What’s with Sorensen’s flip-flop on the Saturday market?

22 Jun

I’ve been “decompressing” these last few weeks, waiting for Summer to roll in, getting the garden going, and turning over a rental. Frankly, I was getting pretty sick of Chico politics.  I got sick of talking about the “Farmer’s Market,” because there were too many important things left out of the conversation.  

  • despite my asking, there was never any discussion of the Thursday night market, how much DCBA pays to shut down streets, and how unhappy Downtown merchants have always been about that
  • we never talked about the agreement by which the market is held every Wednesday ON PRIVATE PROPERTY at North Valley Plaza – I’d like to know, how much they pay, what’s their agreement with NVP? 
  • Saturday Market is NOT A FARMER’S MARKET – you can buy all kinds of packaged food and plastic crap and stuff that isn’t grown by farmers. And when the question of sales tax receipts came up, the CCFM folks just went mum. 

Those are just three little questions I had that went right under the carpet. 

I’m also sick of talking about Downtown as though Chico begins and ends between the creeks. There are whole parts of town with crapped out streets and bad drinking water, shopping centers with empty storefronts and whole sections of town that represent a dictionary example of BLIGHT. Drive that neighborhood behind East Avenue Mickey D’s – lock your doors! There have been muggings in that area. 

Unemployment in Chico is higher than the state average, and median income is lower.  

Ask yourself another question: what percentage of Chico’s 80,000-plus population even goes near the Saturday market? But, every city resident is paying for the $taff time that goes into this bullshit. 

The biggest question though, is what got into Mark Sorensen? When this petition came out, he went on Topix and ranted about how it was illegal, but now he joins a unanimous council in shoving this thing up our collective butt? 

Something weird is going on. Let me guess. Sorensen wants the market to pay for the infrastructural improvements to that lot, and as soon as they do, that market is kaput and there’s a four story “live-work” unit on that lot. 



6 Responses to “What’s with Sorensen’s flip-flop on the Saturday market?”

  1. Mark June 22, 2014 at 8:07 am #

    There is no apostrophe in Farmers Market (according to the USDA). The farmers don’t own it, the community does. It is a community market of farmers and other small vendors. Grocery stores sell non-grocery items. Why can’t the CCFM? Little made the same argument about coffee, but there are coffee carts and food trucks everywhere, including at the TNM.

    • Juanita Sumner June 22, 2014 at 9:43 am #

      Grocery stores operate on their own property, for which they pay oodles in property taxes. These people want to use public property to make a profit, come on Mark, they aren’t out there performing any charity.

      Who’s the community Mark? You and your friends? People who live in the center of incorporated Chico? Got any statistics on what portion of the city population uses the market? I know you don’t have numbers on this supposition that people who come to the market spend money in stores Downtown, all you have is chatter and extrapolation. A “survey” done by Ladonna’s class – I know a couple of those meatheads who did that “survey”, they play hockey with my kid. A survey done by a bunch of college kids goofing around the Saturday market, trying to pick up chicks, passes for a real study of this issue, that’s hilarious.

      when you get some real information, get back to me.

      • Mark June 22, 2014 at 12:41 pm #

        You disparage everyone else’s research but ask that we listen to you. Huh.

      • Juanita Sumner June 22, 2014 at 8:26 pm #

        you will never give a straight answer to my questions – I guess we’re stuck!

  2. Jim June 22, 2014 at 9:58 am #

    To me the strange part is that now they are going to start charging for parking on Saturday. Somehow that slipped by everyone.

    • Juanita Sumner June 22, 2014 at 10:39 am #

      thanks Jim, good to hear from you.

      No, charging for parking on Saturday isn’t going to do anybody any good. When will they get it – we’re not talking about charity here, we’re talking about business. We have a group of leeches who want to capitalize on the hard work and investment of others. They make their fascist little demands, claiming to provide some community service – the rest of us are supposed to just keep putting out, whether we get or need the “service” they offer.

      And when you ask them, “how much should we give?” Oooooh, they only answer “more-more-MORE!”

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