April 29, 2016
News and Other Things for Harbour Vista Community Huntington Beach
posted 11 March 2016
Emma who also goes by the name Mimi is a pure bred Boston Terrier. She was a one year anniversary gift from her owner’s boyfriend and just recently turned one year old on February 1st. A few favorite things that Emma likes to do is go bike riding around Huntington Beach with her owner's in her basket. Another favorite of hers is going through the "In-N-Out" drive through and having her owner's order her a meat patty with no salt.
Emma also likes to play dress up. She likes watching ASU football games with her Dad in her favorite ASU jersey. Say hello to Emma. ■
posted 5 April 2016
March HOA Meeting Highlights
Land Lease Still on Hold
Elections Coming Up
The March HOA meeting was held in the Cabana Clubhouse. Only three Board Members were present which made a quorum: Michael Mengel, Cynthia Lee, and Mary Williams. Peggy Shaw from Action Property Management and ten residents/property owners were in attendance.
It was announced that HOA Treasure Mike Peduzzi had resigned his position. The Board asked if any members would be interested in filling this vacancy for the next three months until the next election. Interested parties should contact Action Property Management to submit their names.

The HOA Light Maintenance Contractor is now Horizon Lighting in Irvine.
Open Forum
  • A new homeowner was concerned about removal of a satellite dish and the stucco repair responsibilities at his unit. It was suggested that an HOA contractor evaluate the issue.
  • With the trial completed and a judgement issued, the homeowner, who has been prevented from living in their unit, asked if 1/4 " cork acoustic underpayment was acceptable sound proofing for laying tile. The homeowner needs to finish their floor so they can move in. The Board said that they would get back to them as quickly as possible.
  • A homeowner asked the Board when are Building permits required. Specifically, was a building permit required to replace a garbage disposal. Architectural Committee Spokesperson Michael Barto said the answer was no. It was suggested that an exemption list be developed and distributed to the HOA members. See  “Unofficial Architectural Guidelines”.
  • Because HOA elections will start in three months, a member asked if any of the current Board members had decided to run again. Mike Mengel said he had not yet decided. But he assured everyone that this Board would provide timely notice of their intention prior to nomination deadline. See note below.
  • A member asked about the negotiation status for a 15 year land lease extension (from 2041 to 2056). The Board stated that negotiations are still on hold as they have been for the last three years. The Board explained that even if an agreement was reached, this must be approved by all the members. This is difficult to obtain.
  • A member asked about repairing the parking spaces and driveways. The Board stated that this would most likely require a special assessment which a large majority of the members must approve. See a 2013 Editorial “The Parking Lot is Crumbling”
Committee Reports
The Board announced that Committee positions are full.

Both the Architectural and the Parking Committees held a meeting with two Board Members Mike Mengel and Mary Williams a couple of weeks ago. This was to review their written proposals. Corrections were made. All written documentation have been submitted to the Board for approval and to be forwarded to Legal Council for review.
  • Architecture Committee
    The Architecture Committee had recommended that beige color retrofit vinyl windows be added as an acceptable color option. But the Board overruled this decision and wants no additional colors for windows to be accepted.

    The Architecture Committee expressed concerns that their Charter does not state that the committee has any responsibility for approval on any interior remodeling whereas the CC&R’s Section 8.05 clearly say they do. The Charter should be revised to reflect this authority to not confuse the membership.
  • Parking Committee
    The Parking Committee is proposing to reassign some unused areas as Visitor Parking Spaces. This will require approval by the Fire Department.
  • Landscaping Committee
    The Landscaping Committee is in the process of authorizing removal of a tree whose roots have impacted a unit's patio flooring.
Unfinished Business
  • Replacement of Patio Furniture was again deferred.
  • The Artistic Maintenance tree removal proposal was approved at the 16581 Grunion Building.
New Business
  • Wood repair was approved for all of the Grunion Buildings.
  • A Grunion Light Pole replacement was approved.
  • Scott English Plumbing proposal was tabled.
  • Replacement of Janitorial Services was tabled.
  • Two liens were approved.
The next meeting of the HOA will be Monday April 25th at 6:30m in the Cabana Clubhouse.■
Editor Notes:
  1. The previous Board waited until the written nominating closing date to announce that three members were not running. The Secretary had resigned several months before and vacancy had not been filled. This created a "panic" to fill four open positions with an official ballot that listed only one candidate. This prompted the “write-in” campaign that resulted in this present board.
  2. Only members whose name is registered on the deed and whose primary address is at Harbour Vista can serve on the Board. Also, if the members property is own through a trust, this does not meet the deed requirement.
  3. Beige vinyl windows blend with the HOA beige building walls as compared to the pop out effect of white or black vinyl windows.
posted 24 April 2016
It’s Time for YOU!! to Run
by Michael Barto
HOA election will be upon us starting in May. All five positions are open for election including President. Last year, the HOA was on the verge of a disaster by having only one official candidate on the written ballot. Four members reluctantly accepted a write-in campaign for the good of the community, but most of these people served on the HOA Board years ago. It would be nice to have some new faces and not have the HOA elections be a last minute panic.

