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Reporter Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2001 U PG&E sha rates to come ELECTRIC COMPANY are wondering with energy SUpplies in Califor- seen the growing en- around the summer, some pow- hot, )plies. Oth- have seen the a natural gas short- in their gas bills. we thought it to provide on the current ,let know what develop and offer you can Your energy surprising, but blessing. Call- is growing the develop- : Production. Econom- means new jobs and ising and infrastructure to support them. The Internet age has brought multiple electronic de- vices into an increasing num- ber of homes and businesses throughout California. Growth impacts are felt most during periods of peak demand for energy-when,we turn up the heat to ward off winter cold or turn on air conditioners during summer hot spells. Unfortunately, since deregu- lation in 1996, new energy sup- plies have not kept pace with that growth. Development of new sources of electricity has fallen far behind demand. Low prices have resulted in a de- cline in production of natural gas. Factors like that lead to shortages and shortages lead to higher prices. As you use more heat this winter, those higher prices will start to show up in your gas bill. The average Pacific Gas and Electric Company small commercial gas bill is likely to increase to $460 for January 2001 (an increase of 39 percent over a year ago). An average large commercial-cus- tomer could see a gas bill of $19,300 (an increase of 48 per- cent). And increased electrici- ty bills could be right behind. These are direct reflections of the cost of the gas and electric- ity we deliver to you. That's why we are working with the federal government, Rate Increases In The First Year Of PG&E's Proposal (Mandatory Customers) Average Rates (Cents per kWh) Cl s/ Schedule[ll RESIDENTIAL SMALL LIGHT & POWER MEDIUM LIGHT & POWER[3] STREETLIGHTS S TOTAL AGRICULTURE Subtotal All Mandatory Classes 10.68 11.24 9.49 12.23 10.91 10.41 Rates[2l 10.58 12.94 13.58 12.24 Change 21.2% 15.4% 11.4% 14.93 5.8% 24.5% 17.6% 14.94 12.51 14.32 15.74 14.22 39.8% ,i 32.9% 31.8% 17.0% 44.3% 36.6% [1] Weighted average for'all schedules within each listed class [2] These rates are for January 1, 2001. Rates are scheduled to be adjusted at the end of each year based on the projected power costs, as well as amounts previously undercollected. Mid-year ad- justments are possible if certain pre-approved conditions are met. [3] Medium Light and Power includes A-10 and E-19V customers. i the California Public Utilities Commission, the Legislature and the governor to stabilize gas and electricity rates over the long term, and to encour- "age development of more ener- gy supplies to support the de- mands of the most robust econ- omy in the world. Pacific Gas and Electric Company is taking steps to find lower-cost sources of ener- gY. We're working with our large customers to develop in- novative incentives for those who voluntarily curtail energy use during periods of exceed- ingly high demand--a program that helps avert severe energy shortages for everyone. Conservation is one of the easiest and most cost-effective ways to address energy short- ages. Here are several things you can do right now to reduce your energy use and keep your costs down: • On average, lighting ac- counts for about 40 percent of a business' energy costs. By making some basic changes, such as turning off lights in unoccupied areas, you can start conserving energy and cutting your lighting costs; • Space and water heating costs can represent a signifi- cant portion of your energy ex- penditures. You can cut your heating costs with a minimal investment by installing pro- grammable thermostats and by turning heaters off during non-business hours; • From computers to refriger- ation units, each business has a wide array of equipment that can bemore energy efficient. Just turning off equipment when R is not needed will save energy; and • Caulk and weather-strip around doors, windows and other openings where heat and cold can enter your business. Keep outside doors closed while operating heating equip- ment. We'll continue to provide more information to you as this important issue unfolds. Visit our website at . Rest assured in the meantime, however, that the 20,000 men and women of Pacific Gas and Electric Company are working around the clock, every day of the year, to deliver gas and elec- tricity to our customers--safe- ly, reliably and at the lowest cost available. COLLEGE the recent publication Up 2000" by the Public Pol- compare- of both the effi- we raising on the of key ;wide disparities in states are addressing needs, and draws lOns and that will be needed in based on six cat- states policy influ- letter grades for as a basis for eval- that have highest The six cate participa- completion, Examining higher educ benefits, and learning--are in- tended to encourage policy makers to be more explicit about educational goals and priorities. California's grades are mixed. Compared with other states, California received its highest mark for affordability. At $11 per credit hour, tuition at community colleges is the lowest in the nation, and for its state universities, costs are at par with other states. The newly enhanced Cal Grant will significantly in- crease the ability of many stu- dents to afford a college educa- tion. Under the recently ap- proved legislation, the pro- gram is expected to double in the next six years, and the state