Three resign from Whispering Palms CSD board


The Whispering Palms Community Services District (CSD) board did not meet this month, as it did not have a quorum — three of the board members have resigned.

President Nancy McElfresh, Vice President David Nugent and Director Jack Wasserman resigned, leaving just two board members. McElfresh’s and Nugent’s seats were two of three that are up for election in November, and they were not seeking re-election. There are five candidates for those three seats, including businessman/lawyer Byron Hanchett, nuclear scientist/engineer Douglas Manatt, Martin Ross, incumbent Kathy McHenry and retired educator Valerie Thatcher.

Chuck Duffy, general manager of the Whispering Palms CSD, said that the resignations will have no impact on the election.

“Since we have only two seated board members, we do not have the three board members necessary for a quorum to allow the board to take any action,” Duffy said. “We are still working with our district counsel on the exact methodology to appoint a person to the board to gain that three-member quorum.”

The CSD board had been expected to take action on a community-wide vote about whether or not to move forward with a new median landscaping plan that would involve the removal of 54 palm trees at the community’s entrance.