YLP Community News

New welcome gifts, guide

New welcome gifts, guide

From left, Diana Binney, Sue Beck and Audrey Johnson prepare to distribute Welcome Bags and Welcome Guides. The Communications Committee has been hard at work putting together welcome gift bags and brand-new, updated Welcome Guides for all new homeowners.  The...

Update on reopenings

Update on reopenings

From YLOA/YSPUC General Manager Jonathan Penrose:We are excited to continue reopening/expanding our services and amenities. Social distancing and masks are no longer required for those who have been vaccinated.  If you have not been vaccinated, CA rules require...

Venue hearing set for Aug. 3

Venue hearing set for Aug. 3

The YLOA ECC Committee has been informed by the Madera County Planning Commission that a public hearing for a Conditional Use Permit for a wedding/event venue is now scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 3. The location will be the Madera County Government Center, 200 W....

Re: staffing, phones, mail

Re: staffing, phones, mail

From YLOA/YSPUC General Manager Jonathan Penrose: Staffing Levels: Due to workshare and employee turnover, our available labor hours remain very constrained. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we hire and train additional staff. Phones: Our policy is to...

About fire safety & generators

About fire safety & generators

From YLOA/YSPUC General Manager Jonathan Penrose: Given potential fire risk in the event of an extended power outage, PG&E has placed YLP in a top priority position for emergency generators.  Last fall, ahead of a potential Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS)...

Cafe renovation moving along

Cafe renovation moving along

Photo taken Thursday, June 3 Extensive renovation of the Fairway Cafe, part of YLP's 5-year Fix Our Stuff plan, is moving along but will likely take a bit longer than expected due to unanticipated electrical work that needed to be done. The project announced in April...

Memorial area dedication

Memorial area dedication

About 35 people turned out for the Memorial Day dedication of what is to become a YLP memorial area on the west side of Blue Heron Lake, likely to be named Reflection Point. General Manager Jonathan Penrose made the presention and explained that it is to be a quiet...

YLP horseshoe pits repaired

YLP horseshoe pits repaired

YLOA Director Doug Dorsey, left, and Jadyn Carter proudly show off the revamped horseshoe pits. Jadyn Carter picked himself a ringer of a senior project when he decided to revamp YLP’s run-down horseshoe pits. The Yosemite High student worked every day for a week,...

Proposed ADU/JADU guidelines

Proposed ADU/JADU guidelines

The YLOA Board of Directors recently approved proposed ADU/JADU guidelines to follow local and state government law. Guidelines are now posted for a 28-day review and comment period. They can be seen here and on our Public Documents page. Comment for these guidelines...

Gardening in a ‘foreign country’

Gardening in a ‘foreign country’

By JEANNIE COSBY Jeannie Cosby at the Salvia Creek Garden. I moved from Los Angeles to Yosemite Lakes Park ten years ago, full of confidence that I was going to have one of the most beautiful yards here in YLP!  Of course, it would be wonderful.  For years,...

Spring is for the birds

Spring is for the birds

Male wild turkey Spring is for the birds, I say. But some readers might submit that there is nothing so soothing as the direct sun warming your skin after a long, cold winter. Having attended graduate school in Wisconsin, I can attest to the sensation of release after...

Fairway Cafe closed for repairs & remodeling

Fairway Cafe closed for repairs & remodeling

From YLOA-YSPUC General Manager Jonathan Penrose:  As part of our planned 'Fix Our Stuff' program to address the deferred maintenance and renovation of our amenities, the Fairwaty Cafe will be closed temporarily beginning April 12. Roof work begins on the Fairway...

Best wishes to 2 YLOA employees

Best wishes to 2 YLOA employees

Jake Koenen and Ciera Johnson are leaving their jobs with YLOA to pursue their dreams and move on in their careers. They have given the association and our community much in their own ways and we will miss them. This is our salute to their services here and a fond...

Cal Fire: Create your defensible space

Cal Fire: Create your defensible space

March 29 news release from Cal Fire: Madera-Mariposa-Merced- Recent rains were a welcome sight to drought parched California, but the Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) firefighters are not letting their guard down.  CAL FIRE’s Defensible Space...

