Pet rules updated

The HOA Board of Directors proposed in August 2023 to amend the Pet Rules in response to complaints about pet waste, damage to the landscape, and dogs off leashes. After receiving homeowner comments before and during the Board’s Sept. 19 meeting, the Board revised its proposal and reopened commenting. The Board approved this policy on Nov. 9, 2023:

The Association realizes that many residents have pets. Rules are necessary to ensure that pets maintained on the property do not impose a nuisance or burden on other residents and guests. Unit owners may keep no more than two small domestic animals in their unit. The term “small domestic animal” is defined as a dog, a cat, hamster, gerbil, and bird of a type that is normally kept in a home. Unit owners may not keep any other animals in their units without the prior written authorization of the Board. Each owner shall be liable to each and every other owner, their families, tenants, and guests for damages or injuries caused by any animals brought into or kept in the community by an owner, by members of the owner’s family, or by the owner’s guests, tenants or invitees.

Dogs may be walked within the community provided the dog is securely restrained by a substantial leash not exceeding six feet in length and is in charge and control of a person competent to keep such dog under effective control (per Palm Springs Municipal Code Chapter 10.28, Section 010 “Dogs running at large.”) Pet owners will be responsible for any damage done to the property for failure to follow the rules. It is the pet owner’s responsibility to clean up after their pet to keep our community well maintained and beautiful. To keep pet waste off our grass, owners are encouraged to use the desertscapes near the streets and the back west end of property as “rest areas.”

Painting project update

The painting of Canyon South 1 will begin in two weeks on January 6 and lots has happened already in anticipation of the start date.

  • Ismael and crew have been busy trimming back shrubs/plantings and removing shrubs/plants/cactus where necessary so the painters have access to not only paint the stucco but to repair any damaged stucco.
  • Stucco integrity is one of the most important aspects of this project and it is our plan to insure that all stucco is repaired and painted.  In addition we have expanded the project to include moving sprinklers away from stucco, where necessary, to help eliminate future water damage.
  • Work to-date has been focused on the units to be painted in the first two weeks of the schedule (see below) and will continue around the complex.  We are currently about finished with the long Caliente cul-de-sac and Ismael and crew will begin working on week three units trimming shortly.

NOTICE:  If your unit is highlighted below, it is time to begin thinking about preparing for your unit to be painted! 

WeekWhen do I need to be ready?Units to be PaintedDoor Painting
Jan 6 – 10Sunday Jan 5Caliente 2073 thru 2087Friday Jan 10
Jan 13 – 17Sunday Jan 12Caliente 2069 thru 2099Friday Jan 17
Jan 20 – 24Sunday Jan 19Caliente 2015 thru 2065Friday Jan 24
Jan 27 – 31Sunday Jan 26La Verne 1203 thru 1267Friday Jan 31
Feb 3 – 7Sunday Feb 2La Verne 1159 thru 1193Friday Feb 7
Feb 10 – 14Sunday Feb 9La Verne 1143 thru 1157Friday Feb 14
Feb 17 – 21Sunday Feb 16La Verne 1121 thru 1141Friday Feb 21
Feb 24 – 28Sunday Feb 23La Verne 1075 thru 1117Friday Feb 28
Mar 2 – 6Sunday Mar 1La Verne 1011 thru 1067Friday Mar 6

Happy holidays to all, and please be sure the review the previous post for more details of the project.

Painting scheduled for 2020

The Board has been working on plans to re-paint the complex for several months.  After receiving and reviewing several bids, the Board has selected Flanders Painting for the project.  The project is scheduled to begin on January 6, 2020 and will take approximately 9 weeks (weather permitting) to complete.  If the schedule changes for any reason, a revised schedule will be circulated.  Flanders will be painting the exterior of the entire complex including back and front patios, exterior walls, exterior doors, garage doors and all gates and iron railings.  The colors for the complex will remain unchanged.  

When will my unit be painted?
The project is planned to begin in the Caliente cul-de-sac and move systematically around the complex completing two (2) buildings per week.  The painting schedule by unit number is below.  Once you have identified your unit number, the two dates that are important to you are (1) the date to be ready for painting and (2) the date that doors will be painted. 

WeekWhen do I need to be ready?Units to be PaintedDoors Painting
Jan 6 – 10Sunday Jan 5Caliente 2073 thru 2087Friday Jan 10
Jan 13 – 17Sunday Jan 12Caliente 2069 thru 2099Friday Jan 17
Jan 20 – 24Sunday Jan 19Caliente 2015 thru 2065Friday Jan 24
Jan 27 – 31Sunday Jan 26La Verne 1203 thru 1267Friday Jan 31
Feb 3 – 7Sunday Feb 2La Verne 1159 thru 1193Friday Feb 7
Feb 10 – 14Sunday Feb 9La Verne 1143 thru 1157Friday Feb 14
Feb 17 – 21Sunday Feb 16La Verne 1121 thru 1141Friday Feb 21
Feb 24 – 28Sunday Feb 23La Verne 1075 thru 1141Friday Feb 28
Mar 2 – 6Sunday Mar 1La Verne 1011 thru 1067Friday Mar 6

So what must be ready before my unit gets painted?

