2016-2017 VRC Election Results are in!

Dear Verano Residents,

The results of the Verano Residents’ Council Elections are in…Congratulations to Stephanie Pulles, Derek McVay, and Kristin Roher, who have been elected to serve as VRC members for the 2016-17 year. The term starts on July 1st. Thank you to everyone who voted, and a special thanks to Jennifer Martinez for assisting with the process.

It has been a pleasure to serve as the election commissioner this year.

Best,
Daniel Bogart

Tree Removal and Tree Trimming

TOMORROW, 6/25
Ten trees that are dead or declining will be removed tomorrow. Work will begin at 9:00 am.
Trees are located in the following areas:
· Building 1400 – 1 tree

· Building 2000 – 1 tree

· Complex 2 – 2 trees

· Complex 4 – 1 tree

· Between complex 4 & 5 – 2 trees

· Complex 8 – 1 tree

· Beside the children’s Center – 2 trees
NEXT WEEK
Monday 6/27 through Thursday 6/30, 199 trees throughout the community will be pruned as part of the annual tree trimming for Verano Place. Work will begin at 9:00 am. The only parking lot that will be affected by the work is lot# 24. Tomorrow cones and signage will be placed in the lot to indicate which spaces will need to be left empty to allow sufficient space for the work and prevent damage to vehicles.

VRC Candidate Statements and Forum–Tonight!

Dear Verano Residents,

Do you have concerns, comments, or ideas about ways to improve the experience of living in Verano Place? TONIGHT is your chance to express those to the candidates vying to represent you as members of the 2016-17 Verano Residents’ Council!

Come to the Verano Community Lounge tonight, Tuesday, June 7, at 6PM to meet the candidates, and to engage in an open discussion about the issues that are important to you.

If you have any questions, feel free email me (this year’s Election Comissioner) at bogartd@uci.edu. Please find each candidate’s statement below.

DEREK MCVAY

Hello Verano neighbors!

As a husband, father, and graduate student who has lived in the Verano Place community for 4 years now, I have a strong desire to give back to this wonderful community through service on the Verano Resident’s Council. As a VRC member, I will listen to your issues, concerns, needs, and advocate with the housing office on your behalf. Additionally, I believe a successful VRC will meet the needs of the community by actively pursuing the following initiatives:

-Projects that improve the overall atmosphere of Verano Place in a sustainable and responsible manner

-Events that cater to the diverse nature of the housing community

-Various methods to maintain an open dialogue between residents and council members in addition to scheduled meetings

-Increasing transparency between residents and the housing office in a way that is easy to access and understand

I also want to hear what your suggestions are for improving life at Verano Place! Thank you for your consideration and participation!

KRISTIN ROHER

Hello everyone, I am currently a member of the VRC and, if re-elected, I will continue to advocate for your concerns and pursue existing projects and community improvements. This past year, the VRC successfully encouraged Verano to extend several sustainability initiatives as well as to develop an adequate plan for termite treatment with as minimal impact to residents as possible.

My background in sustainability related research will enable me to continue to advocate for developing more options for sustainability within the community. This past year, I worked to expand the existingcomposting initiative in Verano and will do so in the upcoming year. I will continue to advocate for more native plants throughout Verano in the scheduled landscaping renewal project.

With two successful years of planning social events on the AGS social committee and one year on the VRC, I am in a great position to plan events. If elected, I’ll continue to plan events that address the diverse population of residents in Verano including those that have been successful in the past (such as, welcome day, whine and cheese, lunar new year and yoga classes).

If elected, I will work to bring your concerns to the forefront and make positive changes within our community!

STEPHANIE PULLES

Hello Verano Community! My name is Stephanie Pulles and I am running to be your voice on the VRC. As a resident of the Verano community for the past five years, and as a prior VRC member, I believe it is up to the VRC to advocate for the concerns and needs of residents. If re-elected, I will dedicate myself to fighting for the issues you are passionate about. In meeting with neighbors and as a resident myself, I believe the following are necessary measures to put on the agenda this year:

– create more activities and events that are representative of the cultural and intellectual diversity of our community, such as our well-attended Lunar New Year event and co-sponsored community events
– expand communal programming and assets, such as yoga classes and the community garden
– develop sustainable options for daily maintenance and landscaping, such as expanding the compositing program and reducing water waste
– increase transparency in the communications and decision-making with the housing office to protect resident privacy, eliminate invasive procedures, and increase accountability so that residents are better informed in a timely manner about issues that impact our everyday life

More importantly, I want to hear what changes you would like to see in Verano! As a community, Verano Place has much potential for improvement. I want to be your voice in the VRC.

Please vote Stephanie Pulles for VRC!

Upcoming VRC Meeting! 5/24

Verano Residents Council Community Meeting

 
When: Tuesday, May 24th @ 6:00 – 7:00 pm

 
Where: Verano Place Commons

 
Come and discuss any concerns you have as a resident of Verano Place, or share ideas on how we can improve our community. If you have ideas for cool events you’d like to see within our community, this is a great place to share and discuss them as well.

 
Pizza will be provided, while supplies last.

