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Feather River Bulletin Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015 5A JEFFERSON: Special election would cost c(00unty al:q:)ut $6(),0(() from page 1A Baird went on to articulate what he perceived as a lack of representation in the state Capitol and cited legal precedent for forming a new state. Of prime concern to the supervisors is the financial viability of the state of Jefferson. "The new state would own all of the assets that exist in its borders," Baird told the supervisors, and listed items such as community college campuses, Caltrans equipment and California Highway Patrol vehicles. It would also be apportioned its share of the state's debt -- a fact that Quincy resident Delaine Fragnoli addressed in her remarks. "It took 50 years for Virginia and West Virginia" to divide their assets and debts, she said. Supervisor Lori Simpson said she was disappointed that the board hadn't been given the financial information it asked for during the Oct. 14 meeting. Baird said that all of the financial information could be accessed on sojbl.net and that, according to his calculations, Plumas County would have a budget surplus of $55 million. Part of the rationale for the surplus is that the county would be able to access more of its natural resources if it weren't encumbered by California law. But detractors of that rationale say the new state would still be under federal law. "Creating a new state won't free you from NEPA or the EPA," said Fragnoli, referring to the National Environmental Policy Act and the Environmental Protection Agency. Fragnoli, along with others who spoke against the state of Jefferson, acknowledged the frustration of being underrepresented, but didn't think the formation of a new state was the answer. For and against "I am not against adding a new state like Jefferson," said Graeagle resident Mark Mihevc. "What I am against is who is doing it. The state of Jefferson advocates are extreme right-wing tea party Republicans. Their handouts and flyers say it all." Mihevc was the first to speak after Baird made his presentation. He was followed by Quincy attorney Michael Jackson. "I'm a proud resident of the state of California," Jackson announced, a state that he describes as being "very, very good to me." "This is the most dangerous presentation I've heard in 45 years of watching politicians," Jackson said and pledged to do everything he could in Sacramento to fight it. Jackson said that the presentation cited "a lot of outdated law" and he feared for the fate of education and health care in the proposed state. Portola resident and longtime educator Howard Thomas spoke in favor of the newstate. "Representation is what this is all about," he said. "We basically have no representation." Thomas said that other states are also considering splitting and cited New York and New Amsterdam and North and South Florida as two examples. Many of the speakers came from outside of the county -- including from Shasta, Lassen, Sierra, Siskiyou and Tehama counties. "Looking around Plumas County, it breaks my heart," said a Shasta County resident as he discussed the impact of regulations on the local economy. "Help us to help you help all of us," he summed up in asking the supervisors to show their support. Greenville resident Mark Mitchell took issue with the way natural resources are died while in office. That election cost the county $57,801.81. "There have been two increases in postage cost since then and overhead has increased as well," Williams said. If an election were to be held, it would take approximately 130 days, which extends past the timeline advocated by those organizing the state of Jefferson. Simpson said that she would consider adding the item to the next regular election to avoid the cost of a special ballot. Mark Baird, the Siskiyou County businessman who is the spokesman for the group, told the supervisors that they want a "spot bill by the end of January and legislation by mid-March." Baird originally spoke to the board last October and made the presentation again during last Tuesday's board meeting. He repeatedly told the supervisors that signing a declaration wouldn't be binding, that it would simply "guarantee a seat at the table." However, the board didn't receive a copy of the declaration prior to the board meeting, and were given only'two copies to share during the meeting. Baird told the board that the document could be altered in virtually any way as long as it contained the phrase "lack of representation," because that's the cornerstone of forming the new state. "California is broken," Baird told the supervisors in his opening remarks. "We think we're there because of lack of representation." Altes arraignment continued to Feb. 27 Dan McDonald Managing Editor dmcdonald@plumasnews.com defense attorney Robert Zernich. Altes' attorney has asked for more time to review evidence that is being provided. The continuance was granted during Altes' court appearance Friday, Jan. 23. Altes, 44, of Butterfly Valley, is charged with fn:st-degree murder. Allen's body was found in the garage of her Greenville residence Dec. 1, 2014. He is accused of using a The arraignment of William Leo Altes HI, the man accused of killing Greenville resident Lauren Allen, was continued for the third time last week. Altes is scheduled to enter a plea Feb. 27 in Plumas County Superior Court in Quincy. The arraignment was continued at the request of if you're not using High Sierra Gas, then you don't know "Jack" hammer and knife to kill the 51-year-old. He is also charged with stealir/g a ' : vehicle, a shotgun and Allen's credit cards. 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Three speakers were from Lassen County and they all supported forming a new state, with one saying "we would leave" if it doesn't happen. A Tehama County resident noted that his county passed the declaration and there "had been no repercussions from Sacramento." "A vote does not obligate this county to anything," said Indian Valley resident Todd Anderson. He then questioned allegiance to California when "you have the attorney general and Cal Fire (the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection)" willing to lie" with regard to testimony in the Moonlight Fire. After listening to the comments for and against the state of Jefferson, the board discussed the issue and informally agreed to have county counsel review the declaration and pursue the option of putting the matter before the voters. What others are doing The state of Jefferson is targeting 20 northern counties and five have signed the declaration thus far: Tehama, Glenn, Yuba, Siskiyou and Modoc. The larger counties -- Butte, Shasta, Nevada and Placer -- have thus far not signed on. As with Plumas, officials there say more information is desired. State Assemblyman Brian DaMe, whose district would be consumed by the state of Jefferson, has said that he understands the motivation behind the movement to achieve more representation, but that he too needs more data. He has said, "The devil is in the details and if the details are worked out and looked like it was something that, financially, could work and we work on all those things, then maybe I can get behind it." In the interim, Dahle is pointed out as an example of how rural counties can be represented. "He can work across the aisle," Supervisor Lori Simpson said. "We need more people like Assemblyman Dahle." Change of venue Since every seat in the boardroom was filled, and people stood along the walls, and even more crowded intO the doorways and spilled into the halls, many wondered why the venue hadn't been changed to accommodate the crowd. During an interview the following morning, Board Chairman Goss said he was reluctant to change the venue because many people watch the meetings via live streaming, and that capability would be lost in a different setting. He didn't anticipate changing the venue for future meetings. Goss also came under fire for cutting off public comment once the board began its own deliberations. Goss explained during the meeting that he limited the comments because of the board's packed afternoon agenda, which also included a presentation regarding the formation of a tourism business improvement district in the county, as well as an issue of church versus state. WINTER CLEARANCE 40% and 60% OFF ;. ........ ., il ! 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