MH board takes lesson in leadership
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Brent Ives (right) instructs members of the Mountain House Community Services District board of directors during a workshop at the district office on Monday, Jan. 28, about proper meeting procedures. Ives, who is also the mayor of Tracy, teaches the course as part of his company, BHI Management Consulting.  Glenn Moore/Tracy Press
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MOUNTAIN HOUSE — The Mountain House Community Services District directors received a crash course on governing procedures during a special meeting Monday, Jan. 28.

Brent Ives, owner of BHI Management Consulting, condensed a two-day seminar into a two-hour workshop at the MHCSD building.

The objective of the workshop was to address matters facing governing boards, such as obligations, roles, ethics, performance evaluations and teamwork.

“This is basically a class in being a good board member,” Ives said.

A 22-year political veteran, Ives has served on the Tracy City Council and currently serves as the mayor of the city.

Ives said he agreed to conduct the workshop because of the changing dynamics of the board and its search for a new general manager. He described the board’s current situation as an opportunity to “dust off and start over.”

The workshop — his first in San Joaquin County — was provided pro-bono at the request of former interim General Manager Mimi Duzenski.

Board Vice President Jim Lamb said he thought the workshop would get the directors “on the same page.”

Prior to the workshop, Lamb said the board was not working as a team in pursuit of a common goal.

“It’s important to have a workshop to reinforce where our minds should be,” he said. “It’s the first time we did training like this.”

During his presentation, Ives explained a governing board’s role is to create policy that represents the public and to oversee the general manager, who executes the policies set forth by the board.

Among his 43-page slide presentation, Ives listed 20 points that make up an ideal board, including giving the community a prosperous future; respecting the system and process; and being clear about a board’s role.

One of the keys to success for any board, he said, was teamwork.

“Any team that doesn’t work as a team doesn’t do good as a team,” he said. “Serve as a team is a path to a bright and prosperous future. Boards that fight or squabble end up retracing steps.”

Ives urged the directors to develop a direction without worrying about how to achieve it, and said that town staffers need to be trusted to do their jobs.

Director Andy Su said that was challenging, because the directors each want to do things differently. Ives said they need to create a unified vision and set direction for a strategy with goals, and that “everything the agency does should find basis in and linkage to the mission.”

On the matter of ethics, Ives said there is an expectation for board members to have highest ethical standards and that directors should be “exercising their power in the public’s interest, as opposed to self-interest or narrow special interest.”

After Ives concluded, Su said he wished they had taken part in Ives’ workshop four years ago. He said three of the board members — himself, Lamb and Bernice King Tingle — have served on the board for four years, but never truly got off on the right foot.

Tingle agreed and said they could use the material provided by Ives to “keep them grounded.”

Lamb said the workshop gave him a tool to address future agenda items in the proper context.

“It’s being real clear about the board’s authority and responsibility, and the staff’s authority and responsibility,” he said. “It’s nice that is a bright line.”

• Contact Denise Ellen Rizzo at 830-4225 or drizzo@tracypress.com.



At a glance

WHAT: Mountain House Community Services District Board of Directors Special Meeting

WHEN: 6 p.m., Monday, Jan. 28

WHERE: Michael Forbes McGrew Board Room, 230 S. Sterling Drive

DETAILS: President Celeste Farron and directors Steven Gutierrez, Jim Lamb, Andy Su, and Bernice King Tingle were present.

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backinblack
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February 04, 2013
Let's see, in the last 7 days counting this post I've made a whopping total of 4 comments. One to support a woman for defending herself against some punk throwing rocks at her car, one explaining how throwing a rock at a moving auto is in my opinion assault with a deadly weapon and to provide my expert knowledge of how glass breaks, and one in regards to the tragic death of a man working.

During the same seven days I worked, repeat worked, 66 hours in 5 days. Throw in the weekend and the amount of time I spent tearing out tile for a kitchen remodel, doing yard work and other home chores and the number goes up to about 76 hours.

Considering it doesn't take all that long to take a few moments to post a comment, I would hardly say or even imply I have no life or nothing better to do.

"Why would anyone who has a life spend all his time on Tracy Press?"

The better question is why do people like DD, CR, bookhater/cathlab, tacobender, et al who do nothing but come her to launch ignorant hate filled personal attacks waste their time?

cont...
backinblack
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February 04, 2013
Certain of the afore mentioned people yak about others who come her to post yet when challenged on their hate filled childish rants are the first to scream about their First Amendments rights.

