Oakmont E-Blast 8-14-2020

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Upcoming Meeting Agendas

Tuesday, August 18, 2020 – 1:00 p.m.
ZOOM Virtual Meeting And Video Teleconferencing (https://www.OakmontVillage.Com/Live)
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Tuesday, August 18, 2020 – 11:00 a.m.
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First Responders, Wild Oak and Oakmont Collaborate for a Better Future

A memorandum has been issued by City officials detailing the process of using Channel Dr. for emergency egress and about the flow of traffic on Highway 12 for evacuations. Read the news story here. The President’s Message gives details on the memorandum:

Dear Residents,
For some time, the Oakmont Village Association (OVA) and Wild Oak homeowner associations have been working with the City of Santa Rosa Fire Department, Santa Rosa Police, California Highway Patrol and other organizations to secure emergency egress routes out of Oakmont and…
Click Here For The Full President’s Message


Fire season is almost here, and you need to do everything possible to keep yourself safe.  It is important that during fire season you have your phone nearby at all times and turned on.  SoCoAlert  will awaken you should an event occur in the middle of the night. Alerts may include evacuation notifications, shelter-in-place, boil water advisories and more.

SoCoAlert keeps your information safe and secure.

First responders will keep you informed of action you need to take.

Free app for Apple and Android devices to alert you wherever you are.

Choose your contact method: home, cell, work, email or text.

Most important, SoCoAlert will never send you non-emergency messages.

Sign up now for an account at: https://public.coderedweb.com/CNE/en-US/BF7053564662



Walk-ins are still permitted, but making reservations is highly encouraged as there has been increased usage in the last two weeks.

If you are seeking to make a reservation to swim or play ping-pong, visit

A password is not required to make a reservation, but you will have to have the number on your access card handy (the card used to open pool gates and other doors around OVA).

Please send any questions to AskOVA@oakmontvillage.com.


Oakmonters are tackling the task of crating defensible space, and they’ve trained much of their efforts on junking juniper.  Resident Jean Mills reports a successful juniper removal project.  Junipers ignite readily and burn intensely, and the green exterior needles can hide woody interiors.  All California fire agencies recommend removal of juniper within 100 feet of structures and 10 feet of roadways.  Christel Antone, administrator of the Architechural Office, says removing the plant is a great first step.  She also notes that just about every one of Oakmont’s 3300 homes has some degree of juniper. Here’s a short video on the recent project.  



Hardening your home against wildfire means taking steps to improve the chance of your home and structures withstanding ignition from wildfires. It starts with easy, small – and many of them low-cost – steps that can make a big difference.

Local and state fire officials have compiled easy-to-use information and checklists based on best practices. Consider where embers can enter your home. The experts recommend checking the roof, eaves (soffits), vents, chimneys, windows, walls, garages and even doggie doors to ensure fire resistance in materials. Many of the recommendations don’t require a contractor. Cal Fire offers a 10-point list of steps to take or visit  www.readyforwildfire.org.   You can also download the handy checklist from Fire Safe Sonoma below at www.readysetgo.org.

10 Low-Cost Ways to Harden Your Home

  1. When it is time to replace your roof, replace it with fire-resistant Class A roof material.
  2. Block any spaces between your roof covering and sheathing (bird stops).
  3. Install non-combustible, corrosion-resistant metal gutter covers on gutters to prevent the accumulation of leaves and debris in the gutters.
  4. Cover your chimney and stovepipe outlets with noncombustible, corrosion-resistant metal mesh screen (spark arrestor) with 3/8-inch to 1/2-inch openings.
  5. Cover all vent openings with 1/16-inch to 1/8-inch noncombustible, corrosion-resistant metal mesh screens.
  6. Caulk and plug gaps greater than 1/16-inch around exposed rafters and blocking to prevent ember intrusion.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. When it is time to replace your windows, replace them with multi-paned windows with at least one pane of tempered glass.
  10. When it is 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).


The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for Sonoma County beginning today, Friday, Aug. 14, at 11 a.m. through Sunday, Aug. 19, at 9 p.m. The highest temperatures during this time are expected to occur during the early to mid-afternoon. The hottest temperatures are expected to occur today for most locations. High temperatures are expected to continue through the coming week.

Sonoma County Department of Health Services (DHS) and Emergency Response partners remind residents that excessive heat poses a significant health risk, particularly to the elderly, young children, pregnant women and those with chronic diseases. Heat-related illnesses range from cramps and heat exhaustion to heat stroke and, in extreme cases, even death. Warning signs of heat-related illness include heavy sweating, muscle cramps, tiredness or dizziness, nausea or vomiting, headache or weakness.

While it remains critical for everyone to practice safe social distancing and to avoid large groups during this COVID-19 pandemic, DHS encourages individuals to take what immediate actions are needed – such as visiting cooling stations or going to a neighbor’s air-conditioned home – to protect their health and safety during this high-heat event. However, if you do seek shelter outside of your home, continue to wear face coverings and try to stay at least six feet apart from others. If you have symptoms or are COVID-19 positive, do not relocate to one of these alternate sites and call your health care provider instead.

To check the temperature in your area, visit the National Weather Service for updated information.

