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 won’t respond to reason,
but they do respond to ridicule.



The names are changed to protect the innocent!

<=Clackamas County"Complete Communities":
"Time to Fix 'Complete Communities'"
Open Letter to
Chief Counsel and the PGA manager

Steven Madkour and Gary Schmidt
Clackamas County"Complete Communities":
"Open Letter to Commissioner Savas'"
It is all about "the pursue of other people's money"!
=>
 

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 23, 2016

The Clackamas County Board of County Commissioners are having a policy session over the dead carcass of the "Villages at Mt. Hood.

 Bottom line:

  1. The County should hire more employees,  spend more tax money.
  2. The CPOs are important
  3. we want stuff done for us
  4. we have (unspecified/this year) needs and you should pay for them.
  5. gender discrimination, bullying, etc is all good.

Huge deal: won't cost much cash/$, just hire a bunch of goberment drones

The form is clear: "financial implications: $2000"

But, of course, that is "cash out of hand" and they can't be bothered to include the very minor(?) amount spent on:
       staffing!
Yes, salary, benefits, vacations, office space, management, etc, are all free! free! free!
   ....or at least they can build a bigger empire and get paid More $! More $  More $$$$

"PGA provides resources and staff liaison support and guidance to Hamlet and Village boards and communities.
In addition, PGA manages Hamlet and Villages board recruitment and election process.

Doesn't count the mediators, the outside contractors, the legal beagles, the time wasted by the BCC, etc, etc, etc

Yes, $2000 is all the tax money the County will spend since YOUR taxes don't count if they are paid to an unfireable goberment employee.

...But the whiners can't get the signatures...

I suggested that if this should be serious,
        and not just a dead carcass to come alive in the "day of the living dead",
it is trivial,
       get the signatures to make sure at least some folk want it.

Guess what,
        NOPE
they can't get the signatures but the carcass should be given money,
and the County should animate it, it is too much work for folk to actually donate resources.
Have you seen those Zombie movies? "Night of the living dead"? => stay tuned!

Of course, this leads to the County TAXing to get the money back, but that is so "tomorrow".

...and then there is the survey

They also paid money to an outside contractor to, from their Stump Town urban perspective,  "survey" the "folk up there".

The "report" is here as they try to tell how to "fix it".
Unlike the City of Damascus, it never seems to enter the conversation that maybe the expectations are unrealistic.

The Online Survey

They had an online survey and, since someone noted it was trivial to forge multiple entries, they carefully check IP address for identical results.

Of course, this just means if a person moved from bar to bar, they counted.

The Results Don't Pass The Laugh Test

The results look ridiculous.
Yes, of the "455 partial and full results", there are at least a 100 that are real (anonymous, hidden) people.

But looking at the other responses, they smell like someone was "trying to be different each time".

...at least they note "data is not statistically representative of all residents"

Oh yeah, you Rhody Folk or people who declare yourselves Rhody,
        => you are winners!
Only Welches, who surpasses your 200 people, by 1000s responded more!
.....of course, Mr. Wilson and his friends probably put down Rhody for and count amount the 150 folk who responed.

Recommendations from the Contractor

"do good things"

And guess what: the CPO is important!

The number one issue that folk cared about was:
         Land use/development!
Thanks Kip and "boo County" for making the Hoodland Corridor CPO scared.

Is this real?

According to the results, there is at least someone who thinks

“You've got immediate community needs, but first you need to accomplish rebuild confidence. The list of issues to work on could be fantastic but the community doesn't trust the board or the commissioners at this point.”
to which I respond
Oh? Really, and what might that be?
Too many snowboarders?
Your kids not catered to?
And what have YOU done to address them?

Hey folk, we're 5000 people spread over 15 miles with around an expressway with bunches of "summer home" folk/visitors.
What do we "need" that YOU are willing to pay for?

Mr. Amphitheater/"lost donations" Wilson has Memorandum of Understanding

Here is the "Memorandum of Understanding" that the bureaucrats, who can't help the CPO get going, have negotiated with the bullying, gender-discrimination Mr. Wilson.
       => he has to run an election
(hmmm, will he allow women to actually run, and, if so, with what "bene's" for him?)
...and, of course, a County employee was the "mediator" ! 

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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