Green living sometimes can be at odds with community association living. As much as we all likely strive to live in an environmentally responsible manner, sometimes these ambitions clash with the wants and desires of our neighbors, bringing strife and dissension to a neighborhood. Though the Washington legislature has not attempted regulating chickens, clotheslines or composting (yet), it has enacted legislation affecting a homeowner association’s right to govern solar panels within a community association.
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Exterior Lighting for Community Associations
As we work our way through fall and into the winter months here in the Pacific Northwest, the days become shorter and shorter. Many of us are heading to work in the dark and returning home in the dark. There are, however, some things that we can do to help our associations through this time of the year which will not only improve the aesthetics of our communities, making them more inviting and pleasant, but can also improve safety and reduce crime.
Don’t Let The Bed Bugs Bite!
Bed bug bites can be itchy and even somewhat painful, but sometimes what is most painful is the expense and hassle of remediating these pests. There are three types of treatments at the professional level: pesticide, heat and freezing (“cryo”).
Do’s And Don’ts Of Fall Landscaping
This article is supposed to be about the “do’s and don’ts” of fall landscaping. The truth is though; there are very few don’ts when compared with the do’s.
Leaving Leaves Be
The close of the growing season is one of the most beautiful times of year in the northwest. The sun typically sticks around for a while even as daytime air temperatures are cooling, resulting in foggy mornings and dewy spider webs. As day length decreases, deciduous trees and shrubs begin pulling starches and sugars out of their leaves and storing all of that energy in stems and roots for the next season.
Goodbye, Summer And Hello, Fall
Why is it that we have this short romance every July and August? We have such a great time together and yet you always disappear for ten months out of the year. You once said, “It’s not you, it’s me.”
Happenings: WSCAI Wild West Golf & Dinner Round-Up
It was another impressive showing this year for the 13th Annual WSCAI Golf Tournament and Awards Dinner on July 24, 2013. The Wild West theme was embraced not only by our spectacular hole sponsors but by many of the 144 golfers who were dressed in their best duds at the Newcastle Golf Club.
Introducing The WSCAI Business Partners’ Code Of Ethics: Raising The Bar
Last year, the WSCAI Business Partners Committee took up the subject of a Business Partners’ Code of Ethics. The subject was complex and the discussion spirited. The Committee’s engagement on the topic was prompted by the experiences of several committee members that raised ethical issues—in particular, concern that possible “pay-to-play” arrangements by some companies were preventing business partners from being fairly considered for projects. As part of its process, the Committee reviewed ethical rules applicable to CAI designations (e.g., PCAM, RS, CIRMS), practices in other CAI Chapters, and laws across the country regulating association managers and other service providers.