Los Rancheros Association

President: Darlene Richardson — 785-8780 • Vice President: Mary Dimsdale — 785-2571 Secretary: Norma Moore—887-0463 • Treasurer: Rey Abaya—670-8711

Charles Eldred—264-0357 • Pat Higgins—783-5780 • • 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 Lunch Bunch . . .Joy Cunningham — 785-4609 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Joyce Stevens —785-5889 HMOA Representative . . . . Mary Dimsdale Neighborhood Alert . . . . . . . . Linda Moniz El Toro Editor . . . . . . . . . . Jeanie Schultz Spectrum Meals (Tu&Th) . . . Ruth Horton — — — — 785-2571 780-0631 784-1997 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.)


is available in the Clubhouse
daily during office hours for residents of Spanish Ranch I.

Ladies Club invites all Ladies at SR-I
to 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 April 17 May 15 June 19 July 17 Aug 21 Sept 18 Oct 16 Nov 20 Dec Marie Callender ’s Mimi’s Sweet Tomatoes Applebees Olive Garden Sizzler Dino’s Dell Cafe Christmas Party

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 back to somebody each January. Come to the Main clubhouse on the Second Thursday, at noon! For more information call Lorraine Schmuck 783-7294
Dime Bingo Dessert Schedule: March: Louise • April: Bridgette May: Joy • June: Darlene July: Lorraine • August: Fannie Sept: Louise • October: Irene Nov: Joy • Dec: Christmas Party

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.)

Coordinators: Joyce Stevens, 785-5889 and Joy Cunningham, 785-4609

Spanish Ranch #1 Information
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 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 POOL ROOM 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.

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.


ELECTION COMMITTEE Patti Little and Judy Rogers Please call Patti at 783-1534
• To nominate someone for an office (that person must agree so give Patti their phone #) • If you are interested in running for an office • If you’d like to serve on the board of directors • If you’d like to assist with the election

Los Rancheros Assn Meeting &

July 17, 1929-January 26, 2008
Long time resident Diane Teakell died January 26, 2008 at the age of 78. Diane was active in our Ladies Club for many years. She is survived by SR-1 resident daughter Anita, daughter Kathleen of Manteca, son Doug of So. Lake Tahoe, nine grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. Diane’s husband of 45 years, Grady, preceded her in death as did her twin, Dolores.

Diane Anita (Reed) Teakell

First and Last

Join us for

of each month,


serving nachos, hot dogs, sodas, snacks.

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

Snack bar open before play and during breaks

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

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 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!)



sponsored by the Los Rancheros Homeowners Association

8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Contact: Mary Dimsdale, 785-2571
for more information.

TABLES RESERVED ON A FIRST COME FIRST SERVED BASIS. Contact Mary to see if there are any tables left. Cost $12/table or space.
Proceeds from the flea market will go to replenish the Association’s funds.

Come have lunch!
Note to vendors: The clubhouse will be open Friday evening for setup to vendors only. You must cover your table to protect the surface before set up.

No tires or excessively greasy or dirty items, please.


Comedy Corner

contributed by S. Higman (no. 164)

(most copyright info unknown - web-exchange)

Are You Ready for Children? Are you considering having children? To determine whether you are truly prepared for the experience, we suggest you take this set of simple tests... MESS TEST: Smear peanut butter on the sofa and curtains. Now rub your hands in the wet flower bed and rub on the walls. Cover the stains with crayons. Place a fish stick behind the couch and leave it there all summer. TOY TEST: Obtain a 55-gallon box of Legos. (If Legos are not available, you may substitute roofing tacks or broken bottles.) Have a friend spread them all over the house. Put on a blindfold. Try to walk to the bathroom or kitchen. Do not scream (this could wake a child at night). GROCERY STORE TEST: Borrow one or two small animals (goats are best) and take them with you as you shop at the grocery store. Always keep them in sight and pay for anything they eat or damage. DRESSING TEST: Obtain one large, unhappy, live octopus. Stuff into a small net bag making sure that all arms stay inside. FEEDING TEST: Obtain a large plastic milk jug. Fill halfway with water. Suspend from the ceiling with a stout cord. Start the jug swinging. Try to insert spoonfuls of soggy cereal (such as Fruit Loops or Cheerios) into the mouth of the jug while pretending to be an airplane. Now dump the contents of the jug on the floor.

