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In the spotlight this week:

- Memorial Day Concert at Clubhouse 3
- Road and Cul-de-Sac Closures for Memorial Day Race
- 2016 Clubhouse Reservation Lottery

- Fun Club Happenings!

Read on for what's up!



Art Affair on June 3 - Artists Needed

The Recreation Division is hosting its third annual Art Affair! Residents are invited to view pieces from established and emerging artists in a unique gallery setting. The Art Affair will be held on Wednesday, June 3 from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Clubhouse 1 Main Lounge and Patio. The event is free for resident art lovers and their guests. While viewing dozens of masterpieces, guests will enjoy live music by guitarist Cherri Farah. Martinez Catering will have their famous roasted chicken and hot dog combos available for purchase, and beer and wine will be available for purchase at the GRF no-host bar.

Attention: Established and emerging artists are needed to display their art at the event. Artists must apply in the Recreation Division office and provide a sample of art (photo, website, etc.) for approval. Artist registration is free of charge and space is limited, first come first served. Please call 949-597-4273 for more information.



2016 Clubhouse Reservation Lottery

It is time again for the Recreation Division to hold its Annual Lottery for Clubhouse Reservations for 2016 (excluding Clubhouse 3 Auditorium). Beginning Friday, May 15 you may pick up lottery cards at any Clubhouse Office or the Recreation Division Office in the Community Center building. The cards are to be filled out with the date of the event being planned for 2016, the choice of facility, the type of event, as well as a second, third and fourth choice of date and facility. Please note: Clubhouse 2 is CLOSED for renovations from 1/1/16 – 8/31/16. Be sure to have cards filled out and turned in to the Recreation Division Office by the cutoff date: 4:30 p.m., Monday, June 15.  No late lottery cards will be accepted under any circumstances. The process may take up to 7 weeks. Everyone who put in a request will be notified by mail. Please do not call with questions about your date until after Monday, August 3, or until you have been notified by mail.

The purpose of the Lottery is to secure dates in advance for events that require long-range planning, such as anniversaries, special birthdays, family reunions, holiday celebrations, special club events, etc.  This will be the first time any dates for 2016 will be accessible. After August 1, reservations for 2016 can be booked as usual in the Recreation Division Office, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The Recreation Office is closed from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. for lunch. If you have any questions, please call 597-4227.



9-1-1 Ambulance Subscription Program Continued Under New Provider

Beginning on Monday, June 1, 2015, Care Ambulance Service will replace Doctor’s Ambulance as the 9-1-1 emergency medical transportation provider for Laguna Woods. The change in providers follows a competitive procurement process and a decision made by the Orange County Board of Supervisors. Care Ambulance Service has provided emergency medical transportation services elsewhere in Orange and Los Angeles counties since 1998.

The City of Laguna Woods and Care Ambulance Service are pleased to announce that the popular 9-1-1 Ambulance Subscription Program will continue to be offered without interruption. For an annual enrollment fee of $60 per household, Care Ambulance Service will waive all co-payments that residents would otherwise owe for 9-1-1 ambulance trips. Insurance payments – regardless of the amount – will be accepted as payment in-full, which means that participating residents will typically have no out-of-pocket expense for transportation by ambulance following a 9-1-1 call.

“The City realizes how important the 9-1-1 Ambulance Subscription Program is to Laguna Woods residents, which is why we began to work with Care Ambulance Service immediately after their contract was awarded by the Board of Supervisors,” said Mayor Cynthia Conners. “We appreciate Care’s commitment to helping to control our residents’ medical costs in times of need.”

For the convenience of residents, Care Ambulance Service will conduct in-person enrollments at Laguna Woods City Hall beginning on Monday, June 1, 2015 through Friday, June 5, 2015 from 2 to 5 p.m. Enrollment forms may also be obtained from Laguna Woods City Hall beginning on Monday, June 1, 2015. Please note that residents who were previously enrolled in the subscription program offered by Doctor’s Ambulance are required to enroll with Care Ambulance Service prior to Tuesday, June 30, 2015 in order to receive uninterrupted subscription services.

