SFHOA Members Vote Against Settlement Proposal
Dear SFHOA Members:
At the SFHOA members meeting last night, Mr. Selan and his attorney presented a settlement proposal calling for a 39 unit, 30,000+ square foot eldercare facility to be built on Mr. Selan's property at the corner of Parthenia and Shoshone. They explained a number of reasons why, in their opinion, the SFHOA should accept their proposal.
Following their presentation, and after they left the room, SFHOA Board Members and our attorney explained a number of pros and cons to the proposal. Many audience members then took the opportunity to ask questions, make comments, or express opinions.
A vote was then taken by written ballot: "Yes" for the proposal as presented or "No" against the proposal. The votes were tallied after the meeting, with the result being a near-unanimous "No" vote.
Meanwhile, immediately after the end of the meeting and before the votes were counted, the Board learned that Mr. Selan had withdrawn his settlement offer via email from his attorney to ours at 8:31 pm - which was after his presentation but before the end of our discussion and vote. Our attorney did not see the email until after the meeting because his cell phone was (appropriately) turned off during the meeting.
Whether we consider Mr. Selan's withdrawal irrelevant as his proposal was voted down by the membership or the vote moot because it came after the proposal was withdrawn, the effect is the same: there will be no settlement at this time. Mr. Selan presumably will continue his case against the North Valley Area Planning Commission's rejection of his 112 unit eldercare project, and the City Attorney and the SFHOA will continue to fight his claims in court. It is also possible that Mr. Selan will withdraw his current lawsuit and file a new plan for his property with the City Planning Department.
We will, of course, keep the membership fully advised of all developments in this matter and urge you all to continue to check the SFHOA website www.sherwoodforestHOA.org regularly for updates.
As discussed last night, lawsuits can be costly and even with the amount collected last night, additional funds will be required down the line to continue this battle. If you have not yet made a donation, please consider doing so. There is a donation tab on our website (which will be operational again on 9/12/14).
The Board thanks the many concerned and committed SFHOA members who attended the meeting last night, and also thanks all of those who made donations to the legal fund. Your contributions enable the SFHOA to continue to protect the interests of the homeowners of Sherwood Forest.
Tom Bramson, President
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