This Week in Nellie Gail Ranch | March 18, 2022

From The Week Ending March 18, 2022

Tennis & Swim Club Parking Lot Closure

The NGROA parking lot paving project will require the entire parking lot to be closed all day Thursday & Friday, March 24 & 25 and half day SaturdayMarch 26, 2022. The project consists of repairs, repaving and striping the entire parking lot. There will be no vehicle access to the Association, Tennis & Swim Center parking lot during this time. Temporary parking will be available on Empty Saddle Drive. The parking lot will re-open Saturday, March 26, 2022 at 1:00pm. Please contact the Association office at 949-425-1477 with any inquiries or concerns. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Crime Prevention Workshop

The Crime prevention Workshop was held Wednesday, March 16, 2022 at the Association Clubhouse. Approximately 40 members were in attendance. The meeting was led by Alyssa Rabas, Laguna Hills Crime Prevention Specialist. In addition, two OC Sheriff Deputies assigned to Laguna Hills were in attendance for a Q&A session with residents. The below link is a Crime Prevention handout provided at the meeting. Alyssa and the two attending sherrif’s stressed the following:

Anyone who see suspicious activity should immediately call Sheriff dispatch. Be prepared to provide a detailed description of why the activity is suspicious. To the extent possible provide the make, model and color of any vehicle involved. If the report is regarding a person or persons provide a description including height, build, identifying features, color and clothes.

Effective deterrents include the following:

  1. Cameras on homes
  2. Alarm systems (when armed)
  3. Dogs

Additional Resources:

OC Sheriff Blotter –

Alert OC – to receive alerts via phone for large incidents e.g., earthquakes, tsunami warnings –

For information on starting a Neighborhood Watch Program on your street, please contact Alyssa Rabas, OC Sheriff Crime Prevention Specialist at 949-707-2641 or email

OCSD’s Crime Mapping Program

Residents of Laguna Hills have the ability to better track public safety issues in their neighborhoods with the OCSD software program, CrimeMapping, which allows anyone to monitor and analyze criminal activity. More specifically, CrimeMapping allows residents to search for 15 types of crime by address, landmark, or zip code. In addition, residents can also sign up for custom-designed alerts, as well as create reports to easily analyze criminal activity near homes, schools, or businesses. The crime data reported on the mobile-friendly application is pulled directly from crimes reported to the Orange County Sheriff’s Department and is updated every 24 hours. Although the data is preliminary, the CrimeMapping program provides the public with important and timely information, which will increase awareness of criminal activity and promote safer communities.

Laguna Hills residents can sign up for CrimeMapping alerts through the Orange County Sheriff’s Department website at

Solicitation for Board Candidates

The Association is soliciting candidates for the upcoming 2022 Board of Directors election to be held on Wednesday, June 1, 2022. Candidate applications must be received by the Association by March 24, 2022 to be nominated and listed on the pre-ballot notice that will be posted prior to April 1, 2022. The pre-ballot notice will include all names that will be included on the ballot to be mailed by April 30, 2022. Candidates whose nominations are received after March 24, 2022 may still run for election but will not be included on the ballot.

1. Subject to Civil Code §5105, all Candidates for the Board must meet the following qualifications:

a. The Candidate must be an Owner. If title to a separate interest is held by a legal entity, such entity may appoint a natural person to serve or vote on such entity’s behalf by delivering evidence of an appropriate written appointment to the Association;

b. The Candidate must be current in the payment of all regular and special assessments. For the purposes of these election rules, “current” means no regular or special assessment is past due by more than thirty (30) days, or such period of time as is specifically defined in the Association’s collection policy;

c. The Candidate may not hold a joint ownership interest in the same separate interest as any other candidate or incumbent director; and

d. The Candidate is not eligible to run if the Association is aware or becomes aware of a past criminal conviction that would, if the Candidate were elected, either prevent the Association from purchasing the fidelity bond coverage required by Civil Code §5806 or terminate the Association’s existing fidelity bond coverage.

Additional information regarding the Associations Election Rules and Procedures is provided in the Nellie Gail Ranch Owners Association Election Rules adopted November 19, 2019 and are available on-line at or by request to

Revised Election Rules

Revised Election Rules Adopted March 15, 2022

The attached Election Rules were adopted by the Board effective March 15, 2022. The revisions confirm that a Candidate Registration list will be maintained and that election records will be maintained as an association record for such period as required by law. Both revisions make the Election Rules compliant with new California Civil Code.

