MAHA Annual Meeting September 7th

The Mi Wuk Homeowner’s Alliance annual meeting will be held at 10 a.m. on September 7th at the Mi Wuk Library. Come on out in support of your community and meet/greet your neighbors. Let’s fill up those chairs. ūüôā

District 3 Supervisor Anaiah Kirk will be our guest speaker. Come out and meet him if you haven’t before. He is attentive to our needs and questions.

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Rural Community Homeowner Insurance Renewals

The following is a copy/paste from an email I received regarding renewals for rural homeowners insurance policies. This affects all of us who live in this area. This insurance situation puts a hard hit on those residents who, like us, are about to sell their homes (we’re moving to Boise, Idaho at the end of this year to join our daughter and family and be with those amazing grandkids).

——— Forwarded message ———
From: Domenic Torchia <dvtwizard@gmail.com>
Date: Sun, Aug 25, 2019 at 6:39 PM
Subject: There Is Now A Scintilla of Hope For Fire Insurance Relief
To: 
Cc: 

Rural Neighbors –
I just returned from three days in San Jose at the California Democratic Party Executive Board Meeting. A lot happened but only one thing mattered.Below is the final draft of what could be a life saver for many. But first, how we got this far – then – how much further we have left to go.


Months ago, Lowell Young, Peter Leinau, and a few others realized that there was an ill wind stirring. They saw that within months there would behundreds of thousands – I suspect a million – rural(and not so rural) homeowners would be receiving either insurance cancelations or draconian premium increases. (entire zip codes black listed)
The final draft that we submitted to the CDP Resolutions Committee didinclude the item we must have to secure the relief we need – the publicoption. What we got back on Friday was a Committee rewrite – I thoughtLowell was yanking my chain. First words out of my mouth is who wrote this, Allstate? Farmers? State Farm? To keep it short – the Resolutions Committee (at least those who rewrote our submission) should be ashamed of themselves.
But wait – they did redeem themselves by accepting the magnificent rewritebelow and actually helping Lowell with his submission that led to a unanimousvoice vote from the approximately 300 EBoard members.


Last year, the Federal Reserve Board released a study they did. One of theconclusions on that study you may have heard. “40% of Americans say theycannot cover a $400 emergency.” Is that you? If not, it is someone you knowor a member of your family. Well, from forty to fifty letters i have gotten fromfolks I know, tell me “$400 A MONTH is less than what their premium increaseis.” Not will be, but it is now. And then there are a few who are now in talks with their lenders and have no idea how they will be able to save their homes.


How about those above who are forced to sell? If a buyer cannot get coveragein 95370, 95249, etc. they will not be buying your house.Plus, what about our neighbors who lease buildings for their businesses or rent a home – their landlords are forced to jack up rents – $400 to $600 a month?


Finally, Commissioner Lara, and others tell us to just call their offices and the will tell you about a State program the is called FAIR Plan. Well, the name is a misnomer, and the insurance companies who run it even tell you to “come to them as an absolute last resort.” Why, because if you got a quote, it is better than anything they will offer.
Sorry – had to do the intro. Now for what we all have to do. For a couple of days, you have to call every elected person you know – from school boards to Governor Newsom. Look up numbers on line – like Senator Andreas Borgeas (SD8) or Frank Bigelow (AD5) and ask them to look into sponsoring legislation creating a public option. (it would have been easier had we a bill already in.)  Other things that you MUST DO – Attend the meeting at the Sonora Opera Hall on Thursday the 29th at 6:00. Insurance Commissioner needs to hear from you. He spent a great deal of time at our Rural Caucus meeting Friday night and he took every question.


