We have a terrible time finding qualified people here in La Honda. Most of the board members are smart and hard working; one is a complete imbecile. It’s major work though. The HOA provides the water, collecting, storing, treating, and distributing it. “Public works” here is almost like a small town government function. And in these sue-happy times playgrounds, riding rings, pools, clubhouses, etc. can become a legal morass especially in California. Sadly, we were forced to remove a skateboard ramp the kids liked due to costs for liability insurance. Now they improvise truly dangerous substitutes.
Typically about 5 non-board members show up for open session each month. An all-members meeting twice a year, where a summary of the previous six months is presented, is typically attended by 20-30. The board has no time for the sort of nonsense described above. People have everything from Alpacas to dope plants on their property. A regulation against running a business out of your house is never enforced. The properties run the gamut from executive mansions to shacks with cars up on blocks. Skyrocketing home values and the associated gentrification are slowly taking care of the remaining eyesores.
Oh - in a sign of the times, the current owners of Ken Kesey’s old place (the “electric lighthouse” where folks dropped acid and where “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” was written) just got a $100 fine in the mail for having a fire on a “spare the air” day. Of course they’re right on 84 with their address displayed in big silver numerals. Likely a cyclist from over the hill rat-finked on them.