el toroapr08

Upload: pastorcharlie

Post on 31-May-2018




0 download


  • 8/14/2019 El ToroApr08


    Los Rancheros AssociationOFFICERS

    President: Darlene Richardson 785-8780 Vice President: Mary Dimsdale 785-2571

    Secretary: Norma Moore887-0463 Treasurer: Rey Abaya670-8711

    EXECUTIVE BOARDCharles Eldred264-0357 Evelyn Ely785-3997 Ron Gomez782-5183

    Pat Higgins783-5780 Julie Manzo783-1911 Linda Moniz780-0631

    Jeanie Schultz784-1997

    CONTACTSDime Bingo . . . .Lorraine Schmuck 783-7294 HMOA Representative . . . . Mary Dimsdale 785-2571

    Lunch Bunch . . .Joy Cunningham 785-4609 Neighborhood Alert . . . . . . . . Linda Moniz 780-0631

    . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Joyce Stevens 785-5889 El Toro Editor . . . . . . . . . . Jeanie Schultz 784-1997

    Spectrum Meals (Tu&Th) . . . Ruth Horton 732-6671

    The EXECUTIVE BOARD meets the LAST THURSDAY of the month at 7:00 p.m.in the main clubhouse.

    Los Rancheros RESIDENTS ASSOCIATION meets the FIRST THURSDAY of the monthat 7:00 p.m. in the main clubhouse unless otherwise announced.

    EL TORO Jeanie Schultz 784-1997 e-mail el t o ro . e d i t o r @ c o m c a s t . n e tDeadline for all submissions to the El Toro is the 10th of each month for the following month.


    From the EditorArticles that appear in the El Toro are presented as an

    informational service to the residents. Contents are the optionof the editor but do not necessarily represent the opinion ofthe editor, the homeowners association or management.

    Reader response is welcome. Your article must be inmy paper tube at 28408 Granada Circle, or posted to mye-mail address, no later than the 10th of the month. Allsubmissions must be signed with your name/phone num-ber included, as any article must be verified. Your namewill not appear, if you so request.

    Editor has the right to edit for space or libel. Articlesconsidered in bad taste will not be printed. Submissionsmust meet the Editorial Guidelines set forth by the pub-lishers, Mobile Home Park Magazines.

    Whenever possible, the editor prefers to capture key-strokes for material to appear in the El Toro. If you aretyping something up, you might as ell type it directly intoan e-mail and send it to me that way. No e-mail? Well, OK,submit the hard copy and well manage.

    PLEASE DO NOT FORWARD EMAIL. Forwarding resultsin those little >> marks all through the copy, plus it exposes MYe-mail address to YOUR whole broadcast list and I DONTwant THEIR forwards. If you are submitting an item someonee-mailed to you, COPY IT and PASTE it into a NEW e-mailwindow to send to me at: [email protected].

    Thanks, Jeanie Schultz, editor

    EDITORIAL POLICIES(http://mobilehomeparkmagazines.com/mhbsite/editorial/rules.aspx)

    The Mobile Home Board publications informs and pro-motes the mobile home system; residents, managementand those that serve the mobile home community.

    The Mobile Home Board publications are not politicaltools. They are a source of information and enjoyment forpark residents. To ensure this policy we have developedthe following guidelines:

    Editorial Guidelines: Editor is responsible for gathering information and

    sending it to us in a form they want. Each editor mustallow all residents organizations and management to par-ticipate in the publication.

    The publication is not to be used for disputes by eitherresidents or management. Mobile Home Park Magazinesmust remain neutral in all resident/management issues topreserve the integrity of the magazine. Not all residentsare on one side or the other of an issue. Since we do notresearch each story, we cannot use Mobile Home ParkMagazines to weigh either side of these very fragile rela-tionships.

    Resident political organizations are asked to limit theirinformation to meeting notices and reports of chaptermeetings. No listings of in-park-services (i.e. babysitting,handymen, Avon, etc.)

  • 8/14/2019 El ToroApr08


    DIME BINGO!Lad ies! Brin g your lun ch an d lets

    get together. Dessert provided.

    It costs only a dime a game,

    winner ta ke all! + .25 for the ba nk

    which gets raffled back to some-

    body each January.

    C o m e t o t h e M a i n c l u b h o u s e

    o n t h e S e c o n d T h u r s d a y , a t

    n o o n !

    F o r m o r e i n fo r m a t i on c a l l

    Lor r a i ne Schm uck 783-7294

    D i m e B i n g o D e s se r t S c h e d u l e :

    March: Louise April: Bridgette

    May: Joy J une: Darlene

    July: Lorraine August: FannieSept: Louise October: Irene

    Nov: Joy Dec: Christmas Party

    EL TORO MAGAZINE is published monthly and distributedaround the first of the month. Dates and times of activities are

    noted on the calendar therein. Special activities will beannounced in the regular section of pages.

    RESIDENT MANAGERS/OFFICEManager: Teresa Cruz, A.R.C. Mgmt Co.

    Shari and Kenny Bachmann, relief managers

    Office hours: 9-12 and 1:30-4 Monday-Friday.

    On-call for emergencies Sat.-Sun.-Holidays

    Office address: 28400 Granada CircleRent may be dropped in mail slot in office door

    (next to laundry room on front side of bldg.)

    Phone: 510-783-5535

    ORGANIZATIONSThe Los Rancheros Association and the Spanish Ranch #1Ladies Club are automatically comprised of park residents.

    There are no dues.MEETINGS of the Los Rancheros Association are the FIRST

    THURSDAY of each month at 7:00 p.m. in the MainClubhouse unless otherwise announced.

    LADIES CLUB meets the SECOND THURSDAY of eachmonth at 12 NOON in the Main Clubhouse.