NIGHT TEST: Prepare by obtaining a small cloth bag and fill it with 8 to 12 pounds of sand. Soak it thoroughly in water. At 8:00 PM begin to waltz and hum with the bag until 9:00 PM. Lay down your bag and set your alarm for 10:00 PM. Get up, pick up your bag, and sing every song you have ever heard. Make up about a dozen more and sing these too until 4:00 AM. Set alarm for 5:00 AM. Get up and make breakfast. Keep this up for five years. Look cheerful. PHYSICAL TEST (WOMEN): Obtain a large beanbag chair and attach it to the front of your clothes. Leave it there for 9 months. Now remove 10% of the beans. PHYSICAL TEST (MEN): Go to the nearest drug store. Set your wallet on the counter. Ask the clerk to help himself. Now proceed to the nearest food store. Go to the head office and arrange for your paycheck to be directly deposited to the store. Purchase a newspaper. Go home and read it quietly for the last time. FINAL ASSIGNMENT: Find a couple who already have a small child. Lecture them on how they can improve their discipline, patience, tolerance, toilet training, and child's table manners. Suggest many ways they can improve. Emphasize to them that they should never allow their children to run riot. Enjoy this experience. It will be the last time you will have all the answers.

What's for Dinner? A concerned husband goes to see the family doctor and says, "I think my wife is deaf because she never hears me the first time I say something, in fact, I often have to repeat things over and over again." "Well," the doctor replies, "go home and tonight and stand about 15 feet from her and say something. If she doesn't reply, move about five feet closer and say it again. Keep doing this so we can get an idea about the severity of her deafness."

Sure enough, the husband goes home and does exactly as instructed. He starts off about 15 feet from his wife in the kitchen and as she is chopping some vegetables, he says, "Honey, what's for dinner?" He gets no response. He moves about five feet closer and asks again. No reply. He moves five feet closer. Still no reply. He gets fed up and moves right behind her, about an inch away, and asks again, "Honey, what's for dinner?" She replies, "For the fourth time, vegetable stew!"


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.

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.
Distribution site may change during July and August due to a summer program conflict at the Newark Community Center.

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.

1. Read all dials f rom left to right, except the testing dials on the gas meter (the ones with no numbers). 2. When the hand of any dial is between two numbers, write down the smaller number. For example, the electric meter reading shown here is 73156.

How to read your meters
9 8 7 6 5 4 0 1 2 3 2 3 4 5 6 1 0 9 8 7 8 7 6 5 4 9 0 1 2 3 2 3 4 5 6 1 0 9 8 7 8 7 6 5 4 9 0 1 2 3

3. When a hand is directly on a number, look to the dial to the right. If the hand on that dial is on or just past zero, write down the number the hand is on f rom the dial you are reading. If the hand on the dial to the right hasn’t reached zero yet, use the smaller number on the dial you’re reading. For example, the gas meter reading shown is 5139.

9 8 7 6


1 2 3 8 7



1 2 3 2 3



9 8 7 8 7



1 2 3












4. Each time you read your meters, subtract the last reading from the new one for the humber of units* used between readings. At the end of the month, add up the number of units used, and divide by the number of days in the month for your average daily use. *ELECTRICITY IS MEASURED KILOWATT-HOURS (KWH) GAS IS MEASURED IN UNITS OF 100 CUBIC FEET (CCF)


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.) 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.

