Alerts

May 21, 2020

From the General Manager:
   Kern County has started opening their restaurants today with strict guidelines. The Condor Café is preparing to open next week on Thursday morning. Next week we will announce the restrictions to come in to dine.
   PMCPOA is having a Blood Drive! Houchin Community Mobile Bloodbank will be here Tuesday, June 9th from 10 am to 1:30 pm. No appointments necessary. To save time, go to HCBB.COM/QUICKPASS and fill out the form and have it ready when you donate blood. Platelet donations will not be accepted at this time.
   Tennis Courts are open. Play at your own risk due to the construction. There is dirt and dust that at times is blowing around. Remember you can only play one on one or if you live in the same household you can play tennis with your household mates.
   The Golf Course is open and it is nice to see golfers out. Golfers as well as Tennis Players have strict guidelines to follow.
   Construction for Phase I and Phase II is going well. We are still in the process of grading. Construction time will be to October and November. We hope it is completed sooner but that may not happen. It is exciting to watch what is going on and we get a lot of members taking walks around the clubhouse so they can see the progress. It is very exciting.
   We are still on Stay at Home Orders even though things are beginning to open. Remember to Social Distance, it is recommended to wear masks when you go out. Those who are compromised need to be extra careful.
   The 93222 zip code is still at 3 COVID-19 cases with 2 recovered. The 93225 is still at 5 COVID-19 cases with 4 recovered. Our community is doing a great job at being safe.
   Short-term rentals should not be renting their properties because we are still on Stay at Home Orders. They may open during the Phase 3 plan of the Governors opening plan.
Stay well and enjoy the Memorial Weekend.
K.L. Shulman, General Manager & COO, PMCPOA, Inc.
(661) 242 3788
gm@pmcpoa.com

May 20, 2020

Memorial Day Closures
A reminder that the Business and EC offices, as well as the Post Office, will be closed on Monday the 25th due to the Memorial Day Holiday.
Drop Box
 
   We have installed a drop box (to the right of the front door of the clubhouse) for members to drop off payments, paperwork, etc. safely. Please note that the drop box is not to be used for any election materials.(Voting). If you want your vote to count for the new Board members, it must be mailed to the Inspector of Elections in the envelope provided with your ballot.
Archery Range
   The Archery Range is closed at this time while they update and repair the range. Once they are finished, we will let you know. There will be a code to access the targets. If you would like to be a member of the Archery Club, please contact the business office at 661-242-3788. It’s $15 for an individual or $20.00 for a family. You will need to fill out an application and sign a waiver to receive your tags that are to be worn on your clothing to show that you are a member of the Archery Club. Anyone not displaying a current tag will be asked to leave the range and call the business office to sign up.
Verizon Update
Below is an email from Verizon received this morning. Verizon is working on the cell tower to fix the problem members have been having with the service here in PMC.
“We are onsite this morning with a tower crew and are going to begin adjusting the antennas and drive testing to fin- tune our network. (We) will provide you with an update after all the work is complete.”

May 19, 2020

Click here to view the June 20, 2020 Annual Membership Meeting Agenda

From the General Manager
   Many members have come by to see that construction started last week for Phase I and Phase II. We had hoped to have a pool for this year, but there were many delays such as contracts going back and forth for several months and then COVID-19 hit the country, which slowed down everything. All the permitting process had to be done through the mail and email because Kern County shut down most of their offices due to COVID-19. Kern County is just starting to reopen this week. Then we had to schedule contractors. The pool contractor is so busy he couldn’t start our project until June 15th. Grading for Phase II started on Monday, May 11th and grading and removing the old pool, Phase II, started today. I am not sure if you have ever done a large construction project, but there is a lot to it before we even begin construction. Request for proposals went out and it took a couple of months before contractors sent in their bids. Then the Board had to vote which contractor would win the bid. In the meantime, there were soil samples, engineering, septic tank testing and so on, which has taken some time. So while you may not have witnessed the pre-work, it started last year.
   Phase I and Phase II will take approximately six months to complete. We will not have a pool this season. Also, checking with Kern County, they are not sure if pools will be opened this year. If they do, there are beautiful aquatic centers in Bakersfield and Santa Clarita to cool off in. Also, beaches are open with social distancing. Pack a picnic and take the family for a day at the beach.
   The Recreation Department will be coming up with some water fun at Lampkin Park this summer, which will be enjoyable for the kids and even adults if they want to participate.
   Kern County Public health reported today that there has been 1,571 total resident cases, 1,034 recovered residents, 25 Kern resident deaths (51% of those are from nursing homes in Kern County).
   Kern County has been approved for Phase 2 re-opening slowly. Restaurants are still take-out only.
Remember, the Stay at Home order has not been lifted, so please be diligent with social distancing, wearing masks, washing hands with soap and water often, cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces daily, avoiding touching your eyes, nose or mouth, covering your cough or sneeze with a disposable tissue or your elbow and staying away from large gatherings and crowds both in public and in private. If you are sick, stay home from work and away from other people.
   We are still in this together so stay well and stay safe.
K.L. Shulman, General Manager & COO, PMCPOA, Inc.
(661) 242 3788
gm@pmcpoa.com

May 18, 2020

A Message from the Chairman – June 2020
   We continue to monitor the pandemic and how it impacts our community on a daily basis with respect to our amenities, our employees, and our members. I’ve lost track of the hours I’ve spent doing research and making phone calls on the various aspects of COVID-19 and how we can both protect people and when we can safely re-open some of our amenities and services.
   We appreciate the members who to continue to support the Condor Café and its take-out menu. Mike and his staff have done an excellent job with some delicious dinners. We also appreciate your support of our village businesses and generous donations to the Mountain Communities Family Resource Center in the form of money and food. Keep up the support!
   We reopened the golf course recently with guidelines in place and the tennis courts should be open now as you read this message. I’m being very honest when I say we make these decisions a little reluctantly but we are closely following the guidelines provided by the state and Kern County with a little common sense.
I think it’s better to be safe than sorry – but we have a few members who disagree and appear to disregard the health of their fellow members and challenge many of our decisions. We understand how it’s been more difficult for some members than others to deal with our closures, restrictions and requiring masks at the post office – but all decisions are made with the members and our employees in mind. We don’t want to be the cause of an outbreak in our small community. If we see or learn of a problem, we do our best to address it.
   As you may have seen, the grading has started for Phases 1 and 2 and it is rather exciting to see the progress as we hopefully take these first steps down the road to improve the entire clubhouse complex. As a reminder, this construction is being paid with existing funds and we are not increasing assessments nor taking out a loan.
Unfortunately, during construction preparation the past two weeks, we are experiencing firsthand how our clubhouse has been repaired and maintained over the years – not as efficiently as you might expect. And, as we begin to improve the facility, we are finding faulty and exposed wiring and other infrastructure challenges that confirm a few horror stories shared and speculated over the years that have been brushed aside and rarely confirmed. We are seeing the obvious result of neglect and maintenance shortcuts allowed over the years. If we are able to continue our momentum with the other phases, we can improve this complex in a fiscally-responsible manner beyond a bandage approach to make it more member-friendly and stable for years to come. I plan to initiate steps to begin exploring what it will take to continue on to Phase 3 – the administration building – with a better grasp of the financial impact and how it might get paid and when.
   I was able to sit in on the candidates’ forum as it was being videotaped and the video will be shared with members soon if not already. I was very impressed with the level of commitment shared by the four candidates and their individual and shared visions to continue the efforts for a better PMC. I hope you will watch the video when it is released to assist your decision making when you mark your upcoming ballot. I want to thank Mike DeAnglis and the other members of the Election Committee for their efforts in making this forum possible while dealing with the pandemic restrictions and recommendations. Good job.
   I hope you are all staying safe – and sane – during this trying times and I hope we are all able to socialize and mingle safely in the very near future.
Bill Lewis, Chairman of the PMCPOA Board of Directors


May 15, 2020

Open Board Zoom Meeting
PMCPOA is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Topic: Open Board Meeting 05-16-2020
Time: May 16, 2020 10:00 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
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K.L. Shulman, General Manager & COO, PMCPOA, Inc.
(661) 242 3788
gm@pmcpoa.com

May 13, 2020

Budget & Finance Meeting Tonight

PMCPOA is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Topic: B&F Meeting 05-13-2020
Time: May 13, 2020 05:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
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Pickleball

