March 23, 2017
News and Other Things for Harbour Vista Community Huntington Beach
posted 21 March 2017
Dinning Around Harbour Vista
by Jim Gregg
This restaurant is really a surprise, it’s located in a bedroom community, and you would never know it. I was even there if you hadn’t been there before, but under new ownership and many upgrades it’s the perfect place for nice super quiet time to enjoy superb food next to an inviting lake full of birds and wildlife.The lake was mesmerizing as I viewed its many points of interests, and the down home presentation of themenu offerings made it allthe better.
Patty Melt
I selected the patty melt with fries, and it turned out to be an great choice, made with !/2 lbs. beef cheeses and onions on sour dough garlic bread, it was a three flavor sandwich!
Country Fried Steak
Our other selection was the country fried steak, served with a baked potato and salad. The steak was lightly breaded and superbly prepared, you could cut it with a fork! To me, this is another four star eatery and we need to get the word out on this one.
Driving There
Driving there may seem a little confusing, because you will be traveling in a residential area, but two turns from Edwards Ave. and whoa la, your there, there’s no other business in sight! With the lake on one side, and the Huntington Beach Central Park on the other, you can’t have more tranquility! ■

Kathy May’s Lakeview Café
6622 Lakeview Drive
Huntington Beach, CA 92648
Phone: 714-846-9606
Business Hours: Daily 7:00am to 9:00pm
Phone: 714-842-7700

posted 15 March 2017
Focus on Your Neighbors
My Green Thumb
A new resident to Harbor Vista, Candice Shultz has volunteered to plant flowers and foliage around the building where her condo resides (the 4861 Lago Building). Candice Shultz has purchased at her own expense, plants and mulch to landscape around her building. For the plantings under the stairway, she is watering them herself since the sprinkler system is broken. Members living in her building have expressed how much she has improved the aesthetics of the area and she is not done yet. Irritated by the use of “Round Up" (a carcinogen), which not only kills the weeds in the green areas around her building, but also the grass, she is now considering seeding the botched grass area around her building.
Candice Shultz is quite knowledgeable in landscaping andgardening having maintained a large property for many years. If other member would want advice to pursue such a volunteered undertaking, contact the Newsletter and we will put you in contact with her. Maybe the HOA should start sponsoring homeowners’ gardening club or somethings. ■
posted 26 December 2016
Private Social Media Site
For Harbour Vista
Nextdoor is a private social network for our neighborhood. Neighbors register by their location (street name) and then become part of group. For Harbour Vista residents, our group is called Harbour Pines. There is no charge to be a member. To start go to (, you will find and meet your neighbors there.■
posted 21 March 2017
March 2017 HOA Meeting Highlights
Construction Violation
Release of New Rules and Guidelines
The February 27 monthly HOA meeting was held in the Cabana Club House. Board Members in attendance were Mike Mengel, Terri Piper-Johnson, Ted LaMantia andMary Williams. Member at Large Mike Huma was absent. Action Property Manager Peggy Shaw was present along with sixteen HOA members.
24HRC Presentation
24HRC (24 Hour Restoration and Construction) provide a detail presentation for repair of Harbour Vista balconies. During the rains in February, may residents had issue with water leaking from their neighbors above. 24HRC identify the cause as deteriorated flashing or in some cases no flashing at all.
Open Forum
  • A member complained that a broken light had not been fixed for several weeks between the two Blackbeard buildings. She was concerned about this when walking from her parking space or garage at night. A tree had fallen breaking the light, but not the fixture. It was pointed out that Horizon light only performs maintenance once a month. Any other repairs would be on an emergency bases at additional fees. As a follow up a member installed a new light in the fixture that night as his expense.
  • Several members complained about the current landscaping by Bemus: “too many weeds”, “trimming of plans questionable”, “the property is not being properly keep up”, “Bemus dose not visiting the property enough”.
  • Parking was again a large discussion. The Board reiterated that non commercial vehicle shall NOT park overnight on the property. It was pointed out that a friend of an owner was ticketed because her car had a Herbalife sign on it.
  • Complained were made about clogged rain gutters with repairs not being forthcoming. The Board expressed that approvals for roof and gutter repairs would take place that evening.
Financial Report
The HOA reported that it is carrying an operating accounts deficits of approximately 7% of the HOA yearly assessments, down from 10% last month.
Committee Reports
  • Architecture Committee
    The Spokesperson/Chairman Michael Barto announced that the Architectural Committee (ARC) had approved “replacement sliding doors/screens to room deck and possible frame. The window/doors must be a white retrofit.”

