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ABOUT BDSA AND
Bermuda Dunes Security
Glen Smith-- President
(currently on leave of absence)
Jerry Lugo-- Acting President
Robert Nelson-- Treasurer
Phillip Bettencourt-- Secretary
Bill McMurtrey-- Director
John Thiele-- Director
Michael Tanner-- Director
Robert Nagles-- Director
Charles Bishop-- Director
John Walters-Clark-- Community
Manager with Associa
4th Thurs. of every
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
760 346 1161
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 follows:
If this is urgent, please
contact Security at:
Main Gate: 760-360-1322
Glass Gate: 760-772-3137
Third Tuesday at
6:00 p.m. each month
Ron Rowell-- President
Edward Testo-- Vice President
Mike Soran-- Treasurer
Janet McMurtrey-- Secretary
Danae Delaney-- Director
Greg Gamboa-- Community
Manager with Management Trust
Bermuda Dunes Community
Here is what
(BDCA) is responsible for
most problems relating to
property owner's home
and lot, dogs,
draining, trash cans,
fountains and landscaping
at the main gate.
Committee reports to the
Dues are $100 per year
and are payable in
January in lump sum
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|BARRY MANILOW'S A GIFT OF LOVE IV BENEFIT
Pop culture icon and music legend Barry Manilow announced
that he will once again perform five holiday concerts to raise
funds for various charities in the Coachella Valley and Animal
Samaritans is one of them!
You can support Animal Samaritans by purchasing one of the
VIP ticket packages listed below. Your purchase of these
tickets support Animal Samaritans in their efforts to rescue
and shelter abused, abandoned and neglected animals,
provide education to our school children about the
importance of being kind to animals, and helping those who
need financial assistance to care for their pets. We champion
compassion and respect for all living creatures, with a primary
focus on dogs, cats, and the humans who love them.
We hope you enjoy the talent of Barry Manilow as much as
we do, and that you will consider purchasing tickets from one
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|NOTE FROM MRS. B
I attended the BDSA Board Meeting on the 22nd of June. It was quite a large crowd, most all of them were there to
find about the cable plan.
First of all, I would like to tell everyone how great our BDSA Board of Directors are and how very hard all of them work
for this community.
A special thank you to Jerry Lugos and his road crew who continue to improve our streets. I know this has been a real
challenge. Not just improving our roads, but trying to get the best deal and value. Jerry has accomplished this - so,
THANK YOU JERRY.
Another huge THANK YOU to Bill McMurtrey who has worked tirelessly to get us the best and the most for our money
with respect to the cable contract. The latest proposed Bulk Cable/Internet Contract is below.
|SUMMARY OF ATTEMPT TO CONTINUE A “BULK” CABLE/INTERNET CONTRACT IN BERMUDA DUNES CC ESTATES
· TIME-WARNER-CABLE (TWC) CONTRACT HAS BEEN CANCELLED, EFFECTIVE 10/31/2017
· SPECTRUM (FORMALLY TWC) ALLOWED US AN EXTENTION TO 12/31/2017 WHILE WE ATTEMPT TO AMEND OUR CC&Rs
& OBTAIN A NEW “BULK” CONTRACT
· WE WILL NEED TO AMEND OUR CC&Rs SPECIFIC TO A “BULK” CONTRACT FOR TV & INTERNET SERVICES
· AMENDED CC&Rs MUST BE APPROVED BY MORE THAN 50% OF HOMEOWNERS IN ORDER TO IMPLEMENT. OUR GOAL
IS TO SUBMIT BALLOTS SOMETIME IN AUGUST. PLEASE KEEP IN MIND EVERY BALLOT NOT RETURNED IS EQUAL TO A
· CONCURRENT WITH AMENDING OUR CC&Rs WE HAVE BEEN NEGOTIATING WITH TV/INTERNET PROVIDERS
(FRONTIER, ATT&T, DISH & SPECTRUM)
· TO DATE, SPECTRUM HAS EXCEEDED OUR EXPECTATIONS WITH THEIR PROPOSAL:
EQUAL TV PROGRAMMING TO CURRENT TWC CONTRACT+ INTERNET (100/10 Mbts) + COMPARABLE CABLE BOXES +
MODEM ++++ REBATE OF $264,400
· SPECTRUMS’ “BULK” RATE PROPOSAL + TAXES & FEES: $42.00/MONTH
· SPECTRUMS’ RETAIL RATE FOR SAME OFFERING: $216.95/MONTH
· CURRENT CONTRACT WITH TWC WITHOUT INTERNET IS $41.00 INCLUDING TAXES & FEES
· SPECTRUMS’ REQUIREMENTS: 100% COMMUNITY PARTICIPATION or $55,524/MONTH FOR A 3-YEAR TERM + BDSA WILL
PROVIDE AN OPT-OUT OPTION, HOWEVER, IT WILL BE LIMITED TO 15% OF MEMBERSHIP (APPROXIMATELY 200). THIS
LIMIT IS SPECTRUMS’, AND IF EXCEEDED, THEY WILL WITHDRAW THEIR OFFER.