Next Thursday, May 21, Pickleball will be available for play with these restrictions from the US Pickleball Association, and they will be enforced.
Correction to an email blast that was sent out: The US Pickleball Association put out the guidelines that I changed to read that ** only singles (one-on-one can play or people who live in the same household) and also added **no spectators at this time. I was asked who makes the decision to open or close the facilities, and I want the membership to know that the general manager is following the governor’s directive and all of us are doing our best to keep our community safe from COVID-19.
To clarify: single play means one-on-one and people in one household only can play pickleball together.
If you play:

  • Make sure that your state, regional and local authorities satisfy federal criteria.
  • If your courts are open and available for play, adhere to safety precautions established by the CDC and the facility.
  • ** Single play, no doubles at this time or with only family members or others who reside in your household.
  • **No spectators at this time.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water and bring personal-use hand sanitizer to the courts.
  • Clean and wipe down your paddles and water bottles. Do not share paddles or any other equipment or clothing.
  • Bring a full personal-use water bottle(s) and avoid touching or using public water fountains.
  • Bring tissues or a handkerchief for contained sneezing and coughing or consider wearing a mask.
  • Consider wearing gloves to the courts and avoid touching court gates, fences, benches, etc.
  • Also consider wearing gloves during play to avoid picking up pickleballs with your hands.
  • Use new pickleballs and a new grip or fresh tape on your paddle handle if possible.
  • Coordinate with your play group so that each person serves with a different-colored ball. If multiple colors are not an option, use a sharpie and prominently mark personal pickleballs with your initials.
  • Adhere to social gathering and distancing policies according to local, state and federal authorities. Limit your distance to 6 feet or more to other players.
  • Avoid contact with others, such as hand shaking and high fives.
  • Adhere to CDC guidelines by not touching your face (after handling a ball or paddle).
  • Consider using hand sanitizer between games.
  • Wash your hands after each match.
  • Use your paddle and foot to pick up pickleballs and transfer them to your opponent. If utilizing a raised net, hit the ball under the net to your opponent. Avoid changing ends of the court.
  • Maintain proper social distancing from other players in between games and during time outs.

When Play has Ended:

  • Leave the court as soon as reasonably possible.
  • Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer immediately after your match is over.
  • Avoid post-play socializing.
  • Thoroughly wash your paddles, grips, pickleballs, towels, clothes, bags, water bottles and other items you have used or touched.
Remember, even though the courts are opening, we are still under a Stay at Home Order, so please adhere to the rules above and have fun.

May 12, 2020

Due to the continuing COVID-19 crisis, the Meet the Candidates forum will be videotaped on Friday and will be available next week on this website for the membership to view.

Golf Course Opens Wednesday, May 13th from 9 am to 5 pm with the following restrictions:

  • MASKS must be worn in Pro Shop at all times. No Exceptions!
  • Only members and guests with member/guest cards will be allowed to play. No non-members will be allowed at this time.
  • Maintain Social Distancing throughout your round – 6 ft. away from players at all times.
  • Players must have own clubs. No rental clubs at this time.
  • Electric carts not rented during this time. Personal golf carts allowed, one person per cart, unless living in household of cart owner.
  • Do Not pull flag stick out for any reason. Foam in cup will ensure the ball will not touch bottom of hole.
  • Rakes will not be available. Do your best to smooth sand with foot or club.
  • No loitering in Pro Shop. Beverages and snacks to be consumed outside with social distancing.

   Restrictions put in place are to keep golf a green light activity. Let’s not turn it into a red light.
   Entry to the golf course only is on Mil Potrero Hwy. Enter at gate opening and go along the cart path #9, next to the tennis courts. Watch out for golfers teeing off on #9.

Tennis Courts Opening
Tennis Courts will open next Wednesday, May 20th. Due to construction, enter from the west side door.
Tennis, if played properly, can be a great opportunity for members to relieve stress, socialize with others and provide much-needed exercise. Of primary importance is taking every precaution to help keep all participants safe. Although there is no specific evidence that tennis balls can spread COVID-19, we know that contamination by respiratory droplets from an infected person can potentially survive on hard surfaces up to three days.
NO Pickleball is to be played on the courts at this time!!
If you choose to play tennis, be sure to practice these safety tips and recommendations.
The following restrictions will be enforced:
WHEN PLAYING

  • Singles play only permitted at this time (no doubles play).
  • Try to stay at least 6 feet apart from the other player. Do not make physical contact with them (such as shaking hands or a high five).
  • Play only with family members or others who live in your household or with individuals who are considered to be low risk.
  • Stay on your side of court. Avoid changing ends of the court.
  • Use your racket/foot to pick up balls and hit them to your opponent. Avoid using your hands to pick up the balls.
  • Remain apart from other players when taking a break.
  • If a ball from another court comes to you, send it back with a kick or with your racket.
  • No extra-curricular or social activity should take place. No congregating after playing.

USE FOUR BALLS OR SIX BALLS
Although unlikely, it’s possible that a tennis ball can transmit the COVID-19 virus, as virtually any hard surface can transmit the disease. Here is an extra precaution members can take to keep safe when playing tennis:

  • Open two cans of tennis balls that do not share the same number on the ball.
  • Take one set of numbered balls, and have your playing partner take a set of balls from the other can.
  • Proceed with play, making sure to pick up your set of numbered balls only. Should a ball with the other number wind up on your side of the court, do not touch the ball with your hands. Use your racket head or feet to advance the ball to the other side of the court.

Further guidelines and recommendations can be found on the USTA website link.
Nightly Howling
Community spirit, solidarity and appreciation for our emergency workers has taken the form of a nightly 8pm howling! It makes us all feel more connected in these trying times.
BUT
Please, can we keep the howling organic as it was originally intended? The air horns and car horns are beginning to annoy some residents.
THANK YOU!
Please remember the Stay at Home order is still in place. The Clubhouse and Office are still closed, but we can be reached by phone, (661) 242-3788.
Stay well,
K.L. Shulman, General Manager & COO, PMCPOA, Inc.
(661) 242 3788
gm@pmcpoa.com

May 11, 2020

Please see the following invitation for the Saturday, May 16th 10am Open Board Meeting:
PMCPOA is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Topic: Open Board Meeting 05-16-2020
Time: May 16, 2020 10:00 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
Join Zoom Meeting
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Meeting ID: 824 4491 0045
Password: 626384
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Rainwater Capturing
There are many PMC residents who capture rain and snow water in buckets or other containers during the winter season. We are now going into warmer weather and water attracts mosquitos. We are not sure if mosquitos can carry the Coronavirus. Please start using that water to water your trees, roses and plants.

COVID Testing
Free COVID-19 testing is now widely available in Kern County through multiple sites. The following testing sites are provided through the State of California at no cost to the participant. All testing sites are currently following the recommended testing priority provided by California Department of Public Health, which prioritizes testing for symptomatic individuals, health care workers and first responders. The links below will take you to the registration sites for the following testing locations.

Currently Open Sites
All Sites By Appointment Only
5th District Drive-Thru – 2101 Ridge Road/Mt. Vernon Ave.
5th District Drive-Thru Registration
· Drive-Thru Only
· Hours: Sunday - Friday 8 am - 11 am & Noon - 2 pm
South Bakersfield – Kern County Fairgrounds (Accessible site)
Kern County Fairgrounds Registration
· No Drive-Thru option
· Hours: Tuesday - Saturday 7 am - 7 pm
Site Opening Soon
Taft - West Side Family Health Care
100 E. North Street
Taft, CA 93268
· Drive-Thru Only
· Appointments by phone at (661) 765-1935 or online starting Monday, May 11th at www.wshcd.org
· Hours beginning Tuesday May 12:
Tuesday - Friday 9 am - 1 pm & 3 pm - 7 pm / Saturday 11 am - 3 pm
Tennis Courts
Tennis Courts are currently closed until further notice.
Golf Course Reopening
The PMC Golf Course Opens this Wednesday from 9 am to 5 pm with the following restrictions:
· MASKS must be worn in Pro Shop at all times. No Exceptions!
· Only members and guests with member/guest cards will be allowed to play. No non-members will be allowed at this time.
· Maintain social distancing throughout your round – 6 ft. away from players at all times.
· Players must have own clubs. No rental clubs at this time.
· Electric carts not rented during this time. Personal golf carts allowed, one person per cart, unless living in household of cart owner.
· Do not pull flag stick out for any reason. Foam in cup will ensure the ball will not touch bottom of hole.
· Rakes will not be available. Do your best to smooth sand with foot or club.
· No loitering in Pro Shop. Beverages and snacks to be consumed outside with social distancing.
Restrictions put in place are to keep golf a green light activity. Let’s not turn it into a red light.

