Keep Those Ballots Coming!


We need 88 ballots for our annual election. As of today (May 17), we don’t have enough (yet!)
A BIG THANK YOU to all those who have already returned their ballots.
If you haven’t mailed it in yet and can’t make it to the meeting – it isn’t too late!
We need 15 more ballots to be put into the mail (ok, we know we said the 17th, but the 18th will work too) -or- brought to the annual meeting.

We are also announcing that we are raffling off a $50 Amazon gift card to the households who vote AND attend the annual meeting! Your ballot return envelope will be your raffle ticket!

Summerfield Annual HOA Meeting

Please plan to join us for our annual review, updating everyone on our association activities, expenses and the planned budget, the election results, and an open forum for questions.

Thursday, May 30 at 6:30 p.m.

Lutheran Church of the Incarnation, 16889 Espola Road.

HOMEOWNERS – PLEASE MAIL YOUR BALLOT BY MAY 17 (or 18 if you must!)
— or —
BRING IT TO THE MEETING

We need at least 51% of all home owner votes
for the election to be valid, per state law.

Please note – we have two candidates and two board vacancies.

Here are our candidates:

Maria Stein:
My husband (who originally grew up in San Diego) and I relocated from the Bay Area to Summerfield in August 2015 and have thoroughly enjoyed living in our beautiful Poway neighborhood. We are empty nesters with 4 grown children between the 2 of us. I work remotely as an HR Generalist/Payroll Specialist for a printing company (headquartered in San Leandro, CA) and Jay is an Operations Lead at a local university.
I am currently extremely active within our Summerfield community serving on the following committees/groups:
• Party planning committee – 3 years
• Architectural Committee – 2 years
• Summerfield Bunco group (co-lead) – 1 1/ 2 years
I would love to serve as a board member, not only to keep our HOA dues low, but to also be even more involved in our community!
My interests are party planning, crafting, decorating, and shopping. My husband loves his Padres and gardening.

Donny Phonea:
I’ve been a proud member of the Summerfield community since 2019. My wife and I are parents of two small children ages four and one. As a profession, I am a financial regulator while my wife is an educator. Both of us have graduate degrees. During my spare time, my interests are gardening, playing tennis, sports, and spending time with the kids. I believe in fostering a safe community with strong family values.

 

Thank You!

Send In Those Ballots, Please!


We need 88 ballots for our annual election. As of today (May 14), we don’t have enough (yet!)
THANK YOU to all those who have already returned their ballots.
If you haven’t mailed it in yet and can’t make it to the meeting – it isn’t too late!
We need 34 more ballots to be put into the mail by MAY 17 -or- brought to the annual meeting.
THANKS!

Summerfield Annual HOA Meeting

Please plan to join us for our annual review, updating everyone on our association activities, expenses and the planned budget, the election results, and an open forum for questions.

Thursday, May 30 at 6:30 p.m.

Lutheran Church of the Incarnation, 16889 Espola Road.

HOMEOWNERS – PLEASE MAIL YOUR BALLOT BY MAY 17
— or —
BRING IT TO THE MEETING

We need at least 51% of all home owner votes
for the election to be valid, per state law.

Please note – we have two candidates and two board vacancies.

Thank You!

Reminder: 2024 Board Ballots and Annual SHOA Meeting


Summerfield Annual HOA Meeting

Please plan to join us for our annual review, updating everyone on our association activities, expenses and the planned budget, the election results, and an open forum for questions.

Thursday, May 30 at 6:30 p.m.

Lutheran Church of the Incarnation, 16889 Espola Road.

HOMEOWNERS – PLEASE MAIL YOUR BALLOT BY MAY 17
— or —
BRING IT TO THE MEETING

We need at least 50% of all home owner votes
for the election to be valid, per state law.

Please note – we have two candidates and two board vacancies.

Thank You!

Summerfield Scoops – Pool Open – Help Wanted – And More!


In this issue:

  • Pool Area Cleaning Help Wanted
  • Can you help keep our neighborhood looking great?
  • Reminder – Submit Application for Architectural Improvement Forms
  • Call for Candidates!
  • Pool Open – Rules – Keys
  • Spring time – Weed time
  • Trash Bins
  • Annual Meeting
  • HOA Contact Info and Current Board Members
  • New to the Neighborhood? Change of contact info, new renters, new POA/Owner’s Representative?
  • Feeling Social?

Pool Area Cleaning Help Wanted

We need some housekeeping (poolkeeping? janitorial?) help!

