The “No Man” and the Tea Party Candidate

Hey Butte County Supervisor District 2 people – don’t forget Larry Wahl voted “no” to banning fracking in Butte County. It’s time for the “No Man” to go.

Larry Wahl voted to not ban fracking in Butte County

But District 2 voters have another choice, they can vote for DEBRA LUCERO. She promises to collaborate, not argue. She can say yes as well as no. Lucero says, “We need leaders who are energetic problem solvers who will seek common ground with political colleagues. We need more collaboration to serve the people of Butte County in an effective and fiscally responsible way.

Debra Lucero, see her website at

Once a Tea Party candidate, always a Tea Party candidate. Bob Evans may have slimmed down a bit and is, in general, a nice guy, but he’s still the same old conservative Republican he once was when he spoke at the Chico Tea Party rally in 2010. Now he’s running for Butte County Supervisor, District 3. At the League of Women Voters forum he said his top priority is “public safety” and like most conservative Republicans these days that’s a euphemism for more cops, or in this case, more sheriffs.

Bob Evans at Tea Party Rally, 2010, Chico city plaza.

In contrast, Tami Ritter, also a candidate for District 3, in the wake of the Oroville Dam scare, spoke of how important it is for public safety to have an official Butte County “Disaster Plan.” Ritter has been endorsed by the popular and retiring current District 3 Supervisor, Maureen Kirk. Ritter’s website says she has “served as an Associate Board member for Community Housing Improvement Program for the past 17 years. She is an avid supporter of the Butte Environmental Council, AquAlliance, Crisis Care Advocacy & Triage, Chico Peace and Justice Center, NSPR, Friends of the Library, and the Chico Housing Action Team. In her spare time, Tami also volunteers for the nonprofit she co-founded, Circles of Justice, teaching Restorative Practices to educators, administrators, teachers, and parents.”

Tami Ritter at the LWV forum, 2018.

Tami Ritter, at the student lead “March 4 Our Lives, 2018.”











Chico Protests Big Oil, Big Bank

Last Friday, the Chico chapter of went after both Kinder-Morgan and Wells Fargo in a two part protest aimed at ending the disastrous planetary consequences of our reliance on fossil fuels. The small but determined band of protesters showed up first at the Kinder-Morgan “Tank Farm” in south Chico, a major storage facility and distributor of gasoline and other petroleum products and chemicals. But what the protest was aimed at most were the 85,000 miles of oil and gas pipelines that Kinder-Morgan owns and operates and specifically aimed at the proposed expansion of the Trans-Canadian Mountain Pipeline (TCMP). This pipeline has been under protest for years now, and while it’s nothing new, it’s nothing old either, since a pipeline carrying oil from the Edmonton, Alberta tar-sands oil fields, across the British Columbia mountains and through the Jasper National Park to the Burnaby terminal on Canada’s west coast is as big a threat now to the environment as it was at is inception. While others may have wearied of the controversy, the Chico members of stood Friday afternoon at the south Chico tank farm in solidarity with the indigenous water protectors of Canada, whose beautiful lands and rivers would be transected by the Kinder-Morgan pipeline. Disappointed at how few showed up for the protest, Chris Nelson, one of those who did show up, said, “A friend told me, ‘a little something is better than a whole lot of nothing’.” Nelson added, “But that won’t save us. We must be like a mighty tidal wave. This action is only worthwhile if others climb on its shoulders with thousands more!”

Chico Chapter of at Chico Kinder-Morgan tank farm.

Chris Nelson protests big oil company Kinder-Morgan.


Kinder-Morgan stores and distributes petroleum products and other chemicals in its south Chico facility.

But it’s no use protesting oil and pipeline companies if the banking industry continues to finance their enterprises, and it was this obvious connection that moved Chico 350’s Friday protest from Kinder-Morgan to the Wells Fargo ATM on Main St. in Chico. Ann Ponzio, a member of Chico 350, showed up at both protests on her bicycle thereby demonstrating that she not only wants to work on the “big level” of activism to promote renewable energy resources but also on the individual level. As a recent convert to riding her bike instead of driving her car for transportation, Ponzio said her ride to the protests was “pretty nice and easy to do.” It’s obvious to Ann that “fossil fuels are polluting the air and wrecking the environment and it has to stop.” Ponzio said that Chico 350’s goal is to “make Chico go fossil fuel free, fast.” Thus the main thrust of their Wells Fargo protest was to encourage people to divest from banks that promote fossil fuels instead of renewable energy resources such as solar and wind. Chico 350’s message is that if big banks don’t divest from fossil fuels, then we must divest from big banks.

Chico wants big bank Wells Fargo to divest from fossil fuels.

To learn more about the worldwide 350 movement go to

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Kinder-Morgan Chico

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