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Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Wednesday, March 5, 2014 11B COMMUNITY PERSPECTIVE Full lF h participation would fit county Even as the California economy recovers from the Great Recession, millions of Californians are struggling to meet their most basic needs, including the need for nutritious food. CalFresh, known federally as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, is the most substantial source of nutrition assistance available to low-income Californians. Unfortunately, the latest data from the United States Department of Agriculture indicate that only 57 percent of eligible Californians participate in CalFresh. As a result of this low WHERE I STAND low-income individuals who ................................................. are potentially eligible for " KERRY BIRNBACH NUTRITION POLICY ADVOCATE CALIFORNIA FOOD POLICY ADVOCATES ' participation rate, California loses out on an estimated $3.5 billion in federal nutrition benefits each year, which would generate an estimated $6.3 billion in additional economic activity. Recently, California Food Policy Advocates released its annual Program Access Index and Lost Dollars, Empty Plates reports. The PAI provides a county-level analysis estimating CalFresh utilization among benefits. Plumas County ranks 44th out of 58 counties in the index, with the first-ranked county having the highest utilization relative to the number of potentially eligible individuals. The Lost Dollars, Empty Plates analysis examines the effects of CalFresh utilization on state and local economies. If CalFresh reached all potentially eligible individuals in Plumas County, new participants would collectively receive an estimated $1.52 million in federally funded nutrition benefits each year. Those benefits would result in $2.72 million in additional economic activity. Stigma, complex application processes and confusion about program eligibility, among other factors, can contribute to low CalFresh enrollment. State and local leaders have taken important steps to bolster CalFresh access and participation by mitigating these factors. Some changes to CalFresh have been implemented statewide, such as removing the finger-imaging reqqirement and establishing stronger connections between CalFresh and Medi-Cal, Other changes, such as same-day service models and the use of call centers, have been adopted by select counties. In an effort to ensure quality service and equitable access to CalFresh, Senate Bill 1147, introduced by Sen. Mark DeSaulnier and co-sponsored by CFPA and SF-Marin Food Bank, would require.that California establish statewide CalFresh performance goals and customer service standards. Additionally, the bill would require the public availability of data measures used to track progress toward meeting those goals and standards. To learn more about opportunities to improve CalFresh, visit cfpa.net/calfresh. To access CFPA's Program Access Index, which provides county-by-county estimates of CalFresh utilization among low-income communities, visit cfpa.net/pai-2014. To access the Lost Dollars, Empty Plates report, which examines the impact of CalFresh participation on California's state and local economies', visit cfpa.net/lost-dollars-empty-pl ates-2014. Religious interpretation is not an excuse to hurt people Arizona legislators pulled a WHERE I STAND people. Nor should anyone America believe that a gay America is only using stm would never hire a dandy. They asked their ........................................ discriminate against another lifestyle is a wrong lifestyle common sense if they decide woman to serve as a minister. governor to sign a bill GLENN MOLLETTE person because of race, and is forbidden by the Bible. to terminate someone because There are also many that allowing any business the COLUMNIST nationality, money or gender Please keep in mind that most that person is a thief or liar or would never dream of hiring freedom to discriminate preferences, church people believe it is maybe causing disruption in a divorced minister because based on religious beliefs. The National Geographic reality I do not understand why wrong for a man and womanthe office by sleeping around they believe divorce is governor vetoed the bill. star of "Snake Salvation," anyone would want to be gay. to live together without being with all the staff, biblically unacceptable. The First Amendment Jamie Coots, was bitten by a There is not a gay molecule in legally married. Most church Religious entities that . Arizona badly blundered on guaranteeing our nation the timber rattler almost two my frame. Because someonepeople believe stealing, interpret the Bible as saying the concept of trying to create freedom of religion is not a weeks ago and died within 90 is gay does not give me or killing and lying are wrong as that a gay lifestyle is an a law that allows legal loophole that allows minutes. He and his family anyone else the right to not well. unacceptable lifestyle should discrimination in any religious people to hurt other refused medical treatment provide service in a A church or religious entity never be forced to hire business realm based on people based on prejudice or based on their interpretation restaurant or a seat on the traditionally has not hired someone that is gay. There religious belief. Could this interpretation of the Bible or of the Bible. I personally bus. ministers that were are a few churches that are apply to someone divorced? any other religious book. think they are crazy. Nor should one's sexual practicing thieves, murderers