Los Rancheros Association

President: Darlene Richardson — 785-8780 • Vice President: Mary Dimsdale — 785-2571 Secretary: Bridgette Levinski—265-0773 • Treasurer: Rey Abaya—670-8711

Charles Eldred—264-0357 • Pat Higgins—783-5780 • Norma Moore—887-0463 • Evelyn Ely—785-3997 • Ron Gomez—782-5183 Julie Manzo—783-1911 • Linda Moniz—780-0631 Jeanie Schultz—784-1997

Dime Bingo . . . .Lorraine Schmuck — 783-7294 Hot Line . . . . . . . . . . . .Juan Pueyo—782-4624 El Toro Editor. . . . . Jeanie Schultz — 784-1997 Neighborhood Alert. . . Linda Moniz — 780-0631 HMOA Representative . . . . Mary Dimsdale — 785-2571 Lunch Bunch . . . . . . . . Joy Cunningham — 785-4609 Lunch Bunch . . . . . . . . . . . Joyce Stevens —785-5889 Spectrum Meals (Tu&Th) . . . Ruth Horton — 732-6671

The EXECUTIVE BOARD meets the LAST THURSDAY of the month at 7:00 p.m. in the main clubhouse. Los Rancheros RESIDENT’S ASSOCIATION meets the FIRST THURSDAY of the month at 7:00 p.m. in the main clubhouse unless otherwise announced. EL TORO — Jeanie Schultz — 784-1997 • e-mail el t o ro . e d i t o r @ c o m c a s t . n e t Deadline for all submissions to the El Toro is the 10th of each month for the following month.

Articles that appear in the El Toro are presented as an informational service to the residents. Contents are the option of the editor but do not necessarily represent the opinion of the editor, the homeowners association or management. Reader response is welcome. Your article must be in my paper tube at 28408 Granada Circle, or posted to my e-mail address, no later than the 10th of the month. All submissions must be signed with your name/phone number included, as any article must be verified. Your name will not appear, if you so request. Editor has the right to edit for space or libel. Articles considered in bad taste will not be printed. Submissions must meet the Editorial Guidelines set forth by the publishers, Mobile Home Park Magazines. Whenever possible, the editor prefers to “capture keystrokes” for material to appear in the El Toro. If you are typing something up, you might as ell type it directly into an e-mail and send it to me that way. No e-mail? Well, OK, submit the hard copy and we’ll manage. PLEASE DO NOT “FORWARD” EMAIL. Forwarding results in those little >> marks all through the copy, plus it exposes MY e-mail address to YOUR whole broadcast list and I DON’T want THEIR forwards. If you are submitting an item someone e-mailed to you, COPY IT and PASTE it into a NEW e-mail window to send to me at: eltoro.editor@comcast.net. Thanks, Jeanie Schultz, editor

From the Editor


The Mobile Home Board publications informs and promotes the mobile home system; residents, management and those that serve the mobile home community. The Mobile Home Board publications are not political tools. They are a source of information and enjoyment for park residents. To ensure this policy we have developed the following guidelines:

Editorial Guidelines:
• Editor is responsible for gathering information and sending it to us in a form they want. Each editor must allow all resident’s organizations and management to participate in the publication. • The publication is not to be used for disputes by either residents or management. Mobile Home Park Magazines must remain neutral in all resident/management issues to preserve the integrity of the magazine. Not all residents are on one side or the other of an issue. Since we do not research each story, we cannot use Mobile Home Park Magazines to weigh either side of these very fragile relationships. • Resident political organizations are asked to limit their information to meeting notices and reports of chapter meetings. • No listings of in-park-services (i.e. babysitting, handymen, Avon, etc.)


Spanish Ranch #1 Information Sheet
EL TORO MAGAZINE is published monthly and distributed around the first of the month. Dates and times of activities are noted on the calendar therein. Special activities will be announced in the regular section of pages. RESIDENT MANAGERS/OFFICE

To All Ladies at SR-1
Come join us at any of our events. Get acquainted!

