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Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Wednesday, March 4, 2015 9B C o MMUNI TY PERS PE C T IVE Hiring a will not solve supervisors" dilemmas The newspaper editorial WHEI E I STAND had not hit. There was plenty envisioning his new office. Due Feb. 25, "It's time to end the ................................... of money for the general fund to the uproar of the taxpayers, crisis management and hire a LORI SIMPSON and departments were well the project was stopped and we CAO," made me reminisce, DISTRICT 4 SUPERVISOR staffed up including the CAO now have the Dame Shirley PLUMAS COUNTY smile and think back some office. Decisions were easily Plaza. The land was bought for years of my county made because the money was an extremely high price and no employment. I have a unique and the articles beneath them. there and the CAOs disclosure took place on the perspective on the county Read some of the past grand recommendations supported it. underground fuel tanks on the administrativ6 officer position, jury reports and then come Supervisors did not have to land. A few years ago, at a time as I have worked in public back and tell me there was no ask questions or inquire, when the county did not need service for Plumas County crisis management going on scrutinize every penny, but to waste precious general continuously since I was first then, no mismanagement of could easily take a CAO funds, the discovery was made hired as a part-time library money, and no missed recommendation, vote yes and and cleanup and mitigation aide in 1991 until I was elected opportunities when there was call it a day. efforts are still ongoing to this county supervisor in 2008, a a hired CAO in the past. When I was just a day. position that I hold today. In Remember the CAO who rank-and-I'fie employee years Where were the hired CAOs the past 24 years with Plumas wanted the taxpayers toago, I began to watch the CAO when 13 Alcohol and Other County, I was employed with reimburse his expensive suit and the Board of Supervisors Drug directors went through the county when the first CAO pants that he ripped while on with great interest as there the A&D Department? Where was hired and was there when the job? That was headline was so much dysfunction,were the hired CAOs when the last CAO was let go. news. waste of government funds and many Probation Directors I have witnessed the hired Plumas County has had four lack of accountability going began to also revolve though county CAOs in action through hired CAOs. Many of those on, in my opinion, the county employment door? the years, and I would advise years the county was fat with For example: One CAO Where were the hired CAOs on anyone to go to the Quincy funds, the timber industry had wanted to build a new county oversight of the library, get on the microfilm, not been totally decimated as it administrative building on the multimillion-dollar go back and read the headlines is today,, the Great Recession old Quincy Hotel site, Courthouse Annex that we are forever in debt for and have had ongoing problems with the building? Why on earth did the Board of Supervisors obtain the Amory Building that is going to cost the county a tremendous amount of money to tear down if they ever want to get rid of it? Why didn't the CAOs initiate a proactive safety program many years ago like we have now, instead of letting workers' comp claims become the highest in the state for a small county? Where was the hired CAO when a briefly employed county librarian did not show up for work and was earning comp time at the same time? What about those county employees who blew whistles on department heads and got them fired by the Board of Supervisors because the CAOs did not have a clue to what was going on in county departments? Were the CAOs actually in touch with county department heads and supervising and evaluating them appropriately at the time? If you really want to know how well a county department is run, ask the backbone of the department: the rank-and-file employees. Or, better yet, ask the public that it serves. The editorial chastised the Board of Supervisors for asking questions on "trivial" budget matters that bog us down each meeting. Really? I strongly disagree. Every penny of taxpayers' money should be scrutinized; it is not a waste of time. Boards of supervisors should know about such matters, as they are ultimately responsible for the budget. Why rubber stamp a See Simpson, page 11B State water board must abandon misguided Lake Almanor program My name is Bill Dennison, WHERE I STAND the following: report process is that the expected goal of"do no 2012 and it took two years for former District 3 Plumas --The water board did not agency representatives keep harm." We have lost leaders, the board to present the DEIR County supervisor (1995 - BILL DENNISON listen to us in September changing. Those such as Marvin Alexander, to the public. The people 2006). I worked with many of FORMER DISTRICT 3 SUPERVISOR 2005. representing the water board who has passed away. Mike were then gi ren only 120 days PLUMAS COUNTY you during those 11 years to --To date, the water board are new to the problem and Willhoit and others who have to review and comment on reach a 2004 Plumas County has not served the people probably were not involved spent hundreds of hours on this very large, technical agreement with state and We continued working on well and in fact appearsin the 2005 meeting. The f'mal this project are not here, document. federal agencies and Pacific the temperature issue, while willing to abuse the decisions on the DEIR will be because they leave for the We were told by Ms. Gas and Electric Co. on all PG&E conducted California Environmentalmade by those who have no winter. Whitney (water board staff significant issues, except a experiments back east on the Quality Act process that is reason to really care, as long To emphasize the water representative) at the procedure to lower the water use of thermal curtains to required under the as strict, even though not board's delay, consider that beginning of the 2005 scoping temperature to 20 degrees meet the water board's stated California Clean Water Act. always reasonable, standards the draft environmental session, "We always Celsius 40 miles downstream goal. In September 2005 we My attempt is to put this are maintained, impact statement scopinganticipate that. we are going in the North Fork Feather met and gave multiple 20-year episode into a One of the insidious andsession was held in to be sued when we make a River. This goal was set by reasons why removal of cold perspective for the regulators effective government September 2005: almost 10 decision of this magnitude, the State Water Control water by use of thermal who have the power, but not weapons is de/ay. The longer years ago. There was no because we always are, even Board, based on its 303(d) curtains would be the right, to change thethe process, the fewer public access to any of the though we seek to avoid that, listing certification that the detrimental to Lake Almanor socio-economic lives of remaining people (with generated data during that so we want to make sure our NFFR was and Butt Reservoir. thousands of families and institutional memory of the period of time. The document is legally water-temperature impaired. After reviewing the draft businesses, project's facts and myths) contractors presented their defensible, as well as That listing needs legal environmental impact One of the travesties 0fthe who can and will insist that analysis and findings to the review, review, I am convinced of draft environmental impact appointed officials meet the water board in November See Dennison, page 108 LETTERS to the EDITOR Guidelines for letters ..... : " for what federal' management ....... preferred to focus my. energy staff' r ff/er ttiafi the board .... All letters must contain an of the IVCSD might be like was on positive, constructive vote on any specific changes to address and phone number, to use the most visible federal activities in an effort to serve the bylaws. Only one letter per week per agency in our region -- the the needs of Mental Health But, this is actually what the person will be published; only Forest Service (which happens clients and staff, board attempted to do. Since I one letter per person per month to be a branch of the USDA). Upon my resignation I was present and participated in regarding the same topic will be I was only using the Forest submitted a "Where I Stand" this agenda item, I am able to published. Feather Publishing Service as an.example, and article which provided the give a first-hand account. After does notprint third-party, never intended to imply that perspective I gained as the much discussion, Supervisor anonymous or open letters, there might someday be director of Mental Health. The Simpson made a motion to Letters must not exceed 300 management of the IVCSD by publisher of the newspaper reduce the commission words. Writers responding to the Forest Service. This is not refused to print that article, membership from 20 to 11. This previously published letters may possible as the IVCSD loans do Perhaps a "strong CAO" would