Nov 262021
 

Do you want Northern Roseville – where Million-Dollar Homes are going up by the dozen to smell like sewage?

Lost in the shuffle of all this, is a newly approved development North of the Northern City Limit will be sandwiched in between the City Limit, the Right of Way for the Placer Parkway and the Athens Avenue Dump. If FCC gets the contract, that development will smell, Roseville North of Blue Oaks will smell and Anything anywhere near Fiddyment will be lit up making people think there is a Dairy in Modesto or Fresno City Hall near them.

You don’t believe me?

FCC uses a process that is outdated called the “Gore System”. Their process has proven to be a nuisance in multiple jurisdictions. WHY DO THE STAFF WANT TO BRING THIS TO ROSEVILLE???

Here is an article about an FCC composting technology (The “Gore System”) which is the EXACT SAME TECHNOLOGY as proposed for Placer County getting shut down by State of Delaware.

State environmental regulators have ordered the shutdown of an industrial scale composting plant near the Port of Wilmington that critics say produced a years-long siege of foul odors affecting tens of thousands.

Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control Secretary David Small said he would decline to re-issue a needed five-year “beneficial use” recycling determination for Peninsula Compost LLC’s Wilmington Organics Recycling Center along Christiana Avenue.

As of Tuesday, the company was prohibited from taking in new food or other organic wastes. Composting of materials on hand can continue until January, with all that remains afterward required to be removed by March.

“It’s disappointing, but it was clear that the facility was causing an undue burden on the communities in close proximity to the facility, the city of Wilmington and parts of New Castle County,” Small said.

I am wondering if the board need to bring in an independent auditor of the Staff to figure out where the due diligence went wrong.

That intent was soon knocked off track by unwanted materials in the center’s supply streams, operating troubles and a weak economy, among other factors. At one point, backlogged piles of compost caught fire and sent cloying smoke across the Port of Wilmington, briefly shutting it down.

Complaints about the plant’s distinctive odor surfaced in nearby disadvantaged neighborhoods, and eventually spread across the city, north to Brandywine Hundred and even across the Delaware River, to Pennsville, New Jersey.

But wait, there’s more:

The Delaware paper even made a map of locations where the FCC proposed technology plant was stinking up the large metropolitan area. Maybe FCC and their partner has set goals to emit their fragrance to Lincoln and Rocklin because Roseville is just not enough.

Another article on the same issue highlights Broken Down equipment at the facility as well.

Then don’t forget their partner’s the FCC disaster in Utah that we wrote about a few days ago:

“The problem that we have now is that we have stigma that it smells in American Fork and Pleasant Grove and therefore we are having a difficult time getting new tenants and some of our larger tenants, if we don’t fix this problem, they are not going to renew,” Robinson said.

The irony is that those suing the facility are also partners in it. But American Fork and Pleasant Grove cities say they can’t get the other municipalities to stop the composting, which they claim is costing them millions in lost tax revenue.

“When the wind blows or things smell, it moves right into Pleasant Grove and into American Fork, and that becomes our issue,” said Pleasant Grove City administrator Scott Darrington.

The facility operator said $16 million have been invested to improve the composting process, which helps to dispose of human waste.

The $425 million dollar lawsuit may just be an attention getter to stop the facility from composting on this site. The plaintiffs want the composting to be moved to a different location, or have the human waste hauled to the landfill.

Perhaps FCC is as naive as staff, since they chose a partner and technology that literally can’t handle their s–t.

Where is the staff of the district? Why did they ignore this easy-to-find information on FCC? Or, did they just want to go to Spain on a Junket? Someone, help your intrepid blogger out here – this really stinks.

But – the coup’d’etat is in Washington. Yes, the people’s Republic of Washington.

In 2009 – the Cedar Grove facility of FCC’s partner technology was stinking up Marysville and Everett Washington. The local Rags were complaining about it:

Officials at Cedar Grove Composting say it has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars to get rid of the smell from its Smith Island plant and downwind residents should notice the difference once the warm weather starts.