· BDSAs SOLUTION TO OPT-OUTs IS AS FOLLOWS: WE PAY SPECTRUM $55,524/MO. DIVIDED BY 1322 USERS MINUS THE
NUMBER OF OPT-OUTs. EXAMPLE: $55,524 DIVIDED BY 1322 MINUS 100 OPT-OUTS = $45.44/MO. + TAXES & FEES.
MAXIMUM MONTHLY RATE WOULD BE $49.50/MO. FOR 200 OPT-OUTs + TAXES & FEES
· BDSAs PROVISIONS FOR OPTING OUT:
1. MEMBER MUST OPT-OUT WITHIN 30-DAYS FROM DATE OF OFFER
2. ONCE YOU HAVE OPTED-OUT, THIS ADDRESS WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO OPT-IN DURING THE TERM OF EXISTING
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|HOW DO I DISABLE THE AUTOCORRECT
FUNCTION ON MY WIFE????
The heat wave crisped the A/C in one of my rentals and it’s been
a dogfight all week with the insurance company and the
contractor to get the thing repaired.
I heard from someone, and this is going to necessitate one of my
research projects, that the average residential A/C unit isn’t rated
for temps in excess of 105.
That may or may not be true but it would certainly explain the
mass extinction events we have of them during this sort of heat.
I was wondering if one of your readers might be able to comment
on my thoughts?
I hope you are faring well and I look forward to cocktails again
some day soon! And hope that adorable Buddy kitty baby is
giving you plenty of love too!
|MORE ABOUT HEART ATTACKS!
This one is serious . . . Let’s say it’s 4:17 p.m. and you’re driving
home, (alone of course) after an unusually hard day on the job.
Not only was the work load extraordinarily heavy, you also had a
disagreement with your boss, and no matter how hard you tried
he just wouldn’t see your side of the situation. You’re really upset
and the more you think about it the more up tight you become.
All of a sudden you start experiencing severe pain in your chest
that starts to radiate out into your arm and up into your jaw. You
are only about five miles from the hospital nearest your home,
unfortunately you don’t know if you’ll be able to make it that far.
What can you do? You’ve been trained in CPR but the guy that
taught the course neglected to tell you how to perform it on
HOW TO SURVIVE A HEART ATTACK WHEN ALONE
Since many people are alone when they suffer a heart attack,
this article seemed in order. Without help the person whose
heart stops beating properly and who begins to feel Faint, has
only about 10 seconds left before losing consciousness.
However, these victims can help themselves by coughing
repeatedly and very vigorously. A deep breath should be taken
before each cough, and the cough must be deep and prolonged,
as when producing sputum from deep inside the chest. A breath
and a cough must be repeated about every two seconds without
let up until help arrives, or until the heart is felt to be beating
normally again. Deep breaths get oxygen into the lungs and
coughing movements squeeze the heart and keep the blood
The squeezing pressure on the heart also helps it regain normal
rhythm. In this way, heart attack victims can get to a phone and,
between breaths, call for help.
Tell as many other people as possible about this, it could save
From Health Cares, Rochester General Hospital via Chapter 240’
s newsletter. AND THE BEAT GOES ON… (reprint from The
Mended Hearts, Inc. publication, Heart Response)
ORIGINS: This helpful e-mail began its life on the Internet in
June 1999, and in the spring of 2004 a Powerpoint presentation
of it began circulating online. Those kindhearted souls who
started it on its way likely had no inkling the advice they were
forwarding could potentially be harmful to someone undergoing a
heart attack, but that is indeed the case.
If you knew exactly what you were doing, this procedure might
help save your life. If, however, you were to attempt cough CPR
at the wrong time (because you misjudged the kind of cardiac
event being experienced) or went about it in the wrong way, it
could make matters worse.
