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News & Announcements
NEXT REGULAR MEETING OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
The next Regular Open Session meeting of the Board of Directors will take place on February 24, 2015 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 packet is uploaded after 8:00 p.m. on the Friday prior to the meeting. For Agenda and packets, please log into About Us / Board of Directors / Agendas.
MAKE YOUR VOTE COUNT IN THE SAMLARC ELECTION!
One of the initiatives the SAMLARC Board of Directors has undertaken is amending the SAMLARC Governing Documents. There are three main factors the Board of Directors considered in its decision to move forward with this initiative:
1. SAMLARC’s Bylaws have been in place since March 27, 1986. Many changes have occurred since
then, such as the transition from builder control and build-out of the community. Therefore, a
number of provisions in these documents have become obsolete.
2. Federal and State laws have been implemented over the years including the most recent January 1,
2014 amendments to the California Davis-Stirling Common Interest Development Act, and the
documents need to be updated to reflect the changes in the law.
3. The amendments will clarify SAMLARC and Member responsibilities, streamline the election
process, revise quorum requirements and otherwise address confusing or undesirable provisions.
At the SAMLARC Board of Directors Meeting held April 22nd, the Board of Directors took action to begin the process of amending specific provisions in the SAMLARC Governing Documents including:
• Technical revisions to update Civil Code references
• Removal of references and sections related to the Declarant which was the original builder
• Direct voting of all ballots cast by members
The most important revision impacting you as a member of SAMLARC is direct voting of all ballots cast by Members. Delegates would still be required to attend the SAMLARC Election to meet the quorum requirement. The amendments, if approved by the voters, would eliminate the current practice of the Delegates casting the votes on behalf of their community or association Members. The amendments are intended to assure that every ballot and vote cast by a Member will be counted through direct voting of the Membership.
The current provisions call for Delegates to cast the ballots or votes on behalf of the Members in their Delegate District. Consequently, if votes are submitted and the Delegate does not attend the Election, the votes cast by the Members of that Delegate District do not count! The Board’s intent is to correct this so that every ballot that is submitted and vote that is cast counts!
An election is required to amend the SAMLARC Governing Documents. The SAMLARC Election is scheduled to take place February 26, 2015. Ballots will be mailed in January. If you support the action of the SAMLARC Board of Directors including direct voting of all ballots cast by members, this is what you can do:
1. Attend the Town Hall meeting to occur in January 2015 to become informed.
2. Mail in your ballot with a yes vote for the amendments.
3. Encourage your family, friends and neighbors who are homeowners in SAMLARC to cast their ballot
with a yes vote.
4. Know who your Delegate is and encourage them and stress to them the importance of attending the
Election to meet the quorum requirements as well as cast the votes as directed by the Members of
your association or neighborhood Delegate District.
If you are a Delegate and you support the action of the SAMLARC Board of Directors including direct voting of all ballots cast by members, you can:
1. Attend the SAMLARC Election on February 26, 2015 to help establish the required quorum.
2. Cast the votes as directed by the Members in your Delegate District in the same manner as in an
election of Directors.
3. Publicize the ballot initiative in your newsletters and other means of reaching your members.
The proposed amendments to SAMLARC Governing Documents are attached below for review and consideration. Please view by clicking on the links below:
Proposed Amendments to SAMLARC Governing Documents - BYLAWS
Proposed Amendments to SAMLARC Governing Documents - CCRs
Proposed Amendments to SAMLARC Governing Documents - Amended Articles of Incorporation
SPECIAL MEETING TO VIEW BALLOT OPENING:
There will be a Special Meeting of the Board of Directors for SAMLARC Members to view the opening of the Ballots on:
February 25, 2014
Fiesta Room Beach Club
21472 Avenida de los Fundadores.
ANNUAL MEETING AND ELECTION: PLEASE NOTE: Deadline for Ballots is Tuesday, February 24, 2015 at the SAMLARC Business Office by 5:00 p.m. No late Ballots will be accepted.
