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!
Generally, a committee will assist the board by researching and communicating/reporting their findings, for various matters or special projects that may arise from time to time.
As a rule of thumb, committees can advise and assist the board, but they cannot make decisions for the community. So, while a committee can help create a proposed rule, budget, etc., the board has to formally approve such decisions. A notable exception to this rule is the architectural committee, which is usually granted special authority by the HOA’s governing documents to approve or deny improvement requests from homeowners, independent of the Board.
Committees can also either be permanent (called “standing committees”) or temporary (called “ad hoc committees”), depending on the job that needs to be done. Researching the guidelines to implement emergency rules required by a pandemic would be a one-time job for an ad hoc committee, while planning and hosting all community social events would be an ongoing job for a standing committee.
The Board is seeking volunteers to establish committees to assist with the Rooftop/Common Area Amenities, Social Events, Security, Landscape and other committees that may be necessary.
This is a great way to meet some pretty incredible residents at Barker Block and help keep the community spirit and standards kept high! Download the application below and submit it to your on-site management team at NGonzalez@ActionLife.com or NTaylor@ActionLife.com
Congratulations Barker Block! The Association met the reduced quorum required to hold the Adjourned Annual Meeting and Director Elections. The meeting was held on March 4, 2020 via zoom at 7:00 p.m.
The ballot counting resulted with the Inspector of Elections announcing that Gwenaëlle Gobe and Bobby LeVay received the highest votes and confirmed that Ms. Gobe and Mr. LeVay were the elected members to serve for a seat on the Board of Directors for a two-year term.
Please welcome your newly appointed Board of Directors:
- Eliot Kiang, President
- Bobby LeVay, Vice President
- Charlie Wright, Secretary
- Gwenaëlle Gobe, Treasurer
- Maple Hill, Director
Thank you to all the members who made effort to help the Association reach the required quorum of 156 ballots to hold the Annual Election Meeting. Unfortunately, quorum was not met by meeting time last night. As a result, the meeting was adjourned to be held under the reduced quorum on Thursday, March 4, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. (via ZOOM)
The polling station will open at 6:45 p.m. to provide members who have not voted with the opportunity to submit their ballot prior to meeting time. Secret ballots received by the Inspector(s), or which were cast at the Annual Meeting will be valid for adjourned meetings.
Remember, there are (2) open seats available for a two-year term. Members have been provided with the candidate statements for those noted on the ballot and/or who would like to be considered for your nomination and vote.
Nominations from the floor will be called upon confirmation that quorum has been met and the meeting is called to order. Any eligible member may nominate himself/herself, or may nominate another eligible individual if the individual being nominated is present to accept the nomination. Write-In candidates must also be nominated from the floor.
This is a great opportunity learn about the HOA industry including operating policies, procedures, enforcement, legislature, budgeting and so much more! You also get to know and work with incredible people!
We look forward to establishing a great relation amongst all members and build a united team to help keep Barker Block a great community in which to live!
Sitting on the Board of Directors of your homeowners association is a rewarding way to get involved in your community, get to know your neighbors, and personally ensure that your property values and the community lifestyle are preserved and protected–for the immediate future and in the long run. As an Owner and member of Barker Block, you have the opportunity to serve on the Board of Directors where you can bring fresh ideas and strategies to the table! Do you have what it takes?
So what makes a great HOA board member…
Enjoy volunteering: Every board member in a homeowners association is a volunteer. Therefore, they must have the time, patience and enthusiasm to dedicate themselves to community issues, even though they receive no monetary compensation.
Being civic-minded: The best board members want to get to know their neighbors, enjoy building community, and take pride in the place they live. They put their community’s best interests first and seek to build long-term value for their community, both socially and financially.
Positive and Optimistic: Managing a community comes with many challenges. Great HOA board members bring positive expectations to their role and refuse to get discouraged, even when faced with tough decisions.
Exercise fairness: Board members are there to serve their communities, not their own personal interests. Great board members understand this and demonstrate respect to all community members, regardless of how they feel about an issue personally. Their friends receive no special benefits; they know that HOA rules must be evenly applied to all community members.
Authority comes as a board, not a board member: Great HOA board members know that they possess no individual authority; rather, in their role as a unified board, they make group decisions that positively impact their communities. Therefore, they quickly support group decisions, even if they are counter to their own personal opinion.
If you think you might be a good fit to represent your community and serve on the Board of Directors for Barker Block Homeowners Association, contact your On-Site Management team at NGonzalez@ActionLife.com.
The Los Angeles Police Department – Central Division was pleasantly surprised with the generosity by the residents of Barker Block who donated toys to benefit the underprivileged children of Downtown Los Angeles. Because of your donations, LAPD will provide a toy that will bring a smile to a deserving child. For many, it will be their only gift received this holiday season. Your participation to help make this possible is greatly appreciated!
All year round, but especially during the holidays, law enforcement receives reports of packages stolen right off the doorstep. To make sure your holiday gifts are safe, be sure to monitor when your packages are expected to arrive and don’t leave them at your doorstep or in your mailbox.
Many delivery services provide for delivery alerts and may even allow you to schedule a drop off time for when you are home. If possible, you can also ship your packages to your workplace or have a neighbor who is home during the day collect your packages for safekeeping.
Don’t fall victim of theft by leaving personal property or deliveries exposed or unattended. Pick up your mail on a daily basis and remove packages left at your door promptly. Stay alert and report suspicious activity to your local Los Angeles Police Department.
This year has certainly been one for the history books! All households have had to adjust to living under the “New Normal” with changes occurring in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic. Dealing with this pandemic may be stressful for many people. Fear and anxiety about a new disease and what could happen can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children. Public health actions, such as social distancing, can also make people feel isolated and lonely and can increase stress and anxiety. However, these actions are necessary to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.
As you are aware, an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any common area facility or location where people are present or gather. While the importance of having the Association’s common areas and amenities available is recognized, the Board of Directors must consider preserving the health and well-being of all residents within the Barker Block community.
Pursuant to the most recent Safer at Home Order issued by the Los Angeles Department of Public Health which is now in effect through the end of year (and most likely extended through the new year), a decision was reached to keep the HOA’s common area emergency rules in place until further notice or as deemed safe by the Health Department.
The Association must ensure that the recreational facilities do not become breeding grounds for the resurgence of the virus. Please be reminded that the emergency rules require residents to wear a mask at all times while in the common area grounds, including the pool, hallways, elevators etc. Face masks may be removed only when actively swimming and using the spa or while eating or drinking.
It is of utmost importance that every person take responsibility to protect others from asymptomatic spread of COVID-19 by wearing protective face masks as required and to rigorously practice social distancing. Failure to comply with the COVID-19 Emergency Rules will result in disciplinary action in accordance to the Association’s Enforcement Policy which may include fines up to $300.00 per occurrence.
Residents are strongly encouraged to consider keeping the number of guests or service providers coming in/out of the community to a minimum as it will help reduce the risk of exposure to Covid-19. Your efforts to keep the community’s safety a top priority are greatly appreciated.
Together we will get through this!