The Easter Bunny Comes to Rancho San Miguel!!

Thanks to our neighbors, kids and of course the Easter Bunny!  Best attended egg hunt that any one could remember!P1000963 P1000960 P1000961 P1000956 P1000958 P1000975 P1000977 P1000973 P1000974 P1000987 P1000981 P1000982 IMG_2026 IMG_2027 IMG_2029 IMG_2022 IMG_2036 IMG_2032 IMG_2035 IMG_2042 IMG_2039 IMG_2041 IMG_2038 P1000957

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RSM Meeting with the City on March 11th.

On Wednesday, March 11th the RSM Board met with the City Manager, Traffic Engineer, Police Department, and City Planning concerning various issue raised by the neighborhood. During the course of the hour long conversation we covered long time concerns such as John Muir, Berean, Traffic and newer ones like the signal project at San Carlos and Ygnacio Valley Road, and parking at El Divisidero Park.

Please review the report below on the meeting. The Board welcomes your comments, and participation in our communications with the City.

Berean: There has been no recent contact between the School and City. The RSM Board is committed to keeping an open line of communications with both the School and the City. It’s important to remember: Berean has a use agreement with the City covering hours of operation, uses of the facility, and school capacity. If you observe a problem, report it to the City.

John Muir Hospital: The City and John Muir have discussed building renovations to accommodate patients related the Affordable Care Act. This would entail remodeling of existing structures, not new construction. We asked the City to put the Board in touch with John Muir facilities staff to open a dialog. We will report back to RSM as more information comes in.

El Divisidero Parking Lot Usage: While we have been successful in opening the parking lot, there are still concerns about it not being used during soccer games. The City will help us communicate with the Soccer League. We will request the League include information about the parking in its instructions to teams when the annual schedule is set.

El Divisidero and San Carlos residents who are impacted should always file complaints with the City if there are cars parked illegally, or trash left in the area.

YVR/San Carlos Signal Plan: The City sent detailed plans for the intersection. Please look at the recent post for a PDF.

The project includes:

  • Lengthening the “pockets” leading to left turns into the park and San Carlos
  • Elimination of the light posts on YVR and replacement with lights suspended over the intersection
  • Dedicated turn signals for directional traffic on San Carlos. This means:
    1. Pedestrians walking across YVR to and from the park will have a dedicated light
    2. Vehicles exiting San Carlos and the Park onto YVR will also have a dedicated left turn light

We also suggested lights for bicycles on west side of the intersection. The City plans to solicit bids early summer, with construction starting late summer, early fall. The project should take three months to complete.

Important: City Manager (Ken Nordhoff) agreed to conduct an open neighborhood meeting about the signal plan and we are looking to schedule it in late April or early May.

Other topics covered:

  • Better planning around major events at Heather Farms Park and impacts on the neighborhood. The Police agreed to communicate with the Board in advance of events so we can forward the information to the neighborhood.
  • Increased traffic in RSM after construction at Encina Grande and downtown projects are completed. The City’s position is that it does not anticipate any traffic increases. We are requesting they initiate a comprehensive review of traffic patterns impacting particularly, San Carlos, San Antonio, and El Divisidero streets.

Traffic issues are ongoing and solutions will not be quick in coming. They require neighborhood involvement and collaboration! One more reminder about traffic: Our best weapon is reporting speeding and other infractions every time to the City. Get a license plate number. The City keeps statistics, and changes Police coverage patterns as a result.

Speed Sign on San Carlos

Extensively discussed on Nextdoor! The sign is to be installed on San Carlos (heading North) in order to slow traffic heading toward YVR. While the RSM Board did not propose this installation, our position has been to listen to the voices of RSM before advocating with the City. RSM seems overwhelmingly in favor.

There have been lots of constructive alternatives proposed (more signs, speed bumps, road changes) but it seems  for every solution, another problems is created: Negative impact on a small number of homes where changes are made, cost, visual changes, etc.

We will request the City provide sample images of the sign prior to installation.

Finally… Thanks to the entire neighborhood for input on these issues. As the Mayor noted last summer “We are the most active area in Walnut Creek”.

