Oakmont E-Blast 4-24-2020

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Important Info

President’s Message

Safety and Lawfulness

We’re now just over a month removed from the county’s initial shelter-in-place order. During the past month, I’ve noticed a heightened level of anxiety within Oakmont, so my report today will try to help with that. Although we’re all human beings, and have much more in common than we usually believe, we’re all also different. Lately it’s particularly obvious we’re different if you look at two particular continua. Let’s call one the “safety” continuum and the other the “lawfulness” continuum.

Click Here To Read The Full President’s Message

Local Testing in Oakmont

Lately some have been asking whether OVA might arrange for mobile COVID testing here in Oakmont. Although this may be an option offered to us by the county at some point, it is not currently available.

Local testing protocol, as created by the county’s health services department, calls for symptomatic county residents to first contact their health care providers. If the health care providers believe the symptoms merit testing and possible hospitalization, the provider asks the resident to come to a provider-sponsored testing site. Currently there is only enough testing material to stock medical offices and facilities.

Further, serological testing (that is, testing for antibodies that indicate a person has had the virus) is not particularly accurate or widely available. Diagnostic testing, which looks for active virus presence, is more accurate, but materials are not yet widely available. Consequently the county needs to manage testing carefully.

If testing availability improves, it may at some point be possible for certain health care providers to reach into particularly vulnerable county communities, potentially including Oakmont, to offer testing to all those who want it. However, no one can say for certain when, or even if, this may occur.

OVA will continue to monitor the situation carefully and will keep you apprised as new information becomes available. In the meantime, if you experience concerning symptoms, please contact your health care provider for guidance.

COVID Update

Oakmont is still operating under orders issued by Sonoma County’s Health Services office. Order C19-03, issued on March 17, directed Sonoma County residents to shelter in place until at least April 7. This order was superseded on March 31 by Order C19-05 that extended the shelter in place period until May 3.

On March 23, Order C19-04 closed all Sonoma County parks. Parks are defined as areas of land, beach or water open to the public for recreation, including walking, hiking, biking, relaxing, boating, and playing, regardless of ownership. On April 13, Order C19-07 directed everyone to wear facial coverings when leaving the house to enter any other indoor facility, occupy an enclosed space, or when unable to maintain a six-foot space between individuals.

Click Here For The Full Update, Which Contains Information Specifically Of Interest To Oakmonters

May 5 Town Hall on County-Proposed Healing Center at Los Guilico

OVA’s May 5 town hall meeting will be held at 1:00 p.m. via the Zoom teleconferencing application. The topic will be a Sonoma County-proposed 16-bed psychiatric facility at the Los Guilicos site.

OVA recently participated in a meeting with county officials, at which time the county revealed it will likely vote in mid-May on converting an existing Los Guilicos building to serve as a short-term, crisis care facility. After hearing this, OVA re-scheduled the May town hall presentation that was to have covered Council on Aging programs for seniors, to June 2.

The proposal calls for the county to contract with Crestwood Behavioral Health, which claims to be the leading provider of mental health services in California, to operate the facility. Crestwood’s literature refers to the company as a fully accredited, Sacramento-based health care provider, with 33 programs and over 3,100 employees across the state. Crestwood was founded in 1968.

The proposed site’s focus will be on helping clients stabilize, gain self- reliance, build strengths, and foster independence with structure and support. According to Crestwood, the average stay in facilities such as that envisioned at Los Guilicos is about 8 days.

The program on May 5 will last 1.5 hours and will feature presentations from the County and Crestwood. Ample time for questions will be allowed.

Sonoma Clean Power (SCP) announces special Self Generation Incentive Program (SGIP) program

Wednesday, SCP announced a new program to increase the number of on-site solar battery storage systems in SCP’s service area.  The program will provide up-front payments to the customer’s contractor equal to the amount expected from PG&E’s SGIP program.

Details of the program can be found here:

That application is at:

If you have any questions, please contact programs@sonomacleanpower.org.

New Resident Reception Canceled

The April 28 OVA New Resident’s Reception has been canceled due to the County’s shelter-in-place order. Staff is still available by phone message and email to answer any questions new residents may have. Please contact the OVA office at (707)539-1611 for inquiries. 

How To Enroll For the AARP Smart Driver Online Course

All in-person AARP Driver Safety events and activities scheduled through June 30th have been canceled by AARP in response to the COVID-19 precautions.

Using any internet browser go to https://www.aarpdriversafety.org

Scroll down and click on Sign Up. Make sure the State says California.

Answer No or Yes to the question that asks if you have taken a course within the last 3 years as that determines whether you are eligible for the 4-hour renewal course.

If you are an AARP member and know your membership number, make sure the box is checked that asks if you are a member. You will need your member number.

