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|Today is Thursday, July 28, 2016
Meets the 2nd Thursday
every other month
supervisor benoit's office
760 863 8211
Lt. Mike Manning
760 863 8784
760 540 1878
760 393 3344
Bermuda Dunes Community
Coordinator Bermuda Dunes
1 951 955 3333
1 866 732 1444
760 320 1048
1 393 3344
Dept of Animal Services
760 343 3644
Bermuda dunes Airport
Robert Berriman, Mgr.
PH: 760 345 2558
ABOUT BDSA AND
4th Thurs. of every
Bermuda Dunes Security
Association (BDSA) is
responsible for streets
(potholes, cracks, street
drainage and dry wells),
Security entry/exit, patrol
vehicles, cable TV
agreement, fee collection
& payment, gates & gate
lights, medians, walls,
guardhouses and all
BDSA is managed by
Desert Resort Mgmt
John Edward Clark
The Admin Office is open
Monday thru Friday for
questions and concerns.
Admin staff can also assist
with access to the
Resident Login System
Admin hours are as follows:
If this is urgent, please
contact Security at:
Main Gate: 760-360-1322
Glass Gate: 760-772-3137
Here is what
(BDCA) is responsible for
most problems relating to
property owner's home
and lot, dogs,
draining, trash cans,
fountains and landscaping
at the main gate.
Committee reports to the
Dues are $100 per year
and are payable in
January in lump sum
New Manager is
The Management Co.
39755 Berkey Drive, Suite A
• Palm Desert, CA 92211
P: (760) 776-5100 x6343
F: (760) 776-5111
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|FERAL CAT AND KITTY
REMEMBER...IF YOU ARE
FEEDING FERAL CATS
YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE
PLEASE email MRS. B
if you find kittens that need
attention prior to 8 weeks. I
will come and get them and
take care of them.
|Bermuda Dunes Country Club
Live – Dine - Play
Initiation Fee: $500 (non-refundable) Monthly Dues: $119
NO FOOD AND BEVERAGE MINIMUM IF THE RCM
Hey...this deal looks better all the time!
Capital Fee: $10 monthly
* Golf privileges - Special Rates for RCM - TBA
* Full privileges to the clubhouse, all dining, social events,
All fees subject to change.
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|BERMUDA DUNES SECURITY
|Bermuda Dunes Racquet Club
Yes we have discounts in
Place for BERMUDA DUNES COUNTRY CLUB
The Pool will be open for Members by September
Included in Membership
We Currently have two brand New Blue Tennis Courts
with two more in the near future. We also have Eight
Pickleball courts. Pickleball is the fastest growing sport
in North America for Seniors.
Here are BDCC rates...
*Single Year. $200
*Single Seasonal. $100
Couple Year. $250
Couple Seasonal. $125
Family Year. $300
Family Season. $170
Also 20% off all Food at
Murph's Gaslight for one Year Members
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MORE INFORMATION: Click HERE
|CLICK ON 90 DAYS OF SUMMER FOR ALL THE DETAILS...
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Palmer Advantage is Now OPEN!
We are very excited to announce that Palmer
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the "Ultimate Club Network"
enriching the lives of our Members and your
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Club Concierge Services Available 7-Days-a-Week!
Privileged Access to Other Private Country, Golf,
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Lifestyle Benefits for You & Your Family!
Member-Only Offers from Preferred Partners!
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Only $20 per month with no long-term commitment.
For more details see your Membership Director and
NOTE FROM MRS. B
See What you are missing out on by NOT being a
Bermuda Dunes Country Club?
|The Dunes Club is offering special discounted
off-season weekly rental rates to BDCC
Community Homeowners, their friends and family.
Running from June 3rd through October 23, 2016,
a 15% discount off prevailing public rates will be
The condos are one or two bedrooms, each with two baths.
They boast Italian travertine floors, granite counter tops, and
solid teak doors. Some of the units are on the 17th fairway
and have their own private back patio and Jacuzzi. Each
condo has its own barbecue, and guests can enjoy the large
pool, cabana party area, and fully equipped fitness center.
877 401 4401
|HEY PAW PATROL...BE ON ALERT FOR THIEVES IN
A crime awareness program that encourages dog walkers
throughout the area to assist as “extra eyes and ears” in the
ongoing crime prevention efforts.
Those who know the neighborhood best (you) now become more
aware and less hesitant to report
How Dog Walker Watch Works
The program trains you how to effectively observe and report
criminal activity as you are routinely out in your neighborhood.
THE GOAL OF DOG WALKER WATCH
Let criminals know that dog walkers DO REPORT suspicious
activity. Criminals will then go elsewhere!
THE POLICE NEED YOUR HELP!
What is Suspicious?
People aren’t suspicious, behavior is!
Does the person(s) appear to have a destination?
Is the person(s) in a hurry? (i.e. sense of urgency).
A person or child resisting the advances of another individual.
Unusual behavior: walking to rear of property, canvassing,
unusual mental or physical symptoms.
It’s that gut feeling that something is wrong.
Example Of Suspicious Behavior
An individual knocks on your door and claims to be at the wrong
location, asks for a nonexistent person, or appears suspicious.
A uniform and clipboard does not mean they are who they appear
Local canvassing and solicitation laws (time, registration, etc.)
When Should I Call 9-1-1?
Anytime a police response is needed.
REMEMBER:You are not bothering us.
What To Know When You Call
Nature of the emergency:
What is going on?
Description of subject.
Weapons? Time of incident.
Where are you?:
Address, street name,
landmark, location, etc.
Your name and your phone number.
Are you available to speak with an officer?
Let the operator ask the questions.
Please remain calm and speak clearly.
Inadvertently call 9-1-1?
Don’t hang up.
How Can I Stay Safe?
Break your routine. If you typically walk at 6:30PM around the
block - change it up.
Bring a flashlight at night. And, don’t forget your cell phone.
Lock your door. Keep a television or light on to create the
impression you’re home.
|Note from Mrs. B
Those who are opposed to the RCM are saying
that it is illegal to change the CC&Rs - Below
is information to the contrary.
A. BDSA has no legal authority to engage in this
Resident Community Membership and is trying to
“reorganize” by changing the CC&Rs and By laws. In
pursuing this effort, the BDSA is “misappropriating” funds
that rightfully belong to its members.
It is true and we have said from the beginning that the
CC&Rs and By Laws must be changed in order for us to
take the vote to approve the proposal. In essence, the
membership must approve the By Laws and CC&R
changes to allow the “bulk” agreement as proposal and
negotiated by the BDSA Board. The BDSA Board
believes this proposal makes good sense and is in the
best interest of all property owners in order to protect our
property values for the long term. The expenditures
associated to bring this effort to the membership for a
vote are in line with all other decisions made to
accomplish business decisions that are in the best
interest of our members.
B. Bermuda Dunes Country Club is a Private golf
club with its own articles of incorporation, By Laws,
Rules and Regulations. It is a private business, they
own their own land, buildings, equipment, and everything
with no long term debt. They have been operating as a
private business for 30 years prior to there ever being a
BDSA. (The Security Association was incorporated in
1988.) This is corruption at its best.
