President’s Message

Rob Schraff

Thank You Very Much

When I joined the Mount Washington Association some 20 years ago, I never imagined I would attend meetings, much less become more involved. I thought the Association was something like a homeowner’s group, and while I wanted to support the community, I was also aware of the sad history of homeowner’s groups, redlining and the rise of the radical right here in Southern California. Proposition 13 is perhaps the most unfortunate example of this history, at least after desegregation and bussing controversies.

I slowly learned that the Mount Washington Association was different, concerned not just with land use issues, but fostering a spirit of community, working to include all in our neighborhood, and providing an important, open, forum for discussion of even controversial issues. I also found the Association’s regular volunteer cleanups and food drives not only rewarding – but fun. My daughter, now 26, also made lifelong friends through the babysitting co-op, and my son also spent two wonderful years at La Casita Verde.

So, thank you for allowing me to serve as President the last two years. I am proud to be a member of the Mount Washington Association, and to have played a small role in extending our history of inclusion and service.  I look forward to working with the Board next year, and I am excited by what I believe is a very strong group that will be taking over leadership roles.


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