Apr 222024
 

To say Tenessa has been busy is an understatement. She raged on Michael D’Acquisto at a recent meeting when the lynching of Aaron Hatch was brought up.

But wait, there’s more. The Redding City Council seems to be beset with drama and tribalism.

That prompted Councilman Michael Dacquisto to interject, “It’s the Bethel juggernaut at work again, just like I said last week. This is crazy.”

Winter shot right back: “That’s B.S. Stop.”

Audette, Winter, and Mayor Pro Tempore Jack Munns attend Bethel, a megachurch in Redding whose membership makes up about 10% of the city’s population. Some in the community have expressed concerns that the church wields too much political influence.

Up until recently, I have discounted D’Acquisto’s criticism of Bethel Church because I am also an Evangelical Christian and I recollect Michael from his campaign for congress back many years ago (the original election of Congressman LaMalfa) and recall him to be completely non religious.

However, since Bethel attendees have taken the majority on the Redding Council it has gotten screwy, including Tenessa bragging she was going to become Mayor months before the vote – suggesting insider dealing. (Here is another post about the corruption behind the Mayor Scam.)

Who knew that the New Apostolic Movement involves the same kinds of tactics I have written about for years being done by politicians and their minions?

At the April 2 council meeting, Audette recommended appointing realtor Joshua Johnson and David Stine, CEO of Bethel Media, to the commission. They would replace developer Marcus Partin and realtor Cameron Middleton, whose terms are up.

That didn’t sit well with Dacquisto or Councilmember Mark Mezzano, who said both Partin and Middleton want to stay on the commission.

“I’m confused,” Dacquisto said at the April 2 meeting. “Why would you bring somebody new in when you have two experienced volunteers that are willing to go and continue working?”

On April 2, Audette, Munns and Winter were in the 3-2 majority to appoint Johnson and Stine.

Not bad, huh? Experience not necessary, just the membership.

Got Jury Duty? UP YOURS say the three person majority!

Shasta County Superior Court Executive Officer Melissa Fowler-Bradley asked the city to pause parking enforcement of jurors’ vehicles around the new courthouse for 90 days until additional parking becomes available.

Ok, sounds reasonable right?

But the council voted 3-2 not to accept the recommended changes and not pause parking enforcement. Audette, Munns and Winter voted in the majority.

“The Superior Court is appreciative of the sacrifices people make to serve on the jury duty and apologize for this added inconvenience when their vehicles are ticketed,” Bradley stated in a news release Wednesday.

I guess they showed everyone who’s boss huh?

But, here’s the best part. The Paskenta Band of Nomlaki Indians (aka Rolling Hills Casino in Nearby Tehama County) ran an independent expenditure for Tenessa in the March Primary and donated the legal maximum of $5,500×2 to her campaign. I guess there is a toll booth at the front door of the Mayor’s office:

A divided council voted to send a letter to the Federal Bureau of Indian Affairs that questions the final environmental impact statement for the Redding Rancheria’s plan to relocate its Win-River Resort & Casino to freeway frontage property south of Redding.

I guess Win River being near I-5 would be bad for Rolling Hill’s business?

The council voted 3-2 to send the letter. Audette, Munns and Winter voted yes. Dacquisto and Mezzano voted no.

The Bureau of Indian Affairs has final say on the casino project.

The public comment period for the final environment impact statement ends April 29 and the Bureau of Indian Affairs could decide on the project after that date.

The Rancheria’s plan is to build a 69,541-square-foot casino, nine-story, 250-room hotel, restaurants, a conference center, an event center, a convention center and a 132,000-square-foot regional retail center on a portion of 232 acres of undeveloped land west of Interstate 5 known as Strawberry Fields. The property is just south the I-5-South Road interchange.

If anyone thinks Tenessa’s stance on Win River has nothing to do with the largess from Rolling Hills I have a Sundial Bridge to sell you.

FYI – I hate to break it to Tenessa, the Federales approve these projects and rarely care about what City Councils have to say as most come up with excuses to oppose the projects.

P.S. The Planning Commission? The significance of that is that for reasons I am unclear about, the “Bethel Crew” want to do in the Redding Rodeo and the Planning Commission has some sort of major decision to make soon about the Rodeo’s lease on property downtown. My guess is they will be shafted and forced out of Redding after nearly a century…

Meantime, Redding’s Crime Rate is worse than 93% of American Cities.

