Tonight’s council meeting just another step down the Road to Perdition – $7 million Gen Fund deficit! And counting!

18 Nov

Chris Constantin is such a considerate fellow. He sent me a note the other day (Sunday!) to tell me, there’d been some changes Downtown, and he wanted to be sure I knew who to direct my questions to in the future. Seems he’s been promoted to Assistant City Mangler, and Frank Fields has been moved up to Administrative Services Mis-Director. Scott Dowell, who ran CARD into the ground as chief finangling officer there, will be sidling into Frank Fields’ position.

And you all heard, we have two new councilors, yippee doo-dah.  I’m going to throw out a no-brainer – Mark Sorensen will be our new Mayor, and Sean Morgan will bask in the glory of Vice Mayor – go get ’em Big Boy!

This will be a short hayride for both of them – Ann Schwab and Mary Flynn will get a big laugh when they ride us right into bankruptcy. I know, I’ve been hard on Mary – I hope she learns to laugh again, and not like a crazy lady.

At this time of year, with darkness and my PG&E bill closing in on me, with no hope of jobs here for my kids, looking at higher and higher prices at the grocery stores despite the recent downturn in gas prices – it’s hard for me to muster a “fuck you” about what’s going on Downtown. Especially when I look at tonight’s agenda

http://chico-ca.granicus.com/MetaViewer.php?view_id=2&event_id=92&meta_id=42613

and see nothing but trouble – grants for salaries, fund transfers, unsustainable raises for management and police.

That’s Trouble, right here in River City. Trouble! And that starts with ‘T’ and that’s rhymes with ‘C’ and that’s your City Council.

 

 

 

 

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6 Responses to “Tonight’s council meeting just another step down the Road to Perdition – $7 million Gen Fund deficit! And counting!”

  1. Jim November 18, 2014 at 8:37 am #

    Unfortunately I agree. I see no reason to be optimistic about the future of our City.

    • Juanita Sumner November 18, 2014 at 5:59 pm #

      I think a lot of people feel disenfranchised by our city government, helpless, unable to effect any kind of change. I’d like to focus on some sort of measure for the 2016 election that will bring people to the polls, something positive to turn out for.

      Some ideas – 1) in Hemet the Taxpayers Association put two measures on the ballot in 2010, one to limit terms for city council and the other which discontinued insurance coverage for councilors – they spent about $7,000 on both measures, which passed with a whopping 80 percent each 2) I wonder how many people would be interested in seeing the Utility Tax go down to 3 percent – Scott Gruendl led the charge to raise it to the maximum 5 percent about six years ago, when Staff and Council first started talking loudly about our financial problems 3)some sort of measure prohibiting fund transfers – I’m way over my head there, we’d need a lot of help on that one.

      What am I talking about – I don’t know the first thing about measures, writing them, getting them on the ballot – but if we can get enough interest, I think we can get help from bigger organizations like Jarvis Taxpayers Assoc.

      Something I don’t want to pursue – people keep asking me about repealing the bag ban – I’m not interested. The state has a law now, and it’s just a waste of time to pursue anything here. I’d rather work on things we have some chance of achieving.

      • bob November 18, 2014 at 8:24 pm #

        The trough feeders will be making a full court press for the taxpayers’ bank accounts next election

        http://calwatchdog.com/2014/11/18/is-local-tax-measure-success-a-sign-of-things-to-come/#comment-102838

        And check out this

        http://www.californiacityfinance.com/Votes1411preliminary.pdf

        The Paradise measure barely passed. If there was a rebuttal to the trough feeders pitch in the voters’ handbook maybe it wouldn’t have passed.

      • Juanita Sumner November 19, 2014 at 7:36 am #

        Damn, I had not checked on Paradise – in Marysville, their sales tax increase, Measure W, only lost by about 80 votes. The city played dirty enough that the Howard Jarvis Assoc was threatening to sue if the measure passed.

        We need to run our own measure in 2016, I’ll call a meeting in January. Of course you don’t have to attend a meeting physically, we’ll also discuss it here, but a lot of people are shy on the blog, so we’ll have a meeting to see who is interested.

  2. Jim November 19, 2014 at 9:10 am #

    Juanita, I think you are on the right track here. Lets use the initiative process to effect the change in the City that we want. Stephanie would know more about this as she has done this before.
    We have some time here, lets come up with a couple good proposals to reign in the outrageous benefit packages city workers receive, and to get better responsibility in how they handle finances.

    • Juanita Sumner November 19, 2014 at 3:03 pm #

      There is a big fight right now in Michigan over “right to work” legislation, including a proposal which would make it illegal to force employees who don’t want to be members to pay any kind of fee. Right now, our police and fire require all employees who don’t want to be union members to pay the same fee for “representation”. Union advocates call these employees “free riders,” saying they benefit from the activities of the union so should have to pay, forfeiting any right to vote? That’s just schoolyard bullying, like Give me your lunch money Opie!

      http://ballotpedia.org/Michigan_%22Protect_Our_Jobs%22_Amendment,_Proposal_2_%282012%29

      Maybe we need to pursue that kind of initiative here, where the unions pump more money into our local elections than anybody else.

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