3 elected to YLOA Board, with video

3 elected to YLOA Board, with video

Results of the 2021 YLOA Annual Election Continuation meeting held Sunday, July 18, at the YLP Clubhouse: Beate Olivas 642 votes Doug Dorsey (incumbent) 441 votes David Mahan (incumbent) 428 votes Randy Sacks 421 votes Preston McGill 194 votes The three seats to be...

HOA Education Spotlight

HOA Education Spotlight

An occasional presentation by the YLOA Communications Committee to help residents understand their community and what makes it a place to love where you live. February 2021 DORs and bylawsEvery lot/homeowner should have a copy of the YLOA bylaws & DORs...

Thank you, everyone

Thank you, everyone

President comments (given at Jan. 12 YLOA Board meeting) Welcome to 2021! I thank all of the YLOA & YSPUC managers and staff, and our General Manager Jonathan Penrose, for all their dedication and hard work during some very unsettled and difficult months. Sandy...

Assessing YLP’s roads

Assessing YLP’s roads

From Jonathan PenroseYLOA/YSPUC General Manager Our roads assessment has been completed. This is an important part of our overall roads plan, as it allows us to prioritize the most appropriate and cost effective treatments based on road conditions and to measure our...

Golf etiquette

Golf etiquette

By KEN SOUZA, YLP Golf Course Manager Our play at the course has increased, and we have  a number of new golfers, and a few veterans who could use a refresher course on Golf Etiquette, and the Dress Code. I have attached an article that does a good job of covering the...

LOL welcomes new leaders

LOL welcomes new leaders

At its December meeting, Ladies of the Lakes installed the new 2021 board: Michele Sartain, president; Mary Swenson and Gail Jeffus, co-vice presidents; Carole Lorenzini and Melissa Lacy, co-treasurers, and Lora Toles, secretary. Diane Mahan will remain on the board...

Birds nuts over berries

Birds nuts over berries

I had been waiting for this moment for an entire year: the ripening of berries on a giant pyracantha bush. Last year the crop was disappointing. Worse, European Starlings consumed the whole bunch in just two days, before anybody else could take a bite. This year,...

LOL: Successful fundraising

LOL: Successful fundraising

By Diane Mahan, Ladies of the Lakes president   Ladies of the Lakes' final Silent Auction of 2020 exceeded all the previous ones we have held this year.    We raised $930 with merchandise bidding and received additional donations of $195, netting $1,125 for our high...

YLP Golf Course on the upswing

YLP Golf Course on the upswing

By KEN SOUZAYLP Golf Course Operations ManagerIt has been a long time since I brought the community up to date on our golf course. Since I took over as the operations manager of the course, we have developed a plan to increase the use of the course by making the...

Permit required to burn

Permit required to burn

CAL FIRE has lifted its outdoor burning suspension, but burning is allowed only if you have a valid residential burn permit AND it is a permissive burn day. Please read the release below.

LOL: Memorial Tree

LOL: Memorial Tree

From Ladies of the Lakes President Diane Mahan: While we looked out on the clubhouse lake last Saturday, a sunny fall morning, friends and family of men who gave time, service and heart to YLP were memorialized by the planting of a tree purchased by Ladies of the...

LOL: Results of silent auctions

LOL: Results of silent auctions

From Ladies of the Lakes President Diane Mahan:   The latest silent auction sponsored by Ladies of the Lakes for the benefit of Station 10 raised $720.    We would like to thank the residents of YLP for donations of merchandise and their generous bidding.  A...

Clubhouse flag waves again

Clubhouse flag waves again

Old Glory waves again atop the YLP Clubhouse flagpole, after local volunteers and YLOA maintenance staff were able to get again to the top of the pole and restore a halyard which had broken and slipped off the pulley months ago. A big thank you to all who helped!

California Scrub-Jay

California Scrub-Jay

By Robert Groos California Scrub-Jay in flight. Gather ye acorns while ye may, Old Time is still a-flying… With apologies to poet Robert Herrick, it is October in the oak woodlands: we have no rosebuds. Instead, we have acorns, and they are falling from the trees. It...

Golf course care & keeping

Golf course care & keeping

The YLP Golf Course is always well maintained, but this October has been getting some special treatment, not only with the periodic aerating of greens but resodding the back of the 8th green and planned overseeding of the course. On top of that, a big project to bring...

