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Senior Center employee smoking in violation of ordinance

A reader tell us of an employee of the senior apartments who is smoking throught out the Edgewater Isle Senior Apartments. This employee has been asked to not smoke in the area, but he continues to smoke and throws lit butts in the area.

The City of San Mateo has a smoking ordinance. It specifically says that "Inside Multi-unit Residences, including balconies, common areas, and within 40 feet of the building" (emphasis added).

It seems this worker is violating it. HIP Housing should take responsibility for this.

smoker at Edgewater Isle Senior Apartments Edgewater Isle Senior Apartments employee smokes by sign


Judge Lisa Novak releases Alejandro Canche, says “it's a close call”

Canche to be released to his home, not allowed access to sharp objects

Today in a Redwood City Courtroom, defendant Alejandro Canche made his latest appearance in the ongoing criminal attempted murders case against him. His lawyer had submitted an "application for mental health diversion," and the hearing on that matter was heard today.

Read the complete story.

“Complete psychological evaluation” submitted for Alejandro Canche

Defendant in stabbings case

Yesterday, two filings were submitted to the Superior Court of California, County of San Mateo, branch in the case of Alejandro Canche, the defendant accused of multiple stabbings in San Mateo almost two years ago.

One document submitted is the “Complete Psychological Evaluation in support of Application for Intensive Mental Health diversion.” This appears to be the defense's argument for why Alejandro Canche should be removed from the criminal proceedings and granted psychological treatment in lieu of criminal proceedings and punishment.

The other filing is “People's Opposition to Defendant's motion for Mental Health Diversion.” This is the prosecution's objection to a diversion (which could effectively dismiss all charges).

The “Mental Health Diversion suitability Hearing” is scheduled for Friday, August 27, 2021. Alejandro Canche remains in custody at the San Mateo County jail.

Read more.

Burglary on Vista Del Sol

San Mateo Police assigned 5 officers to a burglary reported in the 1500 block of Vista Del Sol at 4:52 a.m. on Wednesday, June 30, 2021. The resident reported that a suspect had forced open the garage door and stole tools and a bicycle.

The police obtained a description of the suspect and of the suspect's vehicle. Police closed the call at 7:48 a.m. No arrests have been made.

garages on Vista Del Sol

Canche “mental health suitability” hearing held. Trial date vacated.

Today in a Redwood City courtroom, defendant Alejandro Canche appeared for a "mental health suitability" hearing. Canche appeared via audio/video. A licensed clinical social worker for San Mateo County also appeared at the hearing: her Linked In profile shows her title as "Mental Health Program Specialist, Pathways Mental Health Court Supervisor." (The San Mateo County Court website has an outdated and limited page discussing Pathways.)

In keeping with the established pattern in this case, another hearing has been set for August 27, 2021.

The trial date set (as well as all other pre-trial conferences) for October 15, 2021, has been vacated (cancelled) without a new date being set.

Judge grants mental health diversion suitability hearing to Canche

Alejandro Canche appeared via video conference today in a Redwood City courtroom for a mental health diversion eligibility hearing. The District Attorney's office appeared at the hearing, but did not make an argument against the motion seeking the mental health diversion.

Judge Susan Greenberg granted the request, deeming Canche "eligible" for a full hearing to see if Canche is "suitable" for such a diversion. The next hearing was scheduled for June 25 at 10:30 a.m. with Judge Lisa Novak.

Both defense attorney Steve Teich and Judge Susan Greenberg did not know or understand the next steps because, as Teich said, "this is a new program." Teich also wanted to determine that the June 25 hearing was not the final hearing, to which Judge Greenberg replied that it is not. Judge Novak will determine the next hearings on suitability, and the June 25 hearing is an initial hearing and not the full hearing.

The Los Angeles Times had an insightful editorial on AB1810, which was the bill that became Penal Code §1001.35, which became effective on June 27, 2018.

Defense attorney requests “mental health diversion”

The defense is now asking the court to release the defendant Alejandro Canche to a mental health treatment program in lieu of being sentenced in a criminal court for the attempted murder of three people in San Mateo.

On May 24, Alejandro Canche's defense attorney filed in San Mateo County Superior Court a "Motion for prima facie finding of eligibility for intense mental health diversion Welfare & Institutions Code §4361 and Penal Code §1001.35 and Penal Code §1001.36."

A hearing on this matter is scheduled for June 10.

UPDATE: Sources say that this hearing is part of a two-part process. The June 10 hearing will determine eligibility for the program (i.e., does the defendant have a doctor's report?) and are the legal applications, or motions, made.

Then it will go to a full hearing where another judge, in this case Judge Lisa Novak, to determine the defendant's suitability (i.e., how would defendant's release affect the community?) for release. If this hearing becomes contested (the district attorney's office is contesting the defense's motions) and depending upon the number of motions filed, witnesses called, etc., it could delay the start of the defendant's trial, currently scheduled for October 15.

Sacramento County Superior Court has a full explanation of their process, which may slightly differ in San Mateo County.

Another car towed at Edgewater Isle

A resident tweets that his car was towed at Edgewater Isle. Resident was not given any warning. Resident did not know how to get his car back.

flushing money down toiletLucrative business for towing companies

Edgewater Isle has a long history of towing cars. All residents should read the "Parking Rules" which is supposed to be provided to every buyer as part of the disclosures and to every renter from their landlord. Edgewater Isle Master Association contracts with a towing company, and it is easy money for the towing companies to come out in the middle of the night and tow your car.

Towing from a homeowners association is a lucrative business for the towing companies because too many people don't know the rules. Don't be an easy mark for them.

Alejandro Canche trial date set

Nearly two years after the attempted murder assaults at Edgewater Isle, the trial of defendant Alejandro Canche has been set for Friday, October 15, 2021.

Canche is accused of two separate charges of attempted murder at Edgewater Isle (and an additional attempted murder at BJ's Restaurant in San Mateo) on the night of October 28, 2019.

More detail here.

Kelly McGuirk is granted a 2-year restraining order

In January 2021, San Mateo Police received a number of calls originating from Via Laguna for domestic violence. Today in a Redwood City courtroom, Kelly McGuirk, the removed former Edgewater Isle board member, personally appeared to ask the court to grant a domestic violence restraining order against Mark Tilds, the owner of the business she promoted for years, free of charge, in the association newsletter.

