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lOB Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015 Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter New degree is perfect example of bipartisan success Significant new opportunities have just opened up for students in Northern California. New legislation will let two of our community colleges -- Shasta College near Redding and Feather River College in . Quincy -- begin offering low-cost bachelor's degrees in specific subjects that are perfect for their communities. Not only will Northern California students WHERE I STAND TED GAINES SENATOR 1 ST SENATE DISTRICT now have a local OlJportunity to earn a four-year degree, but the cost will be affordable and lead to well-paying jobs. I was a strong supporter of Senate Bill 850, which authorized this seven-year pilot program. This legislation demonstrates the great outcomes that are possible when the Legislature works together for the common good. It is exactly the kindof achievement that makes me excited to serve in the senate. Only 15 schools statewide, may participate, so I am tremendously grateful that two are in the 1st Senate District. The law is narrowly crafted to permit each selected school to Offer a single four-year degree in subjects not currently offered by the University of California or California State University systems. This is perfect for the North State, where our needs rarely match up with Los Angeles or San Francisco. As early as next year, Feather River College will offer a degree in equine industry, while Shasta College students can earn a degree in health information management. In both cases, the options focus on areas that can lead directly to local employment and will strengthen local economies with homegrown talent. For too long, the north state has been at a disadvantage when it comes to local educational options. It made all kinds of sense to allow community colleges to offer four-year'degrees, and I'm thankful for the bipartisan bill that made it possible. This pilot program will work. It's a strong commitment from the state to serve all students in California, not just those in cities. Sen. Ted Gaines represents the 1st Senate Distriet, which includes all or parts of Alpine, E1 Dorado, Lassen, Modoc, Nevada. Placer, Plumas, Sacramento, Shasta, Sierra and Siskiyou counties. LETTERS. from page 9B and had to do so without any preparation or written information. A large number of those present -- maybe 40 percent -- who expressed support for the Jefferson concept were not residents of Plumas County. I'd hate for the board to get the idea that this show of support came entirely from their constituents. Many of those present unequivocally oppose the idea. We're just quieter... and we don't come dressed in identical T-shirts. The last time in our history that a group of people felt the only way to "live free" was to withdraw from a larger political body they called it "the Civil War." That proved to be a tragic waste of time, energy and precious resources for everyone involved. It didn't work out too well for the secessionists, either. And speaking of resources: there was a suggestion made at the board meeting that this should be decided by popular vote. The cost of a countywide election is many thousands of dollars. According to the Jefferson supporters themselves, such a vote isn't binding and doesn't have any real legal meaning: At a time of tight budgets, there must be better ways to spend the county's , (i,e,, our) money... ......... ...... Hopefully we can find some way to work together to solve our common problems and not fall prey to strategies that only seek to divide us. Stephanie Leaf Quincy Tea party wants its own state Here's the skinny on the state of Jefferson (SOJ). The advocates are a group of Northern California tea party Republican extremists who feel they are not properly represented in government. They even plan on using that as an excuse in court cases. Hmmm. Representation is based on population so" everyone is equally represented, but not necessarily reflecting your opinions. Their real problem is they live in California -- a blue Democratic state. Their strategy is to get 18 northern county boards of supervisors (BOS) to vote on separation from California thinking this will influence the California Legislature. The population of these counties is about 1.5 million residents. And, they want 90 supervisors to decide this for us? They even bribe county supervisors with a "seat at the table." This isn't county business and no BOS has the right to decide this fate for its county. Only by vote of the people must this be decided. Of course, their representation complaint is only a deception. The real reason is that they want a tea party/Republican dream state where there will be no corporate taxes, no antipollution and corporate regulations, no social welfare, a keep-them-ignorant education system, no Obamacare and, the main prize -- the wealth of our natural resources. They'll destroy the environment to get the trees and the water. The "seat at the table" stakeholders will get wealthy while residents, animals and the environment will suffer. I can't imagine the California Legislature ever turning over the forest and the water to these people. In their Jan. 20 BOS meeting, the minutes state that "the Board agrees that by election, the voters of Plumas County should decide if they support SOJ." I thank the board for its democratic and diplomatic decision. The SOJ advocates are welcomed to pay for this election. Mark Mihevc Graeagle State of Jefferson To the residents of Plumas County: I would first like to quote James Madison: "A well-instructed people alone can be permanently a free people." In case you are not aware, there is a movement in Northern California to separate, and make a new state, the state of Jefferson. The reasons for this movement are too many to list, so I urge you to please go to the state of Jefferson website ( and see what the concerns are. There are currently six Northern California counties whose boards of supervisors have made a declaration for the state of Jefferson. This means that they agree that we have a lack of representation in the state Senate of California, for our rural counties. In the 1964 court case Reynolds v. Sims, the Supreme Court ruled for redistricting of our state senators. Until 1968, when the redistricting took place, there was one senator per county. We had followed a federal model. This meant that until that time, we had equal representation with Los Angeles County in the state Senate. Now, we have one state senator for 11 north-state counties, which includes Plumas County, and Los Angeles county has 13 state senators. Do you believe they share our needs and concerns? I don't. Are we fairly represented? Definitely not. Again, I urge you to spend some time at to become familiar with why ,,9,, KITTENS & CATS! %9e. Go to to see all the cats that need homes! tglBe If you have an "un'flxed" cat, get her spayed NOW. We have discount 00 certificates for people unable to afford the cost of surgery on their own. Visit the CATHOUSE - 2453 E. Main, Quincy oeqlPee Wed-Fri 12-3 or Sat 10-2 or call 283-5433 MOONLIGHT AKA MONA DOMESTIC SHORT HAIR & TABBY BLACK MIX ADULT, FEMALE MEDIUM ZEPHYR TORTOISESHELL MIX . 