WE NEED NEW HOA BOARD MEMBERS!


February 23, 2020

Summerfield Homeowners:

I am writing this on behalf of the Summerfield Homeowners Association (SHOA) Board of Directors.  Versions of this letter have been sent annually to Summerfield Homeowners seeking new volunteers for our Board of Directors.

In May of this year, we will be holding the annual election for SHOA Board Members. Please consider if you can volunteer to run for the Board.  The time is now to step forward and help preserve the benefits of the SHOA.  They are:

  1. Our dues are extremely low!  We pay only about $320 per YEAR in HOA dues.
  2. We have a beautiful neighborhood with well-kept homes!  This is the direct result of an active SHOA Architectural Committee and proactive standards enforcement.
  3. We have a great shared community pool!

WE NEED VOLUNTEERS FOR OUR
 HOMEOWNERS BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Your SHOA board is a five-member team of volunteers who meet monthly for a couple of hours.  In addition, board members typically spend an additional four to eight hours per month conducting board business.  Is this something you could do on behalf of your neighbors and community?

Please help us keep Summerfield the great neighborhood it is (with our low HOA dues afforded by volunteer governance).  Respond directly to this email with your interest to participate or contact one of the board members listed on the SHOA website summerfieldpoway.com.  Any of us would be happy to explain how the board operates and what you could expect if elected as a member.

You are also welcome to contact me by phone at 858-774-4103.

Thank you,

Tom Halfaker
President
Summerfield Homeowners Association

 

Crime and Safety Update


We are sorry to report that there have been at least two catalytic converter thefts in our neighborhood and more in the surrounding community in recent days.  The week before that, we had thefts of items from cars overnight. There are reports in Rancho Bernardo of mail being taken from mailboxes. And recently we had yet another side impact (T-bone) accident at the stop light at Summerfield and Espola.

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

The ‘Crime & Safety’ section of NextDoor.com is a good place to receive and share local alerts.  See our 2019 annual meeting presentation for some tips on getting the most out of Nextdoor.

Pubic Safety and Services Contacts & Websites

Our Public Safety and Services web page has contact information for the Sheriff, services for daily crime email alerts (CrimeMapping.com), Cal Fire current incidents info, AlertSanDiego reverse-911 emergency alerting in the event of fires and links to other general emergency preparedness information.

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. See: ABC10 4S Ranch video. The Poway Sheriff posted the following information on https://nextdoor.com/news_feed/?post=118082057

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
* Consider welding your catalytic converter to your vehicle frame
* Calibrate your car alarm (if you have one) to be vibration-sensitive
* Engrave your VIN on your catalytic converter
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.

Please note that there is discussion that welding the converter may not work, or may cause other problems. Some are recommending a ‘CatClamp’. Please see the discussions on NextDoor and do your own research.

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 Home Security Camera Laws California: 3 Facts to Surprise You
  • 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. 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 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! Please consult the DMV website on miniature bikes, classes of motorcycles and the motorcycle handbook, and stay safe!

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 it is fire season again, 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 if you’re away from home.

Summerfield Update for Architectural Standards and Assessment Collection Policy


Please see (Summerfield-HOA-Architectural-Standards_2019-07 redline) for a revision to the current architectural standards document. We ask you read it over and share any feedback with the board.

This is a ‘redline’ markup showing the additions and deletions. We will post an updated version after collecting comments for 30 days.

Summary of changes:

  1. Update to match current California Civil Code concerning enforcement of governing documents and dispute resolution.
  2. Renaming ‘Solar Units’ as ‘Solar Energy Systems’.
  3. Changes to comply with California Open Meetings requirements.
  4. Clarification that an officially declared drought overrides the requirement for watering lawns.
  5. Update from mentions of ‘CC&Rs’ to ‘governing documents’ to conform usage to current Civil Code 4150.
  6. Addition: Broken, ripped, and/or damaged window coverings need to be replaced.
  7. Clarification that the Board is responsible for decisions concerning violation notifications and fines.
  8. Clarification that owners are responsible for their guests, invitee, tenants and/or agents actions.
  9. Revision of enforcement procedures to invite an owner to a violation meeting prior to imposing any fines; to allow for suspension of voting rights or use of recreational facilities as a potential penalty; removal of violation appeals section (since the violation meetings with the Board will have already taken place).

Additionally, please see (SHOA Assessment Collection Policy 2019-07-15) for a revision to the Assessment Collection Policy. It has been extensively revised by counsel to match current California Civil Code requirements.

Please email your comments to [email protected].

Thank you!

Summerfield Scoops – June 2019


In this issue:

  • Changing Scoops to ‘web friendly’
  • Election Certification
  • HOA Contact Info and Board Members for 2019-2020
  • Owner’s Checklist (Annual Dues Invoices mailed!)
  • Pool Problems!?!?
  • School is Out – Drive Safely!
  • Your dog is so cute!…
  • Summer is here – so are weeds…
  • New to the Neighborhood? Change of contact info, new renters, new POA/Owner’s Representative?
  • Feeling Social?

Changing Scoops to ‘web friendly’

This issue of the Summerfield Scoops marks a change:

We are moving to a ‘web friendly’ format (as opposed to the letter-size PDFs that we had been creating). The idea is that this format will be more phone/tablet friendly, since we know many would rather look at the updates on their mobile devices instead of printing and reading.  (Of course, printing the web page is still an option for those who wish to do so.)

