There were over 100 homeowners attending the monthly HOA board meeting either in the lounge or by Zoom. Over 30 texts and letters were sent to the HOA. Only one was read and it had nothing to do with the budget.
Peter Webb , our HOA President made it clear that homeowners do not have a right to see the complete proposed budget prior to approval. Please note: The complete budget is not sent to the Homeowners. We receive a summary of the budget and the changes that directly affect dues, assessments and other fees.
During the meeting, there was no mention of continuing any of the pandemic driven cost cutting measures implemented during the last year and Peter Webb made it clear that dues will continue to rise to meet any increases in expenses in the future. We are focused on covering expenses not cost containment.
The budget was approved with all the increases intact and a slight increase in the golf memberships. No explanation was given for why this increase was needed. Bill Bergstrom was the only Board member that voted no on the budget.
A summary of the budget will be sent out. Hopefully it will explain where the new monthly dues of $710 will be applied. We know that $500 is being assessed to over 300 homeowners for short and long term rentals ($150,000). These funds are earmarked to hire a new Compliance Officer, add a new weekend employee to patrol services and add a new vehicle to be used by patrol services.
The new $50 transponder fee was needed to cover the cost of applying the transponder and recording the transponder and activation for the transponder.
The complete board meeting was recorded and should be available if you want to understand how the board operates and get additional details on the processes and logic behind the increases in dues, contact the HOA at:
and request a copy or link to the recorded budget meeting.
8/2/2021 01:24:09 pm
If owners had any brains they would Recall this entire Board.
8/2/2021 01:29:51 pm
Do the state laws around HOAs address how much budget detail homeowners are allowed access to and when?
8/3/2021 07:07:01 pm
Here is a link from Davis-Sterling: https://www.davis-stirling.com/HOME/Annual-Budget-Policy-Disclosures
8/3/2021 07:10:27 pm
8/2/2021 01:34:18 pm
I am looking at my previous notes and thought the HOA fee was going up by $24 a month come October? Is the additional increase due to the change in Spectrum services? Does any on know? Thanks.
8/2/2021 02:07:43 pm
This is a disturbing - disgusting JOKE !!!
8/2/2021 02:09:11 pm
I cannot be the only homeowner who this is NOT acceptable.
8/2/2021 02:29:57 pm
Was completely embarrassed by the order that this meeting was held. No respect to the homeowners, both present and on Zoom. The “President” was arrogant and rude in his statements and direction.
8/2/2021 02:42:29 pm
I would support a recall of Peter Webb.
8/3/2021 10:53:48 am
Who is going to pay for this recall that you want? Recalls cost over $12,000.
8/3/2021 02:22:02 pm
I am curious also, where funds normally come from for recalls of HOA boards?
8/2/2021 02:47:33 pm
What is our recourse to recall/remove every board member who voted in favor of this budget?
8/2/2021 03:03:24 pm
Who does this update and notifies the homeowners ?
8/2/2021 03:23:26 pm
This board had no intention of listening to the homeowners. Raising dues over 7%, yet raising golf member 2% makes zero sense. The homeowners are going to continue to fund a "private club" for a select few who want to fight outside guests and revenue being brought into our community. THIS IS A RESORT, not a 55+ community.
8/2/2021 03:54:25 pm
when reading security issues per month I am wondering where all this STVR issues are?? a noise complaint? why is security not having to label if it is a guest, STVR renter or a home owner. I am now paying $2500.00 a year to have the same 4 couples stay at our home. We have NEVER once had a complaint. I dont allow animals or children. I would really like to know the breakdown on the board if they have rentals or are golfers or if they own a condo and want to again vote for condo extensions! this is ridiculous
8/3/2021 08:09:35 am
Exactly!!! It is my understanding that all board members are villa owners. We need condo ownership represented on the board and a rental owner representing on the board. I am planning to run at the next open application. With 300 rental units, we should be able to have an impact on this vote and the board itself.
