- Manager’s Messages
Board meetings take place every 4th Monday of the month in the Amenities Room with Executive Session at 5:00 pm (closed to members) and Executive Session at 6:00 pm (open to homeowners). Should the day and/or time of the meetings change notices will be posted in the mailroom and elevator lobby bulletin boards.
The pool, amenity room, and fitness center are currently open with modified hours and residents have been mostly adhering to the guidelines.
A reminder regarding the fitness center: Please do not sign up for use of the fitness center before 5pm the day before. Even if the next day’s sign-up sheet is posted, please wait until 5pm to sign up for your hour time slot.
We’ve received a few complaints about weights being dropped on the floor by gym users. Residents living near the fitness center can hear and feel the impact of the weights falling. Please abide by the fitness center rules and do not drop the weights.
The pool is open but the spa remains closed. The California Department of Public Health and the County of San Diego Department of Environmental Health is not yet allowing the opening of spas (hot tubs).
As a Board, our primary focus has been to keep our community strong and safe. It’s not in our collective DNA to take away amenities such as our fitness center and pool, but our circumstances demand it. Rest assured, we will open full access to all amenities just as soon as it is safe to do so.
The state-wide emergency stay-in-place order continues, as mandated by Governor Newsom. Social gatherings of any size, outside of those with whom you reside, continue to be prohibited.
There has been some question raised regarding when the amenities will re-open. Please be assured we as Board members and fellow Aria owners are just as eager as anyone to get back to a point where we can freely and safely use the amenities like the gym and pool. However, the safety and health of our residents at Aria are more important than prematurely opening common areas where the likelihood of spreading the coronavirus is heightened.
San Diego County mandated the closure of public gyms in March and Aria intends to follow the advice of County officials to determine when to re-open the Aria amenities. Even with limiting the number of people in the gym at one time and cleaning in between uses, because the coronavirus can spread through the air as well as live on surfaces, the risk that an area will be missed during cleaning and that a resident could be infected outweighs the opening of a non-essential amenity at this point in time. Further, it has been difficult to source cleaning products with the chemicals necessary to kill the COVID-19 virus, and those supplies we have should continue to be used on all common areas that people must use, such as door handles, elevator buttons, and other common areas. Using these chemicals and supplies for the gym would quickly deplete our supply, leaving other common areas vulnerable and without the necessary means to disinfect.
The Aria Board continues to seek the advice of legal counsel and review County and City ordinances to determine how best to proceed for the health and safety of all owners and residents within our building. We encourage you to consult sandiego.gov/coronavirus for the most up to date information regarding the public health order.
WATER PRESSURE ISSUES
If you’re experiencing reduced water pressure during your shower first trouble shoot that it is not a clogged shower head.
First, remove the shower head from the fixture source and turn on the water. Is the pressure still low? If not, then pressure to your unit is fine and your aerator/fixture just needs to be internally cleaned of trapped debris.
Is your shower head the only location with low water pressure and when you remove the fixture is it still slow? If yes, then this could mean that the cartridge within the handle assembly may be in need of cleaning or replacing. Cartridges have an estimated life span of 10 – 15 years so if your cartridge is original to your unit it could be in need of replacing. Cleaning your cartridge is a bit more complex as it has a lot of parts to disassemble and may require a plumber. You may also want to have a plumber inspect your cartridge check valves as well.
If after taking all these steps you are still experiencing pressure issues, please contact Management. We will do our best to give guidance and troubleshoot the Association’s components. Please remember that our building engineer and staff cannot conduct work to any component within your unit.
Aerators are also the most common place to find sediment build up. You will need pliers, paperclip, and an old tooth brush.
Step 1: Remove Aerator: Wrap a cloth around the jaws of the pliers or around the aerator to prevent scratches. Grip the outside of the aerator with the pliers and turn the aerator clockwise to loosen it.
Step 2: Disassemble and Clean: Using a paperclip, push the internal parts out of the aerator’s housing. If they get stuck, soak it in white vinegar for about 30 minutes to loosen it. Use an old toothbrush to gently clean the parts.
Step 3: Reassemble and Reinstall: Insert the screen, disk, and washer/o-ring in reverse order of disassembly. By hand, screw it in counterclockwise. Use the pliers to tighten it securely but don’t over tighten.
A Message from our Community Policing Officer Marlo Woods and the SDPD!
Hi all, It’s that time of year again. Here are some quick safety tips for the holidays:
Holidays are special times to be shared with family and friends. Protect yourself and loved ones by following these safety tips.
For more tips, see the SDPD papers on Home Security, Personal Safety and Security, Cybersecurity, Fraud and Identity Theft Prevention, and Vehicle Security on its website at www.sandiego.gov/police/services/prevention/tips.
Don’t put large displays of holiday gifts in view of your windows or doors.
Immediately after the holidays, mark new gifts with your California Driver License or ID number.
Don’t advertise what you got for Christmas by putting the boxes out on trash day. Break the boxes down or take them to the dump yourself.
Don’t open your door at the sound or a knock or bell. Know who’s at your door before opening it. Install a wide-angle peephole in your front door so you can look out without being seen yourself.
If you don’t want to answer the door and don’t want the person there to think that no one is home, say something like “We can’t come to the door now,” or “We don’t open the door to strangers.”
Don’t open the door to a delivery person unless you are expecting a package. Ask for the person’s name and the name and phone number of the company. Call it to confirm the visit. Keep the door closed and locked in the meantime.
AWAY FROM HOME
Lock all doors and windows, even if you will only be gone for a short time. Use deadbolts, dowels, or locking pins in sliding glass doors and windows to keep them from being pried open.
Leave window blinds and curtains in their normal daytime positions without exposing any valuable items.
Never announce your vacation plans or whereabouts on Facebook, Twitter, or other social networking sites. In a 2011 survey of 50 convicted burglars in the United Kingdom, 40 said that social media was being used to identify properties with absent owners.
Wait until you get home to post your vacation blog and photos. Remove geotags with a metadata removal tool if you publish photos on the Internet while you are away. Even better, turn off the geotagging feature on your smartphone.
Leave lights and a TV or radio on when going out for an evening to make it appear that you are at home.
Use timers on lights, radios, TVs, etc. to make them go on and off during the day and night to make your home appear occupied.
Stop mail delivery, or have neighbor pick it up. (This also helps to prevent identity theft.)
Officer Marlo J. Woods
San Diego Police Department
Community Relations Officer