Randall Stone takes responsibility for phony election mailer, says it was legal

24 Mar

City of Chico Elections?

When I found this post card in my mailbox, I did a double take – it looked like an official city of Chico mailer, but I realized – there is no “City of Chico Elections” department.


A couple of readers asked me to follow up on this post – so I sent an e-mail to the county and city clerks’ offices, and cc-d Karl Ory and Randall Stone. I left Ann Schwab off by mistake, but intentionally ignored Tami Ritter because she seems to have to have done a Rumpelstiltskin since losing to Karl Ory, her running mate.

I got an immediate response from Randall Stone, who was able to retain his seat in the election. 

“1) I knew about it.  It is (in part) my mailing and I authorized it (as is indicated on the envelope…that’s not counterfeit).
2) I sent it (in part).  I paid for it (in part).  Both of these details are part of my campaign disclosures.
3) I’m sorry you find it misleading.
4) It is legal (and not uncommon).
5) I don’t know who you should ask and for what purpose.  But if you believe something about it is untoward, I would encourage you to ask anyone you feel appropriate – up to and including the FPPC.
Sorry I can’t be of more help than that.  We get a lot of accusations of violations about any number of things (you wouldn’t believe some of the wild charges that have been levied in the past), including requests for us to file accusations against our “opponents” or detractors.  Generally, I leave these types of requests for others to address.  I haven’t got the time.


The city clerk’s office is responsible for accepting filings from candidates and groups who want to place items on the ballot, but she told me, “I do not have any authority over mailer content and format.”

The city clerk had forwarded my inquiry to the county clerk, who asked me if I wanted to come in to her office to talk about it? What? Why can’t you just give somebody a straight answer Candy Baby? 

She’s still pissed at me over this:




So, there’s election accountability in Chico and Butte County – two women who just won’t do their jobs, and candidates who do whatever they want. And then there’s the voters, who apparently couldn’t care less.

5 Responses to “Randall Stone takes responsibility for phony election mailer, says it was legal”

  1. Rob March 24, 2017 at 5:45 am #

    thanks for the follow-up Juanita

  2. Rob March 24, 2017 at 2:46 pm #

    How about “Your election information and details enclosed” – I find that deliberately misleading.

    Stone’s nuts.

    • Juanita Sumner March 25, 2017 at 3:19 pm #

      I agree, it looks official, and I’m sure that was the intention. It insinuates these folks are somehow endorsed or have the official sanction of the city.

  3. bob March 25, 2017 at 9:16 am #

    You would think a person with a shred of common sense and integrity wouldn’t do something like that because that person would realize he or she would come off as cheesy and misleading, not to mention insulting the intelligence of his or her constituency.

    Yet Stone did it anyway. Why?

    Because he is a POLITICIAN.

    This kind of thing is the very nature of politics and politicians and their minions.

    I am not angry at politicians when they do these things because it would be like being angry at a rock for being hard or the sun for being hot or a rattlesnake for being poisonous or the Devil for being evil.

    We must never forget that government is a monopoly on the use of force. You must obey every law, ordinance, regulation, edict or command from every politician and government official. You must pay to the penny every tax, fine, fee, assessment and levy that every politician and government official demands. If you don’t, people with guns will come to put you in a cage with violent inmates and if you resist you will be killed.

    Only the most ego-maniacal and power hungry are attracted to that kind of an organization. And of course those who believe they know best how everyone else must live.

    So it is no surprise Stone sent something like this out. He believes his constituents are too stupid to see this for what it is and he may very well be correct. But I am glad he did it because it illustrates the true nature of politicians for all to see.

    • Juanita Sumner March 25, 2017 at 3:21 pm #

      Thanks Bob, well put. I guess I should be mad at the voters who fall for their crap. Look how quickly the angst over the Esplanade remodel blew over – people don’t know the whole story and they blow themselves out on hyperbole. Then they forget too fast, and they don’t do their homework at election time.

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