Newsletter 2/5/18

posted Feb 5, 2018, 9:20 PM by Nancy Streza   [ updated Feb 5, 2018, 9:28 PM ]

Association News (from Chris Jones)

1.  Road Safety

Tonight around 6pm a resident coming up the hill almost hit 2 teens skateboarding down the hill in the dark with a Toyota truck following them. 

I didn’t think things like this need to be posted, but we will start here for safety.  The following are not allowed on the access road: (from the Ortega gate to the signposts):





Roller skates

Riding of Horses

2.  Barking Dogs

I know we all love our dogs, but not listening to them bark for a long period of time. So please respectful to your neighbors.

3.  Gate code

We will be changing the code at the gate and vehicle clickers. We will let you know (via email AND phone call) when we set the day and time.

4.  Roads

Champion may be working on the road later this week to finish opening a few drains and striping.  

There are a few items that have to be completed on the road before Champion starts work throughout the valley. I will be emailing everyone who has contacted me for for asphalt work -- should be within the next couple of weeks. Tom will be scheduling appointments to go over the job.

(From Chris J.  )


Escorting Trucks
Just another friendly reminder… 
 because its not always happening... 

I get a phone call at least once a week from someone who met the escort truck that was right in front of the big truck and didnt give them time to safely pull over.... or about an unescorted truck... or about a big horse trailer that was being driven too fast that almost ran a resident off the road.  Drive carefully!!!


The homeowner (not the contractor) is responsible for properly escorting large trucks such as building material trucks, cranes, moving vans, and heavy equipment transport vehicles.  Homeowners need to carefully instruct their renters, contractors or escort vehicle drivers. 

The escort vehicle should be in front of the large truck approximately 1000 feet (about 1/5 of a mile) with emergency flashers on AND flagging down oncoming traffic.  Wave your arm up and down to get their attention.   If they don’t slow down, honk your horn.   Indicate the number of trucks you are escorting – i.e.“1” or “2"  and motion for them to pull over.   Make eye contact or talk to the driver in the oncoming car so that they understand a large truck is behind you.     

In the “S” turns, it’s advisable to be even farther in front of the large truck and point oncoming vehicles to the turns outs. 

Visitors don’t know our system – so wave your arm and yell “1 large truck is coming – please pull over now.” 

If you encounter an escort vehicle, PULL OVER TO THE RIGHT as soon as you safely can and WAIT for the truck(s) to pass.



Using a Fireplace, Wood Stove or Fire Pit 
I have received several phone calls and emails this year about extraordinary amounts of  “smelly” smoke coming from several different sources.  For those suffering from asthma, this is a big problem.

 Here are some suggestions of what NOT to burn:

 Wet wood. Wet, or unseasoned, firewood can contain up to 45 percent water. When the wood burns, it produces more smoke than seasoned wood, which can cause dangerous creosote to build up on your chimney’s inner walls. Wet wood also does not produce as much heat for your home. 

  Painted or treated lumber. Painted or treated lumber can contain toxic chemicals that are released when burned. Those chemicals are dangerous for you and your family, and can corrode your fireplace.

  Any type of paper with colored print. Paper with colored print, such as wrapping paper, magazines, cereal boxes, and pizza boxes, may release noxious, corrosive, or carcinogenic gases when burned.

  Plywood, particle board, or chipboard. Manufactured wood products release toxic fumes and carcinogens when burned.

  Cardboard. Cardboard can release toxic chemicals when burned, especially if it has been printed with a logo.

  Fire accelerants or fire starters.   Accelerants, such as kerosene, gasoline, or grill starter fluid may help get your fire started but they can cause flare ups or heat your fire to extremely high temperatures that are unsafe for your fireplace and chimney.

  Plastics.  Any type of household plastic, whether its bubble wrap or a plastic cup, should not be burned.  Plastics release toxic chemicals, including hydrochloric acid, sulfur dioxide, dioxins, and heavy metals, that are dangerous for your health and bad for the environment.

  Dyer lint. Dryer lint may be an effective fire starter, but it can release toxic chemicals into your home and up your chimney.

   Christmas trees. It can be tempting to cut up and burn your live Christmas tree in your wood-burning fireplace. In addition to not being properly seasoned, the evergreen wood of your Christmas tree contains high levels of resin. These resins burn quickly and can pop, causing a risk of chimney fire.


Use seasoned firewood.  Manufactured firedogs can be used in a fireplace or fire pit, but should not be used in a wood stove.

If you have any news for the newsletter, please reply to this email or call me.  

Nancy S



posted Dec 3, 2017, 1:50 PM by Nancy Streza

Last Thursday and Friday we escorted 64 asphalt trucks up and down the hill successfully!  One of the trucks did break a front axle and was able to be roll off the S turns then towed off for repair.

Starting Monday-Thursday it will be the same schedule escorting 30 plus asphalts trucks each day, please drive with EXTREME CAUTION!

From the Water Board

posted Oct 23, 2017, 12:18 PM by Nancy Streza   [ updated Oct 23, 2017, 12:39 PM ]

See the latest announcement regarding our water.    The State requires that it be distributed to all residents -- even though the wells in question are off0line and the water in our system is good and SAFE!

