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Board Adopts Tenant Rights Resolution


Pro Bono Services Committee Chair Carl Marquardt briefed the Board on the importance of KCBA’s work in housing and tenant rights, and explained how education programs are crucial to ensure that tenants have the knowledge and resources they need to enforce their rights. He presented a resolution on this issue that had been recommended by the Pro Bono Services Committee. After discussion, the Board approved the resolution with an amendment proposed by Trustee Nicole McGrath. A copy of the resolution is online at www.kcba.org/publicpolicy.

Public Policy Committee Chair Neal Black reviewed three years of work undertaken by the Referendum & Initiative Project (RIP) to create the report presented in the board materials. RIP Chair Beth Barrett Bloom and members of the RIP group then provided a summary of the report, including an inventory of current problems with the system; a look at constitutional issues; details about the methodology used to complete the study; and a series of reform proposals that the Board might consider. The Board will discuss the report further at its next meeting.

Executive Director Andrew Prazuch referred trustees to correspondence in the meeting materials about an American Bar Association initiative that many local and state bars across the country believe conflicts with ABA rules for lawyer referral service programs like KCBA’s; he will monitor the situation in the weeks ahead.

The Board continued its discussion of the proposed bylaws restatement. First, by voice vote the Board adopted wording that the executive director “serves at the pleasure of the Board of Trustees with due consideration” to any employment contract approved by the Board.

Next, by voice vote the trustees agreed that by August 1 each year the president “shall appoint three members” to three-year terms on the Leadership Development & Nominations Committee, resulting in a total of nine committee members. The trustees also decided by voice vote to change the proposed date for reporting nominees to the Board from April 1 to March 1. Finally, by voice vote the Board deleted earlier wording that it may reject a nominee “at any time before an election takes place.”

Consideration of the bylaws restatement will continue at the next board meeting.

Tran directed the Board to her written remarks in the meeting materials detailing her activities on behalf of KCBA. She announced that November 20 is National Adoption Day and encouraged trustees to attend the ceremony at Superior Court.

Treasurer Kinnon Williams reported that as of September 30, the end of the first quarter of the fiscal year, KCBA has received $1.4 million in revenue, with $772,000 in expenses, for net income of $721,000. In addition, the Association has $1.7 million in cash and cash equivalents, with $959,000 in reserves. Williams also noted and that the independent auditor would present a review of last year’s financial reports to the Board at the December meeting.

YLD Chair Pete Talevich reported on YLD’s ongoing plans for this year and noted that YLD was very pleased with the transition of the independent law library Walk-in Clinic into one that would be managed as part of the Association’s regular Neighborhood Legal Clinics.

The following are highlights from the KCBA Board of Trustees’ meeting held on November 18, convened by KCBA President Kim Tran.


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