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On the heels of Gurbaksh Chahal’s dustup with building neighbors and The Infinity Owners Association, another Infinity resident has acted up and now isn’t feeling the love.
Verbatim via sfinfinityracialvictims.com which was registered this past Saturday, please make it to at least the seventh paragraph before forming (or expressing) an opinion:

Two residents, including me, have suffered ethnic and racial prejudices at the hands of The Infinity Owners Association’s Board of Directors, which is comprised predominately of Caucasian owners, and the Property Management Team, headed by a Caucasian person.

The Board seems to be sue-happy and hell-bent on punishing those who do not reflect their ethnic and racial backgrounds.

The Board’s passion to sue its own members is propably (sic) fueld (sic) partly by the Association’s legal counsel. The Board, likely urged by the General Property Manager, sued one of the residential owners, allegedly for excessive noise. Instead of suing the people who failed to build a sound-proof high-rise home, the Board sued the homeowner, who bought his multi-million dollar home after making money the old fashion way — he earned it!

Clearly, the Developer could have reasonably foreseen that someone who paid several million dollars to buy a large home would naturally entertain his friends and business associates regularly. It’s clearly foreseeable that a monk would not buy that home and live there simply to engage in continuous silent prayers every day.

The only rational explanation for targeting this homeowner is that he is of a different ethnic, racial and religious origin than those who instigated the lawsuit against him — they seem to harbor ethnic and racial animus towards him. Are (sic) their conduct tantamount to a hate crime against this homeowner? Racial prejudice is unlawful and jealousy is a sin.

Recently I happened to be in the crosshair of the same people who sued the self-made amazing entrepreneur, whom even Ms. Oprah Winfrey admires.

Admittedly, I made a huge mistake by making inappropriate remarks to a couple of female employees who assist the General Property Manager. I was wrong to have made those unfortunate comments. I was utterly stupid to have behaved like a juvenile. While my conduct was inexcusable, I was not myself because I was still trying to recover from a near fatal car accident. I accepted full responsibity (sic) for my offensive conduct and apologized to the employees and their boss. Certainly, I will NEVER conduct myself like an idiot and offensively again.

Even though this was my first infraction, albeit a serious one, I was branded a criminal and barred from entering the managment (sic) office, even for official business. The only explanation for this draconian and disproportionate punishment the Board and Property Management Executives imposed upon me is that they (and the HOA counsel) were motivated by ethnic and racial animus towards me, a person of South East Asian heritage. (I do not believe in “playing” the race card nor have I ever done so because I’ve always earned my dues through hardwork (sic) and overcoming seemingly insurmountable odds.)

Perhaps, on a mundane level, the disproportionately harsh actions of the Board and Management constitute concerted efforts to mask dereliction of duties by certain directors and significant mismanagement.

Sadly, racism is still alive, kicking and thriving on the Infinity Board of Directors, dominated by Caucasian members, and the Property Management Team, also dominated by Caucasians. What happened to a color-blind society, especially in San Francisco. What happened to human dignity. Have Americans become as genocidal as the Sunnis and Shites (sic) in Iraq. God, I hope not.

I pray to God that we have not lost our humanity and that God will foregive (sic) us for our sins and guide us to be better people.

We have a feeling it’s not only God’s forgiveness that’s soon to be sought as well.
Infinity Owners Association To “G”: Give Us An “F”-ing Break [SocketSite]

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Comments from “Plugged-In” Readers

  1. Posted by FormerAptBroker

    Sounds like another example of the “white man trying to keep people of color down”. I’m sure the SF board of supervisors and human rights commission (http://www.sf-hrc.org/) will take the next month to look in to this before the next vote to boycott AZ and Israel (they will get to the city budget just as soon as they are done with the more important issues).
    P.S. I hate Realtor sites with music, but I think that this site would be better with the Beastie Boys “fight for your right to party” playing as you read this very serious allegation of racism.
    http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/beastieboys/fightforyourright.html

  2. Posted by A.T.

    Oh, brother. Domain is registered to some lawyer who works out of his condo at the Infinity. I love it: “I made a huge mistake by making inappropriate remarks to a couple of female employees who assist the General Property Manager”
    and yet
    “The ONLY explanation for this draconian and disproportionate punishment the Board and Property Management Executives imposed upon me is that they (and the HOA counsel) were motivated by ethnic and racial animus towards me, a person of South East Asian heritage.”

  3. Posted by Resident

    Other Infinity residents to resident who was banned from management office after harassing female employees: Give us an “F”-ing Break.
    The writer claims their offense was “inexcusable”, “offensive”, and that (s)he acted like “an idiot and offensively.”
    You know what, when you act like that you get banned from entering the office.
    Perhaps the board is on the strict side. But all in all, it doesn’t sound like racism here; sounds like a jerk is getting what they deserve.

