Captain Nurse Circle Needs “How to Access and Use” Labels on Our Fire Extinguisher Cabinets!

UPDATE 12/04/15:

This blog is now private and protected. I am updating that the labels were finally put on the outside of the fire extinguisher cabinets here on Captain Nurse Circle. This is what the label looks like below:

This fire extinguisher cabinet has a label, but we do not have them here on Captain Nurse Circle yet...

“In case of fire, pull handle firmly”

UPDATE 10/26/15:

North Cal Fire Equipment did not install anything yet.

UPDATE 10/17/15:

Nothing happened his week. The fire extinguishers and cabinets were not serviced as I was told they would be by Andy, the owner of the North Cal Fire Equipment Company…Just updating here and keeping track of this situation…

UPDATE 10/08/15:

Just received a phone call from Andy, the owner of North Cal Fire Equipment, LLC. This is the company that maintains our fire extinguishers here in Meadow Park… He told me that labels have been ordered for all the fire extinguisher cabinets on Captain Nurse Circle and will be installed next week!

I say this is a victory for me as it  seemed nearly impossible to have this important safety feature addressed properly on our fire extinguishers here on Captain Nurse Circle… It was only due to my persistent blogging and emailing that this has finally resolved the right way…I remain the Fire Safety Committee of one for Meadow Park homeowners…

UPDATE 09/28/15:

One year ago, in September 2014, I made a very important post concerning our fire extinguishers. Now, we are due for the yearly inspection and maintenance of these fire extinguishers…Thankfully, there has not been any fire emergencies on my street… But, the fire extinguisher cabinets remain unlabeled and locked up and we do not have access to the keys… I am making this update here and now and putting it on the front page of my blog so others can be informed about this… It is something that the management of our HOA has chosen to ignore.. In fact, I was told this in an email from Wakefield Sharp:

“The Board of Directors for Meadow Park has considered the cost and currently
allows homeowners interested in replacing stickers on fire extinguisher
boxes to do so themselves.”

First of all, I am not sure that the Board of Directors really discussed this at all..Many times Wakefield Sharp has made important decisions without consulting the Board… So I do believe this is an outright lie…

Secondly, there is nothing to replace! The labels were never installed initially.

What a bad property management company this is! Do we really want them to continue here? No way!

I am not doing anything except posting the reality that our fire extinguishers remain non user-friendly.  I am not responsible for a poorly installed fire extinguisher cabinet. Other fire extinguisher cabinets located in the Meadow Park community are properly labeled but not the ones here on Captain Nurse Circle!

A poor installation was allowed to occur and never got fixed….

All fire extinguishers in Meadow Park should be at the same level of use… And this lack of equality is happening still…A very poor management company is trying to put this on the homeowners… We are not to be blamed for this.. It needs to be fixed and done right…

02/10/15:

Now that the HOA is in the fire safety mode (finally!), I am bringing up another issue that I discussed  last year here on my blog:

https://meadowparkcommunityblog.wordpress.com/2014/09/23/fire-extinguishers-in-meadow-park-are-not-user-friendly/

That post was made in September 2014, over 5 months ago and nothing happened!… Our fire extinguishers are checked and replaced every year. This is a law here in California, USA. What I found last year was that there is a big difference in the labeling of the fire extinguisher cabinets here in Meadow Park. For example, our locked fire extinguisher cabinets here on Captain Nurse Circle do not have any labeling which shows how to easily access the locked fire extinguisher in an emergency. This is what they look like here on Captain Nurse Circle:

Typical locked up Meadow Park Fire extinguisher- not user friendly!!! No labeling on how to use!

Typical locked up Meadow Park Fire extinguisher not user-friendly!!! No labeling on how to use!

But, all of the fire extinguisher cabinets in the other five Meadow Park neighborhoods have labeling on the cabinets. See below:

This fire extinguisher cabinet has a label, but we do not have them here on Captain Nurse Circle yet...

This fire extinguisher cabinet has a label, and it is found this way in all of the other neighborhoods in Meadow Park. But we do not have them labeled here on Captain Nurse Circle yet…

BUT THOSE ON CAPTAIN NURSE CIRCLE ARE STILL NOT LABELED!

The Fire Marshal kindly shared with me by email what the label looks like and although he said this is not a state requirement to have these cabinets labeled, the Novato Fire District highly recommends that the cabinets be labeled.. This never happened! I am bringing it up again because it needs to be done right….We need to have this labeling done on our fire extinguisher cabinets here on Captain Nurse Circle ASAP…

So, I sent an email to the fire extinguisher company (North-Cal Fire Equipment LLC) yesterday. It is important that our fire extinguisher access is at the same level as other neighborhoods in Meadow Park and right now, we are at a clear disadvantage…Here is the business card from the technician (Frank Stagnaro) I spoke with last year:

Frank's Business Card

Frank’s Business Card

And, in an emergency it is vitally important to have this labeling easily and readily available. In an emergency, you do not want to try to figure out how to open the fire extinguisher cabinet to access the fire extinguisher. But here on Captain Nurse Circle there are no instructions or labels as of this day, 02/10/15,  and we discussed this problem almost 6 months ago.

Below is the email once more from Novato Fire Marshal B/C Bill Tyler regarding this labeling situation:

from: Bill Tyler <btyler@novatofire.org>
to: Julia Angel <firsthealer@gmail.com>
date: Wed, Sep 24, 2014 at 5:03 PM
subject: Fire Extinguisher locked cabinets
: Important mainly because of the people in the conversation

Hi Julia:

This photo was taken by the Property management company of another extinguisher located in the complex. NFD has spoken to the property management regarding the code requirements and the options that they have regarding this situation.

