that come in contact with these fumes can be poisoned by breathing in the gas. Symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning include: headache, weakness, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, chest pain and confusion. So, when you turn your clocks ahead on March 10 at 2am, make a lifesaving change in your household. Change the batteries in your smoke alarms, carbon monoxide detectors, flashlights, portable radios and other essential devices. For more information on general preparedness, see our website at: www.Hayward-ca.gov and click on the red “Disaster Preparedness” button. Per state law, no one under the age of 18 is allowed in the clubhouse during Bingo NOTICE COFFEE is available in the Clubhouse daily during regular office hours for residents of Spanish Ranch 1. LA PICINA ESTA CERRADA DURANTE EL INVIERNO THE POOL IS CLOSED FOR THE WINTER! THE HOT TUB/SPA ENCLOSURE IS OPEN. EL SPA ESTA SIMPRE ABIERTO. 3 HMOA Meeting Notes— January 19, 2013 Membership drive from Donna Moore—Packets for 2013 drive are ready. Please pick up packet for your park and distribute. Return both check and flyer. Water meter issues — People from Georgian Manor are concerned about water meters. One issue is that parks with water meters have had same equipment for >20 years. Survey of parks conducted to determine plan for replacement. So far, all are OK wIth respect to replacement. Kathy contacted Alex Ameri on how Hayward billing is conducted. Trial readings have been done from Dec - Jan. When calculating reduced rent rates, a survey of four months usage is conducted to calculate rent reduction to offset direct charges for water. MHP conversion concerns— Palo Alto mobile home community owner wants to convert to apartments. Palo Alto has good conversion ordinance to protect interests of residents. Community is behind and supporting the residents. Hayward does have an updated conversion ordinance as a result of sale of Continental. We also have separate zoning for our communities. Municipal protections—keep Hayward senior parks as senior parks—On May 7, this issue will go before city council. This must also go before planning commission. MEETING ANNOUNCEMENT Our next meeting will be held on SATURDAY, MARCH 16, 2013 AT 10 A. M. AT NEW ENGLAND VILLAGE MOBILEHOME PARK 940 New England Village Dr We sincerely hope you will join us. AS PARKING IS LIMITED, PLEASE CONSIDER CAR POOLING Next HMOA Meeting May 18, 2013 — Spanish Ranch II MHP, 121 Ranchero Way September 21—Spanish Ranch 1 MHP, 28400 Granada Circle November 16—Continental MHP, 286 Huntwood Ave We have supporters on City Council and Planning Commission. Planners wrote a good package, which was placed on hold pending American Canyon case. City in SoCal approved protections for seniors, owners sued but appeals court overturned City has an online survey for 5 year plan and all are encouraged to express support for MH community. Roads repaved at Continental, half done well, other half only graveled. This makes a mess. General announcements: Raptors/hawks are nesting outside SR2, any other place for bird watching? SR1 has the herons. Joyce Dobro, resident from SR2, has moved to Sonoma. Estate sale today and tomorrow. Lots of ‘stuff’. Consignment shop at A and Foothill is a great way to sell items over time. H&RBlock tax preparer offered answers to questions. Senior exercise class SR2 Weds/ Fri 9-10, Betty/Donna run exercise class at Georgian Manor on Mon, Weds, Thu, Fri 9:45-10:30. Tai chi 9am Mon, 8:45 Weds. Note: if you have ever had chicken pox, please ask about shingles vaccine. Once you get it, it may take years to go away. —Dawn Plaskon, Secretary SR-1 Helping Hand Are weeds, rubbish, or overgrown plants on your lot a cause for concern? Is your home in need of sprucing up with washing or painting? PULL THE WEEDS NOW! If you do it now while the ground is softened up from the rains, they’ll come right out, probably roots and all no problem. Don’t wait until they are a BIG problem—DO IT NOW! And, f’r pete’s sake, get them before they go to seed and spread to other yards! Clubhouses available for your events! Both the main clubhouse and the small clubhouse may be reserved by residents for private events. The BBQ and patio area next to the pool may also be reserved, Call the office, 783-5535, for information. 4 We’re here to help! Give us a call, and we’ll see what our team can do to extend a helping hand. Call us, or park management, to schedule a lot assessment. 