Yard and food waste from throughout Snohomish County and North King County is trucked to the plant between Everett and Marysville, where it is turned into compost. Last summer, however, an odor from the plant began to overwhelm much of the area.

The Puget Sound Clean Air Agency ordered Cedar Grove to get rid of the stench. Company officials say they have taken a number of steps, including planting 500 trees to absorb odors and act as a windbreak.

You won’t be able to plant 500 trees at the Athens Road Dump.

Then there is this – Technology partner of FCC sued the City of Marysville for complaining about the smell!!!

Unlike many citizen activists, Davis does not play the role of a grouchy outsider. Marysville officials, including Mayor Jon Nehring, agree that the smell is insufferable, that Cedar Grove is the problem, and that regulators need to put a stop to it. But that’s not such an easy proposition, largely because Cedar Grove has consistently and aggressively denied that it is stinking up the region. In fact, the company has blamed a host of other entities for the problem, starting with its chief critic, the city of Marysville.

In August, Cedar Grove filed suit against the city, claiming that officials are withholding public records related to a “public-relations campaign aimed at spreading disinformation about Cedar Grove, including the false allegation that Cedar Grove was the primary source of odors in the Marysville area.” This alleged smear campaign, the suit claims, is aimed at diverting attention from the real stinker: the city’s own wastewater-treatment plant. The suit also names Davis as a pawn in this purported cover-up.

What a gem of a company. Why is the Staff of the Western Placer Waste Management Agency Rolling Out the Red Carpet for this racket??? Why would FCC partner with such bad actors, say’s a lot about a company.

The Composter who is using the same technology proposed for Placer County got Fined for the Nauseating Odors from it’s Everett Plant and Maple Valley Plant then of course appealed the fines!

When the smell is bad, she said, it’s like “somebody forcing your head over a garbage can of rotting, sweet food. … There were nights last summer when my husband and I were going, ‘Is there enough money in the bank to go stay at a hotel?’ “

One night, the stench forced her out of bed and into the bathroom, where she threw up, Avila says. One of her complaints to the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency led to an $11,000 fine when an inspector smelled the odor at her home and traced it back to Cedar Grove after ruling out other possible sources.

Yikes, coming to Roseville soon???

The company has appealed to King County Superior Court.

Since going into business next to King County’s Cedar Hills Landfill in 1989, Cedar Grove has struggled to control odors. And it has battled neighbors and regulators, saying it is being unfairly blamed for smells that come from other sources.

Since they have not been able to control the foul odors from their composting plants, it appears that composter’s solution was to invest in changing laws to try and escape the standards they have failed to reach. Note that in 2009 they sued Marysville and in 2012 got fined and appealed. The article about trying to change the law is from 2019. FCC’s partners technology has been stinking up Northern Washingtion since 1989 and appears to have not been able to get a handle on their operation in 30 years.

Yet, the staff of the Western Placer Waste Management Agency are asleep at the switch and have decided for reasons none of us will ever truly know to recommend FCC and their proven failure to Placer County!

OLYMPIA — A bill which would have buffered Cedar Grove from lawsuits arising from its composting operations is done for this year.

But the conversation among lawmakers is not over on how to promote the composting industry and protect communities’ legal options to combat noxious odors that it may produce.

“I think this bill is good policy,” said Rep. Amy Walen, D-Kirkland, the prime sponsor of the legislation. “We have a compelling need for composting. I just don’t think we want the parties to go to court all the time. I think we need to try to point them in a direction to work together.”

She vowed to seek avenues of compromise in the coming months and try again in 2020.

“We can’t go on this way,” she said.

House Bill 1167 sought to amend state law to treat composting as an agricultural activity entitled to protection from nuisance suits.

It cleared a House committee in early February but did not receive a vote in the chamber before a March 13 deadline for action on non-budget bills. A companion Senate bill never had a hearing.

