Manager’s Messages

August 2019 Newsletter

August 2019 Board of Directors Meeting

The August 2019 Board of Directors Meeting will be held on Monday, August 26, 2019 in the gym at 6:00pm.

Meet Your New Board Members

There are two new Directors on Columbia Place’s Board, Jason Eagle and Joe Rotunda.

Vacant Board Seat

There are currently two vacant seats on the Columbia Place Board of Directors.  If you are an Owner in good standing and would like to be considered for appointment, please contact Management at ggrana@actionlife.com with some information about yourself and why you would like to serve on the Columbia Place Board.

Budget Committee

The Board is currently looking for volunteers to assist with the 2020 budget process.  If you are interested in joining the committee please email ggrana@actionlife.com.  

Clean & Safe – (619) – 234-8900

Residents are encouraged to call Clean & Safe if they notice homeless loitering at Columbia Place.  Clean & Safe will ask the homeless to leave and provide them locations of shelters.  Additionally, if residents notice graffiti, broken glass, garbage on the sidewalks around the community on a day where Boiling Maintenance is not onsite, these things can also be reported to Clean & Safe.  This is an initiative by the City of San Diego that all downtown residents pay for via property taxes, take advantage of this to keep the area “clean and safe!”

Resident Portal

Have you signed up for the Resident Portal yet?  The Resident Portal is a great tool to track your statement, sign up for ACH, submit work-orders, and report non-compliances – in live time!  You can also update your information, such as email changes or mailing address.   This automatically updates in Management’s system without having to go through the middleman.  If you have not already registered, you will need your account number.  This can be located on your statement beginning with “8103.”  The website is www.resident.actionlife.com.

Emergency Situation Protocol

In any type of emergency situation, maintenance or life threatening, do NOT email – PLEASE CALL!  Action and Action After-Hours can be reached at 949-450-0202.  If you are experiencing a water intrusion and have called it in, DO NOT LEAVE your unit even if it is a slow back up.  You may end up being responsible for damages due to negligence.  If there is anything that is life threatening, do not hesitate to call 9-1-1. 

Blended Wine Festival

Blended Wine and Music Festival is coming to Waterfront Park on Saturday, August 10 from 12 – 6pm.  Tickets are available online.

ZZ Top Is Coming to Town

ZZ Top will be playing at the Cal Coast Credit Union Amphitheater Wednesday, August 28 at 7pm. Tickets are available online.


July Newsletter

July 2019 Board of Directors Meeting

The July 2019 Board of Directors Meeting will be held on Monday, July 22, 2019 in the gym at 6:00pm.

Independence Day

Action Property Management. Professional Maintenance Systems (Janitorial) and CityMark will be closed on Thursday, July 4, 2019 in observance of 4th of July.  If there is an afterhours maintenance emergency, such as a flood, please contact Action Property Management at 949-450-0202, afterhours personnel will assist you.  Have a safe and wonderful holiday weekend!

Comic-Con Street Closures this Year

The San Diego Convention Center, the City of San Diego and the Port of San Diego have announced a new traffic route that creates a pedestrian-only experience during Comic-Con International 2019.  
HARBOR DRIVE WILL BE CLOSED TO VEHICLE TRAFFIC (including bikes, scooters and skateboards) between First Avenue and Park Boulevard during Comic-Con, with the exception of shuttle buses and emergency vehicles. Cars will be screened for Convention Center parking garage access at First Avenue. A second screening location will be at Park Boulevard.  
WHEN IS THIS HAPPENING?
Harbor Drive will be closed to traffic (including bikes, scooters and skateboards) on the following days and times:
WEDNESDAY, JULY 17 (3pm – 10pm)
THURSDAY, JULY 18 (7am – 10pm)
FRIDAY, JULY 19(7am – 10pm)
SATURDAY, JULY 20 (7am – 10pm)
SUNDAY, JULY 21 (7am – 8pm).

Harbor Drive will reopen to traffic after the hours listed above. There will still be access to the waterfront for pedestrians via the Harbor Drive Pedestrian Bridge, along the sidewalk near the Hilton Bayfront. If you have questions related to the street closures, contact Barbara Cosio Moreno at barbara.moreno@visitsandiego.com or 619-525-5253. Regarding Comic-Con, media can contact pr@comic-con.org.