The SAMLARC Annual Meeting and Election will take place on Thursday, February 26, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. at the Bell Tower Regional Community Center located at 22232 El Paseo in the Grand Ballroom.
The following Candidates are running for the SAMLARC Board of Directors:
Vicki Hoff (Incumbent)
Susan M. Kaye (Incumbent)
GETTING TO KNOW YOUR DELEGATE
What is a Delegate? According to the CC&Rs, a Delegate refers to the person appointed to represent all of the Members (Homeowners) within a Delegate District. A Delegate District includes sub maintenance corporations and neighborhoods that are not in a sub maintenance.
For a list of current Delegates and the Delegate representing your Delegate District, click here.
The Board of Directors has approved the 2015 Budget. To access, please log into About Us / 2015 Approved Budget or CLICK HERE.
2015 PROPOSED CHANGES TO THE POLICIES & GUIDELINES AND ARCHITECTURAL STANDARDS
The SAMLARC Board of Directors is considering adopting proposed changes to the Policies & Guidelines as well as the Architectural Standards. The documents attached to these links were mailed to all SAMLARC Members November 28, 2014. The purpose of these proposed revisions to SAMLARC’s governing documents is to stay current with changing laws, add up-to-date architectural requirements, eliminate policies that are no longer pertinent and to add clarity to existing Architectural Standards or Policies & Guidelines. The proposed effective date of the rule changes is February 15, 2015. Before adopting or amending an Operating Rule, the SAMLARC Membership must be provided a minimum notice of 30 days of proposed revisions. All comments must be submitted in writing by 5:00 p.m., Monday, January 19, 2015. A decision on the proposed revisions will be made at the SAMLARC Board of Directors meeting scheduled for 6:00 p.m., January 27, 2015 at the Lago Santa Margarita Beach Club Fiesta Room located at 21472 Avenida de los Fundadores. Should you wish to comment on the proposed revisions, you may submit your comments via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or to our business address at:
SAMLARC – Board of Directors (Rule Changes)
22342-A Avenida Empresa, Suite 102A
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688
Tel: (949) 709-0014 ▪ Fax: (949) 589-5090
Links to the proposed changes are below:
Notice of Proposed 2015 Rule Changes
2015 Proposed Architectural Standards
2015 Proposed Polices and Guidelines
El Camino Montana Turf Removal Project
SAMLARC has received approval from Municipal Water District of Orange County (MWDOC) for a rebate application for turf removal along the South side of El Camino Montana. Converting turf to planters supports Santa Margarita Water District (SMWD) and MWDOC improved water use efficiency standards. The project benefits SAMLARC by creating a more natural transition zone between El Camino Montana and the adjacent open area. Elevated shrubs will create a natural boundary with enhanced aesthetics. The rebate offsets 100% of the cost of the renovation.
Turf removal will be completed with the first phase of planting by January 12, 2015 with remaining Acacia to be planted at the end of the month. SAMLARC has installed 'Landscape Renovation' signs to identify the Project area.
Monte Vista Park Monument Sign
Construction and landscaping of a new Park Monument Sign commenced on Monday, December 8th at Monte Vista Park and is scheduled to be completed by January 30, 2015.
LED Bollard Fixtures
The installation of LED bollard fixtures began the week of January 12 at Trabuco Mesa Park. Completion of the installation, at all the remaining parks and trails, is scheduled for February 27, 2015.
SAMLARC's DROUGHT MANAGEMENT PLAN IS APPROVED BY THE SANTA MARGARITA WATER DISTRICT (SMWD)
In response to the State mandated requirement to cut irrigation use by 20%, SAMLARC met with Santa Margarita Water District (SMWD) to discuss specific opportunities to manage cutbacks in a manner that would be of the least adverse impact to the SAMLARC community. Working with its landscape consultant, SAMLARC developed a Drought Management Plan that has been submitted to SMWD and has resulted in an overall water use decrease of 26% August through October 2014. This is an improvement of 6% over the Santa Margarita Water District (SMWD) required reduction of 20%. SAMLARC has been able to achieve this reduction as a result of a historical legacy and focus on efficient use of water and budget resources. The following provide examples of decisions that have been made that have and are contributing greatly to SAMLARC’s ability to better manage water in 2014.
