Shasta County Board of Supervisors Approve Upcoming Draft of Specific Transactions & Use Tax Proposal

If sheer enthusiasm and willpower could grease the skids of the political process, supervisors Joe Chimenti, Les Baugh and Steve Morgan will ensure that the proposal for a specific transactions and use tax is signed, sealed and delivered to Shasta County voters by March 2020.

Not that supervisors Leonard Moty and Mary Rickert didn’t appear supportive or receptive to the concept during the Tuesday morning Board of Supervisors meeting. It’s just, they had questions. Lots of questions. We’ll get to those in a minute.

First, you may recall last week when I reported on the public meeting at the Cascade Theater where Chimenti was the emcee at the scary-for-any-community “Seattle is Dying” screening, followed by three speakers, Shasta County District Attorney Stephanie Bridgett, Anderson Police Chief Mike Johnson, and emergency room physician and addiction expert Greg Greenberg. (You can read my story about that meeting here.) 

Last week at the Cascade, the proposed specific transactions and use tax was touted as a way to provide more law enforcement, more jail beds, and the philosophy that incarceration could be the gateway to rehabilitation. No more revolving doors with the same criminals being arrested and released and arrested and released.

Last week Chimenti implored the approximately 400 audience members to attend the upcoming Tuesday Board of Supervisors meeting and show support for the tax proposal.

For some time now Chimenti and fellow supervisor Steve Morgan have worked as members of the temporary ad hoc advisory committee that formulated the specific transactions and use tax proposal.

Tuesday, about 60 people attended the Board of Supervisors meeting; many of whom where county staff. There were plenty of empty seats.

A few citizens did speak, including Redding business owner Mimi Moseley, who said that in her 10 years in Redding, this was her first time to address the board. That’s how positively she felt about the proposed tax.

Moseley said she loves Redding and Shasta County, and doesn’t want to live anywhere else. She gave her full support of the tax, and said she believed it was worth it to improve public safety and quality of life.

Another Redding resident, Pam Hamar, who lives by Henderson Open Space and said she has RPD’s non-emergency number on speed-dial, said she’d attended the Cascade Theatre presentation and felt elated that finally, there was a solution she could get behind. She said she’d fought previous sales tax attempts put before voters because of the lack of transparency and accountability. She said she wasn’t willing to turn over her money to Redding to do whatever it wanted with it. But this new plan made her a believer.

“Finally someone sees the big picture,” she said of the current proposal. “We are Redding strong. We are not Seattle.”

Another woman said she’d not intended to speak, and that while she understands why citizens already feel overtaxed, she was 100 percent behind the proposed sales tax. She said she’d watched “Seattle is Dying” several times, and she’s convinced Redding is on the same path as Seattle, unless something is done to change things.

Yet another speaker said she supported the idea, too. She said that the current state of Redding affairs has caused her to change the way she shops, because she often feels unsafe. Her solution was to shop online, and she just recently became an Amazon member. She was curious whether she and fellow online-shopping citizens would inadvertently negatively impact the county’s sales tax potential.

One man – the only one to speak against the tax – complained about the “whack-a-mole” criminal system, and wasn’t so sure a sales tax was going to change anything.

Gary Cadd, former Redding City Council member, praised the plan as “getting it right”. He said, regarding some Redding citizens currently working on their own version of a sales-tax plan to put before Redding voters, “The city can just forget what they’re doing.”

Cadd said “the trick” to getting the required 66 percent of voter approval was to have complete accountability and transparency.

“It’ll pass 70/30,” he predicted.

Linda Cadd, Gary’s wife, also spoke, and said she liked this plan better than the previous sales tax proposals because the others – tax Measures D and E  – were “too general”.

“Success will be because of transparency,” she said.

And that seemed the theme of the morning: accountability and transparency, and, added supervisor Baugh, “trust”.

“Everything you’ve presented fosters trust,” said Baugh to fellow supervisors Chimenti and Morgan.

District 5 Supervisor Les Baugh

Baugh said he and his family would be willing to even pay ten times the proposed tax, if that were possible. That’s something, coming from a supervisor whose city of Anderson voters passed a half-cent sales tax measure in 2014. Consider that if this new proposed specific tax plan is passed by Shasta County voters, then Anderson residents would pay another 1 percent on top of the half-cent they currently pay.

“I am willing to invest to save Shasta County,” Baugh said. “I believe absolutely that every voter deserves the right to vote on this.”

Baugh said that if the board engages in the action to proceed with putting the specific transactions and use tax on the ballot, the community will see the supervisors are doing everything they can to make things better.