McGuirk stated in her application for a restraining order that Tilds had thrown a vacuum cleaner at her, and said that he would "fuck you up" and "make [McGuirk] miserable like he is." Mark Tilds did not appear in court, but the court found that he had been given proper service of the court proceedings by Edgewater Isle neighbor Ruth Hages (currently vice president of Edgewater Isle North).

The judge asked McGuirk if she (McGuirk) would like to add anything, to which McGuirk told the court that not having Tilds in the home since January has been "a feeling of safety, a true blessing. The chaos and the scary part of not knowing what each day was going to be like has been wonderful."

Restraining order issued against Mark Tilds

The domestic violence restraining order McGuirk requested was granted for two years. The order will expire on May 11, 2023 at 11:59 p.m.

McGuirk asked if she could request that the restraining order not be made a public record. The judge replied no, that if a CLETS order is filed in a court system, it is a matter of public record — it is not sealed. McGuirk asked if it could be, and the judge replied "no, because it needs to be accessed by the police department."

McGuirk asked "What about individuals? There is an individual that has created a web site and is posting all of my information up there, and it is a true sense of harassment."

The judge replied, "I can't give you legal advice, but there are avenues if you need to file something against them."


The judge here, while not giving legal advice, mentioned "avenues" available to McGuirk. Let's explore those avenues.

    1. The San Mateo Police aren't interested in this

Five years ago, "a woman who lives on Via Laguna" complained to the San Mateo Police about a "website." Nothing came from it. See the police record here:

February 18, 2016 08:46 1602180038

A woman who lives on Via Laguna went to the front lobby of the San Mateo Police on February 18 at 8:42 a.m., and said she knows someone "who put her info on a criminal background website." Disposition: completed.

Again, in 2020, Kelly McGuirk contacted the San Mateo Police Department about the same thing. Nothing came from it.

    2. Another resident has already tried characterizing the content here as "harassment"

In 2012, another resident at Edgewater Isle tried alleging that content on this website is "harassment." That resident filed a restraining order and lost. That resident was ordered to pay attorney's fees. Here is what that San Mateo County judge wrote in his decision about that:

    3. One thing that has not been tried

One avenue not explored: corrections, clarifications, or comments can always be sent in using the "contact" page and send an email. This avenue has been available for 17 years now, since 2004. Responsible discussions are always considered.

An example of what is NOT an responsible discussion is shown here. This approach was a complete failure (as seen in #2 above).

Resident requests that pools be reopened

After a year-long shutdown of activities because of COVID-19 concerns, an owner sent us an e-mail to ask that the pool be reopened.

Subject: Swimming pools
From: REDACTED NAME <redacted@gmail.com>
Date: Sun, April 25, 2021 10:14 am
To: "redact@edgewaterisle.com" <redact@edgewaterisle.com>

Hey, do you mind if you can open back up the swimming pools this summer? It’s been a year and I believe COVID cases are going down. It could liven up the neighborhood a bit. 

While we have no control over the pools, it seems like a very legitimate request since owners are the ones who pay for the pools. This e-mail was forwarded to the management companies for their attention to this matter.

pool at Edgewater Isle

Two charges against Alejandro Canche are dismissed

Alejandro CancheThe latest hearing in the Alejandro Canche attempted murders case was held in a Redwood City courtroom yesterday. Defendant Alejandro Canche appeared via video. His defense attorney Steve Teich appeared personally, asking the judge where he was supposed to stand. Judge Susan Greenberg told him to stand "by a microphone."

At the outset, Judge Susan Greenberg said she was concerned about "enhancements": the judge was concerned about some of the charges against the defendant that specifically pertain to the two victims who were stabbed along the bike path.

The prosecutor stated that the defendant used the same method on all three victims: attack by ambush. Defendant took a series of actions to attack the first victim along the bike path: Canche stepped in front of the bike rider and made decision to force victim off of his bike and jump on top of him. Canche is accused of stabbing the bike rider 23+ times, all while the victim was wearing a helmet, protecting from greater level of injury. The defendant is then accused of drawing in a passer-by, stabbing him in the neck.

“If you're going to kill someone, you don't use a box cutter.”
—Defense attorney

Defense attorney Teich argued that there was no premeditation to kill. Teich also argued that the weapon used, a box cutter, is "a work tool." "If you're going to kill someone, you don't use a box cutter."

The prosecutor countered by saying that many stab wounds to the head, neck, and face, is not consistent with arguing that Canche was not trying to kill.

Judge Susan Greenberg dismissed the "premeditation" part of the attempted murder charges in regards to victims 2 and 3 (the victims along the bike path at Edgewater Isle) and left it standing for victim 1, the first victim at the San Mateo parking lot of BJ's Restaurant.

UPDATE: A pretrial conference has been rescheduled from April 5 to May 10.

Shooting at Residence Inn

In the early morning hours, San Mateo Police responded to a shooting in the parking lot of Residence Inn at 2000 Winward Way. Two people were reported injured in the shooting: one victim suffered critical injuries while the second victim suffered minor injuries. Both were reported to be in stable condition.

The police emphasized that the shooting was not a random attack and those involved were from outside San Mateo County. No arrests were made immediately, and the incident is currently under investigation.

Editorial comment: hotel guests are usually from outside the county.

New resident towed. Common Interest Management Services not replying.

A new resident at Edgewater Isle writes, new to the age-old problem of the lack of parking at Edgewater Isle. Instead of the welcome wagon, this resident was greeted to the community with the management company's lack of responses to the new resident's inquiries, and having their car towed.

The new resident asks what we can do to help with the Common Interest Management Services' failure to respond to questions about parking.

The resident writes:

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: New Resident Parking Issue
From: redacted@redacted.com
Date: Mon, March 08, 2021 2:24 pm
To: redact@edgewaterisle.com

Hey there!

Sorry to bother, especially since you run a forum for the Edgewater Isle and are not the property management company. However, I'm at a complete loss and have not heard back from anyone so I'm seeking out advice from you.

I recently just moved within this past week to Edgewater Isle and have been desperately trying to contact the property management company, HOA, and Debbie in regards to purchasing a reserved parking spot. No one has replied back to me and my car was towed this Sunday morning at 1:30 AM because I have nowhere else to park besides the visitor spot because no one is replying back to me and helping me out with this situation!

Do you have any advice for us to help solve this issue?

An extremely worried new resident

To answer the worried resident's question: we suggest putting your questions in writing to the management company and copy the president of Common Interest: Dan Nelson at DNelson@CommonInterest.com.