  4. Posted by Resident

    Yeah, looks like this is registered to Phillip Hwee.
    http://hweelaw.com/home

  5. Posted by sna

    That is a hilarious website, how do these people make enough money to even afford the condos in the first place ? oh wait they don’t. I see more condos coming to the market shortly.

  6. Posted by Mike

    [Phillip] -
    You claim you “do not believe in playing the race card”, but that’s exactly what you went to. I have no doubt racism still exists in America, but you seem to throw around accusations liberally. You provided no proof of racism other than how the HOA treated you and G. But from what I’m aware of, is appears both mat be warranted based on the situations.
    You said yourself that you made imprecate comments towards women and acted like a juvenile,…behavior that is inexcusable. Now you’re surprised that the HOA treated you poorly? To me, it looks like you asked to be treated this way by your actions. Instead of attacking them further, maybe you should stop acting juvenile (which I think you are now with this post to the whole community), and instead apologize by your words and behavior to the women you offended, and work to earn their trust back over time.
    As for G, I’ve heard a few things – including verbally abusing staff and making life unpleasant for his neighbors (who also paid millions for their place). If these facts are true, the HOA had no recourse but to file a court case — otherwise the HOA would be at risk of lawsuit by owners and staff. I’m not sure why you cite Oprah . Being admired on Oprah for business success has nothing to do with how one treats others in their community.
    As for the board, I suspect just about everyone was able to run for office and then members elected the board. So, would mean all of the Infinity is racist? I’d love for you to accuse all of Infinity as being racist now, given the diversity we have here.
    Buddy, it is so easy to pull the racist card any time someone isn’t nice to you. But, I think you need to take a step back and look in the mirror at your own behavior. In this case it may not be racism, but people treating you as you deserve to be treated.

  7. Posted by Chris

    It looks like Mr. Hwee has his unit for sale. Bought at the peak, now selling at the bottom…and slamming the building at the same time.
    Seems like he should be watching Dr. Phil instead of Oprah.

  8. Posted by hangemhi

    “I do not believe in “playing” the race card” and “Have Americans become as genocidal as the Sunnis and Shites (sic) in Iraq.”
    The HOA Board isn’t happy with raging all night parties, and someone verbally abusing employees – and that means they’re racist and American is “genocidal”. Seriously?
    This person has zero credibility. Every building has their nuts and nuts with law degrees are the worst. Altough I suspect his law degree came out of a cracker jack box.

  9. Posted by TallGuy

    I was so close to buying a condo at the Infinity a few years back. I didn’t because I was reminded of what you lose in such large buildings as compared to say a smaller one or single unit. I can’t say I’m missing this kind of idiotic cr*p.

  10. Posted by Kyle

    I live in the Infinity and haven’t had any issues. The staff is nice and helpful and most of the residents are great as well.
    But then once in a while you get this. I hope Phillip moves out, preferrably to some home away from society as a whole. What an idiot.

  11. Posted by Paul Hwang

    As an Infinity owner and a real estate broker who has had over 50+ transactions at the Infinity, including multiple penthouse sales, I think it would be prudent to get all the facts before forming an position on this important set of events.
    There is racism in the world, and people do make mistakes.
    Paul

  12. Posted by A.T.

    Paul, well said. Before this guy goes off spouting racism when his abusive conduct appears to be the far likelier explanation for management’s decisions, he should get all the facts straight. I assume that is what you meant.

  13. Posted by Jerry of San Francisco

    This guy has used the race card, but for what purpose? He certainly has not helped himself on his web site. I think someone is playing with a short deck and the race card will not win the game.

  14. Posted by Kathleen

    Isn’t Caucasian a dirty word? Whenever I get call the “C” word I say, “Shut up. I’m a New Yorker.”

  15. Posted by scurvy

    In the words of my generation, LOLWUT?!
    First, white people live in the Infinity? News to me. I thought it was all Chinese people — like 100%. Not even Asians, just Chinese. The marketing department at Infinity was very good at marketing their units to people from China. Anecdotal I know, but of the 4 people I know living in Infinity, they’re all Chinese. I walk past this building all the time and only see Chinese walking in and out.
    Interesting that this dude would pull the race card in a predominantly Chinese owned building (but it sounds like it’s still run by crackers?)

  16. Posted by RSVP

    Sounds like the female employees of the general management may have thought that Phillip pulled the sexism card, the misogyny card, the chauvanism card or all three with his inappropriate remarks. It also sounds like Phillip may be blaming his near fatal accident for his behavior instead just accepting full responsibility. What does he mean by “trying to recover”? Was he was on pain killing drugs at the time of the offense? I think that his behavior must have gone way beyond stupid to the point of being insane. I don’t think you get banned for a first offense unless it was pretty awful. He can’t spell either!

