Villages of the Darned
They weren't totally evil,
nor were they particularly virtuous
but their incompetence, deceit, snake oil, and intimidation
made them the "Villages of the Darned
Some Stories

Coming Sometime...
  • 1. What the County Sold
        to the Community
  • 2. Initial Success - 15 projects!
  • 3. The 1st Chair:
          "I am in Charge"
       - Useful projects flee
  • 4. The "Amphitheater" Bungle
  • 5. Selecting the Second Chair
  • 6. Bylaw Update Fiasco!
  • 7. Appointing the Cronies
  •    - Talk, Talk, Talk...
  • 8. Rigging the 2008 Election
  • 9. Hiding the Minutes

... and who knows what new shenanigans they'll come up with!

The County Commissioners don't seem to care:
No law suit?
No worry!...

Remember:
These bullies won’t respond to reason,
but they do respond to ridicule.



The names are changed to protect the innocent!

<= Slithering out of Responsibility: This is just too good to make up
Poor little Georgie Porgie had his feelings hurt!
Whoo Hoo! YES, he did, indeed, incompetently tried to take Susan's name in vain
=>
 

Representing the Community!
(letter to Mountain Times published April 2014)

June 14, 2014

Complete Communities was intended to allow the "community" to have more input to the Board of County Commissioners (BCC).
=> The BCC is now engaged in an immediate discussion about:
....."how do the Villages and Hamlets demonstrate they represent the community?"

The numerous complaints of "bullying" and other issues, and, especially, a lack of community input/representation, has prompted this discussion.
=> It appears the former Liaison had cultivated a Pollyanna, "hands off' approach,
that allowed bullies and ego-centric zealots to grab "position" for personal ends.

Unfortunately, the previous BCCs ignored the Villages and Hamlets. That allowed
them to fester under the very junior guidance of this "former Liaison".

Molalla planned on having an election:
.....6 openings, same old 6 people "running"
with no evidence there will be more than 6 or 12 votes cast
......to "represent" 3500 people.
No mailing, no outreach, a bit of CYA paper posting.

In Villages,

  • 3 openings, 2 people "running", and "18 votes" last time, when the count was extracted from them.
  • This does not "represent" 4500 residents and 8,000 summer people. 
  • Where are the mailings, outreach, more than a bit of CYA paper posting?
  • Why are Town Halls obscure, "dog and pony show" meetings
    about external events at obscure dates/times with boring agendas and no "results" to show, no feedback?
  • Where are the community-approved goals to pursue, supported by 100's of people?
  • Why "all talk, no walk"?
  • "Representing the community to the BCC" requires paying themselves $76 to print 5 legal-size, plain paper posters?
  • Not to mention buying expensive
    • personal business cards,
    • lost keys,
    • dust gathering voice recorders,
    • cob-web sites, etc.
  • What is this about
    • personal name tags,
    • personal polo shirts, and
    • other personal artifacts and self enrichment?

One even snookered the County, last year, into threatening a bogus SLAPP against someone trying to provide information to the community.
=> Like most of that person's projects, that didn't work out too well for the "former Liaison" connived into doing the dirty work.

I strongly support the BCC working to make the Complete Communities effective in representing the members of the Community to the BCC to accomplish Community Approved goals, like the Community Center and Pedestrian Paths along US 26?

Susan Corwin
Chief Petitioner, Founder, and Bylaw editor original Villages at Mt. Hood
Resigned when former Liaison and bullies railroaded removal
......"supported by the community" and killed all Community Projects
from the bylaws and not happy about receiving a threat of a bogus SLAPP.

They weren't totally evil,
nor were they particularly virtuous,
but their incompetence, deceit, snake oil, and intimidation
made them the
Villages of the Darned

Recent Commentaries

October 17, 2016
Clackamas County"Complete Communities":
Bullies and liars
vs
Democracy in action
September 19, 2016
Clackamas County"Complete Communities":
Dissolution of Hamlet of Molalla Prairie and Villages at Mt. Hood
September 5, 2016
Clackamas County"Complete Communities":
Thinking In the Box
August 18, 2016
Clackamas County"Complete Communities":
"Open Letter Public and Goverment Affairs:
Amy Kyle and Kate Wilson"

Reinvigorating the Mt. Hood Community Initiative
July 18, 2016
Clackamas County"Complete Communities":
"Open Letter to Commissioner Savas'"
It is all about "the pursue of other people's money"!
June 23, 2016
Clackamas County"Complete Communities":
"Time to Fix 'Complete Communities'"
It's only $2000,
Forget The millions $ for those Goberment Employees!
....salaries, medical, vacation, officies, management, etc.....
June 8, 2016
Clackamas County"Complete Communities":
"Time to Fix 'Complete Communities'"
Open Letter to
Chief Counsel and the PGA manager

Steven Madkour and Gary Schmidt
June 8, 2016
Brief Sojourn In Mt. Hood Area
Open Letter to current Mountain Times Owner
Larry Berteau
February 23, 2016
Clackamas County"Complete Communities":
Making Complete Communities Effective
....... and less Costly

Open Letter to
Public and Govermental Affairs Manager:
Gary Schmidt
January 14, 2016
Clackamas County"Complete Communities":
Open Letter
to Dispute Resolution Specialist:
Amy Cleary
December 6, 2015
Clackamas County"Complete Communities":
Only Projects Approved By The Community?
...........Naaaah!
May 3, 2015
Clackamas County"Complete Communities":
It is Official: Complete Communities is Dead:
    Zombie Organizations
      to Keep Bureaucrats In Jobs
December 10, 2014
Clackamas County"Complete Communities":
Communities can check-in,
but they can't check-out
December 10, 2014
Clueless Villages October Survey:
   "Hey! Do Bears Poop In Your Yard?"
June 15, 2014
Poor little Georgie Porgie had his feelings hurt!
Whoo Hoo! YES, he did, indeed, incompetently tried to take Susan's name in vain
June 14, 2014
Representing the Community!
(letter to Mountain Times published April 2014)
May 4, 2014
Slithering out of Responsibility: This is just too good to make up
April 7, 2014
The "Villages' Connect Oregon 'I confirm....' " Grant Fiasco:
Uh-Oh, Not Good, Not Good at all
August 22, 2013
Barlow Road Ride: The Marmot Road Fiasco!
May 15, 2013
Villages of the Darned Training Film?
April 23, 2013
Don't Give A Darned For The Community: Just Dot i's, Cross t's
January 15, 2013
Ephemeral Meetings: We Don't Need No Stinking Minutes
January 10, 2013
Endanger Children?
Villages and Mr. Reeves don't seem to care
October 9, 2012
Villages Fumbles The BCC's "Town Hall"?, Intro
July 28, 2012
Did the Villages of the Darned Just Commit 'Hara Kiri'?
June 8, 2012
Didn't Know I Needed to Apply!
January 5, 2012
Darned Folk: Walk Your Talk
Be Accountable To The Community
August 23, 2011
Eliminating Community Involvement!
Changing Bylaws to better control!
August 23, 2011
Eliminating Community Involvement!
Changing Bylaws to better control!
March 3, 2011
Attend Our Meetings?
We let our friends know, but YOU?
We Don’t Need No Stinking Meeting Notices!
February 23, 2011
Link from our Tax Paid for Web Site???
Only if we like you!
February 21, 2011
We Can’t Allow The Community to Tell Us To Go Away!

 

 

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