The following email from Joe La Cava to the LJCPA Trustees confirms Joe La Cava agrees he was not duly elected, but he refuses to abide by the LJCPA bylaws, City Council Policy 600-24, the Administrative Guidelines and step down?
Fellow Trustees (current, returning, and newly elected),
After much thought, I find that I must register a rebuttal to the LJCPA’s response to the Election Challenge. As I cannot attend the LJCPA’s April 3rd meeting, I request that my response be read into the record.
First, I want to clarify that I did not participate in either the deliberations or the written response. Simply put, I was not one of the investigating Officers referenced in the LJCPA letter. Since I was directly affected by the outcome of the response, I made my statement to the other Officers, recused myself, and left their meeting.
Second and more importantly, I disagree with the investigating Officers response as to whether I was duly elected under the bylaws. While Article V Section 2 validates being on the ballot, we must look to Article III Section 3 as to whether I was duly elected. The plan language of Article III, Section 3 is quite clear “If not enough new members are found to fill all vacant seats on the LJCPA Board of Trustees, the LJCPA may retain some Trustees…” The 4 announced candidates (excluding termed out candidates) plus the 3 write-in candidates total 7; undeniably, enough members have been found to fill the 7 vacant seats. This means that one part of the two-part threshold needed for a termed-out trustee to return was not satisfied; therefore, my bid to return as an elected trustee was not successful.
While the example used in the response letter does not apply in this case, the absurdity that a qualified write-in candidate with a single vote would be sufficient to thwart a termed-out trustee from returning is exactly the very low threshold intended to encourage turnover of trustees.
I am grateful to those that supported my candidacy and cast votes far in excess of the 2/3rds minimum threshold.
I appreciate the good work by the investigating Officers in preparing the response. And most importantly I thank each of you for stepping up to serve our community.
I do not offer this rebuttal lightly but the integrity of the organization is more important than any individual.
We need your help to spread the word. Please register your support and vote here. Tell Joe La Cava to honor the LJCPA bylaws and step down immediately as President of both the LJCPA and the CPC. If you have a neighbor and what to share this link please copy and send it to them.