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Support our Mayor’s Fight for Transparency and Openness

It’s time we, the voters, take back our City from the people who want to run it with secret meetings, behind the scenes political appointments, and intimidation, while ignoring the serious problems facing our City. This is what we’d hoped to accomplish when we elected Mayor Williams, but he needs our help. He needs more City Councilors that can think and act for the betterment of our citizens rather than their own personal agendas.

We need affordable housing in Lincoln City. Everyone talks about it but not enough are doing anything. Joe Barnes, who built the last affordable housing project in the City, behind Bi-Mart, says he won’t build here anymore, until he has more support from our Planning Department, and the City Manager. He’s building in Warrington now, where permitting/connection costs are less than a quarter of what they are here. And that’s after our City Council recently lowered our connection fees!

According to Barnes, there are no developers willing to take the huge risks to invest in our town, as they’ve either experienced, or heard about, the difficulties of working with our Planning Department.

Speaking of Planning, by March, 2015, five citizens had applied to be Planning Commissioners:

1. builder Jim Hoover (35 years experience),
2. developer/designer Avette Gaiser (38 years experience),[1],[2]
3. entrepreneur Kent Seida (60 years experience),
4. retired Portland civil servant,[3] Diana Hinton, and
5. bilingual tutor, Riley Hoagland.[4]

While Hoover, Gaiser, and Seida were clearly more qualified, the March 9, 2015 City Council meeting agenda included only Hinton and Hoagland’s applications, and listed their appointments as a “done deal.” [5],[6]

Since our 1984 law (LCMC 2.08.030.B[7]) require all Planning Commission applicants to be publicly interviewed at a City Council meeting, our City Council not only broke our laws, but our trust. Let’s not reward their shenanigans by rubber-stamping their chosen successors to “their” City Council.

Instead, let’s support our Mayor’s efforts to stop these secret interviews, and putting an end to the 50+ illegal secret meetings our City Council held between 2011 and 2015.[8],[9],[10]

Furthermore, we allege that Nikki Hayes libeled us in the September 7th News Guard, by falsely claiming we:

1. “sent a letter asking out-of-town owners to change their voting address.” We never asked anyone to do this!
2. “brought lawsuits against the City because we didn’t like VRD regulations.” The lawsuits have nothing to do with VRD regulations.

The lawsuits were filed to protect our citizens from our City Council:

1. holding illegal secret meetings.[11]
2. holding illegal secret votes to appoint City Councilors, Planning Commissioners and others.[12]
3. wasting time, and taxpayer money, on secret investigations of our Mayor.[13]
4. discussing illegal topics in their private meetings.[14]
5. taking 7+ months to produce their meeting’s minutes.[15]

And against our Mayor’s strong objections, our City Council just voted to keep secret any details of the two failed secret investigations of our Mayor.[16] Doesn’t Council have an obligation to tell us why they spent over $30,000.00 of OUR money on three different attorneys[17] on these ridiculous witch-hunts?

In regards Hayes’s chosen candidates:

  1. When citizens respectfully voiced their opinions in a recent Council meeting, Ward 1 candidate Diana Hinton labelled the citizens as “vicious” and chided our Mayor for not bringing the “gavel … down [on them] many times, and loudly.”[18] How can Hinton represent us, if she demands we be silenced, when she disagrees with us?
  2. Ward 2 candidate Riley Hoagland admitted[19] he got his prior governmental experience wrong in our voter pamphlet.[20] Erring on your governmental experience in the pamphlet is a Class C felony,[21] which carries a 5-year prison term[22] and a $125,000 fine.[23]
  3. Ward 3 candidate Judy Casper claims “workforce housing should be integrated into the community.”[24] Yet, she proudly claimed she “stopped [a] low income housing development” near her, when she ran her neighborhood association in Nelscott.[25]

And Commissioners Hinton and Hoagland just approved a sweetheart deal for a City Hall employee to convert her property zoned for 20+ units of affordable housing, to be a bar.[26],[27] And the property is just steps from both a school and a church.

In sealing the deal, it appears Hinton and Hoagland violated our Public Meetings Laws,[28] by meeting in private during the April 5th, 2016 Planning Commission meeting (watchbit.ly/2eaod5o @ 01:03:30).[29]

Are these the people we want representing us?

It’s time we take back our city by supporting our Mayor’s fight to bring transparency, honesty, and accountability to our government.

