General Announcements, Notices & Public Safety

This Week in Nellie Gail Ranch

From the Week ending January 13, 2023

CC&R Amendment Ballot

Seeking Ballot Collectors

We are seeking homeowner volunteers who may be willing to assist with a door-to-door effort to gather ballots from homeowners to help achieve the 75% threshold needed to adopt the proposed CC&R amendments. The amendment will require 1,055 “APPROVE” votes to pass. As of this Friday we have received 532 ballots leaving us well short of the required number. Additionally, we will not know the tally of the vote count (“APPROVE” and “DISAPPROVE”) on those submitted ballots until they are opened by the Inspector of Election. We will likely need in excess of 1,100 returned ballots to have a chance of passing the amendment.
Ballots are scheduled to be opened and counted February 7th. If we do not have a sufficient number of submitted ballots then we can reconvene to March 7th. The only chance we believe we have of achieving the number of ballots required to pass the amendment is to have volunteers go door to door to collect ballots from homeowners who have not yet voted. The thought is we would issue 10-20 ballots to each owner who confirms a willingness to solicit ballots from neighbors.
Please confirm if you are willing to solicit ballots from your neighbors. We are refining a process for issuing ballots to volunteers and will provide additional information regarding the process to those who reply to this e-mail.
Thank you for considering this opportunity to have a positive impact on this amendment voting process!Please confirm with us via the following link at your earliest opportunity.

CC&R Amendment Restricting Short Term Rentals

I need a Replacement Ballot

If you have not yet submitted a ballot and you misplaced yours please request a replacement ballot to be mailed to you via the following link:

Equestrian Center Event – Tack Shop & Swap

Criminal Activity in Nellie Gail Ranch

Please join us for the Crime Prevention Workshop

There have been several instances this month of theft of packages and decorations from home entries. We have also had several burglaries so it is more important than ever that we look out for each other. Look for suspicious vehicles and report them to the OC Sheriff at 949-770-6011. Know your neighbors phone numbers so you can call them if you see “vendors” who may not be their actual service providers.

Next Board Meeting

Below is a link to the agenda for the Tuesday, January 17th meeting at 7:30pm located at the Association Clubhouse. Click the button to view the agenda. Contact with any questions.

This Week in Nellie Gail Ranch

From the Week ending January 6, 2023

Trails Closed Due to Wet Conditions

All trails will remain closed to vehicles all weekend due to saturation and with expected rain next week will likely remain closed through next weekend as well. Please do not schedule feed or hay deliveries while the trails are wet. Every year we get one or two drivers who think they can beat the odds and it turns into an ordeal to offload and wait for the trails to dry enough to send out a rescue.

Ballot Collection Update Regarding

CC&R Amendment Restricting Short Term Rentals

To date we have received 519 valid returned ballots. Our goal is to receive a minimum of 1,100 before ballots are counted February 7th so we are a little over 47% of the way there. Please return your ballot at your earliest opportunity. If you need a replacement ballot please contact our office at Remember, a non-vote is essentially a vote in favor of allowing short term rentals to continue unabated.

January 2023 Pony Express Magazine

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This Week in Nellie Gail Ranch

From the week ending December 16, 2022

Snow Day at Gallup Park

Holiday Home Decorating Contestants Map

Thank you to our registered Holiday Lighting contestants and to all Nellie Gail Ranch neighbors who decorated and made our community so festive again this year! Take a drive this weekend and check out all of the homes entered in the contest! Click the button below for the Site map and list of addresses. Winners will be posted Monday but all reflect the spirit of the holidays and are well worth seeing!

Ballot Collection Update Regarding

CC&R Amendment Restricting Short Term Rentals

To date we have received 465 valid returned ballots. Our goal is to receive a minimum of 1,100 before ballots are counted February 7th so we are a little over 40% of the way there. Please return your ballot at your earliest opportunity. If you need a replacement ballot please contact our office at Remember, a non-vote is essentially a vote in favor of allowing short term rentals to continue unabated.

Join us for our Monday Night Football at The Watering Hole as the Rams take on the Packers Monday, December 19th!

This Week in Nellie Gail Ranch

From the week ending December 2, 2022

December Pony Express

The new Pony Express magazine is available now! The issue includes our upcoming December events, informative articles and home security safety tips.

December Events

Nellie Gail Ranch is excited to host the below events for the month of December. Enjoy our Snow Day event, Santa and Mrs. Claus event and our Holiday Home Decorating Contest. Click on the event photo to learn more.

Equestrian Center Crossing

Proposed Speed Table Petition Results

At the request of Nellie Gail Ranch, the City distributed a petition on November 7th to homes in proximity to the Nellie Gail Road Equestrian Center entry. The petition proposed installation of a speed table to slow traffic at this location. The November 30th deadline for submitting the speed table petition has passed. The city reports it mailed 172 petitions and 25 petitions in favor of a speed table were returned. The city required a minimum of 115 petitions to reach the 67% threshold for approval.

While the speed table is no longer a proposed solution at the Equestrian Center entry, we did receive some enhancement this past year as the City installed additional flashing lights at the crossing median and added additional street markings to better identify two crossings.

