Huge Water “Transfer” Deals a Possibility

The dreadful possibility of huge water “transfers” is upon us. The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation’s 10-Year Water Transfer Plan is up for public comment.  According to AquAlliance, this plan seeks to transfer up to 600,000 acre-feet per year from the North State to desert agriculture in the southwestern San Joaquin Valley. The 10-year water transfer total is equivalent to what a city the size of Chico would use in 200 years. Please attend this important water meeting and show your support for AquAlliance when they “disclose all the vulnerabilities” in the Bureau’s Environmental Impact Statement/Environmental Impact Report.  And vote NO on Proposition 1 – the bad out-weighs the good!

(The meeting is tonight – Tuesday! See below)

San Joaquin Valley "almond orchard"

San Joaquin Valley “almond orchard”

San Joaquin Valley

San Joaquin Valley

They sell water

They sell water

The Delta Mendota water canal - how our water is "transferred."

The Delta Mendota water canal – how our water is “transferred.”

San Luis Reservoir in San Joaquin Valley.

San Luis Reservoir, where it gets stored.

If you like to drink water, if you like to water your garden, if you like to take a dip in the cool waters of our local creeks in the hot summer, if you have a well, then you need to be at this meeting, see below.

Chico Creek, 9/14, shrunk down because of the drought.

Chico Creek, 9/14, shrunk down because of the drought.

 All local creeks flow into the beautiful Sacramento River.

All local creeks flow into the beautiful Sacramento River, which is subject to “transfers.”

If you can’t attend the meeting then please show your support by making a donation to AquAlliance. They may have to file a lawsuit to stop the water transfers, and lawsuits cost a lot of money.

AquAlliance:

P.O. Box 4024

Chico, CA 95927

aqualliance.net

Meeting date and location:

Tuesday, October 21, 6:00PM

Chico Masonic Family Center

1110 W. East Ave., Chico

Mexican-American candidates bring new ideas to forum

Wednesday morning, the Chico Chamber of Commerce hosted an election forum for the seven candidates running for Chico City Council, who were asked to respond to questions consistent with the Chamber’s business interests.

While most of the candidates were either familiar or expected by this photographer, there were two women who, literally, stood out from the rest: Lupe Arim-Law and Forough Molina. Seated, one at each end of the panel’s table, their darker skin and dark hair noticeably contrasted with the typical Anglo candidates seated between them. This year, not one but two Latina women are running for Chico City Council. From a photographer’s artistic perspective this made the forum more interesting (see photos below). But as I listened to Lupe and Forough speak, I became aware that I could confidently vote for them because of what they stand for: environmental protection, social justice, and fiscal responsibility.

These two women, Lupe Arim-Law and Forough Molina, along with incumbent Mayor Scott Gruendl, are the only Progressives running for Chico City Council this year. Although this is just the beginning of the campaign season, with many more forums to go, from what I’ve heard so far, they’ve got my vote.

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L to R:  Arim-Law, Sorensen, Fillmer, Willis, Coolidge, Gruendl and Molina

L to R: Arim-Law, Sorensen, Fillmer, Willis, Coolidge, Gruendl and Molina

Lupe Arim-Law

Lupe Arim-Law

Incumbent Mark Soresen

Incumbent Mark Soresen

Reanette Fillmer

Reanette Fillmer

Rodney Willis

Rodney Willis

Andrew Coolidge

Andrew Coolidge

Incumbent Mayor Scott Gruendl

Incumbent Mayor Scott Gruendl

Forough Molina

Forough Molina

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vote June 3rd – Or You May Be Sorry You Didn’t!

On April 15th, 2010, the local Tea Party held a rally at the downtown plaza on tax day.  These local candidates were guest speakers: Bob Evans, Mark Sorenson and Doug LaMalfa.  [Larry Wahl was not at the 2010 rally.]

Bob Evans is running against Maureen Kirk for 3rd District Butte County Supervisor.

Bob Evans, challenging Maureen Kirk for Butte County Supervisor, 3rd Dist.