For more information, please contact Care Ambulance Service at (714) 288-3809.



Current U.S. Table Tennis Champion to Compete at Laguna Woods Village

Residents of Laguna Woods Village are invited to watch reigning U.S. National Table Tennis Champion Jimmy Butler defend his 2014 open singles title at the Meiklejohn North American Seniors Open Table Tennis Tournament June 4 through 7. The annual event, now in its 25th year at Laguna Woods Village, takes place at Clubhouse 5 and will feature 230 players competing in 33 events.

“We are so excited that Jimmy will be playing in this year’s Meiklejohn Tournament,” says Ray Landis, president of the Laguna Woods Village Table Tennis Club. “His dedication to the sport and his ability to overcome physical challenges is inspiring to senior players of the game such as me.”

Butler, who won three national championships before the age of 23, returned to win his fourth U.S. National Table Tennis Championship in 2014 after severe muscular problems forced him to take an eight-year hiatus from the sport.



Budget Calendar for Development of 2016 Business Plan

Click here for a copy of the Budget Calendar, which includes meeting dates and locations where development of the 2016 Business Plan will take place.
 

Laguna Woods Village residents are encouraged to attend the budget meetings for GRF and their Housing Mutual to involve themselves in the budgeting process.

Business planning meeting recaps will be posted as the Meetings for Development of the 2016 Business Plans are underway.



Attention: TV Channel Line-up CHANGES

If you are have trouble locating your favorite channels, they may have moved.  This is part of the process GRF Broadband Services is taking to transitions to an all-digital system.

If you rent a set top box:  Nothing needs to be done on your part. All changes will automatically be done for you.

Keep reading for a list of channels that have moved, or will be moving, and for instructions on what to do if you can't view you favorite channel.



Third Approves Increase in Golf Cart Charging Fee to Cover Increased Electricity Costs

As a convenience to the residents, Third Laguna Hills Mutual (Third) allows the recharging of battery-powered golf carts in assigned spaces of carports and under-building parking for an annual fee.  Due to escalating electricity rates, Third has increased the annual golf cart electric charge from $100 to $155 per year. The increase is effective May 1, 2015.  Please note that current customers will be invoiced a prorated amount of $36.00 on May 1 to cover the remainder of 2015.



Guest Pass Applications for 2015- 2016

The current Annual Guest Passes and Non-Resident Owner Passes will expire June 30, 2015. Effective immediately, applications are available at all Clubhouses, the Towers, the Village Library, and in the Laguna Woods Village Community Center. Both applications can also be accessed on the Laguna Woods Village website at www.lagunawoodsvillage.com. Go to Resident Links, Forms. Each form is highlighted in colored boxes for quick access.

A maximum of five Annual Guest passes can be issued per manor for Resident Members only. One application can be used for all five passes. Non-Resident Members are allowed one pass for each owner. New passes will be effective July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2016.

Applications are now being accepted. All applications must be returned to the Community Access department in the Laguna Woods Village Community Center located at 24351 El Toro Road, or mailed to Professional Community Management Inc., Agent, Attn: Community Access, PO Box 2220, Laguna Woods, CA 92654-2220. Each application must be accompanied with a legal-sized self-addressed stamped envelope so that passes can be mailed accordingly. Stamps should be the Forever Stamp to ensure delivery. The mailing of passes will begin no later than June 1, 2015.

Applications not received by May 31 may not be processed in time to meet the June 30 expiration date of the existing passes. Passes will be processed in the order received. Applications that are incomplete, are not accompanied by an appropriate self-addressed stamped envelope, or for any reason cannot be processed without additional information, will be delayed and will be processed as time permits.

Please be advised that passes will not be processed at the counter during this renewal period.



Clubhouse 2 Renovation Project

GRF has established an ad hoc committee that will be tasked with preparing recommendations for the renovation of Clubhouse 2.

