Asking a personal favor for my community – all I need is a click

Personal note: I need a little help for my community. Since the State of California is morally and fiscally bankrupt, they have pulled the plug on the treasure of our town, the Bidwell Mansion, a true relic of the California Gold Rush and Western Expansion. A local citizen established group project to help save the Mansion from the state has been setup, and the local newspaper, The Chico Enterprise Record, will donate $1000 towards that fund if they get 3100 “likes” on their Facebook page.

They write:

Thanks, everyone. We are very close to our goal of 3,100 Facebook fans. If we reach it by March 31, we’ll double our $500 donation to the Save Bidwell Mansion fund and make it $1,000. Click “like” on this page up top and please tell your friends.

Since the online readership of WUWT far exceeds my local newspaper, this should be an easy task. If you have a Facebook account, please go here and “like” my local newspaper:

http://www.facebook.com/ChicoER

Here’s the status now:

We need 486 “likes”. This should be a cakewalk for the WUWT community.

Thanks for your consideration, Anthony

P.S. On the right sidebar you can also “like” WUWT’s Facebook page, but that’s a secondary consideration.

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155 Responses to Asking a personal favor for my community – all I need is a click

  1. Kaboom says:

    Done.

  2. BarryW says:

    Done

  3. theyouk says:

    Gladly done! My wife and both her sisters are Chico State grads, and my oldest son calls Chico ‘The Best Place on Earth’. California’s version of a New England college town.

    You can also selflessly help the greater Chico economy by enjoying some Sierra Nevada brews. (Hey, when beer is involved it’s easy to rationalize anything!)

  4. co2fan says:

    2674 now, it should reach 10,000 by tonight.

  5. Hockeystickler says:

    Done !

  6. Michael D Smith says:

    +1

  7. JohnWho says:

    Done.

    That was easy.

  8. evanmjones says:

    Like

  9. Frederick Michael says:

    2710 now. Looks like about 300 per hour.

  10. Paul Demmert says:

    Done

  11. pwl says:

    Done. It looks like an awesome bit of history. Love old mansions, few build like that anymore.

  12. dtbronzich says:

    2,727 likes so far.

  13. Barbara Skolaut says:

    My click put it up to 2730, Anthony.

    And I already “like” WUWT – because there’s not a “love” button. ;-p

  14. mark says:

    done, great for history

  15. Sean Peake says:

    I’ll, like, fur shure Like it, fur shure, fur shure (I trust this is a proper interpretation of an LA Valley accent?)

  16. JoeZ says:

    Done, #2758

  17. Aussie Luke Warm says:

    Done. So the world’s 4th (or so) largest economy, California, has (borrowed) money to burn on “climate change” idiocy but nothing for its heritage. Disturbing.

  18. jlc says:

    Done! 2777

  19. Eric in NC says:

    Done. We’re moving to CA to be near our daughter.
    Changing my name to “Kaliforniabound”.

  20. Mike Wryley says:

    What if you have some money burning a hole in your pocket ?
    You might want to cut to the chase and post the address for donations.
    You have more power than you realize.

  21. Done!

    Thanks for caring about this beautiful home.

  22. jim devier says:

    2795 here. Beautiful house!

  23. James Sexton says:

    Just make it a sticky until they get there! :-) Up to 2778.

  24. Joseph Bastardi says:

    Done

    but with the offshore oil reserves you have, alot of things like this could be made easier if your state would wake up to the fact they are sitting on a gold mine. It makes me sick to see who suffers, I am sure its not hurting the people in Pelosi’s district that they tie up a source of revenue and recovery.

    Sorry about having to drive home a point I am sure you already know.

    If I click twice, will they catch me? Does that make me unethical..lets say the way I am because I dont believe in the global warming scam that is killing your state and our country

  25. Anything is possible says:

    Mine put it up to 2,801.

    We can’t afford to lose even more history……

  26. David Ball says:

    Done. Love historic structures of all eras.

  27. lanceap says:

    done and its up to 2800 on my view…

  28. mark wagner says:

    2840

  29. kbray in california says:

    Sean Peake says:
    March 27, 2012 at 7:01 pm
    I’ll, like, fur shure Like it, fur shure, fur shure (I trust this is a proper interpretation of an LA Valley accent?)

    Sean…. For the people who live in Chico….. LA is a foreign country( hundreds of miles away)…. And LA can move LA to some South Pacific Island that is rapidly sinking.
    No “Love Lost” in Chico for the valley girls…
    fur shure, fur shure.

    Oh yeah, like done.

  30. jorgekafkazar says:

    2849

  31. Done. Now at 2854 likes.

    The mansion looks like a wonderful place to get a “taste” of history.

  32. Bob Diaz says:

    CLICKED

  33. Jenn Oates says:

    Yeah, me too. :)

  34. John Coleman says:

    If I win the lotto tonight I will match that 1k. LOL

    Likes done

  35. TomB says:

    Watch them get to 6k likes in an hour just because you put up this post.

