Over 60 years. It’s hard to imagine what it was like when our little neighborhood homeowner’s association was established in 1957 — over 60 years ago. Hard to imagine what was important at the time. What priorities made each month’s meeting agenda. What battles were fought and won.
Current historical archives tell us about many of those contributions — and there were many. We have records of school rezoning, land acquisition endorsements, playground tot lots, the funding for the Rush Park kitchen, plans that spearheaded the drive for the Rossmoor Signature Wall, dalliances into the Joint Forces Base aircraft politics, traffic coordination with CHP and OCSD, reviews of variance and Use Permit applications, Rossmoor anniversary events, flood control landscaping, and dozens more important community, neighborhood, and resident concerns.
That’s all well and good, and we cherish our history. But what has RHA done for us, lately?
We hear this question quite a bit, and we thought it time to print the RHA benefits succinctly, in black and white for all to read, in this 2020 membership issue of the Our Rossmoor quarterly publication, as you are asked to become a member again this year.
First and foremost, safety is a top priority.
We keep the curbs painted with your address for the fire department and CHP. I know we all benefit from UPS, Fedex, and Uber Eats being able to find our homes, but safety is the primary reason we spend over $10,000 every three years to spotlight your address for all to easily see.
RHA is also taking the lead, in partnership with RCSD, the OC Sheriff, and the OC Department of Emergency Services, to develop an emergency plan for Rossmoor — something that has never been done. This plan may include supplies, evacuation routes, and shelter options for when we will someday, inevitably, be faced with a flood, fire, or devastating earthquake.
We are actively building our Neighborhood Watch program to help keep our streets safe. In fact, we are working on ways to build our Block Captains into the emergency plan through which news and updates can filter. The weekly crime reports? That’s Neighborhood Watch, too.
We also work continuously to “improve and enhance the quality of life” in Rossmoor — as stated in the RHA Mission Statement. We do this through community events, including the Our Rossmoor High School Scholarship Program, Fiction Writing Contest, Community Festival, Christmas Lights Celebration, street sweeping reminders, and new member packets delivered to all new Rossmoor residents.
We also don’t hesitate to tackle the tough issues that are hard-fought by residents and board members alike. We are currently advocating for Rossmoor representation on the Los Alamitos Unified School District Board of Directors, pushing for solutions to our street sweeping frustrations, writing letters to and attending council meetings to fight against developments that will increase traffic in and around the neighborhood, as well as passing resolutions to demand the county take our 405/605 sound wall issues seriously.
We are also proud to promote and support local businesses. We wholeheartedly believe that a strong community starts with staying local and knowing our neighbors. We do this with our in-depth business features every quarter and hope you’ve been able to meet a few new neighbors this past year. We also put our money where our mouth is and use a Rossmoor resident to print this quarterly publication — thanks, Bob, for all you do.
Communication is also a top priority. Do you receive our periodic email blasts? Visit our website? Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, or Nextdoor? The more we know, the more you know, so we work to stay abreast of current issues, concerns, and happenings, so we can pass the information on to you.
And we do it all because Rossmoor is worth it.
And $30 is all it takes for you to say, “I think Rossmoor is worth it, too.”