Road Repairs

posted Oct 23, 2017, 12:10 PM by Nancy Streza   [ updated Nov 6, 2017, 8:27 PM ]

Drive with extreme caution and expect delays on our roads from October 31, 2017 through January 2018.   

Halloween Party

posted Oct 23, 2017, 12:08 PM by Nancy Streza

Jon us for our annual Halloween party on Saturday, October 27 at the Rec Center!

There will be a costume parade with prizes, family games, prizes for the best carved pumpkin (carve your pumpkin ahead of time and bring to the event) children's separate less scary haunted area, adults hunted oaks, and Chris's famous spooky potluck so bring a scary yummy dish for the potluck! We will also have Sara and Samers famous zombie bar with their specialty being foggy and smoky drinks!!

And we will have our amazing DJ return for scary music from 7 to 9 so everyone can dance the night away!!

We will need help creating the scary haunted Oaks. We need all the help we can get so we would appreciate all to lend a hand!!

We will have a set up day on Sunday, October 22 starting at 8:30 and going all day. Please bring your own set of scissors, string and tape and if you want to share your own favorite Halloween decoration.

And then we will continue setting up the haunted areas starting the morning of October 28 at eight in the morning!!

 Contact Karen Ritter with any questions.


posted Jul 19, 2017, 8:08 AM by Nancy Streza   [ updated Sep 6, 2017, 7:39 AM ]

Horse Daze #2 (from Debbie Lohrman)

Click on these links for some amazing pictures by Matt Bonnell of  HORSE DAZE 1 and HORSE DAZE 2 and the WARM-UP

The weather could not have been better for the competition. Thank you to those who showed up to cheer our riders on. Dick and Nancy outdid themselves with lunch, serving up Dick’s now famous smoked, pulled pork and beef brisket, it was delicious.

 And the Horse Daze #2 winners are...

Leadline First Place tie:  Bronson Paskowitz & Ara  Bhansali

GreenHorn:   First Place - Anna Hopkins - Breast Collar               

Second Place - Karin Gartz - Headstall



First Place - Jim Lohrman - Breast Collar

Second Place - Peggy Chase - Headstall

 Overall Champions (combined scores from Horse Daze 1 & 2):


Leadline -

Champion - Bronson Paskowitz - Trophy

Reserve Champion - Ara Bhansali - Breyer Pony


GreenHorn -

Champion - Anna Hopkins - Buckle

Reserve Champion - Karin Gartz - Halter


RanchHand -

Champion - Lindsey Chase - Buckle

Reserve Champion - Peggy Chase - Halter

Click on the links below for some pictures!

Consumer Confidence Report

posted Jul 5, 2017, 3:02 PM by Nancy Streza

Here is a report dated 6/17/17 from the Rancho Carrillo Mutual Water Company.  

Fire Safety

posted Jun 17, 2017, 1:41 PM by Nancy Streza

A wildfire is coming.  Please watch this Cal Fire video:

Ortega Gate

posted May 12, 2017, 6:07 PM by Nancy Streza

Beginning at 10 am on May 13, 2017 - our new call box will be fully operational.  

Users will search by name, and then hit the call button.  
When answering from home, you can push 5 or 9 to open the gate.

For now the temporary direct dial number is the same - except #_ _ _ _ instead of *_ _ _ _.  (This is a public page so check your email with the current number.)

The remote (clicker) code has not changed.

To exit the gate, drive up slowly to the white line to activate the automatic opener.

DO NOT stop in the gate path.  The new gate shuts and opens much faster!

From the Water Board

posted May 5, 2017, 2:10 PM by Nancy Streza

Our drinking water has been safe and of excellent quality since before the recent notifications and continues to be meet our high standards.

On March 28th. a notification was sent out that two of are active wells had exceeded the level of nitrate considered safe by County standards and the required notifications were made. The notifications did not address the condition of the water delivered to our homes.

Test samples were taken from three locations in the valley and it was determined that the water in our system was GOOD and considered SAFE. 

The two wells, number 6 and 10, were only two of our 5 active wells and are low production wells. These two wells were taken off-line imediately. The small volume from these two wells, when active, was mixed and diluted  in the larger volume of water produced by our larger producing wells.

The water that has been delivered to our members  is Safe and of the highest Quality.

What have we done since ?

To date Well # 10 has been treated and pumped out several times and has had 2 good tests that are below the maximum acceptable level. We have asked the County to allow us to put back on line.

Well # 6 has also been treated and pumped out several times and the nitrate level has been dropping. We will continue to work on this well.

Well # 4 was already off-line and has been " on-reserve" for several years because of rising nitrate levels. Well # 2 , was inside the pump house at the Rec. center,  was abandoned  years ago for the same reason.  Well # 4 tested high for nitrates after we did maintenance on  the pump. We have Not been using this well for our water and  have kept it off-line for emergency use only. Recently we have been pumping it out several times and the nitrate levels have been dropping.

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