Next Board Meeting Date
Thursday, January 24
Desert Vista Ballroom
Trilogy La Quinta Maintenance Association (TLQMA) is the corporate entity for our Homeowners Association (HOA). Membership in TLQMA is automatic upon close of escrow when you move in, and terminates upon close of escrow when you move out. The HOA maintains front yards and common area landscaping, private streets, gates, club facilities, tennis courts, walks and related improvements within Trilogy. Repairs to common areas, architectural review of landscaping and modifications to residences, enforcement of CC&Rs and rules, and collection of the monthly assessments and fines are handled by the HOA.
Five homeowners are elected to serve 2-year terms on the HOA Board of Directors as volunteer representatives of the entire membership. Board meetings are held monthly and are open to the general membership.
If you are unsure where to go when you have a question/issue contact the General Manager, Eric Angle. This can be done in numerous ways; in person, email, calling for an appointment, Talking Points, or Ask the GM on the website. This flowchart is an example of how the process works.
Eric has been the on-site General Manager since 2014. Prior to taking over at Trilogy, Eric spent eight years with Associa and had the privilege of working at two master planned communities as Lifestyle Director and as a General Manager. Both Dell Webb properties were as active as any other in the desert, featuring every activity and every facility one could conceive for an active adult community.
As a licensed real estate broker, Eric worked with both private investors and commercial developers in the acquisition and development of real property for 12 years. He holds many certifications including, CMCA, AMS, and PCAM.
Eric was born in Portland, Oregon and is the youngest of 9 half brothers and sisters, but an only child. He is a father of three and considers raising his children as one of his greatest accomplishments.
In his spare time, he enjoys physical training. His favorite sport is boxing and his favorite music is advertising jingles. Eric's favorite place he has visited is Bangkok, Thailand. His best memory there is sipping Scotch on the plaza with his son, figuring out how they got there.
For the future, Eric hopes to develop as many future HOA experts as he can.
Have a question you would like to ask? Ask the GM on Tuesdays at 4 pm in the Grand Living Room during Talking Points.
2018 TLQMA Organization Chart
March 7, 2018
Clarification of Issues Regarding Cumulative Voting Ballot
The law, SB 407, passed by the California Legislature, created a new section in the Civil Code, Section 4515. As stated in the law, the intention was to provide free and unfettered access to meeting facilities in common interest developments, such as our HOA. The question has arisen as to whether that law intended to include other HOA assets such as email lists, websites, and other media.
Where the confusion has arisen is in the sentence “freely meet and communicate...” Our attorney has advised us that the wording of the law must be interpreted to include only that which was specifically stated within it. According to the construction of the sentence, it must be interpreted as meaning “ ....freely meet and communicate” AT THAT MEETING. Unless and until the legislature changes it, this must be our interpretation.
Therefore, our Election Rules, as stated in our By-Laws, apply. In Section 1, it states that “No member shall be provided access to association media for campaign purposes within thirty (30) days of an Association election up to the last day ballots can be cast. For purposes of this paragraph, 'Association media” means the Association’s newsletter, television channel, internet website and/or other written communication from the Association. The term 'within thirty (30) days of an Association election“shall mean the thirty (30) days prior to the date the first election ballot material is sent to the membership.
SB 407 has not superseded that.
In the Legislative Counsel’s Digest preamble to SB 407, it states the following:
“Existing law, the Davis-Stirling Common Interest Development Act, defines and regulates common interest developments that are managed by homeowners associations. The act requires an association to adopt rules that ensure access to the common area meeting space, if any exists, during a campaign, at no cost, to all candidates and to all members advocating a point of view. The act also requires the adoption of rules that ensure that if any candidate or member advocating a point of view is provided access to association media, newsletters, or Internet Web sites during a campaign, for purposes that are related to that election, equal access is provided to all candidates and members advocating a point of view.”
The phrase “access to association media, newsletters, or Internet Websites” is a reference to the Davis- Stirling Act, not SB 407.
Civil Code Section 5105, states
“if any candidate or member advocating a point of view is provided access to association media, newsletters, or Internet Web sites during a campaign, for purposes that are reasonably related to that election, equal access shall be provided to all candidates and members advocating a point of view, including those not endorsed by the board, for purposes that are reasonably related to the election”
This is commonly known as the “Equal Access” rule and continues to apply. The Association’s Election Rules are consistent with this and is why posts are removed from the Message Board within 30 days of an election.
Question: Are Directors Allowed to Voice their Opinions?
While the Board of Directors cannot state an opinion on an election matter, individual Board members have the same rights as any other member of the Association to voice their personal opinions.
Please plan to attend all meetings on this issue and decide how you will cast your vote.
President, TLQMA Board of Directors
March 2, 2018
Board Takes No Position on Cumulative Voting Measure
The Board of Directors has not taken an official position on the Ballot Measure on Cumulative Voting. Although some residents have interpreted the wording to say that the Board favors a Yes vote, it remains neutral on the issue.
Second, regarding the mailer that appeared in your mailboxes, it is not endorsed by the Board nor were any Association funds spent on it. However, it is completely legal. Under a new California law, any resident may, among other things, request the use of the common area for a meeting without charge.
The new California law, SB 407, added Section 4515 to the Civil Code and went into effect January 1, 2018. Pertinent sections of that law specify that the governing documents, including bylaws and operating rules, shall not prohibit a member or resident of a common interest development from doing any of the following:
(1) Peacefully assembling or meeting with members, residents, and their invitees or guests during reasonable hours and in a reasonable manner for purposes relating to common interest development living, association elections, legislation, election to public office, or the initiative, referendum, or recall processes.
(2) Distributing or circulating, without prior permission, information about common interest development living, association elections, legislation, election to public office, or the initiative, referendum, or recall processes, or other issues of concern to members and residents at reasonable hours and in a reasonable manner.
(3) A member or resident of a common interest development shall not be required to pay a fee, make a deposit, obtain liability insurance, or pay the premium or deductible on the association’s insurance policy, in order to use a common area for the activities described in paragraphs (1), (2), and (3) of subdivision (b).
The complete text of the law may be found by Googling “SB 407.”
I urge everyone to consider the issue carefully and make your preference known by voting.
President, TLQMA Board of Directors
October 11, 2017
Perimeter Landscape Project Announcement
If you were out and about this morning you may have noticed some rather large equipment being mobilized near Ave 60 and Madison Street. Pro Turf International (PTI) has begun the long anticipated perimeter landscape project by moving some of their heavier equipment onto the perimeter of the golf course and have begun removing swaths of vegetation in the areas of holes 8, 9 and 1.
As we begin to see some clearing and breathing a sigh of relief that this project is now a reality, we will also start to see heavy dust and a few critters that call this area home begin to migrate. PTI, as well as the Association, will work closely with homeowners and golf course to mitigate some of these inconvenient occurrences. However, like with any project of this scope, there will be some challenges and ask for everyone’s support and patience as we navigate through each one.
The Perimeter Landscape Rehabilitation Committee, PTI, the Board and Management will continue to meet on a regular basis and develop protocols for addressing these issues as they arise. Those protocols will be provided as frequently as needed to keep each homeowner aware of what to expect and how they can help.
Thank you again for your patience, understanding, support and excitement as the new look Trilogy comes to fruition.
TLQMA Board of Directors