11/14/2022 37 Comments
TOP HOA BOARD PROPOSED PROJECTS
Our HOA board is considering spending between $400,000 to $500,000 on one of 2 projects to “update and modernize” Desert Princess. The cost to each homeowner for either of these projects would equate to $27.64 to $34.54 of our current monthly dues.
These are the projects the board is focusing on:
This Raises the Following Questions:
There is a scheduled Board Chat this Saturday 11/19/2022 at 1:00 PM. This would be a great opportunity for homeowners to ask our board these questions.
Below is the link to the ZOOM ONLY CHAT:
You will be prompted to enter the Meeting ID (812 0942 1757) AND the password (498396).
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81209421757?pwd=REF0d1hXQU5XL2NwMUthSUtMMGZXQT09 Meeting ID: 812 0942 1757 Passcode: 498396
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The Blog would like to hear your thoughts.
11/14/2022 07:58:35 pm
This will produce a return on investment slightly better than just lighting the money on fire
11/15/2022 09:15:55 am
You know, we think both these projects are good progressive projects .What we like about both projects is they both enhance the over experiences at DP ! What we need is more people in PS saying DP is a great place to play golf with great facilities ie restaurant and spa .
12/10/2022 06:53:29 am
What is happening? People WHY are you letting these termites eat away everything we have??
11/15/2022 09:53:18 am
Well , if all the Villa owners had this same attitude and did not upgrade their interior and exteriors , where would the value of the properties in DP be . No question this will create higher taxes , but done correctly I would think we would have the opportunity to get more PS people to play the course hence more revenue for the golf course , golf shop and restaurant.
12/6/2022 08:38:56 am
Get rid of the restaurant. The food is terrible. We try every once and awhile. It is just terrible food. How can you ruin a hamburger? They do. Main drain of resources. Get rid of Management Trust! There a major drain of money Management Trust.
12/8/2022 09:45:21 am
Another Home Owner
3/31/2023 06:18:20 am
Fortunately, we stopped the insane guard gate beautification project that was going to cost us $50 a month. We didn't stop the totally unnecessary tree trimming which only served to make our community ugly! The trees were not at all properly trimmed nor shaped! Huge waste of $18,000 of our money. What a waste. I have NEVER seen 10-15 people a day at the fitness center. You can get a better membership to a better spa for $12 a month. Why would every owner pay $28 per month for a place poorly equipped and limited hours. The restaurant loses money every month. I tried to eat there twice and left more food on my plate than I ate. Horrific. I think I was sick after eating there. I attempted to join two meetings via Zoom... what a joke. I attended two meetings in person, even more of a joke... 6 hours of my life I will never get back... Sadly I was joined by 2 other people at the first meeting and 3 others the second. What a joke this HOA is. How do we dissolve the board and management trust?
11/14/2022 07:58:50 pm
Thank you so much for bringing this to our attention! I hope everyone starts paying attention where this board spends “OUR” money.
Another Home Owner
3/31/2023 06:04:44 am
Completely agree - transparency sucks. All sorts of waste here and lighting the money on fire would at least allow us to toast some marshmallows.
11/14/2022 08:05:54 pm
Are these people out of their minds?! News flash, despite what MSM tells you, we ARE in a recession and it is only going to get worse. The real estate market is at best, frozen. The last thing we need is to increase our fees! That will only further financial hardships for many amidst inflation and rising costs of living, etc. AND, it will hurt our Desert Princess property for resale even more than it already is. If you notice, NOTHING is moving. Very little is selling. The landscaping is freaking fine! These HOA board members and committee members need to go find a hobby. Clearly they are bored and find entertainment in spending other peoples money for unnecessary costly projects that yield very little. Most of the past expansion projects were done in very poor taste. The restaurant remodel for example: They spent a grip on that and it needs another remodel because it was done in with such an old and outdated mindset. I am not suggesting such because it would be a complete waste of money for a dying establishment.