    The LUNCH BUNCH meets the THIRD THURSDAY ofeach month to go out to lunch at various area restaurants.

    BINGO is the FIRST and LAST SATURDAY of each month.

    SWIMMING POOL/ HOT TUBPool open May-October. Hot Tub open year round.


    #391 SHOPPERS SPECIAL Leaves hourly beginning

    10:10 a.m. on TUES. and FRI. for SOUTHLAND from front

    of Main Clubhouse. RETURNS at Noon, 1 and 2 p.m. Ask for

    transfer if you plan to return on the bus.#77 AC TRANSIT BUS Leaves for downtown every hour

    5:52 am-5:52 p.m. M-F. Bus stops outside the park across

    from Ruus Park. To go to Tennyson Shopping Center, bus

    stops at corner of Ruus Park. Catch return bus at Tampa side

    of Payless Shoe Store. Sat.-Sun. service 8:31 am-6:31 pm

    AC TRANSIT FARES $1.75 ages 18-64, ages 5-17 and

    65+ is 85. Transfer good for 1.5 hours is an additional 25.


    The Clubhouses are available to residents for private affairs.

    Contact the Office, 510-783-5535

    The POOL ROOM inside Main Clubhouse is available forresidents to use. See the office for a key.


    are to be submitted to Park Management in WRITING and

    must be SIGNED. For any complaints or suggestions

    concerning safety, maintenance, replace/repair, give a

    copy to the the Executive Board as well as the Office. These

    also must be in writing and must be signed.




    Letters to the Editor are welcomeon any subject. Send to:[email protected].

    (You MUSTsign your

    name but wewont use it ifyou dont wantus to.)


    Ladies Club invites all Ladies at SR-Ito come join us at any of our events. Get acquainted!

    LUNCH BUNCHThe Lunch Bunch meets on the

    third THURSDAY (unless oth er-

    wise ann ounced) of each month at12 n oon. All ar e welcome.


    Apr il 17 Ma rie Ca llen der s

    May 15 Mimis

    J une 19 Sweet Tomatoes

    J uly 17 Applebees

    Aug 21 Olive Garden

    Sept 18 Sizzler

    Oct 16 Dinos

    Nov 20 Dell Cafe

    Dec Christmas Par ty


    Joyce Stevens, 785-5889 and

    J oy Cunn ingham , 785-4609 SCHEDULES SUBJECT TO CHANGE.

    Spanish Ranch #1 Information

    COFFEEis available

    in the

    Clubhousedaily during office hoursfor residents of SpanishRanch I.

  • 8/14/2019 El ToroApr08



    Join us for

    BINGOFirst and Last

    Saturdaysof each month,NOON TO 3 P.M.

    Snack bar open before playand during breaks

    serving nachos, hot dogs, sodas, snacks.

    Ron Gomez, coordinator 782-5183Volunteer help is appreciated, call Ron for info.

    NOTICEPer state law, no one under the age

    of 18 is allowed in the clubhouseduring Bingo



    The web address is not case-sensitive, but you MUSTuse a number 1 (one) and not a roman numeral I (i).

    The El Toro is posted here.

    PICTURES FOUNDA large package of family photos was

    found on Miranda on November 26.

    If you lost them, pleasecontact the office.

    (The ethnicity of the pic-

    tures appears to be Indian or

    Pakistani, so if YOUR neigh-

    bors appear to fit this descrip-

    tion, please call this notice to

    their attention!)www.BringingBacktheNatives.net

    Los Rancheros Assn Meeting &



    Patti Little and Judy Rogers

    Please call Patti at 783-1534 To nominate someone for an office (that person

    must agree so give Patti their phone #)

    If you are interested in running for an office

    If youd like to serve on the board of directors

    If youd like to assist with the election

    Diane Anita (Reed) TeakellJuly 17, 1929-January 26, 2008

    Long time resident Diane Teakell died January 26,2008 at the age of 78. Diane was active in our LadiesClub for many years. She is survived by SR-1 residentdaughter Anita, daughter Kathleen of Manteca, sonDoug of So. Lake Tahoe, nine grandchildren and 13great-grandchildren. Dianes husband of 45 years,Grady, preceded her in death as did her twin, Dolores.

  • 8/14/2019 El ToroApr08



    8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

    Contact: Mary Dimsdale, 785-2571 for more information.

    TABLES RESERVED ON A FIRST COME FIRST SERVED BASIS.Contact Mary to see if there are any tables left. Cost $12/table or space.

    Proceeds from the flea market will go to replenish the Associations funds.


    Come have lunch!

    Note to vendors:The clubhouse will be open Friday evening

    for setup to vendors only.You must cover your table to protect

    the surface before set up.No tires or excessively greasy or dirty items, please.

    sponsored by the Los RancherosHomeowners Association

  • 8/14/2019 El ToroApr08


    Comedy Corner contributed by S. Higman (no. 164)(most copyright info unknown - web-exchange)

    What's for Dinner?A concerned husband

    goes to see the familydoctor and says, "I thinkmy wife is deaf becauseshe never hears me thefirst time I say something,

    in fact, I often have to repeat things overand over again."

    "Well," the doctor replies, "go home andtonight and stand about 15 feet from her andsay something. If she doesn't reply, moveabout five feet closer and say it again. Keepdoing this so we can get an idea about theseverity of her deafness."

    Sure enough, the husband goes home anddoes exactly as instructed. He starts offabout 15 feet from his wife in the kitchenand as she is chopping some vegetables, hesays, "Honey, what's for dinner?"

    He gets no response. He moves about fivefeet closer and asks again. No reply. Hemoves five feet closer. Still no reply. He getsfed up and moves right behind her, about aninch away, and asks again, "Honey, what's fordinner?"

