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Crossings vote a reprieve for SnoZen

Residents in the Crossings neighborhood last week voted overwhelmingly to overturn a set of new rules and fines that some believed would have forced a neighborhood dessert shop to close down.

The new rules were approved earlier this year by board members of the Crossings Homeowners' Association. Among the revisions, the rules would set stricter fines on parking and other violations in the neighborhood. But the change that drew the most attention was a rule to force businesses to abide by "quiet hours" after 6 p.m.

In effect, that rule only impacted SnoZen, a shop specializing in Taiwanese shaved snow and the only business that stays open in the evenings. SnoZen owners complained they were being unfairly targeted by an HOA board member who lives directly above the shop. A number of other residents rallied to their cause, and in the process, a loose opposition group dubbing itself "the Crossings Resistance" set up a website and hired its own attorney to scrutinize the board's actions.

In recent days, the brouhaha even got its own election after some neighbors petitioned to veto the board's revised rules. In a vote taken among about 230 households in the neighborhood last week, approximately 71 percent of the residents opted to overturn the new rules.

Pressing the advantage, opponents are now seeking to recall the entire HOA board. In recent days they presented a petition signed by more than 80 residents that calls for a special vote on a recall. If successful, an entirely new board of directors would need to be elected.

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Crossings vote a reprieve for SnoZen

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Uploaded: Mon, Jun 22, 2015, 9:53 am

Residents in the Crossings neighborhood last week voted overwhelmingly to overturn a set of new rules and fines that some believed would have forced a neighborhood dessert shop to close down.

The new rules were approved earlier this year by board members of the Crossings Homeowners' Association. Among the revisions, the rules would set stricter fines on parking and other violations in the neighborhood. But the change that drew the most attention was a rule to force businesses to abide by "quiet hours" after 6 p.m.

In effect, that rule only impacted SnoZen, a shop specializing in Taiwanese shaved snow and the only business that stays open in the evenings. SnoZen owners complained they were being unfairly targeted by an HOA board member who lives directly above the shop. A number of other residents rallied to their cause, and in the process, a loose opposition group dubbing itself "the Crossings Resistance" set up a website and hired its own attorney to scrutinize the board's actions.

In recent days, the brouhaha even got its own election after some neighbors petitioned to veto the board's revised rules. In a vote taken among about 230 households in the neighborhood last week, approximately 71 percent of the residents opted to overturn the new rules.

Pressing the advantage, opponents are now seeking to recall the entire HOA board. In recent days they presented a petition signed by more than 80 residents that calls for a special vote on a recall. If successful, an entirely new board of directors would need to be elected.

Mark Noack

Comments

Well Well Well
The Crossings
on Jun 22, 2015 at 11:59 am
Well Well Well, The Crossings
on Jun 22, 2015 at 11:59 am
31 people like this

Hahahahaha. Love it!


AEH
Monta Loma
on Jun 22, 2015 at 2:06 pm
AEH, Monta Loma
on Jun 22, 2015 at 2:06 pm
26 people like this

Well, they do say, don't they that "all politics is local"? You can't get more local than this. Democracy at work!


Probably74
Cuesta Park
on Jun 22, 2015 at 2:45 pm
Probably74, Cuesta Park
on Jun 22, 2015 at 2:45 pm
19 people like this

It was pretty clear when they purchased that unit that there would be a retail presence below.


Ron
Waverly Park
on Jun 22, 2015 at 2:58 pm
Ron, Waverly Park
on Jun 22, 2015 at 2:58 pm
19 people like this

Good for them! Sometimes people go too far. I guy does not like something, gets himself on the board, tries to flex his muscles, and then goes to far and potentially gets tossed out.

Glad to see the other homeowners are not putting up with the nonsense from the board.


B Minkin
Sylvan Park
on Jun 22, 2015 at 6:04 pm
B Minkin, Sylvan Park
on Jun 22, 2015 at 6:04 pm
8 people like this

My sympathy is with the owner of the unit upstairs. Listening to the sounds of the prior tenants of the shop downstairs, it would have been difficult to anticipate the level of noise made by new tenants whose livelihood is a machine that grinds ice. The owners of the residence probably lost a lot of money when the noisy shop changed the environment enough to degrade property values. An hourly train is manageable and a burden that all those units have, but this one affects only one unit. Who wouldn't want a quieter place to live? This does not seem just.


@B Minkin
Waverly Park
on Jun 22, 2015 at 6:09 pm
@B Minkin, Waverly Park
on Jun 22, 2015 at 6:09 pm
8 people like this

Your argument, quite frankly, is nonsense. The owners of the unit in question KNEW about the business BEFORE purchasing the unit -- and went ahead with the purchase.

My suspicion is that the unit owners in question were trying to drive out SnoZen, and were attempting to get someone connected to them into the retail unit.


the_punnisher
Registered user
Whisman Station
on Jun 22, 2015 at 10:47 pm
the_punnisher, Whisman Station
Registered user
on Jun 22, 2015 at 10:47 pm
4 people like this

Let's see. I buy a house near 101 and Moffett Field. Every once in a while , ATC changes the local pattern so that P3's have to take off and land over my house. Does that mean I get to complain to MV City Hall to get more peace and quiet? NOT!
HOA's are the new and latest Neo-Nazis people have to deal with. Taxation without representation. No Freedom of Speech. No jury trials. No lawyer appointed to defend you.

Does any of this sound familiar? What did people do over 200 years ago to deal with these same problems? I hope you did not sleep through your Civics Class(es). I did not...


NIMBY
Old Mountain View
on Jun 22, 2015 at 11:00 pm
NIMBY, Old Mountain View
on Jun 22, 2015 at 11:00 pm
8 people like this

Maybe the owner of the unit upstairs should try to get the CalTrain to quiet down as well or maybe stop service all together. I am sure the price he paid for his unit compared to the price others paid who do not live above a business was incentive enough for him to purchase the property. Mixed use is mixed use!


Veronica
Monta Loma
on Jun 23, 2015 at 7:22 pm
Veronica, Monta Loma
on Jun 23, 2015 at 7:22 pm
7 people like this

Hourly trains? During rush hour the trains are more frequent, with bullets as well as the local trains. And Caltrain is embarking (excuse the pun) on a six-month nighttime test of a new alerts system. Could the resident have picked a more noisy location? And did the resident not know about the VTA bus stop under their windows? And that they are located on at the corner of two busy city streets/thoroughfares, to become increasingly more busy with additional commercial growth at San Antonio center? It's really quite simple - move to a quiet, secluded area. It seems there's an "oops" here, picking the wrong place to live.


@veronika
North Whisman
on Jun 23, 2015 at 8:05 pm
@veronika, North Whisman
on Jun 23, 2015 at 8:05 pm
9 people like this

It's really quite simple, even in a noisy location you do not want to have a noisy neighbor. Cranking up a loud music in the evening is not very neighborly.


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