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Former RSFA General Manager Presents Analysis on Proposed Governing Document Changes

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On April 13, Pete Smith, former manager of both the RSF Association and RSF Golf Club, gave a presentation on the proposed updates to the Association’s governing documents. Smith is a current consultant to Golden Eagle Land Investment and the Mabee Trust’s Rancho Librado step-down housing project. Golden Eagle sued the Board last year, but had almost the entire complaint dismissed after the Board’s “Anti-Slapp” motion. 

The presentation included a synopsis of the proposed changes, Smith’s analysis on the Governing Documents Committee’s (GDC) recommendations, and a question and answer session.

Members of the GDC include lawyers John Blakely, Kris Charton, Allen Finkelson, Mike Licosati, Judge David Moon (Ret.), and RSF Board Director, businessman, and GDC Chair Fred Wasserman.

The GDC’s proposed recommendations are:

  • All property-owners of a building site shall automatically have two votes, instead of granting only certain owners two votes.
  • Owners of multiple properties will still be limited to exercising voting rights on a single property.
  • Members will no longer be required to separately register to vote. This formality is not required under the Davis-Stirling Act and will now be automatic.

Smith complimented the hard work of the GDC and stated the bylaws do need to be updated, but that too many proposed changes are occurring at once.

He recommended that changes should be done in a piecemeal fashion, with proper notice to Covenant members. Email notifications are not enough, he said, as they exclude some community members who don’t use email.

Smith also indicated that the GDC did not give enough time for members to respond to the proposed changes.

The GDC’s second 45-day comment period ended on April 15 and the Association will hold a second town hall meeting on changes to the proposed governing documents on April 27 at 4pm.

During the Governing Document Committee’s first town hall in October 2015, Fred Wasserman, Chair of the GDC explained this type of review process with this much community input has not been done before.

Community members are encouraged to attend the RSF Association’s second GDC town hall on Wednesday, April 27 at 4pm at the Association Office and to ask questions and voice concerns.