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|Today is Tuesday, August 30, 2016
Meets the 2nd Thursday
every other month
supervisor benoit's office
760 863 8211
Lt. Mike Manning
760 863 8784
760 540 1878
760 393 3344
Bermuda Dunes Community
Coordinator Bermuda Dunes
1 951 955 3333
1 866 732 1444
760 320 1048
1 393 3344
Dept of Animal Services
760 343 3644
Bermuda dunes Airport
Robert Berriman, Mgr.
PH: 760 345 2558
4th Thurs. of
Bermuda Dunes Security
Association (BDSA) is
responsible for streets
(potholes, cracks, street
drainage and dry wells),
Security entry/exit, patrol
vehicles, cable TV
agreement, fee collection
& payment, gates & gate
lights, medians, walls,
guardhouses and all
BDSA is managed by
Desert Resort Mgmt
John Edward Clark
The Admin Office is open
Monday thru Friday for
questions and concerns.
Admin staff can also assist
with access to the
Resident Login System
Admin hours are as
If this is urgent, please
contact Security at:
Main Gate: 760-360-1322
Glass Gate: 760-772-3137
Here is what
(BDCA) is responsible
most problems relating
property owner's home
and lot, dogs,
draining, trash cans,
at the main gate.
Committee reports to
Dues are $100 per year
and are payable in
January in lump sum
New Manager is
The Management Co.
39755 Berkey Drive,
Suite A • Palm Desert,
P: (760) 776-5100 x6343
F: (760) 776-5111
THE BLOGFOLKS CONTACT INFORMATION
Email us: Theblogfolks@bdcommun.com
|Help restore the
Take your support for
the Salton Sea “on the
road.” You can reserve a
specialty license plate of
the Salton Sea and do
your part to help restore
the Sea’s air quality,
wildlife habitat and
precious water. When
7,500 people have sent
in their reservation form
and paid the
corresponding fee, the
plates will go into
Be one of the first to
Save the Sea! -
|FERAL CAT AND KITTY
REMEMBER...IF YOU ARE
FEEDING FERAL CATS
YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE
PLEASE email MRS. B
if you find kittens that need
attention prior to 8 weeks. I
will come and get them and
take care of them.
|BERMUDA DUNES SECURITY
Would you please post this on our site?
YES voters...remember for all the yellow signs you still see - 50
plus are still
voting YES even though their opportunity to be seen was taken
away; but we know you are out there! Thanks for
your support in our effort to make a difference.
To the people who are borrowing our signs, please do not
throw them away!
We will collect them at the appropriate time.
|NOTE FROM MRS. B
· Ballots were mailed July 25.
· Ballots must be received by the Inspector(s) of Elections before 4:00 PM on September 8, 2016 (the Inspector(s) may
extend the time to afford more property owners time to vote.)
· If you do not receive your ballot by Tuesday August 2 delivery, contact the Inspector of Elections:
Cheryl at Accurate Voting Services, Inc.
23322 Peralta Drive, Suite 4, Laguna Hills, CA 92653
(949) 588-8500 Telephone
(949) 588-8501 Fax
A non-vote counts as a no vote. So if you choose not to vote, you are voting no. And if your ballot is
not received for any reason, it counts as a no vote.
Please VOTE and be sure to send in your ballots
HERE IS HOW THE $50 IS SPLIT
REMEMBER - IT'S ONLY $40 FOR YOUR
COMMUNITY SOCIAL MEMBERSHIP
$10 IS RETAINED BY BDSA FOR PROJECTS TO
HELP IMPROVE OUR COMMUNITY!
|HERE IS HOW THE $50 IS SPLIT
BERMUDA DUNES COMMUNITY
MEMBERSHIP IS ONLY $40
$10 STAYS WITH BDSA ACCOUT
FOR COMMUNITY IMPROVEMENTS
The $10 will pay for this park to be
built and maintained!!
|HOW ABOUT AN OFF LEASH DOG PARK
OUR OPTIONS ARE UNLIMITED!
|NOTE FROM MRS. B
Our community is for everyone...NOT JUST FOR US
OLDER FOLKS. We need to preserve this beautiful place
for our families and their families
VOTE YES ON THE RCM AND PROTECT OUR PROPERTY
VALUES...MAKE BERMUDA DUNES A BETTER PLACE TO
Let's get our kids out of the streets and into a
nice park! They deserve it!
|NOTE FROM MRS. B
TAKE THE TIME TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN OUR COMMUNITY
VOTE YES, VOTE YES, VOTE YES, VOTE YES
“By far the most dangerous foe we have to fight is apathy - indifference from whatever cause, not from a lack of knowledge, but
from carelessness, from absorption in other pursuits, from a contempt bred of self satisfaction”
GET THOSE YES VOTES IN...WE NEED EVERY VOTE WE CAN GET!
|TRUTH ABOUT FHA
Subject: FHA Certification only applies to condominiums
and not planned developments such as the homes/lots
within Bermuda Dunes Country Club
FHA Approval. On February 1, 2010, the FHA stopped
giving spot approvals and now requires that condominium
developments become approved as an entity. FHA
certification applies to condominium projects not planned
developments. To qualify for an FHA insured loan,
condominiums must be in a common interest development
that has been "certified" by the FHA. Certification of the
development means the association meets guidelines
established by the FHA which it believes will reduce the risk
of default on home loans insured by the FHA in that
development. Once the association has been certified,
buyers of condominiums in the development can apply for
FHA insured loans. It does not mean buyers automatically
receive FHA insured loans, they must still qualify as buyers.
