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Oakmont News reporters quit as political fallout widens after pickleball dispute (CA)

In another blow to the convulsing retirement community of Oakmont, four retired journalists have quit the all-volunteer staff of the village’s newsletter after a new officer of the homeowners’ association board demanded that stories be submitted to the board for

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Broken hydrant floods Mission Valley condo complex, displaces families (CA)

A broken hydrant flooded parts of a Mission Valley condominium complex Friday morning after being hit by a vehicle.  Around 11 a.m., an 80-foot geyser formed inside the Mission Gate Condominiums on Camino de la Reina near Mission Center Road.

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HOA gets OK to remove troublesome oaks

A Newbury Park homeowners association has received planning commission approval to cut down 15 coast live oaks that are damaging neighborhood infrastructure.  Though the 20-year-old trees—planted by the Larry Court HOA in 1998—are protected under city law, commissioners said July

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It will cost $240 to charge electric vehicles and golf carts at Laguna Woods Village (CA)

Laguna Woods Village’s Third Mutual on Tuesday, July 18 passed a resolution to make amendments to its plug-in electric vehicle and golf cart policies and procedures, including fines for unpermitted use of common-area electricity.     Read the article…………..

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Residents Escape Condo Fire in Walnut Creek

Shooting flames popped out of a condominium complex in Walnut Creek early Wednesday, but residents living inside the building were able to escape unharmed, according to Contra Costa County Fire Battalion Chief Mike Quesada.    Read the article…………..

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No signs of healing in Oakmont as political fallout deepens after pickleball vote (CA)

The political acrimony in Oakmont deepened Tuesday with calls for the president of the homeowners’ association to step down and a surprise call to ask residents to decide — by popular vote — the future of a terminated pickleball court

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Twice annual tree trimming is not enough for seaside condo owner (CA)

A dispute over ocean views in Del Mar that has simmered since the 1990s heated up again this week when a condo owner demanded that the trees and shrubbery at the edge of a nearby 5.8-acre lot be trimmed every

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Millennium Tower keeps on sinking, but there may be a fix (CA)

City officials and other sources familiar with the situation tell us that the building, which as of last year had sunk 16 inches since construction got under way in 2005, continues to descend into the bay fill at Mission and

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Fire burns on high-rise balcony in downtown Long Beach (CA)

Firefighters responded to a small fire at a high-rise condominium building in downtown Long Beach Tuesday morning.  A large number of firefighters headed to the building at 400 West Ocean Boulevard, which is near Queens Way, around 11:40 a.m., according

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Why most Millennium Tower owners didn’t get a tax break this year (CA)

The San Francisco Assessor’s Office decision to give minor tax breaks to only around 25 percent of the owners of units in the sinking, leaning Millennium Tower has some residents up in arms.   Read the article……………..

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Deadly Hawaii fire raises concerns about lack of sprinklers in older high-rises across the U.S.

Moon Yun Pellerin was still in shock as she sat on a bench Saturday morning in the crowded lobby of her Honolulu high-rise. Her home on the 27th floor — owned by her 78-year-old mother who has dementia — had

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Oakmont manager Cassie Turner resigns following pickleball vote (CA)

The fallout from Oakmont’s great pickleball debate continues to roil the east Santa Rosa retirement community.  Oakmont Village Association manager Cassie Turner resigned Friday, citing difficulty working with a board she says is freezing her out of key decision making.

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HOA Homefront: Before you paint garage doors purple, check out association rules

Associations are normally created with an initial architectural and landscaping theme that boards are responsible to protect and preserve. Condominium association boards also are expected to protect and preserve common area. Therefore, owners are usually prohibited from changing the exterior

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Vacations ruined after geyser floods condo units in San Diego’s Mission Beach area

Two units at a Mission Beach condominium complex were damaged Friday morning after a broken pipe sent a water geyser into the air and onto the building.  At about 3 a.m., water crews were at work in an alley on

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Playa del Rey condo owners file lawsuit over Westside ‘road diet’ (CA)

The first lawsuit has been filed in the brewing battle over a recent “road diet” in Playa del Rey that eliminated 9.4 miles of traffic lanes on major streets, causing gridlock and irking South Bay commuters.  A 17-page complaint filed

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Firefighters Control Los Angeles Condo Fire (CA)

It took firefighters 81 minutes of suppression operations conducted in 91 F heat to confine fire damage to four condominium units on this 47-year-old, wood frame and stucco structure. The units shared a common attic.        Read the

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Millennium Odor Problem Could Point to Fire Risk, Experts Say (CA)

Unexplained odors inside the Millennium Tower units could be evidence of a potential fire safety risk to the 58-story sinking and tilting structure, experts tell NBC Bay Area’s Investigative Unit.   View the news report………….

