We finally hear from Dave Donnan – what nerve this guy has!

2 Sep

We were just talking about perpetual candidate Dave Donnan, weren’t we? Wondering what happened to that guy, since he never chimed in on our little debate last week. He could have answered all our questions, but never showed up. 

Imagine my surprise when I opened my mailbox and found this note:

As you know I am running for Director of CARD and it would be very helpful in my campaign if you could bring me up to speed on their financial situation

Yes, I remember reading that Donnan was throwing his hat in for a CARD board position. I’m very depressed about CARD, I wish somebody would run against Jan Sneed, but I didn’t see anybody on the list, including Donnan, that I thought would be any better. I had thought of running for this position myself, but I have too much going on in my personal life, and I don’t have any supporters telling me to run. I can’t even  get anybody to care about what’s going on at CARD, why would I sacrifice my personal  life to ride into an ambush like that without any posse? 

But, I have to laugh at you Dave – what are you asking me for? All that time I was screaming my head off about what was going on at CARD, and I couldn’t even get you to attend a meeting. Now you’re asking me for stuff that is readily available here:


In a nutshell, you can see that CARD has been steadily depleting it’s finances paying off pensions for it’s top 33 or so employees.  Meanwhile, they’ve cut their minimum wage employees to 27 hours or less so they don’t have to pay Obamacare. I expect them to put a bond measure on the 2016 ballot, using their proposed gazillion dollar Aquajets’ aquatic center as bait. 

This board requires that you be 18 years of age and a resident of the CARD district, which covers Chico and the surrounding unincorporated area “of influence.”  I’d recommend you look the website over good and go to a few meetings before you stick your (virtual) dick in that mouse trap.

But no, I don’t support Dave Donnan. I believe Donnan, and Andrew Coolidge, and a lot of the people that “step up” for commissions are only trying to give themselves more credibility in their business dealings. BT Chapman is another one. These people all have businesses that revolve around the public sector, and if they can get themselves into a publicly elected or appointed seat, it gives them more respectability and opens more doors, let’s be real here. 

The only candidate I have any interest in is Molina, and I can’t find anything out about this woman except that she’s with Chico Velo (the spandex killers) and she is being endorsed by the Democrats. I was going to ask her if she wanted to speak to Chico Taxpayers at the library, but I’m so disgusted with the lack of interest (not only in my forums but I’ve heard  from two others that other forums are also grossly under-attended), FORGET IT. I’ll try to post whatever I can find about Molina here, we’ll see what we can dig up. 

Yeah, you called it – Obummercare!

31 Aug

Bob sent me this link today, asking, “Hey Juanita, you aware of this aspect of Obummercare?”


In this article, Paul Craig Roberts explains what an insurance agent described to my husband and I as “paying down.”  Under the (ha ha) “Affordable (oh Jesus I can’t stop laughing!) Care Act,” when you own a home, no matter your income,  you are forced to sell that home and any other assets, and spend every last dime on medical bills before you can receive any assistance.  Roberts is right –  “Obamacare herds the poor into Medicaid (in California MediCal) which requires some enrollees to forfeit homes and other assets they might have to the state to cover the cost of their medical care.’

See, we don’t qualify for MediCal/CAID  because we own a house. Period. I think they allow you to own one car, don’t quote me on that. In order to qualify for MediCal, they said we’d have to “pay down,” everything we own. We’d have to hit rock bottom paying medical bills and be destitute before they’d give us any MediCal, and then you know what you get.

My family “qualifies” to pay $800 a month for Obummercare, and then we’d pay another $12,000 deductible, and then something called The Bronze Plan would kick in, but I can’t get any answer out of Enloe – I don’t think they take the Bronze Plan. We’d probably have to go to Oroville Hospital, with the rest of the welfare cases, and then, you know, see what we get for our $9600 a year plus $12,000 deductible – I’m guessing, a gurney in the hall. 

I always think of the movie Reservoir Dogs, where the Quentin Tarantino character is given his code name, “Mr. Brown.”  He’d probably say the same thing about The Bronze Plan. “Mr. Bronze? That’s sounds a little too much like Mr. Shit….” I agree. 

Well, I got a loaf of bread to get in the oven, I’ll talk at you later!



Sustainability Task Force to discuss new “green” building requirements

30 Aug

From: MStemen
To: chicotaxpayers
Subject: FW: City of Chico STF agenda 9/11/14
Date: Sat, 30 Aug 2014 01:08:43 +0000

Take care,


From: Jessica Henry
Date: Friday, August 29, 2014 4:36 PM
Subject: City of Chico STF agenda 9/11/14

Please see attached agenda and attachments for the next City of Chico Sustainability Task Force meeting on 9/11/14. This has also been posted on the City’s website,http://www.ci.chico.ca.us/government/minutes_agendas/sustainability_task_force.asp.

Have a great holiday weekend everyone!

Jessica Henry, ARM-P
Administrative Analyst II
City of Chico, Community Development
530-879-6820 phone, 530-895-4726 fax
PO Box 3420, Chico, CA 95927
411 Main Street, Chico, CA 95928

Montes responds – still won’t tell. Shame on you Joe Montes.

