Is the neighborhood a “unit of change?”

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Several weeks ago, a reader forwarded a link to an opinion written NY Times columnist David Brooks. The gist of the Brooks’ opinion is that positive change can and should happen at the neighborhood level. Brooks appears to be a fan of neighborhood “self-government” rather than one-size-fits-all public oversight at the state level. Curiously, Brook cites as an example the voluntary-membership neighborhood group, R.A.G.E., even though the group includes Continue ReadingIs the neighborhood a “unit of change?”

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It’s time to deregulate homeowners and restore private property rights

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Legislative sessions are winding down across the U.S. And some states, once again, considered bills that are intended to rein in abuse and corruption of a virtually unregulated industry: association-governed, common interest communities, more commonly known as homeowners’ associations or HOAs. As explained in a previous post Recipe for HOA abuse: too much power, no accountability, across the nation, housing consumers are fed up with HOA bully boards, often Continue ReadingIt’s time to deregulate homeowners and restore private property rights

Boucher gets 30 days in jail for attacking Rand Paul in his HOA neighborhood

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   UPDATE: The New York Times and Fox News report that Rene Boucher was sentenced to 30 days in prison and one year of probation for the violent assault of his neighbor, Senator Rand Paul. Boucher was also ordered to pay a $10,000 fine and complete 100 hours of community service. Paul’s attorneys had asked for a 21-month prison sentence. Spokespersons for Paul say that there was no long-standing Continue ReadingBoucher gets 30 days in jail for attacking Rand Paul in his HOA neighborhood

It’s time to deregulate homeowners and restore private property rights

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Legislative sessions are in full swing across the U.S. And some states are, once again, considering bills that are intended to rein in abuse and corruption of a virtually unregulated industry: association-governed, common interest communities, more commonly known as homeowners’ associations or HOAs. As explained in a previous post Recipe for HOA abuse: too much power, no accountability, across the nation, housing consumers are fed up with HOA bully Continue ReadingIt’s time to deregulate homeowners and restore private property rights