September 19, 2014
News and Other Things for Harbour Vista Community Huntington Beach
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 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 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?
posted 16 August 2014
Dinning Around Harbour Vista
A Little Mexican Place
by Mary Williams
El Chile Frito is very small with only 7 tables. Chips and salsa were given, gratis. Salsa was freshly
made and had a small kick to it. Spicy salsa was offered but we declined.
Chicken Mole
A Chile Relleno was ordered, it came with red sauce, also a plate of Enchiladas Ranchero. Both had good flavor. I ordered the Chicken Mole and was quite happy with it. Chicken was tender and the mole was good. I do not think they make the mole themselves because it is a time consuming sauce and only one dish on the menu featured it.
Thicker Version
All plates came with refried beans and rice. Just standard rice and the beans were a little too loose for my taste. I like a thicker version of refried beans.
Coca Cola Bottle in Mexico
They do have Coca Cola by the bottle and it is bottled in Mexico which gives it a whole different taste. They use cane sugar in Mexico and you can tell the difference, No beer or wine.
Large, Varied Menu
They featured a very large, varied menu with several authentic Mexican dishes that you usually do not see on menus unless you are in East LA.
Trying Hard To Please
El Chile Frito would be a good place for take out. Ambiance is lacking but they are attentive and trying hard to please you. They do take credit cards. Located in a strip mall near McFadden with adequate parking.■

El Chile Frito
15491 Edwards
Huntington Beach
(714) 893-7380
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 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.■
posted 3 September 2014
August HOA Meeting
Stream & Maintenance Coordination
New Community Manager
All five Board Members, Community Manager Michael Sukey, Julie Carter from Action, four representatives from HOA vendors and 15 residents were in attendance.

The new Community Manager, Michael Sukey was introduced. He gave a brief description of his background and experience. He came to Orange County from New Jersey. He was a CPA and has experience managing multi-family developments. His background in budgeting will be an asset to the HOA.
Vendor Coordination
Representatives from the Landscape, Electrical and Stream vendors gave a presentation about the condition of the streams and ponds and the various problems with cleaning the water in the streams and keeping them running. They pointed out how the trees and other plants around the streams and ponds continuously drop leaves and debris in the streams along with the water run-off from the sprinklers in the grass areas all add to the poor condition of the streams. So, it would be best to address trees, other landscaping and water run off to help keep the streams in better condition. The stream vendor needs coordination with the electrical vendor to repair and maintain the electrical components of the motors and pumps for the streams. So, it takes cooperation of these three vendors to keep the streams running and as clean as possible.
Electrical Concerns
  • Tyler Electrical gave the Board a proposal for handling repairs for the electrical parts of the elevators. They can facilitate repairs more quickly since the elevator service vendor does not have electricians on staff. They suggested the management call them first.
  • Repairs need to be made to the electrical systems in the pump vaults for the pumps and motors for the streams.
  • Coordination with the Board is needed to figure out why the circuits for the garages keep tripping on weekends due to circuit overload. Residents may be using electricity in their garages to power machinery or other electrical items which are in violation of the HOA Rules and Regulations.
Financial Report
The new Community Manager, Michael Sukey gave the financial report. (You can go to the Action Llife web site and log onto your Vivo account to check the approved Financial Reports).
Open Forum
A property owner informed the Board he placed "For Rent" signs up next to the Real Estate and Open House signs that were placed on the wrought iron fences at the corner of the complex on Sunday. He said since those signs were allowed he thought he could also have his sign up during that time. His signs were removed. Discussion from the floor ensued pointing out the importance of having a designated place where Real Estate signs can be placed and be visible from the street. The Board said they would look into the issue and in the meantime told the property owner he could notify the Community Manager when he wants to have an Open House for his unit and he would be allowed to have signs up during the Open House. A member pointed out that having a visible place for signs is standard practice with other Associations in our area.
Unfinished Business
The Board approved hiring Service Master for Common Area Maintenance/Janitorial services.

The Board approved two repair proposals for electrical repairs of motors for the streams. The Community Manager said he thought part of the funds needed for the repairs could come from the Reserve Fund and the other part from the Operating Budget. The Board tabled the draining and cleaning the sludge out of the streams and ponds.
New Business
HOA V.P. Ron Rolewicz was appointed to Chair the Architecture Committee. Per our CC&R's the HOA is required to have an Architecture Committee.

A new Fine Policy will be mailed out to owners for review and comment. The Board is proposing fines of $100, $200 and $300 for violations of the Rules and Regulations that are not corrected.

The Board approved repairs for:
  • The repair and replacement of wood planks/boards on the bridges in the complex
  • General preventative maintenance on the pool pumps
  • Deck and rain gutter repairs/rebuilds for several units
  • Elevator preventative repairs
Funds from the Reserves will be used for part of these repairs.

The Board approved placing two liens on properties with delinquent HOA fees.■
Current News
HOA Agenda (9/19/14)
Lago Gate Broken (9/18/14)
Real Estate Update (9/17/2014)
August HOA Meeting (9/3/2014)
Sign on Car Roof (8/24/2014) Editor note
New Community Manager (8/24/14)
Meet Donna (8/16/14)
Dinning Around Harbour Vista (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. ■
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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
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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.
Upcoming HOA Meeting Schedules
Date Location Time Agenda
22 September 2014 Location Unknown? 6:30PM
SEPTEMBER 22, 2014 at 6:30 PM
  1. Deliquency Report Review/Lein Filing
  2. Member Discipline
22 September 2014 Location Unknown? 7:30PM
SEPTEMBER 22, 2014
    1. Approval of Regular Board Meeting Minutes of AUGUST 25, 2014
    2. Acceptance of unaudited Financial Statement for the period ending August 31, 2014
    1. Architecture Committee
    1. Common Area Issues
    2. Stream Cleaning
    3. Enforcement and Fine Policy
    1. Common Area Maintenance Issues
    2. Gareage Sales/Open House Requests
    3. ARS Reserve Study Draft Review
    4. 2015 Budget Draft Review
    5. Board Meeting Conduct Notice
    6. Recordation of Leins - Discussion held in Executive Session
    (following Adjournment of Executive Session)

October 27, 2014

27 October 2014 Cabana Clubhouse 7:30PM
OCTOBER 27, 2014 at 6:30 PM
SEPTEMBER 22, 2014
Real Estate Summary
(as of 17 September 2014)
Active Real Estate Listing
Address Type Asking
4861 Lago Drive #306 1BD $148,500
16581 Grunion Lane #100 3BD $272,000
On Hold
Address Type Asking
None at this Time
Contingent/Backup Offers
Address Type Asking
16581 Grunion Lane #104 2BD $199,900 (Bank Offers accepted)
Pending Sales
Address Type Asking
4852 Cabana Drive #201 3 BD $175,000 (Bank Own sold "as is")
Closed Sales
Address Type Closed
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
None at this Time
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Huntington Beach, California 92649
Phone: 714-883-1949

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