Cough CPR is not a new procedure — it has been around for
years and has been used successfully in isolated emergency
cases where victims realized they were on the verge of fainting
and about to go into full cardiac arrest (their hearts were about to
stop) and knew exactly how to cough so as to keep enough
oxygen-enriched blood circulating to prevent them from losing
consciousness until help could be sought, or they were under the
direct care of physicians who recognized the crises as they were
taking place and were on hand to instruct patients step by step
through the coughing. Even were the afflicted to correctly
recognize they were experiencing the sort of cardiac event where
cough CPR could help, without specific training to hit the right
rhythms their coughing could turn mild heart attacks into fatal
This is not to say cough CPR couldn’t be effectively taught to
patients deemed at risk of further heart attacks. According to a
widely circulated news report surfacing in September 2003, a
doctor in Poland has been attempting exactly that. Dr. Tadeusz
Petelenz of the Silesian Medical Academy in Katowice Province
claims to have successfully instructed a number of his patients in
the procedure, but it should be noted his results have not been
independently confirmed. While a September 2003 Reuters
report detailed the Polish doctor’s championing of cough CPR, a
similar Associated Press report on the same subject noted that
“Experts said while the concept is provocative, it needs more
study” and that “Dr. Marten Rosenquist, professor of cardiology
at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden, and an expert
in heart beat abnormalities, said the concept is interesting but
that Petelenz showed no evidence his patients actually had
It is unclear from the news reports whether the Polish heart
patients who supposedly experienced success with cough CPR
were doing so under strict medical supervision in a hospital or
were going about their private lives at the time of the cardiac
events that prompted them to attempt the procedure. It is one
thing for success to be achieved in a hospital setting where
patients know intervention will swiftly follow if problems are
encountered, and quite another when patients are in unscripted
settings (at home, at work, or while driving in a car). Would such
instruction hold up in field conditions, where those about to go
into full cardiac arrest know there’s no net under the tightrope?
Yet even if cough CPR can be effectively taught by physicians, it’
s not going to be learned from an e-mail, at least not well enough
to be safe. Even if Dr. Petelenz’s findings prove out, there’s a
wide (and dangerous) gap between in-person one-on-one
training by a professional on hand to quickly correct a patient’s
mistakes before they become habit and generic printed
instruction wholly lacking in direct feedback and guidance.
Thinking one is a valid substitute for the other would be akin to
believing studying a typed set of instructions is all it takes to
learn how to drive a car well enough to take it down the freeway
The e-mailed advice about coughing during a heart attack leaves
the impression the “cough CPR” technique is endorsed by
Rochester General Hospital and Mended Hearts. Rochester
General had nothing to do with any of this — how its name came
to be attached to this message is a mystery. See its denial of
having endorsed this e-mail.
Although the text of the e-mailed advice was published in a
newsletter put out by Mended Hearts (a support group for heart
disease patients and their families), that organization has since
disavowed it and has a page on its web site asking readers not
to heed the advisory. The piece on cough CPR found its way
into that publication through a blend of too much enthusiasm and
a dearth of fact checking. From there, other chapters picked it
up, spreading the notion to an even wider audience. Attempts
now to distance the organization from it don’t begin to undo the
damage done by the piece having been picked up from there.
Darla Bonham, Mended Heart’s executive director, has since
issued a statement about cough CPR:
I’ve received email from people all across the country wanting to
know if it is a valid medically approved procedure. I contacted a
scientist on staff with the American Heart Association Emergency
Cardiac Care division, and he was able to track a possible
source of the information. The information comes from a
professional textbook on emergency cardiac care. This
procedure is also known as “cough CPR” and is used in
emergency situations by professional staff.
THE AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION DOES NOT
RECOMMEND THAT THE PUBLIC USE THIS METHOD IN A
SITUATION WHERE THERE IS NO MEDICAL SUPERVISION.
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|HOW DID I ESCAPE IRAQ? IRAN!!!!
Members a friendly reminder to please make a
complete STOP at all STOP signs within the
Club. It is important to look both ways as a
precaution before continuing your journey.
We thank you in advance for helping to keep
Bermuda Dunes Country Club roads safe and
|"Employee Day" at Bermuda Dunes Country Club
The staff of Bermuda Dunes Country Club was treated to an
“Employee Day” on Tuesday, June 13, 2017 made possible by
the wonderful Members of the Club. The afternoon started with a
nine hole scramble on Classic #1. It was a fierce competition
with lots of laughter. Taking first place was Brian G., Leticia,
Miza and Samuel. Mr. Dickey, Greg, Elias and Matthew came in
a close second. Finishing up the top three were Jordan, Joey,
Francisco and Daniel P. The fun continued with delicious tacos
and ice cold drinks. A raffle was held with prizes including gift
cards to Target, Ruth Chris Steakhouse, Burgers and Beers
Restaurant as well as cold hard cash. Everyone walked away a
winner! The staff would like to thank the membership at Bermuda
Dunes Country Club with a special shout out to Tinker Morache,
Jeff Davis, Sam Licato and Ralph Whitlinger. The afternoon was
very much appreciated by all of the employees.
|BOCCE BALL COURTS ARE OPEN
THROUGHOUT THE SUMMER
Bring your own set of bocce balls and play away.
You may need to clean up the courts yourself, but that
goes with the responsibility of keeping our courts looking
|“Actually, the only time I ever took out a one-iron was to
kill a tarantula. And I took a 7 to do that.” – Jim Murray
|10 Fascinating Facts About Tarantulas
Why Tarantulas Should Inspire Fascination, Not Fear
Most people would recognize a tarantula, but few know just what
an interesting spider a tarantula can be. These big, beefy spiders
strike fear in the hearts of arachnophobes everywhere, but in
truth, tarantulas are some of the least aggressive and dangerous
spiders around. These 10 cool facts about tarantulas will give
you new respect for this amazing arachnid.
