Water surcharge to be levied second year in a row in Tri-Valley

LIVERMORE — For a second consecutive year, the main water supplier for 220,000 Tri-Valley residents will assess a surcharge amounting to about $5.70 per month per household.

Alameda County Zone 7 Water Agency’s board on Wednesday approved the extension of the surcharge to help cover reduced sale revenues as a result of people saving water during the drought.

The agency will collect the surcharge another year, starting Jan. 1, from the four wholesale agencies it sells to water to: the cities of Pleasanton and Livermore, the Dublin San Ramon Services District, and the California Water Service Co.,  a private water company serving part of Livermore.

Zone 7 doesn’t bill households directly, but its charges are typically passed onto consumers by the local water retailers in the Tri-Valley.

Source: Water surcharge to be levied second year in a row in Tri-Valley

National Good Neighbor Day

Cleary Bros supports good neighbors

83% of Americans Get to Know Their Neighbors While Walking the Dog According to a new survey from Community Associations Institute (CAI) Honoring National Good Neighbor Day—Sept. 28   99 percent of Americans think they’re a good neighbor, according to a new report by Community Associations Institute (CAI). CAI, the leading authority in community association governance, education, and management, conducted the “2016 National Good Neighbor Day Survey” of its 34,000 members. So what does it take to be a go

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Introducing Oscar Romero

Oscar Romero Maintenance Account Manager Cleary Bros. Landscape

We’d like to introduce you to our newest team member, Oscar Romero! He started with Cleary Bros. in September and is a great addition to our Account Management Team. Oscar has an extensive background in the landscaping world. He started as a whole sale distributor and really enjoyed the irrigation side of the industry. From there he fell in love with plants and now he’s in management! When Oscar is not in the field, he’s playing salsa music and performing with his buddy’s band in Sausalito and San Francisco! Welcome to the Team!

Maintenance Tips to Help Your Homeowners Association Prepare for Fall


With the dog days of summer behind us and the leaves starting to change, it’s essential that your community association begins to change its maintenance activities as well.  In fall, preparation for winter is key – after all, despite an occasional lingering warmth in the air, we know that in many parts of the country, cold weather is inevitably on the way. Whether your HOA is self-managed or professionally managed, getting started on your fall and winter prep will help keep your operations running smoothly as the seasons and temperatures change – and that will keep your residents happy as well.

Here are a few maintenance tips to keep your building or community at its autumn best.

1. Landscaping
Just because mowing season is over doesn’t mean you can sit back and ignore your landscaping. Fall is the perfect time to spray for bugs and weeds, and to plant annuals in your landscaping beds. It’s also time for your association to aerate turf, complete spot seeding in any patchy areas, and do your deep root fertilization.  But that’s not all – be sure to check your equipment, including your watering clocks and your irrigation system to make sure they’re in tip-top shape.  And don’t forget to remove all of the hoses from hose bibs, and clear away fallen leaves from bushes and drainage areas.  Your maintenance staff may be able to perform these activities, but if you need to find qualified landscaping firms, a good property management company can provide referrals.

2. Pool and spa
With the end of summer, it’s time to focus on your swimming pool and surrounding pool area. Check your motors and pumps and clean and replace the filters. It’s also a good time to take a look at the piping to see if you have any leaks or corrosion. Don’t forget to clean all the filter baskets and grease the pump motor and bearings.

If you live in a part of the country where your pool and spa will be shut down for the season, remember to secure the area for winter. Backwash the filer and drain the water from your filter tank, then drain your pool to the manufacturer-recommended level. Put all the pool equipment away and keep an eye out for any safety or performance issues throughout the winter. Again, if you need to find quality pool maintenance vendors, consult with a property management company.

3. Lighting
Now that the days are shorter, it’s a good time to check for bad bulbs and any broken lighting fixtures. Your HOA may opt to do a full LED conversion – a win-win for both reducing your energy costs and protecting the environment.  Check with your local utility company about any available rebates, or consult with a good property management company to learn about rebates and other valuable cost-savers.  And while you’re at it, double-check your emergency lighting as well.  These changes are well worth doing – lighting improvements easy to achieve and very effective for lowering costs and improving efficiency for your building or community.

4. Seasonal Décor
Planning on decorating for the holidays? Then get a jump start on the festivities by reviewing your decor plans with your management and internal staff, and create a decorating committee to set your ideas in motion. If you need help with electrical issues, such as stringing lights and putting up decorations, get your RFP process going with your vendor prospects. One very important piece of advice:  if you’re planning to decorate deciduous trees, be absolutely certain that they’re trimmed back before lighting to reduce fire hazards.

With the heat of summer gone and an approaching crispness in the air, it can only mean that fall has arrived – small wonder that it’s many people’s favorite time of year.  By following these four key maintenance steps, your community will be ready for the fall and winter – and your residents can enjoy the season’s bounties without leaving home.  For more information, contact FirstService Residential.

Featured Property: Lawrence Estates I


Cleary Bros has maintained Lawrence Estates I since 2003 and works closely with property manager Bill Bavelas of the Bridgeport Company to maintain the landscape and keep the curb appeal at a high level. It’s a scenic and semirural community nestled in Danville,  with 33 homes and boasts awardwinning schools and amenities. The neighborhood has a rural feel with closetotownconvenience. 


Maintenance Account Manager Position


Now hiring – Maintenance Account Manager

Give us a call. We would love to speak with you… you have nothing to lose. We are not replacing anyone, we are adding capacity for our ongoing growth.
The Account Manager is responsible for managing the interface between Cleary Bros. Maintenance customers, Cleary Bros. Administration and the Maintenance Supervisor within a designated area or job list.  This position should perform with effective leadership, communication, reliability, and salesmanship.

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You Get:
The chance to work with the best landscape team in the Bay Area, Base Salary, Commission, Bonus opportunity, 401k with match, health benefits, education opportunities, challenge, a place in a stable company, a vehicle, iPhone, laptop, solid office support team, Autonomy, and fun.  This position is expected to earn a salary and incentives in excess of $100,000

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