12/6/2022 08:43:54 am
When are we as a community going to get rid of the
another home owner
3/31/2023 06:06:24 am
I wish we could vote them out! They lack transparency. Keep making ALL their idiotic decisions in a vacuum with no regard to the owners.
The insanity continues
11/14/2022 08:34:14 pm
We need to make public who is driving this insanity, and who approved The board spending over $50,000 on architectural designs and the submitting of a set of plans to the City for approval.
11/15/2022 06:27:02 pm
6 of the 7 board members approved this insane spending. They are Peter Webb, Terri Swartz, Martin Backstrom, Mark Brown, Russ Holowachuk and Bob Mangold
Very Concerned Home Owner
11/17/2022 11:13:49 am
"They are Peter Webb, Terri Swartz, Martin Backstrom, Mark Brown, Russ Holowachuk and Bob Mangold"!!!! ???
Also very concerned owner
11/18/2022 10:35:46 am
Your posting leaves little to the imagination.....the only Board member who has the best interests of ALL owners at heart is Bill Bergstrom. And it is absolutely no coincidence that he is demeaned, gagged and dismissed by Peter Webb and his henchwoman Terri Schwartz publicly at HOA meetings. It's a very public attempt to humiliate one Board member who truly cares about Desert Princess as a community, not simply as a second rate golf course and failing restaurant.
11/14/2022 09:01:59 pm
I absolutely oppose both of those two projects. Our money should not be wasted on things that are Not NECESSARY.
11/23/2022 04:13:55 pm
Totally agree with you!! Just when everything starts looking lovely, it is all hacked to H#LL.
11/14/2022 09:28:16 pm
I wholeheartedly concur with every issue raised in this blog. Many of these were posed to the Board during the allotted 3 minutes during the most recent HOA meeting. I hold out no hope for change in direction nor transparency until we have leadership that truly represents us, the homeowners! Repairs and maintenance trumps vanity ludicrous expenditures.
ronald e smith
11/15/2022 07:29:29 am
norman j lubke
11/15/2022 08:25:54 am
both good ideas....easiest way to finance would be an approximate $350 one time assessment per home owner.....
11/15/2022 08:57:27 am
What are we going to do? Complain or do something about the situation?
11/15/2022 09:52:41 am
Why are we flogging a dead horse AGAIN ! Expanding the restaurant patio area will not bring in more revenue. If it's not making a profit now, a new patio will not help. Here's an idea, why don't we bring in a company under lease to take over and run the restaurant at a profit of which we would not only see lease revenue but also a percentage of the food/beverage profits. The HOA should NOT be running a restaurant. Just one example comes to mind as we can take notes from JC Golf who now run Cathedral Canyon Golf Club. JAX bar and dining at that golf club is operated by Jack Srebnik who runs several successful restaurants in Palm Springs. JC Golf have many benefits to their members and the public as a top golf mgmt. company. Escena restaurant is also run by an independant company...not the Escena Golf Club. Desert Princess Country Golf Club does not need to be in the restaurant business but let an experienced entity lease the space and run a successful, and profitable business of which we can all benefit.
Really, come on directors get real!! We as homeowners don't want to keep spending money on lost causes. Who works on a simple mathematical task called
12/2/2022 12:02:16 pm
Lynn, I agree very much with your comments. However, things makes sense when you understand that leadership at DP
The insanity continues
11/15/2022 10:01:48 am
All capital expenditures should be voted on by all the homeowners after being given all the relevant facts and information so an informed decision can be made.
