Former Sun City Anthem President
Current Foundation Assisting Seniors President
Fake news abounds in our community. I’ve seen it produced by this SCA Board, a committee chair, a vice chair, a club president, a blogger and on down the line. Good grief even one of our board members has sent out a plea for you to vote no so she can stay on the board. A move without precedent.
Let’s look at the Berman blog. He unabashedly states that the 3 board members, currently to be recalled, have committed “no crimes or malfeasance.”
That just is not true.
I personally know of 8 infractions of NRS Statutes. For starters, the 3 board members to be removed are accused of having violated the following statutes:
1. NRS 116.31035
2. NRS 116.31036
3. NRS 116.31088
4. NRS 116.31085
5. NRS 116.3108
6. NRS 116.31184
7. NRS 116.31183
8. NRS 116.31175
At least one of these violations is a misdemeanor and even though it is in the NRS 116 ACT, it falls under other jurisdictions.
Ron Johnson produces an editorial page, usually well documented, the most recent of which has factually debunked most, if not all, of the claims made by the OSCAR group.
Dick Arendt lends his passion to the fray, stimulating research and thought, while Rana Goodman gives us a more even-handed treatment of the facts.
Nona Tobin just started a blog. We won’t know its character for a while, but I personally look forward to seeing it as I know it will contain significant detail.
To top it off, through personal conversations with the Ombudsman, I know that NRED is concerned with what is taking place here at Sun City Anthem.
Anyone with even the slightest knowledge of financial figures knows full well that numbers can be manipulated to show anything you want them to show.
I believe all of us have heard the old adage: "figures lie and liars figure". I fear that is true in the instant case.
Why doesn’t the board lay out the true cost of management in dollars and cents for all the unit owners to see?
How much has this self- management debacle truly cost?
What was our annual cost of management before self- management and what is it now?
They should show consulting fees, the trips, parties, meals, salaries, separation payments, if any; the current salaries of the top 5 highest paid staff, their bonuses, their allowances, and their benefits; as well as, the total salary costs including that of Lori Martin, the recent Community Association Manager, who has or will shortly leave SCA.
Then add in the legal fees which according to the recent report, are approximately $90,000 over budget, and all the outside contracted work such as Information Technology, and all accounting services.
Once all of that is added together, we, the unit owners, can actually compare costs.
Until this information is released to the unit owners, well, we will never know the true costs.
While unit owners angst cannot be measured in terms of dollars and cents, there has been a substantial decrease in the happiness factor because of board, GM, and legal actions.
In my nearly 18 years living here in Sun City Anthem, six years of which I served on the SCA Board, I have never seen anything that compares with what is now happening on our hill.
This removal election has already turned into a debacle.
Words such as voter suppression, stupidity, mismanagement, failure of the board and its General Manager to do its fiduciary duty, and probably a few I cannot repeat, are being bantered around while board members are pleading for you to vote "no" so they can continue their sordid behavior.
Even those who do not support the recall agree that the ballot mailing and instructions show a high degree of incompetence.
In my opinion, these ballots should be thrown out and new ones issued.
These new ballots should be color coded to eliminate confusion, a simple explanation included, and, finally, the outside envelope should say "Ballot Enclosed".
That’s not too hard is it?
It’s what we've done in the previous 17 elections. That is really not too hard if you know what you are doing.
Not withstanding the impact this will have on the reputation of our Sun City, win, lose, or draw, this removal election and the reasons for it will be an everlasting stigma on the 3 to be recalled, the rest of the board and its GM.
Frankly, in my opinion, Weddle, Burch, Nissen, and Waterhouse should all resign as they will have no respect in the future.
Folks, at the hands of this board and its immediate predecessor board, we are no longer the class active living community we once were.
Our reputation has been sullied by incompetence, prevarication, and dereliction. How sad.
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