510-274-1771 (Assn msg); Marvin 783-0360. Comedy Corner Speeding Elderly contributed by S. Higman (no. 202) (most copyright info unknown - web-exchange) Traveler Needs a Room By the time John pulled into the little town, every hotel room was taken. “You’ve got to have a room somewhere,” he pleaded to the last hotel manager, “Or just a bed -- I don’t really care where. I’m completely exhausted” “Well, I do have a double room with one occupant,” admitted the manager, “and I’m sure he would be glad to split the cost. But to tell you the truth, he snores so loudly that people in adjoining rooms have complained all week. I’m not sure it’d be worth it to you.” “No problem,” the tired traveler assured him. “I’ll take it.” The next morning John came down to breakfast bright-eyed and bushy-tailed. The manager asked him how he survived. “Never better.” John said. The manager was impressed. “No problem with the other guy snoring, then?” “Nope. I shut him up in no time.” “How’d you manage that?” “He was already in bed, snoring away, when I came in the room,” John said. “I went over, gave him a kiss on the cheek, said, ‘Good night, beautiful’ and he sat up all night watching me.” Working for the state police, you hear lots of funny speeding excuses. One day, while shooting my radar gun I caught an 85 year old lady doing 78 in a 55 mph zone. After I pulled her over I stepped up to her window and asked her, “Any reason you were speeding today?” She turns to me and replies, “Sure officer, I didn’t want to forget where I was going!” Wondering About the Twins A woman has twins, and gives them up for adoption. One of them goes to a family in Egypt and is named “Amal.” The other goes to a family in Spain; they name him “Juan”. Years later, Juan sends a picture of himself to his mum. Upon receiving the picture, she tells her husband that she wishes she also had a picture of Amal. Her husband responds, “But they are twins. If you’ve seen Juan, you’ve seen Amal.” Police Recruiting Exam During an exam, a police recruit was asked what he would do if his job required him to arrest his own mother. His response was, “Call for backup.” Great Writer Someday There was once a young man who, in his youth, professed his desire to become a great writer. When asked to define “great” he said, “I want to write stuff that the whole world will read, stuff that people will react to on a truly emotional level, stuff that will make them scream, cry, howl in pain and anger!” He now writes error messages for Microsoft Corporation. Shopping “Cash, check or charge?” the cashier asked after folding items the woman wished to purchase. As the woman fumbled for her wallet, the cashier noticed a remote control for a television set in her purse. “Do you always carry your TV remote?” the cashier asked. “No,” she replied. “But my husband refused to come shopping with me, so I figured this was the most evil thing I could do to him.” 5 S PA N I S H R A N C H 1 L A D I E S C L U B Open to all par k women SCHEDULES SUBJECT TO CHANGE. Ladies! Bring your lunch and let’s get together. Dessert provided. + .25 for the bank which gets raffled back to somebody at the first gathering in January. CONGRATULATIONS to PAT on winning the 2012 Bank. DIME BINGO! Join the Ladies Club at noon on the second Thursday for Join the Lunch Bunch Come join our group of park women as we visit area restaurants. You’ll get acquainted with some great gals! The Lunch Bunch meets on the third THURSDAY (unless otherwise announced) of each month at 12 noon. All are welcome to join us as we visit area restaurants. Call Wilma, 397-5701, to let her know you’re coming (so we know how many to tell the restaurant). Lady friends are welcome. 