Oakmont E-Blast 1-19-21

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President’s Message

Living with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

The Americans with Disabilities Act has had a significant effect on all public projects since it was enacted in 1990. These things are true: 

All of Oakmont will benefit from ADA sooner or later—as many of us already do. 

ADA will continue to evolve, as it has for 30 years. 

All OVA projects must manage ADA complexities and incremental costs..

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Board Elections Updates

OVA members who want to run for election to the Board of Directors must submit letters of intent to Dawn McFarland by Jan. 29.  Interested members must be in good standing, not be felons and not served more than two two-year terms in sequence. Candidates cannot be from the same household. There are FIVE open positions for the 2021 elections.   

Email letters to dawn@oakmontvillage.com

Important News

City staff working on Glass Fire recovery efforts will host a virtual community meeting for residents within the Glass Fire burn scar area in the Santa Rosa City limits.  The meeting is meant for those whose homes were damaged or destroyed in the fire AND for those who live in the impacted area and want to be kept informed on progress during recovery.  Updates and guidance will be provided on debris removal, rebuilding, fire-damaged trees, preparing fire-impacted properties for the rainy season and more. Residents will have a chance to ask questions on all topics. Click here for the full agenda 

Of particular interest to Oakmont residents might be: 

5:25 pm – Fire-Damaged Trees on Private Property  

City approval process for removing burned trees   

Jesse Oswald, Chief Building Official   

Hazard trees eligible for removal by State   

Paul Lowenthal, Assistant Fire Marshal  

5:35 pm – Debris Removal Status Update  

Update on debris removal activity in Santa Rosa  

Paul Lowenthal & Kemplen Robbins, Santa Rosa Fire Department  

Jesse Oswald, Chief Building Official  

Online: https://srcity-org.zoom.us/j/97462284790 

  • Phone: (888) 475-4499 (Toll Free) 
  • Zoom ID: 974 6228 4790 



Click here for the form you must submit to get the ball rolling on fire debris removal from your property: 

Club News & Online Events



Tuesday, Jan. 26 at 1 p.m.  

Perhaps you are feeling isolated after so many months of COVID or missing shared activities and special events in our facilities.  Join with a small group (12) of your neighbors for a community conversation on what is on your mind and in your heart regarding living today and tomorrow in Oakmont.   The hour-long conversation will be facilitated in a respectful, welcoming environment.      

Because CETC is a Board committee, we will share the ideas and concerns with the Board as a way for them to better understand what the pulse of the community is as 2021 takes off. This will be conducted in a confidential manner that respects the privacy of all attendees.  

 The Fireside Chat will be limited to the first 12 residents who make a reservation by leaving one’s name and phone number in an email to Slaiken5440@gmail.com

 Confirmation will be an email containing the Zoom link to the Fireside Chat on Tuesday, Jan. 26, at 1 p.m. 

  Our intentions: 

  1.  Welcome all who attend and encourage all to participate in the conversation, 
  1. Listen with respect to all perspectives, 
  1. Consider what brings you joy as a resident of Oakmont, 
  1. Describe your biggest concern as a resident of Oakmont and what would give you hope, 
  1. What together we can take away from this conversation. 

Webinar: Fire Adapted Communities and Active Strategies to Harden Your Home 

Jan. 26, 6-7 p.m. 

Steve Quarles, an expert on how building materials perform and how different building designs fare in wildfire, and Todd Lando, Battalion Chief and Wildfire and Hazard Mitigation Specialist, will discuss active strategies to protect your home from wildfire along with an update on Fire Adapted Communities from Fire Chief Bill Tyler, Novato Fire Protection District. 

Join on Facebook live stream or via Zoom at: 


Or by telephone: 
1 669 900 9128   
Webinar ID: 873 8241 5962 

A Special Presentation 

Jan. 27 at 4 p.m. on Zoom 

Mark Randol: The Cybersecurity Breach and How it Impacted Us 

There was a massive cybersecurity breach discovered in December that impacted many government and commercial operations.  This talk will focus on understanding what happened and how it might impact us in our everyday lives. Oakmont’s own Mark Randol, who served as Director of Counterterrorism Policy at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and represented DHS at the National Security Council’s Counterterrorism Security Group, will bring his experience and insights to us and be open for questions.  To get the Zoom link, email onlineoakmont@gmail.com

Jan. 24 – 10:30 a.m. on Zoom 
Dan Miller: American Cowboys and Tibetan Nomads Have a Lot in Common! 

Wha-hoo!  The open plains.  Life on the prairie.  A good horse (or yak).  The freedom to roam.  Dan Miller has lived with, worked with and studied American cowboys and Tibetan nomads.  Regardless of location, he was treated with great kindness.  He realized that, whether on the American plains or the Tibetan plateaus, they exemplified courage, integrity and generosity.  Come hear about these extraordinary and inspirational people. 

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 safety protocols, speakers have been engaged to present live sessions. You won’t want to miss any talks, so check the Upcoming Talks page weekly for the latest instructions at  http://oakmontsundaysymposium.org/live.   There will be time at the end of the talk to engage with the speaker.    

Please consider a donation to the Oakmont Community Foundation earmarked for Oakmont Sunday Symposium.  

The Genealogy Club Presents 
Researching Women in the 1800s 

Jan. 25, 1 p.m. via Zoom 

It is often difficult to do research on women in the 1800s, particularly before the 1850 census. They are often referred to as “daughter” or “wife.”  Because the laws of the time dictated that women rarely could engage in legal transactions directly, their names and origins are often lost to history.  Therefore, researching women means using indirect methods, most typically by following the men in their lives.  

The class will look at what can be found in vital records, church records, census records, gravestone and cemetery records, newspapers, wills and probate, naturalization, pensions, federal land records and other court records. In recent years, DNA testing has been added as a way of tracking and confirming maternal ancestry.  

If you’re interested and want to get the Zoom invitation, please send an email to oakmontancestry@gmail.com