Captain Nurse Circle Needs “How to Access and Use” Labels on Our Fire Extinguisher Cabinets!

UPDATE 12/04/15:

This blog is now private and protected. I am updating that the labels were finally put on the outside of the fire extinguisher cabinets here on Captain Nurse Circle. This is what the label looks like below:

This fire extinguisher cabinet has a label, but we do not have them here on Captain Nurse Circle yet...

“In case of fire, pull handle firmly”

UPDATE 10/26/15:

North Cal Fire Equipment did not install anything yet.

UPDATE 10/17/15:

Nothing happened his week. The fire extinguishers and cabinets were not serviced as I was told they would be by Andy, the owner of the North Cal Fire Equipment Company…Just updating here and keeping track of this situation…

UPDATE 10/08/15:

Just received a phone call from Andy, the owner of North Cal Fire Equipment, LLC. This is the company that maintains our fire extinguishers here in Meadow Park… He told me that labels have been ordered for all the fire extinguisher cabinets on Captain Nurse Circle and will be installed next week!

I say this is a victory for me as it  seemed nearly impossible to have this important safety feature addressed properly on our fire extinguishers here on Captain Nurse Circle… It was only due to my persistent blogging and emailing that this has finally resolved the right way…I remain the Fire Safety Committee of one for Meadow Park homeowners…

UPDATE 09/28/15:

One year ago, in September 2014, I made a very important post concerning our fire extinguishers. Now, we are due for the yearly inspection and maintenance of these fire extinguishers…Thankfully, there has not been any fire emergencies on my street… But, the fire extinguisher cabinets remain unlabeled and locked up and we do not have access to the keys… I am making this update here and now and putting it on the front page of my blog so others can be informed about this… It is something that the management of our HOA has chosen to ignore.. In fact, I was told this in an email from Wakefield Sharp:

“The Board of Directors for Meadow Park has considered the cost and currently
allows homeowners interested in replacing stickers on fire extinguisher
boxes to do so themselves.”

First of all, I am not sure that the Board of Directors really discussed this at all..Many times Wakefield Sharp has made important decisions without consulting the Board… So I do believe this is an outright lie…

Secondly, there is nothing to replace! The labels were never installed initially.

What a bad property management company this is! Do we really want them to continue here? No way!

I am not doing anything except posting the reality that our fire extinguishers remain non user-friendly.  I am not responsible for a poorly installed fire extinguisher cabinet. Other fire extinguisher cabinets located in the Meadow Park community are properly labeled but not the ones here on Captain Nurse Circle!

A poor installation was allowed to occur and never got fixed….

All fire extinguishers in Meadow Park should be at the same level of use… And this lack of equality is happening still…A very poor management company is trying to put this on the homeowners… We are not to be blamed for this.. It needs to be fixed and done right…

02/10/15:

Now that the HOA is in the fire safety mode (finally!), I am bringing up another issue that I discussed  last year here on my blog:

https://meadowparkcommunityblog.wordpress.com/2014/09/23/fire-extinguishers-in-meadow-park-are-not-user-friendly/

That post was made in September 2014, over 5 months ago and nothing happened!… Our fire extinguishers are checked and replaced every year. This is a law here in California, USA. What I found last year was that there is a big difference in the labeling of the fire extinguisher cabinets here in Meadow Park. For example, our locked fire extinguisher cabinets here on Captain Nurse Circle do not have any labeling which shows how to easily access the locked fire extinguisher in an emergency. This is what they look like here on Captain Nurse Circle:

Typical locked up Meadow Park Fire extinguisher- not user friendly!!! No labeling on how to use!

Typical locked up Meadow Park Fire extinguisher not user-friendly!!! No labeling on how to use!

But, all of the fire extinguisher cabinets in the other five Meadow Park neighborhoods have labeling on the cabinets. See below:

This fire extinguisher cabinet has a label, but we do not have them here on Captain Nurse Circle yet...

This fire extinguisher cabinet has a label, and it is found this way in all of the other neighborhoods in Meadow Park. But we do not have them labeled here on Captain Nurse Circle yet…

BUT THOSE ON CAPTAIN NURSE CIRCLE ARE STILL NOT LABELED!

