Special DPG 5/23

You’re invited to attend a special meeting of the SVMHP
Disaster Preparedness Group (DPG)
Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017
7:00 pm, at the Clubhouse

There was an invitation for all residents to attend the meeting in the May edition of the San Vicente Voice. We’ll have SHORT presentations on earthquake and evacuation preparedness, accompanied by handouts. We’ll also explain why we have a DPG and how everyone can assist in an emergency. Please try to attend this meeting.


Tom Fayram Flood Prep DPG Talk

Here are the slides from the PowerPoint file that was displayed during Tom Fayram’s presentation on flood preparedness for the Nov.19, 2015 DPG meeting. Tom is Deputy Public Works Director for the Water Resources Division of County Public Works.

We also have an audio recording of his talk (10MB MP3 file), and if anyone would like to put it online please contact us. In coming days I may add more notes from his talk.

His talk began with this photo of flooding. We were surprised when he told us it’s the 101 Fairview exit during previous El Niño flooding, where the current creek underpass work is in progress to reduce flood risk there.


He showed us this slide of drought years.


He talked about how the County and other agencies must work within their budgets, and therefore we all share responsibility for disaster preparation.


This next slide shows the differences between the current El Niño and 1997, noting that the current one is already stronger than 1997. Later he also pointed out the large red areas indicating warmer water off CA and AK (called “The Blob” by forecasters), noting that there’s no historical precedent for this and the effects on our Winter weather are unknown.


He said that El Niño years don’t always result in heavy rainfall or a high annual rainfall total.


He pointed out that despite the current record El Niño offshore, this year so far has brought unprecedented low total rainfall.


He talked about the effects of heavy rain on saturated soil, and sustained high rainfall rates.


He outlined preparations being done by various agencies. He stressed the value of Federal flood insurance (government program with private companies providing coverage), and emphasized the 30 day “grace” period before insurance takes effect. In other words, if you buy flood insurance 29 days before your home is flooded there is no coverage. He suggests buying now.


Note that the “Flood Prevention” pamphlet shown above-right is available as a PDF file here. Despite the above image of a sandbagged home, he didn’t have time to go into detail on how to place them. That information is available on the County website (links below).


Tom described some of the flood preparation work the County does every year, beginning in March. Below is an example of debris they remove to prevent blockage of drainage channels. He pointed out that the County provides 25 free sandbags 24/7 just West of Old Mill off Calle Real. Stuart Clyde pointed out that San Vicente also has free sandbags available.


Tom talked about how the County has no access to or responsibility for most creeks and other drainage channels because they’re on private property, but they do all they can.


He briefly outlined some of the flood response capabilities they have, and talked about how hard these crews work in any disaster. They often work for many hours without rest to protect and assist the public, but the crew is very small for the size of their service area.


This is why it’s so important for each of us to do all we can to prepare. He is extremely impressed with our DPG and how much we’ve done to prepare. He several times reiterated the value of flood insurance and sandbags if needed. He also stressed the importance of a disaster kit (supplies to survive an extended period without power or other utilities), and an evacuation plan (see the “911” DPG section of this website for helpful info here).


He provided the link for info on Flood Insurance at FloodSmart.gov


He displayed this FEMA map of San Vicente & Rancho that shows areas subject to flood potential (larger version in a previous post here on our website).


In this satellite image of our parks, there is a blue line indicating the course of Atascadero Creek which runs through our parks.


In the next slide he listed some online resources he suggests for further info. Here are the same links in a format you can click on to visit:
santabarbara.onerain.com/home.php (no www prefix)


Below is another photo of earlier flooding at the Fairview intersection with 101.


He shared this cartoon of Godzilla representing El Niño and the Blob being what forecasters are calling that unprecedented red area shown offshore of the West Coast in the NOAA slide above.


To end his talk and introduce our brief open question period, he showed this slide of Lake Cachuma nearly dry and stressed how badly we need rain.


Who Are Our Landowners? What Do They Do? Check Out The Link!

The Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul own the land here.

In 2015, their nonprofit, St. Vincent’s was named “The Nonprofit of the Year” by the Chamber of the Santa Barbara Region.  Their mission:

“St. Vincent’s is dedicated to strengthening low-income families and seniors through programs rooted in the Social Teachings of the Catholic Church.  Faithful to the charism of the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul, we serve our sisters and brothers by providing affordable housing, early childhood education, and family enrichment opportunities.”

