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Current News & Events

Camas First Friday
June 2nd, 5 - 8 PM
Poker Tour & Game Night

Camas First Fridays always have fun themes with entertainment for the whole family. June's theme, Poker Tour and Game Night includes something for everyone.

  • Collect "playing cards" from merchants
  • Family friendly games and crafts
  • Live music and outdoor celebration hosted by Mesa!
  • Art Gallery Shows and Receptions
  • Shop and dine while enjoying art and music

For more information go to downtowncamas.com
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Neighborhood Garage Sale
Saturday June 3, 8 AM - 4PM

Lacamas Shores's annual garage sale will be held on Saturday, June 3. This is the only sanctioned garage sale in our neighborhood and advertising, combined with word of mouth, has resulted in large crowds each year.

For those who haven’t witnessed this annual event, be prepared for a lot of car and pedestrian traffic. To participate, all you need to do is gather up your “stuff” and open your garage door at 8:00 AM. The shoppers will be waiting for you!

Lacamas Shores typically has a preview sale for homeowners on Friday evening starting at 5:00 PM. This has proven to be a popular event for many neighbors who will be busy on Saturday and it gives them a first shot at the good stuff. If you choose to participate in the Friday evening sale, let your neighbors know by posting on NextDoor.

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Portland Rose Festival 2017

The Portland Annual Rose Festival is already underway. There is so much for the whole family to see and do this time of year. Upcoming Starlight Parade (June 3) in downtown Portland is a special treat with lighted floats, marchers from all around the area including Camas and Vancouver. Parade usually starts around 8:30 but get your seat early as more then 325,000 spectators are expected.

There is also a Junior Parade on June7 at 1:00 pm in the Hollywood District of Portland. Kids decorate themselves and bikes entertaining the crowds.

The very popular Grand Floral Parade will be on June10 at 10:00 am. This is definitely one of the best parades in the country. Find out more about the parades and all the other fun events, go to rosefestival.org.

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Recent Updates On Your HOA Board

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They changed the results of the annual meeting vote!

After the annual meeting (2017/03/18, a Saturday), Catherine posted the election results on the Community website the next Monday. The next Friday morning, I read on the “official“ HOA website that the 2017/2018 budgets were… APPROVED! What happened? Here is what I understand from the meeting:

  1. A quorum was present in person or via proxy
     
  2. The 2017/2018 budgets were rejected by a majority of the quorum. The reason given on the floor debate was that the proposed budgets included funding for the Meadowlands Park project.

How does the HOA board justify the change? I asked the board this question and so far, they have not responded. So, I’ll guess that they used Washington State RCW 64.38.25. <http://app.leg.wa.gov/RCW/default.aspx?cite=64.38&full=true>

Here is what is going on. The state wants to normalize all CC&Rs and Bylaws for HOAs in the state of Washington. Good idea, about time. However, our governing documents have been around for many years and most of the state’s corrections begin with the words, “(1) Except as provided in the association’s governing documents or this chapter…”. And since our governing documents specify the majority percentages and quorums needed for meetings and votes, I don’t think these corrections involve us. Perhaps the latest corrections do supplant our CC&Rs, I don’t know. But I will not subject my community to the distress and legal costs of finding out.

Here is some things that are clear in RCW 64.38.025:

  1. Twice now, the membership has voted not to fund the environmental studies needed to cut trees in the common area wetlands. Twice now, the HOA has chosen to over-ride the clear choice of the neighborhood for their own perceived gain.
     
  2. Also, there is a good discussion of what the Reserve Fund is for and what additional assessments must be made to keep it properly funded. Think, thou shalt not steal from your Reserve Fund for unfunded Special Projects.
     
  3. Another thing that is clear is that we no longer need a super-majority of our 253 vote membership to remove any member of the board of directors with or without cause. A simple majority of 127 will suffice.

I don’t think a budget category for a useless project (Meadowland Park) is that bad in itself, just useless. I do think ignoring the clear intent of the community to de-fund a needless expense is wrong. I think considering the Reserve Fund just “a pile of money we can spend anyway we like” is cause for removal from the board of directors.
 

The Legacy of the Restore Lacamas Shores team

The Board's handling of the recent lawsuit against the HOA raises questions that need to be addressed.
Ontkean Lawsuit Settlement Concerns
Comments and discussion on the forum in the Owner's section.
 

Synopsis of Recent Board Meetings:

Below is the latest synopsis of the January 16 Board Meeting. I generally don’t editorialize in the synopsis, but sometimes comments require clarification. My comments are in red. If you would like to comment or post your opinions/thoughts, please post to the online Forum.
Synopsis of January 16, 2017 Board Minutes
Synopsis of February 13, 2017 Board Minutes
Synopsis of all 2016 Board Meeting Minutes
 

ACTIONS speak LOUDER than Words...

All homeowners are encouraged to attend the Board meetings. WHY? To make sure financial decisions are made that benefit the majority of homeowners, not a minority. To find out latest board actions, please read the review below.
ACTIONS Speak LOUDER than Words!
 

OUR OVERSIGHT OF THIS HOA BOARD
MAKES A DIFFERENCE!!!

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VIEWS Archives

The VIEWS newsletter was published bi-monthly in the past. New publication dates will be announced by the current board. Enjoy reading the history of Lacamas Shores in past issues.
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Community Forum

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We believe a open forum will allow our community to share, learn, gather information useful to address common concerns and to solve problems. When neighbors talk, solutions can be found.

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Activities/Clubs

Lacamas Shores has many amenities and activities available to residents. Follow the links to get more information.

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