Reposted by San Lorenzo Express



October 20, 2016

1.0 MEETING CALLED TO ORDER –- The regular meeting of the San Lorenzo Village Homes Association Board of Directors was held on Thursday, October 20, 2016. Vice President Carlson called the meeting to order at 7:36 p.m.

1.1 SALUTE TO THE FLAG -– Vice President Carlson led the audience in the pledge of allegiance.

1.2 ROLL CALL -– Directors Kyle Carlson, Diane Wydler, Kathie Ready and Steve Kirk were present, President Clowser was absent (excused).

2.0 PUBLIC COMMENT – Items not on the Agenda –- A member reported on the November events at the San Lorenzo Library and left a brochure of this schedule for members. She said that the citizenship classes have changed their time and several safe driving classes are being offered. Every Wednesday, Penny Peck, former school librarian will be hosting a preschool story time. The Library will have safety upgrades to its front steps and the back access of its property the week of October 24, 2016. It will be closed early on Wednesday November 23rd at 5:00 p.m. and will reopen on Saturday November 26, 2016 for the Thanksgiving holiday.

A member urged people to vote in this year’s election. He said that it is not only a presidential election, but there are also many important propositions and measures on the ballot.


3.1 Approval of Board Meeting Minutes # 1488 on September 15, 2016 –- Director Wydler makes a correction: Item 1.2 Roll Call: there is an “and” between Director Wydler and Director Ready’s names that is unnecessary. Director Ready makes a motion to approve the minutes with the correction, Director Wydler seconds, the motion carries with three (3) ayes (Carlson, Ready and Wydler), and one (1) abstention (Kirk).

3.2 Approval of Work Session Minutes #1489 on October 11, 2016 -– Director Ready moves to approve the minutes, Director Wydler seconds, the motion carries unanimously.


4.1 Community Event Committee –- Member Randy Waage said that the committee is planning for the SLVHA’s annual Children’s Halloween event and will start decorating next week. He said the hall set up takes all week to complete and asked for volunteers. The event and parade will be held on Saturday, October 29, 2016, rain or shine, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and families are encouraged to attend.

*7.1 Legislative Update, State Assembly Member Bill Quirk, AD 20 (Timed Agenda Item 7:45 p.m.) –- Assembly member Bill Quirk updated the membership on several bills that came before the California Legislature in 2016 and announced that his next Town Hall meeting would be a “Walk and Talk” at Coyote Hills Park in the Newark/Fremont area, on Saturday, November 12, 2016 at 10 a.m. He invited all members to attend.

4.2 Ad Hoc CC&R Implementation Committee –- Chair, Diane Wydler, reported no meeting held. No new issues have been given to the committee for review.


5.1 CHP (7:40 p.m.) -– No report, no officer present.

5.2 Sheriff’s Office –- Deputy Swalwell reported the crime statistics for the previous month. He said there was a kidnapping/burglary incident at the 7-eleven on Hacienda, when a female clerk was abducted while trying to make a bank deposit. The suspect got into her car as she was backing out of the store’s parking lot, and made her drive to another location, give him the money and fled, leaving the clerk unharmed. This suspect is still at large. The Sheriff’s department will be participating in the Del Rey Elementary Fall Festival and will once again be helping with the Association’s annual Children’s Halloween event.

A member asked for more enforcement on Paseo Grande near the Association and the Paseo Grande overpass. She has seen many pedestrians dodge vehicles that are speeding in the area. She was almost hit this past week by a vehicle. Deputy Swalwell said they will provide extra enforcement.

**7.2 Affordable Housing Bond Presentation, Michelle Starratt, Deputy Housing Director, for Alameda County (Timed Agenda Item 8:00 p.m.) -– Starratt reported on the affordable housing measure, A1, on the November ballot. She said the Alameda County Board of Supervisors (BOS) voted unanimously to put this item on the ballot in June of 2016. The measure asks voters to approve a 580 million dollar general obligation (property tax) bond which would be in place for 20 years. It requires 2/3 voter approval to pass.