Cedar Grove, a composting firm with a history of odor-related disputes in Snohomish and King counties, was behind the effort as it was with similar legislation that failed in 2017 and 2018.

Cedar Grove utilizes the same technology that FCC is partnering and promoting in Everett and Maple Valley that are owned by Cedar Grove.

The Western Placer Waste Management Authority is set to vote on Monday… on Monday we will have a nice summary for them and the rest of the readers of Right on Daily. Meantime, the Staff of the WPWMA failed miserably at their job.

Nov 232021
 

I did not mince words in that title. FCC, the Waste provider recommended by the staff of that district has a lot of explaining to do. I just can’t clear the rumors about the junket to Spain that some of the staff are dreaming about after the anticipated adoption of the contract. There has to be an explanation about the grotesque lack of due diligence.

Well, allow your intrepid blogger to continue…

On October 22, Banks called a brief press conference at City Hall to discuss the charges brought against him by Pickett.

He said that Pickett did try to bribe him, but the bribe was for his support on the FCC Environmental Services contract.

Earlier this year, the mayor attempted to bring on FCC to replace Waste Management. However, the council twice voted down the proposal on a 3-4 vote. In either case, had Banks reversed his decision, the contract would have been approved.

“Pickett tried to bribe me into voting for the FCC contract the second time it was brought before the council,” Banks said at the time. “I do not know why he has the facts wrong, but let me clear: the offer was to bribe me for the FCC contract.”

Banks said at the press conference that Pickett was to receive $500,000 from FCC and had worked out a deal to help the company build out its Jackson headquarters.

This is from Jackson Mississippi ON 11-2-2021!!! Read more here.

Then there is the curious case of Bribery in Panama.

The billionaire contract was awarded to the Spanish construction company Fomento de Construcciones y Contratas (FCC) , the Brazilian group Odebrecht and the French Alstom Group, which also operates in Switzerland with its transport division.

According to documents to which the newspaper SonntagsZeitung had access: 82 million euros were paid in bribes, through a Swiss bank, to obtain the contract. This is the result of the ruling of the Federal Criminal Court, in mid-May.

Ouch. Then on 10-30-2019 FCC got lit up by the Supreme Court of Spain (I wonder if that is on the list of venues for the upcoming tour…) with an indictment for corruption and money laundering. WHERE IS THE STAFF OF THE DISTRICT???

MADRID (Reuters) – Spain’s High Court on Wednesday charged Spanish building and infrastructure company FCC FCC.MC with corruption and money laundering in connection with 82 million euros ($91 million) in payments made in Panama.

The High Court’s investigative judges said FCC paid bribes to obtain metro and hospital contracts in the central American country between 2010 and 2014.

FCC declined to comment. It now has the opportunity to defend itself or appeal against the charges, before the judges decide whether to send the case to trial. The process could take months.

FCC is now controlled by Mexican tycoon Carlos Slim, who took a 25% stake in 2014 and gained control of the board in 2016.

There is also this gem – that speaks to the irregularities in how they appear to bid contracts, this time in the polar opposite direction:

Documents published by the court on Wednesday show its investigation centered on allegations that FCC overcharged for steel in construction projects with a consortium including Brazilian company Odebrecht, using the funds obtained to pay bribes to officials in Panama.

When you are so bad that even the World Bank, known for its’ corruption blasts you, it is really awful:

WASHINGTON, September 16, 2020— The World Bank Group today announced the two-year debarment of FCC Construcción S.A., a Spain-based company that specializes in civil works construction, in connection with fraudulent and collusive practices during two bidding processes under the Río Bogotá Environmental Recuperation and Flood Control Project in Colombia.

Wait a minute – this is in Colombia and not Panama, meaning we have alleged fraud in Colombia and jerked off bidding and then in Panama (and maybe Jackson Mississippi) we have Bribery? WHERE IS THE STAFF OF THE DISTRICT???

