Carr Recalled

Embattled San Lorenzo Village Homes Association Director Brenda Carr was recalled late Thursday evening after six months of debate and due process.

After nearly six months of fierce and often acrimonious debate, two separate elections and nearly five hours of sorting, San Lorenzo Village Homes Director Brenda Carr has been recalled. 

Of 5,714* ballots mailed to voters in this election, 1,522 were returned, 1,479 of which were valid. The final vote was 1,886 votes for the recall, 815 against. 

(Each ballot represents two possible votes, though not all voters chose to cast both). 

For many on both sides, the end was met with a sigh of relief that it's all finally over.

More than 30 villagers floated in and out of the association hall beginning at 3 p.m., when UniLect, the company charged with arbitrating the recall, began the process of unsheathing and sorting the ballots. 

Usually, that's done by a team volunteers. But anxiety over the validity — and liability — of the already troubled vote prompted two UniLect staffers to handle every slip of paper, start to finish.

"It’s a little unusual for us, so we’re trying to make this work," said Catherine Burkhart, director of elections services for UniLect.

Just before 7:30 p.m., the 1,479 ballots were fed into a federally certified voting machine, which tallied them and spat out results in just under five minutes. The final vote saw Carr ousted by 16 percent of the electorate. 

Former board member  assumed Carr's seat at the association's board meeting immediately following the tally.

"I want to put all this behind us," Bieschke said. "It’s been a black eye to the association."

Carr and several of her supporters left the hall just after the results were announced. 

"I'm very good," Carr said, smiling.

Despite rampant speculation she would pursue the matter further, perhaps in court, Carr said in her mind, it's over — at least for now. 

"There's another seat that's coming up in October," she said. "Maybe I'll run again."

