Extra Newsletter - May 2004
have candidates now we need more votes
Thirteen homeowners attended the annual membership meeting
at Strawberry School on May 11. The meeting produced
good discussion but was far short of the quorum of 128
homeowners necessary to elect new board members to replace
Martin McReynolds and Steve Wyatt, who have both reached
the two-year limit.
There were no declared candidates by the end of the
meeting so the only valid ballots were those naming
a person to vote as proxy whenever candidates could
be found. It was suggested that one of the five current
board members could be named to exercise the proxy vote.
A count of the ballots turned in May 11 and received
by mail through May 19 shows a total of 56 ballots,
of which 46 were valid, naming the following proxies
for current board members to cast as they see fit: Linda
Vargas 20, Martin McReynolds 15, Starr Gobel 7 and Steve
There was some confusion about filling in the ballots.
Some people wrote in the names of current board members
as candidates. But the three board members whose terms
have not expired were not up for re-election, and the
two whose terms have expired were ineligible to run.
Some people checked the proxy box but didn't write in
any name. So that's why 10 ballots were not valid.
Now we're enclosing a new ballot for those homeowners
who haven't voted yet or whose ballots couldn't be counted
because of the proxy mixup.
And this time we have candidates for the two vacancies:
Michael Stamoulis of Carissa Court and Riccardo
Cattaneo of Silverwood Street have both volunteered
If you received a ballot in the mail with the newsletter,
please fill it in and mail it with the attached envelope.
Thanks for sticking with the process.
new complication a board member resigns
Starr Gobel, the board member who has been serving as
treasurer for the past year, has resigned due to the
press of personal and family responsibilities. We are
grateful for the time and effort Starr has put in to
keep the bills paid, deposit dues payments and print
out the address lists for the newsletter, among other
The Association bylaws permit the board to fill a vacancy
created in this manner. Once we get four elected board
members, the new board can appoint a fifth member. Linda
Vargas and Mark Zaifman are the continuing members.
Web site is up and running
Thanks to the efforts of Board Member Mark Zaifman,
you can now check out our neighborhood on the Internet.
The site is an evolving thing. Homeowners are invited
to make suggestions on how it can be more useful. For
now, you can find information about our area, the minutes
of board meetings, past newsletters and the governing
documents (Bylaws, CC&Rs and Articles of Incorporation).
There has been a recent incident with rowdy teenage
boys in the swimming pool who may not be residents of
our neighborhood. Please don't share your pool key with
anyone who's not entitled to use the pool. The pool
is reserved for paid-up members of the Association,
who are entitled to bring their children and a reasonable
number of guests. Children under 18 are not allowed
without an adult. Please report any violations to the
Association at the voice-mail number. In case of rowdy
trespassers, don't hesitate to call 911 and ask police
to remove them.
A stroll around the neighborhood gives a strong impression
of how hard most homeowners work to make their homes
and yards attractive. Unfortunately, there are exceptions.
One yard overgrown with weeds or one house badly in
need of paint or with beat-up old cars parked eternally
in view is enough to spoil the appearance of a whole
block. We all have to struggle to keep up with things.
Some of us may be going through health or financial
crises, and some who rent out their houses may not be
aware of renters who don't take care of things properly.
Please do your best to keep our area harmonious.
- the RGHA phone number is 547-9848. Leave a message
on the voice mail and we'll get back to you.