Saturday, March 19, 2011

Countryway residents stage a coup after brouhaha over money, management

What started out as one home­owner's concern over spending and a 51 percent dues increase led to accusations of mismanagement, an appeal to the state, legal fees and the exit of four members on Countryway's master board.
HOA Wars, Episode Fifty Thousand.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Nearly 20% of Florida homes are vacant

You mean grotesque overbuilding of overpriced condominium complexes on mosquito-infested swamp land hasn't worked as a long-term land use strategy? I'm shocked.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

A real Toy Story! The house that childhood dreams (or nightmares) are made of | Mail Online

A real Toy Story! The house that childhood dreams (or nightmares) are made of | Mail Online:

A unique concept in lawn decoration...

Man sets townhome on fire trying to oust squirrels

Hughes said he previously had contacted the townhome management company, Royster Property Management, about the squirrels and the hole in his home but he was told he had to have the squirrels removed before it could repair the hole. Royster Property Management president Benita Royster confirmed that Hughes called March 4 and said he was referred to a local animal trapper because company policy makes homeowners responsible for having wildlife removed. It would cost $175 for the trapper to come out plus $75 for each squirrel ensnared, she said.
So he put a smoke bomb in the gutter and set the place on fire. Sure, he's probably living in a motel now, but hey--I'll bet he scared the daylights out of those squirrels.

Monday, March 14, 2011

California's Inland Empire wants to attract employers

Chino Mayor Dennis Yates said the Inland Empire needs to find a way to entice businesses to the area. One way to do so, he says, is to create upscale neighborhoods.

"The objective for cities in areas like the Inland Empire is to somehow entice these high-tech folks to move to the Inland Empire. We would have to create some type of Brentwood or Coto de Caza atmosphere to get them to move here," Yates said.

"And trust me, they will relocate their business. The Inland Empire is a beautiful place to live - Suburbia USA - but we have very few places like a Coto de Caza or Brentwood. ... So I think that is the problem."


But, Mr. Mayor, can you or will you work to create these places with public funding and governance without privatizing them via mandatory membership homeowner associations? We'll take your answer in the comments section of this post.