Month: December 2017

The cautionary tale of the City of Bell

What we can learn from The City of Bell Scandal The Bell scandal involved the misappropriation of public funds in Bell, California, United States over a period of several years in the first decade of the 21st century. In July 2010, the Los Angeles Times published an investigative article on possible malfeasance in the neighboring …

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Is SCA Board protecting owners from scams?

Owner oversight, the bedrock of good HOA governance, has been decimated by this Board SCA Board has gone a step further than just emasculating owner oversight by committees. It has also developed a self-righteous strategy to delegitimize ALL owner complaints about Board members, the attorney, and the GM (performance, pay, and recall election interference). Their …

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Clark County Manager’s raise gets her almost to Sandy Seddon’s pay

The Review Journal just published an article about the Clark County Manager’s performance evaluation and pay increase: Updated December 20, 2017 – 6:15 am Clark County Manager Yolanda King will receive a $5,200 raise to her annual salary. County commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday to increase King’s pay during their first annual review of her as …

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Bernie Madoff and how NRED risks being like the SEC

What’s up with the Ombudsman? Several people have told me that their NRED complaints of GM election interference were summarily rejected without satisfactory investigation or explanation. They feel the rejections were unfair as the complaints were rejected for reasons unrelated to the substance of the issue raised. For example, they reported that NRED did not independently verify the …

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December 7 Board meeting: Part 4 Penny wise, pound foolish

SCA agreed to pay $55,000 to settle dispute over $4,400 delinquent dues In his President’s report, Rex reported the Release and Settlement of A-14-702071-C.  SCA agreed to pay Citi Mortgage  $55,000 as full and final settlement of all claims in a case where the homeowner defaulted and so the fight was between SCA and a …

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December 7 Board meeting wrap-up: Part 3 Board owner communications

  Board Communications Task Force Report Rex appointed two Board members (and no owners) to propose solutions to poor Board-owner communications. This is like appointing two members from Anthem Council to propose solutions to communication problems between SCA and Anthem Council. Not involving all stakeholders in the development of shared solutions is a core failing …

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December 7 Board meeting: Part 2 Self-management and the GM

Self-management Status Report Tom Nissen described the management company’s (FSR) deficiencies that motivated the Board in 2015 to decide to go to self-management. He said the decision was not primarily to save money, it was to “get better information to manage the business more effectively”. True, FSR dropped the ball on maintenance projects and bungled …

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