The Big Lie: none of the A advocates will talk about the $36 million bond

29 Feb

Here’s an interesting “yes on A” letter. This letter was written by one of the people behind “Yes on A”, local realtor and investor Bill Brouhard. 

For me and my family, Measure A boils down to some very simple truths.

If Measure A passes, Chico’s parks and recreation get way better.

If Measure A fails, Chico’s parks and recreation deteriorate.

If Measure A passes, I’ll be paying $85 a year, that’s less than 25 cents a day.

A gumball costs 25 cents.

If Measure A passes, all those gumballs add up to roughly $3 million per year, 100% of which by law must be spent on local parks and recreational facilities.  CARD has a list of those projects on their website.

When a gumball a day can make and help keep Chico a better place, seems like a thing we all can and should support.  Let’s do the right thing this time. YES on Measure A.

— Bill Brouhard, Chico

First of all, I find this argument insulting – he’s calling our concerns cheap and petty. A gumball a  day? No mention of the $36 million dollar bond, or the $2 million a year in debt service.

He’s also threatening us.

“If Measure A passes, Chico’s parks and recreation get way better.

If Measure A fails, Chico’s parks and recreation deteriorate.”

Sounds like a bully – give us the money or the parks die!

But you know the most interesting thing about Bill Brouhard is, he’s a realtor.

Chico State graduate and resident since 1979, Bill Brouhard has been involved in the planning, entitlement and development of many of Butte County’s largest mixed use residential, office and industrial real estate projects.

Brouhard is also with Every Body Healthy Body. They are the folks who pitched CARD and the city for a gi-NOR-mous sports facility to be located south of town.

He also represents a property owner who is having trouble selling his land because it has all these environmental restrictions on it. When Brouhard came to a CARD meeting a couple of years ago, he was trying to get CARD to buy that land to build the facility.

Folks,  Brouhard doesn’t care about Chico or our future, he just wants to sell his client’s doomed property. 

A gumball a day, my ass. I’m sure Blowhard is expecting to get a lot more out of it than a gumball a day. 

6 Responses to “The Big Lie: none of the A advocates will talk about the $36 million bond”

  1. Jim February 29, 2020 at 7:42 am #

    Of course. The whole thing is to benefit developers. If they really wanted to build a new pool, then draft a proposal, get an estimate and promote a bond measure to build it. Of course as you have explained, they had the funds to fix the Shapiro Pool and instead diverted it to the management pension fund.

    • Juanita Sumner February 29, 2020 at 9:16 am #

      Thanks for saying, Jim. I think the closure of Shapiro Pool should be a sufficient reason to vote NO on A. And Brouhard threatens more closures if they don’t get Measure A? I think CARD needs a new General Manager and a complete swipe of the board over the next 4 years. Look among your friends and ask yourself – do I know somebody who is competent to serve on the CARD board. I’ve asked one person and I plan to ask another. I may actually make a run for it myself, if I can get my family on board with the idea.

  2. bob February 29, 2020 at 7:58 am #

    Brouhard and his kid are crony capitalists sucking off the government tit. And let me tell you, that’s one crusty heifer!

    • Juanita Sumner February 29, 2020 at 9:23 am #

      I saw that Brouhard got his kid to write a letter – I’d like to tell the boy his dad has lied to him, but that’s not my business.

      Here’s the ad for the Nance Canyon property where he wants to build the aquatics center

      What a genius ploy. You have a very environmentally restricted property, you can’t sell it because it is so restricted, so you come up with a scheme to have the county buy it and build a public facility. I hope he’s not teaching his kid this kind of evil.

      • bob February 29, 2020 at 9:28 am #

        From now on, whenever I hear their names I will always think of gum balls…you know the ones that people spit out and wind up getting stuck to the bottom of your shoe.

  3. bob February 29, 2020 at 9:25 am #

    “Bill Brouhard has been involved in the planning, entitlement and development…

    I think the key word there is entitlement.

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