I understand that yet one more great fraud upon the Taxpayers is underway. I read the article "FASAB Statement 56: Understanding the new government financial accounting loopholesJonathan Lurie, Michele Ferri | January 14, 2019" "The Federal Accounting Standards Advisory Board (FASAB) has released Statement of Federal Financing Accounting Standards 56 (Standard 56); taking government accounting practices from laxly enforced reporting standards to a new benchmark entirely–expressly approved obfuscation of reporting and, in some cases, outright concealing financials. … FASAB has determined that national security concerns essentially trump the need for financial transparency to the public. So how does Standard 56 do this?”  Go to the link below for Solari Report (Excerpt below) : December 29, 2018 --- Accounting & Accountability is the whole enchilada. Therefore this is disturbing news to say the least. I went on to read how dangerous this really is to Accounting Standards and Transparency. I found the online comment by Trish House summed this all up well when she wrote "Meanwhile for the last two decades the Pentagon has been "losing" off it's books around a trillion of our money a year! Somehow the IRS can keep track of every penny of our income in what they call our "voluntary" tax system, and Congress, which is responsible for funding these agencies, does nothing to defend us from this predatory and parasitic behavior by our employees. Make America FREE Again and refuse to fund these crooks - as our forefathers did who wrote the Constitution"  I am sure that I cannot say it any clearer than Trish does. So here is an Idea. How about the City of Chico stand's up for We The Taxpayers, the good people of Chico those who work hard and who have their annual tax returns scrutinized penny-by-penny by the same Fed receiving a FREE PASS. *** IDEA! How about the City of Chico stand's up for us locally and fight this criminal double-standard of accounting corruption and make the Fed Gov financially accountable to the People of Chico!  For deeper FASAB 56 details see;  The Solari Report | https://constitution.solari.com/fasab-statement-56-understanding-new-government-financial-accounting-loopholes/ Solari Report Excerpt of the Introduction only - FULL REPORT is at the link above:  December 29, 2018 | Introduction:
Financial accountability for the government is a cornerstone of a functioning representative democracy. The ability for the people to know where taxpayer money goes to it is crucial to having an informed opinion regarding the actions of your representatives and to react accordingly. Unfortunately, as we’ve discussed in previous articles, the current state of government accounting is far from ideal–often bordering on useless to the public. This is largely due to lax enforcement of existing laws such as the Chief Financial Officers (CFO) Act, but also stems from the very real tension between completely transparent government financial disclosure and national security interests (see The U.S. Statutes Creating Modern Constitutional Financial Management and Reporting Requirements and the Government’s Failure to Follow Them, available at https://constitution.solari.com/the-u-s-statutes-creating-modern-constitutional-financial-management-and-reporting-requirements-and-the-governments-failure-to-follow-them As of the last few months, this tension has taken the future of government financial disclosure to the public to new levels of opacity. The Federal Accounting Standards Advisory Board (FASAB) has released Statement of Federal Financial Accounting Standards 56 (Standard 56), taking government accounting practices from laxly enforced reporting standards to a new benchmark entirely–expressly approved obfuscation of reporting and, in some cases, outright concealing financials.This sounds fairly alarmist at first blush but, simply put, Standard 56 creates a set of situations where government entities may move numbers around to conceal where money is actually spent or even not report spending outright. Many of the concepts in Standard 56 are not new and have been discussed in FASAB reports for nearly a decade. However, these new changes make a substantial portion of government financial reporting so unreliable as to not be a useful tool to the public **see FASAB Statement of Federal Financial Accounting Standards 56, available at http://files.fasab.gov/pdffiles/handbook_sffas_56.pdfIn order to fully understand Standard 56, we will be taking a fairly deep dive on the new accounting standards it creates—from the history leading up to the new rules, to summarizing the exact changes of Standard 56. We’ve said that Standard 56 isn’t new, and this is true; it has hundreds and hundreds of pages of memorandums and the like which came before it, outlining the exact parameters of these new reporting rules. For that reason, a complete summary of what a government entity must report will not be possible–or likely even useful–in an article of this length. That being said, we will explore the role of FASAB itself, the functional changes of Standard 56, and how it will impact the ability of the U.S. taxpayer to see how their money is spent."

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As the United States begins to re-open from lockdowns, jurisdictions are instituting measures that dictate how people are able to participate in society. One of the most common is compulsory mask-wearing. Officials throughout the country are seeking policy guidance on masks from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which has flip-flopped its position on face coverings several times since March but is now recommending that everyone wear a mask in public. State and local authorities are taking varying approaches in what their emergency mask orders stipulate and how they will be enforced. Rules differ by state and are constantly changing. However, to date, only a handful of states don’t have any mandatory mask measures. Though CDC’s policy guidance encourages the use of face masks, there is substantial evidence showing that masks are harmful and a lack of evidence showing they are effective in preventing the spread of coronavirus. Studies show that wearing a face covering reduces blood and tissue oxygenation — which can be deadly — while increasing carbon dioxide levels. Mask-wearing can also increase the risk of infection and the spread of viral illness, hinder detoxification that occurs via exhalation, impair the immune system and cause many other ailments, both physical and emotional. Moreover, some masks have been found to contain known carcinogens, which put people at risk from inhaling toxic chemicals and having them come into contact with their skin. Lawsuits are now being filed throughout the country to challenge mandatory masks. Despite evidence of harm and questionable evidence of benefit, fall 2020 school guidelines across the country are calling for mandatory masks. Public school systems (e.g., San Diego, California) are concerned that mask requirements in the classroom will spark even more legal battles. It is unethical and unconstitutional to force healthy citizens to abide by measures that can result in physical and emotional harm and that impinge on their ability to move freely throughout society without discrimination. For those with deeply held religious beliefs, mask mandates violate their ability to abide by natural law and follow their convictions to walk in faith, not fear. As such, the decision to wear a mask is a highly personal one and should not be universally mandated; measures that are meant to protect the community as a whole are ineffective if they hurt individuals in that community. Please email and tweet your lawmakers now and urge them to do their part to make sure that mask-wearing is voluntary, not mandatory. References 1. bin-Reza F et al. The use of mask and respirators to prevent transmission of influenza: A systematic review of the scientific evidence. Resp Viruses 2012;6(4):257-67. 2. Zhu JH et al. Effects of long-duration wearing of N95 respirator and surgical facemask: a pilot study. J Lung Pulm Resp Res 2014:4:97-100. 3. Ong JJY et al. Headaches associated with personal protective equipment- A cross-sectional study among frontline healthcare workers during COVID-19. Headache 2020;60(5):864-877. 4. Bader A et al. Preliminary report on surgical mask induced deoxygenation during major surgery. Neurocirugia 2008;19:12-126. 5. Shehade H et al. Cutting edge: Hypoxia-Inducible Factor-1 negatively regulates Th1 function. J Immunol 2015;195:1372-1376. 6. Westendorf AM et al. Hypoxia enhances immunosuppression by inhibiting CD4+ effector T cell function and promoting Treg activity. Cell Physiol Biochem 2017;41:1271-84. 7. Sceneay J et al. Hypoxia-driven immunosuppression contributes to the pre-metastatic niche. Oncoimmunology 2013;2:1 e22355. 8. Blaylock RL. Immunoexcitatory mechanisms in glioma proliferation, invasion and occasional metastasis. Surg Neurol Inter 2013;4:15. 9. Aggarwal BB. Nucler factor-kappaB: The enemy within. Cancer Cell 2004;6:203-208. 10. Savransky V et al. Chronic intermittent hypoxia induces atherosclerosis. Am J Resp Crit Care Med 2007;175:1290-1297. 11. Baig AM et al. Evidence of the COVID-19 virus targeting the CNS: Tissue distribution, host-virus interaction, and proposed neurotropic mechanisms. ACS Chem Neurosci 2020;11:7:995-998. 12. Wu Y et al. Nervous system involvement after infection with COVID-19 and other coronaviruses. Brain Behavior, and Immunity, In press. 13. Perlman S et al. Spread of a neurotropic murine coronavirus into the CNS via the trigeminal and olfactory nerves. Virology 1989;170:556-560.

Yvonne Johnson 10 months ago

I do not support more taxes. I suggest a 10% city wide budget cut starting with the city manager. Additionally, employees need to start paying their own retirement, and the city needs to fund their liabilities.

