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Check your mailbox: The Rancho Murieta Association has sent members a mailing for an advisory vote on making basic cable TV service voluntary.  It also includes reasons why the costs have to remain part of members' monthly dues.

The mailing is the result of a petition drive conducted last fall by critics of the RMA cable operation. The petition requested the board "to take whatever measures necessary" to make basic cable TV service voluntary, and it called for an advisory vote of the membership on the issue.

Members are being asked to indicate if they agree or disagree with a statement taken from the petition that reads, "We request that our board of directors take whatever measures necessary (e.g. technology, outsourcing, or selling or leasing the system) so that TV service can be subscribed to on a voluntary, for-fee basis, similar to the way broadband Internet service is now provided. The cost of TV service should be borne solely by its users, and members should have the freedom to choose for themselves."

The RMA mailing consists of a yellow ballot page and a separate sheet that offers seven "important factors the membership should be aware of before casting a vote."

The second factor notes that because the cable system is located on common area and is an RMA facility, the association has an obligation "to manage, maintain, repair and replace (it)."

Factors three through six establish that the CC&Rs require common area and common facilities costs to be included in the association's expenses, and that every lot is obligated to pay its share of these expenses.

The list of factors concludes with "the board is well aware that there have been significant changes in technology and the marketplace which have changed the environment in which the association's cable television system operates, and the board is interested in the views of the members concerning the association's cable television offerings and the future of the cable television system."

Members are asked to return their ballots to the RMA by Feb. 11. 


Jim Moore's picture
Joined: 07/30/2007
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Cable TV

Please vote "YES, I agree" on your Cable TV survey.  This is your chance to tell the RMA Board that you no longer want your dues to pay for a business venture that is no longer needed.  There was a time, 30 years ago,  when it made sense to operate a small cable TV operation because it was the only way to provide TV to the community.  That time is long past.  Cable TV and satellite TV is now a fast changing, highly technical business.  This business requires skilled management and well trained technical personnel to operate.  The Rancho Murieta cable business has neither.

It is time to  get rid this system which is causing your dues to go up every year.  Alternatively, the people who want and use the system should be willing to pay for it.  RMA has told you that the system costs each member about $30 a month to run.  The truth is, no one knows how high the real cost is because all the expenses are not included in the "official" cost.  RMA has no incentive to run an efficient business because they have a monopoly.  You are going to pay regardless of how inefficiently the business is run.

Would one of the big cable operators bring service out here if we had a choice?  I fear we will never find out as long as the Board is determined to operate this business.

When you read your "ballot" you will see 6 reasons why the Board says they can't make cable optional.  Wouldn't it have been refreshing if they had given 3 impediments to making it optional and 3 other options that could be explored that would get the job done.  We could find a way to make it optional if we had 4 Board members who wanted to make it happen.

We should have a choice just like every other community in Sacramento county.  No one should be forced to pay for an inferior product. 

 

Jim Moore

Jim Moore

Wilbur Haines's picture
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Still don't get it

I still can't understand how, under the "theory" the Board is apparently trying to present, they can assert that it's OK for digital cable and broadband to be user fee based but basic analog cable cannot. (If indeed that's what they're trying to say.)

RMA pays hundreds of thousands of dollars for programming and data services. It all goes through the same wires and boxes. If they're trying to say that the costs of delivering TV programming throught that "common area facility" is subject to this notion that "the CC&Rs require common area and common facilities costs to be included in the association's expenses, and that every lot is obligated to pay its share of these expenses," then every member should have to pay through general dues the entire enterprise cost of broadband and digital cable as well as analog cable, whether they want it or not. If OPERATING the system and dispensing costly programming MUST be forcibly socialized through general dues, as they seem to contend, then there is no basis for distinguishing which channels and services are voluntary and which are forced down your throat, It would ALL have to be funded through general dues, because either ALL or NONE is subject to that illusory requirement.

