Dear Barker Block Homeowners:
First and foremost, we would like to give a big THANK YOU to everyone who attended the HOA meeting on June 27th and provided valuable input to the two pool deck concepts that were presented. Although we received valuable input from all who attended the meeting, the Board is welcoming suggestions and feedback from the entire community. An example of one suggestion that we received thus far, was having a water bottle refill station in lieu of the water fountains. This is a suggestion that may be considered if the City’s Building Department doesn’t require that the water fountains need to stay in place.
Please contact Management to receive the 2 design schemes that the Board and the design firm we have partnered with, Relativity Architects, have been developing for several months. Some of the initial ideas were to provide more shade, to capture the beautiful view of DTLA, and to utilize more space on the pool deck. We ask that you please take a moment to review both design concepts and email General Manager Monica Heredia at firstname.lastname@example.org with your suggestions and feedback. The Board will receive all responses. Please be advised, the deadline for all feedback and suggestions is Monday, July 9th. All comments will be considered, however it is not guaranteed that all of them will be implemented.
As a reminder, the two designs are preliminary conceptual drawings and not the final design. The preliminary conceptual drawings are solely for community input. Please keep in mind, as we continue to move forward with design, cost, building code, maintenance concerns, etc. the project may be updated and elements may change.
Your free LED light bulbs are here! The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) completed a delivery of two free LED bulbs for Barker Block owners as part of the City’s “Save Energy LA” campaign. LADWP has delivered two (2) light-emitting diode (LED) bulbs to all residential customers to help Save Energy in LA. When you switch from incandescent and compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) to LEDs, you can save $238 in electric costs over the lifetime of each bulb. LEDs last longer, save money, save electricity and help to make Los Angeles more sustainable. Please feel free to pick up your two LED bulbs and reusable bag from the Management Office during normal business hours. For more information regarding this campaign, please visit: https://www.ladwp.com/
We are pleased to announce that we reached quorum at the Annual Meeting! THANK YOU to those that took the time to submit your ballot or proxy. Congratulations to raffle winner in unit 521! Their ballot was randomly selected at the meeting and the winner has claimed their $250 gift card. Congratulations to the re-elected Board Members, Erika Schllick Sinclair and John “Reg” Prentice! There was a 3-way tie for the third open seat. All three members were write-in candidates and all three were contacted the following day to ask if they accept the position. All three candidates have respectfully declined to serve on the Board at this time.
Here is a list of your current Board of Directors:
President– Russell Roney
Vice President– Lauren Phillips
Secretary– Reg Prentice
Treasurer– Erika Schllick Sinclair
Director– *Seat is available*
Your Board and Management are now seeking volunteers from the community to fill the vacant seat on the Board. Please be advised, you must be a homeowner to serve on the Board of Directors.
The Board of Directors meets monthly in the evening (when possible) every fourth Thursday to conduct the business of the Association. The meetings can last 2-3 hours. There are also weekly conference calls that are generally one hour long to discuss the planning and details of the reconstruction project. There may be other business to be handled between the scheduled monthly meetings and conference calls that would require a Special Meeting of the Board, which will mean additional time commitments. Participation in additional conference calls is also a possibility. Please be advised, the term for this vacant seat ends February 2020. Experience in the following areas would be a plus: banking, construction, design and accounting.
If you are interested in being appointed to the Board, please contact Management to receive a Candidate Questionnaire form. All Candidate Questionnaires need to be submitted prior to 5:00 P.M., Tuesday, March 13, 2018, in order to be considered by the Board. The Board hopes to fill the final vacancy at its meeting on Thursday, March 22nd.
We would like to remind all Owners that the Annual Meeting of the Members is scheduled to be held Thursday, February 22nd at 7:00 p.m. in the Barker Block Breezeway. Please arrive 15 minutes early to allow time to sign-in. In order to hold the Annual Meeting and reach quorum, we are required to have 156 out of 310 ballots or proxies returned. As of today, only 49 ballots and proxies have been received. We need 107 MORE ballots or proxies. We are asking each owner that has not voted or submitted a proxy to please take the time to read through the ballot mailer, complete the ballot and return it inside the envelopes provided as soon as possible. Feel free to drop your ballot or proxy off at the Management Office.
If you misplaced your ballot and have not yet voted, please let Management know so a new ballot can be mailed to you. Please feel free to call me or Administrative Assistant Nicome at 213-473-0079 with any questions you may have regarding the voting process. Your vote counts!
****Please keep in mind, the HOA saves money by reaching quorum the first time around as we would not need to pay for legal counsel and the ballot inspector to return a second time.
