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August 2017 Newsletter

To the Owners and Tenants of Alicante,

August 2017- Board of Directors Meeting

The August 2017 Meeting will be held on Thursday, August 24, 2017 in the Community Room with Open Session beginning at 6:30pm.

Hallway Carpet and Paint Project

As communicated earlier, the Board approved new paint, carpet, and other updates for the resident hallways on floors 1 thru 14. The project schedule currently shows the following target completions:

·         Hallway lighting updates: Completed

·         Hallway re-painting and re-carpeting: 1st week of August

·         Hallway signage updates: 1st week of August

 

Note: Dates are subject to vendors’ schedules. Current schedule information is displayed in the left side of the Mail Room glass case.

 

SDG&E Electric Vehicle Charger Program

The Board is currently working with San Diego Gas and Electric (SDG&E) to evaluate the possibility of the Association qualifying for an SDG&E program that would install electric vehicle charging stations in the Alicante parking garage. The Board extends its thanks to those who participated in the related EV charger survey. As more information becomes available regarding the SDG&E project, it will be shared with the Community

Trimming SDG&E Bills

With the summer AC season here, the following may help you keep your electricity bill in check

·         Put LED bulbs in kitchen recessed can lights – Click here for details.

·         Put LED bulbs in bathroom recessed can lights – Click here for details.

·         Use LED bulbs in condo lamps – Click here for details.

·         Install a new HVAC filter – Click here for details.

·         Clean both clothes dryer filters – Click here for details.

·         Get dryer exhaust duct cleaned – Click here for details.

·         Enable your programmable thermostat – Click here for details.

·         See the electricity savings checklist – Click here for details.

Streaming TV Selection “Wizard”

Choosing a Streaming TV service (Hulu, Sling TV, DIRECTV NOW, etc.) can be confusing. Inevitably there are questions like, “which service has my CBS shows?” or “does the service have ESPN?”

This website is a big help. After you enter your info, it displays the streaming services that it thinks best match your needs. The prices for the services are also shown.

Steps:

1)       Go to the website (https://www.suppose.tv/tv );

THEN

2)       Along the webpage’s left edge – indicate the shows/channels you watch;

THEN

3)       In the webpage’s upper right corner – indicate if you need a DVR;

THEN

4)       In the webpage’s upper right corner – indicate your device (e.g.; Roku,);

THEN…

The website “wizard” shows which streaming services match your needs… and the price for each.

If you’re interested in switching from a Cox bundle, the following bulletin includes steps to make the switch: Alicante OMC – Switching From a Cox Bundle.

Watching Sports on Streaming TV

Watching sports as a cord cutter (e.g.; Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, etc.) is easier than ever. This article describes how you can get ESPN, ESPN2, FS1, FS2, BTN, etc. without cable.

If you’re interested in switching from a Cox bundle, the following bulletin includes steps to make the switch: Alicante OMC – Switching From a Cox Bundle.

Phosphate Treatment for Building Hot Water

The Board has decided to contract for a phosphate treatment for Alicante’s hot water system to reduce the risk of pinhole leaks. The phosphate treatment has an initial fee of $4,280, followed by a recurring monthly cost of $380. Fixing pinhole leaks in common area pipes can be an appreciable Association expense. So far in 2017, the Association has spent ~ $17,000 to repair pipes with pinhole leaks and associated damage.

Background: The risk of pipe pinhole leaks depends on a number of factors, including:

·         Pipe material (copper, plastic, etc.)

·         Pipe/building age

·         Mineral content of the water carried by the pipe

·         Erosion caused by water flowing thru the pipe

Over time, chemical reactions between minerals in the water and the pipe material (copper) can result in thin spots in the pipe, leading to pinhole leaks. Moreover, the flow of water through the pipe can erode the pipe’s walls, increasing the risk of pinhole leaks. Since Alicante’s hot water is continually re-circulated (to enable instant hot water at the taps), Alicante’s hot water pipes are at risk of pinhole leaks due to chemical reactions, as well as water flow erosion.