May 7, 2020

COVID Updates
I am sorry to report that as of today, per Kern Health Department, we now have 3 COVID-19 cases in PMC.
Kern County Health Department is reporting by Zip Code:
93222 – 3 cases (2 yesterday) 93225 – 5 cases 93243 – 2 cases
Kern County cases: 1,133 Confirmed
Deaths: yesterday was 11, today number of deaths in Kern County from COVID-19 is 13
Recovered: 654
More than ever now, now that we have cases of COVID-19 in PMC, please be diligent wearing masks into the Post Office and masks are also required at the market. We do not know who the people are or where they have been so be careful and follow these guidelines: If you go out for essential activities or to shop for necessities, remember to maintain at least 6 feet distance from individuals who do not live in your household.

  • Wash hands with soap and water often, for at least 20 seconds.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. Follow label instructions for proper disinfection.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a disposable tissue or your elbow.
  • Stay away from large gatherings and crowds both in public and in private.
  • If you are sick, stay home from work and away from other people. If you choose to use cloth face covering when going out for essential activities, remember that you must still practice social distancing and frequent hand washing.
Currently Open COVID Testing Sites

All Sites By Appointment Only.
5th District Drive-Thru – 2101 Ridge Road/Mt Vernon Ave
5th District Drive-Thru Registration
Drive-Thru Only
Hours: Sunday - Friday 8 am - 11 am & Noon - 2 pm
South Bakersfield – Kern County Fairgrounds
Kern County Fairgrounds Registration
No Drive-Thru option
Hours: Tuesday - Saturday 7 am - 7 pm
Mojave – Veterans Memorial Building
Veterans Memorial Building Registration
No Drive-Thru option
Hours: Tuesday - Saturday 7 am - 7 pm
Now is not the time to give up and start relaxing. Be diligent at all times.
Golf Course
There will be more about the opening of the golf course next Monday in an email blast.
Website Info

This website now has a link on the Home Page that opens a small directory of commonly searched-for pages. To access the directory, click on pinemountainclub.net/web/pages/directory. The directory links to common pages on both the public and members'-only sides of the site. We hope you find this useful and helpful.
Online Assessment Payments
For those who want to pay their assessment online via the PMCPOA website, there is a problem with the online system, and it is being worked on. We will send out another email blast when it becomes available again. You can also call the office at 661-242-3788 and pay over the phone. Thank you for your patience.
Verizon Issues
Members have complained about Verizon having coverage/service issues. We contacted Verizon at that time and finally heard back. They are telling us the site is currently alarm-free and carrying traffic with no known issues. If you are still having issues, please contact Adel in the PMCPOA Office to let her know what your issues are and location (address, intersections/cross Streets). Adel will need to know the Trouble Description (Voice/Data Calls, Etc.)
Post Office
At times, the P.O. line is long and there are those who have difficulty standing for so long. There is a chair that is available if you need to sit down until your turn to go in the Post Office.
Clubhouse Remodel
The grading for Phase I and Phase II will start on Monday. The parking lot by the clubhouse will be blocked off for a while.
Stay well and stay safe.
K.L. Shulman, General Manager & COO, PMCPOA, Inc.
(661) 242 3788
gm@pmcpoa.com

May 6, 2020

This is an update on the COVID-19 Statistics as of May 6, 2020 at 8:50 am
Kern County cases: 1,045
Confirmed Deaths: yesterday was 8, today number of deaths in Kern County from COVID-19 is 11 Recovered: 620
California cases: 58,724
Confirmed Deaths: 2,370
United States cases: 1,235,013 (26,339 higher than yesterday)
Deaths: 72,050 (2,370 more than yesterday)
Recovered: 164,316 (4,380 more than yesterday)
There have been two confirmed cases in PMC. One has recovered. A total of nine cases on our mountain (Frazier Park, PMC and Lebec)
This cannot be stressed enough, please wear a mask in the Post Office. The mask isn’t to protect you, but to protect your fellow people in PMC. To those who wear a mask diligently in the Post Office, thank you.
Kern County Health Department has a new Dashboard to report cases. Also, there is an interactive map; if you click on the zip code, it will give you the number of COVID-19 cases of COVID-19 in that area.
Lot Clearance
A reminder that lots must be cleared by June 1st for Fire Department Inspection. The county will fine $500 to anyone who has not complied with lot clearing.
Stay well and stay safe.
K.L. Shulman, General Manager & COO, PMCPOA, Inc.
(661) 242 3788
gm@pmcpoa.com

May 4, 2020

   We continue to receive complaints of people not wearing masks when visiting the post office to retrieve mail and use services at the window. As an employer, we have a responsibility to protect our employees. As an association, we should be protecting our members to the extent reasonably possible according to guidelines and mandates.
   Based on the recent United States Postal Service media statement and the CDC guidelines, all persons visiting the post office will be required to wear face masks effective Monday, May 4, until such time this directive is rescinded.
   The information we are using to assist our decision is primarily based on the following:
USPS Media Statement - April 30, 2020: The Postal Service has a dedicated Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Command Response leadership team that is focusing on employee and customer safety in conjunction with operational and business continuity during this unprecedented epidemic. We continue to follow the strategies and measures recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and public health departments:
· Reinforcing workplace behaviors to ensure that contact among our employees and with our customers reflects the best guidance regarding healthy interactions, social distancing and risk minimization.
CDC Guidelines - Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others.
· You could spread COVID-19 to others even if you do not feel sick.
· Everyone should wear a cloth face mask when they have to go out in public, for example to the grocery store or to pick up other necessities.
· Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.
· The cloth face cover is meant to protect other people in case you are infected.
· Do NOT use a facemask meant for a healthcare worker.
· Continue to keep about 6 feet between yourself and others. The cloth face cover is not a substitute for social distancing.
We will appreciate everyone’s cooperation with this new directive in an effort to keep us all safe.
Golf Course Soft Opening
The Golf Course will have a soft re-opening on May 13th with these restrictions in place:
· Open Wednesday thru Sunday from 9 am to 5 pm
· No non-members may play on the course; golfers must present Member/Guest Card, no exceptions.
· Two months' grace period for annual members
· Masks required in the Pro Shop, no exceptions
· You may bring your own cart but only those in same household may ride in your cart
· No cart rentals at this time (subject to change)
· Singles, walking only
· There will not be any rakes in bunkers
· The hole on each green will be filled so when the ball would go into the cup it should bounce back out so you are touching only your ball
· Social distancing is required
· After golf, if you are having a beverage from the Pro Shop, please sit outside while social distancing
Transfer Site
The cardboard baler has finally passed on. A new baler has been purchased and can take up to six weeks for delivery. We are asking for your help. If possible, break down your cardboard at home and if you have a place to store it, that would help a lot until the new baler is installed.
California COVID-19 by the Numbers as of May 3, 2020
53,616 cases and 2,215 deaths in California
Kern County: 115 Valley, 285 West Bakersfield, 563 East Bakersfield, 23 Mountain, 19 Desert
Please keep social distancing, go outside and enjoy the weather and above all, stay well and stay safe.
K.L. Shulman, General Manager & COO, PMCPOA, Inc.
(661) 242 3788
gm@pmcpoa.com

April 30, 2020

From the General Manager:
All Concerts on the Greens have been canceled for this year.
Coming soon: Construction on Phase I and II will start around May 11th.
Reminder, there is a box outside of the clubhouse with 3x5 cards to write your questions to the candidates. There will be a video with the candidates answering your questions which will be posted on the Pine Mountain Club Website.
COVID-19 UPDATE:
California COVID-19 By the Numbers (from the California Department of Public Health as of 4/28/2020)
Total Cases in California – 46,500
Fatalities – 1,887
Kern County
Valley – 104 West Bakersfield – 255 East Bakersfield – 468 Mountain – 21 Desert – 18
Kern Resident Deaths -6
CDC Recommendations
Everyone can do their part to help us respond to this emerging public health threat by following CDC recommendations:Wear a cloth face covering in public settings to avoid spreading COVID-19 to others in case you are infected but do not have symptoms.
The cloth face cover is meant to protect other people in case you are infected.
The cloth face coverings recommended are not surgical masks or N-95 respirators. Those are considered critical supplies that should be reserved for healthcare workers and other first responders, as recommended by CDC.
The cloth face covering is not a substitute for social distancing.
CDC continues to recommend that people try keep about 6 feet between themselves and others.The CDC reports as of 4/29/2020 there have been 1,005,147 cases of COVID-19 in the United States. There have been 57,505 deaths.
The association appreciates all that everyone is doing to stay safe. Now is not the time to let up our guard. Continue with all safety precautions recommended by Kern County Health Department and the CDC.
Stay well and be safe.
K.L. Shulman, General Manager & COO, PMCPOA, Inc.
(661) 242 3788
gm@pmcpoa.com

April 28, 2020

Per Kristopher Lyon, the Public Health Officer for Kern County:
Per the Health and Safety code, all persons are required to obey Gov. Newsom's stay at home order for the state of California, except as needed to maintain continuity of operations of essential critical infrastructure sectors as the State Public Health Officer may designate as critical to protect health and well-being of all Californians.
Violation of this order is subject to a fine, imprisonment or both and any person that violates this order is guilty of a misdemeanor.
This order may be enforced by the Sheriff or chiefs of police.
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Stay At Home - please do your part by NOT renting out your short-term-rental property via Air BnB, VRBO etc., which causes people to travel to PMC from out of the area. Vacation rentals are non-essential.

