December 4, 2016
News and Other Things for Harbour Vista Community Huntington Beach
posted 15 November 2016
October HOA Meeting Highlights
Architectural Guidelines Not Released
Landscaping Vendor Presentation
This monthly HOA meeting was held October 24 in the Cabana Club House. Board members, Mike Mengel, Ted LaMantia, Terry-Piper Johnson, Michael Huma and Mary Williams were present.  Action Property Manager Peggy Shaw was also present along with nine homeowners. present.
Open Forum
  • A member discussed an issues of a full trash can of pet feces located at the car wash area (Cabana) that was not being emptied. The Board stated that the janitor service will be informed to emptying it in the future. They probably did not know it was even there or their responsibility.
  • The Rosendahls asked when and if the board was willing to meet with them to avoid further legal expenses for either party. Mike Mengel said he would not discuss anything in open session but they could stay after in executive session.
  • A member asked about an electrical power failure to a set of garages on Blackbeard when the resolution took almost three days which included over the weekend. An issue was raised that the Property Management Company did not realize that this was an emergency going over the weekend, it was eventually discovered that a breaker had been tripped. Unfortunately the lock had been replaced with a non-Edison lock with no key available. President Mike Mengle had to personally cut the lock on Sunday to be able to restore power.
This editor expressed that these above issues is how the members react when working with the Action Property Management Help Desk and not necessarily the HOA or Action's fault. Michael Mengel suggested to this editor that the Harbour Vista Newsletter publish an editorial about interacting with the property management company.
Landscaping Vendor Report
Bemus Landscaping provided a presentation to discuss recent landscaping issues. There was a complaint from Board member Michael Huma and from a property owner about the recent use of Roundup to kill the grass which is to be replaced by mulch. Roundup is somewhat hazardous to small animals and children. Board member Michael Huma suggested that they look at alternate materials to do the same thing.

There was discussion of watering scheduling and possible installation of smart sprinkler controllers. Rebates are being provided by the State.

Bemus discussed tree, grass trimming schedules.
Financial Report
The HOA Operating Funds deficit has not changed much from last month and is slightly 10% of the total yearly members assessments.
Committee Reports
  • The Architectural Committee spokesperson had no requests submitted this month. Board member Terri-Piper Johnson, asked why the Architectural Guidelines had not been approved and distributed to the members. They were finalized in May. Mike Mengle stated that the Emergency Executive Architectural Committee Meeting held July 6th, that he had announced that the attorney had returned the Guidelines with some minor corrections, so there is nothing preventing them from being approved and distributed which will be on the agenda for the November 28 HOA meeting.
  • Treasurer Mary Williams resigned as Chairperson of the Landscaping Committee. Terri-Piper Johnson assumed the chair and will take over the responsibilities of the monthly walk through's.
  • The Parking Committee submitted no report. The spokesperson was not in attendance. The Board announced that new parking signs will be posted which will allow citations to be issued and vehicles towed.
  • Mary Williams described the workings of an “unofficial Rules and Regulation committee” consisted of herself and HOA member Cynthia Lee. It was decided to change the hours of the pool areas from 12midnight to 11pm.
Unfinished Business
  • Fire Alarm panel replacement proposal was again tabled.
  • Pool Furniture Proposals was approved.
  • The Draft Reserve Study was approved
Budget Discussion
The Board disclosed that they had met in Executive Session and had decided to raise the monthly assessments by 2-1/2 percent. Excessive legal and pluming expenses were blamed.

The Board is looking into establishing a “special assessments” for major repairs to the property such as repaving the parking roadways.

Harbour Vista has an exceedingly low funding of its reserves. Action Property Management revealed that our HOA is one of the lowest (by percent ) funded reserves of any of its clients.

The Board mentioned the company holding Harbour Vista's land lease Dermot Reality has expressed interest in proving some financing to our HOA. Board member Terri-Piper Johnson and Mike Huma will ask to hold discussions with them and will report back to the membership.
New Business
No new liens were publicly announced.

The next HOA meeting will be Monday November 28th at 6:30m in the Cabana Clubhouse.■
Editor Notes:
  1. HOA can declare a “special assessment” to the membership up to 5% of the current fiscal year's budgeted expenses without membership approval. Civ. Code §5605[b].
  2. The Harbour Vista Newsletter developed and published in January of this year "The Unofficial Architectural Guidelines" These Guidelines are not much different than what the Board will approve when they get around to doing it.
posted 16 November 2016
Special Supplement: The Rosendahl's Story
by Aime Rosendahl
This story is how our HOA has abused my families lives. Our HOA has an entrapment judgement against us for approximately $100k for legal fee ONLY for “Not asking for permission”. No damages. They have placed a lien on our Unit. The Sheriff served a levy notice for yet another trial to take possession of our condo. We have filed bankruptcy. The HOA is running a monthly deficit for approximately equals the judgement ???? and will be raising all members dues in January. Why could they not have worked out some way to give us some type of permission instead of spending all this money to put both of us in significant debt? I write this article as a warning to other homeowners who may naively stumble into this predicament. It will be broken into four parts.
Part I: Starting Our Remodeling 
In 2005, when our construction business and the real estate business was booming, we purchased a 3500sqft. upscale house in Laguna Niguel. We put down a large down payment because we believed this was a perfect investment. 2010 and the construction boom stopped, business was slow and the house started to depreciate. 2012 we had an original supply line burst upstairs flooding all the flooring and drywall and causing a huge financial mess. Our house was literally under water. Do we remodel and fight trying to afford the monthly payments and increased interest rate or do we short sale and loose out on our investment and the American Dream? The house was always too big for us and the yard and upkeep too much. Something smaller, close to the beach and work would be perfect for our family. We took a huge financial loss on our home and even had to borrow money for the condo but it was the right thing to do. Harbour Vista was perfect for us and a perfect place to start over. We could do a quick remodel on the condo and start the Short Sale on our home and move on.
Closed October 2014
The purchased upstairs three bedroom unit was bare bones (original as built 1980’s). It needed a major remodel but there was definitely POTENTIAL and the LOCATION was perfect. Less than 2 miles to the beach and 3 miles to our business. NO more sitting in traffic or 1 hour commutes.  We were sold and closed escrow on my birthday and in October 2014.
Open Concept Plan
Even though it was a three bedroom and we are a family of four, our Realtor explained as selling point was that there was approximately 400 sqft. Attic space above the
existng HV unit cica 2004
master bedroom and conversions he had seen. He showed us photos of a unit in Harbour Vista (Grunion side) that had removed the 3rd bedroom downstairs to make more open space and have converted the large attic space to two bedrooms. This was done in 2004. You can see the extra windows that were added for the two new bedrooms in the attic from the street. There were so many options for remodeling to a more “open format modern living”
Working Hard
A lot of sweat and hard work went into the demolition and removal of everything we had purchased in the upstairs condo.
  • “Squash colored” cabinets, wood framing and doors,
  • Flimsy fiberglass tub/shower units, scratched cultured marble vanity tops
  • Drop-down florescent lighting in the kitchens and bathrooms. There was NO lighting in any of the bedrooms or family room.
  • High energy appliances and leaky toilets and faucets.
  • Soiled carpet and large tiles with grout that was coffee color but most definitely white when it was first installed. 
  • And the “third bedroom” which was really more of an office with its large 60” glass French doors.
Both my husband and I are in construction. Our business is kitchen and bathroom remodeling where we are the hands on laborers. My father is a State Licensed "General Contractor". Through all stages in this demolition and discovery, he advised us of any concerns. Unfortunately, we needed to also run our business and probably made excess noise on the weekend and into the evening when we had time to do the work. That was our big mistake and we should have been more considerate to our neighbors. Ultimately, they must have complained to the board. They did not know us as new homeowners or fast flippers.
Stop Work Order
The City placed a stop work order on our door for requests for city permits (oops) and the HOA Board sent a Cease and Desist until an Architectural Application was received. ■
In Part II, I will discuss how we tried to resolve the issues, but we were stopped at every place with HOA inaction to drag things out for almost a years to get us to this entrapment trial.

