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
Posted by CotoBlogzz | 06/05/2009 04:00 PM
Laguna Woods Village, CA - Exactly what happened during the June 2, 2009 Golden Rain Foundation (GRF) Board of Directors Meeting? Because there were at least to differing accounts, we decided to present the facts behind the fiction. We asked GRF board representatives, property management company PCM public relations representatives and residents alike to provide us their view of the meeting.
But, first, some context: One year ago, almost to the day, we published various pieces with titles such as Abusive Residents or Abuse of Authority? and Uncivil Homeowners Association (HOA) Wars, as a result of the ongoing hostilities between GRF board members and residents, PCM the property management company, called the Sheriff during board meetings, “because the old fogies are getting unruly” – paraphrasing incident 08-101645 logged 6/3/2008 in the OC Sheriff Blotter. At that time, the resident's ire renewed calls for the firing of the PCM, along with demands for an apology to grieved residents. “PCM top management needs to be replaced now,” reads in part a call to action:
call to action then shines the spotlight on the local
When residents questioned the community’s gate access procedures, a file with sensitive information was reported as missing. According to published reports, PCM worked with OCSD’s investigator Barth Massey weeks before PCM finally reported it as and alleged burglary documented in the case 08-232487 on December 02, 2008. In connection with this case we called FileGate a “lawyer letter” was sent to the group of ten Laguna Woods Residents we refer to as the VillageTen People: Kay Margason, Katie McDaniel, Carol Moore ; Don Lippert ; Pamela Grundke ; Stanley L. Feldstein ; Joe Fischler ; Michael Curtis ; Dominic Burrasco ; Ray Barrett. Apparently the alleged stolen file went missing in November. Not sure why it took so long for the PCM to file the incident as a burglary report, even when assisted by an OCSD investigator. Our conclusion then is that the OCSD is not responsive, even when a Public Records Act is file - After months of trying to get information on FileGate, we tried to reach Lt. Bill Griffin. Since he would not return calls, we tried to talk to Sgt. Lisa Von Normheim and Investigator Massey – they would not talk to us. However, the event ended up being “… documented in an Information Report, not a Crime Report” according to Lt. Bill Griffin.
The PCM Ultimatum to the Third Board
Then there is the Ultimatum, delivered by PCM to the Third Mutual Board of directors. In the ultimatum, Mr. Johns outlines certain conditions including a a Shut Up Rule. In essence, a code of conduct for board members: “Directors will not make demeaning or hostile comments about staff nor the general manager in any venue other than closed session meetings of the board." However, Mr. Johns will be “very happy to ease these restrictions once the roles of the Directors and PCM as management agent have been reconciled to the mutual satisfaction of both parties.” so states the memorandum.
Removal of Katie McDaniel
When newly appointed Third Mutual director Katie McDaniel started to ask probing questions, including looking in to the handling of association affairs by PCM, the Third Board removed Ms Katie without cause. Ms McDaniel however, filed a temporary restraining order. On April 23, 2009, the presiding judge ruled on her favor. "Katie Wins! It’s the first milestone. Lets keep it going till we clean house of all those cheating/lying sellouts. Watch the coming attractions for it’s going to be a hot summer....Thanks Katie for your courage and commitment to this community. We respect your integrity towards your fiduciary responsibility” read a viral email announcing the judge's ruling on a preliminary Injunction which prevents the Third Mutual Board from replacing Katie with someone else to the Third Mutual Board.
The Threat of a 73-Year Disgruntled Resident
recently, when PCM employees, including
Public Affairs Manager Wendy Bucknam and
General Manager Milt Johns felt
threatened by a 73-year
old resident, PCM filed a restraining order,
Petition to Remove the United Mutual Board
week and as
promised, bright and early this past Monday June 1,
Mutual director Michael Curtis during
the Finance Committee Meeting,
Mr. Curtis did deliver a Petition
to the United President to recall
certain United board members.
When one GRF director complained about the cost,
Curtis reminded them that, according to Janet Price's
own email, PCM was secretly payout as much as
$20,000 per week ($1,000,000 per year). As is
now common practice Mr. Curtis was hooted down by
fellow board members.
