Swing Set Stupidity

Some things in life are just common sense. But some of life’s biggest losers specialize in perfecting the cruel art of having no common sense. In Los Altos, California, the Toyon Farm Homeowners Association is showing the world the finely honed cruelty it can inflict on a dying child.

Five year old Weston was diagnosed with terminal lymphoma. But the little guy was determined to fight back against the disease and live. His dad told Weston if he could just get well, he would give Weston whatever he wanted as a coming home present. Young Weston said he’d really like a swing set. Weston’s dad had it installed and waiting for the child’s miracle homecoming.

But the geezers who run the Toyon Farm Owners Association decided in their infinite wisdom that no accommodations could be made for a child, even one with a terminal disease. They told Weston’s dad the swing set was illegal and had to be removed immediately. Otherwise they would assess fines, lawsuits, a foreclosure and seizure of the boy’s home.

Nice work.


The lawn Nazis at the Toyon Farm Owners Association were unrelenting. They wouldn’t even give the family a hearing. There was no middle ground, no court of last appeal. Get rid of the swingset or join the ranks of the homeless.

What do these geezers talk about during dinner after the board meeting? “Well, Honey, I kept another gimp out of the neighborhood today.”

Those of you keeping track, add one more HOA to your DO NOT BUY list. The Toyon Farm Owners Association.

It’s just market forces at work.

(click here for ABC story on the family)


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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.

4 thoughts on “Swing Set Stupidity

  1. Nila Ridings

    Clearly, Weston has a father and grandfather who love him dearly and will do anything to brighten his days. In spite of all the harassment from the HOA his Grandpa is still willing to contribute money for a community playground. This family is NOT cut out for HOA life. They are too kind, innocent, and full of love for survival in an HOA. I hope they can move elsewhere before this heartless place destroys them.

  2. Dave Russell

    Absolutely deplorable! The Toyon Farm Owners Association has my vote for HOA Nazi’s of the year. I think some of us should give them a call and let them know how despicable they truly are.

  3. Nila Ridings

    Good idea! Here’s their contact information for those who wish to express how they feel about the heartlessness of this HOA and the way it handles little kids with serious illnesses.

    If you are not a Homeowner, but still need to reach Community Management Services Inc., (Toyon Farm HOA) please call 408-559-1977 or email cs@communitymanagement.com

  4. Dave Russell

    I have made my call and sent my email. Nila, thanks for the contact info, I’ve been spreading the message with others 🙂


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