Presidents Corner 01.16.24

It is hoped you have enjoyed the holiday season, making pleasant memories with family and friends.  My family’s holidays were filled with several local activities as well as visiting our daughters in Temecula.  I once again am honored to have served as president of the South Shores Community Association (SSCA) and want to say “thank you.” It’s a true honor and privilege to do so.  

The holiday lighting contest has stimulated South Shore residents to an unbelievable number of participants.  Each of the last three years, additional homes have joined the contest with amazing and creative presentations and displays of holiday spirit. Winners were recognized with prizes the week of 01.15.    

I also want to thank ALL of you who helped make 2023 a record membership year, with hopes and visions to exceed the present membership.  Our progressive 2023 activities have brought to South Shores several new activities that include “National Night Out”, Neighborhood Meet & Greet, and two Cocoa in the Cul-de-Sacs (one with a ‘fly over” of the International Space Station).  These events were attended by Councilman McOsker, and some by LA Supervisor Janice Hahn, LAPD SLO Melody Shortle and the LAFD.  

This 2024 “The Year of the Dragon” we plan on adding several new and exciting events for the South Shores Community, introducing and hosting activities for the entire family.   

Two new members to your board, include Brian Ward and Erin Sato, whose focus and contribution included the items mentioned above.  The next meeting of the Sociables, is scheduled for February, weather permitting, Sidewalk Brigade has resumed designated area “clean up” on Western Ave. and Cumbre & Mantis.  This year’s Welcome Wagon has produced 40 new members so thank you and welcome new neighbors.  The yearly CyberWatch data continues to show South Shores is a safe place to live, the one exception is car break ins, be diligent and careful.       

Put on your calendar the SSCA Annual Business meeting, scheduled for Tuesday evening March 19th at the Elks Lodge 966.  Notable invitees (schedules permitting) Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi, LA Supervisor Janice Hahn and Councilman Tim McOsker.   

The controversial Starbucks project is still awaiting a hearing before the City Zoning Administrator and application surveys.  Please see our website for updates, as they are received.    

Again, as with all communications, visit our website as well as the United Neighbor’s portal for continued updates regarding the many zoning issues that are being discussed in Sacramento and Los Angeles.  

Invoices have been mailed and emailed to existing members and the neighbors at large with hopes of continuing to add membership.  The 2024 dues/donations are due April 07th.  Please keep in mind that as we continue to grow, neighbors are encouraged to join our Board, in hopes of providing new ideas, courteous and polite dissatisfaction with our current direction or purpose, with alternate suggestions and recommendations that will be vetted and discussed.               

As previously stated, as we move forward into 2024 and beyond, our primary communication vehicle will be emails, Evites, Presidents Corner so please avail yourselves and familiarize with this “real time” means of communication.     

Membership for 2024 remains at $20.00 for the year.  The SSCA year begins January 01st, and goes on to December 31st of that ensuing year.  New members are welcome to join, or renew throughout the year however, 2024 DUES are requested by April 7st, 2024.  Please visit us on our website for additional news of your neighborhood, and at to join or renew your membership. 


Richard F. Scandaliato,
President SSCA,