Re-assign the Palisades-Malibu YMCA Executive Director

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Alan Hostrup, 

We, the members and parents with the Palisades-Malibu YMCA branch, feel frustrated that the YMCA has not appropriately responded to the injustice done to a loyal employee, Rashad Rhodes. His reputation was breached not just once but repeatedly. We will not be satisfied until we know that the new Executive Director, Beth MacAller, has been re-assigned to another location and replaced by someone who is more able to deal with such an in-tune and close-knit community such as ours. The way in which our favorite coach, Rashad, was recently treated immediately after having been let go, followed by further and more severe maltreatment days later, is simply unacceptable and irreparable under Beth MacAller's lead.  

Not only are we appalled and hurt by the actual series of events, but we are shocked at how sloppily everything was handled from then on out. For one, many of us realize that Beth may have been forbidden from doing such, however; we still haven't received an apology. She hasn't held herself accountable or owned up to what it was that she did, acknowledging that she was very wrong. We deserve to have someone meet us on our level, admitting the gravity of the situation. Is her silence at the fault of Mark Dengler, the CEO and man who hired Beth or other executives? And if so, why has no one else come forward with a real response?This is not something to sweep under the rug. This type of behavior serves only to make a bad situation worse.     

Secondly, we've been lied to. There were no legal issues. There were no just reasons for the authorities to be called, either times that they were so quickly called upon. For weeks, you let parents sit with the underlying thought; "Well, there must be something that Rashad has done that we aren't aware of." You let people believe for weeks and counting that maybe Rashad had done something terrible and that he deserved to be treated this way, which is alarming and disheartening, especially now that we all know the truth.   

Even more upsetting, is knowing that we can't fight for Rashad to have his place back with the YMCA, because of the damage that has already been done, not just to him but also to his wife and young children. As much as we want him back, we fear that Rashad wouldn't feel safe returning. Perhaps he deserves to be the new Executive Director.   

If we don't see a change in the very near future, we've agreed, one by one, that boycotting our local YMCA may be our only true power, starting with the Christmas Tree Lot. We are aware that the tree lot is the biggest annual fundraiser for the YMCA. Families have been coming to this special event for years but sometimes sacrifices must be made, in order to do what is right.   

We realize that other innocent employees might also be affected. We strongly hope that it does not come to this and we would like to hear your game plan as soon as possible, so that we might once more feel at ease in our own community.   

Thank you for taking the time to read and consider our words and we hope that together, we can fight to reestablish a healthy relationship with our YMCA. 

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