Clackamas County"Complete Communities":
Only Projects Approved By The Community?
Only Projects Approved By The Community
We seemed to have another County inspired/mitigated disaster: they don't care about how the Villages folk are selected, => it is all good.
In May, one women's 3 year term was given to a guy who wasn't even running for election.Â In December, two candidates, two openings, and they don't bother with the "vote for two" so folk, apparently, voted for just one, and, of course, the women was not "elected".Â And the Chair? "Certifying" false things to the State of Oregon, the BCC, the Community? "no problumo".
Ten years ago, the Strategic Planning Committee, supportively led by Shirley Duber, founded one of the first "Complete Communities".Â The Committee had been busy working on activities needed and wanted by the community: a new Community Center, a pedestrian path along US 26, stream restoration, invasive weed removal, bus transportation, neighborhood watch, pedestrian/bike trails, etc.Â It had, with an economic development grant, had worked with a consultant to create a "Strategic Plan"
The BCC, specifically Bill Kennemer and Cherie Â McGinnis, has responded to the "Complete Communities Congress" 's request to allow people in Communities to raise "issues of concern and needs" to the BCC.Â The "Complete Communities Ordinance created the vision of "Village and Hamlets" that would let the BCC be in closer touch with the communities in the County to address issues and needs.
The original Villages at Mt. Hood Bylaws required that the Villages work and do only things that the community, in Town Hall, had authorized and it was reviewed and reapproved annually.Â The purpose of this restriction was to keep the community in charge.
"The community in charge" was not to the liking of either the bureaucrats in the County nor the idlers who considered themselves "bosses".Â It was "too complex" (for their little minds?) and the idlers and bullies worked with the County Liaison to railroad a new (old), very vanilla, very generic set of "standard" "prototype" bylaws.
It also removed the concept of "Community Supported Project".Â All projects were abandoned with no community engagement and the project volunteers were left to their own, unsupported,Â imitative.
After most of the projects were abandoned, turned over to the County, or independently struggled (and failed) to get funding for major projects (like the new Community Center), the opportunity that was the Complete Communities became a paper pushing satrap.Â Lots of meetings, talk, bullying, gender discrimination, bias, etc, but nothing actually done.
Except, it was used as a club to destroy volunteerism.Â
New Community Center - gone.Â U.S. 26 Pedestrian Paths - gone.Â Invasive weed action - gone. Stream Restoration - gone.Â The only successes were those that did not involve the Villages or the bureaucrats.
County bureaucrats, at the request of certain villages individuals, threaten a lawsuit to try to steal personal property from one volunteer and told her to "shut up".Â This threat of a SLAPP (Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation) was in addition to the SLAPP that froze one of the CPOs.Â
The County bureaucrats ignore them lying to the State of Oregon, to the Community, or even to the County if "it doesn't matter".Â "Actions" make safe things to put on their monthly reports.Â Hamlet of Molalla Prairie?Â Just because it dissolved itself, it, apparently, is kept on the books to justify salaries, staff, reports, etc.
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