The Committee is currently researching fiscally responsible renovation options that will maintain Clubhouse 2’s current structure while enhancing its functionality. Work will also be necessary to bring the building into compliance with current building codes.

Keep reading for current information on the Clubhouse 2 Renovation Project.



Movie on the Lawn June 23 Featuring Strangers on a Train

All aboard! Don’t miss this special showing of Alfred Hitchcock’s 1951 thriller, Strangers on a Train!

Join us on the Clubhouse 2 lawn on Tuesday, June 23 for this outdoor screening. The movie will start at sundown (around 7:30 p.m.) but all are welcome to arrive early, snag a spot in the grass, and enjoy light music and trivia as the sun sets.

This event is FREE for residents and their guests. Warm beverages will be available for sale on the lawn. Don’t forget to bring your own picnic and libations!

Remember to bring blankets, coats, hats, and mittens.

Call Recreation at 949-597-4273 for more information.



Guard Yourself Against Bicycle Theft

In the last 90 days, Laguna Woods Village residents have reported 11 bike thefts, primarily in the areas of the community east of Moulton Parkway.  The Orange County Sheriff Department is actively investigating these thefts with close cooperation from Laguna Woods Village Security.

Residents should keep their bicycles indoors if possible, or chained securely with a theft-resistant locking mechanism.

Information on the bicycle thefts should be directed to the OCSD at 949-770-6011.



Flexibility Training starting in June

Back by popular demand, the Recreation Division is proud to offer Flexibility Training with instructor Brittany Kelley. This course is designed to relieve muscle tension and pain, improve balance and posture, reduce the risk of injury and improve joint range of motion. Without an adequate amount of flexibility, daily activities such as bending over or getting out of bed can become extremely difficult. Students will accomplish this by exploring various stretching techniques such as static, self-myofascial, active and dynamic.

Flexibility Training is a five-week course, taking place on Mondays, June 15 through July 13 in the Community Center’s Redwood Room. There are three classes available: 9:00-9:50 a.m., 10:00-10:50 a.m. and 11:00-11:50 a.m. This course is for Laguna Woods Village residents ONLY. Space is limited; please call 597-4273 to register or go to the Recreation Division Office. There is a $25.00 charge for the session. Sign up in advance in the Recreation Division Office. All refunds must be processed before June 15.



Reporting SCE Streetlight Outages

If residents encounter a streetlight that is out, please report the outage to SCE Customer Service at 1-800-655-4555 or click here to report the outage online.

Visit www.sce.com and click Outage Center for more information.



First Ever Smoke-Free Building Designated in Laguna Woods Village

Laguna Woods Village resident Barbara Copley has finally realized her dream of living in a permanently non-smoking building. Barbara, a 15-year resident and former director, spearheaded the effort to designate Building 410 as “smoke-free.”

“I am thrilled that the day has finally come where I can say my building is officially ‘smoke-free’,” says Barbara. “I feel that this designation is so important because it helps protect the health and safety of my neighbors and myself.”



ETWD Water Budget Variance Request Form Now Available

Indoor water use budgets are calculated by El Toro Water District (ETWD) based on the number of residents in the home and an average use per day, per person utilizing a Water Budget-Based Tiered Conservation Rate Structure. But, according to the ETWD website, it is acknowledged that not all water uses are equal in their benefits to the community. The first priority for water use is for health, safety and sanitary purposes.

Click here to access the ETWD Water Budget Variance Request Forms.



United Walkway Lighting Enhancement Project Underway

United Laguna Woods Mutual is pleased to announce that enhancements to walkway lighting are underway.

The United Lighting Ad Hoc committee worked with staff to develop a comprehensive program that will bring enhanced walkway lighting to the community while realizing long-term cost savings. Replacing the existing compact fluorescence lamps with LED bulbs will double the light output, and their extended life will help reduce labor costs associated with bulb replacement.

In the interest of expediting the project, the United Board approved hiring two temporary maintenance employees to complete the Walkway Lighting Enhancement Project. The Walkway Lighting Enhancement Project began January 27, 2015, with completion anticipated by the end of early 2016.