The treatment involves the injection of food grade phosphates into the hot water flowing throughout the building to all condo units. The phosphates injected into the hot water will react with the copper pipe, depositing a layer along the inner surface of the pipes. This layer lessens the risk of pipe corrosion (minerals in the water) or pipe erosion (constantly flowing hot water) that could lead to pinhole leaks.

Lockbox Cabinet Cleanup

Management will be contacting owners and realtors to cleanup the Lockbox Cabinet located at the Garage Entrance. The goal is to identify and remove inappropriate lockboxes.

Pet Reminders

While we are a dog friendly building, please keep your furry companions on a leash while walking through the common areas. Per the Alicante Association Membership Handbook #9: “A leash held by an individual capable of controlling the animal must be used when walking your pet in the Common Areas including the lobby, hallways, garage and elevators.”

Additionally, please do not allow your pet to relieve themselves in the planters! To reduce confusing your furry friend, please do not walk your pet through the patio/recreational area.

Lastly, as a reminder, residents are entitled to quiet enjoyment of their unit. Please take the necessary measures to limit barking when in the unit and common areas.  If there is persistent barking, it may rile up other furry neighbors and could be considered a nuisance – which is a violation of the governing documents.  Let’s work with our furry companions to make Alicante an enjoyable living space for all!

Rental Leases

Per the Association’s Rules and Regulations, if you are renting your unit, please remember to send Management a copy of your lease. This information is necessary for many reasons, mainly for emergency purposes.  In the event of an evacuation, the authorities require us to have an updated list of who is in the building. By not providing your lease and tenant’s information, we will not know who to look for if there was an evacuation situation.  This information is kept confidential. Please remember to submit this information every time you have a new tenant!  You can submit to kthomson@actionlife.com  or mplascencia@actionlife.com.

Architectural Applications

If you are thinking about making a change in your unit that would require architectural committee review and approval, please plan well in advance. Per the Architectural Guidelines, the Committee is allotted 30-45 days for review.  It is also recommended to wait before setting a schedule with your contractor until an approval has been awarded.

Alicante Committees

There are four committees at Alicante:

·         The Architectural Committee reviews Architectural Applications submitted by owners.

·         The Common Area Enhancement Committee works on common area décor, such as the lobby.

·         The Owner Maintenance Committee provides information on maintaining condo systems.

·         The Social Committee plans and hosts gatherings, like the Annual holiday party.

If you are a member who is interested in serving the Community but cannot dedicate the time to serve as a Board Member, joining a committee may be perfect for you!  Please contact management at kthomson@actionlife.com for more details. Alternately, Owners may view the various committee charters on Vivo Portal.

Contact Information

In the event you change your email address or phone number, please remember to advise management. This allows us to continue to communicate important reminders to you!

Insurance Reminder

Owners, please be reminded you are required to have individual owners insurance.  Should you have any questions as to what your policy should cover, please review the CC&R’s for owners’ responsibility.  Should you have renters or are a renter, it is good practice to obtain renters’ insurance, in the event an emergency were to occur.

Moves/Deliveries

Just a reminder that all moves and deliveries must be scheduled with Management at least a week in advance.  A general rule of thumb is if it takes more than one person to move it, then a move must be scheduled.  The reason is simply to protect the building from sustaining damage during a move.  Please be advised that if you are found to have had an unscheduled move, you will be subject to hearing and fine.  If you are unsure of the scope of your move or would like to schedule a move, please contact the General Manager.

Maintenance Responsibilities

In case you are ever curious as to who is responsible for what, or find yourself in a situation where you don’t know if you should call Management or your own vendor, please see the Maintenance Matrix posted in the mailroom glass case.  We pulled this information from the Alicante CC&Rs.

Monthly HOA Meetings

Just a reminder that each month’s HOA Board meeting includes an Open Session where Owners may discuss concerns with the Board, as well as listen while the Board discusses HOA matters.  Owners are encouraged to attend!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

July 2017 Newsletter

To the Owners and Tenants of Alicante,

July 2017- Board of Directors Meeting

The June 2017 Meeting will be held on Thursday, July 27, 2017 in the Community Room with Open Session beginning at 6:30pm.

