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Rocky Point Community Association, Seaview Townhomes Association, and The Terraces at Corona del Mar Join the Cardinal Family

We are proud to welcome our three newest clients: Rocky Point Community Association-Nohl Ranch, an association of single family homes in Anaheim Hills; Seaview Townhomes Association, a condominium community overlooking the Pacific Ocean in San Clemente; and The Terraces at Corona del Mar, a condominium community in Corona del Mar also overlooking the Pacific Ocean. We look forward to growing our new partnerships with Rocky Point, Seaview and The Terraces as Cardinal takes root in these communities and enables them to thrive as effective and efficient associations.

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Fuel Modification Zones

By Park West Landscape Management

Deadline for the completion of your fuel modification zones will be here soon. If your community has a fuel mod zone then you know the importance of getting it up to code annually by the required date. It is also very important to follow the written plan if one is in place. If you don’t have a fuel mod plan then you should meet with your local Fire Authority and get a clear understanding of the requirements.
Not all fuel mod zones are alike thus the maintenance requirements differ from one to another. Don’t assume that the level of clearing and removal is the same even if it is in the same county.
Once your annual fuel mod maintenance has been completed it is recommended that you have it inspected by the Fire Authority. By following these basic steps you will lessen the degree of liability for your community by providing a buffer zone between a potentially dangerous fire and your homes or businesses.

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Thank you to Park West Landscape Management for providing the blog article. To learn more, visit www.parkwestinc.com

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La Mirada Landmark Joins Cardinal Family

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Anaheim, California– Cardinal Property Management, AAMC/ACMF, is pleased and honored to welcome the newest member to the Cardinal family, La Mirada Landmark Adult Community Association.

La Mirada Landmark is a 38-year old community thathas full-time gate attendants, a pool, tennis court, spa, two recreational buildings, and a woodworking shop. The residents enjoy such recreational activities as weekly exercise, needlepoint, card games, and ceramics and monthly events including themed dinners and dances. Residents also enjoy outings to local casinos, movie theaters, and shopping.

“We are extremely honored to partner with the Board of Directors and residents of the La Mirada Landmark community,” said Cardinal President, Farrah Esquer. “Having the opportunity to showcase our management of the specialized niche of active adult communities is a great way to start the new year.”

Cardinal has been enhancing the quality of community association living throughout Southern California for more than 30 years. Partnering with board members and homeowners, Cardinal takes care of all the details of community association living so you don’t have to. We assist board members to smoothly navigate the mileposts of community association management.

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Team Cardinal Participates in the 2012 Light the Night Walk Benefiting the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

For the third year in a row, Team Cardinal participated in the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) Annual Light the Night Walk at Angels Stadium on Saturday, September 29th. This year, Team Cardinal consisted of 67 members including staff members, friends, family, business partners and clients. The team raised $12,594.48, exceeding its goal of $10,000.00, to help LLS reach its 2012 goal of $1.5 million and earned a spot as one of the top 5 corporate teams.

The mission of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. LLS has contributed over $750 million to critical blood cancer research. Last year over 40,000 patients received financial assistance and free educational information, and patient and caregiver support, from LLS totaling over $6 million.

Team members enjoyed the special tent in the VIP area and enjoyed the festivities, food and treats. Each team member received a Light the Night t-shirt as well as an illuminated balloon for the walk. The team also took a photograph with Dennis Kuhl, the Chairman of Angels Baseball, as well as the former Angel and Hall of Fame Member, Rod Carew.

Team Cardinal reached its goal by receiving generous donations from business partners, family and friends and by successfully holding its first Bunco and Silent Auction Fundraiser Event on September 14th. The prom-themed event was a huge success and raised over $3,700.00. Attendees of the event dressed in their best prom attire and enjoyed a night of Bunco, food, drinks, pictures and of course, battling each other for silent auction items.

Team Cardinal wishes to thank everyone for their generous support and looks forward to another successful fundraising year for 2013.

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How To Stay Pest Free This Summer

Guest post by “Termite” Terry Singleton

We are in the midst of summer and many homeowners are having problems with pests of all types. Insects and rodents can do a great deal of damage to a home and its contents. They can also be serious vectors of disease.

No one wants to live in a home that is infested with these pests. But, here’s the big question;

How can these pests be controlled without compromising the safety of your family?

