As soon as ballots started arriving in the mail last week, some sharp-eyed residents noticed a problem with the ballot measure: “Proposed Change in the CC&R's” member initiative to amend the motorcycle prohibition. At Saturday's Meet the Candidates Coffee, at least one member pointed out the double negative under "NO."
The full sentence states: "NO: DISAPPROVE to not amend the motorcycle prohibition." The member thought the double negative (which, if readers remember their English lessons, actually creates a positive) was a deliberate attempt to get a “yes” on motorcycles with either vote.
It should be written: "NO: DISAPPROVE to amend the motorcycle prohibition."
General Manager Jon Sabo told members this week the NO really does mean NO. "If you wish to END the prohibition of motorcycles within Canyon Lake POA and allow their regulated use, please vote YES. If you wish to KEEP the prohibition of motorcycles within Canyon Lake POA and NOT allow their usage, please vote NO," he said.
For members who have not seen the ballot, the proposed amendment reads as follows:
"The Canyon Lake Property Owners Association repeals the provIsions contained in the
Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions that prohibits the riding of motorcycles within the
common interest development with the following proposed conditions,
Motorcycles shall be allowed to be driven within the common interest development provided
they meet the following conditions:
Only the resident of a property in the Canyon Lake Property Owners Association, who is properly licensed to drive, shall be allowed to drive a motorcycle that is registered, licensed and insure under the provisions of the Vehicle Code to drive on a highway, within the gates of the private community.
The motorcycle shall be street legal, subject to a complete safety and noise inspection by the Property Owners Association and shall be issued a permit after proof has been submitted of proper licensing and insurance under California Law. A fee will be charged annually for the permit.
The properly permitted motorcycle will be allowed ingress and egress to and from his/her property within the community.
The motorcycle shall meet all California Department of Transportation safety and noise requirements for vehicles licensed under the Vehicle Code.
Strict enforcement and sanctions shall be taken for non-compliance with the rules and regulations including fines and suspension of the permit.