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In Case You Missed It!
June 20, 2019
Educational Luncheon -
Don't Manage Stress...Master It!


Coordinators: Robin Kostka of Alan Smith Pools & Sarah Roughan of Sunset Landscape Maintenance, Inc.

In case you missed out on June’s educational luncheon, it was quite an experience.  Our presenter, Devin Burke, is an author, speaker, coach and founder of Empowerment Wellness Solutions, a company focused on empowering individuals and organization to increase their capacity and performance.  He was also named one of the “Top 25 Health Coaches in America.”


Attendees walked away with insight into the three following takeaways from our Education Luncheon:

·         Takeaway #1:  Stress is an inescapable part of the human condition and can either improve our health, energy, relationships, careers and lives or it can end them.

             o It has been estimated that 75 to 90% of all doctor’s office visits are               for stress related ailments and complaint.” –National Institute of    

                   Mental Health: “Fact Sheet on Stress.”
       o Most of us were taught how to manage stress by those who didn’t

                   know how to manage their own.

·         Takeaway #2:  Worry is like praying for what you don’t want.

o  We all have a stress “blueprint” it’s how we deal with stress…where we store it in our bodies and how we allow it to affect us.

o We can release stress by identifying, feeling and releasing it, and by using gratitude, movement and breath


·         Takeaway #3:   The key to experiencing new results is new action.

o  “It’s the small consistent things we do, every single day, those little choices we make that determine if we’ll have vibrant energy and health” –Devin Burke


Community Managers, please feel free to reprint this and include in your board packets!

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In Case You Missed It!
April 24, 2019
Educational Luncheon -
How Smart Is Your Community?

The CAI faithful gathered at the Irvine Marriott to once again reap the benefits of knowledge provided by world class speakers, during the presentation, “How Smart Is Your Community?” held on April 24, 2019.  Thank you to our presenters: Dave Potter, CMCA, AMS, of FirstService Residential, AAMC, Kelly G. Richardson, Esq. CCAL of Richardson Ober PC and Kimberly Weiss of Three Phase Electric.

Attendees walked away with insight into the three following takeaways” from our Education Luncheon:

·         Takeaway #1:  The Internet of Things (IoT) in concept is where the computer software meets the physical hardware in the 21st century HOA. 

o   The idea here is to integrate a system throughout a community to monitor and control the mechanical and electrical systems in real time, in order to reap the benefits of increased energy efficiency, and related cost savings.  For example, an HOA can track irrigation usage to help keep costs down or locate exactly which street light might be out in order to reduce associated repair labor costs.


·         Takeaway #2:  In keeping with the current technologies available, IoT systems are already being implemented in community associations throughout the Southern California region. 

o   Westpark Maintenance District in Irvine has retrofitted all of their parks with the Common Sense Smart Community system to help monitor and control their lighting, pools and irrigation systems. 

o   If problems arise, then the HOA can more effectively target and resolve the issues on behalf of the residents.


·         Takeaway #3:  As this IoT trend continues, the forecast is that by the year 2020, we will see approximately 75 billion ‘things’ interconnected with the system. 

o   Along with the increase in overall connectivity, comes the associated collection of data which will undoubtedly raise concerns over privacy and security. 

o   The ideal HOA setup will integrate a single “dashboard” style system where management can have a single-pane glass view of all operations within the community in real time.  But, will residents fear that “1984” has come to their proverbial doorstep, or will they embrace such connectivity with open arms? 


Community Managers, please feel free to reprint this and include in your board packets!

Don’t miss out on key trends happening in the community association industry!  Visit to sign up for our monthly educational luncheon and to see our full calendar. 

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The Talent Show Committee

This brand new CAI-OC Talent Show Committee is co-chaired by Kimberly Lilley and Mike Perlof, and will stage its first official CAI talent show on Wednesday, July 31, 2019.

There’s a long history for this event, incubated when Kimberly and Mike were on the CAI-OC Membership Committee together.  The more they talked, the more they realized they could create something fun that would build relationships and show off all the talent (and hidden talent) of CAI members they were getting to know.  It goes without saying that the talent of these two co-chairs, on and off Broadway, provided a great foundation for the adventure. 

They started small about seven years ago at the Encore Theater in Tustin.  The next year they moved to the Curtis Theater in Brea.  It just kept snowballing, mostly by word of mouth, until last year they convinced CAI-OC’s board to make it an official CAI event.  This year the show will be held at the Barclay Theater on the UCI campus in Irvine.  There will be wine, craft beers and dinner – and it’s free for board members and managers. 

The committee is still looking for additional talent – singing, dancing, acting, magic – whatever you can do to entertain the audience in approximately 5 minutes or less.   Just make sure your performance will be appropriate for all ages and an audience of your professional peers.  Acts must be submitted and auditions completed by May 20, 2019.  Our ACT Guidelines can be downloaded here.  There are still a few sponsorship opportunities left as well.   More information on this event, including performance guidelines and ticket sales, can be found on the chapter website at

Will we see you at the Barclay Theater in July – either in the audience or as a newly discovered talent in the cast?  Be there or be square!


2019 Legislative Day at the Capitol Highlights