I oppose any tax increase for the City of Chico, and state of California. There was an over 55 Billion dollar surplus in the state of California. 3 years ago it was 19 Billion dollars. Two years ago it was 20 Billion dollars. One year ago it was 21 Billion dollars..Where did it go? Ask the state to fund any taxes for the City of Chico. Otherwise you will squander it on the homeless and illegal aliens.

Before the COVID crisis this county had a poverty rate of 21%. You can bet it's much higher now.

Yet amazingly the city council is seriously considering spending eighty thousand of our tax dollars for election costs plus tens of thousands more on a PR firm in order to pursue a sales tax increase that will cost a family of four an additional $800 in sales tax every year!

And for what? A futile attempt to maintain unfunded liabilities that have spiralled out of control and are destroying city finance.

Sales taxes are regressive and hurt the poor and working classes the most. So if the so-called progressives on this council who claim to care so much for poor and working people go through with this they will be exposed as hypocrites, frauds and tools of special interests.

And Chico's infrastructure was falling apart long before COVID and the Camp Fire. For many, many years this city council and prior councils have been diverting tens of millions of dollars that should have gone for the roads and other necessities to ridiculous employee compensation, especially pension and other post-employment benefits that are completely unaffordable and unsustainable.

Trying to maintain this unconscionable status quo of excessive compensation, especially multi-million dollar pensions and other post-employment benefits for city bureaucrats and other city employees, on the backs of poor and working people is shameful.

Their sales tax increase won’t solve the unfunded liability problem so what will they do? Use the money from the sales tax increase to get us hundreds of millions more in debt! AND THEY WON'T TELL THE VOTERS THAT BEFORE AND DURING THE ELECTION! They have never mentioned it before.

Neither did EMC, the propaganda firm they hired to con the voters into raising the sales tax with their sham survey. Why didn't EMC ask the people they polled if they would approve the use of their sales tax money to take on more debt?

Before the election will they inform the public that money from the sales tax increase will be used to take on more debt? If they don't mention it, it shows just how immoral they are.

Saddling the poor and everyone else with higher taxes and more debt in a futile attempt to maintain an unfair and unsustainable status quo is immoral, particularly the debt they will be putting on the kids! Taking on more debt while the city is drowning in unfunded liabilities is the height of irresponsibility.

Instead they should reform the unfunded liabilities but as tools of special interests that’s the last thing they will do. We MUST defeat their sales tax increase.

4 people were arrested for using city property overhangs to keep out of the cold rain recently, and as of today that is unconstitutional. While the voters elected the current city council to a progressive majority in 2018, evidently more conservative staff are blocking forward progress, and all city staff should serve the current city council not past ones. This was abuse of power, now grounds for firing as unconstitutional.

National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty · 6 hrs ·

BREAKING: This morning, the U.S. Supreme Court denied a petition by the city of Boise to review the case Martin v. Boise (formerly Bell v. Boise).

People experiencing unsheltered homelessness—at least in the 9th Circuit—can sleep more safely without facing criminal punishment for simply trying to survive on the streets.

“We hope that the 9th Circuit decision will help communities find the political will to put that housing in place. Housing, not handcuffs, is what ends homelessness,” said Maria Foscarinis, Founder & Executive Director of the Law Center. #HousingNotHandcuffs

To read our full statement, go to https://nlchp.org/supreme-court-martin-v-boise/.

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Folks who come out of homelessness by being brought into a shelter frequently have nowhere to go because there's not enough transitional housing with supportive services in Chico. The city needs to fund or build more transitional housing so folks can move from homelessness to a shelter to transitional housing and ultimately hopefully to permanent housing. CHAT provides housing for some folks who are coming from shelters and who may ultimately be able to move into permanent low-income housing or market-rate housing but CHAT doesn't have nearly enough funds for all the demand for their housing.

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The city needs to fund or sanction safe and secured parking lots for RVs and cars that people are living in so they don't have to park illegally on a street or on a vacant lot that isn't theirs. There is not enough shelter space or affordable housing in Chico for everyone who lives here. People living in RVs and cars deserve to be able to have some stability.

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The city needs to fund or at least sanction spaces for alternative housing for low-income folks. There is such a shortage of housing in Chico that people are being made homeless almost daily. We need several spaces where people can install or build low-cost alternative housing like tiny houses.

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The city of Chico needs to fund or build more shelters for homeless folks. The Torres shelter and Jesus Center shelter are nearly always filled to capacity these days and many folks are without housing and left out in the cold. The city of San Diego has created four homeless shelters funded by their city's housing agency and a federal "Moving to Work" grant. Perhaps we need to talk to the folks in San Diego about how to replicate these in Chico.

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Chico needs to fund or at least sanction a safe and secure campground for people who are living in tents. There is not enough shelter space for everyone who needs it and many people have nowhere else to live. Many other cities have funded or sanctioned such campgrounds.

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Bob Shaffo over 1 year ago

I have lived in the southwestern area of Chico for over 5 years (neighborhood surrounding Pomona Ave., behind Walnut St. & W. 9th St) which lies fairly close to the train tracks. The train activity in the middle of the night has always been high, and the use of it's horn has always been something to get used to. However, after the Oroville Dam collapse and the Camp Fire(s) is has gotten *Much Worse. We have all seen the reports of increased deaths that have happened on the tracks, and the general assumption is that this is due in large part to drunken revelry but also the large increase in the homeless population along the tracks. A solution to this must be addressed. These trains come through Chico at least once a night, sometimes several times. Every single time they do they blare horns loud enough to be heard in every corner of this city. Sometimes they actually stop due to people blocking the tracks and lay on the horns for extended periods of time. A larger police &/or security presence needs to be permanently posted around the tracks. To help prevent further tragedy & also stop the trains from needing to use blaring horns for extended periods of time in the middle of the night. Thank you.

Idea: Road Repair

Bob Shaffo over 1 year ago

The neighborhood I've lived in for over 5 years now has had serious road deterioration. To date, I've never seen any attempts to fix any of it. This neighborhood is located in and around Pomona Ave. (but really consists of everything behind Walnut St. & W. 9th St -to- W. 1st St. & Walnut). Having the 'Blue Diamond' walnut processing plant located on the back of Miller Ave. has Really increased semi-truck traffic on these roads, and the deterioration is *Bad. This area should added to the upcoming road repairs in Chico. Thank you.

Bob Shaffo over 1 year ago

There is a small, open field across from Chambers Oil on the corner of Pomona Ave. & Miller Ave. that has what seems to be a large fire hazard in the middle of it. This lot was bulldozed in recent years, but the abandoned shack in the middle was left in a heap of rubble. This has become overgrown with brush & is now quite taller that it once was. We should *probably pay *close attention to things like this, especially in a post camp fire world. Thank you.

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The plaza is a concrete hellscape compared to it's former glory. The towering trees and massive canopies made it a very nice place to be for a concert or pace to sit down and enjoy some schuberts or escape from the punishing summer sun while shopping.

It could be a solar installation, an art piece (and use art funding) or a simple light weight commercially fabricated structure.

Please host a meeting to gather public input on the City's idea for turning over the management of the Chico Creek Nature Center to the Chico Area Recreation District (CARD), before bringing this item to the City Council for approval. Although CARD provides valuable services we all appreciate and enjoy, we are hopeful the City will take the time to gather public input and determine what other resources and expertise exist within our community before moving forward with this plan. The Stream Team and other existing community groups and programs can offer expert, cost-effective options for providing a more collaborative, inclusive, and effective approach for managing the Chico Creek Nature Center (an incredible community resource), including implementation of expanded educational opportunities for schools and our community.

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Idea: DEI position

Raymond Knowby almost 2 years ago

A city staff position to oversee issues of diversity, equity and inclusion. Diversity training for all city staff. De-escalation training for all police.

Lower the barriers for housing so that everyone has an opportunity for shelter and civility, adding in additional services and resources on case by case basis to help facilitate success. Low barriers would need to be centralized to other services and locations for optimal use and success rates. Harm reduction is very important and will allow for the domino effect of improvements that would be felt throughout the city.

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Same idea I proposed 20 years ago. Bring back the trolley (historic cars). Build massive anchor parking lots at either end, and run it down the Esplanade, down First, curve along campus, and down Salem, cross through to Park, and build a large conference center there, continue down to the 20th Street corridor. That supports Enloe, downtown, the college, and brings tourism dollars which are cleaner than many dollars. It builds and brings infrastructure and would help bolster the Park Avenue Corridor. I would drop the convention center in the four block campus near the old Junk store and old FairView campus was, near the old Taylors. You would then revitalize large areas of town, and address traffic and parking while building back into our history.

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