The Fire Marshal kindly shared with me by email what the label looks like and although he said this is not a state requirement to have these cabinets labeled, the Novato Fire District highly recommends that the cabinets be labeled.. This never happened! I am bringing it up again because it needs to be done right….We need to have this labeling done on our fire extinguisher cabinets here on Captain Nurse Circle ASAP…

So, I sent an email to the fire extinguisher company (North-Cal Fire Equipment LLC) yesterday. It is important that our fire extinguisher access is at the same level as other neighborhoods in Meadow Park and right now, we are at a clear disadvantage…Here is the business card from the technician (Frank Stagnaro) I spoke with last year:

Frank's Business Card

Frank’s Business Card

And, in an emergency it is vitally important to have this labeling easily and readily available. In an emergency, you do not want to try to figure out how to open the fire extinguisher cabinet to access the fire extinguisher. But here on Captain Nurse Circle there are no instructions or labels as of this day, 02/10/15,  and we discussed this problem almost 6 months ago.

Below is the email once more from Novato Fire Marshal B/C Bill Tyler regarding this labeling situation:

from: Bill Tyler <btyler@novatofire.org>
to: Julia Angel <firsthealer@gmail.com>
date: Wed, Sep 24, 2014 at 5:03 PM
subject: Fire Extinguisher locked cabinets
: Important mainly because of the people in the conversation

Hi Julia:

This photo was taken by the Property management company of another extinguisher located in the complex. NFD has spoken to the property management regarding the code requirements and the options that they have regarding this situation.

Although this one has a sign on it with instructions on opening the cabinet, it is not required by code to be installed. We are recommending that they install signage on all of the cabinets.

I have attached a copy of the code section and the SFM interpretation on the subject.

B/C Bill Tyler, Fire Marshal

Novato Fire District

415-878-2690

Label for our fire extinguishers. This is located on some others in our community but not here on Captain Nurse Circle as of yet...

A label for our fire extinguishers. This is located on some others in our community but not here on Captain Nurse Circle as of yet…

CalCodeFireExtinguisherCabinet

Fire Extinguisher Cabinet Info

Now, I am hoping that this problem will be taken care of in a very responsible and expedient manner. It has been a problem for way too long and was never done correctly since the initial installation. As with other areas of fire safety concern, this is one more little problem that can easily be cleaned up with the cooperation of the HOA management.. I hope that it gets done right this time and soon…

Even though the California state law DOES NOT REQUIRE  locked fire extinguisher cabinets, here in Meadow Park, ours are locked! So either UNLOCK them or LABEL them, do something please!

The Landscape is Unsafe on Captain Nurse Circle…. NOTHING HAS CHANGED!

Update: 09/27/15

Nothing has improved here yet! The bad trees remain untouched…

Update: 08/27/2015

Four months ago I made this post to continue documenting an unsafe and extremely high fire hazard situation in my neighborhood.. I am reporting again that nothing changed the right way... Instead, I see the HOA authorizing more high fire hazard wood chips described as “mulch” spread all over our landscape… The trees that are very volatile and dry with peeling bark and dead branches remain here untouched. I am referring to the Eucalyptus and Paperbark trees of Australian origin.. These are non-native high fire hazard trees allowed to remain in my residential neighborhood… There are way too many of these trees here.. All of them should have been removed a long time ago!

And yes, we have rules against this, but the rules are being ignored still.. Sadly, the HOA is in the dark ages still… Hiring an outdated landscape maintenance company like Jensen to do things the old-fashioned way: using herbicides and chopping down all of the living and growing healthy and low fire hazard vegetation.. Oh, and I also blogged about the time they left the sprinklers on for over 9 hours…..I reported that water wasting incident to the North Marin Water District…I sure hope we did not have to pay that water bill…

Why are these landscapers still here? Good question…

I observed a very bad “landscape maintenance activity” yesterday in my neighbor’s exclusive use common area landscaping attached to her front patio… This landscaped area is the homeowner’s responsibility to maintain, not the HOA’s! A landscaper from Jensen used his power tools to chop down a very healthy and thriving Jasmine vine.. It looks like a war weapon hit it… It was so beautiful and fragrant.  This plant is allowed according to our vegetation rules….Now it looks like it is barely alive….

This is a disgrace..

And these people at Jensen should all be fired and replaced with a good group of organic landscapers … That is where we are right now in much of the country… No one likes the fact that they are using herbicides whenever they feel like it…With no thought given to the people and animals who live here…Disgraceful! But here in Meadow Park, Jensen took over from Cagwin & Dorward and continued doing things wrong at a very high price.. These landscapers cost us $16,000.00 per month.. What a horrendous waste of money that is….We are constantly being overcharged by the HOA because the landscape maintenance company is being told to do all of the landscape maintenance! Even the part that is the homeowner’s responsibility…

What a bunch of idiots these management people are…But their time is ending soon….  