Hallway Carpet and Paint Project

The hallway renovations are continuing and a schedule is posted in the mailroom. Please note that the schedule is subject to change as delays may occur.

 

All hallways are being upgraded with paint, carpet, baseboards, signage, doorbells and wood panels on the walls. As a reminder, the lighting on the floors will be adjusted once the floor is completed.

Electric Vehicle Charging

The Board is currently working with San Diego Gas and Electric (SDG&E) to evaluate the possibility of installing electric vehicle charging stations in the Alicante parking garage. SDG&E and the Alicante Board are currently drafting several plans for review. As more information becomes available regarding the EV project, it will be shared with the Community.

Low Cost “Skinny” TV Bundles 

Alicante Residents interested in streaming TV (e.g.; Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, etc.) may want to review this article or this article. Each compares several low-cost “skinny bundles”: Sling TV, Hulu, DirecTV Now, etc. If you are interested in switching from a Cox bundle, the following bulletin includes steps to make the switch: Alicante OMC – Switching From a Cox Bundle.

 

Proposed Phosphate Treatment for Building Hot Water

A vendor attended the June Open Session Board meeting to discuss a proposed treatment for Alicante’s hot water system to reduce the risk of pinhole leaks. Community members were given the opportunity to ask questions and discuss the project. No decision has yet been made.

 

Window Washing

Window washing will take place Monday, July 10th through Friday, July 21st. They will have a smaller crew this time, which is the reasoning for the extended schedule. Please make sure you have your windows closed during the scheduled window cleaning.

The Cleaning schedule is as follows:

  • July 10th -11th         – 4th Avenue side of building
  • July 12th – 19th   – Redwood Side of Building
  • July 12th – 21st         – South Side of Building
  • July 12th – 21st –         5th Avenue side of building
  • July 21st   – Ground Floor

Pet Reminders

While we are a dog friendly building, please keep your furry companions on a leash while walking through the common areas. Per the Alicante Association Membership Handbook #9: “A leash held by an individual capable of controlling the animal must be used when walking your pet in the Common Areas including the lobby, hallways, garage and elevators.”

Additionally, please do not allow your pet to relieve themselves in the planters! To reduce confusing your furry friend, please do not walk your pet through the patio/recreational area.

Lastly, as a reminder, residents are entitled to quiet enjoyment of their unit. Please take the necessary measures to limit barking when in the unit and common areas.  If there is persistent barking, it may rile up other furry neighbors and could be considered a nuisance – which is a violation of the governing documents.  Let’s work with our furry companions to make Alicante an enjoyable living space for all!

Rental Leases

Per the Association’s Rules and Regulations, if you are renting your unit, please remember to send Management a copy of your lease. This information is necessary for many reasons, mainly for emergency purposes.  In the event of an evacuation, the authorities require us to have an updated list of who is in the building. By not providing your lease and tenant’s information, we will not know who to look for if there was an evacuation situation.  This information is kept confidential. Please remember to submit this information every time you have a new tenant!  You can submit to kthomson@actionlife.com  or mplascencia@actionlife.com.

Architectural Applications

If you are thinking about making a change in your unit that would require architectural committee review and approval, please plan well in advance. Per the Architectural Guidelines, the Committee is allotted 30-45 days for review.  It is also recommended to wait before setting a schedule with your contractor until an approval has been awarded.

 

Alicante Committees

There are four committees at Alicante:

·         The Architectural Committee reviews Architectural Applications submitted by owners.

·         The Common Area Enhancement Committee works on common area décor, such as the lobby.

·         The Owner Maintenance Committee provides information on maintaining condo systems.

·         The Social Committee plans and hosts gatherings, like the Annual holiday party.

If you are a member who is interested in serving the Community but cannot dedicate the time to serve as a Board Member, joining a committee may be perfect for you!  Please contact management at kthomson@actionlife.com for more details. Alternately, Owners may view the various committee charters on Vivo Portal.

