Then, there's this! Check my post at the end of the article about Ukiah's city dump...a ticking time bomb.
The city dump opened in 1954.
Good God! Who knows what's buried at the bottom of the dump. Radioactive waste? Pesticides? Herbicides? Carcinogenics? Old motor oil? Concentrations of heavy metals? Other toxic waste?
The city dump sits on a web of earthquake faults and in a watershed area.
Vichy Springs resort is right up the road!
The city dump was closed way back in 2001; yet, it still hasn't been capped and sealed.
MY POST, JUNE 4
Ukiah City Manager, Jane Chambers, is paid $142,000 a year, plus another $80,000 in
Bear in mind, Ms. Chambers, who pretty much tells a do-nothing Ukiah City Council what
to do, makes key decisions with the help of "ennegrams". She said so herself in a recent City Council meeting.
The "Ennegram Personality System", also known as "The Fourth Way", was developed by
G. I. Gurdjieff...one of the true practitioners of psycho-babble. He professed that most
humans live their lives in a state of hypnotic "waking sleep" At one point, Gurdjieff
described his teaching as being "esoteric Christianity". (I take offense to that! Christian? I
don't think so! Sounds more like psycho-babble. Anti-Christian mumbo jumbo!)
So here we have this Gurdjieff dude claiming that people cannot perceive reality in their
current states because they do not possess consciousness but rather live in this so-
called state of a hypnotic "waking sleep." He further claims that as a result of this
condition, each person perceives things from a completely subconscious perspective.
Gurdjieff asserted that people in their typical state function as unconscious
"automatons", but that one can "wake up".
Hmm. Sleepwalkers? Automatons?
Sounds a lot like the Ukiah City Council, doesn't it?
Just think...$142,000 plus $80,000 in benefits..and all the good people of Ukiah get
from Jane Chambers are ennegrams!
What a rip off!
Incidentally, Gurdjieff had seven known illegitimate children.
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THE PRESS DEMOCRAT
Tuesday's Letters to the Editor
EDITOR: Gordon Elton, the city of Ukiah's finance director, is retiring in August. “This will be my last budget session,” Elton said. “I've enjoyed working here very much, even though there's been more challenges than I needed.”
Challenges? You bet. Allow me to name a few.
Ukiah's redevelopment cash cow has disappeared. The excessive number of executive positions, and their fat salaries at the top of the city's management chart, will have to be padded from some other source.
Ukiah's no-bid garbage contract with C&S Waste Solutions will mean increases in collection rates and tipping fees from now until the end of time.
Ukiah residents can also expect annual double-digit increases in water and sewer rates due to mismanagement and flawed financial planning.
Ukiah's old landfill — the one that should have been capped long, long ago — will have to be closed or face penalties imposed by the state. Remember, the old landfill sits on top of a web of earthquake faults and in a watershed area.
All these add up to big bills for the city. Elton is getting out at a good time.
I almost forgot to add that the city already faces a budget deficit of $1 million next year.
Published: Tuesday, May 28, 2013
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The above op-ed also ran in the Ukiah Daily Journal.