Residents are no doubt aware that California is in its fourth year of a severe drought. Water supplies are limited and water waste is heavily scrutinized. Water districts are enacting heavy surcharges and even fines on excess use, and the state has mandated use reductions of 25%.
The Village is doing its part by reducing irrigation of lawn and other planted areas. We are also changing out toilets to extremely low-flow units, and changing aerators at lavatory sinks to a 0.5gpm flow rate and shower heads to a 1.5gpm flow rate. In the fall, when we resume our semi-annual inspection routines, we are considering changing the aerators in currently-occupied units. Please assist us by not removing these devices, not purchasing or installing non-standard showerheads with a higher flow rate, and reporting any plumbing fixture that is leaking or continuing to run.
The other major action apartment residents can take is to shorten shower times (aim for about 5 minutes or less) and reduce the fill level when drawing a bath (1/4 to 1/3 full, rather than ˝.) Reducing shower and bath times also reduces the amount of ambient moisture in the apartment, which can reduce the chance of fostering mold growth.
Other suggestions on water conservation can be found at http://www.gracelinks.org/437/water-saving-tips-in-the-bathroom and through our local http://www.naturevillage.org
Continuing to remind residents of a major electrical shutdown for vital service to transformer equipment, requested by PG&E and our high voltage electrical crew. We WILL shut down power on Wednesday, July 29th, for approximately 12 hours—7am-7pm.
We are aware of many impacts on all our operations and our ability to serve residents and other clients on our site and have begun our communication and outreach to all concerned. If you wish to raise a specific concern to your area, please contact me as I am the central point of contact for this event.
There will be no power and no internet connection. Heaters, HVAC units, electrical outlets and lighting will not work inside buildings—except that corridors with emergency lights will activate. Appliances—refrigerators & microwave ovens will not work.
[Note that gas appliances will still function—water heaters will still supply domestic hot water; also, stove tops can still emit gas, though the igniter will not work. Please be sure all knobs are turned off. If you use other means to light stovetop burners, use extreme caution.]
Because this is a long duration shutdown, please take steps to avoid cold food spoilage:
--Avoid large grocery shopping trips or purchases of frozen foods until after July 29th!
--Plan meals using your most temperature-sensitive foods now, so they do not spoil during the shutdown.
--Plan meals using some of your frozen items if the freezer is already packed full.
--During the shutdown, move foods you want to keep to the freezer and avoid opening the refrigerator or freezer doors in order to hold temperature as much as possible.
(Also please note, the University Village, Cal Housing and the University in general will not cover costs of food spoilage!)
Residents with known ADA needs and/or medical equipment requiring un-interrupted power are being contacted. If you have medical need for backup power and are not sure if you are registered with UVA offices, or have not already been contacted, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
At this moment, we expect to maintain some level of office operation on site, and most recreation camps and groups will plan to meet as usual. Some other on-site programs will need to close or adjust their work plans.
Thanks to everyone for their cooperation with the audible testing over the last week! That phase of testing is complete.
In the coming weeks, technicians will run a 5-year fire sprinkler inspection that is not audible and will not necessitate entry into resident spaces.
Painters are finishing up the jobs at these buildings and will soon come to an end. Thanks to residents for their cooperation in moving items off of decks and patios, moving cars and tolerating some obstructed windows during the recent heat wave.
More exterior painting is coming this summer, the next buildings are to be determined.
Next Week parking spaces near Building 165 may be posted 'No Parking' or blocked due to work on the nearby transformer, in preparation for the PV solar installation coming later in the season. Please observe any barricades and signage regarding any temporary No Parking designation.
Please be advised that serving as an Airbnb host in your University Village apartment results in several violations of your rental agreement. As a consequence, you will be served with a 3-day notice under California law. These violations include:
• Use of apartment only to family members and approved occupants
• Sublease only to eligible UC families during the summer and by prior approval
• Business practices are prohibited in leased premises like University Village
Additionally, there may be rental violations like noise, damages, and nuisance for neighbors. To protect your tenancy and safeguard the Village community, we strongly advise you to comply with your rental agreement.
