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pull up stakes to defend patio gardens
Aliso residents complain that management is limiting patios to 2
plants, 1 table, 2 chairs.
September 22, 2011|By Cindy Frazier
DON LEACH, Coastline Pilot
residents of Vista Aliso, an ocean-view senior housing complex in South
Laguna, fear they are about to lose their little Shangri-La — and the
ability to spend long hours in their gardens.
House rules limiting
the number of potted plants and outdoor furnishings will be enforced
Oct. 1, according to Manager Nicole Bacon. The 70-unit complex next to
Lang Park is reserved for low-income seniors ages 62 and older.
The rules call for two chairs, a small table and two potted plants.
residents have significantly more than that and will have to tear down
wrought-iron fences, take out arbors, remove vegetable plantings and
roses. Outdoor couches and large tables will have to go, too. Satellite
dishes are also on the chopping block, and no plants may be placed near
doorways or stairways.
The rules are not new, according to Bacon, who joined the organization in January.
rules were not enforced by a previous manager, and now people are upset
and some are rebelling," she said. She issued a memo to the tenants
Aug. 31, outlining the new policy and stating that it will be "strictly
a safety issue, and some of the gardening and patios are out of
control," Bacon said. "There is supposed to be nothing on the patios,
but we didn't want to do that, so we are allowing two potted plants, two
chairs and a small table."
Those who refuse to comply could face
eviction, said Patrick Higgins, vice president of communications for
National Church Residences, an Ohio-based nonprofit that owns the
complex and some 300 others nationwide.
"No one is being
threatened with eviction, but a handful [of residents] are refusing to
comply and it [eviction] is a possible consequence," Higgins said. "The
requirement is very reasonable. It's our general policy to keep the
properties from being out of uniform and to keep them with as much curb
appeal as possible. Our goal is to provide quality affordable housing."
San Miguel lives in a second-story unit with a number of steps,
including a landing. She has placed plants on every step leading to her
unit, as well as a chair on the lower landing. Under the rules, all of
that will have to go.
"I will stick to my guns," San Miguel said.
"I will not comply. Most people are not doing it [complying]. How can
they throw you out over plants?"
Three-year resident Muriel Matlock was also upset.
"I don't want to lose my irises," Matlock said. "You need a garden to lift your spirits. It will feel like a prison here."