Although this one has a sign on it with instructions on opening the cabinet, it is not required by code to be installed. We are recommending that they install signage on all of the cabinets.

I have attached a copy of the code section and the SFM interpretation on the subject.

B/C Bill Tyler, Fire Marshal

Novato Fire District

415-878-2690

Label for our fire extinguishers. This is located on some others in our community but not here on Captain Nurse Circle as of yet...

A label for our fire extinguishers. This is located on some others in our community but not here on Captain Nurse Circle as of yet…

CalCodeFireExtinguisherCabinet

Fire Extinguisher Cabinet Info

Now, I am hoping that this problem will be taken care of in a very responsible and expedient manner. It has been a problem for way too long and was never done correctly since the initial installation. As with other areas of fire safety concern, this is one more little problem that can easily be cleaned up with the cooperation of the HOA management.. I hope that it gets done right this time and soon…

Even though the California state law DOES NOT REQUIRE  locked fire extinguisher cabinets, here in Meadow Park, ours are locked! So either UNLOCK them or LABEL them, do something please!

Landscape Maintenance Obligations and the HOA: One More Time

10/26/15 Update:

Nothing has changed.. I still do not see anything happening here the right way… There has not been any change … I continue to do my landscaping obligations per CC&R 4.2… I see my neighbor performing this function… but no one else is here around me….Not even the Meadow Park board member across the street.. I do see him chatting all the time with Jenson landscapers and asking them to perform tasks that he is responsible to do…I am only stating the truth as a viable witness…

10/15/15 Update:

CC&R 4.2:

4.2 Owners Landscaping Obligations. Each Owner shall maintain the landscaping within any Exclusive Use Common Area patio appurtenant to the Owner’s Condominium in a healthy and weed-free condition and shall be responsible for the periodic pruning of any trees and the removal of any diseased or overgrown trees or any trees with root systems that are damaging any Common Area or Association Property improvement.

The Meadow Park HOA continues to overcharge all Meadow Park homeowners for landscape maintenance which is our responsibility to perform! This is totally unbelievable but true….This practice has been going on for a very long time and continues to this day…Years and years have gone by as if this was the right way to do things here…. It is not the right way and never was from the beginning!

Every time there is a new landscape maintenance company hired, a contract is signed and this management company Wakefield Sharp tells them to do all of the landscape maintenance in Meadow Park . Wakefield Sharp has continually ignored our rules!!! Wakefield Sharp acts like we are a rental community instead a community of homeowners…

This illegal activity has not stopped…I continue to document this total ignorance of our CC&R 4.2…. I follow all of our CC&R rules…Wakefield Sharp ignores them and in fact has hired their attorney to change our CC&R rules! That is pure criminal behavior happening right now…

I do not stop performing the Owner landscape maintenance which is required of me…I also pay the very high assessment fees of 233.00 per month. I am continually being overcharged! The HOA owes me so much money!

05/20/15:

Well over ten years we have been here and we are treated like stupid people by the management company… The management has a mind-set that makes them feel they are in control of us.. They are better off managing a group of rental apartments.. They are not the right property management company for us.. They are liars and corrupted businessmen. They have not done a good job for us here in Meadow Park… They owe us a lot of money for not following our rules….

Are you being told that you do not have any landscape maintenance obligations? Are you a real Owner in the Meadow Park community? If you have answered yes to both of these questions, then you are being told incorrect information. I started working on this problem several years ago in this community and I still see a lack of responsibility in the Owners for this maintenance requirement. I see nothing being done by most Owners. I see them ignoring their landscape maintenance responsibilities all of the time, including board members! This is shameful but true..

And why is this happening? It is only because the HOA management (the contracted property management company Wakefield Sharp) is telling the landscape maintenance company Jensen to do all of the landscape maintenance in our Meadow Park community. Now again, this means that I am being overcharged every month because they are  ignoring our rules. And it is the management’s fault and no one else. They continue to do this on and on and no one is stopping them. They have misspent our monies for many years now…Just think how little we would have to pay every month to the HOA if Owners were following their landscape maintenance obligations…

They (Wakefield Sharp) never said anything else to the Owners in any mailing. They never told the Owners that the Meadow Park Owners have a responsibility to maintain the landscaping attached to their patios, front and back. Instead they deny and ignore our rules and make invalid contracts that cost the Owners way too much money…The Owners should be doing their landscape maintenance obligations and this would cut down our landscape maintenance costs greatly. RIght now we pay Jensen $16,00.00 per month! If we all did our required landscape maintenance, this cost would be cut in half easily, if not more…We are not a retirement community… We are a community of hard-working families, Owners not renters….

We need to get rid of Wakefield Sharp. They have not been giving us the customer service we deserve. They cost us more money all the time. They are not doing a good job…They ignore our CC&Rs and do what they want. They waste our money! We need to fire them ASAP!

Yes, even some of  the Meadow Park board members do not like that fact that CC&R 4.2 exists…Here is what you currently see when you try to access the HOA’s website. There is no way here for Owners to interact as the message boards were removed and never replaced…

Meadow Park Website Etiquette and Usage Guidelines

Meadow Park Website Etiquette and Usage Guidelines

We have a corrupt board and management company running our HOA.

Here is CC&R 4.2 once again:

4.2 Owners Landscaping Obligations. Each Owner shall maintain the landscaping within any Exclusive Use Common Area patio appurtenant to the Owner’s Condominium in a healthy and weed-free condition and shall be responsible for the periodic pruning of any trees and the removal of any diseased or overgrown trees or any trees with root systems that are damaging any Common Area or Association Property improvement.

