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Rancho Tehama Association hears from residents, officials

A group of Rancho Tehama residents, still showing the raw emotions felt in the wake of a deadly shooting rampage, spoke and listened at the community’s association meeting Tuesday night.  One week earlier, Kevin Janson Neal went on a deadly

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Fremont Condo That Didn’t Allow Kids To Play Outside Must Rescind Rule, Pay Tenants $800K (CA)

Families in Fremont have scored a huge legal victory after they sued their condo complex because it wouldn’t let their kids play outside.  For years, kids were not allowed to play outside in the gated complex located on Sequim Common,

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Presidio Terrace homeowners have only themselves to blame, tax boss says (CA)

Despite years of sending the bill to an out-of-date address, San Francisco Treasurer-Tax Collector Jose Cisneros says in a new report that his office did everything by the book when it auctioned off the exclusive Presidio Terrace’s street and sidewalks

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Tehama County shootings: Kevin Neal killed neighbors then continued rampage

…………. She and her father, who is president of the homeowners association, said neighbors would complain to the sheriff’s department, which referred the complaints back to the homeowners association.  “The sheriff wouldn’t do anything about it,” said Juan Caravez.    Read

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Fire rips through San Jose condo complex (CA)

Twelve people are displaced after a 3-alarm fire ripped through a townhouse in San Jose Thursday morning.  Dispatch received a report of a fire burning in the 400 block of Don Seville Ct. at 5:58 a.m., San Jose Fire Department’s

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RSF Association considers prohibiting vacation rentals (CA)

The Rancho Santa Fe Association is joining homeowners associations and cities across the state in considering prohibiting vacation rentals in residential neighborhoods. At its Nov. 2 meeting, the board approved posting the proposed new rental regulations for a 30-day public

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Blackhawk Homeowners Association: $25,000 Reward Offered in Burglaries (CA)

The Blackhawk Homeowners Association is offering a $25,000 reward for information leading to the apprehension and conviction of the suspects involved in a string of burglaries in Blackhawk.    Read the article……………….

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Santa Monica attorney to be reproved for unauthorized practice of law in Arizona

Santa Monica attorney Cynthia Ann Futter has been recommended for private reproval with public disclosure by the California State Bar following her 2015 discipline before the Arizona State Bar for unauthorized practice of law in that state, according to a

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Feinstein urges SF supervisors to undo tax sale of rich residents’ street (CA)

Sen. Dianne Feinstein is coming down hard on the side of Presidio Terrace residents outraged that San Francisco sold their gated, private street to a South Bay couple.  Feinstein, who lived in Presidio Terrace for more than 20 years, wants

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2 Children Die from Injuries in Rancho Bernardo Condo Fire: SDPD

A 37-year-old father and his two children were found unconscious by San Diego Fire-Rescue (SDFD) responders after a fire was reported at their Rancho Bernardo condominium Saturday morning.   At approximately 3:18 a.m., fire and police emergency responders arrived at the

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HOA Homefront: Reader asks why he can’t have his satellite dish?

Q: Months ago, I requested permission to have a small satellite dish placed on the side of my home. I never received any reply. I ordered the service, and the dish was installed. The installer stated it had to be

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Indio police investigating $110K in ‘financial discrepancies’ at Sun City retirement community (CA)

The Indio Police Department is investigating a tip from a massive Indio retirement community after its management company found “financial discrepancies” of $110,000 that they said were connected to a former employee.  Sun City Shadow Hills in Indio is a

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Orange County: Where Master-Planned Communities Reign

With new homes loaded with high-end features, resort amenities, and open space—as well as access to good jobs, schools, beaches, shopping, restaurants, and entertainment—master-planned communities (MPCs) have put Orange County, California, at the top of the national MPC rankings.   Read

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HOA Homefront: 11 sure-fire ways to frustrate HOA elections (CA)

Most associations have member voting at least annually, and the process required by statute applies to all homeowners associations, whether two units in Redondo Beach or 3,000 units in Oakland. Avoid these mistakes which can doom HOA elections.  Read the article……………..

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Downtown San Diego high rise residents fear a peeping tom is using a drone

A Federal Aviation Administration spokesman said downtown San Diego high rise residents should contact police if they see a drone flying outside their window.  Dozens of people have posted on the Nextdoor App about seeing a drone spying inside their

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HOA Homefront: Reader asks is Mary Jane OK in Unit 420?

Q: I live in California where it is legal to grow six cannabis plants. What can our HOA do about this?   Read the Q&A…………….