 

Contact Information

In the event you change your email address or phone number, please remember to advise management. This allows us to continue to communicate important reminders to you!

Insurance Reminder

Owners, please be reminded you are required to have individual owners insurance.  Should you have any questions as to what your policy should cover, please review the CC&R’s for owners’ responsibility.  Should you have renters or are a renter, it is good practice to obtain renters’ insurance, in the event an emergency were to occur.

Moves/Deliveries

Just a reminder that all moves and deliveries must be scheduled with Management at least a week in advance.  A general rule of thumb is if it takes more than one person to move it, then a move must be scheduled.  The reason is simply to protect the building from sustaining damage during a move.  Please be advised that if you are found to have had an unscheduled move, you will be subject to hearing and fine.  If you are unsure of the scope of your move or would like to schedule a move, please contact the General Manager.

Maintenance Responsibilities

In case you are ever curious as to who is responsible for what, or find yourself in a situation where you don’t know if you should call Management or your own vendor, please see the Maintenance Matrix posted in the mailroom glass case.  We pulled this information from the Alicante CC&Rs.

Monthly HOA Meetings

Just a reminder that each month’s HOA Board meeting includes an Open Session where Owners may discuss concerns with the Board, as well as listen while the Board discusses HOA matters.  Owners are encouraged to attend!

June 2017 Newsletter

To the Owners and Tenants of Alicante,

July 2017- Board of Directors Meeting

The June 2017 Meeting will be held on Thursday, July 27, 2017 in the Community Room with Open Session beginning at 6:30pm.

Hallway Carpet and Paint Project

The hallway renovations are continuing and a schedule is posted in the mailroom. Please note that the schedule is subject to change as delays may occur.

All hallways are being upgraded with paint, carpet, baseboards, signage, doorbells and wood panels on the walls. As a reminder, the lighting on the floors will be adjusted once the floor is completed.

Electric Vehicle Charging

The Board is currently working with San Diego Gas and Electric (SDG&E) to evaluate the possibility of installing electric vehicle charging stations in the Alicante parking garage. SDG&E and the Alicante Board are currently drafting several plans for review. As more information becomes available regarding the EV project, it will be shared with the Community.

Low Cost “Skinny” TV Bundles 

Alicante Residents interested in streaming TV (e.g.; Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, etc.) may want to review this article or this article. Each compares several low-cost “skinny bundles”: Sling TV, Hulu, DirecTV Now, etc. If you are interested in switching from a Cox bundle, the following bulletin includes steps to make the switch: Alicante OMC – Switching From a Cox Bundle.

Proposed Phosphate Treatment for Building Hot Water

A vendor attended the June Open Session Board meeting to discuss a proposed treatment for Alicante’s hot water system to reduce the risk of pinhole leaks. Community members were given the opportunity to ask questions and discuss the project. No decision has yet been made.

Window Washing

Window washing will take place Monday, July 10th through Friday, July 21st. They will have a smaller crew this time, which is the reasoning for the extended schedule. Please make sure you have your windows closed during the scheduled window cleaning.

The Cleaning schedule is as follows:

  • July 10th -11th         – 4th Avenue side of building
  • July 12th – 19th   – Redwood Side of Building
  • July 12th – 21st         – South Side of Building
  • July 12th – 21st –         5th Avenue side of building
  • July 21st   – Ground Floor

Pet Reminders

While we are a dog friendly building, please keep your furry companions on a leash while walking through the common areas. Per the Alicante Association Membership Handbook #9: “A leash held by an individual capable of controlling the animal must be used when walking your pet in the Common Areas including the lobby, hallways, garage and elevators.”

Additionally, please do not allow your pet to relieve themselves in the planters! To reduce confusing your furry friend, please do not walk your pet through the patio/recreational area.

Lastly, as a reminder, residents are entitled to quiet enjoyment of their unit. Please take the necessary measures to limit barking when in the unit and common areas.  If there is persistent barking, it may rile up other furry neighbors and could be considered a nuisance – which is a violation of the governing documents.  Let’s work with our furry companions to make Alicante an enjoyable living space for all!