This is a baseless accusation, as no one disputes the fact
that the Country Club is a private club, operating as a non-
profit business under the laws of California. There is
nothing “corrupt” about how the club is or has been
operating over the past 50 years. If supported by the
community’s affirmative vote, the course and club
continue to operate for the benefit of all members,
including the RCM members, and nothing underhanded is
involved in any way.
C. The board members and the attorney for the
BDSA are in violation of their fiduciary duties and are
engaged in a conflict of interest by supporting this
It is the duty for all board members, of all three
associations in our community, to work for what is in the
best interest of their respective members. All three
boards have approved and fully support this effort as
being in the best interest of their members and are
therefore meeting their fiduciary duties. The attorneys for
all three associations have weighed in on the proposal
and ensure it is legally appropriate to present the
proposal to the Security Association and Country Club
equity members for a vote. Contrary to the claims from
those who oppose the proposal, nothing is being forced
on anyone. The proposal can only go forward if it is
approved by the BDSA membership.
D. BDSA and BDCC board members are engaged in
alleged criminal conduct and will likely incur
extensive legal expenses due to probable litigation.
There is nothing illegal or even inappropriate in the action
taken by all three boards in the community. The board
members see this as being in the best interest of our
respective memberships and nothing can or will happen
to change anything unless the BDSA membership votes
to approve the proposal as recommended by their board.
The BDCC Board has taken the proposal to the Equity
Membership and they have already voted to support the
recommendation. The approval going forward rests
entirely with the outcome of the votes cast by the BDSA
membership. NOTHING IS BEING FORCED, the
outcome rests on the vote of the membership!
E. Residents are at risk for permanent and
additional assessments and future increases are to
Not true! The agreement ensures there are no increases
for the first three years of the agreement. If it continues
after three years is limited to only the CPI increase of the
given year. As a concession to the group opposing the
proposal, the BDSA HAS agreed to allow only two, one
year extensions to the plan after which it will again be
returned to the membership for another vote for it to
continue after five years. Should it continue beyond that
time frame, it would be by another approving vote of the
members and as written, any potential increases after the
first three years are limited to only CPI increases in the
years that follow. No increases are allowed in the first
|WHY VOTE YES?
Increase our Property Values
Take control of our future
Unite our community
Affordable safe location for socializing
Fun events for all ages
A central location for emergency preparedness for our
|WHAT IF WE DON’T VOTE YES?
Continued stagnant/decreasing Property values
A gated community with no focus or sense of
An us against them mentality
A risk of losing a Historic Golf Course which
would reduce property values
Loss of opportunity to increase value by
diversifying the appeal of BDCC community
There is still room for more dogs, send their photo and
name and become a part of Paw Patrol
To see our proud pack of canines please click
|The City’s new trolley service, called the Palm Springs BUZZ,
will began operation on December 19 with a grand opening
The free trolley service will operate on Thursdays - Sundays
from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m.
The BUZZ will travel in a loop from Smoketree Lane and East
Palm Canyon Drive, north to Via Escuela.
The system will have four Trolleys, to ensure that a rider can
hop on any one of the 30 stops every 15 minutes. The BUZZ
will make it convenient for tourists and residents to get
around downtown and uptown. For Additional Information:
The Blogsfolks support Unity in our Community!
Click on their site below to get your questions answered
|FUN THINGS TO DO AROUND TOWN
email@example.com Jul 22 at 7:15 PM
Please convey my sympathy to the family who lost their
precious kitty to a predator. When I used to live on a golf
course in North Orange County, I lost 4 of my babies to
coyotes. These animals are also capable to taking down
a large dog, i.e., German Shepard as they work in packs.
Please, please keep all your animals inside and in sight
during the evening, night and dawn hours.
R-5 Open Area Combining Zone Residential Developments
Typical Uses Include:
No residential construction permitted. With plot plan approval: Golf courses, clubhouses, and appurtenant
facilities, noncommercial community association, recreation and assembly buildings, lakes and picnic grounds,
Riding academies and stable permitted with approved conditional use permit.
Minimum Lot Requirements:
NONE Minimum Setbacks:
Front: 50 feet
Side: 50 feet
Rear: 50 feet
* Multiple buildings must have 20 feet separation between buildings.
* No structural encroachments permitted in front, side or rear yard except as provided in Sec. 18.19.Maximum
50 - 75 feet (Per Section 18.34 (pg. XVIII-80))
WHAT DOES R-5 ZONING HAVE TO DO WITH OUR BERMUDA DUNES COUNTRY CLUB?
Reprint from Desert Sun
The Desert Sun 12:54 p.m. PDT September 21, 2015
About the only thing certain at Rancho Mirage Country Club these days is that the 18-hole golf course is dead.
The greens are dried and deeply cracked, evidence that the course hasn’t been watered for months. The normally
closely mown areas of the tee boxes are equally as distressed, and the rest of the golf course is various shades
of brown or gray from a lack of water.
Less certain is what will happen to the land where the golf course was, what new owners of the property plan to
build and what if anything angry homeowners claiming plunging property value can do to gain some control of what
is happening in their backyards.
“We’ve had a couple of meetings ourselves and we had big turnouts at both of them,” said David Kretz, an owner
of one of the 266 homes at the country club. “I think what you can take out of that is that all of the homeowners
are pretty angry. They are united in their anger.”
The closure also highlights the continuing struggles of golf in the desert and across the country, with Rancho
Mirage Country Club becoming the second 18-hole course to close in the desert this year.
At a homeowners association meeting Thursday, the five-person HOA board for the country club voted
unanimously to hire a law firm to investigate possible legal action against Oasis Ranch LLC, a Beverly Hills-based
limited liability company, which in June purchased the golf course property and which is the focus of the
At the announcement of the purchase, Oasis Ranch LLC posted on the country club's website that the course was
closed "while we complete the transaction and inventory the facility." The golf course and the clubhouse, which are
separate from the residential properties, never re-opened.
No enforcement, uneven transparency on golf water rules
Representatives of Oasis Ranch have told homeowners and city officials that it planned to develop a senior
community with assisted living homes on the land, a plan the homeowners were against. But Ronald Richards, the
official registered agent for Oasis Ranch LLA, said in an e-mail response Saturday to questions from The Desert
Sun that the assisted living plan is off the table.
"That was never a plan, it was merely a starting point for a dialog," Richards said.
Richards added that any plan moving forward should be a joint plan between the homeowners and Oasis Ranch
"We are in active, very civil and cordial discussions with an HOA subcommittee to come up with a joint plan,"
Richards said in an email. "However, if we fail to come to a consensus, we will wait up to 100 years if we have to
until we can achieve one. We only want a joint plan or no plan. We have no interest in acrimony."
Until Thursday’s HOA vote, the homeowners had struggled to produce a united front on how to address the dead
course and proposed development. Bob Lucas, president of the HOA, said with Thursday’s vote the homeowners
hope to proceed with one of several lawsuit possibilities, from an injunction to force Oasis Ranch to turn the water
back onto the golf course to a claim that Oasis Ranch offered to sell the property to homeowners for $3.5 million
in July, an offer homeowners say was withdrawn after their initial response.
