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Why are Fish Dying at the Lake?
Many of you who visit the Lake on a regular basis may see from time-to-time fish floating on the surface. Last September, the Lake experienced a severe bloom of what is known as Golden Algae. Golden Algae, or Prymneisum parvum blooms are not a public health threat. Golden Algae Bloom produces a toxin which can be deadly to fish (it has not been known to have a negative effect on other wildlife, livestock or humans). The first confirmed blooms in North America were identified in Texas in 1985. Golden Algae invaded the water systems in 15 other states including California in 2008. It arrived in many local urban lakes in Orange County last year. Scientists have not yet found a method to eradicate Golden Algae. At this point, it is a matter of managing the conditions of the Lake to minimize the occurrence of a bloom.
Lago Santa Margarita is attended to by a licensed Lake Biologist who monitors and treats the Lake on a regular and consistent basis in an effort to control and minimize Golden Algae blooms. However, from time-to-time you might see a small number of fish who were unable to survive even a minor Golden Algae bloom. Should you have any questions, or wish additional information, please feel free to contact SAMLARC CEO Candice Fullenkamp at Candice.Fullenkamp@fsresidential.com or (949) 709-0015.
PLEASE NOTE: In observance of Thanksgiving, the SAMLARC Business Office and Beach Club will be closed on Thursday, November 26 and Friday, November 27, 2015. Have a safe and happy holiday!
NEXT REGULAR MEETING OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
The next Regular Open Session meeting of the Board of Directors will take place on December 15, 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 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.
CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING ON SATURDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2015 - FESTIVITIES BEGIN AT 5:00 PM
One of the most magical and memorable moments of the holiday season is the annual tradition of lighting the Christmas tree. Enjoy the moment with your family, friends, Santa and Mrs. Claus as SAMLARC lights its Christmas tree. This event is free for SAMLARC residents and their guests. SAMLARC has partnered with the Mercado del Lago to host back-to-back holiday events. The Christmas Tree Lighting festivities will begin at 5:00 p.m. at the Lakeshore. Santa and Mrs. Claus will arrive at the Christmas tree by boat shortly after, followed by the tree lighting. A musical performance by The Bridge Church will conclude the tree lighting portion. Attendees can enjoy tasty treats and hot cocoa!
For further information about the Christmas Tree Lighting, visit www.samlarc.org or contact Jessica Smillie, Community Lifestyle Manager, at email@example.com or call (949) 709-0013.
UPDATE ON MEASURE A - AMENDMENTS TO THE GOVERNING DOCUMENTS
When Measure A – Amendments to the Governing Documents, did not pass at the 28th Annual Meeting and Election, the Board deliberated on how to proceed as a result of not achieving the requisite votes needed to pass Measure A. The Measure included technical revisions to include updated Civil Code references; removal of references and sections related to the Declarant; and most importantly direct voting of all ballots cast by Members.
While the Board considered introducing a legislative bill for direct voting of all ballots cast by Members, the process takes time and it is highly recommended that a legislator sponsor or introduce the bill. “As the Board can see from the description of how a bill becomes law, there is the possibility of multiple hearings. A SAMLARC representative (or representatives) should be present to testify at those hearings in support of the bill. Fees and expenses associated with testimony at hearings could be substantial,” said Dan Nordberg, Corporate Counsel representative for SAMLARC.
With Corporate Counsel heading and managing the process, the estimated cost to SAMLARC is approximately $25,000. If this effort does not prove to be successful, the next option would be to secure a professional lobbying firm which could cost upward of $50,000 according to Corporate Counsel.
At the October 27, 2015 Board of Directors Meeting, the Board took action to not pursue legislation and instead to utilize the newly introduced Absentee Delegate Casting Ballot as a means to capture as many Member votes as possible. For more information regarding the Absentee Delegate Casting Ballot, be sure to visit SAMLARC.org and look under About Us and click on SAMLARC Election which has the SAMLARC Board of Directors Election Policies and Guidelines Manual that includes the Absentee Delegate Casting Ballot.
THE SAMLARC BOARD APPROVES OF REVISIONS TO THE POLICIES AND GUIDELINES AND ARCHITECTURAL STANDARDS FOR 2016
The Architectural Standards and Enforcement Policies, and Policies & Guidelines are reviewed and updated on an annual basis, and include review and recommendations from the Architectural Review Committee (ARC) and Covenant Committee.
The Policies & Guidelines and Architectural Standards are a part of the overall governing documents of SAMLARC and are intended to expand and explain covenants set forth in the CC&Rs. The purpose of the policy review is to add up-to-date policy and architectural requirements and eliminate policies that are no longer pertinent.
At the October 27, 2015 Board of Directors Meeting, the Board approved the proposed revisions to the Architectural Standards and Policies & Guidelines and the delivery of the proposed revised documents to the membership with the 2016 budget and 1365 package.
The approved revisions will be mailed to the Membership in the form of a disk, along with the 2016 budget and 1365 package, on November 13, 2015. This is also when the review period begins. Consideration of member comments, discussion, and final adoption will take place at the January 26, 2016 Board of Directors Meeting.
SNOW DAY 2016 CANCELLED DUE TO DROUGHT CONDITIONS - NEW EVENT TO BE SCHEDULED
Snow Day, which celebrates winter and provides children and families with the opportunity to experience snow without the time and expense of a trip to the mountains, has been cancelled due to the current drought and predictions of heavy rain from El Niño, estimated to occur between January through March of 2016. A new event will be designated in place of Snow Day, which will take place Spring or Fall of 2016. Stay tuned for the latest updates on SAMLARC.org!
SAMLARC THROUGH YOUR EYES PHOTO CONTEST WINNERS ANNOUNCEMENT
Congratulations to the winners of the second annual SAMLARC Through Your Eyes Photo Contest and thank you to all those who participated! There were 63 photo entries submitted, three categories, and a first, second and third place winner for two of the three categories. The panel of judges met on Tuesday, October 13 and selected the winning photos for each category. Please see below for the list of winners.
The Natural World
1st Place: “Take a Seat, Take a Stroll. Beauty Surrounds You” Dana Muscarella - $200.00 Target Gift Card
2nd Place: “The Super Blood Moon Eclipse” by Brian Littler - $100.00 Target Gift Card
3rd Place: “Sunrise Over Lago Santa Margarita” by Kristin Kartunen - $50.00 Target Gift Card
The SAMLARC Experience
1st Place: “July 4th Celebration” by Rick Seymour - $200.00 Target Gift Card
2nd Place: “Blue Lago” by Karthikeya Raja - $100.00 Target Gift Card
3rd Place: “Our Very Own Garden of Eden” by Faye Korb - $50.00 Target Gift Card
Our Animal Friends
1st Place: “Just Cruising Around” by Carol Anderson - $200.00 Target Gift Card
NEW SPECIES OF BIRDS AT THE LAKE BRINGS DIVERSITY AND INCREASED MAINTENANCE
You may have noticed new species of birds frequenting the Lakeshore, which means wildlife habitat is thriving at Lago Santa Margarita! The increase of bird species residing at the Lake also means an increase in clean-up efforts. SAMLARC has posted signs around the Lakeshore that state: “Watch for debris from birds in trees above – New wildlife habitat at Lake”. In addition, power washing of sidewalks occur daily as needed. The Lago is Rancho Santa Margarita’s gem, so it comes as no surprise that new bird species such as egrets, herons and double-crested cormorants have found a temporary place to call home.
FALL IS UPON US - GARDENING TIPS
Contributed by Kathie Wickham, C.C.N. Pro (California Certified Nursery Professional)
While the weather is still warm, a change in season is upon us! It’s time to think about fall plantings and garden upkeep.
Roses are still blooming, but might need a trim to encourage new blooms. Their real “haircut” isn’t until January, so just a little off the top! Those colorful annuals (which last one season) you planted late last winter, or early spring, are probably looking a little tired. Time for some new color! Try pansies, calendula, candytuft, foxglove, snapdragons, and alyssum. Most are available in pony packs. Plant them small and watch them grow!
Time to plant bulbs now, for amazing color later. Buy tulips, hyacinths, gladiolus, Dutch iris, and daffodils. Some need to be refrigerated a few weeks before you put them in the ground (a little faux winter before you plant). The directions will be on the packaging. Daffodils go right in the ground and will return to bloom for many years.
You are probably tired of tomatoes, zucchini, and did I mention tomatoes? Time to think about cool weather planting: broccoli, carrots, cauliflower, potatoes, lettuce, peas, radishes. Try seed for the last three mentioned. You may have to critter-proof your veggie garden since the local wildlife will want to share.
Watering and Fertilizing
We have been conserving water for some time now because of the drought. Reset your sprinklers to come on less often. Hand water containers and small planters.
They are predicting a wetter winter; which means we may have a greener spring, although we will wait and see. Fertilize roses and acid-loving plants now – azaleas, gardenias, camellias. Fall applications of a turf fertilizer will help your lawns stay healthy through the winter.
And last, but not least, fall brings some windy days. Have trees trimmed early in the fall to prevent the Santa Ana winds from downing one of your prized specimens.
KEEPING YOUR YARD LOOKING BEAUTIFUL THROUGH THE DROUGHT
Although the drought has affected everyone in one way or another, there are ways to keep your yard aesthetically pleasing, even as restrictions are placed on overall water usage, such as watering lawns and plants. Fellow SAMLARC homeowners Vicki and Brent Hoff got creative by simply dying their lawn green. They purchased a product called Monterey Green Lawn Pigment. It can be purchased at Green Thumb (at $49.99 per bottle), mixed it with water and applied with a garden sprayer. From pigment dyes to turf conversions, we want to know what innovative ideas you have implemented to keep your yard looking aesthetically pleasing through the drought. Submit your story and photos for a chance to be featured on SAMLARC.org and Facebook!
The Hoffs keep their lawn looking green by using pigment dye.
PREPARING FOR A RAINY SEASON
According to a recent article in the Los Angeles Times, “the latest government El Niño forecast, issued by the National Weather Service’s Climate Prediction Center on September 10th, said that computer models unanimously favor a strong El Niño, and that there is a 95% chance that El Niño will continue through the winter -- essential if California is to benefit from increased rainfall as the state experiences its fourth year of punishing drought.”
With the imminent rainy season upon us and signs pointing to an El Niño forecast, here are some tips to prepare your landscape for anticipated winds and heavy rains:
1. Clear all landscape drains ensuring they drain appropriately to the street through curb cores if applicable.
2. Maintain landscape swales to ensure smooth exit of water from back of lot to front
3. If you have a slope v-ditch catch basin drain behind your home, notify SAMLARC or your sub association as may be appropriate if it appears to full of leaves or debris following a storm.
4. Adjust your watering cycles to match the weather conditions.
5. Prune and trim trees. If your trees aren’t trimmed on time, they may become top-heavy and may end up going down in the rains and storms.
6. Maintain home rain gutters to divert water away from your home.
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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