This may surprise you, but there are many ways in which you can control many of these pests without using pesticides. And, if you’re the type of person who likes doing your own work around the house, you’ll find that a lot of these items can be taken care of easily and at little or no costs to you. Here are ten tips to help keep your home pest free this summer:

1. Start by controlling moisture because water is like a magnet for insect and rodent problems. Check for plumbing leaks, roof leaks, leaky rain gutters, etc. Take a look at the ground around your home and make sure that you aren’t overwatering your lawn and plants. Check your sprinkler system and adjust it if needed. Insects and rodents need a lot of water so your home needs to stay as dry as possible.

2. Keep all plants and trees cut back away from your home. Trees need to be cut back at least 4 feet away from your home and none of the tree branches should be left hanging over your roof. This one simple step can really discourage pests from entering your home and can make a huge difference!

3. Remove plants that attract insects and rodents because of their fruit. You may also want to remove other plants that harbor honey-dew producing insects (e.g. fig trees, cherry laurel, bamboo, oleander).

4. Clean up leaf piles and debris from around your home.

5. Keep firewood off the ground and store it away from your home. Be sure to check it for pests before bringing it inside your home.

6. Seal up cracks and holes in your home’s exterior walls. This will eliminate harborage for many pests and help keep them out of your home. Installing weather stripping around doors is a good way to help keep pests out, too.

7. Check the screens on your doors and windows. Well maintained screens are really great for keeping out insects of all types. Look at the screens on your attic, garage and subarea vents, too. These vent screens are especially important for keeping birds, rodents and small animals out of your home.

8. Guard against pest invaders by checking incoming materials for “hitchhiking” bugs. A lot of pests can be brought in with luggage, laundry and groceries. Take a close look before you bring any flowers or plants into your home because you’ll often find insects living in them.

9. Ensure good ventilation in attics, garages and subareas. This will help to reduce many of your insect problems. This will also help to keep these areas dry and reduce mold and mildew problems.

10. Keep food and garbage in tightly fitting containers. This is especially important to do at night because that is when many pests are most active.

Start with these ten steps first. If you still need to use a pest control product, you’ll usually find that you won’t need very much. In fact, you may even be shocked when you see how little pesticide is needed!

Article reprinted with permission from Termite Terry Pest Control, Inc. For more information on pest control services visit their website at www.termiteterry.com or call (949) 631-7348.

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An Evening of Learning: Collections & Bankruptcies

Pictured from Left to Right: Christine Dunn, CAI-OC; Sandra Gottlieb, SwedelsonGottlieb 
 

Sandra Gottlieb of SwedelsonGottlieb and Association Lien Services facilitated the May 30th course on Assessment Collection and Bankruptcies to an audience of community association volunteer leaders in Cardinal’s corporate office.  Sandra discussed the methods of collecting delinquent assessments including personal money judgments, judicial and non-judicial foreclosure.  She provided a thorough explanation of the benefits and disadvantages of each and the steps in each process.  Lastly, Sandra concluded with a discussion on bankruptcies beginning with the types of bankruptcies and definitions of bankruptcy terminology and the avenues an Association can follow to protect the Association’s interest and possibly collect delinquent assessments.

Christine Dunn from the Orange County Chapter of CAI was also present to discuss the benefits of CAI membership and upcoming events.  The evening ended with two raffle drawings for those in attendance.  Terry B. from Saratoga Condominium Association won a complimentary one-year membership to the Orange County Chapter of CAI and Nerisa M. of Heritage Walnut Condominium Association won a $50 gift card for a dinner and a movie.  The attendees enjoyed gourmet sandwiches, salad and dessert from Corner Bakery and Starbucks coffee.

Don’t miss our next education course on Financial Review to be held in our corporate office on Tuesday, July 31st.  Visit our website to view the full 2012 Course Schedule as well as the course descriptions and register early, as space is limited.

About Our Speaker:

 

Sandra L. Gottlieb is one of California’s leading community association attorneys and a founding partner of the law firm of SwedelsonGottlieb, which limits its practice to the representation of California homeowner associations, including condominiums, planned developments and cooperatives.

Sandra began her practice of law in 1978 and first represented unions as labor counsel, then worked for ABC as labor counsel representing management’s interest in union and employment matters. Thereafter, Sandra spent seven years working at 20th Century Fox, first as Director of Business Affairs in its telecommunications division, then as Vice President of Business Affairs in its licensing and merchandising division. Sandra began representing and providing legal counsel to community associations in the mid-eighties. Sandra has lived in two condominium associations, including a master and sub-association. Sandra’s extensive negotiating skill acquired in the early years of her practice has given her the ability to work with volunteer board members, associations’ managing agents and opposing counsel, and to provide sound counsel regarding Association operational issues.

