About

I am a Heatherlea condominium owner who has resided at Heatherlea since 1985, the beginning. The purpose of this Blog is to expose activities of the:

  • Heatherlea Board,
  • Property Management (Klingbeil, Powell and Altruz),
  • Association Attorneys (including Kimberly O’Halloran-Perez, Rees, and Broome);
  • and contractors (including Shenandoah Landscaping)

that have and continue to appear to violate State and Federal laws and regulations, and/or the Heatherlea governing documents.

Before starting the Blog, I tried for nearly two years to resolve issues with the Association. When Property Management failed to resolve things, I tried the Board who was largely unresponsive. All along I provided information and resources (much as I have done on this blog) in attempts to engage the Association in doing the right things (primarily coming into compliance with laws, regulations and the governing documents) – not just for me, but the entire Heatherlea community – all to no avail.

Heatherlea of Arlington, Virginia is 7.65 acres and consists of 185 units – 25 townhomes and 160 garden style apartments. Heatherlea is a secretive, unhealthy, entrenched community. As such, when individuals seek positive changes, there are community members who want to get rid of – silence – those individuals seeking the changes because they are a threat to the system.

Those seeking to maintain the status quo, try to silence those seeking change in several ways. One is by making  them  “bad,” “wrong,” or calling them “crazy.”  This may result in ridding the community of the most healthy, functional people. Another way is pressuring those seeking change to “get back in line” and become  “team players.”  A third way, is ignoring those seeking change and  hoping they will go away.

There is another response to the call for change. It happens least often (rarely). It is that the community recognizes those seeking change as great resources for the community and positive change is initiated. That, so far, has not been the choice of the Heatherlea community who has sought, and continues to seek, to maintain the status quo. Thus the creation of this Blog.

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First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win – Mahatma Gandhi

2 thoughts on “About

  1. Hello BlogAuthor. I don’t know your name, or where your community is located, but I think your site is a very rational, well-reasoned attempt at positive change. I applaud you for trying to engage your fellow community members in healthy discourse, as well as posting some very good surveys. The Board Evaluation in particular. Question three (3) – measuring performance against defined goals and objectives – hard to do when there isn’t any. I am the chair of my HOA’s strategic planning committee. We were just formed in an attempt to define our goals and objectives, thereby allowing us to pick the highest priorities and begin to break them down into manageable, attainable and accountable pieces, and move forward!

    I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard the same litany of complaints (all valid) brought to the Board, only to have them offer a solicitous nod of agreement, yet completely fail to do anything to change it. A small but important component of our strategic plan is going to be about improving leadership as a means to improving community and hopefully getting current and future Board of Directors to consent to continuing education. It’s hard to do something effectively, when you don’t really know what you’re supposed to be doing. That goes for Management as well. And I include myself in that group. I was once that well-meaning but ineffective Board member. It took an act of blatant disregard for me to start doing my homework.

    Davis-Stirling Act? What an epiphany! You’d think our Mgmt. Co. might encourage us to conduct our meetings legally, but no, it’s “inconvenient.” Really? I mean, really? What does that have to do with it? Just because we served an apathetic community, that doesn’t give us the right to ignore the law. Outrage replaced apathy and has fortunately mellowed into determination. A large and vocal group of owners now shows up at every meeting, asking us why we’re only reactive, rather then proactive. Asking us to step up or step off. Wanting solutions, not head nodding.

    I was dismayed to see you’ve only had 4 out of 165 potential replies, to your Board Evaluation. It took knocking on all 131 of our doors, on multiple occasions, to get people to participate. A long and arduous process, that’s really only just begun. I plan on circulating that same evaluation, here. I let you know how it turns out. Good luck to both of us…

    • Thank you so much for your comment. I am so glad to know my site has been helpful – to someone. Our community is located in Arlington, Virginia. Your community is very lucky to have you! Please stay in touch. Let me know if there is anyway I can support your efforts and tell me about your successes. Keep up the great work!

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