I find it hard to believe that's what they intended to say. Yet that's the logical extension of their apparent assertion that everybody has to pay an equal share of all costs of the operation of the cable system through general dues, as if this was the same as mowing Stonehouse Park.

This fallacy is itself based on the fallacy that buying programming is "maintenance" of the system. Making us all pay two-three bucks a month for the useless Kings channel is not "maintenance" of the assets. You could say that the hardware upgrades and repairs are "maintenance" of a common area facility. The petition, and the question placed before you on the ballot, do not address or contest the maintenance of the system - the hard assets - from our common reserves. That's a whole 'nuther question. The question before you is a "who pays for its OPERATION" question: must it be forcibly socialized, or should it be a voluntary market choice? This smokescreen about maintaining common area assets is irrelevant to that question.

George Roper's picture
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Vote yes on our survey.

The intent of the instigators of the Freedom of Choice petition was to get the Board to start thinking about the business aspects of this enterprise.  We wrote the petition as an advisory document and did not want to be confrontational or dictatorial or recommend the best solution (that is what they get paid the big bucks for).  Because the Board has spent this last year convinced that the television system was a cash cow we are now in an ever-growing cash flow predicament.  Instead of increasing our subscribership, more and more of our members are opting-out because of poor service and lack of selection.  To make this system work correctly will take another infusion of major capital (we are talking seven figures, folks), and a considerable increase in permanent staff and qualified management.  The Board must come to grips with the fact that they have painted us into a corner.  The only way out is to raise dues and raise them by a significant amount, or get very serious about plan B.  The Board should be asking their legal consultants how to get out of this mess instead of how to intimidate their members.

George Roper

John Merchant's picture
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RMA Survey

I spent 10 years in elected office in Rancho Murieta and I have lived here for 22 years.  I have never posted a comment before but felt compelled to do so after receiving the RMA survey.  


I WAS surprised to see that the cable survey had been crafted to obtain a fixed result. I was NOT surprised to learn that John Weatherford had amassed so much support in so little time 


As a member of the RMA Board and its treasurer for nearly five years,  I was a supporter of the cable system and it's expansion to accomodate broadband services in the community.  The primary reason the board dedicated resources to this project was the projection by (then) Pacific Bell that DSL services would not be available to Rancho Murieta for at least three years.  Shortly after launching the RMA Broadband,  Pac Bell changed it's story and announced that DSL would be available in the community IMMEDIATELY!.  Had private, high speed internet service been available to us,  I doubt we would be in the broadband business today.  Pacific Bell acted to meet its competition.  Can RMA respond to competition from private carriers with equal intensity and captial.....I don't think so.


When RMA was considering broadband,  we extended the financial umbrella over the cable system by insuring that RMA would commence funding of reserves to support an aging and underfunded cable resource.  Had we known at that time that Direct and Dish services would become so cost effective and competitively attractive, I doubt we would have gone forward with such a demanding financial model. Again,  at the time I believe we had little choice.  Not so today.


Today,  we support two business models that cannot meet the long term, capital commitments that will be required to remain competitive in the high speed, high definition world of telecommunications. I agree with John W. and others that long term, aggressive capital spending on telecommunications is a fiscally imprudent policy.  


The cable system has done its job.  In the private sector,  this electronic "stuff" that we have hanging around would be fully depreciated and would present no financial impact.  Only the unwise, hasty and unmanaged spending we have seen in the past few years represents a liability.  Spending more of that money won't help us.  More and more residents are switching to Dish, Direct TV and DSL. The petition results demonstrate how much critical mass has already exists in the community a large segement of the community already supports a switch to private service.

RMA's inability to provide the customer service, marketing and sales resources reqired to remain competitive will only add to the critical mass of residents who support private sector telecommunications.  Soon,  the petition will become a mandate and RMA will be forced to act.  The survey wants us to believe that the obstacles to the abandonment of the cable system are "overwhelming".  I doubt anyone believes that.  Sixty six percent of us can pretty much change anything...and I suspect that before long,  66% of us will have a dish and/or DSL.  That inevitable vote will come and I hope we dont spend $200,000 of the member's money in the meantime. 


