SAMLARC Election News

Patch photo credit: Martin Henderson.
Patch photo credit: Martin Henderson.


Just a reminder your ballot for the SAMLARC election is due in the SAMLARC office by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 25th. In years past you could deliver your ballot at the Annual Meeting, but the SAMLARC Election Committee changed that rule this year.  Did you know that even if you send you ballot in on time it may not be counted for the election? The SAMLARC election process is delegate system; there are 86 delegate districts in the SAMLARC Association. In developments with sub-associations, the president of the sub-association is the delegate to SAMLARC. In developments without a sub-association a delegate is either elected by the residents or appointed by SAMLARC, some developments do not have delegates, so the votes cast by residents in those developments will not count. If you are in a non-sub association development you can contact SAMLARC to find out if you have a delegate.

The annual election process requires a quorum. The quorum is calculated by the total number of votes represented by each delegate district that is represented by a delegate. If not enough delegates attend to make quorum then the election would have to be held again and the members would be responsible for high cost of another election.

On the night of the Annual SAMLARC Meeting on February 27, 2014 at the Bell Tower, the delegates from all the various developments within the SAMLARC Association cast the ballots sent in by their respective residents for the election of the Board of Directors.  Did you know that if a delegate does not attend the meeting the votes of that development are not cast and do not count? That is why it is very important to find out who your delegate is and get a commitment that they will attend or assign someone to attend for them per the SAMLARC governing documents to assure your vote counts.

If you haven't received your ballot, please contact the SAMLARC office for a replacement ballot.

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Jack Leonard February 22, 2014 at 11:03 AM
FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY - ACCOUNTABILITY - TRANSPARENCY A TIMELY MESSAGE … To SAMLARC RESIDENTS for back to basics and NOT RAISE DUES ! Valued dues-paying members; Gary Thompson, Sally Leonard and Jeff Halbreich represent decades of dedicated service to your Country, to your City, to your SAMLARC community and its residents. As candidates for SAMLARC Board of Directors-2014, they are passionately united with an unparalleled list of accomplishments within Rancho Santa Margarita governing boards including NO AIRPORT at El Toro, CITYHOOD LEADERSHIP prior to incorporation, prior SAMLARC Board members, former CITY COUNCIL member and MAYOR, and Rancho Santa Margarita CHAMBER of COMMERCE Board Member. Collectively focused on fiscal responsibility, accountability and transparency, they will lead the efforts; • TO NOT RAISE DUES – by requiring multi-bid contracts and implementing professional negotiation practices; detailed results of evaluations to be shared in open sessions for SAMLARC resident input. • TO NOT RAISE DUES – by moving a number of closed-door executive agenda items to open (public) forum for discussion and voting. • TO NOT RAISE DUES – by clearly identifying expenditures (no hidden items), providing the full budget to members online and taking the lead toward budget process transparency. • TO NOT RAISE DUES – by initiating checks and balances within management, vendor and supplier actions and activities. VOTE, Gary Thompson, Sally Leonard and Jeff Halbreich. They best understand that … “It IS your money, your voice, your choice”
Jack Leonard February 22, 2014 at 11:24 AM
Robert Milner February 22, 2014 at 04:13 PM
Mr. Leonard please tell me which of all the contenders have never held any public office? Myself and my neighbors are very tired of all politicians! Thank you.
April Josephson February 22, 2014 at 04:44 PM
his is a very important election for SAMLARC. There will be at least two new board members, since there are three seats and only one incumbent. It is time for a change, as the incumbent leader has been less than transparent and not open to input from members, regardless of any spin he has put in his public statements. Please take the time to vote. Make sure your ballot arrives at the SAMLARC office in RSM by the Tuesday afternoon deadline. If you know who your delegate is, please encourage them to attend the annual meeting on Thursday night
Shawn Gordon February 22, 2014 at 06:50 PM
Can the first thing they do is get rid of this ridiculous delegate system? It is so prone to abuse, you got someone that just has to schmooze up a handful of people to cover the big apartment complexes and they get voted in. It doesn't represent the population of the city in any equitable way. I seriously doubt anyone in the city would say they prefer it over a popular count.
Robert Milner February 23, 2014 at 02:38 AM
I am relatively new in town. Are apartment residents allowed to vote?
Brent Hoff February 23, 2014 at 01:25 PM
The SAMLARC governing documents allow the OWNERS of the apartment complexes to cast one vote per unit. There are approximately 2,300 apartment units in SAMLARC. An example would be in a complex that had 500 units the owner could cast all 500 unit's votes,( in the case of the current election 3 votes per unit or 1,500 votes ) for the candidate or candidates of their choice. For more information, the SAMLARC governing documents are available on the SAMLARC website.
April Josephson February 23, 2014 at 05:00 PM
Mr. Milner are you a SAMLARC member?
Dan February 24, 2014 at 10:34 AM
Sounds to me like the delegate system allows candidates like Don Chad to wine and dine a few apartment owners with promises and he and his hand picked candidates to stay in power.
Shawn Gordon February 24, 2014 at 10:58 AM
ding ding ding - give the man a prize. Now you know why SAMLARC redid all the sidewalks in one apartment complex when it wasn't their business to do it.
Robert Milner February 24, 2014 at 12:41 PM
I am qualified and plan to exercize this option today with SAMLARC ! Are you a SAMLARC member Mrs, Jossphsen? No one has answered my questions about who has been a previous politician? What proof do you have about the apartment sidewalks repairs being wrong? Was this illegal? My guess is that they pay more property taxes than any one else in Rancho?
Shawn Gordon February 24, 2014 at 12:58 PM
April is on the city planning commission and a very long time resident, 30 seconds of research will show you that. Do your own research on who has been a politician, it is easy to do. The expenditure has been hidden as much as possible by the current board to avoid anyone knowing about it. Your property tax analogy doesn't make any sense.
Shawn Gordon February 24, 2014 at 01:10 PM
Are you the same Dr. Robert Milner DDS on Santa Margarita Pkway? I see you have a lot of good reviews and I need a new dentist.
April Josephson February 24, 2014 at 02:37 PM
Mr. Milne, if you exercise your option today, you might consider doing some further exercise by hand-carrying your completed ballot into the SAMLARC office before 5 pm tomorrow, or it will not be counted. In response to your question regarding former politician, incumbent Don Chadd ran for water board in the last election, and lost by a wide margin. For any further information, I suggest you read the candidate statements before voting. Regarding sidewalk repairs, a sidewalk is being built to replace landscaping on an individual owner's property. If you are a member of SAMLARC, you should know that our membership dues have nothing to do with property taxes, and should not pay for improvements to a property that is not a common area for all of SAMLARC.
Shawn Gordon February 24, 2014 at 03:05 PM
Don Chadd is a political lifer http://www.smartvoter.org/2012/11/06/ca/or/vote/chadd_d/
Robert Milner February 25, 2014 at 12:17 AM
Thanks for the info and I am not a dentist. I met Mr. Chadd once and he seemed like a nice quiet professional man. Hard to understand why people are against him?
Poot Smelly February 25, 2014 at 12:46 AM
smga3000 Shaun Gordon Some of your neighbors are getting a few laughs about how you have declared yourself an expert on people in RSM
Andrew P. February 25, 2014 at 01:07 PM
Robert/Rsm "Truth"/Hutchinson/...., Penal Code 273.5(a) and 273a(b)...and living with 3 men while a young boy is forced to sleep in a closet. Hmmmm....The scanner is warming up.
April Josephson February 25, 2014 at 07:52 PM
Mr. M, you said you don't like politicians. Make up your mind. Do you want to vote out a politician or have a discussion about how he seemed to be nice?


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