The 2013 election for the Lakeside-Garden Grove HOA Board of Directors will kick off this month with six candidates seeking the five open seats.
Secret ballots will be mailed to homeowners no later than 30 days before the Oct. 21 election meeting. If completed and mailed, the ballots must be received at Optimum Property Management offices at 17731 Irvine Blvd., Ste 212, Tustin, CA 92780, by 12:00 p.m. on Oct. 21, 2013. The sealed secret ballots also can be hand delivered the night of the meeting.
The general HOA meeting and election session will be held in Room 21 at the United Methodist Church at 12741 Main Street, Garden Grove, CA 92840. The HOA Board executive session will start at 6 p.m. followed by the general session at 7 p.m. and the election session at 8 p.m.
The six candidates for the five Board seats are Patrick Turner (incumbent), Jeannie Alliss (incumbent), Martin Evans (incumbent), Richard Covert (incumbent), past Board member Darcee Golden and newcomer Jill Hamblin.
Homeowners are each entitled to five votes per unit. Cumulative voting is permitted whereby each member may cast all five (5) votes for one candidate or votes may be split among the candidates as long as the total number of votes cast is not greater than five (5) per unit, otherwise the secret ballot may be deemed invalid and may be used for quorum purposes only.
Nominations for candidates can be made from the floor and will be accepted the night of the meeting. Secret ballots will be available at the meeting with space for those candidates nominated from the floor, however once you mail in the enclosed irrevocable secret ballot, you may not replace it at the annual meeting.
Although as a homeowner it is not required that you vote, it still is recommended that you exercise this right. Representation of 50 percent (50%) of the voting power, which is equal to 143 votes, is required to conduct the election. If 50% of the recorded homeowners (which constitutes a quorum) is not represented, the election session of the Oct. 21 meeting will not be held and will be adjourned to a later date. This will cause the association to incur additional expenses. If the meeting must be adjourned because of lack of quorum, all secret ballots cast by mail will carry over until quorum is attained, however the requirement is reduced to 25 percent or 72 ballots in order to attain the quorum goal.
You will be voting to elect five members of the Board of Directors. The Board comprises homeowners elected by the members (homeowners) of the association. The Board acts as a governing body to operate the business of the association, which is a corporation. The Board has a fiduciary duty to protect, maintain, and enhance the value of the property/common area; and, to act in the best interest of the corporation. The Board has authority over the maintenance, administration, and financial condition of the corporation.
Homeowners who have not received a ballot by the first week of October should call David Fisher at Optimum Property Management at 714 508-9070 x308 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and request a ballot.