Saturday, April 11, 2015
Lucia Sandoval says she put the flag up to remember her husband, who is currently deployed with the U.S Navy. But shortly after the flag went up, she received a notice stating it was out of conformity with neighborhood standards.
"In a recent review of the community, it was brought to our attention that you may not be aware of one or more of the rules for the community," the letter from the HOA reads. "Your front yard had a flag displayed not in accordance with the accepted standards. Please remove the flag ASAP."
In the letter, the HOA cites community guidelines, which read, "Flags and flagpoles shall be uniformly placed and consistent in size and shape and shall not interfere with on site utilities."
Sandoval says she didn't understand how her flag violated any of those policies and is refusing to take it down.
Another flag flap, this one in the Utah sector of Privatopia. Film at 10 on WTVC Channel 9.
Friday, April 10, 2015
"Nestled in eastern Long Island is a sleepy little town called Yaphank where the streets have cozy names like Oak and Park, names that hide a dark past: they once bore signs like Hitler and Goebbels Streets.Yaphank, in the 1930s, appeared as a haven for Americans--most of them of German heritage--who sympathized with the causes of the Third Reich.
In fact, it was largely founded as a Nazi camp, one of several scattered across the U.S., where the children in the German American Bund (AKA American Nazis) could fish, swim, hunt and learn about things like eugenics."
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3033153/The-town-fascism-built-Inside-New-York-hamlet-home-pro-Nazi-camp-street-named-Hitler.html#ixzz3Wtt5bosL
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Thursday, April 09, 2015
Robert Meisner Says Condo/Homeowners Associations Beware: The Michigan Legislature Has Dealt You a Severe Blow
update: and here is another attorney's summary of the changes.
Wednesday, April 08, 2015
Monday, April 06, 2015
Thanks to Ward Lucas for this link. Across the nation, failing condo projects have been placed in the hands of court appointed receivers who are supposed to make good decisions to get the projects back on their feet, if possible. Here is one story of a situation where the receiver and the owners are in major conflict, with allegations that the receiver isn't doing his job.
And here is a brief summary of her detailed empirical analysis---
"This is an analysis of the unforeseen consequences of the City of Alexandria, Virginia privatizing many services that it has traditionally provided to its homeowners. Alexandria was first settled in the mid-1700s and over the years has been home to the likes of George Washington, Robert E. Lee, Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, and Jim Morrison, lead singer of The Doors. Today, after three major annexations of land in 1915, 1930, and 1952, Alexandria now occupies 15.6 square miles directly across the Potomac River from the District of Columbia and is home to an estimated 142,000 people, making it one of the more densely populated cities in the United States. On a functional basis, however, Alexandria today is two separate “cities” of relatively equal physical size and population that differ markedly in community structure and political influence. In one of these “cities,” the average homeowner pays their taxes and receives all their services from City Hall. In the other “city,” the average homeowner pays their taxes, but receives only some of their services from City Hall."
Here are two links to the page, in case one doesn't work:
Sunday, April 05, 2015