1. FEMALE TARANTULAS CAN LIVE 30 YEARS OR LONGER
IN THE WILD.
Female tarantulas are famously long-lived.
Even in captivity, they've been known to live for over 20 years.
Males, on the other hand, don't make it much beyond reaching
sexual maturity, with a life span of just 5-10 years on average. In
fact, males don't even molt once they reach maturity.
2. THE LARGEST TARANTULAS HAVE A LEG SPAN OF
NEARLY 10 INCHES, OR ABOUT THE SIZE OF A DINNER
Even spider lovers might have trouble sitting still with a 10-inch
tarantula headed toward them. Movie directors love to feature
tarantulas in their horror flicks, which has given these big, fuzzy
spiders an undeserved bad rap.
3. TARANTULAS ARE QUITE DOCILE AND RARELY BITE
Many large predators would quickly make a meal of a tarantula,
so they aren't too anxious to tangle with something as large as a
person. And it wouldn't do a tarantula much good defensively to
bite you, since its venom doesn't pack much of a punch. A
tarantula bite is no worse than a bee sting in terms of toxicity.
4. TARANTULAS DEFEND THEMSELVES BY THROWING
NEEDLE-LIKE, BARBED HAIRS AT THEIR ATTACKERS.
If a tarantula does feel threatened, it uses its hind legs to scrape
barbed hairs from its abdomen and flings them in the direction of
the threat. You'll know it if they hit you, too, because they cause a
nasty, irritating rash.
Some people may even suffer a serious allergic reaction as a
result. The tarantula pays a price, too – it winds up with a
noticeable bald spot on its belly.
5. TARANTULAS AMBUSH SMALL PREY AT NIGHT,
STEALTHILY SNEAKING UP ON A POTENTIAL MEAL AND
Tarantulas don't use webs to capture prey, they do it the hard
way – hunting on foot. Smaller tarantulas eat insects, while some
of the larger species will hunt frogs, mice, and even birds. Like
other spiders, tarantulas paralyze their prey with venom, then use
digestive enzymes to turn the meal into a soupy liquid.
6. A FALL CAN BE FATAL TO A TARANTULA.
Tarantulas are rather thin-skinned creatures, particularly around
the abdomen. Even a fall from a short height can cause a deadly
rupture of the tarantula's exoskeleton. For this reason, handling a
tarantula is never recommended. It's easy to get spooked, or
even more likely, for the tarantula to get spooked. What would
you do if a huge, hairy spider started squirming in your hand?
You'd probably drop it, and quickly.
7. TARANTULAS HAVE RETRACTABLE CLAWS ON EACH
LEG, LIKE CATS.
Since falls can be so dangerous for tarantulas, it's important for
them to get a good grip when climbing.
Though most tarantulas tend to stay on the ground, they
sometimes climb trees or other objects. By extending special
claws at the end of each leg, a tarantula can get a better grasp of
whatever surface it is attempting to scale.
8. THOUGH TARANTULAS DON'T SPIN WEBS, THEY DO USE
Like all spiders, tarantulas produce silk, and they put this
resource to use in clever ways. Females use silk to decorate the
interiors of their burrows, which is thought to strengthen the
earthen walls. Males weave a silken mat on which to lay their
sperm. Females encase their eggs in a silken cocoon. Tarantulas
also use silk trap lines near their burrows to alert them to
potential prey, or to the approach of predators. Scientists recently
discovered tarantulas can produce silk with their feet, in addition
to using spinnerets as other spiders do.
9. MOST TARANTULAS ARE SEEN WANDERING DURING
THE SUMMER MONTHS, WHEN MALES HEAD OUT IN
SEARCH OF FEMALES.
During the warmest months of the year, sexually mature males
begin their quest to find a mate. Most tarantula encounters occur
during this period, when males disregard their own safety and
wander during daylight hours. Should he find a burrowing female,
he'll tap the ground with his legs, politely announcing his
presence. The courtship is quick, with the male quickly handing
over his sperm and trying to escape. To the female, this suitor is
a good source of much-needed protein; she'll often try to eat him
once their marriage is consummated.
10. TARANTULAS CAN REGENERATE LOST LEGS.
Because tarantulas molt throughout their lives, replacing their
exoskeletons as they grow, they have the ability to repair any
damage they've sustained. Should a tarantula lose a leg, a new
one will reappear as if by magic the next time it molts. Depending
on the tarantula's age and the length of time before its next molt,
the regenerated leg may not be quite as long as the one it lost.
However, over successive molts the leg will gradually get longer
until it reaches normal size again. Tarantulas will sometimes eat
their detached legs as a way to recycle the protein.
|What Do Tarantulas Eat?
Tarantulas are carnivores. Depending on their size, tarantulas
will eat insects or even larger prey, such as frogs, mice and birds.