Dues Increase Average 3.85%

In the Annual Budget Report and Annual Policy Statement recently send to the members, it appears that Harbour Vista assessments will increase on the average 3.85% (average $16.79 per month), not 2-1/2% as previously announced at the October Board Meeting.
posted 27 August 2016
Dinning Around Harbour Vista
Little Thai Restaurant
For authentic Thai food a small restaurant with about 10 tables Thai Harbor is very nice place to go. The food is moderately price and the lunch specials are really great deals.
Pineapple Fried Rice
I have been going to Thai Harbor for a little while, so I ordered one of my favorites Pineapple Fried Rice with Vegetables. It tried this with chicken, by I prefer it with just vegetables. This dish included exotic mild curry fried with egg, pineapple, onion, tomatoes, cashews and raisins. Very fresh ingredients fair price and good portion enough for two to share.
Spicy Thai Cashew Plate
Another dish ordered was the Spicy Thai Cashew Plate which offers of a choice of meats. I picked beef. The plate came with sautéed onion with carrot, water chestnuts, cashews, bell pepper, green onions and whole dried chili peppers. For someone like myself who doesn't like spicy food it was really great. But you can ask for it to be spicy.
Spicy Thai Lunch Special
I tried the Spicy Thai Lunch Special with beef. It came with a tasty side salad with some sweet ginger dressing, Jasmine rice again perfectly cooked as well as an egg tofu soup which was extremely good.
Pineapple Curry Lunch Special
The Pineapple Curry lunch Special was served in a bowl. It looked somewhat like soup. At first I was disappointed as it came in a bowl. However, it turned out to be extremely tasty with pineapples, tomatoes, bell pepper, basil leaves, and coconut milk with a red curry paste. The lunch special came with the same sides as the Spicy Thai Cashew Plate.
Fresh and Taste
The interior is simple, and the food is fresh, the service friendly, and the restaurant is normally not crowded, but the food is fresh,and the service good. It is always a good place to visit during the weekdays for fresh and tasty dinner with great deals for friends for lunch specials.■

Thai Harbor Thai Restaurant
16103 Bolsa Chica (Near Edinger)
Huntington Beach, CA, , 92649
Phone: (714) 846-8986
Mon thru Fri - 11am-3pm, 5pm-9pm
Sat-Sun - 12am-3pm, 5pm-9pm
posted 19 November 2016
Recipe of the Month
African Sweet Potato Peanut Soup
by Eden Hommes
This recipe is delicious and filling, incorporating sweet potatoes, red lentils, and peanuts into a protein, fiber, and antioxidant-packed soup. Instead of pumpkin soup this year, celebrate the season with sweet potatoes!

