California towns imitating HOAs, attorneys reap profits

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities I’m seeing a disturbing trend: reports of local government corruption and profiteering. And the strategies being used by town, city, and county elected officials mirror abusive tactics commonly used in association-governed communities. As you read the following article published by Reason magazine, note the parallels to HOA-ville. First, a homeowner or shareholder is fined by the homeowners,’ condo, or cooperative association, usually for some minor or bogus violation of Continue ReadingCalifornia towns imitating HOAs, attorneys reap profits

Archive: Charlestown, Indiana and eminent domain

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Archived posts from Neighbors at War blog (Ward Lucas)   Indiana Residents Fighting Eminent Domain for Private Development Originally posted on Neighborsatwar.com October 31, 2014, guest blog by Deborah Goonan I follow Institute for Justice on social media. See the link below for their recent press release about the Pleasant Ridge neighborhood of Charlestown, Indiana. This is yet another case where the city seeks to declare several city blocks “blighted” Continue ReadingArchive: Charlestown, Indiana and eminent domain

Cities, HOAs Eroding Democratic Principles

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Is democracy disappearing in the US? Recently, the Institute for Justice (IJ) has filed a class action lawsuit against the city of Pagedale, Missouri. In their recent public awareness campaign on social media, IJ has posted the following video, and has written a news release that recently appeared in Forbes. Can you believe that a city – not a homeowners’ association – is now issuing code violations and fines Continue ReadingCities, HOAs Eroding Democratic Principles