    Michael Barto reported that a new property owner had violated the HOA rules for utilizing the attic above his three bedroom. This space is belongs to the HOA and is consider “exclusive use common area (EUCA). He had rerouting the ventilation system and piercing outside wall for a new exhaust system. This was done without obtaining building permits requested permission from the HOA. Because of a noisy complaint and no contact from the owner, a building code violation was reported to the City of Huntington Beach. This will result in a City stop work order. Michael wanted make it clear to members that this action does not incurred any expense to the HOA. He further pointed out that any member of the HOA who observes a Building Code violation by a member or even that HOA, can report this to the City-even anonymously.

    Board Treasurer Mary Williams informed the members that she had had a “Cease and Desist” sent from the HOA Legal Council Berding & Weil LLP to this owner. A member in attendance raised a “red flag” that she did not want to see the HOA get into another legal nightmare as they did with the Rosendahl’s were huge amount of legal cost are incurred and the funds were depleted from the HOA which would never be recovered.
  • Landscaping Committee
    The Landscaping Committee Spokesperson/Chairman Terri Piper-Johnson informed members that the Committee continues to walk the property on a regular bases and notifying Bemus Landcape of their concerns. Repair of the irrigation system is high priority.
  • Parking Committee
    There was no report from the Parking Committee Spokesperson/Chairman Ray Kroagel-who was not present.
Unfinished Business
  • Approval for Bemus Landscaping proposal was again tabled.
  • The HOA president Mike Mengel informed the members that new Parking Regulations, Architectural Guidelines and the Rules and Regulations were forthcoming and would be distributed to members for comments after March 13th.
New Business
  • Island Pacific roofing repair proposals were approved.
  • Antis roofing proposals were approved.
  • Humburg & Associates dry rot repair for 16551 Grunion was approved.
  • Humburg & Associates water leak repair for 4831 Lago was approved.
  • Humburg & Associates roof structure repair of Lago gate kiosk was tabled.
  • Bemus Landscaping irrigation system repair was approved. Installation of new battery operated values were tabled.
  • Diversified Waterscapes proposal to clean out plan material in the streams and ponds was approved.
  • Crandall Plumbing proposal to installation a new recirculating pump in one of the boiler systems was approved.
No liens were issued in the Executive Session.