Starratt noted that both housing and rental prices have increased by over 30% in Alameda County within the last four (4) years. Reports show there is a 60,000 unit shortfall of affordable housing for low income and extremely low income families in Alameda County. This bond, if passed, would fund affordable housing for both prospective homeowners and renters, county-wide. It would cost homeowners approximately $12 to $14 per $100,000 assessed value of their home per year. The bond would fund first time home buyer programs, home-ownership development and preservation programs and low cost loans to low income residents. A large portion of this bond ($425 million) would go towards new rental development for both senior and family housing. County staff is also exploring other innovative ways to spend this money if the bond is approved.

The Board was concerned with the fact that no information had been brought to them prior to the measure being placed on the ballot and the voter information/guide, does not disclose how or where this bond money would be spent. Directors were concerned that if San Lorenzo and its surrounding areas get a majority of this low- income rental/housing that our demographics would prevent legitimate businesses from wanting to come to the area. It asked if local teachers, paramedics and other needed professionals could get preference for funding for housing through this bond. Starratt said that there is a 15-20 page analysis on how the bond will be funded on the website. It was too large to put in the voter guide. She said funding for low-income rental and owner occupied housing would depend upon the availability of the land, and there is very little land to build on in San Lorenzo. She also said that while the County would like to help support working professionals, it cannot designate or target a certain profession to be funded for housing in an area.

***7.3 Introduction of Community Identifier Mural Project, Rachel Osajima, Director, Alameda County Arts Commission (Timed Agenda Item 8:15 p.m.) -– Rachel Osajima reported that the Alameda County Art Commission has secured funds for a community identifier mural project for Castro Valley, Ashland/Cherryland and San Lorenzo. They will be working with Cal Trans to secure artists to paint three highway overpasses with murals along highway 580 and 880. Each mural will identify the community motorists are passing through. The Alameda County BOS approved this project in August 2016 and the county has recently advertised the need for local artists for these identifier murals. Applications will be taken through the end of November 2016. There will be a lengthy process in securing these artists, getting community input for each area and forming an artist selection committee to finalize who will be hired to work on these murals. The project would not be completed until 2018.

Osajima said they will be seeking ongoing community input throughout the project. In November 2016 they will have an online survey, asking residents in each area for input as to what they would like to see depicted in each of these murals. The Board and members asked about the upkeep of the murals. Osajima said that the County would be working with Cal Trans to have Alameda County Public Works maintain the murals. If they are severely damaged by graffiti, the Art Commission would have to re-hire the artist and they are exploring ways of doing this. The murals are projected to last ten (10) years, after which, they would be removed or repainted depending on the funding and the community.

5.3 Supervisor Wilma Chan –- District Representative Sarah Odie reported that a vendor has been chosen for the signage of the San Lorenzo Library. A new sign will be installed within the next two (2) months. Supervisor Chan is supporting the SLVHA Children’s Halloween event and her staff will be volunteering. The Supervisor continues to work and promote her project, “All-In”, which fights poverty in Alameda County. LAFCO will be setting up a meeting within the next few weeks regarding grand jury findings against Eden Health Care, residents should look for this information and attend.

Director Kirk asked Odie to find out who is responsible for the underpass on Hesperian Blvd. It has been an eye sore for several weeks. He has been given conflicting information as to whether it is Cal Trans or Alameda County’s responsibility. Neither agency will give him a clear answer.

5.4 Zoning Enforcement -– A report was left on the back table.

6.0 FINANCIAL REPORT (motion required)

6.1 Approval of September 2016 Expenditures -– Director Kirk moves to approve, Director Carlson seconds, the motion carries unanimously.

7.0 OTHER BUSINESS (motions may be required)

*7.1 Legislative Update, State Assembly Member Bill Quirk AD 20 (Timed Agenda Item 7:45 p.m.) -– See timed agenda item above.

**7.2 Affordable Housing Bond Presentation, Michelle Starratt, Deputy Housing Director, for Alameda County (Timed Agenda Item 8:00 p.m.) -– See timed agenda item above.

***7.3 Introduction of Community Identifier Mural Project, Rachel Osajima, Director, Alameda County Arts Commission (Timed Agenda Item 8:15 p.m.) –- See timed agenda item above.

