LTWCA Newsletter - June/July 2005


Emergency Preparedness News

About 30 people turned out for the Wildlands Fire Drill on April 30. We simulated actual wildfires so we could rehearse communicating via radio and responding to requests for help. Although the S.M. County and Woodside Fire Department ordinarily participate in our drills, this time they elected to go silent to replicate what might actually happen if we could not communicate with them in an emergency situation. This was excellent practice and reminded us of how important it is to self-prepare. Our neighbors in Vista Verde also ran a drill; together we are all improving our readiness and skills so we can support each other in a real emergency. To learn more about protecting your home from wildfires, contact Jamie Sovereign to borrow a DVD from Woodside FD. Also during the drill, people reviewed and updated their Emergency Surveys at the Emergency Operations Center (the Hunners' garage). The Preparedness team continues to work on keeping this information current -- please update your survey ASAP if you have been contacted for further information. Looking ahead, the Emergency Preparedness Coordinator position is being reorganized into a team approach in which there will be a number of functional areas that each team member will focus on. For further information contact Arthur Nielsen at or by phone at 851-9152.


To further prepare yourself or your family attend one of these training classes put on by CERPP:

18 June                       First Aid Class                        10 a.m. - 3 p.m.         Woodside Fire Station

16 July                        CPR Class                               10 a.m. - 4 p.m.         Woodside Fire Station

20 Aug.                      CPR Class                               10 a.m. - 4 p.m.         Woodside Fire Station

For more information or to sign up contact Gaylynne Mann at 851-1594 or

Submitted by Arthur Nielsen, Emergency Preparedness


Water Board News

The sale of the District's water system operations is completed. The bureaucratic hurdles have been cleared. You should have received more information on this over the last month.


In compliance with State legislative mandates, the Hetch Hetchy System will be switching to system wide fluoridation sometime in September of this year. Fluoridation of drinking water is a controversial issue; however, major water suppliers, such as our supplier, Hetch Hetchy, do not have a choice in this matter. You can find out more at the San Francisco Water Department Web site:

For those people who are opposed to fluoridation of their drinking water, the LTCWD has specifically requested that information be made available on devices to remove fluoride from the drinking water. There will be public notification of this change to the water supply.

Submitted by Stan Gage, Los Trancos County Water Board


Neighborhood Notable

In the beginning (1978) Charlie Adams felt like picking up trash on the road was not quite dignified, but after innumerable people stopped and thanked him, he realized what an invaluable service this was to the community. From that beginning Charlie went on to be our beautification advocate. He cleaned the entire road by himself for 17 years, and then 10 years ago he enlisted a corps of 6 volunteers for one year terms who took on the responsibility of helping him. Although Charlie is amazed at the response he has gotten to his yearly volunteer plea, we are amazed at Charlie for the difference he has made for our community. It just goes to show you that each one of us is capable of making a difference. Thank you for the inspiration, Charlie!

Submitted by Linda Drey-Nightingale


Opportunities to Make a Difference

Calling all community members! For not much time you can make a difference in your neighborhood. Joining the Board is a great way to meet your neighbors and get involved. The Board meets once every two months to discuss issues of community importance and to organize community events. There are several opportunities to help on the Board: Dist. I, II, and III Representatives, and Representative at Large. Call 851-1787 for information.


Neighborhood Notes

- You will shortly be receiving a letter about the proposed relocation of the Blue Oaks BMR’s (below market rate units). The letter will outline the impacts on us as a community and what you can do to make your comments known. For info. now call David, 851-9202, or Linda, 851-1787.

- Mark your calendar for the Annual Los Trancos Woods Picnic on 18 September.

- Welcome to the Neighborhood, Gary, Kim and Colin Pearson; Deborah Acker; Zachary, Tammy, Jacob and Nicholas Nelson, all from Dist. I. Elizabeth Larner was born 7 April ‘05, a healthy and sleepy girl. Congratulations to parents, Cameron and Anna Larner!

- P.V. Library will be closing their doors at Town Center in June, however, because of the out-pouring of support from the community, the Friends were able to help find a comfy, interim home for our beloved Library. The new site, at Corte Madera School, will be up and running Aug. 1st.


Next Meeting - 7:00 p.m., 13 July, 1074 Los Trancos Rd. Agenda includes annual picnic, emergency preparedness, and Blue Oaks BMR’s. For minutes of the last meeting, please see the LTWCA Web Site or your District Rep.


Los Trancos Woods (LTWCA) Web Site

The web site address is:                                     The group e-mail list is:                                    

Thanks to Jerry Jensen for maintaining this site AND Thanks to Alex Kostrikin for copying our newsletter.


Community Bulletin Board

This is a NEW twice yearly feature of the Newsletter in June/July and Dec./Jan. issues. Post a notice on services offered, items to sell or buy, or help needed. To post a notice in the next edition, e-mail or call 851-1787.


Older Upright KNABE piano in excellent shape, a beautiful piece of furniture with a beautiful sound. It has been refurbished and only the 2 top keys do not work. Includes bench with storage. Only $750, call Linda, 851-1787


Beautiful Contemporary Home For Sale By Owner: 144 Los Trancos Circle

Recently upgraded, contemporary, bay views, completed in 1999. Spectacular! 3 bed/2.5 bath, 2400 sq. ft., double lot - 13,040 sq.ft. Offered at $1,449,000

Check out the web site for details: