Photosynthesis Photosynthesis is a process in which green plants use energy from the sun to transform water, carbon dioxide, and minerals into oxygen and organic compounds. It is one example of how people and plants are dependent on each other in sustaining life. Photosynthesis happens when water is absorbed by the roots of green plants and is carried to the leaves by the xylem, and carbon dioxide is obtained from air that enters the leaves through the stomata and diffuses to the cells containing chlorophyll. The green pigment chlorophyll is uniquely capable of converting the active energy of light into a latent form that can be stored (in food) and used when needed. Photosynthesis provides us with most of the oxygen we need in order to breathe. We, in turn, exhale the carbon dioxide needed by plants. Plants are also crucial to human life because we rely on them as a source of food for ourselves and for the animals that we eat.

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Californians Reduce Statewide Water Use by 24% in March; State Water Board Set to Consider Revisions to Emergency Regulation in May | Association of California Water Agencies

Californians Reduce Statewide Water Use by 24% in March; State Water Board Set to Consider Revisions to Emergency Regulation in May Submitted by Emily Allshouse on Tue, 05/03/2016 – 1:58pm in Conservation Water News The State Water Resources Control Board on Tuesday released conservation figures for March 2016 showing that Californians statewide have reduced their water use by 24%, as compared to water use in March 2013. This brings the state’s cumulative water savings from June 2015 through March 2016 to a whopping 1.3 million acre-feet of water — a 23.9% overall statewide reduction over the same months in 2013. March’s data also show that Californians continue to reduce their daily water use with an average statewide resid

Source: Californians Reduce Statewide Water Use by 24% in March; State Water Board Set to Consider Revisions to Emergency Regulation in May | Association of California Water Agencies

Looking for Resources for Boards, Managers and Homeowners? Look to your industry organization – CAI


One issue that comes up frequently in community association management is the frustration that many homeowners or boards have in finding tools that help them build effective governance in their community. In fact, a lot of the issues we deal with at Associa arise from a lack of understanding by either the resident or the board on the roles and responsibilities of the various players in the community association world. This issue has become so acute, that some states and provinces have looked at mandating education and training for association volunteers. What’s most surprising is that these tools are out there, waiting to be used by boards and residents either through their management company like Associa our industry trade organization the Community Associations Institute (CAI).Now, in the interests of full disclosure, I am the former Vice President of Government Affairs for CAI. It was at CAI that I became immersed in the challenge of helping empower residents to govern their own communities. From day one I was hooked. To me community associations are the embodiment of the American principle of self-governance; neighbors electing their neighbors to set rules for the community and enhance property values. That said the responsibilities of governing a community are not as easy as they may seem. In a time where local, state and federal politicians provide no leadership on consensus building, there are few role models for board members and residents. Volunteer board members need resources on budgeting, rule enforcement and consensus building. As the only national membership organization dedicated to serving the community association market, CAI has a wealth of resources for board volunteers and homeowners. These resources include best practices, educations sessions, more than 60 local chapters and the ability to connect with key community managers and business partners from local and national markets. Some CAI chapters even have special designations dedicated to community association board members. The CAI Nevada Chapter for example, has a notable program where board members can earn a Dedicated Community Association Leader (DCAL) designation. Most importantly, CAI creates a community for community leaders to discuss and share information.

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Prewett Ranch Dolphin Park in Brentwood

Prewitt Ranch Dolphin Park

Prewett Ranch Dolphin Park in Brentwood was completed in late April. The large lawn is irrigated efficiently with recycled water. The smart controller, which is connected to the city’s Parks & Rec. office wirelessly, will help to ensure that no water is wasted.

In addition, the park boasts a new playground and water park, which utilizes a complex filtration and treatment system to allow for the safe recirculation of water. Aside from the restroom structure, Cleary Bros. built the entire project with help of our subcontractors. We performed approximately 75% of the work ourselves.

Dolphin Park should be open to the public in July and will be a great addition to Brentwood’s growing community.


Four Quick Tips to Improve Your Board’s Letters and Reports

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Community association board members spend a lot of time communicating — whether it’s with one another, community members, vendors or your management company. If communication is ineffective, the whole community could end up paying the price. With so much of an association’s success tied to communication, I want to share a few best practices in a four-part series. In this installment, we’ll look at how letter-writing can keep your board informed and how to make sure your detailed communications are meeting the mark. Click here to read parts one and two.Formal letter writing can sometimes feel like a lost art amidst the comparatively newer, cooler ways of communicating, but don’t be confused, when it comes to record-keeping, letter writing is still one of the best forms of communications when working with your association board.Letters and reports in the community association management industry are used primarily to summarize current, past, and future events. They should be simple and as concise as possible and should clearly identify the subject being discussed.Here are 4 tips to improve your association letters and reports:Keep it simple. It is imperative the report is organized in such a manner that a person can follow along without having to struggle going through multiple pages to find information. Keep supporting documentation together and in order and if the content is longer, consider including page numbers and a table of contents. If you’re sending the communication out electronically, you can even add anchors so that each section on the table of contents, goes directly to that page in the document.Stick to the subject. Each document or report should cover one main idea. If the topic is complex — a multiphase development project or board meeting minutes, for example — you can include sub-sections, but to keep the message clear and avoid confusion, stick to one idea per document or report.Get feedback. When physically presenting a report, allow each attendee to respond for clarification and ensure that every individual in attendance is following along and is clear about the conversation. Check to see if they understand by periodically asking each attendee if he/she has any questions. It’s also a good idea to ask questions about the report to make sure everyone is in sync.Provide support. Some attendees might not understand certain documents and may require special training. If you encounter this issue regularly, you should consider offering training services.

Source:Associa  Four Quick Tips to Improve Your Board’s Letters and Reports