Letter to the Editor: Recall efforts are under way at the community council
March 15, 2011 · 12:08 PM
I need your help. Last November, I voted to put Tom Bangasser on the Vashon-Maury Island Community Council Board. I made a mistake, and I need your help to fix it. Please come to McMurray School at 7 p.m. on Monday, March 21, to join me in righting this situation.
I have lived here for a little over a year. I paid no attention to the VMICC until an article in The Beachcomber about lack of citizen participation led me to attend a meeting. The first meeting I attended was in August, when the entire board of nine people resigned. I have been paying attention since then.
During the past seven months, I’ve watched as my neighbors have been repelled while attempting to serve the rest of us. Good people with good intentions have been discouraged from public service by the actions of this one individual.
Mr. Bangasser has a personal agenda that overrides the interests of the people he was electd to serve. He is not representing us and our views. He is representing himself. His presence on the VMICC board is not in our best interests and impedes the ability of the VMICC board to act on our behalf. His presence on the VMICC board discourages the citizen participation that is essential.
At last month’s VMICC meeting, I asked Mr. Bangasser to tell me how his bullying and threatening actions benefit the community. He didn’t answer me. I don’t think he can answer me, because there is no benefit.
Mr. Bangasser has wasted everyone’s time and talent. While some of his goals may be admirable, his methods of achieving them are not.
I have made a motion to remove Mr. Bangasser from the VMICC Board. It will be voted on by written ballot at the next VMICC general meeting on March 21. It needs a two-thirds majority to pass. You are eligible to vote if you’re 18 or older and live on Vashon or Maury Islands.
Please come and stand up for a higher standard of leadership. We deserve it!
— CC Stone