The Lunch Bunch meets on the third THURSDAY (unless otherwise announced) of each month at 12 noon. All are welcome. 2008 February 21 March20 April 17 May 15 June 19 July 17 August 21 September 18 October 16 November 20 December Elephant Bar Red Lobster Marie Callender’s Mimi’s Sweet Tomatoes Applebees Olive Garden Sizzler Dino’s Dell Cafe Christmas Party

Manager: Teresa Cruz, A.R.C. Mgmt Co. Shari and Kenny Bachmann, relief managers Office hours: 9-12 and 1:30-4 Monday-Friday. On-call for emergencies Sat.-Sun.-Holidays Office address: 28400 Granada Circle Rent may be dropped in mail slot in office door (next to laundry room on front side of bldg.) Phone: 510-783-5535
ORGANIZATIONS The Los Rancheros Association and the Spanish Ranch #1 Ladies Club are automatically comprised of park residents. There are no dues. MEETINGS of the Los Rancheros Association are the FIRST THURSDAY of each month at 7:00 p.m. in the Main Clubhouse unless otherwise announced. LADIES CLUB meets the SECOND THURSDAY of each month at 12 NOON in the Main Clubhouse. The LUNCH BUNCH meets the THIRD THURSDAY of each month to go out to lunch at various area restaurants. BINGO is the FIRST and LAST SATURDAY of each month. SWIMMING POOL / HOT TUB Pool open May-October. Hot Tub open year round. TRANSPORTATION #391 SHOPPER’S SPECIAL — Leaves hourly beginning 10:10 a.m. on TUES. and FRI. for SOUTHLAND from front of Main Clubhouse. RETURNS at Noon, 1 and 2 p.m. Ask for transfer if you plan to return on the bus. #77 AC TRANSIT BUS — Leaves for downtown every hour 5:52 am-5:52 p.m. M-F. Bus stops outside the park across from Ruus Park. To go to Tennyson Shopping Center, bus stops at corner of Ruus Park. Catch return bus at Tampa side of Payless Shoe Store. Sat.-Sun. service 8:31 am-6:31 pm AC TRANSIT FARES — $1.75 ages 18-64, ages 5-17 and 65+ is 85¢. Transfer good for 1.5 hours is an additional 25¢. MISCELLANEOUS The Clubhouses are available to residents for private affairs. Contact the Office, 510-783-5535 The POOLROOM inside Main Clubhouse is available for residents to use. See the office for a key. COMPLAINTS/SUGGESTIONS/REPORTS are to be submitted to Park Management in WRITING and must be SIGNED. For any complaints or suggestions concerning safety, maintenance, replace/repair, give a copy to the the Executive Board as well as the Office. These also must be in writing and must be signed. THERE IS A RESIDENT REPORT FORM IN THIS ISSUE OFTHE EL TORO.

Coordinators: Joyce Stevens, 785-5889 and Joy Cunningham, 785-4609 SCHEDULES SUBJECT TO CHANGE.

Residents interested in obtaining a copy of the questionaire distributed at a recent association meeting, intended to evaluate living conditions in the park, are asked to call Norma Moore, 887-0463. 5 5 5 Please, fill out the Resident Emergency Information form that was included with your January rent statement, or use the form in this issue on page 12. This information is essential for planning an effective park-wide emergency response in the case of a natural disaster or any park systems failure. It is especially necessary for elderly, disabled persons or any others with special needs to have this form on file in order to receive assistance when needed. Don’t delay! Get it in today!




Letters to the Editor are welcome on any subject. Send to eltoro.editor@comcast.net. (You must sign your name but we won’t use it if you don’t want us to.)

Jerrye Zinnel MEMORIAL
where you can get acquainted and enjoy a midmorning break (or get rolling if you just got up)! Drop-in for a few minutes or an hour—your choice. Come on by!

Join us for the

Jerrye Zinnel 1905 -2008
Our own centenarian “Coffee Lady” Jerrye Zinnel died January 10, 2008 at the age of 102, following a short hospitalization. Jerrye hosted the monthly coffee social right up to year end.

Coffee Social

(and possibly final)

Saturday, February 1, 2008 9:00-10:00 a.m.
(This happens before Bingo)

Coffee • Tea • Doughnuts
coffee but saying “I don’t drink coffee myself,” cutting all the doughnuts in half so favorites could be shared, finishing up all the doughnut holes herself so they wouldn’t “go to waste.” Jerrye was a character, surely one of a kind! Bright and funny as well as opinionated and stubborn, she was behind the scenes for a lot that got done in the park. She decorated the Christmas tree in the clubhouse for years. She was a regular participant and helper at Ladies Club functions, Spectrum and Bingo. She will be missed! (Now where’s the other half of that doughnut?—Ed)

First and Last

Join us for

We remember Jerrye, making the

of each month,


serving nachos, hot dogs, sodas, snacks.

Snack bar open before play and during breaks

Ron Gomez, coordinator 782-5183
Volunteer help is appreciated, call Ron for info.

