2020 Board of Directors Election

Welcome to the LARMAC Annual Board of Directors Election. 

LARMAC holds an annual election to fill open seats as they come up on the rotation schedule that is outlined in the community By Laws. LARMAC Board members are elected by the membership (homeowners) through the Neighborhood Representative Delegate system. We are pleased to announce that there are three (3) candidates running for two (2) open seats on the LARMAC Board of Directors.

Meet the Candidates Night - Wednesday, September 23, 7:00 pm
This year we will be holding 'Meet the Candidates Night' by Zoom.
Link: Click to log-in to Zoom
Meeting ID: 858 9648 8528
Passcode: 263296 

Candidate Statements
Learn about the three (3) candidates by clicking on the links below. 

Frank de Lima candidate statement

Matt Plaxton candidate statement

Joe Ribotto candidate statement

Ask the Candidates a Question

Submit a question for the candidates. A moderator will ask the question and allow each of the candidates to answer during the 'Meet the Candidates' night which will be recorded via Zoom and posted to LaderaLife.com for members/residents to view.

Meet the Candidates night is scheduled for one hour. The meeting will either conclude after asking all submitted questions or by 8:00 p.m. Questions will be asked in the order received. Please keep questions broad so that all candidates may answer the question. Questions directed to one just of the candidates will not be read. Questions may be rephrased or combined with other similar questions by the moderator.

Click below to complete a form with your question.

Click to Submit a Question

LARMAC's mission is to manage and maintain Ladera Ranch as one of Orange County’s premier master planned communities.

  • Maintains LARMAC landscaping, pools, clubhouses, trails, tot lots and other assets
  • Preserves the community’s well-established design and aesthetic integrity
  • Reviews home improvement plans through the Aesthetic Review Committee
  • Enforcement of Aesthetic Standards
  • Neighborhood Representatives
  • Reviews governing document infractions through the Covenant Committee
  • Enforces Community Covenants, Conditions & Restrictions (CC&Rs) and community rules

Watch your mail box.

Be on the lookout for a letter or an email from “The Inspector of Election” which contains your personal login information to vote electronically for the candidate(s) of your choice. The last day to cast your vote is October 30, 2020. Learn about the three (3) candidates by clicking on the candidate statements above.

Complete the form below to ask the candidates a question.

Key Election Dates

  • 9/21/2020 Ballots and e-voting instructions to be mailed out
  • 9/23/2020 Meet the Candidates Night at 7:00 p.m. (Zoom call will be recorded)
  • 10/30/2020 Close of balloting at 5:00 p.m.
  • 11/04/2020 LARMAC Annual Meeting of the Neighborhood Representatives and Board of Director Election

Frequently Asked Questions

1) What is the primary role of a LARMAC Board member?

  • Oversight of LARMAC property, facilities and amenities
  • Negotiating and approval of third party contracts and agreements 
  • Approval of all reserve expenses and capital improvements
  • Approving the annual operating budgets and assessments rates
  • Enforcing the governing documents 
  • Establishing and frequently updating policies, guidelines and operating rules

2) How long is the term?
LARMAC Directors serve three (3) year terms.

3) How many open positions are there for the upcoming election?
There are two (2) positions available in the upcoming election.

4) Does the developer have the ability to vote – if so, why?
Yes, as an owner of apartment units and a few remaining custom lots in Ladera Ranch, the developer (DMB Ladera) has voting rights for each unit they own. ING, who also owns apartment units, has votes as well. DMB Ladera owns 378 assessment paying apartment units and ING owns 51 assessment paying units. These owners pay monthly assessments just as homeowners do and with that comes a vote for each assessment unit owned.

5) How does the actual election process work?
Prior to homeowners having an opportunity to vote for their favorite candidate(s), candidate statements for each candidate are posted on LaderaLife.com. Shortly thereafter, an event called `Meet the Candidates Night’ takes place, all candidates will have an opportunity to introduce themselves and share a little bit about themselves, including why they are interested in serving on the LARMAC Board of Directors. All candidates will then answer questions, both predetermined and those asked by attendees. The electronic balloting process starts immediately following `Meet the Candidates Night’ and is provided to homeowners who submit their vote. On election day, all votes are tallied and certified by the neighborhood representatives. Voting results are then shared on the night of the election with winners being announced at that time. Voting results are then posted on LaderaLife the following day.   

6) When elected, when does the Director's term begin?
The term begins immediately. Following the election, the Board typically conducts a reorganization meeting to determine Board positions (e.g. President, Treasurer, etc.)

7) How does a newly elected director get up to speed on everything?
An orientation meeting is scheduled which is designed to give the incoming Board member with training tools, resources and historical information that helps the Board member get started on the right foot. It’s definitely a learning process that often times continues throughout much of the first year on the Board. Staff and fellow Board members are there to assist along the way in hopes of making it a smooth onboarding process.

8) When must questions be submitted for 'Meet the Candidates' night?
All questions for candidates must be submitted Tuesday, 9/22 by 4:00 p.m.