September 30, 2014
News and Other Things for Harbour Vista Community Huntington Beach
posted 26 September 2014
Attention ALL Residents!

The Harbour Vista HOA Board has approved a

WHEN: Saturday, October 11th
TIME: 8:00am Through 1:00pm
The gates will be opened during this time for easy access to the garage areas.
Volunteers will post signs to publicize the sales.
Everyone is welcome to participate.
We expect a good turnout.
So come and join us!!!
posted 16 August 2014
by Diane Pannone
Donna is a beautiful 2 year old American Staffordshire Terrier (Am Staff). She was adopted by her human family when the was 8 weeks old and came to live with them at Harbour Vista.
She is a beautiful fawn color with a white star on her chest. She weighs about 50 lbs now.

She likes to go for walks in the wetlands and at the beach or running alongside her owner for a bike ride. Her favorite food is chicken. She also likes to chase and try to catch flies.

She is very friendly towards peoples and loves to give kisses when she is greeted.

According to the American Kennel Club the Am Staff is a people oriented dog that thrives when they are a part of a family and given a job to do. Although friendly the breed is loyal to their own family.■

See previous "Pets of the Month" by clicking HERE
posted 28 September 2014
Dinning Around Harbour Vista
Better Indian Restaurant
by Mary Williams
I have been dining at the Himayalan Grill for about 6 years now. One of the better Indian restaurant around. They have approximately 12 tables on the inside and for summer dining there is a patio area with heat lamps. Several dinners in the summer we had at least 24 people and they accommodated us outside with several large tables easily. Denish (Dennis) the owner was telling me they plan to expand soon and take over the next unit in the building. That should be a big plus.
Not Strictly Vegetarian
There is something for everyone on the menu. The Himalayan does have chicken, lamb and seafood on the menu. It is not strictly vegetarian. Small wine list but adequate. No corkage on Tuesday and Wednesday. Frankly I do not know what the corkage is because I have been going there so long I never get charged. They have a few Indian beers which go well the the spicy food. You can order food, mild, medium or hot. I always order my food mild as I am not into the burning heat.
Numerous Variations
All sauces are considered curry and there are numerous variations. I have been told hundred's. I am partial to Vindaloo, They also use onions a lot. The menu does give you a description of the food items if you are unfamiliar with Indian cuisine.
Top Notch
Some of my favorite items are the Samosa's, deep fried dough filled with potatoes, peas and onions. Not at all greasy like some Indian restaurants. Any of the Naan breads. Anything with Vindaloo in the name. Rogan Josh, lamb in sour cream and curry. Lamb or shrimp Saag, Saag is a spinach sauce. Vegetables Korma, mixed vegies in a cashew curry cream sauce. Any of the Chau Chau dishes, pan fried wheat noodles with additions. Thupka, which is a soup with noodles, meat and vegetables. Their Chicken Tikka Masala is top notch. The lamb chops are excellent.
Had Everything
I have had everything on the menu at some point. Even the Dal, which is lentils, not my favorite but for lentils it was good. I find it best to go with several people and have everyone order a different dish and share. That way you are tasting numerous dishes and not getting bored with just a single item. They do have combination plates for 1 or 2 people also. All orders come with rice and Paradam, which is a crispy cracker/bread item made from lentils. ■

Himalayan Grill
16400 Pacific Coast Hwy., #110
Peter's Landing
Huntington Beach 92649
(562) 592-9080

Closed Monday. Open for Lunch and dinner.
Closed between 2:30 and 5:00.
Does take reservations and has takeout.
A Sunday Buffet brunch is offered.
Delivery in a certain mile range and dollar amount is available.

