Maintenance Monday: How To Prevent Clogged Sinks

Just be careful what you put down your sink to prevent a clog! Seems pretty simple, right?A clogged sink is a very common repair, but a little preventative maintenance can go a long way.  Here are a few good examples of common things that will clog your sink and some good tips to keep it clean.


Hair, Keep it Out of the Drain

One of the most common things responsible for a clogged sink in a bathroom is the accumulation of hair in the drain. Try brushing your hair away from the sink, and do not ever try washing the hair out of your hair brush into the sink. Though over time some hair will fall into the drain, frequent instances of larger amounts being washed down the drain are a good way to ensure that you will have a clogged drain.

Do Not Shave Over the Sink

The sink seems like a logical place to let all the little hairs fall or shave when you get a haircut, but this is one of the worst things you can do for your drain. Try shaving over a paper towel or washcloth so you can throw the hairs away in the trash can.


Never Put These Things Down Your Disposal or Drain:

  1. Fibrous foods like asparagus, corn husks, artichokes, carrot or potato peels or any other vegetables that have any kind of stringy qualities to them
  2.  Grease, oil, and fat
  3.  Pasta and rice, it expands when it contacts water and swells up
  4.  Eggshells, coffee grounds, pits and seeds
  5.  Bones of any kind

Regular cleaning is very important! Here are a few good tips to try:

  • Run hot water through the sink after each use. Hot water keeps oils in food products running down the drain, rather than building up on the interior surface of pipes, which can make drains sluggish and lead to clogs.
  • Throw a handful of baking soda into the drain and follow it with hot water. Baking soda is a terrific cleaning agent, and it’s also great for absorbing foul odors and leaving your drain pipes smelling better.
  • Pour 1 cup of vinegar down the drain and let it sit for 30 minutes; then chase it down with very hot water. Vinegar is a wonder cleaner. It contains acetic acid, which acts as an excellent organic solvent in removing organic buildup of crud in pipes.

VRC Meeting Tonight, 8/27!

Greetings Verano!

The Verano Residents’ Council (VRC) is elected to advocate for your needs, and to create programming/events that benefits the Verano Place community. They are working hard to provide opportunities to allow you as community members to get your voice heard and become involved!

Please join the VRC TONIGHT for the 2nd community meeting of the yearCome with your concerns, comments, and suggestions as well as to participate in improving our community.

Additionally, the VRC has a facebook group where you can get the most up to date information on events, meetings and issues. Please join at:


It’s Nearly Here…Back To School Time!! Do YOUR Kids Have A Bus Pass?

Do you have kids going to Turtle Rock or another school in the Irvine Unified School District? Don’t forget that your child will need a bus pass! Passes can be pricey, $370.00, per child. However, a free/reduced pass is available to families that qualify. To apply for a reduced cost bus pass for your child/children, complete the application that can be accessed here:

Here are a few important things about bus passes to know before school starts:

1. Q. Who needs a bus pass?

A. Any student who qualifies to rides the bus.

2. Q. Why do I have to pay to ride the bus? 

A. Because state funding does not pay the entire cost of transporting students.

3. Q. How do I get a bus pass?

A. By completing an application and paying for the pass.

5. Q. What are the hours of Transportation?

A. Monday through Friday, 7:00am to 4:00pm.

6. Q. What does an annual pass cost?

A. Fees start at $370.00 per child, per year but will vary with income.

7. Q. Does everyone pay the same price for a pass?

A. No, fees are according to income.

8. Q. What if I can not afford a bus pass?

A. Free/reduced bus passes are available to those who qualify.

9. Q. Do I have to buy an annual pass?

A. No, passes are available for the year or semester.

10. Q. Are there any deadlines for purchasing passes?

A. Yes.  1st Semester……… Ends February 05, 2014

11. Q. What if my child loses or misplaces their pass?

A. Replacement passes are $7.25 each. No more than 4 replacements will be issued per year.

12. Q. What if we move or have no further need of busing?

A. IUSD’s refund policy is to refund only if moving out of the district.

13. Q. Are one-way passes available?

A. Yes, purchased annually for $185.00.

14. Q. What if I only need a pass for one or two days a week?

A. Sorry daily or weekly passes are not available.

15. Q. Does my child need to carry the bus pass all the time?

A.   Yes, and it must be legible for the drive to read the stamps on it. Have the pass replaced if it is not legible. It is very important to have the pass at all times. If you don’t have a pass, no ride!