    She replies, "For the fourth time,vegetable stew!"

    Are You Ready for Children?

    Are you considering having children? To determine

    whether you are truly prepared for the experience,we suggest you take this set of simple tests...

    MESS TEST:Smear peanut butter on the sofa and curtains. Nowrub your hands in the wet flower bed and rub on thewalls. Cover the stains with crayons. Place a fishstick behind the couch and leave it there all summer.

    TOY TEST:Obtain a 55-gallon box of Legos. (If Legos are notavailable, you may substitute roofing tacks orbroken bottles.) Have a friend spread them all overthe house. Put on a blindfold. Try to walk to thebathroom or kitchen. Do not scream (this could wakea child at night).

    GROCERY STORE TEST:Borrow one or two small animals (goats are best)and take them with you as you shop at the grocerystore. Always keep them in sight and pay for any-thing they eat or damage.

    DRESSING TEST:Obtain one large, unhappy, live octopus. Stuff into asmall net bag making sure that all arms stay inside.

    FEEDING TEST:Obtain a large plastic milk jug. Fill halfway with water.Suspend from the ceiling with a stout cord. Start thejug swinging. Try to insert spoonfuls of soggy cereal(such as Fruit Loops or Cheerios) into the mouth ofthe jug while pretending to be an airplane. Now dumpthe contents of the jug on the floor.

    NIGHT TEST:Prepare by obtaining a small cloth bag and fill it with

    8 to 12 pounds of sand. Soak it thoroughly in water.At 8:00 PM begin to waltz and hum with the bag until9:00 PM. Lay down your bag and set your alarm for10:00 PM. Get up, pick up your bag, and sing everysong you have ever heard. Make up about a dozenmore and sing these too until 4:00 AM. Set alarm for5:00 AM. Get up and make breakfast. Keep this upfor five years. Look cheerful.

    PHYSICAL TEST (WOMEN):Obtain a large beanbag chair and attach it to thefront of your clothes. Leave it there for 9 months.Now remove 10% of the beans.

    PHYSICAL TEST (MEN):Go to the nearest drug store. Set your wallet on thecounter. Ask the clerk to help himself. Now proceedto the nearest food store. Go to the head office andarrange for your paycheck to be directly deposited tothe store. Purchase a newspaper. Go home and readit quietly for the last time.

    FINAL ASSIGNMENT:Find a couple who already have a small child.Lecture them on how they canimprove their discipline, patience,tolerance, toilet training, and child's

    table manners. Suggest many waysthey can improve. Emphasize tothem that they should never allowtheir children to run riot. Enjoy thisexperience. It will be the last timeyou will have all the answers.


  • 8/14/2019 El ToroApr08


    The Mercy Brown Bag Programdistributes a grocery bag of nutri-tional food to low income seniors


    Bags consist of 10-15 items includ-ing bread, fresh produce, assorted

    canned foods and other itemsdepending on availability.


    Low income seniors age 60+; only one brown

    bag per

    household. Monthly income limited to $1096 for

    a single person; $2192 for a household of two

    of more.


    Come at the time listed below and bring a

    Drivers License or other identification with birth

    date and current address.

    Also bring all sources of income for verification


    SSI, Social Security, Pension, etc.

    Come any 2nd or 4th Thursday of any month.



    An annual volun-

    tary contribution of $10

    is requested.


    TIME: 9:00 A.M.


    10:00-11:00 a.m.

    Bags are distributed to registered partici-

    pants on the

    2nd and 4th Thursdays of each month


    NEWARK COMMUNITY CENTER35501 Cedar Boulevard

    Newark, CA 94560

    For more information, please call the Newark

    Senior Center at (510) 742-4840.

    Distribution site may change during July and August

    due to a summer program conflict at the Newark

    Community Center.


    Mercy Brown Bag Program

    How to read your meters1. Read all dials f rom left to right, except the testing dials on the gas meter (the ones with no numbers).2. When the hand of any dial is between two numbers, write down the smaller number. For example, the electric meter reading

    shown here is 73156.

    3. When a hand is directly on a number, look to the dial to the right. If the hand on that dial is on or just past zero, write down

    the number the hand is on from the dial you are reading. If the hand on the dial to the right hasnt reached zero yet, use the small-er number on the dial youre reading. For example, the gas meter reading shown is 5139.

    4. Each time you read your meters, subtract the last reading from the new one for the humber of units* used between readings.At the end of the month, add up the number of units used, and divide by the number of days in the month for your average dailyuse. *ELECTRICITY IS MEASURED KILOWATT-HOURS (KWH) GAS IS MEASURED IN UNITS OF 100 CUBIC FEET (CCF)

    01 9

    2 8

    3 7

    4 65

    09 1

    8 2

    7 3

    6 45

    01 9

    2 8

    3 7

    4 65

    09 1

    8 2

    7 3

    6 45

    09 1

    8 2

    7 3

    6 45

    09 1

    8 2

    7 3

    6 45

    09 1

    8 2

    7 3

    6 45

    01 9

    2 8

    3 7

    4 65

    09 1

    8 2

    7 3

    6 45

  • 8/14/2019 El ToroApr08


    Come and Eat !! I t s a S N AP!(S enior N ut rit ion and A ct ivit ies Project )

    All SR-1 seniors are eligible and invited to participate in

    SPECTRUM MEALSA government-sponsored program for seniors over 55.Es un programa guvernamental para ancianos mas de 55 aos.

    Tuesdays & Thursdays in the main SR1 Clubhouse(except holidays)

    Martes y Jueves en el Clubhouse (menos dias feriados)

    NOTE! Signups are required. You must call before noon the day before.Tiener que registrarse antes de doce un dia nates. Llamen a Ruth Horton 732-6671.

