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.
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 unions24 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”?
I can’t believe what an idiot Scott Gruendl is. How does this guy manage to get elected again and again? My conclusion – Chico has become swamped with outsiders who vote by party instead of informing themselves as to what’s really going on.
Gruendl’s answer to Skywest leaving Chico airport? He continues to whine and moan about getting more people to fly out of Chico instead of drive to Sacramento or SF. The first question that comes to mind is, why was Scott driving 102 miles an hour into Chico if he could have flown to see his sick sister in the Bay Area?
Simple answer – flying and airports suck. Unless you are travelling hundreds of miles from home, it’s not worth the crap you are expected to put up with from the airlines.
Think about it – we’ve talked and talked about how people want to drive right up to the front door of businesses Downtown instead of parking in a centralized garage and meander through the gauntlet of filthy extended hands and minefield of human and animal waste to get where they are going. Yeah, I want to make a specific purchase or pick up some food, I’m not going Downtown for a pleasant jaunt. The same applies to people who are travelling long distances – it’s just too damn convenient, for a million reasons, to take your own car.
If you park in a parking garage Downtown, you are left to tote your purchases around some pretty unsavory characters – with your hands full of bulky items, you are a sitting duck for a purse snatcher. And let’s not forget about your car – they don’t provide security in the parking garages Downtown, and they’ve had problems with cars being broken into and vandalized.
Likewise, if you choose to fly out of town, you are left with a decision to pack as little as possible into a tiny tote that fits in the compartment over your head, or put your bags out there – like Freewheelin’ Franklin, you are never quite sure if you will ever see them again.
And, I don’t know if Chico Airport provides any security in the parking lot, and it must get pretty dark and lonely out there at night.
I’ll never forget when our friend Dana the Bitch flew down to visit from Washington. She couldn’t get a flight to Chico until the next day, so instead of having her pay to stay in some fleabag at the airport, we drove to get her. When we met her she informed us that she’d brought a bag of gifts for all the Chico Deadheads, so we’d have to go and pick it up.
We went to the pickup point and waited about a half an hour. When Dana asked about the hold up, they told her that her bag had accidentally been loaded on a plane to Brazil.
This is a true story.
Dana is a hot little redheaded bitch. A small person physically, she has learned to puff herself up when threatened. She takes on the persona of an 1850’s river boat captain, raising profanity to a practical art. You just had to be there, especially when they told her the plane hadn’t taken off yet, but that they just weren’t going to retrieve her bag. They told her she would have to put in a claim form and wait for it to be sent back from Brazil
And then this little fireball became agitated. If this happened now, she’d probably be dead, but in the pre-911 days, the airport people were more malleable. The little man behind the counter started to apologize fast, she was making one hell of a scene, and some of the other passengers were starting to join in.
Long story short – it took us an hour and a half, but we left with the bag.
I won’t even bother to tell the story of my husband and son being abandoned in San Francisco by Skywest, by an agent who wouldn’t refund the tickets they’d bought, because I know it’s a common story, an experience that’s been had over and over.
Gruendl continues to be one of the worst hypocrites I’ve known. Instead of acknowledging that the airport has been seriously neglected by a city council asleep at the wheel, and that the airport fund has been completely tapped to pay pensions, he turns to us for charity - if only you people would pitch in for what we want!
If this guy gets re-elected,we’re up shit creek without a paddle.
I’m sitting here in shock over the announcement that Cal Water got 20 of the 38 percent they asked for in a rate hike. And here’s the kicker Girls – retroactive back to January of this year. The CPUC had delayed the decision, so they agreed to make it retroactive. The announcement claimed the average retroactive amount would be $56, just glued on to your next bill. That’s based on the assumption that we all spend the lion’s share of our time at work and school, flushing public toilets and drinking bottled water. Mine will more likely be over $100 – God I’m a pig.
I got a comment from John B., reminding me, Cal Water asks for a rate increase about every three years. It’s automatic or something.
my comment is about the 20% increase in water rates that was just approved, how do they get away with this every 3 years,they ask for raises to build new water tanks,repair/replace infastructure,new office to cut down cost,but when these things are done the cost still stay in place,so if they ask for 500k to build a water tank in there rates they are getting that 500k every 3 years forever.why do we not see a decrease when projects that the money was for are complete maybe a little for upkeep. they have increases in effect from 20yrs ago for completed projects. take out the public in cpuc
He’s right, they make it sound temporary, but they never use the word “sunset,” or give a date. They just use these excuses to perpetually hike our rates to cover their pensions, like I said in my letter to the ER:
Chico Cal Water ratepayers have been wondering about the “WRAM” charge on their bills. WRAM is the “Water Rate Adjustment Mechanism,” by which Cal Water manipulates our rates monthly to cover what Chico manager Pete Bonacich calls “operating expenses.”
