Save the Esplanade House
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Dear Members of the Community Action Agency (CAA) Board-
The Esplanade House Non-Profit Children’s Fund Board, as well as concerned community members, respectfully request that you evaluate, fully and transparently, the allegations from the community regarding mismanagement of the Esplanade House under the current CAA Chief Executive Officer.
Per CAA’s website:
“The Board is legally and morally responsible for all activities of the Agency. The Board is solely responsible for determining agency policy, approving the annual budget and determining the goals of the agency.” (source: https://www.buttecaa.com/board-of-directors/
We believe strongly that there are clear moral issues, as well as potential legal issues that need to be fully examined by the CAA board, in a thorough, methodical, and perhaps most importantly, transparent manner. We understand that such a review will require a significant investment of time and resources, but to fail to investigate these concerns is for the board to fall short of fulfilling their duties.
We request that the CAA board:
1. Review the letters, comments and concerns of current and former employees, as extensively documented by the Non-Profit Children’s Fund board. These issues go far beyond a few disgruntled employees – the concerns expressed are consistent and constitute a pattern of intentional, severe, recurring and pervasive hostility to former female employees that interfered with their ability to perform their job. This hostile work environment goes back literally decades. We also request that the board reach out to current and past employees to ascertain the full nature and severity of these issues.
2. Conduct an independent review of internal processes and an independent financial audit, as well as an independent compliance audit of all grants received by CAA over the last 15 years.
3. Immediately return the buildings on the Esplanade House site to their stated uses, to bring the Esplanade House and CAA into compliance with their loan documents.
4. If the board is unwilling to do these things, we ask that they turn over management of the Esplanade House to another non-profit organization.
The Esplanade House has provided critical housing and support to homeless families in the North State for over 25 years. Time and time again their work in our community has truly changed lives. It’s time to take action to protect this vital community resource, to ensure it remains a force for good in our community for the next 25 years.
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