FCC Construcción S.A. participated in the bidding processes under two World Bank-financed contracts under the project. In the first bidding process, the company arranged with public officials, through a subcontractor and a commercial agent, to have a competitor disqualified, which is a collusive practice, and the company misrepresented the use of the contract’s advance payment, which is a fraudulent practice. In the second bidding process, FCC Construcción S.A. knowingly misrepresented the composition and the roles of three companies within a consortium that would execute the contract, which is a fraudulent practice. The consortium that ultimately won the contract does not include FCC Construcción S.A..

and now the Staff of the Western Placer Waste Management Authority jammed out a biased report late on Friday before a holiday week in an attempt to ram down a contact for these folks? I am not one to buy conspiracy theories, but this is really making me wonder.

Alleged Bribery in Jackson Mississippi.

Alleged Bribery in Panama

Alleged Bid-Rigging and Fraud in Colombia

But Wait, there’s more… if you sign up with FCC you can get sued when they decide they are done playing!

Tensions between Panama and Spain’s Fomento de Construcciones y Contratas (FCC) are intensifying over construction delays of the US$554mn Ciudad de la Salud health complex, which was awarded to the company in 2011.

President Laurentino Cortizo told local media on Thursday that the US$65mn compensation the firm is demanding for the five years of halted works is “inconceivable” and a “joke.”

“It is inconceivable to me that Panama owes FCC an amount when we know of irregularities that took place in previous governments and administrations,” he said, referring to an investigation that started in 2017 over alleged bribes for another project. 

The company, owned by Mexico’s Carlos Slim, is also under investigation in Spain for alleged links to the Odebrechtcorruption scandal.

“It is important to talk to FCC head-on to insist that there is a process that must be followed,” the president said.

Aside from the compensation, FCC filed a lawsuit against Panama’s social security agency CSS before the International Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce in Paris, according to media reports.

The firm is seeking to end its contract with the agency and avoid a US$55mn fine CSS could demand for not completing the project, according to local news site La Celosía.

When FCC couldn’t deliver, they sued Panama!

I took note of the mentions of Carlos Slim.

Who is Carlos Slim? There is a fascinating expose here. Slim owns the New York Times and is one of the richest men in the world with a net worth equal to about 6% of the GDP of Mexico. I’d imagine this is why the articles about FCC include mention of him.

It is time for the Staff of the Western Placer Waste Management Authority to come clean about how they arrived at their report. Was it as simple as price fixation? Who did the research? How was it done? What conversations happened with FCC? Were promises made? What else happened?

Did FCC comply with the RFP requirements to disclose all unethical, illegal, civil, and criminal history? If so, did staff just ignore this? I found all of this with a simple Google search, so surely they must know…

But, then how would they see Christmas in Spain (https://www.idealista.com/en/news/lifestyle-spain/2019/12/04/7113-10-places-celebrate-christmas-spain)

In the next segment of our expose’ on the “recommended” provider of Waste Management – let’s return to America for more fun facts.

BLOGGER’S FOOTNOTE: Please note that RFP refers to government lingo for Requests For Proposal – aka the bidding process. The overriding issue with the apparent refusal or failure of the Staff of the district follows in the fine print of most every contract, but in the case of this one follows:

Proposal Section 10 – Legal Compliance and History

State with particularity how and why the Proposal complies with applicable public contracting laws, including, without limitation, the specific California statutory provision(s) that Proposer is relying on for that determination.

Describe all civil legal actions with government agencies or current/former facility owners now pending or which have occurred in the past ten (10) years with the potential liability or actual damages greater than $50,000; any actions involving allegations or findings of bribery or public corruption; and all criminal legal actions now pending or that have occurred in the past ten (10) years against the entity submitting the RFP and any parent or affiliated company for actions filed in the United States.