Proposed sign guidelines

Proposed sign guidelines

The YLOA Board of Directors recently approved proposed revised sign guidelines to follow local government law. Guidelines are now posted for a 28-day review and comment period. They can be seen here and on our Public Documents page.  ...

YLOA board takes action

YLOA board takes action

Motions approved Tuesday, Oct. 6, by the YLOA Board of Directors: • Change the regular monthly meetings of the YLOA Board of Directors from the last Tuesday of each month to the first Tuesday to give additional time for preparation of board packets. This will...

Sept. 26 golf scramble a success

Sept. 26 golf scramble a success

From John Wandler, vice chairman Yosemite Lakes Golf AssociationOnce again we had a great turnout with 37 players.  We mixed up play by alternating RED, WHITE and BLUES tee shots. Our handicapping system continues to be keep winning scores competitive.  Our...

LOL makes donations

LOL makes donations

Diane Mahan, 2020 Ladies of the Lakes President Ladies of the Lakes resumed their fall monthly meetings via Zoom with a discussion as to how we could show compassion to those impacted by the Creek Fire.  First, we agreed to send $500 to an animal...

About the emergency water repairs

About the emergency water repairs

Published Aug. 28, 2020From General Manager Jonathan Penrose's report to the YLOA Board of Directors: ○ In August, we experienced a total failure on well 36A that supplies water to tank 4 and serves the lower Long Hollow area. Due to high demand, we had previously...

Water for golf, landscaping

Water for golf, landscaping

Published Aug. 28, 2020 From General Manager Jonathan Penrose’s report to the YLOA Board of Directors:The current water emergency threatens sustainability of the golf course. While most of the water used at the golf course is from natural run-off, this is the time of...

YLP FAQs

YLP FAQs

NOTE: YLP Q&A session videos are now on the Videos page What about the roads, the water, the dues, the amenities? YLP people have questions and want answers! Well, we may not be able to answer every question right away, but here's a place where you can get the...

Help plants through the heat

Help plants through the heat

Caring for California native plants during extreme heat The air is yellow today, plus extreme heat and dangerous air quality.  My morning garden walk was a search and rescue mission, for plants showing signs of extreme stress.  I did spot- watering, mostly...

Water levels holding steady

Water levels holding steady

Published Aug. 19 Thanks to everyone's efforts to conserve and great work by our YLP staff, water levels are holding steady at the Long Hollow tank — barely. The new pump is assembled and being lowered to the proper depth in the well. It is presently at 500 feet and...

Killdeer — the ‘broken wing’ bird

Killdeer — the ‘broken wing’ bird

By Bob Groos Killdeer. What an odd name for a bird. Apparently, “killdeer” is a phonetic translation of the vocalization that 18th century naturalists thought they heard when the bird was in flight. Audio courtesy Xeno-Canto (Marvin) This past April, killdeer began...

YLP water status critical

YLP water status critical

Published Aug. 13 A number of recent events are requiring YSPUC to alert all water customers to reduce usage immediately. Since most of the extra demand on the system comes from external (outside the home) watering, YLOA/YSPUC General Manager Jonathan Penrose is...

Pool reopens-new rules

Pool reopens-new rules

POOL REOPENS WITH NEW RULES Please read and observe the new rules: https://www.yosemitelakespark.org/pool-tennis/

Reminder: office hours & calls

Reminder: office hours & calls

YLOA office hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 Monday through Friday, except for posted holidays when the office is closed. If you call on these days, between these hours, you should be able to reach a customer service representative by choosing "1" at the first prompt. If you...

Save water in YLP

Save water in YLP

With a dry, hot summer well under way, YLOA-YSPUC General Manager Jonathan Penrose is asking everyone to conserve water whenever possible. Water usage is up this year because of many more people staying home during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Get useful conservation tips...

2020 election results

2020 election results

OFFICIAL YOSEMITE LAKES PARK BUSINESS YLOA has a new Board of Directors for 2020-21. Following a 3-hour vote counting by volunteers, Inspector of Elections Marie Touitou has announced this year's election outcome: YLOA 2020 Election Results Quorum required for the...

Trucks for water company

Trucks for water company

YLP's water company crews will soon have a couple of long-awaited and much-need specialty trucks. The YSPUC Board of Directors meeting in special online session on July 17 approved purchase of the trucks with the price not to exceed $180,000 without further board...

