I feel compelled to set the record straight regarding statements made by my opponent for Lincoln City, City Council in Ward 3, Doug Wheldon. His statements as initially posted on October 25, 2016 are erroneous and ambiguous when commenting about the Nelscott Neighborhood Association and myself.
He states he “discovered” the group about 19 years ago. He was invited to join by the then President Marcia Burdett, who was also a former City Council member in Lincoln City. Every new resident is greeted, to this day, and introduced to the Association and its Board members.
Multiple Association meetings have occurred as needed through various levels of involvement during Urban Renewal that required input to the City, including an appeal filed jointly with the Eagles Auxiliary in 1997. The Association Bylaws requirement of an annual meeting around Labor Day have been in place for 25 years to allow the second home owners an opportunity to attend as well as the year-round local residents. There no time limit restrictions, so meetings have varied from hours to one hour. It is unfortunate that my opponent has chosen to not attend several of the mid-winter potlucks that have been held so that neighbors might socialize just to learn about each other, and have fun!
As far as existing “without a democratic process”, I have no idea what he is speaking about, especially since residents on Anchor Avenue went through a lengthy secret ballot voting process, TWICE, to determine the commitment to under grounding of the utility lines. One vote from 32nd to 35th, the second from 32nd to 34th, because the undergrounding could ONLY be done once, prior to repaving the road on Anchor Avenue. In fact, individual votes were NEVER disclosed, even when the results were officially submitted to the Planning Department.
Prior to Urban Renewal, an extensive survey was done by a college professor, to determine preferences of all property owners in the area. Perhaps my opponent missed the democratic process by not attending meetings, or fails to acknowledge that when conducting business the Roberts Rule of Order are followed. We even have a parliamentarian to keep us on track. If he had concerns, he should have brought them up at the meeting, or at least to one of the Board members — the way people respond in a democracy. It is rather ambiguous to make statements about holding meetngs “without a democratic process”, when no facts or examples are provided, other than whining in print.
“We still have not been provided with a complete list of members of the Association”. Mr. Opponent, you have never EVER asked for one? In fact, while you were at your “office” at the beach access, you were complaining of this to a respected neighbor, who asked you if you had ASKED for one? To which you said, “well, no, not really”. The Association is a state registered non-profit, and we do NOT have to provide a list of names, addresses or emails. In 25 years, and to my knowledge, NO ONE HAS EVER ASKED FOR A LIST. Why do you need such a list? You could go to the County Clerk and pay for such a list of residents in a specific area. Just as I did to obtain a campaign walking list.
“No real discussion on important issues”? Such as what? What in the world you are talking about? Why make such ambiguous statements, unless for your own self-interest of casting doubt in a reader’s mind—but perhaps they can read between the lines anyway? “And we should change the autocratic way of accomplishing the agenda of a select few? OK. Once again…..what in the world are you writing about?
You allude that I “desire positions of authority” – really?? How have you deducted this erroneous comment. I am not fearful of authority, and I do not hesitate to question it. I have never held a publicly elected position in my life. What makes you an authority on what my desires might be?? You further state that you have been “prompted to run”—by whom? The Mayor? Who?? I came to your wife to sign my candidate petition and stated I was running for City Council in Lincoln City. She declined, stating you were “thinking of running”.
You have no facts to your accusations. If you want to throw words around, why not face me, person to person, and explain yourself. After all, Mr. Opponent Wheldon, I have lived right next door to you, since the day you bought your “Inn”/VRD. You live in a democracy – act like it.
Judy Casper, Candidate
Lincoln City, City Council, Ward 3.