The bottom line is that BDSA is a planned development
and cannot be FHA certified since it is not a
condominium project. Anything stated to the contrary
is incorrect and has not been fact checked.
|NOTE FROM MRS. B
I have received several emails regarding ballot information.
For those of you who have just purchased your home and
will not qualify to vote - here is our suggestion:
Contact the realtor of the seller and ask the 'seller' to vote
YES for you.
I hope this helps with your issues.
Thanks for VOTING YES. We appreciate it.
|COMMENTS FROM FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS
Thought your readers might enjoy this.
* Venison for dinner again? Oh deer!
* How does Moses make tea? Hebrews it.
* England has no kidney bank, but it does have a Liverpool .
* I tried to catch some fog, but I mist.
* They told me I had type-A blood, but it was a Typo.
* I changed my iPod's name to Titanic. It's syncing now.
* Jokes about German sausage are the wurst.
* I know a guy who's addicted to brake fluid, but he says he
can stop any time.
* I stayed up all night to see where the sun went, and then it
dawned on me.
* This girl said she recognized me from the vegetarian club,
but I'd never met herbivore.
* When chemists die, they barium.
* I'm reading a book about anti-gravity. I just can't put it down.
* I did a theatrical performance about puns. It was a play on
* Why were the Indians here first? They had reservations.
* I didn't like my beard at first. Then it grew on me.
* Did you hear about the cross-eyed teacher who lost her job
because she couldn't control her pupils?
* When you get a bladder infection, urine trouble.
* Broken pencils are pointless.
* What do you call a dinosaur with an extensive vocabulary?
* I dropped out of communism class because of lousy Marx.
* I got a job at a bakery because I kneaded dough.
* Velcro - what a rip off!
|How about Pickle Ball
|NEW ITEM FOR SALE ON THE HOT SHEET
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Pull chain motor switch and oscillator.
I saw where someone was looking for a roofing company.
I strongly recommend GM Gordon Roofing. They did my
roof a couple of years ago as well as BDCC last year.
Bermuda Dunes CC resident as well.
GM Gordon Roofing
Thanks, Ken D
Thanks so much for sending us this information. We
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for Roofing Companies.
|Drones! Does your HOA need rules addressing Drones?
It seems like they’re everywhere these days: on the news, in
hobby stores, and now possibly in your own backyard.
Drones have been attracting a lot of attention in the last few
years, along with some criticism from certain HOA’s.
And now with some drones being less than a hundred dollars
on Amazon, it is very possible that you could see them flying
around in your neighborhood. So where do you stand on the
issue? And how much do you really know?
What’s the issue with drones?
Some homeowners believe the drones to be a nuisance to
the neighborhood, and consider it an invasion of privacy to
have a drone flying over their house and potentially recording
video of homeowners in their backyards or peering in
homeowner windows like a 21st century peeping Tom.
Privacy aside, some homeowners have issues with the noise
pollution from buzzing remote control drones flying overhead,
or safety concerns with drones or spinning propellers causing
damage to children, pets, or property.
Many cheap drones are relatively harmless, with no cameras
or harmful rotors. However, like all things, the more money
you spend the more quality you get. Some hobby drones can
include hi-tech video transmitters, cameras, and alarms. This
kind of tech flying around the neighborhood usually sparks
the debate of whether drones should be banned or restricted
by the HOA.
How HOA’s are reacting to drones
Homeowner concerns usually drive HOA board action, but
with drones the potential liability arising from *not* addressing
drone use has driven some HOAs to create proactive
resrictions or bans.
HOAs have the power to ban almost anything that is a bother
to homeowners. By making an amendment to the governing
documents, drones could be disallowed in varying degrees
whether that means certain types of drones are banned, or
drones that fly at a certain altitude, etc.
Drone rules can be much more complicated than they appear
on the surface. Amazon has announced that in the future it
may use unmanned drones to deliver packages to individual
houses. HOA rules governing homeowners hobby drone use
might not be sufficient to ban institutional drone use by
governments or corporations. Checking with a lawyer might
What you can do to restrict drones in your HOA?
If you feel strongly that drones should be disallowed or
restricted in your HOA, form a strong, well-educated
argument of your perspective to present to your HOA board. If
there are others who agree with you, join forces. The more
people on board with an idea, the more momentum you have
for making change happen. Remember that when making
change in your HOA, it is important to see the other party’s
point of view. Perhaps then, a compromise can be reached
that allows hobbyists to fly drones and homeowners feeling
safe in their neighborhood.