One last point that concerns telecommunications and developers.  I may be the only one who has ever had a discussion with the developers on this issue and I can tell you that developers are not terribly interested in our cable services.  The MBA mandates that the developers pay ALL the RMA fees that you and I pay.  If the developers are offered an opportunity to pay LESS because we no longer support an outdated telecommunications system,  I suspect I know how they will respond.  Most of the development we will see in the early phases here will be targeted at a  younger demographic.  I suspect if you showed them what we have to offer,  they would laugh at us.  Thus,  the "MBA Card" is not one that can be played effectively in this discussion.  Developers want lower dues and high tech services and will modify the MBA to accomodate to support abandonment of cable services.


From the standpoint of personal disclosure,  I have DSL.  I was RMA's fifth broadband customer and I switched to DSL after "the month from hell" in which I could no longer work in my home office due to a non-functioning internet access supported by RMA.  I am having a dish installed next week to support my new home theatre.  I use RMA high definition services and I appreciate the support I have had from the management and part time assistance of Doug Mack.  I guess the last straw was watching USC in "low definition" in the Rose Bowl on my very expensive LCD TV.  I stuck with it as long as I could out of loyalty to the association but now I am gone and I don't want to pay for both systems.......



Martin Aguilar's picture
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Cable TV Survey

The RMA Board statement included with the cable TV survey is slanted at best and deceitful at worst. In either case, it discloses a disingenuousness of any interest expressed by the Board for a meaningful discussion concerning the community cable system. It is disturbing that the Board would attempt to dissuade Association members from participating in the survey by implying that doing so is a useless act.

 

The Board would have us believe that under the Association CC&Rs, the Board does not have the authority to allow lot owners to opt out of the basic cable costs. Well, that issue is open to argument. However, even assuming for the sake of argument that is the case, the CC&Rs are not impediments to change if the membership wants change. Obviously, the CC&Rs may be amended to conform with the wishes of the majority of the membership regarding the operation of the cable TV system, in whole or in part.

 

Vote "yes" on the cable survey and let the Board know you want an honest and open discussion about the future of the community cable system.

Martin Aguilar

John T. Weatherford's picture
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Please VOTE

I believe the most important thing the members can do in 2008 is return this ballot. It is not surprising that the President would word the preamble to discourage member participation even though he constantly complains of the members’ complacency.

 

Let’s all give Mr Cooper a big new years surprise with at least a 66% member participation. This is your First, Last and Only Chance to voice your opinion on this issue.

 

There are at least two Board Members that have publicly stated their belief that we need to get this Albatross off our back and they need your help on this, please don’t let them down. Apathy will not solve this problem.

John T Weatherford

Chuck Lentz's picture
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Cable

Anticipating a blurp from Beth, I've been a resident for 22 years. I left the local Cable 4 years ago as soon as another source was available.  The amature operation was not acceptable and technology would overtake.  It did!  Amazing that the various board members didn't accept.  I'm tired of donating to a fund that has always been raped by other needs.

 VOTE YES ON THE ISSUE.  

Ryan Fogleman's picture
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Listen up

Wow ! I have lived in RM for 8 years and have been an avid reader of ranchomurieta.com for almost that same length of time and I can't remember a story that has drawn so many insightful remarks.

 

We are truly lucky to have so many intelligent people here in RM, so please listen up folks.

 

For those of you who don't know me, I am the individual who presented the idea of broadband to the RMA Board. I designed the system, worked tirelessly with the CATV staff to get it up and running and felt the pain of the residents who were tired of hearing the excuses from the GM and Board about poor system performance.

 

I can say with 100% assurance that there is NO ONE, I repeat NO ONE who knows the ins and outs of our system better than I. I know where all of the dead bodies are, I know it's strengths, I know it's weaknesses, I know it's market value, and I understand the legal issues surrounding it.

