The Rancho Santa Fe Post

Op-Ed: We Need to Focus on Building Community, Not Dividing It

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Update June 2, 10:00 AM PDT: RSF Review opinions from Natalie Moores and Bob Burgess were added and slightly modified for publication on the RSF Post. 

Mr. Burgess, I wish you would have contacted me before submitting serious misinformation in our community paper

I own the RSFAssociation.com domain name and used it publicly when I first started my open forum news website as “RSF Association News” in 2014. I actually offered the domain to the Association as a gift in 2014 when I renamed the site “RSF Post.” I imagine the offer was simply forgotten, and I will be happy to renew it.

The RSF Post was established to provide an open forum for residents and to combat misinformation. I will continue to operate it because of an overwhelmingly positive response from the community. Over 5,000 visits in the last two months alone. And the registration to vote form has been downloaded over 500 times from my other site, RSF Register.  You are welcome to submit articles on RSF Post, like everyone else, subject to a very simple and civil etiquette.  

Just as I often promote voter registration, I currently have an ad that links visitors to the RSF Communications fiber Internet website. I do this for free because I want the project to be successful.

No secrets Mr. Burgess...I have been very clear in my Newsletters, Review Ads, and on RSF Post that I am a big fan of Ann, Kim and this current Board. Their accomplishments have been well documented. 

I have dedicated significant resources to combat the lack of transparency and misinformation that plagued the community for years.  I ask you to join me on the high road and put a stop to this conspiracy nonsense.

- Nick Krnich


 

RSF Review Op-Ed from Bob Burgess:

Take a look at the weekly email newsletter from the Rancho Santa Fe Association (most recently May 20, 2016). At the bottom of the email it lists the Association by name, its address and telephone number, and a link to info@rsfassociation.com. Sounds good so far right?

But if you click on that link and try to send an email to that address it will come back to you as undeliverable. If you then choose to instead enter rsfasssocation.com in to your browser you will be sent not to the Assoiciation but to a website called rsfpost.com. The fact is, the official website for the Rancho Santa Fe Association is rsfassociation.org. 

Furthermore, in the last week we all received in the mail a large, colorful 4-page brochure from the so-called Rancho Santa Fe Post purporting to report on the board election and other matters, and in which one of the major headlines was that "Krnich Endorses Laffer, Leheny, & Peay." There were other items in this newsletter that purported to be (at least superficially) balanced and unbiased, but the fourth and final page was devoted entirely to an article by Krnich about why he supports L, L and P, his view of the current board's accomplishments, and asking us to also support those three candidates. At the very bottom, it says, "Nick Krnich, Publisher of the RSFPost.com." And if you do go to the website for RSFPost.com (aka rsfassociation.com) you will find articles written by Leheny and Peay and more more in the way of biased material.

So who is Nick Krnich? Why does an official Association weekly email communication to all Covenant residents not show the Association's own email address in its masthead, but instead links us to a website belonging to the RSF Post? Is he a self-styled "journalist" or is he a mouthpiece for the board? The L, L, and P slate is supported by Ann Boon; this slate has shot off fireworks proclaiming their endorsement by Krnich; Krnich in turn has a website and publishes a purported newsletter containing superficially unbiased material but also containing articles by these candidates, advocating their election, and praising the current board; and the Association's own weekly newsletter sends us to Krnich's website rather than its own if we wish to communicate. 

Coincidence or innocent mistake? Sloppy work by the board? Or something more sinister? You be the judge. 

- Bob Burgess


 

RSF Review Op-Ed from Bob Burgess: Who's Being Divisive? (June 2)

Last week, we questioned the relationship between the RSF Association board and Nick Krnich. This question was based solely on the fact that the board newsletter contained a link to Mr. Krnich's website which in turn is promoting the board and three candidates.

Mr. Krnich "responded" (above) through his website with a condescending "OpEd" titled, "We need to focus on building community, not dividing it," falsely asserting that my letter contained "serious misinformation," not answering the question, admitting that he is a board mouthpiece, and lecturing me to take the "high road." Read on and you decide who is creating the divisiveness in this community.

First, my letter contained no inaccuracies; it raised a question - Why is the board newsletter linking to Krnich's website? What difference does it make that Krnich previously offered that website address to the board? And why did Krnich title his purported "answer" that way? 

Second, his newsletter contains more self-promotion from the board camp. How they are really "independent" candidates. Seems they agree the board needs independence, doesn't it? We don't need people like a current board member showing up at the post office to videotape and harass their opponent's supporters. (Yes, it happened)

Third, his newsletter contains an "OpEd" from Gerald Parsky loaded with gross exaggerations and mischaracterizations (who really wrote it?). Come on, the Osuna purchase is old news and the Finance Committee was involved. I did not favor that purchase, but it was not done in secrecy and, while not put to a vote, the board acted within its power and residents had the ability to object.

Parsky's allegations of a "secret society," poor accounting practices or people wanting "to go back to the days where decisions could be made by the Board without financial accountability" are truly offensive. Frankly, nothing said by Parsky differentiates the six candidates. He does not attack candidates; he attacks their supporters. For how many years will good people who run against Boon and her sycophants be tarred with all this drivel?

Yes, good governance means transparency and accountability. But it doesn't require members to vote on every issue and it isn't well-served by D.C.-style advocacy. Or board-packing. 

I applaud increased voter registration, but let's be clear: when I moved here, I went to the Association and registered, as did many others. A simple, unobstructed process.

Our mailboxes have been filled with material that seeks to create a divide between residents: older vs. younger, long-time vs. newer, golf club members vs. non-members. People have falsely alleged that the golf club was promoting the swimming pool or that it "signed off" on the location. Our board president's husband writes a vitrolic ad alleging that golf club members call non-members "freeloaders." In my 12 years here I've never heard any member express that or any similar disparaging sentiment.

Why no "high road" lecture then, Mr. Krnich? 

- Bob Burgess


 

RSF Review Op-Ed from Natalie Moores: I Will Tell You Who Nick Krnich is, Bob! (June 2)

Nick Krnich is a selfless good neighbor spending time and money to help our community! Thanks to his efforts we have more voters registered than ever in the history of the Covenant!

And a site we can rely on that is fair and balanced providing an unedited forum for sharing of opinions on issues important to all of us. RSF Post and the Review are the only open forum sites in our community. The other community website, RSF Homeowners Group, will not allow dissenting opinions to be posted on their site.

Thank goodness for Nick Krnich, the RSF Post and the Review

- Natalie Moores, RSF Resident for 13 years