hiring gay persons because Could they apply, this rule to A lot of noise has been Simply because someone preference prohibit him or or liars or living with they believe it is acceptable, someone that is a habitual made recently about the interprets the Bible, Koran or her from working the samesomeone not in a legal This is America, where we liar? What about church Middlesboro, Ky., pastor and any other religious book a job anyone else does. marriage relationship, Is this have freedom of religion, deacons who curse, smoke, church that handled certain,v~ay does not give that I do understand that the discrimination? I don't think Keep in mind there are also chew and date girls who do? poisonous snakes. The person the right to hurt other majority of religious people in so. The average employer in thousands of churches that See MoHette, page 12B LETTERS to the EDITOR Guidelines for Letters All letters must contain an address and a phone number. We publish only one letter per week per person and only one letter per person pe~ ~nth ....... regarding the same subject. We do not publish third-party, anonymous, or open letters. Letters must be limited to a maximum of 300 words. The editor will cut any letter in excess of 300 words. The deadline is Friday at 3p.m. (Deadlines may change due to holidays.) Letters may be taken to any of Feather Publishing's offices, sent via fax to 283-3952, or e-mailed to dmcdnald@plumasnews'mm" Worthy It is hard to imagine that in this day and age buried treasure can still be found. But, believe it. A Tiburon Calif., couple stumbled on five buried cans filled with old coins worth ten million dollars. Do not, however, waste your time digging up your neighborhood. The article that covered that story tells us that finding such a treasure is far less likely than winning the lottery. Often, when someone falls into a fortune we hope that the fortunate are worthy of their good fortune. The reason that I felt compelled to mention the find is that this couple fits my idea of those worthy of their good fortune. The couple said specifically that they wanted to use some of that money for the homeless. The last time I was in San Francisco there seemed to be many. Tiburon is just across the water from San Francisco. How many billionaires are that worthy of their wealth? Ironically, rather than using their excess wealth to help the needy, some of our billionaires are funding candidates who want to eliminate our tried and true social safe-guards, thereby vastly increasing the number those in need. Salvatore Catalano Taylorsville :Fracking hypocrisy Hydraulic fracture drilling ':is controversial. Some say ~it's poisoning our water with hemicals the industry keeps secret, and causes damage to the environment. The industry itself claims it's safe and that opponents are shrill environmental nuts bent on destroy~g the U.S. econ0iny: Prices haven't dropped, but America now produces more petroleum than it has in decades. When it comes to the safety of fracking, I listen to Rex Tillerson. As CEO of Exxon ol' Rex has publicly assured us that his industry doesn't need any pesky regulation. He thinks it will doom the American energy business and economy, and all that's good and pure in the world. When it comes to opposing hydra~ic fracture drilling, my go-to expert is ... Rex Tillerson! As a homeowner in Texas, Rex is pretty sure that a water tower used for fracking near his home is going to lower his property values. No word on if he thinks it will make his water burn or give his family cancer. He's part of a lawsuit to stop the project. Now they want to frack in California. I'm pretty sure Rex Tillerson's on board with it, probably because he lives in Texas. Paul Cavanaugh Quincy Violence against women This is in response to a recent letter in the newspaper, regarding "Violence against women, a serious issue." " On behalf of the many of us that are workir g in the field of violence prevention, on an individual and group level, we want to thank you for your heartfelt realization about the impact of widespread violence in its many forms on women. Violence influences all of us and causes a great deal of pain and suffering, much of which sadly goes unacknowledged or denied. The impact of violence is often taken as something to tolerate, "not to make a scene about, too big for me to get involved with, not my boogie, don't rock the boat, get off your soap box, 'it's been this way forever," to name a few of the life sucking beliefs that promote stagnation of spirit. This in turn, keeps in place old value systems that revere violence as a measure of worth. We are grateful to the successful society author of the letter because good government that you acknowledge the need for operates on behalf of all more dialogue within people. Checks and balances ourselves, our community, are a good thing. aiiffwifi~0ffr dhildre~i ~?his When asked,:the group Of is not "their" issue, it is our wolves said they were doing issue, just free without the Anne D. Gaudetfarmer... Quincy Mark Mihevc County needs a CAO Graeagle There are various levels of corruption throughout America's government. It's now almost standard operating procedure -- a politician's vote depends on how much money flows into their pockets. With legislative power, politicians enact laws to regulate, but now, the usual case is to remove regulations. Regulations, checks and balances, and oversight simply get in the way of those in power. It happens all over America. People get into positions of power and opportunity and corruption occurs. Corruption (allegedly) has come to our sleepy county with the