<<<SNIP>>>

Western Placer Waste Management Authority

Request for Proposals for Recovery Facilities Conceptual Designs and Operational Services

Describe any illegal or unethical practices discovered within the Proposer’s firm in the last ten (10) years and describe actions taken to eliminate these practices. Include a corporate resolution or ethics code that demonstrates the prospective Proposer’s commitment to ethical and legal business practices. 

This clip of the contract thingy should help the readers of this blog better understand why all of this stuff matters.

Nov 222021
 

Your intrepid blogger has been interested in the upcoming Placer County Waste / Trash / Dump contract. After exposing the attempts of the staff to give the current provider a no-bid 20 year contract for services – despite the mismanagement and substandard services they provided, it appears that the staff of the Western Placer Waste Management Authority are up to their tricks again. Fortunately, the level-headed WPWMA insisted staff put the contract out to bid. And it’s good thing they did – the current provider’s bid came in dead last when compared to others.

Undaunted by the previous exposure – they are trying to ram down a contract with a provider that has a history of screw ups, underbidding, fines, poor service and that is just some of what a google search reveals. Read on…

Then, a few days ago – this missile hit my text message threads.

A top Roseville wastewater official has been charged with five felony counts of diverting public funds to personal use, including two counts alleging he used money from the South Placer Wastewater Authority to pay for the moving expenses and law school tuition for a woman he arranged to have hired, The Sacramento Bee has learned.

Kenneth James Glotzbach, 54, Roseville’s assistant director of wastewater utilities and the executive director of the wastewater authority, was charged in Superior Court on Nov. 8 by Placer County District Attorney Morgan Gire’s office and an arrest warrant was issued, court files say. He was arrested at his Carmichael home Friday and booked into the South Placer Jail before being released on $20,000 bail, Roseville police spokesman Rob Baquera said.

Glotzbach is accused of arranging to hire Marisa Tricas, a 32-year-old U.S. Environmental Protection Agency worker he met at a conference, without permission from the city and eventually of having her hired in 2018 by a consulting firm paid with city, county and utility funds, court records say.

He allegedly arranged for more than $300,000 in public funds to be used to pay Tricas, funded her moving expenses from Washington, D.C., by putting them on his city credit card and had the city pay for her tuition at Lincoln Law School, court records say.

It looks like Placer County Staff across departments has ongoing issues beyond those I have written about for years. While a lot of people working for Placer County are great people, one of the most consistent issues with County or any government staff is their proclivity to try to run the government by proxy.

It appears that Placer County Staff pulled a classic trick – they put out a detailed report recommending a flawed, substandard provider for services. IT appears they were looking at price only without doing due diligence on the voracity of the provider. (Or perhaps daydreams of a Christmas junket to the headquarters of the preferred vendor in Spain are indeed true and a factor in the recommendation. Conozco que Espana es tanto bonita en la invierna!)

WORSE – THEY PUT THE REPORT OUT AT 4PM ON A FRIDAY BEFORE THANKSGIVING WEEK… WITH THE MEETING TO VOTE ON THE ISSUE IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING THANKSGIVING WEEK!!! This is unethical at best and MAY be indicative of some undue influence or out of control egos inside the bowels of government.

On The Monday following Thanksgiving – the 5 member Western Placer Waste Management Authority board is going to vote on a contract between “FCC” and “Green Waste”. It is the opinion of this blogger that FCC is a disaster and is a substandard provider. The FCC company is like Three Mile Island in a google search.

The first thing that pops out to me is on a major contract with the City of Dallas – this provider appears to have UNDERBID the contract. This is common – especially when coupled with a nearly immediate request for a cost increase. IT appears they Bid about $71 a ton and within a year went for a “Variable” per ton rate increase. There was another bidder within $3 a ton when FCC won the contract. You tell me what this looks like? See their initial bid here. See the request to jack the price here. In layman’s terms, when you ask for a variable market based fee increase, it means your current prices are under the market – as in you underbid and are not charging enough.

