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!

<= Brief Sojourn In Mt. Hood Area
Open Letter to current Mountain Times Owner
Larry Berteau
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.....
=>
 

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

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.  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.  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.  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.  We went from everyone donated to nothing donated, only bought with tax dollars.
  • Fourth, It is a "BCC advisory board".  Having read the verbiage from the bully and his paid lawyer, who also filed the SLAPP,  it seems to be semantically empty.  Lots of bluster but no "meat".  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 and  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".  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.  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.  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.

Susan Corwin
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

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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