Emergency Info

As we all look for the latest information about the nearby Whittier and Alamo fires, we want to let you know about a new website created by your SVMHA website creator. One of the best local sources has often been the Edhat.com site, but as you may know it is sometimes unavailable when demand is high. For this reason, the SBCitizen.com site was created. Later tonight and during the day, information from many sources will be posted there with links for further details. A good summary of general info is the local Google News you can find linked in the right column of most pages here.

Flood Map & Prep Info

Note: Since first publishing this post 10/16/2015 I have made a few updates. For this final update, here are some links for satellite images of El Niño and the “Blob” Tom Fayram mentioned, to find the latest and historical status:
Though still alarming compared with earlier El Niño images, the most recent show some easing of conditions and particularly a reduction in the “Blob” along with the strongest remnant of that having moved North beyond Point Conception where it had been. There is also a CA Corps of Engineers video about preparedness featuring Tom here:

I appreciate the support of the SV office for our 11/19 meeting, and they have kindly provided me a copy of their “Emergency Preparedness & Evacuation Plan” containing much of the information here in the DPG “911” section of this website. Their plan may be available from the office in print or via email. For your reference, below is the Table Of Contents page of that document.

SV Evacuation Plan Contents
SV Evacuation Plan Contents

In case the predicted El Niño floods affect SB this Winter, I was curious if and how we might be affected here at SVMHP. I found an insurance “100 year” flood risk map at this FEMA link and have downsized & cropped it for an easier to manage map of our area. The blue outlined area affects mostly lower Rancho Santa Barbara homes but several of ours are included. I note that this map represents flood risk if the channel is kept clear of debris, and since most of the creeks and channels are on private land, government agencies would not do that during a major regional flooding event.

Here’s my downsized and edited version of the FEMA flood risk map (click on it to enlarge), with the Legend cropped to relevant items and moved to the left side.

FEMA Flood Map (edited)
FEMA Flood Map (edited)

There’s a different version of this map that’s interactive and in color at this FEMA Flood Hazard link. Here’s a zoomed in and cropped area of that map (actually a satellite view) of our affected homes along the green belt. More would probably be affected if there were any debris blockage of the bridges or other factors in an unprecedented exceptional flood.

SVMHP Main Flood Risk
SVMHP Main Flood Risk

There’s a description of terminology and more info at this FEMA Community info link. You can find more local info and links on the County Flood Prep link and their new site.

Although there is no history of damaging floods at San Vicente, in an exceptional rain event access to the Cathedral Oaks exit could be blocked. Our bridges over the Atascadero Creek barranca running through San Vicente are unlikely to be blocked by debris. There is some possibility that the culverts under Cathedral Oaks at the base of Hwy.154 or Via Chaparral could block and flood the Hwy.192/154 intersection. That wouldn’t affect San Vicente unless Cathedral Oaks then filled up and spilled over the wall or through the upper gate, in which case it would probably run down our streets into the barranca and/or through the lower Old Mill gate. Here are some aerial views of the terrain above San Vicente (click to enlarge).

Image 4265 San Vicente to North
San Vicente to North

The basic watershed drainage area above San Vicente extends from this side of San Antonio Creek angling toward the Northeast across to the first ridge across the above pic, and East to a ridge running South on this side of Cieneguitas Creek (beyond the right side of this pic). A small section of that creek is marked by the line of trees running across the bottom-right corner of the above pic.

SV to N. - Sunset
SV to N. – Sunset (Atascadero Creek from lower-left to upper-right)

Just before sunset, shadows help to reveal the terrain contours as seen in the above pic. The ridge across the top where 154 disappears from view is the top of our watershed, extending just beyond the top-right corner.

I found a website for County storm drain maps and have stitched together maps G36, G27, G18 and G9 to cover Atascadero Creek from 101 to the top of their maps. Here then is the area immediately around SVMHP (click to enlarge).

SV Storm Drain Map
SV Storm Drain Map (County)
Storm Drain Map Legend
Storm Drain Map Legend

Here is a full-size version of this composite map (click to enlarge) with more of the surrounding area included to show nearly all of the watershed above San Vicente. The two main sources of runoff are to the Northwest (NW) above Via Chaparral, and to the North along Atascadero Creek.

San Vicente Watershed
San Vicente Watershed

Welcome New Neighbors!

The Online Committee wants to welcome all our new neighbors at San Vicente.  We hope you will enjoy it here as much as we do!  This website has a great potential to provide lots of good information – and fun.  If you are comfortable with email and google and want to have yet more fun with your computer, please join us in adding articles, photos, comments, etc., to increase the enjoyment and value of our website.
There are several easy ways to contact us:

  • Via the Comment Page (click here)
  • Call Ellen Duke (listed in book)
  • E-Mail Ellen

SVMHA OC Policies

San Vicente Homeowner Association Website and Online Committee

Mission Statement and Policies, Procedures and Guidelines

Approved at the June 11, 2015 HOA Board Meeting

Mission Statement:
The mission of the Online Committee (OC) is to provide our community with a helpful and harmonious website for information, collaboration and communication.