Video: the floriferous Brandegee’s sage

Video: the floriferous Brandegee’s sage

A star of the California native plant garden is Brandegee’s Sage, Salvia brandegei.  It’s fast, lush, floriferous, resilient, deerproof and remarkably drought-tolerant.  Join me in my springtime garden, as I sit in a patch of this intoxicating sage,...

Great-tailed grackle

Great-tailed grackle

What do birds and wrestling have in common? Nothing, actually, unless the birds happen to be great-tailed grackles (Quiscalus mexicanus). These boisterous blackbirds occupy the trees around the lake and clubhouse parking lot from spring through fall. If your timing is...

Federal program helps YLP

Federal program helps YLP

By Jonathan PenroseYLOA/YSPUC General Manager The Payroll Protection Program (PPP) received some much needed revision recently that will benefit our community and association.  The PPP provides federal funding to businesses in financial need to help weather the fiscal...

Coronavirus: Latest YLP news

Coronavirus: Latest YLP news

(This page will be updated whenever there is new local information) The ONLY OFFICIAL source of information about how YLP is dealing with COVID-19 is yosemitelakespark.org and direct YLOA communications. The situation is dynamic as new information...

2020 YLOA election

2020 YLOA election

2020 YLOA election & candidatesBallot and envelopes included with election packet mailed to each YLOA member in early June JULY 12 UPDATE The Inspector of Elections announced that as of 1 p.m. Sunday, July 12, the number of ballots turned in did not constitute a...

Got joy?  Try native plants

Got joy? Try native plants

by LESLIE LIPTON In the spring I make coffee, feed the birds, and wander in my garden.  I’ve been known to lose my coffee cup.  Why?  The joy disorients me.  My mostly-native YLP garden explodes with color and life. Buzzing calms my overactive...

What’s good for the goose

What’s good for the goose

... is good for the gosling On some mornings, before the sun peeks over Revis Mountain, you can hear them honking from a mile away. Even when they are not around, you know they have been here because of the calling cards they distribute across every inch of grass. An...

About 2020 election changes

About 2020 election changes

OFFICIAL YOSEMITE LAKES PARK BUSINESS In response to questions received prior to the open YLOA Board of Directors meeting Tuesday, May 26, regarding the upcoming election, the board provided the following information: The changes to Davis-Stirling brought sudden...

A book for each grad

A book for each grad

A YLP couple have launched a nonprofit called The MJ Project with the mission "To inspire teens with choice, a book, and the confidence to imagine what could be." As a part of that project, Leslie Lipton and Tom Nelson are making this generous offer to Class of 2020...

State: keep pools closed

State: keep pools closed

PER STATE DIRECTIVE, POOL CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. During the shelter in place directive, the governor issued an order requiring PUBLIC pools to be closed. Per Davis-Stirling newsletter, HOA pools were not considered PUBLIC, and thus opening the pool and/or hot...

LOL cancels 2020 events

LOL cancels 2020 events

 By Diane MahanLadies of the Lakes 2020 presidentLadies of the Lakes board has decided to cancel all community events the remainder of the year, and while we are hoping to resume club meetings in September, only time will tell.  For those of you that look...

YLP nixes snake assist

YLP nixes snake assist

YLP Security will no longer handle calls from YLOA households asking for help in removing rattlesnakes. The change was made because of worker's compensation restrictions, according to YLOA Human Resources Manager Krista Brown. Rattlesnake situations are now the...

YLOA board election notice

YLOA board election notice

OFFICIAL YOSEMITE LAKES PARK BUSINESS This year we have six qualified candidates running for four open seats on the Yosemite Lakes Owners' Association Board of Directors. Sue Beck Todd BenzieRebecca Brannon Kathleen MillerRandy SacksKen Sartain The four...

YLOA board OK’s new budget

YLOA board OK’s new budget

OFFICIAL YOSEMITE LAKES PARK BUSINESS On Tuesday, April 28th, the YLOA Board of Directors voted 6-1 to pass the budget for the 2020/2021 fiscal year. The new budget includes a modest increase to homeowners assessments of  $6.17/month — primarily to...

