Dear SF Bicycle Coalition Member,
Thanks for reading my newsletter. I intend to keep you updated on San Francisco Bicycle Coalition (SFBC) governance and other items of interest. Views in this communication are my own and do not represent the views of the SFBC.
In this newsletter:
- Next SFBC board meeting is Tuesday, May 24
- Board vacancy
- Recommendations from member elections committee
- Next member elections committee is June 9
- SFBC board contact information and 2016 meeting calendar
- Share this newsletter
1. Next SFBC board meeting is Tuesday, May 24
The next board meeting is 6:30pm, Tuesday, May 24 at the SFBC office, 1720 Market Street at Valencia. Members are invited to attend. The meeting agenda includes the following items of particular interest:
- Member survey results presented by staff
- Proposal for the 2016 board election process and timeline from the board development committee
2. Board vacancy
Board member Andy Toebben is moving to the east coast and will vacate his position on the board. See below for a recommendation for filling this vacancy.
3. Recommendations from the member elections committee
The member elections committee has made three recommendations, all of which I fully support:
- Appoint the next highest vote-getter from the 2015 election to the vacancy on the board, in alignment with the precedent the board has set for filling vacancies. In the 2015 election, only four candidates received the required majority of votes to be elected, leaving three vacancies on the board. The board filled the vacancies by seating the 5th through 7th place candidates, setting a precedent that vacancies are filled by the next highest vote-getters from the past election. The next highest vote-getter from the 2015 election is Jeremy Pollock, who was only 26 votes behind the 7th place candidate.
- Replace the bylaws requirement that board candidates must receive a majority of votes to be elected, because this requirement is inappopropriate for contested elections. Instead use multi-winner ranked choice voting, which will properly elect the correct number of candidates and will provide better representation of voters.
- Eliminate formal board endorsements and do not create a board slate for board elections. A board-endorsed slate sets up an unfair advantage to endorsed candidates, which can cause other candidates to form opposing slates, leading to a contentious election. Instead of a board-endorsed slate, the committee recommends producing a matrix to show the demographics and skills of the seven directors whose terms are not ending. This matrix will reveal board needs, which can be publicized to encourage interested members to run for the board.
4. Next member elections committee is June 9
The member elections committee, chaired by Peggy da Silva, a long-time SFBC member, is an action-oriented group working to improve SFBC board elections. You are invited to attend the next meeting of the member elections committee to be held at 7pm, Thursday, June 9. For meeting location and more information, please contact Peggy da Silva at firstname.lastname@example.org.
5. SFBC board contact information and 2016 meeting calendar
You can contact the full board at email@example.com. Below are dates for SFBC board meetings remaining in 2016, all starting at 6:30pm at the SFBC office, 1720 Market Street at Valencia Street:
Tuesday, May 24
Tuesday, June 28
Tuesday, July 26
Tuesday, August 30
Tuesday, September 27
Tuesday, October 25
Tuesday, November 29
No December meeting
6. Share this newsletter
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SFBC board member