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May 06, 2006    

When the current Coto de Caza board of directors first took office, Mitch Hill told the joke of a new executive who received three sequentially numbered envelopes from his predecessor and told to open these only when he had major problems and needed help.

When the executive found himself in trouble and did not know where to turn, he opened envelop number one.  Inside the envelope was a note that read:  “blame everything that is wrong on your predecessor”.  So he did, and things went back to normal.

New developments soon turned to complaints and major problems.  This time the young man quickly turned to envelop number two:  The note contained in this new envelop stated:  “we are re-organizing, and soon we will have everything under control”.

Again, everyone bought the new excuse and the executive was thrilled and thankful for having received such great advice.  No soon had things settled down when problems surfaces again, and he had to open envelop number three.  Its contents:  “Prepare three new envelopes”!

Recently Jerry Mezger dared insult Coto resident’s intelligence by blaming the road certification fiasco on Kesytone’s predecessor: “ Our streets need to be re-certified every five years with a new survey.  Vista del Verde’s certification expired in December 2005 without being re-surveyed because no one (no one at Keystone nor any former Board member I’ve talked to) knew they expired on that date.  The original certification was done on Merit’s watch and, if they had a tickler file (e.g. like attorneys do for patent fee renewals), it never made it over to Keystone” – Jerry Mezger April 29, 2006. 

Now,  the property manager for Fair Oaks blamed a board of directors’ election fiasco that eventually resulted in a law suit,  on Merit.  It was alleged that the information received from Merit called for election of three directors, not just two. 

So we decided to follow up with Merit and ask if these excuses had any merit (punt intended).  First the Merit representative proved to have more sense and be more articulate than any other supplier we have encountered in Coto over the last four years.  We were told in the most professional of terms,  that the Merit representative would look into the facts, but the tone clearly was more telling than anything else!  Basically, we interpreted it as”  What did these folks have for desert”?

There are more questions than answers here.  First, how many more envelopes does the current board have left?

When the board of directors comes up with such flaky excuses in support of blatant service provider’s errors, such as the failure to re-certify roads for traffic patrol, then on the same breadth accuse critics of poor service of harassment, we figured that the death of Coto’s Common Czense was indeed here


Coto’s Common Czense Obituary

Today we mourn the passing of a beloved old friend,
Common Czense, who has been with us for many years.
No one knows for sure how old he was since his birth
records were long ago lost in bureaucratic red tape,

But has not seen in the last four years around Coto.

He will be remembered as having cultivated such
valuable lessons as knowing when to come in out of the
rain, why the early bird gets the worm, life isn't always fair,
and maybe it was my fault. Common Czense lived by simple,
sound financial policies (don't spend more than you earn)
and reliable parenting strategies (adults, not children are
in charge), contrary to Dunlup’s depiction of the “Coto Family”.

His health began to deteriorate rapidly when well
intentioned but overbearing regulations were set in
place. Reports of a six-year-old boy charged with sexual
harassment for kissing a classmate; teens suspended
from school for using mouthwash after lunch; and
a teacher fired for reprimanding an unruly student, only
worsened his condition. 


Not to mention having an attorney convict a 75-year old man

For violating the vehicle code as he rode a bike, then was

Struck by a 16-year old hit and run, eventually arrested and

Charged with manslaughter, hit and run, and resisting arrest.

The accident resulted in the 75-year old man, but the DA is not

Allowed to say anything about the underage female.


Then there is the assault with a deadly weapon that left a Coto kid

Partially blind on what the board president calls a “game getting

Out of hand”

Common Czense lost ground when parents attacked
teachers for doing the job they themselves failed to
do in disciplining their unruly children. It declined even
further when schools were required to get parental
consent to administer Aspirin, sun lotion or a sticky
plaster to a student; but could not inform the parents
when a student became pregnant and wanted to have
an abortion.

Common Czense lost the will to live as the Ten
Commandments became contraband; churches
became businesses; and criminals received better
treatment than their victims.

Common Czense took a beating when you couldn't
defend yourself from a burglar in your own home
and the burglar can sue you for assault.

Common Czense finally gave up the will to live, after
a woman failed to realize that a steaming cup of coffee
was hot. She spilled a little in her lap, and was promptly
awarded a huge settlement.

Common Czense was preceded in death by his parents,
Truth and Trust; his wife, Discretion; his daughter,
Responsibility; and his son, Reason.

He is survived by three stepbrothers; I Know My Rights,
Someone Else is to Blame, and I'm A Victim, and

Prepare Three More Envelops.


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Remember the sleazy 2005 CZ Board election.  Sean Larkin who missed more than 50% of Board meetings and had probably already moved or was in the process of moving, remained on the Board, voted in the election as a Delegate and then resigned a week or two later to deny the one candidate who ran against this corrupt, incompetent CZ Board a Board seat.  Does anyone believe that George Thagard, running for reelection, Bob Varo, Jerry Mezger and Mitch Hill were not involved in this sleazy, scheme and election manipulation.  If you believe otherwise, I have some "Free" mature trees to sell you.   So what we are seeing in 2006 is nothing new and to be expected.  Joe Morabito


P.S.  Our suppliers have a vested interest in the status quo.  All the high priced Consultants and over paid Klug are feeding at the trought thankes to this incompetent CZ Board.  And, Varo & Company have not gone out to bid for property management services in more than five years which means fees higher than necessary




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