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!

New strategy for Villages of the Darned:
The secret to success is knowing who to blame! (just ask Georgie why Marmot road was chip sealed)

Clackamas County"Complete Communities":
Bullies and liars
vs
Democracy in action

October 17, 2016

Clackamas BCC Commissioner Savas:

At the October 5th BCC Policy Meeting on the Villages at Mt. Hood dissolution, you articulated the position that "democracy" and "will of the community" were important issues.

I view that these are outstanding viewpoints!

The problem is that Complete Communities volunteer organizations are "special" and rote application of macro approaches is less than useful.

   ......read more

Clackamas County"Complete Communities":
Dissolution of Hamlet of Molalla Prairie and Villages at Mt. Hood

September 19, 2016

Gary Schmidt, Katie Wilson, Amy Kyle
CC:  Stephen Madkour, Chair Ludlow

Re:  2016-0920 BCC Policy Session on Dissolution of Villages at Mt. Hood and Hamlet of Molalla
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------

I view it is nice, but unnecessary, that you are holding Town Halls for the dissolution of the BCC Advisory Boards. 

They are BCC chartered and enabled Advisory Boards: the "Bylaws" are very, very clear.  If the Legal Beagles claim they messed up the ordinance, maybe the Legal Beagles are a problem that you need to fix.

Unless the proposed "Town Hall" has at least as many folk as attended the Chamber's "Bite of Mt. Hood" (~700), they are just the choir of folk wanting their hand in the till or confused folk not nowing how to contribute.

Complete Communities should be entirely Community driven with Community support/donations,
........to raise issues and concerns to the BCC,
with no County Tax monies for grubbing fingers to grab.

   ......read more

Clackamas County"Complete Communities":
Thinking In the Box

September 5, 2016

The Clackamas County Board of County Commissioners is having a policy session on September  6, 2016 about the dead carcass of the "Villages at Mt. Hood.  It has been on hiatus since February when the 3 folk still on it were "let go".
(I note: being bullies, they deny that the they were "let go", or ever did gender discrimination, or....

Perfect example of "Thinking in the Box"

   ......read more

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 inhibitedand scared off participation.

   ......read more

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

July 18, 2016
=> Rip-rap in the Sandy to make a lot buildable (and reflect water to "other" people"?
=> Complete Communities tax money "missing" on sound systems, laptop projectors, etc?
The pursue of tmoney!    ......read more

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 $$$$    ......read more


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

Bottom line: Your actions are trivial and easy -
   Bury the dead Complete Communities" 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.

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".

   ......read more

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

June 8, 2016

I hope you enjoyed your brief sojourn in the Mt. Hood area.

The addition of color, huge numbers of ads, and a few "columns" has certainly increased the page count of the monthly paper.

It is sad that you did not add any significant "local news" to the paper.  While ads are good and profitable, most local folk want to know what is happening.
 The Villages provided many opportunities for truly interesting investigative report, but, apparently, it was swept "under the rug".

   ......read more

Clackamas County"Complete Communities":
Making Complete Communities Effective
....... and less Costly

Open Letter to
Public and Govermental Affairs Manager:
Gary Schmidt

February 23, 2016

It was 10 years ago that the Villages and other Complete Communities were enabled by Clackamas County ordinance.  They were to give voice to the "needs and issues" of the citizens of specific communities.  Metro/Stump Town and the UGB was one Community's  issue.  Deteriorating Community Center and bike/ped paths were anothers.

The Complete Communities program is now being reviewed.
It is well that it should be.
You have a number of years of experience in managing this program amidst the very busy work load of useful things the County must accomplish with the Federal, State, and local jurisdictions.

Including fully burdened employee time, effort, etc and the minor cash budget (mis) used by the 3 Complete Communities left and the 2 carcasses, is actually
            several $100,000s of dollars.
This does not seem to be a wise use of funds.
 => giving tax money to neer-du-wells to buy sound systems, laptop projectors, replace Town Hall signs they "misplaced", sue cities, etc is less than useful.

   ......read more

Clackamas County"Complete Communities":
Open Letter
to Dispute Resolution Specialist:
Amy Cleary

January 14, 2016

I understand that you have, again, been inflicted with trying to mediate a "dispute" in the BCC Advisory Board "Villages at Mt. Hood BOD" chaired by George Wilson.