Recap – Call, visit, write everyone (school are going to be slaughtered by lost revenues as will counties and cities. CLEAN YOUR PROPERTY!! Notify your homeowners association. Whatever you think will put pressure on Sacramento officials to pass a bill that will provide for a public option.
The home you save may be yours.
All the best – Domenic


RESOLUTION 18-07.34LResolving the Pending Property Insurance Crises and Protecting Californians and Our State and Local EconomiesWHEREAS the California Democratic Party Platform vision of an economically strong California that respects and protects all California residents is threatened by increasing risk of extreme wildfires linked to climate change that can strike nearly anywhere; and 10 of the 20 most destructive wildfires in California‚Äôs history have occurred in the last four years, with more than 150 people killed and more than $25 billion in insured losses reported; andWHEREAS according to the California Department of Insurance, consumer complaints on non-renewals have increased 600 percent since 2010 and more than 100 rate increases have been filed with California Department of Insurance in 2017-2018 with more to come; and insurance availability is threatened  due to decline in the number of admitted  carriers, andWHEREAS non-admitted insurance plans deny Californians the protection of the California Insurance Commissioner and many of the requirements intended by California voters with the passage of Proposition 103; and the inability of homeowners and businesses to afford insurance premiums may damage local government through a reduced property tax base and a possible default crisis as owners become ‚Äúupside down‚ÄĚ on the mortgage-to-market-value, further exacerbating rural unemployment and harming the California economy; THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the California Democratic Party strongly supports the establishment of home and community wildfire defense and adaptation standards, and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the California Democratic Party supports requiring private home insurers to provide home insurance to homeowners and communities that meet that standard, at standard uninflected rates and supports creating a publicly owned fire and casualty insurance company.Author: Lowell Young, Assembly District 5
Sponsored by Lowell Young & Peter Leinau; Peter Leinau, AD 5; Carla Neal, AD 5; TomPratt , AD 5; Jamie Butler, AD 5; Mariposa County Central Committee; Ed Bailey, AD 5; Shirley Bailey, AD5; Darylsue StephanseeAD5; Ed Estes, AD5; Scott Hill, AD5; JaySeslowf, AD5; Diane Martin, AD5; Dave Martin  AD5; John O’Conner, AD5; Emily O’Conner, AD5; Joe Sebastian, AD5; Mark McKee, AD5; Gayle Basten, AD5; Chris Cantwell, AD5; Charles Stuhr, AD5; Joyce Stuhr, AD5; Mary Hirrinanu, AD5; Ronda Clarke, AD5; Greg Birkel, AD5; Roberta Tacket., AD5;   Moore, AD5; Carole Moore, AD5; Ginny Moody, AD5

–End of email–

Thank you Sam for sharing this email from Dominic.

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Spaghetti Dinner at the Fire Station is Still a GO….

…. So, be sure to go (or come) to the Mi Wuk Sugar Pine Fire Station between 4-7 p.m. on Saturday, the 31st of August for an awesome spaghetti dinner that you won’t have to prepare. $10 adults, $5 kids age 10 and under. Free for fire fighters in uniform. Just come out to the station and enjoy…….

  • Spaghetti with Russ’s great (now notorious) sauce, with sausage or vegetarian; regular pasta or gluten free
  • Garlic bread
  • Salad with tomatoes from Cover’s fields (thank you Peter Cover for the donation)
  • Lemonade, tea or water
  • Ice Cream cups–vanilla, chocolate or strawberry
  • Community spirit – see your neighbors, bring a neighbor, meet a neighbor

All this and you don’t have to shop, cook or clean up!

I look forward to seeing you there. Remember also that you can choose to do what we call ‘takey-outie’. Aka take out. Same $10/$5 price.

Our jolly chef welcomes you to the 2019 Spaghetti Dinner!
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CHIEF FULLER DAY HAS BEEN CANCELED

Michael Laurance has announced that Chief Fuller Day schedule for Saturday, August 31, 2019 has been canceled due to the State requiring more red tape than in the past. The State has now put requirements on the event for a traffic mitigation plan that cannot be met by this weekend. In addition, the State is requiring payment of permit fees that it has never required in the past.

