Chico Enterprise Record reporter Laura Urseny seems determined to pull the wool over the taxpayers’ eyes on CARD’s aquatic center boondoggle

18 May

Chico Enterprise Record, 5/16/2014:  “At Thursday night’s CARD board meeting, center representative and former CARD board member Jerry Hughes asked the CARD board to consider setting aside $30,000 for the aquatic center effort.  He said that money would be used to hire a consultant for a feasibility study.”

I find it really interesting that Enterprise Record “reporter” Laura Urseny, who covers CARD and attends all the meetings, chose not to tell us that CARD just put out money for a consultant for a “feasibility study”  – remember the little survey they floated last year?

I sat in on the consultant’s report – she said there was no support at that time for an aquatic center, and that CARD needed to “build support in the community.” That’s what this new consultant is all about – how will they convince us that we need to put a bond on our homes to pay for an aquatic center?

According to Director Steve Visconti, “There’s not enough to build an aquatic center; we’re talking millions. But we do have $30,000. We can do a conceptual plan or help with the process.”

What neither Visconti nor Urseny will ever  tell you is that CARD is on the hot seat for their unfunded pension liability.  Last year, in addition to $300,000 spent annually, they made a “one time” $400,000 paydown to avoid penalties from CalPERS. CARD employees pay nothing toward their own retirement – 70 percent of their highest year’s salary at age 55.    Visconti is set to retire soon on 70 percent of $112,000.

“Earlier in the week, an outreach meeting for potential partners and funding sources was held that attracted about 30 organizations that came together to hear about the proposed center. ” Really?  I signed up to be noticed of these meetings and they dumped me from the list. I have to ask, what 30 organizations, how about naming them? Why are CARD and Urseny so secretive about this whole aquatic center thing? Because they’re in those meetings talking about how they will get the public to pay for their pipe dreams.

Laura Urseny is not a news reporter – she’s nothing but a busybody. Oh yeah, I hear you – “look who’s talking…”  Well, it’s my purse they’re sticking their pudgy mitts into, and I’ll tell you what – they’re going to draw back a stump.



6 Responses to “Chico Enterprise Record reporter Laura Urseny seems determined to pull the wool over the taxpayers’ eyes on CARD’s aquatic center boondoggle”

  1. Linda Cartier May 18, 2014 at 6:33 pm #

    Who is the author of this and other articles?

    • Juanita Sumner May 19, 2014 at 5:11 am #

      Please go to the upper right corner of this page and click on “Contact us here.”

    • Lloyd Crump May 19, 2014 at 7:02 pm #

      Linda, fascinating how the “reply” to your perfectly reasonable question was not really a reply at all. JS is really quite the shape-shifter.

      • Juanita Sumner May 20, 2014 at 4:55 am #

        Ah, – here you are again, calling yourself, “Lloyd Crump”? Where do you sit when you make this stuff up SD?

        I’m disappointed that the Aquatic Center folks would come at me like that instead of answering the charges – don’t have a good answer do you ? By the way, “Lloyd,” Linda Cartier could be a “shape-shifter” for all I know. She just demands to know who we are? Maybe she could introduce herself properly, that might get her a friendlier answer.

        You aquatic center folks are just white trash with money. Jerry Hughes and Ed Seagle try to put themselves off as a couple of nice old codgers – cougars is more like it, fighting to save their own pensions.

  2. bob May 19, 2014 at 12:31 am #

    A related must read

    What are the Fastest-Growing Classes of Millionaires in America?

    • Juanita Sumner May 19, 2014 at 5:01 am #

      Thanks Bob, you read my mind. If public workers aren’t the “One Percent,” then they’re the top 24 percent, that’s for sure.

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