 
The Verano Place Residents Council (VRC) is the democratically-selected body representing the residents of Verano Place. It is elected and budgeted to provide services, goods, and advocacy, to the benefit of Verano residents. In co-operation with the Verano Housing Office, it is the task of the Verano Residents Council to ensure the continued success of the Verano Place residential and community environment, by representing and responding to the interests of Verano Place residents.

zotALERT Sign-Up/ New Mobile Application

We are continuously working to ensure our community is prepared for an emergency and one critical component to this is ensuring timely communication that can alert you to potential threats or safety hazards. To do this the campus has developed the ZotALERT system. ZotALERTS are issued upon confirmation or believe of a significant emergency or dangerous situation involving a potential immediate threat to the health or safety of community members occurring on the campus. Examples of situations in which a zotALERT may be sent include in-progress crimes, earthquakes, bomb threats, an armed intruder, gas leaks, explosions, or severe weather, among other situations. When UCI issues a zotALERT, a mass email is sent to all individuals with a UCI email address and a text message is sent to cell phone devices for those individuals who opt-in. At times, zotALERTS may be general in nature because the situation is unfolding. They provide important information known to authorities at a specific point in time. Additional information will be sent out by the campus as it becomes available. If Verano Place receives a zotALERT, relevant to the community it is our practice to forward it to the community list serve to ensure the community is informed.

To ensure you receive timely communication, please take a moment and consider signing up for ZotALERT (if you have not already done so already).
• Students, staff and faculty should visit http://www.oit.uci.edu/zotalert/ to register and opt-in for this service or to update zotALERT contact information.
• Residents who live in full apartments in family housing can sign their partners up for zot alerts, visit http://www.resnet.uci.edu/zotalert.html for more information.

If an incident is unfolding the following resources are available to you as a means to get information from the campus:
• Facebook – http://facebook.com/UCIrvinePD,
• Twitter – http://twitter.com/UCIrvinePD
• UCI Emergency Resources “the flip book” – http://police.uci.edu/UCI_EmerProc.pdf

Additionally, an new mobile application ZOTFinder has recently become available on Google Play Store and updated for Apple users. ZOTFinder is a mobile app developed to help people easily get around campus as well as provide key emergency information (similar to what is contained in the red emergency procedures flip charts). This is a free resource that could be useful in an emergency.

Jennifer

Jennifer Nelson Martinez
Associate Director of Apartment Life
Verano Place Housing
University Of California, Irvine
6529 Adobe Circle Road, South
Irvine, CA 92617

Announcing the 2016-2017 Verano Residents’ Council Election!

Hi Verano Residents,

Do you have ideas on how to improve the community for everyone? Want more information on how to make that possible?

We will be holding two information sessions next week for all interested parties. You
will have an opportunity to meet the Election Commissioner, learn about the election
process, and ask any questions you may have regarding running for the VRC. You are eligible to run for a Council seat if you have been a Verano Place resident since at least December 13, 2015.

Attendance at one of these information sessions is a requirement to run in the election, and ensures that the election can proceed in a fair and unbiased manner.

Information Session I: Monday, May 16 at 6:00pm in the Verano Commons.
Information Session II: Tuesday, May 17at 6:00pm in the Verano Commons.

If you are interested in running for a seat, but you cannot make either of these two information sessions, please email the Election Commissioner (contact info below) by Friday of this week, and we can discuss the possibility of making alternative arrangements.

Elections will be held via electronic voting from June 13 – June 17.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact me, this year’s Election Commissioner at:

bogartd@uci.edu

Thanks,
Daniel Bogart


Daniel Bogart
Graduate Student
Department of Psychology and Social Behavior
University of California, Irvine

Water Safety- Take it seriously

For many parents, nothing can cause more parent anxiety than water safety. Every time about this year, parents gear up for the hours and hours that will be inevitably spent at the pool during the summer months. Please take your water safety seriously! We’ve seen it all: parents of young swimmers sleeping, on their phone, sunbathing or completely turned away from where their kids are swimming. (Nineteen percent of drowning fatalities happen in a pool where a certified lifeguard is on duty.) We all have also been at pools where no life guard was on duty and where, probably, no one would know how to administer CPR. Take a minute to brush up on the facts and skills needed to make sure no accidents happen on your watch.

– The facts: http://www.poolsafely.gov/drowning-deaths-injuries/

http://www.cdc.gov/Features/dsSafeSwimmingPool/

– A good article to learn what to look for:http://gcaptain.com/drowning/?10981

– CPR for children: https://www.redcross.org/images/MEDIA_CustomProductCatalog/m4240175_Pediatric_ready_reference.pdf

VRC Meeting- Let your voice be heard! 4/26/2016

Verano Residents Council Community Meeting
When: Tuesday, April 26 @ 6:00 – 7:00 pm
Where: Verano Place Commons
Come and discuss any concerns you have as a resident of Verano Place, or share ideas on how we can improve our community. If you have ideas for cool events you’d like to see within our community, this is a great place to share and discuss them as well.

 
The Verano Place Residents Council (VRC) is the democratically-selected body representing the residents of Verano Place. It is elected and budgeted to provide services, goods, and advocacy, to the benefit of Verano residents. In co-operation with the Verano Housing Office, it is the task of the Verano Residents Council to ensure the continued success of the Verano Place residential and community environment, by representing and responding to the interests of Verano Place residents.