We are seeking a new person to take responsibility for janitorial type cleaning and resupplying the pool area and bathrooms and putting out the trash during the pool season. This is a paid time commitment at $25/hour for approximately an hour twice a week, and occasional extra cleanings as required after parties, etc.   Please email ASAP to [email protected] if interested.  This could be a good opportunity for one of our younger community members!

Usual duties include:

  • Sweeping bathrooms and under the tree.
  • Mopping (couple times a year or as needed).
  • Cleaning toilets, sinks, dispensers, water fountain, rails into pool, tables and sweeping chairs.
  • Refilling dispensers.
  • Taking the trash to the Edco bin.
  • Take Edco bin to and from curb weekly.
  • Buying paper towels, toilet paper, soap, toilet cleaner any other cleaner needed.
  • Occasionally scraping up gum and cup cakes from pool deck.
  • Clean up left over pool toys.

Can you help keep our neighborhood looking great?

Most of you know that Summerfield benefits greatly from the efforts of our Architectural Committee.  Their work makes a major contribution to sustaining the beauty of and high demand for homes in our neighborhood.

We are looking for someone who will take the maintenance of our architectural standards seriously while keeping an open mind when disputes arise.   We are looking for someone who appreciates the work of this committee in preserving Summerfield’s attractiveness and home values.

The time commitment is minimal (the work is divided between the committee members).  Won’t you consider volunteering? Please email to [email protected].


Reminder – Submit Application for Architectural Improvement Forms

Our Architectural Standards (link) require that public facing exterior updates (roofs, paint, relandscaping, mailboxes, additions, etc.) MUST be preapproved. Submit your forms (link) BEFORE the first Tuesday of each month. Please note that the entire committee is endeavoring to work collaboratively with all home owners to arrive at the best possible solution that helps to keep the entire community looking good (and protect our property values!)


Call for Candidates!

Two of the current SHOA board positions will be at the end of their term this year. Would anyone be interested in serving?

Our board is made of volunteers – residents who care for our community and who by volunteering help keep our dues low! Without that, we risk substantially increasing dues by needing to pay an (expensive!) external management company. Help us to help to keep all of our dues low!

The Summerfield Home Owners Association takes care of  paying the common area utility bills, maintaining the pool, the walkways, and helping to maintain our community standards and values. And for that, we need a functioning board – and for that, we need folks to step up to help the community. Please ask yourself if you’d be willing to pitch in to help keep Summerfield the great neighborhood that we all enjoy.

As soon as possible, please email to [email protected] if you are interested.


Pool Open – Rules – Keys

The pool is now open and ready for the 2024 season. Remember that we have a *passive* solar heating system that uses sunlight to raise the temperature of the pool above what would otherwise be the normal (right now pretty cold!) temperature – it will begin to warm up the pool but it will still be chilly for a while.

We continue to invest in updating the pool equipment and service – aiming to have as good an experience as possible for everyone. Having said that, we of course want to remind everyone of the pool rules (below) which help to maintain that good experience!

If anyone needs a replacement pool key, they are available to residents and property managers for $5. Just email [email protected] to arrange to get one.

 


Spring time – Weed time

We had lots of rain this spring – and that greened our yards (but also our weeds….) Don’t forget that we all need to work within our architectural standards:

Yards must be maintained, watered, planted and replanted to prevent erosion and present a healthy and trimmed appearance (no more than 20% of lawn area dry or dying). Weeds must be kept under control in all areas of lawns and landscaping. Weeds in the sidewalks or driveways must be removed or eradicated.

Please note that early in the year is the time to apply pre-emergent weed treatments to lawns. But if they have already come up, please get them out before they spread all over your yard (and spread to all your neighbors’ yards…) Thanks!

If you have any question about landscaping – please email or call! Thanks!


Trash Bins

Please don’t forget our Architectural Standards requirement for trash bins: Placement of trash containers/bags in front of a dwelling is restricted to a twenty-four hour period surrounding a scheduled pick-up. After pick-up, empty containers should be stored in the garage or behind the fence out of sight of passers-by on the street.


Annual Meeting

We are working to secure the exact date, but anticipate that our Annual Meeting will be held the last week of May. We will review updates for the year and conduct the tabulation of votes at that time and have an open discussion period. Stay tuned!


HOA Contact Info and Current Board Members

SUMMERFIELD HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION
PO Box 28143, San Diego, CA 92198
[email protected]
https://summerfieldpoway.com

SHOA Board Members
• Tom Halfaker, President 858-774-4103
• Denise Shields, Architectural Chair 858-859-1724 (please leave message or send a text)
• Brad Phillips, Secretary
• Michael Spring, Treasurer
• Dan Carr, Special Projects


New to the Neighborhood? Change of contact info, new renters, new POA or Owner’s Representative or Property Manager?