posted 15 August 2014
The Shabby Clubhouse
by Michael Barto
Our Clubhouse has been deteriorating for many years. The biggest problem is the floor covering with its holes and cracks in the linoleum. Another problem is the old and mismatched furniture. It would be a fairly simple and not too expensive to do the replacement of the flooring and furniture. It would greatly improve the aesthetics of the Clubhouse. The Clubhouse is part of every homeowner's property value and should be well maintained.
Floor Covering
The linoleum floor covering was installed about 15 years ago and is now worn and cracking exposing the undercover beneath.
The Clubhouse furniture consists of one large board table, one folding table, about 12 upholstered chairs, a desk and file/credenza. The desk and file/credenza have served very little purpose for many years. Talking with some of the longtime residents the furniture has been there since at least 1992 and possibly longer. The file/credenza is basically empty with a broken lock. The desk basically has nothing but junk in it. Plastic bottles with questionable contents are stored under the desk and should be thrown out.
The window coverings/blind have broken slates and should be replaced.
HOA Meeting Place
The Clubhouse is used primarily as the meeting place for our HOA and can be rented by residents for private events. See new Clubhouse Reservation Form and R&R's. Perhaps more residents would want to use the Clubhouse for private parties if it is refurbished and in better condition. In its current condition it is an embarrassment and some residents have said they willnot use it in its present condition.
Time to Refurbish
Now that our HOA finances are in better shape the time has come to allocate the funds to refurbish our Clubhouse.
Put It On the List
If you agree ask the HOA Board to put it on their list of things to do this year. ■
posted 5 July 2014
You may have noticed the "For Rent" sign displayed on the top of a parked car on Green. It seems a property owner in Harbour Vista has one of their condos available for rent. This owner first placed a sign on the grass area just outside of the Lago gate. The sign was gone by the next day. So, they next placed another sign in front of the City sign post near the Lago Gate. That sign also disappeared the next day.

