Clackamas County"Complete Communities":
"Open Letter Public and Goverment Affairs:
Amy Kyle and Kate Wilson"
Reinvigorating the Mt. Hood Community Initiative
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.Â 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.Â 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.Â 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.Â 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.
Original "Chief Petitioner" in 2006
Villages at MtÂ 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