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 small diced yellow onion
  • 2 cloves diced garlic
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon ginger
  • 2 lbs. yams (or orange sweet potatoes)
  • 1 cup red lentils
  • 3 chopped tomatoes
  • 2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon tumeric
  • dash of cayene pepper
  • 5 cups vegetable broth
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter (unsweetened smooth or crunchy)
  • 2-3 cups chopped kale (discard thick central stems)
Saute the onion, olive oil, garlic, and ginger. Add the yams, lentils, tomatoes, and spices. Stir in the vegetable broth and bring to a boil. Simmer on medium for 30-40 minutes until the yams and lentils are soft. Stir in peanut butter. Blend the soup with a hand-held immersion blender, or in a blender until it is mostly smooth with a few chunks. Stir in the kale and let wilt before serving. Serves 4-5. ■
Footnote: "A resident of Harbour Vista, Eden Hommes is an ER nurse with a passion for preventative medicine and natural health. She is working on a Masters degree in Holistic Nutrition, and teaches classes on Essential Oils. She can be reached at"
Current News (click links)
Correction (12/04/16)
Renter's Corner (12/02/16)
Real Estate Update (11/23/16)
Dinning:Little Thai Restauant (11/27/16)
Abuse (Part I-Starting Remodeling) (11/23/16)
November's Recipe (11/19/16))
HOA Highlites (11/15/16)
Cleanup After Yourself (09/29/16)
FYI: Nextdoor (08/23/16)
Notification: The fireplaces in each Harbour Vista Condo are not designed to burn wood, paper or any other combustible material. Only "gas logs" are allowed to burn in fireplaces. Burning other material such as pressed logs or wood in these fireplaces is NOT allowed and can create a fire hazards to the complex.
posted 29 September 2016
The State of the pool BBQ's at Harbour Vista is becoming a concern. Cockroches are a common occurrence. The HOA does repair and clean these units. But this is not on a regular basis or can it be done immediately.
Your Property Too!!
Members and renters should clean up after themselves!! Grilling marinated meats leaves sweet BBQ sauce which attracts insects.
Simple Quick Clean
After you as a member or a renter uses the BBQ's, please go to the trouble to clean the grills. It is not too much effort. Burn of the residue off and use a wire brush to remove the ashes.■
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You will have a warm inner glow for the rest of the day. ■
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Michael Mengel
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Vice President
Terri Piper-Johnson
cell: (707) 477-9044 (txt also)
Mary Williams
Mihai (Mike) Huma
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posted 23 August 2016
Private Social Media Site
For Harbour Vista
Harbour Vista News was recently introduced to Nextdoor - a private social network for our neighborhood. Neighbors register by their location (street name) and then become part of group. For Harbour Vista residents, our group is called Harbour Pines. It includes Harbour Vista condos and the surrounding neighborhood.
Local Information
You can ask your local neighbors for recommendations. For crime or safety issue members of the police department even participate posting information about road closure and local crime incidents. There is a lost and found and classified section. You can find a last-minute babysitter or a pet sitter through Nextdoor.
There is no charge to be a member. To start go to (, you will find and meet your neighbors there.■
Upcoming HOA Meeting Schedules
(subject to change without notice)
Date Location Time Agenda
19 December
Cabana Clubhouse 6:30PM
December 19, 2016
December 19, 2016 (after open Session
December 2016    
Normally Board Open Meetings are Dark
During the Month of December
because of the Holidays
23 January
Cabana Clubhouse 6:30PM
January 23, 2017
January 23, 2017 (after open Session)
Real Estate Summary
(as of December 1, 2016)
Active Real Estate Listing
Address Type Asking
16512 Blackbeard Lane #205 1BD/1BA $196,300 (back on market)
4852 Cabana Drive #106 2BD/2BA $488,000
4831 Lago Drive #103 2BD/2BA $295,000 (wrong address)
16542 Blackbeard Lane #100 3BD/2BA $240,000
Address Type Information
Address Type Information
Closed Sales 2016
Address Type Closed
4861 Lago Drive #200 3BD/2BA $292,000
4861 Lago Drive #104 1BD/1BA $218,900
16512 Blackbeard Lane #105 1BD/1BA $180,000 (8/1/16)
4861 Lago Drive #203 3BD/2BA $296,000 (8/1/16)(private sale)
16512 Blackbeard Lane #101 3BD/2BA $312,750 (7/30/16)
4831 Lago Drive #201 3BD/2BA $291,000 (7/6/16)
4852 Cabana Drive #206 2BD/2BA $265,000 (7/1/16)
16512 Blackbeard Lane #106 1BD/1BA $229,500 (5/26/16)
16551 Grunion Lane #205 2BD/2BA $264,000 (04/12/16)
4861 Lago Drive #304 1BD/1BA $220,000 (04/07/16)
16521 Grunion Lane #204 2BD/2BA $270,000 (3/31/16)
16521 Grunion Lane #304 2BD/2BA $260,000 (3/18/16)
16521 Grunion Lane #105 2BD/2BA $283,000 (2/25/16)
16512 Blackbeard Lane #106 1BD/1BA $177,500 (1/19/16)
Closings Sales 2015
4861 Lago Drive #203 3BD/2BA $246,919
4831 Lago Drive #200 3BD/2BA $305,000
4831 Lago Drive #104
1BD/1BA $205,000
4791 Lago Drive #104 1BD/1BA $230,000
16512 Blackbeard Lane #202 3BD/2BA $240,000
4831 Lago Drive #103
2BD/2BA $265,000
16542 Blackbeard Lane #201 3BD/2BA $270,000

Note: An up green tick () means sold for more than asking price.
A down red tick ( ) means sold for less than asking price.
For sale, available to show, with no accepted offer.
A contingent offer is accepted and in escrow, but buyer retains contingencies to cancel, and the Seller is inviting "Backup" offers. The price shown is the list price, not necessarily the contract price.
Buyer has removed all contingencies, and the escrow is in final closing stages. The price shown is the list price, not necessarily the contract price.
The property has been removed from marketing, but a listing contract is unexpired, and still binding on the seller.
The listing is available for sale, but the property cannot currently be shown, usually for temporary convenience factors.
The following rental information was provided (2 December 2016)
Address Type Price Info/Ref
16521 Blackbeard Ln #305 2BD/2BA $2700/mon  
4831 Lago Dr #305 2BD/2BA $2295/mon  
16542 Blackbeard Ln #203 2BD/2BA $2000/mon Agent: James Melton
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