  1. Please remove all items not too heavy to lift from the front and back patios and items attached to the walls such as thermostats, bird feeders etc.  Do not place items in the middle of the patio, since Flanders will need to cover the decking and needs more room to work.  Flanders will move the patio furniture and heavy items off the patios on to the lawn until painting is completed then return back to the patio.  Remove anything that you do not want to get wet from the sprinklers.

Flanders Painting and Canyon South I are not responsible for any items not removed by the homeowner or tenant 

  • Please remove wire etc. from the iron fencing on the back patio or it will not be painted
  • Trim back any shrubs, plants or vegetation on the interior of your patio sufficiently for Flanders to access the stucco.
  • Doors will be painted on Fridays only and security doors must be unlocked.  So please have your doors open by 8am.  The doors will need to remain open about 3-4 hours to dry.  All unopened doors will be painted in the closed position.

What if I cannot be around on Friday to open my doors?
It would be great if you were but don’t panic.  Flanders can be flexible if you notify them that you won’t be around and can arrange for another Friday that you will be there to open the doors.  Also, Flanders has agreed to come back after the completion of the project on a designated Saturday to address unpainted doors and other issues.  The date has not been determined but will be circulated once agreed.

Who do I contact if I have a question regarding painting, preparation, scheduling or other issues?
Flanders is the primary point of contact and has a person designated to answer questions and communicate with supervisors on the project and at the complex.


I have lots of stucco that needs to be repaired
Many homeowners have noticed stucco which has deteriorated over the years and needs to be re-done.  This will also be addressed by Flanders.  As each building is power washed, these areas where stucco is flaking will be identified and filled with new stucco.  Also, the stucco which is just under the sill of sliders will be inspected and repaired as necessary.  So there is no work necessary by homeowners to identify problems at your unit.

There is some woodwork on my unit that may need to be replaced
In addition to painting, Flanders will inspect all building woodwork throughout the complex as they prepare each building for painting.  Wood will be filled, cleaned and sanded as necessary as part of this process.  All wood that is identified as needing to be replaced will be marked with a spray painted “X” and a separate contractor (F & F) will replace the wood which will then be painted.  We are anticipating wood replacement to be done twice over the course of this project so if you see an “X” it may take many weeks before it is addressed so be patient.

What about landscaping against my unit walls and stucco?
In preparation for the painting project Ismael will begin trimming, as necessary, all trees, hedges, cactus and shrubs to allow Flanders access to paint all stucco and walls.  This means that trees will need to be at least 5 inches from all units, shrubs/hedges/cactus will need some clearance from stucco and walls as well.  In some cases Flanders will be able to put a tarp or piece of wood between the surface that needs to be painted and the shrub/hedge so they will be trimmed on a case by case basis with the advice of Flanders.

Our goal is to paint ALL stucco around the complex.  In some cases we expect that we may not be able to paint behind hedges on front walls due to the heavy growth of the hedges.  Please understand in advance that some trimming may look severe but is necessary for a successful project and will grow back.

Maintenance and landscaping update

Repairs: The board at its May 20 meeting approved a proposal from F and F Construction for wood repairs around the complex. Thank you to the residents who responded to our recent emails asking for information about needed repairs. The landscape contractor has reinstalled the sign at the west end of the complex that was knocked down by an out-of-control vehicle.

Landscaping: Residents may notice some brown spots in the grass as result of using chemicals to kill weeds and ants. But Bermuda grass is growing in, and hedges and other vegetation are recovering from spring pruning. Soaker tubing in the desert landscaping has been splitting in the summer heat, and has been cut out and replaced in some areas. The agaves have been systematically treated for worms. 

Annual Report 2018: Landscaping and Pools

We’ve learned lessons from having lived with our desertscape for four years. We’ve learned that while saving water, the removal of lawns raises the ambient temperature around our homes and plants. In at least three cases, our landscape contractor Ismael has had to install multiple rings of soaker hoses around suffering citrus trees that had been in the lawn but now have surrounding desertscape. Pyracantha hedges also have suffered until additional water supplies were brought to them.

This past summer was so hot that more shade screens had to be built just to keep plants alive. We are used to shading such as the Sago Palms, but this past summer we had to drape burlap over the Mexican fencepost cacti to protect them on the south and west exposures. Next month, our landscapers will begin an aggressive treatment of all the agave in our complex. The stress of heat has made them more susceptible to boring-type worms and we have lost several this past year.  We will use both liquid and granular poisons to control these pests.

During the ungodly hot part of the summer, Ismael and an expanded crew spread ten tons of fresh decomposed granite on the thin spots over the entire desertscape area. If you’ve been near the east pool recently, you probably noticed that the landscaping has been updated. New bougainvillea and lantana were planted as well as a new pyracantha hedge around the pool to hide the pool equipment. Some cobblestone mulch was installed along with annual geraniums.

Pools and Spas:

We got a break this year from pool and spa tile and plaster renovation, but some of our supporting pool and spa equipment needed replacement. The east spa got a new filter, new pump and new heater this past summer. The center spa also got a new pump for a total cost of almost $7,000. The main entry handrails of all pools and spas have been covered with blue insulating sleeves. No longer do we have to drape a towel over the rail or risk burning our hands.

The center pool is, for February and March, being heated to the standard temperature of 84 degrees. All spas are always programmed at 101 degrees.

—Carl Toland