Long-time readers of this blog know that the most corrupt Homeowners Associations in the country are in Nevada. We know that from the 41 or more organized crime racketeering convictions earlier this year in Las Vegas. Just as I predicted, despite the tens of millions of dollars in losses all but one of these HOA mobsters got less than 18 months in federal prison.
That being said, there are some shining lights of honesty in that area. Dr. Gary Solomon, Jonathan Friedrich, Colonel Robert Franks among others. Sadly, the corruption is so rife within the Homeowners Association movement that the system works hard to stomp out those who sacrifice to help others.
Egads, I thought white collar organized crime figures averaged at least 18 months in prison. Now I’m the one who looks totally stupid. My deepest apologies to those of you I unintentionally deceived.
But Federal Judge Mahan in Las Vegas keeps handing down kindergarten sentences to the organized crime figures who stole millions and millions of dollars from Las Vegas homeowners. Kindergarten sentences: You know, “Go stand in the corner for ten minutes, Billie. You’re a bad, bad boy!”
A Response To Her Recent Attack On Jonathan Friedrich
guest blog by Jonathan Friedrich
Ms Holland presumes she is the ”Queen Bee” of all community managers in the Las Vegas area.
First a few facts about Ms. Holland:
The column that she posts each week in the Review Journal SHE PAYS FOR. She is not a columnist working for the newspaper. If you observe near the very top of the page under the “Real Estate” banner the words “promotional section” are printed. This is another way of saying this is an advertisement!
This is shameful.
No state in the union has suffered more from HOA abuse than homeowners in Nevada. No homeowners have been financially stripped and laid bare more than people in Nevada. Organized crime in so entrenched in Homeowners Associations in that state that many people in HOAs have lost up to 90 per in value in their homes. But when Organized Crime sees a chance to put OPM (other peoples money) into their pockets, there’s not much that will hold them back.
guest blog by Nila Ridings
The new year is not off to a good start for Ewing Township, Dallas, Branson, and Boulder. Condo fires have left them with injured firefighters, displaced residents, and causes unknown.
It is time to discuss fire safety in your home, condo, townhouse, or any other abode.
1 ) Do you own fire extinguishers?
2 ) Do you know how to use them?
3 ) Are they stored with fast/easy access?
4 ) Have they been checked by you or professionals? (see the video in the link below)
5 ) Do you have working smoke alarms with good batteries? Are they tested monthly?
6 ) When house guests visit do you show them where the fire extinguisher nearest their room is located?
7 ) Do you move the BBQ grill away from flammable surfaces and keep an extinguisher nearby? (see link below for helpful hints)
8 ) When you stay in hotels do you make a note of where the fire alarm is and how many doors you are from the stairwell exit?
9 ) Do you know to NEVER throw water on a grease fire? Use flour, baking soda, or smother the fire with a towel.
People who do not have a fire extinguisher or know how to use one panic at the sight of smoke or flames. It’s best to know how to fight the fire than to run around screaming. Or grab your cell phone and start filming as some of these condo residents have done.
Many local fire departments will come out and change smoke detector batteries for you. Check with yours if you need some help.
Last but not least, the link below offers information on buying an insurance policy for your condo. There is a difference between condo and homeowners insurance policies.
In attached housing we can quickly become victims if our neighbors lack concern for safety. Who knows what chemicals they may be storing? Or how often they fall asleep with a lit cigarette. Which ones leave their laptop computer on their bed all day which can cause the battery to ignite? Lest we forget the ones that have saved newspapers and magazines since 1962 and then stack them to the ceiling.
With all this risk for fire it would make sense that sprinkler systems should have been mandatory to obtain building permits! Oh wait…THAT would have taken money out of the developers’ pockets and raised the sales cost on the units.
Money versus Safety. Money always wins.
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