Clackamas County's Paul Savas: Political bullying must stop
Dishonest vitriol from elected officials is unacceptable. Elected officials have a responsibility to be truthful; they owe that to their constituents.
In my 25 years of public service, I have seen good people unfairly slandered and humiliated in public to the point where they exit public service. Why would anyone enter public service when they see good people unjustly excoriated?
Attacking people in public is unprofessional. It many instances it is bullying, which is intimidating to most anyone, and it discourages people from engaging in public service or expressing their opinion.
Mayor Gamba and Councilor Batey's attacks and claims are unfounded. Their refusal to cooperate and sign the necessary agreements with the North Clackamas Parks & Recreation District has slowed the progress on the Milwaukie Bay Park project, but governments have a responsibility to have the agreements and documents in place when millions of dollars are in play.
Rather than being transparent about that, we have some members of the Milwaukie City Council that are desperately trying to discredit the park district's well intended efforts to get the proper documents in place.
To clear the record, the Econo Lodge hotel is not in Oak Grove where I reside; it is 1.5 miles south in Jennings Lodge. One of reasons it is not being pursued is the county is currently renting about 50 hotel rooms. Project Turnkey is offering the County funds to purchase one hotel. The Econo Lodge has just 27 rooms, not anywhere near the 50 we are seeking. We are engaged in evaluating two hotels that are far closer to our needs.
The tactic is apparently character assassination rather than professional cooperation.
The public deserves better, and it is in the public's best interest to elect those with integrity.
Clackamas County Commissioner Paul Savas is running for reelection on the Nov. 8 ballot. More information about his stances on parks, homelessness and other topics is available at electpaulsavas.com.
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