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Posts by Bruce Bon

SMART Train Measure I

Voters are being asked whether or not to extend taxpayer funding, to provide around $2.4 billion over 30 years for the Sonoma–Marin Area Rail Transit (SMART) system. The problem is that one can’t really make a good decision without quantitative projections of future costs and benefits that are essentially impossible to obtain, although the official…

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Thanks to the Volunteers of Oakmont — and How to Become One

As we recuperate from another Thanksgiving holiday and Black Friday/Cyber Monday shopping frenzy, it may be a good time to reflect on the thanks due the volunteers of Oakmont for all they do to make this a wonderful place to live.  All of us in Oakmont have much to be thankful for this year — our…

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A Fair and Democratic Election?

It has now been over a week since the vote count in one of the most contentious elections in Oakmont history. The result was an overwhelming victory for the OVA Board and for the YES campaign, both of whom campaigned effectively and relentlessly for the 31% dues increase. It was also a shocking disappointment to…

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Sub-Association Needs and Recommendations Report

At today’s OVA Board meeting the Aid for Sub-Associations Committee (ASAC) delivered a major report to the Board and the community. The committee is comprised of four representatives of different sub-associations plus OVA Board liaison Steve Spanier and OVA Management liaison Kevin Hubred, and is chaired by Jeff Young. The ASAC was tasked by the…

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Does a NO Vote Mean No OGC Purchase? NO!!

This is for those of you who may not have decided how to vote yet, and who ask the very good question, “What is going to happen if we say NO to the large dues increase? Aren’t we giving up control of the property forever?” Background: The Oakmont Village Association (OVA) Board of Directors wants…

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The OGC Purchase: Oakmont at a Crossroads

From the outset, let me be crystal clear. I believe that OVA purchase of OGC would be a serious mistake that would ignore the welfare of those who might eventually lose their homes as a result. For this and other reasons elaborated below I urge you to vote NO on the proposed 31% dues increase. Whether or not OVA should buy OGC is the hottest topic…

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