Roseville CA Neighborhood Associations Make a Big Difference
Roseville CA is a great town with low crime, friendly police officers, and a pro-active city government that loves including citizens in the loop. One of the many ways they do this is through RCONA – the Roseville Coalition of Neighborhood Associations.
The whole city of Roseville CA is divided into over 35 associations. These are not the same as a Home Owner’s Association (HOA).
HOAs are NOT the Same as Neighborhood Associations
Investopedia defines a home owners association as “an organization in a subdivision, planned community or condominium that makes and enforces rules for the properties in its jurisdiction. HOAs also collect monthly or annual dues to pay for upkeep of common areas like parks, tennis courts, elevators and swimming pools and can levy special assessments on homeowners when the association lacks sufficient reserves to pay for unexpected repairs.” Your individual subdivision usually has the “rules” set up for a home owners association in the CC&Rs (Covenants, Codes, and Restrictions). Not all neighborhood subdivisions have active associations. Regardless, those are to monitor how you maintain your property as well as community property. Some examples in Roseville of subdivisions with an HOA would include gated communities (your dues help maintain the gating, etc.), condos with swimming pools, 55+ retirement home communities like Del Webb Sun City and The Club at Westpark (your dues help maintain the area, help pay for pools, and more), etc. HOA boards can actually make rules and penalize those who don’t obey them – such as painting your home the wrong color or not maintaining your property appropriately. While there are definitely pros and cons to them, I must say, overall they work hard to keep your subdivision nice and your home values high.
Roseville Coalition of Neighborhood Associations – RCONA
Roseville Neighborhood Associations, under the umbrella of RCONA (and many other cities including Sacramento), are VERY different. These are pre-set areas in the city, (click here to see a map) about half of which are currently active, run by volunteers. Per the city’s website, “The mission of RCONA is: “To improve the social, physical, and economic health in the Roseville community by sharing information, facilitating training and education, providing resources, and encouraging communication and participation among neighbors, neighborhoods, government, businesses and other participants.”
Active Roseville Neighborhood Associations meet 3-12 times per year. There are almost always police officers and often other city personnel who attend the meetings who share crime trends, protection ideas, and brain-storming with neighbors with the goal of safer neighbors and neighborhoods working together to share information, get to know neighbors better, and bring a small town feel to a big city. “Neighborhood organizations help keep our community safe, clean, and healthy.” They often instigate fun activities as well. RCONA is the parent volunteer group over all the individual neighborhood associations and they organize big activities throughout the year in Roseville, using volunteer helpers from the various active associations. Some of those include Movies in the Park and Santa in the Park, which I frequently share at my Facebook page – Roseville California Joys. You’ll often see our smiling faces (yes, I love volunteering in local neighborhood associations and with RCONA 😉 ) manning a booth at various city activities as well. My fave last year was helping at the Harvest / Halloween Downtown Festival. Tons of fun and I thoroughly enjoyed seeing old friends and making new friends that night. The better we get to know our police and city personnel, along with neighbors in our area and the bigger area of Roseville itself, the safer our city is. Neighborhood Associations are definitely win-win groups!
Roseville CA Police Officer’s Tips
At the last few meetings I’ve attended for both the Roseville Neighborhood Associations I help with and for RCONA itself, the police officers have kept reminding us that we could probably eliminate 1/2 of Roseville’s crime issues – making us even safer – just by keeping garage doors shut when we’re not in the garage, keeping items in the car out of site (even unimportant items may seem important to a petty thief looking for a quick and easy way to make a couple of bucks), and locking our car doors – even if it’s just for a few minutes.
One officer shared two stories that had just happened that week. In both cases, the drivers had run into a house for 10-15 minutes. They didn’t lock their car doors. When they came back out, purses, wallets, and briefcases were all gone! That’s the kind of info that is useful, practical and easy to put into practice. I even had to remind myself of the locked cars policy the other day while running into a friend’s house for 5 minutes. I almost left it unlocked but those sweet police officers have really gotten my attention, so I took the couple of seconds to lock my car and wasn’t worried when my 5 minute visit lasted longer.
One more quick tip from recent Roseville neighborhood association meetings. 1990’s Hondas are apparently REALLLLLLY easy to steal. Apparently the key is incredibly easy to make dummies that work. So they are the popular theft item right now. I can understand it. We had a couple of 90s Honda accords for years and loved them! If I had one now, I’d be even more careful to keep it in the garage or block it in with another car if possible.
Keeping Sweet Roseville CA Sweet
Simple little tips like these can go a long way to keeping us – and our neighborhoods – and our great city of Roseville CA safer and more pleasant. And getting involved in one of the Roseville neighborhood associations by coming to meetings and getting to know even more neighbors is another great way to keep our sweet town a sweet town. Click here to find your neighborhood and the meeting info. And if your area isn’t active yet, maybe you could find some friends and get it going. It can be as simple as a potluck in the park. Neighbors helping neighbors. One of my fave things, indeed.
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