In the SR-1 clubhouse

Per state law, no one under the age of 18 is allowed in the clubhouse during Bingo


A large package of family photos was found on Miranda on November 26. If you lost them, please contact Suzanne Hicks at 887-3160 or notify the office.
(The ethnicity of the pictures appears to be Indian or Pakistani, so if YOUR neighbors appear to fit this description, please call this notice to their attention!)

1. Coffee: There is coffee available every day during office hours for all residents of Spanish Ranch 1 in the main club house. 2. Please check your water shut off valves to make sure they work properly. They are located at your utility pad, before your water meter. 3. Vandalism: Please call the police and then the office if you see anyone vandalizing any property in the Park such as broken street lights, signs and back gate key pad, etc. Thank you, Teresa Cruz, Manager
Note to Residents: Volunteers are available to come to your home and show you where your water and gas shutoff valves are located and how to check them. Please call NERT co-captain Dawn Plaskon, 887-2199 for more information or to request this.


Join the Ladies Club at noon on the second Thursday for

Ladies! Bring your lunch and let’s get together. Dessert provided. It costs only a dime a game, winner take all! + .25 for the bank which gets raffled

Sure, you feel sorry for that stray cat or dog, but if you feed it, it WILL stick around and perhaps not go back to it’s rightful family. Don’t leave pet food outside! Food left out will attract raccoons, stray pets, opposums, and other varmints! Only indoor pets are permitted in the park so don’t encourage outside animals to stay!

back to somebody at the first gathering in January.

Come to the Main clubhouse on the Second Thursday, at noon!
For more information call Lorraine Schmuck 783-7294

Ladies Club Dime Bingo Dessert Schedule: January: Lorraine • February: Darlene March: Louise • April: Bridgette May: Joy • June: Darlene July: Lorraine • August: Fannie September: Louise • October: Irene November: Joy • December: Christmas Party

The web address is not case-sensitive, but you MUST use a number 1 (one) and not a roman numeral I (i).




Comedy Corner

contributed by S. Higman (no. 163)

(most copyright info unknown - web-exchange)

Daddy's Room One summer evening during a violent thunderstorm a mother was tucking her small boy into bed. She was about to turn off the light when he asked with a tremor in his voice, ''Mommy, will you sleep with me tonight?'' His mother smiled and gave him a reassuring hug. ''I can't dear,'' she said. ''I have to sleep in daddy's room.'' A long silence was broken at last by his little voice. ''The big sissy.''

Blonde in a Car A blonde walked into a gas station and said to the manager, ''I locked my keys in my car. Do you have a coat hanger or something I can stick through the window to unlock the door?'' ''Why sure,'' said the manager, ''we have something that works especially well for that.'' A couple minutes later, the manager walked outside to see how the blonde was doing and he heard another voice. ''No, no! A little to the left,'' said the other blonde inside the car.

Jesus & the Robber One night a robber broke into a home and heard a voice say, ''Jesus is watching you!''while he rummaged through the desk. He replied, ''Who said that?!'' Once again he heard the same thing, ''Jesus is watching you!'' The robber looked around the room only to see a parrot. He asked the parrot what its name was. The parrot replied, ''Cornelius.'' The robber said, ''What kind of a name is that?! Who names a parrot that?!'' The parrot said, ''The same person who named that rottweiler behind you Jesus!''
Stumpy and Martha Stumpy and his wife Martha went to the state fair every year. Every year Stumpy would say, "Martha, I'd like to ride in that there airplane." And every year Martha would say, "I know Stumpy, but that airplane ride costs ten dollars, and ten dollars is ten dollars." One year Stumpy and Martha went to the fair and Stumpy said, "Martha, I'm 71 years old. If I don't ride that airplane this year I may never get another chance." Martha replied, "Stumpy, that there airplane ride costs ten dollars, and ten dollars is ten dollars." The pilot overheard them and said, "Folks, I'll make you a deal, I'll take you both up for a ride. If you can stay quiet for the entire ride and not say one word, I won't charge you, but if you say one word it's ten dollars." Stumpy and Martha agreed and up they went. The pilot did all kinds of twists and turns, rolls and dives, but not a word was heard. He did all his tricks over again, but still not a word. They landed and the pilot turned to Stumpy, "By golly, I did everything I could think of to get you to yell out, but you didn't." Stumpy replied, "Well, I was gonna say something when Martha fell out, but ten dollars is ten dollars."


