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    6A • March 6, 2015 • Seaside Signal • seasidesignal.com
Statements
made by
petitioners,
mayor
The following statements were filed with the
Clatsop County Elections Office
The reason given for
demanding the recall of
Diane Widdop, as filed
in the recall petition:
Mayor Dianne Wid-
dop’s separate re-
sponse to the recall
petition:
Oct. 17, 2014 Mayor
Widdop asked a Gear-
hart business owner
to remove a lawfully
posted campaign sign,
abusing her position as
an elected official and
misrepresenting Gear-
hart ordinances. Further,
she abused her office by
acting as an ordinanc-
es enforcement officer,
violating the rights of
free speech and by en-
cumbering a candidate’s
right to campaign for
public office.
Oct. 29, 2014 a con-
versation
between
Mayor Widdop and a
citizen was recorded on
a hidden device during
“Coffee with the May-
or” without the citizen’s
knowledge or authoriza-
tion. Mayor Widdop then
attempted to distribute
this recording, contrary
to Fourth Amendment
privacy rights, contrary
to City Council rules
and against Oregon
Law. Mayor Widdop has
consistently misrepre-
sented her opinion as
that of the City Coun-
cil using the term “WE”
without the knowledge
or approval of the City
Council.
Nov. 5, 2014 Mayor
Widdop publicly de-
nounced a candidate’s
ability to serve in public
office citing his “alleged”
temper. March 15, 2013
(Daily Astorian) Widdop
admitted to her own
“temper” thus disqualify-
ing herself as fit to serve
in public office.
Because of her abuse
of leadership, lack of
transparency and strong
personal bias, vote YES
to recall Mayor Widdop.
Restore honesty and
trust to Gearhart’s gov-
ernment.
In almost 20 years
as a city councilor and
mayor, I have consis-
tently made decisions
that reflect the values
of the city’s comprehen-
sive plan. My goal has
always been to preserve
and enhance the livabil-
ity of our community.
As mayor, my focus
has been to increase the
transparency and acces-
sibility of the city gov-
ernment. The city’s web-
site has been improved
to provide more infor-
mation. Residents now
can access the same
information packet pro-
vided to city councilors.
The city blog allows cit-
izens to receive notices
and information auto-
matically.
I’m at City Hall ev-
ery Wednesday, giving
anyone the opportuni-
ty to ask questions, ex-
press concerns, or just
chat. I attend Gearhart
Homeowners Associa-
tion meetings to answer
questions on city affairs
for their membership. I
have worked to increase
Gearhart’s presence be-
yond purely city affairs,
working with Senator
Merkley and Represen-
tative Bonamici to hold
well attended town hall
meetings in Gearhart,
inviting representatives
of the Port of Astoria
and the Community Col-
lege to speak at council
meetings,
attending
League of Oregon Cities
and Mayors Association
meetings, and maintain-
ing working relation-
ships with other area
mayors, state represen-
tatives. I do this as a vol-
unteer unpaid elected
official.
I ask you for your
vote of support.
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Guest Column   DIANNE WIDDOP
Take some time to ask questions
Ballots will be mailed to
Gearhart voters on March 6 re-
garding the question of wheth-
er I should be recalled from
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The ballot will contain a
statement from the petitioners,
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The petitioner’s statement
makes some ominous sound-
ing allegations including one
that states “October 29, 2014,
a conversation between May-
or Widdop and a citizen was
recorded on a hidden device
during ‘Coffee with the Mayor’
without the citizen’s knowl-
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Widdop then attempted to dis-
tribute this recording, contrary
to Fourth Amendment privacy
rights, contrary to City Council
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Joy Sigler elaborated on this
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meeting, saying “Our commu-
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citizen during coffee with the
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further investigation when we
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attempted to then distribute the
recording that was secretly ob-
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know that any secret recording
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Roughly a minute into her rant,
the city administrator, who was
also present, turned on his cell-
phone in the belief that it was
in the city’s interest to have its
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While I was given a copy of
the city’s recording and told the
remaining council members of
its existence, I did not attempt
to distribute the recording to
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that both the city attorney and
the Clatsop County district at-
torney had determined that the
city’s recording was perfectly
legal and could be distributed
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At the time I had won-
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dered why a second record-
ing seemed so threatening to
Sigler, especially given the fact
that all council proceedings are
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the answer when she posted
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I agree with Sigler com-
pletely on one point — our
community values and de-
serves transparency in the con-
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level, it means that the public
has access to accurate informa-
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have worked to increase the
amount of information avail-
able on the city website, in-
cluding the complete informa-
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also set up a blog that allows
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more to do in both areas, but
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in to ask a question, voice an
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they have had the opportunity
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cy means that the public can see
the process by which the coun-
cil, planning commission, or city
administration reaches a deci-
sion on individual cases and can
have confidence that decisions
are as consistent as possible with
laws, ordinances or other estab-
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The recall petitioners have
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something or someone, but
don’t really say what to fear,
other than that I have single-
handedly undermined the Con-
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ed City Council meetings over
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pretty much anything they want
to say, and those attending have
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The Daily Astorian described
recent meetings as “nearly un-
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target of most of the speech, I
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whether listeners should take
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sound plausible? Do they have
any relation to one’s perception
of life in Gearhart?
I hope you will take some
time to ask questions if you
have any, and then make an in-
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Dianne Widdop is the may-
or of Gearhart and faces a re-
call election March 26.
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