June 8: Letters to the editor

Rancho Santa Fe Association board member makeup

The elected Board of Directors of the RSF Association can present a potential majority conflict of interest if they are also directors or members on other boards within the Covenant.

Example: If the RSF Association board were to vote on anything that would financially benefit the Golf Club, Tennis Club, Garden Club, etc. while there is a majority of the sitting RSF Association Board of Directors who are also members of that same entity, that represents a potential conflict of interest. They should then abstain from discussion and voting on anything which could potentially be a benefit to them as a club member. Let’s say the Golf Club requests a reduction in their water bills to be covered by the RSF Association and there are a majority of RSF Association board members who are also Golf Club members. Their support could financially benefit them as Golf Club members and their voting represents a vested interest in favor of the club.

The definition of vesting is: Webster 1. close involvement in promoting personal advantage, usually at the expense of others and 2. a number of groups cooperating or competing in pursuing selfish goals and exerting controlling influence. While this may be minuscule to some, it does represent a taking to others that are not members of a club as in this example.

I mention this issue also as something to consider when interviewing, selecting and/or electing new board members to the RSF Association board. It does present a concern about the makeup of our governing board for the Association when potential members, who are also members of other clubs or associations, may become a majority voting bloc on issues involving their prospective club memberships. Candidates should be asked to openly state their affiliation with local clubs and organizations for that reason.

We need a majority of RSF Association board members who will represent the community at large without any other vested interests on issues that come before the Board of Directors.

Marion B. Dodson

P.S. The current voting change by the board from one to two votes per property owner is very confusing, especially as there are issues that will now allow only one vote per household (or none in the case of condos) regarding high-speed fiber optic internet services. Our original bylaws say one vote and that’s what has been used since 1927 – have you changed it? Why?

From a mom to a mom

Thank you Lucile Lynch. Mother’s Day may have come and gone but we can still celebrate motherhood. I have got to know you this academic year. You are a great mom and a passionate supporter of equity in education. Although I am known to all as a liberal, I never saw you through a political lens. However, through your actions, I saw you were making a difference for kids. You were stoic and took all the pain that was hurled at you until the elections. I do not have the courage that you have but I sure can acknowledge and admire your qualities.

Since last January, I have attended all the San Dieguito Union High School District board meetings and can appreciate what you and your committee have done to ensure that aquatic curriculum is free for all. I am proud of you for giving support to the parents of children with Individualized Education Programs and in Special Education. Through my experience as an educator, I have found that children are kind and impartial. They always reach out to adults who have suffered for them. Ten years from now, many of these children will come up to you and give you hugs. They will thank you for the work you did with no expectations.

Sheila Mitra Sarkar