Neighborhood News

President’s Corner — February, 2018

Happy Valentine’s Day.  I hope you are all celebrating this happy occasion with your loved ones. Our world can use a little more love and caring, and what better time to express it?

A reminder that we will hold our annual meeting on March 28th.  As usual, it will be at the United Methodist Church, 1701 Baker St.  Doors open at 6:30, meeting at 7:00. Our theme this year will be “Family and Neighborhood Safety”.  All residents of Mesa Verde are welcome, member or not. So, come meet and greet your neighbors and enjoy an informative evening. If you are not yet a member, we will make it easy for you at the meeting.

Our Board consists of nine members, each serving a two year term.  But, there is always a lot to accomplish in pursuing our mission statement to “ Inform, Protect, and Beautify” Mesa Verde.  And, as we are all volunteers, we have limited time and resources. So, we would like to enlist a cadre of volunteers whom we could call on from time to time for special projects.  This would be a great opportunity to serve our community without committing to any time or schedule.  If this idea appeals to you, please contact us, either through this website, or respond to me at bob@juneman.com

I’ll talk to you again in March.  In the meantime, we hope to see you at our Annual Meeting.

Bob Juneman

President’s Corner — January, 2018

Happy New Year, twelve new months ahead of us in which to excel. I’m looking forward to a great year, and hope you are too.

Our Board began the year with the loss of Board member and Secretary Virginia Vargas. Virginia and her husband are expanding their law practice, so she will be devoting time to that endeavor. We wish them great success. We are extremely fortunate to welcome Betty Cummings as our new Board member and Secretary. Betty and her husband Terry have been  Mesa Verde residents for many years, and she brings vast secretarial experience to our Board. Welcome aboard Betty.

We will be holding the annual meeting of MVCI on March 28th, so mark your calendar. Our theme this year is “Family and Neighborhood Safety”.  Speakers from our Police and Fire departments will bring us tried and true methods for enhancing the integrity of our homes.

This is an election year, and we will be electing City Council members by district rather than at large as before. The Mayor will be elected at large, by the voters, rather than by the Council. Costa Mesa will have six districts, so the Council will consist of six Council members, plus the Mayor.Some new wrinkles on the political scene.  More on this later as the picture unfolds.

We always like to hear from you: How are we doing? What would you like to see from us? Would you like us to hold a “candidate’s forum” as we have in the past? Social activity, such as a chili cook off, barbecue, picnic? Games for the kids? Give us feedback. You can contact us easily through the website.

Our goal is to keep our website fresh with new ideas and information. For example, we just added the ability to pay your dues and make contributions via PayPal. So please stay tuned. I’ll talk to you again next month.

Bob Juneman

**2018 MVCI Annual Meeting**

ANNUAL MEETING OF MESA VERDE COMMUNITY, INC.

Mark your calendar: Wednesday, March 28, United Methodist Church, 1701 Baker Street.  Doors open at 6:30, meeting begins at 7:00.  Our theme this year is “Family and Neighborhood Safety”.  Representatives from our Police and Fire Departments will bring us tried and true methods to enhance the integrity of our homes. You won’t want to miss this informative evening. Light refreshments will be served. Come out and visit with your friends and neighbors.

POST SCRIPT–4/2/18: If you clicked to get directly to this page, we now have a video of the meeting, which you can see here: https://wp.me/P6Zz7F-5a.

Enjoy!

“NO SOLICITATION” Signs

Special Bulletin! MVCI recently produced 600 “No Solicitation” signs for the community and they are available for purchase for $5.00 per sign. This includes the “H” frame if you want to place the sign in the ground. Cash only, please and try to have the correct amount.

MVCI President Bob Juneman and Board members Arlene Jones and Terry Wall have agreed to act as distribution points and Bob has graciously offered his home as the first pick up location on Saturday, December 2nd. Bob will be “open for business” from 9:00am until 4:00pm. Drop by, pick up a sign and visit with our association president. Details regarding Arlene and Terry’s availability will follow shortly. Please also consider joining MVCI, and we’ll have membership/renewal applications available, as well.

Bob’s address:
1911 Suva Circle   Google Map: http://bit.ly/2AMGSQM

Sincere thanks!
Terry

President’s Corner — November 2017

As we approach the Holiday Season, let us be thankful for Mesa Verde as our wonderful home. Let’s do whatever we can to keep it safe and beautiful. Let’s have hope that our local and national leaders will find the right solutions to the many problems they face each day. Finally, let us work together to see peace in this world in the new year.”

Our Board of Directors wishes you a blessed Thanksgiving and a happy holiday season.
See you next year!

Bob Juneman

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!

President’s Corner — October 2017

Let’s talk a bit about membership, the lifeblood of any association. Over the years, membership levels in MVCI have fluctuated from a high in the 400’s to a low of 86.  Right now, we’re at 200. I think we can do much better than that. If you are a current member, thank you. If not, please join us. Regular memberships are $20/year, Platinum $50. For those who hate writing those small checks each year, we offer a Lifetime membership at $500.

Please help us grow. Talk to your neighbors. Annual dues are our only source of revenue to carry out our mission to “Inform, Protect, and Beautify” Mesa Verde.

Membership applications are available on this website; just click the MENU tab at the top of any page.

We’re counting on you-please join us today.
Bob Juneman

Neighborhood Watch

 

Neighborhood Watch

“The eyes and ears of law enforcement”

Mesa Verde State Streets

October 2, 2017

 

Our initial meeting was last night and well attended. We estimate over 40 people came to hear the Costa Mesa PD Public Affairs Manager Roxi Fyad speak about crime prevention. She opened up by introducing herself with a little bit of her career history, starting her career as a 2nd responder, then she worked as the spokeswoman for the District Attorney’s office for 9 years and is now the with the CMPD. She has been trained on crime prevention.

