Sunday, September 28 2014 @ 04:53 PM PMDT
Contributed by: Admin
IF YOU ARE NOT ON A PAYMENT PLAN,
YOUR DUES MUST BE PAID IN FULL BY THIS COMING SATURDAY,
OCTOBER 4, 2014
IN ORDER TO BE ELIGIBLE TO VOTE!
Please fill out and return your ballots as soon as you receive them! The POA must receive your ballots in the mail by:
November 5th at 3:00 pm!
This year we have three Board seats open and five candidates. Although you are allowed to vote for three candidates, BGCAN recommends you only vote for two candidates:
Dr. Eric Karlstrom and Stephen Smilack.
BGCAN is endorsing these two candidates because they are the only two who truly uphold the core positions of BGCAN. They are dedicated to following the rules and laws we all agreed to abide by when we purchased property in the Baca. They both deeply value the importance of preserving of our natural environment while at the same time protecting our property values by encouraging responsible economic growth which is a necessary foundation for a vibrant local economy that will directly enhance the real value of our investment in the Baca.
Both Eric and Steve are long-time residents of the Baca, have attended countless POA Board Meetings, and are committed to addressing the needs of all Baca property owners, both absentee and local residents. They also support local POA control, local jobs, and local POA banking.
Eric and Steve are fiscally conservative, committed to cutting waste from the annual budget without compromising the levels of service we have all become accustomed to.
Unlike the other candidates, Eric and Steve hold an undivided loyalty to the POA membership and Erich and Steve DO NOT support disenfranchising absentee owners by giving more weight to the votes of local residents. Eric and Steve both hold a strong conviction that "all property owners interests should hold equal weight."
Both Eric and Steve support the recent professionalizing and strengthening of the Baca Fire Department which will soon result in a much lower ISO rating that should lower POA and homeowner insurance premiums.
They also both support lowering POA expenditures and dues by discontinuing the expensive detached Denver-based management company, Hammersmith Management, and returning our POA to local control which is more sensitive to our unique community needs and circumstances.
The other three candidates support the same divisive status quo agendas that have plagued the POA for the last several years, so we cannot recommend giving any of them a vote.
For example, you may like Mate Belle Lakish as a person but that is not a good reason to put her in a major decision-making position. Ask anyone who has had to actually work with her on a Board or on a committee. She is notorious for showing up unprepared and for carelessly wasting enormous amounts of everyone else’s time. Just one documented example occurred in April, 2013 when four of six Election Taskforce Committee members all resigned virtually on the same day after eight weeks of being continually frustrated by how Matie Belle wasted everyone’s time and prevented any constructive progress. You can download the official resignation letters from the BGCAN website by clicking here:
AND everyone also needs to remember that Matie Belle is only running right now because MATIE BELLE LAKISH HAD TO RESIGN HER SEAT to comply with a court-ordered settlement agreement involving a lawsuit over election fraud and tampering in the 2012 Board election.
For an example of THE REAL POSITIONS of the other two candidates, Joanna Theriault and Sughanda Brooks, download the outrageous list-of-demands letter they both signed and presented to the Board. This list makes it clear they DO NOT support treating all Baca property owners equally and fairly. They think local property owner votes should carry more weight than absentee owners. They support disenfranchising property owners who do not live here.
One of the most disturbing items on the list of demands is the last one. These three women candidates think we need to set our dues high enough “to fund and staff a National Response to a fire as needed in an emergency.” Do you have any idea how expensive a “National level of Response” would be? Your dues would skyrocket! It is entirely and dangerously unrealistic and gives you a glimpse into what you can expect if you elect either of them to the Board. You can download this member demand letter signed by Joanna and Sughanda by clicking here:
In addition, Matie Belle, Joanna and Sughanda feel that the POA should keep Hammersmith Managment Inc. (HMI) despite their knowledge that HMI has completely cut off "our employees" from being able to access our own data necessary to run our day to day business - which is a breach of our contract (confirmed by POA general counsel).
When the Board decided not to replace our land use position with another Hammersmith employee, suddenly HMI claimed there were serious security concerns over having "our employees" access HMI system. So now, "only Hammersmith employees can have direct access to all POA data stored on HMI's systems." HMI claimed that anyone who has access to their systems has access to "all the data of every one of HMI's clients." In other words, anyone who has access to HMI's systems can have access to all of the POA's data! If this is true, this means HMI's systems don't have the most basic levels of security in place on their systems! And this is not the only reason we should part ways with HMI. There are many, many others.
Despite knowing all this about HMI, which they all do, Matie Belle, Joanna and Sughanda believe we should hang onto HMI, we should renew a contract with a company that has deliberately breached the contract we already have, has a serious lack of basic security in place on their systems and has a history of providing very poor service and advise to the POA. You can read about more examples of the poor performance by HMI in the recent POA Newsletter. You can download a copy by clicking here.
So, while there are three open seats, there is no requirement to vote for three candidates. We believe if you don’t think there are three candidates worthy of your vote, only vote for the candidates you feel are worthy.
Also, please remember that we need to have a quorum in order to hold the Annual Members’ Meeting. So return your ballots if only FOR QUORUM PURPOSES.
NOTE: You must be a Member in Good Standing to vote or send in a ballot for quorum purposes only. You must have your account paid in full by this coming Friday October 5th to be a Member in Good Standing! If you are on a payment plan, you do not have to worry about being paid in full by October 5th in order to vote. If you are on a payment plan and are current on your payments, you are considered to be a Member in Good Standing.
If a quorum is not achieved, the POA must send the materials out again at needless extra expense to the membership. So please save the membership thousands of dollars in printing and mailing costs by returning your ballots as soon as your receive them.
If you have any questions about the election, please call the POA at 719-256-4171 or you can always call me, Diane, if you have any other questions at 719-256-4871.