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!

<=Clackamas County"Complete Communities":
Communities can check-in,
but they can't check-out
Clackamas County"Complete Communities":
Only Projects Approved By The Community?
...........Naaaah!
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Clackamas County"Complete Communities":
It is Official: Complete Communities is Dead:
    Zombie Organizations
      to Keep Bureaucrats In Jobs

May 3, 2015

Complete Communities, resulted from the 1990's Complete Communities Congress, was to

provide a channel for Communities to provide input to the Clackamas County Board of County Commissioners on issues and needs of the community
seems to have been officially been changed by the Public and Governmental Affairs bureaucrats to
facilitate talk, not bother to involve folk, and, especially!
        don't cause any complaints or problems
so the bureaucrats don't have to do anything while preserving job security

Community involvement - NOT

The BCC advisory boards, formed with such promise and community involvement have, unless the UGB is about to eat the community are now zombies taken over by bullies and loud mouths who have used their ego enhanced position to kill community projects and involvement.
Public Meeting laws? Agendas? Minutes? Documents? "We can't be bothered (more staff!)"
Community volunteers do something?  Ha!  For Mt. Hood Villages:

  1. New Community Center - gone
  2. Old Community Center - where do you think the $150,000 to tear it down will come from?
  3. invasive weeds project - project gone, weeds are running rampant
  4. Community Paths project - gone
  5. Community bike lanes - dedicated to tourists
  6. Bus - taken over by ski area folk
  7. Stream Corridor restoration - gone
  8. Community input to the County - gone
  9. Community Center park - gone
  10. People willing to invest actual money - gone
  11. etc, etc
Community initiative is gone and the bullies reign supreme with their ego-knowledge that they know what the stinking community needs as they buy name tags, business cards, public address systems, etc with the tax money they receive for "expenses",
involve the community?
       Â  "If you want to know what we are up to you must attend our meetings"

Zombie Villages and Hamlets

And the Zombie Villages and Hamlet slither on  (looking for "brains"?)

  1. Mollala Parie - Zombie
  2. Mulino - Zombie
  3. Mt. Hood - bullies spending tax dollars on self aggrandizement
  4. Beaver Creek - social events - UGB is not about to eat them
  5. Stafford - Danger! Panic! UGB is chewing on them

BCC: No Worries

The guidance from Bernard and Schafer
"rough and tumble politics" and "need to attend to protect themselves"

They don't care unless there is a problem that people scream about.
       and the Zombies slither on keeping the communities quiet and the bureaucrats employed.

Community input? If you don't scream, you have no input.

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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