They eat all kinds of insects, especially larger ones like crickets
and grasshoppers, June beetles, cicadas, millipedes, caterpillars
and other spiders. Larger tarantulas will also eat frogs, toads,
small rodents, lizards, bats and small snakes. A South American
species, the Goliath birdeater, is known to eat small birds as
well, although this makes up only a small part of their diet.
Like other spiders, tarantulas cannot eat their prey in solid form.
When a tarantula captures a live meal, it first bites the prey with
its sharp fangs, also known as the chelicerae, and then injects it
with a paralyzing venom. Once the prey is immobilized, the
tarantula secretes digestive enzymes that liquifies the prey. The
fangs are also used to chew or break down the prey item along
with sharp, jagged plates that are located near the fangs that can
also aid in cutting or crushing food. The spider then sucks up its
meal using straw-like mouthparts under its fangs.
A tarantula has a "sucking stomach." When the sucking
stomach's powerful muscles contract, the stomach size
increases, creating a strong sucking action that permits the
tarantula to suck its liquefied prey up through the mouth and into
Once the liquefied food enters the intestines, it is broken down
into particles small enough to pass through the intestine walls
into the blood stream where it is distributed throughout the body.
After feeding, the leftovers are formed into a small ball by the
tarantula and thrown away.
ON THE HUNT
Some genera of tarantulas hunt prey primarily in trees; others
hunt on or near the ground. All tarantulas can produce silk—
while tree-dwelling species will typically reside in a silken "tube
tent", terrestrial species will line their burrows with silk to stabilize
the burrow wall and facilitate climbing up and down.
TARANTULAS AS A MEAL
Tarantulas look scary but they too are an object of predation.
The most specialized predator that likes to prey on tarantulas is
actually an insect, a large member of the wasp family,
Hemipepsis ustulata, also known as a "tarantula hawk." The
largest tarantula hawks will track, attack and kill large tarantulas.
Tarantula hawks use scent tracking to find the lair of a tarantula.
To capture the spider, the wasp must deliver a sting to the
spider's underside, exploiting the thin membrane between the leg
segments. The sting paralyzes the spider, and then the wasp
drags it back into its burrow and deposits an egg on the spider's
abdomen. The wasp then seals the spider in its burrow and flies
off to search for more food. The wasp larva hatches and feeds
on the spider's non-essential parts and, as it approaches
pupation, it consumes the remainder.
Giant centipedes and humans are also known to prey on
tarantulas. Tarantulas are considered a delicacy by certain
cultures in Venezuela and Cambodia. They can be roasted over
an open fire to remove the hairs, which can otherwise cause an
itch or skin irritation to humans, and then they are eaten.
|TARANTULA ANATOMY DIAGRAM
The basic external anatomy of a tarantula.
Identifying tarantulas (Family Theraphosidae) requires some
knowledge of their external morphology. This diagram outlines
the basic anatomy of a tarantula.
opisthosoma - the rear section of the body, sometimes referred
to as the abdomen. The opisthosoma houses the book lungs and
the heart internally, and the spinnerets externally. The
opisthosoma can expand and contract to accommodate food or
prosoma - the front section of the body, sometimes referred to as
the cephalothorax. The dorsal surface of the prosoma is
protected by the carapace. The legs, fangs, and pedipalps all
extend from the prosoma region.
pedicel - an hour-glass shaped constriction that separates the
two body sections. The pedicel is actually part of the
carapace - a shield-like plate that covers the dorsal surface of
the prosoma region.
fovea - a dimple on the dorsal surface of the prosoma, which ian
attachment point for the stomach muscles internally. The fovea is
also known as the central apodeme.
ocular tubercle - a small mound on the dorsal surface of the
prosoma which contains the tarantula's eyes.
chelicerae - the fangs, used for envenomating prey.
pedipalps - sensory appendages. Although they look somewhat
like shorter legs, the pedipalps have just one claw each
(tarantula legs have two claws each). In males, the pedipalps are
used for sperm transfer.
leg - one of the tarantula's eight legs, each with two claws on
the tarsus (foot).
spinnerets - silk-producing structures
|HARASSMENT IN HOAS: DEFINING AND PREVENTING
The condominium association’s board of directors has just
approved a large special assessment to finance the replacement
of an aging heating and cooling system, and owners are not
pleased, to say the least. But the decision infuriates one owner
in particular. He shouts obscenities at the board during the
meeting and continues to hurl insults at the board president after
the meeting ends, blocking the door as the president tries to
leave the room. He repeats those insults and some new ones
loudly every time he sees the president, sends him countless
unflattering e-mails, suggesting, among other things, that a
bedpan (to whom he compares the president unfavorably) could
do a better job of managing the association’s affairs. Four
months after the assessment meeting, these verbal assaults are
still continuing. Is this an example of exceptionally boorish
behavior, which the president should ignore? Or do this angry
owner’s actions constitute a form of harassment, which the board
president can and should take steps to address?
