Locking the gates and securing the OVF sheds is one of the most important community service jobs at Ocean View Farms.
If you cannot honor your commitment to close the gates, it is up to you to find a replacement and it must be a garden member. Once you have a replacement, it is your responsibility to contact the Gate Closing Monitor, with the replacement's first and last name, phone number and plot number. There is an emergency backup list of members willing to cover these situations posted in the main shed.
If it is your first time closing gates, you may want to come to the garden and ask the member on duty to show you how to perform the various tasks during his or her tour.
If a garden member gives you trouble on leaving try to get his or her name, plot number or a description of their vehicle and report this to the Gate Closing Monitor. Members will receive a citation from either the Gardenmaster or Chair for refusing to leave in a prompt manner when notified by the Gate Closer. Please avoid confrontations.
During Little League season (February - June), but particularly early in the season before the daylight savings time change, there may be volunteers working after sunset. Once the garden is secure, find a responsible Little League volunteer (usually someone in the snack bar) and ensure they will lock the driveway gate, also be sure to get the name of the person you spoke to. As a Gate Closer you may leave at this time. Please make sure that the lock on the driveway gate is unlocked before you leave.
The City of Los Angeles occasionally allows film crews to use the parking facilities on the property. In the event a film crew is staying after sunset, once the garden is secure, notify the security guard, or another person in charge and ensure they will lock the driveway gate when they leave. As a gate closer you may leave at this time. Please make sure that the lock on the driveway gate is unlocked before you leave.
Little League volunteers or film crews may be staying after sunset. THIS DOES NOT GIVE PERMISSION for OVF members to do the same!