West Village Houses now has a board designed by the investor-partner. That said, I believe that all of the individuals on the board will do their best to move the co-op forward and I pledge them my support.
But I would not be Wag the Dog if I did not say that the dog took a major hit this time.
First things first because many of you have asked–I’m fine. I have suspected for some time that this outcome would be the price for change. Next question–no, I will not be at the garden party. I never went before last year and not going this year is my reward for change.
Now to business. They say that politics is like sausage–something people like to eat, but no one wants to watch being made. That was surely the case here. A lot of disparate parts went into the meat grinder to create this outcome. The proxy system allows 2 or 3 individuals to pick winners and losers. The corporate shareholder system allows 1 man to be king maker. The tail gets to grind the dog into whatever sausage it wants.
Katy and I are both out and everyone on the board owes their election to someone who is not a resident of WVH. Our co-op’s effective leader is someone who does not live here and the political leadership of our community is in the hands of someone whose interests are purely financial.
But while we debate the failings of the process, we still have to move forward as a community and as a co-op. I know that the individuals now on the board will try to make it work. We should also try to make it work. Our job as shareholders is to support them and to hold them accountable. The tail has wagged the dog. The king is dead. Long live the king!