August and September 2004
Votes for RGHA Board of Directors counted July 12 showed
Riccardo Cattaneo with 140 votes and Michel Stamoulis
with 139, elected to fill the two vacancies left by
the departure of Steve Wyatt and Martin McReynolds,
who had completed the maximum two consecutive years
on the Board. Riccardo and Michel join Linda Vargas
and Mark Zaifman, the holdovers from the previous Board.
The vote total was well over the 128 ballots necessary
for a quorum.
The new Board elected David Coyle as the fifth member
to fill the vacancy created by the resignation in May
of Starr Gobel. David had volunteered at the annual
meeting to pick up the mail from the Association P.O.
box, a valuable function he has been performing since
Board members then chose the following officers:
President - Linda Vargas
Vice President - Riccardo Cattaneo
Secretary - Michel Stamoulis
Director At Large - David Coyle, who later agreed to
Annual Picnic at the Pool Sept. 10
The annual pool picnic has been scheduled for 5 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 10.
Please bring a dish to share. The Association will provide
hot dogs, hamburgers, buns, condiments and soft drinks.
All Association members are welcome. Bring the kids
and enjoy getting together with your neighbors.
Speaking of the Pool - a Correction
An earlier Newsletter carried the wrong information
about the number to call to report uncontrollable rowdy
behavior at the pool. Don't call the police
emergency number (911).
Call the Santa Rosa police dispatcher at 528-5222. (Thanks
to the homeowner who pointed this out).
Also, PLEASE BE SURE THE POOL GATES ARE LOCKED WHEN
YOU LEAVE. The gates are on spring hinges that will
swing shut if given a bit of help. Please be sure they
click shut. This is for the safety of neighborhood children
as well as pool security. If you find the gates won't
close properly, report it to the RGHA voice mail at
Two other points
- No diapered kids in the pool, please. Be considerate
- The pool is not for use by children in day care.
Cleaning up the Creek
Arroyo Sierra Creek (also called Sierra Creek or Sierra
Park Creek) runs through our neighborhood and provides
a pleasant place for a stroll. Unfortunately, it's choked
with non-native plants, including wildly invasive blackberries.
Now there's a plan to clean up the creek.
Recently, Alistair Bleifuss of the city's Creek Stewardship
Program met with an RGHA board member and two residents
of adjoining areas - Dotty Geiger of the Sierra Creek
neighborhood east of the creek and Bill Montgomery,
who lives on Summerfield Road.
We agreed to join forces for a Creek Workday on Saturday,
Oct. 2, from 9 a.m. to noon, assembling at 8:30 a.m.
at the Sierra Creek swimming pool on Arroyo Sierra Circle
(a narrow street off Hoen Avenue, between Mariposa and
the London House.
Please dress for outdoor work. Bring leather gloves
and clippers if you have them. The Creek Stewardship
Program will provide refreshments, work gloves for those
who don't have them and trash bags. City Recreation
and Parks Department will provide hand tools and wood
chips for spreading on the path, and will haul away
plants that have been ripped out.
With cooperation from our neighboring homeowners group
and support from the city, we hope to move on eventually
to planting appropriate trees and other vegetation.
Talk to us
- the RGHA phone number is 547-9848. Leave a message
on the voice mail and we'll get back to you.