  17. Posted by Mikey

    Love it.
    This person is a piece of work. As soon as he moved in he started complaining about everything (no basketball court, a garage gate not up to his ugh standards, no BBQ, no children’s playroom, etc–you get the idea).
    Then he started spamming an internal list and eventually got booted out.
    I’d say he has bigger problems than some perceived racial insensitivity.

  18. Posted by lol

    He claims the Infinity is not sound-proofed? Is this true? I thought “luxury” came with things like “calm” and “privacy”?

  19. Posted by SFHawkguy

    Whatever. Who knows what the facts are. How do you know the guy is playing the race card A.T.? Or do people of color always lie about these things? Anytime a person of color is angry he’s probably just whining because he wasn’t given someting for free, eh A.T? They are so loud when they don’t get what they want.
    If someone is treated poorly because of their race they should be polite and be able to calmly relay the incident, without emotion?
    I don’t know what the facts are. The building seems to have it out for two people of color. Of course the white rich guys think it’s the people of color’s fault.
    Luckily, the rich white pricks get to lose their money on this building along with the people of color.

  20. Posted by hangemhi

    Board of Directors, which is comprised predominately of Caucasian owners
    So it’s not 100% Caucasian? In other words there are non-Caucasians discriminating?
    Aside from his note being ridiculous, bizarre and delusional, he was equally off his nut with his attempt at selling his unit. 301 Main St #26D bought in May of last year for $1,050,000 – he then attempted to sell it 10 months later for $1,495,000. What a joke.
    And if you watch the video of the unit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rOhmJpA_PLk for that price you have the good fortune of having your every move watched by multiple floors of residents in the other tower. That probably makes one paranoid and prone to – well, delusional paranoia.

  21. Posted by putz

    Wonder if the association could counter sue for slander if ‘the facts’ are found to be different than what’s so publicly stated. This is seriously bad PR and could be argued that it will drag values down and he could be liable. Hopefully cooler heads will prevail.

  22. Posted by LX

    Another poster nailed it. Every condo association has a nut. Often someone who raises preposterous issues that the board is forced to address, which keeps homeowners from wanting to volunteer to serve on the board. Had a neighbor once who hung styrofoam tombstones and crucifixes from her third floor window when we cut a tree on the property. She “mourned” it for over six months, refusing to take them down. How do you even deal with that sort of mentality? You buy yourself a nice single-family home someplace, that’s what you do.

  23. Posted by grumpy

    my neighbor kept insisting that the condo association was unhinging his doors and turning them around to f#*k with him. He was so serious about it that he sold his unit and moved out. Point being, I don’t believe this guy, G was warned before and he insisted on being a jerk at all hours of the night.

  24. Posted by Resident

    Some posters suggest Phil may have a case to make. Possibly, but if he does it certainly does not logically come across in his rant.
    What is frustrating to Infinity residents is that if the case turns out to be ridiculuous (as it current looks), it will have done nothing but burn up valuable resources that could have been better spent improving the building, services, and community for the residences. Furthermore, as another poster mentions, it is negative PR for the community and Infinity owners.
    Unless Phil’s case is substantiated by facts, I will cringe at the thought of a single dollar of HOA fees going to address this. I’ll let him know as much if I run into him in the building.

  25. Posted by Infinity Resident

    Lily Ng who works in the HOA office is Chinese. So I guess Phil is wrong.
    Infinity HOA management is clueless and slow to respond but they’re definitely not racist.

  26. Posted by stucco-sux

    I’m becoming convinced that there is some old ghost of the 76 sign that is making everyone in those towers a little crazy. Or is it the gentle, endless swaying?

  27. Posted by huh?

    Hangemhi – great youtube clip. Love the way it advertizes “panoramic water views from every room”, failing to mention that they are nicely walled off by Tower II (and multiple other residents) staring you in the face. Did you notice how the camera is lowered when T2 comes into view … like no-one will notice it? Hilarious!
    Got to question the thought process here. Does he really think his website alleging racism is going to HELP him try to sell his unit at a 42% profit? If he wants out surely it makes sense to dump the unit then come out with the allegations? Or does he now realize he’s stuck with his unit and will only manage to sell at a loss after Tower II’s fire sale? Either way, it sounds like a lovely place to live.

