Craig Hanson SOA BOD Candidate

Submitted by Craig Hanson, Somersett Owners Association Board of Directors Candidate

Hello my name is Craig Hanson and I am a candidate to become a member on the Somersett Homeowners Association Board.

I am running for the position because of concerns I have with the current direction of the Board with regard to their decision making process and policies.

I have 35 years of experience with the State of California managing large organizations with
budgets of billions of dollars. I was the budget officer for several state departments of diverse
program goals including health services, fish and game programs and social welfare programs.
I have reviewed hundreds of budget proposals, enacted numerous budget reductions,
reviewed legislation and regulations, analyzed program systems, managed automation projects
and testified before many legislative committees and control agencies. I have served on an
international board for interstate trucking holding discussions on decisions affected all truckers

I believe with my skill set I can bring a rational, practical, logical approach to ensuring
decisions are made that benefit the majority of residents of our community and do not raise
fees or assessments for unnecessary expenditures.

I will use my voice to improve the current communication environment with more open
comment and discussion from residents on the issues they have. Three minutes with no
discussion is not the way to get public support for policy and expenditure decisions. Open
dialogue with discussion and sharing of information provides the residents with the logic
behind decisions and leaves no room for conjecture.

Further I can promise you I will not vote to approve any budget until I am satisfied the
expenditures are completely necessary and within our current means of paying for it. New fees
and assessments will be my last consideration after all other alternatives are exhausted.
Budgets are choices between priorities. Needs versus wants. Maintenance versus

I will also use my voice to change the current compliance environment which I believe has
become very restrictive and not conducive to any person seeking to purchase a home in
Somersett. Requiring residents to submit a plan and pay $40 to replace a dead plant is
beyond the pale. I understand having standards to ensure the community keeps its charm and
attractive looks is important but so is making residents and potential buyers not feel oppressed
by numerous detailed rules which contribute little to housing prices. No one wants to buy or
live in a neighborhood where you are afraid to change a plant.

Finally I will use my voice to enact a policy to minimize the use of law suits to resolve issues. I
think recent events have shown the fallacy of using attorneys to resolve a fiscal problem. Tort
claims rarely yield the results you expect and oftentimes cost more than the gain.

Thank you for your consideration and I hope you will cast your vote for me in the upcoming
election. I can guarantee you I will live up to the promises I have made.

17 thoughts on “Craig Hanson SOA BOD Candidate

  1. I am delighted to hear that Craig Hanson is running for the board. I will be voting for him as I believe he has spelled out my concerns and will try to address those as best he can. Thank You Craig. My husband William and I appreciate your doing this.

  2. You have been involved in the State of California budgeting for many years. We know that California public institutions spend more than what they tax for. What did you learn from it?

    I like your position for Somersett to stop spending huge amounts of money in legal fees, to get to nowhere.
    Along the same lines, I would like to learn about your position regarding the Somersett Golf and Country Club and the massive subsides being paid by everyone else, ignoring the signed contractual arrangements. Are you a member of that Club?

    Thank you.

    1. Thank you for your questions. Actually California departments cannot overspend their budgets. I administered many reductions for lack of funds. This involved cutting things that were not popular but necessary to stay within budget. I also had to defend the cuts to the legislature as they would not always agree on what was cut. I usually advocated cutting entire programs based on their contribution to the departments stated goals. It is a tough process because usually few people are happy but it had to be done. I also learned that the option to raise taxes or fees was not usually available. Most governors were adverse to raising fees for most things. It took something really catastrophic to raise fees. Or something very political which I was never involved in. Not my style.

      No I am not a member of the country club. I do not play golf. I play softball. I think the purchase of the golf course years ago may not have been a good choice. I do not have all of the facts but I question why we would buy it when the previous owner was struggling financially with its operation and golf courses nationwide were closing including several in the Reno area. They are still failing nationwide as golf enthusiasts continue to decline. I too have noticed the amount of budget we spend on the courses. 10% of Somersett budget is used just for the purchase loans. This does not count what we spent on the wall and ill advised law suit. I think a serious, objective look needs to be made regarding the golf course and how much we spend on it. It seems we are struggling with cash flow as reported in the last board meeting and much of that I believe is the golf course outlays but I am unsure. Hopefully that gives you my perspective. I tend to be very business like and pragmatic.

      1. Thank you very much for your clarification. On it, I can see hands on experience and common sense.
        I hope those words translate into actions, accordingly. I appreciate your willingness to serve.

      2. Thanks for the elaboration of your views. You seem to have the right background and perspectives for solving SOA’s problems.

  3. Craig

    Noting your comments, presumably you do not live in Sierra Canyon…

    Non-profits require a different thought process, from an ordinary for-profit-business. Investments are made to enhance community well-being (which is very difficult to measure). Realizing that the future will be different to the past, and one cannot go back to an imagined past world; do you believe that you can bring some vision to the viable community of tomorrow?

    Solving past problems can be difficult, financial soundness is governed by the NV NRS, can you offer a glimpse of what the future will look like for all residents? For instance, what suggestions would you have to improve the lot we own in the town center (currently barren and overgrown)?

    If the Country Club were to fail, and a professional management company could not operate the CGC successfully as a Public Course on behalf of the SOA… how would you plan develop the 200 acres as open green space?

    Please note that the value of the houses on Whisper Rock backing onto the failed Northgate Golf Club have improved in value, better than comparable houses deep inside Somersett (some on the CGC and some not)…

    A question for your “meet the candidates night” ??

    1. I do live in Sierra Canyon.
      I do think I can influence a vision even being only one vote. I think I can influence our budget and liability issues to improve our financial status with conservative spending. I think I can improve communications with greater openness and responsiveness.
      I would be an advocate for improving our financial status to avoid future fee increases and assessments. Once we are more stable then we could focus on future amenities. For the vacant lot , I would get ideas for use from the community and then try to attain a consensus through town halls etc. Then we would look at financing and affordability which is scant at the moment.
      If the golf course fails then we will have to look at various options again trying to get a modicum of consensus from the community. As always the costs of conversion will be a major consideration along with many other factors such as the effects on housing prices and liabilities.

  4. Good luck Craig and hopefully you get the opportunity to plead your case minus the SU Trolls at some point.

  5. Craig, based on your preconceived biases, prior to fully examining the issues you’ve elaborated on, we can’t in good conscience cast a vote in your favor. However, we do respect your right to your opinions, and sincerely thank you for your candor.
    Ron & Carol Ramlow

    1. I am sorry you feel I am biased. I responded based in the documents I have read. Purchase document, court decision and hearing and all available materials. I can assure you that I would consider any other materials and factors provided. Thanks for at least commenting.

      1. In most comments from those like Ron Ramlow, they resort to nastiness, in order to try to preserve sustaining funds from the SOA, for their very small (250) membership. You certainly have my vote.. I like people who do their homework.

  6. Craig, I have observed/listened to you at SOA Board meetings, and think you have a good handle on all of our current situations. In addition, your financial expertise is sorely needed as we navigate difficult times over the next 2+ years. You have our vote!

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