was when Chairman Goss not mention the author by name. not go through the Forest also help counter the political stated this was not an action The deadline is Friday at 3p.m.; Service, but through different power, bias and lack of public item. deadlines may change due to branches of the USDA. I hope accountability that theSupervisor Simpson then holidays. Letters may be this explains any confusion, newspaper enjoys, stated that she confirmed with submitted at any of Feather Ken "K.D. " Donnell Peter Livingston County Counsel Craig Publishing's offices, sent via fax Greenville Crescent Mills Settlemire that this was to 283-3952 or emailed to allowed. Mr. Settlemire did not dma/ona/d@pl .cor Paper's coverage one-sided Good paper say anything in reply or object Last week's editorial utilized The news hasn't been very the motion. I verified this was No to Starbucks my resignation from the pleasant for a while. No need to only a discussion agenda item, What are they thinking to position of director of Plumas enumerate, I'm sure none of us and realized that this was in put another coffee shop in County Mental Health as one are unaware of the miseries, violation of the Brown Act. I Quincy? Our local businesses argument in making the case the equal sharing of miseries, was recognized to speak, and here already struggle and we for reinstating the position of that are before us. ultimately stated this motion don't need any more closed CAO within Plumas CountyIt was nice to read last was illegal. A perennial storefronts. What happened to government. I have a couple of week's paper. From the honors audience member agreed and "shop local"? Starbucks is not additional considerations that paid to our own home-grown Supervisor Thrall mentioned and will never be local even if were overlooked by the police and emergency workers, the legalities with the Brown they do hire a few "locals" to newspaper, to Mr. Roberts' assessments of Act. Begrudgingly, Supervisor staff it (perhaps the ones The editorial stated that Portola's storm damage. The Simpson withdrew her motion. getting laid off from other "Many of the disagreements paper seemed to be a "positive" Without public objection, coffee establishments). Come between Mental Health and its on every page. I was strangely this board, with county on, Quincy, if you're a local, community partners couldpleased about the way things counsel's silent approval, speak up. I say no to Starbucks. have been resolved behind the are here. Even with thewould have proceeded to vote Meridy Muir closed door of the CAO's office, destruction of trees that didn't on this motion and knowingly Quincy A strong CAO would have deserve to die, it's OK. We were violate the Brown Act. given the inexperienced Mental strong enough to survive 24 There's a reason for the Conflict of interest? Health director firm direction hours without electricity, even. Brown Act. It's about I fmd it a conflict of interest and support." Alternatively, I The piece from Mr. Knight transparency and allowing that Mavis Somers, wife of would like to suggest that a was spot on, as usual. That people to voice their opinions Bradley Smith (who is being "strong CAO" could have discussion on lying may be the before the board votes on recalled) wants to take a board investigated the disagreements, best analogy, the clearest, most issues. Otherwise, supervisors seat for the Indian Valley and conveyed to the board and honest, appraisal of the harm of can sneak in whatever policy Community Services District. other community partners the deceit, of lies, that one could they want without public When two others of the three compelling legal, ethical and read. notice or comment. have already resigned, why clinical considerations that are The harm upon Brian Knowing that our BOS, does she think she deserves a at the core of the positions that Williams, brought about by his counsel and commissions are place on the board? I have taken as the director of lie, is the same harm that willing to violate the Brown Remember, all information Mental Health. comes, upon discovery, to Act is appalling and in the county courthouse is A further statement notes every liar, eventually,reprehensible. It's a violation. public, that "a very public battle was Be the paper, friends, tell the of our trust. It makes you Rianne Barnes waged in the boardroom and in truth. It works, wonder what else goes on in Indian Valley the newspaper." I take EdLaurieour county government. exception to the Graeagle Mark Mihevc Clarification characterization that a "battle Graeagle In my letter to the editor was waged in the newspaper." Violation