Roxi gave the history on Neighborhood Watch, and how the community and the local police department can team up to prevent criminal activity. She explained the history of the last 3 months for our neighborhood and stated that we have had 35 burglary calls in 3 months, and many calls for the Vagabond Inn.

Costa Mesa is divided into 2 areas. 6 officers are on patrol at a time in our area which is Area 2. There are 119 sworn in officers on the force at this time but that number should be going up.

She placed importance on always locking up your home and vehicles to lower the opportunities for these crimes to be committed, as well as installing flood lights, RING doorbells, keeping your porch light on at night, and cameras that can view license plates and have great picture quality to be able to see faces clearly. Taking these precautions will slow down the opportunity for the crime to happen. Another point Roxi made was that we need to keep anything that looks valuable out of sight, when inside our vehicles. Even having mail on the front seat can be a lure for them to think that maybe one of those envelopes might have a credit card or check inside.

Officer J. Korte arrived and reiterated a lot of what Roxi had said. He has been with CMPD for the last 3 years and was with Redondo PD before joining up with CMPD. Many of the neighbors that attended gave personal stories of what they have experienced, and Officer Korte explained that there are a number of reasons which these individuals are in our neighborhoods. Starting with Prop. 47, which means many people who have committed crimes have short custody lengths, along with the individuals who come to Costa Mesa to seek help for their substance abuse issues who are placed back on the streets. These individuals become homeless in our area. The suggested long term fix was – People need to step up to be leaders, starting at the city level then county and state. Coming out to vote for what is important to us is also a step in the right direction.

Officer Korte said it is legal to take pictures of these individuals if they are out in a public place. Every situation is different, and some of these individuals who are causing issues in our neighborhood can be dangerous, so it is advised to always be safe and to call the police.

Knowing who your neighbors are is important. If you see anybody that look suspect or out of place, it is highly recommended to call the CMPD. One of the things that the officers hear a lot is that people don’t call because they don’t want to bother the police. But when we don’t call, the police will not know that there is an issue in that area. Roxi also stated that she really likes Nextdoor.com, and CMPD are planning on establishing an account in the near future. CMPD is already on Facebook and Twitter. A website that Roxi suggested was Nixle.com, which keeps you up-to-date with relevant information from your local public safety departments & schools. All you have to do is log in to nixle.com and type in your zip code, or text your zip code to 888777 to opt-in. There is also a Manual for Neighborhood Watch if you have any questions about how to be a part of one in your area.

Here is the link: https://www.costamesaca.gov/modules/showdocument.aspx?documentid=25236

The City of Costa Mesa is in the midst of looking for a crime analyst to hire to give us a picture of all the crimes happening in Costa Mesa.

We are the eyes and ears of our area, and the police cannot see everything. They will only know there is an issue if we call and report. When the crowd was asked if they had been affected by the crime issues in our area, about 90% raised their hands.

A good question asked was: “What is a good way to approach a criminal?”

Answer: If you see someone that is dangerous, do not put yourself in danger. If they have something in their hand, do not approach them. Just call the police and be ready to describe the appearance of the individual in question.

By locking up our vehicles and homes every time, we will help slow down the situation, and the criminals will have less reason to return. One of the neighbors suggested gathering funds from interested Mesa Verde residents to install a high tech camera in the neighborhood. It would require approval from the City in order to place that camera on any city property so Roxi asked this neighbor to email her, and maybe that is something that they can look into.

I hope that this gives us neighbors a better idea of what is happening here in Mesa Verde and Costa Mesa. We will reach out again soon to give you all an update of our areas neighborhood watch team. Thanks to Roxi Fyad and Officer Korte for coming out and informing us, John and Cindy Leffler for putting this together and to all the neighbors who attended the meeting.

 

Respectfully submitted by,
Virginia Vargas

President’s Corner **NEW FEATURE**

Someone once told me that the best way to start a new venture is to just begin. So, here goes. As your newly elected President, I’ve been thinking of ways to encourage communication between our Board of Directors and our membership. Both ways. So, I decided to begin this new posting, probably monthly. Let’s call it “President’s Corner.” Content will include timely items of interest to our Mesa Verde residents, actions taken or under discussion by our Board, and stuff we haven’t even thought of yet. That’s where you come in. Talk to us. Give us feedback. We want your ideas. We’re here to serve the Mesa Verde community. Go to MENU, find FEEDBACK, and you’ll see the format.  We want to hear from you.

Although I was just recently elected, the majority of our current Board of Directors has been together for about two years. At our recent meeting we had a brain storming session to discuss:

1. What have we accomplished so far?
2. Where are we now?
3. Where do we go from here?

Well, we wrote our Mission Statement, “To Inform, Protect, and Beautify Mesa Verde”, we re-wrote and updated our by-laws. We conducted a candidate forum for the last City Council election. We have held two annual meetings for the MVCI membership, featuring CMPD Chief Rob Sharpnack and City Manager Tom Hatch. Our next will be held in March. We have published several newsletters delivered to all residents of Mesa Verde. Hopefully you have read them. And, through the great efforts and talent of our webmaster, Terry Wall, we created this website. It is still a work in progress.

Where are we now? I believe we are in the growing pains stage, trying to decide what we want to be when we grow up.

Where do we go from here? Set goals, develop an action plan, and listen to what you of  the Mesa Verde community want from your association. A lot will depend on you and, we need to grow our membership. More on this next issue.

So, friends, just a taste of things to come. As Director  Bill Partnoff commented recently, “We have a wonderful community, but we have just scratched the surface of our potential”.

Stay tuned,
Bob Juneman