Fitness Classes

Holiday Hours

The Nellie Gail Ranch Owners Association office will be closed Thursday, December 24th, Christmas Eve, and Friday, December 25th, Christmas Day.

The Tennis & Swim Club will close at 12 noon Thursday, December 24th, and all-day Christmas Day, Friday, December 25th. The Club will be open on Saturday, December 26, 2020, normal hours, from 6:00 am to dusk.

Nellie Gail Ranch Facilities Impacted by Regional Stay-at-Home Order

Consistent with the state Regional Stay-at-Home Order we have regretfully closed Nellie Gail Ranch playgrounds effective today. Nellie Gail Ranch parks and trails remain open for use subject to physical distancing requirements and no gatherings with members other than their own household.

The Equestrian Center and Recreation Center remain open as an outdoor recreational facility for the purpose of facilitating personal health through physically distanced outdoor exercise.

The press release may be viewed at the following link:

Revised Recreation Center Hours for Curfew and Holiday

The Recreation Center will be closing at 9:30 p.m. Monday through Friday consistent with the California Department of Public Health Curfew in order to ensure our guests and staff are able to be out prior to 10:00 p.m.

Our Holiday Hours for Thanksgiving week are closed on Thanksgiving Day and open Friday, 11/27 from 6:00 am – 9:30 pm. The Associations Office will be closed on Thanksgiving Day and Friday.

Congratulations to Nellie Gail Ranch Tennis Club members, Mary and Maggie Brascia.

Congratulations to Nellie Gail Ranch Tennis Club members, Mary and Maggie Brascia. The Brascia sisters have been taking the pickleball world by storm since taking the game up this Spring. They recently won the 5.0 women’s doubles division at the PPA Championship in Las Vegas and took third place in their first professional event in Newport Beach earlier this month.
Mary and Maggie started playing tennis as juniors here at Nellie Gail Ranch years ago. Way to go girls!

Come Flow with Us

Introducing DP Yoga at Nellie Gail Ranch Tennis Club! DP Tennis Academy is excited to now be offering yoga classes to yogis of all ages and abilities, every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, with our newly appointed instructor Debbie Watkins.

Debbie will be running two daily classes at 6:45 AM and 8 AM starting October 19th, so come and join us on the pickleball courts for a 60-minute outdoor yoga flow and start your day right.

Book Now

To reserve your spot in class, please follow the booking link above or contact us at (949) 302-8281.

Drop-in rates for class are $18/hr with discounts available for package bookings. 

Tennis & Swim Center Hours and Guest Use

Effective Monday, September 21, 2020, the Tennis and Swim Center will return to normal business hours, Monday – Friday 6:00 am to 10:00 pm. Saturday and Sunday 6:00 am – dusk. Member guests will also be allowed for Tennis & Swim only. Pickleball is currently at capacity and will not be allowed guests at this time. Guest fees for Tennis during peak hours (8:00 am – 12noon / 3:30 pm – 10:00 pm) is $10 and $5 for all other hours. Swim guest fee is $3 person all day.

Pickleball Drop-In Play Schedule Begins Saturday, September 19, 2020

The Tennis Center will begin to allow drop-in pickleball play beginning Saturday, September 19, 2020, in accordance with the following:

  • Designated drop-in play 4 mornings per week 9:00 am to 12 noon – The morning drop-in play days will be Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday & Sunday.
  • Designated drop-in play 3 evenings per week 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm – The evening drop-in play days will be Monday, Wednesday & Friday.
  • Each drop-in day will be open to 48 members on a call-in basis 48 hours in advance to reserve a space for rotating gameplay.
  • All drop-In players must wear masks while sidelined and must adhere to physical distancing standards.
  • 32 players on court and 16 players waiting to rotate in for play.
  • Members may reserve a spot for themselves and anyone else sharing their membership. (couples & family membership)
  • To reserve a drop-in play space, please call the Tennis Desk beginning at 7:30 am at 949-831-6660.

Please note: All other times, courts may be reserved on the Kourts App 4 days in advance.Drop-in play procedures will be outlined and sent out early next week.

Pickleball Court Retaining Wall Repairs Complete

We have completed repairs to the top course of cinderblock and stucco cap on the pickleball court retaining walls. All walls have been painted and courts are again ready for play. Thank you to our patient Pickleball Club Members who shared court time with the construction crews these past three weeks. This project benefitting Nellie Gail Ranch Owners Association was wholly funded by Tennis Club Membership fees.