That summertime heat is kicking in and coolant systems are running on overtime. Leaks are being noticed from the ceilings above and air conditioning specialists are working hard to keep up with the demands for those emergency repairs. Don’t wait for the drip to cause damage. Make that call for preventative maintenance!
Don’t forget to change your air filter regularly. The air filter prevents dirt from being drawn into your furnace and air conditioner. If the inside of your equipment becomes clogged by dirt, airflow is severely restricted. This insufficient airflow stresses major components, and this can lead to expensive breakdowns and reduced energy efficiency. If there are more allergens than usual or if you live with pets, then your filters will require more frequent replacement – usually every 60 days.
Have a specialist service your HVAC system annually. This service often includes review for refrigerant leaks, cleaning drain pan, fan blades, checking the operation or controls and electrical connections, make adjustments and replace certain small parts as needed.
Remember, well-maintained equipment uses less energy and is less costly to run. Preventative measures help correct problems before they become expensive, big problems!
Dealing with this pandemic has been quite stressful for many people. Fear and anxiety about a new disease and what could happen has been overwhelming and may have caused strong emotions in adults and children. Public health actions, such as social distancing, have also made people feel isolated and lonely, increasing any stress and anxiety that one may be feeling already.
When facing disasters, generally people are moved by compassion. They usually come together and help each other. But not always. Pandemics are notable exceptions, historically. With earthquakes, wildfires and hurricanes, people unify. Throughout history, pandemics have been known to produce a detached, “survival of the fittest” mentality.
Why do pandemics result in less compassion than other types of disasters? One reason is fear. If we’re afraid of each other, it can drive us apart. In contrast to a hurricane, where people unite against a visible, external enemy, in a pandemic the enemy is invisible and can be inside those around us. Additionally, the wisdom of “social distancing” and remaining out of congregate settings, avoiding mass gatherings and maintaining distance (e.g. 6 feet) from others, to limit the spread of the virus drives us apart, not together.
While it is crucial (and compassionate) to maintain a safe physical distance, we must not lose our sense of community and interconnectedness. We believe it is possible to maintain a safe physical distance and still stay connected, showing compassion and comforting others. They are not mutually exclusive.
We need to support each other, now more than ever. Please let the people around you know that you care about them. Please make special effort with the elderly and infirm by dropping off a meal with an encouraging card to raise their spirits and their hope they can make it through.
Researchers define compassion as the emotional response to another’s pain or suffering involving an authentic desire to help. Your “response” and “help” are compassionate actions. We urge you to think about adherence to social distancing and wearing your face mask as compassion for others.
Compassion for others can boost your own mental health and well-being, reducing symptoms of anxiety and depression that you may be feeling yourself right now. Compassion for others activates your nervous system in a way that has a calming effect and can help you forget your own worries, at least temporarily. Compassion and cooperation are, in fact, highly contagious and spread rapidly in social networks.
So, show some compassion, and let’s make this pandemic different than those in the past.
We are in this together, and we will get through this – together!
The time has arrived! It’s a breakthrough in our progress moving forward! Barker Block is pleased to announce the re-opening of the gym facility located at the rooftop! This has been long anticipated as the association’s gym has not opened since the re-construction project, followed by the COVID-19 restrictions which makes it almost two years without the gym!
Effective March 16, 2021, the rooftop gym will re-open for use by residents only with the restrictions and the social distancing requirements that still apply by Order of the Los Angeles Health Department and State requirements.
The number of residents allowed in the gym at any given time is limited to (2) persons with a max use period up to one-hour. Reservations are required for each use of the facility. Click to schedule your reservation https://barkerblock.getomnify.com/#!/home
We anticipate there will be an influx of resident activity using the gym facility. It’s completely understood that many are anxious to get back to pre-covid activities. Unfortunately, our State is not quite there, as California just reached the Red Level. It is of most importance that each person take the most precautionary measures to help keep Barker Block brand new gym facility well maintained without increasing the operational budget and the additional expenses incurred to meet health code compliance. PLEASE BRING YOUR TOWELS, WIPE ALL SURFACES BEFORE AND AFTER YOUR USE!
The facility hours are Sunday through Saturday from 7:00 a.m. to Midnight with the exception of two small breaks in between hours to allow for sanitation purposes. A deep cleaning of the gym/equipment will be performed at 6:00 a.m. daily. The extended hours for use up to midnight were considered to allow more residents the opportunity to use the facility due to the limited number of users per hour.
PLEASE RESPECT THE SCHEDULE! Everyone is eager to get some personal time to focus on health and well being. Be conscious and have compassion, when your time is up, it’s up! Kindly wipe down and allow the next guest to being their use time. Failure to respect such guidelines could result in the Board’s decision to close the facility until further noticed for larger capacity by the LA Health Orders. Don’t be the reason to shut the doors to this lovely amenity! Failure to comply may result in a hearing, monetary fines and/or use being revoked for repeated offenders that do not comply with these amended guidelines.
The ventilation will be adjusted to increase the amount of fresh air in the room and to help improve the air circulation the sliding door will remain open while the front door will remain shut at all times.
Wearing of masks is still required while using the equipment or interacting with each other, except for when drinking water. The gym equipment has been spaced out to meet the social distance order.
The Association will also provide hand sanitizer and cleaning wipes for your use upon entry and when exciting the gym. Remember to wipe the equipment before and after your use. We encourage you to bring your own towels, yoga mats, stretch balls, etc. as those are not currently provided by the HOA.
An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present. By using the common area/rooftop amenities, including the pool, spa, grills, fire-pits, cabanas, gym room and equipment, etc., you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19 and agree to abide by the rule changes and guidelines provided herein, and the applicable L.A. County Health Codes & Protocols, and all other applicable rules.
Please respect each user reservation time as we anticipate that residents are eager to use the gym! Let’s make this re-opening a successful process for Barker Block!
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