New Bandon Initiative is About More Choice
Thirty flavors of ice cream are better than one, so why would anyone object to having more choices?
The idea had been going around Bandon on ways to open up the candidate base in city government, so maybe more people would participate in local politics. Many of the councilors and the mayor have been in office for more than a decade and they have become too comfortable in their positions.
Term limits was one suggestion bantered about, but like the title states, it puts limitations on the electorates ability to pick their leaders. Eventually, someone came up with the idea of doubling the size of the candidate pool and expanding it to cover the Bandon School district. A lawyer drafted the document in simple terms, so anyone can understand it. It simply states, “This amendment would allow those individuals who own real property within the City during the twelve months immediately preceding the election as indicated by the Coos County Tax and Assessment records, who maintains his or her ownership of that property during the term of office, and who resides within the Bandon School District during the term of office, to be eligible for an elective office. It does not change the law providing that only City residents may vote in an election for City elected officials.”
The last portion is to insure that only the voters of Bandon have authority over the elections.
On February 05, 2015, a local newspaper in Bandon, The Western World, ran an attack letter from the Mayor questioning the motives behind the people promoting the initiative. The only motivation was the desire to have more choices, so it was astonishing to witness a seasoned politician take a very simple issue and complicate it with suspicions and vague accusations to confuse the voters, without examining it in a rational, objective manner. The mayor insinuated that I embellished on a trivial issue about how many times the councilors and the mayor had faced opponents in past elections, which is irrelevant to the point.
The mayor is suffering from misplaced anger derived from her own guilty conscience.
During the General Election last year, she acted as the official campaign spokesperson for her friend, Commissioner John Sweet. The Mayor repeatedly claimed in a campaign commercial that Sweet had fixed the mosquito infestation caused by the Bandon Marsh expansion. At a city council meeting on December 8, 2014, the Mayor explained that she never said the mosquito problem was fixed, but that she was reading from a script for the commercial. It was an obvious lie. She cannot accept the fact that she turned her back on the people of Bandon to go along with a political fabrication for the benefit of a crony, so she has to strike back at anyone who calls her out on the subject.
The Mayor got one thing right, but for the wrong reason. I do not like Urban Renewal. However, it has nothing to do with the cheese factory. The problem is the process of inequity. What makes Urban Renewal controversial is that it creates an artificial market of government compensation where only a select few can participate, instead of a market based on fair competition where everyone is involved. I hope all the best for the Face Rock Creamery, but I support every individual’s right to participate in the free-market and that is what I defend.
The new Bandon Initiative is not a slap in the face of the voters, but to the contrary, it is an opportunity to have the choice to have more choices, but only if enough registered voters sign the petition and vote in the election. Drop by Bandon Supply to sign the petition or get a copy to gather the signatures of others, but do not listen to the opinion of a disgruntled politician. Find more information at www.CoosCountyWatchdog.com.
Article in question: http://theworldlink.com/bandon/opinion/letters_to_the_editor/slap-in-the-face-to-residents/article_1f5454bc-288b-50e8-8933-dc9d1b977a85.html
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