You can learn more about this organization and their good works, and how you can help, by clicking on the St. Vincent’s link on the SVMHA homepage.

My Reason #1 for Joining GSMOL: Our eyes, ears – and VOICE – in Sacramento!

“GSMOL lobbies for just and fair protection under the law for manufactured-home owners so they may experience the quiet, peaceful enjoyment of their community.”

Just this month, a GSMOL-supported bill, SB 419,  was passed and signed by the governor.  It improves the process for selling your home by updating and clarifying the rules about realty signs and open houses. It also increases transparency for buyers and sellers regarding park standards for admission of new buyers to live in the park, by requiring clear disclosure of the park’s income and eligibility requirements.

GSMOL has protected California mobilehomeowners’ interests for many years and has saved our  rent control, for example, several times:  GSMOL’s state law legislative record is summarized below – and is very impressive.

Go to gsmol.org to see what else they are doing right now, and please join – it is just $25 for one person, $35 for two.  This is important work they are doing for us.  Being our eyes and ears – and voice! – in Sacramento.  Thank you!

  • 2014 | Sponsored and passed AB 225 (Chau) which modified the rules for the Mobilehome Park Resident Ownership Program to make more money available to help repair and preserve troubled mobilehomes parks, and to facilitate conversion to resident ownership. The bill also makes some of the funds available to provide repairs or upgrades to individual homes in parks converting to resident or nonprofit ownership.
  • 2013 | Passage of SB 510 – condo conversion/subdivision bill enabling jurisdictions to use the results of the Resident Survey as a means to approve, disapprove or modify the application to subdivide a park in a park owner initiated conversion.
  • 2012 | Passed the Homeowner Bill of Rights which must be provided annually to all park residents if the MRL is not distributed.
  • 2011 | Became a party before the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) in a crucial rulemaking proceeding involving transfer of sub-metered gas and electric systems from park owners to serving utilities.
  • 2010 | Formed and lead coalition that overturned Guggenheim vs City of Goleta Federal Court decision, which would have compromised local rent control ordinances statewide. Filed Amicus brief in Contempo Marin San Rafael case to overturn harmful lower Federal Court decision re: rent control.
  • 2009 | Mobilehome Residency Law “Roadshows” started around the state. Blocked AB 761 which would have phased out “vacancy control” resale protection out of local California rent stabilization ordinances on a statewide basis.
  • 2008 | Defeated Proposition 98 which would have abolished rent control and other homeowner protections.
  • 2007 | Prevented management from requiring a manufactured home to be removed from the park unless there has been a required notice provided, specifying the condition that permits the home to be removed.
  • 2006 | Help defeat Proposition 90 which would have eliminated rent control across the state.
  • 2005 | Prevented park management from including in a rental agreement the right of first refusal to purchase a home in the park which is for sale to a third party.
  • 2004 | Required 60 day notice to change park rules or regulations mandated by a change in the law. Numerous bills passed to tighten up residents’ rights to sell their mobilehome. Prevents management from entering home except in an emergency.
  • 2003 | Allowed display of political campaign signs in the window or on the site of a manufactured home.
  • 2002 | Permitted renting out or subletting of home in case of a medical emergency.
  • 2001 | Required that managment permit the CARE program for utilities and the posting of rates in master metered parks. Requires management responsibility for trees for health and safety and maintenance of driveways.
  • 2000 – 1969 | Hundreds of bills become law protecting mobilehome owners and their rights.

Brunch! Oct 4

Welcome in Fall with BRUNCH!  October 4th. Meal served 11:00 until 12:30.

The members of  the Social Committee invite you to a Fall Brunch at the Clubhouse.  We’re serving Green Chile Quiche, Bacon & Spinach Quiche, bacon/sausage, rosemary potatoes, orange juice with Champagne and Stanley & Martha’s amazing Cinnamon Buns!!  Also included will be our usual beverages: coffee, tea, and wine.  The complete brunch is $10.00 per resident and $12.00 for guests.

Get your reservation in by September 27th.  (Caterer needs final count by this date).  Write a check to San Vicente Social Club and drop it off either at the office or the mailbox #207 Gatehouse Rd.


09/10/2015 Board Minutes

San Vicente Homeowners Monthly Board Meeting Minutes

September 10, 2015

Website: svmha.com

email address: 340oldmill.svmha@gmail.com

Officers Present: Bob Mann, Paul Ortega, Ronnie Sumter

Board Members Present: Lilith Imbrogno, Ellen Duke, Don Webb, Jack Jackson, Mark Allen

Board Members Absent: Cheryl Mrachek, Pat Haden, Tony Jimenez

Guests: Mollie Mann, Jo Webb, Betty Ortega, Tony and Brenda Spinella, Angela Stephens, George and Joanne Meers, Joe Tighe, Leonard Somdahl, Tom Jordan

Bob Mann, president, called the meeting to order at 7:05 p.m. The Board Association Minutes of July 9th, 2015 were read with one correction that GSMOL membership information is available on GSMOL website. Minutes approved.

Treasurer’s Report: As of August 15th, the checking account balance is $3,030.02. Income was $60 for HOA dues, Expenses $261.46 and Bank Fee of $2.50. In addition, legal defense fund balance is $19,419.34 Paid membership for 2015 is now 161.

Social Committee Report: The September Happy Hour will be Thursday, September 24th, at 5pm. The Social Committee’s next event will be a Brunch on Sunday, October 4th. All the details are in “The Voice.” On Saturday, November 7th, there will be a Lasagna Dinner which will be free to residents only.

Online Committee Report: www.svmha.com. Ellen reported that this website is developing and that pictures, articles, classified ads (free) and other items are welcome.

Old Business:

The Board confirmed that the generator part needed for the emergency pump system was replaced as planned.

Announcement/New Business:

New Handrail for Ramp to Upper Clubhouse Area: Management installed a handrail for the ramp from the lower parking lot to the upper clubhouse area. This is a great improvement and is already much appreciated by residents. The trip hazards caused by the seams/cracks of the cement of the ramp are to be corrected soon. It was noted that there are trip hazards on the ramp that continue up to the top of Lookout Hill, as well, and the Board was asked to see if these could be corrected at the same time.

Gym Equipment/Area: There is interest in obtaining better equipment, perhaps as a donation from a local gym (as benefited Rancho Santa Barbara). Reconfiguring the gym area was also mentioned. No action taken.

Speeding: Good news! It appears that the Board’s letters to delivery and service companies that frequently visit the park has improved their drivers’ compliance with our 10 mph speed limit. This is much appreciated.

But residents report, unfortunately, that speeding continues. Some independent workers (caregivers, cleaners, etc.) and residents blatantly ignore the speed limit and even stop signs. This puts people at risk and negatively impacts the quality of life of everyone in our community. Besides the “noise pollution” from speeders braking before and then accelerating after speed bumps, there is the anxiety of needing to be ready to react to speeders coming around corners, behind driveways, etc. Several residents at the meeting shared very recent close calls due to cars driving too fast. There is a real concern that someone is going to get hurt.

Various actions were discussed, including putting a small notice on the windshield of offending cars, installing cameras in problem areas, and adding some different, attention-getting signs. Another suggestion was for the HOA Board to send out a letter with Management to all residents re-reviewing the speed limit and reasons for it. It is important that all residents emphasize the need to comply with the 10 mph speed limit with employees and visitors. Bob will discuss this with Stuart.

(Note: San Vicente is well-designed so that no one lives that far away from an exit gate. Speeding saves less than a minute, is stressful, dangerous and unfriendly. Let’s slow down, enjoy our beautiful park, and “smell the roses”!)

Negotiations: The Board hears that Management’s property lease negotiations are ongoing. At Bob’s request, Mark drafted a letter of support for the current management and it was read aloud. After discussion, Ellen moved that the letter be sent. Ronnie seconded the motion and it was unanimously passed. All board members present signed the letter. Bob will give the rest of the board the opportunity to sign, and then the letter will be sent to the Daughters of Charity. A copy of the letter will be included with the minutes of the meeting to all HOA members.

The next Board meeting will be Thursday, October 8, 2015 at 7 P.M. in the Clubhouse. The meeting was adjourned at 7:50 p.m.

Home Owner Association (HOA) Membership: All residents benefit from your HOA. Please encourage your neighbors to join. It’s just $40 for first time members or $15 to renew a membership. Drop the check off at the Clubhouse in the HOA box. Currently 156 members have already paid their dues. The larger our membership, the stronger our voice!