Technology has evolved in the last hundred years faster than
ever before. With drones, artificial intelligences, and basic
droids, the technology of Star Trek doesn’t seem that far off
anymore. However, we must keep in mind the comfort and
security of our neighbors and friends, and act accordingly.
|SAVE THE DATE
BERMUDA DUNES COMMUNITY COUNCIL MEETING
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 8TH
MEETING BEGINS PROMPTLY AT 6 PM
BERMUDA DUNES COMMUNITY CENTER
YUCCA AVENUE AND AVENUE 42
COME AND MEET YOUR COUNCIL MEMBERS
* AGENDA TO FOLLOW
My husband and I live on Starlight and use the Adams
Street back entrance. We noticed that someone has
removed two of the YESonRCM signs.
We are tiring of this type of stuff...note to NO people. Keep
your bloody hands off our signs.
How would you like it if we start taking your trashy signs?
People who are voting YES
I said I would not use your name, but thanks for
letting us know that signs are still being stolen. We
have been on vacation and have not driven out the
back way since returning.
|THE ISSUE IS NOW FREE SPEECH
RECENT VANDALISM OF THE "YES ON RCM" SIGNS, BY
THOSE UNKNOWN PERSONS, ON THE "NO ON RCM"
SIDE; HAS CREATED A DIVIDE, WITHIN OUR
COMMUNITY, THATIS NO LONGER AN ISSUE ABOUT
CHANGES TO THE CC&R's RATHER THE ISSUE IS
NOW THE FUNDAMENTAL RIGHT OFFREE SPEECH.
TWICE IN THE LAST MONTH MANY OF US HAVE HAD
OUR"YES" SIGNS STOLEN FROM OUR PROPERTY. AT
LASTCOUNT THE NUMBER HAS CLIMBED TO OVER 45.
WHO IS THE 'MENTAL MIDGET" BEHINDTHIS
TRAMPLING OF OUR 1 st AMENDMENT RIGHT OF
FREE SPEECH? WHO IS THIS "FASCIST LOVING
CRETAN," WHO BELIEVES IT HAS SOME RIGHT TO
DESTROY THE RIGHTS OF OTHERS?
WHO IS THIS "JACK-BOOOTED-THUG?" WHO IS THIS
"HITLERESQUE" SELF APPOINTED ARBITER OF FREE
SPEECH? WHO IS THIS "NEO-FASCIST CREEP?"
1 DO NOT KNOW WHO OR WHOMEVER IT IS, BUT,
THERE MUST BE A CONNECTION BETWEEN THE TOP
OF THAT "DAISY-CHAINED-CABAL" OF
"ANTI-SOCIAL-DUPES", THAT PUT INTO ACTION THE
DESTRUCTION OF OUR PRECIOUS IN-ALIENABLE
RIGHT OF FREE SPEECH! ! AND THOSEOPPOSED TO
A CHANGE IN THE CC&R's?
THE CONNECTION IS TO OBVIOUS. 45 + "YES" SIGNS
VANDALIZED. O "NO" SIGNS REMOVED.
THIS IS NO LONGER AN ISSUE ABOUT CHANGES TO
THE CC&R's, IT HAS BECOME AN ISSUE AS BETWEEN
THOSE PERSONS WHO BELIEVE IN THE RIGHT OF
FREE SPEECH AND THOSE "FEEBLE MINDED
MISCREANT'S" WHO ENJOY THEIR RIGHT OF FREE
SPEECH, BUT, ARE OPPOSED TO OTHERS HAVING
THAT SAME RIGHT.
TO THOSE ON THE "NO" SIDE WHO ARE APPALLED BY
THIS TURN OF EVENTS, 1 WOULD ENCOURAGE YOU
VOLUNTARILY TAKE DOWN YOUR "NO" SIGNS. TO
THOSE WHO ENCOURAGE THIS HATRED OF OTHERS
HAVING THE SAME RIGHTS YOU ENJOY, LEAVE YOUR
"NO" SIGNS UP.
THAT WAY THE COMMUNITY KNOWS WHO YOU ARE.
1 DO NOT ADVOCATE VIOLENCE AGAINST THIS "IDIOT
FRINGE OF SELF-IMPORTANT-LONERS", RATHER, 1
BELIEVE IN PUBLIC DISAPPROVAL IN THE FORM OF
THEIR SOCIAL ISOLATION FROM THE COMMUNITY
AND REFUSAL TO INTERACT WITH THEM, THEIR
SPOUSES AND CHILDREN, IF ANY, AS PERHAPS THE
MOST EFFECTIVE COURSE OF CONDUCT.
WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON HOW TO HANDLE
THESE "KNUCKLE SCRAPING, NEANDERTHAL
BEHAVING, LOW I.Q. YO-YO's?"
