With 38 percent?! Diana Shay? The person who listed one of her relevant skills for being a Board member here as she’s “on the deck a lot”? Really? Almost three times the percent of long-time resident and respected community personality and Association advocate, Diane Brazil? Almost three times the percent of votes secured by Dr. Ophir Frieder with his 26-page CV. What?! How is that even possible?
That question has a number of homeowners crying foul. In the past each ballot had a pre-printed label that relatively certified ownership, as well as weighted vote. Not this year. According to sources who were present at the tabulation, representatives of our accounting firm Picker & Associates were asked “if owners of multiple units cast their vote with just one unit number indicated, would their percent of ownership be taken into account for all units?” The response by Picker was “No.” The Picker rep went on to say, “We do whatever the Board tells us.” Yikes.
That aside, keep in mind, we don’t have any way to certify signatures. Point: if you wanted to cheat, no one would know and it would be costly and tedious to catch. Fact is, this would not be the first time Milazzo et al. rigged an election here.
And the look on the faces of those attending the Annual Meeting said it all. In the words of Vince Scott, “What a disaster.”
What does it all mean? It means that the community here at 111 is TODAY more polar (read toxic) than it’s ever been. It means that the perception that some are privileged and included, while others are not, is now a stark reality. It means that our Board President’s clandestine self-interested manipulation of our Association will continue. It means that realistically the door to petitioning the Board for relief is closed. Moreover, it means that the opportunity (read hope) for political solutions at 111 are no more.
In 1787, post the deliberations of the Constitutional Convention, anxious citizens gathered outside Independence Hall. A Mrs. Powel of Philadelphia asked Benjamin Franklin, “Well, Doctor, what have we got, a republic or a monarchy?” Without hesitation, Franklin responded, “A republic, if you can keep it.”
Well, we just lost it. Danger for our investments aside, it’s just sad. Pathetic. Any wonder why this place has all the problems it has.