Saturday, October 30, 2010

New Jordan Board Members

Post by the Hawthorne Hawkman, image from the JACC Flash NoMi blog.

Earlier in the week, I wrote a post about the somewhat scary fact that Farview Park has a board showing 24 L3SO's in the area.  Around that time, the Jordan Area Community Council held its annual dinner and elected new board members.  I announced those changes on my Twitter feed, and since the aforementioned story was at the "top of the fold" on my blog, it became the place where an anonymous commenter began asking some good questions about the JACC elections.

Well, in the interests of what I call "threadiquette," or keeping things on topic so that in the months or years ahead they can be found more easily, I'm switching those questions and comments to a post dedicated specifically to the JACC annual dinner and board elections.

The first question and answer, as well as a comment that was made (but not published under that thread) appear after the jump...

What do you mean when you say board positions approved unanimously by acclimation? Was there a vote, or did they get the position by adjusting to the climate? I've never heard that method of voting.
The Hawthorne Hawkman said...
Slight typo on the tweet. It should have read "acclamation" with an a in the middle, not an i. In the case of the JACC board elections, there were more seats available than there were applicants to fill them. In cases like this, the voting body can vote on each member individually or vote by acclamation (sometimes called voting by unanimous consent, which was how John Hoff was elected to the Hawthorne board under similar circumstances). A vote by acclamation is also typically (I'd have to check Roberts Rules of Order to see if this is true in all cases) done with little or no discussion. The idea is that if everyone's going to be elected anyway, let's just get it done quickly. If any person present feels that one or more of the candidates is so unqualified that that person should not even be on the board, then they can vote and try to persuade others against a vote by acclamation.


  1. Didn't Slumlord Reitman want to be on the board again, to push his slummy agenda? Who will represent the poor, downtrodden slumlords now??

  2. I believe Reitman's seat was not up for re-election, and therefore he's still on the board. However, changes in the JACC bylaws were approved that made it so that only residents of the Jordan neighborhood could be voting members. So Reitman is still on the board, but cannot vote.

  3. The JACC by-laws do not allow for nominations from the floor. The nominations close ahead of time, to allow for verifying the qualified candidates as well as postcard mailing to be created, mailed and delivered to each address in Jordan at least 10 days prior to the meeting/election day.

    The bylaws have been this way for years, at least 7 or 8, and this does not have anything to do with the "problems" that JACC encountered with unqualified people trying to get on the board or problems with board members and staff people conducting themselves in such inappropriate ways that led to litigation. (Litigation was pursued by the folks doing the inappropriate behavior, ironically)

    So only 7 people were interested in 12 positions as H-Hawk has already clarified.

  4. It is very encouraging to see JACC transforming into a positive community group with what looks to be thoughtful community members stepping forward. (A far cry from what I witnessed several years ago)

    I am sure that more and more residents will be willing to get involved with community issues now that a degree of sanity has been established.

    Congratulations and thanks to all the leaders who have worked so hard to make this happen.

    As for Keith, Maybe he will have time to paint and maintain his property investments in NoMi now. We would all appreciate that.


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