Next Board Meeting – TONIGHT, May 13, 2015

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

Agenda items include:

  • Alpha Regional Handyman Services Proposal
  • Santa Margarita Water District Tower Claim Update
  • Committee Reports & Updates

Wednesday, May 13
6 p.m. – Open Meeting Session
7 p.m. – Homeowners Forum
Canyon Room, Coto Valley Club

May 2015 Open Meeting Agenda

May 2015 Executive Session Agenda

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South County Fire Watch Needs Volunteers

With the severe drought, this year’s fire season is expected to be a difficult one.  You can help out by volunteering for the South County Fire Watch, organized and operated by the Orange County Fire Authority (OCFA) and the South County Land Stewards.

South County Fire Watch Flyer

Several Village homeowners participate in this program but more volunteers are needed (adults only, sorry kids!).

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 professionals.
  • 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.

Training will be held one evening in July and August by the OCFA. If you’re interested in volunteering, contact Sandy DeSimone at Starr Ranch at 949-858-0309 or at or Laura Coley Eisenberg at 949-240-3363 ext. 297 or



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May 2015 Newsletter

The May 2015 Village Newsletter is now available.

This issue features articles about the state water mandate, artificial turf alternatives, tree trimming policy update and parking concerns along Pato, Patito and Aguila.

pdficon_large May 2015 Newsletter

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Watering Mandates

Water conservation has been on the minds of many homeowners.  The board is working with our landscape crew to adjust the watering schedule in common areas.  Additionally, the board is considering a plan to reduce or refund HOA application fees for homeowners submitting plans to remove/reduce their lawns and/or install permeable pavers, drought tolerant landscape and the like.  More to come on that next month.

The State Water Resources Control Board enacted new rules in March prohibiting water use.  All Californians are now prohibited from:

  • washing down sidewalks and driveways;
  • watering outdoor landscapes in a manner that causes excess runoff;
  • washing a motor vehicle with a hose, unless the hose is fitted with a shut-off nozzle;
  • operating a fountain or decorative water feature, unless the water is part of a recirculating system; and
  • irrigating turf or ornamental landscapes during and 48 hours following measurable precipitation.

Santa Margarita Water District, which services Coto, has implemented a watering schedule and a turf removal rebate program of up to $2.00 per square foot of turf removed.

For summer watering (April – October), the schedule is is 3 days per week.  Even-numbered addresses should water Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday.  Odd-numbered addresses should water Monday, Wednesday and Friday


  • Number of Days Watering per Week: 3
  • Number of Start Times: 2 during April, May, September and October, 3 during June-August
  • Maximum Minutes per Start Time: 4 (except October when it’s 3)
  • Total Minutes per Week: 24 in April, May and September, 36 in June-August, 18 in October

Shrubs and Trees

  • Number of Days of Watering per Week: 3
  • Number of Start Times: 1 during April and October, 2 during May, June, July, August and September
  • Maximum minutes per Start Time: 4, except May and September when it is 3
  • Total Minutes per Week:  12 in April, 18 in May, 24 in June-August, 18 in September, 12 in October
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Coto General Store

The new owners of the Coto General Store, Larry and Carol Guesno, have launched a website with details of their vision for the property and site renderings.  They also are interested in hearing from the community on what residents want to see go in to that location.  You can take their survey here.

Read the Coto de Caza News article for details about the plans for the general store.


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Next Board Meeting – Wednesday, April 8, 2015

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

Agenda items include:

  • Encroachment Meeting Notes & New Encroachment Policy
  • Committee Reports & Updates
    • New committees for Lot 424 and the CVCC
  • Spring Clean Up Event
  • Insurance Renewal

Wednesday, April 8
6 p.m. – Open Meeting Session
7 p.m. – Homeowners Forum
Canyon Room, Coto Valley Club

April 2015 Open Meeting Agenda

April 2015 Executive Session Agenda

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Annual EGGstravaganza at Coto Valley Club – April 4

The Coto Mother’s Club is hosting its annual Eggstravanza event at the Coto Valley Country Club on Saturday, April 4 from 8 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Bring your own basket for the complementary egg hunt. Enjoy a visit from the Easter Bunny, bounce houses, trackless train, face painter and other family activities.  Treats and beverages will be available for purchase.

Local family and kid-friendly businesses will be selling their products and services.  Additionally, raffle baskets will be up for auction with 25 percent of all proceeds benefitting Autism Speaks.

This fun, free event is open to the entire Coto de Caza community.  It also brings an influx of cars to the Village.  Streets most impacted by event parking will be Via  Pardal, Via Gallo, Via Oso, Via Pavo Real, Via Alondra, Via Venado and Via Pajaro.  Please take extra care navigating our narrow streets on Saturday morning.

A reminder that the Village parking policy permits parking on the odd-numbered side of the street only.

For more information, email

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