Contacting your legislators isn’t always as easy as it sounds

17 Feb

Thank you Cyber Bully John Ferrera, due to your nasty comment, people have been reading that month-old post I made about your boss, Cecilia Aguiar-Curry and ACA1, the bill that would drop the 2/3’s voter approval threshold for tax measures to 55%.

And I took your suggestion and tried to contact your boss via e-mail at the address she provided on her website. I sent her your message, as well as a link to Bill Track, and the contents of the bill. I told her I thought your comment was inappropriate and unprofessional, and that you are trying to mislead the public regarding ACA1.  My e-mail was sent back later in the day.

“Delivery has failed to these recipients or groups: (
Your message couldn’t be delivered. Despite repeated attempts to contact the recipient’s email system it didn’t respond.

Contact the recipient by some other means (by phone, for example) and ask them to tell their email admin that it appears that their email system isn’t accepting connection requests from your email system. Give them the error details shown below. It’s likely that the recipient’s email admin is the only one who can fix this problem.”

Microsoft provided a link to try and fix the problem – they advised me that the problem is in the “destination domain,” probably “Aggressive anti-spam settings in the destination domain that block legitimate senders, for example, all senders from any domain in Exchange Online.”

I think this is the problem with a lot of legislators’ contact info. They hide behind their anti-spam software. They really don’t want to hear from the public, and they don’t want to use e-mail because then there is a record of what they said, they can’t deny it. A phone call can go all over the place, and then you have no record of what was said. 

Maybe I’ll write a letter to her local newspaper – that’s a 50-50 proposition in my experience, some editors won’t print letters from out of towners, others are glad to get letters from anybody. We’ll see!



6 Responses to “Contacting your legislators isn’t always as easy as it sounds”

  1. bob February 21, 2019 at 8:00 am #

    The sales tax increase is just 3 and a half months old and already the city of Oroville is handing out raises. Remember all the sky is falling threats of what would happen if that tax increase wasn’t passed?

    • bob February 21, 2019 at 8:20 am #

      Less than a year ago the Oroville politicians and bureaucrats were telling everyone hOroviile could declare bankruptcy. Remember that?

      Oroville’s finance director even said to CalPERs at a meeting, “We don’t know how we’re going to operate” and mentioned the B word.

      But now there’s plenty of money to hand out 12% raises. What a crock!

      And what do you think those raises will do to their pension liability???

      I guess it’s no problem as long as there’s enough taxpayer money to hire consultants and to campaign for tax increases.

      • Juanita Sumner February 21, 2019 at 9:26 am #

        Thanks Bob, haven’t had a chance to blog this yet.

      • bob February 21, 2019 at 9:59 am #

        The people of Chico better take a good, hard look at what’s going on in Oroville before they cast a vote for a tax increase because I guarantee you the same thing will happen in Chico if a tax increase passes!

      • Juanita Sumner February 21, 2019 at 11:49 am #

        Thanks, you said it.

  2. bob February 21, 2019 at 8:02 am #

    Negotiations between the city of Oroville and the the Oroville Police Officers Association came to a dramatic close Tuesday evening, as some of the city councilors questioned where the 12 percent raise over the next three years was going to come from.

    Maybe the people of Oroville will be stupid enough to vote for another tax increase, probably a bond measure this time.

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