UCI 90+ Study Seeking New Recruits for Groundbreaking Successful Aging Research

The 90+ Study of the University of California Irvine announces the expansion of its study of the oldest-old, those aged 90 years and older.

This study, begun over 10 years ago (in 2003), was recently highlighted on CBS’s 60 Minutes and in the Orange County Register. It has also received considerable attention from the scientific community as it is one of the largest studies of the oldest-old and has produced significant findings related to longevity, successful aging, and dementia.

About 1500 Laguna Woods Village residents are members of this select group but more are needed.



PCM Landscape Manager assists University of California in Integrated Pest Management Education

An estimated 75,000 Spanish-speaking landscapers work in Southern California. Many lack adequate expertise in IPM and safe use of pesticides, in part due to the rarity of training opportunities in Spanish. Increasing educational services stressing pest prevention to this large clientele – which has quadrupled over 20 years – can significantly reduce overuse and misuse of pesticides in urban environments and improve the health and safety of the work environment for this important segment of the profession.

Thanks in large part to Laguna Woods Village Landscape Manager Jerry Rathje, over 600 Spanish-speaking landscapers have been trained under a contract between University of California Cooperative Extension and the California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) to reduce ground and surface water pollution leading to water quality degradation.



El Toro Water District Declares a Level 1 Water Supply Shortage

The El Toro Water District (ETWD) Board of Directors declared a Level 1 Water Supply Shortage Aug. 15, 2014 in response to the State Regional Control Board’s (SWRCB) Emergency Conservation Regulations limiting outdoor water use.

Under a Level 1 Water Supply Shortage, lawn watering is limited to three days per week during the months of April through October.  In the months of November through March, lawn watering is limited to one day during the week.

“The District recognizes and thanks its customers for taking measures to conserve water, but we need to do more in these extraordinary circumstances.  We are in a serious drought,” said ETWD General Manager Bob Hill.

Effective Aug. 30, 2014, ETWD residents and businesses must comply with limited irrigation schedules based on their city of residence.  Aliso Viejo and Mission Viejo are scheduled for Mon., Thu. and Sat. or Sun.  Laguna Hills, Laguna Woods and Lake Forest are scheduled for Tue., Fri., and Sat. or Sun. “These state mandates require the District’s compliance.  We will work diligently to educate our customers about what this means – what we are doing, what they can do and how we can assist them in reducing their water usage.” said Hill.



Community Project Updates

The Village boards and managing agent strive to maintain a beautiful and sound community, so there are always multiple maintenance and landscaping projects going on in Laguna Woods Village! Click through for brief updates on many ongoing maintenance and landscape projects in and around the community.



Laguna Woods Village featured on 60 Minutes

Sunday, May 4, on 60 Minutes, Lesley Stahl reported on the groundbreaking 90+ study conducted by Dr. Claudia Kawas at UCI that has revealed some unexpected findings. Several Laguna Woods Village residents were a part of the study.

In case you missed it, the full episode of 60 Minutes is available to watch at CBSnews.com for free! Click below to watch:

http://www.cbsnews.com/videos/over-a-barrel-90/



Construction Begins on I-5 South County Improvements

Measure M Logo SmallDrivers will see construction activity ramping up on the San Diego (I-5) Freeway in South Orange County as crews begin work on a $249 million traffic-relief project.

The Measure M I-5 South County Improvement Project will add a carpool lane in both directions between San Juan Capistrano and San Clemente, as well as rebuild the Avenida Pico interchange in San Clemente.

Learn more about the project and view closures and a detour map at www.octa.net/I-5Pico.

OCTA has launched a new way to receive I-5 South County Improvement Project information! Simply text SOUTHOC5INFO to 67076 to begin receiving weekly text message alerts with important closure and detour information.

For additional information or questions, email southoc5info@octa.net or call 1 (800) 724-0353.