Vacant Board Seat
There is currently a vacant seat on the Columbia Place Board of Directors.  If you are an Owner in good standing and would like to be considered for appointment, please contact Management at ggrana@actionlife.com with some information about yourself and why you would like to serve on the Columbia Place Board.

Resident Portal
Have you signed up for the Resident Portal yet?  The Resident Portal is a great tool to track your statement, sign up for ACH, submit work-orders, and report non-compliances – in live time!  You can also update your information, such as email changes or mailing address.   This automatically updates in Management’s system without having to go through the middleman.  If you have not already registered, you will need your account number.  This can be located on your statement beginning with “8103.”  The website is www.resident.actionlife.com.

Emergency Situation Protocol
In any type of emergency situation, maintenance or life threatening, do NOT email – PLEASE CALL!  Action and Action After-Hours can be reached at 949-450-0202.  If you are experiencing a water intrusion and have called it in, DO NOT LEAVE your unit even if it is a slow back up.  You may end up being responsible for damages due to negligence.  If there is anything that is life threatening, do not hesitate to call 9-1-1. 

May 2019 Newsletter

May 2019 Board of Directors Meeting

The May 2019 Board of Directors Meeting will be held on Monday, June 3, 2019 in the gym at 6:00pm due to Memorial Day.

Memorial Day Holiday

Action Property Management. Professional Maintenance Systems (Janitorial) and CityMark will be closed on Monday, May 27, 2019 in observance of Memorial Day.  If there is an afterhours maintenance emergency, such as a flood, please contact Action Property Management at 949-450-0202, afterhours personnel will assist you.  Have a safe and wonderful holiday weekend!

Window Repairs

WinDor will be onsite Saturday, May 18th at 10am in the gym to meet with homeowners to discuss window replacements and repairs.  The purpose of this meeting is to get as many homeowners as possible to receive a bulk discount from WinDor.

Annual Meeting

The Annual Meeting will be held on June 24, 2019 at 6:00pm in the gym.  In order for the Association to make quorum please make sure you have turned in your ballot. Ballots will be mailed out the week of May 20th.

Security Committee  

If you have any questions or concerns pertaining to security or would like to volunteer to serve on the committee please contact security committee member Boris Ilic at borilic@hotmail.com.

Avoid Costly Sink Backups

The disposal may grind it, but Columbia’s pipes cannot handle grease, scraps, cornhusks, egg shells, peels (apples, carrots, etc.), oils/butters, excessive soap, coffee grounds, or rice. Moreover, since condos are stacked, a drain issue in one condo likely impacts those above/below. Please remember – and ask cleaning staff to remember – to avoid the items listed to help keep Columbia’s drains flowing.

Recap from April Meeting

During the last board meeting the board discussed looking into an new vendor for the spa and fountain maintenance, discontinuing the holiday tree drop off area and approve to have the vertical jets cleared by Countywide. These minutes will be available to owners after the June 3, 2019 meeting.

Emergency Situation Protocol

In any type of emergency situation, maintenance or life threatening, do NOT email – PLEASE CALL!  Action and Action After-Hours can be reached at 949-450-0202.  If you are experiencing a water intrusion and have called it in, DO NOT LEAVE your unit even if it is a slow back up.  You may end up being responsible for damages due to negligence.  If there is anything that is life threatening, do not hesitate to call 9-1-1.


April 2019 Newsletter

April 2019 Board of Directors Meeting

The April 2019 Board of Directors Meeting will be held on Monday, April 22, 2019 in the gym at 6:00pm.

Security Committee  

Columbia Place’s security committee member is Boris Ilic. If you have any questions or concerns pertaining to security or would like to volunteer to serve on the committee please contact borilic@hotmail.com.

Vacant Board Seat

There is currently a vacant seat on the Columbia Place Board of Directors.  If you are an Owner in good standing and would like to be considered for appointment, please contact Management at kthomson@actionlife.com with some information about yourself and why you would like to serve on the Columbia Place Board.

Avoid Costly Sink Backups

The disposal may grind it, but Columbia’s pipes cannot handle grease, scraps, cornhusks, egg shells, peels (apples, carrots, etc.), oils/butters, excessive soap, coffee grounds, or rice. Moreover, since condos are stacked, a drain issue in one condo likely impacts those above/below. Please remember – and ask cleaning staff to remember – to avoid the items listed to help keep Columbia’s drains flowing.

