Whether by design or encouraged by the city of Santa Rosa, H.N. Berger, a successful Southern California entrepreneur, planned and built Oakmont to attract buyers hailing from a variety of financial backgrounds. To this end, he built single family homes, as well as duplexes, triplexes and fourplexes. He even contemplated, but later abandoned, the construction of…

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“We negotiate to satisfy our interests. Interests are our needs and wants. They underlie our hopes and fears and protect our core principles”. Don McPherson’s explanation of the BATNA approach for negotiations provides a concise process to help solve the complex and difficult agreements that almost every community HOA organization faces.  BATNA (Best Alternative To…

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On July 14 Advance Golf Partners Two LLC terminated its 20-year lease agreement with OVA just months into the lease. In response, OVA announced that it would quickly negotiate a new long-term lease with CourseCo or Billy Casper Golf. To use the framework advanced by Roger Fisher and William Ury in their popular book Getting to…

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At the July 21 online board meeting VP Tom Kendrick presented the details of the golf course purchase and some of the current and ongoing expenses related to maintenance and capital improvements of the newly owned facilities. A previous article in the Oakmont Observer had presented most of these details as were currently available at…

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An Oakmont resident asked a great question: “What can the average Oakmont resident expect in terms of added (increased) costs in the new scenario including the cost of litigation.“ The question does not have a simple answer; but, if the OVA membership wants change, the membership must understand that they need to be involved in…

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Ironically, the exit of AGP provides an enormously valuable, unanticipated opportunity because there is no longer a binding 20 year obligation to fulfill. The Board should take full advantage of that opportunity!

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