Letters to the Editor

 

Editor:

 If you haven’t seen the color rendering of the proposed frontal view entry plan for Leisure World, take a gander at this unprecedented maintenance nightmare complete with a waterfall pond with an open invitation for West Nile Virus carrying mosquitoes.

Then, take a look at the elevation rendering.  The background is devoid of the building containing our beautifully-lighted SBLW sign which is obliterated from view by the tall trees and high shrubs.

The center contains our historical globe stripped to its skeletal remains leaving only pathetic remnants of what once displayed the eloquent stature and symbol of our community.

Kurt Bourhenne, Larry L. Lowman Sr.

Mutual 14

Editor:

I have to agree with Margarita Bahr that there are thieves among us.

We came home last week after being out of town. We had a large concrete duck on our patio that was stolen. This was a large duck made of concrete and was extremely heavy.

It is so disappointing to be living here and not being able to trust people.I hope someone who removed it will return it to us, as it has been in our family for about 25 years. Some people here seem to think this is free store and that they can help themselves to anything they see.

I have seen residents help themselves to fruit and bring along a bag to carry them. They are not taking one or two. If they asked the residents, they would happy to allow them the fruit, but they are annoyed that these people just help themselves.

Also, some people think it’s OK to take roses from wherever they see them. I am just so disappointed that this seems to be the norm.

Connie Moore

Mutual 14

Editor:

A month ago the Philippines experienced the worst catastrophe ever recorded. The typhoon (hurricane) “Haiyan” that passed the midsection of the Philippines Islands had a strength of 205 mph. It caused a multitude of destructions to the country, destroying everything on its path. Properties and lives were not spared. It has turned a beautiful city into a heap of rubbish.

The Filipino Association of Leisure World immediately took action to extend whatever help they could spare to the surviving victims. They turned to the community for help.

The Leisure World community answered their plight with compassion and generosity. The set goals of the association were met.

Filipino Association of Leisure World like to thank all the individuals, groups, associations and clubs who have shown their incredible acts of generosity and kindness to share their love and compassion to the victims.

FALW is in partnership with a very reputable and reliable Philippine organization that directly extend emergency help to families in need. The first installment of help was personally delivered to “Sagip Kapamilya” by one of our family members on Nov. 22.

The final installment of funds will be disbursed in January. Thank you Leisure World, you rock.

Renato S.Villanueva

Mutual 2

Editor:

Because I have always dreamed of learning how to tap dance, I enrolled in three separate beginner tap dancing groups at different times. Each time the instructors’ methods caused me to drop out of their classes before finishing the first lesson.

The reason is that I expect too much of other teachers. I retired from a very successful music teaching career in which I received awards for my methods.

For instance, when I would start giving music lessons to any beginner, I would concentrate on the fundamentals of that student’s instrument. I concentrated their efforts on the basics of handling their instrument so that they learned first to play whatever note they would see written on the paper.

Only after achieving that stage of development would I start them playing songs and musical exercises. But not any of my three tap dance teachers understood the importance of such an approach to the responsibility of teaching tap dance fundamentals to a rank beginner.

Each one of them tried to start me off on choreography without any instruction concerning the technique of tapping the feet rhythmically.

Although I explained that I needed to learn the tapping technique, the teachers refused to listen. They continued demanding I execute the choreography.

Realizing I was wasting my time, I quietly walked out. Today I still desire to learn how to tap dance, but experience has convinced me my chances are very slim.

Patrick Coffee

Mutual 10

Editor:

Thanks to a dedicated shareholder of Mutual 1 for your new website. It’s open to all shareholders of Leisure World, particularly to Mutual 1.

I see you have a disclaimer on your site. I also see a letter from M1 BOD (Board of Directors) from this lawyer trying to force you to give your site to M1 BOD. Hmmm. Quite odd.

I thought the legal letter very unprofessional. Also a great waste of M1 shareholders’ money.

I see in the minutes that our dues are going up again $8.99. To stop running up legal bills would be a good start to keep dues from going up every year.

Many great things are on the site, M1 news, opinions of M1 shareholders, clubs, churches, events and anything else M1 shareholders would like to add on. Your business card says, “Searching for Directors who will be public servants.” Now that would be a refreshing change.

I wonder how much the BOD spent on lawyers to try to squash your website? At our expense?

It is only normal when the Constitution of the United States was written, that the most important item be first. The first amendment is freedom of speech and freedom of the press.

Keep up the good work. Transparency is key to all mutuals, for Liberty and Justice for all.

Former board member, Victor Landrum

Mutual 1

 

Member Column 1

by Gerald Johnson

Mutual 1

To members of the Leisure World community:,

I recently inherited an occupancy in Mutual 1 and received my ballot for the trust extension. So I’m a little late to the party.

Having read what was available, I have questions for all concerned. Is letting the trust terminate really a bad idea? I haven’t seen any contrarian view to the extension but would like to present one for your consideration.

What I read so far, pro extension, is that common areas are not dividable, new tax assessments, legal expenses, mutuals merge, selling free-for-all, disorder and confusion, value loss, need more time to make plans for eventual termination.