April 22, 2020

Candidate's Forums

   The “Meet the Candidates” forms on April 25th and May 8th have been canceled due to COVID-19.
There are four candidates running for three seats:
Sandy Browne
Phyllis Throckmorton
Peggy Hoyt-Voelker
Shirin Murphy

   Starting this Friday, April 24th and April 27th through May 1st, 2020, there will be a table by the front door of the clubhouse along with 3x5 cards. Bring your own pen, and you can write the candidates' questions you would like to have answered. Please put the cards into the box on the table. Or, you can email your questions to recept@pmcpoa.com and the Election Committee will receive the questions. The four candidates will answer the questions via videotaping, and the videotapes will be put on the website for you to view.

From the General Manager:
There is a slight tweak to the Post Office operations. Everyone can still go in the side door on the south side (by the newsstand) to pick up mail in their boxes. But, only one person at a time (instead of two) can pick up packages. This has been amended due to emails received from people feeling unsafe with the new procedures.

April 21, 2020

From the General Manager
   This is a change for people picking up mail at the PMC Post Office due to the wait time to get in the Post Office.
   People wanting to pick up mail from their boxes will enter the side door to pick up mail and leave by the same door. If you have a yellow or green card, you must go out the side door and get in line to enter the front door to go to the window to pick up your package. YOU MAY NOT walk through the Post Office to the window to circumvent the line. Pick up mail and exit. No visiting while in the Post Office. Take all visiting outside and remember to social distance.
   If you already have a yellow or green card, need to mail packages or to purchase stamps, you enter from the front door. There will be a line so please go to the back of the line and remember social distancing. We will have two people working the window and hopefully the line will move faster.
   Remember, you may pick up your mail from your box from 7 am to 10 am and from 3 pm to 10 pm while the window is closed to avoid being around a lot of people.
   Remember to please wear masks and gloves. The wearing of the mask is you protecting others. Others wearing their mask is to protect you. We are all in this together so let’s work together to help keep each other safe.
Stay well and be safe.
K.L. Shulman
General Manager & COO
PMCPOA, Inc.
(661) 242 3788
gm@pmcpoa.com

April 17, 2020

To attend the Open Board Meeting by Zoom tomorrow at 10 am:
PMCPOA is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Topic: Open Board Meeting 04-18-2020
Time: Apr 18, 2020 10:00 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
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Meeting ID: 848 302 099
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You can speak during Open Forum or when the Chairman permits you to speak.
K.L. Shulman
General Manager & COO
PMCPOA, Inc.
(661) 242 3788
gm@pmcpoa.com

April 16, 2020

From the General Manager
Now is not the time to start relaxing directives from the governor. Do not let your guard down!
My Mask Protects YOU,
Your Mask Protects ME!

When asked to wear masks into the Post Office, it is not to protect you but to protect those around you. Please be respectful to your community members and Post Office staff.
I would like to remind everyone again, the TENNIS COURTS and GOLF COURSE are CLOSED. COVID-19 is not over!
Another reminder, please do not come into the clubhouse. Only staff is allowed. If you have questions, please call (661) 242-3788.
From the CDC: COVID-19: U.S. at a Glance*†
Total cases: 605,390
Total deaths: 24,582
California has over 5,001 cases of COVID-19
Executive Order N-33-20 from the Governor of California in part reads
ORDER OF THE STATE PUBLIC HEALTH OFFICER, March 19, 2020
To protect public health, I, as State Public health Officer and Director of the California Department of Public Health, order all individuals living in the State of California to stay home or at their place of residence except as needed to maintain continuity of operations of operations of the federal critical infrastructure sectors, as outlined at https://www.cisa.gov/identifying-critical-infrastructure-during-covid-19.
K.L. Shulman, General Manager & COO, PMCPOA, Inc.
(661) 242 3788
gm@pmcpoa.com

April 14, 2020

From the General Manager:
Kern County Confirmed COVID-19 Cases by Region
Valley – 56 Bakersfield West – 159 Bakersfield East – 222 Mountain – 14 Desert – 11
Positives Detected Among Kern Residents - 462
Positives Detected Among Non-Residents - 8
Number of Negative Tests - 3884
Number of Pending Tests* - 2715
Number of Total Tests* - 7069
Deaths Among Kern Residents - 3
*As reported by community healthcare providers. This is preliminary data and is subject to change.
Updated on 4/14/2020 9:30:00 AM Updated twice daily on weekdays by 10:00 AM and 4:00 PM and once daily on weekends by 10:00 AM
Remember to wash hands with soap and water often, clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily, avoid touch eyes, nose or mouth, cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue or your elbow, avoid close contact with people who are sick, stay away from work, school or other people if you become ill.
Post Office Updates
The Post Office is open from 10 am to 3 pm. It is not closed for lunch. There is a box next to the Patrol officer standing in front of the post office, and if anyone has mail that is stamped and ready to go, please put in that box or in the US Mail Box by the Gazebo in the Commercial Center. This will cut the line down somewhat. The other thing is that if you are coming to pick up mail only, please consider coming before the window opens or after the window closes. Most importantly, please remember the 6 ft. of social distancing if you are standing in line. There is now 14 cases of COVID-19 in the mountain communities. Please remember to protect yourselves and others. We are all in this together.
Other News
Bears are out and about. There have been a couple of incidents with bears breaking into houses. This is a reminder to lock your cars as the bears can open them. Also keep your garages closed.

Remember, the April 18th Open Board Meeting is closed to people. We will have a meeting by Zoom. The Zoom information will be in an email blast by Friday and posted on the website. The Agenda is posted on the website already.

The Clubhouse is closed to members and guests at this time. This is for our safety as well as theirs.

Please be safe and be well.
K.L. Shulman, General Manager & COO, PMCPOA, Inc.
(661) 242 3788
gm@pmcpoa.com

April 10, 2020

From the General Manager
Census Work
Would you like to work a temporary job at $18.00 per hour? The 2020 Census.Gov/Jobs is looking for people in our area to work. Paid weekly and paid training; pays 57 cents per mile; minimum 35 hours per week with a flexible schedule (night differential after 6 pm and pays more on Sundays). Government pays for fingerprints and background checks. If interested, call Vicki Lewis (661) 447-7238 or Victoria.lewis@2020census.gov.
Family Resource Center
The Mountain Community Resource Center, which offer an array of services, is looking for money and food donations. Please call (661)245-4303.
COVID Updates
Kern County Confirmed COVID-19 cases by region: Valley - 47, Bakersfield West - 129, Bakersfield East - 137, Mountain - 10, Desert - 10
Positives detected among Kern Residents -333, Positives detected among non-Residents - 7, Deaths among Kern Residents - 3, Number of negative tests - 3,370, Numbers of pending tests - 2,431, and number of total tests, 6,141.
Updated on 4/10/20 at 9:30am.
As reported by community healthcare providers. This is preliminary data and is subject to change.
Post Office Concerns
Many complaints about people going to the Post Office without their masks or gloves. We cannot make people wear masks and gloves, but it is disrespecting the staff who come in every day to make sure you get your mail and packages. It is disrespecting the people in line who may have underlying conditions and take all precautions to stay well, following CDC guidelines. There is no "Us" or "Them" with COVID-19. There is no rich or poor with COVID-19. No racial disparity with COVID-19. We are all in this together, it is serious whether you believe it or not. Let’s take care of ourselves, our family, our neighbors and our community. Be Respectful.
Be calm and stay well.
K.L. Shulman, General Manager & COO, PMCPOA, Inc.
(661) 242 3788
gm@pmcpoa.com

April 9, 2020

A Message from the Chairman Regarding Short-Term Rentals in PMC
Based on, among other things, the Governor’s Executive Order dated March 19, 2020, the Order of the [Kern County] Health Officer, dated April 2, 2020 and corresponding guidance, the PMCPOA Board has determined that short-term rentals are not permitted to operate for commercial purposes in Pine Mountain Club and may continue to operate only for the following limited purposes: 1) to provide housing for essential critical infrastructure workers, 2) for use by the property owner and his/her immediate family members, and 3) to provide COVID-19 mitigation and containment measures (for example, isolation and quarantine or the housing of displaced persons or the homeless residing within our geographic area).