Points to ponder

• A specific tax, such as the one proposed by supervisors Chimenti and Morgan, requires a two-third vote to pass. As Chimenti pointed out, that means roughly seven of 10 voters would have to approve the specific sales tax for its passage.

• Measure D, the 2016 ballot measure that had Chimenti’s full support as a general tax to help the community, only required a simple 50-percent-plus-one approval. Even so, voters rejected it.

• Measure E, simultaneously on the 2016 ballot, stipulated that if D passed, the money would be spent on public safety.  That measure passed with flying colors. Basically, Redding voters turned their noses up at Measure D, anecdotally for being too general. Their approval of Measure E sent a clear message: Voters didn’t trust leaders with their money.

• Shasta County’s population is more than 179,000. If voters approved the the specific 1-cent sales tax, it’s projected to cost approximately $9.68 monthly or $116.20 yearly per person.

• Four of the five supervisors would have to approve putting the sales tax on the ballot for it to proceed.

• If approved as a ballot measure by the Board of Supervisors, the process can proceed without the blessing or approval of Shasta County city councils: Redding, Anderson and/or Shasta Lake. (Though the supervisors would prefer to have the county’s city councils fully on board.)

“Shasta County thriving . . . What’s it worth to you?”

Supervisor Chimenti presented the working title for the proposed specific tax as “Shasta County Thriving. What’s it worth to you?”

He cautioned that this tax was not a “cure-all”, but rather, a cash infusion, a way to leverage existing money and resources. Chimenti, who speaks often about not just his business background, but the number of law enforcement members in his family – including his son – pulls no punches with his message to the north state’s criminal, homeless and addicted populations:

“Get help, get home, or please, get out of Shasta County,” he said.

Joe Chimenti

Supervisor Morgan said that although he hates to bring up taxes, sometimes they’re necessary for public safety. Regarding the approximate cost of less than $10 per person each month, that’s an amount Morgan thought was reasonable.

“It’s cheap insurance,” he said. “It really is.”

Chimenti agreed.

“That’s not an overpowering cost, when you consider the benefits,” Chimenti said.

Questions and concerns

At both last week’s public Cascade meeting and Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors meeting, the message was one of hope, of finally offering a solution to deal with the addicted, the homeless and the criminals who roam north state streets.

But would this tax truly solve all those problems so we’d feel safe again? Behold, the questions and concerns.

• Supervisor Rickert asked Baugh about Anderson residents; how would they respond to yet another tax. Baugh replied that while the Anderson City Council hasn’t weighed in, he believed the average Anderson citizen would support the tax.

Chimenti added that he’d talked to two members of each city council, and all seemed supportive.

“I didn’t see any resistance,” he said.

• Supervisor Ricket asked how this specific tax would benefit and positively impact rural areas.”They need to know services will improve.” Chimenti assured Rickert that rural areas would receive benefits, such as 24-hour law enforcement services.

• Mary Rickert pointed out that according to the plan laid out for the specific tax, it called for 121 new hires. She observed that the county already has difficulty filling current openings. She said more people would need to be brought in to fill even more positions.

• Supervisor Rickert asked about the proposed work camp in the plan, and suggested the Breslauer area for an inmate farm. She spoke as a farmer, and extolled the virtues of hard work and accomplishment, which brought a round of audience applause.

• Supervisor Rickert asked how much an election would cost the public, to which county CEO Larry Lees guessed about $100,000. Chimenti said he was opposed to holding a stand-alone special election, that his preference was having multiple items on the ballot along with the sales tax proposal.

• Supervisor Moty asked “how specific” the specific tax would have to be. County Counsel Rubin Cruse said it varies from county to county, that some plans provide basic categories of money allocation, and yet others are more detailed and specific. Moty asked if, in the event Shasta County put actual percentages in various categories, if the county was locked in to those percentages. Cruse said yes.

• Supervisor Moty brought up the issue of jail beds, and because of the current laws, wondered how many people arrested would not be eligible to serve time in jail. Shasta County District Attorney Stephanie Bridgett was called upon to answer that question and others. Bridgett said she believed the majority of arrested people would be “bookable”.

Shasta County District Attorney Stephanie Bridgett.

As an aside, Bridgett said she was hopeful about Keep California Safe (KeepCalSafe.com), a coalition of people working to pass the “Reducing Crime and Keeping California Safe Act of 2020.”

• Supervisor Moty addressed the subject of jail bed numbers listed in the plan as around 500. Chimenti responded that the beds wouldn’t all be in one large building, but dispersed between the jail, a transitional facility, work camps and other places.

“I’m concerned we not build a 300- to 400-bed jail facility that’s not needed,” Moty said.

