This recall is a course correction for Shasta County. It is not a witch hunt, it’s a necessary performance appraisal. As leadership in this county during 2020, these Supervisors have been critically assessed and are being held accountable by us, the citizens.
The reason for a recall is as follows.
First, a betrayal of public trust. These supervisors didn’t defend our county from state government overreach. They bowed to Governor Newsom, a known corrupt, lawless politician, for county funding. They then used that CARES funding, over $18 million dollars for County programs over businesses by 6 to 1. Indebting us to the state indefinitely for these new programs. As recently as last month, Supervisors Moty, Rickert, and Chimenti failed a motion to terminate our local state of emergency, for over one year they have refused to assert local control.
Second, a need for fundamental change. For too long our supervisors have operated without critical oversight by citizens. Our board has been irresponsible with taxpayer money, directing it to be used in inefficient county departments like administration. These supervisors have not held Dr. Karen Ramstrom and Director Donnell Ewert accountable for mismanagement of this pandemic, including their oversight of a bloated HHS department of over $200m, making up over 50% of the entire county budget. To prove the inadequacy of our HHS department, we must only acknowledge this: that the parameters dictated to our county by the state were unbefitting and ill-suited for our county. Then note these state mandates have been perpetuated for over a year by our health departments, as sanctioned by these Supervisors, causing lasting detriment to our business owners, elderly, and our children.
Third, this is a last resort, we cannot afford to wait to elect new representation. We cannot risk another round of shutdowns and school closures. We must have Supervisors that will actively protect our county from state overreach, that will secure our rights to operate our businesses, schools, and churches as we see fit, and that will be proactive and innovative in their approach to return government to its smaller, proper role in this county.
This is not personal. This is responsible citizenship. These Supervisors have performed poorly at reflecting the will of the residents of Shasta county. Therefore, a recall has become necessary, to determine which supervisors continue to enjoy the support of their community and which ones need to be replaced. It’s time to restore reasonable, representative, and accountable government in Shasta County, for ourselves and our future generations.