These following are important reasons why you should serve on the Board.
Financial Issues
The HOA operating expense deficit was very high in the February statement. If this continues, dues will need to be raised. As a Board member, you can review these over runs and spending policies and vote to change them.
Maintenance Issues
Complaints about the management of the property runs from "nothing ever being done" to "shoddy workmanship". It was recently revealed that the HOA plumbers had not obtained the required City building permits. As a Board member, you can review these vendors. You can vote to change contractors, enforce better follow-thru controls and so forth.
Land Lease Issue
It appears that nothing has been done to extend our land sublease in over three years. The current sub lease is now below the 30 year mark—expiring in 2041. Because of this, any financing or refinancing is impacted. As a Board member you could lead a group to restart the sublease negotiations. See “Ground Lease Extended”.
Create and Enforce
As a Board Member, you create and enforce policies. Many HOA's have turned over common exclusive access areas to the homeowner such as their balconies and patios. Right now our HOA is financially responsible for maintaining these common exclusive access areas. If this was turned over to the homeowner, this could save the HOA money, but at the same time the HOA would have to create a set of enforcement policies for the homeowners to maintain them.
Pros and Cons
Pros: If you don’t like the way the Association has been doing things, you are now in a position to change how things are done. You get to meet your neighbors and get lots (and lots!) of insights on human nature. You’ll gain a better understanding of how your association is supposed to work - and make changes to run it better. Instead of complaining about assessments being "too high", you'll get more information on where the money goes and why - and you can have a part in controlling spending.

Cons: If our HOA is to be run efficiently for the betterment of ALL homeowners, it's more work than you think it is (and it's more than a monthly meeting). You will get some thanks but mainly you will likely get complaints (that's part of being on the Board). Things don't always move as fast as you'd like. You have to keep up with a substantial amount of information - not just what's going on in the neighborhood, but about various laws that impact your HOA. That means carving out time for continuing education and not only reading, but understanding a vast amount of complex reports and legal documents.

Come to the Board Meetings and Contact Action Property Management for more information.

Stop Complaining and Take Action!." We are all in this together."

  1. HOA Election Rules and Procedures
  2. Ground Lease Extension
  3. Artical IV HOA ByLaws Board of Directors
  4. Artical V HOA Officers
  5. Election Rules (§5105)
  6. A Board Member Toolkit ()
posted 26 April 2016
Breaking News
Mike Huma Appointed Treasurer
At the HOA Meeting on Monday April 25, Mike Huma was appointed by the Board as the acting Treasurer. His appointment replaces Mike Peduzzi who recently resigned his position. Mike Huma will serve out the remaiing turn until the Annual Election Meeting Schedule July 27. ■
posted 22 April 2016
Dinning Around Harbour Vista
by Jim Gregg
You have all experienced driving down a lonely country road, and all of a sudden this restaurant
pops out in front of you amid nowhere, you know you just got to stop and check this out! That’s the first impression you get with My Place, a sports bar & grill, but it’s located in the heart of Huntington beach industrial park! What a find!...order” experience, without leaving our neighborhood
Goes Back a Long Time
My first experience goes back to the early eighties under a different ownership, in fact several Ownerships since then, but today’s edition has really got it right.
Favorite Onion Rings
We started with our favorite onion rings, and BINGO! These rings were made right, with a crispy golden brown shell for every ring, they were the best I’ve tasted in years.
Cheeseburger with Fries
My lunch specialty was an ordinary cheeseburger with fries, but what I got was far greater than ordinary. Their burger was exceptional that would rival “In and Out” restaurants best, and their fries were not far behind either. It was an exceptional lunch.
Wide and Varied
Their menu is wide and varied and I’m sure they have something for everyone. My Place has a complete children’s menu that will interest any kid, and they are large enough to accommodate parties and gatherings for school functions alike.
It is a Sport Bar
If you want peaceful lunch it can be had if you don’t go when there is a televised sporting event like a week day lunch, but weekends are high decimal, so bring the proper ear protection. ■

