Tuesday, November 29, 2011

COLA LO Board Member Publishes Article on Conflict of Interest Issues & Mayor Responds

To all COLA LO Members,

Last week board member Gary Gipson published an article in the LO Review regarding the ongoing community discussion on "conflict of interest" concerns within the City Council.   The article provides detailed facts given the authors experience as an investigator.    Residents have continued to request that the author look at specific concerns following a review by the state board. 

The article can be found at:  Questions Continue about Conflicts.

Mayor Hoffman responded to the article and several residents have posted comments online.   It provides for interesting reading given the current proposals before the City Council including Foothills and Streetcar.  

Residents are concerned about the impact of "potential conflicts of interest"  and many have asked specific council members to recluse themselves from voting on specific projects.  

So far all council members have participated in the controversial votes on specific projects.   However several have declared "potential conflicts of interest" in blanket statements as required in Oregon.  

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