I can also say with 100% assurance that our board, our staff, and our support services cannot in any way manage and evolve this system,. IT IS LITERALLY IMPOSSIBLE ! Although it's a quaint notion that we own our own CATV/Broadband system, it's time to grow-up !

 

Our board members are REQUIRED to support our system. Ask anyone who has ever served on the BoD. They do NOT have a choice. Prior to a certain board member taking his position on the board as the Communications Committee chair he emphatically stated to me, "Ryan we MUST shut down this white elephant." After being elected, he contacted me and said, "there is no way I can vote to shut it down (without the community's support) or I could be sued."

In the past we have kept the system going for various reasons, many that were very eloquently stated here. We have also stated that there is a portion of our community, who is on a fixed income, who cannot afford broadband and/or satellite TV. Albeit laughable, I believe there are some who still believe this ! Most people know that DSL is almost 1/4 the price of RM broadband, with 4X the performance and exponentially more reliable. As a matter of empirical fact, I have had SL for 3 years and , aside from power outages, I have not had 1 millisecond of downtime.

 

It is IMPERATIVE that members of this association demand of it's employees (our BoD) that they shut down the system. Don't confuse the issue by trying to sell it, upgrade it, or lease it. No one wants it!

I have discussed this matter with numerous executives at various telecommunications companies. ALL, I repeat ALL have unanimously stated, "we wouldn't touch it if it were given to us".

 

See here are the issues in plain English:

1. The Rancho Murieta Association is illegally operating this system. Yes, they are in violation of Federal law. The problem is that no one has sued us over it, YET.

2. Our Board of Directors are fearful of being sued, so they are paralyzed with fear to make a decision.

3. Not one of our Directors, and I dare anyone to prove me wrong, has consulted a Federal attorney specializing in Telecommunications Law, and asked, "what will it take to shut this down".

4. No corporation will manage this system because they are bound to federal laws which would place them in serious jeopardy if they even attempted to get involved in the RM CATV system.

5. Members have been misled into believing that DSL is not available to all homes in RM. This is ABSOLUTELY false. I understand the technology from designing and deploying DSL networks and have personally confirmed with ATT that if you have dial-tone, you can get DSL.

6. ATT will soon be contacting our association to let them know they will be expanding their footprint of their pods throughout the community....and before anyone erroneously goes there, NO we cannot stop them, they are a utility and have the right to be there. The purpose for this is in order to pull fiber throughout the community. They will literally be pulling out the copper wires and replacing it with fiber, initially to the curb, eventually to the home. This is a trend that is occurring throughout the country.

"WTF" you say!? We have spent over 4 million dollars over the past 8 years on this POS system, only to have ATT antiquate it with their superior support, product offerings, and reliability. Yes is the unfortunate answer to your rhetorical question. Ask yourselves, in what corporation would this EVER be consider financially prudent?

 

Are our BOD legally liable? No. Are they tremendously naive? Possibly. Have they done our community a grave disservice? ABSOLUTELY !

So here's what we need to do:

1. Pressure our directors to shut down the system. Do NOT vote for directors, do not take any action at the committee level, do not do ANYTHING until the BoD agree to shut it down. In short, let the association come to a grinding halt, until it is decided to shut the system down. Put down your egos, put down your inflated sense of duty for the community and for one SOMEONE do something for the community...no more baseball fields, no more compliance citations, no more spirit events, no more benches for the deceased, NOTHING should take precedence over this issue.

2. Dismantle the Headend. Sell the components, there is a used market for these components, just ask one of our previous CATV staff.

3. Rip out all of the transmission mediums and termination facilities. If we do not do this, some do-gooder will inevitably trick the association into starting this Frankenstein up again.

Recently I spent a considerable amount of time driving through the community counting the number of Dish/Direct TV customers. I am not the first resident to do this. I counted over 700 ! 700 people who were so fed up with this ridiculous excuse for a communications system, that they are actually paying for both services !