Questions about GRF Financials
Corky and Nony Eley regularly raise insightful questions about the way the local governance handles management issues. The most recent ones are hot of the press. In a letter sent to Janet Price, Finance director, M. Eley writes:
The June 2009 Golden Rain Foundation Meeting
This now takes us to the June 2, 2009 GRF Meeting meeting
According to resident Delsie Zizak, the June 2, 2009:
Whereas another resident writes:
Mr. Johns views the confrontation differently: "Please note that it was Mr. Miller and I that were assaulted by you, contrary to your accusations. Numerous staff have made notations of their observations of the incident" - he writes in an email, drawing a swift rebuttal from Mr. Curtis:
Mr. Curtis' Parting Words
Mr. Curtis' final word after a review of the two clips put the spotlight back on Mr. Johns
The Uncommon Denominator
Most common interest development/homeowners associations (CID/HOA), as can be expected, are characterized by a group of vocal residents despiteously moniker disgruntled residents. In some cases the pejorative is warranted. In most cases, it is not. This is the first time however that we see a service provider dictate to the boards what can and cannot be done. Further, the uncommon denominator is that PCM, the service provider apparently not only has uber-sensitive employees, (if you want further explanation, just take a trip to your local retail store and see how the typical retail clerk is treated by the public in general) but is also dictating the terms of engagement: Consider the Ultimatum delivered to the Third Mutual board, demanding an apology to PCM employees, the restraining order against a 73-year old resident, and now complaints against PCM's number one critic. Not to mention a controversial incentive plan, which Mr. Curtis has been actively pursuing. Wondering if the high unemployment rate will soften the otherwise sensitive employees?
You will not get respect from this board
Golden Rain Foundation (GRF) Board of Directors
GRF Board Members are elected by the Directors of the community's housing corporations and serve three year terms
By Their Own Petard - Fuses get shorter in Laguna
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Board Recall In Final Stretch ? 4th of July in June!
Mr. Curtis - or is it Persecuting?
Woods Village - United Board on Official Notice
$5 Million Landscape Budget and Recall Petition
to recognize a cheater
Third Mutual's President Queries Answered
Woods Village Budget
What Law? WE are the Law! Recent find of Original Documents were mailed to each
President (GRF, Third Laguna Hills Mutual and United
Laguna Hills Mutual), together with information
sheets from OriginalTrust and amendment to the Trust
dated Jan. 9, 1969. These documents stated how and why
Ross Cortese, the developer of Leisure World Laguna
Hills, changed the concept of Leisure World Laguna
Hills from a Senior Citizen non-profit Co- operative
to a Senior Citizen non-profit Condominium Complex.
Golden Rain Foundation Rules of Engagement
Conners Being Asked to Resign
Third Laguna Hills Mutual of Laguna Woods Village
Devil Made me Do It - Blame it on the Loopholes
Right LWV Leadership for Such a Time as This?
million Verdict Returned Against Homeowners
2009 Budget Review, Be There or Be Out of Luck!
Homeowners Association, Same Issues
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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
ASSOCIATION TITLEHOLDERS ARE "HUMAN CAPITAL"
ASSOCIATIONS: A CLUB YOU DON'T WANT TO BELONG TO
role in Pastures cost association $100,000
AN ATTORNEY CAN BE HAZARDOUS TO YOUR HEALTH LEGAL
BACK GOVERNOR PETE WILSON
I stay or should I go - in/from my HOA? X
Courier Coverage of Unhappy Campers at Leisure World
OTHER PEOPLE?S MONEY by Donie Vanitzian, JDX(c) 2007
do not attend board meetings - GRF that is!
New Seven, err... Eight Wonders of the World
RIVERS" = "TRIPLE PROBLEMS"
seeking condominiums' business goes over the line
ARE A GREAT INVESTMENT- FOR LAWYERS
the LA Times on Defeat of SB670 & Wicked Twin
Witches of the West - SB 127 & AB-980
Transfer Tax - Good for the Common Interest
Development (HOA/CID) Industry or Good for the
company's tape-recording tactic puts homeowners at
Trial Lawyers, the AAJ and the Democratic Party
Woods Village CC&Rs, What CC&Rs? I Got Your
CC&Rs Right Here!
is better in HOA Management? Transparency and
Accountability or Feel Good?May 22, 2007
DO OWNERS SPELL L-A-W S-U-I-T? SENATE BILL NO. 127!X
of the Worst & Most Detrimental Laws to Hit
California are Sponsored by None Other than:
California Association of Realtors (R) The Gold is
Gone --No more gold in the Golden State!
LAW OF INTENDED CONSEQUENCES - WHAT A DIFFERENCE A
"WORD" MAKES: NO! ON ASSEMBLY BILL NO. 563
EMERGENCY! OOPS! WE JUST HAD THE MEETING! YOU MISSED
YOU OUTSWIM YOUR HOA SHARKS? or will you drown trying?
GRAY PANTHERS! YOU GOT IT WRONG!
Law of Unintended Consequences: Legislation and HOA
BOD Cause and Effect: Clueless in my CAR Coming
off a most improbable but successful campaign to
defeat SB 670 author and HOA advocate Vanitizian
thanks supporters making a connection between the
quality of legislation being passed in Sacramento, and
the quality of life in most homeowners...
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