Doing the Right Thing is Just Too Hard for Some

Here is one of the last two emails HADCO Commissioners were sent before Commissioner Jody Ahlstedt resigned.   The last one was a one liner asking when the public hearing regarding the Annual PHA Plan was going to be reconvened because it was abruptly terminated by Commissioner Ahlstedt two weeks ago when she became confused about what the purpose of the public hearing was.  
Residents and CEA were demanding that all comments about the Plan be considered, which is consistent with the federal law that governs it,  while HADCO staff (minus the ED because she was in Florida) and HADCO Commissioner Chris Spens were telling her that they did not.  Ahlstedt terminated the hearing and promised to investigate what was really suppose to happen. 
Since then CEA sent her and the other HADCO Commissoners Chris Spens and Jamie Sanchez copies of the United States Code (the actual law)  that says they have to consider all public comments at a public hearing.  Imagine that.  Unfortunately, Ms. Ahlstedt decided to resign instead of dealing with the difficult task of holding others at HADCO accountable.  What a shame. 
However, it just goes to show that people don’t understand what their responsibility is and what they are getting  into when they put their name forward for HADCO’s Board. 
Take care,
Fw: He Said She Said
From:
Citizens Education and Access <cea2day@yahoo.com> 

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To: Jody Ahlstedt <jody.ahlstedt@ucancap.org>; Jamie Sanchez <jamie4hadco@gmail.com>; Chris Spens <chris@drtf.org>  
   
 
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Hello all,
 
To limit concerns about things not being done in the open, I am sending you this email that I sent to the DC Commissioners regarding a matter of great concern to me as a citizen.  I find it very inappropriate for public officials, whether paid or not, to have the type of communication about others that they reflect. 
 
So what to do?  Chris’ behavior is up to the Douglas County Commissioners.  However, what about Dolly’s? 
 
Betsy Cunningham
 
—– Forwarded Message —-
From: Citizens Education and Access <cea2day@yahoo.com>
To: Susan Morgan <morgan@co.douglas.or.us>; Joe Laurance <laurance@co.douglas.or.us>; Deb Mendenhall <deb@co.douglas.or.us>
Sent: Mon, January 18, 2010 3:08:40 PM
Subject: Fw: He Said She Said
Sorry I did not attach the emails for you to review to the last email
—– Forwarded Message —-
From: Citizens Education and Access <cea2day@yahoo.com>
To: Doug Robertson <robertson@co.douglas.or.us>; Joe Laurance <laurance@co.douglas.or.us>; Susan Morgan <morgan@co.douglas.or.us>
Sent: Mon, January 18, 2010 3:05:26 PM
Subject: He Said She Said
Hello,
 
I want to apologize for the amount of information you may be inundated with regarding HADCO within the next few days and weeks.  Contrary to what you might believe, CEA has attempted to avoid bringing the vast amounts of things wrong with HADCO directly to you.  Primarily because we understand that you have limited authority to do anything about something happening at the time, we have tried to limit what we have provided to you.  In retrospect, this may have been wrong because you may not fully appreciate the signficance of your appointment authority and the obligation to exercise that authority to ensure that many of the things that have happened at HADCO do not. 
 
Given some of the things that have happened late, CEA started to make public records request about various HADCO dealings.  I recently reviewed some emails between HADCO’s executive Director and HADCO Commissioner Chris Spens that is inappropriate to say the least.  Because I have heard the phrase “he said she said” attributed to this dispute, I thought an actual look at emails sent on our public dime might disspell the nothing that both sides are doing something inappropriate.  I think that these make it pretty clear who is wrong and there is not he siad she said to hid behind. 
 
I am sure you appreciate that this not all.  However, a little at the time might make it easier for you to digest. 
 
Thank you for your time,
Betsy Cunningham
(541) 459-4077
 
 
 
 

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