05/23/2015:

Eucalyptus Tree in the middle of Captain Nurse Circle

Eucalyptus Tree in the middle of Captain Nurse Circle

Australian Paperbark tree in full bloom- This is not a California Pepper Tree!

Australian Paperbark tree in full bloom This is not a California Pepper Tree!

Australian Paperbark trees lined up in the middle of Captain Nurse Circle

Australian Paperbark trees lined up in the middle of Captain Nurse Circle

I have blogged about this problem so many times!  I am stating this here for documentation purposes that the management of this HOA has not fulfilled its responsibility. It has not adhered to the Meadow Park Vegetation Management and Fuel Modification Plan Phase One (hereafter to be referred to as the Plan) which prohibits these types of trees on our street….Phase One refers to Captain Nurse Circle and March Field Court, (according to the map included in this Plan). These trees are strictly in violation of our Plan….

Nothing was ever done to make sure that these high fire hazard trees on our street were removed no matter how many times I notified the HOA management and complained….NOTHING! I have contacted every authority available about this situation and got the complete run around…The City of Novato was responsible at the get go for making sure the Plan was in place and the neighborhood was ready for homeownership .. The City of Novato failed to do this…These trees were allowed to stay here in direct violation of our Plan!

The Australian Paperbark trees are in full bloom and doing quite well… This tree is high fire hazard, invasive, and non-native. It is a very bad tree for our landscape.. Why is it here? Many states in the US are prohibiting it altogether.. It is not good to have these trees here….Yet it is in high-profile right now and in full bloom with its white bottle brushes because the Novato Fire Marshal called it a California Pepper Tree.. I know the difference between those two trees… I am not stupid..

And that huge Eucalyptus tree remains in the center of Captain Nurse Circle. This tree has been there since the early days and was left there when our homes were built. Does that make any sense at all? Why wasn’t it removed before our homes were built? Who decided to leave this high fire hazard, prohibited tree in the middle of our street? There are other Eucalyptus trees here too… It is a crime, do you understand!…All these bad trees lined up in the middle of our street:. the Paperbark and Eucalyptus make our street in danger of a fire ..It seems like these people want us to have a fire here.. That is what it looks like to me…A set up for a fire disaster…

So, that is all I am saying one more time.. These trees remain here and it is in violation of our rules, especially the Plan, Phase One.. which was developed many years ago to protect the homeowners here on Captain Nurse Circle…These people and agencies: the City of Novato, the Novato Fire Protection District, and the Meadow Park HOA Board Members,(including Wakefield Sharp Property Management) have failed to provide a safe living environment ..These people and agencies continue to ignore the reality of this construction tragedy that was never properly handled… And still is not being corrected to this day! This is a scam, a sham, a complete disgusting mess and it needs to be talked about openly.. So I am here to do it, over and over again until positive change occurs..

THE PLAN WAS CREATED AND SIGNED OFF BY THE NOVATO FIRE MARSHAL OVER TEN YEARS AGO BUT NEVER PUT INTO ACTION!

Here is the link to this document. Read it thoroughly as it describes in detail what is supposed to done to create a safe and fire free environment..

https://meadowparkcommunityblog.com/important-hoa-documents/

And of course the HOA management is keeping this document a secret.. The HOA management is not providing any information about this document to the homeowners.. That is why I have posted it here on my blog… I continually thank Clark Blasdell, the CEO of North Bay Family Homes for giving me an original copy of this Plan last summer…

Meadow Park Community Blog Lives On!

I have decided to let the domain name meadowparkcommunityblog.com go..I can do this blog for free here at this address on wordpress: http://www.meadowparkcommunityblog.wordpress.com. Thank You WordPress!

SO: MEADOW PARK COMMUNITY BLOG LIVES ON!

It is time for the Meadow Park HOA Board of Directors to grow up and deal with the real important issues as I have… It is time for the Meadow Park HOA to have the governing documents on their official website. But even if they do not ever deal with reality, I always do and that is why those very important governing docuemnts will always be right here…

After one entire year of online blogging here on WordPress about Meadow Park: I  do see some positive changes occurring..