This just means that the landscaped area that is attached to our front and back patios is our (the Owners) responsibility to maintain. That means to weed it and water it and replace the planting materials as needed! That means if tree roots are interfering in any way, the Owner is responsible to clean it up! This is the place where the planting materials and other important landscaping information is listed:

https://meadowparkcommunityblog.wordpress.com/important-hoa-documents/

This CC&R rule 4.2 has never been enforced by the management of the Meadow Park HOA. And as a result, we have this huge monthly payment to these ridiculous landscape maintenance companies like Jensen: $16,000.00 month! That amount could be reduced signficantly if we all did our part and followed the 4.2 CC&R..

Instead, when I tried to bring this matter forward I was harassed and bullied! I tried to communicate to other Owners and was not given any support.

It's a New Day in Meadow Park!

It’s a New Day in Meadow Park!

The Meadow Park Community Blog flyer which was removed from all the owner occupied mailboxes.

The Meadow Park Community Blog flyer which was removed from all the owner occupied mailboxes.

I am only stating this all once again, because the problem keeps repeating itself. And so I go forward with my lawsuit..

I have no fears. I follow all the rules and pay my monthly dues. I am not behind. I am not a dead beat owner. I have no legal problems here, but the HOA management has a lot of legal problems pending….Because they are not following our CC&Rs! This is a joke…They are a joke!

Jensen Landscape Maintenance Company Mishandles Landscape Irrigation System Testing on Captain Nurse Circle- Sprinklers Left On Over 9 Hours!

UPDATE: 10/14/15

I am posting this also as a page so that it is easily seen and viewed by the public. I want to make sure the public is aware that this incident occurred on Captain Nurse Circle. I am hoping that we were not made to pay for the extra high water bill as a result of the landscape company’s  negligence when they tested the sprinklers in April….Jensen should have paid this bill, not the Meadow Park homeowners…

UPDATE:

AT 7:39 PM, 04/03/15, the sprinklers behind buildings 2 and 4 on Captain Nurse Circle were finally turned off…It took Jensen over 2 hours to get here after they were first notified… And of course, they act like it is no big deal, a “stuck” valve.. Well, why didn’t that get detected this morning? Since the sprinklers were all being tested, these sprinklers should have been turned off manually before the worker left our street. Instead, these sprinklers behind my building 4 and building 2 were not checked at all.  They were just left on, since about 10AM.

If they had checked the sprinklers and found a stuck valve at 10 AM, then it would have already been repaired….But, since they (Jensen) did not do their job, they allowed over 9 hours of continuous irrigation! And this was not just one sprinkler but MANY!…

Poor excuses and low marks for this new landscape maintenance company that was just approved in January by the Meadow Park HOA Board of Directors as our new landscape maintenance contracter…I wonder what other “mistakes ” are being made by them?


04/03/15  5:15 PM:

This morning, the irrigation system was finally turned back on for my building. They were testing the sprinklers.  I noticed how quickly Jensen did this. They just switched them on and off very quickly without doing a walk around to visually see if they were all working.. That was mid morning, 04/03/15. I noticed just now as I went to back of my building that sprinklers were left on behind and in between buildings 2 and 4. It is now 5:16 PM. So this area of sprinklers were not manually turned off during the sprinkler inspection. The Jensen people were negligent this morning and left these on….

Now this is a horrible mishandling of our irrigation system and a huge waste of water  that these landscape maintenance people from Jensen caused. They did not do a thorough job at all to see if the sprinklers were on or off, and as a result, our water bill is going to be way up there at no fault of our own. When irrigation systems are tested, there must be accountability for the system to be turned off properly.. This was not done today by Jensen. They were totally negligent in their follow-up of the sprinkler testing on Captain Nurse Circle…

I called Jensen myself and found their emergency number to be: 707-249-4164. I called them at 5:18 PM and left a message and still no response at 5:40 PM. I also made a valid work order to Wakefield Sharp about this incident. This is what I reported to Wakefield Sharp:

“I am reporting that a big problem happened today with the irrigation system here on Captain Nurse Circle. It is now 5:15 PM and I just went in the back of my home and noticed the sprinklers are still on behind building 2 and in between building 2 and 4. These were initially put on late morning. This is not good….I contacted the Jensen after hours emergency number just now at (707) 249-4164 and I hope that he responds and turns these sprinklers off.. I am sending this to you as documentation of my work order..We should not be paying for this big mistake by Jensen…All those guys did was a quick test of the sprinklers and no follow-up and now a big irrigation bill has been caused by their negligence…”

I also called Wakefield Sharp’s after hours number (415-382-1100) and left a message regarding this landscape irrigation emergency…

I even contacted one of the board of director’s, Treasurer Roger Burstrem just now because he lives right across the street from me. I told him about the irrigation problem. I told him I do not know how to turn off the sprinklers and he said “No, you should not do that”……

This is such a sloppy job and very irresponsible of this Jensen company. I am reporting this now because I want it well documented that it happened and is still going on right now at 6:44 PM. Those sprinklers are still on behind and in between buildings 2 and 4 on Captain Nurse Circle. Come on over and take a look for yourself!

I do not know when they will be turned off. I did as much as any responsible Owner can do in this situation. I have no idea how to turn off those sprinklers…. And I am not going to even try. I am simply telling everyone what is happening right now…

Maybe Jensen is not the right company for us. They immediately used herbicides everywhere and did nothing more that. I do not like how they do things…They seem to love those mowers that they ride around on more than anything else…They are irresponsible with our irrigation system! And in this drought time too, this cannot be tolerated one little bit..

THEY ARE OUT OF TOUCH WITH REALITY!…Really, Board of Directors, is this the right landscape maintenance company for us?They  are costing us a lot of money, way more than $16,000.00 per month. Look at those water bills go sky high…

 

Illegal Renting Continues on Captain Nurse Circle…But Now (Maybe) There is Some Action!

