Oakmont E-Blast 6-26-2020

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Important Information

Annual Meeting


The 2020 annual meeting, postponed from April 6, is scheduled for Monday, July 6, at 10:00 a.m. Later that day, the organizational meeting of the Board will be held at 2:00 p.m. when the Board will appoint officers. Both meetings will be conducted virtually by Zoom and will be live-streamed. Detailed information, including meeting agendas, will be distributed next week.

Town Hall: Fire Safety Regulations 

July 7, 1 p.m. Virtual Meeting
Watch at: oakmontvillage.com/live

There will be a Town Hall meeting July 7  by virtual streaming to give members an opportunity for an open exchange on the revised OVA Fire Safety and Control Policy Rules and Regulations in concert with the new Vegetation Management Plan for OVA.   

Oakmont Members have until July 21 to review and comment on the revised OVA Fire Safety and Control Policy Rules and Regulations. The full document is available here

OVA directors passed a version of the rules last month, and said they received  “excellent feedback” from Oakmont homeowners. The current document up for review by members has been edited to “to reflect the suggestions of our residents and better serve the needs of the community,” according to the resolution passed by the board at its June 16 meeting.   

Under California Civil Code 4360, members of the Oakmont Village Association are given at least 28-days to review and comment on proposed rules. The Association must also provide the text of the rule and its purpose and effect as follows:   
Proposed Rule Addition: The Fire Safety and Control Policy, Rules, and Regulation.  
Purpose and Effect: Oakmont residents will be subject to Fire Safety and Control measures at their homes and properties according to these rules, including fire inspections at their properties within Oakmont.  

Members who desire to do so will have an opportunity to make comments on the proposed changes before adoption by the Board (according to California Civil Code 4360 and 4040, respectively). If adopted, the new rules will become effective immediately.    

Updates on Oakmont Reopening

Planning for Fitness; Patience Requested

The OVA is planning on opening the Fitness Center between July 15 The OVA is planning to open the Fitness Center by July 15 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. The issue of reopening will be discussed at the July 6 virtual Organizational Meeting of the board at 2 p.m. that follows the Annual Meeting at 10 a.m.   The discussion will be informed by the recommendations from the ad hoc committee on reopening Oakmont facilities as well as the requirements under the Sonoma County shelter-in-place order, particularly those pertaining to vulnerable and at-risk populations. 

Adequate staff must be available to monitor compliance, and a necessary disinfectant required for opening the Fitness Center is on backorder. The Fitness Center will be limited to eight persons in the facility at a time for one-hour exercise periods.

The Central pool is expected to be opened by July 15, and all pools will resume regular hours of operation July 15. Pools at East and West Rec centers (6:30 and 7:30 a.m. respectively) are open with sign-up requirements for members and must be used exclusively for exercise. No guests or children are allowed at the pools and only chairs brought by persons exercising will be allowed.  Members can sign up here. The following pool rules should be observed:

1) Wear a mask until it is your time to get into the pool.
2) Enter the pool after everyone from the previous swim has gotten out.
3) Wait for your turn 10 feet away from the entrance to the pool so swimmers can get their shoes, towel, etc.

OVA’s goal is to strategically and safely open pools and facilities. Please be respectful of staff who are assisting members and monitoring adherence to County and Oakmont regulations at pools and other outdoor facilities. Your patience and understanding as you interact with employees and other members during this time are appreciated and encouraged.  We continue to seek ways to extend hours and open days while adhering to regulations, including the need for staff members to clean facilities throughout the day to ensure your safety. 

Walking is also permitted on OVA grounds. Mask/facial coverings and social distancing regulations in compliance with the County order must be observed at all times. Golf course walking is limited from 6 to 7 a.m. and 8:30 to 9:30 p.m., and dogs are allowed provided they are leashed and owners pick up after them.

To attend the Annual Meeting at 10 a.m. and the Organizational Meeting at 2 p.m. on Monday, July 6, please visit https://oakmontvillage.com/live at the time of the meetings.

Vegetation Management Plan

We’ve got one:


There is still time, but not much!!!
The Oakmont Residential Solar Project recently sent a survey out to solar contractors active in Oakmont who are also on a list posted on the OVA Solar webpage. Please click here to view the updates generated by your responses.