Since we do so many short (and more timely) announcements, it was getting a bit hard to have any new content left over for a newsletter. We’ll continue to publish the Scoops at least several times a year – but we will do so when we have a variety of items to communicate all at once.


Election Certification

As previously announced, Brad Phillips was re-elected to the board for a 3 year term, and Michael Spring was elected for a 3 year term, taking over for Kevin Lowitz.  Many thanks to Kevin for his service to the community! The official election results have been reported to the board and recorded.

2019 SHOA Election Results Report


HOA Contact Info and Board Members for 2019-2020

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

SHOA Board Members
• Tom Halfaker, President 858-774-4103
• Kim Caterina, Architectural Chair 858-859-1724
• Brad Phillips, Secretary
• Michael Spring, Treasurer
• Bob McCleary, Special Projects


Owner’s Checklist

  1. Annual Dues Invoices were mailed on June 15.
  2. Dues become overdue on July 31.
  3. Prompt payment is appreciated or late fees may apply!
  4. Remember to get architecture committee pre-approval for exterior changes (paint, lawn, mailbox, etc.)


Pool Problems!?!?

We love our pool – but we need to make sure that we all use it safely!

  • We have a recent report of the pool gate being blocked open for an extended period. PLEASE keep the gate shut! We really don’t want an accident, and the only way to help prevent it is for all to take responsibility for using the pool safely!
  • Children, under age 14, must be supervised by an attending parent or an adult that has assumed that responsibility. The supervising adult must be at least 18 years old. Always remember that there is no lifeguard on duty.
  • Pool hours are from 6:00 am to 10:00 pm
  • Please do not grant access to people without keys. Our pool is for the use of our residents and their guests.
  • Clean up and take your trash with you—we don’t have EDCO trash pickup at the pool. Minimizing the amount of trash is appreciated. (Extra bags are in the bottom of the trash can.)
  • We now have video surveillance, but remember that it is not actively monitored. Please see the policy for more info.

See Vandalism or Trespassing at the Pool?  Please:

  1. Make note of the circumstances (who, what, where, when, how, why)
  2. File a report with the Sheriff non-emergency line (858-565-5200)
  3. Also let the HOA board know ([email protected] or see contact info above and on summerfieldpoway.com).

Rules are posted at the pool. Further information is available in the “Community Information” document on the website. Every homeowner has the right and responsibility to enforce these rules and is encouraged to do so. Be safe and have fun!


School is Out – Drive Safely!

Help keep Summerfield accident free!

 


Your dog is so cute!…


Summer is here – so are weeds…

We had lots of rain this last winter and 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.

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


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

New owners and renters should learn about our community rules by reading the “Summerfield Community Information” document in the General Information section of the Policies & Procedures 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!

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

 

2019 HOA Meeting Wrap Up


The meeting Wednesday night (May 22, 2019) was well attended. Thanks to all who participated and those who couldn’t attend but sent in their ballots (we needed 88 and we had them!)

Brad Phillips was re-elected to the board for a 3 year term, and Michael Spring was elected for a 3 year term, taking over for Kevin Lowitz.  Many thanks to Kevin for his service to the community!

We encourage everyone who may have any followup suggestions, questions or concerns to send them in to the board at [email protected].   Official election results will be posted after the next board meeting. The annual letter and presentation are available for review:

Reminder: 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.

Wednesday, May 22 at 6:30 p.m.  (Note – earlier posting incorrectly said Thursday!)

Lutheran Church of the Incarnation, 16889 Espola Road.

HOMEOWNERS –  If you haven’t already mailed the ballot: PLEASE BRING IT TO THE MEETING, DROP IT OFF AT THE MEETING OR GIVE IT TO A NEIGHBOR WHO IS GOING (but we’d love to see your smiling face there!)

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!

Send In Those Ballots, Please!


We need 88 ballots for our annual election. As of today (May 11), we have 72.
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 16 more ballots to be put into the mail by MAY 15 -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.

Wednesday, May 22 at 6:30 p.m.  (Note – earlier posting incorrectly said Thursday!)

Lutheran Church of the Incarnation, 16889 Espola Road.

HOMEOWNERS – PLEASE MAIL YOUR BALLOT BY MAY 15
— 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!

Reminder: 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.

Wednesday, May 22 at 6:30 p.m.  (Note – earlier posting incorrectly said Thursday!)

Lutheran Church of the Incarnation, 16889 Espola Road.

HOMEOWNERS – PLEASE MAIL YOUR BALLOT BY MAY 15
— 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!

Asphalt walkways & pool parking – Stay clear April 14th 6pm to 16th 6pm!


Reminder: The asphalt walkways through the neighborhood streets and the Elmfield pool area parking lot will have the final repair work  beginning 6pm Sunday April 14 through 6pm Tuesday April 16.

PLEASE DO NOT RUN SPRINKLERS SUNDAY NIGHT TO TUESDAY NIGHT IF YOU LIVE NEXT TO ONE OF THESE WALKWAYS!

The three affected walkways are between these streets:

  • Pinefield & Oakfield
  • Firbrook & Cedar Tree
  • Elmfield & Rios

Do NOT use the Elmfield pool parking area or block access to the walkways on those dates – your car may be towed.

Weather or other unforeseen events could change the dates and times.

We apologize for any inconvenience, but are sure everyone will appreciate the potholes and trip hazards getting fixed!