Emergency Preparedness Tips for Seniors & People with Disabilities
(This is good advice for the rest of us too)
GIVEN A MAJOR EARTHQUAKE OR SERIOUS DISASTER: x Electricity may be lost. You cannot run mechanical breathing aids; you will not be able to recharge a power wheelchair. x Telephone service may be interrupted. x There will be serious problems with transportation. Roads may be closed or, blocked; transit, taxi and paratransit service will be disrupted. x Don’t expect help from fire and police personnel for at least 72 hours; they will be busy with the most crucial situations. You will be left to rely on your own resources with the help of neighbors, friends and family during the first 72 hours after a major earthquake. x Your home is the best place to stay if it is not too badly damaged to be safe. SOME IMPORTANT PLANNING TIPS: 1. Tell your neighbors NOW if you cannot move well or quickly in an emergency and make arrangements for someone to check on you. Develop a personal support network of people who, following a disaster, will make sure that you have everything you need. 2. The most important supplies you will need include: ®Several Flashlights (by the bed and around the house; electricity may be out) ®Battery Operated Radio (to listen for information about the disaster) ®3-Gallon Supply of Stored Emergency Water (enough to survive a disruption) ®Supply of Canned/Dry Foods & manual canopener (food to prepare without power) ®Whistle or Loud Bell (to attract attention). ®Extra Batteries (for flashlight, radio, hearing aide or other personal devices) ®First Aid Kit ®Extra Money (banks may be closed and ATM machines not working) 3. Have an “‘out-of-area” contact and call to advise of your status. Use this contact to relay messages between you and family members, friends, or your personal care assistant. It will be easier to get an out of area phone line, versus a local phone line. 4. Personal care assistants. Your personal attendant or home health agency worker, may have problems related to the disaster and may not be able to help you. Talk with your primary care provider about a back-up plan of how and where to get assistance, if this

Produced by the Bay Area Emergency Preparedness Coalition for Seniors and People with Disabilities

primary provider is unavailable. 5. Identify a location where you can reunite with family or friends if you must evacuate your home. Notify your personal care assistant of this location. 6. Try to always maintain a 3-day supply of your prescription medication. If you use oxygen, keep an emergency supply for 3-days or more. Check with your local pharmacy and neighborhood grocery to see if they make deliveries. After a serious disaster, it may be hard for you to get out of your home for a few days. 7. Prepare an emergency go kit that you could grab and take with you if there is a need to evacuate. Along with a change of clothes, include necessary medications, basic toiletries, any special sanitary aids, and important contact information or phone numbers. 8. For all medical equipment requiring electrical power, such as breathing equipment and infusion pumps, check with your medical supply company about a backup power source. This could include a battery pack or generator. 9. Keep extra mobility aids on hand. In an emergency you may be able to substitute a car battery for a wheelchair battery. Otherwise, have a manual wheelchair, canes, crutches and walkers as a backup for use in an emergency. TIPS DURING AND AFTER AN EARTHQUAKE: 1. If you are in a wheelchair, stay in it and go into a doorway that doesn’t have a door. Cover your head and neck with your hands. 2. If you are in a bed or out of a wheelchair, stay put and cover your head. 3. Be prepared for aftershocks. Turn on your portable radio for instructions. 4. PG&E’s 24-hour, toll-free power outage hotline is 1-800-743-5002 to find out if an outage has been reported in your area and when power would be restored. THINGS TO DO WITH YOUR HOME: 1. Eliminate hazards in your home. Securely anchor medical equipment, appliances, bookcases, hanging plants, etc. Place heavy objects on low shelves. 2. Plan evacuation routes (more than one) out of your home and the area. If you need to get out of the neighborhood, know the quickest route. Figure out how you can get out of each room if the doorway is blocked. 3. Know where utility shut-offs (for electrical, gas & water) are located and how to use them. 4. Keep family or personal records in a watertight, fireproof container.