“The homeowners are pretty explicit about what they want the board to accomplish,” said Mary Willis, an 18-year
resident at Rancho Mirage Country Club and a board member. “I think we are going to go in the right direction. If
not, the homeowners will hold us accountable.”
Some of the homeowners wonder why legal action against Oasis Ranch hasn’t taken place already.
“When a group of individuals comes in here without any information and they stick you up, you don’t have anything
to say. Well, that’s uncalled for,” said Henry Alfaro, a retired Los Angeles-area television reporter who has lived at
Rancho Mirage Country Club with his wife Carol for seven years. “To my way of thinking, it is unethical that some
people with a lot of bucks would come in here. My first reaction was, ‘Let’s go get them. Let’s go fight.’ ”
“Our home values have gone down,” said Bobbi Russell, a two-year Rancho Mirage Country Club resident. “I
would venture, depending on the price of the home to start with, I would say anywhere from $50,000 to $100,000
less than they were before (Oasis Ranch) bought it. I think you take that into consideration.”
One listing on internet real estate website thedesertonthemarket.com for a three-bedroom, three-bath Rancho
Mirage Country Club home of 2,370 square feet is now listed at $337,000 with a comment “price slashed
$152,000 for investor opportunity,” a 31-percent decrease.
Other homeowners believe a lawsuit might be the start of a long legal road that isn’t guaranteed of results
homeowners would want.
“We are all in the same boat. We are all looking at the same golf course,” said Tim Martin, who worked to buy the
semi-private golf course last spring with plans to build a boutique hotel and retain the golf course before his plans
fell through. “We are dealing with the same problem. But if we are to do something about it, I don’t think (an
immediate lawsuit) is the right way to approach it. Because you have to have proof. If you go to court, a judge will
say show me you lost $100,000.”
Richards points out that the golf course had become a money loser in recent years and that Oasis Ranch LLC
only bought the property after the previous owner made the decision to close the course.
Homeowners say they are concerned not just about the loss of their golf course but by what they call the heavy-
handed manner in which Oasis Ranch and Richards have presented their ownership and their proposals. They say
there is concern about a track record Richards and another Beverly Hills developer, Michael Schlesinger, have in
the purchase of Escondido Country Club through an LLC named Stuck in the Rough in which Schlesinger is the
principal and Richards the attorney.
Stuck in the Rough, the city of Escondido and those homeowners have been engaged in a two-year legal
battle, with Stuck in the Rough winning a key court decision in March that clears the way for
Schlesinger's development. But he was also fined $100,000 for spreading chicken manure on the
property a year ago.
Schlesinger's name has never been associated with the Rancho Mirage Country Club purchase.
A Richards-led group also recently bought Silverstone Golf Club in Las Vegas with apparent plans to eliminate the
golf course and build residential units. The Las Vegas Journal-Review reported homeowners secured a temporary
restraining order to require Richards to turn the water back on and irrigate the golf course. That’s a path the
Rancho Mirage Country Club HOA may follow, Lucas and Willis said. Reviving the golf course is one goal of at
least some of the homeowners.
“I certainly would like to see it back as a golf course, which is why I bought here in the first place,” Carol Alfaro
Do the homeowners have a true claim to any control of the golf course land? The homeowners own their
homes and lots, but the golf course property was owned by an individual Japanese investor separate from the
homes before Oasis Ranch LLC bought the property.
Rancho Mirage Mayor Pro Tem Ted Weill says the city is still waiting for Oasis Ranch to present formal
development plans or a request for rezoning, but that Oasis Ranch has legal rights just like any other property
owners. An informal presentation from Western Golf Properties was made to the city. A presentation to the
homeowners about the assisted living campus was made Aug. 6, a meeting Weill attended and characterized as
Richards hopes that development plans for the old golf course property at Rancho Mirage Country Club
will move forward with support from the HOA and the city, though Weill said the city would like to see
support for any plan from the homeowners. Richards insists he still wants to move forward with some
development, though he has no timetable for submitting a plan.
"At some point, the City may come to the conclusion that if the HOA simply does nothing and wants us to pay for
their water-wasting, and environmentally hostile, current view, without any change, and for us to finance their
former losing golf operation, which won’t happen, that we should submit our own plan, then we will," Richards said
via e-mail. "We won’t submit anything unless the City asks us to. However, our goal is to clip the umbilical cord of
debt and red ink that has infected this asset for over a decade and return the asset to a self-sustaining one that is
the result of compromise and intelligence. The surrounding property values will increase in my opinion and both my
company and its neighbors would appreciate stability versus unknown."
“We just have to wait until (the owners) come to us,” Weill said. “There is nothing we can do. We just
have to make sure there are no health hazards, which is what code enforcement is for. But this is a
business. That group owns the golf course, but they can’t be forced to run it as a golf course.”
Weill said a series of code violations have been logged against the new owners, but that the owners have
provided evidence this month that work has been done on violations from unpruned trees and scrubs, cleanup of
green waste on course property and cleanup of lakes.
Weill added that there is nothing in the city’s initial development plan from 1984 requiring the property to
be a golf course. That plan calls for two homes to an acre including a golf course or open space.
California’s ongoing drought has unquestionably heightened public awareness about water usage by golf courses.
Governor Jerry Brown’s mandatory statewide water restrictions, which took effect June 1, require golf courses
that pump groundwater from their own wells to limit watering to two days per week, or to reduce their
consumption by 25 percent.
For golf courses that pump groundwater from their own wells, not following the rules is punishable by fines of up
to $500 per day.
However, the closure of Rancho Mirage Country Club has more to do with finances. The golf course makes sense
to homeowners as a backyard and as an amenity to those who play golf, but the course itself was struggling in a
difficult golf economy.
Across the country, the National Golf Foundation says more golf courses have been closing than opening at a 10-
to-1 pace for about a decade. Locally, Santa Rosa Country Club closed in April, a victim of declining membership
and revenues. As part of his attempt to buy the golf property at Rancho Mirage Country Club, Martin said he
looked at the financial record of the course under the previous owner and knows the course was losing money.
“I looked back five years and every year it was losing money,” Martin said. “In my view, for what was here, they
were doing the best they could. We are in an economy where golf is dwindling. People have too many choices.
You have Golf Now (an online reservation service) and all these other programs where you can play the best golf
courses in the desert for substantially less than what they would be accustomed to paying.”
Lucas says if the homeowners can stop whatever development Oasis Ranch is planning, they still must
decide how to proceed. One option might be for the HOA to buy the golf course from Oasis Ranch for the
$3.5 million proposed in a July letter to the HOA, then hire a management firm to run the course or re-sell
the course to a developer like Martin. But Lucas said raising funds to buy, renovate and operate the
course might require an assessment to homeowners of as much as $15,000 each.
It would also require Richards to be interested in selling the land, and his e-mail responses Saturday indicate
Richards is willing to wait for an agreement on a development plan.
