PEORIA, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -- Some west Valley homeowners are accusing their HOA of being unpatriotic because it is forcing them to remove the American flags painted in front of their homes.

"This is just kind of upsetting," said Jim West, who has a flag painted on his curb. "What is the big deal? Why?"

West and some of his neighbors have been told that the painted flags and other "decorative art" are not allowed on the curb in front of homes in Peoria's Westbrook Village community.

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Donna Cordero got her HOA notice a few weeks ago shortly after someone came around the neighborhood to paint addresses and images in front of homes to make it easier for emergency vehicles to find them.

But the homeowner's association decided that while addresses are acceptable, flags and other designs are not, and had to be painted over.

"I thought, 'Well, how unpatriotic are they?' when all I wanted to do was have that flag there because I am patriotic and my husband died for this country," Cordero said.

The Westbrook Village Association provided this statement:

The American Flag is a symbol that is cherished by the Westbrook Village Association. The Flag is flown proudly by the Association at its community recreational centers, and at its Veteran's Memorial Ramada.

Moreover, all residents within Westbrook Village are encouraged to display the American Flag on their property in a manner that is respectful and in accordance with the United States Flag Code.

The Association's Rules prohibit the display of any decoration on the curb. The primary purpose of this rule is to protect the safety of the residents by making the painted address numbers more visible to emergency personnel.

While some neighbors have expressed support for what the HOA is doing by enforcing its rules, West is not convinced.

He said the American flag is not something that should be controversial.

"I'm not gonna do anything about it unless I'm forced, and I don't know how they can force me other than take my home," said West. "I think the HOA is insulting by itself without having to pull little tricks. That is stupid, in my opinion."

Several homeowners have complied with the HOA's request and have painted over their flags and other designs.

It is unclear what action the HOA might take against homeowners who don't do anything and leave their flags on the curb.

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(21) comments


Must people be reminded of the US Flag Code on Respect for the flag?

Title 4 United States Code

The US Flag: Respect for Flag

(b) The flag should never touch anything beneath it, such as the ground, the floor, water, or merchandise.

(c) The flag should never be carried flat or horizontally, but always aloft and free.

The HOA got this right. Now, think about it the next time a cat or dog walks by your house and pees on that painting.


Good. The flag is a symbol of oppression to POC.

JF Conlon

Is it possible that for once the HOA is right? And the home owners don't understand why those numbers are there?


OMG ... why not change the headline to "Veterans/War Heros forced to remove American flag!!" or something like that ?? Geese ... if everyone gets to put "their" own decoration on the curb then don't complain w/ Billy wants his Confederate flag or Hans wants a Swastika. Now someone should do a drive by on the HOA office and AZFam can say it "wasn't their fault" "they were just reporting the news". (with a huge dose of provocation).

Major Tom

This article is another attemp to divide America. This painted flag issue is a safety concern. The address numbers are on the curb for faster response in life or death situations. EMS teams do not need extra things painted to distract. She can fly her flag all she wants AND she signed the rules when she moved in. I completely agree with the HOA. No sympathy.

Wayne kenoff

While I don’t agree with it, I understand it. HOAs are all about being uniform. No individualism in those communities; stay out


HOA dictators are ANTI USA socialists and this proves it.

Phillup Witgas

If you are stupid enough to move into an HOA and basically sign away your property rights to a bunch of little whack jobs with nothing better to do than ride around in golf carts looking for people to fine you get what you deserve. I just laugh at people who whine about their HOAs. HA !!!! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA !

Wayne kenoff

Well said, Phillup


Be a douchbag and change it to a :Don't Tread On Me" flag, and just say it's because you support our troops.🤪


Arrogance and selfishness wrapped up as false patriotism.

This isn't news.They signed a CC&R. Typical entitled baby boomers thinking they can do whatever they want. Shocking.


Good! Old Glory does not belong on the ground or anywhere else except on a flag pole. Preferably at a government building only, just my opinion!


I believe painting the ISIS flag would be more appropriate.


I've been looking to buy a home in Arizona for many months. I'd buy a condo or townhome - but o n l y if I can determine that the HOA is not a bunch of n*zis, as described above.

These nit-picking, arbitrary, 'nothing-better-to-do' people make me sick.

Gloop's Husband

🇻🇳🇦🇴🇨🇳 HOA would approve these flags. This is what happens when invaders from Commiefornia move here.


Can my neighbors, Ben Dover and Neil Downe, paint a rainbow flag on their curb??

Gloop's Husband



No reason to get all butt hurt there DisObeyAuthority.


Why do you have a stick up your butt about this topic, nutperfect?


Touché! You are a funny character.


The HOA would not object to that I am sure.

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