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November 8, 2016 — California General Election
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City of ChicoCandidate for City Council

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Jon Scott

Entrepreneur/Property Investor
5,646 votes (4.8%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Clean up downtown. It is overrun with transients and empty or failing storefronts. No one should be confused by a few nice restaurants opening… most of the downtown area is a disaster and has been rotting like cancer for years.
  • There is a second corollary to this; Businesses must be given an easier path to open downtown (and a wider range of businesses) A prospective business should not be subjected to a virtual “star chamber” to open up. (If even allowed)
  • Reduce the transient problem substantially and we will have a LOT more police hours available for real crimes (Like bike thefts, burglaries, gangs, and random violence)

Experience

Education

Mastery University The university of RESULTS. While I have substantial schooling and educational training what matters, truly, is results. , Success and the art of fulfillment! (2014)

Biography

Information Agent;

As founder of Information Agent, Inc. I have been an active member of my community (Chico and Butte County) in creating entry level jobs for people often unemployable elsewhere. Since its inception in the year 2000 Information Agent has provided approximately 500 entry level jobs for the local community. In every case I have provided paid, on the job training in skills such as; data management, professional telephone representation, marketing, database management, Internet skills, shipping room skills and shipping room management. As of July 1, 2016 Information Agent has the approximate equivalent of 10 full time jobs with the average hourly earnings of about $15.00 an hour, twice the required minimum wage that most entry level jobs in the local community pay.

 

Real Estate Investor Entrepreneur and Job Creator

 

While I held 3 investment properties in the year 2000 that number today stands at approximately 34. During the last 14 years I have had additional purchases and sales on approximately 10 other properties.  I have managed this entire portfolio on my own with no outside property management firm! Each year I have added several hundred thousand dollars directly to my local community by hiring local qualified plumbers, electricians, contractors, roofers, maintenance men and women, landscape maintenance professionals, etc.  I have built quality lasting relationships with all, all whom would express clearly the benefits to their own lives and those of their families from the regularly provided work.

Perhaps the greatest accomplishment of this self-managed portfolio is financial. When the real estate market collapsed in 2008 I was left with a portfolio with an upside down negative equity of approximately $2,000,000 as well as a large monthly negative cash flow.  Many advisors professional and otherwise advised simply walking away from the portfolio and leaving the institutional lenders “holding the bag”.  I choose not to do this. As far as I was (and am) concerned I had and have a moral obligation to honor the agreements I signed when I borrowed money to purchase and refinance the portfolio.  While every other multiple rental property owner I know of left the banks stuck for millions of dollars in losses I simply hunkered down at my other full time job,  Information Agent Inc. and made every payment, every time, on time, for the last 6 years of the real estate crisis.  Never did I fail to perform as I obliged myself to. Today I begin to feel the rewards. The equity position has gone from approximately negative $2,000,000 to a net positive of approximately $2,000,000. I have maintained my honor, my credit, and my dignity.

 

Charitable acts and donations

Over the last 15 years I have been a regular financial contributor on a monthly basis to a handful of charities including The Southern Poverty Law Center, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, Amnesty International, Greenpeace, etc.  I and my family have also supported the daily education and feeding of two different children through the Charity ChildFund, a small boy in Mexico, and a young girl in Bangladesh. For the last several years I have directly provided local money to elementary schools here in Chico to sponsor an entire class for a field trip. Many parents can’t afford to send their kids on these field trips despite the nominal cost and school budgets are crushed.  It has been particularly gratifying to receive letters from the local schools expressing gratitude and expressions of how it helped. For the last ten years another important contribution to my community has been sending employees and deserving and needing members of the community to “Tony Robbins Three day Unleash the Power Within and Firewalk”. This 50 hour plus seminar teaches the participants how to better deal with the stresses and inevitable difficulties that life can sometimes present. Randomly picking and paying for a few participants each year has not only enhanced the individual’s lives (and subsequently the lives of their families) but has also lead to many lifetime friendships. This year I added the local Boys and Girls club to local community cause that I support.

