We hope that you had a great week and are looking forward to
another beautiful weekend with some warmer temps on Sunday and Monday.
A few updates for you before we embark on the weekend.
Next Tuesday and Wednesday, we will be having our service elevators inspected by the state. It is a rigorous test. The elevator company then has a few days to make any final adjustments and then turn them over to the HOA on Monday, November 25th.
Window Washing – Delayed
We are taking a delay on window washing while we wait for a piece to be re-fabricated. We are hoping to have that part installed on Tuesday. The one that was shipped to us was made incorrectly, and they are rushing to make a new one.
We will keep you posted once the part has arrived and been installed.
Exit Signs in the Foyers
During our annual inspection from the State Fire Marshal earlier this, it was
discovered that the illuminated overhead exit signs in all of the foyers are
expired and need to be replaced. The Fire Marshal gave us this year to replace
Pedro, our Building Engineer, will be replacing all of those signs the week of December 9th. It should only take about 10 minutes per foyer.
The Association’s Annual Meeting and Election is next Thursday, November 21st. Registration opens at 5:00 pm, and the meeting will start at 5:30 pm.
Just a reminder that ballots are due by November 20th. If you lost your ballot or envelope, please let me know.
Our Social Committee has another wonderful holiday party planned for Thursday, December 5th, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm.
Please take a moment to RSVP to the Concierge Desk by November 30th.
The Annual holiday fund for all of our hourly staff began Monday, November 11th, and runs through Friday, December 6th.
A collection box has been placed at the Concierge Desk.
Checks can be made out to the “Park Laurel Owners Association.” You may also
leave cash in the box. If leaving cash, please be sure to put your name in the
envelope, so we know who to thank.
Credit card payments can be made through PayPal by clicking here.
Thank you in advance for your contribution.
Toys for Tots
Each year, our community generously donates toys for children-in-need during the holidays. We are continuing that tradition this year by donating new and unwrapped toys to the ‘Toys for Tots.’ This collection will run from Monday, November 25th through Wednesday, December 11th.
Toys may be dropped off to the collection bin at the Concierge Desk.
We are pleased to announce that the Fourth Amendment to the CC&Rs has passed membership approval. This amendment gives the Association the authority to maintain a water/leak detection system in all of the units.
The installation of this system will take place in Q1 2020.
Happy November to you! A few updates below that you may be interested in.
Daylight savings time ends this Sunday, November 3rd at 2:00 am. Before going to bed on Saturday night, be sure to set your clocks back by one hour.
This Sunday, November 3rd, the Susan G. Komen ‘Race for the Cure’ will be taking place in Balboa
Park and around our community.
Sixth Avenue, from Ivy up to Upas, will be closed between
7:00 am and 10:00 am.
There will be no parking on Sixth Avenue starting at 4:00
If you need to drive out of Park Laurel before 10:00 am on
Sunday, we’d recommend parking in the commercial garage Saturday night so that
you can exit westbound on Laurel.
We are getting closer to having the service elevators back
The State has given us an inspection date of November 13th,
which means if everything passes, the service elevators will be turned back
over to us on Friday, November 15th.
This would push the start date of the next set of elevators,
01/02 and 05/08 stacks, to Monday, November 18th.
Candidate Night for Board Election
This year, we have three candidates running for two open
seats on the Board of Directors. The known candidates are Charlie O’Malley
(incumbent), Chris Duke (incumbent), and Bill Pope.
The Candidate Forum will be this upcoming Monday, November 4th,
at 5:00 pm in the North Tower Lobby. You are invited to come and hear what the
candidates have to say and ask any questions before you cast your votes.
The Annual Meeting and date which ballots will be tallied is
Thursday, November 21st at 5:30 PM.
We appreciate you taking the time to vote.
Fourth Amendment – Leak Detection System
The Fourth Amendment to the CC&Rs, which addresses a
community-wide leak detection system has passed.
The next steps are having the amendment recorded with the
County and working out agreements with the leak detection company.
In January, we will have the network for the system
installed in every service hallway and have power outlets run-up to the ceiling
for the automatic shutoff valves.