• Supervisor Moty expanded on Rickert’s earlier question and asked about the people – in the sheriff’s department, for example – projected for hire under the specific sales tax proposal. He asked Shasta County Undersheriff Eric Magrini to respond to the issue of hiring law enforcement staff.

Magrini said that getting enough qualified applicants continues to be a problem for his department. He cited an example of opening up some positions for hire. About 30 people committed to apply, and then 18 showed up, and in the end, just two to three applicants were acceptable.

“We need a slew of applicants,” Magrini said. “Are there that many qualified applicants? That remains to be seen.”

Magrini said it was already a struggle to fill the positions his department had available now.

Supervisor Moty, former Redding police chief, said what often happens is that Shasta County will hire and spend money to train qualified law enforcement applicants, but those people eventually move on to bigger cities – like Redding – with higher pay.

“We need to make it financially attractive for them to come and stay,” Moty said. “Not train, invest in people who leave.”

• Supervisor Moty wanted clarification about how exactly each department would handle the money gained from the tax, that it wouldn’t be akin to handing each department a blank checkbook.

Supervisor Chimenti responded that every agency would be responsible for coming up with an expenditured plan. Moty asked if money were given to a department, and it wasn’t being used properly – then what? Cruse said because the tax is an ordinance, improper use of the money could result in a criminal penalty.

Moving forward

After all the back and forth conversation, it was time to wrap things up. Chimenti expressed a desire to not lose momentum.

“I want this sense of urgency to go forward,” Chimenti said. “I want to put that stake in the ground.”

Moty said that while Chimenti and Morgan had been working on this for a while, this was the first the board was seeing it. He asked for time for the board and county staff to thoroughly look over the plan’s details. He suggested revisiting the issue the first supervisors meeting in August.

Morgan echoed Chimenti’s rush.

“We need an urgency or the public will think we’re dragging our feet,” Morgan said.

Supervisor Rickert speculated: What if the Redding City Council came up with its own tax plan first, to which Moty responded that it’s a citizens group, and they had a lot to do before getting to the stage of putting something on the ballot; signatures to gather first, etc., so the Redding group’s tax plan “wasn’t going to happen overnight”.

Moty reiterated the need for more time to study the plan. “Keep in mind, this is the first we’re seeing it.”

From there, the county’s executive officer, Larry Lees, described the process for moving forward; that a skeleton draft ordinance could be put together in time for the August meeting.

Chimenti said he’d like to see the proposed special tax on the ballot in March (but not as a special election).

Cruse said there were state and public processes and parameters that needed to happen first, too. Also, there must be at least 88 days between the board taking action to go forward with the specific sales tax, and getting the item on the ballot, which put the final actionable deadline around December. He responded to supervisor Baugh’s question about timing of having an initial actionable item on the August agenda. Cruse said it was possible with a skeleton ordinance.

Lees agreed, to which Chimenti asked if that was the “usual process”.

Lees paused. “That’s the legal process.”

That got some laughs.

And that was pretty much that.

Will all supervisors give full support? Will more citizens show up to speak? Will the Redding citizens group race to beat the supervisors to getting their tax on the ballot? Will Redding voters have two sales tax items on the March ballot? If voters approve it, will there be enough applicants to fill all the proposed positions outlined in the plan?

Either way, here’s the thing: Right now, north state citizens have had it with the crime and homelessness and addictions all around us, especially in public places. We’re fed up and looking for answers, and along comes this specific tax proposal. Will it really help? Are there enough “bookable” dangerous criminals to get off the streets? Will this tax make a dent in the issues of homelessness, addiction and mental illness? If passed, will it be $10 a month well spent, or a total waste of nearly 180,000 taxpayers’ money?

However, what if we do nothing? Supervisor Baugh had an opinion on that: “If we do nothing, nothing will happen.”

Meanwhile, stay tuned for the August Board of Supervisors meeting, which should be interesting.

Doni Chamberlain
Independent online journalist Doni Chamberlain founded what’s now known as anewscafe.com in 2007 with her son, Joe Domke of the Czech Republic. Chamberlain is an award-winning newspaper opinion columnist, feature and food writer recognized by the Associated Press, the California Newspaper Publishers Association and E.W. Scripps. She lives in Redding, California.
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46 Responses

  1. Avatar Beverly Stafford says:

    Nice coverage, Doni. I definitely would support this tax if we have more law enforcement in our rural area of Eastern County and if, each time I come to Redding to stay in our house here, I don’t find yet more vandalism on our property.

    • I think almost everyone would agree on a 1-cent sales tax if it meant our quality of life would improve; that issues with homelessness, the mentally ill and the addicted could be addressed in a meaningful, humane way; and that the north state would feel safe and protected from the criminal element that’s crept in the last decade or so. I know that’s asking a lot.

