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City Hall / Re: Woah, Baby.
« Last post by Coleman on Today at 11:09:02 AM »
FHR's Asian population over the past 10 years went up like 4-5% I believe to about 15%  Not too strong of a presence when compared with many other areas.  Interestingly enough - the strongest Asian presence in FHR is not the area with the highest median income.    (All according to the world's best source of information - city data, haha)

I doubt the prices of FHR will rise faster than Irvine.  I'd love for that to happen, but it is doubtful.  People, who may go unnamed, who show a great presence in driving up prices probably don't see appeal to FHR. 

Now when Korea gets their economic boom as Japan, Taiwan, Russia, and now China has, FHR may have a better opportunity as it's close to hiking!  The United Hikers of Seoul So. Cal division will enjoy living walking distance to Whiting Ranch. (Well that is of course if they don't get the Johns Creek real estate fliers first.) 

Unfortunately this board has too many anti Chinese tainted statements. I know that a lot of the people here like to play along, but the brainwashing and subtle comments do have a negative effect on people who are less familiar with Chinese. 

Low income jobs? That brings up an interesting topic...
Would one receive more on welfare when compared to picking vegetables traveling as a migrant worker?
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Owner's Issues / Re: Mattress
« Last post by qwerty on Today at 10:50:12 AM »
You sure it's not an old mattress with a new cover? I saw that on kcal once.
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Water Cooler / Re: Home Organization Advice
« Last post by Coleman on Today at 10:43:38 AM »
Does it cover what to do with 50 pairs of shoes? and a small jacket closet?

There is some good insight there!  I need to go to my garage and start throwing stuff or donating stuff!
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Owner's Issues / Re: Mattress
« Last post by eyephone on Today at 10:35:11 AM »


Got my guest/doghouse spare bed ready.  Made locally in Compton.

You bought the bed at the Compton swapmeet? Jkjk
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Owner's Issues / Re: Mattress
« Last post by ps9 on Today at 10:32:22 AM »


Got my guest/doghouse spare bed ready.  Made locally in Compton. 
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I filed a claim with the contractors board regarding our landscaper. Basically he started jobs (lots) and then went to other jobs and kept us hanging......... not finishing the job, just lots of promises. I finally told him I'd file a claim and he laughed at me. Gave him yet another chance and nothing.

The person who came out got him to finish the job all right. I made the comment that I'm surprised he's still in business and he said he was too! LOL!

Well............. a couple years later he went under and this was housing was selling well and there were plenty of jobs to be had.

Not sure what happened to the people who didn't file a claim. ALOT of other homeowners came by and asked how I got the job finished and I told them and they said.......... oh I don't want to get him in trouble! Well my job got done. Any trouble was his own doing.
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Isn't that called a conservatory?
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Hi y'all, I'm writing to all the Pavilion Park homeowners on this board, to warn you of a potential hazard.  There's a guy named Tom Gonzales, who I had the unfortunate luck of doing business with about 5 years ago.  He offers landscape construction services, and has screwed at least 6 homes in the Columbus Square neighborhood (that I know of), including mine.  I just got a call from a Whistler homeowner this evening, and he was approached by Tom Gonzales to bid on his yard project.  This has opened up a lot of old wounds (financial and emotional), and I feel compelled to notify those who might come into contact with him.

Tom Gonzales abandoned our project after I called him out on cutting corners on our construction.  Some of these shortcuts included:

- mixing a significant amount of existing ground dirt with cement mix (it's cheaper than excavating and disposing...)
- no rebar in concrete
- concrete footings for walls were only 2" deep in some places
- no water barriers on planters
- extending off existing electrical circuits to power all outside electrical (not even close to sufficient)
- insufficient gas pressure to power appliances (city inspector said it fell short by 40%)
- improper grading
- ABSOLUTELY NOTHING WAS DONE TO CODE! (I have suspicions on how he was able to get signatures from city inspectors, but I have no proof...)

There were tons of other issues, but I'll spare you the details.  Other homes in our neighborhood have had similar issues, and as I pass by some of those homes, I see:

- cracking tiles due to poorly poured concrete foundations
- flagstone cracking and/or separating due to poor masonry
- stone veneers falling off walls
- patio structures leaning

Tom Gonzales talks a big game, but fails to deliver on all points.  Some other pieces of information I was able to dig up from public records:

- Tom had a landscaping license in Chula Vista, but it was revoked due to consumer complaints and lawsuits
- Tom used his daughter Vanessa to obtain a license in Orange County under the name "New Season Landscape Construction", but it was also revoked due to consumer complaints and lawsuits
- Tom's bond had no fewer than 6 claims against it prior to his last license being revoked
- Tom's current license is listed under "Coastal License & Maintenance", Lic #606446.  This license was originally issued in 1990, and was REVOKED due to complaints & lawsuits.  He got it re-issued somehow on April 2014.

What Tom Gonzales does is a CRIME!!!!  We had to resort to lawsuits to recover some of our funds, but we still lost a ton of money.  Others in our neighborhood fared a lot worse.

I will be writing to the Pavilion Park HOA to warn them of his history.  Tom Gonzales has absolutely no business being in your neighborhood, and I ask that everyone do their due diligence when selecting a landscaper (or any contractor for that matter).  There are a lot of trustworthy, hard-working professionals out there, and guys like Tom Gonzales do so much damage to the reputation of other professionals, and homeowners alike.

I don't make it a habit to do stuff like this, but nobody, NOBODY, should go through what we went through with Tom Gonzales.  Please, PLEASE, be careful and don't fall victim to his criminal activities.

Sorry for the rant, and I apologize for imposing this on everyone on this board, but this was the only way I knew of reaching out to PP homeowners.  I appreciate your time.

FYI - If your statements aren't true it's considered defamatory.
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I like the idea of having a covered outdoor California room but for our family, an enclosed room would be much more useful.   I was browsing the La Vita models in orchard hills and the CA room comes standard.
It looks like one could fairly easily add 2 windows and a sliding/french door to enclose the space.   

Does anyone have any thoughts on this and whether or not HOA would approve a project like this?  Any input is greatly appreciated!
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Water Cooler / Home Organization Advice
« Last post by lnc on Today at 09:19:07 AM »
For those who hate clutters might want to check out this book coming out this month The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing

Kissing Your Socks Goodbye
Home Organization Advice from Marie Kondo

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Ms. Kondo’s decluttering theories are unique, and can be reduced to two basic tenets: Discard everything that does not “spark joy,” after thanking the objects that are getting the heave-ho for their service; and do not buy organizing equipment — your home already has all the storage you need.

10 tips to make you more tidy now
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1 DO IT ALL AT ONCE, AND DO IT NOW
2 DISCARD FIRST, SORT AND TIDY LATER
3 START WITH THE EASY STUFF
4 PUT EVERYTHING IN EACH CATEGORY IN ONE PLACE FIRST
5 THROW AWAY EVERYTHING YOU DON’T LOVE
6 DITCH YOUR PAPERWORK
7 LET GO WITH LOVE (GIFTS AND KEEPSAKES)
8 DON’T BUY EXPENSIVE OR COMPLICATED STORAGE EQUIPMENT
9 LEARN HOW TO FOLD CLOTHES – THEN STORE THEM ‘STANDING UP’
10 TREAT YOUR POSSESSIONS LIKE PEOPLE
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