These orders are intended to protect public health and slow the rate of transmission of COVID-19 per the applicable orders issued by and guidance from the State of California and Kern County Public Health Department until further guidance or orders are issued or rescinded. I know many owners of short-term rentals in PMC have already been complying and your efforts are greatly appreciated. I also understand there may possibly be some opportunities for reimbursements on canceled reservations for Airbnb hosts under their extenuating circumstances policy.

Violations of these orders will be reported to Kern County Public Health Department, and owners may be fined. The Executive Order and Order of the Health Officer are both enforceable under California law; individuals who violate the Order can be prosecuted for a misdemeanor offense.

If you have recently rented your home as a short-term rental during this pandemic, please follow the recommended guidelines for cleaning and disinfecting your home that are accessible online.

I hope you and your family are doing well and staying safe during this pandemic wherever you may be.

Respectfully,
Bill Lewis II
PMCPOA Chairman

April 8, 2020

From the General Manager:
There have been many compliments that the Post Office is allowing one person in at a time to get their mail. Very few complaints. Thank you to everyone who is taking the COVID-19 seriously and protecting yourself, other members and Post Office staff.
If you are mailing packages, before you come to the Post Office, please make sure your packages are ready to mail. The lack of being ready to mail packages when you get to the Post Office is causing people to have to wait in line longer. Please come prepared.

April 6, 2020

3:45 pm
From the General Manager:
   I am sorry to report that we have had our first confirmed COVID-19 in Pine Mountain Club. The person is under doctor's care at home and feels that they are over the hump on day 13 (today). Please everyone, take this seriously and follow Kern County Health Departments protective measures.
Kern County Public Health Services continues to recommend the following protective measures:
* Wash hands with soap and water often
* Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. Follow label instructions for proper disinfecting.
* Avoid touching eyes, nose or mouth.
* Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue or your elbow.
* Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
* Stay away from work, school or other people if you become ill.
Please do not ask for the name or location of the person, as that information will not be given out by the association.
Be calm and stay well.
K.L. Shulman, General Manager & COO, PMCPOA, Inc.
(661) 242 3788
gm@pmcpoa.com


From the General Manager:

Due to the increase of Coronavirus, only one (1) person in the Post Office at a time. The Post Office is small on the inside and it is impossible to keep social distancing at 6 feet apart. Please remember to enter through the south side of the Post Office and exit through the east side (by the window). There are some people still not wearing masks and gloves to the Post Office. This is for the protection of members, guests and staff. It does make most of our members/guests and staff feel safer when these steps are taken.
We are in this together, so please, let’s do our share.
The U.S. death toll from the coronavirus has reached 10,000, according to data from Johns Hopkins University, with more than 347,000 confirmed U.S. cases of the virus. This is far more than any other country has reported. (Yahoo News).
Kern County Confirmed COVID-19 Cases by Region
Valley – 41
Bakersfield West – 103
Bakersfield East – 77
Mountain Area – 7
Desert Area - 6

April 3, 2020

From the General Manager:
   We put out the wrong link for donations to the Mountain Community Resource Center in an eblast earlier today. Totally my fault and I apologize. Please send to the Mountain Community Resource Center or call 661-245-4303 to donate.
   Who was that screaming, raging woman on the golf course today? Screaming at golfers to get off the golf course, which has been closed for almost three weeks? I am ashamed to say it was me, the general manager, screaming and yelling at the golfers to get off the golf course like I am some kind of banshee. I certainly take responsibility for my own bad behavior. I am publicly apologizing to the golfers today. I hope all of you accept my apology. I do acknowledge that all of you this morning were social distancing and it is appreciated, but the group of golfers around 5 pm yesterday absolutely were not social distancing. And none of us know where each other has been or who we have been around. We need to keep our community safe and do our part.
The Clubhouse is closed to everyone but staff who are still working. The EC and Patrol office is closed except to staff who are working. The Condor Café is open for take-out only for curbside delivery and home delivery on Thursday night, Friday night and Saturday night. We appreciate all who continue to support the café. The staff is putting out great food.
I am taking the governor’s directive seriously, trying to protect our association, as many of you are. Stay home. Sure, we can take walks, go to the market, the pharmacy and the doctor. The association staff is taking this virus seriously. We are sanitizing the clubhouse, Pro Shop, Offices, Patrol and EC Offices so when the “stay home” ban is lifted, members can feel safe in coming back into their facilities. It will give all of us a level of comfort. Some staff, myself included, and some members have high-risk people in their homes. We should all be working together to keep our rural, remote community safe. Please, let’s work together to stay safe.
Kern County COVID-19 Detailed Data
Orders of the Kern County Health Officer
   Again, to the golfers this morning, I am ashamed of my behavior and I apologize from the bottom of my heart.
K.L. Shulman, General Manager & COO, PMCPOA, Inc.
(661) 242 3788
gm@pmcpoa.com

April 2, 2020

From the General Manager:
I must reiterate that although there are now 5 cases of COVID-19 in the mountain area, we DO NOT know for sure that it is our mountain area. Kern County Health Department will NOT release the area that is reporting COVID-19 and only reports by region. There are many mountain communities within Kern County. Rumors start panic and we have enough to worry about without rumors starting. We must remember that now more than ever we need kindness and honesty and to help those who need helping. The Mountain Resource Center is in desperate need of money and food. The need has greatly increased on our mountain due to job loss and other personal reasons. If you want to donate dry food goods, please deliver to Base Camp. If you would like to donate money, please deliver to the clubhouse and we will have Mel Weinstein pick it up and take to the Resource Center. Pine Mountain Club is a wonderful community to live in and we all pull together in crisis and need as known by past examples.

Positives Detected Among Kern Residents 139
Positives Detected Among Non-Residents 3
Number of Negative Tests 2203
Number of Pending Tests* 1473
Number of Total Tests* 3818
Deaths Among Kern Residents 1

Kern County Confirmed COVID-19 Cases by Region
Valley 31
Bakersfield West 64
Bakersfield East 34
Mountain 5
Desert 5
Information is reported by community healthcare providers.

Tonight’s take out dinner is BBQ Pulled pork sandwiches with Jack Daniels BBQ Sauce, Coleslaw and Cross Cut French Fries for $9.99. We offer curbside pick up as well as delivery service for a $2 fee.

If you need a break from all the COVID-19 updates, go outside and look at the beauty that surrounds us, take a deep breath of the clean mountain air, be grateful for our families. We are lucky to live here! Stay positive and be joyful, if not for yourself then for others. It is a boost to all of us.

Stay well and stay safe.

K.L. Shulman
General Manager & COO
PMCPOA, Inc.
(661) 242 3788
gm@pmcpoa.com

April 1, 2020

From the General Manager
From the CDC

COVID-19: U.S. at a Glance*†Total cases: 186,101
Total deaths: 3,603
Jurisdictions reporting cases: 55 (50 states, District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, and the U.S. Virgin Islands)
Kern County Confirmed COVID-19 Cases by Region:
Valley – 21
Bakersfield West – 57
Bakersfield East – 22
Mountain – 2
Desert – 5
   There is a Facebook rumor that the 2 cases in the Mountain area are in Pine Mountain Club. We do not know that. Kern County Health Department does NOT release information regarding which mountain area the 2 cases are in. That was verified by the General Manager calling the KCHD. The only way we would know if we have cases in PMC is if it is reported to the office by the person with COVID-19 and we are given permission by that same person to disclose that we have a case. We would keep the persons’ name confidential. Please do not put out non-facts. Guesses and gossip cause panic.
   Walkers can still walk around Fern’s Lake. Gate is locked so cars cannot park by the lake. Park at the clubhouse and walk to the lake. Great exercise.
   Remember, this virus affects everyone, and we are all in this together. Let’s make sure we practice social distancing, let’s respect each other and let's not forget to be kind.
Stay well and be calm.
K.L. Shulman, General Manager & COO, PMCPOA, Inc.
(661) 242 3788
gm@pmcpoa.com

March 31, 2020

From the General Manager
Kern County Confirmed COVID-19 cases by region as of 8:30 am on 3/31/2020:
Valley – 16
Bakersfield West – 43
Bakersfield East – 19
Mountain – 2
Desert – 2
Again, we do not know which mountain community. The Kern County Health Department is not at liberty to tell us, so please take extreme caution.