There has been some good intervention with the Novato Fire Protection District… Not enough though! The Vegetation Management and Fuel Modification Plan, Phase One has not been utilized to the extent it was intended…Sad to say, Captain Nurse Circle (Wood Glen) remains as a neighborhood in Meadow Park without fire safe landscaping, labels on our locked fire extinguisher cabinets, and repaired fire sprinkler systems…….This puts our neighborhood at risk for a serious fire emergency, especially in this drought time… I have said this numerous times though.. This is still the current status…

There is legal action being done about the illegal renting in Meadow Park.. This is a wonderful change……

I have been able to achieve an almost unheard of and nearly impossible feat: having our fire sprinkler systems tested and inspected for a five year certification, and paid for through HOA monies…..THE PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CONSTANTLY SAYS, “THIS IS THE HOME OWNER’S RESPONSIBLITY”. WELL YOU STUPID PROPERTY MANAGEMENT COMPANY, IT IS OUR MONEY THAT IS PAYING FOR IT… IT IS OUR MONEY THAT PAYS FOR YOUR RIDICULOUS AND CORRUPTED SERVICE TOO…

I am still awaiting for the repairs though… My fire sprinkler system was tested on February 9, and I still have not had the repairs done.  I hope this happens within the next few weeks…I want my 5 year certification report for my records… This is a state law…I am following up on that today… And if I receive any good news about it, I will post here….

Three Valid Work Orders Snubbed by Wakefield Sharp: The Hired Help needs Firing!!

I thought I would give the hired management help one more chance to prove that they are worth our money. However, I  still consider them “fired help”…

(1) I sent them a work order on 04-03-15 when the sprinklers were left on here on Captain Nurse Circle for over 9 hours and they never responded to it! I want to make sure that we Owners are not held responsible for this very big water bill that was totally Jensen’s fault…

And still we have no irrigation schedule here on Captain Nurse Circle. I am performing my Owner’s responsibility by maintaining my exclusive use common area landscaping. I water the vegetation there myself. I do not see any other Owner doing this though. I am the only one ….

According to CC&R 4.2, all owners are responsible to maintain these landscaped areas:

4.2 Owners Landscaping Obligations. Each Owner shall maintain the landscaping within any Exclusive Use Common Area patio appurtenant to the Owner’s Condominium in a healthy and weed-free condition and shall be responsible for the periodic pruning of any trees and the removal of any diseased or overgrown trees or any trees with root systems that are damaging any
Common Area or Association Property improvement.

(2) I asked them via a valid work order to have our fire extinguisher cabinets labeled here on Captain Nurse Circle and they said to “do it yourself.”

“The Board of Directors for Meadow Park has considered the cost and currently
allows homeowners interested in replacing stickers on fire extinguisher
boxes to do so themselves.”

This Board of Directors wants us to replace stickers? What stickers? There are no stickers to replace…That is the problem.. The stickers were never there in the first place. I do not have any stickers!! What a bunch of  stupid freaks these people are…These fire extinguisher cabinets were installed without proper labeling…Yet all of the other fire extinguisher cabinets in Meadow Park have this labeling! That is unfair treatment and puts our neighborhood at a higher risk for a fire emergency because people may panic when they do not know how to get that fire extinguisher out of the locked cabinet!! And they are trying to make me responsible for labeling these cabinets!


(3) I asked them to remove all the paperbark trees and eucalyptus trees here on Captain Nurse Circle and they referred me again to Fire Marshal Bill Tyler, who has recently said that there is “nothing wrong” with the vegetation here and Bill Tyler calls the paperbark trees “pepper trees”.

Ms. Angle,

Our office would like to refer you to Battalion Chief Bill Tyler’s March 17,
2015 e-mail:

“The existing condition of the landscape is substantially in compliance with
the existing approved vegetation management plan, given this time of the
year.”

We would also like to inform you that we are working closely with the
current landscape contractor and Novato Fire Department to ensure that
Meadow Park is properly maintained throughout the entire year.

This is the type of so-called “management” we have here in Meadow Park. They, (Wakefield Sharp) refer to a Fire Marshal who is not doing his job… This guy, Fire Marshal Bill Tyler from Novato Fire Protection District, is calling the paperbark bottle brush trees (which are all over the landscape here on Captain Nurse Circle) pepper trees!

What a scam artist! He just calls them pepper trees and shrugs it all off. He should be fired for doing such a rotten job of “protecting us” against a fire hazard…It feels like the Novato Fire Protection District is only trying to protect the fires, not the people…More fires mean they have a reason to exist. High fire hazards means fire fighters have jobs to fight fires…Maybe someone from a different industry needs to be in charge of this situation…Someone that does not have a reason to keep a landscape in a high fire hazard condition… 

This documentation is all I need to go further with a lawsuit against the Novato Fire Protection District, Wakefield Sharp, The City of Novato, and the Meadow Park HOA.