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All Things Real Estate: Check CC&Rs to determine if neighbor can park RV in backyard

Q: I have read your columns in the Fairfield newspaper. I live in Vacaville. My rear neighbors recently acquired a RV trailer that is parked in their backyard in full sight of my backyard patio, family room, breakfast nook, kitchen

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HOA Homefront: When fines are not fine (enough)

Q:  Am I correct in my thinking that our board can set up a fine schedule without the vote of the membership      Read the Q&A…………….

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Governor Brown Signs CLAC-sponsored Assembly Bill 1412 (CA)

Governor Jerry Brown signed into law this week Assembly Bill 1412, legislation sponsored by the California Associations Institute’s California Legislative Action Committee (CAI-CLAC) and authored by Assemblyman Steven Choi (R-68th District) that provides important liability protections for volunteer directors of

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HOA Homefront: When getting rid of termites, can HOA evict the tenants? (CA)

Q:  Our HOA is mandating that each unit in our complex be tented for termites. The HOA is stating that there is precedent under California law to force homeowners to evacuate their residence for a 72-hour period if the board

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Millennium Tower is still sinking, and those legal bills are still rising (CA)

As the Millennium Tower continues to sink, the legal costs continue to rise.  On Thursday, the Transbay Joint Powers Authority approved an additional $1.5 million in attorney fees to the firm of Jones Day to help fend off developer and

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HOA Homefront: Conflicts of interest and when to step aside (CA)

If one is involved in a decision affecting or involving that person uniquely as opposed to the community generally, that is a conflict of interest. Directors and committee members should avoid involvement in discussions or decisions in which they have

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A fix for San Francisco’s sinking skyscraper could cost upwards of $100 million, and no one wants to foot the bill (CA)

There may be a fix in the works for San Francisco’s very own “leaning tower.”  Millennium Tower has sunk 17 inches and tilted 14 inches since its completion in 2008. Satellite images suggest the residential high-rise — home to more

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Dispute over homeowner dues turns Friendly Valley unfriendly (CA)

Friendly Valley got a little unfriendly Tuesday when members of Santa Clarita Valley’s gated community found themselves unwelcome.  Close to 300 residents living behind the gated and the guard-staffed kiosk of Friendly Valley on Sierra Highway learned Tuesday that their

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Bayview Nail Salon Forced To Scrap Mural After Neighbors Complain (CA)

A mural is at the heart of a dispute between neighbors in Bayview.  Since opening in January, business has been steady at Luxurious Nail Boutique & Spa, located at 4138 3rd Street (near Innes) in Bayview. However, according to owner

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Parents Fuming Over HOA Letter Discouraging Kids Playing Outside Home (CA)

Some homeowners in a Granite Bay neighborhood are fuming over a letter sent out by the homeowners association that they say goes too far.  The letter discourages children playing outdoors on neighborhood streets and even suggests parents take their kids

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HOA Not Entitled To Fees Where Gist Of Successor Homeowner’s Suit Was Fraud Based (CA)

In Mims v. Park Hill on Pepper Avenue Community Association, Case No. E065990 (4th Dist., Div. 2 Sept. 13, 2017) (unpublished), successor homeowner initially sued HOA on various fraud-based claims based on the failure to provide her notice that the

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Adobe Creek neighbors teed off (CA)

In the past nine months since its abrupt closure, the once-pristine Adobe Creek Golf Course on the fringe of Petaluma’s east side has become a massive overgrown blight on the community, frustrating residents who own homes in an upscale subdivision

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HOA Homefront: Sometimes managers are not allowed to succeed in their roles

Many associations struggle with a poor manager relationship, resulting in a frustrated board or a terminated manager. However, such struggles can sometimes arise from the board’s actions and likewise can be resolved by a change in board practices.  Truly, some

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Laguna Woods Village HOA votes to suspend cable, internet for delinquent homeowners (CA)

The United board on Tuesday, Sept. 12 passed resolutions to increase the late fees and set consequences for various delinquencies in the housing mutual.  United unanimously passed a resolution that will allow the suspension of cable and internet for residents

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Adobe Creek neighbors teed off (CA)

In the past nine months since its abrupt closure, the once-pristine Adobe Creek Golf Course on the fringe of Petaluma’s east side has become a massive overgrown blight on the community, frustrating residents who own homes in an upscale subdivision

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A small condominium community in Monterey is gobsmacked by their new water bills (CA)

When California American Water changed its rate structure in March, residential water bills for most customers shot up by more than 60 percent. Those were the lucky ones.  Residents in the Tanglewood community, a 75-unit community of condominiums in the

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Residents Hire Legal Team To Rescind Sale Of Ritzy San Francisco Street (CA)

Wealthy residents who live on a private San Francisco street that was sold have hired a high-powered legal team to help rescind the sale.  Earlier this year, a San Jose couple bought Presidio Terrace in a city auction, after the

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HOA residents’ political speech rights get state protections (CA)

Legislation to protect the political speech rights of residents living in one of California’s more than 52,000 common interest developments (commonly called homeowners associations or HOAs) is now the law in California.  “For too long homeowner association boards have infringed

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‘I want to be safe.’ Why a growing number of neighborhoods are hiring private security (CA)

The piling up of incidents finally pushed Hannon to action, and last year, she and her neighbors – more than 70 homes in total now – joined a small but growing number of Sacramento neighborhoods fed up with petty crime

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HOA Homefront: I demand my comments be in the minutes (and when will I see them?)