An alarming number of calls to police from Via Laguna

Last month, at least 7 calls for assistance were made to the San Mateo Police Department from (a) resident(s) on Via Laguna. This cluster of calls follows a high number of other calls for assistance coming from Via Laguna.

These calls below are all after the January 13 arrest of Mark Anthony Tilds of Via Laguna, accused of domestic violence.

1/18/2021 Public Disturbance 12:16 p.m. 12:40 p.m.
1/19/2021 Assist: Other incidents 10:22 a.m. 10:59 a.m.
1/20/2021 Assist: Other incidents 2:54 p.m. 4:36 p.m.
1/22/2021 Civil Problem 11:35 a.m. 12:02 p.m.
1/22/2021 Assist: Other incidents 5:05 p.m. 5:42 p.m.
1/23/2021 Restraining order violation 8:42 a.m. 9:02 a.m.
1/27/2021 Restraining order violation 11:35 a.m. 12:46 p.m.

More trees down

The large tree that toppled on Vista Del Mar last week has been removed, and the only sign left of its existence is the sawed-off stump. The remnants show that this tree was not deep-rooted, and its tipping over was just a matter of time.

tree that toppled over on vista Del Mar, Edgewater Isle

A second tree that had been standing is now gone — resulting in a big hole in the ground. The tree, which had been at the corner of Miramar and Via Luna, is now marked by helpful "no parking" signs to prevent parking on the lawn.

tree gone from Via Luna and Miramar at Edgewater Isle

Penthouse? At Edgewater Isle?

A new listing at Edgewater Isle describes a second-floor condo as a “top floor penthouse unit.”

This is the first known effort to make a condo seem like something it is not: with this logic, maybe half of the condos at Edgewater Isle are also “penthouses.” The original sales brochure did not describe any condos as “penthouses” — “cathedral ceilings” is as close as it comes to describing a second-floor condo.

Edgewater Isle listing describes a condo as a penthouse

Another tree falls in Edgewater Isle

A tree on Marina Vista/Vista Del Sol in Edgewater Isle was knocked over by heavy winds overnight. This is at least the second very large tree that has toppled over at Edgewater Isle in about a year.

Is Edgewater Isle maintaining its trees?

tree fell over at Edgewater Isle

Homeowner arrested in disturbance on Via Laguna

handcuffsFor approximately the 10th time, police were called to a home in the 1600 block of Via Laguna for domestic violence charges. Records show that on January 13, 2021, at 7:17 p.m., San Mateo Police responded to a woman requesting assistance in responding to her husband who allegedly threw a vacuum at her and which resulted in an abrasion. Reporting party declined medical assistance.

Mark Anthony Tilds was arrested for violations of Penal Codes 243(e)1 and 422. The Edgewater Isle North homeowners association newsletter has run advertisements for his business "Independent Haulers."

California Penal Code 243 (e)1 reads:

When a battery is committed against a spouse, a person with whom the defendant is cohabiting, a person who is the parent of the defendant’s child, former spouse, fiancé, or fiancée, or a person with whom the defendant currently has, or has previously had, a dating or engagement relationship, the battery is punishable by a fine not exceeding two thousand dollars ($2,000), or by imprisonment in a county jail for a period of not more than one year, or by both that fine and imprisonment. If probation is granted, or the execution or imposition of the sentence is suspended, it shall be a condition thereof that the defendant participate in, for no less than one year, and successfully complete, a batterer’s treatment program, as described in Section 1203.097, or if none is available, another appropriate counseling program designated by the court. However, this provision shall not be construed as requiring a city, a county, or a city and county to provide a new program or higher level of service as contemplated by Section 6 of Article XIII B of the California Constitution.

California Penal Code 422 reads:

Any person who willfully threatens to commit a crime which will result in death or great bodily injury to another person, with the specific intent that the statement, made verbally, in writing, or by means of an electronic communication device, is to be taken as a threat, even if there is no intent of actually carrying it out, which, on its face and under the circumstances in which it is made, is so unequivocal, unconditional, immediate, and specific as to convey to the person threatened, a gravity of purpose and an immediate prospect of execution of the threat, and thereby causes that person reasonably to be in sustained fear for his or her own safety or for his or her immediate family’s safety, shall be punished by imprisonment in the county jail not to exceed one year, or by imprisonment in the state prison.

Trial date closer for suspect in attempted murders at Edgewater Isle

Today in a Redwood City courtroom, attempted murders defendant Alejandro Canche appeared via video for a hearing. The defendant waived arraignment on the charges and the right to a speedy trial (normally 60 days after arraignment). A pre-trial conference was set for April 5, 2021, and a trial readiness conference was set for July 9, 2021.

Canche held to answer for stabbings

In a Redwood City courtroom on November 13, a preliminary hearing was held for Alejandro ("Alex") Canche who is accused of multiple stabbings in San Mateo in 2019. The prosecutor called two police officers to the stand to testify about the aftermath of what they witnessed and experienced the night of October 28, 2019, along the bike path at Edgewater Isle.

One San Mateo Police officer testified that one of the victims of the assault had endured more than 20 stabbings, some hitting the victim's bicycle helmet, and enduring multiple wounds requiring a stay at Stanford Hospital.

Defense makes incredible statements

The defense attorney Steve Teich argued to the court that these assaults should not be considered "premeditated attempted murder" because the defendant did not know the victims, the defendant could not have planned the attacks because he did not know the victims, and that the "manner of attack" (stabbing with a box cutter) should not be considered for premeditated murder because Teich alleged that "Nobody uses a box cutter for premeditated, deliberated murder."

Steve Teich ignores 9/11 hijackings

Remember when planes were hijacked by men with boxcutters? Teich argued "The statistics show that the use of knives is not usually something that is used for premeditated murder," while failing to provide any evidence or source for those alleged statistics.

He further argued that yeah, well, it may have been 23 cuts inflicted by Canche, but, ya know, a lot of them were superficial.

The judge was clearly not having it though:

MR. TEICH (defense attorney): I don't think there's any evidence he intended to kill him. Certainly, no premeditation ahead of time.

THE COURT (Judge Michael Wendler): The Court respectfully disagrees. When you stab somebody 23 times in the neck and head area, that you are trying to kill them.

Canche was held to answer (this is going to trial). The next hearing is December 3.

