Sunday, May 17, 2009

Decisions are made by those who show up.

After the St. Louis EB meeting, Randy Bauer posted the following at the USCF forums:

"It should be noted that only four members of the Executive Board attended the meeting: Bill Goichberg, Jim Berry, Randy Hough and Randy Bauer. Susan Polgar and Paul Truong did not attend - even though they had been in St. Louis earlier in the week for activities around the US Championship. While that is their choice, I find it incredibly galling that Polgar and Truong indicated to Pat Knight that they would participate by phone, and arrangements were made for that participation. Not only did they not participate, they didn't respond to repeated phone calls and emails - and as a result, the USCF wasted $293 on a conference call phone line in the meeting room at the hotel. Personally, I find that extremely poor behavior on both their part."

Ya think?

The USCF board meets four times per year.  Actually attending the meetings, either in person or by telephone, does not seem to be too much to ask.

I have already stated my opinion that Ms. Polgar and Mr. Truong should resign their positions due to the conflicts of interest.  Mr Truong is either the FSS, or he has, despite his innocence, failed to cooperate with USCF in proving his innocence, which is a gross violation of his fiduciary duties as a board member.  Ms. Polgar is suing the corporation and her fellow directors for laughable sums of money based on the absurd premise that statements about her husband's conduct somehow defame her.   (Earth to Polgar:  in order to defame someone, one need to be talking about the person allegedly defamed, not her husband, kids, or housepets.)

Judge Patel, in the recent hearing in San Francisco, bluntly stated as follows:

THE COURT: We're not going to go --we're not going to visit these issues now. I'm trying to see if there is some way of salvaging --first of all, I'm going to tell you one thing also.  Doesn't this organization have an anti-nepotism rule? I mean, it's one of the worst ideas in the world to have spouses on the same board.

MR. KRONENBERGER: Absolutely. That was not disclosed when they ran for the board is the problem.
THE COURT: No organization would generally allow that  to happen.

MR. LEIGH: Your Honor, if I could speak to a couple of points.   First of all, Mr. Kronenberger indicated that their marital relationship was not known. There's not true.

THE COURT: Well, even if it was . . .

MR. LEIGH: I understand the Court's point.
THE COURT: I mean, one of them ought to give up their position.

MR. LEIGH: Yes.  (Then changes subject.)

When a judge makes such a remark on the record, a litigant ignores the suggestion at their peril. My wife used to refer to such judicial suggestions as hitting someone upside the head with a clue-by-four.  

Despite all that, there has been no resignation.

If you don't want to resign fine. But if you won't resign, the least you can do is show up for the freaking meetings. If you don't have the decency to do that, an RSVP is the least you can do.

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