Oakmont E-Blast 11-16-2020

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Happy Tails Dog Park Opening

It’s Here – Mark Your Calendars For The Dogs

Watch The Live Stream 2 PM on Friday, November 20
To limit the spread of COVID-19, we are asking residents to enjoy this grand opening from the safety of your home, instead of at the dog park in-person. Tune in to the link below at 2 PM this Friday to watch the grand opening live, and if you miss it at 2 PM, you can visit that same link for the recording:

The Happy Tails Dog Park opens this Friday at 3 p.m. Please wear masks and observe social distancing and during the pandemic no more than 4 people will be allowed on the deck at any time.  There are also rules to follow for dog owners. They will be posted at the site and are also available through the Dog  Club. The facility is for Oakmont members only.  

Pool Updates

Central Pool Open

We will be requiring reservations.  If the capacity of the pool reaches more than 15 people for any reason, OVA is obligated under the Sonoma County ordinance to shut down the pool for safety.

We are strongly discouraging walk-ins to reduce the chances of having to close the pool due to exceeding the 15-person threshold. 

Reserve your swim time by clicking this link:  https://oakmontvillage.com/book/

Outdoor Pool Showers

OVA requires all pool users to rinse off in the outdoor shower before entering the pool. 

OVA prohibits the use of any soaps, shampoos, conditioners, or any other type of body or hair product to be used on our pool decks when rinsing off before or after swimming.  The use of these products is not only a risk to our surrounding environment but also produces a significant slipping hazard on the pool deck. 

The No Soap/Shampoo/Etc. Rule Applies to All OVA Pools 

Pool Closures

East Pool Closed On These Dates:

Nov. 17 for heater service 

Nov. 23 to repair a water leak. 

West Pool Closed On These Dates:

Nov. 18 all day after the water aerobics classes to replace the pool lights. 

All Pools Closed On Thanksgiving Day, Nov 26


Seeking Candidates for Board Opening

The Oakmont Board of Directors is seeking candidates to fill a position on the board. President Steve Spanier resigned effective Nov. 20, and qualified members who have lived in Oakmont at least one year and are in good standing should send letters of interest to Dawn McFarland at dawn@oakmontvillage.com.  Spanier was elected to the board in 2018. The candidate selected by the board to fill the vacancy would be subject to election at the next Annual Meeting in April. 

Oakmont News Correction for 11-15-20 Publication

The Oakmont News wants to correct an error in publication in the Nov 15th edition.  The article printed under the banner of ORW (Oakmont Rainbow Women) about Standing for Racial Justice was intended to be published under the banner of the Oakmont Democratic Club. We apologize for the error made in publication. 

Please Remove Signage

In accordance with OVA’s Sign Policy, “All political signs, posters, banners, etc., may be displayed sixty (60) days prior to an election and must be removed within seven (7) days following the official Election Day.” 

A digital copy of the Sign Policy can be found here: https://oakmontvillage.com/article/sign-policy-2/ 

Visit The New, Easier Website

Photo By: Julie Kiil

The OVA website is redesigned and offers more user-friendly features, including news, alerts and weekly e-blasts that no longer require users to login to their accounts.  Member pages that include board items, videos and documents remain protected.  

The site now offers clubs the ability to submit news and events directly to the site or request a Zoom meeting without calling the office. The Events tab provides live OVA activities, including webinars and tutorials. Click around. We think you’ll be glad you did. www.oakmontvillage.com

Removing Junipers

The Architectural Office has expedited the approval process for removing juniper. The Architectural Office is issuing same-day approvals for the removal of juniper. Replacement plantings can be delayed and landscaping plans can be submitted at a later date. Click this link to access the form to submit for a removal project: https://oakmontvillage.com/article/architectural-application-fuel-reduction-buff-form/

More Ways to Get Help to Harden and Retrofit a Home

The Sonoma County Energy Independence Program is now available to City of Santa Rosa property owners and enables low-cost, long-term funding for wildfire safety and seismic strengthening for residential and commercial buildings. 

