A Mess In Mesa

While this blogger continues to be hypercritical of uninformed reporters, sometimes they actually do get it right when it comes to rogue HOAs.

At the links listed below, reporters and anchors with the ABC affiliate in Mesa, Arizona, knew how to ask the right questions and expose the contemptible HOA president of the Superstition Lakes Condos.

Seems that president Michael Cassady has asked his treasurer for lots of unusual ‘reimbursements’ supposedly for HOA board meetings. Things like vodka. Laundry detergents. Big restaurant bills. More liquor. In two years, $38,000 worth.

Then there’s the reimbursement for nearly six hundred dollars for ‘gate repairs’. But officials with the company listed on the receipt says they never repaired any gates for Cassady or the Homeowners Association.

This kind of thing goes on in HOAs across the country. And HOA board officers continue to insist that homeowners do not have the right to see the books and discover how their mandatory dues are being spent.

That’s what’s so beautiful about a society with a free press. Once in a while it can pry open some secrets.


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Ward Lucas is a longtime investigative journalist and television news anchor. He has won more than 70 national and regional awards for Excellence in Journalism, Creative Writing and community involvement. His new book, "Neighbors At War: the Creepy Case Against Your Homeowners Association," is now available for purchase. In it, he discusses the American homeowners association movement, from its racist origins, to its transformation into a lucrative money machine for the nation's legal industry. From scams to outright violence to foreclosures and neighborhood collapses across the country, the reader will find this book enormously compelling and a necessary read for every homeowner. Knowledge is self-defense. No homeowner contemplating life in an HOA should neglect reading this book. No HOA board officer should overlook this examination of the pitfalls in HOA management. And no lawyer representing either side in an HOA dispute should gloss over what homeowners are saying or believing about the lawsuit industry.

2 thoughts on “A Mess In Mesa

  1. Nila

    Let’s see…38K in two years=19K per year with one meeting per month =$1,583.33 per meeting. Meetings probably last three hours =$527.77 per hour. Not too shabby for a part-time volunteer position. Now, it makes sense why these board members fight like pit bulls when some brave and daring homeowner tries to expose them or throw them out of office!

    Makes me wonder exactly how many sports cars, yachts, summer homes and extravagant vacations have been funded by HOA members for board members? Just before he dropped dead during an investigation in my HOA, our president purchased two places in California. And, oh yes, he was running for the board out there, too!

  2. Dave Russell

    Arizona Homeowners most defiantly have the right to see the financials….its the LAW!

    Arizona Revised Statute 33-1258. Association financial and other records; applicability
    A. Except as provided in subsection B of this section, all financial and other records of the association shall be made reasonably available for examination by any member or any person designated by the member in writing as the member’s representative.

    Remember this Arizona Law folks…you know… when your HOA says “we don’t have to show you our financial records!” I hope they have a nice room for Mr. Cassady in the Maricopa County, Tent City Jail!


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