  28. Posted by ex SF-er

    I have no comment about the merit or lack thereof of his complaint.
    however, one thing does ring true to me:
    Clearly, the Developer could have reasonably foreseen that someone who paid several million dollars to buy a large home would naturally entertain his friends and business associates regularly
    I couldn’t agree more. wasn’t one of the problems with “G” that he had lady friends walking around in high heels? that seems like a no-brainer. a “luxury” apartment should be sufficiently sound proofed so that high heels cannot be heard by adjacent unit.
    (the wild parties are another story alltogether of course).
    suing the people who failed to build a sound-proof high-rise home
    Perhaps the HOA should look into this.
    I know that if I ever buy a multimillion dollar condo that I should be able to tromp around in whatever footwear I want at whatever time of day I choose.
    I used to live in an a pre-war brick/concrete apartment complex. I could turn the radio up as loud as I wanted and have huge parties and the neighbors couldn’t hear a thing unless the windows were open.
    ===
    all that said, I disagree with his idea that the ONLY rationale conclusion is one of racism.

  29. Posted by acoustician

    a “luxury” apartment should be sufficiently sound proofed so that high heels cannot be heard by adjacent unit.
    “Cannot be heard” is a pretty high standard, but it is indeed understood that any residential property marketed as “luxury” is indeed held to a higher-than-normal standard.

  30. Posted by Oceangoer

    Makes me feel kind of lucky I am in a three unit building. That can be a problem too if one of the owners is wacky, but at least it minimizes the aggravation.

  31. Posted by A.T.

    We’re in a 2-unit, Oceangoer. We’ve had disagreements maybe twice in the last 10 years (minor stuff — whether to install a new floodlight). A quick game of rochambeau and it’s resolved. If and when we move, it’ll be an SFR or a two-flat where we own both units. No way am I dealing with some big HOA and crazy neighbors I don’t even know having decision-making authority over my place.

  32. Posted by jlasf

    Re: Noise from high heels, etc.
    Was there any restriction on floor covering? If you look at interior shots, it seems that most of the floor is marble.
    http://www.vasoperitosid.com/residential.html
    Did this violate any building rule? If so, how did that happen?

  33. Posted by OneEyedMan

    Typically, HOA docs stipulate the acoustic properties of underlayment for wood flooring. Tile is typically restricted to baths only. Frequently, only carpet is allowed in bedrooms. It is not unual to have the docs also stipulate a percentage of the hardwood floors (60% in my building) that require coverage by rugs.

  34. Posted by lol

    I am actively on the market and two of my criteria for condos or TICs is “no lawyers” and “no politicians”. I passed on a building where I would have had to do an Owner Move In eviction on a lawyer. Another time that was a condo in an HOA that had an hyperactive busybody former Supervisor. These guys eat litigation for breakfast.

  35. Posted by ORHer

    I’ve had some interaction with Phil, he is genuinely out of touch with reality and is projecting enough for Dr.Freud to be proud. From my understanding he had major problems with the HOA at the Met where he lived previously… where, if I’m not mistaken, he actually sued the agent that sold him his place and the board.
    As for G, he seems to have some maturity problems… while his public persona is carefully managed to position him as a do-gooder… he obviously has a major chip on his shoulder with typical new money entitlement issues. Hopefully he will grow up before he does something really dumb.

  36. Posted by EBGuy

    I’d say there are bigger problems in this building. There is enough Countrywide financing to suggest there may be some speculative buyers; and I even spotted a WaMu and a Wachovia mortgage. Countrywide is in for $1.95million on one of the units. Don’t worry, I’m sure they were only using an ARM for cash flow management..
    So, this thread does have me wondering — is it hard for lawyers to get past coop boards?

  37. Posted by BobN

    I suppose it might be racist of me, but I guessed the ethnicity of the writer just a few paragraphs in. Different cultures approach conflict differently, and this sort of public pleading is pretty typical of some cultures. I know my Italian family does it, though theirs tends to have more drama and less logic. Support is sought not so much based on sheer reasonableness and appeal to higher societal values as on alternating threats of violence (including self-inflicted) and utter outrage. Oh, and an Italian would never, ever admit to having previously behaved badly. You save that for the make-up session after the problem has been resolved.

  38. Posted by grumpy

    some of the units at inifinity had hardwoods in the bedrooms, so I don’t think the carpeting requirement applies. The agent also told me that the floors were 8 inch concrete so pretty soundproof, but I guess not enough for high-heels.

  39. Posted by Oceangoer

    I love this thread. As opera it is almost as good as the Valkyrie was last Saturday. Lots of Sturm und Drang. There just doesn’t seem to be a Wotan to settle it all with a magic spear.

  40. Posted by John

    Consider that this may be some sort of joke website.
    “The Infinity, whose residents are largely of Asian, East Indian, Middle Eastern and European heritages, suffers from ethnic and racial injustices because the Association’s Board of Directors and Property Management Team do NOT reflect the residents in terms of their ethnic, racial, religious and cultural background. For example, the five-member Board consists predominately of Caucasians as does the Property Management Team.”
    At least 3 of the residents groups mentioned are typically considered to be Caucasian, so the writer is playing with words here. Perhaps, we’re not in on the joke.

