REPORTS FROM THE SEPTEMBER 17 MEETING

There was discussion about Direct TV. It was suggested that the board find methods of adding more channels, and explore methods of paying for it.
The leash rule requiring animals to be on a leash was given final approval.
Proposals for a pool canopy were put on advisement.
Proposals for hydro jetting our plumbing were put on hold for more information.
The purchase of a floor buffer was approved.
Bracing for the pool fence and roof top fencing was considered, awaiting a cost estimate.
Winter weather proofing, sump pumps and the roof gutter drains will be checked.
The following board officers for the coming year are: Garett Bell, president, Naomi Falk, vice president,
Carolyn Pappas, Secretary, Roy Wilks, Treasurer, and Julie Taylor, member at large.
The next scheduled board meeting is Tuesday December 8, in the front lobby
The above information has been reported from my notes taken at the open board meeting, and are not the official board minutes. For official board minutes contact Chris Moran at First Service. Roy Wilks
Results for the August 20, meeting
Election news.  The ballots were counted and the new board members are Carolyn Pappas, Garrett Bell, Roy Wilks, Naomi Falk and Julie Taylor.
I At the August 20 meeting it was decided to have a committee headed by Eliza to make recommendations for the upcoming hallway improvement project. Final approval was given to replace the rear (east end) fence with a new solid Cedar fence. Gutter replacements were put on hold for more information. It was approved to install some new parking blocks in the garage, and a new form was approved for the for the rooftop reservations. The new form informs the person or group making the reservation that they do not have exclusive use of the common area (rooftop,) and that they sign the form. The reserve study was tabled for further study. Susan Milrod's Architectural request was approved so that she may get permits from the City. Further approval approval by the board is pending. Eliza Engle will design new signs for the pool, no bicycle parking, and rooftop. Present signs are outdated.
It was also decided approve the construction of an new Cedar solid wood fence across the back (east end) of the building, but another bid has been requested. Repair of a bad plumbing pipe was put on hold for another bid. The board is exploring concepts to screen off the back of the pool area, and getting bids to begin hallway improvements.
June 30. At the June 30 meeting two bids were  approved to trim the trees on the north side, and to put rocks in the bottom of the planters in the courtyard. This is being done to decrease water leakage onto the deck.
Members asked for more information about what could be done to screen the pool area. Proposals are being considered by the board to screen this area, and build a new solid wooden fence in the rear, (east end) of the building.
Segal Insurance Agency made a presentation on earthquake insurance. Essex Insurance/Lloyds of London/Ironshore offered a $13,100,00 loss limit policy with a 20 per cent deductible for $43,972.64 monthly. This works out to $42.12 monthly for each unit. There was no action taken, but it was recommended that earthquake insurance be submitted for a vote of the membership. California Earthquake Authority made an offer for individual units, 75,000 with a 15 per cent deductible for annual premium of 529.00. For more information contact earthquakeauthority.com or call 800 345 8866, Steven Segal Insurance Agency. 
At the emergency meeting on Friday,  June 12, at 6:30  the final approval necessary to the install  Direct TV was passed along with approval for installation of an bedroom air conditioner for one of the units.
Actions from the May 26, meeting include photosensitive lights for front stairways, fence across east end (rear) of the building, parking requests, and planters in courtyard refreshed with rocks for drainage and annual water saving flowers. Community manager, Scott Sakai reports the improvements for the planters was postponed until August.
Agenda from May 26.
Old agenda items for discussion will include, Direct TV schedules, By Laws, hallways, emergency lights in garage, installation of light sensitive switch for front stairways, fence on the east end of the property.
New agenda items are: removal of video cables from rain gutters, vehicle charging system, balcony railings, dogs on leashes, parking requests, and Cali Green Landscaping proposals.
Contact First Service
Chris Moran is our new Community manager. He can be reached at chris.moran@fsresidentail.com or 310 574 7426 , or toll free at 888 4489356,  Sascha Macias, the Regional Director for Santa Clarita and Los Angeles regions will oversee our community management. Sascha can be reached via email at sascha.macias@fsresidential.com. For assistance contact chris.moran@fsresidential.com 
Notes from the April 16, meeting.
Homeowner's forum. Residents expressed concern about dogs urinating in areas other than prescribed. The second floor carpet stains were mentioned.  Some residents were unhappy about late night noise from gatherings on the roof top.
New business. The reserve study, and annual audit were approved. Procedures for the annual meeting and election procedures were approved. An inspector of elections was appointed.
Stairwell lights. Since the lights in the front stairwell burn day and night, Celco Construction was approved to install a light sensitive switch that would control the lights.
Fence across rear (east end) of the building. There was discussion about installing a six fool solid wooden fence across the rear of the building.  The City will not allow us to build higher than six feet.  Management is looking into some type of mesh to go around the present pool fence to provide some privacy.
New benches for the smoking area. New benches were approved for the smoking area in the rear of the building.
Bulletin board flyer. A flyer to give Members the web  address  for this web site posting on the bulletin board was not approved.
Other items approved in March:
Prunus Carolina trees were approved to be planted to replace the ficus trees in the rear of the building. As soon as the contractor can get to it the ficus trees will be removed.
Critter Ridder was approved to be used to discourage pets from urinating around the entrances, sidewalk and trees in front of the building.
Earthquake insurance was tabled for more information about coverage and cost.  The present proposal would increase assessments $42.12 per month.  Management suggested we put the on the ballot at the next election.
Management reported that the plumber found that two of the hot water boilers were not working properly, and that they have been repaired.
The board wants to replace the fence across the east end of the building once the ficus trees are removed. After discussion it was tabled for more information.
There was a rule established to require approval of flyer postings for the bulletin boards. For more information contact management.


