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   COTO DE CAZA- SecurityAreNotUs 

June 02, 2006


  • From:  Bob

    Date:  Fri, 2 Jun 2006 22:38:43 EDT

    In today's Canyon Life, there was an article about Lyle Schlieder's leaving the BOD. Lyle was quoted as follows: "There are no patrols anymore. I am not sure if what we are dealing with is just a pretty face at the gate that we pay a lot of money for." So is that the "compelling offer" that the BOD received from UPS?  Is this what security in Coto de Caza has been reduced to? If a member of the BOD does not know what is going on with the security company in Coto, then who does?

         Friday, June 2 at 5:30 PM, the line to get into Coto at the west gate was backed-up to Antonio. After finally getting to the gate, I saw that the pole for the left gate was lying on the ground, the middle gate was blocked off and the pole for the middle gate was lying on the ground, and the only gate open for residents with transponders to go through was the right gate which is the slowest gate we have. There was a gate attendant doing the usual job of getting visitors through the left gate, but nobody attending to the center lane and the right lane. Has the staff of UPS been reduced so greatly that there is no one to come out of the guard house and try to get residents in, or do UPS employees just not know how to function in out-of-the ordinary situations?     

         So Mr. Varo and Mr. Klug, I must ask you once again, where is the over $1.5 million dollars budgeted for security going? Is anybody on the BOD or in Keystone monitoring the continuing lack of security in Coto? Is it true that a security consultant been hired for Coto, or is this just another rumor, and if so, what has he contributed to betterment of Coto de Caza? Why are the CC&Rs not being enforced in Coto any more, ie. on the street parking, trash dumpsters allowed to be left on the street and not in driveways, business signs placed along major Coto streets? We do not want the standards upon which Coto de Caza was built to be ignored. We do not want our property values to decline because of poor service, lack of security or lack of enforcement! If either of you are not aware of what is going on here and since both of you have refused to walk around Coto and see what I see while walking in Coto, I will offer to gladly drive both of you around Coto and show you the lack of enforcement.


         I eagerly await your response.



    Hi Bob:


    First, we applaud Lyle for stepping down - it was the right thing to do, since it has been obvious that the board did not listen to a thing Lyle had to say.


    The same line you cite caught our eye- particularly since when Lyle was appointed to the board, he endorsed the change from Securitas to UPS, and endorsed the board’s stance with regards to public safety, as "going in the right direction..".  He in fact blamed traffic accidents as mostly due to soccer moms – all this also reported by the OCR.


    At that time we asked Lyle whether he had been involved in due diligence in the hiring of UPS, but he never responded.


    More recently we asked the board to re-direct UPS to become more active, since the mandate from the board to UPS has been to keep a low profile.  Predictably, no one from Keystone or UPS responded.


    So, if Lyle did not agree with the mandate to UPS, why did he not mention this during board meetings?  Why did he not mention this to anyone else?


    This is the reason why we are starting a move to recall Mitch Hill:  Even though there will be substantive changes with the addition of Yocham and Zipperman to the board, they will at best be dead-locked since Hill rarely attends board meetings.  The worse case scenario is that Zipperman and Yocahm will not agree with the board, but Hill will be able to cast the deciding vote!


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