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La Jolla crosswalk horror story (CA)

Aavang is now suing the City of San Diego, the driver, as well as a nearby homeowners’ association for failing to maintain surrounding trees. According to public records obtained by the Reader, residents had complained of the dangerous intersection to

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4 Injured in San Jose Condo Fire (CA)

Four people, including a San Jose firefighter, were injured in a 2-alarm blaze that broke out at a condo complex at Florence Ave. and Nancy Lane on Wednesday.   Two people from the apartment managed to get out and were

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Condo HOA Gets More Than $8 Million for Building Defects

Residents of the Arts District condominium complex the Barker Block have received more than $8 million to settle lawsuits that allege construction defects. Building occupants had long complained of problems including leaks and plumbing shutdowns.    Read the article………….

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Millennium Tower Developer Balks at Publicizing Repair Plan, Documents Show (CA)

Documents obtained Tuesday by NBC Bay Area show that the developer of the Millennium Tower is balking at turning over any plans of a fix for the sinking and leaning structure, claiming such information is secret as part of ongoing

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Tesoro couple fights HOA over tree removal (CA)

When John and Irma Dorrien moved into their Tesoro Del Valle home in Valencia more than 13 years they looked out on sparse open hills and had few neighbors.  They planted some pine trees in their backyard and set about

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Laguna Woods Village directors prevail in suit against GRF (CA)

An Orange County Superior Court judge has awarded nearly $100,000 in attorney fees to one current and one former Golden Rain Foundation director, whose recalls from the board were overturned in July 2016.  Judge Robert J. Moss on Friday awarded

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Why eliminating ‘exclusive use areas’ has issues

Q. Just read your article (on exclusive use common area) and was wondering the implication (pro and cons) and cost of transferring an exclusive common area into a unit. That way, the owner gets full control of the common area

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60 firefighters extinguish two-story condo blaze in Tustin (CA)

Sixty county firefighters extinguished a blaze Monday morning that began in the attic above an unoccupied second floor of an apartment in the 1400 block of Red Hill Avenue within about 25 minutes, fire Capt. Alan Wilkes said.  “The apartment

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Bicycles barred, case closed on battle over Wild Oak path (CA)

After a long, fruitless legal battle over whether or not bicyclists have the right to use a public easement through a private subdivision that borders Oakmont near Trione-Annadel State Park, the City of Santa Rosa has withdrawn it’s latest appeal,

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HOA Homefront: A few minutes about minutes

Q. Our president has delegated our property manager to run our homeowners meetings and he acts like the board works for him and has to agree with everything he proposes. He gets rude and obnoxious when the board does not

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New changes, same division for Oxnard Shores community (CA)

A new chapter in the contentious saga that has grown to define the coastal neighborhood of Oxnard Shores has begun, but it remains to be seen whether the divisiveness will subside.  Central to the neighborhood disagreement is short-term rentals and

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More Millennium Tower residents sue developer, city (CA)

Following November’s lawsuit, 20 tower residents led by Jerry Dodson, a former government litigator who also happens to live in the offending building, launched yet another suit against both the city and building developer Millennium Partners.  The complaint alleges that

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HOA Homefront: What about laundries in units?

Q. Our HOA prohibits washers/dryers in upstairs units. When this rule was adopted, owners who already had washer/dryers were allowed to keep them but no more would be allowed.  When the unit is sold, can the new owner keep the

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Woman rescued from condo fire in San Francisco (CA)

San Francisco firefighters rescued a woman found inside of a burning condominium this morning. The fire was reported by residents of the Forest Knolls neighborhood around 8:00 A.M. Thursday.  Residents say the owner of the condo was at work when

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Both sides of Mandalay shores short-term rental dispute court ruling claim victory (CA)

The battle over whether short-term residential rentals should be permitted is raging all along the California coast and has gotten far worse since on-line rental services have boomed. Investigations into feasibility of banning or severe restrictions by cities such as

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HOA Homefront: Can we eliminate exclusive use areas?