The next Open Session meeting of the HOA is scheduled for March 27th at 6:30pm in the Cabana Clubhouse.■
posted 23 March 2017
Expanded News Article
by Michael Barto
It started almost three years ago, December 2014, with a “Cease and Desist” letter from Action Property Management. This month a“lien release and judgement satisfaction” was reached between the HOA, the property owner Eb and Aime Rosendahl, their real estate broker and the HOA's legal council Berding & Weil LLP. The Rosendahl’s will pay $20,000 and their realtor, who completed the short sale of their former home in Laguna Niguel, will contribute from his commission another $20,000. This $40,000 will be distributed with $30,000 going to the HOA and $10,000 going to the legal council as their contingency payment. The lien on the Rosendahl’s condo was reduced to $50,000 which will only be due if the condo is sold or refianced. There are no other restrictions.
What It Cost the HOA
It is estimated that the HOA spent $100,000 for the first trial and judgement . This was followed by an estimated $20,000 (unconfirmed) in legal fees to Berding & Weil LLP. Later the remaining of their fees were converted to a contigency basis. With an estimated total of $120,000 minus the settlement of $30,000 from the disbursement, the HOA ended up spending $90,000 on legal fees for this against the Rosendahl’s. The lost approximates approximately $500 per HOA member..
What It Cost the Rosendahl’s
For the “lien release and judgement satisfaction”, the Rosendahl’s contributed $20,000. The also incurred had many other legal expenses to fight this case, including filing for bankruptcy.
What the Realtor Paid
When the HOA first filed legal action, this stopped tthe short sale of the Rosendahl’s previous home in Laguna Nigue. As part of the settlement, the short sale is completed with the realtor contributed $20,000 from his commission to the settlement.
What Our Legal Council Got Out of This
It is estimated that Berding & Weil LLP received from the HOA about $120,000 for their legal fees for the Rosendahl case until their fees were changed to a contingency basis. With the “lien release and judgement satisfaction”, Berding & Weil LLP will receive another $10,000 (25% of agrreemen).
Legal History
The City of Huntington Beach had approved the Rosendahl’s remodeling project and certified that it met City code and was safe. But the HOA filed a "Breach of Contract" lawsuit which prevented them from doing any work. During the time prior to the trial, the HOA created its own planning department by hiring a General Contractor and a Structural Engineer through their legal council. The City of Huntington Beach testified that there was no safety issues and their construction and it had met or exceeded the building code. The Court awarded a judgement solely on "breach of contract" for “not asking for permission” from the HOA. No safety violations were in the judgement.
Remodeling Approved
After the trial, the HOA approved the Rosendahl’s original remodeling plans which included the already removed load bearing wall which had been approved by the City. But the HOA did not allow them to install a granite cooking top island with concerns that its estimated weight of 600lb would cause the the dinning room floor to fail. This assumption is base on legal council's engineering study used in the trial. ■
posted 22 March 2017
Recipe of the Month
by Eden Hommes
This is a great cold salad, filled with protein, fiber, B-vitamins, Vitamin C, and enzymes from the raw vegetables. You can use either canned beans (but beware the BPH exposure), or soak and boil your own. If you used canned beans, rinse them first. If boiling your own beans, simply soak 3 cups mixed beans with 6 cups water overnight, drain, cover with fresh water, and simmer until beans are soft, about 45 minutes. Add salt and a bay leaf to the water 30 minutes into simmering. Drain and cool.

  • 1 can (2 cups) chickpeas
  • 1 can (2 cups) kidney beans
  • 1 can (2 cups) black beans
  • 1 cup diced, steamed green beans (optional)or additional cup of above beans
  • 2 medium diced tomatoes
  • 1/2-3/4 cup diced red onion, OR scallions
  • 1 diced green bell pepper
  • Hanadfull chopped parsly
  • 1 can whole black olives
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • Red wine vinegar (as much as you want)
  • Salt and pepper (as needed)
  • 3 cloves crushed garlic
  • Diced fresh basil and oregano (or dried)
Mix all ingredients together and serve at room temp or chilled. Serves 6. ■
Footnote: "A resident of Harbour Vista, Eden Hommes is an ER nurse with a passion for preventative medicine and natural health. She is working on a Masters degree in Holistic Nutrition, and teaches classes on Essential Oils. She can be reached at"
Current News (click links)

Who Got What (03/23/17)
Real Estate Update (03/23/17)
March HOA Meeting Agenda (03/22/17)
March's Recipe (03/22/17)
HOA Meeting Highlites (03/21/17)
Dinning:LakeView Cafe (03/21/17)
My Green Thumb (03/16/17)
Car Struct and Damage (03/16/17)
Judgement Satisfaction/Lean Release (03/06/17)
Renter's Corner (02/06/17)
Cleanup After Yourself (09/29/16)
FYI: Nextdoor (12/26/16)

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.
posted 6 March 2017
News Flash
Starting almost three years ago (December 12, 2014), with a “Cease and Desist” letter which culminated in two trials and one judgement for “not asking for permission”, a “lean release and judgement satisfaction” was reach between the HOA, the Rosendahl’s (property owner) and the legal council Berding & Weil LLP. The Rosendahl’s with pay $40,000 distribution with $30,000 going to the HOA and $10,000 going to legal council. A lean on the Rosendahl’s condo will be reduced to $50,000 but is only collectable when the Rosendahl’s sell or refinance their unit. There are no other restrictions. More to follow. ■
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posted 16 March 2017
Another News Flash
On Tuesday evening March 7 or Wednesday morning March 8, someone hit owner Maria Koagel car twice in a visitor parking spot on the Grunion side. The offender hit the car so hard that it was pushed up onto the wheel stop.

Considering his car was hit very hard twice, whomever did it knows it happened.

