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REVITALIZATION OF THE LAGO SANTA MARGARITA BEACH CLUB BEGINS
Revitalization of the Lago Santa Margarita Beach Club is officially under way, with the demolition and new construction of the Beach Club Trellis that commenced Wednesday, January 20, and is scheduled for completion in March. The existing wood trellis is nearly 30 years and requires removal and replacement in order to ensure structural building codes and safety and to maintain SAMLARC’s community aesthetic standards. The Fiesta Room will remain open during construction. However, please note that the Beach Club restrooms will be closed during business hours until the end of February.
Please contact Cary Haine, Capital & Reserve Project Manager, at (949) 709-0018 for questions or concerns. Be sure to check back for the latest project updates regarding the Beach Club!
MEET THE 2016 BOARD OF DIRECTOR CANDIDATES
Four candidates are running for three positions on the SAMLARC Board of Directors that will open up in the upcoming 2016 SAMLARC Election. Two are incumbent and two are new. Read below for the Candidate Statements to become familiar with the candidates who are seeking your vote in the SAMLARC Election. The 2016 SAMLARC Board of Directors Election and Annual Meeting will take place on Thursday, February 25, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. in The Bell Tower Regional Community Center. For additional Election information, CLICK HERE.
Candidate Statement for Robert Dickson:
Hello, my name is Dr. Robert Dickson. My family and I are proud residents of the SAMLARC community. We are a family of 6 making this our home, a place to raise our children. My main goal will be keeping SAMLARC relevant, ensuring positive changes for the community and transparency. SAMLARC’s role is more than just planning activities in Rancho Santa Margarita but to keep our homes and neighborhoods safe with the emphasis being on individual homeowner accountability. By keeping our neighborhoods and community in pristine condition it will help to preserve the value of our homes and make Rancho Santa Margarita a desirable place for families to live.
The love and importance of my community & family is something that I hold very dear and never take for granted. These values have been instilled in me from living abroad and throughout the United States while obtaining my Doctorate in Chemical Engineering and Masters in Conflict Management. If elected, you can be assured that you will have someone looking out for you and this beautiful city we all call home. The leadership skills that I would bring to the board are with contracts, mediation, and conflict resolution just to name a few.
As a Board member, I will remember that all members need a voice and SAMLARC has the right to hear all of its members; keeping an open mind and heart. I thank you for your support during the election process.
Candidate Statement for Gary Thompson (Incumbent):
“As a SAMLARC member, resident, and homeowner since 1987, I have had the distinct honor of serving on the SAMLARC Board of Directors in its founding years, and most recently as your Board President the last two years. I was also a key leader in Rancho Santa Margarita achieving cityhood on January 1, 2000, and was elected to four terms on Rancho Santa Margarita's City Council—serving two terms as Mayor—before retiring from public office. I am running for re-election to the SAMLARC Board of Directors because of my deep community roots, my desire to continue the transformation of SAMLARC in its responsibilities of openness and accountability, and my desire to continue to ensure that SAMLARC is managed in the most cost effective manner possible maintaining a balanced budget and assessments as low as possible.
Over the last two years as President, I have led a concerted effort to balance the annual operating budget each year, and limit spending on capital projects to only those that provide a significant benefit to the membership, while maintaining assessments at the current rate.
I am currently employed as the City Manager of the City of Jurupa Valley in Riverside County, a city of approximately 98,800 population covering 45 square miles. I hold a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from California State University, Long Beach.
I have a compelling compassion for transparency and accountability, balancing budgets, and maintaining assessments at the lowest level possible. I respectfully ask for your vote.”
Candidate Statement for Shanna Wexelblatt:
It is with great enthusiasm that I am applying for the opportunity to run for a position on the SAMLARC Board of Directors. I believe my skill set, along with my personal and professional experiences will allow me to advance the strategic priorities of the association. I am dedicated, supportive, open-minded, an innovative thinker, and a team player. I have lived in Rancho Santa Margarita for seven years, and have loved every minute being part of this special community. My family especially enjoys the parks and walking trails with our dogs. In my career role as a financial strategist/financial counselor, I have been a member of the RSM Chamber of Commerce since 2014, and have been involved in the city events Ranchofest and Fallfest.
I am excited at the opportunity to give back to my community by serving on the Board of Directors for SAMLARC. As a General Board member, I would work cooperatively with SAMLARC leadership and members to assist the association in accomplishing outcome-oriented goals, advancing strategy, and articulating future goals and objectives.
We have a lot to protect as we prepare for the future of our SAMLARC community. I am dedicated to helping us move gently forward, while guarding our resources fiercely, including the HOA fees that each of us contribute. Thank you for your consideration.