They will be hearing from my attorney very soon and this legal matter is now being escalated to the Marin County Courts… This prohibited vegetation was planted over 10 years ago without any regards to our Vegetation Management and Fuel Modification Plan, Phase One.

 

These people continue to act like this Plan does not exist! They seem to like the fact that Captain Nurse Circle remains at a high fire hazard risk… They certainly are not doing anything right to decrease the high fire hazard risk we all face as Owners here on Captain Nurse Circle…They seem to want us to have a fire hazard… Is that what is really going on? Maybe they should call themselves “Novato Anti-Fire District”…Maybe that is what we really need here in Novato…

Novato Fire Marshal Calls it a Pepper Tree- No Visit Ever Made On Site…

Update 09/28/15:

Six months ago, I made the following post… I just let it all go after that.. I could not believe that the Novato Fire Marshal was calling the high fire hazard trees (Australian Paper Bark) on my street” California Pepper” trees.. There was nothing else I could do… I just simply posted his email response and mine and said good bye to the Novato Fire Protection District… I could finally see that they are just a scam… But, I am putting this on the front page of my blog so others can see what I had to deal with and why I had to let it go… As of this date, the very bad rees remain here untouched… I still hope for the day when good people will take control and make my neighborhood safe from a major fire disaster… I do not care what the Fire Marshal says… I do not trust him..I only trust my own feelings and that has allowed me to live and be safe… And I will continue to post the truth about this situation until that day when everything is done right…

03/18/15:

I received this email response from B/C Fire Marshal Bill Tyler yesterday regarding my most recent complaint. I sent him and others my response back. See below:

from: Bill Tyler <btyler@novatofire.org>
to: Julia Angel <firsthealer@gmail.com>
cc: “clark@nfh.org” <clark@nfh.org>,
“info@wakefieldsharp.com” <info@wakefieldsharp.com>,
“hgrunt@cityofnovato.org” <hgrunt@cityofnovato.org>,
Virginia Patterson <vrpatt193@aol.com>,
Lori Jessell <ljessell@novatofire.org>,
Lynne Osgood <losgood@novatofire.org>
date: Tue, Mar 17, 2015 at 2:02 PM
subject: RE: High fire hazard vegetation problem on Captain Nurse Circle
: Important mainly because of your interaction with messages in the conversation.

 

Hi Julia:

 

After receiving your complaint on March 12, 2015 the following actions have been taken by the Novato Fire District to investigate and follow up:

 

  1. Complaint was assigned to a NFD Fire Inspector Lynne Osgood who performed a preliminary site inspection, including but not limited to identifying the area of the tree and other landscaped vegetation that you captured in your submitted photo;

 

  1. Identified the type of tree, evaluated the arrangement of vegetation, and its proximity to the structure;

 

  1. Contacted the property management company  and arranged to meet with the new landscape maintenance supervisor;

 

Findings:

 

  1. The existing condition of the landscape is substantially in compliance with the existing approved vegetation management plan, given this time of the year.

 

  1. The tree in the photo is a Pepper Tree and is included on the list of approved fire resistive trees in the approved plant list. It was limbed up appropriately. It is not to be considered a fire hazard. I understand from you that it was removed— it was done so without our input or recommendation.

 

  1. We will continue to work with and educate the property manager and their landscape maintenance crews as to proper maintenance of the approved vegetation management plan.

 

I realize that you have strong opinions regarding the current state of the landscaping and up keep, and that those opinions may not be in alignment with our evaluation and findings. We will continue to work with the management to keep the residential areas fire safe, and thank you for your concerns, which we do take seriously.

 

Sincerely,

 

B/C Bill Tyler, Fire Marshal

Novato Fire District

415-787-2690

 

My response:

from: Julia Angel <firsthealer@gmail.com>
to: Bill Tyler <btyler@novatofire.org>
cc: “clark@nfh.org” <clark@nfh.org>,
“info@wakefieldsharp.com” <info@wakefieldsharp.com>,
“hgrunt@cityofnovato.org” <hgrunt@cityofnovato.org>,
Virginia Patterson <vrpatt193@aol.com>,
Lori Jessell <ljessell@novatofire.org>,
Lynne Osgood <losgood@novatofire.org>
date: Tue, Mar 17, 2015 at 6:05 PM
subject: Re: High fire hazard vegetation problem on Captain Nurse Circle
mailed-by: gmail.com

 

Again, I want to say this one more time:

The tree in question was not a “Pepper tree”..A pepper tree has red berries and different leaves than this one… This tree was an Australian Paperbark tree. There are several of these paperbarks (bottle brush type) behind my  building.. Way too many…And all over Captain Nurse Circle

Now, I am not stupid. I know what kind of tree these are…. This is not the right kind of tree for our landscaping. These trees are not safe. They are highly invasive, non-native and high fire hazard and if anyone from the Fire Protection District actually would come out and see them, they would have to admit this too. I am really done with you guys this time..I know that no one ever really did come and see this stuff. All lip service….