Political Candidates: Rules for Distribution of Materials

Campaign season has begun, and Village residents may notice political publications on their front door thresholds. Political candidates and their volunteers/workers must obtain a Pass to Distribute Information from the Community Access Department before entering and distributing publications in the Community.

The GRF rules only permit candidates and their volunteers/workers to leave publications at the thresholds of front doors. Publications may not be distributed in community facilities, on vehicles, on doors, in mail boxes, posted on trees, street light poles, gates/fences or any other surface within the community. The Pass to Distribute Information does not allow the candidate or their volunteers/workers access to any community amenities or facilities.

Keep reading...



United Mutual Seeking Resident Comments on Bylaws

During the current United Bylaws review, the United Governing Documents Review Ad Hoc Committee invites comments from United Members to ensure their opinions are considered during this important review process. Submissions will be accepted using the established form, available for members’ convenience in two formats: a handwritten form available for a designated deposit-box in the Community Center lobby, or by electronic form on the Village website.

Keep reading for instructions...

 



ETWD Expands Recycled Water Treatment and Distribution

 Background: El Toro Water District (ETWD) has undertaken a comprehensive, multi-phase Recycled Water Expansion Project that will enhance local water supplies and reliability, reduce dependence on imported water and expand recycled water deliveries to meet future customer demand.

The Recycled Water Expansion Project includes two components:

• The District will expand its existing Water Recycling Plant to allow for the delivery of up to 1,675 acre feet per year of recycled water. One acre foot of water is the equivalent of enough water for two families of four for a year.

• Simultaneously, the District will construct approximately 100,000 feet or 19 miles of recycled water pipeline beneath the roadways in Laguna Woods and the northwest portion of Laguna Hills. 

Fact Sheet about Recycled Water Expansion Project

Smart Map which illustrates current and upcoming construction

ETWD Recycled Water Expansion Project Website

Keep reading...



Development around Oakbrook Village Shopping Center

On November 13 2012, the Laguna Hills City County approved a transformative two-phase redevelopment proposal for the existing Oakbrook Village Shopping Center.

Keep reading for details and to view a site plan...



SCAM ALERTs

Please be aware of these different types of scams which have been reported recently by some Village residents.

Always practice caution when opening e-mails from unknown senders. Be especially cautious of e-mails received from a funeral home condoling the death of an unnamed "beloved friend." Clicking the link in these messages will open a computer virus.

Keep reading for two examples of funeral home scam e-mails, and for more reported scams.



City of Laguna Woods Offers Green Home Certification
The purpose of the Laguna Woods Green Home Program is to encourage residents to incorporate sustainable appliances and building practices into their homes and thereby promoting the environmental health of the community.
 
The Laguna Woods Green Home program is a voluntary program that is available for all residential units – existing or new. The program is specifically designed to meet the unique circumstances found in multifamily developments.
 
To receive certification, a home must meet at least two practices in each of the following categories:
 
1)     Energy Use Reduction
2)     Water Use Reduction
3)     Air Quality Improvement
4)     Waste Reduction
 
Applications and information packets are available at Laguna Woods City Hall, 24264 El Toro Road, Laguna Woods, CA 92637 and on the City’s website www.laguanwoodscity.org. If you have any questions about the voluntary Green Homes Program or need further assistance, please contact the Deputy Building Official at (949) 639-0527 or ggates@lagunwoodscity.org.  
 
Keep reading for more information!


Beer and Wine is now Available at the Village Greens Cafe!
The Village Greens Café is now serving beer and wine along with their delicious food offerings! No outside liquor of any kind is permitted in the building – effective immediately. If you wish to bring wine there is a $5 corkage fee per bottle.

The Village Greens Café opens at 6:30 a.m., serving breakfast till 10:30 a.m. From 11:00 a.m. to closing the lunch and the afternoon menu is available. The Village Greens Café phone number is (949) 206-1525 

Click here to see the menu!