Apr 192024
 

Tenessa vs D’Acquisto regarding the removal of a planning commissioner. Watch her interrupt and run over the top of him at the 1:18 mark. It appears that Tenessa has been getting more aggressive with people in public lately. (Tenessa is the Mayor and D’Acquisto is a Redding Councilmember)

What seems to be at work is the 3-2 majority that is derided as being from Bethel Church. They are systematically removing people, stopping development, and the like.

Allow me to suggest to Ms. Audette something to be focused on instead of shutting down the fairgrounds, micromanaging staff and interrupting colleagues from the deius:

Yeah that’s right 93% of American Cities are safer than Redding, Ca.

Mayor Crime wave has herself far worse problems than Mike D’Acquisto talking about the Bethel Juggernaut. (Don’t forget that Ms. Audette was talking about being Mayor months before being elected mayor – suggesting insider dealing – aka a Brown Act violation)

Quoting the linked information above:

With a crime rate of 36 per one thousand residents, Redding has one of the highest crime rates in America compared to all communities of all sizes – from the smallest towns to the very largest cities. One’s chance of becoming a victim of either violent or property crime here is one in 28. Within California, more than 91% of the communities have a lower crime rate than Redding.

((SNIP))

For Redding, we found that the violent crime rate is one of the highest in the nation, across communities of all sizes (both large and small). Violent offenses tracked included rape, murder and non-negligent manslaughter, armed robbery, and aggravated assault, including assault with a deadly weapon. According to NeighborhoodScout’s analysis of FBI reported crime data, your chance of becoming a victim of one of these crimes in Redding is one in 160.

Ouch.

I think the ruling junta on the Redding City Council have some explaining to do, and perhaps Mr. D’Acquisto and Mezzano are completely justified in their withering criticism of the majority!

There were more meltdowns beyond Tenessa shouting down a colleague on the council… last night the Shasta GOP voted to remove Dan Sloan as Chair.

Less than an hour after being removed as Chair of the Shasta GOP by a 15-3 Vote, Dan Sloan sent an email. I have gotten this email more than once. I will excerpt the email, but anyone that got it will know exactly that this is true:

Greetings, Committee,

The meeting tonight included bylaw violations. The committee did not vote to suspend the Bylaws with a 2/3 vote before removing the chair on an interim basis. I confirmed with fWin Carpenter that the 2/3 verbiage and comments were NOT part of that discussion.
Dan Sloan ran for supervisor and some ugliness in his background was exposed. There was a trail of financial and behavioral malfeasance documented in what I saw. Regardless of the rheem of court documents I was sent, it is clear that Sloan only stepped up to serve as Chair of the Shasta GOP in order to set up his run for office.
It is clear I am not alone in the opinion based on the 15-3 vote.
So the committee, fed up with the drama and infighting decided to deal with it and let the drama continue in the mayor’s office instead. It appears that Sloan still thinks he is chair of the committee even after losing on a 5-1 margin.
Let me assist the former Chairman with a Robert’s Rules lesson (and the Shasta By-Laws are governed by Robert’s Rules).
#1 when removing an officer you do NOT need to suspend the bylaws, in fact, it is quite the opposite. It is the by-laws that defer to Robert’s Rules for removal of officers unless the by-laws specify a process.
#2 Removing an officer (or most other 2/3 votes) does not need to be noticed and can be done from the floor. The reason why endorsements are different is because that process is typically enumerated in a group’s by-laws.
#3 There is no requirement for comments on any motion.
The email continues:
I just spoke with John Dennis in San Francisco and informed him of the committee’s desire to learn more about the 10% “ask” on the speaker series. John and I spoke for a while about the situation and timeline. I am in favor of the 10% contribution.
Dan Sloan is likely going to have another restraining order levelled against him if he continues acting like the Chairman of Shasta County.
It sounds like there are a lot of issues there. I do not envy the new Shasta GOP Chair’s life the rest of 2024. Yikes.

