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!

<= Poor little Georgie Porgie had his feelings hurt!
Whoo Hoo! YES, he did, indeed, incompetently tried to take Susan's name in vain
Clackamas County"Complete Communities":
Communities can check-in,
but they can't check-out
=>
 

Clueless Villages October Survey:
   "Hey! Do Bears Poop In Your Yard?"

December 10, 2014

It is official: the Villages has displayed itself as totally clueless.
While there is strong evidence from their proposed Amphitheater, their tax paid for/ego building name tags/business cards/proposed Polo shirts/etc, ignoring the community, not holding Town Halls, etc,

==> the survey "takes the cake";
it wins the "Forest Gruber of the year" award
(you know: "stupid is as stupid does" and
       "the community/you are too stupid to understand".)

Surveys are hard

Click to Read More

Bottom Line:

  1.  Just because an expert makes it look easy, doesn't mean it is "easy".
  2.  Questions, discussions, etc from a bar or a political suck-up are not good survey questions.
  3.  The "numbers" from a bad survey will not really do much CYA good.

The survey

Now, the first rule of survey's is
       "never, ever, ask 'do you want'
Of course,
         everyone wants to be able to afford an elephant,
not because they would ever buy and elephant, but they'd like the money it would cost to buy/feed/maintain/train/take care of, an elephant.  Wouldn't you like to have that kind of money?

The target of a survey has to be

  1.  how often and where they actually do something
  2.  how important: priority relative to other issues
  3.  how much $ are they will to give
  4.  who takes liability if something bad happens

all along the lines of the key questions:
      "who wins", "who loses", "who receives", and "who pays"

First question: Would you like a cross walk on Welches Road at the Post Office?

Click to Read More on the actual questions
..........

They give the 4 main roads up here and ask you to indicate which are roads up here that need bike lanes.  Hey, it's free, isn't it? Do them all!

  •  Who cares that the right-of-way isn't wide enough!
         We'll eminent-domain it from'ya.
  •  This is very, very important (for a few people) and
  •  you should get out of the way
        (or run over in the crosswalk).

A "Survey" Can Accomplish Many Things, But not This Crap

So, I view that this survey can be used as a case study of "how not to do a survey".
It asks "opinion point" questions that I am sure they will use to justify whatever they were planning to do.

It should have focused on "prioritization": what is important to do, where should they focus
(should anyone trust these folk who seem to have no honor and seem to be Dunning-Kruger examples)

What categories are important?

I would guess

  •   "the environment"
    remember how these guys stopped ODOT from cleaning up the Miller road quarry which is polluting the Salmon River with Pb as it is contaminated with Pb from the shooting)
  •   peace and quiet: "the way it is"
  • community support for those with need: seniors, youth, hardship
  • pedestrian path along US 26
  • drug and crime prevention
  • Pick up litter left by tourists and bicyclists.
  • and the like.

Instead, we get "Forest Gruber Award" winners

    "Lets have kids charge into the street in from of a cement truck cuz theys got a cross walk?"
and
    "don't you just want city services (and problems)?"

"Forrest Gruber Award of the Year" to the Villages of the Darned

"stupid is as stupid does"
"the community/you are too stupid to understand" how great they are...

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

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