Mailbag: Board should care more about residents than bees

August 27, 2013

Fish gotta swim, birds gotta fly and bees gotta sting. And if you live in the Huntington Landmark Senior Citizens Community, the latter is especially true.

After a yearlong battle, the residents finally got our board of directors to move the beehives from atop garage roofs too close to residential buildings to the top of a storage shed in the RV parking lot.

I now have a blue vehicle and a maroon vehicle again. They no longer have yellow polka dots from daily bee droppings.


Now the people who park their RVs in the assigned parking lot have to contend with five densely populated beehives. Like all good environmentalists, our directors do not care about people.

First and foremost they have to save the bees or the world will come to an end. In their noble world, a bee sting is just an inconvenience. In my world, a bee sting spells liability, lawsuits and a needless waste of my money.

About 2,000 people live in Landmark. Even though ours are "peaceful" bees, with so many targets, bee stings are inevitable.

Statistically, there should be 50 people at Landmark who are allergic to bee stings. That's a $1 million lawsuit because the board never sent out official notice that we have resident bees at Landmark. Can't you just hear the Landmark lawyer argue that the guilty party was a transient bee, not a resident bee?

Our board tells us that no one has been stung and no payouts have been made, yet rumors to the contrary persist.

I wonder if the Freedom of Information Act applies to the Landmark Board of Directors?

Irving Gilman

Huntington Beach


When will Rohrabacher represent us all?

Re: "Rohrabacher focuses attention on Tea Party, Aug. 1: I appreciated the reader's comments.

I am one of Congressman Dana Rohrabacher's constituents — although I do not feel like one because of his partiality to only one group in U.S. Congressional District 48.

I also watched a video of his speech to the Tea Party at the Halecrest Park Swim and Tennis Club. Saying things like "big government is out to get you" and "Obamacare takes away your rights" appears to me to be uttered for the express purpose of stirring up his audience and fomenting disorder.

I, too, am at a loss to explain how and why Rohrabacher continues to be re-elected in this district. According to the Orange County Registrar of Voters, as of Aug. 12, 382,023 voters were registered in this district. Republicans represent 44% of them. What about the other 56%? Who is representing them?

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