Recently I came across a YouTube video of a Port Hueneme City Council Meeting. On the video it showed the Council Members sitting at a table with their backs to the people attending the meeting. People attending the meeting almost came to fisticuffs and one person was forcibly removed from the meeting. As a totally novice Board of Director on an HOA Board I have not experienced any meeting like that.
I am positive the job of City Council person is probably thankless just like a Director on a HOA Board. No one seems to be happy with anything. Everyone says they can do a better job then you are doing, but when it comes time to step up and volunteer, very, very, very, few people do.
I have served 16 months of a 24 month sentence. I have not decided if I will seek re-election. I am not that great of a Board Member. I take everything personally. I am totally embarrassed to report that I cried at a meeting. The only thing that makes me want to return for another term is the fact that 3 out of the 5 member Board of Directors are off site owners. If I do not run again it will probably be 4 out of the 5. I think the fact that I am here 24/7 gives me a great perspective of the Community of which I am serving. As I walk around and I'm forced to see people's undies hanging out on their balcony to dry in the sea breeze and I notice how people who can not afford to buy window treatments will hang neon colored poster boards in their windows and think that is ok. I do have empathy and sympathy for people who can not even afford to visit a box store for a pair of maybe at the most $20.00 curtains or blinds. How can a family be so unaware of the world around them that they do not notice that there are many many many people who are forced to view those card board make shift window treatments?
I grew up in the San Fernando Valley the youngest in a lower middle class family. We were not rich but we had a pride of ownership of the home we lived in. I then continued to live in the San Fernando Valley as a single parent raising a son on a limited income. I owned my own home and barely made enough money to make the house payment but I still had pride of ownership. I kept my trash in the trash cans. I kept window treatments on my windows. I did not throw cigarette butts all over the ground. (Yes I was a smoker for many many years) I have always owned pets and I cleaned up their piles of pooh pooh.
Eventually I grew tired of the extremely hot summers of the San Fernando Valley and my dream of living near the ocean started to loudly call my name. I ended up here in the community of Port Hueneme and I really do love it here warts and all. I am striving to help revitalize a community that for some unknown reason was neglected for a period of time. I was not here so I do not know what the issues were. I am struggling to figure out why there is a lack of pride of ownership in my community. There are at times many cigarette butts all over the ground, people at times do not pick up after their pets. I have witnessed cars toss bags of trash from the nearest fast food restaurant out the window of their car onto the parking lot.
I still work and I work for a large corporation in the retail business and I find the same kind of atttitude at my work. The employees leave piles of trash everywhere, make huge messes in the break room, hide broken merchandise all over the store because they do not want to take the time to put it where it belongs. So my guess is there is a feeling of not being a part of the BIG PICTURE in both locations. So how do we solve the feeling of detachment?