Editor’s note: It was gratifying to see The Union chase down our scoop on CABPRO facing its own major internal strife from February 7. But it was journalistically unethical and showed no class or integrity for The Union not to credit this blog. Shame on Editor Brian Hamilton and City Editor Liz Kellar. The internet is changing how we communicate. False pride reigns supreme in our small town. Among the big-league newspapers, credit is regularly given; for example, the Wall Street Journal would say “as first reported in the New York Times” or visa versa. Still, I’m glad the word is out.
“Who’s in charge of CABPRO?
“A judge is scheduled to decide who is in charge of the California Association of Business, Property and Resource Owners, more commonly known as CABPRO.
“The high-profile conservative political organization has been wracked by acrimony to the point that a lawsuit was filed in Nevada County Superior Court on behalf of CABPRO Executive Director Chuck Shea against three of the corporation’s board members.
“The plaintiff’s party also includes the two other board members, Dick and Tina Marshall, who help make up the five-person board.
“The suit alleges three CABPRO board members — Kirk Pharis, Kim Janousek and Melinda Monighan — resigned from the organization last September, then subsequently retracted their resignations before illegally seizing accounting records, email accounts, website access passwords and other CABPRO property in an attempt to oust Shea.
‘”We just have a few rogue board directors that quit and then came back and took control of the checkbook and the email with the help of an insider,” said Shea, who added he has been arguing with the three board members for some time regarding the direction of the organization.
“The suit identifies the insider as CABPRO volunteer Donna Flores.
“In a letter dated Jan. 18, Pharis et al confirmed disagreements with Shea about his stewardship of CABPRO had been ongoing.
“There were major issues between the board and Mr. Shea relative to the forward movement of our organization,” the letter states.”
The rest of the article is here (behind a paywall).