Call Ruth Horton — 732-6671

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


Greetings Neighbors, Last month I missed the Neighborhood Alert meeting at Southland. I understand it was very informative. Sergeant Dave Lundren was the speaker and his topic was Identity Theft Prevention and Survival. Darlene Richardson will be putting some information in this column from the meeting. She said it was a great presentation. I will be calling Sergeant Lundgren and see if he would be able to speak at one of our association meetings. Bike Thefts on the Rise Bicycles are being stolen again. We have had reports of bikes being stolen even in the daytime. Please lock your bikes up and teach your children to do the same. If you have a bike stolen, please report it to the Hayward Police, our office and I would like a call. If we don't know about these things there is no way to work on the problem. The H.P.D. recommend that you put a picture of the owner of the bike in the handle bars. That way the officers will be able to let you know if your bike is found. These are hard times for a lot of people. Jobs are being lost, homes

are being lost and gas is outrageous. People get desperate so please be careful. Identity theft is really on the rise with drug users. Every time you open the Daily Review you see another person being mugged and personal property being stolen. Remember to watch your back, lock your doors at home and in the car. If you are walking, it is best to walk with a friend. Be assertive, pay attention and by all means scream if someone approaches you. Neighborhood Watch meetings are in the main club house the second Tuesday of the month. The walkers meet at 6:30 p.m. in front of the clubhouse, every day, weather permitting. With the clocks springing ahead times might be changed. Neighborhood Alert meetings are the last Wednesday of the month. They are held downstairs at Southland, 7 p.m. Everyone is welcome. Be safe and aware. Linda Moniz, Neighborhood Watch
Please Report 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

What Makes Identify Theft Easy?
INTERNET : • World-Wide Access • “How To” Crime Training: Instructions and tools widely available AMERICAN BUSINESS STYLE: • Cashless Society • Social Security Number links: Credit, medical, employment, etc. THE PROBLEM: • 3100 Victims daily • Average time to correct credit history : 400 hours • Impact on the financial industry : estimated at $12 billion in 2007 • Violent crimes: 1 in 5,000 • Heart Disease: 1 in 2600 • Credit Theft: 1 in 6 • Top 5 states for ID theft (per capita): AZ, Nev, CA, Texas and Florida (highest concentration of elderly) METHODS OF THEFT : • Take over exiting accounts • Create new accounts

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(file a complaint, too or call the police, 293-7000.)

Emergency Forms

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

Please, fill out the Resident Emergency Information form that was included with your January rent statement, or use the form in this issue. 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!



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• Household products used: Acetone nail polish remover will remove all ink off of a check – DOES NOT REMOVE GEL INK (use gel ink pens to write EVERY part of a check) COUNTERFEIT OR STOLEN CREDIT CARDS: • Security features on credit care • Black light used to view holograms - $5.00 cost for light + S&H @ www.NoveltyLights.com • Discover Credit cards always start with : 3011 - most victim friendly - hologram says = DISCOVER • Visa Credit cards always start with : 4 xxx - largest company in world - most law enforcement friendly - used to have a flying pigeon as its hologram (this was compromised in China - now using a flying V hologram • Master Card Credit cards always start with : 5xxx - hologram = M on left of card and spaced to the other side a C • American Express Credit cards always start with : 37xx - hologram = AMEX - on their transparent type of card you need to go to a perfectly dark room to view this hologram CALIFORNIA DRIVERS LICENSE: • New style of license was introduced in 2001 • In 2007 the California Flag was introduced as its hologram • Has NOT been compromised . . . . yet • Equipment needed to counterfeit and ID : - Computer - Quality printer - Photoshop software COUNTERFEIT CURRENCY : • At the present time Hayward Police are confiscating counterfeit $100 bills • Printed on REAL $5 currency paper

submitted by Darlene Richardson

HOW ARE PROFILES OBTAINED? • Telephone pretexting • Pick pocket • Auto Dealers / Salesman copying application • Banks, Doctors & Dentist offices not shredding documents (which is a LAW) • Mail : - mailrooms - personal mail box - USPS blue mail boxes - Apartment boxes - Street Cluster boxes - Letter carriers • Credit Bureaus • Hotels / Restaurants • Internet • Shoulder Surfing at ATM’s, pay ing for services, gas stations • Dumpster Diving • Burglary (home and auto) • Friends & family • Ex-spouses • Phishing • Skimmers: credit/debit card readers (saves all your information) • Meth users comprise over 90% of mail theft ID THEFT HEADQUARTERS: • Can be ANYWHERE • Equipment needed: - Computer System - High Quality Printer - Software: Versa Check, Photo Shop, Microsoft Word FISHING DEVICES: • Thieves use the glue from inside rat traps : - apply it to a thin CD case; drill a hole in one corner of CD; thread a fishing line through hole; slide case into blue mail boxes - when CD hits the bottom of the container it flips over onto to mail with the glue side down; can pull up a LARGE sum of mail; they are looking for checks paying bills CHECK WASHING: • Checks stolem from outgoing mail: Crooks will trade or give away stolen mail

