Senior Advisory Board letter

Date: Tue, 09 Mar 2004 14:36:44 -0900

One year ago I volunteered for and was appointed to the senior advisory board, for what I thought was a chance to do something for my fellow seniors.

Instead I have wasted a year of my time trying to figure out how we were suppose to do anything.

The powers that be told us we couldn’t use the board rules that the City Council approved. We were supposed to go by municipal codes. Then we were told we don’t know how to hold a meeting.

A city parliamentarian attended our meetings but never corrected anyone. Once we didn’t have a quorum she tried to get our chair to let the ex-officio be given a vote so we could have a meeting. The two of them were upset because the chair wouldn’t do it, at the same time we decided to have a work session, and later were admonished for doing that. The ex-officio even called a member from his sickbed, 45 minutes after the meeting, to try to get their quorum.

Another senior and my self went to AC to have coffee; we met and talked to lots of different people. We were later accused along with two other board members that weren’t there, of violating the open meeting law.

Then another time, a different member and myself went to AC to meet and talk to seniors, that we don’t see at the senior center. We were admonished for open meeting violation, again with members that weren’t there. We were reported by a “reliable source” (maybe the source should get new glasses).

It is a sad day when a person or persons are so insecure and paranoid that they can’t do their job because their so busy spying on old folks, and filing false claims on the very people they are supposed to be looking after.

For a do nothing board with no power there was sure a lot of time wasted on trying to trip us up. And making sure we followed all their rules. Maybe they don’t like it because we speak our mind. If they can get rid of us one at a time they can get the people they want on the board and don’t need to have meetings. Most of the new appointees haven’t attended half the meetings since their appointment, some haven’t attended any. Some members, when they do attend they have their own agenda. They follow the posted agenda only if it fits their scheme of things and none of the “educated” people in attendance tried to correct them

How can a board perform its duties if they, “members”, can’t talk to seniors? Maybe I’m in the wrong country, I thought this was “AMERICA”, if I’m wrong please correct me.

I am tired of being spied on by city officials, who get paid to protect and defend my rights as I did for them some forty years ago. There four I am resigning my position on the board of director effective immediately and plan to publish my resignation in the press, by the time this can be written for your benefit there maybe other news worthy events taking place.

Larry Howard, member senior advisory board

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