The Difference Between a Neighborhood Association and a Homeowner’s Association (HOA)

Hello Neighbors!

When we were distributing the Ladera West newsletters recently, we ran into a few neighbors who had questions as to what type of organization we are, and we often get emails asking about our “powers” as an association.  So, we thought we’d take this opportunity to explain the difference between a Neighborhood Association (which we are), and a Homeowner’s Association (which we are not).

A homeowner’s association is a much more formal organization, usually created by a developer for a specific subdivision or project. The association provides for the maintenance of the development’s common grounds and amenities (like landscaping or a pool).  All homeowners are members and must follow the codes, covenants and restrictions (CC&Rs) governing the development, as well as pay association dues (usually monthly).   That is why an HOA can tell you what colors you can paint your house and can fine you for violating the CC&Rs.  (There actually is at least one HOA within the LWNA boundaries.)

In contrast, a neighborhood association (like LWNA) is a totally voluntary organization. Neighborhood associations are organized into sections of a city with a common identity and are  started by volunteers from the neighborhoods themselves.  In Albuquerque, the Office of Neighborhood Coordination helps groups organize and provides resources.  Neighborhood associations offer a place to meet neighbors, exchange information, create projects and priorities, and advocate for issues important to the neighborhood. While there may be dues (much less than HOA’s – in the case of LWNA only 10$ per year per household), participation is voluntary. The association is provided direction by a Board, whose members are elected by the paid members of the association. All board members are volunteers who have chosen to devote some of their time to the betterment of the neighborhood.

Recognized neighborhood associations, such as Ladera West, also give citizens a voice. Neighborhood associations greatly improve the two-way communication between the city and its residents. They also send representatives to other advocacy organizations, such as the West Side Coalition of Neighborhood Associations, who coordinate on behalf of several neighborhoods to communicate concerns and advocate to our elected government representatives at all levels.

We are happy to have you as a member of LWNA!!!

resource: http://www.cityofvancouver.us/cmo/page/difference-between-neighborhood-association-and-homeowners-association

 

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Summer Events at the Petroglyphs

Hello Neighbors!

Summer is almost here, so at the suggestion of one of our neighbors, we thought we’d share the activities taking place at the Petroglyph National Monument, just down the street.  There are all sorts of festivities throughout the summer and most of them are free!

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Summer Programs 2016 (1)

Clean Up Recap and Yard Sale Days Info

Hello Neighbors!

Last Saturday, April 30th, LWNA participated in the Great American Cleanup.  We are grateful for the wonderful volunteers (both in getting out the newsletters and at the clean-up itself) and for the City crew who went above and beyond picking up our trash bags by helping us clear out the tumbleweeds (i.e. fire hazard) in the arroyo and open space.  If you weren’t able to make it, we’re looking forward to next year’s event and will hopefully see you there!

Not only did we get the neighborhood looking great, we had a chance to chat and get to know our neighbors.  Check out the pictures from the event, below.

We also wanted to give you an update on the “yard sale days.” Clear out those closets and get ready for the sale weekend – beginning Thursday May 19th.  Have your sale as few or many days as you want – it’s up to you.  We will be advertising on craigslist, nextdoor and our marquees. So, with a neighborhood full of sales and free advertising it’s the perfect time to Spring clean and make a little bit of money!

Looking forward!

 

Neighborhood Clean Up Saturday April 30th

Dear Neighbors,

Just a friendly reminder about the Great American Cleanup which will take place this year on Saturday, April 30th.

Here’s the agenda:

anytime between 9:00 – 11:00: pick up your supplies (plastic bags, gloves, snacks and beverages) at Riconada Park; you’ll let the LWNA board members know what areas of the neighborhood you’ll be cleaning so that we can send a truck by to collect the city-issued bags after the clean-up.

anytime between 9:00 – 12:00: clean up the area of the neighborhood you selected and leave the bags at the end of the streets.

12:00 and forward: enjoy the fruits of your labor by admiring how nice the neighborhood looks!

While it’s not mandatory to sign-up ahead of time, it will help us get a head-count for supplies (and snacks!). Planning on participating? Sign up here:

Save the Date – Great American Cleanup April 30th

Hello Neighbors! Happy (almost) Spring!

The Great American Cleanup is a nationwide program in which over 20,000 communities participate. You can find out more about the Albuquerque program here. This year, as it has for over 2 decades, Ladera West Neighborhood Association will be participating in the clean-up, which will take place this year on Saturday, April 30th.

While we’ll send a reminder closer to the date, here is the tentative agenda:

anytime between 9:00 – 11:00: pick up your supplies (plastic bags, gloves, snacks and beverages) at Riconada Park; you’ll let the LWNA board members know what areas of the neighborhood you’ll be cleaning so that we can send a truck by to collect the city-issued bags after the clean-up.

anytime between 9:00 – 12:00: clean up the area of the neighborhood you selected and leave the bags at the end of the streets.