Correction: The April 11 PMCPOA Snow Operations Task Force meeting has NOT been canceled. The meeting will be held by teleconferencing. Dial 1-669-900-9128 and put in Meeting number when requested. Follow the prompts.
Bryan Skelly is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Topic: Snow Plow with Snow Gates
Time: Apr 11, 2020 09:00 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
Join Zoom Meeting
https://zoom.us/j/798556418
Meeting ID: 798 556 418
One tap mobile
+16699009128,,798556418# US (San Jose)
Meeting ID: 798 556 418

Important Information:
As we are working hard to keep members/guests and staff safe, please DO NOT congregate in the Post Office. The number allowed in the Post Office line has been reduced from 7 to 5 people at a time. Please wear masks and gloves to pick up your mail. If you do not have gloves, use baggies over your hands. This will protect everyone inside the Post Office. If we all work together, we can help prevent the spread of COVID-19. We are all in this together!

Afternoon Updates
* The Family Resource Center is in need of money and food. During this difficult time, the need is increasing for families here on the mountain. Please contact them at 661-245-4303 if you can help.
* Fern's Lake is closed until further notice due to members and guests not social distancing.

Be safe and be well,
K.L. Shulman, General Manager & COO, PMCPOA, Inc.
(661) 242 3788
gm@pmcpoa.com

March 30, 2020

A Message from the Chairman

   Once again, we are faced with some misrepresentations and off-base assumptions via Facebook that appear to be causing concern for a few members which perhaps necessitates some clarification for those members not monitoring the situation firsthand. As if the stress of dealing with COVID-19 isn’t currently enough, a few members are adding to the anxiety by misinforming others about costs, increased assessments, and runaway spending.
   As you may recall, the current remodeling project, approved as a master plan, was divided into phases. One of the primary reasons that phases were instituted was due largely in part to members supporting a “pay as we go” philosophy to avoid one large loan. Also, the phase-approach provides for later modifications to the plan for other phases in consideration of costs and the needs of the association.
   In adopting this “pay as we go” concept, the Board approved proceeding forward with Phases 1 and 2 as funding was available through existing reserve funds allocated for some of these expenses and retained earnings. These construction costs will not be paid by raising the assessments and assessments are not expected to be increased this coming year. The funds allocated will not significantly deplete the reserve fund.
   Phase 1 begins the first steps in making our clubhouse complex ADA-compliant and more accessible to our members. Phase 1 will include an ADA ramp to the lower level of our facility for foot traffic, golf carts, and delivery access to the Condor Cafe, recreation room, Pro Shop, golf course, and Concert on the Greens venue. A second ADA-compliant ramp will also be built to provide access to the top floor of the clubhouse to access the lounge, Pool Pavilion and Condor Room.
   Additionally, Phase 1 will include the demolition and removal of the old pool, grading, compacting, concrete retaining walls, additional decking and stairs for the clubhouse exterior, rest rooms accessible from new pool and (eventually) the ground floor of clubhouse, and required grading, demolition and material removal associated with the new rest rooms. The current costs for Phase 1 are $540,700.
   Phase 2 is the new pool that includes a spa, ADA chairs (handicap lifts), decking, ramps, fencing, gates, equipment storage, and a stub that can provide access to solar heating at a later date. The cost is currently $464,330. Recent allocation of funding for both phases also includes a 20% project contingency.
   As I mentioned in the recent Condor newsletter, the contracts have been approved, and were submitted prior to the pandemic, but the projects are on hold due to the virus mandates. There are no start dates and we have a payment schedule in our contract based on work performed with the first major payment for the pool not due until the completion of excavation along with the underground electrical and plumbing.
   Did the costs originally provided by the Facilities Task Force significantly exceed their estimates? They did. However, according to contractors, architects, and lenders, true costs of projects like these are never really known nor better estimates provided until plans are actually drawn and permits pursued beyond conceptual drawings. We have learned a valuable lesson to rely upon as we proceed with other phases in the future.
   Last year, I was an advocate to either repair the old pool or place a new pool in the old location. It now would not be prudent to repair the old pool compared to the costs for a new pool. The old location is not conducive to a larger and more modern pool and does not provide for improved ADA access nor more space for members. Although I am a little disappointed in the increased costs, I believe we can afford it and it is in our best interests financially to proceed with the new pool and better ADA accessibility after the pandemic as it will only serve to improve the complex and benefit the members. To delay these projects further might only increase the costs down the road.
   The plans for Phases 1 and 2 were never intended as first steps to transform the clubhouse complex into a luxurious country club - nor do they even resemble such - as these initial phases merely provide for improved accessibility and an amenity upgrade to better serve members based on previous surveys and member input in lieu of Bandaids, glue and duct tape.
   I hope this message has clarified some issues for you with respect to the allocation of funds for Phases 1 and 2 and pending construction.
Respectfully,
Bill Lewis II
PMCPOA Chairman

From the General Manager

COVID-19 Updates Per Kern County Health Department as of 3/30/2020 at 10 am:
Positives Detected Among Kern County Residents: 59
Positives Detected Among Kern County Non-Residents: 1
Deaths Among Kern Residents: 1
# of Negative Tests: 1,005
# Pending Results: 930
# Total Tests: 1995

KERN COUNTY CONFIRMED COVID-19 CASES BY REGION
Valley – 11 cases
Bakersfield West – 33 cases
Bakersfield East – 11 cases
Mountain – 2 cases
Desert - 2 cases
A call to the Kern County Health Department is not allowed to confirm the Mountain Community that has 2 cases.

From the CDC as of 4 pm yesterday:
Total cases in the U.S. - 140,904
Total Deaths in the U.S. - 2,351
Under Investigation - 137,667

Please remember social distancing when you come to the café to pick up your dinner.

If at all possible, please wear gloves and mask when picking up your mail. We want to make sure everyone stays safe.


Be well and stay calm,
K.L. Shulman, General Manager & COO, PMCPOA, Inc.
(661) 242 3788
gm@pmcpoa.com

March 27, 2020

From the General Manager
The Directive from our Governor of California is to stay home. Take walks but avoid others. There is a sign on the clubhouse front door “The Clubhouse is Closed”. People continue to walk in and walk around in the lobby. Please members and guests, do not come to the clubhouse. To those who run/own Short Term Rentals, please put a sign in the cabins that letting your guests know they may not come to the clubhouse. We have employees who are at risk and/or family members at home whom are at risk. If there are questions members/guests have, anyone is welcome to call the office at 661-242-3788. The report of cases of COVID-19 in the United States has passed China and Italy.

This is the report from the CDC as of 4 pm yesterday:

COVID-19: U.S. at a Glance
*Total cases: 68,440
Total deaths: 994
Jurisdictions reporting cases: 54 (50 states, District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, and US Virgin Islands)
*Data include both confirmed and presumptive positive cases of COVID-19 reported to CDC or tested at CDC since January 21, 2020, with the exception of testing results for persons repatriated to the United States from Wuhan, China and Japan. State and local public health departments are now testing and publicly reporting their cases. In the event of a discrepancy between CDC cases and cases reported by state and local public health officials, data reported by states should be considered the most up to date.
Cases of COVID-19 Reported in the US, by Source of Exposure
Travel-related 636
Close contact 1,074
Under investigation 66,730

Kern County Public Health Services continues to recommend the following protective measures:
* Wash hands with soap and water often
* Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. Follow label instructions for proper disinfecting.
* Avoid touching eyes, nose or mouth.
* Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue or your elbow.
* Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
* Stay away from work, school or other people if you become ill.
Currently in Kern County there has been no report of the COVID-19 in the mountain areas.

