Charter Volunteers Needed
After years of cities being bound by a
charter created to keep citizens from the
process, a new draft charter is being
designed to provide accountability and
return responsibility back to the elected.
League of Oregon Citizens
Citizen Based Media and Accountability
This mission is to have a collaborative resource for citizen
advocates, whether by need or desire, to get information from and
to each other to promote sunlight into local government business.
Want an easy way to be part of
We are looking for folks who are willing
to send documents for uploading.
The Citizen's Agenda
Cities and Counties call us the naysayers.
What are citizens really interested in
getting from the process?
Council Recall in West Linn
From my own experience with West Linn, in the past, there are huge conflicts of interest going on.
The mayor has previously been found guilty of violating election campaign law. You have staff that
are intermingled with other towns and their own contractors (including the city attorney). Angela
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
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.