UPDATE 10/09/15

I just received a very nice follow-up email from Eric Lucan, Novato City Council Member. He was checking on the status of this situation and wondered if the City had been in contact with me yet… Thanks so much Eric for all your concern and support! I informed him that Bob Brown had just emailed me about the upcoming November 17 meeting information…

How fortunate I am to have these City of Novato officials on my side… It sure feels good to know that the City of Novato is taking care of Meadow Park! And BTW, you have my vote for sure Eric…I like what you do and I agree with you too!

UPDATE 10/08/15

I just received the best email from Bob Brown, Community Development Director for the City of Novato.  Here is what Mr. Brown told me:

Ms. Angel:

 

I received a forwarded copy of your recent e-mail regarding the renting of affordable housing units at Meadow Park.  City staff, along with Hello Housing, have been continuing to receive homeowner/occupant verification information from the great majority of homeowners, but there are some who have not replied and may be actively renting their units.  We are pursuing final investigative steps to obtain sufficient evidence to initiate legal proceedings for those we believe are in violation of their purchase documents.  We will describe our enforcement process and timeline at the next HOA meeting on November 17, 2015.

 

Bob Brown

Community Development Director

Wonderful news!

UPDATE 09/22/15

Received this email information just now from Matt Warner, Program Manager at Hello Housing:

“Regarding the enforcement of owner occupancy in Meadow Park, we have established an approach to take with out of compliance homeowners in partnership with the City and will be publicizing our efforts in the next few weeks.”

UPDATE  09/19/15

Just had a nice stop by visit from Eric Lucan. He was distributing his re-election flyers door to door and rang my doorbell. I was happy to finally meet him in person and hear what he had to say… He told me that he did forward our emails to the City Manager’s office.. That is a very good thing!

Now there will be some action toward correcting this situation… Inactivity is a thing of the past… Because Eric took a genuine interest in my concerns, we will see legal actions occurring … And I know Eric will do a fabulous job when he is re-elected for Novato City Council…

UPDATE 09/14/15

Just had some emails and a phone conversation with Eric Lucan, Novato City Council Member, regarding this problem…I told him that I have not seen any legal follow-up as of yet, and I still see illegal renting continuing on Captain Nurse Circle…

He is definitely looking into it since the city council did authorize Hello Housing to intervene last October.. He is going to let me know what is happening right now… Thank You Eric!

I still have not heard back from Matt Warner of Hello Housing.

UPDATE 09/07/15

Just received that very nice looking newsletter from Hello Housing stating that renting is not allowed here in Meadow Park…Well, I am still seeing illegal renters living on  my street…Where is the legal action I was told would happen four months ago from Matt Warner of Hello Housing?  I am not seeing any legal action…. Apparently, there are 3% of responses still not received by Hello Housing regarding owner occupancy… And I know why… That 3% are the homeowners still renting their townhouses illegally because they are not being stopped

That is what is currently happening…Many of those homeowners own townhomes right here on Captain Nurse Circle… It is like this little negative sub-community that has set up illegal renting and this activity is being enabled to take place….

The City of Novato and Hello Housing are not doing anything about it…. Wait and wait for nothing to happen…I see the illegal renting activity going on all the time and document it here on my community blog. That way the public can know what is really going on here in Meadow Park.. This problem remains a big mess and has not been addressed legally at all! How long does it take for something to change here? A year longer? Five years? What is the wait for? Why is there illegal activities still happening all the time? Why? Today, I emailed Matt Warner again to get an update and no response…

UPDATE 05/11/15

Today I received an email from Matt Warner at Hello Housing.

This is his email response :

from: Matt Warner <matt@hellohousing.org>
to: Julia Angel <firsthealer@gmail.com>
date: Mon, May 11, 2015 at 11:16 AM
subject: Re: Update regarding illegal renting issues: Meadow Park, Captain Nurse Circle
: Important mainly because it was sent directly to you.
Hello Julia, 
 
The City has identified a number of potential renters and we’re currently doing further investigation to determine where the owners reside. We anticipate to have enough evidence to take action in the second half of this year. 
 
Thank you for your inquiry. 
Matt Warner 
Program Director 
Hello Housing 

That is the latest information available about the illegal renting happening on my street: Captain Nurse Circle. The good news is that it is being actively investigated and dealt with this year! And that knowledge should improve our home property values even more!

You will only read about this here on my blog. The Meadow Park Board of Directors and management do nothing about this and never talk about it at any board meetings…. I hope this sends a severe warning to the renters and Owners who rent in our Meadow Park community. Beware! You are not being over-looked anymore. The City of Novato is aware of your illegal renting activities and is following through legally now…. And the proof is right here on my blog. I just posted Matt Warner’s email.. I do not paraphrase or change his words…I just post the email in its entirety and therefore I cannot be blamed for making false claims..

Thank You Matt Warner for responding to me in a timely manner. I am sure your efforts at Hello Housing and the City of Novato are going to be very powerful to change the renting problems here in Meadow Park…

We are not a rental community.. We are a community of Home Owners!. We could not qualify for a home here based on a renter giving us income.. Our CC&Rs prohibit renting of any kind…Our CC&Rs govern us.. We have more restrictive rules than the City of Novato.. We are protected from renting situations by our CC&R 3.2…

3.2 Owner Occupancy Requirement and Renting.

Pursuant to the terms of the Affordable
Housing Covenant, Resale Restrictions and Option to Purchase Agreement (the Resale
Restrictions Agreement), the Non-Transitional Housing Condominiums must be Owner-occupied
and may not be leased, subleased, or otherwise rented.

