Latest (9/20) Update on Hiring Rick Archbold as New LACC General Manager
THE MAIN QUESTIONS CONCERNING ARCHBOLD'S SUITABLITY ...
Given the undisputed history of Archbold's tenure at Heritage Ranch (see link to Court of Appeals opinion), and the evidence of his dual identity, it is hard to see how any paper credentials could offset these public records, which reflect directly on his character. The many people with whom we have spoken consistently use the words "arrogant," "rude," "abusive," "a liar," a "big spender" and worse when speaking of Archbold, and the people who have worked for him uniformly appear to hate him by the time he departs. This is not what one would expect of a high-ranking military officer, and in any event do not describe character traits that bode well for an LACC General Manager.
We are getting the details on the Archbold sexual harassment suit (settled by paying a female employee $100,000) and also processing a great deal of other new information that has come to light on Archbold's tenure at HVLA. We expect to post an update on this site soon. Keep checking in!
Our LACC Board would rather wreck the association than admit error. With all that has been discovered about Rick Archbold, it is hard to imagine any responsible board of directors sticking with their annointed pick for GM, but that appears to be the case. Archbold didn't show up as planned, to be "presented" at the annual meeting, but in response to questions the board affirmed that he IS coming in September.
ONLY YOUR INPUT CAN CHANGE THIS ! EMAIL, WRITE OR CALL the LACC Board, and tell your friends to do likewise.
ASK THEM what can possibly balance out all the negative things about Archbold in the public record, and the fact that he has been leading a double life: using two different names, simultaneously, with the same social security number at each place he has lived for the past dozen years or so (and no public record at all before that). Take another look at the quotation, showing what he thinks about homeowners.
ASK THEM what written documentation they have received which is favorable enough to outweigh all the negatives. IS THERE DOCUMENTATION ? AND IF SO, WILL THEY MAKE IT AVAILABLE FOR INSPECTION?
THERE IS STILL TIME, IF YOU ACT NOW ...
WHY IS THE LACC BOARD STONEWALLING ON ARCHBOLD'S QUALIFICATIONS? Our attorneys have been able to obtain three pages from Sandra Frelich regarding Archbold's qualifications. Two are bogus 'Retirement Certificates' from the Marine Corps Reserve which are photocopies that have clearly been altered. They are also inconsistent, in that each purports to show retirement at the rank of Lt Col at two dates 11 years apart. The other page indicates a BS degree in 1973 in the field of criminal justice, which conflicts with the dates of Archbold's purported military service. There is apparently a record of a 'Frederick G. Archbold III' with this Marine Corps rank in one database, but in others there is only the Army record (at non-com rank) posted on this site (see link to MILITARY RECORD above). There may be more than one 'Archbold,' and given that the LACC applicant has also been using the name 'Patrick Jackson,' he may not be named 'Archbold' at all.
It is our understanding that these questions of identity may be resolved from an examination of Archbold's DD 214 military discharge forms. A name can be filled in over the name of the original, but we are told these forms contain detailed and correlated information that is difficult to fake, and our military sources have offered to authenticate these forms the same day. If Archbold is NOT the real thing, it is unlikely that he is in possession of a valid DD 214. If he IS the real thing, why has he provided bogus 'Certificates' instead? WHY WON'T ARCHBOLD AND LACC RELEASE THE ONE DOCUMENT THAT CAN RESOLVE THIS ISSUE?
DUE TO LACC'S REFUSAL one of our attorneys went to court on Friday, August 10, to get an order requiring LACC to release the DD 214's. We will update this site after a decision is issued by the court.
