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":
"Open Letter to Commissioner Savas'"
It is all about "the pursue of other people's money"!
Clackamas County"Complete Communities":
Thinking In the Box
=>
 

Clackamas County"Complete Communities":
"Open Letter Public and Goverment Affairs:
Amy Kyle and Kate Wilson"

Reinvigorating the Mt. Hood Community Initiative

August 18, 2016

As the meeting on the proposed Land Use near the Weigh Station shows, the Community does wish to be involved in CPO and County Activities.  50 or 75 attended to voice their viewpoint.

But no one was willing to volunteer to lead!

The interest and need are there, but the recent bullying SLAPP and the bullying/gender discrimination/money grubbing by the "Villages", has inhibited and scared off participation.

I view that this should be viewed as a classic example problem from the college course:
"Community Involvement #201.  A problem to be solved" and written up as a course example.

There are two "text book" problems.

#1 - Revitalize the Mt. Hood Corridor CPO after a bullying SLAPP.
The State requires CPOs, make it happen, not by spending money, but by spending a small bit of "attention" to publicly reward the folk involved.

#2 - Create the context to make "Complete Communities" successful.

The original "Villages" was a community driven, entirely community supported group.

=> it was the "addition" of tax monies and County employee time that killed the initiative.  Since spring of 2007, there has been almost zero/zip/nada real value "donated" to the Villages and people "run away and hid" from it.

Keeping "dead carcasses" around for loafers and leeches to "wrap around themselves" does not do a Community any value.  If "loafers and leeches" can't get and hold at least the required minimum number of signatures, they represent only their bullying selves and not the community.

The purpose of "Complete Communities", as requested by the Complete Communities Congress, was to allow, note "allow", bringing "community concerns and issues" to the BCC.

This is also a "text book" problem: but throwing money and employee time will only "bring out the worst in people"

I recommend that
a) no money and very little employee time be invested in the Complete Communities
b) provide yearly or semi yearly "opportunities" with the BCC to "discuss issues and concerns".
=> results and conclusions, not "activities" like meetings.
c) before the BCC meeting, County Staff review and evaluates the degree of "Community" in what is being presented and informing the BCC about whether it is money grubbing or real input.

I know that "empowering and holding accountable" is not a common skill, but it works very well, with little cost, and is a skill well worth learning.

Good luck.

Susan Corwin
Original "Chief Petitioner" in 2006
Villages at Mt  Hood Complete Community BOD formation



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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