Op-ed: The Ukiah Co-op has stopped two farmers from running for their board, here’s why they should change their policy

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3 thoughts on “Op-ed: The Ukiah Co-op has stopped two farmers from running for their board, here’s why they should change their policy

  1. Gender: Please do not use that as any reason for this. Look at the board; is not the president of the board a woman ?? The GM of the coop is a woman; look at the staff and the heads of the departments – produce, front of house, grocery haba. All run by women.
    Look for the underlying reason don’t take this as a gender issue!

  2. Fellow Wolf(f),
    I appreciate you taking the time to look at my column. I, and more importantly the candidates petition, did not use the gender card to make our cases that this policy is out of line with the Co-op’s principle of democratic member control. I fully believe the lack of clarity in the by-laws as well as the general consensus among damn near everyone I have spoken to who shops at the Co-op but did not know this policy existed, are reasons the issue is worth taking up. I brought up an explanation of why so many who read how this is playing out could take the effects as being sexist. Intent is one thing, I think the Co-op’s intent is obviously never to be sexist. But, recognizing that good intentions can sometimes come with negative externalities is another fact of life. I wish the Co-op took time to consider what all they could do and gave member/owners a chance to voice there opinion before Board-member Cliff Paulin came out publicly twice shooting the petition down and inferring that three local farmers are liars.

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