Oakmont E-Blast 11-2-2020

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President’s Message

The Oakmont Village Association (OVA) board and local fire authorities believe fires now represent an ongoing Oakmont concern. As the OVA board’s fiduciary responsibility legally requires it to protect the community, failing to establish and enforce fire safety rules in Oakmont would be irresponsible and inappropriate. OVA is therefore taking what it believes are reasonable steps to harden the community against the threat of fire. Like all other California homeowner associations (HOAs), OVA will enforce established fire safety policies using the means and processes granted under California HOA law.

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Tomorrow is Election Day!

The Berger Center is open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. for in-person voting Nov. 3. Voters may also drop off completed ballots at the Berger until closing time.  

Early voting kicked off Oct. 31 and Bruce and Judy Aiken were first in line to cast their ballots.

Photo By Julie Kiil

Bylaws Town Hall Meeting

Tuesday, November 10 at 1 p.m. (Virtual)

An OVA Town Hall Nov. 10 will focus on a proposal to reduce the quorum needed to change Oakmont’s bylaws by adjusting the requirements for future bylaws amendments. The virtual town hall will be Tuesday, Nov. 10 at 1 p.m. 

The board voted in March to put the single amendment to a community vote. No date has been set.  

The original proposal was to change the threshold for bylaw amendment to 25% of voters. OVA Vice President Tom Kendrick said feedback has prompted the board to consider increasing the quorum. A resolution approved Oct. 20 would raise the required vote to a simple majority of a quorum of at least 40% of the members.  

If you would like to speak during open forum, please join the meeting with this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82667660447?pwd=Qm12d0p5Y1JZS3MwZm1LeENyazErQT09 

Passcode: 290018   Webinar ID: 882 3514 6334 

By The Numbers – Annual Budget Meeting

November 10 at 3 p.m.

If you would like to speak during open forum, please join the meeting with this link: 

Passcode: 290018   Webinar ID: 826 6766 0447 

 Information for both Nov. 10 meetings:  

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

CAC Construction Update from Facilities Manager Rick Aubert

Last Friday, I had Reyff Electric repair a conduit that went under the approach that is being replaced at the North end of the CAC parking lot. After talking with Northbay Concrete regarding the pour schedule, it looks positive to complete the project by Friday, November 6, 2020. This would put the estimated reopening of the CAC pool on schedule for Friday, November 13, 2020 – unless we encounter some unknown obstacle.

Woof! And Double Woof!

Oakmont’s canine crowd is straining at the leash. The Dog Park is about to open. Repairs needed as a result of the recent Glass Fire are complete. The ADA path was damaged when a bulldozer used it to access the Elnoka  property line to make a fire break as the flames were approaching Oakmont. 

Benches for the park deck will arrive next week, and while the city’s building department is satisfied with all work and repairs, there is one more detail on the gate lock installation to get the final nod. 
The target opening is expected shortly after Nov. 6. 
Below the ADA parking pad was painted by Dick Ayres and Steve Huntley, members of the Dog Park Committee. 

Photo By Iris Harrell

New Firewise USA Fact Sheet Stresses Zero to Five Feet Zone

In 2018, Oakmont became one of 1500 communities in the country to gain Firewise USA recognition. This National Fire Protection Assocation program is voluntary and provides a framework to help neighbors get organized, find direction and take action to increase the ignition resistance of their homes and communities.  

NFPA and the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS) have developed a Wildfire Research Fact Sheet series featuring the wildfire research being done at the IBHS research facility to create more resilient communities. To learn more about reducing risk, download the document here. 

Club News & Online Activities

Oakmont Community Foundation Announces Firefighter Appreciation Fund Drive

The recent Glass fire showcased the heroic efforts of our local firefighters.  Tragically, some homes were indeed lost, but we know it could have been worse – much worse.  Oakmonters and the Oakmont Community Foundation are coming together to express our gratitude to these valiant men and women for their heroic efforts.  We’re delighted to announce that we are launching a fund drive to not only say “THANK YOU” to our firefighters, but also to help local fire departments better fight wildland fires.            

Here’s how it will work:  The tax-deductible contributions you give to OCF for the “Firefighter Appreciation Fund” will go to the non-profit foundations at our local departments to support education, training 

 and equipment to strengthen the capability to fight wildland fire.  That will be the focus of our fund drive. 