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HOA Homefront: Addition of cameras in common areas needs research before board steps in

Q: A new owner in our condo complex rented it to tenants who installed security cameras on the exterior of their unit, one on their front door and one on their balcony that pans all outside their doorway and mine,

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Coarsegold homeowner association settles retaliation lawsuit. Here’s what they must pay (CA)

A homeowners’ association must pay $177,750 to settle a retaliation lawsuit, the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing announced Thursday.  Yosemite Lakes Owners’ Association of Coarsegold was accused of retaliating against a former employee, Amanda Childress, firing her for

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Trial for alleged HOA embezzler delayed to December (CA)

The trial for a man accused of being a co-conspirator in an embezzlement case involving nearly $2.8 million from a San Mateo homeowners association was delayed until Dec. 4 as his defense attorney addresses a family medical emergency, according to

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County settles suit (from HOA) for $4.5 million (CA)

After nearly four years of back and forth, the Lake County Board of Supervisors settled the lawsuit brought against the county by the Lakeside Heights Homeowners.  The two sides agreed on a $4.5 million payment from the county.  Originally, 46

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Barbecue Mishap Blamed For Fire That Destroys 4 Condo Units In Chatsworth (CA)

A fire destroyed four condos in Chatsworth Tuesday afternoon.  Officials blamed a mishap with a propane barbecue grill for igniting the out-of-control blaze.  Firefighters seemed to be gaining the upper hand on the fire in one unit when fire poked

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Hayward residents furious after string of mail thefts caught on camera (CA)

Hayward residents are furious that someone is breaking into their mailboxes and stealing their personal items, and many of the thefts have been caught on camera.  One resident reached out to KRON4 News and is hoping that the United States

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Homeowners can opt out of newly incorporated associations (CA)

Q: Our neighborhood is established and has had an unincorporated homeowners association that has worked well for decades. But recent outside threats have given cause to incorporate in spite of enthusiastic opposition from some homeowners. Is it possible to incorporate

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HOA Homefront: Two views of architectural enforcement

Q: You have a very enlightening column. Our board is now requiring approval of any architectural changes within the individual owner’s unit. Seems this is poking their noses in where they don’t belong. Is it legal?   Read the Q&A…………..

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Residents say HOA’s fence plan costing them (CA)

Thousands of San Diegans pay monthly fees to a homeowners association that’s supposed to maintain their neighborhood, but a group of Tierrasanta residents says their HOA’s plan to beautify their area is getting them surprise bills.  The Villa Portofino development

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WeHo City Council Gives Condo Owners a Pass on Earthquake Safety (CA

Faced with dozens of letters in opposition and a crowd carrying signs saying “voluntary,” the West Hollywood City Council last night quickly yielded to owners of condominiums who demanded it not require them to protect their buildings against earthquakes.  The

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Assembly Judiciary Committee Approves Wieckowski Bill (CA)

A bill to clarify that the political speech rights of residents in common interest developments cannot be infringed upon by homeowner association (HOA) boards unanimously passed the Assembly Judiciary Committee this morning. SB 407, authored by Sen. Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont)

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HOA Homefront: Can board deny privileges if homeowners aren’t paying?

Q: Our homeowners association reserves are extremely low and our collections are growing worse by the day. We are a gated community, with many renters. Can we deny access to the automatic transponder gate to delinquent owners/renters and require that

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HOA Homefront: Can managers legally encourage association members to vote?

Q: Dear Mr. Richardson: I have been a director of a mid-sized association. About 90 percent of the homes are owner-occupied. For the last three years, we have been unable to obtain a quorum. Each election we tried three times,

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Oceano homeowner shares HOA struggles as a lesson to others (CA)

A local woman is being forced to remove a room she added to her home because she didn’t follow her homeowner’s association guidelines.  Sheila Eckert, a special education tutor, has lived in her Old Avocado Ranch home in Oceano since

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Six evacuated after Fresno condominium fire (CA)

Six people were left homeless Friday night after a condominium fire in east-central Fresno, city Battalion Chief Tony Escobedo said.  The fire is suspected to have started inside a washing machine on the first floor of the two-story building, Escobedo

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Closed Adobe Creek golf course in rough times (CA)

When Robert DeCelles bought his home adjacent to the Adobe Creek Golf Course in east Petaluma, he savored his picturesque view on the fourth fairway of the verdant green links.  Now, as he sits on his patio on the late

