PRESIDENT’S CORNER — JULY 2018

Many of you were kind enough to complete our recent survey, so I thought I would summarize the most common themes, in response to the last survey question, “What would you like to see most from MVCI?”

1. Provide information on what is going on in town, especially Mesa Verde.

2. What is being done about the homeless and the sober living facilities?

3. Organize more community activities, I.e. town halls, etc.

4. Remind residents to keep their property presentable.

5. Stop the speeding in our neighborhoods.

6. Keep us informed as to what the city council is up to.

7. Do not engage in politics.

8. What are the benefits of membership in MVCI?

9. Why is crime increasing?

10. You’re doing fine-just keep it up.

Of course, we wish all responses were #10, but then, we wouldn’t have anything left to do. Let’s look at some of these themes. #1: we will step up the pace. Please check our website, as we try to keep it fresh. www.mesaverdecommunity.org. Also, visit our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/groups/1083641171668836/), and sign up for our e-mail blast at admin@mesaverdecommunity.org. Our next semi-annual newsletter is scheduled for publication in late September. #3: we’re working on several town hall events during the Winter. We will be holding a candidate’s forum in October, our annual meeting in March, and our picnic in May.  #5: Would love to. We will notify CMPD of the concern in our community.  #7: We don’t. We are a non-political. Non-partisan association. #8: Great question! Please visit our website as to who we are and what we do.

We will work on a more persuasive statement, but keep in mind our mission statement “Inform, Protect and Beautify” Mesa Verde. These are the ends to which we strive, in our advocacy for Mesa Verde residents. Finally, #9, CMPD statistics indicate crime to actually be decreasing, but, if it happens in your neighborhood, ….. well, that’s different. We might suggest you consider forming a Neighborhood Watch group, sponsored by our Police Dept. We can help you with that.

We appreciate your participation in our survey, and we will be doing these periodically. If you have a specific problem, please contact us through our website. We will do our best to help you. We will release other survey findings in subsequent posts.

Thanks for tuning in.

Bob Juneman
President

President’s Corner — June 2018

Hello again, time for my June commentary.

First, thank you to our newest Lifetime Members:

                      Chris and Tracy Clevidence and David and Nancy Walden

Our Lifetime Club is growing. Please refer to the MEMBERSHIP LIST posting as of June 1st. There was a considerable drop off from the 2017 membership year, so If you haven’t tendered your dues for this year (Apr 1- Mar 31), now is a good time to do so. We are working on setting up “auto renew” to make it simpler for our members, so bear with us. PayPal sign ups are also being refined and will include the auto-renew feature. Stay tuned for more on this.

For the past few months you have likely noticed new construction in the center at Harbor and Adams. So, what’s going on?  This past Friday, we posted a update, courtesy of the Segerstrom Co.,  owners and operators of the center, with information on the new section of “The Shops at Mesa Verde,” as well as  what’s happening at the old Acapulco.

Bet you’ve seen some coyotes running around the community. The California Fish and Wildlife Department is very concerned that a big part of the problem is us. (We have met the enemy and he is us! – POGO)  If you want to know why and what we can do about it, click here.  Really good stuff!

Looks like the new fire station at Adams and Royal Palm will now open in September, ….. or maybe October? Stay tuned for news on a grand opening and guided tours, courtesy of CMFD and MVCI. Our patience will be rewarded, I’m sure.

Our cadre of MVCI volunteers is growing, now numbering seven. This is a great opportunity for you to serve your community without an obligation to time commitment. We will call on you from time to time for special projects. My goal is to reach 20 by March 31st. Will you help me? Contact me at bob@juneman.com for more info or to enlist.

Stay connected to MVCI via our website. New postings often.

and…..

PLEASE REMEMBER TO RENEW YOUR MEMBERSHIP!

Thank you,  ‘til July,

Bob

President’s Corner — May, 2018

Hope you are all noticing the gorgeous May flowers that the April showers brought. It’s looking real nice around the community.

Our first picnic, held Saturday, May 19th, is in the books. Twenty or so families participated; the weather was decent, the kids played games, prizes were awarded, and everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves. You can see a few pictures below. So, I think it was a reasonable success for our first try, and we’ll do another next Spring, only a little bigger and a little better. Thanks to the Mesa Verde United Methodist Church for allowing us to use their facilities.

Congratulations and thanks to Kyle Byron and Lisa Gonzalez for becoming our newest lifetime members.  Who will be next?

Have you noticed our newly refurbished MVCI gateway signs?  They’re on Adams at the corners of Mesa Verde West and Shantar. A new sign will soon appear on the northeast corner of Adams and Mesa Verde West. Your membership dues at work.

We still have a supply of “No Solicitation” yard signs available. Price is $5 each, including mounting bracket. You may purchase through our website,  or contact me at bob@juneman.com.