  2. Avatar Mimi Moseley says:

    WOW Doni! That was a GREAT summary. I was trying to tell Marty all that happened and this makes it so much easier. Awesome job.
    When Moty says, “This is the first we have seen of this”, it makes me wonder where he was during all of the promotion of the “Seattle is Dying” event. He was the only Supervisor not at the event.
    Thank you for all you do to keep us informed.

    • Thanks, Mimi. Covering government meetings is not my forte (Jon Lewis was unavailable), so I did my best. My problem is I’m not a good summarizer. I want to include everything! There’s a real skill to covering this. I recall that former colleague Paul Shigley had a formula for it, and had made a science out of it. Enough about that.

      You were a fine speaker, Mimi. And thank you for all you do for the community, and how engaged and enthusiastic you are. (And thanks for being part of ANC, too.)

      I appreciate supervisors Chimenti and Morgan for the work done on this plan, and I am extremely grateful that they’re trying to find solutions. How often, here and on Facebook and other media sites, do you hear people complain that our leaders aren’t doing anything, that things are getting increasingly worse. With that in mind, I applaud their efforts to do SOMETHING.

      And yeah, I was kind of surprised to hear Moty say this was the first they were seeing this plan. (Guess he doesn’t read ANC or he would have read last week’s story about the Cascade.) Having said that, I appreciated Moty and Rickert’s questions. There’s no such thing as too much scrutiny for something like this. References were made throughout the meeting about getting ducks in a row, and the nuts and bolts of the plan. That’s exactly right. Iron out all the wrinkles and answer all the questions and anticipate any challenges now … not after a tax is in place.

    • Avatar Marcia Greene says:

      Mimi, exactly what I thought each time Moty used that line. Where have you been, Mr. Moty?

  3. Avatar Randy says:

    “Supervisor Rickert asked about the proposed work camp in the plan, and suggested the Breslauer area for an inmate farm. She spoke as a farmer, and extolled the values of hard work and accomplishment.”

    I see one of the key factors here as a lack of employment opportunities for people living out of back packs and I agree with Supervisor Rickert. What is the return on expanded incarceration facilities along with the staff to maintain those facilities compared with the return of providing basic work and basic shelter for those at the very bottom of our society?

    • I agree with you 100 percent, Randy. I’ve written often of my fairy tale dream place that would offer work and training possibilities; opportunities to feel a sense of pride and accomplishment and community engagement.

      I think the concept of rehabilitation during incarceration is spot on, BUT/AND I would add another component to that idea that as long as we have a literally “captive” population, why not also use that time for vocational training so once they’re released they have gainful, legal employment.

  4. Nice Job on this Article Doni! No thing changes….if nothing changes! It takes money to make things change. Money for More Deputies, Jail Space, and Programs. It’s a choice, followed by spending the new money with some “Accountability”!

    I think the majority of the Residents would vote for this if they “knew”, for sure, the money wouldn’t go to the General Fund/Unfunded Liabilities etc and would go to areas that Would make a Difference.

    Speaking of Revenues and Taxes. I would like to know what the County’s Plan is though for offsetting the lost Millions in Revenue over the years from saying NO to Prop 64? I am sure they have a PLAN to off set that Lost Revenue right? Or is this that Plan?

    • Avatar Bruce Vojtecky says:

      Colorado passed the $100 billion total marijuana revenue, of which $200 million was tax revenue. I don’t see how a county with 194,000 people could create millions in revenue.

      • Avatar Richard says:

        Bruce Re-read. “Over the years”. Turning down tax revenues doesn’t make sense to me. Lost job opportunities etc. Whether we like it or not, it’s here to stay. The reason the state is way off in their tax revenues is because the majority of the Counties have said not in my backyard. How many jobs would have been created by saying yes? How many tax dollars would have been collected by saying yes? Was there a study that would have showed that done?

        Saying no to everything has a cost to it! That is why I am FOR a 1c tax increase IF it goes to truly help our situation here!! There needs to be a ReHab component to help “Fix” the problem along with more jail space, deputies, programs etc. There is no single solution to fixing the problem. It’s probably a combination of programs that will put the biggest dent in the problem.

        You can’t arrest your way out of this problem the way it is set up right now with out a rehab program and a transition program. Help those that want to help themselves. Get them back into the mainstream and contributing to society if they wish to change. For those that have no interest in that, more jail space. It’s called “Accountability”.

        The Catch and Release Program has not worked. It takes money to make things change. And with the new money comes Accountability and Transparency. We should see Results with the new program(s)!

    • Richard, you make excellent points and ask great questions. (I’m taking notes.)