As with many legal questions, the answer is not entirely clear-cut,
depending in part on the circumstances and in part on the
personalities of the individuals involved. Many board members
would almost certainly feel harassed by the behavior described
here, while others might find it merely annoying.
Defining the point at which annoying behavior becomes
harassing or abusive isn’t easy, but it is important. Unfortunately,
harassment is a significant and growing problem in community
associations as the number of complaints about owners
harassing board members, managers, maintenance staff,
vendors, and sometimes other owners rise every year. It seems
as if most associations have at least one member, if not more,
who habitually interrupts meetings with angry and endless
harangues that often have little or nothing to do with the issues at
This isn’t a community association problem per se; it is a societal
problem that community associations, which are, after all
microcosms of society, reflect. Human interactions in all areas
have become less civilized. People are more inclined to shout
their disagreements and less inclined to discuss them; they are
more demanding and insistent on having their way and less
tolerant of people who don’t give them what they want or think
they are entitled to have. The psychologists can analyze the
causes – homeowner associations must deal with the results.
Defining the Term
Before associations can deal with harassing behavior, they first
have to define it, and then make it clear that harassing behavior,
however defined, will not be tolerated. Black’s Law Dictionary
provides a starting point, defining harassment as “words,
gestures, or actions which tend to annoy, alarm, or abuse
another person.” To annoy, Black’s suggests, is “to disturb,
irritate” or “cause discomfort,” while abuse consists of “insulting,
hurtful, or offensive wrongs or acts.”
Building on that legal definition, homeowner associations can
turn to their covenants, which typically guarantee owners the
right to the “quiet enjoyment” of their homes. This language
does not mean (as some assume and others might hope) the
freedom from noise, but rather the right to live in the community
without being annoyed, harassed, or otherwise interfered with by
others. We suggest that communities amend their covenants to
specify that harassing or abusive behavior is prohibited. The
language can be simple, as in this model clause:
Members and other residents shall not engage in any abusive or
harassing behavior, either verbal or physical, or any form of
intimidation or aggression directed at other members, residents,
guests, occupants, invitees, or directed at management, its
agents, its employees, or vendors.
The language still leaves room for debate about the point at
which annoying behavior becomes abusive or a strong
expression of opinion becomes intimidating, but it is a place to
start and a basis for taking action against homeowners who
cross the line. If amending the documents is too expensive, too
time consuming, or not possible, the board could adopt a rule
using the same language. While rules don’t have the same
presumption of validity as covenants, the courts would probably
uphold a reasonable and unambiguous rule. In any event, if you
are pursuing a harassment claim, having a rule is better than
having nothing at all.
It is possible to envision isolated instances that might constitute
harassment or intimidation – -when the furious owner described
earlier blocked the doorway, for example, the president might
well have felt threatened or at least intimidated. But in most
cases, harassment involves a series of repetitive actions that
occur over some period of time. Whether the incidents are
isolated or repetitive, the bottom line will always be whether the
targeted individual felt intimidated or threatened, not whether the
angry individual viewed his/her actions as abusive or intimidating
or intended them that way.
The First Step
The first step when dealing with a harassing situation is to write
the offending individual a letter – or have the association’s
attorney write a letter – describing the behavior, noting that it
violates the association’s covenants (or rules, if that’s the case),
and stating that the individual will be subject to fines or other
specified sanctions and possibly legal action if the behavior
doesn’t stop. The letter should go beyond telling an owner that
his or her behavior is unacceptable. It should also suggest an
alternative means of dealing with the underlying problem.
Harassing situations almost always develop because owners
have become frustrated about something such as an unsolved,
slowly solved, or an unsatisfactorily solved problem. Other
causes include a failure of the board or the manager to respond
to the owner’s concern or the owner’s perception that his/her
concern has not been acknowledged or taken seriously.
If you are dealing with someone who just got carried away by the
emotion of the moment or the frustration of an issue and over-
reacted, a letter threatening sanctions and suggesting another
way the owner can deal with the problem is usually all that is
required. It’s the equivalent of throwing a glass of cold water in
their face – it makes them aware of what they’re doing and of the
consequences of their actions.
Dealing with Bullies
Sometimes a letter isn’t enough, however. There are people who
are simply bullies by nature and intimidate and abuse everyone.
Take, for example, the problems experienced by one association
we represented who had a retired referee for a major
professional sport living there. For 40 years, when this individual
threw a flag or blew a whistle, the action stopped and everyone
listened to him. Unfortunately, he expected the same reaction
when he spoke at association meetings or demanded action from
a board member. When he discovered that the ‘game of life’
doesn’t follow the same rules as the sport he used to make the
calls for, he quickly became abusive. Sending this referee and
people like him a ”you’d better cut this out” letter won’t alter their
behavior. Imposing sanctions (fines, the revocation of privileges,
or other penalties) probably won’t help either and may actually
make matters worse.