The entity that is Leisure World is unique. It’s a club one has to meet requirements to qualify to join (which is fine), which then gives one the ability is purchase an occupancy for cash.

A resident can make improvements to their dwelling, but they probably become the property of LW (the resident just owns the right to occupy).

In return, they share the many great amenities and pay a small monthly fee to cover costs. The occupancies are sold via Realtors, as real property, but it would seem more appropriate to be sold as securities, since the buyer is really purchasing a share of stock.

I feel the termination of the trust may actually be an opportunity. If my following thesis is flawed, please explain why.

I don’t see why much has to change, nor anyone lose their job. The trustee becomes the “association,” the occupancy dwellings become the real property “condominium” of the shareholder. That’s it.

Now people can finance, or refinance, or reverse mortgage their condo. I’m sure a comparable market analysis will show the value at least double. The traditional condominium should be much more attractive to the market place.

There is no need to divide the common areas, tax assessments and legal fees will ensue, but I feel it would be well worth it.

I forsee no selling free-for-all, disorder or confusion. As far as needing more time, we have 10 years. The original project was totally conceived and developed in less time.

I hope this merits your consideration.

On a completely different note: I believe there is another opportunity available. One of the largest expenses in Leisure World must be the energy consumed. The accumulative monthly electric bill must be huge (think carbon footprint).

With 533 acres, if the roof area equals 20 percent then there is more than 4 million square feet. Even 1 million square feet is a big number.

It should be possible to arrange a very lucrative arrangement with the photo voltaic industry and our own maintenance personnel could be trained.

Member Column 2

 

Submitted by Paul Pratt,

Mutual 2

A 92-year-old, petite, well-poised, proud man, who is fully dressed each morning by 8 o’clock, his hair fashionably combed and face shaved perfectly, even though he is legally blind, moved to a nursing home today.

His wife of 70 years recently passed away, making the move necessary. After many hours of waiting patiently in the lobby of the nursing home, he smiled sweetly when told his room was ready. As he maneuvered his walker to the elevator, I provided a visual description of his tiny room, including the eyelet sheets that had been hung on his window.

“I love it,” he stated with the enthusiasm of an 8-year-old just presented with a new puppy.

“Mr. Jones, you haven’t seen the room, just wait.”

“That doesn’t have anything to do with it,” he replied.

Happiness is something you decide on ahead of time.

Whether I like my room or not doesn’t depend on how the furniture is arranged .. it’s how I arrange my mind. I already decided to love it.

“It’s a decision I make every morning when I wake up. I have a choice; I can spend the day in bed recounting the difficulty I have with the parts of my body that no longer work, or get out of bed and be thankful for the ones that do.”

Each day is a gift, and as long as my eyes open, I’ll focus on the new day and all the happy memories I’ve stored away just for this time in my life.

Old age is like a bank account. You withdraw from what you’ve put in. So, my advice to you would be to deposit a lot of happiness in the bank account of memories!

Thank you for your part in filling my memory bank. I am still depositing.

Remember the five simple rules to be happy:

1. Free your heart from hatred.

2. Free your mind from worries.

3. Live simply.

4. Give more.

5. Expect less.

Have a nice day, unless you already have other plans to have a great day.

Safety/Emergency Coordinator’s Column

 

by Eloy Gomez

Safety and Emergency Coordinator

The cold front that swept through southern California last week left many people dusting off their portable space heaters.

While portable space heaters may seem to be an affordable alternative to ceiling and central heating, there is a high risk of fire associated with their use.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates that 25,000 home fires a year are associated with portable space heaters.

Shareholders who use portable space heaters as supplemental heating sources, should make sure they inspect and use their space heaters correctly for the safety of their family and property.

Look for a space heater is that is equipped with a thermostatic control, automatic shutoff, and tip-over safety switch feature.

If the heater is older and does not have those features, it should be retired and replaced with a newer more efficient model that does.

Make sure it is an Underwriter Laboratories (UL) approved unit.

What to do prior to using a portable heater:

• Inspect the heating elements, cord, and plug. Dust accumulation, a frayed cord, or overheated plug could lead to a fire. Replace heater if needed.

• Place the portable heater on a flat surface at least three feet away from combustibles such as furniture, rugs, or drapes. Avoid high traffic areas.

• Plug the portable heater directly to a wall receptacle (electric outlet). Avoid the use of extension cords and power surge strips that are not designed to handle continued high power demand.

• Do not use space heaters in damp or wet areas such as bathrooms. The high moisture in these areas could damage the unit.

• Space heaters can be extremely hot to the touch. Make sure children and pets are kept away.

Stay safe and warm this winter season, remember the best preventative measure is to choose your ceiling or central heat and not a space heater.

If a space heater is a must use extreme caution and follow the manufacturer’s recommendation. Never use your oven or stove top as a heating source as they are not designed for that purpose.

For more information or questions, contact Safety and Emergency Coordinator Eloy Gomez at 431-6586, ext. 356.