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Hello readers! Do you have your snacks ready for the big game tomorrow? Denver Broncos versus the Seattle Seahawks – should be a great game!

We gals at Truth Matters, Chico! have been staying busy in our personal lives, which has led to fairly sporadic bursts of activity in our little grassroots effort. We wanted to give you a quick status update, including a bit of trivia about us that might surprise you and a glimpse of what we will be addressing in the coming days.

First, the trivia!

Every now and then, we like to reminisce about how we were transformed from long-term City of Chico employees to regular folks writing blog posts to expose the truth about what happened behind the scenes at City Hall over the past few years and what is currently happening to our beloved Chico under the Nakamura administration. Our identity as Truth Matters, Chico! is now so firmly entrenched that we often forget this was never our intention. When we first addressed Council as former employees, we never would have dreamt that we would be creating a website and becoming local government watchdogs. Creating truthmatterschico.com was not even a twinkle in our eyes.

Our original intent was just to address Council a few times and be done with it. In our (then) naïve minds, we thought the Councilmembers surely must not have been aware of the lies the new City Manager Brian Nakamura was telling; otherwise, wouldn’t they have been doing something about it?? So, we went and told the Council about the lies that could be documented as such, only to quickly discover that there was no interest in hearing the truth if it tarnished the overarching political agenda.

The Council (less Ann Schwab and spear-headed by Mayor Scott Gruendl) began attacking us both personally and professionally from the dais and through the media, in the form of Facebook rantsinterviews to the print mediainterviews to the local news media, and press conferences. When that was their reaction, we realized to what lengths we were willing to go to continue to speak truth and share our knowledge with the community. As you may have realized by now, we are not ones to shy away when confronted by political intimidation; rather, the idea of elected officials using their bully-pulpit in such a brazen attempt to shut us up was so appalling that its effect was to inspire us to broaden and intensify our efforts.

Thus was born Truth Matters, Chico! We have said from the beginning that our agenda is apolitical. No one is exempt from our examination of the facts and our search for the truth. We wanted to share this history with you to provide further clarity about where we came from and why we make the time to research and share these posts with you.

Those of you on the Council who hold your political agenda in higher regard than the truth, you have only yourselves to thank for our ongoing proactive approach to local government goings-on. And we thank Councilmember Schwab for her consistency in asking tough questions and speaking her truth without regard for political fallout.

Now for a preview of upcoming posts.

The Council gave a presentation regarding the “State of the City” on Thursday, January 30. While none of us was in attendance, we are reviewing the video posted by the Chico Enterprise Record, and are compiling our thoughts to put into a group post. Some very serious allegations were made, and we will be responding as appropriate.

A number of our readers have asked about our thoughts on the new garbage franchise the city is proposing. City staff provided a copy of the Request for Proposals (RFP) in the agenda packet for the January 28 Finance Committee (no staff report was included), and we were able to obtain a copy of the consultant’s presentation. We are reviewing both documents, and Mary is working on providing an overview of the RFP as well as potential issues that could result in financial impacts to the rate payers. Look for this information to be posted in the next few days.

The agenda for the upcoming February 4 Council meeting was also recently posted. We are reviewing the agenda and staff reports and will share any items of interest with you by Tuesday morning, but hopefully sooner!

We thank you for your readership and for continuing to share our posts with others. As always, we welcome your questions and comments.

Remember: Truth Matters, Chico!

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