It is all together fitting an proper that you work to resolve citizen and County employee disputes and conflicts.

In this case, as previously, it is not really a "dispute" or conflict:
it is BCC lack of interest and holding County agents/volunteers accountable.

   ......read more

Clackamas County"Complete Communities":
Only Projects Approved By The Community?
...........Naaaah!

December 6, 2015

We seemed to have another County inspired/mitigated disaster: they don't care about how the Villages folk are selected, => it is all good.
"Certifying" false things to the State of Oregon, the BCC, the Community? Gender discrimination?
"no problumo".

Ten years ago, the Strategic Planning Committee, supportively led by Shirley Duber, founded one of the first "Complete Communities". New Community Center! Bus service! Trails! Paths!....

   ......read more

Clackamas County"Complete Communities":
It is Official: Complete Communities is Dead:
    Zombie Organizations
      to Keep Bureaucrats In Jobs

May 3, 2015

..........seems to have been officially been changed by the Public and Governmental Affairs bureaucrats to

facilitate talk, not bother to involve folk, and, especially!
        don't cause any complaints or problems
so the bureaucrats don't have to do anything while preserving job security

   ......read more

Clackamas County"Complete Communities":
Communities can check-in,
but they can't check-out

December 10, 2014

Forming a new BCC Advisory Board, to better represent the community, is exciting.  All the community project can get "standing" with the county and, even better, an official "Community Venue:" where they can engage the community for help.

But the recent work by County Employees highlights the risk:
    ==> it's a Roach Hotel!! <==

   ......read more

Clueless Villages October Survey:
   "Hey! Do Bears Poop In Your Yard?"

December 10, 2014

It is official: the Villages has displayed itself as totally clueless.
While there is strong evidence from their proposed Amphitheater, their tax paid for/ego building name tags/business cards/proposed Polo shirts/etc, ignoring the community, not holding Town Halls, etc,

==> the survey "takes the cake";
it wins the "Forest Grubber of the year" award
(you know: "stupid is as stupid does" and "the community/you are too stupid to understand".)
.

   ......read more

Poor little Georgie Porgie had his feelings hurt!
Whoo Hoo! YES, he did, indeed, incompetently tried to take Susan's name in vain

June 15, 2014

Our illustrative Mr. Amphitheater err, ConnectOregon "I Certify", err Georgie, George Wilson has had his poor little feelings hurt.

She had a silly letter published in the Mtn Times saying that the Villages of the Darned should
    actually represent those stupid community folk
rather than have him tell them what they want.

Taunting Since Have He Has Nothing

Rather than address how he
"represents the community"
he does the usual
"hurt feelings but stupid" thing
of pathetically trying to taunt ....

   ......read more

Representing the Community!
(letter to Mountain Times published April 2014)

June 14, 2014

Complete Communities was intended to allow the "community" to have more input to the Board of County Commissioners (BCC).
=> The BCC is now engaged in an immediate discussion about:
....."how do the Villages and Hamlets demonstrate they represent the community?"
The  numerous complaints of "bullying" and other issues, and, especially, a lack of community input/representation, has prompted this discussion.
It appears the former Liaison had cultivated a Pollyanna, "hands off' approach,
that allowed bullies and ego-centric zealots to grab "position" for personal ends.   Unfortunately, the previous BCCs ignored the Villages and Hamlets.  That allowed
them to fester under the very junior guidance of this "former Liaison".
Molalla planned on having an election:
.....6 openings, same old 6 people "running"
with no evidence there will be more than 6 or 12 votes cast
......to "represent" 3500 people.
No mailing, no outreach, a bit of CYA paper posting.

  • In Villages, 3 openings, 2 people "running", and "18 votes" last time, when the count was extracted from them.
  • This does not  "represent" 4500 residents and 8,000 summer people. 
  • Where are the mailings, outreach, more than a bit of CYA paper posting?
  • Why are Town Halls obscure, "dog and pony show" meetings ....
   ......read more

Slithering out of Responsibility: This is just too good to make up

May 4, 2014
Congrats to Jan, Harry, and Barbara!
They each conjectured that the BOD would slither away and not do anything.
Sure enough: after a bunch of blather (especially on how bad a certain Susan Corwin is)
they agreed, verbally, with no vote to "take no action"!
Whooo Hooo! Lying to the State of Oregon is just "what we do"!
    ♪♪♪ Send in the Clowns...
       don't bother, they're here♪♪♫

This seems to be just too funny to really happen: it must just be "creative writing"

It seems that our illustrative "Chair of the Villages of the Darned" is slithering and sliming to keep from being "responsible" for leadership or "representing the community".
    isn't lying to the State of Oregon just OK?

