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~ News ~
Easter Egg Hunt Pictures
Posted on Apr 13th, 2018
Several pictures taken by Board Member Victoria Cook have now been uploaded to the Rancho Solano HOA Website.  Please take a look.   Click on the Photo Album, click the drop down menu, select Easter Egg 2018.
Security Alert from Fairfield Police Department
Posted on Apr 13th, 2018
Rancho Solano:
 
We need the homeowners' help.  By leaving home front doors, garage doors, side garage doors and vehicle doors wide open you are opening yourselves up to becoming the next victim.  You should be able to leave everything wide open, but this is not the reality in today’s world.  I know I am speaking to the choir on this issue.  Does security make contact with homeowners who leave their homes wide open?  Prevention, prevention, prevention!
 
Lt. Kevin Carella
Fairfield Police Department
 
Message from the HOA President and Vice President
Posted on Apr 6th, 2018
Beginning with the Spring Issue, the Rancho Solano newsletter will be published on a quarterly basis.  The Board made the decision to publish quarterly based on saving money for the Association.  In so doing, we are saving the Association in excess of $15,000 per year.   Watch this website for information and updates between issues.  [The Summer Issue of the Rancho Solano newsletter will be mailed to your address on file in mid-June].
 
And, speaking of the Association's annual budget, at the February Board meeting we re-examined the annual budget in light of the Reserve Study, which we are required to undertake annually.  This year's Reserve Study strongly recommended that we add more funds to the Association's Reserve Account.  In order to accomplish this, the Board of Directors also re-examined its initial approval of a 10% increase in quarterly assessments for the 2018-19 fiscal year.  In so doing the Board determined that this increase would be insufficient to meet the Association's budget needs and more appropriately fund the Reserve Account.  Therefore, the Board determined and approved a new increase in the budget resulting in a 20% increase in homeowner assessments ($184/quarter) effective April 1, 2018.  The Board believes this is reasonable and prudent in meeting the funding needs and maintaining the financial integrity of the Association. 
 
Perhaps the other, most pressing issuing facing the Association and its members is the subject of safety.  The Association Board is aware of the recent burglary incidents and vehicle thefts and as a result, has been working with the Fairfield Police and Association security staff to address Rancho Solano's security.  Considerable attention was given to this topic at both the January and February Association Board meetings: two Fairfield police officers attended the February meeting and spoke regarding the burglaries.  To date, the Fairfield Police have not been successful in solving these crimes.  However, in response, the Homeowners Association has increased the security patrols by Safe Haven Security (the kiosk).  We are dependent on Fairfield Police for our safety and well-being---with Safe Haven doing its best to aid in the process.  But upon the advice of Fairfield Police we cannot emphasize enough the responsibility and role each homeowner must play in the process.  All of you that have security systems in place are strongly encouraged to use these systems whenever possible and to the fullest extent.  While we cannot officially request that all homeowners who don't yet have security systems obtain them, we do ask that each of you consider your needs and see if obtaining a security system is in your best interest.  We do recommend that we all remain vigilant in reporting any suspicious behavior to the police.  If you notice or are affected by a crime, after notifying the police, it is appropriate to also notify Safe Haven.  We all need to take care of each other in the process.  The Board welcomes input from Association members as to security issues. 
 
Finally, on the subject of the St. Andrews Emergency Vehicle Access (EVA) gate, the Association built the gate for two reasons: for safety along St. Andrews Road and to more evenly distribute access to homes through the two gates.  The issue was recently re-discussed and re-reviewed, as it has been several times times over the past three decades.  The City of Fairfield requires access for use by emergency vehicles.  Further, in the event of an emergency requiring evacuation of the community, emergency personnel will make the decision when and if to open the gate.  Until such times of an emergency, the St. Andrews Emergency Access gate will remain just that---an emergency access at the exclusive direction of the City.
 
Dennis Beardsley, President
Robert Schuster, Vice-President
Security Alert for Rancho Solano
Posted on Mar 2nd, 2018
The Association Board is fully aware of the recent burglary incidents and has been working with the Fairfield Police and security staff to emphasize our concern for Rancho Solano’s security.  Considerable attention was given to this topic at both the January and February Association Board meetings; two Fairfield police officers attended the February meeting and spoke regarding the burglaries.   To date, the Fairfield Police have not been successful in solving these crimes.
 
All five of the burglary incidents occurred to homes where backyards face the golf course.  Backyard entry occurred from the golf course either through gates or over fences.  These homes were burglarized by breaking the backyard glass doors. 
 
In response, the Homeowners Association has increased the security provided by Safe Haven Security with additional patrols and immediately responding to homeowners who identify unfamiliar vehicles lingering or parked in the neighborhood.   As a reminder, the golf course is owned and operated by the City of Fairfield.  The Rancho Solano Homeowners Association has no jurisdiction, nor authority, to monitor and patrol the golf course.
 
Police officers reiterated several points that Rancho Solano homeowners should consider:
 
1) Invest in an alarm system.
2) If you have an alarm system, always use it and lock your doors when away.
3) Lock yard gates as well as the side door to your garage. 
4) Install motion-sensitive lights in your yard.  
5) Inform your neighbors when away for an extended period of time.
6) Be alert to activity on your street, especially your neighbors' homes.
7) Report any suspicious activity to the Police (707) 428-7373, with a follow-up call to Safe Haven Security (707) 425-4464.   
8) If you are the victim of a crime, call the Fairfield Police first.  Again, it is helpful to also contact Safe Haven Security and the homeowners association; but, always call the Fairfield Police first.  The guards at Safe Haven Security are not sworn police officers; they cannot make arrests nor investigate crimes.
 

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~ Upcoming Events ~
Monthly Meeting of the HOA Board of Directors ~ May 17
Thursday, May 17th, 7:00 pm at the Clubhouse at Rancho Solano
All homeowners are encouraged to attend this meeting to learn what's happening in the Rancho Solano community.  There is an opportunity for homeowners to ask questions and make comments.
Concert in the Park ~ June 16
Saturday, June 16th, 5:30-9:00 pm at The Park at Rancho Solano
A great way to enjoy the kickoff to summer by sitting back to enjoy some live tunes in the park.   There will be food truck vendors; or, homeowners may wish to bring a picnic dinner.  Better yet, organize a pot-luck meal with your neighbors.   Either way, it's a great way to enjoy the friendships you have with those in your community.   This year's band will be a local favorite, Audio Mynde! This event is sponsored by the Homeowners Association, and planned and coordinated by the Park Committee.  
Monthly Homeowners' Association Board Meeting - June 21
Thursday, June 21st, 7:00 pm at the Clubhouse at Rancho Solano
All homeowners are encouraged to attend this meeting to learn what's happening in the Rancho Solano community.  There is an opportunity for homeowners to ask questions and make comments.
National Night Out
Tuesday, August 7th, 5:00 pm - dusk at The Park at Rancho Solano
Join your neighbors and celebrate year-long efforts to sustain the quality of our neighborhoods, and promote "Police + Community" partnership to prevent and reduce crime.  Enjoy a complimentary BBQ dinner, ice cream, and water while supplies last.  Fairfield Police and Fire, and City officials will attend.  In-Shape Sports Club to provide games for kids 5-12.  Let's give crime a "Going Away Party."  This event is sponsored by the Homeowners Association and coordinated by the Neighborhood Watch Committee. 
Movie Night at the Park ~ August 18
Saturday, August 18th, 7:30-10:00 pm at The Park at Rancho Solano
Movie Night is a great neighborhood and family event.   Come out early, and bring a picnic dinner.  Movie title:  TBA.

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