Sitting with the Circle of Jerks down at City Hall

14 Feb

Happy Valentine’s Day! This morning I’m treating myself to one of those 8am meetings Downtown. I can’t resist this meeting. It is a perfect example of the waste of $taff time that is costing us millions a year.

Today’s example is the Internal Affairs Committee. Internal Affairs is part of the city’s  internal masturbation process. I’m sorry to be crude, but this process just lends itself to potty talk.
See, the City $taff have got to stay busy. They have to provide themselves with something to do to justify those salaries, like Burkland’s, over $190,000 a year. Mr. Burkland has to look like he’s doing SOMETHING, or at least his $taff has to appear occupied, so these morning committee meetings are just fuel for their salary rationale.
Here’s this morning’s menu:

A. Consideration of Request from American Lung Association for Comprehensive Policy Regarding the Reduction of Tobacco Product Waste.
The Lung Association, also searching for ways to prove their worthiness, is asking the city to ” protect the public from outdoor secondhand smoke exposure and to reduce tobacco product waste in public areas.
I have to wonder, is the Lung Association “in on it”? Do they realize how much money this request will cost the taxpayer in $taff $alaries? As Dave Burkland points out, the city already has litter laws, they just don’t enforce them. What makes the Lung Association think they’ll enforce a redundant law any moreso than they’d enforce any other law? Who do they think is going to enforce this law, anyway – the same Chico PD who told us they wouldn’t investigate a major vandalism incident in a California Park neighborhood because they’d just been turned down for a pay increase?
I also have to ask, what’s Dave Burkland doing, allowing this use of $taff time? Is he an idiot, or is he “in on it”?  (okay, that’s a rhetorical question, the answer is “both”).
Next item,

B. Consideration of Request from American Lung Association for a Comprehensive Policy to Protect the Public from Second Hand Smoke.

Yeah, you’re reading it right. This is a redundant redundant request. Again the committee will consider “a comprehensive policy to protect the public from outdoor second hand smoke and reduce tobacco product waste.

I know, stop it! Or as Elaine would say, “Shut Up!”

The explanation here is that “The Committee agreed to pursue the issue of second hand smoke after receiving input from community groups representing businesses, health care professionals and enforcement.”

The “community groups, representing businesses, health care professionals and enforcement” amounted to less than a dozen people, actually, well, I’m guessing, exactly three people.

The third item on today’s menu was agendized by exactly one person,  city Planning Commissioner and all around pain in the ass Jon Luvass.  Here’s Luvass’ item, you’re going to love it, you know, they always save the best for last:

C. Resolution to End Corporate PersonhoodDiscussion regarding a request from Jon Luvaas to have the Council adopt a resolution urging Congress to initiate an amendment to the U.S. Constitution to end corporate
personhood. This item was referred from Council at its meeting of January 17, 2012.

See what you’re missing when you’re not sitting with me in these meetings? Total insanity, that’s right. This whole thing is nuts, and not the kind of nuts that bring $$$$ into Butte County, but the kind of nuts that load it into their 401K and take to to Costa Rica.

I’d call it a Circle Jerk, but they don’t sit around in a circle. These meetings are an absolute waste of time, and of course, wads of your money.

3 Responses to “Sitting with the Circle of Jerks down at City Hall”

  1. Joe Shaw February 14, 2012 at 9:28 am #

    Seems like some of these salaries are approaching “City of Bell” status. Whats the average working wage in Chico, around $35k i would guess? With so many educated and experienced good people out of work right now, youd think we could replace many of these city folks at about half the wage. Are their jobs really that complicated and difficult? Guess I’m a natural skeptic because I’ve worked a county job and I’ve been in unions before and in both scenarios I was paid to do nothing for a good part of the day. I would suggest that if these jobs really do merit six figures, perhaps they would not mind an occasional tag along, like the police have done. Any concerned citizen should be able to spend time with these “professionals” and see for themselves what they do. Now THAT would be something to write about!

    • Juanita Sumner February 14, 2012 at 12:44 pm #

      “I would suggest that if these jobs really do merit six figures, perhaps they would not mind an occasional tag along, like the police have done. Any concerned citizen should be able to spend time with these “professionals” and see for themselves what they do. Now THAT would be something to write about!”

      I did exactly that this morning – went to a committee meeting, with no less than six city employees, two council members and a guy named Steve from CARD (also a public salary, although a separate entity from the city). All taxpayer supported salaries, some of them approaching obscenity. I would sure love to see more members of the public at these 8am “tag-alongs”. They are open to the public, but of course, they aren’t taped or televised like the council meetings. That’s wrong, and more people need to get their asses Downtown and see what passes for “merit” at the city of Chico. There is stuff said at these meetings that would absolutely outrage people, if only they could hear it.

      I’ll answer your question – there’s nothing going on at these meetings that merits six figure salaries. not judging from what I saw this morning.

      And yep, I plan to write about it, oh boy do I plan to write about it. Stay tuned.

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