Weill says he isn’t sure how the situation with the course will play out, other than Oasis Ranch still must
get approvals from the city for any development. Until then, what used to be the golf course remains
“It’s not good. I feel badly for them, I’m sure their property values are down,” Weill said. “I am optimistic that the
homeowners themselves will get together in a group and get organized and sit down with this buyer from Beverly
Hills and come to an agreement of what kind of development would be acceptable.”
|July 17, 2016 - July 23, 2016
Recognizing the dedicated zoo professionals year round,
culminating in an annual celebration during the third week in July
– National Zoo Keeper Week.
In appreciation of zookeepers’ service, visitors are invited to sign
a thank you poster as they enter the park.
When you think of Zookeepers, you probably envision us
interacting with animals, feeding them, and cleaning up after
them. We do all of those things, but did you know that
Zookeepers also act as educators and wildlife ambassadors,
serving to protect and preserve our wildlife and vanishing
Zookeepers can have a variety of college degrees in areas like
Biology, Zoology, Animal Science or Husbandry to more highly
specialized degrees for zoo keeping such as Exotic Animal
Training and Management. Why the degree? Because animal
keeping and conservation revolves around animal behavior and
Keepers have to know how animals behave and why they do
what they do, because it’s what is necessary to take proper care
of them—and it’s what keeps us safe.
Studying reproduction helps us understand how animals become
aggressive during breeding season (a good time to keep a safe
distance!) or withdrawn during parturition (and a reminder to
keep things quiet). Physiology explains what to feed—or not
feed—an animal based on how their digestive system works. It
helps us to know what might cause illness and what signs to look
for in detecting it. And genetics allows us to make informed
decisions about which animals should breed and with whom to
keep the population diversified, healthy, and stable for future
|Note from Mrs. B
The Nay Sayers have just discovered the R-5 Zoning for the Club and Course.
It is absolutely amazing to me how 'late to the game' these individuals always are. This is such old news...
Everyone who has been involved in our community council business has known about this for years.
The Nay Sayers feel this is great news for the people who reside on the golf course. If you think the photos below
cannot be Bermuda Dunes...THINK AGAIN!
If I lived on the golf course, I would be VERY CONCERNED. And, by the way, keeping up a park or what ever will
cost the community $50 per house hold or more anyway, so why wouldn't you vote YES? You get a Social
Membership along with many, many BDCC perks.
The people who live right on the golf are the most vulnerable! They will be the ones most impacted by the
uncertainty of the future. Protect yourselves and VOTE YES!
I think dogs are the most amazing creatures; they give
unconditional love. For me they are the role model for
being alive. ~Gilda Radner
Thanks so much for your efforts to make our community
I am always so sorry to hear about pets being killed.
I wish owners would take care of their animals...they
are your responsibility.
|HAPPY HAPPY PHOTOS TO SOOTH OUR
|Hi Mrs. B
Found out my neighbor took down one of my signs, however, my sign goes back up today on right side of gate.
The lady that took it down will be putting it there. Converted another person to a YES vote. She did not
understand the $50 a month was a social membership. She thinks it is a great deal. Her parents were golf
members for 25 years. He died about 2 years ago and her mom is very ill, and when she was driven to the
doctors and saw the sign she had no idea what it was about so wanted it off her property. She wanted no political
signs concerning Trump and Clinton or anything like that. Just wonder how many other residents have the wrong
PLEASE REMEMBER: The $50 fee includes a Social Membership at the club as well as many,
many Country Club perks.
|Note from Mrs. B
I believe the following comments by Pishka Deaumrix tells part of the story...
July 12 at 8:20am
Donna Nelson, wife of the gutless puke, and "the blog bitch" is at it again.......
I encourge you to collect all yellow signs and destroy them.
Her email and site has been sent to Riverside Sheriff's Department
as a person of interest in the theft of the YESonRCM signs.
|Why Some Men Have Dogs And Not Wives
1. A dog's parents never visit.
2. Dogs agree that you have to raise your voice to get
your point across.
3. You never have to wait for a dog; they're ready to go
24 hours a day.
4. Dogs find you amusing when you're drunk..
And last, but not least:
5. If a dog leaves, it won't take half of your stuff.
To test this theory:
Lock your wife and your dog in the trunk of your car for an
hour. Then open it and see who's happy to see you!
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|26 Tips for Surviving in the Desert
The Desert Can Be An Unforgiving Place.
To the casual observer, the Arizona desert is a strange yet
beautiful place. It has some of the most unusual and enticing
landscapes, wildlife and plants in the world. The sun shines
relentlessly. Shadows mystify. Hills beckon. Exotic things grow.
What is over the next ridge? What might I miss if I don’t look?
Yet, for the unwary, unsuspecting or uninformed visitor, the
Sonoran Desert can be an unforgiving place. A small blunder can
turn an afternoon drive off road or an overnight camping trip into
an emergency. People sometimes die in the desert.
With so many moving to desert areas or vacationing in the desert
region, it is important to be aware of the desert's dangers so that
safety precautions can be taken. Even being caught on the side
of a road without enough water can be dangerous.
Yearly, residents of the southerwestern desert hear helicopters
flying overhead, searching the desert arroyos for a winter visitor
or an unlucky resident who has not returned from an outing.
Regularly, the news carries stories about someone who climbed
a cliff and could not negotiate his way back down. Stories
abound about people caught in flooded washes during monsoon
season. People simply underestimate the severity of a desert
Even the experienced hiker can get into a dire situation.
Fortunately, they usually travel prepared for emergencies, so
they survive. They have learned from past errors. With a bit of
knowledge and a lot of common sense, tragedies can be
avoided. There is no such thing as being too prepared when you
are in an environment that can pose danger. After all, surviving in
the desert is nothing more than plain old common sense with a
few added bells and whistles.
Here are a few tips:
Share your plans. Tell someone where you are going and when
you plan to be back. Let them know your route, the type of
vehicle you will drive, and communication methods you will use.
Leave a map, and do not change your plans without letting
someone know. Leave the following information, in writing, with
someone whom you will notify upon your return:
your route and destination,
any potential health issues, and
what type of emergency supplies you already have with you,
Do not depend exclusively on a cellular/mobile phone. They don’t
always work in remote areas. If you are in doubt, check with your
service provider or the link below to confirm coverage areas. It is
wise to be skeptical of promises made about battery life and
Load apps that will help you in an emergency.
Instead of relying unduly on a cell phone, especially for your
more ambitious wilderness excursions, consider the rental or
purchase of a satellite phone. A satellite phone, or “satphone,” is
a mobile phone that communicates directly with orbiting
The handsets can be the size and weight of the original mobile
phones of the 1990s. They also have a large retractable
antenna. (Visit the site http://www.allroadsat.
com/rentals/globalstar-rentals.aspx for more information.) Two
large satellite networks cover the U. S.: Globestar and Iridium.
Satellite phones work better than cell phones although they do
require a wide “view” of the sky to get a reliable connection.
A CB or ham radio is another option. Ham radios have the
potential to work from very remote locations; however, they are a
do-it-yourself proposition, and they require a government license.
They also require training and informed gear selection to be of
Consider carrying one of the handheld GPS devices now
available. These can provide very helpful topographical maps,
aerial photography and satellite imagery for the desert traveler.