Mercy Brown Bag Program
The Mercy Brown Bag Program
distributes a grocery bag of nutritional food to low income seniors TWICE MONTHLY. Bags consist of 10-15 items including bread, fresh produce, assorted canned foods and other items depending on availability.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE? Low income seniors age 60+; only one brown bag per household. Monthly income limited to $1096 for a single person; $2192 for a household of two of more. HOW DO I REGISTER? Come at the time listed below and bring a Driver’s License or other identification with birth date and current address. Also bring all sources of income for verification including: SSI, Social Security, Pension, etc. Come any 2nd or 4th Thursday of any month. IS THERE A COST? An annual voluntary contribution of $10 is requested. REGISTRATION TIME: 9:00 A.M. FOOD DISTRIBUTION: 10:00-11:00 a.m. Bags are distributed to registered participants on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of each month at: NEWARK COMMUNITY CENTER 35501 Cedar Boulevard Newark, CA 94560
For more information, please call the Newark Senior Center at (510) 742-4840. 7


Greetings Neighbors,

in the park. Call the office and report these people. We have had a report of a pit bull loose again. It didn't go after anyone but it is scary to have a strange dog come up to you. Please keep your dogs in the house or on a leash. This neighbor did not report this incident to the office but I hope they will next time. Animal control should be notified when dogs are loose too. There have been some changes in the Community Policing Division of the HPD. I hope to have the new list along with new phone numbers at our next association meeting. Neighborhood Alert meetings are generally the last Wednesday of the month. Everyone is welcome. The meetings are held downstairs at Southland, 7 p.m. Spanish Ranch has our Neighborhood Watch meetings the second Tuesday of the month, at the main club house, 7 p.m. We still have a walking group. I haven't been very good about it during the holidays but will get back to it. We meet every night in front of the main clubhouse at 6:30, weather permitting. If you want to walk one night or seven, it's OK. Dogs are always welcome. Be safe. Be aware. Linda Moniz, Neighborhood Alert 510-780-0631

I am very happy to report that Mary Fabian from the Hayward Police Department thinks that our walking has helped cut down on the crime. She attended our January meeting along with officer G. Sanchez, one of the beat officers for beat H. Mary gave us some of the statistics of the crime here in our park. I was surprised at some of them. She feels that making our presence known has helped. So thank you to all of those who have walked. My special Thanks to Kevin and Clint who have been so faithful. The most effective way that we can help reduce the crime in our park is to be aware and report everything. No matter how silly it might seem, if it is not the norm or you don't recognize someone don't hesitate to make a police report. Call the office and call me. We need to make lists of vehicles that are parked in guest parking for a few days and not moving. The office needs to know, it might be a stolen car or someone is living in it. If you see a lot of foot traffic in and out of one house and suspect something is going on, report it. Someone will check it out. It might be nothing but it is best to be aware. There was a scam reported. A guy went up to a residents' house and said he was here to clean the gutters. But, before he could do that he would need a check for $1000. Please be careful of scams. Solicitors are not allowed REPORT PROBLEMS IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD TO Linda Moniz 780-0631
(file a complaint, too or call the police, 293-7000.)

Put your mail in the U.S. POSTAL SERVICE


located in front of the Main Clubhouse close to the street (near the Park map). 9

Come join your neighbors and bring your good ideas for making our park safe, drug-free and a nice place to live!

Grievance Committee Report
The Spanish Ranch I Association Grievance Committee met with our new Regional Manager, Clay Hage, of ARC (management group) to discuss problems in the park. We will be meeting with him often to help get this park in better shape.

Minutes of Los Rancheros Association Board Meeting — December 27, 2007
Present: Darlene, Rey, Bridgette, Charlie, Julie, Jeanie. Excused absence: Mary, Pat, Norma, Evelyn. Also absend, Linda Minutes: Tabled to next meeting Treasurer’s Report – Rey Abaya. Balance in Checking Account = $498.54. CD balance = $2620.62 COMMITTEE REPORTS: Grievance Committee: Julie Manzo gave report from their meeting with Clayton Hage, the new Regional Manager for Allresco. Deposit is now $100 for rental of the main clubhouse and $50 for the small clubhouse. Hot Tub will be completely redone this Spring and be closed for approximately 2-3 weeks. Management will continue to offer leases and month-to-month. Clay will talk with owner about removing all or part of the carpet in the main club house and replacing it with linoleum Hall doors to the rest rooms/sauna and the kitchen will be open during business hours. Billiards room will continue to be locked Management is entertaining the idea of having a fitness center in the small clubhouse. Tree issue was brought up. Mr. Hage stated that all trees were the responsibility of each resident. Discussion ended with this topic. Next meeting will be in a couple of weeks and has not be scheduled at this time.

