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Election Nominating Meeting at 6pm for BSRA

Belmont Shore Residents Assn. annual meeting to choose candidates to lead the group is meeting at Bayshore Library. City Prosecutor to speak on efforts by bars and the city to reduce public drunkenness.

If you have someone that you'd like to nominate to run for leadership in the Belmont Shore Residents' Assn., now would be a good time to head over to the Bayshore Library. Also, increases in burglary or property crimes in Belmont Shore will be addressed.

The annual nominating meeting will be underway at 6 p.m., and will be preceded by a presentation by Long Beach City Prosecutor Douglas Haubert. 

He will share with the group the types of cases his office handles that may be of interest to a Shore resident, such as theft, vandalism. graffiti, DUI, and code enforcement.

"He will discuss some of the ways the city and bars on Second Street are working to reduce the number of inebriated patrons," the BSRA monthly newsletter states.

Those wishing to join the association for the right to vote in the election Sept. 13 can find more at the meeting.

Mike Ruehle August 10, 2012 at 03:39 PM
BSRA???? Shouldn't it really be renamed the JMLCPRA? After all, it IS the Jeff Miller/Melinda Cotton (husband & wife) Personal Residents Association. For years, Jeff (BSRA Secretary) & Melinda (Former President) pick the candidates, interpret the bylaws to their whims, write the meeting notes as THEY interpret, receive and respond to all emails, maintain exclusive control of the website, co-sign all checks and money flow and pretty much staunch all public activism they don't agree with. Unless Jeff & Melinda support a residential issue, it is ignored. By the way, what's the membership at today? Considering how little is actually done to preserve the average Belmont Shore resident's quality of life, do the BSRA even have 100 members today? It should be a quick election that garners a total of 25 votes, including all the 11 votes of the people handpicked by Jeff & Melinda to run for election.
John B. Greet August 10, 2012 at 04:22 PM
Welcome back, Mike. You were missed! What was your group's membership at its peak during your tenure as BSRA President and what percentage of the total Belmont Shore resident population at the time did your peak membership comprise?
Nancy Wride (Editor) August 10, 2012 at 06:26 PM
I will do a short round-up of what happened at the meeting, but two residents, neither of the above, stepped up to be president. And outgoing president Kurt Borsting seems well-regarded and independent-minded?
Nancy Wride (Editor) August 10, 2012 at 09:28 PM
Mike, you know I work to keep your comments, even edgy ones, on the site. But I'm deleting the name-calling one and emailing the comment for you to repost without that portion.
Nancy Wride (Editor) August 10, 2012 at 09:35 PM
Folks, I have been remiss in policing the name-calling, and it stops now. You know who you are. Mike gets called names more than anyone else and I have deleted those less. Regardless of opinion, that isn't fair. Please be civil, and if you write like you would talk face-to-face, I think we're okay.
Mike Ruehle August 10, 2012 at 09:38 PM
Prior to my presidency, BSRA membership was less than 80 people. During my tenure, membership peaked at over 400 people. Prior to my presidency, there was no monthly BSRA email newsletter or polls asking residents how they wished to be represented. With zero help, I published the newsletter and polls despite opposition from half the Board. Over 600 people requested to be on the newsletter distribution. Often the newsletter described contentious, unspoken about issues impacting the Shore. It was adamantly opposed by the DeLong, Schneiter, Lorbeer and Rotondo circle, who were uncomfortable with the questions they got about their shady business dealings. I was threatended four times with lawsuits. For example, Belmont Shore Parking Commission Vice-Chairman Kurt Schneither interrupted a monthly BSRA Board meeting to point his finger in the face of each Boardmember and threatened to sue each Boardmember because I described in the newsletter Schneiter's and DeLong's efforts to turn Livingston Park Totlot into parking for Schneiter's businesses. Tough to sue something that is the truth. Besides, the BSRA carries $1.0 million insurance for just such lawsuits. The monthly BSRA newsletter continues today (written by Jeff Miller). It has become milktoast, most often describing issues after they have occurred rather than being a rallying cry for residents to get involved in their community. Residents are no longer polled. Boardmembers do what they want personally.
Mike Ruehle August 10, 2012 at 09:47 PM
I write and talk face-to-face exactly the same way now that I am no longer BSRA president. I call it the way I see it. Ask my friends. The gloves came off once I was no longer representing Shore residents.
Mike Ruehle August 10, 2012 at 09:47 PM
Delete the offending sentence and repost it please.
