Manager’s Message

Virtual Townhall Strategic Planning Meeting

The Board of Directors will be holding a Town Hall Meeting on Thursday, October 8, 2020 at 5:00 PM via Zoom to discuss long range strategic planning. See Zoom Meeting information at the bottom of this message.

Strategic planning is used by successful organizations to help identify their strengths and opportunities, and know what weaknesses and threats they may have. The Horizons Association Board of Directors wants to develop a Long-Range Plan to help guide us through the next five years as we undertake projects and programs to maintain and increase the value of our property.  This effort will produce a written document that can be used to reference during the preparation of the Annual Budget and communicate to Owners what projects will be undertaken and when. In addition, the Plan will identify funding for routine maintenance and replacement of building infrastructure. Lastly the Plan can identify and prioritize ongoing programs to keep and build the character of our “community”. 

Horizon’s Community and Character

We are an urban residential community of owners who have their primary residence at Horizon’s or use as an exclusive second home. We also welcome renters. We have a strong, congenial membership who embraces urban living, participate in community events and utilize the amenities of our buildings. We believe we live in one of the best high-rises in one of the best cities in the country.

Our buildings are approaching 20 years old. Our reserves are strong. We are in an excellent position to move forward and maintain and improve our “position” in downtown San Diego.

Process to develop a Strategic Plan with a Five-Year Project Plan

1. Read through this material and develop ideas to share with the Board and other Owners during two different Workshops. What improvement projects are important to you? What programs or activities should Horizons work to maintain or improve? What programs or activities should the Board help to start?

2. Participate in the October 8, 2020 Townhall Meeting; 5:00 pm Zoom

Share ideas, comment on new ideas made, learn what other Owners think.

3. Look for the Draft Plan. After the first Townhall meeting, the Board will develop a draft Strategic Plan, which will include a five-year project plan and program ideas. This document will be shared by email before the second Townhall meeting.

4. Participate Again at the November 11, 2020 Townhall meeting; 5:00 pm Zoom

Learn what others think about the plan, share your comment and suggestions.

5. The Board will discuss and adopt the Strategic Plan in December.

This meeting will be held after the 2020 election. This would give new Board members a voice in the adoption of the final Plan.

The Outline the Association Board is using to Develop the Plan

Define Priorities/Goals/Objectives

  • Identify and agree on key priorities (generic – life/health/safety, maintenance (reactive and preventative/proactive, aesthetics, improved amenities, etc.)
  • Invest in areas to ensure Horizons properties hold their value and appeal
  • Plan for fiscal support to fund priorities over a 5-year planning cycle (include estimates and target funds to achieve)
  • Review and refresh on a regular basis. Assure funding plan is maintained to support goals
  • Use existing tools to help manage movement to goals (e.g., reserve study, annual budget, payments towards reserves, etc.)
  • Develop new tools/process were needed to achieve goals and/or move toward measurable progress (e.g., forecasting/what if spreadsheet, regular owner inputs, resetting of priorities, etc.)
  • Identify capital improvement items not currently funded/planned in reserves – identify fundraising methods

Identify specific projects to support goals – Map each to a priority (e.g., life/safety, maintenance, aesthetics, improved amenities, etc.) Identify funding source (e.g. reserves, capital investment, operating, contingency, etc.)

  • Routine Major Maintenance
  • Mechanical Equipment Replacement
  • Interior/hallways/lobby remodels (aesthetic)
  • Balcony repair (life/safety, some aesthetic)
  • Green Metal (aesthetic, maintenance)
  • Storefront systems (maintenance, aesthetic)
  • Sidewalks (aesthetics)
  • EV infrastructure (amenities improvement)
  • Pool upgrade (amenities improvement)
  • Gym equipment replacement
  • Gym Upgrades – new flooring
  • Other?

Identify specific programs/activities to support goals which maintain and improve the character of the community. Identify funding source as needed.

  • Social Activities
  • Events
  • Book Clubs
  • Lending Library
  • Other Ideas
  • Welcoming Process: Social Committee?
  • Revenue-neutral shared handymen
  • Parking bank software

Develop and execute plans to implement improvements

  • Assign to GM, Board member(s), committee, other
  • Lay out sequencing over time and funding (e.g., high-level Program, dependencies, collisions/conflicts, capacity, etc.)
  • Have regular review and monitoring
  • Keep reserve funding at XX%

Year 2 through 5 Follow Up – Assess goals/objectives as to progress… adapt/change as needed

  • Project/program reviews by board
  • Member inputs
  • Reserve analyst
  • Funding adequacy
  • Needs/priority resets when appropriate

Zoom information has been provided to Homeowners via email.


The Campus at Horton | The Evolution of Horton Plaza

Join your Social Committee via Zoom for a special presentation by Jimmy Parker of Stockdale Capital on Wednesday, July 29, 2020, at 4:00 PM. Zoom information posted in the Mailrooms and emailed out with the Newsletter. For more information please reach out to Management directly.