To make a donation please mail your check to the Oakmont Community Foundation, 6637 Oakmont Drive, Suite A, Santa Rosa, CA 95409). Please specify Firefighter Fund on the memo line and also enclose the donation form. To download the donation form please click here.

Please join this wonderful opportunity to express heartfelt gratitude to our brave firefighters. 

All About Water Aerobics

You must register for the water aerobics classes being taught at the West pool.  The class is limited to 16, and most classes are currently full.  

Every day there are duplicate reservations.  Your confirmation email may take a few minutes, so to avoid duplicates, please do not resubmit your reservation. 

Cancellations:  Use the cancel tab on your confirmation email or call the OVA office and leave a message (539-1611). 

There are often “standbys,” members who registered but are not on the list or those who tried to register but the class was full.  If you are late to class and there are people waiting, they will be given your spot.   You need to be at the pool at least five minutes before class start times.  Only Oakmont residents are allowed to participate. The link to register is: www.oakmontvillage.com/book

  • Click on the Water Aerobics West 1 hour 
  • Click on the date you want 
  • Click on the time you want  
  • Scroll down and enter your information 

 (If no times are shown for the day you selected that means the classes are full.) 

At the West pool, the 9 a.m. participants must put their towels, etc. on the surfaces closest to the fence.  When the 10:10 participants arrive, they will put their towels, etc. on the surfaces at the shallow end of the pool.  The 9 a.m. class should exit the pool area as soon after the end of class as possible.  Shower if you care to while social distancing; however, please do not stand around visiting.    The 10:10 class members are coming in, so the previous class participants should exit soon as possible.  

Santa Rosa Junior College (SRJC) will not be sponsoring these classes, so there is an $8 fee for all classes.  The locker rooms will not be open, but the outdoor shower is available.  The restroom by the tennis courts will also be available.  Bring your own equipment (noodles and buoys). None will be available at the pool.  Any items left at the pool will be disposed of.   

Please wear your mask when you arrive and take it off when you are o enter the pool.  While on the deck, you need to maintain the 6’ distance rule.  Please  shower before going in the pool. 

FRIDAY CLASSES: Reservations are also required for the Friday classes. 

9 a.m. is a “Boom Box” class with no fee.  Julie is teaching the 10 a.m. class for an $8 fee.  You must sign up for the Friday classes online (using the link shown above).  If you have questions about the Friday classes, contact Cathy Rapp at 537-9281 or 2cathyrapp@comcast.net

As with all activities in Oakmont at outdoor facilities, the Sonoma County orders pertaining to masking, social distancing and other safety measures are strictly followed. Your cooperation is appreciated.  

Living With Fire

On November 4, a joint meeting of the Futures and Symposium groups will be on Living with Fire.  Our speaker/discussion leader will be Dr. Sasha Berleman, the Bay Area’s expert in Forest Fire Management, who will lead a discussion on the topic.  The reality is that California’s forests are tinderboxes and need to be managed differently – one of her main areas of focus is prescribed burns.  The difficult thing is that there will be ongoing fires, but California can learn how to move forward and live with that reality. 

To get ready for that meeting will require a lot of work on your part, but this is certainly one of the top issues for all of us. 

Here is a video prepared by Dr. Berleman: 
https://vimeo.com/showcase/7628404 password “nature” 

And two recent articles:From WIRED magazine: 

From the SF Chronicle: 

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Café Mortel 

November 4 at 3 p.m.

Oakmonters are Dying to Join Us

Are you scared of dying?   Of course, we all are; but since none of us gets a pass, let’s plan the best death we can.  Live each day to the fullest. Cafe Mortel is a group of mortals who loves to share hopes, dreams, laughter and information. At Café Mortel, the process is de-stigmatized to make sure we have planned for the inevitable.  

 Is your Advance Directive up to date? 
Have you completed your Directive in case of dementia? 
When was the last time you had a face-to-face, heart-to-heart conversation with your loved ones about your wishes? 
Have you considered donating your body to a medical school, e.g. UCSF Medical Center? 
How do you want to be memorialized? 
Please join us on the first Wednesday of each month at 3 p.m. by clicking this link:


November 7 at 1 p.m.