Bob Evans, challenging Maureen Kirk for Butte County Supervisor, 3rd Dist. at local Tea Party rally 2010

Mark Sorenson, Chico City Council candidate

Mark Sorenson, Chico City Council candidate

Doug LaMalfa, U.S. House of Reps., Dist 1 candidate

Doug LaMalfa, U.S. House of Reps., Dist 1 candidate

Larry Wahl (not at the 2010 Tea Party rally), Butte County Sup. Dist. 2 candidate

Larry Wahl (not at the 2010 Tea Party rally), Butte County Supervisor Dist. 2 candidate

2010 Tea Party rally participant

2010 Tea Party rally participant

2010 Tea Party rally sign

2010 Tea Party rally sign

2010 local Tea Party rally

2010 local Tea Party rally

2010 Local Tea Party rally participants

2010 Local Tea Party rally participants

2010 local Tea Party rally

2010 local Tea Party rally

VOTE JUNE 3RD FOR MAUREEN KIRK, BUTTE COUNTY SUPERVISOR, DISTRICT 3.    MAUREEN MAKES SENSE.

Maureen Kirk, Butte County District 3 Supervisor

Maureen Kirk, Butte County District 3 Supervisor

 

“Imported” Chico City Attorney “Seizes” Farmers’ Market Petitions

The following is a quote from the Chico Friends of the (Saturday) Farmers’ Market (“bold” and “italics” by author, Karen Laslo):

“Cheryl King and Karl Ory, as proponents of the Farmers Market initiative, submitted 2,347 petitions containing 9,352 signatures of Chico residents on May 12, 2014 to Chico City Clerk Deborah R. Presson.

City Clerk, Debbie Presson, accepts petitions.

City Clerk, Debi Presson, accepts petitions.

We were verbally assured by the [Chico] City Clerk that the petitions would be delivered to the [Butte] County Clerk the next day. On May 13, 2014, a volunteer witnessed the counting of the petitions by the [Chico] City Clerk and we were again assured that the petitions would be delivered that day to the [Butte] County Clerk for verification of signatures as required by State Election Law. We were also told that the [Chico] City Clerk would provide a letter verifying the submittal of the petitions.

I discovered yesterday [May 20] that the [Butte] County Clerk had not received the petitions. I spoke with the [Chico] City Clerk and she informed me that she had been directed by the contract [Chico] City Attorney to withhold the petitions so that the matter could be discussed in secret session by the Chico City Council at their meeting of May 20, 2014.

Vincent C. Ewing, Chico City Attorney

Vincent C. Ewing, contracted Chico City Attorney

The City Council agenda, again, did not specifically mention the Farmers Market Initiative as an item discussed in close session; however it was discussed as item 2.2, Anticipated Litigation. The contract City Attorney was asked to announce the closed session activity as item 1.6 on the Council’s regular agenda. Without reference to subject, he rattled off several votes taken by the council including one stated as a 3-3 vote. This was a vote of the council again rejecting the City Attorney’s opinion and choosing not to litigate the initiative.

Chico City Council, May 2014

Chico City Council, May 2014, Mark Sorenson 5th from left.

I [Karl Ory] addressed the Council last night [May 20] as representing over 9,200 residents who have had their democratic rights circumvented. I asked that the petitions be immediately transferred to the [Butte] County Clerk for verification and certification. I received no reply to this request. I followed up that evening with an email to the [Chico] City Clerk requesting an immediate response and the immediate transfer of petitions to the [Butte] County Clerk. Again, at 9:15 AM this morning, I provided the office of the [Chico] City Clerk with a letter asking for the whereabouts of the petitions and the time and manner of transferring the petitions to the county. I have received no response.

Our next steps are to ask for an investigation by the office of Kamala Harris, the State Attorney General and by the Butte County Grand Jury, as a violation of state election law and abuse of democratic principles.

We have been advised by attorney Keith Wagner that there is no basis for the petitions to be withheld. He calls the city action unauthorized and inappropriate.

I again request the City of Chico to do the right thing, and stop playing games. Once the petitions are certified, state law requires that the City Council either adopt the initiative or place it on the ballot. This manipulation of election procedures is something you would expect in the Ukraine or some third world country. This is not how we do things in Chico.

Councilmember Mark Sorensen does not want this on the November ballot where he must face voters who disagree with him. He has long supported evicting the Saturday Downtown Farmers Market. He has the City Manager and City Attorney working for him, even to the extent of violating state election law.

We hope the Attorney General and the Grand Jury will swiftly restore justice and allow voters rights to be upheld.”

Petitions stack almost 3ft tall.

Petitions stack almost 3ft tall.

Author’s Note:  On May 21, the Farmers’ Market Petitions were finally delivered to the Butte County Clerk’s office by Chico City Clerk, Debi Presson.  Mayor Scott Gruendl accompanied the Chico City Clerk.