Q. Just read your article (on exclusive use common area) and was wondering the implication (pro and cons) and cost of transferring an exclusive common area into a unit. That way, the owner gets full control of the common area

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City Attorney Targeted in Leaning Tower Suit (CA)

Retired Bay Area IP litigator Gerald “Jerry” Dodson on Friday followed through on a threat to sue the San Francisco City Attorney’s Office—among other defendants—in connection with the sinking and tilting of the Millennium Tower, the luxury high-rise where he

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UPDATE: Woman badly burned in Forest Knolls condo fire (CA)

A woman was badly burned in a two-alarm fire in a condominium in San Francisco’s Forest Knolls neighborhood Thursday morning, according to residents.  The fire was reported at 8:05 a.m. in a three-story, three-bedroom unit at 622 Clarendon Ave., according

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Homeowners, HOA clash over landscape rules (CA)

Richard and Carole DeProspo say they wanted to curb their outdoor water use in light of the drought, not pick a costly fight with their homeowners association.  And yet that’s where they’ve found themselves—headed to court to ask a judge

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Natural gas explosion causes serious damage to National City Condo building (CA)

A natural gas leak in a brand new condominium complex in National City led to an explosion Monday afternoon. The units were within weeks of being ready for occupancy but now at least two of them are going to need

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Grandfather them or ban them: A washout on laundries?

Q. Our HOA prohibits washers/dryers in upstairs units. When this rule was adopted, owners who already had washer/dryers were allowed to keep them but no more would be allowed. When the unit is sold, can the new owner keep the

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Sand Canyon HOA Prepares For Potential Of Mudslides (CA)

The Sand Fire scorched over 40,000 acres near Sand Canyon this summer. And the recent rain puts this area at risk again.  “After a fire, there is a layer of film on the top of the soil,” said Inspector Gustavo

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The drought defense: Homeowners take association to court over landscaping fines (CA)

Richard and Carole DeProspo say they wanted to curb their outdoor water use in light of the drought, not pick a costly fight with their homeowners association.  And yet that’s where they’ve found themselves—headed to court to ask a judge

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Bad lawsuit, bad argument, bad outcome (CA)

For six years, we hoped that reason would prevail in Santa Rosa’s legal squabble with homeowners in a gated community near Oakmont that has tried to block bicyclists from crossing through their territory. But reason has lost. So have bicyclists.

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Santa Rosa settles 6-year-old case over Wild Oak access (CA)

More than six years after Santa Rosa tried to force a gated community to let bicyclists roll through its leafy neighborhood, the city has thrown in the towel with little to show for it but big legal bills and embarrassment.

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HOA Homefront: Do city laws trump HOA restrictions?

Q. Recently, we have had issues with projects and proposed projects that involve city regulations versus CC&R restrictions. Our board seems to think that the requirements in our CC&Rs are unenforceable if the city has already approved the projects. I

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Jury trial date set for alleged HOA embezzler (CA)

The jury trial date for Michael Anthony Medeiros, an alleged HOA embezzler, was confirmed for Feb. 21, according to the San Mateo County District Attorney’s Office.  Medeiros, 58, was an alleged co-conspirator with Susan Marie Lambert in embezzling $2.8 million

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Dozens displaced by condo fire in Concord (CA)

More than two dozen people are without a home after a fire burned a condo building on Laguna Street in Concord Monday afternoon.  The families who call this place home are struggling to find another place to live.    Read

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CA: New year and new HOA laws ahead

2016 was a relatively quiet year for HOAs in Sacramento, with only three bills passing to become law in 2017, and another law taking effect in 2017 from a 2014 bill. Another significant new HOA law actually came from the

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Neighbors Fight To Keep Evicted Nuns From Moving Soup Kitchen Into SF Condo (CA)

Residents at 1930 Mission Street are trying to block the nuns from relocating their soup kitchen to the building.  The lawyer for the homeowners association wouldn’t comment for this report.  But, he filed a letter with the city’s planning department,

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HOA Homefront: How an open forum can both be helpful – and hazardous

Q. I read your column most weekends with great interest. One subject I do not recall seeing handled recently is the right to speak at board meetings. Our association has a Homeowners Forum for owners. However, some owners also claim

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Ramona Property Manager Charged with Fraud (CA)

A Ramona property manager and his company were charged Monday with four counts of wire fraud in connection with a scheme to defraud a homeowners association of $247,000.  Robert Walsh, 37, allegedly made false claims that his firm, Cornerstone Management

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‘Frustrated, Enraged, Embarrassed’: Racial Graffiti at Gated OC Community Being Investigated (CA)

Residents of a gated community in Orange County demanded action from authorities after they say it took too long for their homeowners association to clean up the messages of hate that were sprayed over a community sign.   Read the article…………..

