Friday, April 13, 2007

Direct Democracy in Coto de Caza?

Direct Democracy in Coto de Caza?

CVSC an object lesson in direct democracy

April 13, 2007

California is arguably the leading direct-democracy state in the US - just look at Sacramento.

Yet, even when the state legislature mandates direct elections for Common Interest Developments such as the CZ Master Association, AND we propose the elimination of cumulative voting and a corrupt delegate systems, the board of directors simply ignores our request.

Current board members and supporters often use the argument “if you do not like the way things are run, either volunteer for a committee or run for the board” – what is not said is that if you volunteer to serve on a committee, but are not willing to give up your free speech rights, your application for a committee is not even acknowledged - Wit the firing of the Public Safety Committee Chairperson in early 2006 - a committee that as it turns out is NOT a committee of the association - but that is a different story!

We chronicles the numerous election irregularities during 2006, some of which have surfaced again in 2007. Further, given that all board members are also delegates, and the use of cumulative voting, simply means that the more candidates for the board there are, the easier it is for the current board to control the outcome of the elections – which is why our predictions have been consistently dead on.

However, long-time Coto residents Randy Brusca and Randy Smith, via simple direct mailers have forced a special meeting of the shareholders of the Silver-Bronze Corporation (SBC), which owns the Coto Valley Sports Club (CVSC) and the Coto de Caza Equestrian Center. The meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, April 18, 2007. If the a motion to recall the board of directors is successful, then there will be an election of a new board of directors.

Regardless of the SBC’s general meeting outcome, this should be an excellent object lesson for the CZ Master Association: If there is a core group of CZ residents willing to fight Cityhood movement, it can start with a direct mailer to CZ residents – and copy Pat Bates!


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