    Call Ruth Horton 732-6671for reservations or information. (Help is invited, too.)

    Meal served at 4:30 p.m. Come early to socialize.Las comidas estaran servidas a las 4:30 p.m. Illegue temprano para

    socialisar se lon ellos.

    $3.25 at door Non-seniors/Guests $4.75 10 Dinner Tickets: $30.00

    $3.25 en la puerta. Los invitados pueden atendes por $4.75.Donations are always accepted.

    Meals include fish, BBQ chicken, vegetarian spaghetti, salads, soups (more so in winter),pork chops, hamburger, lasagna, and always a dessert! Milk is included with each meal.

    NOTE: on days soup is scheduled, you can substitutea hamburger or veggie burger! A Spectrum menu is posted in the SR-1 clubhouse.

    More information: Food is delivered hot from a central facility.Volunteers monitor the temperature of the food as it arrives and served and keep a log

    as required by the government.

    All SR1 seniors are eligible and invited to participate .

    Dinner is served 5 nights a week at the Josephine Lum Lodge at W. Tennyson and Oliver.

    (Lunch is served at 11:30 daily same menu.) Phone 785-1997.


  • 8/14/2019 El ToroApr08


    IN TER N ET : World-Wide Access

    How To Crim e Tr a i n i n g :Inst ru ctions an d tools widely avail-able

    AMER ICAN BUSINE SS STYLE: Cashless Society

    Social Secur ity Number links:Credit, medical, employment, etc.

    TH E PR O B LEM: 3100 Victims da ily

    Average time to correct credit his-

    tory : 400 hours Impact on t he finan cial industry :estimat ed at $12 billion in 2007

    Violent crim es: 1 in 5,000

    Heart Disease: 1 in 2600

    Credit Theft: 1 in 6

    Top 5 sta tes for ID th eft (per capi-ta ): AZ, Nev, CA, Texas an d F lorida(highest concentr at ion of elderly)

    METH O D S OF TH E FT : Take over exiting accounts

    Create new accounts

    What Makes

    Identify TheftEasy?

    Greetings N eighbors,

    Last month I missed the

    Neighborhood Alert meeting at

    Southland. I understand it was

    very informative. Sergeant Dave

    Lundren was the speaker and histopic was Iden tity Theft P revention

    and Survival.

    Darlene Richardson will be

    putting some information in this

    column from the meeting. She said

    it was a grea t presenta t ion . I wil l

    be calling Sergeant Lundgren and

    see if he would be able to speak at

    one of our association meetings.

    B i ke The f t s on t he R i se

    Bicycles are being stolen again.

    We ha ve had reports of bikes being

    stolen even in t he dayt ime. Pleaselock your bikes up and teach your

    children to do the same. If you

    have a bike stolen, please report it

    to the Hayward Police, our office

    and I would like a call. If we don't

    know about these things there is no

    way to work on the problem. The

    H.P.D. recommend that you put a

    pictur e of th e owner of th e bike in

    the handle bars . That way the offi -

    cers will be able to let you know if

    your bike is foun d.These are hard times for a lot of

    people. J obs are being lost, homes

    are being lost and

    gas is outrageous.

    People get desper-

    ate so please be


    Identity theft isreally on the rise

    with drug users.

    Every time you open the Daily

    Review you see another person

    being mu gged and persona l proper -

    ty be ing s tolen . Remember to

    wat ch your back, lock your doors a t

    home and in t he car.

    If you are walking, it is best to

    walk with a fr iend. Be asser t ive,

    pay attention and by all means

    scream if someone approaches you.

    Neighborhood Watch meetingsare in the main club house the sec-

    ond Tuesday of the month. T he

    walkers meet at 6:30 p.m. in front

    of th e clubhouse, every da y, weath-

    er permit t ing. With the clocks

    springing ahead times might be

    cha nged. Neighborhood Alert meet -

    ings are the last Wednesday of the

    month. They are held downstairs

    at Southland, 7 p.m. Everyone is


    Be safe and aware.Linda Moniz,

    Neighborhood Watch



    Moniz 780-0631

    (file a complaint, too or call the

    police, 293-7000.)

    Come join your neighborsand bring

    your good ideas formaking our park safe,

    drug-free anda nice place to live!


    NOTICE !Emergency FormsPlease, fill out the Resident Emergency Information form that

    was included with your January rent statement, or use the formin this issue. This information is essential for planning an effec-tive park-wide emergency response in the case of a natural dis-aster or any park systems failure.

    It is especially necessary for elderly, disabled persons or anyothers with special needs to have this form on file in order toreceive assistance when needed. Dont delay! Get it in today!

    Please Report Vandalism:

    Please call the police and then theoffice if you see anyone vandalizingany property in the Park such as bro-ken street lights, signs and back gatekey pad, etc.

    Thank you, Teresa Cruz, Manager

    Continued on next page

  • 8/14/2019 El ToroApr08




    Telephone pretexting

    Pick pocket

    Auto Dealers / Salesman copyingapplication

    Ban ks, Doctors & Dent ist officesnot shredding documents (which isa LAW)

    Mail :

    - mailrooms

    - personal m ail box

    - USPS blue mail boxes

    - Apartm ent boxes

    - Street Clust er boxes

    - Letter carr iers

    Credi t Bureaus

    Hotels / Restauran ts

    In terne t Shoulder Su rfing a t ATMs, pay -ing for services, gas stations

    Dumpster Diving

    Burglary (home and aut o)

    Friends & family


    Phish ing

    Skimmer s: credit/debit card read-ers (sa ves all your inform at ion)

    Meth u sers comprise over 90% ofmail th eft


    Equipment needed:

    - Compu ter Syst em

    - High Qua lity Pr inter

    - Software: Versa Check, PhotoShop, Microsoft Word


    Thieves use th e glue from insiderat t raps :

