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Board Meeting Leads To Shake Up In San Diego Opera Leadership

Lead, follow or get out of the way! Great news that Cohn and Campbell have finally got out of the way and let those who wish to save the opera have the room necessary to do it. let me know when Campbell is gone and I will write my donation check for the 2015. Thank you, Mrs. Lazier for doing the heavy lifting during a very difficult time. Your efforts and work are appreciated.

April 18, 2014 at 2:19 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Much Handwringing, Slow Progress On San Diego Opera’s Future

This article makes it clear that there is a great deal of nepotism and favoritism and improper conflicts of interest between Campbell and the board. Maybe, that is the plan of Campbell and Cohn all along. By the time anyone gets to the bottom of it all, the opera will be dead, it's assets liquidated, and no one will be able to revive it no matter their good intentions. It seems clear that the board, whose job is supposed to be a check an balance on Campbell's power and control of significant amounts of money, was stacked with friends who would vote to kill the opera just before the mysterious "emergency" vote of only a quorum of members. Think about it, what new board member would donate their $25,000 to join the board just one month later vote to kill it. No one of course. If this article is correct, Campbell, with Cohn's apparent blessing, allowed these " new board members" the ability to waive the donation and then vote to kill the opera. The two of them then with a straight face claim that there was no conspiracy and lambast anyone who dares to question the timeline of events. Doesn't sound to me like Cohn is running the board with the necessary checks and balances to which her position demands and she is entrusted. The question which remains unanswered is "why not just step aside and let those who want the San Diego Opera to last another 50 years try to save it? Why actively fight against the saving of the Opera? ". Maybe the answer is as simple as hubris. But I for one would sure like to see those financial documents they won't turn over.

April 8, 2014 at 1:06 a.m. ( | suggest removal )