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f'. /t Serving Quincy and Surrounding Areas Since 1866 announces Coates pervisors chairman Don visors table during their Tues- Editor Clark. day meetings, Stretch made Administrative Offi- For the last nine years, recommendations on every Stretch, often referredStretch has helped to chart the policy item that came before the sixth board member,course for Plumas County, es- the board. It was up to the su- pecially when it came to public pervisors to make that final de- distributed his letter finances. He set the supervi- cision. Signation Friday, Marchsors' agendas, provided the Now, who will make those resignation is effective backup analysis for the super- recommendations? Supervisor 1. visors to study, developed the Bill Dennison worries about was out of town and annual budget and oversaw all the budget hearings, which are for comment for of the county departments,approaching in about four as was board of su- Seated at the board of super- months. "The supervisors make the J :lon decisions, but Stretch outlined everything for us," he said of the man who beat out 48 others for the CAO position nearly a decade ago. Indeed, in recent years, the budget process has become highly streamlined; in stark contrast to a several years ago, when the budget hearings took weeks and featured volatile discussions. Dennison said he is not sur- prised that Stretch resigned, tion made no mention of what "I don't blame him for leav- he will be doing next, and Den- ing," Dennison said. "He's re- nison said he didn't know of ally taken a beating." any other job offer. Dennison believes that The supervisors will discuss Stretch's leaving will be athe resignation at the board's great loss to the county. April 4 meeting. "Sure, he's made some mis- Other county officials con- takes, but he has put this court- tacted to comment for this arti- ty in a stable situation for the cle, including Supervisor B.J. last nine years," Dennison Pearson and District Attorney said. James Reichle, declined to Stretch's letter of resigna- comment. l~.,4141t~ Editor rolling blackouts hit PG&E customers Tues- March 20, 119 were in County. to Lisa Randle, for PG&E, the affected residents of Flat in the Feather Riv- 'on from 10:30 - 11:30 the rolling out- lasted from 9:20 a.m. to was the first blackout County residents, the last. says that she expects OUtages to continue ugh the next several going to be a long sum- said. explained that PG&E should become ac- to which blocks are a rolling black- have some idea of when Will be next. Their block appear on the first their monthly state- are placed into from one to 14. For ex- on March 20, portions 12, all of block 13, and of block 14, experi- blackout. the next blackouts are the remaining portions 14 could expect black- then PG&E would re- , With the first block. said that blocks do ass entire gee- areas. Different neigh- can be assigned to blocks. designed so that no en- is ever affect- blackouts are sched- to last an hour, Randle that they actually last be- 90 minutes and two That's because power be restored to one area it is deenergized in an- without the controlled Randle said the out- Would be much more cat- e a e JoAnn Prince and members of the Quincy Branch of the American Cancer Society were busy once again raising funds to help fight cancer. This year, the organization raised more than $8,O00--at least $1,000 more than last year's impressive record. Daffodils were ordered earlier this month, and then an assembly group packaged up the spring blos. sores on Sun(lay, Mawch 25. See inside for more photo Photos by Victoria Metcalf By Debra Coates Managing Editor Attorney Michael Jackson could become a very rich man working on Plumas County water issues, or he could work hundreds of hours and earn not a cent. That's a risk he's willing to take. The board of supervisors will continue to use two attor- neys as it pursues its court fight with the Department of Water Resources (DWR) and the State Water Contractors. Earlier this month, the super- visors agreed to pay $75,000 to famed water attorney Antonio Rossman, but Jackson will work on a contingency basis. According to the agreement reached between the supervi- sors and Jackson, "His (Jack- son's) fee shall be calculated as two percent of the present fair market value of any asset, right or income stream (not to exceed a five year period) to which the District and/or County shall become entitled to as a result of the outcome of the case." The case the agreement refers to is the Monterey Agreement. The Monterey Agreement was a pact between DWR and its state water con- tractors to provide more water to the contractors. Plumas County challenged the Mon- terey Agreement, because as a state water contractor, Plumas representatives were not pre- sent at the negotiations. Plumas officials feared that the agreement could imperil its area of origin water rights. Plumas County was joined in its challenge by two envi- ronmental groups: the Plan. ning and Conservation League and the Citizens Planning As- sociation of Santa Barbara. Those groups believed the en- vironmental documents used to prepare the Monterey Agreement were inadequate. The challenge was likened to David taking on Goliath. But, just like in the biblical story, David won--first in the Third District Court of Ap- peal, and then, in the Califor- nia Supreme Court. The appellate court agreed See Attorneys, page 14A Coates building, of the existing one. Editor "They (ILPP) recommended with the old, in with The building a new building of 20,000 square the philoso- Architect Michael Lusso, of feet and renovating the exist- adopted by the Plumas the Redding based firm ing 18,000 square foot struc- Board of Supervisors Nichols, Melburg and Rosset- ture," Lusso said. The costs courthouse annex near to, discussed the courthouse were estimated from $125 to River College. The su- annex project at the supervi- $160 a square foot, for a total decided to demolish, sors' March 20 meeting, cost of $3.4 to $4.5 million. renovate, the cur- He reviewed the work of two However, Lusso said, he be- annex and build a new previous firms: Pace Engineer- lieved that the recommended nearby, ing and the Institute of Law structure was too small be- whether the new facili-and Policy Planning (ILPP). cause of an error the firm be a 52,000 square foot, Pace Engineering was hiredmade in calculating the total building, as recom- to perform a structural review number of employees who will by the architect, or of the annex. While Pace found work in the building. to be decided, serious problems, it deter- Pointing out an addition er- at issue is whether themined that it would be cost ef- ror, Lusso said that ILPP de- use a portion of its fective to renovate the build- signed a building to serve 120 settlement money to ing. people in 2015, based on a fig- the building. The coun-ILPP was hired by the coun- ure that said 103 people receive at least $200,000 ty to evaluate the space needs worked there in 1999. Actually, for the next 25 years, of the courthouse annex. Using 123 People worked there. Officer the Pace report as background, Lusso said his firm inter- that ILPP recommended renovat- viewed all of the health and ar $100,000 annually, be ing the old facility and erect- human service departments pay off the debt for the ing a new building to the right that Would be housed in the fa- m cility. "We assembled a detailed treatment of staffing, needs, who can share copying rooms, conference rooms, etc.," he said. He said his firm did four drafts of the needs of this building and the numbers re- mained the same: by the year 2015, 167 employees will work in the facility and need approx- imately 52,000 square feet. Lusso said that his firm works on high prpfile civic projects. It has been his experi- ence that, routinely, new facili- ties double in size from their former structures. "Right now, the departments are in about 29,000 square feet," Lusso said. "To become functional, code compliant and provide for adequate growth, the size usually doubles." See Annex, page 14A Don't forget to move your clocks one hour ahead Sunday, April 1. A class full of water at FRC. See page 1C. Obituaries: Page 4B Opinion: Page lOB Classifieds: Page 2D Lettetv: Page 11B