  41. Posted by sfrenegade

    This guy is ridiculous. He said stuff to the staff that was so bad he got banned from their office, and then he blames that on race? Come on. I mean, yeah, there are still racists around, but being impolite to people and then trying to blame it on them is tired.
    Anyway, if this guy is a lawyer, he’s not a very good one. He has not laid out facts sufficient to support his allegations.

  42. Posted by sfrenegade

    “I’d say there are bigger problems in this building. There is enough Countrywide financing to suggest there may be some speculative buyers; and I even spotted a WaMu and a Wachovia mortgage. Countrywide is in for $1.95million on one of the units. Don’t worry, I’m sure they were only using an ARM for cash flow management..”
    Yeah, even the management office acknowledges that there are process servers roaming the buildings on occasion.

  43. Posted by willy

    The guy is a few clowns short of a circus. He completely dominated the Infinty User Group on Yahoo and was at odds with everyone about everything….constant bickering about tiny little stupid stuff…and always had an opinion no matter what the topic. With 650 units, at least a few residents will be crazy.
    The same is true of SFRs in residential neighborhoods. In my last home, the noise was just as bad (only different) and the neighbors more of a pain in the butt.

  44. Posted by Rillion

    Makes me appreciated my 72-unit complex where the worst we have to deal with is someone misusing the compost/recycling bins or the quarterly dumpster and then someone else leaving a nasty note about it at the scene of the ‘crime’.

  45. Posted by RSVP

    I bet that if Phillip spammed the Infinity Owners’ Intranet, the management blocked him for abusing it.
    There are always plusses and minues for all types of residences.
    In large buildings with 650 units, you will always have a few nuts who don’t have a real life. This type of owner will get on the board so that they can nitpick their neighbors for the smallest infractions of the rules and regs. Or they might settle to just to sabatage the community Intranet or verbally abuse their neighbors and management staff.
    With single family homes you always have at least that one family who will park their cars on the front lawn, throw wild, loud and late night parties, drive 50 miles an hour down the street, never put their garbage cans away or take down their Christmas lights.
    Even duplexes can have problems. Even if you own the duplex, living in one and rent the other, 50% of the occupants (your tenant) could be the problem. It takes time to evict someone. That’s a high percentage to live next door to.
    I would love to hear what Phil would say or do if the neighbor above tapped danced all night long.

  46. Posted by willy

    Now that I’ve put a face with the name, wasn’t Phil one of two people on the nominating committee for the recent set of HOA directors?

  47. Posted by Resident

    Sounds like someone needs to start http://www.sfinfinityphilvictims.com.
    Sounds like there are quite a few folks who qualify to be part of the site.

  48. Posted by JustLooking

    Change of Topic, but still Infinity & Phil: How soon before Phil begins to complain about Prospect, which I believe just opened its doors on Friday?

  49. Posted by Inf Guy

    I am a ‘black’ guy who lives here. The Asian and ‘Caucasian’ people here seem to love me, especially the women. I see no racist issues what-so-ever considering I fit the true minority group in the building.

  50. Posted by SFRE

    [Removed by Editor]
    Racism is a serious issue, and should not be thrown around just to get attention. To use that word, and make an assumption that someone is racist, indicates to me that he is a racist himself. Instead of looking past the color of someone’s skin, he focuses on it. Racism cuts boths ways.
    In any case, this dude is so lame, he is a fraction of a man, and he is probably compensating for a lack of something.

  51. Posted by sfrenegade

    Apparently this guy complained about square footage calculations once too:
    http://abclocal.go.com/kgo/story?section=news/7_on_your_side&id=5330327
    I get why he’s trying to cast his lot in with G, but that was probably a bad tactic too. The problem with G, as I understand it, has nothing to do with his race either. Best I can tell, G is outright violating covenants.

  52. Posted by A.T.

    From the court files, it looks like he sued on and lost that square footage claim. And he had to pay the other side’s attorneys fees. Maybe he’s learned his lesson and will now stick to airing his gripes in bizarre web sites.

  53. Posted by 90a

    Last year Mr. Hwee informed both The Chronicle and his neighbors of his intention to run for the position of District Six Supervisor. Apparently his political aspirations have been sidelined while he set up a website to air his perceived grievances. Below is his candidacy notice, shared with the home owners at The Infinity and The San Francisco Chronicle.
    Dear Messrs. Phillip Matier and Andrew Ross:
    I love reading your columns and watch Mr. Matier interview our law makers and city officials.
    I’ve been contemplating running for District 6 Supervisor in the 2010 election. And have decided to jump into the race. I have yet to fill out any of the paperwork but I wanted to declare my candidacy in the San Francisco Chronicle, a venerable SF institution and an excellent news organization.
    I am attaching a letter I recently wrote to Mayor Newsom and School Superintend Garcia, proposing a new school be built to serve the growing population of families with children who continue to move into Rincon Hill, SOMA, South Beach and Mission Bay.
    Clearly, my ideas requires a tremendous amount of studies, analysis, community involvement and outreach. However, I believe the economic recession that has mired every municipality offers a wonderful opportunity for the City of San Francisco to acquire empty lots that may never be developed. I think the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency can help broker deals to alleviate the tremendous financial burdens on the owners of the current empty lots that dot most neighbors in San Francisco, and especially in the burgeoning Rincon Hill neighborhood.
    Thank you very much for your time. Please continue to do good work; your excellent reporting and work provide tremendous benefit to our community.
    Best regards,
    Phillip (“Phil”) Hwee
    San Francisco, CA

