Vote of No Confidence

The 2024 OVA Board election was record-breaking. The number of ballots cast (1,916) was greater than in any Board election ever, even including the highly divisive pickleball Board election of 2017, and the voter participation was 59.4%, approximately duplicating the 2017 turn-out. Even more impressive was the margins by which the three new directors out-distanced…

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Congratulations to newly elected OVA directors Heidi Klyn, Matt Oliver and Jerry Gladstone. Today the ballots were counted and final results are in. There were 1,916 validated ballots (59.8% of the eligible Oakmont owners), easily surpassing the required quorum of 807 (25%). Vote counts: A short Board meeting was held, in which a resolution was…

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News Release from Burbank Housing, March 25, 2024 – Oakmont Village Association and Burbank Housing announced that following close collaboration, the two organizations have reached an agreement on the construction of a fire apparatus access road, commonly referred to as an emergency vehicle access (EVA) route, as part of the development of the Southeast Santa…

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I will have lived soon for a quarter Century in Oakmont. For many years I wrote about our people and our village. Every April or so, elections for the OVA Board of Directors took place. I never publicized my choices for the top leadership positions in our village. I did not believe that I should…

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There are innumerable ways of categorizing the 4700 or so members of the Oakmont Village Association (OVA), but for the purposes of this article, I will consider just two categories: What proportion of OVA members are active? As George McKinney, a long-serving and respected member of the OVA Long Range Planning Committee, observed recently in…

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In a recent Nextdoor post, Malka Osserman applied a quote from Noam Chomsky to her critique of User Groups:  “The smart way to keep people passive and obedient is to strictly limit the spectrum of acceptable opinion, but allow very lively debate within that spectrum. That gives people the sense that there’s free thinking going…

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