Tonight I would like to be going to Duffy’s for a Merry Standish show, but instead I will be sitting at city chambers listening to the talking heads barf out their plastic bag ban.
I’m so sick of this stupid stuff, right in the face of our “financial problems.” Does anybody understand how much Lori Barker’s time is “worth”? Is this a “business friendly” ordinance? Is it a totally ridiculous posturing by a council full of hypocrites whose lifestyles wouldn’t meet the same standards they lay out for us? The answers to these and other questions are available only to folks who are willing to stick their eyeball to the keyhole.
Council will shortly make the decision to dissolve the Economic Development Committee, which of course does not mean the end of “economic development,” (bust a snicker) but the end of public oversight of the activities carried out by staff on behalf of private business. “Unlike city meetings, TeamChico meetings are not public because of sensitive or proprietary information that surfaces, [Katie Simmons] said.” (Chico ER, 3/26/14)
That sensitive information being, just how much time we are paying city staffers to work for private businesses. Katie Simmons, Chico Chamber director, already receives her salary from city of Chico grants.
Nakamura claims this move will save staff time, but it won’t. Now we will need to FOIA information like, how much staff time goes into TEAM Chico, because, according to Chris Constantin, staff has been ordered not to answer my e-mails. “At the request of the City Manager, I have forwarded your email to him for response.” But what’s up Brian? I have not received any response to my question regarding low-income subsidization of the new required garbage service. I had asked Constantin, fist puppet of Nakamura, (I hope you’re enjoying the ride Chris), how the low-income subsidy would pan out – would the city be able to make any money off this scam, if they have to pay subsidies on over half the town’s population? I’m just guessing there – I think a family of four can make about $40,000/year and qualify for CARE or LIRA, the assistance programs available through PG&E and Cal Water. The median income in Chico is right around $38,000, I’m no math whiz, so I’m guessing, about half the town will be eligible for assistance. But, Constantin, who came to one of our CTA meetings to convince me that the city should drop the sunshine period, has suddenly stopped talking.
Get some Preparation H, Chris! Ask Scott Gruendl for some – Gruendl once told me his hemorroids were so bad, he had to have surgery. Wow, that’s awful for a man who was barely 40 years old at the time. My dad had that surgery, after he’d been driving an 18 wheeler for about 45 years. I told Scott he needed to change his lifestyle – driving constantly back and forth to Orland instead of living a more “new urban” lifestyle here in town. He thought I meant, his gay lifestyle, and things went downhill between us long before I started to realize his true political agenda. Gosh, those misunderstandings! But, that was the first thing that came to my mind when I heard about his speeding ticket – wow, that’s some drive, on his butt, THAT’S GOT TO HURT! Of course he was going 102 mph, wouldn’t you be?
But this man feels righteous in putting a plastic bag ban over our heads? This next election better be a housecleaning, cause we got problems. We have a seven-headed stinking fish. We have an opportunity upcoming to get rid of three of those stinking heads in November, let’s not dally here folks. Unfortunately, we only have two council candidates at present. Maybe Liz Merry would be willing to move back to Chico, we can get her a little apartment in Ann Schwab’s place. I’m telling you, I’d rather listen to Gal Noir, or Tammy Whynot on alternate Tuesdays than the kind of weird comedy that plays out currently. I’m guessing, attendance at those dumb meetings would go up about 800 percent. And Liz is no dummy – she ran a successful business in Red Bluff for years, and she’s managed to stay married to Aaron Standish without assault charges being filed, so I’d say she’s got a perfect temperament.
I’ll talk to her about it back stage tonight (women’s bathroom, Duffy’s). Speaking of long-lost city council candidates and other people we miss alot, get ready to laugh your ass off: