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Regulation 4 Annual Fire Life Safety Testing
The City of Los Angeles Fire Department requires mandatory fire alarm testing of the fire/life safety equipment in the building annually. All Quality Fire Protection, Inc. will be conducting the testing this year. In addition to the common areas of the building, it is mandatory that all individual units’ fire sprinklers are inspected as part of our 5 Year Sprinkler Inspection. For this, access to your unit is crucial. We are requiring access to your unit for this project on:
TESTING SCHEDULE: WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2017
If you are not able to be present during the testing, we ask that you please leave a key with the front desk. If you already have a key at the desk, we will need your permission to use it for the inspection. Management will be assisting All Quality Fire Protection with providing access to the units.
We recommend that pet owners make arrangements for their pets as the alarms will sound intermittently throughout the day.
We will be starting on the PH level in the morning at 10:00 am and working our way down the building. The testing will end around 4pm.
The emergency power system will be tested and power will be off to the building from 12:00 PM -1:00 PM. Please turn off any electronic devices to avoid service interruptions. If you use Bel Air Internet, your service will be interrupted during the power shut down as well from 12-1.
The elevators are scheduled to be tested as well and will not be in service for approximately 45 minutes towards the end of the day.
We realize that this testing may be inconvenient. However, it is mandated by the City of Los Angeles Fire Department and must be completed. We therefore request that you plan for this testing and schedule meetings, special events, etc. accordingly.
Please be advised, if any units are not tested during this scheduled date then an additional cost to the Association may occur and the Association may, in turn, pass that additional cost onto the Owner.
Should you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact management at 213.627.9346. We sincerely appreciate your cooperation, patience and understanding.
Eastern Columbia Management
Dear Eastern Resident,
Here are a few updates and reminders:
As you may know the card readers on the washing machines continue to go offline. We are working closely with WASH to get this issue resolved ASAP. We understand that it is a huge inconvenience when the machines are down and appreciate your patience.
Please ensure you notify Management if you ever have a plumbing backup, even if you call out your own plumber. If there is a backup in the line it may be causing issues with other units as well. We recently had an incident where a sink backed up on one floor but it was also affecting the unit below. Unfortunately the owner of the unit below was not home at the time and the sink overflowed into the kitchen. Please notify us so that we may contact the units above or below.
Also, as a reminder, please be mindful of what you put in your sink/garbage disposal. Here is a list of items that should never be placed in the garbage disposal that are notorious for causing clogs:
2 Celery. The fibrous strings tend to tangle around your disposal’s blades.
3 Coffee grounds
4 Egg shells
5 Fruit pits
8 Potato peels
Management received feedback that the pool wifi was extremely slow. We contacted Bel Air Internet and they upgraded our speed at no cost since we are a long time customer. As a reminder the pool wifi is Eastern Columbia Pool.
****Board Meeting Reminder****
The next Board Meeting will be next Thursday November 3rd at 7pm in the lobby.
As you know we are still in a drought and utility costs are on the rise. Here are some items you can do to help conserve water and water costs down.
Water is essential to our everyday lives. And, our supplies are limited…so please use water wisely. Cutting water use inside our homes is really important. If each of us changed our water-use habits, we could save billions of gallons of water. Here’s how you can help:
What you can do: How much you can save:
*Wash only full loads of laundry and dishes Saves up to 50 gallons per week
*Fix household leaks promptly Saves up to 20 gallons per day
*Spend only 5 minutes in the shower Saves up to 8 gallons each time
*Turn off the water while you brush your teeth Saves up to 2.5 gallons per minute
*Buy water-saving devices like high-efficiency toilets and clothes washers. Some of these clothes washers are eligible for rebates!
****HVAC Unit Service Reminder****
Are you properly maintaining your HVAC unit? Lack of maintenance has caused significant damage to several unit interiors and the common area in the past. Repairs have cost the homeowners thousands of dollars, and caused the Association to file claims on the master insurance policy. New claims will likely increase insurance premiums for the Association which will cause assessments to rise.
To prevent this from happening to you, please be sure to check your filters monthly and replace as needed. At least annually, a licensed service technician should check for leaks, make sure the condensate drain isn’t clogged, and flush the system if needed.
(Shai Trabelsi of Creative Construction has performed the above noted maintenance for several homeowners who have been extremely pleased. For information or to schedule an appointment, email firstname.lastname@example.org.)
Do you have a back-draining toilet? Many units in the building were originally equipped with the back-draining toilets. Unlike traditional toilets which drain from the bottom of the toilet, back-draining toilets connect to the waste lines from the back of the toilet.
If you have a back-draining toilet and have never replaced the wax ring, Management recommends that you replace it as soon as possible. The wax rings, which are now over nine years old, have to fight gravity more than traditional installations and are more likely to develop leaks.
Please check around your toilets at the drywall near the floor and notify Management immediately if any moisture is observed.
Brandon Patterson, CCAM-HR
Dear Eastern Resident,
Please note that on Thursday October 6th the dog run will be out of service for maintenance from 10am to noon. We will be replacing the faux grass and conducting a thorough cleaning of the basin.
We appreciate your patience during this project.
Are you prepared for an emergency???
On Wednesday, July 13, Olga Menendez of Sure Path Solutions will be conducting Emergency Procedures Training at 6:00 p.m. in the lobby. Topics to be covered include fire emergencies, bomb threats and earthquake preparedness. All residents are strongly encouraged to attend.
A MANDATORY FIRE DRILL will immediately follow, for which all residents must participate, if at home. Once the alarms sound, everyone will be instructed to use the emergency exits to evacuate the building. Please notify Management in advance of the drill if you will need any special assistance.
We look forward to seeing you there!
Dear Eastern Residents,
As summer quickly approaches, please take a moment to review the pool rules. These rules are in place to ensure all residents can enjoy this great amenity. Please do not hesitate to contact the front desk should you notice anyone breaking these rules.
- Smoking is strictly prohibited in the pool area and all other common areas.
- Glass is strictly prohibited in the pool area. Only plastic or suitable non-breakable containers are allowed near the pool area.
- In an effort to ensure that the recreational facilities are available to all residents, no individual resident, or group of residents, may have more than four (4) guests at the pool. Guests must be accompanied at all times.
- No external music permitted. Music is provided for the pool area. Headphones must be used for portable audio devices in the pool area.
- Pets are not permitted at the pool area.
Anyone not abiding by the Pool rules may be asked to leave and are subject to hearing and fines. We thank you for your cooperation and understanding of these rules. For a full list of rules please see the residential handbook.