Oakmont’s Just for Fun Games Club invites you to play Virtual Bingo on Saturday, November 7 at 1 p.m.  

REGISTER: Send an email to Just4FunGamesClub@earthlink.net.   Include your name, email address and telephone number. (If you don’t use email, you may call or text Jeri Phillips at (714) 883-3126 to register.) 

BINGO CARDS: After you register, you will receive a confirmation with instructions on how to access bingo cards . 

GAME DAY: Before game day, you will receive separate instructions on how to join the Virtual Bingo Game using Zoom or your telephone. 

EVERYONE WELCOME: There will be a prize of a $25 gift card for Oakmont Village Market.  Thank you, Laura and David!  Join, visit with your neighbors and play Bingo Just for Fun.  

Impact of the Election on Foreign Policy – November 9 – 10 A.M. 

The Great Decisions discussion group continues to meet Mondays at 10 a.m. The topic for Nov. 9 will be the Impact of the US Election on Foreign Policy. 

If you’re interested in joining the discussion, send an email to oakmontgd@gmail.com

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.  Join each Sunday at 11 a.m. on the date of the talk to engage with the speaker.   

Nov. 8: Kate O’Hare-Palmer 

           Healing the Soldier  

Imagine you are a 22-year-old who just graduated from nursing school and joined the Army.  After a few months of training, you are stationed in the middle of the fighting in an army hospital in Vietnam.  It was no M*A*S*H TV show!  They had acute shortages of essential supplies and equipment.  That war brought out the worst in people – and the best. She was there.  She saw it all. 

Kate O’Hare-Palmer served in Vietnam 50 years ago at Army evacuation hospitals in Lai Khe and Chu Lai, where she was a surgical nurse in 1968 and 1969. She spent more than 30 years in nursing, became an advocate for women veterans and serves as chair of the Women Veterans Committee of the Vietnam Veterans of America fighting for the rights of women who served in the military. 

Learn How To Choose A Ukulele

Want to learn to play the ukulele but don’t have one? Thinking of buying one as a Christmas present? Wondering how to choose, what to buy, where to start looking?  Learn about the various types of ukuleles, how they’re made, different woods used in construction to produce different sounds, what accessories you need to enhance your playing experience and much more.  

The Oakmont Ukesters is a group of enthusiastic uke players ranging from brand-new tutorial graduates to experienced players. The primary objective is to relax and have fun. 

The next series of free online ukulele tutorials for beginners starts on Tuesday, January 12, at 10:30 am. 

For more information or to sign up, please leave a message for Florentia Scott at 707-591-1929 or email hikingscott@yahoo.com.  

7025 Oakmont Drive, Santa Rosa, CA 95409 


Want Something in the E-Blast?

If your club has news or an event for the eblast, please submit it online at www.oakmontvillage.com. The link is  here.  

Outside Oakmont

Not Quite Recovered From the Power Shutoff?

Redwood Empire Food Bank (REFB) will provide a food box for a family of four for those households who have been impacted.  For more information, community members should visit https://refb.org/  or call the REFB food connections resource office at 707-523-7903.  To see additional information on local community partnerships for impacted customers, please visit https://www.pge.com/en_US/safety/emergency-preparedness/natural-disaster/wildfires/independent-living-centers.page 

For current information on the Community Resource Centers, please visit: www.pge.com/crc 

PG&E’s emergency website pge.com/pspsupdates is now available in 13 languages. Customers who need in-language support over the phone should call 1-833-208-4167. For additional language support services including how to set language preference, select options for obtaining translated notifications and receive other translated resources on PSPS, customers can visit pge.com/pspslanguagehelp

Fun Photos

A Watchful Eye

Photo By Anita Easland

Photographer Anita Easland says she was very lucky to capture this quail’s watchful eye on camera as he stood guard so that two females could eat undisturbed. Easland said she has ramped up her photography hobby during the pandemic. “I’ve been focusing on the birds all these months,” she said. “It’s gotten me through Covid and it’s wonderful to see so many birds I didn’t know we had here.”  

Cathy and Ernie Carter Went All Out For Halloween

Photo By Julie Kiil
Photo By Julie Kiil
Photo By Julie Kiil