In addition, NeighborhoodScout found that a lot of the crime that takes place in Redding is property crime. Property crimes that are tracked for this analysis are burglary, larceny over fifty dollars, motor vehicle theft, and arson. In Redding, your chance of becoming a victim of a property crime is one in 33, which is a rate of 30 per one thousand population.

Importantly, we found that Redding has one of the highest rates of motor vehicle theft in the nation according to our analysis of FBI crime data. This is compared to communities of all sizes, from the smallest to the largest. In fact, your chance of getting your car stolen if you live in Redding is one in 223.

They have got a lot of problems out there. We need strong leadership in Shasta County. I hope the new chair can help. I hope we get Mezzano and D’Acquisto some help and we need Megan Dahle and Heather Hadwick for adult supervision at the state level. Yikes.

Apr 082024
 

California Elections are a joke.

I’ve seen this a few times in my life

Obviously, I am involved in California’s first Assembly District Race. I will be writing a lot more about this in the fall as it is now a head to head race with my candidate Heather Hadwick stunning all observers, finishing first. I know why she won and that is a secret that I will not discuss until after the General Election is over and she is Assemblywoman Heather Hadwick.

This will not be before a ton of drama and people that don’t know her who hate her only because of their irrational hatred of the Dahles doing what they do. (The Dahles, by the way are loved in AD-01, but I digress)

I also had a bit of time away, even though I do work when away from my artillery position at 5146′ here in the north state. I had a great Easter!

So, here are some races I am watching this fall in California:

AD-01 obviously, SD-01 (Megan Dahle is fine, please stop the rumors) are the starters.

AD-07 which is a D+6ish district, but GOP incumbent Josh Hoover had a strong showing in March.

AD-40 where communist incumbent Pillar Schaivo performed poorly presenting another pickup opportunity for the GOP, because in AD-47 Greg Wallis is in deep doo-doo.

AD-60 might be entertaining too

AD-75 which pits Andrew Hayes against the controversial and flamboyant Carl DeMaio should be noteworthy because DeMaio will spend a ton of money.

AD-76 features Kristie Bruce-Lane who did not make it to 50%. There will be a ton of money in that district, she is about the top recruit for the GOP this cycle.

SD-01 Megan Dahle smashed David Fennell. Fennell has distinguished himself with some nasty and classless appearances by all accounts, so he appears well suited to the Dahle haters and the 22.8% of the vote in SD-01 they represented.

SD-05 Jim Shoemaker a long time enemy of mine in the CRA is the nominee against retread Jerry McDonkey. McDonkey is a heavy favorite, both because of the district and because Shoemaker still needs finishing as a candidate.

SD-07 – Five Democrats and One Republican ran. The Republican finished last. My guess is that district will elect an Israel-hating communist.

SD-19 Rosilicie Ochoa-Bogh did not do well, but did get over 53% in the primary. Watch this district because the dems are coming for it.

SD-23 Suzette Martinez-Valladares hammered DJ Hamburger and the Dem did not even get 30%. Even though this is allegedly a dem district, Suzette will be uber-competitive. Hamburger, had he made the runoff would have cost the GOP a seat for sure.

In SD-37, Josh Newman who was once recalled for whoring out for a tax increase drew former Assemblyman Stephen Choi as his opponent. Newman is the prohibitive favorite to hold his seat. This was one of the districts I wrote about the GOP endorsement game playing in.

CA-03: Kiley got to over 55% as the count went on. He is safe for now. Look for the pinkos to recruit a better opponent than Jessica Morse in 2026.

CA-06: Can Chris Bish get to 35% against Ami Bera? Inquiring bloggers want to know.

CA-09: Former Stockton Mayor Kevin Lincoln was able to hold incumbent Dem puppet Josh Harder under 50 in the Primary. True to form, the Republicans could not help themselves as two other unqualified candidates filed for no reason causing Lincoln to have to spend money to finish second in the primary. Great teamwork.

CA-13: John Duarte nearly beat Adam Gray by 10% in the primary. I don’t see how Gray, noted for being a lazy candidate overcomes that.

CA-20: Vince Fong drew Mike Boudreaux as his opponent. Mike Boudreaux is going to wish he had not filed in the first place.

CA-21: Yet another poor showing by Jim Costa may bring this district in to the spotlight again.