Ben Dover March 18, 2011 at 10:53 PM
No Stephen we have not met Sorry to hear of you and your wifes loss.My prayers are with you.
Stephen Carbonaro March 18, 2011 at 11:04 PM
Thank You.Ted's passing was relatively quick, and I do mot think he suffered any pain. Thank you for your prayers, and your kind words. Stephen and Lori Carbonaro
Americaintrouble March 19, 2011 at 03:59 AM
Sonja Sharp I Disagree, There are many forums that an Americans can exercise there 1st amendment rights of free speech with out censorship. What you are doing is nothing less then censorship because you find a word like Mexican to be a racially charged comment. This is one good example why America is in the state it's in. People are to afraid o hear truths and have an adult conversations about the problems we face in San Lorenzo, and our Country. Web-sites like these will never gain any popularity and support by Patriot American citizens. Progressive Liberalism, is a diseases, cancer in America today. S.L used to be a great place to live, and raise a family. But I will say it again, S.L. has lost its greatness to the Progressive Liberals, anytime an American Patriot speaks truth, Like Brenda Carr did the liberals scream for recalls. There are many problems in S.L and until Patriot Americans wake up the community will continue to decline. God Bless America, and America Bless God.
Stephen Carbonaro March 19, 2011 at 07:44 PM
To Americintrouble, Check the announcements page to learn of the meeting on the Neighborhood Community Forum on 3/31. You might be interested in attending.
Stephen Carbonaro March 20, 2011 at 05:58 AM
Did you hear the one about the apathetic beaver? He just didn't give a dam!
Stephen Carbonaro March 21, 2011 at 07:39 AM
Keith, now will you tell me exactly how many you got?
Keith Barros March 21, 2011 at 02:42 PM
As the November 19, 2010 Patch article "Homes Association Begins Its First Recall" states, we turned in over 500 signatures from over 500 households. As previously stated, IN ONLY TWO WEEKS we collected far more petition signatures than we needed, and that's not counting the ones we collected after submitting the petitions to the SLVHA. So to say that "A membership of 280 plus houses created this recall" is a false statement attempting to minimize the will of the majority of the good, law-abiding citizens of San Lorenzo Village.
Stephen Carbonaro March 21, 2011 at 05:38 PM
Keith,is there a reason you are reluctant to tell me EXACTLY how many signatures you gathered?
Michelle March 21, 2011 at 11:08 PM
Isn't San Lorenzo a working class community? I find it interesting that a community forum would be scheduled at 1:00 in the afternoon on a weekday! It makes me curious as to who exactly the intended audience is?
Brenda Carr March 22, 2011 at 01:08 AM
San Lorenzo is a working class community, and we have folks who work evenings and cannot get to meetings because of their work schedule. We also have folks who cannot get out at night due to family obligations but do have some free time during the day. I welcome diversity, to include diverse scheduling of meetings to be inclusive and give members of our community options. Michelle, you might want to organize a community forum for a Saturday or Sunday? If you feel this would give another time slot that people could participate, please let me know, I would be interested in attending. Thank you to those of you who have stepped up and put together a daytime community forum. Much Respect Brenda
Thomas Clarke March 22, 2011 at 01:27 AM
I cannot make the Thursday meeting due to a previous committment, but I can make one on a different day, I suspect. It is time to take back our community.
Michelle March 24, 2011 at 12:23 AM
It seems to me that if diversity was truly the intent, more than one meeting (in the daytime) would have already been scheduled.
Stephen Carbonaro March 25, 2011 at 11:57 PM
Michelle, Think of it as this: We're gonna run it up the flagpole and see who salutes. Also, Id like to video the entire proceedings and make it available to all, with comments allowed. But I've been set back this week with the death of my father in law, and my video equipment seems to have kicked the bucket. Audio might be possible, but either would require the consent of attendees. Please don't judge us before we have a chance to try. Any suggestions anyone might have to offer as far as improving the system will be welcomed. Stephen
Stephen Carbonaro March 26, 2011 at 12:04 AM
Maybe that should be changed, one person, one vote. The current system gives owners of multiple properties much greater influence than perhaps is warranted, or fair. Rewarding those with greater financial resources pretty much puts we single property owners at a disadvantage, allowing local real estate moguls to dictate policy.
Michelle March 26, 2011 at 08:43 PM
That is a great idea! Sorry about your Father in Law. To be clear, my comments are just that...comments. Not judgments.
Ben Dover March 27, 2011 at 04:57 PM
I guess kathy martins felt she needed to give brenda carr one last stab, huh? Did she feel this was really needed to be written? What a !
Ben Dover March 27, 2011 at 04:58 PM
Refer to newsletter
Keith Barros March 27, 2011 at 07:04 PM
Even though there was tremendous impact that was well documented and well publicized, perhaps the responsible thing for the President to do would have been to pretend it never happened.
Keith Barros March 27, 2011 at 07:15 PM
See my response below.
Ben Dover March 27, 2011 at 07:45 PM
We should pretend you never happened!
Thomas Clarke March 28, 2011 at 01:54 AM
Keith, it is hard to imagine that $20-25,000.00 did not happen. It did happen. The wastrels that squandered that much money on the recall have a great deal to be accountable for to the SLVHOA. Pretending it did not happen is exactly what is wrong with the board at a minimum and perhaps the entire organization has outlived itself.
Keith Barros March 28, 2011 at 05:03 AM
That's right. It DID happen. The Board DIDN'T PRETEND that it didn't happen. So the President included it in her report. So since she DIDN'T pretend it didn't happen, "Ben Dover" made an issue of THAT. If she had pretended that it didn't happen, then I suppose your statement "Pretending it did not happen is exactly what is wrong with the board at a minimum..." MIGHT have made SOME sense. It would not have cost that much if 300 ballots hadn't disappeared. I firmly believe the first election was sabotaged by anti-recall people who had access to the ballots and who stood to benefit from getting the recall election thrown out (or at least delayed) because of missing ballots. They got an extra 60 days to try to sway public opinion and another $20,000 to "blame" on the pro-recall activists. In reality, if there had never been a Brenda Carr on the Board, NONE of the expense would have been necessary. To those of us who witnessed her offenses and her behavior with the "fairy godmother" mask off, it was money well spent. Her term as a Director would have cost San Lorenzo Village a lot more money, credibility, and future damage than the cost to unseat her. The fact that you say "..perhaps the entire organization has outlived itself", PROVES that we members need to strengthen our resolve to get involved and stop people like you who seem to desire to be free from the extra set of rules that we agreed to live by when we bought our houses. THAT'Swhy it's this nice here.
Stephen Carbonaro March 28, 2011 at 05:15 AM
Barros, do you want to back that accusation of "sabotage" up with some evidence, or is it just another of your freaky fantasies. Put up or shut up Or write a song about it and sing it so we can all laugh at you, just like the good old days . "The Singing Teamster" that's what they called him as they rolled their eyes in disgust.
Stephen Carbonaro March 28, 2011 at 05:17 AM
The show ain't over 'till the fat lady sings.
Keith Barros March 28, 2011 at 05:35 AM
Ha! Thou doth protest too much.
Stephen Carbonaro March 28, 2011 at 05:42 AM
Evidence? or BS.? Which is it?
Ben Dover March 28, 2011 at 06:28 AM
I hope brendas family membets sues all involved in the violations against their rights! Icluding you Barros!
Ben Dover March 28, 2011 at 06:30 AM
Ever hear of defamation?
Keith Barros March 28, 2011 at 01:47 PM
As usual, the Anti-Recallers change the subject. What happened to Thomas Clarke?
Kari Hulac (Editor) March 28, 2011 at 06:02 PM
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