  5. Avatar monique says:

    In 2018, I had asked the board to pass a tax for public safety. I had meeting with the Chief of Police, Barry Tippin and Larry Lees….my meetings were in June…to Barry Tippin I had talked about me approaching the board for a tax, and he said it wouldn’t happen….I didn’t take it as a negative, but as a challenge…I had a meeting with Chief of Police and I earlier in the year told him an idea…the idea was…take a water bottle and put personal messages on the outside, Like Welcome to Redding….not the label. Now, imagine had that water bottle idea had been done…then for the CARR fire, we could have handed a ton of water bottles to a ton of fire fighters on the front line with messages of HOPE, and FUTURE….trust me, it would have been one hell of a cool sign to receive when battling the blaze…did you see how much water was donated and given during the CARR fire….so….I feel as if I was either too much, or I was just pacified….that said…I still had the balls to get up to speak….July 17, Leanord Moty wasn’t at the board meeting to keep up the fight for the first tax we tried to get passed….Les Baugh was the chairman and he switched it all up and voted to not include the city of Redding….I mailed a letter on July 22, cause I was livid and Pissed, and I felt like the carpet was pulled right out from under me, and Dave Kehoe did nothing to stop this switch….so I sent a letter to a lot of people…I was livid and well my letter was pissy…that said…before I got up to speak on Sept 19th, 2017….I thought about the “BIG PICTURE” I didn’t weigh the pro’s or con’s if you will…cause I felt no choice, but I had to get up and speak to the issues that keep breaking my heart! So, this is the 2nd go round for the taxes, so we can finally get those “Boots on the ground”. We need a “Life Center” to help people deal with legal, mental, social, spiritual issues. My mother, her name is Cathy Williams, she is an individual that is homeless, she suffers from Paranoid Schizophrenia, and she is addicted to alcohol and any drug a person will give her….I only know what I know about my beginnings….and I know I was born to a 14 y/o hybrid…girl/woman….we lived in motel rooms a lot….I lived the homeless life for the first solid 8 years of my life….my mom’s way of dealing with issues was to run….run to nowhere, to no one, to nothing….yet, she still had her issues…and since she couldn’t and didn’t deal with her mental health issues, I was raised in her confusion, her reality, her world….and let me tell you….what a nightmare to relieve! My point is this tax needs to be passed because we do need those “boots on the ground” we need more easily accessible resources…..like a one stop shop! When an individual finally gets to the point of asking for help, or realizing they NEED the help….then to search out the resources for that help, only to find another barrier, another obstacle….This isn’t about us making it easy on these people, but it the right thing to do….I am one of those lost souls, that was found and now that my eyes are wide open, I can’t help but share what my experiences are so we can change things in this community of mine! I guess I am pissy, because I don’t understand why I keep being stepped over….Mike Mangas on Sept 19, 2017 put me on the news that night……….I watched and I was pissed at first because his personal opinion fo my speech to the boards that day was one of “ANGER”….I wasn’t angry that day, I had resolved that I need to deal with my issues to help us…I needed to get uber introspective, so we can have a better understanding of addiction, and reasoning…….I don’t do this for fame, or for money………dude I don’t have a job, and I am broke…..I do this….cause like ANGELA JONES said………”WE DID CHANGE THE CULTURE”……….that is all I wanted to accomplish! I am not mad, and never have been at not being on the news or in a paper, or an article…….I know that my voice has changed SHASTA COUNTY…because like I told JOE CHEMENTI on Monday, when I had my meeting with him…..We are audacious to think this could be done…………but damit, JOE if you aren’t the man to do it!!!!!!!! I appreciate hearing all the support for this tax….because as I told the boards on July,24th 2017………..Crooked logs’ make good fires, and like that crooked log……here I still burn…….I have no clue why I chose these words….I regret them now! Ok, I am done with this…….I feel stupid, and insecure when I right how I truly feel…..I like the confines of the 3 minutes….I don’t go too crazy!

    • Monique, I’ve heard you speak at various public meetings, and you’ve shared your thoughts here on ANC. I can see you have a lot of passion for helping those who need it most. You have a lot to say!

      I really like your idea of a “Life Center” . . . it’s a similar concept to one I’ve thought about for a long time.

      Take care, Monique.

  6. Annelise Pierce Annelise Pierce says:

    LOVE your coverage. Thank you! Where can we read more specifics about how the tax money will be spent?