The Village Greens, located on an SCGA rated 27-hole golf course, is open to all Village residents and guests consists of 17,800 square feet of combined interior space and outdoor decking – an increase of 9,500 square feet from the former golf starter building. The building includes golf carts for rent, a pro shop, equipment storage, and a number of meeting rooms available for Village clubs and residents. All Village residents will have access to the new full service restaurant and café with spacious outdoor decks and spectacular views of Orange County’s Saddleback Valley and Santa Ana Mountains.

The Village Greens is open from 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. or 7:00 p.m. during daylight savings.


New GRF Semi-truck Receives California Clean Idle Certification
The Golden Rain Foundation (GRF) maintains a fleet of vehicles to support field services provided throughout Laguna Woods Village. A key vehicle in the fleet is the GRF semi truck. The semi truck is used to tow buses and other large vehicles for repair, and to deliver manlifts and pettibones for carpentry and painting, and mowers and other equipment to landscaping jobsites within the Village.

In 2012, GRF replaced its 18-year old semi with a new, eco-friendly Mack semi-truck. The truck, which runs on low-sulfur diesel, uses a urea-based reactant coupled with a particulate filter to significantly reduce the amount of particulates released into the air. 

The GRF semi-truck has received a Clean Idle Certification from the State of California.

Click here for more pictures!


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Sheep, Goats Help Restore Natural Habitat in Laguna Canyon
To prevent area brush fires, The Irvine Company is using about 500 sheep as part of a targeted grazing program to clear invasive, non-native plants and undergrowth that feeds wildfires. Sheep will begin grazing on a 105-acre portion of eastern Laguna Canyon for three weeks starting March 3rd. The method is approved by the California Department of Fish and Game and is an alternative to clearing with bulldozers, controlled burning or chemicals.

The sheep that are grazing in March eat green grasses and mustard plants that proliferate after the winter rains. Those invasive plants compete with native plants for water and nutrients. By the time summer comes round, those green grasses and mustard plants dry out and die, becoming potential fuel for fires. 

The sheep help reduce the number of those plants before they can die out.



Village Corporations Honor OC Firefighter of the Year
OCFA Engineer Jay Sellars was Commended at February 23rd American Legion Banquet

On February 23, all four Boards of Laguna Woods Village joined the American Legion-Post 257 in honoring Orange County Fire Authority (OCFA) Engineer Jay Sellars for his invaluable service to the Village community. 

Sellars, an OCFA Battalion 4 Engineer, was named South Orange County Fire Fighter of the Year at the OCFA Best & Bravest Award Ceremony on February 2. In addition to his outstanding work as a firefighter at Station #22, Sellars has worked with the City of Laguna Woods to ready its emergency response team, and has worked to retool Battalion 4’s Earthquake Command Post.

“The residents in United Mutual truly appreciate the exceptional work of Engineer Sellars’, says Ron Beldner, President of United Mutual. “I believe I speak for all the Boards when I say that we appreciate his compassion and care with regard to the circumstances of our residents.”

The American Legion-Post 257 banquet took place on Thursday, February 23 at 5:30 p.m. at Clubhouse 1. 

For more information, call 1st Vice Commander Don McIntosh at (949) 457-9787.


Always have your license with you when you drive in the Village!
The Security Department would like to remind drivers that a license is required to operate a motor vehicle in Laguna Woods Village according to the Traffic Rules and Regulations, Sections 2.1 and 3.0.  Any person driving in Laguna Woods Village must have their valid driver’s license in their possession while operating a motor vehicle (Traffic Rules and Regulations, Section 3.0).  The licensing rule does not apply to golf carts.
 
Any person driving without a valid license in their possession may be fined $200 by GRF for the first offense (Traffic Rules and Regulations, Section 12.5).
 
So before you drive your motor vehicle, make sure you have your valid driver’s license with you!


E-Books can be Downloaded Free through Orange County Public Library

Laguna Woods Branch Now Offering Self-Service Checkout

Borrowing books is only a click away thanks to Orange County Public Library new e-book rental program. E-books can be downloaded on to any e-book readers such as a Kindle, Ipod, Ipad and other smart devices. To checkout and download an e-book, you will need a valid library card, internet access, smart device and free software for the computer or smart device to use the site. After the e-rental is finished the e-book will simply be removed automatically from the smart device.

