Twain Harte Homeowners
A Brief (early) History
of the Twain Harte Homeowners
By Bob Coulter
Maybe it was the spirit of the Fourth of July holiday with all the focus on nation building and independence? Or maybe just coincidence that the Twain Harte Homeowners’ Association was born on July 5, 1974.
In any case, on July 5, 1974, then California Secretary of State Edmund G. Brown Jr. affixed his signature to a document certifying the Twain Harte Homeowners’ Association Articles of Incorporation.
The primary purpose of the Association stated in these Articles is to:
“… carry out the plans, policies, and activities that will tend to preserve and protect the environment, ecology, natural beauty and aesthetics of the area commonly known as Twain Harte, California, which said purposes shall further extend to the betterment of the welfare of its members and properties in the fields of zoning, taxation, roads, streets, and highways.”
With the legal formalities accomplished, the first public meeting of the Association was held on July 13,1974 in the multi-purpose room of the Twain Harte Elementary School.
The leadership of the Association recognized the value of a having a body that represented and could communicate the needs and concerns of Twain Harte homeowners to the county Board of Supervisors. This need was more than a “squeaky wheel gets the grease” scenario. The county Board of Supervisors did not have an efficient way to learn the views of the homeowners. The Association, by being able to show a sizable membership, would be more effective than individuals in approaching the county board with items of concern.
To further the influence of the Association, it was a goal to have at least one member of every property owner family to register as a voter in Twain Harte. As an early confirmation that the Association was on the right track, when then County Supervisor Billy Marr was contacted by the Twain Harte Daily News (the local newspaper of the time) and was told of the Association’s July 13 meeting, he said he was interested and would try to attend.
Although no longer incorporated, today’s Twain Harte Homeowners’ Association has the same goals as those of the founders. As our area continues to become more enviable there is increasing need to be diligent to preserve our town’s unique character and to work with county government to maintain our infrastructure and services.