I have formed several private mastermind groups over the years where I and other like individuals have “think tanked” on how to make our community a better place, how to enhance the lives of our families, and how to contribute and grow. Multiple times through these self-created associations large food donations have been made to the local women’s shelter as well as directly to families in need within the local community.

 

My family

 

 

I am blessed with an incredible wife, Anke, a citizen of Germany, who has made my life heaven on earth. We were married on March 15, 2006 in Hawaii. Our daughter, Lucille was born July 3, 2006. I have a son, Alex, who started pre-med classes in 2013 at UCSB, and I “inherited” a daughter, Anne, when I met my wife Anke. Anne is a scientist with a specialty in Biology. She is currently working in her field in the greater Los Angeles area.

Political Beliefs

Political philosophy is actually rather simple. Freedom to succeed also means freedom to fail.  If it was the job of the captain to preserve the ship, then the ship would never leave port.

I think this statement from a leader of the past, Ronald Reagan, sums it up perfectly;

The nine most terrifying words in the English language are, 'I'm from the government and I'm here to help.'

Small businesses make up 99.7 percent of U.S. employer firms and 64 percent of net new private-sector jobs. Businesses with 20 or less employees are about 90% of all businesses. (http://sbecouncil.org/about-us/facts-and-data/)

A small business is generally formed by an entrepreneur or two and occasionally even a small handful of ‘em. They have big dreams and usual start with minimal cash (Like every dollar they have saved, can beg, borrow, or “steal”, etc.)

One of the most expensive components to starting a new business is time.  The political apparatus we know as “the city” often seems to be blissfully unaware of the value of time.

Let’s say that you wish to open a small business in Chico. Let’s imagine that the business needs a use permit. Say goodbye to at least $15,000 dollars you borrowed from your IRA or savings. You will need professionals (cost) to draw it up. You will pay the city a five figure “fee” to s-l-o-w-l-y examine your proposal (more cost) and it is a great possibility that the permit plan examiner has never run a business of their own or personally meet a payroll… ever!  After a few months they may ask you to change some things. If you’re lucky, six months later you will get a hearing on your business proposal.  That hearing will have several more people whom have never owned a business, or made a payroll, decide whether your business is even allowed the way you have proposed it.

Look at it this way; Only about 10% of the population can come up with more than $10,000.  Worse yet 62% can’t come up with $1000 in the case of even an emergency.

So if you’re fortunate enough to be able to round up enough money to start a new business, one that will likely employee people right here in Chico, I personally want to get you from your dreams to reality as quickly as possible and with as little bureaucratic expenses as possible. Chico needs jobs. Let’s not kill or disable the businesses that will create those jobs before they even get started!

On that same note I have heard many city leaders talk about the need for high tech jobs. Our current city leaders have certainly developed one skill; TALK, TALK, and even more TALK!

I BELIEVE IN ACTION. If I find myself on the new city council I will be taking an active look at how we can potentially work with Chico State to morph to a polytechnic university.  Do you think that might bring more high tech firms to the area? Do you think that might help graduates stay and work in Chico rather than leave to bigger cities looking for high tech jobs?

 

Bottom line = If you want more than talk, if you want to truly create jobs, vote for someone who has created business and jobs, right here in Chico, all his life.

Positions

Summary

NO CAMPAIGN SIGNS!                                                                                  

 

Are you voting for a campaign sign?  All around Chico (and everywhere else) you will see campaign signs in windows, yards, sides of buildings, and of course every major street corner.

The bigger the sign and the more of them present is an indication of more “big money” behind the candidate.

What the signs don’t tell you quite frankly is one damn thing about the candidate.

Campaign signs posted everywhere are really nothing more than a vanity and ego contest.

 

NO CAMPAIGN SIGNS!                                                            

 

Are you voting for a campaign sign?  All around Chico (and everywhere else) you will see campaign signs in windows, yards, sides of buildings, and of course every major street corner.

The bigger the sign and the more of them present is an indication of more “big money” behind the candidate.

What the signs don’t tell you quite frankly is one damn thing about the candidate.

Campaign signs posted everywhere are really nothing more than a vanity and ego contest.

