Open letter to the board of directors of the Alta Sierra Property Owners Association
July 13, 2013
I heard rumors so I researched your website and that of the "Recall" group, and sure enough, there appears to be a real kerfuffle regarding the board's plan and actions so far to rewrite the CC&R's for Alta Sierra.
We lived most of our adult life in the Bay Area, and after the long-awaited retirement, we moved into a gated, golf course retirement community in Rio Vista. Apart from all the people there being old and the lack of family diversity, we left there after only four years and relocated to Alta Sierra in 2004. The lack of age diversity was one reason we left, but the prime reason was the fact that things were managed by a very strong HOA. It was smothering, and I don't want to tempt the fates and get into that position ever again.
I fully understand the CC&R document we signed when we moved here, and we have always fully complied. I also understand that when we moved and agreed to the CC&R terms that paid membership in the HOA was not mandatory, and because we are not members, we have never tried to avail ourselves of any of the so-called benefits other than looking at the deer statues when we drive by. We strongly oppose mandatory membership. That was not part of the document we signed.
From one of your documents regarding this issue, it is stated that you have no power to enforce the existing CC&Rs and bring violators into compliance, and therefore, you must rewrite the document. If there is no enforcement, then why have these regulations in the first place? Perhaps it was felt at the time that some neighborly discussion and gentle arm twisting could get satisfactory results without stringent rules and penalties.
We strongly oppose mandatory membership. That was not part of the document we signed.
Additionally it appears one goal of the rewrite is to raise the dues. It's not clear why you feel the need to raise the dues when the mandatory membership would pretty much double your revenue.
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I understand there are some properties, although very few, which need some tidying up. I wouldn't want to live that way but if that is how those people want to live why do any of us feel it necessary to penalize them? Indeed, some of them probably don't let their property look that way by choice. Perhaps they could use some assistance.
This is a rural area. Why not let it look rural rather than Bay Area North? I am urging you to rethink your intentions.
Terry and Kris Bross live in Grass Valley.