    • Avatar Richard Christoph says:

      Annelise,

      From ANC, 7-10-19:

      “The 1-penny pitch:

      The ongoing funding of this plan is a 1 cent (1%) Countywide, Specific Transactions & Use Tax.
      In compliance with the law, these funds can only be used in the investment areas of specifically designated in the ballot measure to mitigate criminal behavior.
      These funds will be used exclusively for renovating, maintaining and building new jail space and new personnel in the Criminal Justice System.
      These funds cannot be used for any existing expenses, unfunded liabilities supplanting of exiting budgets or any other purposes.
      Next came the breakdown for the annual “investment areas” list:
      $8,751,600 for building, renovating and maintaining detention facilities; and a target of 500 jail beds, including the Transitional Rehabilitation Facility and an inmate work camp.
      $5,834,400 for staffing detention facilities (approximately 51 new staff).
      $3,207,151 for sheriff patrol deputies (approximately 21 new staff).
      $4,183,240 for Redding police officers (approximately 25 new staff).
      $464,804 for Shasta Lake City deputies (approximately 3 new staff).
      $464,804 for Anderson Police officers (approximately 3 new staff).
      $1,768,000 for District Attorney (approximately 9 new staff)
      $618,800 for Public Defender (approximately 3 new staff)
      $530,400 for Probation case workers for mid-level risk (approximately 6 new staff)
      $176,800 for yearly 3rd-party audit.
      Total: $26,000,000”

      • OK, I was way wrong. Sorry.

        That link JUST goes to the survey, not information. It asks for your email address (which I didn’t appreciate) and then asks whether you’d vote yes or no for the tax. No middle ground. So I said no and hoped it would open a porthole to more information. It didn’t. Instead, this is the message that popped up:
        “FUNDING
        Thank you for your feedback. We will be sharing the results soon.
        GoogleForms
        This form was created inside of Shasta Solutions.”

        I think in the spirit of transparency and accountability the promoters of this specific tax should have a website that lays out all the information, FAQs, etc. Maybe it does exist and I just haven’t found it. If you know otherwise, let me know.

        • Avatar Marcia Greene says:

          You have to click on the 3 dots in the upper right hand corner, choose “open in chrome” and there it is, the whole explanation. A little hard to find ?

        • Avatar Curtis Chipley says:

          My question is and always has been, When is enough enough? Taxes don’t go away they just continue to be added to. Where has this increase in taxation worked to decrease homelessness, crime, drug use, mental health issues? What cities has this worked in, hard facts, ACTUAL data. To many times in my lifetime have I been told, “if only there was more money”. These issues CANNOT be fixed with money, they are a social issue. I will NOT vote for another tax to be told in two years it is not enough money. As for the Government, including our lovely Supervisors, there have been too many times in my lifetime, and I have lived in the Redding area for 62 years, that tax monies have been used for things they were not intended for, so yes I am VERY leery to give my hard earned money to these people as in the past they have proven how I trustworthy they are. So until they can prove their trustworthyness, I will NOT vote for another tax. And it amazes me how nasty people get when you say you won’t blindly vote for a new tax. Just as others feel strongly that they want this tax I feel strongly against it.

    • Avatar moe says:

      Annelise,

      They broke it down in brackets….an example is : 8 million + dollars will be spent on buildings, and maintenance of the buildings, and retrofitting of the buildings….these buildings will be buildings that are already existing, but need to be modified to fit a “transitional detention facility” or a work detention center…..this is how I see them explaining how the funding will be allocated…..I just don’t want future politicians to allocate the funding to a “General fund” item…..the general fund isn’t specific for a reason….This tax has been portrayed to be specific to mitigating the crime in Shasta county with proactive action to squash the current crime issue we have here in Shasta county! It also has the added benefit, of aiding people, to deal with a lot of the heavy issues they confront every day….the revolving door is a door to a fight for survival also that revolving door is a door to violating an innocent to achieve the goal of a “HIGH”…..so this really is the answer to the question being asked by roughly 180, 000 shastonians……….this has a better “quality of life” written all over it! For everyone

      • Avatar Marcia Greene says:

        Annelise, yes! Completely different than anything else ever proposed! No chance for changes to be made, even down the road. It was my understanding from be what the County Counsel said, that funding streams could be changed only by a public vote. I hope I understood correctly. So excited about this!

  7. R.V. Scheide R.V. Scheide says:

    If the county is going for transparency, it should as soon as possible release the parameters of the proposed “transitional rehabilitation facility.” If this uses cognitive therapy programs like the Probation’s Department’s Day Reporting Program and a substantial investment is made, it’s our best shot at putting a dent in this problem. If the tax increase is promoted as more cops, more jail beds, voters will turn it down and the problem will continue. If we don’t invest in rehabilitation, the problem will continue. The county needs to release the final plan for the transitional rehab facility pronto.

  8. Avatar Marcia Greene says:

    Doni, thank you. Excellent synopsis.

  9. Avatar Dan says:

    Doni, BRAVO! A complete and easy to read summation of an important meeting. Thank you.