12:00 and forward: enjoy the fruits of your labor by admiring how nice the neighborhood looks!

While it’s not mandatory to sign-up ahead of time, it will help us get a head-count for supplies (and snacks!). Planning on participating? Sign up here:

Do You Know Our City Councilor?

As part of our responsibilities as LWNA Board Members, we frequently have the opportunity to meet with our City Councilor, Ken Sanchez. Before getting involved with the neighborhood association, however, most of us did not know much about our City Councilor or how to get in touch with him. So to make it easier for you to talk to Councilor Sanchez should the need arise, here’s our first-hand knowledge of Councilor Sanchez and our experience working with him.

Ken Sanchez has been working for the West Side since 1995, first, serving as Bernalillo County Commissioner from 1995-2002 and then serving as our Albuquerque City Councilor from 2005 to the present. He is currently in his third term as City Councilor for District One.  During his time in office, there have been a number of great improvements to our neighborhood that Councilor Sanchez has helped with. These include:

  • The opening of Rinconada Park, Ouray Dog Park, and making Ouray Road improvements,
  • Coordinating with the community and Shariesse McCannon for the recent renaming of Ouray Road to “Bob McCannon Parkway,” in honor of the great community advocate,
  • Ongoing maintenance and improvements at Ladera Golf Course to keep the course up to par (pardon the pun) as one of the Westside’s gems and recreational spots,
  • Helping address speeding problem on Atrisco Drive NW,
  • Working with the community to help address pedestrian and bicyclist concerns, such as adding bicycle lanes and improving pedestrian access,
  • Preserving open space near the Petroglyph Monument, and
  • Helping to bring the Community Stadium to the West Side, which hosts football and track with Albuquerque Public Schools.

We also understand he is currently working to ensure a new baseball complex adjacent to the Community Stadium on 81 acres of the city’s land is constructed, which would host tournaments and games for both adults and our youth.

His staff has also been incredibly helpful whenever we have questions or comments to bring to the Councilor’s attention. We highly recommend talking to Councilor Sanchez’s policy analyst, Elaine Romero, who has always made herself available to us and usually attends meetings when the Councilor is unavailable. Speaking of meetings, you can usually find either Councilor Sanchez or Elaine Romero at the West Side Coalition Association meetings, which your LWNA Board members attend as well. We are always available to make an introduction, so just let us know you are coming or say hello when you are there. You can also get ahold of Ms. Romero directly at 768-3183 or via e-mail at eromero@cabq.gov. Or, try attending a City Council meeting. They usually meet twice a month on Mondays at 5:00 pm, and members of the public are always welcome to attend as well as provide public comment.

Get to Know: The Albuquerque Citizen Emergency Response Team (CERT)

Hello Neighbors!

What happens when the unthinkable happens? Neighbors help neighbors through every kind of disaster that nature or humans create. Sometimes, all that is needed is a friend to listen as we try to understand what we experienced. But, often we need an army of trained volunteers.

The Albuquerque Citizen Emergency Response Team (CERT) is that army. CERT Volunteers are trained in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and medical aide. Even when there is (fortunately) no tragedy with which to assist, CERT Volunteers are out there assisting us by being present at safety fairs and other events, helping provide medical aide, and educating the public on safety and preparedness.

Are you interested in becoming involved? CERT classes meet for about 20 hours to learn the basics and provide CERT certification. CERT classes aren’t only FREE; but, you go home with $80 in equipment that will help you help your neighbors in a disaster. Thereafter, more specialized courses are available to help you reach your personal goals. CERT is managed through the city’s Emergency Management Office. To learn more about CERT and upcoming classes check out the CERT website at https://www.cabq.gov/emergency-management-office/citizen-preparedness/community-emergency-response-team or call Fred Hogan at (505) 833-7247. (This website also provides links to all things emergency management should you want to learn more without joining CERT.)

 

The State of the Neighborhood

Happy New Year Neighbors!

We hope you and yours enjoyed warm and wonderful holidays.  As we look forward to the year ahead, we thought we would take a little time to reflect on what we as a neighborhood accomplished in 2015.

