What an absolute waste of taxpayers money. By suing NORCOR, funds that could be utilized to improve the quality of incarceration and reduction in recidivism is by necessity going to be redirected to fighting a legal battle that will inevitably result in NORCOR winning (Oregon's own Attorney General has already ruled in NORCOR's favor) and then being appealed all the way through the myriad of appellate courts and supreme courts. All because people hate Trump. This has NOTHING to do with these people actually caring about what is actually going on in NORCOR or with the incarcerated persons or ICE detainees. As my momma always said, "the proof is in the pudding." Where were all of these people who are protesting now when the same policies were being enforced during the previous administration? And here's a hard question...do you really think they'd be there today if Hillary had won? I remind you of the many years during the Bush administration that people (probably the same individuals even) protested the wars at the Post Office. I don't recall seeing them there during the Obama administration and guess what? We still have servicemembers fighting in Afghanistan, Iraq, and now Syria. Principles or politics? My guess is far more to the latter.
As a member of this community, I am concerned by the precedence that this sets for the running of business. Wasn't it not too long ago that the Sunshine Mill was penalized by the council for waiting until the last minute to bring up issues regarding payments? How is this different? A lesson I have tried to teach my children is that if they wait until the last minute to get projects/homework done, then don't expect for other people to jump through the hoops that they have laid out. I suppose that lesson needs to be given as a refresher course to our city council.
As an aside, how does the the honorable Mayor not at the very least express for the record when presenting his request that he is on the board at the benefiting non-profit? Even though every knows it already, it should be a formality that is observed. Personally speaking, in any case where there is even the possibility of the appearance of a conflict of interest where public funds are coming from, the Mayor or any of the elected council should recuse themselves. What should have happened is that some else from the Civic should have taken the time to present this issue...not to mention it should have been properly vetted by being added to the agenda prior to the meeting. What was described in this editorial is not a minor deal and lends weight to the argument that unethical, or at the very least untoward, behaviors are being practiced by our city government.
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