June 28, 2016
News and Other Things for Harbour Vista Community Huntington Beach
posted 23 May 2016
Mittens is 2 year old short hair tuxedo cat that was adopted from the HB Animal Hospital when she was 4 months old. She stands up on counter tops to kiss her owners.  She is very playful and likes to run laps around the house chasing her favorite toy. She meows to go outside to sit in the Harbour Vista courtyard and watch the ducks and birds,  smell the flowers/plants, chase bugs and bask in the sun. She plays hide and seek with us in the house.
She likes a little broccoli snack when she sees her owners eating broccoli. She eagerly waits on patio for her family to come home and meows in desperation when she's sees her owners come home. She doesn't mind when kids dress her up. she likes to sleep on the warm cable box. She likes to join her owners in yoga. ■
posted 19 May 2016
Architectural Committee Highlights
Additional Parking Spaces Table
Guidelines Review
The March HOA monthly meeting was held in the Cabana Clubhouse with three Board Members present: Michael Mengel, Cynthia Lee, and Mary Williams. Peggy Shaw from Action Property Management and ten residents/property owners were also in attendance.
The Spokesperson Michael Barto stated that the Architectural Committee was not there to disapprove anything, they just wanted to make sure that projects were done correctly and within the Harbour Vista’s Architectural Guidelines, our Rules and Regulations and the CC&R’s.
Pilot A/C Installation Approved
The Committee approved the installation of a ductless, split air conditioning system for a top floor three bedroom condo as a pilot. Currently the HOA Rules and Regulations (Section V-4) prohibit any type of external air conditioning system. The Committee will asked the HOA to suspend the rules for this single installation. Electrical and line set will be installed in the attic with new electrical outlets. An outdoor unit will be installed on the second bedroom balcony with a drain to the ground. An interior unit will be installed on an inside wall. The homeowner satisfied the Architecture Committee’s concern about noisy, power, structural and Architecture aesthetics. The Committee will monitor and evaluate this installation as the project goes forward. This is not an approval for all air conditioners, but a step in the right direction for future approvals.  Applications will be required by anyone else until this is changed in our rules and regulations.
Retrofit Vinyl Windows Approved
Installation of a single hung vinyl retrofit window to replace the exiting one was approved for an upper three bedroom unit. The Architectural Committee does not want the homeowner to select a color or style window that would be in conflict with the Building’s architecture. The homeowner below this member already has installed vinyl retrofit windows which was approved by a prior Architecture Committee. The homeowner wishes to match this same installation."
Parking Committee
In reviewing creation of additional unassigned parking spaces, the Spokesperson for the Parking Committee Ray Koagel felt that there would be little to gain in asking the Fire Department and City to approve of a few more spaces. It might even open up issues with existing parking spaces. He stated that he wanted the issue to be tabled indefinitely. This was approved by the Architecture Committee.
Architectural Guidelines
Because of California State Law, an HOA cannot specify a vendor or a product to a homeowner. Therefore, selection of the vendor for retrofit vinyl windows, screen doors, or shades cannot be specified and will not be part of the Guidelines.

It was adopted that the proposed Architectural Guidelines will include only white and almond color retrofit vinyl windows. The grand father clause will be in place for any owner who may have installed another color prior to the Guidelines adoption.

It was adopted that shades can be attached to the outside of the building as long as they are attached behind the balcony/patio headers. This will require a change to the “Rules and Regulations”. It should be emphasized, that members wishing to install shades on their balcony/patio, need to submit an Architectural Request form.