The County of Sonoma’s Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing option – a part of the County’s Energy Independence Program (SCEIP) – is now available to property owners within the City of Santa Rosa for wildfire and seismic structural hardening of homes and businesses. The Santa Rosa City Council approved the city’s participation in the program on Tuesday, Nov. 10., allowing residents in the incorporated municipalities to take part in the program. 

The program is managed by Sonoma County’s Energy and Sustainability Division within the General Services Department and the Board of Supervisors authorized to expand the offering to include a resiliency component for property owners to fortify their buildings against disasters. 

“Financing for home safety improvements is critical when people are ready and willing but unable due to cost”, said Nancy Brown, PhD, the County’s Department of Emergency Management’s Community Preparedness Program Manager. “Making improvements creates resiliency and helps keep the community safe”. 

Initially, the program allowed property owners to finance energy efficiency and water conservation-related improvements as a property tax assessment. Since its expansion in the County earlier this year, the program has seen an increase in both inquiries and applications for improvements such as Class A roofing, covered gutters, siding, windows, and earthquake retrofitting. The expansion brings the list of eligible measures to more than 100. 

For more information about the program and how it can be used to finance the purchase and installation of solar panels, battery back-up technology, and earthquake safety features, call 707-565-6470, or email GSenergy@sonoma- county.org.

Club News & Online Events

Oakmont Ready Disaster Preparedness 

Tuesday, Nov. 17, 11 a.m. 


Thursday, Dec. 10, 1 p.m. 

Recent events have underscored the absolute necessity to have a plan in place for supporting each other in times of emergency. Map Your Neighborhood (MYN), a disaster preparedness program, is just that.  Join Katy Carrel, Ann Benson, Matt Zwerling and Pat Barclay for a one-hour Zoom meeting to learn more about how “neighbors helping neighbors” can help saves lives and property before the first responders arrive. The program is actively endorsed and promoted by the Oakmont Emergency Preparedness Committee (OEPC) and approved by the OVA Board.  Go to oakmontvillage.com/myn to get your Zoom invitation link. 

Oakmont Sunday Symposium Broadcast Series

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 safety protocols, speakers have been engaged to present either pre-recorded sessions or to appear in LIVE sessions. You won’t want to miss any talks, so please check the Upcoming Talks page weekly for the latest instructions:  http://oakmontsundaysymposium.org/live. Join each Sunday at 11 a.m. on the date of the talk to engage with the speaker.

Nov. 22: R. Latefa Mineo 

Your Dreams: 

Would Your Life Change If You Could Remember Them?  

Everybody dreams.  Even if you aren’t aware of it or can’t remember them, everybody dreams.  Everybody.  Every night.  So what exactly are dreams?   And should we even care about them?  Are dreams just random brain processes, or is there more to it?  Dr. Mineo has studied dreams for over 40 years.  She will gently open the door to our subconscious mind and show us what we can learn.  

Mondays at 10 A.M. 

 Ongoing discussions about foreign affairs continue every Monday at 10 a.m.  With the election of Joe Biden as President, the focus can be on recommendations about foreign policy in a Biden administration. The topics for each week are chosen by the group as a whole.  If you’d like to join in the discussions, email oakmontgd@gmail.com 

Oakmont Genealogy Club

Nov. 23 – 1 P.M.

Looks like there will finally be the first meeting of the year.  This meeting will focus on “What’s New on the Internet.” There are three topics that will be covered:  

Church records, particularly Catholic Churches. There are an increasing number of parish records available. As expected, there’s a lot of information in these; how to find the records and what kind of information to look for will be explored. 

Mapping. Randy Majors has developed an amazing mapping website that gives those of us who like to see maps of our ancestors’ locations a lot of new information.  His website will be explored. 

Ancestry DNA. Ancestry has developed a major new tool called “ThruLines” that gives a much deeper understanding of our DNA relationships to others. 

And since there hasn’t been a meeting for months, bring your questions and share your latest research.