John Lippiatt: Lake Wildwood’s Motorcycle Morass |

John Lippiatt: Lake Wildwood’s Motorcycle Morass

Lake Wildwood requires all motorcycles to be parked in compounds at the entry gates.

Winds toppled a large tree on the main gate motorcycle compound early Sunday, Oct. 4. Six expensive machines were crushed but “no one was injured” was the only comment to residents from the corporate offices. Damage is well into five figures.

Who pays for Lake Wildwood’s motorcycle cleansing policies? The bike owners will be made whole by their insurers who subrogate the losses to Lake Wildwood. This is not the first time Lake Wildwood’s motorcycle phobia has resulted in payments by the Association for damaged or stolen motorcycles parked in the compounds. Previous claims have been obscured in our Board’s Secret Sessions and sealed legal actions. Insurers may have covered them, we don’t know.

However, since Jan. 1, 2014, Lake Wildwood’s corporate strictures against motorcycles have been in violation of Sec. 4205 (a) of the Davis-Stirling Act. Insurance will not pay for damages arising from activities outside of the law. The residents of Lake Wildwood will.

John “Lipp” Lippiatt

Penn Valley

Support Local Journalism

Support Local Journalism

Readers around Grass Valley and Nevada County make The Union’s work possible. Your financial contribution supports our efforts to deliver quality, locally relevant journalism.

Now more than ever, your support is critical to help us keep our community informed about the evolving coronavirus pandemic and the impact it is having locally. Every contribution, however large or small, will make a difference.

Your donation will help us continue to cover COVID-19 and our other vital local news.


Start a dialogue, stay on topic and be civil.
If you don't follow the rules, your comment may be deleted.

User Legend: iconModerator iconTrusted User


Geraldine Kothe: Thank you, first responders


From all the residents of Grass Valley Senior Apartments, thank you to the firefighters, police department air support and everyone who responded to the Bennett Fire. God bless you all. You are all heroes.

See more