Do note that my understanding of California Law is that underbidding a contract is illegal. Bidding a contract at cost is also illegal. Given the pattern of FCC you have to wonder if this is at play here.

Secondly, it appears that FCC is a pretty big provider – but amazingly has no experience in California. Given the EXTREME regulatory environment in California and virtually non-existent regulations in Texas – how are the staff of the district going to look at a scandal-plagued and fine-plagued provider seriously? (It can’t be as simple as a taxpayer funded trip to Spain, is it?)

According to another source, FCC will be using a composting system called the “Gore System”. (More like AlGore and not Supervisor Gore of Placer County)  You could literally say that FCC and their partner “Gore System” are piles of s–t. Just ask Utah.

AMERICAN FORK, Utah (AP) – Several Utah County cities and businesses are raising a stink over compost piles made from human waste at a sewage treatment plant, saying it’s no way to treat the neighbors.

They filed a $425 million lawsuit against the Timpanogos Special Service District in American Fork seeking relief.

“As the foul odor permeates the surrounding areas, it regularly causes physical illness among residents, workers and visitors,” says the complaint in 4th District Court. It was filed earlier this week by American Fork, neighboring Pleasant Grove, the American Fork Chamber of Commerce and businesses including a BMW dealership and an RV park.

So – do you want this coming to Roseville?

Third – these people have failed to perform. In Orange County Florida, they got massive fines for blowing chunks on their contracts.

FCC proposes to use the same old “Gore System” that is fraught with issues – we will get in to that more in a bit – but suffice to say where was the staff of the Waste District when I was able to find a TON of stuff with a simple google search:

The county slapped fines totaling $19,400 on the hauler, Fomento de Construcciones y Contratas or FCC, which provides sanitation services for about 85,000 residential customers in unincorporated Orange County.

That may not seem like much – but wait, there’s more:

FCC customers registered more than half the 1,135 service complaints received by the solid waste division in the final two weeks of February, when the county started assessing fines for missed pickups and other missteps.

That is a lot of screw ups in a two-week period.

So – The Staff of the Western Placer Waste Management Authority appear to be attempting to Jam Down a contract for FCC.

FCC is based in Spain. Green Waste, the competitor is based in California.

FCC has never done business in California.

FCC literally got sued over piles of s–t in Utah.

FCC literally got fined for hundreds of screw ups in Orange County Florida.

and it appears that FCC has a history of under-bidding contracts and then going back to the well for more.

Is this what Placer County Wants? But wait -there’s more…

Nov 182021
 

IN Placer County in 2020 – Three School Boards turned from Dem/Squish R majorities to solid R majorities. It appears that the Sacramento Bee is enraged by this. 2021 has seen a “columnist” from the Sacramento Bee who is fresh out of the People’s Republic of Davis on the dope rhyme. She has unloaded her vitriol on several local electeds in Placer County and has been seen at board meetings trolling for people to attack.

These are the sorts of things the misguided people on the right should be focused on. The Communists in Sacramento and their whores in the Sacramento Bee know 100% who the enemy is.

The Sacramento Bee penned an article recently that tied the Proud Boys and Militias to parents protesting at school board meetings. 30 years ago when my wife was a journalism student, this practice was called juxtaposition and was regarded as an unethical practice.

Ryan Sabalow – one of the Bee reporters is from Shasta County and I first met him when he worked for the Redding Record Searchlight. I do not know this leftist cheap shot artist, the Sabalow I knew was a good reporter, but that is not allowed in today’s media. Further, anyone that calls Shasta Supervisor Leonard Moty a conservative must be a blithering idiot or a product of China.

In case you have any doubt as to the Bee’s agenda – take a look at this section of the article:

From Modesto to Placerville, Sacramento to Oroville to Redding, the dangerous, conspiracy theory-driven spirit behind the deadly Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol riots has spread across California as far-right extremists and anti-government activists mobilize to disrupt the work of local elected officials. Local government and school board meetings have turned into tedious and contentious slogs filled with hours of public comment as extremists shout and ramble on, spewing misinformation and sometimes threatening public officials.

