📜 Notice of Proposed Changes to Election Rules SB 323

Dear Member:

This notice is provided to you in accordance with California Civil Code section 4360, which requires the Association to provide the Members with a minimum of twenty eight (28) days general notice of proposed rule changes. The purpose of this notice is to offer Members an opportunity to provide comments and opinions on the proposed changes.

La Costa Oaks Community Association’s Election Rules and Procedures are being entirely rewritten to ensure that they are in compliance with the most recent amendments to the Davis-Stirling Act, which become effective January 1, 2020. An explanation of the purpose and effect of each section of the proposed new rules is presented under each heading that follows the name and number of each rule.

Please see below links to documents pertaining to this notice:

Closure of City of Carlsbad Trails

All Center for Natural for Natural Lands Management and City of Carlsbad trails are now closed until further notice.

Due to the number of people continuing to gather at city parks, trails and beaches, the City of Carlsbad announced it will temporarily close these public areas starting March 23 to help slow the spread of the virus that causes the COVID-19 disease. Based on an update to the County of San Diego’s COVID-19 public health order, cities where people are not following social distancing rules at parks, trails and beaches are advised to close these areas to the public.

The order is enforceable by law. The City of Carlsbad Police Department has set up teams to fan out to popular gathering locations and non-essential businesses using and education-first approach. If people don’t comply after that, the police has the authority to issue citations.

Under Governor Gavin Newsom’s ‘stay at home’ order issued on March 19, all individuals living in the State of California were ordered to stay at home, except to get food, care for a relative or friend, get necessary health care, or go to an essential job.

The trails are closed. If homeowners see that large groups are congregating or there are a large numbers of cars parked near their house CALL THE POLICE IMMEDIATELY. No one is allowed to be on the trails.

Thank you so much for your support, and please feel free to reach out to Sarah Godfrey at Center for Natural Lands Management with any questions. Her information is below:

Sarah Godfrey

🏡 Fire and Homeowners Insurance Issues in La Costa Oaks

As a result of the wildfires in California the last several years, many California homeowners have experienced non-renewal or cancellation of their fire and homeowner’s insurance policies. The State of California Insurance Commissioner has recently regulated a moratorium on such cancellations in defined high risk areas, but Carlsbad was not included in those regulations.

Board members have heard some anecdotal reports that owners in La Costa Oaks have had difficulty renewing their policies, being cancelled, or seeing drastic premium increases. The board is wondering if these are isolated cases or more widespread, and if widespread if there is anything the Association can or should do working with either the City of Carlsbad or the Center for Natural Lands Management to ameliorate the situation or find ways to increase the allowable “defensible space” around La Costa Oaks. So far we have only done remedial brush removal (fuel modification) in common area owned and controlled by the Association. We are forbidden from touching the publicly owned open spaces.

If you have had any personal experience with non-renewal, cancellation, forced change of carrier, enrollment in the California FAIR plan, big premium increases, etc. we would appreciate hearing about your experience. Would you please consider describing your experience in a brief written memo to the Association? You can email it to csurette@keystonepacific.com from an email address that does not identify you by name, or mail or hand deliver a written note to La Costa Oaks Clubhouse, 7400 Circulo Sequoia, Carlsbad, CA 92009.

Knowing your street name and whether your house backs up to open space would be helpful, but please do not include your name, specific address or other identifying information. It would be OK to name former, existing, or potential insurance companies which are part of your experience in La Costa Oaks.

Thank you,
Board of Directors

ℹ️ Call for Candidates

Board of Directors Election

At the upcoming Annual Meeting homeowners will have the opportunity to elect three (3) members to the Board of Directors. The first step in the election process is to identify members of the Association who are interested in serving their community as a member of the Board of Directors. If you, or someone you know, is interested in serving on the Board of Directors please complete and return the 2020 Board of Directors Candidacy Application Form by Saturday, January 04, 2020 at 5:00 PM.

Download 2020 Board of Directors Candidacy Application

District Delegate/Alternate District Delegate

Each neighborhood, or District, will also be electing a Delegate to represent their District in Association matters. The CC&Rs define the term Delegate as a person elected in the manner provided within the Bylaws and to represent the collective voting power of all of the Members within the Delegate District. Delegates are elected for a two-year term. Each neighborhood within La Costa Oaks is represented by a Delegate and Alternate Delegate. It is necessary for the Delegates to attend and vote at the Annual Meeting of Delegates and to represent the neighborhood district on other owner participation issues. Serving as a Delegate is an excellent way to participate in the La Costa Oaks governance process. Alternate Delegates attend meetings and represent their District whenever the Delegate is unable to attend.

Should you wish to be considered for one of these positions, please complete and return the enclosed District Delegate / Alternate Delegate Candidacy Application by Saturday, January 04, 2020 at 5:00 PM.

If you any questions regarding these positions, please contact Cami Surette at the management office: csurette@keystonepacific.com.