Finally, we are putting together a robust volunteer group. If you would like to help us on special projects from time to time, please let us know. Just send me an e-mail (Bob@Juneman.com) with your contact info, including phone number.

Thanks for tuning in. I’ll talk to you again in June.

Bob

 

    

  

President’s Corner — April, 2018

Spring iz sprung, the grass iz riz; I wonder where the dazies iz? How long since you heard that corny rhyme?  Suddenly, Spring is all around us. The daisies are here, and the azaleas, the hawthorn, the roses and all the other gorgeous blooms in Mesa Verde.

Wow! What a great place to live. Our motto is “To Inform, Protect, and Beautify Mesa Verde”. What are we all doing to “Beautify” our community? If you see things that need to be done on public property, let the City hear about it, and maybe we could use a little introspection on our own properties.

What’s coming up? Look for a notice of a Mesa Verde picnic, to be held May 19th. This will be a first for us, so it will be an experiment. But, we hope you will come out and join us. Be adventurous. Remember those pioneers?  They were the ones with the arrows in their backs?

Been watching the progress of our new Fire Station One, corner of Adams and Royal Palm?  Forecast to open in May/June. My guess is July. We will, hopefully, be able to arrange tours. Kids and fire trucks. Americana at it’s nostalgic best!  Stay tuned.

Look for refurbished MESA VERDE signs at our various entryways, and a brand new one at Adams and Mesa Verde West. Should be all in place by the beginning of summer. All part of our various beautification efforts.

For those of you who missed our annual meeting March 28th, it can be viewed in it’s entirety on our website here: https://wp.me/p6Zz7F-5S. Great tips on crime prevention and disaster preparation and control, presented by Roxi Fyad of CMPD and Brenda Emrick of CMFD.

Our new fiscal year began April 1st, so time to renew your membership for the new year. Or, maybe join us for the first time. Please find the membership application and instructions on our website.

Finally, we want to hear from you! And for those members who may have new families living nearby, please reach out and let them know about MVCI. This is your association, so please join us in making Mesa Verde an even better home. You may comment through our website, drop us a note at P.O. Box 4102, Costa Mesa, CA 92628-4102, or e-mail me at bob@juneman.com.

Thanks for tuning in,
Bob Juneman
President

Coming attractions!

Mark the date on your calendar and support Estancia High School’s Drama Department! Many Estancia families live in Mesa Verde and we encourage a “SRO” audience. Spread the word!

Handy Tricks & Tips — A New MVCI Website Feature

FIRST ISSUE – GARDEN FUN! Attract more hummingbirds, plant water-wise flowers they love!

WATER-WISE FLOWERS HUMMINGBIRDS ADORE

Hummers love Salvia (sage).  A  few easy ones:

  • Salvia clevelandia, lavender-blue flowers, 4 ft tall and wide.
  • Salvia leucantha (Mexican sage), rose violet, velvety leaves, prolific bloomer. 3-4 ft tall and wide.
  • Salvia greggii (Autumn sage), red, pink, white and coral, several varieties, about 3x3ft. In bloom right now (June- August) on the Mesa Verde Drive medians!
  • Salvia spathecea (Hummingbird sage), A shade lover, needs full or part shade.  Rose red flowers,  2-3ft tall, 3ft wide.

Other hummingbird favorites: 

  •  Mimulus cardinalis (Monkey Flower), scarlet red, and aurantiacus, yellow/orange,  also called Sticky monkey flower.
  • Buddleia (Butterfly Bush) Pink, blue, purple and “Black Knight”,  a purple so deep it is almost black.  Grows  6′-7′ or more, there are also dwarf varieties. (Butterflies also love it!)
  • Leonotis (Lions Tail), orange flowers, 4′ tall.
  • Zauschneria (California Fuchsia). Small tubular purple-tipped red flowers. Low, loose mound.
  • Agastache (hummingbird mint, hyssop) Rose-red, pink, and violet flowers, a variety of foliage types, low to medium height.
  • Callistemon (bottlebrush), Not just your grandma’s Bottlebrush tree! Many new varieties, colors and sizes.

GENERAL ADVICE:  All the above like full sun unless noted, and require well-drained soil.  Most need  regular water the first season, then do well with water only twice a month. Some benefit from occasional pruning. Check with your local Nursery or landscape professional for availability,  planting advice, growth habits, care and water needs.

No green thumb? No room?  No problem!  There’s always the good old hummingbird feeder.  Here’s a new trick:  A friend got some sugar at the 99c store that was tan, like turbinado sugar.   She mixed it up and the feeder was mobbed.   It disappeared  twice as fast as ordinary sugar water!  Recipe: 1 part sugar to 4 parts water.  Stir or shake until dissolved.  Keep feeder clean to prevent toxic fungus build-up.

 

Contributed by Robin Leffler, MVCI Board Member