Clackamas County"Complete Communities":
"Time to Fix 'Complete Communities'"
Chief Counsel and the PGA manager
Steven Madkour and Gary Schmidt
You are now on the "stage" to manage the next steps of the "Complete Communities".
The appeals court has stomped on the SLAPP against the County/CPO/private folk that will likely cost the bully at least $70,000 for part of the SLAPP.Â This is now in the final stages and you need to reinvigorate the CPO, as required by the state.
As the dissolution of the (former) City of Damascus shows, what starts with excellent intents, often gets sidetracked by bullies and ego-centric folk who "know" what needs to be done and push everyone else to "take a long walk off a short pier".
But, the County currently have two "dead carcasses" of Complete Communities: Hamlet of Molalla Prairie, and the Villages at Mt. Hood.
- First, as one of the "Chief Petitioners" for the Villages, I will note that you do not have the support of any Chief Petitioner to continue the Villages fiasco.
- Second, as one of the Chief Petitioners, I note that is very easy to form a Complete Community.Â Yes, it takes a bit of time and effort, but it is not rocket science.
- Third, I strongly object to the County imposing lazy, leeching and loafing bullies on the Community.Â The Complete Communities Congresses wanted to be able to better interact with the BCC to report "issues and areas of concern".
=> We did not want "bosses" and "bullies" trying to line their pockets/ambitions with law suits, sound systems, Town Hall sign replacement, laptop projectors, ink for their printers, etc.Â We went from everyone donated to nothing donated, only bought with tax dollars.
- Fourth, It is a "BCC advisory board".Â Having read the verbiage from the bully and his paid lawyer, who also filed the SLAPP,Â it seems to be semantically empty.Â Lots of bluster but no "meat".Â If the bully wishes to waste money going that direction, it will likely be very boring and very expensive for him.
-- As a side note, there seems to be strong evidence that the bully's bike crash andÂ resulting medical/drug issues a couple years ago, seems to have causes a behavioral problem: he noted in the Mtn Times last July
"Bad habit you'd like to break- Falling off my bike."
- Fifth, during the formation of the Villages, BCC Chair Kennemer enthusiastically supported us creating a set of rules/bylaws that "met the Community's needs".Â The key concern was to "keep those riff-raff under control of the people" after the experience of the 1980's "Welches incorporation/taxing" fiasco.
=> Your liason, the County, aided and abetted a few salesmen/bullies to replace the Community Bylaws with the vanilla, simplistic, mundane County Bylaws.
-- This killed the enthusiasm, initiative to the Community, with no venue to engage the community. Women's Club Community Center work tossed off into the dark, environmental projects ignored, community trails project bullied and donors driven off, etc.Â No one donated much of anything to the "community", it was all tax dollars.
- Sixth, right now the folk proposing to be the "bosses" are guilty of discrimination in the May 2015 election, lying and deceit in the May 2013 "give us your property and shut up" fiasco, the withholding of agendas and minutes, lying to the BCC/County/State/Community, aided by the transitory/biased owner of the Mtn Times and, apparently, his bar/toke friends.Â I perceive we have a collection of "dishonest players" tying to bully you into giving them control/$.
Bottom line: I suggest your actions are trivial and easy -
Bury the dead carcasses and,
should someone want a Complete Community, fine, they can easily form one.
Unless, of course, the County's goal is to tax more, hire more staff, and spend more money.
2006 Chief Petitioner "Villages at Mt. Hood"
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