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|WHY BE DIFFICULT, WHEN WITH A BIT OF EFFORT,
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|A pack of wolves will pay the ultimate price for feeding on the
Washington state wildlife biologists are now authorized to kill
a wolf pack in Profanity Peak in Ferry County, the
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) said in
a statement Friday. The pack had at least 11 members – six
adults and five pups.
The wolves have reportedly been feeding on cattle in a
grazing area. Biologists confirmed that one injured calf was
hurt by wolves and they believe that two more calves were
killed by the pack.
On Aug. 3, the WDFW authorized a partial removal of the
pack after finding five cows injured or dead, KREM-TV
reports. Two days later, two female wolves were shot and
the cow attacks stopped. They have since resumed.
"We said we would restart this operation if there was another
wolf attack, and now we have three," said Donny Martorello,
WDFW wolf policy lead, said in the statement. "The
department is committed to wolf recovery, but we also have a
shared responsibility to protect livestock from repeated
depredation by wolves."
"We are kindly asking for a little space and understanding so
we can maintain the highest level of safety for the public, the
staff and our producers," Martorello added to KREM.
Washington state Sen. Kevin Ranker expressed concern
over the measure.
"This is extreme," he told KREM. "I was told that removal of
half the pack would make a difference, and now we're being
told they are going to remove the entire pack? They haven't
implemented their first plan."
The overall wolf population in Washington has increased:
Since 2008, the confirmed population has grown from two
wolves in one pack to at least 90 wolves across 19 packs.
|No symphony orchestra ever played music
like a two-year-old girl laughing with a puppy.
|The Blogfolks would like to recommend Melanie
Rhodes, Pet Sitter... your pet's new best friend!
434 981 6644
She is one of the best we have had. Please give
her a call.
Why do you always have animals and stories about wildlife on
First of all, I am an animal lover.
Secondly, and more importantly, my Grandson Tyler just
loves to read the Blog. He just turned six and likes to read
He always looks for the special puppy that I show here,
and he is very concerned about the Salton Sea issue. He
will be visiting us on Spring Break and he wants to visit
the Salton Sea. He is concerned about all the dead fish.
He also loves the fact that Grandma volunteers at The
Living Desert. It is such a special place for him.
I hope you will recommend this site for your smaller kids
and grandchildren. This blog is for everyone!
|NOTE FROM MRS. B
Now, finally, we share a little bit of our vacation with
you...hope you enjoy it...we sure did.
We started out on the train from LA to Sacramento. We
had a lay over in our State Capital. The Sacramento
River runs through the city and it is filled with
restaurants and parks alongside the river. Lots of
things to do in this city.
The Old Towne is delightful and we highly recommend
that you visit it.
The state capitol of California, Sacramento, plays a
key role in politics and decision-making for the state,
but there’s a different side to the city as well. The Old
Town District gives a fascinating look into what has
shaped the area and offers a fun day about the town
for shopaholics and history buffs alike.
With the promise of a Mexican land grant, John Sutter
arrived in 1839 on the shore of the Sacramento River
and established Sutter’s Fort. The settlement grew and
attracted other businesspersons looking for
opportunities, creating a commercial center, but it was
the Gold Rush of 1848 that really established the City
The waterfront location was prime for commerce but
was wiped out by flooding in 1852. Within a few
years, and at massive expense, thousands of cubic
yards of earth were brought in on wagons and the
street level began to rise. The original street level can
still be seen throughout Old Sacramento under the
boardwalks and in basements
Today, with 53 historic buildings, Old Sacramento has
more buildings of historic value in its 28 acres than
most areas of in the west and is registered as a
National and California Historic Landmark.
The first time I visited Old Town Sacramento was much
different then I expected, in a good way. I pictured it
more like the older areas of San Diego, which still
generally resemble the rest of the city; however, for
Old Town Sacramento this was far from the case. The
area itself resembled more of a cowboy town in the old
west. It had a collection of saloons, shops, museums
and stores all with a facade from an older era.
We spent the better part of a day walking around the
area and exploring its many attractions, here are some
of the spots I recommend you check out when exploring
Munchies Salt Water Taffy
The candy shop was a great first stop on our tour of
Old Town. It had hundreds of flavors of taffy ranging
from bacon maple (tasted like pancakes) to frosted
cupcake. All of the candy was in barrels and you could
try a sample if you were nice to the lady working there.
They also have other types of candies like rock candy
and suckers. I dropped 5 bucks on assorted taffy and
spent the car ride home eating them.
G. Willikers Toy Emporium
I am a kid at heart, so I am never one to shy away from
a cool looking toy place. This one was even better than
most with its large, controllable train mountain in the
back to its arcade pac man machine that you could
play. There were toys old and new at this shop and I
would love to come back and spend more time looking
up and down its aisles. I was also a fan of playing
with the marionettes and there were many different
items I would have loved to have picked up to have on
my desk at home.