2013 March 21 April 18 May 16 June 20 July 18 August 15 September 19 October 17 November 21 December Mimi’s Hometown Buffet Rigatoni’s Harry’s Hofbrau Panera Sweet Tomatoes Olive Garden Coco’s Elephant Bar Christmas Party Hayward Hayward Hayward San Leandro Hayward Fremont Hayward Hayward Hayward You like to eat, right? LUNCH BUNCH SCHEDULE Costs only a dime a game, winner take all! Come to the Main clubhouse on the Second Thursday, at noon! For more information call Lorraine Schmuck 783-7294 Dime Bingo 2013 Dessert Schedule: March: Louise • April: Ruth May: Pat • June: Lorraine July: Lunch/Dessert furnished by club August: Fannie • September: Irene October: Ruth • November: Lorraine December: Christmas Party Ladies Dime Bingo is for mature women who would like to get together for sharing ideas. Questions, Ruth 732-6671 or Myrtle 786-1182 SAFETY FIRST IN THE HOT TUB The following are not allowed in the hot tub enclosure: NO Food • NO Glass • NO Floating Devices NO Toys (including squirt guns) • NO Pets NOTE: Only indoor pets are  If YOUR cat is outside, it will be presumed to be feral and could be trapped and taken to the local animal shelter. It can be quite costly to bail out your cat so keep it inside where it belongs! permitted in the park  Approved swimwear only Use common sense and care when using the hot tub. Minors should always be accompanied by a parent or adult. Shower before entering the hot tub and get out to use the bathroom. 6 7 MANAGERS’ CORNER Spring is on its way and once again at Spanish Ranch we are gearing up for the Annual Lot Inspections. As some of you are aware, some Lot inspections have already commenced. Here is what we are going to be looking for in your spaces: • Weeds and shrubs • Improper storage on your space and storage sheds (size and quantity) • Painting issues • Fences that fall outside of those allowed by the Rules and Regulations of Spanish Ranch • Non Op vehicles (licensed or not) parked in drive way Now that the nice weather is coming back it is time to commence getting ready for these inspections. If you have questions about what is “right” or “not right” about your space, please feel free to call the office. Speaking of nice weather, boy it was really cold for the past few months and the heating bills for a few of our residents went through the “roof”. I am certain that you noticed. To help with this, please read the “energy” information from PG&E about heating and cooling your residence on the following page. Spanish Ranch property is prohibited by the Rules and Regulations of Spanish Ranch #1 MHP, this means NO MAINTENANCE of any kind of any vehicles on the property. Spanish Ranch #1 MHP resident parking in visitor parking continues to be an issue. We are receiving numerous complaints about the lack of parking for guests visiting our residents. Please review your parking habits and make any changes you might need to make to conform with the Rules and Regulations of Spanish Ranch #1 MHP. Jeff Stoops, SR1 Asst Manager Guillermo’s Corner Guillermo would like to remind all Spanish Ranch residents that it is a Federal Offense, a State Offense and a County Offense to dump motor oil or any other volatile organic compound onto the ground or into the storm sewer system. Guess what, the City of Hayward does not much like it either. We have noticed an increase of individuals that are using the car wash areas as their own personal dumping ground for their used motor oil. Notice to residents, motor oil can be recycled for free throughout the City of Hayward. Also, it is against the Rules and Regulations of Spanish Ranch to change your motor oil on this property. If you need help locating a recycling outlet, just contact the office. Maintenance of Vehicles on Food Bank Donations for the Alameda County Food Bank Barrel, an ongoing community service project, Please Report Vandalism (tagging too, it’s vandalism) Please — call the police and then the office if you see anyone vandalizing property in the Park such as breaking street lights, signs and back gate key pad, etc. Please report anything suspicious. Thank you, Teresa Cruz, SR1 Manager may be dropped off in the office. (Due to scavenging and theft, the barrels are kept in the conference room, but staff will see that all donations are put into them.) IF IT’S NOT YOURS, DON’T FEED IT! (and if it is yours, keep it inside) Sure, you feel sorry for that stray cat or dog, but if you feed it, it WILL stick around and perhaps not go back to it’s rightful family. Don’t leave pet food outside! Food left out will attract raccoons, stray pets, opossums, and other varmints! Only indoor pets are permitted in the park so don’t encourage outside animals to stay! Food donations must be UNOPENED, not perishable and not require refrigeration. NOTE! PLEASE DONATE! Thank you! 8 Energy Saving Tips from PGE.com • Set the furnace thermostat at 68 degrees or lower, and the air-conditioner thermostat at 78 degrees or higher, health permitting. 