One year ago tonight: multiple stabbings along bike path

stabbings at Edgewater IsleOne year ago tonight, Alejandro Canche allegedly stabbed a man in the parking lot of a restaurant at Bridgepointe Shopping Center, then fled to Edgewater Isle where he allegedly stabbed at random another two men who were just out along the bike path.

In the year since these terrible events, Canche has been held on bail of $10,000,000 at the San Mateo County Jail where he awaits trial. After multiple hearings and multiple delays, only on October 7 was a preliminary hearing date set, where a judge will determine if there is enough evidence to proceed to a trial.

The upcoming preliminary hearing on November 13 is estimated to take four hours, and the defense indicated they will call one witness.

HOAs not eligible for FEMA assistance with debris removal

Homeowners may not realize that after a storm, privately-owned roads (like those in Edgewater Isle) are not eligible for FEMA disaster relief:

Preliminary hearing date set for Alejandro Canche

Alejandr CancheIn a Redwood City courtroom this morning, Alejandro Canche appeared via video conference at a hearing to set the date for the preliminary hearing in the attempted murders case and the two other cases pending against him.

Defense counsel Steve Teich said that a long-awaited report medical report from Dr Jeffrey Kline is still not in.

After multiple continuances, the preliminary hearing date was finally set for Friday, November 13 at 9:00 a.m. The defense intends to call one witness.

The preliminary hearing is estimated to take 4 hours.

Public disturbance reported 15 mph speed limit at Edgewater Isle

On Sunday, September 20 at 9:12 p.m., a disturbance was reported in the 1500 block of Vista Del Sol regarding a car speeding at approximately 45 mph.

The resident yelled at the driver, and the driver responded that he was going to "end everything."

String of thefts reported at Senior Apartments

The Senior Apartments has reported at least seven thefts recently. Items reported stolen include jewelry and money. Mostly money. All incidents report no forced entry.

Canche attorney apologizes: doctor is “very busy” and going on vacation.

Alejandro Canche's defense attorney Steve Teich appeared in a Redwood City courtroom today in the ongoing attempted murders case at Edgewater Isle. Canche appeared via Zoom video conferencing.

Teich explained that he has been waiting for a doctor's report. (Previous court records show the doctor as Dr Jeffrey Kline.) Just yesterday, Teich received word from that doctor that the report is not done. Teich explained that he had been assured by this doctor that the report would be completed by this date. But after Teich emailed the doctor "a number of times," the doctor finally replied yesterday that he (the doctor) has not completed the report because "he's very busy." And that the doctor "is going on vacation until late September."

Teich continued "I regretfully I have to ask the court to continue until early October, and I apologize to the court, counsel, and Mr Canche, but this report is critical as to how we're going to proceed. I've been assured that the report will be done by then." The People objected: "this has been put over a number of times for this very reason," but that objection appeared to be more for the court record than a bona fide objection.

Back on June 11, Teich said to the court:

"Dr Kline apparently now believes he can now conduct a psychiatric examination of the defendant during the week of June 15"

And back on August 7, Teich said to the court:

"...so we will have all the information in that time ...."

Teich did not say that the report *may not be ready* by September 1, but said that they would have "all of the information" they needed to proceed.

The matter was put over again, this time until October 7 at 9:00 a.m.

Board member using garage for storage

A reader sends in a photo of a garage belonging to a board member of the Edgewater Isle South association. The garage is being used for storage, not for parking a car. The storage of "stuff" is prohibited in the "rules" that are distributed every now and then to all owners.

Not that most people care, but it's another example of a board member who is in charge of enforcing so-called rules not holding herself to the same standard she would hold others too.

Edgewater Isle garage being used for storage instead of parking a car.  This is against the association's rules.


Theft reported on Vista Del Sol

On August 2 at 7:19 p.m., a resident in the 1500 block of Vista Del Sol reported a theft: a rummaging through of his vehicle. Resident also reported it on NextDoor:

car break-in at Edgewater Isle

A “suspicious person” responds to the “Karen” who called police

Resident discusses the uncontrolled goose poop, the racist who called the police, the petty board of directors, and living while Black at Edgewater Isle

geese at pond

A resident at Edgewater Isle writes to respond to the story reported here on May 29 about a "Suspicious person reported by pond."

The "suspicious person" is Lea, a resident at Edgewater Isle, and she has some serious things to say about neighbors who call the police on other neighbors. Lea was cleaning up her sidewalk but a resident at Edgewater Isle called the police and said she was "spraying poison."

Subject: "Suspicious person" (aka racial profiling) reported by pond
From: xxxxx xxxxx@gmail.com
Date: Sat, July 11, 2020 4:07 am
To: xxxxxxxxx@xxxxxxxxx.com

This report below is a prime example of the ongoing issue of racial profiling while living at Edgewater Isle - SMH.

First off I live here - I am not "suspicious". My name is Lea.

Secondly, I am not "spraying poison" - it is water. I am not trying to "kill" any bird nor animal, and this fine display of over-catrophising [sic] is exactly how being criminalized while Black occurs (thank you for giving me another example to tuck away as one of many incidents since the shutdown started, which I will continue to compile as one nice racially motivated harassment file).

What I am doing - which I would've gladly told anyone had they bothered to treat me like a human being and ask instead of racially profile and criminalize me - is adhering to the US Humane Society and US Fish and Wildlife's protocol for managing an overpopulation issue with Canada Geese.

Had you and your fellow residents who are scared of Black people bothered to also read and actually learn about Canada Geese, and how they are negatively impacting the ecology of our community (of which San Mateo City Council is aware and looking into solutions), you would have learned that it's actually strongly encouraged to *scare* (NOT harm or "try to kill"!) the geese away so that they do not get comfortable in areas like the front of my house. For when they do, they will no longer migrate and remain all year around.

A few years ago there were only 10-15 geese tops around my home. This year there's between 27 - 40 trying to crowd into southern areas of the complex weekly. Usually after a good 3 weeks of not being able to settle in, a goose clan will fly away for good to another area that's easier to graze and remain. These geese poop every 12 minutes, and each adult poops up to 2 pounds of feces a day - the growing fledglings poop up to 1 pound of feces per day. People's dogs don't even poop that much.

Likewise, my motivation to start scaring them off stemmed from elders and children getting hissed at by these geese last Fall; canes and walkers of elders covered in goose poop; elders and neighbors complaining about the geese being a nuisance that completely destroys our grass areas - disallowing children and babies to play on the grass, and keeps many residents from being able to walk their dogs down certain paths because of all the feces droppings.

