Monday, July 19, 2010

"The Old Guard"

Are these people the political "Kingpins" of the La Habra Heights Improvement Association?

According to a well connected resource within the organization's inner circle, materials to be published in the *Heights Life must first meet with the editorial approval of Claire Spothelfer and Jean Good Lietzau. Peculiar, considering that neither is on the Board of the Improvement Association.

*The Heights Life – A carefully crafted monthly newsletter intended to further the group’s ideology.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

La Habra Heights Improvement Association’s Tax Returns Suggest Fraud

Contributions Not Tax Exempt!

La Habra Heights, CA - The tax filing status of La Habra Heights Improvement Association has recently come into question. LHHIA is a local organization that is established to unite residents & promotes development and welfare of the community. The group solicits contributions from residents & local businesses, by claiming it is a charitable 501(c) 3 non-profit, and that contributions are tax deductible. However, the IRS Publication 78, a list of recognized 501(c) 3 charities, does not include the La Habra Heights Improvement Association as a charitable organization. Only contributions to organizations recognized by the IRS are tax deductible.

In addition, the Improvement Association's publicly available 990 Tax Filings for 2006, 2007, & 2008, signed "under penalty of perjury" by Treasurer Jeffrey Heintz, state that the Association is a 501(c)4 non-profit, not a 501(c)3.

According to documents published by the Internal Revenue Service, contribu­tions to 501(c)(4) organizations generally are not deductible as charitable contributions for federal income tax purposes. Also, the organization may be required to disclose that contributions are not deductible when it solicits contributions

A 501(c)4, however, can be politically active. Examples of 501(c)4 organizations include employee unions, civic leagues and political action committees.

Improvement Association President Pam McVicar said that the 990 Filings were "errors". The office of Joe Mercile, accountant for the Improvement Association, was contacted in an effort to confirm the LLHIA filing status. At press time, calls had not been returned.

At the LHHIA general membership meeting in June 2009, held in at City Hall, concerns were raised over the security of members’ personal financial information. Primarily, in light of the arrest of the Improvement Association Vice President in April of 2009 on 144 charges, including fraud and identity theft. The Board attempted to quell the concerns by touting the professional accountant they used, Joe Mericle, and the fact that the Treasurer, Jeffrey Heintz, was a (former) police officer.

Next antic under investigation; LHHIA commits 1 to 1576 counts of mail fraud.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Councilman Howard Vipperman Parody “Stupid People”

La Habra Heights Improvement Association mouthpiece and City Councilmember Howard Vipperman enjoys calling residents? Stupid! Residents just think he's a jerk.

The parody/movie has been circulating among the community for months but has never been posted online until now.

Addtional reading "The Vipperman Chronicles"

Original You Tube video minus lampoon can be viewed here

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

La Habra Heights Improvement Assoc. “Heights Life” Advertisers boycott

Residents are asked to boycott advertisers in the La Habra Heights Improvement Association's "Heights Life" publication. Since board and support members have refused to conduct themselves in a law abiding, civil manner, free of political and redevelopment biases.

Complete list of advertisers, consumers are asked to boycott.

  • Craig's Tree Service (562) 945-7911
  • Jan Fiore, Coldwell Banker (562) 522-9620
  • Xcel Electric, Tim Baddonoff (562) 318-4661
  • Sidney S. Paul/Architect (562) 691-0182
  • Mercury Escrow, Debbie Dudley (562) 691-0182
  • As the hair grows, Linda Piequet (562) 697-2211
  • Princess House, Rebecca Titone (562) 879-9629
  • Norwalk/La Mirada Plumbing Heating & Air Conditioning, (562) 646-1222
  • Septic Tank Repairs, Jack Sally, (562) 336-5663
  • Melissa's Cuisine (562) 572-3111
  • Ken Parsons Architect (714) 267-8399
  • Hinkle Tree Service & Lanscape (562) 947-8194
  • Polar Bear Pool & Spa, Robert Yuhas (562) 691-5355
  • Chuck Dudley - Certified Health & Fitness Trainer (562) 754-8686
  • Violinist Teacher, Margaret R. Westooer (626) 968-3635
  • Brea/Orange County Plumbing Heating & Air Conditioning (714) 919-3992
  • See Thru Window Cleaning, Joel Innamorato (562) 944-9260
  • H.D. Nogle & Sons (562) 941-2274
  • Jim Kuhn Broker, Coldwell Banker (714) 267-6835
  • Don Mineer Contractor (909) 593-8129
  • Griffin Travel (562) 694-6551
  • Park Regency Heights (714) 441-1164
  • Park Regency Retirement (562) 691-3822
  • Alpine Meadows Landscape & Maintenace (626) 484-3467
  • Haul Away Rubbish Service Co. Inc. (323) 721-0371
  • Joel Heinl Plumbing Inc. (562) 691-8356
  • Brett Marie Bruce, Realtor, Jen Smude, Realtor, Prudential Califorina Realty (714) 871-7300
  • California Arborist (562) 698-3280
  • Daniels Dental Care (562) 694-3660
  • (562) 691-5544
  • Jane Noltensmeier, Realtor, Century 21 (714) 932-2403

Key reasons to support the boycott

June 2009
Election noticed for Annual General Meeting. At the meeting, it was announced election already held at undisclosed time and place, by undisclosed people.
Upon questioning, Board revealed that by-laws had been changed, but won't let anyone see them; "only board members can see the bylaws"
Members cannot vote for board.

Refused to share financial report with members present.
Promised to send a copy to a member who requested, but never did.
Misrepresented themselves as a 501(c)3 to solicit tax deductible contributions, when they had been a 501(c)4 since 1966.
Mailed solicitations with such misrepresentation constitute "mail fraud".

Mail-in election held in May 2010. Results not published or announced.

June 2010 annual meeting included an agenda item for "election", without any notice to members that an election would be held.

Latest slogan is "LHHIA receives no city funding. "
However, they have received at least $6,000 annually in Los Angeles County taxpayer dollars.
They also receive special treatment, in obtaining free, or almost free, use of City facilities for their public and private events and meetings.

Read more online at

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Are you a Platinum, Gold, Silver or Bronze Supporter of the LHHIA?

Coming Soon in August

Big, Proud or Loudmouthed supporter of the La Habra Heights Improvement Association? Expect to see your name listed here along with your affiliations and suspected motivation for supporting the PAC of Rats.
Premium members receive special treatment and recognition right here!