So, knowing they needed to have a sign that the public driving or walking by the complex could see from the street, they came up with another way to display the sign.
Car Parked with Sign
They parked their car on Green with the sign attached to the car's roof! The sign is very visible and it's getting results. They started getting phone calls inquiring about the condo, and several people scheduled appointments to see the condo. The owner thinks it will be rented very soon.
Policy was Announced
The HOA Board made a decission to not replace the real estate sign posts that were at the corners of the complex at Heil and Green when they were removed for dry rot. This was where real estate signs were posted. The Board announced at the January 2014 HOA meeting that a new policy would not allow real estate sign posts in common areas as part of the beautification project for the complex. Owners are allowed to place one real estate sign only in the window of their unit as stated in the CC&R’s which may or may not be visible from the street. ■
Editor Note: A couple of days after the "For Rent" signs were removed, Action Property Manager contact the owner and told him that he could pick up his property at their offic in Invine.
posted 27 July 2014
New Grunion Outgoing Mailbox
A new outgoing mailbox has been installed on the Grunion side of the complex. There is now daily mail pick-up for the residents on Grunion. The mailbox is located on the outside wall of the bulletin board area facing the parking lot.■
posted 7 July 2014
Focus on Your Neighbors
The Good Neighbor
Brenda Richardson is a long time resident of Harbour Vista since 1989. She is well known by many residents as the "Good Neighbor". Her philosophy is that she treats people the same way she wants to be treated.
Comes to Their Aid
Many residents will tell you stories where Brenda had come to their aid. A typical example, a single resident was going through chemo therapy and could not get around easily. Brenda made sure that this person always had bottled water when frequently unscheduled emergency water shutoffs occurred. For plumbing leak emergencies, Brenda was the person to call to turn off the water-even at night.
In Case of Emergency
Because Brenda is retired and is home most weekdays, several residents have relied on her to open their condo for deliveries or to provide access for a repairman. Many residents provide her a set of keys to their condo and their phone numbers for emergencies. If you want to know a good painter or maintenance man, Brenda maintains a recommendation list.
Asked to Continue
Brenda's husband Bruce was the official HOA resident handyman until his untimely death in 2008. The HOA asked Brenda to continue some of his work. Authorized by the HOA, she met with vendors, maintained supplies, cleaned both pool areas, opened gates, replaced light fixtures and reported problems. Brenda was the person to obtain an extra gate or pool key, and programed resident access gate codes. Our previous property managers depended on her to watch the property and verify that repairs were completed.
A New Board
When a new Board was elected in 2012, they decided they no longer wanted Brenda to continue her services. Many homeowners were unhappy about this decision. Some residents organized a "Thank You" party for her to show their appreciation and recognize her dedication to the Harbour Vista community.
Welcomes New Residents
Brenda still continues to meet and welcome new residents to Harbour Vista and is happy to answer questions about the community. She still watches the property and many residents still depend on her as their "Good Neighbor". Her personal value is that she wakes up every morning to see if she can help someone,.
In Memorial
At the south side Grunion building facing Green, is plaque and a crape myrtle tree honoring Brenda's late husband Bruce Richardson who passed away from cancer. When people ask her about the tree, she says "Bruce's Tree is getting stronger every day."■
posted 30 September 2014
August HOA Meeting
Draft Budget
Community Wide Garage Sale
Revise Rules & Regulations?
Three Board Members were in attendance along with Community Manager Mike Sukey and ten (10) residents. Board Members Mike Peduzzi and Ron Rolewicz were absent.
Open Forun
  • Issues with dogs off leash were expressed by several residents. Also a concern that dog owners do not have good control of their dogs when they use extension leashes and it would be safer if these types of leashes were not allowed. Also complaints about dog barking and dog walkers/owners not picking up after their dogs.
  • Raccoons in the complex pose a threat to cats that are allowed to be outdoors.
  • A homeowner from the Grunion side of the complex asked the Board to approve a Community Wide Garage sale for October 11th. She said she would organize the event and coordinate the logistics with the Board. The Board approved the event.
  • It was brought to the attention of the Board that a large commercial truck has been parking inside the complex and that is against the R&R's. The Board will issue a violation notice to the truck owner.
  • Homeowner Brenda Richardson wanted to address the Board regarding a letter she received from the Board stating she had violated the Board's Association Water Shut Off Protocol & Policy on several occasions by posting water shut off notices, turning off water/boilers and being involved in homeowners water shut off issues. Mrs. Richardson stated that the Board had wrongly accused her and that she had not posted any notices or turned off any water/boilers for over a year since the Board removed her from the water/boiler shut off volunteers. The Board president stated that Mrs. Richardson would have to contact Mike Sukey and schedule a hearing with the Board to discuss the letter.
Unfinished Business
  • The Board discussed again having 5 trash cans for the pool areas purchased. Board Member Ron Rolewicz was asked to purchase the trash cans at the last Board meeting since he has a truck and could transport them to the complex.
  • Stream cleaning. More discussion about the methods and cost for trying to clean the silt out of the streams. No decision was made at this time.
  • Enforcement and Fine Policy has been mailed to owners for a 30 day comment period. Only one comment had been received. The Board will vote to approve the new fines at the October Board meeting.
New Business
  • Satellite dish installations. Mike Sukey expressed concern that allowing dish installation on railings and stucco can cause damage to these areas. He asked the Board to change the HOA Rules and Regulations to not allow installing dishes on railings and stucco of buildings. Dish companies should re-install dishes at no cost to the homeowners. Sukey stated that the FCC and California law states that an HOA does not have to allow dish installments that do not follow the rules of the HOA even if reception is not good from the allowed placement of the dish. Sukey asked the Board to amend the R&R's regarding placement of satellite dishes.
  • Review of Rules & Regulations. The Board President indicated the Board wanted to review and make changes to the Rules and Regulations. Mike Sukey pointed out that a complete review would take months and he thinks it is important to change the dish rule right away since the HOA is having several balconies rebuilt/repaired and it would not be good to have dishes re-installed on railings. The Board asked that a change to the dog leash rule be included with the change to the dish installation rule at this time.
  • Reserve Study Draft review. Mike Sukey said the Reserve Study is not completed yet and therefore his draft of the 2015 Budget is not completed. Based on what he sees at this time he will probably recommend an increase to the monthly HOA assessment of 3% however that could change after he receives the final Reserve Study.
  • Board Meeting Conduct notice will be posted on the HOA web site.
  • The Board approved recording four (4) liens.
Next Board meeting October 27, 2014■