With BBQ grills being fired up across the Village to celebrate the end of the semester and the beginning of summer, we'd like to remind you of the following policies to ensure that you can enjoy grilling without violating any policies or distressing your neighbors:
-No open-flame grills are permitted on patios, balconies, or within 25 feet of our buildings. Charcoal grills are considered open-flame grills.
-Propane grill use is not allowed in the Village. Unused propane grills may be stored without the propane tank. Propane cannot be stored in Village apartments.
-Electric grilling surfaces (including hot plates) are allowed on the patio and balconies, but please be mindful of fumes and smoke that may distress neighbors with respiratory sensitivity and violate our health and safety policy. In the event of a complaint, you may be asked by Village staff to move the grill 25 feet away. We recommend using electric grills indoors with the oven vent.
-Grills must be attended by an adult at all times due to the presence of small children.
-Please dispose of hot coal responsibly by waiting until it cools and using the coal disposal boxes near public grilling areas.
-Please clean up responsibly if you use a public grilling area. Excessive trash requiring clean-up work by staff will result in a service charge.
Work will begin on painting exteriors of Buildings 118, 119, & 120 AND 141 the week of June 8th. All
residents in these affected buildings will be notified of the work and we will need your cooperation in
moving vehicles and removing items from balconies and patios when power-washing and paint-spraying
takes place. Contractors will be masking off windows with plastic, and are advised to leave a slit in the
plastic to allow for ventilation (although during the work day, it is generally advisable to close the windows
to avoid mists & spray from getting inside.)
Most individual buildings take about 10-12 working days to complete, though this could be extended due
to weather or other conditions. Please observe any posted NO PARKING warnings in spaces being used
for contractor staging. Please help us to keep children safe by staying away from work areas and keeping
outdoor toys secure. Also please advise children not to write on the sides of buildings with “sidewalk
chalk”; this can stain the paint and is difficult to fully remove.
In April, families were notified that University Health Services would no longer be offering voluntary plans, including dependent plans, for SHIP 2015-16. Learn more about the decision to end the voluntary plans in our Daily Cal Op-Ed.
UHS is now offering two new resources to help ease the transition: see web page here for full details. Free Student Insurance Helpline: free service helps families explore their options in on the federal and state exchanges, as well as private insurance options.
SHIP Dependent Info Session June 10: Info session to help the community better understand the decision to end voluntary plans, and offer onsite assistance to explore health insurance options for families. UHS is working with the Village to will hold another session later in June to provide assistance onsite in the Village.
- Lock your doors at all times. Use the dead bolt lock on your entrance door.
- Shut and secure windows when you're not home or sleeping
- Do not leave valuables in your car
- Lock and roll up your car windows
Residents have reported items being stolen from just outside of their apartment doors. These items include shoes, mail packages, bikes, etc. Please protect your belongings by not leaving items outside of your apartments. If needed, contact your mail carriers and give instructions not to leave packages outside.
If you witness any suspicious activities, call UCPD immedately. (911 from your land line, and 642-3333 from your cell phone)
Simply by completing this quick, six-question survey, you will be entered in a drawing on July 17th.
Prizes - five Target Gift cards for $40 each, and five for $75!
University Village Academic Programs will be using this information to design better, more customized support for you in your studies.
Plus, every respondent will automatically receive a coupon good for a free slice of pizza at our Family Friday events!
Session II (Ages 8-12)
August 3 - 7, 2015
1 - 4 pm (Mon, Tues, Wed, Thurs, Fri)
Community Center, Gym
Session III (Ages 5-7)
August 17 - 21, 2015
1 - 4 pm (Mon, Tues, Wed, Thurs, Fri)
Community Center, Gym
Priority Registration given to University Village Residents and UCB Staff/Affiliates
radKIDS, Personal Empowerment & Safety Education program
radKIDS®, Inc. is the national leader in children's safety; strengthens family, encourages physical fitness, teaches realistic physical skills and core safety values to live by through its program. The radKIDS curriculum is a fun, activity-based program including lectures, safety drills, physical skills to resist or stop violence or harm, and dynamic simulation Visit www.radkids.org for more information.
Sign-Up: To request a registration packet, email radKIDS.UVA@gmail.com OR go to the Village Front Office to pick up a registration packet.