11/15/2022 10:42:47 am
These expenses should include OWNERS input- right? and yes and assessment isnt a bad idea either for necessary projects. Keep the Necessary ONES going. thank you,
11/15/2022 11:43:11 am
Correct we have no business running a restaurant period / quick fixes also is not the answer ! HERES TRUTH /and FACTS . Recesión we as residents of DP . OUR not on same incomes period ! Transperancy with everything including who is voting for increases AGAIN ! These issues that our being put into this blog is a way to avoid what is really going on ! corona / cov19 is over meetings have to be in person .There is way to many financial projects trying to be approved whos voting I did not Vote in person INFACT this the first I have heard of any of what’s being purposed . Who is initiating projects ? I would love to hear and see how the members our coming to these ideas on there own ! This is extremely bizarre and I’m being polite we have a awesome community we have to cut back in what is operating in our community we have to look at the money out ! I live here full time there is many places that we can cut and save we need everything to be transparent the spa and restaurant. Should be dealt with by leasing out thats a great idea yes Jack is a restaurant man has been for years the original owner were personal friends to my father knew them for years running hes rest ur aunt bar in Indio you could not get a parking packed bar restaurant sun up to sun down every single day my daughters were good friends to jacks daughter May he Rest In Peace and there still going strong ! We’re talking over 40 years ! We don’t need new projects not know recession hello ! But we can’t make any decisions if there is no transparency I know talk talk talk that’s why it keeps happening seriously !
11/18/2022 12:28:03 pm
I'm really tired of all the complaints about our Mountain Grill Restaurant. It would definitely make a profit if the residents supported it more and there was more advertising to the public. Improve the menu so it is not just "finger food". In the past we had special buffets through the year and you couldn't get a reservation it was so crowded. One of the reasons my husband and I decided on the Desert Princess was for this amenity. We usually support the Grill at least once a week and we almost always have friends join us who are not members.
11/19/2022 12:44:16 pm
Mrs. L. .........Your commentary on MountainView Grill says it all. An uninspired menu, the ambience of an assisted-living third rate cafeteria is precisely what drives DP owners away, never mind sucking in outsiders to our restaurant. Events, New Years Eve, Easter, July 4th, and Thanksgiving are successful for a reason. What it is NOT is a key to the success of a 24/7, 365 days a year restaurant. You can extend the patio to Kingdom Come and it won't generate one additional dime of revenue given the menu and competing with the likes of Golden Corral and Sizzler's in terms of the dining experience we currently offer.
12/6/2022 08:51:35 am
We keep trying the restaurant to no avail. The food is terrible!! Ordered a hamburger, bun burnt the burger was so tough had to give it to our dog, didn't want to waste $17 dollars!
concerned home owner
12/6/2022 12:34:34 pm
THE RESTAURANT SHOULD NOT BE PART OF OUR COMMUNITY! There are plenty of restaurants in out town!
11/21/2022 02:34:25 pm
Leslie, when my husband and I purchased at DP, in 2000, we did rent our condo during the "season" but we had friends living in the area that we spent time with when our place was rented. The restaurant was almost always active. I truly believe, with a better menu, and special theme nights like in the past, we could promote this location with the public as well as our own members. I have noticed that on Sundays, it is more active than it has been.
11/23/2022 04:20:00 pm
Once again, participation lease for the restaurant so it is NOT dependent on owners or renters in DP ONLY; and has anyone looked at the electrical boxes lately??? They are old, worn out, stripped down etc...not only is this a function issue, it is a SAFETY issue. If money is spent, why not on the this (oh yeah it is the condo's...); you know if they put solar overhangs in each cul de sac (condo's), it would power the garages that the HOA owns and pays the electricity for, it would be an upgrade and potentially generate enough excess to power the pool pumps, and provide cover for the spots in front of the condo's.
11/27/2022 11:01:34 am
Here we go again 🙄 round and round we go when it stops nobody knows 🎶 same old complaints and nobody does anything. Just reading this page is redundant. Like the MANAGEMENT TRUST!!! REDUNDANT
2/28/2023 11:46:40 am
Half a million floored me. When I saw what the $500k was going to pay for, I was floored again. A better outdoor eating area at a restaurant that hardly anybody goes to and is losing money. This will not draw people in. Improvements to the spa? We are thinking people from the area would come to this fitness center and spa when there are hundreds of spa and fitness centers with better hours and services? I don't get it.
3/1/2023 07:33:28 am
Why doesn't the BOD let the homeowners vote? It is our money? Why ????? Does anybody know the reason why? Does anyone know the answer? We vote for people to be on BOD. Webb or Storage what is your reason why we cannot vote on these issues?
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