Not only No, No, No but Wrong, Wrong, Wrong
By Kenny Jordahl
RCSCW Governing Board Director
I’ve been patiently watching the rumors run their course, the misinformation infiltrate into the community, fabrication at its worst, and out and out lies designed to rob Sun City West residents of their intelligence. Sun City West is a community my wife and I chose several years ago. A sleepy little place that only got hot in the summer. Boy has that changed.
First let me say that I in no way support any of the proposed Bylaw changes. I could take every proposed bylaw change and analyze them one by one, but I would waste a lot of time and energy. The main issue here is: Why do you have a Board of Governors in the first place? The answer is: The Governing Board develops the policies that help us take care of our beautiful community. The owner/residents of our community vote for qualified people who are willing to sacrifice their time for no financial gain, to make a better life for everyone who lives here in this community. And thereby, as in the case of the board I work with, the Sun City West Governing Board comes to you with no hidden agenda.
The average Sun City West resident will possibly listen to rhetoric that says we need to limit spending. Every Board member I know will say the same thing. Board members are residents too, so we end up paying the same membership dues everyone else pays. None of us wants to pay more than we have to, but we do all want to maintain the property we all own. I think residents can trust their Governing Board members; we are your neighbors and you elected us, supposedly for a good reason.
This all goes back to the original thought of you and your vote for a Governing Board with no hidden agenda other than to make Sun City West a better place to live. You have a group of diverse residents/neighbors (the Governing Board) who have the whole community in mind. We’re all trying to work out the problems together.
Limiting any of the Governing Board’s potential powers is an effort to micro-manage. So why do we have the Governing Board? And who’s doing the micro-managing? You? Do you have something else you’d rather be doing? As a retirement community, the thing that stands between you and your fun time is your active community service. If you choose to volunteer instead of play, the Ernie camp could possibly see you as trying to rob the residents of their hard-earned money.
Did you know that at the first sign of trouble in Sun City West the Board of Governors is the first to learn about all the pros and cons of every issue? This provides a core group of dedicated citizens who study the issues to understand and logically resolve the problems of the community in a timely manner. A concern I have with the bylaw proposals is that it doesn’t allow us to take care of emergencies in a timely manner. The Ernie method would have a spending limit for any changes and then they would go to a public vote. Before any emergency could be resolved, we could spend months of discussion, thousands of dollars spent in informing our 28,000 residents and votes are finally in – we can select a contractor and only then can we start our emergency work. This is only an example of a possible scenario. And by the way, your concerns could actually be represented by only a few residents who speak out as a Special Interest Group. The Governing Board Members represent the majority of the residents, not the Special Interest Groups. How do you want to spend your money and retirement?
I do want to thank Ernie and his friends for providing us with this exercise in futility and how to try to disrupt a community. This gives us a better understanding of misleading politics just in time for the presidential election.
My last thought for today: I believe it would be an extreme conflict of interest for a terminated employee to come back as a policy maker to the very organization that terminated him. I believe there needs to be at least a 2 or 3 year cooling off period for anyone who has previously worked for the RCSCW.
So here are the two options: You can either drive a nail into your peaceful little community or you can preserve it and stop the Special Interest Groups from prevailing. I think the residents of Sun City West are intelligent enough to do the right thing.