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What’s with Sorensen’s flip-flop on the Saturday market?

22 Jun

I’ve been “decompressing” these last few weeks, waiting for Summer to roll in, getting the garden going, and turning over a rental. Frankly, I was getting pretty sick of Chico politics.  I got sick of talking about the “Farmer’s Market,” because there were too many important things left out of the conversation.  

  • despite my asking, there was never any discussion of the Thursday night market, how much DCBA pays to shut down streets, and how unhappy Downtown merchants have always been about that
  • we never talked about the agreement by which the market is held every Wednesday ON PRIVATE PROPERTY at North Valley Plaza – I’d like to know, how much they pay, what’s their agreement with NVP? 
  • Saturday Market is NOT A FARMER’S MARKET – you can buy all kinds of packaged food and plastic crap and stuff that isn’t grown by farmers. And when the question of sales tax receipts came up, the CCFM folks just went mum. 

Those are just three little questions I had that went right under the carpet. 

I’m also sick of talking about Downtown as though Chico begins and ends between the creeks. There are whole parts of town with crapped out streets and bad drinking water, shopping centers with empty storefronts and whole sections of town that represent a dictionary example of BLIGHT. Drive that neighborhood behind East Avenue Mickey D’s – lock your doors! There have been muggings in that area. 

Unemployment in Chico is higher than the state average, and median income is lower.  

Ask yourself another question: what percentage of Chico’s 80,000-plus population even goes near the Saturday market? But, every city resident is paying for the $taff time that goes into this bullshit. 

The biggest question though, is what got into Mark Sorensen? When this petition came out, he went on Topix and ranted about how it was illegal, but now he joins a unanimous council in shoving this thing up our collective butt? 

Something weird is going on. Let me guess. Sorensen wants the market to pay for the infrastructural improvements to that lot, and as soon as they do, that market is kaput and there’s a four story “live-work” unit on that lot.