Dear Park Blvd. West residents,
At approximately 7:50 P.M. on March 11, a fire alarm sounded. The cause of the alarm was excessive dust caused during restoration efforts underway on the first floor of Building 1.
The owner of the restoration company has promised that his crew will increase ventilation fans in order to reduce dust in the hallway (which is where the alarm was activated). He will also be onsite for the remainder of the work in the hallway to make sure dust does not reach concentrated levels.
Also, it has come to my attention by some in the community that I have not communicated enough during this latest crisis, and for that I apologize. This last week was my first official week as the Association’s General Manager, and while I have been tirelessly working to have the 10 units affected, restored; I realize it is equally important to keep everyone else up to date on the progress and details that follow this kind of event.
Therefore, in order to bring everyone current, please see the below timeline of information regarding the water leak:
• March 7th, at 2:40 P.M. an alarm sounded throughout the entire building of Park Blvd. West due to a sprinkler pipe break, that resulted in 13 affected units (10 severely).
• Water caused additional damage to smoke detectors on floor 1, that resulted in subsequent false alarms.
• Both the original broken pipe and damaged detectors have been repaired.
• XYG Services began water remediation within 45 minutes of the initial leak and were able to access all of the units flooded in order to prevent further damage from occurring to the building.
• Due to the severity of the water leak, most of the residents on the first floor of Building 1, have been displaced, in order for repairs to be made to their units.
• An insurance claim has been filed on behalf of the association and the homeowners affected, with the intention of subrogating against the company responsible for the initial sprinkler pipe repair.
Again, I am sorry for the inconvenience the fire alarms have been causing, and will do everything in my power to prevent false alarms, as well as expedite the restoration process.
I wish my first interactions with you all were under more positive circumstances, but I am hopeful that you will see my devotion in the face of difficulty to the well-being of your property and community.
With sincerest regards,
Good afternoon everyone,
Please welcome our new General Manager, Chaz Blackledge, to the community. He will seamlessly transition management responsibilities and be the primary point of contact for all association matters effective today. I have thoroughly enjoyed working with each and everyone one of you in the community and am looking forward to my new opportunity managing a high-rise locally with Action Property Management.
Chaz Blackledge, General Manager
You may reach Chaz via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or office phone: 619-595-0003.
Stop by the Management Office to say hello and introduce yourself!
On Friday, February 24, through Monday, February 27, 2017, crews will be upgrading a section of the Orange Line Trolley track at the intersection of Park Boulevard and J Street. Construction activities will include excavation and removal of the existing track, and construction of a new track.
This is a full weekend work window and closure of Trolley service to the Park & Market Trolley Station. Work hours are 9 p.m. on Friday to 4 a.m. on Monday. Trolley service to the Park & Market Station will resume after 4 a.m. on Sunday. During the station closure, please use the MTS bus bridging service to travel between stations. Signage will be posted.
Traffic controls and lane closures will be in place at the Park Boulevard and J Street intersection. Please obey traffic control signage and flaggers. Access will be maintained at all times for residents and businesses.
Recently there have been several emergencies at Park Blvd West where having a key on file for unit access would have been very beneficial and prevented additional damage to the unit(s). For example we just had a two unit flood where both parties were out of town and a locksmith had to be called out to unlock the door, this elapsed time waiting for access prevented Management from mitigating a tremendous amount of damage during this emergency. Management recently emailed owners an emergency key form, where you can opt in or out of having an emergency key on file in the management office. This helps in emergency situations like fire, flood or service when you are not at your unit or out of town for an extended period of time. Because of some of the issues we encountered with not having a key on file, we are sending this notice out to give residents the opportunity to provide a key to Management in case of emergency in your unit. Please contact Management if you have any questions or concerns about this authorization or need a new form.
Below is some of the current/updated building code information from the state of California as it pertains to smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. This is helpful information to make sure you are currently protected in your home in case of a fire or carbon monoxide emergency.
July 1, 2014
Smoke alarms or combination alarms (smoke and carbon monoxide) that are replaced because they are inoperable, must be replaced with a new model that contains the non-replaceable, non-removable battery that will last 10 years. One exception: If an older model smoke alarm device is already in the inventory of an owner, managing agent, contractor, wholesaler, or retailer, on or before July 1, 2014, this older model may be installed up until July 1, 2015.
January 1, 2015
Battery operated smoke alarms units installed after this date must comply with the following:
- Date of manufacture displayed
- Date of installation displayed
- Incorporate a hush feature
- Contain a non-removable 10-year battery
January 1, 2016
Additional alarms must be installed, as needed, to ensure compliance with the current building standards. Currently, the California Building Code requires:
- One smoke alarm on each story and in the basement.
- One smoke alarm in each bedroom.
- An additional alarm in each hallway and/or stairway that leads directly to the sleeping areas.
A violation of this section is an infraction punishable by a maximum fine of two hundred dollars ($200).
Safety tips for your maintenance checklist:
- Replace battery operated and hardwired units every 10 years. Smoke alarms don’t last forever.
- Inspect, test and clean smoke alarms at least once every year. Test not only the battery, but also with canned smoke to insure the device is operable.
- Never paint over a smoke alarm.
- In addition to knowing your local building code, read the manufacturer’s instructions for placement recommendations.
- To reduce your liability as a Property Manager, consider hiring a contractor for installation and maintenance issues relating to smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms.
SDGE made the necessary repairs today 1/6/17 around 12:00pm and the power to the building has been turned back on. For future power outages, please refer to a list of things below you can expect when the power is out and information on how to enter and exit the building.
1) The elevators will no longer work, you will need to take the stairs either out of the building or to the garage. Please check the emergency escape information located by each elevator to ensure you know where the closest stairwell/exit is.
2) If it is dark, take a flash lite or cell phone with you in case you cannot find your way out of the building when it is pitch black. If the outage is during the overnight security hours you can contact them for an escort 619-846-7049.
3) When there is a power outage, the buildings hall/stairwell lights and fob system will only work for roughly 90 minutes, if the outage is longer than that, you will need to enter through the garage entrances (which will pop open when the power is off) and/or in to the stairwell to access your unit. You will need to have a common area key if the power is out for extended periods, as the elevators and fobbed entrances will not work until they are reset. If you do not have a common area key please contact Management at your earliest convenience to obtain one.
4) Keep the refrigerator closed and unplug appliances if possible. The boiler and booster pumps will also not operate and will take a couple hours after the power comes back on for the hot water to circulate throughout the building.
If you did not receive email updates throughout the day, please contact management at email@example.com to be added to the email distribution list.