Contacted by Action News 24, Mr. Bonacich described “operating expenses”. “We still have to have people go out and read our meters, we still have to have people go out and check our well sites, and maintain our pumps and things like that.”
Like Chico Police, Butte Vectors, CARD and other public and quasi-public employees, Cal Water employees get defined benefits, for which they pay zero to nine percent. They expect us to pay the rest. The Chico water rate increase notice I received in my bill included “$556,000 to retain the same level of employee health care, pensions, and retiree health care benefits for General Office personnel…” and another $423,000 for field workers’ benefits, for one year, but only “$163,000 for water infrastructure improvements between 2013 and 2016.”
We are faced with a wave of tax and rate increase proposals to pay for pensions for workers who pay little to nothing for 70 to 90 percent of their highest year’s pay, available as early as age 50. Please join Chico Taxpayers Association in protesting unsustainable compensation. Protests from Chico ratepayers have resulted in a decrease in the water rate increase proposal which is currently before the CPUC – together we can and do make a difference.
I meant that about making a difference. They wanted a 38 percent rate hike, and while I’m sure they asked for more than they really wanted, I’m also pretty sure they would have got that 38 and liked it plenty if we hadn’t squawked about it.
I won’t give Chico much credit, Marysville and Lucerne and some other towns made a lot more noise. We owe them a lot of thanks. Those letters got one CPUC commissioner to at least set it aside, he asked for more comments from ratepayers. I’m guessing if we’d given him more, we might have got a better shake than 20. Oh well.
John says, “take out the public in cpuc [California Public Utilities Commission]…” This has already been accomplished – our governors, from Gray Davis on to Jerry Brown II have built a commission out of former employees of the utility giants. The current president of the CPUC, Michael Peevey, once headed Edison South and other power companies.
Screaming bloody murder about this stuff is good, but we have to start voting for some new people. We have to start in our local elections, get rid of these union plants.
Staff robbed the airport fund to pay their pensions, and now Redding will get increased commercial service because they put money into their airport16 Aug
Why is Mark Orme surprised that Skywest has cut service to Chico? Is he new around here or something?
I’ve attended the Airport Commission meetings on and off for a few years now. Their agendas read like a broken record – get commercial air service! And, there has always been an underlying fear that Skywest would bail out on us completely. From my own and experiences I’ve heard about, it’s no loss. Skywest was awful, leaving people stranded in Frisco with no refund.
Jim, how about that story you told me about the fueling problem on your Skywest flight? That is a great story about how Chico airport is run – or not.
Orme reveals that the city’s plan to save the airport over the last year has been to encourage people to use Skywest. That’s the plan? These people are bigger idiots than I could ever imagine.
A couple of years ago, a friend of mine who is a tenant and plane owner at Chico airport told me the real problem – the runway at Chico airport is not long enough for the new jets they’re bringing in. The tarmac needs to be lengthened. Redding did such a project a couple of years ago, and I think it cost less than a million dollars. Now they announce on Ch 7, as Chico loses Skywest, Redding airport will be getting more flights. That’s because they lengthened their tarmac to meet modern needs. Chico instead pilfered the airport fund, which Orme reminds us, has been in the red for some time, to pay their CalPERS payments.
Chico Airport has suffered from a lack of management for over 10 years. I can’t remember when the airport had a full-time manager. The fund has been in the red for several years. Now, they suddenly find funding to hire a manager? I’m just going to guess – this guy is a friend of Orme’s or Constantin’s.
Orme says it’s time to get over the loss of commercial air service. I agree. I think it’s long past time they started better serving their tenants and pilots who pay fees to park and fly out of our airport. Last year, according to staff, they lost 130 planes. 130 yearly parking fees. I don’t know the dollar amount on that, but they were bumming about it.
These people who are banging for commercial air service in Chico better get their heads out of their asses and think – they really think a commercial air liner is going to land on our pot-holed old tarmac, short, I don’t know, what, 100 feet? That’s a lot when you’re landing a jet people. And then there’s the fueling station – I’ll let Jim tell you about that.
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