New owners, property managers and renters should learn about our community rules by reviewing New to the Neighborhood? Start Here! page.

Please email the HOA at [email protected]  to notify us of any changes in your contact information, changes in renters or new individuals with Power of Attorney or Owner’s Representatives or new Property Management company info. This newsletter and other important community updates are sent to all owners, renters and property managers via email as requested.

Note: Owners are required to provide and the Board is required to keep a current list of all owners and renters contact information. (California Corp. Code §8320(a). and Civ. Code §4740(d).)

Please keep us updated, so we can keep you updated!

 


Feeling Social?

Converse with the neighborhood on these independent websites— a great way to keep updated.  Need an invite? Contact us by email! [email protected]

https://www.facebook.com/groups/summerfieldestates/

https://nextdoor.com/neighborhood/summerfieldpoway–po

2023 Pool Closing for the Season


We will be formally closing the pool for the season as of Sunday October 28, 2023. While the pool is closed, we will be getting in some needed maintenance work.

See you next April!

2023 SHOA Annual Update Posted – Dues Invoices On the Way


Thanks to all who attended our annual meeting, chatting over cake and reminiscing about the 50 year Summerfield anniversary! If you could not join us – never fear! See more info within our annual presentation:   SHOA 2023 Annual Presentation  (Sorry, cake not included…)

SHOA dues for 2023-2024 are $360.  Please note that annual SHOA dues invoices will arrive before the end of June and are payable by the end of July. Instructions for payment are included.

If you need to update your contact information (phone, email or address for non-resident owners and tenants), please be sure to fill and return information with your payment.

We thank Eric Kant, Crime Prevention Specialist from the San Diego Sheriff’s department for presenting during our annual meeting. Please see materials that he provided to us linked below:


Fire Season Preparedness

We hope that we do not have another wildfire like the one in 2007 that caused our neighborhood to be evacuated— but fire season is approaching for our area, and we should all stand ready to respond if needed.
We encourage everyone to subscribe to AlertSanDiego. This is the county’s “reverse 911” emergency notification system and the City of Poway’s primary resource for contacting you in an event that needs your immediate attention, such as an evacuation due to fires. All landlines are automatically a part of this database, but by registering your email address and mobile phone number, you won’t miss a notification.

Getting prepared for earthquake, storm, fire and utility outages? Check these links: http://poway.org/410/EmergencyPreparedness
https://www.sdge.com/safety

This has a list and map of major fire incidents.  https://www.fire.ca.gov/incidents
Useful Twitter account: https://twitter.com/CALFIRESANDIEGO


Spring time – Weed time

We had lots of rain this spring – and that greened our yards (but also our weeds….) Don’t forget that we all need to work within our architectural standards:

Yards must be maintained, watered, planted and replanted to prevent erosion and present a healthy and trimmed appearance (no more than 20% of lawn area dry or dying). Weeds must be kept under control in all areas of lawns and landscaping. Weeds in the sidewalks or driveways must be removed or eradicated.

Please note that early in the year is the time to apply pre-emergent weed treatments to lawns. But if they have already come up, please get them out before they spread all over your yard (and spread to all your neighbors’ yards…) Thanks!

If you have any question about landscaping – please email or call! Thanks!

 


Trash Bins

Please don’t forget our Architectural Standards requirement for trash bins: Placement of trash containers/bags in front of a dwelling is restricted to a twenty-four hour period surrounding a scheduled pick-up. After pick-up, empty containers should be stored in the garage or behind the fence out of sight of passers-by on the street.

 

Summerfield Annual HOA Meeting – Poway Sheriff Dept – 50th Anniversary


Summerfield Annual HOA Meeting

Please plan to join us for our annual HOA get together!

SPECIAL NOTICE: We will have a Poway Sheriff station crime prevention representative presenting during the first part of the meeting.  Please bring your questions!

We will have our annual review, updating everyone on our association activities, expenses, dues for 2023-2024 and the planned budget, and an open forum for questions.

And: We will also be commemorating our 50th community anniversary!

Tuesday, May 23 at 6:30 p.m.

Lutheran Church of the Incarnation, 16889 Espola Road.
We be in a meeting room on the west side of the courtyard.

We look forward to seeing you!

The Pool is Open for 2023 – AND – Pool Area Cleaning Help Wanted!


The pool is now open and ready for the 2023 season. Remember that we have a *passive* solar heating system – it will begin to warm up the pool but it will still be chilly for a while.

AND

We need some housekeeping (poolkeeping? janitorial?) help!

