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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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

Gas lovers, why do they ignore green jobs?

Gas lovers, why do they ignore green jobs?

One of the many deficiencies in the draft EIS (environmental impact statement)  raised during last night’s FERC meeting regarding the Jordan Cove LNG proposal is that out of 5,048 pages there is no discussion about alternatives.  Other locations for the proposed project must also be considered along with sustainable and less invasive development. Aother alternative the […]

Alas, money buys commission seat

Alas, money buys commission seat

John Sweet’s reelection cost his campaign more than $3 per vote spending almost $38,000 on signs, promotional products and $1,367 on last minute “live operator calls”. Sweet can, at last, honestly claim he contributed to economic development that actually created some jobs, however brief. In contrast, challenger Don Gurney spent less than a dollar per […]

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