7.4 Approval of Tree Planting Program (purchase of additional 24-inch box trees for member purchase) -– Director Kirk reported that the Association, early this year, purchased three (3) sycamore trees, one (1) red bud and one (1) crepe myrtle to sell to homeowners (at cost) when they remove and/or damage a front yard tree. All but one (1) tree have been sold to homeowners. The Board is entertaining the idea of buying another five (5) trees, four (4) sycamore and one (1) crepe myrtle.

Director Ready said that the trees should be bought in March, when the weather is better for planting. A member asked why sycamore trees, when they are prone to mildew/blight. Director Ready said that most of the sycamores can be treated, and they are our heritage tree and one of the heartiest in the area, with the greatest amount of shade. Director Kirk makes a motion to purchase the five (5) trees (four (4) sycamores, one (1) crepe myrtle) by March 1, 2017, Director Carlson seconds, the motion carries unanimously.


8.1 Operations -— The Administrator reported that a licensed professional has cleaned the stove in the Association’s hall kitchen. He contacted the HVAC contractor who is doing the work in the hall and asked for an update. The contractor said that they will be completing work on the outside, next week, installing a thermostat. The repair to the air/heat in the Firehouse has been done. There is a water leak that was reported in the Firehouse and the Administrator is meeting with a contractor this week to investigate the leak. Tomorrow, staff and volunteers will begin setting up the hall for the annual Halloween event, and volunteers are needed.

8.2 Board Election 2017 -- The Administrator reported one seat is open. An announcement went out in the October/November Village Briefs and in the last Administrator’s email blast. No members have come forth at this time to take out the paperwork to run for this seat. The last day to submit this paperwork is Monday, November 14, 2016 at 5 p.m. The Board encouraged homeowners to consider running in this election and to spread the word to their neighbors.

9.0 LIENS AND VIOLATIONS REPORT (motion may be required) –- The Administrator stated that there were three (3) liens released since the September 2016 Board meeting. The violation letters were as follows:

September 2016 Violation Report

  Violation                              No. of Letters

Inoperable Vehicles in driveway               3
Recreational veh in front/side yard           0
General maintenance of property               0
Unpaved parking                               2                   
Yard maintenance                             32
Holiday lights                                0
Building maintenance                          0
Working on vehicles                           0
Barking dogs                                  1
Prohibited animals                            0
Excessive noise                               0
No home business                              0
Other                                         5
Multiple violations                          24
Plans needed                                 23

Total                                        90

Director Ready moves to approve the liens and violation report, Director Kirk seconds, the motion carries unanimously.


10.1 Disposition of Executive Session #1490 on October 20, 2016 –- The Administrator reported that there were 18 hearings and five (5) homeowners appeared. There were two (2) CC&R reviews and one (1) fine appeal. Of these, one (1) was mistakenly rescheduled from last month; four (4) were closed; five (5) were “thank you but” – water and/or maintain your front yard landscaping; one (1) was fined; one (1) was fined and asked to submit landscaping plans within 30 days; one (1) was fined and asked to submit landscaping plans in 15 days; two (2) were given 30 days to clear violations; two (2) were asked to submit landscaping plans within 30 days and one (1) was asked to submit landscaping plans within 15 days and remove/register the vehicle in the driveway within 60 days. Of the CC&R reviews, one (1) was approved, and one (1) was denied. The fine review was reduced from $300 to $100.

10.2 Approval of Minutes of Executive Session #1490 on October 20, 2016 -– Director Kirk notes three (3) minor grammatical errors on the agenda that need to be changed. Director Ready moves to approve the minutes with these corrections, Director Carlson seconds, the motion carries unanimously.

11.0 BOARD REPORTS -– Director Wydler reminded members that there is one (1) seat up for election and if no candidate runs for this seat, the Board must appoint someone. She encouraged members in attendance to tell their neighbors and other members.

12.0 ADJOURNMENT –- Vice President Carlson adjourned the meeting at 9:38 p.m.

Respectfully Submitted,

Diane Wydler

Recorded and Transcribed by: Kathleen Harrigan
Reviewed by: Eugene Osipov, Administrator