Race for Autism

Looking for something fun to do this weekend while supporting a great cause?  Race for Autism is taking place on Saturday, April 6 from 7:30am to 12pm at Balboa Park.

Window Repairs

Management has reached out to WinDor to find a Saturday that will work to meet at Columbia Place to discuss with residents who are in need of repairing or replacing their windows.  Once a date has been confirmed management will notify all residents.

Emergency Situation Protocol

In any type of emergency situation, maintenance or life threatening, do NOT email – PLEASE CALL!  Action and Action After-Hours can be reached at 949-450-0202.  If you are experiencing a water intrusion and have called it in, DO NOT LEAVE your unit even if it is a slow back up.  You may end up being responsible for damages due to negligence.  If there is anything that is life threatening, do not hesitate to call 9-1-1.

Recap from March Meeting

During the last board meeting the board discussed installing new plants in the spa area, replacing the current fire alarm panel with a more up to date one, the possibility of installing a virtual guard to assist with security in the complex, replacing the old rower in the gym with pre-owned one, and approved Pro Tech Paintings proposal to repair the stucco on the exterior of the building,  These minutes will be available to owners after the April meeting.


March 2019 Newsletter

March 2019 Board of Directors Meeting

The March 2019 Board of Directors Meeting will be held on Monday, March 25, 2019 in the gym at 6:00pm.

Security Committee  

Columbia Place’s security committee member is Boris Ilic. If you have any questions or concerns pertaining to security or would like to volunteer to serve on the committee please contact borilic@hotmail.com.

Vacant Board Seat

There is currently a vacant seat on the Columbia Place Board of Directors.  If you are an Owner in good standing and would like to be considered for appointment, please contact Management at ggrana@actionlife.com with some information about yourself and why you would like to serve on the Columbia Place Board.

Avoid Costly Sink Backups

The disposal may grind it, but Columbia’s pipes cannot handle grease, scraps, cornhusks, egg shells, peels (apples, carrots, etc.), oils/butters, excessive soap, coffee grounds, or rice. Moreover, since condos are stacked, a drain issue in one condo likely impacts those above/below. Please remember – and ask cleaning staff to remember – to avoid the items listed to help keep Columbia’s drains flowing.

Get It Done San Diego

You may want to install the free Android or iOS app on your mobile device so that you can report neighborhood concerns like potholes, tree hazards, side walk repairs, etc. For more information, see this webpage: https://www.sandiego.gov/get-it-done

RESIDENT PORTAL

Have you signed up for the Resident Portal yet?  The Resident Portal is a great tool to track your statement, submit work-orders, and report non-compliances – in live time!  You can also update your information, such as email changes or mailing address.   This automatically updates in Management’s system without having to go through the middleman.  If you have not already registered, you will need your account number.  This can be located on your statement beginning with “8103.”  The website is www.resident.actionlife.com.

Emergency Situation Protocol

In any type of emergency situation, maintenance or life threatening, do NOT email – PLEASE CALL!  Action and Action After-Hours can be reached at 949-450-0202.  If you are experiencing a water intrusion and have called it in, DO NOT LEAVE your unit even if it is a slow back up.  You may end up being responsible for damages due to negligence.  If there is anything that is life threatening, do not hesitate to call 9-1-1.

Rental Units

As a reminder, if you are renting your unit, you are required to submit the lease to management at ggrana@actionlife.com or to gsesma@actionlife.com. This allows us to update our communication system and get in contact with the appropriate parties in the event of an emergency.  As always, the CC&R’s require a minimum rental period of 30-days.  If you are found violating this, you may be subject to a hearing and fine.


February 2019 Newsletter

February 2019 Board of Directors Meeting

The February 2019 Board of Directors Meeting will be held on Monday, February 25, 2019 in the gym at 6:00pm.

Presidents Day Holiday

Action Property Management. Professional Maintenance Systems (Janitorial) and CityMark will be closed on Monday, February 18, 2019 in observance of Presidents Day.  If there is an afterhours maintenance emergency, such as a flood, please contact Action Property Management at 949-450-0202, afterhours personnel will assist you.  Have a safe and wonderful holiday weekend!

