(This is Part 2 of a two-part series. See Part 1: Homeowners wage war on real estate dictatorship.) Last week, I reported on the convoluted and sometimes baffling war over the fate of the Westlake Subdivision Improvement Association, the homeowners association (HOA) for 6,500 homes in Daly City, Calif. At the heart of the struggle was U. Deutsch, an elderly German-born woman who has spent a good portion of the last 30 years working to dismantle an organization she considers fraudulent and unjust. Although the facts were on her side, I couldn't help but wonder whether Deutsch – after carrying the torch for so long, engaging in countless lawsuits and spending thousands of dollars of her own money to rid her neighborhood of an intrusive HOA – had not become a little, well, too ...
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