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# 61B Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014 Bulletin, Progressive, Record, Reporter qb E D ITO RIAL AND OPINION EDITORIAL Supervisors prove county can survive without a CAO "County needs to hire a CAO, and soon" That was the headline of a Feather Publishing editorial in November 2012. The paper criticized the board of supervisors for trying to run the day-to-day operations of the county on their own, without the benefit of a professional chief administrative officer. The editorial gave more than a dozen reasons why the supervisors' hands-on approach was a bad idea. In short, we said the board had good intentions but that they didn't know vhat they were doing. Well, that was 16 months ago. And, with a few exceptions, we have to admit we were wrong. Since the county fired former CAO Jack Ingstad in April 2012, the supervisors have not only rolled up their sleeves and streamlined the county's operations, they balanced two budgets and put some cash in the rainy-day fund. They also accomplished something the former CAO never could -- they improved morale. An example came during last week's board meeting. About 20 county department heads and elected officials -- usually the some of the board's harshest critics -- praised the supervisors for their work. "The operating relationship between the department heads and the supervisors is functioning very well due to the cooperative effort of all." That's what the chairman of the county's management council had to say. He added, "The current management structure has been successful." Board Chairman Jon Kennedy, who led the charge insisting the county didn't need a CAO, appeared pleased. He even asked the council chairman to repeat the statement, undoubtedly for the newspaper's benefit. Putting the county on the right track has required a lot of work by the supervisors. For two budget cycles -- with the aid of a very competent budget officer, Susan Scarlett -- the supervisors have drilled deep to better understand how the county works. During dozens of exhaustive face-to-face meetings, the supervisors put on their CAO hats and went over each department's budget -- line by line. They made some painful budget cuts, sometimes eliminating jobs in the process. _  wrhear at these budget__ workshops, we said this was a perfect example of why the county needed a CAO. We argued the supervisors didn't have thetime or the expertise  to conduct an exercise like that. They made the time. And as a result, they gained a boots-on-the-ground Understanding of how the county operates. Apparently, they earned the respect of many county workers in the process. There is a spirit of cooperation that did not exist when a CAO was in charge. Not having a CAO still has its drawbacks. The continued success of a "no-CAO" model will require the supervisors to remain very active and engaged in the county's operations. The county will undoubtedly have some opportunities slip through the cracks. There is an increased burden on the county counsel, who must handle many traditional CAO duties. There is no central point-person to gather all the information and present the supervisors with all the ramifications of their decisions. The supervisors have been forced to hire more consultants to f'fll the CAO void. Budget officer Scarlett is an example. When the economy finally improves and prosperity returns to Plumas County, hiring a CAO should be toward the top of the county's "to do" list. But until that time comes, we must give credit where it is due. The supervisors have done an exceptional job managing the team without a head coach. And, yes, we were wrong. Fea0000blishmg 00wspaper For breaking news, go to plumasnews.com Michael C. Taborski ............. Publisher Keri B. Taborski ...Legal Advertising Dept. Dan McDonald ......... Managing Editor Jenny Lee. ................ Photo Editor Ingrid Burke ................. Copy Editor Staff writers: Laura Beaten Carolyn Carter Michael Condon Makenzie Davis Ruth Ellis Will Farris Susan Cort Johnson Feather River Bulletin (530) 283-0800 Portola Reporter (530) 832-4646 Lassen County Times (530) 257-5321 Debra Moore Maddie Musante M. Kate West Aura Whittaker Sam Williams James Wilson Samantha P. Hawthorne Indian Valley Record (530) 284-7800 Chester Progrpssive (530) 258-3115 Westwood PinePress (530) 256-2277 New location out "So, how was your day?" I asked my wife, Amy, as I got home the other day. "Well, you are not going to believe what happened," she repliedl excitedly. "I was walking to work and I saw something sparkle from a distance. I got a little closer and..." "Hey-yo! What're you guys up to?" In burst Matty, interrupting the conversation. Amy and I sat and pretended to listen as he went on and on, taking our conversation hostage. Matty rambled on for about 10 minutes before he got bored with our lack of enthusiasm and left. "So, you were saying something about a shiny object?" I refreshed Amy. .... Oh yeah! You are not going to believe this," she reiterated. "I saw something shiny, and as I got a little closer, it started to move! So I get even closer to this thing, and..." "Hi guys, what's going on?" In walks Jenna, and Amy's story is once again put on pause. This is the story of my life. I live right downtown and my place has turned into the unofficial clubhouse for all my friends. Eyery group of friends has one of these, and right now, it just happens to be my house. of town may MY TURN JAMES WILSON Sports Reporter sports@plumasnews.com Growing up in East Quincy, my friend Brett's house was the