CA-22: The Reps combined for nearly 55% of the vote. Valadao always seems to be just fine even as trump-supporters and so-called pundits predict his demise.

CA-27: Mike Garcia’s very existence crushes the squish narrative about “fitting the district”, this conservative continues to earn mid 50’s support in a D+6 district.

CA-30: Hard left district but the Republican qualifier Alex Balekian can make it interesting

CA-35: Mike Cargile always makes Norma Torres life miserable. Go Mike.

CA-47: Dem leaning district will be a money bloodbath. Scott Baugh is the Republican candidate there

CA-49: Another district where I wrote about the game-playing for the GOP endorsement. Pinko incumbent Mike Levin got 51% of the vote and presents a nice target for Matt Gunderson who should have been endorsed. Now they have to because he is the qualifier.

In addition, your intrepid blogger can’t help himself but watch some local stuff:

For reasons I am unsure of, there is a third candidate that risks splitting the votes to allow Karen Alvord, the wife of Scott Alvord an easier path to getting elected. Remember Council Races are non-partisan and have no runoff. It appears that we could have another Richard Rocucci / Pauline Rocucci combination unless Pete Constant wins.

Mike Murray made the runoff in Sup D3 in Placer County, my guy Dave Butler finished 3rd. I will be writing more about this later, but this is my official endorsement of Mike Murray. His opponent Anthony DeMattei better invest in political body armor.

In Sup D5, Cindy Gustafson is the more conservative of the two that qualified. Wayne Nader is a Registered Republican, amazingly. I can’t endorse Cindy, but if I had a vote in that district she’d get it.

I will be weighing in on other races in Placer County, but those three are on my radar right now.

Don’t worry dear readers, the body-count will resume soon enough.

Mar 232024
 

In SD-37, Uber dumped a bunch of money into Josh Newman and Stephen Choi. The Leadership of the OC GOP wanted Crystal Miles whose consultant is Dave Gilliard. Many of the rank and file wanted Anthony Kuo. The story about how the endorsement of Kuo got scuttled is a classic expose’ in backroom politics.

Would an OCGOP Endorsement have mattered? That county endorsement does indeed move the needle and has in years past. Perhaps had the insiders not thwarted the OCGOP from making a choice, Uber would not have been able to buy Choi into the fall.

Gilliard also had a candidate, Kate Monroe in CA-49:

The same leadership of the OCGOP scuttled and thwarted an endorsement of Matt Gunderson on behalf of Kate Monroe. It should also be noted that Margarita Wilkinson spent a ton of money and appears to have hurt herself with her strategic choices in her campaign.

Kate Monroe – similar to Crystal Miles is a client of Dave Gilliard.

The point of this post is simple. It is not about Dave Gilliard who is one of the better GOP Consultants in California. He lists people like Doug LaMalfa, Bethypoo, Jim Nielsen, Gallagher, Joe Patterson and Tenessa Audette as clients. Heck, his golden girl Janet Nguyen (who I blasted more than once) stomped the field.

This is about Central Committee endorsements and the corruptible process behind them. When Tenessa Audette was endorsed by Placer County, one of the votes to do so was someone on her payroll (check her campaign finance reports you will see who). In Orange County, there are more than one person with a long standing relationship with Dave Gilliard. If I was Gilliard, I would most certainly leverage those in order to benefit my clients. This is part of the game. The issue is that Gilliard’s allies did it under cover of subterfuge.

The brutal reality is the endorsement process of a county party is corruptible and is not transparent. This is and has been a theme of Right on Daily for years, ripping the covers off of the backroom deals, politics of personal rage and the moral corruption of the political process. Welcome back to the 2024 edition.

P.S. About Tenessa?

Whoops… the ENDORSED candidate got beat pretty badly. (P.S. 98%+ of the ballots in the district have been tabulated)

Mar 162024
 

Tenessa Audette’s campaign declared her the “ENDORSED” Republican candidate ( a standard Dave Gilliard mail trick). But the endorsements she lacked were the Dahles. When central committees endorsed because of their unfounded hatred of the Dahle’s that brings with it the flip side as well:

Shasta County is nearly complete. This result is pretty much baked in to the cake. Wow. It is even more stunning when you realize that Tenessa had more money than any of her opponents and sent 5-7 pieces of mail out.