The next step up the response ladder is to seek a civil restraining
order in court, the details of which will depend on the nature of
the offending actions. A board member who is on the receiving
end of endless, abusive telephone calls or who is regularly
assaulted verbally in public by an angry owner might seek an
order prohibiting this owner from sending him e-mails and/or
ordering him to remain a specified distance away. In other
situations, a board might seek an order barring disruptive owners
from speaking at meetings or prohibiting them from attending
Courts do not issue restraining orders lightly. In most cases, the
harassing actions must be part of a pattern rather than isolated
incidents, and the targeted individual(s) must feel threatened by
the actions. If you are dealing with actual physical threats — if,
in addition to shouting, “You’re an idiot and your mother’s
ancestors walked on four legs,” an owner raises a fist, pulls a
gun, or says “I’m going to kill you,” call the police immediately.
Even if you don’t think the threats are real, having the police
respond is a reasonable precaution. Having a police report on
file will also strengthen your hand if you eventually seek a civil
restraining order against this individual.
Filing criminal charges remains another option. Many people are
understandably reluctant to file a criminal charge against a
neighbor, even one who is behaving badly. But even if found
guilty of harassing or threatening others, these individuals won’t
necessarily end up serving prison terms; a court may simply
order them to seek the anger management training or other
psychological help they clearly need. Turning the other cheek is
not a good alternative; it is like dealing with the classic
schoolyard bully – if you don’t do anything to stop the behavior, it
Whose Problem Is it?
Some owners question whether it is appropriate for individual
board members who are being harassed to use association funds
to fight back by having the association’s attorney write letters to
the offending owners or represent the board member(s) in civil
proceedings. This is an appropriate use of association funds, for
The board members are being harassed because of their actions
as board members.
The harassing behavior is preventing them from doing the job for
which they were elected, which makes the harassment an
association issue and a legitimate association expense.
Also, it is important to note that seeking a restraining order is not
a hugely expensive undertaking. These cases are usually heard
quickly and do not require extensive preparation or court time.
They usually involve “hundreds” not “thousands” of dollars in
court costs and legal fees.
Owner vs. Owner
When you are dealing with situations in which an owner is
harassing another owner rather than the manager or a board
member, the arguments for board intervention are a bit murkier,
but may be even more compelling. The instinct is usually to let
owners embroiled in personal conflicts work them out for
themselves. But that theory could backfire and expose the
association to serious liability if the harassment involves illegal
discrimination based on race, sex, color, religion, national origin,
marital status, physical or mental handicap — all specifically
protected categories under federal and Colorado fair housing
laws. Associations do have an affirmative obligation to intervene
in these cases and could be charged with violating fair housing
laws if they do not.
One example: A community association member was persistently
harassing the former president of the association, who was of a
different ethnicity than the harasser. The harassment was
extreme, including physical threats and racial and sexual slurs.
The woman filed suit against the board when it refused to
intervene, and a District Court ruled that a community association
board has the same obligation as a landlord in a rental building to
protect residents from sexual and racial discrimination. The
association eventually settled the case by paying the former
president $550,000 and agreeing to purchase her condominium
unit. Clearly, the stakes in these disputes can be high.
When dealing with owner vs. owner harassment charges, the
board should first verify the complaint – get copies of any
abusive letters, e-mail messages, or tapes of abusive phone
calls. If the behavior occurs in person, have a third party, the
manager or one or more board members, witness the threatening
behavior. The board should then follow the steps outlined below:
Have the board’s attorney send a letter to the offending owner
describing the offending behavior and insisting that it must stop.
Impose sanctions if the behavior continues.
Offer to mediate the dispute and/or suggest that the owners seek
third party mediation services.
Seek a civil restraining order against the owner if the harassment
Document all the intervention measures to demonstrate the board’
s good faith efforts to deal with the problem.
Essential Communication Skills
Most of the advice we’ve discussed thus far has focused on the
legal or quasi-legal steps boards can take to deal with
harassment situations. Obviously, it would be far better to
defuse tensions before they evolve into full-blown harassment
problems. Effective communications skills can help. Although
such skills are not a foolproof shield, they are an effective first
line of defense for the board members and managers whose
positions require them to deal with angry owners.
Some people are naturally effective communicators; they
understand how to listen to angry people and respond without
infuriating them further. Fortunately, communications courses
can teach those skills to people who don’t possess them. One of
the most important things these courses teach is that while you
can’t control another individual’s abusive behavior, you can
control your response to it so that you don’t make a tense
situation worse. Other basic tips for dealing with angry or
Start by listening.
Sometimes people simply need an opportunity to explain a
problem or vent their frustration.
Remain professional. If the individual shouts at you, don’t shout
back. If you mirror the abusive behavior, it will escalate.
Suggest an alternative. People often become frustrated because
they feel powerless. Showing how they can solve a problem may
ease the tension.