Candidate Statement for Jeff Halbreich (Incumbent):
Thank you for considering me to continue on the SAMLARC Board of Directors for another term. I’ve learned a lot over the past 2 years as the Secretary and Vice-President (current) of this board. My goal is to continue working with this great SAMLARC team to keep our parks and amenities beautiful and current and to maintain reasonable dues.
I am a U.S. Army Veteran, and nine-year resident of this community with a young family and we enjoy all that SAMLARC provides from the 4th of July spectacular to the Christmas tree lighting. If re-elected, I will continue the fiscal responsibility and accountability we’ve implemented over the past 2 years and use my 16 years of experience as a Certified Financial Planner and small business owner to stay on top of these issues.
I’m proud to have implemented the level of transparency this association deserves by holding all contract votes in open session. I’m also proud that we implemented a multi-bid process when looking to renew contracts along with the process of when to re-bid projects.
Water conservation is a big issue for SAMLARC as well and I’ll continue to work with our landscape consultant who has done a great job finding opportunities for water conservation.
I enjoy volunteering in our community and look forward to the opportunity to continue serving as a SAMLARC Board of Director.
SAVE THE DATES FOR THESE UPCOMING SAMLARC EVENTS
Stay tuned for updates and event information on SAMLARC.org and Rancho Living!
New Member Welcome
Saturday, February 20, 2016
9:30 - 10:30 a.m.
Beach Club Fiesta Room
SAMLARC Annual Meeting and Election
Thursday, February 25, 2016
The Bell Tower Regional Community Center
Annual Wine and Cheese
Saturday, May 14, 2016
5:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Lago Santa Margarita Beach Club
Saturday, June 18, 2016
7:00 - 10:00 a.m.
NEXT REGULAR MEETING OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
The next Regular Open Session meeting of the Board of Directors will take place on February 23, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. in the Fiesta Room at the SAMLARC Beach Club and Lagoon.
SAMLARC meetings are only open to SAMLARC Members. The Board Agenda and packet is typically uploaded after 8:00 p.m. on the Friday prior to the meeting. Please log in to view the packet at About Us / Board of Directors / Agendas.
MEET THE NEWEST VISITORS TO THE LAKE
You may have noticed a pair of white birds frequenting Lago Santa Margarita, along with the Canadian geese, mallards, blue heron, cormorants, coots, wrens and turtles. The Lake welcomed two new visitors last week, which are classified as the American White Pelicans. The American White Pelican is a fresh water bird whose primary habitat range extends throughout the North American West. Large lakes and ponds of the American prairies provide ideal nesting and feeding grounds during the warmer months of the year. The possible reason for the presence of the pelicans could be due to availability of small carp to feed, as well as the drought, which has eliminated other potential water locations.
In the past few months, the Lake has become home to a number of waterfowl. One of the main food sources for the American White Pelican is a fish known as carp. Carp are in abundance at the Lake and are known to eat other fish. A reduction in the carp population would be a benefit to other fish in the Lake.
The following link provides additional information about the American White Pelican: http://www.conservenature.org/learn_about_wildlife/prairie/white_pelican.htm.
PROJECT UPDATES - For all current projects in progress, read about it HERE.
SAMLARC would like to remind homeowners of the correct address to which monthly assessment payments should be made. The address is:
P.O. Box 512989
Los Angeles, CA 90051-0989
Homeowners are further reminded that they are invited to pay their monthly assessments at the SAMLARC Business Office. Please be advised that only checks are accepted for payment and the SAMLARC Business Office is required to mail received checks to the address above.
For a complete list of current projects and project updates, click HERE.
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VOLUNTEERING IN SAMLARCVolunteers are key to any successful community. Residents who have a vested interest in community events and activities are the volunteers who drive SAMLARC's unique sense of community spirit. Volunteer involvement and participation includes the planning and implementation of community events, activities and recreation programs. Volunteers are becoming the key promoters in mobilizing the neighborhoods and villages of SAMLARC.
If you are interested in volunteering at any of SAMLARC's events or expanding SAMLARC's programs by providing your own unique services, time and/or resources, click here for more information.
CHANGING YOUR PASSWORD
Are you looking to change your password and don't know how? First log in using your current password and click here. Your personal information should be visible along with a "change password" button. By pressing the button, you can easily change your password. Please note: You MUST be logged on in order for your information to be visible. For further assistance email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
PARK RESERVATION SYSTEM
SAMLARC has made it even easier for residents to request park reservations! Now you can reserve, view and pay for park use online. More Info
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