OVERVIEW OF THE SITUATION AS OF 8/12/07: On 8/10 one of our attorneys went to court in Chester and participated in a court- ordered mediation procedure prior to the hearing. Sandra Frelich and Mac Hinman represented LACC and, for the first time, had to publicly state what they had relied on in hiring Rick Archbold. NEXT TO NOTHING! Apparently Archbold showed Hinman his wallet "military ID" card, and spun him a tale about his military service. And although Sandra has stated in writing that LACC has a letter of recommendation from the President of HVLA's Board, when questioned they told the mediator that someone had talked to him on the phone (although neither could remember exactly who had talked to him). THEY ACTUALLY GOT NO DOCUMENTATION AT ALL until after this website was created and people started questioning them on their choice. And then they got the clearly bogus "Retirement Certificates" and other easily-faked documents, faxed to them on 7/6/07 (see below). Only on 7/18/07, after further member pressure, did Tandy Bozeman attempt to contact the Marines and try to find out a bit more about Archbold, and then he misrepresented the resulting letter (see link below to 'What LACC Has Provided').
WHY DO OBJECTIVE OUTSIDERS SEE SO CLEARLY WHAT OUR BOARD CANNOT? The mediator actually laughed at what Sandra and Mac thought were documents "proving" Rick Archbold's identity and qualifications, saying that all were easily faked and that she had seen such fakes many times before. She also immediately recognized that the letter Bozeman had obtained from the Marine Corps Inspector General (what Hinman thought was the "gold standard" irrefutably backing Archbold) said absolutely NOTHING about whether the LACC applicant ('Archbold' or 'Jackson,' or whatever his name is) is the same man as the "Lt Col Frederick G. Archbold III," the name that appears in their Marine Corps records (not Marine Corps Reserve, which is a major distinction).
IT ALSO CAME OUT that Mac and Sandra do not even understand how the Intellius website works, much less appreciate the significance of the evidence of Archbold's dual identity that it provides. Sandra thought that if you put in a name and social security number, the site tells you other names using that number. Not at all. You have to put in a particular name and number, and the site tells you if it matches (try it yourself, see that it matches and then try putting in any other name: http://www.intelius.com/). And Archbold's "explanation" was that it returns the same result if he uses his wife's name, the argument apparently being that the site doesn't work properly. NONSENSE. The site doesn't use the first name, only the last, so there is no way to distinguish between Frederick Archbold and Shannon Archbold.
THE BOARD'S ABILITY TO FIRE ARCHBOLD. Earlier we had reported what had been told to a member by an LACC director, that the Board was concerned it could not void Archbold's contract or fire him because LACC would have to pay a "$100,000" penalty. Sandra Frelich has challenged this, saying that Archbold has an initial 4-month "trial period," and there was nothing in his contract about $100,000. Her statement is correct, technically, but deceptive. It is true that LACC could fire Archbold during the first 4 months (from Sept 1 until the end of the year) without paying him anything extra (something we had never said anything about, one way or the other), BUT if LACC were to fire him at 4 months and 1 day, or at any time thereafter during his 5-year contract, LACC would have to pay him "Separation Pay" ranging from a minimum of $55,000 to well over $100,000, depending on when this occured. For example, if LACC fired him one day over the original 4 months, LACC would have to pay him the remainder of his first year's salary (2/3 of $110,000), or about $73,000. BOTH THE 5-YEAR TERM OF THE CONTRACT AND THESE 'SEPARATION PAY' PROVISIONS VIOLATE CALIFORNIA LAW AND THE LACC BYLAWS (see link re Archbold Contract) below.
WHAT THEY COULD HAVE DONE: on this site we have posted a great deal of information, identified dozens of individuals and provided links to the Heritage Ranch and HVLA websites, plus our attorneys have repeatedly offered to put Sandra Frelich and our directors in touch with those who have known Archbold and could provide a different perspective than the handful of cronies Archbold gave as his references. ALL OF THIS HAS BEEN IGNORED. Our Board's complete lack of interest in doing any meaningful investigation has been shameful. Mac Hinman was conned, pure and simple, and is too arrogant and self-defensive to risk finding out he was wrong. The rest don't care.