An Air Conditioning Section was added to the Guidelines.
Review of Units
Because some of the condos at Harbour Vista are sold to be flipped, it is well known that this type owner does not obtain City permits and is unaware or ignores the Harbour Vista Architecture Guidelines. It was suggested that when a condo is up for sale that the HOA perform an inspection and if discrepancies are found, that the seller and/or buyer be notified to make corrections prior to the sale. Member Terri Piper-Johnson pointed out that this was policy at another condo where she had lived. Mike Mengel, the President of the HAO, felt that the Board was unqualified to evaluate these discrepancies. The City or a third party inspector could assist in making sure any changes are up to code and most importantly safe. Nothing was decided at this time.■
posted 17 May 2016
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to a Candidacy
by Michael Barto
When I received the “Request for Candidates” last month from Action Property Management, the included “Election and Voting Rules” were different than the previous two years Election Rules (2014 and 2015). These Rules were missing the clause that prohibited me from running for the Board because my primary address is not at Harbour Vista.
Let’s Go For It!
I then started an active campaign and had a commitment of about 40 votes. I announced a three part platform consisting of:
  • Proactively monitoring Action Property Management on a weekly bases, and holding them accountable for their actions.
  • Restart communication with the Land Lease Holder.
  • Stop anymore Litigation with a homeowner and resolve the dispute that has put the HOA in an operating funds deficit.
I submitted my Candidate Statement to Action on the Friday Deadline date (May 13th). On that same day, Peggy Shaw from Action Property Management informed me that I was NOT qualified to hold office because my “primary address” was not Harbour Vista. I told her that was the old rules from previous two years. The rules that were sent out this year had no such clause. She responded that the rules prior to 2014 had been sent out by mistake.

Over the weekend I did some drywall repair on my ceiling in my office. ■
posted 5 June 2016
Dinning Around Harbour Vista
by Jim Gregg
This quaint little restaurant located in a mini-mini mall just around the corner by Starbucks, is not a bad place for that genuine Mediterranean taste! For the past 6 years now Olive Pit Grill has provided a unique taste that many would drive miles to get, and yet this little piece of heaven is within easy walking distance to our home here at Harbour Vista!
Stake Kabob Lunch
Two hits we found on the list for us were the spaghetti and the stake kabob lunch. The kabob steak came through big with flying colors, it was perfectly cooked, it was tender and juicy and it tasted delicious. This plate was rounded out with fries (frites) and an assortment of superbly cooked vegetables of your choice.

Perfectly Cooked Spaghetti
The second selection was a shockingly large plate of spaghetti that was perfectly cooked with a
sensational sauce, and topped off with two humongous turkey meat balls with a sprinkle of graded cheese on top, and I enjoyed every bite, although it was hard to consume the second meat ball. The dish was so perfectly balanced I couldn’t find fault anywhere, I thoroughly enjoyed every bite, and my only regret that I didn’t have the room for the second meat ball!
On My "A" List
This place made me think I was in Italy, but you have to realize your just feet from our home at Harbour Vista. This restaurant has jumped way up on my “A” list!
Wide and Varied
The menu is wide and varied with entre plates for lunch and dinner. Non-alcohol beverages and sodas are available. ■

On a side note, if you visit the Olive Pit at the right time, your server might be one of your Harbor Vista neighbors .

Olive Pit Grill
16365 Bolsa Chica Street,
Huntington Beach, CA, Suite F, 92649
Phone: 714-794-6267
posted 22 June 2016
May HOA Meeting Highlights
Air conditioner pilot
No pending litigations
The May HOA monthly meeting was held in the Cabana Clubhouse with five board members present: Michael Mengel, Ted LaMantia, Cynthia Lee, Mary Williams and Mike Huma. Also in attendance were Peggy Shaw from Action Property Management and fourteen homeowners.
  • The Board is developing new Charters for the Committees.
  • The pond on the Grunion side of the complex is leaking.

Open Forum
  • A member asked how many law suites are currently active with the HOA. The HOA said there are none at this time. The litigation with a three bedroom Logo homeowner remodeling project was resolved with a judgement in favor of the HOA. There is no other litigation currently active.
  • A member complimented the board on the recent sidewalk repairs.
  • Complaints were express about the poor quality of landscaping work.
Financial Report
As mentioned last month, the Board is working with a large financial deficit. HOA financial statements are online on the Vivo Web Site.
Committee Reports
  • Architecture Committee
    The Spokesperson Michael Barto reported that the Architectural Committee had approved two requested. One for a retrofit vinyl windows and the other for pilot project to installed an air conditioning system. During this meeting, the member who wanted to install the air condition system asked that his application be withdrawn. Board member Mary Williams said that she would like to go forward with an air conditioner system for her unit and asked to become the pilot. This was accepted. The spokesperson requested that the board vote to temporarily suspend the section in the HOA Rules and Regulations that prohibit the installation of an air conditioner. This was approved.

