And doesn't replace them

The "dramatic park-like setting" slowly being eradicated

Edgewater Isle North has removed countless established trees throughout the association and has failed to replace them, leaving homeowners with a loss of privacy and a loss of shade. Many homeowners may have bought their place with these trees in mind. Most of the removed trees have been at the complex since it was built over 30 years ago.

Imagine you're a homeowner in a homeowners association who bought their "unit," or as some would call it your "home," and it had a number of trees surrounding it. Then imagine that over the years the homeowners association removes every single tree around your home and does not replace a single one. Even worse, imagine you're an original homeowner and you still have your original sales brochure because you bought when the place was new and you were sold this bill of goods about a "dramatic park-like setting."

No one has to imagine it, because Edgewater Isle has removed trees and does not replace them. Homeowners' sources of shade are gone. Trees that provided privacy are gone. And at the same time, the homeowners with less and less each year while the head of the landscaping committee always gets a little something for herself.

While the acacia trees in question may have been messy with lots of little yellow fuzzy droppings, the shade and privacy are worth the trade-off. Why has Edgewater Isle failed to replant these trees with real trees instead of substituting a large potted plant in the place of one tree that was removed?

The association clearly doesn't live up to its original selling proposition. Nor about homeowners' wishes in preserving and/or replacing trees. Trees are a reserve item, so there should be funding available to replace these trees. Why has the association failed to live up to its own reserve study and replace these trees?


Here, there are 4 acacia trees. One by the short fence, one by the taller fence, and 2 behind the white van.



A few years later, the association has removed the tree in front of the short fence, leaving a gaping hole in its place. The tree by the tall portion of the fence remains, as do the 2 to the right of it.


Now in 2011, the tree clearly shown in the photo above has been replaced with a shrub. This shrub will never replace the shade and privacy offered by the tree the association removed and failed to adequately replace.

Doesn't the City of San Mateo have a permit requirement for the removal of trees and/or aren't these trees supposed to be replaced?


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 feet 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



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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.

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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
1986: Convicted of Theft