Clackamas County"Complete Communities":
to Dispute Resolution Specialist:
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
- certifying falsehood to the State of Oregon to enrich themselves
- blatant gender discrimination
- not disclosing personal financial interests when pushing for BCC approval of projects.
- snookering the County to threaten a SLAPP against anyone wanting information
- blatant, willful assertions and attempts to violate Oregon Public Meeting and Public Records law to hide from the Community
- willfully slandering other community members in public forums
- willfully ignoring the County mandated bylaws, the County ordinances, the State ordinances, as well as other alleged constraints.
Â Â Â Â Â Â => 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, requestedÂ the ability to let the BCC know about the "needs and issues of the community".Â 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.Â 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.Â 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.
15 "Community Supported Projects" - gone
Community Center - gone
Environmental concern? -- gone
work on pedestrian paths, bike paths, parks, river access, etc?Â Â - 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.Â
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?
At least one salary, lots of side time from lots of County employees, small amounts of BCC time, etc,Â 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 thatÂ it is very easy:
- establish the goal
- hold accountable to the goal
- 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