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Hello Fellow Homeowners
Once again it's time to prepare for another election. Hence this (There was no summer edition of this
due mainly to the fact that there were no contributions from the
residents and also because your editor was busy with other matters and didn't
pursue the issue.)
Our Own Y2K+1
More About Those Entrance
Most of you must have noticed that the poles are down on the South half of the Shores
and have been stripped for removal on the North half (by the time you read this,
those poles may also be down). That ends a five year endeavor by a handful of
devoted residents, your Association Board and the Neighborhood Council's Bodine Elias.
Board has also requested, from the City of Oxnard, permission to install
monuments (signs) on the existing wall at the four intersections on Harbor Blvd., where the median strip allows for north and
south access and egress: Beachcomber, Wooley, Nautilus and Oceanaire, as well as
one for the entrance to the Dunes at Beachcomber (at our expense).
2001 Proposed Budget
However, because of bureaucratic red tape, a matter that can be simply granted, is being stonewalled.
During the last few years, your Board of Directors voted for
the funding of many community projects. Some, but not all are: Night Patrol;
playground equipment at Neptune; doggie-doo bag dispensers along Mandalay Beach;
pruning of the palm trees along Harbor Blvd. and the walkway cleanups. (the
latter two with the cooperation of the City)
This year your Board has approved funds for the placement of signs on the wall at the
four main entrances to our community. We hired a monument sign contractor to
apply for the permit from the City, just as any of you would apply for a permit
to add or remodel your home. The problem here is that the wall at Harbor Blvd.
does not belong to us.
We have met with several City officials. At first, all they
wanted was assurance that we would maintain the signs in perpetuity and one or
two related conditions, all of which we are prepared to do and comply with. Then it got bogged down in bureaucratic hyperbole as
witnessed at the latest meeting at the school where all of you were invited.
It boils down to this: The City has never recognized our name
change to Mandalay Shores and a simple permission to mount the signs on their
wall, which a reasonable non-bureaucratic entity could easily grant, has run
into one barrier after another. Instead they now want us to hold more meetings
and surveys about the name change (which they now say is a planning commission
matter requiring expenditures of up to $9,000), even though we've had two such
polls -- each resulting in an 85% majority in favor. By golly, we can elect a
President with a one percent majority, but we need to prove, over and over
again, that we favor a simple name change.
can we do? Raise Hell? I'm so mad, I could spit. If you have a better plan,
let's hear it. One is that we buy the wall from the City for a symbolic $1.00.
After all, we granted them the beachfront for nothing. Any other?
--submitted by Donna Lee Biess
Estimated income $22,000 - based on 900 lots @ $20.00; 400 condos at $7.00; and $1,200
office box rental.......................................$ 150
beach cleanup ......................................................
meeting hall and refreshments............................
neighborhood patrol and misc. awards ............
landscape reserve fund.......................................
total estimated expenditures $22000
ANOTHER BALANCED BUDGET -- WAD'YA KNOW
Last year, for a change, has been relatively quiet. The board has conducted business
smoothly and we have the financial stability to take on new projects for the
betterment of the community. One of the best things to have happened this year
was the removal of the power poles, which should be completed by the time you
read this newsletter. The difference in the view is amazing. The Association is
planning to host a "pole party" and we welcome ideas and help from the
members of MSCA.
There are several new projects in the works: We've begun the
process of getting permission from the City to mount name signs on the block
walls at the main entrances to the Shores. These signs are aimed at bringing the
Shores up to standards of the neighboring developments, each of which have
identifying signs on their walls. As usual the City is finding ways to block
improvements while at the same time favoring taller signs at the Auto Mall and
the destruction of the area's farming open space. The Association would
appreciate everyone calling the Mayor and Councilmen echoing your support for
I wish to give special thanks and recognition to Brenda Ryan
for her unflagging devotion to the Association's landscaping projects, and for
her supervision of the walkway cleanups. Association members should be aware and
thankful for the elimination of walkway chores by the individual homeowners.
Thank Brenda personally when you see her. (see her message)
We, along with our Neighborhood Council, are negotiating with
the City to get funds allocated for the repair of our streets, This is also an
area where a few phone calls and letters to our City officials will help get
what we sorely need.
Finally, while all Board members are running for re-election,
the floor is always open for new Board members (some may be resigning during the
year). Member involvement is welcome and I urge all of you to attend the next
General meeting. Augie Brescia
From our Treasurer, Donna Lee Biess:
Once again, I want to thank all of you who have sent in
their dues on time. Also, if you sold your property lately, or are a new owner,
or have moved, please send any address changes as soon as possible. Thank you.
(Note: Dues notices for 2001 will be sent out later. If you wish, you can wait
till then to send in your proxy and dues.)
From our Landscape Chair, Brenda Ryan:
HALLELYA! The poles are finally coming down. Now we get to start landscaping
the Harbor Blvd. frontage road. We're planning and working on an automatic
sprinkler system this time. We're going to leave the good palm trees alone and
trim them like the ones on the median. I'd like to see some color along the wall
and have chosen Bougainvillea, Mexican sage, Lantana and Split-leaf Philodendron.