8/3/2021 02:02:40 pm
Same. We have never had a complaint either. What I have had however, is that I have been wrongfully accused by the HOA and Management Trust in regard to their rental compliance program. I was wrongfully accused of being out of compliance (with the rental application.) I was one of the first to turn my application in last year. I found out only by trying to inquire about when renewals were due, that there was a $5,000 fine pinned on my account. I was told by the previous asst. mgr at Mgt Trust that I was guilty until proven innocent. I had not received any violation notices, no notice of hearing and no notice of hearing determination. Not one thing was sent to me! I only found this out through my inquiry of being proactive to renew my rental application with the HOA. I had to spend hours sending all of the proof I had to prove my innocence. This was so daunting, I actually hired and consulted with an attorney to help me navigate through their mess. They did finally rescind the fine, thank goodness. But, in my opinion, you cannot instate new regulations in the HOA if you have no good dependable way to manage it. And, the HOA should not be having hearings unless a Certified Letter has been sent out with proof that said notice was even received by the homeowner. I couldn't believe that a violation, a hearing date notice and a hearing determination were issued without my having received not one of them. That is very disturbing. Thank goodness it has been resolved. I wonder how many others have been inflicted with the same.
8/2/2021 06:30:30 pm
My understanding is that there are already two compliance officers - a senior and a junior. Why on earth does a complex of our size need three officers?
8/5/2021 09:57:34 am
Valerie it is appalling what happened to you and I imagine an extremely stressful time imposed on your life unnecessarily. Seems to be a "cowboy" way to handle business and in a manner that is very unprofessional. Is this the way that neighbors should treat each other!? Absolutely not, and you got the brunt of it! I think power gets to people and changes the way they treat others. We are seeing that, and I don't think they are aware of what they are doing to people and the negative affect it has, or so it seems. Not to mention the stress level that is added to our lives along with the time out of your life to deal with it!
8/2/2021 03:24:37 pm
Make one wonder how they get voted in - doesn't it?
8/2/2021 04:54:12 pm
This board is a joke. They are worthless. Enough said.
8/3/2021 06:47:45 am
With all due respect to you Pam and to be fair, the entire Board isn't useless, but it's always true that the rate of the pack is set by the leader. In this case, our leadership vacuum is painfully obvious. This is our community, not the personal fiefdom of a few tin-earred individuals. Bravo to Bill Bergstrom for bringing forward the owners concerns, likely at a personal cost to himself. THAT folks is what a good leader is all about. Thank you, Bill.
8/2/2021 05:11:18 pm
It's apparent the board is only interested in golf. The majority of people who own here do not use the golf course. I wonder why the golf fees didn't go up 400%? We need to recall this BOD. This is only going to get worse if we continue to put the same people on the Board.
8/2/2021 06:53:48 pm
The first item to remove from this budget should be Spectrum cable. Make this a decision for each homeowner in the community.
8/3/2021 02:25:22 pm
I believe they have signed a contract. Not sure if that contract has a term to it. Or if it can even be cancelled...
8/3/2021 07:45:55 am
It does seem that this board has lost any interest in representing the community's best interests, or even giving the respect of listening to POV's. Several people have suggested a recall of the board members. It seems that is appropriate. Who knows what the steps are to commence that process?
8/3/2021 11:00:54 am
I think that this board is doing a FANTASTIC job. You should have been here when J. Purdy was running the BOD, there were no increase in dues for years now we are paying for it.
8/3/2021 01:14:34 pm
Can't believe what I am seeing
8/3/2021 06:45:14 pm
I have to assume that you were not at the board meeting nor listened to the Zoom. No one with half a heart would approve of the way this board speaks to other people. The disregard for others who are members of this community is appalling. We can all agree or disagree on how the "job" you think the board is doing is being done. But there is one thing for certain, it is 100% UNACCEPTABLE to treat people the way that several members of this BOD do. There is gross breaching of fiduciary duty by this BOD. There are short and long term personal damages being done to many people's livelihoods. What some of the members on this board are doing, is gross mismanagement, discrimination against certain groups, irresponsible spending of funds and the list goes on. What is taking place right now, is a class action lawsuit in the making if something does not change soon.
