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 wont respond to reason,
but they do respond to ridicule.



The names are changed to protect the innocent!

<=Clackamas County"Complete Communities":
Only Projects Approved By The Community?
...........Naaaah!
Clackamas County"Complete Communities":
Making Complete Communities Effective
....... and less Costly

Open Letter to
Public and Govermental Affairs Manager:
Gary Schmidt
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Clackamas County"Complete Communities":
Open Letter
to Dispute Resolution Specialist:
Amy Cleary

January 14, 2016

I understand that you have, again, been inflicted with trying to mediate a "dispute" in the BCC Advisory Board "Villages at Mt. Hood BOD" chaired by George Wilson.

It is all together fitting an proper that you work to resolve citizen and County employee disputes and conflicts.

In this case, as previously, it is not really a "dispute" or conflict:
it is BCC lack of interest and holding County agents/volunteers accountable.
It is clear the BCC, as politicians, have many skills, especially in the "rough and tumble" of politics, but they have shown little evidence that they have skills or even willingness in managing and leading volunteers trying to help the County achieve its goals.

The BCC has ignored, not paid attention to, allowed cover ups/hiding of and by County Agents who

  1. certifying falsehood to the State of Oregon to enrich themselves
  2. blatant gender discrimination
  3. not disclosing personal financial interests when pushing for BCC approval of projects.
  4. snookering the County to threaten a SLAPP against anyone wanting information
  5. blatant, willful assertions and attempts to violate Oregon Public Meeting and Public Records law to hide from the Community
  6. willfully slandering other community members in public forums
  7. willfully ignoring the County mandated bylaws, the County ordinances, the State ordinances, as well as other alleged constraints.

       => if you want a more complete, detailed list, ask Counsel Madkour.
but, as some BCC members call it, "the rough and tumble of politics", even if the BCC wants them to volunteer/donate their time, energy, money...

The Complete Communities Congress, back in the early 2000s, requested  the ability to let the BCC know about the "needs and issues of the community".  This very fitting request was responded with the Complete Communities Ordinance and 5 groups were easily created.

But then, the BCC went AWOL.
The yearly "reviews" were "glib talk sessions" and quickly disappeared. The requirement the BCC review/approve the citizens who were to represent the community: gone.  The ability to remove folk who displayed "unethical conduct": ignored.

The paper-pushing bureaucrats were instructed "make it work" as the BCC ignored it until something exploded, like the Hamlet of Molalla Prairie.  Its rotting carcass is still aromatizing things to, apparently, justify headcount and make it even easier for loafers and leaches to grab $500 of tax monies.

I am sure the bureaucrats had lots of good CYA status reports and meeting reports showing the "activities" of the big talk/no walk folk flouncing around spending tax dollars for sound systems, computer projectors, screens, audio recorders, etc.

The Results?
15 "Community Supported Projects" - gone
Community Center - gone
Environmental concern? -- gone
work on pedestrian paths, bike paths, parks, river access, etc?   - gone
Active folk have better things to do rather than waste time being bullied and talked at.

Community involvement? Beneficial projects for the Community?
Not so much. 
All talk, no walk; but they have great talk-talk-talk meetings!
....and lying to the state, the BCC, county employees, community? gender discrimination? unethical actions?
Sure!

At least one salary, lots of side time from lots of County employees, small amounts of BCC time, etc,  what's a burdened TComp cost $100,000, $200,000 or so
..... if it keeps folk quarreling amount themselves?

I have suggested to the BCC, Counsel Madkour, Administrator Schmidt, and others that  it is very easy:

  1. establish the goal
  2. hold accountable to the goal
  3. have a escalating scale for "penalty for failure" to work towards the goal

but don't invest a lot of time or money;
it is a "volunteer group" - they requested a specific action/attention, they should do it!

I wish you luck as they toss you into the wrong fire.

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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