Community News

In an effort to gauge the amount of information that might be shared with OVA members I attended some recent committee meetings with agenda items involving the golf course sale.

At the Oakmont Community Development Committee (OCDC) meeting on April 11 there was to be a report on the status of discussions on the golf course sale and a discussion of legal limits of OVA involvement.

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On March 22, 2019, a 118 page First Amended Complaint was filed with the Sonoma County Superior Court adding further allegations to the original complaint filed November 30, 2018.  See Oakmont Observer story on original complaint here: https://oakmontobserver.com/ex-director-ken-heyman-files-lawsuit-against-ova/

The First Amended Complaint includes direct quotes from emails, and identifies several Agents of the Oakmont Village Association (OVA.) The remaining 25 unnamed Defendants (“Does”) were not identified.

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The Oakmont Golf Club announced on March 12 that the Proposal for Assessment received a 73% favorable vote. It appears from these numbers that 234 of the 260 members cast ballots.

The announcement read:

“In these times, achieving voter turnout of over 90% is almost unheard of; 81% of those voted YES!! This speaks so highly of the value the membership places on the Club.  We are gratified with their support and consideration of the imperative for the Oakmont Golf Club to meet and honor its financial commitments.  The decision will permit OGC to move through the sale process in a much stronger position.  A position that will ultimately result in a better and more enjoyable club for everyone.  

“The assessment will be billed separately and quickly.  There will be an option to pay in two installments.  We realize that this is still a difficult decision for some members and may result in their considering resignation.  This is actually a great time to remain or become a member at OGC.  A new and better facility is on the way, dues are likely to remain low and initiation fees for new members are almost nonexistent.  We want all members to stay invested in their Club.”

The following is an OVA news release posted today from board president, Steve Spanier.

“The recently announced news that the Oakmont Golf Club (OGC) is to be sold forces the Oakmont Village Association (OVA) to immediately address the importance of the golf club to our community. I can’t continue to sit on the sidelines; this issue is now urgent.

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During Open Forum at the February 19 OVA Board meeting a request was made by Phillip Herzog to initiate the Internal Dispute Resolution process.

“I believe the Board’s action in Executive Session to pay up to $20,000 to clean some drainage areas on the golf course to the benefit of the golf club and to the benefit of a small number of Association members is a violation of law so significant that it could result in expensive litigation or, in the worst case, cause OVA to lose its non-profit status,” said Herzog. 

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The Oakmont Golf Courses will be put on the market for sale, as revealed at today’s OVA Finance Committee meeting. Oakmont Golf Club (OGC) member Alan McLintock informed the Finance Committee that the issue had been discussed at last night’s OGC Annual Meeting.

The OGC will engage real estate broker Marcus & Millichap, a firm specializing in the sale of golf courses, to conduct the sale.

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