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Monday, May 22, 2017 12:00 AM

Editorial: Bend staff should not police councilor comments

From the article: Councilor Barb Campbell proposed last week that the city of Bend’s communications staff should monitor statements made by councilors and tell the public when the statements are “just plain false.”
It’s a terrible idea. City staff should not be the thought police for the City Council.
Campbell said one reason she suggested it was Councilor Bill Moseley’s Facebook posts.


Monday, February 13, 2017 10:02 AM

Legislative Outlook 2017

Bend Business Journal, 2017 Issue 1
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Bend City Councilor, Bill Moseley, weighed in on the transportation concerns Kancler raised. Voicing his frustration with the Land Conservation and Development Committee (LCDC), he pointed out that several projects in Bend were heavily influenced by the out-of-area committee.

"We eliminated a turn lane on Franklin, going southbound on Third Street for the purpose of increasing congestion on our street so people may bake and walk more, because the state's goal in the legislature is to reduce American's utilization of vehicles," said Moseley. "All these measured actions make it more difficult for municipal government to have the freedom to build out its road system, especially in a growing community."


Thursday, January 19, 2017 12:00 AM

New Bend council (barely) sticks to climate change path

BEND, Ore. - When three new members join four veterans on the Bend City Council, things can change right away. Or not.


Thursday, October 20, 2016 11:55 AM

Frank Turek and Bill Moseley Radio Commercial


Wednesday, October 12, 2016 12:01 AM

Bend Bulletin Editorial: Bill Moseley for Bend City Council

Bill Moseley is an impressive candidate for Bend City Council. Voters should elect him to replace Councilor Doug Knight for Position 2.

Knight’s work on the council has been a mixed bag. It’s hard not to admire the way he advocated for requirements on short-term rentals and made a failed push to have the city notify residents when a neighbor was putting up an accessory dwelling unit.

But he has also led the council into a policy cul-de-sac by championing the city’s climate action resolution. That was sprung on the council as ready for a vote. Not only was it not ready for a vote, it has drawn city time and money away from core services that Bend must provide. Moseley will pull the council’s decision making to the center of its responsibilities.

Knight, 50, sometimes has forgotten that the council in Bend is a policy-making body. It does not have a role in managing city staff other than the city administrator. Knight has apologized, but he crossed that line more than once and even berated city staff.

There are a number of other ways to slice the differences between the two. One way to think about them is in terms of regulation. Knight favors more. Moseley thinks less is more. That’s an oversimplification, but, for instance, Knight is more supportive of the increased density required by the state for Bend. Moseley wants to push back on the state’s urban growth boundary regulations.

Moseley should not be pigeonholed as a pro-growth, business candidate. He says he will listen to all sides. And he’s doing it. He took it upon himself to seek input from members of Central Oregon LandWatch, the environmental group, on Bend issues.

Moseley, 47, built a software business from the ground up in Bend, GL Solutions. It has some 63 employees. Before that he worked for the Oregon Department of Justice overseeing charitable fundraising and gaming activities. Those experiences give him leadership and business skills to take a strategic approach to focusing on the city’s real problems — not tangents. Vote Moseley.


Sunday, October 2, 2016 12:00 AM

Bend Bulletin Letter: Council Needs to Build Trust and Goodwill by Bill Moseley

Bend is at a crossroads. Rapid growth, skyrocketing housing prices, crumbling roads and limited (though growing) financial resources require the City Council to think and act strategically. Unfortunately, the current council fails to approach Bend’s big issues with a focused plan. I am running for City Council to help change that.


For more than 20 years as the founder and CEO of a Bend software startup company, GL Solutions, I’ve applied my ability to formulate strategies, make plans and accomplish objectives to grow. Strategic focus helps organizations grow by focusing limited money, time and energy on achieving the mission. The saying, “I can do anything except everything,” is a motto business owners ignore at their peril.


We need the same strategic focus at city hall. Bend’s government employs many talented people, but they can only do so much. The City Council must focus our limited staff on the most important goals, and avoid distractions, which take us off course from the mission of the city. Chasing the narrow interests of a small number of people who attend council meetings, or of special interest groups, means less bandwidth to tackle the big items.


Just like a business, getting things done in government depends upon the goodwill of people. A business only exists to the degree that it maintains trust with customers. Similarly, residents need to trust their government officials to accomplish what they promised to accomplish. Goodwill, like staff resources and money, represents a limited asset; once squandered, it is gone forever.


Instead of staying strategically focused on our problems, the City Council acts on the issue of the day — wasting the goodwill and financial resources we need to provide solutions for Bend’s challenges. The biggest challenges facing our city include the affordable housing crisis, the miserable condition of our streets and the need for more diverse and better-paying jobs.