Indian Valley Community. Services District where the manager is accused of stealing $622,000. So, when I read that 20 county department heads and elected officials are doing free without a CAO - what does 'doing fine' mean? Sure, it's easier when nobody is there to supervise day-to-day operations. Staff can take the day off without telling anybody. W th no oversight, managers can do what they want. How do employees voice grievances or questions with managemenff They don't want to lose their job. And, how does the public contact Plumas County for questions and comments, especially when it deals with department heads? For these . questions, contacting your supervisor produce little to no results. Why are some advocating for less oversight? We need a CAO to handle the day-to-day operations, the budget and a person of authority staff and the public can contact. And, we need a CAO to insure the directives of the board are enacted even when some directives are contrary to the desires of management. If we can hire consultants, we have money for a CAO. A depends on will be far better off with a pressure has been put on per-capita funding basis than local government to provide having individual special adequate and affordable districts pay a percentage ..... Pub!~c s e.~vices ............. Let the voters decide. Spread The sheriff, district., ~ the cost of LAFCo over 19,0007 aYtt~o~ey:ancl'proba{ion have: Council let city down I feel sorry for the citizens of Portola~ In what appeared to be a pre-orchestrated vote, three to four members of your city council (that had previously voted for the "Per capita" funding of LAFCo Feb. 10); suddenly rescinded their previous votes to avoid "upsetting the good relations" with the Board of Supervisors. Those "good relations" come with a price tag to you of $50,800. Then there were the tragic, "hearsay" fears imagined by Councilwoman Pat Morton. In a racist remark, she said "300 Mexicans" were going to show up and make trouble at the BOS meeting regarding LAFCo. She owes the Hispanic community an apology. And so do the other council members who allowed her comment to go unchallenged. Weak-kneed Councilman Powers said he didn't want to cause a rift with the BOS. Ms. Gault also had her doubts going forward with the vote. But realizing there were enough votes to kill the written resolution (by design) voted in favor of the original resolution. Mayor Oels also voted with Gault. The motion died 3 to 2. Odd how Mr. Larrieu had a change of heart and fell to unknown pressures. The council was in chorus voting against negotiating for the citizens they were supposed to represent. Remove this City Council. They won't stand up for the taxpayers of Portola. The Board of Supervisors already runs this city. You have Supervisors Kennedy and Swofford telling the "puppet" council what to do. It was a disgusting, embarrassing, retreat by the City Council -- all to save face with the BOS. The Special Districts Association should support a ballot initiative in November to force Plumas County to pay for LAFCo. Your districts residents. The citizensserious staffing issues which of Portola will vote with you; have put the community and minus four seemingly racist, its employees at risk. The cowards. BOS has been informed of the Trent Saxtonlack of staffing. There have Lake Davis been occasions when only one sheriffs deputy was on Professional management patrol for the entire county. needed The recent incident at the Board Chairman Jon EPHC hospital may have had Kennedy led the charge totragic consequences if not for eliminate the office of County a lone 6-ft. 3-in., 240 lb. Administrative Officer and well-trained deputy was involved in the responding in time. resignation of Portola' city Supervisor Simpson manager. He was pleased to recently brought the hear the current condition of the sheriffs management structure has department to the attention been successful at improving of the board. They approved morale and balancing the $80,000 from contingency budget, funds to hire personnel. The The majority of our elected sheriffhas had to return. officials are not experienced much of that allocation as in business management well as grant money Since he when elected. The county could not fill the positions. still needs to provide the vital Since the realignment, there public services. Since the is a high demand for economic downturn and realignment, tremendous See Letters, page 12B Contact your elected officials... PLUMAS COUNTY SUPERVISORS - 520 Main Street, Room 309, Quincy, CA 95971; (530) 283-6170; FAX: (530) 283-6288; E-Maih pcbs@countyofplumas.com. Individual supervisors can also be e-mailed from links on the county website, countyofplumas.com PRESIDENT - Barack Ob~ma, 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; TTY/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: 501 1 St., Suite 7-600, Sacramento, CA 95814. (916) 448-2787; FAX (916) 448-2563; OR 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. lamalfa.house.gov. DISTRICT OFFICES: 1453 Downer St., Suite #A, Oroville, CA 95965; 2885 Chum Creek R., Suite #C, Redding, CA 96002. STATE SENATOR, 1st DIST. - Ted Gaines. State Capitol, Room 3070, Sacramento, CA 95814. (916) 651-4001, FAX: (916) 324-2680. El Dorado Hills Constituent Service Center: 4359 Town Center Boulevard, Suite 112, E1 Doradq 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, Room 2174, Sacramento, CA 94249, (916) 319-2001; FAX (916) 319-2103. District Office, 2080 Hemsted Dr., Ste. #110, Redding, CA 96002; (530) 223-6300, FAX (530) 223-6737. t 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.