28 Aug
Joe MontesAugust 26, 2014 at 1:24 pm 


Hi Juanita, I would like to clarify the record. I was invited by one person to attend a meeting with him and another person under the premise that important business development demographics would be shared that would be helpful to my campaign – as you know I’m interested in developing business in Chico. When I arrived at the meeting it quickly turned into a POLITE but focused conversation on why I should drop from the race because, as a newcomer to Chico who was gaining popularity, I would very likely end up splitting the vote with Andrew Coolidge. Although I did not like what I heard, I obviously accepted and acted upon the information after speaking with many others over the next two weeks – nearly everyone confirmed that term of residency was important in Chico.

I have not given names because I do not believe it is important. I want to emphatically state that neither Mark Sorensen, Reanette Fillmer, Andrew Coolidge, Sean Morgan or Larry Wahl had any part to play in my decision to drop from the race. In fact, I didn’t even know Reanette until fairly recently, and Mark, Larry, Andrew, and Sean along with many others repeatedly asked me not to drop from the race.

On another point, I never used the term “ambushed” with Melissa, but I can see how she could reach that conclusion. I don’t believe the two people I met with were trying to hurt me, so I don’t think it was an ambush – I think they were simply trying to protect Chico. I haven’t provided much information on these events in the past because I just didn’t know my departure was an issue. Otherwise, I would have provided you and others information sooner. I appreciate the work you’re doing for the citizens of Chico and I hope in the near future I can contribute as much to this wonderful city as you have. Thank you Juanita. – Joe Montes

I’m sorry, this is not clarifying Joe, this is throwing more mud on the situation. We have people trying to cut the voters out of the process, trying to manipulate our elections, and you act as though this is none of the public’s business. Shame on you Joe Montes.

Name names Joe

26 Aug
To: juanita sumner
Hi Juanita,

You may already have heard the news, but I wanted to let you know 
directly that I have decided to withdraw from the Chico City Council 
race. Many people (a growing number) believe it is very likely that I 
will split the vote and potentially cause conservatives to lose a seat 
they might otherwise gain. I don't want that to happen and I am 
willing to set aside my own personal interests for the greater good. I 
wanted to let you know so that you can release my speaking spot on 
5/25 to another candidate, if appropriate.

Thanks Juanita.

Coolidge gets pushy, so I cut comments about him out of my last post

25 Aug
ndrew Coolidge
8:51 AM
To: juanita sumner
I never met with Dave. It isn’t true and I didn’t say it. I’d take a polygraph if you please or swear upon a bible. You need to remove the comment.Andrew Coolidge

Sent via mobile email.

Chico politics have sunk to a new low – SOMEBODY bullied Montes out of the race because he calls council on their conflict of interest with the unions

24 Aug

(You know, it’s always good to ask questions. People accuse me of making stuff up, but they never seem to offer anything better. If Joe Montes would like to step up and let us know exactly what’s going on here, he’s more than welcome. But I smell a rat, and I’ll beat the bushes if I have to.)


Well, Joe Montes finally admits that he was pushed out of the council race by people he won’t name. Read that here:


Melissa D. calls it an “ambush” – Montes received a friendly invitation to meet and was instead gang-jumped by a group of conservatives who very impolitely asked him to step aside. He won’t give any more details than that, so I am left to guess.

(This section cut due to some heavy pressure from Andrew Coolidge…)

I’m guessing these little gang-jumps take place in facilitator Larry Wahl’s office out on Nord (Update: Michael Jones has since informed me that Joe Montes told him that Larry actually tried to  talk Montes into getting back in the race – if this is true I certainly apologize for that accusation, but none of the following. ). Larry has invited me to “strategy” meetings at his office – I realized, the strategy was, “shut Juanita up.” Whenever you tender an opinion Larry Wahl does not like, he at first tries to sweet talk you out of it, then he just plain gets nasty up your ass. When neither tack worked with me, I got dumped from Larry’s mailing list. Not until I got a belly full of his efforts to cut property rights and bully his opponent out of the latest supervisor’s race. 

I also suspect Mark Sorensen and Reanette Fillmer were behind Montes dropping out of the race. The conservatives have decided to go Cop Friendly, and  Joe kept talking about the conflict of interest that is presented when councilors accept campaign financing from the unions with which they bargain contracts. That’s about as clear as the nose on your face, but Sorensen and Morgan are ignoring this and hoping the public does same. 

Reanette Fillmer, on the other hand, is a CalPERS toadie and  a cop groupie. Her first priority is to “fully staff” the police department. She says she’s concerned  about city finances as well but offers no plan to get employees to pay their own benefits and pension. Like Sorensen, who receives a pension from the city of  Biggs, she’s conflicted right up her ass. 

These people are a pile of garbage. I believe they also talked Loretta Torres out of the race, although that’s certainly no loss. 

Chico is in deep trouble folks. We have match of fist-puppets – either you can go with Gruendl and his little mob or Sorensen’s little mob. Ever watch “Gangs  of New York”?


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