Architect’s rendering of the future Campus at Horton. Courtesy Stockdale Capital Partners

Face Covering Required

At the Board meeting held on May 5, 2020, the Board of Directors approved an emergency rule requiring all residents, guests, vendors, delivery drivers, and staff to wear a face-covering in any interior and exterior common are effective May 8, 2020. If you need to purchase a face mask or would like extras, the Association is selling washable cloth masks at our cost of $6.60 each. Please reach out to Management directly for inventory options. Management and the Board of Directors thanks you for your cooperation and understanding during these uncertain times.


Action Management Newsletter for Our Communities

Residents of Horizons,

We at Action Management would like to send everyone a heartfelt message of unity during this very stressful time. We are all in this together and know that staying at home in our sunny and active San Diego can certainly be difficult. The attached newsletter has some wonderful recommendations on how to stay physically active and mentally stimulated during our stay in place.

On a personal note, I’d like to share a conversation I had today with a homeowner who had a sewing machine delivered with needles and fabric. She stated that she had always wanted to learn to sew and was taking this opportunity to teach herself. This gave me such a feeling of encouragement to explore and learn things that we normally wouldn’t have time to do and found it to be such an inspiration. So inspired, I have decided that this weekend, I am going to teach myself how to bake bread.

What will be the new thing that inspires you to try something that you have always wanted to do? We would love to hear from you. Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

Click HERE for the newsletter.

Warmest Regards,
Daniela Enck | General Manager
Tyler Doty | Manager Assistant

Local Food Establishments Open During COVID-19

Dear Residents: 

We wanted to take a moment to provide you with a few lists of food establishments that are currently open for take-out or delivery. 

Below you will find a link to local restaurants that is updated daily by San Diego Restaurant Week and the California Restaurant Association. 

https://www.sandiegorestaurantweek.com/

We hope these lists helpful to you, and if you require assistance in running any other errands or picking up food, please feel free to reach out to Management or the Kiosk for a list of volunteers within the community. 


COVID-19 Local & Online Resources

Dear Residents:

We know these are trying times for everyone here at Horizons and around the world. We realize that is can be stressful to find ways to stay physically and mentally active as well as finding information from special hours for at-risk individuals at grocery stores to finding delivery/curbside pickup options for prepared food.

There are hundreds of websites with helpful information, and we know that that can cause a lot of stress and anxiety in itself. In an effort to ease those feelings Management has compiled some relevant information all in one place for you. Below, you will find internet links on how to stay physically and mentally active from live Facebook workouts from the folks at Planet Fitness to virtual tours from world-class art facilities to the Great Wall of China.

In this helpful list, you will also find local grocery stores that have special hours for “at-risk” groups as well as local restaurants that offer delivery and or curbside pickup. We hope this list of activities and general community information helps ease the mind and bring you comfort during this time.

As a reminder, if anyone needs assistance running any errands, Management and the Security Kiosk have a list of residents who have volunteered to assist you. If you need help, please contact the management office or security, and we will put you in contact with your helpful neighbors.

Please click HERE for the list.


Annual Elevator Recall Testing

Annual Elevator Recall testing will take place on Wednesday, February 26, 2020, from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM. During this state-mandated testing, you will experience delays in elevator service. For more information, please visit the mailroom or check your email for detailed information.


Horizons Book Club

Interested in joining a book club at Horizons?

Please attend an interest meeting in the South Tower lounge on Monday, March 2nd, at 4:00 pm. Everyone is welcome! We will meet each other, determine what book we’ll be reading, and the time and location of our first official meeting, which is scheduled for Thursday, April 16th.

We hope to see you there!


Tailgate Potluck Party

Date | February 2, 2020
Time | 3:00 PM
Location | South Tower Lounge

Your SOCIAL COMMITTEE offers:
All-Beef’ dogs, Chili, Beer & Wine

Bring a small dish to share if you like

JOIN US!


Balcony Town Hall Meeting

Join the Board of Directors, Association Counsel, and Architect Linus Harth, for a special meeting regarding Balconies.

Date | January 14, 2020

Time | 6:00 PM

Location | North Tower Lounge


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Learn about the services of Downtown San Diego’s Clean & Safe Program and help them create the budget for our Marina District!

When: Wednesday, February 6th, 5-6 pm. Bring water to drink.
Where: Park Row, 701 Kettner Blvd
More Info: Marco Circosta mcircosta@improvedtsd.org

Can’t make it to the meeting? Take the online survey to express your priorities.

Location

Management Office
8:00 am to 5:00 pm
555 Front Street
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 338-4096

Driveway Kiosk
24 Hours
(619) 338-4097

Management Team

General Manager
Daniela Enck| denck@actionlife.com

Manager Assistant
Tyler Doty | tdoty@actionlife.com

On-site Office Hours
Monday – Friday | 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Driveway Kiosk Hours
24 Hours

Management Company

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

Corporate Office
2603 Main Street, Suite 500
Irvine, CA 92614
(949) 450-0202