What is the Lake Sherwood Community Association?

The Lake Sherwood Community Association (LSCA) is a voluntary, community advocacy organization (not a homeowners association with restrictions and covenants) that works for residents' interests and needs.  Members come together from different neighborhoods in the Lake Sherwood area - including the original 1920's subdivisions as well as the newer Lake Sherwood neighborhoods -- to protect the unique nature and quality of life in our area.

The LSCA was founded more than 50 years ago to preserve our unique environment and advocate for the rights and needs of the citizens of our community. Time and again, we have learned that, only by banding together under the “community umbrella” of Community Association, can the needs, rights and privileges of all residents be sustained. We have been remarkably successful as a voluntary, advocacy organization that works on behalf of the interests of all residents in our community.

Because of our historic and current ties and relationships with our County Supervisor and the array of government agencies of Ventura County, we can insure that the quality of our environment, life style, security and recreational use of the Lake will be defended.  In the coming years, as the Sherwood Development Co. departs and the maintenance of the Lake and its surrounding area devolves to the Sherwood Valley Homeowners Association, we will have further challenges to meet in maintaining our rights to enjoy our unique environment.

The famous American poet, Robert Frost, wrote a telling line that is relevant to all of us who are residents of Lake Sherwood: “The land was ours before we were the land’s.”  His meaning was clear---we all need to contribute to our communities, making life better for ourselves and our neighbors if we want to feel “planted” as responsible residents sharing in our collective well-being.

 

What is the purpose of the LSCA?

  • To protect, defend and promote the rights and privileges of residents and owners of properties in the Lake Sherwood area, including maintaining our rights to docks, reserve strip, safe swimming, boating and fishing.
  • To maintain the quality and unique beauty of our environment and viewscapes.
  • To foster cooperation among residents and owners of properties at Lake Sherwood, and to preserve and enhance their special recreational advantages.
  • To encourage and cultivate social activities and neighborly relations among residents and owners of properties at Lake Sherwood. Members assist each other in a “neighborly watch” for insuring security and safety.
  • To advocate for the maintenance and quality of our lake, roads, park and other common areas plus mediating and solving problems that arise through strong relationships with our County Supervisor, the Sherwood Development Company and the Sherwood Valley Homeowners Association.

 

Who is eligible for membership in LSCA?

Membership is open to all residents of Lake Sherwood, including those who rent their homes and residents who reside in the new Sherwood Valley neighborhoods, but voting for officers and Board of Directors is limited to those who live in the “old” original subdivision that goes back 80 years. Allmembers enjoy the advocacy benefits of the Association aimed at preserving our unique life style. Membership dues are $50.00 per year. This nominal fee contributes toward producing the LSCA newsletter, distributing community information, supporting this website, and offsetting portions of the cost of community events.

 

How do I join?

If you are interested in joining LSCA, please send an e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Click << HERE >> to see details of the Membership Dues and Road Fees.  

Thank you for visiting the LSCA Public Home Page.  We hope to have you as a member of the Lake Sherwood Community Association so that we can all work together to preserve the beauty and integrity of Lake Sherwood.

 

Who is on the LSCA Board of Governance, and how do I contact them? 

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   Jerry Adams
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   Olena Snow
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   Perry Hirsch
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   Peggy Petrie
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   Leslie Martinelli
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This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   Nick Valestrino, Bob Zweigler
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   Cindi Gortner
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   Steve Sandifer
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   Debbie Tomasi
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   Olena Snow & Peggy Petrie
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   Glenn Kirtley, Russ Goodman, (Timothy Bramet)
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   Dick Hibma, Russ Goodman, Leslie Martinelli

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Membership fees ($50 / property) are billed annually in Q1 of each year.

Road fees charged annually by LSCA are as follows:
  • All private road home owners on south side of lake plus David Lane and Trentham Rd. are charged $400/year.
  • Stafford Road is maintained by the SVHOA, therefore homes in the original sections are charged $65/year.
  • Vacant lots on private roads on south side are charged $65/year
  • All homes and vacant lots on Lake Sherwood Dr. (which is a public maintained road) are charged $30/year.  The reasoning is that those owners have access to the Maid Marian Park and the only boat launching ramp via Lower Lake Road.
  Be sure to read the article on LSCA Road Maintenance Project 2021 as our last big road project to date.
 

There have been discussions to "enforce" the LSCA Road Fees payment, to be sure all residents pay their fair share for the good of our private community roads.

 

Here is a link to some info about private roads within Ventura County:     http://vcpublicworks.org:

 

And a specific Section #4 regarding maintenance responsibility...

 

https://www.vcpublicworks.org/cs/realestate/faqs/#1530651946214-b13e40f8-ca19

 

4.  Who is responsible for maintaining the private road serving my property?

Section 845 of the California Civil Code provides in part that the owner of an easement is responsible for maintaining it. If the easement is owned by more than one person, or attached to parcels of land under different ownership, the cost of maintaining it shall be shared in accordance with any agreement between the owners or, if there is no agreement, proportionately to the use made of the easement by each owner. A maintenance obligation may be enforced through civil action.

Ventura County has a site on the Internet that provides mapping services to it's community.  It is located at >>> Ventura CountyView  <<<

If you turn on Parcel Labels, you will see the County APN numbers for each lot in the area.  You can use the APN to access more information about each lot shown in the map.  Enjoy!

What is GIS?

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) is the data system capable of capturing, storing, analyzing, and displaying geographically referenced information. Geospatial information is data referenced to a place and given a set of geographic coordinates. This information can provide analysis of complex issues and challenges facing government agencies, business entities, and residential areas.

Ventura County Government uses GIS tools and geospatial information for implementing zoning ordinances, conducting a census, city, and school redistricting, mapping residential property foreclosures, monitoring transportation, and road improvements, analyzing natural hazards such as earthquake, tsunami, and wildfires.

The Lake Sherwood Community Association (LSCA) raises money for two funds, the voluntary General Fund ($50/year) and the mandatory Road Fund ($35 - $400/year depending).  The LSCA is a non-profit organization to represent the common interests of Lake Sherwood residents, and is completely transparent on the collection and spending of the money raised to help our community.  There are approximately 200 households that pay into either the General Fund, the Road Fund or both.  Note that some of the LSCA members are residents in the SVHOA community, but choose to support our efforts as well!