A Camp Pendleton Marine’s wife was ordered to remove the US Flag from outside of her home by her oppressive Home Owner’s Association.
Heather and Steven Valenti moved to the Oceanside, California, neighborhood in April after he was transferred from Virginia. When Steven was deployed, Heather placed an American flag on a hanging post outside of the family condo in a partial effort to honor her husband.
Shortly after planting the flag, Mrs. Valenti received a stern letter from the HOA.
“In keeping with good management practices, the following requires your immediate attention,” the letter said. “During a recent property inspection a flag was noted in the Common Area landscaping at your unit, which is a violation of the Association CC&R’s. Page 6 of the Rules and Regulations states: ‘No property may be left or stored in the Common Area outside any residence.’ Please remove the flag from the Common Area landscaping immediately. Failure to comply will result in further action by the Board of Directors.”
The Marine spouse questioned why other neighbors -who display items like security signs and a pineapple flag- have not been equally reprimanded.
“I just feel like I’m being targeted,” Valenti said. “There are other people in this community that have other things up in the same exact spot and I haven’t seen them taken down; no consequences with that.”
Valenti says that the posting of the American flag is especially important to her while her husband is deployed.
“With my husband overseas, this is important to us. We’re American. It’s not offensive to anybody. It’s not even doing anything,” Valenti said.
Not wanting to be fined, Valenti may have to remove the flag. However, she demanded equal treatment of all residents.
“I don’t want to be fined so if I do have to take it down, I would like to have everybody take down their stuff for me to take it down as well,” she added.
According to FOX5, the Curtis Management Company HOA did not return any contact attempts made in regards to the incident.
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I would like the name and address of this HOA. I will endeavor to have all Marine/Navy personnel warned this outfit is off limits to personnel living of base. Base housing will be notified of their unAmerican conduct. I lived in Oceanside for many years, owned homes and condo’s. Belonged to HOA’s in nearly all of them. Yes they have rules and regulations, but none against the American Flag. This conduct is unsatisfactory.