Fairness in HOA elections needed now
A short time ago I filled out a questionnaire to become a candidate on the Lakewood HOA community board of directors. The paperwork asked candidates for input on why they were running and to include ideas on improving the Lakewood community. I wrote the following on the Lakewood candidate information sheet and dropped it in the mail:
1. “HOA meetings should be open to the HOA community”
I stated this because past meetings that I attended were behind locked doors. I had to knock on the door, state why I was there, then was let in later during the meeting.
2. “All HOA elections should be certified by a qualified independent third party”
This seems only fair and will improve the level of trust between the community and the HOA board. I can only think in our one-man, one-vote democracy that there should be safeguards for this type of election.
3. “Design and implement HOA recall elections”
What recourse would homeowners have if tyrants were elected to HOA boards? The answer in none. With a recall rule in place, there would be a system of checks and balances, ensuring fairness and civility.
Just yesterday the Lakewood HOA mailed out information on the four candidates, myself included. Much to my surprise the three points I wrote about above were not included under my profile. Instead there was a short paragraph with generic terms such as “strong sense of community” or “safe place to live.” When I filled out the candidate questionnaire, I did not give a long-winded statement but just listed the three bullet points as stated above. So as of today I have no other recourse but make a request to my state representatives. Please protect all Arizona citizens who are HOA members by passing legislation that will:
1. Have all AZ HOA meetings open to the HOA membership.
2. Have all AZ HOA elections certified by an independent qualified third party.
3. Implement a recall process by which HOA members are allowed to remove one or all HOA board members.
I see no other choice to instill fairness and balance in this situation other than to implement the above-stated recommendations as law. I do realize that HOA members are required to follow all CC&Rs while also keeping their property clean, neat and well kept. When the HOA election process is misconstrued how could we ever hope for fair treatment from a local HOA board.
The downward spiral started when voter initiatives, city, state, and federal politicians could legally tax and discriminate against a select group of citizens; tax more commodities each year; remove wealth from those who produce and give to those who refuse to be productive; to implement temporary taxes that never end; and pay government employees and politicians two to five times the national average salary.
The downward spiral accelerates when politicians suggest withholding expensive medical treatment for senior citizens, unfortunately that has to happen if we are to sustain the policies in the first paragraph. Perhaps we need facilities to house and give minimal care to those who are a financial burden or those who don’t live a proper lifestyle.
Many students are now being taught that they are smarter and more savvy than their parents. These new educational standards will make it easier for future generations to ignore the needs of senior citizens.
This downward spiral will eventually come to an end when we become a feudal society or when this country is no longer a country.