You are not dealing with my reality. You have a mindset that is not healthy either… To say these are Pepper trees is very irresponsible of you..Shameful..

I do not want to continue to discuss this situation with you fire people.. I see that you guys do not take this very seriously…. That is a shame but it is the truth… So, I will not be bothering you anymore with my complaints… These high fire hazard trees remain here though and I am documenting that today… There was not ever a lot by lot inspection done or any removals done except when I specifically complained.. You are all irresponsible and not doing your jobs and yet you get paid.. Disgusting…

The only person who cared was Clark!

Amazing.

My point here is this: the Novato Fire Protection District is a sham.. They do not come out and do any inspections here. They call the vegetation safe when it is not. They are not in touch with reality..They are not protecting anyone but themselves!

Paperbark tree behind my home-very high fire hazard and invasive

Paperbark tree behind my home-very high fire hazard and invasive

This is the tree in question. It is not a pepper tree. There are several of these paperbark trees right now everywhere on my street and the Novato Fire Marshal says it is OK and calls these pepper trees… What a joke!  I am posting this here so we can all get a good laugh at those fire people who just sit around and do nothing and wait for a fire to happen! These trees are just a few examples of the mess we have here on Captain Nurse Circle..

 

Australian paper bark tree- very dry and lots of peeling bark. These trees are located through out our neighborhood.. It is a very invasive non native species.

Australian paper bark tree is very dry and lots of peeling bark. These trees are located throughout our neighborhood.. It is a very invasive, non-native and high fire hazard species.

Paperbark tree close to building on Captain Nurse Circle

Australian Paperbark trees close to building on Captain Nurse Circle

highfirehazardtrees082914 003

Strictly prohibited Australian Eucalyptus tree located in the center of Captain Nurse Circle. We have others like this one surrounding us on Captain Nurse Circle and  it is being allowed by the HOA and Fire Protection District..

Peeling paperbark trees.

Peeling Australian paperbark trees behind buildings 2 and 4 on Captain Nurse Circle.

Bottle Brush trees are everywhere on Captain Nurse Circle. There is a big line of them right behind buildings 2 and 4...

Paper bark bottle brush trees are everywhere on Captain Nurse Circle. There is a big line-up of them right behind buildings 2 and 4…We are at a high fire hazard risk right now because the Novato Fire Protection District is not doing their job to inspect this mess and supervise removal…

 

Fire Sprinkler System Inspection is Not Optional!

UPDATE 03/18/15

Nate Hargitt <fireprotectionguynh@gmail.com>

to:Julia Angel <firsthealer@gmail.com>

date:Tue, Mar 17, 2015 at 6:10 PM

subject:Re: Follow up re: Meadow Park Fire Sprinkler System testingmailed-by:gmail.comsigned-

by:gmail.comImportant mainly because of your interaction with messages in the conversation.

Dear Julia,

Wow this information is very helpful. Thank you. I’m sorry I didn’t get back to you until now. We have sent the information we have to date to them. I really appreciate your help.

from: Julia Angel <firsthealer@gmail.com>
to: Nate Hargitt <fireprotectionguynh@gmail.com>
date: Wed, Mar 18, 2015 at 6:32 AM
subject: Re: Follow up re: Meadow Park Fire Sprinkler System testing
mailed-by: gmail.com
Dear Nate,

I appreciate your hard work with this inspection..  I want them (HOA management) to be very responsible in all aspects of the inspection and repair process..
Thank You!

 

The State of California requires homeowners to have their fire sprinkler system inspections every five years! Yet, the Meadow Park Owners have not been informed about this.. There are some Owners who are blatantly ignoring this whole thing and thus continue to allow our community to be at a major fire hazard risk..

I am getting more involved with this inspection right now because I know it could drag on for many months… And the problem is that there has been poor communication from the beginning … This communication is the responsibility of the management company, Wakefield Sharp, to make it clear that this inspection is mandatory, not optional….