Too often the Council fritters away the funds and the goodwill of the public on less important or even counterproductive pursuits. Take the council’s botched handling of the gas tax vote, for example. The council first cut the amount of funding for street preservation, despite increases in the general fund revenue by millions of dollars. Most of the councilors, including my opponent, then argued for a gas tax to fund street preservation — all while having just cut funding for streets.


Even worse, the council bred mistrust by wasting $54,292 in taxpayer funds to rush the gas tax to a vote on March 8, despite the option of holding a free election on May 17 — only 70 days later. The gas tax lost by nearly a 2-1 margin. The wasted funds could have been used to fix streets. The wasted hours staff spent building the case for the gas tax could have been dedicated to finding solutions to our housing crisis.


The council’s recent squabble with the Bend Chamber of Commerce over whether the chamber should evaluate councilors on their small business support provides another example of unnecessary lost focus and goodwill. The city should, and does in many respects, work with the chamber to grow Bend’s employment base. But the councilors’ thin-skinned reaction to the chamber’s scorecard strained relations and demonstrated to everyone in the community that at least some on the council do not respect the opinions of residents and job creators.


We need a council that builds trust and goodwill with voters in order to accomplish the difficult solutions to our problems. By burning bridges with the community and spending time, money and focus on distractions, the council makes progress on our problems challenging. Bend deserves a City Council that maintains a strategic focus on the issues facing Bend residents. If elected, that’s what I’ll do.


Saturday, July 2, 2016 9:00 AM

Bend Bulletin Letter: Bend needs better direction By Bill Moseley

A city councilor’s job is to listen to all sides of an issue and make a reasonable decision in the best interest of the community. Divisiveness and reflexive, ideological positions and tactics do not serve Bend well. Bend’s City Council is failing our community by picking unnecessary fights and cooking up policies behind closed doors, excluding many community members. I’m running for City Council to help change that.

The City Council began to go awry during the lead-up to the gas tax vote. In planning for the vote, the City Council heeded advice to hold a special election in March in hopes of sneaking the tax through in a low-turnout election with relatively few conservatives voting. In doing so, the City Council spent about $54,000 in desperately needed taxpayer funds in an attempt to avoid giving taxpayers a voice. The council failed to achieve its goal — with around 60 percent turnout in the election — but its intent matters. Whatever one thinks about the gas tax — I happen to believe the city does need to allocate more funds for street maintenance — the council’s approach was political cynicism at its worst.

More recently, two city councilors initially refused to meet with a representative from the local Realtors Association, all the while holding meetings with their preferred interest groups. One does not need to agree with Realtors or their positions to know that the association represents a lot of working people in Bend, and they might have something constructive to add to policy discussions. Further, the emails sent by Councilor Barb Campbell, as seen in The Bulletin, can only be characterized as unprofessional and inflammatory — far below the standards our community should expect of our elected leaders.

The council’s approach to the climate action ordinance is more troubling still. A politically charged issue was sprung on the community as an ordinance ready for approval. When confronted with the opposition of some small businesses, Mayor Jim Clinton denigrated their concerns as being profit-motivated while he was more concerned about the “public interest.” The council is not and should not hold itself out as the sole curators of the public interest. As a small-business owner myself, I know that many in the small-business community are deeply concerned about the public interest. The council should not dismiss the input of a vital part of our community.

Unfortunately, the council dug in its heels by quitting its membership in the Bend Chamber after the organization issued a scorecard evaluating councilors on their small-business support. There are good reasons why the city should not be involved financially with organizations that take policy positions on issues before the City Council. However, the manner in which the council handled this issue — singling out one organization that had dared to summarize councilors’ positions — while remaining a funder of other politically involved organizations was entirely improper. The council should not play political favorites with taxpayer funds. To add insult to injury, the council reallocated the $2,000 from the chamber to road repairs — enough to patch pavement the size of a coffee table. Actions like these antagonize, divide and are just plain arrogant and petty. We need mature leadership for Bend’s very real and substantial housing shortage and growth issues.

As a city councilor, I pledge to listen to all sides of the issues, to build and foster constructive relationships with as many people and groups in the community as possible, and to treat all Bend residents with the respect they deserve. To that end, since I announced my candidacy, I have spent time with business leaders but also with the environmental group Central Oregon LandWatch. I will continue to cast a wide net as a candidate and as a city councilor to gather the best information possible to help lead the city of Bend in a better direction. 


Sunday, June 19, 2016 8:58 AM

Encouraging Dialog with COLW

On June 12, Bill joined Central Oregon Landwatch (COLW) on a beautiful hike right along the Deschutes River to the largest and oldest ponderosa pine in the State of Oregon. 

Bill will be visiting with a wide variety of people and groups who have ideas about how to help Bend remain the greatest place to live, anywhere.   Bill is a small business guy, not a growth-war partisan.  He listens to diverse perspectives and then uses that input to find real solutions.   


Wednesday, June 1, 2016 7:00 AM

Bill announces his candidacy for the Bend City Council

Bill Moseley announced his candidacy for the Bend City Council. 


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