DD, I actually thought the gutless wonders at the TP grew a pair and banned you. This website has been pretty mellow and civil since you last visited, well other the CR's hate for just about everything and everyone.

Go ahead and criticize me for my need to have the last word while you once again, well, take the last word. I'm off to another one of my typical 12 hour work days.
Ornley_Gumfudgen
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February 04, 2013
BIB

I worked 66 hrs last week an commented about 4 times. So much fer "livin" on these comment sections.

Don't worry about them or th gutless TP editorial staff, it's not gonna change so we just gotta ignore em an th mental trash they spread.

Fortunately th averate TP reader is smarter an can see what's happenin.

Back ta topic, we larn an grow as we go. If we are intellegent, vice th oft misunderstood terms enlightened an educated, we larn frum our mistakes an don't make em again. That's called progress an one can easily see ignorance has been defeated.

Ta continue ta make th same mistakes over an over again while expectin a different an positive outcome is th defination of stupidity.

Good ta see Mountain House wants ta larn frum th past mistakes of others so they don't make em. That shows th quality of thair intellegence.

An whair Mayor Ives ignorantly made mistakes, it's obvious he don't any more an that too is an indicator of intellegence an not one of stupidity.

With th history of DD an knowin some of her personal mistakes brought forward by a commentator that was repremanded by th editors of TP, it's easy ta determine stupidity an ignorance.
debbdaves
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February 03, 2013
me-here

Why would anyone who has a life spend all his time on Tracy Press? BIB, OG, to name a few. No other outlet except Tracy Press. Pity them.
Ornley_Gumfudgen
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February 04, 2013
debbdavis

When it comes ta spendin all yer time on th Tracy Press we are only followin, at a distance, yer excellent example.

Thanks fer yer pity. After all th pity we collectively have expressed tawards yer obvious mental gymnastics, it's nice ta get some back fer a change so we can recycle it an then give it back ta ya.

pcmiles
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February 03, 2013
Imagine: Ives saying there is “an expectation for board members to have highest ethical standards and that directors should be ‘exercising their power in the public’s interest, as opposed to self-interest or narrow special interest.’” This from a man found to have violated Govt Code §87100 for conflict of interest: http://tracypress.com/view/full_story/3532215/article-Mayor-warned-for-conflict-of-interest-? At least Mountain House didn’t pay for this sage advice…

ROFL!

Ornley_Gumfudgen
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February 03, 2013
pcmiles

Nice ta see that thairs at least one totally perfect person on th planet that's never ever done anythang incorrectly in his life. Good thang ya weren't thair when they were gonna start stonin th woman fer adultery cus when th question regardin sin was asked ya would have probably stoned her ta death.

Thangs happen an hopefully people larn an become better people.
me-here
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February 03, 2013
I do wish Ornley would get a life and stay off the blogs. Sounds more like Maciel every day.

Enough, already. Really.
Ornley_Gumfudgen
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February 04, 2013
me-here

So sorry fer ya dear. Perhaps ya ought ta larn th technique of selective readin since yer so adept at selective thankin.

Yer's a suggestion fer ya, since yer obviously incapable of thankin it up fer yerself. Anytime ya see my name, don't read what I have written.

Yer gonna be a lot happier an won't trample my rights of free speech in th process.

An if ya thank my response ta ya is rather rude an curt, remember, ya made th first negative comment about me an not th other way around. In other words, go pound some sand.
justthinkingoveroatmeal
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February 04, 2013
So, pcmiles I cannot find your website. Can you give the location. Are you still running the website where you championed injustice in the Tracy Police Department and let me know what ever happened to that. I also was in a car accident and need help there please. My lawyer is useless. How do I start a website like that?

And was he paid $30 for teaching a class and received a $30 stipend for attending a council meeting? Can you tell us more about the warning? I remember you used to have a website about somethinginstidetracyisstinky.com is that website still available? Is it Mountain House or Tracy?

pcmiles
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February 07, 2013
just thinking: You can find my website at http://tracy-ca.us/. It is badly in need of updating. I had hoped that Mr. Hampton would be a more principled leader than Ms. Thiessen, but that hope has turned out to be false.

I get web hosting from godaddy.com, it’s about $80/yr. I just put together pages in Word, save them in html format, and upload them. Crude but easy. Best wishes for your car accident issues. I well understand the frustration of feeling powerless. Keep pushing back!


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