3 percent to 5 percent more energy is used for each degree the furnace is set above 68 degrees and for each degree the air conditioner is set below 78 degrees • Use compact fluorescent lamps. You can lower your lighting bill by converting to energy-efficient lowwattage compact fluorescent lighting and fixtures. • Replace old windows with new high performance dual pane windows. • Clean or replace furnace and air-conditioner filters regularly, following manufacturer’s instructions. • Set the water heater thermostat at 140 degrees or “normal.” If you have a dishwasher. Otherwise, set it at 120 degrees or “low.” Check your dishwasher to see if you can use 120 degree water. Follow the manufacturer’s direction on yearly maintenance to extend the life of your unit. • Fix defective plumbing or dripping faucets. A single dripping hot water faucet can waste 212 gallons of water a month. That not only increases water bills, but also increases the gas or electric bill for heating the water. • Wash only full loads in a dishwasher and use the shortest cycle that will get your dishes clean. If operating instructions allow, turn off the dishwasher before the drying cycle, open the door and let the dishes dry naturally. • Install shades, awnings or sunscreens on windows facing south and/or west to block summer light. In winter, open shades on sunny days to help warm rooms. • Close the damper when the fireplace is not being used. Try not to use the fireplace and central heating system at the same time. More about thermostats and heating and cooling your home: You can easily save energy in the winter by setting the thermostat to 68°F (20°C) when you’re at home and awake, and lowering it when you’re asleep or away. This strategy is effective and inexpensive if you are willing to adjust the thermostat by hand and wake up in a chilly house. In the summer, you can follow the same strategy with central air conditioning, too, by keeping your house warmer than normal when you are away, and lowering the thermostat setting to 78°F (26°C) only when you are at home and need cooling. A common misconception associated with thermostats is that a furnace works harder than normal to warm the space back to a comfortable temperature after the thermostat has been set back, resulting in little or no savings. This misconception has been dispelled by years of research and numerous studies. The fuel required to reheat a building to a comfortable temperature is roughly equal to the fuel saved as the building drops to the lower temperature. You save fuel between the time that the temperature stabilizes at the lower level and the next time heat is needed. So, the longer your house remains at the lower temperature, the more energy you save. Another misconception is that the higher you raise a thermostat, the more heat the furnace will put out, or that the house will warm up faster if the thermostat is raised higher. Furnaces put out the same amount of heat no matter how high the thermostat is set—the variable is how long it must stay on to reach the set temperature. In the winter, significant savings can be obtained by manually or automatically reducing your thermostat’s temperature setting for as little as four hours per day. These savings can be attributed to a building’s heat loss in the winter, which depends greatly on the difference between the inside and outside temperatures. For example, if you set the temperature back on your thermostat for an entire night, your energy savings will be substantial. By turning your thermostat back 10° to 15° for 8 hours, you can save about 5% to 15% a year on your heating bill—a savings of as much as 1% for each degree if the setback period is eight hours long. The percentage of savings from setback is greater for buildings in milder climates than for those in more severe climates. In the summer, you can achieve similar savings by keeping the indoor temperature a bit higher when you’re away than you do when you’re at home must be submitted to Park Management in WRITING and must be SIGNED. Only the person with the problem or concern may file the complaint. None will be accepted from third parties on behalf of someone else. Forms are available in a bin on the wall next to the bulletin board in the main clubhouse AND in most issues of the El Toro. If you want your elected SR1 Assn leadership help you, please provide a copy to the SR-1 Assn. Give a copy to any member of the board or fill out the form on the website. COMPLAINTS/ Suggestions or Reports Disposal of Old Medications What’s in your medicine cabinet? Pharmaceuticals have a shelf-life, just like any other product. Eventually, they all become unusable. It is important to get rid of unused and unwanted prescription and over-the-counter medications to prevent misuse by older adults and to keep them away from young people. Pharmaceuticals can be dangerous for the environment if improperly disposed. Unfortunately at this time, there is no simple disposal option – so medications are being flushed down toilets and thrown out with the garbage. As a result, traces of pharmaceuticals have started showing up in drinking water supplies and in land fills, polluting the environment. To prevent harm to the environment, unused medications should be disposed of at the following locations in Alameda County: Alameda County HHW Dropoff Site - Hayward (For residents of Alameda County only) 2091 West Winton Avenue, Hayward, CA Ted’s Drugs, 27453 Hesperian Blvd., Hayward, CA Other disposal sites are listed at: http://www.acseniors-medisposal.net/disposal_sites.html 9 NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH - SPANISH RANCH 1 FEBRUARY 12, 2012 7:00 PM 1. WELCOME & SIGN IN (7 attended) 2. GALE BLETH: CRIME PREVENTION SPECIALIST, HAYWARD POLICE DEPT. (Not Available) 3. POLICE OFFICER: TODD SHAHEEN - Officer answered multiple questions and concerns that the SR1 residents had. Talked about the difference between fireworks and gun shots and how to distinguish the sounds. Also the Police have no control over the speeding of vehicles in the park. We would have to contact the Traffic Division attn: Sgt. Chad Olitoff to get that changed. He suggests that the residents take down license numbers with dates and times and give them to management. 4. CRIME IN PARK: Empty Houses-Keep your eyes open as to persons (scavengers) getting into sheds and around the back of homes and breaking screens to gain entry. JUDY ALLEN-RODGERS: Beware of Door to Door Carpet Salespersons offering carpet cleaning specials. Multiple complaints from residents. PATTY SMITH: Home on Salamanca damaged by hit and run vehicle. 5. OPEN FORUM: We started our first SR1 Neighborhood Walk on Wednesday 2-5-13. We met in front of the main clubhouse at 6:30 pm. 5 people were in attendance and everyone seemed to have a great time. We will be expanding to more days when the weather gets warmer. REMINDER!! Please wear reflective gear or carry a flashlight so to be seen by motorists. 6. HAYWARD NEIGHBORHOOD ALERT- There is still time to signup for the Community Academy starting on 2-19-13 (Free 9-week Course). If interested contact Gale Bleth at 510-293-7151. Next Hayward Neighborhood Alert meeting is: March 27, 2013 7:00 pm at Southland Mall - General Meeting 7. PLEASE CHECK City website for info: http://www.c.i.hayward. ca.us/ 8. NEXT SPANISH RANCH 1 NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH MEETS: Tuesday April 9, 2013 7:00 pm at the Small Clubhouse on Granada Drive. 9. NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH TEAM: Peggy Nichols #782-8950, Clint Dean #266.0979, Patty Little #783-1534 and Judy Allen-Rodgers #785-4894 STOP GRAFFITI REWARD PROGRAM $500 REWARD RECOMPENSA For information that leads to the arrest and conviction of graffiti vandals in Hayward. Para información que dará lugar a la detención y a la convicción de los delincuentes de graffiti en Hayward. Call: 510-583-5500 English & Español More info: www.hayward-ca-gov Plumbing issues: baby wipes • disposable diapers feminine supplies • Depends® or large amounts of rice, potatoes or GREASE! Please do not flush: 10 . . . . . . . BARGAINS! BARGAINS! . . . . . . . Saturday, April 13, 2013 • 9 am-3pm at the Spanish Ranch Main Clubhouse • • • THE SNACK BAR WILL BE OPEN. • • • Come and have lunch before or after you browse for bargains. And.... bring a donation for the Alameda County Food Bank barrel. Tables are $12 and MUST be reserved! Contact Patty Little, 783-1534, to see if any are left. Tables are limited. PAID reservations must be made by April 6. RESIDENTS! Please talk up this event to your friends but mention that there is no street parking! Note to vendors: The Clubhouse will be open to vendors only at 7 pm Friday evening for setup. Cover tables to protect the surface before set up. Doors open 7:30 am Saturday for vendors, and at 9:00 am for the public. No tires or excessively greasy or dirty items please. 