An example is the Earthmate GPS PN-20 with Topo USA 6.0
National & 1GB SD Card/Reader. This device is low-cost, has
high-sensitivity, and delivers capabilities previously unavailable
at any price. Most smartphones have GPS chips, but remember
GPS also has a downside.
You can also purchase a personal locator beacon (PLB) -
emergency life-saving devices that can be used when all else
fails. A PLB is a small transmitter that sends out a personalized
emergency distress signal to the nearest rescue service. They
are becoming a highly effective and internationally recognized
way of summoning help, though they should be used only in life-
Use a vehicle meant for desert terrain.
Make sure you are using a vehicle meant for desert terrain. If
your vehicle does not have offroad capability, it is unwise to
make the trip. Make sure you are skilled at maneuvering an
offroad vehicle in difficult terrain. Many people buy vehicles with
four-wheel drive and assume owning the vehicle makes them an
expert. Offroad driving requires having the proper vehicle and the
skill to handle it in rough areas. Classes are available for those
wanting to learn the “how to’s” of offroad driving. Since many
problems in the desert start with a car that breaks down due to ill
repair, be prepared for everything. Make sure your car is in good
condition with good hoses, a spare tire, spare fan belts,
necessary tools, extra gas, water and oil. A tune-up is wise prior
to offroad adventures. Using a mechanic who is informed about
the proper maintenance of an offroad vehicle is a wise choice.
Make sure your gasoline tank is full, and bring extra fuel.
The desert can be a dangerous environment.
Listen to your body.
Bring sufficient water for each person traveling with you. A good
measure is one gallon per person per day. With water, the rule is,
“More is better.” You can always drink it when you get home if it
is not used, but if you don’t have it when you need it, it can be a
matter of life and death. With water, make sure you drink it as
needed. Rationing water can become very dangerous. Often
when a person is dehydrated, the thinking processes
malfunction. Drink what you need. Don’t tell yourself you’ll save it
for when you really get thirsty. That just doesn’t work in the
desert. Soda is not a substitute for water because it tends to
dehydrate the person drinking it.
Respect the heat. If water is limited, keep your mouth closed. Do
not talk, eat, smoke, drink alcohol or eat anything salty. Limit
Be prepared for emergencies. Have adequate first aid supplies,
including proper medication for anyone who requires it. If
someone is diabetic or asthmatic, for example, it is vital to have
enough of their proper medication with you. Bring more, rather
than less, than you need.
Stay with your vehicle.
STAY WITH YOUR VEHICLE. It will be the first thing found by
searchers because it’s much easier to detect from the air than a
human being. In addition, your car has many things to help with
your survival such as mirrors, hubcaps, a horn, a battery, lights, a
lighter, gas, oil and floor mats. Raise the hood and trunk of your
vehicle to show distress. Pilots and rescue workers look for this
as a sign of emergency.
Make sure you have a flashlight with new and extra batteries. An
investment in a better quality flashlight might be worth your while
in the end. Remember, a cheap flashlight is...a cheap flashlight.
If you feel absolutely certain about your location and route and
feel you must leave your vehicle, make sure you leave a note for
rescuers telling them who you are, when you left, and the exact
route you plan to take. If you don’t know exactly where you’re
going, stay put.
Do not sit or lie directly on the ground, which may be 30 degrees
hotter than the air temperature. Improvise a sunshade and
elevate your body.
Think creatively with the supplies you have. Use a car seat or
something to raise yourself at least a foot and a half off the
surface. There is also a greater possibility of having a problem
with a poisonous insect or a snake when you are directly on the
ground. In addition, stay outside of your vehicle, especially in the
mid-day heat, until things cool down.
Wear sunglasses to protect your eyes. Even though desert glare
might not seem to make a difference, it will impair your distance
vision and hamper your adaptation to night vision. It can cause
severe headaches. If you have no sunglasses available,
improvise with a sun shield made from cardboard or cloth, a hat
or bandana. Applying charcoal, soot, or oil around your eyes may
If you have lip-gloss, use it. Do not lick your lips, as it will hasten
chapping and splitting.
Dress properly. Wear the proper foot protection and keep your
body covered. The sun can be a killer. Change your socks
regularly, even if you are changing to used socks. Sunning and
aeration of socks and undergarments have a marked freshening
value, physically and psychologically.
Do not remove clothing in an attempt to stay cool. This hastens
dehydration. Wearing clothes helps you avoid sunburn. Cover up
your arms, legs and face as best you can. If you have sunblock,
Be watchful. If you see a dust storm approaching, cover your face
as best you can to keep the dusy out of your lungs.
If the weather is cool, start a fire in a cleared out pit without
overhanging branches. Always bring waterproof matches.
A roadway, even a remote dirt roadway, may signal passing
traffic. Stay on it. It can bring help.
Watch the sky for thunderheads that may signal flash floods.
Watch the sky. Flash floods may occur any time thunderheads
are in sight. Weather can change in the desert quite rapidly. Do
not remain in dry washes (arroyos) which can flood suddenly,
Try to keep control of your emotions. There is nothing more
dangerous than blind panic.
In any survival situation, everything you do must be preceded by
the thought: Am I safe in doing this? If there’s any question, don’t
Use common sense! Hire a guide if you must, but never
undertake something for which you are not fully prepared.
Good morning all. Have a great day ahead, fight
your challenges, be positive and enjoy your family
|Devils Postpile - National Monument California
Some details of the geologic origin of the Devils Postpile are
not completely clear, but enough is known to reconstruct
much of the story. Until recently, it was thought to have
formed about one million years ago. Current studies suggest
that the Postpile was formed less than 100,000 years ago
when a cooling lava flow cracked into multi-sided columns.
However, to fully understand the geologic setting of the
Postpile we must go back millions of years to a time when
there was no Sierra Nevada and California was a shallow sea.
The beginning of North America
For nearly 500 million years, what is now Eastern California
was a shallow sea. The western edge of North America was
several hundred miles east of the present coastline and North
America was part of a large super-continent called Pangaea.
This super-continent was the land mass from which all of
today’s continents were born.
About 200 million years ago, Pangaea began to split and
North America began moving to the West while Europe and
Asia moved to the East. While all the rifting and moving of
Pangaea and North America was taking place, sediments and
gravel were steadily eroding from western North American
(near present-day Utah and Nevada) and washing out into
the shallow sea that covered present-day California.
The stage is set for California to arrive
As North America drifted westward the adjacent oceanic crust
was thrust downward and beneath the moving continent. A
north-south subduction zone was born, and for millions of
years oceanic crust continued to slam into the westward
moving North American continent. Most of the crust slid
beneath North America, but occasionally a slice of this
sedimentary crust would be thrust onto the continent’s edge.
Intermittently, North America would get a big chunk of land
added to its western margin as volcanic islands, similar to
those of Hawaii or Indonesia, were scraped onto the coast, a
process called accretion. These pieces of accreted land are
called exotic terranes and the addition of each terrane to
North America took millions of years. One such terrane, the
Smartville complex, contained the gold veins that would bring
wealth and people to the state, some 160 million years later.
