For years, the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition has politically muscled construction of bike lanes across The City.
Now, a group is using its legal muscle on the coalition. After a meeting with attorneys from the group Save SF Bike, the bicycle coalition will ask its members to vote for a second time on the coalition’s voting rights.
At issue is whether members have a right to vote for candidates of the coalition’s board of directors, as opposed to members being appointed by the board. The bicycle coalition said no and, in a vote in late July, some members agreed.
But Save SF Bike claims that vote had flaws, which render the result invalid. Save SF Bike attorneys met with the bicycle coalition and threatened legal action if a vote was not recast on members’ ability to vote for directors.
“After the vote concluded, we discovered some flaws with how we provided notice of the vote, particularly to members who do not have either an email address or home address,” said Jean Fraser, a member of the coalition’s board of directors.
The upshot is, coalition members will again be able to vote in the next board of directors election this fall.
Edward Hasbrouck is a coalition board candidate who sparked controversy when he sent a mass email to coalition members. In an email sent to some members on Wednesday, he responded to the new vote.
“That’s a positive step,” wrote Hasbrouck, “but at the same time, the SFBC has posted a bizarre and unquestionably illegal set of new ‘minimum requirements’ for board members.”
The requirements are outlined on the coalition’s website and include making a “major donation” of $500 or more to the coalition, as well as purchasing a ticket to the coalition’s annual Golden Wheel Awards, which costs $125 to attend.
In response to the requirements, Fraser said they’ve “been there for years.”
“In addition to other criteria,” she said, “we consider a candidate’s willingness and ability to assist with raising funds to support the staff work.”
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