Got it? Anyone speaking out is now part of January 6th.

But wait – there’s more:

Central to many of these efforts: Christian church leaders, including many who have boasted about defying public health orders and made a show of doling out exemptions for people who won’t take the vaccine. In some cases, churches have spearheaded conferences riddled with prominent conspiratorial figures. Some say they are organizing to “take back” the power.

The Bee has always hated the Church and when given a chance to smear the Church with other groups, they could not help themselves.

Also notice the lack of Bee coverage about BLM, ANTIFA and other far-left groups. I don’t recall Act-Up, the Earth Liberation Front, or other violent enviro groups making the pages of the Bee… just angry parents and people angry about the policies of the Bee’s fellow leftists in California Government. This is why I refer to the Sacramento Bee as a whore for the left.

What makes this moment particularly dangerous, experts who study political violence and anti-democracy movements say, is that right-wing activists are using misinformation — about public health, school curriculums and elections — to gain traction. This is not just routine conservative organizing, said Lindsay Schubiner, a program director at the Western States Center, an Oregon-based nonprofit that promotes equity and counters white nationalism. It’s a confluence of “bigoted and anti-democracy groups” working to undermine basic institutions.

Please note that the Western States Center is a far-left organization routinely discredited for leftist smears, similar to the Southern Poverty Law Center. It makes perfect sense that a rag like the Bee would go to them for a quote.

I am going to finish with a large quote from the Sacramento Globe by Katy Grimes:

“MORE EXTREME THAN THE TEA PARTY” the Bee subhead says. How “extreme” was the Tea Party – that “non-partisan grassroots organization of individuals united by core values derived from the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution of the United States of America and the Bill of Rights as explained in the Federalist Papers,” fighting excessive government spending and taxation?

“What makes this moment particularly dangerous, experts who study political violence and anti-democracy movements say, is that right-wing activists are using misinformation — about public health, school curriculums and elections — to gain traction,” the Bee said.

This is not just routine conservative organizing, said Lindsay Schubiner, a program director at the Western States Center, an Oregon-based nonprofit that promotes equity and counters white nationalism. It’s a confluence of “bigoted and anti-democracy groups” working to undermine basic institutions.

It’s curious that the Bee chose this non-profit, whose board members include an attorney with the Southern Poverty Law Center, a self-described “social justice agitator, cultural sexologist, and public/sexual health educator,” and a member of the PLAN Action Fund board, which “Organizes people to use our collective leverage for social justice.”

“Oregon has faced political violence and attacks on our democracy throughout its history from bigoted and anti-democratic movements,” the Western States Center says.

But ignore what’s happening in Portland… residents are fearful of going to the “trashed” downtown. A tourism report by Travel Portland found that people don’t want to travel to Portland because they associate the city with homelessness, homicide, and civil unrest. “Because of group cancellations stemming from the pandemic, homeless, and downtown riots, tourism jobs in the metro area have dropped by 10,000 from 36,000 in 2019,” Oregon Catalyst just reported.

This is a perfect storm fomented by media, organized leftists, shadow government NGOs and non-profits, and government: Call parents “terrorists,” while defunding local police. This won’t end well.

The Globe reported on this shift away from fully-funding Sacramento’s police department in October 2020:

The Sacramento City Council voted unanimously to pass a “public safety” resolution, but there is little safety involved. The resolution is intended to officially redefine public safety — Sacramento Police Department, Sacramento Fire Department, and Emergency Medical Teams — to include what the city calls “youth-prevention services” such as arts programs and health food programs, and other “community outreach programs.”

Even with all of the data and statistics of a stunning crime spike in the Capitol City, instead of beefing up the very effective Sacramento Police IMPACT Team and the gang enforcement unit, Mayor Steinberg chose to offer concierge services to “the underserved,” and “unhoused.”

