Last month in our article “Power to the People,” pages F-G, we suggested advocates adopt a “universal” Code of Ethics. In fact, we have been toying with such a Code for years. In 2005, COMO-CAL adopted a Code of Ethics. In 2008, COMO-CAL and the Wisconsin group suggested a Code of Ethics for the national group. In 2009, we suggested a Code of Ethics at the first Summit and lobbyist Christine Minnehan thought it was a terrific idea. Perhaps the time has come for advocates to really adopt and adhere to such a Code.
Is A Code Necessary?
Absolutely! Every issue of MH Life points to the need. For example, the article “AB 2026 – In Hindsight:” MH owners are not well organized. And that’s a fact, Jack! A Code will help folks organize and focus on the business at hand.
What About Enforcement of Such a Code of Ethics?
Of course no one likes enforcement, especially if they are the one being enforced upon. But we believe a small group, perhaps 3-5 folks, could form a Ethics Committee that would oversee whether or not the Code was followed and make suggestions when the need arose. Ultimately there probably needs to be a “mechanism” to remove “bad apples.”
Examples of Poorly Run Advocacy Groups
Did you know?:
a) One group is run by an individual who has publicly endorsed and supports a park owner who, many would say, is one of the worst owners in the state.
b) Several groups are led by pedophiles. We are not sure if their character flaw interferes with their ability to do good for folks, but someone should be listening and observing.
c) Many groups are “good ol’ boy” groups. They are more for themselves and their titles, than for those they serve.
d) Some groups are not responsive or open.
e) Most groups are “islands unto themselves” and don’t know what’s happening with other groups.
f) Many groups never have elections or change leadership.
g) Most groups don’t work with others. There is no organization, no teamwork – to the detriment of those they serve.
Code of Ethics
Continued on page G, top.