is required to provide enough money for all eligible high school graduates. The state also received high grades for participation, as well as for benefits. The per- centage of 18 to 24-year lds en- rolled in college in California increased from 28% to 38% from 1987 to 1998, and the per- centage increase in personal income of those earning col- lege degrees matched that of the highest performing state on this measure (Maryland). Lower grades were awarded for completion (C), and for preparation (C-). Many Califor- nia students drop out after their first year of college, com- pared to other states, and many come unprepared for col- lege level work. Although the statistics for Plumes County high school graduates reflect more favorably, national data indicates that only 67% of young Americans are earning standard high school diplo- mas, and only 42% of those are graduating withskills re- quired to succeed at college-level coursework. Evaluative tools for the learning measurement are still under development and all states were given an 'T' (for in- complete). Decisions about what should be taught, and how to determine the value and effectiveness of the con- tent, continue to be debated. This single measurement, however, may well be the most important variable, in addition to the total number of students served, on which future fund- ing for higher education will be based. As numerous studies have proven, the need for post-sec- ondary education and training has climbed dramatically as a direct result of competencies required for employment. The top six skills needed by the workforce, according to recent employer surveys, are: inter- personal and team skills (79%); critical thinking skills (75 %); personal and work ethic skills (67%); leadership and supervi- sory skills (67%); quality im- provement skills (66%); and computer skills (65%). According to a 1999 report by the U.S. Department of Com- merce, 56% of companies sur- veyed indicated that they had restructured non managerial jobs largely around new tech- nology, while only 5% de- creased any of the other re- quired skill levels. From my perspective as a college president, there are a number of lessons in the re- port that should be heeded. First, we need to maintain this state's position as nu mber one with respect to affordability. Despite the relatively strong economy of recent years, there are many who do not begin or do not continue college, espe- cially given increasing costs of living. This remains true even though the evidence is clear that the lifetime income of col- lege graduates is more than double that of non graduates. Republican, Democrat, or Inde- pendent, everyone needs to view higher education as an investment, rather than a cost. Secondly, colleges and uni- " versities need to work more closely with high schools to as- sure that students are pre- pared for both the academic rigor and personal discipline required by college level work. Although there are numer- ous ways of addressing this, simple things, such as having classes of high school students occasionally attend a college tion' class and/or having a college instructor guest lecture at high schools gives students a little better sense of what to expect and prepare for. Third, the decision making process for college offerings re- quires substantive and contin- uous input frotfi the communi- ties they serve. Beyond that, there must be a mechanism to support the successful imple- mentatior of such input. It is countexProductive, for exam- ple, to create a program for widget-makers in response to an expressed need, hire an in- structor, purchase necessary equipment, and then have promised opportunities for sustainable employment with- drawn. Having the confidence that they will successfully find jobs on the completion of their pro- gram will significantly in- crease the incentive for stu- dents to attend college, and concomitantly decrease the drop out rate. This requires some dement of risk, and a high degree of joint planning. Working with an excellent faculty and staffat a small col- lege that provides opportuni- ties to give students individu- alized attention and encour- agement is a source of great professional satisfaction for me. When the measurements for the National Report Card's learning outcome are finally approved, I'm certain that repo t c rd Feather River College gradu- ates will score well. I am appreciative of the con- sistent support we receive from the communities we serve. We should all be mind- ful, however, that the need to keep our higher education sys- tem both strong and respon- sive is not only a regional is- sue, but a national concern. As we look to the future, the necessity for a well-educated citizenry becomes exceedingly clear. The coming decades will experience many evolutionary changes, requiring higher competencies, different skill sets, and more comprehensive knowledge of human behavior. in his newly released report to the American Association of Community Colleges, re- searcher Robert McCabe notes that, by 2030, persons over 6,5 years of age will account for 20% of the total poPUlation, in- creasing from 13% today. The number of working adults will remain at 160 million: and the ratio of workers to retirees will be halved. As this happens, and the workforce shrinks, it will be increasingly important to have a system of higher education that will ensure all Americans are well prepared for full and gainful employment. There will be, as he states, "no one to waste." It is something we