    - apply it t o a th in CD case; drilla h ole in one corn er of CD; thr ead a

    fishin g line th rough hole; slide caseint o blue m ail boxes

    - when CD hits the bottom of thecontainer it flips over onto to mailwith the glue side down; can pullup a LARGE sum of mail; they arelooking for checks paying bills


    Checks s tolem from outgoingmail: Crooks will trade or giveaway stolen mail

    Household products used:Acetone nail polish remover willremove all ink off of a check DOES NOT REMOVE GEL INK(use gel ink pens to write EVERYpart of a check)


    Secur ity featu res on credit care

    Black light u sed to view holo-grams

    - $5.00 cost for light + S&H @www.NoveltyLights.com

    Discover Credit cards alwaysstar t with : 3011

    - most victim friendly

    - hologram says = DISCOVER

    Visa Credit cards always startwith : 4 xxx

    - largest company in world

    - most law enforcement friendly

    - used to have a flying pigeon asits hologram (this was compro-mised in China

    - now usin g a flying V hologra m

    Master Card Credit cards alwayssta rt with : 5xxx

    - hologra m = M on left of card a ndspaced to the other side a C

    American Express Credit cardsalways star t with : 37xx

    - hologra m = AMEX- on t heir tran sparent type of

    card you need to go to a perfectlydar k r oom t o view th is hologram


    LIC EN SE:

    New style of license wa s intr o-duced in 2001

    In 2007 the California Flag wasintroduced as its hologram

    Ha s NOT been compromised . . . .yet

    Equ ipment needed to counterfeitand ID :

    - Compu ter

    - Quality printer

    - Photoshop software


    At the present t ime HaywardPolice are confiscating counterfeit$100 bills

    Pr inted on REAL $5 currencypaper


    Has the Lincoln water markinstead of Benjamin Franklin (ifyou hold bill up to the light

    you will see the wat er ma rk)

    Curr ency th read will be BLUEun der a UV light (black light)

    P E R S O NAL P R O T E C T I ON :


    P AY AL L B IL LS O NL IN E ITS TH E SA FE ST METH O D(makesure the web address startswith : ht tps :// ) only 53% do onlinebanking, less than 30% Americanspa y bills online

    PAY WITH YOUR CRE DITCARD (not debit card) ATR E S TAURANTS /HOTE LS (ifshoulder surfer gets your pin num-ber they can change address wherebills are going and then do all thedam age by using it)




    P O S T O F F I C E


    C H EC K YO U R C R ED I TR E P O R T :

    w w w . a n n u a l c r e d i t r e p o r t . c o m

    - G e t Tra nsU n i on

    - T h e n g e t E x p e r i a n t h r e em o n t h s la t e r

    - T h e n g e t E q u i F a x t h r e em o n t h s la t e r



    FR A U D ALER T (for example:

    LIFE ROCK = $15 / mont h) C R E D IT F R E E Z E if you oweNOTHIN G do this

    D O N O T GIVE O U T P ER SO N -AL I NF O R MAT IO N (unless youkn ow its legitimat e)


    Presented by S gt. David Lun dgren to

    Neighborhood A lert.

    IDENTITY THEFT, continued from previous page submitted by Darlene Richardson

  • 8/14/2019 El ToroApr08



    Family Household Name _____________________________ Phone ______________________________________

    Address ___________________________________________ Date _______________________________________

    Family members or other residents in your home:________________________________________________________



    Pets: Type__________________________________________ Name/s _____________________________________

    SPECIAL NEEDS Please list any special needs of family members, including those who may require assistance fol-

    lowing a disaster. _________________________________________________________________________________


    Does anyone NOT understand English? __________________ Primary language_____________________________

    SPECIAL SKILLS/TRAINING/EQUIPMENT Please indicate if you or your family members have any of the fol-lowing that would be available to the neighborhood following a disaster:

    Medical (specify type) Doctor___ Nurse___ CPR___ First aid___ Other _________________________________

    Firefighting______________________________ Plumber/Electrician/Carpenter ______________________________


    Vehicle to Transport Injured_________________________ 4-Wheel Drive Vehicle ___________ R.V. ___________

    Camp Stove____________ Camp Light _______________ CB or HAM Radio ______________ Tent ___________

    WE HAVE THE FOLLOWING EMERGENCY SUPPLIES:Flashlight(s) _____________________________________ Emergency food ________________________________

    Emergency water supply____________________________ Emergency medication___________________________

    Battery operated radio______________________________ Other (Please list)_______________________________


    Are you interested in serving on this parks Disaster Preparedness Committee? Yes__________ No______________

    Are you willing to help in the case of disaster, after your family is cared for? Yes__________ No______________

    Anyone in your household bilingual? What languages? ___________________________________________________

    May we call upon these individuals available to translate in an emergency? Yes__________ No______________

    This information is being gathered that we might better assist park residents in case of a natural disaster, utility inter-

    ruptions and any other disruptive event, and will be available to first responders. If you do NOTwant parts or all of this

    form shared with others, specify here: _________________________________________________________________

    In the event that no one is home, I hereby give permission for gas, electricity and/or water to be shut off if it is neces-

    sary to do so for the safety of the residence and/or the neighborhood.

    SIGNATURE ______________________________________________________ Date____________________



  • 8/14/2019 El ToroApr08


    BeerU: 4 months.

    Brown sugarU/O: Indefinite shelf life, stored in amoistureproof container in a cool,dry place.

    Chocolate (Hershey bar)U/O: 1 year from production date.

    Coffee, instantU: Up to 2 years.O: Up to 1 month.

    Coffee, canned groundU: 2 years.O: 1 month refrigerated.