Welcome Adan

Please all give Adan a warm welcome to the community as Columbia Place’s new engineer.

Water Usage

As rates continuously increase for the necessary utilities, please be cognizant of your electrical and water usage.  The 2019 ProForma Budget that was sent out to the Membership reflected an increase in water, which contributed to the overall increase in the budget.  In addition, the Board supports the “Go Green” efforts and encourages all Columbia Place residents to partake in this movement, to not only save money but also, save the environment!

Security Committee  

Columbia Place’s security Chairman is Boris Ilic. If you have any questions or concerns pertaining to security or would like to volunteer to serve on the committee please contact borilic@hotmail.com

Vacant Board Seat

There is currently a vacant seat on the Columbia Place Board of Directors.  If you are an Owner in good standing and would like to be considered for appointment, please contact Management at ggrana@actionlife.com with some information about yourself and why you would like to serve on the Columbia Place Board.

Window/AC Repairs

The Board of Directors met with WinDor Representative, Russ Bellows in regards to working with Columbia Place as their preferred vendor for windows. WinDor now has a $2,000 minimum for residents. Discounts begin for residents once the total is over $5,000 and up to a 30% discount when over $20,000. The Board has requested a Saturday that WinDor come onsite, where Owners can get a proposal from them to help in getting a group deal for the Residents. Please notify management within the next 30 days with thoughts on this and if you would be willing to meet on a Saturday to discuss this and come up with a similar plan regarding AC Units.

Avoid Costly Sink Backups

The disposal may grind it, but Columbia’s pipes cannot handle grease, scraps, cornhusks, egg shells, peels (apples, carrots, etc.), oils/butters, excessive soap, coffee grounds, or rice. Moreover, since condos are stacked, a drain issue in one condo likely impacts those above/below. Please remember – and ask cleaning staff to remember – to avoid the items listed to help keep Columbia’s drains flowing.

Emergency Situation Protocol

In any type of emergency situation, maintenance or life threatening, do NOT email – PLEASE CALL!  Action and Action After-Hours can be reached at 949-450-0202.  If you are experiencing a water intrusion and have called it in, DO NOT LEAVE your unit even if it is a slow back up.  You may end up being responsible for damages due to negligence.  If there is anything that is life threatening, do not hesitate to call 9-1-1.


January 2019 Newsletter

January 2018 Board of Directors Meeting

The January 2019 Board of Directors Meeting will be held on Monday, January 28, 2019 in the gym at 6:00pm.

Holiday Tree Disposal

The Association’s scheduled date to dispose of Christmas trees are Friday, January 4th, Friday, January 11th and Friday, January 18th. Please have trees placed in the designated spot prior to this day to ensure pick-up.

Trash Chute & Recycling Etiquette

Please do not dispose of boxes of large items down the trash chute.  Boxes and large items must be carried down to the trash room or recycle bin to be properly disposed of.  It has also been noted that boxes are not being flattened before disposing off in the recycle bin.  Please be courteous to your neighbors by flattening your boxes so more space is available. This will also prevent overflow and recyclables being thrown into regular trash.  Additionally, recyclables should not be left in front of Leone’s office or on top of the recycle bin to be broken down.  This is the individuals’ responsibility to break down – not the onsite staff or your neighbor!

Resident Portal

Have you signed up for the Resident Portal yet?  The Resident Portal is a great tool to track your statement, submit work-orders, and report non-compliances – in live time!  You can also update your information, such as email changes or mailing address.   This automatically updates in Management’s system without having to go through the middleman.  If you have not already registered, you will need your account number.  This can be located on your statement beginning with “8103.”  The website is www.resident.actionlife.com.

Emergency Situation Protocol

In any type of emergency situation, maintenance or life threatening, do NOT email – PLEASE CALL!  Action and Action After-Hours can be reached at 949-450-0202.  If you are experiencing a water intrusion and have called it in, DO NOT LEAVE your unit even if it is a slow back up.  You may end up being responsible for damages due to negligence.  If there is anything that is life threatening, do not hesitate to call 9-1-1.

Rental Units

As a reminder, if you are renting your unit, you are required to submit the lease to management at ggrana@actionlife.com or to mplascencia@actionlife.com.  This allows us to update our communication system and get in contact with the appropriate parties in the event of an emergency.  As always, the CC&R’s require a minimum rental period of 30-days.  If you are found violating this, you may be subject to a hearing and fine.