11 Excerpts from the By-Laws: Duties of Officers Article III Membership SECTION 1: All legal residents of Spanish Ranch 1 Mobile Home Park are automatically members of the Association, without levy, upon establishment of residence. Legal residents shall be defined as those residents who are registered with the management of the park and of legal voting age as defined by the State of California. shall be a de facto member of all committees and shall assist all committees as necessary. c. SECRETARY: The Secretary shall record and publish the Minutes of the monthly meetings of both the Association and the monthly meetings of the Board of Directors in the El Toro. Should neither the President nor the Vice-President be available, the Secretary shall assume the duties of the President of the Association. The Secretary will also receive, file and send correspondence as directed by required (with the approval of the Association. Recommendations and reports from the Board of Directors’ monthly meeting will be included in the published minutes discussed at the Association’s monthly meeting for review by the residents. All pertinent new information will be included in Minutes of the monthly Association meeting. d. TREASURER: The Treasurer shall receive, deposit and dispense Association funds as directed by the Association members. The Treasurer will keep written records of all transactions and will report the status of the Association’s funds at the Association’s Board’s monthly meetings. At any meeting which the If the treasurer cannot attend, an Association monthly meeting, , a Treasurer’s Report will be supplied to the members and read by the President. t at the Association’s monthly meeting. The treasurer will provide a monthly accounting for publication in the El Toro detailing income and expenses. The Treasurer shall also prepare an annual budget and present it to the Association for approval present it to the Association for approval May Board meeting for approval and then for publication in the El Toro by the deadline for the July issue by the June Association meeting. Article IV Elected Officers SECTION 1: The elected officers of the Association shall be the President, Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer. The office of President shall be filled by one person but any two of the remaining three offices may be held concurrently by a single individual. SECTION 2: The term of office shall be for one year based upon a fiscal year beginning May 1 and ending April 30. The maximum term of service for any office shall be two consecutive terms. SECTION 3: The Duties of the elected Officers shall be as follows: a. PRESIDENT: The President shall preside at the Association meetings, Board of Directors meetings, and when the Association feels necessary, meet with Management to represent the residents of the park and their concerns to foster and maintain unity and cooperation within the park. The President will only vote as a tiebreaker and will make sure that all Association by-laws are adhered to. b. VICE-PRESIDENT: The Vice-President shall assume the duties of the president when the President is unavailable. He/She shall assist the President as requested by the President. The Vice-President ATTENTION! Soliciting donations or work, door-to-door sales of any kind, door-knob hanging or distributing ads or flyers by entities outside the park is Exterior changes to Your Home Require a Permit! A permit is required for most physical changes to your home. The State Department of Housing & Community Development (HCD) requires a permit for exterior changes, such as: • awning extensions • room additions • air conditioner installations • porches • storage shed construction • decks Park managers are required by HCD to sign off on a permit application for exterior items. HCD also requires permits for changing your homes’ interior as well, but management does not get involved in this area. The management office has plot plan forms required for the permit application. Teresa Cruz, Park manager PROHIBITED! DON’T let anyone into your home! TELL the intruders that soliciting is not allowed and if they do not leave the park immediately, call the police! Then report them to the office. Help keep our residents safe! 12 Minutes of the SR1 Board Meeting—February 7, 2013 Meetings of the elected Spanish Ranch I Executive Board are held on the