Well, I sure as hell called that one! Yes, Brian Nakamura recommended the $206,000 (and counting) owed by Chico Creek Nature Center be WRITTEN OFF!
Like Mark Sorensen added sarcastically, “Yeah, what’s another $200,000?” Sorensen, for the record, said he was against writing the loan off, the committee giving a split recommendation to council. Our boy Randy Stone wants to FORGIVE AND FORGET!
A loan taken in 2008, on which there have been no payments since 2010. For a daycare center that can’t make money in this town? You have got to be kidding.
Oh yeah, the Nature Center, they’re just such an asset to the community. Brian Nakamura knows this, he says, because he attended their nature camp! Huh? I thought that was just for kids? And, by the way, camp hasn’t even started sign-ups for this year, so when did he attend camp?
Something I’ve learned about Brian Nakamura, is when he talks, you need a tape recorder, cause he goes all over the place, saying all kinds of stuff, starting to insinuate dire consequences, but mumbling unfinished sentences into his shirt collar. This morning, he started to say something about some kind of bad legal situation we would be in if we didn’t forgive this loan – I’m just guessing – it has something to do with auditing books, and stuff not looking quite right. Funds out of balance. Like, “hey, where did you put that $206,000?” “Me?! I thought YOU had it!”
I didn’t press him on it, because Mark Sorensen had already yelled at me and cut me off before my three minutes was up because I suggested we wanted to see the financial records for the center. I also suggested that the city get an organization on that city-owned property that was accountable for their finances. Later Sorensen asked the center director if they had an audit firm or if they did their books internally. Wow – that’s what I suspected – Sorensen, who voted a year ago to defer the loan payments, has not only never seen the books, he doesn’t know anything about them. A man who not only owns his own lucrative business but manages another entire town. What a fucking idiot. Sorensen is way too quick to hold up his hands and deny any responsibility for this mess.
Director Caitlin Reilly responded that they have a CPA file a form 990, which she says is available to the public. I told her I’d be contacting her for that, and she said it would take her a couple of days to scan and send it. Oh yeah, she has sooooo much to do down there! That must be a regular whopper of a file. Full of bigger whoppers, I’m guessing!
This on the heels of Nakamura’s Garbage Tax. That’s another post folks.