We estimate installing all devices by February/March of next
Thanks again for your approval of this system. It is going
to reduce not only the financial burden of multi-unit water damage but also the
inconvenience that comes along with it.
Ping-Pong Interest List
If you are interested in playing ping-pong but don’t have a
partner, let us know or stop by the Concierge Desk to put your name down/look
at the ping-pong player interest list. There may be someone else in the
community that is looking for a partner too!
We came across an old photo of Park Laurel, with the North Tower undergoing construction while the bank was still at the corner of Sixth and Laurel.
There are some updates and important information that you
may be interested in below.
At the open session meeting this week, the Board reviewed
the survey results, emails, and verbal feedback from the Community. You have been heard loud and clear.
A very strong percentage of the Community was not interested
in the proposed changes and the feedback we received indicated that the residents
like the physical elements of the lobby the way that they are.
The Board closed the file on the changes proposed by the
Architectural Review Committee at Tuesday’s meeting.
Thank you for your input. We greatly appreciate it.
At the meeting on Tuesday, the ballot inspectors opened and
tabulated the ballots for the leak detection system. The amendment and expense
measures were approved by the community.
The leak detection system will likely be installed by March
of 2020, which gives us time to officially record the amendment, and have
electricity and the system’s network installed on every floor.
Again, we appreciate your time and consideration for this
project, which will hopefully save a lot of money and inconvenience for you in
The ballots for the Association’s annual meeting and
election are on their way to you in the mail.
The Annual Meeting
will be Thursday, November 21st with registration opening at 5:00 pm.
The Association will have a candidate forum on Monday, November 4th at 5:00 pm in
the North Tower lobby. This will give you an opportunity to hear from the three
candidates that are running for two seats.
Holiday Party –
Save the Date
The Social Committee has another wonderful holiday party
planned for the Community. You will receive a formal invitation from the
Committee, but we thought you may want to save the date now. The party will be
on Thursday, December 5th at 6:00 pm in the South Tower lobby.
We are less than a month away from the service elevators
being turned over. That date is estimated to be Monday, November 11th.
The State’s inspections are scheduled for the week prior,
and barring any unforeseen circumstances, we will have those elevators returned
back on schedule.
With that said, the next set of elevators would be taken out
of service on Tuesday, November 12th. Those elevators would be for
the 01/02 and the 05/08 stacks.
This week, the new cables were run in the hoist way and connected to the cabs. A few photos of the work are attached for your viewing pleasure.
We hope that you have a great weekend!
If we can be of any assistance, please feel free to contact
us at any time.
All my best,
I am pleased to report that the testing of our new fire alarm panel was completed today.
Our new system is fully functioning, and even has a nice new voice that provides evacuation instructions. We appreciate your patience and understanding during today’s testing.
A very happy Friday to you. There are a few items that we wanted to bring to your attention before embarking on the weekend.
Please don’t forget to RSVP for the Summer event by this weekend. You can respond to this email or email the Concierge at email@example.com.
Leak Detection System
Please don’t forget to cast your ballot for the leak detection system. We hope we can get a YES vote from 69 units.
One thing that I forgot to mention in my email yesterday is about insurance discounts. It is recommended that you check with your insurance broker to see if a discount is available on your homeowner’s insurance policy.
Tiling Project & Pool Closure
Our tiling project wrapped-up today. It looks phenomenal!
The skimmer baskets on the pool deck need to be modified by our pool company. This will take place next Tuesday, September 10th, and will require the pool and spa to be closed for 24 hours.
There are a few ‘Caution’ signs placed over three skimmer baskets that are sitting slightly lower than usual until they are repaired next Tuesday.
Ping Pong Table
We are pleased to announce that there is a new amenity. A ping pong table was set up in the covered area of the lower level of the pool deck. There are paddles and ping pong balls on the bar counter for your enjoyment.
The ping pong table will be unavailable after 10:00 pm for noise reasons.
There is not much to report on the elevator project, other than it is going smoothly and that we are on schedule.
With two remodels wrapping-up next week, elevator traffic in the 01/02 stack should diminish significantly.
