July 22, 2017 at 7:03 pm #3881Rana GoodmanKeymaster
When Nona Tobin was elected to the SCA Board of Directors, I was both elated and yet at the same time, felt hesitant to expect too much because it was , I thought, a feeling of “here we go again.” I felt it was going to be another time when we had a reformer, a person who wanted major change for the residents of this community, and yet, someone in the minority on the board, that would indeed, if history repeats itself, be treated as a leper by the rest of the board. Just look at what they did to Bob Frank, and James Mayfield for example, and I was so very correct.
In an e-mail over the weekend Nona said, “I was flabbergasted by the degree of resistance I have gotten from Board President Rex Weddle and Secretary Aletta Waterhouse to putting this benign, owner-friendly item on the agenda. It has been extraordinary. I’m exhausted.”
This is a Nevada statute we should all be aware of:
NRS 116.31184 – Threats, harassment and other conduct prohibited; penalty.
1. A community manager, an agent or employee of the community manager, a member of the executive board, an officer, employee or agent of an association, a unit’s owner or a guest or tenant of a unit’s owner shall not willfully and without legal authority threaten, harass or otherwise engage in a course of conduct against any other person who is the community manager of his or her common-interest community or an agent or employee of that community manager, a member of the executive board of his or her association, an officer, employee or agent of his or her association, another unit’s owner in his or her common-interest community or a guest or tenant of a unit’s owner in his or her common-interest community which:
(a) Causes harm or serious emotional distress, or the reasonable apprehension thereof, to that person; or
(b) Creates a hostile environment for that person.
(c) Requested in good faith to review books, records or other papers of the association.
In addition to any other remedy provided by law, upon a violation of this section, a unit’s owner may bring a separate action to recover:
(a) Compensatory damages; and
(b) Attorney’s fees and costs of bringing the separate action.
One would think, with a recall petition floating around the community, that the board would be just a tiny bit interested in a little good PR right now but they don’t seem to be the least bit concerned. I don’t know about you, but I find that attitude extremely arrogant. Perhaps it is just me, but in my opinion, and this is coming from the mind of an old PR person, humility and humbleness would be the order of the day right now…. You know what I mean, when politicians try to mend fences and win friends they might have offended. However, in the case of the SCA board, could it be that they are so sure of themselves that they have a “Gone With the Wind” attitude and are thinking “frankly my dear, we don’t give a damn!”
As for Nona Tobin, she is indeed a “breath of fresh air” and her tenacity is admirable. I don’t always agree with what she says or the way she goes about making her point, but there is no doubt that she is more interested in the resident’s point of view than she is in her own ego. At least we have one board member who can park that at the door when she took her board position.
If there are any other members among the remaining six that really care about their fiduciary responsibility, they need to speak up and stop marching in lockstep with each other. We live in a free society, not a gulag and it is way past the time that our boards cease behaving like the we are their servants and learn what “resident friendly” means……. Perhaps then we can get the JOY back into this community we all love so much.
Personally, I am so very tired of being “spoken down to”; A perfect example was the email blast advising us that we must allow inspectors to come onto our property to inspect the walls and fences. Well ladies and gents, what the CC&Rs say is that the association is responsible for the repair of the walls and fences on COMMON PROPERTY. For security reasons, the gates to my home are locked, ALWAYS, the only wall sharing common property faces Anthem Parkway, there is no need for the inspection of my property. I found the email telling us that we will comply arrogant and rude. And, guess what, It is still my property and they are not the police so, no, I will not.
When I hear neighbors I care about, say that they are selling their homes and moving, not be cause they want to move, but because they are no longer happy in Anthem, it disgusts me because Anthem used to be the nicest, friendliest place I have ever known. Many of us want that feeling back before it is destroyed beyond repair.
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