We thank all of you that have taken the time to submit your ballot or proxy!
Monica Heredia, General Manager
Due to the holiday season, there will be no Board Meeting in December.
When: Saturday, October 14th at 10:30 am
Bring your best and most delicious baked goods! This is an opportunity to show off your baking skills and try your neighbor’s treats. As always, the point is to have fun but we welcome some friendly competition!
Sponsored by Califia Farms
Califia Farms will provide a variety of drinks including cold brew coffees and their specialty almond milk blends!
Regulation 4 Annual Fire Life Safety Testing
Dear Barker Block Residents:
The City of Los Angeles Fire Department requires mandatory fire alarm testing of the fire/life safety equipment in the building annually. Red Hawk Fire & Security will be conducting the testing this year. In addition to the common areas of the building, it is mandatory that all individual units’ fire alarms located inside each unit are inspected. For this, access to your unit is crucial. We are requesting access to your unit for this project on:
TESTING SCHEDULE: WEDNESDAY, MAY 10, 2017 (Hewitt)
THURSDAY, MAY 11, 2017 (Molino)
If you are not able to be present during the testing, we ask that you please leave a key with the front desk security or management. Please place the key in an envelope with your unit number on the outside of the envelope and submit it with the Permission to Enter Form which you may request from Management. The Building Engineer and Management will be assisting Red Hawk Fire with providing access to all units.
We recommend that pet owners make arrangements for their pets as the alarms will sound intermittently throughout the testing on Wednesday, May 10 and Thursday, May 11.
Both Hewitt and Molino emergency power systems will be tested on Wednesday, May 10 and will affect residential units for 90 minutes. This power shutdown is scheduled to begin at 6:00 a.m. Please turn off any electronic devices during this time to avoid service interruptions.
Hewitt elevators are scheduled to be tested on May 10 and Molino elevators are scheduled for May 11. They will not be in service when they are being tested and will be tested one at a time.
We realize that this testing may be inconvenient. However, it is mandated by the City of Los Angeles Fire Department and must be completed. We therefore request that you plan for this testing and schedule meetings, conference calls, special events, etc. accordingly.
Please be advised, if any units are not tested during this scheduled date then an additional cost to the Association may occur and the Association may, in turn, pass that additional cost onto the Owner.
Should you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact Management at 213-473-0079. We sincerely appreciate your cooperation, patience and understanding.
Barker Block Management
By now all owners have received their ballot for the Annual Meeting of the Members which is scheduled to be held on February 23rd at 7:00 p.m. in the Barker Block Breezeway. In order to hold the Annual Meeting and reach quorum, we are required to have 156 out of 310 ballots or proxies returned. We are asking each owner to please take the time to read through the ballot mailer, complete the ballot and return it inside the envelopes provided as soon as possible. If you have misplaced your ballot please let us know and we will send you another ballot packet. Please feel free to call me or Manager Assistant Lawanda at 213-473-0079 with any questions you may have regarding the voting process. Your vote counts!
- Please do not hold any of the entry doors open for anyone
- Please do not buzz anyone into the building that you are not expecting
- Lock your front doors and patio doors at all times
- Lock your vehicle doors at all times and do not leave any valuables inside
- Pick up your packages the same day and do not leave them outside your door overnight
- If you are planning to leave town, we recommend that you not order any packages that will be delivered to your home while you are away
- If you happen to be away during a delivery, reschedule the delivery date for a later date or place the package on hold
- Have your packages delivered to your work address
- Stay vigilant and report suspicious activity or illegal activity to our front desk security at 213-713-2353
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If you park your vehicle in the Molino parking garage, which is managed by Towne Park, then you received an email from them on Wednesday regarding the new garage entry system they are installing next Wednesday. They will be issuing new parking cards for their new parking entry system. It is important that you pick-up your new parking card(s) before Wednesday, October 5th as your current parking card for the Molino parking garage will no longer work after the aforementioned date.
Towne Park has informed us that they will have someone on site next to the garage entry in the parking garage during the following days and times:
- TODAY until 6:00 pm.
- Saturday October 1st, from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm and from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm.
- Monday October 3rd, from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm and from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm.
- Tuesday October 4th, from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm and from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm.
They are requesting that you provide your account number, space number and/or to see your photo ID.
If you have any questions regarding this specific project, please do not hesitate to contact Towne Park at:
Jose Moraes, email@example.com, 310-804-6906 or
Romo Anaya, firstname.lastname@example.org, 818-402-1602
**If you park in the Hewitt parking garage, this message does not apply to you.