• Has the Lincoln water mark instead of Benjamin Franklin (if you hold bill up to the light you will see the water mark) • Currency “thread” will be BLUE under a UV light (black light) PERSONAL PROTECTION: • DON’T CARRY YOUR SOCIAL SECURITY CARD IN YOUR WALLET – safe guard • PAY ALL BILLS ONLINE – IT’S THE SAFEST METHOD (makesure the web address starts with: https:// ) only 53% do online banking, less than 30% Americans pay bills online • PAY WITH YOUR CREDIT CARD (not debit card) AT RESTAURANTS/HOTELS (if shoulder surfer gets your pin number they can change address where bills are going and then do all the damage by using it) • SHRED EVERYTHING • TAKE YOUR OUTGOING BILL PAYMENTS TO THE POST OFFICE • PICK UP MAIL PROMPLY • CHECK YOUR CREDIT REPORT: www.annualcreditreport.com - Get TransUnion - Then get Experian three months later - Then get EquiFax three months later • REVIEW CREDIT CARD STATEMENTS CAREFULLY • FRAUD ALERT (for example: LIFE ROCK = $15 / month) • CREDIT FREEZE – if you owe NOTHING do this • DO NOT GIVE OUT PERSONAL INFORMATION (unless you know it’s legitimate) • NEVER BELIEVE YOU CAN NOT BE A VICTIM
Presented by Sgt. David Lundgren to Neighborhood Alert.


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____________________


Expiration dates for items commonly found in your kitchen
By Maya Kukes and Lisa Smith From Real Simple Certain foods practically scream “toss me” when their prime has passed. That mysterious extra white layer on the Cheddar? A sure sign it needs to be put out of its misery. Chunky milk? Down the drain it goes. But what about that jar of olives you’ve had since before the birth of your kindergartner? With help from experts and product manufacturers, Real Simple has compiled a comprehensive list of expiration dates, so there’s no longer any guesswork. U = UNOPENED • O = OPENED OR USED • U/O = UNOPENED OR OPENED
Beer U: 4 months. Brown sugar U/O: Indefinite shelf life, stored in a moistureproof container in a cool, dry place. Chocolate (Hershey bar) U/O: 1 year from production date. Coffee, instant U: Up to 2 years. O: Up to 1 month. Coffee, canned ground U: 2 years. O: 1 month refrigerated. Coffee, gourmet Beans: 3 weeks in paper bag, longer in vacuum-seal bag.* Ground: 1 wk in sealed container. Diet soda (and soft drinks in plastic bottles) U: 3 months from “best by” date. O: Doesn’t spoil, but taste is affected. Dried pasta U/O: 12 months. Frozen dinners U: 12 to 18 months. Frozen vegetables U: 18 to 24 months. O: 1 month. Honey U/O: Indefinite shelf life. Juice, bottled (apple or cranberry) U: 8 months from production date. O: 7 to 10 days. Ketchup U: 1 year.* O: 4 to 6 months.* Marshmallows U: 40 weeks. O: 3 months. Maraschino cherries U: 3 to 4 years. O: 2 weeks at room temperature; 6 months refrigerated. Maple syrup, real or imitation U/O: 1 year. Mayonnaise U: Indefinitely. O: 2 to 3 months from “purchase by” date.* Mustard U/O: 2 years.* Olives, jarred (green with pimento) U: 3 years. O: 3 months. Olive oil U/O: 2 years from manufacture date.* Peanuts U: 1 to 2 years unless frozen or refrigerated. O: 1 to 2 weeks in airtight container. Peanut butter, natural U/O: 9 months. Peanut butter, processed (Jif) U: 2 years. O: 6 months; refrigerate after 3 months. Pickles U: 18 months. O: No conclusive data. Discard if slippery or excessively soft. Protein bars (PowerBars) U: 10 to 12 months. Check “best by” date on the package. Rice, white U/O: 2 years from date on box or date of purchase. Salad dressing, bottled U: 12 months after “best by” date. O: 9 months refrigerated. Soda, regular U: In cans or glass bottles, 9 months from “best by” date. O: Doesn’t spoil, but taste is affected. Soy sauce, bottled U: 2 years O: 3 months.* Steak sauce U/O: 33 months.* Tabasco U/O: 5 years, stored in a cool, dry place. Tea bags (Lipton) U/O: Use within 2 years of opening the package. Tuna, canned U: 1 year from purchase date. O: 3 to 4 days, not stored in can. Vinegar U/O: 42 months. Wine (red, white) U: 3 years from vintage date; 20 to 100 years for fine wines. O: 1 week refrigerated and corked. Worcestershire sauce U: 5 to 10 years.* O: 2 years.
*After this time, color or flavor may be affected, but the product is still generally safe to consume.

