Happy New Year to you! A few fun facts about Park Laurel in
- In 2019, we processed 10,500 packages. Of those,
Miguel handled just over 7,000 packages. Great job, Miguel!
- We made 309 reservations. Of those, 154
reservations were for the much-used Prado Room.
- We received 456 new requests/instructions for
the Front Desk by residents.
- We checked-out 3,680 keys, which were also
checked back in since our KeyLink system was installed on April 8th.
- Our electrical consumption decreased between
2018 and 2019 by 12.21%. Since 2015, our annual electrical use decreased by
22%. This is thanks to lighting retrofits and our energy management system that
was installed a couple of years ago. Simply put, each unit saves about $23 per
month/$276 per year in HOA dues thanks to these efforts.
A few other updates;
Next week, we need to replace the sealant that is around the driveway
pad. To accomplish this, we will need to close the entry and exit pads during
the following times;
Garage Entrance – Closed Tuesday, January 7th through
Wednesday, January 8th.
Garage Exit – Closed Thursday, January 9th through Friday,
During this time, two-way traffic will be in effect on the alternate
ramp. As a reminder, the vehicle driving-in/down the ramp has the right away.
If you are driving up the ramp while someone is driving down, please backup
down the ramp and allow the other vehicle to drive-in.
Window Seal Repairs
There are a number of window seals around the community that are being
replaced on January 13th, 14th, and 15th in
the 02, 03, 05 & 06 stacks. During this time, you may wish to keep your
drapes closed for privacy reasons.
Additionally, if you live in the 06
stack, please keep your windows closed on these three days as we will be
conducting water tests at the top of your stack.
Upon completion of our window seal repairs, we will move right into
window washing. We will start with the South Tower from January 16th
through January 31st. We will then move over to the North Tower in
the first week of February.
Leak Detection System
The leak detection system that was approved by the community has been
ordered. The parts are being manufactured, and once they are received, we will
be installing them. In order to do this, we will need to turn off the water on
your floors. A schedule will be sent out once we have confirmed dates, but we
are looking at doing this during the early part of February.
Board Meeting Dates
This year, the Board will be meeting in Open Session on the following
January 16th at 5:30 pm
March 19th at 5:30 pm
June 18th at 5:30 pm
October 15th at 5:30 pm
In addition, the Association’s Annual Meeting of the Membership will be
held on Thursday, November 19th, at 5:30 pm.
An agenda will be emailed to the ownership a few days prior to each
meeting, and a summary of the meeting will be sent shortly thereafter.
2020 Association Dues
As a reminder, your Association dues have changed effective January 1st.
If you are on automatic withdraw from Action Property Management, you
do not need to do anything as we will automatically withdraw the new amount.
If you have your HOA dues paid automatically by your bank’s bill pay
system, then you will need to login and update the payment amount.
On behalf of your Park Laurel
Team and Action Property Management, we would like to wish you and your loved
ones a very Happy Holidays!
Our team is very THANKFUL for
YOU and this wonderful community that we get to be a part of!
The toys and gifts cards donated by Park Laurel residents are being dropped off today at the Toys for Tots Center. As you can see from the photo below, our Community was very generous for the kids in need. Thank you so much for your contributions and Happy Holidays!
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.