Remember what happened with the Board of Ed? Everyone said great idea get rid of M I and bring in new guys who are sincere and will represent us and it will solve all of the problems. The new guys had a great idea- bring in a state monitor and the state will give us more money and solve all of our problems. Well the new guys who were supposed to solve all of our problems are gone and left us with a situation that we are suffering from every day. On the one hand taxes have shot up, and on the other, transportarion is a mess, not to mention a host of other problems. It turned out that getting rid of M I who knew the ropes wasn't such a brilliant idea after all. It took us from the frying pan into the fire. So, getting rid of current players and replacing them with new well meaning people is probably going to cause more problems than it solves. The only viable solution is to make the issue impossible for the committee or the powers that be to ignore by demonstrating that a huge segment of Lakewood is opposed to the current business as usual and will no longer stand for the status quo. It needs to be done respectfully but clearly and vociferously to make it clear that the interests of a few individuals can no longer be put ahead of the needs of thousands of Lakewoods residents.
cbc is 100 percent correct if you even mention BMG you will lose all credibility and come across as bitter. I don't think replacing M&M is the way to go they are both smart and capable and understand local and state politics and have been baalei chesed way before they got involved in politics.I think anyone as capable as them would be a fool to consider running. In my opinion the way to go is to keep the pressure on them and make them understand they will be under scrutiny from now on .
The vaad is comprised of very experienced and highly capable askonim. They have decades of experience doing this work. - Replace them with young whippersnappers wannabes, with zero experience, who could never be bothers to even try to seek sage advice from anyone, not to mention daas Torah, you will get a failure of epic proportions. - AKA BOE
Developers for years have received preferential treatment by all the government bodies of Lakewood. - This was NOT done nefariously. It was always seen as legitimate "askonus" to make life easier for builders who were building decent quality homes for Lakewood (ostensibly all yeshiva people). Places like Westgate were legitimatly seen as a positive development that will make life easier for yeshiva people. (I argue that this was one hundred percent correct). Therefore Lakewood voted in good people who can get things approved.
Then the implosion of Lakewood happened. - Things got way out of hand when two things happened. 1) Lakewood became a non yeshiva centered, small contained town, as virtually all of Brooklyn's children realized that this is a place to live the good life cheap.. 2) the capitalist vulture developers and investors moved in hard to take advantage of opportunities to make bank.
The various zoning planning and government boards comprised of innocent ex yeshiva guys were totally blindsided by the above. - they were untrained, unprepared and basically had no idea how to deal with it. They didn't see the risks of all the massive development until it was way too late. The model always was to approve everything. They didnt realize that saying "no" to a proposal was good for Lakewood in the long run.
I am not condoning the irresponsible behavior. Just rationalizing it..
All we need to do now is educate and change mentality of the governing bodies. Getting the vaad on board to help with this mission would be amazing. Getting roshei yeshiva on board should be easy.
It just needs to be done properly and professionally. With the correct attitude.