Q: Does the HOA board have an obligation to put homeowners’ reasonable comments, questions and other details in the minutes? For example, several months ago, the board invited the landscaper and other representatives to speak about the chemicals they use.

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Supes to consider rescinding sale of private SF street (CA)

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors will hold a hearing in November on whether to rescind the controversial sale of a private street.  Presidio Terrace, a small, highly-affluent private street on the edge of the Presidio, was owned by the

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Laguna Woods Village HOA doubles transfer fee on resales to $5,000 (CA)

The Golden Rain Foundation board on Tuesday, Sept. 5 unanimously passed a resolution to increase the transfer (trust facilities) fee on resales from $2,500 to $5,000.  The $5,000 will apply to units that sell for $75,000 or higher and remain

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HOA Homefront: Board discussions outside meetings are limited; no email or texts allowed (CA)

Q:  Our management company recently advised the board that they could no longer discuss any HOA business via group emails in between meetings, even if the emails lead to no decisions or directions. Is that standard in California?    Read

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Elderly woman dies, husband injured in Lakeside condo fire (CA)

A woman died Thursday and her husband was injured in a condo fire in East County, according to the Lakeside Fire Department.  The fire broke out in the living room of the home on Wintergreen Dr.  Firefighters said neighbors saw

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HOA Homefront: It’s my balcony and my vine, right?

Q:  I own a two-bedroom condo with a balcony. We live in the area where a lot of smoke comes from a busy boulevard, so the balcony needs to be washed often. We put tile on the balcony. Now the

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Couple defend rights to street (CA)

A Chinese-American couple said they will stand by the city of San Francisco and defend their ownership of a street in one of the city’s richest neighborhoods, where the homeowners want the purchase negated.  Michael Cheng and Tina Lam, both

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Soaring trash fees for L.A. condos, apartment buildings spark outrage (CA)

El Sereno resident Scott Toland is another unhappy customer of L.A.’s new refuse and recycling program.  Toland recently learned that the monthly trash bill at the 10-unit condominium complex where he lives could double — at a minimum. And that’s

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Mayor says city will look into concerns of Parkway Gardens residents (CA)

Mayor Harry Price says the city will try to follow up on concerns three Parkway Gardens residents raised involving the 240-unit condominium that had been managed by a court-appointed receiver.  Resident Minnie Noble told City Council members Tuesday that she

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HOA Homefront: Is our mobile-home park an HOA?

Q: How is it legal for a mobile-home park HOA to be registered with the government as a condominium association? What ramifications does that have on our CC&Rs? We’re having a lot of trouble here, and I need help understanding

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Hundreds of Fish in Rancho Murieta Lake Killed After Homeowners Assn Tried to Treat Algae (CA)

Hundreds of fish killed in a Rancho Murieta lake after a homeowners association tried to treat algae blooms.  “My son and I, I have a 4-year-old son, we use the lake quite a bit,” said Brian Donnalley, a Rancho Murieta

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Sand Canyon HOA abandons “opt out” plan for email blast (CA)

Plans by the Sand Canyon Homeowners Association to share an email list of its members with the local radio station as a way of alerting them to emergencies such as brush fires, have been abandoned due to privacy concerns.  Last

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HOA Homefront: “Bare walls” or full coverage – insurance brokers weigh in

So-called “bare walls” insurance plans are often discussed in associations trying to limit the cost of water damage claims. In a “bare walls” approach, the homeowners association insurance does not restore unit interiors, but each owner insures (via individual HO6

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Presidio Terrace: This is the second time residents lost their own street (CA)

Homeowners in ultra-wealthy Presidio Terrace were shocked in May to discover that their privately-owned street—as in the, lanes and sidewalks of the street itself, including over 100 potentially quite valuable parking spaces—sold at auction in 2015 because of a $14/year

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HOA Winning $1,881 In Damages Against Homeowner Also Was Entitled To Attorney’s Fees Of $201,750 (CA)

We do not really need to get into the specifics of Mustafa v. Mountain View Park Homeownerss Assn., Inc., Case No. E063529 (4th Dist., Div. 2 Aug. 8, 2017) (unpublished), but the end result in sobering for purposes of our

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