16. Q. What if we move to another area in Irvine and the stop is different from  the one on the pass?

A. Bring in the old pass and a new one will be issued. If the child is still eligible to ride, it will be free of charge. If the old one is not available then a $7.25 charge is added.

17. Q. What are the ending dates for the semesters?

A. 02/05/2014 - 06/25/2014

18. Q. Can bus passes be transferred to another child in the family?

A. No, on the back of the pass it states that all rights are revoked if transferred.

19. Q. What about rules and regulations for riding the bus

A. All students riding the bus are required to abide by safety rules set forth by the      state. (Bus Conduct/Safety Rules)

20. Q. What happens if a student violates the rules?

A. The Student is denied bus transportation.

21. Q. What if I have complaints or concerns regarding bus transportation?

A. Please feel free to call IUSD Transportation at (949) 936-5370, Monday – Friday, 7:00am to  4:00pm.

Landscape Irrigation Challenges and Innovations

Contributed by Jason Espinoza, Verano Place Associate Director of Operations

The State of California is currently experiencing an unprecedented drought, in fact, 60% of the state is experiencing a severe drought. In light of this ecological challenge, Verano Place Housing is committed to taking the necessary measures to protect our State most valuable resource, this commitment also extends to you the resident.

The Verano Place community represents 66-acres of land, of that, over 55% is landscape area that is watered with potable drinking water, as a community we must combat water waste at all levels.

As a resident of Verano Place, what can I do to assist? You play a large role in successfully minimizing water loss through irrigation, timely reporting of broken sprinkler heads, floods of water running away from landscaped areas or other unusual instances requiring immediate attention. It is important that you try to get a precise location of the reporting issue, this will assist VP staff in completing a timely repair.

Who do I call to report irrigation issues? Please report irrigation issues to the housing office at 949-824-5964 between the hours of 8am to 5pm or after-hours by contacting the VP housing assistant at 949-294-1812 between the hours of 5pm to 11pm, leave a message if you receive the answering machine, with your name, address and the location of the irrigation issue.

You may be asking yourself, what are the next steps? Is Verano Place doing anything to make the system more efficient? I am glad you asked, in the interim, Verano Place has reduced site-wide irrigation times, in particular to turf areas, we have also renovated or removed turf areas or plant materials that require excessive amounts of water. Landscape enhancements will continue to focus on the planting of native and drought tolerate plant species, recently members of the VRC and I visited a local water district in search of those plants materials best served by the planned changes to the watering patterns. As a group, we are committed ensuring Verano Place is a good steward of the state’s water resources, the VP Housing operations team has also prepared a phased approach to improving the irrigation systems through a series of grants available from local agencies.

Verano Place irrigation system improvement action plan:

Phase 1 recently received a grant in excess of $21,000 from the Metropolitan Water District, this agency grants funds to agencies seeking to improve irrigation delivery systems, this includes everything from controllers, central computer software/programs, flow sensors and so much more. We have recently acquired new smart irrigation controllers, that are adaptable to an ever-changing environment, furthering our ability to control the flow of water and to understand our use of potable water in greater detail.

Phase 2 of this project includes submission of a grant to replace ALL existing irrigation delivery devices, with more efficient MP rotator pop-up or turf irrigation nozzles. The types of devices will enhance the current system through multi-trajectory rotating streams providing unmatched uniformity, low application rate reduces runoff on slopes & tight soils and arc adjustments further reducing overspray and evaporative loss. We are seeking a grant to replace over 6500 sprinklers site-wide, this large scale project will require time to complete and requires revisions to the existing irrigation schedule.