first Thursday of each month (unless otherwise announced) at 7:00 p.m. in the main clubhouse. ALL residents are welcome to attend! Meeting called to order at 7 p.m. The Pledge of Allegiance was said. In attendance: Present were Pat, Dawn, Jeanie, Peggy, Barbara, Brenda, Clint and Marvin. Jerry was sick. One guest. Minutes of the December meeting were reviewed and approved. Treasurer’s Report: E-mailed in advance of the meeting showing a balance of $1,291.34, and was approved. Resident Concerns: A resident brought a concern about the park drinking water. She had the aerator screens from various faucets in her home showing them full of debris. She had contacted the City of Hayward and was told everything within the borders of the park were the responsibility of the owners. Management told her they meet applicable standards and there was nothing further they were required to do. After looking at the dirty filters, it was the opinion of several that this is caused by corrosion of the galvanized pipe connecting to the PVC pipe in her relatively new home, and that short of having the house replumbed, there wasn’t much to be done. The water supply of the City itself is thought to be of good quality and the city regularly supplies water quality reports to its residents. Several suggested a filter system on the tap. PRESIDENT’S REPORT Pat met with manager Teresa Cruz to go over some old telephone lists to see who still lives here with an eye to adding these to a phone tree for emergency notifications that we’re trying to get started. On the subject of turning off water to the whole park to do work, management explained that water isolation valves installed in 1971-74 weren’t used or tested regularly and so aren’t functional. The park will continue to work on this problem. The repaving of park streets is on track with preliminary repairs being made to problem areas. SOCIAL Chili Supper: Date is February 23, 2013, with a reservation deadline of February 16. A committee was set up to handle the details and Jeanie volunteered to get a flyer for distribution midmonth. This will also promote the Creek Cleanup so the cost can be shared by NERT. COMMITTEES: A Flea Market is planned for April 13 and Patty Little is in charge. Tables have gone up to $12. Helping Hand—Mavin handled one yard this month and wishes people would get after their yards while the ground is still soft from the rains. COMMUNITY: NERT: A creek cleanup is scheduled for the 16th and the creek is in serious need of attention since it’s been four months since we last picked up. Neighborhood Watch meets February 12. The first of the Wednesday evening walks attracted about a dozen people. The evening walks will be increased as the weather warms up and it stays light longer. OLD BUSINESS: HMOA—Next meeting is March 16 at New England Village. Jeanie Schultz agreed at the request of HMOA president Kathy Morris to be the point person for our park for the time being. Dawn, who is secretary of HMOA, read off notes from the January 19 meeting, and these appear elsewhere in this issue. NEW BUSINESS: Nominating Committee: No one present would agree to head up a nominating committee so a notice asking people to contact current board members if interested will continue but all are encouraged to ask around. Respectfully submitted, Jeanie Schultz, Secretary THWART THE THIEVES! Put your mail in the Treasurer’s Report for January 2013 STARTING BALANCE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $1,362.17 1-2-13 Printer Ink Cartridges for SR1 Treasurer’s (Monthly reports for 2011/2012) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . - 70.83 ––––––––– ENDING BALANCE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $1,291.34 Respectfully submitted, Peggy Nichols, Treasurer U.S. POSTAL SERVICE located in front of Main Clubhouse close to the street (near Park map). MAILBOX 13 14 Please Wear White at Night! Walking the dog? Walking home? There isn’t enough light in the park and… Main Clubhouse, Small Clubhouse and the BBQ area in the courtyard are available for your events! Both clubhouses and the BBQ area courtyard may be reserved by residents for private events. Call the office, 783-5535, for information. We Can’t See You in the Dark! Wear something white or reflective even if it’s just to throw a white sweater over your shoulders or around your waist. This simple precaution could prevent a tragedy. From