In this fashion the western edge of North America expanded
further and further to the west, and the land we know to be
California arrived, piece by piece, like waves from the sea.
Mountains begin to rise: The ancestral Sierra Nevada
About 140 million years ago, the friction and pressure
between the two plates was so great that the land began to
crumple and mountains began to rise east of the subduction
zone, the ancestral Sierra Nevada was born. During this
period of uplift, the accreted terranes and sedimentary layers
were twisted, folded and squeezed together and rocks
changed from one form to another, a process called
As the mountains rose and great pressures metamorphosed
California’s rocks, the subducted crust melted below due to
pressure and contact with the Earth’s molten mantle layer.
The subducted crust slowly melted from hard rock into
magma. In some cases, the magma rose upwards into the
continental crust forming large underground magma
chambers. Wherever this magma cooled underground (over
millions of years) granite formed. Millions of years later this
granite would be thrust upwards as the mountains we see
today. But not all of the magma cooled underground. Some
breached the surface creating volcanoes and fissures,
spewing lava of varying types onto land. At this time, the
Sierra Nevada would have looked more like the present-day
Cascade Mountains of Oregon and Washington or the Andes
Mountains of South America. Lasting evidence of this
volcanic period is common in the area surrounding Devils
For instance, the dark green rocks of the Minarets and the
Ritter Range were created by a caldera that formed during
this time. Hornfels near the Minaret Summit and San Joaquin
Ridge are likely from this time period as well. Both of these
examples have been highly metamorphosed during the
millions of years since their original creation. Though the
ancestral Sierra Nevada was rising, it was not nearly as high
as the mountains we see today. Many millions of years would
pass before the Sierra Nevada would rise to its current
Beginning about 65 million years ago, the ancestral Sierra
Nevada began a long period of erosion. The climate was
warm and wet at this time, accelerating both chemical and
physical erosion processes. Warm shallow seas lapped at the
base of the mountains. Rivers carried volcanic and
metamorphic rocks and sediments into this shallow sea which
is where the Great Central Valley of California lies today.
The Sierra Nevada takes on its present form
A renewal of volcanic activity in the Sierra Nevada and
Cascades began some 30 million years ago and continues
even today. The whole mountain range began tilting to the
southwest some 25 million years ago as the Sierra Nevada
slowly evolved into its present shape and form. Still, the
Sierra was low enough to allow many rivers beginning in
present-day Nevada flowed through the mountains en route
to the Pacific. The San Joaquin River was one of these. It is
believed that the headwaters of the San Joaquin began
further to the east in present-day Nevada. About three million
years ago a lava flow filled the northern portion of the San
Joaquin River Valley isolating the river to areas west of the
Sierran crest. Vestiges of this flow are seen in the dark
layered, reddish rocks along the San Joaquin Ridge and
above the road near Agnew Meadows. These rocks can be
seen from the bridge near Devils Postpile, a ¼ mile walk from
the Ranger Station.
By about 2 million years ago, the Sierra Nevada began rising
quite rapidly. The range began tilting westward, uplifting
peaks along the eastern edge to elevations comparable with
those seen today. The climate became cooler and wetter
during these times and as the Sierra Nevada rose higher and
higher into the colder elevations, precipitation fell as snow
instead of rain. During the intermittent ice ages, so much
snow would accumulate that large glaciers formed. Beginning
high up in the Ritter Range, glaciers flowed down the Reds
Meadow Valley repeatedly throughout these centuries,
shaping the valley to near its present form. This most recent
period has been one of many dramatic and often opposing
forces: volcanoes spewing fiery lava east of the Sierra’s
crest, mountains growing curtains of ice along the crest itself,
earthquakes thrusting mountains higher and higher, and
glaciers grinding mountains into domes. It is within this
dramatic context that the Devils Postpile formation came to be.
The Postpile begins as a lake of lava
An estimated 80,000 to 100,000 years ago a lava vent began
spewing hot basaltic lava into the Reds Meadow Valley near
present-day Upper Soda Springs, a few miles north of the
Monument. Basalt lava is rich in iron and magnesium and is
typically much hotter than other types of lava. Because of
these traits, basaltic lava tends to have a lower viscosity and
will flow more quickly than other lava types. The lava flowed
down the valley like a river until it was blocked by a natural
dam, probably a glacial moraine left down-valley by a
receding glacier during a previous ice age. The lava began
filling the valley behind this dam, creating a lava lake 400 ft.
deep in some areas. Such depth is uncommon among lava
flows and plays a crucial role in the formation of the long
columns we see today.
The lava cools and cracks reach deep into the formation
As the lava flow ceased, the molten rock began cooling into
solid rock. Shallow parts of the lava flow would have solidified
first, with deeper parts of the lava lake requiring much more
time to release the massive amount of stored thermal energy.
As the lava lake cooled and solidified from a molten soup to
solid rock it began to contract. Contraction stresses
developed because the cool solid form of basalt has a lesser
volume than the hot liquid form. Cracks, also called joints by
geologists, began to form. Jointing releases internal stress
created by the cooling and associated contraction. In some
locations, such as at the Devils Postpile, the jointing formed
columns. Jointing would have begun at the top, bottom and
all around the edges of the lava lake where the lava made
direct contact with a cooler surface. The cracks would have
extended inwards over time as the more insulated locations
within the lava lake finally released enough thermal energy to
change from a liquid to a solid state.
Powerful forces expose the beauty of the Postpile
The Devils Postpile used to be much taller than what we see
today. Powerful erosive forces have been at work during the
last 80,000 to 100,000 years carving, shaping and
demolishing remnants of the lava flow. Freeze-thaw cycles
help break apart the columns. Earthquakes knock columns
down into the talus slope below. The river slowly eats away
at pieces that fall into the water. But no force has left a
greater footprint on the Postpile than that of glaciers.
In fact, we wouldn’t even see the beautifully straight
hexagonal columns hidden within the depths of the lava flow
had glaciers not excavated the formation. Several distinct
glacial periods have occurred since the Postpile was formed
and each has dug deeper and deeper into the dense, heavy
rock known officially as andesitic basalt. The last major
glacial period ended about 15,000 years ago. Glacial polish
and striations evident on top of the Postpile are from this last
|Plan Your Visit
Visitors to the Monument in the fall should be ready for snow at
Snow accumulates on the Devils Postpile entrance sign.
Devils Postpile National Monument is located in the heart of
California's Sierra Nevada. As such, a wide variety of recreational
activities is available in the region. Within the Monument's nearly
800 acres, visitors can explore the area's unique geology, take a
day-hike along the John Muir or Pacific Crest trails, or simply
enjoy a meal in our day-use area alongside the Middle Fork of
the San Joaquin River. From camping, backpacking, and day
hikes to fishing, photography, and horseback riding, there's
something to do for everyone!
While planning your upcoming visit, it is important to remember
that Devils Postpile National Monument is only open during the
Although opening dates can vary depending on snow conditions,
the Monument usually opens in mid-June. By mid to late October,
early winter storms in the High Sierra typically begin to bring
snow to the area.