Please send your comments and suggestions to: president@ranchosanmiguel.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Ygnacio Valley Road and San Carlos Signal Plan!

RSM’ers have a look at what the City plans for our intersection!

The RSM Board is meeting with the City in a couple of weeks. Send your thoughts to this email address:  president@ranchosanmiguel.org

Click on the link below:

YVB Scan

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RSM Membership Drive and Home Renovation Forum!

Its that time of year!

Join RSM or renew, meet your neighbors, and this year somethingdifferent: A forum comprised of neighbors talking about their home renovation projects. Moderated by Hunter Winner of “Redneck Modern” Blog and Board Member Dean Lundstrom. P1000945P1000947 P1000936 P1000937 P1000932 P1000934 P1000928 P1000929 P1000931

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2015 Rancho San Miguel Calendar

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RANCHO SAN MIGUEL ASSOCIATION
Rancho San Miguel Association, Walnut Creek, CA

 2015 ANNUAL CALENDAR
JANUARY:

  • 1/21—7:30 pm, Board Meeting
  • 1/24 Home Remodeling Forum & Membership Event – Save the Date!

 February:

  • 2/18—7:30 pm, Board Meeting

March:

  • 3/18—7:30 pm, Board Meeting—Quarterly Meeting
    Speaker to be announced

April:

  • 4/5—Easter Egg Hunt—save the date
  • 4/15—7:30 pm, Board Meeting

May:

  • 5/16 Family Movie Night—save the date
  • 5/20—7:30 pm, Board Meeting

June:

  • 6/17—7:30 pm, Board Meeting—Quarterly Meeting
    Speaker to be announced

July:

  • 7/15—7:30 pm, Board Meeting

August:

  • 8/19—7:30 pm, Board Meeting
  • 8/22—Family Movie Night—possible July date

September:

  • 9/16—7:30 pm, Board Meeting
  • 9/19—Annual Board Meeting and Dinner—save the date

October:

  • 10/21—7:30 pm, Board Meeting
  • RSM Halloween Night—save the date

November:

  • 11/18—7:30 pm, Board Meeting

December:

  • 12/16—7:30 pm, Board Meeting
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RSM Annual Neighborhood Spook House!

Event: The RSM Annual Neighborhood Spook House
Host: Ghosts and goblins
Time: Saturday, October 25, 2014 05:00PM until 10:00PM
Location: Rancho San Miguel Swim Club
Address: 2727 San Carlos Drive, Walnut Creek
The RSM Annual Neighborhood Spook House
2727 San Carlos Drive, Walnut Creek
Neighborhood Spook House and Social
Saturday, October 25th from 5 to 10pm
5-6:30pm – Spook House Lite and Jump House (for our younger or more timid goblins)
6:30-10pm – Spook House, Fire Pit, and Spooky Movie
Entrance to the Spook House is $3.00 per child or teen(15 or under) for unlimited access to Spook House and jumper use.
$5.00 per adult which includes Spook House and adult social area (snacks and beverages included).
Join us for a FRIGHTENLY FUN family evening at RSM Swim Club
Sponsored by:
Rancho San Miguel Swim Club www.rsmswimclub.org

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Interested in Getting your Ham Radio License?

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The Walnut Creek communications committee is pleased to announce another “Ham Cram” training session that will be held on Saturday, November 17th from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM in the Garden Room at the Dollar Clubhouse in Rossmoor. The class fee remains at $35.00 and our “pass ratio” continues to hold firm in the 95% to 100% range for our students, who are delighted to qualify for their FCC ham license in just one day!
We will follow up the ham cram training session with two “Get-On-The-Air” classes that are scheduled for Wednesday evenings, November 19th andDecember 17th from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM. In those classes, which will meet in General Purpose Room #3 at the Gateway club house complex, successful ham cram graduates will receive basic radio procedural training and get the chance to acquire their own hand held radios through a specially discounted pricing program facilitated by our Walnut Creek communications committee members.
Please mark your calendars now and look for additional instructions from the primary instructors as to more details  in the next few days.We are looking forward to training new CERT members from your areas and are depending on you to reach out to them to let them know this great training opportunity is being offered again this year!  Also, these training sessions can be very helpful for reinforcement training with our current CERT ham licensees who feel that they need to “brush up” on their transmitting skills. All are welcome!
If you need any more information right now or desire to nominate candidates for the classes, please feel free to contact Dick DuBey by return email or call at925.876.0125 (Cell phone).
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The RSM Annual Neighborhood Spook House

