Neighborhood News

“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

Mensingers First Lifetime Members

Congratulations, and thanks, to Steve and Robin Mensinger for stepping up and becoming CHARTER LIFETIME MEMBERS! You will, of course, remember Steve as our past City Councilman and immediate past Mayor. Bob and Ginger Juneman were close followers, so we now have a pair Lifetime Memberships. Could this be the start of a trend? Who’s next?

~B

NMUSD Upcoming Meetings

Update from Martha O’Meara

If you are interested in high quality schools in Newport- Mesa, you should attend 1 of 3 meetings to discuss trustee boundary maps for the 2018 election.

In the 2018 election we will be voting only for the trustee that will represent our area. What will the boundary lines be for our Mesa Verde area? The trustees make the final decision on the boundary lines but we have input at these meetings.

Scheduled meetings:
September 18, Newport Harbor High 6:00 p.m.
September 28 Costa Mesa High 6:00 p.m.
October 9 NM District office on Bear St. 6:00 p.m.

Board of Directors Update, August 25, 2017

Wednesday,  August 16,  the Mesa Verde Community Inc. Board of Directors underwent a few changes.

Nearly 20-year Board Member Cindy Brenneman announced it would be her last meeting, that it was time for her to resign but promised not to be a stranger.  Cindy is a past President of MVCI and a true servant of the community.  We wish you all the best, Cindy!

The Board of Directors of Mesa Verde Community, Inc. is pleased to announce Bob Juneman is the new President of MVCI.  Bob says “I believe Mesa Verde is a wonderful place to live, and I hope all our members will join with us to make it even better”.

Bob moved to Mesa Verde  in 2004, joined Mesa Verde Community, Inc. and was elected to the Board of MVCI by the General membership in 2016.   MVCI Board Members appreciate his willingness to serve our community and recognize his dedication to the mission of MVCI, his leadership abilities and geniality.   Thank you and congratulations, Bob!

The Board also welcomes 40 year Mesa Verde resident Dean Marxer, appointed to fill a vacancy when a board member moved away.  Dean will serve until the Annual Election General Meeting, at which time he can stand for election by the members in attendance.

The mission of MVCI is “To Inform, Protect and Beautify Mesa Verde”  Per MVCI Bylaws the general membership votes for Board Members at  the MVCI annual meeting. At a subsequent Board meeting  the Board elects officers willing to serve in the various positions.  When there is a vacancy on the Board, a member can be appointed to fill the position until the next Election Meeting.

The current Board consists of  President Bob Juneman, Vice President Robin Leffler, Secretary Virginia Vargas, Treasurer Carri Lang, and Members at Large Arlene Jones, Billy Partnoff, John Leffler, and Dean Marxer.