If anyone knows anything about this vehicle hit and run, please notify the owner Maria Koagel(714) 840-9396.

A police report was filed as well and also an insurance claim. ■
Upcoming HOA Meeting Schedules
(subject to change without notice)
Date Location Time Agenda
Cabana Clubhouse 6:30PM
    The Board of Directors will hold an Executive Session on March 27, 2017, 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 February 27, 2017.
    2. Acceptance of the Financial Statement for the period ending February 28, 2017.
    1. Architectural Committee
    2. Landscaping Committee
    3. Parking Committee
    1. Humburg & Associates Proposal-Roof Structure Gate Key
    2. Bemus Lanscaping Proposal - Enhancements
    3. Rules and Regulations Update -Discussion
    1. Draft Audit
    2. Island Pacific Proposals
      1. 16521 Grunion #302
      2. 4791 Lago
      3. 16542 Blackbeard #305/#205
    3. Bemus Lanscaping Proposal - tree trimming
    4. Delinquency Report/Liens
  9. SCHEDULE NEXT MEETING (April 24, 2017)
March 27, 2017 at 7:30 PM
    1. Hearings
    2. Delinquency Review
    3. Approval of Minutes from February 27, 2017
24 April
Cabana Clubhouse 6:30PM
April 24, 2017

April 24, 2017 at 7:30 PM
Real Estate Summary
(as of March 23, 2017)
Active Real Estate Listing
Address Type Asking
4791 Lago Drive #102 3BD/2BA $299,000 (3/23)
4861 Lago Drive #104 1BD/1BA $248,000 (3/7)
4831 Lago Drive #103 2BD/2BA $295,000
Active/Under Contract
Address Type Information
16521 Grunion Lane #205 2BD/2BA $269,900 (3/6)
Address Type Information
16512 Blackbeard Lane #205 1BD/1BA $196,300 (1/17)
Address Type Information
4852 Cabana Drive #106 2BD/2BA $488,000
Closed Sales 2017
Address Type Closed
16542 Blackbeard Lane #100 3BD/2BA $230,000 (1/17)
Closed Sales 2016
Address Type Closed
4861 Lago Drive #200 3BD/2BA $292,000
4861 Lago Drive #104 1BD/1BA $218,900
16512 Blackbeard Lane #105 1BD/1BA $180,000 (8/1/16)
4861 Lago Drive #203 3BD/2BA $296,000 (8/1/16)(private sale)
16512 Blackbeard Lane #101 3BD/2BA $312,750 (7/30/16)
4831 Lago Drive #201 3BD/2BA $291,000 (7/6/16)
4852 Cabana Drive #206 2BD/2BA $265,000 (7/1/16)
16512 Blackbeard Lane #106 1BD/1BA $229,500 (5/26/16)
16551 Grunion Lane #205 2BD/2BA $264,000 (04/12/16)
4861 Lago Drive #304 1BD/1BA $220,000 (04/07/16)
16521 Grunion Lane #204 2BD/2BA $270,000 (3/31/16)
16521 Grunion Lane #304 2BD/2BA $260,000 (3/18/16)
16521 Grunion Lane #105 2BD/2BA $283,000 (2/25/16)
16512 Blackbeard Lane #106 1BD/1BA $177,500 (1/19/16)

Note: An up green tick () means sold for more than asking price.
A down red tick ( ) means sold for less than asking price.
For sale, available to show, with no accepted offer.
Active/Under Contract indicates that the property has a binding contract and is in escrow, but they are still soliciting backup offers due to the Buyer still having the ability to cancel. A contingent offer is accepted and in escrow, but buyer retains contingencies to cancel, and the Seller is inviting "Backup" offers. The price shown is the list price, not necessarily the contract price.
Buyer has removed all contingencies, and the escrow is in final closing stages. The price shown is the list price, not necessarily the contract price.
The property has been removed from marketing, but a listing contract is unexpired, and still binding on the seller.
The listing is available for sale, but the property cannot currently be shown, usually for temporary convenience factors.
The following rental information was provided (6 February 2017)
Address Type Price Info/Ref
16521 Grunion Ln #305 3BD/2BA $2700/mon Paul Bontempo


4791 Lago Dr #305 1BD/1BA $1850/mon 714-960-4441
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