Thursday, January 26, 2012

Fun in City Politics?

To all COLA LO Members,

This week several letters to the editor of the Review had a variety of opinions on issues.  One entertaining letter asked "who put the fun in city politics?".   The letter provided a perspective from one citizen that was asking for clarification based on a recent comment by Councilor Jordan.  

The text of the letter includes:

I just read where city government should be “fun,” at least according to (Lake Oswego city councilor) Donna Jordan.
Until the last election I suppose it was all happiness surround the tone-deaf council. I don’t believe that anyone ever equated any position within a city government (with) the word “fun” listed under expectations? City government is and should be considered work and at times difficult and sometimes contentious in dealing with the variety of subjects that come before it. But to call it fun, never!
Maybe that’s the problem? We have had for a long time a council that demonstrated a closed-minded, we-know-better attitude that ignored both public input as well as common sense when it came to projects and expenditures. What we had was a group of individuals who believed in aggrandizement over public need.

Doesn’t that just set the table for a large divide between interests? And now that the tide has changed staff and elected position personnel begin to bale like lemmings, confused and bewildered.
Perhaps councilwoman Jordan and her Pollyanna attitude should join them because moving forward, the new council is not going to play by her rules made so obvious by her comments and now she doesn’t want them to play or have “fun” in her sandbox.

The letter can be found at the following link:  Fun in city politics? 

It will be interesting to see how the City council functions in 2012 given the issues and the relative ownership of decisions made by those members that have announced they will not seek re-election.   Accountability will be key to ensuring that our representatives make correct decisions.

Please notify all members contacts and friends.  

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