Please remember to schedule your deliveries for furniture and appliances one week in advance so that we can ensure the elevator is available and padded.
Fire Alarm Panel
On Monday, we will have a crew on site to troubleshoot the fire alarm panel issue on P1 & P2 of the North Tower. The original wiring from 2003 wasn’t done right in that location, and we need to fix it to finalize the project and test the system. For now, we are running two panels, the old one is still operating P1 & P2, and the new one is operating everything else. Everything will still alarm as intended if there is an issue.
I am pleased to report that it has been a productive week, and things are falling into place for upcoming projects. I am sure that you will be interested in the three projects below.
After some back and forth with the City, we have been approved to close Fifth Avenue and erect a crane on Saturday, August 10th.
With that said, the service elevators in both towers will be taken out of service on Thursday, August 1st through Friday, November 1st, for modernization. During this time, only the residential elevators will be working. The elevators will be padded the entire time to protect the finishes inside as contractors are going to be allowed to use these elevators. For more information on elevator access procedures, please refer to the attached memo that was sent last month.
This week, we received our inspection certificate and clearance to window wash.
The window washing company’s earliest availability and the dates that we will be cleaning are August 12th through August 24th.
Fire Alarm Panel
We have to replace our fire panel sooner than expected as many of the parts were discontinued for this system. The Board approved a contract, and a permit is being pulled from the City.
We are expecting to replace this panel during the month of August. It will take several weeks and will require additional testing of the annunciators in your unit and the common areas once the panel is installed. Thankfully, the field devices (the devices in your unit) are compatible with the new system. This saved us a significant amount of money on the replacement.
If I can answer any questions, please feel free to contact me at any time.
All my best,
As you know, last week, we had two seismic events that worked its way down to San Diego. We were very fortunate that the only struggle we faced was the elevators shutting themselves down for precautionary measures. On both occasions, the elevator company was out in less than an hour to have everything back up and running.
I’d also like to commend Miguel and Jazmin for all of their hard work in getting everyone up stairwells, assisting the elevator technician, and sending out communications, so everyone was aware of the current status.
While this is fresh in all of our minds, I wanted to re-send the emergency procedures pamphlet that our consultant prepared. On Page 2, you will find the emergency procedures for earthquakes. I recommend periodically reviewing this entire pamphlet.
Each November, we host an emergency procedures training and drill for the residents. The consultant is there to answer any questions that you may have.
From the last meeting, the consultant recommended that residents keep one gallon of water per day per person, and enough for two weeks in case the local water source is contaminated or in case water supply lines are broken.
Additionally, the consultant recommended purchasing a bucket similar to the one in the link below, which contains essential items that you may need during an earthquake. The bucket also serves as a toilet, which would also be critical in case we were not receiving water.
Amazon – Emergency Bucket
It seems that now would also be a good time to discuss earthquake damage and insurance. The Association does not carry earthquake insurance. There is only one condo building in San Diego that carries it, as it is cost prohibitive, and doesn’t kick in until you’ve met your deductible. The deductible for an EQ policy for a building like Park Laurel would be about $6M.
In 2015, we had a risk analysis carried out to determine what type of damage Park Laurel might incur during an earthquake. The probability reports indicated that Park Laurel might incur the following;
$18M in damages once every 10,000 years
$11M in damages once every 5,000 years
$3M in damages once every 1,000 years
$1.6M in damages once every 500 years
$700k in damages once every 250 years
$180k in damages once every 100 years
$36k in damages once every 50 years
Since the probability is so low, and the costs are so high for earthquake insurance, the community through a survey, decided not to maintain earthquake coverage. Instead, we recommend that residents purchase an earthquake policy from their broker or through the California Earthquake Authority (CEA). These policies have an option for Loss Assessment Coverage, which would cover a special assessment of up to $100,000 along with other coverage for less than $300 per year.
Hypothetically, if all residents carried loss assessment coverage, this would provide for a special assessment of $10M to repair the building.
To obtain a quote from the CEA, you can visit CEA Calculator
If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please feel free to contact me at any time.
All my best,