Many political insiders in the California GOP were watching closely today to see what was going to transpire at the CRA Board Meeting. There were numerous emailed attacks sent from the Capitol Resource Institute Email list server accusing us of perpetrating all sorts of heinous acts before the board meeting even happened.
Recap – there were 17 units put up for expulsion and 8 CRA members put up for expulsion.
Please note that all unit Presidents were attempted to be reached with phone calls, emails and certified letters. Only two unit Presidents responded while three of the first seven individuals put up for disciplinary action responded.
The following is what actually occurred.
Alpine Heights RA – De-chartered unanimously
Camp Pendleton RA – only 2 objections to unanimous consent to de-charter
San Diego RA – De-chartered unanimously
Stanton RA – De-chartered unanimously
Please note that three of these four were de-chartered with a unanimous vote suggesting that even members of the opposition to the “Contract with the CRA” supported these moves.
The Citrus, Circle City, Corona Hills, Norco, Rimpau, South Corona, Temescal Valley and West Corona RA – known as the “8 Coronas” were de-chartered with the Charter Review Committee given direction to re-organize a new CRA unit in Corona (or maybe 2). CRA VP Bob Kowell was also placed in charge of handling chartering the new unit(s) in Corona.
This action also received unanimous approval from the board.
(Please also note that any CRA members displaced by the actions of the Board will be sent a letter informing them that they can join another CRA unit or remain as a CRA member at-large.)
The Ladera Ranch RA was placed in Jeopardy status due to the fact that the unit’s President responded to contact and asked to be allowed to join up with CRA officers to clean up any issues with the unit. Since he responded in such a manner – the Ladera Ranch RA was given a second chance and will likely become a 100% legitimate CRA unit.
The Mid-Empire RA was de-chartered – only three objections to unanimous consent. The main reason for this will be described below when I cover Tom Rogers in the individual actions.
The South Butte RA was the subject of about an Hour of Debate. Ultimately, the unit was placed in Jeopardy – largely due to the fact that the unit President responded and asked for mercy. Mercy was given.
The Yolo RA was de-chartered – only three objections to unanimous consent. No one spoke in its’ defense as the evidence of fraud was overwhelming.
The Yuba RA was de-chartered – only three objections to unanimous consent. Again, no one spoke in its’ defense.
There was a movement away from lifetime bans for individuals due to a sentiment to show some conciliation and mercy. The board ultimately decided to follow past precedent in terms of disciplinary actions.
Only Rick Marshall attended to speak in his defense. Tom Rogers and Tim LeFever responded via e-mail. Scott Viogts spoke with several in CRA directly himself.
Paul Dillon was given a 5-year removal from CRA, with a provision to re-apply to the board at the end of the 5-years. He did not respond nor did he accept the certified letter sent to him. No one spoke out, communicated or emailed on Paul’s behalf. (Only 2 objections to the motion.)
Karen England was given a 10-year removal from CRA with the same re-application provision – the three attack emails sent from the Capitol Resource Institute E-mail platform (her employer) in this past week and her conversations with some about attempting to de-charter CRA from the State CRP motivated a stiffer penalty. No one spoke out, emailed or communicated on her behalf. (Only 2 objections to the motion.)
Tim LeFever was given a 10-year removal from CRA with the same re-application provision. Mr. LeFever emailed on his own behalf explaining his right to sue CRA and issuing what were perceived as veiled threats in his communication. (Only 3 objections to the motion.)
David Reade was given a 10-year removal from CRA with the same re-application provision – due largely to his role in committing fraud on a major scale inside of CRA. No one spoke out, communicated or emailed on David’s behalf. (Only 2 objections to the motion.)
Tom Rogers was given a 10-year removal from CRA with the same re-application provision – Mr. Rogers emailed on behalf of both Mid Empire RA and himself. Like LeFever, he explained his right to sue the CRA and the email was replete with communication perceived as veiled threats in his communication. (only 2 objections to the motion.)
Mark Spannagel was given a 5-year removal from CRA with the same re-application provision. No one spoke out, emailed or communicated on his behalf. Like Dillon, Spannagel also refused the Certified letter sent to him. (only 2 objections to the motion.)
Scott Voigts went on a major personal PR campaign. He disavowed any involvement in the first amended complaint against CRA. (This was the key point for his defense.) Unlike Tom Rogers and Tim LeFever who extended their middle finger to the CRA – Scott Voigts extended a hand of peace. Voigts was suspended, not terminated from CRA for one year. (update – there were several motions leading up to the 27-8 vote in favor of this action)
The Rick Marshall expulsion request was rejected by a 24-8 vote as the proceedings there turned in to an extension of the personal issues between Marshall and John Stammerich, the complaintant.
Of further note – a New CRA Unit was Chartered, the Greater Santa Clarita Valley Republican Assembly.
As of the writing of this email – plans are in the works for several new CRA units – please look out for updates on the movement to re-build the CRA with new activist-driven units.
The bottom line is where Mercy was possible, Mercy was given.
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