The resignation demand was made when the board discussed an act to censure Singh for violations of the board’s code of conduct. The violations reportedly included taking political actions beyond his limits as a board member, bad behavior toward staff and disrespect toward other board members.
“His actions can no longer be tolerated,” said resident Mike Klinkner, once an appointed member of the board who was defeated by Singh in 2010. “The town and many of its people have suffered through this long enough. To spare yourself and the town the embarrassment of an investigation by the county (grand jury), plus the cost of a recall at the same time, you need to resign.”
Angela Lamb, who is related to Director Jim Lamb, told the board that Singh had said in public that her husband runs a Mountain House mafia.
Resident Pam Klinkner said: “I, along with others, respectfully request Mr. Singh stop his attacks on private citizens, board members, vendors and developers. The board, as our overseers and caretakers, has no choice but to censure Mr. Singh. It is the board’s duty to act in the best interests of Mountain House. He must be censured, and frankly he needs to resign as a … director.”
Two men took to the podium on Singh’s behalf, including Rajesh Dighe, who said the problem was a lack of communication among the board.
“I don’t agree he doesn’t read stuff,” Dighe said. “I still feel he is doing a great job. He was right there trying to do right for the community.”
When the board got its chance to speak after public comment, Lamb, the director, cited three areas in which he thought Singh violated the code.
Lamb said Singh sought requests for
proposals from prospective landscaping firms without board sanction;
disregarded board President Bernice King Tingle’s attempts to keep meetings on time and within scope; and wrongly accused Director Andy Su of taking money from ValleyCrest Landscaping Maintenance for his own benefit as a member of the Mountain House Flag Football organization.
Su reminded Singh that the board’s legal counsel, Daniel Schroeder, said there was no foundation for the accusations against Su.
“We repeatedly explained these things to him,” Su said, “but he has chosen to ignore us, ignore the (board) attorney and use smearing tactics for his political gain. Director Singh is a disgrace for our board and for our community, and I wish he would resign, too.”
When Director Celeste Farron had her turn to speak, she presented a much longer list of code violations by Singh that included harassing staff with emails and racist
comments. She said the proper conduct of a board member was not showing antagonism or hostility, acting in a self-righteous manner or spreading rumors.
When Singh tried to explain his actions, he started talking about outstanding community debt, but he was reminded by Tingle that the topic was actions to censure him, and not the budget.
“We have to run as business professionals,” Tingle said. “Things must cease and desist.”
The vote to censure Singh was passed by the four board members, with Singh casting an abstaining vote.
The board had previously accepted Singh’s submitted resignation as board vice president, and the directors voted unanimously to make Lamb the new vice president.