I have emailed the inspection company, Exxell Fire Systems, and the Novato Fire Marshal, B/C Bill Tyler, to make sure all are aware that the budget meeting coming up on March 17 must include a line item for fire sprinkler system repairs… I am sure there is nothing right now… But this line item needs to be added so we can all have our fire sprinkler systems repaired in a timely manner… I do not want this inspection to go on and on and on without any follow-up.. That could easily happen in this HOA where it is being led down the wrong road all the time….

Here is the email I sent to Nate at Exxell Fire Systems. I forwarded it to the Fire Marshal too .. I hope this helps ensure that this costly but important inspection continues and completes without further delay.

from: Julia Angel <firsthealer@gmail.com>
to: Nate Hargitt <fireprotectionguynh@gmail.com>
date: Sat, Mar 14, 2015 at 10:38 AM
subject: Re: Follow up re: Meadow Park Fire Sprinkler System testing
mailed-by: gmail.com

Nate:

I am following up with you one more time because this fire sprinkler inspection is so important for our Meadow Park community. We are a ten-year old community and this inspection was never done here before!

Below is the agenda for the March Board of Director’s meeting on March 17 at 7 PM.. You can see that there is no mention of your company there. But they are discussing the budget for the upcoming year. I would recommend highly that you get in touch with the management company (Wakefield Sharp) ASAP and make sure you can be included in this agenda. Even if you are not completely done with all of the inspections, you must let them know how much the costs are going to be (an estimate is fine) to do the repairs. Otherwise, this HOA will put it off…Believe me, I know how they do things there…The repair costs need to be included in this new budget!

I know this sounds weird, but that is how they run things like this. So please let your management staff know that they really should be involved in this upcoming board of director’s meeting… Please do not be passive about this.. I want this inspection completed in a reasonable time. I have paid my HOA assessment fees regularly ($223.00/month) to have this done.. I hope you understand..The Owners are the real clients here. We are the ones who pay for this. And you guys will get paid sooner too if you push this a bit.. I know the management company, Wakefield Sharp,  is not used to having this inspection done for its HOA  clients.. They are very hesitant to make it easier for you..

I am here to make it as easy as possible. I am on your side.. Please do as I ask.. Let this happen the right way… Submit an estimate of repairs for the board of directors to consider at this next meeting… You will be so happy you did this!

I am the only one who pushed the HOA to get this inspection done. I have the Novato Fire Marshal,  B/C Bill Tyler, on my side.  You can always contact him too for help.. ( i.e. if there are negligent Owners who do not cooperate with this inspection!)..  His phone number is: 415-878-2690.

 

Thank You for your prompt attention to this situation. There is time to get things moving the right way if you respond to the information contained in this email… It is in the best interests of all involved…

Julia Angel, Universal Healer

One Tree Removed, Many To Go…

I looked out side in my back area early this morning and saw that the tree I recently complained about had been removed:

 

Paperbark tree behind my home-very high fire hazard and invasive

Paperbark tree behind my home-very high fire hazard and invasive

After tree removal

After tree removal- Paperbark tree was removed yesterday but that ugly paint stain still remains!

I sent this email:

from: Julia Angel <firsthealer@gmail.com>
to: Bill Tyler <btyler@novatofire.org>
cc: “clark@nfh.org” <clark@nfh.org>,
“info@wakefieldsharp.com” <info@wakefieldsharp.com>,
“hgrunt@cityofnovato.org” <hgrunt@cityofnovato.org>,
Virginia Patterson <vrpatt193@aol.com>
date: Fri, Mar 13, 2015 at 7:31 AM
subject: Re: High fire hazard vegetation problem on Captain Nurse Circle
mailed-by: gmail.com

Hello,

I am reporting that the tree I emailed you about is now removed… But I am not the one to be responsible here to report every infraction regarding our Meadow Park Vegetation Management and Fuel Modification Plan, Phase 1.

There are plenty of paid people who are supposed to be doing a walk around Captain Nurse Circle WITH OUR LOT MAP and making notes regarding the infractions..I am not that person- no one is paying me anything…What a scam this whole thing is…

This proves that my initial complaint was never dealt with appropriately…There are several infractions that need to be dealt with…

I want people to start doing the jobs that they are getting paid to do… 

 

Is that too much to ask?  Am I being unreasonable here? If I was the supervisor of this charade, I would fire everyone involved and start completely over with real and responsible people

My monies are being wasted on nonessential things like “approved vegetation to cover up the train noise”…Why should my HOA assessments be used for that? I do not have any train noise here on Captain Nurse Circle…

Do your job, board of directors or you will be in a courtroom and not in a mediation… This is a serious health and safety issue that you are continuing to ignore as a “legal matter”. You better open up quick or it is all going to snow ball on you!

