Changes to Gate Access Telephone Policy

At the August Village HOA meeting, a change to the gate access telephone policy was adopted by the board of directions.  The new policy begins September 15.

As a courtesy, Village residents will provide three (3) free calls per month to call in guests. Members making four (4) or more gate-access calls per month will be charged $20.00 for their calls, in increments of 5 calls at a time (see billing schedule below). If payment is not received, members will be subject to a violation hearing and a fine.

All members are encouraged to use the FREE online system to call in guests at

Billing Schedule (Per Month)
On the 4th call:          $20
On the 10th call:         $20
On the 15th call:         $20
On the 20th call:         $20

Members will continue to be billed $20 in 5-call increments.

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REMINDER: Fire Watch Volunteer Meeting this Saturday

The South County Land Stewards, together with the Orange County Fire Authority, are seeking volunteers for the South County Fire Watch.

Several Village homeowners participate in this program, but more volunteers are needed, specifically for the Coto de Caza area.

Training is scheduled for Saturday, August 30, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. at Ladera Fire Station 58, at the intersection of Antonio and Crown Valley parkways. Battalion Chief Mike Fredig is leading the training. Contact Sandy DeSimone at Starr Ranch at 949-858-0309 or email her.

Here’s how it works:

  • On Red Flag days, South County Land Stewards assign rotating shifts of volunteers to wildlife vantage points to serve as deterrents and lookouts for fire professions.
  • Participants are placed in locations easily accessible from where they live or work. For example, Village residents are often assigned to Starr Ranch’s entrance or the picnic area on Bell Canyon Trail.
  • If you cannot take a shift on a particular Red Flag day, that’s ok.  The South County Land Stewards will work through the list to find someone who is available.


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Have You Considered Running for the Board?

Have you been thinking about getting involved in the community?  One way to do it is by serving on the Village board of directors.

To get started, simply fill out and return the application form to our property management firm by August 31. Candidates will be invited to speak at a Candidates’ Night panel held on September 10.  The annual election is scheduled for October 8.

Village Board Candidate Application 2014

Directors serve one-year terms, running from October through September.  Each  year, all five board seats are up for election.

Serving on the board is a great to get to know other homeowners and shape Village activities.  Please consider volunteering your time on behalf of this one-of-a-kind neighborhood.

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August 2014 Newsletter

The August 2014 Village newsletter is now available.  This issue features information on a change to the Dwelling Live Excessive Calls Policy, an update on distressed tress in the Village and reminders about the violation policy and architectural submissions.

pdficon_large  August 2014 Newsletter

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Village Working Group: The Save Coto Lifestyle Group & Petition

Members of the Village Working Group recently met with representatives of the Save Coto Lifestyle group to learn more about its mission and its petition drive.  To learn more about the group’s history, purpose and petition, keep reading.

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Next Board Meeting – Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Join us for Wednesday’s board meeting.  All are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Wednesday, August 13
6 p.m. for Open Session
7 p.m. for Homeowners Forum
Canyon Room, Coto Valley Club

Executive Agenda
Open Agenda

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Vandalism at Stonefield Development

In the past month, there have been two incidents of vandalism at Stonefield Development offices, which are adjacent to the Coto Valley Club.

On August 4, Stonefield Development staff discovered there was no running water at the office. According to Bob Pack, president and founder of Stonefield, an eyewitness saw “a group of 6-8 teenage boys riding scooters and skateboards at about 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, August 2. They were jumping the meters for the Club and (Stonefield’s) offices.”

On Friday, July 11 at 3:30 p.m., Pack said his staff discovered that a “fire had started on the back wooden stairs of our office building, which was starting to up the wall. The fire department was called and they extinguished the fire, removed a couple of the steps to ensure it was all out and placed a yellow tape barrier for safety. It was fortunate that it was a weekday during business hours and we were able to discover it early and no one was hurt.”

Stonefield staff filed a police report on August 4 regarding both incidents of vandalism. According to Pack, the sherif advised the Stonefield team to not engage any party if they witness malicious behavior and instead call 911. He asked to share this information with the Village community to help keep the neighborhood safe.


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