  54. Posted by Brahma (incensed renter)

    putz wrote:

    Wonder if the association could counter sue for slander if ‘the facts’ are found to be different than what’s so publicly stated. This is seriously bad PR and could be argued that it will drag values down and he could be liable.

    I’m not a lawyer, but based on what I’ve read they could but probably won’t. As pointed out in the thread on Infinity Owners Association vs. Gurbaksh Chahal, civil litigation is expensive, and there’s a high risk of not winning or not getting the losing side to pay the winning side’s legal fees even when you have a solid case.
    And how one would quantify the economic impact of the “bad publicity” is an interesting question that would require some expert witnesses to be hired, deposed, prepared for testimony, etc.
    If the above observations are correct and the guy is working out of his condo, probably operating as a sole practitioner attorney, he probably doesn’t have enough attachable assets to make it worth the while of the HOA going after him even if they won outright, but he could make life expensive and difficult during litigation. He could defend himself while the HOA would be running up legal fees at the rate of hundreds of dollars per hour. Meanwhile, the other residents would be getting more and more PO’d because their fees were going to fund litigation instead of improvements and repairs to their condos.

  55. Posted by RSVP

    Brahma -
    I’m not a lawyer either. But what I’ve seen as a Realtor (mainly working on the peninsula) is that if there either a class action suit by the homeowers against the building or in this case, a counter suit against an individual, the owners’ hoa monthly dues are increased to cover the attorney fees. Sometimes the increase is significant. I have never seen that fee reversed even when the homeowners win the suit.
    I hope that the homeowners ignore the bad pr this resident is spewing wherever he can for free. I think reacting to this just makes it worse because then you have to address it. I think if no one reacts it will eventually go away. It’s like a tennis match. It takes two to play. If one player walks off the court, the game is over. It also is the best way for parents to react to a child throwing a temper tantrum. Ignore it and they’ll eventually realize that it’s not getting them anywhere except frustration and exhaustion. If you acknowledge it in anyway, they know they have pushed your buttons and will continue unrelentlessly.

  56. Posted by ZibbyZ

    Just can’t get past his inability to use spell check.

  57. Posted by donquixote

    I live at the Infinity. I saw Phil get kicked off the chat board. He’s clearly nuts. 100% nuts. However, the problems at The Infinity run beyond crazy-Phil.
    The best I could describe the Infinity is Ghetto Fabulous. I can’t stand living here. Perhaps it’s because there are 650 units and 10% of those make the place intolerable. But damn that’s 65 residents (at least). For example, there is a guy who daily takes his huge dog outside the front lobby door to let it urinate within 20 feet from the door leaving a huge puddle of piss outside 301 Main. People leave trash all over the common areas in the garage – boxes, cartons etc. There is one unit with dark brown blinds in all 5 windows facing Main St despite the strict rules everyone else had to follow about white blinds only. The person on floor 30 or so of tower 2 has a clothes rack with hangars on their deck for drying laundry. All these things seem minor but the HOA does nothing to stop it… nothing. Making the Infinity – GHETTO FABULOUS. I’m selling my unit after the 2-year lockup and moving to The Millenium.

  58. Posted by J

    “I’m selling my unit after the 2-year lockup”
    2-year lockup?

  59. Posted by soma resident

    don quixote – you want to move to the millennium? have you done any research? have the prices come down yet? or do you plan to rent? seems to me the entire building (excluding the D stack) is full of renters with little incentive to treat the building any better than those infinity folks. Just beware – millennium marketing is great, but the reality is that you have a bunch of affluent 20-somethings renting. it reminds me of my grad school dorm!

  60. Posted by lol

    He is complaining about having paid too much for a unit at the Metropolitan, then he buys at the Infinity?
    LOL!

  61. Posted by willy

    donquixote- I’ve seen some of the things you mention. I think most of that will be addressed. For example, I know they are going through the garage and throwing stuff out and assessing fines. The dark blinds will come done – 100% chance. They found plenty of these things in the annual inspection. It takes time to address, but they will fine the owner and schedule follow-up to make sure the blinds are removed. Same with drying clothes on the balcony if someone reports or it is noticed in the annual inspection.
    The dog piss is another story. I’ve seen a guy take his golden retreiver out 301 Main to piss in the gutter. If he pissed on the grounds, he could also be fined (starts at $500 and goes up with later offenses)…but he takes the dog right to the street.

