One of the potential RCSC candidates asked a fascinating question at a small gathering; "what do you want?' I was intrigued and surprised? Every RCSC board candidate i can recall ran on the premise of them telling us what he or she can do for us. Before i go there though, had coffee with a good friend yesterday who has spent the past 7 years reading Sun City newspapers at the state archives. I know our history pretty good, he blows me away with his knowledge. As we chatted he casually mentioned how far Sun City has fallen from its roots. All of which dovetailed nicely with a piece i had written for the SCHOA Guide regarding Sun City being the City of Volunteers. In it, i included the 35 year battle over whether to incorporate or not. Organizations across the community wanted it, many of the members living here wanted no part of it. It was included in the article but may not make the final cut. Go figure, i wrote too much. Sun City was built on a foundation of ownership, responsibility and accountability. Those living here worked tirelessly to build a sense of community. It's odd because no one wanted incorporation more than John Meeker; yet it was his actions that brought residents together to create a setting that residents loved but refused to let go of. All of which makes me smile because the other day on the Sun City Advocates blog a former board member referred to me clinging to our old outdated 1975 history. Guilty as charged, with this exception; i don't think those tenets are unreachable. I think if given both the opportunity and motivation, they could be reached again. This thread will be an exercise in "what do we want?" Clearly i have my opinions, but that's all they are. As we unfold this concept, you will see nearly every step of the way how important it is to be inclusive in the decision making process rather than the exclusive process of governance we have moved to. To Ben's point, since 2006, every step of the journey has brought us closer to the vision some community leaders had as they tried to shove incorporation down members throats. They wanted us to become more Peoria, Glendale and Surprise like and abandon a community of self-governance. To become a city where the decisions were made by a few, not by the many. Sadly, that is exactly where we are today and more exactly why we need a paradigm shift in leadership and how the RCSC functions. That is unless members are happy letting the general manager make every decision. Stay tuned, this will be fun to explore; what if?