December 19, 2007 Meeting
Clay said the maintenance crew is checking and repairing the pump house on a weekly basis. Clay will check with the owners about removing some of the carpet in the Main Club house to replace the dance floor we lost and to make it easier for the residents to clean after rental of club house. Clay will consider leaving the door open to the restrooms by the water fountain until 6:00pm. They are considering turning the small club house into a GYM. We need to let him know how much storage space the association needs. Handles on inside of shower doors are to be replaced immediately. Rules and directions/locations will be made clear on rental agreement for club house. This winter they are going to repair/replace the drain, skimmer and the circulation pipes to the pump. We have volunteered to paint the street signs with the street names on the backs of the signs. We want paint that is more visible at night. Management will provide us with all supplies.

January 10, 2008 Meeting
He will get approximately 15 solar lights to put down Granada Drive from the back gate towards the front to do a light test to resolve lighting problems in the park. He will immediately look into getting the main shut off valves for the water repaired, approximately 3 or 4 of them. He assured us that a water flow test has been done recently on the fire hydrants and that extensive testing has to be done by law in 2008. They have been trying to hire a resident maintenance person and are making it a top priority to find one. Will look into putting video cameras facing the back gate to help curb problem with vandalism to the back gate. He is going to get approximately 6 more signs to put around the park letting people know about kids at play. He will look at Saga Palm Tree blocking parking space on Granada Drive. He will remove laundry line at horse shoe pit area and get bushes trimmed around side walk area surrounding the actual pit area. Submitted by: Mary Dimsdale for Grievance Committee members, Norma Moore, June Hart, Julie Manzo, Suzanne Hicks, Rey Abaya, Evelyn Ely and Fran La Torre.

Minutes of Los Rancheros Association Meeting — January 3, 2008
Present: Darlene, Mary, Bridgette, Charlie, Julie, Linda, Norma, and Jeanie. Excused absence: Rey, Pat and Evelyn Pledge of Allegiance was said. Secretary’s Report: We haven’t received this month’s El Toro so we will table this until the next meeting. Treasurer’s Report – President gave in Rey’s absence. Checking balance = $498.54 CD balance: $2,620.62


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Continued from the previous page COMMITTEE REPORTS: Flea Market: Julie stated that both dates are available: April 13 & 19th. Motion made, seconded, and passed to book 4/19. Mary Dimsdale will submit the Rental Agreement for this. Grievance: Mary Dimsdale said she would get a report together to have it printed in next month’s El Toro in it’s entirety. HMOA: President asked Mary where the 1/19th meeting would be held, she didn’t know; Norma stated it would be held at Pueblo Springs at 10 a.m. Hot Line: President asked Juan about the Hot Line, he stated they had been no progress on this. OLD BUSINESS Tabled Secretary Reports from last months meeting. Corrections, omissions or deletions to the October 4 minutes as printed in last months El Toro: Norma wants Lease discussion added to minutes in its entirety. President asked Monty if he would forward a copy of his report to her or editor. Under Old Business, first sentence, correct it to read: Norma informed us the PUC had come… Last sentence under Old Business should read: Darlene handed out copies of Jarsco leak report. Motion to accept minutes with corrections; Seconded. Passed. Corrections, omissions or deletions to the November 1st minutes as printed in last months El Toro: under New Business, fourth paragraph, second sentence should read: Norma stated she was told an estimate was given to Mark & Sagit on repairing the 60 shut off valves and it would cost approximately $100k. Motion to accept minutes with corrections; Seconded; Passed NEW BUSINESS: Suzanne made a motion to write a letter to HCD about tree situation, and suggest that residents send a letter as well, seconded and passed. Fran LaTorre volunteered to write this letter. Norma stated that she spoke to Ortega and he told her that Spanish Ranch I water lines were grandfathered in, stating that Mr. Earp could put in the water lines any way he saw fit to. Monty asked about lighting and was told that it is on the Grievance Committee’s list. Peter Childress asked about the water drains with all the rain we are having. Norma stated that Kenny and Max are scheduled to drive around every hour, all week long and check all the drains. Norma made a motion to send a similar letter to HCD about our sewer problems.

