2020 – An Eventful (and Uneventful) Year
2020 is now behind us—thank goodness. A lot happened; but the advent of COVID-19 meant that for most of the year, it happened while we were stuck at home.
Due to some combination of prudence and luck, the pandemic has had minimal health effects on Oakmont so far. But the pandemic has had a major impact on our community in many other ways. Most of our clubs and organizations are currently idle or are running with heavily curtailed activities. Our swimming pools and racquet courts have remained open as much as possible, but our buildings, gym, library and much of the rest of our infrastructure have been closed for almost a year. All of us are tired of Zoom…
Wednesday, February 24 at 6 p.m. on Zoom
Get your questions ready. They can be submitted in advance by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Zoom login will be available on the OVA website and in the email eblast.
Six people, including three incumbents, are seeking the five open board seats. The incumbents are Heidi Klyn, Noel Lyons and Jeff Young. Non-incumbents are Mark Randol, Ken Smith and Wayne Van Bockern. Ballots will be in the mail to reach members by March 6 and will be opened and counted the day of OVA’s annual meeting, Monday, April 5.
Wireless Emergency Alert Test
On March 4, the Santa Rosa Fire Department and Sonoma County Department of Emergency Management personnel will be conducting a drill/test using the Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) system available on smartphones. This is the same warning and alert system used for Amber Alerts. If your phone settings for “test alerts” are already turned on, you may receive this alert signal.
This is a drill only for fire and county personnel to test the efficacy of the system. There is nothing you need to do if your smartphone alerts you during this test. The message will have the word TEST in it.
OVA Architectural Committee
Non-Enclosure Front Yard Refuse Container Fence Policy
Click Here For A Searchable/Downloadable/Printable Version
Second Amended Firewise Landscape Policy
Click Here For A Searchable/Downloadable/Printable Version
Through the Flames
Saturday, February 27, 11 a.m.
Broadcasted by ABC
Channel 7 on DIRECTV
Channel 707 on Comcast
This 30-minute documentary on the Glass Fire covers two homes in Oakmont as well as interviews with Santa Rosa first responders and two Oakmont residents.
FREE Virtual Event in Oakmont!
Trio Inverno Performing March 4, 6 p.m. Via Zoom
Attention music lovers! OVA will be hosting a night of musical fun featuring the newly formed, Trio Inverno group on March 4, at 6 p.m. via Zoom. This event is FREE for Oakmont residents! Join in on the virtual entertainment with your Oakmont friends, and get ready to be “wow-ed” by these talented instrumentalists!
For those interested, please use this link to join the event on March 4 at 6 p.m.: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86526923632?pwd=T1htTlY3QlhnRjlINThPR0xyKzZCdz09Trio-Inverno
OakmontVillage.com publishes pages of new content to the internet every day. Where on the website can you find information on upcoming events and activities? There are three pages to help you keep up with the community:
Activities – oakmontvillage.com/activities
Here you will find a calendar of activities with dates and times listed. Some announcements on this page are also open to the whole community and others may require joining a club to participate. Click on any post that piques your interest to learn more.
Articles and Stories – oakmontvillage.com/club-articles
This is a new feature with articles that offer more in-depth content on club activities, such as photography, club updates on past events and informational pieces. Right now, you can check this page for an article from Oakmont Birders educating the community on how to identify the Pine Siskin, a North American finch that recently migrated into our area.
None of the pages listed above require a password to view, so please feel free to share them with your friends and family. Questions about the website or how to access content? Email email@example.com.
Here’s a handy checklist to help you get started on understanding and creating defensible space in the zero-to five-foot zone around homes and structures. The OVA Firewise policy requires following the three R’s of defensible space:
- Remove dry and flammable plants
- Remove fuel by pruning dead wood from shrubs and trees and keeping the area free of leaves and other debris
- Replace with approved plantings (those not on the Do Not Plant List). Choose plants with high moisture content, an open structure and non-resinous leaves. Plants listed on Oakmont’s Do Not Plant List are not allowed and must be removed in the five-foot defensible space. New planting of firewise or fire-resistant shrubs, perennials, ground covers and flowers are allowed in the 5-foot defensible herbaceous, non-woody and have space zone and they must be maintained at 18” high or less and irrigated. Choose plants with high moisture content, that are an open structure. Maintain and prune other allowable plants to be away from the structure. The ground should be covered in rock, bare soil, pavers and other approved materials.