Click here for the Orange County Public Library for more information

Laguna Woods City Hall Library has a new self service check-out that is open during city hall hours of Monday-Friday 8:00am-5:30pm. If you need assistance, a librarian is available Monday-Friday 10:00am-4:30pm.



City of Laguna Woods Dog Park
The City of Laguna Woods dog park is located on Ridge Route between Moulton and Avenida Carlota. 

The park is open seven days a week  from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

The park is currently open to both big and small dogs at the same time. There is a small area at the east end of the park that may be used exclusively by small dogs if there are larger dogs in the park. 

Keep reading for more pictures!


The City Can Help Dispose Household Waste


New Look for Village Website!

The Laguna Woods Village website (www.lagunawoodsvillage.com), which in recent years has grown to become the online hub for residents to access up-to-the-minute Village news and information, is undergoing a long-awaited facelift.

Residents who visit the site will now enjoy easier navigation and access to much more timely information about their community.

Keep reading for a quick reference guide to the new features on the Village website.



New Open House Sign Regulations
The corporations of Laguna Woods Village have adopted a sign regulation that will allow real estate professionals to place standardized directional signage to scheduled open houses in the Village.

Although the sign policy has been approved by the governing boards, the City of Laguna Woods Municipal Code does not currently allow signage of this nature. Real estate professionals will not be able to post directional signage until the Municipal Code is modified by Ordinance.

Real estate professionals can contact the Community Services department of Laguna Woods Village at (949) 268-2337 or visit www.lagunawoodsvillage.com for details on the Laguna Woods Village Open House Directional Sign regulations.


GRF Requires Vehicle Decal
In order to avoid having abandoned or inoperable vehicles in the Community, and to ensure all overnight guests have been authorized to park in the Community, the GRF Board of Directors modified the Traffic Rules and Regulations. Keep reading for details.




United, Third Water Heater Electrical Upgrades
The United Board of Directors and the Third Boards of Directors have approved an upgrade to the electrical system in manors to support the water heaters that are installed throughout the community. All United Mutual manors will have their electrical systems upgraded within the next couple years. Third Mutual manors located by Gate 5 and 6 will also have their electrical system upgraded within the next several years. (Third Mutual manors not in the Gate 5 and 6 areas have updated electrical systems that do not require the upgrade).

Affected addresses will receive a letter informing the resident of the electrical upgrade. Staff will call to schedule an appointment for the electrical upgrade with the manor owner. In most cases, the upgrade will take approximately one hour.

Residents who have questions about the Water Heater Electrical Upgrade program should call the Operations Coordinator at (949) 268-2591.


The Foundation of Laguna Woods: Pennies from Heaven
‘When it rains, it rains pennies from heaven’. Remember that old song? 

What do you do with the pennies and other coins you collect and plan to “do” something with? One of our residents, who recently passed away, had instructed her daughter to give hers to THE FOUNDATION OF LAGUNA WOODS VILLAGE. There were two containers and the total from the two came to over $40.00 – a not inconsiderable sum. 

How simple is that? And it’s a gift that keeps on giving. One of our residents in need will be the beneficiary.


Personal Training with Matt and Sarah
Want to get in better shape, but don’t know where to start? A personal trainer can help you get the most out of your workout. A 30-minute session with one of the Village’s fitness professionals is only $25.

Matt Larsen trains at the Community Fitness Center from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Monday through Friday. Sarah Lin trains at the Clubhouse 1 Fitness Center from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

To sign up from personal training sessions call 597-4284 or 268-2275 and ask for Peter Quan or Ed Romo. A minimum number of sessions are required.


United Approves Walkway Lighting; Cul-de-Sac 7 Selected for Pilot
The United Board approved the Maintenance and Construction's recommendation on walkway lighting. Keep reading for more information.