  62. Posted by Mark

    Donquixote
    The lock up at Infinity is 1 year.
    I wonder if you already live at Millenium and just want to hype it up and bash Infinity at the same time.

  63. Posted by kthnxybe

    I wish more dog owners would bother to take their dogs into the gutter. Too many just pee them right on the sidewalk itself.

  64. Posted by redseca2

    I feel sorry for the dog spending all day in one of those little units.

  65. Posted by Outsider

    1. It is inhumane to keep a large dog in an 800 sq ft condominium. Period.
    2. Dogs at the Millenium, however, will be right at home as they can freely piss on Mission Street just as their fellow human.
    3. Hey, donquixote: The guy drying his clothes in the balcony was just trying to do his part in reducing energy consumption…

  66. Posted by moneytrainy

    who every bot a condo in these overpriced holes is screwed anyways. thank u some realters for pushing people to buy these units just to line your pockets. All of them won’t have come close to buying any other them themselves.

  67. Posted by EH

    couldn’t have said it better myself.

  68. Posted by J

    I probably could have

  69. Posted by grammarFreak

    @moneytrainy – Good to hear you have an opinion. Now maybe if you could use a spell check and learn proper grammar, people might give a damn what you have to say!
    @Donquixote – Complaining about the color of a single unit’s blinds? And one with a rack on their balcony? The HOA does plenty to enforce the rules. Unfortunately it takes time to enforce. They’re not going to break into someone’s unit and tear down their blinds and remove their drying rack! I have seen them tow motorcycles in the garage and give warnings to other cars in the garage for improper parking. You realize that there will always be a minority of people in the world that won’t live up to YOUR standards, right? Well, if not, you can move your “Fabulous” ass right over to the Millennium. Get a life, and stop being so petty.

  70. Posted by zz

    I happen to care about whether someone puts up brown blinds. Everyone who moved into The Infinity acknowledged a large list of requirements, including those that specify the color of window treatments. This ensures an orderly appearance for the overall development. Those who oppose these rules should not live in multi-unit housing, where such rules are commonplace. I look forward to strict enforcement of the HOA regs, especially with respect to window covering color.

  71. Posted by The Milkshake of Despair

    It seems as if the best of both worlds could be achieved regarding the window blinds by using a material that was white on the outside face and brown (or any other color for that matter, neon pink anyone ?) on the inside face.

  72. Posted by San Francisco

    I live at the Infinity and to tell you the truth the people that work in the management office are biotches. Particularly, the one with the title of “Loading Dock Coordinator”.

  73. Posted by Asbury Park West

    This guy is just a trouble-maker who happens to have a law degree. He had been/is still causing ruckus over at the Met. Nice job… 2 properties owned and a lawsuit at each place. Before buying your next property, make sure this guy isn’t already an owner.
    Most UC Berkeley graduates are cool people… this guy, though, seems like a genuine douche.

  74. Posted by donquixote

    GrammarFreak – “Get a life and stop being so petty?” You’re correcting people’s grammar on a chat board you moron. Who is being petty…
    I agree with San Francisco – we all go through great efforts to follow the HOA regulations. Residents should do the same or be fined promptly. However, I happen to like the loading dock coordinator. She’s got that quiet hot look.

  75. Posted by infin_penthouse

    Readers –
    Stop letting the squeaky wheels garner your attention.
    WE LIVE HERE BECAUSE OF THE BEAUTIFUL RACIAL DIVERSITY
    and his claims have NOTHING to do with race.
    He is a demented and tormented soul who really belongs sitting in the corner until he learns to “play well with others.”
    p.s. — $1.4M is tooo low for even the D stack, you will see.

  76. Posted by lolcat_94123

    @Milkshake: “a material that was white on the outside face and brown … on the inside.”
    lol. to the bone! not sure if it was intended, but if it was that was an AWESOME hidden “blood in, blood out” reference.

  77. Posted by huh?

    “p.s. — $1.4M is tooo low for even the D stack, you will see.”
    Are you serious? The D stack, looking directly into Tower 2, is worth over $1,063 psf? And what exactly will propel valuations to this level ($1.4m) up from the $1.05m that Phil paid? The under-rated “ghetto fabulous” factor? The trashing of the property by dogs and residents alike?
    Looks like there’s a lot more delusion in the building other than Phil.

  78. Posted by infinityresident

    Do you think it is a surprise to Tower I D stack buyers that they would be looking at Tower II? real.Tower II is a beautiful building, I like looking at it. The framing of the bridge by the Hines Building and Tower II is outstanding. The Gap building is also cool.
    The Infinity is a secondary residence for people who also own in southern California. They bring their big dogs with them.

