September 2008 ISSUE
We do not make jokes, we simply watch the LA Times, the Orange County Register and CID/HOA board of directors and report the facts!
Coto de Caza The Welfare State- Subsidies, Subsidies, Subsidies......
All: The CZ Board needs to deal with the
subsidies going to outsiders playing on our Sports
Fields (the majority of the kids) and the free loaders
who live in the Estates and the Villages to generate
$500,000 or more a year to support landscaping
renovation. Though there is now some money going
into Reserves to cover landscaping renovation (about
$85,000 a year at last count), it will never be enough
to cover all the work that must be done.
This is a ticking time bomb for CZ that will only get
worse if the Board does not have the guts to end these
subsidies once and for all. If it does not
happen, we are assured years of dues increases that
will be inevitable.
the mother of all subsidies is now being requested by
GM, Ford and Chrysler, the Big Three auto makers in
Detroit . They are asking the federal government
to loan them $50 Billion at 5% interest.
Small businesses that generate most
of the jobs in this country can’t borrow at 5%
interest if they can borrow at all. This
is a taxpayer bail out of auto companies that have
produced lousy products and service for years and big
auto unions who have bankrupted those companies.
And, the odds of these companies filing bankruptcy is
about 50/50 which means that taxpayers will be left
holding the bag if they go under. What are
we going to do with an auto plant that may be the
collateral? This is crazy.
Instead, the Big Three need to renegotiate those union
contracts to get serious concessions to cut their cost
so they can invest in retooling rather than bloated
benefits that most workers in the US do not have
today. The fully loaded cost for an auto factory
worker is about $60 an hour which is absurd and the
reason GM has shrunk from over 400,000 employees in
the US to about 76,000. Most of their
production is now overseas.
when I wrote that Allen Cadillac in Laguna Niguel
refused to service my car after doing business with
them for more than 20 years because I dinged them in
the surveys for closing on Saturday.
And, when I complained to GM in Detroit, they did
nothing about it. Well as you might imagine, I
had the last word. This year we bought two new
cars within a three month period; one Japanese and one
German. GM market share has fallen to 21% in the
US and the numbers continue to fall because people
like me are gone forever. I voted with my
check book to punish them from treating a good, long
term customer like crap. JM
The CZ Board needs to end the subsidies going to
outsiders and other organizations and start
representing the interests of our members before they
raise dues again or face a revolt. It will be
like the citizens with the pitch forks in the original
Frankenstein movie and I will be leading the charge.
Where is Governor Palin when we need her? By the
way, love her!!! -
assemblyman Chuck Devore may say, what some call pork,
others call earmarks, yet others call it good use of
tax dollars. Or as a former board member may
say, the association needs a responsible budget by
increasing monthly dues so the community can partake
of the Coto Lifestyle.
other words, what you call subsidies, is simply a way
to have the community at large enjoy the Coto
Lifestyle at the expense of CZ home owners.
will soon see that a “majority of residents” agree
that services need to be upgraded (read, need to
increase dues and increase subsidies), even if it
takes raising CZ resident’s monthly dues –
how might you ask? Simply read the latest CZ
Golden Rain Foundation Rules of Engagement
million Verdict Returned Against Homeowners
2009 Budget Review, Be There or Be Out of Luck!
Homeowners Association, Same Issues
Right LWV Leadership for Such a Time as This?
to Serve, Or Serving To Work - Letter to OC Register
Destroy a Community, or to Destroy the Status
Quo?XThat is the Question in this Letter to the
Menifee SCCA Board of Directors
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