Wednesday, August 27, 2014
What is and What Isn't
THE TRUTH – WHEN DO YOU REALIZE WHAT IS AND WHAT ISN’T?
In all my years of experience involving numerous contracts, I’ve seen many high-ranking people indicted for various crimes relating to construction work. In Century Village, there is a very similar history of vast illicit operations, but nobody has ever been indicted. Now just think about that for a day or two.
When you have 5.3 million dollars’ worth of construction work (bituminous concrete paving); a president who, with a partner or two, moving a 2 plus million dollar project along to a contractor without approval of the governing body; a Property Manager who volunteers to singly oversee the vast amount of work, but in fact, is rarely seen at the jobsite; a former treasurer manipulating monies and concealing his unlawful actions; a single page contract for each of 4 jobs, all sanctioned by the president and with no legal assistance; work performed that is allowed to be below acceptable standards of performance (the proof is before your eyes); over 300 pages of punch lists lost somewhere and cannot be reproduced; a contractor who is not governed by a sound contract, or by any drawings and specifications and the contractor being able to perform the work in any manner he so chooses; a former treasurer who convinces people that re-mobilization will cost about $500,000, and it turns out to be a blatant lie; the same treasurer who obtains, and all sanctioned by the president, a 750,000 dollar line of credit costing all of us thousands of dollars; a president who absolutely refuses to acknowledge his responsibility and his Nero-like control over all of the Delegates; a president who admits that he made errors, but says that he should be forgiven for such errors. And, that’s the tip of the iceberg.
Mr. Israel wants to be forgiven for his secret, devious ways, his prevarications, his manipulations of our money, his inept ability to provide governance in a justifiable and honest manner, his reluctance to listen to knowledgeable people, his mean-spirited stance toward anyone with an opposing opinion, and his many illicit operations; and his 5.3 million dollar debacle. Forgiven? Are you serious? Who in their right mind can forgive him?
So, what do you do? Do you just look the other way? Do you simply say “I saw nothing; I heard nothing; I don’t know nothing about nothing. Don’t bother me – I’ll wave my placard whenever you want me to, but nothing else.” The President’s legacy will be NOTHING. Progress toward better living in Century Village – NOTHING!
As one woman – on in years - precariously said to me, “It’s okay for them to steal as long as it’s not a lot.” Then she followed up by saying “So long as my dues don’t prevent me from buying food, I don’t care what the hell they do.” That’s the thinking of some people in Century Village who are deeply frightened by the ogres in power who instill fear upon them that they cannot protest anything or even voice a difference of opinion lest there be repercussions. Ask Delegates. They are so fearful that they don’t even want to discuss this matter for fear that their name may be brought forth to the Dominator. Then, for all time, they will be refused everything they ask for.
Try and handle this one, -- when UCO’s Property Manager, Rodger Carver, was deeply pressured and ready to open up and spill the beans about a whole bunch of things, he was forced to resign.
Think! Just think, -- why does Mr. Israel not want to sue M&M Paving? The answer to that question would require extensive writing with legal assistance.
Notice that Mr. Israel never reduces to writing anything in defense of the tens of allegations against him. Why is that? Well, let’s speculate a bit. First of all, he doesn’t know how to put responses into writing without throwing out sophisticated bull-crap that an ordinary person cannot understand. Secondly, there is no way you can refute an allegation that is truthful, without having it come back and haunt you when proven to be true. Thirdly, he has his dedicated cohorts who step up and answer everything for him. Fourth, he can never be quoted. Fifth, ignore everything to try and show that you have an impenetrable shell.