September 28, 2010
Similar to yesterday’s travel-diary format, below are dispatches from the latest NOM tour, including photos from the road. Yesterday the tour’s attendance at its first five stops was 1, 1, 0, 15, and 0 (if you count staff dinner at On The Border a tour stop). Because of the six stops today and to get you the dispatches as soon as they’re available, below is Part 1 from Sacramento, Placerville, and Yuba City. Part 2 will be coming later tonight.
As you’ll see below, this tour is getting more ridiculous by the stop. Read on. -Adam
by Arisha Michelle Hatch
Stop #6: Sacramento
It’s only been one day and already the Vota Tus Valores organizers aren’t big fans of Courage Campaign Institute’s NOM Tour Trackers. It’s difficult to articulate but the atmosphere was much more tense this morning at the State Capitol building in Sacramento.
Maybe they finally used “The Google” to figure out who we are?
Who knows? I would love to be a fly on the wall in that bus.
Already progressive supporters are beginning to out-organize the tour. The count in Sacramento was 9 to 4.
We tried to interview Karyme Lozano but were denied because the tour was allegedly in a rush to leave. Karyme quickly returned to the bus that then sat parked for an additional 15 minutes as a Canadian reporter was allowed to board and interview Alfonso.
Alfonso, can we come on the bus for an interview?
Stop #7: Placerville
In Placerville, tour organizers didn’t even bother to get off the bus at the Placerville Amtrak station.
The advance team handed out fliers to two people waiting for transit, but by the time the bus arrived nobody was there.
Oh well, onto Yuba City I suppose.
Stop #8: Yuba City
We sat at the Gaucho Aquatic Park for 20 minutes in Yuba City waiting for the Vota Tus Valores bus to arrive before we realized that they weren’t coming.
We spoke to an administrator at the facility who said that she received an email from the group asking to use their parking lot a week or so ago. She informed them that they would have to request a permit from the Parks and Recreation department and never heard back from them.
“Maybe you have old information?” she asked.
“Well, they just updated their website this morning with the aquatic park location as their stop,” I said.
“Why would they do that?”
We’ve got the same question.
Frustrated by the no-show and in search of a gas station we coincidentally ran into the bus at a different location – where they stopped to grab food.
We have no idea where we’re headed. The Colusa stop, which is next on the agenda, was originally scheduled for 2:30, but it’s 2:40 pm now and we haven’t even left Yuba City. The bus chose to spend the next 15 minutes driving around a housing project. Unfortunately no one was outside to see the moving billboard because, as Alfonso “informed” us yesterday, “our people work.”
In light of the complete unreliability of their website, we’re now forced to literally follow the bus to each location (which is ridiculous). That’s us below.