With respect to COVID-19, cooling centers should follow guidance provided by the California Department of Public Health here: www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/COVID-19/GuidanceforCoolingCenters.aspx

Protect yourself and those around you by following these guidelines:·         
Drink – Drink plenty of cool fluids, even if you are not physically active and even if you are not thirsty. Avoid caffeinated or alcoholic beverages.·         
Dress – Wear lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing. Add a wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses and sunscreen (SPF 15 or higher).·         
Decrease – Limit physical activity, and stay indoors in an air-conditioned space. If you must be physically active, lower your intensity and take frequent rest breaks in the shade.·         
Defend – If you must do work outside, try to schedule it during the early mornings or evenings after it has cooled down. During the heat of the day, stay in shaded areas. Monitor coworkers and ask them to do the same for you. Check on the elderly, infants and young children frequently. Check on those with medical illnesses or those who are on medication.·         
Demonstrate – Use common sense. Make sure animals and pets have plenty of fresh water and shade. Consider bringing pets inside and consider wetting down outside animals.·         
Don’t – Don’t leave any person or pet in a parked car for any length of time for any reason.


As the summer gets drier, it may be tempting to feed our wild friends – the kind with four legs and fur.  The California Code of Regulations makes it illegal to harass animals. Harassment refers to all and any intentional act that disrupts the natural behavior of a certain wild animal. It includes feeding, providing water and even sheltering the animal. The law does not apply discretionarily.  It is illegal to feed even non-predatory mammals like deer.  Doing so can change the animals’ behaviors and attract their predators.  They can also lose their fear of human beings and then become aggressive.  Human food is not good for wild animals and can make them sick.

A recent article in the Press Democrat highlights a disease affecting deer here. One of the suspected causes is feeding by humans.


Working Together for Emergency Preparedness

Map Your Neighborhood (MYN) is a program of neighbors helping neighbors in the critical first hours of an emergency.  In August, Ann Benson and Katy Carrel will host two Zoom meetings to talk about MYN and its proven success in saving lives and property before the first responders arrive.

MYN is a simple framework for organizing a successful community response to fires, earthquakes, power outages and other disasters when Santa Rosa emergency personnel will be overwhelmed and the real first responders will be you and your neighbors.  The program is actively endorsed and promoted by the Oakmont Emergency Preparedness Committee (OEPC).

Developed in 2009 by the State of Washington, MYN has received an award from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and has been adopted by communities in more than 40 states. The Oakmont program will provide tips and tools for organizing neighborhoods even during the C-19 shutdown.

To learn more, please register to attend a one-hour Zoom meeting on:

Saturday, August 22 at 11 a.m.
Tuesday, August 25 at 1 p.m.

To receive the Zoom invitation for this meeting, email MYNoakmont@gmail.com with your interest in attending. Attendance for each meeting is limited to the first 100 people.

AUGUST  17 – 10 A.M.


The Oakmont Great Decisions Discussion Groups are continuing to meet every Monday at 10 a.m.  The topic for August 17 is “Israel/Palestine – A Discussion.” There are articles available to read in advance. 

Looking ahead, the topic for August 24 is “Asia Remains the Most Dynamic Part of the World: Why are Some Asian Countries Doing Better Than Others?”  Guest speaker Dr. Uma Lele, President of the International Association of Agricultural Economists, will give a short talk followed by open discussion. 


Monday 8/17 – 9-10 a.m. – have two paper plates available to use
Wed 8/19- 8/26- no class – JoRene is on vacation.
Class will resume virtually on 8/31.
Go to Zoom.com, join meeting and type in – 96799422442



 The Futures Club and Sunday Symposium are jointly sponsoring a series of four meetings designed to inform us about viruses and vaccines and to focus on the current work on COVID-19 vaccines. 

The first Zoom meetings were held on August 5 (Introduction to Viruses) and August 12 (Introduction to Vaccines and the FDA Approval Process). Recordings are available on the website (oakmontfuture.com).

The next meeting will be August 19 at 4 p.m. and will focus on understanding the specific COVID-19 vaccines under development. The guest lecturer will be Kris Rebillot, Director of Communications at the Buck Institute. The Buck Institute is doing a lot of research on COVID-19, and Rebillot has been the discussion leader for its speakers program that has included Robert Gallo and Robert Redfield (CDC).

The series will end on August 26 at 4 p.m. with an opportunity for participants to discuss what they have learned and their conclusions.  If you are interested or have any questions, email to futureoakmont@gmail.com.


Denise Beeson is offering another series of FREE online classes in genealogy for Oakmont residents beginning next week. If you are interested, please contact her at dbeeson@santarosa.edu.

Section 2297 Mondays 10:15 a.m.-11:45 a.m. (08/17-12/14) Beginning Genealogy 

Section 2012 Tuesdays 9:30a.m.-11 a.m. (08/18-12/15) Advanced Genealogy- European 

Section 2882 Tuesdays 1 p.m.- 2:30 p.m. (08/18-12/15) Beginning Genealogy 

Section 3121 Tuesdays  2:45 p.m.- 4:15 p.m.  08/18-12/15) TOOLS for Genealogy 

Section 3022 Wednesdays 1 p.m.- 2:30p.m. (08/19-12/16) Advanced. Genealogy- American 

Section 3104 Wednesdays 2:45 p.m.- 4:15p.m. (08/19-12/16) Roadblocks/Brick Walls/DNA

Oakmont’s own journalist and famous gardener, Yvonne Horn, gathers vibrantly colored zinnias from her Oakmont garden plot to deliver to a friend.  Photo by Julie Kiil.

Submitting an E-blast Item For Clubs and Organizations

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