    Coffee, gourmetBeans: 3 weeks in paper bag, longerin vacuum-seal bag.*Ground: 1 wk in sealed container.

    Diet soda (and soft drinks in plastic

    bottles)U: 3 months from best by date.O: Doesnt spoil, but taste is affected.

    Dried pastaU/O: 12 months.

    Frozen dinnersU: 12 to 18 months.

    Frozen vegetablesU: 18 to 24 months.O: 1 month.

    HoneyU/O: Indefinite shelf life.

    Juice, bottled (apple orcranberry)U: 8 months from production date.O: 7 to 10 days.

    KetchupU: 1 year.*O: 4 to 6 months.*

    MarshmallowsU: 40 weeks.O: 3 months.

    Maraschino cherriesU: 3 to 4 years.O: 2 weeks at room temperature; 6months refrigerated.

    Maple syrup, real or imitation

    U/O: 1 year.MayonnaiseU: Indefinitely.O: 2 to 3 months from purchase bydate.*

    MustardU/O: 2 years.*

    Olives, jarred (green with pimento)U: 3 years.O: 3 months.

    Olive oil

    U/O: 2 years from manufacturedate.*

    PeanutsU: 1 to 2 years unless frozen orrefrigerated.O: 1 to 2 weeks in airtight container.

    Peanut butter, naturalU/O: 9 months.

    Peanut butter, processed (Jif)U: 2 years.O: 6 months; refrigerate after 3


    PicklesU: 18 months.O: No conclusive data. Discard ifslippery or excessively soft.

    Protein bars (PowerBars)U: 10 to 12 months. Check best bydate on the package.

    Rice, whiteU/O: 2 years from date on box ordate of purchase.

    Salad dressing, bottledU: 12 months after best by date.O: 9 months refrigerated.

    Soda, regularU: In cans or glass bottles, 9 months

    from best by date.O: Doesnt spoil, but taste is affected.

    Soy sauce, bottledU: 2 yearsO: 3 months.*

    Steak sauceU/O: 33 months.*

    TabascoU/O: 5 years, stored in a cool, dry


    Tea bags (Lipton)

    U/O: Use within 2 years of openingthe package.

    Tuna, cannedU: 1 year from purchase date.O: 3 to 4 days, not stored in can.

    VinegarU/O: 42 months.

    Wine (red, white)U: 3 years from vintage date; 20 to100 years for fine wines.O: 1 week refrigerated and corked.

    Worcestershire sauceU: 5 to 10 years.*O: 2 years.

    *After this time, color or flavor may be

    affected, but the product is still generally

    safe to consume.

    Time to Toss ItExpiration dates for items commonly found in your kitchen

    By Maya Kukes and Lisa Smith From Real Simple

    Certain foods practically scream toss me when their prime has passed. That mysterious extra white layer on

    the Cheddar? A sure sign it needs to be put out of its misery. Chunky milk? Down the drain it goes. But what

    about that jar of olives youve had since before the birth of your kindergartner? With help from experts and

    product manufacturers,Real Simple has compiled a comprehensive list of expiration dates, so theres no longer



    The minutes of the February Association meeting which were to have appeared here and on pg 12 were not received by presstime.

  • 8/14/2019 El ToroApr08


    The information on this page is

    from materials created by the

    Emergency Survival Program

    (ESP) in 2006, and based on The

    Seven Steps to Ea rthqua ke Safety

    in the handbook,Putting Down

    Roots in Earthqu ake Country.

    This booklet was distributed to

    every resident last year and should

    be retained as reference material.

    But, for t he t echn osavvy, all this

    valuable informa tion is available at

    your fingertips by logging onto

    ht tp://www.earthquakecount ry.info/


    E a c h s t e p c o n t a i n s a l i n k t o

    t h e p d f f i l e t h a t y o u c a n r e a d

    on l i ne o r p r i n t a s you s ee f i t .

    T h i s s u m m a r y c a n h e l p y o u

    d e t e r m i n e w h a t y o u v e a l r e a d y

    d o n e t o w a r d y ou r p e r s o n a l

    E S P a n d w h a t y o u n e e d t o

    i nves t i ga t e f u r t h e r . D ont d e l ay !

    D o it t oda y!

    Step #1 in Putting Down Roots inEarthquake Country

    Secure it now!

    Reducing and/or eliminating

    hazards throughout your home,neighborhood, workplace and

    school can greatly reduce your risk

    of injur y or dea th following th e next

    earthquake or other disaster.

    Conduct a hazard hunt to help

    identify and fix things such as

    unsecured televisions, computers,

    bookcases, furniture, unstrapped

    water heaters, etc. Securing these

    items now will help to protect you


    Download this Emergency SurvivalProgram focus sheet (804 KB PDF)

    Step #2 in Putting Down Roots inEarthquake Country

    Make a plan

    Planning for an earth quake, ter-

    rorist at ta ck, or other emergency is

    not much different from planning

    for a party or vacation. Make sure

    that your emergency plan includes

    evacua tion and r eunion plans; your

    out-of-state contact persons name

    and number; the location of your

    emergency supplies and other per-

    tinent information. By planning

    now, you will be ready for the nextemergency.

    Download this Emergency Survival

    Program focus sheet (436 KB PDF)

    Step #3 in Putting Down Roots inEarthquake Country

    Make disaster kits

    Everyone should have disaster

    supplies kits stored in accessible

    locations at home, at work and in

    your vehicle. Having emergency

    supplies readily available canreduce the impact of an earth-

    quake, a terrorist incident or other

    emergency on you and your family.

    Your disaster supplies kits should

    include food, water, flashlights,

    portable radios, batteries, a first

    aid kit, cash, extra medications, a

    whistle, fire extinguisher, etc.