Time to Toss It

The minutes of the February Association meeting which were to have appeared here and on pg 12 were not received by presstime.


A Summary of the Seven Steps to Earthquake Safety
The information on this page is from materials created by the Emergency Survival Program (ESP) in 2006, and based on “The Seven Steps to Earthquake Safety” in the handbook, Putting Down Roots in Earthquake Country. This booklet was distributed to every resident last year and should be retained as reference material. But, for the technosavvy, all this valuable information is available at your fingertips by logging onto http://www.earthquakecountry.info/ roots/seven_steps.html Each step contains a link to the pdf file that you can read online or print as you see fit. This summary can help you determine what you’ve already done toward your personal “ESP” and what you need to investigate further. Don’t delay! Do it today! Step #1 in Putting Down Roots in Earthquake Country evacuation and reunion plans; your out-of-state contact person’s name and number; the location of your emergency supplies and other pertinent information. By planning now, you will be ready for the next emergency.
Download this Emergency Survival Program focus sheet (436 KB PDF)

Drop, cover, and hold on!
Learn what to do during an earthquake, whether you’re at home, at work, at school or just out and about. Taking the proper actions, such as “Drop, Cover, and Hold On”, can save lives and reduce your risk of death or injury. During earthquakes, drop to the floor, take cover under a sturdy desk or table, and hold on to it firmly. Be prepared to move with it until the shaking stops.
Download this Emergency Survival Program focus sheet (480 KB PDF)

Step #3 in Putting Down Roots in Earthquake Country

Make disaster kits
Everyone should have disaster supplies kits stored in accessible locations at home, at work and in your vehicle. Having emergency supplies readily available can reduce the impact of an earthquake, a terrorist incident or other emergency on you and your family. Your disaster supplies kits should include food, water, flashlights, portable radios, batteries, a first aid kit, cash, extra medications, a whistle, fire extinguisher, etc.
Download this Emergency Survival Program focus sheet (432 KB PDF)

Step #6 in Putting Down Roots in Earthquake Country

Check it out!
One of the first things you should do following a major disaster is to check for injuries and damages that need immediate attention. Make sure you are trained in first aid and in damage assessment techniques. You should be able to administer first aid and to identify hazards such as damaged gas, water, sewage and electrical lines. Be prepared to report damage to city or county government.
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Secure it now!
Reducing and/or eliminating hazards throughout your home, neighborhood, workplace and school can greatly reduce your risk of injury or death following the next earthquake or other disaster. Conduct a “hazard hunt” to help identify and fix things such as unsecured televisions, computers, bookcases, furniture, unstrapped water heaters, etc. Securing these items now will help to protect you tomorrow.
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Step #4 in Putting Down Roots in Earthquake Country

