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I would like to expand on several points that you have brought out, and by the way, you have accurately assessed the problems growing in our community. I am going to go back a little further in history to assess the boards that I have had contact with. The following is my opinion:
Favil West: My first encounter with Favil was when he was president and I had not been here a year. I spoke up to him when homeowners were talking to Favil and his vice-president Bob Berman. I challenged him on the subject of fiduciary duty. He leaned over to Bob and said, “Who is she?” My next encounter was at Buckman’s. He was sitting there and motioned me to sit down. I at first declined and said to him, “If you think you can intimidate me, think that again”! His demeanor immediately changed and he softened his stance and then asked me to sit down and talk. What anyone may personally think of Favil and his Foundation, you cannot deny that they have brought much needed help to this community and ultimately to other senior communities as well. For a board to throw his foundation out without seeking a solution to the “war” between the Foundation and the Community Service Group is unconscionable. Case in point: Recently, a homeowner needed equipment for his spouse coming home from the hospital. Community service group did not have the equipment needed and one call to the foundation delivered what was needed.
Mike Dixon: Mike was one of the most intelligent people I have met here (IQ wise), but that did not make him a good president. He thought that because he had superior intelligence, he knew more than anyone else and had no patience for anyone who held a different opinion not in line with his.
Jack Troia: Here was one of the most arrogant and nasty individuals I have ever observed in my eleven years in SCA. He also gave our community one gigantic public “black eye” and put us in the “HOA HALL OF SHAME” with investigative reporter on ABC news, Darcy Spears. He was rude, crude and liked to punish innocent homeowners such as Norman McCullough and others.
Roz Berman: Roz tried to be a decent president, but was in over her head and ultimately was responsible for the initial Liberty Center debacle. Those that followed her, also bear a great amount of guilt because they simply ignored the center’s leakage problems for years. Only when mold was discovered within this center and had to be closed down as a health hazard, were repairs made.
Jean Capillupo: Jean was way in over her head and couldn’t seem to do anything without checking with then HOA attorney, John Leach. The mounting legal bills attest to those facts. Just because she was an educator in her former life, did not make her a good president.
Bella Meese: Bella’s reign became known as Bellagate and she also viewed monies collected from homeowners as her own personal treasury and spent our hard-earned money as her own personal bank account while often making unilateral bad decisions on her own.
Rex Weddle: He, in my opinion, has become one of the worst presidents in the history of our community. He has brought the festering wounds within this community to where we are today. His blatant disregard for treating ALL board members equally is but one example of his very poor leadership.
What do all these presidents described and most of their respective boards have in common? What comes to mind is governance in the form of a serfdom and arrogant entitlement by them and their fellow board members. With rare exception, their distain for homeowners was and is a horrendous real eye opener. In addition, the words arrogance, ineptness, sheer stupidity, little common sense, rudeness, and lack of honesty and humility all can be ascribed to most of the previous boards and the present one.
Where do all the homeowners fit into this? We’re merely their personal piggy bank with our input and rights constantly being trampled upon.
Sandy Seddon: I have watched our GM with great interest. Judging from the number of signatures on the NO Confidence Petition regarding her, I would say that quite a number of homeowners are angry with her often-rude demeanor, how she handles her duties, and often overstepping what a general manager for our community should be doing. Her edicts to homeowners, club members and others, do not set well. BUT, and this needs to be taken into consideration, she would not be able to get away with all of this if Weddle’s board didn’t give her total freedom to do what she wants.
Hence, you have the petitions against four board members as well as one against Sandy. Homeowners have had enough of this outrageous aberrant behavior.
Again, this is my opinion and perspective of what I have witnessed during the time I have lived here.