Novmber 2018 Newsletter

COLUMBIA PLACE NEWS

November 2018

November 2018 Board of Directors Meeting

The November 2018 Board of Directors Meeting will be held on Monday, November 26, 2018 in the gym at 6:00 PM.

Thanksgiving Schedule

In observance of Thanksgiving, Action Property Management and CityMark will be closed Thursday, November 24, 2018 – Friday, November 25, 2018.  In the event of a maintenance emergency, such as a flood, please contact Action Property Management at 949-450-0202.

Proper Use of Garbage Disposals

Columbia Place continues to experience kitchen sink back-ups.  Use of a garbage disposal in a stacked unit situation is much different than a single story home.  Please throw away your food into the garbage.  By putting foods down the disposal (rice, pastas, eggshells, etc.) this increases the chance of a backup in your unit or one below you – resulting in costly damage paid by all owners via monthly assessments and can affect the following years budget.

At the October Meeting

At the October Meeting, the Board approved the 2019 Budget and Reserve Study. Owners will be getting there Budget mailers soon and please notice that there is an increase in the monthly assessments. Make sure that you make any changes need with your Bank direct deposits if needed.

Welcome to the Board

Congratulations to your newly elected Board member, Jim Lydon. The Board still has one vacant seat if anyone is interested in serving please contact management at kthomson@actionlife.com.

The Board is as follows:

President: Joan Heredia

Vice President: Jim Lydon

Secretary: Marie Lia

Treasurer: Edmond Deaton

Director: Vacant

Exercise Your Valves

As a reminder it is good practice to exercise your valves on your plumbing fixtures. By doing this on regular basis you will become aware of any problems and have serviced prior to when an emergency may occur.

Towing

As a reminder all spaces at Columbia Place are assigned. If you park in a space that does not belong to you or have the permission of the owner, you are subject to tow.

Emergency Situation Protocol

In any type of emergency situation, maintenance or life threatening, do NOT email – PLEASE CALL!  Action and Action After-Hours can be reached at 949-450-0202.  If you are experiencing a water intrusion and have called it in, DO NOT LEAVE your unit even if it is a slow back up.  You may end up being responsible for damages due to negligence.  If there is anything that is life threatening, do not hesitate to call 9-1-1.

Clean & Safe – (619) 234-8900

Residents are encouraged to call Clean & Safe if they notice homeless loitering at Columbia Place.  Clean & Safe will ask the homeless to leave and provide them locations of shelters.  Additionally, if residents notice graffiti, broken glass, garbage on the sidewalks around the community on a day where Boiling Maintenance is not onsite, these things can also be reported to Clean & Safe.  This is an initiative by the City of San Diego that all downtown residents pay for via property taxes, take advantage of this to keep the area “clean and safe!”


October 2018 Newsletter

 

COLUMBIA PLACE NEWS

October 2018

 

October 2018 Board of Directors Meeting

The October 2018 Board of Directors Meeting will be held on Monday, October 22, 2018 in the gym.

Open Board Seats

The Board consists of five seats, currently only three are filled. If you have an interest in helping your community, please contact Management at kthomson@actionlife.com to find out more information about joining the Board.

Do you know?

Where can you find the Association’s open session meeting minutes, financial statements, governing documents, insurance certificate, and reserve study?

All of these documents are available to Owners through Action’s VivoPortal.  Homeowners are able to sign up and easily access a wide variety of documents located in the “Association Documents” folder.  The Portal also provides homeowners the ability to access account information, view financial information, register for eStatements*, submit work orders, etc.  To setup an account, go to vivoportal.com and click the “Register a new Vivo account” located in the top right-hand corner.  You will need your 12-digit account number to register.

*E-statements cost the HOA $0.30 per unit, while hard copy billings cost $1.50 per unit.  To save the HOA money, considering switching over to E-statements today!

At the September Meeting

At the September Meeting, the Board made the decision to forgo window washing in 2018 to help save on costs in the operating budget. All projects have also been placed on hold until the 2019 budget has been approved.