2015 BUDGET PASSED.

This included cable in current HOA dues, with no increase.
Regional director, Sascha Macias, Santa Clarita created and proposed the budget for 2015, and the board passed it at the January 22 meeting.  Information from Sascha for the board meeting follows:  The reserve allocation is at approximately $11,000 – which is slightly lower than the analyst’s recommendation, however, is still over double the current contributions. Additional increases will be required in coming years. An extra $9,000 per year is included in the budget to accommodate a possible upgrade to cable service at the community, as well as a small amount to contingency.
Berding Weil was approved to continue providing legal advice for the association. The board has asked for a better explanation of costs.
A door to the mail room was approved, repair of water damage for unit 307 approved, a lock box  for building keys for vendor use has been  installed. , The storage box to hold all real estate key boxes in front of the building was put on hold, and the cost for approval for access by internet of he building security cameras will be on the next agenda.
Gerhard Wise Plumbing was authorized to replace the 10 stack water system. The work was done and wall was repaired.
Items held over from previous meeting not discussed
Director Wilks was authorized reimbursement of $45.76 for cost of critter repellent. Future use was put on hold depending upon management review.
Proposed rule change passed. Director Falk proposed a rule requiring you to pay for cost of a company to review camera footage that somebody committed a rule violation, in addition to the normal penalty assessment the owner will be charged for the cost of reviewing the video.
My understanding of the new rule approved by the board is, that if the Association incurs additional expenses, such as paying an outside vendor to access the camera system to establish culpability of a violation, the responsible person will be charged for those expenses in addition to the assessed fine.
We have had questions about painting the hallways.  The board wants to send three color patterns to the Membership for consideration. A blue and white pattern, grey, white and black, have been suggested along with another pattern using colors matching the existing building. As of April 16, we had $55,188 in the account to decorate the hallways, the lowest bid we have to repaint only is $79,000.
My understanding of the new rule approved by the board is, that if the Association incurs additional expenses, such as paying an outside vendor to access the camera system to establish culpability of a violation, the responsible person will be charged for those expenses in addition to the assessed fine. We are presently working to establish access to the camera system by the internet for management and board members.
We have had questions about painting the hallways.  The board wants to send three color patterns to the Membership for consideration. A blue and white pattern, grey, white and black, have been suggested along with another pattern using colors matching the existing building. As of December we had $39,567 in the account to decorate the hallways, the lowest bid we have to repaint only is $79,000.
First Service Residential Serving Larrabee Manor As you may already know, there has been a recent change in community management staff at Larrabee Manor. Chris Moran is now assigned as our Community Manager.  Contact him at chris.moran@fsresidential.com or Sascha at sascha.macias@fsresidential.com or (661) 294 - 5559.