This morning's paper pointed to a couple of long-term trends in this town.
The first story, about Jeld-Wen Foundations rethinking it's support of the Tradition golf tourney.
"We've run into a buzz saw with the economy," said Henry Hewitt, chairman of the Jeld-Wen Foundation board. "I think this is just a piece of that, and the economics of the tournament and our relationship with PJS. I think in addition to how the tournament is managed, we are probably going to try to find a lower-cost solution, because the economics weren't as good as we wanted them to be."
Trend #1: Overreach.
This is the trend of Bend having taken the BOOM of the last 5 to 10 years and thinking it was going to continue. I think the last five years were more or less an illusion, and any event or business who predicated their plans on those years had better wake up fast.
We in Bend have just elected a pro-growth and pro-builder slate of city councilors; and I think the city is almost guaranteed to go broke if they pursue support programs for builders, resorts and Juniper Ridge.
Our only chance of avoiding this is not only not continuing on this way, but to reverse course and start cutting everywhere we can. It was completely foolish to use General Funds to continue to support the BAT when there was little chance the public would support it, for instance. It doesn't matter if you are for or against the BAT, foolishness is foolishness.
Trend #2: Ignoring warnings. (Mostly in the blogosphere.)
There has been blogger on the BEBB who has been saying for over a year now, that Cessna was going to close, and let go all it's employees. He became the Boy Who Cried Wolf, because he kept being proved wrong.
Until this morning.
He had an obvious ax to grind, and may have just been a stopped clock: but there were other people who pointed out the obvious: such as Paul-doh on Bend Bubble2; that when a big national company buys a local company, the local company is fair game.
There is another big warning out there about Suterra, who is the second tenant of Juniper Ridge. Now most of the warnings seem kind of loony to me, but there seems to be enough there that at least one of the news organizations in this town ought to investigate, if only to debunk.
But you wouldn't even know that that there was a big kurfluffle down in California about synthetic pheromone spraying.
I'd like to discount all this types of warnings as paranoid delusions, except they seem to come about a bit more often than pure chance would have it.
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