September 29 Letter to the Editor

For those of you who do not subscribe to the Chico Enterprise-Record, we wanted to share Quené’s most recent letter to the editor, which was published today:

Letter: Council knew what was happening

Chico Enterprise-Record
Posted: 09/29/2013 12:32:47 AM PDT

In response to the recent editorial, “Has Chico been cooking books?,” this paper continues to presume to have knowledge of former employees’ perspectives on past practices, and the three of us who have created truthmatterschico.com wonder why we have not been contacted to confirm those assumptions. The fact is, we all agree that the city of Chico is in a financial mess. Collectively, we believe it has been in a mess for quite some time.

The gripe is not with the spending cuts. Rather, it is with the continuing stream of inaccurate information being put forth in public meetings and the media, and the shady methods with which the cuts are being made. The city has been overspending for years and the cuts should have been made long before Brian Nakamura swept into town. However, city staff works at the direction of the council, and for members of council to assert that staff was making choices without the council’s knowledge and support is disingenuous at best and downright deceitful at worst.

City Council has always had the power to have made spending cuts and staffing reductions that could have helped prevent the troubling financial times Chico finds itself in now.

The City Council works for the members of this wonderful community, and it is about time the citizens start giving them some marching orders.

— Quené Hansen, Chico

As always, we thank you for your continued readership and welcome your comments and questions.

Remember: Truth Matters, Chico!

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Posted on September 29, 2013, in Letters to the Editor, Miscellany, Uncategorized and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. I used to work for a despicable man named Larry M. He was one of those guys who was always looking for a get-rich-quick scheme and would screw anyone in his path. He had the philosophy of blaming any mistakes on the secretary, who was, unfortunately, me. He spent money that should have paid the payroll taxes on his own personal crap, leaving me to end up at an interview with the IRS after I’d left the job. The only thing that saved my butt (they said) was that I wasn’t a signer on the checking account.

    It seems to me the City Council is adopting those same tactics here: blame it on staff.

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