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News & Announcements
REGULAR MEETING OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
The next Regular Open Session meeting of the Board of Directors will take place on January 27, 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.
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 email@example.com 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
ANNUAL MEETING AND ELECTION:
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)
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.
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 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 Town Hall meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, January 20, 2015, at 7:00 PM in the Fiesta Room at the Beach Club. We encourage you to attend to become informed. Watch for updates and further information on SAMLARC.org and SAMLARC’s Facebook page. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for the most up-to-the-minute information. You may also contact SAMLARC CEO Candice Fullenkamp at Candice.Fullenkamp@fsresidential.com.
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
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.
SAMLARC THROUGH YOUR EYES PHOTO CONTEST WINNERS
Congratulations to the winners of the SAMLARC Through Your Eyes Photo Contest and thank you to all those who participated! There were 36 contest entries, two categories, and a first, second and third place winner for both categories. Please see below for the list of winners.
"The SAMLARC Experience" Winners:
First Place - “Bonding With Grandpa” by Tammy Profetto - $250.00 Target Gift Card
Second Place - “We love RSM/SAMLARC” by Kurt Evans - $175.00 Target Gift Card
Third Place - “Sand, water and sky. A SAMLARC Summer's End” by Alanna Wiktorowicz - $100.00 Target Gift Card
"The Natural World" Winners:
First Place - “Sunset on RSM Lake” by Rick Seymour - $250.00 Target Gift Card
Second Place - “Peaceful afternoon at the Lake, with a reflection of the Saddleback on the water” by Seiji Mastumoto - $175.00 Target Gift Card
Third Place - “Beautiful foggy morning by the lake” by Belinda Te - $100.00 Target Gift Card
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.
The existing turf grass has been sprayed with a herbicide and will brown out through November 20, 2014. After two weeks the turf will be heavily watered in order that any turf that has not been killed will grow. Additional herbicide will be sprayed to kill off the remaining turf. Two to three weeks later the turf will be scalped, the areas slated for planting will then be planted and mulched. The entire process will take approximately 6 weeks. SAMLARC has installed 'Landscape Renovation' signs to identify the Project area.
Monte Vista Park Monument Sign
Construction of a new Park Monument Sign commences on Monday, December 8, at Monte Vista Park and is scheduled for completion in January of 2015.
NEWS UPDATE 10/16/14: Lake Reopens for Fishing
SAMLARC's Lake Aquatic Specialist continues to monitor and treat the Lake water to control the Golden Algae outbreak. The most recent treatments took place on Wednesday, October 8th, Friday, October 10th and Thursday, October 16, 2014. Water testing reflects the Golden Algae cell counts have gone down 90% since the October 10th treatment and there has been no further fish mortality since that treatment. The algae is not yet eradicated, however, Aquatechnex is taking ongoing steps to eradicate or suppress it to very low or non-detectable levels. Aquatechnex will perform weekly samples and treatments as necessary to keep Golden Algae in check if it persists.
The Lake was reopened for fishing on Thursday, October 16, 2014.
On October 2nd, Management began noticing fish in stress and dying at Lago Santa Margarita. SAMLARC’s lake management vendor was contacted and began efforts to determine the cause of the “die off”. The initial results from the water samples sent into their lab show the probable cause to be a toxic bacteria caused by algae. Preliminary lab results were made available on October 3rd.
SAMLARC contracts with Aquatechnex who provides regular and consistent management of the Lago Santa Margarita. According to Aquatic Specialist Benjamin Chin said:
"Preliminary lab results indicate that the situation with the fish dying is as a result of exposure to prymnesin, a toxic compound produced by Prymnesium parvum. Prymnesium parvum is known as a golden algae and has been responsible for fish dying in lakes all over the southern United States. We are treating Lago today with an algaecide in order to prevent more fish from dying. In a few days, we will be receiving the full lab results. This will give us a clear picture of what’s occurring and perhaps may reveal some other factors that are contributing to these deaths. We are fairly confident that this golden algae is largely responsible for the deaths but we cannot say for certain that it is the only factor until we receive the full lab results."
This die off situation is unique; however, not uncommon. Most recently the same situation occurred at Lake Laguna Niguel, the lake in Yorba Linda and the lakes in Tijeras Creek Golf Course. This situation has also occurred in the past with the lakes located within Trabuco Canyon Water District. There are species of algae whose bloom can reduce/remove the oxygen from the water or release a toxin into the water. The algae can be carried into the Lake by water fowl such as the geese and coots that frequent the Lake, as well as by fishing lures used at other lakes prior to coming to Lago Santa Margarita. The severe heat that we are experienced intensified the situation as it, the algae, can grow at an increased rate.
The situation is of great concern to SAMLARC. SAMLARC worked as quickly as possible once the situation became known to address and restored the water to a level that was non-toxic to the fish life. Treatment began on October 3rd and continued in an effort to stave off the decline of the Lake fish population.
Signs were posted around the Lake indicating the Lake was closed to fishing with a brief statement regarding water testing.
We thank you for your continued patience and understanding.
Further updates will be provided as they become available. Please contact CEO Candice Fullenkamp with any questions or concerns by telephone at (949) 709-0015 or by email at Candice.Fullenkamp@fsresidential.com.
RECAP ON RANCHO SANTA MARGARITAVILLE
Over 300 SAMLARC residents escaped to Rancho Santa Margaritaville on Saturday, August 23. The Lago Santa Margarita Beach Club was transformed into a tropical island paradise inspired by Jimmy Buffett’s song “Margaritaville”. Guests were greeted by live steel drum music as they made their way through the entrance. Once inside, they sipped on refreshing margaritas and feasted on Key West Cuisine. The sold out event featured a variety of games and contests including limbo, battle of the sexes Family Feud, and biggest Jimmy Buffett fan emceed by DJ Jerry Pachec. Attendees also danced under the stars to a variety of Jimmy Buffett hits and tropical classic rock music. Raffle prize drawings were held throughout the evening, with gifts donated by SAMLARC vendors and local businesses.
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 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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