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Here’s what’s wrong with the BOC’s latest treasurer scheme

Here’s what’s wrong with the BOC’s latest treasurer scheme

Commissioner John Sweet bristles whenever anyone dares to note the similarities between the newly created position of finance director and a county administrator. The latter, as everyone will remember, was brought before the voters in 2012 asking whether the county should transition to an administrator model of government and soundly defeated. Nevertheless, the local oligarchy […]

Coos County has no progressive representation on the board

Coos County has no progressive representation on the board

Coos County’s progressive community has absolutely no representation on the county commission. Discussing the merits of participating in a class action lawsuit proposed by Linn County against the State of Oregon, the commissioners made it clear that nature only has value when it has been extracted and converted into a smartphone or a two-by-four.  After […]

Sweet: Community service fees are “derivative of tax dollars”

Sweet: Community service fees are “derivative of tax dollars”

As tedious as many public meetings are to sit through one can almost always mine little nuggets of gold from statements made by elected officials. From the inception of the CEP (Community Enhancement Plan) elected leaders from Rep Caddy McKeown to Commissioner Melissa Cribbins denied or questioned whether the so-called community service fees paid into […]

Sweet gets hot under the collar

Sweet gets hot under the collar

Unfortunately I missed this but at yesterday’s BOC meeting Commissioner John Sweet lost his temper. According to witnesses Sweet started a conversation with Phil Thompson a few minutes before the board meeting. The conversation wound around to the gun resolution being urged by gun rights advocates and Sweet told Thompson he just didn’t feel it […]

Commission should negotiate from position of strength

Commission should negotiate from position of strength

During a discussion hosted by the League of Women Voters, Commissioner John Sweet informed the audience that without the waterfront revitalization component of the Community Enhancement Plan (CEP) neither Coos Bay nor North Bend would receive any direct tax benefit from the proposed $4 – $6 billion Jordan Cove LNG export terminal. Sweet is correct, […]

Strategic planning town halls a bust

Strategic planning town halls a bust

Despite the rosy picture painted by The World newspaper, the strategic planning effort undertaken by Commissioner Melissa Cribbins is a bust. Began her first term with a promise of preparing a strategic plan as quickly as possible. “Let’s git ‘er done,” she explained to KCBY. A year later she brought in a strategic planning coach, […]

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