New Landscape Contracter Visible Today on Captain Nurse Circle: Jensen

I guess the board did vote out the Cagwin & Dorward landscape maintenance at the January meeting! The only reason I am saying this is because I just saw a new landscape maintenance truck here on Captain Nurse Circle. This truck has a red logo and says Jensen Landscape. And I checked back to the December executive meeting Agendas and sure enough, Jensen was one of those being considered.

Landscape contract board meetings Dec2014

Landscape contract board meetings December 2014

Now, I am sure these new landscapers know nothing about our landscape maintenance rules or our Vegetation Management and Fuel Modification Plan, so I am making sure that the Novato Fire Marshal is aware that there is a new landscape maintenance company contracted with our HOA…The meetings that were held last year with Cagwin & Dorward led nowhere..

I am making sure that our fire enforcement agency is well aware of this important change in order that their ensuing investigation continues undaunted. There needs to be another meeting held obviously to make sure that all involved are following these rules…

March Board Meeting Agenda Shows No Mention of Fire Safety Issues!

 March 2015 Board Meeting Agenda

 This was just posted today on the HOA’s website. It is easy to see that the HOA is still not discussing the Vegetation Management and Fuel Modification Plan at its meetings, even though it is supposed to and make it part of our governing documents. I am continuing to state here on my blog that this HOA is severely deficient in this area. They are not providing the Owners with this information.

The HOA is stopping me from promoting my website where this document is openly posted. That is why I made another complaint to the Novato Fire Marshal….They are not doing their duty to maintain our community safely. This cover-up must be stoppped!

Meadow Park’s Journey to Becoming a Fire Safe Community: A Recap…

Who is really even concerned these days about a major fire here in Marin County? I see very little being done about this problem.. Yet the fire safety professionals all agree that a major fire hazard is just waiting to happen here in this county…. I am not going to let our community be one of those statistics though.. If those other communities in Marin County are letting it go and taking chances, then so be it… I am not one to sit by and let things happen.. I know that in this spiritually set up world, disasters are meant to happen in a set up way…But that does not mean you are powerless to make it stop happening. I am very powerful to make things go the right way…

I am making sure that all the fire safety measures are being done properly and to the law.. I am the only one who is doing this in my community. But maybe there is a reason for that… I am not stopping..Others probably would stop and give up.. but not me! I am making sure that it is well-known that we are at risk for this major fire to occur.. Therefore, I am blogging what is now happening to change our fire risk here. We are not going to have a fire disaster in our community.

I blog and notify the appropriate professionals. I follow-up and make sure that things are happening in a timely manner. I am focusing on this because I want my home to be safe and secure for me and my family… And of course other people who live here will benefit because of my actions…

(1) I made a follow-up complaint to the Novato Fire Marshal last week because it was over 6 months ago that my initial complaint was made and nothing was done about it by the HOA… The Fire Marshal acknowledged this and reassigned the complaint for investigation. The complaint concerns the fact that the HOA is not following the Meadow Park Vegetation Management and Fuel Modification Plan, Phase 1. My email was sent to all those who needed to know this… I am not hiding anything. I want them to make sure the HOA notifies all Owners in writing about this Plan!

(2) Included in the email was a complaint that our fire extinguisher cabinets remain unlabeled here on Captain Nurse Circle. The Novato Fire Marshal and Novato Fire Protection District had recommended that these be labeled. All of the other neighborhoods in Meadow Park have labels except those on Captain Nurse Circle. This discrepancy needs to be addressed ASAP. It is not OK to let this detail be pushed aside again. These cabinets have been unmarked for 10 years!

(3) I made a follow-up email to Nate at Exxell Fire Systems yesterday to see how the fire sprinkler system inspections are going. I specifically asked when my fire sprinkler system would be repaired and when I would receive my report.. I was told that they plan to have everything inspected by March 20 and submit the findings to the HOA. At that point I felt I needed to let Nate know that it would be helpful to have their findings submitted at the next board meeting on March 17.. He was very happy to know about this: “Wow, thank you very much for that information. We’ll do our best” was his response.  Otherwise, it could be 2 months before the board meets again (in May) to approve the repairs needed…That is not good!

The HOA system is slow and cumbersome these days.. And waking this HOA up to what is really important is what I am here to do. I am here to make them accountable for our safety and well-being…My universal healing is helping too..