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Seabreeze Management Announces Strong Year-over-year Business Results

March 30, 2015

Aliso Viejo-based Association Management Company Bullish on Continued Business Growth, New Hires and Expanded Client Services in 2015 ALISO VIEJO, CA (January 14, 2015) – Seabreeze Management today announced strong year-over-year growth in 2014. In the past year, the company added a substantial number of new clients throughout Southern California, including significant expansion into Los Angeles County and the Inland Empire. “We’re incredibly pleased with our growth in 2014,” explained Seabreeze Management President Isaiah Henry, who was hired earlier this year to specifically chart a course for the company’s expansion.... READ THE POST


Solar Energy Systems – An Ongoing Hot Debate

March 30, 2015

The California Solar Rights Act (“Solar Rights Act”), found at Civil Code Sections 714 and 714.1, provides certain protections for homeowners seeking to install solar energy systems (i.e., solar panels) on their properties. The intent of the Solar Rights Act is to prohibit homeowners associations (“HOAs”) from broadly banning solar energy systems for aesthetic reasons–whether through an explicit ban or through onerous architectural restrictions that greatly reduce the performance of solar energy systems, or increase their costs. To that end, the Solar Rights Act renders void and unenforceable any provision... READ THE POST


Community Vision Planning: What’s Your Board’s Legacy?

January 27, 2015

A rarely discussed, but sorely needed conversation boards and members should be having is “How will this board be remembered by the community?” and, “What did this board do during their tenure to improve the community?” The creation of a board’s legacy is an active, participative process which starts from the moment the board is seated. Whether the board makes a conscious decision to start the process of creating their legacy or not, the process of creating board legacy still occurs. There are three distinct types of legacies which community... READ THE POST


Update on Electronic Voting for HOA Elections

January 27, 2015

Assembly Bill 1360 is proposed legislation pending in California that would allow homeowners associations to conduct elections by electronic voting and would enact related provisions. The bill would require: (I) an association, if electronic voting is to be conducted, to provide each member with an opportunity to indicate that he or she will be voting electronically and to provide ballots, as specified; (ii) the electronic balloting service provider to retain the electronically submitted ballot data until the time allowed for challenging the election has expired; (iii) set forth minimum requirements... READ THE POST


What About Growing Marijuana in Communities?

January 27, 2015

In recent articles, we explored the controversial topic of second-hand smoke and it continues to be a tough issue for HOA’s to navigate. This month, we decided to take a look at how growing marijuana is becoming more prevalent in managed communities and the challenges it brings. Take a look at this brief Q&A that provides some helpful tips for HOA Boards. QUESTION: We have a resident who is growing a LOT of marijuana in her back yard. Our CC&Rs say no to this but if the state says it’s... READ THE POST


HOAs Finding Creative Ways to Reduce Water Consumption While Maintaining Great Looking Communities

January 27, 2015

Considering California is experiencing one of the worst droughts on record, we thought it would be valuable to dedicate an article this month to this ongoing topic. To gain a deeper understanding of some of the most frequent challenges HOA’s face, and discover some recommendations for creative solutions, we had a candid conversation with one of Seabreeze Management’s landscape partners, John Hall, President of SpectrumCare Landscape. Here’s what we learned: First, it’s important to be aware of what is currently happening in the state of California with regard to water... READ THE POST


Plug-In Cars On The Rise – What It Means for HOAs

January 27, 2015

Plug-in, electric vehicles continue to hit the auto market and this is increasing the number of member requests to install charging stations (“EVCSs”) in association common areas and exclusive use common areas. Is your association ready to handle a higher volume of requests and increased applications? Are you aware of what your association’s obligations are and will be considering current legislation? Attorney David Wankel of the law firm of Hickey & Petchul, LLP, who specializes in community association law, has provided this valuable overview of the applicable law and how... READ THE POST


Mary Colucci Inducted into Seabreeze Management Hall of Fame

January 25, 2015

The Hall of Fame was started in 2012 as a way to recognize employees for their loyalty, service, and support of the organization and its core values. Hall of Fame inductees exemplify the qualities that make our company successful and they fully embrace and support our Mission Statement: to become a trusted advisor to our clients and collaboratively partner with them to build thriving communities; consistently exceeding their expectations through superior service and always with the highest degree of integrity. Criteria is based on the following: Leadership – Influences others... READ THE POST


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