Per it being clear that the above ongoing resident complaints stay being ignored by the board, let's move on to Edgewater Isle's continued deflection with the myth that geese feces are "harmless." Perhaps a new hobby beyond cowardly policing what few Black people live here (it's clear y'all don't want many to reside here), would be to study the toxicology issues connected to Canada Geese feces, while noting that Canada Geese molting season starts at the end of July into August. Once they molt, they cannot fly anywhere and will remain where they are into late Fall.

It only takes 1 goose on a 1-acre pond to imbalance the pond's ecology, which reflects why it's pretty easy to find case precedents and research reflecting how geese contribute to water toxicology issues. E. coli, Salmonella, Campylobacter, fungal spores causing Histoplasmosis, Coccidiosis in dogs from eating geese feces, and Giardia have all been documented to occur in response to exposure to high amounts of geese feces - which you'll get if you multiply 2 lbs of feces by 27 geese a day. And if we all continue to play the game that there's no issue here at all but the "suspicious" "criminal" Black lady writing this, then next year they'll be double the amount of geese around here to be dealt with. *The algae bloom issues in the lagoon are also in part connected to an ongoing increase in geese feces.

So until Edgewater Isle decides to start cleaning sidewalks by the pond and in front of my house weekly in response to the geese, like many of our neighboring complexes do, I'll continue to abide by the US Humane Society and US Fish and Wildlife's protocol, simply because no one deserves to be surrounded by goose crap while on a statewide shutdown, so children have grass to play on, and elders have clean sidewalks to walk on - just like in 2020 no one deserves to be racially profiled while walking in her own neighborhood deterring the geese from making the south area their permanent home.

I remember how petty the folks who live here have always been when my own Mother served as a member of the board. She would suck it up and come home crying after board meetings. I assure you I am not my Mother, and if anyone has any additional racially driven accusations you or they'd like to direct towards me, I can be reached directly at xxx-xxx-xxxx. Please note everything is being documented and recorded.

*And please do continue to call the police in response to Black fear - many departments are finally doing something about this type of racial hate/harassment and fining the Karens and Chads calling 911.


pounding on wallAn early morning disturbance on Via Laguna

In the early morning hours of July 2, at 1:58 a.m., another disturbance was reported on Via Laguna. The reporting party complained of "pounding on the wall and using the vacuum." (Who vacuums at 2:00 in the morning?)

The San Mateo Police Department described the disturbance as an "ongoing issue."

So, Edgewater Isle has an "ongoing issue" frequently resulting in "disturbances" on Via Laguna, where several arrests have been made for domestic violence and neighbors point guns at each other for loud music. And one woman there with multiple arrests complained to the San Mateo Police Department about "harassment" because these events are discussed here.

Sounds like hell.

man reports wife choked him on Via Laguna, San Mateo
“Disturbance” reported on Via Laguna

On June 26, 2020, at 1:31 p.m., San Mateo Police say a man who lives on Via Laguna reported he was in a fight or disturbance with his wife, who had tried to choke him.

The man did not want to press charges and was not at home when he made this call. He was provided the same civil procedure advice as the last time officers spoke with him. No arrests were made.

EDITORIAL COMMENT: There appear to be frequent calls regarding "disturbances" coming from Via Laguna.

Burglary on Vista Del Mar

A resident in the 2100 block of Vista Del Mar reported a burglary early Sunday morning, June 21, 2020, between the hours of 1:00 a.m. and 8:00 a.m.

That morning, after the resident went downstairs, they saw that the sliding glass door was open, the house had been ransacked, and money was taken. The resident reported that they weren't positive if they locked their doors and windows. There is no surveillance on the property.

Seniors get deliveries of restaurant meals

Edgewater Isle Senior Apartments residents got a special delivery of a restaurant-quality meal delivered to them during shelter-in-place. Local restaurant Stamp Bistro Bar & Grill in San Carlos has delivered 66 meals, and they have plans to deliver 200 more.

Watch the whole story here.

Edgewater Isle Senior Apartments has meals delivered from a San Carlos restaurant

Several disturbances at Residence Inn

During the week of May 28 - June 3, 2020, at least seven separate disturbances were reported to the San Mateo Police Department from people at the Residence Inn on Winward Way. (The Residence Inn is a part of the Edgewater Isle Commercial Master Association, to which all homeowners also belong. The Commercial Master Association mainly deals with the private road along Winward Way.)

Calls for assistance were made on May 29 (1 call), May 31 (2 calls), and June 2 (4 calls) and included complaints about homeless using the bathrooms, parties in the rooms, damage to a room, groups of people hanging outside, and requested evictions.

Disturbance: drinking and loud music

On May 29 at 11:23 p.m., San Mateo Police responded to a complaint of loud party on a balcony on Vista Del Sol. 15 people were reported standing on a balcony while drinking and playing loud music.

Which raises a question: are these balconies built to withstand 15 people standing on them? A party like this should remind everyone of the Berkeley balcony collapse and the dangers of a large number of people on a balcony.

Some information may be available on the construction defects lawsuits case files.

Highest priced condo back on market

The most expensively priced townhouse at Edgewater Isle was listed for $1,399,000 back in February, nearly $200,000 higher than the highest recorded sales price at Edgewater Isle. It was withdrawn from the market in March.

It has just been relisted for $1,268,000 and HOA dues of $674 per month. Redfin.com shows that the 3-bedroom townhouse at 2116 Vista Del Mar was "temporarily withdrawn from market" but is now back 2½ months later with a new asking price that is still $67,000 higher than the highest recorded selling price within Edgewater Isle, yet $131,000 lower than its initial asking price.

Active sales and prior sales listings of Edgewater Isle are available here.

Suspicious vehicle parked for days

A resident on Vista Del Sol reported on May 26 at 5:22 p.m. that a car with Alberta, Canada, license plates with a 20-something "dark skinned male, mohawk dreads" has been sitting inside vehicle for a few days and just sits there.

Disposition: warned.

Santa Cruz sweatshirtSuspicious persons reported wandering around

A resident on Vista Cay reported on May 26 at 12:59 a.m. that "3 HMAS, one wearing a black Santa Cruz sweatshirt" are wandering around on foot through the complex. No weapons seen. Resident thought it was suspicious because there have been recent burglaries in the area. Police responded but suspects were gone on arrival.