The Train Museum
There’s just something about trains that always makes
me excited. Maybe its the human ingenuity of creating
these massive monsters, or maybe it is the steam-
powered beauty that can be seen in every unique car.
Either way I never pass up a opportunity to see them,
be it at the Orange Empire Museum, Laws Railroad
Museum or the California State Railroad Museum in
Old Town Sacramento. I had heard for years how great
this museum was, so when I finally got a chance to
visit it and check it of my list a few weeks ago I
jumped at the chance. This is a fantastic museum, even
if you don’t like trains it is one of the better museums
in CA, so make sure to check it out if you are in the
Hours: Daily from 10AM-5PM
Location: 125 I St, Sacramento, CA 95814
First opened to the public in 1976 and with over
225,000 square feet of exhibit space, the California
State Railroad Museum is one of the best in all of
California. It has 21 restored locomotives documenting
how railroads have shaped US history. Over 500,000
people visit the museum each year.
Next - On our way to Denver, Colorado onboard the
We always get a stateroom if we travel overnight. This
trip the food was good, great valet in our section and
awesome scenery all the way.
Highlights - rolling along the beautiful beaches, Gore
Canyon - river rafting is at a premium here - the train
conductor advised us that the 'right of passage' of
becoming a real rafter was the 'mooning of passengers
on the train.'
Gore Canyon is a short isolated canyon on the upprer
Colorado River in southwestern Grand County,
Colorado in the United States. The steep and rugged
canyon, approximately 3 miles long, was carved by the
river as it passed the northern end of the Gore Range
southwest of Kremmling. The Colorado descends from
approximately 7300 ft to approximately 7000 ft over
the length of the canyon. The steep walls ascend
approximately 1000 ft on either side. The canyon
effectively marks the southwestern end of the Middle
Park basin in north central Colorado.
We arrived in Denver. The new train station is just
RTD's new Union Station Transit Center opened Friday
May 9, 2014, with a ribbon cutting ceremony. The
historic Union Station has been revitalized as the
centerpiece of a bustling downtown, offering more
transportation services, connections, and access than
ever before. Buses began running at underground bus
concourse May 11. At the same time, Market Street
Our Son met us here and off we headed to Erie,
Erie, Colorado is a bedroom community that is being
built in the farmlands. The home building supply is a
year behind the demand.
Our daughter-in-law works in Boulder for T. A. Barron.
T. A. Barron
Thomas Archibald Barron is an American writer of
fantasy literature, books for children and young
adults, and nature books. Barron was born in Boston.
He spent early childhood in a town full of New
England history and apple orchards, Harvard,
Massachusetts. His family moved to Colorado and he
spent much of his youth on a ranch in the Rocky
Mountains. Barron's writing reflects his great passion
for nature and the spiritual values of the natural world,
as well as his belief in the power of every person. He
studied history at Princeton University, where he is a
Trustee, attended Balliol College, Oxford University on
a Rhodes scholarship, and has business and law
degrees from Harvard University. He served as
president of a private equity firm in New York City
before changing careers in 1990, when he returned to
Colorado to become a full-time writer and
conservationist. Since then, he has written more than
thirty novels, children's books, non-fiction books, and
nature books. In 2011, he received The de Grummond
Medallion for "lifetime contribution to the field of
children's and young adult literature."
Merlin the Movie from T. A. Barron and Disney
What a journey!
I’m totally thrilled that Merlin Saga books 1 and 2 are
being made into a movie! The project is currently in the
more-than-capable hands of Disney, with Oscar-
winning screenwriter Philippa Boyens working on the
This whole movie experience is, let me tell you, one
AMAZING journey. With a plot even more bizarre than
one of my fantasy novels. But I’m glad to tell you the
The film, based on both The Lost Years and The Seven
Songs, is making great progress! I’m very excited about
what lies ahead!
Because I can’t keep up with all the questions and
comments from fans, I will update this page regularly.
Any big news that I can share will be announced right
here on this page. After all, you folks are my
companions on this journey!
|Art Walk and Wine Tasting
Saturday, September 10 at 10 AM
Images Gallery Idyllwild in Idyllwild,
|Thank you to one of my absolute favorite people
Mario Thomas Georgio
A very cranky woman was arrested for shoplifting at a
grocery store. She gave everyone a hard time, from the
store manager to the security guard to the arresting officer
who took her away. She complained and criticized
everything and everyone throughout the process.The lady
defiantly replied, "Just a stupid can of peaches."
The judge then asked why she had done it ? She replied, "I
was hungry and forgot to bring any cash to the store." The
judge asked how many peaches were in the can ? She
replied in a nasty tone, "Nine ! But why do you care about
that ? " The judge answered patiently, " Well, ma'am,
because I'm going to give you nine days in jail -- one day for
each peach." As the judge was about to drop his gavel, the
lady's long-suffering husband raised his hand slowly and
asked if he might speak. The judge said, " Yes sir, what do
you have to add ? "The husband said meekly,
" Your Honor, she also stole a can of peas."
