Thanks to Randall Stone for shedding light on some cockroaches. See how they run!

14 Nov

The funniest thing I’ve heard out of this flap between Randall Stone and Chico Pigs is the assertion made by CPOA president Peter Durfee – identifying somebody as a Chico police officer puts his life in danger?  

Chico PD acts more like a street gang every day. Here they tell us, they wanted to keep their racism/homophobic problem internal? Well, I’m sorry, when you leave stuff like that in a warm dark place, like the brain of a Chico police officer, it starts to fester and mold, it gets bigger and uglier every day, until it just bursts out at somebody.  And that’s what we’ve got here – a Chico cop letting his real feelings all hang out. 

Dave Little seems to be saying, in this morning’s editorial, that feelings like this are better kept private!  Well, I’m certainly glad David Little isn’t running the police department. I’d like to see Kirk Trostle get the boot, because he’s done everything he can to keep Chico PD operations out of the public’s oversight. And this case with Todd Boothe is just the stinking tip of a big floating turd. 

Yes, this incident does color the whole department. How could it not – Peter Durfee has been on TV ever since it happened, making a total ass of himself defending this racist homophobic hate monger, telling everybody it’s okay for a guy who put on a uniform of Public Trust and promised to protect and serve everybody, not just the white heterosexuals, to have feelings like this, at all.

When I brought up racism in the department a year or so ago, a young woman identifying herself as Hmong started bombing my blog with “you’re a racist!” and other really nasty, nonsensical racial slurs and trash talk.  I just didn’t get it – I was complaining that Chico PD had charged the Hmong group that runs the annual New Year’s celebration thousands of dollars for a weekend of “protection,” citing “gang problems.” Those were the words of Chico PD, but this gal attacked me for the better part of a year, with  really ugly remarks about my sex life, etc. Now that I’ve seen the stuff from Boothe’s page,  I believe “she” was a cop or a cop supporter. 

When I made public remarks regarding fire and police salaries a couple of years ago, fire department employee Ken Campbell first accosted my husband and I leaving a meeting, yelling loudly, like a drunk trying to start a fight with my husband.  I know he was trying to get my husband to swing on him. Later he came to my blog a few times, tried to bait me again, denying the facts I’d posted about the salaries and pensions. Then he got himself into real trouble trying the same bully tactics with former city councilman Bob Evans.  Campbell and other Chico FD employees  went door to door in the Chico neighborhoods surrounding Station 5, and told people it was the city council who had made the decision to close the station, when it was the Fire Chief. Evans and other members of council got ugly and even threatening phone calls as a result of LIES spread by Ken Campbell and his co-workers. Campbell came to the podium, admitted it, and was called on the carpet by Evans for a good five minutes. But, he’s still a city employee, which is why I’m not supporting Evans in his bid against Maureen Kirk. Evans is just a show boater – not that I didn’t enjoy the show.   We saw the fire department for what they are  – a bunch of overpaid bullies. 

Same for the cops. I could go on for days with stuff I’ve seen out of Chico PD officers, including a very bizarre incident I witnessed at One Mile one afternoon. Three huge Chico PD officers had two little Mexican boys, about 10 years old, sat on a bench in their dripping wet cut-off shorts. The kids were just cowering on the bench, and the cops were yelling in turn, “WHAT GANG ARE YOU IN!” I wanted to stop and ask them what the hell was going on, but my husband prudently warned me to keep on riding. We had our own kids, and you just don’t know what a Chico cop will do. My husband grew up here, and he’ll tell you – Mark Gordon was the last good cop they had at Chico PD.

Mark Gordon was admittedly gay, never made any bones about it. When my husband was in high school, they called him “Mark the Park Narc,” because he made a point to be friendly to teenagers who looked like they might be doing drugs, telling them to run along, play nice, don’t get in trouble. The kids all knew he was gay, and they snickered a little, but they always did what he said. He became kind of a town pet, a cop everybody knew.  

Back in 1998 a woman cop named  Melody Davidson got into an elevator with Gordon and during the one floor ride she told him, “I can make a man out of you.” At about the same time, Davidson got into trouble because she was supposed to be the ABC bar liaison and she got caught having sexual relations with not one but several bar owners.  Gordon was not impressed, reported the incident, and later sued the department. He got a settlement, which was not detailed to the public, and left the department. If you read back over the minutes for 1999, you will see one appropriation after another, hundreds of thousands of dollars! defending Davidson. Meanwhile, Davidson also sued the city – you will see the notes concurrent with the Gordon matter, as well as the budget appropriations made for her case.

I don’t know what became of Davidson’s case, but after Gordon settled (money paid on top of the hundreds of thousands spent on the case), she continued to work for the department another eight years. I don’t know the details of her departure from 2008, but in her last year here, she took over $30,000 in overtime, for a total annual salary of about $97,000. 

I’m not a cop hater, but I have no use for any member of Chico PD. Good cops don’t put up with the type of stuff that goes on down there as routine. The racism is on the books, but not available to the public – just ask Trostle, or Lori Barker, how many race-related claims have been made against Chico PD, and the city has just rolled over and paid, because they know it’s true. Nobody is willing to take on  Chico PD and do the house cleaning that needs to be done. 

Nobody except Randall Stone, that is. Good for you Randall, thanks for all of us. Stone, who came to our Chico Taxpayers meeting months ago to detail the problems with the contract talks, is being singled out by these creeps because he’s apparently the only council member to question the ridiculous salaries and payment of their benefits packages. The appropriate response from Trostle would have  been suspension, followed by firing. There’s no room for the kind stuff this guy posted on his Facebook, anywhere, in a police department. They tell us they pay these salaries to “attract good employees.” This is just proof that doesn’t work. Trostle needs to go too. 

UPDATE: As if on cue, Ken Campbell comes around to show us the kind of professionalism these salaries bring to town! He baits, he taunts, he eviscerates the English language, but not once does he offer anything intelligent. 

Ken, can you tell us why we should pay the other 96 percent of your benefits? 

5 Responses to “Thanks to Randall Stone for shedding light on some cockroaches. See how they run!”

  1. Ken Campbell November 15, 2013 at 12:40 pm #

    You tell the funniest stories Juanita!!! Your the best fiction writer I know!

    • Juanita Sumner November 15, 2013 at 2:49 pm #

      Again Ken, it is “you’re“, as in, “you are“, not “your“, as in, your poor grammar.

      • Ken Campbell November 15, 2013 at 6:55 pm #

        Sorry, my bad!! It’s just so hard to text on the freeway going 90mph while I’m laughing my ass off at YOU’RE blog in my giant diesel 4×4 in this tiny phone…
        But as usual, thank you!
        (I know the you’re is in the wrong context!) 🙂

      • Juanita Sumner November 15, 2013 at 8:12 pm #

        This reminds me of the great Pee Wee Herman bit that ends with “I meant to do that.”

        Look out for Large Marge Ken.


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