Now that this problem has been brought out in the open (by me) it is being dealt with by the proper authorities..

That is the truth…

This blog post regarding illegal renting will be updated as necessary during the coming year..

UPDATE 05/07/15

It is hard to believe that this much time has passed since I first posted about this problem.  It has though and I decided this week to find out what was really going on here… I still see the illegal renting activities going on unabated.. It seems like nothing has been done to stop it…But maybe there is some progress and I would like to post about there…

So I sent Matt and Mardie at Hello Housing a new set of emails to try to see what if any progress has been made. I have not received a response from either of  them…

That is not good of course.. Hello Housing is the agency that is supposed to oversee this problem and make sure it is corrected… But so far, no response from either one of them. I made a note here today because I am trying to follow-up on these illegal renting issues since no one else is doing this….

The illegal renting problems go on and on…Property values go down when this happens.. It is not a good situation here on Captain Nurse Circle….

I hope to hear from one of them soon….


Original Post 08/21/14:

I have not heard any more from Matt Warner of Hello Housing. He assured me that he was working with the City of Novato to deal with this problem. Well, the problem continues over one month later. The wrong people are here on my street walking around with their assistant acting as if they belong here. The white buses still come and go as if it is OK. It is not OK. I still see foster teens everywhere. How did this happen? Who is allowing our renting restrictions to go on unchecked.The Meadow Park Board of Directors is allowing this mess to go and on….

I emailed Matt Warner again after talking to another Owner here on Captain Nurse Circle last night because I can tell nothing has changed for the good. I am not happy. I am really disgusted. I am thinking a court action may be necessary if things do not change soon…

Here is my email today 08/21/14 back to Matt. He last emailed me on July 18. His email is: matt@hellohousing.org

Hello Matt,

It was over one month ago that you replied to me about the illegal renting situations on my street: Captain Nurse Circle in Novato. It continues Matt. I am disgusted to still see these DD people being picked up in those big white buses everyday! I am also disgusted to see them being walked around my street with their assistant acting like they are supposed to be living here. I am just giving you the most recent update possible.
I hope you can start notifying these derelict owners about their illegal activities. I am sick of them getting away with it….There is another Owner on my street too who has illegal rental concerns. Her name is Corrine Mills and she said she spoke to you about this at the meeting you had here in Meadow Park a few months ago. But she has not heard anything else either and still sees the illegal renting problem persist. Do we have to go to court to get this settled properly? I hope not. 
Please, do something now and inform me what is going on. I am blogging about this on my blog site so that Owners know what is really being done this time to get rid of the illegal renting problem…It is still totally out of control
Thank you again, 
Healer Julia Angel
Owner, Meadow Park Community
44 Captain Nurse Cir  Novato, CA 94949

Owners: if you are experiencing this particular problem in your neighborhood, please let me know and I will post it here on the blog. Also, Matt Warner needs to know too, so email him directly: matt@hellohousing.org.

Otherwise, nothing will ever be done about it… unless we go to court as a group and get rid of the problem entirely….

HOA Rules About Renting and Parking: Why Are They Being Ignored Still?

UPDATE 10/26/15

The very same Fed Ex Express truck is again parked across the street from my home… This activity continues to go on, Monday through Friday.. He seems to think he can come  home and park this Fed EX Express truck here whenever he wants to…… It is not stopping because this illegal parking activity is being allowed by the HOA management company Wakefield Sharp as I previously have blogged… I am simply continuing to document all episodes of illegal parking activities as a homeowner in good standing who was totally ignored when I voiced my concerns here…I hope that soon, this will change for the good…

UPDATE 10/23/15

I am just documenting once again that today, at 11:45 AM, this Fed Ex Express truck parked right in front of my home… This is illegal according to our parking rules which states that trucks cannot park here at any time for any reason other than a very brief delivery time period.

Right now it is 12:15 PM and this truck will most likely be parked here for over one hour. This illegal parking activity has continued non-stop since April 2014 and Meadow Park’s management company, Wakefield Sharp, specifically allows this to occur… In fact, Mark Sharp wrote a lengthy letter stating that this was an “exception” to our rules… This is all I am saying about this activity.. It continues on and on as if it is OK…

It is now 12:35 PM and the Fed Ex Express truck just left….

I am the witness that sees it every day and documents its occurrence right here on Meadow Park Community Blog……

UPDATE 10/08/15

Although this post is concerning important rules about parking and renting, the HOA’s parking rules continue to be ignored totally by the HOA management…

As of this date, a delivery truck continues to park for over one hour each day in the front of my home… This is specifically against our parking rules…. A camper continues to park illegally at the end of my street, in violation of our parking rules… An abandoned vehicle has remained in the same visitor parking location for months and months without being towed… Now, all of these issues are being allowed by the HOA management… They do absolutely nothing and in fact have encouraged the practice of illegal parking here on Captain Nurse Circle… That is the truth…

If the Meadow Park HOA management was really doing their job for us about enforcing our CC&R parking rules , I would not be making this update today…

I have all the documentation and photos I need to prove that this illegal activity continues unchallenged by the HOA management… I will continue to document illegal parking activities on Captain Nurse Circle until the HOA management is addressing their legal responsibilities appropriately and consistently… This is the CC&R governing our parking rules:

3.4 Vehicle and Parking Restrictions. No mobile home, camper, or recreational vehicle, boat, truck (other than pickup trucks that do not exceed three-quarter ton) or similar equipment shall be parked or stored at anytime within the Development (including on any public rights-of-way) except trucks parked on a temporary basis for purposes of loading or unloading.

