Representing the Community!
(letter to Mountain Times published April 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?"
TheÂ 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.Â 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.
- 3 openings, 2 people "running", and "18 votes" last time, when the count was extracted from them.
- This does notÂ "represent" 4500 residents and 8,000 summer people.Â
- 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?
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