Plants listed on Oakmont’s Do Not Plant List are not allowed and must be removed in the five-foot defensible space. New planting of firewise or fire-resistant shrubs, perennials, ground covers and flowers are allowed in the 5-foot defensible herbaceous, non-woody and have space zone and they must be maintained at 18” high or less and irrigated. Choose plants with high moisture content, that are an open structure. Maintain and prune other allowable plants to be away from the structure. The ground should be covered in rock, bare soil, pavers and other approved materials.
Juniper removal is required in the zero to five-foot zone by Aug. 31, 2021. Junipers on the rest of the property must be removed by Aug. 31. 2022.
Firewise Committee members and other Oakmont volunteer have been training to help homeowners with creating best practices to make homes and properties hardened against wildfire. The training process is under the auspices of the Wildland Firefighter Apprenticeship Program ( WFAP) and FireSafe Sonoma.
This checklist provides guidelines for meeting Firewise policy standards. If you have questions, email them to firstname.lastname@example.org .
Club News & Online Events
Board of Directors Town Hall Meeting
March 2, 1 p.m. on Zoom
The Psychology Behind Disaster Preparedness
Sponsored by Map Your Neighborhood, the program will feature Nancy Brown, Community Preparedness Program Manager for the County of Sonoma, and Stuart Mitchell, a certified wildfire mitigation specialist, who will share their insights into why people don’t prepare for imminent disasters…like wildfires.
If you would like to speak during the open forum, please join the meeting with this link:
Passcode: 859347 Webinar ID: 840 9276 1360
If you do not plan to speak during open forum, or cannot use Zoom, please watch with this link:
If you cannot join via Zoom but would like your open forum comment read, please send it to AskOVA@oakmontvillage.com
Wednesday, February 24 – 4 p.m. on Zoom
Quantum Computing is Here
While today’s “classical” digital computers are pervasive, a complementary world of quantum computing is now here. Join Mihir Parikh, PhD, as he provides an overview of digital computers, the “spooky” world of quantum physics, the physics and engineering in the development of “Qbit” entangled-state quantum computing systems and the unique capability of such systems to solve essentially “unsolvable” problems in chemistry, finance, optimization and molecular-level modeling. This extraordinary capability, still in its infancy, is now being made available by IBM for free.
Meeting ID: 817 6228 5617 Passcode: 438000
The Oakmont Futures Club is not holding group meetings while the OVA facilities are closed. In the interim, short informational video conferences are hosted via Zoom on Wednesdays at 4 p.m. To be informed of upcoming presentations, join the email list by sending an email to email@example.com
February 28 – 10:30 am on Zoom
Will Movie Theatres Survive the Pandemic?
What could be more American than hots dogs, popcorn and going to the movies?? We can all remember the excitement of standing in lines that wound around the corner to see some of our favorites. Going to the movies has been a part of our lives, but no one has been going to theaters during the pandemic. No one. Will they still be there when the pandemic is over? One of our favorite speakers, Ky will talk to us about the challenges.
Everyone is welcome! The Zoom link is https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86575636126?pwd=UGhFdWMwMFlqUWNSL3R1dzBBbDNOQT09.
Check the schedule and upcoming speakers on the Symposium website: http://oakmontsundaysymposium.org/upcoming-talks.html
Monday, March 1 at 10 a.m. on Zoom
World Health Organization (WHO)
Monday, March 1 at 10 a.m. on Zoom
The Great Decisions discussion groups continue to meet the first and third Mondays of each month at 10 a.m. via Zoom.
On March 1 the topic will be the poorly understood World Health Organization (WHO). It has little funding, virtually no authority and operates primarily on a consensus system (yes, that means 190 countries have to essentially agree before it can do anything).
The discussion will focus on:
Understanding WHO’s Governance and Mandate
Evaluating WHO’s response to the COVID pandemic
Major challenges for WHO
What changes to WHO would be desirable
And finally, what should the Biden administration be doing with the WHO now.
If you’re interested in participating in our discussions, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
For details, please email: Tastings.Club@gmail.com