CAMPING IN DEVILS POSTPILE NATIONAL MONUMENT
The monument features a 20-site first-come, first-served
campground. Campers are exceptions to the mandatory shuttle
Due to delays with public works projects, the campground is still
closed for the 2016 season. Please check back for campground
opening date updates.
Campsites cost $20.00/night. For Senior and Access pass
holders, the fee is $10.00/night. The fee can be paid by cash or
check in US Dollars. Credit cards are not accepted. (Please note
that the campsite fee is in addition to the standard amenity fee
paid at the Minaret Vista Station.) No refunds will be issued for
Reservations are not available.
The Devils Postpile Campground is now closed for the season. It
will re-open for the 2016 sometime in mid-June.
The campground features flush toilets and running water. Each
site is equipped with a picnic table, firepit, and bear-proof locker.
Showers and RV hook-ups and dump stations are not available.
Showers are available at Reds Meadow Resort and in Mammoth
Lakes at Mammoth Mountain and the Mammoth Lakes RV Park.
RVs & CAMPERS
There is a limit of 37 feet for all vehicles on the Devils Postpile
Road and in the campground. Only a few of the monument's
campsites can accommodate campers and trailers over 30 feet in
length. (On average, most site lengths range between 20 and 25
feet.) Anything larger than that is not advisable. In addition, the
small size of the campground and its two loops makes negotiating
turns with an extra long vehicle very challenging. If arriving in a
large vehicle or towing a large trailer, the safest time to travel the
road is early morning or evening, due to reduced traffic. During
shuttle bus season, we recommend that large RVs follow a
shuttle bus down the road.
RULES AND REGULATIONS
Campsites are limited to six people per site per night and two
vehicles. Additional vehicles may be parked in the overnight
parking lot just outside of the monument boundary (approximately
a 3-5 minute walk down an easy trail).
Quiet hours are from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. During this time campers
should avoid excessive noise, generator use, and other activities
that would disturb neighboring campers.
Tents must be set up on the tent pads provided and must not be
set up on any vegetation. Vehicles should not be parked on
vegetation or in any way that blocks the flow of traffic.
Pets are allowed in the campground, but must remain on a leash
or otherwise physically restrained at all times.
Camping must be limited to 14 days per stay.
Fires are only permitted in designated fire rings. Please make
sure all fires are completely out and cool to the touch before
leaving your site.
Proper food storage is required. Anything with an odor must be
kept in the bear proof lockers which are located at each site.
Sites must be paid for within 30 minutes of occupation and
property at that site must not be left unattended for more than 24
GETTING A SITE
The campground at Devils Postpile usually fills on weekends. If
you are looking for a site on July 4th weekend or Labor Day
weekend, it is advised that you arrive before noon the Friday
prior to the holiday weekend. Late July through mid-August are
the busiest times in the campground and finding a site during that
stretch can be challenging.
Monday-Wednesday tend to be the slowest days in the
campground and sites are usually available, however, this varies
from summer to summer. The B-Loop usually fills first, as that
loop is closest to the river.
Check out time is at 12 p.m. and all sites must be paid for within
1/2 hour of occupying the site. Once you have chosen and paid
for a site, if you need to switch sites for some reason, please do
not do so without notifying a ranger or leaving a note in the fee
|NOTE FROM MRS. B
The Ballot and all materials were sent this past Monday. Make sure if you are voting YES to send your ballot
back to the Inspector of Elections. If you have an address change; or don't receive your ballot. Let us know...we
can assist you in getting the proper information to the Inspector of Elections.
Cheryl is the contact
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23322 Peralta Drive, Suite 4
Laguna Hills, CA 92653
(949) 588-8500 -- (949) 588-8501 (fax)
REMEMBER: If you are voting YES, it is critical to VOTE, VOTE, VOTE and get your ballot back .
|Bermuda Dunes Security Association Executive Session Meeting Agenda
Thursday, July 28, 2016 (Closed) Executive Session at 2:00 p.m.
Bermuda Dunes Community Center, 78-400 Avenue 42, Bermuda Dunes, CA 92203
I. CALL TO ORDER
Bermuda Dunes Security Association Board of Directors Meeting Agenda
Thursday, July 28, 2016 (Open) Regular Session at 3:00 p.m.
Bermuda Dunes Community Center, 78-400 Avenue 42, Bermuda Dunes, CA 92203
I. CALL TO ORDER
II. HOMEOWNER OPEN FORUM
III. JUNE 23, 2016 MEETING MINUTES
IV. TREASURER’S REPORT OF JUNE 30, 2016 FINANCIALS
V. DIRECTOR OF SECURITY REPORTS
VI. MANAGEMENT REPORTS
VII. COMMITTEE REPORTS
a. Security Committee – May, June, and July Meeting Minutes
b. Joint Committee – July 13, Meeting Minutes and Citation Log
c. Street Committee – July Report
d. Landscaping Committee – June Inspection Report
e. Emergency Preparedness Committee
VIII. LEIN AUTHORIZATIONS
IX. CONTINUED BUSINESS
a. Towing policy
X. NEW BUSINESS
a. Earthquake Insurance & Budget
b. Approval of SCT Reserve Consultants Bid
c. Approval, Security Office Color Laser Copier
d. New Community Website
XI. NEXT MEETING – Thursday, September 22, 2016 at 3:00 P.M.
We love the yellow signs...we are voting YES.
Where can we get a sign?
I have forwarded your name to the YESonRCM
|We just moved here and we love it. I contacted the
YESonRCM committee and got the story on all the signs.
We are voting YES...
William and Alley
|DAISY COULD STILL BE IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD
I am so glad someone saw the lost dog. I believe I saw the lost dog also two weeks ago. The dog is a silky terrier. 8 years
old. Named Daisy. She has a collar. The dog has shorter hair than the picture. Color blondish brownish with a little silver
mixed in, black ears I called Jim when I thought I saw the dog and told him that the dog I saw looked different than the picture
posted. The picture posted shows curling hair and skinny. Jim told me that the dog had had a hair cut, so the fur is short.
Also the dog is now chubbier, although because the dog has been lost for 25 days she may have lost weight by now. The
time I saw the dog, I didn't think it was the same dog, but I did attempt to approach the dog and get a look at the collar thinking
I could call the owner. The dog evaded me. So, the behavior of the dog sighted seems similar.
I just got a call about our lost dog Daisy. The caller said that they saw on your blog that she was spotted yesterday near the
pro shop / 9th hole on the Bermuda Dunes country club. Have you read anything like that on any of your blog sites?
I must confess that when I first learned about the mandatory social membership, I was opposed to it. I did not wish to subsidize
a couple hundred golf club members or the Golf Club management who could not figure out a better way to keep the club
operating in the black. I thought a lot of the doom and gloom scenarios were over hyped. However, a couple of months ago I
read the article in the Desert Sun from 2015 about the Rancho Mirage Country Club and that article and seeing the photos of
the condition of the RMCC now have changed my mind. While I am still not enamored with the mandatory social membership,
it is far, far better than letting our country club go the way of Rancho Mirage, which would be a distinct possibility if the golf
course fails. For me, it is a bit like this upcoming presidential election.