Occupants shall park their vehicles in their assigned carport spaces so that unassigned Association Property parking spaces are available primarily for guest parking. No parking space may be converted into any use that would prevent its use as a parking space. The Board may adopt Rules regulating parking in the unassigned spaces, including regulations that prohibit occupants from parking in all or parts of these areas, so that the spaces are available exclusively for guest parking. The Rules may not prohibIt the use of unassigned parking spaces by agents
of the Continuum or the Transitional Housing Operators while performing services related to the ownership of the Transitional Housing Condominiums or the support services authorized, under Section 3.1.


03/16/15

I am updating this topic because there seems to a general interest in this problem still. I have been so focused on the fire safety issues, but of course illegal renting and illegal parking continues to go on and on here on Captain Nurse Circle. I am assuming it is rampant in other areas of Meadow Park too. The HOA has a lot of power to enforce our rules. It is a governing body that legally can cite and fine these people who are disobeying our CC&Rs…

I am here to state that all of the problems continue! I have blogged about all of them before  and done whatever I could to inform the HOA and other enforcement agencies. Those agencies like Hello Housing have been given full authority by the City of Novato to seek legal action against those Owners who are renting their Meadow Park homes out for profit.. Illegal renting has not stopped!! The buses are still taking those developmentally disabled people back and forth all the time to their work places. The Owners who are using their home as a “licensed foster care for up to 8” are still doing it… There are people who are renting rooms to friends and foreign exchange students.. All of this is being allowed by the HOA!  It is well-known that these problems persist.

Illegal parking by trucks and campers and giving some people special privileges to ignore our parking rules continue on Captain Nurse Circle. I witness it all the time. It has not stopped! The HOA has allowed this illegal parking activity to go on and on, so these people think it is OK to ignore rules and be the “special people” who live here…. The HOA management think they can do anything they want to ignore our rules. There has not been any election to vote on a rules change… Thus the current HOA management needs to be fired so a new group of law-abiding Owners and managers can be put into place….

What a concept!! Let’s clean house and get things back into reality.. We are not living a real life here on Captain Nurse Circle.. These bad Owners do not deserve this special treatment, whether it is illegal renting or parking.. They are not special at all. They are just law breakers!

The Landscape is Unsafe on Captain Nurse Circle…. NOTHING HAS CHANGED!

Update: 09/27/15

Nothing has improved here yet! The bad trees remain untouched…

Update: 08/27/2015

Four months ago I made this post to continue documenting an unsafe and extremely high fire hazard situation in my neighborhood.. I am reporting again that nothing changed the right way... Instead, I see the HOA authorizing more high fire hazard wood chips described as “mulch” spread all over our landscape… The trees that are very volatile and dry with peeling bark and dead branches remain here untouched. I am referring to the Eucalyptus and Paperbark trees of Australian origin.. These are non-native high fire hazard trees allowed to remain in my residential neighborhood… There are way too many of these trees here.. All of them should have been removed a long time ago!

And yes, we have rules against this, but the rules are being ignored still.. Sadly, the HOA is in the dark ages still… Hiring an outdated landscape maintenance company like Jensen to do things the old-fashioned way: using herbicides and chopping down all of the living and growing healthy and low fire hazard vegetation.. Oh, and I also blogged about the time they left the sprinklers on for over 9 hours…..I reported that water wasting incident to the North Marin Water District…I sure hope we did not have to pay that water bill…

Why are these landscapers still here? Good question…

I observed a very bad “landscape maintenance activity” yesterday in my neighbor’s exclusive use common area landscaping attached to her front patio… This landscaped area is the homeowner’s responsibility to maintain, not the HOA’s! A landscaper from Jensen used his power tools to chop down a very healthy and thriving Jasmine vine.. It looks like a war weapon hit it… It was so beautiful and fragrant.  This plant is allowed according to our vegetation rules….Now it looks like it is barely alive….

This is a disgrace..

And these people at Jensen should all be fired and replaced with a good group of organic landscapers … That is where we are right now in much of the country… No one likes the fact that they are using herbicides whenever they feel like it…With no thought given to the people and animals who live here…Disgraceful! But here in Meadow Park, Jensen took over from Cagwin & Dorward and continued doing things wrong at a very high price.. These landscapers cost us $16,000.00 per month.. What a horrendous waste of money that is….We are constantly being overcharged by the HOA because the landscape maintenance company is being told to do all of the landscape maintenance! Even the part that is the homeowner’s responsibility…

What a bunch of idiots these management people are…But their time is ending soon….  


05/23/2015:

Eucalyptus Tree in the middle of Captain Nurse Circle

Eucalyptus Tree in the middle of Captain Nurse Circle

Australian Paperbark tree in full bloom- This is not a California Pepper Tree!

Australian Paperbark tree in full bloom This is not a California Pepper Tree!

Australian Paperbark trees lined up in the middle of Captain Nurse Circle

Australian Paperbark trees lined up in the middle of Captain Nurse Circle

I have blogged about this problem so many times!  I am stating this here for documentation purposes that the management of this HOA has not fulfilled its responsibility. It has not adhered to the Meadow Park Vegetation Management and Fuel Modification Plan Phase One (hereafter to be referred to as the Plan) which prohibits these types of trees on our street….Phase One refers to Captain Nurse Circle and March Field Court, (according to the map included in this Plan). These trees are strictly in violation of our Plan….

Nothing was ever done to make sure that these high fire hazard trees on our street were removed no matter how many times I notified the HOA management and complained….NOTHING! I have contacted every authority available about this situation and got the complete run around…The City of Novato was responsible at the get go for making sure the Plan was in place and the neighborhood was ready for homeownership .. The City of Novato failed to do this…These trees were allowed to stay here in direct violation of our Plan!