should all be thinking about for t tters n~ust conta/n an address and We publish only one Week, per person and only Per person, per mon&l re- same subject. We ฎ not or open letters. be limited to a maximum Any letter/n excess of Will be cut by the editor. Fflday at 3 p.m. Let- taken to any of Feather 's offices, sent via fax to or e-mailed at Week's newspaper, a attributed to Jann It should have been me say that we live where the justice nakes the decision we live or die. They a decision when nd, colleague, and Was so violently our lives. We are Our system to dictate they are really say- it's OK to murder, taxpayers pay for So now to pick up the Our lives, and say Ewill of the. sys- tem? sum settlement of $350 million Naoma Lorea Soliday dollars to California hospitals, (Sister of Melany Johnson) The settlement will be paid to (Jeri's partner) the hospitals in June 2001. Keystone Heights, Fla. Seneca will get its sham of the settlement. Medicare has also news for announced increased reim- Seneca Healthcare District bursements to family physi- has much to be thankful for in cians by 6 percent, effective the year 2001. Medicare and January 2001. General MediCal programs have an- surgery reimbursements will nounced plans to increase re- go up by 2 percent. imbursements to all Calffor- At the Seneca Healthcare nia hospitals and physicians board meeting, the news was starting in January 2001. This completely ignored. When good news couldn't have come questioned, Marks indicated at a better time for Seneca that he did not know how Healthcare district. The expi- much more money they would ration of the special assess- get and that they can't rely on ment in June 2001, and the re- the government. Interesting sulting loss of revenues will he should say that, since two be offset by the increased re- thirds of the revenues re- imbursements, ceived by the hospital district President Clinton has comes from federal and state signed a bill to grant Califor- governments. The board pres- nia hospitals an extra $1.7 bil- ident, Ron Davey, was too lion dollars to make up for the busy taking a 'straw poll' for lost funding of the balanced the special election they plan budget act of 1997. to hold in June 2001. MediCal has announced in- The board president, Ron creased payments for emer- Davey, distributed a handout gency room services by 40 per- he said our county Supervisor cent, retroactive to August Bill Dennison had prepared, 2000. Other physician services regarding the election work will be reimbursed at the facing the board and Urging higher rate of approximately everyone to work hard during 15.6 percent.'Separately, the the next eighteen weeks. Once Davis administration recently again, as he did at the Decem- settled a lawsuit with MediCal ber board meeting, Dennison which has resulted in a lump urged the board to conduct a special election as soon as pos- sible. Defeat of Measure S by a large margin apparently has not taught a lesson to the Seneca Board and their co- hort, Bill Dennison. They are determined to tax the citizens of the Seneca Hospital District again. This is especially both- ersome in view of Dennison's recent opposition to a pro- posed fee of $I for towing abandoned vehicles in Plumes County. At the Board of Su- pervisors meeting on Nov. 14, 2000, Mr. Dennison, in oppos- the implementation of the $1 fee, passionately stated, "People are fed up with taxes, I am just not willing to go that route." Rather a touching statement, but apparently, the citizens of the Seneca Health- care District will not receive such consideration from their supervisor. Veena Ranganath Our dreams Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. had a dream for all the chil- dren of the world. I have a dream, too. I dream that all the children: • have school to go to and do not fight. Abraham Collln • have warm, cozy beds. Brenna Murray • have friends to play with. Bryanna Gouchenour • have medicine when they are sick. Cody Remington • have a dog to play with. Dakota Price • have food so they are not hungry. Diana Melendrez • would have a dog to play with. Emily Bartosz • would have a house to live in. Gabby Vafighan • would have a morn and dad. Karly Bartosz • would have a pet. Mary Weismann • of the worm have love. Patrick Steffanic . .would be nice to each other and have nice feelings. Sara Frazier • would have paper and pen- cils to draw. Shavon Parsons • would get hugs. Stacey Schlafer • would have a Razor scooter so they could take a walk and fresh air. Tyler Stockdale ,have shelter to live in with their families. Wesley Robertson • would not get hurt most of the time. Zachary Hall Mrs. Adrienne Stenson's Kindergarten C. Roy Carmtchael School We am fmtzm te I want to express my feel- ings about the excellent care and medical attention I re- ceived during my recent surgery at Seneca Hospital. We are extremely fortunate to have medical professionals like Dr. Jensen and Dr. Prantz at Seneca. I express my deepest appre- ciation and thanks to Dr. Jensen, Dr. Frantz, the anes- thesiologist, all of the nurses and the aid's for their services and the excellent care-they gave me. I am d firm believer that we desperately need to do whatever is necessary to keep Seneca Hospital operating. To lose any part of the hospital's operation or to lose the hospi- * tal completely would be devas- tation to our community and our families. I would hope that we will have the opportu- nity once again to vote on Measure S and that it will pass. Franke Miller Lake Almanor tmtm