The news reported last night that there have been over 1,000 deaths in the United States.
Tax day has been moved from April 15th to July 15th. The Franchise Tax Board has extended the state filing deadline, which now matches the federal directive. The FTB is postponing the filing and payment deadlines for all individuals and business entities until July 15. The includes filings for:
2019 tax returns
2019 tax return payments
2020 1st and 2nd quarter estimate payments
2020 LLC taxes and fees
2020 Non-wage withholding payments

Please be respectful of others in our community. Stay home, take walks and remember social distancing.
Be calm and stay well.
K.L. Shulman, General Manager & COO, PMCPOA, Inc.
(661) 242 3788
gm@pmcpoa.com

March 26, 2020

From the General Manager
Today’s Coronavirus update from the Kern County Public Health Services as of 9am today:
Positives Detected Among Kern County Residents: 28
Positives Detected Among Kern County Non-Residents: 1
# of Negative Tests: 553
# Pending Results: 370
# Total Tests: 952
Returning Travelers Undergoing Monitoring: 0
Kern County Public Health Services continues to recommend the following protective measures:
* Wash hands with soap and water often
* Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. Follow label instructions for proper disinfecting.
* Avoid touching eyes, nose or mouth.
* Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue or your elbow.
* Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
* Stay away from work, school or other people if you become ill.
   As of this morning at 10 am there is one case in the desert area and no cases in the mountains of Kern County according to the Kern County Public Health Services. Please continue to stay home. Take walks, which can help anxiety and depression. Please keep your distance from others. Follow the above protective measures.
This in-part article is from the Mayo Clinic Staff found online:

Depression and anxiety: Exercise eases symptoms

Depression and anxiety symptoms often improve with exercise. Here are some realistic tips to help you get started and stay motivated.
By Mayo Clinic Staff
   When you have depression or anxiety, exercise often seems like the last thing you want to do. But once you get motivated, exercise can make a big difference.
   Exercise helps prevent and improve a number of health problems, including high blood pressure, diabetes and arthritis. Research on depression, anxiety and exercise shows that the psychological and physical benefits of exercise can also help improve mood and reduce anxiety.
   The links between depression, anxiety and exercise aren't entirely clear — but working out and other forms of physical activity can definitely ease symptoms of depression or anxiety and make you feel better. Exercise may also help keep depression and anxiety from coming back once you're feeling better.

Dinner Special Tonight

   Dinner tonight is the popular Certified Angus ½ pound Brisket Burger with Waffle Fries and Salad for $9.99. Take out only, curbside service and home delivery ($2 delivery fee).
   Remember we are not alone, we are all in this together.
   Be calm. Be safe.
K.L. Shulman, General Manager & COO, PMCPOA, Inc.
(661) 242 3788
gm@pmcpoa.com

March 25, 2020

From the General Manager
   Today’s Coronavirus update from the Kern County Public Health Services as of 9am today:
Positives Detected Among Kern County Residents: 15
Positives Detected Among Kern County Non-Residents: 1
# of Negative Tests: 221
# Pending Results: 341
# Total Tests: 578
Returning Travelers Undergoing Monitoring: 4
   Kern County Public Health Services continues to recommend the following protective measures:
· Wash hands with soap and water often
· Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. Follow label instructions for proper disinfecting.
· Avoid touching eyes, nose or mouth.
· Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue or your elbow.
· Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
· Stay away from work, school or other people if you become ill.
   As of this morning at 9 am there are no cases in the Mountain and Desert area’s of Kern County according to the Kern County Public Health Services. Please continue to shelter in place if you are not working. Take walks and please keep your distance from others. Follow the above protective measures.
There are some small items you can order on Walmart that will be delivered to your home. Go to Walmart.com and check it out. Amazon is also delivering necessities such as toiletries, toilet paper (maybe delayed in delivery), etc. at Amazon.com.
   We have such an amazing team at the Equestrian Center that has been donating food, toilet paper and pet food for our community. They make porch deliveries to residents during their lunch breaks, after work and days off. Seth has coordinated a dropoff area and food is also being donated to the Resource Center in Frazier Park. Please let them know if any of our residents need assistance or would like to donate canned, dry goods, etc. who are not on social media, as we would be happy to deliver or pick up. Feel free to call their cell phone numbers, Lori 805-835-5104 and Seth 1-949-202-7084.
   Thank you to the community for your patience and for the supportive emails we have been receiving at the office.
   Stay calm and be safe.
K.L. Shulman, General Manager & COO, PMCPOA, Inc.
(661) 242 3788
gm@pmcpoa.com

March 24, 2020

We apologize for the many changes to the Condor Café concerning times of meals. This is a new world for the association and we adjust where needed, sometimes on a daily basis. Dinner service hours have been changed from 5 pm to 8 pm to 4:00 pm to 7:30 pm. Dinner is still by take out only, curbside pickup and home delivery ($2. Fee). We put out an email blast with weekly specials. Please keep an eye open for the specials coming your way. Please see the Take Out Menus at https://pinemountainclub.net/web/pages/bistro-on-the-greens.

Transit News: Kern Transit reports that effective March 27th due to the COVID-19 virus, Route 210 (our local fixed route from PMC) will be cancelled temporarily. However, we will have service on our regular bus days, Tuesdays & Saturdays, with Dial-a-Ride. You need to call a day in advance to reserve your spot, 800-323-2396 - Option 1.

March 22, 2020

Due to the COVID-19, sales have been very low in the Condor Cafe for breakfast and lunch. In light of low sales, the cafe will be closed for breakfast and lunch. We will continue to be open for dinner carry out/curbside service and deliveries Thursday through Saturday night.

March 21, 2020
10:30am--Board Meeting

Regarding the closed Board meeting. We are having technical difficulties and are still trying to fix the issue. Please keep trying to log in, as hopefully the issue will be resolved soon. Meanwhile, the meeting is being taped and will be available on-line. We will keep you updated as to the status.

Playground:

To help keep you and your children safe from the virus, the playground at Lampkin Park in PMC is closed.

March 20, 2020
Transfer Site Issues:

   Our Transfer Site is strictly for PMC residents/guests and tenants. Please bring your member/guest card, as it will be verified before you can dump your trash. Only three vehicles at a time are allowed inside the Transfer Site. All other cars will wait outside the gate. When one car leaves, another car may come in.
   We are receiving calls from Frazier Park, Lebec and Lake of the Woods wanting to use the PMC transfer site. This will not be allowed. If you do not have your member/guest card you will be turned away. Please do not argue with the staff. This rule is for everyone’s safety as well as staff. We are in trying times, not only in our community, but in our state, country and the whole world. We all need to practice patience and kindness.
   The association would like to thank everyone on Facebook who has said they will help people who need help. This is what our community is all about.
Stay calm and be safe.
K.L. Shulman
General Manager & COO, PMCPOA

A Message from the Chairman

   A few weeks ago, I sat watching the news coverage regarding COVID-19 as many of you did and I was concerned about the people at risk and those who owned businesses and employees who would be unable to work due to closures and other measures being instituted to prevent the spread of the virus. Today, I am concerned about our "association business” and our employees and members as well as our village merchants as we are now in the midst of similar precautions and mandates. It is challenging times and our staff is doing their best to continue serving our members under the guidance of our general manager Karin Shulman. Please support these efforts and our employees.
   Our first test of a teleconferenced meeting was held this past Wednesday night for the Budget & Finance Committee’s monthly financial review. This Saturday, we will attempt to do so again with the board meeting that will start at 10:00 AM as it will be physically closed to members. The information to access the meeting via teleconference will be or has already been emailed to you if you want to participate and/or merely view and listen.
   Additionally, based on concerns about next year’s PMCPOA budget and the unknown financial impacts on our members in the coming months and perhaps beyond due to the COVID-19 crisis with respect to the proposed increase with our assessment, I am asking the budget working group to take another look at the proposed budget to see how we might manage next year with the same assessment as this current year.
   Last night, I participated with our new “take out service” at the Condor Cafe by ordering dinner by phone and picking it up at the clubhouse. It appeared many others were also taking advantage of this service - and the orange chicken was really delicious! I hope you will take advantage of this service this weekend and in the coming weeks as well as the other services being offered at the restaurants in the village to support our PMC economy.
Be safe and please follow the recommended guidelines and mandates….

