There is a great deal of misunderstanding in the above post.
Unless one regularly attends meetings and participates in civic activities,
it is easy to imagine the misconceptions.
I agree that it is long past time for director Robert
Springer to go. He has greatly damaged Newberry Springs with his disastrous
handling of the CSD's litigation with the County of San Bernardino. His
horrendous incompetence on the litigation is a matter of record.
Robert Springer may be a very intelligent man regarding
his employment knowledge, but as a CSD director and long-time president of
the board, I believe that he stands out as one of the many failures currently
sitting on the board. He has also had far too many unexcused absences from the
Why hasn't his absentee issue become an agenda item? The other
directors appear scared to sponsor it. Are they waiting for a public member to
demand it? In short, the CSD board won't enforce its own CSD Guidelines
Jodi Howard should have been fired years ago. Although she
did improve over the many years that she acted as General Manager, her work has
always been substandard IMHO and her blunders have been overlooked.
This was a defense that I heard from Howard's camp after her
CSD dismissal, that she had a clean record. She apparently was never written
up for anything. That she was a perfect employee.
Perhaps I was naïve, it didn't click until I later heard third-hand
scuttlebutt that then-president Robert Springer and Jodi Howard were at one time
special friends. Then the math added up. And possibly why Springer has missed
so many recent meetings when Howard's termination was being discussed and
apparently favored by a majority of the board.
Casey's conjuring that Paul Deel might become a temporary GM
is moot. As others have already posted on social media, the idea was discussed
as one of the many possibilities and was dismissed due to a conflict of interest.
Why is Casey resurrecting the idea to now incite the public?
Casey's quotation from the board's statement on Howard's
dismissal that, "We did so with no reason other than a fractured relationship
that was not mendable," is simply the board's legalese (probably from their
attorney) to limit the grounds for a reprisal lawsuit. The actual grounds for
releasing Howard, I believe, are considerable. Remember, the board doesn't need
to state any reason for dismissing a General Manager.
It is always best for the board not to give a reason. If they
stated something like they fired her because she looks funny, she would then have
grounds for a discrimination lawsuit. It is better to never say anything which
the board did.
Casey further goes on with false information, trying to incite
discourse, by stating, "SB County will get tired of it and dissolve the CSD and
they can do that. Is that what we want? U can say goodbye to the CSD building,
that will fall into ruin. u can say goodbye to the park, will also fall into ruin," etc.
The County can not dissolve a CSD, nor can it force a CSD to
merge with another CSD. That takes a majority vote of the voters of the CSD district.
Casey Jones's allegations appear to lack merit and the acts by Howard
and Jones only appear to be a prolongation of mean revenge over the release of
a CSD employee that has always held (In My Humble Opinion) a mean-spirited attitude,
be it against the volunteer Commodities group or others. I know that I have personally
felt the negative energy of Howard's combativeness. It still appears to linger.
When I questioned the board at the last CSD board meeting as to what
was specifically causing the huge spike in legal fees, director Paula Deel spoke up
with a tight lip, only saying that the increase was due to attorney fees.
If any claims against the CSD are not meritorious, hopefully,
the CSD will recover its damages.