Would you please put this on your blog?
Thank you for your patience as the Grill Room Restroom undergoes construction and remodeling.
Please excuse the dust and noise as we are sure that the final facilities will be most satisfactory and in compliance
with the American Disabilities Act.
Beautification continues in the Club House as well as throughout the grounds.
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Frames with Pillow Top Mattress’s and box springs asking $400 for both. Call or Text Riely (760)619-8093 or email
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See you in a couple of months! Bev
Date: Sat, 27 Aug 2016 14:47:34 -0400
Subject: Lost Cat (?)
Nice blog and great vacation pix. My son lives in Parker and every time we're over there, we marvel at the greatness
of the state.
The reason that I'm writing is that I hope that nobody's looking for a black and white kitten or cat - it's hard to tell
exactly what size it was. The remains were lying in the middle if the 18th fairway yesterday, and appeared to be
what's left of an Owl family picnic. (Hey, it's sad, but Owls are Gods creatures too!)
If you hear about someone looking for their pet, and I hope they're not, I know where it was. (I've got the gruesome
pix for id purposes, but will keep them in my camera.)
So, you feel it was an Owl. Interesting. Owl or Coyote - it is sad.
|America’s Golf Courses Are Burning
More than 800 golf courses have closed over a decade. Now clubhouses are going up in flames.
The dark clouds rolled in over Phoenix’s Ahwatukee Lakes Golf Course in 2013, when its owner declared that the costs of
keeping it open had outstripped what he was collecting in green fees.
Wilson Gee, a California businessman, shuttered the golf course, erected barbed-wire fences, and began looking for a buyer,
telling reporters the land would never be a working golf course again. Homeowners, complaining he was turning the course into
an eyesore in order to win approval to redevelop it into single-family homes, sued to reopen it. Gee shanked his first attempt to
sell it in 2014, when one homebuilder walked away from a deal, but last year found a buyer in a Denver-based developer.
Then one night in February, the dark clouds turned to smoke, and a fire caved in the clubhouse roof.
It’s a local story, defined by conditions peculiar to Ahwatukee, a community of about 80,000 separated from downtown Phoenix
by a collection of 2,500-foot peaks known as South Mountain. But the dynamics that bred the deadlock between the struggling
golf course's owner and its aggrieved neighbors are mirrored in communities across the country.
More than 800 golf courses have closed nationwide in the last decade, as operators grapple with declining interest in the sport
and a glut of competition. Many of those shuttered courses were built on land proscribed from redevelopment by local zoning
codes seeking to preserve open space—or, as with Ahwatukee, by deed restrictions intended to protect homeowners who had
paid a premium to live near a golf course.
The community of Ahwatukee in Phoenix.
Source: Terra Server/Digital Globe
That leaves some golf course owners with the real estate equivalent of an unplayable lie: They can't make money running the
course, and they can't recoup their investment by selling it.
"If you open a restaurant in a strip mall and you fail, you close shop and move on,” said Jay Karen, chief executive officer of the
National Golf Course Owners Association. But for golf course owners, it's much harder to pull the plug on a failing business; as
courses fall into disuse, they become suburban zombies—not quite dead, yet far from alive.
“Nobody’s tracking what’s happening to the land,” Karen said.
In April, fire ripped through the clubhouse at a shuttered western Kentucky golf course that had been the center of a lawsuit,
burning through the afternoon until the roof collapsed over smoldering beams. On New Year's Day, a former volunteer firefighter
lit a small fire outside the vacant clubhouse of a closed 9-hole course outside Orlando, then returned three days later to spark a
larger blaze, with the help of a can of paint thinner he had found there. And in September 2015, a fire reduced the 10,000-
square-foot clubhouse at an abandoned golf course in Bakersfield, Calif., to only a few charred beams.
For John Rhoads, a homeowner in Sparks, Nev., a clubhouse fire at his local course, D'Andrea Golf Club, was both insult and
injury. In 2012, its owner had asked members of the local homeowner association to pay an additional $28 a month for course
upkeep, Rhoads said. The homeowners demurred, the course was shuttered, and the clubhouse became a magnet for vandals,
who posted graffiti on its stucco walls and eventually burned it down. Now Rhoads worries that the owner is making an end run
around the homeowner association to convert half of the course into new homes and a winery.
"This used to be one of the nicest golf courses in Reno-Sparks," he said. Now? “Our property values are already down $25,000
To some extent, all those course closures are simply a market correction: The golf industry went through a building boom in the
1990s and early 2000s, driven by developers who used golf courses as amenities to help sell homes. But the closures also
reflect changing preferences for leisure activities. Participation in the sport is down 20 percent since 2003, according to data
from the National Golf Foundation, and homebuilders have moved on to new types of recreational amenities, including manmade
lakes and agricultural communities. Lately, the equipment business has been feeling the sting, with Nike Inc. announcing that it
would stop making golf clubs and retailer Golfsmith International Holdings Inc. considering bankruptcy.
