The letters section: I’m going to kick Brandon’s ass

30 Sep

Well, I woke up in the middle of the night with my election letter in my head, so I got up and dashed it off to the Enterprise Record letters department early Wednesday morning. You can read it here, straight from the jackass’ mouth. Er, ah, keyboard. Heee-haw!

Measure H proponents would have us believe that if we would just vote “conservative” this November, we could trust council with an unrestricted tax. Sometimes a “conservative council” does not make very “conservative” decisions.

Last year, our “conservative council” approved $300,000 in American Rescue Plan money for an architect to design “parklets” for Downtown bars and restaurants, hundreds of thousands more promised to build them. $120,000/year to DCBA for the skating rink. But there’s not enough money to fix the streets in our neighborhoods?

The same council just approved a 60% sewer rate increase, after spending millions in grant funding to hook more people up, all the while claiming that Paradise refugees were “overwhelming” our sewer plant. Now they’re talking about hooking the town of Paradise up to the same sewer plant?

The “conservatives” all signed the Shelter Crisis Designation that led to the Warren vs Chico lawsuit, then botched that. They spent $3,000,000 building pallet shelters, we’ll pay another $1,500,000/year to maintain them, but illegal camps persist.

Councils, and all their promises, come and go, leaving us with problems they don’t have to answer for. Measure H is a permanent new tax, and goes to the General Fund. There are no guarantees on a simple measure. Look at the record – last year, $1,200,000 budgeted toward streets, $12,200,000 to the pensions.

We can do better. No on Measure H.

Juanita Sumner, Chico CA

And then this morning I saw Brandon Slater’s letter. Slater, the son and heir of developer Howard Slater, is one of the folks who signed the Arguments For in the ballot pamphlet. That list of names is important – do your research – almost every name on that list is somebody who will benefit directly from city monies, including Measure H revenues, which will go into the General Fund. Slater, for example, has the contract to build the new apartments on the former Jesus Center site. Give me a name, I’ll tell you what they got.

Slater is making the argument that I made fun of in the first paragraph of my letter – he says the liberals and conservatives are in total agreement that the money needs to go to the streets! Well, Pollyanna, don’t we all wish we lived in your Dream Kingdom!

In fact, Slater’s saying that there is no partisanship on council, that this tax measure is a bipartisan effort. Wow, that’s just a lie Brandon. Furthermore, he ignores the poor spending decisions made by the conservative-led council we’ve had since 2020. The council became even more conservative with the departure of liberal lunatic Scott Huber, whose replacement, Dale Bennett, was named by the council conservatives. They named retired police chief O’Brien to Kami Denlay’s seat, a guy with a personal interest in seeing the pensions paid up.

And of course, Slater himself has a direct interest in the perpetuation of the “Homeless Industrial Complex”, into which the city pours millions a year. So does Measure H co-signer Laura Cootsona, who gets a salary to run the Jesus Center operations.

I think my letter is a good response to this guy, but you’ve seen other “yes on H” letters, all using the same points – especially that lame line about the tax not applying to groceries or medicines. Well, if you can wear your groceries, wash yourself with them, clean your house with them, and eat a banana when you have a head-ache or a fever, you may be able to avoid paying this tax. Oh yeah, you’ll have to walk to work – or ride that magic banana. And be sure to pack your lunch – because the tax applies to gas, bicycles, car/bike parts and maintenance, and any prepackaged/prepared food.

Today a friend of mine asked me about other revenues the city collects – let’s talk about that next time, on This Old Lady Kicks Brandon’s Ass.

6 Responses to “The letters section: I’m going to kick Brandon’s ass”

  1. bob September 30, 2022 at 3:39 pm #

    “Slater is making the argument that I made fun of in the first paragraph of my letter – he says the liberals and conservatives are in total agreement that the money needs to go to the streets!”

    Why doesn’t someone ask Slater where the Garbage Tax (er…sorry, “franchise fee”) money went? That was supposed to go for street repair.

    Slater is just another special interest pig feeding at the trough. Remember, not one penny of Measure H money is required to go for street repair!

    • Juanita Sumner September 30, 2022 at 3:50 pm #

      Thanks Bob, that’s the main point we need to remember – they – and “they” is whomever gets elected – can spend this money any way they like.

      • bob September 30, 2022 at 7:41 pm #

        “Let’s Go Brandon!” 🙂

      • Juanita Sumner October 1, 2022 at 5:40 am #

        I have to wonder whatever happened to the race car driver that inspired that mantra.

  2. Scott Rushing September 30, 2022 at 9:39 pm #

    A nicely written article exposing just a few of the abundant conflicts of interest and acts of cronyism committed by the “higher ups” who control the city.

    • Juanita Sumner October 1, 2022 at 5:38 am #

      Go ahead, read the list, give me a name, I’ll tell you what they got! Thanks Scott.

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