So ask yourselves, who is this system serving? I suspect our Directors want to do the right thing, we just need to empower them to do so. Let's be done with it once and for all and shut this system down and lower our dues and start managing this association with purpose and poise. I am hoping there is someone who "has a pair", either internally or externally. Let's see who can really get something done. Perpetuating the status-quo, which 1 of our directors has spent virtually his entire life doing, is NOT acceptable and does nothing but dig this massive hole we all find ourselves even deeper. If anyone would like to form a focus group to discuss this issue, please contact here publicly, or via private message.

Ryan Fogleman's picture
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Let's give 'em a chance?

OK. I have an idea...since I have not used RM CATV/broadband I might be willing to give them a chance?

Here are my conditions for our BoD. Since I work form home and require a safe, secure, and private connection, please assure me of the following:

 

1. That our Broadband system is HIPAA compliant.

2. That the necessary quarterly FCC leakage and system integrity tests (which incidentally are required by federal law ) have been completed.

3. That our system uses some sort of authentication mechanism, aside from CHAP, to ensure the safety and security of my connection.

 

Oh, and since our President has stated that he does not reply to posts on this forum, a communication methodology right out of 1954, I will provide the association with a certified letter of my requests prior to the next board meeting.

I'm keeping my fingers crossed, as I am really anxious to see what our system is capable of. Innocent

Todd Coulter's picture
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Clarification

Hello Ryan!

I was wondering if you could clarify and expand on a point for me:

1. Why does the broadband service here in RMA have to offer and secure its system to be HIPAA compliant?

I Just wanted to make sure I understood your post correctly.

Thanks!

Todd 

 

 

Ryan Fogleman's picture
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Clarification

Todd. Knowing that you have presented yourself as a "network professional", I feel your comment to be leading and rhetorical in nature. I can only wonder about it's intent?

How about a quid-pro quo? You explain to me the intent behind the various comments you have made about me, that others have brought my attention, and I will entertain your request ? Surprised

 

PS. Still living with your parents ?

Todd Coulter's picture
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Clarification

Hello Ryan!

Well first off, I have no clue what others have brought to your attention thus how can I comment on them?

Second, my intent was simple, you posted that the broadband needed to be HIPAA complaint and I was wondering why?

No need to answer the question anymore, your response already does.

Regarding your PS, for the past 4 years now I split time between my office and house in Arizona and here in RM.I will continue to do so. Thanks for asking though.

Todd Coulter

PS. How are your networking and wireless broadband businesses doing? I hope business is very good for you and you are keeping all those employee's busy....  Wink

 

RM.com's picture
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The topic is...

Hey, fellows, please stay on the topic -- the RMA's cable system -- and take the other issues offline. Or you'll both be sent to your rooms with no more computer time. Smile

John T. Weatherford's picture
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Right on

Thanks’ Karen, this is a serious issue and we don't need any personnel issues. Let’s stay on the topic of the “Freedom of Choice” petition survey/vote. I hope anyone with questions on this issue will post them here and the Freedom of Choice Committee will do our best to answer them.

John T Weatherford

Todd Coulter's picture
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Agreed

I apologize.......You both are correct.

 

Todd Coulter

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My two cents on the cable

The system would be better off being run by an outside group that can adapt and change quickly to new market demands and conditions. We do not offer that kind of environment here in Rancho Murieta, thus the cable system is doomed, we just haven't offically killed it yet.  

My suggestion is to make it voluntary as requested in this survey, thus allowing the business model to either thrive or drop on its own merits. 

To stay competitive the cable and broadband needs to react quickly and offer services customized to groups. We just do not have that skill set.

Todd Coulter

Ryan Fogleman's picture
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$$$

There was an old song back in the 80's that went, "what people do for money". Times they haven't changed much it seems.

Beth Buderus's picture
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HIPAA is Health Insurance/Medical Privacy, isn't it?

Unless I'm mistaken, isn't HIPAA about Health Insurance/Medical Privacy?

I don't understand what that would have to do with Broadband?

Ryan Fogleman's picture
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ISPs and HIPAA

Beth. HIPPA is just the tip of the ice burg. Instead of me going on at length, you can do a simple google search for the terms HIPAA and ISP compliance and you will learn everything you need to know. While you are at it, you may want to do a google search for FCC standards for SMATV certification and reporting of leakage, system integrity, and secuirty of data. Especially relating to authentication mechanisms.

 

We could go on forever about this. I'm hoping someone will do the homework for us, before we are sued or someone's data integrity is compromised or worse.

The gist of this is, there is aboslutely no way in hades our staff and/or board could ever understand, let alone manage a CATV/Broadband company.

 

However, I am also hopeful that the community thinks twice about the motives behind the "freedom of choice" petition. Few people in this world do things for purely altruistic reasons. We need to think long and hard about the motives of this group. I am suspicious for numerous reasons and would love to speak with anyone who is interested about my experiences, that lead me to be suspicious.

Wilbur Haines's picture
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Motives?

Ryan, I know there's bad blood between you and one of the other proponents of the petition for other reasons.

But by that statement you question the motives of a whole group of people.

I'm one of those people.

Please explain my ulterior motive.

I consider you a good friend. But I think you've let your anger about an unrelated conflict cloud your judgment here.

 

 

 

 

Ryan Fogleman's picture
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Thanks for the kind words

Great to hear from you Wilbur. I don't remember the last time we communicated. My "friends" who are involved with shutting down this system know my true felings on this matter. I just hope my "friends" involved with this initiative are not being used as pawns to achieve an end result they are yet unaware of.

 

Time will tell. Forgive me if I am suspicious, but I have numerous unargueable reasons to be so.

 

I just hope my "friends" don't end-up feeling like Pervez Musharrif.

Wilbur Haines's picture
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Returning to the subject...

The question before the members is not whether to shut down the system. The question is whether participation in the system should be voluntary.

The General Manager insists RMA will be able upon completion of these upgrades to deliver a superior product at a better price than the free market competition. If this is so it should have no problem becoming self-supporting without its current addiction to a bottomless stream of dues subsidy exacted from the members at gunpoint. There is no reason why those who choose to buy their TV services from another provider, whether the satellite companies or ATT&T when they're ready, should not have freedom to choose to drop out of the RMA system.

RMA became a "socialized TV" monopoly of necessity decades ago because there WAS no other choice for TV reception. This is no longer the cas, and there remains no logical reason to assume that all households must, or wish to, participate.

Please vote "yes" on the cable ballot and return it to RMA.

George Roper's picture
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Don’t ignore the survey, make your opinion known to the Board

 

There is certainly not a conspiracy afoot here.  All The Freedom Of Choice petition requests is freedom to choose.  How to achieve that end is up to our elected board members to accomplish.  The present funding method, that of having in essence a blank check from each member's bank account, is a disincentive to create a fiscally viable business model.  If there is a hidden agenda, it is to convince the Board to actively pursue methods to accomplish freedom of choice.       

George Roper

Ralph Frattura's picture
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Questions about the mailing

I received the pink postcard from the Freedom of Choice Committee, encouraging participation in the vote.

In the interests of full disclosure, how much did the printing and mailing cost, and what individuals funded it in what amounts?

John T. Weatherford's picture
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Mailing information

I put the postcard together and other individuals donated to help with the cost of printing and mailing. It is entirely up to those individuals whether or not they chose to identify themselves. I don’t have the invoice yet but it is in the neighborhood of $600. If you or anyone else would also like to contribute, just mail a check to me at 6503 Via Del Cerrito.  

 

In the interests of full disclosure, maybe the RMA would like to disclose their costs to send this separate ballot out including the legal fees, printing, staff time, and postage; when it could have been included in the recent Board election at zero cost. We completed the collection of signatures for the petition in ample time that it could have been included, it was their choice to wait 90 days and incur the additional expense.

