April 14, 2005
Dear Fellow Unit Owners:
I just received in the mail
from another unit owner a “book” written by Judith Stern saying some
pretty nasty things about me. Thank you for the copy. I’ll try to make
this reply to the book and letter from Judith Stern as short as possible.
everyone will receive the amended complaint filed today by my attorney for
your review. Stern has made a ton of pretty outrageous and false statements
about me. Without going into everyone let me say that the only one that is
true is that I did send an e-mail to the board members. The message read: This
message is for the Morons and Idiots that continue to use scare tactics
on tenants and now an old lady. You must be really proud of yourself scaring
and upsetting an old lady by saying if she does not sign what Lee Burg is
sending her she will be sued. You’re a Moron! You must think you’re real
tough, we’ll see. I also copied Lee Burg and my attorney then Richard
Epstein. I was very public about my statement. It’s not my style to do
things in secret. Please keep that in mind when you look at Judith’s
accusations and ask if what she says is consistent with what you know of me.
was the e-mail I sent to a number of the board members, and that’s my
position today. I don’t like being threatened, and I don’t like seeing
older people threatened or intimidated.
mentioned that I never requested a meeting. This is a lie. I asked that we
call a special meeting to discuss the termite issues along with others items
via email. (Attached)
I also provided my home and
800 number to my office and ask that she call. But I never heard from her. I
just kept reviewing e-mails she was sending out, sometimes copying me,
the termites: The Owners at
Colonial Manor East are completely satisfied and will provide Alternative
Termite Co. (ATM) with access to the attics soon. We at Colonial Manor West
have openings to all our attics. So far Alternative has treated 14 units and
three attics with at least 5 or 6 more owners interested if they can receive
their money back from the Special Assessment. Some owners have already been
told “NO” by Stern.
all for having Alternative Termite Co make a full presentation to the owners
the way Plantation City Councilman Bruce Edwards made. Why is Stern, the
Political Consultant, so intent on pushing Bruce Edwards on us? Why not
allow Alternative Termite Co. make a presentation?
far as costs go, we would get a credit from ATM for the work already done.
Sounds like a pretty good deal to me. They kill the termites and apply a
preventative to the wood; this is a long and lasting treatment and is the
best way to handle our problem. Tenting amounts to a “band aid”
solution. What happens next year when the termites swarm, tent again?
Let’s give ATM at least a chance to make a presentation. It’s free. By
the way ATM use to tent until this new treatment came along 5 years ago.
last thing, it is true I as you were provided a copy of an e-mail sent to
the Republican Party in Broward asking for information on Stern. I thought
she was a democrat because of hearing about the work done with Bill Clinton
etc., but from campaign contributions made and reported by the Political
Contributions by Individuals it shows Judith Stern made a $2,000
contribution to the George Bush – Dick Cheney 2004 Presidential Primary.
So I guess she’s not a democrat after all. I made a mistake.
In regards to our $50,000 special assessment
it is down to about $32,000. It appears to me that the money was spent on
insurance, attorney fees and other bills. Not for what it was intended. When
someone asks the questions, Judith says she can’t speak about it because
of the pending lawsuit. There is no law that says she can’t tell us how
much of our money she has spent. Becker & Poliakoff
(B&P) -- their fees are over $20,000. We have insurance lawyers
handling the case, why did Stern insist on having B&P continue to run up
bills in the court action? See attached statement from B&P lawyer to my
lawyer. And what are the other expenses? By law, they also better be
strictly in accord with the purpose of the Special Assessment.
always seems to get into that this is America, and in America, we have
democracy, but in fact she is nothing more than a dictator who will listen
to no one and runs our association her way or no way.
I said this before and I will continue saying it. We have NEVER EVER HAD
THE PROBLEMS WE ARE GOING THROUGH NOW…ONE PERSON IS RESPONSIBLE JUDITH
STERN. ALL OWNERS SHOULD INSIST ON REMOVING HER AND THE FEW BOARD MEMBERS THAT SUPPORT HER. SHE IS WASTING YOUR MONEY IN COURT, AND UP TO NOW,
SHE HAS BEEN COMPLETELY INCAPABLE OF PROPERLY SCHEDULING, NOTICING AND
CONDUCTING A DIRECTORS’ OR MEMBERS’ MEETING, AND THEREFORE, UP THROUGH
TODAY, NOT ONE ACTION TAKEN THAT WE ARE IN COURT (AND ARBITRATION AT THE
SAME TIME!) OVER HAS BEEN TAKEN PROPERLY. READ THE COMPLAINT MY ATTORNEY
JUST FILED. JUDITH STERN’S AN EMBARRASSMENT TO US.
& Robert Aiello
are a few pages from the March Financial Statement. As we can see Becker
& Poliakoff got paid another $8,200 in March. Another thing that stands
out is the insurance so far nearly $12,000 over budget for the year. We are
down to $29,000 in cash. STERN
IS CAUSING OUR ASSOCIATION TO GO BANKRUPT, BECAUSE SHE WANTS TO TENT OUR
BUILDING TO PROVE HER POINT AT WHATEVER THE COST. EARLIER, I WAS OFFERED A
SETTLEMENT TO WALK AWAY…BUT I MUST AGREE TO TENTING…THIS IS EMBARRASSING
TO ALL OF US. WHY COULDN’T WE HAVE AN OPEN DISCUSSION ABOUT THE TENTING
THE WAY THE OWNERS AT COLONIAL MANOR EAST DID? WHY THE LEE BURG THREATS? WAS
THERE SOMETHING TO HIDE?
you know that back in November we offered
an opportunity to have the entire membership look at other options, and
vote? We were told the president is going to fumigate the building. That’s
it. No discussion. No vote. Stern's way, or no way. Think of all the money
we could have saved just by letting the owners have a say. The owners at CMW
have from life and work experiences opinions that I'm sure would have been
very useful in making a decision as important as tenting. Why
couldn't Stern, who does not even live at the property, include all the
owners with this decision, as was done at Colonial Manor East.
problems we are experiencing at our property are because of one person,
Asset Management, Inc.