   ......read more


The "Villages' Connect Oregon 'I confirm....' " Grant Fiasco:
Uh-Oh, Not Good, Not Good at all

April 7, 2014

With great effort, I managed to acquire the, apparently secret, "ConnectOregon" Grant request submitted, allegedly, by the "Villages at Mt. Hood BOD".
I see why they decided "the stinking community don't need to see this" and all I can say is:

            Uh-Oh!  Not Good, Not Good At All.

Grant Request was Submitted

It is clear that ODOT thinks this grant request was submitted "on  time" by Nov. 27, 2013.
From the PDF of "submitted grants" we can see the submission


Uh Oh.
A couple of "minor" problems:

  1. there is no record that the "Villages at Mt. Hood BOD ever saw or approved submitting this that I could find.  A vote of at least 4 members is required and in the minutes up to Nov. 27 (or even March 31, 2014), while there was pompous bluster by the "submitter", there was never approval.
    Note: Since Mr. Wilson was the grant recipient, he must, of course, recuse himself.
  2. I doubt the community never saw or approved this grant .......
   ......read more

Barlow Road Ride: The Marmot Road Fiasco!

August 22, 2013
The handle bars vibrated continuously.  The seat poked up and down, the peddles conveyed the rough surface to the legs, the bike wobbled with the lurching steering:
            it was chip seal!
Who in the world was the clueless wonder who pushed everyone aside to
        protect only part of the route!

   ......read more

Villages of the Darned Training Film?

May 15, 2013

I found this film which, apparently, is the training film for the Darned Villages folk.
=> but only if the block doesn't break. ;-)

   ......read more

Don't Give A Darned For The Community: Just Dot i's, Cross t's

April 23, 2013

When I requested copies of any new applications or resubmitted ones for the 4 open positions on the
            Clackamas County Complete Communities BCC Advisory Board
                         Villages at Mt. Hood
I got the response,
    No New Applications

   ......read more

Ephemeral Meetings: We Don't Need No Stinking Minutes

January 15, 2013
It's official:
                 no minutes, no recordings, no record - except what they make up
 about the meeting on Saturday.
!!There shalt be no official written output of the "town hall"!!    ......read more

Endanger Children?
Villages and Mr. Reeves don't seem to care

January 10, 2013
What's wrong with these folk?
They seem to be preoccupied with spending their allocation of tax dollars to buy
                business cards and personal polo shirts for themselves
than worry about keeping the community informed so they don't endanger children!   ......read more

Villages Fumbles The BCC's "Town Hall"?, Intro

October 9, 2012
The Darned Folk fumbled away a tremendous opportunity to do something for the community. Loafing along, they seemed to let their bureauocratic overseer pander to her bosses so that the Town Hall worthless asked only softball, namby-pamby questions in front of an empty room.   ......read more

Did the Villages of the Darned Just Commit 'Hara Kiri'?

July 28, 2012
By playing "prision rules" versus looking out for the community good, it appears Mr. Amphitheater is walking the BOD down the path to Hara Kiri.   ......read more

Didn't Know I Needed to Apply!

June 8, 2012
At least one Darned folk, one with a long history with the Villages, didn't realize she need to "apply" (what? Who needs a stinking application) to retain her seat on the shrunken BOD.   ......read more

Darned Folk: Walk Your Talk
Be Accountable To The Community

January 5, 2012

At the December 6, 2011 BOD meeting, one of the BOD members, apparently summarizing the BOD's position on an ODOT action, said:
      "I am opposed to ODOT or any Government organization positioning themselves
       that they don't account to anybody."

It is truly a sad reflection on their integrity that, at the very next meeting, January 3, 2012, that Clackamas County Advisory Board schemed that the community should not be informed that Cam Gilmore, a key person in Clackamas County staff, will be attending the February meeting.