Respond to the problem. If you say you will obtain information or
write a letter or make a decision, do so.
Enlist the help of other owners.
Some of these measures will help with most owners, but, as
noted earlier, if you’re dealing with chronic bullies, none of them
will help. That’s where the last item on the list – getting other
owners involved — comes in. The owners who disrupt meetings
might ignore the president’s order to sit down, but they may well
respond if five other owners repeat the command. The owner
who shouts epithets at the board president or the manager in the
parking lot will stop if other owners tell him that behavior won’t be
tolerated. Bullies, by definition, won’t stand up to a crowd.
Bullies thrive in society, as they do in homeowner associations,
because people don’t want to get involved. But community
association residents have more than the average power to
control their destinies. For them, the question becomes: What
kind of community do you want to live in – one that mirrors our
uncivil society or one that provides a haven from it?
|Note from Mrs. B
A special thank you to my good friend Coleen for sharing
her story with us.
A Palm Story with a Happy Ending
Written By: Coleen Geracimos
About 8 months ago I noticed that one of our beautiful 30 foot
Queen Palm trees was in distress. The tips of the fronds looked
malformed. (See images below). I did some research and
learned that my tree was suffering from “Frizzle Top”.
A program of manganese-rich soil fertilizer will help in the long
term. I purchased manganese sulfate on Amazon for $14.99 and
shipping was free. After applying the manganese, I noticed an
immediate improvement. My queen palm produced
approximately two additional fronds, and both of the fronds
looked normal and healthy.
Then, something horrible happened! My queen palm simply
stopped producing ANY fronds. For about seven months there
was no new growth. My gardener told me that “Queen Palms do
not live well in the desert, and they all die when they reach
approximately 15 years old” (which is about the age of my
Palm). So I did some more research. I located a Palm Tree
expert (Mark Govan) who told me that Palm trees “only live for
15 years in the desert if you do not care for them!
The first thing I see is that they are severely malnourished and
you pruned them to death. NEVER, EVER prune a palm above
the 8-4 o’clock position. Yes, that even means if the fronds look
dead to you. Palms store their nutrition in the lower fronds and
when you remove them you remove their food storage capability!
I also bet you have not fed the trees the minimum 3-4 pounds of a
granular palm tree fertilizer to each palm every four months with
additional applications of manganese and magnesium in-between
I did exactly as Mark directed, using heavy fertilizer around the
base of the Palm tree. I am thrilled to report that after only three
weeks, a new frond is growing (following 7 months of
The moral of this story is that your Palm Trees will live happily in
the desert if you take care of them properly.
Mark Govan has a Facebook page https://www.facebook.
com/abcpestcontrolinc/?ref=page_internal and you can also tune in to his
radio program called Florida Gardening which you can listen live to at
3am our time Sunday Mornings or you can just go to my podcast link and
listen at your leisure http://970wfla.iheart.com/media.
|What is frizzle top? It is a disease of palm trees, which is caused
by manganese deficiency. Frizzle top on palm trees is most
common on Queen and Royal palms, but other species,
including sagos, may also be affected.
A consistent fertilizing program is the best way to minimize palm
frizzle top symptoms. Use a water-soluble form of manganese
fertilizer as a foliar drench. Apply it according to the instructions
every three months. Average application rates are 3 pounds per
100 gallons of water. This short-term “cure” will help keep new
emerging leaves green.
|NOTICE REGARDING CONTACT INFORMATION
QUESTION: I understand there is a new notice requirement we
have to give the membership involving contact information. Our
year-end disclosures get longer every year. What is the purpose
of this new requirement? Do we include it in our year-end budget
package? What if we forget to include it?
ANSWER: Good question.
Contact Information. The notice requirement you're referring to
went into effect January 1 of this year. It requires members to
provide contact information to their associations. (Civ. Code
§4041.) This is particularly important when you have absentee
owners. If an owner fails to provide the information, their HOA
property address can be used for notices (even if the unit is
empty or occupied by a renter).
I understand we have some sexual predators living inside our
gates. Where do I get information on these individuals?
Click HERE for a direct link to MEGAN'S LAW
|While we try to teach our children all about life,
Our children teach us what life is all about.
I recall your talking about an artists' co-op in our area. Where are
you with that concept?
I did meet with Barbara Black and Danae Delaney. We
were all very positive about the idea.
I contacted several artists who had participated in the 'Art
in the Dunes Festival,' way back in 2009. Many were so
happy to have an additional location to show their items.
The next step was to find a suitable location that we (as a
co-op) could afford.
The place we really liked was in Ralph's shopping mall,
between the Smoke Shop and the dentist office.
Unfortunately, when I called it had already been rented to
We are still hopeful that we will be able to find a spot in
Bermuda Dunes to proceed with our dreams.
If you know of any available properties, please give me a
call - Donna Nelson 760 772 9053.
Thanks and have a great day.
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