There were some big events in our neighborhood which wouldn’t have been possible without your support:

And, perhaps more quietly in the background, your LWNA Board and your neighbors were busy:

  • Attending Westside community meetings and events to represent and advocate for Ladera West, including the Walmart Market facilitated planning meetings, Westside Day at the Roundhouse, the monthly West Side Coalition meetings and the APD Northwest Area Command Appreciation BBQ.
  • Making calls, sending e-mails and talking face-to-face with City personnel to get broken street lights fixed, garbage removed from Ladera Golf Course, open space fences repaired/replaced and the arroyo at Ronda De Lechusas and Bob McCannon Parkway (formerly Ouray) cleaned up.  Did you know that the 3-1-1 homeless program participated in that cleanup?!
  • Creating a “handy person” list for the neighborhood.
  • Writing and hand-delivering over 1,000 LWNA Newsletters twice over the past year! (as well as maintaining and constantly updating this website)
  • Keeping each other posted on safety issues and lending each other a helping hand through the nextdoor.com website as well as just getting out and cleaning up our yards and the neighborhood on a daily basis – THANK YOU!!!

As we look forward to the year ahead, we’d like to ask you for your help.  As our Association takes on more projects and more means of communication (this website, the newsletters, constantly updated marquees), we could really use a few more sets of hands (there are 5 board members).  If you’d be willing to help distribute the next Newsletter, coordinate or participate in neighborhood events (such as starting a neighborhood watch or helping with the Great American cleanup), or just have a good idea to share, please fill out the form below.

Looking forward to a great year!!!

 

 

APD Citizen’s Police Academy

Hi Neighbors!

You may recall that the LWNA board recently had the opportunity to talk directly with APD NW Area Commander, Dodi Camacho, and share our concerns at the September LWNA meeting. In addition, we had the pleasure of speaking with several other officers at the NW Area Command Citizen Appreciation event. Openly talking to our law enforcement officers in welcoming and often cheerful situations goes a long way to creating the community familiarity that benefits our neighborhood.

Now, it can be your turn. APD offers a 12 week Citizen’s Police Academy at the Albuquerque Police Academy. In each of the 24 classes, you will meet with a specific division from 6 to 9 pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays. This includes officers from Narcotics, Homicide, K-9, Crime Lab, SWAT, and so many more. You will learn how APD works for you, and its philosophy, policies, and guiding principles. At the end of the program, you will graduate and be offered a chance to ride with one of Albuquerque’s finest for a day and to participate in APD’s Volunteers Services Program.

APD is currently registering for the 49th Citizen’s Police Academy. Classes are FREE and informative. Classes are at the Albuquerque Police Academy at 5412 2nd NW. You must be 18 and pass a background check. You can register at the Citizen’s Police Academy website at https://www.cabq.gov/police/programs/citizen-police-academy or by contacting the Academy’s coordinator Officer Sharon Saavedra at (505) 224-6641.

Have a great new year!!!

Neighborly New Year

Hello Neighbors and HAPPY HOLIDAYS!  Need a New Year’s Resolution?  Resolve to be an even better neighbor in the upcoming year.

How?  Here are some ideas to get you started in your quest for neighborly improvement:

  1. Get to know your neighbors by getting involved.  Become a block captain and get a neighborhood watch started (find info on how here).  Host a block party, or be sure to attend when your neighbors organize one.  LWNA also hosts several events throughout the year, including the annual meeting (September) and neighborhood participation in the Keep America Beautiful cleanup (April).  Even a friendly hello or quick wave while you are picking up your mail can change your mindset and your neighbors’.
  2. Stay in-the-know.  Keeping up on what is happening in our neighborhood helps us be good neighbors.  There is more going on in our neck of the woods than just the new Wal-mart store opening (which, by the way, opens mid-January).  Pets get lost every week, town halls are scheduled regularly, and infrastructure routinely needs maintenance.  The LWNA Website and e-mail list are great places to keep up to date on what is going on in the neighborhood, as well as figure out how to report streetlight outages and overgrown arroyos.  Click the “join” page up top to be added to the email list and/or the join the blog on the top right. For more hands-on online involvement, try Nextdoor.com or their downloadable app.  (Nextdoor is a social networking site that allows neighbors to post about matters pertinent to their neighborhood, report lost dogs, etc.  Many LWNA residents are on that site and it is a great place to both ask questions your neighbors may know the answer to, and give valuable information such as lost dog or wild animal sightings.)
  3. Holiday decorations are beautiful, but lights in your eyes as you sleep are a recipe for a grumpy neighbor.  When installing decorations, be sure lights are not directed into your neighbor’s bedroom windows.  If you know your neighbor has a bedroom facing your home, turn your holiday lights off before you go to sleep.  And when the holidays are over, be sure to properly dispose of your tree and lights.  Unfortunately, trees and lights cannot be placed into the blue recycle bins, but Ladera Golf Course sponsors a tree-drop off every year. While this year’s dates aren’t posted yet, check the City’s site for an update: https://www.cabq.gov/solidwaste/events/christmas-tree-recycling.

If you can think of other neighborly suggestions, feel free to post a comment, we’d love to hear from you!

Happy New Year from LWNA!