Sunday Funny: Dagg-gone It!

Shasta Builders Exchange CEO Kent Dagg has lost his position as a construction industry lobbyist and community motivator. Read more about Dagg’s job elimination, his contributions and his political power here.

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16 Responses

  1. Avatar Frank Strazzarino says:

    Something is wrong when people take delight in someone losing their job. The Kent Dagg I have known spent his entire career trying to bring jobs to our community, and succeeded. Some prevailing wage; some not. I know the man, and have seen firsthand what his passion for our community, and especially our youths , has brought us. Frank

  2. Avatar Chris Solberg says:

    "when people take delight in someone losing their job. "

    You got a lot of nerve Strazzarino

    Since you muscled in and took over the plans for a homeless tent campground in Redding.

    Should be just in time for the October 600 prisoner early criminal release and grant money.

    You will not be allowed in the Christian ministry Redding Loaves and Fishes again…

  3. Avatar Mrs. Beans says:

    We don't take delight in people losing jobs; however, the Kent Dagg many of us know, as well as those who run the Chamber of Commerce, were driving forces behind hundreds of people losing their jobs including government workers. The mucky-mucks who run the top-dog construction companies and who drive the wheel for you, Mr. Strazzarino, have paid low salaries to employees for decades, little to no benefits, and have contributed greatly to the fact that Shasta County continues to be a "welfare" community. Mr. Dagg drew a salary of over $100,000 with the Builders Exchange on top of profits he made through his own company. He profited greatly from others sweat and hard work, people who have already been laid off, lost their homes, and have been suffering for a long time.

    No, we don't take delight in any of this. We have moved on in hopes of being able to support our family with real wages and health care. Mr. Dagg, I am sure, will still have a house to live in when the smoke clears from this incident

  4. Avatar Doug Bennett says:

    As usual, Phil's humor has a bite to it and more than a grain of truth. I will give Kent Dagg one thing: he never misrepresented who he was. He was the paid front man for developers and contractors. The fact that people like Strazzarino, the Economic development Corp., the Chamber of Commerce and other "good" ole boys are responsible for the sad state of our economy in Shasta County should not come as a shock to anyone, especially them. So why the defensive comment by "Strazz"? To maintain the appearance of respectability? Certainly, we cannot consider any of these people to have credibility at this point.

    What I would like to hear them say is that they take some responsibility for this mess, but that is unlikely. "They" don't make mistakes, and from their point of view they are right; they have served themselves quite well.

    The question each of us needs to ask ourselves is: Why do we let it continue?

  5. Avatar gamerjohn says:

    So many haters that I thought I was on the Record Searchlight. A guy does the best he can to make a life for himself. People think that just because I got my job, that means you can't have it. No big deal, go get your own. There is nothing unamious in any decision in this town, county, state, nation. There are probably people mad that the sun comes up every day.

  6. Avatar Chris DeHart says:

    It is interesting to see how the Redding "economic development" leaders have only managed to feather their own nests (Dagg, Zauher, Strazzarino) while the economy remains dismal.

    Over the hill, North Coast leaders have a clearly articulated strategy (Prosperity!) that involves all levels, including grassroots. Rather than "if we build it they will come," perhaps it is time for the community to recognize and support local entrepreneurs as the first priority in building a strong local economy.

  7. Avatar Grammy says:

    Why can't he have one of those jobs at a fast food place here in town? There are way tooo many with tats and piercing that we CAN see. Oh way….forget that. I am sure that their parents are grateful for them to be employeed at some minimum wage job, no insurance and less hours than can pay for their smoking habit. And I am not got to even guess what they might be smoking.

    Some one here in Redding needs to invent something super neato that the world just can't live without, like a Hulo or Slinky.

  8. Avatar P.A.B. says:

    Kent Dagg was instrumental in lowering wages in the local construction industry by training kids just out of school who would work for poverty wages to replace more experienced workers. Many of those experienced workers were forced to leave the area in search of work, even during the construction boom. Dagg helped to lower local wages for the average construction worker to such an extent that he himself has admitted most could not afford to buy the homes they build. His "advocacy" is reserved for the owners of local construction businesses as opposed to the actual workers, and he certainly did not treat injured workers fairly in his position with State Fund. No sympathy is warranted.

    • Avatar Anonymous Heckler says:

      What Redding obviously needs is fewer opportunities for struggling young people to learn job skills, and more demonization of organizations that help people improve themselves.

      The bitterness is just bizarre. Got any evidence that this job-skills course was actually a plot to undercut the working man?

  9. Avatar Judy Salter says:

    Personally, I am grateful for all that Kent did for our community, especially Turtle Bay, Big League Dreams, the Vets Cemetery…the list is long.. Kent and I have always disagreed on politics, but our friendship was based on a true commitment to Redding.

    • Avatar kirsten plate says:

      In starting the "Boot Camp" Kent helped MANY young people ,who had no idea of what was expected of them, if they wanted a career in the building industry, find a way to get a foot in the door in a competitive industry. To imply any other reason is utterly untrue.

      I have worked with Kent for many years, and applaud him for the many projects he has made come to fruition. Many organizations have benefited greatly from his vision.

      He has helped made our community a better place to live, and he will continue to do so, where ever he chooses to live. Personally, I hope it's here.

  10. Avatar P.A.B. says:

    I believe it is actually more of a "testament" to Dagg's commitment toward providing cheap labor.

    At one point Dagg received an award from the California Apprentices Council for "the promotion, development, and maintenance of apprentice training" (employers must appreciate having the option of moving from one apprentice to another). He's been quite busy under-cutting the unions.

  11. Avatar rmv says:

    GOODBYE MR. DAGG!

    ENDORSE ANOTHER MALL, NOT NEEDED YET, IN OUR AREA, bye!!

    YOU MIGHT HAVE DONE GREAT THINGS FOR THIS AREA (yes).

    BUT WE DO NOT, NEED TWO (2) NEW MALLS IN THIS AREA

    (OASIS & KNIGHTON) TO SUCK MORE LIFE OUT OF THE ALREADY

    HURTING BUSINESS'S IN OUR AREA! WHAT SHAPE WOULD THE

    "AUTO MALL" AT KNIGHTON BE IN NOW IF THAT HAD BEEN BUILT?

    REDDING "WILL NOT" DIE!!! A RIVER, AND A FREEWAY, RUN THROUGH

    IT. LET IT GROW AT A NORMAL PACE, AND LET THE "GREEDY PEOPLE"

    GO ELSEWHERE TO MAKE THEIR MILLIONS, at natures expense!

    GOD BLESS AMERICA, and GOD BLESS "NORTHERN CALIFORNIA! 🙂

    p.s. MR DAGG, "I DO" wish you well, but NEW MALLS, are not the answer?

  12. Avatar Tom Shudders says:

    I've been trying to get a line on your whereabouts. Just recalling the days spent at the Wretching Jackel pub down by the waterfront Here's hoisting a pint to ye Phil.

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