Is your place safe?
Most houses are not as safe as they could be. Whether you are a homeowner or a renter, there are things that you can do to improve the structural integrity of your home. Some of the things that you might consider checking include inadequate foundations, unbraced cripple walls, soft first stories, unreinforced masonry and vulnerable pipes. Consult a contractor or engineer to help you identify your building’s weaknesses and begin to fix them now.
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Step #7 in Putting Down Roots in Earthquake Country

Communicate and recover!
Following a major disaster, communication will be an important step in your recovery efforts. Turn on your portable radio for information and safety advisories. If your home is damaged, contact your insurance agent right away to begin your claims process. For most Presidentially declared disasters, resources will also be available from federal, state, and local government agencies.
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Step #2 in Putting Down Roots in Earthquake Country

Make a plan
Planning for an earthquake, terrorist attack, or other emergency is not much different from planning for a party or vacation. Make sure that your emergency plan includes

Step #5 in Putting Down Roots in Earthquake Country


Minutes of 6March08 Los Rancheros Association Meeting
Meeting called to order with the Pledge of Allegiance. Ron, Julie, Rey not present. Norma stated she submitted meeting minutes but they were not published in El Toro. Jeanie stated no minutes were received. Linda addressed the fact that board meeting minutes Norma produced and delivered throughout the park, did not include information containing Neighborhood Alert as the responsible group to remove the clothesline by the small clubhouse. It was agreed meeting minute approval would be tabled for later date. We had no expenses from our last Treasurer’s Report. Flea Market update—$12 for tables, we have a total of 30 tables but residents have the ability to provide their own table for outside area. Advertising for the flea market in the Daily Review was $46.10 for the last flea market. Kevin asked about the rise in cost of tables by $2 and was told this move was decided by the committee. Grievance committee Report given by Norma and Mary. In addition: Bathroom doors have not been left open as stated earlier from 9 until 6:00 p.m. The Regional Manager stated in December the park owners would spend $26,000 on Hot Tub renovations including skimmers, drains, piping, etc. Darlene stated permit for repairs was given on March 6. Norma had been told repairs were to start March 1, which came and went. Darlene got this information from the office, today she stated. Kevin is concerned about parking and asks if we are discussing this situation with the regional manager. Norma suggested he doesn’t give sufficient answers to important questions involving health and safety issues so adding the concern of parking will come later. We discussed the fact the park does not have knowledge of where the park water system shut off valves are. We had suggested to Mr. Hage perhaps they would consider compensating previous manager, John Flink and Ben (former gardener/ maintenance man) to help in locating the valves. Mr. Hage stated that was a possibility. Mary asked had anyone noticed the installation of the signs “kids at play.” We were told some were installed but we do not know where. We did ask about someone servicing the pump house as the regional manager stated this was done twice a day although those of us who reside by the back gate did not notice them being serviced twice a day. We are still waiting to be contacted about the paint being secured for brightening up the street signs. It seems to Linda and Mary some signs have been improved with paint. We shared the information that Max had installed a large Miranda St Sign and a Stop sign on Miranda St where it meets Granada Dr. There are some new style street signs installed on Miranda St and others around the park have been improved. We do not want our volunteer work to paint signs to replace ARC responsibility to install new signs. Readable street signs are a safety factor. Peter stated PG&E drove by his home three times before finding his address when he had a gas leak. PG&E was called at night and they could not find his home. HMOA next meeting is March 15, 10:00 at Eden Roc. HMOA will work on “Candidates Afternoon” for City Council elections. All candidates will have the opportunity to address issues that hold importance to them while letting Hayward residents get to know them. The event will be held at Georgian Manor on April 26. Stacia reports she wants it reflected in the meeting minutes that the three original members of the disaster committee are quitting because of Norma, she is returning $50, keys, etc. She went on to talk about the location of the shed in proximity to the park meters, noting there is only 2-ft clearance when 3-ft is needed. Neighborhood Alert — It was reported to Linda that the 7-11 on Tennyson Rd and the Valero gas station at our back entrance is not asking the City of Hayward for permits to sell alcohol. Next Neighborhood Alert meeting is Tuesday March 11 at our clubhouse at 7:00 p.m.. Flyers No 98 and Yes on 99 have been approved by the association. We will spend $200 approved by association for distribution. We will have flyer ready for review for April 3 Election Meeting. Theft in Park— A resident reported she had a Bicycle stolen from her carport. We continue to have theft in the park although it isn’t always reported to the Police Department or management. Old Business/New Business Fran asked if the VP or Pres have heard a response from Housing and Community Development (HCD) as regards the lack of tree maintenance in our park. There has been no response. Darlene questioned Norma if she had sent the letter regarding sewers to HCD. She had not, due to her busy schedule. We discussed the fact $2700 is being collected this month from the residents as a $2 charge for each meter at the residents homes. Our management company collected $924 a few months ago in accordance with Title 25, which allows the collection of 1⁄2 the $4 charge, on a once a year fee. The rationale by management staff for this new charge is listed in the MRL 798.43, which does not specifically refer to a specific charge or the amount of $2. There was some concern over the 35-day meter-reading period in the middle of winter during a high use period. The longer billing period creates a higher bill for the residents for utility use. We are charged more than twice as much for the cost of gas and electric once we pass Baseline (or Tier 1) then non- baseline (Tier 2) up to Tier 3 and Tier 4 for some households. While the park owner is allowed legally to make a profit off of the residents as regards the utility charge, since we are a master metered park, we want the same billing period the park receives. PG&E reads their meters every 30 days with a grace period of one day before or one day after. We have since received a 29-day billing period, which cannot compensate us for the 35-day charge. Mary volunteered to contact the PUC and inquire as to the legality of billing residents beyond a 30-day period. Meeting adjourned 8:25 p.m. Submitted by Norma Moore, Secretary Ed note: Minutes for the February Association meeting were not received by press time.