STOP THE LAWSUIT! Court documents and member reports state that Rick Archbold has been using the HVLA security as his personal "goon squad," to physically abuse members and their children. Check the HVLA websites to see how oppressive "security" has become at HVLA during Archbold's 6 years there. The only good part is that HVLA security guards do not carry guns. Put Archbold in charge of our gun-toting "security" and someone is going to get killed. WE CANNOT TAKE THIS CHANCE!
IT ONLY TAKES 20 MEMBERS to file a lawsuit under Corp. Code 7223 to have the court remove the present directors from office, bar them for running again for some period, and call a new election for all 9 seats. By signing a 5-year contract with Archbold, the current Board has illegally violated our Bylaws and state law in order to satisfy Archbold's demands. Unless this contract is voided, this provides grounds to remove the Board pursuant to that statute for "gross abuse of authority or discretion." THE BOARD, TOO, HAS TO LIVE WITHIN THE BYLAWS.
IF YOU PREFER THAT LACC REFORMS ITSELF, rather than have a judge do it for us, ACT NOW to influence the Board's decision. OR, JOIN US as one of the "20" plaintiffs and do what is required to have real reform.
IT IS TIME FOR LACC TO PULL THE PLUG ON ARCHBOLD. For TWO MONTHS our directors have known that Heritage Ranch sued Rick Archbold with allegations that he sold out that association to developers. The members there RECALLED his cronies on the Board, elected new directors and got rid of him. Yesterday, on 8/23, members at his recent post, HVLA, served their board with a lawsuit that seeks JUDICIAL REMOVAL of a group of HVLA directors for gross abuse of their authority in seeking to protect Archbold rather than their fellow directors and association members. As a result of Archbold's approach to "management," over 800 HVLA members are in "bad standing" and restricted in voting, speaking, use of the common facilities and even access to their homes.
THIS CAN HAPPEN HERE IF THE LACC BOARD REFUSES TO ACKNOWLEDGE REALITY (SEE 'STOP THE LAWSUIT' BELOW).
For almost 2 MONTHS the LACC Board has ignored the evidence of what happened at Heritage Ranch, and independent evidence that Archbold has been using an alias 'Patrick Jackson' for at least a dozen years. LACC has clung to the claim that Archbold is a "great" General Manager in reliance on a purported letter of recommendation from Dick Scott, the HVLA President. IF THIS LETTER EXISTS, WE NOW KNOW THAT ANY SUCH STATEMENT BY SCOTT IS A LIE (click FLASH 8/20 below to see 8/1/07 letter from Scott to another HVLA director, seeking to punish him for purportedly revealing that ARCHBOLD WAS FIRED ("dismissed") by HVLA).
MAFIA TACTICS AT HVLA: on 8/24 six of the seven directors at HVLA held a public "censure hearing" for the seventh director, Tom Miller, the sole purpose of which was to humiliate and punish him because they (incorrectly) thought he leaked TRUE information to us about when, how and why HVLA FIRED ARCHBOLD. Miller was grilled at the meeting by LACC's attorney, Curtis Sproul, as to what he told his WIFE about the firing. During the past month, these 6 directors have met in executive session over a dozen times (6 times in the past two weeks), many times including Archbold, solely on the issue of what to do about the truth getting out (see HVLA MEETINGS LINK below). This conduct PROVES what we have been saying: if a director were putting out incorrect information, he would have been acting solely on his own; to be accused of leaking "confidential" information to our committee means that the statements they are reacting to on our site are TRUE. And think about the nature of this man LACC would hire, who turns directors viciously against each other and terrifies them about a possible lawsuit for telling the truth.
ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. TELL OUR DIRECTORS TO VOID THE ARCHBOLD CONTRACT !!
ARCHBOLD IS HERE AND THE BOARD IS KEEPING IT QUIET. BUT WHAT WILL THEY SAY NOW THAT OUR FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT REQUEST HAS COME BACK WITH DEFINITIVE INFORMATION CONTRADICTING ARCHBOLD'S MILIARY RECORD ??