I would have made a rotten fiction writer. Just about the time I dreamed up the wildest possible plot, some actual news story would break that wrecked my work of fiction. And Ladies & Gents? It’s happened again and this one’s a whopper. But it’s all true.
This month, the U.S. Attorney is scheduled to go to trial in one of the biggest public corruption cases in history. Thirty crooks have already pleaded guilty. And they’ll be testifying against nine of their former friends in the HOA corruption case. Organized crime involving racketeering, money laundering, mail fraud, election fraud and about fifty other federal charges. There are even some hints about connections with a Mexican drug cartel! The bad guys are police officials, attorneys, politicians, a TV star, well-known public figures.
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Are You Kidding Me? Nevada, Are You Nutz?!?!?!?
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The Good Lord knows I love Republicans. Truth be told, I’m pretty Libertarian… stay out of my life and I’ll stay out of yours.
But this Legislator in Arizona is either smoking too strong a brand of ‘stuff’, or somebody has slipped a Haight Ashbury tab into her punch. What is she thinking? She’s now painting a legislative bull’s eye on the back of every ‘gimp’ in the state. (If you’ve read my book, Neighbors At War, you’ve read my ‘gimp story. It’s pretty outrageous.
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It is too soon to know if this massive explosion was caused by a gas leak, an improperly marked gas line, or incompetence by contractors…or any other cause. What is known is one person has lost their life in this condo explosion. Countless others are homeless or unaccounted for at this time.
A fire marshall once told me this type of situation is their worst nightmare: People in attached housing. Difficulty knowing who was in the units. And the difficulty of knowing where to begin looking for survivors. He also mentioned many HOAs have narrow streets that make it difficult to get fire trucks and equipment to the engulfed units. That is compounded by people parking vehicles on the narrow private streets which impedes the first responders’ access and delays response time.
Sadly, these owners are left with rebuilding (which I would want no part of) and making payments on a place where they cannot live. In addition, they have HOA dues to pay on a place that is totally destroyed. And their personal possessions are completely wiped out. Will they all have insurance to cover the damages? If they don’t, who pays for the rebuild? No doubt there will be lawsuits to determine the blame and while those process through the court system the owners continue to suffer.
This makes me think. If this happened in an apartment complex, victims would find a new apartment and move on to rebuilding their lives. But in a condo you’re stuck with no say in when, who, how, or if there is a rebuild. You’re faced with the payments, no place to live, and your life in turmoil and at the mercy of a group of board members to make a decision about your future living arrangement.
Lesson learned. Condo living is looking even less desirable.
My heart goes out to all of these condo owners for their suffering and loss. Sadly, they are facing some very difficult days ahead.
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I thank Ward for covering the developments at the Virginia Legislature regarding:
1) the right of HOA to fine members even though the sacrosanct CC&Rs contract does not permit them,
2) making fines the same as assessments thereby allowing for foreclosure for the nonpayment of fines, and
3) overriding the Virginia Supreme Court’s holding in Unit Owners v. Gillman (1982) that fines are a government power that cannot be delegated.
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Astute Analysis Of The Virginia HOA Debacle
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Ah, dear Rancho Santa Fe. All eyes are on ye.
What happens when a board president tries to represent homeowners in a dispute over millions of bucks going into the pockets of managers? Well, you just slap her upside the head. And toss that woman off.
According to the story linked below, Ann Boon, president of Rancho Santa Fe Homeowners Association just wanted to raise a few questions about the unusually high salaries going to HOA managers. The salaries were approved IN SECRET by a three member minority of the seven-member board. And Boon was never included in discussions of the eye-popping salaries.
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How To Dump A Homeowners Rights Activist
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