    Download this Emergency Survival

    Program focus sheet (432 KB PDF)

    Step #4 in Putting Down Roots inEarthquake Country

    Is your place safe?

    Most houses are not as safe as

    they could be. Whether you are a

    homeowner or a renter, there are

    things that you can do to improve

    the structural integrity of your

    home. Some of the things that you

    might consider checking include

    inadequate foundations, unbraced

    cripple walls, soft first stories,

    unreinforced m asonry and vulnera-

    ble pipes. Consult a contractor or

    engineer to help you identify your

    buildings weak nesses a nd begin to

    fix th em n ow.

    Download this Emergency Survival

    Program focus sheet (620 KB PDF)

    Step #5 in Putting Down Roots inEarthquake Country

    Drop, cover, and hold on!

    Learn what to do during an

    eart hqua ke, whether youre at

    home, at work, a t school or just out

    and about. Taking the proper

    actions, such as Drop, Cover, andHold On, can save lives and r educe

    your risk of death or injur y. During

    eart hqua kes, drop to th e floor, ta ke

    cover under a sturdy desk or table,

    and hold on to it firmly. Be pre-

    pared to move with it until the

    shaking stops.

    Download this Emergency Survival

    Program focus sheet (480 KB PDF)

    Step #6 in Putting Down Roots in

    Earthquake Country

    Check it out!

    One of the first things you

    should do following a major disas-

    ter is to check for injur ies and da m-

    ages that need immediate atten-

    tion. Make sure you are trained in

    first aid and in damage assessment

    techn iques. You should be a ble to

    administer first aid and to identify

    hazards such as damaged gas,

    water, sewage and electrical lines.

    Be prepared to report damage tocity or county government.

    Download this Emergency Survival

    Program focus sheet (560 KB PDF)

    Step #7 in Putting Down Roots inEarthquake Country

    Communicate and recover!

    Following a major disaster, com-

    munication will be an important

    step in your recovery efforts. Turn

    on your portable radio for informa-tion and safety advisories. If your

    home is damaged, contact your

    insurance agent r ight away to

    begin your claims process. For most

    Presidentially declared disasters,

    resources will also be available

    from federal, state, and local gov-

    ernment agencies.

    Download this Emergency Survival

    Program focus sheet (408 KB PDF)


    A Summary of the Seven Steps to Earthquake Safety

  • 8/14/2019 El ToroApr08


    Meeting called to order with thePledge of Allegiance. Ron, Julie, Reynot present. Norma stated she sub-mitted meeting minutes but theywere not published in El Toro. Jeaniestated no minutes were received.Linda addressed the fact that board

    meeting minutes Norma producedand delivered throughout the park,did not include information contain-ing Neighborhood Alert as theresponsible group to remove theclothesline by the small clubhouse. Itwas agreed meeting minute approvalwould be tabled for later date. Wehad no expenses from our lastTreasurers Report.

    Flea Market update$12 fortables, we have a total of 30 tablesbut residents have the ability to pro-vide their own table for outside area.

    Advertising for the flea market in theDaily Review was $46.10 for the lastflea market. Kevin asked about therise in cost of tables by $2 and wastold this move was decided by thecommittee.

    Grievance committee Report givenby Norma and Mary. In addition:Bathroom doors have not been leftopen as stated earlier from 9 until6:00 p.m. The Regional Manager stat-ed in December the park ownerswould spend $26,000 on Hot Tub ren-

    ovations including skimmers, drains,piping, etc. Darlene stated permit forrepairs was given on March 6.Norma had been told repairs were tostart March 1, which came and went.Darlene got this information from theoffice, today she stated. Kevin is con-cerned about parking and asks if weare discussing this situation with theregional manager. Norma suggestedhe doesnt give sufficient answers toimportant questions involving healthand safety issues so adding the con-cern of parking will come later.

    We discussed the fact the parkdoes not have knowledge of where thepark water system shut off valvesare. We had suggested to Mr. Hageperhaps they would consider compen-sating previous manager, John Flinkand Ben (former gardener/ mainte-nance man) to help in locating thevalves. Mr. Hage stated that was apossibility.

    Mary asked had anyone noticedthe installation of the signs kids atp l a y. We were told some were

    installed but we do not know where.We did ask about someone servicingthe pump house as the regional man-ager stated this was done twice a dayalthough those of us who reside bythe back gate did not notice thembeing serviced twice a day.

    We are still waiting to be contact-ed about the paint being secured forbrightening up the street signs. Itseems to Linda and Mary some signshave been improved with paint. Weshared the information that Max hadinstalled a large Miranda St Sign anda Stop sign on Miranda St where itmeets Granada Dr. There are somenew style street signs installed onMiranda St and others around thepark have been improved. We do notwant our volunteer work to paintsigns to replace ARC responsibility to

    install new signs.Readable street signs are a safety

    factor. Peter stated PG&E drove byhis home three times before findinghis address when he had a gas leak.PG&E was called at night and theycould not find his home.

    HMOA next meeting is March 15,10:00 at Eden Roc. HMOA will workon Candidates Afternoon for CityCouncil elections. All candidates willhave the opportunity to addressissues that hold importance to them

    while letting Hayward residents getto know them. The event will be heldat Georgian Manor on April 26.

    Stacia reports she wants it reflect-ed in the meeting minutes that thethree original members of the disas-ter committee are quitting because ofNorma, she is returning $50, keys,etc. She went on to talk about thelocation of the shed in proximity tothe park meters, noting there is only2-ft clearance when 3-ft is needed.

    Neighborhood Alert It wasreported to Linda that the 7-11 on

    Tennyson Rd and the Valero gas sta-tion at our back entrance is not ask-ing the City of Hayward for permitsto sell alcohol. Next Neighborhood

    Alert meeting is Tuesday March 11 atour clubhouse at 7:00 p.m..

