I’ve noticed that people around here like to spread rumors and misinformation out of self interest. It happens all the time.
Here’s an excerpt from hard-right blogger Russ Steele’s blog about the APPLE Center, in a communication with our Congressman Tom McClintock, no less.
I’m hoping some APPLE Center members or board members who comment here — Don Pelton, Mali Dyck or Reinette Senum — can respond to whether this is an accurate account or not.
•Also, did Congressman McClintock visit the APPLE Center or did he contact the APPLE Center to confirm Russ’ comments? Tom was in town about two weeks ago.
•What if the APPLE Center grant was withdrawn based on misinformation?
•How would that reflect on Russ or Congressman McClintock? Did Russ confirm this account with the APPLE Center? Did he “cc” them with his account?
“The compost center was proposed to the Butte PIC as a worm farm. I wrote this to Congressman McClintock about the PIC and APPLE Center relationship:
“The Butte County PIC is the service provider for the Federal Workforce Investment Act of 2000. This PIC gave the Alliance for a Post Petroleum Local Economy (APPLE) money to refurbish a building owned by the city of Nevada City to green standards, pay the rent on the building for two years ($19,200), and $40,000 dollars to start a worm farm and create 7 management jobs, and 2-10 part time laborers jobs.
“The contract was personal service agreement between A.P.P.L.E and the Butte County Private Industry Council for FY2009/2010. This Service Contract was granted based on an incomplete business plan without the Financial and Marketing Sections being completed. There was no way for the PIC Board to determine if the A.P.P.L.E Worm Farm was a viable project based on the Business Plan provided to the PIC. Nor, were there were any performance requirements stipulated in the Service Agreement.
“It is now the Spring of 2011 and there is no worm farm and no jobs and we have no idea how the $40,000 dollars was spent. The city building and A.P.P.L.E Staff have been used to promote all kinds of environmental causes, but has not created any sustainable jobs. Handing our Federal money without adequate oversight and performance requirements should not be allowed.
“The Apple Center has had two years and multiple generious Federal Grants to become sustainable, and so far they have failed. That is not a great record for a Center on Sustainable Living. Yet, it is testament how our tax dollars get spent when their are no performace clauses that demand results.”