Seconded. Passed. President brought up that a large package of pictures were found by Suzanne. Everyone was asked to take a look at them and see if they recognize someone. Discussion about putting lost & Found items in the El Toro. Jeanie stated that can be done. Monty stated that he is against painting the street signs ourselves as it might make management move the replacement of all signs to the bottom of the list. Discussion followed. Clint brought up that we are supposed to have a blue marker in front of every fire hydrant. Suzanne stated that management slurried over them. Norma brought up about Evelyn’s water problem and that management contacted the fire department the day before, why could they make us aware of the water shut off sooner. The President read from an email from Dawn Plaskon: “that she has a saved a voice mail, as well as spoken to battalion chief, Mark Bennett, with whom Teresa had spoken with. He stated the call from Teresa was received on the morning of Thursday, December 27 between 8-9 a.m. This corresponds with the time at which association board members and emergency response members were notified. The plan to notify 4-5 key person was put into place so that those residents could then pass on the information to their immediate neighbors.” Monty wanted clarification on what Mary stated in Grievance Report; President stated that her report would be published in its entirety in the next El Toro. Mary made a motion to publish Norma’s contact information in the El Toro for residents to obtain the questionnaire to be sent to the law firm of Enderman, Turek & Heater LLP. Seconded. Passed. Meeting adjourned at 9:02 p.m. Submitted by Bridgette Levinsky, Secretary

Cat Owners! Keep ’em IN!
Only indoor pets are allowed in the park. Keep your cat in the house and s/he won’t be out digging in someone’s flower bed. Be a responsible pet owner!


Come and Eat!! It’s a SNAP!
(Senior Nutrition and Activities Project)

All SR-1 seniors are eligible and invited to participate in

A government-sponsored program for seniors over 55.
Es un programa guvernamental para ancianos mas de 55 años.

Tuesdays & Thursdays in the main SR1 Clubhouse (except holidays)
Martes y Jueves en el Clubhouse (menos dias feriados)

NOTE! Signups are required. You must call before noon the day before.
Tiener que registrarse antes de doce un dia nates. Llamen a Ruth Horton 732-6671.

for reservations or information. (Help is invited, too.)

Call Ruth Horton — 732-6671

Las comidas estaran servidas a las 4:30 p.m. Illegue temprano para socialisar se lon ellos. $3.25 at door • Non-seniors/Guests $4.75 • 10 Dinner Tickets: $30.00 $3.25 en la puerta. • Los invitados pueden atendes por $4.75. Donations are always accepted. Meals include fish, BBQ chicken, vegetarian spaghetti, salads, soups (more so in winter), pork chops, hamburger, lasagna, and — always a dessert! Milk is included with each meal. NOTE: on days soup is scheduled, you can substitute a hamburger or veggie burger! A Spectrum menu is posted in the SR-1 clubhouse. More information: Food is delivered hot from a central facility. Volunteers monitor the temperature of the food as it arrives and served and keep a log as required by the government. All SR1 seniors are eligible and invited to participate.
Dinner is served 5 nights a week at the Josephine Lum Lodge at W. Tennyson and Oliver. (Lunch is served at 11:30 daily — same menu.) Phone 785-1997.

Meal served at 4:30 p.m. Come early to socialize.


Family Household Name _____________________________ Address ___________________________________________ Phone ______________________________________ Date _______________________________________

Family members or other residents in your home:________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________________________ Pets: Type__________________________________________ Name/s _____________________________________ SPECIAL NEEDS Please list any special needs of family members, including those who may require assistance following a disaster. _________________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________________________ Does anyone NOT understand English? __________________ Primary language_____________________________

SPECIAL SKILLS/TRAINING/EQUIPMENT Please indicate if you or your family members have any of the following that would be available to the neighborhood following a disaster: Medical (specify type) Doctor___ Nurse___ CPR___ First aid___ Other _________________________________ Firefighting______________________________ Plumber/Electrician/Carpenter ______________________________ EQUIPMENT/RESOURCES Vehicle to Transport Injured_________________________ Camp Stove____________ Camp Light _______________ 4-Wheel Drive Vehicle ___________ R.V. ___________ CB or HAM Radio ______________ Tent ___________

WE HAVE THE FOLLOWING EMERGENCY SUPPLIES: Flashlight(s) _____________________________________ Emergency water supply____________________________ Battery operated radio______________________________ Emergency food ________________________________ Emergency medication___________________________ Other (Please list)_______________________________

HOW YOU CAN HELP: Are you interested in serving on this park’s Disaster Preparedness Committee? Yes__________ No______________ Are you willing to help in the case of disaster, after your family is cared for? Yes__________ No______________ Anyone in your household bilingual? What languages? ___________________________________________________ May we call upon these individuals available to translate in an emergency? Yes__________ No______________ This information is being gathered that we might better assist park residents in case of a natural disaster, utility interruptions and any other disruptive event, and will be available to first responders. If you do NOT want parts or all of this form shared with others, specify here: _________________________________________________________________ In the event that no one is home, I hereby give permission for gas, electricity and/or water to be shut off if it is necessary to do so for the safety of the residence and/or the neighborhood. SIGNATURE ______________________________________________________ PLEASE RETURN THIS FORM TO THE OFFICE. Date____________________


