Request for your Blocking Procedure
From: Marty Maskall (
Date: Sun, 23 Oct 2011 18:30:45 -0700 (PDT)
Hi Mary Ann,


Please send us your blocking procedure -- it sounds like a well-thought out
document.  We are currently developing our procedures.  I'm copying this to
Coho-L because I think others will want it too.  Thanks!


Marty Maskall, Project Manager and Future Resident of Folsom EcoHousing
(, near Sacramento, California


From: Marty Maskall [mailto:mmaskall [at]] 
Sent: Sunday, October 23, 2011 6:26 PM
To: 'Marty Maskall'
Subject: Manzanita Village Blocking Procedure -- ask for their procedure


Message: 2

Date: Thu, 20 Oct 2011 06:57:06 -0700

From: drmaryann49 [at]

Subject: Re: [C-L]_ Objection Versus Extortion

To: Cohousing-L <cohousing-l [at]>


If someone (or several someones) opposed a proposal we have a pretty
detailed procedure in which they have to state their objection in terms of
our shared values and the best interests of the community. It is the
responsibility of the blocker(s) to bring forward a counter-proposal to deal
with the issue at the next general meeting (blocker can't hold the issue
captive by his/her inaction). It may take a couple additional meetings, but
eventually the community can accept (by consensus) 1) some new proposal
incorporating the solutions from the original proposal modified to deal with
the issues brought forward by the blocker, 2) the counter-proposal presented
by the blocker, 3) the original proposal. Proposals are considered in that
order. In a worst case scenario, after all other options are exhausted, we
have the option to go to a vote. (We've had to work through this process a
couple times , but have never had to vote.)


Mary Ann


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