In a special meeting on February 23, Carol Thompson was appointed to fill the vacancy on the Board in a unanimous vote of the four members present. Board president Jim Bailey and member Laura Corbin did not attend. Vice President Bernie Paiz presided over the meeting. He said that the Board had waited over 72 hours from the resignation to fill the vacancy, as if there were some great urgency to the matter. In the past vacancies have remained open for months. Paiz stated that in the Board’s new efforts to foster transparency, an email had been sent to solicit residents who wished to submit their names for consideration for the post. Here is the email message that was sent.
|Dear Rancho Viejo South Residents,
This message shall serve as notice of a
Special Meeting called by the Board of Directors.
Below please find the details of the meeting:
Date: Tuesday, February, 23rd
Time: 3:00 PM
Location: Rancho Viejo South Association Office
55 Canada Del Rancho Suite E
Purpose of Meeting: Board Vacancy/Appointment.
Per the Associations By-Laws no other business shall be discussed.
If you have any questions and or concerns please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Vince Montoya Community Manager Rancho Viejo South
Do you see an invitation in this message? Me neither.
In my previous post I suggested residents submit their names if interested. One person did actually apply and two minutes before the meeting started people in the audience were asked if they wished to submit their name for consideration and two of us did. That’s what the Board considered a fair and open process.In reality nobody other than Carol Thompson was ever considered.
Ms. Thompson was nominated by Jonalynn Grover who stated her reasoning for nominating her was that Ms.Thompson had received the next highest number of votes in the last election. Community Manager Montoya said her reference to the election would be stricken from the motion so as not to” set a precedent” of filling vacancies according to vote tallies. That’s because if there is another Board opening and they follow this process the next person in line would be someone they really don’t want to be on the Board – me.