  79. Posted by tipster

    “I like looking at it”
    So believable!

  80. Posted by JustLooking

    Irony.
    GrammarFreak is “tilting at windmills” with a blogger named donquixote

  81. Posted by sfrenegade

    “The Infinity is a secondary residence for people who also own in southern California. They bring their big dogs with them.”
    So believable! (as long as it’s not applicable to the Chinese, the French, people whose primary residence is in the City and County of SF, etc.) But hey, if the Gap building is in the view, it must be worth $1.4M.

  82. Posted by sfrenegade

    Wait wait, now I get it. The same mythical Chinese people who will prop up values in Santa Monica are also propping up values in the Infinity. And they all own Irish Wolfhounds.

  83. Posted by Rillion

    “The same mythical Chinese people who will prop up values in Santa Monica are also propping up values in the Infinity. And they all own Irish Wolfhounds.”
    And they also apparently elected an HOA board that discriminates againsts them.

  84. Posted by sfrenegade

    Rillion, yes, that’s exactly right, although to be fair, the complainer did say that Americans were committing genocide against Southeast Asians, not East Asians. Thanks for the laugh!
    But note that some people also say that Iranians from Iran (as opposed to the many ethnic Iranians that already live in the LA area) will also prop up Santa Monica housing prices with their foreign money. Iranians are Caucasians, so this group would fit with his complaint if they are also Irish Wolfound-walking Infinity buyers.

  85. Posted by resident

    As a relatively recent buyer in Tower II, I can assure readers that $1.5 for a D stack in Tower 1 looking out at Tower II seems like a terrible value. That is, unless all units except the Tower II penthouses being off the market suddenly raised the values.
    Redfin seems to have gotten access to accurate closing prices for some recent D tower closings, despite the silent closings. I can verify that they look accurate. They would suggest Phil’s condo is very overpriced.

  86. Posted by resident

    Sorry, never mind the Redfin comment above – looks like they pulled them.
    If you go to city hall and request in writing to get a copy of the transfer tax receipt, they must provide this from you (it will be in a confidential file – the other contents are confidential but the transfer tax receipt is a matter of public record and you should have access despite the silent closings).

  87. Posted by grumpy

    There is not much value in higher floor, the view is exactly the same, just different windows.

  88. Posted by Gigi

    Well for as much money as this dude has, he needs an editor. His website is a hot mess when it comes to grammar (and design)…yikes!

  89. Posted by Another_Homeowner

    Who is the president of the board? I have an issue in my unit I need to get addressed too!
    Does anyone have any ideal how to complain to the board?
    Thanks.

  90. Posted by diemos

    “Does anyone have any ideal how to complain to the board?”
    Leave your unit. Go to elevator. Take elevator down to lobby. Go to office. Ask nice lady in office how to contact the board.

  91. Posted by Rillion

    “Leave your unit. Go to elevator. Take elevator down to lobby. Go to office. Ask nice lady in office how to contact the board.”
    And try to ask nicely so when you do complain to the board you won’t have to add this disclaimer.
    “Admittedly, I made a huge mistake by making inappropriate remarks to a couple of female employees who assist the General Property Manager. I was wrong to have made those unfortunate comments. I was utterly stupid to have behaved like a juvenile. While my conduct was inexcusable, I was not myself because I was still trying to recover from a near fatal car accident. I accepted full responsibity (sic) for my offensive conduct and apologized to the employees and their boss. Certainly, I will NEVER conduct myself like an idiot and offensively again.”

  92. Posted by infinity-er

    Mr. Hwee sounds like one of those first Gen immigrant over-achiever who has been spoiled into believing you can have it both ways. You can be rude and degrade others but when people give back to him, he cries “racism”.
    Infinity is a very large complex with many Asians, South Asians and Caucasians most never have the problems Mr. Hwee has. Most don’t complain and whine like Mr. Hwee.

  93. Posted by infinity-er

    The staff at Infinity.
    I want to comment on the staff at Infinity. The garage is a constant problem. The bike racks have assigned spaces but no one seems to follow it. There are constant violations of double parking, illegal parking in the parking lot. There is also illegal storage in the garage. Every condo association has it’s problems, but I think the Management at Infinity lacks experience.
    My opinion:
    1) the people at the entrance are fantastic. I know couple of the people in Tower D and I can’t say enough about how hard working and pleasant they are.
    2) The people in the office are another story. They seem to lack the experience to run such a large complex. They may be even incompetent or just plain – old don’t care.
    3) They are good social directors (similar to a cruise ship), but unlike a cruise ship, I live here. I want competent people with good judgement where I live and invested my money buying a place.

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