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Posted on: May 21, 2019

City Hosts Third HOA Roundtable

Lt Taylor HOA Roundtable

Mosquitoes in Orange County pose more health threats than ever before, and residents need to ensure standing water around their homes is eliminated, a representative from the OC Mosquito and Vector Control District told homeowners association representatives on Thursday, May 9.

More than 30 representatives of 15 homeowners associations in Lake Forest attended the City’s third HOA Roundtable at the Sports Park and Recreation Center. In addition to vector control, HOA reps also heard from the US Census Bureau, United Way, OC Sheriff’s Department and City.

Vector Control District Manager Rick Howard said new species of mosquitoes in the county are more than annoying – they can spread disease. While the county has done a good job containing West Nile Virus the past few years, standing water around homes provides breeding grounds, and new invasive species can carry Zika and other disease. Howard advised everyone to tip anything holding water around homes. See https://www.ocvector.org/ for more information.

Other highlights:

  • The Census Bureau representative encouraged the HOA reps to ensure all residents participate in the 2020 count, noting that more than $675 billion in federal money goes to states, and ultimately cities, based on Census Bureau data. The agency in 2020 is using new technology that will allow responses by telephone, online or mail. The bureau is also hiring, see https://www.census.gov/about/census-careers.html
  • The United Way is working to eliminate homelessness in Orange County. A public class on the challenges of dealing with the issue, “Homelessness 101,” will be held on June 25 at the Norman P. Murray Center in Mission Viejo. See https://www.eventbrite.com/e/homelessness-101-classes-spring-2019-tickets-56434497100
  • OC Sheriff Lt. Chad Taylor is the City’s new Chief of Police Services, replacing Brad Valentine, who promoted to Captain. Taylor, who patrolled the City as a deputy earlier in his career, said Lake Forest is a safe city, but busy for deputies. Residents, he said, can help by ensuring they don’t make it easy for crooks. He advised to keep doors locked and not to leave valuables in your vehicles.
  • Sr. Management Analyst Sharlyn De La Paz told attendees about the City’s new Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), which trains residents to help their families and neighbors during a major disaster. The program falls under the Federal Emergency Management Administration. The next class begins Wednesday, with a few spots available for the nine-week program. See www.lakeforestca.gov for more information.