Bill Lewis II
PMCPOA Chairman


From the General Manager

   California Governor Newsom has ordered all Californians to stay at home. This is mandatory to help fight the COVID-19. Only essential businesses will remain open such as gas stations, laundromats, banks and grocery stores.
   Remember, if you run a fever, have difficulty breathing or coughing, which are the most common symptoms, call your medical provider or the hospital. Limit contact with other people. This seems to be the only way we are going to combat this virus.
   In California, 19 people have died and an additional 958 have tested positive for the disease and 6 have recovered. The United States has confirmed 14,387 cases, 217 deaths and 125 have recovered. Here are a few websites you can check out:
CDC: Symptoms
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/symptoms.html
CDC: Caring for yourself at home
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/caring-for-yourself-at-home.html
WHO: Myth busters
https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public/myth-busters
   We encourage you take walks to get exercise, drink a lot of water and eat healthy while we are confined to our homes.
   Our staff and members/guests remain our utmost concern. On that note, the Condor Café/in-house dining is now closed. The café is open for take-out only. We also have delivery for those who need it. We will knock on the door and place the food on the porch and leave the food to protect our staff and members/guests. There will be a $2.00 delivery charge. You can pay by credit card on the phone when you order your food. The café is open for breakfast and lunch take-out. Dinner take out is Thursday, Friday and Saturday 5-8pm and Sundays until 5pm.
The Pro Shop is closed. The office is closed. We will be here to answer phones during normal business hours, Patrol will remain on duty and other essential staff will remain working. The Post Office remains open at this time. Assessments, RV and equestrian fees can be mailed in or called in. As we get updates, we will update you.
Tomorrow is the Board meeting, which can be accessed by phone only. Please call 1-669-900-9128, Meeting ID: 871 113 521. If you only have a computer with speakers, go to Zoom.us, Join a Meeting, and put in the Meeting ID: 871 113 521.
Please keep your phones on mute until the Chairman asks if there are any questions from the members. This is our first time to hold a meeting this way, so please be patient. Be sure to identify yourself and your tract and lot number. Speak slowly so the recording secretary can get your information. If you know questions you are going to ask, please send to pmcboard@pmcpoa.com today so they can have answers ready.
Stay calm and stay well.

K.L. Shulman, General Manager & COO, PMCPOA, Inc.
(661) 242 3788, gm@pmcpoa.com


March 18, 2020 Updates

Aging in Place Assistance
If you need to get in touch with the Aging in Place group , please call the PMC office at  661-242-3788 and leave your phone number and we will forward your phone number to the appropriate person to return your call.

Saturday, March 21, 2020 Board Meeting
The Board of Directors Open Board Meeting will be closed to members and guests due to the Coronavirus concerns. The Board invites you to a scheduled Zoom meeting on Saturday, March 21st at 10am. To join the meeting, call in to the phone number below and the Meeting ID number. You can follow the agenda that is on the website or pick up an agenda in the office. If you have any questions, please email them to the Board today at pmcboard.com.
Topic: 3/21/20 Open Board Meeting
Time: Mar 21, 2020 10:00 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
Join Zoom Meeting
https://zoom.us/j/871113521
Dial by your location
+1 669 900 9128 US
Meeting ID: 871 113 521
Find your local number: https://zoom.us/u/aet7asHpzo
If you only have a computer with speakers, go to Zoom.us, Join a Meeting and put in the Meeting ID: 871 113 521
Please keep your phones on mute until the Chairman asks if there is any questions from the members. This is our first time to hold a meeting this way so please be patient. Be sure to identify yourself and Tract and Lot number. Speak slowly so the recording secretary can get your information.

March 16, 2020
California Governor Gavin Newsom has directed the closure of all bars, wineries, nightclubs and brewpubs in the state and called for all seniors age 65 years or older to stay in home isolation to curb the spread of Coronavirus.

In these uncertain times, due to the Coronavirus, we are taking measures to limit clubhouse activity. All exercise classes are cancelled until March 31. The Recreation Room will be closed until March 31st. All clubhouse events such as the St. Patrick’s Day Party and all clubs that meet in the clubhouse are cancelled until March 31st. We will take things one month at a time, so please be prepared for further cancellations.

We will be serving dinner in the Condor Café only with limited seating on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sundays only until March 31st. Food take out is strongly encouraged. All music will be cancelled until March 31st.

Committees can make their own decisions as to whether to meet this month or not. We will have the Board meeting this Saturday as scheduled, but the meeting will be closed to the membership. If members have questions for the Board, please email them to the Board of Directors at board@pmcpoa.com this week so we can get the answers to the members.

We are attempting to set up the Board meeting where members can call into the meeting and ask questions; they will also be able to listen to the Board. If we are able to set this up, another email blast will be sent with the phone number, ID # and meeting number. There is absolutely no hidden agenda to hide a Board meeting as suggested on Facebook. Our concern is the globally wide pandemic that the association is taking seriously to protect its members and staff, who are our priority.

If you can shelter in place, that is the best solution. Remember, those at risk are anyone 65 years or older and people with underlying health issues. Let’s all help each other by being proactive and calm. If you are interested in finding out more about the Coronavirus and updates, go to CDPH.CA.Gov.
Stay well and healthy.
K.L. Shulman, General Manager & COO, PMCPOA, Inc.
(661) 242 3788
gm@pmcpoa.com


March 14, 2020
To view the PMCPOA Board's Draft Budget Presentation of March 14, 2020, please click here.

March 13, 2020
A Message from the Chairman
OPEN BOARD MEETING ON MARCH 14 REGARDING PMCPOA BUDGET HAS BEEN CANCELED

   Two days ago, Governor Newsom and state public health officials announced that gatherings should be postponed or canceled across the state until at least the end of March. Non-essential gatherings must be limited to no more than 250 people, while smaller events can proceed only if the organizers can implement social distancing of 6 feet per person. Gatherings of individuals who are at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19 should be limited to no more than 10 people, while also following social distancing guidelines.
   “Each of us has extraordinary power to slow the spread of this disease,” said Governor Newsom in announcing the state’s new policy last night. “Not holding that concert or community event can have cascading effects — saving dozens of lives and preserving critical health care resources that your family may need a month from now. The people in our lives who are most at risk – seniors and those with underlying health conditions — are depending on all of us to make the right choice.”
   Based on the directives and recommendations from our state and other actions being taken across the country regarding COVID-19, the open board meeting scheduled for tomorrow, Saturday, March 14, at 10:00 AM, to discuss the 2020/2021 PMCPOA budget, has been cancelled as it will not be a meeting open to members to physically attend.
   The budget meeting on March 14 will be held as a closed meeting to members but it will be videotaped to openly share with members to include the PowerPoint presentation. Members are also reminded that the proposed budget is posted on our web site and a line-by-line draft version is available at the clubhouse office. Should members have questions or comments about the proposed budget after watching the video or reviewing the written version, they may submit those questions or comments to the Board of Directors so they may be considered prior to the approval of the budget at the board meeting on April 18.
   Member comments to the board related to the budget should include your name and tract/lot number and ideally be submitted by email (via pmcboard@pmcpoa.com) for faster distribution but written comments delivered to the office are also acceptable. I also recommend that you include either your email and/or phone number in the event we may request a followup or clarification on a matter you present.
   Member comments may also be verbally made at the April 18 meeting depending on the virus status at the time.
   I understand the many challenges we are facing during this period of time and it is indeed causing some inconvenience and concern for many, but it is a unique situation that we must not ignore in consideration of the safety and well-being of our members and employees. I ask that you please support our efforts and be patient as we address the situation to keep you informed as best as we can.
Respectfully,
Bill Lewis II
PMCPOA Chairman


Members,
   You may pick up a copy of the PowerPoint Budget Meeting along with the line by line draft budget on Monday, March 16th at the office. Your support is very much appreciated during this time of coronavirus pandemic.
We are taking all precautions for our members and staff.
K.L. Shulman, General Manager & COO, PMCPOA, Inc.
(661) 242 3788
gm@pmcpoa.com


From The Recreation Supervisor:
   Due to the current COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak and as a precaution and our concern to our members and guests safety and well-being, we are going to cancel this year’s annual PMCPOA Easter egg hunt. We are sorry for an inconvenience this may cause you.

March 12, 2020
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Alert
The health and safety of our members and employees is our top priority. We see on the news daily what is happening in our country with this virus, which has become a pan epidemic. The virus has spread across our country and is in all states except for Alabama and Idaho as of this morning's news. We have provided employees with information they need to practice healthy habits and we are requiring any employee who shows any sign of illness to stay home. We clean our facility daily as part of our normal course of business. We have increased those efforts by continuously disinfecting surfaces that are frequent points of contact, such as door handles, keyboards, countertops, stair railings, etc. We continue to do business as usual. We encourage our members to take these steps at home and wash your hands as many times in a day as needed. Let’s all do our part in staying safe and healthy.
K.L. Shulman, General Manager & COO, PMCPOA, Inc.
gm@pmcpoa.com