Wednesday, December 4, 2013

The Staff Problem

December 4, 2013

We have a problem.

There is a schism in West Linn between the citizens and the city management staff.

West Linn citizens wish to move forward, to enhance our city in a way that preserves and respects our small town atmosphere, our fine schools, quiet neighborhoods and natural environment.  We have inherited a fine legacy that is worth preserving.

The city manager and department directors who he oversees do not live in our city and do not share our hopes and aspirations.  They harbor a different vision, driven by the mission to increase city government revenue at all costs, regardless of the negative effects on our residents, our homes, our neighborhoods, our businesses and our schools.

Promoting their vision of a Metro mandated high density urban West Linn creates new sources of fees and taxes to fund prosperity and perks for city staff.

Because the city staff does not live here and does not share our vision, the staff constantly picks fights with the citizens, trying to impose their will on us.

Our city hall culture is permeated with philosophy that we, the citizens, are a problem to be managed, to be overcome, with endless tax dollars wasted on attorneys and consultants and focus groups and polls to justify staff duplicity.

Our arrogant top-down city staff continually wastes our scant resources attempting to force through code changes to quash citizen involvement and subvert our neighborhood institutions so that they will have no resistance to rezoning our neighborhoods for high density development and annexing land in Stanford and Borland for more development and city revenue.

This could not happen without the acquiescence of a corrupt council of cronies who refuse to stand up for open government and the rights of citizens.

West Linn is not a petri dish for every hair brained idea emanating from Metro and the Portland State school of urban studies.  West Linn is not a marker, a chit to trade away in someone’s grand game of regional development. 

There is not a single major newsworthy incident here that merits headlines, raises awareness and rallies the citizens for change.  We are being worn down in a slow, systematic and intentional pattern of abuse, of ignoring State regulations, of ignoring our own City Charter, of dispensing with our Codes when money is on the table, of ignoring the will of the citizens and the consent of the governed.

We are honest and caring people and it is time to wake up, 
to stand up to the entrenched regional power brokers and their cronies.
It is time to clean the slate and take back West Linn city hall for all the people.

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