    Flyers No 98 and Yes on 99 havebeen approved by the association. Wewill spend $200 approved by associa-tion for distribution. We will haveflyer ready for review for April 3Election Meeting.

    Theft in Park A resident report-ed she had a Bicycle stolen from hercarport. We continue to have theft inthe park although it isnt alwaysreported to the Police Department ormanagement.

    O ld B us i nes s /N ew B u s i nes s

    Fran asked if the VP or Pres haveheard a response from Housing andCommunity Development (HCD) asregards the lack of tree maintenancein our park. There has been noresponse. Darlene questioned Normaif she had sent the letter regardingsewers to HCD. She had not, due toher busy schedule.

    We discussed the fact $2700 isbeing collected this month from theresidents as a $2 charge for eachmeter at the residents homes. Our

    management company collected $924a few months ago in accordance withTitle 25, which allows the collectionof 12 the $4 charge, on a once a yearfee. The rationale by managementstaff for this new charge is listed inthe MRL 798.43, which does notspecifically refer to a specific chargeor the amount of $2.

    There was some concern over the35-day meter-reading period in themiddle of winter during a high useperiod. The longer billing period cre-ates a higher bill for the residents forutility use. We are charged more thantwice as much for the cost of gas andelectric once we pass Baseline (orTier 1) then non- baseline (Tier 2) upto Tier 3 and Tier 4 for some house-holds. While the park owner isallowed legally to make a profit off ofthe residents as regards the utilitycharge, since we are a mastermetered park, we want the samebilling period the park receives.PG&E reads their meters every 30days with a grace period of one daybefore or one day after. We have sincereceived a 29-day billing period,which cannot compensate us for the35-day charge. Mary volunteered tocontact the PUC and inquire as to thelegality of billing residents beyond a30-day period.

    Meeting adjourned 8:25 p.m.

    Submitted by Norma Moore,Secretary

    Ed note: Minutes for the FebruaryAssociation meeting were not receivedby press time.


    Minutes of 6March08 Los Rancheros Association Meeting

  • 8/14/2019 El ToroApr08



    Resident Suggestion / Ob jec tion Form

    We w elco me your view s and sugg estions on how to imp rove the q uality and range of services we provide a t

    the c om munity you reside. This form will allow residents to provide feed ba ck to ma nage ment o n servic es,

    suggestions for imp rove me nts, or gene ral co nc erns.

    While we a re a ttem pting to p rom ote a harmonious c om munity a tmosphe re, som etimes incidents oc c ur which

    ma y infringe on your enjoyme nt of the Park or pe rhap s you ma y have a sugg estion or positive fee db ac k to

    share. In orde r to rem ed y the situa tion w hen a pp rop riate, we req uest a ll com plaints and / or sugg estions to b e

    submitted to ma nag eme nt in writing.

    Type of c omm unic ation: (Plea se che c k one that ap plies)

    ____C onc e rn a b out Pa rk Fa c ilitie s ____C onc e rn a b out Pa rk Ma na g em ent

    ____Conc ern ab out pa rk resid ents ____Sug gestion

    ____Po sitive Fe ed b a c k ____O the r: _________________________________________

    Na me of Community :______________________________________________ Spac e Number:_____________________

    Na me: _________________________________________________________________________________________________

    Full Address: ____________________________________________________________________________________________

    Detail sugg estion, feedb ac k, incident or co nce rn (spe cify da te, time and plac e if ap plic ab le):




    What ac tion do you think is ap prop ria te?




    Bec ause of rep ea ted c om pla ints, in extrem e c ases, eviction p roc eed ings ma y beinitiate d a ga inst an o ffend -

    ing pa rk resident. In c om p lianc e w ith California law, it ma y be ne cessa ry to use this state ment for do c umen-tation p urpo ses. Conseq uently we c anno t insure c om p lete confidentiality.

    Signed: _____________________________________________________________________Da ted :_____________________

    Print name:_____________________________________________________________________________________________

    ______ This form is for informationa l purposes only and does not req uire a response.

    ______ I w ish fo r a response. My te lepho ne number is:_____________________________________________________

    Equal Housing Opportunity

    Management Office Use Only: Received On:__________________ Form of Delivery: __________________

    Disposition __________________________________________________________________________________



    Please provide a copy of this form to the Los Rancheros Association Board and keep a copy for yourself.

  • 8/14/2019 El ToroApr08


    Neighborhood WatchKnow Your Neighbors!

    Courtesy of Los Rancheros Association

    Please do your share!Lets all watch out for each other!

    Fill in your neighbors names onthis handy reference sheet.

    In an emergency youll need thisinformation, but in the meantime youllknow who to call if you spot a problemyour neighbor should know about.

    Lets get acquainted!

    Across Left Across Across Right

    Next Door to Left Next Door to Right


    Report a CrimePOLICE FIRE RESCUE



  • 8/14/2019 El ToroApr08


    MAR 30 MAR 31 1 2 3 4 5

    6 7 8 9 10 11 12

    13 14 15 16 17 18 19

    20 21 22 230 241 25 26

    27 28 29 30 MAY 1 MAY 2 MAY 3


    A P R I L 2 0 0 8

    El Toro




    BUS10 A.M.

    BUS10 A.M.

    BUS10 A.M.

    BUS10 A.M.

    BUS10 A.M.










    Assn BoardMeeting

    7:00 p.m.


    Meeting7:00 p.m.

    ELECTIONof Officers






    AssociationMeeting7:00 p.m.

    NborhoodWatch 7pm

    Earth Day


    BUS10 A.M.

    BUS10 A.M.

    BUS10 A.M.

    BUS10 A.M.

    BUS10 A.M.





    Pool Open s

    April FoolsDay