  10. Avatar Janice Powell says:

    When I heard the District Attorney speak at the Cascade Theatre event last week, I was disappointed with her mantra of, “incarceration is rehabilitation”. More jail beds is never the answer to an addiction or mental health problem. Cognitive therapy and community outreach with a proactive method of educating addicts to a better way of life is a success story that our DA isnt interested in. Just look at the recidivism rate for our young people and you can see that once incarcerated, they are in to learn how to be a better criminal, their anger at the system festers, and the after care when they are released is minimal so the go back to the life of crime. I’m no “bean counter”, but it’s easy to see how a proactive program would be a more efficient and economical plan

    • Avatar Doug Cook says:

      Janice, what is your guess on the percent of addicted homeless people that want to get off drugs and/or alcohol. I believe it is a relatively small number. You can’t force someone into rehab.

    • Avatar Judy Hanawalt says:

      Ms. Powell, with respect I want to ask what part of the District Attorney Bridgett”s comments gave you these impressions? One of the points she made was rehabilitative services must not be optional. If an inmate doesn’t want to participate, they stay in jail-therefore the need for beds. Here is the coverage of her remarks as reported on a news cafe:

      DA Bridgett began her remarks by ostensibly putting minds at ease with, “We are not like Seattle,” and assurances that Shasta County was “not as bad as what we just watched”.

      Still staying positive, Bridgett said the north state has an opportunity to not be the next Seattle, which is just another way of saying that if we miss this opportunity, we could very well end up Just Like Seattle. No pressure.

      She talked about the north state’s assets, such as easy access to outdoor wonders like lakes and mountains and waterfalls. But she also said that our region is manifesting changes that have befallen us for the last six to eight years – and not for the better: addicted people living on the streets, hundreds of thousands of pounds of garbage collected in encampments each year, a revolving door of criminals arrested and released, sometimes dozens of times per perp.

      Bridgett referred to various legislation that she said contributed to and exacerbated what we’re seeing on Redding streets, such as AB109 and propositions 47 and 57. She said something must change, because her department cannot continue handling 10,000 cases a year with just 26 prosecutors.

      As an aside, she said there are plenty of resources available for help and treatment, but many people — often those most in need of help — will not avail themselves of those services.

      “We’ve got to do something different,” she said. “We need to be proactive and create more beds.”

      By “more beds” she’s talking of her dream of the 900- to 1,000-range.

      But Bridgett acknowledged that solutions extend beyond jail beds. She said there must be resources available during incarceration so those with addiction issues can receive life-changing help while they’re serving time. And, by the way, if Bridgett were queen – and here in Shasta County, she pretty much is – those resources would not be optional.

      “You receive treatment while you’re there, or you stay in jail,” Bridgett said, to a round of hearty applause.

      “We need to come together and support a solution,” she said. “And we cannot wait for the state, because they’re not going to help.”

      She said if anything, the state only makes things worse with regard to help with law enforcement.

  11. Avatar Patricia says:

    Very informative. I will gladly vote for a tax increase with guarantees and accountability as to how it will be spent. We have to do something constructive.

  12. Frank Treadway Frank Treadway says:

    A quick poll of 500-800 random voting age citizens will tell the signature gatherers what the voting outcome will produce. There’s a number of educational institutions that’ll put together a viable poll to see just if the projected $100,000. will pay for itself. I too want to see more emphasis on rehab then just plain incarceration. And until either the City or County, jointly hopefully, do something about the swirling mass of mental and drug induced portion of Downtown Redding, all the jail beds in the world aren’t going to touch this dilemma. Community Heath Outreach Worker’s are one answer to getting folks in to rehab, spend the money on them. I’m ready to vote, but it has to contain a rehab component and a resolve to Redding’s Downtown.

  13. Avatar Russell Hunt says:

    As the only announced candidate for Supervisor in District 2 , I would like to thank the Board to vaulting me to the November elections. As I will not support a 1 % sales tax as the county has made no attempt to privatize more public services especially mental health. This money will be a budget shifter. It will take the place of existing public safety funds leaving plenty for overall raises and featherbedding of friends and family with new do nothing jobs. Did you know, 85 people working for the county have no responsibilities other than to show up? This primarily is in data collection and analysis which was farmed out years ago. There is plenty of revenue. But Mental Health personnel sit in their offices waiting for clients, when they need to be on the streets 24/7. One centralized homeless homeland with sheds needs to built. Most homeless get SSI and they can pay rent and have appropriate security. There are no specific plans for jail facilities. Under AB 109, the county can get money to re-do the jail annex, the jail basement and Courtrooms 1 and ,2 when they are available. The City of Redding owns the Cal-Fire site next to City Hall and that can be turned into a work camp as Cal-Fire is moving to the airport. The state will fund alternate programs such as clean up of public properties. BUT the Board of Snoopys has never applied for the money.