Ross Smith
John Skipper
LetsMakeLincolnCityWork.com


[1]  Rick Beasley, “Committee interviews barred to residents”, Newport News Times, January 29, 2016, p. A4. See http://www.newportnewstimes.com/view_xml_entity2.php?id=Ar00400&date=01-29-2016-4&bodyInfo=false&entity=article&toc_id=1060 [subscription required]. See also
[2] Rick Beasley, “Planning commission applicant is snubbed”, Newport News Times, October 28, 2015, p. A3. See http://www.newportnewstimes.com/view_xml_entity2.php?id=Ar00301&date=10-28-2015-3&bodyInfo=false&entity=article&toc_id=1032 [subscription required].
[3] City Council Agenda Packet, March 9, 2015, pg. 19. See http://lincolncityor.iqm2.com/Citizens/FileOpen.aspx?Type=1&ID=1408&Inline=True
[4] Lincoln County Voter Pamphlet for the November 8, 2016 election, p. 21-10 See http://www.co.lincoln.or.us/sites/default/files/fileattachments/clerk039s_office/page/3606/lincoln.vp_.1116.pdf
[5] City Council Agenda Packet, March 9, 2015, pg. 2. See http://lincolncityor.iqm2.com/Citizens/FileOpen.aspx?Type=1&ID=1408&Inline=True
[6] City Council Meeting, March 9, 2015, See https://youtu.be/yhda3-O4W5o?t=8m45s
[7] Lincoln City Municipal Code 2.08.030.B. See http://www.codepublishing.com/OR/LincolnCity/html/lincolncity02/LincolnCity0208.html#2.08.030
[8] City Council Meetings Calendar, 2011 to 2015. See http://lincolncityor.iqm2.com/Citizens/Calendar.aspx?From=1/1/1900&To=12/31/2014
[9] Email from City Recorder Cathy Steere to Ross Smith, September 2, 2015.
See https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B4H4rYPVImiERGdXOVZHN1NqWmc, attachments: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B4H4rYPVImiEdk5WNVpSZjRQQUk, https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B4H4rYPVImiEUXlvZ2RmMEFEck0, https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B4H4rYPVImiEN25iM2FwVGhZTUU
[10] Email from City Recorder Cathy Steere to Ross Smith, July 6, 2016.
See https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B4H4rYPVImiEQ0E0emVOVkdQc3c
[11] Lincoln County Circuit Court case 15CV22131. See https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B4H4rYPVImiEY0hOUm9abGpnS0E
[12] Lincoln County Circuit Court case 16CV21270. See https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B4H4rYPVImiEd3FrYWV3LUpjRjg
[13] Lincoln County Circuit Court case 15CV22131. See https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B4H4rYPVImiEY0hOUm9abGpnS0E
[14] Lincoln County Circuit Court case 15CV22131 and 16CV21270. See https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B4H4rYPVImiEY0hOUm9abGpnS0E and https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B4H4rYPVImiEd3FrYWV3LUpjRjg
[15] Lincoln County Circuit Court case 15CV22131. See https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B4H4rYPVImiEY0hOUm9abGpnS0E
[16] City Council Meeting, October 20, 2016. See https://youtu.be/4bNEaZ9BZT4?t=2h19m20s
[17] Richard Appicello, Russell Poppe, Ross Williamson.
[18] Email from Diana Hinton to City Council, June 10, 2015. See https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B4H4rYPVImiEdUl5cEU1YloxaXc
[19] Vote for Riley Hoagland, Facebook posting, September 30, 2015, See edit history on https://www.facebook.com/voting4riley/posts/657102841119627
[20] Lincoln County Voter Pamphlet for the November 8, 2016 election, p. 21-10 See http://www.co.lincoln.or.us/sites/default/files/fileattachments/clerk039s_office/page/3606/lincoln.vp_.1116.pdf
[21] Oregon Election Law Summary Guide, p. 9. See http://sos.oregon.gov/elections/Documents/elec_law_summary.pdf
[22] ORS 161.605(3). See http://www.oregonlaws.org/ors/161.605
[23] ORS 161.625(1)(d). See http://www.oregonlaws.org/ors/161.625
[24] http://vote.judycasperforcitycouncil.com/2016/09/i-believe-that-supporting-our-workforce.html, retrieved 10/19/16.
[25] Nelscott Neighborhood Association Annual Meeting Minutes, October 5, 2013. See https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B4H4rYPVImiEaVAyV0VwNnQyNDA/view?usp=sharing
[26] Planning Commission meeting agenda packet, September 20, 2016. See http://lincolncityor.iqm2.com/Citizens/FileOpen.aspx?Type=1&ID=1674&Inline=True
[27] Planning Commission meeting, September 20, 2016. See https://youtu.be/TYEtPBKTIGo
[28] Rick Beasley, “City council to reexamine purchase of Elks property”, Newport News Times, June 24, 2016, p. A1. See http://www.newportnewstimes.com/view_xml_entity.php?toc_id=1104&id=Ar0010401:Ar0010402:Ar0010403&date=06-24-2016-1&bodyInfo=false&entity=article&search_results=true [subscription required]
[29] Planning Commission meeting, April 5, 2016 @ 01:03:30. See https://youtu.be/_3LBgsieOrM?t=1h3m30s

The new VRD ordinances have been repealed

With 99% of the votes counted, the results are:

Measure 21-160: Enact Ordinance 2014-22 (VRD land use)
Yes: 789
No: 848
Measure 21-161: Enact Ordinance 2014-23 (VRD license)
Yes: 778
No: 847

Total Number of Votes: 10,668
Approximate % Counted: 99.00%
Voter Turnout %: 39.28%

As Carolyn Plummer said on 100.7 Boss FM tonight, let’s not see this as a success or a defeat, but as an opportunity to create new VRD rules and regulations that truly serve our community, and that are based on the report that the VRD Consensus Group produced.

Thanks go to everyone who signed our petitions, and to everyone who voted. Regardless of how you voted, your participation makes a difference!

Vote to Repeal New Oppressive Laws

Thanks to all who signed our petitions here and on paper. Because you did this, you now have the opportunity to repeal these new oppressive VRD laws by voting NO on measures 21-160 and 21-161. Please vote and return your ballot before Tuesday 19 May.

Follow the links on the left to learn more about VRDs and the local economy, the new laws and the potential damage they will cause. Then vote NO on both measures and send in your ballot to be counted.