Complete the payment information section. To obtain a 25% discount enter

DRIVINGSKILLS (all one word) as the promotion code.  This discount is available through August 31, 2020. Payment is by credit card.

Accept the terms and conditions and click on Purchase Course. Follow the remaining instructions.

You will have 60 days to complete the course and obtain your certificate.

Each person in a household who wants to take the online course requires a separate enrollment and payment.

AARP Driver Safety Customer Service: 800-350-7025 or customerservice@aarpdriversafety.org

Liquid Ambers Removed

The remaining four liquid amber trees were removed along White Oak Drive. OVA will put a plan together for replanting trees once the County order against cosmetic enhancements has been lifted.

Virtual Events

April 26 – 10:30 a.m.
A Manuscript from a Southern Slave: How Do We Know Who Wrote It?

The Oakmont Sunday Symposium will continue to have virtual lectures each Sunday.  The lecture will be pre-recorded and available on the Sunday Symposium website (www.oakmontsundaysymposium.org) that morning. There will be a live Q&A with the speaker at 11:00 a.m.  On April 26 the speaker will be Dr. Hollis Robbins, Dean of the School of Arts and Humanities at Sonoma State.  Dr. Robbins will take us through the history of an amazing novel that may have been written by a Southern slave and how it is known who wrote it. If you are interested in attending, sign into the Sunday Symposium website at www.oakmontsundaysymposium.org and click on “Live”.  There will be instructions on how to watch the presentation and participate in the Q&A.

OVA is excited to announce that OHI’s Free Fitness Class has returned with JoRene via Zoom. You may join in the fun at 9 a.m. on Monday and Wednesday next week with this information:
Meeting ID: 967 9942 2442

On Monday please have your blue bands available to use.

On Wednesday please have a sturdy chair and weights available to use.

April 27 – 10:00 a.m.
The World Health Organization

The Oakmont Great Decisions Discussion Groups are continuing to meet every Monday at 10:00 a.m. via Zoom.  The topic for Monday, April 27, will be the World Health Organization.  How is it organized?  How will it survive a period of nationalism?  Is it at least in part responsible for the coronavirus epidemic? If you’re not on the Great Decisions email list and want an invitation, send an email to oakmontgd@gmail.com.

April 29 – 4:00 p.m.
Are You Ready for Telemedicine?

The Oakmont Futures Club is continuing with its weekly lecture and Q&A series every Wednesday at 4:00 p.m.  Past lectures are posted on the website – www.oakmontfuture.com.  The discussion on April 29 will focus on telemedicine.  The medical and technology communities have been trying to find a way to get started with Telemedicine – communications with doctors from your home.  Now we’ve entered a period where that’s the only way you can see a doctor.  How is that working for you?  What are Sutter, Kaiser, and Santa Rosa Memorial doing?  Come prepared to discuss what your experience has been and what you think the future will bring.  If you’re not on the club’s email list and want an invitation, send an email to oakmontfuture@gmail.com.

May 1 – 11:00 a.m.
Phoebe Ann Moseley and Febb Ensminger Burn

The Oakmont Genealogy Club is continuing with its weekly lecture series on famous women of the 19th century, with a particular focus on suffragettes.  The lectures are each Friday at 11:00 a.m.  They are recorded and posted on our website – www.oakmontgenclub.org – under “Recent Presentations.”  The lecture for May 1 will focus on  Phoebe Ann Moseley and Febb Ensminger Burn.  Don’t be surprised if you don’t recognize these names, but you’ll end up agreeing these are two of the most important women at the turn of the century and in the suffrage movement.  If you’re not on the email list and want an invitation, send an email to oakmontancestry@aol.com.

Just For Fun

The Drillers

Oakmont resident, Ken Smith’s, latest music video covers the preparation for installation of solar carports at Oakmont Village’s Central Complex, East Rec. and West Rec., where soil samples were required. All video recorded with a Sony A7R II, Sony FE 24-70mm f4.0 lens. Music recorded with a Zoom HN4. Editing accomplished with Final Cut Pro X.

Beauty around Oakmont

Photo taken by Julie Kiil.

A turtle spotted sun bathing.

Keep a lookout for kindness rocks in Oakmont.

National Quilt Hanging Day

Along with many quilters across America on Saturday, April 18, some of the Oakmont Quilting Bee members hung their quilts outside their homes.  Since we must shelter-in-place, quilters created an outdoor quilt show.  Here are pictures of those Oakmont homes, quilters and quilts that were shared with the OVA office by Elizabeth McDonnell
There are even more photos on the Oakmont Quilting Bee’s page, click here to see them.

Masked Egret

An unknown passerby assisted local resident’s Chris Finn’s front-yard egret with it’s personal protection equipment…