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Change to Nixle Communications Service

From Nixle:

We have had many recent questions about the City’s use of Nixle communications service. We want to confirm that Nixle is still working. 

A few weeks ago, the vendor did experience a temporary system-wide issue with its platform that caused a delay in subscribers receiving email Nixle notifications. The issue was resolved quickly, and the City resumed use of Nixle within 24 hours of the service interruption.

However, there have been other changes to Nixle that you should be aware of.

Nixle is a contracted service provided by Everbridge, a private company.  Like other companies and services, Everbridge evolves and modifies its service offerings. Now, Everbridge only permits Nixle text message distribution to subscribers if there is no email address affiliated with the  account or the Nixle message is categorized as an “Alert.” Santa Rosa Police and Fire Departments will utilize the “Alert” category when sending messages for critical emergencies ONLY. You can modify your subscription preferences by logging in to your account at Nixle.com

The City of Santa Rosa uses multiple notification and warning systems to make sure emergency alerts are delivered to the people who need the information.  It does not rely solely on Nixle for emergency alerting. Learn more about the various ways the City will attempt to notify you in the event of a critical emergency at SRCity.org/KnowYourAlerts.

The July 15 edition of the Oakmont News will also have an article on the use of alerts and how to determine priorities.

CETC Recruitment

Serving on an OVA Board committee provides you with an opportunity to assist the Board in accomplishing its goals. The Community Education Transparency Committee (CETC) looks for ways the Board can better educate the community on important issues as well as how to be as transparent as possible in carrying out its work. Over the past two years, the CETC has recommended ways to improve community awareness of Association finances, Board committee work, operational issues and offered fireside chats to gather useful information from the community for the Board to assess.

The committee of three is seeking one or two additional members. Meetings will be held on first Tuesdays of the month beginning in August. If interested, please contact Board liaison Marianne Neufeld at bod.marianne.neufeld@gmail.com.

SHREDATHON 7-17-2020

It’s time to shred! Oakmont residents and businesses are invited to bring their documents and other shreddables to the truck on July 17 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Berger parking lot. Please limit your documents to the equivalent of five banker’s boxes.

Inside Oakmont

Ice Cream Social

The “Best Ice Cream in America” is arriving next week. With twenty The “Best Ice Cream in America” is arriving next week. With twenty different flavors, your favorite is sure to be found!

Tahitian VanillaMalted Milk ChocolateStrawberryCookies and Cream
Creme de Menthe RipplePeanut Butter CupSalted Carmel Chocolate ChipLemon Razz
Peaches and CreamBees KneesCoconutLemon Sherbet
Blueberry CrumbleBlack Raspberry Chocolate ChipTexas Sheet CakeSecret Breakfast
Brandied Banana BruleeCaramel Pecan Sticky BunsHong Kong Milk Tea

You will be able to taste these flavors July 3, 4, and 5 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. when Valley of the Moon Club will be holding an Ice Cream Social.

Ice cream available by reservation only.
Please click here to make your reservation.

Reservations available July 3, 4, and 5

To collect your ice cream, please drive into the Sugar Loaf Parking Lot and enter to the left. Volunteers will deliver your ice cream to the driver-side of your vehicle. All visitors are encouraged to stay in their vehicles.

Oakmont Pride Celebration

On Saturday, June 27 at 10 a..m.,  Oakmont Rainbow Women will host a Pride Celebration beginning at the CAC.   People are invited to come to the parking lot with rainbow bandanas, rainbow flags and noise makers and begin walking, biking, scootering or driving up Oakmont Drive in celebration of Gay Pride Month (June) and Global Pride Day (June 27).  Others may just want to stand on the sidewalky along Oakmont Drive.  All Oakmont residents are welcome to join in the celebration.

Standing Up For Racial Justice

On Wednesdays from 8:30-9:30 a.m., a group of  Oakmont residents has been “Standing Up for Racial Justice” in support of Black Lives Matter.  They social distance, wear masks and hold signs at the intersection of Oakmont Drive and White Oak Drive.  People now will also be there Saturday mornings from 9 to 10 a.m.  All are welcome.  Bring a sign and a chair or not.  Your presence is what counts! This is not an organized group,  just Oakmonters concerned about racial justice and Black Lives Matter who want to Wake Up, Show Up and Stand Up.