John T Weatherford

Wilbur Haines's picture
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I am Spartacus....

I'll confess. I put up fifty bucks for the "Vote Yes" mailer.

Is my pillory ready yet?

John's right, we cut off signature gathering and rushed the petition in well before the annual election specifically so as to save RMA - that means YOU - the cost oi a special mailing. But they felt it necessary to delay for several months while composing that confusing nonsense they included with the ballot in hopes of generating uncertainty and deterring you from voting.

George Roper's picture
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I confess

In response to Ralph’s question I too contributed $50 to the mailer.   I figure it was money well spent if it helps extend our freedom to choose.  I would rather spend some money willingly now, rather than paying for something I don’t want in perpetuity.

 

 

George Roper

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I support this initiate

I have committed to donate $50 toward the initiative to help the residents understand how to respond to the Cable Television Ballot RMA, John Weatherford has sent the membership.

This is very simple and straightforward.  Do you as RMA Members want to have the option of paying for RMA Cable Television Service.  If you do, then answer, Yes, I agree followed by your signature and lot number.  Signing and putting your lot number is very important to help validate your vote.

The "important factors"  outlined by the Board is based on the presupposition that the Cable Television Asset is RMA Common Property.  This is outright wrong-headed (Stubbornly defiant of what is right or reasonable; obstinately perverse in judgment or opinion).  The management of the Cable Television Service is governed by the Cable Television Agreement.

The Cable Television System both inside and outside of RMA's boundaries is all the same asset.  In compliance with the Cable Television Agreement, RMA is the Manager of the Service and the boundaries are the RMCSD serving area.  Anyone subscribing to this service pays into it at the same rate and receives the same level of service.  The Cable Television Agreement stipulates that any Common Interest with the serving area may challenge RMA's management and have the service including all the assets turned over to a an new agency (independent of RMA) made up of representatives of all the Common Interests to manage the service.  RMA can't sell it or recover any past investments in this service, since it was supported by all Common Interests with the RMCSD Serving area. 

Unfortunately our RMA Board refuses to listen to legal counsel.  The Cable Television Service Agreement was signed by RMA, RMCSD and RMPI.  The Agreement is filed in the Sacramento County Clerks office and has been deemed to be a valid contract.

Please complete the ballot and send into RMA.  Additionally if you feel strongly that you agree with the petition, then please send a contribution to John Weatherford to help him recover his out of pocket expenses.  Regardless of how you decide to vote, your participation is greatly appreciated. 

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Treat this as a Vote from the Membership!

Betsy,

 

Yes.  I would treat it as a vote with Signatures, Names, and Lot numbers, so the Board can not dismiss it.  They should have requested a vote on this issue and are not treating this with the respect it deserves. 

 

Unfortunately, we will need to pull this donkey to the watering hole kicking and screaming.Laughing 

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Joined: 08/15/2007
Posts: 15
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HIPAA?

Ryan,

I do not question your knowledge in this area; I myself am not too computer nor network savvy, but on those things I do not understand I do try to look things up so I can try to understand what folks are talking about. Being that you are the one who designed the current cable system (unless I read your post wrong) I'm trusting what you say is accurate in your description and assessments of the system.

However, in your response (unfortunately it was more of a "non-response") to Beth's question about HIPAA, you suggested that doing a simple Google search will explain all. I did a simple Google search and the first several pages of HIPAA results talk about health insurance disclosures. I'm sure if I actually did find the correct definition I wouldn't understand the esoteric network terminology. Could you explain in layman's terms what HIPAA is and why it is so important? Is it something a casual broadband user such as myself (I don't work from home) would require or is it geared more toward network professionals? Some of the other things you've mentioned I have successfully found the description online, but HIPAA eludes me. Thanks in advance.

By the way, I am normally guilty of being one of those casual residents who don't vote as often as I should have, but I turned in my pink card after reading this forum and educating myself to how big the issue really is. Thanks to all those regulars who post here.

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