  36. Joey says:

    Almost to 2900. We have a nice historic mansion where I live that they turned into a restaurant long ago (http://lunamansion.com/). Hope the Bidwell survives a long long time!

    -J

  37. David Silvester says:

    2899

  38. April E. Coggins says:

    Anthony, I only wish you had asked for more. You are the bravest man I have ever known.

  39. Joanie says:

    It’s at 2926 now. Keep it coming!!

    Joanie in Carlsbad

  40. Doug Jones says:

    2931

  41. Ferret says:

    Done. Hope it helps

  42. Gary Meyers says:

    2937 after I voted.

  43. William Martin in NZ says:

    Done

  44. Bill S says:

    Give me info on how to make a direct contribution please.

    REPLY: here you go:

    Make your checks payable to: “North Valley Community Foundation”, and write “Bidwell Mansion Community Project” on the memo line. Send to:

    North Valley Community Foundation
    3120 Cohasset Road, #8
    Chico, CA 95973-0978

    1. You may also make an online contribution at http://www.savebidwellmansion.org by clicking on the link for the NVCF on the home page.

    2. That takes you here: http://www.nvcf.org/index.php?q=donate&list=c43

    3. Locate “Bidwell Mansion Community Project” and check the box

    4. Scroll all the way to the bottom and click “donate now” and it will send you to PayPal.

    thanks

    Anthony

  45. Jenn Oates says:

    I’m chuckling that so many of us are on Facebook. :)

  46. grienpies says:

    2964 including my vote

  47. Nick says:

    Clicked. And Actually do like it :)

  48. daveb says:

    Sorry – I’m not a facebook member. But I did post a link on reddit: http://www.reddit.com/r/climateskeptics/comments/rgzs6/can_you_help_anthony_watts_hometown_out/

  49. Noelene says:

    Done.
    2,969
    It’s beautiful.

  50. Michel J. Bentley says:

    Closing in on 3K – keep it going

    and going and going and going

    Mike

  51. Annette says:

    2984

  52. R Barker says:

    2991

  53. Jim G says:

    Only 107 left to go now!

  54. climatebeagle says:

    I made it 3000!

  55. Chuck Nolan says:

    Anything else?

  56. Brian H says:

    3,013 at ~9pm PST. About 400 in 2½ hrs.
    ;)

  57. Jessica says:

    Done ;) 3015

  58. Gordon Ford says:

    Done, As a geologist who took part in the 198os California Gold Rush {Jamestown Mine}, {Pine Tree Mine}, {Rich Gulch} etc. I have a soft spot for the Dysfunctional State. Worked with a Geoligist from Chico named Dahl.

  59. California is being looted by the public-sector unions, the corrupt politicians (are there are any other kind), and illegal aliens. And now we are being saddled with the global warming idiocy and the high speed rail boondoggle.

    We’ve almost reached the tipping point on the handle that flushes this state down the loo.

    Okay, done ranting; will now go click LIKE on Facebook.

  60. P.F. says:

    I visited the place last Fall (daughter is a Freshman at CS Chico). I also visited the page. 3,022 and rising.

  61. geo says:

    Done.

    As a native and long-term ex-resident of “Superior California”, I actually would have been happy to hit the kitty for a modest donation to save a cultural treasure of my “native land” as well. . .but could not find a Paypal link or somesuch on the community group page.

    Jes’ sayin’.

  62. ldd says:

    Had nuked my FB… but brought it back on line, for this.
    It’s at now 3026.
    :)

  63. Allan MacRae says:

    3032 – keep clicking!

  64. Anthony Watts says:

    Geo see the comment upstream with donation information I posted for making a PayPal donation, thanks very much!

    Anthony

    UPDATE: Here it is again:

    Make your checks payable to: “North Valley Community Foundation”, and write “Bidwell Mansion Community Project” on the memo line. Send to:

    North Valley Community Foundation
    3120 Cohasset Road, #8
    Chico, CA 95973-0978

    1. You may also make an online contribution at http://www.savebidwellmansion.org by clicking on the link for the NVCF on the home page.

    2. That takes you here: http://www.nvcf.org/index.php?q=donate&list=c43

    3. Locate “Bidwell Mansion Community Project” and check the box

    4. Scroll all the way to the bottom and click “donate now” and it will send you to PayPal.

    thanks

    Anthony

  65. Daryl says:

    3039

  66. bernie1815 says:

    Delighted to help. Done and done.

  67. Kim D says:

    3042!!!

  68. Jimmy Haigh. says:

    3042. Good luck to Chico from offshore Mocimboa de Praio, Mozambique!

  69. kadaka (KD Knoebel) says:

    For WUWT’s 5th birthday, for my own small silent gift, I finally broke down and signed up for Buttbook so I could Like WUWT. Then the counter hovered around 3,025. Now it’s over 4,075.

