Oakmont’s Semimonthly Newspaper
Information Gleaned at New Residents’ Reception
OVA Website to be (Almost) Password-Free
“At Oakmont, you can be as busy or as un-busy as you want,” Association Manager Cassie Turner told a well-attended reception for new residents on Oct. 7 at Berger Center.
Starting Monday, Nov. 3, a password will no longer be required to access almost all information on the Oakmont Village Association website. The only thing requiring a password will be the Oakmont telephone directory portion of the Community and Resource Guide. That means the online edition of the Oakmont News and other parts of the website can be accessed by just clicking on the tab for the desired item. Clicking on the “Oakmonters” tab will take a user to a directory of items of interest to residents, including the Oakmont News. The site will continue to offer news stories and photos covering events taking place after the deadline for the twice-monthly print edition. Freeing-up easy access was approved by the OVA Board last month, acting on a recommendation from the OVA’s Communications Committee.
Sharon Threlkeld learns more about a club. Later, she won a $25 gift certificate from Oakmont Gardens. (Photo by Kathy Sowers)
Mary Patricia, Architectural Committee administrator, cautioned that residents must complete an application before doing any work to the outside of their home, including landscaping, and that artificial turf is only allowed in backyards behind a six-foot-tall fence. Turner announced that anyone who wants to be listed in Oakmont’s official phonebook, which is updated annually, must go to the OVA Office to complete a fact See reception on page 8
Federal Law Requires Age Check of Oakmont Residents
To comply with federal law, the Oakmont Village Association will conduct a census to verify that at least one person age 55 or older lives in each home. Manager Cassie Turner told the OVA Board Oct. 21 that because Oakmont is allowed to discriminate in housing on the basis of age, it has to comply with state and federal laws designed to prevent unlawful discrimination. An age verification form is being sent to every Oakmont resident. The law requires 80% compliance, so OVA needs age verification from 3,170 residents. The forms must be validated by a birth certificate, driver license or state ID. See age check on page 9 Oakmont Village Association 6575 Oakmont Drive, Suite 7 Santa Rosa, CA 95409-5906
November 1, 2014 • Volume 52, Number 21
Golf Task Force Makes Progress
When the West Rec. Center was closed for extensive repairs, the Oakmont Golf Club offered the use its East Course clubhouse for some of the displaced meetings and activities. Oh, how things have changed. “Two years ago that simply would not have happened,” said Beverly Harris, who chairs a joint OGC/OVA task force formed 18 months ago to help repair fractured relations between the two associations. “It took some time to build trust, but I think we have it now.” The task force was created to Beverly Harris look at areas of mutual concern and make recommendations on ways to benefit both organizations. Much of its work is now concluded. Suggestions have been made for more events of wide community appeal, much like the successful 50th anniversary picnic and last summer’s Shakespeare on the Green. Other achievements cited by Harris and members of the committee include sharing of bulletin boards, wider distribution of the Oakmont News and including information about the OGC in packets for prospective home buyers who request tours of Oakmont. And the presidents of the two associations now regularly attend each other’s board meetings. Plans are being made to improve the marketing of Oakmont to increase both the sale of homes and golf memberships. “OGC already provides comprehensive See golf task force on page 9 PRSRT STD U.S. POSTAGE PAID SANTA ROSA, CA PERMIT NO. 323
All Dressed Up for Halloween
This Autumn Leaf Drive home’s front yard, captured in October, is a real Halloween show. (Photo by Patty Ouimette)
Landscape Changes in Drought Climate
A key Oakmont intersection is getting a new look as two property owners remake their landscaping. The Quail Run Homeowners Association is ripping up turf to install drought-tolerant plantings and large rocks along Stone Bridge Road and wrapping around the corner onto Oakmont Drive. And the Berger Foundation, owner of the complex across the street anchored by McBride Realty, pulled out aging juniper bushes to install a new look. “We’ve been working on this for a long time,” said Ruth Levy, president of Quail Run. The HOA had wanted to extend the work along Oakmont Drive, but scaled back the project for now due to budget constraints. They hope to do more, perhaps with help from a grant, if one can be obtained. “We have a really nice plan,” Levy said. It was prepared by the HOA’s landscape contractor, which is doing the work. Mary Anne Graham, who heads the Landscape Committee, said the plantings would include mountain lilac, yarrow and arbutus trees. Marie McBride spearheaded the project for the Berger Foundation property. A landscape contractor piped in water for drip irrigation of Mediterranean and native California vegetation chosen for replanting the property to provide a variety of color and texture.
Workers remove old juniper bushes on the McBride corner. (Photo by Alan Scott)
Inside the Oakmont News Letters to the Editor.............................3
Golf Club News...............................5–6
Relocation of West Rec. Classes and Events........................20