Pool Area Cleaning Help Wanted

We are seeking a new person (the last person doing it moved!) to take responsibility for janitorial type cleaning and resupplying the pool area and bathrooms and putting out the trash during the pool season. This is a paid time commitment $20/hour for approximately an hour twice a week, and occasional extra cleanings as required after parties, etc.   Please email ASAP to [email protected] if interested.  This could be a good opportunity for one of our younger community members!

Usual duties include:

  • Sweeping bathrooms and under the tree.
  • Mopping (couple times a year or as needed).
  • Cleaning toilets, sinks, dispensers, water fountain, rails into pool, tables and sweeping chairs.
  • Refilling dispensers.
  • Taking the trash to the Edco bin.
  • Take Edco bin to and from curb weekly.
  • Buying paper towels, toilet paper, soap, toilet cleaner any other cleaner needed.
  • Occasionally scraping up gum and cup cakes from pool deck.
  • Clean up left over pool toys.

Don’t forget our pool rules

Summerfield Scoops – February 2023


In this issue:

  • Crime and Safety Updates
  • Call for Candidates!
  • Spring time – Weed time
  • Trash Bins
  • Pool Notes
  • HOA Contact Info and Current Board Members
  • New to the Neighborhood? Change of contact info, new renters, new POA/Owner’s Representative?
  • Feeling Social?

We are sorry to report that there have been several thefts in our neighborhood and more in the surrounding community.  As we all know, opportunistic thieves have taken items from cars on periodic basis. Unfortunately, we have also had at least one home break-in, two vehicles stolen, one in the middle of the day and catalytic converter thefts.

We wanted to take this opportunity to raise awareness and provide some links to potentially useful information.

We are also researching having a public safety officer address the community.

NextDoor.com , Neighbors.Ring.com or the Ring Neighbors app (you do not need to have a Ring camera to join) can be a useful place to receive and share local alerts, as well as our local private Facebook group.

Pubic Safety and Services Contacts & Websites

Our HOA website Public Safety and Services page has lots of potentially useful information regarding the Sheriff emergency dispatch and non-emergency number, Helicopter announcements, the Poway ALERT line, CrimeMapping.com, Animal Services, AlertSanDiego, emergency preparedness, Poway City Council, Poway Water Conservation, Toxic Waste Disposal, City Trash & Recycling, finding contact info for public officials and Cal Fire updates.

Please check it out and let us know if you have recommendations for any additions.

Catalytic Converter Theft

Catalytic converter theft is a major problem since the catalytic converters can be very quickly cut out from a car or truck’s exhaust system and sold to a scrap dealer (for the platinum and other precious metals in them) for hundreds of dollars. Replacement can cost thousands of dollars.

Vehicle catalytic converters can be targets for criminals due to expensive materials that are used in their manufacture. Tips to protect your vehicle include:

  • Park in your garage or a secured area when possible
  • Welding your catalytic converter to your vehicle frame should be carefully evaluated before proceeding
  • Calibrate your car alarm (if you have one) to be vibration-sensitive
  • Engrave your VIN on your catalytic converter
  • Some are recommending a ‘CatClamp’
  • For questions about how to keep your vehicle safe, or anything related to crime prevention, please contact the Poway Station’s Crime Prevention Unit at (858) 513-2810.

Surveillance Cameras

  • If you are considering putting in video cameras, the reviews at sites like these may be helpful as you make your decision:  Toms Guide, WireCutter and PC Magazine.
  • In general, higher resolution video is better.
  • Infrared night vision systems will not work through a window.
  • WiFi connected systems may not stay online all the time if there is enough signal interference.
  • Battery powered systems will need to be recharged – sometimes the first day after you’ve left on vacation (speaking from personal experience here…)
  • Determine if the features you want require a monthly subscription in addition to buying the camera.
  • When installing systems, be sure to consider California regulations governing recordings: Ask a cop: surveillance cameras  and Security Camera Laws in California
  • And of course bear in mind – video cameras may serve as a deterrent and evidence in the event of a crime, but are no guarantee of safety.
  • If you are considering getting the ‘Ring’ video monitoring system – you may be interested in trying out the ‘Ring Neighbors’ app – it allows you to receive information from Ring system users about crime and safety reports (and sometimes local videos of coyotes and mountain lions), and is free and available to anyone whether using the Ring cameras or not.

Mail Theft

There have been videos and reports of cars cruising through RB going from mailbox to mailbox late at night. Apparently some checks have been stolen and the name on the check altered.  If you decide to change out your mailbox for one that locks, please remember to submit an Architectural Improvement Form. If you do experience mail theft or tampering, please be sure to report it to the post office.