The Village Bans Styrofoam Use at Clubhouse Events
 The Village is doing its part to join the city’s efforts to reduce the use of Styrofoam products. The Golden Rain Foundation board approved the policy prohibiting the use of any Styrofoam products at all recreational events/ functions. Styrofoam cups, containers and other products will no longer be used at Clubhouse and recreational events. The policy applies to outside vendors who cater events within the community as well.

In 2004, Laguna Woods City approved a total ban on Styrofoam products at events the City sponsors or co-sponsors.


Door to Door and Phone Solicitation of Contractor Services
The Laguna Woods Village customer service department has once again received calls regarding a serviceman who claims to be an employee of PCM.

This person is not an employee of PCM. You are under no obligation to speak with him on the phone or allow him into your home. 

Read on for tips on how to identify a PCM employee.


Please Report Irrigation Runoff to Property Services


Village at Work Video Series

Check out episodes of Village at Work, a series that focuses on the operations of the Village!

Resident host, Sheila Bialka, interviews Village staffers to learn more about the resources available to the community.  Topics include water conservation, security, and customer service.

"Village at Work" is shown on the TV6 News (Monday through Friday at 8:30am, 12:30pm, and 5:00pm).  The Village at work can also be viewed online on YouTube.

Click "more" to watch "Village at Work"!



US News and World Report names the Village one of the Best Places to Retire!
 

From US News and World Report:  "More than three quarters of the population is over age 65 in Laguna Woods, Ca., a small southern California city just 10 miles from the Pacific Ocean. A 2,100-acre age-restricted community houses the majority of the residents. Laguna Woods Village, formerly called Leisure World, caters to those age 55 and older. "We wear age like a merit badge—the older you are, the more badges you have," says Ruth May, 77, a former travel agent who has lived at Laguna Woods Village for 13 years. "We all think we're much younger than we are. It makes me feel comfortable." May says she enjoys socializing primarily with people her own age and keeps in touch with her grandson online. "I communicate with my one grandson via Facebook," May says. "I don't know how to Twitter yet.""

Read the article online by clicking the link: 
http://money.usnews.com/money/retirement/slideshows/places-with-the-most-retirees/


A Message from Supervisor Pat Bates
Supervisor Pat Bates was on Legislative Connection recently and wanted to share this link with residents about Measure M2 and the environmental work that is being completed in South County:

http://www.octa.net/M2Home.aspx   

About Legislative Connection:  Channel 6 exclusively produces Legislative Connection for Laguna Woods Village.  Host Wendy Bucknum, Governmental and Public Affairs Manager for the Village, puts local politicians on the record about issues of importance to our community. Notable guests have included the Hon. Lawrence W. Stirling (ret.), Former California State Assembly Member and Co-author of the Davis-Stirling Common Interest Development Act; California State Controller John Chiang; U.S. Rep. John Campbell (CA-48): Orange County Supervisor Pat Bates and California State Assemblyman Chuck DeVore.


Video Tour of Laguna Woods Village
Be the first to experience Resort Living, California Style as you are guided through this coastal community located in beautiful Southern California. Keep reading to watch a brief YouTube tour of the Community.

Tear-Off Form Required on all Approved Community Event Flyers


Questions About Daytime Irrigation
You may notice irrigation running during day time hours in the community.

El Toro Water District has granted a waiver to all four corporations to allow daytime operation of their irrigation systems to accommodate newly seeded areas where turf is being repaired. Lawns are typically repaired with seed during the rain season, in part to take advantage of the precipitation anticipated during those months. The waiver is in effect from October 2009 through March 2010.


EZ Pay is the Best Way To Make Manor Payments
EZ Pay is a convenient and reliable way for residents to instantly make assessment payments on or before the sixth day of each month due date. Members who are not already using EZPay are encouraged to enroll.  Click headline for more details. (As an alternative method, manor payments are accepted by check only at the Community Center front reception desk.  Payments should be enclosed in appropriate payment envelopes.)