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Join Rancho San Miguel Homeowners and Guests for the
Neighborhood Spook House and Social
Saturday, October 25th from 5 to 10pm
5-6:30pm – Spook House Lite and Jump House (for our younger or more timid goblins)
6:30-10pm – Spook House, Fire Pit, and Spooky Movie
Entrance to the Spook House is $3.00 per child or teen(15 or under) for unlimited access to Spook House and jumper use.
$5.00 per adult which includes Spook House and adult social area (snacks and beverages included).
Join us for a FRIGHTENLY FUN family evening at RSM Swim Club
2727 San Carlos Drive, Walnut Creek

Sponsored by:
Rancho San Miguel Swim Club www.rsmswimclub.org
Rancho San Miguel Homeowners’ Assoc. (RSMHOA)

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2014 Annual Dinner & Election

The 2014 Annual Dinner & Election had over 140 Rancho San Miguel homeowners and guests at the RSM pool on Saturday, September 27, 2014.  Lantern, a local caterer provided a wonderful buffet with served appetizers.  The bar was pouring wine, soft drinks and cold water–something for everyone.

After dinner the board of directors were elected and President David German updated us on the past year’s events.  Each board member took a little time to give updates as well. The RSM board has 2 vacancies.  Please reach out to any of us for more information.  After the update we had a questions and answer session that covered everything from traffic issues to idea for 2015 events that will include all neighbors of ages.

2015 brings more events oriented to young families, new homeowners and of course those of us who have lived in Rancho San Miguel for years.

 

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Menu & Information– 2014 Annual Dinner & Meeting

THE RANCHO SAN MIGUEL BOARD OF DIRECTORS WELCOMES THE NEIGHBORHOOD TO A SHARE IN A CATERED DINNER PREPARED BY GREEN LANTERN CATERING—ONE OF THE NOTABLE CATERERS
IN THE SF EAST BAY.

PLEASE JOIN US ON SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 27TH FROM 6:00 –9:00 FOR A CATERED DINNER THAT IS SURE TO PLEASE THE ENTIRE FAMILY.

MEET NEW NEIGHBORS & CONNECT WITH OLD FRIENDS

WHERE: RANCHO SAN MIGUEL SWIM CLUB
2727 San Carlos Drive

MENU

Stationary Hors d’oeuvres:
Mini Sundried Tomato Tarts
filled with herbed goat cheese and topped with sundried tomatoes
Kobe Beef Meatballs
with blackberry chipotle bbq

Dinner Buffet:
Grilled Mediterranean Chicken
chicken breast topped with kalamata olive and cherry tomato tapenade
Three Cheese Ravioli with a pesto cream sauce

Endless Summer Salad
clementine segments, toasted almond slivers, avocado, drunken goat cheese on a bed of mesclun greens with a light zinfandel vinaigrette

Green Garlic and Potato Gratin

Artisan Bread Basket
soft dinner rolls, rustic sliced french bread, herbed focaccia, and whipped butter

Dessert:
Mini Fresh fruit tartlets
Mini Red Velvet Cupcakes

Kids:
*Chicken Tenders

IF YOU’VE BEEN A HOMEOWNER FOR OVER 35 YEARS
YOU & YOUR SIGNIFICANT OTHER ARE OUR GUEST!

ADULTS $15.00
*CHILDREN 12 AND UNDER $5.00—SEE CHILDREN’S MENU

RSVP:
CHECKS MUST BE RECEIVED NO LATER THAN
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 17TH

MADE PAYABLE TO RANCHO SAN MIGUEL ASSOCIATION—
PO BOX 30552
WALNUT CREEK 94598
SORRY NO PAYPAL

MOVIE PROVIDED FOR KIDS—LIMITED CHILDREN SUPERVISION

QUESTIONS?  PLEASE CALL 925-323-3522

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