   ......read more

Eliminating Community Involvement!
Changing Bylaws to better control!

August 23, 2011

If you have nothing to do and no one pays attention, why, just change the bylaws so as to have better control by the fewer bullies!

   ......read more

Eliminating Community Involvement!
Changing Bylaws to better control!

August 23, 2011

If you have nothing to do and no one pays attention, why, just change the bylaws so as to have better control by the fewer bullies!

   ......read more

Attend Our Meetings?
We let our friends know, but YOU?
We Don’t Need No Stinking Meeting Notices!

March 3, 2011

Apparently the meeting scheduled for Tuesday March 1, 2011 was canceled.
Then it wasn’t. Then it was……

So maybe it will be rescheduled for tomorrow… or next week… or sometime.    ......read more


Link from our Tax Paid for Web Site???
Only if we like you!

February 23, 2011

The BOD meeting of 2011-03-01 of the Villages of the Darned is going to discuss what links can be put on the Taxpayer supported site.


    They are in control: they have the power!
   Do as they say and they will use tax dollars to help you”.
   ......read more

We Can’t Allow The Community to Tell Us To Go Away!

February 21, 2011

The BOD meeting of 2011-02-01 of the Villages of the Darned was enlightening from the discussion that they had on how the community is to “vote” for BOD members.

The fact that they have had an open position for a year now and no one in the community wants to associate with these folk is a big embarrassment. Added to that was that the community managed to eliminate the most outrageous snake-oil bully last year really aggravates them.    ......read more


When, Oh When, Is The Meeting?

April 5, 2010

Meeting notices? Meeting notices?
         "We don't need no stinking notices" (to paraphase from Treasure of Sierra Madre :-)
    After all, the 7 days called out in the 'bylaws'...
          "they aren't laws, they are just guidelines"
                  (quoting from a recent 'former chair').    ........read more


Introduction: A Good Idea Corrupted

It is always sad when unbounded enthusiasm of volunteers of a volunteer organization gets ground into withdrawal and resentment by pompous, self anointed "leaders". Leaders who are:

  • mostly kindly described as incompetent and clueless
  • some older ones may seem to "be losing it,
  • gain their position through wily, slick, less than honest talk and positioning
  • if deceit doesn't work, then resorting to simple bullying and intimidation works wonders in eliminating volunteer contributions, and
  • have a small number of close sycophant and parasites to do the dirty work

While we see these behaviors everyday in "politics", it is most disappointing when it occurs in volunteer organizations that are attempting to do projects for their community. ........read more


8.2 Hiding the Election from Sight
June 16, 2008

In politics as in marketing, it is all about

a) what information is available to the voter/consumer,
b) how to keep information about your competition from the voter/consumer, and
c) how to spread misinformation about your competition)

In this commentary, we will look at how the incumbents, with the assistance of the County Bureaucrat, withheld information from the Community.
=> with the effect of keeping the election and the lone non-incumbent, Community Member's candidacy a secret.
.....read more of section 8.2


8. May 2008: The Second Anniversary of the Formation of the
Villages of the Darned

Rigging the Election to Keep the Cronies on the Board

Power Corrupts,
Absolute power corrupts absolutely .
               Lord Acton, 1887

How exciting! Learning how to rig an election!
    Just like in third world countries.
.....read more of the introduction

8.1 Rigging the Application Process to Keep People From Being Candidates

The easiest way to make sure your crony friends are "elected" to help you control the Community is to make sure no one else runs! 
=> If there are 4 positions and only your 4 friends run, why then it would be very hard to lose.

In this commentary, we will look at how the incumbents, with the assistance of the County Bureaucrat, withheld information from the Community.

=> with the effect of keeping the open positions and deadlines a secret.
.....read more of section 1



8.3                  Biasing the Election Brochure

Elections, even for a farce such as the Villages of the Darned, are always scrutinized for 'fairness".  Issues of "who is first", positioning of statements, etc, can be determining factors in a close election.

The County Bureaucrat, VJG, either with malicious intent or just stumbling, managed to do a number of things to make sure the "outsider" was at as big a disadvantage as possible.

In this section, to help others understand how to do this dastardly type of deed,
.......read more of section 3

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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