8/3/2021 07:41:40 pm
You maybe right about the dues not going up but there was no useless money being spent either. Now our HOA dues are going up every year and the board is spending, spending, spending! We, homeowners are paying for the golf course YOU and most of the board members golf on. We need someone in the Pro Shop who knows how to run a golf course like a business and make it profitable. I am tired of subsiding the country club from my HOA dues. My guess is you didn’t even listen to or show up for the last board meeting. Our President Mr Webb was in fine form, being arrogant and rude to homeowners and board members. This isn’t the first time.
8/3/2021 09:04:24 pm
And all due respect my friend you are not looking at the facts nor are you understanding the fiduciary duty of a board member. There is nothing acceptable about the board conduct. Unless you were in the good old boys club playing golf with these guys there’s no logical reason to find this board acceptable.
8/3/2021 03:14:35 pm
Don't forget that earlier this year we had an election for new board members. Corruption in this HOA board reared its ugly head. The person who was elected suddenly decided to resign immediately after the election, (why?). As a logical replacement, the consensus among homeowners was for Char to be added to the board since she was runner up. The board completely ignored what the HOA community wanted and placed their own hand-picked person who is also in cahoots with them. If this is not illegal, it is very immoral. Gives you the inside and obvious scoop of what is going on.
8/4/2021 09:31:18 am
I also found that action on the part of the board member who obviously knew he'd be leaving the community when he ran for reelection to be a highly immoral act. This was the point that I began to understand that this HOA board does not have the best interests of the community in mind, but the best interests of a small and select group. The obvious and appropriate response to this "retirement" was to instill the will of community, and assign the post to Char, who was the runner up in votes cast. As a result of this, I've lost all trust in this board.
8/4/2021 01:05:01 pm
Agree with you 100% Bill!!! Shady as all get out.
8/4/2021 01:08:06 pm
4 properties have come up for sale today!!! In the height of the off season!!! Coincidence??? I don't think so. You are going to see people leaving our community because of the increase in dues and blank check spending by this BOD without any focus in bringing in outside revenue. Better watch prices and property values, we are on a slippery slope to becoming the Desperate Princess without swift action to run this community with the interest of the community not a private golf course for a few.
8/4/2021 02:44:42 pm
It's most unfortunate the Board reactively distributed an outline of the rationale for the budget approved on Friday. As well intentioned as this first ever missive was, it does illustrate that concerned and disenfranchised homeowners voicing their concerns in this venue, finally prompted SOME explanation for the inexplicable. That does not, however excuse the rude, arrogant and disrespectful behavior exhibited by some members of the Board towards the DP owners and stakeholders.
8/5/2021 01:32:06 pm
I suggest every home owner should read the following ….. 13 Legal Homeowners Rights Against HOA and FAQs/HOA Management at - www.hoa management.com/homeowners-rights-against-hoa it make for interesting reading. BTW who’s going to spearhead the recall if any ? You only need 5% of the homeowners signatures to start one and the HOA has to grant you one within 20 days of filing the partition.
8/5/2021 02:30:48 pm
Correction on website hoamanagement.com/homeowners-right-against-hoa
8/9/2021 06:02:33 pm
As I stated in my comments last month, I have been a weekender, and golfer here for over 32 years. I am not surprised at the reaction to the increase; and I realize that most of you are just airing his or her frustration when calling the Board incompetent and corrupt. Do any of you honestly believe it? They are doing the best they can. What surprises me is that all of you can read the budget, but I do not know how many of you know the history of the Desert Princess, or have read the CC&R's.
8/10/2021 11:14:39 am
8/12/2021 11:09:22 am
Having been a controller and board member of a much larger HOA in central CA, I can tell you from experience that it is a big red flag to have a board that is unwilling to disclose financial information and that is so adversarial with the homeowners. Email them and ask that they resign. They have shown in word and deed that they do not represent us.
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