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Class action view above the Trilogy Hills

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Even though a notable but small percentage of homeowners seem to pay attention to such matters, this coming Wednesday, September 30, is an important date in our community. We have been summoned, of sorts, to court about a class action suit brought almost five years ago by our common interest development (aka HOA) against our original developer and a large telecommunication company. Details provided in the 'social current see' that follows and the preceding posts.

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Members seek class in HOA action

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To amplify the last several posts, the content and stories about the upcoming hearing before a Riverside Superior Court judge on Sept. 30, I choose to ask: Why is it so difficult to get homeowner attention for such matters?

Turns out that the topic of class action suits sparks today a significant number of clips, news accounts, and 'social current see' that is in the scroll that follows:





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Guilty Communication in our HOA

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Our common interest development (aka HOA) with 1317 homes south of Corona in the Inland Empire of Southern California is basically a peaceful, tranquil setting at the base of the Cleveland National Forest.

That is not to say that we don't occasionally, maybe even regularly have homeowner and HOA governance or management issues that help to spike temperaments and blood pressures alike for this 55+ community.  One of the best unofficial monitors of neighborhood politics is a website message board called Trilogynow.

Unfortunately, I am a current outcast at the site due to violation of the host rules:  When writing about the California drought and the coming El Niño, I dared to provide an external link to amplify information on the subject.  The host of the message board, a former board member for our HOA, has such a proprietary, provincial view of his site, he will stifle, even censor communication for the most inane reasons.

So, I am reluctantly giving the Trilogynow site a promoti…

Class action suit reaction (1)

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(CORONA) When a local judge sends to every member of your HOA a special letter of invitation to his courtroom, you probably should pay attention.  Such is the story told in the following archive. Because the event is still unfolding, there will be other details and facets to be shared in subsequent posts.  For now, we and others are trying to garner attention about this matter within our community. That task, as usual, is very difficult due to the apathy and distance most of our neighbors hold about matters of HOA governance.


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Class action suit reaction (2)

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(CORONA) Next to attending an HOA board meeting, probably nothing is less tempting than reading about HOA legal matters.  Even the lawyers who work for HOAs will attest to the oblique nature of their content because virtually every letter or message that they send to homeowners barely passes the readability test.  That was confirmed recently here in our HOA when we received a letter (described below) from our HOA law firm.  Shortly later, a local judge had to write to all of us to clarify the lawyer's message.


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HOA legal on a scroll

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HOA legal stuff on your mind, as it is frequently on mine? The search below and the 'social current see' clips, links, and content that is archived here is by no means exhaustive of all the places you can find, but these sites and sources give us a representative sampling of many that are timely and regular in their postings for professionals and laymen alike, meaning homeowners who often have to bone up on such matters.




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Truth about Rent vs Buy

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(CORONA) We live in a common interest development or homeowners association (HOA) in the Inland Empire of Southern California, so we seldom see first-time home buyers moving into our community.  Not true, of course, for the typical neighborhood.  The topic under this title is of interest to millions today and millions more in the future.  The factor of HOA dues is no small consideration for many home owners, not just those who are purchasing for the first time.


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14 years of marking 9/11

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(altacities.com) There is but one generation alive today that lacks vivid recall of this date and the day the world simply calls 9/11.  Of course, that is the Gen-Zrs, those born after the year 2000.  For the rest of us, particularly those living in the USA, the date usually surrounds the question:  What were we doing on that date and at that fateful time?


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2015 El Niño to be no-no, or oh-no?

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(CORONA) From our common interest development or homeowners association (HOA) in the Inland Empire of Southern California, we can report a minuscule ending to the California drought.  No, just kidding. The smidgen of rain today holds no chance of being a drought buster.  But on the horizon there is a massive weather phenomenon known as El Niño that might just become the answer to prayers for rainless California.


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Medicare fraud scam targets

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Alarming Medicare fraud reports regularly surface in the media and generally pertain to two two types of crime: 1) So-called providers of care are using suspicious, if not fraudulent billing practices to scam taxpayers, and 2) Criminals are making calls to Medicare patients to obtain identity information that can later be used to rip off Medicare and Social Security enrollees.  As you read the clips, links, stories and social current see that follows, be aware of how you or a loved one may be swindled, deceived, and abused.  Don't let it happen to you.


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Fake lawns to 'grow' in CA HOAs?

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One of the interesting developments coming out of the #AB349 law in California that permits HOA homeowners to install fake grass and drought-tolerant landscapes is that no matter what state lawmakers allow, HOAs are likely to throw roadblocks in front of individual homeowners.  Perhaps the reason for that is that when all is said and done, the uniformity of change is important for HOAs. What one individual or group of individuals may do about landscaping still has an effect on the "look and feel" of the entire community.  Perhaps that's why our HOA gave notice that any landscape changes still require approval from our Design Review Committee.

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Ignorance about HOA is not bliss

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During the precursor period prior to the 2016 USA presidential election until November 2016, at least one leading presidential candidate of our time is trying to claim ignorance and lack of attention about decisions made long ago.  A common tactic, I suppose, but the reasoning fails to fly with most voters, hence the candidate is suffering mightily in the categories of trustworthiness and honesty.

A related analogy applies to those who live in, work in, or govern common interest developments (homeowner associations or HOAs). Ignorance or lack of understanding the rules, even lack of attention to matters of importance serves no one, least of all the homeowners in these communities.

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9.5 years of following this common interest

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Sometimes, this blog and related sites will draw my attention to matters not covered under the general theme of common interest developments. That's why the moniker, more than HOAs, applies. Such is the case of the following post and the social current see that follows.
 ▶Haven't added a post to MyJournal in awhile since I have concentrated on other matters shown in the links below.  That doesn't mean cancer survival and related topics haven't been on my mind during these last few weeks and months, but simply that, fortunately, life goes on and other matters take precedence.  Thankfully, we are here to journal a full 9.5 years since that fateful MCL diagnosis.  Time and kites do fly!


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Can Jerry rig answers to 'dumb' HOA laws during California drought?

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The clouds hanging over the drought problem just became more interesting.  While there doesn't appear to be any new moisture on the immediate horizon, there seems to be a lot of wind turbulence.  Read on for the clips, news, and comments in the social current see of the day about how the state is bringing about a degree of thunder to help enlighten HOAs about drought management in their domains.


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