New surveillance camera startup plans to serve HOAs – what could go wrong?

Security camera in use sign

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities How far are you willing to go to protect yourself and your community from crime? How much privacy are you willing to give up? How much would you be willing to pay for security services? A new startup surveillance company is hoping you — or your homeowners association — will pay $1,500 apiece for their new security cameras. According to several recent reports (see here and here), the fledgling Continue ReadingNew surveillance camera startup plans to serve HOAs – what could go wrong?

What do we know about Large Scale Associations?

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Do you live in a Large Scale Association (LSA) or know someone who does? Community Associations Institute defines a Large Scale Association as a “community providing municipal type services with a minimum of 1,000 units or minimum of 1,000 acres and a minimum of $2 million operating budget,” and estimates there are 6000-9000 LSAs in the U.S. Think Active Adult communities, Master Planned communities, and small town sized subdivisions Continue ReadingWhat do we know about Large Scale Associations?

HOA interferes with woman’s attempt to protect her family

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Some of the HOA reports I find the most maddening are those that mess with the rights of its residents. And in this case, Julianna Ferguson, a single mother residing in Sunrise Ridge HOA, has a serious need to protect herself and her child from harm. But the HOA is now threatening to remove security cameras she installed outside her unit, even though board members had already granted her Continue ReadingHOA interferes with woman’s attempt to protect her family

Do you want your neighbor using a Radar Gun in your HOA?

Shared by Deborah Goonan Originally posted on Neighbors at War, by Ward Lucas HOA Radar Guns Aimed at YOU! Regular readers of this blog know how I despise the idea of putting police radar guns in the hands of average citizens. I dislike them for a number of reasons, technological and legal. I actually ‘possessed’ a radar gun for a short time back in 1977. It was ‘loaned’ to me by a friend in the Continue ReadingDo you want your neighbor using a Radar Gun in your HOA?