    • Avatar David Escabel says:

      Right on Russell. The only thing you will have to do to earn my vote is change your name back to treun sealgair or whatever that name was. I have been writing it in(or various misspellings therof) every time there is only two republicans on the ballot. So glad you are running again I have missed the comic relief of your candidacies.

      • Avatar Russell Hunt says:

        Glad to hear it. I am the only person in Redding that auditioned for Saturday Night Live and I almost got it with my impersonation of David Escabel. But they wanted people Mike Myers could bounce off that year.

  14. Avatar Chris Solberg says:

    Yet nothing for the homeless and Due to Homeless seeking shelter at the downtown Redding post office at night behind walls of wheelchair ramps it is now completely fenced with gates and no trespassing signs only unlocked during hours of operation …. Only thing missing is barbed wire across top of fence.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fUhZcGlN5X8

    • Avatar Doug Cook says:

      Because the homeless trash the area, making it a blight on our city. Just down the street, RABA had to shut down the public restrooms because of the vandalism, the drug use inside of them and other abhorrent behavior. No person has a right to live wherever they want. Citizens should be able to use the post office without stepping over bums sleeping on the sidewalk. The area around the post office looks like a 3rd world country…it is disgusting.

    • Avatar Bruce Vojtecky says:

      Chris, barbed wire on top of the fence is prevalent in parts of Phoenix or Seattle.

  15. Avatar Patricia Clayborn says:

    One of the biggest issues/worries that I have about this tax is that, even though IT is targeted for specific usage, the norm in this state seems to be to use such funds as intended, BUT, at the same time, to REDUCE the funding that already exists in the general fund for these departments and support services.

    I can’t help but think about how the “Lottery” was supposed to increase funding to our schools, but once passed, the money in the general fund for schools was slowly but surely reduced and the lottery funds became almost the whole source for that budget item.

    There HAS to be a mechanism put in place within this new tax ordinance that will prevent this from happening. In order for this to work effectively and for the long term, this issue needs to be addressed or I do not see much hope of its passage.

  16. Avatar moe says:

    As I see this….This 1 cent sales tax will pay for the “boots on the ground”. I have heard a lot of different speakers over the last 2 years, and crime is the subject that keeps coming up! So this tax that the county is proposing, will help in mitigating the crime in Shasta County. Over and over I see how local businesses are constantly having to deal with transients, and drug addicts, and all sorts of “quality of life” issues. This shouldn’t be the norm for the business owner! This isn’t an “income tax”, this won’t come from our paychecks (I think)….my understanding is that this proposed 1 cent sales tax will be derived when I go out into the community and pay for things. So, if I am on a fixed income, I don’t go out that much…then my income and the funding won’t change, for me. As a community, if we live frugally, then the amount given towards the tax is minimal….I heard, this will raise roughly 26 million dollars to pay for the “boots on the ground” and to retrofit, and modify already existing buildings so we can help house individuals that need rehabilitation, and transformative behavioral health care. Prior to this tax, I see the Sheriff’s dept. trying to step up their game. They are actively working on a MAT program inside the jail, right now….before this tax. This to me shows a real commitment to make a significant and sustainable change. The state of California, isn’t going to help us. We need to find the strength to help ourselves, and the strength is this tax! This tax will pay for possibly 20+ RPD officers. Imagine in 2 years a house invasion….the response time will no longer be 15 minutes….but 6 minutes! Morale would go through the roof, and people would feel safer, rather than feel scared and always worry about the what if? This tax will help with the variables in life that we can’t account for! So, we pass this tax…..and we work on a “Navigation Center” a “Life Center”….a facility that will help individuals that have co occurring issues of “drug addiction and mental health issues” a facility that would help the multiple individuals on the street that are there because life is a bitch! Ronald Regan changed the laws in the early 80’s….we need to change those laws again! We need to have laws that will aid individuals in making better life choices….so their life options will have the potential to be great! When an individual is polarizing their choices in life, and fights every day to find nutrition, shelter, a bed, some solid sleep….This is an exhausting way to live, and it takes it’s toll on an individual just like all the research for ACES says it would! This tax is the stepping stone, to finding a truly adequate solution for Shasta County’s criminal woes…….we start with this tax, and then we move on to sheltering those underserved individuals that are defiant, need the help….however, don’t know they are mentally unhealthy!

  17. Avatar Tammy says:

    I complain constantly but that isnt a solution. How can an average citizen DO something to become part of a complex solution? Whats the first step I can make to change? Thank you