By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Two years ago, a former Citywide Protection Service security guard, working for the River Walk homeowners association, shot and killed 60-year old Jiansheng Chen, while he was sitting in his minivan, playing Pokémon Go. Last Friday, a jury convicted Jonathan Cromwell of 2nd degree murder and a weapons charge, and on Monday they jury recommended a 30-year prison sentence. Jiansheng Chen, age 60, was shot and killed on Jan. Continue ReadingEx-security guard convicted of 2nd degree murder of Chinese grandfather
By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Traffic bottlenecks are often an unexpected disadvantage of living in a planned community, especially when the HOA subdivision has only one road in and out. All of the curvy loop roads and cul-de-sacs connect to a few main artery roads, sort of like branches extending from a tree trunk. The result: vehicles often travel on the main roads at unsafe speeds, ignoring stop signs. And during morning and evening Continue ReadingHow one HOA deals with its traffic problems (LA)
By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities In today’s post, IAC considers the question: in the relentless quest for protecting property values, haven’t some cities gone too far? Beware: Some cities turning into HOAs on steroids Several city and county governments in Georgia are up in arms about proposed restrictions on their power to dictate design elements of single-family and duplex homes. Five House representatives are sponsoring a bill that would prohibit local governments from Continue ReadingShould cities adopt HOA-like restrictions?
By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities A few weeks ago, in Part 1 of the February legislative updates, I told you about a controversial foreclosure bill sponsored by Arizona Senator David Farnsworth. As currently drafted, homeowner rights advocates agree: homeowners with past due HOA assessments, on payment plans the HOA, would end up paying collection attorneys fees first, ahead of their HOAs. SB 1531, was originally proposed by AACM, Arizona Association of Community Managers. It Continue ReadingWill AZ Senate amend HOA foreclosure bill as promised?