site for our gathering. He lived between me and our friend Johnny, so it was geographically the best spot to meet. Not to mention, his mom baked the best cookies and pumpkin bread. As we entered high school and got our drivers licenses, the clubhouse moved to Lindsay's place, which was close to school. Geographically, it once again made sense. As we grew into adulthood, the location of the clubhouse changed multiple times, At one This week's special days. NOT JUST AN ORDINARY DAY COMPILED BY KERI TABORSKI Not just an ordinary day....a sampling of weekly notable special days and facts throughout the year. February 26 1919-- United States President Woodrow Wil- son signs an act of the U.S. Congress establish- ing Grand Canyon as a U.S. National Park in Arizona. March 1 1790-- The first United States census is autho- rized and implemented. ,1936-- Boulder Dam, now known as Hoover Dam, located on the borders of Arizona and Nevada, is completed. 1961 -- The Peace Corps is established. March 2 The 86th annual Academy Awards ceremony will be held tonight and televised from the Dolby Theater in Hollywood, Los Angeles. The ceremony was postponed one week due to the scheduling conflict of the Winter Olympic Games. 1929-- United States President Calvin Coolidge signs an executive order establishing the 96,000-acre Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming. February 27 1973 -- The American Indian Movement occu- pies Wounded Knee, South Dakota. 2010-- An earthquake measuring 8.8 on the RichterScale strikes Chile leaving over 500- victims and 1,000 injured. The quake triggered a tsunami which struck Hawaii shortly after. February 28 1935 -- A DuPont Chemical Company scientist invents nylon at the company's research lab in Wilmington, Delaware, 2013-- Pope Benedict XVI resigns as the pope of the Catholic Church, becoming the first pope to do so since 1415. 1983 -- Compact disc players and discs are re- leased for the first time in the United States, only previously available in Japan. March 3 1923- Time Magazine is published for the first time. 1931 -- The United States adopts "The Star Spangled Banner" as the national anthem. March 4 2014-- Today is Fat Tuesday and the first day: ofMardi Gras. 1492 -- Christopher Columbus arrives back in Portugal aboard his ship Nina from his voy- age to what is now known as the Bahamas and other isles in the Caribbean. 1789-- In New York City, the first Congress of the United Sates meets, putting the U.S. Consi- tution in place. offer more privacy point it was Jake's house, then it moved to my house, then to Johnny and Brett's, and somehow, it recently moved its way back to my house. There are a couple unspoken rules to the clubhouse. First, no knocking necessary. People come and go as they please and knocking would be an insult to the friendship. Second, if the owner of the house isn't home, that doesn't mean you can't still hang out there. There have beenmany times that I've come home from work and found half my liquor cabinet gone. I've even come home for lunch and found bites taken out of my, leftovers. But I can't get too mad. I know that the clubhouse location will switch, ad I'll be the one going in and raiding my friends' fridges and liquor cabinets. I've decided to be proactive about the clubhouse problem, and switch locations myself, somewhere too far out of the way to make my place the ideal clubhouse. With a baby on the way, I don't want a home that feels like a train station. I want my kid to be socialized, but not overwhelmed by people coming in and out all the time. So Amy and I decided we're going to look for a place out of town. Meadow Valley, Butterfly Valley or Chandler Road would be ideal. We want to still be connected to the happenings around town, but want the option of driving out 10 minutes and escaping as well. We want to get more bang for our buck when it comes to renting, and it seems like most of those rentals are a little ways out of town. A three-bedroom place would be ideal, and if we had acreage around it, we could raise chickensand grow an awesome garden. I told my co-workers about our plan and they reacted a little differently than I expected. Whereas I was looking at all the plus sides of living out of town, they filled me in on some of the downfalls. I'm one forgetful person, and am constantly making trips back and forth from my house to the office to pick up various things I've forgotten. If I lived out of town, that would be way more of a hassle. I guess that means I better start takIng some ginkgo biloba. Similarly, my trips to the grocery store would have to be cut down substantially. I wouldn't be able to run to Safeway to grab some butter at the last minute. Another downfall is wintertime. There's a lot more snow to deal with in Meadow Valley, for instance. In Butterfly Valley, a good portion of the road isn't even plowed, With all the drawbacks, I think we're still going to go for it. Since I movedout of my parents' house after high school, I've always lived downtown. I think it'll be nice to at least try out a new location. I'll still be intown every day and I'n be able to crash the new clubhouse location whenever I want. It'll be someone else's turn to have their living space become everyone else's. Who knows, maybe I'll finally be able to find out what that shiny thing was that my wife saw. REMEMBER WHEN KERI TABORSKI Historian 75 YEARS AGO ..... 1939 The flotation mill at the Standart Mine in Greenville completed last year at a cost of $75,000 was destroyed by fire early Monday morning. The mine is located two miles west of Greenville and some 32 men employed there will be out of work by the disaster. .50 YEARS AGO ..... 