Michael hopes to bring the event back next year over the Labor Day weekend. It is a great event for Mi Wuk Village with lots of vendors and fellowship for all who attend. Sorry it could not be pulled together for this year’s event and it will be sorely missed. Hope to see Chief Fuller Day next Labor Day weekend.

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MI-WUK HEIGHTS MUTUAL WATER EMERGENCY REPAIR

Mi-Wuk Heights Mutual Water Company has announced that PG&E’s tree removal crew has broken a water line at 20995 Lama Teumete Road. The crane truck drove to close to the edge of the road and caused a break in the water line.

A repair crew has been called in to fix the water line. Water has been shut off along Lama Hisum Road beginning at Leka Road and continuing into Lama Teumete Road all the way down to Nuka Trail and include Wakalu Trail. Water should be off for most of the day and be restored around 6:00 p.m. tonight.

Please be patient while the repair crew is fixing the water line. If we get any new information about the water line repair, we will do an updated posting to give you the current status of the water line repair.

The crane crew as moved onto Aselu Court and lets hope that they do not cause anymore water line breaks.

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It’s Almost Spaghetti Dinner Time!

Are you feeling a bit like Lady and the Tramp…..wanting to share a long string of spaghetti with your sweetie? Or just keep it to yourself?

The Mi Wuk Sugar Pine Fire Protection District’s annual Spaghetti Dinner fund raiser will be here next week, August 31st, 4-7 p.m.

If you’d like to come out and help with the event, give me a call, 209-586-1962. The Fire Auxiliary will always welcome a few extra helping hands.

  • We’re doing the initial set up on Friday afternoon, 1 p.m., at the Fire Station on Hwy 108 in Sugar Pine.
  • Final set up in the Bays at 11 a.m. on Saturday at the station.
  • Clean up after the event (many hands make speedy work) just after 7 pm.

Dinner is served from 4-7 p.m. $10 for adults. $5 for children 10 and under. $Free for fire fighter in uniform.

  • Eat in or Take Out. Same price.
  • Yes we’ll have gluten free pasta.
  • Yes, we’ll be selling pint containers of sauce, $5 each. Stock up for the following months when you’ll want that quick and easy dinner.

Questions? Call me (Blythe Klipple) on my cell, 209-352-1059 or at home (you’ll probably be leaving a message) at 209-586-1962.

I look forward to seeing my friends and neighbors at our yummy annual Spaghetti Dinner. This will be the last year as chairmen for Russ and me since we’ll be moving out of the area (Boise, ID) in December. Fear not, there is a well trained and oiled team to follow us for the upcoming years.

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How’s YOUR Homeowner’s Insurance?

Has your homeowner’s insurance been non-renewed? Are you having trouble getting homeowner’s insurance? Are you unable to sell your home because your new buyers can’t get homeowner’s insurance? Are you being priced out of the homeowner’s insurance market?

California Insurance Commission Ricardo Lara will be at the Sonora Opera Hall and Community Center to address concerns and hopefully answer questions August 29th, 6 p.m.

Although it’s unclear about his ability to effectuate changes, this may be your only opportunity to have someone on the state level hear your complaints and concerns about your homeowner’s insurance issue.

Please check out the flyer below for more information on a Tuolumne County Town Hall event regarding Homeowner’s Insurance.

Submit your questions by Wednesday, 8/28/19 at 11:59 P.M. to be answered by California Insurance Commissioner and Department of Insurance staff at the Tuolumne County Insurance Town Hall on August 29th. Please note, due to the amount of questions already received, not all questions may be answered at the event. A Frequently Asked Questions document will be shared with the County of Tuolumne residents after the Town Hall. Click HERE for the survey where you can ask your question or make your comment.

Tuolumne County Insurance Town Hall

Let’s show them that Tuolumne County cares about our insurance issue and that we appreciate the opportunity the Town Hall will represent.