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1st Amendment Fight Flares In Beachwood Canyon (CA)

The Hollywoodland Homeowners Assoc. is now requiring petitioners gain approval from the association’s board and obtain $280 liability insurance to set up a folding table to gather signatures in a small public plaza, called the Village Green, that the association

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Collingwood Heights Homeowners’ Association alleges roofs on condos were not properly installed (CA)

A nonprofit corporation formed to manage a multistory condo development has filed a suit over several leaky roofs.  Collingwood Heights Homeowners’ Association filed a complaint on April 18 in the San Francisco County Superior Court against The Lawson Roofing Co.

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Firefighters Put Out Condominium Blaze in Chatsworth (CA)

The blaze was reported about 8:30 a.m. in the 10000 block of Topanga Canyon Boulevard, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.  The fire was in the wall and attic of the 2-story condo.  It took firefighters about 25 minutes

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Court: Senior Citizens Can Seek Punitive Damages in Religious Discrimination Suit Against HOA

A court has rejected the latest attempt by a homeowners’ association to shield itself from punitive damages for shutting down Bible studies and a Sunday worship service.   Read the article………….

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Think you’d be a great HOA community manager? CACM says ‘click here’

With many of its member homeowners associations eager to hire, the California Association of Community Managers (CACM) is widening its search for men and women from all walks of life who are suited for the opportunity.  CACM has laid out

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Homeowners who let grass go brown to save water during California drought could face fines

Homeowners who let their grass go brown to save money during the drought may have to turn the sprinklers back on, or else their HOA can fine them.  In April, Gov. Jerry Brown declared the drought over for most parts

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HOA Directors in California – WATCH OUT! READ THIS!

Rogue Directors – Beware – HOA Director Liability -What is Happening in California?  Here’s the general question of importance in this blog:  Are California HOA Board Directors protected in California for their actions on the Board? Does the “business judgment

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Ball Father’s Latest Project: Overhauling His HOA (CA)

The father of the former UCLA basketball star and projected top NBA draft pick Lonzo Ball is known to stand out with his outspoken ways and pricey Big Baller Brand shoes.  Even LaVar’s Ball’s Chino Hills home stands out. It’s

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HOA Homefront: Does your HOA have the required rules?

Operating rules are often called “house rules” or “rules and regulations” by associations in California. Under Civil Code 4350(a), rules must be written, and under Civil Code 4340 are adopted by the board of directors. In adopting or changing rules,

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What good are C&Rs if they don’t enforce the rules?

Q: My family and I moved into one of the local “exclusive” gated communities. We wanted to move to a place where the neighborhoods would stay nice year after year thanks to a good set of CC&Rs. We have a

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HOA Homefront: Copies of documents should be a reasonable cost

Q:  Recently my family sold a house and paid over $700 in fees to the association, a large portion of which was for copies of rules and regulations to be provided to the buyer. The association provided the files to

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HOA president: thieves ‘preying’ on residents at senior communities (CA)

The latest example of a crime targeting a senior community in the North County ended with a confrontation and a possible break.  On Saturday afternoon, Charlotte Van Buren and her husband spotted two youths coming from a neighbor’s home with

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State Legislature moved to restrict HOA controls over political speech (CA)

The state Senate Judiciary Committee has unanimously approved a bill by Sen. Bob Wieckowski, D-Fremont, to prohibit California’s more than 50,000 homeowner associations (HOAs) from suppressing the freedom of speech and freedom of association rights of their residents.  SB 407

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Joe Montana suing developers of Millennium Tower over sinking, slanted condo

Joe Montana says his fancy San Francisco condo is completely slanted … and it’s getting worse because the building is sinking … and now he’s declared war on the building developers.   The NFL legend filed a lawsuit against the

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Property manager, company plead guilty to wire fraud (CA)

A Ramona property manager and his company have pleaded guilty to wire fraud in concealing bids to a homeowners association involving improvements and asbestos removal.  Robert Walsh, 38, and his firm, Cornerstone Management Professionals Inc., will be sentenced July 7

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HOA Homefront: Can we skip the reserve account?

Dear Mr. Richardson: I am wondering, are HOAs required to have a “reserve” account or it is just recommended?      Read the Q&A…………….

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Morrison got their goats (CA)

The Morrison Ranch Estates Homeowners Association in Agoura Hills has once again called in the cavalry or, in this case, the goats. Each year, the HOA hires a goat herd to gobble up the heavy scrub that grows on an

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