Rental Leases

Per the Association’s Rules and Regulations, if you are renting your unit, please remember to send Management a copy of your lease. This information is necessary for many reasons, mainly for emergency purposes.  In the event of an evacuation, the authorities require us to have an updated list of who is in the building. By not providing your lease and tenant’s information, we will not know who to look for if there was an evacuation situation.  This information is kept confidential. Please remember to submit this information every time you have a new tenant!  You can submit to kthomson@actionlife.com  or mplascencia@actionlife.com.

Architectural Applications

If you are thinking about making a change in your unit that would require architectural committee review and approval, please plan well in advance. Per the Architectural Guidelines, the Committee is allotted 30-45 days for review.  It is also recommended to wait before setting a schedule with your contractor until an approval has been awarded.

Alicante Committees

There are four committees at Alicante:

·         The Architectural Committee reviews Architectural Applications submitted by owners.

·         The Common Area Enhancement Committee works on common area décor, such as the lobby.

·         The Owner Maintenance Committee provides information on maintaining condo systems.

·         The Social Committee plans and hosts gatherings, like the Annual holiday party.

If you are a member who is interested in serving the Community but cannot dedicate the time to serve as a Board Member, joining a committee may be perfect for you!  Please contact management at kthomson@actionlife.com for more details. Alternately, Owners may view the various committee charters on Vivo Portal.

Contact Information

In the event you change your email address or phone number, please remember to advise management. This allows us to continue to communicate important reminders to you!

Insurance Reminder

Owners, please be reminded you are required to have individual owners insurance.  Should you have any questions as to what your policy should cover, please review the CC&R’s for owners’ responsibility.  Should you have renters or are a renter, it is good practice to obtain renters’ insurance, in the event an emergency were to occur.

Moves/Deliveries

Just a reminder that all moves and deliveries must be scheduled with Management at least a week in advance.  A general rule of thumb is if it takes more than one person to move it, then a move must be scheduled.  The reason is simply to protect the building from sustaining damage during a move.  Please be advised that if you are found to have had an unscheduled move, you will be subject to hearing and fine.  If you are unsure of the scope of your move or would like to schedule a move, please contact the General Manager.

Maintenance Responsibilities

In case you are ever curious as to who is responsible for what, or find yourself in a situation where you don’t know if you should call Management or your own vendor, please see the Maintenance Matrix posted in the mailroom glass case.  We pulled this information from the Alicante CC&Rs.

Monthly HOA Meetings

Just a reminder that each month’s HOA Board meeting includes an Open Session where Owners may discuss concerns with the Board, as well as listen while the Board discusses HOA matters.  Owners are encouraged to attend!

May 2017 Newsletter

To the Owners and Tenants of Alicante,

May 2017- Annual Meeting  

The May 2017 Meeting will be held on Thursday, May 25, 2017 in the Community Room beginning at 6:00pm. This meeting is the Association annual meeting. Do not forget to turn in your ballots.

Hallway Carpet and Paint Project

As communicated earlier, the Board approved new paint, carpet, and other updates for the resident hallways on floors 1 thru 14. The project schedule currently shows the following target installation windows:

  • Hallway lighting updates: April
  • Hallway re-painting and re-carpeting: May – June
  • Hallway signage updates: June – July

Note: Dates are subject to vendors’ schedules.

HVAC Service

With warmer days coming, you may want to have your AC system checked. For more info, you may want to refer to this bulletin: Alicante OMC – HVAC Checkup.

Keep Clothes Dryers Working Their Best – The following steps aid optimum dryer performance. First, regularly clean both lint filters, as described in this bulletin. Further, you should have the dryer’s exhaust duct system inspected and cleaned, as described in this bulletin. Besides improving dryer performance, clean filters and exhaust ducts reduce the risk of fire.