1964 Assemblywoman Pauline Davis, (Democrat) representing Plumas County, has announced that she will seek her seventh term. 25 YEARS AGO ..... 1989 The first copies of a new publication, Lake Almanor Country Club News, rolled off the Feather Publishing Company printing presses this week. The bi-monthly publication is a joint venture between the Lake Almanor Homeown- ers Association and Feather Publishing Com- pany. Plumas Unified School District's state ap- proved home study program has grown steadi- ly since it began three years ago and now has 57 home schooled students enrolled in that pro- gram throughout Plumas County. 10 YEARS AGO ..... 2004 The Plumas County Board of Superisors ap- proved the extension of current interim Chief Administrative Officer Bob Conan's employ- ment contract now until December when Julia Coleman will take over that position. Note: items included in the weekly Remember When column are takerrom our bound newspaper archives and represent writing styles of that particular period. The spelling and grammar are not edited, so the copy is presented as it actually appeared in the original newspaper. Always be who you are, online and in real life Social media outlets and anonymous expres- sion platforms have created a whole new world of uncertainty amongst their users. The person you speak to today on Twitter may be a completely different person tomor- row. Slanderous words are tolerable because "that's only how he or she acts on Facebook-- they are completely different in person." Provocative attitudes and sexual advances are welcomed because "it's only the Internet-- no one takes him or her seriously."  In medical terms, these behaviors could be classified as multiple personality disorder, but today, it has become the norm for Internet users. This practice has made it very difficult to differentiate the real from the make-believe, often resulting in inaccurate views of a person. While creating a whole new personality is understandable to an extent, a line has to be drawn somewhere. We live in a world full of people telling us how we should look, how we should speak and how we should act. Media outlets tell women they should be thin, almost to the point where it's unhealthy; nice guys are told they will 'Tmish last" if they don't "grow a pair"; and teenage girls are taught that they will never catch a guy's attention unless they are "easy and put out." I have run into multiple situations where someone's online persona is so un- attractive that I dismiss them as a person without getting to know them in person. Social media outlets, such as Facebook, Twitter, MySpace and Google+ provide a place for those people, and others like them, to create a whole new identity where they can be the persons society dic- tates they should be. worthy of my friend's affection. Whether he is truly a nice guy or not, my Facebook-formulat- ed opinion will most likely be the one that sticks. Why? Because first impressions are the most important. I have to admit that when I In'st entered the world of multiple personalities I too cre- ated one of my own. No longer was I this shy, MY TURN introverted girl uncomfortable in her own ...................................................... skin. Instead, I was an outspoken, opinionat- SAMANTHA P. HAWTHORNE ed hetty. While I changedthIngs up, I never Staff Writer shawthorne@plumasnews.corn Someone who is unhappy with his or her ap- pearance can hide it behind a monitor by adapting someone else's photos and playing them off as their own. A shy person can let go of their insecurities and be the person they wish they could be -- which, depending on how far you take it, is not always a bad thing. That nice guy I mentioned earlier.., he is suddenly the big man on campus who doesn't care about anyone's feelings or opinions but his own. I would personally like to draw the line right across his metaphorical face! In fact, I recently read a Facebook post from someone who acted just so. I have met this man only a couple times before and he seemed like a de- cent guy -- that was, until he friended me on Facebook. His post, and Others like it, however, made him seem like a woman-hater. His girlfriend made excuses for him, saying he thinks of Face- book as a game -- a place where he will do whatever it takes to get a laugh. I was not laughing. In fact, his attitude made me feel he was not acted in a way that was detrimental to my true identity. Instead, my online persona helped me achieve better self-esteem and ul- timately pushed me out of my shell. Today, whether you met me online or in person, WYSIWYG-- what you see is what you get. Unfortunately, this isn't always the case. For some, there is still that differentiation between who they are, and who they want or think they should be. When I speak to some- one online, I expect to see that same person- ality in real life. IfI don't, I am wary of just how trustworthy that person is. Do I really want to be friends with someone who cannot be themselves? what I would like to see for once is some- one who is not a nice person in real life, cre, ate an online persona that is just the opposite: Bring out the nice guy! Ultimately, it is the real life friendships you should seek to improve, not the online ones. And no matter who you are, how you look or how you behave, there is always room for im- provement. Rather than fake it on the Inter- net, Imd a way you can change it in real life. Become the person you want to be-- don't al- ter to fit someone else's agenda. !