 

Bulk Items Left at the Trash Room

If you have large item to get rid of, please contact Management prior to leaving in the trash room.  As you are aware, the trash rooms are not large and items piling up could cause a fire hazard.  If you are able to break down such items, please do so.  This is not the job of the onsite staff.

Emergency Situation Protocol

In any type of emergency situation, maintenance or life threatening, do NOT email – PLEASE CALL!  Action and Action After-Hours can be reached at 949-450-0202.  If you are experiencing a water intrusion and have called it in, DO NOT LEAVE your unit even if it is a slow back up.  You may end up being responsible for damages due to negligence.  If there is anything that is life threatening, do not hesitate to call 9-1-1.

Clean & Safe – (619) 234-8900

Residents are encouraged to call Clean & Safe if they notice homeless loitering at Columbia Place.  Clean & Safe will ask the homeless to leave and provide them locations of shelters.  Additionally, if residents notice graffiti, broken glass, garbage on the sidewalks around the community on a day where Boiling Maintenance is not onsite, these things can also be reported to Clean & Safe.  This is an initiative by the City of San Diego that all downtown residents pay for via property taxes, take advantage of this to keep the area “clean and safe!”

Bike Audit

Management conducted a bike audit. Inoperable and/or abandoned bikes were removed and will be held until November 1, 2018, which at that time they will be donated. Bikes left in the bike room that have not been registered were also removed. Please contact Management at kthomson@actionlife.com with any questions.


September 2018 Newsletter

COLUMBIA PLACE NEWS

September 2018

 

September 2018 Board of Directors Meeting

The September 2018 Board of Directors Meeting will be held on Monday, September 24, 2018 in the gym.

Annual Meeting Results

Congratulations to your newly elected Board member, Emily Zisser; however, due to unforeseen obligations, Emily has resigned from the Board. This leaves the Board with two vacancies. If you have an interest in serving on the Board please contact Management right away.

The Board is as follows:

President: Joan Heredia

Vice President: Vacant

Secretary: Marie Lia

Treasurer: Edmond Deaton

Director: Vacant

Labor Day Holiday

Action Property Management. Professional Maintenance Systems (Janitorial) and CityMark will be closed on Monday, September 3, 2018 in observance of Labor Day.  If there is an afterhours maintenance emergency, such as a flood, please contact Action Property Management at 949-450-0202, afterhours personnel will assist you.  Have a safe and wonderful holiday weekend!

At the August Meeting

At the August Meeting, the security committee spoke with the Board about the proposals that are being obtained for the entry gates and virtual guard.

Emergency Situation Protocol

In any type of emergency situation, maintenance or life threatening, do NOT email – PLEASE CALL!  Action and Action After-Hours can be reached at 949-450-0202.  If you are experiencing a water intrusion and have called it in, DO NOT LEAVE your unit even if it is a slow back up.  You may end up being responsible for damages due to negligence.  If there is anything that is life threatening, do not hesitate to call 9-1-1.

Clean & Safe – (619) 234-8900

Residents are encouraged to call Clean & Safe if they notice homeless loitering at Columbia Place.  Clean & Safe will ask the homeless to leave and provide them locations of shelters.  Additionally, if residents notice graffiti, broken glass, garbage on the sidewalks around the community on a day where Boiling Maintenance is not onsite, these things can also be reported to Clean & Safe.  This is an initiative by the City of San Diego that all downtown residents pay for via property taxes, take advantage of this to keep the area “clean and safe!”

Bike Audit

Management will be conducting a bike audit soon. Please remember that if you have your bike stored in the bike room there is an annual cost that can be automatically charged to your account and you must have your bike registered with Management. Inoperable and/or abandoned bikes may be removed at Management’s discretion. Please contact Management at kthomson@actionlife.com with any questions.

Bikes that are inoperable or abandoned will have notices placed on the bike with a time frame for removal. Please check the bike rack if you have a bike there to make sure your bike has not been tagged.


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Location

655 Columbia Street
San Diego, CA 92101

Management Team

General Manager
Giuliana Grana | ggrana@actionlife.com

Manager Assistant
Magnolia Plascencia | mplascencia@actionlife.com

Building Engineer
Leone Tietge
Onsite Monday-Friday

Management Company

Action Property Management
www.actionlife.com
Regional Office
1133 Columbia Street, Suite 106
San Diego, CA 92101
phone | (949) 450-0202