June 28, 2020    Live Q&A at 11 a.m.

Clarke Knight
“​Earth’s Time Machine”

In its final lecture of the Oakmont Sunday Symposium online series, Clarke Knight, a fourth- year PhD Environmental Science student at Berkeley, will show us “Earth’s time capsule.” How do we know about climate change in the past?  The earth tells us.  How do we know what animals lived in the past?  The earth tells us.  Clarke will take us through a fascinating journey of earth’s history and tell us what environmentalist have learned from the current industrial shutdown.  Tune in!!

The weekly lectures are pre-recorded and available on the website, oakmontsundaysymposium.org, by clicking on LIVE.  The video is available now. There also will be a live Q&A on Sunday at 11 a.m. The instructions for accessing the live Q&A will also be available on the website Sunday morning. You may email your questions to  osscomments@gmail.com.

Symposium lectures resume in September. We thank you so much  for your continuing support.

June 29 – 10 a.m. – Global Leadership in Democracy

The Oakmont Great Decisions Discussion Groups are continuing to meet every Monday at 10 a.m.  The topic for Monday, June 29, will be on the broad topic of Global Leadership with a focus on the area of Democracy.
To receive an invitation, send an email to oakmontgd@gmail.com.

Forrest Yoga on Zoom with Carol King, RYT (Registered Yoga Teacher)
Use the shift of light and energy to boost your Practice  

TuesdForrest Yoga on Zoom with Carol King, RYT (Registered Yoga Teacher)
Use the shift of light and energy to boost your Practice
Tuesdays 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
Thursdays 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Saturdays 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Equipment: yoga mat, yoga strap, yoga block, yoga blanket (or beach towel) for padding floor poses.  New Students – Please email Carol at carolking1234@yahoo.com prior to the day you want to join the class. Rate – $60 for 6 classes, no expiration date
Payment – please mail to 9327 Oak Trail Circle or use venmo.com, @carol-king-95

Senior Social Club 102nd B-Day Party

Helen Louis Kivell, a 30-year resident of Oakmont, will reach her 102nd birthday on July 9.  This remarkable achievement is all the more marvelous when you consider that she was born during and survived the 1918 pandemic.

To celebrate this birthday during the current pandemic, her daughter Judy, with whom she resides, is hosting a celebration.

A car parade past Helen’s house, where Helen will be seated upon her birthday throne, will take place from 11-12; and everyone is invited to drive-by, wave hello and wish Helen a happy birthday! 

A local band, Take ‘Yer Medicine” will be playing out on the driveway for all to enjoy! 

A City proclamation will be presented.

Helen attends the Council on Aging’s Senior Social Day Club where she has made many friends in addition to the friends at her Oakmont bridge groups. The Council on Aging staff considers Helen to be one of their greatest treasures. Helen is consistently friendly, good natured and has a constant smile that lights up any room she enters and brings joy to all who meet her. She is a true inspiration!

The hope is to get the entire community to drive by in decorated cars (if feeling creative), wave a banner or sign and really help celebrate a life well lived! 

July 9 – 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.
8070 Oakmont Dr. – Santa Rosa
Questions? Please contact:
Lauren Schwing
Director of Development
Council on Aging
(707) 525-0143 x146

Oakmont Walks

Would you like to get some exercise and chat with new or long-time Would you like to get some exercise and chat with new or long-time friends? Are you feeling isolated? If you are, what do you think of the idea of joining a group to walk around Oakmont perhaps one day a week? I was “thinking” the other day, and up popped the idea of Oakmont Walks. I am thinking of starting at a common spot with each person going whatever distance is comfortable. There would be a specific route to figure out where to go. I know there are some real hikers and walkers in Oakmont, and I hope one or more would lead the group.   (I can’t do it with bum knees!)  Let me know what you think of the idea, and we can pursue it!

Nancy Caldwell
ncaldwellster@gmail.com 707 538-4153 res