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Pinniped Predicament

Right on NBliss! The seal colony is a treasure in this city. Prior to moving to San Diego, I would visit a few times a year and the seal colony was one of those unique places I looked forward to seeing. It is amazing to watch these animals in a natural habitat. For the seals, this is their home - and we must respect that. People have plenty of places to sunbathe or dive. The San Diego Union Tribune has written an editorial in support of the seals. You can find it here: http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/2010/jan/16/... They write: "...We agree that in the long run the shared-use policy does not serve the best interests of people or the seals. We also believe that, as demonstrated by two scientific surveys, the large majority of San Diegans want the seal colony protected. And there is precedent: Carpinteria, a city south of Santa Barbara that has the only other such seal colony on a public beach in Southern California, has closed its beach to the public entirely from Dec. 1 to June 1...San Diego should do no less."
— March 16, 2010 1:45 p.m.

Hell is other condo owners

PistolPete's comment:" "However, by knowing what you're getting into, you also have nobody else to blame but yourself." Unfortunately, most people have no idea what they're getting into. You assume that the HOA will follow the CC&R's, right? Wrong. If they break their own rules (which happens often), and abuse their power, how do you stop them? You have to take them to court - which will cost you lots of $$$ and stress, especially when you have to see these people every morning when you step outside of your condo (they're "patrolling" the building to look for "trouble-makers"). Elect new directors? HOA "elections" are a joke. Oftentimes ballots are "inspected" by the HOA themselves. In our case the HOA didn't even post notice of the elections so many homeowners did not even know they were happening. There are none of the safeguards in typical "elections" like we see in government, but the HOA's are like mini-governments because they control how you live your life. Lots of people just give up, especially if they have health conditions or don't have the money to pay an attorney. Lawyers are expensive. And in my opinion corporate HOA lawyers seem very happy to drag out lawsuits and bill for their time. Also, many condo buyers are first-time homebuyers - fairly young and inexperienced. They have no idea what they're signing up for. Another large portion are older people who are easily targeted and feel vulnerable, and they are scared to speak up.
— February 25, 2010 10:39 a.m.
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