Meet the Candidates: Uwe Schneider

Village homeowners will elect a new board on Wednesday, October 14 for the 2015-2016 term.  There are 12 candidates for five positions.  Each candidate’s statement has been posted to the blog in alphabetical order by last name.  

Here is Uwe Schneider’s Candidate Statement:

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

My name is UWE SCHNEIDER and I am asking for your vote to become your ally on the next Board of Directors of the Coto De Caza Community Association.

When the first settlers came to T he Village more than half a century ago they envisioned a neighborhood that would provide a country-style escape, away from the constraints of crowded and over-regulated life in cities and suburbia. Their goal was to form a community that celebrated the qualities of rural living and the freedom of quiet enjoyment of their properties.  

Fast forward to the present. For far too long, our association has been overseen by a Board of Directors that has remained unchanged and virtually unchallenged. As a result, some members have become quite comfortable in their seats, and the association’s efficiency has suffered.

Too much time is being spent on personal agendas and narrow-minded, often inconsistent enforcement of minor or temporary violations. According to an ominous announcement in the community newsletter, “Coto Village Voice” of August 2015, home owners should expect an increase of “Courtesy” Letters in an attempt to further micro-manage their private properties and personal affairs.

Enough!

In the meantime, focus has been lost on the big picture.

At no time did this become more painfully apparent than last winter when the Board of Directors completely abandoned its association members and refused to take a clear position against the impending threat of tract housing development on the site of our beloved Coto Valley Country Club. Some directors did not even attend the town hall meetings.

A Director’s role is to work on behalf of the members, not the other way around.

My Top 5 goals as your representative on the Board of Directors reflect this very principle:

  1. Be a good listener and partner in pursuing the wishes of our community;
  2. Focus on long-term objectives to help preserve our community’s unique character;
  3. Oppose all forms of tract home development in our neighborhood;
  4. Reduce the association’s meddling with your private affairs;
  5. Scrutinize the budget and look for creative ways to eliminate waste and minimize dues.

This time you have a choice. Support UWE SCHNEIDER in the 2015 election.

Uwe Schneider Candidacy Statement (PDF)

 

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