Neighbor harassment

A resident on Vista Del Mar visited the San Mateo Police lobby on May 25 at 11:16 a.m. to report an ongoing neighbor dispute and harassment.

Suspicious person reported by pond

A resident called the San Mateo Police on May 24 at 3:51 p.m. to report a suspicious person, a woman, by the pond on Vista Del Mar and Marina Vista, spraying what the resident thought was poison, and was trying to kill the geese. Reporting party took a picture of the suspicious woman who was gone upon police arrival.

Murder suspect arrested on Winward Way

Last night, San Mateo Police arrested 29-year old San Francisco resident Curtis Green as he left the Residence Inn area on Windward Way and failed to stop at a stop sign. Green was arrested without incident and brought to Alameda County where is is wanted for a murder in Oakland.

Disturbance near park: woman reports being chased

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On Monday, May 18 at 9:32 a.m., a woman reported to the San Mateo Police Department that a Hispanic man with dark hair, wearing a brown shirt and brown pants who had been sitting on a bench in the park, chased and yelled at her, and he was spitting on the ground near the park. The woman called the police and wanted the man spoken to, but did not request to be called back.

Disposition: no arrests made.

Man threatened with gun on Via Laguna

On Thursday, May 14 at 12:59 p.m., a man on Via Laguna had a disagreement with his neighbor over the neighbor's loud music. The neighbor threatened to get a gun. The man reported the threat to the San Mateo Police Department, who says this incident appears to be part of an ongoing dispute between the two parties. Police provided information on how to obtain a restraining order.

Disposition: San Mateo Police took a report.

Disturbance on Via Laguna STOP

On May 7 at 8:53 p.m., the San Mateo Police report a woman on Via Laguna was arguing about bills with her intoxicated husband when he told her that he was "going to kill her," "threw the washing machine on her," and pinned her down. The woman complained of pain to her arms but declined a medical response. No weapons were reportedly involved.

No arrests were made in this incident, but the report taken has been sent to the district attorney's office for review.

Help is available. The National Domestic Violence Hot line is 1-800-799-7233.

HOA industry fights a moratorium on dues collections during COVID-19

The HOA lobby group, Community Associations Institute (CAI), is campaigning to remove HOA debt collections from a list of prohibited activity during the COVID-19 pandemic. CAI has created a website with a form letter for their members to email to their federal representatives. Edgewater Isle homeowners may not know this, but they pay for Mai's lobbying efforts through membership in ECHO. In other words, homeowners are paying for lobbying that is against their best interest.

In typical fashion, the HOA industry puts itself above the actual, real-life interest of homeowners. While it is an owner's interest to have their association maintained, it is not in an owner's interest to deal with HOA collections, and potentially foreclosure (which Edgewater Isle has done), while unemployed, on furlough, or seeing income drastically reduced. It is arrogant and self-important that CAI and homeowners associations think that they should be exempt from the same financial difficulties everyone else is facing.

The form letter on their website [archive] allows for a user to customize the text:

I am writing to strongly oppose legislation like H.R. 6423 and S. 3565 that impose a national moratorium on debt collection during the COVID-19 national emergency.

This legislation is too broad and will harm the financial interests of households in homeowners associations, condominium associations, and housing cooperatives (collectively, community associations).

Community associations rely on homeowner assessments to fund essential services that were previously provided by local municipalities; like trash removal, critical infrastructure maintenance, and utilities, including electricity, water, wastewater, and heating and cooling.

Essential services must not be halted, particularly not in an emergency where residents are required to be home and association expenses have risen due to increased sanitation and other measures to limit the spread of the novel corona-virus.

When one homeowner is unable to pay assessments, these costs are passed to other homeowners in the community. This increases housing costs, spreading financial distress to other community households.

Community associations are working with homeowners suffering from the economic impact of the COVID-19 national emergency. A recent survey by Community Associations Institute indicated a 20 percent increase in requests for forbearance or payment plans by homeowners who are unable to pay assessments. Beyond this goodwill, community associations are subject to state laws that require payment plans for delinquent assessments.

I ask that you oppose extreme legislation like H.R. 6423 and S. 3563. Thank you for considering my views and I look forward to your reply.

Stolen truck found

The Edgewater Isle resident who reported a stolen truck last week says that the Oakland Police Department found the truck abandoned. The truck was partially disassembled, the catalytic converter was stolen, as were and tools and other belongings. The thief had also twice attempted to use credit cards.

Truck stolen

A resident reported their truck was stolen from their parking spot overnight on Via Vista at Edgewater Isle. The resident reported the truck had been parked there for over two years, but only stolen last night.

Car thefts are apparently up nationwide as the country endures a shelter-in-place during this pandemic.

truck reported stolen at Edgewater Isle

Mulch where a tree was

In December, a tree in the North Association uprooted and tipped over during winds. Now, two months later, the Edgewater Isle North Association has covered the spot with mulch, ripped out some of the ivy, and called it a day. No replacement tree, not even a shrub. This is part of an established pattern of failing to replace trees at Edgewater Isle.

The (missing) tree today:

Edgewater Isle did not replace tree that fell over

The tree before tipping over:

Google Maps screenshot shows where tree had been

Record-high asking price at Edgewater Isle

This unit was withdrawn from the market and listing removed on March 17, 2020. (archive link)

A 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom townhouse has just come on the market, along with a record-high asking price of $1,399,000. The just-listed 2116 Vista Del Mar (South association) asking price is more than 16% over the last highest sales price at Edgewater Isle. 1652 Via Laguna (North association), also a 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom townhouse, sold last August for $1,200,880.

Described as:

"tastefully updated end unit townhome in desirable Edgewater Isle South! Ready for the fussiest buyer to enjoy this immaculate home and resort style community."

Townhouse for sale at Edgewater Isle

Reader writes about Nick Pargett

A reader wrote us about the former Edgewater Isle Master Association vendor Pargett Association Management's owner, Nick Pargett.

The reader said:

“Thought you'd like to know Nick Pargett works at the Lowe's in Redding CA, where he makes life hell for co-workers and customers alike.”

Which is really interesting, because when Pargett was at Edgewater Isle, he spread the same brand of magic here, too. And also over at Galway HOA. Oh, and this one over on Yelp. Until one day when Nick Pargett quit the association management business.

So, if any Edgewater Isle homeowners are up in Redding, stop by the Lowe's up there and say “hello” from Edgewater Isle to Nick.