President’s Comments
from Darlene Richardson, Los Rancheros Assocation President

I attended the Grievance Committee meeting with Clayton Hage, Suzanne Hicks, Norma Moore, Julie Manzo, June Hart, Mary Dimsdale, and Evelyn Ely. These are my unofficial notes from the meeting that I want to share with everyone.
There is now a sign on Miranda but not the size of backboard or letters and not on the pole that Clay requested. Clay will be taking a census of all street signs tomorrow with Kenny taking digital pictures. Each sign will have it’s own sheet listing the problems and the corrective measures to be taken. Reflective paint, brushes etc. Clay with speak with Teresa to get the ball rolling on this item. Grievance Committee will gather the work force to complete this task. Pizza party to follow work done. Clay advised owner to set aside funds each month, order new signs in April and install the new ones possibly in August. Trees: Macatera had a tree cracked for a couple of years and with the heavy rains and winds large branches broke off and fell to the ground. Doesn’t look like any property was damaged by this. Lighting: Clay will seek out the part of the code that sets the ‘standard’ for lighting and see if SR1 meets this standard. If it does meet this standard and residents need more lighting it will discussed with the owner. Clay will have higher candle power put in each light on Granada to see if this helps. Sewer: Clay has recently signed two invoices for the flushing of two separate lines. Fire Hydrants: Clay stated that in order to get a ‘Permit to Operate’ the park, one of the things they had to submit to HCD was a “flow test” of every hydrant. Which includes pressure and volume testing. 24 Hour Fire Protection did all of this testing and compiled the results into a report for HCD. A MAJOR full test that is mandatory will take place in 2008. Resident Water Shut off—residents not comfortable doing it themselves. Suncoast Plumbing has given an estimate to replace 32 smaller and 28 larger water shut off valves for approximately $100k. Clay will get this estimate from Suncoast and see if it lists the location of all the water shut off valves. Clay stated that the owner wants to know how many and where all the shut offs are. Clay agreed that whenever possible a 72 hour notice will given when water will be shut off. Sewer clean outs: 36 more should be installed. Clay stated, “Management can’t allow health and safety to go away.” In Clay’s past experience, if a park owner admits wrong doing on one thing then it opens the flood gates to all.

Maintenance Manager and crew: “Not yet”, Clay said. They have offered the job to two separate individuals; one had already found another position and the second had some issues and could not be hired. He was hoping for February 1, but is now shooting for March 1. He believes the standard practice for managers not living on-site would be that they live within 15 minutes of the park. Rent: when is it late? Rent is due on the 1st of every month. Then they had on a five (5) day grace period, bringing the date to the 6th of the month. If the 6th of the month falls on a Saturday then the rent is due Monday morning. Late notices will be sent the 7th of the month or the first business day following the 7th. For example if the 7th falls on Saturday then the late notice will be sent on Monday the 9th. If Office Personnel come in on the 7th and there are checks were deposited in the night slot then they will NOT be considered late and no late fee will be assessed. Speed bumps: Clay stated that insurance companies hate speed bumps because of the people that do NOT slow down. Resulting damage to their car (or alignment issues) are incurred and they sue the insurance company for compensation. He believes there are issues with the paving that was already done and will probably have to do a soil analysis before moving forward with any paving. Gate in front: Clay will get a price for one. He believes it is upward of $25k. Video camera: Clay will look into putting surveillance in the tree at the back gate. Children playing signs: Clay asked us how many and suggested starting with 6. He would like us to give our recommendations as to where they should be put. Owner of park: Clay stated that the owner is the Rutherford Investment Company and Patrick Mockler is the person he reports to. A group of investors has been brought together on the SR1 acquisition and that is where Monterey Coast comes in. He hasn’t heard of Tarrant Bell. Allresco is NOT part owner and is a fee based firm working for the owner. Sprinklers: along perimeter of park, we were told they were not operational and the sprinkler heads could be removed. When doing so, it was learned that they were still operational. Clay will look into this. Small Clubhouse: laundry line is still hanging down at approximately 4’ height. He will look into this item. Also the fence and bushes. Clay will look into the Saga palm tree on Granada/Alcazar that is over grown into the visitor parking lot. Clay was asked if he was meeting with any other group at SR1. He stated he was not. Next meeting to be held on February 13th at 6:30 p.m. in the main clubhouse.



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