This candidate (As in Jon Scott) isn’t placing a single campaign sign. In fact, if you know of anyone that has put one up kindly ask them to take it down!

I DO want your vote. But I want your vote only because you have heard my positions on issues that mater to you and find those positions compatible (or at least palatable) with your own.

Over the next several weeks, right up until the election, I will be placing ads just like this one where I will discuss a variety of issues that affect the Chico community.

The same day the advertisement appears in the paper you can find the same at http://jonscott.com   No fancy flashing website, just a small piece each week about the position I support on issues of importance to citizens of Chico.

As I stated above I DO want your vote.  Managers protect the status quo. Leaders challenge it. I am running to challenge the status quo because in my opinion we all deserve better than we’re getting! I will be a leader for you!

 If my positions are too far removed from your own, or you think that the dismal status quo is quite acceptable please vote for someone else.  It will not hurt my feelings a bit.

 

Let’s have a campaign where we vote on issues instead of those completely uninformative eyesores known as campaign signs (posters).

 

FEEL SAFE DOWNTOWN?                                                                                  

I have lived in Chico since Friday May 19, 1978. I came into town on a small motorcycle, my only transportation, and a job. Other than a few changes of clothing, a couple of saved paychecks, and that job, I had nothing. The paychecks rented my first unfurnished apartment that afternoon.

I fell in love with Chico that same day. At 19 years of age I was looking for dancing, girls, and new friends in the community that I had just arrived in.

I wasn’t disappointed. I literally walked the entire downtown area that evening, from the Bear to the Graduate and every place and downtown street in between. What a great town! Friendly and never a fear for my personal safety. I walked home that night on the railroad tracks that once ran down The Esplanade to my empty $180 a month apartment at 353 Rio Lindo Avenue.

Fast forward to today. My son is 21 and a pre-med student at UCSB. I imagine if he had come here, by himself, in the same circumstances I did 38 years ago. I imagine him walking the same Chico streets. I feel FEAR.

My wife will not go downtown unless I escort her. My 10-year-old daughter sees sprawled out transient bodies and clutches me tightly when she accompanies me to my downtown office on 5th street. Does anyone reading this really feel like the City Plaza is a place for a family picnic?

For the last 20 years our city leaders keep telling us “it’s getting better”, “New ideas and businesses are coming”, “be patient it is just a short matter of time”, etc. etc.

Well I call BULL$@!T

It is not getting better. Many of our downtown store fronts are empty. The businesses that would thrive (since citizens DO “vote” with their spending dollars) are effectively barred from entry by endless, time consuming “city stuff”, and subjected to an essential “star chamber” that decides whether the business is even allowed to try.  To open a business downtown is to walk an expensive gauntlet of regulations and red tape. If you don’t have six figure money to blow off, you can forget about it.

We get left with empty store fronts that serve as transient sleeping facilities, toilets, or both!

We have twenty plus years off seeing what doesn’t work. Want a change?  VOTE FOR A LEADERSHIP CHANGE.

 

Insanity is voting for the same leaders over and over again and expecting a different result. This time vote for the no BS candidate. Vote Jon Scott for city council.

 

NO NEW BROAD BASED SALES TAX INCREASES                                                                          

What’s wrong with a general local sales tax increase?

Here is a simple fact that voters should be aware of;

“A local sales tax measure can be approved by a simple majority - 50 percent plus one vote - if the tax revenue is designed to go into the general fund of the city, town, county or district for unspecified use. If the sales tax is earmarked for a specific use or special fund, a two-thirds supermajority vote is required for approval.”

What this means is that a general tax increase will not fix anything. The money will go to the general fund and simply make all those six figure city employee salaries easier to pay.

 

A specific tax increase on the other hand requires;

1) Two thirds super majority vote.

2) The money must be used for something specific.

 

So if the citizens of Chico really want additional revenues specifically earmarked for say “public safety” the vote should be a specific “public safety tax” and not a “general tax”.

I don’t trust politicians or a city bureaucracy with more money extracted from citizen’s pockets to spend anyway they want.