Entire construction defects lawsuits case files online

In the 1990s, the Edgewater Isle South Association first, and then the Edgewater Isle North Association, second, filed construction defects lawsuits against the now-defunct builder of the associations and multiple defendants, including landscapers, painters, etc. These lawsuits went on for several years, and each association used multiple attorneys to represent them throughout each case.

The South association filed their initial complaint on December 9, 1991, and the North filed their initial complaint on July 27, 1994. Each lawsuit settled before trial, and each association received a settlement which was then used on reconstruction of various structural problems at each association.

Homeowners were asked to complete surveys asking for information on the perceived defects in their condos. Those surveys were the basis for many of the filings in the lawsuits.

For the first time on edgewaterisle.com, the entire case file of each of these lawsuits is available here. These cases were large, filling bankers boxes with case filings. Each lawsuit is broken up into multiple volumes (file folders), and filings are in reverse chronological order within each file. The total page count on each lawsuit is in the thousands.

Readers can now review the North association lawsuit (total 2,650 pages) and the South association lawsuit (total 1,417 pages) here.

Questions about which defects were fixed and which defects were not fixed should be addressed to the respective association.

Huge tree falls over, has been neglected for years

A large tree toppled over last night in the North Association in front of a townhouse in Building 25. The eucalyptus tree, which looked to be over 25' high before it fell, appeared to have uprooted as it lay toppled over the bike path.

large tree falls over bike path at Edgewater Isle

large tree falls over bike path at Edgewater Isle

location at Edgewater Isle where tree fell over

Google Maps shows this tree has been leaning for over 10 years

A screenshot from Google Maps today shows that this tree has been leaning at an approximately 45° angle since August 2009 (see lower right corner of image).

Google Maps showing of tree before it fell

Homeless encampment encroaches into park

On Friday, November 8 at approximately 5:20 p.m., two Edgewater Isle residents were walking near the park (in the North) when two male suspects approached them and “started rambling on.” The residents complained to the responding San Mateo Police officer of a homeless encampment under the overpass.

The officer dispatched discovered a vehicle associated with the subjects that was unoccupied and had suspended registration. The officer had the car towed and ordered the person to not stay under the bridge.

Landscaper alleges that Edgewater Isle North has not paid invoices

Invoices in Dispute
Invoice Number Invoice Date Amount Due
312761 7/31/2018 $3,475.00
40338 7/31/2018 $407.22
41278 10/29/2018 $225.00
42366 1/1/2019 $1,927.00
Total $6,034.22

Edgewater Isle North HOA's former landscaper, Del Conte Landscaping, Inc., is alleging that the association has unpaid landscaping invoices totaling $6,034 reaching back to July 31, 2018. Del Conte Landscaping is warning they will put the association's account into a collection agency or pursue the disputed amount in small claims court if the outstanding invoices are not resolved by November 8, 2019.

In an email, Del Conte Landscaping CFO Amy Pacheco alleges that “we have made several attempts to collect the attached delinquent invoices for our landscaping services, but have not heard back from a representative for the homeowners association.” Further, the landscaper states that they will be “charging late fees, accruing back as far as 2018....”

Asked to comment, Edgewater Isle North HOA representative Dillon Graber of FirstService Residential disputed the allegations.

See more about the Association's response and the invoices that are alleged to be past due.

Loud music disturbance     🎶 🎸 🎶 🥁 🎶

A resident on Vista Del Sol reported loud music and stomping coming from the condo above on Saturday, October 26, at 11:03 p.m. San Mateo Police responded and warned the partiers.

First billion dollar listing at Edgewater Isle

Property values must have increased astronomically overnight, because here we have our first billion-dollar listing at Edgewater Isle. The asking price went from $1,095,000 to $1,049,333,000. No typo.

In what was apparently an effort to lower the asking price on this townhouse, realtor Kimberly Birdsall of BBI Real Estate made it a billion-dollar listing.

UPDATE: The asking price was changed again 3 hours later. This time to $1,049,000.

1917 Vista Cay sales listing

Spousal battery reported

On September 14, a resident in the 1700 block of Vista Del Sol reported that her husband pushed her down in front of four children. The San Mateo Police Department wrote a spousal battery report under California Penal Code §243(e)1 and have forwarded it to the district attorney.

California Penal Code §243(e)1
When battery is committed against a spouse, a person with whom the defendant is cohabiting, a person who is the parent of the defendant’s child, former spouse, fiancé, or fiancée, or a person with whom the defendant currently has, or has previously had, a dating or engagement relationship, the battery is punishable by a fine not exceeding two thousand dollars ($2,000), or by imprisonment in a county jail for a period of not more than one year, or by both that fine and imprisonment. If probation is granted, or the execution or imposition of the sentence is suspended, it shall be a condition thereof that the defendant participate in, for no less than one year, and successfully complete, a batterer’s treatment program, as described in Section 1203.097, or if none is available, another appropriate counseling program designated by the court. However, this provision shall not be construed as requiring a city, a county, or a city and county to provide a new program or higher level of service as contemplated by Section 6 of Article XIII B of the California Constitution.

UPDATED: Burglary reported

On September 8 at 11:44 a.m., a resident reported an incident which the San Mateo Police Department initially classified as a burglary.

The posting here that reflected this incident read as follows:

September 9, 2019

On September 8 at 11:44 a.m., a resident reported a burglary on Vista Del Mar that occurred “sometime last [the previous] night.” Resident does not know how suspect entered. No arrest made. Report taken by San Mateo Police Department.

But on September 10, the San Mateo Police Department provided further information. This incident, which occurred in the 2200 block of Vista Del Mar, did not fall under any criminal code, and therefore it was written as a "suspicious circumstances" and was misclassified by the San Mateo Police dispatch department as a burglary. Instead, what actually happened: the resident (or complainant) — an 80-year-old woman — misplaced her book.

Dock shows neglect

A reader on nextdoor.com wrote today about a hole on the dock maintained by the Edgewater Isle Master Association. The reader reported that he and his 1-year old son “fell through an open hole in the dock” and attached photos that clearly show a hole in a board on the dock.

The Edgewater Isle Master Association has responsibility for the maintenance of this dock, and it is a line item in its yearly budget. The most recent Edgewater Isle Master Homeowners Association Reserve Study, by SMA Reserves dated November 13, 2018, showed that the dock and the gangway had "zero" remaining life left. So the Association knew this dock was at the end of its useful life.

