7 -- Resolving the Crisis
The LAB Reform website chronicles serious problems in the governance of the
League and our attempts to resolve these problems. We are extremely
disappointed by the response (actually refusal to respond) by the board.
While we realize that some directors are incapable of recognizing their
ethical lapses, we are dismayed that most of the other directors are intent to
keep the problems secret rather than dealing with them. Indeed, some of
these directors blame us for reporting misdeeds rather than confronting those
who committed the misdeeds.
In the meantime, the League is in trouble. We often hear people tell
us they feel their dues money is wasted, or worse than wasted, because of the
scandals and because the League sometimes promotes bad cycling
practices. Because the League has failed its members, membership is down
and the budget is balanced only through substantial outsider donations.
What needs to be done now
Mike Greehan recently escalated the conflict by threatening LAB Reform
leaders with a law suit . We of LAB Reform have acted with restraint to
give the board time to step in. So far, they have not acted. The
board must stop Greehan before he causes further harm to the League and its
- Mike Greehan must withdraw his threat of legal action against LAB Reform
and reimburse us for the (so far modest) legal expenses that he has caused.
- The board must guarantee that the election of 2006 will be completely
fair and open.  This includes allowing all candidates on the ballot.
- The board must pledge no interference in the election.
- Reasonable election rules and ballot security measures must be used to
prevent improprieties such as occurred during the 2003 election.
Note: In previous elections during the 1990s, the League had a
well-established procedure for handling ballots securely. Other
organizations (notably the Sierra Club) have similar procedures. It is
to the shame of this board that it insists on re-inventing inadequate ballot
security procedures with each election, when the organization already had, or
could easily copy, adequate procedures.
- LAB Reform must be allowed to have observers present to observe the count,
inspect ballots and if needed, challenge ballots.
- All candidates must have a fair chance to reach members for campaigning.
- False and misleading accusations in LAB minutes made against LAB Reform
must be corrected
Fully restoring the League as a members' organization
The purpose of LAB Reform is to restore control of the League to directors whose
loyalty is to the members. We have several goals:
- Replace those directors who have acted inappropriately. In
particular, the three remaining members of the "Terman Seven" (Greehan,
Roskowski and Sparks) should resign for the good of the League.
- Have ALL directors elected by the members. Appointments must be
limited to temporary vacancies.
- Restore the primary the purposes of the league: education about the
best practices of bicycle operation and protecting cyclists' rights.
- Restore the League to financial health.
- Build the membership, particularly among serious cyclists including
 Since this was first written, Mike Greehan told us he did not actually
threaten a law suit, only "legal action". In any case, we stand by our
conclusion that his threat of legal action was a blatant attempt to intimidate
us and to stifle dissent.
We believe that this incident and then his denial of his threat is yet
another example that shows Mr. Greehan is unsuited to be a member of the
 The 2006 election seems to have been free of scandal. Two of the three
candidates we supported won. However, there is no guarantee that future
elections will be "clean". We must remain vigilant.
In addition, the Nominating Committee (chaired by Martha Roskowski) insisted on
sending ballots with no security against vote fraud. We believe the
reason for this is to pretend that the actions of the faction that interfered in
the 2003 election are "normal" election procedures.
Please join us and help restore the BikeLeague to members.
to join LAB Reform.
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