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YMCA: Saving an Institution in Beverly Hills

As a 33-year Beverly Hills resident, with three generations of family use and support of the YMCA, it is wrenching to observe the slow, painful destruction of this major community resource. When the Y board ousts the very people who tried to save the Y, by seeking to change policies resulting in losses of $100,000 annually for more than five years, it is clear that the present board and management do not recognize or understand the community disfavor into which they have led the Y for the past five years. Obviously, they are prepared to allow insolvency and shutdown rather than permitting change.

One would think the last election would have sent the message loud and clear, but the recent rejection of future financial support from the city only highlights the shroud of secrecy blanketing management of the YMCA and its total refusal to provide accountability to the community.

If this community institution is to be saved, a clean sweep of board and management is required. The national YMCA should appoint an interim manager to reorganize the Y. A blue ribbon Board of Directors, unsullied by past practices and abuses, should be appointed. Only then will the Beverly Hills Family Y obtain community financial support necessary for its survival.

RICHARD A. STONE

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