February 18, 2020

On February 13th, Moonshine Ink published an article by Alex Hoeft that paints an unflattering picture of Tahoe Donner and its Board. Of particular concern is the allegation the Tahoe Donner Board tolerates and contributes to a culture of “intimidation, bullying, and harassment”. The article states there have been as many as 13 formal complaints by “7 – 8 different employees or volunteers” in the past 2 years. On the social media platform NextDoor, various community members, including a former Board President, have corroborated this account, agreeing that a culture of harassment is real and ongoing.

These are serious allegations that demand a formal response from the Board. I call on the Board to provide Members with the following information:

1. A statement regarding TDA’s policies and procedures on bullying and harassment. In particular, I would like to know what steps the Board takes to protect complainants from continued harassment and/or retribution, and who investigates such complaints.

2. A statement of facts. Are the numbers provided in the Moonshine Ink article accurate? In recent years, TDA has taken to publishing detailed reports on covenant complaints. This transparency should extend to complaints against the Association and Board. I call on the Board to publish the number and general nature of complaints it receives against itself and management.

3. The aggregate costs incurred by the Association resolving complaints against management and the Board. A full accounting must include both direct costs, such as legal fees and settlement amounts, and indirect costs, such as the cost of recruiting new employees when an existing employee is fired or resigns as a direct consequence of bullying or harassment.

I can think of no reason for the Board to withhold this information except to conceal or cover up past and ongoing misconduct. I look forward to your timely reply.

Eric Finch