Note: You can log onto your Vivo account on the Action web site to see the approved financials for the HOA
posted 28 September 2014
Unique Way to Post Notices
A new way to receive notices was experienced by residents when they went to their mailboxes!
A small folded flyer announcing the upcoming "Community Garage Sale" was taped to each mailbox. Unfortunately many of the flyers came off and landed on the ground around the mailboxes.■
updated 30 September 2014
Maintenance Happenings:
In response to backed up sewer lines in the 16542 Blackbeard building, a six foot deep by six wide hole was excavated in the sidewalk. Scott English Plumbing was able to get the sewer line open quickly. But the next day, it backed up again. Using a video camera they ran from the Blackbeard building, they located plant roots intruding into the pipes. Excavating for a couple of days down to more than six feet , they located the failing sewer pipes. Broken and shattered by roots, the pipes had not been properly glued when installed. They rebuilt the line and have added some cleanout traps to the lines to improve efficiency if this problem occurs again. Located buried at the same depth as the failing pipes was a crushed Core Beer can. Go figure.■ CABANA POOL WAS CLOSED
A notice was posted at the Cabana pool notifying residents the Cabana pool area was closed for maintenance/repair of leaking pool filters. The repair took 2 days. Luckily the pool filters were repaired by the weekend. Residents could enjoy the pool during the "HOT" weekend.
A homeowner on Blackbeard sent in a picture to the Newsletter showing the repair/re-build of the balcony of his condo. The balcony had dry rot and damage caused by termites and was in bad need of repair. The work orders and approval of proposals for this repair and several other balconies in the complex were approved at the August HOA board meeting. If you notice dry rot or termite damage on your balcony or railings you should notify Action. ■
posted 18 September 2014
September Maintenance
and Then AGAIN
Recently residents who tried to open the Lago gate with their remote found it would not work. A line of cars backed up out onto Green Street. People called neighbors or used their gate key. A couple of residents stayed by the gate with their key to let their neighbors in. Action was notified and a Board Member used an emergency key to disable the gate mechanism to leave it open.
The Gate vendor came out the next morning and replaced the receiver. The gate worked fine all day, but that evening the same thing occurred. Action was again notified. A Board member again disabled the gate mechanism.
Then Again
When the gate vendor came out this time, they replaced an antenna and ran new wiring. But this only lasted a few days. This time the Gate vendor attributed the failure to a faulty remote control in someone's vehicle that was stuck in the on position. This prevents other remotes from working. Unable to locate the vehicle (probably in a garage). Gate vendor shortened the receiving area of the controller so the faulty remote would not interfere with other residents using their remotes. So far this seems to have fixed the problem.
Update Your Remote
Though not directly attributed to this problem, if you have an old remote control you might want to contact Action and purchase one of the new smaller remotes. The older remotes are notorious for generating extraneous trasmitter noise. As older remotes age, the button mechanism may become unreliable. Also, you might want to have a gate key in your car just in case your remote does not work.■
Current News
A Really Deep Hole (9/30/14)Maitenance
Real Estate Update (9/30/14)
Septmber HOA Meeting (9/30/14)
Unique Post Method ((9/28/14)
Dinning Around Harbour Vista (9/28/14)
Community-Wide Garage Sales (9/26/14)
Lago Gate Broken (9/18/14)
Sign on Car Roof (8/24/14)Editor note
New Community Manager (8/24/14)
Meet Donna (8/16/14)
Editorial: The Shabby Clubhouse (8/15/14)
FYI: Clubhouse Rental (8/15/14)
Last Bee Hive Removed (8/6/2014)
New Outgoing Mailbox (7/27/2014)
A Good Neighbor (7/7/14)
ByLaw Changes Dissolved (6/19/14)
posted 19 June 2014
ByLaws Amendements Ballot Measure The Election to change the HOA Bylaws did not receive the required number of returned Ballots to meet the majority quorum. Therefore, the election will simply dissolve.

As it stands, the current Bylaws still call for Cumulative voting in HOA Board of Directors Elections and One Year terms for elected Board members.

Because the needed quorum was not met the Ballots were not opened and will not be counted. There was not enough interest for these changes despite the original mailing of the ballots to homeowners and a second mailing to those homeowners who did not return the first ballot. Only 83 Ballots were received and that does not meet the needed quorum. ■
Property Management
Action Property
Management Company

2603 Main Street, Suite 500
Irvine, CA 92614
Tel: 800-400-2284
Community Manager: Michael Sukey
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2014-2015 HOA
Board of Directors
Title Name
Gayle Poytner
Vice President Ron Rolewicz
Cheryl Boyd
Mike Peduzi
Member at Large
Adele Shiffman
(click name to read profile statement)
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posted 15 August 2014
For Your Information
In June of this year the Board and Action Property Management adopted new requirements and changes for the Clubhouse rental for private use. The new "Clubhouse Reservation Agreement" and "Clubhouse Rules and Regulations" are posted on the Action Property Management's Vivo web site or on the Harbour Vista News web site.

Here are a few of the new rules/requirements: Available Hours: Sunday through Thursday 7:00 A.M. – 10:00 P.M. and Friday and Saturday 7:00 A.M. – 10:00 P.M.

