Jul 22 2010

Any time, any place, any reason (or none)

Published by at 10:34 am under Oregon

The question is, how long will this last – and from what direction will the killer blow come?

Assuming the situation is reported accurately by the Coast Lake News, the city council of Lakeview, Oregon, has passed a “New ordinance [that] allows entry to private property at will and without prior complaint to search for code violations.” (Hat tip here to Blue Oregon.)

Jessica Lloyd-Rogers, the editor of the paper, wrote that “there was no public notice and the item was not listed on the agenda. Brought up under “Items Not on the Agenda” the Ordinance was referred to only by number and once by title before being immediately adopted without discussion. Not content with violating the Fourth Amendment and Oregon’s Public Meeting Law, the Council’s procedure violates the City Charter and continues a pattern of secrecy and targeting citizens.”

Hard to imagine how this lasts for long. Hard to imagine how many of those city council members expect to stay in office for terribly long, either.

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  1. fortboiseon 23 Jul 2010 at 5:21 pm

    Mayor pushed back:
    http://www.lakesideinfo.com/?p=8740

    That story has a link to a PDF image of the ordinance. Looks like they got a little carried away and maybe forgot a qualifier here and there. “Reasonable” is good. “Legal” is a good idea, too.

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