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The Saranap Homeowners Organization Board of Directors meets at the office of Contra Costa County Supervisor Candace Andersen next to the Lafayette Fire Station, 3338 Mount Diablo Blvd., across the street from El Charro restaurant. Meetings are usually held on the third Thursday of each month at 7:30 p.m. Click here for a map.
The next Board of Directors meeting will be held on Thursday, June 20, 2013. Saranap Homeowners Organization members are welcome to attend these meetings unless the meeting is listed as closed in this announcement.
The Saranap Homeowners Organization held our Annual Membership Meeting on Tuesday, May 14, 2013 from 7:00 to 8:30 pm at the Sun Valley Bible Chapel.
This is what was discussed at our Annual Membership Meeting:
- Introduction and Welcome to Saranap Homeowners Organization members
- SHO Board of Directors election results and introduction of Board members
- Presentation by Sgt. Keith Chelini of the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Department
- Neighborhood safety
- Crime incidents
- Question and Answer session
- Proposed Hall Equities Group “Saranap Village” project on Boulevard Way
- Update on the Sufism Reoriented project, and how we can make sure all of the conditions and remediations in the EIR are followed during construction
- Meeting Close
For those who aren't members yet, and who are homeowners in Saranap, we would like to invite you to join the Saranap Homeowners Organization. Now, more than ever with the very character of Saranap in jeopardy from encroaching development and oversize projects, it is important for us to stand together to protect our neighborhood. You can join us using the form on the Join Us page on our website. Membership is open to all homeowners who live in Saranap, and dues are only $25 per year per household. We invite you to encourage your neighbors who are homeowners in Saranap to also join the Saranap Homeowners Organization.
Our website www.saranap.org, which you're viewing now, provides community information of value to all Saranap homeowners. We encourage everyone to use our website for regularly updated status of development projects in our neighborhood. It’s our way of quickly communicating what’s going on in the Saranap with our members.
We have a Twitter feed, saranapupdate, where we post information (Tweets) about upcoming meetings and other topics of immediate interest to Saranap homeowners. You can also reach our Twitter feed online by clicking on the Follow Us On Twitter button at the top of each page on saranap.org.
About The Saranap Homeowners Organization
Saranap is the unincorporated area of Contra Costa County south of Highway 24 between Lafayette and Walnut Creek. The Saranap Homeowners Organization was founded in 2009 to give Saranap homeowners a true independent voice dedicated to preserving and fostering the established character and quality of the Saranap as a semi-rural, low density, residential neighborhood. Membership is open to all Saranap homeowners.
The Saranap Area generally consists of the unincorporated neighborhood between Lafayette on the west, Walnut Creek on the east, Rossmoor on the south and Highway 24 on the north.
Membership is extended to homeowners in the Saranap. There will be one member per address which must be in the Saranap area. Click here to go to our Join Us! page to learn how to become a member of the Saranap Homeowners Organization.
The Saranap Homeowners Organization applied for registration with the Internal Revenue Service as a not-for-profit community organization exempt from Federal income tax under section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code. What does this mean for members of the Saranap Homeowners Organization?
We have not applied to be a Public Charity. Public Charities receive tax exemption under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Donations to Public Charities are also tax-deductible by the donors; donations to other non-profit organizations section 501(c)(4) are not deductible by the donors. Both types of non-profit organizations are exempt for Federal income tax.
Why this difference? Public Charities under section 501(c)(3) must spend membership dues and contributions for charitable purposes. Non-profit organizations under section 501(c)(4) may spend membership dues and contributions for lobbying; i.e., attempting to influence legislation, provided that the lobbying is related to the organization's exempt purpose. Public Charities under section 501(c)(3) are not allowed to do this type of lobbying. “A public charity is not permitted to engage in substantial legislative activity (commonly referred to as lobbying).”
Per the IRS code at http://www.irs.gov/charities/nonprofits/article/0,,id=156411,00.html:
Donations to Section 501(c)(4) Organizations
Excerpts from our approved Bylaws:
The mission of the Saranap Homeowners Organization is to monitor proposed development, and provide planning direction to reflect low-density zoning that is compatible with the surrounding neighborhood use, and provide design guidance for architectural styles that blend with the immediate neighborhood.
The goals are to help preserve the established residential character of the Saranap area, preserve the area as semi-rural, and limit the expansion of higher-density development throughout the greater Saranap area.
Full Membership shall be extended, upon receipt and acceptance of a membership application and payment of dues, to those individuals owning residences in the Saranap Area of Walnut Creek. The Saranap Area generally consists of those unincorporated neighborhoods of Contra Costa County, between Lafayette to the west, Walnut Creek to the east, Rossmoor to the south, and Highway 24 to the north.