Sandra and her partner David Swedelson formed their law firm in 1987, bringing together David’s extensive litigation experience with Sandra’s extensive transactional background. As the firm’s Managing Partner, she also leads the transactional team at SwedelsonGottlieb. Sandra’s experience in representingCalifornia community associations allows her not only to provide legal representation but also counsel on the many different matters and issues that impact California homeowner associations.

Sandra Gottlieb has long been a prominent name in the community association industry, having served as President of the board of directors of three chapters of the Community Associations Institute (CAI) in Los Angeles, Orange County and Channel Islands. On a national level, she represents the firm on the CAI National Faculty, the CAI National Attorneys Committee, and the CAI College of Community Association Lawyers (CCAL). In addition, Sandra serves on the Legal Advisory Committee for California Association of Community Managers (CACM), teaching community association managers the legal implications of their work, and she served as the immediate past Editor of CACM’s Law Journal and the designated attorney on its Professional Standards Committee. Additionally, CACM honored Sandra with its 2009 Vision Award for Lifetime Achievement. In 2010, the CAI-Orange County Chapter presented Sandra with the President’s Award and also honored her in 2011 with the Speaker of the Year award.

Visit the website of SwedelsonGottlieb at lawforhoas.com

 
 
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Is Your Roof Warranty too Good to be True?

Guest post by Mari Fontaine Binder, Fontaine Weatherproofing, Inc.

Roofing Warranties can be complicated, confusing, and downright tricky at times, but understanding your warranty doesn’t have to be so difficult. The extra protection a roof warranty offers is quite valuable, but will be meaningless if the warranty is voided. So, it is important that you carefully read the limitations and restrictive provisions in your warranty. Also, don’t forget that there are different types of warranties that provide different types of guarantees. Confusing types of warranties can often lead to misconceptions about the protection your warranty is offering.

There are two main types of warranties: Labor and Material.

A labor warranty guarantees the specific work performed by the installer for a period of time.

A material warranty is provided by the manufacturer and guarantees the product for a period of time.

A No Dollar Limit (NDL) warranty covers any cost necessary to fix the roof. These warranties can be purchased from the manufacturer (not the installer). The manufacturer will make sure that the roof meets their specifications before providing the NDL, and they only work with reputable installers. Although these warranties can be pricey they provide a better guarantee.

When looking at warranties, ask yourself these important questions:

  • If the company doesn’t exist who will honor the warranty? A warranty will not be backed if a company goes out of business or a product used is discontinued. The stability, reputation, and reliability of a company should be a major factor when looking at a warranty.
  • Is it too good to be true? Some companies give highly inflated warranties, but won’t always back them.
  • What are the limitations? It is standard that a warranty should have limitations. Commonly a warranty will not cover natural disasters like fires. Also, damage caused by other vendors such as satellite installation is not covered. Basically the warranty protects the client from a bad installation. If the warranty requires that the roof receives preventive maintenance—which is pretty standard—don’t forget to do your roof maintenance!

Read the terms of your roof warranty very carefully. It is important to remember that a warranty provides extra security, but this extra protection is meaningless if the warranty voided or not honored.

This article was printed with permission from Fontaine Weatherproofing.  To learn more, please visit their website at www.fontaineweatherproofing.com  

 

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Orange County Chapter of CAI Announces the May Springtime Showcase Forum

The Orange County Chapter of CAI just released information regarding its upcoming Springtime Showcase Forum to be held May 15.  The Forum will take the place of the Chapter’s usual monthly luncheon program and will include educational sessions for homeowner association board members and community managers.  Attendees will have the opportunity to attend two of the six offered educational sessions.  The Forum will be at the Irvine Marriott, 18000 Von Karman Avenue, Irvine, CA 92612 with registration beginning at 2:00 p.m.  The sessions will begin at 2:30 p.m. followed by an exhibitor tradeshow, cocktails, and hors d’oeuvres at 5:00 p.m.

Cardinal President Farrah Esquer will be a member of the education panel for the homeowner association board member session entitled “5 Ways to Improve Your Board.”  Ms. Esquer has been a speaker at past CAI-OC luncheon programs and received the 2011 Speaker of the Year award from CAI-OC.

Session topics include:

Educational Sessions for HOA Board Members & Community Association Volunteers include:

5 Ways To Improve Your Board
Spring Projects For Maintaining Your Community

Educational Sessions for Community Managers include:

Delinquencies for Beginners & Advanced Collections
Manager Life Skills

Educational Sessions open to any attendee:

Social Media
Conservation Corps: Basic Training For Being Environmentally Prepared

 

To learn more, visit the CAI-OC website at www.caioc.org or download a registration form here.