Safety On Our Streets

We want to take this opportunity to remind everyone to be extra cautious when exiting the neighborhood at the Summerfield/Espola light. There have been multiple accidents at this intersection over the years, including a pedestrian struck by a vehicle running the light. The board has previously been in contact with Poway traffic engineering, but the more residents that raise the issue, the more likely it is to get addressed.  You may wish to consider contacting them or a member of the city council (we are in District 2) or the mayor to raise the issue as you personally see fit.

The speed limit within our neighborhood is 25 MPH, and we have a LOT of kids at play here. We encourage all residents to observe the speed limit and drive with caution at all times. If you see a delivery driver speeding, it may be more effective to get the vehicle number and call that delivery company and report any concerns.

We have a number of small motor bikes in the neighborhood – please make sure to operate these vehicles in a safe and legal fashion! Note that motorized vehicles are not allowed on the equestrian trails. Please consult the DMV website on two wheel vehicle operation, CHP motorcycles, electric and pocket bikes and the motorcycle handbook, and stay safe!


Call for Candidates!

One of the current SHOA board positions will be at the end of their term this year. Would anyone be interested in serving?

The Summerfield Home Owners Association takes care of  paying the common area utility bills, maintaining the pool, the walkways, and helping to maintain our community standards and values. And for that, we need a functioning board – and for that, we need folks to step up to help the community. Please ask yourself if you’d be willing to pitch in to help keep Summerfield the great neighborhood that we all enjoy.

No later than March 15, please email to [email protected] if you are interested.


Spring time – Weed time

We are having lots of rain recently – and that greened our yards (but also our weeds….) Don’t forget that we all need to work within our architectural standards:

Yards must be maintained, watered, planted and replanted to prevent erosion and present a healthy and trimmed appearance (no more than 20% of lawn area dry or dying). Weeds must be kept under control in all areas of lawns and landscaping. Weeds in the sidewalks or driveways must be removed or eradicated.

Please note that early in the year is the time to apply pre-emergent weed treatments to lawns. But if they have already come up, please get them out before they spread all over your yard (and spread to all your neighbors’ yards…) Thanks!

If you have any question about landscaping – please email or call! Thanks!


Trash Bins

Please don’t forget our Architectural Standards requirement for trash bins: Placement of trash containers/bags in front of a dwelling is restricted to a twenty-four hour period surrounding a scheduled pick-up. After pick-up, empty containers should be stored in the garage or behind the fence out of sight of passers-by on the street.

 


Pool Notes

The pool is expected to open again on April 1 (no, not an April Fool’s joke!)

We continue to invest in updating the pool equipment and service – aiming to have as good an experience as possible for everyone. Having said that, we of course want to remind everyone of the pool rules (link here) which help to maintain that good experience!

If anyone needs a replacement pool key, they are available to residents and property managers for $5. Just email [email protected] to arrange to get one.


HOA Contact Info and Current Board Members

SUMMERFIELD HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION
PO Box 28143, San Diego, CA 92198
[email protected]
https://summerfieldpoway.com

SHOA Board Members
• Tom Halfaker, President 858-774-4103
• Denise Shields, Architectural Chair 858-859-1724 (please leave message or send a text)
• Brad Phillips, Secretary
• Michael Spring, Treasurer
• Dan Carr, Special Projects


New to the Neighborhood? Change of contact info, new renters, new POA or Owner’s Representative or Property Manager?

New owners, property managers and renters should learn about our community rules by reviewing New to the Neighborhood? Start Here! page.

Please email the HOA at [email protected]  to notify us of any changes in your contact information, changes in renters or new individuals with Power of Attorney or Owner’s Representatives or new Property Management company info. This newsletter and other important community updates are sent to all owners, renters and property managers via email as requested.

Note: Owners are required to provide and the Board is required to keep a current list of all owners and renters contact information. (California Corp. Code §8320(a). and Civ. Code §4740(d).)

Please keep us updated, so we can keep you updated!

 


Feeling Social?

Converse with the neighborhood on these independent websites— a great way to keep updated.  Need an invite? Contact us by email! [email protected]

https://www.facebook.com/groups/summerfieldestates/

https://nextdoor.com/neighborhood/summerfieldpoway–poway–ca/

 

Pool closed during structure maintenance June 8 and 9


Please be advised that the termite and other wood damage to the pool pump room/restrooms/pergola will be repaired during the day on June 8 and 9.

The gate may be open at times while the crew is working – PLEASE BE CAREFUL THAT SMALL CHILDREN DO NOT WANDER INTO THE POOL AREA!

The pool will be closed while the crew is present to help avoid potential safety issues – but since we cannot lock the gate, we request everyone take note and stay safe!

 

Image by Andy Gries from Pixabay