One component of the Drought Management Plan is to forgo “over-seeding” of Hybrid Bermuda in winter 2015. The community has seven sports fields that have historically been over-seeded annually for protection as well as appearance. Over-seeding with Rye grass brings up a winter grass that keeps the fields a more uniform green. However, it takes a significant amount of water to establish the over-seeded fields. During this drought period SAMLARC is foregoing over-seeding and has implemented additional mitigation efforts to allow local youth sports groups to utilize the fields while protecting the turf. Not over-seeding will reduce irrigation usage of the fields by an estimated 45% during the winter months. The impacted sports fields are located at Altisima Park, Arroyo Vista Park, Cañada Vista Park, Tijeras Creek Park, Trabuco Mesa Park, Vista Verde Park and Monte Vista Park. Hybrid Bermuda goes dormant when soil temperatures drop below 50 degrees. Dormant Bermuda is brown. During a moderate winter, as we have had the past few years when the soil temperatures drop but are above 50 degrees, the turf can appear to be a “blotchy” green and brown without the over-seed crop. Residents should be aware that the turf, although brown in appearance in winter, continues to have a healthy root system and will turn green again in the warmer spring months.
To better manage irrigation water use, the SAMLARC Board of Directors made a commitment 4th quarter 2013 to invest in Hydro-Point web based controllers to replace outdated hard wired controllers. SAMLARC applied for and received rebates that offset 29% of the overall investment with new controllers coming on-line in late April 2014 at the same time the Governor of California signed an Executive Order requiring state water districts to take drastic steps to reduce water use. The new controllers have allowed SAMLARC to run irrigation much more efficiently in conjunction with stepped up efforts by SAMLARC’s landscape vendor to monitor, repair and fine tune irrigation systems throughout the community.
SAMLARC also implemented a plan in 4th quarter 2013 to reduce the amount of turf in the community to decrease irrigation requirements. The first conversion was completed June 2014 on the East side of Antonio Parkway between San Marco Street and the Foothill Transportation Corridor. Converting over 17,000 square feet of turf to planters supported SMWD improved water use efficiency standards. The project also benefitted SAMLARC by creating a more natural transition zone between Antonio Parkway and the adjacent open area. Elevated shrubs are creating a natural boundary with enhanced aesthetics. SAMLARC qualified for a rebate that offset 92% of the cost of the renovation.
SAMLARC has most recently received confirmation that it has qualified for a rebate commitment for 37,195 square feet of turf removal along El Camino Montana. This project will entail the removal of sections of turf along narrower portions of the street where turf irrigation overspray and water runoff is hard to control. Drought tolerant California friendly ground cover, shrubs and mulch will be installed in place of turf. The rebate will offset the entire cost of the renovation and will result in ongoing water savings and improved aesthetics. Work has commenced and planting is anticipated to be completed by the third week of December. SAMLARC is currently considering additional locations where turf can effectively be removed to reduce watering needs while also protecting community aesthetics.
Although the drought situation continues to be serious and challenging, SAMLARC continues to evaluate opportunities to reduce overall water use while protecting and enhancing community aesthetics.
RICHARD REESE PRESENTATION: VISION THEMES AND DESIGN OF RSM
Check out this informative presentation by Richard Reese, Rancho Santa Margarita planner.
RANCHO LIVING Did you know Rancho Living is available online? Click here to view the latest issue of Rancho Living.
If you wish to go paperless and opt-out of upcoming issues of Rancho Living in print, simply email your name and address to Charlene.Ponce@fsresidential.com to be removed from the mailing list. Please note that it may take one to two issues for this change to take effect.
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 email@example.com.
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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