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July 17, 2007

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I think we all need to take a close look at Goal 1:

http://www.lcd.state.or.us/LCD/docs/goals/goal1.pdf

Goal 1 - Citizen Involvement: "To develop a citizen involvement program that insures the opportunity for citizens to be involved in all phases of the planning process."

The cynic in me says that every time you have a policy specifying public involvement, the policy makers come up with means by which efficiency trumps democracy.

It is Goal 1 for a reason - people come first in determining land use policy. When I look at how the process has evolved, I see that procedures trump process (rather than the reverse). When you control the procedures used to implement a process, you can make it as Byzantine and as you want and tilt it to ends other than what was intended.

Your entire essay is a reflection on how politics trumps vision and the spirit of the program. No wonder 37 passed; no wonder 49 will pass.

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