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Recycling Service Rescheduled for Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Waste Management Service Exception For Mi-Wuk Village and Sugar Pine:

Your recycling service scheduled for Monday has been rescheduled. Waste Management will return for service on Tuesday of this week. We appreciate your business and apologize for any inconvenience. 

So feel free to leave your recycling can out tonight or put it out first thing in the morning. Thanks to everyone who kept their garbage cans in last night and put them out this morning. I hope that Mama, Yogi & Boo Boo get the idea that there is no free lunch here.

Gregory J. Oliver

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Mama, Yogi & Boo Boo Stealing Picnic Baskets Again

Mama Bear and her two cubs, which we have affectionately named Yogi and Boo Boo, are back in the neighborhood looking for picnic baskets.¬† The trio has broken into garbage cans in the last two nights on Lama Hisum, Olo Win Trail and Lama Teumete.¬† The bears are only looking for food and we humans are making it easy for them to find food.¬† The garbage can is the bear’s picnic basket.

Pictures provided by Keverne Denahan on Lama Teumete at 2:00 a.m. this morning.

We humans need to make it less inviting for the bears to forage through your picnic basket by keeping your garbage can secured except for when it should be put out for pick up on Monday morning.  This means that your garbage can should not be put on the street on Sunday nights but wait until Monday mornings prior to 7:00 a.m. to put your garbage a.k.a. picnic basket on the street for pick up by Waste Management.  The more we eliminate the temptation for the bears, the quicker the bears will move into the forest for their food.

This is the first post by Blythe’s conscripted successor Gregory Oliver.¬† Looking forward to providing much useful information to everyone in the Mi Wuk Village area.

Gregory J. Oliver

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S-L-O-W Transition of Our Blog’s “Mouthpiece”

In regular-speak, if you own property in the Mi Wuk/Sugar Pine area you hopefully received your August issue of Smoke Signals, the Mi Wuk Area Homeowners Alliance, Inc. quarterly newsletter in the last few days.  Back on page 20 is the Mi Wuk Area Blog article.  In that article I spoke about Russ and me moving to Boise, Idaho in November-ish.  Grandchildren would be the primary reason.  Then there are many other secondary reasons.

That said, I’ll be turning over the major blog posting to my neighbor and ace reporter Gregory Oliver. ¬†The next few months will be training time for him! ¬†I’ll come up with a special signature for him so you’ll know he’s the one sharing the news and offering commentary. ¬†ūüôā

Hopefully you’ll hardly notice any difference except for the ‘voice’ that’s doing the typing. ¬†And I’ll still be in the driver’s seat!

And at my house now?????? ¬†Packing, purging, donating, dumping, selling. ¬†We have a few more items that we need to part with since our new, smaller, one level home won’t accommodate all that’s here.

Questions: ¬†does anyone know of a reliable, reasonable and not-too-far-away jukebox repair person? ¬†Thanks to a tree that fell across a power line 19 years ago (thanks for that one PG&E–we had them come out and look at it and they said ‘no problem’) there was a power surge when it fell and 2/3 of the jukebox is no longer working. ¬†We would consider selling it for a fair price.. ¬†It’s a Wurlitzer 200, stocked full of 45s.

Does anyone know of a place in Jamestown or Sonora to take a vintage rocking chair for consignment or sale? ¬†During my crazy days full of all other tasks I haven’t made it to a store that might take (on consignment) or purchase the ‘antiques’ I’m willing to part with.

We also have a Cable-Nelson upright piano that that will, so far, be staying with the house when we sell (goes on the market at the end of August). ¬†Except for needing to be tuned it’s in perfect condition. ¬†Very reasonably priced for the person who is interested. ¬†I only wish we had a place for it in our new home.

Time to get back to get back to the job of the moment–painting deck railings/ballisters that should have been painted some other time in the past five years. ¬†NOW it must be done! ¬†Always put off what you can do another day. ¬†Until that day arrives. ¬†ūüėČ

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