Sunday, December 14, 2008

Seasons Greetings

Kudos to the residents of the south end of Sparkler Drive for their coordinated holiday light display!

I thought it was impressive several years back, when 4 adjacent homes had come together to decorate their garages with light. This year, I see the whole building is aglow!

December is one of my favorite months at Seabridge, a time when we once again see our neighbors who seem to have gone into hibernation. I thought this year's boat parade was especially good.

In HOA news, I believe there is still a board meeting this coming Tuesday, December 16th. Last I heard, parking rules are slated for approval. I have unfortunately been able to attend the past few, and no one else has given me news from the meetings. Hopefully I'll be able to attend this one, so I'll be back to providing highlights from the meetings.

Best wishes to all of Seabridge for very happy holidays!

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Quakes and Parking

Where were you during the Big One? While we can't predict the answer to that question, most of us will be able to recall where we were at 10AM today, the time of the Great Southern California Shakeout, a simulated drill for a magnitude 7.8 earthquake on the San Andreas fault.

We in Seabridge would be well-served to use this opportunity to reflect on our own preparedness. How are we with supplies on hand? Do we know how to turn off our gas? How is you insurance coverage?

Beyond that, maybe it's time to get together more as neighbors - do we know who lives near us who might need assistance? Do we know how we'd be able to work together in a recovery?

Even if you miss the drill, it's still a great opportunity to take some time to better prepare.

Also, don't forget the special meeting tonight to discuss possible changes to the parking rules. I understand it's at 6PM in the clubhouse.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Mosquitoes and Meeting

What is with the mosquitoes this week? I remember them last year in August, but it seems unusual this year - and I know of many people who have commented on them in the past week.

Also, just a reminder that there is board meeting tomorrow (Tuesday, 9/16) at 7PM. I don't know what's on the agenda, as it wasn't posted in the common area as it's supposed to be. Look, I'm not trying to be a stickler, but that's what's required, and there are good reasons for it.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Our Artist in Residence

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Last week I enjoyed the opportunity to attend the opening of an art show at Cypress College. I was really impressed by the new gallery space they have - it was a great place to view some thought-provoking artwork.

More important, the show is a faculty art exhibition, and features works by the "Class of '71", including our own neighbor Char Felos. This shot features Char in front of her own work.

If you're in the Cypress area, I encourage you to drop by and see the art for yourself. There's a little something for everyone. The gallery is open Monday - Thursday 10AM - 2PM and Tuesday and Wednesday 6PM - 8PM.

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Saturday, August 16, 2008

CC&R Revisions

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It's been a while since I've commented on our CC&R revision process. While I support the goal, the approach has made me tired. To be fair, I'm sure the board feels this way, too. Interested people can read my past posts on the matter here.

The board recently sent a letter to homeowners to gather input regarding another planned vote. While I welcome the idea of getting input, it's pretty late in the game. But I'll give it another go with my thoughts...

I've been consistent in saying "Define the problem, and then propose the solution". You've got me convinced with the maintenance issues. But other proposals seem to address topics that not everyone agrees are problems. And we've seen in the past that things that some people consider to be "problems", result in solutions that many in the community are not happy with (witness our entry gate modifications, now in their second year). So - if you truly care about what will make me comfortable with the revisions: tell me what each real issue in the community is, what has been done to understand that problem and confirm it affects the majority of us, and how the revisions address it.

The recent letter to the community talks about the need to revise the CC&Rs to remove developer language, get current with state laws and allow for clearer maintenance responsibilities. If the revisions stuck to those stated goals, I could support them. But if there are other goals, these should be stated as well.

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Songs from a Cave and Other Selected Poems: (1995-1999)

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I have been meaning to write about this for some time. We now have another published author at Seabridge. Resident Gerald T. Olson of Tempe Drive has self-published his book of poetry, Songs from a Cave and Other Selected Poems: (1995-1999).

The book is a delight on its own, but those of you who know Jerry will benefit all the more, as you can see his personality directly in his work. This poem tells you what you're in for with the book:


A book as wafer,
This is my mind.
This is my imagination.
Take a look.
It’s a remembrance of life.

Be sure to check it out. Jerry joins other Seabridge authors like Vicki Hogue, Marti Davis, Andrea Diem, and Steve Nakamoto We are fortunate to have such talent in our community!

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Board Meeting, August 19th

As you may have noticed, summer is in full swing, and I have not been posting as much as I'd like, nor have I been able to attend recent board meetings. I will try to make up for that a bit today.

In recent association news, our community manager Morgen Hardigree has left Cardinal Property Management to allow for a schedule that better fits with her family. I look forward to meeting our new manager, Jim Goldman.

There is a board meeting this coming Tuesday, August 19th. The agenda has been posted, and I find the following items of interest:

  • Landscape committee appointments

  • Dock Repairs

  • Key Fob Distribution and Entry Gate Procedures

  • Investment Requirements

  • Window Washing

I encourage everyone to attend. There are a lot of decisions to be made on behalf of the community and you should understand and have your say on how they are being made.