Measure A omissions, half-truths and falsehoods

29 Feb

Here’s a post from Chico Taxes

Measure A Omissions, Half-Truths and Falsehoods

If Measure A passes CARD will take on $36 million in new debt and two of
every three dollars of the new tax will be spent on debt service. CARD
failed to mention this in the ballot measure. Don’t voters have a right
to know this before they vote themselves a permanent tax that increases
every year?

In his pro-Measure A argument in the Chico ER police officer Jim Parrott
tells us the state, not CARD, created the unfunded liabilities. This is
not only untrue, it’s absurd and it’s particularly disturbing coming
from someone sworn to uphold the law and tell the truth. It wasn’t the
State of California or CalPERS that approved the contracts that resulted
in the unfunded liabilities. It was CARD’s board. And to this day the
Chico ER has not set the record straight on Parrott’s untrue statement.

Moreover, one of CARD’s board members who put up $6,000 to pass Measure
A receives a six figure pension from CalPERS and has every incentive to
insure money that CARD should spend on maintenance, programs and new
facilities continues to get diverted to CalPERS so CalPERS stays afloat.
There ought to be a law that prevents such a conflict of interest.

Despite what CARD and its supporters state there is no guarantee how the
money is spent. In the ballot measure no amount is dedicated to any
project and CARD uses conditional words such as unless and intends.

It would be foolish for voters to approve a measure backed by over
$60,0000 from special interests that would result in a regressive,
permanent, perpetually increasing new tax and tens of millions in new
debt from a governmental agency whose leaders and supporters do not tell
voters the truth. And it’s shameful the local media does not set the
record straight.

14 Responses to “Measure A omissions, half-truths and falsehoods”

  1. bob February 29, 2020 at 9:39 am #

    It’s outrageous that the election officials don’t make CARD disclose that they plan to take on all that debt if the tax passes. And they should have to disclose the cost of the debt. And the rest mentioned above is also outrageous.

    It’s amazing people aren’t even more disillusioned with government than they already are.

    • Juanita Sumner February 29, 2020 at 7:40 pm #

      Read Christi’s comment – I blame the schools.

  2. Christi Calkins February 29, 2020 at 12:50 pm #

    your pushing propaganda against a measure that would better community neighborhoods. Measure A will only help build more parks for the ever increasing population we have here in Chico. you think CARD can continue to bring the same kind of community outreach and recreation with the same amount of money, meanwhile our population has doubled since the last initiative to raise taxes!? it’s a small price for the amount of time and energy put into our parks and recreation here in Chico. without these Parks and Rec programs our children would have no after school programs or clean and needle free parks to play at, or pools for the schools to use or many many MANYYY other things that are included in Chico’s Park and Recreation centers. so many families rely on CARD for their programs and functions. why would anyone say no to measure A. CARD so called unfunded liability is there whether measure passes or not. measure A is not for that, all anyone has to do is open their ears and use their brains to understand why Chico needs this to pass. our neighborhood parks need to grow with community and for that to happen we need to fund measure A. if you want to be senecal and only look at it from one point of view, then you’re not part of the community around you. you’re only worried about you and yours and screw everyone else in Chico.

    • Juanita Sumner February 29, 2020 at 7:39 pm #

      There’s an answer to everything you’ve stated here in previous posts.

    • bob February 29, 2020 at 8:37 pm #

      Christi, throw in a paragraph once in a while. It would make your posts less difficult to read.

      your pushing propaganda…

      Name one thing said in this blog that is not true.

      Do you think CARD taking on $36 million more in debt is a good idea? Because that’s what’s going to happen if this tax passes.

      And do you know that most of the money they take from us for this new tax won’t even go for anything you mentioned?

      Please, get a clue. Two-thirds of the money they take from us for this new tax will go to Wall Street for interest and fees. THAT MONEY IS NOT GOING FOR THE PARKS OR PROGRAMS!


      you’re only worried about you and yours and screw everyone else in Chico.

      You’re serious? CARD takes money that should go for the parks and sends it off to CalPERS for their insane pensions and being against that and a new tax that will result in insane debt is “screw everyone else in Chico?” Really?

      That’s not “screw everyone else in Chico” that’s being responsible.

      • Juanita Sumner March 1, 2020 at 6:10 am #

        Thanks, Christi was so rude and misinformed (or just misinforming?) that I couldn’t be bothered to respond. Late, on a Saturday – I had to wonder if she’d been hitting the bottle.

        I at first thought she was just a rude teenager, but I googled her – she’s in her 60’s, and has worked for Passages.

        FROM THE CARD WEBSITE: Join Passages and the Chico Area Recreation and Park District at the beautiful Lakeside Café In this partnership, Passages and CARD are working together to bring an enticing hot lunch to our adult community at a grand location. All lunches are freshly made and carefully planned to tempt the palate and offer great nutritional value. You are invited to come by and enjoy lunch with new and old friends alike. Lakeside Cafe will host lunch for adults 60 and over for a requested donation of $2.50. For those younger than 60, the cost of a meal is $6.00.”

        Passages also gets money from the city’s annual Community Block Grant Funding giveaway.

        So here we have an example of the Yes on A people. Nice bunch. I’m going to guess that not one letter has been written in support of Measure A by anybody but CARD employees and hangers on.

      • Dave March 1, 2020 at 4:48 pm #

        CARD says they don’t have enough money so their solution is not to reform their unfunded liabilities but instead take millions more every year from the taxpayers and waste two-thirds of that money on new debt service.

        It only shows what terrible stewards they are of taxpayer dollars.

        The entire CARD board needs to go and Lando should be first out the door. Then the new board ought to get rid of CARD’s bureaucracy.

      • Juanita Sumner March 1, 2020 at 4:56 pm #

        I agree – Lando and Worley are up in November. I’ve contacted people I know who are eligible and qualified,and I have a couple other people in mind. It’s a lot to ask, but it’s doable. It’s a good entry level for someone who wants to get acquainted with public office.

    • Jim March 2, 2020 at 6:12 pm #

      Growth should pay for itself. We have developer fees to provide new parks and facilities. It’s wrong to tax seniors to provide for the new residents.

      • Juanita Sumner March 3, 2020 at 5:57 am #

        Thanks for pointing that out Jim. It’s wrong to tax old people out of their homes. That’s why I voted NO on Prop 13 as well.

      • Jim March 3, 2020 at 7:03 am #

        It’s also wrong to tax people making $25K a year to pay for $100K a year pensions.

      • Juanita Sumner March 4, 2020 at 5:37 am #

        You’re right, I think that’s the exact reason many people voted NO on A. I hope we can show the same reasoning behind the city’s sales tax measure over the coming months.

  3. Jim March 4, 2020 at 6:34 am #

    Thank you very much for helping defeat this still scam. CARD management owe the taxpayers an apology for wasting so much time and money on this silly thing.

    • Juanita Sumner March 4, 2020 at 6:52 am #

      Thank YOU Jim, great letter to the editor. And thanks for all your encouragement and support.

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