Letter to the editor: Friday, March 22, 2013

 

Focus on the real issue

In a letter to the editor about recent newspaper stories, the Conservancy put a lot of effort it looks like into trying to refocus attention on issues that are not issues.

In all of my time on the island there is no one I have heard attack the “dedicated conservancy staff,” and I don’t hear anyone arguing about the validity of that organization’s mission.

Focus on the real issue

In a letter to the editor about recent newspaper stories, the Conservancy put a lot of effort it looks like into trying to refocus attention on issues that are not issues.

In all of my time on the island there is no one I have heard attack the “dedicated conservancy staff,” and I don’t hear anyone arguing about the validity of that organization’s mission.

All you have to do is read the headlines to see that the only controversy is swirling around one individual who’s got some serious deficiencies that would have been fixed by now if they could have been, and a few other people at the top who either don’t know what to do or choose to look the other way. Any way you look at this, it is pure incompetence!

What I haven’t been able to figure out is why in Avalon this kind of incompetence is tolerated.

In any other company a figurehead like this would be long gone. It’s too bad that now whenever anyone brings Catalina up to me, the first thing out of their mouth refers to this mismanagement.

If I was the Conservancy, I also wouldn’t be bragging about my 40th anniversary.

Whether or not there have been complaints or a full investigation by this state agency, their letter never addressed the real issue I see for Avalon, and that is why a steady stream of hardworking, passionate, quality people are cutting ties with the Conservancy.

What made this reply so outlandish is that there doesn’t seem to be a person on the island who doesn’t know what the real problem is, because we have listened to her talk at Rotary, at large gatherings (“Envisioning the New Catalina Island” in the Casino Theater) and dinners about her special island and vision.

I guess the poll picture in the Los Angeles Times newspaper paints a thousand words. The sad news is that nobody left in leadership at the Conservancy actually LIVES on Catalina, so the problem is, there’s no one left to care.

Judy C. Jones

Costa Mesa

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