5452 Commercial Drive
Huntington Beach, CA
Near McFadden Ave. and Graham St.,
(one little block north on Graham)
Phone # 714-892-8706
Owner: James Sdrales, a supporter of local area high schools.
Website: http://myplacesportsbar.com
Open 7 days. M-Thr 10:30-9;Sa 9-10;Su 9-9
posted 13 April 2016
HV Water Quality
Expensive Toilets
Installing expensive toilets in your Condo, might require you to replace them with a downgrade. A homeowner installed two expensive American Standard VorMax™ Flushing Technology Toilets. After a week or so, the toilets developed a continual water flow that would not turn off. The HOA plumber Scott English explained that the small valves and parts used in VorMax™ Toilets cannot handle the sand created during City water maintenance or when the HOA shuts down the main water systems for repairs (See February 2016 Board Meeting). The plumber recommended using a less expensive American Standard Cadet 3 which has a single larger plunger which creates a stronger water flow system to handle flushing down the accumulated sand in the bottom of the tanks. This resulted in the homeowner giving away the expensive toilets and double paying for installation fees which cost more than the price of the Cadet 3 toilets. ■
Current News (click links)
Real Estate Update (04/29/16)
New Treasure Appointed (04/26/16)
Editorial: Pending Elections (04/24/16)
Dinning Arround Harbour Vista (04/23/16)
Water Quality & Expensive Toilets(04/13/16)
FYI: Appraisal (04/09/16)
Emma Pet of the Month (01/11/16)
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.■
Comments and Suggestions
Problems, comments, suggestions, corrections (including broken links) or something to add? Please take the time from a busy life to 'mail us' (email:mbarto@logiqwest.com). You will have a warm inner glow for the rest of the day. ■
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.
Property Management
Action Property
Management Company

2603 Main Street, Suite 500
Irvine, CA 92614
Tel: 800-400-2284
Web: http://www.actionlife.com
Community Manager: Peggy Shaw
Email: pshaw@actionlife.com
Direct Line: 949-450-0202
Community Care: communitycare@actionlife.com
Community Portal: http://www.vivoportal.com/
Harbour Vista HOA
HOA Board Email contact: hvboard@harborvistahoa.com
HOA Board of Directors
Name/Title Individual Emails
Michael Mengel
Ted LaMantia
Vice President
Cynthia Lee
Mike Huma
Mary Williams
Member at Large
(click name link to read profile statement)
Harbour Vista ARCHIVES
Homeowner's Portal: www.vivoportal.com
HOA Official Web Site: harbourvistahoa.com
HOA Email: hvboard@harbourvistahoa.com
Guide to Harbour Vista News
Web Repository
Harbour Vista News web repository includes documentation sets and discussion. Many Documents are provided as both PDF’s and easily displayed html versions. Included are: See Menu pulldowns at top of Page ■
Upcoming HOA Meeting Schedules
(subject to change without notice)
Date Location Time Agenda
23 May
Cabana Clubhouse 6:30PM
May 23, 2016





May 23, 2016 (after open Session
27 June
Cabana Clubhouse 6:30PM
June 27, 2016
June 27, 2016 (after Annual Meeting)
June 27, 2016 (after open Session)
Real Estate Summary
(as of April 29, 2016)
Active Real Estate Listing
Address Type Asking
16512 Blackbeard Lane #105 1BD/1BA $199,000
16542 Blackbeard Lane #100 3BD/2BA $265,000
16581 Grunion Lane #303 2BD/2BA $289,000
16512 Blackbeard Lane #101 3BD/2BA $329,900
4861 Lago Drive #104 1BD/1BA $224,900
4861 Lago Drive #203 3BD/2BA $334,900
4861 Lago Drive #200 3BD/2BA $325,000 Cancelled
Address Type Information
4831 Lago Drive #201 3BD/2BA $297,000
4852 Cabana Drive #206 2BD/2BA $265,000
Address Type Information
16512 Blackbeard Lane #106 1BD/1BA $229,500
16551 Grunion Lane #204 2BD/2BA $249,900
Closed Sales 2016
Address Type Closed
16551 Grunion Lane #205 2BD/2BA $264,000
4861 Lago Drive #304 1BD/1BA $220,000
16521 Grunion Lane #304 2BD/2BA $260,000
16521 Grunion Lane #105 2BD/2BA $283,000
16521 Grunion Lane #204 2BD/2BA $270,000
16512 Blackbeard Lane #106 1BD/1BA $177,500
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.
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