On page 5:

37 Boat Dock/Gangway $41,112
38 Boat Dock Repair $2,228

Broken dock at Edgewater Isle

The Edgewater Isle Master Association through Common Interest Management Services failed to responded to both an email requesting for comment and a tweet.

Smoking violation reported

At 12:54 p.m. yesterday, a resident reported a white adult female wearing a black shirt and white capris was smoking near a residential building on Vista Del Sol. Suspect was gone on (police) arrival.

In the City of San Mateo, smoking is prohibited in multi-unit housing. This ordinance went into effect in 2015. See City of San Mateo Municipal Code §7.40.050 for more information.


Disturbance at North pool

Early Sunday morning, a resident reported two people in a verbal altercation at the North pool. One person threatened to throw a lawn chair at the other, but ultimately did not throw it. One party was described as wearing a light blue shirt and black shorts. Weapons: unknown.

Burglaries reported

Two burglaries were recently reported to the San Mateo Police.

(1) On August 5, a resident on Vista Cay reported that a brown Buick Enclave had been burglarized overnight. No damage to vehicle. No suspects.

(2) On August 7, the daughter of a Edgewater Isle Senior Apartments resident reported that her father had been burglarized in May when he was on vacation. This incident is still under active investigation. Reporting party also states that two other apartments had been burglarized this summer.

With the reporting of at least 3 burglaries in the Edgewater Isle Senior Apartments, shouldn't its management be looking carefully at the comings and goings of people into the building? The Edgewater Isle Senior Apartments complex is owned by HIP Housing.

Disturbance reported

A resident reported a disturbance on Vista Del Mar on July 23 at 10:35 p.m. where a male was yelling at a female. No arrest made.

San Mateo Police publish “Scam Alert” web page

The San Mateo Police Department today published a new web page titled "Scams" with information on how to spot a scam and how to report them.


Snake sighting reported

A resident reported seeing a snake in front of her front door yesterday morning. The snake was determined to be a garter snake. Garter snakes are prevalent in this area and are not known as a "dangerous" snake (i.e., one whose bite can kill a person), but can still bite. Garter snakes been sighted out in the iceplant along the lagoon, too.

Snake sighting at Edgewater Isle

Another disturbance reported

San Mateo Police reportsOn June 29 at 7:08 p.m., a resident on Vista Del Sol in Edgewater Isle reported two subjects,a man and a woman, talking and smoking loudly by "the dumpster." Subjects were gone by the time the police arrived.

Disturbance reported

On June 23 at 12:17 a.m. (very early Sunday morning), a resident on Vista Del Sol reported to the San Mateo Police Department that she could hear a man and woman screaming at each other. The police were unable to locate those involved in the dispute.

Recycling hog fills recycling bins

A reader sends word of a resident who is hogging the recycling dumpsters at Edgewater Isle. Common courtesy would have us break down large boxes that fill the recycling dumpsters (the rules probably say that too), but this resident apparently frequently leaves very large boxes intact in the dumpsters, forcing other residents to go farther to leave their recyclables.

Recycling bins at Edgewater Isle are full  trash label

South proposes draconian amendment


The Edgewater Isle South Association sent out a mailing to owners with the Board's proposed updates to their 30-years-old CC & Rs and 20-years-old Bylaws.

Owners have been asked to approve a new article that would give the City of San Mateo “police power” over unspecified matters of the Association. This broad and undefined proposed amendment has potential to drag homeowners into a battle with the City of San Mateo over as-of-yet undefined matters and would leave the homeowner on the hook for the City's attorney fees.

Such a proposed amendment is only in the association attorneys' benefit (including Berding and Weil) as association attorneys have no incentive to resolve disputes while having every reason to prolong them (money).

All homeowners should reject the proposal as it is just another (potential) grab of homeowners' equity and in no way benefits owners, just the Association lawyers.


As an aside, why do the Edgewater Isle South Association and/or their attorneys Berding & Weil LLP believe that a “copyright” and a “no part of this document may be reproduced” clause is appropriate for a matter of public interest?

Is North deliberately misleading owners?

A homeowner reports that, in their June dues statement, was a copy of the April newsletter which was previously sent out in, well, April. This homeowner reports they have now received 2 copies of the April newsletter, but interestingly, zero copies of the June newsletter, which, we say, was written to disguise the North Association's appointment of a convicted felon back on the board of directors.

Why on earth would Community Management Services send an April newsletter in June? Were extra April newsletters just sitting around? We have to wonder how many other homeowners received something other than the June newsletter and why the North association is hiding just who is on the board.

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Moxi Posner's Criminal Past

Moxi Posner, also known as Lois Posner, has been very active within the Edgewater Isle community for years. She has been an outspoken advocate for her own various causes, and has appeared in at least two local newspaper articles.

While describing herself as a "homeowner and realtor advocate," Posner has a more colorful background: Posner has 5 criminal convictions for theft, 2 restraining orders against her, and this event that was previously discussed here.

Posner's five convictions in San Mateo County run from 1992 - 2007. It was between criminal convictions in 2006 that she was issued the first restraining order against her from a next-door neighbor. The facts are here.

Kelly McGuirk's Criminal Past

On and off again board member had access to the HOA's checking account while being a convicted thief.

2016: Arrested for Assault
2009: Convicted of Theft
2008: Convicted of Theft
1997: Convicted of Theft
1996: Convicted of Theft
1995: Convicted of Theft
1993: Convicted of Thefts
1988: Convicted of Theft (NEW)
1986: Convicted of Theft

HOA Dues Can Double in 4 Years

HOA dues can increase 20% a year, without a vote of the members. Dues can double in 4 years, triple in 6.

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Requesting Association Documents

In the Los Angeles Times recurring "Associations" column on December 14, 2014, a homeowner writes:

"Our board and management are highly skilled at circumventing laws by using delay tactics for owner requests. Our association's accounting consists of nothing more than unverifiable summaries presented as fact. Management even announced they shredded everything before 2006 per board instructions; management and directors boast of attending seminars where they're taught these tricks."

The answer includes the following:

"Worse, there is no per se liability for an association that fails to maintain and retain records created prior to Jan.1, 2006, as required by in Civil Code section 5210(a)."

This is why it is critically important for all homeowners to save every document the association sends to owners. The Association may not be keeping their own documents, and if you don't have them, who will?

Read the entire article.