We continue to ask homeowners to have heightened awareness of all Equestrian Crossings in Nellie Gail Ranch. Horses are flight animals and subject to startling. When horses are in view it is important to pass slowly, and when crossing, to stop well in front of the crossing.

Thank you to all who participated in the speed table survey, the petition and at the city level.

CC&R Amendment Ballot

Please return your ballot today and make your voice heard. A non-vote is effectively a vote in favor of short-term weekend rentals and the associated use of Nellie Gail Ranch homes for recreational events. This is your best opportunity to take constructive control over the issue of short-term rentals and their associated nuisance to the immediate neighbors.

Join us for our Monday Night Football at The Watering Hole.

Enjoy crafted drinks and delicious eats as the New Orleans Saints take on Tampa Bay Buccaneers Monday December 5th!

The Watering Hole Gift Cards

Gift Cards are now available at The Watering Hole (any amount) for purchase. Just in time for Christmas!

Next Board Meeting

There will be no board meeting the month of December. The next board meeting is scheduled for January 17, 2023. Contact the association office for more information.

December Pony Express Magazine

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November Pony Express Magazine

This Week in Nellie Gail Ranch

From the week ending October 14, 2022

Home Alarm System Review

Roofs eventually leak, appliances need replacing, carpet becomes worn. These are all things we become aware of and fix or replace when they don’t work or don’t look as nice as they used to. Your home alarm system may not give you the same warning as a leaky roof that it is time to replace. And since you can’t “see” your alarm system you may not worry as much about worn components or old technology. In fact, you might have just stopped using it.

Now is not the time to become complacent. Crime in Orange County is on the rise and Nellie Gail Ranch, with its proximity to the freeway and relative affluence, is a target for crimes of convenience. Please take time now to review your alarm system. Maybe it is time to replace or maybe just add new layers of protection. If you alarmed your first story, consider adding a second story alarm. Or maybe you alarmed all doors and now you can add glass-break detectors to windows. Or maybe you just stopped setting the alarm when leaving for an early evening dinner. Early evening while you are away is prime time for thieves and one of the most important times to use your alarm system.

Time spent this weekend reviewing your alarm system will be time well spent!

Are you looking for our delicious menu items or our refreshing drink menu? Look no further, you can now view the food and drink menu’s online on our website by clicking the button below. Food and drink Specials coming soon!

Next Board Meeting

Below is a link to the agenda for the Tuesday, October 18th meeting at 7:30pm located at the Association Clubhouse. Click the button to view the agenda. Contact with any questions.

This Week in Nellie Gail Ranch

From the Week ending October 7, 2022

Wine & Design – October 20th 5:00 p.m

Are you thinking about, or in the process of drawing up plans for a home improvement project? Our consulting architect will be on site Thursday, October 20th from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. to help homeowners with plan submittal conformity with the NGR Architectural Guidelines & CC&Rs. We will not be taking the place of your architect in design and aesthetic guidance, but we will assist in brief 10-15 minute sessions with you, and your architect if you wish, to provide counseling on the submittal requirements including but not limited to the following:
• What is required for an Accessory Dwelling Unit?
• What can and can’t be located in proximity to the Equestrian Easement?
• What drainage may be required based on your proposed improvements?
• What material samples should be included with the submittal?
• What are the setbacks for your property?
• What is the maximum permitted height of the structure?
• Is a survey required?
• What level of detail needs to be on the plans for your specific improvements?
• What screening may be required to soften hardscape elements like solar panels, retaining walls and sport courts?
Please call the Association office at 949-425-1477 for an RSVP 10-15 minute appointment at The Watering Hole Multi-Purpose Room on Thursday, October 20th from 5 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. You may attend with your plans, or ideas, and your wish list! The goal of this new program is to improve the homeowner experience with the review process and increase the number of 1st review approvals. Your appointment comes with a complimentary glass of wine.

Gallup Park • Playground Sub-Committee Volunteers Wanted!

We are considering replacement of the playground equipment at Gallup Park and are seeking parents who have an interest in helping select new equipment. Please complete the application by clicking on the button below and e-mail the completed form to if you have an interest in participating. Please return by November 7, 2022.

There are three active investigations for reported burglaries in Nellie Gail Ranch that occurred this past week. Two are on the North side of Oso and one on the South. We have asked OCSD if they believe the three are connected in any way and they have advised the three are in active investigation and they have no additional information they can release. OCSD recommends homeowner sign up for crime alerts on This website accurately depicts all reported crimes in the area. It is easy to sign up, you enter your address and e-mail and identify which categories of crimes you want to receive e-mail alerts for.

Click the button below to view some tips and precautions provided by the OCSD.

No bikes of any type are permitted on the trails. It’s not just a rule for the sake of having a rule. Our community is an equestrian community and horses and bikes do not mix safely. Horses are flight animals and speeding bikes appear to horses to be predators. The easements our homeowners have over their properties are easements for equestrian purposes, not easements for every conceivable sport. Bicycles from Stingrays to E-Bikes and everything in-between are not permitted on trails.

October Pony Express Magazine

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