Editor’s Note: As we were preparing to publish this article the OGC announced that their member vote to approve the $750 per member assessment successfully passed. This vote likely removes the immediate need for OVA financial assistance to OGC. However, it does not change the fact that this was seriously considered, may still be on the table, and raises serious questions of setting a troubling precedent. Critics of this approach say OVA should step back and allow the marketing of the property and assets to play out.
On March 1st OVA Board President Steve Spanier announced that he had resigned his membership in the Oakmont Golf Club (OGC) and said that he no longer had a conflict of interest representing OVA in its dealings with OGC. During the board workshop on March 5, comments and questions were directed to the board by members of the community and Spanier’s statement four days earlier that he will be “all in” on this issue was quickly demonstrated.
He took it upon himself to answer all questions on behalf of OVA as well as OGC, as his fellow board members sat silently with only Director Kendrick making an occasional comment. It became clear that Spanier was well-versed in information – both public and private – about the club, its financials and the details of the sale.