Clothes Washing Machine Water Hoses

If the clothes washer in your condo has rubber water supply hoses, it is recommended that you replace them with stainless steel hoses. When rubber hoses get old they may burst, flooding your condo and neighbor condos. For more information on replacement stainless steel hoses, see this bulletin: Alicante OMC – Washing Machine Hoses.

Sling TV with DVR

Alicante Residents interested in streaming TV (e.g.; Roku, Amazon Fire TV, etc.) may want to explore Sling TV. This service delivers many popular channels (including ESPN) – and has a DVR.

  • For more info about the channels available on Sling TV, look here.
  • For more info about Sling TV’s DVR, look here.

 

If you’re interested in switching from a Cox bundle, the following bulletin includes steps to make the switch: Alicante OMC – Switching From a Cox Bundle.

Sling TV + Netflix + Local Channels

If you’d like to switch from a Cox bundle and are looking for a solution that combines off-air local channels* with Sling TV and Netflix, then the Air TV Player might be right for you. For more info, refer to the following:

*You may access local channels using Alicante’s roof-top antennas.

Proposed Phosphate Treatment for Building Hot Water

A vendor will attend the June 22, 2017 open session Board meeting to discuss a proposed treatment for Alicante’s hot water system to reduce the risk of pinhole leaks. Fixing pinhole leaks in common area pipes can become an appreciable Association expense.

Background: The risk of pipe pinhole leaks depends on a number of factors, including:

  • Pipe material (copper, plastic, etc.)
  • Pipe/building age
  • Mineral content of the water carried by the pipe
  • Erosion caused by water flowing thru the pipe

Over time, chemical reactions between minerals in the water and the pipe material (copper) can result in thin spots in the pipe, leading to pinhole leaks. Moreover, the flow of water through the pipe can erode the pipe’s walls, increasing the risk of pinhole leaks. Since Alicante’s hot water is continually re-circulated (to enable instant hot water at the taps), Alicante’s hot water pipes are at risk of pinhole leaks due to chemical reactions, as well as water flow erosion.

 

The proposed treatment involves the injection of food grade phosphates into the hot water flowing throughout the building to all condo units. The phosphates injected into the hot water would react with the copper pipe, depositing a layer along the inner surface of the pipes. This layer lessens the risk of pipe corrosion (minerals in the water) or pipe erosion (constantly flowing hot water) that could lead to pinhole leaks.

Pet Reminders

While we are a dog friendly building, please keep your furry companions on a leash while walking through the common areas. Per the Alicante Association Membership Handbook #9: “A leash held by an individual capable of controlling the animal must be used when walking your pet in the Common Areas including the lobby, hallways, garage and elevators.”

Additionally, please do not allow your pet to relieve themselves in the planters! To reduce confusing your furry friend, please do not walk your pet through the patio/recreational area.

Lastly, as a reminder, residents are entitled to quiet enjoyment of their unit. Please take the necessary measures to limit barking when in the unit and common areas.   If there is persistent barking, it may rile up other furry neighbors and could be considered a nuisance – which is a violation of the governing documents. Let’s work with our furry companions to make Alicante an enjoyable living space for all!

Rental Leases

Per the Association’s Rules and Regulations, if you are renting your unit, please remember to send Management a copy of your lease. This information is necessary for many reasons, mainly for emergency purposes.  In the event of an evacuation, the authorities require us to have an updated list of who is in the building. By not providing your lease and tenant’s information, we will not know who to look for if there was an evacuation situation. This information is kept confidential. Please remember to submit this information every time you have a new tenant! You can submit to kthomson@actionlife.com or mplascencia@actionlife.com.

Architectural Applications

If you are thinking about making a change in your unit that would require architectural committee review and approval, please plan well in advance. Per the Architectural Guidelines, the Committee is allotted 30-45 days for review.  It is also recommended to wait before setting a schedule with your contractor until an approval has been awarded.

Alicante Committees

There are four committees at Alicante:

  • The Architectural Committee reviews Architectural Applications submitted by owners.
  • The Common Area Enhancement Committee works on common area décor, such as the lobby.
  • The Owner Maintenance Committee provides information on maintaining condo systems.
  • The Social Committee plans and hosts gatherings, like the Annual holiday party.