“The community engagement team organizes residents through civic engagement to ensure they have access to resources and opportunities provided by the city of Sacramento. The engagement team is the direct liaison between the community and the mayor’s office, and its focus is on reaching the underserved.”

The City already has mental health and homeless outreach units with the Sacramento Police Department, who are trained to deal with these unique issues – unless they’ve already been defunded.

The source articles follow:

SacBee Calls Parents ‘Angry, Violent, Toxic’ While Touting City’s New Community Organizer Hire

https://www.sacbee.com/news/california/article255292696.html

The Bee has lost a ton of subscribers in the last decade. The Paper is a shadow of its’ former self. Instead of following proven principles of marketing, they double down on the very far-leftist ideology that cost them tens of thousands of subscribers. This is the body politic of 2021.

Nov 172021
 

I will be catching up on the disgusting Sacramento Bee article tomorrow. Suffice to say, calling them whores for the left may not be a strong enough insult. Parents – Stay Strong, the Bee, the Left, the Teacher’s Union, Gavin Newsom, Joe Biden and others are literally fighting to keep control of the minds of your children. This is also why the FBI has abused its’ resources to label parents protesting at leftist school boards as terrorists… While Antifa and BLM are given a free pass to riot.

However, sometimes those on the right can’t help themselves. Enter one-time Presidential Candidate Julianne Benzel who also ran against Congressman Tom McClintock at one point as well.

Benzel got her 15 minutes of fame when she got herself in Hot Water with the Rocklin Unified School District over the leftist inspired 2018 Gun Control Walkout. In a post from 2019 I lampooned Ms. Benzel’s Congressional Campaign.

Benzel did manage to get 12,000 votes in the primary against Brynne Kennedy and Tom McClintock. I am no fan of McClintock – but I believed that Benzel was trying to help the democrats by softening up McClintock for the well-funded Kennedy.

Benzel has recently been part of a local election oriented group that features several people I respect. I am not sure how they did not vet Ms. Benzel who has now apparently found a new outlet for her anger against the Rocklin Unified School District.

In 2020, with considerable effort, the Placer GOP (with some help from your intrepid blogger, but they did MOST of the work) led the effort that ousted Camille Maben, Rick Miller and a complete loser attorney Republican that rolled over and voted with Maben and Rick Miller. Miller was helped on to that board by the leftist charter school people and promptly went Mao-Tse-Tung.

However, Julianne is going postal on the 5 Republican Roseville Joint Union High School District, the 5 Republican Rocklin USD and the 6-1 Placer County Office of Education. She is doing so as the Sacramento Bee has gone on a rampage Jihad against those boards and any others that refuse to teach racism to our children or force them to take injections of untested poison.

I have helped elect almost everyone in these two pictures – far beyond anything Benzel or any of her cohorts can claim. My first foray in to Placer County Elections as a consultant was 2004.

I see this event as an act of defiance against the State of California. That is what any rational person who understands the dynamic of the state of CA would conclude.

Instead, Benzel tries to equate these folks to Newsom and the French Laundry. What Benzel would have learned if she had a relationship with any of these people is what the State of California has done to circumvent court decisions:

#1 if districts do not comply with Emperor Newsolini – they will lose their funding. This has been threatened to several districts

#2 Newsolini and crew went to the INSURANCE CARRIERS of charter schools and school districts and pressured their corporate attorneys to agree that any district without a mask mandate would not have insurance coverage.

So – while Benzel is raging once again at a windmill, the rest of the story paints a completely different picture. Perhaps she should focus her ire on the communist agitators at the Sacramento Bee.

The truth is that I would not want to be a school board member anywhere. People like Benzel make it even worse with their misguided anger.

Next Up – your intrepid blogger is going to talk about the Sacramento Bee’s latest cheap shot. It appears that the Bee is in a contest with the LA times and the SF Chron to see who can get a free trip to Bejing.