Letters to the editor: Friday, Feb. 8

 

Conservancy board confident in Ann Muscat

The Catalina Island Conservancy and its Board of Directors take very seriously the important role we play to protect and conserve the Island’s natural ecosystem, while promoting economic vitality, sustainability and quality of life for the Island community.

As a Board, we recognize the challenges—both internally and externally—that come with growth and bold plans.

Conservancy board confident in Ann Muscat

The Catalina Island Conservancy and its Board of Directors take very seriously the important role we play to protect and conserve the Island’s natural ecosystem, while promoting economic vitality, sustainability and quality of life for the Island community.

As a Board, we recognize the challenges—both internally and externally—that come with growth and bold plans.

We have complete confidence in Ann Muscat’s leadership and the Conservancy’s immensely talented team.

Together with the Island community we look forward to continuing our mission and vision started some 40 years ago to balance conservation, education, and recreation in an exemplary fashion.

John Cotton, Chairman of Board of Directors

Catalina Island Conservancy

Conservancy member not confident in Muscat

After reading the Catalina Islander article of Dec. 21, 2012 and the Dec. 28 Islander letter to the editor which refuted the untruths written on Dec. 21, I must speak my mind.

How can you—the community, the City Council, the Chamber of Commerce—continue to support President and CEO Ann Muscat after she barely won the confidence vote of her board? (An 8-7 vote is NOT resounding).

Certain facts also lead to the same conclusion:

As I understand it, Muscat’s entire executive team has resigned citing her lack of responsible leadership.

The chairman of the board and three other board members have also resigned citing the same reason.

Tens of millions of dollars have been removed from legacy donations.

And many community members, yachtsmen and others have determined to lessen their financial support.

They maintain their basic Conservancy membership only because they, like myself, truly believe in the organization which must protect this island jewel in perpetuity.

I believe deep and further investigation is warranted, and should be initiated immediately before it is too late.

Ted Waterhouse

San Luis Obispo

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