John B. Greet August 10, 2012 at 09:50 PM
That's a very impressive membership increase. I wonder what the numbers are now? What was the population in Belmont Shore at that time of your peak membership of 400 people, if you know?
Panglonymous August 11, 2012 at 02:00 AM
"They shrink from danger, pain, or difficulty." Acceptable?
Mike Ruehle August 12, 2012 at 03:27 AM
What a complete bunch of censorship BS. After all of the anonomous people and others that YOU let call me names on YOUR website, you then censor me for calling someone a "COWARD." Moreover, after over a year of my comments being censored from YOUR website by "anonomous others," you censor me for calling someone a "COWARD." Really??? Really??? According to your above comment, you are deleting my name-calling comment and emailing it to me to repost without that terrible word." Yet, my comment has yet to be reposted without the dire "COWARD" word. And how is that not censorship? The bias is so disappointing.
Mike Ruehle August 12, 2012 at 04:46 AM
And the silence is deafening.
Panglonymous August 12, 2012 at 04:53 AM
I think she's at the Shark-a-palooza, Mike.
Mike Ruehle August 12, 2012 at 05:02 PM
More like censor-palooza.
Mike Ruehle August 12, 2012 at 05:56 PM
It took a whole 5 minutes to censor my last comment from your home page. I was wondering how long it would last.
John B. Greet August 13, 2012 at 02:41 AM
I wonder why Mike continues to fail to answer a simple question concerning the total population in the Shore when his former organization had it's peak membership of 400? Perhaps it's because he doesnt know but doesn't want to admit it. Perhaps it's because he knows but also knows that the number may offer some much needed perspective about the BSRA's (and thus his own) representation of the entire Shore population at that time. Perhaps he did answer but his comments were removed due to the manner in which he chose to answer. Who knows? Apparently all we can do at this point is speculate.
Watts August 13, 2012 at 03:15 AM
John, you are a bore. Most people have lives. Obviously you don't, so you have the time to lurk every thread and go back and forth between them and scour back for days, while most people do not. That doesn't mean that anybody is avoiding your question, just that threads develop on patch in a rather illogical way, so it is near impossible for anybody to follow even threads that they are participating in, without far too much time and effort for people with real lives. I used to say that you were smart enough to realize this already and would have previously said that your post was merely a rhetorical, unfair stab at somebody who you knew would never come back to this dated post...but you have gone far out of your way to prove that you aren't smart enough to realize that.
John B. Greet August 13, 2012 at 05:50 PM
That's very interesting, Watts. Thanks. I think it's unfortunate that commenters like you routinely seem to have this need to resort to offerings of personal insult when addressing folks with whom you happen to disagree. You seem quite present on Patch comment threads yourself. I've always just assumed you were very engaged in the vaious topics and i have always admired you for being so. Apparently you were "lurking." Who knew? The question I asked Mike was a reasonable one and entirely civil and respectful in the asking. He is entirely free to ignore the question and reasonable people are entirely free to draw their own conclusions as to why he does so.
Mike Ruehle August 14, 2012 at 03:13 PM
Neither Jeff nor Melinda want to be BSRA president. They don't want the limelight nor the heat that comes with being the spokesperson for the BSRA. They prefer to call the shots as Secretary from behind the scenes and have someone else carry their water for them. Little does the BSRA president know, but Jeff and Melinda already run the BSRA. Like I said, they control ALL email and mail correspondence received by the BSRA and censor what the BSRA board sees. While BSRA president, I had NUMEROUS people tell me they had not heard back after emailing the BSRA website asking to be added to the distribution of the monthly BSRA newsletter I published, which was opposed by Jeff and Melinda. As president, I instructed Jeff to forward all emails to me. He refused to do so. I still have the email refusal. Jeff already has BSRA check signing authority. Twice during my tenure as President, Jeff spent BSRA money on issues he promoted without seeking prior approval or informing the board, something clearly spelled out in the bylaws. I still have the bank statements and emails sent to all boardmembers detailing Jeff's unapproved activities. The first thing the new BSRA president needs to do is put someone else in charge of the BSRA website and take away Jeff's keys to the BSRA mailbox. Second, he needs to get copies of all bank statements and review for himself how the money is being spent. Third, ask resident how they wish to be represented.

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