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In just six months of fundraising, the Village Community Fund garnered the lion’s share of a goal – $25,000 – to install light fixtures at the pickleball courts for better dusk play. VCF President Diane Phelps presented the donation before the Golden Rain Foundation, which passed a resolution to accept the funds, during a regular meeting Oct. 5.

“We were trying to get this project moving because of high demand,” Phelps said, noting the growing popularity of the sport nationwide – with three million registered players and counting – as well as at home. According to a Village Management Services staff report, there was a noticeable increase in participation under lockdown restrictions.

To expedite the project, VCF fronted the remainder of the cost, Phelps said. The fundraiser is ongoing, and Phelps said she is confident the funds will be matched by the end of the year.

The donation will be used to contract and install the existing style of court lights on the three unlit courts “to facilitate night play and ensure consistent playing conditions throughout the Village Pickleball and Paddle Tennis facility,” a staff report said.

VCF is a California Public Benefit Corporation formed by residents in December 2017 to support programs, services and facilities. The organization is not affiliated with any governing board or committee of GRF, United Mutual or Third Mutual.

GRF accepted VCF’s application to start fundraising for safer nighttime measures at the March 2 meeting.

“So far (VCF has) been very advantageous to our community,” GRF President Bunny Carpenter said. “It really helped the Equestrian Center, now it’s helping pickleball, and it can also help some of the other clubs, too, to get some of the things they need quicker than the boards are able to fund for it.”

The board unanimously approved the resolution upon first reading. VMS Director of Media & Communications Eileen Paulin said that the project is in the works and that a construction date has yet to be determined.

COVID-19 update

The adjusted daily case rate for Orange County residents who have contracted COVID-19 has halved since the same time last month. The OC Health Care Agency reported just eight cases per 100,000 residents.

To date, OCHCA has reported 530 COVID-19 cases in the city of Laguna Woods and 55 total deaths.

Numbers have also plunged for testing positivity — the share of swab and spit tests coming back positive — over the past month, currently at 2.9%. This contrasts with a 3.1% health equity metric — or testing positivity among disproportionately impacted neighbors by the pandemic.

Broadband services

GRF passed a resolution that will increase the fee for premium programming and broadband digital services by 5% in 2022 to offset costs.

All services are set to increase by 5% with the exception of cable card recording devices. The monthly Showtime package will increase by 10%, as stated in a VMS staff report.

Since its implementation in 2013, broadband service fees have not increased, according to a staff report. In that same time period, subscriptions have doubled.

The board unanimously approved the resolution. The increased rate will begin Jan. 1.

Trust facilities fee

GRF passed a resolution that will increase the Trust Facilities Fee from $5,000 to $7,500; for units priced at $150,000 or lower, the fee is set at $3,000.

The Trust Facilities Fee is a one-time, fixed-amount fee paid upon purchase of a unit. According to a staff report, it serves as a key source of revenue that helps keep monthly assessment costs down as a result of buyers contributing to reserves at the time of unit purchase.

At the current rate, GRF collects approximately $3.7 million per year, a staff report stated. That number will jump to about $5.4 million annually, as projected by the 30-year reserves plan revenue stream, dropping the reserve contribution per manor per month from $19 to $17 in 2022.

Additionally, the resolution added an exception for current owners who have held that unit for at least one year and wish to purchase a separate unit.

“This would allow an owner in the Village that, if they move to another place in the Village, they will not have to pay an additional amount,” Carpenter said.

The board approved the resolution 8-1-0, with Director Jon Pearlstone in opposition. The new rates become effective Jan. 1.

Source : https://www.ocregister.com/2021/10/24/laguna-woods-village-nonprofit-raises-funds-to-light-pickleball-courts/

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