 

 

 

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Replanting Slopes

Many businesses and associations throughout Orange County have slopes around or in their property. These areas can be problematic for both Landscapers and Property Managers. These slopes are usually very boring to look at and require quite a bit of water to keep all the plant material alive. Slopes are hard to water effectively simply because the water wants to run down to the bottom of the hill without percolating into the soil. This can leave the plants at the top without enough water and the plants at the bottom with too much. Adjustments in the irrigation system will help correct this issue, but there are also plant alternatives that require very little to no water, have long life spans, and will help reduce erosion.

Here is a small selection of plant material that you can consider adding on your slopes…

Rosemary-This plant can be very fragrant and blooms with small blue flowers. There are a few different varieties that will provide you with different growth habits for your site’s needs.

Manzanita-These plants come in a wide variety of sizes from trees to low growing ground cover. Manzanita is known for its dark red branches and green leaves. This is a California native plant and will grow very well with little to no additional water once established.

Ceanothus-This hardy plant has dark glossy green leaves with dark blue blossoms. This plant is ideally suited for slopes and requires only minimal water once established.

Island Snapdragon-This shrub has small light green leaves with bright red flowers from spring till fall. They can be grown in the shade, although they prefer to have some sunlight. Again, this plant will only need occasional watering once established.

All of these plants will provide you with color during their blooming period and are drought tolerant which will allow you to reduce the amount of water required on your slopes.
Reprinted with permission from Vista Del Verde Landscape, Inc. For more information about water management and drought tolerant plant material selection you may visit their website at http://www.vdvlandscape.com or call (949) 713-5800.

 

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Cardinal’s March 29th Board Education Course is a Huge Success

On March 29th the Board Meeting Tactics course was held in Cardinal’s corporate office and was taught by Kelly Richardson of Richardson Harman Ober, PC.  Mr. Richardson explained the role of a volunteer Director, discussed the importance of maintaining a balanced community and explained the Business Judgment Rule and protection from personal liability.  Finally, Mr. Richardson focused on tactics to run effective and less stressful Board Meetings to combat meeting “traps” like excessive discussion on specific topics, overly ambitious agendas, avoiding “town hall” meetings and handling conflict and disagreement.

This was the first time this course has been offered to Cardinal’s clients and was a success with over 20 attendees present.  The evening ended with two raffle drawings for those in attendance.  Adriana R. from Sunny Hills Homeowners Association won a complimentary one-year membership to the Orange County Chapter of CAI and Rex V. of Orange Park Community Association won a $50 gift card for dinner and a movie.  The attendees enjoyed gourmet sandwiches and salad from California Pizza Kitchen and Starbucks coffee and dessert.

Testimonial:

“Really enjoyed the Thursday night meeting.  That subject matter should be addressed once a year, in my opinion.  Excellent speaker.” – David M., Criterion Towne Homes I Homeowners Association  

Don’t miss our next education course on Assessment Collection to be held in our corporate office on Wednesday, May 30th.  Visit our website to view the full 2012 Course Schedule as well as the course descriptions and register early, as space is limited.

About Our Speaker:

Kelly G. Richardson, Esq.

Mr. Richardson is Managing Partner of Richardson Harman Ober PC, a firm of twelve attorneys with offices in Pasadena, Riverside and Costa Mesa. He has advised common interest developments for 23 of his 29 years in law practice.

He is a National Trustee of the Community Associations Institute and a member of its College of Community Association Lawyers, a member of the Housing Committee of the California Association of Realtors, an Associate in the American Board Of Trial Advocates and has received an AV® Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review rating.

Kelly is co-author and co-originator of CAI’s eight hour California Law Course for Managers and its three hour Basic Board Education course. He was 2009/2010 Chair of CAI’s California Legislative Action Committee.  For CAR, he is the author of its “Buyers Guide to Common Interest Developments”.   Kelly is also the author of “HOA Homefront,” a weekly column on community association issues appearing in newspapers including the Orange County Register, Long Beach Press-Telegram, and LA Daily News.

He currently serves on the Board of the Orange County of CAI, and is a Past President of the Greater LA Chapter.

Kelly is a licensed real estate broker, and a member of the faculty of the Professional Realty Institute.  He graduated from UC Riverside in 1980 and USC School of Law in 1983.

Visit the website of Richardson Harman Ober, PC at www.rhopc.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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