of our trust published in the Feb. 25 It is my experience that, for What could be deemed a Portola should support edition, I mentioned mymore than a year, a one-sided, routine Board of Supervisors sheriff concern about possible federal ongoing attack was made upon agenda item turned out to be The city of Portola receives receivership of the Indian me and the Mental Healthanything but routine. The grant money from the state for Valley Community Services Department through the agenda item was about the frontline law enforcement. It is District, should continued channel of the newspaper. Mental Health Commission called COPS funds and the city public turmoil threaten the Preferring not to engage in bylaws to consider reducing receives $100,000 annually. In fmancial stability of the public political warfare, within the number of its members, past years the City Council IVCSD, and we default on our a context set by the editorial The agenda item was labeled as allocated $70,000 to the county loans to the USDA. My example policies of the newspaper, I "discussion and direction to sheriff for frontline law enforcement and $30,000 to its community services officer. The CSO duties are very limited. They included enforcing parking, and the city municipal code. I question if they are frontline law enforcement. Last year the City Council split the funds between the sheriffand the CSO. He is enforcing the municipal code and writing parking tickets. I believe that the sheriff should receive 100 percent of the COPS funds and also general fund money from the city to fulfill the duties he has contracted to perform. I believe the sheriff as our city's chief law enforcement officer should have discretionary powers. For the last two weeks City Hall has been flooded with stray dogs and complaints of dog feces on Commercial Street. At the last council meeting the CSO reported on an abatement project of a public nuisance caused by squatters on private property. It appeared that the council did not care about the difference between public and private nuisances and they did not care about the citizen's property rights. My concern is that the CSO has discretionary powers on code enforcement and reports accusations as violations of the municipal code. As the council sets goals for the next budget I hope that members will properly fund the sheriff and eliminate the position of CSO. We have a great sheriff that needs to provide adequate deputies to prevent the incident that occurred at Eastern Plumas Health Care. We need to support our sheriff with more than just words. Larry F. Douglas Portola See Letters, page 11B Contact your elected officials PLUMAS COUNTY SUPERVISORS- 520 Main Street, Room 309, Quincy, CA 95971; (530) 283-6170; FAX: (530) 283-6288; E-Mail: pcbs@countyofplumas.com. Individual supervisors can also be e-mailed from links on the county website, countyofplumas.com PRESIDENT - Barack Obama, the White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., NW Washington, D.C. 20500. (202)456-1414. Fax: 202-456-2461. E-mail: whitehouse.gov/contact/ U.S. SENATOR- Dianne Feinstein (D), 331 Hart Senate Office Bldg., Washington, D.C. 20510. (202) 224-3841; FAX: 202-228-3954;TrY/TDD: (202) 224-2501. District Office: One Post Street, Suite 2450, San Francisco, CA 94104; Phone: (415) 393-0707; Fax: (415) 393-0710. Website: feinstein.senate.gov. U.S. SENATOR - Barbara Boxer (D). District Office: 5011 St., Suite 7-600, Sacramento, CA 95814. (916) 448-2787; FAX (916) 448-2563.112 Hart Bldg., Washington, D.C. 20510, (202) 224-3553. FAX (202) 228-0454. U.S. REPRESENTATIVE, 1ST DIST. - Doug LaMalfa. 506 Cannon HOB, Washington, D.C. 20515. (202) 225-3076. www.LaMalfa.House.gov.; Facebook.com/RepLaMalfa; twitter: @RepLaMalfa. DISTRICT OFFICE: 1453 Downer St., Suite #A, Oroville, CA 95965, (530) 534-7100, FAX (530) 534-7800. STATE SENATOR, 1st DIST. -Ted Gaines. State Capitol, Room 3070, Sacramento, CA 95814. (916) 651-4001, FAX: (916) 324-2680. E1 Dorado Hills Constituent Service Center: 4359 Town Center Boulevard, Suite 112, E1 Dorado Hills, CA 95762. (916) 933-7213, FAX (916) 933-7234; Redding Constituent Service Center: 1670 Market St., Suite 244, Redding, CA 96001, (530) 225- 3142, FAX (530) 225-3143. STATE ASSEMBLYMAN, 1ST DIST. - Brian Dahle, State Capitol, Suite 2158, Sacramento, CA 94249-00001, (916) 319-2001; FAX (916) 319-2103. District Office, 280 Hemsted Dr., Ste. #110, Redding, CA 96002; (530) 223-6300, FAX (530) 223-6737. GOVERNOR- Jerry Brown, office of the Governor, State Capitol, Suite 1173, Sacramento, CA 95814. Website: gov.ca.gov/(916) 445-2841. FAX: (916) 558-3160.