I believe this will be a nice contrast, rich with color and texture. I hope you
And a word from your Editor: Al Yablon
Do to my involvement in other pursuits, Roy Caffrey, a fellow
resident (he is running for the School Board), has offered to help in getting
out this newsletter. There is a saying, "if you want a job done, give it to
the busiest man" and I used to be the guy. But that was then, and now I'm a
little too old for that. I have enough to do (ask me about it) and I welcome the
help. Thanks Roy.
PLEASE VOTE -- SEND IN YOUR PROXY (even if you plan to attend)
Candidates Profiles of MSCA Directors Seeking Re-Election
Annual Meeting -- Jan. 13, 2001
Hollywood Beach School, 10:00am to noon
August Brescia Address 5245 Wavecrest Way
Attorney at law. I have been a member of the Board for the past two years and also
served for three years earlier in the '90's. I'd like to continue to serve the community in
whatever capacity I'm able to contribute my effort and expertise to make Mandalay
Shores a better place to live.
Robert Chandler, MD Address 5332 Outrigger Way
He says, "I've been a resident of the Shores since 1980. We built our second home in
1989 after deciding that this was a great place to raise our family. I ran for the Board
years ago in order to help maintain the high quality of life that we enjoy in our
community and remain committed to the goals of enforcing the architectural
guidelines of our CC&Rs and the City of Oxnard."
Donna Lee Address 5117 Terramar Way
Retired teacher -- property owner for thirty years -- resident of Oxnard Shores for eight
years and MSCA treasurer for six. She says: "I love our little community and want to
be involved in any decisions to change or improve our neighborhood. I would also like
to see the payment of all dues to the satisfaction of everyone."
Gordon Paravano Address 5321 Seabreeze Way
I've been involved in community service for the Shores for several years during which I
served as past president of our Association and as a member on the neighborhood
Council where I helped lobby for the undergrounding of the utilities. Also spoke
before the City Council to oppose the utility fee that would have hit the Shores
disproportionately high. Even though the project is progressing, my main purpose for
serving on the Board, or any other committee, is to ensure that it is completed.
Brenda Ryan Address 5011 Catamaran
Shores resident for 11 years and Dunes property owner for seven-- served on the
MSCA Board the past 3 years-- Active on Landscape Committee and neighborhood
(walkways) cleanup. Expedited the landscaping of the Harbor Blvd. median and now
working on the doggie walk bag dispensers along the beach. She says: "I'm
relentlessly pushing for funding of new playground equipment at the Park. Working
to make Mandalay Shores safe, beautiful and clean are my priorities on the Board.
Virginia Weilbacher Address 4814 Island View
Shores resident for 21 years. She say's, "I am in opposition to spending our HOA dues on litigation regarding construction restrictions where our CC&R's differ from
the City. or other issues where the City has ultimate control. We have enough money in our treasury to fund the various worthy landscape projects. After funding the entry signs, I think we should consider reducing the amount of dues or eliminating them for a year. I would like to continue serving this community as long as I can represent your
Al Yablon Address 5336 Sandpiper Way
Attorney, Builder/Developer (retired) and World War II Veteran. Present Editor of this
newsletter. He says: "I am the senior member of the Board, in age and number of years
served (but not consecutively). I would like to ensure, to the best of my ability, that the Board enforces the un-ambiguous provisions in our CC&R's. That's why I've chosen to also be on the Architectural Committee, in addition to supporting other
MSCA activities that I deem worthwhile and a benefit to the Community."
Dear Property Owner,
Enclosed is your proxy. Please take time to fill it out now,
even if you are planning to attend the meeting. You can always ask for the proxy
back when you register at the meeting. On the other hand, if something prevents
your attendance, your vote will still count.
By checking the first box, you enable the MSCA Election
Committee to vote their choices on your behalf. The profiles of the candidates supported by the Election
Committee are offered here. While there are seven Board positions, we think
three should be made available for candidates wishing to run, but are not presently known to the Election Committee.
By checking the second box, you need to write in the person's name voting in your absence at the January 9, 1999 Annual Meeting.
There are seven votes available for each parcel (lot + building) or lot you own. If there is more than one non-related
owner per parcel or lot, these owners' votes will be counted together and the top seven candidates
will be the choice of that parcel or lot. An example of this might be a 15 unit condo building on three
lots. The condo owners are entitled to 21 votes (3 lots times 7 votes). Each of the 15 units is asked to cast even votes for a total of 105 votes. From this, the top seven candidates receive the condo's 21 votes. Owners of a vacant lot or lots, or a single family residence should decide among themselves how to cast their seven votes.
These seven votes per parcel, or lot can be cast for as few as one candidate or as many as seven candidates. You or anyone representing you or anyone
representing you in the voting can cast seven votes per parcel or lot for one candidate or divide them
between or among two, three.., up to seven candidates. However, a candidate of your choice
cannot receive less than one vote; a fraction of a vote is not valid.
For your proxy to count, it must be dated, signed and mailed. You
will receive one proxy and on it please list all the parcels you own. Please fill only the
proxy you receive from the Association and no others.
We hope to answer questions raised by property owners. If you
agree with our direction, please support us by checking the first box.