Transformation Project. The public affairs group has given a little more financial heft to what has been a deeply grass roots movement to assert more local control over Clackamas County and minimize the influence of Metro, Multnomah County and their Professional Planner Class.
Transformation is supporting a trio of candidates for the Clackamas County Commission: Tootie Smith, John Ludlow and Jim Knapp.
Transformation's support of Ludlow signals a break in the Rebellion. Ludlow is running against Paul Savas, an original favorite with the grass roots. Savas lost favor when, as a former supporter puts it in an angry email to me:
- Savas lied to voters.
- Savas hasn't supported ANY of the rebellion.
- He refused to support the fee referendum, didn't even vote on it & told a reporter he wasn't sure how he would have voted as a commissioner had he been on the commission when they passed it.
- He refused to help or support the UR initiative and then voted against it.
- He refused to help, support or sign the rail vote initiative and will not vote for it.
While the goals of both factions are generally the same, the folks who fired up the rebellion are upset with Transformation's meddling. They backed Savas and they still do. Those who have given up on Savas call him, "The Tim Leavitt of Clackamas County."
For a clue on what that means, here's a parody of the Vancouver Mayor by the producers of the internet show, "Vancouvria."