Do you?

Your vote this November is actually pretty darn easy.  If you think the conditions of our city streets are great, if you think the transient problem is getting better, if you feel like your safety is improving simply vote for the incumbents that are running for re-election. (Just happens to be all of them with expiring terms)

If you are sick and tired of being feed the same old BS and being told to like it, vote for a “change of guard.”

Status Quo; That’s Latin for “The mess we are in” (Ronald Reagan)

Managers accept the status quo. Leaders challenge it.

 

If I find myself elected to the city council I will not accept the status quo. We deserve better and we deserve it NOW.

 

IT’S TIME FOR A TRUE “BUSINESS FRIENDLY” CITY                                         

Small businesses make up 99.7 percent of U.S. employer firms and 64 percent of net new private-sector jobs. Businesses with 20 or less employees are about 90% of all businesses. (http://sbecouncil.org/about-us/facts-and-data/)

A small business is generally formed by an entrepreneur or two and occasionally even a small handful of ‘em. They have big dreams and usual start with minimal cash (Like every dollar they have saved, can beg, borrow, or “steal”, etc.)

One of the most expensive components to starting a new business is time.  The political apparatus we know as “the city” often seems to be blissfully unaware of the value of time.

Let’s say that you wish to open a small business in Chico. Let’s imagine that the business needs a use permit. Say goodbye to at least $15,000 dollars you borrowed from your IRA or savings. You will need professionals (cost) to draw it up. You will pay the city a five figure “fee” to s-l-o-w-l-y examine your proposal (more cost) and it is a great possibility that the permit plan examiner has never run a business of their own or personally meet a payroll… ever!  After a few months they may ask you to change some things. If you’re lucky, six months later you will get a hearing on your business proposal.  That hearing will have several more people whom have never owned a business, or made a payroll, decide whether your business is even allowed the way you have proposed it.

Look at it this way; Only about 10% of the population can come up with more than $10,000.  Worse yet 62% can’t come up with $1000 in the case of even an emergency.

So if you’re fortunate enough to be able to round up enough money to start a new business, one that will likely employee people right here in Chico, I personally want to get you from your dreams to reality as quickly as possible and with as little bureaucratic expenses as possible. Chico needs jobs. Let’s not kill or disable the businesses that will create those jobs before they even get started!

On that same note I have heard many city leaders talk about the need for high tech jobs. Our current city leaders have certainly developed one skill; TALK, TALK, and even more TALK!

I BELIEVE IN ACTION. If I find myself on the new city council I will be taking an active look at how we can potentially work with Chico State to morph to a polytechnic university.  Do you think that might bring more high tech firms to the area? Do you think that might help graduates stay and work in Chico rather than leave to bigger cities looking for high tech jobs?

Bottom line = If you want more than talk, if you want to truly create jobs, vote for someone who has created business and jobs, right here in Chico, all his life.

Jon Scott for City Council 2016

 

If you are sick and tired of being feed the same old BS and being told to like it, vote for a “change of guard.”

Official Statement

Researched by Voter’s Edge
Source: Butte County Clerk-Recorder

Jon Scott
Member, City Council City of Chico

“Everything in the city is getting better” “The homeless and transient problem is improving” “Downtown Chico is on the mend”. If you’re like me, you have heard these pronouncements from our City Council and other city leaders for a number of years now and wonder what Chico they live in.  The Chico I have lived in since 1978 has a downtown with constantly empty store fronts on Main Street and others. A downtown that my wife and ten-year-old daughter do not feel entirely safe in and a post office that you can’t get to without being accosted for money or food by transients. Open at 10:00 instead of 8:00 as citizens have simply come to avoid it. Do you feel like you can go to the downtown 7/11 without transient harassment? I represent truth and change. If I get the honor of being your city councilman I will tell you, the citizens, the truth and not whitewash it with glossy BS statements. I believe the citizens of Chico deserve more for their tax dollars than pension funding and arguments over a few extra police. Let’s not become a city like Stockton. Truth and Change. The no BS candidate – Jon Scott

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Email jon@jonscott.com

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