Policies, Guidelines and Procedures:
•     The website is neither private nor “secure.”  No confidential information should be posted on the website.
•    All information published on the website is publicly accessible to anyone visiting the website.
•    Resident names and addresses may be listed in a post on the website as they are already public (on lists at entrances to park, etc.).
•    Phone numbers and/or email addresses of residents will be published only with the permission of the resident or as part of an informational post (i.e., if listed as a contact number in regards to an activity in minutes or announcement).
•    The privilege of posting information on the website is limited to residents and requires registration and selection of a “User Name” which may be fictitious and will be the name shown on all posts on the website.
•    The Online Committee will provide procedures and training to residents who want to post information themselves and will also provide procedures for residents who would like to submit information to be posted by a committee member.
•    The Online Committee will remove content that appears contrary to the mission of the website and can deny posting privileges to anyone who posts content contrary to that mission.  Any dispute as to the appropriateness of content or other OC action will be taken to the board of the HOA.

06/11/2015 Board Minutes

San Vicente Homeowners Monthly Board Meeting Minutes

June 11, 2015

Website: svmha.com
(a new simpler alternative address to our same website)

email address: 340oldmill.svmha@gmail.com

Officers Present: Bob Mann, Cheryl Mrachek, Ronnie Sumter

Board Members Present: Tony Jimenez, Lilith Imbrogno, Pat Haden, Ellen Duke, Mark Allen, Don Webb

Board Members Absent: Paul Ortega, Jack Jackson

Guests: Mollie Mann, Jo Webb and Diane Price

Bob Mann, president, called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. The Board Association

Minutes of May 14th, 2015 were read with the correction that Midsummer Picnic is July 25 not July 27 and then approved.

Treasurer’s Report: It was reported as of May 15th, the checking account balance is $2,845.52. Income was $45 for HOA dues and Bank Fee of $2.50. In addition, legal defense fund balance is $19,396.79. Paid membership for 2015 is now 153.

DPG Report: None

Social Committee Report: The Social Committee will not be charging $2.00 extra for non-HOA members. The June 25th Happy Hour has the Social Committee reaching out with a special invitation to all new residents of our park to attend and get to meet and know our residents. Following that our next event will be on July 25th Midsummer Picnic with Pulled Pork sandwiches etc. $8/Residents $10/Guests

Online Committee Report:

Paul Ortega and John Wiley have successfully transferred the Website, to be registered to the HOA. Now to access the website, you can use svmha.com rather than the original much longer address. The old address still works, and both take you to exactly the same website.

Ellen drafted an Online Committee mission statement for our website and copies were given to the Board. It was moved by Cheryl and seconded by Don to accept.

Actions taken by the Board since April 9th meeting:

Old Business:

Again, speeding complaints. Form letters concerning speeding through our park have been sent to FedEx, Fed Ex Ground, UPS, Matilija Water and Easy Lift on May 20th requesting they discuss slowing down with their drivers. As of yet, no response.

Announcement/New Business:

Generator not working in the last power outage by Edison has been addressed. The Board met with Lawrence Price who is always on call for emergencies. A faulty part was responsible for the last failure. The part has been ordered. In further discussion with Mr. Price he told the Board that there is plenty of fuel for powering it and the system is tested on a weekly basis. In addition, the Fire Department has a connection that is at the main gate that can be used. This can take water from the hydrant on the street to keep water pressure up in an emergency. Bob will make the effort to visit Station 13 (our closest in) to come to our park and evaluate personal homes with obvious fire hazards (this would be outside vegetation that is dead or dying and very close to the homes). Not only is that home threatened but the immediate neighbors’ homes are also as those tall shrubs aid in the rapid advance of a fire.

Ellen suggested that Mr. Price be given a DPG radio to be used in emergencies. Water pressure regulators on individual homes was also discussed. The Board will go over this with Management to see if this could be done.

Mark sent a letter to Santa Barbara Fire County Dept. concerning the vegetation on Cathedral Oaks that are in a direct line to our park in case there was a fire. They responded that the area is owned by the Sisters and the Fire Dept. cannot force them to cut the weeds back. The Fire Dept. will ask the Sisters to trim more and they said they would send their landscapers out to check the situation out.

The next meeting is July 9th which makes it a Quarterly meeting. The Board is inviting ALL HOA Members to a FREE pizza dinner, Cesar salad, Bread Sticks, soda, wine or beer!! There will be a sign up sheet in the Clubhouse. Cutoff date to sign up is Monday, July 6th. Dinner will be from 5:30 to 7:00 with the meeting following.

HOA Dues for 2015: Dues for 2015 are due. $40 if you are a first time member or $15 to renew your membership. Just drop at the Clubhouse in the HOA box. Please encourage your neighbors to join and support your HOA. (Currently 153 members have already paid their dues.)

Next Board meeting will be July 9, 2015 at 7 P.M. in the Clubhouse. The meeting was adjourned at 7:40 p.m.