"SOMEBODY HAS TO SUFFER...
YOU DON'T EXPECT US TO"
There are a some folks who ask why RPA doesn't publish Chevron's point of view. It must be that Chevron's full time PR staff, the millions for "we agree" ads, promotion of charity events, and even those ads on your Facebook page when you look up RPA are not enough. So when the RPA ran into Chevron-Man on the streets of Martinez soliciting more cash for the corporation, we asked him to tell his side of the story:
Chevron USA, Inc. needs help. Here's our hard-luck story.
Everybody who owns a property, a home or rents, pays property taxes. So do we, only we need our money back 'cause we are hurting for dough.
Granted, we're the richest corporation in California. Granted our profits have soared for each of the past years. Granted for eons we've gotten the benefit of the loopholes in Proposition 13. Granted we sit on some of the most valuable real estate in the bay.
Our expert "cost segmentation" experts from "corporate" in San Ramon will gladly tell you that our Richmond refinery is actually losing money.
So we're asking for a refund on our property taxes for 2004 to 2010 that will only amount to only, say, $168 million dollars.
If we win, the City of Richmond, Contra Costa County, the WCCUSD, and special districts like fire, health and Community College will have to cough up, I mean, contribute to our economy.
Speaking of donations, do you realize that last year Chevron gave away $3.7 million to charities? What we're asking back from you is a measly 25 times that amount.
Here's the good news, our $168 million tax refunds will result in leaner, smaller government and many public workers will get to spend a lot more time at home with their families.
These are tough economic times and somebody has to suffer. You don't expect a world player like Chevron to, do you? You've heard the motto - too big to fail? Meet its friend - too big to pay.
So do not attend the tax assessment appeal hearings in Room 107, Board of Supervisors room. (It's closed to the public anyway.)
Do not discuss layoffs with your union. (It's such a downer.)
Above all, I hope you skip the community rally at 12:00 on December 15 at the Contra Costa Country Administration building at 651 Pine Street, Martinez. (Bunch of whiners.)
And thanks for putting our CEO, John F. Watson, ($13,987,263) over the top.
Your Pal at the Pump,