Addressing one of the “community perceptions” re: Mr. Boeger’s association with the recent sale of home sites in Heron Landing to CHIPS, Mr. Boeger sold those properties to Lennar starting in 2008, with the last contract signed January 9th of 2009, verifiable at the Recorder’s Office in Oroville.  Mr. Boeger was as surprised as the rest of the community to hear of the sale of those home sites to Roy Lanza who sold them to CHIPS.  Are Gridley property owners going to be held responsible for actions taken by buyers over whom they have no control or knowledge of the buyer’s intent?

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Addressing one of the “community perceptions” re: Mr. Boeger’s association with the recent sale of home sites in Heron Landing to CHIPS, Mr. Boeger sold those properties to Lennar starting in 2008, with the last contract signed January 9th of 2009, verifiable at the Recorder’s Office in Oroville.  Mr. Boeger was as surprised as the rest of the community to hear of the sale of those home sites to Roy Lanza who sold them to CHIPS.  Are Gridley property owners going to be held responsible for actions taken by buyers over whom they have no control or knowledge of the buyer’s intent?
 
Addressing the accusation that Mr. Boeger’s friendship with Tom Sanford is a conflict of interest for the syngas plant exploration: Given that Mr. Boeger and Mr. Sanford are long-time Gridley citizens and advocates, both intelligent civic-minded men working to improve the quality of life in Gridley, is it any wonder that they are friends?  My guess is that Mr. Boeger’s knowledge of the amount of time and expertise required to optimally represent Gridley’s energy investments and resources provides him with the facts that substantiate his support of Mr. Sanford’s involvement.  I believe that if Mr. Boeger didn’t honestly regard Mr. Sanford’s competency and skills as an effective asset, he would not be in support of renewing Mr. Sanford’s association with the City; friends or not. 
 
Also stated in the Gridley Herald article was this statement: "It had previously been decided by council members that Stiles would take over the Public Works, Recreation committee, …” etc.?This had "previously been decided" when?? Might it be "community perception" that the Brown Act could have been violated in the preparation of this “previous decision“? Maybe we "don't have time" to ferret out the truth; maybe we should react without seeking the truth, just like the Council, and pursue a recall of those perceived offenders?
 
In closing, a similar situation occurred in Elk Grove, CA (a councilman was stripped of his committee memberships by fellow councilmen without benefit of fact determination through due process). The Grand Jury determined they may have violated his 14th Amendment rights. Hmmmm. 
 
The way I see it, several of Gridley’s City Council members are unrelenting in their desire to squash any thinking that is averse to their own.  One Council member told me that he was trying to distance himself from Mr. Boeger.  Well, you have done it, in my opinion.  Mr. Boeger is a class act who acts with dignity and with respect for others.  The rest of the city council has certainly distanced themselves from that.
 
Cynthia Lewis