Earlier this week, a small group of Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op members filed an injunction against the Co-op board, falsely claiming that the Board of Directors has not followed our organization’s current articles and bylaws throughout the course of bringing an updated and improved set of articles and bylaws to a vote among our membership.
Today, the Superior Court of the State of California in and for the County of Sacramento ruled in favor of the Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op Board of Directors denying the motion in its entirety.
From the beginning, we have consulted legal experts who specialize in cooperative policies to ensure we are taking the utmost care to adhere to our current governance documents.
The fact that a small group of our members inaccurately believe we are not following these policies points to the ambiguity in some of our current articles and bylaws, and underscores the importance of the process we are undertaking to update them; the proposed bylaws eliminate that ambiguity. Even they admit the bylaws must be changed.
Many of our articles and bylaws are outdated and antiquated, and just haven’t scaled to fit the needs of a cooperative of our size – the leading single-store cooperative in the country.
The board’s utmost goal is to pass along a solid set of documents to future boards that are flexible enough to fit the future of the grocery business, agricultural industry and our members’ lifestyles, while ensuring our Co-op remains the same valued member of our community it has been for 45 years.
We understand that change can be difficult, and we encourage our Co-op members to ask questions, seek information and exercise their democratic right to vote. Detailed information about the proposed bylaws can be found at www.sacfood.coop/bylaws-redraft.
– Michelle Mussuto, Board President on behalf of the full Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op Board of Directors