If you are a member who is interested in serving the Community but cannot dedicate the time to serve as a Board Member, joining a committee may be perfect for you!  Please contact management at kthomson@actionlife.com for more details. Alternately, Owners may view the various committee charters on Vivo Portal.

Contact Information

In the event you change your email address or phone number, please remember to advise management. This allows us to continue to communicate important reminders to you!

Insurance Reminder

Owners, please be reminded you are required to have individual owners insurance.  Should you have any questions as to what your policy should cover, please review the CC&R’s for owners’ responsibility.  Should you have renters or are a renter, it is good practice to obtain renters’ insurance, in the event an emergency were to occur.

Moves/Deliveries

Just a reminder that all moves and deliveries must be scheduled with Management at least a week in advance.  A general rule of thumb is if it takes more than one person to move it, then a move must be scheduled.  The reason is simply to protect the building from sustaining damage during a move.  Please be advised that if you are found to have had an unscheduled move, you will be subject to hearing and fine.  If you are unsure of the scope of your move or would like to schedule a move, please contact the General Manager.

Maintenance Responsibilities

In case you are ever curious as to who is responsible for what, or find yourself in a situation where you don’t know if you should call Management or your own vendor, please see the Maintenance Matrix posted in the mailroom glass case.  We pulled this information from the Alicante CC&Rs.

Monthly HOA Meetings

Just a reminder that each month’s HOA Board meeting includes an Open Session where Owners may discuss concerns with the Board, as well as listen while the Board discusses HOA matters.  Owners are encouraged to attend!

April 2017 Newsletter

To the Owners and Tenants of Alicante,

April 2017– Board of Directors Meeting
The April 2017 Board of Directors Meeting will be held on Thursday, April 27, 2017 in the Community Room with Open Session beginning at 6:30pm.

Pest Control
Alicante would like to welcome Lloyd’s Pest Control to the building. They will be starting on April 3rd at 9am to do a set up service and on a monthly basis be treating the common areas on the first Thursday between 9-11am. Lloyd’s offers homeowners a discounted rate for service to the interior of the units. If interested please contact them at 1-800-223-2847.

Hallway Carpet and Paint Project
As communicated in last month’s newsletter, the Board approved new paint, carpet, and other updates for the carpeted hallways on floors 1 thru 14. Work began in March (e.g.; ordering new hallway signs). Hallway lighting adjustments are expected in April. Hallway carpet and re-painting are estimated to occur in May-June.  Dates are subject to vendors’ schedules. More specific dates will be provided as vendors’ schedules firm up. Stay tuned!

Electric Vehicle Charger Survey
The Board is currently working with San Diego Gas and Electric (SDG&E) to evaluate the possibility of installing electric vehicle charging stations in the Alicante parking garage. Part of the evaluation includes a survey to understand how many Alicante residents would be likely to lease or buy a plug-in electric vehicle if there were EV chargers in the Alicante parking garage. More details soon!

Landline Telephone Options
Alicante Residents can choose from a variety of landline telephone service providers. The various telephone services have similar features, at various costs. For more info, look online for this bulletin:  Alicante OMC – Landline Telephone Options.

Switching from a Cox Bundle
Alicante Residents can meet their telecom needs (e.g.; landline telephone, Internet, TV, etc.) from a variety of service providers. Instead of a Cox Bundle, Residents may prefer the features available from Alternate Providers, or they may select Alternate Providers to save money. For more info, including steps to take to make the switch from a Cox Bundle, look for this bulletin online:  Alicante OMC – Switching From a Cox Bundle.

How to Watch Movies & TV Shows for Free
If you have a streaming device (Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire Stick, etc.) this article describes sources of free movies and TV shows that may be of interest to you.

BBC Streaming Service Britbox
If you’re fan of British TV shows and you have a streaming device (Roku, Apple TV, etc.) you may be interested in subscribing to Britbox.  This article has more details.

