October 23, 2014
News and Other Things for Harbour Vista Community Huntington Beach
posted 17 October 2014
Community Garage Sales
The Community Wide Garage sale took place on October 11th. Garages were open and display tables set up with a variety of items for sale. Both fire gates and the Cabana and Lago gates were open for shoppers to come in the complex. Most participating residents thought the number of shoppers was lower than in previous garage sales. Also fewer residents participated which was attributed to the short notice of the event. Some attributed the lower traffic and shoppers to the modest number of signs announcing and directing people to the sale. The traffic went up when two enterprising participants placed two large stuffed bears with signs at the Lago and Cabana gates. Those who participated would like to see it become an annual event with more notice so more residents would participate.■
posted 1 Ocotber 2014
Focus on Your Neighbors
I Do Cartoons
by Michael Barto
Long time Harbour Vista resident Jim Gregg draws cartoons of many types. His political cartoons have appeared in the local paper The Register and in many Washington D.C. journals and publications. This is not his only vocation; he also creates small sculptures that he makes into small magnets and pins. Universal Studios has used some of his art work and molds for some of their movie memorabilia. Jim is the owner of a small business that sells cleaning supplies to restaurants. He has owned his condo in Harbour Vista since 1987.
Praised for His Cartoons
When Jim left the Navy after serving in combat on the USS New Jersey (1968-69) off the coast of North Viet Nam he decided to take classes in business. For fun he also took a class in cartooning. Not only was his teacher impressed with his skills a guest speaker from Warner Brothers Animation studio singled his drawings out as the best example of what they wanted in an animator. A week later a representative from Disney Animation visited the school an offered him a job. At the time Jim wanted his feet planted more solidly on the ground and he turned down the job offer to pursue a business career. He often wonders how his life would have been if he had taken that job. He is happy with his life as it is and with his family.
Brushes to His Own Company
After serving in the Navy Jim worked for a company that sold commercial cleaning brushes to restaurants. In 1982 he started his own company selling commercial cleaning products to restaurants. His business continues to this day on a smaller scale due to a heart attack and stroke he suffered in 2004.
Jim owns several US Patents for cleaning brushes. One of his patents is for a floor tile grout cleaning brush he invented. I borrowed one of his prototypes to try out. My family thinks it's terrific since you don't have to sit on the floor to clean the grout. It uses only water since lime is in the grout and no chemicals are required.
Political Cartoon
Jim draws political cartoons that are neutral and don't support any political party. Most of his cartoons take issue with the lack of support of US Patent laws by Congress. He is involved with a group that thinks the government is not doing enough to protect small business patent rights. Published in DC Journals and distributed to members of Congress his political cartoons show the hypocrisy where large special interests overshadow the rights of small business owners.
Rides a Recumbent Bike
For exercise he rides an uncommon three wheel bike. A recumbent bike places the rider in a reclining position. Jim can ride his bike up to 20 miles per hour. You may have seen him riding around the neighborhood.
A Web Extra
Jim also does cartoons for family and friends. We have included one of his cartoons he did for his daughter after she saw the movie Titanic. He also contributed the cartoon for the Garage Sale announcement on this web site. See the double column at the bottom of web page.■

Editor Note: Interested in Jim's cartoons, sculpture or inventions. Contact the newsletter and we will put you in touch with him.
posted 28 September 2014
Dining 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.

updated 8 October 2014
The railings on these recently rebuilt balconies are a new design. The top cap board on the railing isnot used in the new design. (See photos) The new railings should help lessen the dry rot of therailings since pots, plants and other items can no longer be placed on the top of the railings. The watering of plants on top of the old railings and the installation of satellite dishes and use of nails on the railings contributed to the dryrot and termite damage to railings and balconies. The use of the new design should save the HOA money in the future.
Let The HOA Know
If you have dry rot or termite damage on your balcony, let Action Property Management know. The exterior of the buildings in the complex is the HOA's responsibility and paid for with your HOA dues. ■
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 18 September 2014
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.■
Photo Opt
A mother and her two year old daughter are entertained by watching the Harbour Vista Ducks through the perimeter fences as they walk down Green Lane.
posted 9 September 2014
A homeowner at Harbour Vista is concerned that owners can only have one real estate sign placed in a window of their condo when they are selling or leasing their unit. So, he decided to start a Petition asking the Board to re-install the Sign Posts for Real Estate signs for properties that are For Sale or For Lease/Rent in Harbour Vista. The Petition points out that having a place where Real Estate signs are visible from the street (Heil & Green) is an important part of advertising and marketing a property that is being sold or leased. Harbour Vista owners who need to sell or lease their condo(s) are at a disadvantage by not having a centralized, street visible place for Real Estate signage. The Petition was signed by numerous on site and off site owners and respectfully submitted to the Board for their consideration. It is the hope of those who signed the Petition that the Board will install sign posts at the corner of Heil and Green on both sides of the complex. ■
example of what happens without a common area sign post
posted 30 September 2014
September 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
September 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.
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. ■Also repaired/rebuild were balconies on Lago, Cabana and Grunion.
Current News (click links)
Community Garage Sales (10/17/14)
Real Estate Update (10/19/14)
Owners Petition Board (10/9/14))
Balcony Design Change (10/8/14)
Photo Opt (10/8/14)
A Really Deep Hole (9/30/14)Maintenance
I Do Cartoons (10/1/14)
Septmber HOA Meeting (9/30/14)
Unique Notice Posting Method ((9/28/14)
Dinning Around Harbour Vista (9/28/14)
Community-Wide Garage Sales (9/26/14)
Lago Gate Broken (9/18/14)
Editorial: The Shabby Clubhouse (8/15/14)
FYI: Clubhouse Rental (8/15/14)
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: Michael Sukey
Email: msukey@actionlife.com
Community Care: communitycare@actionlife.com
Community Portal: http://www.vivoportal.com/
Homeowner's Portal: www.vivoportal.com
HOA Official Web Site: harbourvistahoa.com
HOA Email: hvboard@harbourvistahoa.com
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)
Harbour Vista News ARCHIVES
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.■
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
See "I Do Cartoons (above)"
Real Estate Summary
(as of 19 October 2014)
Active Real Estate Listing
Address Type Asking
16581 Grunion Lane #100 3BD $260,000
4791 Lago #200 3BD $234,000
Contingent/Backup Offers
Address Type Asking
none at present
Pending Sales
Address Type Asking
4861 Lago Drive #306 1BD $148,500
Closed Sales
Address Type Closed
16581 Grunion Lane #104 2BD $215,000
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
2BD Laudry
Facing Pool
Center Unit
Laminate Floors
$1,950/mo contact Nick White
Harbour Vista News
16458 Bolsa Avenue #15
Huntington Beach, California 92649
Phone: 714-883-1949

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