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Bey Herman Chester Jefferson momentum growing I am so hopeful because of the courageous efforts of fellow citizens of the northern California rural counties to bring about a successful effort to regain proper and equitable representation to our counties through the formation of the state of Jefferson. Out of 80 Assembly seats, the northern third of California has only three seats in the Assembly. Out of 40 senators, the northern third of California has only three seats in the Senate. Urban voters and their representatives control decisions made for rural areas that they do not understand. Our rural counties are impoverished due to the restrictions on rural economic development. Our county governments' hands are tied and steadily being bankrupted. There is a remedy. Regain representation, which is what the state of Jefferson is all about. We can become better informed and prepared by reading and discussing:,, Stateof]; Facebook: Jefferson State. News, plus each county has a page: i.e., Plumas County for State of Jefferson. Thus far six counties have declared for the state of Jefferson already. More coming. The momentum is growing. Barbara MacArthur Lake Almanor Make our voices heard As the colonists separated from King George, so, too, rural northern California counties will separate from California to form the state of Jefferson. California doesn't have a king, per se, but a Legislature, lobbyists, biased judges, overzealous special interest groups and government officials who are far removed from rural counties geographically, but more importantly by familiarity and understanding of life here, draw a recognizable parallel. With only one senator for 11 counties we have no voice in decisions that affect our way of life. Sacramento imposes taxes, implements regulations detrimental to our livelihoods, infringes on water and property rights and personal freedom, confiscates our natural resources ... the list goes on. They take away our right to raise our children with the morals and values we want, demand we build community infrastructure designed for urban living, make us pay for boondoggle trains to nowhere, impose a fire tax for fire protection we don't receive, and more. Even if efforts to rejuvenate Plumas succeed, it will only generate more for Sacramento to take. And without equal representation, we can't stop them. Rural California is the ugly stepchild. We are required to fulfill the needs of the rest of the state, but our pleas for understanding, fairness, equal rights and just compensation are ignored. If Plumas County declares to join the state of Jefferson there is an opt-out clause and no financial obligation. Joining will merely give us a seat at the table when this becomes a reality. The doors are quickly closing on our rural lifestyle. But momentum is building, people are gaining knowledge and seeing a better future for their kids. The state of ....... Jefferson will be born -- let's get in on the ground floor where our voices will be heard. See, and to sign the petition. Lynn Desjardin Portola CPUD hasn't learned A board of directors takes an oath and has the fiduciary duty to oversee and protect assets of the district: fire, ambulance, sewer and water. Taxpayer-owned property. Since 2011 the Chester Public Utility District has been renting out the old fire station and two-bedroom house in Chester for only $400 a month. I'll give you $650 a month. At December's CPUD meeting, General Manager Waterman presented the board with an updated lease. An option to buy after two years with 100 percent of all rent to be applied to the purchase. If the renter buys and we credit them their past rent, about $28,000, they've had six years free use of district property. How can the GM of CPUD lease this property to his wife's employer? How is this not a conflict of interest? We currently have had a very good ISO rating. That could change at a future inspection. They might require CPUD to have a station inside the district. The current station isn't. Once the existing station is gone, who'll pay for a new one? You do. A lesser ISO and insurance rates skyrocket. With no fire hall, there've been no pancake breakfasts, a source of fundraising for equipment. Water and fire departments are operating in deep red again. A wiser use of district property? Rent the dwelling for fair market value, and rent the hall to groups by reservation. It's income. More importantly, if we need a fire station in the future for our ISO rating, we'll have it. Recently the Indian Valley Community Services District lost over $600K, because nobody was watching. Let's not be like them. The next board meeting is Tuesday, Feb. 10, at 5:30 p.m., 251 Airport Road. Don't forget the fiasco with the last board of directors and,their,quetonable,,: ., i, direction. Cheryl Jasenka Chester Unbalanced reporting Feather Publishing does a disservice to its readers , when it lets miner Miriam Cody report on suction dredging. She never explains why the state put a moratorium on the practice in the first place, so it seems arbitrary and unfair. In truth the state was under a court order which included an injunction against issuing permits until the California Department of Fish and Wildife overhauled its regulations. More remarkably, Cody manages to report on the issue without so much as whispering the word "mercury." This is a little like writing about the Civil War without mentioning See Letters, page 11 B