September 11th, 2019
Here is an update since our last email on February 11, 2019.
PVHA Board of Directors Changes
Beginning in February 2019, two of ROBE’s past candidates (Dick Fay and Marlene Breene) joined the five-member PVHA Board when the Board replaced current members Carol Beth Cozen (subsequent to her Art Jury appointment) and Phil Frengs (when he resigned from the Board). This brought significant, fresh perspectives to the Board; however, there were several subsequent decisions where the two new ROBE directors were in the minority (2-3). One of those decisions related to proposed changes to the PVHA View Policy; this resulted in restricting roughly half of PVE homes from bringing tree/view disputes to the PVHA. Unfortunately, the new/more restrictive policy was approved by the Board (with Fay and Breene voting against the new more restrictive policy.) Thus, your ROBE Steering Committee has concluded that ROBE will stay active this year in promoting additional changes to the composition of the Board.
In July 2019, long-time PVHA Board member Ed Fountain resigned. Ed had approved the original sale of parkland in 2012 as well as the appeal of the CEPC Judgment that ordered the sale reversed, so ROBE views his resignation as a positive development. The resulting four-person Board solicited applications to serve as his replacement and interviewed eight members who applied. In the coming weeks, we have been told that a replacement for Ed Fountain will be chosen by the current four-person PVHA Board. All five of the resulting “incumbents” will be up for election on January 14, 2020 since there has not been a quorum for over a decade. If a Quorum is reached in January 2020, then the three-year terms will be staggered and only one or two incumbents will be up for election in a subsequent years. Both Ried Schott and John Harbison applied for the vacancy and were interviewed, along with six other candidates.
PVHA Board of Directors Election at the Annual Meeting (to be held January 14, 2020)
This will be an important election because the California Superior Court required that PVHA members be asked if they support lowering the quorum from 50% to 35%. ROBE has been fighting for a lower quorum because a 50% (+1) quorum was achieved only 33% of the time since 1941, and only three times in the last 17 years. In the last three contested elections, the vote count only reached 35% once — 32.5% in 2016, 29.2% in 2017 and 39.5% in 2018. Since a goal of 35% is more attainable than 50%, it is important to vote “yes” on this question. Once additional, like-minded, new members join the Board, there is a chance that a future board will advocate for a lower threshold (but it is unclear whether the Court will revisit the issue even with Board advocacy) so this election is very important.
If a majority of members say “yes” to lowering the quorum to 35%, then the Judge has indicated that 35% will govern the current (January 2020) election as well as all future elections. If the majority says “no”, then the quorum stays at 50%.
For candidates, ROBE’s Steering Committee has decided on a slate of four candidates:
- Dick Fay (now an incumbent)
- Marlene Breene (now an incumbent)
- Ried Schott
- John Harbison
Need Your Help in Signing Petitions to Nominate ROBE Candidates for PVHA Board
In this upcoming election, all candidates (including incumbents) must obtain 100 signatures in order to be listed on the ballot. Therefore, ROBE is supporting that process and would very much appreciate it if each of you would take the time to come to one of our signings and sign each of the four petitions (or a subset if you’d don’t support all the ROBE candidates). Here is the schedule of dates/times/locations:
- Saturday, August 24, from 10am-5pm at John Harbison’s house (916 Via Panorama, PVE)
- Sunday, August 25, from 1-5 pm at Ried Schott’s house (1632 Via Lazo, PVE)
- Wednesday, August 28, from 7:30-9pm at John Harbison’s house (916 Via Panorama, PVE)
- Thursday, August 29, from 9am– noon at Dick Fay’s House (1328 Granvia Altamira, (PVE)
- Saturday, August 31, from 1-5pm at Ried Schott’s house (1632 Via Lazo, PVE)
- Sunday, September 1, from 1-5pmat John Harbison’s house (916 Via Panorama, PVE)
- Thursday, September 5, from 11am-1pm and 6pm-8pm at Marlene Breene’s office (2325 PVDW Suite 212 (next to Salsa Verde))
- Thursday, September 12, from 11am-1pm and 6pm-8pm at Marlene Breene’s office (2325 PVDW Suite 212 (next to Salsa Verde))
We hope to see you at one of the above signings, and please tell your friends.
Thank you for your interest and support.
All the best,
courtesy of: California Beach Front Homes