The Australian Paperbark trees are in full bloom and doing quite well… This tree is high fire hazard, invasive, and non-native. It is a very bad tree for our landscape.. Why is it here? Many states in the US are prohibiting it altogether.. It is not good to have these trees here….Yet it is in high-profile right now and in full bloom with its white bottle brushes because the Novato Fire Marshal called it a California Pepper Tree.. I know the difference between those two trees… I am not stupid..

And that huge Eucalyptus tree remains in the center of Captain Nurse Circle. This tree has been there since the early days and was left there when our homes were built. Does that make any sense at all? Why wasn’t it removed before our homes were built? Who decided to leave this high fire hazard, prohibited tree in the middle of our street? There are other Eucalyptus trees here too… It is a crime, do you understand!…All these bad trees lined up in the middle of our street:. the Paperbark and Eucalyptus make our street in danger of a fire ..It seems like these people want us to have a fire here.. That is what it looks like to me…A set up for a fire disaster…

So, that is all I am saying one more time.. These trees remain here and it is in violation of our rules, especially the Plan, Phase One.. which was developed many years ago to protect the homeowners here on Captain Nurse Circle…These people and agencies: the City of Novato, the Novato Fire Protection District, and the Meadow Park HOA Board Members,(including Wakefield Sharp Property Management) have failed to provide a safe living environment ..These people and agencies continue to ignore the reality of this construction tragedy that was never properly handled… And still is not being corrected to this day! This is a scam, a sham, a complete disgusting mess and it needs to be talked about openly.. So I am here to do it, over and over again until positive change occurs..

THE PLAN WAS CREATED AND SIGNED OFF BY THE NOVATO FIRE MARSHAL OVER TEN YEARS AGO BUT NEVER PUT INTO ACTION!

Here is the link to this document. Read it thoroughly as it describes in detail what is supposed to done to create a safe and fire free environment..

https://meadowparkcommunityblog.com/important-hoa-documents/

And of course the HOA management is keeping this document a secret.. The HOA management is not providing any information about this document to the homeowners.. That is why I have posted it here on my blog… I continually thank Clark Blasdell, the CEO of North Bay Family Homes for giving me an original copy of this Plan last summer…

Meadow Park Community Blog Lives On!

I have decided to let the domain name meadowparkcommunityblog.com go..I can do this blog for free here at this address on wordpress: http://www.meadowparkcommunityblog.wordpress.com. Thank You WordPress!

SO: MEADOW PARK COMMUNITY BLOG LIVES ON!

It is time for the Meadow Park HOA Board of Directors to grow up and deal with the real important issues as I have… It is time for the Meadow Park HOA to have the governing documents on their official website. But even if they do not ever deal with reality, I always do and that is why those very important governing docuemnts will always be right here…

After one entire year of online blogging here on WordPress about Meadow Park: I  do see some positive changes occurring..

There has been some good intervention with the Novato Fire Protection District… Not enough though! The Vegetation Management and Fuel Modification Plan, Phase One has not been utilized to the extent it was intended…Sad to say, Captain Nurse Circle (Wood Glen) remains as a neighborhood in Meadow Park without fire safe landscaping, labels on our locked fire extinguisher cabinets, and repaired fire sprinkler systems…….This puts our neighborhood at risk for a serious fire emergency, especially in this drought time… I have said this numerous times though.. This is still the current status…

There is legal action being done about the illegal renting in Meadow Park.. This is a wonderful change……

I have been able to achieve an almost unheard of and nearly impossible feat: having our fire sprinkler systems tested and inspected for a five year certification, and paid for through HOA monies…..THE PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CONSTANTLY SAYS, “THIS IS THE HOME OWNER’S RESPONSIBLITY”. WELL YOU STUPID PROPERTY MANAGEMENT COMPANY, IT IS OUR MONEY THAT IS PAYING FOR IT… IT IS OUR MONEY THAT PAYS FOR YOUR RIDICULOUS AND CORRUPTED SERVICE TOO…

I am still awaiting for the repairs though… My fire sprinkler system was tested on February 9, and I still have not had the repairs done.  I hope this happens within the next few weeks…I want my 5 year certification report for my records… This is a state law…I am following up on that today… And if I receive any good news about it, I will post here….

Fire Sprinkler System Inspection And Repairs: An Update

05-04-15:

It was almost three months ago that I had my fire sprinkler system inspected. My fire sprinkler system did not pass the inspection. It was done on February 9. Now, I want this done right. I am waiting patiently for the repair of my fire sprinkler system. I emailed Nate again this morning to see what the status on repairs is. This is his response:

Nate Hargitt <fireprotectionguynh@gmail.com>
to: Julia Angel <firsthealer@gmail.com>
date: Mon, May 4, 2015 at 10:02 AM
subject: Re: Follow up on Fire Sprinkler System Testing
mailed-by: gmail.com
signed-by: gmail.com

Dear Julia,
Thanks for the follow-up. We are still working out the best way to do it with the HOA, this could take some time as most repairs requires turning off the water, and on top of that we need to contact each person who has repairs and working out when it works for them etc. I will inform you when we are ready to get started on this.

Sincerely,

Nate Hargitt
Exxell Fire Systems


It was about one month ago that I was last in contact with Nate Hargitt at Exxell Fire Systems. I have not heard any more fire alarms sounding here on Captain Nurse Circle. I hope that all or most of the fire sprinkler system inspections have been completed.

I want my fire sprinkler system repaired. I want my 5 year certification report too. I hope that this does not fall apart. The Board of Directors is accountable for this inspection project…

There is no board meeting until next month (Date: May 19, 2015, Time: 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM Location: Hamilton Art Center, War Room 500 Palm Drive).

