We Need Their Email Addresses!

A California Homeowners Association, The Lake of the Pines HOA,  is up in arms because an old war veteran uses his garage to build furniture for military families who can’t afford to buy their own.

He’s been building and donating the furniture for a decade. He makes no profit at all. But his HOA says he’s not allowed to use any part of his property to cut wood, sand, paint, or screw. (Yes, I know I’m overlooking a fun comment about that last line, but I’m resisting the urge).

But Vietnam war veteran Dennis Kocher is facing fines of 100 to 500 bucks if he doesn’t click his boot heels together and salute these lawn Nazis. Thugs, is what they are. And I’ve got so little patience for thugs.

(link to CBS Local for more details)


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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 “We Need Their Email Addresses!

  1. robert


    Lake of the Pines is located in Nevada County, California north of the town of Auburn, off of Highway 49 at Combie Road. The Association mailing address is:

    11665 Lakeshore North
    Auburn, CA 95602
    Phone: (530) 268-1141

    web site: http://www.lop.org
    e-mails: adm@lop.org , gm@lop.org

    Note that this is the management office, and not necessarily the location of the homes themselves.

    The corporation’s registraiton information from the California Secretary of State is:

    Entity Number: C0522902
    Date Filed: 03/03/1967
    Status: ACTIVE
    Jurisdiction: CALIFORNIA
    Entity Address: 11665 LAKESHORE N
    Entity City, State, Zip: AUBURN CA 95602
    Agent for Service of Process: FRED DEAN TURNER
    Agent Address: 11665 LAKESHORE N
    Agent City, State, Zip: AUBURN CA 95602

    Fred is a CCAM — Certified Community Association Manager — which is a certification by the California Association of Community Manager (CACM). See http://www.cacm.org/what-we-offer/certification/manager-certification/ccam-certification.html

    The CC&Rs are 44 pages long


    Their “schedule of fines” is 5 pages long:


    It costs $50 to appeal a fine


    and they have their own TV Channel:


    probably run by former Государственный комитет по телевидению и радиовещанию СССР officials.

    Looking at some real estate web sites and internet forums, it appears that the H.O.A. dues are $190 – $200 per month.

    According to Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lake_of_the_Pines,_California

    In the state legislature, Lake of the Pines is in the 1st Senate District, represented by Republican Ted Gaines, and the 1st Assembly District, represented by Republican Brian Dahle.

    Federally, Lake of the Pines is in California’s 1st congressional district, represented by Republican Doug LaMalfa.

  2. JT

    California owners, please contact your senator (mine is also Gaines) and ask them to vote NO on AB 968, which would transfer costs to owners for whatever the board decides is exclusive use common area. I have contacted Gaines with concerns, and he seems willing to listen. ECHO and CAI are pushing this dangerous bill, but we have a chance to stop it. Please call or email your senator now before the Aug session begins. Thank you.

  3. Deb

    You have got to be kidding me! My Hoa allows the neighbors to rebuild cars on their driveways! Gotta love the body shop down the street with all the banging and power tools. But heaven forbid doing work for the needy is slammed. Unbelievable!


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