The holidays are here and this year looks very different than any other. Navigating a pandemic has been tough on staff and our Oakmont community alike. Through it all, OVA employees have continued to work behind the scenes maintaining the grounds while office staff has transitioned to working from home. They have made the necessary accommodations to continue to serve the community in the best way possible.
You can recognize these stellar employees with a contribution to the Annual Employee Appreciation Fund. This gives OVA’s non-management team a little extra pat on the back through a holiday bonus gift. Donations will be distributed at year end. Help shine a spotlight on the dedication of our amazing 15 non-management employees with a special “Well done!” Participation is, of course, voluntary. Members who wish to make a donation – however large or small – may contribute via check by Dec. 11 by mail to: OVA at 6637 Oakmont Drive, Suite A. Please make checks payable to OVA and in the lower left corner of the check memo line, write “EMP APP Fund” (OVA Employee Appreciation Fund.). If you’d prefer to drop off your check at the office, there will be a clipboard outside of the Architectural Office with envelopes. Please make sure any contributions are placed in an envelope and marked “EMP APP Fund” and deposited into the mail slot of the Architectural Office.
The OVA staff deeply misses the daily interactions with residents and cannot wait to be able to return. This appreciation fund puts a little extra cheer into the season for a very deserving group of employees!
PG&E will be turning off the electricity at the following OVA facilities from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the dates listed below to allow the solar arrays to be connected to the switchgear.
All classes and events are canceled on these dates, including pool reservations.
Berger/CAC CLOSED on Thursday, Dec. 10
Are you interested in running for the
Board of Directors in the 2021 April Election?
Residents who would like to run for the board must contact Dawn McFarland by 1/29/2021. You can reach Dawn at her email, firstname.lastname@example.org
Clean Fuel Rebate Deadline Approaches
PG&E’s Clean Fuel Rebate is a one-time $800 rebate for PG&E residential electric customers who are EV drivers and is in addition to any federal, state or local incentives customers may be eligible for. Launched in 2017, the rebate will be concluding at the end of 2020. To date, PG&E has paid over $95 million to about 147,000 customers through the rebate. The deadline to apply for the rebate is December 31, 2020.
Eligible EV owners can receive one rebate per owned or leased plug-in EV for using electricity as a clean transportation fuel regardless of when they got their cars. To apply, customers need their PG&E account number and vehicle registration documentation such as a registration card or signed purchase agreement.
Customers can learn more about the Clean Fuel Rebate and apply via a simple online application at pge.com/evcleanfuelrebate.
Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree
– Or on These Benches – With Anyone!
Watching a tennis match, needing a little rest in front of the Berger or waiting your turn at bocce or lawn bowling – they’re all stand-up activities, unless you have your own chair in tow. The reason? Sonoma County Shelter-In-Place order prohibits sharing a bench. It’s also why benches haven’t been added – yet – to the newly opened OVA Happy Tails dog park. There are individual chairs at the park, placed the requisite six feet apart. As seen in one of the photos above, staff reports that tapes get removed on a daily basis and then replaced by staff. OVA continues to adhere to the county’s requirements during the pandemic.
Creating Defensible Space
Driving around Oakmont lately shows Oakmont members are tackling the job of creating defensible space by clearing flammable vegetation from the zero to five-foot zone around homes. Yard landscapes are also changing as owners start to junk the juniper to comply with OVA’s juniper removal policy. Some projects of large plantings are extensive, while other smaller ones are focused on owners and gardeners removing plants weekly. In addition to defensible space, fire experts point to home hardening to make homes fire resistant. Here is the state Fire Marshal’s list of low-cost steps to take.
10 Low-Cost Ways to Harden Your Home
- When it is time to replace your roof, replace it with fire-resistant Class A roof material.
- Block any spaces between your roof covering and sheathing (bird stops).
- Install non-combustible, corrosion-resistant metal gutter covers on gutters to prevent the accumulation of leaves and debris in the gutter.
- Cover your chimney and stovepipe outlets with noncombustible corrosion-resistant metal mesh screen (spark arrestor), with 3/8-inch to 1/2-inch openings.
- Cover all vent openings with 1/16-inch to 1/8-inch noncombustible corrosion-resistant metal mesh screens.
- Caulk and plug gaps greater than 1/16-inch around exposed rafters and blocking to prevent ember intrusion.
- Inspect exterior siding for dry rot, gaps, cracks and warping. Caulk or plug gaps greater than 1/16-inch in siding and replace any damaged boards, including those with dry rot.
- Install weather stripping to gaps greater than 1/16-inch in garage doors to prevent ember intrusion. The stripping must be compliant with UL Standard 10C.
- When it’s time to replace your windows, replace them with multi-paned windows with at least one pane of tempered glass.
- When it’s time to replace your siding or deck, use compliant, noncombustible, ignition-resistant, or other materials approved by the Office of the State Fire Marshal (OSFM).
Club News & Online Events
Oakmont Community Foundation Offers Online Donation For Firefighter Appreciation Fund Drive
The Oakmont Community Foundation has an online donation capability for the Firefighters Appreciation Fund that has been launched to express gratitude to the valiant men and women for their heroic efforts in the Glass Fire.
All donations to the OCF are tax-deductible and 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 an online donation with a credit card, please visit www.oakmontcommunityfoundation.com and click on donate. Donations by check can be mailed to Oakmont Community Foundation, 6637 Oakmont Drive, Suite A, Santa Rosa, CA 95409). Please specify Firefighter Fund on the memo line. Download the donation form to pay by check at https://oakmontcommunityfoundation.com/charitable-donation-form/
Please join this wonderful opportunity to express heartfelt gratitude to our brave firefighters.
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.
Photography Lecture Presented by SIR – Branch #92 – SIR #92
Dec. 8, 11 a.m. via Zoom
The speaker will be Will Chubb, who has enjoyed a lifelong career as a fine-arts photographer and now volunteers as a photographer for the Make-a-Wish Foundation. He will show some beautiful and interesting photographs
and talk about photography techniques. To join, contact Bern Lefson at email@example.com.
Oakmont Ready Disaster Preparedness
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.
Dec. 14, 10 a.m. – Cyber Warfare
The Great Decisions discussion groups continue every Monday at 10 a.m. The topic for Dec. 14 will be Cyberwarfare.
Related readings and videos are shared before each meeting.
If you’re interested in participating, email firstname.lastname@example.org to receive the Zoom meeting information.
Snow Birds in Oakmont
Soroptimist International Oakmont Wine Country
The flamingos are back. The Soroptimist Oakmont Wine Country Club is raising funds to help girls and women in our community. For a $25 donation, you can have a flock to decorate your own yard or to give to a friend. If you are interested, please contact club president Janet Flink at 707-494-4590.
Golf Course News
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It’s Santa Rosa Tradition
The Annual Sing-Along Messiah sponsored by the Santa Rosa Symphony League will take place – 2020 pandemic style. Singers from across the years of this local event have come together virtually to offer up this online production on YouTube.