Ahwatukee Lakes Golf Course in Phoenix.
Photograph: Courtesy Richard Strange
In the face of declining interest and competition driven by oversupply, course owners have gone searching for ways out. Some
have donated golf course land to nature trusts and local parks, taking a tax break in return for preserving the open space.
Others have inked deals with homebuilders—though those deals are often contingent on winning approval from homeowner
associations or local governments.
“I’m hard-pressed to think of many cases where there isn’t a higher or better use than a golf course for the site,” said Jeff
Woolson, managing director of the golf and resort group at CBRE Group. “The only clear exception would be Augusta, Ga.”—
the hallowed, Bobby Jones-designed course that hosts the Masters tournament each year.
Lately, the fight in Ahwatukee has reached a new pitch. In July, a Maricopa County judge declared that deed restrictions
required the "operation of a golf course" on the property. Then a local television station reported last month, citing unnamed fire
department sources, that the clubhouse fire was set intentionally, stoking resentment among neighbors of the course's rundown
state. Scott Walker, the department's deputy chief of fire investigations, told Bloomberg the investigation is ongoing and no
determination has been made.
This month, the developer to which Gee sold the course, True Life Companies, unveiled plans to redevelop it into an agricultural
community with a community garden, a Montessori school, and as many as a few hundred homes.
Ahwatukee Lakes Golf Course in Phoenix.
Photographer: Courtesy Richard Strange
"They’re going to do whatever they can do to convince owners that they’d be better off with housing," said Linda Swain, one of
the homeowners suing to reopen the course. Getting the plan approved will require written approval from more than 2,600
residents, or 50 percent of the local homeowner association. Swain thinks that this will prove a tall order—but "after three years
of disarray, maybe they have a chance."
David Sabow, managing director at True Life Companies, said the lawsuit will be moot if the developer can win over the
homeowners, but if need be, it's prepared to litigate for years.
"We spent a lot of time and effort to come up with a plan that the community would welcome," he said. "As far as I’m concerned,
the property will never be a golf course again."
Gee, for his part, is glad to have washed his hands of it.
"People don't like change," he said. "But the golf industry is in even worse shape today than it was in 2013 when I closed the
|Now Playing on America's Golf Courses: Meth Cooks and Rattlesnakes
Fairways gone to hell can help developers get permission to build houses instead
Marsh Harbor Links Golf Club in Calabash, N.C. Photographer: Robert Dawson
How can you tell when they want to get rid of your golf course?
They invite the rattlesnakes to play.
Real estate developers bet big on golf course communities in the 1990s and the 2000s, sparking a building boom that cratered
in the recession. Now, amid a strong housing market that creates demand where the courses are located, they are working
against zoning laws and deed restrictions across the country to shut down unprofitable courses and develop the land for new
In Myrtle Beach, copperheads and a methamphetamine lab are among the new residents of shuttered courses. In central Florida,
the local government in Seminole County passed a law requiring the owners of closed courses to keep cutting the grass lest
they diminish the value of neighboring houses. Battles are brewing in Reston, Va., and outside Portland, Ore.
Ben Holt says he has watched it all play out first-hand since he plunked down $365,000 for a four-bedroom ranch-style house on
a golf course in Ahwatukee, a master-planned community about 10 miles south of downtown Phoenix. Holt thought he'd be
getting patio views of the 12th tee. Instead, he said, the course owner, Wilson Gee, turned the land into an eyesore in a bid to
seal a development deal.
Gee, chief executive officer of Pasadena (Calif.)-based RMJ Property, was already talking about redeveloping the Ahwatukee
Lakes Golf Course when Holt bought his home there in 2008. After neighborhood residents blocked that plan, Gee switched
gears. He closed the Lakes, as the course is known, in the spring of 2013 and then erected barbed-wire fences and drained
artificial lakes that caught runoff from nearby South Mountain.
Pulte Group, the third-largest U.S. homebuilder by market capitalization, entered a contract with Gee and circulated waivers
asking residents to sign away deed restrictions preventing the course from being redeveloped. Fears swirled that if the
residential plan fell through, the Lakes could be turned into a cemetery. Or a Wal-Mart.
“A lot of the stuff he did just to antagonize us and try to break our spirits,” said Holt, who taught American Government in
Rochester, Minn., before retiring to Phoenix in 1998.
Gee said he closed the course because it was losing money and built the fences out of safety and liability concerns. Pulte
walked away from the deal in November 2014, leaving Gee to find another builder.
"Any decisions with regard to closing the course or maintenance of the site were made by the seller," Pulte spokesman Jacque
Petroulakis said in an e-mail.
“It will never be a golf course again,” says Gee.
A drained lake at Ahwatukee Photo: John Lind
The narrative unfolding at the Lakes reflects the tension on many golf course communities across post-recession America.