the Editor Articles that appear in the El Toro are presented as an informational service to the residents. Contents are the option of the editor but do not necessarily represent the opinion of the editor, the homeowners association or management. Reader response is welcome. Your article must be in my paper tube at 28408 Granada Circle, or posted to my e-mail address, no later than the 10th of the month. All submissions must be signed with your name/phone number included, as any article must be verified. Your name will not appear, if you so request. Editor has the right to edit for space or libel. Articles considered in bad taste will not be printed. Submissions must meet the Editorial Guidelines as set forth by Mobile Home Park Magazines. If you are submitting an item someone e-mailed to you, COPY IT and PASTE it into a NEW e-mail window to send to us: [email protected] Thanks, Jeanie Schultz, editor Bookshelves in the Main Clubhouse are available for the free exchange of books by park residents. Stop by and browse any time the clubhouse is open. Come Get a Book! BUS SCHEDULE INFORMATION Route number 68 (which replaced line 77), a 2-directional circular route, services both the South Hayward BART station, as well as the Union Landing Shopping Center. Weekdays, going to South Hayward BART, board the bus across the street at Tampa / Folsom (where the park is) hourly from 6:16am until 8:16pm, arriving at BART at 6:23am until 8:23pm. Weekends / Holidays, service is from 6:44am until 6:44pm. Weekdays, returning from South Hayward BART, board the “counter-clockwise”, Tampa directional bus hourly from 6:30am until 8:30pm, arriving Spanish Ranch at 6:42am until 8:42pm. Weekends and Holidays, service is from 6:00am until 6:00pm. Weekdays, going to Union Landing, board the bus at the corner in front of the 2 houses at Tampa / Folsom hourly from 6:47am until 8:47pm, arriving at Union Landing at 7:04am until 9:04pm. On Weekends/ Holidays, service is from 6:47am until 6:47pm Weekdays, returning from Union Landing, Board the “clockwise”, Tampa directional bus hourly from 5:59am until 7:59PM, arriving Spanish Ranch at 6:16am until 8:16pm. Weekends / Holidays, service is from 8:27am until 6:27pm. Additional frequency (now every 45 minutes, as opposed to every 1-2 hours) has been added to the “Tuesday & Friday” shopper’s shuttle (Spanish Ranch to Southland – Route 391). Busses now leave the Spanish Ranch Clubhouse at 10:10, 10:55, 11:40am, 12:25, 1:10, and 1:55pm and arrive at Southland Mall at 10:35, 11:20am, 12:05, 12:50, 1:35, and 2:20pm. NOTE – The last trip leaving Spanish Ranch at 1:55pm which arrives at Southland Mall at 2:20pm has no direct return trip back to Spanish Ranch. Return trips leave Southland Mall at 10:42, 11:27am, 12:12, 12:57 and 1:42pm, arriving back at Spanish Ranch at 10:55, 11:40am, 12:25, 1:10, and 1:55pm. Route 22: For those who wish to walk to/from Tennyson Ave, on weekdays route 22 will go to the South Hayward BART station every 30 minutes from 6:22am until 11:22pm weekdays, and hourly on weekends and holidays from 6:22am until 11:22pm. From the South Hayward BART station going down Tennyson will leave every 30 minutes from 6:04am until 11:04pm weekdays, and hourly on weekends and holidays from 7:03am until 12:03am. Route 22 is a circular route, serving Tennyson, Hesperian (both Chabot College and Southland Mall), Winton, and both Hayward and South Hayward BART stations along Mission Blvd. Visit AC Transit’s web site at www.actransit.org for more information. AC TRANSIT FARES — $2.00 ages 18-64, ages 5-17 and 65+ are $1.00. Transfer good for 1.5 hours is an add’l 25¢. 15 MARCH SUN FEB 24 MON FEB 25 TUES FEB 26 WED FEB 27 2013 THURS FEB 28 FRI 1 SAT 2 BINGO 12-3 3 4 5 6 7 SR-1 Assn Board Meeting 7:00 p.m. All residents are welcome to attend. 8 9 BUS 10:10 a.m. to 1:55 p.m. 10 El Toro Deadline 11 12 13 BUS 10:10 a.m. to 1:55 p.m. 15 16 14 LADIES CLUB DIME BINGO BUS 10:10 a.m. to 1:55 p.m. 18 19 20 21 LADIES CLUB HMOA 10 a.m. BUS 10:10 a.m. to 1:55 p.m. 22 New England Village Daylight Savings Begins 17 23 St. Patrick’s Day Good Friday LUNCH BUNCH BUS 10:10 a.m. to 1:55 p.m. BUS 10:10 a.m. to 1:55 p.m. 27 28 29 30 24 25 26 Palm Sunday BINGO 12-3 BUS 10:10 a.m. to 1:55 p.m. 31 APR 1 APR 2 BUS 10:10 a.m. to 1:55 p.m. APR 3 APR 4 BUS 10:10 a.m. to 1:55 p.m. APR 5 BUS 10:10 a.m. to 1:55 p.m. APR 6 Easter ELECTION OF OFCRS 16 BINGO 12-3