Security deposit: $100.00 or ( $200.00) if alcoholic beverages are provided and a $25.00 processing fee.

Beer, wine and champagne are permitted under the following conditions:
  1. Host provides adult (21 years old or above) bartender who remains sober throughout the event.
  2. Bartender must insure that no minor or intoxicated person will be served.
  3. The bartender's service employer must carry insurance of $1,000,000 and name the Association, its members and the Board of Directors as additional insured on such policy.
You may obtain the key to the Clubhouse the day before your event or on Friday if your event is on the weekend, at Action Property Management at 2603 Main St., Suite 500, Irvine CA 92614.

These are just a few of the changes to the Reservation form and the Rules and Regulations. If you are planning an event and want to rent the Clubhouse you may want to take a look at the new complete Clubhouse Reservation Agreement and the Clubhouse Rules and Regulations enacted by the HOA Board.■
posted 25 August 2014
USE CAUTION: Pedestrian Bridges
Recently, it has been brought to the Board's attention that the wooden pedestrian bridges around the community streams are in need of maintenance. The Board of Directors is in the process of having the bridges evaluated. In the meantime, please utilize care when using the bridges.
* from posting from the Action Property Manager at
posted 24 August 2014
Action Property Management has assigned our new Community Manager. His name is Michael Sukey. His email is You may contact him by phone by calling Action Community Care at 800-400-2284. Harbour Vista News Welcome Michael Sukey.
posted 5 August 2014
August Maintenance Happenings
The Last Hive Removed
On Friday August 1st.Newport Exterminators removed the last Bee Hive from the ceiling of the stairwell in the 4861 Lago building. The other hives were removed on July 11th, however the last hive continued to leak honey down onto the stairway landing.
In the Meantime
A small bucket along with warning cones was placed on the 3rd floor landing to catch the honey. The removal of the hive had been scheduled for July 25th but that didn't happen.
Some Urgency
On Friday August 1st a homeowner noticed bees around the one remaining hive and honey still
leaking. A call was placed to Action expressing the urgency of getting the hive removed. Around 4PM Newport Exterminators arrived. They closed off all threefloors of the stairwell. Wearing protective gearthey erected scaffolding and brokeaway the stucco ceiling to reach the remaining hive and remove it.
The Next Step
All that needs to be done now is the re-plastering and painting of the ceiling on the 3rd floor. This may require approval of a quote from the vendor that will do the job.

See previous article "Honey in the Attic?
Upcoming HOA Meeting Schedules
Date Location Time Agenda
27 October 2014 Cabana Clubhouse 6:30PM
SEPTEMBER 22, 2014 at 6:30 PM
  1. Deliquency Report Review/Lein Filing
  2. Member Discipline
27 October 2014 Cabana Clubhouse? 7:30PM
October 27, 2014
    (following Adjournment of Executive Session)
24 November 2014 Cabana Clubhouse 7:30PM
November 24, 2014 at 6:30 PM
November 24, 2014
Real Estate Summary
(as of 30 September 2014)
Active Real Estate Listing
Address Type Asking
4791 Lago #200 3BD $234,000
16581 Grunion Lane #100 3BD $260,000
Contingent/Backup Offers
Address Type Asking
16581 Grunion Lane #104 2BD $199,900 (Bank Offers accepted)
Pending Sales
Address Type Asking
4861 Lago Drive #306 1BD $148,500
Closed Sales
Address Type Closed
4852 Cabana Drive #201 3 BD $201,000
16542 Blackbeard Lane #202 2BD $285,000
4861 Lago Drive #306 1BD $182,862
16512 Blackbeard Lane #101 3 BD $235,424
4831 Lago Drive #205 2 BD $216,100
4831 Lago Drive #305 2 BD $250,000
16551 Grunion Lane #204 2 BD $185,000
16542 Blackbeard Lane #203 2 BD $201,000
4861 Lago Drive #103 3 BD $230,000
4861 Lago Drive #202 3 BD $227,000
16521 Grunion Lane #103 2 BD $188,500
16551 Grunion Lane #203 2 BD $134,000
16521 Grunion Lane #101 3 BD $200,000 (asked $195,000)
For Lease/Rent
Address Type Description Monthly Contact
16551 Grunion #202

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