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Summer is Over

August 24, 2019

Officially, summer is not over; at least not until September 23, 2019. Yet, the kids are back in school and there is no sign of the heat letting up. I don't think it is the temperature, but the humidity is what makes it unbearable. That's just me, so time to stop my complaining and let's dive right into what's new for August 2019; such as the mailing of the "Declaration of Candidacy" that was mailed with your HOA bill.

Unfortunately, I don't have a due date for those interested in applying. Usually, everything is done online, e.g. paying bills; therefore, I don't pick up my mail everyday and most of the time it sits on my counter waiting to be opened. In other words, there was a delay in getting the information posted on the website. Nonetheless, I've attached a copy of the "Declaration of Candidacy" for those who are interested:

Click to download the Declaration of Candidacy.

I did notice that no date was posted on the form, so I will submit an email to the property manager and update the website upon receipt of the requested information. The good news is Crummack Huseby is quick to respond, so it will be up shortly.

UPDATE: You still have time to submit your Declaration of Candidacy, but make sure it is turned in within the next 2 weeks by September 9, 2019. For right now, there is one position waiting to be filled.

If you're interested in attending the meetings for our 2nd HOA, Lake Forest Community Assoc., you can attend every 3rd Wed. of the month at the Beach & Tennis Club, starting at 6:30pm. For any questions, your Association General Manager is Julie Carter: (949) 837-6100 or

As you all now know, I was late in opening my mail and noticed another important piece of information on the back of the Lake Forest Community Association HOA bill. This is regarding the "3-Year Proxy Option" where you appoint the President of the Association's Board of Directors as the proxy holder, meaning you authorize the person to act on your behalf. It states that each year, the Association must hold an Annual Meeting and Election which requires 567 homeowners to send in their ballots. It seems we're short and attempts to meet quorum, minimum number of members, continues.

Unfortunately, this should have been completed by the due date, August 14, 2019. Either way, I will reach out to Elite HOA to get an update.

UPDATE: The "3-Year Proxy Option" can be submitted anytime. It is good 3 years from the time it is signed and dated. Currently, approx. 100 more are needed to reach the 567 total. If you did not receive yours, please grab a blank copy from the Beach & Tennis Club or download it.

Click to download the 3 Year Proxy Option.

Also, it looks like the majority of the properties listed for sale have sold! There is a new property on the market, so I'll post it in the "Sales/Rentals" section. If you are selling / renting your property and I haven't updated the site to reflect it, please let me know; I'll get it posted forthwith.

Regarding fun stuff, Monday Night Football begins at the Lake View Lounge starting @ 4:00pm on September 9, 2019. All other dates are scheduled to start at 5:00pm. Members / guests must check-in and be 21 years of age or older. No outside alcohol is permitted, but the bar will be open for business.

Labor Day Champagne Brunch & Pool Party will be September 2, 2019 from 9:00am - 6:00pm. It's going to be a fun-filled event for the whole family, so bring your swimwear and sunblock.

String Art Craft will take place Friday, September 20, 2019 from 6:00pm - 9:00pm. All participants must be 15+ years old and tickets are $35 per person which includes craft activities and one drink ticket per person.

For those that love to sing, but didn't quite make it on American Idol, Karaoke Night is Friday, September 6, 2019 from 7:00pm - 11:00pm. This is a great way to release stress after a busy week at work, plus you'll get to meet others from around the neighborhood.

Check out the "Village News" for more information regarding everything that is happening at the Beach & Tennis Club.

Lastly and this subject matter should have it's own blog post, I'm sure you've noticed this is the perfect weather for spiders and other bugs. We had a wet winter and to date, the summer hasn't been too hot (except for the last couple days). Walk around the community and you'll notice webs everywhere, especially in the bushes and sometimes blocking walkways. Yes, I've walked into a few and God knows where those eight-legged creatures were at the time. Even our landscapers have stayed away from trimming the bushes. Anyways, it seems the creepy crawlers come out at night more often than the day, so be alert when walking around the premises.

Picture of a cute pencil drawn spider with big eyes and smiling face.
Did you really think I was going to put a picture of a scary spider like most websites do on this subject?

Truthfully, I'm not a big fan of spiders and let it be known that most people aren't either. One of the ways to keep spiders and bugs from finding a home inside your home, is to keep it clean, clutter free and repeat! In addition, use natural deterrents; such as glue traps and believe it or not, but these critters don't like the smell of peppermint oil or vinegar. Who would have known? Spiders don't have a nose, but they do have chemical receptors located at their legs to help identify smells, including prey.

Spray windowsills and entryways with a solution of 1/2 cup white vinegar, 1 1/2 cups water, and ten drops of peppermint essential oil. It might not stop them 100%, but it will minimize and deter the number of uninvited guests.

If you are finding them around your property, you could easily break their web. Most spiders will find a different hunting ground if their web is broken. Another way is to keep your area free of litter and debris, and simply cut brush away from your home. Yep, this is where our landscaping company should be trimming around the community.

When you do see spider webs on or around the outside of your home, you can use a broom to sweep them away. Doing this regularly encourages spiders to make their webs elsewhere.

That's it! Stay cool...

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