Replacement Smoke Detector
The smoke detector model originally installed in Alicante condos has been discontinued.  However, the manufacturer, USI Electric, has a replacement model. For more info, look online for this bulletin:  Alicante OMC – Smoke Detector Replacement.

Pet Reminders
While we are a dog friendly building, please keep your furry companions on a leash while walking through the common areas.  Per the Alicante Association Membership Handbook #9: “A leash held by an individual capable of controlling the animal must be used when walking your pet in the Common Areas including the lobby, hallways, garage and elevators.”

Additionally, please do not allow your pet to relieve themselves in the planters!  To reduce confusing your furry friend, please do not walk your pet through the patio/recreational area.

Lastly, as a reminder, residents are entitled to quiet enjoyment of their unit.  Please take the necessary measures to limit barking when in the unit and common areas.  If there is persistent barking, it may rile up other furry neighbors and could be considered a nuisance – which is a violation of the governing documents.  Let’s work with our furry companions to make Alicante an enjoyable living space for all!

Rental Leases
Per the Association’s Rules and Regulations, if you are renting your unit, please remember to send Management a copy of your lease. This information is necessary for many reasons, mainly for emergency purposes.  In the event of an evacuation, the authorities require us to have an updated list of who is in the building.  By not providing your lease and tenant’s information, we will not know who to look for if there was an evacuation situation.  This information is kept confidential. Please remember to submit this information every time you have a new tenant!  You can submit to kthomson@actionlife.com  or mplascencia@actionlife.com.

Architectural Applications
If you are thinking about making a change in your unit that would require architectural committee review and approval, please plan well in advance.  Per the Architectural Guidelines, the Committee is allotted 30-45 days for review.  It is also recommended to wait before setting a schedule with your contractor until an approval has been awarded.

Alicante Committees
There are four committees at Alicante:
• The Architectural Committee reviews Architectural Applications submitted by owners.
• The Common Area Enhancement Committee works on common area décor, such as the lobby.
• The Owner Maintenance Committee provides information on maintaining condo systems.
• The Social Committee plans and hosts gatherings, like the Annual holiday party.
If you are a member who is interested in serving the Community but cannot dedicate the time to serve as a Board Member, joining a committee may be perfect for you!  Please contact management at kthomson@actionlife.com for more details.  Alternately, Owners may view the various committee charters on Vivo Portal.

Contact Information
In the event you change your email address or phone number, please remember to advise management.  This allows us to continue to communicate important reminders to you!

Insurance Reminder
Owners, please be reminded you are required to have individual owners insurance.  Should you have any questions as to what your policy should cover, please review the CC&R’s for owners’ responsibility.  Should you have renters or are a renter, it is good practice to obtain renters’ insurance, in the event an emergency were to occur.

Moves/Deliveries
Just a reminder that all moves and deliveries must be scheduled with Management at least a week in advance.  A general rule of thumb is if it takes more than one person to move it, then a move must be scheduled.  The reason is simply to protect the building from sustaining damage during a move.  Please be advised that if you are found to have had an unscheduled move, you will be subject to hearing and fine.  If you are unsure of the scope of your move or would like to schedule a move, please contact the General Manager.

Maintenance Responsibilities
In case you are ever curious as to who is responsible for what, or find yourself in a situation where you don’t know if you should call Management or your own vendor, please see the Maintenance Matrix posted in the mailroom glass case.  We pulled this information from the Alicante CC&Rs.

Monthly HOA Meetings
Just a reminder that each month’s HOA Board meeting includes an Open Session where Owners may discuss concerns with the Board, as well as listen while the Board discusses HOA matters.  Owners are encouraged to attend!

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Location

475 Redwood Street
San Diego, CA 92103
phone | (619) 293-3454

Management Company

Action Property Management
www.actionlife.com
Regional Office
750 B Street, Suite 2860
San Diego, CA 92101
phone | (949) 450-0202

Corporate Office
2603 Main Street, Suite 500
Irvine, CA 92614
phone | (949) 450-0202
fax | (949) 450-0303