Stay Awake – there are a lot of issues to watch these next few months

8 Jan

What a week. I’ve been busy trying to stay on top of 2016.

People are still angry about the shooting in Paradise, judging from the searches I’m seeing, they want criminal charges for Feaster.  We’ll see where that goes, but it looks like the DA is just going to fall on the ball and lay there.

There are also a lot of searches and hits on information about city contracts, pension deals, etc. People finally seem to be paying attention to the CalPERS disaster, we’ll see if they come to the polls in June and November to do something about it.  If there’s one thing I’d like to see out of 2016 it would be four new faces on city council – four new faces that are not beholden to public employees. I’d like to see Sorensen, Coolidge and Fillmer sitting on that dais with their thumbs up their asses, getting voted down on everything, that’s what I’d like to see.

Did you read David Little’s editorial this morning? Sorry, I still read the Enterprise Record compulsively, it’s like the back of the cereal box, it’s just there.  This morning I was treated to a huge surprise – Editor Little taking on his old buddy Mark Sorensen over the hike in room fees at city hall. Ooooo, do I sense a little rub between the conservative factions? Little seems to be sticking up for League of Women Voters – which is weird, they’ve always been a little to the left, and I had thought Little was such a staunch conservative. Is his wife a member of the League? He acted the same way about Country Day School when his kids were students there – one word against Country Day and Little would go ape.  The guy has no objectivity if he’s got a dog in the fight.

I got a notice from CARD director Ann Willman about an upcoming Aquatic Facility Committee meeting, next Thursday, Jan. 14, 6pm, at Lakeside Pavilion. She also informed me they’d posted the consultant’s presentations for the previous two meetings on the website. Of course she didn’t give me a link I had to search the website.

I have to wonder why these meetings aren’t noticed on the usual page with the Board and Finance Committee meetings, but Willmann won’t answer me  on that. She’s determined to run this AFAC thing under the table. You won’t find any information about who attended or any remarks made by attendees. But, the consultant’s report is pretty damning – over 60 percent of the cost of this boondoggle will be salaries and benefits, and they will never come close to recovering costs through fees. This monstrosity will have to be almost entirely taxpayer supported, by people who will never even drive by the facility. You can see both of the consultant’s presentations here, but these aren’t “reports.”

I’ve probably missed some important stuff here, things are busy, busy, busy.   Other issues I’ve tried to keep track of are the school district’s plans to put a bond on the ballot, the city’s airport management discussion,  the city garbage deal, and the changes at the county dump, but that will take more nose to the grindstone, I’ll keep you posted. 



6 Responses to “Stay Awake – there are a lot of issues to watch these next few months”

  1. Rob January 8, 2016 at 3:33 pm #

    I can’t help but wonder, and I think others might wonder too, if council wants to control who gets to use publicly owned space.

    Moreover, this is another case of the taxpayer paying twice for services – once through taxes and again through fees. We pay all these people anyway, salaries, benefits and pension, and they tell us, we have to pay more if we actually want them to do their job.


    • Juanita Sumner January 8, 2016 at 3:48 pm #

      I’ll add, I think it’s weird the relationship the city of Chico has always had with Chico Unified – very hostile and competitive. Maybe the city is mad because the school board has already decided to put a bond on the ballot, which might make it hard for the city to pass any tax measure. CARD will most likely put a measure on the ballot, or maybe they will poll their assessment district, but that will also add pressure to the situation.

    • bob January 9, 2016 at 11:59 am #

      We pay all these people anyway, salaries, benefits and pension, and they tell us, we have to pay more if we actually want them to do their job.

      That’s the way government works. They take and take and take, and what they take is much more than you will ever get back, even in what they call “services.” One exception to this is for those on the very bottom rungs of the economic ladder, and they will receive enough to keep them alive and make sure they always stay in poverty.

      The number one goal of every government bureaucracy is to make sure it maintains its existence and increase its power, if possible, not to serve its so called constituency.

      • Juanita Sumner January 9, 2016 at 3:37 pm #

        You have certainly described life in California.

  2. Jim January 11, 2016 at 6:56 am #

    The City also charges high fees for groups that want to use the downtown concrete plaza for free events like concerts. Same deal with hosting the Parade of Lights or the Pioneer Day Parade. These groups need to come up with over $1000 just to pay the costs to host a free community event. It’s infuriating.

    • Juanita Sumner January 11, 2016 at 4:44 pm #

      But if a city council member is involved, fees are waived for any of this stuff.

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