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HOA Homefront: Which law do we follow? readers ask

Q. Recently we have had issues with projects and proposed projects that involve city regulations vs. CC&R restrictions. Our board seems to think that the requirements in our CC&Rs are unenforceable if the city has already approved the projects. I

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Strand Beach access gates are removed after 6-year fight (CA)

The gates through the center of an exclusive oceanfront community – the focus of a six-year legal battle over public access to the popular Strand Beach – were taken down Thursday morning.  Their removal is a victory for the California

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1 Injured, Residents Displaced in Encinitas Condo Fire (CA)

Residents were evacuated from two condos in the 200 block of Cottage Grove Lane in Encinitas Sunday afternoon, according to the San Diego Sheriff’s Department.  It is unclear how the fire started, but it broke out in one condo and

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HOA Homefront: How open is open forum?

Q. I read your column most weekends with great interest. One subject I do not recall seeing handled recently is the right to speak at board meetings. Our association has a Homeowners Forum for owners. However some owners also claim

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HOA on flag removal: We honor the military and our colors (CA)

The HOA that came under fire for reportedly telling a Marine’s wife to remove her American flag has issued a response to the claim.  “We honor the military, honor our colors. Anybody in the community who wants to fly a

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The Bunker Hill pool wars are over (CA)

Peace has been restored to three residential towers on Bunker Hill in Downtown Los Angeles—at least when it comes to the mammoth, star-shaped pool that’s been largely sitting empty the last three and a half years. The 10-foot steel fence

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HOA letter tells Pendleton Marine wife to remove American flag (CA)

The wife of a Camp Pendleton Marine received a letter from her homeowner association earlier this week instructing her to remove an American flag from outside their home.  The letter stated she must remove the flag because it’s located in

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160 Brookside trees might get chopped (CA)

A Brookside neighborhood association has asked the city for permission to remove up to 160 trees from a route often used by walkers and runners, saying that the roots are damaging property owners’ backyards and potentially their homes.  The city

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New satellite report confirms Millennium Tower, other Bay Area sites sinking (CA)

San Francisco’s Millennium Tower is sinking and leaning so much that it is visible from space, according to a new report from the European Space Agency.  “The Sentinel-1 satellites have shown that the Millennium Tower skyscraper in the center of

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HOAs: Reservations regarding reserve funds

Q:  Is there a formula to help determine what is a reasonable amount to hold in reserves for a homeowners association?    Read the Q&A………………

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Can HOA boards pass any rule they want? (CA)

Q. I’m confused between rules and CC&R’s (covenants, conditions and restrictions). Our board, over the years, has implemented new rules. How is this different than making changes to the CC&R’s, which would require homeowner approval? For example, the board passed

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HOA disciplinary hearings: not a public court process (CA)

Ifeveryone followed the Golden Rule (“do unto others…”), homeowners association disciplinary hearings would be rare. Unfortunately, hearings are a necessary, regular, and unpleasant board responsibility. These hearings are governed by Civil Code 5850 and 5855, which establish a simple system.

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Adobe Creek Golf Course to close by year’s end (CA)

The final tee off for Petaluma’s Adobe Creek Golf Club is quickly approaching, as operators announced last week the course will close Jan. 1 amid declining business.  The shuttering of the 18-hole facility leaves local golfers with only one remaining

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Convicted HOA embezzler released from jail (CA)

The former manager of the Woodlake Homeowners Association who was convicted of embezzling nearly $2.8 million from the San Mateo property owners group will be released from jail while she awaits sentencing.  Susan Marie Lambert, 65, appeared in court Thursday

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Homeowner Says City’s Fire Code on Dumpster Compromises Her Safety (CA)

A Canoga Park woman says the city of Los Angeles and her homeowners association reached a deal on a fire code violation. The result, she says, still leaves her safety compromised.  Liudmilla Hairetdinova says the city’s fire code on trash

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Keeping members informed on policies, assessments

Q. We were recently informed by our management company that under the Davis-Stirling Act, we now need to have a collection policy in place. We also need to send a copy to each homeowner. We are a small HOA consisting

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HOAs: Can boards pass any rule they want? (CA)

Q: I’m confused between rules and CC&R’s. Our board, over the years, has implemented new rules. How is this different than making changes to the CC&R’s, which would require homeowner approval? For example, the board passed a rule prohibiting playing

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