I’ve been getting a trickle of campaign mail lately, my favorite so far being this hit mailer I got on Scott Gruendl.
It looks fishy – Butte County Awareness and Accountability Committee? Of course a cursory Googling turns up nothing. PO Box looks phony, or at least incomplete. But, unlike mailers sent out by Democratic Party member Michael Worley in past, it doesn’t make cheap shots at the candidate’s personal life, just criticizes the job he’s done as councilor and twice mayor, opining that it’s no coincidence he’s sat in that chair through one of the darkest periods in Chico history.
I can back up most of what this flyer says. I sat in meetings where Gruendl was told again and again, along with the rest of council, we were in deepening financial trouble. Former city manager Greg Jones even wrote a four page newsletter and mailed it to the entire town.
Then-mayor Gruendl made some limp-wristed motions to calm the public. The city started giving the “Golden Handshake” to long-time staffers, which sounded good, until we realized, they were raising remaining salaries by 14, 19, 22 percent with that MOU that attached salaries to “revenue increases but not decreases…” They cut some positions altogether, adding them to the city manager’s duties – along with salary increases like $36,000 for airport manager, etc. Now we’re finally finding out the consequences of letting go our full time airport manager – what idiot couldn’t have seen that coming? Gruendl oversaw all of that, approving every one of those MOU’s and contracts. He drove us to our current financial situation at roughly 102 mph.