Click the link below to access the July 2015 Newsletter from Johnny Khamis, District 10 Council member:
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Remember we share our living space with wild life such as; mountain lions which can threaten everyone's safety, including those of our pets. This was evident by the traces of deer parts left behind after it fell prey to perhaps a mountain lion on Copper Peak. Take precaution during your early or late day walks, be watchful of your children and bring your pets indoors at night.
2015 Asphalt Rehabilitation Project
Scheduled Date: Monday, June 8, 2015
Information about the second annual Almaden Lake 4th of July Event 2015!!!
CALIFORNIA RIDGE COMMUNITY GARAGE SALE
July 18, 2015
8:00a.m. – 3:00p.m.
Main Street Repairs:
Monday May 18th and Tuesday May 19th
Pacific Surfacing will be performing the main pavement repairs to the streets. On both days, Charise Court, Linder Hill Court and Linder Hill Lane will be closed to vehicle traffic between the hours of 8:00 AM and 5:00 PM.
July 18th, 2015: Garage Sale
There will be a brief meeting for participants in the garage sale July 11th in May’s driveway to distribute signage materials , collect $5 per participating household, and answer any questions.
Community Book Libraries:
The Board of directory and the Social Committee are working on a project to install two Book Library Houses in our community to share books. If approved, this project will start in October, 2015.
Check out http://littlfreelibrary.org for more details.
The landscape team (which is also the street repair team), the Board of Directors, and Compass management has been working hard on a project to repair the streets in the community. This is a scheduled project that will be paid from the reserve budget. The project is scheduled to start within 30 to 60 days. The focus for the first part of the project will include Copper Peak and all of the interior streets. The Shelby Creek side of the community will be completed in the spring of 2016.
More about this project later.
Start organizing your unwanted items. California Ridge is planning to sponsor a Garage Sale on July 18, 2015. More later...
Regular attendees of the Board meetings and some Board members have requested a community book sharing system. You might have noticed little wooden houses in other neighborhoods where neighbors share books (leave a book, take a book). The Board of Directors and several home owners are investigating solutions for our community. More later...
Last year, the Landscape Committee requested the removal of 7 Sycamore trees in the community. The City of San Jose approved the removal of 5 of the trees and they have been removed now. The Landscape Committee is planning to replace the Sycamore trees that were cut down with Red Oak and Maple trees. A special root guard will be installed to help prevent damage to utilities, side walks, driveways, sewer system, etc. in the future. The Landscape Committee is planning to buy trees as large as possible while not exceeding the budget. More later...
The Landscaping Committee has also created a landscape request form. If you have a landscaping request, please contact Shawn at Compass Management and he will send you the form. Please complete all sections of the form and return it to Shawn. The Landscaping Committee will review all requests during their monthly meetings.
The 2015 Board of Directors has been finalized. Steve Bibb and Courtney Galgani were elected to the Board of Directors for the next two years. Cindy resigned from the Board at the end of the January meeting. Flora was chosen by the Board to fill in the remainder of Cindy's term during the February meeting. There you go.
Please be sure to thank Cindy for all her hard work serving on the Board of Directors these past years. She was such a valuable asset to our community and the Board of Directors, especially dealing with community finances and landscape improvement. We are going to miss her and her talents!
There will be no Board Meeting in December, 2014.
The holidays are upon us. Please remember to park your car(s) in your garages or driveways, or use Spring Hill if you need more parking. We want our guests to find parking in the designated parking spots, especially during the holidays. Also, our streets are narrow so please remember that parking in not permitted along the sidewalks for safety reasons.
One of the many goals of California Ridge HOA is to maintain the health of the trees throughout the community. Part of the process for maintaining trees is to prune them on a regular basis, remove or treat diseased trees, and evaluate trees for safety and potential damage to infrastructure. This includes potential damage to utilities, home foundations, the sewer system, and streets and driveways. The trees in the community were audited many months ago and the arborist has recommended removing 7 trees.
Mountain Lion sightings near Williams Elementary
Chief of Staff, District 10 Shane Patrick Connolly from San Jose City Council
Councilmember Khamis has received reports from a number of neighbors about the mountain lion spotted near Williams Elementary. He reached out to the State Department of Fish and Wildlife, County Vector Control, and the City’s Animal Care and Services Division. If the mountain lion is acting in an aggressive manner or is an immediate threat to you or other individuals, please call 9-1-1. Typically, unless the animal is sick or injured, it would not pose a threat to the human population. Experts advise that if you make yourself look bigger by raising your arms in the air and make loud noises, the animal will typically run away.
Here is the link to a mountain lion FAQ page from the Division of Fish and Wildlife:
From Johnny Khamis, District 10 Council member
Happy July! We are just a few short days away from celebrating our Nation’s Independence! Please join me this Fourth of July as we celebrate the birth of our nation with an afternoon and evening festival, culminating with a fireworks show, at Almaden Lake Park. Over the last several years, there has been a marked increase in the use of illegal fireworks. The police and fire departments have developed a comprehensive strategy that they will employ this year to educate the public and combat this explosion in illegal firework use. For more information on their efforts visit the SJFD website.
For the past year or longer, the Board has been working on plans to replace the monument signs at the entrances of Copper Peak and Shelby Creek. Taking a step back, the original monuments were damaged by dry rot, termites, and time. We learned about the condition of the monuments at the conclusion of the painting project.