In my long involvement in HOA reform legislation I’ve suffered defeat after defeat culminating in this week’s AZ Supreme Court denial to hear Tarter v. Bendt and address my amicus curiae brief. The brief raised deep questions arguing that state legislatures and judges demonstrate an unconscious pro-HOA bias as a result of years of an unopposed picture of the HOA legal scheme. And as such, erred in the courts’ decisions against Bendt.
But taking heart from the words of Winston Churchill,
Or even better, from WWII General Joseph “Vinegar Joe” Stillwell,” Illegitimati non carborundum (Don’t Let The Bastards Wear You Down).
But still, I managed to have some successes.
Several of you have received my Don Q Medal of Valor for your repeated efforts to expose and inform the public about the hidden side of HOA-Land, the side the national lobbying entity avoids like the plague. Over the years I’ve come to the conclusion that I’m the real personification of Cervantes’ fictional Don Quixote. I wrote:
“The reality of the HOA ‘windmills.’ This is my statement on the rejection of my efforts to restore constitutional protections to HOAs by a society suffering from a decay and decline in ethical, moral, and democratic values.
“For the most part, my analyses and warnings have been ignored by elected officials and politicians at all levels, by the public at large, and by a large majority of homeowners living in HOAs. So, it appears that like Don Quixote, I am out-of-step with the reality of these times. But it doesn’t make me wrong! Historians will judge.”
(See HOAs as ‘windmills’, Dec. 2020).
I am also disappointed by the failure of HOA advocates to rally around the injustice perpetrated on a homeowner by an upscale HOA and the courts.