Who is behind Liberty Committee in Shasta County? Ask the RS

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What to know about the Liberty Committee of Shasta County

Q: Who is behind the Liberty Committee and where does it get its money?

A: This question has been asked many times in different ways. This is the most asked question we’ve received since launching our live chat over a year ago. Ask the Record Searchlight was launched in March 2021.

The same group that backed the recent recall of supervisor Leonard Moty is behind the Liberty Committee, which was created last December.

Mark Kent is the Liberty Committee’s principal officer, according to Shasta County’s financial campaign disclosure statements.

Kent, a local political activist whose involvement includes the Redding Tea Party, was also a senior member of the Shasta General Purpose Committee, which funded Moty’s recall – largely with financial backing from Reverge Anselmo, the wealthy Connecticut donor who gave $450,000 to the recall.

Kent was also chosen by Supervisor Patrick Jones to represent District 4 last year to help redraw the county’s five district maps, a process that happens every 10 years.

The Liberty Committee flooded local television with ads endorsing six candidates in six races: Kevin Crye (Shasta County Supervisor District 1); Chris Kelstrom (Shasta County Supervisor, District 5); Erik Jensen (Shasta County Attorney); John Greene (Sheriff of Shasta County); Bob Holsinger (Shasta County Clerk/Registrar of Electors); and Bryan Caples (Superintendent of Shasta County Schools).

The media blitz was fueled by $400,100 in contributions, including $180,000 from Anselmo and $220,000 from the Shasta General Purpose Committee, which raised $602,567 in cash contributions for Moty’s recall.

Anselmo in the 2010s had a long-running court battle with Shasta County over his construction activity on a 2,000+ acre cattle ranch and winery. He sold his winery, Anselmo Vineyards, and moved to the East Coast several years ago after the bitter legal dispute with the county over permits for his winery off Inwood Road in the Shingletown area.

The legal battle threatened the recall campaign with some, including Moty, accusing Anselmo of buying a supervisor seat.

In an unusual twist, Anselmo also made an appearance in the District 5 Supervisors race by donating money to Kelstrom’s opponent, Anderson Mayor Baron Browning. But the $4,900 Browning received from Anselmo pales in comparison to what he gave to the recall and the five anti-establishment candidates.

Anselmo also helped fund District Supervisor 4 Jones’ election victory in November 2020, giving the then-candidate $100,000, which was considered at the time the largest individual dollar contribution ever made to a campaign. local politics.

Add it up, and Anselmo has given nearly three-quarters of a million dollars in contributions since 2020 to local candidates and political action committees.

Meanwhile, the Liberty Committee had to amend a financial contribution report after it emerged the band had received a $12,325 contribution from Sinclair Broadcast Group, KRCR-TV’s parent company, raising eyebrows the community.

Kent in an email to Record Searchlight said the band had not received any money from Sinclair Broadcast Group. “We paid them for the services rendered.”

Shasta County Clerk and Registrar of Electors Cathy Darling Allen said a 496 independent expense report should have been filed and the liberty committee did it again with the correct form.

—David Benda

How many people can live in one unit?

Q Does Redding limit the number of residents or vehicles in a single family home?

A. No building code or zoning code limits the number of people who can live in a single-family home, according to Jeremy Pagan, assistant director of Redding’s developmental services department.

In fact, the state allows landlords to increase the number of families living on their property by building up to two additional homes on their property, said the department’s associate planner, Tiffany Lightle:

  • A secondary suite, such as a separate guest house
  • A junior secondary suite – such as an efficiency apartment – ​​no more than 500 square feet and attached to the main house

While there’s no limit to the number of vehicles you can own, you must have a paved area to park them, Lightle said. “You can’t have vehicles parked on your lawn or strewn about your yard,” she said.

The city requires a minimum of two covered parking spaces for each newly built single-family dwelling, Pagan said.

These can be a garage or a carport, Lightle said.

Homes must also have a paved driveway, she said.

Parking rules are different if someone is running a home-based business or a short-term rental, like an Airbnb. For more information, call the Planning Department at 530-225-4030.

—Jessica Skropanic

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