Upcoming Town Hall
Feb. 2, 1 p.m. via Zoom
Three experts will present ways to harden your home against wildfire.
The panelists are;
- Adam Iveson – co owner of Ember Wildfire Defense Solutions
- Bobby Payne – owner of All Risk Shield Wildfire Defense
- Stuart Mitchell – certified Wildfire Mitigation Specialist sanctioned by the National Fire Protection Association
All panelists are familiar with Oakmont and have been working with several members to improve home and property resilience.
They will share their advice and expertise on how to help improve the odds of a home surviving the next wildfire.
If you would like to speak during the open forum, please join the meeting with this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84092761360?pwd=RnIwZ0RGVHhLNmNvSkZWaloveTJIQT09
If you do not plan to speak during open forum, or cannot use Zoom, please watch with this link: www.oakmontvillage.com/live
If you cannot join via Zoom but would like your open forum comment read, please send it to AskOVA@oakmontvillage.com
Covid Vaccine News
With Sonoma County expanding vaccine availability in early February, Director Heidi Klyn reports that she is continuing to work with the county to explore the possibility of getting a vaccination site at Oakmont.
Meanwhile, the county has opened several sites for the next tier of vaccination, with at least two more expected in February. The following information was released by the county last week:
Vaccination clinics that are in operation or soon to open include:
- AMR and fire agency clinic for first responders and law enforcement at Public Health Lab, with capacity for 200 per day.
- Sonoma County Medical Association clinic for health-care providers at Grace Pavilion, with capacity for 300 per day. (Additional lanes will also be available at Grace which has a capacity for up to 1,200 per day.)
- Safeway clinic for in-home supportive services workers at Sonoma County Fairgrounds, with capacity for 300 per day.
- Clinical Health Appraisals clinic for Public Health field workers at County Administration building, with capacity for 200 per day.
- DEMA Consulting clinic for community health promoters at Roseland Library, with capacity for 200 per day.
- The Fitness Center at Santa Rosa Junior College-Petaluma Campus, which will have capacity for more than 300 vaccinations per day.
- Huerta Gym in the Town of Windsor which will have capacity for 300 or more vaccinations per day.
In addition, the County is looking at setting up vaccinations centers in Sonoma Valley and in West County and hopes to have these identified by next week.
These do not include all the vaccinations that are also underway through hospitals, health care providers, federally qualified health centers and CVS and Walgreens.
Officials also plan to expand existing sites or open new vaccination centers in early February to begin serving Phase 1b populations, including:
- Teachers, in partnership with Sonoma County Office of Education
- Food and agriculture workers
- Residents 65 and older
Governor Gavin Newsom’s recent announcement that those 65 and older are now eligible to receive the vaccine has caused some confusion about prioritization. Supervisors made clear today that beginning in early February, residents 65 and older in Sonoma County will have several options to obtain the vaccine. The vaccine will be dependent on available supply. Options include:
- Primary care provider: A patient’s personal physician or health care provider will be the primary source of obtaining the vaccine.
- Federally qualified health centers: Patients without a primary care provider will have an opportunity to obtain the vaccine at one of these health centers.
- Safeway pharmacy: Sonoma County has partnered with Safeway to provide the vaccines at 11 pharmacies countywide.
- Vaccination centers: Residents will be able to obtain the vaccine from one of the vaccination centers noted above.
Shred-A-Thon This Friday
Friday, Jan. 29, 9 a.m. to Noon
The Kiwanis Club of Oakmont, in partnership with OVA, is holding its semi-annual drive-through shred-a-thon on Friday, Jan. 29, at the Berger Center parking lot from 9 a.m. to noon. The equivalent of five banker boxes of shreddable paper goods can be accepted. Drivers are asked to wear masks, remain in their cars and simply open the trunk for the boxes to be removed. The contents will be shredded on site and containers returned to the cars. There is no charge for this service, but any donations received will be used by Kiwanis to sponsor scholarships at two Santa Rosa high schools.
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 email@example.com.
While a private road connecting Stone Bridge Road and Trione-Annadel State Park has been closed by its owner, cyclists have been using the access path to the new Happy Tails Dog Park. Some dismount, as is required on a pedestrian path. Some do not. Recently another gate was closed, making it even more difficult to cross over the creek. OVA President Tom Kendrick said the association is working on ways to resolve access issues and yet maintain the integrity of the dog park access path to minimize damage by cyclists. Trione-Annadel also can be reached via the path leading from behind Star of the Valley Church through Wild Oak to Channel Drive, although cyclists are barred from riding on that route and must walk bikes
The Sugarloaf golf shop will be opening in the next few months and needs to expand its staff. Come by the golf shop to fill out an application and express your interest in the position. Shifts are typically five to six hours, and perks include free golf.
Walkers continue to use the course during non-walking hours. Please remember it is not safe for the walker or the golfer to walk during non-designated walking hours. Walking hours are before 7 a.m. and after 5 p.m. Dogs must be on a leash and cleaned up after.
Now that the head pro has been announced, private golf lessons are being offered with Chapman Dundas. The rates are $50 for a 30-minute lesson, $100 for an hour lesson or $200 for a package for five 30-minute lessons. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to set up a lesson.
There are a few non-golfers out on the course in the evenings in private carts who are not playing golf. This is a safety issue for those going the wrong direction and not observing the golfing rules. If you want to drive your cart on the golf course while not playing golf, come to the golf shop and meet with Director of Golf, John Theilade to discuss the rules, trail fees and liability release forms. His email is email@example.com
A gentle reminder of the part of Sonoma County law that states: “no one shall allow a dog to run ‘at large’ or loose in public, or on private property without owner’s permission, ‘unless such dog is restrained by a substantial leash.’ Dogs may be off leash in a secure, fenced yard on private property.”
Club News & Online Events
A New Oakmont Club
A Special Presentation
Wednesday, Jan. 27 at 4 p.m. on Zoom
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jan. 31, 2021 –10:30 a.m. on Zoom
Panel Discussion with
CEO & President of Northern California Public Media
(Channel 22, Radio FM 91.1, et al.)
Pres. & Owner of Sonoma West Publishers
(Healdsburg Tribune, Sonoma West Times, et al.)
Local News – A Requisite for Democracy
Our local papers, tv and radio stations. We take them for granted until they are gone. Then who investigates and reports local news? How do you find out what’s going on in your community? Ad revenue is needed to survive. Unfortunately, businesses closed for the pandemic don’t take out ads. This panel discussion on the challenges and the creative ways these local heroes are surviving will open your eyes.
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.
On Thursday, Jan. 28, at 3 p.m., the Canine Club will have its first 2021 activity, a virtual meeting that both you and your pup can attend via Zoom. All members will automatically receive a Zoom invitation. (The dues for members who paid in 2020 will roll over for 2021 and are on the current mailing list.) All Oakmont dog lovers are welcome.
As this difficult year comes to a close, there is a positive note: Oakmont Happy Tails Dog Park. The park is up and running. Ongoing care of the park has been taken over by Oakmont maintenance. The Canine Club board believes that club members can provide help and oversight. To meet that goal, a new board position, Dog Park Liaison, was created; and Peri Olinger, the current Social Director, has enthusiastically agreed to also take on the Dog Park Liaison function. Peri has already organized several club members to also help. If you have questions – suggestions – feedback regarding the dog park, contact Peri at “email@example.com” or call her at 707-479-6961.
Just For Fun..
Ken Smith captured this pine warbler basking in the sun last Wednesday near Badger Creek in Aspen Meadows.
Symbols of 2020
Resident Marlene Bertram wanted to keep her Christmas tree after the holidays, so she decorated it with masks for an art piece.