    The board stated that they wanted a more thorough investigation of windows shades. Architectural committee member Terri-Piper Johnson volunteered to take the lead.
  • Parking Committee
    After four months of work, and three public meetings, the parking committee spokesperson Ray Koagel submitted new parking polities to the board for ratification. Board member Ted LaMantia stated that he had looked at the proposal and wanted some changes.
Unfinished Business
  • The Board asked that replacement of patio furniture be delegated to an Ad Hoc Committee probably through the architectural committee.
  • Grunion Boiler replacement was tabled.
New Business
  • Clubhouse furniture upholstery was tabled.
  • An Insurance claim/settlement was tabled. No explanation was provided about this item.
  • Scott English Plumbing proposal was tabled.
  • Replacement of Janitorial Services was tabled.
  • An HOA bank CD was approved for roll over.
Election Meeting
The next meeting of the HOA will be Monday, June 27 at 6:30m in the Cabana Clubhouse. This is the Annual Election Meeting. The board has also scheduled a regular meeting at the same time. The majority of Board is running unopposed (five positions and only five declared candidates, while four candidates are current board members). Cynthia Lee is stepping down and Terri-Piper Johnson is the only new candidate running.
Quorum Requirement
Typically the new Board does not get ratified at the annual meeting because quorum has not been met because of low ballot returns. To meet quorum for annual meeting requires 91 ballots to be returned. Over the last couple of years, the most ballots ever returned for elections were around 75. If quorum is not met on June 27th, the election is rescheduled to the following week or later. The quorum requirement is then reduced by 50% for the rescheduled meeting and any subsequent meeting till the election is ratified with the lower ballot return. The current board will still continue to act until a new board is officially ratified.■
Note: The previous Board waited until the written nominating closing date to announce that three members were not running. The Secretary had already resigned. This created a "panic" to fill four open positions with a ballot with only one candidate listed. This prompted the “write-in” campaign that created this present board.
posted 31 May 2016
June 27th Elections
The Election Ballots have been mailed from the election processing service Majority Rules (Professional HAO Elections) to all HOA members.
Five Positions
Five (5) candidates are formally on the Ballot. They are five positions that are up for election.
  • Mihai (Michael) Huma - incumbent
  • Ted La Mantia - incumbent
  • Michael Mengel - incumbent
  • Terri Piper-Johnson
  • Mary Williams - incumbent
Elections will be held on June 27th at 6:30pm in the Cabana Clubhouse when quorum needs to be met (91 ballotsreceived - first pass). This usually never happens. So expect the formal approval of the new Board to go on for a couple of weeks.

It appears that Cynthia Lee did not choose to run again. The Newsletters thanks Cynthia for her many years of service to the HOA. ■
Current News (click links)
Real Estate Update (06/28/16)
May HOA Meeting Highlites (06/22/16)
Dinning Arround Harbour Vista (06/05/16)
Emergency Executive Session (06/01/16)
Election Status (05/31/16)
Mittens Pet of the Month (04/23/16)
Architectural Committee Highlights (05/19/16)
A Funny Thing Happen (05/17/16)
Election and Voting Rules (05/08/16)
FYI: Appraisal (04/09/16)
posted 9 April 2016
Action Property Management has posted on the Vivo Portal web site for member access only, an Appraisal Report for Harbour Vista Homeowners' Association date April 1, 2016. Members can look at the report at https://www.vivoportal.com under the "Documents" tab.■
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Upcoming HOA Meeting Schedules
(subject to change without notice)
Date Location Time Agenda
25 July
Cabana Clubhouse 6:30PM
July 25, 2016

Quorum Requirement
25 July
Cabana Clubhouse 6:30PM
July 25, 2016 (after elections meeting - See Quorum)
    Open Forum and Board Meeting Conduct
July 25, 2016 at 7:30 PM
22 August
Cabana Clubhouse 6:30PM
August 22, 2016

August 22, 2016 at 7:30 PM
Real Estate Summary
(as of June 28, 2016)
Active Real Estate Listing
Address Type Asking
16512 Blackbeard Lane #205 1BD/1BA $206,600
4861 Lago Drive #203 3BD/2BA $334,900
Address Type Information
16512 Blackbeard Lane #105 1BD/1BA $199,000
Address Type Information
4861 Lago Drive #104 1BD/1BA $222,900
4831 Lago Drive #201 3BD/2BA $297,000
16512 Blackbeard Lane #101 3BD/2BA $324,900
4852 Cabana Drive #206 2BD/2BA $265,000
Closed Sales 2016
Address Type Closed
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.
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