    Today, with this one, my Like count is up to 2. When does the madness end?

    BTW Anthony, could you get your crazy nemesis over at Chico State to help out? It’s a nice non-partisan cause, surely he wouldn’t begrudge some assistance just to avoid working with you on something. Or would he?

  70. Dennis Dunton says:

    Done. 3040.

  71. geo says:

    Anthony–

    Task Two. . .done!

    And I added a note crediting WUWT for the gift.

  72. Laurie says:

    odd..I was 3040… Dunton, how’d we get the same number?

  73. Ian of Fremantle says:

    Done

  74. Jeef says:

    Why is it that cuts always affect the little guys yet there’s always at least the same number of managers left over?

  75. Jenn Oates says:

    When Europe wakes up you’ll probably get some more likes, so global are we here.

  76. evanmjones says:

    Less than 25 to go. Having fun watching the numbers roll in (courtesy of the renew button).

  77. Warren in New Zealand says:

    3,076 likes · 1,629 talking about this · 5 were here
    Done

  78. Another one done. 18 to go.

  79. @ Jeef. Because when you are trying to trim out the dead wood, it’s generally the dead wood which is holding the axe.

  80. kbray in california says:

    A little interlude while we vote…

  81. evanmjones says:

    15 more.

    Let’s post on their wall and encourage them to up the ante if we can press it to 5000 by the end of March.

    Make that 11!

  82. daved46 says:

    Why is it that cuts always affect the little guys

    Because b’crats know that if they get the little guys mad at the evil state or other government, they will be likely to push for settlement or subsidy or whatever.

  83. carlbrannen says:

    3094

  84. evanmjones says:

    6 more to go! Keep ‘em coming!

  85. Paul Marko says:

    It was at 3091

  86. evanmjones says:

    Two, and counting!

  87. evanmjones says:

    Bingo! And we have it!

  88. bravo22c says:

    3096 Greetings from UK

  89. Neil Jones says:

    Now 3,101

  90. evanmjones says:

    So now we should go to their facebook page and make posts to encourage them to up the ante if we can press it further.

  91. Anthony Watts says:

    Thanks everybody!

  92. Brian H says:

    Well, their original target was about 500 in 5 days. It took WUWT about 4 hrs.
    ;)

  93. Tony McGough says:

    3128. That was quick!

    Anthony, we trust you and yours …

  94. Bill Jamison says:

    Well that didn’t take long!

    The power of WUWT on display!

  95. Keith says:

    Bet that is the first time the Chico Enterprise Record got a “like” from the United Arab Emirates

  96. Patrick Davis says:

    Too late for the 3100 target, liked anyway, but there is a comment somewhere there about doubling the contribution if they get to 5000 likes?

  97. Disko Troop says:

    As always, I am over the top!

    Used to love California. Pismo beach clams. Surfing in the morning north of San Diego, skiing in the afternoon. Gateway restaurant at Pumpkin Hollow Bridge. Happy Days.

  98. EW-3 says:

    Would be happy to help you on this Mr Watts but I’ve been assiduosly trying to stay away from Facebook. I was a techie going back to the late 60s, but this social media stuff scare the bejeebers out of me. To much info in the public domain that can come back and bite you.

  99. Oldseadog says:

    EW-3;
    Me too. Sorry.

  100. Urederra says:

    EW-3 says:
    March 28, 2012 at 1:03 am
    Would be happy to help you on this Mr Watts but I’ve been assiduosly trying to stay away from Facebook. I was a techie going back to the late 60s, but this social media stuff scare the bejeebers out of me. To much info in the public domain that can come back and bite you.

    Same here.

    I have a twitter account, though, and I was one of the first in my country to have one, but I do not use it because I think it is useless for me. Facebook fails in the same basket.

  101. Kelvin Vaughan says:

    My first ever “Like” click!

  102. Mardler says:

    Done

  103. Just made it 3200 likes

  104. Garry Stotel says:

    3,203

  105. southerncross says:

    3206 from down under. :)

  106. SandyInDerby says:

    EW-3
    Me too.
    Although I only go back to the 70sas a techie I feel the same way about the social media and its custodians (if that’s the right word)

  107. calbadger says:

    Done. And I also live in Yuba City so my family and I should really visit. We have been by a number of times, we should really stop in. Thank you Anthony for your community service.

  108. kadaka (KD Knoebel) says:

    From SandyInDerby on March 28, 2012 at 2:00 am:

    Although I only go back to the 70sas a techie I feel the same way about the social media and its custodians (if that’s the right word)

    In the late 1970’s I was assembling Radio Shack soldering-required electronics kits. One used a vacuum tube. While I had long tested 9-volts with my tongue, the innocent-looking similar-sized 48V battery made my vision flash white and nearly knocked me on my butt. All these years later, and vacuum tubes are still used for state of the art equipment.

