Mary Catherine Garcia
Submitted to The Union

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July 29, 2014
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LOP: Association does not discriminate against anyone, including veterans

LOP: Association does not discriminate against anyone, including veterans

Lake of the Pines Association hereby provides this statement in defense of the accusations by Dennis Kocher that Lake of the Pines Association is discriminating against him because he is a United States veteran.

Lake of the Pines Association has never discriminated against anyone in its 47-year history as a residential community association. Lake of the Pines Association has an obligation to its entire membership to enforce the Association’s CC&Rs. Lake of the Pines Association is simply requiring Mr. Kocher to adhere to the rules that prohibit all residents from operating businesses that unreasonably disturb other residents in the Lake of the Pines residential community.

In particular, Mr. Kocher has failed to comply with Lake of the Pines’ rule exemption that it had previously graciously granted him to operate his furniture-building business. Lake of the Pines had granted Mr. Kocher the exemption for the entire previous year to operate his business as long as he limited operation of his business to his home’s garage and he did not unreasonably disturb his neighbors in his otherwise quiet residential neighborhood. Unfortunately, Mr. Kocher failed to comply with those reasonable requirements.

Rather, Mr. Kocher operated his woodworking business outside of his garage in his front yard. This directly resulted in Mr. Kocher unreasonably disturbing his neighbors with excessively loud power furniture-building machinery and noxious fumes from varnishes. The noise and fumes were so severe that other Lake of the Pines residents understandingly complained. Lake of the Pines Association had no choice but to refrain from continuing to grant Mr. Kocher the rule exemption.

Lake of the Pines reiterates that it has never discriminated against anyone, including any veterans.

Mary Catherine Garcia

Angius & Terry LLP, representing Lake of the Pines Association


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