Local Government Committee – a good meeting for an overview of local government activities – today, 3:30, City Hall Conference Room 2

6 May

Today I will try to make a 3:30 meeting of the “Local Government Committee” – made up of representatives from the various local agencies, city council,  county board of supervisors, CARD, etc. Staff presents reports on issues like the solid waste franchise agreements and other activities of these taxing entities. I’ve realized, if you can’t attend every meeting, this is a good way to keep an eye on county and city business.

At the last meeting in February, for example, they talked about the lack of any kind of mental health facility – like I’ve said, the cops pick up these people around Chico, and have no place to take them but Enloe Hospital. As far as I know, Enloe does not receive compensation for these people.  Enloe constantly complains about uncompensated patients – well, there you have it. Chico PD won’t arrest these people because they don’t want to be responsible for the hospital bill, so they are free to wander out as they please. 

The county has been discussing a new location for a 24 hour facility since the old facility on Rio Lindo was shut down (don’t know when that was). The law says the building has to be in a residential area? Zoning? Not sure, but so far, neighbors have harpooned an attempt to place it on Pillsbury.  Now staff has a location at Cohasset and Rio Lindo “that meets the residential requirements and is in better location surrounded by various facilities and business that serve the public. The County is negotiating with Enloe Hospital for a parcel split. There will be an approximate 120-day escrow period prior to the County obtaining State licensing for the facility which is expected to accommodate 10 residents and have 24 hour staffing.”

So, they are buying land from Enloe? How much will they pay? I’ll have to ask, they will be giving another update today. 

Mark Orme will talk about the city waste hauler franchise – he says they will be ready with that in July. When I sat in on the consultant’s report, he said the deal would have to include mandatory service for all city residents to make it practical for the hauler, but when I asked Chris Constantin about a low-income subsidy he said he couldn’t answer yet. I’ll see if they have that answer today.

Here’s the link to today’s agenda, and a link for the minutes from the February meeting.



2 Responses to “Local Government Committee – a good meeting for an overview of local government activities – today, 3:30, City Hall Conference Room 2”

  1. bob May 6, 2015 at 9:58 pm #

    Why don’t they just call that franchise fee a tax? Because whatever company gets the contract will pass most of it on to us.

    And speaking of taxes it looks like the criminals in Sucramento will take in a record heist. Billions and billions more than they thought they would steal.

    So do they talk of giving a penny of it back to their victims? Nooooooooooooo!

    Do they even talk of using it to attempt to shore up all the disastorously under funded pensions? Nooooooooooooooooooooooo!

    Like spoiled children they are going to have food fight over how to spend it.

    And even with this record heist they are looking at INCREASING taxes EVEN MORE!

    And of course the parasites in this city’s government and parasites associated with it will be out in full force next election demanding the voters increase taxes even further.

    How can anyone be so stupid as to not see that goverment is the biggest rip-off there is?

    And how could anyone vote to put these A holes back into office?

    Having to live among these people and have them cripple your economic life is enough to make wish you were never born.



    • Juanita Sumner May 7, 2015 at 4:40 am #

      I so agree Bob, and I’ll tell you what I got out of that meeting yesterday – Mark Orme thinks he’s in the right, he thinks he’s worth $200,000 plus a year, he thinks the rest of us should just buck up and pay.

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