Here is my quick email to Nate at 9:40 AM 04-14-15 :

Hi Nate!

I am just checking back in with you. Any progress yet with the fire sprinkler system repairs? Have you heard back from the HOA?
Thanks!

Here is the response from Nate at 11:14 AM 04-14-15:

Dear Julia,

“Thanks for your interest. We have forwarded all the information over to them. However I have turned all of this over to the corrections branch so I have minimal information as to how things are progressing. When I know I’ll let you know.”

All right! Than you Nate.

I have not been contacted by anyone yet so I hope things are moving along as they should be..Maybe I will hear more soon. I will update the progress as I receive it here on my blog..

Three Valid Work Orders Snubbed by Wakefield Sharp: The Hired Help needs Firing!!

I thought I would give the hired management help one more chance to prove that they are worth our money. However, I  still consider them “fired help”…

(1) I sent them a work order on 04-03-15 when the sprinklers were left on here on Captain Nurse Circle for over 9 hours and they never responded to it! I want to make sure that we Owners are not held responsible for this very big water bill that was totally Jensen’s fault…

And still we have no irrigation schedule here on Captain Nurse Circle. I am performing my Owner’s responsibility by maintaining my exclusive use common area landscaping. I water the vegetation there myself. I do not see any other Owner doing this though. I am the only one ….

According to CC&R 4.2, all owners are responsible to maintain these landscaped areas:

4.2 Owners Landscaping Obligations. Each Owner shall maintain the landscaping within any Exclusive Use Common Area patio appurtenant to the Owner’s Condominium in a healthy and weed-free condition and shall be responsible for the periodic pruning of any trees and the removal of any diseased or overgrown trees or any trees with root systems that are damaging any
Common Area or Association Property improvement.

(2) I asked them via a valid work order to have our fire extinguisher cabinets labeled here on Captain Nurse Circle and they said to “do it yourself.”

“The Board of Directors for Meadow Park has considered the cost and currently
allows homeowners interested in replacing stickers on fire extinguisher
boxes to do so themselves.”

This Board of Directors wants us to replace stickers? What stickers? There are no stickers to replace…That is the problem.. The stickers were never there in the first place. I do not have any stickers!! What a bunch of  stupid freaks these people are…These fire extinguisher cabinets were installed without proper labeling…Yet all of the other fire extinguisher cabinets in Meadow Park have this labeling! That is unfair treatment and puts our neighborhood at a higher risk for a fire emergency because people may panic when they do not know how to get that fire extinguisher out of the locked cabinet!! And they are trying to make me responsible for labeling these cabinets!


(3) I asked them to remove all the paperbark trees and eucalyptus trees here on Captain Nurse Circle and they referred me again to Fire Marshal Bill Tyler, who has recently said that there is “nothing wrong” with the vegetation here and Bill Tyler calls the paperbark trees “pepper trees”.

Ms. Angle,

Our office would like to refer you to Battalion Chief Bill Tyler’s March 17,
2015 e-mail:

“The existing condition of the landscape is substantially in compliance with
the existing approved vegetation management plan, given this time of the
year.”

We would also like to inform you that we are working closely with the
current landscape contractor and Novato Fire Department to ensure that
Meadow Park is properly maintained throughout the entire year.

This is the type of so-called “management” we have here in Meadow Park. They, (Wakefield Sharp) refer to a Fire Marshal who is not doing his job… This guy, Fire Marshal Bill Tyler from Novato Fire Protection District, is calling the paperbark bottle brush trees (which are all over the landscape here on Captain Nurse Circle) pepper trees!

What a scam artist! He just calls them pepper trees and shrugs it all off. He should be fired for doing such a rotten job of “protecting us” against a fire hazard…It feels like the Novato Fire Protection District is only trying to protect the fires, not the people…More fires mean they have a reason to exist. High fire hazards means fire fighters have jobs to fight fires…Maybe someone from a different industry needs to be in charge of this situation…Someone that does not have a reason to keep a landscape in a high fire hazard condition… 

This documentation is all I need to go further with a lawsuit against the Novato Fire Protection District, Wakefield Sharp, The City of Novato, and the Meadow Park HOA.

They will be hearing from my attorney very soon and this legal matter is now being escalated to the Marin County Courts… This prohibited vegetation was planted over 10 years ago without any regards to our Vegetation Management and Fuel Modification Plan, Phase One.

 

These people continue to act like this Plan does not exist! They seem to like the fact that Captain Nurse Circle remains at a high fire hazard risk… They certainly are not doing anything right to decrease the high fire hazard risk we all face as Owners here on Captain Nurse Circle…They seem to want us to have a fire hazard… Is that what is really going on? Maybe they should call themselves “Novato Anti-Fire District”…Maybe that is what we really need here in Novato…

Friday is Jensen’s Day on Captain Nurse Circle

It was one week ago today that the Jensen landscape work crew left the sprinklers on for 9 continuous hours…They were back today and I just wanted to say something about those ride-on mowers they are using.

I observed the worker driving the mower back and forth between lawns, never really completing a thorough mowing. I saw him ride up the hill on one lawn and go down once and then leave, as if he was not able to mow it because it was so hilly… I saw him drive up to another lawn and then turn around and drive away without doing any mowing there at all… … I am wondering if these lawns are ever going to get mowed properly…Does anyone else observe this strange behavior? Or am I the only lucky one …

This new landscape maintenance company is charging us $16,000.00 month.  Could they at least mow the lawns? And when are the sprinklers going to be turned on again here? We have not had any irrigation scheduled for Captain Nurse Circle… It would be nice to have an irrigation schedule set up like we always have had …