Developers built more than 3,000 courses in the U.S. from 1990 to 2003, according to the National Golf Foundation. New
equipment that made golf easier to play and the growing celebrity of Tiger Woods helped developers sell Americans on a way of
life that included warm weather, fairway views, and a golf cart in every driveway.
The builders weren’t interested in collecting greens fees. They wanted the new courses as amenities to new housing
developments, from which they aimed to make their money.
When the economy collapsed, so did the golf management business: 643 courses closed from 2006 to 2013. A closed or
struggling golf course is likely to be the largest tract of undeveloped land for miles around, making the land attractive to home
builders—if they can obtain the building rights. For some course owners, the first step is to persuade homeowners that anything
would be better than a nasty, overgrown golf course.
“It’s happening more and more with the resurgence in the residential market,” said Cliff Schulman, a real estate attorney at
Weiss Serota Helfman in Boca Raton, Fla. A decade ago, Schulman helped the owners of the Williams Island Country Club in
Dade County rezone their property and sell it to a homebuilder. The residents of some nearby condominiums opposed the plan
at first. Then Schulman’s client closed the course.
“After a few months, their lovely golf course was overgrowing. It started with raccoons and snakes and reptiles and other stuff,”
he says. “The neighbors came back and said we need to talk.”
Marsh Harbor Links Golf Club in Calabash, N.C. Photographer: Robert Dawson
“Whenever you try to take away a golf course, you get into a fight,” said Dennis Hillier, a real estate attorney at Greenberg
Traurig in Boca Raton. That’s led the owners of some closed courses to sell their land to local parks departments or take the tax
benefit from donating the course to a nature trust.
Another strategy is to carve out a piece of land for residential development and redesign the course to fit a smaller parcel, says
Erik Larsen, a golf course architect in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., who is marketing the idea.
"The real low-hanging fruit are the courses with more than 18 holes," he says, adding that there are enough struggling courses
to keep him busy for 10 years.
Developers have also halted unfinished projects. In 2008, John Reed scuttled plans for a course by famed designer Pete Dye
near Hilton Head, S.C., waving goodbye to more than $1 million in sunk costs and allocating the land to build a lake. The
project, called Hampton Lake, was so successful that Reed ripped up blueprints for another course to expand his lakefront. In
the suburbs of Minneapolis, builder Mattamy Homes is pursuing a scaled-down residential development in hopes of avoiding
The scant good news for homeowners—who often see property values drop on the closing of golf courses they overlook—is that
the golf course boom has stopped, and every course that closes eases competitive pressure. The bad news is that it’s easier to
fight redevelopment than to force a course owner to stay open for business.
Two of Holt’s neighbors are trying to convince a court that the deed to the Lakes at Ahwatukee requires Gee to maintain the golf
course. Holt is hoping Gee will sell to someone who wants to be in the golf business.
That would probably be the least profitable option for the developer, says Jeff Woolson, managing director for Golf and Resorts
Properties at commercial real estate firm CBRE.
"You're going to be hard pressed," he says, "to find another use that isn't more productive than golf."
Adrian, I am glad you mentioned Nextdoor.com in your newsletter. Some of our members use this site to rant endlessly about the
board, the manager, and everything else in our association. They have bullied other members and polarized our community. The
site has turned into a toxic dump. -Anonymous
RESPONSE: Last month National Public Radio disabled the "comment" portion of their website. They discovered that "public"
input turned out to be only .06% of their listeners. They also discovered that the majority of that tiny fraction consisted mostly of
disaffected ranters who were abusive and posted endlessly. In other words, the crazies took over. Whoever runs your Nextdoor
site should block the nut jobs that seek to tear apart your community.
In your comments about disciplinary actions in executive session, does that member not have the right to have it held in open
session? -Stanley F.
RESPONSE: No, he doesn't. Members subject to a disciplinary hearing have the right to request executive session, not open.
(Civ. Code §5855(b).) Disciplinary hearings in open session are a bad idea.
Nextdoor #3. I read with a grimace your suggestion to amend the bylaws/CC&Rs. You know what a painful, time-consuming and
costly process that can be. In the particular case of the disciplinary hearing, I suspect that the alleged violation had to do with the
rules & regulations, which are rather easy to amend since the board can do that with proper notice to members. I find that
members, not familiar with the governing document hierarchy, usually group them all in one and call them “the CC&Rs,” but
would suggest that you, as a professional insider, clearly separate them so as to not confuse the already confused! -Ed V.
RESPONSE: I agree it is difficult to restate documents. Despite its difficulty, most associations are successful. We restate 40 to
50 sets a year. Of those 10 to 12 require judicial approval because the membership cannot reach a supermajority approval
requirement. As you mentioned, the restriction discussed last week may have been a rule. Even so, many of those are based on
CC&R restrictions. Eliminating a rule is easy but it doesn't do any good if it reflects a CC&R restriction. If so, the CC&Rs must be
|HARD WORK HAS A FUTURE PAYOFF. LAZINESS
PAYS OFF NOW!!!!