MISSION VIEJO (CBSLA) – There hasn’t been much celebrating for Santa Margarita High School senior Sofia Muratalla, but the graduation sign in her Mission Viejo front yard brought her joy during an otherwise difficult time.

“We put it up and we’re so excited. You walk around your neighborhood and get excited to see which school each of the seniors are from. There’s 5th graders graduating from elementary school and the 8th graders,” said Muratalla.

The fun ended recently though after several of the students signs disappeared from inside of the gates of Mirasol, a townhome community with HOA regulations enforced by a board of directors.

One concerned father who didn’t want his name used says his son’s school sign is now gone from his front yard. During a virtual HOA meeting Monday night, his wife asked where the signs were.

“They either walked around and took them down or had the security company do it,” he said.

According to the homeowner, a board member admitted that they were taken down because placement in the common areas violates the HOA rules.

“I don’t really see how this bothers anyone,” Muratella said. “It’s not like politically biased. It doesn’t harm anyone..it doesn’t make sense.”

The property manager told CBSLA’s Michele Gile, “The Board of Directors has no comment on this matter other than to say that the signs will be returned to the respective owners upon request.”

Comments (5)
  1. Julie T Byers says:

    That HOA committed theft-do they understand how those signs can run $20-30 each? Shame on this Mirasol place and the town of Mission Viejo if they let them get away with their Grinchiness!

  2. Michele Polana says:

    Absolutely absurd they (HOA BOD) would ruin this small bit of recognition, which gives these kids a bright spot, in a missed right of passage. Shame on them!

  3. Urusula Jones says:

    I’m emailing the property management company to express my displeasure corporate@totalpm.com

  4. Lisa Pavin - LA says:

    That is ridiculous!!!! Exceptions need to be made—these kids deserve to be celebrated.

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