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Twain Harte Partners

"Partners for Twain Harte is an informal (self-appointed) group of service organizations here in Twain Harte that are trying to find ways to maintain and improve our village", says its co-founder and chairman Jim Johnson.  The group is little known by most local residents.

The Partners for Twain Harte is said to be the co-ordination group of  several Twain Harte service organizations, the Twain Harte Area Chamber of Commerce, the Twain Harte Homeowners group,  and the public governmental Twain Harte Community Services District--mixing private and public organizations!  Its unstated goal appears to be to optimize local resources to avoid duplication of effort and to prioritize projects.  Represented are:  Twain Harte Homeowners group,  the Twain Harte Area Chamber of Commerce, Soroptomist International of Twain Harte, Rotary International of Twain Harte, the Twain Harte Community Services District, and several invited individual members.   The greater Twain Harte community is not invited to participate or attend.

The Chairperson or appointed representative(s) of each of the member groups attends regular Partners meetings at the public THCSD facility where they discuss local Twain Harte issues and establish priorities. The Partners generally avoid publicity, but do influence local issues and events. The group is occasionally sought out by newspaper writers, the Twain Harte Community Services District (THCSD), and county politicians,  to speak about Twain Harte issues on behalf of local residents.  The THCSD is represented on Partners by the Director(s) and the THCSD General Manager in an unusual co-mingling of private and public entities.  "More and more, the public and policy makers have come to see these ... Associations as a private form of local government ."