CARD still after their revenue measure – another consultant?

10 Dec

Today someone from the California Park and Recreation Society read several posts I’ve written here about Chico Area Recreation District’s attempt to pass a revenue measure. I followed them back to their site and they seem to be an legislative advocacy group, but I smell bond consultant.

CARD has spent at least $100,000 in the last few years, on one consultant after another, trying get the public to support a revenue measure. The consultants all say the same thing.  Like the consultant that spoke at a recent city of Chico Finance Committee meeting regarding the sales tax/bond measure the city is pursuing – they need to find out what people want, and then promise it to them if they’ll only vote for the revenue measure. But the surveys are always leading – they suggest things like sports stadiums, grandiose aquatic centers.  The guy at the finance committee used an ice skating rink as an example. 

They all talk about demographics – statistical data relating to the population and particular groups within it.  Yes, they study the local voting rolls, neighborhood trends, who lives where and how they vote. And then they target those people in phone surveys. This was all explained by Bay Area consultant Ruth Bernstein at a CARD meeting I attended in 2016.

 “We know demographics.”  she said. She talked about picking and choosing who got called, using the voter roles. At one point a board member asked her if the survey would be conducted when the students were in town. She answered, “we’re not going to have a big  student turnout in 2018, so why include them in the survey?” So, she gets to decide who gets included in the survey. 

The whole thing is so deceptive – Bernstein also noted that people are generally distrustful of phone surveys, especially if they are done by out-of-towners. She complained that a lot of people use caller ID now, and won’t answer an area code they don’t recognize, so her company uses a mechanism that presents the caller-id with the local area code. 

Bernstein only surveyed 400 people, all handpicked – does that really represent our town? 

Another thing every consultant says is that it’s tough to pass these measures if there’s any opposition.   So part of their job is to snoop out the opposition. I think I felt a cold nose at my rear end today. 





7 Responses to “CARD still after their revenue measure – another consultant?”

  1. Jim December 11, 2018 at 9:31 am #

    Most cities have a park and recreation department. We don’t need a second self serving bureaucracy like CARD.

    How do we shut it down?

    • Juanita Sumner December 11, 2018 at 12:07 pm #

      I’ve been pondering that question for a long time myself.
      But CARD doesn’t want to stop at Chico, their district has grown out into the county, all the way to Forest Ranch!

    • bob December 11, 2018 at 8:08 pm #

      “How do we shut it down?”

      Most likely you don’t.

      A bureaucracy is like a tax. Once it’s established it’s very difficult, if not impossible, to get rid of. The number one job of a bureaucracy is to perpetuate itself. Plus all sorts of entities come out of the woodwork to feed off it like consultants, contractors, etc., and they sure don’t want the bureaucracy to go away.

      And speaking of tax increases the city council is spending tens of thousands of dollars on a consultant to con the people into a sales tax increase. But that’s no surprise. As Little said there may be 3 tax increases on the 2020 ballot.

      And I wouldn’t be surprised if the public schools want another bond measure. It sounds like if any of them pass Little won’t be around to pay for them.

      No matter how much the politicians and bureaucrats take, it’s never enough and they will be back demanding more, and you can take that to the bank.

      • Juanita Sumner December 12, 2018 at 6:05 am #

        Right now CARD and CUSD are actually expanding – Forest Ranch is now included in both districts because a handful of residents wanted their own school up there. It couldn’t support itself and was taken over by CUSD. Now they actually advertise in Chico, since there aren’t enough kids up there to fill the average living room.

        It’s the entitled assholes that are running things.

      • bob December 12, 2018 at 9:52 am #

        The passage of their last bond measure will only encourage them to come to the trough again. To them we are nothing but tax mules.

      • bob December 12, 2018 at 6:28 pm #

        And now it looks like your cell phone bill is going to go up because the corrupt CPUC is going to put a new tax on text messages. And they may make it retroactive for 5 years.

        I also recall reading earlier this year that there is a tax increase on cell phone plans that I think is going to happen next year but I can’t remember the details. It’s hard to keep track of all the tax increases in this state.

        This corrupt state always finds another way to steal more of your money. And why do they do it??? BECAUSE THEY CAN!

        It’s enough to make you get a yellow vest.

  2. Juanita Sumner December 13, 2018 at 6:00 am #

    And Brown promised us no more taxes without voter approval.

    Just when I was getting comfortable with texting!

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