Resident Suggestion / Objection Form
We welcome your views and suggestions on how to improve the quality and range of services we provide at the community you reside. This form will allow residents to provide feedback to management on services, suggestions for improvements, or general concerns. While we are attempting to promote a harmonious community atmosphere, sometimes incidents occur which may infringe on your enjoyment of the Park or perhaps you may have a suggestion or positive feedback to share. In order to remedy the situation when appropriate, we request all complaints and/or suggestions to be submitted to management in writing. Type of communication: (Please check one that applies) ____Concern about Park Facilities ____Concern about park residents ____Positive Feedback ____Concern about Park Management ____Suggestion ____Other: _________________________________________

Name of Community:______________________________________________ Space Number:_____________________ Name: _________________________________________________________________________________________________ Full Address: ____________________________________________________________________________________________ Detail suggestion, feedback, incident or concern (specify date, time and place if applicable): ________________________________________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________________________________ What action do you think is appropriate? ________________________________________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Because of repeated complaints, in extreme cases, eviction proceedings may beinitiated against an offending park resident. In compliance with California law, it may be necessary to use this statement for documentation purposes. Consequently we cannot insure complete confidentiality. Signed: _____________________________________________________________________Dated:_____________________ Print name:_____________________________________________________________________________________________ ______ This form is for informational purposes only and does not require a response. ______ I wish for a response. My telephone number is:_____________________________________________________

Management Office Use Only: Received On:__________________ Form of Delivery: __________________ Disposition __________________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________________________
Equal Housing Opportunity

Please provide a copy of this form to the Los Rancheros Association Board and keep a copy for yourself.


Neighborhood Watch
Know Your Neighbors!
Courtesy of Los Rancheros Association

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Your Home Report a Crime
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Fill in your neighbors’ names on this handy reference sheet. In an emergency you’ll need this information, but in the meantime you’ll know who to call if you spot a problem your neighbor should know about. Let’s get acquainted!

Please do your share! Let’s all watch out for each other!

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Homeowners Association Meeting 7:00 p.m. ELECTION of Officers

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241 Assn Board Meeting 7:00 p.m.



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Earth Day
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MAY 1 Association Meeting 7:00 p.m.
Pool Opens



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