    Insane asylums and children have custodians. That’s the right word. ☺

  109. Roger says:

    Anthony, what a great building and setting. can we donate directly to the fund?

  110. Mike Busby says:

    Done and posted to my FB page as well.

  111. Old woman of the north says:

    Done!

    We visited lovely Bidwill House when we visited Chico in 2000. Wonderful history!

  112. Bloke down the pub says:

    It’s funny what different people think is old. My local pub is over one hundred years older than this mansion and it isn’t even a listed building. Perspective is everything I suppose. Hopefully it’ll still be there in another hundred years.

  113. Cold Englishman says:

    Done with pleasure

  114. vcat27 says:

    No problem Anthony, thanks for all your efforts! I LIke.

  115. kim2ooo says:

    Help Please.
    In my wanderings I found this bet. http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2008/05/climate-scienti/
    In 2008 “Climate Scientists Put Their Money Where Their Models Are”

    Could Mr Watts. or Mr Willis E. Please do a follow-up?

  116. Mark Bofill says:

    Done.

  117. Heggs says:

    Done.

  118. The Italianate, Victorian style of villa exemplified by Bidwell Mansion was quite common in Victoria (naturally), Australia during the gold rush boom years of the late 1800’s. Great to see such a fine example still standing in California as I believe examples of this particular style, built in masonry, to be fairly rare in your state? I commend your efforts to ensure its preservation. Well done that man.

  119. alan says:

    Done!

  120. Steve from Rockwood says:

    I like the Bidwell Museum.

  121. Kip Hansen says:

    As of 0830 Atlantic Time 28-Mar, there were 3,295 ‘LIKES’, including mine.

  122. Paul Coppin says:

    Done. Will the Chico Enterprise double their donation for every 3100 likes? Just sayin’… :)

  123. TonyBerry says:

    Unfortunately I don’t have a facebook account but it never ceases to amaze me how poorly America treats some of it’s heritage. I used to be a frequent visitor to Philadelphia and the same thing happened to part of it’s waterfront which was redeveloped. Go for it Anthony this stuff should be saved!

  124. 3341 and now 3342.
    It will be interesting to see by the end of the day how many “click”.

    Steamboat Jack (Jon Jeett’s evil twin)

  125. JimB says:

    Dunnit.

  126. Lev Kitching says:

    One more from the UK. Keep up the good work great site very educational thank you Anthony and all your mods.

  127. Hangtown Bob says:

    I made it 3365.

  128. SasjaL says:

    I knew it was bad, but not that bad …

    The Governator almost terminated a hole state … (sorry, couldn’t resist)

  129. Reed Coray says:

    Anthony/Mods. I don’t have a Facebook account, nor do I want one. Is there any way for people like me to vote? I also don’t Tweet or Twitter or whatever.

    REPLY: Thanks Reed, but we’ve reached the goal and then some. Your support is appreciated. – Anthony

  130. TomTurner in SF says:

    I voted Yes (Like)

  131. Ted G says:

    Done – Good Anthony

  132. Done! Nothing like that here in Ontario, closest is the “Italianate” style of the early 1900s. This one’s a beaut. Good luck with that one, Anthony. What are they thinking, to turn it into a Taco Bell? A Hooters? Plenty of money for bird choppers but not a national heritage? Bleedin’ barbarians.

  133. Gary Pearse says:

    I don’t have a facebook acount so I donated $100 on their donation page on the web.

    http://www.nvcf.org/index.php?q=donate&list=c43

    Scroll down to the saving Bidwell Mansion, check the box and then scroll down to the bottom and press “donate”.

  134. Richard deSousa says:

    Done!

  135. LexingtonGreen says:

    Done. Saw the Bidwell when I was checking out Cal State Chico with my daughter. Very well worth promoting.

  136. 3,492 after my “like,” and it was easy for a magnificent house like that.
    For those leery of Facebook, it’s easy to protect yourself. Just don’t enter any data you would be worried about exposing to unwanted eyes (like phone #, street address, etc) and you’ll be fine. I doubt anyone will get much benefit from my published musical and/or literary preferences. :)
    A friend of mine in his early 50s managed to find his kids through Facebook, after many years of separation. There are good points to the system.

  137. Mr Lynn says:

    3498. Neat house.

    /Mr Lynn

  138. Phil's Dad says:

    3,503 likes at this time.
    Such an easy way to help a thing of beauty.

  139. CRS, DrPH says:

    Archimedes said “Give me a lever long enough and a fulcrum on which to place it, and I shall move the world.”

    Too bad he didn’t know about WUWT! Glad to help, Anthony!

  140. u.k.(us) says:

    Not knowing that in their midst, is salvation.

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