May 23, 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 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.
Open 7 days. M-Thr 10:30-9;Sa 9-10;Su 9-9
Guide to Harbour Vista News
Web Repository
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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. ■
updated 21 May 2016 (posted 4 May 2016)
April HOA Meeting Highlights
Annual Meeting Scheduled
Litigation Explanation Requested
The April HOA monthly meeting was held in the Cabana Clubhouse with four Board Members present: Michael Mengel, Ted LaManti, Cynthia Lee, and Mary Williams. Also in attendance were Peggy Shaw from Action Property Management and eleven homeowners.
The Board voted to appoint homeowner Mike Huma to serve out the term for the position left vacant by the resignation of Mike Peduzzi. He was seated at this meeting.  See Note 1.
Election Meeting Announced
The Annual Meeting (Election Meeting) was scheduled for July 27, 2016 June 27, 2016 at 6:30 pm at the Cabana Clubhouse. No announcement was made that any member of the current Board will retire. An Election Inspector will be hired to monitor the election and count the ballots. A representative of the HOA Legal Council (Berding and Weil LLP) will also be present as part of their retainer obligation. 
Open Forum
  • This reporter is requesting a written explanation from the Board to be mailed out to all members  as to why the HOA was spent over 100K in one year for litigation for one homeowner’s remodeling project:
    • Why was such extreme  action required?
    • What warnings should members take away from this action?
    • What are the estimates for ongoing legal expenses for the collection of this judgement?
    The Board stated that the defendants would not back down. Eventually the HOA would get reimbursed for the money spent on this litigation.
  • This reporter requested that the HOA remove the “primary address” restriction for holding a position on the Board. The recent HOA Appraisal (on the Vivo Web Site) showed that only 50% of the members could meet this qualification. One member expressed concern that he did not think it was a good idea to have “investors” serve on the Board. 
  • A new homeowner explained that she had spend more than a $100 to replace her mailbox lock. The Board stated that the locks could be obtained from both the Post Office and Home Depot and were easy to install.
  • With the judgement awarded to the HOA, this homeowner asked why the HOA is refusing to meet with them to clarify the remodeling requirements to make their unit livable. The Board stated that this was in the hands of the Court.  This member took issue with this. See Note2.
Financial Report
The Board announced that the Association has incurring  a large financial deficit this month–mostly contributed to legal expenses. This is fourth month in a row that the HOA has shown a deficit. HOA financial statements are online on the Vivo Web Site.  
Architectural Committee Report
Mike Mengel stated that the Board had not yet reviewed the Architectural Guidelines and he wanted another meeting with the Committee. The Architectural Committee spokesperson Michael Barto expressed that many HOA members want to have tan vinyl retrofit windows and hanging shades. Mary Williams stated that the Rules and Regulations do not allow hanging shades. The spokesperson asked how this could be changed.  It was explained that the Architectural Committee could make the recommendations which then would need to be approved by the members. See Note 3.
Parking Committee Report
The Parking Committee spokesperson Ray Koagel asked about obtaining approval from the Fire Department for more parking spaces. Peggy Shaw provided a reference where a request could be submitted. The Board asked questions about the enforcement process for the  proposed regulations.
Unfinished Business
  • The replacement of Patio Furniture was again deferred. 
  • The replacement of a Grunion Boiler was tabled. Many questions need to be answered.
New Business
  • The Draft Audit was approved.
  • Funding for the yearly Reserve Study was approved. This audit will require an on-site visit for this year.
  • A replacement for a Grunion Mailbox set was approved.
  • Four liens were approved.
The next meeting of the HOA will be May 23rd at 6:30m in the Cabana Clubhouse.■


  1. At the following Executive Session, Mike Huma was assigned a position of “Member at Large”. This will be in place for the remaining term.  There are now two “Members at Large”: Mary Williams and Mike Huma. Mike Mengel and Mary Williams will act concurrently for Treasurer's signing privileges through the remaining term because they are familiar with the vendors. 
  2. A couple of days after this meeting, the HOA decided to scheduled a meeting with the homeowner to clarify the remodeling requirements with the HOA Legal Council. 
  3. The Architectural Commitee has schedule an open meeting on May 11, 2016 starting at 6:30pm at the Cabana Clubhouse
posted 21 March 2016
It was announced in the April HOA Meeting Highlights that the Annual Meeting (Elections) would be held on July 27. This was in error. The Annual Meeting (Elections) will be held on June 27 at 6:30 pm in the Cabana Clubhouse and not in July. ■
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. ■

Current News (click links)
Mittens Pet of the Month (04/23/16)
Agenda HOA Meeting for Monday (05/21/16)
Real Estate Update (05/21/16)
Correction to June 27 (05/21/16)
April HOA Meeting Highlites (05/4/16)
Architectural Committee Highlights (05/19/16)
A Funny Thing Happen (05/17/16)
Election and Voting Rules (05/08/16)
Dinning Arround Harbour Vista (04/23/16)
Water Quality & Expensive Toilets(04/13/16)
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 under the "Documents" tab.■
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Upcoming HOA Meeting Schedules
(subject to change without notice)
Date Location Time Agenda
23 May
Cabana Clubhouse 6:30PM
May 23, 2016
    The Board of Directors will hold an Executive Session on May 23, 2016, immediately following this meeting, to discuss matters related to member discipline and collections.
    Open Forum and Board Meeting Conduct
    The items on the Consent Calendar are routine or items that have been discussed with the Board, approved verbally or electronically, and action taken, and the motion is stated in order to incorporate the action into the Association's corporate documents.
    1. Approval of the Regular Board Meeting Minutes of April 25, 2016.
    2. Acceptance of the Financial Statement for the period ending April 30, 2016.
    1. Architectural Committee
    2. Landscaping Committee
    3. Parking Committee
    1. Seabreeze Patio Furniture Proposal
    2. Boiler Replacement Proposals
    1. Clubhouse Chair Uphostery Proposal
    2. Diversified Water Proposal
    3. Discussion on Charters for Committees
    4. Insurance Claim/Settlement
    5. Investments
  9. SCHEDULE NEXT MEETING (May 23, 2016)





May 23, 2016 at 7:30 PM
    1. Approval of Executive Session Minutes dated (4/25/16)
    2. Legal Issues - Attorney will be present
    3. Litigation Matters related to collection of assessment
27 June
Cabana Clubhouse 6:30PM
June 27, 2016

Real Estate Summary
(as of May 19, 2016)
Active Real Estate Listing
Address Type Asking
16512 Blackbeard Lane #101 3BD/2BA $324,900
16512 Blackbeard Lane #105 1BD/1BA $199,000
16581 Grunion Lane #303 2BD/2BA $289,000 (withdrawn)
4861 Lago Drive #104 1BD/1BA $224,900
4861 Lago Drive #203 3BD/2BA $334,900
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
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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