Mayor Sorensen, I never said you got any money from the cops, I said they spent money electing you, and all it takes is one look at the reports to see the truth

20 Apr

 

Letter: ‘Police department money’ not a factor in election
Juanita Sumner’s reference to thousands of dollars of “police department money” influencing the 2014 Chico City Council campaign is simply false.In truth the Chico Police Officers Association (CPOA) spent a whopping $100.50 in the 2014 election to pay to rent the Council Chambers for a candidate forum which was open to the public.

In my 2014 campaign I received exactly $0 from the CPOA; $0 from Chico police officers, past or present; $0 from labor unions; and received $0 “police department money.”As for the independent expenditure committee (which had a former police chief as a figurehead and the issues of rising crime and dwindling police staffing among its concerns), it received exactly $0 from the CPOA; $0 from Chico police officers, past or present; $0 from labor unions; and $0 “police department money.” As always, all of the documentation is public record and is posted on the city website.

— Mark Sorensen, Chico

Here’s my letter Mark, read it again, LIAR!

 I was shocked by Chico councilwoman Reanette Fillmer’s ill-conceived and insensitive remark about approving another $1.46 million to Chico PD. She said, “you get what you pay for.”

Fillmer is mistaken – she gets what the taxpayers pay for.   Fillmer’s 2014 campaign was the run with 10’s of thousands in police department money. Now she, Sorensen and Coolidge, also the beneficiaries of generous donations from the police, have approved a new contract that allows more pay increases over the coming years. 
This is a clear conflict of interest, as pointed out by former city council candidate and one-time administrative law judge Joe Montes.  Montes dropped out of the 2014 campaign under mysterious circumstances, something about some other, unnamed people convincing him not to run. His charges of conflict of interest were never taken seriously. 
Fillmer is rude and insensitive to the taxpayers, obviously  knowing who  butters her bread. Will we get any accountability out of a council beholden to  public employee unions? I don’t think so.

Juanita Sumner, Chico CA

Here’s the link to the clerk’s campaign reports:

http://www.chico.ca.us/city_clerk/campaign_disclosure_files/currentyearcds.asp

Here’s the link to ex police chief Mike Maloney’s PAC reports:

http://www.chico.ca.us/city_clerk/campaign_disclosure_files/documents/ChicoCitizensCampaignDisclosureForms_Redacted.pdf

Here’s what it says right at the top of Form 496:

Chico Citizens for Accountable Government, supporting the election of Fillmer, Sorensen and Coolidge for Chico City council 2014

Mike Maloney is a retired cop who sits on a pension of over $100,000/year, plus health insurance and COLA. He ran the PAC that spent the most money electing Sorensen, more than Sorensen spent on himself! And Sorensen, our Mayor, who is supposed to be a beacon of morality, like Scott Gruendl and Mary Flynn before him, plays it exactly right! It’s true, he received no money from these PACs. What he forgets to mention, is that they spent money on him

Kinda reminiscent of Donald Sterling and his whore, isn’t it?  Well, get used to it, cause this is what you can expect from your “leaders” over the next four or so years.

I’m not going back to the newspaper to argue with Sorensen – judging from remarks posted on my letter, there are other people who’ve been watching local government for a long time who agree with me. Rick Clements disagrees with me, so that should prove I’m right 🙂

Meanwhile, I received a note recently saying the Nature Center hasn’t made one payment on their loan since the meeting where Sorensen told me  “That’s enough!” when I asked them for their books. Not to mention, the city just wrote off a few hundred thousand in bad loans given to home buyers through the low-income loan program. 

Ain’t it great to have Fiscal Conservative Mark Sorensen watching the cookie jar!

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4 Responses to “Mayor Sorensen, I never said you got any money from the cops, I said they spent money electing you, and all it takes is one look at the reports to see the truth”

  1. bob April 20, 2015 at 1:14 pm #

    I clicked on the Commnets link in your post above and it took me to

    http://www.chicoer.com/opinion/20150418/letter-police-department-money-not-a-factor-in-election#disqus_thread

    There I only see one comment;

    Helen Harberts • 5 hours ago

    Right on Mark.

    • Juanita Sumner April 21, 2015 at 5:17 am #

      I saw that – Helen Harberts doesn’t know anything, she’s just a nasty bully.

      Harberts was fired from her position in the county attorney’s office for “creating a hostile work place,” but Ramsey immediately re-hired her in the DA’s office. There, she worked side-by-side with the guy who got so drunk he drove his car, with his two toddlers inside, onto a boulder. She’s a perfect example of what’s wrong with our system – corruption, spoils and cronyism.

      I don’t know if you can get my letter anymore, but two long-time council watchers agreed with me, cause they know it’s true.

  2. Jim April 23, 2015 at 3:47 pm #

    These “conservatives” are proving themselves to be worse than the “liberals” in office before them.

    • Juanita Sumner April 24, 2015 at 4:52 am #

      My husband predicted I’d be just as disgusted with Sorensen as I am with Gruendl – he was right!

      I believe Sorensen schemed with Nakamura and the cops to let things, including the condition of the park, get so bad we’d all vote to tax ourselves. I believe that $4.8 million they “found” is all speculative, based on their belief they’re going to get us to accept a sales tax increase.

      No matter what they say about our finances, they always leave out – we have some $64 or more million in “pension liability” – that’s what we owe CalPERS for our retired employees. Of course, that’s an old figure I got when Nakamura was still here – every time somebody retires, that figure goes up. Sorensen and his pensioneer buddies need us to pay that, or they might not get their pensions. That is the elephant that is currently crapping all over our sofa.

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