Neither choice is great, but one is far, far less bad than the other.
I will be voting yes for the RCM and encourage others who have reservations to read the Desert Sun article on RMCC and
then vote YES on the RCM and keep our community from decaying.
|The Blog Blab
Bonnie Jermain <firstname.lastname@example.org> Jul 27 at 8:11 PM
Please pass this on, as written
Seeing as how Riverside County Sheriff's Department could care less about the BDCC 's problems as reported by 'chief
donna', I am constantly amazed at how much she says she reports and how much she actually does. It makes no never mind
because her reports are filed in the Chapter 13 wastebasket (as reported by someone who works at the department). But,
hey, she could not repeat what Pishka said about her, but then, Pishka is a member of the community and, like 'chief donna',
is entitled to her opinion! It is also funny that her stand-in commentators sometimes live inside the gates and sometimes
outside the gates (where the folks live that Donna says can't belong as they are 'that sort of people').. Even though she is their
councilwoman. Remember the song 'I am woman, hear me roar'? But I digress! Oh, and by the way, I was speaking with the
folks at City Lights the other day.....you know the small boutique by Home Goods in BD, and they said they were having a
hard time making it so perhaps each of us inside the gates of BDCC could kick in, say $25 a month and they would let us
shop there! Helluva deal! Oh, and Bob and Donna Nelson listed us as their sponsors those many years ago when they
joined BDCC.....only thing wrong was that we weren't their sponsors!
I just posted exactly what Pishka had to say above, just for your pleasure. I try not to offend my readers and
subscribers because I feel they deserve better. Do you really feel this helps the NO voters side of the issue?
As the Vice President of the Desert Winds Freedom Band, I have
been asked by the Board of Directors to ask for your help to
continue to provide quality music for the people of the Coachella
Valley. As our musical organization has grown, so too has our
need for volunteers. With a band the size of the Desert Winds
Freedom Band, there is a tremendous amount of work that must
be accomplished each week to have productive rehearsals.
Those rehearsals lead to concerts and performances for the
Coachella Valley we serve with our band music.
We are putting together six committees of volunteers. We need
people willing to help run these committees. I am asking you to
consider volunteering to help with:
Membership Committee - We need volunteers to deal with the
membership needs of our organization and a person to lead
them. We need help recruiting playing members, welcoming new
and old members alike, collecting member dues, and making sure
all members have performance shirts. This group is responsible
for caring for the needs of the playing members during rehearsals
and performances. Volunteers also serve as liaisons between
members and the Board of Directors.
Social Director - We need a person to act as our social director
and get volunteers to procure weekly rehearsal snacks and plan
social functions, like our welcome mixer and after-performance
gatherings. We need a core group of individuals to help us
become not only a family of performers, but also a family of
Fundraising Committee - The costs to run a group such as the
Desert Winds Freedom Band are great. We need a group who
will brainstorm fundraising efforts and coordinate them. We need
people with skills and past experience in raising funds and
soliciting donations from local businesses, as well.
Volunteer Coordinator/Rehearsal/Stage Coordinator - This
person works directly with our Artistic Director, Dean McDowell.
The job of setting up for our weekly rehearsals and our
performances is a big one that requires a group of helpers. This
group oversees set up and tear down of all rehearsals and
performances. This includes any moving of equipment. This
committee is also in charge of finding persons to act as doormen
during Thursday rehearsals at the Temple for security.
Public Relations - Bob Hunt has volunteered and is in charge of
PR for the DWFB. We are looking for people who will help him
advertise our group and our concerts by contacting all forms of
media including digital and social media as well as the local press.
Donor Relations - Mary Beth Hunt has volunteered to head up
this group of people to work closely with the fundraising
committee. This group is responsible for reaching out to potential
donors and past donors, making sure any person donating to our
organization gets the public and private thanks they deserve.
If you are interested in working for or perhaps running one of
these committees, please respond indicating the committee you
would like to help with. We are looking for anyone willing to help
the Desert Winds Freedom Band continue to be an excellent
ambassador of fine arts and musical outreach in the Coachella
Valley this year and into the future.
Please contact us at our band email address at
Thank you for volunteering to help.
Michael T. Richardson, Vice President
Desert Winds Freedom Band
Dencil R. White, Secretary
Our BDSA Board is to be complimented not condemed for their excellent work in keeping ahead of the times. They have
provided us with the lowest HOAs anywhere in the valley. Even with the recommended vote for a $50 increase, we still have
the lowest HOAs.
Congratulations to BDSA. We are voting YES!
Virgina and Hal Williams
|This this only going to increase property values in the neighborhood and I am a real estate broker and it's going to
be good for the community. Most people are moving to the desert to buy a great property in a gated community
and be part of a Golf Community with low fees and being able to join and have a social membership this is
special. $50 fee and the community gets from this $10 back out of this. People might just flock to us for this value.
This would be the cheapest in the desert by half.
I wonder if Henry Kissinger would classify fellow home owners within a HOA whom volunteer their time without any monetary
pay or payment in kind benefits as making a "power" play. They serve their community as elected community volunteers that
must deal with the day to day compliance challenges of HOA community issues affecting common interest of ALL residents to
spare them that task, especially, since these volunteers acknowledge and accept that they have no authority or power to act
independently of the community's CC&R's and bylaws that bind all of us including the board members. They don't have the
"power" to exclude themselves from standards and restrictions put in place by the community and must submit to the same
CC&R's and bylaws they administrate. They only have the responsibility to recommend needed changes when circumstances
beyond their control arise that may prove the existing bylaws and CC&R's obsolete in relation to competing progressive
To even consider for a moment that a HOA board would be well advised to open the Pandora's Box of requesting feedback
from the entire community on how to word a simple ballot initiative only illustrates ones ignorance as to the resulting fiasco
that would most certainly arise by such a futile attempt to please everyone. It is precisely why HOA's need a board of directors.
If you want to see the epitome of power plays in action, watch the GOP and DNC National conventions. You won't see any
such thing by watching your HOA board's thankless efforts on your behalf.
I just looked at the face book page for Pishka and I think she might need to be taken in for a 51 50! Horrible nasty mouthed
weirdo!! I am so sorry she is being so vulgar to all of you.
If you use this please put it from a friend because I am surrounded by "No Signs" and I don't want them slashing my tires.
Have a good day
|SPECIAL MESSAGE TO JACK POSEDELY OF THE 'NAY SAYERS'
Why do you feel you have the right to call Diane's boss and lie about her. You insist she is
not telling new buyers in our community about the $50 fee? YES, she is.
And quit calling her phone number and leaving yours...if she wanted to talk with you she
would return your call. Don't stay home waiting for her call...
Her life is her own...and you have NO RIGHT TO DISTURB HER. Her reputation IS NOT BEING
DESTROYED as you wrote to her at her real estate website.
Your actions are unconscionable and you need to be held accountable for what you do.
Did I say
That is very unfortunate behavior by Jack, however, I am not surprised. Especially since all home buyers would consider a
mere $50 a month for a social membership in a private country club a great incentive to choose BDCC for their home