It’s nesting time

It’s nesting time

s Can you remember your first nest? I can remember mine. I was in the fifth grade. A hummingbird made a nest on a slender tree branch right outside my second floor bedroom window. It was so close I could have raised the window and touched it, but I didn’t dare. The...

YLP Q&As

YLP Q&As

YLOA and YSPUC General Manager Jonathan Penrose invites members of the YLP community to email him questions about YLP matters and he will answer them in a live chat at 6 p.m. each Tuesday at yosemitelakespark.org. Just email to QA@yloa.org or QA@yosemitelakespark.org....

Look for: Official YLP Business

Look for: Official YLP Business

To: All YLOA members and the YLP community Please look for this on our social media communications: OFFICIAL YOSEMITE LAKES PARK BUSINESS ALL OTHER SOURCES should be considered to be the personal opinion of the social media poster and often do not accurately...

2020 annual election packet

2020 annual election packet

It's a challenging time, but the business of our community continues — and for YLP in April, that means preparing for annual Board of Directors elections. After publishing the official notice of election a few days ago, we're now providing the complete packet for...

‘Lord of the Rings’ readings

‘Lord of the Rings’ readings

During this time of 'shelter in place,' the opportunities for entertainment and social interaction with those in our community is severely curtailed.Join our general manager, Jonathan Penrose, for a social reading of J.R.R. Tolkien's classic "Lord of the...

Wild turkeys on parade

Wild turkeys on parade

March is mating season, and adult males are on parade, hoping to hook up with one or more willing hens. The pageantry is equally theatrical as it is captivating.

The pied-billed grebe

The pied-billed grebe

Last fall, I fell in love while walking around Blue Heron Lake. The object of my infatuation? Let me show you…

Madera County growth boom

Madera County growth boom

According to the latest government data, Madera County is outpacing other similar-sized counties, both in California and around the western U.S., in terms of economic growth.

Native plants grow in YLP

Native plants grow in YLP

An enthusiastic group has begun what they hope will be a transformative project to beautify YLP in a new, more natural, and less water-dependent way.

The Hunchback of YLP:

The Hunchback of YLP:

Standing or flying, black-crowned night herons keep their head tucked in, which gives them a hunchback appearance.

Oakhurst Hwy 41 project

Oakhurst Hwy 41 project

SierraNewsOnline: A major construction project will impact traffic along Oakhurst’s main artery — Highway 41.

Valentines for WWII vet

Valentines for WWII vet

A World War II veteran, age 104, is asking for a few cards and letters to be sent his way this Valentine’s Day.

Wheeler’s 2020 priorities

Wheeler’s 2020 priorities

SierraNewsOnline: District 5 Supervisor Tom Wheeler thinks 2020 is going to be “another up year” for eastern Madera County.

New YLOA rules OK’d

New YLOA rules OK’d

The YLOA Board of Directors on Sunday, Dec. 29, approved new Membership Meeting and Voting Rules to comply with new California law…

The bluebird

The bluebird

Bluebirds have long been celebrated as a symbol of renewal, prosperity, and happiness…

YSPUC budget for 2020

YSPUC budget for 2020

The Yosemite Spring Park Utility Co. Board of Directors meeting on on Dec. 29 approved a new budget for 2020. Read the overview and view the budget…

Diving into YLP’s water

Diving into YLP’s water

Did you know that, a few weeks ago, we had men swimming around inside YLP’s many water tanks?

Group hike Dec. 14

Group hike Dec. 14

Everyone’s invited to join the Trails and Recreation Committee’s next group hike on Saturday, Dec. 14.

Talking turkey

Talking turkey

THE BIRD MAN: We’re gonna talk turkey. Wild turkey, actually…

Voice or no voice?

Voice or no voice?

About the Voting Proxy form and the need to update our bylaws/DORs …

The secret world of the phainopepla

The secret world of the phainopepla

THE BIRD MAN: The first time I saw a phainopepla, I was with an Audubon outing in the Coachella Valley, outside of Palm Springs…

Roofin’ the stalls

Roofin’ the stalls

YLOA’s Maintenance employees work last week on new, badly needed roofing for the Equestrian Center stalls…

Trail clearing

Trail clearing

The Trails and Recreation Committee volunteers were hard at work Oct. 24…